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Cem M.

Jersey City, NJ

About Cem

Thanks for checking out my profile. I look forward to helping you reach your musical goals in drum and percussion! Here's a little info about my musical training:

Born in Istanbul, Turkey and raised in Tulsa, OK, my first musical experiences were on my grandmother's old piano. I was later introduced to a drum set when my brother and I received a drum set as a gift. I played in several local bands and in my high school jazz band in Tulsa, playing a range of musical styles from rock, swing, funk, and Latin. I decided in my senior year of high school to take music seriously and moved to NYC
to study at the Drummer's Collective. During this period, I also focused on Middle Eastern hand percussion (doumbek, riq, and frame drum) and studied with Mehmet Akatay in Turkey. After receiving my certificate at the Drummer's Collective, I applied and was accepted to the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in NYC, where I received my BA in Music. Since my graduation, I've been working as a freelance musician, playing with my band Manner and other groups, producing music for commercials, and teaching students in the Jersey City, NJ, and New York / Brooklyn, NY area.

*** Lesson Details ***
Before anything, I believe music and specifically music lessons must be fun. I'm an easy going and patient person and my goal with lessons is to ensure that students are understanding music in a fun and musical way.

I teach out of my home and studio in Jersey City. We will come up with a goal and decide what to expect from our lesson plan We can work on formal technique, sight reading, and improvisation, or if you just want to learn the beats to your favorite tunes, we can just ROCK OUT! So keep note of your favorite songs, and we'll break it down and learn the beats.

I have extensive training in Middle Eastern hand percussion. So those of you who are interested in playing doumbek, riq, or frame drums, we can work on learning different different rhythms and meters from the Turkish, Greek, Arabic, Bulgarian, and Macedonian styles.

Focus on:
- learning songs, beats, fills
- formal technique
- coordination and independence
- sight reading
- improvisation
- rhythmic composition
- variety of styles: jazz, rock, funk, R&B, Latin, Middle Eastern, Brazilian

Accepting levels from beginner to advanced.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Both in-home and in-studio are equipped with a full drum kit, guitars, percussion instruments, keyboards, amps, and PA system for playback and play along. Recording availability to record lesson material or even collaborate and record a song together! Free parking right outside of the studio, and parking easily found in front of my home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drum pads, sticks, curriculum material, percussion instruments.

*** Specialties ***
The main musical styles I perform are rock, jazz, Latin, funk, R&B, and Middle Eastern / Balkan music. I studied jazz performance in college and also focused specifically on Middle Eastern and Brazilian percussion.
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Jonathan R. November 18, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Cem is a great musician and instructor. His lessons are always informative, and best of all not boring. He plays alongside you and he is always patient, and helpful. Cem is a excellent teacher who wants to see his students progress, and I would recommend taking lessons with him.
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Kendra T. December 1, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Instructor Review

Cem is an excellent instructor, a very patient teacher that takes the time to discuss the importance of form and sound quality. I have always had the desire to play drums and have never played so I appreciate his approach of making me feel at ease by playing along with me so I can see his form and technique. All the feedback I have received I have been able to return to the next class with improved skill and understanding. I really enjoy and look forward to my classes and I am happy with my progression during a short period of time.
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Elizabeth B. November 11, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
this product is amazing

He is a great coach, and is very patient and creative in his teaching
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Cem M.

Cem M.

Jersey City, NJ 07304
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Andrew K.

New York, NY

About Andrew

After graduating from Ithaca College with degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education I spent three years teaching music in public schools. During that time I taught Kindergarten - 4th grade, as a long term substitute, and then 6th - 8th Grade Chorus to 430 students. During my time teaching my program grew at a rate of 30% annually compared to the band and orchestra who struggled to gain 5%. I attribute this success to my style of teaching which is accessible to everyone.

No matter the age, I will find out about what you are interested in besides music and use that as a hook to he
lp you understand what's going on in our lessons. Although I am tough, because I want you to get the most out of your time, I am positive and love to laugh.

Besides teaching in the public schools, I have also taught members of my own private studio from ages
10 - 60, and worked as an Associate Director of Music for a church in North Carolina.

I recently graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and am pursuing my dream of becoming a professional singer. While auditioning, I work as a Real Estate Broker in NYC.

*** Lesson Details ***
During the first lesson we will talk about why you are coming and what you want to learn. Once I have a sense of what direction you'd like to go, I'll come up with a plan to take us to your goal. We will work on basic fundamentals both by themselves and through the music that we choose for you to work on.

I encourage all of my students to be actively picking music that they would like to sing and I will supplement that with pieces I think you should have in your repertoire. We will work hard to reach your goals while enjoying the process. No matter the venue, you will see success as long as you are present in our lesson time and put forth effort outside of the lesson as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room with piano

*** Specialties ***
I am most at home with Classical Vocal music but have also sung as a lead Cantor at a church, in musicals, and operas. I also play piano.
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LuigieN February 22, 2012
Guides me through everything step by step. Wouldn't want a different teacher.
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KamilahB January 25, 2012
Amazing

Andrew is an extraordinary teacher. In the first couple of weeks, he immediately identified my strengths and weaknesses and crafted individualized lessons to strengthen my piano skills. I can see an enormous difference already; he's taught me skills I could never have learned on my own. He's personable, has a good sense of humor, and holds me accountable for weekly lessons without being a taskmaster. I recommend him highly and I'm incredibly grateful for his patience, high energy, and commitment to his students.
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KarimS May 26, 2011
great teacher

Andrew is patient friendly and knows his technique. I was able to feel and hear growth within a few lessons.
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Andrew K.

Andrew K.

New York, NY 10280
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Justin P.

Jersey City, NJ

About Justin

Justin P is a vocal coach, singer, performer & educator based out of Jersey City, NJ.

During his high school years Justin discovered his passion for music and education. Kenneth Brown, his former choral teacher and mentor, recognized Justin’s untapped potential. He taught him the fundamentals of choral conducting, vocal technique, music theory, ear training and repertoire selection. Justin was a member of the award winning Edison High School Choirs, NJ All State Choir and the NJ Region II Chorus.

Justin has spent 11 years studying under some of the best vocal coaches in New York and New
Jersey, including Sarah Bachman­Krieger (Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School), Steven Schnurman (The Juilliard School) & Katherine Wessinger (University of Michigan). He currently studies under Melissa Perry (Westminster Choir College, Temple, and post graduate work included 750 hours with Maestro Vittorio Rosetta of La Scala) While doing studies at Westminster Choir College, he studied with Tenor Eric Rieger (Eastman School of Music).

While attending Middlesex County College, Justin founded and directed The A Cappella Choir of Middlesex County. After a wonderfully successful first year and a full length album, The A Cappella Choir sang at Carnegie Hall for the premiere of Eric Whitacre’s electronic opera “Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings”
Justin was the head of the choral department at the New Dover United Methodist Church in Edison, NJ. He directed & musically directed a production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Villagers Theater in Somerset, which subsequently moved to The Den Nightclub and ran for 5 consecutive months.

Justin has organized, directed and performed in two fundraisers for the Edison high school Choral program, the program that first honed his raw talent and a place that to this day he still can call a home.

As a performer, Justin was seen as a back­up singer in the Bryan Hansen band. He has participated in community theater all over NJ and is frequently hired for studio session work. He recently contributed backing vocals for Mike Wells’ upcoming third studio album.

Justin has been teaching privately since 2007 (Justin Pollinger Vocal Studio). His Students have been accepted to some of the top music programs in the country including Westminster Choir College, Boston Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Mason Gross School School of the Arts, The Hart School & AMDA.

“Justin is so much fun to work with and always makes me feel good about performing, even when I get discouraged. He has helped me to discover a side of my voice that I didn't even know I had.”
- Debbie Lingel

“For the last 5 years, I've experienced pain and major vocal fatigue, which lead me to stop singing almost completely… After just a few weeks, I noticed a vast difference. I found Justin to be very knowledgeable, easy to work with and free with encouragement and honesty. It was refreshing to find a young vocal coach like him; I would highly recommend him to anyone: young, old, experienced or beginner.”
- Toni Dalessandro

“Working with Justin allowed me to improve upon things in a short time that for years I had tried to correct myself. I always left lessons feeling like I’d learned or become stronger in some area. He is patient when mistakes are made and creative in finding solutions. It was a pleasure to be his student.”
- Melanie Beaumier
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Joshua S. August 9, 2014
Classical Voice · In studio
I went to Rutgers: Mason Gross School of the Arts for Vocal Performance as a freshman in Fall 2008; by the Spring of 2009, I was no longer a music student. Singing quickly became a laborious activity instead of an enjoyable past time; I felt as if I became incapable of adequately expressing myself because I was bogged down by a pretentious atmosphere and a teacher who lacked any sort of gravitational pull. Justin is the complete opposite.

I started studying with Justin in September 2013. He's so incredibly realistic. He lacks any form of pretense and his personality is so magnetic. Every time I walk into my lesson, I'm ready to go. He creates an atmosphere that is just so easy to adjust to, and he listens. I'm so grateful to have found him. In a little less than a year, he's helped me restore confidence in my vocal ability and gain back years of lost discipline in such a short time. He will hold you accountable without alienating you and for me that's invaluable. If you're looking for someone warm, but disciplined, Justin is your guy.
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Alison G. July 31, 2014
Singing · In studio
Working with Justin has helped me make enormous strides musically! Our lessons have transformed my voice, prepared me for the competitive world of singing, and given me the confidence and knowledge needed to succeed. In just one or two lessons I progressed in ways I never thought I could and opened up to different techniques that I did not even know existed. Justin is fun and easy to work with. His encouragement and spirit will push you to reach new heights and truly refine your vocal technique.
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Jessica M. July 17, 2014
Musical Theater · In studio
Working with Justin has given me utmost confidence in my singing. He has taught me invaluable vocal techniques that previous coaches never taught me. Since I started with Justin, I feel that my voice has become stronger and it still continues to grow! I would recommend Justin to anyone for vocal instruction. Great, effective lessons for a cheap price!
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Justin P.

Justin P.

Jersey City, NJ 07306
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Simon H.

Union City, NJ

About simon

Hi! My name is Simon and I'm a British multi read player with 20+ years experience playing in London's West End Musicals and orchestras. I also have an extensive list of credits as Artistic Director for various youth theatre companies in the UK, Europe and the States. I studied in London at Trinity College of Music and was lucky enough to get my break early playing in CATS at the New London Theatre. After that I moved on to playing in Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Merrily We Roll Along, and My Fair Lady. I have been a regular resident in the West End ever since, with my most recent credit pla
ying in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. I teach Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute and Bassoon from beginners up to a professional level. I have also had extensive experience vocal coaching for musical theatre and audition preparation classes.
I have recently married a San Jose resident, hence my move to the States!!
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Liza G. March 29, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Liza loved the lesson, esp. how Mr. Holland explained the basics and corrected some of the notes that she was playing wrong all this while. Mr. Holland is very accommodative and easy-to-interact with.
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Floro R. March 18, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
I'd been with Simon for five lessons. Very patient and attentive. Ready to work at my own pace.
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Johnny P. March 13, 2015
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
My son loves learning from Simon and looks forward to his weekly lesson.
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Simon H.

Simon H.

Union City, NJ 07087
(7)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Amanda R.

Jersey City, NJ

About Amanda

Hi, there! My name is Amanda, and I can't wait to meet you! I'm a native Brazilian who's also fluent in Spanish and Italian.
I am super passionate about education, and I love to help people learn music and foreign languages - for me these subjects are completely connected with each other, as the teaching approaches are very similar.

I went to The New School and earned a double degree in Jazz Performance and Liberal Arts in 2011.

In regards to music, I've been teaching private lessons since 1996 and have loved helping my students with music competitions, becoming professional, and being
accepted in top Universities. I have an extensive experience as a side musician, studio/session instrumentalist, as well as a composer, arranger and producer, and believe that sharing it can be valuable teaching tool for music students of all levels.

On the Foreign Languages side, I've helped numerous students with short and long term goals, such as a business trip, being able read novels, or just being able to have a conversation in Portuguese, Spanish or Italian.

I'm a passionate and patient person and my teaching style is totally customized according to what each student needs, what he or she likes. I'm also a big motivator, and will show you great things that you can do with the practice.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Susan July 4, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Amanda is a phenomenal musician who also happens to be an incredibly dedicated educator. She has so much passion for music and for helping students reach their potential! When I started taking private lessons with her I wasn't sure if I would be able to keep up with practice because of my really busy schedule. Amanda not only helped me to improve my playing but also taught me how to manage my time for efficient practice, always infusing every lesson with her amazing enthusiasm!
I'm really happy I found Amanda and I look forward to continuing learning from her: I highly recommend her
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Sara July 1, 2015
Audition Prep · In studio
I have known Amanda for about a year. She has a deep sense of musicality that cannot be imitated or faked, and a vast knowledge of genres, arrangements, and technique.

Beyond the stats and her intimidatingly impressive portfolio and collaborations, what most impresses me is her grounded nature, thorough preparation, thoughtful communication & teaching, and kindness.

To know and learn from her as a musician and person is an opportunity I hope you have the privilege to take.
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Glasses N. June 22, 2015
Portuguese · In home
I'm a very busy lawyer and could never find a class or a teacher that would work with my schedule, so I felt that I'd never be able to learn a foreign language, and "retain it." Amanda was an amazing teacher. She'd go to my office, and understand my crazy/flexible schedule, and we'd work one-on-one on my own goals, which were to speak and understand the language, while also learning about the culture.

During our first class, Amanda asked me about my passions. I told her that I love listening to rock and that I used to practice Capoeira. So, she got me specific texts about Capoeira (in Portuguese) for us to practice reading, and every other week, she would make me learn a new song from a Brazilian rock band containing some of the new words/vocabulary that we were working on. Instead of trying to memorize words, I was just singing them while driving to work!

Totally awesome, Amanda never wasted my time and went straight into teaching what I wanted in a super fun way. I couldn't even believe that I was having fun while learning a new language!
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Amanda R.

Amanda R.

Jersey City, NJ 07306
(3)
starting at
$48 / 30-min

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