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About Matthew K.

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New York, NY
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About Matthew
I have been playing professionally for over 30 years and have taught for over 10. I am proficient on keyboards, guitar, bass, ukelele, as well as lead and harmony vocals and songwriting. My focus is on developing your musical intuition through ear training, and accessing the music within. I have a home recording studio to help with the learning process. I provide a fun, safe, non-critical environment where you can access your inner musician in the most enjoyable way possible.

Many of my students have gone onto become prolific songwriters and musicians and have recorded albums. Even beginners can learn quickly from my method which emphasizes techniques for keeping learning music fun.

My 10th CD was released last year on Sojourn Records and was featured as NPR song of the day. Over the years my music has received much critical accl
aim as I have continued to tour the world. I have opened for legends such as David Bowie, Ron Sexsmith, Robyn Hitchcock, Morphine, Bob Mould, Freedy Johnston, among many others. I have produced over a dozen albums by other artists and songwriters, and composed for major motion pictures including last years film, WON’T BACK DOWN starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

“In a career spanning more than 20 years, he has established himself as one of America's great under-the-radar songwriters. Had he emerged five decades back, he might have been a Tin Pan Alley stalwart, turning out intelligent, accessible songwriting with the clockwork genius of and Gary Goffin. His work is rife with the clever, incisive tunefulness that marked that era.”-- National Public Radio

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Students can expect to discover or re-discover their love for music and and their own natural musical inclinations. Many students report an increased sense of joy and possibility in their own lives. Curriculum depends on level of student, but is focused on being able to play favorite songs, develop comfort and ease in playing style, and accessing creativity and originality in approach. After 3 to 6 months working with me, most students can feel comfortable calling themselves a musician!

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I teach mainly guitar, keyboards, ukelele, and voice from beginning up to intermediate. I try to incorporate songwriting into the process as i find that it speeds up the process and helps to encourage enthusiasm and a more focused effort and better results. I am fluent in most styles but come from a folk, rock, country, pop background. I also have a home studio and use recording techniques to develop style and vocal ability.
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Sandra August 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Matt is an awesome teacher. He quickly assessed my skill level and met me there with new song covers, new strum patterns, and finger picking tutorials. As an intermediate ukulele-ist who's beginning to explore songwriting, I feel very fortunate to have crossed paths with Matt. He encourages me to share my work, and jams along, opening up rhythmic and harmonic possibilities I wouldn't think of on my own. In home recording technology is also a huge perk!
Very fun teacher, highly recommended!
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Joan T. May 12, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Matt is a great teacher and super talented musician! I really enjoy learning from a musician that plays multiple instruments. His teaching method is innovative and fun yet easy to understand. I've taken 2 lessons from him so far and already felt more confident. He is encouraging and can't wait to learn more from him!
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Bill S. March 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent instructor. He explained music theory in a way I could understand.

He gave me exercises I could practice at home.
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Matthew K.

Matthew K.

New York, NY 10014
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About Peter L.

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New York, NY
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About Peter
Peter L. has taught cello at the United Nations International School for the last
10 years. In addition he teaches at the Green
Meadow Waldorf School and has been a member of
the cello faculties at many other NYC area music
schools, including the Center for Preparatory
Studies in Music at Queens College and the Turtle
Bay Music School. Peter served as head of the
string department at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden,
Maine for 9 years and founded The Cello Workshop
at SummerKeys in Lubec, Maine, where he still
teaches. He is co-author of Nuts and Bolts, a
Technical Supplement for the Study of the Cello,
and has maintained a large teaching studio of
students of all ages and levels for 20 years.
Peter's innovative uses of the cello in both
popular and classical settings have earned him
critical acclaim in the New York Times
and
Variety Magazine. He is a composer and
improviser versed in many styles of music, often
in demand for studio work in the New York
metropolitan area. Peter has collaborated with
artists in every genre of music, from folkies
like The Roches, Frank Tedesso and David
Massengill to rockers like Nada Surf, Neon Leon
and Mark Johnson, to jazz musicians like Jaco
Pastorius and Bucky Pizzarelli. Pastorious, the
legendary jazz bassist, called Peter "the best
improvising cellist I've ever heard." Peter's
CD's, "Now and Then," and "Some Other Way" are available at
cdbaby.com, "Now and Then" was a recipient of an ASCAP award. It
features his own works for solo cello and for
four cellos, as well as the first Suite for
unaccompanied cello by J. S. Bach. His music has
been characterized as intense but accessible and
has been featured on radio stations around the
world. Peter is Principal Cellist of the
Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, the Bronx Symphony,
and the Regina Opera Orchestra and freelances
actively. He has given numerous solo and
chamber recitals in the New York Metropolitan
area, including at Bruno Walter Hall at Lincoln
Center.
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Peter L.

Peter L.

New York, NY 10040
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$80 / 60-min

About Chris M.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Chris M. is a multifaceted pianist and composer who is making waves in the Boston scene both as a bandleader and sideman. An active teacher, Chris has over 5 years of experience working with all ages and skill levels in settings ranging from private lessons to rock band camps. Praised for a sound that is €mature beyond his years, Mr. M. regularly performs with some of Boston'™s finest, including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone and Phil Grenadier. He currently leads the Wolfhound Trio, a jazz piano trio that pushes the boundaries of the genre through his compositions that incorporate influences ranging from Rage Against the Machine to Alexander Scriabin. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at New England Conservatory on a presidential scholarship.
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niloufar M. March 4, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Chris is one of the good teacher I've had so far. He is so helbful and I am comfortable with his teaching way. He is very flexible with his schedule.
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niloufar M. March 4, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Chris is one of the good teacher I've had so far. He is so helbful and I am comfortable with his teaching way. He is very flexible with his schedule.
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Greg A. December 15, 2015
· Classical Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher!
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Chris M.

Chris M.

Brooklyn, NY 11238
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About Monica G.

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Madison, NJ

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I'm a performing artist and music teacher. I received my Bachelors and Masters degree in music at Boston's New England Conservatory, where I was a member of the jazz, classical, and third-stream departments. I also spent 8 years gigging in Berlin, Germany and teaching adults and teenagers. However, I've always also enjoyed working with kids; especially introducing them to music through piano, language, movement, role-playing, and singing. I have the most experience teaching piano, and I think it's the best instrument to start on, if you don't know much about music, but flute was my first instrument, and singing is my forte!
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Michael & Jennifer June 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
We are so pleased to have found Monica to teach Piano to our 8 year old daughter Erin. Every week Erin is looking forward to her lesson and she really seems to enjoy learning as Monica makes the lessons fun for her. There seems to be a perfect balance of discipline and creative play that keeps Erin not only interested, but excited to learn! We could not be more satisfied.
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Ting Ting W. June 19, 2015
· Piano · In home
Great experience so far as monica is able to connect with my usually shy 4 year old girl engaged and interested in piano... That's my main goal at this stage and monica is doing a great job of it!
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a M. June 12, 2015
· Piano · In home
Monica works wonderfully with my sons aged 3 and 6. She is patient and good natured while pushing them to continue challenging themselves. I usually hear laughter accompanying the lesson and both boys are always excited to show me how much they have progressed. After she leaves after the lessons, my little one always hollers out the door " I love you Monica!" I recommend her without reservation.
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Monica G.

Monica G.

Madison, NJ 07940
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About Dan S.

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Montclair, NJ
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Dan S. holds a diploma in Modern Guitar Performance from La Musique Academy International and a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Jazz from Montclair State University. Dan Has been teaching since 2008 and brings both structure and a fully customizable approach to teaching, making sure you learn what you want and what you need to know to accomplish any musical dream. He has extensive experience working with children.

At age 9 Dan began studying such instruments as the viola, saxophone, piano and guitar. By the age 12 he identified more with the guitar and chose it as his primary instrument of musical expression. Dan is currently playing venues in and around NYC and the metropolitan area, jamming with some of the best live musicians around. He has also performed in France and looks forward to tour more of Europe.

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l influences range from The Blues, Pop, RnB, Rock and EDM. This range of music continues to influence his writing and vocal styling developing a sound that is truly unique.
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Patrick F. August 9, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I've taken guitar lessons from a few teachers and Dan is the best fit I've ever had. He is very patient and does a fantastic job of tailoring lessons to individual needs. He clearly loves to play music and is very thoughtful about how he shares this knowledge in his lessons. He never fails to encourage me as a guitar player and reinforces a 'can do' attitude. His positive and calm demeanor also make for a fantastic instructor. Thank you, Dan.
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Patrick F. July 13, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Dan is a patient instructor who is always encouraging. He also makes the lessons fun. I appreciate how he customizes each lesson for my needs.
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Maria B. May 3, 2016
· Guitar · In home
First lesson was a great experience for my kids. They are practicing on their own!!! I could tell they couldn't wait for their next lesson. Thank you Dan!!!
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Dan S.

Dan S.

Montclair, NJ 07042
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About Marcelo M.

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New York, NY

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Established New York musician. Berklee College of Music Graduate. Have been teaching for many years and know that each student has their own mindset and we need to work around each person`s goals and interests. I teach mainly pop, rock, blues, jazz, classical, funk, RnB. All ages and levels are welcome.

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Lessons are very relaxed and we will focus on ways to practice and getting the student to learn what he/she wants. Some people just want to come and learn a few tunes, some want to really learn the instrument and practice all the time. It all depends on the individual and I`m more than ready to adapt for each one of my students with the methods I have.
On our first class we will spend some time discussing what are the goals of the student and I will formulate a good plan so we can reach those goals in no time
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I usually have 3 main paths that the student can choose.
1st - Learn the instrument enough so you can play your favorite songs and have fun with friends.
2nd(most requested) - Learn the instrument from scratch. Study technique, repertoire, a little of reading and music theory and learn how to improvise. This will allow the person to have their own tools to study on their own after attending classes with me.
3rd - Usually people who have been playing before like this one. We will go deep in music theory, ear training, reading, improvising and technique. Always leaning challenging tunes that will develop the student skills. This one allows the student to follow a professional path on the future, or maybe go into a music college.

*Location
Classes can take place at my studio or at your own location with an extra fee for transportation.

*Under 18 students
For children under 18 parents are more than welcome to stay for the classes, tell me if there is any specific goal you are looking for or talk about any subject that you might want.

*AUDITION PREP
I also help people to prepare for auditions. For this subject, I will tell you how to get ready for an audition. If you are trying to get in a college I have many contacts around the country and know how most auditions work and can help you with any question there might be. For auditions for orchestras or band we can work on repertoire and behavior to get you ready and all set to get accepted.
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Matheus August 23, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
I have known him for a while and he is really good musician! Very dedicated and professional
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Nirva July 14, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great teacher and lesson!
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Jason MIller February 13, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Marcelo is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor. I `ve been taking theory classes with him and it is great. He has a very good methodology and will make everything very clear.
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Marcelo M.

New York, NY 10001
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$20 / 30-min

About LaJuan C.

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Edison, NJ
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About LaJuan
I've been a professional lead and background singer for over 25 years. I've worked in studio and on stage with top recording artists, including Celine Dion, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Ne-Yo and many, many more...

I've also been featured on national TV jingles for Zest, Diet Coke, Cookie Crisp Cereal, Walbaum's, Coors LIght and others. I'm also the voice of Paradisus Resorts and sang the the for "Sky Dancers" animated TV series.

As a songwriter, I've co-written songs for major motion pictures as well as the theme song for Royalton Resorts, NBA's Utah Jazz and special NASCAR productions.

My coaching strategy is to teach aspiring singers techniques that greatly improve vocal basics (pitch, rhythm, breathing) and overall confidence.
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Vincent Guido April 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
LaJuan, is an excellent teacher. She is professional, listens to my needs/goals and provides excellent feedback. At the end of the lesson we review what we've learned and what I should practice at home. She quickly realized my skill level and communicates at that level. I feel that my vocal skills will be improving under her guidance. Thank you LaJuan.
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Gayle March 20, 2017
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Ms. Carter worked as a teacher for my company’s personal and corporate training program for many years. She taught stage presence, public speaking and self-confidence classes.
Her students’ ranged in age from 6 to 80. She was always energetic, compassionate, professional, patient and made a huge impact on all those who worked with her.
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Tom March 20, 2017
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Lajuan is a caring and consummate professional . The New York music scene has been lucky enough to share her talents .
I suggest you learn from her experience, talent and skill set too !
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LaJuan C.

LaJuan C.

Edison, NJ 08820
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About Maria P.

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New York, NY

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I am a professional pianist. I graduated from Manhattan school of music for undergrad and I go to same school for mater.
Piano students can expect to improve week to week in their piano technique.
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 play with freedom, confidence, and expression.
I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. 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.
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Maria P.

Maria P.

New York, NY 10027
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$50 / 30-min

About Pia S.

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New York, NY
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I am a professional harpist/singer, composer and arranger raised in Belgium.
I graduated from the Music Academy International (Nancy) in voice and from Berklee College of Music (Boston) in harp where I performed in many different settings and styles of music (Jazz, Pop, Mediterranean music, Middle Eastern music, Latin music,...). I was also part of "The Voice" France in 2012 where I made it to the top 20. Additionally, I traveled a lot and performed in many different festivals around the world where I also gave master classes about the Harp Jazz & Modern Harp.

I had been classically trained as a harpist for 10 years and have dedicated 10 other years of my life to "evolving" the function of the harp in music. I incorporate the harp in various styles of music outside of the classical tradition. I perform original compositions and covers th
at feature the harp in different settings and styles of music.

I teach harp students of all different ages and experience levels.
With beginners, we will start, of course, by learning the foundation of the technique as well as developing the ear and the rhythm. We will start learning different styles of music using excellent and very fun exercices and tunes.
With more advanced harpists, we will be able to explore different styles of music more deeply, develop the rhythm on the harp, improvise, learn different jazz standards, try arrangements of known pieces (you can request anything you like), and even include singing if you wish :)

I love to teach the harp "differently" to open more horizons.
I love to teach while having fun! I always listen to the individual needs of my students and try to create the best environment for them. I want them to feel confortable and therefore be ready to learn and share in the best conditions.
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Pia S.

Pia S.

New York, NY 10032
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$42 / 30-min

About Kristen L.

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About Kristen
I am a professional vocalist, clarinetist, and music teacher that wants you to succeed! I have performed as a semifinalist in international competitions, performed as an orchestra member in three opera productions in Italy, and performed orchestra concerts at Yale University, the New World Center, and other notable venues. Additionally, I have receive full-tuition scholarships to perform in music festivals. I have had instruction through private lessons and masterclasses with acclaimed clarinetists such as Charles Neidich, Frank Cohen, and Ayako Oshima. While I love to perform, I have a great interest in teaching, as a college-level ear training tutor as well as student teaching experience in elementary/high school band, jazz band, high school choir, and music theory. I am a big proponent of music's benefits to the mind-body connection
and I love to incorporate movement-related techniques, such as yoga and breathing exercises, to fully integrate musical and physical exercises
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Donna August 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Amazing instructor! Helped my daughter land a spot for an elite cabaret production. Talented and skilled in her areas of expertise. Not only offered advice on technique but also advised my daughter in how to approach the audition. Thanks so much!!
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Kristen L.

Kristen L.

Sunnyside, NY 11104
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