Never played before? Played years ago and want to start again? Looking for a new teacher? Wherever you are in your development I can help you establish good technique to play any style beautifully and expressively.
Includes technique, sight-reading, musicality, repertoire selection, music theory, etc., according to the student's experience and needs.
Hi! My name is Barbee and I’ve been teaching and performing professionally for over twelve years. I love helping my students reach their musical goals, while having fun making music at the same time!
I accept students of all levels and ages 8 and up. Some of my students are working musicians, actors, and voice actors; many are teenagers who aspire to study music and/or theatre in college and become professional performers. And of course many are enthusiastic avocational singers and pianists who simply love music and want to work on their technique in a fun environment.
Some recent student accomplishments include: *Leading roles in musicals and operas *International concert tours *Acceptance to multiple NYC performing arts high schools *Multiple scholarship offers from universities to study music *Acceptance to pre-professional
training programs such as Paper Mill Playhouse and AMDA Summer Conservatories
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. I am experienced in teaching many genres and styles including Broadway/musical theater, classical/opera, pop, rock, R&B, country, and folk. I encourage my students to explore new styles and apply good technique to any style they may choose to sing or play.
I love helping my students prepare for auditions. As an active performer myself I have auditioned many, MANY times for different organizations, and I have also been on "the other side of the table" and I know what qualities audition panels are looking for. 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.
If you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to send me a message by clicking “Ask Barbee a Question” at the top of the page.
In-studio equipment: Yamaha P-115 digital piano with 3-pedal unit and bench, music stands, large library of scores and anthologies for repertoire exploration
Please note that you MUST have an acoustic or digital piano with weighted keys for in-home piano lessons. You MUST have a piano or keyboard for in-home voice lessons. If you are looking to purchase an instrument I am happy to provide recommendations.
Please note that students are expected to purchase all music, curriculum, and other materials as appropriate.
I have learned so much from Barbee Monk! Ive had 3 or 4 different voice teachers in the past and she is by far the best one. She is a consummate professional in every way. I've noticed a huge difference in my voice for the better and with a little more work will be ready to sing in the choir soon!
February 25, 2019
Barbee has a wonderful style and approach to teaching . She exudes a positivity and enthusiasm throughout the lesson and is exceptional in providing encouragement and nonjudgemental corrective feedback when needed. I thoroughly enjoy my lessons and look forward to continuing with my program.
February 8, 2019
Her knowledge of music and the anatomy of the voice have made my lessons with her invaluable. She’s an excellent teacher, so much so, that I plan to pick up piano lessons with her as well.
I teach beginning piano at my home studio where I have an upright piano.
Flutist, Roberta M., is equally at home playing classical and new music. I Care If You Listen has extolled her “lush, full tones… even among the best professionals, not many flute players sound so compelling in a lower register.” Praising her “extreme adventurousness,” New York Concert Review said she “riveted with her performance, inspiring one to want a repeated hearing.” Roberta is a founding member of the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, a quartet of unusual instrumentation dedicated to commissioning and performing new works. To date, the group has commissioned over fifty pieces.
Roberta holds a Bachelor of Music with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Music from SUNY-Purchase College, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her teachers include Robert Dick, Tara H
elen O’Connor, Alexa Still, and Jean Rosenblum. Roberta resides in Brooklyn, New York where she teaches privately and is on faculty at Great Neck Music Conservatory.
Roberta has performed with groups including Duo RoMi (with pianist Mirna Lekic), the Portland String Quartet, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Lunatics at Large, Kagel Nacht, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Cheyenne Symphony, and the Greeley Philharmonic in venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tulley Hall, Merkin Hall, The Kennedy Center, Bargemusic (with tenor Robert White), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a guest artist, she has appeared at Bloomsburg University and the University of Southern Maine. She has recorded on New Dynamic Records, Meta, Bridge, and Innova Records.
Roberta has been a Bang on a Can Summer Institute fellow and a participant in the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes College, as well as participating in festivals at Banff and Domaine Forget. Roberta recently won the Artists International Special Presentation Award and was presented in her debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Other awards include: Purchase College’s Baroque Concerto Competition, Bay Chamber Summer Music Woodwind Prize, Dante Alighieri Society of Denver Music Scholarship, and the Emily K. Rand Award.
*** Lesson Details *** In my studio, I believe that my role is to steer students toward a deeper understanding of themselves, their instrument, and their relationship to music. I tailor my teaching to the needs of my individual students, who currently range from age 4 to adult, often adding improvisation and extended techniques to increase my students’ awareness of the potential of the flute as a channel for one’s creativity.
With over a decade of teaching and a doctorate in flute performance, I have extensive experience teaching flute lessons and recorder lessons to students from beginners to advanced. I teach at my studio in Brooklyn or can come to your home in New York City. I have previously taught in Colorado, Westchester, NY, and throughout New York City. I've been on faculty at The Harmony Program and the Denver Public School’s Saturday Music Program, where I taught beginning flute classes to public school children. I have given masterclasses at the University of Southern Maine and the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School, and have taught music classes at Purchase College and Hostos Community College.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a studio with music stands, flutes, recorders, an upright piano, and place for parents to wait. Street parking is available, and I'm less than a block from the subway.
Students are expected to bring their instrument, music, and a notebook.
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring my flute. Students need to have a music stand, music, a notebook, and a working instrument.
*** Specialties *** I am well-versed in all areas of classical music, especially new music. My primary instrument is flute, but I also enjoy teaching beginner piano, recorder, and music theory.
Roberta was patient and was obviously an experienced teacher. I teach and I understand what it takes to put a lesson together so that the student gets the most out of it, while pushing the student to do better, but not too much to discourage them from moving forward. She hits that sweet spot! I would recommend her to anyone who was serious about learning.
January 17, 2019
she has got a very lovely and cheerful personality.It made me really want to practice more piano even though i haven't played it for months.
My teaching method is based on the individual need's of each student which allows me create optimal learning environment. I keep perents well informed about the learning process and progression. My goal is to create a solid knowledge base and appreciation for music
My teaching method is based on the individual needs of each student which allows me to create optimal learning environment. I believe that learning musical instrument helps in many other areas and its a great addition to students development
Veroslav is great teacher, enthusiastic, we as a parents like him, children also enjoyed his class.
March 3, 2019
Veroslav is beyond amazing. He is knowledgeable, prompt, courteous, and very professional. I will gladly recommend his services to everyone I know. My daughter has learned so much from him. My family and I call him our trophy piano instructor!
November 10, 2018
Veroslav is a tremendously patient expert piano instrument for my two children, ages 6 and 12. He has a gentle way of guiding kids who may feel shy. I’m just blown away by my children’s progress in piano skills in just a couple of months, but also see how much their self-confidence has grown through doing well at something completely new! Absolutely recommend Veroslav, and we feel so lucky to have been connected to with him!
I've been teaching piano since 2005. I'm a licensed music teacher as well as a board-certified music therapist. I play mostly classical music, but I have experience playing other styles as well. I was awarded "2010 Outstanding Classical Performer" as a graduating music education major from William Paterson University. I want piano lessons to be enjoyable for my students. It's important that I expose my students to different styles of music, but I won't FORCE anyone to play anything that they absolutely don't want to. That's not fun for anyone... I incorporate music theory, technique, and musical interpretation into my lessons. I teach all ages and abilities, including children/adults with developmental disabilities and intellectual delays.
I am a licensed music teacher and board-certified music therapist. I began teaching private piano lessons in 2005 during my undergraduate degree. I attended William Paterson University and received a degree in music education. Upon graduating, I received the William Paterson University 2010 Outstanding Classical Performer award. In 2017 I earned an M.A. in music therapy from Montclair State University, where I was awarded the David Ott Scholarship for Outstanding Music Therapy Intern. Learning music therapy has given me deeper insight into my teaching. My favorite part of music is the learning process. I enjoy performing music, but I personally get more out of learning it. Teaching allows me to be involved in the learning process with other people. I can assess a student's abilities and develop plans and materials that address his or her
musical needs. A deep understanding of music and the learning process guides me during my lessons, and I enjoy guiding students through their musical struggles and victories. In addition to classical piano, I also sing, play upright bass, and guitar. Most of my students are piano students, but I also teach guitar and bass.
*** Lesson Details *** Since each person is different, my lessons are tailored to the individual. I don't have set lesson plans that all my students adhere to. The lessons are designed to fulfill each individual student's unique needs. My specialty is in classical music, so my students learn how to read sheet music. I also provide a solid foundation in music theory, piano technique, and interpretation. I'm laid back and easy to get along with, but I do expect my students to practice. I see my role as a musical guide. That means that I can help students who want to learn, but I can't make anyone learn music. The more you put into music, the more you get out of it. When my students take my advice during the lessons and practice at home, they progress quite quickly.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide music books, staff paper, and pencils. I expect students to have an instrument of decent quality to have a lesson on.
*** Specialties *** I'm primarily a classical pianist with experience playing in a variety of settings. I’ve played in rock bands, I've done musicals, and I played upright bass in a folk/jazz band. I have an in depth understanding of music theory and moderate understanding of jazz harmony. I don't adhere to any one specific teaching method. I find that since every individual is unique, individualized teaching approaches are necessary to suit a student's personal needs.
I am one of Chris’s students and he is a fantastic teacher! He teaches piano in a way his students would understand. I enjoy piano class every week and I am able to understand it in my own way!
August 10, 2019
Chris is an excellent instructor, but more than that he really cares for his students and always goes the extra mile! I own a music school in NJ and Chris has worked for me teaching many students over the past several years and I get nothing but compliments on his teaching style. If you are looking for a great piano teacher you have found him with Chris!
August 10, 2019
I highly recommend Chris as a music teacher. He is patient and committed to bringing out the best in each student. His background in education and music therapy makes him stand out as a special teacher who can work well with a diverse set of students.
Study piano with a professionally trained piano teacher, music producer and composer. I have studied in music performance and education from The Dalcroze School of Music, Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts and Harlem School of the Arts.
I have been professionally trained in classical piano but I also teach a wide variety of styles, including neo-soul and rhythm and blues.
Lessons are tailored to the individual student's own musical interests. This means I select repertoire based on what each student enjoys to listen to or is excited about learning.
Different repertoire is then used to explore various fundamentals of music performance, including:
-ear training -reading -improvisation -music theory -harmony -rhythm
*** Lesson Details *** My piano lessons are one on one and is h
eld in a quality educational setting which also allows you to interact with other students in the field of music. I specifically arrange lesson plans according to your learning pace and skill level.
When you take piano lessons with me, we'll cover music theory to piano exercises designed to build strength and coordination. We’ll play a wide range of pieces from beautiful classical pieces to your favorite pop music. We’ll break the music down and figure out how it was composed and why it works. And we’ll work together to help develop your sense of rhythm, melody, and harmony so that you can sit down and truly express yourself in impromptu jam, join a rock band, or write a hit song.
Music is a rewarding art with infinite depths - the approach you take to learn it should reflect this.
When you take piano lessons with me we’ll cover all sides of musicianship, with a focus on building creative ability. Your classes will be varied and fun, from useful music theory to piano exercises designed to build strength and coordination. We'll play a wide range of pieces from classical works to rock, from bebop jazz to indie pop, breaking the music down to learn why and how it works. And we'll work together to help develop your sense of rhythm, melody, and harmony so that you can sit down and truly express yourself in impromptu jam, join a group, write a song, or to feel comfortable learning on your own.
I had an excellent experience with Kris. He challenged me but also understood my specific circumstances and pace. He was flexible with scheduling and helped me greatly improve my piano playing in a short amount of time. We worked on arranged music and songwriting. I’d recommend Kris for all levels!
April 12, 2019
Kris is welcoming and encouraging. He knows a lot and seems to be able to explain it in a way I can understand.
Being an active and experienced musician gives me the necessary knowledge to know what is needed on order to become a better musician. Also having over 20 years of teaching experience allows me to tailor my knowledge to the need of every particular student. I really enjoy to transfer my knowledge and solve the unique musical problem that every student encounter during their musical path.
Bassist and composer Andrea performs extensively within the improvised music scene, across a broad spectrum of genres. His instrumental tone, sensitivity and imagination, and melodic approach to a supposedly clumsy instrument brought him to perform and record with many established musicians. Based in New York City, his work as an instrumentalist and composer can be regularly heard at the top jazz clubs in the city and around the globe.
As a current faculty member of the New York Jazz Workshop, Andrea is a dedicated educator. He has taught master classes at the National Institute of Music and the National University of Costa Rica, at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey and at the Olav Duun Videregående Skole in Namsos, Norway. He also served as an adjunct professor at New York University, where he graduated in 2011 with a Master
of Music Degree in Performance with a Concentration in Jazz as a Fulbright scholarship recipient.
I am truly happy to have chosen Andrea as my teacher. Not only he has an intelligent approach on how to introduce and teach the Italian language, he is also very polite, friendly and accommodating. It’s a real pleasure to learn from him!
September 9, 2019
I had my first English lesson with Andrea and it was very useful for me. I think that he pointed on my problem. He's a keen observer.
April 16, 2019
Andrea is the best. He's personable, prompt, flexible yet clear, a pleasure to work with. He has given weekly Italian lessons to me and my wife in our home. We can't recommend him highly enough.
It is most important to me to have an open, encouraging, safe and healthy environment when learning piano. No matter the level, ability or goal for your music lessons, I will meet you where you are at and help you reach your goals. I believe the process of goal setting and accomplishments are steps to success in a lesson and beyond. I am committed to being present and helping you reach whatever is bringing you to lessons.
Being a well rounded pianist and musician is very important to me, during my time with students I will incorporate music theory, sight reading, and music history. Lessons are tailored to the students needs, desires and ability. I believe that all students should be introduced to classical piano but I am happy to teach all genres.
Music has the power to change and enhance people's lives. When I was 5 years old, I begged my parents for piano lessons until they obliged, and from there it formed the course of my life. I then began singing, and started training as a young teenager in voice. I went on to study at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ for my Bachelor's in Vocal Performance. I have performed all over the world, from Barcelona to Carnegie Hall, and this past summer I was chosen to be a part of the exclusive Classic Lyric Arts program in France, which was a French language and performance intensive.
I moved to NYC after graduating in 2017 to audition and teach. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Vocal Performance at Mannes School of Music and am a student of Diana Soviero. With my background, training, and influence of my own amazing teachers, I h
ave the joy of imparting everything I know to my students.
Temple is such a wonderful teacher. She truly made me feel so supported and encouraged in my lessons. She taught me healthy voice techniques, helped me stop bad habits that I picked up from previous teachers and experiences, and helped me develop better support for my singing. I also really enjoyed that she incorporated theory into my lessons. I highly recommend Temple as a teacher.
"Michelle is a great piano teacher, she taught 3 of my kids. Michelle always took the time to make sure each lesson was fun and interesting. I would high
ly recommend Michelle as your next music instructor."
"Lisa has taught my daughter piano lessons since Kindergarten. She worked with her both in person and online. Lisa is very patient and encouraging. It's
amazing to see my daughter's progress. Lisa is a wonderful instructor to work with."
"I have been learning piano from Mrs. Laura for the past 2 years. She has been wonderful and I have learned a lot under her guidance. She is a great teac
her with lot of patience."
"Jennifer teaches my 6 yr old daughter piano lessons. Jennifer is very knowledgeable. She is very patient with my daughter and helps her learn by visuali
zing the keys and their notes as well as giving her visual notes in a notebook that she can take home to work on. I recommend Jennifer as a knowledgeable and courteous teacher."
"We just had our first lesson with Elisa. She appeared to be really engaged with our 6 year old. And our daughter said she really liked her lesson afterw
"Excellent first class! Our 3 year old son is excited for more!!"
"My 10 y/o daughter is taking online piano lessons with Bonnie and we couldn't be more pleased! Prior to Bonnie, she has taken lessons off and on since she
was 5 and never really got into them. She dreaded practicing, and didn't really like her teacher. Bonnie is so sweet and patient with her. Every little step forward gets praise from Bonnie. My daughter is learning all kids of new stuff. She practices almost everyday, and without me telling her to. I was worried about online lessons for piano, but it doesn't seem to interfere with the teaching/learning process. Glad to have found TakeLessons and more importantly, Bonnie!"
"Laima has a very fun way of presenting the basics of piano that is so relatable to younger kids. She’s positive, encouraging, and so personable. We can’t
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