R.A.M. MUSIC (68th St. + West End Av. In Manhattan)
As a performing musician I have played for 3 presidents and the Queen of England, traveling throughout the U.S and abroad. As an instructor, I have taught at the college level, various music schools and have currently been teaching from my studio located in Manhattan at 68th + West End Av. for the past 8 years.
I really get a lot of satisfaction watching students progress, realizing their goals, and do something that they weren't able to do before. It's been fun to watch some of my students begin to play in bands - some on a professional level. But whatever their goal is - to be able to sing and accompany themelves in song, or just have fun at something they weren't able to do before, is fun for me as well.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Discover their specific needs and bring them along at a pace that works for them.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A Masters Degree in Performance and Composition, and having traveled around the country and abroad, and teaching many years.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Generally, I think a 45 minute lesson works best, but if extra time is needed to complete the lesson, then I will take extra time to get the job done. The price for a 45 minute music lesson is $55.
How did you get started teaching?
After many years of playing professionally and traveling so much I wanted to remain closer to home, tried my hand at teaching, discovered I was really good at it, enjoyed a lot, and now I have good number of them to keep me busy.
What types of students have you worked with?
All kinds - from advanced professionals, to intermediate, to absolute beginners - students interested in rock and roll, jazz, rhythm and blues, country, classical...
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Seeing a student I took on as a beginner play his first professional gig!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Look for someone who has been a working professional and knows his craft from the inside out, not just someone who assigns exercises from a book - one who knows what it takes to get results.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
How much time they have to practice, how motivated they are, how much do they want to play, and what do they ultimately want to play.