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About Robert H.

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Randolph, NJ
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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.

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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.

Randolph, NJ 07869
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About Matt B.

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Edison, NJ
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About Matt
Hi, there! My name is Matt and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since I began studying music in college and have loved helping my students grow as musicians. I went to Mason Gross at Rutgers and earned a degree in Music Education in 2014. Currently, I am a Masters student at Mannes School of Music in New York City studying Orchestral Trumpet Performance. I'm a caring and nurturing person and my teaching style is relaxed but structured. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

My principal trumpet teachers have been Robert Earley, a current member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Vincent Penzarella who is a retired member of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic
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He began to yell at me after i said oh my god and then proceeded to make me go to the principals office. >:(
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Mr. July 10, 2019
· Trumpet · In studio
Amazing teacher! I have learned so much from him. I went from only knowing how to play 3 notes to learning how to play higher and lower octives! TOT YOT!
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Anonymous July 10, 2019
· Trumpet · In studio
Great teacher. Thought me how to play high notes on trumpet. YATHAI!
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Matt B.

Edison, NJ 08817
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About Sarah A.

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New York, NY

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About Sarah
Hello! I am currently in my first year of my Masters at NYU where I am studying flute performance, where I am studying under Keith Underwood and Soo-Kyung Park. I am also an Adjunct Instructor at NYU, where I teach undergraduate NYU students private flute lessons. I recently graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music this past May, where I received a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance with a minor in art history. While at IU, I studied under Kathryn Lukas and participated in various ensembles and concerts, focusing mainly on chamber music.

I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia, where I studied under Christina Smith, the principal flutist of the Atlanta Symphony, and I also participated in a numerous amount of masterclasses and performances with many different flutists. I have been playing the flute for 16 years, a
nd I have been playing the piano for 18 years. I also play the piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, clarinet, and the guitar.

I have been teaching the flute for over 8 years. I have taught students of all ages and levels. I also have worked with high school students in assisting with flute sectionals through the band program.

I am experienced with a large variety of styles, and I am open to exploring different types of music.

My goal is to give students the ability and resources to grow to become an overall musician. I work hard to find out how different students learn, and I adjust my teaching style to fit different learning needs. I aim to help students find a passion in playing music, so I try an find out what interests a student and work to incorporate that into flute playing. I am very encouraging and enthusiastic in my teaching.

Please contact me with any questions :) Also feel free to check out more about me at my website sarahabramsflute.com
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Sophia F. June 25, 2019
· Flute · In studio
My daughter’s first lesson with Sarah was great. She’s looking forward to next week.
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Sungsim May 22, 2019
· Flute · Online
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Jen January 25, 2019
· Flute · Online
Great teacher
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Sarah A.

New York, NY 10012
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About Eleni T.

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Astoria, NY

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About Eleni
Music has always been what I love to do. I am deeply grateful to all my teachers and mentors throughout these 18 years such as Judith Mendenhall, Samuel Coles, Paul Edmund Davies, Wissam Boustany, Luis Garcia Renart and many others. I have performed in concerts throughout the United States, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe in such halls such as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Harvard's John Knowles Pain Concert Hall, Yale's Woolsey Hall, National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghain Grand Lyric Theater, Hong Kong Cultural Center and the Megaron of Music in Greece.
I have a lot of orchestral experience due to the rigorous orchestra program that I attended at Bard Conservatory, but at the same time have explored a lot of the solo repertoire for flute, flute and piano as well as flute and orchestra. Chamber music has alway
s been a passion for me. I particularly enjoy playing music written for Woodwind Quintets. I think that all aspects of performing as a flutist have their own unique beauty.
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Eleni T.

Astoria, NY 11105
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$50 / 30-min

About Georgina R.

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Hackensack, NJ
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About Georgina
I want always a soprano or even a professional singer when I started my music career. I was a trimpianst for 6 years speacializing in jazz and classical music. I then move to musical theater for local community and non profits productions. I then was trained for 6 years as a soprano but an well versed in mezzo soprano music.
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Georgina R.

Hackensack, NJ 07601
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$50 / 30-min
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About Zach S.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Zach
I have been playing the drums for 20+years and teaching for 8+years. I studied jazz at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, but am no stranger to playing Rock, RnB, Punk, etc..in dirty dive bars, music festivals, and other less stuffy environments :)
*Feel free to watch my performance Reel below to hear a sample of my playing!
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Tim April 6, 2019
· Drum · In studio
It has been a pleasure to begin to learn to play the drums with Zach. He has made the lessons immensely enjoyable and given me the time and space to master one element of drumming before on to another.
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Karen March 25, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Zach is not only a kick-ass drummer, he’s a great teacher too. I never thought of myself as musically inclined but after six months of lessons with Zach I have changed my tune. Thanks to Zach’s patience, kindness and skill, I’m actually learning how to play the drums at age 45! I look forward to my lessons every week and highly recommend Zach to aspiring drummers of any age.
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Luis February 26, 2019
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Zach has been my drum instructor for a little over a year now, and after stopping playing for several years beforehand I foun Zach, I thank him helping he rebuild my passion for rocking out! He never fails to take his time with me and break down certain beats, songs, etc, whenever I’m having trouble getting the grasp of things. He makes his classes very personal and it’s clear how much he cares for how I perform and how much I understand what I’m doing
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Zach S.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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$40 / 30-min

About Johnny L.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Johnny
Johnny Lippiett is an award winning musician, educator and recording artist. A regular on the international jazz circuit for over two decades now, he has established himself as a thrilling saxophonist who layers electrifying improvisation atop a foundation of modern jazz. Complementing his success as a jazz artist, he lectured in saxophone and related studies at The New Zealand School of Music, from 1999-2007.

Born in the UK, his versatile musicianship and uniquely personal style won him a place in the finals of the young jazz musician of the year (1997). This led to work with the cream of London’s A-list at many of the esteemed venues such as the Barbican, the Jazz Café, the 606 Club and the Bulls head. After graduating from Dartington College of Arts with a BA Honors degree (1997) he attended the London Institute where he was awarded a
Post Graduate teaching qualification in jazz education (1998).

After moving to NZ in 1999, Johnny quickly became established as one of the most respected and in demand musicians as well as becoming a clinician for Selmer saxophones. He was regularly featured at many international jazz festivals and divided his time between London and Wellington. His contributions to the NZ jazz community proved to be invaluable and his instruction of important young jazz talent offered an impressive compliment to his artistic efforts.

In 2006 he was awarded a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance and he continues to foster critical acclaim along with an ever increasing fan base through industry awards, live performances and studio recordings. Since 2007 he has lived and worked in New York and his recent CD 'Soulscape' featured the All-star rhythm section of Billy Drummond, Mike Eckroth and Ron McClure.
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Johnny L.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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$50 / 30-min

About Steven C.

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Brooklyn, NY
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My name is Steven Crammer and I am professional drummer and teacher based in New York City. I have a B.M (jazz performance) from William Paterson University, a certificate from Drummer's Collective, and am working towards my M.M. (jazz performance) from Manhattan School of Music. I have performed around the country in a wide variety of musical settings (jazz, rock, theater, marching band, etc.) and taught privately for 9 years, as well as given clinics/masterclasses.

Although my formal education is focused on jazz, I perform and teach many styles of music. I am as comfortable playing/teaching rock and metal as I am with jazz and world music. Beginners to advanced players are all welcome,

The lessons are flexible based on each student's specific needs and interests. I want the student to have a relationship with music and the instru
ment. We will work on building a strong foundation (technique, groove, time) as well as being creative and working towards the student's personal musical goals.
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Steven C.

Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$40 / 30-min

About Brayton A.

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Hackensack, NJ
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About Brayton
I am a classically trained singer with a graduate degree in vocal performance. I have performed in opera, musical theater, recital, cabaret, and as an orchestral soloist with regional companies around the US. In addition to teaching, I also work professionally in classical musician management, working with top tier opera singers, conductors, and directors.

I have over 7 years of teaching experience, from beginner through advanced (graduate degree) students, a number of which have gone on to higher education, teaching, and professional performing careers. Whether you are looking to audition for collegiate music program or just wanting to learn how to sing more freely and expressively for yourself and friends, I am confident I can help you develop a sustainable technique to help you progress as an artist.
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Brayton A.

Hackensack, NJ 07601
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$50 / 30-min

About Linda C.

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Bronx, NY

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About Linda
Audiences throughout the U.S. have heard Ecuadorian and Puerto-Rican Mezzo-Soprano Linda C. at venues including Carnegie Hall, the U.N., Lincoln Center, the United Palace Theater, and Repertorio Español, as well as in theaters throughout Europe. Described as having a voice that is “elastic and luxurious…” (Ars Raving Mad), Linda began her 2018/19 season as a part of Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance. She later went on to perform as an Apprentice Artist in Sarasota Opera’s Winter 2019 season, and just recently sang the role of María Magdalena in El Caminante de Nazaret and as a soloist in Ben Yarmolinsky's The Constitution with the Vertical Player Repertory Theater.

Linda has made appearances with the New York Lyric Opera Theater at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and made her Italian operatic debut as La Cesca in Puccini’s Gian
ni Schicchi with Si Parla, si canta and Centro Studi Italiani in 2017.

In addition to her operatic career, Ms. C. has also showcased her vocal versatility in her concert and recital work. She has performed as a soloist with various orchestras and ensembles throughout New York City including the Mimesis Ensemble, Queens College Choral Society, Voces Unidas, and the Cantanti Project, performing in concerts, recitals and galas showcasing oratorio, new music, and Spanish opera, zarzuela, art song, popular song, and baroque music.

Her recent awards include first prize in the Friday Woodmere Music Club’s Young Artist Competition and first prize in the Bronx Arts Ensemble Young Artist Competition.

Linda received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She was a CUNY Macaulay Honors Scholar, Richard and Mica Hadar Foundation Scholar, and the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Jane and Paul Smaldone Memorial Scholarship, the Helene B. Giudice Award, the Erik Horlick Memorial Award, and The Claire Bartels Freshman Award.

When she is not performing, Linda loves to teach and has five years of experience teaching both voice and beginner-intermediate piano.
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Anthony C. July 7, 2019
· Classical Voice · In home
Linda is a vey experienced teacher,
She worked well with my 9 yr old son!
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Ana July 6, 2019
· Classical Piano · In home
My daugther has been taking piano lessons for about 1 month and it's amazing how fast she's learning, also Ms Linda is so patient as a teacher and my daugther feels so confortable as i do myself while i wait for her class to finish. I highly recomended her. 🤗
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Linda C.

Bronx, NY 10455
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$50 / 30-min

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