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Easy Music Center is now offering Vocal, Ukulele, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum and Keyboard lessons. We have a great teaching staff! These guys are pros! Read about them below.
Also check out the new lessons rooms at the Honolulu store. Each lesson room is equipped with its own recording station. At the end of a lesson, each and every student gets a free CD recording of their lesson. It is the perfect practice tool. Imagine going home and knowing you won’t forget what the instructor was telling you. This makes your lesson that much more productive! Just one of the many benefits of taking lessons at Easy Music Center.
Some of the other benefits available only to students of Easy Music Center:
10% off our lowest sales price on any educational products. This discount is available to you from the start.
Other Student Benefits:
Take another 5% off all sales tags and bulk discounts around the store
Also 10% off our lowest price on HOSA cables and accessories
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Jason is our Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele Instructor at our Pearl City Location. He has been teaching guitar, bass, and ukulele for eleven years. He plays professionally in various bands around the island, performing rock, blues, funk, country, disco, reggae, and folk music. In addition to playing in working bands he has also worked as the band leader and sound engineer in bars, nightclubs, weddings, and parties. He has had several television appearances and co-composed and engineered the theme music on the television show Entertain Me. His studies in advanced Music Analysis and Music Theory at University of Hawaii allow him to offer his students a fuller, more comprehensive understanding of music and his degree in philosophy and five years experience working with young adults in a psychiatric hospital brings a deeper perspective to his teaching. Check out Jason in his element here: YouTube
Landon is our Guitar and Ukulele Instructor at our Honolulu location. Landon has over 15 years experience in professional music and teaching. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Music from University of North Carolina at Asheville and two Master’s degrees in Jazz Studies and Music Education from University of North Texas, and he was a lecturer at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China, for 4 years in the Jazz Studies department there. At the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Landon has lectured on the topic of early African-American music for the World Music course and performed in concerts at Orvis Auditorium. Landon’s music background is extensive and throughout his career in music, he has studied jazz, blues, pop, reggae, heavy metal, rock, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, classical, folk, contemporary, funk, soul, bluegrass, etc… Presently, Landon is composing and arranging songs for acoustic guitar and ukulele, studying the music of Jake Shimabukuro as well as some very challenging songs by acoustic guitar phenom, Andy Mckee. He also studies guitar with jazz education and guitar education guru, Corey Christiansen and he has extensive experience teaching guitar students of all ages. It’s never too late or too soon to start. You can see videos of Landon performing on Guitar and Ukulele at his website: http://www.landonmattox.com
“Najee” Marie Lynne
Najee is our piano/keyboard instructor at our Pearl City Location. Her love affair with the piano began as a little girl, when she would venture downstairs to the basement recreation room to play on the old upright in her Detroit home. Her mother noticed she played in a way that made sense and she sought a private instructor for Najee. She was 4-1/2 years old at the time she began lessons. For the next 12 years, she studied classical music, performing in annual piano competitions and festivals in Detroit. Later in college, she became fascinated with the spontaneity and creativity of jazz music, learning about jazz theory, improvisation and performance from some of the city’s top jazz artists and instructors. She also taught children, ages 5-13, to play piano. Here on Oahu, she continues to play the piano in private and public venues, teach children and adults and pursue her lifelong study of the instrument.
Gilbert is one of our guitar, bass and ukulele teachers at our Kapolei location and has been playing music in the Honolulu scene for over 20 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Music Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he concentrated on classical guitar, double bass, music theory, and composition. Gilbert has performed with jazz artists such as Azure McCall, Tennyson Stephens, Noel Okimoto, Abe Lagrimas, Rich Crandall, Tim Tsukiyama, Satomi Yarimizo, and Frank Vignola. The Gilbert Batangan Quartet has played Tuesdays at Jazzminds for almost 6 years, recently featuring NYC-based musicians Paul Carlon, Valery Ponomarev, Hironobu Saito, Chris Amberger, and Maya Hatch as guest performers. He has participated in recordings with the Royal Hawaiian Band, Abe Lagrimas, Shawn Conley, and Jacob Koller. Although known as a Jazz guitarist around town, Gilbert loves to play and teach all styles of music: Jazz, Blues, Classical, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Reggae, Folk, Fingerstyle, Rock, Soul, Hawaiian, etc. He likes working with guitar students of all ages and levels and has also taught in elementary, middle, and high schools specializing in band, choir and orchestra. Check out Gil jamming at Jazz Minds here: YouTube
Dr. Tatiana Dutoit
Tatiana is our Piano, Voice, Composition and Music Theory teacher at our Honolulu location. She has a PhD in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s in Composition and Theory from Carnegie-Mellon University and she is certified in two children’s teaching methods, Suzuki and Kindermusik. During her high school years, she won “The 1981 October Prize in Composition” for the city of Belgrade. Some of her best compositions have been performed at some of the most famous stages in the world. Her piece for chamber orchestra, was performed at the Fulton Theatre in Pittsburgh her symphonic piece was performed by the Carnegie-Mellon University Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Tatiana has been teaching music at various schools, colleges, and universities (piano, composition and theory, basic musicianship, harmony, counterpoint, piano ensemble, orchestration, improvisation, notation, voice, and many other subjects) for over 20 years. She taught at Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College, Community College of Allegheny County, New Mexico Highlands University where she founded and led the composition program, Bermuda Conservatory of Music, and Bermuda School for the Performing Arts. Since 1991, she has also been exploring the sound of pop, new age and rock. She was involved as a singer, keyboardist and songwriter, performing with various bands in the Pittsburgh area. Her compositions have been influenced by many styles: new-age, pop, progressive rock andclassical (especially impressionism). Many of her pieces and songs were performed internationally and she has composed, recorded and produced five CD’s through Core-Age Records. Check out Tatiana’s recent composition for choir and piano here: YouTube
Scott is our drum set and percussion teacher at our Honolulu location. With over 32 years experience, Scott is considered by many
a ‘chameleon’ of music, he’s able to adapt to many styles convincingly. Receiving his bachelor’s degree in music from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston he’s been a highly sought after musician since returning home to the islands. His work experience is extensive to say the least. His theatre work includes Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Song and Dance as well as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His spectrum of ensemble work includes but is not limited to : Sean Naa’au, (reggae), Naleo Pilimehana, (island contemporary), Hula Joe and the Hutjumpers (swing, jump swing), Jazz Hawaii Big Band, Bad Mojo, Resistors (hard rock, classic rock), Gilbert Batangan quartet (bepop, modern jazz) as well as tribute shows : Stars in Concert and Blue Hawaii, playing the music of Elvis, Micheal Jackson, Madonna, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Little Richard, Elton John, and The Blues Brothers. Currently working with Hawaii’s hottest R&B/Soul band Eight-0-Eight, 16th Ave. Jazz Quartet, The Fat Cats Blues Band, and folk music with The Art of Whimsey not to mention countless freelance work, it is evident the broad stroke of his passion. Scott has been teaching for over 20 years and he pride’s himself on recognizing an individuals learning strengths to help design each lesson to utilize those strength to their fullest. Here are some samples of Scott’s teaching and performing: YouTube YouTube 2 YouTube 3
KuKolomona Wilson-Ku is our keyboard instructor at our Pearl City location. “Ko” is a pianist, keyboardist, singer, song writer and arranger. He studied classical piano for 18 years since age 4, performing in piano auditions and competitions in Honolulu. In 2007, he won the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition and performed George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with the full Orchestra. He earned a Hawaii Music Teachers Association piano scholarship, continued his piano study with Drs. Thomas Yee and Jonathan Korth of the UH Music Department and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music (emphasis on piano performance) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His specialty is Improvisation. He also is a prolific song writer with original compositions and musicality influenced by classical, contemporary, pop, rock, reggae and jazz genres. In the Honolulu music scene, he plays professionally in various bands, including HiRemedy and TTYM, and he was a former member of the widely-known band, Kolohe Kai as well as Natural Vibrations. He has participated in the recording of three albums as keyboardist, saxophonist and back-up vocals, and has toured and gigged in Australia, New Zealand, Guam, Japan and Hawaii. In addition to piano and keyboards, he is proficient in saxophone, guitar and ukulele. His thorough foundation in music theory offers students a comprehensive, well-rounded understanding of music. He enjoys working with students of all ages and is an instructor who inspires each student to discover and develop their musical capabilities.
Nick is our Blues, Rock, and Metal teacher at our Honolulu location. He is a guitarist of epic proportions. His unique melodic voicings and driving rhythmic patterns are the foundation of his music which he continually pushes to new levels on both electric and acoustic guitars. As a listener, you are compelled to pay attention and as a player you want to study his techniques to find out what is going on under the hood. Nick is fascinated by alternate tunings, experimenting with string gauges and understanding music theory in a practical way up and down the fretboard. Teaching is his passion and playing is his mission.
Swedish born and raised with a guitar in his hands from birth, Nick has gone on to compose and play with many great musicians. He’s worked with Nicko McBrain( Iron Maiden), Dan Spitz(Anthrax), John Macaluso(Yngwie Malmsteen,T.N.T,Ark), Randy Coven(Steve Vai), Patrick Johansson(Yngwie Malmsteen), Bjorn Englen(Ynngwie Malmsteen,Dio Disiples), Chris Risola(Steelheart) and more. His playing has brought him recognition in many professional arenas and he’s endorsed by ESP Guitars and Daddario strings.
Nick is a graduate of the Musicians Institute Of Technology(G.I.T.) in Los Angeles and has been teaching all levels of guitar for 15 years all over the world . His specialty is Diatonic Modes and assisting students in the fullest expression of their potential.
If you would like to hear one of Chris’ bands, you can at www.longitude.bandcamp.com
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Stew is our drum teacher at our Honolulu Location - A native New Yorker and well established, diversified Drummer…Stew Sherman has been performing as a professional Drummer since the age of thirteen. Starting out in Junior High and High School band, Stew quickly moved on to the local club scene, and venues throughout New York City. At the age of twenty-one, Stew relocated to Los Angeles California where he began to play with some of the top musicians and artists in the industry. His professional credits include: “The Temptations”, “Puff Daddy”(MTV Video), Atlantic recording artist “Rome”, “Michael McDonald”, “Ray Parker JR.”, “Denise Williams”, “Henry Kapono”, “Cecelio and Kapono”, “Ricky Peterson”. Now residing in Honolulu, Hawaii, Stew continues to tour, record and perform with various artists and musical situations, and covers all styles of music.
Victor has been playing the guitar for over ten years. He fell in love with classic rock and classical music at a young age, eventually getting his first guitar at fifteen. Over the next few years he started getting serious about music, attending LCC and UH Manoa to attain his Bachelors Degree in Music with an emphasis on classical guitar performance. At UH, Victor studied and performed works from a variety of eras, from more traditional composers like Sor, Carcassi, and Bach to the more avant garde Brouwer, and even a few jazz and pop standards that were arranged by his teacher, Peter Kun Frary. He also performed with various ensembles, including the guitar ensemble, Korean ensemble, and Javanese Gamelan. Since graduating, Victor has been teaching and furthering his own studies, focusing on the electric guitar with various styles and techniques including arpeggios, tapping, scales, and chord voicing.
Check out one of his performances with the guitar ensemble here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm4KDib1dsI