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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 instrument 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 ...

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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
Brenda B. Wyckoff, NJ

About Brenda

Hello, my name is Brenda! I've been teaching private lessons for about a decade and have my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University. I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor. Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children. I teach voice, flute, piano, and clarinet, and have experience teaching in both individual and group settings. 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. *Scheduling availability outside of what is posted is available upon request* *** Lesson Details *** Whether you want to play flute, clarinet, sing, act, or ...

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Patrick M. March 6, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Brenda is extremely talented, knowledgeable, professional, courteous, and supportive. As an adult learner, she makes me feel very comfortable learning a new skill. I highly recommend her!
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Afi S. October 31, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great Teacher

Very happy with Brenda's Piano tutoring. Thank you,Brenda.
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NadiaB March 9, 2012
Good teacher

Brenda is very talented and a very good teacherAnd have the right methods to teach children, I wouldRecommend her to all
Mary P. Croton on Hudson, NY

About Mary

Mary is a Tony nominated writer, actress, and teacher whose Broadway credits include Martha Jefferson in "1776" and Grace Farrell in "Annie". She was a starring soloist In Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" at the Kennedy Center and the Metropolitan Opera and toured as featured vocal with Michel LeGand in concerts including Carnegie Hall. Off Broadway credits include her own musical, “Cradle Song”. Former Head of Drama at the Wooster School in Danbury CT, she studied acting with Sanford Meisner in NYC, the Rheinhardt Seminar in Vienna, Austria and has been teaching and directing young and adult actors for over fifteen years. Former students have appeared on Thirty Rock€, Gilmore Girls€, Law and Order€ and others. She will help pick your material, improve your vocal ...

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David D. January 27, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mary is wonderfully patient and convivial. I'm pretty much a beginner at lessons, and she's found a way to explain to me technique exercises such that each week, my body understands more, and I feel progress. In responding to my singing, she has not been a perfection czar -- she zeroes in on the most important concern at the moment. While she's extremely knowledgeable about and experienced in musical theater, she can help singers with pop as well. I'm enjoying our lessons. She has boosted my confidence while it's quite evident how much I should improve. Her pricing is also reasonable -- no small thing.
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Vadim K. November 6, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mary is a wonderful teacher and Emily absolutely loves her voice lessons!
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Steven O. August 3, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
If you're looking to dive into the waters of musical theater, look no further. Mary brings to her teaching years of professional experience working with some of Broadway's greats. Whether you're interested in developing vocal technique or learning how to deliver a monologue effectively, Mary can help you out. She's also very supportive and knows how to get the best from her students.
Karl L. Warwick, NY

About Karl

Karl L. - Drummer/Educator DrummerWorld.com "Top 500" drummer Endorsee for Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks and Evans Drumheads. In addition to international performances, recordings and clinics, I have taught all facets of drumming privately for 20 + years. Many of my current and former students have won countywide, regional and state competitions in both classical snare drumming and drumset in New Jersey. Former private students have graduated from Berklee College of Music, SUNY Purchase, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Montclair University, CalArts, etc. Since 2004 I have taught percussion at the County College of Morris and Passaic County Community College. I have also taught at Sussex County Community College and Ramapo College. I concentrate on ...

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Evan R. October 4, 2014
Drum · In home
I've been studying with Karl for over two years now. I'd taken lessons from two other teachers before, and I learned more in one lesson with Karl, than in three lessons from either of them. He guides students in developing their own styles, and at the same time, teaches them how to play with proper technique. I will be auditioning for county band on snare drum, and Karl had started preparing me for the audition months ago. All in all, anyone who takes lessons from Karl will not be disappointed.
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James C. September 23, 2014
Drum · In studio
I have studied with Karl for the past 3 years. While studying with him I have become much more versatile in my playing. Karl stresses the importance of practicing and pushes one to achieve their greatest potential. If you are struggling with a certain rudiment or concept he will break it down into simpler terms that are easy to understand and build upon. It has been a great experience studying drum set with Him.
Brian P. Middletown, NY

About Brian

Brian is a professional music teacher, performer, composer, arranger, band manager, and producer. He also is getting further involved with booking and promotions in the Hudson Valley. His latest endeavors have been writing music for film and gaming. His previous band These 3 Poisons has their hit song “Light up the Eyes” on Rock Band 3. "Do what you love and love what you do." This is why he chose music as his career. His passion for music is immeasurable. Music is his calling, his reason to be. For the past 17 years Brian has been heavily involved with studying, composing, arranging, and performing music of several genres and styles. Over the years he also found teaching music to be both a talent and a passion of his. For the past 10 years, he has had the pleasure of sharing his ...

Ed F. Chester, NY

About Ed

Ask about Drum and Guitar lessons from a trained professional with over 21 years of performance, published writing and recording that are: Relevant and Up-To-Date to today's standards used by working professionals!! Real World Applications that are used and found beyond textbooks and chalkboard and backed by visible results. Result-Oriented, when combined with a productive and consistent practice routine can be gratifying and fun!!

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