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About Nicole B.

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Astoria, NY

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New York-based pianist Nicole Brancato is an award-winning and adventurous performer, composer/arranger, and teacher. As an emerging artist, she has performed nationally and internationally at such venues as Lincoln Center, 92Y, Joe’s Pub of the Public Theater, and the Cutting Room in New York City; the Rialto Theater in Atlanta, GA; and the Teatro Degli Unanimi in Arcidosso, Italy.

Ms. Brancato recently had her television debut on the international network Rai Italia, performing an intimate concert in the series “L’altra Italia.” Her big band project “The Titanics,” for which she acted as pianist and lead arranger, was deemed “brilliant” by New York Magazine and was featured multiple times in The New Yorker and Time Out New York.

With her passion for programming both traditional and contemporary music, Ms. Brancato receives great a
cclaim from audiences: “I am still reeling from Nicole’s recital,” said a Metropolitan Opera Guild board member, “The way she played … will stay with me forever.” She can be seen performing as a solo artist as well as a part of her two chamber ensembles, Audible Abstraction - a bold new music trio - and 2Squared - a dynamic piano duo. Additionally, Ms. Brancato has won multiple competitions, most recently winning the Hunter Symphony’s Aria and Concerto competition with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G.

Ms. Brancato holds an M.A. in piano performance from Hunter College in New York City and a B.M. in piano performance from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. She graduated summa cum laude from both institutions and was awarded the Benno Lee Prize at Hunter for an outstanding Master’s Recital. She is a member of the American College of Musicians’ Piano Guild and has studied with the likes of Geoffrey Burleson and William Wolfram. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, specializing in piano, composing and arranging, and music theory.
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STEVEN DESIENA November 3, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Nicole is awesome. She adapts lessons to match your skill level, nurtures proper and useful technique (while pinpointing and discouraging bad habits early on), and encourages you the whole way through. She teaches with enthusiasm and knowledge above expectations, and gets you excited for the work, incorporating theory and composition into her lessons. Highly recommended.
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Susan K. October 23, 2015
· Piano · In home
Nicole is delightful to learn from. She is patient, knowledgeable and very upbeat.
I am learning not only to play better but some theory alongside.
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Susan K. July 2, 2015
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Nicole is very pleasant and understood what kind of teacher I need
She is talented and explains things very clearly
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Nicole B.

Nicole B.

Astoria, NY 11106
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About Emily H.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Singing and playing piano have always been a huge part of my life. I love to perform everything from opera and sacred music to music theater and jazz, and have been performing since I was very young. I earned my Bachelor’s of Music in vocal performance from DePaul University School of Music in Chicago. It was there that I fell in love with teaching, when I taught my first student as part of a course in vocal pedagogy. Since then I have built my studio to over 20 voice and piano students here in NY and CT. It has been thrilling to see all the progress they've made! I just completed my Masters of Music at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College.

I have had several excellent and truly inspiring teachers myself with different teaching styles, and so I have a variety of approaches to drawn upon in helping my own students. Vocal techni
que was not something that came easy for me, and was something I had to really work on. This work on technique has made me a stronger teacher. I know how many different approaches it can take to make something click, so I use the diverse experiences of my own studies to find what works best for each student. While I am classically trained, I am comfortable teaching all types of singers, because I believe that at its core, what makes a singer great is the same between all genres. My number one goal in teaching is to help my students use their voice in a way that is healthy and allows them the greatest ability for expression, because ultimately, I believe that is what music is about.

Although singing has been a big part of my professional work in the past few years, I have also been playing classical piano since I was four and still love to play and share this love with my students. Most of my students are piano students, and I love seeing the progress they've made over the years. Students that started with me as beginners a few years ago are now reading music with confidence and playing works by Mozart and Beethoven.

I am an active performer and am able to draw upon this experience in my teaching. This summer I performed in Manhattan with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble and won 2nd prize in their dell'Arte/Jeiven Awards. Past roles include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel at Brooklyn College and Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni with Connecticut Lyric Opera. Other roles include April in Company with Westport Community Theatre, Despina (cover) in Mozart's Così fan tutte for Connecticut Lyric Opera, the messenger in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo at DePaul University, and Maria in West Side Story with the McLeod Summer Playhouse. I have a special love for early music and have performed oratorio by Bach with the DePaul Baroque Ensemble and as part of the Bethesda Music Series in New Haven. I also participated in the prestigious Amherst Early Music Festival for two years. I have performed abroad in Austria and Italy, and speak French, Italian, and some German. Because of my experience on stage in opera , music theatre, and recitals, I understand the skills it takes to engage an audience and create a well-rounded performance. I am thus an asset to any student preparing for a contest, audition, or stage appearance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: Piano, keyboard (close to full) weighted, music stand, seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some music. You would have to have a piano or keyboard in your home.

*** Specialties ***
Opera, early music, new/contemporary music, French melodie, German lieder, art song, Classical Music Theatre, Oratorio. Diction coaching in French, Italian, German, English.
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Adam October 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very Patient and lovely.
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Lara February 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
This was my daughter's first piano lesson. She loved it.
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Chaya December 14, 2016
· Piano · In home
My daughter Chaya was delighted and very excited for the next one!
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Emily H.

Emily H.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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About Mike B.

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I'm Mike, and I'm thrilled to be part of the TakeLessons team. I first picked up the guitar at the age of 5, and have never looked back! I began formal Jazz training in high school and continued studying guitar and composition at Oberlin College and Wesleyan University. After graduating, I played Organ Trio and small combo jazz in LA, studied Brazilian and African percussion, and went to Japan to study Shamisen and Taiko drumming. I've been playing in various groups since arriving in NYC in 2005, and have recently been working on engineering and composing for film.

My strength lies in my versatility - I love music of all kinds. Whether it's Soul, Samba, or Salsa, Rock, Pop or Hip Hop, I am very good at communicating the mechanics of music so that my students not only learn to play, but learn to listen and write. I have a studio space i
n Manhattan as well as a small mixing studio in my Brooklyn apartment, and I'm happy to show students the ins and outs of recording along with theory and guitar technique.

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Music is fun!!! I strive for all my students to enjoy themselves, to have a great time learning about the world of music.
I use a song-based approach to guitar playing. Armed with just a small vocabulary of chords, you can play hundreds of great songs. My students will determine the course of their lesson plan by selecting songs they want to learn. While maintaining proper technique and effective practice methods, we will learn the fundamentals of the guitar by playing the music that we love. After 6 months, you will know all the basic chords, and the fundamentals of playing a solo. As lessons progress, you also learn song structure and some basic harmonic theory so you can begin creating on your own.

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The student is expected to provide his or her own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, ear training, songwriting, theory
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Truman C. September 21, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son had a great time! Mike was friendly and made it fun for him to get comfortable on the guitar.
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Harry S. February 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
He was very helpful. Great for beginners!!!!
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Orinthia Swindell June 28, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I had my first guitar lesson today and it was everything that I imagined it would be. Mike was very patient, kind and encouraging. Just what a first time student would want and need!
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Mike B.

Brooklyn, NY 11205
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About Imraan K.

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Mount Vernon, NY

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About Imraan
I'm a pro saxophonist in NYC, currently performing both in the NYC area and internationally.

In the last 5 years, I have been performing with various bands in the area, spanning rock, funk, soul, Latin, and especially jazz. Performing has taken me to France, Switzerland, Italy, China, and most recently aboard luxury cruise ships.

I have been teaching privately and through a private music school for the past 10 years.

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I offer three distinct types of lessons.

1) For 7-12 grade music students, I offer lessons geared towards preparing you for the NYSSMA competition. We work on the basic requirements for participation, can work together to narrow down the options and select the right piece for you to perform, and improve your musicality as a whole. I have sent many students to NYSSMA, all with positive res
ults. 2) My more expansive lessons are for beginner musicians and up. We work as basically as scales, modes, and fingerings, as well as a little bit of jazz history. As you progress, we dig deeper into jazz theory, focusing on the standards and improvisational theory. Like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it, and as long as you are willing to work towards becoming a better player, you will. 3) For NON-SAXOPHONE students with an interest in jazz improvisational techniques, I offer jazz improvisation lessons. This requires an intermediate level of proficiency on your instrument. We cover standards, different techniques to apply over different patterns of chord changes, and even basic elements of composition.

I like to keep the atmosphere light and positive during lessons, so we can have a good time and still be learning. I love to work on appropriate music that the student suggests, or has an interest in. Pending the level of the student, we may even arrange for special appearances at some of my performances.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1942 Conn 6M viii Naked Lady Alto Saxophone
Theo Wanne Durga 7 Mouthpiece
Vandoren Jumbo Java Mouthpiece
Vandoren Java Red / Vandoren ZZ Reeds
Monique Pro Series Soprano Saxophone
Otto Link Mouthpiece
CG Conn C Melody Saxophone
Akai EWI-USB Wind Synthesizer

*** Specialties ***
-Improvisation
-Jazz
-Rock
-Funk
-Soul
-Latin

Looking forward to making some music with you!
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Sal November 4, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
An excellent teacher. He keeps my son Sal interested and engaged with every lesson. Sal gets to choose some of the music he works on, and Imraan makes it into a lesson. Sal has been doing much better in band class, I recommend him!
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Livia C. February 19, 2014
· Saxophone ·
Excellent

My son Nicholas, 10 yrs old, has been taking saxophone lessons with Imraan for about a month. Searching for a young motivated teacher who is up to date with todays music is very difficult. My fear was for Nicholas to get discouraged in his saxophone playing and music with a non motivated instructor.
Imraan has been the perfect match for Nick. He is not only an excellent saxophone player but a great instructor. He motivates my son with his saxophone playing, has patients with his teachings and with kids, is up to date with todays music and most important, my son cant wait for his next lesson.

Imraan, Im glad we met you and look forward to hearing my son play in concert with you someday.
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Hope D. February 17, 2014
· Saxophone ·
it is refreshing and exciting at each session.

he is very focused and thorough. quite professional and polite.
he makes complex things with the sax seems simple. I enjoy his teaching style. I would recommend him to anyone who desires to learn to play the sax, or for advance lessons.
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Imraan K.

Imraan K.

Mount Vernon, NY 10553
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About Elizabeth P.

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New York, NY

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Hi there! I am a classically trained, professional trombone player, ukulele player and songwriter working in New York City. I've been helping my students achieve their musical goals for 2 years! It's important to me that my students have a strong technical foundation that allows them to have fun and make beautiful music. From my lessons, you can expect to grow your skills as an overall musician, as well as in your specific lesson subject. Musicians make well rounded human beings and I love being a part of that process! Contact me today!
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Jay W. October 8, 2017
· Trombone · In home
Outstanding teacher!
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Jeff August 21, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Elizabeth is a very patient teacher. I wanted to take a few lessons on Ukulele so I could get a practical proficiency before a recent trip to Hawaii with family and friends. She was very patient and understanding with my beginner level, but I could tell that she has the ability to teach those with more ability than I have as well. The way she described how I should approach the instrument from a technique perspective was very clear and efficient, and when she would demonstrate chords and exercises she always played so beautifully. I felt as though I genuinely improved at every lesson. Not to mention her flexibility in finding time scheduling our lesson, and all around friendly and positive attitude. I could not recommend Elizabeth more.
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Elizabeth P.

Elizabeth P.

New York, NY 10003
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About Yun H.

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Boston, MA
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Yun H started recording as a singer at a very young age. She has recorded and released 9 albums as a member of “Green Swallows” from 1999 to 2005 and two solo albums in 2004 and 2005. To further broaden her musicianship, she studied composition, arranging and performance at the Berklee College of Music, and completed a Performance Degree. As a versatile performer, she sings in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Her sound is a blend traditional Chinese folk and contemporary jazz / soul music. Yun has performed in music events in New England and beyond, including “Roots and Gospel in Gardner Museum”, “2013 Lunar New Year Concert in Berklee Performance Center”,“Newport Folk Festival 2013”, “Newport Folk Festival 2014”, “Ivy League Spring Festival Gala 2014” and shared stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Eugene Friesen (four-time Grammy Award-winner), Sande
ep Das (two-time Grammy nominee), Mike Block, and Hozier (2015 Grammy Nominee).
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Sebastien August 30, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I've had 5 lessons so far and Yun has given me great tips and exercises to improve my singing.
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Andrea G. July 15, 2017
· Singing · In studio
This is our first class. Yun is very encouraging and patient with my 10- years old daughter. looking forward to next class!
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Hesen July 3, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Best teacher ever! Yun is konledgable, professional, and with great patience. She has corrected my wrong technicals in singging and gave clean and steady ways to rebuild and practise the right things. It's such a great luck to have her as my singing teacher.
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Yun H.

Brooklyn, NY 11232
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About Bele B.

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Yonkers, NY
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Beledo lives in New York and started teaching private lessons in the 80s in Uruguay were a few of his students became instructors and session players themselves. Every year he travels back to give seminars and intensive lessons to select intermediate and advanced students.
He is currently available to teach lessons online. Beledo has helped students connect the natural impulse of the blues improvisation with the theory of music and composition and jazz performance since the early times of his career by mirroring his own chronological process of learning with his original method.
Beledo received his classical music training at the University School Of Music of Uruguay, toured in South America with famous artists before coming to the US. In 1990 attended UCLA program of Film Scoring. Beledo's latest CD is called Dreamland Mechanism with
Gary Husband and Lincoln Goines. He's also a member of the Prog-Rock band Circuline.
With all of his worldly knowledge he looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals sooner than they expect. Beledo's teaching style is extremely hands on with no gimmicks.
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Bele B.

Bele B.

Yonkers, NY 10701
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$80 / 60-min

About Rebecca Z.

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Brooklyn, NY

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My name is Rebecca, and I am a recent graduate of the New School, where I received my BFA in vocal performance from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and my BA in writing from Eugene Lang College for liberal arts. I am passionate about teaching, and would love you to be my student! I have worked as a private tutor for over three years now, teaching students in the field of music and writing. Musically, I specialize in jazz vocal performance, as well as music theory and improvisation. I also tutor creative and analytical writing. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to get to know me more!
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I'ola H. October 8, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I've only had two sessions and I already have a better sense of control over my voice and all the anatomy associated with singing. Rebecca has a non judgemental demeanor which helps students, especially beginners such as myself to feel more comfortable and relaxed. She is knowledgeable and I was impressed with the way she assessed my range, and analyzed my voice in the initial session then set realistic goals to improve my control and the quality of my voice.
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Lee October 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very welcoming and all of her exercises are helpful. Just from two lessons I see vast improvements.
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Rebecca Z.

Rebecca Z.

Brooklyn, NY 11218
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$30 / 30-min

About Grant S.

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New York, NY

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Music was a huge part of my upbringing. I had so many great teachers along the way, and I want to inspire young people to achieve their musical goals just like my teachers inspired me.

I'm a jazz trombonist from Charlotte, NC currently living in Washington Heights. After getting my B.M. in Trombone Performance from Appalachian State University, I moved to New York City to further my studies in the Master's Program at Manhattan School of Music. In 2016, I was the winner of the jazz portion of the Texas State Trombone Competition. I'm an active freelancer in the NYC jazz scene while I finish my studies.

Above all, I want to help cultivate a love of music in my students. The study of music teaches values that are not just relevant to performing, but to all of life: self-discipline, patience, humility, and the ability to listen to others.
I truly believe becoming a musician makes you a better person, and I want to help as many people as possible to follow that path.
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Zach July 17, 2017
· Trombone · Online
I messaged Grant online and asked him some questions regarding what direction I should go next in order to further my trombone playing. The information that he was able to offer gave me a clear direction on what I should include in my practice sessions, and he was able to offer some advice on individuals I should seek out to learn from in North Carolina.
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Grant S.

New York, NY 10032
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About Enmanuel A.

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Hi my name is Enmanuel I'm a Experienced teacher for 15 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate/advanced in piano,guitar,violoncello,violin,viola,flute,saxophone etc.. for students! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. I have different graduated professional music teacher available For all the instruments offered.
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Carol August 23, 2017
· Cello · In home
The best teacher I've had in a long time great teacher!!!
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Enmanuel A.

New York, NY 10018
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