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About Blythe Q.

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Plainsboro, NJ

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About Blythe
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.

***Answers to Common Questions***

I teach in my studio in Plainsboro, NJ. I do not offer in-home lessons because I am not able to fit all my students into my schedule if I have to account for driving time. I am currently available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 pm to 4:30pm and on Fridays from 3 pm to 4:15 pm.

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.

***About Me***

I grew up in sout
heast 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 study, 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 thirty 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, and our adorable dog, Pixel, in Plainsboro, NJ. I love to knit and crochet when I'm not teaching or performing.

*** 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.

Instruments and Maintenance

Piano students must have a well-maintained grand or upright piano which is tuned every six months. It is the responsibility of the student/parent to arrange tunings and repairs for their instrument at the suggestion of the teacher. Once you have registered for lessons, please contact the teacher for information on purchasing or renting a piano, and resources for tuning your piano.

Violin students must have a well-maintained violin. It is the responsibility of the student/parent to arrange repairs as suggested by the teacher. Such repairs include but are not limited to: new strings (which shall be installed by the teacher), bridge replacement (which must be done by a trained luthier, or violin maker), and re-hairing of the bow (also done by a trained luthier). Once you have registered for lessons, please contact the teacher for information on purchasing or renting a violin. Lessons will include instruction on tuning and instrument care.

Voice lessons will include information on achieving and maintaining good vocal health. In some cases, the teacher may recommend that the student contact a vocal health expert or a physician. It is the responsibility of the student/parent to arrange an appointment at the teacher’s suggestion.

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.
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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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Samyuktha V. April 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very Knowledgeable. ..
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Blythe Q.

Blythe Q.

Plainsboro, NJ 08536
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About Vincent T.

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West Long Branch, NJ
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I have taught for 18 years, giving both private and group lessons. I am a professional musician, having played in numerous bands, recorded and played shows. I have taugh all ages, and all elvels, and all styles. I play a number of instruments including piano, guitar, bass, violin, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica, in addition to writing and singing. I took private lessons for over 10 years, and also studied music in both high school and college.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect to be treated with respect, and have a lesson tailored around their abilities, interests, and amount of practice time. I make the lessons fun but also informative. I try to get to know my students so that they feel comfortable. I am laid back, but also determined that a student practice well, and learn not only the instrument but music fundamentals a
s well. I try to show students that learning music is a lifelong pursuit that can provide all types of fun and personal fulfillment, in addition to being a potential career and social outlet. After 3-6 months, the student will be playing songs, good ones, not just scales. They will also have learned basics, such as chords and scales, as well as sight reading.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement converted into music studio with instruments, and piano and keyboard. Parents can sit in on lessons. Street parking available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all lesson materials, listening examples, and, on occassion, an instrument. I often use my laptop to play songs and tutorials for students (who don't buy records like we did in the old days.) Generally, students must provide instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I tailor my lessons based on three factors: a student's interests, their ability, and their amount of practice time. I do not use a cookie cutter method of teaching because each student is different. I have studied, formally and informally, rock, pop, blues, jazz and classical. My specialties are rock and blues. On occasion, I will use method books, such as the Schirmer books for piano, but only if the student clearly seems to benefiting from them.
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Vincent T.

Vincent T.

West Long Branch, NJ 07764
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$25 / 30-min

About Julie G.

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Seaside Park, NJ
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About Julie
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.

West Long Branch, NJ 07764
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About Noah B.

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Princeton, NJ
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I am extremely passionate about both music and education, and it gives me great joy to be able to share excitement for and knowledge of music with my students. I have been studying violin since I was 4 years old and it has always been a central part of my life. I have a strong background in both music and education. I am conservatory trained having received a BFA in Violin Performance from Carnegie Mellon University with an additional major in Physics. I am comfortable teaching all levels from total beginners to advanced students playing Paganinni and major concertos. I have been teaching violin for 4 years, and I also have experience teaching Physics in public schools and a Masters in Education from TCNJ. I offer studio recitals twice a year for all my students, which are valuable opportunities for my students to experience performan
ce and share their music with each other. I enjoy music of all styles and in addition to classical music I play rock and jazz. I collaborate frequently with Trenton based rock artist Roy Orbitron.

For beginning students I start with Suzuki books until about book 5 and then begin to branch out into other repertoire. I also incorporate etudes by Dancla, Wohlfahrt, and Sevcik. I teach students to read music as well as basic theory and ear training. I also incorporate playing by ear and improvisation. These are important skills which help students develop into flexible and well rounded musicians.

I am happy to teach any piece in any style that the student wants to learn. Students do much better work and can learn much more when they are excited about the music they are playing. In addition, I can also help students prepare for auditions, competitions, or or to prepare orchestra music.
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Tania S. December 23, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Very good instructions. Knows his stuff. Would definitely use again, daughter just wanted a break.
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Alvina September 5, 2016
· Violin · In home
Noah has been teaching my 11 year old boys for almost two years. I initially chose him due to his proximity to my house. We have since moved, but we continue to travel 1.5 hrs round-trip to Princeton because of his patient and kind demeanor.

He also motivates his students by recognizing and praising their hard work and accomplishments no matter how big or small. I have seen my kids' skills improve drastically under his tutelage.

When Noah teaches, it is very obvious that he loves the violin and that he is eager to impart his love and knowledge of the violin to his students. He's an extremely gifted violinist and teacher.
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Rochelle C. March 29, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Teaching skills are marvelous.
A pleasure to spend the hour with.
He is a very talented musician.
I am thrilled to have found him.
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Noah B.

Noah B.

Princeton, NJ 08540
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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 Matt L.

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Jackson, NJ
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I attended West Chester University from 2011-2015 and graduated with my bachleor's in music education. I performed in the marching band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, jazz ensembles, various trumpet ensembles, and a brass quintet. One of my trumpet ensembles made it to the semifinals in the National Trumpet Competition. I backed up various world famous trumpet artists during the International Trumpet Guild Conference at Valley Forge in 2014 such as Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Tine Thing Helseth, Canadian Brass, and many others. I took lessons from Robert Skoniczin and Jean Christophe Dobrzelewski during my time at WCU.

I can teach any style that you are interested in and can take students of all ages. I believe it is important to have a good musical foundation so we will go over music theory as well in lessons. I have extensive experie
nce teaching trumpet, guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, and saxophone. We will play whichever style of music you prefer. Lessons will be fun!
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Andrew R. July 10, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Matt is very patient with my 6 year old. He is always always on time, and flexible with scheduling around what works best for our family.
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Lou May 2, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Matt is great! Patient and knowledgeable! I'm learning pretty quickly!
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Dario D. March 24, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
He was amazing!! My son loved him. He's very patient and very sweet to boot. Dario can't wait until his next lesson.
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Matt L.

Jackson, NJ 08527
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About Amy V.

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Toms River, NJ

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Hi! I'm Amy Gruber. 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, private voice instructions and piano fundamentals 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.

Toms River, NJ 08753
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$25 / 15-min

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Currently residing in New Jersey, Hannah graduated in 2017 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Music and English and a minor in Information Systems. As she prepares for graduate school auditions, she has enjoyed having more time to teach.

At UNC, Hannah was principal cellist of the UNC Symphony Orchestra, performing the fourth movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto as a winner of the UNC Concerto Competition. Hannah was also a member of the UNC Baroque Ensemble and various other chamber ensembles. An active chamber musician, Hannah has performed in the UNC Pleyel Celebration Concert, as well as the University Day Processional. She has also performed in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival. In the spring of 2
016, she spent the semester in Vienna, Austria, studying chamber music and cello performance with Josef Luitz, former professor at Die Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien.

Hannah has performed in masterclasses for several major pedagogues including Gil Shaham, Johannes Moser, The Pacifica Quartet, Anne Martindale Williams, and Michael Haber. Hannah currently studies with Jonathan Spitz. Former teachers include Brent Wissick, Nancy Green, Josef Luitz, and David Szepessy.

An active teacher, Hannah has taught private lessons since she was a junior in high school. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.
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Michael October 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
My son loved his lessons with Hannah! She was very patient and relaxed, yet kept him on track during lessons. Would highly recommend as a teacher.
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Hannah L.

Plainsboro, NJ 08536
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Neptune, NJ

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About me: I grew up in a musical family and was influenced early on by my musician father. I discovered my love of drums and percussion as a young 8-year-old boy at my first concert, The Doobie Brothers (my mother’s cousin was the late, great drummer Keith Knudsen). Beginning in high school, I played in various bands before co-founding the NJ cover band The Benjamins. I had a successful 17-year run, playing thousands of shows, weddings and events.

My formal education began with private lessons in grade school, and continued through high school where I was part of the marching, concert and jazz bands. After high school, I took my love of music and applied it to my interest in engineering. I attended the Institute of Audio Research in New York City and graduated with a degree in Recording, Engineering and Production.
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Jeremy M.

Jeremy M.

Neptune, NJ 07753
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$42 / 45-min

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Do both boys and girls experience voice breaks and cracks as they learn to sing? Find out in this guest post by Ocala, CA teacher Angie Q....   One common question I get asked by my students is: Do both girls and boy students go through a vocal change? The answer is yes. I have been teaching voice lessons to both boys and girls (of all ages) for more than 15 years. Here's how it breaks down: Boys Boy voices start to change during the first stages of puberty and can progres
Your Vocal Music Binder | How to Organize Your Sheet Music
Is your music binder a mess? Here are some tips from New York, NY voice teacher Chelsea F. for keeping things organized...   Imagine you are gathering your go-to items for your audition or lesson when you grab your binder filled with every piece of vocal sheet music you have ever owned, and suddenly the binder slips from your hands. In a split-second all your music flies into the air and is now scattered and disorganized all over the floor... That's a sure sign it's time to get

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