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Blythe Q.

Lawrence Township, NJ

I tutor French grammar, vocabulary, and literary analysis.

About Blythe

I grew up in southeast Michigan and have been in love with music for as long as I can remember. My mom tells me that I walked into the kitchen one day when I was about 18 months old and started singing the theme song to her favorite soap opera--in the right key! I started violin lessons when I was three years old and at five I became the youngest student ever accepted into the studio of James Waring, now-retired violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Under Mr. Waring, I developed a solid virtuoso technique and worked on chamber music as well as solo and concerto repertoire for the v
iolin. While I was an undergraduate student at Westminster Choir College, I continued my violin study with Dr. Mia Wu.

After six years of violin study, I added piano lessons. I studied with Catherine Rollin, an internationally-known teacher and composer. Ms. Rollin's practical approach to technique and musicianship has been extremely influential in my own teaching, and I use her exercises and compositions with my students. I studied a wide range of repertoire with Ms. Rollin but my very favorite pieces were those by Bach, Chopin, and Debussy.

I sang in choirs throughout my childhood and began taking voice lessons in high school. I eventually decided to study voice performance at Westminster Choir College, where I completed my Bachelor of Music degree in 2004. I then studied for a year at the New England Conservatory with soprano Luretta Bybee, but ultimately returned to Westminster to continue working with my teacher there, Margaret Cusack. I got my Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College in 2008. While a student at Westminster, I performed the soprano roles of Ifigenia in Handel's Oreste, Amy in Mark Adamo's Little Women, and Janthe in Heinrich Marschner's Der Vampyr. I have coached with Daniel Beckwith, J. J. Penna, and Dalton Baldwin, and was privileged to sing in the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir under Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. With the Westminster Choir, I recorded the album Heaven to Earth and performed in Lakmé and I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Charleston, South Carolina. I also performed Handel's Messiah with Sir Neville Marriner and Nicholas McGegan, Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with Sir Michael Tilson Thomas and Lorin Maazel, Berlioz's Requiem with Charles Dutoit, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Lorin Maazel.

I have taught in the Princeton area since 2008, maintaining a studio of about twenty voice, piano, and violin students. In addition, I sing as cantor and soprano section leader at Queenship of Mary Catholic Church in Plainsboro and am a member of Princeton Pro Musica. I live with my husband, Jerome, in Lawrenceville and I love to knit when I'm not teaching or performing.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer lessons in my studio. In my studio, I have an upright acoustic piano, a full-size violin which I use for demonstration, a music stand, and a mirror so voice and violin students can check their technique. I also have a comfortable couch where parents can observe their children's lessons.

Violin students MUST bring their own instruments to the first lesson. Piano students must have their own pianos when lessons begin. I strongly recommend an acoustic piano even for beginning students, but a full-size (88 keys) touch-sensitive electronic keyboard is also acceptable. Voice students are encouraged to practice with a piano or electronic keyboard but may use an online keyboard to check pitches if they do not own a piano. TakeLessons can put you in contact with me if you have questions about purchasing or renting instruments.

My goal in teaching is to foster a love of music and a passion for the arts. I focus on developing my students as musicians in general and on a relaxed technique that will allow for the best possible artistic expression.

I have found that my students who practice regularly find their lessons rewarding and enjoyable and tend to make significant progress. That said, not every student decides to take lessons because he or she wants to become a professional musician.

Violin and piano students should practice every day. Voice students should practice six days a week, taking one day to rest their voices both from solo practice and choirs or any other activities that involve significant vocal use.

I encourage parents of younger children to attend lessons and help their children practice. It doesn't matter if you aren't a musician yourself. Just encouraging your child to focus and to remember what he or she worked on at the last lesson will help enormously.

Practice time will vary depending on the student. All students should begin their practice with some stretching to loosen up their muscles, followed by the scales and exercises we worked on during their lessons. Students should try to practice fifteen minutes to one hour each day, depending on age. This time may be broken into two or three shorter sessions depending on the student's stamina. If you have just begun taking lessons, an uninterrupted hour of practice may be quite exhausting. You can still practice for an hour each day, but you may prefer to divide your time into three twenty-minute segments. Voice students especially are encouraged to divide their practice into shorter sessions, even if they have been singing for several years. The more you practice, the faster you will progress, and the sooner you will be able to begin working on more challenging and interesting music.

Even if you already know how to read music, we will probably spend some time talking about music theory. Beginning students especially will have a theory and/or notespeller book with assignments each week. If there is something in your theory assignment that you do not understand, you may skip that part and ask me about it at your next lesson. If you finish your assignment quickly, I encourage you to work ahead. Again, the more theory you learn, the easier it will be to learn new music, and the sooner you will be able to work on more advanced music.

Some students choose to take a break from their lessons during the summer months or the holiday season. While it is good to take a day off once in a while and I encourage students to take a week off after a big recital, you will lose a lot of ground if you spend two or three months without any practicing or lessons. If you are really interested in making a lot of progress during a vacation from school, I am happy to work with you twice a week so you can improve even more quickly. I had two violin lessons a week for a summer when I was younger and two voice lessons a week for a few months during college, and it made a huge difference.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach in my home studio. I have an upright acoustic piano, a full-size violin which I use for demonstration, a music stand, and a mirror so voice and violin students can check their technique. I also have a comfortable couch where parents can observe their children's lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I teach violin, piano, and voice lessons. Please click "Read More" below for more information.

VOICE
I teach my students about the anatomy of breathing and tone production, focusing on breath energy and a released sound. I use fixed-Do solfège to teach note-reading and develop the ear. I am careful to assign repertoire that is at my students' level, challenging them musically but not going beyond what is appropriate for their vocal development. This avoids tension and injury and inspires confidence as students study music that they are able to sing well.

I teach classical/opera and Broadway singing styles. I do not teach pop singing. I accept voice students ages fourteen and older. I encourage younger students interested in voice lessons to consider joining a choir and/or taking lessons on another instrument instead. In my professional opinion, the voice is not sufficiently developed before age fourteen and there is a greater risk of injury in private voice lessons. In a choir, children are directed to sing in a healthy way for their age and learn valuable musicianship and aural skills.

I do not accept male voice students. I do not feel that my understanding of the male voice is adequate to provide the level of instruction that I expect from myself. There are many female voice teachers who are comfortable teaching male students, and vice versa. TakeLessons can help you find the teacher who is perfect for you!

PIANO
Beginning students work from the Alfred Premier Piano Course, later transitioning to the Pathways to Artistry series by my former teacher, Catherine Rollin. We work on developing a curved hand position with relaxed wrists and strong finger joints. I use technical exercises to teach artistic expression rather than teaching these two elements separately. Beginning students count and sing note-names out-loud to integrate theory and note-reading with their playing. I accept piano students ages five and older. I do not accept piano students younger than five because their hands are often too small to play comfortably.

VIOLIN
My beginning students use the Suzuki Violin Method books and later transition to a series of étude books and repertoire selected depending on the student's level. I teach beginning students a modified version of the Suzuki method but incorporate note-reading and theory skills from the very beginning. I focus on a relaxed and natural hold of the violin and bow to avoid tension and technical problems that can lead to injury. Students who learn to hold their instruments correctly progress more quickly and are better able to express themselves artistically. I work with my students on development of their aural skills, concentrating on pitch accuracy and a sensitive ear. I accept violin students ages three and older pending an evaluation by myself and the student's parent of the student's maturity.
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Wendy C. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Wonderful

Blythe is a wonderful teacher,as well as person. She has made taking piano something my dauhter looks forward to every week. She is quite an asset and a great find!
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Dingding G. April 24, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Great teacher

It is out of sheer luck that TakeLessons.com introduced me
to Blythe. As an adult student, I started learning the violin
decades too late, and yet with Blythe's patience and her
effective techniques in helping me correct errors, I am
steadily progressing. One day my dream of playing the violin may
actually come true, and I will always be grateful that Blythe has made this possible.
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Blythe Q.

Blythe Q.

Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
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starting at
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Thomas W.

Brooklyn, NY

I moved to France as a teenager where I attended high school and college. Depending on the student's needs, I can teach grammar, practice conversation and also broaden the student's understanding of French culture.

About Thomas

Hi everybody! I have been playing the guitar ever since I was a child. I also lived in a lot of different cities growing up so whichever new city I moved to my guitar came with me! While in high school, I performed in the band for various musicals, the jazz band and at an opening ceremony at the UNESCO in Paris. I studied classical guitar at l'Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, however I obtained my bachelor's degree in musicology from the University of Strasbourg and the Conservatory of Strasbourg where I studied classical and flamenco guitar. Throughout the years I have performed and taught
students of various ages and levels in various cities such as Paris, Strasbourg, Buenos Aires and now New York!
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Thomas W.

Thomas W.

Brooklyn, NY 11216
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Ruth W.

Brooklyn, NY

With a Master's degree in French, I've taught students of all levels for over ten years. In the first few lessons, you'll start to speak in short sentences, and as time goes on, you'll be able to speak in more detail about your life and the world. I use a combination of textbooks, handouts, and personal conversations to help my students progress.

About Ruth

Dr. Ruth W. has been teaching French and Spanish since 1981 and is currently available to teach lessons at her home and online. For over thirty years, she has helped students of all levels improve their language skills in French and Spanish.

Ruth received a Masters degree in French Language from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1990, as well as a PhD. in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Davis in 2000. As an expert in second language acquisition, she looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Her teaching style is engaging, communicative, and fun.
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Reviews

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Alex K. May 12, 2015
French · In studio
Ruth is a wonderful instructor. She's knowledgeable, well-prepared and patient. I only wish I was still living in the area so I could continue to take lessons from her I wholeheartedly recommend Ruth as a French instructor for students, regardless of level.
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Claudio T. April 22, 2015
“My experience with Ruth as a French teacher as been very rewarding: she is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher, and she is able to adapt her questions to each student's level. Try her, you won't be disappointed."
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Stephen S. April 18, 2015
French · In studio
Ruth is a terrific French teacher and I recommend her without hesitation. I am particularly impressed with her broad knowledge of the language and her clear pronunciation, which, without sacrificing authenticity, is music to the ears of intermediate and advanced students. She has an experienced teacher's ability to see any serious deficits her students may have without confusing them with plebian missteps that are, in the end, of little consequence. I can only lament that I didn't have a teacher as good as Ruth when I was learning the language as a teenager.
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Ruth W.

Ruth W.

Brooklyn, NY 11217
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Adam R.

Brooklyn, NY

I took French in middle school, high school, and undergrad. However, my skills have taken off more than ever since I took charge of learning it on my own, through individual teachers and use of my spare time. Are you ready to do the same?

I can provide materials, or we can use yours.

About Adam

--Began tutoring at Furman University's Academic Assistance dept.

--Have worked in academic community support as a behavioral specialist, tutor agent, specializing in private, individual clients.

--Have clients of all ages, elementary to adult, but most need help with middle/high school math, language, or test prep.

-- Great communicator with both parents and students. People find my personality charismatic and amicable. I emphasize positive reinforcement and build "horizontal" rapport with students while yet providing honest diagnoses about needs for improvement and obstacles to
success.

--Have worked with advanced students to raise a 'B' to an 'A', students struggling to pass, and those facing obstacles such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum, etc.

--Enjoy meeting new people and building relationships, helping them learn to love learning. I am new to this site, but tutoring is my shtick!

Many references available. Just ask!
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Adam R.

Adam R.

Brooklyn, NY 11223
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Baptiste A.

New York, NY

Teaching French has become second nature to Baptiste, because he is passionate about helping others to articulate their vision. It is rewarding to learn about the subject matters that move you, as zealous conversations generally ensue.

About Baptiste

I am a native French tutor who graduated as a French as a second language teacher in 2007. My services have been appreciated in European and American cities where I worked in schools, language centers and privately.

I meet all levels of proficiency with contemporary pedagogics that elicit a genuine eagerness to learn French. The desire to communicate is paramount to learning a language, therefore the methods I use are centered around building report. Unless you are looking for task-specific tutoring, you will most likely follow a standard curriculum and learn the skills to pass DELF exams
or other certifications of French-language abilities. However, your study will revolve around subject matters that you've shown interest for, and I always provide fresh and engaging material to work with.

Please check my website for an overview of who I am, my goals, who I hope to work with and how I go about it.

Thank you for your interest.
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Reviews

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Pooja K. May 28, 2015
French · In home
Verified Student
He takes lot of interest to ensure I'm learning really well. I'm very glad to have found him
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Mitzu S. April 21, 2015
French · In home
I wish the educational system would allow Baptiste's teaching style to be the norm... And gosh does he love to speak about education reform. I really enjoyed learning with him.
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Baptiste A.

Baptiste A.

New York, NY 10007
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starting at
$30 / 30-min

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