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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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Lisa V. September 21, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I had a great experience for my first lesson with Christina. She is very patient and makes the learning experience very easy. I highly recommend her.
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Laura S. September 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 5 year old daughter left her first piano lesson with Christina excited and motivated to learn how to play!! I couldn't be happier!!
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Isabella August 19, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Christina does a great job and my daughter really looks forward to her lessons!
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Christina M.

Haskell, NJ 07420
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Brenda B.

Wyckoff, NJ

About Brenda

Hello, my name is Brenda! I've been teaching private lessons for a little over a decade and have my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University. I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor. I am currently attending Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University for my Masters in Opera Performance.
Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children and retired adults!
I teach voice, flute, piano, and clarinet, and have experience teaching in both individual and group settings. I also work on audition and performance preparatio
n, do speech/accent work and more. I am constantly studying different teaching methods so I can develop a custom program that best fits your learning styles and incorporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.

**if you need a particular time slot I will do my best to accommodate your needs**
**price is non-negotiable**

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you want to play flute, clarinet, sing, act, or learn to play piano, I am here to help you become the best musician you can be. Classically trained, I also work with the styles of musical theatre, pop, rock, and jazz. I can teach you the proper techniques, posture, and breathing necessary to perform to the best of your ability and teach you how to utilize your full lung capacity to extend phrasing length and dynamic range. I will also help you learn to read and write music. Together, we will keep a log to track your progress lesson to lesson. This will also help you keep a record of the steps you are taking to obtain and achieve your goals and dreams.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Does not own: Saxophone

*** Travel Equipment ***
mini keyboard for voice lessons (2.5 octaves)

*** Specialties ***
Young and beginner students.
Senior & Retired students
Students with special needs.
Performance techniques.
Audition preparation
Speech techniques (public speaking/voice-overs, etc.)
Bel Canto technique.
Life coaching!
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Laura September 13, 2016
Piano · In home
I found Brenda to be responsible, flexible, knowledgeable, and pleasant to work with. She is very good at tailoring lessons to meet your needs -- so don't be afraid to ask for something! She works well with all ages, teaching three members of my family. She has some great experience, and I encourage any one to contact her for information.
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Neil May 4, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Outstanding person. Cultured, intelligent, knowledgeable, wise beyond her years, patient, caring,considerant, I hope to spend years learning from this classy person.
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Sophia May 2, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Brenda is very professional and great with younger students!
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Brenda B.

Wyckoff, NJ 07481
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Chris B.

Butler, NJ

About Chris

My name is Chris B. and I've been playing music for most of my life.

The best lesson that I've personally 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 believ
e 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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aron September 15, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I had my first meeting with chris today. I was feeling a bit intimidated before i met him seeing all his credentials and experience. I need not have worried. He made me feel super comfortable and explained all the nuts and bolts of guitar on my level of understanding which is very basic. He was able to relay the lesson to me in a way that made so much sense, it just clicked. I left feeling very accomplished and very much looking forward to the next lesson
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Casey May 26, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Chris was such a great instructor! I first started lessons with Chris a few months ago and I told him I only had a limited time to learn guitar. Taking the knowledge I already had with music, Chris helped me in only a few months to pick up and to be able to jam to some awesome songs on my acoustic guitar. He is very patient and works very well with whatever level you come in as! I came in knowing only one or two chords, and now I know many more and can confidently play some songs! Since I was a crazy busy college student, Chris was also very flexible with when lessons were, which I was very thankful for! I'd highly recommend taking lessons with him!
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Janice S. April 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I love my lessons with Chris! I have no music background and have always wanted to play the guitar but never got around to making it happen. Now as I am older I think why not now?! I looked around for local lessons and found Chris's site. I loved his philosophy of how he teaches an individual based on what they want out of it! His statement of "some people just want to learn to play their favorite song" sold me! So glad I found him! It's never too late to pick up a guitar!
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Chris B.

Butler, NJ 07405
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Gabrielle A.

Spring Valley, NY

About Gabrielle

A violinist is a musical knight: the round shield which once protected the heart has become a sound-resonating violin, the linear sword a bow, yet the fundamental gestures are the same. The active right directs according to linear rules, the left spirals inwards.

Dear Student,

My name is Gabrielle A. I am French, in my mid-twenties, and hold a MA in education. Simple, to the point, confident, smiling and fun, I engage quickly and well with those around me.

While teaching a standard violin apprenticeship curriculum, I approach the instrument from the perspective of movement: what qual
itative gesture is at play behind a particular stroke or fingering?

Imagine playing violin according to lines of force, directions and qualities of movement between the right and the left! Musical sound, and its higher sibling tone, are born from the qualitative interplay between right and left meeting in the human chest.
By inwardly experiencing the instrument as a threefold instrument (violin, bow and violinist) we can step away from the view that the violin is 'somewhere out there', a foreign object to be more or less painfully mastered.

I believe that as instrumentalists we ourselves are a part of the tone we produce.
I will therefore look with you at the kinesiology behind a correct posture and encourage you to experience the playing process as a circle between the violin, the bow and the violinist.

I hope to hear from you, meet you, and work with you!

Yours sincerely,
Gabrielle
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Sally W. January 8, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Gabrielle was WONDERFUL!! She was truly the best teacher my son has ever had. She’s warm, lovely, encouraging. Everything you would want in a teacher. We’re very sorry to see her go, as she is moving. It will be very hard to replace her.
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Amy H. January 5, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Gabrielle is very gentle and really good with high energy children. She is also very encouraging. Recommend!
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Vishakha S. November 2, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
This is our first experience with a violin teacher. My daughter has so far loved the classes. Gabrielle is playful with the child and very energetic. She is very careful and detailed in her approach which is very important when working with a child who is beginning to learn. She keeps the child engaged through out the class, with games, little dance steps, striking conversation with the child etc. She has interesting ideas and techniques to teach this difficult instrument to a five year old. So far we are very happy with Gabrielle.
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Gabrielle A.

Gabrielle A.

Spring Valley, NY 10977
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$40 / 30-min
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Shane S.

New Windsor, NY

About Shane

Hello everyone, my name is Shane Scarazzini! I am a professional guitarist; I have toured all over the United States with a variety of groups ranging from rock n' roll bands to theatrical productions and beyond!

While pursuing my music career, I also developed a passion for teaching the art of the guitar. Since 2011, I have taught students ranging from toddlers handling a guitar for the first time all the way to grown adults preparing to play in a live band!

I am looking forward to helping you enrich or begin your guitar journey! Welcome aboard!
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Hank August 26, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Shane's guitar lessons opened everything up for me: quickly, he got me comfortable soloing anywhere on the fretboard. And music theory? He'll give you as much or as little as you want, always keeping it practical and immediately applicable to your playing. Taking lessons with Shane is a pleasure too. He's a gentleman and has a big heart and generous spirit!
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James August 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio
A common road block for talented, experienced performers is that they struggle with breaking down the basic fundamentals of their art form because they are so far past the basics, but this is not the case for Shane. He is receptive and clear in his explanations and he supports both successes AND mistakes as each are so valuable to learning any instrument. A very experienced guitarist and a flexible, helpful, inspiring teacher.
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Evan August 21, 2016
Guitar · In home
Shane is an all around great guy and it's a pleasure to learn with him and to know him. He is very receptive, thoughtful, kind, and patient, always willing to take the time to help out people that he knows. He has a heart of gold, and every single time that I have played music with him it has been a wonderful, rewarding experience and I always learn a lot even if it's not necessarily a guitar lesson, even when I jam with him I feel like I walk away a better guitarist and musician because he exuberates talent, class, and most of all: positivity. Take lessons with this man, you will not be disappointed.
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Shane S.

Shane S.

New Windsor, NY 12553
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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