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Olivia D.

Allenhurst, NJ

About Olivia

Music is my passion. I love film and acting but music is where my heart truly lies. I am a new graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, but my love of music started long before my college education.

I began piano lessons very young but gave that up to pursue guitar. I've also been writing from an early age, anything from lyrics to poems to short stories to screenplays. My poetry was published many times in a US wide book featuring the art of children between 6 and 12 years of age. My father, an artist (mainly painter), encouraged me to pursue my artistic passions and by the age of
12 I was writing some of my first songs on guitar. I took voice lessons over the years as well as guitar lessons and even played clarinet in my high school band. I spent a year in Puerto Rico in my junior year of high school where I attended an arts school and was a student at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico. There I studied music theory, voice, and international songwriting. I moved back to New Jersey for my senior year of high school where I was accepted into an all arts school. I studied in a choir but also continued my studies in music theory and voice. I began learning Italian Arias and other select Arias of different languages.

After high school, I was accepted to Berklee College of Music. My first focus was in Music Therapy. I spent a very big part of my life working with children in either art camp settings, music lesson settings, or schools and thought my passion was in the area of therapy. After a year and a half of studying Music Therapy at Berklee, I had a change of heart and realized that I wanted to go to Berklee and was accepted to Berklee for my songwriting. I quickly changed majors and continued my time at Berklee in the songwriting department where I was pushed to my absolute limits lyrically, musically, and harmonically.

I am currently planning my last semester at Berklee after graduation to attend internships and continue to broaden my knowledge of music. Afterwards, I will be attending the New York Film Academy which I have been accepted to. I want to pursue the art of film as well, learning to act and relating that to stage performances and confidence building - which I believe are so important for young kids and young adults.

I have a great deal of experience but I am also still learning. I think it is very important as a teacher to always be learning, even through our students. I look forward to sharing that with more students in the future.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our lessons will be filled with a lot of fun, a lot of improvisation, a building of confidence, a building of goals and skills, and of course a willing to continue to learn. I am a very laid back teacher; however, I want the student to feel a sense of joy and a want to practice and continue to learn during and after each lesson. When teaching songwriting, I find it very important for the student (no matter the age) to be writing as often as possible. I want the student to do such things as 'object writes' where they think of an object and write about how our senses create that object. For instance, how it smells, how it tastes, how it looks, how it feels, etc. A rock that we find on the ground could appear jagged, be an unfamiliar shape, seemingly is solid. When we lift it up, it could crumble into a grainy, dry sand in our large, over-confident hands. Certainly a stretch, but these images that we create in our writing are so important in songwriting. They allow the audience to understand our point of view, and to maybe have a sense of familiarity in the song.

The most important tool I can give to any student is building confidence. I personally grew up lacking confidence and it was such a hard obstacle to overcome for me. I want the student to be proud of their work, to experiment and not be afraid of failure, and to be honest. When acting out a scene, I want them to learn how to be true to a character and true to themselves. I want them to be able to stand on stage and give their all in a performance. This is certainly about the student. We will set up goals for certain amounts of time. After three months I'd love to have a song recorded and a few other songs in the works, a beginning use of theory and new chord structures to work with, new progressions, and a new found confidence.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Proper instrument required.

*** Specialties ***
Mainly for songwriting, I grew up on folk music and have an appreciation for the singer/songwriters of the 60s/70s. When working with students, I like to help by preparing them to do thing like write at least ten minutes a day, do object writing (finding certain objects and writing about how those objects look, feel, smell, etc.), and really focus on honest storytelling. For songwriting in general, it is important to be honest with yourself and your audience. I also encourage the students to use modal music and really learn about progressions and how chords relate to words, or how rhythms relate to what is trying to be said.
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Liz N. December 6, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Awesome

Finding Olivia was no coincidence.My 11 year old daughter is so psyched when she has her lessons!
It is in Liv's home,just a 10 minute ride from where we live,it's warm,safe,and filled with talent.
The passion of music is everywhere you look,Daphne and Olivia are
Ike old souls that just jive together perfectly.
Daphne has gained confidence,a mentor,and a ton of fun,
I thought Daphne was on a short lived path,as kids often jump from one idea to the next,but I believe singing is something she will definitely peruse.
I am so pleased with Take Lessons and especially Olivia.
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Melissa H. December 5, 2013
Guitar
Wonderful!

She is very patient, organized, and makes things fun. She cares very much about what I personally want out of the lessons, and makes steady progress at a very natural pace.
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Olivia D.

Olivia D.

Allenhurst, NJ 07711
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jessica L.

Neptune, NJ

About Jessica

The most important part of lessons with me is having fun! I am a nationally touring singer songwriter and I specialize in teaching kids and adults of all ages guitar, piano, voice and songwriting. I also have experience with very young children in a preschool and music therapy environment.

I teach guitar, piano, voice and songwriting with the intention of enabling students to create their own songs and performances whether it be to pursue a professional career as a musician or as a creative hobby.

I have years of experience teaching beginner to intermediate students. I have worked wi
th children as young as three up to adults. Whether you're just starting out or you are an expert that would like to write or perfect your own songs we will make a fun and original lesson plan just for you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have an acoustic guitar I could provide.

*** Specialties ***
Singer/Songwriter, Musical Theater, Pop/Rock, Acoustic
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Liam April 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Our son loves Jess!!
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Rachael April 15, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It'd been a year since my daughter's last lesson, and she was terrified that she had forgotten everything. The minute Jess walked in, my kid was in love, and by the end of the lesson, things were coming back to her easily. Looking forward to more. :-)
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Kamille A. April 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kamille truly enjoys Ms. Jessica's way of teaching. She also says that she is funny and Kamille likes that. She makes her feel comfortable and she is continuing to enjoy learning to play the piano.
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Jessica L.

Jessica L.

Neptune, NJ 07753
(10)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Albert M.

Highlands, NJ

About Albert

Twenty three years of performing and teaching experience. Specialty in Rock, Blues, Finger Style, Country, Folk, Classical, Funk and Punk. Bachelor of Arts in Classical Performance from Fredonia University. Proficient in theory, reading, composition and arranging, songwriting. Recording artist for hire and personal projects. Home studio in Highlands, NJ.

My Philosophy - Students First - My main goal is to create a comfortable atmosphere in which the student can proceed at his/her own pace. Whether you are looking to perform, do studio work, audition, be a songwriter or just learn a fe
w songs for your own enjoyment. I am happy to create a custom program for you. I believe the most fundamental place to begin is with theory. Through a creative, relaxed and patient environment I introduce students to the rudiments of music on 2 simple pages. Theory helps you to understand song writing, ear training, and how to build chords and scales. I try to get you to hear the music so you can improvise better and also take songs and solos off CD's yourself, therefore becoming more self reliant to teach yourself in the future.

My students bring in the songs they like and by strengthening their ears and learning to apply theory points, I show them how they can figure out the song by ear the exact way it was written and played by the original artist. Therefore you can play with the CD as if you are a band member. This builds confidence to perform and record in any band at any level. As stated above, I will also customize a program for those interested in learning songs without the theory work so they can use the music to play songs as a nice relaxing past time.

Course Descriptions- Rock, Blues and Funk: You will quickly learn how chords and scales are developed using a condensed theory set up chart. This quick immersion in theory helps you to build a strong foundation while at the same time playing and enjoying the music. I have found in my years of teaching that making theory and music interactive from the beginning makes it more enjoyable to learn. You will learn all scales, chords, techniques, rhythms, and ear training specific to these styles of music. The advantage to this Teaching Format , especially in terms of solo scale playing, to progress much further and faster than if you were just learning how to play the songs. We then go straight to the CD's of your choice and learn from the best, the artists you've admired. Whether to learn their rhythms, solo lines, songwriting formats, melodies and harmonies, and all by ear. As a soloist, you will know enough about scales and chord theory and how to blend the two so you can make the guitar talk yourself. Still for those who want a quick song approach, we can get into playing a song and review its theory relevance when desired. (Recommend 1 hour lesson/week plus practice time)

Folk, Country and Bluegrass: As stated above, I begin with the condensed theory chart to understand chords of all types. Here we study rhythms of the above music forms including ballad, country blues and country folk. Through use of songs you enjoy, we study how the music was written and performed. You will learn in this course how to play music you love as it was done by the original artist. We begin with listening to the original soundtrack. Through the use of the ear we dissect the song and learn it in its original form piece by piece. This will also help set up the study of song writing. Understanding how artists Choose Chords, develop Melodies and Harmonies, and use the art of Modulation to bring you to and from different keys for effect. Transposing songs to fit your vocal range and Arranging songs to bring out their best. (Recommend 1 hour lesson/week plus practice time)

Finger Style: Great fun for those who would rather not sing but still want to play full songs on guitar. This style of guitar will blend the techniques of traditional finger picking artists along with our own on improvisation over twelve bar blues progressions and songs. You will learn to play all the parts, bass, melody, harmony and inside chords with your picking hand. Also how to create chord/melody arrangements from any melody.

Classical: Classical guitar is taught through developing standard reading skills, finger exercises and scale work while learning beautiful pieces at the same time.

Song Writing: Song writing always begins with an introduction to theory. From there you will study works from other artists to see how they Choose Chords, develop Melodies and Harmonies, and how they use the art of Modulation to bring you to and from different keys for effect. Choose a song and artist that you enjoy and we will dissect the piece learning the above techniques.

Children's Studies: The study of music has proven to enhance a child's concentration, mathematical and reading skills, self confidence, performance skills in all walks of life whether its playing the guitar, to public speaking, to playing sports.

*** Lesson Details ***
"Fun - Fast - Patient" My course is tailored to your needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Les Pauls and Marshall/Fender amps. Love the sound.

*** Specialties ***
All styles but jazz. Rock, blues, folk, finger style, classical, punk, blues and all in between, from funk to punk, rock to metal. I also teach bass and drums.
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Cynthia L. February 21, 2015
I won a few guitar lessons with Albert at a Gift Auction at my son's Elementary School many years ago. Albert was a wonderful teacher who seemed to know how to play any song I suggested and got me motivated to play the guitar again! I then signed both of my kids up with him. They took lessons on and off for many years and today they both sing and play guitar every chance they get. Thank you Albert for introducing them to the guitar and motivating them to play! It is a huge part of their lives!
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Dennis B. December 31, 2014
Guitar · In home
Albert is able to relate to students of all ages, very well and give them a solid foundation. I was eight years old when I began taking lessons from him and he gave me a foundation in Rock, Blues, and Acoustic guitar that has lasted a life time. Albert is a very patient teacher and very talented musician.
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Lynne P. December 9, 2014
Guitar · In home
Albert is an excellent teacher of many styles - I learned classical, rock, bluegrass and folk guitar while working with him. As an older player trying to pick up an instrument again, he made me feel comfortable and much less intimidated at the task. It is true that he is very patient and dedicated to helping you realize your musical goals. I give him my highest recommendation.
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Albert M.

Albert M.

Highlands, NJ 07732
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Andrei P.

Matawan, NJ

About Andrei

Teaching music is my passion, it is more than just a career. I value each student and the time I have with them; helping them to explore the world of music. Hopefully after each lesson, my students walk away with a deeper understanding of music theory and have enjoyed their time. I am available to teach Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass, Upright Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Piano, and beginner Drums.

I am a husband and father. I teach all age ranges.

*** Lesson Details ***
I approach each lesson differently because every student is unique. During the initial
lesson I will begin to assess the student's ability, determine the best teaching technique for them, and setup a practicing at home guideline. My job is to help the student reach their individual goals and support them along the way. I feel every student deserves to learn to read music and I will concentrate on this with them.

Lessons are taught in my personal music studio; it is a laid-back, family friendly environment. There may be specific books and supplies I recommend purchasing (these will enhance the success of a budding musician). I will most likely also hand out sheet music of songs to practice and may recommend certain artists within specific genres for the students to listen to and familiarize themselves with.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical/Flamenco guitar. I can teach many different styles such as Rock, Blues, Jazz, etc. I am always learning, and am willing to learn so that my students get the best experience possible.
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Melissa S. January 20, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
He was great! Learned what I was looking for. Recommend!
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Illina K. December 25, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
I am very happy with lessons. The teacher young, but very competently gives material. I am 60 years old. With me it isn't easy. I had only THREE!!!! lesson. And I already play on the ukuleel. Many thanks.
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Illina K. December 25, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
I am very happy with lessons. The teacher young, but very competently gives material. I am 60 years old. With me it isn't easy. I had only THREE!!!! lesson. And I already play on the ukulele. Many thanks.
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Andrei P.

Andrei P.

Matawan, NJ 07747
(10)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Charles C.

West Long Branch, NJ

About Charles

BA Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers College. MS from Montclair in Music Composition,
Jazz Studies with Kenny Baron. Composition Studies with Nicholas Rousakis, Frank Foster, Noel DaCosta.

Member Music Educators National Association.
Member Jersey Shore Music Educators Association
Member BMI

I am an experienced lifelong pianist. I work professionally as a solo pianist, church organist, choir director, piano teacher, composer and arranger. I am experienced in most styles of music including, classical, jazz, pop, gospel, broadway, rock.

I develop an individual leaning
path for each of my students so they can achieve their music goals. I use many different piano teaching methods and am not bound by any particular one. Depending upon my students level and goals I will supplement the methods books with pieces that interest the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
Depending upon the student lessons we will work on several areas designed to improve the students understanding of music and playing the piano.

1. How to practice efficiently,
2. Improving technique.
3. Weekly songs and pieces to learn.
4. Long range major works which will take several months to master
5. Sight reading
7. Music theory,harmony, rhythm and melody, which can be applied to all styles of music, popular song, classical, jazz, etc
8. Understanding of music styles and composers

How much time we spend in each area will be determined by the students level and goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawaii Professional Studio Upright
Steinway Professional Studio Upright
Yamaha Digital Practice Piano
Yamaha PS-1500 Arranger Keyboard
Logic Pro 9 Recording Software
JV-1010 Synth Module
Roland VK-8M Organ Module
E-MU Hamond B3 Module
Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface
JBL Studio Monitors
Macbook Pro

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student must have a suitable weighted keyboard or piano at home for practice.

*** Specialties ***
Specialties Include:

Jazz, Pop, Broadway and other Popular Forms

Songwriting and Arranging

Accompanying yourself or another singer on the piano

Developing a performance repertoire.

Technique Development
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Linda J. May 8, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Charles is just great....there's no way I could have found a better teacher. Not only does he know everything there is to know about music, he's interested in keeping the lessons and learning interesting and fun. You can tell he really cares about trying to help his students to both progress, learn some theory, but to have fun and build skills they'll use/enjoy for a long time. Really impressive.
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John L. February 10, 2015
Jazz · In home
Charlie has been giving lessons to my son and is the absolute best! He is passionate about music and brings such energy to each lesson. My son is learning how to play jazz from Charlie after being classically trained. It has opened up a whole new world for him.

It great listening to the lessons because Charlie and my son enjoy music so much.
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Dawn J. February 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Charlie is the best piano teacher I have worked with. In just two months of taking lessons with him, I have learned myriads of info about music, theory, jazz, blues, and the classics. Being under his tutelage is truly an honor and he is patient with me even when I don't practice (Although I must say he's a real stickler for that). I would recommend anyone to him with a desire for music whether you are 5 or 55.
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Charles C.

Charles C.

West Long Branch, NJ 07764
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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