When he's not busy recording and performing his original songs, Billy Redfield shares his passion for the guitar with students at New York City Guitar Instruction. Held inside the company's studio or at his clients' homes, Billy's lessons accommodate beginning and advanced students alike. His expertise encompasses all of the instrument's fundamentals, from proper chord formations and strumming techniques to restringing and tuning the guitar. After teaching his students to read tablature, Billy even helps them learn their favorite popular songs, from Beatles’ pop tunes to Beethoven's psychedelic sonatas.
Even though it’s been lauded by CBS New York, Time Out New York Kids, and Nickelodeon Parents Connect, ABC Do-Re-Me! most values praise from its students. At each energetic studio, newborns to 6-year-olds ecstatically bounce along to children’s songs from a live guitarist or to tunes by pop artists such as the Beatles, the Black Eyed Peas, and Madonna, as they build cognitive skills, develop socially, and create dance routines that will wow at baby prom.
As any parents who've found themselves replacing careworn Wiggles albums or humming along with an accidentally memorized Raffi tune can attest, children are hardwired with a natural love of music. At The Early Ear, a staff of dedicated instructors nurtures this budding appreciation by encouraging musical curiosity and imagination. Their music programs—which are suitable for kids from 4 months to 5 years old—engage young minds, with sing-along activities and group exploration of the violin, guitar, accordion, cello, and other folk instruments. The teachers also show students the basics of reading music and decode the subtle jokes left in each of Beethoven's symphonies. Kids can also experience the power of music through dance classes, which teach them to express themselves through movement and eventually link steps together in order to flaunt new moves for their friends and family at the end of the course.
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music, David Sklar has composed for independent films, played at Lincoln Center, and won several piano competitions of his own. But his true legacy lives on in the deft fingers of the countless protégés to attend his studio, where he helps them hone their musical expression and creativity with a mixture of technique, music theory, and ear training during fun and engaging one-on-one lessons. Specializing in a variety of styles—from classical sonatas to show tunes and pop music—David also gives students his undivided attention during voice and songwriting classes.
New York Piano Academy nurtures students of all skill levels—from beginners to seasoned performers—during classical and jazz piano lessons. Using knowledge gained while earning a doctorate of musical arts in composition, classical instructor Dr. Ronn Yedidia instills his pupils with the tools to sight-read and interpret music. Haim Cotton, a trained jazz musician and New York Piano Academy's only other faculty member, imparts her mastery of jazz piano in sessions meant to improve ear training and transcription. Lessons culminate in an annual commencement recital where students can show off their musical skills and ability to make an elephant somewhere laugh every time they tickle the ivories.
On a tree-lined street on the Upper East Side, instructors at the New York Conservatory of Music teach adults and children the fine art of music performance. During individual lessons in instruments such as violin, piano, guitar, flute, and oboe, they encourage students of all levels to develop their innate potential at their own pace. Regular recitals let students show off their skills in venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, building self-esteem and confidence.
The school's founders—concert pianist Dr. Jerzy Stryjniak and his wife Joanna, a musicologist—strive to develop not only their students' performance skills, but their love and knowledge of music. Lectures and conferences on music theory, history, and appreciation enhance the curriculum, and regular adult evenings bring older students together to socialize and perform.