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Matt L.

Brooklyn, NY

About Matt

Matt has enjoyed working and teaching as a professional musician for at least 15+ years. He began studying music and playing the saxophone at age 11. He currently lives and works in the New York City area after moving there from Philadelphia in early 2001, after graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1999 with a Bachelors in Music.

Throughout his musical career, Matt has performed and worked in a variety of capacities including as a composer and recording studio engineer. His main area of expertise is performing as a jazz saxophonist on alto, tenor, and soprano saxoph
ones, and he regularly plays throughout New York City in restaurants and jazz clubs.

Matt's area of expertise in teaching is beginner to advanced studies on the saxophone, beginner to intermediate studies on the flute and the clarinet, music theory, and jazz improvisation for any instrument. Whether he is teaching saxophone, flute, or clarinet, his teaching approach places emphasis on giving the student an in depth understanding of his or her instrument. He puts the utmost importance on explaining advanced concepts in the simplest of terms in order to insure that the student fully comprehends the objectives of each lesson. Such concepts that he covers regularly and places importance on are sight-reading, ear-training, and creativity.

As a regularly performing musician in New York City, Matt can be seen every Sunday night at Ba'sik (a new and very popular bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn) where he leads the open jazz jam session. A few of his adult students have even been able to reach a level in jazz improvisation that they've been able to come out and sit in with the band.

In addition to teaching woodwind instruments and jazz improvisation, Matt also has experience teaching Sibelius music writing software, and audio engineering with Pro-tools LE and Logic Pro.

PLEASE NOTE: Because the NYC area is very different geographically from other parts of the country, especially in terms of transportation, I may appear outside of your area in terms of where I am available to travel. If you are very interested in taking lessons with me, but you are outside of my travel zone, please feel free to follow up with a Takelessons counselor and have them contact me personally to see if we might make an exception. I am available to travel to virtually all areas of Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan as well as Jersey City and Hoboken. if my location in Williamsburg Brooklyn is not convenient for you, and you are unable to have lessons in your home, then there is also an option where I can most likely find a very affordable teaching studio in an area that is more convenient for you that we may rent by the hour and split the cost for your lesson.

*** Lesson Details ***
Matt believes that any student, regardless of age or experience level, learns best when engaged in an activity that he or she understands and enjoys. Part of his success as a teacher can be attributed to his willingness to take into account every student's particular musical interests and strengths, and in tern, he teaches directly to those areas. For instance, in the initial stages of developing a student and teacher relationship, Matt requests that the student compile a "wish list" of approximately ten pieces of music that he or she would like to be able to play. This list may include pieces in such genres as classical, jazz, and popular music, just to name a few. It is through this list that the student can begin almost immediately learning exactly what he or she likes, and by default, Matt can then teach the student all of the technical components needed to perform on his or her instrument, as well as determine the specific areas where the student needs to receive more focused instruction. More importantly, this "thinking outside of the box," customized approach provides a fun atmosphere and enables the student to enjoy learning the art of playing music by not being solely dependent on instructional booklets which many students, regardless of age and experience, find boring and tedious.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Additional saxophones for students who do not currently have a saxophone to use during a lesson. Recording equipment, including software and microphones. Mac book pro with music writing and recording software. Full 88 key keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Additional saxophones. Macbook pro with recording and music writing software

*** Specialties ***
music, music theory, home recording, saxophone, clarinet, flute,
all styles
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Tanaya R. August 22, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Matt's a wonderful teacher. He's extremely patient, and takes his time explaining concepts in different ways to help you understand the topic fully. He's also very flexible which really helps those of us with crazy schedules. If you wish, class time can focus on music theory along with the actual playing of the flute which is very valuable (in my opinion). He's given me great tips with regards to embouchure and tone, not to mention with reading music and applying them to my playing. His instruction has really helped me improve my playing overall. I highly recommend Matt.
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Tal V. August 20, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Matt is an awesome teacher. I have been taking lessons with Matt for about 18 months now. Even though I haven't picked up a horn since high school, Matt's patience and methodology has given me the confidence to pursue this hobby further.
Highly recommended!
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Dina Z. August 17, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Matt is a great teacher. He's flexible and patient and really knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend!
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Matt L.

New York, NY 10031
(30)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Juan C.

New York, NY

About Juan

New York city based guitarist and composer Juan C. immigrated to Miami, Florida at age 21.
His work speaks a unique language that blends elements from his early musical experiences in Colombia, as a member of various folk, rock (metal ) ensembles, and his studies in East Asian music fueled by travels and interaction with musicians and artists in China and Japan.

Juan’s music has been performed throughout South America, the United States and Asia. Although Juan cannot return to his native Colombia, his string duet, “Famous Librarians” (commissioned by Olivia de Prato and Victor Lowrie,
was premiered at the Medellín Conservatory of Music.) His piece for electric bass and keyboard, “Glue Pain Ghost,” a collaboration with video artist, Jane Hsu, was invited to a world premiere at the GEISAI Art festival in Tokyo, and the Art Basel festival in Miami.

Juan holds a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of Susan Botti in composition, and electronic music with Joel Chadabe. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Miami Dade College, where he studied jazz guitar with Tom Lippincott, and the University of Florida, where he studied composition with Susan Epstein.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar teaching encompasses many disciplines. One has to be a bit of a psychologist in order to gauge a potential student needs and musical sensibilities. The mathematical aspect of musical notation and rhythm makes us part mathematicians. In the end, there is also a self-actualizing aspect to guitar teaching in the sense that we are always witness to those moments that made us decide a career on music.
During my years of guitar teaching I have encountered many types of students, and I have learned from them as much as they have learned from me as they make me question aspects of music that I would have never thought about. I have learned to not take for granted the definition of concepts such as rhythm and harmony, and to look at guitar technique from different perspectives as I find ways to accommodate to a student’s capabilities. Ultimately, it is also a job that requires a lot of planning and structure. My first step, generally, is to assess the student’s ability and interest to find material suitable for them. Then, I proceed to familiarize with the student’s musical tastes and sensibilities to assign practice material accordingly. For example, if the student is interested in rock or pop music, we will work on a particular song that fits his level and also solves a particular technical problem. During that process I will answer any of the student’s questions, and provide insight into musical terminology. We will also work on basic concepts of rhythm, melody, and harmony. My training as a composer and jazz guitarists also enables me to tap into the student’s creative side. In that case, we would start with a basic blues progression and blues scales, and work on the basics of improvisation or songwriting.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement studio w/ small keyboard, amp, acoustic guitar, 3 electric guitars, music books w/ seating for parents and lots of magazines!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide music sheets, students should have an instrument, tuner, paper, pencil, and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
I teach fundamentals of music theory, principles of jazz improvisation, classical guitar technique and repertoire, song writing, pop songs, sight reading, and overall musicianship, as well as Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bossa Nova, and other Latin Styles.
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Dionne T. May 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Juan is awesome. He makes learning guitar easy and never complicates it .. and makes it fun. He's a great teacher.
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Juan T. December 20, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have spent one year locking myself up in my room, every day for a few hours at a time, stumbling my way to learning the guitar. On my own, I have made it far enough to be familiar with a repertoire of chords, able to learn songs and even develop the mindset for habit forming. But after one year I felt my own limits and decided to discard my ego and find a teacher.

From his profile here I could tell that Juan was not only a skilled musician, but a keen and pensive instructor. After a single session Juan was able to properly asses my abilities and my shortcomings and tailor-designed an approach that matches my personal and musical nature. He uses my strong affinity for technique and uses that to discourage my hesitancy toward theory. He has a comfortable and approachable presence where mistakes and flaws are encouraged as learning footstools. With humble discipline he pushes me to -want- to be better.

With Juan I am absolutely confident in not merely becoming an apt guitarist, but a genuine musician.
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Juan T. December 20, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have spent one year locking myself up in my room, every day for a few hours at a time, stumbling my way to learning the guitar. On my own, I have made it far enough to be familiar with a repertoire of chords, able to learn songs and even develop the mindset for habit forming. But after one year I felt my own limits and decided to discard my ego and find a teacher.

From his profile here I could tell that Juan was not only a skilled musician, but a keen and pensive instructor. After a single session Juan was able to properly asses my abilities and my shortcomings and tailor-designed an approach that matches my personal and musical nature. He uses my strong affinity for technique and uses that to discourage my hesitancy toward theory. He has a comfortable and approachable presence where mistakes and flaws are encouraged as learning footstools. With humble discipline he pushes me to -want- to be better.

With Juan I am absolutely confident in not merely becoming an apt guitarist, but a genuine musician.
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Juan C.

Juan C.

New York, NY 10027
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Chelsea F.

New York, NY

About Chelsea

Check out Chelsea's article's featured on Take Lessons Blog: http://takelessons.com/blog/what-to-wear-to-an-audition
http://takelessons.com/blog/organizing-vocal-sheet-music

Chelsea, soprano, a native of New Jersey, holds a Bachelor of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. Her most recent performance was singing the role of Nannetta in Falstaff with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance Program in New York City at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Chelsea was described as “an excellent Nannetta.” Partial roles include Marie in L
a Fille du Régiment, Sophie in Werther, and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel. Recently Chelsea sang the roles of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Adele in Die Fledermaus with Ridge Light Opera Company of New Jersey. Last summer, she was an Apprentice Artist at Opera in the Ozarks and sang the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus.

In February of 2011 Chelsea had the privilege of singing for renowned American Baritone, Thomas Hampson, in a select vocal Master Class that was performed before a live audience and was live streamed on the internet at Manhattan School of Music. She has sung in Masterclasses for Paul Gemignani, Lauren Flanigan, John Fisher, and Martina Arroyo at Manhattan School of Music.

In the spring of 2011 Chelsea sang the role of Papagena in The Magic Flute with Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Studio Outreach program affiliated with Tony Amato. In November 2011, Chelsea was awarded with an Encouragement award at the Metropolitan Opera Competition at the Connecticut District. Chelsea sang with Grumbling Gryphons in their children’s opera Esther singing the lead role of Esther music by Donald Sosin. Chelsea was also an original member of Dances Patrelles World Premiere: Gilbert and Sullivan the Ballet! (2011) where she sang selections from The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and H.M.S Pinafore. This performance was revived in May 2012 at DiCapo Opera Theatre.

In addition Chelsea won Second Place in the 2010 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition and Honorable Mention in the 2010 Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus International Vocal Competition.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect an outgoing, safe and positive environment where they can nurture and grow with their vocal abilities. My students will learn the fundamentals of vocal technique so they feel comfortable and secure singing in whatever style of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will take place in my apartment on a keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Recorder for voice lessons and note book!

*** Specialties ***
Classical voice is really my strongest suit.
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Mark W. October 13, 2014
Opera Voice · In home
Chelsea aside from her amazing operatic voice, happens to be an excellent teacher. She has studied and trained with some of the top names in the business and has been able to incorporate these various professional coaching techniques into her own style. Chelsea has performed, soloed and auditioned and knows the drill. She is patient and offers excellent and professional guidance. I would recommend her to anyone considering voice lessons for the first time, or looking for a new teacher.
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Barbara M. February 16, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
fabulous teacher

Chelsea has a beautiful voice, she is highly talented, highly trained, highly skilled, and is an excellent teacher. She is very patient and encouraging, and she knows how to keep me moving ahead without feeling overwhelmed.
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Chelsea F.

Chelsea F.

New York, NY 10031
(2)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Sara S.

New York, NY

About Sara

Sara is a musical theater performer AND a teacher. You get the teacher part and the experience advice from an actress that still works in the theater world as a performer.

Sara S has been trained by many vocal teachers throughout the years. Starting private voice lessons at age seven, she took lessons from Kristy Wisso, and Bruce Messer at the beginning, winning talent contests like The Minnesota State Fair Talent contest, all over the state of Minnesota even as young as ten years old. She started taking voice from Shannon Unger at MacPhail Center of Music in Minneapolis in high school a
nd then took lessons from resident artists at The Minnesota Opera Company during her year long internship there in 2004. She then took private lessons during college in New York City from well-known opera singer Catherine Christensen. She currently is taking voice lessons from singer/teacher/director Courtney Crouse, who recently moved to Oklahoma to become assistant professor of voice at the prestigious Oklahoma City University. She now Skype's their lessons over the internet.

Other than her private studio, Sara also teaches musical theater classes and private voice lessons at The Studio Performing Arts School in New Canaan, CT.

Sara's teaching includes all types of music; musical theater, opera, classical, pop, and folk. Any gender and any age are welcome to sing with Ms. S. She likes to focus on making the singer feel comfortable and confident in their own unique voice. She emphasizes breathing skills and getting back to the basics of filling the room with sound in a healthy way. Her way of reaching freedom in someones specific sound is by using physical and mental exercises to get sound fluid and moving breath through the body, and then working on a song, of the singer's or Sara's choice. She can also help with learning rhythm, sight reading, and harmony.
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Karina D. February 24, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Sara's experience in vocal training allows her to identify what would benefit your voice. She has different warm ups and techniques that will aid you not just in the sound you are looking for but prepare you for all types of singing. What I really like about these lessons is that I have pinpointed the weaknesses in my technique, that I myself could not identify, and that I leave with the ability to work on those weaknesses . Sara is really cool and down to earth making it it a comfortable environment to work in. Lastly, she has a singing cat which you need to see...I kid you not.
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Alexis R. December 16, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Sara's a great teacher! The potential in me is being awakened, guided and nurtured. And she encourages you to dream big! Exactly what I want from my teacher!
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yuda M. October 13, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
If you're looking to enhance all your singing skills look no further, Sara in the one who will undoubtedly be able to help as she helped me see magnificent progress as soon as we started,
Thank you Sara for continuing to bring out the best of me!!
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Sara S.

Sara S.

New York, NY 10032
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nick D.

New York, NY

About Nick

Welcome, my teaching philosophy is that a concrete musical foundation can be transferred across any musical genre. Having witnessed the misleading "strict classical" only foundation, I make sure all my students are introduced to composition, theory, jazz and world music within their first year.
As a piano/vocal teacher I’ve been privately and publicly coaching for the past 8 years. I have a roster of students on the Upper East Side and have worked with studios such as Piano Power, Kidville and Acting Like a Kid, where I’ve privately taught over 25 students piano and voice. My a
pproach encompasses combining technical exercises and stylistic technique alongside popular and standard repertoire of the student’s choosing. I’ve found that students respond well when techniques are realized through various musical genres. I’ve also worked in larger classroom settings where I’ve taught arrangements of contemporary music and accompanied for grades K3-8 (PS 183).
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jennifer L. September 30, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My Piano Lessons with Nick were unlike any lessons I've ever had. He incorporated Music Theory, Composition, Sight Reading, and specially tailored exercises right for my weak areas. I'm able to understand music in deeper ways then simply reading what's on the page.
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Nick D.

Nick D.

New York, NY 10031
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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