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Popular Music Teachers Near East Rutherford

Erica S.

Bloomfield, NJ
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Barbee M.

North Bergen, NJ
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Kathleen M.

Lodi, NJ
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Erica S. Bloomfield, NJ

About Erica

Hi! My name is Erica, and I am a private lesson teacher, composer, arranger, and pianist currently living, writing, performing, and teaching in North Jersey. I believe that by having such a versatile musical background, I will be able to understand different needs and interests you may have and help you begin or continue your musical journey and reach your goals.

I currently teach 30 private piano and composition students in North New Jersey, and I am consistently inspired by all the progress all my students have made! My students have played classical pieces in recitals, played in jazz combos with other student musicians, written music that was performed by professional ensembles, learned how to play ragtime, and more. No two students have gone down the same path, because the ...

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Brian A. February 21, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
She gets it!

Quick background: I was classically trained for about 7 years in piano, starting when I was around 9. My teacher was great, and did an awesome job of driving the fundamentals.

Fast forward to more recently: Having not taken lessons for 15+ years (I had continued playing and learning...just without a teacher), I decided I wanted to pursue a bit more jazz and theory. I went back to my childhood teacher, who very honestly told me that jazz was not his forte. I took a few months of lessons with him, which helped to get me back into the swing of things, but I was really interested in jazz.

I found Erica on takelessons, and she was truly amazing! If you're looking for a teacher who is always "by the book", this isn't her. While I'm sure she can do that, she thrives in allowing you to be a musician. Her understanding of complex time signatures is great, and she really helps to chunk things up into manageable pieces.

Some of her greatest strengths, from the student's perspective, are her patience, friendly demeanor, STRONG understanding of music theory (she's a composer at heart, and I've no doubt that she's great at it), broad knowledge of music, from composers to artists, and her ability to help you learn to improvise. If I wanted to play different notes than what was on the page, within reason of course, that was ok. Having come from a classical background, that was quite refreshing.

I was always able to look forward to learning something new at my lessons; even her book recommendations have been excellent.

I'd say, because of her patience, she's a perfect teacher for adults and children alike. You really can't go wrong with Erica!
Barbee M. North Bergen, NJ

About Barbee

Hi! My name is Barbee and I have over seven years of experience teaching singing, piano, speaking voice, and music theory. I have taught both children and adults, male and female, with all levels of experience and many different musical goals, from beginners to working professionals. I have performed in Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, and the US, in operas, musicals, oratorios, concerts, and recitals. I hold a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Florida.

I strive to create a lesson environment that is open and honest, where my students are never afraid to ask questions or try something new. I am always happy to explain concepts in a different way ...

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Maribe G. November 5, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Excellent!

Two months of lessons have proven very productive. I have seen great improvement in my daugher's abilities and confidence. Barbee is mild in her ways yet tenacious; always pushing to the next level. I like that I am able to sit through the lesson. The classes run on schedule. Barbee is responsive to calls/texts and is flexible with schedule changes.
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Mary M. November 2, 2013
Singing
The best!

Barbee is both fun and professional! She creates a comfortable learning environment, and continuously pushes for the best results. She's always positive and wants to help me achieve my goals (and more)!
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Claudia B. November 1, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
A super nice and professional

A very nice and funny lady that helped me with different vocal excersices and techniques....
Kathleen M. Lodi, NJ

About Kathleen

I am Kathleen M., a native Canadian, and an increasingly busy artist. Currently residing in Lodi, NJ, I have performed on stages across the United States and Europe with some of the leading opera companies. In the fall of 2012 I returned to NYC to teach adjunct at NYU and to complete an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy at this institution. I will also be finishing my DMA in vocal performance from the University of Illinois by completing the final steps of the prelims and dissertation.

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Upbeat and packed full of information.

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Lessons in the living room, keyboard

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All Styles. Been classically trained. Have taught-country, pop, broadway, opera.

Yuki Y.

Bloomfield, NJ
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Christian D.

Saddle Brook, NJ
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Erika F.

Jersey City, NJ
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Yuki Y. Bloomfield, NJ

About Yuki

My Experience
-8 years teaching experience
-studying the saxophone/music for 18 years, gigging for 8 years
-honors in Bergen County Band, Regional Band, Regional Jazz Band, All-State Jazz band
-Performed with Tom "Bones" Malone, Darmon Meader, Marvin Stamm, Conrad Herwig, Kristin Korb, Ralph Bowen
-Studied with Jeffrey Haas, Mark Friedman, Eric Alexander, Ralph Bowen, Andy Fusco, Mike Richmond, Conrad Herwig
-Attended Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University for Jazz Performance

Lessons will focus on the obvious matters of technique and theory but also will be stressed on the musicality and "feel" of your instrument as well. After all, music stirs the soul and so I believe learning the craft must be done with curiosity and spirituality as well! ...

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Daniel J. September 7, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Yuki is the best sax teacher that I could imagine lives on this planet (by the way I’m one of his students.) It’s been maybe 5-6 weeks and I know him like my neighbor! Every time I see him I get better and better! Besides that he’s one of the nicest people I have ever met. I’m positive all of his other students are 100% satisfied with his lessons and will stay with him until they are better than he is. In the end he is a very positive sax teacher and his main priority is to satisfy your child with their skills and performance. I know that I’m satisfied and hopefully you will be too!
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Patrick G. June 23, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Yuki is a wonderful and patient teacher. I am sixty years old and have always wanted to learn the sax. He always takes time to explain what we are trying to accomplish, even with an " old guy " like myself. I highly recommend Yuki to anyone who wishes to learn the sax in a competent and relaxed manner
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Patrick G. June 10, 2014
Saxophone · In home
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Yuki is a very patient and excellent teacher. He arrived on time and he made me feel comfortable both with him and my sax which I hadn't even opened yet. I would strongly recommend Yuki to anyone of any age who wants to learn to play the sax.
Christian D. Saddle Brook, NJ

About Christian

Christian D. has been playing saxophone for fourteen years. He attended Churchville-Chili High School and attempted to take every music class his school had to offer. He was always very involved in his school's music program. He took private lessons with Mr. Terry Bacon (a graduate from Eastman School of Music) for eight years before going to college. He just completed his BM in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at SUNY Fredonia. There he studied classical with Dr. Wildy Zumwalt and jazz with Bruce Johnstone.
Christian has been in many elite bands since the start of his career as a musician. He has participated in the Roberts Wesleyan Honors Band, Hochstein School of Music Junior Wind Symphony, All-County Band, and New York Area All State band, as well as performing as a ...

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Justin H. November 12, 2014
Trumpet · In home
I've known Christian for a few years. We went to school together and have done a decent amount of playing together. He's very professional, talented, and knows what he's doing. Hes a top rated teacher and player. Anyone studying with him will learn a lot from him. Very highly recommended.
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Justin F. November 3, 2014
Tuba · Online
Verified Student
My 11 year-old son is taking beginner tuba lessons with Christian. He was getting very frustrated in band but even after just a few lessons has improved significantly and is much more confident during band practice. Christian has shown a lot of patience with him and encourages him to progress rather than hang out and play what he is already comfortable with.

And as a mom, I LOVE Skype lessons. I was a little worried that the lack of 'hands-on' could be an issue but it is not at all. We started with just 5 lessons, but I anticipate many more:)
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DARRYL R. September 14, 2014
Verified Student
I had my first lesson on Saturday the 13th, I was in a lot of doubt about taking lessons on line. I was not setup for it all the way my lab top was not putting out no sound. I was saying to myself here we go half of my lesson spent on fixing mechanical problems, but that was not the case. Christian figured it out with no problem and before you knew it I was into my first lesson. Christian was great we went over some different things and I was playing again. It felt really good to be playing notes with someone there to critique your performance good or bad. My goa is to get better each week. Thanks Christain
Erika F. Jersey City, NJ

About Erika

My name is Erika and music has always been an essential part of my life! As soon as the cliche dream of becoming an astronaut was out of my mind, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in music- my dream was to become a professional pit orchestra musician on Broadway. I attended Ithaca College and received my bachelors degree in music education and saxophone performance, where I quickly learned that I enjoyed teaching as much as performing! I loved conducting high school band and teaching private and group instrumental lessons. I was a member of the pit orchestra in several collegiate and professional musical productions, as well as the alto saxophone player of Zephyr Saxophone Quartet. In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors, playing ping pong, taking pictures and exploring new ...

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Bridgitt H. September 1, 2014
Flute · In home
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Erika was amazing! She worked with my daughter and helped to build her skills and her confidence when playing the flute. My daughter LOVED Erika. She was patient, knowledgeable and exactly the teacher my daughter needed. We highly recommend Erika. Look no further for the best instructor around!
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Srihari P. August 31, 2014
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
I learned saxophone for a year back in 2007 and haven't played since. I was looking for someone who can get me started again after such a long gap. Over the past month Erika has been helping me get back and move forward. I find Erika to be knowledgeable, patient and keeps things at a lively pace without stagnation. She also made corrections to my embouchure, breath support and reeds, which seem to be improving my playing. So thanks to Erika. I look forward to continue learning and hope this first hand information helps anyone in search of a good saxophone teacher in and around Jersey City.

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