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About Shoko N.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Education:1996-1998 Studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Completed studies in composition and arranging with teachers: Donny Nolan, Phil Wilson, Dan Moretti. Majored in piano performance with teachers: Joanne Brackeen, Kenny Werner and Lyle Mays. Graduated and received Performance Major Diploma in Music.
1989-1991 Studied at the YAMAHA Music Academy in Japan. Music theory with teachers: Yutaka Masuda, Yoko Nagata, Kiyomi Ishikawa and Yoshiko Mizuno, as well as electric organ and Suzuki piano performance with: Kazue Nishiwaki, Yutaka Masuda, Yoshiko Mizuno and Schwekendiek Donald Robert.Received license of teacher.

Recent Performances : 2012- Performed at Banlieues Bleues in Paris, France, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, HollandRote Fabrik in Zürich, Switzerland, Manufaktur in Schorndorf, Germany, Espace Vauban in Brest, F
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2010 Received NYFA winner
2009- Performed in Stockholm Sweden for Nobel prize ceremony for Herta MullerPerformed at Vertretung des Landes in Berlin with Satoshi Takeishi/ Michael Schiefel
Performed at The Kitchen NY with Mendi+Keith's electric ghost with Dance company
Performed at JCC Manhattan, Galapagos with Eve Sicular
Performed at Roulette in NY concert with Satoshi Takeishi
Performed at City Winery with Eve Sicular Metropolitan Klezmer
Performed at Joe's Pub in NY with Sanda Weigl/ Romanian Gypsy music
Performed and curated at Roulette in NY benefit concert with Okkyng Lee, Elliot Sharp, Satoshi Takeishi
Performed at The Brecht Forum with Composer Laura Andel
Performed at The Stone in NY with Satoshi Takeishi
Performed at The Stone, Glassland, Union pool in NY with Miho Hatori
Japan tour 09' with Satoshi Takeishi
Performed at The Stone in NY concert with Miya Masaoka, Okkung Lee
Performed at Santago Jazz festival with Heys Greendfeild
Performed at Drom in NY with Sanda Weigl/ Eve Sicular
2008- Performed in Finland "Tampere jazz festival" with Matana Roberts
Performed at Knitting factory NY "Winter festival" with Matana Roberts
Performed at Moes theater in Chicago with Sanda Weigl
Performed at Illinois University in Chicago with Sanda Weigl
Performed at Joe's Pub in NY with Sanda Weigl
Performed at Roulette in NY benefit concert with Okkyng Lee
Japan tour 08' with Satoshi Takeishi
7/12-8/6 Performed at Santago Jazz festival with Heys Greendfeild
Performed at Barbes in NY with Sanda Weigl
Performed at Cornelia Street cafe in NY with Sanda Weigl
Performed in Canada "Solpolo festival" with Matana Roberts
Performed at Drom in NY with Lev
Performed at Drom in NY with Sanda Weigl
2007- Performed Shoko's "Vortex" at Blue Note in NYC
Performed Shoko's "Ephemeral" at Roulette for composers series in NYC
Performed at Brooklyn College Shoko's "Ephemeral" in Brooklyn
Performed at Resfest in Brasil SaoPaulo with Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto)
Performed in Brasil Rio with Miho Hatori
Performed at Museum fine arts in Houston, Texas with Miho Hatori
Performed at Webster Hall with Miho Hatori in NYC
Performed at The Stone with Miho Hatori in NYC
Performed at Highline Ballroom with Miho Hatori in NYC
Performed at Tonic with Miho Hatori in NYC
Performed at Jazz Gallery with Matana Roberts Group in NYC
Scored music for a French movie " L ' Amour Cache' " ( directed by Isabelle Huppert ) with Butch Morris
Scored music for a Japanese movie " Starfish Hotel" ( directed by John Williams ) with Satoshi Takeishi

2005- Received a grant from Philadelphia Music project (Painted Bride Art Center) Grant for jazz jaunts a project in which seven jazz artists will compose and premiere compositions that incorporate musicical traditions from trier cultural roots, spanning South Africa, Cuba, Brazil, South India, Iraq, Japan, and Jewish Diaspora.

2009- Film ScoredUS/JAPAN security treaty documentary film music"ANPO" directed by Linda Hoaglund2006- Japanese Film music "Starfish Hotel" directed by John Williams
Teaching:2003- 2010 Teaching group and private lessons on piano at Florentine Music School in NYC.
2005- Substitute as dance accompanist at 92Y in NYC.1999-2004 Teaching private lessons on piano at Victory Music Studio in Staten Island.1996-1999 Teaching private lessons on YAMAHA system on electric organ and piano in Boston.1991-1996 Teaching group and private lessons and workshop on electric organ and piano for 100 students per week in YAMAHA Music School in Japan.

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Methods Used
Yamaha Methods Suzuki Methods

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Any ages welcome, one on one piano lessons. Classic, jazz, Folk, rock, R&B any style for beginner to intermediate student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano

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I grow up in YAMAHA Music education in Japan. include dance, ear training, theory, singing, writing and performance. I know the process to make students to develop.
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Jaret Q. April 17, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Loved loved Shoko, my kids warmed up to her instantly!
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Blanche K. July 16, 2014
· Organ · In home
I have had a wonderful organ teacher, Shoko, for quite a few months. She is very patient, extremely pleasant and teaches very well. I learned quite a bit from her since I knew no organ playing at all at onset.

May she have a long teaching carrier.
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Buck T. May 21, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Shoko is teaching my 6 year old son to play the piano. She's doing a great job. She makes it fun for him because he loves to be silly all the time. I recommend her as a piano teacher.
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Shoko N.

Shoko N.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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About Lynn L.

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About Lynn
Lynn Ligammari is a graduate from the Eastman School of Music, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance and Education.

Known for her versatility, Lynn performs with a wide array of musical projects that include, The Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, Conor Oberst, Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk, Frank London & The Shekinah Big Band, Holy Hand Grenade, The Dorian Wallace Free-Sound Ahnsemble, Soulsystem Orchestras, and Oblio.

She has played at NPR, the David Letterman Show, America's Got Talent, Governor's Ball, the Bluenote, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival, Summerstage, and more.

In addition to performing, she is a Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education, and a saxophone instructor for Mannes Prep at The New School.

Lynn was born and raised in Niagara Falls, N
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*** Lesson Details ***
In addition to the fundamentals (Tone, Rhythm, Technique, Ear-Training, Sight-Reading), I also like to tie-in music theory, composition, and improvisation along the way. I believe in setting short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals that are specific to the student and their needs and wants. I also believe in the benefit of having the student bring in songs or materials that they are interested in, and designing lessons around their interests. I am patient, creative, and willing to move at any pace that is right for you.

Through my experience as an educator I understand that every student is different, and therefore, my job is to guide and facilitate learning, while making the process as enjoyable as possible! My approach is customized to bring out your strengths and interests, while also ensuring that you have a solid foundation on your instrument. In addition, I am professionally trained in both jazz & classical music, and I perform regularly with working bands of all types and genres.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ drum set, piano, guitars, clarinet, sax, flute, amps, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are expected to have an instrument, and eventually selected method-books which will be decided upon for each student based on their needs, goals, or level.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all levels of students, from beginner to professional levels of all ages.

Skills and teaching techniques vary specifically per individual, but may include saxophone technique (technical facility, tone, scales, overtones), improvisation (jazz as well as other styles), sight reading, music theory, ear training, transcription, composition, and repertoire development in all styles of music (jazz, classical, pop, funk, world, etc.)
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Dave P. August 26, 2015
· Music Performance · In home
I've worked with Lynn for going on three years now and she has without a doubt been one of the most talented and most enjoyable people to make music with that I've ever encountered. Not only does she rock the sax better than most, she's extremely humble and approaches music with an openness and extremely positive energy. I give her my highest recommendation as a great teacher, and a great human being.
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Christine S. April 26, 2015
· Clarinet · In studio
An awesome instructor, patient, enjoyable, and informative. Has a brilliant sense of teaching technique, theory, sight reading. Look forward to each lesson ,and continuing to build and improve on each lesson.
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Lynn L.

Lynn L.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Amanda M.

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About Amanda
STEINWAY Educational Partner since 2013
Member of American Guild of Musical Artist since 2012
NY METS Honored Performer 2011
Master of Music in Music Performance 2009
International Folk Song Vocal Competition Third Prize 2006
German Lieder Competition First Prize 2005
B.F.A in Music Performance Vocal & Piano 2003
B.F.A in Music Ed. & Performing Arts Ed. 2003
Steinway& Sons International Youth Piano Competition Second Prize 1992

*** Lesson Details ***
- Technique Development 33%
- Music Appreciation 33%
- Self Expression 33%
- Talent 1%

As for advanced teaching, my teaching style helps students to open their minds so they can enjoy themselves through music. I enjoy teaching my students helpful ways to think about music, as opposed to just teaching them to execute the right notes. For example I might say "play the piano
like you sing, and sing as if you are telling a story!" This is an important part of my teaching philosophy.

I have students auditioned for America's Got Talent, the Disney Channel and the Met Opera Children Chorus

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: baby grand, music stand, couch, chairs, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
My students need a piano or an eighty-eight weighted electronic keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Classical Piano
Ear Training
Music Theory
Vocal Coach
Vocal Technique
Stage Presentation
Audition Preparation
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Samantha June 4, 2015
· Piano · In home
We love her!
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Stacy L. October 11, 2014
· Piano · In home
I feel so lucky to find Amanda as my son's first piano teacher. She is great with kids and make my 3 year old boy fall in love with piano now through her great teaching skills and interesting "animal story books" designed specifically for young children to learn piano. It's been only 2 months since Ethan's first piano class with her, and he's already playing with both hands and a lot of kids songs like "twinkle twinkle little star", "London bridge is falling down", "old McDonald had a farm"...Thank you Amanda!
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Amanda M. March 11, 2013
· Piano ·
The piano teacher for a lifetime

Amanda is an amazing teacher. I went back to taking piano lessons at the age of 45 and Amanda has been an incredibly patient, generous, intelligent and warm teacher. She is very personable, extremely knowledgeable about music, and the lessons are individually tailored so that I get the most out of them. I have learned so much as her pupil and I am growing (slowly!) as a pianist. Amanda has made this process enjoyable, fulfilling, and yes...fun!
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Amanda M.

Amanda M.

New York, NY 10022
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About Elisabetta F.

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About Elisabetta
Originally from Rome, Italy, Elisabetta immersed herself in musical and classical studies since an early age. Traveling with her family, she had the opportunity to experience the most prestigious music productions in Europe and the United States. The choice to be an active part of the music world as a professional was inevitable and only natural.
She attained a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Music Teaching, from the Conservatory of Music Refice, Italy.
She developed a long career teaching music, providing music education instruction, encompassing practice of an instrument, history of music, and music theory. She taught classes with approximately twenty-five students, maintaining a sharp, consistent focus on correlating music to academics.
Through instrument instruction (piano, recorder, and key board) she was successful i
n developing skills in students such as discipline and concentration. The experience of practicing and producing beautiful music enhanced the self esteem of even the most difficult pupils, improving their achievements also in mathematics, science, language arts and other academic subjects.
While teaching, Elisabetta never stopped performing for various Cultural Associations in Solo Concerts and Chamber Music.
In New York for family and business reasons since 1999, Elisabetta continued her successful teaching career throughout these years, giving lessons to children and adults alike. Some of her students came from the Martha Graham School of Modern Dance, The Neighborhood Playhouse and Opera Singers.

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My lessons are pleasant, interesting and stimulating. I have the gift to make things easier. Step by step you go a long way, and become eager to go further. You will look at challenges as just bigger rewards.
I was taught by very accomplished, intimidating Artists and Maestros… extremely demanding people. If you ever feel discouraged or a little doubtful about your abilities… believe me, I KNOW where you are coming from!
We’ll walk together towards a priceless treasure that will be with you for life. In a few months, hearing something beautiful in the air, you will be able to say “I can play that!”

*** Studio Equipment ***
piano in a separate room seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Aegina B. June 27, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter adores Elisabetta, and with good reason. Elisabetta is an expert in the fine art of balancing warmth and gentleness with rigorous instruction and an insistence on the importance of technique.

My daughter has been playing piano for several years, and she wants to be treated as a mature tween, not a small child who must be praised for simply getting through a piece. On the other hand, she can also be hypersensitive and react badly to criticism; she will think someone is angry with her on the slightest provocation. In other words, she is a very tough customer! But somehow, miraculously, Elisabetta gets it perfectly right, and my daughter feels respected and encouraged.

I am extremely grateful to have found such a gracious and skilled instructor, and I'm very pleased with the progress my daughter is making.
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James Zhang October 27, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My son has been practicing piano with Elisabetta for more than a year and the progress he has made during this period really made me happy and proud. My son not only learned the skills of piano but also gained the passion for music from Elisabetta, who demonstrated great professionalism in piano , as well as the zeal for music and the love for kids. She has a very organized approach to get kids interested in music, while not getting bored with basic skills. I start to realize (only after a year of my son's piano practice) how important it is to have a musician specialized in piano as a teacher for my son's continuous development of his piano skills. I am very glad that I have made a wise decision at the early stage. My son always looks towards to the piano lessons at Elisabetta's house and he can get very sad when we have to miss the lessons from time to time. It is still very surreal for me to watch a super active 7 year old boy sitting in front of the piano for hours or listen to the cds quietly for a long time recommended by Elisabetta. Both my son and I are very thankful to the great teacher.
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Jacob Z. October 19, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Elisabetta is a very experienced teacher with great passion for both music and kids. She is able to inspire my son's interest in music while getting him working on the important basics of piano. My son demonstrated obviously improvement after only several lessons with Elizabetta. I wouldn't hesitate recommending her to any of my friends.
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Elisabetta F.

Elisabetta F.

Flushing, NY 11367
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About Rafael L.

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About Rafael
I have been teaching by more than 30 years, and with this experience,and the knowledge accumulated in those years plus my playing experience, I am able to teach my students in a very good way.

My lessons will be very dynamic by the interaction with my students, giving them the tools they will need to play in real situations. "Playing, listening, reading, and writing".

Always looking forward, never looking back, music is passion and joy.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson consists in six sections that can vary depending on the duration of the lesson.
1- Warming up
2- Review of homework
3- Rudiments
4- Rhythm
5- Reading and writing
6- Analyisis of different Video and audio recordings
6- New homework

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have one drum set fully equipped, plus cajon and some folkloric drums from Colombia.
I write
the examples using Finale.
I have a complete collection of books and videos to support the lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my books, metronome, sticks, etc.
I expect the student provide the drum set

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Pop, Latin, Brazilian, Caribbean, Andean, Latin American , Colombian, etc
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Brian N. June 28, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I loved my first lesson with Rafael. He is great.
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Effua M. April 9, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My family loves Rafael. My son (who is five) takes drumming lessons and Rafael is very knowledgeable, gentle and patient. We love how encouraging he is and my son says for me to make sure I say that Rafael is an AWESOME drummer and we also think he's an awesome person :)
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victor B. February 27, 2015
· Drum · In studio
im 23, been playing drums for 14 years,I had different teachers all growing up, but I realized that I had no real good knowledge of theory and '' why things works''.
iI've been taking classes with Rafael Leal for six months. During these six months there has been a lot of progress with the knowledge of music theory and my drums skills. There are a lot of music teachers out there, but Rafael's combination of knowledge and skills can not only craft you into a great drummer, but a great musician as well!I highly recommend you contact Rafael leal and pursue taking your music education to a new level.
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Rafael L.

Rafael L.

Jamaica, NY 11435
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$30 / 30-min
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About Alexander S.

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Brooklyn, NY
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At my lessons, I use the experience and knowledge that I have acquired from over 10 years of playing and studying music to teach students how to take their playing to the next level and reach their goals.

I attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, and am now one semester shy from graduating from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, a conservatory in New York City.

I find the best way to learn is in a fun, stress-free environment where the instructor pays close attention to the needs of their students. I believe in cultivating an appreciation for jazz and other styles of music, paying close attention to detail, and building a strong foundation through focused practice.
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Giulia September 8, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
I've attend Alex lessons since more than 6 months. He has been extremely accomodating with my crazy work-schedule and available to change hour or day even with small advance notice.
During the lessons we have fun and that is what I think is the most important thing!
Alex is really passionate about music and is capable of transmit this passion during his lessons.
I would definitely recommed him as a teacher!
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Ligori N. May 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Best instructor ever!
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Ligori N. May 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Best instructor ever!
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Alexander S.

Alexander S.

Brooklyn, NY 11233
(3)
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$40 / 30-min

About Tom M.

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I've been playing since I was 9 years old, and have toured and recorded with a bunch of people and learned a lot of things! I graduated new school for jazz and contemporary music where I studied with some of the best guitarists in New York, and play regularly in NYC with a bunch of really amazing bands. I also teach at The School Of Rock in Manhattan and work with kids of all ages in both group and one-on-one settings.
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Jasper M. November 14, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Tom is best he has Patience
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Nick March 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Tom is one of the best teachers I've ever had. When I first started studying with him, I really couldn't do much on the guitar, let alone write songs, write arrangements, or record music by myself. Nowadays, I feel comfortable in all of these areas, largely thanks to my lessons with Tom. Toms's explanations are extremely thorough and clear, and Tom always finds a way to make even the most boring things fun and interesting. +Tom has a great sense of humor- Could not recommend anyone more!! 5 stars
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Tom M.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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About LaJuan C.

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About LaJuan
I've been a professional lead and background singer for over 25 years. I've worked in studio and on stage with top recording artists, including Celine Dion, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Ne-Yo and many, many more...

I've also been featured on national TV jingles for Zest, Diet Coke, Cookie Crisp Cereal, Walbaum's, Coors LIght and others. I'm also the voice of Paradisus Resorts and sang the the for "Sky Dancers" animated TV series.

As a songwriter, I've co-written songs for major motion pictures as well as the theme song for Royalton Resorts, NBA's Utah Jazz and special NASCAR productions.

My coaching strategy is to teach aspiring singers techniques that greatly improve vocal basics (pitch, rhythm, breathing) and overall confidence.
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Vincent Guido April 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
LaJuan, is an excellent teacher. She is professional, listens to my needs/goals and provides excellent feedback. At the end of the lesson we review what we've learned and what I should practice at home. She quickly realized my skill level and communicates at that level. I feel that my vocal skills will be improving under her guidance. Thank you LaJuan.
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Gayle March 20, 2017
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Ms. Carter worked as a teacher for my company’s personal and corporate training program for many years. She taught stage presence, public speaking and self-confidence classes.
Her students’ ranged in age from 6 to 80. She was always energetic, compassionate, professional, patient and made a huge impact on all those who worked with her.
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Tom March 20, 2017
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Lajuan is a caring and consummate professional . The New York music scene has been lucky enough to share her talents .
I suggest you learn from her experience, talent and skill set too !
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LaJuan C.

Edison, NJ 08820
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About Ken F.

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A recent transplant to the Park Slope area, I'm a composer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to receiving my master's degree in composition from Mannes (The New School), I was the lead guitarist in the indie rock band Annuals. As part of this group I signed with two major record labels, appeared on national television programs such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and performed globally both on tour and at prominent festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury (England), and Roskilde (Denmark).

I have been teaching private music lessons for twelve years, both freelance and as part of various organizations. My approach to teaching is highly dynamic—I don't use the same method with every student and I have no stylistic prejudices or an agenda to push. I approach each student as an individual
, tailoring lesson plans to suit their personal goals and interests. I have experience playing and teaching an extensive range of styles including pop, rock, jazz, country, metal, and classical. One of my main goals is to foster a sense of musical understanding with every student so that they may learn to combine technical, theoretical, and aural skills into a unified whole.

Most students want to learn to play songs they know and love. To that end, I get students playing the music they want to play right from the beginning, often through personally crafted arrangements of songs/pieces of the student's choosing, specifically tailored to their current skill level. This way, technical and theoretical skills are learned through direct experience with actual music, and only very rarely through rote exercise.

For more advanced players, I offer an array of strategies designed to take your playing to the next level. I find that the most common shortcomings of advanced players are conceptual. The technical skills are there but the level of conceptual and theoretical understanding has hit a wall. Many players find themselves playing the same chord shapes, melodic patterns, and harmonic progressions over and over again. I've had much success over the years in getting advanced students out of this rut and helping open up new pathways for exploration in both improvisation and composition.
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Christopher Cross April 8, 2017
· Guitar ·
I've been playing off and on for 15 years and am mostly self taught. I knew what I wanted to learn but was having trouble figuring it out on my own. In the first lesson Ken was able to zero in on what I want to learn and the best way to go about it. In three lessons I feel that I understand the guitar so much more than I have in the past 15 years of playing. Not only from a technical standpoint, but also in a "feel" sense. On my own I could learn all the scales, chords, and songs I wanted, but Ken has helped me to make sense of everything and use these skills to become a better player all around.
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Brittany Pare February 8, 2017
· Piano ·
Ken is an incredibly talented musician and teacher and I would recommend him to anyone. He tailors his lessons to meet the individual goals of his students. If I wasn't understanding something, he knew how to explain it in a different way until I understood. He also taught me some techniques for figuring out songs on my own which I really appreciate since I am about move out of NYC. However, if I wasn't leaving I would still be taking lessons with him!
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Leah Korbin March 24, 2016
· Guitar ·
I took from Kenny when I was in middle school/early high school and he truly is the one who made me want to start writing songs. He's beyond talented, inspirational, and has a great smile to boot!
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Ken F.

Ken F.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Hi! I am a saxophonist, flautist, clarinetist, pianist, and, most importantly, a lover of music. I began taking piano lessons when I was five years old; ever since then, music has been a huge part of my life. I've played in concert bands, marching bands, jazz bands, rock bands, wedding bands, pit bands, etc!. I moved to New Jersey to study at William Paterson University's jazz program and to immerse myself in the fertile musical environment that this area provides. I am always looking forward to working with new students and helping others along on their own musical journeys. Can't wait to do the same with you!
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Daniel R.

Jersey City, NJ 07307
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4 More Improvisational Tips for Piano Players at Any Level
We've covered how to improvise on a piano before, but there's always more to explore! Learn about four more piano improvisation exercises to try in this guest post by Long Beach, CA piano teacher Lynda A...   Improvisation is the technique of making up music on the spot. Most music students think piano improvisation is only for advanced students and professional players, but everyone has the ability to create music spontaneously. I’ve seen many beginner piano students come alive wit
What Are Your Guitar Leads Missing? | Lead Guitar Tips
Ready to impress your friends and family with your lead guitar skills? Check out these guitar tips from Dallas, TX teacher Mike E...   A student new to lead guitar recently asked me, "What do my leads need?" I told him they need four technique tricks. 1) Skiing, 2) Crying, 3) Dog Whistles, and 4) Double Dribbles. I didn't use technical terms. One of my best guitar tips is that playing music should be an expression of emotions and feelings. It is not just which notes are play
11 Ways to Practice Guitar While You Watch Shark Week
You know the best way to practice guitar is with deep concentration, carefully chosen music, and commitment to reaching your guitar goals. But this Shark Week, I have a confession to make. Sometimes I love to make a deep dent in the couch, play guitar, and watch TV for hours. This practice doesn't suit every guitarist, and it drives my family crazy, but I find playing guitar with the TV on incredibly relaxing and I think it's actually helped me become a better player in three distinct ways
The Best Piano Competitions for Young Pianists in 2015
Are you considering entering your budding pianist into a piano competition? There are an array of competitions to choose from across the U.S., many offering the opportunity to compete against top performers from around the globe. All-Ages Piano Competitions Across the U.S.: Seattle International Piano Festival & Competition - Seattle, WA Competing in May (preliminary) and October 2015 (finals) at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, pianists from all over the world are encouraged
7 Cool Ways to Make Your Own Amazingly Creative Ukulele
So you want to know how to make a ukulele? Whether you're feeling crafty on a rainy day, or you're ready to set aside some serious build time, you can find a DIY ukulele project that's right for you! 1. Cigar Box Ukulele This tutorial shows how to make an electric tenor ukulele using a cigar box and a few ukulele parts purchased online. Even with these simple components, you can fashion an instrument with a unique look and a great sound. Some of music's greats, including legends like B.B.

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