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About Jeff S.

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Perth Amboy, NJ

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Jeff is a seasoned instructor in guitar, songwriting, music performance and music business. He also offers lessons in public speaking, voice-over performance and ukulele. He welcomes students of all ages and experience and has successfully and happily taught beginners to pro-level musicians and recording artists. Jeff is pleased to announce that he is currently accepting Takelessons online students via Skype.

Jeff can teach guitar and songwriting in all styles and is an adept acoustic and electric guitarist. His knowledge of chords is extensive and his acoustic fingerpicking skills are formidable. Jeff structures all lessons around the individual goals and playing level of his students. Jeff's students tend to study with him for quite some time, as his wealth of knowledge, diversity of instruction and patience are extraordinary
. Jeff prides himself on customizing every student's lessons based on their particular preferences, goals and skill level. "It's a very personalized kind of instruction, as I never take a cookie-cutter
approach to teaching…".
Jeff's 3 promises to all students is to give them personalized lessons, be attentive to their needs and goals. and to make them feel like every lesson is worth their investment of time and money. As long as students practice regularly, they can expect to dramatically increase their clarity of playing, their chord "inventory", their musical ear and awareness and play the songs they've always wanted to learn.

After honing his craft as a songwriter and performer, Jeff created and taught songwriting and music business classes at colleges,universities, and music schools throughout the country for many years. Some of the places he taught include UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music.
When asked to summarize his views on teaching and music: "Teaching and playing music always puts a smile on my face; especially when I see that the student is having fun, learning what they want to learn and feeling the passion about music that motivated me to pursue my own musical career".

As a working singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 35 awards from various national and international songwriting contests and he's a former staff songwriter for the long-standing New York City-based publisher, Bourne Music. He has also won best music video awards at 3 international film festivals.

Some of the artists that Jeff has been compared to as a guitarist and vocalist include Keb' Mo', James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, John Mayer, Bill Withers, Jim Croce, and Don Henley.

Jeff is a NJ native, but lived and performed in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, John Daversa, Hiroshima, Little Richard and N'Dea Davenport.

Jeff catalog of over 450 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff's songs
have appeared in film and TV. One that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, "Journey Of The Heart" (co-written by Jeanne Smith), which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National
Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it "the official anthem" of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.

Jeff has commercially released 4 CD's of his original material: The most recent of these is his 2013 release, "Blujanova" (a merging of blues, jazz and bossa nova), which was praised by platinum selling and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Dave Koz: "Jeff's voice is so clean and pure...the production is lovely...warm and inviting...I love the interesting and surprising takes on some classics too, especially 'I Feel Good'…that brought a smile to my face!".
The other CD's stretch into other genres. "Truthteller" (bluesy pop/rock and singer/songwriter material) "Me, Myself, and I" (acoustic) and "The Spin" (pop, rock, and country-tinged singer/songwriter material). All of Jeff's albums are on his label, Relevant Records. The late great John Braheny, author of the best-selling "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting (Writer's Digest Books), gave high praise to Jeff's CD, "The Spin", calling it "honest, crafty, melodic and the songs are all exceptional". Patch.com called Jeff "a consummate songwriter".

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At the first lesson, I will ask you to tell me what songs you want to play and artists you want to play like and I will set the table for that by providing the chords you'll need, chord and scales and exercises to enable you to play them and guidelines and tricks on how to make it happen as quickly as possible. I know a wide variety of songs in all styles and styles, including current hit songs as well as pop, rock, blues, jazz, country songs. if you have a song or artist that I don't know already, I will learn it (often on the spot) and if not right then, at the next lesson. I have taught my students to play songs by artists as varied as Taylor Swift, U2, Jason Mraz, Adele, Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Doc Watson. And that's just naming a few.

I always make it clear to my students at the first lesson: "There is no such thing as a stupid question". I want you to feel comfortable to stop me at any time to clarify what I am teaching you, ESPECIALLY if it is too difficult or vague. I pride myself on always being organized for your lesson and making sure that you grasp whatever it is I am teaching you. The goal is to get you to be able to play what you want as quickly as possible. This will take practice and dedication on your part, but I will do everything in my power to help you get there.

I never force anything on any of my students. but I feel it would be beneficial for you to learn to read music OR read tablature and chord diagrams. You tell me which one and we'll go in that direction. If you'd like to read music, then we can decide on a book for you. I have used Hal Leonard instructional books (with CD's! this way you can play with a backing track and get a sense of rhythm, which is very important), but I'm open to other method books you might have or like.

After 3 to 6 months, you will feel you are significantly more skilled on the guitar than you were before we started lessons. You will know more chords (and move from chord to chord), be able to do at least some basic fingerpicking and be able to read some music or tablature.

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Acoustic fingerstyle guitar (a la James Taylor, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Jason Mraz, John Martyn, Jim Croce, etc.

Blues guitar a la Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, etc.

Bossa nova guitar

Songwriting (any aspect and any level; musically, lyrically, structurally, etc.)

the songs of Taylor Swift---quite a few of my younger students want to play her material, so I have about 15 songs ready to teach you and always learning more (by popular demand)

Adapting songs that are keyboard-based and creating arrangements of them for acoustic guitar. Examples include songs by Adele, songs by Elton John, Irina Menzel's huge hit song from "Frozen", John Legend's "All Of Me", Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", etc.

Recording on Garageband.
I became so skilled with Garageband that I was asked to give seminars at Apple Store locations, showcasing my recordings and how to use the program.

Voice-overs; performance, recording, etc.
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James Michael October 21, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Very patient and encouraging, willing to adapt to my needs in order to accommodate my goals and expectations.
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Sanal pookat May 19, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. Hoping for a great learning experience in lessons to come..
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Ira April 2, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Jeff was great. He was patient, and tailored the lesson to meet my needs.
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Jeff S.

Jeff S.

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
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About Ran T.

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Jersey City, NJ
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Hi there! I am Ran. I have been teaching individual violin lessons to children and adults of all musical levels since 2001. I am currently available to teach lessons at your home also at my studio. I have helped students to prepare and to pass the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music graded music exams and assessments level 1-8 including music theory, aural test, and the instrumental auditions from all three Baroque, Classical and 20th Century contemporary periods. I have also helped middle school and high school students to prepare and to enter the Regional Advanced Orchestral Programs in New Jersey. I hold both of my Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Violin Performance from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. A trained Suzuki violin teacher, and a current member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, I have
been serving as a part time Suzuki violin teacher in private and community music schools in New Jersey, as well as performing actively as an orchestral and chamber musician in NYC and NJ.

My goal of teaching is to improve the student's intellect, mental-physical collaboration, to develop the skills including aural ability, emotional connection to music, enjoy playing, and to develop strong self-discipline that the students can apply to other activities. I am passionate to keep this precious human art form alive, especially in these future generations!

I grew up in professional conservatories, and started playing the violin at age 4 instructed by my mother who is a full time professional violinist with the Shanghai Symphony. I was so lucky to have her as my first violin teacher that through her teaching, I understand how important it is to study with a patient, encouraging and dedicated teacher. Teaching is such a rewarding experience to me that I am able to use my skills and knowledge to help students developing their interest and potential talent as well as achieving their multiple learning purposes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument, music, music stand, a piano, or a keyboard is preferable.

*** Specialties ***
Trained Suzuki Method violin teacher, SAA member. Classical genre/traditional violin repertoires
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Ruby C. August 12, 2016
· Violin · In home
Ran was such a wonderful instructor and overall person. My son loved her and so did I. My 10 year old learned so much Ran, because she has so much knowledge and passion for the violin. I just recently moved out of the area, so I am not within driving distance anymore to Ran. However, I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn the violin or sharpen an already existing skillset. I believe Ran has transferred her passion for the violin to my son and to myself as well. I wish I could give her 10 stars! She is awesome!!!!
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Yiqian June 4, 2016
· Violin · In home
Ran is a very experienced instructor with nice patience and consideration.
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Samira S. April 21, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Great instructor. Organised way of teaching. She makes learning easy. I like it.
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Ran T.

Ran T.

Jersey City, NJ 07302
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About Vanessa G.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Bachelor's in musical theater performance from Columbia College Chicago. Audition prep (acting/singing) and vocal technique for clients since 2007.

My critique during your lesson is always honest, so you know when I give you a compliment it is well deserved. I especially love working with non-singers and helping them find their voice. I always start with an assessment to see where your work is currently at and where we can go from there. I keep notes during your lesson, send you an email afterwards with your homework for the week, then I use those notes to think of personalized ways to improve your technique before your next lesson.

If honesty and results are what you're looking for in a teacher, I promise to be that teacher for you.

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Whether you're studying vocal technique or prepping for an audition wit
h me, each lesson starts with an assessment. Then, we start with where you are at that moment and push your technique to the next level. Afterwards, I will send you an email with notes from the lesson and your homework.

My goal is cultivate your technique and discipline to take you to the next level of your performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Digital piano
-Large mirror (to see your technique)
-Sound-proof practice room
-Parking

*** Travel Equipment ***
Digital piano for in-home voice lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner voice for non-singers, new singers, or singers that have been out of the game for a while.

Audition prep for both film/stage acting and singing auditions. (Great results!)
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Dennis October 21, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
great first lesson, very personable
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BIBIYA October 21, 2017
· Acting · Online
She is the best
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Aiden October 5, 2017
· Film Acting · Online
Vanessa is amazing. She is working with my 13-year old son and has him inspired and confident with huge improvements to his acting and singing ability. She has worked around our crazy schedule and seems to truly care about my son's success. We would definitely recommend her to anyone, were very lucky to find her on this site and have no hesitation in continuing lessons with her.
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Vanessa G.

Vanessa G.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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About James R.

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North Brunswick, NJ

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About James
PLEASE READ : Thank you.

I'm a trained Musician (Private Lessons) and have been Studying & Teaching for over 37 years. I've taught, Recorded & Played everywhere from small to Large venues from NJ, NY to CA and back. So you don"t just get the Lesson, You also get all that culture and experience along with it in every Lesson you take. All Lessons are done at my Music School, located in North Brunswick, NJ which I am the Owner and Head Teacher at the School. I do offer Lessons through Skype as well if for some reason it's more convenient for you. I Guarantee you"ll learn more studying with me in one year, then with anyone else around. I Pride myself in giving my student 100% my undivided attention in every Lesson. The School is equipped with a Class A Recording Studio (which I incorporate into the Lessons) so you not only get a Great Less
ons but you'll also get the experience of working and being recorded in a Professional Recording Studio. You will learn a lot in a very short period of time, but you will also have a lot fun doing it as well. For The person interested in learning Guitar I'll teach you to Understand that you'll Develop Correctly, and Much Faster By always practicing on the Acoustic Guitar, and then if you'd like to go and play or perform on the Electric Guitar, you'll be 100% Better as a Musician then if you just played only on the Electric Guitar. That is a Key element to what all the Professionals Musicians like myself do.
I Look forward to working with you to Help you attain the goals you set out to achieve.
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Allison October 3, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Jimmy is a great teacher, he has tons of knowledge to share and also a lot of patience!!
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Barbara September 18, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
I'm an ABSOLUTE BEGINNER, and James is very patient and thorough. I look forward to each lesson!
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Daniel N. September 11, 2017
· Dulcimer · Online
I've only just had my first lesson with James (aka Jimmy), and it is evident he has a very deep knowledge and experience. The manner with which James imparts his obvious talent and/or complex music theory to a novice like me is expressed in perfectly understandable terms. I hope to continue anon with James as I am able.
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James R.

James R.

North Brunswick, NJ 08902
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$45 / 30-min

About Devin A.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Devin A. has been teaching private lessons since 2002 and is currently available to teach lessons in NYC, at your home, at his home studio or online on Skype. Devin has worked with students of all ages and levels of playing ability from beginners to professionals.

He holds a Masters Degree in Music from McGill University and a Bachelors from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a recipient of the Charlie Byrd Memorial Scholarship. He has extensive teaching experience in private lessons as well as group classes in guitar, music production and music ensembles. As an expert in his field, Devin looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
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Jacob W. September 6, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great Teacher!!!
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Vanessa G. August 29, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
Devin is so personable and easy-going! He was prepared for our lessons and helped me better understand the material. He's the best!
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Wayne S. April 8, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
The lesson went very well. Devin was patient and answered all of my questions of which I had many. He was very thorough in teaching me hand placement and strumming technique. I was very happy with the lesson and feel I quickly gained confidence.
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Devin A.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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About Mary Elizabeth M.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I am a trained Opera and Broadway singer who now sings blues and jazz professionally. I am also a trained contemporary and classical actress and director. I am a certified Music and Sound Healer. I teach voice in a non judgemental way. I believe all voices are beautiful. I am well versed in theory and ear training as well as diction and phrasing. I teach with love and support. I believe kindness is necessary. I specialize in singers with fear issues or physical problems. I love working with all ages including teens and children as well as all adults. I work well with both male and female voices of all types. My method us called the PATH method (Performing Arts Training Holistically) and I incorporate use I'd meditation, Reiki and sound healing as well as drumming, massage, yoga and other healing techniques. I speak about all in the vi
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Courtney September 10, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Not only did my voice get better but so did my acting. Interesting technique and it all works!
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Ardis September 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Never thought I could sing!!! Now I can. Thanks Mary. 😁
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Jeff September 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I learned so much!!!
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Mary Elizabeth M.

Mary Elizabeth M.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
(18)
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About Josue C.

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New York, NY

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I'm a professional musician living in New York since 2015, I've been touring around the world with a different projects, but now I'm sitting here, in the big apple!

I've been teaching since 2005, in my home country, Brazil, when I moved to Mexico for college I've been teaching there as well, so if you are interested to learn Saxophone, flute, guitar, bass, I have the skills to teach you, and not only teach how to play, but teaching also music as a language,
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Josue C.

Josue C.

New York, NY 10004
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$25 / 30-min

About Brendon P.

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Montclair, NJ

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About Brendon
Brendon P. recently completed a Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music under Dr. Melissa Kraut in cello performance and pedagogy. Brendon is certified to teach all 10 Suzuki books and is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. As a performer, Brendon is very active in the area playing various gigs. He performs frequently with Accordia Music and with Musical Upcoming Stars in the Classics. He has also performed with Akron Baroque and Singers Companye. In addition to the modern cello, Brendon also plays baroque cello and viola da gamba. In 2015, Brendon performed in the Boston Early Music Festival.
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Grace B. October 1, 2017
· Cello · In home
He is very knowledgeable and patient. He gave me great tips that helped me immediately play better.
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I-Wen August 31, 2017
· Cello · In home
Brendon is a wonderful cello instructor for my son. He is not only patient but also very inspiring. He listens to our wishes and needs, and he designs the lesson plan to meet them. In addition, he is very good at building a strong bonding with his student. Brendon has recently moved away from our town, and my son can no longer taking lessons from him. But I know my son will always remembers Brendon fondly as his best cello instructor.
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Jeff August 22, 2017
· Cello · In home
Brendon is a wonderful teacher and a gifted musician. I feel like I have more knuckles than fingers when playing, but he's patient and has produced - in my own humble opinion - a competent cellist out of me.
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Brendon P.

Montclair, NJ 07043
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About Brady D.

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Hello Students, Parents, and Guardians!

I'm Brady DelVecchio, I've been teaching private lessons since 2010. I am currently available to teach lessons at your home (the greater NYC area), my studio in Jersey City, or online. My goal as a teacher is to help students grow and develop as musicians, through learning the basics of ear training, music theory, and reading music.

I received my undergraduate degree from Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, and my masters degree from New York University, both with a focus in Classical Voice Performance.

After completing my studies at NYU, I have continued to focus on establishing a career, not only in teaching, but also performing in opera, oratorio, song cycle, and musical theater.
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Brady D.

Jersey City, NJ 07304
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About Omar R.

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Newark, NJ
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I am a guitarist from the Newark, NJ area. I have been playing the guitar for more than ten years. I have completed my classical guitar studies at New Jersey City University with a BA in Music Education. Not only do I teach classical, but I also teach acoustic and electric, as well as music theory. I incorporate theory in my lessons to improve the musicianship of my students. I am willing to be flexible with my schedule to fit the students' needs.
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Omar R.

Newark, NJ 07107
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