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About Lena L.

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I have been playing piano since I was a young child and have always had a passion for music. I apprenticed in China under a master piano teacher for 15 years and then immediately started performing in many different venues. 18 years ago, I started teaching piano and have enjoyed sharing my love of music with others. I am very patient with students and am very open to the type of music they would like to play. From pop music to classical, beginning to advanced, I am well versed. If there is a specific piece you want to play, I can fit it to your level. In my lessons, I try to make each experience meaningful and joyful.
I am also available giving personalized lessons online nationwide. Looking forward to meeting you and sharing the joy of music in person and online.

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In our lessons, beginning students wi
ll learn to read music, play their favorite pieces, how to do warm ups and learn basic skills. I use sheet music and introductory books in my classes and assign homework for their daily practice. After 3 months, each student will move to the next level and continue learning more advanced skills. More advanced students will learn how to understand and compose music, put expression into the pieces they play and improve their current skills.
I especially emphasize in basic skills, such as recognizing the notes, reading the notes, understanding the meanings of the dynamics, and expressing oneself through each individual piece. Moreover, the basic performance skills are also occupied very heavily in each lesson, such as scales, triads in single notes and octaves, in slower speed and gradually into faster speed, and of course, different levels of etudes to build a strong base for each student to achieve his/her beautiful performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room w/ piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students should have their own piano or key board.

*** Specialties ***
I patiently teach my students with life examples .
I teach all techniques and skills with simple and easy to perform methods
Certified Steinway Educational Partner
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Barbara August 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Lena is an awesome teacher! I had no previous experience in piano and she taught me a lot. She's really patient and understanding. She gave me exercises to get better while also working on piano pieces that I liked, which was great. I would definitely recommend her!
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Ari July 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Lena is an incredible teacher! I played piano as a child and started taking lessons after 14 years of not having played to bring back my skills and make sure I don't develop bad habits. With Lena's help, I have been shocked at how quickly my technique came back! She is incredibly patient but a stickler for correct hand/wrist position, phrasing, and dynamics. I highly recommend Lena to piano players of every age and skill level!
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James June 26, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Lena is a great piano teacher! She is patient and flexible, and at the same time, challenges you and bring the best out of her students. Her teaching style allows for the student to get the most out of every lesson. Highly recommended!
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Lena L.

Lena L.

New York, NY 10038
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About Michael P.

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Beginning his cello instruction at the age of 8, Michael spent the majority of his early years under the guidance of Nancy Hambleton-Torrente, current director of music for the Yorktown public school districts in Westchester county. During his undergraduate years, he attended Colgate University where he received a B.A. in both Music and Psychology. While at Colgate, Michael had the privilege of studying with cellist Florent Renard-Payen, founder and director of the esteemed Tarob Cello Ensemble. Upon graduation, Michael continued his studies at Montclair State University where he received an Artist Diploma in performance. Under the guidance of Nicholas Tzavaras of the Shanghai String Quartet, Michael performed two solo recitals for the John J. Cali School of Music before further pursuing his studies in the studio of Marc T. Johnson of the
Vermeer Quartet. From 2012 to 2014, Michael served as principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra at Hunter College while concurrently earning a Masters degree in Music Education. He graduated with summa cum laude honors in 2014 and began his teaching career with the New York City Department of Education later that year.

At present, Michael is director of Orchestral activities at P.S. 205 Clarion in Brooklyn N.Y. and principal cellist of the Riverside Orchestra on the upper west side of Manhattan. He runs a full private teaching studio and actively gigs in and around the greater New York City area. He has also played in numerous master classes for world renowned cellists such as Lynn Harrell and Andres Diaz, and has had the privilege of working with esteemed conductors such as Marietta Cheng of the Southern Finger Lakes Orchestra, Paul Hostetter, Chair of Orchestral Activities for the Schwob School of Music, and Rueben Blundell, current Conductor and Music Director of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, the Hunter Symphony and the Riverside Orchestra.

While Michael does enjoy a busy academic and teaching schedule, he believes that part of the joy of being a working musician is having the ability to share his love of music with others, something he feels both honored and privileged to be able to do.

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My teaching philosophy is one that tailors to the specific needs, interests and abilities of each individual. Throughout my years of private instruction, I have learned that no two individuals learn and/or think the same way. Thus, for some students I have found the Suzuki method to be highly effective, while for others I have been more comprehensive with my instruction, incorporated scales, etudes, sonatas, concerti and Bach suites for a more well rounded approach. Regardless of the methodology employed, all of my students will attest that I set clear and high expectations for every lesson, yet am very understanding, friendly and approachable right from the start. My goal is to provide every individual with the tools necessary for becoming a well-rounded musician, so that they too can share their love for music with others.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two music stands and chairs.

*** Specialties ***
While I do specialize in classical instruction, I am able to instruct students in a variety of genres, including Jazz, Pop, and alternative rock. In addition, I tend to tailor my lessons to the needs of my students. If they are more comfortable learning by rote, then this is how I tend to instruct. My lessons are loosely structured by beginning with scales, moving on to etudes, then finishing with Bach suites, a sonata and/or a concerto.
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Melody July 10, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Great lesson. Received good feedback on technique.
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Ke C. August 28, 2016
· Cello · In home
I had a great class with Michael. He is extremely experienced in teaching and he has a very focused teaching strategy. Definitely take his class if you are interested in cello.
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Yemi A. August 12, 2016
· Cello · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Michael for over a year now. I've taken lessons before with other instructors (though not in cello). Michael is one of the best instructors that I have ever had. He instructs and challenges you to get better, while at the same time being patient with your development. It has been a pleasure being a student of Michael.
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Michael P.

Michael P.

Brooklyn, NY 11219
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About David S.

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New York, NY

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I have been teaching since 2000, when I was a still a student at The Juilliard School. I get tremendous satisfaction from watching my students grow and overcome challenges. Irrespective of whether I am teaching a professional musician, a college student, or a young child, my goal is to help make piano playing physically coordinated and musically gratifying.

As a classically trained musician, I teach my students to observe the written notes and indications in the music and to attune their inner ears to the music behind those notes. As interpreters our job is like “reading between the lines” of a book. The ability to attune oneself this way comes from cultivating a precise and imaginative ear, understanding the historical context and compositional techniques behind each piece, and learning to balance individual expression with a deep re
spect for composers' intentions.

In the end, however, playing an instrument is a physical endeavor. All the best musical intentions amount to little without the right motions to express them. In my experience, many pianists lack a sophisticated understanding of how to approach the instrument physically, which results in poor rhythm and sound, physical discomfort, and mental weariness.

While still in my teens, I experienced pain in my arms from playing difficult repertoire with an underdeveloped technique. It was necessary to retrain my playing completely. I was fortunate enough to find teachers of the Taubman Approach who helped me to understand the connections between physical coordination and beautiful playing. As a result of having made and overcome many physical mistakes myself, I have developed the ability to see what is holding students back and to help them find better ways of approaching the piano. As a teacher, I consider it my responsibility to not only suggest a way of interpreting music but also to give the technical tools to execute that interpretation with ease.

I also consider a significant part of my teaching to be advising a student how to practice. Given that I usually only see students once a week, the quality and quantity of their practice during the rest of the week is critical to their success. At each point in the process of learning a piece, a student’s attention should be focused on different aspects of playing the piece. I try to guide my students’ practice time based on where they are in the learning process, so that their time spent at home is optimized.

Like any meaningful pursuit, learning to master the piano requires time, patience, and work to be fulfilling. By helping students attune to the beauty of the music and understand its inner workings, by developing their physical awareness, and by focusing their practice, I aim to inspire students and bring their goals within reach.
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Hannah H. June 19, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I had a great experience taking piano lessons from David. After several years away from the piano, I wasn't entirely sure where to start. David took me back to the beginning and focused on fundamentals and technique. Not only did this improve my playing, but it also helped me develop awareness of areas that I could work on when I practiced. I found David to be a wonderful teacher who teaches a good balance of technique and artistry, and I would take lessons with him again.
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Saanjali K. April 16, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Lessons with David were my favorite time of the week during college. He worked on both basic techniques and finer details and nuances, which made the lessons very creatively satisfying. As a student, I hold him in the highest regard. If you haven't signed up for a lesson, you're missing out!
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Helen N. April 13, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I always wanted to learn how to play the piano and it wasn't until the age of 29 that I decided that there was no better time than now to start taking lessons. As a beginner, I am so thankful to have David as my teacher. He stressed the importance of technique even though he knows that I just really want to learn how to play so I could show off at a dinner party. Without this, I wouldn't have progressed as quickly as I have. He is incredibly patient, which is what I like most about him as a teacher. Given that I started with David as a true beginner, he had to go over the same things repeatedly, for months on end, and he was never once impatient. He also thinks about his students outside of his lessons and that speaks volumes. I only like certain types of music and am quite stubborn about only playing what I like. He not only understands this but will send me links to songs and brings pieces of music to our lesson because I often have difficulty finding pieces that I like or that are the right fit for my skill level.

If it weren't for David's steadfast positivity, his kindness and his genuine desire to see me grow and learn as a piano player, I would not still be taking lessons from him three plus years later. Luckily for me, that is not the case and I look forward to having many more lessons with him. I highly recommend David as a teacher!
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David S.

David S.

New York, NY 10040
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About Monika J.

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When music is done right,it transcends language and words. That is one of my favorite quotes. Being able to express yourself through singing is like a religious experience if done right. My passion for music goes beyond the technical aspect, but rather the personal experience, and the personal connection. It is like taking listeners on a journey without visuals but just a melody. That is what I try to instill in my students.

I have a background in opera and gospel singing. I have a degree in music. I also taught children's choir at a public school as well at a church. My goal is to teach students how to maintain and strengthen their voices metaphorically and physically. I have a set lesson plan for students that are offered weekly to students that will help with pitch, rhythm and breathing. Along with the weekly lessons, I teach basi
c music theory as well as some music history to students. Students will learn songs from a set list of songs and will work on their own songs.
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Stephen August 9, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Monika is a great teacher. I've seen a real improvement in only 2 months of lessons! My confidence has improved and friends tell me I sound better when they hear me practicing. Monika puts a lot of thought into her step by step lessons and really cares about choosing the right songs and exercises for her students. She's very organized, well-prepared and reliable.
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Etsy R. June 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Monika is an excellent teacher. She really breaks it down so that you can truly understand why and how you're using your voice. I've seen tremendous improvement with my voice and singing since starting my classes with her.
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Etsy R. June 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Monika is an excellent teacher. She really breaks it down so that you can truly understand why and how you're using your voice. I've seen tremendous improvement with my voice and singing since starting my classes with her.
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Monika J.

Monika J.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Gio X.

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About Gio
A native New Yorker, Giovanni began his musical studies at the age of six and soon enrolled at The Lawrence Eisman Center for Prepatory Studies in Music at Queens College. He is from Manhattan School of Music where he studies under the tutelage of Cynthia Hoffmann. He studied at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Vocal Program. In 2015, he was named a New York Lyric Opera Theatre National Finalist. He has attended Classic Lyric Arts: La Lingua Della Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy where he worked with Glenn Morton. An avid chorister, he recently performed Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé with the Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Chorus and the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski. He has participated in productions under the direction of Michael Capasso and Benjamin Spiermann. He has participated in the
Academie Internationale D’Été Nice in France where he will work under the guidance of Lorraine Nubar and Dalton Baldwin. He has also studied with Terence Goff, Catherine Green, and Sandia Ang. He currently teaches at The Great Neck Summer School Musical Theatre Program where he assists Dr. Pamela Levy. He has performed in masterclasses with Jane Marsh (Metropolitan Opera Guild) and Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi (CLA). He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

He recently joined the Music Faculty at Joyce Music Center. Gio X maintains a private studio in NYC/Long Island.
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Maia J. June 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Such a great voice teacher! He knows what he wants and doesn't stop until he gets it from me! He has high expectations but is really encouraging. My lesson is an hour long, but he always makes himself available! I have an audition next week for a musical in my summer program and I feel confident and prepared because of Gio's attention to detail during my lessons. Thanks for everything Mr. X! I'll make sure I remember to "Hear it. Breathe it. Say it!"
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Mitchell D. June 28, 2018
· Vocal Training · Online
Gio went above and beyond in teaching my son Romie. My son studied with him privately to prepare for NYSSMA and got a perfect score. His first few lessons were via Skype and then we decided to switch to in person lessons. Both were great. We are so glad to have found a patient and diligent teacher in Gio. Our daughter Maia will be starting lessons with him soon and we look forward to watching her growth with Gio.
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Jeremy June 15, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Gio’s technique has been so easy to understand. He’s very patient and works very well with beginners. He really talks a lot about breath support, which helped m do well on NYSSMA!
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Gio X.

Gio X.

New York, NY 10027
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About Sabrina T.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I am a classically trained pianist, vocalist, and intermediate modern dancer. My entire life is engulfed in the arts as my family is filled with dancers, singers, entertainers, host etc.. Art is and always has been my life.

I graduated from one of the many City Universities in New York at 22 and have been teaching there ever since as an Adjunct Lecturer, specializing in drama history, speech and poetry. I am a true believer in enlightening myself on how things work in the arts to capitalize on the past and create an even better future.

I specialize in sharpening and enhancing vocal breaks and range of extensions. As well as coaching my clients to over come performance anxiety with breathing techniques also used to add resonance and power to their voice.

If you are a dancer, I work specifically with assisting in nailing a "singe
rs call". I am full of repertoire and can recommend songs specifically for your voice to help build your book.
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Kyle July 2, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I love her holistic approach to singing, she incorporates a lot of meditative practices into singing. Her deep breathing and singing method is pretty dope!

Highly recommended.
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Paige July 2, 2018
· Singing · Online
I loooooooove, Sabrina!!!!!! She has made the entire process of me learning how to sing a breeze. I didn't have much confidence, but she really helped with define my voice and tone. She really helps you develop a sound that resonates. I have taken 5 lessons with her online and I can't wait to work with her in-person!
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Loren September 6, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
Honestly, it is always such a pleasure working with Sabrina She is fun, youthful, and extremely experienced. It makes me feel a lot better when you have someone relatable teaching.

Can't wait to sing with her again!!!
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Sabrina T.

Sabrina T.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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About Ben R.

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My name is Ben, and I am a full-time performing jazz pianist and accordionist based in New York City (you can learn more about my music career in my professional bio, which is included below). I have been teaching for ten years in just about every setting (from classroom to private, young to old, jazz and classical). I love teaching because I love learning how to communicate and connect with people of all different backgrounds and learning styles, and I enjoy sharing the journey of music with others and coming to understand what music means to them. Every person has a different goal, and if I can help people learn how to take manageable steps towards that goal every day, I feel I have succeeded. Hope to meet you soon!

Professional Bio:

Ben is a jazz pianist, accordionist and composer based in New York City, and a graduate of the exc
hange program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music. His work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers award in 2010 (and an honorable mention in 2018), the Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Original Song in 2010, and the Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Arrangement in 2011. Ben has played with the Bachiana Brasileira Orchestra at Lincoln Center (conducted by Joao Carlos Martins and featuring Dave Brubeck), as well as in Delhi, India, and at the Masten Jazz Festival (Buffalo), Richmond Jazz Festival (Richmond), Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Maryland) and Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (Manhattan). He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Ryles Jazz Club, Webster Hall, Symphony Space, The Blue Note and a host of other locations throughout the northeast. Ben has worked extensively with such jazz luminaries as Curtis Lundy, Neal Smith, Winard Harper, Wayne Escoffery and Deborah Davis, and he has shared the stage with Houston Person, Jerry Dodgion, Warren Wolf, Eliot Zigmund and many more. Recently, Ben was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and at the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ben is the founder of the Columbia Jazz House, a student-run jazz advocacy group at Columbia University that promotes jazz on campus through concerts, educational workshops and jam sessions. On December 28th, 2015, the Columbia Jazz House was featured in a New York Times article called "Melodies Night and Day in This Columbia Dorm."
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Candela September 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I've taken jazz piano lessons with Ben for almost a year and I really enjoy them! He always finds new ways to explain things and suggests different exercises, even when we are working on one same tune. I always feel motivated to practice at the end of the lesson.
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Jackson August 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I have learned so much from Ben about what it is to play jazz and have enjoyed every minute of it.
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Val August 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ben is not only a very talented pianist and kind human being, but he is an incredibly intuitive teacher who understands how to constructively offer suggestions for what needs to be improved but also knows how to push you to the next level (in a way that seems on the edges of what is reachable). This makes learning the piano so exciting, productive, and varied and fun. I highly recommend Ben. It is a privilege to learn from and with him.
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Ben R.

Ben R.

New York, NY 10025
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About Julian B.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I began teaching in-home lessons to K-12 and adult students in 2010. Since then I have:
1) Taught thousands of fun and engaging lessons to over 150 students
2) Helped high school students attain successful college music auditions
3) Had students on saxophone AND clarinet place successfully in All-State and All-County Honors Bands and Gifted and Talented Ensembles

Whether your student is excelling and wants new musical challenges to stay engaged or you think they could enjoy music but are struggling to keep up, I have experience with that situation. I am a passionate performer myself, and I released my debut jazz album in early 2018. I truly believe that music is one of the greatest sources of joy in the world.
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Chris September 6, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
I played the sax through high school and then stopped playing until I retired ~ 4 years ago. I started lessons with Julian when he lived nearby and have continued with "skype" lessons since he moved out of the area. He's a great teacher: motivational, thorough knowledge of both classical and jazz, kind, good sense of humor, and a good communicator. I highly recommend him.
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Lisa September 5, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
I highly recommend Julian as a saxophone teacher. My son started playing saxophone and taking lessons with Julian three years ago, when my son was 9 years old. Julian is patient with my son and has built a good rapport with him. Julian has always encouraged him to try his best and to not be discouraged when he makes mistakes, and that has made my son comfortable with Julian and confident enough to push himself. Also, Julian is reliable and punctual, and is good at communicating through text and email.
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Julian B.

Brooklyn, NY 11232
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About Daniel D.

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New York, NY

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Greetings! Thank you for taking a look at my profile!

As someone who was born into a life of music (everyone in my family is an instrumentalist), nothing gives me more joy than to engage in its performance, creation, or teaching. In my earlier years I played on multiple musical theater shows in Florida such as The Addams Family, Spamelot, Once On This Island, Reefer Madness, Five Guys Named Moe, and Chicago, where I played various saxophone, clarinet, and flute parts. After receiving two bachelor's degrees: one in jazz studies and one in clarinet performance, I went on to receive a master's degree in jazz composition at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. During my years of professional performance in New York, I have recorded two original records, one of which with grammy-level artists such as Ulysses Owens Jr., Reuben Rogers,
Christian Sands, and Michael Dease. I have also performed and recorded with Alex Sipiagin, Yotam Silverstein, Gil Goldstein, and Ben Williams. Before moving to New York, I performed with the Disney land All-American College band in Anaheim, California, and then, a few years later, participated in the Betty Carter jazz Ahead program in Washington, D.C. I was also accepted to the Metropole workshop for jazz arrangers in The Netherlands, hosted by Vince mendoza, Becca Stephens, and the Metropole Orchestra, the premiere jazz and pop orchestra in the world. I was accepted among 7 other international composers as the single representative of the United States. Having received rave reviews from famed publications such as jazz music archives, jazz weekly, and all about jazz, my body of work is constantly growing.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in taking lessons!
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Daniel D.

New York, NY 10033
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About Adam R.

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I am a producer, mixing engineer, and multi-instrumentalist with 10+ years of experience in audio production, mixing, and song writing, in the music industry. I have remix credits from Fool's Gold Records and The Knocks. My music has been featured in many publications including NME, Earmilk, Pigeons and Planes, Hillydilly, Goodmusicallday, and many more.

My classes will teach you to understand your DAW (digital audio workstation), recording and engineering, editing and arranging, midi instrumentation, drum and sample programing, software synthesis, effective use of audio effects, sound design, hardware basics, music theory, song writing, mixing, live performance, and everything in between.

Lessons are at an affordable rate and held in my home studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn (1 block from the Morgan L train). I'm also willing to travel to
you or a place of your convenience.

I'm open to teaching students of all ages and skill levels, no music experience or equipment is necessary, just the drive and desire to learn! My mission is to provide my students with the tools needed to independently produce music at a professional standard.
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Adam R.

Adam R.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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There are so many different singing styles and genres out there -- how do you keep track of them? What are the best vocal exercises for singers of each genre? Music teacher Heather L. answers these questions and more in this ultimate guide...   We, as human beings, have been singing since we discovered that we had voices. Of course, a lot about singing has changed since that time. Different cultures around the world through the centuries came up with their own scales and modes, an

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