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About Michael M.

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Born and raised in New Jersey, I have been involved with music for many years. The instruments that I play include Trumpet, French Horn, Handbells, Organ, Voice, and Piano. I received my formal education at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, which is where I earned a B.A. degree with Honors in Music. In order to obtain my Honors, I chose to develop elementary lessons on Chinese folk music. In my Junior year of college, I performed a dual media recital in both Voice and Piano, and for my Senior year recital, I focused on giving a Vocal performance. These recitals demonstrated the musical talent and techniques that I had developed throughout my experience at college. In addition to my musical experiences in college, I have also learned about various pedagogical approaches through both my vocal studies as well as my studies on the keyb
oard. There is always more than one approach to teaching musical concepts! As a musician, I have performed in both the Bethlehem/Allentown area and the central New Jersery area. In addition, I have sung as a member of the Princeton Pro Musica and sat as a member on the executive board of the Princeton Girlchoir. These experiences have enhanced my professional insight as a musical instructor today. At present, I am a teacher in the classroom, an organist at a local Presbyterian church, and a private piano instructor. Overall, I thoroughly enjoy seeing my students grow and develop as musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
My instruction correlates with the age, the musical background, and the public/private school music curriculum of the student. Each lesson is a special musical vignette in the sense that it is a unique learning time for the student. It is important for the student to be motivated by the material that they are given and to have a full understanding of the concept(s) that were taught in the lesson. Above all other reasons, it is most important for the student to enjoy their piano lessons and want to come back the next week. Therefore, it is my job as the instructor to inspire them to practice and benefit from each and every lesson. Whether it be vocal or piano instruction, each lesson consists of fun warm-ups, interesting technical exercises, and repertoire of all sorts. What the student learns in 3-6 months depends upon the motivation of the student as well as my ability to teach what the student needs to know in order to achieve their goals as a pianist and/or vocalist. Regarding my methods of instructing piano students, I use the Middle C method for players of all levels. Those who are more advanced use triads as well. My overall goal as a teacher is to work with my students and give them the skills that are necessary to play music that they enjoy.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in living room; 2 pianos (C2 Yamaha and Steinway upright); organ

*** Specialties ***
Middle C Piano Method using instructional materials of the Bastien's and Alfred Publications
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Chris August 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
We are very pleased with how Michael approaches piano lessons for our 4 1/2 year old son. He incorporates singing and movement into the lessons and keeps him engaged throughout. Great patience and sense of humor as well.
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Arshad July 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Michael is a great teacher. He focuses on understanding of concepts. For more fluent play we always need to practice a lot, but if we do not understand the concepts behind musical notation, we do not even know where to begin. He is also very encouraging and guides us out of mistakes in a way that the logic sticks. Highly recommended - you will enjoy learning with him
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Gary March 11, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Lessons with Mike Mraz was a Christmas present from my son, Andrew. I enjoy singing, yet have never had occasion to study music or to take private lessons. Mike helped me clarify my goals: breath control, vocal mechanics, reading music and having fun. He graciously sent me some primer materials and located sheet music for several of my favorite Broadway show tunes. Our five 45-minute sessions together were both instructive and enjoyable. As I approach age 70, I can check "work with a voice coach" on my "Bucket List." Kudos for Mike!
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Pennington, NJ 08534
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About Barbee M.

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West New York, NJ

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About Barbee
Welcome to my teacher profile! My name is Barbee and I am an active professional singer with over ten years of piano and voice teaching experience. I enjoy teaching both children and adults. Check out my specialities and see if you think we'd be a good fit! Then, feel free to click "Ask Barbee a Question" if you'd like more information from me!

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. While my focus as a performer is opera and other classical music, I am experienced in teaching Broadway/musical theater, pop, rock, R&B, folk, and other styles and genres. I encourage my students to explore new styles and apply good technique to any style they may choose to sing or play.

I also specialize in helping p
repare singers for auditions for college, performing arts schools, choirs, musicals, and competitions. As an active performer myself I have auditioned many, MANY times for different organizations. I have also been on "the other side of the table" and I know what qualities audition panels are looking for. Several of my current and former students have been accepted to college music programs, performing arts magnet schools, audition-only choirs, and theater programs to continue their studies. 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.

In-home lesson equipment requirements:
Voice: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; music stand(s); full-length mirror (preferred).
Piano: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; desk or table nearby for written assignments and assessments.
Music theory: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; music stand(s) (preferred); desk or table nearby for written assignments and assessments.

Note: Students are expected to purchase all music, curriculum, and other materials as appropriate. In many cases I can obtain the necessary materials prior to the first lesson and the student/parent can reimburse me at the lesson.
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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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Samira N. July 6, 2016
· Singing · Online
great lesson
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Frey R. June 29, 2016
· Piano · In home
I have no words to described what amazing time my Dauther is having with her teacher Barbee has being not just a teacher she is a model for her to follow she takes everything so personal trying to teach my Dauther and so patien is incredible how she finds a way for my Dauther to listen and pay attention, to be really honest with respect to other teachers at take lesson I wouldn't take the time to search any other place Barbee is just amazing, Thank you, Thank you so much
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Barbee M.

West New York, NJ 07093
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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".

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

*** Specialties ***
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.

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
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About Katie C.

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Staten Island, NY

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Hi, there! My name is Katie and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since September 2010 and have loved helping my students with test preparation, daily assignments, and projects. I generate exercises to enhance the understanding of the curriculum and work with students to overcome various learning disabilities. I went to Curtis High School and earned an Advanced Regents High School Diploma in 2010. In 2015, I earned my union status in SAG-AFTRA. I'm an outgoing and friendly person and my teaching style is easygoing, understandable, and successful. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Rebecca November 11, 2017
· Algebra 1 · Online
She’s great! Really helped me pass my test!
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Katie C.

Katie C.

Staten Island, NY 10305
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About Patricia B.

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South Orange, NJ

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Private piano teacher for 40 years. New Jersey Permanent Teaching Certification. BS in Music Education. MS in Elementary Education. Full time 4th grade teacher. Substitute, all elementary grades. Public school piano teacher. Concert pianist. Accompanist. Excellent references. Several of my students went on to music careers.
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Michael July 6, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I know Patricia as senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in her work as guest organist, teacher and choir director for 13 years. Patricia is a true professional with tremendous capacities and teaching abilities. She is an outstanding organist with the gift to bring the best out of people as choir director. She works well with diverse communities from different backgrounds. She is an amazing teacher combining compassion with true passion for beauty and excellence. Patricia is a rare gift to us all!

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Rev. Michael Granzen, Ph.D.
Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
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Alice July 4, 2015
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Patricia Brady-Danzig is a very talented pianist and teacher. I have seen her perform many times. She is excellent at both classical and popular music. Her teaching skills are well known both to private students and in the public schools. She has a wonderful knowledge of many composers and she
Imparts that knowledge to her students as she teaches them to play the piano.
She makes lessons a very enjoyable experience.
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Ken K. February 22, 2015
· Piano · In home
Working with Patricia has been fun, fulfilling and challenging in the best way possible! She is a patient and talented teacher who is flexible and encouraging. I'm an older beginner, and she's been creative in helping me learn how to play the piano, including writing out materials and tailoring my lesson to the skills I want to obtain. I recommend her without reservation!
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Patricia B.

Patricia B.

South Orange, NJ 07079
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Rahway, NJ
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Hello there!

I am a trombonist and teacher, with many years of experience teaching Hebrew as well as music.

As a music teacher I have worked with children starting from private lessons to young children beginning to learn, up to master classes in universities worldwide. I love teaching, and I feel confident teaching trombone and trumpet up to advanced level. For piano, I would prefer to stay with beginners and young ones only :) - but I promise you they will have a wonderful experience (and yes, I do have 8 years of piano studies under my belt).

As a Hebrew teacher, I teach both Hebrew reading and pronunciation and modern conversational Hebrew. My professional experience includes teaching at Golda Och Academy in West Orange, B'nai Abraham in Livingston, Central Synagogue in Manhattan and more, as well as many private lessons. In
the schools I provided classroom instruction, private and group tutoring and adult education as well as private instruction for the faculty.
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Joseph Bopp June 14, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Reut is an excellent teacher. She evaluated my current state, helped me set reasonable goals, and coaxed better playing from me than I thought I was capable of. I can't wait for my next lesson, and progressing.
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reut R.

Rahway, NJ 07065
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About Abe O.

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Morganville, NJ

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Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Abe Ovadia and I am a guitarist, educator, & composer. I was the winner of NYC’s 2016 Hot House Jazz Awards for best guitarist. My group has also performed at many renowned venues in New York City including The Blue Note, The Iridium, Smalls Jazz Club, among others.

My experiences in high school, college, & graduate school of studying with several different teachers on various instruments influenced the direction of my life in a profound way. These experiences instilled in me a deep appreciation of music that I believe is an important part of any well-rounded person. Furthermore, taking music lessons exposed me to a way of life that I otherwise would not have considered: a life in music. .

I teach all styles of guitar and am happy to help you achieve all of your musical goals. I've been play
ing guitar for over 20 years & teaching for over 15 years. Thank you for your consideration & I look forward to hearing from you.
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Portia September 19, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Abe is great! Both my teenagers take guitar lessons with him. One is focusing on acoustic guitar, the other on electric. Abe tailors their lessons to the individual interests of each child while also exposing them to a wide variety of genres, techniques and styles. He does teaches with plenty of patience and an obvious passion for his craft. My kids are really enjoying being able to play fun and challenging pieces. (Yep, they're already playing recognizable songs!) I love listening to them during their lessons and while they are practicing on their own. Thanks, Abe!!
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Jessica June 27, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Abe was super patient, helpful, and talented... I enjoyed my first lesson so much and he gave great exercises to practice.
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Michael May 31, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Abe Ovadia is quite simply the best guitar teacher I ever had. He really knows how to play and convey the information to me in a way that has made me a much better musician. Highly Recommended!!
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Abe O.

Morganville, NJ 07751
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About David A.

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Somerset, NJ

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Cellist David Agia began his first lessons at the age of 9. He received his BM from Rutgers University where upon graduation he was presented with the "Excellence in String Performance" award. Following his studies at Rutgers he completed his MM at the Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany. His principle teachers were George Atanasiu, Jonathan Spitz, and Hans-Christian Schweiker.

He has participated in numerous masterclasses including Le Conservatoire Américain (Fontainebleau, France), Quartet Program (Fredonia, NY), Savonlinna Summer Music Academy (Savonlinna, Finland) and Orvieto Festival of Strings (Orvieto, Italy) and is a prizewinner of multiple competitions, such as the ANEMOS International Competition (Rome, Italy), Rutgers Sinfonia Concerto Competition, and Mason Gross Chamber Music Competition.

His experience in
a variety of different musical genres has brought him to concert halls throughout Europe, Mexico, and the USA, and national television broadcasts in Italy and Spain. David currently calls central NJ his home, where he enjoys teaching cello as well as playing all types of concerts. With a special affinity towards chamber music, he has been a member of various piano trios and string quartets. David is happy to play a cello made in Paris by Gustave Bernardel.
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David A.

Somerset, NJ 08873
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With 10 years of live band experience, 8 years of music composition, and 7 years of teaching guitar, I offer vast expertise and a large musical background for very affordable rates! My lessons are described by former/current students as being laid-back, detail-oriented, and very encouraging. My students range in age from 8 years old to adults in their 30's. You can always learn something new!

Most of my musical experience has entailed Rock, Indie-Rock, Blues, Acoustic, Bossa Nova, and Experimental/Contemporary. If students are looking to expand into a genre which I am not necessarily familiar with, I am always able to examine and learn the material myself in order to pass along to the student.

My students always decide the curriculum and pace which they would like their lessons to held at. I make sure to break the lesson down into simp
le, fundamental bullet points so that students do not find themselves lost or confused. Overall, my combination of friendly attitude and communication skills means that all my students get a lesson they enjoy, remember, and improve with.
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Nikolas P.

Montclair, NJ 07043
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Hi! I'm a professional musician and educator! I've been teaching Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Ukulele, Vocals, Guitar & Bass for 10 years. I Studied Music Performance and Education at the College of Staten Island. I've been playing since 5 years old, starting on piano and have picked up multiple instruments over the years.

Working with all ages & levels from beginner to advanced has shown me that every student is different and unique, and that is why I form my lessons to each students needs and wants, helping to make their learning experience interesting, fun, and educational on multiple levels. Every category will be covered in our lessons together... ear training, sight reading, technique, theory and other areas are equally as important when learning to play an instrument!

I'm in a few different musical projects, one of which being a
wedding band, playing over 150 shows a year. I also write original music, am working on my second album, and can help with song writing and improvisation if that is something that interests you. Looking forward to helping you on your musical journey!
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Jessie K.

Staten Island, NY 10305
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