My current teaching includes music performance (piano and flute), Italian language and Alexander Technique. I have spent many years honing my skills in all of these subjects and I delight in sharing my knowledge with you and helping you to improve and reach your goals. My teaching style is patient, friendly, helpful and individualized to your needs, interests, goals and learning style.
***PLEASE NOTE: Due to my travel schedule, I can only offer once monthly in-person lessons. Online lessons are available on a weekly basis. In-person lessons once a month are ideal for those with busy sched
ules. Feel free to use the ask-a-question feature to learn more about which lesson type and frequency may be right for you!
Also, my availability throughout the week is always shifting. If you don't see the time/day you're looking for, I can probably accomodate it. Please send me a message and/or sign up for lessons and we can work out a time.
For more information about my experience and teaching in each subject, please click on the subject you are interested in to read more.
I also enjoy writing blog articles for TakeLessons as another way of sharing information. I have written articles in all of the subjects I teach. Here is a list, by category.
http://takelessons.com/blog/test-your-piano-skills - 5 Easy Ways to Test Your Piano Skills
http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-practice-tips-having-fun - 4 Easy Ways to Make Piano Practice Fun and Productive
http://takelessons.com/blog/ABRSM-piano-exam-tips - 4 Valuable Tips for Succeeding at the ABRSM Piano Exam
http://takelessons.com/blog/mastering-leaps-on-piano - Piano Tips: How to Master Large Leaps on Piano
http://takelessons.com/blog/loud-piano-dynamics-z06 - 3 Tips for Playing Loudly (and Beautifully) at the Piano
http://takelessons.com/blog/new-ways-to-practice-scales-z06 - 4 Ways to Make Practicing Piano Scales FUN! [Infographic]
http://takelessons.com/blog/read-piano-music-faster-z06 - How to Read Piano Music Faster: Intro to the Keys
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-piano-bad-habits-z06 - 5 Bad Habits Holding You Back as You Learn Piano
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-read-piano-sheet-music-z06 - How to Read Piano Sheet Music for Piano: A Visual Tour
http://takelessons.com/blog/learn-to-play-the-flute - Learn to Play the Flute: Your Top Challenges, Resolved!
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-vocabulary-games-z09 - 10+ Fun Italian Grammar and Vocabulary Games for Kids
http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-dating-z09 - Useful Italian Phrases and Tips for Dating
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-nouns-z09 - Italian Grammar Rules: How to form Singular and Plural Nouns
http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-family-z09 - La Famiglia: Useful Italian Words and Phrases for Family
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-z09 - 10 Most Common Italian Grammar Mistakes
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-exercises-z09 - 4 Quick and Easy Italian Grammar Exercises
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-vocabulary-z09 - Essential Italian Vocabulary Words for Beginners
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-vocabulary-games-z09 - 4 Fun Italian Vocabulary Games for Kids
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-gender-and-number-z09 - Italian Grammar: Introduction to Gender and Number
http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-for-eating-z09 - Useful Italian Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Going Out to Eat
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-stereotypes-z09 - 10 Common Italian Stereotypes That Are Actually True
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-conversation-z09 - How to Survive Your First Italian Conversation
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-games-z09 - 5 Fun Italian Games for Learning Numbers
http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-words-and-phrases-summer-z09 - Italian Words and Phrases for the Summer [Slideshow]
http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-shopping-z09 - Useful Italian Phrases and Tips for Shopping in Italy
http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-business-z09 - Getting Down to Business: Useful Italian Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Doing Business in Italy
http://takelessons.com/blog/fitness-tips - 3 Surprising Keys to Exercising Efficiently
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-fix-your-posture - Why Standing Up Straight Won’t Fix Your Posture
http://takelessons.com/blog/learn-how-to-sing-better-z02 - 3 Exercises to Free Your Singing Voice
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-sing-without-tension-z02 - How Tension Affects Your Voice (And What to Do About It!)
http://takelessons.com/blog/stage-presence-for-singers-z02 - 3 Often-Overlooked Parts of a Successful Vocal Performance
http://takelessons.com/blog/singing-high-notes-z02 - Singing Tips: 3 Physical Keys for Hitting High Notes
Mary January 16, 2017
First lesson in, and I already feel like the goals for myself are more than attainable under the tutelage of Nadia. I learned so much in my first thirty minutes. I can't wait to go back.
Lorinda H. December 29, 2016
Online Verified Student
Today I had my first flute lesson with Nadia after not having played for over 30 years! It was truly the best experience that I could hope for. Nadia is knowledgeable, patient, kind and very encouraging. I can't wait for my next lesson!
Allegra P. September 17, 2016
In home Verified Student
My 6 year old's first music lesson ever, WITHOUT a piano, was a huge hit! Nadia filled the time going through a piano book and walking through the keyboard as well as how to read the notes, and hand placement. Nadia is kind, patient, and engaging. We are thrilled we found her and looking forward to our next lesson!
Hello, my name is Brenda! I've been teaching private lessons for a little 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** **price is non-negotiable**
*** 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.
*** Studio Equipment *** Does not own: Saxophone
*** Travel Equipment *** mini keyboard for voice lessons (2.5 octaves)
*** 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
Brenda October 21, 2016
Brenda was very good with my daughter who is 10 years old. She assessed her skills level and they hit the ground running.
Pam P. October 18, 2016
In home Verified Student
A true professional singer. Great teacher.
I leaned so much in a limited time period.
Laura September 13, 2016
I found Brenda to be responsible, flexible, knowledgeable, and pleasant to work with. She is very good at tailoring lessons to meet your needs -- so don't be afraid to ask for something! She works well with all ages, teaching three members of my family. She has some great experience, and I encourage any one to contact her for information.
I have a Master's degree in Music Therapy, am a nationally board certified music therapist (MT-BC); performer and vocal instructor (Bachelor's in Classical Voice); certified yoga instructor and meditation guide (200+); certified and attuned Reiki master; professional freelance writer and editor.
...I find joy in a lot of places! And often I find these areas of study inform and augment each other.
Music therapy has afforded me a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs including, autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances a
nd developmental delays as well as teens and adults with psychosocial issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, personality disorders, and more.
I incorporate my experience as a therapist into the educative setting.
As a voice teacher, I want to help my students settle comfortably into their own musicality by showing them the building blocks of a solid technique, drawing particularly from the things that helped me grow as a vocalist. I want my students to feel strong in their body, comfortable and relaxed in their breath, and confident in their performance.
I have worked professionally as an editor of scholarly writing on both the college and post-college level, as well as a professional editor of multiple dissertations, and other publications. Being a creative person, I find language to be a wonderful way to express thoughts and emotions as well as communicate deeply with others.
As a certified yoga instructor, I teach in many locations throughout Westchester. I was trained at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, New York with Betsy Kase, and earned a 200-hour certificate in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. I offer private yoga instruction and meditation at my home studio. My studio comes fully equipped with all yoga props, aromatherapy, and music. Hands-on-assists and personalized classes offered to deepen your experience.
It is a joy to offer Reiki to curious, open clients in need of energy healing. Reiki is a noninvasive energy healing technique totally separate of any religious affiliation and available to anyone. It is a difficult to describe the relaxing, soothing, and deep-healing effects of Reiki to someone who has never experienced.
Please feel free to inquire about any of my services!
*Note: If you don't see a time slot that is suitable to your needs but would like to try a session or lesson with me, feel free to register for the Flex Plan, and we will work out week-to-week times!!**
**Note: If you are interested in music therapy, please email me with a bit about yourself and your personal goals.
Emma D. December 10, 2016
Online Verified Student
Great! Looking forward to the net session.
Davida R. December 5, 2016
Online Verified Student
She is fabulous. I know I've only had a single lesson but I can just tell. I'm so excited to have found her!! She's warm and open and knowledgeable! Yay!
Declan December 2, 2016
In studio Verified Student
A lifelong musician and songwriter, Ian S. has extensive experience teaching guitar and piano to students age 3 and up both as a private music instructor and as a staff music instructor at the Institute of Music for Children. With 28 years of experience on the guitar and 32 years on piano, Ian has studied and performed with several award-winning music artists, and has written, recorded, and produced over one hundred songs. He plays and teaches a variety of styles on both the guitar and the piano, from classical to jazz to rock. Ian is patient, friendly, and loves sharing the gift of music.
Ian was the guitarist in the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble for 3 seasons, was selected from a nationwide pool of musicians to perform at a special music event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and was the recipient of the New Jersey Governor's Award in Arts Education for the category of Instrumental Music.
*** Lesson Details *** I am very laid back and friendly, and I want you or your child to be as comfortable as possible during our lessons. You or your child will develop confidence and musical intelligence. I will make your lessons fun, enjoyable, and effective. Boredom is not an option! Music is fun... let's keep it that way.
The teaching methods I use will be custom-tailored to your individual needs, personality and specific musical goals. If it's guitar or piano you want to learn, I want to get you playing exactly what you want to be playing as soon as possible. That's what you're here for, and that's what I'm here for. I will make it happen. If it's songwriting that you want to learn, I will help you access that place inside of you that is dying to express itself creatively, and will teach you techniques to harness that energy and translate it successfully into musical expression.
You can expect to learn all the basics of music theory, proper playing techniques, improvisation and spontaneous musical expression, and I will help you develop your "ear" so you can figure out songs you like just by listening to them. This is all about you and your goals, and I want you to achieve them in a fun and engaging way.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room: Upright piano, guitars, amps, keyboard, percussion
*** Specialties *** I specialize in pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, fingerstyle (guitar), etc. I also teach improvisation and songwriting, and try to develop the student's ear for figuring out songs they like on their own.
Alexander May 3, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Great instructor, I really like how he explains all the different methods to learn piano. Now is much easier for me to know what to parctice to get better.
Nancy Colon April 26, 2016
In home Verified Student
Ian was a great listener, very kind, and had some great suggestions to help me on my way to becoming a meditator! Highly recommend.
Ezinne M. March 8, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Very patient and a great instructor. My daughter very pleased with her first piano lesson.
My passian for yoga expreces itself since 2007 when I moved to US. Studying with esteemed yoga teachers of Ishta Yoga since 2011. With an individual approach I teaching each student in harmony with their needs: subtle body awareness, physical alignment and breath-based dynamic movement to inspire them to move with grace and live with perspective. I use aroma therapy when teaching yoga because smell is the strongest sense which activates directly our brain. My goal is to provide the nurturing, positive environment that will enable you to find your yoga.
Olga February 23, 2016
I consider myself very lucky to have had Natalia as a private yoga teacher through my pregnancy and after. She is wonderful and her private sessions are tailor made for your personal needs. Her positivity is contagious. Totally recommend!
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