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About Nikole W.

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New York, NY

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About Nikole
Hi! I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about how I can help you as a teacher.

What is my background?
I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. I have developed a keen ability to assess and shape talent from years of training, teaching, performing, and working with the head of Arts programs to conduct admissions interviews, student evaluations, and performances. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and privately with notable musicians focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e. Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk).

What material is covered during lessons?
Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) as well as posture,
artistic expression, interpretation, breathing, and finger and pitch placement techniques are incorporated into my music instruction. Cold reading, audition preparation and technique, Shakespeare, scene analysis, and business strategies are examples of topics that may be covered in acting instruction. Linklater (voice), Alexander, Williamson (movement), and Art of Practicing (piano) methods are also employed.

What are the profiles of my students?
My students come from different walks of life: children coming from school who bound excitedly to my lesson door; teenage artists who have the passion and vision but lack the technique; working adults who seek reprieve from the stress of work by singing/ learning an instrument that they've always wanted to play; and seniors who want a fun hobby to keep active. I enjoy teaching them and watching them master the fundamentals while developing their own performance style (or even composing their own music)!

What is my teaching style?
Based on feedback, students appreciate that I am a teacher with a warm personality whose supportive, passionate, and fun approach and effective techniques help them attain the following: 1) a firm understanding of the fundamentals of music theory or acting technique; 2) an ability to effectively learn how to perform and practice singing/playing/acting a piece; and 3) a style of performing that minimizes tension, produces beautiful sound or a dynamic character, and/or allows them to fully express themselves. After a few months, students should have sound knowledge of all three.

My students and I connect, in part, because I remember being like them. On stage, I started out dancing and acting; I delved into singing and songwriting and then fell in love with playing the piano. The day that I learned how to merge those passions (i.e. singing while playing the piano) was one of the happiest days of my life! Now, whether I'm performing Shakespeare on stage, playing Chopin and Beethoven, or singing while playing tunes by Whitney Houston, I still get excited. Hopefully, I fuel that excitement in you, too!

What is the lesson structure?
Due to the comprehensive nature of my teaching style and structure, students above the age of 6 take lessons for 60 minutes; 30-minute lessons are only available for children aged 5-6. If a student wants to learn how to play while singing, I am happy to help him/her do so!

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My studio location in Manhattan is conveniently near Midtown, Chelsea, Flat Iron, Murray Hill, Union Square, Tribeca, and the Financial District in particular and is easily accessible via public transportation. It houses an upright piano and seating for parents.

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Acting: Meisner Acting; Theater Acting; Shakespearean Acting
Music: Classical Piano; Contemporary R&B & Pop Piano; Singing; Theory; Playing Whie Singing; Songwriting

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Thirty minute rates are for younger students only. Adult students are required to book 60 minute lessons.
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Ebony November 2, 2017
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Nikole is phenomenal. Great spirit, incredibly welcoming. I feel a lot more confident in public speaking.
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Ashley A. January 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Nikole, is very warm and professional. I have never continued with voice lessons, I enjoyed the experience so much that I'm going to kick the bad habit of smoking and sit down and seriously figure my finances out to continue being taught by her. I cannot express enough how much fun I had...no pressure Nikole if you read this...lol
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Marilyn T. October 10, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Easy to work with and understood what I needed to work on almost immediately.
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Nikole W.

Nikole W.

New York, NY 10001
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About Nicole B.

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Astoria, NY
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New York-based pianist Nicole Brancato is a stimulating and adventurous performer, composer, and teacher. As an award-winning young artist, she has performed throughout America and Italy, appearing in such venues as Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim, and the 92Y, as well as the “underground” and unusual performance spaces in New York City.

Brancato is a champion of creative and conceptual performance. She participated in the Guggenheim’s marathon performance of Satie’s Vexations along with Christian Wolff, Philip Corner, David Del Tredici, and Joshua Rifkin, all four of whom performed in John Cage’s 1963 legendary premiere of the work. This unique 19-hour concert was featured in The New York Times and Art News. On the international network Rai Italia, Brancato gave an intimate televised concert and interview for the series “L’altra I
talia” in which she explored her roots and her love for New York’s exhilarating music scene. Her modern big band project “The Titanics,” for which she acted as pianist and lead arranger, was deemed “brilliant” by New York Magazine and was featured multiple times in The New Yorker and Time Out New York.

With her passion for programming both traditional and avant-garde music in thought-provoking ways, Brancato receives great acclaim from audiences: “I am still reeling from Nicole’s recital,” said a Metropolitan Opera Guild board member, “The way she played … will stay with me forever.” In addition to her solo career, she is a key member of two unconventional chamber ensembles: Audible Abstraction - a bold new music trio - and 2Squared - a dynamic piano duo. In all of her endeavors, Brancato creates a connective, intellectual, and provocative experience for her audiences.

Brancato won multiple competitions during her career, most recently winning the Hunter Symphony’s Aria and Concerto competition with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. She holds an M.A. in piano performance from Hunter College in New York City and a B.M. in piano performance from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. She graduated summa cum laude from both institutions and was awarded the Benno Lee Prize at Hunter for an outstanding Master’s Recital. She is a member of the American College of Musicians’ Piano Guild and has studied with the likes of Geoffrey Burleson and William Wolfram. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, specializing in piano, composing and arranging, and music theory.
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STEVEN DESIENA November 3, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Nicole is awesome. She adapts lessons to match your skill level, nurtures proper and useful technique (while pinpointing and discouraging bad habits early on), and encourages you the whole way through. She teaches with enthusiasm and knowledge above expectations, and gets you excited for the work, incorporating theory and composition into her lessons. Highly recommended.
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Susan K. October 23, 2015
· Piano · In home
Nicole is delightful to learn from. She is patient, knowledgeable and very upbeat.
I am learning not only to play better but some theory alongside.
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Susan K. July 2, 2015
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Nicole is very pleasant and understood what kind of teacher I need
She is talented and explains things very clearly
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Nicole B.

Nicole B.

Astoria, NY 11106
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$45 / 30-min

About Uka G.

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Astoria, NY
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Hello! My name is Uka. I am a Brazilian drummer/percussionist. My approach to teaching is through an individual lesson plans.

My professional training was at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, Drummers Collective in NYC and private lessons with such drummers as Billy Ward and Jonathan Mover.

I am a very patient teacher and my goal is to help the students achieve their goals and have fun doing it.
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cymbals, snare drum, practice pads

*** Specialties ***
I am specialized in drum technique, Brazilian styles, Rock, Funk, Reggae and many other styles.
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Uka G.

Uka G.

New York, NY 10036
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$40 / 30-min

About Carla U.

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Somerset, NJ
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About Carla
Music is my LIFE!

After more than 25 years of teaching at music camps, music stores, 3 colleges and my home, I completely understand that the lessons are all about YOU, the student: what you want to learn, taught to you in a way that works for your brain and personality.

And if you don't know exactly what you want to learn, that's OK. We can figure that out together as we go along learning the basics.

I help students learn to play songs by artists they like.

I also help students write songs, or put chords to their existing lyrics.

For those who are interested, I teach note-reading (not required) and theory (not required) and ear training (not required).

The lessons are always tailored towards your (the student's) goals.

I also teach classical and fingerstyle guitar for the occasional person who specifically wants
either of those styles.

My purpose as a teacher: help people have a fun experience, learning in an organized way, adapted to your learning style and goals, while learning to do exactly what you wanted to do when you decided you wanted to play the guitar.

In 1994, I was let go from my job at a music store because I was sick. Which sounds awful, but was the best thing to ever happen to me- it was then I got over my fears and became a full-time musician, teaching and writing and performing. I have never looked back! I may not be a household name, but I am living the dream.

Whether you want to sing to your kids or play for an audience of 50,000, or just play guitar for yourself, you first have to get started.

Wait no longer! The guitar is calling!
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Dennis May 30, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Carla is a fantastic teacher! She keeps the lesson lively and interesting, pushes you along but not too much.
In just the handful of lessons I have had so far my level has jumped further than expected.
Carla has been very helpful with the "tricky-bits" that have caused me issues. Helped to remedy them and move on.
Look no further for a great teacher, better yet I'll keep her to myself.
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Tony May 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson! Looking forward to the rest of my lessons. Carla is a great teacher and very knowledagble.
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Frank January 7, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I have now had 3 lessons with Carla. She is an excellent teacher who definitely puts in the time to make sure your lesson is tailored to your needs. She has exceeded my expectations already. Awesome !
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Carla U.

Somerset, NJ 08873
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About Elizabeth P.

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New York, NY

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About Elizabeth
Hi there! I am a classically trained, professional trombone player, ukulele player and songwriter working in New York City. I've been helping my students achieve their musical goals for 2 years! It's important to me that my students have a strong technical foundation that allows them to have fun and make beautiful music. From my lessons, you can expect to grow your skills as an overall musician, as well as in your specific lesson subject. Musicians make well rounded human beings and I love being a part of that process! Contact me today!
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Jay W. October 8, 2017
· Trombone · In home
Outstanding teacher!
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Jeff August 21, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Elizabeth is a very patient teacher. I wanted to take a few lessons on Ukulele so I could get a practical proficiency before a recent trip to Hawaii with family and friends. She was very patient and understanding with my beginner level, but I could tell that she has the ability to teach those with more ability than I have as well. The way she described how I should approach the instrument from a technique perspective was very clear and efficient, and when she would demonstrate chords and exercises she always played so beautifully. I felt as though I genuinely improved at every lesson. Not to mention her flexibility in finding time scheduling our lesson, and all around friendly and positive attitude. I could not recommend Elizabeth more.
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Elizabeth P.

New York, NY 10003
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About Jennifer V.

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Bronx, NY
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I am a Musical Theatre Performer, who is still studying at a University. I perform all the time and believe that warm-ups are a big importance when it comes to performing. Technique is something I have been studying for a while, as I am still understanding what techniques work for myself.
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Jeffrey November 17, 2017
· Singing · In home
Teacher came to my home, she was on-time. I love that she puts emphasis on warm-ups and techniques. She is very nice and understanding. Always reminding me to have fun while focusing.
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Dayhana November 17, 2017
· Singing · Online
She is very focused and nice. Has a good voice. Great teacher! I’m very nervous about singing, but as a beginner she made me feel so comfortable. I’m going to book more classes soon. She puts importance on technique.
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Celeste M. November 17, 2017
· Broadway Singing · Online
I just got started with her but she's really nice and seems to know what she's doing. We did vocal warmups
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Jennifer V.

Bronx, NY 10468
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$20 / 30-min

About Dan C.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I'm a professional pianist and composer with a passion for both performing and teaching. I have an undergraduate degree in music performance from Northwestern University, and a masters degree in jazz performance from NYU. I've released six albums with my band, and my music has been licensed for TV (WB) and film (Universal). My last album was featured on NPR's "Fresh Air," and I tour nationally and internationally while overseeing a teaching studio of about 20 students here in New York.

While my passion is jazz and I work in contemporary music, I've studied classical piano since age 4 and believe that a strong foundation in theory and harmony translates well to all genres while providing much needed context. My students are all ages and range in ability from beginner to professional. I teach out of a cozy studio overlooking Prospec
t Park, and travel to students homes under the right circumstances. Whether your goals are reading music, reading chord charts, playing by ear, improvising, or composing, I always strive to make the lessons fun and stress free.
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Simone Bernard November 15, 2016
· Piano ·
Kind, encouraging attitude and patient; the perfect instructor for anyone with no experience as myself.
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Amanda David August 8, 2016
· Piano ·
Very patient, and knowledgeable. Great instruction on form and theory as well.
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Bridget Carey April 3, 2016
· Piano ·
Great lessons so far! Dan is a good teacher and very patient with a total beginner
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Dan C.

Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$75 / 60-min

About Cole B.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Dr. Cole D. Belt's passion for collaborative art has resulted in the participation and/or formation of several distinguished chamber ensembles throughout his career including the Aeolus Saxophone Quartet, Duo Velocipede, Mana Quartet, Impression Saxophone Ensemble, and Singularity. Through his involvement with these groups Cole has been heard in concert halls across the U.S. and Europe in masterclass settings, competitions, music festival residencies, chamber series, and guest artist recitals. Regarding his recent Carnegie Hall debut Cole has been described as "a splendid performer who brings wonderful spirit and life to my music" by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Charles Wuorinen and by Curtis Institute composer David Ludwig as "at once sensitive, nuanced, brash, and daring: all depending on the demands of the music." 

As an undergra
duate, Cole traveled with the Aeolus Saxophone Quartet to perform world premieres of Jens Marggraf's Three Dances in Germany and Poland as guest artists. He then returned to Poland, during his Masters degree at Florida State University, for five more concerts with the Impression Saxophone Ensemble at international chamber music festivals.

Praised by composer Neil Anderson-Himmelspach for their "precision of rhythms, intonation, clarity of articulation, and sensitivity to radical shifts of mood..." Duo Velocipede is a salient combination of flute and saxophone. They had their inaugural performance at the Biennial Festival of New Music in early 2013. Since then, they have continued to perform around Florida, Georgia, and recently performed a guest artist recital at Harford College in Aberdeen, Maryland.  Anderson-Himmelspach in currently writing a concerto for the Duo.

Singularity performed first for the International Ligeti Festival and Symposium in 2013 where they collaborated with Lukas Ligeti on his quartet Frozen State of Song. Since then they have performed for Michael Maccaferri, clarinetist for the three time Grammy winning sextet eighth blackbird, who praised them for their "...unfaltering rhythmic precision and razor sharp ensemble playing with a sensitive and thoughtful interpretation of the score..." in regard  to their championing of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Charles Wuorinen's Quartet. Singularity made their Carnegie Hall debut in May of 2015.

Cole is a D'Addario Performing Artist and uses Reserve Classic Reeds, exclusively.
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Brandon August 3, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Lessons with Cole helped me grow not only as a saxophonist, but as a musician and person as well. He was my lessons TA for a year at Florida State University. Very patient and willing to work with his students, yet he knows when you are putting in an honest effort and when you are not. In our time together at FSU he demonstrated a wide array of knowledge and ability on the saxophone and music, including many discussions about music history, different musical styles, and transfers we can make from other instruments. If you work hard, and are honest with both Cole and yourself, you will find yourself learning a great deal and making a great friend along the way. I would recommend lessons from him to anyone.
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Alex July 26, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
I took lessons from Cole during my siohmore year in college. Within just a few months he had identified and corrected 3 major problems in my playing that no other teacher had noticed. Many of my friends have taken lessons with Cole as well and no one has had a bad experience.
As a teacher Cole was never late and always made me comfortable asking questions. Cole can also explain abstract, difficult to grasp concepts like no other teacher I've had before.
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Mia July 25, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Cole Belt was my saxophone teacher during my first year at the Florida State University, and he had a huge impact on my approach to musicianship, both as a musician and as a human being. He helped me to realize my long and short term goals as a musician and guided me to achieving my utmost potential during my time as his student. His meditative and methodical approach to teaching and instrumental music-making is comprehensive and simplistic in nature, and he was always able to provide critical advice and various perspectives when I learning to establish my own musical concepts of phrasing, etc. I experienced growth during every lesson due to his preparation and knowledge of the instrument. But, most importantly, he was clear in his direction, and patiently provided multiple approaches to the same concept when I was having trouble understanding. He challenged me to expect more out of myself, and I am very thankful for the incredible foundation he helped me to establish during my first year as a undergraduate music student. I have seen him lead masterclasses with musicians of all ages, and he would be a lovely teacher to any woodwind student, at any level of development.
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Cole B.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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About Daniel C.

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My name is Daniel Civilne and I'm 23 years old and have been playing the piano since around the age of 12. I go to York College CUNY and I am majoring is music and psychology. I also play on and off for the York College big band and choir and play a little at my church. My dream is to open a music school and help underprivileged kids and give kids an outlet to let out unhealthy emotions. I love helping people and would love to become a successful philanthropist/music therapist one day and to help make the world a better place.
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Daniel C.

Queens Village, NY 11427
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About Katerina H.

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Flushing, NY

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I am a professional singer with piano skills currently studying at the Aaron Copland School of Music pursuing a Bachelors of Music Performance with vocal concentration. I'm trained in multiple styles of music such as musical theater, classical music, and pop, and I have a great deal of experience with younger children, and children with special needs.
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Katerina H.

Katerina H.

Flushing, NY 11367
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