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About Nikole W.

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Hi! Welcome to my TakeLessons page, where I provide information about my background and teaching services.

I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. My music students include children, working professionals, performing artists, and seniors. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and with private instructors focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e.Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk). Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) and practices from Linklater, Alexander, Williamson movement, and Art of Practicing techniques are incorporated into my music instruction.

30 minute-lessons are available for children aged 5-6 only while 60-minute lessons are available for students above the age of 6. Prospective students may sign up to take a trial lesson with me at first to see if we ...

About Nikole
Hi! I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about how I can help you as a teacher.

What is my background?
I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. I have developed a keen ability to assess and shape talent from years of training, teaching, performing, and working with the head of Arts programs to conduct admissions interviews, student evaluations, and performances. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and privately with notable musicians focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e. Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk).

What material is covered during lessons?
Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) as well as posture,
artistic expression, interpretation, breathing, and finger and pitch placement techniques are incorporated into my music instruction. Cold reading, audition preparation and technique, Shakespeare, scene analysis, and business strategies are examples of topics that may be covered in acting instruction. Linklater (voice), Alexander, Williamson (movement), and Art of Practicing (piano) methods are also employed.

What are the profiles of my students?
My students come from different walks of life: children coming from school who bound excitedly to my lesson door; teenage artists who have the passion and vision but lack the technique; working adults who seek reprieve from the stress of work by singing/ learning an instrument that they've always wanted to play; and seniors who want a fun hobby to keep active. I enjoy teaching them and watching them master the fundamentals while developing their own performance style (or even composing their own music)!

What is my teaching style?
Based on feedback, students appreciate that I am a teacher with a warm personality whose supportive, passionate, and fun approach and effective techniques help them attain the following: 1) a firm understanding of the fundamentals of music theory or acting technique; 2) an ability to effectively learn how to perform and practice singing/playing/acting a piece; and 3) a style of performing that minimizes tension, produces beautiful sound or a dynamic character, and/or allows them to fully express themselves. After a few months, students should have sound knowledge of all three.

My students and I connect, in part, because I remember being like them. On stage, I started out dancing and acting; I delved into singing and songwriting and then fell in love with playing the piano. The day that I learned how to merge those passions (i.e. singing while playing the piano) was one of the happiest days of my life! Now, whether I'm performing Shakespeare on stage, playing Chopin and Beethoven, or singing while playing tunes by Whitney Houston, I still get excited. Hopefully, I fuel that excitement in you, too!

What is the lesson structure?
Due to the comprehensive nature of my teaching style and structure, students above the age of 6 take lessons for 60 minutes; 30-minute lessons are only available for children aged 5-6. If a student wants to learn how to play while singing, I am happy to help him/her do so!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio location in Manhattan is conveniently near Midtown, Chelsea, Flat Iron, Murray Hill, Union Square, Tribeca, and the Financial District in particular and is easily accessible via public transportation. It houses an upright piano and seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Acting: Meisner Acting; Theater Acting; Shakespearean Acting
Music: Classical Piano; Contemporary R&B & Pop Piano; Singing; Theory; Playing Whie Singing; Songwriting

***Pricing***

Thirty minute rates are for younger students only. Adult students are required to book 60 minute lessons.
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Ebony November 2, 2017
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Nikole is phenomenal. Great spirit, incredibly welcoming. I feel a lot more confident in public speaking.
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Ashley A. January 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Nikole, is very warm and professional. I have never continued with voice lessons, I enjoyed the experience so much that I'm going to kick the bad habit of smoking and sit down and seriously figure my finances out to continue being taught by her. I cannot express enough how much fun I had...no pressure Nikole if you read this...lol
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Marilyn T. October 10, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Easy to work with and understood what I needed to work on almost immediately.
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Nikole W.

Nikole W.

New York, NY 10001
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About Adam K.

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About Adam
Hello! My name is Adam, and I'm excited to be a part of the Take Lessons team. I am an Actor, Singer, Voice-Over Artist, and Teacher in New York City. Originally from the St. Louis area, I moved to NYC in 2004 to pursue a career in theatre. Along the way, I discovered a love for teaching. I have taught private lessons and classes in a variety of areas, including Acting, Voice, Singing, Musical theatre, Dialects, Shakespeare, and more. As a working professional actor, I am very familiar with the demands of the industry and the dedication it takes to have a career in the performing arts. One of my goals as a teacher is to instill a sense of dedication in my students. And of course, as I understand the personal nature of acting & performance, my main goal is to help each student find and strengthen his/her unique & personal talents.


I have been taught & inspired by many gifted teachers/performers over the years, and I always hope that I can pass along what I have learned to other students. I received my MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio/New School (NYC), and I received my BA in Theatre & Vocal Performance from McKendree University. I also have training from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and the Old Vic Theatre in London.

Because I have been taught a variety of techniques and styles, my teaching style combines all of those techniques. There are many ways to approach the art of performing, whether it be acting, singing, etc. And it is most effective for me as a teacher to provide you with as many techniques as I can.

I look forward to meeting you and working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
First and foremost, I believe in working with you to create a relaxed environment where you can learn and grow as a student and performer. Performing (acting, singing, etc.) is about taking risks and looking inside yourself to create something bigger than yourself. Because of that, I always begin each lesson with some sort of relaxation or technique to get you focused.

I ask a lot of questions during lessons---some of the questions may not have one definitive answer. But I ask you these questions to get you to consider various things, think, ponder, explore, and hopefully, DISCOVER.

Because all students learn in different ways, and we all have our strengths as learners and performers, my lessons are different for each individual student.

But you can always count on:
-Learning a variety of techniques to help you with your craft.
-Beginning with relaxation and other exercises to get you released, focused, etc.
-Each lesson being a building block: We build upon what we learned in the previous lesson.
-Combining technical exercises (which I promise are always FUN!) with practical performance pieces (songs, monologues, etc.)

Our goal together will be to unlock YOUR OWN, PERSONAL TALENTS. And then, we will work to fine-tune those talents.

It is my hope that you will continue your desire to perform and share your talents with others. Also, I hope that you will develop a desire for life-long learning and that you'll eventually want to pass along your knowledge and training to others.

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*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide some materials (in terms of handouts, music, scripts, etc.). I expect you to provide additional music, which will be discussed. Also, if I travel to you and our lesson requires a piano, I would expect you to provide that. Thank you!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Musical Theatre/Acting. I am a firm believer in Method Acting Techniques, including sense memory---the result of these techniques is to bring more of the performer's persona into the performance itself. Therefore, I use exercises to enhance these techniques. I believe that the final performance should be creative and expressive, yet realistic.

I also specialize in Dialects/Accents----coaching clients (including Actors and Voice Over Artists) in a variety of accents/regional dialects, using an array of approaches and techniques (pitch, rhythmic variation, IPA/Phonetics, phrasing, etc.).
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great comfortable enviorment

adam is a great teacher. i dont feel self conscious at all in the lessons. and im a pretty self conscious person in general so u can imagine how i feel about singing.he doesnt judge u one bit. and fast moving lessons
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Adam K.

Astoria, NY 11106
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About Danielle L.

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I studied Music Theory for many years and have developed a solid technique that I teach all my students so that they can read music fluently

About Danielle
I have been taking the world by surprise since the age of 4. I began studying at Queens College at 6 years old and was a recital pianist by the age of 12. I was a consumer of music, from the Music Theory lessons on Saturdays, piano lessons on Thursdays and voice lessons on Saturday afternoons, my life was filled with music.

It is to no one's surprise that I completed my first demo at the age of 13 and was performing for Queens Colleges audiences at 14. I went on the rank high in the NYSSMA series in both piano and voice. I also went on to study music in college and began touring with gospel troupes nationally. Since then I has done many workshops, Master Classes, tour dates, theatre shows etc. Too many to date. I am a sought after teacher for voice, piano and broadway singing. I train public speakers, actors and teachers as well.

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et your slot NOW! I will take your musicianship and skill to the next level! But you have to be ready!

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Here are some details about the lessons:

1. Please come with a notebook and pen
2. Each lesson consists of vocal exercises, breathing exercises, goal setting, artist development etc
3. After 3 moths CONSISTENTLY with me, you will be transformed

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio in home with seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Black and white notebook
25 Italian songs and arias
Alfred's Piano Book 1

*** Specialties ***
The foundation of all my teaching stems from my background in opera.
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Vanessa February 7, 2017
· Singing · Online
I was nervous at first, but Danielle made me feel very comfortable.
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Margaret January 31, 2017
· Singing · Online
I loved my first lesson with Daniele. Daniele is very patient and encouraging. I look forward to many wonderful sessions!
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Kyle F. September 24, 2016
· Piano · Online
My son enjoyed his first lesson. Although, he has been playing for awhile, she is assisting him with strengthening his basics. He is excited to be learning and plans to continue.
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Danielle L.

Central Islip, NY 11722
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About Shoko N.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Education:1996-1998 Studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Completed studies in composition and arranging with teachers: Donny Nolan, Phil Wilson, Dan Moretti. Majored in piano performance with teachers: Joanne Brackeen, Kenny Werner and Lyle Mays. Graduated and received Performance Major Diploma in Music.
1989-1991 Studied at the YAMAHA Music Academy in Japan. Music theory with teachers: Yutaka Masuda, Yoko Nagata, Kiyomi Ishikawa and Yoshiko Mizuno, as well as electric organ and Suzuki piano performance with: Kazue Nishiwaki, Yutaka Masuda, Yoshiko Mizuno and Schwekendiek Donald Robert.Received license of teacher.

Recent Performances : 2012- Performed at Banlieues Bleues in Paris, France, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, HollandRote Fabrik in Zürich, Switzerland, Manufaktur in Schorndorf, Germany, Espace Vauban in Brest, F
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2010 Received NYFA winner
2009- Performed in Stockholm Sweden for Nobel prize ceremony for Herta MullerPerformed at Vertretung des Landes in Berlin with Satoshi Takeishi/ Michael Schiefel
Performed at The Kitchen NY with Mendi+Keith's electric ghost with Dance company
Performed at JCC Manhattan, Galapagos with Eve Sicular
Performed at Roulette in NY concert with Satoshi Takeishi
Performed at City Winery with Eve Sicular Metropolitan Klezmer
Performed at Joe's Pub in NY with Sanda Weigl/ Romanian Gypsy music
Performed and curated at Roulette in NY benefit concert with Okkyng Lee, Elliot Sharp, Satoshi Takeishi
Performed at The Brecht Forum with Composer Laura Andel
Performed at The Stone in NY with Satoshi Takeishi
Performed at The Stone, Glassland, Union pool in NY with Miho Hatori
Japan tour 09' with Satoshi Takeishi
Performed at The Stone in NY concert with Miya Masaoka, Okkung Lee
Performed at Santago Jazz festival with Heys Greendfeild
Performed at Drom in NY with Sanda Weigl/ Eve Sicular
2008- Performed in Finland "Tampere jazz festival" with Matana Roberts
Performed at Knitting factory NY "Winter festival" with Matana Roberts
Performed at Moes theater in Chicago with Sanda Weigl
Performed at Illinois University in Chicago with Sanda Weigl
Performed at Joe's Pub in NY with Sanda Weigl
Performed at Roulette in NY benefit concert with Okkyng Lee
Japan tour 08' with Satoshi Takeishi
7/12-8/6 Performed at Santago Jazz festival with Heys Greendfeild
Performed at Barbes in NY with Sanda Weigl
Performed at Cornelia Street cafe in NY with Sanda Weigl
Performed in Canada "Solpolo festival" with Matana Roberts
Performed at Drom in NY with Lev
Performed at Drom in NY with Sanda Weigl
2007- Performed Shoko's "Vortex" at Blue Note in NYC
Performed Shoko's "Ephemeral" at Roulette for composers series in NYC
Performed at Brooklyn College Shoko's "Ephemeral" in Brooklyn
Performed at Resfest in Brasil SaoPaulo with Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto)
Performed in Brasil Rio with Miho Hatori
Performed at Museum fine arts in Houston, Texas with Miho Hatori
Performed at Webster Hall with Miho Hatori in NYC
Performed at The Stone with Miho Hatori in NYC
Performed at Highline Ballroom with Miho Hatori in NYC
Performed at Tonic with Miho Hatori in NYC
Performed at Jazz Gallery with Matana Roberts Group in NYC
Scored music for a French movie " L ' Amour Cache' " ( directed by Isabelle Huppert ) with Butch Morris
Scored music for a Japanese movie " Starfish Hotel" ( directed by John Williams ) with Satoshi Takeishi

2005- Received a grant from Philadelphia Music project (Painted Bride Art Center) Grant for jazz jaunts a project in which seven jazz artists will compose and premiere compositions that incorporate musicical traditions from trier cultural roots, spanning South Africa, Cuba, Brazil, South India, Iraq, Japan, and Jewish Diaspora.

2009- Film ScoredUS/JAPAN security treaty documentary film music"ANPO" directed by Linda Hoaglund2006- Japanese Film music "Starfish Hotel" directed by John Williams
Teaching:2003- 2010 Teaching group and private lessons on piano at Florentine Music School in NYC.
2005- Substitute as dance accompanist at 92Y in NYC.1999-2004 Teaching private lessons on piano at Victory Music Studio in Staten Island.1996-1999 Teaching private lessons on YAMAHA system on electric organ and piano in Boston.1991-1996 Teaching group and private lessons and workshop on electric organ and piano for 100 students per week in YAMAHA Music School in Japan.

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Methods Used
Yamaha Methods Suzuki Methods

Lesson Style
Any ages welcome, one on one piano lessons. Classic, jazz, Folk, rock, R&B any style for beginner to intermediate student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano

*** Specialties ***
I grow up in YAMAHA Music education in Japan. include dance, ear training, theory, singing, writing and performance. I know the process to make students to develop.
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Jaret Q. April 17, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Loved loved Shoko, my kids warmed up to her instantly!
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Blanche K. July 16, 2014
· Organ · In home
I have had a wonderful organ teacher, Shoko, for quite a few months. She is very patient, extremely pleasant and teaches very well. I learned quite a bit from her since I knew no organ playing at all at onset.

May she have a long teaching carrier.
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Buck T. May 21, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Shoko is teaching my 6 year old son to play the piano. She's doing a great job. She makes it fun for him because he loves to be silly all the time. I recommend her as a piano teacher.
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Shoko N.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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About John R.

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*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any equipment. I expect my students to have their own instruments, amplifiers and music.

*** Specialties ***
I am proficient in all guitar styles including blues, jazz, rock, folk and classical. I have a PhD in music and have been a professional musician for 30 years.
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John R.

John R.

Pelham, NY 10803
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About Aaron B.

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Lessons and curriculum will be completely tailored to your desires, goals, and fluency on any musical instrument. Music theory can be a joyful part of singing a song, taking a piano lesson, performing a piece, or improvising.

About Aaron
I am an enthusiastic accompanist, performer, and teacher, engaged in projects ranging from Early Baroque figured bass, to 20th-century classical chamber music, to Broadway and Folk. I currently teach Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes in Manhattan, an innovative approach to classroom music education that uses movement and the body to connect what the ears hears and the mind knows. As a pianist I have performed in Switzerland, England, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to your needs, so we will discuss goals, methods, and practicing strategies to keep you excited, directed, and successful.
For beginning pianists, I use a variety of piano methods, including Faber, Bryanskaya, 4-hand repertoire, and my own materials. I also take advantage of my training in the Dalcroze Eurhythmics approac
h to music education, which focuses on gesture, improvisation, coordination, and command over the musical language.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Steinway upright, couch, and plant

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide books for the lesson, xeroxes for students, pencils, staff paper, etc. Students should buy or copy music as appropriate.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: beg to adv - prefers inter to adv

I am trained in Dalcroze Education, which is an approach to music education that uses movement to connect what the ear hears and what the mind knows. In the piano lesson, I draw from what I have developed in the classroom, including improvisation, dis-ordination, kinaesthetic awareness, and notation.
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Ye Z. October 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I like Aaron's teaching style !!!!!!!
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Qixiao M. May 27, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Aaron is an amazing teacher. He is knowledgeable, very patient and very helpful. After taking several lessons with Mr. Aaron, I realized playing piano is a much more delicate form of art than I had thought.

In Mr. Aaron's class, piano playing, understanding of music, music theory and the culture of music are nicely combined. I've learned playing piano before, but have never been so happy and learning so much.

I feel very lucky to learn music with Mr. Aaron.
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Aaron B.

New York, NY 10025
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About Joseph M.

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35 + yrs playing/teaching experience
Classical to Jazz
Fun mixed with work

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Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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Joseph M.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
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About Brendon R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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My approach to music theory is that it should be learned by doing - being told what an Italian Sixth chord doesn't do you much good if you can't apply it in your own music. To that end, we'll spend time on close listening, sight-singing, dictation, rhythm games, etc., and minimal time with textbooks.

About Brendon
I am a composer, guitarist, arranger, engraver, and songwriter located in Brooklyn. I completed an M.M. in Composition at the Yale School of Music in 2014, and have taught extensively for the past eight years in a variety of settings. I currently teach guitar at Saint David's School in Manhattan, and taught private composition lessons and TA'd electronic music courses at Yale. I've also taught guitar and musicianship in public elementary and high schools in San Francisco and New Haven, as well as several music schools and my own private guitar studio.

As a guitarist, I perform with legendary NYC experimental groups the Glenn Branca Ensemble and Dither Quartet, as well as my own groups Invisible Anatomy and Marateck. I've played at the Barbican in London, on the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Ellnora Guitar Festival, and Lincoln C
enter Out of Doors, among many others. As a composer, my work has received support from the ASCAP Foundation, Roulette Intermedium, and the Jerome Fund for New Music, and been performed on four continents. My teachers and mentors have included Mark Stewart (Paul Simon's musical director), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, and guitarist Jack Sanders (winner of the American Guitar Society's lifetime achievement award).
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Fred September 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
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Kelly C. September 9, 2017
· Composition · Online
Brendon always has fresh ideas and his incredible skill and experience always brings something valuable and original to each lesson. His abilities are astounding and is always highly in tune with my specific strengths and weaknesses.. Thanks so much Brendon!!
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Kelly C. July 11, 2017
· Composition · Online
What a great lesson, thanks Brendon! The attention and detail of suggestions are spot on and very useful.. ! I leave these lessons feeling like I'm in such good hands..!
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Brendon R.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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From understanding the basic harmony in "Call Me Maybe" improvisation to learning improvisation and composition techniques, I draw on my experience in applying western and non-western music theory across Piano, Singing, Drums, and Bass Guitar. I make sure that any concepts covered always have context in repertoire, so that there is a constant application of the theory and it never stands on its own.

About Daniel
I'm a gigging musician and teacher who graduated from Oberlin College in May 2015 with a degree in Musical Studies and Physics. I was on the Division III tennis team there for two years as well. I pride myself on patience and empathy no matter what I teach, whether it feeling the pulse of a complicated drum groove or solving a challenging physics word problem. For music lessons, I strive to bring in a context of genre fluidity and history, so that a student knows where and what to explore on their own even when I am not in the room to show them. Overall, my teaching is all about inspiring students to do well and make their strengths work for them, rather than dryly coming up with the "right answer" or playing a tune the "right way" to get from point A to point B.
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Elizabeth May 31, 2016
· Piano · In home
Dan connected well with my daughter and now she can't wait for more lessons.
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Sarana J. March 21, 2016
· Piano · In home
Sarina had a great time learning piano with Daniel.
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Andrew J. March 21, 2016
· Drum · In home
Andrew got along well with Daniel. Andrew enjoyed his lesson.
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Daniel B.

Ridgewood, NY 11385
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I have earned my Master's degree in Classical Violin at the Manhattan School of Music and an advanced performance certificate from Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. I have ten years of rigorous teaching experience and work with all ages. I am an alumnus of the NY All-State Festival and of course can prepare you for NYSSMA and ABRSM exams, All-County/City Prep, competitions, Pre-college auditions, and conservatory auditions.

About Kyulee
28 years young and fun-loving! I'm an energetic teacher with much performance and teaching experience that I can't wait to share with you!
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Kyulee S.

New York, NY 10019
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$67 / 30-min

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Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
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
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
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

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