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Cory Morgenstern

Hawthorne, CA 90250 (map)

Lessons Offered

Bass, Composition, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboard, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Singing, Violin, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

About Me

Cory teaches in his home studio in a one-on-one, comfortable environment for all levels — from beginners, pre-schoolers and young children, to adults and even seasoned musicians looking to further hone their technique and/or theory skills.
Piano/Synthesizer Acoustic/Electric Guitar Bass Harmonica Violin
Sight Reading/Theory Voice Classical Jazz/ Pop/Rock/Blues
Songwriting Performance Recording with Pro Tools
Guitar Book : Those looking to learn how the guitar or to advance their skills will find Cory's User-Friendly Guitar Book to be a great resource. This book covers both beginner and advanced techniques and includes hundreds of diagrams and examples of songs.

My Musical Education Background

Cory has been teaching private students for over 30 years now. Though he has taught groups, he prefers to teach one-on-one because, in his experience, this is the best way to learn a subject completely.
He has studied piano with the great Charlie Parker's pianist Walter Bishop Jr. and also studied 18th Century Contrapuntal Harmony with Oscar Peterson protegé Mike Longo who was Dizzy Gillespie's musical director for over 30 years. He's also studied lyric writing with Sheila Davis, author of several N.Y. Times bestselling books, and is mentioned for his lyrics in two of her books including Succesful Lyric Writing. He has also had a profile written about him in Mike Levine’s Billboard Book "How To Be A Working Musician".
His teaching program includes Classical, Sight Reading, Jazz Theory, Pop, Rock and Blues, as well as various songwriting techniques (including both music and lyrics) and even some recording tips (Cory has a fully equipped recording studio).

Genres and Subjects Taught

Classical Music
Recording with Pro Tools

Subjects Taught:
Acoustic/Electric Guitar
Sight Reading/Music Theory

Guitar Book : Those looking to learn how the guitar or to advance their skills will find Cory's User-Friendly Guitar Book to be a great resource. This book covers both beginner and advanced techniques and includes hundreds of diagrams and examples of songs.

Lesson Rates

All lessons in my studio:
$30 per half hour
$45 for 45 minutes
$60 per hour

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I have taught students from pre-school to 100 years of age!!

My Certifications and Awards

I have studied privately with several of the most well known teachers in the world. These include Mike Longo of Dizzy Gillespie fame and Walter Bishop Jr. of the Charlie Parker band. I also studied with Warn marsh who led Supersax and played with Lenny Tristano for many years.
I bring over 40 years of performing and recording experience to my students. You may also see references from students all over the world.

My Musical Influences

I love Classical, Jazz and all modern music and in addition I have a unique knowledge of music from around the world.

Service Area

Student Reviews

Hastings On Hudson, NY

Cory Morgenstern is a multi-talented sweetheart of a man. He’s been a great guitar teacher for my daughter, who has gained knowledge of sight reading and classical guitar while learning to play the folk/indie/classic rock she most enjoys. It’s to Cory’s credit that she’s stuck with these lessons through all the other activities she’s taken up and abandoned. Cory is also a highly skilled performer and recording artist. I’ve enjoyed listening and dancing to his band playing old favorites and original compositions. He creates CDs of his music and records other artists in an impressive-looking home recording studio – and on top of all this, he’s a great cook and a kind-hearted, generous neighbor. We’re fortunate to have him as a member of our community. Susan Subramanian - See more at: http://www.corymorgenstern.com/testimonials/#sthash.TF2usa4F.dpuf

Norwalk, CT

I've studied with Cory for 4 years now, and I just want everyone to know what a great teacher Cory is. I've not only developed immensely in my musical skill, but I've also noticed when I'm working with other musicians that my studies have really set me apart from my peers. Cory has an awesome recording studio with all the professional stuff you'd come to expect in a major studio, Protools HD, Logic 9, a great Mic Pre & Compressor, along with an awesome tube Mic for recording great vocals. I've known Cory for 14 years now, and he's a lot of fun to work with and learn from. I've also been to many of his gigs, and I can assure you he's an awesome performer. Glenn Swan www.myspace.com/glennswan - See more at: http://www.corymorgenstern.com/testimonials/#sthash.gkz8IZPu.dpuf

Hastings On Hudson, NY

I'm a professional musician, and I entrusted both of my sons to Cory Morgenstern, and have also recommended him widely to my friends......he gave both of my boys a solid foundation in piano, and when my second one chose guitar, the transition was very smooth. They each started when they were 6 - Cory is great with kids that age, and by the time they started in the school bands, they were well prepared to dive right in. Cory is an actively working musician and composer, which makes it fun for the kids, and gives them a view on how the material they are studying functions in the real world. He also maintains a high quality home studio, opening up the opportunity for students to gain experience in that realm. I'm a big fan. Tim Armacost 917 345 1847 timarm@aol.com www.timarmacost.com - See more at: http://www.corymorgenstern.com/testimonials/#sthash.gEA14y73.dpuf

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