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About Nancy R.

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Irvington, NY

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About Nancy
I believe in the extraordinary power of music to communicate, to inspire and, often, to heal. That belief inspires all my work.

My goal is to help you find the power to express express through singing your unique self. It doesn't matter whether your voice is professional quality or whether it's even "good" in the conventional sense. It's YOUR voice. It has its own sound and characteristics, its own particular beauty, and the world needs to hear you!

Whether you want to be a professional or audition for your school musical, NYSSMA, All-State chorus, college and conservatory, or whether you just want to have fun and hit those high notes in the shower, I would love to help you.

I'm a classically trained leading soprano who has had the great good fortune to sing masterpieces with such companies as the Caramoor Music Festival, Glim
merglass Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. I also have undergraduate and master's degrees from Brown University and the Manhattan School of Music.

But don't let the fact that I'm an "opera singer" give you the wrong idea. Yes, strict classical training gives me in-depth understanding of how the human voice works, but I love and teach music of all genres. My students include professional opera singers, yes, but also rock and Broadway-style singers, college and conservatory students, teenagers singing in their school musicals, doing All-State chorus, or preparing for NYSSMA, as well as adults who are taking voice for the love of singing, the fun of the challenge and so they can join their local chorus or sound great on karaoke night.

Above all, the most important qualities I offer as a teacher are the simple human ones: understanding, patience, imagination, kindness, enthusiasm, respectfulness and absolute commitment to helping you meet your vocal goals.

*** Lesson Details ***

I tailor my lessons to each singer's particular interests, goals and challenges. Some students thrive with a highly technical approach; some thrive in a less formal, more supportive environment; most singers do best with an approach that mixes the two. The important thing to know is that you will receive lessons that are specifically tailored to you. There's no single template.

*** Specialties ***

For advanced classical singers I have a great depth of experience and wide knowledge of oratorio, opera, German lied and French, English and American art songs. I also have a specialized background in "performance practice" baroque and classical vocal ornamentation.

For all singers, I am also a superb acting coach!
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kevyn October 16, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In home
she is very nice
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Fred June 18, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Spent a lot of time going over my musical background and getting to know me in general. Made an assessment of my vocal ability, potential strengths and weaknesses that seemed accurate to me. Proposed a lesson plan to develop my singing that seemed reasonable and practical given my goals.
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Sofia B. April 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
My daughter loved her first lesson
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Nancy R.

Nancy R.

Irvington, NY 10533
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$55 / 30-min

About Barry H.

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Carmel, NY
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About Barry
For over 20 years, Barry has been active working as a producer, engineer, composer, arranger and musician (bass, guitar, piano and saxophone). Barry received a master of arts degree in music (composition) from CUNY Hunter College and a bachelor of music degree in Music Engineering Technology from the University of Miami, studied composition at the Juilliard School and music for film at NYU. In addition to teaching private lessons, Barry is currently teaching audio production and sound design courses at CUNY Hostos Community College. Barry draws on his diverse background performing and recording on multiple instruments in numerous styles to provide a stimulating and creative experience for the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed around the student's interests and personality. Reading, writing and improvising as well
as listening to recordings are an integral part of the lessons from the beginning, regardless of skill level. Students will not only learn how to play their instruments correctly but will also develop an expanding appreciation of all kinds of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
music studio seating for parents f/w keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect all students to provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Pop, Rock, Funk, World, Classical
Jazz Improvisation for ALL instruments (even if I don't play them)
Composition, Arranging, Orchestration, Counterpoint, Finale
Home & Commercial Studio Recording, Acoustics, Analog & Digital, Troubleshooting.
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Carlton W. July 30, 2016
· Saxophone · Online
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Barry H.

Barry H.

Carmel, NY 10512
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About Joshua T.

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Millwood, NY
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About Joshua
I have an Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree in Music from Purchase College and also a Masters Degree in the Arts. In 2016 I will receive a business degree from Berklee College of Music. I have been teaching drums for over sixteen years with well over twenty years of performance experience. The aesthetic beauty and language of music and the drums will be learned and appreciated.

*** Lesson Details ***
All students will have a personal lesson plan set to their particular age and experience. What will be mandatory will be sight reading, four way independence and ear training. We will have fun and develop a practical practice routine that will keep the student motivated and eager to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
DW/Pacific Drums and Percussion,
Mapex drums,
Slingerland drums,
Pearl Snare drums,
Zildjian A cymbals,
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l, DW/PDP and Gibraltar Hardware,
Vic Firth AJ2 and Regal Tip Rock sticks,
Regal Tip Jazz Brushes (classic)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Depending on gig the snare drum, cymbals and bass pedal at every showcase in case playing a back line or house drum kit.

*** Specialties ***
All styles, any method.

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Eddie O. July 30, 2016
· Drum · In home
Josh has been teaching my son the drums for over a year now and I have witnessed an amazing transformation in my son's playing ability.

Josh is always very enthusiastic. He covers drum theory and history. His level of professionalism is top notch.

We are very grateful and lucky to have Josh work with our son on becoming a drummer.

Thanks Josh!
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Eddie O. July 30, 2016
· Drum · In home
Josh has been an great instructor and motivational figure for our 11 year old. My son says "he is cool!". I highly recommend Josh for both his expertise and fantastic personality.
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Joshua T.

Joshua T.

Millwood, NY 10546
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$22 / 30-min

About Imraan K.

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Mount Vernon, NY

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About Imraan
I'm a pro saxophonist in NYC, currently performing both in the NYC area and internationally.

In the last 5 years, I have been performing with various bands in the area, spanning rock, funk, soul, Latin, and especially jazz. Performing has taken me to France, Switzerland, Italy, China, and most recently aboard luxury cruise ships.

I have been teaching privately and through a private music school for the past 10 years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer three distinct types of lessons.

1) For 7-12 grade music students, I offer lessons geared towards preparing you for the NYSSMA competition. We work on the basic requirements for participation, can work together to narrow down the options and select the right piece for you to perform, and improve your musicality as a whole. I have sent many students to NYSSMA, all with positive res
ults. 2) My more expansive lessons are for beginner musicians and up. We work as basically as scales, modes, and fingerings, as well as a little bit of jazz history. As you progress, we dig deeper into jazz theory, focusing on the standards and improvisational theory. Like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it, and as long as you are willing to work towards becoming a better player, you will. 3) For NON-SAXOPHONE students with an interest in jazz improvisational techniques, I offer jazz improvisation lessons. This requires an intermediate level of proficiency on your instrument. We cover standards, different techniques to apply over different patterns of chord changes, and even basic elements of composition.

I like to keep the atmosphere light and positive during lessons, so we can have a good time and still be learning. I love to work on appropriate music that the student suggests, or has an interest in. Pending the level of the student, we may even arrange for special appearances at some of my performances.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1942 Conn 6M viii Naked Lady Alto Saxophone
Theo Wanne Durga 7 Mouthpiece
Vandoren Jumbo Java Mouthpiece
Vandoren Java Red / Vandoren ZZ Reeds
Monique Pro Series Soprano Saxophone
Otto Link Mouthpiece
CG Conn C Melody Saxophone
Akai EWI-USB Wind Synthesizer

*** Specialties ***
-Improvisation
-Jazz
-Rock
-Funk
-Soul
-Latin

Looking forward to making some music with you!
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Sal November 4, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
An excellent teacher. He keeps my son Sal interested and engaged with every lesson. Sal gets to choose some of the music he works on, and Imraan makes it into a lesson. Sal has been doing much better in band class, I recommend him!
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Livia C. February 19, 2014
· Saxophone ·
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My son Nicholas, 10 yrs old, has been taking saxophone lessons with Imraan for about a month. Searching for a young motivated teacher who is up to date with todays music is very difficult. My fear was for Nicholas to get discouraged in his saxophone playing and music with a non motivated instructor.
Imraan has been the perfect match for Nick. He is not only an excellent saxophone player but a great instructor. He motivates my son with his saxophone playing, has patients with his teachings and with kids, is up to date with todays music and most important, my son cant wait for his next lesson.

Imraan, Im glad we met you and look forward to hearing my son play in concert with you someday.
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Hope D. February 17, 2014
· Saxophone ·
it is refreshing and exciting at each session.

he is very focused and thorough. quite professional and polite.
he makes complex things with the sax seems simple. I enjoy his teaching style. I would recommend him to anyone who desires to learn to play the sax, or for advance lessons.
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Imraan K.

Imraan K.

Mount Vernon, NY 10553
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About Joel S.

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Walden, NY
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About Joel
I was trained at the preparatory department of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester with Professor of Oboe, Robert Sprankle. I also studied privately with Ms. Lois Wann. Ms. Wann was an instructor of oboe with Julliard and Manhattan Schools of Music. I've been playing oboe regularly for over 50 years in ensembles ranging from full orchestras to wind quintets. I've played both as an amateur (that is volunteer oboe positions) as well as a professional oboist.
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Amy L. July 26, 2016
· Oboe · In studio
Joel is wonderful! He is very knowledgeable and patient. My daughter has had 3 lessons and has already learned a lot! She really enjoys taking lessons from Joel!
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Joel S.

Walden, NY 12586
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Fair Lawn, NJ
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My name is Price S. I was born and raised in Charleston, SC and have been playing music, namely the drum set since the 4th grade. I have played in many many different settings, including orchestral and latin. I love all kinds of music, love teaching people the exciting art of drums. The reason I love it is because I really get to watch people have fun and get excited when they see they're improving.
I look forward to meeting all the different types of players and students on this site.
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Price S.

Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
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$40 / 30-min

About Stephen D.

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Yonkers, NY
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About Stephen
I have been playing music on the violin since the age of 7, composing since I was 14, and playing and performing on the guitar since I was 18. I've written a lot of music, and this past spring had works performed in Virginia and two in Manhattan.

I have taught music for over 15 years, in colleges, music schools and privately. One thing that I have noticed is that, with more experience, I have a lot more fun--and so do my students.
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Sandra March 8, 2017
· Banjo · In home
Stephen is amazing and talented. He is very understanding of the initial frustration of learning a new instrument and makes it interesting and fun.
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Megan October 14, 2015
· Violin · In home
Mr. D is a very good teacher at violin. I give him 5 stars because he is nice and a good teacher.
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Eve September 29, 2015
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Stephen has been teaching my son Classical Guitar lessons for over four years now, and he is one of the best music instructors we've had. Stephen is a very motivated and inspiring teacher, my son absolutely loves his music classes. We are happy to have a truly dedicated teacher, who loves working with kids and is able to pass his genuine passion for music to others. Thank you, Stephen!
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Stephen D.

Yonkers, NY 10705
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$35 / 30-min

About Daniel B.

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New Paltz, NY

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Daniel began studying classical voice at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, where he started his first hard rock band and performed in his first opera (Mozart'’s Don Giovanni). Since then, he has sung almost every genre possible, understanding that singing’s universal techniques can be applied to each unique style. Since earning his degree from SUNY New Paltz, Danny has taught students of all ages and aptitudes privately and at New Windsor Music Academy. He is the general manager of Castle Studio, a new music rehearsal and showcase space, and a member of the Hudson Valley Music Collective, a group of young music educators who host special workshops and other benefits. When not singing, but often while singing, Danny is playing guitar.
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Daniel B.

Daniel B.

New Paltz, NY 12561
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$30 / 30-min

About Stephen K.

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Mahwah, NJ

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My name is Steve and I cant wait to meet you! I've been playing guitar for 5 years and teaching for the last 2! Currently, I am playing guitar for singer/songwriter aReJay Ella while studying jazz under guitarist Jack Broad. I love helping people expand their love for music and being creative all while improving drastically on their instrument. My lessons are meant to be goal oriented and non stressful. Whatever your goal as a musician may be, I can help you achieve it in the most natural, fun way! Anything else you may be curious about, please, feel free to reach out. I'm here to help! I hope to hear from you soon and look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Simona (. August 28, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Steve is a natural teacher. He is very methodical and demanding but also knows how to intrigue a newbie. He was able to engage my 9 year old daughter and at the same time he kept her challenged. She has learned so much in just 5 lessons. Most importantly, she now has the confidence and desire to attempt to develop her newly acquired skills on her own.
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Benjamin B. June 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Very professional.
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Robbie June 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son absolutely loved this instructor. He was more excited about learning to play the guitar after Stephen left then ever before! He is absolutely looking forward to his next session.
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Stephen K.

Stephen K.

Mahwah, NJ 07430
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About chris M.

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West Nyack, NY

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Hi guitarists, my name is Chris. I am a singer songwriter and guitar player. I teach beginners to advanced in the styles of Rock/Pop,Country/Bluegrass, and Blues. Everybody is different and learn at a different rate. I set up a class that will work best for you. We start with the basics. All the good stuff! You learn to read, keep time. We will pick a song to start that you want to learn, and away we go! I feel that learning shouldn't feel like homework. You should be excited to pick up the guitar. No doubt learning something new can be a bit scary, and the beauty of the guitar is what you put into it, you will get back in spades!

Some students I teach are interested in songwriting and recording, which I teach as well.We will learn what makes a song a song, and how to write one. I have a Pro Tools studio and offer my songwriting stud
ents the chance to write their own songs and record and make a CD or MP3 of their new hit. Feel free to reach out to me and we can discuss further how best guitar/songwriting fits in your world!
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Joshua Kent November 16, 2016
· Guitar ·
Chris is an excellent instructor. My teenage son enjoys his lessons. Chris makes students very comfortable and motivates them to learn.
He has a great disposition and we couldn't be more thrilled. Thanks Chris!!!
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Kevin P April 22, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar ·
I have studied under Chris’ tutelage for a little over one year. I can say with confidence, Chris is
one of the kindest, most knowledgeable, accommodating, and encouraging instructors I have ever had
the privilege of studying with.

Instruction: Chris works at the level of his student. He doesn’t assume you have mastery in any skill and
works with you each week to build up a core set of basic skills. From an early point, Chris was able to
adapt to my level and show me fundamental skill building exercises.

Lesson Variety: Chris would teach different aspects to learning the guitar with each lesson. He would
supply any instrument or tool needed and would take the time to explain what each object does. At the
end of each lesson, I would feel confident in the material that was being taught, and felt that each
lesson was new and important. I’ve learned various rhythms, notes, styles of playing, and more.

Flexibility: Chris was very accommodating to my schedule. He was consistent and timely for each lesson,
and understanding when life circumstances would interfere. He works well at adapting to how you want
to learn, a key ingredient to being an effective instructor.

In summary, Chris was an excellent instructor, I learned a lot from his weekly lessons, and he is
just a straight-up nice guy. I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn how to play the guitar or
improve one’s skills.

– Kevin P.
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Noah Tahir April 14, 2016
· Guitar ·
Hello to all,
I was a weekly student for Chris, and I have to say that our lessons together we're always a great time for the both of us. I practiced with Chris for about two years, and in that time I never once felt like I was under some sort of pressure to get prepared for the next lesson. The reason for that is because Chris is the kind of teacher that makes you want to get better. Every time he left me an assignment of some sort, whether it be practicing blues progressions to recording a solo part to a rythym track, I could never help myself from getting to work the second he stepped out my front door. Chris truly created an atmosphere for me that made it easy to learn, and I'm the kind of person who has a hard time learning. I seriously recommend Chris not only because he is a great teacher but a great friend as well!
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chris M.

chris M.

West Nyack, NY 10994
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