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Brenda B.

Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

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About Brenda

Hello, my name is Brenda! It is nice to meet you.

I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade, and hold two music degrees and two teaching certifications in music (NJ) and ESL (international). I obtained my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University where I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor, and obtained my Masters of Music in Performance with the Opera Institute at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children and retired adults!

I primarily teach voice, flute, piano, music theory and history and have over 10 years of experience teaching in both individual and group settings. I also work on audition and performance preparation, do speech/accent work and more. I am constantly studying different

teaching methods so I can develop a custom program that best fits your learning styles and incorporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.

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Whether you want to play flute, sing, act, or learn to play piano, I am here to help you become the best musician you can be. Classically trained, I also work with the styles of musical theatre, pop, rock, and jazz. I can teach you the proper techniques, posture, and breathing necessary to perform to the best of your ability and teach you how to utilize your full lung capacity to extend phrasing length and dynamic range. I will also help you learn to read and write music. Together, we will keep a log to track your progress lesson to lesson. This will also help you keep a record of the steps you are taking to obtain and achieve your goals and dreams.

*** Specialties ***
Young and beginner students.
Senior & Retired students
Students with special needs.
Performance techniques.
Audition preparation
Speech techniques (public speaking/voice-overs, etc.)
Bel Canto technique.
Performance anxiety
Life coaching!

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning" ~Plato

**if you need a particular time slot or one not listed on my availability I will do my best to accommodate your needs**

**All lessons will be scheduled in advance with confirmation of both the student and instructor. If cancellation is necessary, a written notice 48 hour cancellation policy is in effect or you forfeit the lesson credit. For lessons scheduled outside of the areas provided, a surcharge for travel will be added.**

***BB Studio now has a base location! Studio lessons are now also available for students 18+ in addition to in-home and on-line lessons***
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September 27, 2019
Jim
Very helpful for me as a novice!
April 30, 2019
Camilla
Brenda is fabulous, she is skilled and a great teacher!!
March 26, 2019
Xu Y.
Brenda was very patient with my 5 year old even and tried many ways to motivate my daughter. At the end, my daughter wanted to have Brenda coming over to teach her every night!!!

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Brenda B.

Wayne, NJ

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Janet P.

Larchmont, NY 10538

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About Janet

My goal is your success! Great outcomes are the result of teaching methods that combine traditional and innovative techniques which are fun and easy. Everyone succeeds and I personally guarantee my program!!
*Bio... Founder/Instructor of school specializing in piano and piano keyboards. It was founded in 1990 by Janet P., Alumna of The Juilliard School and a music teacher for over thirty years. Ms. P is an active member of NYSSMA (NY State School Music Association) and MENC (The National Association for Music Education) and has been involved with various charitable scholarship award programs, including youth organizations such as “Songcatchers” and has presented numerous charitable concerts. She has performed and arranged music for her Jazz group – "The Hi Lite Trio" throughout Westchester County, NY. Ms. P. offers private lessons with

a variety of performance opportunities - workshops, and four concerts each year including an annual Community Outreach Concert.
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September 26, 2019
Bev
Learning to play the piano was a lifelong dream of mine. I’ve been taking lessons from Janet now for five years. As an “adult” student starting from scratch, I was concerned that I would never really be able to understand music or become truly competent. When I look back to where I started from and how far I’ve come, I’m amazed. Janet is truly a genius at teaching. She makes difficult concepts easy to understand. And she truly understands the challenges of the adult learner. But learning is always enjoyable, never stressful. I look forward to my lessons and even my at-home practicing sessions. It’s become a kind of therapy for me! I would recommend Janet and the Fine Arts Music School to any who is serious about learning to play the piano.
Bev - Mamaroneck, NY
January 17, 2019
Ashley C.
Janet has been an amazing resource for our family. Her patience and ability to work with young kids is exceptional.
April 29, 2018
Enoch/Wendy
I am an adult who learned piano for 2 years when I was little before quitting. I wanted to regain my skills and Janet has been helping me do that. She’s fantastic, kind, flexible and encouraging! She reminded me to enjoy the music while at the same time challenging me to improve my skills to the next level I couldn’t be more excited !!

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Janet P.

Larchmont, NY

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William B.

New York, NY 10040


About William

I am a French horn player currently based in New York City. I hold degrees in horn performance from the Eastman School of Music and Mannes School of Music, where I studied with the longtime New York Philharmonic principal horn player, Philip Myers.

I am an active freelancer throughout the city and New Jersey.

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William B.

New York, NY

Adam M.

New York, NY 10032

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About Adam

- Juilliard graduate
- extremely versatile
- many styles including: jazz, blues, rock, pop, funk, r&b, acoustic, folk/country, songwriting ect.
- teaches all levels/ages
- willing to tailor the curriculum so that you can accomplish what YOU want

I have been teaching guitar for over 12 years, to people of all different ages and levels. I want to help you achieve your goals wether it's just learning the basics of the guitar or helping you find your musical voice within a wide array of different styles. I specialize in jazz but am also very well versed in blues, rock, pop, funk, r&b, acoustic, folk/country and songwriting. I will teach you the skills that I learned at Juilliard and show you how to apply them to your own playing. I am very patient and easy going, because although learning to play can be a challenging process, i believe

that it should always be fun!

*Please message me before you sign up for lessons, as I charge different rates for lessons at my studio, your apartment and online.
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August 12, 2019
Marcia
I have had a very positive experience with Adam as my guitar instructor. He is very knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging. I could see myself making progress and look forward to my next lesson!
August 12, 2019
Mark
I've been taking lessons from Adam for about 3 years now - He is an amazing teacher! I took lessons before when I was younger but I quickly lost interest. I decided to get back into it later in life (I'm 35 now), but I still struggled to find the right teacher. One was too serious and the other was too relaxed and I felt like I wasn't actually making any progress. With Adam I got the best of both worlds! I was getting better at the guitar, and at the same time I was enjoying myself throughout the whole process. I'm still taking lessons with Adam and I would recommend that you do the same!
August 12, 2019
Paul
I took jazz guitar for two years from Adam. He’s a great teacher and excellent musician. As a former “cowboy chords” guitarist, I jumped from 5 to about 15 chords in a few weeks. Adam is patient and lots of fun. I still catch some of his gigs when I’m back in NYC.

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Adam M.

New York, NY

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Maria O.

Brewster, NY 10509


About Maria

Maria O has been teaching piano lessons since she was in high school. There were enough children in the neighborhood who inspired her to teach piano. She took up BS degree in Music Education, and her main interest was teaching private violin and piano lessons.

Her usual clients really varies a great deal. Each student, young or old, who comes from different backgrounds, stories, and history. They are all different individuals. She tries to take each and every student as an individual and teach them in ways that best suits their personality.

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Maria O.

Brewster, NY

David K.

Clifton, NJ 07013

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About David

Greetings, future students. I've been teaching piano for 30 years. I'm a professional pianist working mostly in Manhattan's major hotels. I play all styles of music and so I can teach all styles. Classical (I was accepted to the Juilliard Preparatory School at age 12), pop, jazz, blues, Broadway etc. I believe that learning to play the piano should be an enjoyable experience. Just as Sesame Street came up with the concept that learning can be fun, I do the same. Children as well as adults truly like me. This is extremely important. Thank you for reading my profile.

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April 18, 2019
Kailie
my first lesson with David was great. He makes you feel very comfortable & knows how to highlight the students talents and teach from there. He is also extremely talented. I am looking forward to the rest of my lessons.
April 9, 2019
Bruce G.
Coming back from my third lesson with David, and looking forward for many many more to come. I have been by many teachers before and never had such a good experience. At our first lesson David already knew my strength and weaknesses and together we are working for me to become the "consommé" musician.
February 19, 2019
Ibrahim Emre B.
It has been only 1 lesson, but I look forward for more. He is a great teacher, great musician and such a great person. Totally worth

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David K.

Clifton, NJ

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Christiaan S.

New York, NY 10033

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About Christiaan

Christiaan is a multi-talented performer in theater, opera, and pop music. He played Gaston in the Broadway tour of Beauty and the Beast. Something of a bad boy, he was kicked out of Opera School for singing jazz, yet he went on to earn three music degrees, and work with opera legend Marilyn Horne and avant-garde composer Jake Heggie. Now he's in New York studying with Lady Gaga's teacher and singing his own arrangements of Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and John Mayer at Carnegie Hall while writing and recording pop songs in Nashville and the U.K. Look for his new single That's When You Know.

Christiaan enjoys seeing people succeed, so his approach to teaching is a combination of play and practice. Ultimately we sing because we want to bring people joy, yet to do so, we must hone our talents to perfection. By mixing the joy of music with disci

pline, we achieve our greatest dreams.
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June 23, 2019
Sarathi ..
I just had my first lesson with Christiaan. He was amazing. Gentle, very positive, and really good at observing and figuring out my strengths and weaknesses. He's also inspired me to learn with his love of music and thoughtful approach.
June 19, 2019
Daniel
I was blown away by his knowledge and assessment of the skills I should prioritize. My mind was blown several times. Excellent pedagogy and very personable!
November 25, 2018
Emily
I've had a great experience taking lessons with Christiaan! I've had about 10 lessons total now. As someone who doesn't have a background singing, I was definitely a bit nervous going into it, but that didn't last long -- Christiaan's friendly and extremely talented. I especially appreciate that he provides context about posture, history, anatomy, etc. and that he took time early on to learn about my goals. Last but not least, I'm happy with my results so far!

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Christiaan S.

New York, NY

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David G.

Woodbury, CT 06798

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About David

Touring Musician and best selling author of the following books and videos

Teach Yourself Rock Bass
Teach Yourself Fretless Bass
Improvising Rock Bass
Heavy Metal Riffs for Bass 
The Harmonic Colours for Bass
6 String Bass Builders
Mastering the Electric Bass Vol 1 & 2

Writer for Bassics, Bass Frontiers, Downbeat and Jazz Imporvisation

David has played with many well known acts including Stephen Stills, Corey Glover, Peter Wolf, Paul Nelson, John Parr and is now accepting students on 4, 5 or 6 string fretted and fretless bass.

Former students include Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith

I will create a program individually tailored to each student.
Lessons include Theory, Technique, and Repertoire.

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December 16, 2018
Andy
Great teacher. Explained everything patiently.I learned a lot

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David G.

Woodbury, CT

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Jonathan
"Very solid & versatile teacher

In my first few lessons, George has been a top-notch instructor that caters to my needs. As a beginner singer, but fairly
advanced musician, he prepared me for a gig in 2 weeks time by providing the perfect blend of individualized instruction and a crash course in important fundamentals that lay the right foundation and create good habits.

He's well-versed in all kinds of music, and capable of teaching a wide variety of people, evidenced by his diverse background and clientele."
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Darnell Robinson
"I am a 59 year old student of Mr. Paul. I had never taken lessons prior to now. I was taught basic cords and theory that I could build upon. What he did w
ith me was nothing short of magical. I can now read and write very simple songs. My grandkids and wife thinks I am great and that's all that matters to me. He reminded me on a regular basis to practice, practice, practice. I will never forget what he did for me. Thank you Mr. W
May Peace continue to be with you.
Darnell"
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Steve Clausson
"Mike is a fantastic teacher . He is very patient and very positive. I look forward to many more lessons with him."
Serge
"Strong Recommendation

Dan Hegelund is an effective communicator with strong emotional intelligence skills. Dan has a special way with youth, with an abil
ity to inspire, motivate, and teach. I am impressed with his pedagogic skill, both relating to the individual and to a group. Dan is responsible, efficient, and sympathetic. I give Dan Hegelund my strong recommendation."
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Dr.
"Martina is flexible enough to adjust to a student's needs. She is knowledgeable, paces at the student's rate, and offers good pointers for better playing.
I am an older student, and Martina is able to relate to my needs while teaching me helpful tips each lesson."
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Lana
"Very kind & patient :)"
Katie
"Matthew had good content in the teaching and was really flexible with scheduling. Regarding the online lessons - there were computer troubles and the conn
ection was somewhat disrupted with computer issues."
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Jack
"Dave has a great deal of knowledge but his best credential is patience , which is important to an older learner like myself."
Bryan
"I just finished my first lesson with Marty today. I was nervous and excited before the lesson but Marty was very welcoming, warm and friendly. She is very
passionate about music and singing and during the lesson I could feel she was invested in my success. In the first lesson I already felt equipped to begin learning and practicing things to help me on my journey toward my goals. She also communicated a great commitment to my goals which was a major point for me. Her knowledge of music added to my excitement because I enjoy learning and Marty was more than happy to educate me, even on more complex topics. I am glad that Marty will be part of my journey to improving my musical skills and consequently, my life."
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