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About Vincent T.

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West Long Branch, NJ
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About Vincent
I have taught for 18 years, giving both private and group lessons. I am a professional musician, having played in numerous bands, recorded and played shows. I have taugh all ages, and all elvels, and all styles. I play a number of instruments including piano, guitar, bass, violin, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica, in addition to writing and singing. I took private lessons for over 10 years, and also studied music in both high school and college.

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A student can expect to be treated with respect, and have a lesson tailored around their abilities, interests, and amount of practice time. I make the lessons fun but also informative. I try to get to know my students so that they feel comfortable. I am laid back, but also determined that a student practice well, and learn not only the instrument but music fundamentals a
s well. I try to show students that learning music is a lifelong pursuit that can provide all types of fun and personal fulfillment, in addition to being a potential career and social outlet. After 3-6 months, the student will be playing songs, good ones, not just scales. They will also have learned basics, such as chords and scales, as well as sight reading.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement converted into music studio with instruments, and piano and keyboard. Parents can sit in on lessons. Street parking available.

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I provide all lesson materials, listening examples, and, on occassion, an instrument. I often use my laptop to play songs and tutorials for students (who don't buy records like we did in the old days.) Generally, students must provide instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I tailor my lessons based on three factors: a student's interests, their ability, and their amount of practice time. I do not use a cookie cutter method of teaching because each student is different. I have studied, formally and informally, rock, pop, blues, jazz and classical. My specialties are rock and blues. On occasion, I will use method books, such as the Schirmer books for piano, but only if the student clearly seems to benefiting from them.
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Vincent T.

Vincent T.

West Long Branch, NJ 07764
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$25 / 30-min

About John S.

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Toms River, NJ
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About John
I am a multi-instrumentalist who has taught for 41 years. I have had both Zakke W and two other rock stars in lessons,. Further, I had a Grammy nominee and a well known comedian and Hollywood Actress, as well as countless music school scholarship students. Many of my students have embarked on performing careers as well as teaching at the school and college level. The lessons are laid back, friendly and above all- helpful. We will study and work on the music of your choice,but, with a slight twist from the traditional, that I incorporate not just playing the song, but to get you the student ready to be able to work out the songs harmony, theory, notation and phrasing on your own. I feel this must be done in order to get a student to be able to perform with others. Lessons should always be about instructing a student to know and utilize e
very musical concept so that they will be able to perform with others.

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You can expect to be well grounded in theory and being able to play an instrument with solo and chords, comping, etc., in all keys - as well as song structure and song learning.We will analyze all aspects of the song. We will do a song together, then, i will through theory, show the student how to work out a song on their own.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have amps, cables, recorders, books, sheets, etc here at the studio. You need only your instrument and a music writing book.

*** Travel Equipment ***
they must have instrument

*** Specialties ***
All methods are my own. We work through theory and analysis to enable a student to learn how to put a song together and perform it on their own.
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Mike P. October 19, 2015
· Guitar · In home
John is intelligent; articulate; patient, and funny. I have not had a better instrument instructor than him.
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Dawn V. December 5, 2014
· Cello · In studio
The most attentive and knowledgeable music teacher I have ever had. Very aware of student improvements and yet able to make suggestions where they are needed, without any kind of harsh criticism.

John provides all the information - both theory and performance in a very laid back way which leaves the student feeling stress free. He is very realistic as to the expectations of what the student's abilities are now and when "tentatively" they can expect to achieve a level of playing.

He does his job. It is up to me to do mine! Having fun and learning in a very short time. Not easy - but practice, practice, practice.
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John S.

Toms River, NJ 08753
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About Charles C.

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West Long Branch, NJ
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About Charles
BA Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers College. MS from Montclair in Music Composition,
Jazz Studies with Kenny Baron. Composition Studies with Nicholas Rousakis, Frank Foster, Noel DaCosta.

Member Music Educators National Association.
Member Jersey Shore Music Educators Association
Member BMI

I am an experienced lifelong pianist. I work professionally as a solo pianist, church organist, choir director, piano teacher, composer and arranger. I am experienced in most styles of music including, classical, jazz, pop, gospel, broadway, rock.

I develop an individual leaning path for each of my students so they can achieve their music goals. I use many different piano teaching methods and am not bound by any particular one. Depending upon my students level and goals I will supplement the methods books with pieces that i
nterest the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
Depending upon the student lessons we will work on several areas designed to improve the students understanding of music and playing the piano.

1. How to practice efficiently,
2. Improving technique.
3. Weekly songs and pieces to learn.
4. Long range major works which will take several months to master
5. Sight reading
7. Music theory,harmony, rhythm and melody, which can be applied to all styles of music, popular song, classical, jazz, etc
8. Understanding of music styles and composers

How much time we spend in each area will be determined by the students level and goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawaii Professional Studio Upright
Steinway Professional Studio Upright
Yamaha Digital Practice Piano
Yamaha PS-1500 Arranger Keyboard
Logic Pro 9 Recording Software
JV-1010 Synth Module
Roland VK-8M Organ Module
E-MU Hamond B3 Module
Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface
JBL Studio Monitors
Macbook Pro

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student must have a suitable weighted keyboard or piano at home for practice.

*** Specialties ***
Specialties Include:

Jazz, Pop, Broadway and other Popular Forms

Songwriting and Arranging

Accompanying yourself or another singer on the piano

Developing a performance repertoire.

Technique Development
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Sharon B. April 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I recommend Charles, he is a qualified instructor.
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Linda J. May 8, 2015
· Piano · In home
Charles is just great....there's no way I could have found a better teacher. Not only does he know everything there is to know about music, he's interested in keeping the lessons and learning interesting and fun. You can tell he really cares about trying to help his students to both progress, learn some theory, but to have fun and build skills they'll use/enjoy for a long time. Really impressive.
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John L. February 10, 2015
· Jazz · In home
Charlie has been giving lessons to my son and is the absolute best! He is passionate about music and brings such energy to each lesson. My son is learning how to play jazz from Charlie after being classically trained. It has opened up a whole new world for him.

It great listening to the lessons because Charlie and my son enjoy music so much.
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Charles C.

Charles C.

West Long Branch, NJ 07764
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About Christopher J.

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Old Bridge, NJ

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Christopher Joseph has been playing guitar for 11 years and has studied and performed genres such as classical, jazz, cumbia, Latin, Spanish, Brazilian, rock and pop. He has performed with many different artists/bands and has composed for a variety of styles. While in high school Christopher studied Classical guitar and violin under the tutelage of Bernard Mathews and now at New Jersey City University he studies Classical guitar with Francisco Roldan of the ZigZag Quartet and with Joao Luiz from the World acclaimed Brasil Guitar Duo for ensemble. At the university he is currently a senior.
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Gaspard August 25, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Great first lesson with Chris !
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Ashley August 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Chris is a wonderful teacher! My daughter is a shy 7year old, but she said he made her feel proud and comfortable. Chris surely knows how to teach young minds with his patience and calmness. My daughter is already looking forward to have another lesson with him soon!
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Arsh July 8, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In home
Chris is a great instructor. He can adjust to the student's pace and helps the student learn all types of guitar techniques. I have progressed a lot through his lessons.
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Christopher J.

Christopher J.

Old Bridge, NJ 08857
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About Abe O.

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Morganville, NJ

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About Abe
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Abe Ovadia and I am a guitarist, educator, & composer. I was the winner of NYC’s 2016 Hot House Jazz Awards for best guitarist. My group has also performed at many renowned venues in New York City including The Blue Note, The Iridium, Smalls Jazz Club, among others.

My experiences in high school, college, & graduate school of studying with several different teachers on various instruments influenced the direction of my life in a profound way. These experiences instilled in me a deep appreciation of music that I believe is an important part of any well-rounded person. Furthermore, taking music lessons exposed me to a way of life that I otherwise would not have considered: a life in music. .

I teach all styles of guitar and am happy to help you achieve all of your musical goals. I've been play
ing guitar for over 20 years & teaching for over 15 years. Thank you for your consideration & I look forward to hearing from you.
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Portia September 19, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Abe is great! Both my teenagers take guitar lessons with him. One is focusing on acoustic guitar, the other on electric. Abe tailors their lessons to the individual interests of each child while also exposing them to a wide variety of genres, techniques and styles. He does teaches with plenty of patience and an obvious passion for his craft. My kids are really enjoying being able to play fun and challenging pieces. (Yep, they're already playing recognizable songs!) I love listening to them during their lessons and while they are practicing on their own. Thanks, Abe!!
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Jessica June 27, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Abe was super patient, helpful, and talented... I enjoyed my first lesson so much and he gave great exercises to practice.
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Michael May 31, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Abe Ovadia is quite simply the best guitar teacher I ever had. He really knows how to play and convey the information to me in a way that has made me a much better musician. Highly Recommended!!
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Abe O.

Morganville, NJ 07751
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Sicklerville, NJ
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Pattricia performed Salsa, Soft Rock, and Traditional Latin Music in the large concert venues, stadiums and coliseums of South America. With the influence of her father, Guillermo Patiño-Valencia and his international operatic and concert career, Ms. Patiño revealed her talent for the operatic stage singing in the Coloratura Soprano repertoire in roles as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

Pattricia Stella Patiño holds a BM and Artists degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the Universidad del Valle of Cali, Colombia – South America.

Pattricia has being working for more of 20 years on Auditive-synchronization and neurochronaxic technique that helps to sing in tune and with confidence.

"If you can talk you can sing. I will show you how..." Pattricia P
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Lillian January 6, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Pattricia is really helping me to learn Spanish by focusing on what I will use my Spanish for. I know what I’m learning will be put to good use. Conversing is the hardest thing for me to do, but Pattricia has us only speak in Spanish which really helps me work on conversation.
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Paul G. November 7, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Pattricia was great. Very patient but offered good encouragement and compliments when you got something right.
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Jenna November 6, 2017
· Spanish · Online
My 9 year old daughter is enjoying her lessons.
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Pattricia

Pattricia

Sicklerville, NJ 08081
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About Amy V.

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Toms River, NJ

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Hi! I'm Amy. I am a certified music teacher k-12 and have a BS in Music Ed. with a concentration in voice from Hofstra University and an MS in Foundations of Ed also from Hofstra. My major instrument is voice. I sang professionally as well as taught general music, voice, and choral groups while employed by the Brentwood music Department on LI for several years before having kids. To be the best voice teacher I can possibly be for my voice students, I continuously study, polish and hone my skills for my instrument. I am currently continuing my Opera voice studies with renowned Opera singer, Julia Koci from Vienna. I now teach general music, voice programs, private voice instructions and piano fundamentals at the Victorious Voices Studio, located in Toms River, New Jersey :)
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SPRINCI December 31, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Amy is truly a five star voice instructor! I look forward to our lessons knowing that I will come away with new skills and techniques. Always encouraging and with a great sense of humor, Amy makes me feel empowered to sing with confidence.
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Roe P. March 29, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Amy is a great instructor
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Dena March 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My kids love Miss Amy! Always a fun, upbeat class, lots of variety and very memorable. Anyone would be lucky to have her as a teacher, she is patient, kind and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend!!
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Amy V.

Amy V.

Toms River, NJ 08753
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About Andre B.

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Burlington, NJ
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I am a guitarist with over 15 years of playing experience and a lover of music. I have taken private music theory lessons as well as classes in undergrad. I believe music is one of the most beautiful things in the world. The element of personal expression makes it that much more meaningful.

I have learned over the years teaching causes you to truly know your craft in order to convey it to someone else. I enjoy sharing that joy of music with others looking to embark on their own musical journey. I have devised a system for teaching that has proven to be effective among my students.

I start off by gauging what the student knows musically to see what we need to focus on. After that, we work through principles and songs in a systematic and fun way. I give homework and material to work on every lesson to reinforce the work of the day.
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Manny January 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
If you're looking for a judgment-free zone to learn guitar, Andre is really the teacher for you. He wasn't my first guitar teacher, but he was the best one I'd ever had. I think that comes from the fact that he truly loves the music and takes pride in passing the skill on to future generations (despite the rise of looping music). He's great with kids too! I promise you will not be disappointed.
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Andre B.

Andre B.

Burlington, NJ 08016
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About John N.

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Princeton, NJ

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Hi Everyone!

My name is John Nydam, and I'm an active pianist in the Princeton, NJ area. I have been playing the piano for over 16 years and have experience performing in many styles (classical, jazz, etc...). Currently, I am a student at Princeton University, intending to pursue a jazz performance certificate.
I regularly play in the Princeton Jazz Program; I have been the pianist for several small ensembles as well as the pianist for the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble. I was also co-music director and pianist for "Singing in the Rain," a student-run senior thesis project in Spring 2016. I have also had experience performing in other ensembles, including the New England Conservatory Youth Jazz Orchestra and the NAfME All-National Honor Jazz Ensemble. In 2014, I received an opportunity to perform with the Massac
husetts All-State Ensemble at the Newport Jazz Festival. I have also attended numerous summer music institutes, including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Young Composers), the Berklee Five-Week Performance Program, and the Skidmore Jazz Institute.
I believe that I not only will be able to help students improve and gain more confidence at the instrument but will also be able to relate with them on what it's like to learn a new instrument. Students can also check out my SoundCloud page to get an idea of my work. I'm open to working with students of all ages, and I look forward to hopefully meet some of you!
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Emily S. November 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
John is a really great player! He is an accomplished and award-winning pianist in both jazz and classical styles, and he plays with elegance and musicality. He knows an enormous amount about classical and jazz repertoire, and he is a patient teacher who is excited about sharing what he knows with his students. I highly recommend him!
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John N.

John N.

Princeton, NJ 08540
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$32 / 30-min

About John V.

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Princeton, NJ

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I am a college student at Westminster Choir College, who has been studying piano for a while now. I am well versed in classical repertoire such as Bach, Brahms, Chopin and more. I think there is a certain up I have personally. I can relate to my student because of my age and I can craft a lesson where I can be more relatable to the student because of my age. I start with the basics and work our way up, starting with easy exercises that challenge the brain and that target certain areas. With those addressed, we then move on to repertoire that also highlights critical points of study that the student needs to address. The Bach Inventions can target fingering issues and use of counterpoint among the hands. I teach block chords and elemental piano skills before moving onto harder concepts like triplets and 3 against 2.

I have studied with
Ms. Jean Schneider, she is an accompanist with the Michigan Opera Theatre and personal pianist for freelance gigs. I am now currently studying with Dr. Parente of Westminster Choir College. He has written books, played in concert halls around the world and strives to get all his students in flow, to perform at their very best.Outside piano, I am a classical singer, studying as a baritone, who is training with Sharon Sweet of Westminster Choir College. Please feel free to ask about a resume as I would be happy to provide one. My name on Facebook is John Vandevert, feel free to reach out.
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Chris December 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My brother learned quite a bit from him! He can now play Mozart like a little professional!
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John V.

John V.

Princeton, NJ 08540
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