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East Meadow, NY

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Hi my name is Nicole; I have over 25 years of teaching experience. (I began teaching beginner students while I was in high school) and I myself began classical piano training at the age of 8 and continued through college. I also studied music theory, ear training and sight reading.
As a student, I participated in yearly NYSSMA competitions, performed in recitals and National Music Guild competitions as well. Following my passion made my decision to major in music the obvious choice. I wound up being the recipient of the first Ralph V. Ritchie Music Memorial Scholarship at Nassau Community College (which needless to say was a huge honor). I studied under Rose Tanner, who was a member of the Juliard faculty, performing many piano solo recitals as well as singing madrigals in a quartet. I truly loved what I was doing. I went on as a perfor
mance major at West Chester University in P.A. for three semesters and it was there that I realized that I wanted to teach piano. I've always been extremely creative and patient, so I thought teaching piano would be a perfect fit for me and it turned out that I was right! I also have had many other jobs working with children, such as being a camp counselor and a nanny for several different families and now I’m a mom as well ! I decided I wanted to write and perform my own music in an original band as well. So I decided to leave West Chester and began several of my own original musical projects and solo performance acts. I've played the piano/keyboard, wrote music/lyrics, sang lead and backup vocals or did a combination of the above.
During this time I worked closely with other advanced teachers and musicians to gain other methods, styles and techniques of playing and teaching music. I found out very quickly that playing a keyboard while standing up is both stylistically and technically different then sitting at the piano,
I'm patient, creative, positive and fun to work with and I really enjoy teaching. I love working with children and I'm passionate about passing my love of music along to my students. I also love to explore improvisation with students and song writing if the student and parents(s) are interested. I myself try to always be open to change and growth. I feel that if you think you already know everything, that you’re not open to learning..and should be).
If you feel your child and I would be a good fit, please feel free to call me. I'm always open for questions and conversation. :~)

*** Lesson Details ***
I specialize in teaching classical piano to students of all ages, including extensive experience in teaching autistic, special-needs and disabled children.
Sensitive to individual needs and abilities, I prepare students with curriculum, lesson plans and weekly assignments on a one-on-one basis.
Curriculum may include technique, sight reading, theory, ear training, scales, NYSSMA and performance/recital preparation. Working with both students and their parents together we can determine individual goals for each student.
Scheduling is maintained and coordinated to accommodate students and their families.
In the first three to six months, my intention is to instill a good practice ethic.
Students will be positive and motivated towards playing their instrument.
They will have a basic understanding of theory, scales and technique.
Additionally, students will be able to play a small repertoire of pieces.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, my lessons are organized, productive and most of all - fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in a recording studio. Where you have a choice of an acoustic upright piano or a digital Yamaha keyboard. I also own a farfisa organ and a moog synthesizer.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I always try to get a feeling from each individual student as to which series of beginner books will work best for them. Obviously if the student is more advanced (and already working on a specific piece) please bring that with you to the lesson. There are so many beginner books to start out with. I like to have a lesson book, a theory book and a technic book as well. Once the student has learned the basics, I like to occasionally let them choose a fun song (pop or rock) as a reward for working on the classical criteria that I prefer. I find it helps keep them motivated to plat their favorite songs to their friends and have some fun. (even though that would be work as well).

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music for piano study. I have taught the Suzuki method with a few very young students. I have also taught other styles such as rock and roll , some Broadway songs and top 40 upon request. I also teach some students different styles of songwriting techniques.
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Jeff D. November 25, 2012
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Nicole is an awesome teacher!

As someone who was just starting out at piano, I have come a long way in a short time. She's VERY patient and I've never had so much fun learning!
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Nicole D.

Nicole D.

East Meadow, NY 11554
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About Christina A.

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Plainfield, NJ

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Each Student deserves and will get individualized lessons based on their needs, desires, and goals. Music instruction can be taxing, but should always be fun! My goal is to provide in depth, student-based lessons that all will enjoy!

About Christina
My studio is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. We are committed to meeting those needs. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry! With over 14 years of teaching experience in both the classroom and privately, my lessons are comprehensive, diverse and individually tailored to each student.

Ms. Tina was born and raised in North Plainfield, NJ and attended college at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ where she received a BM in Musical Theater. Music is not just a job for Ms. Tina...it's a passion.

I continually strive to encourage and motivate my students to explore their individual talents and abilities to their fullest and to have fun! I look forward to working with you
and your family to achieve your music education goals!
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Kathleen N. February 23, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Christina is a wonderful teacher with a relaxed and effective teaching style. She has helped me to make tremendous progress in a short period of time.
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Cara January 8, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Professional, enthusiastic, compassionate. Very easy to work with, gave me useful advice.
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Angela January 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
She was wonderful! Incredibly personable and really helped me relax about learning piano again! I'm so excited to see where this takes me :-)
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Christina A.

Christina A.

Plainfield, NJ 07063
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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.

*** Specialties ***
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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$79 / 45-min

About Concetta A.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Learn to play the piano alongside music theory and songwriting!

About Concetta
Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education, Continuing Adult Education
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Joseph March 27, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
Concetta was/terrific and extremely helpful and kind.
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Winston Thomas June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
It was truly a pleasure meeting Concetta for my first ever violin lesson. It is difficult to learn anything at the age 40, specially a musical instrument, but she made it comfortable and easy to understand. She's extremely patient a key quality when teaching a subject such a music to anyone. I would say, give her teaching style a try and you won't regret it. Very knowledgeable indeed.
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Matthew February 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
She was great, first lesson and I learned a lot about how to improve my singing, demonstrably so. Very pleased, looking forward to continuing.
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Brooklyn, NY 11222
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About Brian L.

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Ultimately, my ideal goal is to make my students love music. Music is a great way of communicating emotions; it will make their lives more fruitful. In order to achieve that, they will have my guidance for comfortable and healthy piano technique.

--specialize in teaching NYSSMA and ABRSM syllabus

About Brian
Second-Prize winner of the 2017 New York International Artists Association Piano Competition, Hong Kong native Brian Lam was hailed by Sergei Babayan as “a very fine young pianist whose talents cannot be taught by others”. He won the First Prize at the 2014 Brooklyn College Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of Chopin’s e minor concerto with the school’s symphony under the baton of George Rothman, music director of the Riverside Symphony in New York. Two years later, in 2016, he won the First Prize at the American Proteges International Concerto Competition. Other achievements include a Gold Medal at the Young Classical Virtuoso International Piano Competition. Brian was also a finalist at the First VIVO-S International Music Competition in 2017.

Brian has appeared in greatly-acclaimed music festivals such as
the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in 2011 (full scholarship) & the Hudson PianoFest at Nyack College of Music in 2015. He has also played at Steinway Halls in London & New York, Weill Recital and Zankel Halls at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufmann Music Center and Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

Brian holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in Piano Performance (summa cum laude) from Brooklyn College. His principal mentors are Adam Kent and William Wolfram.
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Jacky May 13, 2018
· Piano · In studio
He had been my piano teacher and mentor for 5+years. Equipped with marvelous knowledge and meticulousness on music and piano performance, he is capable and willing to uphold his professionalism. He is not going to move on until you have mastered certain fundamental musical ideations or techniques. Mr. Brian is not the type of teacher who only talks in theory or with instructions, but he can actually perform what he demands from students. Hence, he is doubtlessly a marvelous piano performer, as well as instructor, where I am certain students can learn a lot from his lessons.
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Rachel May 3, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I feel very grateful and honored to have Brian as my daughter’s piano teacher (mentor rather, I should say). Brian has helped her prepare a lot of auditions and competitions; he always encouraged and inspired my daughter to love music. Highly recommend!
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Susan April 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I feel completely safe leaving my child with him. I have witnessed my child grow in a nearly exponential rate. We cooperate with each other and communicate effectively to help the child learn faster in better ways.
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Brian L.

Brian L.

Brooklyn, NY 11204
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About Douglas T.

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Englishtown, NJ

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I've had the extreme pleasure of playing piano and guitar for 27 years and my passion is to share my enjoyment of music with everyone.
Learning to play music can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable hobbies and when you take lessons with me, I make sure that you are learning everything needed to start playing your favorite songs and writing your own songs.
I have had the honor of teaching music for nearly 15 years and I look forward to discussing your goals and helping and ensuring you achieve them.

About Douglas
Hi, my name is Douglas and I've been teaching music for nearly 15 years.
I play piano, guitar and drums and love classical music as well as rock, blues, jazz, some country music and some pop music.
My passion is to teach and to share my love of music to everyone.
I look forward to learning your goals and helping you reach your goals
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Jennifer January 23, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
My son greatly enjoyed his lesson with Douglas and looks forward to many more in the future. They seem to be a perfect match and Douglas was patient and an incredibly good teacher
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Margaret L. January 2, 2018
· Guitar · In home
As a beginner, I was a little worried about the first lesson being complicated. Not so, learning with Douglas. Great experience! He made it so easy that I surprised myself enjoying the lesson.
Thank you Douglas...
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Jay September 2, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Doug is a fantastic music teacher and my acoustic guitar skills have noticeably improved since taking lessons with him. He also has an in-depth knowledge of music theory which helps to make sense of some of the more technical aspect of reading and playing music.
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Douglas T.

Englishtown, NJ 07726
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About Josh L.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Josh, multi-instrumentalist for Norah Jones and many others graduated Berklee College of Music in 1995. He has been playing professionally and teaching privately since then. He appears on albums by James Taylor, The Lemonheads to name a few and has performed live with everyone from Brian Wilson to Miley Cyrus. I offer private guitar lessons to students of all ages and skill levels in a fun and patient environment. Whether you're picking up a guitar for the first time or you've been playing for a while and are looking to break out of a rut, I can help.

About Josh
Josh, multi-instrumentalist for Norah Jones and many others graduated Berklee College of Music in 1995. He has been playing professionally and teaching privately since then. He appears on albums by James Taylor and The Lemonheads to name a few and has performed live with everyone from Brian Wilson to Miley Cyrus. Click here to watch and listen to some recordings and performances.
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Fabio October 18, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Josh is an incredible musician, teacher, guitar, and bass player (haven't tried his singing lessons yet). His knowledge on both theoretic and practical aspects of music (acquired during his studies as well as several tours with world class bands) is very broad which makes his lessons fun and dynamic, a major plus for motivation and learning process.
With his "hands on" guitar lessons we quickly built a fun song's set which was custom made for my skills level at the time. Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" was among one of the first songs I learned, and by then I had basic chord's as well as a couple major scale positions knowledge.
I ve been seeing Josh (lately via Skype, which saves me 1 hour a day in commute) for the past 3.5yrs and nowadays I am actually playing with a band which goes live every now and then, despite my challenging 10+ daily work hours.
Josh was instrumental to keep me motivated all the time, I strongly recommend giving him a try.
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Jim October 17, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Josh Lattanzi is an excellent guitar teacher. He is a knowledgable, skilled and accomplished musician who has really helped me make sense of what has always been a confusing instrument for me.

Josh's style is patient, supportive and also very funny. He's the reason I love playing guitar and didn't get scared off by bar chords.

He also can play absolutely anything, and tailors my lessons to help me play the kind of stuff I write the best possible way. I am really grateful to be taught by him and will continue to take lessons as long as he's teaching.
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Jamie B October 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
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Josh Lattanzi's guitar lessons are simply the best. I started taking lessons with Josh after I graduated college. I was moving to New York to pursue songwriting and found Josh's website online, deciding to try out a lesson based on his experience as a musician and a teacher.

Now, over five years later I can confidently say that if I hadn't chosen Josh my career as a songwriter would be completely different. He goes above and beyond for his students.

I am simply incredibly lucky to have taken that initial step of a first lesson with Josh of NYC Guitar Lessons.

Josh is a patient, focused but fun teacher. His breadth and depth of knowledge of music, guitar and other instruments is extensive, and lends to thorough and thoughtful teaching.

The thing that I love most about taking lessons with Josh is that he is incredibly flexible, willing and able to tailor each student's lessons based on what their ultimate guitar goals are. It made it easy to refer friends to him that wanted to lean basics of guitar and suggest lessons to friends in the songwriting community who had more specific goals in mind.

I really can't speak highly enough about my experiences as an NYC guitar lessons student with Josh.
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Josh L.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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$85 / 60-min

About Ying-Ting L.

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I recently graduated from Berklee College of Music. I have played the piano for 20 years and have lots of experience for playing concerts, like recitals and chamber music. I can teach classical and pop music, and I'm willing to help students to improve as much as they can. Lessons are customized to the goals of each student :)

About Ying-Ting
I'm a professional flutist and pianist who recently graduated from Berklee College of Music. I also have a performance Bachelor from one of the best music performance universities in Taiwan, which is Taipei National University of the Arts. I have played the flute for 18 years and piano for 20 years. Also, I have lots of experience playing in a vast amount of different type of concerts. From chamber to orchestra, from pop to classical, and from section player to an orchestra soloist. The lessons are personally customized and a variety of styles such as: Pop, classical, jazz, world music and more will be learned. I'm willing to help students to improve as much as they can :) And here are some of my awards and honors that I would love to share with you:
-2017: the Soren Christensen Award from Film Scoring Department
at Berkle
e College of Music.
-2016: the Matthew Marvuglio Endowed Scholarship at Berklee
College of Music.
-2015: the Performance Division Dean’s Award at Berklee College of
Music.
-2013: Be elected as the representative addressing the students at
the graduation ceremony at Taipei National University of the
Arts.
-2012-2013: Be elected as the Director of Graph Arts in TNUA Music
Department Student Association.
-2012-2013 1st place and 3rd place for Presidential Awards at Taipei
National University of the Arts.
-2009: 1st place for Taipei National Student Competition of Flute
solo.
-2005: 1st place for Taiwan National Student Competition of
Woodwind Quintet.
-1999: 2nd place for Taiwan National Student Competition of Piano
Solo.
-1999: 2nd place for Taiwan National Student Competition of
Recorder Solo.
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xi L. April 9, 2018
· Flute · In studio
very kind teacher!
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Mary March 21, 2018
· Flute · In home
Ying Ting is the flute teacher for my daughter Amelia, she is very good at teaching kids. Now I am planning to learn it myself too!
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Laura March 20, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Ying is very professional, I learned many Disney songs from her and she was being really patient with me.
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Brooklyn, NY 11203
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About Alejandro G.

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Union, NJ

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I have seen which are the problems that most of the students struggle with and I also have seen a lot of teachers that don't help them in a good way.

So that's why I created lessons with an individual approach for each student, applying knowledge that I received from wonderful teachers I have had.

I come from a strict Russian method, but I found a way to balance this methods with the student itself, because everyone is unique.

About Alejandro
Hello! I'm from Venezuela, a country that has a lot of rhythms and music colors.

I started at the age of 6 and then formally at the age of 12 (a little bit late). I studied at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas and then I moved to the US.

Here the mix of different cultures and music has created a deep impact on me, so I tend to create interesting programs for my students. Music that goes from J.S. Bach to Samuel Barber, or from Igor Stravinsky to Juan Vicente Lecuna.

I also have attend masterclasses of wonderful teachers such as Simone Dinnerstein, Yoheved Kaplinsky, András Schiff, Jerome Lowenthal and Hung Kuan Chen. Experiences that have been very enriching.

In Venezuela, I also studied venezuelan piano music with the pianist and composer Luisa Elena Paesano, and with pianist Guiomar Narváez. They impulsed me in a way that I
started to work with the contemporary composers that are still alive and that still create academic music inspired in Venezuelan rhythms and flavors.

It will be very exciting to share all these experiences with my future students!
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Luis April 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
What a great teacher, completely full ignored patience and determined to make you push yourself and practice until you get it right.
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Andrew April 18, 2018
· Classical Piano · Online
Alejandro is the best piano teacher that I could have had ever. He is well explained and his ideas are very clear. He deserve 5 stars!
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Rosy Julian April 18, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
He is a very talented and patient young man, who shows in each class his love and passion for music. He makes feel comfortable during the classes. He is the best, I recommend him a lot.
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Alejandro G.

Union, NJ 07083
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About Jordan H.

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Experienced teacher with undergraduate degree from The University of Virginia and Masters Degree from Boston University. Specializing in the beginner/intermediate piano student. Will teach foundational skills of music reading, music theory, hand technique, etc. Can begin with classical music or contemporary.

About Jordan
I'm a producer working in the film and television industry, and teach piano lessons and Spanish lessons on the side. I love to travel (over 28 countries!) and an extra perk if it's a Spanish-speaking country. I'm comfortable with all ages and am happy to tailor all lessons to you!
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Jordan H.

Brooklyn, NY 11216
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$50 / 30-min

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Sifting through digital piano reviews can be a time-consuming task, but it's important to find the right fit when you're purchasing your first piano or keyboard! Here, Powell, OH teacher Sara Marie B. shares her top 5 options to consider...    Whether you’re a pianist without the space for an acoustic piano, you want something portable, or you just prefer the bells and whistles of a keyboard, it can be difficult for pianists to find keyboards that really fit all of our requirement
How to Make Learning Piano Scales Easier
Learning an instrument can be a challenging but also rewarding pastime. If you’re a student of piano, learning piano scales can help lay the foundation for developing your skills as well as give you a better understanding of music, since most songs are based around the movement of scales. Learning piano scales can even get you started composing your own songs! Scales, chords, and related piano exercises are a fun and useful addition to your daily practice ritual. The primary scales are the 12 m

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