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About Kevin R.

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I have been performing on stage since I was a child, training in classical voice, piano and acting. Having studied with world-class teachers and performers in these disciplines, I've learned that everyone can improve, sometimes revealing great potential. Combined with my professional experience in theater and opera, I aim to help each student experience the thrill of mastering their voice.

*** Lesson Details ***
A good voice lesson should be invigorating. Although it's important to speak about ideas, singing is physical and a singer only learns by doing. I love working on any repertoire, and won't shy away from songs outside the classical realm. My lesson format is always based on the individual student's needs; mixing what they desire with what they need.

*** Specialties ***
Opera, Musical Theatre
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Meredith B. May 6, 2013
· Singing ·
Kevin will help you unlock the potential in your voice and get you to a place of confidence while singing

I can't recommend Kevin enough, especially for someone like me, who's returning to voice lessons after many years. Kevin has debunked the prior myths I had about the voice and singing and I now feel confident to sing after a few warm ups and an hour of being awake and talking. Kevin has really simplified the singing process for me while also teaching me techniques that keep singing challenging and invigorating. My voice is the strongest, most authentic, and most consistent its ever been and I definitely owe that to training with Kevin.
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Austin V. February 21, 2013
· Singing ·
A creative, patient, and talented teacher

I started singing when I first entered college, and I fell in love with it. My only problem was that I didn't have the experience or the knowledge on how to develop my voice. I have always wanted to be on stage singing and acting in musical theatre shows, but I didn't think I had the talent for it. Kevin helped to change this for me.

Kevin took me under his wing and right away my voice began to improve. I had a richer, deeper resonance and I started to be able to find control over my voice, my flexibility and range increased, and I started to find the carefree, easy singing voice that people strive towards.

Lessons with Kevin were always enjoyable. He is one of the most supportive people I know, and he has a way of making you feel good about yourself even if your voice is cracking or being uncooperative. I remember one time, I went to sing an F above the staff and my voice just broke completely and some really terrible sound came out. All Kevin said was, "There's that frog!" and we laughed it off and continued with the lesson.

One of the best aspects of Kevin's teaching is his ability to explain concepts clearly. He provides many different viewpoints for addressing issues with the voice and can clearly articulate solutions to your specific vocal needs.

In addition to being able to teach well, Kevin is also a very talented singer. He uses a lot of vocal models in his lessons (which only enhanced his ability to communicate concepts clearly), and I was always blown a way with how rich and resonant his voice was. I envied his ability to transition smoothly throughout all the ranges of the voice.

I know that I was not Kevin's easiest student to teach, but thanks to him I now have the confidence and the skill to get up in front of people and sing my heart out, and actually sound good! Last summer I landed the role of Rolf in our community theatre production of The Sound of Music. This would not have been possible without Kevin.
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Nicole W. February 3, 2013
· Singing ·
I learned more in 2 years than all of my years in singing

I started taking voice lessons with Kevin when I was a Junior in college. I had been seeing a voice teacher in NYC who had worked for years with many professional singers on Broadway. So, I wasn't sure what to expect when I started working with a grad student from the school of music (which mostly focuses on classical voice). I wanted to learn about classical voice but, I mostly wanted to continue working on musical theatre songs. So, I wasn't sure how much I could learn from a grad student who was young and learning about voice himself.

Kevin exceeded my expectations. On my first day with Kevin, I was nervous because all of my voice teachers in the past had been strict and would even occasionally yell at me. So, I could never fully be comfortable at a voice lesson because I had always been afraid to make mistakes. Kevin puts you at ease right away with his friendly and bubbly demeanor. He encourages you to give it your all and applauds mistakes and cracks because it means you are trying and getting to a new place in your voice that you're not used to. Kevin wanted to work on what I wanted to work on, however, he was also able to teach me things I had never been taught before with my old teacher like newer concepts and simply how to sing with a richer voice. Kevin was able to help me with all kinds of singing as he is trained in musical theatre, classical, and opera.

I knew I could also count on Kevin because of how honest he would be with me. He would tell me his honest thoughts about my work and any shows he came to see me in. I valued Kevin's opinion because he was ALWAYS straightforward with me.

Not only was Kevin a great teacher but, he was SO supportive of me. Kevin came to my rehearsals and performances to give me tips on how I could improve my performance and coached me on characterization singing. He even agreed to meet with me outside of our normal lessons if I ever needed help with an audition piece.

I could honestly go on and on about how wonderful Kevin was and I am so sad that I can no longer have him as my voice teacher due to distance. However, the things Kevin has taught me will always stay with me and I am sure I will use everything he has taught me for years to come.

I HIGHLY recommend Kevin R. as a voice teacher. No matter what kind of singer you want to be or how experienced or trained you are Kevin will meet your personal needs to help you reach your goals. He will challenge you, motivate you, and leave you feeling proud of what you accomplished. I learned more in the two years I worked with Kevin than I did in all of my years of singing. So if you are looking for a high quality, honest, and supportive voice teacher Kevin R. is perfect for you!
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Kevin R.

Brooklyn, NY 11216
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About Laura C.

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New York, NY

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*** About Me ***
I am a classically trained cellist in NYC. I have a master's degree in cello performance from a top NYC conservatory. In addition to performing music, I love to teach cello lessons to aspiring musicians of all ages! My musical aspirations stem from an undying love of music and my wish to share this with others. I am friendly, cheerful, energetic, and very patient, which creates an easy atmosphere for students to tackle the challenges of mastering the cello.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching pulls from the Suzuki method and the great cello pedagogue Irene Sharp. I emphasize ear-training and a physically relaxed and technically accurate approach to cello playing so that students are free to create music without limitations or physical discomfort.
Though playing an instrument takes hard work, it should be a fun and e
njoyable experience too! We will work together to ensure that you or your child are learning pieces that interest you and inspire you to reach the next level. By the end of each lesson you will know what to work on for the week and exactly how to practice in order to achieve the most effective results.

Students will learn the fundamentals of music theory and history while focusing on improving their technical facility on the cello. Students also work towards building their comfort with the instrument by practicing increasingly complex exercises and repertoire. Each lesson students practice ear-training and sight-reading so they are prepared for auditions and can learn music more quickly.

Lessons will be age appropriate, highly interactive, and geared towards your/ your child's personal goals as an aspiring cellist.

*** Equipment ***
For lessons at my home, students only need to bring their instrument and their current repertoire.

For lessons at the student's home, students need to provide their own instrument, a music stand, 2 chairs, and the repertoire we are working on. I will bring my own instrument to lessons.

I can assist you in renting a cello if you do not already have one.
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Deno September 23, 2017
· Cello · In home
Laura is a wonderful cello teacher. Our daughter (10 y.o.) has been playing cello for 2 years. We just moved to NYC and needed a cello teacher. We found Laura and our daughter just had her first lesson with Laura. They reviewed skills, practiced pieces, ear training and Laura provided appropriate level workbooks at the end for home practice. Our daughter said "I can't wait to work with Laura again next week." Proof enough for us.
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Amy October 18, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Laura is a great cello teacher! She is experienced, knowledgable, and has an amazing positive energy in our lessons. Her expectations are high yet realistic, and I very much enjoying learning the cello with her. I highly recommend Laura as a teacher!
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Belinda September 1, 2016
· Cello · In studio
It was really good professional work
My daughter is happy because its higher level than regular school teaching
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Laura C.

Laura C.

New York, NY 10025
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About Ophelia T.

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About Ophelia
I am a Hunter College graduate with a B.A in Music with concentration on Music Performance and Music Theory. I studied under Professors from well-credited music institutes like Harvard and Yale. I also studied at Teacher's College Columbia University for improvisation in popular music and jazz. I specialize my curriculum with not only playing the piano for performance, but also help students develop musicianship by training their vocals (such as sight singing) and ears. I also teach Music Theory along side that as well as some Music History. My lessons are conducted so that students can become a more well-rounded musician. In addition, I am also in a band so I can also teach popular music forms. Furthermore, I have experience teaching private one-on-one lessons as well as group lessons as I have worked in a piano studio before also.


In addition, I am fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. I can tailor my lesson plans in any of those three languages.

I love learning and am always looking to better educate myself. I also love teaching and believe that everyone deserves a fun and creative education of which they can use for the rest of their lives.

*** Lesson Details ***
Good for Beginners - Intermediate Levels. I am a creative teacher that loves teaching in ways that will most benefit the student. I tailor my teaching to each student individually and specialize in teaching kids. Each lesson will have components of the below and can be tailored after discussing the needs of the student or parent.

Piano Technique Drills
Piano Playing
Sight Reading
Sight Singing
Ear Training
Music Theory
Music History

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open Living Room with Stand Up Piano with seating for parents.
Guitar for music accompaniment with students upon request.
Mac Book & Condensor Mic for recordings upon request.
Drum Pads for rhythm learning materials.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Car & MTA

*** Specialties ***
Classical Theory training
Sight Singing training
Piano lessons
Popular music playing

CREDENTIALS: CUNY Hunter College, Teacher's College Columbia University.
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Celina T. November 11, 2014
· Piano · In home
Great teacher. Warm and fun.
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Nancy C. November 2, 2014
· Piano · In home
My 14 year old daughter loves music lessons from Ophelia. I can say this is the first time my daughter has ever expressed this much interest in music. I was glad I was able to find Ophelia through another friend of mine whose daughter also learns from Ophelia. Whenever Ophelia teaches a new piece of music, she goes over the composer's history with her, teaches the theory behind the piece, and does a ton of musicianship training. The lessons are truly worth their cost. It makes my daughter learn so much, just as if she was going to school. I've got to say, Ophelia is worth her price tag. Anywhere else with this kind of private music training would probably go for at least $100 per 45 minute or more.
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Alice L. October 30, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Ophelia is truly wonderful for helping my daughter pick up piano again. She is 15 years old and there's a lot of distractions that kept her from practicing piano. Ophelia was able to help her find interest in it again. Her teaching style is truly unique. After my daughter took her lessons she gradually became a better and happier musician and not just play off the books. Ophelia teaches music theory, singing and more to really help benefit my daughter overall! I will definitely be recommending her to my daughter's classmates!
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Ophelia T.

Oakland Gardens, NY 11364
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About Sue Anne G.

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About Sue Anne
Sue Anne offers classical structural work on the elements of the voice combined with a holistic approach to the individual needs of each student. The goal is a natural unaffected sound for effortless vocal communication in any singing arena. Ms. Gershenzon. has 35 years of experience in Broadway and Opera, and can help you with any aspect of vocal performance and technical mastery. Singers who are committed to vocal development on any and all levels are welcome.

There is nothing more exhilarating than beautiful sound soaring fully and freely out of your body. This achievement is a process!

I try to guide each student to the essence of his or her unique sound, and that is accessed through a clear and open instrument. This requires fundamental work on the elements of the voice. There are many technical steps to this process.

Freeing the head and neck of constriction
Balancing and integrating the head and chest registers
Vowel purification
Addressing Resonance and the 6 areas of relaxation
Coordination of and strengthening of the breathing body
Body awareness and relaxation
Mind Body Spirit integration

Each individual has unique challenges that can block the voice on many levels. My approach is a holistic one. When your instrument is in a healthy balance you can sing in any forum.

The goal is effortless voice

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BROADWAY
SUNDAY IN THE PARK W/GEORGE Frieda Booth Theatre
LA VIE PARISIENNE Gabrielle Circle in the Square

OFF-BROADWAY
THE ROTHCHILDS Gutele Circle in the Square
STREET SCENE Rose Maurrant ELT
CARNIVAL Lili ELT
THE MIKADO Yum Yum Amas Rep
A SONG AT LAST Solo Act NYC &Tour

REGIONAL
AMARANTHA Amarantha The Kennedy Center
ADVENTURES OF FRIAR TUCK Maid Marian Lake George Opera
THE IMMIGRANT Leah Sacramento Theatre Company
DRAGONS Elsa Eugene O’Neill Theatre Conference
GIFT OF THE MAGI Della Actor’s Theatre of Louisville
TARANTARA Sybil Grey Actor’s Theatre of Louisville
THE FANTASTICKS Luisa John Drew Theatre, LI Tom Jones dir.
SOMETHING’S AFOOT Hope Langdon Alaska Repertory
FEATHERTOP Polly Penn Stage, Allentown, PA
OKLAHOMA Laurie Theatre by the Sea, Portsmouth, NH
GUYS AND DOLLS Sarah Brown Theatre by the Sea, Portsmouth, NH

STOCK AND DINNER THEATRE
CARNIVAL Lili Pittsburgh Civic Lt. Opera Heinz Hall
THE MUSIC MAN Marian Saddleback Theatre, Laguna Beach, CA
GIGI Gigi Darien Dinner Theatre, CT
THE SOUND OF MUSIC Maria Carousel Dinner Theatre, Ravenna, OH
MY FAIR LADY Eliza Lakewood Playhouse, Skowhegan, ME
CAMELOT Guinevere Lakewood Playhouse, Skowhegan, ME
AUNTIE MAME Gloria Upson Lakewood Playhouse, Skowhegan, ME
THE TEMPEST Miranda Steamboat Cabin Theatre, IN
TOYS IN THE ATTIC Lili Steamboat Cabin Theatre, IN
A THOUSAND CLOWNS Sandra Tin Tree Theatre, MI
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK Corie Bratter Tin Tree Theatre, MI

TELEVISION
SQUARE ONE TV (MATHNET THE UNKIDNAPPING) Eve Adams PBS Children’s Television Workshop

TRAINING

Voice: Eileen Farrell Classical/Jazz at Indiana University; Conrad L. Osborne/Classical New York City; Bobby McFerrin jazz/Improv; Rhiannon jazz/Improv; Kirk Nurock Jazz; Maria Argyros McClosky Technique

College: Indiana U. School of Music, Bloomington, IN BS Music/Theatre
Hunter College NYC Masters Music Ed coursework
Molloy College Music Therapy
Certification Level 2 Somatic Voicework Contemporary Commercial Music
Certification McClosky Institute of Voice
Certification Energy Healer IM School of Healing Arts

Memberships:

New York Singing Teacher's Association,
National Association of Teachers of Singing
AEA, SAG, AFTRA

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are taught very close to Grand Central Station convenient for commuters from Connecticut or Westchester. Not to worry, there is no judgement in my studio, in fact, that is my one rule! The studio is a safe place to take risks and explore with our voices. We will work on the proper breathing for power and control, smoothly singing from the highest to the lowest notes in your range, and extending beyond what you never dreamed possible, how all the muscles in your body affect the sound that comes out of you and how to gently optimize your sound, and how you affect your sound by your thoughts feelings and emotions. You are your instrument! In three months you will feel you have a voice you never dreamed you could have.

*** Specialties ***
I have over 20 years of professional experience and training with masters. Eileen Farrell, who was one of the greatest voices of the 20th century. Conrad L. Osborne, Opera Critic for world renown musical publications such as Opera News and High Fidelity.

Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method takes registration understanding to another level and combined with resonance work to take the chest voice up into the head voice fo a healthy Broadway sound.

The McClosky Technique offers the anatomical understanding and affect of the extrinsic muscles of the face, jaw, throat, neck, tongue and alignment, and how these elements affect the smooth functioning inside the larynx.

I incorporate these styles into my own method of approaching the voice by equally addressing Breathing/Registration/Resonance/ Relaxation, and Mind/Body/Emotion.

I am a certified Energy Healer with over 10 years of study and practice in this area. I am very aware of the energetic aspects of an individual, and utilize that knowledge to enhance the learning process.
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Maya C. October 1, 2014
· Singing · In studio
Sue Anne is truly an incredible teacher; she focuses on you holistically, and works thoroughly from the ground up, in the most optimistic, encouraging and comforting manner I could possibly dream of. Her shining personality and laughter are also contagious. I'd definitely recommend her to everyone and anyone looking for voice lessons.
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Shana C. February 25, 2014
· Singing ·
Great Teacher!

Although I've only been a student of Sue Anne's for a short time, she has already helped me so much to let go of bad habits and develop proper technique. She is very patient and at the same time, she is enthusiastic and genuinely invested in helping me reach my potential. I highly recommend her.
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Catherine M. February 9, 2014
· Singing ·
Sue Anne is wonderful!

I came to New York for school and to further my training and aspiration to pursue musical theatre. I saw Sue Anne's ad in Hunter College. Her work focuses on how to sing naturally, something I have always tended to struggle with. I often found myself losing my voice the night before my musical's opening night, because of my constant belting and lack of a balanced relationship between my head voice and chest voice. After being with Sue Anne for a few months, my voice has felt and sounded much healthier! I have gained knowledge of the parts of the body involved in singing and especially breathing, and now instead of wailing away at any high note, I am singing with more ease. Sue Anne is an amazingly talented, knowledgeable and lovely teacher and person. I am ecstatic to have met her, and look forward to hopefully what will be many more months of lessons!
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Sue Anne G.

New York, NY 10017
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About Brendon R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I am a composer, guitarist, arranger, engraver, and songwriter located in Brooklyn. I completed an M.M. in Composition at the Yale School of Music in 2014, and have taught extensively for the past eight years in a variety of settings. I currently teach guitar at Saint David's School in Manhattan, and taught private composition lessons and TA'd electronic music courses at Yale. I've also taught guitar and musicianship in public elementary and high schools in San Francisco and New Haven, as well as several music schools and my own private guitar studio.

As a guitarist, I perform with legendary NYC experimental groups the Glenn Branca Ensemble and Dither Quartet, as well as my own groups Invisible Anatomy and Marateck. I've played at the Barbican in London, on the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Ellnora Guitar Festival, and Lincoln C
enter Out of Doors, among many others. As a composer, my work has received support from the ASCAP Foundation, Roulette Intermedium, and the Jerome Fund for New Music, and been performed on four continents. My teachers and mentors have included Mark Stewart (Paul Simon's musical director), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, and guitarist Jack Sanders (winner of the American Guitar Society's lifetime achievement award).
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Kelly C. September 9, 2017
· Composition · Online
Brendon always has fresh ideas and his incredible skill and experience always brings something valuable and original to each lesson. His abilities are astounding and is always highly in tune with my specific strengths and weaknesses.. Thanks so much Brendon!!
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Kelly C. July 11, 2017
· Composition · Online
What a great lesson, thanks Brendon! The attention and detail of suggestions are spot on and very useful.. ! I leave these lessons feeling like I'm in such good hands..!
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Kelly C. June 26, 2017
· Composition · Online
My first lesson with Brendon was far beyond what I was expecting.. It was inspiring, he was extremely attentive and friendly, and clearly has a very deep knowledge of music.. I'm very excited to continue working with him.. !
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Brendon R.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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About Mike M.

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Hello, my name is Mike and I am excited to teach you. I have studied the drums for most of my life, and can't wait to show you what I have learned.

I have been fortunate enough to have worked with some amazing teachers and musicians from all over the globe. I am more than willing to pass on what I have discovered.

I have taught beginners how to hold the sticks and play simple grooves, as well as shown seasoned veterans how to strengthen their foundation and overcome roadblocks to mastery.

I encourage my students to develop a solid foundation of technical skills (grip, body mechanics, reading, time, rudiments, styles/grooves) while finding their own voice on the instrument. Musical performance is a deeply personal experience, and I hope to guide you towards whatever goals you have in mind.

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Mike M.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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About Jonathan R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I am a classically trained composer with two graduate degrees from respected institutions, and I am a lifelong performer in rock and indie bands. My teaching/consulting studio will help you develop your full potential as a musical artist, whether you're a songwriter, composer or performer.
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Steve August 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I got a lot out of my first lesson. Jon was able to identify a good starting point and move me along at a very good pace. Very friendly and patient, also thorough explanations and techniques. Well done!!
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Ryan Thier July 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
I've really enjoyed working with Jonathan. He's been very supportive, patient, and helpful in improving my technique, basic skills, and understanding of music in general. Would certainly recommend piano lessons with him!
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Vicki December 6, 2016
· Composition · In home
Jon is fabulous! He is able to provide a mix of classical, contemporary music styles to build on and develop a broad base of musical interest my son has. He is able to tailor his teaching tools to fit in with my son's interests. This is no mean feat, especially when my son is only 8 years of age.

Thanks so much Jon!
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Jonathan R.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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About Ian M.

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Hi, I'm Ian, a 23 year old music major who just completed his B.A. At Hunter College. I try and play as many instruments as possible to expand my musical repertoire, but I am the most well versed in violin and guitar. I've been playing violin for 14 years and guitar for 9. I am involved in a number of musical projects and bands including my own, Cicero & the Orations. I also have a good knowledge of theory and have taken all but two of Hunters offered theory classes. I am currently a lessons instructor at a corporate site but I am always looking to teach music, since it's what I want to do with my life. I am quite patient with students and am always looking to take as much time as is needed for the student to learn whatever will better them.
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Daniel B. October 14, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Ian's patience and knowledge of many types of music is awesome! He takes a very empathetic approach to teaching; he tailors what knowledge he shares and what instructional techniques he employs based on my learning style and past experiences. If your looking for a kind, down to earth teacher who's not elitist when it comes to teaching anything from classical violin to rock guitar, Ian's the guy.
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Chris October 10, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
He is uniquely sensitive to the learning style of his students, and able to meet musicians of any experience at their level. He will be a full time music educator in a couple of years, so get some time with Ian while you can!
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Ian M.

New York, NY 10024
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About Monica B.

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Monica B., hailed as an “excellent violinist” by the Washington Post, performs extensively in chamber music, orchestral and solo settings. Monica has studied and worked both in the United States and Europe. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Conservatoire de Geneve, she has held positions with L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Esbjerg Ensemble-the national chamber ensemble in Denmark. She is presently coaching and performing at Siena Summer Music in Siena, Italy, and has performed as soloist with orchestras in Scandinavia, Central Europe, and the New York region. Her recordings are under the Philips and Albany labels.
Monica is the founder of the Manhattan chamber music series “Concerts in the Heights”. This series brings together world-class musicians for performances and educational proje
cts. She is also a founder and Artistic Director of the conductor-less String Orchestra of New York City- SONYC.
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Monica B.

New York, NY 10034
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About Justin S.

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My approach to music education is one that puts musical expression first and then applies technique as appropriate to an individual's virtues. Oboe in particular is an instrument whose complexity lends itself to dogmatic approaches that can stifle individual growth. This is because the oboe is an instrument that requires constant fine tuning and adjustment, both of the instrument itself and the reeds that one plays. In this way, oboe is very much a craft, more than just a consumable product. As an expert in instrument adjustment and reed making, I can help students overcome the fundamental difficulties of playing oboe and focus on the most important aspect, which is making music.

I have a bachelor of music, master of music, and specialist degree in music education. I really enjoy teaching part time because music turned my life aro
und when I was struggling in middle school, helping me to become the best that I could be in all aspects of life.
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Anika M. June 6, 2017
· Oboe · In studio
I had an oboe on trial and Justin really helped me learn more about the instrument and adjusted the keys so it played its best. He was very insightful and informative.
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Justin S.

Purchase, NY 10577
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How to Sing and Play Ukulele at the Same Time in 4 Easy Steps
Learning to play an instrument is difficult enough, but what about trying to sing at the same time? It's really not as hard as it sounds! Here, teacher Willy M. takes you through the steps to play the ukulele while singing... It doesn’t matter what instrument I teach (piano, guitar, harmonica, drums, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and voice), every student I ever have, with the exception of those playing harmonica, asks, “How do I sing and play my instrument at the same time?” The ukulele i
What is Overtone Singing? Introduction & Vocal Exercise
Ever heard of overtone singing? Learn more about the intriguing technique in this guest post by Ann Arbor, MI voice teacher Elaina R...   How many pitches can a singer sing at once? If you said one, that’s generally correct; most singers can only produce one audible pitch at a time. However, some can sing two pitches at a time, creating an eerie, ear-catching sound. Here’s a good example: How is that possible? What is overtone singing, and can anyone learn to do it? The answer
How to Safely Store or Move a Piano | Caring For Your Piano
When you own a piano, moving takes a bit more planning. Should you hire a professional, or do it yourself? Here, Helendale, CA teacher Sylvia S. shares what to keep in mind to make sure your instrument stays safe and sound...   Many years ago, when my family relocated, the expertise for moving our household grand piano was delegated to professional furniture movers. Three piano legs and the pedals console were removed and wrapped in blankets. The moving parts for the body, includi
10 Wacky Ways to Improve Your Posture for Better Violin Playing
Proper posture is essential for good violin playing. Standing or sitting up straight not only improves tone production and control, but it also prevents injury and discomfort. Many violin players, however, struggle with their posture, which can lead to poor technique and cause both short and long term injuries. Not to mention you'll end up looking like Quasimodo. Poor posture can be a result of many things, such as sitting or standing without interruption for long periods of time, lack
The 5 Best Electric Guitars for Beginners
With so many electric guitars on the market, it's easy to feel overwhelmed if you're a beginner picking out your first ax. We recommend trying out lots of guitars in the shop and asking your guitar teacher for tips as you shop around. To help you get started in your quest, take a look at five of our favorite picks to learn guitar with! Some of the main features you'll want to pay attention to as you play each guitar include the style and shape of the body, the pickups, and the way the neck an

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