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Ian S.

Jersey City, NJ 07302

(38)

Private Piano Teacher

I have been playing piano for 30 years, and teaching it for nearly 10 years. I have experience teaching all ages, as young as 3 years old. You will learn all of the skills, techniques, and theory required to become a great piano player in any genre!

About Ian

A lifelong musician and songwriter, Ian S. has extensive experience teaching guitar and piano to students age 3 and up both as a private music instructor and as a staff music instructor at the Institute of Music for Children. With 28 years of experience on the guitar and 32 years on piano, Ian has studied and performed with several award-winning music artists, and has written, recorded, and produced over one hundred songs. He plays and teaches a variety of styles on both the guitar and the piano, from classical to jazz to rock. Ian is patient, friendly, and loves sharing the gift of music.

Ian was the guitarist in the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble for 3 seasons, was selected from a nationwide pool of musicians to perform at a special music event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and was the recipient of the New Jersey Gove

rnor's Award in Arts Education for the category of Instrumental Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very laid back and friendly, and I want you or your child to be as comfortable as possible during our lessons. You or your child will develop confidence and musical intelligence. I will make your lessons fun, enjoyable, and effective. Boredom is not an option! Music is fun... let's keep it that way.

The teaching methods I use will be custom-tailored to your individual needs, personality and specific musical goals. If it's guitar or piano you want to learn, I want to get you playing exactly what you want to be playing as soon as possible. That's what you're here for, and that's what I'm here for. I will make it happen. If it's songwriting that you want to learn, I will help you access that place inside of you that is dying to express itself creatively, and will teach you techniques to harness that energy and translate it successfully into musical expression.

You can expect to learn all the basics of music theory, proper playing techniques, improvisation and spontaneous musical expression, and I will help you develop your "ear" so you can figure out songs you like just by listening to them. This is all about you and your goals, and I want you to achieve them in a fun and engaging way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: Upright piano, guitars, amps, keyboard, percussion

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, fingerstyle (guitar), etc. I also teach improvisation and songwriting, and try to develop the student's ear for figuring out songs they like on their own.
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October 14, 2019
Xiaoqi
Ian is fantastic teacher. He was so patient with my toddler daughter. And when she became fuzzy during the class, Ian could be so creative to always come out with a way to calm her down and redirect her attention to other musical things. I would love him to be my daughter’s music teacher for as long as possible if I did not have to move.
October 12, 2019
laura R.
Ian is very knowledgeable and is great in explaining theory and great in demonstrating so you can understand.
September 6, 2019
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Ian S.

Jersey City, NJ

(38)

Christina M.

Haskell, NJ 07420

(6)

Private Piano Teacher
About Christina

Greetings! My name is Christina and I am a recent Rutgers University graduate with a double major in both music and economics. I have had over 12 years of private training in piano, with additional experience in violin, orchestra, choir and various performance-related events. Over the years I have studied with numerous pianists and incorporated many different methods and techniques that have greatly influenced my own teaching. I have been teaching music lessons to both children and adults since high school, and am comfortable teaching any age. I do believe that a solid foundation in any instrument begins with music theory, and it is something I incorporate little by little into each lesson; however, it is very important to me that the learning process be enjoyable, and I strive to make each lesson as fun, inspiring, and exciting as p

ossible!

*** Lesson Details ***
Curricular rigor is chosen to fit the needs of each individual student, depending on whether the student is preparing for the challenges of a conservatory, or simply learning for recreational needs.
For beginners, I often refer to both the Faber and Music Tree curriculum. However, I am flexible and open to requests from students, since my goal is for students to learn, advance and enjoy the overall experience.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home studio--- upright kawai

second studio---travel from home

room for parents to sit

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard provided.
Student is expected to provide a piano

*** Specialties ***
Focus is primarily on Classical Piano and Music Theory.
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September 21, 2016
Lisa V.
I had a great experience for my first lesson with Christina. She is very patient and makes the learning experience very easy. I highly recommend her.
September 16, 2016
Laura S.
My 5 year old daughter left her first piano lesson with Christina excited and motivated to learn how to play!! I couldn't be happier!!
August 19, 2016
Isabella
Christina does a great job and my daughter really looks forward to her lessons!

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Christina M.

Haskell, NJ

(6)

Erica S.

Boonton, NJ 07005

(6)

Private Piano Teacher

Receive a well-rounded, creative piano education from a teacher who has a wide variety of musical experience! Whether it's about learning the basics of the instrument, learning and appreciating classical repertoire, exploring improvisation, learning the theory (the "Why" and "How" about music), or getting immersed in composition, I can guide you through the process and help you enjoy and appreciate music on many levels that you may have not thought of before! I've been teaching piano since 2004, and currently have a total of about 35 students of a wide variety of ages, levels, and focuses (classical, jazz, theory, composition, etc.)

While the focus may be piano, I like to try to immerse you in related fields (such as improvisation, composition, and theory) as well, as they all enhance your knowledge of music and feed back into understanding piano on a deeper level. For example, understanding the harmony behind a piece on a theoretical level ("What did the composer do here?") can ...

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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August 25, 2017
Angela L.
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.
May 20, 2017
Angela L.
Erika is pretty nice and professional piano teacher. As a beginner, I have great confidence in growing my piano skill with her.
September 25, 2015
Doris U.
She is excelent.I enjoyed her classes

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Erica S.

Boonton, NJ

(6)

Desmond M.

Bronx, NY 10475

(11)

Private Piano Teacher

Help with technique, sight-reading, playing by ear and building repertoire

About Dr. Desmond

I have a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. I am also certified by the State of New York to teach vocal and instrumental music from K-12. I have more than 10 years of professional international performing and teaching experience. I have had students win awards in music festivals even shortly after working with them. I have worked with ages 5-90 as well as students with special needs. My lessons are planned, thorough and fun. If you are looking for results, I am the teacher for you. I will refer you to another teacher if I can't help you.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons include exercises, repertoire building, sight-reading/music theory and intonation help.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano Keyboard
Djembe
Acoustic/Electric Bass Guitar
Acoustic/Electric Classical Guitar
Digital Audio Workstation
Microphones
Mic Stands

*** Speci

alties ***
I specialize in technique, repertoire building, sight-reading/music theory, improvement of intonation, and audition and contest preparation.
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April 10, 2019
Tanesha
Dr. Desmond was a really great instructor! He was very kind and patient with me, he was able to teach me at ability level. He encouraged me to believe in myself and to practice in order to become a better player. He made me feel comfortable and and gave be positive reinforcements when I was doing well as well as positive constructive criticism when I was slacking. I look forward to continuing my courses with Dr. Desmond, I would recommend him to any one interested in learning how to play any instrument.
November 30, 2018
Raul
Had a really good lesson. Dr. Desmond helped me with my technique (which definitely needs work). Had instant impact on the quality of sound I was producing. I would call it an eye-opening experience
May 20, 2017
Roy F Williams
I'm new at playing the guitar and don't learn to fast. His patients with me was incredible. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.

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Desmond M.

Bronx, NY

(11)

Yoon Jae L.

New York, NY 10018

(18)

Private Piano Teacher

I am a certified Steinway education partner with over 14 years of teaching experience. I specialize in teaching students who already play the instrument and wish to get a more in-depth experience with piano literature by learning new repertoire and building technique. For all my students, I emphasize the importance of practicing efficiently while developing critical listening skills. I am very patient and encouraging and I also teach adult beginners.

About Yoon Jae

I am a highly-skilled professional musician certified as a certified Steinway education partner with over 14 years of teaching experience. I offer lessons in classical piano, violin, viola, conducting, arranging/orchestration as well as private tutoring in ear training and theory.

My main instrument is piano and I specialize in teaching students who already play the instrument and wish to get a more in-depth experience with piano literature by learning new repertoire and developing their technique. I also teach adult beginners and young beginners whose parents have a dedicated commitment to having their children make music an integral part of their education. For all my students, I emphasize the importance of practicing efficiently and developing critical listening skills. This encourages consistent improvement and whatever your perso

nal piano goals and skill levels are, I will help you improve and enjoy playing the piano more. I am very patient, encouraging and supportive of your desire to play the piano better. In addition to piano, I teach beginner and intermediate violin and viola students.

I encourage all my students to perform once or twice a year but this is entirely optional and based on the student's comfort level.

I am available and willing to travel to your home for an extra fee as long as public transportation is available.
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September 13, 2018
saleena
Yoon Jae took my requests very much to heart and outlined a system of study which would help me get to the next level. He is very thorough, caring and professional. Also very pleasant to talk to. I highly recommend this excellent teacher!
August 19, 2017
Carol L.
Yoon Jae is a great instructor. He teaches me the proper way to practice and correct my bad habits. He is very patient and professional.
May 6, 2017
Grant
I'm so glad I ended up with Yoon Jae for my very first violin lesson. He took me through the first steps - as basic as holding the violin - really carefully and not at all condescendingly, even though I'm an adult who never even learned to read music. In fact, he couldn't have been more patient. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to learn violin in a supportive atmosphere!

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Yoon Jae L.

New York, NY

(18)

Matthew J.

New York, NY 10019

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Private Piano Teacher

Experienced teacher and performer, knowledgeable in various aspects of music from french horn, piano, music theory, history, and performance practices. Emphasizing on tailoring a curriculum suited for each individual student, growth and learning will be a fun and exciting process that helps establish fundamentals, nurture creative expression, and enjoy making music!

About Matthew

Experienced teacher and performer, knowledgeable in various aspects of music from french horn, piano, music theory, history, and performance practices. Emphasizing on tailoring a curriculum suited for each individual student, growth and learning will be a fun and exciting process that helps establish fundamentals, nurture creative expression, and enjoy making music!

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New York, NY

Kayla F.

Bronx, NY 10465

(2)

Private Piano Teacher

Students will learn to read music, proper piano fingering, scales, and will gradually begin playing simple favorites.

About Kayla

Hello!
Thanks so much for visiting my profile :)
My name is Kayla, I'm an operatic mezzo-soprano with performance degrees from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and the Royal Academy of Music in London.
I have been performing for over a decade and have appeared in operas, musicals, and concerts in the NYC area and internationally.
In addition to voice and audition prep, I also teach guitar, piano, and song writing.
I am an alumna of LaGuardia High School of the Arts and would be happy to help any student looking into auditioning there or preparing for NYSSMA.
While opera is my specialism and I love teaching students to sing in new languages, I also sing and teach in a variety of styles including musical theatre, indie rock, and jazz. A student can bring any type of music into a lesson and we will have you singing

it with ease in no time! Whether you're looking to learn to sing in any style, get acquainted with the piano, strum along to your favorite songs, or improve your ear, I'm here to help! I want to give each student the same positive experience that I've had with music.
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December 9, 2016
Ian J.
One of the most talented teachers and singers I've ever worked with! Kayla is so knowledgeable in every aspect of singing: technique, interpretation, or fiction! She's helped me prepare for roles and work on my repertoire multiple times, always making me feel so much better afterwards! You could not pick a better or nicer teacher!
December 9, 2016
Lynn
Kayla is a warm, friendly, nurturing young lady. Her training and knowledge of opera is evident in her voice. Kayla makes an effort to enhance a students natural voice and build confidence.

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Kayla F.

Bronx, NY

(2)

Guy M.

Brooklyn, NY 11226


Private Piano Teacher

I am a professional pianist with a degree in Jazz Performance and over 13 years of experience in classical piano. I'm very experienced working with children as I've spent nearly two years teaching music in a social project entitled 'Sulamot', designed to bring musical education to children of all ages in low-income areas.

I teach students of all levels, from beginners with no former education in piano/music, to musicians looking for prep-work for college auditions, as I was the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship for my bachelor's degree.

About Guy

I am a professional pianist with a degree in Jazz Performance and over 13 years of experience in classical piano. I'm very experienced working with children as I've spent nearly two years teaching music in a social project entitled 'Sulamot', designed to bring musical education to children of all ages in low-income areas.

I teach students of all levels, from beginners with no former education in piano/music, to musicians looking for prep-work for college auditions, as I was the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship for my bachelor's degree.

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Guy M.

Brooklyn, NY

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