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I have played in jazz, rock, and blues bands since college. I graduated San Francisco State with my Masters in Music Ed. with a concentration in Jazz Piano & Theory. I give my students a solid foundation in classical technique but I also stress music theory and ear training. As a pianist and keyboardist in a variety of bands I can offer training in improvisation, focusing on blues, gospel or jazz.
Having studied classical piano since I was five, I teach good piano technique first, but I also let students focus on ear training, theory, and improvisation if they desire it. I stress self-expression as the main goal of being a well-rounded musician and I make sure students take an active role in directing their own musical exploration.
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In order to ensure that the student has a good experience I ask that have students two 2 to 5 pieces that they work on at any one time for 15-30 minutes a day. For beginners I give flash cards because I feel that the ability to recognize notes quickly and accurately is the pianist's critical skill. Since music helps with reasoning and concentration skills the 15 minutes spent practicing won't affect children's grades. For kids twelve and under I ask parents to help them learn the notes using flash cards for ten minutes a day for the first month.
I carry a pocket recorder and make MP3s of practice pieces available so that students know what the pieces should sound like.
Students dabble in theory and improvisation to see if they enjoy it but ultimate control of how the time is spent is up to the student. For children lessons we focus mainly on the varieties of music they most, but during each lesson we will spend at least some time doing ear training for intervals and chords chords. Because I have a degree in music theory and I can improvise I make up my own accompaniments to the practice pieces; I believe that actually playing music with another person dramatically improves timing, confidence, musicianship, and love of music.
For the first three months most students play simple one note melodies. The next step is two-handed pieces. At around six months (depending on the student's age) they begin to sightread, improvise (if they wish), and start to become proficient enough to choose their own favorite pieces. .
*** Studio Equipment ***
Synthesizers, pianos, harmony and rhythm software.
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I have tons of songbooks. I use a pocket recorder with a USB adapter and leave students with recordings of the pieces they are learning. They can either download the recording at home or I can email them.
*** Specialties ***
I know jazz theory but I start out with the rudiments of classical theory and technique. I teach students about the circle of fifths, secondary dominants and sub-dominants, and I encourage all of my students to play small improvised jams which I accompany with them. I believe that knowing at least some theory is the key to becoming a good musician. I can teach blues, rock, gospel and jazz theory if students are interested.
ACT, Algebra, Basic Math, Calculus, English, GRE, Math, Pre Algebra, Pre Calculus, PSAT, Reading, SAT, SSAT, Test Prep, Trigonometry
I have been tutoring full-time for 7 years in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. I have students all over New York City and Westchester County. I hold a Master of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute in writing and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.
I recently helped a student increase her SAT score by over 400 points. One of my recent ACT students was thrilled to go from a 27 to a 33. My students have been accepted to top schools including Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia, NYU, USC, UCLA, Vanderbilt, the University of Chicago, Amherst, University of Michigan, Tulane, and Auburn. I teach all sections of standardized tests. I have also been a substitute teacher, worked as an application essay coach, and trained other tutors. I believe in teaching test strategy as well as helping students master the concepts covered on standardized tests. I have also helped students with the ISEE and other private school entrance exams, provided subject tutoring in math, English and writing, and helped students taking the PSAT.
Not only do I achieve results, but students actually enjoy working with me. I have had extremely satisfied clients. I pride myself in not only being a tutor, but also acting as a mentor to my students. I use analogies (especially ones from sports!) to help students relate to difficult concepts. I also work to encourage and motivate my students to do their very best.
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SAT/ACT prep, math tutoring, writing tutoring, college essay consultation, SSAT/SHSAT/ISEE prep
ACT, ACT English, ACT Reading, Algebra, Algebra 1, Alternative Medicine, Anatomy, College Admissions, Cooking, English, Essay Writing, Fitness, Grammar, Italian Cooking, Language, Meditation, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Mixology, Nursing, Nutrition, Pre Algebra, PSAT, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT, Singing, Softball, Songwriting, Spanish, Speech, Spelling, Study Skills, Test Prep, Vocabulary, Writing
Thank you for your interest in my tutoring services. My training in tutoring and mentoring students has been through experience in over 8 years. I have helped students through various subjects for college preparation and overcoming academic standstills in their middle school and high school curriculum. Currently, I mentor and address concerns of students preparing for the SAT essay portion and ACT exam along with everyday subject matter in their current courses.
Some subjects that I have worked with students in include English, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Spanish, and Voice. Lesson plans are built individually and around students academic ability and cater to the demand of their current teachers. Homework help is available along with the option to be taught new skills and advance current knowledge.
Along with this I also tutor students in the City University of New York system which includes allied health and nursing. Students have been able to make leaps and bounds in understanding concepts and learning how to critically think through any situation no matter how challenging or intense.
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have.
Over 30 years college teaching as Adjunct Professor at several colleges
(appointments in: Computer Science; Math & Statistics; Physics; Business & Technology)
* Over 20 years private tutoring for High School Regents, AP, and college subjects - including mathematics (algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, etc.), physical sciences (physics, chemistry, earth science), computer science & programming, etc., plus geography, history, economics, and writing.
* Over 10 years of test-prep teaching and tutoring - SAT/PSAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT. (Trained and certified by both Kaplan and Princeton Review.)
* Curriculum developer and/or trainer for numerous employee training programs, as well as for vocational exams such as GED, ASVAB, Civil Service, Teacher Certification (NYSTCE), etc.
*** Specialties ***
Computer programming in most languages, including C/C++, Java, Perl, etc. as well as Fortran, Visual Basic, Pascal, and assembler.
Writing, grammar, editing, proofreading & rewrite, English communication skills, radio broadcasting & public speaking.
School science projects and robotics.
Math & science enrichment/motivation programs for young children.
Accompaniment, ACT, ACT Test Prep, Algebra, AP Exam Prep, Basic Math, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Piano, Earth Science, Elementary Math, Geometry, Math, Music Performance, Music Theory, Physical and Earth Sciences, Piano, SAT, Science, Study Skills, Test Prep, Ukulele, Violin
Cynthia began studying piano under the instruction of Joshua Z Kant at the age of 3. She auditioned for Julliard Pre College at the age of 8. During her high school years she continued studying piano under Joshua Kant and violin under Christina Willis and Susan Rydzeski. Cynthia attended Stony Brook University for her undergraduate career, studying a double major in Biology and Music. While attending, she studied piano under Christina Dahl, and violin under Soovin Kim and Mario Gotoh. Cynthia also was a member of the Stony Brook University Orchestra as a first violinist, also under the conduction of Dr. Susan Deaver.
Cynthia attended the NY AllState orchestra for two years as a violinist, as well as All Eastern in her senior year. For all four years of high school she was a member of LISFA, All County Orchestra, and concertmaster of her high school symphony. Cynthia also played violin with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra under the conduction of Dr. Susan Deaver while in high school and was also was a member of the Stony Brook University Orchestra as a first violinist, also under the conduction of Dr. Susan Deaver. Most recently she performed with the Suffolk County Orchestra under Dr Richard Wright, and with the Massapequa Philharmonic with Maestro David Bernard as conductor.
Cynthia is also currently a member of the Nassau Symphony Pops Orchestra as a Violin I under Maestro Louis Panaciulli.
Accompaniment, ACT, ACT Math, ACT Test Prep, Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Arithmetic, Audition Prep, Basic Math, Calculus, Choir, Classical Piano, Composition, Discrete Math, Ear Training, Elementary Math, GED Test Prep, Geometry, GMAT, GRE, Math, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Pre Algebra, Pre Calculus, PSAT, SAT, Songwriting, SSAT, Stage Performance, Test Prep, Trigonometry
Bachelor of Music, The Juilliard School - piano performance
Master of Music, Manhattan School of Music - music technology & piano performance
Bachelor of Science, CUNY - applied mathematics
Hailed a "little Mozart" by The New York Times in his early youth, David A. started early career as a classical piano celebrity. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the Juilliard School of Music in 2005, majoring in piano performance. There he won some important music prizes, including Contemporary Honors Recital Award and a first prize at Chopin Piano Concerto Competition, the latter giving him a debut performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Juilliard Symphony. David subsequently performed various piano concertos in Long Island areas with similar youth orchestras. In 2007, he enrolled at Manhattan School of Music, from which he graduated with a Master's degree in Piano Performance two years later. There he won the first prize at annual Eisenberg-Fried Piano Concerto Competition, which granted him a subsequent performance of Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the MSM Symphony. David has performed solo and chamber music in many important concert venues such as Merkin Hall, Juilliard Paul Hall, MSM Borden Auditorium, Tilles Center, Steinway Hall, Lincoln Center Library, Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), Peter Sharp Juilliard Theater, Jordan Hall, Miller Hall, Mozarteum, and Trinity Church. His performances were critically acclaimed twice by The New York Times, and were also praised by local New York magazines. His music performances were also highly commended by the German "Die Woche" newspaper.
David has been actively teaching on a private basis throughout his musical studies. He has worked as a piano teacher at many important private music companies of NYC, and participated in numerous piano teacher workshops as well. Teaching and communicating his skills have now become his sole priority. He instills artistry and stage confidence in his music students, and not simply their ability to play or read music. Successful stage presence is a crucial part of music-making - it inspires creativity and boosts personal self-esteem.
Aside from piano, David enriched his natural talent with academics and mathematical studies. His particular interest in Mathematics and Applied Sciences gradually increased as he entered his teens. After graduating with a Master's Degree in Piano Performance, he went on to pursue studies in Applied Mathematics, and subsequently received an Undergraduate Science degree in this concentration. He has also tutored a great number of students in Standardized Test Prep and Mathematics (up to Calculus) throughout his academic years. Since completing his second undergraduate degree, he has been actively tutoring on a regular basis. The Math College Entrance Exams he covers include SAT, ISEE, ACT, GED, GRE, GMAT, and REGENTS, among other major exams containing math and quantitative sections. David's teaching method includes handling each client with careful attention and making sure to achieve their lesson satisfaction through detailed observation of strengths and weaknesses in any given field.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."