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Hi! Welcome to my TakeLessons page, where I provide information about my background and teaching services.

I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. My piano and voice students include children, working professionals, performing artists, and seniors. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and with private instructors focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e.Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk). Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) and practices from Linklater, Alexander, Williamson movement, and Art of Practicing techniques are incorporated into my music instruction.

30 minute-lessons are available for children aged 5-6 only while 60-minute lessons are available for students above the age of 6. Prospective students may sign up to take a trial lesson with me at first to ...

About Nikole
Hi! I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about how I can help you as a teacher.

What is my background?
I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. I have developed a keen ability to assess and shape talent from years of training, teaching, performing, and working with the head of Arts programs to conduct admissions interviews, student evaluations, and performances. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and privately with notable musicians focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e. Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk).

What material is covered during lessons?
Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) as well as posture,
artistic expression, interpretation, breathing, and finger and pitch placement techniques are incorporated into my music instruction. Cold reading, audition preparation and technique, Shakespeare, scene analysis, and business strategies are examples of topics that may be covered in acting instruction. Linklater (voice), Alexander, Williamson (movement), and Art of Practicing (piano) methods are also employed.

What are the profiles of my students?
My students come from different walks of life: children coming from school who bound excitedly to my lesson door; teenage artists who have the passion and vision but lack the technique; working adults who seek reprieve from the stress of work by singing/ learning an instrument that they've always wanted to play; and seniors who want a fun hobby to keep active. I enjoy teaching them and watching them master the fundamentals while developing their own performance style (or even composing their own music)!

What is my teaching style?
Based on feedback, students appreciate that I am a teacher with a warm personality whose supportive, passionate, and fun approach and effective techniques help them attain the following: 1) a firm understanding of the fundamentals of music theory or acting technique; 2) an ability to effectively learn how to perform and practice singing/playing/acting a piece; and 3) a style of performing that minimizes tension, produces beautiful sound or a dynamic character, and/or allows them to fully express themselves. After a few months, students should have sound knowledge of all three.

My students and I connect, in part, because I remember being like them. On stage, I started out dancing and acting; I delved into singing and songwriting and then fell in love with playing the piano. The day that I learned how to merge those passions (i.e. singing while playing the piano) was one of the happiest days of my life! Now, whether I'm performing Shakespeare on stage, playing Chopin and Beethoven, or singing while playing tunes by Whitney Houston, I still get excited. Hopefully, I fuel that excitement in you, too!

What is the lesson structure?
Due to the comprehensive nature of my teaching style and structure, students above the age of 6 take lessons for 60 minutes; 30-minute lessons are only available for children aged 5-6. If a student wants to learn how to play while singing, I am happy to help him/her do so!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio location in Manhattan is conveniently near Midtown, Chelsea, Flat Iron, Murray Hill, Union Square, Tribeca, and the Financial District in particular and is easily accessible via public transportation. It houses an upright piano and seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Acting: Meisner Acting; Theater Acting; Shakespearean Acting
Music: Classical Piano; Contemporary R&B & Pop Piano; Singing; Theory; Playing Whie Singing; Songwriting

***Pricing***

Thirty minute rates are for younger students only. Adult students are required to book 60 minute lessons.
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Ebony November 2, 2017
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Nikole is phenomenal. Great spirit, incredibly welcoming. I feel a lot more confident in public speaking.
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Ashley A. January 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Nikole, is very warm and professional. I have never continued with voice lessons, I enjoyed the experience so much that I'm going to kick the bad habit of smoking and sit down and seriously figure my finances out to continue being taught by her. I cannot express enough how much fun I had...no pressure Nikole if you read this...lol
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Marilyn T. October 10, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Easy to work with and understood what I needed to work on almost immediately.
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Nikole W.

Nikole W.

New York, NY 10001
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About Nicole B.

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With over 8 years of teaching experience, extensive performing experience, competition prizes, and a Master's degree in piano performance, I not only have substantial knowledge and skill to share with my students of all ages and levels, but patience and clarity with which to communicate those ideas. I form individual curriculums for each of my students based on what they want to achieve, so their paths range from solely classical to pop and rock to original compositions. No matter what the goal, I strive to ensure that my students have a strong foundation so that they can always enjoy their acquired musical skills.

About Nicole
New York-based pianist Nicole Brancato is a stimulating and adventurous performer, composer, and teacher. As an award-winning young artist, she has performed throughout America and Italy, appearing in such venues as Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim, and the 92Y, as well as the “underground” and unusual performance spaces in New York City.

Brancato is a champion of creative and conceptual performance. She participated in the Guggenheim’s marathon performance of Satie’s Vexations along with Christian Wolff, Philip Corner, David Del Tredici, and Joshua Rifkin, all four of whom performed in John Cage’s 1963 legendary premiere of the work. This unique 19-hour concert was featured in The New York Times and Art News. On the international network Rai Italia, Brancato gave an intimate televised concert and interview for the series “L’altra I
talia” in which she explored her roots and her love for New York’s exhilarating music scene. Her modern big band project “The Titanics,” for which she acted as pianist and lead arranger, was deemed “brilliant” by New York Magazine and was featured multiple times in The New Yorker and Time Out New York.

With her passion for programming both traditional and avant-garde music in thought-provoking ways, Brancato receives great acclaim from audiences: “I am still reeling from Nicole’s recital,” said a Metropolitan Opera Guild board member, “The way she played … will stay with me forever.” In addition to her solo career, she is a key member of two unconventional chamber ensembles: Audible Abstraction - a bold new music trio - and 2Squared - a dynamic piano duo. In all of her endeavors, Brancato creates a connective, intellectual, and provocative experience for her audiences.

Brancato won multiple competitions during her career, most recently winning the Hunter Symphony’s Aria and Concerto competition with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. She holds an M.A. in piano performance from Hunter College in New York City and a B.M. in piano performance from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. She graduated summa cum laude from both institutions and was awarded the Benno Lee Prize at Hunter for an outstanding Master’s Recital. She is a member of the American College of Musicians’ Piano Guild and has studied with the likes of Geoffrey Burleson and William Wolfram. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, specializing in piano, composing and arranging, and music theory.
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STEVEN DESIENA November 3, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Nicole is awesome. She adapts lessons to match your skill level, nurtures proper and useful technique (while pinpointing and discouraging bad habits early on), and encourages you the whole way through. She teaches with enthusiasm and knowledge above expectations, and gets you excited for the work, incorporating theory and composition into her lessons. Highly recommended.
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Susan K. October 23, 2015
· Piano · In home
Nicole is delightful to learn from. She is patient, knowledgeable and very upbeat.
I am learning not only to play better but some theory alongside.
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Susan K. July 2, 2015
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Nicole is very pleasant and understood what kind of teacher I need
She is talented and explains things very clearly
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Nicole B.

Astoria, NY 11106
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About Nino M.

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introduction: understanding music tones, different clefs, intervals, scales, major and minor keys.
Rhythms: note value, time signature, tempo,dynamics, navigation
Tunes: melodies, chords, chord progression,
accompanying: accompanying melodies,
Arranging: composing and arranging for voice and other instruments
Lead sheets and scores

About Nino
I began studying piano and music theory when I was 5. My father was an accomplished musician (classical and folklore) who played great role in my accomplishment as a pianist and teacher

While studying in Music College, I took part in various festivals and competitions. I performed several piano concertos with symphonic orchestra. Some of them are: Mozart Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor, Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor Op 54 pt. Parallel with my studies in College I gave piano lessons in classical music. I accomplished my studies with honors.
I traveled and taught music in different countries: United Kingdom, Central and Eastern Europe which helped me gain great experience how to teach students with different background

I got my MA from the Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). My studie
s were focused on education administration and management. This helped me manage class in most efficient and effective way , plan lessons and develop curricula.

I would eagerly take students from all age groups and backgrounds and involve them in the most exciting process of self accomplishment.

*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy teaching all ages 5 and up with different abilities, needs and requirements and develop plans to fit each individual. I have very friendly atmosphere in the class. I design certain games for children to enable them to better understand music language, theory and develop practical skills. I spend much time on ear training, rhythm development, music structure, music theory and performance.

In a 3 month period students will be able to understand different scales, basics of music theory and performance and will be able to perform classical pieces e.g. Bach’s inventions, Mozart’s and Beethoven’s little sonatas for piano etc

*** Studio Equipment ***
piano is a digital yamaha...88 keys, weighted
one room...space for parent to sit and listen

*** Specialties ***
classical music, popular music
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Alfred L. June 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Very knowledgeable and experience. Excellent tutor at all levels. I'll definitely continue learning from her
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Alfred L. June 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Very knowledgeable and experience. Excellent tutor at all levels. I'll definitely continue learning from her
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Marc May 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great first time experience, for sure will be back.
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Nino M.

Richmond Hill, NY 11418
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About Joel H.

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I always aim to tailor lessons to the needs and expectations of my students, since I know how important it is to feel passionate about what you're learning.
I specialize in classical piano repertoire, which I feel gives the most solid background for technical ability, but I incorporate as many different styles of music as I can (contemporary, jazz, pop etc.) My aim is to develop musical and technical fluency while making lessons enjoyable and fun!

About Joel
Music, and piano playing, has been a lifelong passion for me. I've been playing piano since I was 5 years old, and I've been teaching piano for over a decade, in 3 different countries to children and adults of all ages and abilities. I have taught privately, at music schools and at prestigious conservatories, including Juilliard.

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Piano from Canada, a Master's Degree from the Guildhall School in London, UK, and a Doctoral Degree from the Juilliard School. I currently teach university students at SUNY Binghamton in upstate NY.

Since I am classically trained, classical music is my specialty, but I can teach jazz and contemporary repertoire as well. You will be hard pressed to find a more experienced and highly-trained pianist!

Music and learning music should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, an
d it's my mission to make sure this happens in my studio. I want to pass on the joy music has given me!

I am able to teach in my own studio, or travel to your home provided it is reasonable distance. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Joel H.

Joel H.

New York, NY 10026
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$45 / 30-min

About Geoff B.

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Hi, My name' s Geoff and I' ve been playing the Piano since 1963. I offer Technical Studies, NYSSMA Pieces, Reading Skills, Classical as well as Popular Music. I' m patient with students as well as schedule changes due to school related conflicts including switching for students studying for Midterms and Finals type things. Let' s get you playing!

About Geoff
Hi, my name is Geoff and I play Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Cello and Piano. I played full time in a Symphony orchestra for 20 yrs., began playing Piano in 1963, Bass Guitar 1970, Double Bass 1977 and Cello 1982. I prescribe lessons complete with Solo, Ensemble, and Technical Playing and Reading Skills thoroughly as well as progressively. I make the lessons fun and interesting and relate well with all types of personalities. My students view me as a teacher and friend who' s a good listener when they have things like overloads in homework from school and other complications that kids face.They do great at NYSSMA and are asked to play in all ensembles at school. I love animals and my hobbies are hiking in the mountains including in snow and ice, camping, building things and work on my own car when I can. Most of my students stay with me for
8-10 yrs. and handle themselves very well in all ensembles. They play to earn scholarships for college as well and play for life. Happy Playing!
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Kelly May 28, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Geoff is a very well rounded teacher with much experience in all areas of his feild. He is great at explaining exactly what he means, and exactly what you as a player must do to create the sound he is looking for. He is not only a phenominal musician, but also an outstanding teacher, who pushes his stufents to do better.
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Tim May 19, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Geoff is a great teacher who has exceptional skills and experience. Geoff is a very patient teacher who takes the time to work on every detail of the piece. His focus on technique made me into a much better player.
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Abe May 17, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Geoff is a true professional with great attention to important details and techniques. he is a teachers, teacher with vast experience and expertise. A perfectionist that gets people to bring out their best. he has helped my son with all levels of NYSMA.
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Geoff B.

Garden City, NY 11530
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About Monica G.

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I use the "Little Mozarts" series with 4-7 year-old piano students, and prefer the "Bastien" method for the older kids. I intersperse the lessons with theory and listening exercises, and interpolate movement and outside songs to keep the lessons as fun as possible.

About Monica
I'm a performing artist and music teacher. I received my Bachelors and Masters degree in vocal performance at Boston's New England Conservatory, where I was a member of the jazz, classical, and third-stream departments. I also spent 8 years gigging in Berlin, Germany and teaching adults and teenagers. However, I've always also enjoyed working with kids; especially introducing them to music through piano, language, movement, role-playing, and singing. I have the most experience teaching piano, and I think it's the best instrument to start on, if you don't know much about music. But flute was my first instrument, and singing is my forte!
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Rachel Y. November 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very professional and very kind. I hope my daughter could learn singing and flute from Ms. Monica in the future too. Thank you, Ms. Monica!
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Hansen L. September 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
Nice and warm.. Is highly skilled teacher.
Hansen family
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Michael & Jennifer June 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
We are so pleased to have found Monica to teach Piano to our 8 year old daughter Erin. Every week Erin is looking forward to her lesson and she really seems to enjoy learning as Monica makes the lessons fun for her. There seems to be a perfect balance of discipline and creative play that keeps Erin not only interested, but excited to learn! We could not be more satisfied.
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Monica G.

Madison, NJ 07940
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About Patricia B.

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Piano lessons from ages 5 to adults. Playing piano at any level can be Fun. I'll show you how.

About Patricia
Private piano teacher for 40 years. New Jersey Permanent Teaching Certification. BS in Music Education. MS in Elementary Education. Full time 4th grade teacher. Substitute, all elementary grades. Public school piano teacher. Concert pianist. Accompanist. Excellent references. Several of my students went on to music careers.
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Michael July 6, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I know Patricia as senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in her work as guest organist, teacher and choir director for 13 years. Patricia is a true professional with tremendous capacities and teaching abilities. She is an outstanding organist with the gift to bring the best out of people as choir director. She works well with diverse communities from different backgrounds. She is an amazing teacher combining compassion with true passion for beauty and excellence. Patricia is a rare gift to us all!

Sincerely,
Rev. Michael Granzen, Ph.D.
Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
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Alice July 4, 2015
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Patricia Brady-Danzig is a very talented pianist and teacher. I have seen her perform many times. She is excellent at both classical and popular music. Her teaching skills are well known both to private students and in the public schools. She has a wonderful knowledge of many composers and she
Imparts that knowledge to her students as she teaches them to play the piano.
She makes lessons a very enjoyable experience.
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Ken K. February 22, 2015
· Piano · In home
Working with Patricia has been fun, fulfilling and challenging in the best way possible! She is a patient and talented teacher who is flexible and encouraging. I'm an older beginner, and she's been creative in helping me learn how to play the piano, including writing out materials and tailoring my lesson to the skills I want to obtain. I recommend her without reservation!
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Patricia B.

South Orange, NJ 07079
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About Marcelo M.

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My classes are very flexible when it comes to what the student wants. I can go from just teaching very basic bass playing to advanced harmonic concepts and jazz improvisation. On the first class, I give the student the choice of controlling our lessons materials about what they want to learn. Or the student can choose to let me control our classes, in which I will bring my own materials and ideas in which we should work and will go through the whole academic process of learning music.

About Marcelo
Established New York musician. Berklee College of Music Graduate. Have been teaching for many years and know that each student has their own mindset and we need to work around each person`s goals and interests. I teach mainly pop, rock, blues, jazz, classical, funk, RnB. All ages and levels are welcome.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are very relaxed and we will focus on ways to practice and getting the student to learn what he/she wants. Some people just want to come and learn a few tunes, some want to really learn the instrument and practice all the time. It all depends on the individual and I`m more than ready to adapt for each one of my students with the methods I have.
On our first class we will spend some time discussing what are the goals of the student and I will formulate a good plan so we can reach those goals in no time
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I usually have 3 main paths that the student can choose.
1st - Learn the instrument enough so you can play your favorite songs and have fun with friends.
2nd(most requested) - Learn the instrument from scratch. Study technique, repertoire, a little of reading and music theory and learn how to improvise. This will allow the person to have their own tools to study on their own after attending classes with me.
3rd - Usually people who have been playing before like this one. We will go deep in music theory, ear training, reading, improvising and technique. Always leaning challenging tunes that will develop the student skills. This one allows the student to follow a professional path on the future, or maybe go into a music college.

*Location
Classes can take place at my studio or at your own location with an extra fee for transportation.

*Under 18 students
For children under 18 parents are more than welcome to stay for the classes, tell me if there is any specific goal you are looking for or talk about any subject that you might want.

*AUDITION PREP
I also help people to prepare for auditions. For this subject, I will tell you how to get ready for an audition. If you are trying to get in a college I have many contacts around the country and know how most auditions work and can help you with any question there might be. For auditions for orchestras or band we can work on repertoire and behavior to get you ready and all set to get accepted.
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Peter January 6, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Marcelo is a great instructor. He very quickly found my "level" and by the end of the first lesson had a plan for me which has been just perfect so far. He will challenge and train your brain along with your technique, and gently push you beyond your comfort zone. I'm extremely happy to be studying with Marcel and would recommend him to anyone.
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Clarice B. November 9, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
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Sarah August 28, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great teacher! Marcelo has been teaching me for the past 2 months and the progress I had during this time was bigger then I had with any other teacher before, highly recommended.
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Marcelo M.

New York, NY 10001
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About Jinglin Z.

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I’m a graduate from both Mannes School of Music and Parsons School for Design, Piano Performance and Fashion Design major. I have performed all over the world in different cities concert halls, such as “Carnegie Hall”, “Palais Miller von Aichholz, Vienna, Austria”, Internatipnal Academy at Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in Italy, Sichuan Convervaroty of Music in China, and my own artistic organization in New York which is gathering more than 100 members and 50 experiences top musician in NYC who are graduates from Juilliard, Manhattan and Mannes School of Music in multiple majors, as well as illustrators, fashion designers, photographers and other young artists and audiences.

I can provide my students the best opportunities to perform monthly in front of other professional musicians and artists, get the most useful inspirations on not only the music performance, but also the musical comprehension and imaginations.

About Jinglin
I'm a graduate from both the Mannes College for Music in Piano Performance, and Parsons School for Design for Fashion Design.

Other than the various awards I have won, I am the founder of a popular music & artistic organization in New York City, which aims to provide top young musicians and artists from top music schools, such as Juiliard, Manhattan and Mannes, to share ideas with each other and to inspire audiences to play / show something as well.

I myself as an active pianist, has performed all over the world -
Carnegie Hall in New York City, Palais Miller von Aichholz in Vienna, Concerts in Dresden and Berlin, International Academy of Music in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in Italy, a Second Class Award from the 16th Hong Kong - Asian Piano Competition in China and so forth.

As a passionate artist, I do not limit my imaginat
ion and creativity as there are unlimited types of languages, formats of art, ways of self-expressions and no one speaks exactly the same to another. For instance, Schoenberg designed his playing cards in private and I went to Parsons and designed my fashion garments on the back of Mannes, eventually I got both my piano concert and my fashion show done together - they were soon exposed by editors from more than ten mainstream medias in China.

As a reliable piano educator, I would teach not only the piano playing techniques and music theory, but also encourages my students to explore their imaginations and self expressions. I am the teacher you should probably expect to bring you / your child to various piano concerts and competitions, but probably not to the level examinations. My goal in education is to inspire students to keep the classical music playing, to be a creative artist and a unique treasure in the world.

Teaching style: Strict, patient, effective and could be a little fun.
Topics: Basic Music Theory, Piano playing techniques and performing tips; Music analysis and "language translations”; a little about life.
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Jinglin Z.

New York, NY 10002
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About Richard L.

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I work with students, starting at whatever level they are, to learn music as well as to build a solid foundation of technique and theory so they can begin to understand musical ideas. Learning an instrument should be both fun and educational, so teaching piano for me is as much about sharing the joy of music as it is about teaching skills.

About Richard
I am a musician and actor living in New York City who is passionate about sharing music with students of all ages. I have been playing piano for almost as long as I can remember. I trained classically growing up, and more recently have shifted my focus to playing jazz. Because of this, I am able to help students take their playing in whatever direction they desire, whether that be learning to play from sheet music or improvisation.

I recently graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where I studied theater. I've been lucky enough to combine my love of theater and music by working as a music director and composer on a number of productions.
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Richard L.

New York, NY 10003
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Want to play the guitar faster? Incorporate these guitar exercises, as shared by Greeley, CO teacher Andy W., into your practice sessions throughout the week...   A crucial step to successfully melt faces with your guitar solos is to play fast! So, how can you achieve this feat? Here are some suggestions. Alternate Picking Alternate picking is one of the most efficient ways to pick fast. This is simply a downstroke followed by an upstroke. Everything suggested here utilizes alte
Practice Makes Perfect: German Grammar Exercises for Beginners
Are you a beginner German student? Practicing your grammar skills is important to your ongoing success. Teacher Noel S. shares some German grammar exercises you can use to help refine your skills... After you've spent some time learning words for various people, places, and things, naturally you'll want to put those new words into action. While you're eager to gain command over new grammar skills, it's best to start with the basics. Every language has different variables that need to be mem
Spanish in Spain vs. Mexico: What's the Difference?
If you are learning Spanish using books, apps, and other materials, you may have noticed some slight discrepancies in grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. The reason for this is the difference between Spanish used in Mexico and Spanish used in Spain. The following are several distinctions that you should be aware of when you communicate with Spanish speakers, no matter what proficiency level you're at. 1. Vocabulary Learning the difference between Mexican Spanish and Spain Spanish vocab

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