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About John A.

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New Milford, CT

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About John
My job is to get your child crazy about the piano. If you have to nag your child to play, something is wrong. The basics are, of course, important, but until you have gotten the child to accept and love the piano as an object of enjoyment, all that practicing will go nowhere.

How do I do it?

I think it's easier to learn the piano if you are having fun, and that means playing music that you like.

You can always choose what you will play in lessons, and lessons are designed around your preferences, and move at a pace comfortable to you. The basics are still taught, but at a pace that your child finds comfortable. The result of this is that I will get your child to go the piano and play by themselves with no nagging.

I have had the complete classical conservatory experience, yet that doesn't mean I expect that of you in any way,
especially kids.

For children, the best start involves games and immediate playing to give the child a taste of the real joy of making music. Reading exercises have their place, but not at the very beginning.

I want you to play a song you know and enjoy your first lesson, and I can easily help you do that.

It's in your interest to play meaningful music, (to you) right away. It is possible for anyone can play music far more complex than what they can read on a page, so my first goal is to get you started playing real songs on your first lesson.

Education: BA University of California, Berkeley. Graduate work at University of Southern California Film School, Trinity College of Music, London.
Emmy Award winner, music direction. Broadway veteran. Recordings with American Symphony Orchestra released Sterling Records.
Advanced Piano lessons using the European tradition, pupil of Tobias Matthay School (London) and Denise Lassimone (Paris)

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If you're a beginner, I want you to start playing right away, with less emphasis on deciphering sheet music and more on the immediate physical sense of the keyboard. You have to enjoy playing by any means before you are inundated with the page. Reading music follows soon, but not before you can play music you like.
If you're more advanced, I can help you with technical development, and begin to widen your musical senses.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1926 Steinway A

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide Books and Musical Literature. Students must have instrument, electronic or acoustic.

*** Specialties ***
I teach any style of music that you prefer. I also accept students with disabilities and special needs.
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Andrew R. December 31, 2014
· Piano · In home
John has been teaching my 6 year old daughter for 3 months now and not only has he done a tremendous job gauging her abilities and teaching her but he has made it so much fun she wants to play the piano all the time.
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Janet S. July 23, 2014
· Piano · In home
John's biggest strengths are his patience, understanding and seeming endless facility with music. I read music but not fast enough to allow me to play good pieces, so John translates everything into physical movements. This makes it very easy to play interesting music, which makes me want to play more. I think he has shown me how learn, how to refine things so they are satisfying. I highly recommend him as a teacher, for beginners or advanced.
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Heather S. July 22, 2014
· Piano · In home
My son is six years old and has been taking piano lessons with John for six months. John is a unique and engaging teacher. His extensive knowledge of music and skill at the keyboard were apparent from the beginning. He can easily demonstrate a multitude of songs and then teach them on the spot. My son is excited to play a "whole song," be it Sponge Bob or Beethoven. John's teach-by-numbers technique appeals to my son's love of numbers and patterns yet he is also quickly learning how to read sheet music. John really is skilled at disguising a lesson on technique or theory as a game. He is goofy while at the same time encouraging and supportive of my son. He keeps it light, fun, and skill appropriate. Since he comes to our home, I also appreciate John's focus on the lesson - he arrives and departs in a timely manner. I highly recommend John as a piano teacher.
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John A.

New Milford, CT 06776
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$25 / 30-min

About Aya K.

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Hamden, CT
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About Aya
Caring teacher with more than 15 years of experience • Strong back ground in music education and performing • Dedicated to create fun yet stable learning environment and inspiring students to do their best

"I enjoy teaching students, helping them build confidence in their ability to achieve and more importantly, share the joy of playing music."

*** Studio Equipment ***
dedicated music room w/ Drum set, Snare, Timpani, Marimba, Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Congas, Bongos, Djembe, Cajon, Piano

*** Specialties ***
Concert percussion, Marching percussion, Drum-set, Marimba, Timpani, and Hand Drums in all levels and styles
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Henrique January 7, 2018
· Music Performance · In studio
I took lessons with Aya when I was in high school 13 years ago. She was very inspiring and because of her I decided to major in Music. I’m currently finishing my doctorate in Music and I am much indebted to her for exposing me to such a high level of artistry and instilling me with so much confidence at such a young age. I have very fond memories of Aya’s wonderful teaching.
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Kevin June 30, 2017
· Marimba · In studio
I used to take lessons with her when I was in high school. Because of her, I got in the all state band two years in a row and I had a blast.
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Michael June 29, 2017
· Drum · In studio
She is a great drum teacher. I've learned so much and really enjoy taking lessons with her.
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Aya K.

Hamden, CT 06514
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$40 / 30-min

About Maria O.

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Brewster, NY

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About Maria
Maria O has been teaching piano lessons since she was in high school. There were enough children in the neighborhood who inspired her to teach piano. She took up BS degree in Music Education, and her main interest was teaching private violin and piano lessons.

Her usual clients really varies a great deal. Each student, young or old, who comes from different backgrounds, stories, and history. They are all different individuals. She tries to take each and every student as an individual and teach them in ways that best suits their personality.
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Maria O.

Brewster, NY 10509
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$30 / 30-min

About Jonathan F.

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Bridgeport, CT
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About Jonathan
My name is Jonathan and I’ve been teaching with TakeLessons for a few years now. I love my job, I love to play the guitar and I love to teach.

I create a positive environment that’s perfect for learning for all of my students, no judgement, and I don’t put pressure on my students “to get really good fast”, with me you will have fun and you will learn to play!

I have no gimmicks, no “quick tips”, and no “magic” to try and sell you. But what I can promise you is that with me you will learn to play the guitar and excel at your guitar playing, sign up with me for your first lessons today!
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Leigh W. April 10, 2019
· Electric Guitar · In home
Jonathan is a great guitar teacher, he's very knowledgeable and does a good job of helping you understand the guitar. A great aspect of Jonathan's guitar lessons is that he shows you how to apply technical information (chords, scales, arpeggios, triads, etc.) to actual music.

Book your next guitar lesson with Jonathan, you will be glad you did!
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Olvin Q April 10, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Mr. Jonathan is the best instructor I’ve had yet, he’s so far has helped me go forward and improve with my guitar skills and just over all is just very calm,funny, and patient type of a guy
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Austin February 17, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Jonathan French is a great instructor. He is an extremely knowledgeable and patient teacher. He allows you to learn at your own pace while still managing to provide challenging lessons. In total, I have had five guitar lessons from Mr. French and all of the lessons have been fantastic.

Do not hesitate to book a lesson with Jonathan French.
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Jonathan F.

Waterbury, CT 06708
(7)
starting at
$50 / 60-min

About David R.

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Brewster, NY
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Hi my name is David and I love and enjoy teaching guitar lessons to students of all ages and I come to your home for lessons. My goal in life is to enrich people's lives with music. The first thing I do is interview the student and find out why they want to play the guitar and what are some of their goals. Then I find out what style of music they would like to learn. I have the student come up with ten songs they would like to learn. I take this information and structure future guitar lessons around the essential elements of these songs. I design each lesson to teach the specific skills required to learn those songs. I create an organized custom guitar lesson workbook for each of my students at no cost to the student or parent. This way, my students have a weekly organized practice routine and they become successful. Having a teaching deg
ree, (B.A. Music - Conservatory of Music - Concentration: Studio Composition / Master's in Education - M.A.T. / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA).

I create all of the guitar lessons to meet each students individual needs that include lessons on theory, technique, rhythm, chords, scales, riffs, arpeggio's, songs, and exercises etc. I break down songs into easy digestible parts so students can learn a song in a logical and most manageable way. I use a color coded method to teach that I created that help students not only learn and understand scales and chords but also they are able to see visually how scales and chords are created. I currently teach private guitar lessons and have worked for 12 years in our local schools as a teacher with students K through 12. For 2 years, from 2012 to 2014 I taught an after-school enrichment guitar and songwriting class. I created the curriculum and music workbook specifically for 6 and 7-year old children whom I taught at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem, NY. In College I won an award for the most Improved Studio Composition Student at Purchase College. I incorporate lessons that I have learned in the classroom as a teacher to help my guitar students learn. I feel the most important thing for my students to learn about music is to have a lot of fun.
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Ela April 24, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Lessons with David were very inspiring and so much fun. They were well planned, organized and productive. David also was very flexible and accommodating with scheduling the lessons.
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James December 28, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son had a great first lesson and knows what to do for practice this week and is excited to continue learning with his next lesson
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Carol September 11, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Really enjoying the lessons. Dave has tremendous experience and has made the start of this journey for me really easy. Looking forward to continuing my lessons.
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David R.

Brewster, NY 10509
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$30 / 30-min
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About Beryl D.

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Wilton, CT
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I have loved playing the violin since I started playing at age 5! I continue to learn and grow on the violin every day and love to share what I have learned. I studied at Juilliard and love to teach as well as play.
Whether starting a beginner, erasing technical "black holes"in a continuing players journey or rebuilding a returning adult player, it's always fun!
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Danette December 21, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Such a great talent with an intuitive ability to know what each student needs to succeed. So happy I found her.
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Beryl D.

Wilton, CT 06897
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$50 / 30-min

About Steven F.

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Wethersfield, CT

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I am a professional, singer, and pianist. I hold duel Bachelor degrees in Music Education and voice performance from Westminster Choir College and Masters in Music from the University of Connecticut majoring in voice performance and pedagogy.

I teach piano students off all different ages and experience levels. I have been studying and playing classical piano for over 15 years. Throughout the years I have played jazz, Broadway and contemporary styles of music. As a seasoned public school teacher, I bring a wide array of approaches to guarantee student success. I can teach students to read and interpret music as well as pursue musical excellence. I can help students meet and exceed their goals as a musician.

My personal preference is classical but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward t
o meeting you and helping you become a better musician.
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Steven F.

Wethersfield, CT 06109
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$50 / 30-min

About Ashley K.

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Redding, CT

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I hold a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Connecticut and a CT Teaching Certification in grades Pre K-12 in all concentrations of music education from Central Connecticut State University.

While at UConn I studied such operatic roles as Yum-Yum in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart and as a Nymph in Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. I also premiered and recorded original music in Quito, Ecuador with an early music ensemble called Collegium Musicum. During her time at UConn, I was an active member of the UConn Opera Outreach program, which aimed to bring the love of opera into the public school music classroom. I have performed at The Bushnell, Lincoln Center and the Candlelight Processional at Disneyworld. I have also been featured as a soloist with First Church
Congregational in West Hartford, CT.

I pride myself in having taught elementary choral/general music teacher in both rural and urban public school districts throughout the state of Connecticut. I currently teach general/vocal music to students in grades Pre K-5. I was also a grant recipient to begin a ukulele program at my school.

I began her private teaching career in 2011 teaching students of all ages ranging from 6 to 73.
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Ashley K.

Redding, CT 06896
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$44 / 30-min

About Brandon D.

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West Hartford, CT

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As a trumpeter, Brandon was a semi-finalist in the Graduate Division of the National Trumpet Competition and a finalist in the Paranov Concerto Competition at University of Hartford. He has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Hartt Faculty Brass Quintet, the Rhode Island Recording Ensemble and at the Ivoryton Playhouse. He has performed at multiple different conferences including, International Trumpet Guild and the Southeastern Trumpet Festival. He is currently a member of the 9th Street Brass as a Trumpeter and Arranger/Composer.

Brandon Dicks’s works have been performed by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus State University Philharmonic, Columbus State University Trumpet Ensemble, Up/Down Percussion Quartet, 9th Street Brass, and First Baptist in Columbus Adult Choir. His wind ensemble works have been performed
by the Roswell High School Wind Ensemble, Harris County High School Wind Ensemble, and Northside High School Wind Ensemble. His music has been performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, Southeastern Trumpet Festival, and the International Double Reed Society Conference. Brandon has won audience choice in the IDRS Composition Competition and he won first prize in the State Division of Music Teacher’s National Association while receiving honorable mention in the Southern Region of MTNA.
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Brandon D.

West Hartford, CT 06119
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$28 / 30-min

About Roger P.

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Newtown, CT

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I studied with Gary Chester, Ed Soph and Frankie Malabe (Latin drum set rhythms).
I can teach you all the rudiments, how to read, how to correctly use your hands and feet, and how to coordinate them. I play a wide variety of musical genres, so I can show you how to play in those styles, and I have played on Broadway in NYC.
My 51 years of experience can teach you a lot about playing the drums.
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Roger P.

Newtown, CT 06470
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$50 / 30-min

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