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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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Rachel September 7, 2017
· Flute · In home
Great teacher! Highly motivated and skills. Glad to have her teaching my daughter.
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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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Brenda B.

Brenda B.

Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
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About Ian S.

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Jersey City, NJ

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About Ian
A lifelong musician and songwriter, Ian S. has extensive experience teaching guitar and piano to students age 3 and up both as a private music instructor and as a staff music instructor at the Institute of Music for Children. With 28 years of experience on the guitar and 32 years on piano, Ian has studied and performed with several award-winning music artists, and has written, recorded, and produced over one hundred songs. He plays and teaches a variety of styles on both the guitar and the piano, from classical to jazz to rock. Ian is patient, friendly, and loves sharing the gift of music.

Ian was the guitarist in the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble for 3 seasons, was selected from a nationwide pool of musicians to perform at a special music event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and was the recipient of the New Jersey Gove
rnor's Award in Arts Education for the category of Instrumental Music.

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I am very laid back and friendly, and I want you or your child to be as comfortable as possible during our lessons. You or your child will develop confidence and musical intelligence. I will make your lessons fun, enjoyable, and effective. Boredom is not an option! Music is fun... let's keep it that way.

The teaching methods I use will be custom-tailored to your individual needs, personality and specific musical goals. If it's guitar or piano you want to learn, I want to get you playing exactly what you want to be playing as soon as possible. That's what you're here for, and that's what I'm here for. I will make it happen. If it's songwriting that you want to learn, I will help you access that place inside of you that is dying to express itself creatively, and will teach you techniques to harness that energy and translate it successfully into musical expression.

You can expect to learn all the basics of music theory, proper playing techniques, improvisation and spontaneous musical expression, and I will help you develop your "ear" so you can figure out songs you like just by listening to them. This is all about you and your goals, and I want you to achieve them in a fun and engaging way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: Upright piano, guitars, amps, keyboard, percussion

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, fingerstyle (guitar), etc. I also teach improvisation and songwriting, and try to develop the student's ear for figuring out songs they like on their own.
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Sissi H. July 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ian is the best , He give me a lot of confidence to start, and my English is not good he also very patient to understand what I said. In the beginning I don't have a guitar he give me a long list good for me and let me find out witch is I love, and lots of advice. Thank you Ian!
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Zhongkai July 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Can't be better
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Vera March 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Excellent lessons! Ian teaches fun songs that engage kids but also about technique & theory in a very casual and relaxed manner. Highly recommended!
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Ian S.

Ian S.

Jersey City, NJ 07302
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$35 / 30-min

About Zachary B.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Zachary
Dear Students and Parents:

My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich my immediate community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you, as well as any other subject
we find to explore! As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks!

Zachary B.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy.

Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole, L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief.

Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!

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Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.

I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.

Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.

I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.

My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
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Susan Y. September 14, 2015
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Zachary is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient and really understands what he student want and need. Highly recommend him for a teacher
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wynoka J. August 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Knowledgeable patient encouraging and kind! I learned some new things that help! Looking forward to next lesson!
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Draaco A. May 19, 2015
· Singing · In home
Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.
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Zachary B.

Zachary B.

Brooklyn, NY 11205
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About Marion S.

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New York, NY
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About Marion
Hi, I'm Marion. I bring a lifetime of experience helping people of all ages improve their writing, and English skills. My experience with second language learners is extensive. Whatever your skill set, age, abilities, or background, I can help make you a better writer.

I've worked with middle, high school and college students on developing the reading, writing and research skills needed for success in many academic areas. I've worked with second language learners on speaking, reading, and writing.

Preparing for essay tests is one of my areas of expertise, but my teaching philosophy is less about preparing for a particular test than it is about developing strategies that work for a broad number of tests and in real life situations.

I love working with adults and younger people on developing storytelling techniques, and public spe
aking skills for presentations and interviews, as well as for personal events. These are great confidence builders with real world results!

Whatever type of writing you need to work on, it would be my honor and privilege to work with you.
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Christina R. November 29, 2016
· Writing · In studio
Marion is professional and informative, offering productive suggestions and insight in achieving my personal goals.
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Ferdinado October 1, 2016
· ESL · In studio
The teacher could adapt to my level
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Mohammed A. September 16, 2016
· Writing · Online
I think she is a great teacher, and I am very happy I choose her.
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Marion S.

Marion S.

New York, NY 10023
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$35 / 30-min

About Shuhuan P.

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New York, NY

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About Shuhuan
Hi! I'm Shuhuan, a well-trained classical pianist with MA in Music and Music Education from Columbia University and BA in Music Education from Central Conservatory of Music. You could learn in both Chinese and/or English. I'm experienced with utilizing Dalcroze and Orff methods to teach piano in which more improvisation and eurhythmics experiences you will get from my lesson!
Flexible & fun-loving.
Takes pride in helping students succeed.
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Veronica January 17, 2017
· · In home
Shuhuan P. is one of the most beautiful and friendly teachers I have ever met. I believe that her professionalism and excellent communication skills will give you a great learning experience.My daugher had a great time learning with her. I believe you will a wonderful experience too!
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Bob Sun January 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Shuhuan is a very candid teacher, I must say I like her style very much. Her approach is methodical, which I think is very helpful when you are starting out with the instrument. She is a competent, observing, and patient teacher, will consider hiring her again.
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Anastasia January 3, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Ms. ShuHuan is very patient and takes her time. She also has a great personality and makes me feel at ease during the lesson.
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Shuhuan P.

Shuhuan P.

New York, NY 10027
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$75 / 30-min
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About Elsa S.

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Hackensack, NJ
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About Elsa
Hi, there! My name Elsa and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students learning French and English. I went to Université of Avignon in France and earned a Master's degree in Teaching French as a Foreign or Second Language in 2016. I'm a dynamic and enthusiastic person and my teaching style is personalized to my students needs. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Amber W. September 21, 2017
· French · Online
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Amber W. September 11, 2017
· French · Online
She is nice. Amber - 7 years old
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Amber W. September 7, 2017
· French · Online
She sings songs to help you learn. Amber - 7 years old
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Elsa S.

Elsa S.

Hackensack, NJ 07601
(10)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Nicola R.

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New York, NY
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About Nicola
I am bilingual in French and English. I received my bachelor's degree in French from Columbia University, where I graduated summa cum laude, and my master's degree from the Université Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle. Since graduation I have taught French (and arts classes/workshops in French) at various bilingual schools and organizations around New York City and Boston. I also work as a professional translator between French and English, and a filmmaker specializing in bilingual media.
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Jennifer K. August 14, 2017
· French · In home
I reached out to Nicola because my daughter felt that she needed help building a foundation for her French. Nicola has been working with my daughter on grammar, reading comprehension, conversation, and much more. My daughter finds Nicola’s lesson engaging and effective. It was initially our summer project but we will continue during school year. I highly recommend Nicola!
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Nia August 12, 2017
· French · In studio
Nicola is a great teacher. She's very encouraging and passionate when she teaches. Her teaching method is unique and effective which makes it interesing for me to learn French with her. During our lessons, Nicola always makes sure that I understand the topic by allowing me to ask questions at anytime. I really love taking her class.
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Andrew August 12, 2017
· French · In home
It was an excellent first lesson, with a good, adjusted to the student's level pace.
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Nicola R.

Nicola R.

New York, NY 10019
(13)
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$35 / 30-min

About Mariana S.

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Jersey City, NJ
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About Mariana
I'm currently serving as an Americorps Vista volunteer at the New York Immigration Coalition to fight poverty among minority groups in the city. I just graduated as a magna cum laude from CUNY Hunter College with a Bachelor's of Arts in Anthropology and Spanish.

I have always loved teaching my native tongue to people so they can be part of a rich culture and enjoy the profound and vast literature that comes with it. I believe in the joy of communicating with others and be able to see the world in different colors and perspectives.

I began teaching Spanish to friends at my college and that's how my journey with teaching the language as a freelancer began. My approach focuses on the conversational aspect with fun and educational icebreakers as well as grammar and structure.

I love playing the ukulele, painting in watercolor, reading sh
ort novels, and finding new yummy spots in NYC during the weekends.
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Mariana S.

Mariana S.

Jersey City, NJ 07304
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$17 / 30-min

About Diana V.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Diana
I'm a social communication and journalism, I'm from Colombia, I'm working like a teacher in home for kids since year and half ago, I know how difficulty or confus can be learn other language, but I like that my classes are interesting, funny and the most important we can check your goal and advance constantly. My passion are read, movies and travel so we have a lot of thing to talk and for kids, I love sing and make games of words.
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Diana V.

Diana V.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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$25 / 30-min

About Paul L.

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Closter, NJ
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About Paul
I have successfully taught over 2,000 students for the past 18 years in a range of subjects including the SAT, ACT, English, Math, and College Application Essays. I am a Yale graduate and winner of numerous essay contests.

I have helped thousands of students achieve their academic goals. I have raised SAT scores 200-400 points and composite ACT scores 5-8 points. I have improved math and English grades from B's to A's. I have advised college application essays for students who got accepted into Harvard, Princeton, UPenn, Cornell, West Point, Boston College, Carnegie Mellon, Villanova, NYU, and dozens of other prestigious universities.

I have taught elite students of all ages from prestigious private, specialized, and public high schools including Phillips Exeter, Horace Mann, Trinity, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Choate Rosemary Hall
, Peddie, Tenafly High School, and Bergen County Academies.

I am now seeking and serving students who want the best teaching and the best results. I have the passion and proficiency to propel students toward their purpose.
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Ester September 21, 2017
· SAT · In studio
I initially met with Paul to prepare for my ACT. I ended up not only scoring high on the exam but coming back to him for months afterward to review my school papers, go through my college applications, and seek general life advice. He cares for his students' health and success in a way most tutors do not. Even now, after I've entered college, we correspond through email, and knowing I have someone to turn to and trust with honest, thoughtful guidance is beyond reassuring. I am happy to report that in Paul I've found both an extraordinary teacher and a lifelong friend.
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Paul L.

Paul L.

Closter, NJ 07624
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