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Tamara W.

West Orange, NJ

About Tamara

Music has been in my heart since I was a small child. I loved it so much that after 4 years in the U.S. Air Force and 6 successful years in the computer field, I returned to school to study my passion...singing! While in the Air Force, I was a soloist with the Aviano Gospel Choir in Aviano, Italy, from 2000-2001, where we toured different cities in Italy to perform for music festivals and public concerts. During my time there, I also performed with different bands and began making a name for myself as a vocalist.

In 2009, I received my BA in Music from Southern Illinois University - Edward
sville, IL where I studied classical and jazz voice. After graduating in 2009, I received a full scholarship to pursue my Masters Degree in Jazz Studies at Michigan State University, one of the premiere jazz programs in the United States under the direction of world-renowned jazz bassist and composer, Rodney Whitaker.

While studying at Michigan State University, I toured with the MSU Jazz Orchestra and performed at prestigious events such as the Detroit International Jazz Festival; the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL; the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival; the Lansing Jazz Festival; and the 2011 Elmhurst Collegiate Jazz Festival in Elmhurst, IL, where I was honored with an "Outstanding Soloist" award for Jazz Vocal Performance.

In 2011, I was also featured in I AM ENTERTAINMENT magazine where my music was described as "...sheer and unexpected delight! Her music takes you to another place. That is what great music is supposed to do." In May of 2011, I was also featured on the cover of REVUE Mid-Michigan magazine.

After receiving my Masters Degree from MSU, I moved to New Jersey to pursue my teaching and performing career. I currently teach private lessons and am the Founder and Director of Music Beyond Measure, which creates music recovery programs for trauma survivors. Formerly, I was the Vocal Jazz Ensemble Director for Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ. In addition to teaching, I also perform with different bands in the NY metro area.

I have been fortunate to perform with an elite list of jazz musicians, such as Sean Jones, Tia Fuller, Rodney Whitaker, Sean Dobbins, Perry Hughes, Wes Anderson, Ron Blake, Jim Alfredson, Etienne Charles, Diego Rivera, Steve Ritchko, Paul Keller, and many more throughout my jazz career. I also had the honor of being chosen to perform for a master class with Grammy Award-winning artist, Esperanza Spalding.

Although I am mostly trained in jazz voice, I work with singers in various styles, such as pop, R&B, gospel, and musical theater. Whatever style you are interested in singing, I know that I can help you to approach singing in a way that will maximize your vocal potential.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that music is for everyone! Whether you are a beginner or a professional, I want to help develop your voice in the healthiest and the best way possible. Whatever your goals are for taking private singing lessons, I will be happy to customize a program according to what it is that you would like to accomplish.

It is extremely important for my students to be well-rounded musicians. Whether you are a country or Broadway singer, you will learn how to sing using classical technique. Aside from technique, you will learn everything from how songs are constructed to how to lead a band and everything in between. No matter what it is that you want to learn, I guarantee that you will have fun while doing it and you will learn how to fall in love with your voice!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an in-home studio with a keyboard, keyboard stand, digital recorder, microphone, professional amplifier, sheet music, binders, and pencils. Students don't have to bring anything.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When providing in-home lessons, I would prefer if the family provided a piano or a keyboard. However, if none of these are available, I will be happy to bring any equipment needed.

*** Specialties ***
Even though I am a jazz vocalist, I am happy to teach various styles, such as pop, R&B, gospel, musical theater, etc.
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carolyn johnston March 14, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
In the few short weeks I've been working with Tamara, I've noticed a huge improvement in my singing. She's superb at teaching just the right techniques for you to address your particular issues. She's patient, kind, and has an infectiously uplifting personality that makes you instantly comfortable with her. For beginners like me, it's nerve-wracking to sing in front of a stranger without feeling self-conscious, but Tamara puts you at ease quickly. She is encouraging, but simultaneously gently guides you towards upping your vocal game in a way that makes you want to achieve. I can't believe how on-target her exercises are at helping me get to the crux of what I need to fix to improve my singing. And I'm always amazed at how much she can squeeze into a session without its seeming overwhelming. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a standout vocal coach with a strong musical background and training, a pitch-perfect ear, and exceptional teaching skills.
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Zachary S. March 7, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
1st lesson great intro to the basics. Enjoyed.
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Leticia B. February 18, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She's wonderful !!
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Tamara W.

Tamara W.

West Orange, NJ 07052
(15)
starting at
$36 / 30-min
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Antoinette A.

New York, NY

About Antoinette

The best violin teacher in Manhattan. I pride myself on my long years of experience, friendly attitude, never-ending patience but mostly my ability to get along with others while still be an exacting, effective teacher. I work based on results, which is exactly what you will experience after Lesson 1.

*** Lesson Details ***
By the first lesson, you will be playing the violin. By the end of the second lesson, you will usually be playing a song. By the end of the second month, you will be comfortable reading and playing easy music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
4/4 Violin for rental
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Violin method books used in class, for sale

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have their own instrument (violin and bow) and the essential accessories: rosin and preferably a shoulder rest. They will also need to purchase their method books as assigned, though I will provide sheet music for songs outside of the books.

*** Specialties ***
I am currently composing a beginner's guide to the violin. I currently start students off with Violin Book 1 of Strictly Strings and have them learn the theory and do the exercises one by one and give them any assignments to study at home. If they are having trouble with a particular point, I have them drill it till they get it (then I have them practice it at home to make sure it sticks.)
Sometimes a student needs more practice in a certain technique, so I will make up an exercise on the spot which will help them with it.
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Diane M. January 31, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Antoinette is a gifted teacher. I learned so much in my first lesson with her! She explains everything so clearly. It'll be easy to remember her words and imagery as I practice during the week.
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Edward M. January 10, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Really great first lesson with my (somewhat experienced) son last night and looking forward to more.
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Jim Ingram November 17, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very happy with my first lesson. Antionette was very patient and encouraging. I actually left wishing I had started lessons years earlier.
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Antoinette A.

Antoinette A.

New York, NY 10036
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nadia B.

New York, NY

About Nadia

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.

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 o
f sharing information. I have written articles in all of the subjects I teach. Here is a list, by category.

PIANO:

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

FLUTE:

http://takelessons.com/blog/learn-to-play-the-flute - Learn to Play the Flute: Your Top Challenges, Resolved!

ITALIAN:

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

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE:

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
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JB April 27, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nadia is very nice and patient, and adapted the lesson to whatever I wanted to learn.
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Bill April 20, 2016
Italian · In home
Verified Student
I am learning to speak Italian very fast due to Nadaia's wonderful method and style of teaching
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Adam S. March 13, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
A great teacher, extremely knowledgeable with the ability to help students grasp new concepts.
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Nadia B.

Nadia B.

New York, NY 10003
(12)
starting at
$55 / 30-min
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Emily W.

New York, NY

About Emily

Hi,

I am a Conservatory trained Vocalist offering Vocal coaching, Piano tuition, Jazz skills, and Songwriting for beginners through to advanced (all ages).

My studio in the West Village is very close to A, C, E, L, 1, 2, 3 F and M trains. I can help you achieve your musical goals, and enjoy the process!

~ Emily
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Harriet R. June 22, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Terrific with children (6 and 4 y-o). She was able to engage with even the shy one and she differentiated for the older one.
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H.e. Fabris W. August 20, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very very patient, fun, creative and very knowledgeable! I like her a lot! I am eager to see what I will learn next!
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Areefa M. July 19, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
I used to sing in my high school days. Working with children made me realized I need to brush up on my "skills"'. I was sounding rusty. Besides-my knowledge of the terminology,etc was fading away. Working with Emily has been wonderful. She has given me the confidence I needed. In addition, she knows her stuff. Very professional and knowledgeable. Her approach to teaching made me so comfortable. I would highly recommend Emily! She's your gal for the voice training. She also does piano lessons! Thanks Emily!!
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Emily W.

Emily W.

New York, NY 10014
(5)
starting at
$60 / 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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Veronika V. March 9, 2016
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
Veronika really enjoyed her first lesson with Simon. He explained to her all about the instrument.
She can't wait for next lesson.
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Ricky F. February 26, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Mr. Simon is the best i wish i know him way before. A good teacher a good person also reliable respectful and responsible. Anybody. Who is looking for a good excelent saxophone teacher he is the right person to call. I promise you will not regret it. Ricky figueroa
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Devin C. January 31, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
It was only the first lesson but I can tell we'll be working with Simon for many many more. It was a positive experience and my son was very pleased. He looks forward to his next lesson and that's a great sign.
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Simon H.

Simon H.

Union City, NJ 07087
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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