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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

***Pricing***

Thirty minute rates are for younger students only. Adult students are required to book 60 minute lessons.
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Ebony November 2, 2017
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Nikole is phenomenal. Great spirit, incredibly welcoming. I feel a lot more confident in public speaking.
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Ashley A. January 24, 2017
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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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Nikole W.

Nikole W.

New York, NY 10001
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About Jennifer K.

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I teach beginning piano to advanced levels. I also do audition preparation as well as performance prep.

I present my students of all levels and all ages in two recitals per year. A holiday recital, and a spring formal recital. Join us for our next performance!

Practice, Practice, Practice!

About Jennifer
I have a Master's degree in music. My purpose as a teacher is to utilize all of my skills and education to realize my students' goals. I strive to inspire students towards musical excellence! I do this with much positive reinforcement, dialogue and critical analysis. With adults and advanced students, I include self-evaluation and discussion with the student so that they can become involved in their own development and musicianship.

*** Lesson Details ***
Tailoring each lesson to the individual needs of my students, I use a multi-faceted approach that includes memory, sight reading, ear-training and theory. This way students quickly build their repertoire and confidence on their instrument. Sing-a-longs train the musical ear, clapping reinforces rhythmic training, and new, exciting music strengthens reading skills. We often pla
y together, or have mini concerts to display the finished product of students' labor and encourage them towards new musical heights!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Grand Piano, Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and my jeep

*** Specialties ***
When teaching piano, because I specialize in classical, I emphasize sight-reading, theory and performance from the very first lesson. As soon as possible, I have student memorize pieces appropriate to their level. I begin each lesson with memory work, move into sight-reading and analysis of the new work, or exercise. This way a student has a multi-faceted approach to music they are learning, and once they have learned it, they are continually adding to their repertoire. I work this way because many students are overwhelmed at the beginning of the learning stage. Examining the theory behind the composition helps them understand it, and approach it with less apprehension. Also, having pieces they can play from memory every week reminds them of the finished product of their labor and encourages them towards the new work.
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TomekaR October 23, 2011
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Jennifer is knowledgeable of her craft, patience, encouraging and both Elijah and I are thrill that she sharing one of her many loves with us. Even when Elijah is trying her patience she remains cool, calm and collective...very professional
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she's a good instructor that listens, understands and carries her students along just for u to learn and understand too the basic concept of being a great player.
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Jennifer K.

Jennifer K.

Brooklyn, NY 11233
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$32 / 30-min

About Rob H.

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Piano lessons are taught one-on-one and from a beginner level to an Intermediate level. Ages of students start at 6-years-old and up. I have many adult students as well. It's never too late to start a new instrument.

About Rob
I have over 18 years of professional teaching experience on drum set, snare drum and percussion (timpani, two- & four-mallets, accessory percussion and hand drums), guitar, piano, electric bass and ukulele. I have been playing music since the age of two.

Some of my most noteworthy performances have included Late Show with David Letterman (Justin Townes Earle and Allison Moorer), Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Allison Moorer), Levon Helm'™s Midnight Ramble (Allison Moorer), The Conan O'™Brien Show (Julia Nunes) and Budokan in Tokyo, Japan (Jim Campilongo Trio).

My Bachelor of Music is from Capital University where I studied with three great teachers:
Robert Breithaupt - Classical percussion and jazz drum set
Jim Ed Cobbs - Drum set, tabla and frame drums
Eric Paton - Taiko, samba, Afro-Cuban drums

*** Lesson Details ***
I treat
each student individually, catering to specific goals and needs that we will decide upon and plan together. Some students want to seriously study a craft. Others want a hobby that will be fun and interesting. I have had success teaching to both, and will impart basic fundamentals and musicianship to all types of students.

I see my primary job as keeping the student inspired, intellectually fed and sprinting in the right direction. The student's job is to do the work. Daily practice is essential to move forward in any craft.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Brooklyn studio is a dedicated music space with two drum sets, PA, amplifiers and recording capabilities.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide books, a drum pad, sticks or mallets, an iPod with two sets of headphones, and a metronome. Additionally, I can bring small hand drums, special instruments and percussion that might be needed for specialty lessons. I expect students to have some sort of pad or drum to practice on at home; a full drum set is not necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set (rock, jazz, R&B, folk, pop, electro, Afro-Cuban)
Snare drum
Timpani
Two- and four-mallets (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone)
Accessory percussion
Frame drums
Traditional samba
Afro-Cuban hand drums
Japanese taiko
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Rachel M. June 12, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Rob is an exceptionally kind person and easygoing and laid back. He has a very good approach to teaching. I had a wonderful experience and would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn music.
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David R. March 3, 2015
· Ukulele · Online
Rob has been patient, easy to work with, accommodating to schedule changes, accessible and an overall joy to work with! I was a bit leery about a web based program, but is has been great, and most importantly I am progressing well.
David R.
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Ryan F. August 21, 2014
· Drum · In studio
Rob was an awesome teacher and even better guy. The lesson environment was comfortable, but always focused and professional. He's clearly a hugely talented musician and has a ton to offer in the way of teaching; perhaps more importantly though, his love of music inspires the student to practice and learn. Very highly recommended.
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Rob H.

Rob H.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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$79 / 45-min

About Chris M.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I've been teaching all ages of aspiring pianists for 6 years, and I can help you with everything from learning the basics of jazz piano to picking out your favorite pop song by ear.

I've taught an eclectic range of music and whatever artist or piece you're interested in learning can surely be fit into our lessons!

About Chris
Chris M. is a multifaceted pianist and composer who is making waves in the Boston scene both as a bandleader and sideman. An active teacher, Chris has over 5 years of experience working with all ages and skill levels in settings ranging from private lessons to rock band camps. Praised for a sound that is €mature beyond his years, Mr. M. regularly performs with some of Boston'™s finest, including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone and Phil Grenadier. He currently leads the Wolfhound Trio, a jazz piano trio that pushes the boundaries of the genre through his compositions that incorporate influences ranging from Rage Against the Machine to Alexander Scriabin. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at New England Conservatory on a presidential scholarship.
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niloufar M. March 4, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Chris is one of the good teacher I've had so far. He is so helbful and I am comfortable with his teaching way. He is very flexible with his schedule.
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niloufar M. March 4, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Chris is one of the good teacher I've had so far. He is so helbful and I am comfortable with his teaching way. He is very flexible with his schedule.
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Greg A. December 15, 2015
· Classical Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher!
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Chris M.

Chris M.

Brooklyn, NY 11238
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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.

Shuhuan P.

New York, NY 10027
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About Kristin T.

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My method includes strong basic technique coupled with choosing songs the student is interested in learning.

About Kristin
Kristin Trotta is a 2007 graduate of New School University's Jazz and Contemporary Music program with a BFA in Jazz Vocal Performance. She is also a professionally-trained pianist. Kristin is trained in both classical and jazz vocal techniques and would also be happy to instruct students in general performance/presentation skills.

Additionally, Kristin have lots of experience with in-studio recording and would also be able to prepare students for demo recording or other studio projects. She has a microphone and amplification system and would be able to teach students to sing with a microphone for live performances.

Kristin has been studying classical piano for almost 20 years. She has also played jazz piano for over ten years.

She is currently accepting beginner to intermediate piano students of all ages. She is currently accepti
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Kristin T.

Kristin T.

New York, NY 10128
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$30 / 30-min

About Ross S.

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I believe piano lessons should be both enjoyable and tailored to the individual. First, I lay the groundwork by teaching music theory, scales, and finger dexterity exercises. We then play various pieces (from both supplemental books and students' own choices) based on the level of each student. As we work on pieces together, I teach minimalist movements to help the student apply the foundation of music theory and scale work to each piece.

About Ross
I am an opera singer and private music instructor in New York City.

I cater my lessons to my students’ individual goals, firmly believing that a strong framework in classical technique can support any style of music. I love watching my students become passionate about music, achieve their goals, and reach their greatest potential as musicians. Using my experience and flexibility, I create a learning environment that is both engaging and fun.

I developed a passion for music at a young age and have been studying piano for 18 years. I received my BA in Language and Culture with a double minor in Vocal/Opera Performance and Italian, as well as my MA in Vocal Performance. While earning my MA, I coached voice, piano, and language diction to the undergraduate and masters students.

Since then, I have been actively singing in the city with var
ious opera companies as well as doing concert work. I also teach piano and voice to students of all ages, both privately and at Trevor Day School.
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Tom September 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Ross is very professional and easy to work with. His skills and background make him a great teacher and I recommend him to any student interested in piano or vocal training.
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Maria September 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Knowledgeable and supportive!
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Terence September 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Ross is a great teacher! I studied with him to improve my very basic piano skills and in about 3 months, under Ross' guidance, I was playing better than ever. He is a very clear, patient, and enthusiastic instructor, and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking to learn or improve their piano skills.
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Ross S.

New York, NY 10001
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About Natalie D.

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Have fun and learn the joy of music through learning the piano with Natalie!

About Natalie
Hello, and thank you for your interest!

My name is Natalie, I am a teaching-artist originally from Sydney, Australia. I currently reside, perform and teach in the New York and greater New York area.

I am an award-winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer who has toured internationally and an experienced educator. In 2016 I graduated from The New England Conservatory of Music with a Masters in Jazz Voice Performance. I received my Bachelor of Music from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia.

“A teaching artist, by definition, is a two-career professional: a working artist and a working educator. As a working artist is they are involved in an ongoing process of discovery, problem solving, discipline and refinement of skills in their discipline. As a working educator, it is essential that the artist is al
so developing a knowledge base and skills to be an effective partner in education. Achieving a meaningful balance between these two professions, whereby one feeds the other, is an ongoing process that requires a deepening awareness for the teaching artist of what their teaching brings to their art and what their art teaches them about learning.”

I pride myself in creating a fun and safe learning environment in which I establish a firm musical foundation for my students. Lessons include: vocal scales and etudes, lyric interpretation, stagecraft skills, repertoire development and a foundation of the technical elements of the voice or instrument, and exploration and development of timbre, genres and music history. I teach a large variety of musical genres including jazz, pop, rock, rn'b, theater, reggae and classical music.

Simultaneously, my students cultivate many other skills while learning voice. Students enhance their understanding of music genres, their overall self-confidence and become self-sufficient and creative problem solvers. I am passionate about educating and empowering my students and I enjoy connecting with a wide array of musicians of all ages, playing levels and backgrounds.

Feel free to contact me to inquire about lessons, I hope to hear from you soon!

Natalie
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Steph September 10, 2017
· Singing · In home
Natalie has a great demeanor and is lots of fun. She's a great teacher and really helped me with sight reading and breathing.
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Natalie D.

Brooklyn, NY 11218
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I have been teaching for over 25 years. We believe that every child has a musical talent and we try to develop it and reach the best of their potentials. We are using variety of piano methods to help each child to grow musically and emotionally.

We set of yearly musical goals that every child can achieve. We are following National Piano Guild curriculum; however, we offer the students choose the piano pieces they like and able to play. We believe that inspiration is the key to true musical progress, therefore we provide variety of different musical experiences. Students perform in yearly recitals, receive coaching in performance classes, play for outside judges and form duets and trios to play with each other.

All this giving our students a deep confidence in their abilities.

About Anna
I teach piano students of all different ages. I studied classical piano in St. Peterburg, Russia.
My goal is to teach students to read music and understand music theory. I believe that if person knows how to read music correctly, he/she will be able to play any style. I always listen to my students and work with their ability, preference and learning style. I help my students to pursue musical career if they desire preparing them for their college Auditions.
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Evelyn September 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Fabulous experience. I can now play my favorite pop-songs reading the music sheet. Thank you so much for this gift of music that I can share with my friends and family.
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Anna K.

Elizabeth, NJ 07208
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About Blair M.

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I utilize an individualized teaching approach tailored to each student, showing a deep care and a high-level understanding of each and every student's unique learning style. I offer a *free* 20 minute learning assessment during which time I learn what knowledge you and/or your child has of the instrument and how far along you/he/she is in aural training, rhythm training, key recognition, and theory. Once I understand the level of knowledge of the instrument, I propose learning exercises and classical compositions that are consistent with that level. I do not use music books, instead, I implement my own hands-on activities to create a fun and solid foundation for classical musical training. I have a background in piano performance having studied at Eastman School of Music and Westminster Choir College. In addition, I have attended Master Classes with Yefim Bronfman and Leon Fleisher (Peabody). I have won several international piano competitions at a young age. I use my understanding ...

About Blair
I am passionate about classical music and about sharing its merits and impact on cognitive development with the students in my studio. I believe learning and sharing music should be a fun, interactive, and educationally enriching environment for all. My teaching gives me great joy, and I let that come through in my lessons.

I have a background in piano performance having studied at Eastman School of Music and Westminster Choir College. In addition, I have attended Master Classes with Yefim Bronfman and Leon Fleisher (Peabody). I have won several international piano competitions at a young age. I use my understanding of the classical performance industry and my skills in piano performance to encourage poise, humility, and to build confidence in my students, which will benefit them on stage (should they choose to perform) and off.

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utilize an individualized teaching approach tailored to each student, showing a deep care and a high-level understanding of each and every unique learning style. I offer a *free* 20 minute learning assessment, during which time I assess what knowledge you and/or your child has of the instrument and how far along you and he/she is in aural training, rhythm training, key recognition, and music theory. I do not use music books, instead, I implement my learning exercises that are interactive and hands-on and combine them with relevant classical repertoire (based on level) to create a solid foundation for musical training.
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Blair M.

Blair M.

Princeton, NJ 08542
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$42 / 30-min

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