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About Dominic S.

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New York, NY
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Piano is my all time favorite instrument
And the way I teach it is unique

About Dominic
Dominic Sahagun is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, currently teaching as Assistant Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music. Dominic has years of experience teaching people of all ages, and in all styles of music. Professionally, he has performed in National Tours, Off Broadway, and in major films.

"Music has always been my absolute favorite thing in the world.
As far as I know, I am the only teacher in New York City who teaches Voice, Piano, Guitar, Bass and Trumpet."

Currently Dominic's studio consists of -
An Academy Award winner
A Tony Award nominee
Four students are currently performing on Broadway

BFA The Boston Conservatory of Music
Lyric Baritone

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Ken Nelson (Coldplay) - "Fantastic voice"
Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds - "Really cool songs"
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Simon August 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Dominic gave me great advice to start learning how to sing !
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Ariel B. October 11, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
He is great Trumpet teacher. He is professional and friendly. My son enjoyed his first lesson. Thank you
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Marla H. March 22, 2016
· Piano · In home
Dominic is fabulous. if you have a chance to work with him, do yourself a favor and do it!
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Dominic S.

New York, NY 10019
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$60 / 30-min

About Martin N.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Martin
Hello students and parents!

I have been teaching bass, guitar, and piano for over 10 years and have been playing all those instruments for over 12 years. I have experience teaching kids as young as five as well as adults. I enjoy having a variety of students.

I received a Bachelors in Music from Manhattan School of Music where my major was Jazz Bass Performance. I also studied a wide range of other subjects including piano, composition, and arranging. I also have a Masters in Music Education at Teachers College (Columbia University).

I am very passionate about music as well as teaching and I want to inspire my students.

I play with a variety of artists in New York City and have toured extensively both nationally and internationally.

I have performed with artists including Ethan Iverson, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Billy Hart, Gr
eg Osby, Jason Moran, Dave Liebman, Steve Wilson, Ambrose Akinmusire and Aaron Parks and have studied with teachers including Jay Anderson, David Grossman, Larry Grenadier and Ben Street.

I look forward to helping you grow as a musician and learning from you as well!

All the best,
Martin

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My primary mission is to help you accomplish the goals you have set for yourself. Within the first lesson I want to learn what you hope to achieve. I always ask my students what music they love and want to learn more about.

I want to use the music that you connect with to help you grow on your instrument. I will also teach you the techniques needed to play the instrument and expose you to the different styles possible on the instrument.

I tailor my teaching to each student's needs, concerns, strengths and weaknesses. I use a variety of teaching tools, including books and recordings, based on what I think will help you.

I am very patient, fun, and engaging. I guarantee that within 1 lesson you will feel inspired and ready to embark on an exciting musical journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons take place in the living room with a piano, upright bass, and guitar. Seating is available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I use public transportation. I expect the student to provide an instrument and if possible, the book we are working through. Otherwise I will provide the book.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz, but can teach classical, rock, pop, funk, r and b,
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Joseph Occhiogrosso February 10, 2019
· Upright Bass · In studio
I've just started with Martin and I couldn't be happier. He is very knowledgeable and attentive to details in our lessons. He posseses all of the basic qualities of a good teacher. I'm excited that I'm finally playing upright bass.
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Martin N.

Brooklyn, NY 11225
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About Santiago L.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I've been teaching piano for 9 years from beginners to advanced students. My main goal as a teacher is to shape top performers unifying technique and musicianship ( which includes music skills like sight-reading, music theory and improvisation). I use Piano Adventures for Beginners and I have a lot of material for intermediate and advanced students including Classical Music, Jazz, Pop and Film Scores.

About Santiago
I'm a pianist and composer from Argentina, now living in Brooklyn since 2014. I hold a Masters in Jazz Performance from New York University, plus a Jazz and Classical degree from different Argentinian academic institutions.
My main experience as a teacher was working as Adjunct Piano Instructor at NYU (2015-2016). I also have been teaching privately since 2015 in New York City. As a performer, I have released two albums and I recently performed at Weill Auditorium Hall as part of "Sophia Rosoff Presents" Concert Series. In addition, I play in different jazz and creative music projects as a sideman.
My teaching method seeks to shape top performers unifying technique and musicianship. In that regard, the lessons are divided into technique exercises, music-skills (sight-reading, music theory, improvisation) and repertoire.
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Santiago L.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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$50 / 30-min

About Andrea N.

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West New York, NJ
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I believe learning is an art and each student has their own canvas to paint! As sometimes lessons will be more structured than others - especially to beginners - my method of teaching highlights what is most important to the students. While students may pick songs to his/her liking, I will provide information so the student knows the song inside and out and develop enough confidence they can create variations to songs they are familiar with!

About Andrea
I am a classically-trained pianist that has played the piano for 22 years. I began when I was 4 years old and have not stopped since! After graduating from Rhapsody Academy for Music in Elizabeth, NJ, I began teaching at after school centers. Most recently, I started teaching private lessons, where I currently teach 15 students, ages 4-15, music lessons, theory, and history. My focus as a teacher is allowing the child to dictate their education - with my supervision to facilitate each lesson. Every class is exciting, practical, and engaging, as the students use the most available resources to help them learn and understand the basics behind each song. I love working with children and allowing them to make decisions at a young age, so they can build their confidence and understand that hard work is a very rewarding process. Students ar
e encouraged to strengthen their skills through finger exercises, learning scales and chord progressions, and etudes.
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Nathan September 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
First lesson, It was a great start...
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Alexander W. July 30, 2016
· Piano · In home
Andrea is very nice. My son is autistic and it's hard for him to focus. But Andrea still made to get him to master some basic piano knowledge. I would continue let my son go to her lessons.
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Aisha-Aina May 15, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Mrs. Andrea helps me solve problems on the piano that I did not know I had!
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Andrea N.

Hillside, NJ 07205
(5)
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About Zachary G.

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New York, NY
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Experienced and patient piano teacher for students at all ages. Lessons are personalized for each student based on their goals ranging from classical to jazz and pop. Time is also spent learning music fundamentals including music reading, music theory, ear training, technique, and much more. It's never too late or too early to learn. Send me a message to find out more.

About Zachary
I am an orchestral conducting Masters graduate from Mannes College of Music who has been playing piano since the age of 4. I have been teaching beginner and intermediate piano for the past 5 years to students ranging from ages 7 - 65. I teach all types of styles ranging from classical to pop with everything in-between.

My students can expect to develop a strong and reliable technique while being able to express their musical ideas with a clear and dynamic level of sophistication. It's the stories and emotions that draw people to music, so I do my best to base my teachings around that concept.
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Zachary G.

New York, NY 10028
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$45 / 30-min
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About Rafael C.

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New York, NY
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I have loved this instrument from the beginning, and you will, too. I've performed a diverse array of music in many different contexts, from playing jazz in cafes and Debussy & Bach in recitals, to leading Beatles singalongs from the piano bench. In music school, I tutored many of my peers in the piano curriculum. People start playing piano for different reasons and with different goals, and my job as your teacher is to help you meet those goals, while also giving you a firm understanding of music and how the instrument works. I look forward to helping you discover the musical magic of the piano!

About Rafael
I have been playing trumpet professionally in New York City since 2013 when I moved to the city from Boulder, Colorado to study jazz at the New School University, where I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with academic honors. I have had the honor to play with some truly world-class musicians, from Afro-Cuban big band gigs with Bobby Sanabria to small group hot jazz with Jon-Erik Kellso. I have experience playing in many different kinds of musical styles - classical chamber music, pit orchestras, bebop, New Orleans second line brass band, big band jazz, R&B, Brazilian Forro, Cuban conjunto, classical orchestra, rock, small group swing, pop, Dominican merengue, Puerto Rican bomba - and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. I am also a composer and arranger, specializing in big band jazz, and I am a member of the BMI Jazz Co
mposers Workshop.

During my time at New School University, I had the opportunity to study with some truly world-class trumpet players during my time there - Jimmy Owens, Lew Soloff, Brad Goode, and John McNeil. Their guidance not only helped me become a better trumpeter and musician, but shaped the way I teach my students.

My job as your teacher is to enable your exploration and discovery. I'll provide you with the tools - understanding of how the trumpet works, understanding of the mechanics the body must utilize in order to play, how to practice - and then together we will discover the right way to apply those tools to your playing.
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Dmitri June 15, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
Rafael is a very dedicated teacher, who is an excellent musician with outstanding ears and a passion for the subject. I particularly appreciate how he skirts the worlds of jazz and classical music, and relates to both. He has ideas of what he wants to get across in each lesson, yet also listens and responds to students feedback. I certainly recommend Rafael as a teacher!
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Nolan May 24, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
When I began trumpet lessons with Rafael I had zero experience on a brass instrument. He started out teaching me the basic fingerings on the horn, but before I knew it he had me learning traditional New Orleans second line music as well as some more contemporary brass band tunes. After just a few lessons with Rafael I succeeded in securing myself a spot in an audition-only, collegiate-level ensemble dedicated to playing this style of music. Rafael is fantastic teacher and pleasure to learn from. If you are looking to improve you playing and have loads of fun at the same time, Rafael is definitely the teacher for you!
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Rafael C.

New York, NY 10009
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$42 / 30-min

About Tyler B.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Whether you want to learn today's popular music, go back to classic songs of the past, or want to write your own music, I have the tools for you! I have many years of experience teaching both kids and adults, and my versatile professional experience means I can offer instruction in a wide range of musical styles. For traditional method book learning, I'm well-versed in both the Alfred piano method, as well as Faber & Faber, while drawing from my own upbringing as a Suzuki student. I also make sure each student learns music theory and ear training techniques in order to internalize the music on a deeper level.

About Tyler
I'm a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, composer, arranger, freshly transplanted to Brooklyn after seven great years in Boston, Massachusetts. My professional experience on saxophone, keyboards, clarinet, flute, and bass in many different musical styles has offered me a wide-ranging palate to teach from. For the past five years, I've worked for multiple organizations and agencies as a private lessons instructor, averaging 15-20 students at any given time and maxing out at over 30! My approach to lessons is laid back, yet goal-oriented. My main goals are to equip my students musical and instrumental fundamentals, help them discover their particular passions within music and work towards related goals, and to foster an environment rooted in fun and mutual respect.
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Karen October 22, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
My daughter enjoyed learning clarinet with Tyler. As another reviewer has noted, Tyler is a gentle and patient teacher. My daughter could be difficult during lessons and often got distracted, and Tyler was great at steering her back on track and engaging her through new music and exercises.
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Katrin September 28, 2018
· Piano · In home
Tyler was the piano teacher for our two daughters for almost 5 years. They were piano beginners aged 4 and 6 when we started. My daughters are more on the shy side, and Tyler ended up being the perfect teacher for them. He is gentle and patient but at the same time got them excited about learning the instrument and playing music of different genres. My daughters enjoyed the lessons very much and they were sad to see Tyler leave for New York. I can highly recommend Tyler as a teacher especially for shy beginners like my daughters were.
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Paul September 25, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
My son's comment was that Tyler was the best music teacher he ever had and he has had a lot. He misses him a lot.
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Tyler B.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
(5)
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$42 / 30-min

About Claudia K.

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New York, NY

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I incorporate a lot of technology into my lessons.
Students have multiple performance opportunities. I often host piano parties as well as field trips to piano factories. Most students say I am lots of fun, and silly, but also train pianists really well.

I have a great sense of humor and have 30 years of experience. I am a college professor as well as a faulty member of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division.

About Claudia
Over 30 years teaching students of all levels: children, adults, professionals/teacher training. Professor at Hunter College and on faculty at Manhattan School of Music Pre-college.

I feel responsible to get my students excited about classical music and pique their curiosity about contemporary music. These students are the future of our art, if not as performers, then definitely as audiences, patrons and administrators. It is our mandate to guide these students to appreciate and understand how the study of music will enhance their lives, no matter what field they choose.

Music is an essential aspect of who we are as human beings. My goal, then, is to develop in students a love of music, and an enjoyment of learning how to play the piano. I host performance opportunities for students to perform on stage, as well as piano parties an
d piano 4-hands group-a-thons. I use technology when appropriate to help kids get excited about learning.

I’m often asked whether I enjoy starting young children at the piano. My answer is always the same: give me a student, and I will be thrilled to guide my pupil and get him or her excited about studying. The age is unimportant. The challenge is keeping a student engaged and enthusiastic along with the hard work that goes into training. No matter the student’s age or level, educators have an enormous responsibility to create and nurture life learners, and to ignite a curiosity and passion for the arts.

What matters, then, is to develop the skills inherent to studying music: discipline, inquisitiveness, problem-solving, and, most importantly, active and acute listening.
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Paul August 20, 2018
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Claudia Knafo is a master — a master teacher, a master performer. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She has an extensive background in piano pedagogy and works superbly with students of all ages and levels. She is warm, compassionate and beloved by all. She runs a very professional studio and provides her students with countless learning and performing opportunities. She is a magnificent player and is able to provide magnificent guidance and inspiration. Lucky are those who have the opportunity to study with Claudia Knafo.
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Joli August 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Our 10 year old son began learning from Claudia nearly 3 years ago. We all love her! We weren't sure if he would enjoy learning the piano, but Claudia ignited his interest and he has been very engaged ever since. The hour that he spends with her each week is rigorous, yet it passes quickly and he always leaves with a smile. His level of playing far surpasses our expectations. Each week, she emails us a custom practice log with notes about which pieces he should study. She is thoughtful about making sure that he has a grounding in the mechanics, while enabling his talent and natural feel for music. Each piece that he is assigned to play is purposeful and he really enjoys his repertoire. We are due to purchase a piano and Claudia is giving us tips in that process as well. We feel so lucky to have found Claudia!
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Claudia K.

New York, NY 10025
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$85 / 30-min

About Alicia M.

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New York, NY

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Hi, I'm Ali and I'm a classically trained pianist with over 20 years of experience. I specialize in beginner and intermediate lessons. My lessons are always fun and relaxed and I encourage my students to learn with positivity and enthusiasm. You will learn everything from music theory, sight reading, ear training, technique and more!

About Alicia
Hi I'm Ali! I'm a classically trained pianist with over 20 years of experience. I was trained at the specialist music school Wells Cathedral in England for 7 years and studied music at CSN in Cork Ireland. I passed all of my Royal School of Music examinations up to grade 8. NYC is my home and I am an accompanist for various NYC productions. My lessons are always fun and relaxed and I encourage my students with positivity and enthusiasm. Learning piano should be an enjoyable experience! I specialize in beginner and intermediate teaching and you will learn everything from music theory, technique, sight reading, ear training and more! Let's get started!
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Alicia M.

New York, NY 10024
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$50 / 30-min

About Linda C.

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Bronx, NY

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I am a Bronx native professional opera-singer that has been studying singing for 10 years and playing piano since the age of 7. I have been teaching both voice and beginner to intermediate piano to all ages for five years throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. My voice and piano lessons focus on developing a healthy technique, learning how to sight read, breathing exercises, acting, and having fun. I teach all genres and can help with audition preparation.

About Linda
Audiences throughout the U.S. have heard Ecuadorian and Puerto-Rican Mezzo-Soprano Linda Collazo at venues including Carnegie Hall, the U.N., Lincoln Center, the United Palace Theater, and Repertorio Español, as well as in theaters throughout Europe. Described as having a voice that is “elastic and luxurious…” (Ars Raving Mad), Linda began her 2018/19 season as a part of Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance. She later went on to perform as an Apprentice Artist in Sarasota Opera’s Winter 2019 season, and just recently sang the role of María Magdalena in El Caminante de Nazaret and as a soloist in Ben Yarmolinsky's The Constitution with the Vertical Player Repertory Theater.

Linda has made appearances with the New York Lyric Opera Theater at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and made her Italian operatic debut as La Cesca in Puccini’s G
ianni Schicchi with Si Parla, si canta and Centro Studi Italiani in 2017.

In addition to her operatic career, Ms. Collazo has also showcased her vocal versatility in her concert and recital work. She has performed as a soloist with various orchestras and ensembles throughout New York City including the Mimesis Ensemble, Queens College Choral Society, Voces Unidas, and the Cantanti Project, performing in concerts, recitals and galas showcasing oratorio, new music, and Spanish opera, zarzuela, art song, popular song, and baroque music.

Her recent awards include first prize in the Friday Woodmere Music Club’s Young Artist Competition and first prize in the Bronx Arts Ensemble Young Artist Competition.

Linda received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She was a CUNY Macaulay Honors Scholar, Richard and Mica Hadar Foundation Scholar, and the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Jane and Paul Smaldone Memorial Scholarship, the Helene B. Giudice Award, the Erik Horlick Memorial Award, and The Claire Bartels Freshman Award.

When she is not performing, Linda loves to teach and has five years of experience teaching both voice and beginner-intermediate piano.
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Anthony C. July 7, 2019
· Classical Voice · In home
Linda is a vey experienced teacher,
She worked well with my 9 yr old son!
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Ana July 6, 2019
· Classical Piano · In home
My daugther has been taking piano lessons for about 1 month and it's amazing how fast she's learning, also Ms Linda is so patient as a teacher and my daugther feels so confortable as i do myself while i wait for her class to finish. I highly recomended her. 🤗
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Linda C.

Bronx, NY 10455
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