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Christina C.

Hackensack, NJ

I incorporate music theory into all of my piano lessons as it gives the student a greater understanding of music and how it all works. I use method books that coordinate what they have learned to play that lesson with the same concept in the theory book. For example, if the student has just learned how to play eighth notes, then in the lesson book he/she will learn how to play a song that has eighth notes and in the theory book they will have activities and games that reinforce the same concept (in this case, eighth notes.)

I have taken college level theory and ear training, so I can also help tutor any student who is having trouble with music theory or ear training :)

About Christina

Christina has played piano since the age of 3! She was given a piano for Christmas and never looked back. She has taken private lessons starting at age 6 and went on to the prestigious Ithaca College to major in Piano Performance. She also holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Montclair State University. Although her plan was originally to travel the world performing, she decided that her passion was teaching the joy of music to others, and has made that her life. Christina has 15 years of teaching experience in professional music studios in NJ. She began at Elisabeth's School of Piano, w
hich has now grown into the Ringwood School of Music. She now teaches at Garden Street Music in Hoboken, Espressivo Piano in Livingston, and Finger Power Music in Edgewater. She teaches lessons to all ages and levels from beginner to professional. She can teach all styles, but specializes in classical. She follows a tried and true method of teaching including scales, arpeggios, Hanon exercises, as well as incorporating lesson, theory, and solo/fun books to ensure that her students have a well-rounded music education. Above all, Christina makes learning fun. She makes sure that her students are happy with what they are learning and gives them a choice as to what pieces/songs they would like to learn to accomplish their lessons. She makes lessons especially fun for younger children by bringing stickers and fun projects to lessons to encourage their progress. Christina has also extended experience working with children through accompanying for choirs and musicals. Christina is a fun teacher who makes learning how to play piano easy.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a fun teacher and easy to work with, while also making sure that we cover a certain amount of learning material in each lesson. I follow a plan in my lessons based upon scales, Hanon exercises, music lesson books such as Faber and Faber "Piano Adventures" or Alfred lesson books, theory and sight-reading, as well as ear training work. I also make each lesson fun! I like to give students a choice of what song they would like to learn as their "fun song" while also working on "learning material" crucial to their musical education. I use stickers for the younger students for extra motivation, and allow each student to work up to his or her own ability. I encourage them to be the best they can be, without putting too much pressure on them. Above all, I make sure that the learning experience remains fun and relaxed. Each student learns at his or her own pace and I make sure that each student works up to their ability. Generally speaking, after 3-6 months of working with me as their piano teacher, a student will know the basics of hand placement on the keyboard, reading music, note naming and recognition, and be able to read and play music at a simple level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Yamaha keyboard with 88 fully weighted keys that plays and feels exactly like a piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a piano or keyboard available for lessons and for practicing in between lessons at their home.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained, but have experience in and can teach all genres. I follow a plan in my lessons based upon scales, Hanon exercises, music lesson books such as Faber and Faber "Piano Adventures" or Alfred lesson books, theory and sight-reading, as well as ear training work.
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Ehsan E. April 16, 2015
Piano
Christina is one of the most talented piano teachers in New York Metro area and NJ. Her understanding of music theory as well as piano are just outstanding.

If you are looking for someone with high patience in teaching, she is the one.
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John P. November 13, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
While I have only had 3 lessons thus far with Christina, I can say with confidence that she is an outstanding instructor. She inquires as to how you learn, what style of teaching best works for the student, and what it is we want to learn, rather than a rigid lesson plan. That is not to say that she does not expect effort, practice & a desire to learn from her students, or that she doesn't have a lesson plan. She builds what I believe is a sound foundation for her beginner students by teaching us to read music and going note by note, chord by chord until it's done correctly. She is also very encouraging. Her ability to play all genre's of piano music is a huge asset as well. I would highly recommend her to students of all ages and abilities .
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Helen A. August 16, 2014
Piano · In home
Christina is amazing! My son is autistic so it was a challenge to handle him, but Christina was able to do it and he loves his music lessons. Great teacher, very professional and creative.
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Christina C.

Christina C.

Hackensack, NJ 07601
(6)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Oleg R.

Fort Lee, NJ

About Oleg

Oleg is a violinist who represents the brilliant Russian violin school which is arguably one of the leading violin schools in the World during 20th century. In 1984 he was accepted to Moscow Conservatory of Music and in 1991 he graduated Conservatory with highest marks in violin and piano. In 1990 he was invited to participate in IV International Violin Competition 'Isola di Capri' (Capri Italy) and won 1st Prize of this competition playing N. Paganini's 4th Violin Concerto with cadenza which Oleg composed especially for this event. After competition he was invited to participate in music fest
ival in Rimini Italy where he shared the stage with such famous musicians as Boris Berezovsky (1st Prize 1990 P.I.Tchaikovsky Piano Competition) Enrico Pace and Evgeny Bushkov (both winners of many international competitions). After one year with State Symphony Capella of Russia where conductor was legendary Gennady Rozhdestvensky and where Oleg performed in section 1st Violins in 1992 he accepted position of Assistant concertmaster of famous Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and traveled around the globe performing in almost every important music hall including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York Royal Albert and Barbican Hall in London Beethoven Hall in Bonn (Germany) Gewandhaus Symphony Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Osaka (Japan) Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna and many more. In 1994 Oleg immigrated to USA and settled in Fort Lee NJ. He made his American debut recital in Memphis TN in 1995. Since 1994 he performed with such orchestras as New Jersey Symphony Albany Symphony New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony New Philharmonic of New Jersey Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Bachanalia Chamber Ensemble and appeared in a few Broadway productions such 'Ragtime' and 'Music Man'. In 1996 Oleg was invited to perform with the Houston Festival Orchestra as Concertmaster under the the button of Maxim Shostakovich son of the the great Russian composer Dmitry Shostakovich. Currently Oleg teaches extensively in NJ where he holds a full time position as a string director at the Fort Lee Public Schools.

Education:

Moscow Conservatory of Music (Moscow, Russia) BM , MM.,

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I strongly believe that each student is an individual personality and differentiated instruction gives the best possible result. Every student has different cultural and social background and each of them deserves an equal start regardless of their differences, nor their talent. I employ patience and enthusiasm in my effort to pass my love and knowledge for classical music to my students. In 3 to 6 months with me they will be able to play some basic musical pieces with authority and confidence. For the violin/viola/cello students I am using a mix of classical and Suzuki methods. The very beginners will start with "Essential Elements 2000" and after the completion of this book the next step will be Suzuki books 1-6. For piano students I am using Bastien Piano Basics, Levels 1-4.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ piano, music stands, and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Suziki system for strings
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Peri F. November 12, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Superb, excellent violin teacher

highly competent, most inspiring, very likeable, musically talented and capable of producing soul stirring heart warming music.
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Oleg R.

Oleg R.

Fort Lee, NJ 07024
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Mr. Tony

Lodi, NJ

About Tony

Passionate about sharing my love of the guitar with students of all ages, I've been teaching for more than 30 years. A trained Flamenco guitarist, I found, at the tender age of 7, my passion when I heard the world-renowned Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Studying Flamenco since then, I began, during my teens, performing professionally and have had the honor of performing with such nationally known musicians as Billy Bang (legendary fiddle player), Willy Calhoun (Living Colour), Vassar Clements Band, Tom Chapin, Stanley Jordan, Buddy Miles, and Michael Powers. In high school, I enrolled in an H
onors Musicianship class at the RiverDell, NJ, Senior High where I learned to read scores, conduct and identify multiple instruments, sight read, orchestrate scores and compose music. Following my true passion, I enrolled in the American Institute of Guitar (AIG), studying under the most sought after Flamenco guitar teacher for the past 20 years, Dennis Koster (author of Keys to Flamenco Guitar) and met the legendary Sabicas in person. At the same time, I began training in the Blues, educating myself on various styles and from various teachers, eventually going all the way to the tracks.
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Heidi H. March 31, 2015
Guitar · In home
Tony has been teaching me for nine years and he truly believes in teaching his students not only the basics of learning the guitar but why the instrument is such a privilege to play and teaches based on the students ability. He also teaches the history and evolution of the guitar and also facts that i never knew that made me very proud to play such an instrument. He sees the potential in the student and encourages them to go beyond where they think they can go and makes it happen. Tony slowly built up motivation in me to keep exploring on my own and he planted the seed of wanting to practice to the point where playing guitar became one of the most important things in my life and i do not think another teacher could have done the same thing. I started to explore YouTube and teach myself a lot of the songs i wanted to learn starting with chords, then finger picking, then adding percussion, and finally putting all three together in many arrangements. I would never have been able to figure that out or have the motivation to if it was not for the things he taught and showed me. Now he teaches me many new techniques involving flamenco and you really cannot get all of this with someone else. Some other people I know have different teachers and i can tell by the way they talk about them and what they are learning that they do not compare to mine. I am really lucky to have ended up with someone who has such commitment and I am always super excited to keep learning what he has to teach. His knowledge is endless and it blows me away what he shows me. Tony never tries to make any of his lessons boring and he definitely has a talent not many people have. I recommend Tony, 100%.
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Cathy W. November 6, 2014
Tony has worked as guitar accompanist for the past year and a half with our 700+ religious formation students from K-8 as well as our whole church assembly. He has played classical to contemporary Christian music with us and is fantastic. As a teacher myself, I see him as an ideal person to learn from. Tony is patient, kind, knowledgeable and tuned into kids as well as adults. You couldn't want for more in a teacher.
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Roberto S. October 28, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I strongly endorse Tony as a master pop and classical guitar teacher (as well as a dynamic, highly creative guitarist and pop/rock/folk tenor singer). I received a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School in 1986 in voice, and he and I have worked on a weekly basis at churches and concerts since 2007. His mastery of incredibly rapid finger techniques in all major and minor scales, widely varied strum technique in so many different styles, understanding of audio production and vocal-instrumental microphone usage, as well as soulful improvised counter melodies is unmatched in my experiences. He also taught my son guitar, as well as many of my parishioners at my church, and they went on to playing frequently during church services and many other venues. His manner with children and teens is very gentle, humorous and witty, and is instantly beloved by all who meet him. Throughout my career I have rarely heard an artist who has more artistic and musical impact in concert or religious events than Mr. Tony. And the line of people wishing to meet him after concerts is so long that he does not leave events for more than 90 minutes or more. You cannot do better anywhere than having Mr. Tony as a teacher, colleague or friend.
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Mr. Tony

Mr. Tony

Lodi, NJ 07644
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Stefano A.

Jersey City, NJ

I can teach how to compose music as well as analyze the works of other composers.

About Stefano

Stefano A. has been playing the guitar for 7 years, both electric and classical. He has studied classical style with Mr. Frasche from Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls and Chris Messina, a NJCU alumnus.A sophomore at NJCU, his current teachers are João Luiz Rezende Lopez for solo guitar and Ana Maria Rosado for ensemble. Stefano performed with the NJCU Guitar Ensemble at the 2014 College Guitar Ensemble Showcase at the Guitar Foundation of America Regional Symposium in New York City and most recently at Bayonne High School. He hopes to perfect both electric and classical guitar ski
lls and to combine these in a university level teaching career.
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Omar R. May 31, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My guitar lesson with Stefano was excellent! He is very dedicated to what he does and how he teaches. The book that he has recommended is an excellent book for beginners. I have been able to learn quite a bit in a short amount of time. He's teaching techniques makes you learn properly, from the sitting position to the playing techniques.
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Christopher J. May 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I have personally been working with Stefano for the past two years and he is hands down one of the best guitarists and musicians I've had the pleasure of working with. He's a level headed person and easy to work with. Also incredibly patient while teaching and knowledgeable about the guitar and the way it has developed through the years with it's technique and repertoire.
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Rhonda D. March 31, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
After four months of lessons it's easy for me to say with confidence that we chose a great teacher in Stefano. He is very professional in his approach to teaching my 12 year old daughter Acoustic Guitar. He is always friendly, polite and takes his job seriously. He takes a structured approach and I am so glad we chose him as our Instructor.
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Stefano A.

Stefano A.

Totowa, NJ 07512
(4)
starting at
$50 / 60-min
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Alexander V.

Tenafly, NJ

About Alexander

Both teaching and performing have always been a large part of my life. Even as early as high school (Kiev State R.M.Gliere Higher College of music), I was already conducting private lessons and directing the wind ensemble. And it was at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, that I received my Masters Degree in Music Education, Performance and Conducting.
During the period from 1977-89, I held the position of principal Clarinet in the St. Petersburg Symphony and Kiev State Opera orchestras. At the same time, I worked as a professor at the Kiev State Music Academy.
When I immigrated to th
e US in 1989, I pursued various performance opportunities and was even offered a position in “The President’s Own” military band in Washington, DC. Unfortunately, due to extenuating circumstances, was unable to accept the employment. However, during all these years, I managed to maintain private clarinet lessons within the Tri-state area. I have been, and continue, to dedicate myself to motivational and implementation strategies that engage students in active learning, as well as, help to enrich their lives with music and the arts, whether or not they choose them as professions for the future.
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Sada A. March 16, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
I have had plenty of lessons with Vengerov and he can make a young musician 100x better. He fixed a lot of the problems in regards to my bad habits on clarinet. After each lesson, I felt motivation and progress as a musician. My family, and I saw major improvement after taking lessons with Vengerov as well, and I have listened to multiple of his other students play and was always impressed at how amazing they sounded. He is a big help in my high school Wind Ensemble too.
Vengerov is helpful, professional, and is absolutely 1st rate.
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Sora B. March 3, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
My 11 years old loves Mr. Vengegrov.Not only is he a multi-instrumentalist, but he's also a very professional and hard working musician and is very knowledgeable on any area of the music field. He's always willing to go the extra mile to see that everyone with whom he works can work at their best potential. And he's funny!!!
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Rachel O. February 25, 2015
Flute · In studio
Mr. Vengerov is the epitome of a great teacher. When I first came to him, my skills were lacking in just all about major aspects- tone, finger/hand placement, breathing technique, music theory, etc.. After the first lesson, he had accurately identified everything that I needed to improve upon and started with the fundamentals to build a strong base; all the while keeping the ultimate goal of becoming a better player individually, and in an ensemble, in mind. At the end of each lesson I feel as if a significant amount of progress has been made and I know exactly what to work on and how to work on it. Mr. Vengerov is an extremely patient, knowledgeable, and passionate teacher that you can always count on to be reliable and accommodating. I highly recommend taking lessons with him to anyone who has an interest in advancing their skills, because nothing is better than a teacher that truly loves what they do.
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Alexander V.

Alexander V.

Tenafly, NJ 07670
(5)
starting at
$60 / 60-min

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