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About Nikole W.

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Hi! Welcome to my TakeLessons page, where I provide information about my background and teaching services.

I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. My piano and voice students include children, working professionals, performing artists, and seniors. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and with private instructors focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e.Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk). Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) and practices from Linklater, Alexander, Williamson movement, and Art of Practicing techniques are incorporated into my music instruction.

30 minute-lessons are available for children aged 5-6 only while 60-minute lessons are available for students above the age of 6. Prospective students may sign up to take a trial lesson with me at first to ...

About Nikole
Hi! I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about how I can help you as a teacher.

What is my background?
I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. I have developed a keen ability to assess and shape talent from years of training, teaching, performing, and working with the head of Arts programs to conduct admissions interviews, student evaluations, and performances. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and privately with notable musicians focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e. Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk).

What material is covered during lessons?
Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) as well as posture,
artistic expression, interpretation, breathing, and finger and pitch placement techniques are incorporated into my music instruction. Cold reading, audition preparation and technique, Shakespeare, scene analysis, and business strategies are examples of topics that may be covered in acting instruction. Linklater (voice), Alexander, Williamson (movement), and Art of Practicing (piano) methods are also employed.

What are the profiles of my students?
My students come from different walks of life: children coming from school who bound excitedly to my lesson door; teenage artists who have the passion and vision but lack the technique; working adults who seek reprieve from the stress of work by singing/ learning an instrument that they've always wanted to play; and seniors who want a fun hobby to keep active. I enjoy teaching them and watching them master the fundamentals while developing their own performance style (or even composing their own music)!

What is my teaching style?
Based on feedback, students appreciate that I am a teacher with a warm personality whose supportive, passionate, and fun approach and effective techniques help them attain the following: 1) a firm understanding of the fundamentals of music theory or acting technique; 2) an ability to effectively learn how to perform and practice singing/playing/acting a piece; and 3) a style of performing that minimizes tension, produces beautiful sound or a dynamic character, and/or allows them to fully express themselves. After a few months, students should have sound knowledge of all three.

My students and I connect, in part, because I remember being like them. On stage, I started out dancing and acting; I delved into singing and songwriting and then fell in love with playing the piano. The day that I learned how to merge those passions (i.e. singing while playing the piano) was one of the happiest days of my life! Now, whether I'm performing Shakespeare on stage, playing Chopin and Beethoven, or singing while playing tunes by Whitney Houston, I still get excited. Hopefully, I fuel that excitement in you, too!

What is the lesson structure?
Due to the comprehensive nature of my teaching style and structure, students above the age of 6 take lessons for 60 minutes; 30-minute lessons are only available for children aged 5-6. If a student wants to learn how to play while singing, I am happy to help him/her do so!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio location in Manhattan is conveniently near Midtown, Chelsea, Flat Iron, Murray Hill, Union Square, Tribeca, and the Financial District in particular and is easily accessible via public transportation. It houses an upright piano and seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Acting: Meisner Acting; Theater Acting; Shakespearean Acting
Music: Classical Piano; Contemporary R&B & Pop Piano; Singing; Theory; Playing Whie Singing; Songwriting
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Ashley A. January 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Nikole, is very warm and professional. I have never continued with voice lessons, I enjoyed the experience so much that I'm going to kick the bad habit of smoking and sit down and seriously figure my finances out to continue being taught by her. I cannot express enough how much fun I had...no pressure Nikole if you read this...lol
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Marilyn T. October 10, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Easy to work with and understood what I needed to work on almost immediately.
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Vanda W. June 30, 2016
· Public Speaking · In studio
Very helpful
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Nikole W.

Nikole W.

New York, NY 10001
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About Susannah B.

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About Susannah
Hello! I am a piano teacher living and working in the Richmond area. I have 19 years of experience playing piano.

As someone who has had literally hundreds of piano lessons, I can appreciate what makes a lesson "good". I remember as a kid always feeling bad for my friends who dreaded going to their music lessons. I was lucky to have wonderful teachers and enjoy my experience studying and playing music.

As a teacher, I am committed to making sure my students have the same positive experience. I take having  fun seriously with my students whether they are 5 or 50. Playing the piano has way too many benefits to become a chore! I have high expectations for my students and help them reach their goals in a low-key, non-stressful, pleasant environment.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students are often young beginners. We have a lot of fun
navigating through the process of learning to read music and play songs that they enjoy. Learning to read music and understand theory are both elements I strongly emphasize. I am always open to looking for specific pieces or styles that students want to play. Sometimes students just want to learn how to play one complicated piece and that's fine too!

I like both Thompson and Alfred as curriculum and often substitute along the way with sheet music that compliments the book we work from. I work to customize my approach for each individual so that they can have the most effective and enjoyable experience possible as they learn to play the piano.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach from my apartment. I have a full size electric piano with weighted keys. There is always plenty of space for parents and/or younger siblings to sit if they wish to stay during the lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books and any other teaching materials (chalkboard, laptop etc). Students need to have a piano or electric keyboard in cases where I am traveling to their house.

*** Specialties ***
Classical with an emphasis on being able to read music from the beginning.
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Robert G. June 23, 2013
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Kind and helpful instructor

Susannah is a pleasant and attentive teacher. She went the extra mile by doing research when I had questions about music theory and offered useful constructive criticism about my playing and technique. Also, she was adaptive to my own goals so overall, I had a great experience.
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JodyS January 31, 2012
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Susannah is a great piano teacher. I have a 10 year old son and this is his first experience with formal lessons. Susannah is patient and works extremely well with kids. My son enjoys his lessons with her!
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PadmanabaiahS January 23, 2012
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Susannah is patient and encourages early learners. Her attitude encourages learners feel free and ask questions to seek answers
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Susannah B.

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New York, NY 10025
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About Marjorie K.

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sight reading, theory, technique, composition.

About Marjorie
Marjorie has taught beginners to advanced students of all ages in every vocal style including Opera, Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, R&B and Gospel at Hunter College, New York University, La Guardia Community College, The Learning Annex as well as her private vocal studio in NYC for the past 25 years.

Marjorie received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Special Studies Award in Voice and Opera from the Eastman School of Music. Marjorie has sung at Venice's Grand Teatro La Fenice, Carnegie Hall in NY, Rome's Teatro dell'Opera, Cagliari's Teatro Lirico and the New York Grand Opera.

She was the winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition and a finalist in both the Enrico Caruso Voice Competition and McAllister Opera Awards Competitions. Recently she was featu
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~~Teaching Philosophy~~

IF YOU CAN TALK YOU CAN SING and I guarantee it!!!!!

I teach beginners and advanced of all ages as well as all styles of music:

Opera - Classical - Musical Theatre - Pop - Jazz - Folk - Rock - R&B - Gospel

*I teach the freedom of the jaw, neck and shoulders to allow the breath to connect without tension allowing the production of a free vocal tone.

*Singing on the vowels with clean articulated consonants before and after the vowel is sung.

*Correct understanding and pronunciation of French, Italian, German and English languages

*Musicianship, theory, piano, all musical styles and song writing

*Performance and acting skills

*Audition techniques

*Career guidance

*Annual Student Recitals in professional New York City Venues

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons take place at my home studio. Lessons may be recorded on my professional recording equipment or you may bring your own recording devices. This is an excellent learning tool. I teach my students how to extend their range, increase breath control and the freedom of their body in order to enable a free and easy produced vocal tone. I teach song repertoire to the student's particular musical style choices. I also work with students that wish to write their own songs so that their musical ideas can be heard clearly and precisely. A guitar is available for students if they wish to use it to accompany themselves. I teach my students how to deal with performance anxiety . Students are presented in recitals twice a year and performance classes are held once a month in addition to the private lessons.

IF you can talk you can sing and I guarantee it!!!! I teach beginners to advanced of all ages.

*** Specialties ***
Voice, Piano
I teach the freedom of the jaw, neck and shoulders to allow the breath to come without tension allowing the production of a free vocal tone.

Beginners and advanced of all ages. "If you can Talk you can Sing and I guarantee it!!!! Opera - Classical - Musical Theater - Jazz - Folk - R&B - Gospel - Country - Rock -
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Sam May 9, 2017
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Started working with Marjorie on a whim. It turned out to be one of the best spur of the moment decisions I've ever made. To start off, I had absolutely no background in singing. I do a lot of public speaking so wanted to work on my enunciation. So I decided to go the extreme and learn to sing. If you can sing in front of people, you have no problem enunciating.

Marjorie has a wide range of students, from beginners to advanced. One thing you can be certain about her is that she has a passion for teaching and loves teaching beginners. The commitment to help you improve is there. In my opinion, that is what you want in a teacher. I have the utmost confidence in recommending Marjorie to someone who is looking for a teacher.
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Louisa McBee April 26, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Marjorie is a delight. From the moment I walked in she had a smile on her face and I felt very welcome. From just one lesson she showed me techniques that extremely enhanced my voice with no pressure on the throat. I had not really sung for ten years and I felt like my voice is still there. It made me very happy. I am using the techniques daily until our next appointment. I highly recommend her!
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Heidi February 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
As if I opened a new world of singing.
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New York, NY 10024
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About Gio A.

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I studied piano at the University of Central Florida and can teach classical piano, music notation, sight reading, harmonic theory, scales, arpeggios, chord progressions, and improvisation. I'm happy to share my skills and expertise with novice players of all ages.

About Gio
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.

I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!

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I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm.
Drums & Percussion: All genres
Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
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Ian C. July 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
1 lesson and he wants to go back so it is a win for me.. Gio is an educator and knowledgeable on many instruments.
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Steve May 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Gio is an encouraging and helpful teacher!
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Julianne April 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My son Joseph just completed his 5th lesson with Gio and he LOVES his piano classes. Gio is very patient and dedicated to Joseph. Glad that my son is taking lessons from him.
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Gio A.

New York, NY 10034
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About Joseph P.

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I've been playing the piano since I was six, and I've been teaching for over ten years. I tailor my curriculum to fit your interests and abilities! I find that students are the most motivated when they are playing music that they love. I want you to have fun while being stimulated and challenged. Here are some sample topics we will cover:

--healthy and effortless technique
--fluency in music reading
--classical repertoire
--pop, rock, or improvisation
--basic scales/chords/arpeggios
--basic musicianship (including ear training, expression, style, performance, etc.)

About Joseph
My name is Joseph P. I began playing the piano and writing music at a very young age. I've been teaching for over ten years, and I love sharing music with my students. I specialize in piano, composition, and music theory, and I play many genres ranging from classical to R&B.

I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and I have taught undergraduate courses at Queens College, CUNY.
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Vincent R. April 2, 2017
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Excellent!
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Rashmi G. January 31, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great first session .... Thank you for being so patient!
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Kat May 31, 2016
· Accompaniment · In studio
Working with Joseph was a delight! He provided his services as an accompanist for a Christmas music video I was recording.

He was always punctual when arriving to rehearsals, scheduling rehearsals was a breeze, even with our packed schedules, and he was always prepared for each rehearsal with copies of the music I'd provided, as well as notes he'd gained by working through the music prior to the rehearsal.

He had a pleasant demeanor, and plenty of creative ideas for any places in the song that allowed for improvisation or personalization of the chords or phrasing. His accompaniment was the perfect companion to my singing, and could range many genres of music.

I also worked with him as the pianist in larger bands performing in the NYC area, and there as well, he was great to work with. Highly recommended! :)
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Joseph P.

New York, NY 10016
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About Shuhuan P.

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Experienced piano teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of piano skills. I specialize in classical piano, can wait to seeing you!

About Shuhuan
Hi! I'm Shuhuan, a well-trained classical pianist with MA in Music and Music Education from Columbia University and BA in Music Education from Central Conservatory of Music. You could learn in both Chinese and/or English. I'm experienced with utilizing Dalcroze and Orff methods to teach piano in which more improvisation and eurhythmics experiences you will get from my lesson!
Flexible & fun-loving.
Takes pride in helping students succeed.
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Veronica January 17, 2017
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Shuhuan P. is one of the most beautiful and friendly teachers I have ever met. I believe that her professionalism and excellent communication skills will give you a great learning experience.My daugher had a great time learning with her. I believe you will a wonderful experience too!
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Bob Sun January 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Shuhuan is a very candid teacher, I must say I like her style very much. Her approach is methodical, which I think is very helpful when you are starting out with the instrument. She is a competent, observing, and patient teacher, will consider hiring her again.
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Anastasia January 3, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Ms. ShuHuan is very patient and takes her time. She also has a great personality and makes me feel at ease during the lesson.
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Shuhuan P.

New York, NY 10027
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About Marina K.

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About Marina
Marina has been teaching private lessons since 2000 year and is currently available to teach lessons at your home,

Marina received her training in Russia in 1979, where she received a master degree in piano. As an expert in her field, Marina looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
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Emily March 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mrs. Marina has taught me piano for 12 years, since I was 6 years old! Now I'm 18 and going on to study music performance in college.

Beyond just teaching me music history, theory, and performance etiquette, she has taught me how to appreciate and love music for what it is. I've had numerous music teachers and none of them have shown the same energy, vigor, and passion for music as Mrs. Marina has. Anybody can teach music, but Mrs. Marina teaches you how to love music.

Her many years of experience has given her fantastic insight on how to approach every issue you may have. She has solutions for every technical problem I have, knows which pieces to assign to each individual student, and properly prepares her students for any piano exams and competitions. I have completed the ABRSM Grade 8 Practical Exam and competed in the Golden Key Music Festival competition!

Last year, I attended Carnegie Mellon University's Pre-College Program for music, and it was only with Mrs. Marina's help and guidance that I had such a wonderful opportunity.

If you're thinking about starting piano lessons for yourself or for your kids, I say absolutely go for it. Mrs. Marina is so warm-hearted and caring, and is truly a one-in-a-million piano teacher. It would be a shame to miss such an amazing opportunity.
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Marina K.

Brooklyn, NY 11235
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About Basa T.

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As an instructor I will teach you the fundamental tools you will need as a musician to progress at your own pace. I taught myself without any formal training until I was headed to college. Even with private instruction, it was my own passion and work ethic that allowed me to grow into the musician I am today. I seek to inspire that same passion in you.

About Basa
I am a keyboardist, percussionist, producer, and recording artist. I attended Brooklyn School For Music & Theatre and City-As-School graduating with course and internship based experience in drum-corps marching band, piano, music theory, and audio engineering.

I teach piano, percussion, and music production to individual or group students of all ages at beginner experience levels. I can teach students how to read/write music, to execute rudiments with the proper fulcrum, and to establish entrainment with other musicians in a band. Students can also learn and apply basic-advanced methods of music production using Logic Pro X and MASCHINE.

As a professional musician I have played in R&B, Funk, and Hip-Hop bands all over the tristate area and Los Angeles. I've performed with well known neo-soul duo, "OSHUN," as their keyboardist for e
vents curated by Redbull Soundselect, Afropunk, BRIC TV, etc. I currently play percussion and auxiliary keys for a fusion band led by entertainer Qaasim Middleton: finalist of American Idol Season 14, actor in nickelodeon's, "Naked Brothers Band," and netflix's, "The Get Down." For every artist I've performed with I've also produced instrumental tracks that have gone on to be used in commercial recordings, distribution, and live performance.

As a musician I intend on further developing my passion, skill, and technique for music through teaching and playing for others. Being a musician is without a doubt a path to pursue greatness as a human being. As my student you will learn the importance of communication, discipline, concentration, confidence, fun, humility, and creativity. Let's help each other become our best selves through our art!
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Basa T.

Brooklyn, NY 11216
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About Andrew M.

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I can help you develop the skills you need in order to achieve your musical goals. I believe a well rounded musician has more room to grow, and my experience in a variety of styles will allow me to help you do that. The lessons will cover technique, theory, musicality, ear training, and more. If desired we can work on improvisation and techniques for jazz and popular styles. Whatever your goals are, I'm here to help make it happen!

About Andrew
I've been a professional musician and songwriter for 25 years - playing piano, guitar, and drums. I can teach you jazz, rock, popular styles, and classical piano. I have a very diverse background and can be especially helpful in theory, composition, and improv. I have a Bachelors degree in Music Composition and I'm currently finishing a Masters degree. I look forward to working with you!
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Lucy June 4, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Andy is a gem! I had been away from the piano for, oh, about 30 years. He made me feel comfortable diving back in and taught with patience and humor. I couldn't ask for a better instructor! His love of music is infectious.
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Sobina May 31, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Andy is very kind and friendly, learn a lot from him!
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Brooklyn, NY 11230
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About Quinton N.

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All lessons are in a safe, creative, and positive environment in the comfort of your home!

Teaching students of all ages beginning/intermediate.

I approach each student and lesson with a customized approach. Each student is unique and requires different guidance when thinking about certain ideas. During the first lesson, I will determine what the student needs the most and we will focus on repertoire, technique, exercises, and theory that will help the student improve. It is my goal to teach students healthy and productive ways of practicing, as that is the foundation of learning and progressing as a pianist. This will help the student become as well rounded as possible.

About Quinton
Quinton is from the small town of Sherwood, Wisconsin. He started piano when he was nine years old and is currently is on a merit based scholarship attending Mannes School of Music in New York City where he studies with Vladimir Valjarevic. He moved out of his house at the young age of fourteen to pursue piano at Interlochen Arts Academy where he graduated after four years in 2016.

He has performed in choirs, orchestras and solo piano across the United States and internationally in both Italy and South Africa. His most memorable performances have been in Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, Carnegie Hall, National Bohemian Hall, Montecito International Music Festival, Miami Music Festival, and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. He was also a semifinalist in the Vivo International Piano Competition.

Quinton teaches students of all age
s and is a proud member of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York City and Music Teachers National Association.

He is giving back to his community in Wisconsin by starting a Performing Arts Club for high school students. He sets up community service performances for students around the area to help spread awareness for the arts. He also invites guest speakers and performers to teach students and give them an idea of what it is like to be a performing artist.
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Aimee September 20, 2017
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My son, Jake, had the wonderful opportunity of taking piano lessons from Quin. Not only is Quin masterful on the piano, his interactions with Jake quickly promoted a comfortable first learning experience with the piano. Quin was easily able to adjust his lessons to Jake's needs and progress throughout the summer months, and in-turn, Jake had a very positive experience taking lessons. Quin was a fun, responsive piano instructor who used Jake's interests to make decisions about song choices. I believe that Jake continues to be interested in piano due to his time with Quin.
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New York, NY 10075
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8 Practical Tips for Learning Piano as an Adult
You're never too old to learn how to play the piano. Below, piano teacher Ryan C. shares eight practical tips for successfully learning piano as an adult... Learning a new instrument is no easy feat, especially as an adult. I’m always amazed by how many people think that learning to play the piano is out of their reach simply because they aren’t kids anymore. Well, frankly, I believe they are wrong in their beliefs! It’s my belief that everyone can learn to play the piano, regardless o
Preparing for a Piano Level Test | Your Timeline for Success
Whether playing for pleasure or as a professional, there is likely to come a time when you will be faced with a piano examination, such as the ABRSM piano exam. Like any exam, preparation is key. But when the time comes, how can you make sure that everything goes according to plan? Before the Exam In the weeks leading up to your exam, this is when you will want to increase your rehearsal. Focus specifically on the pieces that you will be playing on the day. It can be easier (and more satisf

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