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About Rafael L.

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Jamaica, NY
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About Rafael
I have been teaching by more than 30 years, and with this experience,and the knowledge accumulated in those years plus my playing experience, I am able to teach my students in a very good way.

My lessons will be very dynamic by the interaction with my students, giving them the tools they will need to play in real situations. "Playing, listening, reading, and writing".

Always looking forward, never looking back, music is passion and joy.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson consists in six sections that can vary depending on the duration of the lesson.
1- Warming up
2- Review of homework
3- Rudiments
4- Rhythm
5- Reading and writing
6- Analyisis of different Video and audio recordings
6- New homework

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have one drum set fully equipped, plus cajon and some folkloric drums from Colombia.
I write
the examples using Finale.
I have a complete collection of books and videos to support the lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my books, metronome, sticks, etc.
I expect the student provide the drum set

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Pop, Latin, Brazilian, Caribbean, Andean, Latin American , Colombian, etc
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Brian N. June 28, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I loved my first lesson with Rafael. He is great.
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Effua M. April 9, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My family loves Rafael. My son (who is five) takes drumming lessons and Rafael is very knowledgeable, gentle and patient. We love how encouraging he is and my son says for me to make sure I say that Rafael is an AWESOME drummer and we also think he's an awesome person :)
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victor B. February 27, 2015
· Drum · In studio
im 23, been playing drums for 14 years,I had different teachers all growing up, but I realized that I had no real good knowledge of theory and '' why things works''.
iI've been taking classes with Rafael Leal for six months. During these six months there has been a lot of progress with the knowledge of music theory and my drums skills. There are a lot of music teachers out there, but Rafael's combination of knowledge and skills can not only craft you into a great drummer, but a great musician as well!I highly recommend you contact Rafael leal and pursue taking your music education to a new level.
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Rafael L.

Rafael L.

Jamaica, NY 11435
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About Catherine P.

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New York, NY
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I finished my master’s degree program in Classical Music Composition under Richard Danielpour at the Manhattan School of Music.

My training in piano started from when I was 5 years old. Since then, I continuously took piano lesson and have had performed on the stage as well. I continued my training in piano until the end of my undergraduate at University of Hartford under David Westfall, Paul Rutman, Susan Cheng and Grace Smith. Over the summer during my college years, I worked as a private piano instructor in Korea for part-time job. I also worked as a ear-training and music theory tutor at my college.
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Catherine P.

Catherine P.

New York, NY 10025
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$30 / 30-min

About Andrea N.

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West New York, NJ
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I am a classically-trained pianist that has played the piano for 22 years. I began when I was 4 years old and have not stopped since! After graduating from Rhapsody Academy for Music in Elizabeth, NJ, I began teaching at after school centers. Most recently, I started teaching private lessons, where I currently teach 15 students, ages 4-15, music lessons, theory, and history. My focus as a teacher is allowing the child to dictate their education - with my supervision to facilitate each lesson. Every class is exciting, practical, and engaging, as the students use the most available resources to help them learn and understand the basics behind each song. I love working with children and allowing them to make decisions at a young age, so they can build their confidence and understand that hard work is a very rewarding process. Students ar
e encouraged to strengthen their skills through finger exercises, learning scales and chord progressions, and etudes.
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Nathan September 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
First lesson, It was a great start...
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Alexander W. July 30, 2016
· Piano · In home
Andrea is very nice. My son is autistic and it's hard for him to focus. But Andrea still made to get him to master some basic piano knowledge. I would continue let my son go to her lessons.
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Aisha-Aina May 15, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Mrs. Andrea helps me solve problems on the piano that I did not know I had!
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Andrea N.

Hillside, NJ 07205
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About Steven B.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Hello! My name is Steve and I’m a professional musician, composer, and teacher from Brooklyn, NY. For 9 years I’ve taught acoustic and electric guitar, bass, and music theory in the Greater Boston area. I now teach out of my private studio in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. I also offer in-home and online lessons.

My goal in teaching is to help students build confidence and find their voice in music. By developing strong technique, theory, and musicianship, students learn the skills needed to play with others, teach themselves new music, and pursue opportunities such as auditions and advanced music programs. Many of the teaching methods I employ are adapted from ones I learned while attending Berklee College of Music as well as my 15 years of private study.

I'm interested in how music and sounds affect people and I challenge my student
s to pursue what moves them. My lessons focus on the individual goals and needs of each player. With 16 years of playing experience and 9 years of teaching experience I have helped students pass music school auditions, form successful bands, and create demos of original music, among other achievements.

Thanks for your interest. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

-Steve Burke
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James January 19, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I was a complete beginner when I first took lessons with Steve. He was patient with me and gave me useful exercises to practice, although the most memorable moments occurred when he told me to just jam. Over the course of our lessons, he gave me the confidence to write my own bass lines, and take pride in my work. I don't know anyone who is as passionate about playing bass as Steve Burke.
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Ian January 19, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
I have known Steve Burke for about 3 years. I noticed him for his extraordinary bass guitar playing skills. I have witnessed his growth as a bass player, while he was invited in to numerous bands in the North Shore of Boston area. He soon was playing on recordings for several bands.

I came to learn he teaches bass. Before we had a first lesson, Steve asked “what I wanted” from lessons. As a person without any formal music / music theory education, I wanted to understand where all the notes are on the neck, and wanted to develop the ability to improvise in any key. Steve organized our first lessons to help me gain these goals. Two main components were in Steve’s teaching; 1) Giving positive input to - and positive feedback on - the musical things I played, or tried to play, and 2) developing and assigning exercises so I could progress between lessons.

Steve is patient and easy going, and made each lesson very much worthwhile.

More recently Steve gave me a lesson on “walking bass” and explained the note-to-note movements in terms I could easily understand. He also provided the principles behind the formation and playing of walking bass, in language appropriate to my limited music theory knowledge. Steve impresses me as thoroughly knowledgeable in this topic.

I would recommend Steve as a bass instructor to anyone, of any level, or music knowledge base (including those with no musical knowledge). He is expert in developing lessons that address the student’s goals, and are at the “right knowledge level” for each student. Every lesson I had left me smiling, and later recalling the new learning as I put it into practice.
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Steven B.

Steven B.

Brooklyn, NY 11231
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About Marina K.

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Brooklyn, NY
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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 Brian O.

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New York, NY

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Hi, there! My name is Brian and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2001 and have loved helping my students learn how to play music purely by ear, improve their ability to think instinctively on their instruments, and to develop their individual unique style on their instrument. My teaching style is fun and interactive, engaging, and lets you explore the best musical expression that suits you. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Brian O.

New York, NY 10024
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About Thomas B.

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Flushing, NY

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Hello, my name is T.J. Barnes and I'm currently finishing my bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance. I am a pianist and vocalist with a passion for music theory and vocal pedagogy. I've performed in a wide array of venues and styles and have experience as a music director and collaborative musician. I'm soon going to be pursuing my master's degree in choral conducting, but until then I have a desire to share the knowledge I have obtained in my years as a performer, musician, and director. I'm new to takelessons, though I'm not new to giving them, so say hi and ask some questions!
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Thomas B.

Thomas B.

Flushing, NY 11367
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$20 / 30-min

About Yahan L.

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New York, NY

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Yahan Liu is an active solo and collaborative pianist working towards her master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music. She started her piano studies at the age of six in Zhengzhou, China, and holds degrees from Rowan University (BM) and the Middle School Attached to China Conservatory (Diploma). Her primary teachers include Joanne Polk, Lydia Boguslavsky and Pei Sun. Yahan has won multiple competitions, including National Young Maestro Competition (first prize, 2014), Clifton Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award (2016), and the Rowan Soloists’ Competition, which resulted in a solo performance with the Rowan University Orchestra in February of 2015. Her playing has been heard at Manhattan in the Mountains Music Festival, Techne Music Festival at Moravian College, Summit Music Festival, Northern Lights Music Festival, Kimmel Center Perelman
Theater, Merkin Concert Hall, and others. In addition to her performing career, Yahan is also an active piano teacher, having taught privately and through Rowan Prep.
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Yahan L.

Yahan L.

New York, NY 10040
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$50 / 30-min

About Robert B.

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New York, NY
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I hold a degree from Berklee College of Music with guitar as my principle instrument, as well as many years of study at The New England Conservatory, have taught privately for over twenty years, have a comfortable studio in The Upper East Side (with many guitars to choose from) and have excellent recommendations. Whether it is pop, jazz, blues or classical guitar, I provide the most comprehensive instruction available and I do it with encouragement, enthusiasm and passion. Most importantly, I am patient, energized and enjoy watching my students develop into excellent guitarists.
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Vivian Monsanto March 3, 2017
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Excellent. My daughter has improved tremendously in a very short time. She loves the lessons.
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Seth Egert November 15, 2016
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Robert is a great teacher. I highly recommend.
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Israel Cruz November 10, 2016
· Guitar ·
TOTALLY NOT IMPRESSED. Instructor was extremely disorganized. Lessons had no structure. Instructor scattered and even missed a lesson, leaving me outside. I informed of a cancellation with 1 day notice and instructor informed me he would charge me for the lesson and I should look for another teacher. SO VERY TRUE!
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Robert B.

New York, NY 10021
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About Jennifer R.

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New York, NY
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I am a professional composer and arranger. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor's of Music in Commercial Music Production and am pursuing my Master's at New York University in Scoring for Film and Multimedia.

I'm passionate about all things related to music theory, composition, and history. I believe that anyone can compose; they just need the music theory knowledge to know how to bring their ideas to life. Music theory doesn't have to be hard! I strive to make every lesson stress free and relevant to the student's interests.

As a professional composer, I've worked on numerous projects including short films and commercials. I've been playing piano since 2002 and cello since 2004. I've began theory and composition training in 2006 and have solidified my skills throughout my undergraduate education. I also studied
songwriting and music production, and I am happy to help students who are interested in writing and producing their own songs.

I believe a solid foundation in music theory is essential to being a successful musician, whether you want to write pop songs or perform in concert halls. Classical music is easy once you learn it, and it will help you in ways you could never imagine. I'm excited to work with you and help you become the best musician you can be!
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Bryard August 13, 2017
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"If it wasn't for Jennifer - brilliant composer, beautiful arranger, bright person - I would not have gained the necessary knowledge in orchestration and thus, would not have been able to compose and score two symphonies for orchestra. Jennifer is a passionate and charismatic individual who lives and breathes music; someone with such a vast wealth of knowledge of her craft and the art of orchestration and theory in particular. I am grateful for Jennifer's patience, kindness, and God-given musical gift, as well as her guidance gifted to me as a composer myself."
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Jennifer R.

Jennifer R.

New York, NY 10009
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