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About Oliver E.

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About Oliver
Hi, I'm Oliver Devine E, a professional musician currently residing in north Brooklyn.

I graduated from NYU in 2005 with a degree in theory and composition (after completing 2 years as a jazz performance major). I played in the rock bands Arpline and The Kiss Off and recorded for Universal Records with the super group Pure Love. I currently record and perform under the monikers Aeolian, Negation, Afterworldsmen, Sandglass and Marlowe Dies as well as performing live with the post-punk band Cloak.

I've been teaching both piano and music theory lessons since 2006 and have had great success with students, several of which I have forged mentor-student relationships with. With my vast knowledge of esoteric and popular music genres (I'm comfortable with folk, death metal, modern jazz, indie rock, hip-hop... well, you get the point. I'm a
music obsessive) I believe becoming a total musician should be a goal for any student but I enjoy the challenge that each individual brings to the table.

I'm currently attending Hunter college to get a Master's degree in Music Education (K-12).

*** Lesson Details ***
In the past I've tailored lessons based on the specific needs of my students.
For example: someone who can read music based on childhood experience, but is struggling to regain confidence, could use technical exercises, piece-learning w/ structure and theory insights, as well as genre work outside their comfort zone. For a total beginner, reading music might be a long haul; so strategies for learning simple tunes and more general theory insights are a must.

Curriculum I commonly use for piano/theory includes, Hannon, easier Bach repertoire, Beethoven/Mozart/Chopin/etc,, The Jazz Piano book, Tonal Harmony, This is Your Brain on Music. Because of my extensive relationship with a wealth of texts, I never just rest on my laurels and will find the right material for you (even if that means printing or e-mailing pages from my own collection)

I'm fairly laid back compared to many teachers, but as a forward thinking, well-rounded musician (music is my life) I will revel in pushing students to max out their potential, no matter what their experience level.

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High-end digital stage piano, midi keyboards, music software, guitars, sax, trumpet, snare drum, small studio set-up (microphone, interface, etc).

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Very adept at explaining music theory and the dissemination of practical information into piano lessons. The solo piano repertoire from the 18th through late 20th century is another specialty. The students I've had most success with range from absolute beginners to advanced professionals, but all seem to have a broad range of music interests and curiosity for improvement.
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Brianna May 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I have only had a few lessons so far, but I am enjoying them. Oliver is very willing to rehearse music of your interest and is very helpful with any concerns you may have. He pushes you out of your comfort zone just enough and I feel that I am definitely growing as a musician. Great experience so far.
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Rachel M. June 2, 2015
· Synthesizer · In home
Oliver has a wealth of knowledge in music. He is also very nice and comfortable to be around with.
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Daniel D. October 1, 2014
· Piano · In home
I've been taking piano lessons with Oliver for about a year now, and in just one year, my love and ability to play piano has surpassed my expectations. Oliver creates his lesson plan based on the individual's needs, and adjusts his teaching to match the students capacity to learn, making for a fun, relaxed, and comprehensive lesson each time.

Oliver has helped me not only understand theory, which helps with composing music, but also how to read and play sheet music. Like anything, you only get better with practice, but having a great teacher to guide you along the way makes all the difference.

I would recommend Oliver to any individual seeking to enhance his/her ability to play, read and/or write music, whether you are a beginner or an advanced musician.
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Oliver E.

Brooklyn, NY 11211
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About Joel H.

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New York, NY
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About Joel
Music, and piano playing, has been a lifelong passion for me. I've been playing piano since I was 5 years old, and I've been teaching piano for over a decade, in 3 different countries to children and adults of all ages and abilities. I have taught privately, at music schools and at prestigious conservatories, including Juilliard.

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Piano from Canada, a Master's Degree from the Guildhall School in London, UK, and a Doctoral Degree from the Juilliard School. I currently teach university students at SUNY Binghamton in upstate NY.

Since I am classically trained, classical music is my specialty, but I can teach jazz and contemporary repertoire as well. You will be hard pressed to find a more experienced and highly-trained pianist!

Music and learning music should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, an
d it's my mission to make sure this happens in my studio. I want to pass on the joy music has given me!

I am able to teach in my own studio, or travel to your home provided it is reasonable distance. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Joel H.

Joel H.

New York, NY 10026
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$45 / 30-min

About Katie C.

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Staten Island, NY

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About Katie
Hi, there! My name is Katie and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since September 2010 and have loved helping my students with test preparation, daily assignments, and projects. I generate exercises to enhance the understanding of the curriculum and work with students to overcome various learning disabilities. I went to Curtis High School and earned an Advanced Regents High School Diploma in 2010. In 2015, I earned my union status in SAG-AFTRA. I'm an outgoing and friendly person and my teaching style is easygoing, understandable, and successful. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Rebecca November 11, 2017
· Algebra 1 · Online
She’s great! Really helped me pass my test!
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Katie C.

Katie C.

Staten Island, NY 10305
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$30 / 30-min

About Brigitte S.

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New York, NY
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About Brigitte
Hello! My name is Briggie, and I am a student at NYU. I love cooking, playing cello, and meeting new people. I am studying Food Studies and Nutrition at NYU, and am loving it so far! I am part of the Community Orchestra at NYU, and before that, I was principal cellist at San Diego Youth Symphony. I love to help people who are just starting to play cello, and help them realize what a beautiful instrument it is. Cooking is my passion, and I love decorating cakes, creating new recipes, and sharing food and food culture with people. I am fun, easy going, and ready to help you discover more about what you love!
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Mark S. March 8, 2016
· Cello · Online
She was very knowledgable and patient
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Young Im Lee December 16, 2015
· Cello · In home
Very nice and helpful. She was willing to accommodate to my schedule even though it was not her regular time. I am looking forward to the next lesson!
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Brigitte S.

Brigitte S.

New York, NY 10003
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About Jerry V.

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New York, NY

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Jerry is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance. He also attended the Juilliard School in New York for graduate studies, where he studied trumpet with the virtuoso trumpet player and world-renowned Gerard Schwarz. He has also studied trumpet with Raymond Mase of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Vincent Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic, and Donald Tison of the Baltimore Symphony.

He has performed with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in the U.S and Italy, the American Institute Orchestra in Graz Austria, the New York String and Wind Ensemble under Alexander Schneider, the Washington Chamber Players, the Maryland Symphony, and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

He teaches trumpet privately in New York City and performs throughout New York City as a freelance
trumpet player.
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Mao November 15, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
My son has started playing trumpet at school for 2 months. As he progresses very well and has the interest in trumpet, he needs a formal trumpet tutor to build the solid foundation and boost his skill. Luckily we find Jerry on takelessons. Jerry is very professional about teaching trumpet. He provides the material and shows the basic technique to my son. He sets up the daily practice routine. After 2 weeks, we notice that my son improves his sound production ans his skill!
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Saba October 30, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
We are so lucky to have found Jerry. He is professional, patient and makes my 12 year old's trumpet lessons enjoyable yet always challenging. Wit in just a few weeks of working with Jerry, my sons grades in band have gone up. Even after my son broke his arm playing sports, Jerry manages to find effective ways to keep him involved and progressing with the trumpet.
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youngyi October 30, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Jerry is a super understanding and kind person. He does his best to help my son to improve his trumpet skill. He encourges my son to practice everyday and gives various materials to help him to play trumpet. He is one of the best teachers we have ever had, and the nicest.
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Jerry V.

Jerry V.

New York, NY 10024
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About Christopher B.

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New York, NY
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I am a recent Juilliard graduate. I received my masters degree in jazz studies and have been playing and studying the saxophone for almost all of my life. I currently teach two students and I wish to grow my studio and share my experience with others. I hope to get people as excited about the saxophone as I am!
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Christopher B.

Christopher B.

New York, NY 10039
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$25 / 30-min

About Evan Z.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Hi!
I've been teaching guitar to people from five years old to people in their mid fifties for some time now and I can teach many different styles including rock, blues, country and pop. My teaching method is to provide basic theory and technique while helping the student learn what they specifically want to learn.

I have been tutoring students for almost ten years now in subjects including, but not limited to:
-Common Core test prep
-SAT/ACT test prep
-AP subject tutoring
-Reading help
-All subject tutoring from 3rd grade to 10th grade
-any many more subject.

I've worked with children who have fallen behind in class, children with learning or attention deficits, students who want to improve already good grades, or students who just want to brush up for a test. I can adjust my approach depending on what is needed.

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ook forward to hearing from you!
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Mason T. October 20, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Evan was great at tailoring our lessons to what I wanted to do on the guitar. Very patient, would recommend for those new to the guitar!
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Evan Z.

Evan Z.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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About noga S.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Noga Shefi is an accomplished musician, bass and guitar player based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Israel, Noga first came to the US to study bass guitar at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Graduating with honors in 2012, she came to New York and promptly got the work playing studio sessions and live shows. Known for her deep rhythmic groove and exquisite tonality, Noga is an in-demand bassist having recorded with toured with Delicate Steve, Zula, The Due Diligence and many many others.

As of 2016 she is also a certified yoga teacher, bringing her command of human energy to the healing arts.

Noga has 15 years of experience both in performing and teaching music. Some of her experience as a teacher came from teaching privately and in music schools while she also worked with nonprofit organizations such as 'Tav M
ashve' in Israel and 'Genuine Voices' - giving at risk youth genuine voices through music in Boston, MA.

The wide range of students and artists she has worked with worldwide, gave her the unique perspective and approach to music, the openness to experiment and achieve new musical heights and the courage to cross barriers both in her own playing and with her students.
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Isaac April 21, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Noga is a kind, patient, sensitive teacher with a deep understanding of musical theory and technique and a warm, encouraging and professional sensibility. Not just a great teacher but also a punctual, communicative scheduler. She's just wonderful to deal wit. 10 out of 10 would recommend!
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David C April 20, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Noga is a great teacher!!! Always prepared and really knowledgeable. Totally recommended!
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Nick C April 20, 2017
· Bass Guitar ·
Noga is all-around the best musical instructor I have ever had. What makes her lessons special is her passion for teaching and for music. She motivated me to challenge myself on the bass both through her creative exercises and supportive charisma. On top of that, Noga is a true master of the bass guitar. She has an immediately recognizable groove that you can hear whenever she plays, and her skill is incredibly wide-ranging. Our lessons have touched on driving rock, jazz walking bass, and ambient soundscapes to name a few, and she is very open to delve into new musical territory together if you have any questions on how to achieve a certain sound. Every lesson with her will have a great impact on your playing.
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noga S.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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About Shelley T.

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Shelley is a professional vocalist, voice coach, percussionist, and composer specializing in Eastern European and Arabic styles. She sings in numerous languages and has taught workshops, recorded, performed and toured nationally and internationally with notable world music artists including Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Simon Shaheen, Hassan Hakmoun, the New York Arabic Orchestra, Bulgarian Voices Trio, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and Black Sea Hotel. She has performed at prestigious venues and festivals such as the Moscow Conservatory, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pioneer Works, National Sawdust, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Vancouver Island Music Festival, and Abu Dhabi Festival at Emirates Palace.

Current highlights include feature on Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’s 2017 GRAMMY-W
inning album, Sing Me Home, with vocal trio Black Sea Hotel (Best World Music Album) and Yale Repertory Theater’s 2017 Workshop, Skin For Skin. Recent performances include Havana World Music Festival, MusikFest Pennsylvania, NY Sephardic Music Festival, Rural Route Film Festival at Brooklyn Grange, Le Poisson Rouge, Prototype Festival’s Secondary Dominance at HERE Arts Center, the Arabic Music Retreat Fundraiser Gala at Harvard Club NYC, Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, Toronto’s Small World Music Center, and Fete de la Musique, Beirut with West African percussion ensemble Jebebara. Shelley released her solo debut a cappella album of Bulgarian songs, titled Joy, in Spring 2016. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, she has worked as Executive Director with the One World Brooklyn Kids Chorus, and attended Artist Residencies at Canada’s BANFF Centre (Persian & Eastern Traditions Program) and Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Vermont. She has also been a recipient of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ Traditional Arts Development Grant.

Shelley is currently composing globally-inspired works for her next album, to be released with an accompanying book of her travel photography and poetry. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

“As exhilarating to listen to as it is a towering display of vocal prowess. Shelley has such vast range, formidable technique and minutely nuanced command of microtones that she can do it all. The result is rapture that sometime borders on terror...One of the half-dozen best albums of 2016.” -New York Music Daily
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Shelley T.

Shelley T.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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About Patrick S.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I live, breathe, eat, and sleep drumming. There's nothing more uplifting and meaningful as playing the drums to me, and I would love to have the honor to teach you.

I'm an award-winning world class touring/recording drummer and educator. I've lead drum & rhythm masterclasses across the US & Canada, as well as many other countries (Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, West Africa, and more...) to students of ALL levels. After graduating from Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship in 2013, I went to Senegal, West Africa, to study the drumming language of one of the oldest drum cultures and perform with my mentors.

My goal is to bring each drummer I teach to their fullest potential, teaching drum technique, rudiments, coordination, independence, how to find the "pocket" and make the grooves feel GOOD so you get hired again and again
as a first-call drummer. My teaching is rooted in tradition, yet exploring ways to keep things fresh and exciting.

I am well versed in Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, Funk, Rock, Fusion, Afrobeat, Reggae, and many traditional folkloric styles from Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Haiti, Senegal, Morocco, and more. The drum lessons are specific to each student's needs and interests, and the amount of practice material will be relative the student's level of commitment. Each student will be guided to become the best drummer they can possibly be, while having loads of fun doing it.

I'm looking forward to being your drum teacher!
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Débo R. November 16, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Patrick was incredibly patient and kind with my beginner drumming ability. He made the experience so fun and I always look forward to our lessons! I really appreciate the amount of knowledge he has about different drumming styles.
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Patrick S.

Brooklyn, NY 11233
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