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Popular Music Teachers Near Jersey City

Cassandra W.

New York, NY
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Barbee M.

North Bergen, NJ
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Zhana G.

New York, NY
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Cassandra W. New York, NY

About Cassandra

Xiao Xue (Cassandra) W. was born in China. She began her piano lessons at age 7. Two years after her piano study, she won 2nd prize in the Shen Yang City-Wide Piano Competition. One year later, she won the Liao Ning State-Wide Piano Competition. She was an honor student at The Shen Yang Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division where she performed many outstanding student concerts. Later, she studied at The Shanghai Conservatory of Music in Shanghai, China and The Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow, Russia.
After her return to China, she was appointed by the president of Shenyang Conservatory of Music as a music director and an accompanist for violin and viola graduate students. Her duties included: directing, coaching and accompanying graduate student concerts; ...

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Cynthia G. May 18, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I cant say enough about Cassandra. She's a wonderful teacher with great patience. Her instructions are clear and thorough. She also has a great sense of humor and makes each lesson a pleasure.
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Jean - Luc B. December 12, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
She must be you teacher!

Cassandra is an incredibly good teacher and performer. She is very patient, which is a great quality when you just start leaning to play the piano (I am sure her ears must suffer). She has a good sense of humor and is very open minded, which helps create a relaxing environment. And yet, she also manages to push you and progress. I can only recommend her.
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Zeng C. September 22, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
A musical journey

Cassandra has a seemingly endless reserve of patience that allows her to build each lesson as a musical journey. She has guided me to concentrate on my relaxation, sightreading, proper form, and musical interpretation. It has been my pleasure to explore music with her.
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....
Zhana G. New York, NY

About Zhana

I have been a freelance violinist and a professional violin teacher for the past 30 years. Playing in the orchestra and teaching students are two of my greatest passions in life. As a private violin instructor, I firmly believe that education is impossible without student motivation and passion. As much as I love teaching, my best experience is also learning from my students.

Education - received in the Republic of Georgia (Eastern Europe)
- Tbilisi State Music Academy - 7 year degree in Violin/Piano performance.
- Tbilisi State College of Music and Arts - Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance.
- Tbilisi State Music Conservatory - Master's Degree in Violin Performance.

I am very fortunate to love teaching because it allows me to share my knowledge and incredible ...

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MO Z. November 9, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Zhana is an amazing violin teacher. She has the perfect amount of patience but at the same time demands enough to challenge any individual and make them better.
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Benedict B. April 5, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
An advanced beginner's review

Zhana combines very well the two elements that are essential for a good teacher in any field: strictness and high expectations on the one hand coupled with kindness and encouragement on the other. I have only had six weeks of lessons with her so far, but I have already learned a lot and can compare her favorably with other instructors.
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Anna H. December 12, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
great violin tutor

Zhana is very patient, pleasant and professional tutor. My son is a beginner, now he has the confidence to continue play violin and join the school orchestra.

Jim T.

New York, NY
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Matthew O.

Jersey City, NJ
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Laurie G.

Jersey City, NJ
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Jim T. New York, NY

About Jim

Jim T. earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education and composition from the University of Michigan in 2001 and 2008. He taught high school and elementary school band, jazz band, glee club, beginning music theory, and AP/IB music theory at Detroit Country Day School 2002-2014. Jim Has worked as a freelance Music Director for educational, community, and professional theatre productions since 2002 (70+ shows) while also freelancing as a french horn player and rock pianist. He worked as a church choir director 2004-2010. An active composer, Jim has published several works for band and small ensembles and his original musical, "Justice in Dusty Junction" will be available through Eldridge publishing (Fall 2014). With a blend of humor, patience, insistence on excellence, ...

Matthew O. Jersey City, NJ

About matthew

MUSIC LESSONS PLEASE READ HERE:
Hello. My name is Matt. I have just completed my degree in Jazz Guitar performance at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with honors. I have been a professional musician since I started playing in the US Navy Band in 2007. In late 2012 I joined a local touring band called The Gas House Gorillas. I taught for two years at a private music school in New Orleans called Creative Dance and Music Studio. I have played on one commercially released CD called Punk Americana.
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Hello. My name is Matt. I have a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the new school. I also speak German, and have studied Spanish. I have been a volunteer instructor at The International Center of ...

Laurie G. Jersey City, NJ

About Laurie

I bring 30 years performing and coaching experience to my students.  I have performed as featured soloist at events ranging from Miss Texas Pageant and cruise ships to guest artist with several symphony orchestras. I have enjoyed singing with the Fort worth and Dallas operas as well as traveling with national Broadway touring shows.. I obtained my Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Texas and have studied with former Metropolitan Opera stars and Maestro for the Dallas Opera.

Each student is different, therefore I adjust my teaching technique accordingly. I want all of my students to be successful, so we begin where this can happen and then work up from there. I am classically trained and believe that a classical basis should be the foundation for all ...

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Kaytie N. October 14, 2014
Classical Voice · In studio
I had taken voice lessons from Laurie for seven years before I moved away for college. During that time, my vocal ability grew in ways I could not have imagined.

Laurie has an amazing ability in helping you reach your greatest potential. She is intuitive, perceptive, and meticulous in discovering your weaknesses and helping you overcome them. Like an athletic trainer, she has an intricate knowledge of the muscles required for your performance, and she is excellent in helping you strengthen them.

Being a performer herself, Laurie is constantly evolving and honing her craft, which in turn is very beneficial for her students. Throughout my time with Laurie, she was always excited to share a new technique if she found it successful.

However, Laurie is not only an amazing teacher, she is also a wonderful person to be around. I always loved coming to her lessons, not only because I learned so much, but also because she became a great friend.
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Evana F. October 12, 2014
Classical Voice · In studio
Hi I am Evana Flores. I am Soprano 2, soon to be 18, and a senior at Coppell Highschool where I am in the A Cappella Choir and a few show choirs. Laurie and I have known each other for many years now. I started taking group class lessons with her when I was in the fourth grade for musical theatre, and then soon after began taking solo lessons for fun. She was super friendly and she is great with children and taught me good songs for auditions, how to breathe with my diaphragm, and most importantly confidence. I was in a Musical Theatre company and she was one of the directors where she was able to adapt and teach a bunch of voices from kids of varying ages. Going into middle school I signed up for school choir in 7th grade and they allowed us to take Voice at school, so I only saw Laurie sporadically. It wasn't until the summer before my junior year of high school that I sought out Laurie’s help once again. I was kind of in the rut vocally and with my confidence level because I was good, but I wasn’t improving… specifically with the All State Competition. I was doing well for my age, but I wasn’t advancing as far as I had wanted to and it was frustrating. Transitioning from a 30-minute weekly school lesson to Mrs. Lauries 1 hour+ lessons was kind of overwhelming at first because these lessons were so concentrated on technique. But by the end of that summer I had already learned how to project my sound and raise my soft pallet.
If that is not convincing enough, let me tell you how I did in my standings in the All State Process before and after her lessons. My freshman year I made the district choir (17th chair) and did not advance to the Region choir at the next round because I got 31st chair; I had to make top ten. The next year as a sophomore I made 11th chair at district and made 15th chair at the next round of Regionals so I was cut once again. That summer I went to Mrs. Laurie, and after having lessons for only a few months with her I was a million times better and I think my results from my junior year are quite telling. I made 6th chair at District, 3rd chair of the Region Choir, 6th chair at Pre-Are, and was 2nd Alternate to the All State Choir. I didn’t actually get to sing with the choir, or neither can I technically call myself an “All Stater” but now I know that I have the potential to be one if I work even harder this year, and Laurie saw that potential in me from the beginning, My junior year Laurie helped me make audition tapes for SWACDA and I made their Honor Choir. I also received a 1st Division rating on my solo at State Solo & Ensemble, where I had gotten a 2nd division rating the year before. But Laurie’s knowledge surpasses classical singing and she also helped me tremendously with show choir auditions and what not. In my show choir, Vivace, I auditioned for solos and a filler singing “Heart of Life” and was given the featured solo in Jai Ho and my John Mayer filler was put in the show.
But beyond my accomplishments, Mrs. Laurie has been a very special influence in my life. She cares for her students as their own mother would and her encouraging personality never made lessons intimidating. In my lessons I have learned how to raise my soft pallet, proper breath control, how to lift my check bones, relax my tongue, use my lips, stand, drop my jaw, and be free in my singing (which was very hard to do with choral training). But most pertinent to my voice, she found my voice as a soloist and not as a choir member. She uncovered so much of my range as a soprano and helped me feel at ease singing there. Mrs. Laurie is a wonderful person and teacher whose expertise is rare to come about these days. She always has the best in mind for her students and her passion for teaching and voice and performing are so evident. To her potential students, take from her! I highly recommend it.

Thanks for everything Mrs. Laurie. Love, Evana
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Alexa W. October 9, 2014
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It is with the utmost pleasure that I recommend Laurie as a private vocal instructor. Having known Mrs. Laurie G. since 2006, at which point I was only 12 years old, I can honestly say that she is one of the few people who had such an impact on my life as to shape it musically and otherwise. When we first met, she recognized a vocal talent that I had not yet realized and she encouraged me to pursue it. Thus, I joined the middle school choir (which was, at that point, under her instruction) and became one of her private students.
In the nearly 4 years that I took voice lessons from Mrs. Laurie G., I received a solid classical training experience that prepared me for a multitude of accomplishments. While under her instruction, I earned the Lewisville Independent School District Outstanding Soloist Award three years in a row, performed soloist roles in the musicals Once Upon a Mattress, Annie, and Aladdin, sang at a few private gigs, and gained admission to the vocal department at the esteemed Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in downtown Dallas. After starting high school there, I went on to become a member of the 2011 All-State Choir, represent Booker T. Washington HSPVA at two SWACDA conventions, and perform in and direct Abbondanza, the school’s annual musical production. Additionally, I became a member of the Booker T. Washington HSPVA Opera Workshop, performing as one of the Three Ladies in a production of Die Zauberfl�te and in the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus, as well as gaining behind-the-scenes access to numerous events at the Dallas Opera. Lastly, I became a member of the Booker T. Washington Jazz Singers, a contemporary jazz group, which won the 2013 Monterey Jazz Competition and became one of two high school groups in the nation to be featured at the 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival.
Laurie gave me the foundation I needed to succeed in classical and contemporary vocal environments and helped me build the personal confidence I needed to put myself out there and strive for success. She always goes above and beyond the call of duty, endeavoring to assist her students in their pursuits in any way that she can. She is an individual that I will always hold near and dear and I know that, if given the chance, she will be the same for you.
Sincerely yours,

Alexa Weiand
Colorado State University

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