Rina M.

Rina M.

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Westfield, NJ

About Rina M.

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Rina teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Teaching since: September 1991
Last sign in: Today
Average response time: 3 hours

Overview

I am a music educator, classically trained with an advanced performance degree. As a soloist and collaborative musician, I have performed professionally in ensembles, bands and orchestras both here and abroad. With a high degree of knowledge and proficiency, I teach proper technique and practice strategies, music notation, theory, rhythm and phrasing, while adapting teaching approaches to match the needs of each student. I share a love of music with my students and it gives me great pride to hear each student develop their own musical voice.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is to help students of varying ages and abilities succeed musically. Dedicated, experienced, encouraging, and sensitive to student moods, I am a multi-instrumentalist who can instruct you in acoustic guitar, classical guitar, piano (classical and popular repertoire), oboe, and/or voice. Study music to awaken your aural senses, develop muscle memory, and enhance your intellectual development.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and bench, keyboard, guitar, guitar stand, music stand, foot stool. Ample seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I am comfortable teaching from a piano or keyboard. I will transport my own guitar and anticipate students will own or rent the instrument they will be studying.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner instruction, guitar chords, piano melodies, voice instruction in popular music, musical theater, classical piano and more.

Photos and Videos

Advanced vocal student singing a selection from "Amayzing Mayzie" from Seussical the Musical.

Experience

Music Educator Sep 1995 - Present
NJ Schools and TakeLessons

I am a classically trained musician with an advanced performance degree. As a soloist and collaborative musician, I have performed professionally in ensembles, bands and orchestras both here and abroad. As a teacher of music, I have taught vocal and instrumental music lessons to hundreds of students, privately and in classrooms in both independent and public schools in Central NJ.

Education

Masters in Music Sep 1986 - Sep 1987
Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America

Languages Spoken

English and the language of music Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Teacher of Music Mar 2002
New Jersey State Department of Education

Awards

Top Teacher Aug 2013
TakeLessons

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education Jan 2002
NAFME

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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11 Reviews on Rina M.

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Anthony B. November 20, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Rina is great----she challenges me, is encouraging and helps me bring my personal life into my music. I am an older adult complete beginner and Rina works very well with me. She has also provided recommended resources for finding special sheet music and other music tools. I am in the very early stages but already see improvement in my ability vs. what I tried to do on my own.
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Marcela T. May 14, 2014
Verified Student
Wonderful!

Rina, has been great, she has helped me prepare for auditions for school. She sends an overview of what we did in class. She reminds me of exercises and practice to do. Over all I'm very happy with her. And I gladly recommend her.
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Michelle C. April 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Learned so much.

Rina is such a great teacher, Gia has learned so much since she started coming to Rina. Rina teaches from her heart, and my daughter loves coming every week. She turned down going surf fishing with her father, not to miss a week with Rina. I highly recommend Rina for a Piano teacher, she is the best.....
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Shawn P. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Best teachet ever

i enjoy my lesson witb Ms Rina. She makes me feel comfortable because she has Patience and she is willing to work with me for as long as it takes me to get it right. Thank you ms. Rina
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Al P. December 26, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
A very good teacher

Rina is an outstanding instructor, who make learning enjoyable. I look forward to my lessons, and as a result have no problem finding time to practice. She's a real pro!
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George K. November 27, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Excellent; exaclty what I needed! Thanks Rina

I am an older adult who had always wanted to play some of the popular and older songs for family and friends. I had tried to teach myself but had only limited success and very slow progress. As much as I tried to understand the theory behind playing piano I continued to get frustrated. I decided to look for someone who would understand my objectives and be patient enough to help me actually be able to play piano. Rina was perfect. She understood what I was looking for, was excellent in mixing piano theory with playing, and presented a very comfortable learning environment. She also was patient with my ability to learn and never made me feel uncomfortable in our practice sessions. What a difference having a great piano teacher makes in learning a skill like playing piano. Highly recommended and was exactly what I wanted in a music instructor. I plan to continue my piano lessons with Rina; she has made me realize I can do this!
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Regina A. November 17, 2012
Verified Student
Excellent Product

Rina is the best. Rina is patient, encouraging, attentive and very helpful in making sure that I am singing on key and getting my notes correct. I have learned so much in such a short time with Rina's help in training my voice to reach it's maximum level as high as I can go. I recommend Rina to anyone searching for a excellent teacher in voice training.
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KimD1 May 11, 2012
My Girls are enjoying every moment with Rina! They are getting more confident and continuet to practice each night. She is awesome and we give her 5 STARS!
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JillC1 March 12, 2012
Student's mother

Abigail (age 11) has been taking lessons from Mrs Rina M for a few months and REALLY enjoys it. Since she never had formal voice lessons before, we were not sure what to expect and have been pleasantly surprised. Each week we look forward to our session with her. Mrs Rina is a very knowledgeable, professional teacher with a thoughtful approach to how she makes her teaching selections.
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EmilyL February 6, 2012
she's so patient and nice.i like her a lot same as kimberly. thanks for having us,we're looking forward next month.