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About Christina M.

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Haskell, NJ
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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!

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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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Lisa V. September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
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.
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Laura S. September 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
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!!
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Isabella August 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Christina does a great job and my daughter really looks forward to her lessons!
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Christina M.

Christina M.

Haskell, NJ 07420
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About Robert H.

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Randolph, NJ
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About Robert
I started playing guitar at age 11, taking lessons at the local music studio in Hackensack, NJ. I became heavily influenced by The Beatles after hearing their music and as a teenager played in local rock groups, having some success being in the bands Jona's Ark and The Yorkshire Pudding, opening for artists Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, John Mayall and backing up Gary U.S. Bonds. I started playing piano at 19 when I took a group piano class in college. I attended Berklee College of Music and studied guitar with Bill Leavitt and Pat Metheny. That's where I started learning about all the great jazz artists from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery to name a few. While at Berklee I also developed a love of the classical guitar and it's repertoire. After Berklee, I became a freelance musician and played guitar for
The Drifters, Del Shannon, The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Crystals, Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore and believe it or not Tiny Tim. I played guitar, harmonica, mandolin and banjo in productions of: Hair, Tommy, Big River, Fiddler On The Roof and Grease. I composed my own music and performed and co-wrote with others who also wrote their own music. I have always taught private guitar lessons as far back as I can remember. One notable student was Stevie Wonder's son Keita who I taught for 2 years at Stevie's home in northern New Jersey as well as CBS News Anchor Charles Osgood's daughter Annie. Currently I teach 20 private guitar students a week.. From 1994 to 2000, I was the guitarist for The Royal Scam (a Steely Dan Tribute) and during that period I was hired by Hal Leonard Music Corp. to write a guitar transcription book called "The Best of Steely Dan". I was also hired by Brother International Corp. to compose and record a national radio jingle called "P-Touch", with Corey Glover from the rock band Living Colour doing the vocal tracks.
In 1996 I went to William Paterson University to obtain my teacher certification in music education. After the 9/11 attacks, I co-wrote and arranged "America Home Of The Free". The song was used to raise thousands of dollars for the victims of The World Trade Center attacks. Presently I divide my time between teaching, which I enjoy as much as performing and playing guitar with a jazz quartet called ....and All That Jazz, whose 2005 CD "Reflections" was recorded, mixed and mastered in my home based 24 track recording studio in northern NJ. I am also involved in a mandolin / classical guitar project called Music Of The Ages and perform with a 10 piece band called Epic Soul.
As a teacher I am very patient with students and enjoy helping them reach their own musical goals. I emphasize knowing the basics and encourage students to study music theory and basic reading of standard notation. I always ask my students to bring in songs they want to learn as a way to motivate them to practice more.

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GUITAR: I expect my students to practice at least 5 days a week for at least a 1/2 hour per day. I use the Suzuki method for young students ages 8 to10. We continue learning basic folk songs by ear and then start reading standard notation and basic theory within 6 to 8 months along with classical guitar duets. For older students I use the Hal Leonard guitar method. After 3 months of lessons students can expect to know the basic open position chords and strum patterns to some basic songs as well as some famous guitar riffs and also be able to read some basic melodies in standard notation. After 6 months students will be able to play a 12 bar blues and improvise with the pentatonic and blues scales as well as learn moveable scales and chords and apply these to songs.

PIANO: I also start young piano students with the Suzuki method so they can play some five finger familiar melodies in a short time period. Then we progress to reading notation and eventually adding chord accompaniment to melodies. I use the Faber piano method for reading standard notation.

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24 track recording studio, room for parents to sit 14' x 21'...completely furnished studio with guitars, amps, piano, drum machine, synthesizer, microphones...the works.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need a good quality and proper size guitar (for very young students) a music stand (for their home use) a foot stool, a metronome and books I assign along with an 8 1/2" X 11" blank manuscript book and a folder with side pockets to hold handout sheets. Piano students need their own instrument and the above materials minus the foot stool.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki classical guitar, classic rock, blues, jazz , popular, funk, country, folk, finger picking and pick style and piano.
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Susan December 18, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Robert is a wonderful balance between push and patient support--an important balance in learning practice and process. He's musically knowledgeable and has great resources for guitar techniques and theory. It's thrilling for me to settle into the pleasure of guitar, for me, tenor guitar.
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rein April 29, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
can set the foundation of the instrument while helping you apply the music to the songs that drive you.
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Terry S. April 29, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I've been taking lessons from Rob for 2 years now. He is a great teacher, classically trained, but very knowledgeable in all genres. I have learned a great deal and being taught the correct way. He pushes you to do better each and every week.
I would definitely recommend Rob for Guitar instructions
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Robert H.

Robert H.

Randolph, NJ 07869
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About Scott M.

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Nazareth, PA

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Hi! I'm Scott. I perform with a one-man band setup I created which utilizes a modified guitar and home-made foot pedals to control a drum set, while I sing on top of it all. I have a recording studio at home, and have performed with bands as a singer, guitarist, saxophonist, bassist, percussionist, and as a sound engineer. I've written, performed and recorded my own album which made it to the 2nd round of the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, and was a voting member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Grammy Committee and NARAS (National Association or the Recording Arts and Sciences.) I started piano lessons from age 5 and just kept picking up more instruments and gear as I got older and never stopped learning or enjoying it!

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I have been teaching Guitars, Basses, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Music Production, Re
cording, and Live Sound for 16 years.

I can teach you note-reading, tabs, ear training, music theory, composition, improvisation in just about any style of music.

Working with people writing songs is something I enjoy thoroughly; I can help you write and record your own songs. A computer and internet access are preferred to take full advantage of the technology for learning and producing music.

Knowledgeable in Instrument repair, set-up, and maintenance, I can help you fix it, and how to spot a good instrument.

Patient and experienced, with a broad knowledge of music in most areas, I can give you hundreds of good references from previous students I've taught over the years

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Guitars, basses, percussion and drum sets, a piano, saxophones, hand drums, a 20-track digital recording studio with monitors that are equalized to the room's acoustics for accurate listening and mixing, plus an assortment of microphones, amps, mic stands, cables, and connectors.
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Liam May 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Had our first lesson with Scott. He was great with my 7 year old. We look forward to future lessons with him!
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Eric December 12, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very personable and eager to share his love of music. He’s not looking to teach you “his way” but meeting you where you’re at and helping you get to where you want to go, musically.
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Ghaus B. November 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent, very knowledgeable, skillful, courteous and very humble instructor with lots of patience . A great teacher indeed.
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Scott M.

Scott M.

Nazareth, PA 18064
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About Ashley B.

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Stockholm, NJ

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About Ashley
Hi! My name is Ashley and I'm a recent both music and writing graduate of William Paterson University.

I am a passionate multi-instrumentalist.

Do you want to learn how to play your instrument and make up your own music too one day?

If you'd like to try out a teacher who truly loves what they do, I may be right selection. My primary instrument is piano, though I play several others such as flute, clarinet, guitar and violin. I am most proficient on piano, flute, clarinet and guitar so I feel more comfortable teaching these instruments in order to give students the best possible musical foundation. All students are welcome to learn from me, and I have a soft spot and understanding for special needs students.

Music has been in my life since I was a young child, as my grandfather who was proficient on both organ and clarinet
, taught me how to read music and play keyboard. Music is something that can never escape my life! I practice my instruments on a daily basis and avidly compose my own music as well. Besides being involved with piano at school, I was a member of the William Paterson Symphony Orchestra where I played second violin, as well as a member of the school's flute ensemble. My goal is to have a career in which I can instill within my students the same love, endearment and appreciation for music that has grown with me over the years.

I am someone who truly has a passionate love for music, as it is what my whole life is about and brings me immense happiness on a daily basis. I am not just a robotic teacher who is providing lessons as a financial opportunity, but someone who honestly cares about the growth of a student's musical ability and love for music itself.

A huge part of music is not just learning how to play the notes correctly, but to come to understand the amazement that can be experienced from the act of playing an instrument. To be the most successful in any music related business, I feel that it is essential to love what you do and to practice as much as you possibly can. Love and practice can take someone very far if they are truly dedicated to their art.

Witnessing a student enjoy what they're doing while improving their skills in the process is an amazing feeling for both student and teacher. I want to show people what it is I love about music so much, and hopefully instill within them the same love and passion.

I would like possible future students to know that I am not like any other instructor, as generic as this may sound. I have a true, fervent passion for music which I yearn to share with others.
Whether music is a way of life or just a hobby for someone, it can be something that sticks with them for the remainder of their lives and brings great happiness and enjoyment.
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steve konopka May 12, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
i took lessons for 1 year when she worked at the music store and really enjoyed it so thanks
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Jared May 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ashley rocks. My son has learned a lot in such a short period of time.
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Michelle May 9, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Teacher for past year now-great with kids. Can't ask for better
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Ashley B.

Ashley B.

Stockholm, NJ 07460
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$25 / 30-min

About Anne-Marie B.

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East Stroudsburg, PA
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About Anne-Marie
Hi, I'm Anne-Marie and I love to teach! I have been teaching for over 25 years and whether the subject is English, Music, College Prep or Italian, I love helping students reach their goals. I work hard to leave my students enlightened, encouraged and empowered. I have high standards and I really like to challenge students to achieve their full potential, but I also try to make the process interesting, engaging and fun. I'm patient, easygoing and I enjoy working with students of all ages and backgrounds. I always strive to get to know my students (and their needs) very well. Then I customize lessons according to need, aptitude and goals. One of the best parts of teaching for me is meeting and connecting with new people, and making a difference in their lives, so I really look forward to meeting and working with you!
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Noel R. April 20, 2016
· Viola · In home
Excellent instructor very professional highly recommended
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Anne-Marie B.

Anne-Marie B.

East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
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About Dylan F.

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Highland Lakes, NJ
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Hello! I'm a classical trained guitarist with interests in numerous subgenres of rock and metal. What this means is that I've studied the nylon string classical guitar for many years; working meticulously on specific, fingerstyle technique as well as reading sheet music. I've played many classical concerts both solo and in ensembles.
On the other hand, I've also played in and wrote music for progressive death metal bands, punk bands, and indie rock bands. If you're looking for solid, classically influenced technique without sacrificing your interest in rock, metal, etc., look no further.
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Dylan F.

Dylan F.

Highland Lakes, NJ 07422
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$34 / 30-min

About Tzu-Hwa H.

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Bethlehem, PA
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About Tzu-Hwa
Dr. Tzu-Hwa Ho began playing the piano at the age of four. At fourteen, she made her concerto debut in the City Hall of Salerno, Italy, and at sixteen, she gave her first solo recital in Taipei (Taiwan). During the junior year in college, she moved from Taiwan to the United States as one of only two exchange students selected to the United States from the National Taiwan Normal University. She studied piano with, chronologically, Alexander Sung, Alla Voskoboynikova, Alan Chow, and Jack Winerock; collboartive piano with Elizabeth Buccheri and Alan Darling. She has performed in international festivals such as Festival Pablo Casals (France), Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau (France), the Dartington International Summer Music School (England), and the International Piano Seminar in Obidos (Portugal). At these festivals, she had the op
portunity to study with highly sought after piano pedagogues and concert pianists such as Philippe Bianconi, Jay Gottlieb, Philippe Entremont, Boris Berman, and Luiz de Moura Castro.

Dr. Ho currently resides in Bethlehem. Prior to moving to Bethlehem she lived in Philadelphia, where she was a faculty member for Settlement Music School, the rehearsal pianist and staff accompanist for Gleeksman-Kohn Children’s Choir and Thomas Jefferson University Choir.

Dr. Ho is a recipient of Presser Foundation Scholarship. She has Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from University of Missouri in St. Louis, Master of Music in Piano Performance from Northwestern University, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from University of Kansas.
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Robert June 19, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Mrs. Ho is the best teacher I have ever had. I am in my 60s and I have had many years of experience working with several teachers, some were good, but never to the level of Mrs. Ho.
She is a professional and high level concert pianist, who is also a fantastic pedagogue, not to mention she is also patient and super nice.
I believe that anybody at any level could benefit enormously from taking lessons with her.
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Tzu-Hwa H.

Tzu-Hwa H.

Bethlehem, PA 18020
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$34 / 30-min

About Tristian W.

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Port Jervis, NY

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I'm new to the Orange County area, but have been teaching private voice lessons in Manhattan for the past 5 years. I currently have students on Broadway and in National Tours. I'm very familiar with what it takes to be successful in the Musical Theater world and am excited to offer my expertise and love of teaching to my new neighborhood!
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Tristian W.

Tristian W.

Port Jervis, NY 12771
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About Allison B.

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Cranford, NJ

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Multiple Grammy® and Latin Grammy® Nominee, pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for her stunning virtuosity and musicality as soloist and chamber musician. Her performances include the Grammy® Awards Classical Music Tribute to Earl Wild and Lang Lang, the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, the Campeche Festival in Mexico and the VI International Festival of Music at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Previously a guest soloist with The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, she has also been a guest soloist with The Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, English Sinfonia, European Women’s Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, Denver Symphony, Colonial Symphon
y and Adelphi Orchestra. Solo recitals include critically acclaimed debuts at Merkin Hall in New York and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, her recital debut at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London, and tours throughout the US, Mexico, Europe, Argentina and Japan.

An accomplished collaborative pianist, she has worked with Sir James Galway, John Corigliano, Stephen Paulus, David Maslanka, Carlos Franzetti, Lowell Liebermann, Robert Aldridge, Herschel Garfein, Julius Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, Nestor Torres, Ransom Wilson, Eugenia Zukerman, and Robert White, amongst others.

Dr. Brewster Franzetti is the recipient of degrees from Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She is currently Director of Chamber Music for the Extension Division, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
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Allison B.

Allison B.

Cranford, NJ 07016
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About Charlie H.

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Parsippany, NJ
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I have been playing bass for 32 years and guitar for 30. I also am a music teacher at a Catholic school, where I am also responsible for accompanying the school at Mass as well as the school's Christmas and Spring concerts. I play acoustic, electric and classical guitar as well as electric bass. If you want an enjoyable and fun experience while learning to play, then I'm your man.
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Charlie H.

Charlie H.

Parsippany, NJ 07054
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