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About Brenda B.

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

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About Brenda
Hello, my name is Brenda! It is nice to meet you.

I have been teaching private lessons for 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, and I just completed my Masters of Music in Performance with the Opera Institute at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children and retired adults!

I primarily teach voice, flute, piano, music theory and history and have over 10 years of 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 inco
rporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.

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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.

*** 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.
Performance anxiety
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

**if you need a particular time slot or one not listed on my availability I will do my best to accommodate your needs**

**All lessons will be scheduled in advance with confirmation of both the student and instructor. If cancellation is necessary, a written notice 48 hour cancellation policy is in effect or you forfeit the lesson credit. For lessons scheduled outside of the areas provided, a surcharge for travel will be added.**
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Ellen S. November 14, 2017
· Flute · Online
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Judy October 9, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Branda is a great teacher for daughter. She is always on time and patience! We love her!
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Wendy October 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter is really enjoying her lessons. Brenda is very encouraging and directs her lessons in a very positive manner. She takes the time to explain everything they are doing and why and is constantly praising my daughter which is very uplifting and encouraging for her to stay on track.
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Brenda B.

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Long Beach, CA
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With an associates degree from El Camino, and lots of musical studies in Mexico, I have been fortunate to tour through the States and through my country. My lessons include real working tips for the real life, keeping it fun as the material is created for your specific needs. I am a multi-instrumentalist that will pass as much knowledge as you can practice...
Let's work together...

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We'll cover music basic theory and the most part of your lesson will be the music you want to learn, saving a small portion of the time to repertoire that I consider will help you grow musically.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sibelius, Logic, apple, Kala ukes, U-bass, vihuela, charango, piano, keyboard, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, panflutes, boss fx, amps, mics, and more.

*** Travel Equipment ***
instruments and books needed
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*** Specialties ***
mariachi, Catholic music, Andean music, Latin rhythms
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Axel October 26, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Rodrigo is a great teacher, not only an expert musician, but he shares all his knowledge.
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Miguel July 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great introductory class, covering the basic fundamentals of singing the right way with confidence.
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Warren Croft September 16, 2016
· Accordion · In studio
Rodrigo is very thoughtful and methodical in his teaching. He taught me just the right amount to keep me busy without being overwhelmed. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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Rodrigo R.

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About Kelsea A.

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Chesterfield, MA
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I began teaching violin when I was in high school, and have taught various students in the years since. I also have extensive experience working as a nanny, and have worked with all ages, from infants to teenagers. In addition to having studied classical violin for 17 years, I am a songwriter and arranger, and perform my string arrangements with other songwriters in various venues around New York City. I have a bachelors degree in linguistics with a minor in music from International Christian University in Tokyo, where I researched the cognitive relationship between speech and music for my graduating thesis. I recently moved to Western Mass after finishing my master's degree in violin performance at Belmont University in Nashville.

**I do have a dog and a cat, so if you or your child has a pet allergy, lessons in my home will not be th
e right option for you.
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Jessica R. August 6, 2015
· Japanese · In studio
6 stars! Kelsea is amazing! She is very personable and patient. She made my daughter feel comfortable when she wouldn't understand something. Very easy to talk to. Knowledgeable! All around nice person! My daughter loved her. Definitely recommend!
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Jessica R. July 9, 2015
· Japanese · In home
Kelsea is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient and take her time with my daughter. She has also been a wonderful influence on my daughter who is learning Japanese and has made great progress with Kelsea. I would refer her to anyone with a child who has a serious interest in learning Japanese.
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Kelsea A.

Chesterfield, MA 01012
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About Gabrielle A.

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Spring Valley, NY
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About Gabrielle
A violinist is a musical knight: the round shield which once protected the heart has become a sound-resonating violin, the linear sword a bow, yet the fundamental gestures are the same. The active right directs according to linear rules, the left spirals inwards.

Dear Student,

My name is Gabrielle A. I am French, in my mid-twenties, and hold a MA in education. Simple, to the point, confident, smiling and fun, I engage quickly and well with those around me.

While teaching a standard violin apprenticeship curriculum, I approach the instrument from the perspective of movement: what qualitative gesture is at play behind a particular stroke or fingering?

Imagine playing violin according to lines of force, directions and qualities of movement between the right and the left! Musical sound, and its higher sibling tone, are born from
the qualitative interplay between right and left meeting in the human chest.
By inwardly experiencing the instrument as a threefold instrument (violin, bow and violinist) we can step away from the view that the violin is 'somewhere out there', a foreign object to be more or less painfully mastered.

I believe that as instrumentalists we ourselves are a part of the tone we produce.
I will therefore look with you at the kinesiology behind a correct posture and encourage you to experience the playing process as a circle between the violin, the bow and the violinist.

I hope to hear from you, meet you, and work with you!

Yours sincerely,
Gabrielle
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Sunnie T. October 17, 2017
· French · Online
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Anthony W. September 6, 2017
· French · Online
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Zach August 17, 2017
· French · Online
Gabrielle is great at teaching my 9 year old french. She makes his lessons fun and keeps him engaged so that he always looks forward to his lessons. She does a great job engaging with the interests of her students, instead of sticking to a rigid lesson plan and losing the student. For example, quietly inserting verb conjugation and tense training into the telling of a story her student is determined to share with her. She really works with the kid's interests and gets their buy-in and engagement.
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Gabrielle A.

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About Tamari W.

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Torrington, CT
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Hi, there! My name is Tamar; I'm called Tamari, informally, and Tamara for the stage, and I can't wait to meet you!

I've been teaching private lessons for many, many years and have loved helping my students acquire new skills, master new pieces, and prepare for concerts and performances. Over the years, my younger students have earned Blue and Gold ratings at the Young Musicians' Festival in Fairfield U., some of them earning gold cups: This is a statewide event to encourage long-term commitment to the art, discipline and joy of music making.
I went to Indiana University's Jacob School of Music and earned a Masters in Piano Performance, and Composition in the '90's. I sang all types of vocal music as well as prepared singers with vocal coaching and voice development techniques 20+ years.
I'm fun loving, patient, and optimistic-
- these traits carry through in my teaching style,
One Size does NOT fit all--I approach the lesson plans for each student tailored to your learning style.
Over the past 23 years, my life experiences have encompassed other disciplines and compelled me to learn and acquire many other skills: my liberal arts as well as fine arts education lent itself to helping me work administrative jobs and even expanded into sales and public speaking. I have coached after school and SAT preparation to High School and College age students, helped with the preparation of legal and analytical documents, creative writing and editing assignments; and even tutored computer, social media and Microsoft Office & iWork Suite of applications to older adults.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals
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Crystal March 27, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Great beginner lesson!
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Nancy S. January 7, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Great first lesson. She clearly knows the technical aspects of piano and has a wonderful personality too!!
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Danika N. November 5, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In home
Tamari is excellent with our 7y/o daughter. She is very thorough and detailed in her instruction. We love how she involves us, the parents, in the lesson. We could not be happier.
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Tamari W.

Torrington, CT 06790
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About Marie K.

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Chicago, IL
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I came recently to U.S. And I was tutoring languages back in my country for 8 years. I hope to build a good reputation here too with my students. I'm so patient toward kids, and I like to innovate methods to engage early learners (songs, stories, game...)
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Laura Youngberg October 7, 2016
· Arabic ·
Marie did a wonderful job working with our clients' children for an Arabic Language and Culture Camp at the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society. She was professional, organized, compassionate, and creative. She was very cooperative with me and children loved her. I would recommend her for any position she applies for.
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Marie K.

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About Kat F.

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Woodbury, CT

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How about a relaxed, fun and natural way of learning American Sign Language? Let's try some lessons together. I teach in an interactive and empowering way where discovering the beauty of this visual language and the valuable culture cherished by Deaf and Hearing Americans is part of every lesson.

I cater lessons to match your learning style and communication needs. Your classes will also have music, role-play, games and story telling. I have taught ASL and Deaf Culture to many different students and groups: K-12 students, families with special needs children, college students, interpreting students, professionals, families with Deaf children, adults, home schoolers, choirs, and dance troops.
I am a certified Interpreter with the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and have been a professional interpreter and ASL instructor
since 1991. I am a certified teacher in the state of Connecticut and hold an MS in education, a BA in Communications Human Relations/Interpreting.
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Shelley November 9, 2017
· American Sign Language · Online
Kat has proven to be such a valuable and wonderful teacher. From the beginning of our process of starting ASL lessons for my daughter, she was communicative, thorough and 100% professional. Once our lessons began, she proved to be an incredible instructor (my daughter loves her lessons) as well as conscientious in our lesson schedule. Further, even when we need to change our lesson due to a scheduling conflict, she is very understanding, which I have appreciated. I can not recommend Kat enough!!!
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Heather October 11, 2017
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Prepare to love learning sign language with the best teacher I know! Kat loves teaching and sharing her knowledge with others in a way that makes learning fun and tnteresting. Her enthusiasm and creativity is contagious. Sign up today, you won't be sorry!
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Gerrit October 2, 2017
· American Sign Language · Online
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Kat F.

Bethlehem, CT 06751
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About Marie R.

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Northampton, MA

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I am bilingual English-French
I have a Ph.D. in English Literature with particular focus in English Renaissance Studies Shakespeare
I can teach ESL as well
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· French · Online
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Victoria Madway June 13, 2017
· French · In home
M. Marie Roche conducted on the campus of U Mass eight seminars--open to all--on two of Shakespeare's history plays, King John and Richard II. Neither play is popular with modern Shakespeare-going audiences. But she accomplished the nearly impossible--making both plays compelling and relevant by her selection of background documents and themes. I hope that TakeLessons can provide an adequate platform for her level of sophistication.
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Northampton, MA 01060
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About Clare K.

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Granby, MA
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After two years working as a translator/interpreter for a local government office in Kochi, Japan, I moved back to the US last year. Since then, I have been a private teacher of Japanese for all ages, currently from age 7 to mid-40s. I love to be a witness when my students suddenly "get" something new we've been working on for a while. Japanese is a fascinating, beautiful, and complicated language, and it's exciting to be a partner in my students' achievements and success!

I am highly experienced in teaching middle school and high school age students--including my own kids, whom I homeschool. My first visit to Japan was a semester study abroad in my senior year of high school, so I can give ample advice to students who are preparing to go to Japan. Along with my on-the-ground experience living and working in Japan in a fast-paced and hig
h-stakes environment, I hold an M.A. in Japanese and N1 (highest level) certification on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Native Japanese speakers have complimented me on my native-like pronunciation and syntax.

Contact me any time for more information or to set up your first lessons!
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Anne October 1, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Our son has always been interested in foreign languages. He began teaching him self Japanese in early 2014. He asked us to help him locate a tutor so he could accelerate his learning. We started working with Claire in late 2016 at the age of 14. It has worked out great! She is patient, professional and organized. She keeps us appraised of his progress. We would highly recommend her for anyone interested in learning how to read write and speak Japanese! Ron and Anne L . , Belchertown , MA
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Myanna September 30, 2017
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Clare has a perfect balance for a homeschool instructor. Half "strict" teacher and half fun innovator we have found her balance of worksheets/homework along with Youtube videos to watch and Japanese games to play to be just what we need. My boys are 8 and 10. The 10 yr old actually has a learning disability and he does better in Japanese than with some structures in English!!
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Lexi September 30, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
My experience with Clare has been great! Clare is extremely comfortable with Japanese and is just all around excellent at guiding me through lessons. She is extremely patient and absolutely willing to take it slow and focus on my own personal language goals with me. She's able to adapt and help me regardless of my progress moving faster or slower any given lesson. I don't feel any pressure, she is friendly and approachable, and her understanding of Japanese is thorough. She's an excellent teacher. If you plan to learn just how to speak, read, or write, or if you need a tutor to help with the studies you've already begun, Clare has you covered. Highly recommended.
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Clare K.

Clare K.

Granby, MA 01033
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White River Junction, VT
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My name is Mariana and I am a Spanish native speaker from Argentina. I have been living and teaching in the United States for 15 years. In my most recent teaching position I taught high school students level 1 through 5. I live in Vermont and when I am not teaching I am training for triathlons and marathons.
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Mariana L.

Mariana L.

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