Dan's musical know-how knows no bounds. An expert at teaching a wide range of musical styles to students of all ages and abilities, Dan is a former NYU adjunct instructor with a record for helping his students succeed at the competitive level. During lessons, he tailors exercises to each pupil, making sessions a fun learning experience for younger kids and helping older musicians fine-tune their skills. Dan can customize lessons to suit a range of pursuits, from writing music and preparing for recitals to creating YouTube videos and musical greeting cards.
Diane Garetano's school—whose curriculum covers piano as well as other instruments—was an immediate success in the first year. She was renting space to accommodate her ever-expanding student body and the pianos that kept sprouting extra keys. Today, The Piano Studio for Kids imparts instrument skills at two locations. The school also has evolved in terms of technique, with instructors now incorporating even more methods built on fun, structure, and positive reinforcement. Once a year, students may elect to show off the fruits of these labors, with admission free of charge at a recital culminating in certificates, gift bags, and applause.
Through hard work, dedication and practice, Michael J Perrota was, by his teens, gigging in cover bands, recording original tunes, and, soon thereafter, teaching guitar to others. At his home studio—where he also composes songs for other artists—Michael designs customized curricula for each of his guitar and bass students. From studying scales to deciphering tabs, Michael guides pupils to the point where they can play their favorite songs, improvise with other musicians, and create tunes of their own.
Since 1984, Rock-N-Roll University has equipped musicians with the equipment, accessories, and skills to pursue their ambitions in songsmithing. Glistening guitars in all shapes and colors hang from the walls in rows, surrounded by equipment such as amps, practice books, and freeze-dried roadies. The shop also retails and rents instruments for orchestras and bands as well as the various parts and salves to keep them in working order. Rock-N-Roll University also has a varied curriculum for students of music. There are both private and group classes, where you can learn with traditional lessons, jam sessions, and band programs that culminate in live concerts.
Ballroom Factory Dance Studio's brigade of experienced instructors takes students with two left feet and whips them into dancing dynamos. Light trippers of all ages and skill levels learn the ins and outs of dance styles that range from ballroom basics and American waltz to international tango and advanced hokey pokey. Private or group classes twirl gracefully through an airy studio space, characterized by sleek wood floors and walls lined with mirrors. The studio's expertise also extends to voice and piano lessons for both children and adults in which pupils master scales, harmonies, and the ability to read music.
It's been more than 35 years since Ryan Riley first picked up his father's homemade acoustic guitar, and in the time since, he has attended Berklee College of Music, performed more than 1,300 live shows, and logged more than 25,000 hours of private teaching. During at-home lessons, he passes down his wealth of musical knowledge to children and adults on guitar as well as bass guitar and alto saxophone.