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About Nikole W.

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New York, NY

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Hi! Welcome to my TakeLessons page, where I provide information about my background and teaching services.

I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. My piano and voice students include children, working professionals, performing artists, and seniors. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and with private instructors focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e.Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk). Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) and practices from Linklater, Alexander, Williamson movement, and Art of Practicing techniques are incorporated into my music instruction.

30 minute-lessons are available for children aged 5-6 only while 60-minute lessons are available for students above the age of 6. Prospective students may sign up to take a trial lesson with me at first to ...

About Nikole
Hi! I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about how I can help you as a teacher.

What is my background?
I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. I have developed a keen ability to assess and shape talent from years of training, teaching, performing, and working with the head of Arts programs to conduct admissions interviews, student evaluations, and performances. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and privately with notable musicians focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e. Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk).

What material is covered during lessons?
Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) as well as posture,
artistic expression, interpretation, breathing, and finger and pitch placement techniques are incorporated into my music instruction. Cold reading, audition preparation and technique, Shakespeare, scene analysis, and business strategies are examples of topics that may be covered in acting instruction. Linklater (voice), Alexander, Williamson (movement), and Art of Practicing (piano) methods are also employed.

What are the profiles of my students?
My students come from different walks of life: children coming from school who bound excitedly to my lesson door; teenage artists who have the passion and vision but lack the technique; working adults who seek reprieve from the stress of work by singing/ learning an instrument that they've always wanted to play; and seniors who want a fun hobby to keep active. I enjoy teaching them and watching them master the fundamentals while developing their own performance style (or even composing their own music)!

What is my teaching style?
Based on feedback, students appreciate that I am a teacher with a warm personality whose supportive, passionate, and fun approach and effective techniques help them attain the following: 1) a firm understanding of the fundamentals of music theory or acting technique; 2) an ability to effectively learn how to perform and practice singing/playing/acting a piece; and 3) a style of performing that minimizes tension, produces beautiful sound or a dynamic character, and/or allows them to fully express themselves. After a few months, students should have sound knowledge of all three.

My students and I connect, in part, because I remember being like them. On stage, I started out dancing and acting; I delved into singing and songwriting and then fell in love with playing the piano. The day that I learned how to merge those passions (i.e. singing while playing the piano) was one of the happiest days of my life! Now, whether I'm performing Shakespeare on stage, playing Chopin and Beethoven, or singing while playing tunes by Whitney Houston, I still get excited. Hopefully, I fuel that excitement in you, too!

What is the lesson structure?
Due to the comprehensive nature of my teaching style and structure, students above the age of 6 take lessons for 60 minutes; 30-minute lessons are only available for children aged 5-6. If a student wants to learn how to play while singing, I am happy to help him/her do so!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio location in Manhattan is conveniently near Midtown, Chelsea, Flat Iron, Murray Hill, Union Square, Tribeca, and the Financial District in particular and is easily accessible via public transportation. It houses an upright piano and seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Acting: Meisner Acting; Theater Acting; Shakespearean Acting
Music: Classical Piano; Contemporary R&B & Pop Piano; Singing; Theory; Playing Whie Singing; Songwriting

***Pricing***

Thirty minute rates are for younger students only. Adult students are required to book 60 minute lessons.
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Ebony November 2, 2017
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Nikole is phenomenal. Great spirit, incredibly welcoming. I feel a lot more confident in public speaking.
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Ashley A. January 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Nikole, is very warm and professional. I have never continued with voice lessons, I enjoyed the experience so much that I'm going to kick the bad habit of smoking and sit down and seriously figure my finances out to continue being taught by her. I cannot express enough how much fun I had...no pressure Nikole if you read this...lol
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Marilyn T. October 10, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Easy to work with and understood what I needed to work on almost immediately.
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Nikole W.

New York, NY 10001
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About Paul M.

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Staten Island, NY

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I am an experienced piano teacher with over 20 years experience who teaches students of all levels and ages. I structure your lesson around what the student wants to learn while also building a solid foundation in music theory. I find one really does help the other in the students growth and development.

About Paul
I have been teaching music for about 25 years mostly on the guitar but I also give lessons on the bass, piano, and ukelele. I give lessons to beginner and intermediate students of all ages. If you want to learn and have fun I am ready for your lesson. In addition to teaching I have played in various local original and cover bands as well as musical productions. I enjoy the challenge every student brings.
I teach on the entire Island so if your address comes up as to far away call TL to get set up.
*** Lesson Details ***
I structure my lessons with a focus on learning to read and play music but I also like to teach a student what interests them as well. I think learning to read music is very important and it aides in the students development of their own musical personality. Early on the student will also learn songs or stlyes tha
t interest them so its not just work but also play.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books and various other things (e.g. picks, music stands, metronomes, etc... at students expense) if asked. Student should provide instrument

*** Specialties ***
beginner on all instruments and rock guitar.
Intermediate students also welcome.
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Gabriella January 12, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
My daughter is very shy, but Paul made her feel very comfortable. He is patient and a great teacher. I highly recommend him.
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Lisa October 17, 2018
· Piano · In home
I can’t say enough about Paul. Aside from his technical skill he was able to work with me on just the right level with just the right sense of humor! I wish I could have continued but my schedule made it impossible. But thanks to Paul I now have greater technical knowledge and will be able to go a bit future on my own, at least until until we can continue our lessons! I will truly miss our our time at the piano. You would be quite lucky to have Paul as your teacher!
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Lisa August 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
Paul was very patient with me and has a great sense of humor! Exactly what I need !
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Paul M.

Staten Island, NY 10314
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$30 / 30-min

About Cassandra W.

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New York, NY
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The richness of Cassandra’s instruction reflects her training in some of the world’s most prestigious conservatories in China, Russia, and the U.S.A., her extensive performance experience as an award winning classical pianist, and her more than twenty years sharing with students her mastery of sight-reading, musical theory, and piano performance. Sign up for her lessons and see how Cassandra’s Piano Studio can be the right fit for your piano and music interests.

About Cassandra
*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching piano to students of all skill and experience levels, from basic beginners to conservatory level performers for more than 20 years. I offer piano lessons to children and adults, Accelerate Piano is geared toward students ages 5 through 17. In these self-paced classes, students work to acquire and hone their skills through innovative teaching and learning methods. My teaching style is a welcome change from traditional piano instruction methods.

In these traditional methods, students watch, learn, and listen as the piano instructor plays, and then they are sent home to practice. In my methods, students learn and play their music on site with me, which offers the student more opportunities to get feedback from me and to identify which skills and music he or she may need to focus on during at-h
ome practice. This method is how professionals practice and is one that I believe lead to better success.

During their lessons, students are taught their music hands-on instead of watching an instructor. This hands-on method is proven to result in a student progressing more quickly through their beginner books, which has profound effects on a young student’s confidence and joy in music.

My studio is conveniently located in Chelsea area in Manhattan.

***Cassandra's Bio***
Ms. Wang began her piano study in Shen Yang, China at age 6. At 8, she won first prize in both the city-wide and state-wide piano competitions for her age group. She attended both the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in Shanghai, China, and The Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow, Russia.
In the 1990s, she began her teaching career at Shen Yang Conservatory of Music, and, during this time, she won “The Best Accompanist” at China’s First National Voila Competition and the Gold Cup (1st Prize) at the International Folk Music Invitational Competition in Hong Kong.
In 2004, Ms. Wang came to the U.S. to continue her piano studies, receiving a Master’s Degree of Music in Piano Performance from Westminster Choir College in 2011.
She has performed at St. Patrick's Cathedral, on ABC's "Good Morning America," and in Yankee Stadium where her audience was Pope Benedict XVI. At Princeton’s Richardson Auditorium, she performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 Op.18 as a soloist with the Princeton Sinfonia Orchestra

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano and electric pianos in music room w/ seating area for parents

*** Specialties ***
I teach piano to students of all skill levels and experience, from basic beginners to conservatory level performers.and I have provided the curriculum for and coached dozens of my students through all eight levels of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Many students have passed their levels with 'distinction'.
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Olga January 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
It is a pleasure to be able to study and learn from Cassandra.
She is a talented professional piano player but is patient and relaxed about teaching beginners.
I have learned a lot, even though I don't have a lot of time to study.
I have improved my sight reading significantly thanks to her.
Totally recommend her!
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Grace C. November 8, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher
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Grace M. July 10, 2015
· Piano · In studio
She was great. My daughter could not stop talking about the piano after her class. Cassandra was very patient and imformative in her lesson. Highly recommend. We are very excited about our next and future lesson.
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Cassandra W.

New York, NY 10001
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About Barbee M.

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West New York, NJ

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Never played before? Played years ago and want to start again? Looking for a new teacher? Wherever you are in your development I can help you establish good technique to play any style beautifully and expressively.

Includes technique, sight-reading, musicality, repertoire selection, music theory, etc., according to the student's experience and needs.

About Barbee
Hi! My name is Barbee and I’ve been teaching and performing professionally for over twelve years. I love helping my students reach their musical goals, while having fun making music at the same time!

I accept students of all levels and ages 8 and up. Some of my students are working musicians, actors, and voice actors; many are teenagers who aspire to study music and/or theatre in college and become professional performers. And of course many are enthusiastic avocational singers and pianists who simply love music and want to work on their technique in a fun environment.

Some recent student accomplishments include:
*Leading roles in musicals and operas
*International concert tours
*Acceptance to multiple NYC performing arts high schools
*Multiple scholarship offers from universities to study music
*Acceptance to pre-professional
training programs such as Paper Mill Playhouse and AMDA Summer Conservatories

Both voice and piano lessons are based on a foundation of healthy technique while incorporating musicianship skills and encouraging the student to develop their own creativity. I am experienced in teaching many genres and styles including Broadway/musical theater, classical/opera, pop, rock, R&B, country, and folk. I encourage my students to explore new styles and apply good technique to any style they may choose to sing or play.

I love helping my students prepare for auditions. As an active performer myself I have auditioned many, MANY times for different organizations, and I have also been on "the other side of the table" and I know what qualities audition panels are looking for. Let me help you show your best qualities at your audition!

As a member of both NATS (National Association for Teachers of Singing) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) I am constantly working to improve my teaching skills by keeping up with the latest pedagogical research. I love sharing new tips and techniques with my students!

I strive to create a lesson environment that is open and honest, where my students are never afraid to ask questions or try something new. I am always happy to explain concepts in a different way and I encourage improvisation and creativity in addition to healthy technique and strong musicianship.

If you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to send me a message by clicking “Ask Barbee a Question” at the top of the page.

In-studio equipment: Yamaha P-115 digital piano with 3-pedal unit and bench, music stands, large library of scores and anthologies for repertoire exploration

Please note that you MUST have an acoustic or digital piano with weighted keys for in-home piano lessons. You MUST have a piano or keyboard for in-home voice lessons. If you are looking to purchase an instrument I am happy to provide recommendations.

Please note that students are expected to purchase all music, curriculum, and other materials as appropriate.
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Jennifer L. February 25, 2019
· Audition Prep · In home
Barbee has a wonderful style and approach to teaching . She exudes a positivity and enthusiasm throughout the lesson and is exceptional in providing encouragement and nonjudgemental corrective feedback when needed. I thoroughly enjoy my lessons and look forward to continuing with my program.
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Marianne February 8, 2019
· Singing · Online
Her knowledge of music and the anatomy of the voice have made my lessons with her invaluable. She’s an excellent teacher, so much so, that I plan to pick up piano lessons with her as well.
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Liza September 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Barbee is very pleasant and good teacher. She is very flexible with scheduling.
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Barbee M.

West New York, NJ 07093
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$60 / 45-min

About Anastassia K.

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Sayreville, NJ
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Love to teach any age, beginner to intermediate level.

About Anastassia
So you just Love to sing... Always wanted to try... Big audition coming up... Trying to get into the school musical... Want to improve your professional skills Or simply want to impress your friends and relatives at the next family event - I'm here for you.
I am proud holder of the diploma of the Professional School of Music and Vocal Arts, specializing in "Popular and jazz vocal singing and coaching".
For over 15 years I've been providing vocal coaching and singing lessons to many wonderful students age 5 and above, while being a live stage performer myself. Nothing beats the real-life experience!
While teaching technique I will show you how to integrate it into the songs you want to perform, eliminate your breaks, smooth out your transitions, add endurance and strength to the voice, sing on key better, and extend your range. I e
mploy individual approach to every student. We will work on the song styles/genres YOU like. I have extensive collection of professional backing tracks without vocal part for you to sing along, practice and record a studio quality demo of a song you learned.
My goal is to take any talent/experience you have and bring it to the next level!
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Cindy January 14, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
I needed to work on jazz and pop singing technique. Anastassia is an excellent teacher and it has been a joy to work with her. I’m doing very well and will continue to improve😎
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Andrew December 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
She was very nice and respectful. My son enjoyed her lesson very much!!
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Jaylene L. November 12, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
My daughter was very happy to meet with her yesterday and she felt very comfortable.
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Anastassia K.

Sayreville, NJ 08872
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About Joseph P.

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New York, NY
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I've been playing the piano since I was six, and I've been teaching for over ten years. I tailor my curriculum to fit your interests and abilities! I find that students are the most motivated when they are playing music that they love. I want you to have fun while being stimulated and challenged. Here are some sample topics we will cover:

--healthy and effortless technique
--fluency in music reading
--classical repertoire
--pop, rock, or improvisation
--basic scales/chords/arpeggios
--basic musicianship (including ear training, expression, style, performance, etc.)

About Joseph
My name is Joseph P. I began playing the piano and writing music at a very young age. I've been teaching for over ten years, and I love sharing music with my students. I specialize in piano, composition, and music theory, and I play many genres ranging from classical to R&B.

I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and I have taught undergraduate courses at Queens College, CUNY.
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Stephen F. June 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Joey is a great teacher.
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Jermaine March 17, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I take regular piano classes with Joseph and he's simply the best! He has a deep understanding of music theory and is very attentive, patient and friendly. Would rate 6 stars if I could!
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Vincent R. April 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent!
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Joseph P.

New York, NY 10016
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$35 / 30-min

About Reut R.

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Rahway, NJ
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I am a professional full time Trombonist. At the same time, teaching has always been a big part of who I am - I love teaching. My music career has taken me around the world and back but more than that it has given me a wonderful tool of self expression, and for that I am forever grateful. Other than the Trombone I do play the Trumpet as well, and I have over 8 years of Piano under my belt. I feel very confident teaching Trumpet up to advanced level, but only beginner level for Piano. I would love to work with some of the younger piano students not only on learning to play the Piano but also about the joy that music can give you!

About Reut
Hello there!

I am a trombonist and teacher, with many years of experience teaching Hebrew as well as music.

As a music teacher I have worked with children starting from private lessons to young children beginning to learn, up to master classes in universities worldwide. I love teaching, and I feel confident teaching trombone and trumpet up to advanced level. For piano, I would prefer to stay with beginners and young ones only :) - but I promise you they will have a wonderful experience (and yes, I do have 8 years of piano studies under my belt).

As a Hebrew teacher, I teach both Hebrew reading and pronunciation and modern conversational Hebrew. My professional experience includes teaching at Golda Och Academy in West Orange, B'nai Abraham in Livingston, Central Synagogue in Manhattan and more, as well as many private lessons. In
the schools I provided classroom instruction, private and group tutoring and adult education as well as private instruction for the faculty.
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Jaime November 12, 2018
· Trombone · Online
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Alex D. September 9, 2018
· Trombone · In home
wonderful !
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michael February 20, 2018
· Hebrew · In home
I have been taking Hebrew lessons with Reut for 2 years. My Hebrew has improved greatly and I have much more confidence now when speaking. She is very patient and sweet.
Highly recommended
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Reut R.

Rahway, NJ 07065
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$60 / 30-min

About Jennifer M.

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Roselle, NJ
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Piano lessons with Play By Ear Music Lessons are different than traditional lessons. I teach music theory, which is all about chords, musical scales, patterns, and playing quickly and easily after only hearing a song. You don’t have to learn how to read music in order to be a great player.

The theory I will teach you will help you play any song quickly and easily without having to learn the theory of each song separately.

Discount packages available.

About Jennifer
I have been teaching music privately since 2004.

I teach music theory, not music reading. This training will teach you to play by ear without having to read music if you don’t want to. This means being able to sit down and play after hearing a song. As long as we've heard the song and know how it sounds, we can learn how to quickly and easily play it.

Music theory is about patterns, chords, variations of chords, and order of chords. It can be applied to any song so the more we play the easier new songs become!
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Emily March 7, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Awesome teacher. She worked at my daughter’s pace and was very nice and patient
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David May 23, 2017
· Reading · In home
We engaged Jennifer to assist my brother Gary in improving his reading skills. She was patient with him, and helped to motivate him as he worked diligently to improve his reading skills. Thank you Jennifer for a very positive experience.
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Cathy May 18, 2017
· Creative Writing · In home
I have a business website for my pet grooming service. Jennifer helped me devise content for the site that gets my message across effectively and succinctly. She helped me determine what really needs to be said vs. what might look nice, but that might be redundant. I was able to shorten my draft without losing any quality of content.
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Jennifer M.

Roselle, NJ 07203
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$45 / 30-min

About Rafael C.

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New York, NY

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I have loved this instrument from the beginning, and you will, too. I've performed a diverse array of music in many different contexts, from playing jazz in cafes and Debussy & Bach in recitals, to leading Beatles singalongs from the piano bench. In music school, I tutored many of my peers in the piano curriculum. People start playing piano for different reasons and with different goals, and my job as your teacher is to help you meet those goals, while also giving you a firm understanding of music and how the instrument works. I look forward to helping you discover the musical magic of the piano!

About Rafael
I have been playing trumpet professionally in New York City since 2013 when I moved to the city from Boulder, Colorado to study jazz at the New School University, where I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with academic honors. I have had the honor to play with some truly world-class musicians, from Afro-Cuban big band gigs with Bobby Sanabria to small group hot jazz with Jon-Erik Kellso. I have experience playing in many different kinds of musical styles - classical chamber music, pit orchestras, bebop, New Orleans second line brass band, big band jazz, R&B, Brazilian Forro, Cuban conjunto, classical orchestra, rock, small group swing, pop, Dominican merengue, Puerto Rican bomba - and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. I am also a composer and arranger, specializing in big band jazz, and I am a member of the BMI Jazz Co
mposers Workshop.

During my time at New School University, I had the opportunity to study with some truly world-class trumpet players during my time there - Jimmy Owens, Lew Soloff, Brad Goode, and John McNeil. Their guidance not only helped me become a better trumpeter and musician, but shaped the way I teach my students.

My job as your teacher is to enable your exploration and discovery. I'll provide you with the tools - understanding of how the trumpet works, understanding of the mechanics the body must utilize in order to play, how to practice - and then together we will discover the right way to apply those tools to your playing.
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Dmitri June 15, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
Rafael is a very dedicated teacher, who is an excellent musician with outstanding ears and a passion for the subject. I particularly appreciate how he skirts the worlds of jazz and classical music, and relates to both. He has ideas of what he wants to get across in each lesson, yet also listens and responds to students feedback. I certainly recommend Rafael as a teacher!
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Nolan May 24, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
When I began trumpet lessons with Rafael I had zero experience on a brass instrument. He started out teaching me the basic fingerings on the horn, but before I knew it he had me learning traditional New Orleans second line music as well as some more contemporary brass band tunes. After just a few lessons with Rafael I succeeded in securing myself a spot in an audition-only, collegiate-level ensemble dedicated to playing this style of music. Rafael is fantastic teacher and pleasure to learn from. If you are looking to improve you playing and have loads of fun at the same time, Rafael is definitely the teacher for you!
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Rafael C.

New York, NY 10009
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$42 / 30-min

About Matt P.

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New York, NY
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I have been teaching private lessons for 14 years and work with students of all ages and experience levels. I am available for in-person piano, composition, and music theory lessons for students in the New York City area, and I am also available for online lessons via video chat.

About Matt
I am a classically trained pianist and composer living in New York City. I studied piano for over 17 years and received bachelor's and master's degrees in music composition. I have performed numerous recitals and have composed works for piano, voice, chamber ensemble, and orchestra. In addition, I have written musical theater and children's songs and have scored music for several film and digital media projects.

Whether you're a complete beginner or looking to reestablish your skills, I enjoy working with students from all backgrounds and helping them achieve their goals. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Matt P.

New York, NY 10019
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$65 / 45-min

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Looking for easy crafts for kids? If your child loves music, you've come to the right place. Below, we've complied a list of our favorite music activities and easy, DIY musical crafts your family will love to create. You'll find a link to the original post with instructions, as well as the level of difficultly, ranging from music activities your preschooler can do to more advanced, adults-only projects to decorate your home. Enjoy! Musical Crafts for Kids These crafts are perfect for ki
5 Exercises for Faster Fingers When Teaching Yourself Piano
So you've started piano lessons and you're in it for the long haul... but playing the same exercises over and over again is starting to get boring. We understand. No one goes to the gym and does the same routine day in and day out. Why should you have to trudge your way through the same repetitive piano exercises over and over? Teaching yourself piano requires a bit of creativity in this respect. So crack your knuckles, climb down off the top of the piano before you scratch the surface, and giv
Piano for Adults: How to Stay Motivated in Your Lessons
Commitment and motivation play key roles when it comes to learning anything new, especially as an adult; learning to play piano is no different! Whether you’re a beginner, or possibly returning to the keys, finding ways to stay motivated and engaged week after week is crucial to your success. Before you get started, it’s important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to staying motivated. As an adult learning a new skill, you’re probably beginning with a specific go

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