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About Hilary J.

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Maplewood, NJ
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About Hilary
Hilary is a professional flutist and teacher based in the New York/New Jersey area. Hilary will complete her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts under the instruction of Bart Feller (NJ Symphony Principal Flute) this year. Prior to this, Hilary completed her master's degree in flute performance at New York University and also studied music performance at The Boston Conservatory. Most recently, she earned an advanced performance certificate after completing summer courses with flutist Patrick Gallois at the internationally recogn
ized Accademica Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. She has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, Symphony in C, the National Festival Orchestra, Garden State Philharmonic, and others in venues like Lincoln Center and Symphony Space. She has years of professional teaching experience for all ages and levels and can help any aspiring flutist succeed!

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal with teaching lessons is to give students of any age the practical tools and foundations they need to explore any genre or type of music. From young students just beginning middle school band to adults looking for an engaging hobby, I can help anyone develop their skills and unlock their inner musical talent! I tailor lessons and curriculum to suit each individual's musical goals, and I strive to make lessons fun and experimental for all ages--think of your lessons as a musical laboratory where we will explore and learn together! After 3-6 months of lessons with me, you will have grasped the foundations of flute playing (posture, breathing, basic finger technique, tone production, articulation) and you will have already learned many short pieces of music. You will also possess an understanding of basic music theory. If you are not starting as a beginner, after a few months you can expect to have improved your technique and finger dexterity. You will be producing a clear and unique tone on the flute and exploring the use of color, vibrato, and nuanced phrasing and articulation to make your music come to life.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should provide an instrument and a music stand for flute lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Flute lessons for any level, Music Theory tutoring, Beginner Piano lessons
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Ranna Z. September 4, 2013
· Flute ·
Great learning experience

I took flute lessons from Hilary at NYU after several years of not playing at all. I was rusty and had accumulated quite a few bad habits, from poor posture to improper breathing. Starting out, part of my difficulty was in forgetting these habits and starting anew. Not only was Hilary very patient with me, but she also taught useful techniques along the way.

I also had a weak foundation in basic music theory, and Hilary's review lessons were incredibly helpful -- I found myself looking at sheet music and playing scales with a completely different mindset. I can honestly say that I improved significantly (and now I even find myself checking my posture when I'm not playing!). After having taken such a long break, I wasn't sure whether I'd want to start playing again. Hilary's lessons and supportive attitude helped renew my interest and for that I'll always be grateful!
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Estela G. September 4, 2013
· Flute ·
Hilary is an amazing teacher

Hilary is an amazing teacher with a ton of knowledge about flute performance. During my time with her, my playing and musicality improved drastically. She has a lot of flute-playing metaphors up her sleeve that make it easy to understand more complicated techniques.

I would absolutely recommend her as a teacher.
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Damon B. September 4, 2013
· Flute ·
As fun as she is professional!

I took flute lessons with Hilary during my senior year at NYU. I had never played flute before in my life, but I had gotten one as a gift and decided I might as well try and learn. I was very lucky to have chosen Hilary as my teacher!

I had taken music lessons in varying instruments every single semester while at NYU, and Hilary was easily the most memorable and enjoyable teacher I had. While most of my music teachers made our lessons seem like another class, Hilary's passion, excitement, and humor made learning the flute a fun adventure that I looked forward to each week.

In our first lesson, she was able to show me exercises and techniques that got me further in my flute playing than months of trying to teach myself online. In just a few weeks, I knew more than I was expecting to by the end of the whole semester, and I was rewarded by being able to play short but beautiful flute music.

If there was ever a time when I was having trouble with a particular concept or technique, Hilary was always able to either clarify it for me, or explain it in an alternate way until I got it. If I ever had any questions - and I had a lot of them - she was always able to answer them.

I not only learned a lot about the flute, but I had fun while doing it, which for me is the best way to learn an instrument. If you are considering taking flute lessons, I highly recommend you take them with Hilary!
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About Katie M.

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Montclair, NJ
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Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Central Washington University and a Masters in Trumpet Performance from Rutgers University at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her principal teachers include David Krauss; Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Matthew Muckey of the New York Philharmonic, and Steve Emery of the Boston Pops.

As a trumpeter, Katie has appeared with the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, The New Amsterdam Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Sinfonietta Nova, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra and
many others in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Washington state. Katie was also a semifinalist in the Ensemble Division of the National Trumpet Competition for three consecutive years and appeared as a featured performer at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Boulder, Colorado. You can currently hear her as part of the pit orchestra in the latest Broadway revival of the KIng and I, now playing at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

As a private teacher, Katie has worked as a resident artist and teacher at the Luzerne Music Center Festival in upstate New York, and as a regular member of Play On, Philly! She maintains an active private studio in Montclair, NJ.

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I am primarily a trumpet teacher, but I also have experience with beginning trombone and french horn students. I like to tailor each of my lessons to the individual student, with general weekly playing assignments that help to expand each student's ability level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
H2 Recorder; student may review their lessons each week.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet Instruction, Music Theory
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Miles H. February 21, 2017
Verified Student · Trumpet · In home
Very patient. My son is looking forward to his next lesson.
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Sue S. January 23, 2017
Verified Student · Trumpet · Online
Katie is an ok teacher but I had a bad experience regarding a missed lesson. I was charged for a lesson ($60) that I cancelled 10 minutes prior to start time but called back 15 minutes later (that would be 5 minutes into our lesson time) to say we could make it. Katie had moved up another student and could not do our lesson but charged us any way!! If we were going to be charged for an hour of her time, she should have been available during that hour or at least given us 15- 20 minutes like the other teachers do. Also, if she moved up another student, why not let us take his spot?? The reason for their rule of charging for missed lessons is because the teacher misses out on that hour of income. Well she made double time during my paid hour!! What bothers me even more is that she cancelled one of our lessons just 2 hours before it was supposed to begin, and I was very understanding and accommodating. I did not give her a hard time or complain at all and just rescheduled. She didn't even consider returning the favor. Her lack of ethics really bothers me! Don't expect any favors from this one, she's all about the bucks!!! One word, "karma".
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Christine November 7, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Excellent teacher with fun teaching techniques, my son, new to trumpet is improving rapidly.
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Katie M.

Katie M.

Montclair, NJ 07042
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About Julie P.

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Maplewood, NJ

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Woodwind specialist Julie P. is a New York City freelancer and teacher. Julie became a multi-instrumentalist at an early age and now enjoys playing oboe, saxophone, flute and clarinet in her work on Broadway and other concerts and productions in the NYC area. Julie has played in over 40 musical theater productions, as well as with the Songwriter’s Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra Society. She is an active chamber musician and currently plays with the Hudson Winds Woodwind Quartet.

Julie has a MM in Music Performance from New Jersey City University and a BM in Music Education from I
thaca College. Julie has been teaching for 16 years and has worked with hundreds of students. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities, helping them discover their own personal musical expression.

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Julie has written a number of articles for the TakeLessons Teacher Blog:

General Articles
6 Websites for Finding Free Flute Sheet Music
http://takelessons.com/blog/free-flute-sheet-music

5 Excellent Goals for Kids’ Music Lessons | A Guide for Parents & Teachers
http://takelessons.com/blog/music-lesson-plans-for-kids

Piano Articles
3 Ways Your iPod Can Help You Get Better at Piano
http://takelessons.com/blog/get-better-at-piano-with-ipod

5 Fun (& Easy) Piano Duets for Beginners and Beyond
http://takelessons.com/blog/easy-piano-duets-z06

10 of the Best Piano Duet Books All Pianists Need
http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-duet-books-z06

Intro To Classical Piano Music Styles
http://takelessons.com/blog/classical-piano-music-styles-z06

15+ Piano Duets for Every Skill Level
http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-duets-instruments-z06

5 Ways to Sneak Piano Practice Into Your Busy Schedule
http://takelessons.com/blog/sneak-piano-practice-z06

How to Improve Your Piano Practice with a Metronome
http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-metronome-practice-z06

Violin Articles
How Often Should You Practice Violin to REALLY Improve?
http://takelessons.com/blog/violin-practice-tips

In-Person, Online, or DIY: What’s the Best Way to Learn Violin?
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-way-to-learn-violin

5 Ways To Make Money Playing Violin
http://takelessons.com/blog/make-money-playing-violin

5 Famous Violin Players You've Got To Know
http://takelessons.com/blog/famous-violin-players-z08

5 Violin Techniques You Didn't Know Existed
http://takelessons.com/blog/violin-techniques-z08

Violin Techniques: How To Get A Stronger Bow Arm
http://takelessons.com/blog/violin-techniques-bow-arm-z08

Is Buying A Used Violin A Good or Bad Idea?
http://takelessons.com/blog/used-violins-z08

Is the Suzuki Violin Method Right for Your Child?
http://takelessons.com/blog/suzuki-violin-method-z08

How to Hold a Violin Properly
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-hold-a-violin-z08

Top 5 Instructional Violin Books for Kids
http://takelessons.com/blog/violin-books-kids-z08

The Pros and Cons of the Suzuki Violin Method
http://takelessons.com/blog/suzuki-violin-method-pros-cons-z08

The Ultimate Violin Performance Checklist for Parents
http://takelessons.com/blog/violin-performance-checklist-z08

How to Hold A Violin Bow
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-hold-a-violin-bow-z08

10 More Helpful Apps for Violinists
http://takelessons.com/blog/apps-for-violinists-helpful-z08

How to Choose the Best Violin Songs for Your Recital
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-violin-songs-recital-z08

Best Violin Songs and Tips for Wedding Performances
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-violin-songs-weddings-z08

5 Violin Exercises to Help Build Finger Strength
http://takelessons.com/blog/violin-exercises-finger-strength-z08

Expert Tips: How to Play the Violin With Accompaniment
http://takelessons.com/blog/play-the-violin-accompaniment-z08

15 Easy Violin Songs That Make You Sound Impressive
http://takelessons.com/blog/easy-violin-songs-z08

25+ Violin Practice Tips to Help You Improve...Fast!
http://takelessons.com/blog/violin-practice-tips-to-improve-z08

How Long Does It Take To Learn Violin?
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-long-does-it-take-to-learn-violin-z08
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Phyllis E. October 30, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Great instructor..
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Hailee October 13, 2016
Verified Student · Saxophone · Online
Julie is great. She patient and kind. My daughter enjoys every lesson.
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Micah September 24, 2016
Verified Student · Saxophone · Online
My son is learning so much with Julie. She is a great teacher. She is skilled with the sax but also skilled connecting with her students and helping them progress! I'm so pleased!!
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Julie P.

Julie P.

Maplewood, NJ 07040
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$35 / 30-min

About Dan S.

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Montclair, NJ
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About Dan
Dan S. holds a diploma in Modern Guitar Performance from La Musique Academy International and a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Jazz from Montclair State University. Dan Has been teaching since 2008 and brings both structure and a fully customizable approach to teaching, making sure you learn what you want and what you need to know to accomplish any musical dream. He has extensive experience working with children.

At age 9 Dan began studying such instruments as the viola, saxophone, piano and guitar. By the age 12 he identified more with the guitar and chose it as his primary i
nstrument of musical expression. Dan is currently playing venues in and around NYC and the metropolitan area, jamming with some of the best live musicians around. He has also performed in France and looks forward to tour more of Europe.

His musical influences range from The Blues, Pop, RnB, Rock and EDM. This range of music continues to influence his writing and vocal styling developing a sound that is truly unique.
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Patrick F. August 9, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
I've taken guitar lessons from a few teachers and Dan is the best fit I've ever had. He is very patient and does a fantastic job of tailoring lessons to individual needs. He clearly loves to play music and is very thoughtful about how he shares this knowledge in his lessons. He never fails to encourage me as a guitar player and reinforces a 'can do' attitude. His positive and calm demeanor also make for a fantastic instructor. Thank you, Dan.
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Patrick F. July 13, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Dan is a patient instructor who is always encouraging. He also makes the lessons fun. I appreciate how he customizes each lesson for my needs.
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Maria B. May 3, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
First lesson was a great experience for my kids. They are practicing on their own!!! I could tell they couldn't wait for their next lesson. Thank you Dan!!!
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Dan S.

Dan S.

Montclair, NJ 07042
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About Ella Y.

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Livingston, NJ

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About Ella
I am a dedicated teacher with total commitment to the success of my students. I have BA in Piano, and MA in Piano Pedagogy from Ukraine.
I have a naturally warm personality, ability to connect to each student easily and create a professional atmosphere during my lessons. I am currently teaching at the Do-Re-Mi School of Music in Livingston, NJ.
Many of my students participate in the Golden Key Festival and Concert International Music Festival and perform at Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Sign up today for the first piano lesson and bring music into your life!
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Karan October 21, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Ella is fantastic! My 5yr old daughter has been taking piano classes from Ella and she loves going for her classes. Highly recommended :).
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Eva G. October 5, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Ella is a wonderful piano teacher, she is very professional teacher, and she is very dedicated to teaching, and help out student, we all like her.
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Usha mirchandani August 1, 2016
· Piano ·
Both my kids 7 and 9 enjoy their lessons with Ms Ella. Ms Ella is very talented and works really well with kids, she understands how they think, she encourages them and motivates them to feel the emotion of the music. Both of them are doing very well under her tutelage.
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Ella Y.

Ella Y.

Livingston, NJ 07039
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starting at
$30 / 30-min

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