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About Briana S.

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New York, NY

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Playing piano is a great joy and so healthy for the brain. With a knowledgeable teacher in a nurturing, fun yet structured environment (and with steady practice of course!), learning piano can be easy and rewarding. As a certified Music Together teacher and Feldenkrais teacher in training, I have a good working knowledge of how we learn. I taught myself to play piano, and then went on to study formally, so I have both an intuitive and academic understanding of the instrument. I also draw on a wide background in teaching subjects from fitness to acting to literature, working with students aged 0-90. With these tools at my disposal, I will cater our lessons to your needs and strengths. We will build your foundational skills for piano - posture, breathing, reading music, finger patterns, and basic music theory and terminology.

The joy of music is for everyone (and I mean *everyone*)! Music lessons can enrich your life immeasurably, whether pursuing them for professional or ...

About Briana
My teaching style is student-centric and organic. I draw from a wide-ranging toolbox of techniques to find the approach that will work for you. What is most enjoyable and interesting for you usually points to the most efficient and effective path for learning, because your nervous system thrives and builds best when you feel open and engaged.

As a teacher, I draw on my professional experience as an actor and singer, my teaching background in myriad subjects (Feldenkrais, Music Together, general music, theatre, yoga, fitness, literature, etc.), and my eclectic training in acting, classical voice, musical theatre, various methods of body work, and healing.

I strive to create a working environment where students feel safe to take risks, learn to challenge themselves, and find increased joy and freedom in expression. Self-awareness/body
-awareness, relaxation, and nurturing of individuality are emphasized above all.

Though I have a long background in performing arts and performing arts education, my teaching philosophies and techniques draw primarily from my study of movement and mindfulness through disciplines such as yoga, and especially the Feldenkrais Method, "a remarkable approach to human movement, learning and change... based on sound principles of physics, neurology and physiology, and the conditions under which the nervous system learns best." (The Feldenkrais Institute, NY, NY, 2013).

Training/experience:

- Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Teacher
- Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Program certification in process
- Bachelor of Music, Highest Honors, SUNY Binghamton
- Professional singing in the US and Europe
- Professional acting throughout the US, theater and film (member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA)
- 100+ hours of YA approved yoga teacher training
- Eclectic studies in voice and body work (Linklater, Sound Healing, various dance styles, Kinetic Awareness, Tai Chi, Beijing Opera techniques)
- Kids/family music teacher certified by Music Together (an amazing, international, research-based program)
- Teaching artist (opera, chorus, musical theater, acting/improv, mindfulness) at schools around NYC - Bronx High School for Law and Finanace, PS 129, Yorkville East MS, Baruch MS, Anderson MS, PS 3
- Former fitness instructor

Finding mastery in practices of music, acting, and mindfulness have core similarities - when you find your flow, it feels like flying. But we have to start from the ground up. The stronger the foundation, the higher you fly. Let's get started!

Notes on teaching locations:

- HOME STUDIO: For a number of reasons, I prefer to teach at my home studio whenever possible. I have two friendly cats - hope you aren't allergic!

- ONLINE: For some students, online lessons are very effective, but for others, it is imperative to meet in person. So if you would like to try online lessons, please message me first to discuss,

Peace,
Briana
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Jack May 26, 2017
· Meditation · In studio
She deserves an award... AAA++
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Rosvita R. April 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Briana is a very perceptive and effective teacher who adapts easily to the needs of the student. Highly recommendable.
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scott December 14, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Briana was prepared and helped me in our first lesson.
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About Andree-Ann D.

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My lessons are personalized to each student, with a general musical education in mind. Students not only learn how to play a wide and diverse repertoire, but they also learn theory and ear training as a way to better understand the music they play, and the music they hear.

I have been teaching privately for over 10 years, and also teach at a local university; I have taught students of all ages, all levels and from all backgrounds.

I can help prepare for auditions, pass Certificate of Merit exams (with MTAC), enroll in SYMF, and much more.

About Andree-Ann
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Welcome to my profile - I can't wait to start working with you!

I have been teaching piano and general music topics for over 10 years, and I am currently on the faculty at California State University Los Angeles - needless to say, I've seen students from all ages, all backgrounds and all levels. Lucky for me, they all one thing in common: a strong desire to learn music, and an open mind!

Some of my younger students have gone on to audition for arts high school in the greater LA area, and I've also helped a few prepare for college auditions. I've also been working with several students to prepare Certificate of Merit exams (in California) and I have been affiliated with the Southwestern Youth Music Festival as well. Other little ones were quite content learning how to play their favorite Christmas song or impress their fri
ends at their school's talent show.

I have also taught adults, who used to play and decided to pick it up again - or newbies wanting to discover the wonders of jazz standards.

In short, whatever your personal goal is, I can help you achieve it and hopefully inspire you to set a new goal to achieve right after that!

I can also help with music theory entrance exams, tutor for AP music classes or college classes, etc.

*Quick note on online lessons:
Many prospective students are wary of online lessons and not sure if it's the right way to go for them - I always tell them that you'll never know until you try it for sure! I have taken online lessons myself in the past and loved the experience. I can also attest that several students get a much deeper musical understanding this way, because teachers can't just play an example and have the student copy it - the teacher actually needs to explain how to perform the passage, which leads to the student understanding clearly what is expected and how to achieve it, rather than just copy someone's hand movements without understanding why they are doing it in this particular way. I'm sure you'll also be more relaxed in the comfort of your own environment, at your own scheduled time!

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Canada-born pianist Andree-Ann has performed extensively across North America and Europe; her work has been heralded as “…Gorgeous, gritty, powerful, and traditional, all in one package” (The Music Farmer).

Specializing in familiarly-danceable yet traditionally-influenced Latin Classical music, Andree-Ann has found a calling for her art on the Left Coast, an ideal melting pot for blending cultures and musical styles. Aside from being recognized as a semi-finalist for the American Prize and nominated at the Utah Music Awards, Andree-Ann’s first album, Cervantes, Lecuona & Nazareth earned the Global Music Awards’ Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement. Most recently, her Summer 2016 release, Milhaud & Ginastera, blended French, Canadian, Brazilian, Argentinean, and American musical traditions – perfectly timed with the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This album has also been recognized at the Global Music Awards in September 2016.

With keen interest in developing her uniquely diverse repertoire, Andree-Ann regularly performs as a soloist, chamber music (in a piano-percussion duo), jazz pianist, and accompanist in the Los Angeles area. Her training includes a Master of Music degree in Afro-Latin music from California State University Los Angeles, and she is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to relocating to Southern California, she graduated with honors from Humber College in Toronto, Canada.

Cervantes, Lecuona & Nazareth has been featured as “New & Noteworthy” on iTunes Canada, and may be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM. Andree-Ann’s music is also available on Amazon, CD Baby, CD Universe, and Arkivmusic.
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Marilyn June 8, 2017
· Piano · Online
A great teacher who can adapt to all levels. I was worried about the quality of online lessons since it was something I've never tried before, but was astounded by how productive it has been. Andree-Ann is very attentative, knowledgeable, and relatable. She explains things in a way that breaks complex things down into something easier to understand. And she is observant! Even on skype she can catch incorrect fingering, and doesn't let you get away with bad habits. She's brilliant and a great teacher.
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Lee June 8, 2017
· Piano · Online
I've been wanting to learn jazz piano for years and skype lessons with Andree-Ann has made this possible. She's very knowledgeable of the subject and supportive and patient. She's been very willing to individualize lessons to incorporate instructional material and songs I'm interested in working on. From my experience I would recommend her without reservation.
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Hannah June 6, 2017
· Classical Piano · Online
Andree-Ann is a great teacher! I hadn't formally played piano in about twenty years when I decided to start taking lessons again. It's like she picked me up and scrubbed all the rust off and now I'm playing better than I think I ever played. She's super patient, breaks the music down into digestible parts, tells you what you need to work on but also acknowledges your improvements and the things you've done well. As an adult learner, the pieces I'm working on is mostly self-directed with her guidance, which is cool. I would totally recommend her.
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About Jordan C.

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I teach how to read notes, how to interpret scales, and how to solo among a piece of empty music. I also teach finger techniques for hand placement and proper playing.

About Jordan
Well Rounded.

That's how I believe every man and woman should become.

Most people put more time in one field and neglect everything else, when they should be efficient in multiple studies.
Being truly brilliant, is being truly knowledgeable overall.

In my life, I gained experience in many different fields and believed that it would be best to share them all with everybody else, and help each individual become someone knowledgeable in many different aspects of life too.
Because you never know, sooner or later, someone may ask for something that only you can help them with!
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Ryder December 7, 2015
· Guitar · In home
My son is quickly learning to read and play notes, beats and chords - which was broken down into basics and explained well. I think this will also improve his math understanding.
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Gina November 29, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Jordan was very patient and personable with my son's lesson. It was his first time learning to play his beginner acoustic guitar. Jordan began with the basics, explaining frets, chords, how to pick and precisely tune listening to an online tuner.

The tuning homework exercise was just right for his introduction. He brought along his electric guitar and explained things for us in a way that was easy to understand and pick up. He is looking forward to his lessons.
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About Beau D.

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Depending on your level and what you want to play, we'll cover things like sight reading, proper technique, scales, chord voicings, reading rhythms, rules for improvisation, solfeggio, music theory etc... The more basics we cover, the easier it is to branch off into different styles and genres that speak most to you. The goal after all is to not only improve your skills, but have fun in the process! I enjoy teaching old and young, and one of my specialties is providing an enjoyable, rewarding experience for younger students, and providing them with a proper foundation.

About Beau
Beau found his love for piao as a young boy and believes that anyone who has a passion for music can experience the joy of playing with expression and warmth.

With 22 years of experience playing and 15 years teaching professionally, Beau knows firsthand the needs of growing musicians and is commited to helping them reach their potantial and guide them towards fure success.

Beau recieved four music scholarships, and was fortunate enough to study with renouned classical professor Frederick Squadritio, and World famous jazz professor Ray brown.

In 2001 he started playing professionally around the bay area and was luck enough to share some world famous musicians such as Earnie Watts, Lew Soloff, Bill Watrous, Allen Vizzuti, and Jiggs Whigham.
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Soquel, CA 95073
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About Richard W.

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I played piano for Brigham Young University's Dance Department for 7 years - sight reading or playing without any music for Ballet and Modern Dance classes. I think sight reading is one of the best piano skills to have because you can play whatever you want in a fraction of the time. So my goal is to get students there. Most people aren't looking to become concert pianists, and my goal isn't that. It's to help them play well enough to really enjoy it and be very satisfied with their progress.

About Richard
My goal is to help students ENJOY the piano by finding ways to make it easier and doable. I have a very useful approach in helping students become self sufficient to sight read very well, to see patterns, understand music theory to either help them play well, or to even create their own music(I compose a lot of great music as well)

I couldn't sight read very well until I was 16, but I had a great sight reading teacher that showed me how to develop it, and now I can say that I'm one of the best sight readers out there that I know. I was a ballet pianist at Brigham Young University for several years where all I did was sightread binders full of ballet/classical music. I play for choirs, church congregations, jazz bands, or musical jam sessions all the time, and I couldn't do that at all if I didn't learn how to sight read well.
I would love to help you learn the piano, and I will do my best to make learning as effective as possible. I especially enjoy teaching those who quit and would like to try again, because I know what that is like.

Concerning my musical background, I've played, arranged, and composed piano for choirs, bands, jazz combos, singers. I've been in bands all my life, and have composed for jazz bands, choirs, and orchestras at BYU and in Eastern Europe. I also play about 10 different instruments. I won two Student Emmys in Hollywood for my compositions to BYU's animations in 2010 & 2014.

I am currently writing music for video games.
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Megan September 7, 2017
· Piano · Online
We enjoyed our first piano lesson with Richard this week! He is patient, knowledgable and kind. Looking forward to progressing on the piano.
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I have taken piano since I was 16. I use a variety of methods and technology to encourage my students to practice.

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I trained at William Carey University and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in music in 2014. I have taught in an Elementary setting for the past two years and am most skilled at teaching children. I was a part of the Music Therapy program for a while and I am comfortable teaching children with special needs. I believe that music can be taught to anyone and I look forward to teaching your child.
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Anne Marie T. December 23, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Another great lesson
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Justice is an accomplished performer and accompanist. He enjoys helping students learn the ins and outs of performing: the musicality, musicianship, and confidence that demonstrate the professionalism of the performer. For more advanced students, Justice can also discuss relevant music theory and music history, which is helpful in building a good understanding of the music as an art form.

About Justice
Hello! I'm a classically-trained pianist who first started learning music at age seven. I studied music with private teachers for many years and also played in school ensembles like orchestra and choir. After high school, I continued by majoring in music in college.
Since 2013 I've worked as the pianist/accompanist for a church in Marina, CA.
I've also worked as a piano accompanist for other ensembles and soloists, and I've performed as a solo pianist for various parties, galas, and other events.
As a teacher, I've had success with students of varying ages. From children, as well as older adults who wish to take lessons for their own enjoyment!
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Marina, CA 93933
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With being a member of various performance ensembles throughout the southeast, my leadership roles have molded my mindset of advisement with instruction and performance. I have the competitive edge of diversity, eagerness, and determination to fulfill the needs of any company or artist seeking guidance in developing their creativity.

About Nate
I am an innovator of fine arts and education that is interested in experiencing unique opportunities throughout a progressive lifetime. I am determined to maintain a career that promotes creativity and academic advancement in the field of visual and performing arts. My experiences with education have gained me an interest of instructional design and organizational structure as a professional consultant that facilitates the sale of education as well.
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Nate S.

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I am a songwriter performer. Played professionally in a blues/jazz band for 15 years and two reggae bands for 10 years. Received 1 international songwriting award and have 5 self produced albums.

About Marvin
I am what they call an Air Force brat: born in Germany, raised in Japan and went to high school in Italy. I speak a little German, a little Italian and I have forgotten most of my Japanese. I put out a video game for the commodore 64 that was in the process of being distributed nationwide.

Additionally I am a songwriter performer, stage name Marvin D with 25 years experience as a professional keyboard player in blues and reggae bands.
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From Beginner to Advanced - All Ages

Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, and specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.

Acoustic, Folk, Rock, Classical, Blues, Songwriting and Recording.

About Dan
I began taking music lessons when I was eight. My teacher inspired a passion for music and learning in me that has brought perpetual fulfillment and joy to my life.

In college I earned degrees in both classical piano and guitar. I subsequently toured the United States for six months, playing music in myriad of venues -- classical, rock, folk and blues. After returning to California, I taught music in a Bay Area high-school.

I recently relocated to San Diego and am teaching private music lessons to students of all skill levels. I want my students to reach their full musical potentials in whatever capacity best aligns with their goals.
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Craig September 19, 2017
· Classical Guitar · Online
I really enjoy learning from Dan. He is good at relating things back to a way I can understand and improve. He is so versatile in his music knowledge that I can litterally throw anything his way that I'm curious about and he points me in the right direction. I've taken guitar, bass, vocal, and even production lessons from Dan. By far the most value I have ever got from an instructor.
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Ben September 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son looks forward to the lessons. Jordan does a great job with him. He has also been very accommodating with our schedule if things have come up.
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Amber September 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dan is a great teacher. He is patient but also catches my mistakes so I can fix them. I'm excited about getting better at piano.
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