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Bernadette T.
Lynbrook, New York
I teach both flat pick and finger style acoustic guitar including basic Travis picking.
About Bernadette T.

I am a NYS certified Music teacher who has been teaching in the school system for over 25 years. I hold both my BM and MA degree in Music Education, and Jazz guitar was my major instrument in college. My focus is to teach techniques, skills and concepts for life-long learning. I am currently available to teach Guitar, Music Theory and Beginner Piano. Aside from teaching private guitar and piano lessons and teaching General music and Chorus in school, I perform and accompany singers as a guitarist in churches on Long Island. For your added security, I've been VIRTUS trained with the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre and fingerprinted with the NYS Education department. My system of guitar training includes: * Right hand and Left hand technical exercises geared towards developing coordination and confidence; *work in music reading of standard music notation and TAB; * Fretboard navigation, pick-control and fingerstyle techniques. * Song repertoire knowledge and memorization *Solo guitar interpretation of popular songs as well as accompaniment styles appropriate for backing your or another's voice; *Ear-training and Music theory is incorporated into each lesson. NYSSMA preparation is available for both Classical and Jazz auditions. Piano lessons are available with concentration in proper hand mechanics and technique, theory, ear-training and music reading. NYSSMA preparation up through level 4 is available. *** Lesson Details *** My guitar lessons follow a structured format. I begin with technical exercises for both the picking/strumming hand and the fretting hand, leading to good sound production. As students learn to achieve well-balanced tones, they learn to apply that to the written page using standard music notation and the TAB system. From single notes, students learn to build harmony, (chords), from 2 notes, to 3, and thereafter, 4. Song repertoire is built from a variety of sources including published method books. Memorization of song repertoire is stressed. After the student has learned the notes and scales in the first position as well as the associated chords, he/she can learn songs of his/her choosing from the Folk, Pop, Classical and Jazz repertoire that is appropriate to his/her current level. Piano method books used include the Dozen-A-Day and Hanon technique exercises as well as the Schaum and Michael Aaron method book series'. NYSSMA training/coaching is available for both piano and guitar with suitable training beginning a least a year before the NYSSMA audition is to take place. The Guitar student should have a good quality guitar, (steel strings, nylon strings, or steel-string electric) professionally set-up with light-gauged strings (for the beginners), a strap, a music stand, and time and space in the home in order to encourage a daily routine of practice. The Piano student should have daily access to a piano or keyboard instrument with weighted keys in order to be able to practice lesson material daily. For young students, a practice chart is given where a student is to mark his/her practice time in order for progress to be made. *** Studio Equipment *** I have a dedicated room in my home that is set up for private practice and teaching. It has an electronic piano, folding chairs, a music stand and guitar amplifiers and cables. *** Travel Equipment *** I bring an acoustic guitar with me to all out-going lessons so that I can play along with the student and demonstrate techniques as necessary. I bring extra blank sheets of music writing paper, fret board diagrams, and study sheets, as well as extra copies of the books I use most frequently. I can purchase books/materials for the student, with the student's or parent/guardian's reimbursement, or the student may purchase materials on their own. *** Specialties *** Pick-style and finger-style guitar, both acoustic and electric; music reading, music theory; re-harmonization and arrangement techniques to make a song your own!

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching since

Teaching since 1992

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MA

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Teaches ages 7+

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Bernadette T.
Lynbrook, New York
I teach both flat pick and finger style acoustic guitar including basic Travis picking.
About Bernadette T.

I am a NYS certified Music teacher who has been teaching in the school system for over 25 years. I hold both my BM and MA degree in Music Education, and Jazz guitar was my major instrument in college. My focus is to teach techniques, skills and concepts for life-long learning. I am currently available to teach Guitar, Music Theory and Beginner Piano. Aside from teaching private guitar and piano lessons and teaching General music and Chorus in school, I perform and accompany singers as a guitarist in churches on Long Island. For your added security, I've been VIRTUS trained with the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre and fingerprinted with the NYS Education department. My system of guitar training includes: * Right hand and Left hand technical exercises geared towards developing coordination and confidence; *work in music reading of standard music notation and TAB; * Fretboard navigation, pick-control and fingerstyle techniques. * Song repertoire knowledge and memorization *Solo guitar interpretation of popular songs as well as accompaniment styles appropriate for backing your or another's voice; *Ear-training and Music theory is incorporated into each lesson. NYSSMA preparation is available for both Classical and Jazz auditions. Piano lessons are available with concentration in proper hand mechanics and technique, theory, ear-training and music reading. NYSSMA preparation up through level 4 is available. *** Lesson Details *** My guitar lessons follow a structured format. I begin with technical exercises for both the picking/strumming hand and the fretting hand, leading to good sound production. As students learn to achieve well-balanced tones, they learn to apply that to the written page using standard music notation and the TAB system. From single notes, students learn to build harmony, (chords), from 2 notes, to 3, and thereafter, 4. Song repertoire is built from a variety of sources including published method books. Memorization of song repertoire is stressed. After the student has learned the notes and scales in the first position as well as the associated chords, he/she can learn songs of his/her choosing from the Folk, Pop, Classical and Jazz repertoire that is appropriate to his/her current level. Piano method books used include the Dozen-A-Day and Hanon technique exercises as well as the Schaum and Michael Aaron method book series'. NYSSMA training/coaching is available for both piano and guitar with suitable training beginning a least a year before the NYSSMA audition is to take place. The Guitar student should have a good quality guitar, (steel strings, nylon strings, or steel-string electric) professionally set-up with light-gauged strings (for the beginners), a strap, a music stand, and time and space in the home in order to encourage a daily routine of practice. The Piano student should have daily access to a piano or keyboard instrument with weighted keys in order to be able to practice lesson material daily. For young students, a practice chart is given where a student is to mark his/her practice time in order for progress to be made. *** Studio Equipment *** I have a dedicated room in my home that is set up for private practice and teaching. It has an electronic piano, folding chairs, a music stand and guitar amplifiers and cables. *** Travel Equipment *** I bring an acoustic guitar with me to all out-going lessons so that I can play along with the student and demonstrate techniques as necessary. I bring extra blank sheets of music writing paper, fret board diagrams, and study sheets, as well as extra copies of the books I use most frequently. I can purchase books/materials for the student, with the student's or parent/guardian's reimbursement, or the student may purchase materials on their own. *** Specialties *** Pick-style and finger-style guitar, both acoustic and electric; music reading, music theory; re-harmonization and arrangement techniques to make a song your own!

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching since

Teaching since 1992

Education

MA

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 7+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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Bernadette is a patient professional teacher, just what I need to help me learn guitar.

Posted Jul 19, 2019
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Bernadette is really kind and patient, Both of our kids look forward to working with her.

Posted Sep 3, 2017
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Just wonderful with my children very pleased

Posted Apr 9, 2016
Guitar, piano and voice teacher
Feb 2019 - Present
KTS music school
Private and group instruction in Guitar, piano and voice.
Liturgical Guitarist
Jan 2012 - Present
Catholic Diocese of Rockville Ctre.
I accompany and co-accompany cantors and choirs in Catholic Churches across Long Island.
Chorus and General Music a Teacher
Sep 1994 - Present
The Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre
I teach music to children in grades Pk-8, as well as the chorus program. I use a variety if techniques to build musicianship including that which come from the Kodaly, Orff, and Gordon methodologies.
MA
Jul 1997 - May 2000
NYU
BME-Music Education
Sep 1988 - May 1993
Five Towns College
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Music K-12
Feb 2000
NY State
Permanent state certification in Music Education.
Member of Phi Sigma Eta Honor Society
May 1997
NYU
Five Towns College Honor Society
May 1993
Five Towns College
Award of Excellence in Psychology
May 1993
Five Towns College
Award of Excellence in Lab Band
May 1990
Five Towns College
New York State Music Teachers Association
Sep 2021
NYSMTA is dedicated to furthering the art of music and promoting the growth and professional development of its members. It seeks to enhance the educational and performance expertise in all areas of music teaching, including performance, pedagogy, theory, and composition. In addition to the Annual Conference, Local Associations throughout the state sponsor musical and educational events of specific interest to those in their communities.
National Association for Music Education
Aug 2018
National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.

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Acoustic Guitar
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$40
45 minutes
$50
60 minutes
$70
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30