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Brian C.

Mountain Lakes, NJ

About Brian

Brian has been performing for over 10 years. He is experienced in genres from hip-hop to classic rock, and delivers a style all his own. He is an honors graduate of Berklee College of Music with a dual degree in Music Production and Engineering and Music Business Management. Prior to Berklee, Brian was classically trained as a vocalist by Georgia Marandino. He fine-tuned his skills at Berklee with Joey Blake (performs with Bobby McFerrin). Brian learned guitar and piano from his father a semi-pro guitarist and an educator of educators. As a producer and sound engineer, Brian has worked with mu
sicians spanning different genres and cultures including Grammy Award winning sound engineer Hector Ivan Rosa (Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, El Gran Combo). He currently offers voice, piano, guitar, and music theory lessons to students of all abilities.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach music students want to learn. I don't use books because every student learns differently. I have a very laid back personality but I am strict when it comes to practicing and learning the material from the previous lesson. After 3-6 months students will be able to play multiple songs, have a good grasp on scales and will be at the point where they can look at joining their first band with confidence!

*** Studio Equipment ***
We have a variety of studio equipment for students to use including guitars, amps, keyboards and drums. We also have an assortment of music stands laptops and enhanced learning tools to allow the student to get the most out of their lesson!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide certain items that allow students to do exercises. Metronome and a laptop are common for me. I expect the student to have access to the specific instrument they are intending to learn

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in contemporary style using classical methods
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Sammy H. March 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent experiences with Brian. He knows how to get the progress going. And the piano room is also very artistic!
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Brian C.

Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
(1)
starting at
$34.50 / 30-min
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Christina M.

Haskell, NJ

About Christina

Greetings! My name is Christina and I am a recent Rutgers University graduate with a double major in both music and economics. I have had over 12 years of private training in piano, with additional experience in violin, orchestra, choir and various performance-related events. Over the years I have studied with numerous pianists and incorporated many different methods and techniques that have greatly influenced my own teaching. I have been teaching music lessons to both children and adults since high school, and am comfortable teaching any age. I do believe that a solid foundation in any i
nstrument begins with music theory, and it is something I incorporate little by little into each lesson; however, it is very important to me that the learning process be enjoyable, and I strive to make each lesson as fun, inspiring, and exciting as possible!

*** Lesson Details ***
Curricular rigor is chosen to fit the needs of each individual student, depending on whether the student is preparing for the challenges of a conservatory, or simply learning for recreational needs.
For beginners, I often refer to both the Faber and Music Tree curriculum. However, I am flexible and open to requests from students, since my goal is for students to learn, advance and enjoy the overall experience.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home studio--- upright kawai

second studio---travel from home

room for parents to sit

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard provided.
Student is expected to provide a piano

*** Specialties ***
Focus is primarily on Classical Piano and Music Theory.
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ross F. May 1, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Christina is an excellent teacher and very knowledgeable on the subject.
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Patricia R. July 29, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I'm an older student who always wanted to take piano lessons but never could (until now). Christina was worth the wait. She challenges me just enough so that I'm eager to practice, so I look forward to my piano lesson all week. My daughters are even playing again and piano music has once again filled our house. Wonderful!
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ReginaR May 17, 2011
the children are happy

christina is very engaged with thomas and lara. she is prepared and gets a lot done in a session. practicing was an issue but now they really seem to enjoy it and want to succeed. the positive reinforcement is great. thank you christina
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Christina M.

Haskell, NJ 07420
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Dan T.

Rockaway, NJ

About Dan

I am a graduate of the Jazz Studies program at William Paterson University where I completed a degree in Jazz Performance. During my time at William Paterson, I studied privately with drumming greats such Horace Arnold, Bill Goodwin and Kevin Norton. I was also an active member of several different large and small ensembles under the direction of current jazz icons such as Mulgrew Miller, Paul Meyers, Chico Mendoza, Cecil Bridgewater, Bill Mobley, John Mosca, Rich DeRosa and Bill Goodwin.

These days I am most commonly found freelancing both nationally and internationally with a number of ar
tists in various musical settings. In the studio, I enjoy a blossoming career as a session drummer as well as maintaining a busy teaching schedule at Wayne Hills, Ridgewood, and Morris Hills High Schools as a Drum Instructor/Arranger since 2008. I am currently the staff Drum Instructor at The Modern Music Academy in Montclair, NJ, where I teach privately. My most recent project, Deleasa & The Foundation, an up-and-coming pop-rock outfit, recently finished a Latin American Tour opening for The Jonas Brothers appearing on major television networks such as E!, E! Latino, as well as Fox's Good Day New York.

*** Lesson Details ***
As an ever-growing musician who enjoys an active playing career outside of teaching, I like to place a strong emphasis on being a versatile player and technical mastery of the instrument. I stress that with a solid foundation of fundamentals that there is no limit to a student'€™s musical expression.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Home Lesson Studio features 2 fully equipped Drum Sets, both with professional quality gear, providing a fun, interactive student and teacher play-along environment. The studio also features a student and teacher practice pad station,sticks, an extensive instructional library of books, videos, recordings,and any other form of media that supplement students lessons. Students will enjoy full audio and visual capabilities with studio quality sound featuring a dual headphone set up that allows students to play along to their favorite recordings alone or accompanied by me.
For parents, the studio provides a comfortable waiting room just outside the lesson room, WiFi, and free readily available street parking.

*** Specialties ***
With my wide variety of experience in many different playing scenarios including Rock,Jazz, Reggae, Funk, Latin, Afro-Cuban, R&B and everything in between, I provide students with several different angles of perspective tailored to each individual students needs. The goal being that through good practice habits and work ethic each student develops a well-rounded understanding of the drums and a great overall sense of musicality while also having fun in the process.
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Kyle B. February 11, 2014
Drum
A Great Teacher

I have been taking lessons with Dan now for two years and I have learned more then I could on my own. Dan is easily approachable and an all around good guy. He never has any problems with questions. He teaches advanced rhythms but also puts the fun in fundamentals. He has helped me immensely in all aspects of drumming and is a great teacher.
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Paul K. February 3, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Very Happy Student

My son is nearing completion of his first set of five lessons with Dan T. My son, his father, and I are very pleased to have found this instructor. My 8 year old son says that Dan is easy to work with, and that "I learned so many things." He is always happy to go back for his next lesson. The studio arrangements accomodate a parent who can listen as the lesson proceeds. Dan is very gracious with his time. We are very pleased and are continuing our son's drum lessons with Dan.
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Wendy P. January 16, 2014
Drum
Lessons with Dan T are an awesome experience

My son has been taking drum lessons with Dan T for 6 months and is having a phenomenal experience. He is encouraged to bring songs to lesson which he would like to learn. My son has a writing book and he can write out rhythms and then practice and learn them. It is not just reading music. This is a very interative experience. When it is time to do our chores and homework and practice drums the very first thing our son does is play his drums. He practices every day and for long periods of time because he is having fun.
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Dan T.

Rockaway, NJ 07866
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Stefano A.

Jersey City, NJ

About Stefano

Stefano A. has been playing the guitar for 7 years, both electric and classical. He has studied classical style with Mr. Frasche from Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls and Chris Messina, a NJCU alumnus.A sophomore at NJCU, his current teachers are João Luiz Rezende Lopez for solo guitar and Ana Maria Rosado for ensemble. Stefano performed with the NJCU Guitar Ensemble at the 2014 College Guitar Ensemble Showcase at the Guitar Foundation of America Regional Symposium in New York City and most recently at Bayonne High School. He hopes to perfect both electric and classical guitar ski
lls and to combine these in a university level teaching career.
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Omar R. May 31, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My guitar lesson with Stefano was excellent! He is very dedicated to what he does and how he teaches. The book that he has recommended is an excellent book for beginners. I have been able to learn quite a bit in a short amount of time. He's teaching techniques makes you learn properly, from the sitting position to the playing techniques.
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Christopher J. May 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I have personally been working with Stefano for the past two years and he is hands down one of the best guitarists and musicians I've had the pleasure of working with. He's a level headed person and easy to work with. Also incredibly patient while teaching and knowledgeable about the guitar and the way it has developed through the years with it's technique and repertoire.
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Rhonda D. March 31, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
After four months of lessons it's easy for me to say with confidence that we chose a great teacher in Stefano. He is very professional in his approach to teaching my 12 year old daughter Acoustic Guitar. He is always friendly, polite and takes his job seriously. He takes a structured approach and I am so glad we chose him as our Instructor.
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Stefano A.

Stefano A.

Totowa, NJ 07512
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starting at
$30 / 60-min
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Chris B.

Pompton Plains, NJ

About Chris

My name is Chris B. and I've been playing music for most of my life. I started playing guitar when I was in my early teens and, like most kids, just thought it would be cool to play in a band and have fun. Along with my brother Jon (on drums), we immediately started to jam with some neighborhood friends and quickly honed our cover song skills. We then progressed towards writing original music and eventually formed a new band. As time went on, we both started listening to more complex styles of music and spent countless hours improving upon our playing chops to match the advanced techniques
of our favorite musicians.

The best lesson I've learned is that a musician is never done learning. Once you start believing that you know everything there is to know about your instrument, or that your style of playing is superior to others, then you've stopped growing musically. Perhaps you excel in one area of your playing but need further development in another. Personally, I've also learned that I enjoy sharing my knowledge of music with others and exposing students to new techniques and musical concepts.

I strongly believe that these traits are the most important aspects of teaching music to others. No matter how advanced my playing skills might progress, I’ll always be able to relate to any type of student because I’m still learning something new everyday!
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Griffin C. June 23, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Chris was great!! Very prompt. Our 9yo son could not stop practicing what he learned today!! Chris has a good strategy for teaching and explains it very well to both child and parent!
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Anthony S. June 5, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Chris is always on time, ready to go, enthusiastic and patient :)
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Christa S. May 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
This was Christa's first lesson ever and Chris was very patient.
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Chris B.

Chris B.

Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
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