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Yakov D.

Brooklyn, NY
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Jason M.

San Diego, CA
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Lesley F.

Bloomington, IN
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Yakov D. Brooklyn, NY

I introduce students to the essential elements of music notation, harmony, voicing. I also teach sight singing, solfege and proper interpretation of rhythm

About Yakov

• I have over 20 years experience as a music teacher, conductor, theater/orchestra director and a performer in Russia, Norway and the United States.
• I possess excellent interpersonal skills and over the years developed the ability to communicate efficiently and connect with every student I teach.
• I am creative and enthusiastic while working with people of all ages.
• I have a reputation of being passionate about achieving professional goals.

Employment:
09/08- Present NYC Board of Education, P.S. 48
• Band & Orchestra Director
• Teach children K-5 to play musical instruments in small groups and large ensembles
• Organize and perform Winter and Spring Concerts

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Yakov D. September 7, 2014
Piano · In home
I began my piano lessons at Mr. Yakov's Music School when I was in fourth grade. Since then, I have progressed far in my piano studies. When I first started taking piano lessons, I thought it was going to be hard and tedious, and that it would take up too much of my time. However, just by practicing fifteen minutes a day, I was able to get through Piano: Primer Level (my first piano book) in a matter of months! I’m not saying that piano is easy, just that you don’t have to spend hours each day to learn how to play. Also, I feel that taking piano lessons has given me something to improve upon and work toward. I feel more motivated to learn songs that I like to play and to display my skills to my family and friends. Sometimes, I play for my family while they are eating dinner, like a mini-concert. Overall, I highly recommend taking music lessons to anyone, at any age. Music lessons have greatly improved my life as a rewarding and entertaining experience.

Anastasia M., age 14
Jason M. San Diego, CA

I consider myself a theorist sometimes more than a musician. The studies that I use are a combination of taking songwriting structures and breaking them down so that they make sense to anyone. I teach chord progressions as well as scales and sometimes go a bit off the deep end when I feel students are ready.

About Jason

TakeLessons.com Instructor since 2005, Jason M. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring multiple-camera angles and a share screen experience leaving no stone un-turned!

Jason has been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching music since 1996. Although trained in standard teaching methods, he has developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

This year Jason was also the Music Director at the National Guitar Workshop Day Jams Rock Music Day Camp where students ages 7-15 came out to form bands, record original material and master their craft. He also taught ...

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Beth J. October 29, 2014
Bass Guitar · Online
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Jason has been teaching my son for about 6 weeks now. My son head dyslexia and other special needs that make learning difficult. Jason has done a wonderful job teaching and sparking my child's joy in music! Excellent teacher. Highly recommended.
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Chad H. October 20, 2014
Bass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Jason is an amazing teacher very informative knows his stuff 100% would recomend him to anyone looking to learn to play AWESOME TEACHER
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Linda C. September 22, 2014
Ukulele · Online
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Jason is very prompt with lessons and always prepared. He meets me at my level of competence and also brings me beyond my comfort zone, so I feel I am learning quickly and challenging myself. He is patient and encouraging. I would not be progressing on the ukulele so well without him!
Lesley F. Bloomington, IN

Always wanted to read music? Start here!

About Lesley

Lesley is an accomplished classically trained operatic soprano at the beginning of her career. Lesley grew up all over the United States, attending high school in Tennessee where she was very active in high school theatre, playing roles like Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! and Glinda in The Wizard of Oz. Lesley currently sings operatic repertoire ranging from Mozart to Bernstein and loves new composers and exploring new music. Lesley has studied with numerous teachers, coaches, directors, and conductors who have shaped her as a musician, and hopes to be able to impart some of what she has learned. I love to sing, and would love to help you explore singing as well.

I taught in the Atlanta area for four years, as well as New Jersey and Boston, MA. I enjoy working with my students to discover ...

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Paul S. June 13, 2014
Broadway Singing · Online
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At first I had doubts about the potential effectiveness of online lessons. But I am unable to advance with local vocal teachers and decided to give it a shot.
Leslie's immediate insights into things I was doing wrong and things I could do better have already made an impact in both my approach and ability. I've taken vocal lessons off and on locally for nearly 20 years, and in the first lesson she suggested at least four things that I had never been told before, and all of them were spot-on.
Her flexibility in both schedule and simply working to help me achieve the things I want to achieve have been amazing.
I would highly recommend her coaching to anyone looking to improve!
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Jennifer F. May 20, 2014
Singing · Online
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Lesley is a great teacher! My daughter has really improved. I love the online classes. Thank you Lesley!
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RekhaD November 12, 2009
Love my teacher!

Lesley is a wonderful teacher. I am learning so much and she has a very nice teaching style.

Katie Ilen Y.

Seattle, WA
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Dr. Daniel C.

New York, NY
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Gfire

Austin, TX
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Katie Ilen Y. Seattle, WA

Ilen incorporates music theory with all musical disciplines.

About Katie Ilen

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Contemporary ear training, speech-level singing, songwriting, rock, r &b, soul, gospel, musical theatre, Beginning classical, Voice

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Eric K. April 19, 2014
Singing
Great Teacher!

Katie Ilen is an amazing singer with a knack for teaching. She is patient, kind, informative and highly skilled. My daughter loves her and talks about her all the time. After taking lessons with Katie my daughter has gotten so much better it is surprising. Katie also incorporates recording into her lessons and now we have 2 adorable recordings of my daughter singing. Priceless! Highly recommended!
Dr. Daniel C. New York, NY

My minor is in music theory and I have had considerable experience teaching theory one-to-one. We will discuss the rudiments of musical theory (key/time signature, note values, figured bass, etc.) all the way, if you're so inclined, to 12-tone series and complex harmonies.

About Dr. Daniel

Dr. C. was most recently described by Tim Page with the Washington Post as a “funny, exuberant and enormously likable” Papageno during Summer Opera Theater’s performance of The Magic Flute. Previously, the Post critiqued Daniel in Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia’s Barber of Seville as a “bright and bouncy” Figaro who delivered his lines with “aplomb.” Daniel has performed as a young artist in the Studio Programs of El Paso Opera, Kentucky Opera and Portland Opera. He has sung the roles of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Sid in Albert Herring, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Jupiter in Orphe aux enfers, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Masetto in Don ...

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Jay K. November 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
Dan is a very gifted teacher, and a wonderful person. He is intelligent, super punctual, and has a flair for explaining the most intricate details of music and voicing in a way that a 5 year old can easily understand.

He encourages you to sing in the proper way, and break out of bad habits at an early stage. If you are looking for an awesome music teacher, look no further!!
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C S. November 16, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Dan is extremely knowledgeable, patient, focused and funny! A singer my whole life, but mostly untrained, Dan helped me to get back to my passion by asking good questions upfront about my goals and using lessons to strengthen / expand MY voice (rather than shaping it into something else). Unlike any other coach I've seen, Dan actually keeps track of my progress by taking notes and actively revisiting them. He's great and I'm looking forward to continuing our work.
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Olivia Y. November 11, 2014
Opera Voice · In studio
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Daniel is a wonderful instructor. I had not sung opera for over 10 years, and felt very unsure about trying it again. In just 8 weeks of lessons with Daniel, my voice has gotten stronger and richer through his guidance. As an instructor, he is very patient and understanding, while still pushing to get the best possible sound. When describing vocal techniques, he can explain them in many different ways in case it’s not clear on the first try. Daniel has also always been a reliable communicator and is flexible with his schedule.
I have left every lesson with Daniel feeling more confident and I am always looking forward to the next one!
Gfire Austin, TX

I have a degree in Vocal Performance and I have been teaching music theory or over 17 years.

About Gfire

Gfire has been teaching and performing music full-time for over 17 years. Based in Austin, Texas, the "Live Music Capital of the World," she offers voice, piano, songwriting, yoga, folk guitar, and DJ'ing lessons to students from 5-105 and she specializes in sculpting her lessons to the strengths and desires of each individual student. Her students range from beginning to advanced levels, and they sing and play a multitude of musical styles, including classical, pop, rock, r 'n' b, country, folk, singer-songwriter, musical theater, blues and more.

Gfire loves to share her talents with her students. She prides herself on instilling a "sense of mastery" to each of her singing and piano students, no matter on which level they are. The students ...

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MaryBeth M. October 7, 2014
Singing · Online
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She is wonderful! She helped my teenage son, who had never sung before get a part in the high school musical. She is always prepared, on time, and able to coach the best out of even the shyest of students. She worked tirelessly with my son on improving his voice, knowledge of music and he tryout piece. I would recommend her to anyone who has always wanted to sing but doesn't think he or she can. My son is proof that Gfire can help anyone improve their voice and be confident enough to not only sing in public but get the part.
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Paula R. September 30, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
She is fantastic! She is very knowledgeable and does a great job of explaining things. She's also very supportive and fun. I've only taken a few lessons so far, but I feel like I've already learned so much and I can't wait to learn more. I'm not that great with computer stuff, so I was kind of uneasy about using online lessons at first, but it's been much easier than I thought and Gfire has been very helpful and understanding about that aspect, too. I wish I'd discovered this option for lessons a long time ago, and I absolutely recommend Gfire!
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Autumn S. July 1, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I had no piano experience prior to starting my lessons with Gfire, except for some sight reading from choir. Now, 2 years in, I feel I am going strong, thanks to her weekly lessons and support. She is patient and identifies areas for more focus. I would recommend Gfire looking for a fun and consistent teacher.

About Music Theory

Music should be thought of as a language, and in order to speak the language, you should start by gaining a deeper understanding of the basics. That is what learning music theory will do for you. It will help you gain a better understanding of music, no matter how hard the art may be do to define. Essentially music theory attempts to make intangible and abstract concepts more concrete. Some of these concepts include: harmony, melody, rhythm, form, structure, and texture if you gain knowledge about these concepts, you can heighten your awareness and appreciation of music, which many regard as the universal language.

Whether you are looking for a general basic music theory lessons, specialized instruction for music theory notation of instruments, or trying learn how to make music theory ...

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