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About Blythe Q.

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Beginning students work from the Alfred Premier Piano Course, later transitioning to the Pathways to Artistry series by my former teacher, Catherine Rollin. We work on developing a curved hand position with relaxed wrists and strong finger joints. I use technical exercises to teach artistic expression rather than teaching these two elements separately. Beginning students count and sing note-names out-loud to integrate theory and note-reading with their playing. I accept piano students ages five and older. I do not accept piano students younger than five because their hands are too small to play comfortably.

About Blythe
I teach in my studio in Plainsboro, NJ. I do not offer in-home lessons because I am not able to fit all my students into my schedule if I have to account for driving time. I am currently available on Mondays from 3 pm to 5 pm, on Wednesdays from 3 pm to 4:30pm, and on Fridays from 3 pm to 4:15 pm.

My name is very unusual, so some students have difficulty pronouncing it. You pronounce the "y" as in "sky" and the "the" as in "breathe". My name has only one syllable. Don't worry if you're still having trouble with it--I'll help you out at our first lesson.

I grew up in southeast Michigan and have been in love with music for as long as I can remember. I started violin lessons when I was three years old and at five I became the youngest student ever accepted into the studio of James Waring, now-retired violinist with the Detroit Sy
mphony Orchestra. Under Mr. Waring, I developed a solid virtuoso technique and worked on chamber music as well as solo and concerto repertoire for the violin. While I was an undergraduate student at Westminster Choir College, I continued my violin study with Dr. Mia Wu.

After six years of violin study, I added piano lessons. I studied with Catherine Rollin, an internationally-known teacher and composer. Ms. Rollin's practical approach to technique and musicianship has been extremely influential in my own teaching, and I use her exercises and compositions with my students. I studied a wide range of repertoire with Ms. Rollin but my very favorite pieces were those by Bach, Chopin, and Debussy.

I sang in choirs throughout my childhood and began taking voice lessons in high school. I eventually decided to study voice performance at Westminster Choir College, where I completed my Bachelor of Music degree in 2004 and my Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy and performance in 2008. While a student at Westminster, I performed the soprano roles of Ifigenia in Handel's Oreste, Amy in Mark Adamo's Little Women, and Janthe in Heinrich Marschner's Der Vampyr. I have coached with Daniel Beckwith, J. J. Penna, and Dalton Baldwin, and was privileged to sing in the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir under Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. With the Westminster Choir, I recorded the album Heaven to Earth and performed in Lakmé and I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Charleston, South Carolina. I also performed Handel's Messiah with Sir Neville Marriner and Nicholas McGegan, Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with Sir Michael Tilson Thomas and Lorin Maazel, Berlioz's Requiem with Charles Dutoit, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Lorin Maazel.

I have taught in the Princeton area since 2008, maintaining a studio of about twenty-five voice, piano, and violin students. In addition, I sing as cantor and soprano section leader at Queenship of Mary Catholic Church. I live with my husband, Jerome, in Plainsboro and I love to knit, crochet, and sew when I'm not teaching or performing.

My goal in teaching is to foster a love of music and a passion for the arts. I focus on developing my students as musicians in general and on a relaxed technique that will allow for the best possible artistic expression.

*** Studio Policies ***

Tuition

There are 38 lessons each year, scheduled from September through June. The schedule will be distributed at the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year and may be found on the TakeLessons website.

30-minute lessons     $34.00
45-minute lessons     $45.00
60-minute lessons     $56.00

Tuition encompasses lesson time and overhead costs including lesson preparation, office hours, event preparation, and studio recital performance opportunities. Lesson lengths are recommended by the teacher based on student age, level, and availability. Tuition is collected through TakeLessons.

Attendance

Just as strong attendance is expected in school, strong attendance is expected at music lessons. As a courtesy of the studio, one make-up lesson is offered per student per academic year.  Make-up lessons will be scheduled in late June. The studio shall not assume responsibility for the student's absences outside of this allotted absence.

In the event of a student cancellation, the teacher is to be contacted via email, text message, or phone call for notification as soon as the student is aware of the cancellation.

In anticipation of absence, students/parents may choose from the following options to facilitate continued progress:
• The student/parent may send the teacher a video recording (i.e. via DropBox). The teacher can provide an electronic critique, utilizing the lesson time to watch, listen, and write a critique and assignment for the week.
• The student/parent may elect to use the *Student Swap Directory.

If the student stays home from school or work on their lesson day due to contagious illness, or was excused early from school due to contagious illness, it is requested they not attend their lesson. The teacher has the authority to excuse a contagiously ill student from their lesson. In these situations, make-ups will be offered upon request outside of the allotted absence.

In the event the teacher needs to cancel due to an unforeseen circumstance, she shall notify students and parents of the cancellation as soon as possible through email and/or phone.

For every cancellation made by the teacher, two make-up date options will be offered to the student. The student is to select one. If the student cancels or does not attend the scheduled make-up lesson, the lesson will be marked as missed. The teacher reserves the right to offer a credit or electronic critique in lieu of the above-mentioned make-up lesson in appropriate circumstances.

*Student Swap Directory

Students/parents may elect to be a part of the Student Swap Directory, designed to offer possible opportunities for students to swap lessons in anticipation of a lesson conflict. Parents/students are responsible for arranging their lesson swaps. If a lesson swap is made, it is the responsibility of the parent/student to inform the teacher.

To be included in the Student Swap Directory, a permission slip, provided by the teacher, will need to be completed and returned to the teacher, allowing the student’s name(s), parent’s name(s), lesson day(s), time(s), and length(s), and email and phone contact information to be shared.  The Student Swap Directory will be distributed at the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

Weather Emergencies

Lessons will generally not be held in the studio on days when West Windsor-Plainsboro Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather. If roads are cleared and passable by the time of the student’s lesson, they may attend their lesson at their own risk. If there is­­­ a one- or two-hour delay, lessons will still be held according to the lesson schedule.
 
When West Windsor-Plainsboro Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, Google Chat, Skype, or FaceTime lessons will be conducted from the studio. The teacher will contact the students/parents to arrange the lesson. This will prioritize safety and will also allow students to adhere to the lesson schedule for optimized progress. Laptops, iPads, Tablets, iPhones/Smartphones, etc. may be used when the camera and microphone is adjusted and set in view of the student at the piano. Students are to have their music, theory book, assignment book, and a pencil ready to go. Students are to sign on approximately 5 minutes prior to their lesson time, with all settings appropriately adjusted. They are to call at their lesson time.

In lieu of a Google Chat, Skype, or FaceTime lesson, students may opt to send the teacher a video recording (i.e. via DropBox). The teacher can provide an electronic critique, utilizing the lesson time to watch, listen, and write a critique and assignment for the week.

Practicing

Regular practice is essential to musical development. Lessons will include the development of effective practice skills so that students are clear on how to practice. Practice builds muscle strength, coordination, problem-solving skills, focus, self-discipline, a sense of accomplishment, and the enjoyment of being able to make beautiful music through the process. In addition, the student will greatly improve their musical proficiency. The teacher will include written practice instructions in the student’s notebook. These instructions are to be read carefully each week to maximize effective practice time.

Students should practice a minimum of 5 days per week and the amount of daily practice should correlate with the length of their lessons. Students taking 30-minute lessons should practice 30 minutes a day, students taking 45-minute lessons should practice 45 minutes a day, and students taking 60-minute lessons should practice one hour each day. Practice time should be divided into 2-3 focused sessions with specific goals set for each practice session.

Repertoire

When new repertoire or a method book is assigned, it will be the responsibility of the student/parent to purchase it. Music may be purchased at Music and Arts in Mercer Mall on US Highway 1 in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Music may also be ordered online at Amazon and other websites recommended by the teacher.

Termination

Any student/parent wishing to terminate lessons must do so in writing. The termination will go into effect at the start of the following billing cycle. The studio shall not assume financial responsibility for the remainder of the billing cycle during which termination occurs. Borrowed music/materials will need to be returned to the teacher at the conclusion of study.

Additional Information

Violin students MUST bring their own instruments to the first lesson. Piano students must have their own pianos when lessons begin. An acoustic piano is strongly recommended, even for beginning students, but a full-size (88 keys) touch-sensitive electronic keyboard is also acceptable. More information is available upon request. Voice students are encouraged to practice with a piano or electronic keyboard but may use an online keyboard to check pitches if they do not own a piano. TakeLessons can put you in contact with the teacher if you have questions about purchasing or renting instruments.
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Tyffini August 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very pleased with the quality of professional instruction provided to my daughter
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Bhuvan V. April 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great !!
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· Piano · In home
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Blythe Q.

Blythe Q.

Plainsboro, NJ 08536
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About David C.

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About David
I started playing guitar 29 years ago at 11 years old. After studying classical and jazz throughout high school I attended William Paterson University from 1994 - 1997, majoring in Music Education and then later in 2003 at CCNY majoring in jazz performance.

In 1997, I moved to Brooklyn and cut my teeth in the NYC R&B and rock club scene and with various jazz combos at many other clubs including the Blue Note and the Knitting Factory. In 2003 I returned to college at CCNY (city college of New York), majoring in Jazz Performance and studying with Ornette Coleman alum, Kenny Wessel. I also started my long standing weekly Hip Hop event, Freestyle Mondays in the East Village. Freestyle Mondays has attracted some of the best musicians in NYC and the world to sit in or just hang out, including Tarus Mateen, Marcus Miller (Miles Davis bassist)
, Ari Hoenig, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Tim Motzer, Adam Deitch and countless others. I have recorded with Lauryn Hill and have toured in China and the UK.

For last 6 or 7 years, my bread and butter has been theater. It really tests my versatility. I have been a sub guitarist on Broadway for the Tony award (best score, best orchestration 2008) and Pulitzer prize winning musical Next To Normal, The Visit on Broadway, first guitar at the 2010 Williamstown Theater Festival Production of critically acclaimed musical "The Last Goodbye" which features the music of Jeff Buckley (the first project licensed by his estate since his untimely passing in 1997), Be More Chill at Two River Theater as well as many other regional theater productions. Most recently I performed with the Orlando Philharmonic and a veritable who's who of B'way including Kelli O'Hara, Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Norbert Leo Butz in Orlando at a benefit for the Pulse Nightclub victims' families. My main gig, however, is with The Midtown Men. It features 4 stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys on Broadway. We have played at venues all over north America including the Beacon Theater and NJPAC as well as having a PBS special and performances on the Today Show.

*** Lesson Details ***
Like my musical abilities, I am an extremely versatile teacher. If you need a strict program, I can "crack the whip", but if you'd rather just learn some tunes you like, without all the theory and technical stuff, we'll find a balanced program that works for your learning style.

I have been teaching for 18 years, so whether you're trying to make the high school all state jazz band, learning your new favorite song or anything in between, I can steer you in the right direction. I'll keep you motivated to improve and become the artist you want to be. With simple, clear direction from me and a little practice and hard work from you, we'll have you playing your favorite music in just a couple of months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated to music, many guitars and amps, weighted casio, room for parents to wait

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar, but if a student is going to practice, I would think they would need to purchase a guitar at some point. I suppose I could bring an amp as well. Students should also have a manuscript book and/or a method book (depending on their level).

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz guitar, but am experienced and well versed in rock, blues, classical, hip hop, R&B, funk and pretty much anything else.
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Jonathan J. April 5, 2014
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David is a wonderful instructor. He would always provide me with information that helped me take my guitar playing to the next level. He was extremely patient and helpful in his lessons and never seemed to become annoyed when I would not get things right. Sign up for him today!
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ErikaR1 March 27, 2012
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5 yr old guitar lessons

David has been excellent with my 5 year old. He is extremely patient, fun, and friendly and is teaching her how to play the guitar. i am amazed. I didn't think it was even possible for her to learn as much as she has. i would highly recommend David to teach any child music.
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JackR February 2, 2012
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Dave is a very enthusiastic teacher with good theoretical knowledge on the piano. His practical knowledge is OK. Dave is very good with letting the student determine his goals and then he tailors his lessons around those goals. This makes the lessons more enjoyable. The only suggestion I would have is that he should have the sheet music written in advance for that day's lesson. He had the music written in advance on our last lesson but for one or two previous ones, he was writing the music during the lesson which took time away from the lesson. Overall, I was very happy with Dave and would recommend him.
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David C.

David C.

Fords, NJ 08863
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About reut R.

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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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Joseph Bopp June 14, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Reut is an excellent teacher. She evaluated my current state, helped me set reasonable goals, and coaxed better playing from me than I thought I was capable of. I can't wait for my next lesson, and progressing.
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reut R.

Rahway, NJ 07065
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About Mary Elizabeth M.

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I am excellent at teaching the rudiments of piano!!!

About Mary Elizabeth
I am a trained Opera and Broadway singer who now sings blues and jazz professionally. I am also a trained contemporary and classical actress and director. I am a certified Music and Sound Healer. I teach voice in a non judgemental way. I believe all voices are beautiful. I am well versed in theory and ear training as well as diction and phrasing. I teach with love and support. I believe kindness is necessary. I specialize in singers with fear issues or physical problems. I love working with all ages including teens and children as well as all adults. I work well with both male and female voices of all types. My method us called the PATH method (Performing Arts Training Holistically) and I incorporate use I'd meditation, Reiki and sound healing as well as drumming, massage, yoga and other healing techniques. I speak about all in the vi
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Courtney September 10, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Not only did my voice get better but so did my acting. Interesting technique and it all works!
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Ardis September 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Never thought I could sing!!! Now I can. Thanks Mary. 😁
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Jeff September 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I learned so much!!!
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Mary Elizabeth M.

Mary Elizabeth M.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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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
Widening his musical horizon in New York City, Brian has received numerous scholarships towards his undergrad and graduate studies with pianist Dr. Adam Kent. He has completed his Bachelor and Master degree in piano performance at Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music (City University of New York) in 2013 and 2015 respectively. In 2011, he was granted a full scholarship to attend the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at the Mannes College of Music. Being the unanimous winner of the annual concerto competition at Brooklyn College, Brian performed Chopin E minor concerto with the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra at Whitman Hall in Spring 2014. More recently, Brian made his debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as the first place winner of the American Protégé International Concerto Competition and at Merkin Concert Ha
ll of Kauffman Music Center as a finalist of the 2017 First VIVO-S International Music Competition. He will make his Philadelphia debut at the Perelman Hall of Kimmel Center in June 2017 as a winner of the Young Classical Virtuoso International Piano Competition. Most recently, he was awarded the 2nd prize at the New York International Artist Association Piano Competition; he will be making his second appearance at Carnegie Hall in September 2017. He is in demand as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout New York City, where he has resided since age 16 and he currently receives musical guidance from Mr. William Wolfram.
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Michael July 11, 2015
· Classical Piano · In home
I have been studying with Brian for almost 5 years and I enjoyed every hour of his lesson. He has taught me how to achieve a singing tone at the piano; more importantly, he has opened up a whole new world of beauty for me through piano playing. He is an amazing artist--I feel really grateful that I had the chance to attend his recital and hear him live.
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Brian L.

Brian L.

Brooklyn, NY 11204
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About Ivan F.

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Hi, everyone! I'm a graduate from Gnesin Academy of Music, with Master's degree. I acquired my background in Belarus and Russia, countries with rich musical history, traditions and well established musical education. As a concert performer (accordion and piano) I have quite a big experience which I'm trying to incorporate into my teaching practice. It is always a great pleasure to share my passion for music and art in general with anybody interested!

About Ivan
Hi, everyone! I'm a graduate from Gnesin Academy of Music, with Master's degree. I acquired my background in Belarus and Russia, countries with rich musical history, traditions and well established musical education. As a concert performer (accordion and piano) I have quite a big experience which I'm trying to incorporate into my teaching practice. It is always a great pleasure to share my passion for music and art in general with anybody interested!
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Susie August 20, 2017
· Accordion · In home
It's been quite a journey in trying to find an accordion teacher and a place that rents accordions. Anyway, I found both. I found Ivan through this website and I have to say that he is great! He always gets back to me via email and he is very supportive and informative in our lessons. I think he has the positive attitude and knowledge that is crucial to being a good music teacher. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
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Doreen R. August 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ivan is patient and a professional .He is an encouraging teacher and I like that very much.
His encouragement really motivates me to continue practicing .I'm sure I will learn a lot from home and l hope to see a lot improvement in my playing.
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Milt M. June 30, 2017
· Accordion · In home
knowledgeable and sympatico
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Ivan F.

Ivan F.

Brooklyn, NY 11229
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About Brian V.

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Being able to play the piano is a gift. The fact that you are reading this means you are considering giving yourself that gift. Be sure to ask about our promotions and sign up today.

About Brian
Brian has been teaching music lessons since earning a Bachelor of Music in 2004 in Classical performance. He has had success with students of all ages and demographics. Brian's number one focus is on making learning to play an instrument fun. He does not focus on rigorous practice but rather on habits that makes advancing on your instrument fun and entertaining in a way that is easy to incorporate the study of music into the student's lifestyle.

Brian teaches: Guitar, Piano, Electric Bass and Upright Bass. His performance experience ranges from Bach to Hendrix. With over thirteen years of teaching experience Brian has the ability and desire to help you reach your musical i goals.

Whether just for fun at home, or if you dream of being a professional musician on stage, sign up today and start your journey to success.
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Sam February 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Brian is a great guy and a very knowledgable musician. He was very patient with my 12 yr old daughter during the piano lessons and she enjoyed spending her time with her. He's encouraging and supportive.
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Carolina M. November 4, 2016
· Piano · In home
Brian has been teaching my 9 year old son to play the piano for nearly 1 year. He is enthusiastic, patient and knowledgeable. Brian methods to teach children are outstanding. He is able to hold my son's attention for the entire length of the class and tailor his lecture to my son learning needs. My son absolutely loves his lessons and looks forward to it every week!
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Greg July 2, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Great teacher! Helped me extensively with my playing
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Brooklyn, NY 11230
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About Xiaoming T.

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I started to learn piano when I was very young, I totally understand the hard period on practicing piano. But my philosophy is: play the music and enjoy it! I will use my special method to help you to play any levels piece steadily.

About Xiaoming
Hi, there! My name is Shawn(Xiaoming) and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2010 and have loved to helping my students to gain their goals and enjoy music. I went to Mahattan School of Music and earned a M.M. degree in music performance in 2015. And now, I'm a D.M.A cadidate student in CUNY Graduate Center. I'm a easy going and very patient person and my teaching style is really easy to follow, and I will adjust my method to every student. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Jonathan E. January 18, 2017
· Chinese · Online
At first I was very apprehensive with the online format as never tried that before, but needn't as XiaoMing was an excellent teacher. Helped me to translate passages in simple Chinese for me to make in my presentation. Corrected me on my tones which I needed. A clever guy who is flexible to do Business Chinese or Conversational Chinese. Recommended.
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Elizabeth Yang October 27, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Gorgeous teacher! After study with Xiaoming, my son just fall in love with piano. His class is very planned every time, always feeling the class is so quick! Highly recomanded!
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Nancy October 27, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Mr.Tian is a wonderful singer and wise vocal teacher! His teaching inspired me in many ways, he always can figure out my technique issue. He is also master in piano impro accompany, really enjoy working with him!
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Xiaoming T.

Brooklyn, NY 11223
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About Marina K.

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Piano is fun and pieasure

About Marina
Marina has been teaching private lessons since 2000 year and is currently available to teach lessons at your home,

Marina received her training in Russia in 1979, where she received a master degree in piano. As an expert in her field, Marina looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
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Emily March 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mrs. Marina has taught me piano for 12 years, since I was 6 years old! Now I'm 18 and going on to study music performance in college.

Beyond just teaching me music history, theory, and performance etiquette, she has taught me how to appreciate and love music for what it is. I've had numerous music teachers and none of them have shown the same energy, vigor, and passion for music as Mrs. Marina has. Anybody can teach music, but Mrs. Marina teaches you how to love music.

Her many years of experience has given her fantastic insight on how to approach every issue you may have. She has solutions for every technical problem I have, knows which pieces to assign to each individual student, and properly prepares her students for any piano exams and competitions. I have completed the ABRSM Grade 8 Practical Exam and competed in the Golden Key Music Festival competition!

Last year, I attended Carnegie Mellon University's Pre-College Program for music, and it was only with Mrs. Marina's help and guidance that I had such a wonderful opportunity.

If you're thinking about starting piano lessons for yourself or for your kids, I say absolutely go for it. Mrs. Marina is so warm-hearted and caring, and is truly a one-in-a-million piano teacher. It would be a shame to miss such an amazing opportunity.
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Marina K.

Marina K.

Brooklyn, NY 11235
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About Gretchen E.

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I have been teaching professionally for over 5 years and aim to provide my students with a comprehensive musical foundation, covering topics of instrument study, technique, music theory, and musicianship. My objective as a teacher is to inspire students to find their own passion and voice through learning, and to develop skills that they can apply to many facets of their everyday lives. Music is such a personal art form and I am committed to ensuring that each student can relate to music in personal way and use it to explore themselves and the world around them.

About Gretchen
Gretchen Erlichman received her Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance, with distinction, from Westminster Choir College and her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, in Voice Performance from Nazareth College of Rochester. She has also completed studies in Piano, Organ, Collaborative Piano, and Music History at the collegiate level and has conducted and presented research in the fields of Vocal Pedagogy and Musicology.

Gretchen has performed throughout the United States and in Europe. She has most recently performed the operatic roles of La Chauve-Souris in Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortileges, Maestra de la novicia in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and the Gingerbread Witch & the Mother in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, she has sung under the baton of many notable conductors, including
performances at Carnegie Hall with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, and in The Kimmel Center with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has also performed with the renowned Berliner Singakademie and the Berlin Bach-Chor under the direction of Achim Zimmermann while living and studying in Berlin, Germany. Gretchen has also been featured as a soloist at the Niagara Music Festival in Canada, and has recorded as a solo pianist for the independent film, Like the Spider (2013). She continues to actively perform as a vocalist, pianist, and organist.
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Gretchen E.

Gretchen E.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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$49 / 30-min

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Free Piano Lessons with an Expert Teacher

Learn how to play the piano in these video tutorials from a professional piano teacher!

Have you always wanted to play the piano? We’re here to help! Get started with these 20 video tutorials hosted by San Diego, CA piano teacher Jordan M, one of our expert instructors with TakeLessons.com. In this free video series, you’ll get an introduction to the instrument and learn a few easy exercises to get you reading music and understanding rhythm!

Video #1:
Intro to the Piano

Intro to the Piano: Learn about the parts of the piano and how to find the all-important Middle C.

Video #2:
Piano Basics

Learn about proper posture, hand placement, and other beginner essentials.

Video #3:
Reading Piano Notes

Learn about the treble and bass clefs, and tips for remembering the notes on the piano.

Video #4:
Time and Key Signatures

Learn what all those sharps and flats really mean, and how to decode your music.

Video #5:
Understanding Rhythm

Follow along to master quarter notes, quarter rests, and half rests.

 

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Recent Piano Articles from the Blog

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8 Piano Finger Exercises for Beginners

8 Piano Finger Exercises for Beginners

Having the proper finger positioning is essential for beginners, as it helps prevent injury and improve technique. Below, piano teacher Ryan C. shares some piano finger exercises beginners can do to help improve their skills...  Sitting down at a piano and playing a few notes is a pretty easy task, right? I mean, practically anyone can take a seat on the bench, place their fingers on the keys, and make some sort of sound come out. However, the technique we use to control the muscles … Read More

8 Piano Finger Exercises for Beginners
Having the proper finger positioning is essential for beginners, as it helps prevent injury and improve technique. Below, piano teacher Ryan C. shares some piano finger exercises beginners can do to help improve their skills...  Sitting down at a piano and playing a few notes is a pretty easy task, right? I mean, practically anyone can take a seat on the bench, place their fingers on the keys, and make some sort of sound come out. However, the technique we use to control the muscles
5 Awe-Inspiring Kids Playing Piano
Whether playing Mozart or the Muppets, or even "Mary Had a Little Lamb", nothing beats the joy on a child's face when they've conquered a new song! No doubt you've seen or heard video clips of children showing off their talents on the keys, and it's pretty inspiring to see. A quick search on YouTube will pull up tons of kids playing piano, some so young you'll be amazed. Here, we've selected a few of our favorites that are definitely worth watching: Nine-Year-Old's Improptu Costco Performanc
How to Get Ready for Your First Piano Lesson
So you’ve decided to take the plunge and schedule your first piano lesson? Congratulations! If you’re feeling a little nervous, you’re not alone. It’s totally normal to get the jitters when you’re about to do something new for the first time. Preparing for your lesson is a great way to banish your nerves, plus you’ll show up to your lesson primed for success. Follow these 5 steps and enjoy the excitement of your first piano lesson! 1. Ask Your Teacher Before lessons begin, have a chat
5 Reasons Why Hanon Exercises are Useless
Are Hanon exercises really effective at teaching piano students? Below, piano teacher James F. shares five reasons why he believes Hanon exercises aren't as useful as many think... A lot of piano teachers swear by the old familiar Hanon exercises as a great way of teaching technique to their students. I strongly disagree. I’m familiar with a lot of different ways of developing piano technique, and I think that Hanon is among the least efficient. Why? Below I’ve provided five reas
Piano Recitals Aren't Just for Kids! Here's Why
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