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Popular Music Teachers Near Maplewood

Erica S.

Bloomfield, NJ
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Luba S.

Mountainside, NJ
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Joseph R.

Caldwell, 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
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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!
Luba S. Mountainside, NJ

About Luba

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Ms Luba Slepoi started playing piano at the age of 6 and continued her musical studies at Mussorgsky School of Music and later at St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Her concert appearances in Russia included performances with orchestra and solo recitals at St. Petersburg State Capella, Philharmonic Hall, and Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory Hall.

Upon moving to the United States in 1989, she worked as a vocal accompanist at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music while pursuing her BS degree in Computer Science. From 1996 she participated in the series of Master Classes at International Summer Festivals such as Holland Music Sessions, Nice Festival Academy, studying with Boris Berman, Brigitte Engerer, Menahem Pressler and performing in the frame of ...

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Michele M. September 17, 2014
It is with great pleasure and with no reservations whatsoever, that I can recommend Luba as a piano teacher for both children and adults. Although her curricula vitae speaks for itself in terms of her qualifications and experience, it is the personal qualities of a teacher that are of the utmost importance in developing a student/teacher relationship that brings out the fullest potential and desire to learn of the student. Luba's warm and kind demeanor belies her exacting requirements of her students. As a pianist who has attended Luba’s student recitals, I am always impressed to see how well-prepared and confidently they perform. Even the beginners play with beautiful phrasing and musicality. One can tell they have studied with a teacher who has worked hard to impart a strong sense of organic expression that music, performed with care and understanding, can evoke. As a concert pianist, Luba understands well the difficulties, both physically and psychologically of performance and is most supportive of the goals of her students. She is also interesting and caring and uses her sense of humour to entice her students to keep working through the difficult times, and keep coming back for lessons.

Michele Mestman,
Colleague and professional freelance accompanist.
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Niraj G. August 20, 2014
Classical Piano · In studio
"Mrs. Luba" has come to be one of the most positive role models in our daughter's life. Over the last two years, Luba has instilled in our daughter (now aged 8) a deep appreciation and love for music and an understanding of the importance of setting goals.

In addition to her obvious rich musical knowledge, Luba is enthusiastic, caring, warm and understands how to teach. She has worked with my daughter on troublesome topics and knows when and how to challenge her. She makes each and every lesson fun while creating a real sense of accomplishment. Rather than simply plow through songs, Luba also works with her on piano technique and music fundamentals that will hasten her development, particularly as she advances. Finally, Luba is always extremely accommodating and cognizant of our hectic schedule. Our daughter recently scored "Outstanding" in the 2014 Music Educators Association Annual Audition, thanks in no small measure to Luba.

We are absolutely thrilled to have found Luba for our daughter's piano instruction and hope to continue our long relationship together.
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Cat Z. July 31, 2014
Classical Piano · In studio
I started taking lessons with Luba when I was 7 years old, and stayed with her for over 10 years (until I left for college). Now, despite no longer taking piano lessons, I still find great enjoyment in playing piano, and I attribute my love and knowledge of music to Luba. Luba's piano lessons were truly invaluable. She believes in a holistic approach, and understands that it is important for a student to be able to tackle a piece both technically and emotionally. She patiently goes over music theory, delving into the whys and hows of composition, helping her students understand the piece technically. Her explanations and demonstrations on the techniques with which to play a piece were clear and informative, and with practice I found my technical skills improving substantially. However, unlike many other musicians I've met who have mastered technique but failed to apply emotion, Luba ensures that a student is also able to connect with the music. She encouraged me when I chose to learn pieces I liked, and guided me when I struggled to emotionally connect with certain composers. She also taught me the value of practicing (which many children dislike doing, myself included at the time), and gave advice on how to actually practice and improve. With Luba, I consistently received a grade of "Outstanding" (the highest grade level) at the Music Educators Association's annual audition, and placed in numerous piano competitions around the state. I went from barely having any knowledge of music and piano to being able to both learn and sight read complex pieces. It's so satisfying for your efforts to pay off and to finally reach a level where you can pick any piece and know that you have the skills to learn it and play it well. Without Luba, I would not have reached such a mastery of piano and I am extremely grateful for all of her help over the years. Luba is a fantastic piano teacher and any student would be lucky to take lessons with her!
Joseph R. Caldwell, NJ

About Joseph

As an experienced performing musician, I have performed internationally at the Terra Incognita Festival in Canada with "The Tea Club". I have a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Percussion Performance and Music Education. I hold a New Jersey State Teachers Certification for grades K-12. I am fortunate to have studied with great Joe Morello(Take Five, The Dave Brubeck Quartet). I actively perform in multiple music genres and have studied various music styles including Rock, Jazz, Classical and more. Music is my life, and my students receive all the musical knowledge and assistance I have to offer.

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With all students, lessons focus on the student's music interests (Rock, Jazz,Classical,Latin etc.) My lessons focus on Technique, Snare Drum ...

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LeVar N. November 3, 2014
Drum · In studio
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Joe is a great teacher. Very attentive and eager for my daughter to learn the drums. I highly recommend this instructor.
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Scott M. September 30, 2014
Drum · In studio
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Joe has done a tremendous job with my five-year-old son, who, having ADHD, is generally a challenge for his parents and teachers. Joe has made the lessons fun for my son, who is progressing and engaged at a level I never envisioned.
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Dave H. September 12, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Joe is an excellent teacher; patient, knowledgeable and of course very talented!

Dimitry C.

Livingston, NJ
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Yuki Y.

Bloomfield, NJ
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Rebekah S.

Caldwell, NJ
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Dimitry C. Livingston, NJ

About DIMITRY

My students are the winners of the auditions to the NJ Youth Symphony orchestra (2014), NJ Regional Band competitions in 2013 (HS) and 2014 (MS), Golden Key Solo competition (2014).
They perform as soloists at the public concerts in 'Rising Stars' program.

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I teach students of all ages and abilities! I offer beginner through professional instruction on clarinet, beginner through intermediate instruction on saxophone and flute.

The special program for young students (5 - 8 y.o.) is designed by utilizing recorder and piccolo (small) clarinet to prepare them for the 1 year in school band.

I prepare school students to NJ Regional, Area and State band auditions. All concert pieces are practiced with CD accompaniment using special audio equipment ...

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Jeff S. June 16, 2014
Saxophone · In studio
Incredibly amiable, professional, and talented as a teacher.

As a senior in high school now graduating and transferring into college, I started my lessons with Dimitry in December last year and had to end this summer at the end of the music school's program. Even though my time learning the saxophone was short, Dimitry used my past musical experience to help guide me through the instrument. His lessons did not feel long in any sense of the word, and in fact some two-hour lessons I took to make up missed weeks blew by, as I was constantly engaged by his teachings. During my studies with him I found myself in the presence of a true musician, and this was only further driven home when I saw him play in the Hanover Wind Symphony at the Morristown Community Theater with Stanley Drucker. I would highly recommend Dimitry as an instructor for a student at any level.
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Edward G. June 10, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
After many years as a music educator, clarinetist, saxophonist playing with Army and concert bands, as well as dance bands, I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with Dimitri. Being retired , I made the decision to seriously play clarinet again. His skills, as a musician and teacher have helped me regain my passion for the instrument and ability to play at a high level. I would recommend him most highly.
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Kurt Z. November 10, 2013
Clarinet
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As co-prinicpal trumpet and Associate Music Director of the Hanover Wind Symhony it's my pleasure to have worked with Dimitry for over 15 years. Dimitry is an exceptionally gifted and highly respected clarinetist who brings years of global performance experience to his teaching. Polite, patient and well spoken it is a pleasure to listen to him speak about music, no matter what the subject or genre. His passion for his craft is evident from the very first time you meet him. I highly recommend Dimity as a performer and educator!
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
Verified Student
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.
Rebekah S. Caldwell, NJ

About rebekah

Hello my name is Rebekah S., I am a violin and viola teacher.

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Member Lakeland Youth Symphony 1991-2000
Participated in 4 Strings Summer Camp for 2 years
Taught at Path 23 home school group for 3 years.
Played in Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra. Todd VanBeveren, Director and Conductor.
Music Librarian for Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra.
Played Lakeland Youth Symphonies 50th Anniversary concert.
Played with, assisted Todd VanBeveren, conductor of the New Jersey Inter-generational Orchestra.
Worked with Christopher Nam in the County College of Morris orchestra.
Coached a Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra Quartet.
Coached in Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra Music Camp.
Played with Peter Winograd of the American String Quartet as a part of the Northern ...

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Heather A. July 22, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Rebekah is a thorough and patient violin teacher. When my 7 year old, daughter asked to learn the violin, I was not sure if she had enough of a capacity to focus, which is necessary for playing the violin. Under Rebekah's instruction, she has flourished; she is playing scales, songs, and reading music. After each session, Rebekah reviews with me the homework she has assigned to my daughter. Thanks to Rebekah, my daughter is developing a real appreciation for music, while enjoying the learning process. I highly recommend Rebekah!

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