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

About Paul
I have been teaching music for about 25 years mostly on the guitar but I also give lessons on the bass, piano, and ukelele. I give lessons to beginner and intermediate students of all ages. If you want to learn and have fun I am ready for your lesson. In addition to teaching I have played in various local original and cover bands as well as musical productions. I enjoy the challenge every student brings.
I teach on the entire Island so if your address comes up as to far away call TL to get set up.
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I structure my lessons with a focus on learning to read and play music but I also like to teach a student what interests them as well. I think learning to read music is very important and it aides in the students development of their own musical personality. Early on the student will also learn songs or stlyes tha
t interest them so its not just work but also play.

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

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beginner on all instruments and rock guitar.
Intermediate students also welcome.
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Lisa October 17, 2018
· Piano · In home
I can’t say enough about Paul. Aside from his technical skill he was able to work with me on just the right level with just the right sense of humor! I wish I could have continued but my schedule made it impossible. But thanks to Paul I now have greater technical knowledge and will be able to go a bit future on my own, at least until until we can continue our lessons! I will truly miss our our time at the piano. You would be quite lucky to have Paul as your teacher!
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Lisa August 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
Paul was very patient with me and has a great sense of humor! Exactly what I need !
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Vince June 27, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Paul has been giving me bass guitar lessons for a while now and I truly enjoy our time together and the approach he is taking with me. As an adult trying to get back into music, he is making the process interedting ang challenging without being overbearing. I highly recommend Paul for music lessons and I look forward to each of our sessions.
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Paul M.

Staten Island, NY 10314
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About Barbee M.

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West New York, NJ

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Enhance your singing, playing, or songwriting skills with an understanding of how music works! Music theory lessons can help you learn and memorize music faster, perform with more confidence, and add variety to the music you write.

About Barbee
Hi! My name is Barbee and I’ve been teaching and singing professionally for over ten years. I love helping my students reach their musical goals, while having fun making music at the same time!

I accept students of all levels and ages 8 and up. Some of my students are working musicians, actors, and voice actors; many are teenagers who aspire to study music and/or theatre in college and become professional performers. And of course many are enthusiastic avocational singers and pianists who simply love music and want to work on their technique in a fun environment.

Some recent student accomplishments include:
*Leading roles in musicals and operas
*International concert tours
*Acceptance to multiple NYC performing arts high schools
*Multiple scholarship offers from universities to study music
*Acceptance to pre-professional traini
ng programs such as Paper Mill Playhouse and AMDA Summer Conservatories

Both voice and piano lessons are based on a foundation of healthy technique while incorporating musicianship skills and encouraging the student to develop their own creativity. I am experienced in teaching many genres and styles including Broadway/musical theater, classical/opera, pop, rock, R&B, country, and folk. I encourage my students to explore new styles and apply good technique to any style they may choose to sing or play.

I love helping my students prepare for auditions. As an active performer myself I have auditioned many, MANY times for different organizations, and I have also been on "the other side of the table" and I know what qualities audition panels are looking for. Let me help you show your best qualities at your audition!

As a member of both NATS (National Association for Teachers of Singing) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) I am constantly working to improve my teaching skills by keeping up with the latest pedagogical research. I love sharing new tips and techniques with my students!

I strive to create a lesson environment that is open and honest, where my students are never afraid to ask questions or try something new. I am always happy to explain concepts in a different way and I encourage improvisation and creativity in addition to healthy technique and strong musicianship.

If you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to send me a message by clicking “Ask Barbee a Question” at the top of the page.

In-studio equipment: Yamaha P-115 digital piano with 3-pedal unit and bench, music stands, large library of scores and anthologies for repertoire exploration

Please note that you MUST have an acoustic or digital piano with weighted keys for in-home piano lessons. You MUST have a piano or keyboard for in-home voice lessons. If you are looking to purchase an instrument I am happy to provide recommendations.

Please note that students are expected to purchase all music, curriculum, and other materials as appropriate.
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Liza September 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Barbee is very pleasant and good teacher. She is very flexible with scheduling.
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Logan & Maddie C. September 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson with both my son and daughter. Looking forward to future weeks.
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Isa R. August 29, 2017
· Opera Voice · In home
Barbee is fantastic! My daughter had a great time and learned a lot!
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Barbee M.

West New York, NJ 07093
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About Dylan D.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Music theory CAN be fun and entertaining (no this is not a joke!). I always link concepts directly to genres and topics that the student actually likes. Sure, we'll have to go through certain lessons that are barely more fun than watching paint dry. But once we learn the fundamentals that rest of theory study can be incredibly engaging and informative.

About Dylan
I have a BA in Music from NYU and have been teaching private guitar lessons for 10 years. In 2009 I created the visionary metal band PYRRHON. We've released three full-length albums, all of which have received critical acclaim from noteworthy publications. I am an expert guitarist, composer, arranger and teacher. In my lessons I am able to cover many topics, including rock, metal, jazz, classical, improvisation, transcription, composition, general dexterity and more. My lessons are interdisciplinary, designed to improve musical comprehension, creative wherewithal, and confidence. Let's build something together.

My band PYRRHON is my primary creative outlet. Our recently released third album, What Passes For Survival, received laudatory reviews, landing on Best of 2017 lists for Rolling Stone, Decibel, Quietus and several other notable
publications. We have extensive international touring experience and have worked with several renowned metal labels, including Willowtip and Relapse Records.

Outside of PYRRHON, I record and perform solo guitar pieces under my name, improvise avidly, and study classical guitar. I also have 2 in-the-works musical projects that span the breadth of my musical vocabulary. Initial recordings for both projects will surface by late 2018.
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Ronald R. September 5, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Dylan is a very good guitar coach. He is good at recognizing where you need the most work. And instructing you in that area.
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Anton February 6, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher - patient, flexible, incredibly knowledgeable, and takes you where you want to go with the instrument. I highly recommend!!
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Steve January 30, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Dylan's an awesome instructor! He's patient, friendly, and open to helping you learn whatever style of guitar playing you'd like. And really flexible and understanding with scheduling. I hadn't played guitar in years when I started back up with Dylan and he was great and informative with helping me through the basics again.
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Dylan D.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Concetta A.

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Brooklyn, NY

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How to read and write music fluently as well as compose your own original music. This is an amazing skill to have that opens up so many opportunities!

About Concetta
Concetta Abbate is a NYC based violinist, strings specialist and composer. She writes original art songs inspired by natural science, folk tales, poetry and everyday objects and sounds. She released her first solo album entitled Falling in Time in February 2015 on Waterbug Records. She was a visiting composer in residence at TAKT gallery in Berlin both in 2014 and 2016. In 2018 she co-composed a dance composition for the Wendy Osserman Dance Company. Concetta is most known for her collaborative work with poet Cornelius Eady (Kattywompus Press), musical instrument builder Skip La Plante, photographer Vera Comploj and Latin music band Inti and the Moon (Intiluna Records).

Concetta is the musical director of a music education non-profit called "Teacup Music". She holds a masters degree in Music and Music Education at Columbia University
and has received grants from the Rauschenberg Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Charles Mayer Foundation as well as The Roothbert Fund.

She loves dogs, hiking, cooking and gardening! She tailors her private lessons to individual students goals and needs.
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Joseph March 27, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
Concetta was/terrific and extremely helpful and kind.
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Winston Thomas June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
It was truly a pleasure meeting Concetta for my first ever violin lesson. It is difficult to learn anything at the age 40, specially a musical instrument, but she made it comfortable and easy to understand. She's extremely patient a key quality when teaching a subject such a music to anyone. I would say, give her teaching style a try and you won't regret it. Very knowledgeable indeed.
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Matthew February 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
She was great, first lesson and I learned a lot about how to improve my singing, demonstrably so. Very pleased, looking forward to continuing.
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Concetta A.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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About Brian F.

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New York, NY
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About Brian
My musical interest began as early as I could remember. One of the most comforting and interesting things to do as a child was play with musical instruments like the toy keyboards, xylophones or drums, and of course singing! I found a voice, a magical place, where I could be myself and express deeper feelings than were made possible by talking.

After hearing a string quartet, the violin called to me in every millisecond of sound, I heard it as if it were me playing. I began lessons at age five, and here I am today! Still finding the mystical powers in every practice and teaching session. Between then and now, I managed to accomplish some musical dreams of mine.

At age fourteen, I performed a solo with the Long Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra. I went to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for the second half of my high
school, and for most of my undergraduate studies. There, I grew unmeasurably and will forever be grateful to Kevin Lawrence, my violin professor at UNC School of the Arts. The value and sacred quality of studying music on that level continues to deepen in significance for me as time goes on.

As a performer I am grateful to have worked closely with some wonderful conductors and been invited to serve as concertmaster in ensembles such as, Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, Garden State Philharmonic, Taghkanic Chorale, Litha Symphony and Utopia Opera. Others I have played with include, Wordless Music Orchestra, Clarion Society, Orchestra Modern, Empire Chamber Orchestra, Winston Salem Symphony, Fayetteville Philharmonic, and Long Bay Symphony.
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Brian F.

Brian F.

New York, NY 10032
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About Matthew G.

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Ridgewood, NY

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Learn scales, key signatures, harmony, voice leading and counterpoint at a conservatory level. whether you are planning to pursue music professionally or are a curious hobbyist, lessons can be geared to the basics such as keys, scales, cadences and chord progressions or as advanced as compositional analysis and strict species counterpoint.

About Matthew
Hello! My name is Matthew and I am offering piano and voice lessons in your home or my studio. All lessons focused on student's goals and interests. Learn to sight read, play the blues, sing a show tune! I have been working professionally in the performing arts and have 20 years of experience working with all ages, from children to adults, and all levels, from beginners to professionals. I am always thrilled to help a young person uncover their musical ability, guide the experienced musician to further their proficiency, or provide the hobbyist with a fun, creative environment to explore the music they've always loved.
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Sammy October 24, 2018
· Singing · Online
So excited to get started! Had a terrific first lesson
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David A. August 13, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I absolutely love my lessons with Matthew. He is very patient, clear, and really evaluates each student to know what they need to focus on. Definitely would recommend Matthew to any new students
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Peri L. October 19, 2017
· Logic Pro Software · Online
Matthew wasreally nice and kind.
Very patient too
Knowledgeable as well🙏🙏🙏🙏
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Ridgewood, NY 11385
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About Cândida L. B.

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New York, NY

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In English, Español ou Português! The classes are a very fun and practical way to learn and practice music theory through music, technology and softwares! Learn to read, to write, ear training, scales, chords, progressions, dictation, etc. Play and read everything you like!

* Classes in studio in NYC too. Please ask for it by message!

PROGRAM - Choose your goals!
- Score notation
- Harmony notation
- Melodic structures
- Music Form
- Sight- reading development
- Solfege: tonal, modal, atonal
- Dictation: intervals, chords, scales, progressions, melodies, polyphony.
- Reading rhythms patterns
- Different conducting patterns
- Preparing for tests and applications.

Practicing rhythms, melodies, harmonies, chords, you will develop your musicality. Using apps, videos, tracks, you will have amazing material to follow along, watch references and read your special instructions. Choose to add music theory and harmony, songwriting or composing to your program if you wish. ...

About Cândida L.
Write me a message! Piano, voice, ear training, music theory, music history, composition, and song writing in person and online!

I'm a Brazilian musician around 35 years old, MASTER in Piano Performance, Professor at a University in Brazil and in the US, also Bachelor in Singing and Composition. I love interacting with classes of piano and Jazz singing, for kids and adults. I have a big repertoire of classical music, pop, musical theater and all the Brazilian songs. Also, the practice can include harmony studies, ear training, improvisation and composition. The concept of my methodology is using creativity, technology and good music to make the students play all the songs they want and develop skills. I can teach in English, Portuguese or Spanish.

PLAY Music - LEARN Music - CREATE Music
Use the piano or voice to play a great vari
ety of songs, from classical to pop, crossing jazz, Brazilian and Latin tunes, american classicals, etc. Using sheets, chords, iPad/iphone, "play by ear", books or just improvising!
Add to your training elements of Music Theory, Harmony, Music History and Ear Training with interactive material online and books.
Creativity!!! Jam every class, learn to songwrite, to create your melodies, change chords, write lyrics and produce your songs! Acoustic and digital support, many tools to express your ideas, kids to adults!

FOR ONLINE CLASSES, I developed a great structure working with your ipad/ tablet/ phone/ computer, using Skype , FaceTime, Facebook, Zoom, and more, to work everywhere in the world. Ask me more about it!

ABOUT THE CLASSES:
I recommend starting with an online or in studio classes of 30 minutes. Ask me how and I help you setting everything for an amazing, affordable and comfortable class!
In home classes, minimum legth of 45min.
Want a longer class, double or mixed subjects like piano and singing? Let me know!
I can also work in groups, so invite your friends and family!

Any doubt or special case? Write me a message! I'll be happy to consider your request!

Las clases también pueden ser en ESPAÑOL y con el repertorio latino!

Ou se preferir, com a alegria de se falar PORTUGUÊS em aula!

FROM MY WEBSITE:

Professor Cândida L. B. is an inspiring world class musician, classically trained and rooted in Brazilian culture. Her artistic work mixes folkloric music, bossa nova, pop, latin and african music, jazz, and all styles of world music. After 15 years teaching in a University in Brazil and in the United States, now she also created a program in which she offers her experience as a music educator for all ages music students and from all over the world. Master in Piano Performance, Bachelor also in singing, composition, studies in music production and electronic music, sound therapy, special needs and coaching, Professor B. is a true educator and artist.

Her methodology consists of modern approach to music education and music therapy, that connects creativity, repertoire, technology and skill development. Choose your subject: piano, keyboard, jazz voice and singing, music theory, ear training, harmony, songwriting.

Also, engage in a warm community that shares music, shows, meetings and encouragement!

LANGUAGE

You choose to learn in Portuguese, Spanish or English. Practice music and a new language at the same time.

REPERTOIRE

Huge possibilities, many styles. Expertise on classical, Brazilian and Latin jazz, pop. Do what you like!

METHODOLOGY AND RESOURCES
You will have access to different books, CDs, videos, classes, of materials I prepared myself and that I buy from other instructors. Ill share the material that is good for you training as part of our methodology.

BACKGROUND

Ms. B combines her formal academic studies in University as an artist and educator with studies and certifications in Dalcroze, Linklater, improvisation, circle singing, music production, technology and especially her experience in studios and playing with musicians all over America. Special call to “O Passo” – a Brazilian methodology on rhythm and pitch, connecting body and voice to learn music, performance and reading. Fantastic!

ONLINE LESSONS

You can connect by Skype or you can also choose to use FaceTime or Google Hangout. There are easy instructions that you receive to make sure you are all set to start. You have the chance to record your class and you will receive a link to all the material we use in class. In tour or local, classes must go on!

IN NEW YORK

If you are in New York Area, come for class in one of the studios. We are at midtown west, in great locations and professional studios.

PRICES

You can choose between 30, 45, 60 and 90 minutes lessons. Combo choices of more than 1 subject – you can combine piano and singing, or singing and songwriting for example.

SPECIAL PROJECTS AND COMMUNITY

You will start making part of our special projects, that include shows, concerts, events, CDs, month challenges, gifts, and other surprises. Touring different cities, you will make part of a community that gets together to watch shows, to perform and to travel – our performances happen in different cities, including New York and Rio de Janeiro! If you are looking to explore the world, might be a good opportunity!

Once you sign up, you will be connected to our links.

Check my reviews and join us today!
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Alexandra August 30, 2018
· Singing · Online
Time flies; another year has almost gone by since I started my lessons with Cândida. Thought it would be a good time to leave an update here.
Anything I write down doesn’t feel quite enough, really. She has become so much more than a music teacher (or maybe that’s how the best teachers should be?). A friend, a wise guide in the world of music that’s so easy to get lost in and burn out. With a day job and family, I could have stayed a noodler on various instruments forever, but thanks to her I now can call myself a musician - while keeping that tricky life-music balance. I surely have a life-long path of improvement in front of me (like everyone else!). But if I have her by my side, I know I’ll make it. Felicidades!
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Stratos F. June 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Candida for a few months. She is the most amazing instructor I have had the privilege of knowing. Her patience and understanding to helping me learn to sing and play the piano is exemplified by the fact that English is not my first language, yet she had never given up on me, even when I felt I could not do it. Her positive attitude and supportive nature made me never want to give up. Learning something new is something everyone should strive to achieve no matter what age you are and Candida is the best instructor if singing is your passion. Thank you Candida for never giving up on me. (Review translated from the Greek to English language).
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Cecilia May 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Don't over think it! BOOK A CLASS WITH CANDIDA TODAY. You will not regret it. Candida is an excellent teacher. Makes you feel super comfortable and she is very patient. Furthermore, she works with your schedule and is very flexible.
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Cândida L. B.

New York, NY 10027
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Master of Music from the renowned New England Conservatory. Students will gain an organic understanding and relationship to music theory, where it always serves a musical purpose and it doesn't stay in the realm of ideas.

About Simon
Hi there! My name is Simon Willson and my main gigging instrument is the double bass. I studied Jazz Bass at the New England Conservatory for my Bachelor's and Master's degree.

I have been in love with music since I was very young, and it has been the best gift I have ever received. I would like to be able to share this gift with other people, and that has been the driving force behind my teaching.

In addition to teaching, I keep a very busy performing schedule. You can find me playing at different venues in NYC several nights a week, in addition to frequent tours to Europe, South America, and the US.

I have a background in the Jazz and Classical tradition. In addition to performing, I compose and play guitar and piano. I love harmony and theory, and feel confident teaching those subjects as well.

Some of my past teachers i
nclude bassists Ben Street, Dave Holland, Cecil McBee, and Donald Palma, pianists Ethan Iverson and Frank Carlberg, and trumpet player John McNeil.
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Simon W.

Brooklyn, NY 11205
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$35 / 30-min

About Matt H.

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I know what it's like to need a mentor, and not just a teacher. Having been through music school and developing my own approaches to problems, I'm devoted to creating custom content and exercises, and research for your growth- the curriculum is based on your goals. Additionally, I'm continuing my education through Berklee online and Juilliard evening division to distill the best available information for you.

About Matt
Hello and welcome!

My name is Matt and my goal is to create an enjoyable, safe environment for you to learn as effectively as possible. Music is hard work but it is the most fun when you are improving and doing what you want! Having been through years of many types of music lessons, a master's program and worked in music publishing, I know that what is most important it is to have a mentor who is thoughtful and open to honest conversations about goals, needs, and interests--- someone who invests and goes the extra mile to help you succeed--- someone who inspires and challenges you. This focused, collaborative approach to education is rare but of utmost importance to my style.

I'm first and foremost a composer with interest in using these skills to encourage you to discover and achieve your goals in composition, theory, or beginn
ing piano: additionally I'm in the very beginning stages of developing these ideas into a mobile/web application to further encourage consistent learning habits outside of lessons.

I look forward to meeting with you!
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Jon September 19, 2018
· Composition · Online
Awesome teacher. Very knowledgeable and fun
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Brandon September 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Matthew is an excellent teacher with a ton of patience, as well. Coming into our first lesson, I had some beginner experience, but it had been a while since I actively played the piano. His lessons focus on assuring that the fundamentals are understood, then progressively building into more difficult pieces and even some theory. I would definitely recommend, as I am still taking lessons weekly!
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Chris September 5, 2018
· Composition · In home
Matt has a better understanding of how to analyze and explain compositional theory and techniques for me as his student than any other source I’ve found. He’s patient, intuitive of your level of understanding, and extremely knowledgeable not just about theory but the meaning and artistic expression that composition on this level has to offer. Thanks Matt!
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Matt H.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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About Aaron S.

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Having an academic music degree, I have a large amount of experience in most disciplines of music theory. I can teach you anything from harmonic analysis to sight-reading to counterpoint! If you want to understand the music that you're playing rather than simply replicate it, then you should come to me.

About Aaron
Do you or a loved one need help in school? Struggling with that essay? Can't tell simile from synecdoche? Supertonic from submediant? Panicking about college applications? (Trust me, I feel you.)

Hire me! I'm a recent graduate of Swarthmore College, where I spent a great deal of time reading, writing, and thinking about musicology. I have published academic papers, I have professional editing experience, and (not to brag) I scored in the 99th percentiles on the SAT and LSAT.

I can help you with any academic subject, but I'm especially adept at navigating the humanities and social sciences, as well as essay-writing, test prep, and college admissions. I promise competitive rates, personal attention, good humor, and strong results!
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Aaron S.

Mountainside, NJ 07092
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$30 / 45-min

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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons in West Orange, NJ

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons in West Orange is $60. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $55 and $65 per hour.

30-min $36
 
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music theory lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music theory lessons are 22% less expensive at $47, and 30-minute lessons cost 32% less at $41.

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Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
Why Learning Piano Theory is Important for All Musicians
Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory
All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures
What are the "keys" to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C... In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures. Key Signatures at a Glance Major sharps: the name of the key can be fou

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