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About Michael P.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I am a New York State Certified Music Educator and Cellist. I have been teaching privately for over 10 years and currently run a Strings Orchestra program in Brooklyn for the New York City Department of Education. I love teaching and hope you consider joining my studio!

About Michael
Beginning his cello instruction at the age of 8, Michael spent the majority of his early years under the guidance of Nancy Hambleton-Torrente, current director of music for the Yorktown public school districts in Westchester county. During his undergraduate years, he attended Colgate University where he received a B.A. in both Music and Psychology. While at Colgate, Michael had the privilege of studying with cellist Florent Renard-Payen, founder and director of the esteemed Tarob Cello Ensemble. Upon graduation, Michael continued his studies at Montclair State University where he received an Artist Diploma in performance. Under the guidance of Nicholas Tzavaras of the Shanghai String Quartet, Michael performed two solo recitals for the John J. Cali School of Music before further pursuing his studies in the studio of Marc T. Johnson of the
Vermeer Quartet. From 2012 to 2014, Michael served as principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra at Hunter College while concurrently earning a Masters degree in Music Education. He graduated with summa cum laude honors in 2014 and began his teaching career with the New York City Department of Education later that year.

At present, Michael is director of Orchestral activities at P.S. 205 Clarion in Brooklyn N.Y. and principal cellist of the Riverside Orchestra on the upper west side of Manhattan. He runs a full private teaching studio and actively gigs in and around the greater New York City area. He has also played in numerous master classes for world renowned cellists such as Lynn Harrell and Andres Diaz, and has had the privilege of working with esteemed conductors such as Marietta Cheng of the Southern Finger Lakes Orchestra, Paul Hostetter, Chair of Orchestral Activities for the Schwob School of Music, and Rueben Blundell, current Conductor and Music Director of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, the Hunter Symphony and the Riverside Orchestra.

While Michael does enjoy a busy academic and teaching schedule, he believes that part of the joy of being a working musician is having the ability to share his love of music with others, something he feels both honored and privileged to be able to do.

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My teaching philosophy is one that tailors to the specific needs, interests and abilities of each individual. Throughout my years of private instruction, I have learned that no two individuals learn and/or think the same way. Thus, for some students I have found the Suzuki method to be highly effective, while for others I have been more comprehensive with my instruction, incorporated scales, etudes, sonatas, concerti and Bach suites for a more well rounded approach. Regardless of the methodology employed, all of my students will attest that I set clear and high expectations for every lesson, yet am very understanding, friendly and approachable right from the start. My goal is to provide every individual with the tools necessary for becoming a well-rounded musician, so that they too can share their love for music with others.

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Two music stands and chairs.

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While I do specialize in classical instruction, I am able to instruct students in a variety of genres, including Jazz, Pop, and alternative rock. In addition, I tend to tailor my lessons to the needs of my students. If they are more comfortable learning by rote, then this is how I tend to instruct. My lessons are loosely structured by beginning with scales, moving on to etudes, then finishing with Bach suites, a sonata and/or a concerto.
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Ke C. August 28, 2016
· Cello · In home
I had a great class with Michael. He is extremely experienced in teaching and he has a very focused teaching strategy. Definitely take his class if you are interested in cello.
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Yemi A. August 12, 2016
· Cello · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Michael for over a year now. I've taken lessons before with other instructors (though not in cello). Michael is one of the best instructors that I have ever had. He instructs and challenges you to get better, while at the same time being patient with your development. It has been a pleasure being a student of Michael.
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Marlynn W. May 3, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Beginner nerves vanished immediately. Michael is very disarming. Very encouraging. Very happy with him.
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Michael P.

Michael P.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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About Jamie C.

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Abington, PA
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I am a classically trained cellist with 20 Years experience. I studied under Charles Forbes and Roberto Pace at the Settlement Music School, and Eugene Friesen at Berklee College of Music.

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I am a classically trained cellist with 20 Years experience. I studied under Charles Forbes and Roberto Pace at the Settlement Music School, and Eugene Friesen at Berklee College of Music. As a bass guitarist, I have 15 years of experience playing fingerstyle and recording/performing a wide range of styles and genres, from rock and blues, to R&B and Hip-Hop, to acoustic folk and indie music.

I have 15 years of experience using recording software such as GarageBand, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Digital Performer and Reason. I use the latest versions of all of these.
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Luke N. January 13, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Great teacher.
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Mary Beth Y. December 22, 2016
· Cello · In studio
I am continuing to study cello with Jamie and I am much further along than I anticipated. I also study piano, so I am not a traditional beginner cello student. Jaime is able to fine tune my lessons to take this into account and build on it. He is very knowledgeable about proper technique as well as music theory. I would recommend him without reservation for all abilities and ages.
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Maureen January 30, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Jamie worked with me when I was trying to pick up cello after not playing since high school. He is extremely knowledgeable and encouraging. He's very good at identifying problems with technique and suggesting approaches to fix them, and fun to work with.
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Jamie C.

Jamie C.

Abington, PA 19001
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About Elisa R.

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Brighton, MA
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Each student is different, and the teacher needs to approach each one in a special way.

Music is my passion and I like to teach others to communicate though it. In order to make the music the way we feel it, we need technique. Technique is our tool to express, like the words for a writer!
My teaching has it base in technique, but just as a tool, not as something obsessive to be mastered.

Anyone can learn an instrument, and I hope to help you in this journey!

About Elisa
My name is Elisa and I am from Spain.
I started playing the cello at the age of 8. I finished the School in San Sebastian and moved to New Haven to study at Yale University. Then I moved to Boston where I finished my Master degree at The Boston Conservatory.
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Francisco Martínez September 19, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Professor Elisa corrected the bow technique and solved an injury I had for years in the right arm.
Thanks to her I was able to play the concert of Haydn in C as soloist.
After having had the opportunity to be his student I have improved considerably and managed to expand my sonorous concept considerably.
She is very pedagogic and has a great patience to solve the personal problems that I had from a very empathetic and above all corporal.
Today I can say that to be about to leave the race for my injury I am competing prominently at the national level (Chile)
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Sara September 19, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Elisa is wonderful! She has enormous amounts of energy that translate to her cello playing and teaching. She not only is a great teacher but also a very musical and technically capable cellist. As a college student she pushed me and also gave me the skills I needed to improve. Elisa is kind and thoughtful. She could beginners to advanced students with anything cello related.
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Paolo Bortolameolli September 19, 2017
· Cello · In home
I've know Elisa for seven years when we met at Yale School of Music. She is very passionate about teaching and all her students have come along way since they started taking lessons with her. She really knows how to adjust to every student and to bring the best out of them. Her commitment to music is unique and her sensitivity and musicianship makes her an outstanding cellist and musician. I recommend her tremendously.
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Elisa R.

Elisa R.

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About Brendon P.

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Montclair, NJ

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I have 15 years of playing experience from some of the best teachers around the country. I am certified to teach all 10 Suzuki books. I cater my teaching to each individual student and my goal is to create a fun nurturing environment.

About Brendon
Brendon P. recently completed a Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music under Dr. Melissa Kraut in cello performance and pedagogy. Brendon is certified to teach all 10 Suzuki books and is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. As a performer, Brendon is very active in the area playing various gigs. He performs frequently with Accordia Music and with Musical Upcoming Stars in the Classics. He has also performed with Akron Baroque and Singers Companye. In addition to the modern cello, Brendon also plays baroque cello and viola da gamba. In 2015, Brendon performed in the Boston Early Music Festival.
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Grace B. October 1, 2017
· Cello · In home
He is very knowledgeable and patient. He gave me great tips that helped me immediately play better.
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I-Wen August 31, 2017
· Cello · In home
Brendon is a wonderful cello instructor for my son. He is not only patient but also very inspiring. He listens to our wishes and needs, and he designs the lesson plan to meet them. In addition, he is very good at building a strong bonding with his student. Brendon has recently moved away from our town, and my son can no longer taking lessons from him. But I know my son will always remembers Brendon fondly as his best cello instructor.
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Jeff August 22, 2017
· Cello · In home
Brendon is a wonderful teacher and a gifted musician. I feel like I have more knuckles than fingers when playing, but he's patient and has produced - in my own humble opinion - a competent cellist out of me.
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Brendon P.

Brendon P.

Montclair, NJ 07043
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About Charles B.

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Lafayette, IN

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I have been teaching over 25 years. I have been playing for over 35 years. I have played professionally in orchestras and chamber ensembles.

I use both the Suzuki and traditional methods for teaching.

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I have been teaching stringed instruments for over 25 years. I use both the Suzuki and traditional methods.
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Valentin R. November 7, 2017
· Violin · In studio
We are super happy with Charles, very patient and creative in his teachings.
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Travis February 23, 2017
· Violin · Online
Charles was engaging, upbeat, prepared, and a quality teacher. Learning online is extremely convenient and went surprisingly smoothly! I look forward to future lessons.
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About David A.

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Somerset, NJ

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Holding a BM from Rutgers University and a MM from the Cologne School of Music (Cologne, Germany) and participation in numerous summer festivals and concert tours all over the world have contributed to cellist David Agia's artistic development. As a teacher, he caters to the needs of each individual student, and is comfortable teaching students of all ages and ability levels. He has several years of teaching experience, and is looking forward to bringing that experience to all new students!

About David
Cellist David Agia began his first lessons at the age of 9. He received his BM from Rutgers University where upon graduation he was presented with the "Excellence in String Performance" award. Following his studies at Rutgers he completed his MM at the Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany. His principle teachers were George Atanasiu, Jonathan Spitz, and Hans-Christian Schweiker.

He has participated in numerous masterclasses including Le Conservatoire Américain (Fontainebleau, France), Quartet Program (Fredonia, NY), Savonlinna Summer Music Academy (Savonlinna, Finland) and Orvieto Festival of Strings (Orvieto, Italy) and is a prizewinner of multiple competitions, such as the ANEMOS International Competition (Rome, Italy), Rutgers Sinfonia Concerto Competition, and Mason Gross Chamber Music Competition.

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a variety of different musical genres has brought him to concert halls throughout Europe, Mexico, and the USA, and national television broadcasts in Italy and Spain. David currently calls central NJ his home, where he enjoys teaching cello as well as playing all types of concerts. With a special affinity towards chamber music, he has been a member of various piano trios and string quartets. David is happy to play a cello made in Paris by Gustave Bernardel.
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David A.

David A.

Somerset, NJ 08873
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About Hannah L.

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I have been playing the cello for 18 years and teaching for six. Whether you are a beginning or advanced cellist, each lesson will be tailored to meet the needs of the individual. I would love to help you or your child become a more successful cellist!

About Hannah
Currently residing in New Jersey, Hannah graduated in 2017 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Music and English and a minor in Information Systems. As she prepares for graduate school auditions, she has enjoyed having more time to teach.

At UNC, Hannah was principal cellist of the UNC Symphony Orchestra, performing the fourth movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto as a winner of the UNC Concerto Competition. Hannah was also a member of the UNC Baroque Ensemble and various other chamber ensembles. An active chamber musician, Hannah has performed in the UNC Pleyel Celebration Concert, as well as the University Day Processional. She has also performed in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival. In the spring of 2
016, she spent the semester in Vienna, Austria, studying chamber music and cello performance with Josef Luitz, former professor at Die Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien.

Hannah has performed in masterclasses for several major pedagogues including Gil Shaham, Johannes Moser, The Pacifica Quartet, Anne Martindale Williams, and Michael Haber. Hannah currently studies with Jonathan Spitz. Former teachers include Brent Wissick, Nancy Green, Josef Luitz, and David Szepessy.

An active teacher, Hannah has taught private lessons since she was a junior in high school. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.
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Michael October 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
My son loved his lessons with Hannah! She was very patient and relaxed, yet kept him on track during lessons. Would highly recommend as a teacher.
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Hannah L.

Plainsboro, NJ 08536
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About Jessie K.

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For beginner lessons the basics come first! Your first lesson will focus on learning the parts of your instrument and holding your instrument with comfort. Your skills will grow weekly and you will soon have the ability to play scales, exercises and songs!
For more practiced students, we will work on your sight reading, ear training, music theory and techniques. Whatever area you feel you need more work in will be our focus.

About Jessie
Hi! I'm a professional musician and educator! I've been teaching Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Ukulele, Vocals, Guitar & Bass for 10 years. I Studied Music Performance and Education at the College of Staten Island. I've been playing since 5 years old, starting on piano and have picked up multiple instruments over the years.

Working with all ages & levels from beginner to advanced has shown me that every student is different and unique, and that is why I form my lessons to each students needs and wants, helping to make their learning experience interesting, fun, and educational on multiple levels. Every category will be covered in our lessons together... ear training, sight reading, technique, theory and other areas are equally as important when learning to play an instrument!

I'm in a few different musical projects, one of which being a
wedding band, playing over 150 shows a year. I also write original music, am working on my second album, and can help with song writing and improvisation if that is something that interests you. Looking forward to helping you on your musical journey!
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Jessie K.

Jessie K.

Staten Island, NY 10305
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About Zach T.

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Grand Rapids, MI

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Greetings! I'm a full-time private music tutor who has taught more than 22,000 lessons in the past 15 years! I teach beginner-advanced violin, viola, cello, guitar, and piano, I specialize in working with young beginners (ages 4+), I currently teach 50+ students each week, and I'm the Chief Curriculum Designer for a web-based music lesson service.

Exact Notes is a self-learning music notation system for kids. The site is a comprehensive resource for classrooms, private teachers, self-learners, and homeschoolers. It has everything you need to stay on track before, during, and between lessons. It features an easy-to-read notation that takes the hard work out of learning music, and is so easy that 4 year olds can learn songs on their own!

As the lead curriculum designer, my job is to make sure every student has a fun and successful experience! Every student who joins the website gets a free orientation from me, and a free first lesson. If you're nearby, this could be at my private ...

About Zach
Greetings! I specialize in introducing beginners to piano, and have worked with students as young as two and a half! If you're looking for a teacher who makes learning to play piano fun, then please contact me!

I recently filed a patent for an easy-to-read music notation system for beginners, which is so easy that 4 year olds can read and play songs on their own! The basic idea is that just playing the instrument is much easier than reading the notes. For example, instead of reading classical notation, a lot of guitarists play very complex music using tablature, which is a way of writing notes using numbers instead of dots on a staff; it writes music in a language they can already read, so that's what I did with piano, then violin, viola and cello.

Students around age 10 and under have a hard time orienting the piano staff because
lower notes go left on the keyboard and higher notes go right, so I start young students by orienting the piano staff in the same direction as the keyboard (left is left, right is right), then the notes are read top-down. You can see in Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, in the examples below. When the music is easy to read, it means students can play literally dozens more songs each day, even from the first few lessons. Yesterday, my 4 and a half year old literally played over 40 pages of music. (It helps that dad teaches music...)

Students around 10 and older usually don't have problems with the staff orientation, so they start with a modified staff closer to standard notation. The modifications in my patent, though, make it easier to play music that would otherwise be years away. Many students play Fur Elise in their first few weeks, or sometimes their first lesson. Others move into Moonlight Sonata and the like within just a month or two.

There are samples below, but the complete collection is currently available only on my website until I compile them into books. I compiled a few violin books a couple of years ago, but I was changing the notation system so much that I realized they'd become obsolete. They have, and need to be remade.

It takes better planning for young beginners to be successful with video-based lessons, which is why I've done a tremendous amount of work organizing my new website, and I'm pleased that it's become a core learning component for a few dozen of my local students. I'm also sure that many of the families currently using it would be happy to share their experiences with you, and I'd be happy to get their permission if you'd like to contact them!

Every new student gets a free trial lesson, and I'm happy to help any way I can to help you get started in music!
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Sofya December 9, 2017
· Violin · Online
My 6 yo is taking violin classes with Zach online. The classes are high energy, very engaging, informative, and fun.
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· Violin · Online
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Kathryn November 19, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I really appreciated that Zach was very understanding and flexible with crazy changing work schedules. He does a good job of mixing music theory, technical exercises, while still being open and even encouraging the student to working on styles and pieces they are interested in and enjoy. Zach is great about asking the student what they want to learn and work on, while still making sure that they are always learning something new and always pushing themselves. Zach always seems to genuinely care and get excited about music, teaching, and his students.
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