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Lucian W.


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About Lucian

Lucian W is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston and former faculty member of the Hartford Conservatory. His vocal studies have been with Jacqueline Jarrett and David Baker in Connecticut, Jane Ellison at Loyola University in Montreal, noted operatic tenor Carmine Gagliardi in New York City, and Gina Moretta (whose students have included Gloria Estefan and Jon Secada) in Miami. He studied privately with world famous jazz guitarists George Benson and Chuck Wayne and has had a full time performing career of several decades as a guitarist, pianist, vocalist, bassist, arranger and orchestra leader.
Lucian believes that by sharing his enjoyment of making music with his students, he can give them confidence in other areas. That is because, in order to make music, they must go through a process of physical discovery through pr

actice. They are then empowered by experiencing the connections between inspiration, work, and pleasure.
He performs, as a solo entertainer, an unusually wide ranging repertoire because of his versatility on guitar, piano, and vocals. Being an accomplished arranger with a vast library of charts also allows him to lead a ten piece orchestra as competently as a trio or quartet. He has performed extensively in New York, Chicago, Cape Cod, and Florida.

*** Lesson Details ***
I always try to make lessons as comfortable and enjoyable as possible yet challenging enough to maintain interest. I build lessons around the student's individual interests (specific songs or styles) so that he or she can learn the technical fundamentals in a relevant context.
My own curriculum is supplemented by the following:
Guitar: Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Aaron Shearer Classical Guitar Method
Piano: Alfred's Basic Piano Course , John W. Schaum Piano Course
Voice: Jeffrey Allen's Secrets of Singing, Nicola Vaccai Practical Method

*** Studio Equipment ***
Hardman baby grand acoustic piano
OptimusMD1600 electronic keyboard
Crate TX50D guitar amplifer

*** Specialties ***
- Singing lesson time is generally divided 50/50 between voice building and repertoire. I accompany vocalists on both piano and guitar, teaching the melody notes as they are sung along with the piano. Then, once the melody is learned, I often switch to the guitar with just chordal backing. The acoustic guitar is also softer than the piano and lets the singer hear their own voice better. For voice building, I use my own concepts plus approaches of famous voice teachers like Jeffrey Allen, Seth Riggs, and Anthony Frissel.
- I am very experienced performing all styles of guitar and can cater to the student's specific area of interest, whether it be rock, folk, classical, or jazz.
- With piano, I work on fundamentals of reading and technique. Learning basic harmony and chord construction starting with triads (3 note chords), the student can soon read single stave lead sheets (a form of music notation widely utilized by professional musicians) as well as the grand staff. This approach trains the ear and makes learning how to play popular songs much easier.

January 17, 2019
First lesson so far and took in just enough info so as to not be overloaded but enough to practice st home and keep interested. He was patient as I'm a true beginner.
April 5, 2018
Salvatore D.
Has a lot of experience and knowledge, and puts in the effort to show it.
March 19, 2018
Nathaniel S.
Great teacher, very knowledgeable of theory and can help you better understand your instrument and music in general. Highly recommended.

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Lucian W.


About Quinn

I began her cello studies at age of eight and won my first cello competition at ten. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance at The Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China and Master’s Degree from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where I received a full scholarship.
As an orchestra musician, I has served as the principal cello and cellist in a variety of orchestras such as the Oregon Sinfonietta, Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Inland Valley Symphony, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in China. I'm an active chamber musician and have been invited and performed in several music festivals in the United States and Asia.
In addition to music performance, I'm very experienced in teaching cello as well as working in musical administra

tion. I was a cello instructor at the Music Academy of San Diego, Old Town Academy, Help You Achieve Academy, Opus school of Music, Oregon Music Academy and Musicality Network. In the area of administration, Quinn was the executive assistant of the Great Wall International Music Academy, the Virtuoso Music Academy. I work as the executive assistant at the Bravo! International Music Academy since 2016.
Aside from music, I have a great interest in fashion, travel, fine food and I also work as director of operations at Abroad & Future for International Education Programs.

September 5, 2016
Kun is a wonderful instructor who has passion for teaching and playing the cello. Her positive attitude and friendly personality make her lessons engaging and extremely helpful.
June 14, 2014
Joan R.
Very good teacher; patient, thorough, positive and really encouraging.

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Quinn L.


About Corey

I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree in music education in addition to extensive professional clarinet performance experience and enjoy teaching the clarinet. I am a Grammy nominated Music Educator and encourage students to explore classical and popular styles in lessons.

If there is a special time request that is not currently available please reach out. I've taught very beginners to helping adults land successful military band auditions. Am a certified music Educator with a K-12 endorsement in music in IL.


July 3, 2018
Corey was a great instructor for my 4th grader. We wanted him to keep up with his clarinet lessons over Summer break. My son gets very easily frustrated when he struggles and Corey handled it all very well, always giving a new suggestion on what he could do to improve. In just 5 short lessons, Corey helped my son with his embouchure, finger placement, tounging and my son was finally able to play his B and C notes. That had really been holding him back from playing lots of music. Highly recommended!
April 3, 2017
Mr. Ames has been one of my favorite teachers during my time at LA. He is always willing to listen and help his students if they go to him. He is passionate about teaching, his main goal is to help his students succeed in whatever way he can. He always tries to make a fun and worthwhile experience everyone should appreciate the great teacher that he is.
April 3, 2017
Mr. Ames is an amazing teacher! He helped me land a spot in the all district band my freshman year in high school and constantly pushed me to strive and be my best. I highly recommend him for anyone that is looking to have fun and be a better clarinet player.

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Corey A.


About Lesia

I moved to the US from the Ukraine 5 years ago, where I graduated from the Kharkov State University of Arts with Bachelor degree in music arts and was qualified as orchestra and ensemble player and teacher of flute and ensemble. I have more than 10 years of teaching experience. I taught flute and ensemble playing, provided music activity for children from 4 years old and up. My students participated in concerts and competitions. I also had an experience working in, the Orchestra of the Dnipropetrovsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Ukraine, where I had a role of the second flute and piccolo. While I was working in the theater, I played in such performances as "Swan Lake", "Sleeping Beauty", "The Nutcracker" by P. Tchaikovsky, "The Wedding of Figaro" by V.А. Mozart .
My specialty is a classic, but I am familiar with different

styles of music and even played in a reggae band when I was at university and as a teacher, I have always focused on the student's personality. I can work with beginner and intermediate students In a group or private and provide a friendly and individual approach to each student In developing flute playing skills: tone, posture, techniques, music theory and basic improvisation skills.

June 23, 2018
My 7 year-old son began learning recorder with Leasia as a complete beginner. He is taking lessons with Lesia as a music teacher for the past 9 months. She is patient and very friendly. Lesia taught him many things so far, such as how to read notes, all the fundamental techniques of recorder playing including correct posture, hand position, fingering and breathing. Also, my son learned how to play simple classic melodies like "Mary had a little lamb”, “Old Old McDonald had a farm”, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and etc. We are gradually transitioning from recorder to flute now. My son looks forward to Lesia’s lessons, and is enjoying music. I recommend Lesia to everyone and anyone interested in learning to play recorder and flute.
June 22, 2018
Lesia is a great flute teacher! Since my daughter started taking lessons from Lesia twise a week she started making a lot more progress; part of success is Lesia’s advanced teaching skills and another part is motivation to learn and practice a lot more that my daughter got when learning from Lesia how to become a great flute player

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Lesia M.


About Avys

I am a saxophonist, composer, and music guide. I studied music and jazz at Clayton State University, as well as Georgia State University. I have been performing and teaching saxophone for several years.
I enjoy watching my students develop as musicians. Students will find that I'm just as excited to see them progress as they are! I encourage and motivate them to achieve the goals they have set, as well as give them the tools necessary to evaluate and exceed those goals. Students can expect to gain an appreciation for their personal growth and will enjoy the process as much as they will enjoy the end product.
My job is to be both a resource and guide throughout the student's process in learning saxophone. I will implement students with skills that will not only develop them as musicians but will develop them as individuals. Students wi

ll also discover that enjoying the process of learning music, including its successes and failures, is a trait that will help them succeed at any task!

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Maylyn A.

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About Maylyn

My name is Maylyn and I have been singing and playing piano professionally for more than 20 years. I've been working in the music industry for just about the same amount of time. My experiences has enabled me to work with Patti Labelle, Usher, Anthony David, in Television and Theatre. I really have a passion for helping individuals reach their goals, whether it be just to learn how to sing, help with auditions or to just become a better musician/artist/singer. I have a successful music school in Pennsylvania and now am offering my services in the New Jersey area. I'm looking forward to working with you and helping you grow!


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About Steven

My name is Steven Crammer and I am professional drummer and teacher based in New York City. I have a B.M (jazz performance) from William Paterson University, a certificate from Drummer's Collective, and am working towards my M.M. (jazz performance) from Manhattan School of Music. I have performed around the country in a wide variety of musical settings (jazz, rock, theater, marching band, etc.) and taught privately for 9 years, as well as given clinics/masterclasses.

Although my formal education is focused on jazz, I perform and teach many styles of music. I am as comfortable playing/teaching rock and metal as I am with jazz and world music. Beginners to advanced players are all welcome,

The lessons are flexible based on each student's specific needs and interests. I want the student to have a relationship with music and the instru

ment. We will work on building a strong foundation (technique, groove, time) as well as being creative and working towards the student's personal musical goals.

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Amanda S.

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Soprano Amanda Smolek is a professional vocalist and as well as a private music instructor. She has studied with some of the top voice teachers in the world and has a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Georgia State University. Her repertoire is versatile ranging from opera, classical song recital, church music to pop, musical theater and jazz. She was a member of the esteemed Atlanta Opera Chorus, has been a finalist in several competitions including National Opera Association Competition and American Traditions Competition. Recent credits include performing the title role in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly as well as Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme with Capitol City Opera, and Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the La Musica Lirica festival in Novafeltria, Italy. She also was honored to perform the leading role of Terentia in Dan S

hore's The Beautiful Bridegroom which was premiered for the National Opera Association of America at their annual convention.

Her fun and engaging teaching style emphasizes classical technique, strong musicianship, and audition performance preparation. Her students have been accepted and received scholarships to prestigious music programs at CCM, Indiana University, Boston Conservatory, Baldwin-Wallace, Syracuse, Western Michigan, Elon and Belmont and many others. Some of her student’s accomplishments include local and national talent competition wins, top awards at solo/ensemble competitions, students who were awarded grand champion and finalists at show choir invitational solo competitions, All-State Chorus, leading and secondary musical theater roles in professional and school productions, have had students nominated for IHSMTA Broadway in Chicago awards and students that have been given recording contracts! This past summer, she had a student perform her 4th role in a Broadway production! She’s also had students featured on television shows such as American Idol and So you think you can dance.

I have been teaching for over 15 years and am passionate about helping my students unlock their full potential and helping them to discover their true voice! Students can expect to make progress in their very first lesson and continue to improve from week to week. I have worked with various students from those who are tone-deaf to professionals.

"I've taken lessons with several teachers and I've never learned anything like this before." "I can't believe the improvement I've made after a lesson or two!" "I was so nervous before starting lessons because I didn't know what to expect but I'm having so much fun!" These are comments I often hear from my new students.

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"I started doing piano lessons with Niki since I was in 4th grade and now I am in 8th. She teaches me theory, classical piano, songs from a lesson book, an
d pop music and I have so much fun. I have learned so much!"
"She is so talented and helpful. I have only had a few classes so far and i have made great improvement. I really value our lessons!"
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"Trevor knows his stuff, answers any question you throw at him and works with you on what you want to learn/know."
"Caleb was a great instructor. My son Tarun started taking Piano lessons when he was 7. Caleb was very patient with my son who can be very difficult to t
each. Tarun has had another teacher since then but he still talks about Caleb. I would not hesitate a second if I had to pick Caleb as our Piano instructor if had a chance."
"my 11 year old daughter has wanted guitar lessons for awhile. Curtis has made this experience fun and educational for her. She learning songs familiar t
o her. She's always excited for her lesson and homework. Curtis is a great and friendly instructor."
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chieve the best results from her students. I work with her on a regular basis and can say that she always provides quality suggestions and tools to improve technique and interpretation. I highly recommend her for both piano and vocal training."
"He was very patient and teach very well. My daughter likes him as a teacher"
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