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About Etan H.

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About Etan
I have been both a performer and dedicated teacher in the NYC and NJ area for over 14 years. I began playing music at the age of 8 years old, studying classical piano until I was 13. From there, I picked up guitar and started to immerse myself with rock, folk, classical, and jazz music. I eventually attended William Patterson University where I earned a BA in Jazz Performance, and then decided to move to NYC and pursue my career as a performer and educator. Upon moving to the city, I attended the American Institute of Guitar where I studied classical guitar for 5 years with world renowned guitarist Yasha Koffman.

Currently, I am teaching and performing in the greater NJ and NYC areas, and have performed with notable figures such as Steve LaSpina, James Williams, Tyshawn Sorey, and Yasha Koffman.

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eaching for 14+ years of teaching, I have developed a teaching style that is unique in that I approach each student’s progress on an individual basis. Musically speaking, I am able to identify what is holding the student back and take necessary steps to move forward in a constructive and supportive way that will inspire you to continually grow as a musician.
The first thing I want to accomplish in my lessons is to get the student excited about playing music in general. That means understanding what kind of music the student likes to listen to and incorporate it into the lessons. I find that relating ear training, theory, reading, technique, and rhythmic study to the music that they are interested in is a great way to do that.

CLASSICAL GUITAR INSTRUCTION:
We will focus on a variety of topics including right and left hand technique, proper body position, sound production and tone, reading, repertoire, and finding your own personal musical voice with regards to playing classical music.

JAZZ GUITAR INSTRUCTION:
We will cover jazz theory, chord shapes, scales, repertoire, and transcription. Jazz is an oral tradition and I am a firm believer that the best way to learn it is through listening/transcribing and applying those concepts on your instrument. We will draw inspiration and knowledge from great jazz musicians of the past in addition to finding your own personal voice as an improviser in jazz music.

TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN:
I have lot of experience teaching young children (as young as 5 years old). For these children, I like to focus on the basic foundations of music (e.g. rhythm, melody, etc.). We will use a variety of tools (rhythm sticks, guitar books for children, singing) to enrich these early foundations in music, in addition to learning to get over the physical demands of learning to play the guitar.

*** Frequency Requirement ***
Students are required to take lessons at least once per week in order to insure consistent progress and ongoing assessment. Lessons given every other week are not offered.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room set up. Chairs. Music stands. Guitars. Music. Seating for parents. *** Please note, there is no piano in studio. If you are interested in piano lessons, only in home lessons are available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I usually provide guitar picks if needed, photocopies of materials (mel bay, chord charts, etc.). I require my students to have the instruments that they will be taking lessons on and a notebook to write in.

*** Specialties ***
Piano lessons are in students' homes only! I cover music theory, application of music theory, technique, ear training, sight reading, and repertoire building.
I teach a variety of styles including classical, jazz, rock, folk and blues.
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Kathy C. May 5, 2013
· Guitar ·
Very happy with Etan

Etan comes to our home which works for 2 kids lesson, one guitar the other piano. He is always on time, and can handle kids who sometimes have difficulty getting going. Nothing stops him. Each of my kids has improved and likes Etan. That is a success story. This has turned out better than expected. Etan rocks!!!
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Tom D. March 19, 2013
· Guitar ·
Great lessons for my son

My son has been taking lessons with Etan for 2 years now, he is a great teacher. He has a passion for music, and a passion for teaching. My son always looks forward to his lessons. I definitely recommend Etan for teaching young kids.
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Steve M. March 3, 2013
· Guitar ·
Excellent teacher!

Etan is a very inspiring teacher, and really pushes me to learn in very constructive way. Highly Recommend!!
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Etan H.

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Montclair, NJ 07042
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About Robert H.

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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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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.

*** Travel Equipment ***
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.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki classical guitar, classic rock, blues, jazz , popular, funk, country, folk, finger picking and pick style and piano.
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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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Katherine M. April 29, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I really enjoy learning guitar with Robert, I've been playing for a two years and a couple of months. He really motivates you to keep trying and play a music piece until it sounds great. He's patient and easy going and it's great and fun to learn guitar alongside Robert
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Robert H.

Robert H.

Randolph, NJ 07869
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About John C.

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I have over thirty years of experience as a teacher in both public and private schools.
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John C.

Plainfield, NJ 07060
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About Noah B.

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Princeton, NJ
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I am extremely passionate about both music and education, and it gives me great joy to be able to share excitement for and knowledge of music with my students. I have been studying violin since I was 4 years old and it has always been a central part of my life. I have a strong background in both music and education. I am conservatory trained having received a BFA in Violin Performance from Carnegie Mellon University with an additional major in Physics. I am comfortable teaching all levels from total beginners to advanced students playing Paganinni and major concertos. I have been teaching violin for 4 years, and I also have experience teaching Physics in public schools and a Masters in Education from TCNJ. I offer studio recitals twice a year for all my students, which are valuable opportunities for my students to experience performan
ce and share their music with each other. I enjoy music of all styles and in addition to classical music I play rock and jazz. I collaborate frequently with Trenton based rock artist Roy Orbitron.

For beginning students I start with Suzuki books until about book 5 and then begin to branch out into other repertoire. I also incorporate etudes by Dancla, Wohlfahrt, and Sevcik. I teach students to read music as well as basic theory and ear training. I also incorporate playing by ear and improvisation. These are important skills which help students develop into flexible and well rounded musicians.

I am happy to teach any piece in any style that the student wants to learn. Students do much better work and can learn much more when they are excited about the music they are playing. In addition, I can also help students prepare for auditions, competitions, or or to prepare orchestra music.
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Tania S. December 23, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Very good instructions. Knows his stuff. Would definitely use again, daughter just wanted a break.
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Alvina September 5, 2016
· Violin · In home
Noah has been teaching my 11 year old boys for almost two years. I initially chose him due to his proximity to my house. We have since moved, but we continue to travel 1.5 hrs round-trip to Princeton because of his patient and kind demeanor.

He also motivates his students by recognizing and praising their hard work and accomplishments no matter how big or small. I have seen my kids' skills improve drastically under his tutelage.

When Noah teaches, it is very obvious that he loves the violin and that he is eager to impart his love and knowledge of the violin to his students. He's an extremely gifted violinist and teacher.
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Rochelle C. March 29, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Teaching skills are marvelous.
A pleasure to spend the hour with.
He is a very talented musician.
I am thrilled to have found him.
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Noah B.

Noah B.

Princeton, NJ 08540
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About Chris B.

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Butler, NJ

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My name is Chris B. and I've been playing music for most of my life.

The best lesson that I've personally learned is that a musician is never done learning. Once you start believing that you know everything there is to know about your instrument, or that your style of playing is superior to others, then you've stopped growing musically. Perhaps you excel in one area of your playing but need further development in another. Personally, I've also learned that I enjoy sharing my knowledge of music with others and exposing students to new techniques and musical concepts.

I strongly believe that these traits are the most important aspects of teaching music to others. No matter how advanced my playing skills might progress, I’ll always be able to relate to any type of student because I’m still learning something new everyday!
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Pennie July 21, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I had my second lesson with Chris today. He's exactly the type of teacher I've searched for. He's very easy going and optimistic. I appreciate the fact he grabs his guitar and plays along with me, it makes learning rhythm so much easier for someone who learns by seeing and following along. I highly recommend him.
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Rich June 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Chris is an incredibly knowledgeable guy, an incredible producer and an incredible musician. An absolute master at his craft. Not too mention he is an all around solid guy, amiable, meticulous and professional in everything he does. I have gained huge strides with his tutoring. He is everything you can ask for in an instructor and more. I owe whatever skills and knowledge I have gained to his instruction and I have achieved far more than I could have ever expected under his tutelage.
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Jon January 30, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
he was great
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Chris B.

Chris B.

Butler, NJ 07405
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About Katie C.

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Princeton, NJ

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I am a recent graduate with a degree in vocal performance and have been teaching voice and piano for quite some time. In my lessons I strive to further the love of music through the exploration of styles that are of interest to the student, while also developing technique in the classical tradition.
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Julie April 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
my daughter and i are taking back-to-back lessons with Katie. she has an easy-going teaching style and the ability to shift gears between two vastly different beginners. we are happy to have been paired with her!
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Brad Angelo February 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
She's excellent.
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Marnie February 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Katie has been working with our 6 year old daugher once a week for 30 mins. She is very good at motivating her students as well as teaching them the introduction to piano playing. We look forward to seeing how our daughter develop under Katie's instruction.
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Katie C.

Katie C.

Princeton, NJ 08540
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About Brendon P.

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Montclair, NJ

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Brendon P. recently completed a Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music under Dr. Melissa Kraut in cello performance and pedagogy. Brendon is certified to teach all 10 Suzuki books and is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. As a performer, Brendon is very active in the area playing various gigs. He performs frequently with Accordia Music and with Musical Upcoming Stars in the Classics. He has also performed with Akron Baroque and Singers Companye. In addition to the modern cello, Brendon also plays baroque cello and viola da gamba. In 2015, Brendon performed in the Boston Early Music Festival.
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I-Wen August 31, 2017
· Cello · In home
Brendon is a wonderful cello instructor for my son. He is not only patient but also very inspiring. He listens to our wishes and needs, and he designs the lesson plan to meet them. In addition, he is very good at building a strong bonding with his student. Brendon has recently moved away from our town, and my son can no longer taking lessons from him. But I know my son will always remembers Brendon fondly as his best cello instructor.
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Jeff August 22, 2017
· Cello · In home
Brendon is a wonderful teacher and a gifted musician. I feel like I have more knuckles than fingers when playing, but he's patient and has produced - in my own humble opinion - a competent cellist out of me.
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Brianne August 19, 2017
· Cello · In home
Brendon is a wonderful teacher!
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Brendon P.

Brendon P.

Montclair, NJ 07043
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About Elana L.

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Ridgewood, NJ

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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 Nikolas P.

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With 10 years of live band experience, 8 years of music composition, and 7 years of teaching guitar, I offer vast expertise and a large musical background for very affordable rates! My lessons are described by former/current students as being laid-back, detail-oriented, and very encouraging. My students range in age from 8 years old to adults in their 30's. You can always learn something new!

Most of my musical experience has entailed Rock, Indie-Rock, Blues, Acoustic, Bossa Nova, and Experimental/Contemporary. If students are looking to expand into a genre which I am not necessarily familiar with, I am always able to examine and learn the material myself in order to pass along to the student.

My students always decide the curriculum and pace which they would like their lessons to held at. I make sure to break the lesson down into simp
le, fundamental bullet points so that students do not find themselves lost or confused. Overall, my combination of friendly attitude and communication skills means that all my students get a lesson they enjoy, remember, and improve with.
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Nikolas P.

Nikolas P.

Montclair, NJ 07043
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About Eunice P.

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Wayne, NJ
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Born and raised in America, Korean-American violinist Eunice Park has been a classical musician for 10 years. She has a deep-rooted passion for teaching serious students and teaches with promise, diligence, and love. Although she is currently a high school student, she is also a senior at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-college division, and has studied under several renown professors, including (but are not limited to) Xiao Wang (Queen Elisabeth Competition finalist and Curtis graduate), and Elizabeth Chang (Juilliard pre-college professor). Park is willing to put extra time and effort to ensure her students their quick and steady improvement and nurture her students to the best of her abilities in order to help them succeed. Park has created many recordings and won several awards, including the New York International Competition of YW
CA, American Protege Competition, the NJIO Concerto Competition, the NJMTA Young Musician Competition, and a couple community service awards. Since age 12 she has performed in many different summer festivals, including the Saarburg Music Festival in Germany, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Manhattan in the Mountains intensive summer camp, and made her official debut on stages including Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall. Although Park is currently a student, she never fails to teach with vigor and a good heart. "If the student is a hardworker," she explains. "Then I will naturally be twice as hardworking. I'm that crazy teacher that will phone her student at 6am to make sure he or she is practicing." Park accepts beginner students through advanced students. Please contact her for further concerns or inquiries.
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Grace August 20, 2017
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Ms. Park is very talented and a great teacher to my kid. Cannot wait for what lies in store. Highly recommend.
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Eunice P.

Wayne, NJ 07470
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