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About Blythe Q.

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Plainsboro, NJ

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About Blythe
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 Symphony 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 st
udy, 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.

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Plainsboro, NJ 08536
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About Ruth F.

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Princeton, NJ

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About Ruth
I have played piano since I was six years old, when my parents enrolled me in my first music classes. I continued my music education while going to elementary, middle, and high school. Ultimately, I graduated with a Master's Degree in Music from Butler University, located in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Music has been one of my greatest passions since I was a little girl, and teaching it is my favorite way to share my love of music. I teach students of all ages and skill levels from early beginners to experienced piano players who want to bring their performance to a higher level.

I emphasize piano technique, musicianship, performance skills and music history. But I also use piano lessons to help my students develop life skills, such as concentration, focus, poise and discipline. I love to see my students to build con
fidence and self-esteem from playing beautiful music.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Piano
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Amanda E. September 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ruth quickly tailored the lesson based on my experience level, and helped me so much in just 30 minutes! I look forward to our subsequent lessons.
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Jacinta S. July 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
I took 5 lessons with Ruth for 5 weeks., and it has been a great experience! Ruth is an engaging, encouraging, and friendly teacher. My goal was to learn the basics to play piano and she was really helpful for me to teach effectively in 5 classes.

Thanks you very much Ruth.All the best.
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Jasper Y. April 29, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ruth was conscientious about starting my son at his proper age and learning ability.
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Ruth F.

Ruth F.

Princeton, NJ 08540
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About Julie G.

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Seaside Park, NJ
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I have more than 10 years experience teaching private piano lesson to all levels, beginner to advanced. I have taught all ages and I have experience with special needs students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learning to play the piano should be fun but it should be taken seriously to achieve the best results. I strive to instill a passion for music in all my students and teach them how to make music a part of their everyday life. I believe that all students learn differently and I try to plan lessons around each students individual interests and goals, while including the exercises and lessons that I know are needed to build knowledge and strength. I am using Bastien books, Piano Adventures and Hanon exercises as well as pop, Broadway, rock, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student must have a piano or keyboard and lesson books. They
may purchase the lesson books or I will purchase them and they may reimburse me. I will provide any special music arrangements needed and theory homework.
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Ava C. October 14, 2015
· Piano · In home
Julie was amazing for my daughters first lesson! Only one lesson and she is playing a song! Can't wait for next week!
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Julie G.

Julie G.

Seaside Park, NJ 08752
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About Charles C.

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West Long Branch, NJ
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About Charles
BA Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers College. MS from Montclair in Music Composition,
Jazz Studies with Kenny Baron. Composition Studies with Nicholas Rousakis, Frank Foster, Noel DaCosta.

Member Music Educators National Association.
Member Jersey Shore Music Educators Association
Member BMI

I am an experienced lifelong pianist. I work professionally as a solo pianist, church organist, choir director, piano teacher, composer and arranger. I am experienced in most styles of music including, classical, jazz, pop, gospel, broadway, rock.

I develop an individual leaning path for each of my students so they can achieve their music goals. I use many different piano teaching methods and am not bound by any particular one. Depending upon my students level and goals I will supplement the methods books with pieces that i
nterest the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
Depending upon the student lessons we will work on several areas designed to improve the students understanding of music and playing the piano.

1. How to practice efficiently,
2. Improving technique.
3. Weekly songs and pieces to learn.
4. Long range major works which will take several months to master
5. Sight reading
7. Music theory,harmony, rhythm and melody, which can be applied to all styles of music, popular song, classical, jazz, etc
8. Understanding of music styles and composers

How much time we spend in each area will be determined by the students level and goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawaii Professional Studio Upright
Steinway Professional Studio Upright
Yamaha Digital Practice Piano
Yamaha PS-1500 Arranger Keyboard
Logic Pro 9 Recording Software
JV-1010 Synth Module
Roland VK-8M Organ Module
E-MU Hamond B3 Module
Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface
JBL Studio Monitors
Macbook Pro

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student must have a suitable weighted keyboard or piano at home for practice.

*** Specialties ***
Specialties Include:

Jazz, Pop, Broadway and other Popular Forms

Songwriting and Arranging

Accompanying yourself or another singer on the piano

Developing a performance repertoire.

Technique Development
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Sharon B. April 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I recommend Charles, he is a qualified instructor.
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Linda J. May 8, 2015
· Piano · In home
Charles is just great....there's no way I could have found a better teacher. Not only does he know everything there is to know about music, he's interested in keeping the lessons and learning interesting and fun. You can tell he really cares about trying to help his students to both progress, learn some theory, but to have fun and build skills they'll use/enjoy for a long time. Really impressive.
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John L. February 10, 2015
· Jazz · In home
Charlie has been giving lessons to my son and is the absolute best! He is passionate about music and brings such energy to each lesson. My son is learning how to play jazz from Charlie after being classically trained. It has opened up a whole new world for him.

It great listening to the lessons because Charlie and my son enjoy music so much.
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Charles C.

Charles C.

West Long Branch, NJ 07764
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About Katie B.

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Plainsboro, NJ
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I am a professional singer with a Bachelors of Music in Voice from New England Conservatory and a Masters of Music in Voice from Westminster Choir College. I enjoy teaching all levels of voice students in a variety of styles. I have training in the physiology of the voice, as well as in many methods of acting and performance and can help students reach their best potential as performers! The most important thing is to appreciate your unique vocal gifts and to enjoy them and learn to use them well.
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penny June 23, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Katie really tailored the class to my needs and significantly improved my singing. She is fun to work with, and also very patient, hugely knowledgeable and very trustworthy to work with. I would highly recommend her.
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Satori S. February 18, 2017
· Singing · In home
My daughter very much enjoyed her lesson and cannot wait for her next lesson.
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Yana D. February 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Katie is a great teacher, very nice and professional. It felt really good on the lesson, she was delicate and encouraging. I had very good time and will continue.
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Katie B.

Plainsboro, NJ 08536
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About Ben T.

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Lawrence Township, NJ

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Ben Tyhurst has over 25 years experience as a professional musician and has found success as a performer, educator, composer, and director.

Ben is currently serving as a trumpet teacher based at his home studio in Central New Jersey. He also offers lessons online. His methods are flexible, and fun with goals is key.

Ben started teaching trumpet lessons in 1993, and his students have a reputation for standing out among their competition as top-quality trumpet players. Ben prides himself in being a catalyst that causes great things to happen for his students who take advantage of his methods. Former students have been known for successes from earning first chair in their school band to being recognized in All-State band.

Ben is a firm believer that when students are given effective direction and feedback on what right looks like, h
ow to effectively practice on their own, and how easy it is to achieve greatness, students will exceed any success they can imagine if they truly want it and work for it.
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Justin December 24, 2016
· Trumpet · Online
Ben is helping understand the method behind the music. It worked very well in applying immediately to the trumpet. I recommend Ben to anyone interested in the trumpet.
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Julie November 16, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Ben is such a great instructor for all ages. He really loves music and inspires that love in his students.
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Melanie November 14, 2016
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I've worked with Ben in a few settings. His knowledge and talent is always apparent. He is patient but encouraging and makes music fun and engaging. I've seen him work with groups of young children and they are all laughing as they learn. And no matter who is playing or what instrument is being used, he has high standards and expectations of excellence which encourage every student to grow and learn.
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Ben T.

Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
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Toms River, NJ

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I am a certified music teacher k-12 and have a BS in Music Ed from Hofstra University and an MS in Foundations of Ed also from Hofstra. My major instrument is voice. I sang professionally as well as taught general music, voice, and choral groups while employed by the Brentwood music Department on LI for several years before having kids. I currently teach general music, voice programs and private voice instructions at the Victorious Voices Studio, located in Toms River, New Jersey :)
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Roe P. March 29, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Amy is a great instructor
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Dena March 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My kids love Miss Amy! Always a fun, upbeat class, lots of variety and very memorable. Anyone would be lucky to have her as a teacher, she is patient, kind and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend!!
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Ruby March 9, 2017
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Amy taught my teen daughter voice for approximately a year before we had to reluctantly leave her when we moved out of state.
Her knowledge, patience and good humor were unsurpassed. She continues to support and encourage my daughter in her singing even at a distance. I would recommend her over all others for any child!
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Amy V.

Amy V.

Toms River, NJ 08753
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$25 / 15-min

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Columbus, NJ

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I have been teaching private beginner and intermediate violin and piano lessons for almost fourteen years now. I began teaching while attending college and have continued teaching in some capacity ever since.

I minored in music at Rowan University and studied violin under Michael Ludwig who then was the Associate Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

I am a certified K-5 teacher and have taught preschool, kindergarten, third grade, and a middle school music appreciation class.

I currently play violin with my church worship team and enjoy playing the piano with friends and family.
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Jessica W.

Columbus, NJ 08022
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Siyuan has a master’s degree from Columbia University Teachers College, where she conducted research on children’s musical development and studied educational psychology, philosophy, curriculum design, and technology in music education. Siyuan majored in piano performance starting in middle school at Shenzhen Arts School in China. She also studied at Interlochen Arts Academy and the School of Music at Ball State University.

Siyuan served as a piano coach at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and taught musical activities at Rita Gold Early Childhood Center at Columbia University Teachers College. She participated in designing and running musical activities for New York Philharmonic’s Very Young People’s Concert. Siyuan also lectured on piano performance in China. She has designed music curricula and piano teaching programs for a wide range
of age groups and musical backgrounds. Siyuan attended the “Musical Summer at the Mill” Piano Festival in France, and “The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning” Summer Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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Siyuan T.

Princeton, NJ 08540
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