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New York City-based Music Teachers. Private Online Music Lessons Anywhere. New York City: In-Home and Online. Any Instrument. Most popular: Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Singing.

Colin S.

Colin S.

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What is your teaching philosophy?

I always try to show a student new and different ways of hearing music. It not only trains their ear, but also helps them develop an open and flexible mind — receptive to everything that music has to offer.

In your opinion, what is the right way to teach and what do you do in your lessons that makes you a good teacher?

Understanding and communication between student and teacher are key. A teacher must be aware of a student’s goals, practice habits, and emotional states in order to offer valuable guidance. This was certainly missing in my own music education, so I am turning this negative experience into a positive one for my students.

How many years have you been teaching music lessons?

Three years. I studied Music and Art History at Marymount Manhattan College (Class of 2008, BA, summa cum laude) and received my MA in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (class of 2010). To date, I have had over 10 years of formal guitar training. I love sharing my musical journey with my students!

What are you most proud of in your musical career?

I was honored to perform with Free Jazz drummer Marc Edwards (of The Cecil Taylor Group, David S. Ware ensemble, etc) two years ago, opening for the legendary 1960s-present day German Experimental band faUSt on their U.S. Tour. A true dream come true…a favorite band of mine since I was a young teenager!

What’s the best compliment you have ever gotten as a music teacher?

A student’s mother told me that her nine-year-old son had never been as excited to learn anything as he had been while taking guitar lessons with me. She said that lessons were the highlight of his week, and she could see the focus and dedication that he had toward learning to play the guitar spill into other realms of his life, including school work and family life.

What country have you travelled to that you like the most and why?

I fell in love with the city of Prague in the Czech Republic. I was fascinated by the Medieval Gothic architecture, as well as the city’s connection to Mozart, who conducted the premiere of his opera, Don Giovanni, there on October 29, 1787. Prague also has a long tradition of puppetry, which is a big part of the city’s — and the country’s — cultural heritage. 

What languages do you speak?

English, as well as some conversational Spanish and French.

If you could perform with any musician (alive or dead), who would it be and why?

Blues singer and guitarist Mississippi John Hurt, the Delta Blues Musician. I partially learned how to fingerpick Blues “vamps” by obsessively listening to his recordings from the 1920s.I like that he was a self-taught musician.

Do you have any interesting or unusual hobbies? If so, tell us about it.

I design and construct puppets for my band, a process which often incorporates multimedia and performance art elements in its immersive live experiences. This includes a six- foot-tall Monster Head, in which my bandmates and I used to emerge from onstage at the beginning of our shows. He was always a crowd pleaser!

What are you currently listening to on the radio, iPod, iTunes, Spotify, etc.?

The list is long: Edgard Varese, Melt-Banana, Return To Forever, Oneida, “Ma” Rainey, The Velvet Underground, Shannon and The Clams, Devo, Iannis Xenakis, Pharaoh Sanders, Tchaikovsky, The Moody Blues, Yes, Todd Rundgren, Robert Ashley, Wendy Carlos, Steely Dan. My tastes in music are pretty eclectic!