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Average Cost of Music Lessons in Rutherford, NJ

The average cost of 60-minute music lessons in Rutherford is $54. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $50 and $59 per hour.

30-min $30
 
$34 average
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45-min $40
 
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music lessons are 19% less expensive at $44, and 30-minute lessons cost 38% less at $34.

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About Erica S.

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Belleville, NJ
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About Erica
Hi! My name is Erica, and I am a private lesson teacher, composer, arranger, and pianist currently living, writing, performing, and teaching in North Jersey. I believe that by having such a versatile musical background, I will be able to understand different needs and interests you may have and help you begin or continue your musical journey and reach your goals.

I currently teach 30 private piano and composition students in North New Jersey, and I am consistently inspired by all the progress all my students have made! My students have played classical pieces in recitals, played in jazz combos with other student musicians, written music that was performed by professional ensembles, learned how to play ragtime, and more. No two students have gone down the same path, because the curriculum was developed around the individual.

As a com
poser, I've penned over 15 charts for Jazz Ensemble, in addition to several charts for Studio Orchestra, Jazz Combos, Chamber Groups, Vocal Groups, and Film, and I've won a few awards, including 1st Place in the International Zurich Jazz Orchestra Composition Competition, a 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award, and a 2012 ASCAP Plus Award. I co-lead a jazz orchestra that has performed in several NYC clubs. My pieces have also been performed by her own chamber group "Community of the Spirit," Kurt Elling and the Metropole Orchestra the Zurich Jazz Orchestra, Todd Coolman's Quintet, the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Studio Orchestra, Bernie Williams and the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra, Weapons of Jazz Destruction, and others.

I've also been inspired by many teachers along the way. I have a BM in Jazz Writing (Composition) with high distinction from the Eastman School of Music, and an MM in Jazz Arranging from William Paterson University. My composition and piano teachers have included Jim McNeely, Bill Dobbins, Rich DeRosa, Harold Danko, Raymond Torres-Santos, Tony Caramia, and Adrien Cohen, and I am a current member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in NYC.

I'm a very passionate teacher and I'm excited to begin your musical journey!

*** Lesson Details ***
In addition to a customized lesson plan (dependent on your goals, strengths, weaknesses, and interests) you get introduced to a wide variety of styles and concepts. Some of the things you will do in your musical adventure with me include:

1) Learn classical pieces ranging from short Bach Minuets if you're a beginner, to Chopin Nocturnes and Bach Preludes and Fugues if you're advanced.
2) Learn the "why" behind music... Why does this sound quirky? Where does the musical statement end? What harmony is the composer using?
3) Write your own music. We might take a new concept you learned, and you may compose a song based on it. Or you may have your own ideas, and I'll help you take them to the next level.
4) Learn to improvise and learn how to play some jazz. You will play over blues and learn jazz standards. You will also learn how to play by ear.
5) Learn basic conducting.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home: fully-weighted keyboard, seating for parents, music stands, sheet music, printer (for printing custom handouts), free wi-fi
music studio : fully-weighted keyboard, seating for parents, music stands, sheet music, printer (for printing custom handouts), free wi-fi

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical and jazz, and usually like to incorporate both into lessons at some point, even if the student may have a greater interest in one of these (so you don't have the classical pianist that has never played one note not written in the music or doesn't know how to spell a simple major triad, and you don't have a jazz pianist whose reading skills is not up to par, and has no regard for tone/touch). Typically students not only read classical repertoire (Bach, Beethoven, Bartok, Kabelevsky, etc.) but also learn how to improvise over a blues, read a lead sheet, and figure music out by ear. I'm also comfortable with rock styles.

I also have a lot of experience accompanying (musical theatre, instrumental, vocal...) and I like teaching the student how to follow a soloist. I teach students how to read lead sheets so they can read whatever they may get from a vocalist, and I teach chord theory so that they can easier recognize patterns in music when playing with an instrumentalist or vocalist.

I incorporate composition and theory into lessons, usually in conjunction with whatever piece they are learning (explain what type of chords are in their piece, or explain how they move, or why something may sound discordant or may go somewhere expected, or I may teach them phrases in music just like sentences work in English.) I definitely, however, work with students who are more serious in composition as well and talk about how to develop their pieces, how to create ideas, how to get out of a "writers block," orchestration techniques, encourage them to expand their instrumentation, etc.
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Angela L. August 25, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Erika is the best. She has great sense of music, she made you thinking more than just playing the music on piece of paper! I highly recommend her.
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Angela L. May 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
Erika is pretty nice and professional piano teacher. As a beginner, I have great confidence in growing my piano skill with her.
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Doris U. September 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
She is excelent.I enjoyed her classes
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Belleville, NJ 07109
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About Lothair E.

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New York, NY
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I'm Lothair E, originally from Chicago. I'm a great lover of all music! I've been singing since I was 5 years old. Got my BFA in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University, and have been singing and acting all over the world for the last 27 years. I've worked extensively in Europe.. Germany , the UK, and New Zealand. In the States I've done Off Broadway, and regional theatre. Roles I've played are Papa the Old Steam Train in STARLIGHT EXPRESS 2,976 performances, Sister Mary Hubert in the Original Off Broadway production of NUNSENSE A-MEN, The Voice of the Plant in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS as well as many others. Its important to enjoy the work you are doing. We can have a good laugh while working, but I can also push a little harder when necessary.
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Rebecca C. June 23, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Lothair is an amazing singing teacher! He is kind, dedicated, patient, and extremely talented. I am a beginner and after 5 lessons, I already feel more confident with my singing. He thoroughly explains various vocal exercises and will answer any question you have with a smile :). As a bonus he is also an actor! You will not be dissapointed if you take lessons with Lothair.
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Kyera August 25, 2017
· Singing · Online
Really enjoyed my first lesson. He has an amazing personality. Looking forward to future lessons.
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Sak June 14, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He's my first teacher - I have never learned singing elsewhere before. He says I learn fast, but the truth is that he knows how to give the best exercises and advice to make the student realise one's full potential. Practising while following the advice he pointed out during the lesson, I suddenly found myself near 3-octave range within the first couple of lessons, and now we are working on rounding the tone and make it into a beautiful singing voice. On top of it, he's also very funny and approachable.
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Lothair E.

Lothair E.

New York, NY 10001
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About Monika J.

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Brooklyn, NY
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When music is done right,it transcends language and words. That is one of my favorite quotes. Being able to express yourself through singing is like a religious experience if done right. My passion for music goes beyond the technical aspect, but rather the personal experience, and the personal connection. It is like taking listeners on a journey without visuals but just a melody. That is what I try to instill in my students.

I have a background in opera and gospel singing. I have a degree in music. I also taught children's choir at a public school as well at a church. My goal is to teach students how to maintain and strengthen their voices metaphorically and physically. I have a set lesson plan for students that are offered weekly to students that will help with pitch, rhythm and breathing. Along with the weekly lessons, I teach basi
c music theory as well as some music history to students. Students will learn songs from a set list of songs and will work on their own songs.
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Stephen August 9, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Monika is a great teacher. I've seen a real improvement in only 2 months of lessons! My confidence has improved and friends tell me I sound better when they hear me practicing. Monika puts a lot of thought into her step by step lessons and really cares about choosing the right songs and exercises for her students. She's very organized, well-prepared and reliable.
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Etsy R. June 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Monika is an excellent teacher. She really breaks it down so that you can truly understand why and how you're using your voice. I've seen tremendous improvement with my voice and singing since starting my classes with her.
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Etsy R. June 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Monika is an excellent teacher. She really breaks it down so that you can truly understand why and how you're using your voice. I've seen tremendous improvement with my voice and singing since starting my classes with her.
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Monika J.

Monika J.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Ilha Y.

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About Ilha
Currently a graduate student at NYU for keyboard performance and music composition. (For those interested in composition & arranging, please message me separately). I reside in Jersey City, Grove St. and can travel to anywhere along the PATH. Piano lovers of all levels are welcome (but please note that I only give minimum 45min lessons for intermediate & above). I mix my lessons with solid technical training, basic music theory fit for any musician, and playing your favorite tunes.

I may expect a bit more practice than others around here, but it is because I want to help you become a true musician-- I believe a well-rounded musician means having the solid technical foundation that will allow you to play any piece your heart desires without being obstructed by your wonky fingers, while also being in time with others. In order for your
heart to fully express itself, your body must first do it justice!

It will be well worth all the practice when you suddenly find yourself playing the piece you could've only listened to. You will also discover new kinds of music that you wish you knew before. Join me in our musical journey and let us explore the bright & dark, the joys & tears of the greatest medium of emotional transmission; music!
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Ilha Y.

Ilha Y.

Jersey City, NJ 07302
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About David R.

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New York, NY

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David Rozenblatt has collaborated with some of the finest talents in pop, jazz and classical music. After joining Barry Manilow’s band in 2003, he has appeared to sold out arenas all over the world and recorded Grammy nominated, Emmy winning and chart topping albums and DVDs. David received two Grammy nominations for both the classical and pop genres which include Absolute Ensemble’s Absolution and Manilow’s Gold album In The Swing of Christmas, both featuring The Matt Herskowitz Trio with whom he has traveled the world. The trio’s albums, Forget Me Not and Jerusalem Trilogy were nominated for the Felix and Juno Awards for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year”.
David has worked with Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli, k.d. Lang, Leslie Odom Jr., The Killers, Paul Simon, Usher, Baby Face, Reb
a McEntire, Cindy Lauper, Bette Midler, Donna Summer, Katherine McPhee, Jennifer Hudson, Esperanza Spalding, The Ronettes, Little Anthony, Bobby Womack, Ronnie Wood, Joe Zawinul, Paquito DíRivera, Ornette Coleman, Pierre Boulez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Vladimir Spivakov, Elliot Carter, Will Ferrell and Bill Murray. On Television, David can be seen performing on the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, The 22nd, 24th and 26th Annual Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame, The Emmy Awards, The American Music Awards, VH1, Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, A&E’s Live By Request, PBS’s Soundstage, Good Morning America, The Ellen Show, The Today Show, The Early Show, BBC, and “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” on NBC from which the recording of the show won a Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album” (2018).
David received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School where he became a founding member of the Matt Herskowitz Trio. David officially endorses © Latin Percussion (LP), YAMAHA Drums, Vic Firth sticks.
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David R.

David R.

New York, NY 10019
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About Charlie H.

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Parsippany, NJ
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I have been playing bass for 32 years and guitar for 30. I also am a music teacher at a Catholic school, where I am also responsible for accompanying the school at Mass as well as the school's Christmas and Spring concerts. I play acoustic, electric and classical guitar as well as electric bass. If you want an enjoyable and fun experience while learning to play, then I'm your man.
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Charlie H.

Charlie H.

Parsippany, NJ 07054
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$51 / 30-min

About Jocelyn Z.

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New York, NY

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My musical journey has taken me to venues in Asia, Europe, and North America, such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, and National Sawdust. As a chamber musician and recitalist, I've had the pleasure of working with many classical musicians such as David Finckel, Alan Gilbert, Joseph Kalichstein, Itzhak Perlman, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. I was recently featured on PBS, Good Morning America, and The Today Show, and I've had the honor of playing for dignitaries and celebrities worldwide, including Beyoncé, Joe Biden, Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Spielberg, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Jay Z.

Among various scholarships and awards, I am a recipient of the Tarisio Trust Young Artists Grant, the Juilliard School Career Grant, the National Trustees Grant, the US Embassy Berlin Grant, and the Performing Arts Consortium Grant.

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to the cause of promoting peace through music, I'm the recent founder and director of Concerts for Compassion, an organization benefiting refugees worldwide that has reached over thirty countries. Feel free to read more about it at concertsforcompassion.com

I began my university studies at age fourteen at Belhaven University in pre-medical studies and violin, graduating Cum Laude. I later earned my Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School in 2017.
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Jocelyn Z.

Jocelyn Z.

New York, NY 10023
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$125 / 45-min

About Bryn D.

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New York, NY

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I'm a professional violinist and teacher who has taught violin, viola, and chamber music at New York University and at several schools in Massachusetts. I perform regularly with the Chelsea Symphony, the Handel Festival Orchestra, and Opera Italiana. If you look closely, you can even spot me in the orchestra on the TV series Mozart in the Jungle! I love working with students of all ages and levels to discover your personal musical voice and help you build the technical foundation to support it.
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Bryn D.

Bryn D.

New York, NY 10024
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$50 / 30-min

About Ariel L.

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I am a current student at the Juilliard School and I’ve been majoring in classical violin for the past 7 years. I have many experiences in private teaching as well as group teaching for students of all levels. I have the most experience in teaching students at the age of 10-18 but students of all ages are welcome!
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Ariel L.

Ariel L.

New York, NY 10023
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$42 / 30-min

About Matt H.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Hello and welcome!

My name is Matt and my goal is to create an enjoyable, safe environment for you to learn as effectively as possible. Music is hard work but it is the most fun when you are improving and doing what you want! Having been through years of many types of music lessons, a master's program and worked in music publishing, I know that what is most important it is to have a mentor who is thoughtful and open to honest conversations about goals, needs, and interests--- someone who invests and goes the extra mile to help you succeed--- someone who inspires and challenges you. This focused, collaborative approach to education is rare but of utmost importance to my style.

I'm first and foremost a composer with interest in using these skills to encourage you to discover and achieve your goals in composition, theory, or beginn
ing piano: additionally I'm in the very beginning stages of developing these ideas into a mobile/web application to further encourage consistent learning habits outside of lessons.

I look forward to meeting with you!
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Matt H.

Matt H.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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