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Olivia D.

Allenhurst, NJ

About Olivia

Music is my passion. I love film and acting but music is where my heart truly lies. I am a new graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, but my love of music started long before my college education.

I began piano lessons very young but gave that up to pursue guitar. I've also been writing from an early age, anything from lyrics to poems to short stories to screenplays. My poetry was published many times in a US wide book featuring the art of children between 6 and 12 years of age. My father, an artist (mainly painter), encouraged me to pursue my artistic passions and by the age of
12 I was writing some of my first songs on guitar. I took voice lessons over the years as well as guitar lessons and even played clarinet in my high school band. I spent a year in Puerto Rico in my junior year of high school where I attended an arts school and was a student at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico. There I studied music theory, voice, and international songwriting. I moved back to New Jersey for my senior year of high school where I was accepted into an all arts school. I studied in a choir but also continued my studies in music theory and voice. I began learning Italian Arias and other select Arias of different languages.

After high school, I was accepted to Berklee College of Music. My first focus was in Music Therapy. I spent a very big part of my life working with children in either art camp settings, music lesson settings, or schools and thought my passion was in the area of therapy. After a year and a half of studying Music Therapy at Berklee, I had a change of heart and realized that I wanted to go to Berklee and was accepted to Berklee for my songwriting. I quickly changed majors and continued my time at Berklee in the songwriting department where I was pushed to my absolute limits lyrically, musically, and harmonically.

I am currently planning my last semester at Berklee after graduation to attend internships and continue to broaden my knowledge of music. Afterwards, I will be attending the New York Film Academy which I have been accepted to. I want to pursue the art of film as well, learning to act and relating that to stage performances and confidence building - which I believe are so important for young kids and young adults.

I have a great deal of experience but I am also still learning. I think it is very important as a teacher to always be learning, even through our students. I look forward to sharing that with more students in the future.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our lessons will be filled with a lot of fun, a lot of improvisation, a building of confidence, a building of goals and skills, and of course a willing to continue to learn. I am a very laid back teacher; however, I want the student to feel a sense of joy and a want to practice and continue to learn during and after each lesson. When teaching songwriting, I find it very important for the student (no matter the age) to be writing as often as possible. I want the student to do such things as 'object writes' where they think of an object and write about how our senses create that object. For instance, how it smells, how it tastes, how it looks, how it feels, etc. A rock that we find on the ground could appear jagged, be an unfamiliar shape, seemingly is solid. When we lift it up, it could crumble into a grainy, dry sand in our large, over-confident hands. Certainly a stretch, but these images that we create in our writing are so important in songwriting. They allow the audience to understand our point of view, and to maybe have a sense of familiarity in the song.

The most important tool I can give to any student is building confidence. I personally grew up lacking confidence and it was such a hard obstacle to overcome for me. I want the student to be proud of their work, to experiment and not be afraid of failure, and to be honest. When acting out a scene, I want them to learn how to be true to a character and true to themselves. I want them to be able to stand on stage and give their all in a performance. This is certainly about the student. We will set up goals for certain amounts of time. After three months I'd love to have a song recorded and a few other songs in the works, a beginning use of theory and new chord structures to work with, new progressions, and a new found confidence.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Proper instrument required.

*** Specialties ***
Mainly for songwriting, I grew up on folk music and have an appreciation for the singer/songwriters of the 60s/70s. When working with students, I like to help by preparing them to do thing like write at least ten minutes a day, do object writing (finding certain objects and writing about how those objects look, feel, smell, etc.), and really focus on honest storytelling. For songwriting in general, it is important to be honest with yourself and your audience. I also encourage the students to use modal music and really learn about progressions and how chords relate to words, or how rhythms relate to what is trying to be said.
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Liz N. December 6, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Awesome

Finding Olivia was no coincidence.My 11 year old daughter is so psyched when she has her lessons!
It is in Liv's home,just a 10 minute ride from where we live,it's warm,safe,and filled with talent.
The passion of music is everywhere you look,Daphne and Olivia are
Ike old souls that just jive together perfectly.
Daphne has gained confidence,a mentor,and a ton of fun,
I thought Daphne was on a short lived path,as kids often jump from one idea to the next,but I believe singing is something she will definitely peruse.
I am so pleased with Take Lessons and especially Olivia.
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Melissa H. December 5, 2013
Guitar
Wonderful!

She is very patient, organized, and makes things fun. She cares very much about what I personally want out of the lessons, and makes steady progress at a very natural pace.
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Olivia D.

Olivia D.

Allenhurst, NJ 07711
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jessica L.

Neptune, NJ

About Jessica

The most important part of lessons with me is having fun! I am a nationally touring singer songwriter and I specialize in teaching kids and adults of all ages guitar, piano, voice and songwriting. I also have experience with very young children in a preschool and music therapy environment.

I teach guitar, piano, voice and songwriting with the intention of enabling students to create their own songs and performances whether it be to pursue a professional career as a musician or as a creative hobby.

I have years of experience teaching beginner to intermediate students. I have worked wi
th children as young as three up to adults. Whether you're just starting out or you are an expert that would like to write or perfect your own songs we will make a fun and original lesson plan just for you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have an acoustic guitar I could provide.

*** Specialties ***
Singer/Songwriter, Musical Theater, Pop/Rock, Acoustic
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Liam April 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Our son loves Jess!!
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Rachael April 15, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It'd been a year since my daughter's last lesson, and she was terrified that she had forgotten everything. The minute Jess walked in, my kid was in love, and by the end of the lesson, things were coming back to her easily. Looking forward to more. :-)
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Kamille A. April 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kamille truly enjoys Ms. Jessica's way of teaching. She also says that she is funny and Kamille likes that. She makes her feel comfortable and she is continuing to enjoy learning to play the piano.
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Jessica L.

Jessica L.

Neptune, NJ 07753
(10)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jerry Y.

Cranbury, NJ

About Jerry

I've been playing and loving music for well more than half a century, now. I got started in second grade when my grandpa brought home a little violin one day, and I've been at it ever since. I was fortunate to take lessons for more than ten years with Carita Page, a teacher who was very warm, encouraging, and caring. I do my best to pass that on to my students in addition to the technique of playing and the theory of music, fascinating as those are.

I feel that playing in groups is very valuable experience for students and gives you a side of music that private lessons alone cannot. I
encourage students to look for opportunities to do that. To help provide those opportunities I organized the Cranbury Scout Band, one of very few continuously-operating Scout bands in the country, which I have directed for more that ten years now. I've also been on the staff of several Jamboree Scout bands.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is a different individual and learns in different ways. I try to make lessons as interesting and as useful to each student as I can, and include different things based on your interests and capabilities. Most students find duets are fun, so I include them often - both duets with the same instrument you are studying and duets with other instruments as well so you can learn the sound of such combinations. I encourage you to "play with your ears" as well as your fingers, to become a critical listener to your own performance and to decide whether you sound the way you want to sound.

I encourage students to try different things to become a more rounded musician. This might be something closely related - a flutist trying the piccolo or a clarinetist trying the bass clarinet. Or, it might be further afield - a flutist trying the guitar or a violinist learning movable Do and solfeggio singing. Every aspect of music is good to know.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My music studio is in a separate building - actually a renovated barn about two centuries old. The studio contains a piano and all the other instruments that I teach, and is roomy enough not only for private lessons but for musical groups up to about ten. I have many other resources there as well, including files of music, a small music library, and a computer that we can use for many purposes.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need their instruments, music, and stands.
I bring my own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Classical,
Marching Band,
Ethnic (such as Jewish, Irish)
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Alexis February 19, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
We had a wonderful experience for our 1st visit. We really look forward to weekly lessons with Jerry. We feel comfortable with him, he's very detailed in explaining/teaching. And we didn't know how to tune the Violin but Jerry tuned it for us over and over again. 😀
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Jennie February 12, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very nice teacher! My daughter is the very beginner and Jerry is patient letting her know everything about the violin and the music.

Thanks a lot!
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Avantika K. February 11, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
My daughter likes Mr Jerrys teaching . She says he is explaining everything the way she understand . It might be her 3rd class but we felt he is an excellent teacher . Thanks Mr Jerry
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Jerry Y.

Jerry Y.

Cranbury, NJ 08512
(8)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Julie G.

Seaside Park, NJ

About Julie

I have more than 10 years experience teaching private piano lesson to all levels, beginner to advanced. I have taught all ages and I have experience with special needs students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learning to play the piano should be fun but it should be taken seriously to achieve the best results. I strive to instill a passion for music in all my students and teach them how to make music a part of their everyday life. I believe that all students learn differently and I try to plan lessons around each students individual interests and goals, while including the exercises and lessons t
hat I know are needed to build knowledge and strength. I am using Bastien books, Piano Adventures and Hanon exercises as well as pop, Broadway, rock, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student must have a piano or keyboard and lesson books. They may purchase the lesson books or I will purchase them and they may reimburse me. I will provide any special music arrangements needed and theory homework.
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Ava C. October 14, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Julie was amazing for my daughters first lesson! Only one lesson and she is playing a song! Can't wait for next week!
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Julie G.

Julie G.

Seaside Park, NJ 08752
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Elizabeth C.

Brick, NJ

About Elizabeth

I am a state certified teacher with two passions: piano and teaching. I have extensive experience working with children of all ages including individuals with special needs. I work to connect students with their musical interests and talents and I seek to make each lesson fun and engaging. In my academy, students also learn how to utilize technology to record and create music.
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RICH PASQUARELLA December 5, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Elizabeth is great!
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Silvia P. November 15, 2014
Piano · In studio
Elizabeth has been our daughter's piano teacher for several months now. My wife and I are extremely happy with our daughter's progress. Elizabeth is a professional whose teaching experience is complimented by her enthusiasm to teach music. After every session, our ten year old daughter comes home full of joy and eager to share what she has learned.
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Elizabeth C.

Elizabeth C.

Brick, NJ 08724
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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