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About Jerry Y.

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Cranbury, NJ

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

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

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

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

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

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

*** Specialties ***
Classical,
Marching Band,
Ethnic (such as Jewish, Irish)
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Anupam H. September 27, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Jerry Is a wonderful teacher. He is extremely helpful And patient.
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Jin August 26, 2018
· Flute · In studio
I just had my very first flute lesson with Jerry this morning, and it was great! Jerry is very patient and encouraging!
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Jim November 2, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Jerry was friendly, very helpful for me as a beginner and extremely TOLLERANT to my screeching first lesson. By the end of lesson I was no longer embarrassed and started feeling good about going home to practice.
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Jerry Y.

Jerry Y.

Cranbury, NJ 08512
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About John S.

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Toms River, NJ
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About John
I am a multi-instrumentalist who has taught for 41 years. I have had both Zakke W and two other rock stars in lessons,. Further, I had a Grammy nominee and a well known comedian and Hollywood Actress, as well as countless music school scholarship students. Many of my students have embarked on performing careers as well as teaching at the school and college level. The lessons are laid back, friendly and above all- helpful. We will study and work on the music of your choice,but, with a slight twist from the traditional, that I incorporate not just playing the song, but to get you the student ready to be able to work out the songs harmony, theory, notation and phrasing on your own. I feel this must be done in order to get a student to be able to perform with others. Lessons should always be about instructing a student to know and utilize e
very musical concept so that they will be able to perform with others.

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You can expect to be well grounded in theory and being able to play an instrument with solo and chords, comping, etc., in all keys - as well as song structure and song learning.We will analyze all aspects of the song. We will do a song together, then, i will through theory, show the student how to work out a song on their own.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have amps, cables, recorders, books, sheets, etc here at the studio. You need only your instrument and a music writing book.

*** Travel Equipment ***
they must have instrument

*** Specialties ***
All methods are my own. We work through theory and analysis to enable a student to learn how to put a song together and perform it on their own.
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James May 26, 2018
· Cello · In home
I have used John in the past and I find him to be a very competent and informative instructor.
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Mike P. October 19, 2015
· Guitar · In home
John is intelligent; articulate; patient, and funny. I have not had a better instrument instructor than him.
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Dawn V. December 5, 2014
· Cello · In studio
The most attentive and knowledgeable music teacher I have ever had. Very aware of student improvements and yet able to make suggestions where they are needed, without any kind of harsh criticism.

John provides all the information - both theory and performance in a very laid back way which leaves the student feeling stress free. He is very realistic as to the expectations of what the student's abilities are now and when "tentatively" they can expect to achieve a level of playing.

He does his job. It is up to me to do mine! Having fun and learning in a very short time. Not easy - but practice, practice, practice.
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John S.

Toms River, NJ 08753
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About William E.

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Belmar, NJ

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About William
Hi there. I teach beginners music theory on guitar and piano. Check out my website musicofbach.com.
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William E.

William E.

Belmar, NJ 07719
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$30 / 30-min

About Katie B.

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Plainsboro, NJ

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About Katie
I am a professional singer with a Bachelors of Music in Voice from New England Conservatory and a Masters of Music in Voice from Westminster Choir College. I enjoy teaching all levels of voice students in a variety of styles. I have training in the physiology of the voice, as well as in many methods of acting and performance and can help students reach their best potential as performers! The most important thing is to appreciate your unique vocal gifts and to enjoy them and learn to use them well.
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penny June 23, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Katie really tailored the class to my needs and significantly improved my singing. She is fun to work with, and also very patient, hugely knowledgeable and very trustworthy to work with. I would highly recommend her.
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Satori S. February 18, 2017
· Singing · In home
My daughter very much enjoyed her lesson and cannot wait for her next lesson.
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Yana D. February 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Katie is a great teacher, very nice and professional. It felt really good on the lesson, she was delicate and encouraging. I had very good time and will continue.
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Katie B.

Katie B.

Plainsboro, NJ 08536
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About Matt L.

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Jackson, NJ
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I attended West Chester University from 2011-2015 and graduated with my bachleor's in music education. I performed in the marching band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, jazz ensembles, various trumpet ensembles, and a brass quintet. One of my trumpet ensembles made it to the semifinals in the National Trumpet Competition. I backed up various world famous trumpet artists during the International Trumpet Guild Conference at Valley Forge in 2014 such as Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Tine Thing Helseth, Canadian Brass, and many others. I took lessons from Robert Skoniczin and Jean Christophe Dobrzelewski during my time at WCU.

I can teach any style that you are interested in and can take students of all ages. I believe it is important to have a good musical foundation so we will go over music theory as well in lessons. I have extensive experie
nce teaching trumpet, guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, and saxophone. We will play whichever style of music you prefer. Lessons will be fun!
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Shreya S. July 16, 2018
· Piano · In home
He explains everything to you. If you need help or if you don't get it he makes sure you know it before you move on.
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Pedro L. December 14, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Matt is a fantastic instructor. Polite, knowledgeable and very encouraging. He was very patient with me and that fact that I am challenged breathing as a result of an accident. I hope I am able to continue. No reservation in recommending.
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Max G. November 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Matt has been a wonderful piano teacher for my 8 year old son so far! He is patient and has a good ability to instruct a beginner student. I definitely recommend Matt!
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Matt L.

Matt L.

Jackson, NJ 08527
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About Amy V.

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Toms River, NJ

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Hi! My name is Amy Gruber and I have been teaching voice since 1995! I am here for my students in every way. If you have a goal, I will get you there. If you are unsure, then I can guide you to something greater. My major instrument is voice, and I continuously study, hone, and polish my instrument to keep myself current, so I can be the best teacher I can be for my students. I am currently continuing my Opera studies with Julia Koci, a renowned Opera singer from Austria. You can catch her at the Volksoper if you are ever in Vienna!
I am a certified music teacher k-12 and have a BS in Music Ed with a concentration in vocal studies from Hofstra University and an MS in Foundations of Ed also from Hofstra. I sang professionally as well as taught general music, voice, and choral groups while employed by the Brentwood music Department on Long
Island for several years before having kids. I now teach general music, voice programs and private voice instructions at the Victorious Voices Studio, located in Toms River, New Jersey :)

Victorious Voices Performing Arts studio offers a wide variety of programs for all ages. In my studio, I use eclectic styles and teaching methods. My Philosophy is to use your body, mind and soul in music. I really try to cater to the needs of each individual student.
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Robert September 26, 2018
· Vocal Training · Online
I’v studied voice for several years, with several teachers, but I still don’t feel I’ve reached my potential. Although I’ve only taken a couple of lessons with Amy, I think she is going to be the one that helps me reach my goal.
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Pete August 7, 2018
· Singing · Online
Amy is a super teacher! I saw massive improvements in my voice within the first couple of lessons. She has helped me to stop sounding like the nasally and annoying person I was before taking lessons with her.
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Angela May 31, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Amy is a fantastic teacher. It is so rewarding and fun taking lessons from her. She knows so much about music. I really enjoy taking lessons from her. The studio is beautiful and comfortable. I highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Amy V.

Amy V.

Toms River, NJ 08753
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$25 / 15-min

About Vic D.

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Asbury Park, NJ

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Monmouth county based Educator, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Producer, born with a record needle in his head. Vic has spent the past 30 years performing, writing teaching and recording through much of the Tri State area. Original and Cover Bands, solo and recording sessions. Blues , Jazz , Americana, Country , Rock & Pop. Along the way he has opened for a few of his heroes. Currently supporting his 9th, 10th and 11th CD, Old News Borrowed Blues Volume 1-3. The 3 volume set is a retrospective of acoustic band versions of some of his older material, new songs, covers and classic electric blues. Vic and the band has been performing to large crowds at such venues as The Stone Pony, Wonder Bar, Crossroads, Pianos NYC, The State Theater, Paramount- Asbury & NY/NJ Festivals.
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Ed February 15, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Vic is a great teacher....doesn't hold back! You'll know how the lessons are going. Vic actually taught me basic banjo technique as well and I played drums in a band he mentored for a few years. It turned out to be a terrific experience and he taught me an awful lot about dynamics on drums in spite of that NOT being his instrument. He's a great teacher! And ARTIST. If you have the chance to take lessons from Vic, do it!!
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Lisa December 20, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Vic is a multi talented musician. He is able to translate musical skills and techniques to the students learning style and level. He has an easy going, warm yet direct manner. And when you go for a lesson he will have a different guitar every time! Vic is one of the best guitar teachers I’ve had.
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Andrea December 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Vic makes learning easy and fun. I’ve always felt intimidated to learn the guitar, but he’s very approachable and never makes me feel insecure or uncomfortable. I have learned so much, and I have even played in front of people, which is something I never thought I’d do!
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Vic D.

Vic D.

Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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$35 / 30-min

About Don B.

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Toms River, NJ

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Do you want to rock? My name is Don, and music has always been a part of my life. Growing up I learned various musical instruments by ear. Music is great because it is something that can always be part of your life. Playing guitar is great, because it is therapeutic, and just a lot of fun!

My goal as your guitar teacher, is to educate, encourage, and make you excited about learning guitar!
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Don B.

Don B.

Toms River, NJ 08753
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$25 / 30-min

About Paul A.

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Lincroft, NJ
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Hi, im not like most of the teachers on here. I took contemporary piano lessons for about 10 years before I quit and began learning on my own. I started playing everything I heard from tv, the radio, requests from friends- all by ear. When a neighbor came over one day, her 10year old son asked me to play a song from a game called Minecraft. Once I listened to it and started to play, he got very excited and she was surprised as he usually hated anything to do with learning the instrument. She asked me to teach him for the summer and that was the first experience I had doing so. Since then I have found other children, college students, and even adults who have enjoyed this approach during the beginning, and to spark continued interest in learning. I am by no means a professional but that is why I am very flexible with time and pricing. That
being said I am still proficiently trained and knowledgable upto an intermediate level of teaching, and am passionate about both piano and music. Feel free to ask me about any questions or concerns you may have at my cell phone. Id like to reiterate if you/your child is unsure about getting lessons, unmotivated, intimidated, or having issues with the expense of lessons generally definitely give me an opportunity to work with you.
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Paul A.

Paul A.

Lincroft, NJ 07738
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$30 / 30-min

About Judy P.

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Lincroft, NJ

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"Success Starts Here".... Love for the Flute/Piccolo and teaching over 40 years creates a fun learning experience for all ages..."I'm the Pied Piper of the Flute and Piccolo"..."Follow Me To Success"...email me....

With more than four decades of teaching and performing experience in flute, piccolo and mixed instrumental ensembles, students of all ages will gain a solid head start and a strong competitive edge.
Effective practice routines are introduced along with a desire to learn , create, achieve and succeed.
Most of my students hold top positions in their school bands and other musical settings.
Sessions are customized according to individual needs and skill level.
Troubleshooting problems , tone development and college entrance preparation are but a few of my fields of expertise.
Small groups of mixed instrumentation (Strings
, Woodwinds, Brass, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Keyboards and more) are also offered.
This develops sight reading ability, balance and ear training.
Some of my students have become music educators from elementary school through college; one is a Rhodes Scholar in music; several have performed in Carnegie Recital Hall; another has been the Principal Flautist in the Stuttgart Orchestra, Germany; and one was nominated for a Grammy Award.
In 2017 my students were awarded $88,000 in Flute Scholarships to several colleges.
Educational and Professional Credentials Include:
B.M. Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University
M.M. Manhattan School of Music
Two years Post Graduate studies at Yale University
Two years Rutgers University in the study of Voice
Flautist/Solo Piccoloist with the Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea
Currently Principal Flautist/Piccoloist with the Gramercy Arts Ensemble
" Lets have fun together"
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Judy P.

Judy P.

Lincroft, NJ 07738
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$56 / 30-min

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