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Antoinette A.

New York, NY
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Wyckoff, NJ
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Peachtree Corners, GA
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About Antoinette A.

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If there is one thing music education lacks these days, it is music theory. Too often young violinists are made into automatons with the misuse of the Suzuki method. I always ensure my students understand what they are reading on the page of sheet music, with all questions answered. My goal is to teach a man how to fish. I.e. Show the student how to read sheet music so that they can pick up any sheet of music and just play it.

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Donna February 16, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Antoinette was patient and effective during my first lesson. As an adult, having never taken a violin lesson in my life, I was nervous. But Antoinette has confidence in me and I am looking forward to more lessons with her!
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Donna February 16, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Antoinette was patient and effective during my first lesson. As an adult, having never taken a violin lesson in my life, I was nervous. But Antoinette has confidence in me and I am looking forward to more lessons with her!
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Diane M. January 31, 2016
Verified Student · Violin · In home
Antoinette is a gifted teacher. I learned so much in my first lesson with her! She explains everything so clearly. It'll be easy to remember her words and imagery as I practice during the week.

About Brenda B.

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Learn the inner workings of music from how to read the notes on the staff to counter-point!

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Maureen February 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Brenda has been teaching my 7-year-old piano for 2 years.
She is prompt, polite and professional.
She is a great teacher and he has really learned a lot. He loves sports but I never have to fight with him to practice piano.
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Eddie T. January 21, 2017
Verified Student · Classical Piano · In home
great. brenda is so friendly and positive
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Brenda October 21, 2016
· Piano · In home
Brenda was very good with my daughter who is 10 years old. She assessed her skills level and they hit the ground running.

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I'm a big fan of the series "Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory," which takes student from the rudiments of music theory through basic harmony.

If students prefer a more in-depth study of theory, we might try the books put out by ABRSM.

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Andrew N. August 19, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
The first lesson was superb. Andrew really enjoyed his first piano class and really liked learning it from Mr. McCool. After class, Andrew was immediately motivated to do his practice. Mr. McCool is very encouraging, he makes the lesson easy going while making his student learned quickly (without pressure). We look forward to the next lessons with him. Leaving the students with their own desire to learn and to love music is indeed very important. He delivers that traits well.
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Roopa R. June 30, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In home
He works great with kids! Has the perfect balance and isn't strict. My daughter really enjoys her lessons.
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Verneyy V. April 16, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In home
I am totally new to singing and this was my very first class so I was quite apprehensive. Stephen however was able to create a safe environment and within minutes I felt that it was right, that taking singing classes was not a crazy idea.

I am very happy and I hope I will be able to take many more classes with Stephen.

Kristine M.

Deerfield Beach, FL
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James N.

Mishawaka, IN
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Byron T.

Arlington, VA
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Paul J. August 6, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Wonderful teacher! She can transfer her skills. Takes her time and appreciates her students. She makes my child feel at ease to play. My child is advancing in piano. Recommend!
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Breon C. June 15, 2014
· Singing · In studio
I LOVE KRISTINE!

I've been a student of Kristine for only a year and in that year I have learned so much from her. She has shown patience towards me because I am a little hard-headed and stubborn. Although I never really worked to my full potential, she still has helped me to improve in my singing. This class has given me the ability to reach a higher vocal range. Kristine is a beautiful woman inside and out who truly loves and cares for her students. I'm so glad I am able to have Kristine as my vocal coach. I wouldn't choose any other teacher.
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Tia O. June 15, 2014
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Very grateful!

Kristine has been wonderful, encouraging and very, very patient with my daughter. She has taken the time and has allowed my daughter who is extremely shy, to move at her pace that's right for her. Kristine has been a blessing to my daughter, she is awesome and I am very grateful that my daughter has her as an instructor!

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As you learn the notes, it becomes increasingly critical to understand the theory behind them. My instrumental lessons will often include basic theory fundamentals such as scales, major and minor triads, etc., but if you are interested in specific theory tutoring, I can help out with that as well. In particular, we can develop the ability to sing notes on the page at just a glance and learning notes by ear.

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Odin M. February 22, 2017
Verified Student · Trumpet · Online
Son felt great and motivated after the lesson. James was thorough and did a follow up email with attachments. Overall fantastic experience!
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Roman January 29, 2017
Verified Student · French Horn · Online
We have had 3 lesson so far. James has been on time, and stayed on a few min after. My son has enjoy the lesson then thinks that Band Class at School is going better! He send a summary afterward on what he need to work on before the next meeting.

Very positive experience! thanks!
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Lisa L. January 29, 2017
Verified Student · French Horn · Online

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Arlington, VA

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I teach Music theory in a highly understandable and applicable way that makes the concepts extremely useful for guitarists.

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Amber February 10, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · Online
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Julia Y. February 2, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · Online
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Jeffrey Y. February 1, 2017
· Guitar · Online

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How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips

How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips

Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many … Read More

How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many
All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures
What are the "keys" to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C... In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures. Key Signatures at a Glance Major sharps: the name of the key can be fou
4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
6 Fun and Unique Ways to Learn Music Theory
Staring at the Circle of Fifths and memorizing key signatures isn't the only way to learn music theory! Here, Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. shares some creative ideas to revive your learning...   Music theory is a very important part of your musicianship, whether it be mastering ear training, harmony, or sight reading. No matter what instrument you play or what styles you enjoy, those who learn music theory grow further as musicians. A solid knowledge can help you improve your perform
How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound

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