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Anne F.

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About Anne

Currently, Anne is the keyboardist in a rock band and a jazz band. Trained as a classical pianist, her repertoire includes classical, Broadway, Celtic and popular music. She has performed in both formal recitals and informal gatherings.

In April 2008, Anne debuted her own compositions in recital. Several piano students have performed her music as well, both as "teaching pieces" and in recital. Recent compositions include music for piano students and piano arrangements for Celtic and popular music. She is also a songwriter, co-writing blues and TropRock (Jimmy Buffet style) tunes.

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It has been said that Beethoven cautioned his students that playing without emotion, without being part of the music, without caring, is unforgivable. My goal is to help you express your emotions through playing the piano.

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ing out the emotion in the music, it is important that the lesson plan is tailored to each individual. It is equally important to pursue the music that interests the student the most.

It is fun to play the piano and it is a skill that can be learned - or re-learned - at any age.

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Classical, Broadway, music theory, chords
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I love performing and teaching! I've performed at multiple venues in New York City, including Carnegie Hall and Off-Broadway. I studied piano, opera performance and musical theater at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and acting at Primary Stages. I'm playing a nurse this season on New Amsterdam and have many other film and TV credits! These qualifications, my positive spirit and belief in my students have yielded outstanding results in their musical and theatrical accomplishments.

I've been teaching voice, guitar, acting and piano lessons for the past six years, as well as coaching students for specific auditions (school plays, national tours, honors choir auditions). Let me aid you in achieving your dreams!

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As a performer, I have learned that "learning" is never done in this field. Even as a profes

sional, I still take private voice lessons, dance classes, and acting classes. As well as the occasional piano, guitar, and dialect coaching.

My teaching style is based off of my many years of being a student to some of the finest performers in the world. I am direct and focused, but like to keep my students relaxed. My key to teaching success is adapting to each student's specific needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At my home studio in Jersey City, NJ and at my studio in midtown Manhattan I have a: Keyboard (piano at studio in Manhattan); Guitar; Pitch Pipe; Laptop with speakers; Mirror

*** Travel Equipment ***
If travelling to your home, I would require you have a keyboard. I can bring my guitar and pitch pipe.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music (art songs, opera)
Traditional Broadway (Rodgers and Hammerstein...)
Contemporary Broadway (Stephen Schwartz...)
Disney Music
Pop Music
Country Music
Beginner Piano
Beginner Guitar
Music Theory
Public Speaking
Audition Technique
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October 5, 2015
Eden T.
She was absolutely fantastic with my 5 year old daughters first lesson. She had her smiling the whole time.....we are coming back next week for sure.
May 12, 2013
Nikki R.
My first vocal teacher and the best!

Ms. Rachel was an amazing vocal teacher! We would always start off with simple and fun warm-ups, breathing techniques, and would practice singing songs from musicals. My first couple lessons she taught me how to sing I Feel Pretty from West Side Story and we both had so much fun with it! After a little while we learned Cups from Pitch Perfect and then we got into the Vaccai book and I learned a couple songs from there. Overall Ms. Rachel was the best! She even offered to Skype a lesson with me since she moved. She cared about me and always helped me improve my voice in every way she could. I love her!

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Miles McAllister is a Southern California-based performer and educator. He is principal trumpet of the Long Beach Symphony and 3rd trumpet of the Santa Barbara Symphony. He is a member of the nationally and internationally touring brass quintet Presidio Brass (presidiobrass.com) and member of the Disneyland Band at the Disneyland Resort. Miles is an active freelance performer and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale, Pageant of the Masters, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Symphony and Pops, New West Symphony, California Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Philharmonic, Golden State Pops Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony, Pacific Brass Ensemble, and many other groups throughout Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.

He can be heard on Star Wars: Rogue O

ne, Star Trek: Discovery, American Dad and True Believers: The Stan Lee Story. From 2011-2013, he played lead trumpet for Carnival Cruise Lines in numerous showbands performing in their full-scale production shows and live variety sets. He appeared as a soloist with the Redlands Symphony where he performed the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto and at the Redlands Bowl Festival performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. He has also performed with Mannheim Steamroller, Chris Botti, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

He earned his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at California State University Fullerton in 2015 and graduated from the University of Redlands in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance.

As an educator, Miles is energetic and keeps lessons positive, varied, and always with a goal in mind. There is a constant emphasis on building fundamentals and using those as a foundation for making great music. Not everyone learns the same way so it is his aim to be adaptable to the student's needs to help them understand and process the concepts behind good trumpet playing. He has taught all ages and skill levels, privately and in group settings, and can be a valuable asset in helping you achieve your musical pursuits. Three of his recent students have been placed as the principal trumpet in the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and one was placed in the Claremont Intermezzo Youth Orchestra. He has also had students go on to earn generous music scholarships for college at well-respected institutions.
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Miles has taught all ages, ranging from fourth graders to retirees, and all skill levels from beginners to those preparing for college auditions.

Skills covered include everything needed to play the trumpet successfully. Sound, projection, reading, technique, flexibility, repertoire, and range can all be developed if the student earnestly wants to take the time to develop them. A practice regimen is designed for each individual student depending on their strengths, weaknesses, and goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
- music and method books
- music stand and chairs
- tuner and metronome
- student must bring own instrument and mouthpiece

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My main area of performance is classical/orchestral music. I also have experience playing full-time in a commercial setting (i.e. pit/Broadway, rock, and lead playing).
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November 6, 2013
Billy B.
Great teacher

I come in every time learning something new and useful in my career to pursue trumpet. He is a great person to talk to and very friendly. There are no interruptions in the learning environment also.

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Vandi E.

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Vandi has extensive performance experience in multiple genres: professionally with opera, orchestra, chamber music, musical theater, straight theater, film, sacred works, church music, jazz, and contemporary music.

Credentials:
Meisner Training-Phoenix Theater with Bill Simmons 2017-2018
Destruction in Decatur 2017-Broadsword and Rapier and Dagger SAFD Certifications
Crittenden Opera Workshop 2017-Washington D.C.
CISCO 2017-Stage Combat Certifications
Vianden Summer Program 2016-Luxembourg
CISCO 2016-Stage Combat Certifications
MM in Vocal Performance, the University of Akron, May 2015
BFA in Musical Theater, Shorter University, May 2011
(Theatre minor and Equivalent of a piano minor)
Cosmetology Instructor's Certification and License, Gadsden State Community College, May 2007
Cosmetology Certification and License, May 20

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October 15, 2019
Ileana Nitu
Extremely professional and structured. Loved the lesson
June 14, 2019
Emma
She’s helping me prepare for an audition and giving me valuable tips to sound as good as possible in a short time.
May 30, 2019
Melissa
Practicing with Vandi improves my skills more quickly than practicing alone and she is very good at not only answering questions via the internet tutoring but through phone as well. She is very prompt and consistent and provides easy to read materials for my skill level. I'm very happy with my purchase through Take Lessons so far. This is my first time using this website and it is my third lesson as I am new to piano. I have already recommended this site to other people.

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Amy V.

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Hi! My name is Amy Gruber and I have been teaching voice since 1995! I am here for my students in every way. If you have a goal, I will get you there. If you are unsure, then I can guide you to something greater. My major instrument is voice, and I continuously study, hone, and polish my instrument to keep myself current, so I can be the best teacher I can be for my students. I have studied voice with Kathleen Blixt, Edgar Dittemore and other well regarded voice teachers, as well as Opera with Julia Koci, a highly esteemed Opera singer from Austria. You can catch her at the Volksoper if you are ever in Vienna!
I am currently continuing my Opera studies with Cynthia Balme at the Balme Music Studio in Middletown NJ.
I am a certified music teacher k-12 and have a BS in Music Ed with a concentration in vocal studies from Hofstra University

and an MS in Foundations of Ed also from Hofstra. I sang professionally as well as taught general music, voice, and choral groups while employed by the Brentwood music Department on Long Island for several years before having kids. I now teach general music, voice programs and private voice instructions at the Victorious Voices Studio, located in Toms River, New Jersey :)

Victorious Voices Performing Arts studio offers a wide variety of programs for all ages. In my studio, I use eclectic styles and teaching methods. My Philosophy is to use your body, mind and soul in music. I really try to cater to the needs of each individual student.
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August 19, 2019
Ed R.
She is wonderful. She is clear on her instruction, and has a great knowledge of music and voice
May 1, 2019
Natalya B.
my granddaughter very happy with Amy.looking forward to next lesson!
January 23, 2019
Christopher N.
So kind and knows how to motivate my young singer

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About Zaray

Hello there! I hope that in reading this you will find some valuable information in choosing the right teacher for you!

I am an opera singer by trade and I also have experience performing in contemporary bands, musical theater, solo piano concerts, as well as classical voice concerts.

I hold a Bachelor degree in piano and voice, a Master's degree in Vocal Performance, and an Artist Diploma in Opera.

I enjoy teaching as much as I enjoy performing because it's a way to share what I have learned and plant a seed in students who may want to take music seriously or just as a hobby.

I teach in a variety of styles pop, musical theater, and classical and I'm always open to what you as a student want to get from your lessons and tutoring. I've had a private studio for the past 5 years and have experience teaching in a grade sch

ool and collegiate levels of music. My students have ranged from 5 years old to Adult Senior age. All lessons and goals are targeted to your specific needs and desires and I'm always happy to be that guide who will help you perform in a healthy and enjoyable way.
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July 7, 2017
Grace
Zaray has been my teacher for over 4 years and has been amazing! She taught me mostly everything about music and helped me get accepted into one of the best schools in Florida. I took singing lessons and piano lessons that helped me learn a lot, because of her I was able to preform in new York and attend the All-state elementary choir. Overall an excellent teacher, I really recommend!
July 7, 2017
John
Zaray has done such great work. She really takes the time to diagnose the problem with her stellar ear and to prescribe the best exercises to enhance the vocal mechanism. Not only does she have an abundant technical vocabulary, she really personalizes her style of teaching for each student. Apart from being technically a wizard, she is one of the most joyful people to be around. Her calm demeanor and easy going self really makes a student of every level comfortable. I highly recommend!!

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About Matthew

Hello, my name is Matthew and I’m an experienced guitar teacher and performer. I play all sorts of styles from rock, jazz, hiphop, to even the most modern music today. I’m the most easy going teacher you can find, but I can also help you succeed beyond your expectations. All I want is my students to know that they can achieve anything they intend out of these lessons. In addition, I have experienced in the music business and can provide you guidance for your goals with music. I look forward to hearing from you.

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January 14, 2019
DOMINIC
Matthew was patient, innovative and overall a great experience. I am looking forward to my next lesson. Really excellent!
May 21, 2018
David N.
Matt was fantastic answered all my questions was very patient and showed up on time I can't wait for my next lesson David
May 14, 2018
Rebeca
Matt is an excellent teacher, he is very patient and thorough with his lessons. He is really knowledgeable on guitar and music theory. I totally recommend him as an instructor.

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Hannah F.

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I hold a degree in Jazz Studies from the Jacobs School of Music, where I focused especially on Afro-Cuban music, thanks to the tutelage of Latin Jazz giants Michael Spiro and Wayne Wallace! My jazz background also gave me rigorous training in music theory and history.

My performance career is highly diverse! You like folk? I’ve played with Chicago’s beloved Al Scorch and Della Mae’s guitar star, Courtney Hartman. You like hip-hop? I play and record with artists at Classick Studios, where Chance The Rapper, SZA, and No Name make albums. Indie rock? Part of what got me into bass was underground/DIY scenes—I love playing a good basement show! How about jazz? I’ve done everything from standards gigs at hotels to composing for experimental groups like The Liberation Music Collective.

I’ve also had the pleasure to play with musicians from ov

er 20 countries. One of the most rewarding experiences of my life was being a Fellow for OneBeat, a program run through the U.S. State Department that brings together international musicians to compose, record, and tour together. I have learned so much about the power of music through my relationships with artists from all corners of the globe.

I believe in “Occam’s Razor” bass playing – finding a simple, elegant solution to the “problem” at hand, whether that “problem” is finding a good fingering for a fast-moving melody, finding a tasteful yet interesting bassline for a funk groove, or improving your right-hand speed so you can finally play that one Tool song you’ve always loved. The “Occam’s Razor” approach builds your instincts and helps you become a solid, expressive bassist that everyone wants to play with!

No matter where you are in your musical development, I can be your ally. I have experience teaching all ages and experience levels and can help you go deeper in whatever music lights you up. I can offer advice about musicianship too – how to start a band, how to rock an audition for your school’s jazz ensemble, or how to make the most of a recording session.

Bass is a physically demanding instrument, and over my career I have recovered from multiple injuries. I am committed to helping you develop healthy technique that prevents and manages injuries and adapts to your physical conditions. I try to offer compassion AND solutions to students who struggle physically with their instrument or face health challenges. I’ve been there too, and I’m here to help.
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February 26, 2019
David
Hannah is helping me regain all that I lost fro nearly 50 years ago.
August 20, 2018
Sean D.
My 13 year old upright bass player absolutely loves working with Hannah. She is wonderful and I highly recommend her!
March 14, 2018
Jo Ann
Hannah is refreshing, extremely caring, pleasant, and prompt piano instructor to my 6 and 12 yr old granddaughters. They love singing and playing the piano under her guidance and look forward to their next lesson with her. I am thankful and recommend her as an instructor.

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