Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Patty
"Carol is a wonderful, patient teacher that is very knowledgeable in piano. I enjoy every lesson that we have"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Dwight
"Great instructor overall
Marty was a great instructor to me. Taught me a lot in the 4 lessons I had with him. Very professional and knowledgable in Bass.
Unfortunately because my schedule changing I could not keep him as an instructor. My only gripe would be that his studio room gets a little cramped and my guitar sometimes would hit things. Other than that. I would definitely recommend him."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Libby
"Perfect Drum Teacher for a 6 year-old!
Mike is simply the perfect drum teacher for our high energy 6 year-old son! He has taken the time to get to know A
nnan and understand how to best teach him. As a result, he is able to push our kid to challenge himself, while still making it so fun that he doesn't want the lesson to end. Mike is also very organized, which makes it easy for the parents to understand what your child is supposed to be practicing throughout the week. He also gives exercises for practice that the kids actually want to do. As a result, Annan practices on his own and is often trying to push himself to do even a little more so that he can impress Mike at this next lesson. If you have a young son who is interested in drums, I can't think of a better teacher than Mike!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Sheree
"Tiffini is a wonderful instructor. My 12 year old daughter was apprehensive about taking lessons, especially online, but Tiffini puts her at ease. She exp
lains things well and is understandable and very nice. I highly recommend her."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by matthew
"Know how to help you succeed
In a very short time, Kim has helped me to expand my ability as a musician. I played in a band for a few years, and I feel l
ike only now through her guidance am I really starting to understand my instrument.
She has a great way of layering knowledge to help it stick, and is very patient. I highly recommend her."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Scott
"Scott is one of the best teachers I've come in contact with.
He is great with people! He really goes into the need for knowing basics if you're going to
do well at any of the playing styles. It makes it so much easier to play just about anything, instead of having to start from scratch to learn every individual style of music there is, which is really important when you're doing recording like I am. He's also great in encouraging individual creativity in playing, and not just staying "inside the box." That really makes a person stand out from everyone else, which is what needs to happen if you're going to be noticed and be successful."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Sidney
"Learning lots of new stuff from lesson one to present... He's a good instructor. Ben listens to me and develops his method of teaching from what my weakn
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Alisa
"Dedicated Teacher with patience. My experience has been overwhelmingly positive and effective."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Ashley
"Sunnie is really great. She makes sure to see what you are looking to achieve before even starting, then builds lessons around that. She first tests your
range and abilities, and gives specific exercises for you to do at home to help reach your goals and expand upon what you've got. You can hear and feel improvements week by week and she switches up the exercises, you aren't always doing the same thing. She really listens, and she makes sure you learn to use the right muscles to avoid straining. If there's specific pieces you want to work on, she will do that with you too, she doesn't restrict you to one style. She's professional, but also very fun. You'll love her."
I am a certified teacher on teaching piano and have a college degree on music. I have taught from beginner to advance level for 8 years and I am specialized on teaching any age from as young as 4 or 5 years old in piano playing, music theory.
*** Lesson Details *** If you are a beginner, in 1 to 2 months you can play, read and perform any easy tune songs. I am neither strict nor laid back, I like to teach whatever the student wants (like specific songs, style or composer). If you are an intermediate level, I will focus on scales, fingering, articulation on the piece so you will have a bet
ter technique when playing advance level.
*** Studio Equipment *** open living room upright piano seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** parking
*** Specialties *** classical, popular, hymn, favorite, jazz
Sabba S. October 27, 2014
In home Verified Student
Great teacher, my kids enjoyed learning.
I recommend her to anyone looking to learn the piano.
Natasha B. September 29, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I found Patty to be very patient, knowledgable & encouraging. I would definitely recommend her to anyone interested in taking singing & piano lessons.
RajC July 25, 2012
Very good; will recommend her to others, looking for a Piano Teacher.
I'm a 'classically trained' voice teacher with extensive training in dance and drama; a liberal arts degree from Columbia University/Master of Arts Education from City College of NY. Before settling into a music career, worked as a dance instructor, for the City of NY and received congrats from John Lindsey, then mayor, for outstanding achievement. As an actor, performed in several off-Broadway plays and was a principal in the “Broadway tour”, ”Pulitzer prize ” winning play, “No Place to be Somebody.” I've performed through the years as a vocalist with a trio and as a ONE WOMAN SHOW a
t various night spots, concert halls and social events. As a voice coach I've had the good fortune to teach the skills and techniques of the art of singing. Singing is the joy I share as a performer and as a teacher. Anyone can learn to sing; and do it on a superior level. It takes desire and the willingness to practice the skills necessary until the goal is achieved. The journey is worth it!
*** Lesson Details *** WORKSHOP FOR LEARNING TO SING COMPETENCY: A SOLID FOUNDATION IN THE BASICS OF SINGING OBJECTIVE: Students will learn 5 Basic Components of Singing and demonstrate via public (by choice) performance; at the end of course. 1. Pitch 2. Rhythm 3. Breath 4. Voice 5. Diction Pitch Tone is the use of pitch in language to distinguish words. All languages use intonation to express emphasis, contrast, emotion, or other such nuances. Pitch refers to the notes and sounds that we hear when someone sings, and it determines if the song is going to sound great or not. The singer will have to hit various pitches in a song with a relative amount of accuracy in order to be in tune with the overall music accompaniment and harmonies. RHYTHM Every song has a certain beat, and it is essential that we keep to the basic rhythm of the song, or else we might find that we are constantly trying to catch up with the lyrics or always lagging behind. Rhythm also determines the groove of the song, and this is what gets us on our feet and dancing when we listen to upbeat or fast tempo songs. A great sense of rhythm begins with learning to recognize various beat duration, to vocalize notes with different beats, as well as to be able to keep to the basic tempo of a song. BREATH CONTROL Breathing is an essential component of singing, and is what most singing instructors would introduce to students during their first lesson for singing. It is also what most people would want to learn about and also ask questions about. Breathing is a natural process, and it is not difficult to achieve better breath control for singing. A great breath foundation is needed for singing! VOICE To produce great sounds when singing it is essential to adopt beneficial singing habits in order to produce sounds that are more relaxed and healthy. DICTION Learning how to produce sound with our voice is not enough. We still need to shape our voice, and form words in a language that our audience will understand. This is why diction is also one of the vital basics of singing, because it determines whether our audience understands what we are singing, and whether we are able to connect with them through our song. Diction is also a key factor towards hitting the correct pitches, especially for the high notes, and this will be explained in detail.
COURSE OUTLINE: Lesson 1 PITCH How to avoid the most common singing mistakes that prevent singers from producing a clean and professional vocal tone. Objective: Students will learn warm up exercises that strengthen vocal cords and loosen the muscles needed to produce a professional sound./ the importance of singing ‘scales’ to achieve this objective. Lesson 2 RHYTHM Rhythms often used in various standard songs. Objective: Students will listen and learn to identify rhythms used in songs. CD player provided. Students will learn to tap out the various types of rhythm. Students will sing a favorite song; using rhythms learned in class. Lesson 3 BREATH For the purpose of voice projection, students will learn to breath more from the diaphragm, the muscles beneath the ribcage, as well as the abdominal muscles. Objective: Students will learn vital techniques to create a connected voice blending head, chest and diaphragm. Lesson 5 DICTION How to use the emotions, enunciation and clarity. Objective: Students will learn to sing a favorite song with focus on elements of singing. Lesson 6 Review of previous 5 lessons. Lesson 7 Group/Individual Performances Objective: Students will show confidence in employing elements from training. Lessons 8/9/10 Rehearsal for recital TBA *Each lesson to begin with a brief review of previous. Copies of previous lessons/homework assignments to be distributed at each meeting
*** Studio Equipment *** CD Burner/SURE Microphone/Charts in various keys/Speaker System/Pitch Pipe/Recorder/keyboard/Metronome/Video Camera
*** Travel Equipment *** Lesson plans, books, pitch pipe, keyboard. Student should be prepared to be serious and committed.
*** Specialties *** I show the student how to use breathing and voice placement techniques to gain vocal improvement via projection.
Kiesha M. July 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great fit for a beginner singer - very hands on and provided me with literature to read to help in between my lessons. I look forward to resuming when my schedule permits.
tomi P. June 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She's an amazingly confident beautiful women... They don't come like her anymore.. I'm grateful and blessed to have her as a coach and so will the next person!! 10 stars**********
Kiesha M. June 8, 2015 Verified Student
She's a very pleasant lady who is very knowledgeable about the art of singing.
I believe that progressive teaching must employ constructive pedagogical strategies to foster meaningful musical experiences for students to build and to exhibit competence. My pedagogical model is comprised of a student-centered approach to produce attainable challenges and to affect affirmative changes that will physically, technically, and emotionally enrich each student's performance.
During instruction, I exercise scaffolding methods to facilitate the students' zone of proximal development and innovative questioning to augment students' cognitive thinking and cri
tical thinking skills. The process of musical learning is purposeful when it is facilitated within a nurturing environment to motivate the students' intrinsic interests and that is my goal!
Actively, I prepare my students for singing auditions on Broadway and off-Broadway productions, CCM Singing Competitions, Commercials, Musical Theatre Productions, The Voice, X-Factor, American Idol, Specialized Performance Schools, College Music Performances, and Choirs. A number of my piano students prepare for the NYSSMA and ABRSM examinations. As a clinical trained Vocologist, I also work with students to correct vocal fold injuries and to prevent further trauma, as well to improve phonatory production during singing.
Education / Training
As a music professional, I specialize in Voice (Contemporary Commercial Music), Vocology, and in Piano (Classical). I am certified by the New York Singer Teachers Association and the Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method. In addition, I am a City/State Teacher Certified in Music (K-12) and a member of NYSTA, NATS, and MEANYC.
I am a graduate of Columbia University in Music & Music Education, M.A., Ed.M. I have a comprehensive background and training in Piano, Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocology, and General Music. I studied music at Hunter College and I obtained a Bachelor Degree in Italian from Queens College. As an instrumentalist, I attended Fiorello LaGuardia of Music & Art & Performing Arts H.S. and the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College.
My professional development is comprised of studies in Vocology at Keidar Voice Instititute, in Voice Management Techniques at Westminster Choir College, and in Dalcroze at Lucy Moses School.
Over the years, I have studied with acclaimed vocal professionals such as Dr. Anat Keidar, Dr. Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, and David Sabella-Mills among others.
*** Lesson Details *** My pedagogical model is designed to benefit students' aspirations and strengths in voice and piano. The outcomes are based on each individual's commitment to the process.
*** Studio Equipment *** KORG Digital Keyboard, iMac, Macbook laptop, Cd player, iPod recording device, grand mirror
*** Travel Equipment *** Piano is a must!
*** Specialties *** Vocology, Contemporary Commercial Music, Piano, Theory
I would not be the person I am today if music wasn't the focal point in my life as it is. Not only do I absolutely love performing and studying music myself, but I adore teaching as well. Part of the musical experience is taking what you hear and what you learn from others and building on it to create your own musical contributions. I take the gifts other teachers and musicians have given me very seriously and subsequently feel the great importance of imparting my knowledge unto others.
Whether you want to be a professional, or just be competent enough to enjoy yourself, we all practice, st
udy technique and gain knowledge about music with really only one goal in mind: To have all the tools necessary to express ourselves adeptly through music. All the technique in the world will not make you a great musician. Similarly, you can be extremely creative and knowledgeable, but if you don't have the technique and vocabulary needed to express your ideas, you will find yourself very limited and suppressed musically.
My philosophy about teaching follows that I am here to provide you with those tools in a fun, exciting way. When I say "tools" I mean the whole toolbox. This includes giving you the technique, correcting bad habits, providing listening material, finding holes in your playing and much more. A good music teacher must be more than an instructor, but a mentor and an inspirational guide. My best teachers were the ones who could cultivate my playing not just through the physical aspects but ESPECIALLY through the cerebral. We ALL need encouragement and inspiration to get the best out of our natural talent. I love to encourage my students to do their best. To strive to not only complete exercises, but to execute them well. Every student is different, and therefore I will tailor their education with me on an individual basis. I expect a lot out of my students because I strongly believe in my teaching ability as well as their ability to learn and feel good about their progress.
My approach to providing all these things is modeled around my best experiences in learning and performing. I've studied under some of the absolute best players and teachers in the world. Here are just a couple:
World renowned drummer and educator
TOMMY IGOE from The Lion King on Broadway The Birdland Big Band Numerous instructional books and DVDs.
Highly sought after percussionist
TOM KOLOR Graduated from William Paterson as well as with a Masters from the Julliard School of Music Professor of Music at the University at Buffalo.
IAN FROMAN Professor of Drums at Berklee School of Music Professional, world renowned Drummer
I've also graduated Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Music Performance, Dean's List and Honor Roll awards.
Some of my experience includes being featured in Tommy Igoe's "Great Hands For a Lifetime" DVD which received 5 stars from Modern Drummer magazine in 2010. I've also played great venues like Gramercy Theatre and Central Park in NYC among others. I've played in Big Bands, Symphony Orchestras, Klesmer and Percussion ensembles, and more.
I really could go on forever talking about music, what it means to me, how I approach teaching, etc. When you love music and teaching as much as I do, you really can't help it. It's ingrained in you. Precisely as ingrained as I like to think being a fun, caring, disciplined, attentive teacher is in me. Whether it be for you or your child, I can easily promise that I will deliver the same success-bound mentoring that I have to my students for over 10 years running.
Can't wait to hear from you!
*** Lesson Details *** -I am here for you.
I would not teach if I wasn't very interested in the progress of my students. I want you to be the biggest, baddest, awe-inspiring drummer/percussionist possible. I want to ultimately end up at your shows and concerts and be able to say "That's MY student." You can always be guaranteed that when studying with me everything I assign has precisely that goal in mind.
-Strict or Laid Back?
Many people might ask if I'm strict, or laid back. My response is that I am excited and driven to help you reach success. I will never scold you because that sort of practice has no place in teaching. I also understand that learning isn't just a straight upwards incline of progression. We're all humans. Sometimes we progress astronomically in a short period of time and sometimes we have to fight hard to nail something. Sometimes we have a lot of time to practice, and sometimes we simply don't. My job is to make the most out of every situation and help you learn no matter what. That being said, I will still hound you to practice as much as healthily possible!
-What do you want out of music?
Probably the most important question I will undoubtedly ask you upon meeting you is why you are taking lessons. There is no way to formulate a tailored lesson plan if I don't know what it is you're working towards.
Like I said, I can't tell you very specifically what your lesson plan will be, but I CAN give you examples of what I almost always assign. Individually written out exercises, exercises from books, assigned reading/listening, song covers, chart writing/reading, improvisational exercises, rudiment study, warm-up routines, among others.
-Don't be Afraid to Make Mistakes
Mistakes are part of the learning process! If you aren't making mistakes then I'm doing something wrong. Never be afraid to make mistakes.
-You Get What You Give
I promise I'll be there for you. I'll be there to give you the material and show you the path, but you're going to have to be there for yourself as well. The more prepared you are for our lessons, the more you will grow from the time we spend together.
Mastering an instrument takes time and effort both by student and teacher. The sooner we get started the sooner you get on that path. I'm ready whenever you are.
*** Studio Equipment *** detached studio 3 professional drum sets seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Numerous practice pads and snare stands. I expect my students to only provide their own Drum Sticks and books.
*** Specialties *** I pride myself on being as versatile as I possibly can be. I can aptly teach most styles including Jazz, Rock, Funk, Latin, Hip Hop\R&B, Classical, and more.
Sophia P. September 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very informative, we went over terminology, how important it is to have the proper sticks and the correct way to hold them. Reading the music and playing the proper beat. We did a lot for 1 lesson, my daughter loved it.
Bindia M. December 20, 2012 Verified Student
Flexible teaching methods!
Asaf is just brilliant. During the first session, my son was very distracted by the other things in the music room ie lights, instruments etc but Asaf managed to engage him by being extremely flexible in his teaching ie he is not wedded to any order and has a lesson plan in mind but goes with the flow and the interest of the child - this ensures that all that was intended on being covered is, and as a result of the flexibility, my son just loves these drum lesson and Asaf. Asaf makes him focus and has built a great teacher/student relationship in only 3 session. I would highly recommend Asaf.
Petra V. August 23, 2012
Drum Verified Student
The Consummate Professional
Asaf has trained my son initially on a practice pad. Taught my son Quater notes, Eighth notes and moved on to the Snare Durm and worked his way up to 16th notes. He taught my son how to use wrist action, rather then his arms. The fact that ASAF travels to my home and instructs my son is definitely a plus. He is highly commmunicative and flexible.
Hello Singers! I am an experienced teacher with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in vocal performance and offer a wide range of vocal expertise. I have been teaching voice for more than 12 years in the New York metro area to a busy studio, including celebrity clients. My students have done exceptionally well, with a many individuals going on to score very highly in NYSSMA, perform solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and attend prestigious music schools such as Laguardia High School and The Manhattan School of Music. Further, I have had several students go on to audition for Broadway shows and land p
arts with great success. I have extensive experience in a variety of singing styles, as I have performed in many musicals, sang for a jazz big band and auditioned for opera houses around the world.
With proper vocal technique you can finally use the voice you never knew you had! Learn to vocalize, use proper breathing technique, sing with more ease and agility and overcome the fear of singing in public. I teach students of all ages with beginning to advanced knowledge of voice technique in most styles- classical, Broadway, jazz, pop, rock, gospel...etc. Looking forward to hearing you soon!
Audition ER available.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons with me are exactly what you need them to be-- Auditioning for something? Want to improve your technique? Weekend Karaoke warrior? Or just singing for fun? I'm here to help!
My style is mostly laid back and fun, always full of positive encouragement and the right amount of strictness (usually close to performance and audition crunch time!)
*** Studio Equipment *** Upright piano, music, stand
*** Specialties *** I'm very versatile- happy to work with students in all genres (opera, Broadway, rock, pop, gospel, folk...etc) I specialize in audition ER, work with all students to help with stage presence and performance. All students will work on ear training and some sight reading-- this will always make you a better musician.
Robert S. September 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Marcelle was an excellent teacher for my teenage daughter in getting her ready to audition for the 1st time in her high school musical play.
Prior to taking voice lessons from Marcelle, my daughter never sang and more importantly lacked the confidence to even try. After a few lessons, she developed this new sense of confidence about her voice and with each weekly lesson, her ability to sing improved. She eventually had the confidence and developed the skill to go to her high school musical audition and actually try out and audition for a lead singer role !!!! Imagine that ..... Marcelle not only taught my daughter to develop and discover her singing ability but the confidence to try something new and succeed at it - truly remarkable - I would highly recommend Marcelle to anyone who wants to take singing lessons or vocal lessons at any level
Angel R. September 13, 2015
Marcelle is absolutely amazing. She exceeded my expectations and then some.
Christina September 9, 2015
Broadway Singing ·
My daughter Caroline loves her lessons with Marcelle. Shes been studying with Marcelle for six years (since elemetary school) and has learned so much. we get compliments on Caroline's progress all of the time. Marcelle helps Caroline with Nysma and helps her to work on music for any school performances she has. Caroline has also gotten very far on "The Voice".... hopefully the finals soon, thanks to Marcell's great teaching :) Marcelle has an awesome voice and is a great piano player. Her studio in Forest Hills is in a convenient location.
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