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All styles and levels, from Twinkle to Toccata and from Beethoven to Blues and beyond.

About Dan
Dan, a multi faceted musician, composer and educator active in the tri-state area since 1994. Dan's eclectic education, upbringing and fields of interest render him one of the unique voices in the dynamic field of current music education.
In an era where old boundaries are breaking and a growing musician needs to have expanded horizons, Dan stands out in the crowd.

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Dan received his musical education from the Rubin music academy in Jerusalem and the Manhattan School of music in NYC where he completed a Masters degree in classical composition and Jazz performance. Dan's playing and compositions were performed nationally and internationally, reviewed by the New York Times, The St Louis Post Dispatch and other publications.

Currently Dan is teaching composition, film scoring, theory and ear training at the
Manhattan school of music pre college division (where he has been a faculty member since 1994) and piano, theory and composition at the JCC on the Palisades Thurnauer school of music,where he also served as theory department chair from 1999 - 2005.
The newest addition to Dan's expending circle is The Red Bank Regional High School for the performing arts where he has a been a guest lecturer since fall of 2011.

Dan has been giving private lessons of music and music related subjects for over 20 years.

The system Dan developed over the years of teaching is based on two fundamental principles-
The paramount importance of developing sound traditional skills and the strong conviction that you should always tailor the method to the student and never tailor the student to the method.

Dan's eclectic background enables him to draw on a wide range of musical styles and techniques, fulfilling the needs of students from all walks of the musical experience. Lessons are available in the following areas for all ages and levels:

Piano - classical

Piano - contemporary / jazz / Broadway.

Piano - eclectic

Composition

Song writing, arranging and producing

Music theory, General theory, Jazz and popular music theory, a special AP music theory preparation workshop.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a strong believer in combining traditional skills and sensibilities with a strong affinity to today's musical and pop culture, While I am an extremely patient teacher, I do expect (and achieve) results. If a student starts with me from scratch they should be able to play real piano tunes within 6 months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living area piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student needs to have a piano/keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Pop, Broadway, composition, song writing, music for film, production, music history, theory, ear training, AP preparation.
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Anthony September 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great teaching! Dan adjusts to your progress very effectively and efficiently to make sure that you are successfully progressing to the next level.
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Pamela June 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
It was a great first lesson! He really individualizes the lessons and tailors his teaching to your wants and needs. He is very nice and honest and I felt like I already learned so much. I look forward to progressing in every session!
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Trevis P. April 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Dan is an excellent instructor. My half hr per week under his guidance helps me develop good practice routines; learn music history, & theory. I don't even have to tell him what I've struggled with during my practice sessions (at home) Dan identifies those obstacles and provides tools for improvement. Quite an impressive pro in my estimation. Just what I need to continue my musical journey. Pretty nice guy also.
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Dan B.

Dan B.

New York, NY 10023
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About Michael M.

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Regarding my methods of instructing piano students, I use the Middle
C method for players regardless of playing level. Those who are more
advanced use triads as well. My overall goal as a teacher is to work
with my students and give them the skills that are necessary to play
music that they enjoy. Instructional materials include either Faber,
Bastien, and/or Alfred Publications. A writing tablet compliments
presented lesson material too.
My instruction correlates with the age, the musical background, and
the public/private school music curriculum of the student. Each
lesson is a special musical vignette in the sense that it is a unique
learning time for the student. It is important for the student to be
motivated by the material that they are given and to have a full
understanding of the concept(s) that were taught in the lesson. Above
all other reasons, it is most important for the student to enjoy
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About Michael
Born and raised in New Jersey, I have been involved with music for many years. The instruments that I play include Trumpet, French Horn, Handbells, Organ, Voice, and Piano. I received my formal education at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, which is where I earned a B.A. degree with Honors in Music. In order to obtain my Honors, I chose to develop elementary lessons on Chinese folk music. In my Junior year of college, I performed a dual media recital in both Voice and Piano, and for my Senior year recital, I focused on giving a Vocal performance. These recitals demonstrated the musical talent and techniques that I had developed throughout my experience at college. In addition to my musical experiences in college, I have also learned about various pedagogical approaches through both my vocal studies as well as my studies on the keyb
oard. There is always more than one approach to teaching musical concepts! As a musician, I have performed in both the Bethlehem/Allentown area and the central New Jersery area. In addition, I have sung as a member of the Princeton Pro Musica and sat as a member on the executive board of the Princeton Girlchoir. These experiences have enhanced my professional insight as a musical instructor today. At present, I am a teacher in the classroom, an organist at a local Presbyterian church, and a private piano instructor. Overall, I thoroughly enjoy seeing my students grow and develop as musicians.

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My instruction correlates with the age, the musical background, and the public/private school music curriculum of the student. Each lesson is a special musical vignette in the sense that it is a unique learning time for the student. It is important for the student to be motivated by the material that they are given and to have a full understanding of the concept(s) that were taught in the lesson. Above all other reasons, it is most important for the student to enjoy their piano lessons and want to come back the next week. Therefore, it is my job as the instructor to inspire them to practice and benefit from each and every lesson. Whether it be vocal or piano instruction, each lesson consists of fun warm-ups, interesting technical exercises, and repertoire of all sorts. What the student learns in 3-6 months depends upon the motivation of the student as well as my ability to teach what the student needs to know in order to achieve their goals as a pianist and/or vocalist. Regarding my methods of instructing piano students, I use the Middle C method for players of all levels. Those who are more advanced use triads as well. My overall goal as a teacher is to work with my students and give them the skills that are necessary to play music that they enjoy.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in living room; 2 pianos (C2 Yamaha and Steinway upright); organ

*** Specialties ***
Middle C Piano Method using instructional materials of the Bastien's and Alfred Publications
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Chris August 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
We are very pleased with how Michael approaches piano lessons for our 4 1/2 year old son. He incorporates singing and movement into the lessons and keeps him engaged throughout. Great patience and sense of humor as well.
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Arshad July 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Michael is a great teacher. He focuses on understanding of concepts. For more fluent play we always need to practice a lot, but if we do not understand the concepts behind musical notation, we do not even know where to begin. He is also very encouraging and guides us out of mistakes in a way that the logic sticks. Highly recommended - you will enjoy learning with him
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Gary March 11, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Lessons with Mike Mraz was a Christmas present from my son, Andrew. I enjoy singing, yet have never had occasion to study music or to take private lessons. Mike helped me clarify my goals: breath control, vocal mechanics, reading music and having fun. He graciously sent me some primer materials and located sheet music for several of my favorite Broadway show tunes. Our five 45-minute sessions together were both instructive and enjoyable. As I approach age 70, I can check "work with a voice coach" on my "Bucket List." Kudos for Mike!
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Pennington, NJ 08534
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About Rina M.

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Westfield, NJ

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Learn piano from rudiments to ragtime, Bach to Broadway, classics and more. Start at the beginning and progress at your own pace. Read notes, play chords, study finger aerobics...from technique to musicianship, enjoy playing music on your own terms.

About Rina
I am a music educator, classically trained with an advanced performance degree. As a soloist and collaborative musician, I have performed professionally in ensembles, bands and orchestras both here and abroad. With a high degree of knowledge and proficiency, I teach proper technique and practice strategies, music notation, theory, rhythm and phrasing, while adapting teaching approaches to match the needs of each student. I share a love of music with my students and it gives me great pride to hear each student develop their own musical voice.

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My goal is to help students of varying ages and abilities succeed musically. Dedicated, experienced, encouraging, and sensitive to student moods, I am a multi-instrumentalist who can instruct you in acoustic guitar, classical guitar, piano (classical and popular repertoire
), oboe, and voice. Study music to awaken your aural senses, develop muscle memory, and enhance your intellectual development.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and bench, keyboard, guitar, guitar stand, music stand, foot stool. Ample seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I am comfortable teaching from a piano or keyboard. I will transport my own guitar and anticipate students will own or rent the instrument they will be studying.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner to advanced music instruction, guitar notes and chords, piano melodies and accompaniment, vocal instruction, musical theater, classical piano and more.
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Anthony R. November 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
If you're looking for someone with patience for a beginner I highly recommend Rina! She is very talented on an array of instruments! My 7 year old just loves her and is excited to go to their piano lesson.
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Dawne C. August 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Teacher Very knowledgeable ,patient and understanding and want's to see you achieve your goals.
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Stephen May 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rina is a fabulous instructor. My son originally contacted Rina after researching piano teachers in our area. She came highly recommended and as a result he gave me a gift of five piano lessons to start. I became hooked; I've been with Rina for well over a year now and thoroughly enjoy learning. Her background in music is broad and she is creative in her approach to teaching.
The experience has been extremely rewarding for me and I look forward to continuing my journey into piano with Rina for many sessions to come.
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Rina M.

Westfield, NJ 07090
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About Mikal K.

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About Mikal
Hello my name is Mikal K. and I have been teaching piano for over 10 years and playing for over twenty!

I believe you should choose me as your piano instructor because I am different from the rest!

I have a Master's Degree in Education and what I have learned from my own schooling is that every student is different and every student should have a voice in how they are taught.

From this idea I have multiple ways you can learn. If you want the traditional way of sight reading that won't be a problem.

If you are not comfortable with reading I can teach you music theory.

What makes me different from the rest is that I will provide multiple activities, multiple modes for learning, and not just force you to learn one way.

*** Lesson Details ***
I aim to provide a half hour to hour lesson to all my students. In eac
h lesson I will bring to your home an IPAD and a MIDI keyboard.

With my students right now I start off with Sight Reading Games on the IPAD. Students can play a game while they learn.

After Sight Reading games students will then play their sheet music. This part of the lesson can be just sheet music found from your run of the mill piano books, but also music you have created yourself.

Students can work on their own music by using the IPAD app Notion. During lessons, I have helped students create their own songs and sheet music to go along with it by using technology.

How do I help students write their own songs? I use a visual called a Chord wheel and help students masters the basics of music theory. With this students do not have to know how to read music as a pro, they will use their knowledge of scales and chord progressions to make their own music.

To conclude I try to have a lesson that is different from the rest. Not a boring one where you just play and I tell you if you played a note correctly or incorrectly. I will give you the foundation and support to make you a great piano player by using my own methods that I believe change how one approaches both piano learning and teaching.

Lesson Plan:
5-10 min....I'll start the lesson by playing sight reading games on the IPAD that are tailored to focus on the notes your are learning in your sheet music.
10-20 min...we will work on playing the song/songs you are learning (reading) to play.
10-20 min....I will work with you away from reading and infuse music theory. Here we will learn scales and chord progressions. I also use a visual that helps tremendously in accomplishing this. With this knowledge I will help you start to write your own songs. I will then use technology to put your ideas to paper so that every week you have something you have created to practice on your own.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own piano to play on, however I do provide a midi keyboard and IPAD. The IPAD also has an APP that holds all the sheet music I own.

*** Specialties ***
I have prided myself in using my education to help me tailor a specific strategy for each student I use. In my opinion every student is different and have different skills and abilities. In this sense some students like to learn how to read and are very traditional, while others like to play by ear and don't want to read at all. I have encountered all types of students and tried to make learning piano enjoyable for every one of them by using different approaches to my teaching methods. With this perspective I believe I can teach any student at any age.
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Mikal K.

Mikal K.

Oakhurst, NJ 07755
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$40 / 30-min

About Karl K.

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New York, NY

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Experienced accompanist with special analytical insights in the physicality of playing.

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Professional internationally touring musician for 20+ years, Classical, Broadway, Experimental, Early music. Bachelor of Music; Norwegian State Academy, Master's of Music; Mannes College of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts; Stony Brook University (expected completion Spring 2015). Faculty positions held at Rowan University, NJ, University of Tennessee, TN, University of Akron, OH, International Festival Institute, TX, Siena Summer Music, Siena, Italy
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Denise November 3, 2017
· Bridge · Online
Karl was explained things in a way I completely understood. He patiently and thoroughly addressed all my questions; and, didn't mind my interruptions or requests to repeat himself.
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Ed October 6, 2017
· Bridge · In studio
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Michael August 23, 2017
· Bridge · Online
A very helpful session!
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New York, NY 10034
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About Jennifer H.

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Old Bridge, NJ

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My students receive individualized lessons based on their interest and ability. They learn to read music notation, play core piano literature, learn theory, music history, and composition.
All students participate in a yearly recital and have the option of entering the NJMTA Piano Festival to be adjudicated each year.
I have a two-fold goal with each student: that she or he become an excellent musician, and that we have fun together as that happens.

About Jennifer
I have been teaching piano for over 30 years. My students receive individualized lessons based on their interest and ability. They learn to read music notation, play core piano literature, learn proper playing technique, theory, music history, and composition.
All students participate in a yearly recital and have the option of entering the NJMTA Piano Festival to be adjudicated each year.
I have a two-fold goal with each student: that she or he become an excellent musician, and that we have fun together as that happens.
I've been playing the piano since I was seven years old. After going to college and studying music education, I started teaching piano and have fallen in love with this job. I love music and I love sharing it with others.

Lesson Details
Each lesson from the very beginning includes some technique, whether that is p
entascales (5-note scales), full scales and chords, etudes, etc. Then we work on repertoire, learning new songs which challenge the student to expand his/her musicianship skills, with beginners using a lesson book while intermediate and advanced students become familiar with the traditional body of piano literature.
For beginners, theory is taught using accompanying theory books. For more intermediate/advanced students, theory is incorporated into the lesson using the music the student is studying.
Composing can be added into the lesson when the student is ready. The student is guided through the process of writing a song and then enters it into the computer and prints it out for their very own copy. When enough students have completed original compositions, I host a composition recital where students can play their creations.
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Peggy January 20, 2016
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As a "(much) older student", and former high school teacher, I am very impressed with Jennifer. Every lesson begins with the basics- scales and chords, then on to technique and theory, using pieces that I've selected myself to build my repertoire. Jennifer has a very calming and matter-of-fact manner, which I love, and her knowledge of musical history and way of casually imparting it is a pleasure. I see myself taking lessons with her for a long time to come, and would recommend her HIGHLY to students of all ages and ability levels.
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Gina November 20, 2015
· Piano · In studio
My son started taking lessons with Ms. H. at the age of 8. He had no prior piano experience, but showed a lot of interest in wanting to learn about it. He is doing absolutely amazing and has been a part of a piano festival and recitals. Ms. H. has been wonderful. She is patient, fun, and challenges him when she knows he can do better. She makes the whole experience enjoyable. He's very comfortable with her and enjoys his time at the lessons. He cannot wait to play what he just learned as soon as we return home from the lessons. He has learned so much in a short period of time, and he continues to flourish. I highly recommend Ms. H. for piano lessons at any age. She is a fabulous teacher!
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Elena October 28, 2015
· Piano · In studio
My daughter started taking piano with Ms. Herring at 7, year and a half ago. Neither my husband nor me play, so I was nervous that I will not be able to help my child with homework, but I had nothing to worry about. Ms. Herring is so good at explaining that I was able to keep up and learn along with my daughter. She makes it exiting for beginner, but also will not let “less than perfect” song slide. Not only did my daughter benefited from this in terms of learning music, but in her confidence as well. It great to see your child play song and then reinterpret it her way and give little performance for the family. Her younger brother just started in September and he is already ready to play little duets with his sister. My kids personalities are polar extremes, but Ms. Herring found a unique approach to each and my son proclaiming that he will keep “taking piano lessons until he graduates from High School” that’s like 12 more years ☺
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Jennifer H.

Old Bridge, NJ 08857
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About Brian V.

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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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Jersey City, NJ

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Learn to play piano and read music; develop your musical "inner ear" and understanding of music theory.

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Hello! I am a saxophonist, jazz musician, woodwind player, and music educator. I have a degree in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University, where I studied with Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, Vincent Herring, Rich Perry, Bill Mobley, and many more of New York/New Jersey's finest musicians. I have experience playing professionally in jazz ensembles (as both a sideman and leader), pit orchestras, and wedding/cover bands.

My teaching career began informally while I was in high school, showing friends the basics of what I knew at the time on different instruments. I would also give some lessons to family friends, usually the younger siblings who were just starting out in 5th or 6th grade band. After I graduated from college in 2016, I began teaching professionally at various music studios throughout the North Jersey area, and thr
ough online services like this one. I also have experience in teaching after-school music programs in a classroom setting with elementary schoolers (K- 3rd grade).
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Daniel R.

Jersey City, NJ 07307
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About Xiao J.

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I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 20 years. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

About Xiao
I am a professional singer, pianist, songwriter. I graduated from Manhattan School of Music, specifically voice.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 20 years. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any music and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you t
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Xiao J.

New York, NY 10002
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Experience teacher of well-rounded lessons that focus not just on technique but overall musical fluency & creativity. I'm a singer/songwriter from a classical & jazz background who can help you or your child find your musical passion and cater your lessons accordingly.

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I have been teaching all ages, but especially children since I was just a teenager. Now as an experienced piano & guitar teacher - I'm an extremely patient, sensitive and calm teacher with a unique curriculum that I can cater to any students needs.

As a classical and jazz musician turned singer/songwriter, I'm interested in teaching not just instrument technique but overall musical fluency to and engaging every student's creativity including music theory, ear training & light improvisation.

I teach not just how to play, but why we play this and empower students to write their own music when they are ready.

I have two full-length self-produced albums out that I played all the instruments on and regularly perform in NYC and the North East. For over a decade, I've been teaching in major NYC institutions such as the Brooklyn Music
Factory & NYC Elite and am excited to now be offering private lessons on my own.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns! My aim is to cater these lessons to each student's particular needs and want to learn more about what makes you interested in music.
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Brett G.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
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As you learn how to read piano sheet music, a whole new world opens up! Instead of just black dots on a page, you'll see beautiful melody and chords right before you. Here, piano teacher Nadia B. takes you on a helpful visual tour...    One of the most interesting things about learning piano is that it’s truly like learning a new language – just as you learn how to decode words on a page to read them aloud, you are learning to unlock the symbols on the page to play music. It’s a w

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