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Staten Island, NY

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I am an experienced music teacher for over 20 years who teaches students of all levels and ages. I structure my instrument lessons around what the student wants to learn and at the same time build a solid foundation in music theory. I find one really does help the other in the student's grow and development.

About Paul
I have been teaching music for about 22 years mostly on the guitar but I also give lessons on the bass, piano, and ukelele. I give lessons to beginners of all ages. If you want to learn and have fun I am ready for your lesson. In addition to teaching I have played in various local original and cover bands as well as musical productions. I enjoy the challenge every student brings.

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I structure my lessons with a focus on learning to read and play music but I also like to teach a student what interests them as well. I think learning to read music is very important and it aides in the students development of their own musical personality. Early on the student will also learn songs or stlyes that interest them so its not just work but also play.

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I provide books and various other t
hings (e.g. picks, music stands, metronomes, etc... at students expense) if asked. Student should provide instrument

*** Specialties ***
beginner on all instruments and rock guitar.
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Henry November 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
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Barbara October 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Paul is a great instructor! My daughter really enjoys her piano lessons.
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Kenneth July 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have been struggling to learn how to play for 35 years and never could find the right instructor for "Me". I have come to the conclusion that I will never play the piano so I have given up on my dream. I felt this was a big let down in my life and I couldn't let myself down by giving up. So I started a search again for an Instructor that will be good for me. My search online took me to takelessons and I was connected with Paul.

I thought, "What do I have to lose, nothing". So I signed up and I have to say after meeting Paul and taking, now 3 lessons, I find that I finally found the instructor for me.

Paul is very attentive to my learning needs and is very accommodating in adopting his teaching style to fit my learning style. I am a slow learner, as well as, a sight learner (in other words, I have to see what one is explaining for me to understand) Paul has taken his time with me to show and explain everything to me.

Paul encourages me to ask questions and he will take the time to answer any question that I have and if I don't understand, Paul will explain it differently to me until I understand. Paul has a vast knowledge in music, Piano and other instruments which is very reassuring to me.

I know I have made the right decision to take my lessons with Paul. I have to say, I will finally be able to achieve a dream of mine that I have had for the past 35 year, and it's all thanks to Paul.

Thank you so much, Paul!!!
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Paul M.

Paul M.

Staten Island, NY 10314
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About John A.

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Staten Island, NY
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About John
Meet Musician John A:

• Over 40 years of experience as a professional musician
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• Performed and held jam sessions with many groups and artists. Most
notably Steve Augeri(Journey), Frank Infante(Blondie guitarist
and founding member), and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Studied with guitar greats Carl Barry and Billy Newman
• Now accepting beginner to intermediate level students.
• Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Gospel/Christian, Fingerstyle, R+B, and more!
• Acoustic and Electric Guitar
• Learn chords, lead guitar solos, read music, play your favorite songs and more!

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My personality and teaching style is friendly and laid back. I am very patient
and encouraging towards my students. After all, learning to play guitar should be fun, right?? I have enough knowledge and experience to turn you into a pro level guitarist! But even if your goal is just to learn your favorite songs, play in a band just for fun, or maybe to play guitar on the worship team at church, I can help you do that!! Have you been playing for a while, but are in a major rut, and you want to take your guitar playing to the next level?, I am here to help! I use a combination of method books and lessons especially made for YOU AND YOUR NEEDS!, Stop saying "I wish I could play guitar"and let me help you turn your dreams into reality!!
"You can do it!!!
John A

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I bring my guitar, music stand, and a small amp( if student doesn't have one) The student must have their own guitar, and is responsible for purchasing any books or study aids used during the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Jazz, Pop, Classical/Fingerstyle,Gospel/Contemporary Christian, R+B Ethnic music, and more.
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John G. October 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home
He's a really great guy. Really liked his lessons, he's great at the guitar, and really smart about helping you to understand the fundamentals and really build a solid base upon which to grow as a guitar player. Unfortunately, I had to move away from Staten Island to Brooklyn, so I had to discontinue lessons, otherwise I definitely would have continued with him.
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Anthony Russo March 14, 2016
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Best guitar teacher out there, Period! John A literally transformed my guitar playing, John does not give, generic, one size fits all lessons. John prepares custom made lessons for all his students, and Always goes the e,straight mile for me. I have have had many teachers, Jphn is by far the best, and truly cares a bout his students. Thanks John A !
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Paul February 11, 2016
· Guitar · In home
John is very professional. He's got my 8 year old beginner loving the guitar. He is thoughtful and is looking forward to teaching my son ever time he arrives. Great job John thx
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John A.

John A.

Staten Island, NY 10306
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About Olivia D.

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Allenhurst, NJ

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Music Theory is an essential part of understand music. I studied Music Theory in high school as well as at a conservatory in Puerto Rico and in college at Berklee College of Music.

About Olivia
I love to create. The way I'm most comfortable creating is through writing; whether it's a song, a short story, a poem or a script. Writing has always been the bass line in my life; the heartbeat.

Music and film are both passions of mine. I graduated from Berklee College of Music where I studied Songwriting and Music Therapy. I was pushed to my absolute limits lyrically and musically within these majors, and I am so grateful for it now that I'm on my own creative journey.

I have a great deal of experience, but I am also still learning. I think it is very important as a teacher to always be learning, especially through their students. Teaching these lessons is, of course, about progress and advancement - but also about enjoyment, confidence building and positive encouragement.
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Liz N. December 6, 2013
· Singing ·
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Finding Olivia was no coincidence.My 11 year old daughter is so psyched when she has her lessons!
It is in Liv's home,just a 10 minute ride from where we live,it's warm,safe,and filled with talent.
The passion of music is everywhere you look,Daphne and Olivia are
Ike old souls that just jive together perfectly.
Daphne has gained confidence,a mentor,and a ton of fun,
I thought Daphne was on a short lived path,as kids often jump from one idea to the next,but I believe singing is something she will definitely peruse.
I am so pleased with Take Lessons and especially Olivia.
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Melissa H. December 5, 2013
· Guitar ·
Wonderful!

She is very patient, organized, and makes things fun. She cares very much about what I personally want out of the lessons, and makes steady progress at a very natural pace.
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Olivia D.

Olivia D.

Allenhurst, NJ 07711
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About Mike B.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I love music theory, and am always psyched to share my knowledge with anyone interested in learning.
I have a deep knowledge of jazz theory, which I find most useful as it can be applied to almost any western music. I also have a strong background in classical theory.

About Mike
I'm Mike, and I'm thrilled to be part of the TakeLessons team. I first picked up the guitar at the age of 5, and have never looked back! I began formal Jazz training in high school and continued studying guitar and composition at Oberlin College and Wesleyan University. After graduating, I played Organ Trio and small combo jazz in LA, studied Brazilian and African percussion, and went to Japan to study Shamisen and Taiko drumming. I've been playing in various groups since arriving in NYC in 2005, and have recently been working on engineering and composing for film.

My strength lies in my versatility - I love music of all kinds. Whether it's Soul, Samba, or Salsa, Rock, Pop or Hip Hop, I am very good at communicating the mechanics of music so that my students not only learn to play, but learn to listen and write. I have a studio space i
n Manhattan as well as a small mixing studio in my Brooklyn apartment, and I'm happy to show students the ins and outs of recording along with theory and guitar technique.

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Music is fun!!! I strive for all my students to enjoy themselves, to have a great time learning about the world of music.
I use a song-based approach to guitar playing. Armed with just a small vocabulary of chords, you can play hundreds of great songs. My students will determine the course of their lesson plan by selecting songs they want to learn. While maintaining proper technique and effective practice methods, we will learn the fundamentals of the guitar by playing the music that we love. After 6 months, you will know all the basic chords, and the fundamentals of playing a solo. As lessons progress, you also learn song structure and some basic harmonic theory so you can begin creating on your own.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide his or her own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, ear training, songwriting, theory
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Truman C. September 21, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son had a great time! Mike was friendly and made it fun for him to get comfortable on the guitar.
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Harry S. February 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
He was very helpful. Great for beginners!!!!
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Orinthia Swindell June 28, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I had my first guitar lesson today and it was everything that I imagined it would be. Mike was very patient, kind and encouraging. Just what a first time student would want and need!
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Brooklyn, NY 11205
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About Laura K.

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New York, NY
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Whether you need tutoring for a class or a basic explanation of the nuts and bolts of music!

About Laura
Music is definitely the universal language, and there isn't a genre I don't love; it's important to me that that aspect be brought to lessons, as well! From humble New Jersey beginnings to an opera career, I've seen the power of what music can do!

Whether it's opera, musical theater, folk, rock, or just public speaking, anything YOU love to do, I would love to teach you! Having taught all ages and levels, from first graders to adults, from someone who's never sung a note in his or her life to semi-professionals, I cater my lessons to what YOU as a student need and are interested in.

Lessons shouldn't be a chore - I like to foster an environment you look forward to being a part of! I also think that music, like any sport, is hard work, and takes seriously practice; even hobbies take concentration and application! I understand and can
work with many schedules and work loads, but I expect my students to put at least half the effort into their lessons that I do!
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Megan October 15, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Laura is a great teacher! Her lessons are fun and super helpful. Would definitely recommend.
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Mimi October 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Laura is a wonderful voice instructor! You can tell that she is very knowledgeable about music and voice overall. She makes my lessons very fun, but also informative at the same time. They are not just technical lessons about how to sing. Laura incorporates different teaching styles to accommodate her students' way of learning, and also works with you on the style of music you prefer. The only thing I hope for more of out of my lessons is to have more time singing, but I am a beginner and Laura makes sure you strengthen your foundations first in order to support your voice!
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Annika October 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Laura is absolutely fantastic! She will work with you on your singing voice from the ground up. As someone coming in with a bit of singing experience already, it is SO GREAT to revisit the basics, and to work with someone who is so invested in helping you find the healthiest version of your voice. I am looking forward to taking more lessons with her!
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Laura K.

Laura K.

New York, NY 10036
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About Kathryn C.

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Staten Island, NY

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I've been giving Music Theory lessons for 7 years now. Each year, I see my students improve and blossom into wonderful performers. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Kathryn
Hi, there! My name is Katie and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since September 2010 and have loved helping my students with test preparation, daily assignments, and projects. I generate exercises to enhance the understanding of the curriculum and work with students to overcome various learning disabilities. I went to Curtis High School and earned an Advanced Regents High School Diploma in 2010. In 2015, I earned my union status in SAG-AFTRA. I'm an outgoing and friendly person and my teaching style is easygoing, understandable, and successful. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Rebecca November 11, 2017
· Algebra 1 · Online
She’s great! Really helped me pass my test!
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Staten Island, NY 10305
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About Kate G.

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Theory and ear training lessons are great for instrumentalists - including voice - as well as those that have never played an instrument (spoiler alert: you'll end up learning a little piano or another instrument in the process!)

Anything that is learned "theoretically" is most useful if you understand it aurally - so that you you become free to improvise or compose with it - so every theory lesson is simultaneously an ear training lesson.

Beginners typically start with simple songs, basic tonality and chord functions/scales, basic rhythm/meter, and advanced students work on things like interval training, singing atonal melodies, hearing chords with 5 or more notes, advanced chord progressions, non-western music theory/aural skills, polyrhythms, analyzing any crazy music they are often interested in, etc. At every level, we connect what we're working on with music we're listening to and explore: what exactly is going on in this music?

About Kate
Originally from Buffalo, drummer/composer/improviser Kate Gentile has played and recorded with a panoply of renowned musicians since moving to NYC in 2011.

Kate has played with Anthony Braxton, Dustin Carlson, Andrew D'Angelo, Kris Davis, Marty Ehrlich, Michael Formanek, Ben Gerstein, Jon Irabagon, Chris Lightcap, Terry McManus, Matt Mitchell, Helado Negro, Ted Reichman, Chris Speed, and the Asphalt Orchestra, and has recorded with Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies and David Aaron's Flip City.

"...[G.'s] inventive drumming...eads the listener into a gentle place." -Step Tempest

"[G.'s] drum work on this [Fortune Songs] is exquisite." -“Bird Is The Worm

In addition to being a frequently used sideman and collaborator, Kate also leads bands exploring her own music, which often tend towards dense, long-form compositions with
unconventional rhythms and harmony. Her music has been described as "...hyper-detailed...designed to spur multi-faceted improvisation". Her most recently formed trio with pianist Matt Mitchell deals with a new book of compositions containing varied forms and harmonic and rhythmic structures that demand a spectrum of improvisational creativity.

Kate holds a dual degree in Jazz Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Kate has also studied independently with a host of great drummers, improvisers, and composers, including Dan Weiss, Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, Marc Ducret, Miles Okazaki, and John Riley.

Kate has enjoyed teaching drum lessons independently for 10 years and has taught at the NYSMF summer jazz program and several schools.
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Martin June 1, 2016
· Drum · In home
Terrific lesson. Kate is sensitive, talented and knows how to teach. A real pleasure to work with her.
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Maya October 12, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Kate Gentile was my drum instructor at a summer jazz program. She was a fantastic teacher with loads of helpful tips all geared towards improving my skills on the drum set. I would definitely recommend her to anyone look for a knowledgable and enthusiastic teacher!
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Tom August 25, 2015
· Drum · In home
Kate is an energetic and passionate educator and forward thinking musician. I greatly enjoyed the time I spent studying with her because it was obvious she cared about sharing her love for music and helping me on my personal path as an improviser. The drive and dedication she brings to her teaching is inspiring.
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Kate G.

Brooklyn, NY 11225
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About Kelley B.

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New York, NY
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I have studies Music Theory for many years, and through our lessons together I will teach you to look at pieces of music through many different lenses, analyze the structures and harmonies, and apply it to your musical life

About Kelley
New York based flutist, Kelley, has performed in notable New York venues including 54 Below, Joe's Pub, and Birdland. She has also performed throughout the United States as well as in Italy and Southeast Asia. Ms. B. received her second Masters Degree in Contemporary Performance at Manhattan School of Music studying with Dr. Tara O’Connor. She received her Bachelors and first Masters from Lynn University Conservatory of Music and studied with Jeffery Khaner and Renee Siebert. Kelley has performed with notable New York based ensembles such Tactus, STARK RAVING, Shouthouse ensemble, and the New York Symphonietta. She cofounded the Lynn University New Music Ensemble, participated in Cortona Sessions for New Music, and the 2012 Vanguard Contemporary Music Festival. In addition Ms. B. has performed with the Palm Beach Symphony, Symphony of the
Americas, and the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra.
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Herb B. March 20, 2017
· Flute · In home
Kelly is knowledgeable and patient with me and that is just the way I need to be taught. She is very helpful and has shown me things no other instructor has. I like her method and plan to continue with her.
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Qixiao M. March 7, 2017
· Flute · In home
Kelly is a very patient and very helpful teacher, feeling so happy to learn with her: )
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Truman G. February 7, 2017
· Flute · In home
Kelley's great! Patient and thorough with our eleven-year-old son. I'd recommend her without reservation.
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Kelley B.

New York, NY 10028
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About Abdulrahman A.

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Based on student level I will take you through all of vital theory. Ranging from reading music-counterpoint as well as 4 part harmony. I am very experienced with theory so all levels welcome.

About Abdulrahman
Beginning his studies of the trombone in middle school, Abdulrahman has been on a journey only the trombone can bring you on. His first introductions to music were purely classical, and with the guidance of his first mentor, Met Trombonist Weston Sprott, he was able to graduate from the Juilliard Map program into the Juilliard Pre-College program. Abdulrahman continued
his studies at Juilliard for one last year, studying with Met trombonist Damian Austin, and started taking a new direction with the trombone. As a sophomore at La Guardia high school for the arts and performing arts, Abdulrahman took his first swim in the pool of Jazz under the direction of Kevin Blancq, the current jazz director at La Guardia. Being exposed to artists such as Urbie Green and Bob Brookmeyer began to drive Abdulrahman Amer into a new world known as the worl
d of improvisation. Self-taught, he was driven by friends to learn standards and allow his true artistry to come out in the medium of sound.

As a senior in high school, he attended the Manhattan School of music Pre-College on a full scholarship. Through new motivations, Abdulrahman is now an alumnus of the 2015 Grammy Band and Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which added a new color to his senior experience. He now attends the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship as part of the class of 2019. Abdulrahman was named a 2016 jazz finalist in Youngarts, is currently an alumnus of the Banff Jazz Workshop for creative music as well as the Betty Carter Jazz ahead workshop, and is now on a path to harness his craft and spread love and peace around the world. He is now a new member of the GRAMMY winning band "Arturo O' Farill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra" and is the youngest in the band. Abdulrahman has played at numerous festivals and venues including the Jazz Standard, Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Metropolitan room, Shapeshifter Lab, An Die Musik, Monterey Jazz Festival, Montclair Jazz Festival, as well as the Detroit Jazz Festival. Abdulrahman has also shared the stage with many notable artists and bands including Jazzmeia Horn, Tyshawn Sorey, Frank Lacy, The Mingus Big Band, Conscious Collective, Dave Koz, Ted Nash, and even Wynton Marsalis. Now leading his own band, Abdulrahman will allow his art and the trombone to guide his path.
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Sam November 1, 2015
· Trombone ·
Amazing teacher, has incredible talent at teaching and playing music. I know that he will be able to help me to be the best musician I can be. He did all the right techniques to get good and it shows in his playing. Overall great teacher and a great guy, really cares about the growth of the student.
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New York, NY 10032
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About Katerina H.

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Flushing, NY

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Basic sightsinging and beginner theory

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I am a professional singer with piano skills currently studying at the Aaron Copland School of Music pursuing a Bachelors of Music Performance with vocal concentration. I'm trained in multiple styles of music such as musical theater, classical music, and pop, and I have a great deal of experience with younger children, and children with special needs.
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Flushing, NY 11367
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