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Blythe Q.

Lawrence Township, NJ

About Blythe

I grew up in southeast Michigan and have been in love with music for as long as I can remember. My mom tells me that I walked into the kitchen one day when I was about 18 months old and started singing the theme song to her favorite soap opera--in the right key! I started violin lessons when I was three years old and at five I became the youngest student ever accepted into the studio of James Waring, now-retired violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Under Mr. Waring, I developed a solid virtuoso technique and worked on chamber music as well as solo and concerto repertoire for the v
iolin. While I was an undergraduate student at Westminster Choir College, I continued my violin study with Dr. Mia Wu.

After six years of violin study, I added piano lessons. I studied with Catherine Rollin, an internationally-known teacher and composer. Ms. Rollin's practical approach to technique and musicianship has been extremely influential in my own teaching, and I use her exercises and compositions with my students. I studied a wide range of repertoire with Ms. Rollin but my very favorite pieces were those by Bach, Chopin, and Debussy.

I sang in choirs throughout my childhood and began taking voice lessons in high school. I eventually decided to study voice performance at Westminster Choir College, where I completed my Bachelor of Music degree in 2004. I then studied for a year at the New England Conservatory with soprano Luretta Bybee, but ultimately returned to Westminster to continue working with my teacher there, Margaret Cusack. I got my Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College in 2008. While a student at Westminster, I performed the soprano roles of Ifigenia in Handel's Oreste, Amy in Mark Adamo's Little Women, and Janthe in Heinrich Marschner's Der Vampyr. I have coached with Daniel Beckwith, J. J. Penna, and Dalton Baldwin, and was privileged to sing in the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir under Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. With the Westminster Choir, I recorded the album Heaven to Earth and performed in Lakmé and I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Charleston, South Carolina. I also performed Handel's Messiah with Sir Neville Marriner and Nicholas McGegan, Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with Sir Michael Tilson Thomas and Lorin Maazel, Berlioz's Requiem with Charles Dutoit, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Lorin Maazel.

I have taught in the Princeton area since 2008, maintaining a studio of about twenty voice, piano, and violin students. In addition, I sing as cantor and soprano section leader at Queenship of Mary Catholic Church in Plainsboro and am a member of Princeton Pro Musica. I live with my husband, Jerome, in Lawrenceville and I love to knit when I'm not teaching or performing.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer lessons in my studio. In my studio, I have an upright acoustic piano, a full-size violin which I use for demonstration, a music stand, and a mirror so voice and violin students can check their technique. I also have a comfortable couch where parents can observe their children's lessons.

Violin students MUST bring their own instruments to the first lesson. Piano students must have their own pianos when lessons begin. I strongly recommend an acoustic piano even for beginning students, but a full-size (88 keys) touch-sensitive electronic keyboard is also acceptable. Voice students are encouraged to practice with a piano or electronic keyboard but may use an online keyboard to check pitches if they do not own a piano. TakeLessons can put you in contact with me if you have questions about purchasing or renting instruments.

My goal in teaching is to foster a love of music and a passion for the arts. I focus on developing my students as musicians in general and on a relaxed technique that will allow for the best possible artistic expression.

I have found that my students who practice regularly find their lessons rewarding and enjoyable and tend to make significant progress. That said, not every student decides to take lessons because he or she wants to become a professional musician.

Violin and piano students should practice every day. Voice students should practice six days a week, taking one day to rest their voices both from solo practice and choirs or any other activities that involve significant vocal use.

I encourage parents of younger children to attend lessons and help their children practice. It doesn't matter if you aren't a musician yourself. Just encouraging your child to focus and to remember what he or she worked on at the last lesson will help enormously.

Practice time will vary depending on the student. All students should begin their practice with some stretching to loosen up their muscles, followed by the scales and exercises we worked on during their lessons. Students should try to practice fifteen minutes to one hour each day, depending on age. This time may be broken into two or three shorter sessions depending on the student's stamina. If you have just begun taking lessons, an uninterrupted hour of practice may be quite exhausting. You can still practice for an hour each day, but you may prefer to divide your time into three twenty-minute segments. Voice students especially are encouraged to divide their practice into shorter sessions, even if they have been singing for several years. The more you practice, the faster you will progress, and the sooner you will be able to begin working on more challenging and interesting music.

Even if you already know how to read music, we will probably spend some time talking about music theory. Beginning students especially will have a theory and/or notespeller book with assignments each week. If there is something in your theory assignment that you do not understand, you may skip that part and ask me about it at your next lesson. If you finish your assignment quickly, I encourage you to work ahead. Again, the more theory you learn, the easier it will be to learn new music, and the sooner you will be able to work on more advanced music.

Some students choose to take a break from their lessons during the summer months or the holiday season. While it is good to take a day off once in a while and I encourage students to take a week off after a big recital, you will lose a lot of ground if you spend two or three months without any practicing or lessons. If you are really interested in making a lot of progress during a vacation from school, I am happy to work with you twice a week so you can improve even more quickly. I had two violin lessons a week for a summer when I was younger and two voice lessons a week for a few months during college, and it made a huge difference.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach in my home studio. I have an upright acoustic piano, a full-size violin which I use for demonstration, a music stand, and a mirror so voice and violin students can check their technique. I also have a comfortable couch where parents can observe their children's lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I teach violin, piano, and voice lessons. Please click "Read More" below for more information.

VOICE
I teach my students about the anatomy of breathing and tone production, focusing on breath energy and a released sound. I use fixed-Do solfège to teach note-reading and develop the ear. I am careful to assign repertoire that is at my students' level, challenging them musically but not going beyond what is appropriate for their vocal development. This avoids tension and injury and inspires confidence as students study music that they are able to sing well.

I teach classical/opera and Broadway singing styles. I do not teach pop singing. I accept voice students ages fourteen and older. I encourage younger students interested in voice lessons to consider joining a choir and/or taking lessons on another instrument instead. In my professional opinion, the voice is not sufficiently developed before age fourteen and there is a greater risk of injury in private voice lessons. In a choir, children are directed to sing in a healthy way for their age and learn valuable musicianship and aural skills.

I do not accept male voice students. I do not feel that my understanding of the male voice is adequate to provide the level of instruction that I expect from myself. There are many female voice teachers who are comfortable teaching male students, and vice versa. TakeLessons can help you find the teacher who is perfect for you!

PIANO
Beginning students work from the Alfred Premier Piano Course, later transitioning to the Pathways to Artistry series by my former teacher, Catherine Rollin. We work on developing a curved hand position with relaxed wrists and strong finger joints. I use technical exercises to teach artistic expression rather than teaching these two elements separately. Beginning students count and sing note-names out-loud to integrate theory and note-reading with their playing. I accept piano students ages five and older. I do not accept piano students younger than five because their hands are often too small to play comfortably.

VIOLIN
My beginning students use the Suzuki Violin Method books and later transition to a series of étude books and repertoire selected depending on the student's level. I teach beginning students a modified version of the Suzuki method but incorporate note-reading and theory skills from the very beginning. I focus on a relaxed and natural hold of the violin and bow to avoid tension and technical problems that can lead to injury. Students who learn to hold their instruments correctly progress more quickly and are better able to express themselves artistically. I work with my students on development of their aural skills, concentrating on pitch accuracy and a sensitive ear. I accept violin students ages three and older pending an evaluation by myself and the student's parent of the student's maturity.
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Wendy C. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Wonderful

Blythe is a wonderful teacher,as well as person. She has made taking piano something my dauhter looks forward to every week. She is quite an asset and a great find!
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Dingding G. April 24, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Great teacher

It is out of sheer luck that TakeLessons.com introduced me
to Blythe. As an adult student, I started learning the violin
decades too late, and yet with Blythe's patience and her
effective techniques in helping me correct errors, I am
steadily progressing. One day my dream of playing the violin may
actually come true, and I will always be grateful that Blythe has made this possible.
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Blythe Q.

Blythe Q.

Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
(2)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Jerry Y.

Cranbury, NJ

About Jerry

I've been playing and loving music for well more than half a century, now. I got started in second grade when my grandpa brought home a little violin one day, and I've been at it ever since. I was fortunate to take lessons for more than ten years with Carita Page, a teacher who was very warm, encouraging, and caring. I do my best to pass that on to my students in addition to the technique of playing and the theory of music, fascinating as those are.

I feel that playing in groups is very valuable experience for students and gives you a side of music that private lessons alone cannot. I
encourage students to look for opportunities to do that. To help provide those opportunities I organized the Cranbury Scout Band, one of very few continuously-operating Scout bands in the country, which I have directed for more that ten years now. I've also been on the staff of several Jamboree Scout bands.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is a different individual and learns in different ways. I try to make lessons as interesting and as useful to each student as I can, and include different things based on your interests and capabilities. Most students find duets are fun, so I include them often - both duets with the same instrument you are studying and duets with other instruments as well so you can learn the sound of such combinations. I encourage you to "play with your ears" as well as your fingers, to become a critical listener to your own performance and to decide whether you sound the way you want to sound.

I encourage students to try different things to become a more rounded musician. This might be something closely related - a flutist trying the piccolo or a clarinetist trying the bass clarinet. Or, it might be further afield - a flutist trying the guitar or a violinist learning movable Do and solfeggio singing. Every aspect of music is good to know.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My music studio is in a separate building - actually a renovated barn about two centuries old. The studio contains a piano and all the other instruments that I teach, and is roomy enough not only for private lessons but for musical groups up to about ten. I have many other resources there as well, including files of music, a small music library, and a computer that we can use for many purposes.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need their instruments, music, and stands.
I bring my own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Classical,
Marching Band,
Ethnic (such as Jewish, Irish)
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Andrew C. July 19, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My ten years old son takes violin lesson from Jerry. He is very good and especially my son loves playing with him. We look forward to have many music experiences with Jerry.
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Lisa L. October 22, 2014
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is a beginner to lean flute. Jerry is nice and patient to teach her.
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JackM1 January 10, 2012
Calm,thorough,structured. Easy to work with. Gets you to the objective without being demanding or pressure. If you are willing to do your part he will help you achieve your goals.
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Jerry Y.

Jerry Y.

Cranbury, NJ 08512
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Hilary J.

New Brunswick, NJ

About Hilary

Hilary is a professional flutist and teacher based in the New York/New Jersey area. Hilary is currently a doctoral student in flute performance at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts under the instruction of Bart Feller (NJ Symphony Principal Flute). 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 recognized Accademica Music
ale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

Hilary has been the winner of many flute competitions, including the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) Southern Division Woodwind competition, the Louisiana Flute Society’s College and Orchestral Masterclass competition, and the MidSouth Flute Society’s College Masterclass competition.

Hilary has performed with the Gulf Coast Symphony, NYU Symphony Orchestra, the Manhattan Symphonie, and alongside musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) for opera productions and special projects in New Orleans. Hilary has also premiered many new works and was involved in the first ever New Music, New Orleans event, where she premiered an experimental work for flutes, computers, and voices.

Hilary is also a passionate chamber musician and teacher. During her time at NYU, Hilary held an adjunct faculty position and taught undergraduate flute lessons. She is also a substitute flute instructor for the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division and a founding member of the chamber group Duo Kokopele.

*** 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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Reviews

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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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Hilary J.

Hilary J.

New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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James R.

North Brunswick, NJ

About James

I'm a trained Musician (Private Lessons) and have been Studying & Teaching for over 40 years. I've taught, Recorded & Played everywhere from small to Large venues from NJ, NY to CA and back. So you don"t just get the Lesson, You also get all that culture and experience along with it in every Lesson you take. I Guarantee you"ll learn more studying with me in one year, then with anyone else around. I Pride myself in giving my student 100% my undivided attention in every Lesson. I do all my Lessons in my Class A Recording Studio (which I incorporate into the Lessons) so you not only get a Great L
essons but you'll also get the experience of working and being recorded in a Professional Recording Studio. I do offer Lessons through Skype as well if for some reason it's more convenient for you. You will learn a lot in a very short period of time, but you will also have a lot fun doing it as well. I also will give the Names & Phone Number of my Students as a Reference if you'd like to call them and ask them about their experience taking lessons from me. I Look forward to working with you to Help you attain the goals you set out to achieve.
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Christian C. May 20, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson. Jimmy is polite, personable, punctual, professional and easy going. He set the tone for what is expected and what steps to take to become a successful musician.
Can't wait for my next lesson!
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Jen N. April 15, 2015
Dulcimer · Online
Verified Student
James was very flexible about working with my schedule. He's also very patient and clear, and works well with students of any level. He clearly knows his stuff, backwards and forwards, and is happy to help everyone get to the next level. I'm enjoying working with him!
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Jana N. April 13, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
James is very kind and patient! He worked well with my daughter and she truly felt comfortable with him! I highly recommend him if you are looking for a vocal teacher!
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James R.

James R.

North Brunswick, NJ 08902
(30)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Christopher J.

Old Bridge, NJ

About Christopher

Christopher Joseph has been playing guitar for 9 years and has delved into genres ranging from classical to pop. He has performed with many different artists/bands and has composed for a variety of styles. While in high school Christopher studied Classical guitar and violin under the tutelage of Bernard Mathews and now at New Jersey City University he studies Classical guitar with Francisco Roldan of the ZigZag Quartet and with Dr. Ana Maria Rosado for ensemble. At the university he is currently a sophomore.
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Varun P. July 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Chris is great. Easy going and very eager to pass on his knowledge about the guitar and also very passionate about the instrument. I definitely recommend learning from him. He'd help you develop a good base which will really be helpful as you advance.
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Stefano A. May 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I have known Christopher for the past 2 years. He is hands down the most solid guitar player I have ever worked with. Music is an integral part of his life day and night. His skills as a performer and composer are of the highest quality and he only keeps on polishing his craft. I have complete trust in him as a teacher for all ages and I hope he continues to bring and teach music to the world for the rest of his life.
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Christopher J.

Christopher J.

Old Bridge, NJ 08857
(2)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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