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Staten Island, NY
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Each lesson we will work on piano technique, repertoire, music reading, music theory, ear training, scales and chords, performance technique, and most importantly, bringing the MUSICALITY and BEAUTY of each song and exercise. ALL ages are encouraged to learn and experience the benefits of playing piano.

About Jaclyn
Jaclyn is a highly-acclaimed musician and educator in New York City. Classically and commercially trained, Jaclyn has been teaching for nearly 10 years.

Originally from Los Angeles, CA, She has a vast amount of experience in both performing and teaching Classical, Jazz, Pop/R&B, Musical Theater styles of music.

In high school, she graduated as the valedictorian of the Orange County High School of the Arts where she majored in Musical Theater. In addition the school's conservatory program, Jaclyn continued to excel her piano studies after school and during the weekends. She was selected to perform in numerous Honors Recitals and Festivals under the Music Teacher's Association's Certificate of Merit in the Los Angeles and Orange County area.

Jaclyn both studied and graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor's degree of Music in Vocal Performance and a concentration in Jazz Studies. While studying at the the university's conservatory, she began to teach private voice and piano lessons and thus, developed a suitable and thorough curriculum and style.

Jaclyn's curriculum consists of proper technique training, music theory, sight-singing, sight-reading, microphone technique, performance techniques, and song analysis.

Her teaching style remains positive and beneficial for each student. Jaclyn caters to each individual student's needs building the most effective weekly progress for each student.

"Studying music is exceptionally beneficial for one's mind and spirit. I believe that there is an inner musician in every person, and that with the right concentration and positive environment, anyone can reach their goals. Students of all ages are encouraged to learn and reap the benefits of music education." - Jaclyn, Voice & Piano Teacher.

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"My students really look forward to each lesson. I'm enthusiastic, patient, and I always motivate my students to believe in themselves. My students thoroughly enjoy learning music, and I ensure that each student progresses every week. " - Angela, Parent of Andrew (11 years old) and Julianne (9 years old).

"I had a great great learning experience with Jaclyn! She is creative, patient, fun, like to challenge - it has made my piano learning journey so much fun! Till date, I have about 1 year learning experience with her - my skill has improved tremendously! I still remember my first lesson was "where is Middle C note/key?" Today, I can play a Minuet music piece! All great work and encouragement from Jaclyn.

The greatest thing that I learnt from Jaclyn - you can be great pianist to read music sheet, but that doesn't means that you can play a piece of good music. Almost every music piece, she taught it with a different style, phrasing and expressions! Every lesson is a new world to explore and she made it so enjoyable." Denise (Age 30)

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Baby Grand Piano, Microphone, Sound System
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Heather L. September 21, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My daughter was very pleased with jaclyn and she made her and myself feel comfortable.
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Janine August 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Jaclyn was patient and kind and extremely easy to work with! She has a natural teaching ability and she was extremely easy to talk to.
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Jaclyn R.

Jaclyn R.

Staten Island, NY 10305
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About Brenda B.

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

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Whether you are just beginning or are looking to come back to the piano, together we can develop your skills so you can learn to read music and play piano!

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.

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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.**

***BB Studio now has a base location! Studio lessons are now also available in addition to in-home and on-line lessons***
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Isaac M. September 12, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son is 5 1/2 year old. He just started piano lessons three weeks ago with Brenda. She is an amazing person with children. I saw her how she deals with little children which are very difficult to get their attention all the times. We are happy with her.
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Brooke A. April 12, 2018
· Piano · Online
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Patrick February 27, 2018
· Piano · Online
Highly recommend Brenda.
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Brenda B.

Brenda B.

Wayne, NJ 07470
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About Robert H.

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Randolph, NJ
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PIANO: I also start young piano students with the Suzuki method so they can play some five finger familiar melodies in a short time period. Then we progress to reading notation and eventually adding chord accompaniment to melodies. I use the Faber piano method for reading standard notation.

About Robert
I started playing guitar at age 11, taking lessons at the local music studio in Hackensack, NJ. I became heavily influenced by The Beatles after hearing their music and as a teenager played in local rock groups, having some success being in the bands Jona's Ark and The Yorkshire Pudding, opening for artists Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, John Mayall and backing up Gary U.S. Bonds. I started playing piano at 19 when I took a group piano class in college. I attended Berklee College of Music and studied guitar with Bill Leavitt and Pat Metheny. That's where I started learning about all the great jazz artists from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery to name a few. While at Berklee I also developed a love of the classical guitar and it's repertoire. After Berklee, I became a freelance musician and played guitar for
The Drifters, Del Shannon, The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Crystals, Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore and believe it or not Tiny Tim. I played guitar, harmonica, mandolin and banjo in productions of: Hair, Tommy, Big River, Fiddler On The Roof and Grease. I composed my own music and performed and co-wrote with others who also wrote their own music. I have always taught private guitar lessons as far back as I can remember. One notable student was Stevie Wonder's son Keita who I taught for 2 years at Stevie's home in northern New Jersey as well as CBS News Anchor Charles Osgood's daughter Annie. Currently I teach 20 private guitar students a week.. From 1994 to 2000, I was the guitarist for The Royal Scam (a Steely Dan Tribute) and during that period I was hired by Hal Leonard Music Corp. to write a guitar transcription book called "The Best of Steely Dan". I was also hired by Brother International Corp. to compose and record a national radio jingle called "P-Touch", with Corey Glover from the rock band Living Colour doing the vocal tracks.
In 1996 I went to William Paterson University to obtain my teacher certification in music education. After the 9/11 attacks, I co-wrote and arranged "America Home Of The Free". The song was used to raise thousands of dollars for the victims of The World Trade Center attacks. Presently I divide my time between teaching, which I enjoy as much as performing and playing guitar with a jazz quartet called ....and All That Jazz, whose 2005 CD "Reflections" was recorded, mixed and mastered in my home based 24 track recording studio in northern NJ. I am also involved in a mandolin / classical guitar project called Music Of The Ages and perform with a 10 piece band called Epic Soul.
As a teacher I am very patient with students and enjoy helping them reach their own musical goals. I emphasize knowing the basics and encourage students to study music theory and basic reading of standard notation. I always ask my students to bring in songs they want to learn as a way to motivate them to practice more.

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GUITAR: I expect my students to practice at least 5 days a week for at least a 1/2 hour per day. I use the Suzuki method for young students ages 8 to10. We continue learning basic folk songs by ear and then start reading standard notation and basic theory within 6 to 8 months along with classical guitar duets. For older students I use the Hal Leonard guitar method. After 3 months of lessons students can expect to know the basic open position chords and strum patterns to some basic songs as well as some famous guitar riffs and also be able to read some basic melodies in standard notation. After 6 months students will be able to play a 12 bar blues and improvise with the pentatonic and blues scales as well as learn moveable scales and chords and apply these to songs.

PIANO: I also start young piano students with the Suzuki method so they can play some five finger familiar melodies in a short time period. Then we progress to reading notation and eventually adding chord accompaniment to melodies. I use the Faber piano method for reading standard notation.

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24 track recording studio, room for parents to sit 14' x 21'...completely furnished studio with guitars, amps, piano, drum machine, synthesizer, microphones...the works.

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Students need a good quality and proper size guitar (for very young students) a music stand (for their home use) a foot stool, a metronome and books I assign along with an 8 1/2" X 11" blank manuscript book and a folder with side pockets to hold handout sheets. Piano students need their own instrument and the above materials minus the foot stool.

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Suzuki classical guitar, classic rock, blues, jazz , popular, funk, country, folk, finger picking and pick style and piano.
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Susan December 18, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Robert is a wonderful balance between push and patient support--an important balance in learning practice and process. He's musically knowledgeable and has great resources for guitar techniques and theory. It's thrilling for me to settle into the pleasure of guitar, for me, tenor guitar.
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rein April 29, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
can set the foundation of the instrument while helping you apply the music to the songs that drive you.
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Terry S. April 29, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I've been taking lessons from Rob for 2 years now. He is a great teacher, classically trained, but very knowledgeable in all genres. I have learned a great deal and being taught the correct way. He pushes you to do better each and every week.
I would definitely recommend Rob for Guitar instructions
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Robert H.

Randolph, NJ 07869
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About Anastassia K.

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Love to teach any age, beginner to intermediate level.

About Anastassia
So you just Love to sing... Always wanted to try... Big audition coming up... Trying to get into the school musical... Want to improve your professional skills Or simply want to impress your friends and relatives at the next family event - I'm here for you.
I am proud holder of the diploma of the Professional School of Music and Vocal Arts, specializing in "Popular and jazz vocal singing and coaching".
For over 15 years I've been providing vocal coaching and singing lessons to many wonderful students age 5 and above, while being a live stage performer myself. Nothing beats the real-life experience!
While teaching technique I will show you how to integrate it into the songs you want to perform, eliminate your breaks, smooth out your transitions, add endurance and strength to the voice, sing on key better, and extend your range. I e
mploy individual approach to every student. We will work on the song styles/genres YOU like. I have extensive collection of professional backing tracks without vocal part for you to sing along, practice and record a studio quality demo of a song you learned.
My goal is to take any talent/experience you have and bring it to the next level!
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Vraj P. June 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very good
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Lady C. March 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great!!
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Jorge C. March 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Amazing!!!
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Anastassia K.

Anastassia K.

Sayreville, NJ 08872
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About Monica G.

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Madison, NJ

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I provide clear lesson plans, regular evaluations, and at least 2 performance opportunities a year. I intersperse the lessons with theory and listening exercises, and interpolate movement and outside songs to keep the lessons as fun as possible.

About Monica
I'm a performing artist and music teacher. I received my Bachelors and Masters degree in vocal performance at Boston's New England Conservatory, where I was a member of the jazz, classical, and third-stream departments. I also spent 8 years gigging in Berlin, Germany and teaching adults and teenagers. However, I've always also enjoyed working with kids; especially introducing them to music through piano, language, movement, role-playing, and singing. I have the most experience teaching piano, and I think it's the best instrument to start on, if you don't know much about music. But flute was my first instrument, and singing is my forte!
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Stephen C. April 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Monica is a great instructor. She instructs a lot of children and has tons of patience and a great sense of humor - I'm an adult and this patience and humor carries over to my age group as well. She's excellent with all types of music on the piano and vocal coaching as well - she'll learn anything you want and teach it back to you - she's tough too, make sure you do the basics, and you'll get a lot out of her instruction.
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Rachel Y. November 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very professional and very kind. I hope my daughter could learn singing and flute from Ms. Monica in the future too. Thank you, Ms. Monica!
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Hansen L. September 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
Nice and warm.. Is highly skilled teacher.
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Monica G.

Monica G.

Madison, NJ 07940
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About Elana L.

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Students will progress in playing, note reading, theory, musical interpretation, and technique. The technique I teach--both for violin and piano--centers around using the body efficiently both to avoid injury and to get the best results from playing.

About Elana
Hello,

My name is Elana. I'm a professional violinist and enjoy teaching students of all ages and levels. My students have ranged from ages 4-64. Their goals have ranged from pure enjoyment to those considering a career in music. My goal is to help each student play to the best of their abilities and for them to enjoy the lessons. Violin is my passion, which comes through in my enthusiasm during lessons. I am gentle and patient but also honest and very particular about what to look for when practicing.

I take great pride in teaching the Russian method. Not only is the technique I teach used by the best violinists of all time, it also emphasizes efficient and correct use of the body to avoid injury and develop a tone with richness and projection.

What I look for in a student is a commitment to practicing every day. It's an
adjustment in the beginning for many, but once established simply becomes part of the day, like brushing your teeth. Over time, students hear improvements from practicing consistently and this creates a very positive experience. The violin becomes a source of joy and confidence.

Violin lessons help develop skills such as coordination and focus at the highest level, persistence, confidence, creativity, patience, and many other "life" skills whose benefits extend far beyond music lessons. Many people who achieve success in a career outside music later in life often credit their music lessons as having been key in that process.

As far as my musical background, I received my music degree from Rutgers University, where I was a recipient of the Marryott Music Scholarship. Upon graduation I freelanced as a violinist in the NYC metro area. My major teachers include Neil Weintrob and Lewis Kaplan.

As a teacher I have 20 years of experience. I've worked in various programs and currently teach violin and viola lessons at a local private school, in addition to running a private studio of violin and piano students. My violin students have been concertmaster, principal players, and section players in orchestras such as All-County, Region I, and NY Youth Symphony.

Feel free to contact me with any additional questions you may have. I look forward to working with you.
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Elana L.

Elana L.

Ridgewood, NJ 07450
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About Michael S.

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Wayne, NJ
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I use many methodologies when teaching to help students achieve their goals. After getting to know my students I adapt a lesson plan that helps them learn best. I think the most important aspect of teaching is to really help the student understand, appreciate and enjoy the music they are working on along with sound practice strategies. Then it really makes all that hard work worth it. From the beginning I will help my student learn whatever style or songs they are interested in.

About Michael
I've been teaching students of all ages about piano/keyboards, guitar, and voice lessons for the last 16 years. I cover many styles and methodologies depending on the needs of the student. My lessons can be structured to cover theory, sight-reading, technique as well as how to play by ear and music transcription. It can be a very traditional approach or more contemporary if your goal is to play in a band or be a solo performer. Whatever it is that you want to learn or improve, I can help you achieve your goals. I have a BA in music with classical piano as my focus. I was the music director at two Methodist churches in NJ, and I still occasionally play with the parish drive band when they need me. I play in an 80's rock band called My You Choose, where we raise money for various organizations like CUMAC to help feed hungry people in NJ. I
also do solo gigs or parties whenever I get the opportunity.
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Michael S.

Wayne, NJ 07470
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About Samantha L.

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Learn to read and make music on the piano! Fundamentals like ear training and music theory are best learned with piano and apply to any instrument or style.

I took Suzuki piano lessons for 13 years and it significantly contributed omg success as a musician. I am currently studying tuba performance at the Juilliard School, and use my piano skills everyday.

I have taught students of all ages, from toddler to retiree.

About Samantha
I recently graduated with my Masters degree in tuba performance from the Juilliard School. This fall I’ll begin studying at Rutgers for a Doctorate of Musical Arts. I worked as a camp counselor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, performing in four ensembles and teaching daily middle school tuba sectionals. I also serve as a mentor in the Music Advancement Program at Juilliard.

Outside of Juilliard Orchestra and chamber ensembles, I enjoy playing solo music. These past two years, I have won the Blue Lake Fine Arts Staff Solo Competition, was one of the University of Connecticut Concerto/Aria Competition winners, and placed second in the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Instrumental Competition. I have also won the Young Artist Solo Competition in 2012 and performed solo with the Coast Guard Band.

The performing arts have been
a vital part of my life for as long as I can remember. My first instrument at age 5 was classical piano and I took Suzuki lessons for 13 years. I also sang in a large concert choir as a child and performed in community plays.
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Tom November 1, 2017
· Tuba · In home
Samantha is a very enthusiastic, gifted teacher. She listens to my words as well as my music, and together we find a path that’s comfortable and encourages learning. Whether describing something, showing it to me on her tuba, or working with me while I get it right, it’s all about the fun of the musicianship.
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Samantha L.

New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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About John C.

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There are obvious fundamental concepts that need to be covered, but my main goal with teaching music is catering lessons towards the students end goal. They will lose all intrinsic motivation if they are learning based on external factors such as fear, rewards, etc. I also have an extensive background in improvisation which is an under-appreciated form of expression. Improvisation equates to spontaneous composition.

About John
I have had formal music lessons (starting from my father) since the age of seven. Private lessons have had the most impact on my growth as an individual. Since graduating from Rutgers, I have held residencies, gigged about 4-5 times per week, managed a coffee shop and am constantly challenging myself. I believe everyone is capable and creative and certain teachers and/or education systems strip away these capabilities. I am very excited to hopefully be teaching full time :)
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John C.

New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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About Galyna R.

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I offer individualized private lessons for children and adults. If you have taken lessons and want to continue your education, or you have always had a dream to play an instrument and are finally ready to start, I am happy to help and show you the path to the joy of music. I can teach you piano and flute, and will give you understanding of musical theory. I can prepare you for competitions and exams, or teach music just for fun - for your or your kids’ enjoyment.

About Galyna
I am a flutist, pianist, instructor and accompanist in the New Jersey/New York area. My students performed in studio recitals, successfully passes Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music examinations, won competitions such as Music-Fest Rising Talents Festival, Crescendo International competition, Russian Music Festival and were awarded performance opportunities in such renowned halls as Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall of Kaufman Center, Italian Teatro of Columbia University, NY and Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia.

I earned my Master of Music degree from the National P. Tchaikovsky Music Academy of Ukraine and Bachelor of Music degree (with Honors) from R. Glier Kyiv State Higher Music College.

My performance experience includes concerts in Zurich, Basel, Bern as a winner of Switzerland Round Tab
le Club Competition; chamber appearances in Haifa (Israel), Koblenz (Germany), solo and chamber performances in Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall of Kaufman center, NY, in the Musicales of the Greater Princeton Steinway Society.

I am a co-founder and artistic director of Music-Fest Rising Talents Festival.
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Maria October 1, 2018
· Flute · In studio
My daughter took lessons with Galyna for five years. At the age of seven she was true beginner - no experience with any musical instruments. Sophia really enjoyed her lessons! She ended up playing in a band in middle school and I attribute her success to Galyna's lessons. Galyna is professional, friendly and flexible. I would highly recommend her as a music teacher.
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Larissa September 29, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Galyna is an excellent teacher: very patient, fun and supportive. My son takes piano classes with her and I can see progress each class. I am very happy to recommend her!
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I started to learn piano at my middle age. As an adult student, to have a wonderful teacher is very important. Galyna is such a nice teacher. I really enjoyed taking lessons from her for 5 years. She showed me how to play note by note, measure by measure. She also explained the feeling of the music and it made my piano playing musical. Because of Galyna’s teaching, my skills improved a lot, I also enjoy the beautiful music more and more.
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Galyna R.

Roseland, NJ 07068
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When you're learning to play an instrument, sometimes it's tough to get motivated to practice - especially if you’re playing songs and exercises that don’t really excite you. When you start playing your favorite songs, though, you might find yourself able to get into your music a bit more. There are many ways to find the lyrics and chords to your favorite songs, but not all of them are simple, and sometimes you might end up more frustrated trying to track down lyrics or chords than you would be

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