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About Elise M.

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Richmond Hill, NY

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About Elise
I am a professional, classically trained soprano, most recently engaged a as Young Artist with Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Steamboat Opera for the summer of 2017, where I performed roles including Notary's Wife in Intermezzo (PFO) and Adelaide in The Enchanted Pig (Steamboat Opera). Other recent in engagements include Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with New York Lyric Opera, Adele in Die Fledermaus with PA Lyric Opera, and the soprano soloist in Karl Jenkins' Requiem with the Williamsport Civic Chorus.

Alongside of performing, I offer voice, piano, and beginner guitar lesson year-round to students both in person and online. My private vocal studio includes a range of students from young children to adults, who vary in musical aspirations and sing in many different styles, including opera, art song, jazz, blues, pop, and musical the
ater. My students have gone on to sing on Broadway, pursue music and theater degrees, compete and win competitions.

With a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Temple University, a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and an Education minor from University of Florida, I extensive training and knowledge of the vocal mechanism and proper vocal use.

I have a passion for teaching my students self expression through music. My students are given every opportunity to become well-rounded, performing musicians, and my goal is to give students the tools to become life long, passionate musicians themselves!
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Andrea September 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Elise is an incredible teacher, with real attention to detail and experience working with many different levels. She is patient, kind, and comfortable to be around (with a great voice!). I would recommend her to anyone.
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Dylan September 14, 2017
· Singing · Online
Elise is an extremely talented, classically trained singer. She was very patient with me as a beginner and has improved my singing dramatically so far. I will definitely continue taking lessons with Elise.
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emily September 14, 2017
· Singing · Online
elise is such a great teacher! she is so patient with me and she really knows her stuff!! i can definitely tell that i'm improving and she makes it really fun, too!!
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Elise M.

Richmond Hill, NY 11418
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About Adrian B.

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New York, NY
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About Adrian
Music has played a big role in my life ever since I was 4 and heard The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night." From that point on, I committed myself towards a life in music, soon after beginning lessons on classical guitar. Through high school I studied classical and jazz guitar at Philadelphia's esteemed Settlement Music School, and I subsequently attended New York University as a jazz studies major in both guitar and composition for a bachelors and masters degree.

As a teacher, I love to pair my academic knowledge of music with my decades of experience listening to and playing popular music ranging from rock and funk to bluegrass and hip hop. I've performed in settings ranging from jazz clubs in Italy, to theater in New York, and rock clubs in Philadelphia. In my lessons I like to bring that diverse experience to create a curriculum tha
t compliments the interests of the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
In a private lesson setting I like to say, "What you put in is what you'll get out." Students who show up having practiced a lot, who are eager to dive in depth into a subject, will grow immensely in a short amount of time. Those who are interested in practicing guitar as a casual activity also have plenty to gain, and I try to push my students in accordance with their interest level.

As a teacher, I like to support my students' personal ambitions on the instrument and with music on the whole, drawing on a wide range of materials. My goal is to put the proper resources in front of my students and ask them questions that will push them to discover the elements of music they knew they were looking for and some they didn't.

Every student has personal goal, and I like to draw on my diverse background in music to help each of mine achieve theirs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Common space seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have an instrument, paper, and a pencil. I can bring a music stand if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I have been playing various styles of guitar, from classical to jazz to rock and beyond, for most of my life, so I feel comfortable showing all students the style they are most interested in.
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Steve K. April 12, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Adrian is not only great guitar player but also a great teacher. I had taken private lesson since summer of 2015 and had a great learning experience on both playing classical guitar and understanding a music in general. He breaks down a piece and tries to help me understand how the music should be played and suggests different ways to approach no matter how simple a piece is. I would recommend for classical guitar and big thumbs up!
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vasu A. April 13, 2014
· Guitar ·
Fun and Inspiring

Adrian's teaching style has helped me to understand the music pieces in an intuitive way. His ability to breakdown a complex concept into simple ones makes the learning fun and natural. Adrain makes the lessons interesting by discussing the music piece in length and also by sharing the music history behind it. He lets the student decide the pace of learning, but at the same time nudges him to take the next step. I will recommend Adrian to anyone who is interested in learning music.
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Madison W. November 13, 2013
· Guitar ·
I would highly recommend Adrian.

Adrian's passion for music really comes through in his lessons, always making lessons both informative and fun. Having no prior experience with the guitar before taking lessons from Adrian, he really catered to my strengths and passion points to find a teaching method that suited me well. It wasn't long before I was able to play a song and all the while, in addition to learning the very basics, Adrian also tuned into music theory and songwriting, which gave our lessons great depth. Additionally, Adrian was always very accommodating with my hectic schedule. I highly recommend Adrian to anyone seeking to begin or advance their guitar skills.
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Adrian B.

Adrian B.

New York, NY 10027
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About Jeff S.

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Perth Amboy, NJ

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Jeff is a seasoned instructor in guitar, songwriting, music performance and music business. He also offers lessons in public speaking, voice-over performance and ukulele. He welcomes students of all ages and experience and has successfully and happily taught beginners to pro-level musicians and recording artists. Jeff is pleased to announce that he is currently accepting Takelessons online students via Skype.

Jeff can teach guitar and songwriting in all styles and is an adept acoustic and electric guitarist. His knowledge of chords is extensive and his acoustic fingerpicking skills are formidable. Jeff structures all lessons around the individual goals and playing level of his students. Jeff's students tend to study with him for quite some time, as his wealth of knowledge, diversity of instruction and patience are extraordinary
. Jeff prides himself on customizing every student's lessons based on their particular preferences, goals and skill level. "It's a very personalized kind of instruction, as I never take a cookie-cutter
approach to teaching…".
Jeff's 3 promises to all students is to give them personalized lessons, be attentive to their needs and goals. and to make them feel like every lesson is worth their investment of time and money. As long as students practice regularly, they can expect to dramatically increase their clarity of playing, their chord "inventory", their musical ear and awareness and play the songs they've always wanted to learn.

After honing his craft as a songwriter and performer, Jeff created and taught songwriting and music business classes at colleges,universities, and music schools throughout the country for many years. Some of the places he taught include UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music.
When asked to summarize his views on teaching and music: "Teaching and playing music always puts a smile on my face; especially when I see that the student is having fun, learning what they want to learn and feeling the passion about music that motivated me to pursue my own musical career".

As a working singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 35 awards from various national and international songwriting contests and he's a former staff songwriter for the long-standing New York City-based publisher, Bourne Music. He has also won best music video awards at 3 international film festivals.

Some of the artists that Jeff has been compared to as a guitarist and vocalist include Keb' Mo', James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, John Mayer, Bill Withers, Jim Croce, and Don Henley.

Jeff is a NJ native, but lived and performed in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, John Daversa, Hiroshima, Little Richard and N'Dea Davenport.

Jeff catalog of over 450 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff's songs
have appeared in film and TV. One that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, "Journey Of The Heart" (co-written by Jeanne Smith), which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National
Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it "the official anthem" of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.

Jeff has commercially released 4 CD's of his original material: The most recent of these is his 2013 release, "Blujanova" (a merging of blues, jazz and bossa nova), which was praised by platinum selling and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Dave Koz: "Jeff's voice is so clean and pure...the production is lovely...warm and inviting...I love the interesting and surprising takes on some classics too, especially 'I Feel Good'…that brought a smile to my face!".
The other CD's stretch into other genres. "Truthteller" (bluesy pop/rock and singer/songwriter material) "Me, Myself, and I" (acoustic) and "The Spin" (pop, rock, and country-tinged singer/songwriter material). All of Jeff's albums are on his label, Relevant Records. The late great John Braheny, author of the best-selling "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting (Writer's Digest Books), gave high praise to Jeff's CD, "The Spin", calling it "honest, crafty, melodic and the songs are all exceptional". Patch.com called Jeff "a consummate songwriter".

*** Lesson Details ***
At the first lesson, I will ask you to tell me what songs you want to play and artists you want to play like and I will set the table for that by providing the chords you'll need, chord and scales and exercises to enable you to play them and guidelines and tricks on how to make it happen as quickly as possible. I know a wide variety of songs in all styles and styles, including current hit songs as well as pop, rock, blues, jazz, country songs. if you have a song or artist that I don't know already, I will learn it (often on the spot) and if not right then, at the next lesson. I have taught my students to play songs by artists as varied as Taylor Swift, U2, Jason Mraz, Adele, Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Doc Watson. And that's just naming a few.

I always make it clear to my students at the first lesson: "There is no such thing as a stupid question". I want you to feel comfortable to stop me at any time to clarify what I am teaching you, ESPECIALLY if it is too difficult or vague. I pride myself on always being organized for your lesson and making sure that you grasp whatever it is I am teaching you. The goal is to get you to be able to play what you want as quickly as possible. This will take practice and dedication on your part, but I will do everything in my power to help you get there.

I never force anything on any of my students. but I feel it would be beneficial for you to learn to read music OR read tablature and chord diagrams. You tell me which one and we'll go in that direction. If you'd like to read music, then we can decide on a book for you. I have used Hal Leonard instructional books (with CD's! this way you can play with a backing track and get a sense of rhythm, which is very important), but I'm open to other method books you might have or like.

After 3 to 6 months, you will feel you are significantly more skilled on the guitar than you were before we started lessons. You will know more chords (and move from chord to chord), be able to do at least some basic fingerpicking and be able to read some music or tablature.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic fingerstyle guitar (a la James Taylor, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Jason Mraz, John Martyn, Jim Croce, etc.

Blues guitar a la Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, etc.

Bossa nova guitar

Songwriting (any aspect and any level; musically, lyrically, structurally, etc.)

the songs of Taylor Swift---quite a few of my younger students want to play her material, so I have about 15 songs ready to teach you and always learning more (by popular demand)

Adapting songs that are keyboard-based and creating arrangements of them for acoustic guitar. Examples include songs by Adele, songs by Elton John, Irina Menzel's huge hit song from "Frozen", John Legend's "All Of Me", Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", etc.

Recording on Garageband.
I became so skilled with Garageband that I was asked to give seminars at Apple Store locations, showcasing my recordings and how to use the program.

Voice-overs; performance, recording, etc.
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Sanal pookat May 19, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. Hoping for a great learning experience in lessons to come..
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Ira April 2, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Jeff was great. He was patient, and tailored the lesson to meet my needs.
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Srikanth R. December 12, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Loved the lesson..
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Jeff S.

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
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About Monika J.

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Brooklyn, NY
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When music is done right,it transcends language and words. That is one of my favorite quotes. Being able to express yourself through singing is like a religious experience if done right. My passion for music goes beyond the technical aspect, but rather the personal experience, and the personal connection. It is like taking listeners on a journey without visuals but just a melody. That is what I try to instill in my students.

I have a background in opera and gospel singing. I have a degree in music. I also taught children's choir at a public school as well at a church. My goal is to teach students how to maintain and strengthen their voices metaphorically and physically. I have a set lesson plan for students that are offered weekly to students that will help with pitch, rhythm and breathing. Along with the weekly lessons, I teach basi
c music theory as well as some music history to students. Students will learn songs from a set list of songs and will work on their own songs.
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Martine August 24, 2017
· Gospel Singing · In studio
She's great!
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Kristina P. July 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very nice introduction to the course , we took our time and focused on where I need help vocally and Monika even gave me some tips to follow on my spare time :)
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Ria March 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Monika is an amazing instructor with patience and knowledge. She is kind and supportive!!!
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Monika J.

Monika J.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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$15 / 30-min

About courtney F.

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New Hyde Park, NY
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I have been playing guitar for over 16 years. I have been classical trained on guitar and am finishing my last year at Adelphi for my music degree in music composition and classical guitar performance. I write my own folk songs as well instrumentals for guitar. I have been trained in music theory, sightsinging, and keyboard profiencey. I have been teaching for over 4 years and have taught and currently teach at numerous places on long island. I currently have 38 students, counting private and students through music schools I teach at on the island. I have prepared students for nyssma for classical guitar where the lowest grade back was 25/28 and all the others were 28/28. I look forward to hearing from you :)
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courtney F.

courtney F.

New Hyde Park, NY 11040
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About Christian D.

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New York, NY
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Hello! I am a Classical Voice (Opera) Major studying at Mannes College within the New School. Mannes is one of the most highly-rated operatic training programs in the country, and, thus far, has helped me acquire many skills as a both an opera singer. I have attended programs such as the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Chautauqua Voice Institute. I am a recipient of multiple talent-based scholarships, including but not limited to George London Scholarship(s), Richard Tucker Award(s), and the Mannes Dean's Scholarship while I have been in school. I also received my degree from the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division after studying voice there for five years while I was in High School. I have acquired a very strong background in theory, ear training, and dictation should you need tutoring. I can teach Musical
Theater and I also can tutor people in Spanish (from beginner to intermediate). I will graduate with my BM from Mannes in 2019.
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Christian D.

Christian D.

New York, NY 10011
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$25 / 30-min

About Kate D.

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New York, NY

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I am a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter who is very interested in teaching younger kids about self expression through music and writing. I have a Bachelor's degree in music performance from the Manhattan School of Music and have been working as a professional musician (within many genres) for a decade.
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Melissa P. May 25, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Kate is fantastic!! She has such a warm, easygoing personality, and I was very comfortable having her in my home. She is extremely knowledgeable about the uke and was able to immediately recognize my strengths and weaknesses. I feel challenged, but not overwhelmed. I had so much fun and can't wait for next week's lesson!
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Kate D.

Kate D.

New York, NY 10013
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About Dylan J.

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New York, NY

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Dylan James is currently a graduate student studying clarinet with Charles Neidich at Mannes College of Music, The New School. His orchestral playing has been heard nationally at prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center, New World Center, Kimmel Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and at festivals including Miami Music Festival, National Music Festival, National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, and Northern Lights Music Festival. Twice a winner of the Rowan Soloists’ Competition, Dylan has performed as soloist with the Rowan University Wind Ensemble and the Rowan University Orchestra, in addition to the Northern Lights Festival Orchestra and the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, with whom he is currently a member. Dylan is a past winner of the Clifton Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award and was also honored with
an Undergraduate Scholar Award through the Presser Foundation. He is a member of the national music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda.

Originally from Mullica Hill, NJ, Dylan graduated summa cum laude from Rowan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, under the tutelage of Rié Suzuki. Upon graduation he was awarded the Ann B. Ward Medallion for highest distinction in Fine and Performing Arts. Dylan is a former member of Philadelphia Sinfonia as well as a past student of Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA, where he studied woodwind chamber music with Shirley Curtiss. He currently serves as a clarinet instructor for Rowan University’s Community Music School, Rowan Prep.
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Dylan J.

Dylan J.

New York, NY 10040
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$32 / 30-min

About Makulumy A.

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Makulumy is a pianist, arranger, and theatrical music director based in New York City. A graduate of Stanford University, he concentrated on a range of musical activities during his education, ranging from Romantic piano performance-practice, to conducting and vocal coaching for musical theater. Professionally, he has worked at the American Repertory Theater, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Stanford Repertory Theater, and several New York venues on theatrical productions including Finding Neverland, Triangle, and Ragtime on Ellis Island.

His teaching experience covers a wide variety of topics. He has been a music director for numerous theatrical productions, coaching singers and musicians to quality performances. While teaching popular-music-centered piano lessons to several students at Stanford University, he was also a Teaching Assistant
for the ear-training and musicianship courses in the music department, which covered music theory, keyboard harmony, and sight-singing.

For TakeLessons, he provides piano lessons from beginning to advanced levels, as well as intermediate-level vocal instruction for singers primarily interested in musical theater and "show tunes". Music theory lessons are also available. He looks forward to working with you!
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Makulumy A.

New York, NY 10036
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About Michael W.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I am a freelance trombonist and recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, where I majored in Performance and Contemporary Writing & Production. My primary style of playing is jazz, however I am well versed in classical, funk, pop, fusion, and other genres.

My lessons are designed to be fun, while motivating students to become the best that they can. Whether you want to work on expressing yourself on a classical etude, or improvising over the chord changes of "Giant Steps," my aim is to help you achieve your musical goals.

During my time at Berklee I have had the opportunity to perform in many great jazz ensembles, and have worked with masters such as George Garzone, Danilo Perez, David Santoro among others. I have also performed at some prestigious venues such as the Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC and Jazz at Lincoln Center. I am cur
rently a member of the Boston based wedding band Silver Arrow Band. Recently I moved to NYC to begin my freelance career.

I can teach at my place, or come to your place, or online. Looking forward to meeting you!
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Michael W.

Michael W.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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