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About Adam K.

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Astoria, NY
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About Adam
Hello! My name is Adam, and I'm excited to be a part of the Take Lessons team. I am an Actor, Singer, Voice-Over Artist, and Teacher in New York City. Originally from the St. Louis area, I moved to NYC in 2004 to pursue a career in theatre. Along the way, I discovered a love for teaching. I have taught private lessons and classes in a variety of areas, including Acting, Voice, Singing, Musical theatre, Dialects, Shakespeare, and more. As a working professional actor, I am very familiar with the demands of the industry and the dedication it takes to have a career in the performing arts. One of my goals as a teacher is to instill a sense of dedication in my students. And of course, as I understand the personal nature of acting & performance, my main goal is to help each student find and strengthen his/her unique & personal talents.


I have been taught & inspired by many gifted teachers/performers over the years, and I always hope that I can pass along what I have learned to other students. I received my MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio/New School (NYC), and I received my BA in Theatre & Vocal Performance from McKendree University. I also have training from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and the Old Vic Theatre in London.

Because I have been taught a variety of techniques and styles, my teaching style combines all of those techniques. There are many ways to approach the art of performing, whether it be acting, singing, etc. And it is most effective for me as a teacher to provide you with as many techniques as I can.

I look forward to meeting you and working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
First and foremost, I believe in working with you to create a relaxed environment where you can learn and grow as a student and performer. Performing (acting, singing, etc.) is about taking risks and looking inside yourself to create something bigger than yourself. Because of that, I always begin each lesson with some sort of relaxation or technique to get you focused.

I ask a lot of questions during lessons---some of the questions may not have one definitive answer. But I ask you these questions to get you to consider various things, think, ponder, explore, and hopefully, DISCOVER.

Because all students learn in different ways, and we all have our strengths as learners and performers, my lessons are different for each individual student.

But you can always count on:
-Learning a variety of techniques to help you with your craft.
-Beginning with relaxation and other exercises to get you released, focused, etc.
-Each lesson being a building block: We build upon what we learned in the previous lesson.
-Combining technical exercises (which I promise are always FUN!) with practical performance pieces (songs, monologues, etc.)

Our goal together will be to unlock YOUR OWN, PERSONAL TALENTS. And then, we will work to fine-tune those talents.

It is my hope that you will continue your desire to perform and share your talents with others. Also, I hope that you will develop a desire for life-long learning and that you'll eventually want to pass along your knowledge and training to others.

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*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide some materials (in terms of handouts, music, scripts, etc.). I expect you to provide additional music, which will be discussed. Also, if I travel to you and our lesson requires a piano, I would expect you to provide that. Thank you!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Musical Theatre/Acting. I am a firm believer in Method Acting Techniques, including sense memory---the result of these techniques is to bring more of the performer's persona into the performance itself. Therefore, I use exercises to enhance these techniques. I believe that the final performance should be creative and expressive, yet realistic.

I also specialize in Dialects/Accents----coaching clients (including Actors and Voice Over Artists) in a variety of accents/regional dialects, using an array of approaches and techniques (pitch, rhythmic variation, IPA/Phonetics, phrasing, etc.).
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great comfortable enviorment

adam is a great teacher. i dont feel self conscious at all in the lessons. and im a pretty self conscious person in general so u can imagine how i feel about singing.he doesnt judge u one bit. and fast moving lessons
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Adam K.

Adam K.

Astoria, NY 11106
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About Elliott A.

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New York, NY
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About Elliott
I am a classically trained singer living, working, and teaching in NYC. I have a degree in vocal performance from The University of Maryland at College Park. While in the D.C. Metro area I performed as a chorister and soloist at The National Shrine, Metropolitan A.M.E Church, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. My exposure to a wide range of music, from baroque to contemporary gospel and musical theater, has strongly influenced my teaching. My goal is always to help a student develop their own understanding and experience of singing in a way that is fun, interactive, and personal while also progressively building a strong technique.

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My lessons are generally split between technical work/ warm-ups and repertoire. I like to adapt my concepts to a students individual personality and capability, in that
sense I am flexible about the approach taken to achieve optimal results. Every singer thinks and communicates differently and I see it as my job to figure out what will work best for you. I think that a foundation in a classical approach gives students the biggest toolkit which to work. Once the fundamentals are firmly established, that singer then has the ability to approach any style of music in a way that is healthy and secure.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Programmable Digital Piano and Recording Equipment.

*** Specialties ***
The approach I take to the voice is based in the tradition of classical bel canto singing. It is always my goal to help students understand how to use their breath and body to produce sound that is free of tension, optimal, and beautiful.
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Gavin January 10, 2018
· Singing · In home
Elliott is a very effective teacher. I always trust Elliott's ear and he has helped bring out a truer sound inside of me that I've never experienced before. I trained in musical theater and have sang for a long time, Elliott has greatly helped me connect with my singing instrument in an open, technical, and healthy approach. Very grateful. Thank you!
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Stephanie G. December 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Have learned so much in only 3 lessons, looking forward to learning more 😊
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Josh K. July 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I highly recommended. Elliot is the best vocal teacher ive ever had , and my singing has improved drastically within just a few sessions. He's very knowledgeable
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Elliott A.

Elliott A.

New York, NY 10019
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About Mike B.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Mike
I'm Mike, and I'm thrilled to be part of the TakeLessons team. I first picked up the guitar at the age of 5, and have never looked back! I began formal Jazz training in high school and continued studying guitar and composition at Oberlin College and Wesleyan University. After graduating, I played Organ Trio and small combo jazz in LA, studied Brazilian and African percussion, and went to Japan to study Shamisen and Taiko drumming. I've been playing in various groups since arriving in NYC in 2005, and have recently been working on engineering and composing for film.

My strength lies in my versatility - I love music of all kinds. Whether it's Soul, Samba, or Salsa, Rock, Pop or Hip Hop, I am very good at communicating the mechanics of music so that my students not only learn to play, but learn to listen and write. I have a studio space i
n Manhattan as well as a small mixing studio in my Brooklyn apartment, and I'm happy to show students the ins and outs of recording along with theory and guitar technique.

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Music is fun!!! I strive for all my students to enjoy themselves, to have a great time learning about the world of music.
I use a song-based approach to guitar playing. Armed with just a small vocabulary of chords, you can play hundreds of great songs. My students will determine the course of their lesson plan by selecting songs they want to learn. While maintaining proper technique and effective practice methods, we will learn the fundamentals of the guitar by playing the music that we love. After 6 months, you will know all the basic chords, and the fundamentals of playing a solo. As lessons progress, you also learn song structure and some basic harmonic theory so you can begin creating on your own.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide his or her own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, ear training, songwriting, theory
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Truman C. September 21, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son had a great time! Mike was friendly and made it fun for him to get comfortable on the guitar.
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Harry S. February 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
He was very helpful. Great for beginners!!!!
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Orinthia Swindell June 28, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I had my first guitar lesson today and it was everything that I imagined it would be. Mike was very patient, kind and encouraging. Just what a first time student would want and need!
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Mike B.

Mike B.

Brooklyn, NY 11205
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$35 / 30-min

About Monica G.

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Madison, NJ

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About Monica
I'm a performing artist and music teacher. I received my Bachelors and Masters degree in vocal performance at Boston's New England Conservatory, where I was a member of the jazz, classical, and third-stream departments. I also spent 8 years gigging in Berlin, Germany and teaching adults and teenagers. However, I've always also enjoyed working with kids; especially introducing them to music through piano, language, movement, role-playing, and singing. I have the most experience teaching piano, and I think it's the best instrument to start on, if you don't know much about music. But flute was my first instrument, and singing is my forte!
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Rachel Y. November 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very professional and very kind. I hope my daughter could learn singing and flute from Ms. Monica in the future too. Thank you, Ms. Monica!
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Hansen L. September 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
Nice and warm.. Is highly skilled teacher.
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Michael & Jennifer June 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
We are so pleased to have found Monica to teach Piano to our 8 year old daughter Erin. Every week Erin is looking forward to her lesson and she really seems to enjoy learning as Monica makes the lessons fun for her. There seems to be a perfect balance of discipline and creative play that keeps Erin not only interested, but excited to learn! We could not be more satisfied.
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Monica G.

Madison, NJ 07940
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About Paul Jared N.

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New York, NY
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About Paul Jared
Hi, I am a native New Yorker and a guitar player since age 13. I played in blues/rock bands throughout my teens, getting to play the legendary clubs of my Greenwich Village neighborhood. My discovery of Spanish classical guitar music occurred in college at UC Berkeley, and I graduated with a BA in Music, then spent two years playing in Europe, before returning home and forming the band Not Heaven; we played the club circuit, Danceteria to CBGB.

I also began teaching at the American Institute of Guitar in NYC, and writing guitar instruction books (still in print!). Along the way I did a Master’s in Guitar Performance at Stony Brook, and have continued to publish, perform and teach the music which inspires me.

Classical and Flamenco music are my primary involvement, as a teacher, performer and composer.
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Elsie February 28, 2016
· Music Theory · In studio
I learned so much from this guy! Very articulate and funny.
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Paul Jared N.

New York, NY 10025
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About Camron H.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I'm so thrilled that you are interested in becoming one of my students! With over 10 years teaching experience, I am a nurturing, patient, dynamic and engaging piano teacher. I go out of my way to nurture my students creativity, to practice piano performance and get those nerves out, to challenge and strengthen piano technique, to build a foundation with music theory and to let the student explore music, freely, that fits their own styles of playing piano. My Bachelors Degree in Music, emphasizing in Piano Performance, from Seattle Pacific University has equipped me with the tools needed to flourish as a piano teacher.

Piano inspires most of my creativity. Keyboard and the interpretation on it, open wide ranges of experimentation that cue technicality, while appeasing the sound that comes from it. Combination of both result in musical
moments that history refuses to keep from us all.

Here are some notable skills that I have gained on my musical journey:

*Diverse background in classical music.
*Classical piano performance recital repertoire at a masters level
*Skill level in playing to improvise on the spot
*Work and able to teach piano lessons to young children and special needs students
*State level piano recital performer while being a member of the Music Teachers National Association
*Extended piano techniques
*Lesson plan development
*Performance assessments
*Musicianship skills
*Technology integration
*Individualized lesson plans
*Musical theory skilled
*Creative teaching skills
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Camron H.

Camron H.

Brooklyn, NY 11233
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$50 / 30-min

About Anna K.

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Elizabeth, NJ
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I teach piano students of all different ages. I studied classical piano in St. Peterburg, Russia.
My goal is to teach students to read music and understand music theory. I believe that if person knows how to read music correctly, he/she will be able to play any style. I always listen to my students and work with their ability, preference and learning style. I help my students to pursue musical career if they desire preparing them for their college Auditions.
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Evelyn September 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Fabulous experience. I can now play my favorite pop-songs reading the music sheet. Thank you so much for this gift of music that I can share with my friends and family.
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Anna K.

Anna K.

Elizabeth, NJ 07208
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$60 / 60-min

About Tad D.

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New York, NY

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About Tad
I have been teaching piano professionally for over 10 years working for such institutions like New York University, Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and also giving numerous master classes in Europe and the United States. In my teaching I help students to develop high technical abilities which would allow them to play any piece of music with understanding and enjoyment. I welcome all ages and levels! It doesn't matter how much experience you have - I strongly believe, that music is for everyone and should be an important part of our development as human beings.

Over the past two decades I toured extensively as soloist throughout Europe, America and Asia, performing in such prestigious venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, and Lutosławski Concert Hall at the Polish Radio, Vilnius Philh
armonic Hall, and Musikhalle in Hamburg. I have given recitals and performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras at numerous music festivals, including the Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk, the International Chopin Festival in Nohant (France), the Harbin Summer Music Festival (China), Martisor 2003 Music Festival in Chisinau (Moldova), the Music Festival in Bad Gandersheim (Germany), Ionio Festival Paolo Carrer (Greece), the Bebersee Festival (Germany) and at Cultural Days Festival in Frankfurt am Main.

In 2013 EMI Classics released my first solo album „Tadeusz - piano”, which includes works by Scarlatti, Schumann, Liszt, Prokofiev and virtuoso transcriptions by Vladimir Horowitz. The album received excellent reviews from critics: „Whoever likes great piano music and virtuosity will not be disappointed after listening to Tadeusz. A splendid debut!” (Stanislaw Dybowski), „His future career of a virtuoso is certain, the instrument sounds beautiful in his hands, in a rounded tone, the lightness and proficiency of difficult parts inspires jealousy, not only recognition.” (Kacper Miklaszewski).

My discography includes solo album „Tadeusz - piano” recorded for EMI classisc, „Harmony of he Struggle” which includes a world premiere recording of Piano Concerto by Marcin Błażewicz, who dedicated the work to Tadeusz and his recent album „Eugeniusz Morawski Songs” with complete songs by Eugeniusz Morawski, recorded with mezzosoprano Agnieszka Rehlis. The album received a nomination for Fryderyk 2015 - award of the Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
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Tad D.

Tad D.

New York, NY 10019
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$167 / 45-min

About Brett G.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I have been teaching all ages, but especially children since I was just a teenager. Now as an experienced piano & guitar teacher - I'm an extremely patient, sensitive and calm teacher with a unique curriculum that I can cater to any students needs.

As a classical and jazz musician turned singer/songwriter, I'm interested in teaching not just instrument technique but overall musical fluency to and engaging every student's creativity including music theory, ear training & light improvisation.

I teach not just how to play, but why we play this and empower students to write their own music when they are ready.

I have two full-length self-produced albums out that I played all the instruments on and regularly perform in NYC and the North East. For over a decade, I've been teaching in major NYC institutions such as the Brooklyn Music
Factory & NYC Elite and am excited to now be offering private lessons on my own.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns! My aim is to cater these lessons to each student's particular needs and want to learn more about what makes you interested in music.
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Brett G.

Brett G.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
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$60 / 30-min

About Olga P.

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Astoria, NY

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I am originally from Eastern Europe where I studied and played classical piano since 1996. I moved to the US in 2007 and began teaching beginner and intermediate level piano students, ages 5 and up.
I am a strong believer in teaching the proper posture from the very first lesson, a key to make piano playing easy and enjoyable. As a creative spirit, I incorporate a wide variety of teaching methods and games to make learning more fun and engaging. I ensure that you get the most out of every minute of our lesson, saving any personal small talk for before or after the designated time.
It's so personally rewarding to see my students develop the passion for classical piano music the way I did. I look forward to helping you discover your full potential.
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Kristina January 18, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Olga is a fantastic piano teacher! Not only she has passion for music but she also has a very unique approach to teaching. Olga's style ignites your curiosity to learn. I have to admit first few lessons I felt my fingers weren't listening but Olga made it so much easier. She made me laugh and encouraged me. She is a true piano whisperer. Talented, patient and inspirational. She makes learning piano fun!
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Olga P.

Olga P.

Astoria, NY 11106
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