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About Jerry Y.

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Cranbury, NJ

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About Jerry
I've been playing and loving music for well more than half a century, now. I got started in second grade when my grandpa brought home a little violin one day, and I've been at it ever since. I was fortunate to take lessons for more than ten years with Carita Page, a teacher who was very warm, encouraging, and caring. I do my best to pass that on to my students in addition to the technique of playing and the theory of music, fascinating as those are.

I feel that playing in groups is very valuable experience for students and gives you a side of music that private lessons alone cannot. I encourage students to look for opportunities to do that. To help provide those opportunities I organized the Cranbury Scout Band, one of very few continuously-operating Scout bands in the country, which I have directed for more that ten years now.
I've also been on the staff of several Jamboree Scout bands.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is a different individual and learns in different ways. I try to make lessons as interesting and as useful to each student as I can, and include different things based on your interests and capabilities. Most students find duets are fun, so I include them often - both duets with the same instrument you are studying and duets with other instruments as well so you can learn the sound of such combinations. I encourage you to "play with your ears" as well as your fingers, to become a critical listener to your own performance and to decide whether you sound the way you want to sound.

I encourage students to try different things to become a more rounded musician. This might be something closely related - a flutist trying the piccolo or a clarinetist trying the bass clarinet. Or, it might be further afield - a flutist trying the guitar or a violinist learning movable Do and solfeggio singing. Every aspect of music is good to know.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My music studio is in a separate building - actually a renovated barn about two centuries old. The studio contains a piano and all the other instruments that I teach, and is roomy enough not only for private lessons but for musical groups up to about ten. I have many other resources there as well, including files of music, a small music library, and a computer that we can use for many purposes.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need their instruments, music, and stands.
I bring my own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Classical,
Marching Band,
Ethnic (such as Jewish, Irish)
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Kevin H. February 26, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Very patient and explains well
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Henderson February 23, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Jerry is a wonderful teacher for my kid. He is so nice and knowledgeable. We like him!
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Joseph P. February 2, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Great guy, I was impressed with being able to do a waltz in 30 mins. One of the best teachers I ever had
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Jerry Y.

Jerry Y.

Cranbury, NJ 08512
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About David C.

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Fords, NJ
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About David
I started playing guitar 29 years ago at 11 years old. After studying classical and jazz throughout high school I attended William Paterson University from 1994 - 1997, majoring in Music Education and then later in 2003 at CCNY majoring in jazz performance.

In 1997, I moved to Brooklyn and cut my teeth in the NYC R&B and rock club scene and with various jazz combos at many other clubs including the Blue Note and the Knitting Factory. In 2003 I returned to college at CCNY (city college of New York), majoring in Jazz Performance and studying with Ornette Coleman alum, Kenny Wessel. I also started my long standing weekly Hip Hop event, Freestyle Mondays in the East Village. Freestyle Mondays has attracted some of the best musicians in NYC and the world to sit in or just hang out, including Tarus Mateen, Marcus Miller (Miles Davis bassist)
, Ari Hoenig, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Tim Motzer, Adam Deitch and countless others. I have recorded with Lauryn Hill and have toured in China and the UK.

For last 6 or 7 years, my bread and butter has been theater. It really tests my versatility. I have been a sub guitarist on Broadway for the Tony award (best score, best orchestration 2008) and Pulitzer prize winning musical Next To Normal, The Visit on Broadway, first guitar at the 2010 Williamstown Theater Festival Production of critically acclaimed musical "The Last Goodbye" which features the music of Jeff Buckley (the first project licensed by his estate since his untimely passing in 1997), Be More Chill at Two River Theater as well as many other regional theater productions. Most recently I performed with the Orlando Philharmonic and a veritable who's who of B'way including Kelli O'Hara, Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Norbert Leo Butz in Orlando at a benefit for the Pulse Nightclub victims' families. My main gig, however, is with The Midtown Men. It features 4 stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys on Broadway. We have played at venues all over north America including the Beacon Theater and NJPAC as well as having a PBS special and performances on the Today Show.

*** Lesson Details ***
Like my musical abilities, I am an extremely versatile teacher. If you need a strict program, I can "crack the whip", but if you'd rather just learn some tunes you like, without all the theory and technical stuff, we'll find a balanced program that works for your learning style.

I have been teaching for 18 years, so whether you're trying to make the high school all state jazz band, learning your new favorite song or anything in between, I can steer you in the right direction. I'll keep you motivated to improve and become the artist you want to be. With simple, clear direction from me and a little practice and hard work from you, we'll have you playing your favorite music in just a couple of months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated to music, many guitars and amps, weighted casio, room for parents to wait

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar, but if a student is going to practice, I would think they would need to purchase a guitar at some point. I suppose I could bring an amp as well. Students should also have a manuscript book and/or a method book (depending on their level).

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz guitar, but am experienced and well versed in rock, blues, classical, hip hop, R&B, funk and pretty much anything else.
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Jonathan J. April 5, 2014
· Guitar ·
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David is a wonderful instructor. He would always provide me with information that helped me take my guitar playing to the next level. He was extremely patient and helpful in his lessons and never seemed to become annoyed when I would not get things right. Sign up for him today!
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ErikaR1 March 27, 2012
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5 yr old guitar lessons

David has been excellent with my 5 year old. He is extremely patient, fun, and friendly and is teaching her how to play the guitar. i am amazed. I didn't think it was even possible for her to learn as much as she has. i would highly recommend David to teach any child music.
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JackR February 2, 2012
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Dave is a very enthusiastic teacher with good theoretical knowledge on the piano. His practical knowledge is OK. Dave is very good with letting the student determine his goals and then he tailors his lessons around those goals. This makes the lessons more enjoyable. The only suggestion I would have is that he should have the sheet music written in advance for that day's lesson. He had the music written in advance on our last lesson but for one or two previous ones, he was writing the music during the lesson which took time away from the lesson. Overall, I was very happy with Dave and would recommend him.
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David C.

David C.

Fords, NJ 08863
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About Andrew C.

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Lumberton, NJ

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Music has been a lifelong pursuit for me. I have played many instruments over the years while performing with various groups in and out of school. Eventually I decided that music was how I wanted to make my living. Since earning my degree in Instrumental Performance/Jazz Studies from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, I have been performing and teaching professionally. I have had the pleasure of studying and working with some of the finest musicians. Each day brings new and exciting challenges to be met. I have really enjoyed the journey to this point and am looking forward to more great things in the future.

My lessons are available to anyone who wants to grow musically. They can be as simple or as challenging as you like. I move at your pace and strive for every lesson to be a fun and rewarding learning experience. Whethe
r you want to learn how to play your favorite songs or write a masterpiece of your own, I will help give you the tools to make your musical dreams come true.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music teaching room, amps, stands, effects pedals

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R&B, Latin, Country, theory, improvisation, reading, learning songs, ear training, grooving and HAVING FUN.
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Staci H. October 7, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Andrew was very attentive to my personal goals and level of knowledge with the guitar. I felt encouraged and inspired to work on the material he gave me. A great experience!!
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Tarun June 12, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I've been taking lessons from Mr.Connors for quite a while now, and I must say that he is the greatest guitar teacher I have ever had. A year ago, before I met Mr.Connors, I used to be a the worst guitar player ever. I used to spend hours over hours in front of the computer screen trying to learn a song or some music theory, but I never seemed to get any better. I still continued to try, though, because I had a particular interest towards the instrument, but I couldn't shake off the feeling that i wasn't going in the right direction and that I needed someone to guide me. Mr.Connors was just the person I was looking for. He identified my skill level immediately and steered me in the right direction. Each song I was taught had a unique skill that I needed to master to make it through to the end. This made me realise the importance of the subtleties involved in playing guitar.

I just recently dived into music theory and sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of theory that I have to learn, but Mr.Connors knows how to light my spirits up. Watching him play, I realise that I can take my guitar to the next level with just a little more effort. This motivates me to spend more time on the instrument, and I got to say I have never been more interested in the guitar than I am right now.

Overall Mr.Connors is nice, polite, patient, funny, and an exemplary guitar player and teacher (If that wasn't obvious already). Looking back I realise I've come a long way from a year ago, and I have Mr.Connors to thank for everything. I know I'm going to keep learning from him as long as i still want to get better.
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D May 16, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I have been taking guitar lessons from Andrew for some time now, and I must say that he is by far the best teacher I've ever had. He never rushes you out and he genuinely cares about your musical development. I started taking lessons from Andrew to prepare for my music auditions for college. He put much effort into teaching me all that I know about ear training, music theory, improvisation, and my technique as a guitarist. I accredit Andrew in playing a fundamental role in my acceptance into Berklee College of Music. Not only has he helped me get accepted into Berklee, but within a short time of taking lessons with Andrew, I soon had the ability to play songs that once were beyond my skill level. I never imagined that I would be able to replicate Toni Iommi's riffs and John Mayer's finger-picking patterns, but Andrew knew how to solve the problems in my playing that I was struggling with. I honestly never thought I would get past those problems. He knows how to teach you in a way that makes an intimidating lick, not so difficult to play after all. He also teaches you HOW to practice to perfect your technique, which improved my playing dramatically.
All in all, I feel so blessed to have found Andrew and been a student of his. He's not only a fantastic musician, but overall he's an amazing person - friendly, caring, funny, down-to-earth, encouraging, patient, and honest. I consider Andrew not only my guitar teacher, but a mentor and trusted friend. Going to lessons is something I look forward to every week. I cannot thank him enough for playing such a big role in my musical journey and impacting my life in such a great way. You rock, Andrew <3
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Andrew C.

Lumberton, NJ 08048
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About Vincent T.

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West Long Branch, NJ
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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.

*** Travel Equipment ***
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 Jane E.

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Lawrence Township, NJ

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WEBSITE LINK:
https://jane-ericksen.squarespace.com/

ABOUT JANE:
Jane believes that singing is one of the simplest and most joyful ways to express oneself and enjoys helping student's find their own unique sound. She strives to nurture this by providing positive, and inspiring voice lessons focused upon building each student’s vocal health and techniques. Ultimately, her goal is to foster a LOVE of singing along with each student's ability to succeed wherever they choose to share their voice with whatever genre of music they enjoy most!

Jane is available for in-studio voice lessons near Princeton, NJ. She has been studying and performing classical voice and musical theater singing techniques for over seven years.

Jane holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Pepperdine University as well as an MM in Vocal Performance and Pedagog
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Eliza June 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
What a great first lesson. Jane accomplished so much in just half an hour, teaching my daughter warm ups and began work on proper technique. My daughter was very happy and comfortable with Jane.
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Makensie S. March 15, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Jane is great. My daughter loves her and it was the 1st lesson. She's so excited and I'm happy for her
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Jennifer W. March 4, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Jane makes you feel comfortable about pursing your vocal range. She demonstrates the techniques and coaches you to reach your potential.
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Jane E.

Jane E.

Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
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About Katie C.

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Princeton, NJ

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I am a recent graduate with a degree in vocal performance and have been teaching voice and piano for quite some time. In my lessons I strive to further the love of music through the exploration of styles that are of interest to the student, while also developing technique in the classical tradition.
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Aaron L. October 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
She is a very open and comfortable teacher to work with. I would definitely recommend her.
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Julie April 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
my daughter and i are taking back-to-back lessons with Katie. she has an easy-going teaching style and the ability to shift gears between two vastly different beginners. we are happy to have been paired with her!
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Brad Angelo February 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
She's excellent.
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Katie C.

Katie C.

Princeton, NJ 08540
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About David A.

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Somerset, NJ

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Cellist David Agia began his first lessons at the age of 9. He received his BM from Rutgers University where upon graduation he was presented with the "Excellence in String Performance" award. Following his studies at Rutgers he completed his MM at the Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany. His principle teachers were George Atanasiu, Jonathan Spitz, and Hans-Christian Schweiker.

He has participated in numerous masterclasses including Le Conservatoire Américain (Fontainebleau, France), Quartet Program (Fredonia, NY), Savonlinna Summer Music Academy (Savonlinna, Finland) and Orvieto Festival of Strings (Orvieto, Italy) and is a prizewinner of multiple competitions, such as the ANEMOS International Competition (Rome, Italy), Rutgers Sinfonia Concerto Competition, and Mason Gross Chamber Music Competition.

His experience in
a variety of different musical genres has brought him to concert halls throughout Europe, Mexico, and the USA, and national television broadcasts in Italy and Spain. David currently calls central NJ his home, where he enjoys teaching cello as well as playing all types of concerts. With a special affinity towards chamber music, he has been a member of various piano trios and string quartets. David is happy to play a cello made in Paris by Gustave Bernardel.
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David A.

David A.

Somerset, NJ 08873
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$40 / 30-min

About Domenic P.

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Toms River, NJ

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I'm an easy-going, patient teacher who remembers what it's like to be a beginner. A lot of teachers can have a tendency to get frustrated with students. I understand what it's like to be a student, and I understand what makes students want to quit. It's my mission to make sure my students have a good time playing and improve as quickly as possible.

I can teach technique, songs, song learning, composition, improvisation, ear development, music theory, and more.

I am a versatile bass player who was played styles ranging from rock n' roll, metal, and progressive music to avant-garde, pop, and funk. I've even played shows live not knowing the songs and made them sound great. Students of mine, if interested, can work towards developing their ears and technique to such a degree that they can do the same.

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Domenic P.

Domenic P.

Toms River, NJ 08755
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$24 / 30-min

About Nikki J.

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Cherry Hill, NJ

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About Nikki
Formal Education:
13 years of proffesional singing lessons. Wide variety of training in classical, broadway, and pop music. Trained Under: Tambre Knox. Rona Leslie Rebecca Siler. Bachelor in Science from Drexel University in Music Industry and Vocal Performance.

Private Education:
Private voice lessons my entire life, professional training in and out of school and college.

Performing Experience:

In choir since I was 6 performing in private groups such as vocal jazz and chamber singers. Have performed for large arenas to small stages. Have recorded professional EP of original music, containing live recordings

Experience Teaching:
Worked at New Jersey's Got Talent this past year teaching young adults and children how to sing from basics to advance skills

I would love to work with you and show you the best parts of
singing and why it is one of the best things in the world!
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Nikki J.

Nikki J.

Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
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$42 / 30-min

About Hannah L.

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Currently residing in New Jersey, Hannah graduated in 2017 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Music and English and a minor in Information Systems. As she prepares for graduate school auditions, she has enjoyed having more time to teach.

At UNC, Hannah was principal cellist of the UNC Symphony Orchestra, performing the fourth movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto as a winner of the UNC Concerto Competition. Hannah was also a member of the UNC Baroque Ensemble and various other chamber ensembles. An active chamber musician, Hannah has performed in the UNC Pleyel Celebration Concert, as well as the University Day Processional. She has also performed in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival. In the spring of 2
016, she spent the semester in Vienna, Austria, studying chamber music and cello performance with Josef Luitz, former professor at Die Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien.

Hannah has performed in masterclasses for several major pedagogues including Gil Shaham, Johannes Moser, The Pacifica Quartet, Anne Martindale Williams, and Michael Haber. Hannah currently studies with Jonathan Spitz. Former teachers include Brent Wissick, Nancy Green, Josef Luitz, and David Szepessy.

An active teacher, Hannah has taught private lessons since she was a junior in high school. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.
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Michael October 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
My son loved his lessons with Hannah! She was very patient and relaxed, yet kept him on track during lessons. Would highly recommend as a teacher.
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Hannah L.

Hannah L.

Plainsboro, NJ 08536
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