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Adam R.

Watchung, NJ

About Adam

Adam runs successful singing, piano & acting studios in New York City & Watchung, New Jersey with clients on Broadway, MTV, & in the film/TV industry. He has also appeared on TV as a singing/confidence coach on TLC’s Date Patrol. He has directed 50 of the over 75 productions he has produced Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Adam's theatrical investment properties include the 2011 Olivier Award winning musical, Legally Blonde: The Musical (Broadway, West End), Godspell (Broadway), Ghost the Musical (Broadway), Blithe Spirit (West End), The Wedding Singer: The Musical (Broadway), Macbeth (Br
oadway) with Alan Cumming, How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical (Broadway), Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Broadway), NEWSICAL - The Musical (Off-Broadway & National Tour), and 27 Heaven (Off Broadway & National Tour).

*** Lesson Details ***
30 minute singing lessons - Typically do 10 to 12 minutes of warmup and the rest of the time is devoted to practical application of technique to your songs, as well as, performance aspects. I also offer hour lessons.

30 minute acting lessons - Typically work on monologues or scenes that I or they provide. We can also work on sides provides for auditions for TV, film, & stage.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I use my Macbook Pro to record lessons and distribute them to students via a free Dropbox account.

*** Specialties ***
Types of Tecniques Offered
Mix/Blend
Belt (Hard Mix)
Legit (Classical)
Meisner
Method

Types of Style
Musical Theater
Classical
Pop
Rock
R&B
Jazz
Country
Heavy Metal
Film
TV
Stage/Theater

Types of Instruction Available
Individual Private Study
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David S. May 28, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
This was my first time taking piano lesson and I felt Adam was patient in his delivery of instruction pursuant to explaining the basic or foundations of piano.
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Giulio B. May 27, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
First singing lesson experience and everything is great so far. Have really felt more and more
Comfortable singing.
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Ervins C. May 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I enjoyed it look forward to the next lesson
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Adam R.

Adam R.

Watchung, NJ 07069
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Robert H.

Cedar Knolls, NJ

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
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
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
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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.

Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
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Jeff S.

Perth Amboy, NJ

About Jeff

Jeff is a seasoned instructor in guitar, songwriting, music performance and music business. He also offers lessons in public speaking, voice-over performance and ukulele. He welcomes students of all ages and experience and has successfully and happily taught beginners to pro-level musicians and recording artists. Jeff is pleased to announce that he is currently accepting Takelessons online students via Skype.

Jeff can teach guitar and songwriting in all styles and is an adept acoustic and electric guitarist. His knowledge of chords is extensive and his acoustic fingerpicking skills ar
e formidable. Jeff structures all lessons around the individual goals and playing level of his students. Jeff's students tend to study with him for quite some time, as his wealth of knowledge, diversity of instruction and patience are extraordinary. Jeff prides himself on customizing every student's lessons based on their particular preferences, goals and skill level. "It's a very personalized kind of instruction, as I never take a cookie-cutter
approach to teaching…".
Jeff's 3 promises to all students is to give them personalized lessons, be attentive to their needs and goals. and to make them feel like every lesson is worth their investment of time and money. As long as students practice regularly, they can expect to dramatically increase their clarity of playing, their chord "inventory", their musical ear and awareness and play the songs they've always wanted to learn.

After honing his craft as a songwriter and performer, Jeff created and taught songwriting and music business classes at colleges,universities, and music schools throughout the country for many years. Some of the places he taught include UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music.
When asked to summarize his views on teaching and music: "Teaching and playing music always puts a smile on my face; especially when I see that the student is having fun, learning what they want to learn and feeling the passion about music that motivated me to pursue my own musical career".

As a working singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 35 awards from various national and international songwriting contests and he's a former staff songwriter for the long-standing New York City-based publisher, Bourne Music. He has also won best music video awards at 3 international film festivals.

Some of the artists that Jeff has been compared to as a guitarist and vocalist include Keb' Mo', James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, John Mayer, Bill Withers, Jim Croce, and Don Henley.

Jeff is a NJ native, but lived and performed in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, John Daversa, Hiroshima, Little Richard and N'Dea Davenport.

Jeff catalog of over 450 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff's songs
have appeared in film and TV. One that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, "Journey Of The Heart" (co-written by Jeanne Smith), which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National
Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it "the official anthem" of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.

Jeff has commercially released 4 CD's of his original material: The most recent of these is his 2013 release, "Blujanova" (a merging of blues, jazz and bossa nova), which was praised by platinum selling and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Dave Koz: "Jeff's voice is so clean and pure...the production is lovely...warm and inviting...I love the interesting and surprising takes on some classics too, especially 'I Feel Good'…that brought a smile to my face!".
The other CD's stretch into other genres. "Truthteller" (bluesy pop/rock and singer/songwriter material) "Me, Myself, and I" (acoustic) and "The Spin" (pop, rock, and country-tinged singer/songwriter material). All of Jeff's albums are on his label, Relevant Records. The late great John Braheny, author of the best-selling "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting (Writer's Digest Books), gave high praise to Jeff's CD, "The Spin", calling it "honest, crafty, melodic and the songs are all exceptional". Patch.com called Jeff "a consummate songwriter".

*** Lesson Details ***
At the first lesson, I will ask you to tell me what songs you want to play and artists you want to play like and I will set the table for that by providing the chords you'll need, chord and scales and exercises to enable you to play them and guidelines and tricks on how to make it happen as quickly as possible. I know a wide variety of songs in all styles and styles, including current hit songs as well as pop, rock, blues, jazz, country songs. if you have a song or artist that I don't know already, I will learn it (often on the spot) and if not right then, at the next lesson. I have taught my students to play songs by artists as varied as Taylor Swift, U2, Jason Mraz, Adele, Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Doc Watson. And that's just naming a few.

I always make it clear to my students at the first lesson: "There is no such thing as a stupid question". I want you to feel comfortable to stop me at any time to clarify what I am teaching you, ESPECIALLY if it is too difficult or vague. I pride myself on always being organized for your lesson and making sure that you grasp whatever it is I am teaching you. The goal is to get you to be able to play what you want as quickly as possible. This will take practice and dedication on your part, but I will do everything in my power to help you get there.

I never force anything on any of my students. but I feel it would be beneficial for you to learn to read music OR read tablature and chord diagrams. You tell me which one and we'll go in that direction. If you'd like to read music, then we can decide on a book for you. I have used Hal Leonard instructional books (with CD's! this way you can play with a backing track and get a sense of rhythm, which is very important), but I'm open to other method books you might have or like.

After 3 to 6 months, you will feel you are significantly more skilled on the guitar than you were before we started lessons. You will know more chords (and move from chord to chord), be able to do at least some basic fingerpicking and be able to read some music or tablature.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic fingerstyle guitar (a la James Taylor, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Jason Mraz, John Martyn, Jim Croce, etc.

Blues guitar a la Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, etc.

Bossa nova guitar

Songwriting (any aspect and any level; musically, lyrically, structurally, etc.)

the songs of Taylor Swift---quite a few of my younger students want to play her material, so I have about 15 songs ready to teach you and always learning more (by popular demand)

Adapting songs that are keyboard-based and creating arrangements of them for acoustic guitar. Examples include songs by Adele, songs by Elton John, Irina Menzel's huge hit song from "Frozen", John Legend's "All Of Me", Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", etc.

Recording on Garageband.
I became so skilled with Garageband that I was asked to give seminars at Apple Store locations, showcasing my recordings and how to use the program.

Voice-overs; performance, recording, etc.
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Sanal pookat May 19, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson. Hoping for a great learning experience in lessons to come..
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Ira April 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson with Jeff was great. He was patient, and tailored the lesson to meet my needs.
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Srikanth R. December 12, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Loved the lesson..
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Jeff S.

Jeff S.

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Julie P.

Maplewood, NJ

About Julie

Woodwind specialist Julie P. is a New York City freelancer and teacher. Julie became a multi-instrumentalist at an early age and now enjoys playing oboe, saxophone, flute and clarinet in her work on Broadway and other concerts and productions in the NYC area. Julie has played in over 30 musical theater productions, as well as with the Songwriter’s Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra Society. She is an active chamber musician and currently plays with the Hudson Winds Woodwind Quartet.

Julie has a MM in Music Performance from New Jersey City University and a BM in Music Education from I
thaca College. As a teacher, Julie has worked with over 100 private students. She enjoys teaching young and advancing woodwind players, helping them discover the wide range of musical styles and sounds accessible by the woodwind instruments. In addition to teaching skills inherent to woodwind playing, Julie uses her background in piano and music theory to give her students a strong foundation in musicianship skills.

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Julie has written a number of articles for the TakeLessons Teacher Blog:

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Piano Articles
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10 of the Best Piano Duet Books All Pianists Need
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5 Ways to Sneak Piano Practice Into Your Busy Schedule
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5 Violin Techniques You Didn't Know Existed
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Violin Techniques: How To Get A Stronger Bow Arm
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Is Buying A Used Violin A Good or Bad Idea?
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Is the Suzuki Violin Method Right for Your Child?
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How to Hold a Violin Properly
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Top 5 Instructional Violin Books for Kids
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The Pros and Cons of the Suzuki Violin Method
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The Ultimate Violin Performance Checklist for Parents
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How to Hold A Violin Bow
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10 More Helpful Apps for Violinists
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How to Choose the Best Violin Songs for Your Recital
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Best Violin Songs and Tips for Wedding Performances
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5 Violin Exercises to Help Build Finger Strength
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Expert Tips: How to Play the Violin With Accompaniment
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15 Easy Violin Songs That Make You Sound Impressive
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25+ Violin Practice Tips to Help You Improve...Fast!
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How Long Does It Take To Learn Violin?
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Didier February 21, 2016
Flute · In studio
We're very happy with Julie's flute lessons. My daughter switched from France to the US and working with Julie has helped her in the change and in progressing with her flute skills. Julie is a very safe choice.
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mika February 2, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
She is awesome. And She is really kindness.
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Mary Byrne August 1, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Outstanding! First lesson - she had the patience of a saint and I learned a great deal. Can't wait for next session!
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Julie P.

Maplewood, NJ 07040
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James R.

North Brunswick, NJ

About James

I'm a trained Musician (Private Lessons) and have been Studying & Teaching for over 37 years. I've taught, Recorded & Played everywhere from small to Large venues from NJ, NY to CA and back. So you don"t just get the Lesson, You also get all that culture and experience along with it in every Lesson you take. I Guarantee you"ll learn more studying with me in one year, then with anyone else around. I Pride myself in giving my student 100% my undivided attention in every Lesson. All Lessons are done at UBG Music School which I am the Owner and Head Teacher at the School. The School is equipped wi
th a Class A Recording Studio (which I incorporate into the Lessons) so you not only get a Great Lessons but you'll also get the experience of working and being recorded in a Professional Recording Studio. I do offer Lessons through Skype as well if for some reason it's more convenient for you. You will learn a lot in a very short period of time, but you will also have a lot fun doing it as well. For The person interested in learning Guitar I'll teach you to Understand that you'll Develop Correctly, and Much Faster By always practicing on the Acoustic Guitar, and then if you'd like to go and play or perform on the Electric Guitar, you'll be 100% Better as a Musician then if you just played only on the Electric Guitar. That is a Key element to what all the Professionals Musicians like myself do.
UBG Music School can be found online.
I also will give the Names & Phone Number of my Students as a Reference if you'd like to call them and ask them about their experience taking lessons from me. I Look forward to working with you to Help you attain the goals you set out to achieve.
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Doug May 16, 2016
Songwriting · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Jimmy for years now for music theory, acoustic guitar, singing, recording, and now songwriting. Its awesome to have all those options in one place. Jimmy has a lot of experience when it comes to writing songs and it shows in the way he teaches. He always shows excitement towards the new songs I bring to him, and encourages me to keep writing. He has taught me how easy it can be to create songs, while taking what he has taught me with music theory to push the song to the next level. The best part is when I decide I like a song, he has the ability to record it for me in his studio. This process of recording and listening to what you have created is invaluable. I always look forward to lessons with Jimmy and highly recommend him.
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Anne May 9, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I've been taking acoustic guitar lessons with Jimmy for a year and a half. When I started with Jimmy, I had no music theory background... none. I know I still have a lot more to learn, but now I am familiar with concepts including modes, constructing the diatonic major scale, sharps and flats, the circle of fourths and fifths... the list goes on. Jimmy has even guided me through transposing a chord progression. I could go on, but to summarize, because of Jimmy's teaching style, willingness to answer questions, and music knowledge, I now know a lot about how music works. :-)
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Anthony R. May 9, 2016
Music Theory · Online
Verified Student
As Jim states on his bio, he teaches from age 8 and up. I'm one of his "up" students who's been playing guitar for a few years, but never took time to learn theory because I thought it was too confusing or difficult to learn. After being stuck in a rut for the past 30 years, I finally realized that I could be a guitar player, instead of just playing guitar, by understanding WHY I'm playing what I playing. I planned to take a few lessons to see how it would go. That was 4 months ago. Now when I pick up my guitar, I have a plan and am excited to learn more each week. Jim's approach to teaching theory makes it clear for anyone of any age or expertise. If you're young and want to learn the right way, Jim will teach you the right way. For us older folks, I found out you CAN teach an old dog new tricks... I highly recommend Jimmy!
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James R.

North Brunswick, NJ 08902
(63)
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