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Christina C.

Hackensack, NJ

About Christina

Christina has played piano since the age of 3! She was given a piano for Christmas and never looked back. She has taken private lessons starting at age 6 and went on to the prestigious Ithaca College to major in Piano Performance. She also holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Montclair State University. Although her plan was originally to travel the world performing, she decided that her passion was teaching the joy of music to others, and has made that her life. Christina has 15 years of teaching experience in professional music studios in NJ. She began at Elisabeth's School of Piano, w
hich has now grown into the Ringwood School of Music. She now teaches at Garden Street Music in Hoboken, Espressivo Piano in Livingston, and Finger Power Music in Edgewater. She teaches lessons to all ages and levels from beginner to professional. She can teach all styles, but specializes in classical. She follows a tried and true method of teaching including scales, arpeggios, Hanon exercises, as well as incorporating lesson, theory, and solo/fun books to ensure that her students have a well-rounded music education. Above all, Christina makes learning fun. She makes sure that her students are happy with what they are learning and gives them a choice as to what pieces/songs they would like to learn to accomplish their lessons. She makes lessons especially fun for younger children by bringing stickers and fun projects to lessons to encourage their progress. Christina has also extended experience working with children through accompanying for choirs and musicals. Christina is a fun teacher who makes learning how to play piano easy.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a fun teacher and easy to work with, while also making sure that we cover a certain amount of learning material in each lesson. I follow a plan in my lessons based upon scales, Hanon exercises, music lesson books such as Faber and Faber "Piano Adventures" or Alfred lesson books, theory and sight-reading, as well as ear training work. I also make each lesson fun! I like to give students a choice of what song they would like to learn as their "fun song" while also working on "learning material" crucial to their musical education. I use stickers for the younger students for extra motivation, and allow each student to work up to his or her own ability. I encourage them to be the best they can be, without putting too much pressure on them. Above all, I make sure that the learning experience remains fun and relaxed. Each student learns at his or her own pace and I make sure that each student works up to their ability. Generally speaking, after 3-6 months of working with me as their piano teacher, a student will know the basics of hand placement on the keyboard, reading music, note naming and recognition, and be able to read and play music at a simple level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Yamaha keyboard with 88 fully weighted keys that plays and feels exactly like a piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a piano or keyboard available for lessons and for practicing in between lessons at their home.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained, but have experience in and can teach all genres. I follow a plan in my lessons based upon scales, Hanon exercises, music lesson books such as Faber and Faber "Piano Adventures" or Alfred lesson books, theory and sight-reading, as well as ear training work.
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Ehsan E. April 16, 2015
Piano
Christina is one of the most talented piano teachers in New York Metro area and NJ. Her understanding of music theory as well as piano are just outstanding.

If you are looking for someone with high patience in teaching, she is the one.
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John P. November 13, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
While I have only had 3 lessons thus far with Christina, I can say with confidence that she is an outstanding instructor. She inquires as to how you learn, what style of teaching best works for the student, and what it is we want to learn, rather than a rigid lesson plan. That is not to say that she does not expect effort, practice & a desire to learn from her students, or that she doesn't have a lesson plan. She builds what I believe is a sound foundation for her beginner students by teaching us to read music and going note by note, chord by chord until it's done correctly. She is also very encouraging. Her ability to play all genre's of piano music is a huge asset as well. I would highly recommend her to students of all ages and abilities .
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Helen A. August 16, 2014
Piano · In home
Christina is amazing! My son is autistic so it was a challenge to handle him, but Christina was able to do it and he loves his music lessons. Great teacher, very professional and creative.
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Christina C.

Christina C.

Hackensack, NJ 07601
(6)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Erica S.

Belleville, NJ

About Erica

Hi! My name is Erica, and I am a private lesson teacher, composer, arranger, and pianist currently living, writing, performing, and teaching in North Jersey. I believe that by having such a versatile musical background, I will be able to understand different needs and interests you may have and help you begin or continue your musical journey and reach your goals.

I currently teach 30 private piano and composition students in North New Jersey, and I am consistently inspired by all the progress all my students have made! My students have played classical pieces in recitals, played in jazz com
bos with other student musicians, written music that was performed by professional ensembles, learned how to play ragtime, and more. No two students have gone down the same path, because the curriculum was developed around the individual.

As a composer, I've penned over 15 charts for Jazz Ensemble, in addition to several charts for Studio Orchestra, Jazz Combos, Chamber Groups, Vocal Groups, and Film, and I've won a few awards, including 1st Place in the International Zurich Jazz Orchestra Composition Competition, a 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award, and a 2012 ASCAP Plus Award. I co-lead a jazz orchestra that has performed in several NYC clubs. My pieces have also been performed by her own chamber group "Community of the Spirit," Kurt Elling and the Metropole Orchestra the Zurich Jazz Orchestra, Todd Coolman's Quintet, the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Studio Orchestra, Bernie Williams and the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra, Weapons of Jazz Destruction, and others.

I've also been inspired by many teachers along the way. I have a BM in Jazz Writing (Composition) with high distinction from the Eastman School of Music, and an MM in Jazz Arranging from William Paterson University. My composition and piano teachers have included Jim McNeely, Bill Dobbins, Rich DeRosa, Harold Danko, Raymond Torres-Santos, Tony Caramia, and Adrien Cohen, and I am a current member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in NYC.

I'm a very passionate teacher and I'm excited to begin your musical journey!

*** Lesson Details ***
In addition to a customized lesson plan (dependent on your goals, strengths, weaknesses, and interests) you get introduced to a wide variety of styles and concepts. Some of the things you will do in your musical adventure with me include:

1) Learn classical pieces ranging from short Bach Minuets if you're a beginner, to Chopin Nocturnes and Bach Preludes and Fugues if you're advanced.
2) Learn the "why" behind music... Why does this sound quirky? Where does the musical statement end? What harmony is the composer using?
3) Write your own music. We might take a new concept you learned, and you may compose a song based on it. Or you may have your own ideas, and I'll help you take them to the next level.
4) Learn to improvise and learn how to play some jazz. You will play over blues and learn jazz standards. You will also learn how to play by ear.
5) Learn basic conducting.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home: fully-weighted keyboard, seating for parents, music stands, sheet music, printer (for printing custom handouts), free wi-fi
music studio : fully-weighted keyboard, seating for parents, music stands, sheet music, printer (for printing custom handouts), free wi-fi

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical and jazz, and usually like to incorporate both into lessons at some point, even if the student may have a greater interest in one of these (so you don't have the classical pianist that has never played one note not written in the music or doesn't know how to spell a simple major triad, and you don't have a jazz pianist whose reading skills is not up to par, and has no regard for tone/touch). Typically students not only read classical repertoire (Bach, Beethoven, Bartok, Kabelevsky, etc.) but also learn how to improvise over a blues, read a lead sheet, and figure music out by ear. I'm also comfortable with rock styles.

I also have a lot of experience accompanying (musical theatre, instrumental, vocal...) and I like teaching the student how to follow a soloist. I teach students how to read lead sheets so they can read whatever they may get from a vocalist, and I teach chord theory so that they can easier recognize patterns in music when playing with an instrumentalist or vocalist.

I incorporate composition and theory into lessons, usually in conjunction with whatever piece they are learning (explain what type of chords are in their piece, or explain how they move, or why something may sound discordant or may go somewhere expected, or I may teach them phrases in music just like sentences work in English.) I definitely, however, work with students who are more serious in composition as well and talk about how to develop their pieces, how to create ideas, how to get out of a "writers block," orchestration techniques, encourage them to expand their instrumentation, etc.
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Iris July 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Erica is great at explaining and teaching my 5 year old daughter piano.
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Annie G. April 14, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I am an adult student with some piano in high school who began lessons in January, 2015. Erica is a brilliant musician. She is always ready when I arrive, fully able to remember where we left off, and always making sure that I make progress. She is 100% professional. I have learned so much from her about music theory and composition -- it has been great.
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Brian A. February 21, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
She gets it!

Quick background: I was classically trained for about 7 years in piano, starting when I was around 9. My teacher was great, and did an awesome job of driving the fundamentals.

Fast forward to more recently: Having not taken lessons for 15+ years (I had continued playing and learning...just without a teacher), I decided I wanted to pursue a bit more jazz and theory. I went back to my childhood teacher, who very honestly told me that jazz was not his forte. I took a few months of lessons with him, which helped to get me back into the swing of things, but I was really interested in jazz.

I found Erica on takelessons, and she was truly amazing! If you're looking for a teacher who is always "by the book", this isn't her. While I'm sure she can do that, she thrives in allowing you to be a musician. Her understanding of complex time signatures is great, and she really helps to chunk things up into manageable pieces.

Some of her greatest strengths, from the student's perspective, are her patience, friendly demeanor, STRONG understanding of music theory (she's a composer at heart, and I've no doubt that she's great at it), broad knowledge of music, from composers to artists, and her ability to help you learn to improvise. If I wanted to play different notes than what was on the page, within reason of course, that was ok. Having come from a classical background, that was quite refreshing.

I was always able to look forward to learning something new at my lessons; even her book recommendations have been excellent.

I'd say, because of her patience, she's a perfect teacher for adults and children alike. You really can't go wrong with Erica!
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Erica S.

Erica S.

Belleville, NJ 07109
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Yuki Y.

Bloomfield, NJ

About Yuki

My Experience
-8 years teaching experience
-studying the saxophone/music for 18 years, gigging for 8 years
-honors in Bergen County Band, Regional Band, Regional Jazz Band, All-State Jazz band
-Performed with Tom "Bones" Malone, Darmon Meader, Marvin Stamm, Conrad Herwig, Kristin Korb, Ralph Bowen
-Studied with Jeffrey Haas, Mark Friedman, Eric Alexander, Ralph Bowen, Andy Fusco, Mike Richmond, Conrad Herwig
-Attended Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University for Jazz Performance

Lessons will focus on the obvious matters of technique and theory but also will be stressed o
n the musicality and "feel" of your instrument as well. After all, music stirs the soul and so I believe learning the craft must be done with curiosity and spirituality as well! You will learn everything from the fundamentals to classical music to jazz improvisation and rhythm and well anything you would want!

I am NOT looking to simply be your one-on-one musical drill instructor. I am a very open and sociable person and I tend to develop strong relationships with my students. I love to have a laugh, connect with people, but I also take music and teaching it very seriously, and so if music and honesty is what you seek, I would love to study it with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
The things that I can guarantee you are my honesty, progress, friendship, and my utmost to try and enrich your life with the world of music. HOW you progress and how quickly you do so, is entirely up to you; a teacher/student relationship goes both ways.

I am a very engaged and involved teacher, meaning that I will be listening to everything, keeping detailed logs and playing my horn with you as much as possible! Depending on your level and commitment, we will do everything from studying the repetitive fundamentals, jamming together with some records, honing technique with classical pieces, and even just sitting and listening to the masters.

I will have direction to my teachings, but I also encourage students to speak their mind about anything. That way I can learn more about you and the things you wish to accomplish personally! With that said, you will be pushed, as I believe that is my sole responsibility as a teacher; to get the BEST out of you!

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, Funk, Soul and R&B, Pop, Music Performance
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Daniel J. September 7, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Yuki is the best sax teacher that I could imagine lives on this planet (by the way I’m one of his students.) It’s been maybe 5-6 weeks and I know him like my neighbor! Every time I see him I get better and better! Besides that he’s one of the nicest people I have ever met. I’m positive all of his other students are 100% satisfied with his lessons and will stay with him until they are better than he is. In the end he is a very positive sax teacher and his main priority is to satisfy your child with their skills and performance. I know that I’m satisfied and hopefully you will be too!
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Patrick graham G. June 23, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Yuki is a wonderful and patient teacher. I am sixty years old and have always wanted to learn the sax. He always takes time to explain what we are trying to accomplish, even with an " old guy " like myself. I highly recommend Yuki to anyone who wishes to learn the sax in a competent and relaxed manner
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Patrick graham G. June 10, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Yuki is a very patient and excellent teacher. He arrived on time and he made me feel comfortable both with him and my sax which I hadn't even opened yet. I would strongly recommend Yuki to anyone of any age who wants to learn to play the sax.
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Yuki Y.

Yuki Y.

Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Rebekah S.

Caldwell, NJ

About rebekah

Hello my name is Rebekah S., I am a violin and viola teacher.

Experience-
Member Lakeland Youth Symphony 1991-2000
Participated in 4 Strings Summer Camp for 2 years
Taught at Path 23 home school group for 3 years.
Played in Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra. Todd VanBeveren, Director and Conductor.
Music Librarian for Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra.
Played Lakeland Youth Symphonies 50th Anniversary concert.
Played with, assisted Todd VanBeveren, conductor of the New Jersey Inter-generational Orchestra.
Worked with Christopher Nam in the County College of Morris orchestra.
Coached a Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra Quartet.
Coached in Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra Music Camp.
Played with Peter Winograd of the American String Quartet as a part of the Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra
Currently a member of the Montclair Chamber Ensemble.
Played with P.D.Q. Bach as a part of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra
Played with the Montclair State University Orchestra.
Private music teacher for 14 years (Violin).

Education-
Studied Modified Suzuki for 12 years.
Associates degree in Music from County College of Morris; graduated in May 2008.
Bachelor’s degree in Music Concentration of community music instrumental at Montclair State University Graduated may 2013
Received 21 years of music training.

I love music and it is my goal to give all kids and adults a chance to learn, no matter the age.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will have a car,music stand, music

*** Specialties ***
celtic music, classical, rock ,pop
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Diane M. June 7, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Rebekah is a patient, super friendly, lovely all around person and teacher. I am so happy to have her working with me. I hope you take the time to know her. You will not be disappointed. She is a treasure.
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Grace B. May 8, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Rebekah is an awesome violin instructor! She is accomplished, patient, knowledgeable, and a very nice person. She is instructing my 16 yr old daughter at our home which is so convenient for me! Sometimes my schedule gets a little crazy but Rebekah is very flexible. I am very happy and my daughter loves her lessons.
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Heather A. July 22, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Rebekah is a thorough and patient violin teacher. When my 7 year old, daughter asked to learn the violin, I was not sure if she had enough of a capacity to focus, which is necessary for playing the violin. Under Rebekah's instruction, she has flourished; she is playing scales, songs, and reading music. After each session, Rebekah reviews with me the homework she has assigned to my daughter. Thanks to Rebekah, my daughter is developing a real appreciation for music, while enjoying the learning process. I highly recommend Rebekah!
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Rebekah S.

Rebekah S.

Caldwell, NJ 07006
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Stefano A.

Jersey City, NJ

About Stefano

Stefano A. has been playing the guitar for 7 years, both electric and classical. He has studied classical style with Mr. Frasche from Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls and Chris Messina, a NJCU alumnus.A sophomore at NJCU, his current teachers are João Luiz Rezende Lopez for solo guitar and Ana Maria Rosado for ensemble. Stefano performed with the NJCU Guitar Ensemble at the 2014 College Guitar Ensemble Showcase at the Guitar Foundation of America Regional Symposium in New York City and most recently at Bayonne High School. He hopes to perfect both electric and classical guitar ski
lls and to combine these in a university level teaching career.
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Alexandra August 2, 2015
Electric Guitar · In studio
Stefano es un gran instructor!! Tiene mucha paciencia y dedicación en sus clases, además de ser un gran músico y mostrar su talento inspirador para poder lograr nuestros objetivos. Muchas gracias Stefano!!
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Todd July 30, 2015
Electric Guitar · In studio
Stefano is a great instructor! He is patient, professional, and very easy to work with. He is well-versed in music theory and is an amazing guitar player. I highly recommend Stefano!
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Omar R. May 31, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My guitar lesson with Stefano was excellent! He is very dedicated to what he does and how he teaches. The book that he has recommended is an excellent book for beginners. I have been able to learn quite a bit in a short amount of time. He's teaching techniques makes you learn properly, from the sitting position to the playing techniques.
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Stefano A.

Stefano A.

Totowa, NJ 07512
(6)
starting at
$50 / 60-min

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