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About Carolyn O.

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Coming from a large extended family in Hawaii, I was surrounded by luau music, kachi-kachi dancing, Japanese bon dances, handsome local guys singing and playing their guitars and my aunties strumming their ukes and singing old songs. I reveled in walking alone in Nature or playing piano and singing in empty, stain-glassed churches – just wailing in the dark and colored light!

I studied: classical piano, organ, oboe, clarinet, violin, voice, and guitar. I sang in jazz trios and pop bands, earned income as a church organist/choir accompanist, and spent 15 years teaching private piano lessons to students of all ages.
I studied drawing and painting, I drew trees, animals, the ocean, sky and mountains, still life, and the people around me.

Upon arriving in New York City, I entered into a journey of playing at a Washington Heights gos
pel church, living in a building filled with musicians, accompanying vocal master classes, studying Sanskrit, Indian raga, world percussion, creative arts therapy and performance wellness.

I now compose and sing my songs - interweaving voice with keyboard or guitar. Besides teaching privately, I can be found performing my songs in clubs, outdoor festivals, coffee houses, and poetry/healing events. I currently attended a certificate program in sound & music healing and the focus of my music rests here. I incorporate many techniques to aid students in relaxation, breath awareness, and de-stressing.

Using traditional teaching methods, I create meaningful experiences for students by:
- being patient, flexible and creative in approach
- using visual, aural, and tactile teaching tools

*** Lesson Details ***
After 3 to 6 Months OF Lessons, you can use the important music fundamentals you've learned to create music you love.
After about a year, you are invited to share your music with others in an intimate family recital or a performance for charity in service to your community!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, piano synthesizer, guitar, percussion instruments

*** Travel Equipment ***
Carolyn carries her own guitar, teaching aids, manuscript paper, pen/pencils, and handouts.

Recommended for students:
KEYBOARD - ideally, have your own keyboard/piano, piano books, staff paper
ACOUSTIC UKULELE/GUITAR - your own guitar, capo, tuner, staff & TAB paper (you can wait for teacher to help you choose)
VOICE - have sheet music, lyrics or charts of your songs
SONGWRITING - have manuscript paper, recording device and journal/tablets to record their ideas
ALL STUDENTS - small tablet for notes & keeping track of assignments and a recording device to hear your playing/singing/compositions (optional)

*** Specialties ***
Performing Singer-Songwriter specializing in improvisation and Sound & Music Healing.
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Rachel M. April 10, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Very nice and welcoming, I learned a lot a few sessions and enjoyed them.
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Sophie D. August 3, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
One day, I decided to learn ukulele by myself but I became quickly stuck. I found Carolyn on this website and then went to her place to take my first lesson. Carolyn is super sweet; very welcoming, smiling, fun to work with. She is very positive and gives great feedbacks all the time! I learnt a lot during our session!! At some point, we sat at her piano to talk about notes and keys: it was very interesting to switch to another instrument. In addition, her place has very harmonious vibes: when I left I felt so much better!!! I definitely recommend Carolyn for music lessons! And I look forward to our next ukulele lesson!
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RebeccaM1 August 8, 2011
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Carolyn turned out to be the perfect piano instructor for my teenage niece who is a slow learner. Carolyn is enthusiastic, supportive, patient, and fun. My niece especially loves getting to sing together with Carolyn as an added bonus!
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Carolyn O.

Carolyn O.

New York, NY 10024
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About David C.

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Fords, NJ
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I started playing guitar 29 years ago at 11 years old. After studying classical and jazz throughout high school I attended William Paterson University from 1994 - 1997, majoring in Music Education and then later in 2003 at CCNY majoring in jazz performance.

In 1997, I moved to Brooklyn and cut my teeth in the NYC R&B and rock club scene and with various jazz combos at many other clubs including the Blue Note and the Knitting Factory. In 2003 I returned to college at CCNY (city college of New York), majoring in Jazz Performance and studying with Ornette Coleman alum, Kenny Wessel. I also started my long standing weekly Hip Hop event, Freestyle Mondays in the East Village. Freestyle Mondays has attracted some of the best musicians in NYC and the world to sit in or just hang out, including Tarus Mateen, Marcus Miller (Miles Davis bassist)
, Ari Hoenig, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Tim Motzer, Adam Deitch and countless others. I have recorded with Lauryn Hill and have toured in China and the UK.

For last 6 or 7 years, my bread and butter has been theater. It really tests my versatility. I have been a sub guitarist on Broadway for the Tony award (best score, best orchestration 2008) and Pulitzer prize winning musical Next To Normal, The Visit on Broadway, first guitar at the 2010 Williamstown Theater Festival Production of critically acclaimed musical "The Last Goodbye" which features the music of Jeff Buckley (the first project licensed by his estate since his untimely passing in 1997), Be More Chill at Two River Theater as well as many other regional theater productions. Most recently I performed with the Orlando Philharmonic and a veritable who's who of B'way including Kelli O'Hara, Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Norbert Leo Butz in Orlando at a benefit for the Pulse Nightclub victims' families. My main gig, however, is with The Midtown Men. It features 4 stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys on Broadway. We have played at venues all over north America including the Beacon Theater and NJPAC as well as having a PBS special and performances on the Today Show.

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Like my musical abilities, I am an extremely versatile teacher. If you need a strict program, I can "crack the whip", but if you'd rather just learn some tunes you like, without all the theory and technical stuff, we'll find a balanced program that works for your learning style.

I have been teaching for 18 years, so whether you're trying to make the high school all state jazz band, learning your new favorite song or anything in between, I can steer you in the right direction. I'll keep you motivated to improve and become the artist you want to be. With simple, clear direction from me and a little practice and hard work from you, we'll have you playing your favorite music in just a couple of months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated to music, many guitars and amps, weighted casio, room for parents to wait

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar, but if a student is going to practice, I would think they would need to purchase a guitar at some point. I suppose I could bring an amp as well. Students should also have a manuscript book and/or a method book (depending on their level).

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz guitar, but am experienced and well versed in rock, blues, classical, hip hop, R&B, funk and pretty much anything else.
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Jonathan J. April 5, 2014
· Guitar ·
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David is a wonderful instructor. He would always provide me with information that helped me take my guitar playing to the next level. He was extremely patient and helpful in his lessons and never seemed to become annoyed when I would not get things right. Sign up for him today!
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ErikaR1 March 27, 2012
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5 yr old guitar lessons

David has been excellent with my 5 year old. He is extremely patient, fun, and friendly and is teaching her how to play the guitar. i am amazed. I didn't think it was even possible for her to learn as much as she has. i would highly recommend David to teach any child music.
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JackR February 2, 2012
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Dave is a very enthusiastic teacher with good theoretical knowledge on the piano. His practical knowledge is OK. Dave is very good with letting the student determine his goals and then he tailors his lessons around those goals. This makes the lessons more enjoyable. The only suggestion I would have is that he should have the sheet music written in advance for that day's lesson. He had the music written in advance on our last lesson but for one or two previous ones, he was writing the music during the lesson which took time away from the lesson. Overall, I was very happy with Dave and would recommend him.
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David C.

David C.

Fords, NJ 08863
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About Joseph M.

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Huntington Station, NY

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Over 35 yrs experience, teaching and playing.
Classical to Jazz
Fun + work.

About Joseph
Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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Joseph M.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
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About Simona D.

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Astoria, NY

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I have taught and experienced teaching from intermediate to advance level of students. I have worked in private settings, as well, as with group of students for those who want some support from their peers. I've enjoyed it all! Currently, I am a private flute/piano instructor and I love using my gift for music to help people develop their musical skills.

About Simona
My name is Simona and I am a passionate, determined young flutist. I recently graduated with a Master Degree in Music from Aaron Copland School of Music, NY. I love teaching and spreading my love for the music to my students, as much as I adore playing my flute. I have had the opportunity to perform in many venues, different cities in United States and Europe and there is no greater joy to me than playing music and seeing the happiness in people's eyes. I have also experienced teaching in different settings, such as, groups, as well as private flute teaching. I love what I do and I put diligent work to grow each day, so I can inspire and motivate my students.
In my experience as an instructor, I have found that students learn easier if they can hear the sound they want to create; therefore, I always strive to be in my best performin
g shape, so I can play duets with my students and help them learn easier. I also encourage their daily practice to be smarter than harder. My goal is to teach the students to love what they do and be excited about their playing. I encourage them to perform even in small setting before family, so they can increase their confidence in playing. I am looking forward to meet new, enthusiastic students of all ages and levels!
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Cornel D. July 15, 2017
· Flute · In home
The flute is a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aero phone or reed less wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening. According to the instrument classification of Hornbostel–Sachs, flutes are categorized as edge-blown aero phones.[1][not in citation given] A musician who plays the flute can be referred to as a flute player, flautist, flutist or, less commonly, fluter or flutenist
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Uma I. January 29, 2015
· Flute · In home
Simona is an excellent teacher. She is patient and kind towards my son. I highly recommend her. She is excellent.
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Pete M. November 24, 2014
· Flute · In home
My daughter has had only two lessons with Simona but the benefit is easy to see. There is a passion for excellence that is being instilled but keeping the lessons fun. This is hard to accomplish but Simona is doing it. She has been very cooperative and helpful in scheduling lessons. It has been a pleasure so far and I look forward to great reviews in the future. I highly recommend this teacher!
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Simona D.

Simona D.

Astoria, NY 11102
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About Matt R.

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Anyone can learn piano! In my lessons I teach you to strengthen your core skills, but also will help you to learn the kind of music you want to learn. My goal is to get you to a point where you can learn to play anything!

About Matt
I started playing piano when I was 6 years old and before 5th grade I was accepted into the prep program at Mannes The New School of Music. I studied piano and music there until I graduated my senior year of high school. Now I am in the middle of finishing my bachelors degree as a Music Education major from William Paterson University with a concentration in classical piano. My relationship with my teachers is what inspired me to become a music teacher myself and my passion for music comes from teaching and playing with others. I think that anyone can play music and everyone should have the chance to.
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Yeva K. September 17, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very energetic and professional.
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Andrew April 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
Matt was excellent with my son. My son is very young with a very short attention span. Matt was able to keep him interested and engaged through his lesson!
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Matt R.

Matt R.

Wayne, NJ 07470
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About Marcio G.

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I've been teaching for 12+ years and have plenty of educational and performing experience. I promote active listening, reinforcement of knowledge through critical thinking, and habitual practice. I specialize in classical, jazz, rock, latin, R&B and pop. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Marcio
I hold a BM in Classical Piano Performance from the University of Denver, a MM in Jazz Performance and an AD in Jazz Performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, I've studied classical piano in Vienna, Austria as part of the Cherrington Global Scholars Study Abroad Program, perform at the yearly Stanford Jazz Institute and at the 2016 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. I've performed with Mark Mothersbaugh for the original project "Myopia", at the KUVO 89.3 Denver studios, WBGO Jazz 88.3 Studios NYC, at the Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver, Birdland Jazz Club, Bitter End and at the 7th Annual James Moody Benefit at the Blue Note NYC. I've been awarded a Special Citation for Outstanding Musicianship at the 44th Annual UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, 1st place in the 2015 Lamont School of Music Jazz Solo Honors Competition and 1st place
in the 2015 Lamont School of Music Jazz Honors Chamber Competition.
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Jeremy June 14, 2017
· Piano · Online
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Marcio G.

Marcio G.

New York, NY 10014
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About Ken F.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Brooklyn-based private music teacher operating in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Over a decade of experience teaching a broad range of styles to students of all ages and backgrounds. Strong focus on the individual student's personal interests and goals. Master's degree in music with years of experience touring globally and recording for both major and indie labels.
Whether you're looking to begin your or your child's piano learning experience, or take your playing to the next level, it's my passion to get students playing the music they want to play, right from the beginning!

About Ken
A recent transplant to the Park Slope area, I'm a composer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to receiving my master's degree in composition from Mannes (The New School), I was the lead guitarist in the indie rock band Annuals. As part of this group I signed with two major record labels, appeared on national television programs such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and performed globally both on tour and at prominent festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury (England), and Roskilde (Denmark).

I have been teaching private music lessons for twelve years, both freelance and as part of various organizations. My approach to teaching is highly dynamic—I don't use the same method with every student and I have no stylistic prejudices or an agenda to push. I approach each student as an individual
, tailoring lesson plans to suit their personal goals and interests. I have experience playing and teaching an extensive range of styles including pop, rock, jazz, country, metal, and classical. One of my main goals is to foster a sense of musical understanding with every student so that they may learn to combine technical, theoretical, and aural skills into a unified whole.

Most students want to learn to play songs they know and love. To that end, I get students playing the music they want to play right from the beginning, often through personally crafted arrangements of songs/pieces of the student's choosing, specifically tailored to their current skill level. This way, technical and theoretical skills are learned through direct experience with actual music, and only very rarely through rote exercise.

For more advanced players, I offer an array of strategies designed to take your playing to the next level. I find that the most common shortcomings of advanced players are conceptual. The technical skills are there but the level of conceptual and theoretical understanding has hit a wall. Many players find themselves playing the same chord shapes, melodic patterns, and harmonic progressions over and over again. I've had much success over the years in getting advanced students out of this rut and helping open up new pathways for exploration in both improvisation and composition.
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Christopher Cross April 8, 2017
· Guitar ·
I've been playing off and on for 15 years and am mostly self taught. I knew what I wanted to learn but was having trouble figuring it out on my own. In the first lesson Ken was able to zero in on what I want to learn and the best way to go about it. In three lessons I feel that I understand the guitar so much more than I have in the past 15 years of playing. Not only from a technical standpoint, but also in a "feel" sense. On my own I could learn all the scales, chords, and songs I wanted, but Ken has helped me to make sense of everything and use these skills to become a better player all around.
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Brittany Pare February 8, 2017
· Piano ·
Ken is an incredibly talented musician and teacher and I would recommend him to anyone. He tailors his lessons to meet the individual goals of his students. If I wasn't understanding something, he knew how to explain it in a different way until I understood. He also taught me some techniques for figuring out songs on my own which I really appreciate since I am about move out of NYC. However, if I wasn't leaving I would still be taking lessons with him!
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Leah Korbin March 24, 2016
· Guitar ·
I took from Kenny when I was in middle school/early high school and he truly is the one who made me want to start writing songs. He's beyond talented, inspirational, and has a great smile to boot!
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Ken F.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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About Dan C.

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I'm an experienced teacher of 20 years, specializing in jazz and classical piano. Lessons are customized and catered to the goals of each student. I believe a strong foundation in theory and harmony will help to put everything in context regardless of genre. All ages are welcome!

About Dan
I'm a professional pianist and composer with a passion for both performing and teaching. I have an undergraduate degree in music performance from Northwestern University, and a masters degree in jazz performance from NYU. I've released six albums with my band, and my music has been licensed for TV (WB) and film (Universal). My last album was featured on NPR's "Fresh Air," and I tour nationally and internationally while overseeing a teaching studio of about 20 students here in New York.

While my passion is jazz and I work in contemporary music, I've studied classical piano since age 4 and believe that a strong foundation in theory and harmony translates well to all genres while providing much needed context. My students are all ages and range in ability from beginner to professional. I teach out of a cozy studio overlooking Prospec
t Park, and travel to students homes under the right circumstances. Whether your goals are reading music, reading chord charts, playing by ear, improvising, or composing, I always strive to make the lessons fun and stress free.
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Simone Bernard November 15, 2016
· Piano ·
Kind, encouraging attitude and patient; the perfect instructor for anyone with no experience as myself.
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Amanda David August 8, 2016
· Piano ·
Very patient, and knowledgeable. Great instruction on form and theory as well.
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Bridget Carey April 3, 2016
· Piano ·
Great lessons so far! Dan is a good teacher and very patient with a total beginner
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Dan C.

Brooklyn, NY 11225
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About Makulumy A.

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Makulumy is a pianist, arranger, and theatrical music director based in New York City. A graduate of Stanford University, he concentrated on a range of musical activities during his education, ranging from Romantic piano performance-practice, to conducting and vocal coaching for musical theater. Professionally, he has worked at the American Repertory Theater, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Stanford Repertory Theater, and several New York venues on theatrical productions including Finding Neverland, Triangle, and Ragtime on Ellis Island.

His teaching experience covers a wide variety of topics. He has been a music director for numerous theatrical productions, coaching singers and musicians to quality performances. While teaching popular-music-centered piano lessons to several students at Stanford University, he was also a Teaching Assistant for the ear-training and musicianship courses in the music department, which covered music theory, keyboard harmony, and sight-singing.

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About Makulumy
Makulumy is a pianist, arranger, and theatrical music director based in New York City. A graduate of Stanford University, he concentrated on a range of musical activities during his education, ranging from Romantic piano performance-practice, to conducting and vocal coaching for musical theater. Professionally, he has worked at the American Repertory Theater, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Stanford Repertory Theater, and several New York venues on theatrical productions including Finding Neverland, Triangle, and Ragtime on Ellis Island.

His teaching experience covers a wide variety of topics. He has been a music director for numerous theatrical productions, coaching singers and musicians to quality performances. While teaching popular-music-centered piano lessons to several students at Stanford University, he was also a Teaching Assistant
for the ear-training and musicianship courses in the music department, which covered music theory, keyboard harmony, and sight-singing.

For TakeLessons, he provides piano lessons from beginning to advanced levels, as well as intermediate-level vocal instruction for singers primarily interested in musical theater and "show tunes". Music theory lessons are also available. He looks forward to working with you!
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Makulumy A.

New York, NY 10036
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About Brian L.

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Greenwich, CT

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I love music and I make it fun for my students. I'll give you the fundamentals to make you a competent player and we'll learn songs you enjoy playing.

About Brian
Have you always wanted to learn to play the piano? Do you love music? Do you have a child who you think can benefit from learning to play a musical instrument?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then I would love to teach you how to play piano. I have been studying the piano for the past thirty years and have a background in classical, pop, blues, and jazz. I would love to teach you the basics and help you learn to play pieces you love.
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Brian L.

Brian L.

Greenwich, CT 06831
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$35 / 30-min

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