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About Brenda B.

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Wyckoff, NJ

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Do you want to learn to play piano? Maybe you've never played before or maybe you haven't played in a while and want to pick it up again. Whatever your story is, I can teach you all you need to know about posture, proper technique, and theory so you can play whatever style of music you want on piano!

About Brenda
Hello, my name is Brenda! It is nice to meet you.

I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade, and have my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University. I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor. I am currently in my second year at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University for my Masters in Opera Performance.

Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children and retired adults!

I teach voice, flute, piano, and clarinet, and have experience teaching in both individual and group settings. I also work on
audition and performance preparation, do speech/accent work and more. I am constantly studying different teaching methods so I can develop a custom program that best fits your learning styles and incorporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.

**if you need a particular time slot I will do my best to accommodate your needs**

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you want to play flute, clarinet, sing, act, or learn to play piano, I am here to help you become the best musician you can be. Classically trained, I also work with the styles of musical theatre, pop, rock, and jazz. I can teach you the proper techniques, posture, and breathing necessary to perform to the best of your ability and teach you how to utilize your full lung capacity to extend phrasing length and dynamic range. I will also help you learn to read and write music. Together, we will keep a log to track your progress lesson to lesson. This will also help you keep a record of the steps you are taking to obtain and achieve your goals and dreams.

*** Specialties ***
Young and beginner students.
Senior & Retired students
Students with special needs.
Performance techniques.
Audition preparation
Speech techniques (public speaking/voice-overs, etc.)
Bel Canto technique.
Life coaching!

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning" ~Plato
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Maureen February 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Brenda has been teaching my 7-year-old piano for 2 years.
She is prompt, polite and professional.
She is a great teacher and he has really learned a lot. He loves sports but I never have to fight with him to practice piano.
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Eddie T. January 21, 2017
Verified Student · Classical Piano · In home
great. brenda is so friendly and positive
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Brenda October 21, 2016
· Piano · In home
Brenda was very good with my daughter who is 10 years old. She assessed her skills level and they hit the ground running.
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Brenda B.

Brenda B.

Wyckoff, NJ 07481
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About Robert H.

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PIANO: I also start young piano students with the Suzuki method so they can play some five finger familiar melodies in a short time period. Then we progress to reading notation and eventually adding chord accompaniment to melodies. I use the Faber piano method for reading standard notation.

About Robert
I started playing guitar at age 11, taking lessons at the local music studio in Hackensack, NJ. I became heavily influenced by The Beatles after hearing their music and as a teenager played in local rock groups, having some success being in the bands Jona's Ark and The Yorkshire Pudding, opening for artists Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, John Mayall and backing up Gary U.S. Bonds. I started playing piano at 19 when I took a group piano class in college. I attended Berklee College of Music and studied guitar with Bill Leavitt and Pat Metheny. That's where I started learning about all the great j
azz artists from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery to name a few. While at Berklee I also developed a love of the classical guitar and it's repertoire. After Berklee, I became a freelance musician and played guitar for The Drifters, Del Shannon, The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Crystals, Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore and believe it or not Tiny Tim. I played guitar, harmonica, mandolin and banjo in productions of: Hair, Tommy, Big River, Fiddler On The Roof and Grease. I composed my own music and performed and co-wrote with others who also wrote their own music. I have always taught private guitar lessons as far back as I can remember. One notable student was Stevie Wonder's son Keita who I taught for 2 years at Stevie's home in northern New Jersey as well as CBS News Anchor Charles Osgood's daughter Annie. Currently I teach 20 private guitar students a week.. From 1994 to 2000, I was the guitarist for The Royal Scam (a Steely Dan Tribute) and during that period I was hired by Hal Leonard Music Corp. to write a guitar transcription book called "The Best of Steely Dan". I was also hired by Brother International Corp. to compose and record a national radio jingle called "P-Touch", with Corey Glover from the rock band Living Colour doing the vocal tracks.
In 1996 I went to William Paterson University to obtain my teacher certification in music education. After the 9/11 attacks, I co-wrote and arranged "America Home Of The Free". The song was used to raise thousands of dollars for the victims of The World Trade Center attacks. Presently I divide my time between teaching, which I enjoy as much as performing and playing guitar with a jazz quartet called ....and All That Jazz, whose 2005 CD "Reflections" was recorded, mixed and mastered in my home based 24 track recording studio in northern NJ. I am also involved in a mandolin / classical guitar project called Music Of The Ages and perform with a 10 piece band called Epic Soul.
As a teacher I am very patient with students and enjoy helping them reach their own musical goals. I emphasize knowing the basics and encourage students to study music theory and basic reading of standard notation. I always ask my students to bring in songs they want to learn as a way to motivate them to practice more.

*** Lesson Details ***
GUITAR: I expect my students to practice at least 5 days a week for at least a 1/2 hour per day. I use the Suzuki method for young students ages 8 to10. We continue learning basic folk songs by ear and then start reading standard notation and basic theory within 6 to 8 months along with classical guitar duets. For older students I use the Hal Leonard guitar method. After 3 months of lessons students can expect to know the basic open position chords and strum patterns to some basic songs as well as some famous guitar riffs and also be able to read some basic melodies in standard notation. After 6 months students will be able to play a 12 bar blues and improvise with the pentatonic and blues scales as well as learn moveable scales and chords and apply these to songs.

PIANO: I also start young piano students with the Suzuki method so they can play some five finger familiar melodies in a short time period. Then we progress to reading notation and eventually adding chord accompaniment to melodies. I use the Faber piano method for reading standard notation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
24 track recording studio, room for parents to sit 14' x 21'...completely furnished studio with guitars, amps, piano, drum machine, synthesizer, microphones...the works.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need a good quality and proper size guitar (for very young students) a music stand (for their home use) a foot stool, a metronome and books I assign along with an 8 1/2" X 11" blank manuscript book and a folder with side pockets to hold handout sheets. Piano students need their own instrument and the above materials minus the foot stool.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki classical guitar, classic rock, blues, jazz , popular, funk, country, folk, finger picking and pick style and piano.
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rein April 29, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
can set the foundation of the instrument while helping you apply the music to the songs that drive you.
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Terry S. April 29, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
I've been taking lessons from Rob for 2 years now. He is a great teacher, classically trained, but very knowledgeable in all genres. I have learned a great deal and being taught the correct way. He pushes you to do better each and every week.
I would definitely recommend Rob for Guitar instructions
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Katherine M. April 29, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
I really enjoy learning guitar with Robert, I've been playing for a two years and a couple of months. He really motivates you to keep trying and play a music piece until it sounds great. He's patient and easy going and it's great and fun to learn guitar alongside Robert
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Robert H.

Randolph, NJ 07869
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About Marie-France M.

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Waldwick, NJ

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There are as many methods of teaching piano as there are teachers.
I like to borrow ideas from others as well as offering my unique approach so there is a blend of traditional and non-traditional. I want each student to be able to read music, play by ear, be familiar with chord structure and improvisation and all the wonderful things musicianship can bring but most of all, I want my students to truly enjoy playing the piano and I do believe that process at least as important as product.

About Marie-France
I have taught piano and voice most of my adult life. Early on I learned the need to adapt my teaching style to the uniqueness of each student, especially those whose perceptions differ widely from the general populace. I love what I do, helping each student discover and nurture their abilities, no matter what age the student may be.

The Holistic Piano method is especially effective with my Autism-spectrum students, a segment of the population I find particularly rewarding to teach.

The following is a quote from ex-student Karena Krull, author of "Drama Made Easy", and "Rummy Root
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“Her greatest strength is her ability to find the right direction for each individual. This ability to adapt to the student's needs lends to individual success for student and avoids their frustration. If her current method or communication isn't creating success for a student she will quickly change to another till she finds the right words or method to enable the student to succeed with the least amount of frustration.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I draw on a wide range of materials in The Holistic Piano (and voice) method. The curriculum may be color-based or number-based, we might focus on chord building or sight-reading, or Songwriting, depending on the student's need and desire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large Music Room: one grand piano, 2 keyboards, parents can sit in on lesson from living room

*** Specialties ***
Because each student is an individual, I approach teaching like a coach, custom designing a course of study for each student to meet their individual needs.
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krithi March 12, 2017
· Piano · Online
you are the best piano teacher because you make everything easy and you are kind
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Gokce January 25, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Both myself (a 42-year old adult who decided to learn piano) and my son (a 6-year old boy) are taking lessons from Marie-France. The way that she can work with both of us with such proficiency, care and attention and they way she can quickly figure out how "you" learn and adapt her teaching to that is remarkable. We love working with her. She is amazing.
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Krithi January 14, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Very nice intro
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Marie-France M.

Marie-France M.

Waldwick, NJ 07463
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About Ella Y.

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Livingston, NJ

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Teaching piano is my passion. I've been teaching piano for 15 years both in my home studio and in various schools, Do-Re-Mi school among them. I am totally committed to the success of my students.

About Ella
I am a dedicated teacher with total commitment to the success of my students. I have BA in Piano, and MA in Piano Pedagogy from Ukraine.
I have a naturally warm personality, ability to connect to each student easily and create a professional atmosphere during my lessons. I've been teaching piano for 15 years both in my home studio and in various schools, Do-Re-Mi school among them.
Many of my students participate in the Golden Key Festival and Concert International Music Festival and perform at Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
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Karan S. October 21, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Ella is fantastic! My 5yr old daughter has been taking piano classes from Ella and she loves going for her classes. Highly recommended :).
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Eva G. October 5, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Ella is a wonderful piano teacher, she is very professional teacher, and she is very dedicated to teaching, and help out student, we all like her.
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Usha mirchandani August 1, 2016
· Piano ·
Both my kids 7 and 9 enjoy their lessons with Ms Ella. Ms Ella is very talented and works really well with kids, she understands how they think, she encourages them and motivates them to feel the emotion of the music. Both of them are doing very well under her tutelage.
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Ella Y.

Ella Y.

Livingston, NJ 07039
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About David K.

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Clifton, NJ

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As I said in my profile, I play all styles and so I teach all styles. This is an important point as many teachers only teach classical and if you want to learn a song by Sam Smith, the Beatles or perhaps something from "Frozen", they'll say 'buy the sheet music'. I teach music theory (after the fundamentals of music are learned) and if the student desires, he or she can learn how to improvise. This does not mean jazz necessarily, but learning to elaborate on a dull sheet music arrangement.

About David
Greetings, future students. I've been teaching piano for 30 years. I'm a professional pianist working mostly in Manhattan's major hotels. I play all styles of music and so I can teach all styles. Classical (I was accepted to the Juilliard Preparatory School at age 12), pop, jazz, blues, Broadway etc. I believe that learning to play the piano should be an enjoyable experience. Just as Sesame Street came up with the concept that learning can be fun, I do the same. Children as well as adults truly like me. This is extremely important. Thank you for reading my profile.
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Eddison G. February 21, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
My nephew absolutely love the teacher and the class!
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Raisa February 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 6 years old daughter started taking piano lessons with David about a half a year ago. With every lesson her interest is growing. She eagerly waits for lessons and happily makes all homework assignments.
David is highly respectful to his students regardless of their age and not only teaches them how to play music, but also tries to pass them his love to it.
We are extremely happy to have David as our music teacher.
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Anna February 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
David is awesome. He has a great attitude and is very patient in teaching his students both children and adults. He has an ability to make one feel comfortable in their ability and always challenges his students to become better. He is a great piano performer! One can't help but stop and listen when David plays. My daughter (9 years old at the time) enjoyed David's lessons very much. By attending David's lessons with my daughter, my husband got inspired to start playing again. He studied piano when he was a kid back in Russia, but was totally turned off by a standard method of teaching (just reading the notes without really understanding the music structure). David, on the other hand, has a unique approach of teaching music. He makes you understand what it is that you are learning and view the music piece as patterns that you will be able to recognize in all of the future pieces that you might study. David also teaches his students music from different genres (from classical to jazz to popular) so one never gets bored and starts to deeply understand the structure of every piece. I highly recommend David. All I can tell you is: "Don't miss out!" It might open whole new music horizons for yourself or your children.
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David K.

David K.

Clifton, NJ 07013
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