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About Brenda B.

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

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Whether you are just beginning or are looking to come back to the piano, together we can develop your skills so you can learn to read music and play piano!

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.

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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.**

***BB Studio now has a base location! Studio lessons are now also available in addition to in-home and on-line lessons***
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Isaac M. September 12, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son is 5 1/2 year old. He just started piano lessons three weeks ago with Brenda. She is an amazing person with children. I saw her how she deals with little children which are very difficult to get their attention all the times. We are happy with her.
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Brooke A. April 12, 2018
· Piano · Online
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Patrick February 27, 2018
· Piano · Online
Highly recommend Brenda.
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Brenda B.

Brenda B.

Wayne, NJ 07470
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About Rob H.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Piano lessons are taught one-on-one and from a beginner level to an Intermediate level. Ages of students start at 6-years-old and up. I have many adult students as well. It's never too late to start a new instrument.

About Rob
I have over 18 years of professional teaching experience on drum set, snare drum and percussion (timpani, two- & four-mallets, accessory percussion and hand drums), guitar, piano, electric bass and ukulele. I have been playing music since the age of two.

Some of my most noteworthy performances have included Late Show with David Letterman (Justin Townes Earle and Allison Moorer), Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Allison Moorer), Levon Helm'™s Midnight Ramble (Allison Moorer), The Conan O'™Brien Show (Julia Nunes) and Budokan in Tokyo, Japan (Jim Campilongo Trio).

My Bachelor of Music is from Capital University where I studied with three great teachers:
Robert Breithaupt - Classical percussion and jazz drum set
Jim Ed Cobbs - Drum set, tabla and frame drums
Eric Paton - Taiko, samba, Afro-Cuban drums

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each student individually, catering to specific goals and needs that we will decide upon and plan together. Some students want to seriously study a craft. Others want a hobby that will be fun and interesting. I have had success teaching to both, and will impart basic fundamentals and musicianship to all types of students.

I see my primary job as keeping the student inspired, intellectually fed and sprinting in the right direction. The student's job is to do the work. Daily practice is essential to move forward in any craft.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Brooklyn studio is a dedicated music space with two drum sets, PA, amplifiers and recording capabilities.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide books, a drum pad, sticks or mallets, an iPod with two sets of headphones, and a metronome. Additionally, I can bring small hand drums, special instruments and percussion that might be needed for specialty lessons. I expect students to have some sort of pad or drum to practice on at home; a full drum set is not necessary.

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Drum set (rock, jazz, R&B, folk, pop, electro, Afro-Cuban)
Snare drum
Timpani
Two- and four-mallets (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone)
Accessory percussion
Frame drums
Traditional samba
Afro-Cuban hand drums
Japanese taiko
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Rachel M. June 12, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Rob is an exceptionally kind person and easygoing and laid back. He has a very good approach to teaching. I had a wonderful experience and would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn music.
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David R. March 3, 2015
· Ukulele · Online
Rob has been patient, easy to work with, accommodating to schedule changes, accessible and an overall joy to work with! I was a bit leery about a web based program, but is has been great, and most importantly I am progressing well.
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Ryan F. August 21, 2014
· Drum · In studio
Rob was an awesome teacher and even better guy. The lesson environment was comfortable, but always focused and professional. He's clearly a hugely talented musician and has a ton to offer in the way of teaching; perhaps more importantly though, his love of music inspires the student to practice and learn. Very highly recommended.
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Rob H.

Rob H.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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About Justin H.

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Highlands, NJ

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If you've never played music before or want to gain a deeper understanding, the piano is a great way to go! Whether you want to learn basic songs, comp on jazz songs, or incorporate the piano into what you're currently doing, we'll customize a program just for you!

About Justin
Justin has been an in demand musician for well over a decade. He received his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from New Jersey City University. During his time in school, he studied with Bud Burridge (Currently playing on Broadway in the production of "If/Then with Idina Menzel), Saturday Night Live's Earl Gardner, Vincent Penzarella (Former NY Philharmonic Member),Joe Magnarelli, Richard Vitale, Grammy Nominee Pete McGuinness and Jazz Historian Bill Kirchner. Prior to studying music in college, Justin attended the Manhattan School of Music Prep Division, where he studied classical/jazz trumpet, theory, improvisation and ensemble performance. He had the opportunity to work with people such as Jeremy Manasia, Nathan Warner and Jacob Manricks. He has received numerous scholarships and played in the All-State Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble
several times. Justin was also a part of the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band, playing lead and the solo chair. He has performed nationwide and has had the opportunity to perform in clubs such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Birdland, Smoke, FatCat, Cleopatras Needle, Starland Ballroom, Highline Ballroom and Symphony Space. Justin has also toured with the International Vans Warped Tour all over the country and in parts of Canada. He has worked with people such as John Pattitucci, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Randy Brecker, Charles McPherson, Arturo O'Farril, John Pizzarelli, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Eddie Palmieri, Peter Erskine, Brian Lynch, Luis Bonilla, Jason Rigby, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Joe Magnarelli, Pete Mcguinness and Mike Holober.
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Christian D. December 29, 2014
· Jazz Improvisation · In home
I attended Graduate Studies with Justin and have played numerous shows with Justin. He is a high caliber player and his demeanor is always professional. He is enthusiastic to share his knowledge and would make a great teacher.
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Rob R. July 14, 2014
· Trumpet · In home
Justin showed my 10 year old son how to play the trumpet and did a great job. He was patient, made my son feel comfortable and was able to help him get a better sound by the end of the very first lesson. Jalen does not give high praise easily so we were impressed that he enjoyed learning from him. My mother listened in on some of the lessons and she also said Justin did a great job - friendly personality and great tips on how to play. We highly recommend him.
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Justin H.

Highlands, NJ 07732
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About Carolyn M.

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New York, NY

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Experienced teacher of 5 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate piano student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!

About Carolyn
Born and raised on Long Island, Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. In her spare time, Carolyn has always loved working with people who have a passion for the arts. Whether it’s in a classroom, at a dance studio, or sitting at the piano, Carolyn has worn the many hats of acting coach, voice teacher, dance instructor, music theory tutor, piano teacher, and college audition coach to name a few. Getting cast in Broadway shows, winning first place in national dance competitions, receiving perfect scores on vocal/piano NYSSMA solos, and being accepted to
some of the most competitive college programs in the nation are just a few of her clients’ many accomplishments.
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Stephanie September 10, 2018
· Broadway Singing · Online
Excellent!
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Eden A. July 10, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Beyond expectations. She took a shy girl and helped her find her voice in one lesson. I got a radiantly, beaming, head-held-high, confident child back at the end of the hour!!
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Thompson .. April 11, 2018
· Audition Prep · In studio
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New York, NY 10018
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About Daniel B.

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Ridgewood, NY

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Having performed jazz, funk, rock, pop, blues, Brazilian fusion, and classical among other genres, I use the fluidity between these inform each of my lessons. Whether a student is a beginner looking to play their favorite song on the radio, an intermediate looking for some music theory to give them more options in their playing, or an advanced player looking for improvisatory techniques, I tailor each session to the desires of each student and their learning style.

About Daniel
I'm a gigging musician and teacher who graduated from Oberlin College in May 2015 with a degree in Musical Studies and Physics. I was on the Division III tennis team there for two years as well. I pride myself on patience and empathy no matter what I teach, whether it feeling the pulse of a complicated drum groove or solving a challenging physics word problem. For music lessons, I strive to bring in a context of genre fluidity and history, so that a student knows where and what to explore on their own even when I am not in the room to show them. Overall, my teaching is all about inspiring students to do well and make their strengths work for them, rather than dryly coming up with the "right answer" or playing a tune the "right way" to get from point A to point B.
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Iskander B. April 23, 2018
· Beatboxing · Online
It was a great first online lesson for my kid.
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Elizabeth May 31, 2016
· Piano · In home
Dan connected well with my daughter and now she can't wait for more lessons.
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Sarana J. March 21, 2016
· Piano · In home
Sarina had a great time learning piano with Daniel.
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Daniel B.

Ridgewood, NY 11385
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About Amber W.

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Astoria, NY
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I recently graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Commercial Music Composition and an instrumental focus in vocal studies. I have extensive knowledge of music theory and sight reading/singing, as well as a deep understanding of safe vocal techniques for all genres (classical, opera, musical theatre, pop, country, R&B, etc.) I also have experience performing with the Delray Beach Chorale and the Palm Beach Symphony.

I have studied singing in a variety of languages (English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Czech, Russian, Irish Gaelic, etc.) and teach diction/ IPA to be able to sing different languages even if you don’t know how to speak them.

Before going to FAU, I also spent 11 years studying classical piano and 7 years studying guitar.

I have been teaching for 5 years and I have taught people of from ages 5-30. This experience has allowed me how to tailor my lessons to the needs of each specific student based on level, ...

About Amber
I recently graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Commercial Music Composition and an instrumental focus in vocal studies. I have extensive knowledge of music theory and sight reading/singing, as well as a deep understanding of safe vocal techniques for all genres (classical, opera, musical theatre, pop, country, R&B, etc.) I also have experience performing with the Delray Beach Chorale and the Palm Beach Symphony.

I have studied singing in a variety of languages (English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Czech, Russian, Irish Gaelic, etc.) and teach diction/ IPA to be able to sing different languages even if you don’t know how to speak them.

Before going to FAU, I also spent 11 years studying classical piano and 7 years studying guitar.

I have been teaching for 5 years and I have
taught people of from ages 5-30. This experience has allowed me how to tailor my lessons to the needs of each specific student based on level, interest, and goals. I have learned several different teaching methods to keep students engaged and having fun while still learning new skills.
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Amber W.

Astoria, NY 11106
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About John C.

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New Brunswick, NJ
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There are obvious fundamental concepts that need to be covered, but my main goal with teaching music is catering lessons towards the students end goal. They will lose all intrinsic motivation if they are learning based on external factors such as fear, rewards, etc. I also have an extensive background in improvisation which is an under-appreciated form of expression. Improvisation equates to spontaneous composition.

About John
I have had formal music lessons (starting from my father) since the age of seven. Private lessons have had the most impact on my growth as an individual. Since graduating from Rutgers, I have held residencies, gigged about 4-5 times per week, managed a coffee shop and am constantly challenging myself. I believe everyone is capable and creative and certain teachers and/or education systems strip away these capabilities. I am very excited to hopefully be teaching full time :)
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John C.

New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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About William H.

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Weehawken, NJ

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Learning piano can bring a variety of benefits into your life. For some, it is a way to relax after a stressful workday. For others, it is a way to cultivate mental discipline and hand-eye coordination, skills that can be transferred to a large number of other fields. It can also become the focus of one's personal expression and the most fulfilling use of their time as professionals.

I have twenty years experience teaching students of all ages, who want to study music for a wide spectrum of reasons. I am committed to helping you develop your best relationship to the piano possible, whatever your goals, and no matter how much time you have to devote outside of lessons. I am flexible with methodology and can adapt to your needs and desires.

I have taught at Juilliard, Mannes, Westminster Choir College, the CUNY Graduate Center in NYC and others. I love sharing my passion for music and hope to have the opportunity to share it with you!

About William
Hello! I am based in Weehawken, and teach either at my home or yours. I have twenty years teaching experience with students at all ages and levels. I have taught at institutions like Juilliard, Mannes, Westminster Choir College, Bard University and the CUNY Graduate Center. I teach Classical piano and can adapt the methodology to your needs and desires, including pop songs you like to keep you motivated!

I trained at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at the Eastman School of Music in piano. I have worked all over the world in opera, chamber music and as recitalist. Let me share my passion for music and wide range of experience with you!
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Weehawken, NJ 07086
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About Claudia K.

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New York, NY

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I incorporate a lot of technology into my lessons.
Students have multiple performance opportunities. I often host piano parties as well as field trips to piano factories. Most students say I am lots of fun, and silly, but also train pianists really well.

I have a great sense of humor and have 30 years of experience. I am a college professor as well as a faulty member of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division.

About Claudia
Over 30 years teaching students of all levels: children, adults, professionals/teacher training. Professor at Hunter College and on faculty at Manhattan School of Music Pre-college.

I feel responsible to get my students excited about classical music and pique their curiosity about contemporary music. These students are the future of our art, if not as performers, then definitely as audiences, patrons and administrators. It is our mandate to guide these students to appreciate and understand how the study of music will enhance their lives, no matter what field they choose.

Music is an essential aspect of who we are as human beings. My goal, then, is to develop in students a love of music, and an enjoyment of learning how to play the piano. I host performance opportunities for students to perform on stage, as well as piano parties an
d piano 4-hands group-a-thons. I use technology when appropriate to help kids get excited about learning.

I’m often asked whether I enjoy starting young children at the piano. My answer is always the same: give me a student, and I will be thrilled to guide my pupil and get him or her excited about studying. The age is unimportant. The challenge is keeping a student engaged and enthusiastic along with the hard work that goes into training. No matter the student’s age or level, educators have an enormous responsibility to create and nurture life learners, and to ignite a curiosity and passion for the arts.

What matters, then, is to develop the skills inherent to studying music: discipline, inquisitiveness, problem-solving, and, most importantly, active and acute listening.
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Paul August 20, 2018
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Claudia Knafo is a master — a master teacher, a master performer. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She has an extensive background in piano pedagogy and works superbly with students of all ages and levels. She is warm, compassionate and beloved by all. She runs a very professional studio and provides her students with countless learning and performing opportunities. She is a magnificent player and is able to provide magnificent guidance and inspiration. Lucky are those who have the opportunity to study with Claudia Knafo.
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Joli August 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Our 10 year old son began learning from Claudia nearly 3 years ago. We all love her! We weren't sure if he would enjoy learning the piano, but Claudia ignited his interest and he has been very engaged ever since. The hour that he spends with her each week is rigorous, yet it passes quickly and he always leaves with a smile. His level of playing far surpasses our expectations. Each week, she emails us a custom practice log with notes about which pieces he should study. She is thoughtful about making sure that he has a grounding in the mechanics, while enabling his talent and natural feel for music. Each piece that he is assigned to play is purposeful and he really enjoys his repertoire. We are due to purchase a piano and Claudia is giving us tips in that process as well. We feel so lucky to have found Claudia!
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New York, NY 10025
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About Adrianna S.

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Hello! I've been playing both piano and violin for 17 years, and teaching for 12. I really enjoy cultivating a deep love for music in my students, and working with their specific strengths and weaknesses to find musical strategies that will work best for rapid, solid advancement in their musical journeys. I integrate music theory and technical finger exercises into lessons in order to build a strong foundation. Lessons are built around your personal interests--I'll listen to you, and take all your needs into consideration.

About Adrianna
Hi! Employing about two decades worth of experience in piano and violin, and twelve in teaching, I am really looking forward to sharing my gathered knowledge with you. A little about my career thus far--I'm currently a student at Manhattan School of Music, majoring in Classical Piano Performance under the tutelage of the renowned Philip Kawin. Previously, I attended Interlochen Academy of the Arts on a scholarship, where I concentrated on both piano and violin. Throughout the years, I've performed both piano and violin at many TEDx conferences internationally (including but not limited to: TEDxOrangeCoast, TEDxRedmond--of which I was a co-organizer, TEDxDenverEd, TEDxYouth@SanDiego), the INK conference in India, various universities, and live on TV shows (New Day Northwest, KOMO 4 News). In my youth, I was awarded the concertmistress posi
tion at a prestigious All-Northwest orchestra, and performed with a variety of orchestras and chamber groups.
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Adrianna S.

New York, NY 10027
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