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About Brenda B.

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

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About Brenda
Hello, my name is Brenda! It is nice to meet you.

I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade, and have my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University. I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor, and I just completed my Masters of Music in Performance with the Opera Institute at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children and retired adults!

I primarily teach voice, flute, piano, music theory and history and have over 10 years of experience teaching in both individual and group settings. I also work on audition and performance preparation, do speech/accent work and more. I am constantly studying different teaching methods so I can develop a custom program that best fits your learning styles and inco
rporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you want to play flute, clarinet, sing, act, or learn to play piano, I am here to help you become the best musician you can be. Classically trained, I also work with the styles of musical theatre, pop, rock, and jazz. I can teach you the proper techniques, posture, and breathing necessary to perform to the best of your ability and teach you how to utilize your full lung capacity to extend phrasing length and dynamic range. I will also help you learn to read and write music. Together, we will keep a log to track your progress lesson to lesson. This will also help you keep a record of the steps you are taking to obtain and achieve your goals and dreams.

*** Specialties ***
Young and beginner students.
Senior & Retired students
Students with special needs.
Performance techniques.
Audition preparation
Speech techniques (public speaking/voice-overs, etc.)
Bel Canto technique.
Performance anxiety
Life coaching!

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning" ~Plato

**if you need a particular time slot or one not listed on my availability I will do my best to accommodate your needs**

**All lessons will be scheduled in advance with confirmation of both the student and instructor. If cancellation is necessary, a written notice 48 hour cancellation policy is in effect or you forfeit the lesson credit. For lessons scheduled outside of the areas provided, a surcharge for travel will be added.**
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Jessica T. June 26, 2017
· Piano · Online
I didn't know what to expect so I was naturally a little apprehensive. Lo & behold I quickly realized what a great teacher Brenda is. She is a natural & really has the gift of teaching ~ She easily transfers her knowledge of music & piano to her students. I'm so happy to have her as my teacher.
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J. A. T. June 26, 2017
· Piano · Online
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Judy June 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ms. Brenda is great. We started our daughter few months ago, she loves it. Ms. Brenda is very patient with kids! Wonderful teacher!
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Brenda B.

Brenda B.

Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
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About Tom S.

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New York, NY

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I went to Sarah Lawrence College from 1983 to 1987 and studied early music, chamber improvisation and composition. I also attended Berklee School of Music from 1983 to 1984, and studied bass performance, ear training and arranging. My teachers have included Rick Laird (bass), Meyer Kupferman (composition, improvisation and theory), Karl Berger (improvisation), Michael Manring (bass), Adam Nitti (bass) and Chris Tarry (Bass). I was a guitar and bass instructor at School of Rock NYC from 2008 to 2009, and also a volunteer bass instructor at Gerald Veasley's Bass Boot Camp. I am currently an instructor at Come Join The Band which is an after school program that pairs pro musicians with kids to write original music .

I have taught private bass, guitar and ear training/harmony lessons since 1980.

My Performance Experience includes:


Bass and musical director at Murderers Row
Blue Man Group….Chapman Stick, bass guitar and talking drum from 1991 to present including performing on the Jay Leno Show in 1994; ongoing gigs as sideman and leader (bass, guitar, stick and voice) in NYC from 1981 to 2015
Tom S. Trio on fretless guitar - NY
Fretless Guitar Festival, 2006

Solo bass CD- Quixotic
Brillliant Coroners CD
Otis Ball and The Chains - I'm Gonna Love You Till I Don't;
Dumptruck For The Country CD

Specializations:
Improvisation
Music Learning (Theory)
Music Technology (MIDI and Digital Recording)

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I am a laid back, but focused instructor. I use a variety of methods to best improve my students strengths and lessen their weaknesses. After three to six months , most students will be comfortable playing in rhythm and understanding basic harmony.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the music room, guitar, electric bass, amps, computer with recording equipment, protools, logic and ableton live

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring a bass or guitar. They must have an instrument and some form of amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz
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Charley C. January 11, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Patient, easy to talk to and quite a good guitar player
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sam September 29, 2015
· Guitar · In home
I wasn't Tom's student per se but he and I went over lots of material for our various cover bands and he's a very thorough, patient teacher, very adamant about getting parts exactly right but willing to listen to occasional disagreements. highly recommended!
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Alex L. October 31, 2013
· Bass Guitar ·
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Tom really knows his way around a bass. Each time I go for a lesson, i leave happy about the things we've accomplished in the lesson. Anything that i would like to learn Tom makes it possible for me to do so. I started getting lessons in order to not slow down on my playing. With my schedule constantly changing Tom has been very nice at accommodating when possible.
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Tom S.

Tom S.

New York, NY 10065
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About Briana S.

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New York, NY

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About Briana
My teaching style is student-centric and organic. I draw from a wide-ranging toolbox of techniques to find the approach that will work for you. What is most enjoyable and interesting for you usually points to the most efficient and effective path for learning, because your nervous system thrives and builds best when you feel open and engaged.

As a teacher, I draw on my professional experience as an actor and singer, my teaching background in myriad subjects (Feldenkrais, Music Together, general music, theatre, yoga, fitness, literature, etc.), and my eclectic training in acting, classical voice, musical theatre, various methods of body work, and healing.

I strive to create a working environment where students feel safe to take risks, learn to challenge themselves, and find increased joy and freedom in expression. Self-awareness/body
-awareness, relaxation, and nurturing of individuality are emphasized above all.

Though I have a long background in performing arts and performing arts education, my teaching philosophies and techniques draw primarily from my study of movement and mindfulness through disciplines such as yoga, and especially the Feldenkrais Method, "a remarkable approach to human movement, learning and change... based on sound principles of physics, neurology and physiology, and the conditions under which the nervous system learns best." (The Feldenkrais Institute, NY, NY, 2013).

Training/experience:

- Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Teacher
- Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Program certification in process
- Bachelor of Music, Highest Honors, SUNY Binghamton
- Professional singing in the US and Europe
- Professional acting throughout the US, theater and film (member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA)
- 100+ hours of YA approved yoga teacher training
- Eclectic studies in voice and body work (Linklater, Sound Healing, various dance styles, Kinetic Awareness, Tai Chi, Beijing Opera techniques)
- Kids/family music teacher certified by Music Together (an amazing, international, research-based program)
- Teaching artist (opera, chorus, musical theater, acting/improv, mindfulness) at schools around NYC - Bronx High School for Law and Finanace, PS 129, Yorkville East MS, Baruch MS, Anderson MS, PS 3
- Former fitness instructor

Finding mastery in practices of music, acting, and mindfulness have core similarities - when you find your flow, it feels like flying. But we have to start from the ground up. The stronger the foundation, the higher you fly. Let's get started!

Notes on teaching locations:

- HOME STUDIO: For a number of reasons, I prefer to teach at my home studio whenever possible. I have two friendly cats - hope you aren't allergic!

- ONLINE: For some students, online lessons are very effective, but for others, it is imperative to meet in person. So if you would like to try online lessons, please message me first to discuss,

Peace,
Briana
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Jack May 26, 2017
· Meditation · In studio
She deserves an award... AAA++
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Rosvita R. April 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Briana is a very perceptive and effective teacher who adapts easily to the needs of the student. Highly recommendable.
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scott December 14, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Briana was prepared and helped me in our first lesson.
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Briana S.

Briana S.

New York, NY 10025
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About Heather W.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Heather is currently a theatre arts teaching artist in the NYC area. A graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) conservatory program for Musical Theater, she has performed professionally in national tours, local NY theater, film and television for over 13 years. She obtained her BS in Liberal Arts with a concentration in psychology where she gained an understanding of how the mind works, which is often closely tied to acting skills and how we conduct ourselves in everyday life. She also has studied Speech-Language Pathology to get a more in-depth education in speech, voice, and language.

Her well rounded education along with her professional experience gives her a unique perspective on using the voice and the body whether is it for an acting role on stage or simply interacting with others in a professional or soci
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Heather W.

Heather W.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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$70 / 45-min

About Anna C.

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New York, NY
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About Anna
Do you need the magic pill that will help you speak the language? The recipe is here. If you do the assignments I give you (no need to search for any extra materials), I can assure you that soon you will be able to speak and understand.

I am a highly qualified NYC-based Russian and English language teacher with a degree in linguistics/teaching and more than five years of experience. During the years of my teaching practice, I have developed several teaching methods, which I use in my classes. Together we will establish clear objectives for our lessons and will work on your grammar proficiency, listening and speaking skills, and accent neutrality.

I am a strict teacher :) Seriously. You have a goal and I am here to help you get there, whether it is to be able to negotiate with your business partners, speak to your family members or
read "War and Peace" in original. I will work hard to help you reach it, but I expect you to fulfill your part of a deal.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them here using the "Ask a question" button. If you have already decided that you need to speak Russian or English, do not postpone it for another day, month or year. Click the green button and let's do it.
I am looking forward to starting our language journey!

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Some technical aspects:

- All materials are provided and included into the price of a lesson

- Recommended frequency of lessons: minimum of 2 times per week (duration of each lesson – 1-1.5h). Learning a language is like going to the gym: to get the muscles, you have to practice regularly.

- If you would like to have a class at a specific time and it is not available in my calendar, please send me a message. I may be able to change some things around and accommodate your request.

- I try to be flexible and modify my schedule based on your needs. But please be considerate and let me know 24 hours in advance if you need to reschedule or cancel a class.

Thank you!
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Вера June 2, 2016
· Russian · Online
All good !
Looking forward to the next lesson
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Shiro April 5, 2016
· Russian · In home
Spoke more Russian during our first lesson than I have in a conversation! Anna is professional and dedicated. Looking forward to the rest of our lessons.
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Amanda April 3, 2016
· Russian · In studio
I have been taking private lessons with Anna weekly for one year. She has taught me Russian from a complete beginner level. I've taken a number of language classes in the past (for other languages) and it's clear that Anna is an outstanding teacher. She is clear and gives excellent explanations, and is well-prepared for each class. She's also able to give requested ad-hoc lessons whenever I have specific questions, even without preparation. I would highly recommend Anna as a Russian teacher, whether you're in-person or online. I do both types of lessons with her and she is highly effective through both mediums. Last but not least, she's a great pleasure to be around, as a person!
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Anna C.

Anna C.

New York, NY 10036
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About Carina R.

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Jersey City, NJ
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About Carina
I love teaching all ages and levels because I enjoy seeing students learn and achieve personal, social or professional goals. Everybody can learn if I respect the student's needs, pace and learning style, and if I tap into his/ her interests and strengths. A comprehensive approach that includes speaking, reading, writing and listening is necessary, however I focus primarily on communication . I provide knowledge, fun, creativity and flexibility to guarantee a successful pleasant experience for all students.
I am a native from Argentina. I moved to the US in 1996, therefore I can relate to the feelings involved in learning a foreign language. I live a bilingual life raising my daughter who is 14 and my son who is 6 years old . I travel to Argentina once or twice a year. I teach conversational Spanish, SAT subject test in Spanish,
CLEP Spanish, AP Spanish language.
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Jaime C. November 27, 2015
· Spanish · Online
Me gustan mis lecciones con Carina. Carina es una maestra muy buena.
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Michelle September 1, 2015
· Spanish · Online
My son and I have both had the pleasure of taking Spanish tutoring with Carina, and it was an excellent experience. She is patient, explains things very well and is very passionate about the language and culture.

Doing classes via Skype was simple and easy. I highly recommend Carina's services.
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Tara August 26, 2015
· Spanish · Online
Carina is a patient, thorough teacher who often goes above and beyond to answer my questions. She teaches me cultural differences as well between Spanish speaking countries. I have recommended her to friends. I also enjoy her Spanish Pots!
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Carina R.

Jersey City, NJ 07306
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About Dietlinde M.

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New York, NY

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About Dietlinde
I offer private coachings specializing in:
German Lieder and Arias
German Conversation, Literature and Poetry
English, German, French and Italian diction
Monologue and Scene Studies
Character Development and Interpretation
Script Breakdown and Analysis
Improvisation
Role Preparation
Audition Preparation
Career Guidance

My focus is on creating a new Mind-Body connection to yourself, your character and your voice. Utilizing fundamental acting principles, body language exercises, improvisation and monologue work I concentrate on each performer’s unique potential as a singer-actor while striving to develop the physical, vocal, emotional, and intellectual skills that enable the performer to work freely, joyfully and convincingly, also in a foreign language. I love to perform but my real passion is teaching. Patience is the
key. And curiosity. It’s the process, not the result. We walk across a tight rope together taking risks – knowing there is a safety net.
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Linda January 5, 2017
· Acting · Online
Ms. Dietlinde is a thorough, well rounded, competent, creative and artistic voice acting teacher who uses visual helps me to convey various emotional layers of a character in German Lider that she worked on with me. Consequently I was able to sing vividly with those image in mind. Her being a voice acting teacher has contributed something I didn't know before I met her. Additionally her warmth, enthusiasm and passion for life fuels the energy of each lesson which allowed me not only enjoy the technique part of the lesson but her personality as well.
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Dietlinde M.

Dietlinde M.

New York, NY 10024
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$45 / 45-min

About Beverly F.

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Jersey City, NJ

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About Beverly
I am certified as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). I am also ACE-Certified as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, specialized in Core Fitness, Senior Fitness Training and Functional Fitness. I train clients in their homes and online. Half of my day is dedicated to teaching ESL and the other half to fitness training.

In 2013 I gave up a longstanding career in Logistics and Imports to pursue my passion for fitness and education, and I have not looked back since. I enjoy helping others to learn and expand their horizons through language and movement. One of the reasons I became an ESL instructor is because I wanted to experience culture and diversity. I am truly blessed to have been given this wonderful opportunity to impart my own knowledge while lear
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Walkiria June 24, 2017
· ESL · Online
“I've tried to learn English for a long time and, though I learned a big amount of words , I wasn't able of having a short conversation with nobody. Teacher Beverly have been making a great job by identifying my difficulties and then working hard straight on it at abslutely enjoyable online classes. I'm really happy because in a few time I've improved my English skills as I've never did before, nevertheless I'm sure that there are so much to be learnt from her yet.”
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che June 19, 2017
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My english is very poor, but beverly is great, I do not understand, she will say over and over again, let me understand. The most important, she makes you from simple to difficult little bit to master English grammar, not boring. At present, I have already said a lot of sentences. I'm very happy.thank you teacher 🌹
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che June 19, 2017
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My english is very poor, but beverly is great, I do not understand, she will say over and over again, let me understand. The most important, she makes you from simple to difficult little bit to master English grammar, not boring. At present, I have already said a lot of sentences. I'm very happy.
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Beverly F.

Beverly F.

Jersey City, NJ 07306
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$33 / 40-min

About Oscar M.

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North Bergen, NJ
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About Oscar
As a Director, my proposal always takes a reflection on the text as starting point: an analytical commitment to the author's language as it comes expressed in its structure and stylistic features. In the sense I illustrate it, it means to exert an interpretative freedom within the boundaries of what Roland Barthes called the semantic plural of a text.

Given a special interest in the experimentation through language I have restrained the scope of my reflection to the so-called theater of the absurd. In my work on that genre I have set as an aesthetic goal, to bring what was thought as a mainly dialogistic and situational language, to a higher level of semiotic interplay. In that regard, my aim is to integrate entire scenic materials (including lighting, set, and more abstract element such as rhythm) as intrusive and/or commentate resour
ces to the sources given within the text itself.

I have never been worried about plots that give an illusion that one "understands" just because the plot imposes an order that is similar to life; where the word "dramatic development" is implicit, creating a unique sensation for the spectators. As Luciano Berio said about his splendid music, "the experience of not being completely sure of what one listens to, should be considered inseparable to the work." That's to say, not all have to be comprehended by the spectator. And as a dramatist friend says, "sometimes, not even the author, who writes, understands." It is about leaving marks, milestones, footsteps that bring a hidden sense, leaving a perceptible and therefore, terrible, ineffable image. A teacher I had at the university said in class, "Art is not about questions and answers, Art is
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Oscar M.

Oscar M.

North Bergen, NJ 07047
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$50 / 60-min

About Rosalba Rocio V.

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My passion is to teach my native language as a second language. When it is well taught and learned, it sounds wonderful.
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Rosalba Rocio V.

Rosalba Rocio V.

West New York, NJ 07093
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$67 / 60-min

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