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About Nikole W.

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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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New York, NY 10001
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About Thomas V.

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Massapequa, NY

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classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues- learn what you want! emphasis on musicianship and learning how to work with a group - pianists are in high demand everywhere, and I want my students to be able to accompany other students recitals, or just learn how to jam with friends!

About Thomas
Currently Thomas is an Orchestra Director in Merrick Public Schools, and has previous experience as a Music Teacher in New York City.

Thomas has vast experience as a professional performer and has played with countless acts across many different Genres of music.

Thomas is an experienced private instructor and will bring the best out of every student. Experienced will all ages, skill levels, music styles, special needs, and everything else that comes along with teaching.

Thomas holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Hofstra University, as well as an Assosiates Degree in Music Perforance from NCC.
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Laura January 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great teacher! Both my kids love him. He's patient, great with kids, prepared and talented. Can't say enough great things!
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Dylan November 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
My experience with Thomas has been great! My son can get distracted easily and Thomas keeps his attention and demonstrates the right balance of patience and firmness to keep my son engaged while letting him know the importance of practice and proper technique. He was definitely the right choice for my son:)
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John November 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Thomas is great at helping you get to your goal
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Thomas V.

Massapequa, NY 11758
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About Brenda B.

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

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Whether you are just beginning or are looking to come back to the piano, together we can develop your skills so you can learn to read music and play piano!

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

I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade, and have my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University. I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor, and I just completed 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 inco
rporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you want to play flute, clarinet, 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 in addition to in-home and on-line lessons***
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Ellen S. November 14, 2017
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Judy October 9, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Branda is a great teacher for daughter. She is always on time and patience! We love her!
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Wendy October 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter is really enjoying her lessons. Brenda is very encouraging and directs her lessons in a very positive manner. She takes the time to explain everything they are doing and why and is constantly praising my daughter which is very uplifting and encouraging for her to stay on track.
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Brenda B.

Wayne, NJ 07470
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About Rob H.

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Piano lessons are taught one-on-one and from a beginner level to an Intermediate level. Ages of students start at 6-years-old and up. I have many adult students as well. It's never too late to start a new instrument.

About Rob
I have over 18 years of professional teaching experience on drum set, snare drum and percussion (timpani, two- & four-mallets, accessory percussion and hand drums), guitar, piano, electric bass and ukulele. I have been playing music since the age of two.

Some of my most noteworthy performances have included Late Show with David Letterman (Justin Townes Earle and Allison Moorer), Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Allison Moorer), Levon Helm'™s Midnight Ramble (Allison Moorer), The Conan O'™Brien Show (Julia Nunes) and Budokan in Tokyo, Japan (Jim Campilongo Trio).

My Bachelor of Music is from Capital University where I studied with three great teachers:
Robert Breithaupt - Classical percussion and jazz drum set
Jim Ed Cobbs - Drum set, tabla and frame drums
Eric Paton - Taiko, samba, Afro-Cuban drums

*** Lesson Details ***
I treat
each student individually, catering to specific goals and needs that we will decide upon and plan together. Some students want to seriously study a craft. Others want a hobby that will be fun and interesting. I have had success teaching to both, and will impart basic fundamentals and musicianship to all types of students.

I see my primary job as keeping the student inspired, intellectually fed and sprinting in the right direction. The student's job is to do the work. Daily practice is essential to move forward in any craft.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Brooklyn studio is a dedicated music space with two drum sets, PA, amplifiers and recording capabilities.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide books, a drum pad, sticks or mallets, an iPod with two sets of headphones, and a metronome. Additionally, I can bring small hand drums, special instruments and percussion that might be needed for specialty lessons. I expect students to have some sort of pad or drum to practice on at home; a full drum set is not necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set (rock, jazz, R&B, folk, pop, electro, Afro-Cuban)
Snare drum
Timpani
Two- and four-mallets (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone)
Accessory percussion
Frame drums
Traditional samba
Afro-Cuban hand drums
Japanese taiko
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Rachel M. June 12, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Rob is an exceptionally kind person and easygoing and laid back. He has a very good approach to teaching. I had a wonderful experience and would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn music.
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David R. March 3, 2015
· Ukulele · Online
Rob has been patient, easy to work with, accommodating to schedule changes, accessible and an overall joy to work with! I was a bit leery about a web based program, but is has been great, and most importantly I am progressing well.
David R.
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Ryan F. August 21, 2014
· Drum · In studio
Rob was an awesome teacher and even better guy. The lesson environment was comfortable, but always focused and professional. He's clearly a hugely talented musician and has a ton to offer in the way of teaching; perhaps more importantly though, his love of music inspires the student to practice and learn. Very highly recommended.
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Rob H.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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About Angel R.

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Hey!

I have worked in a private music school for 2 years and I currently work as an elementary school music teacher (in my 4th year). You can expect a teacher that will make you feel comfortable learning music and ensure that you have a good time doing so(music is meant to be fun!). I am certified K-12 in New York State and I have worked with students of all ages. Look forward to meeting you!

About Angel
Hi! I hold a Bachelors in Music from CUNY York College and I'm certified K-12 in NY state. I am in my 4th year as an elementary music teacher (K-4) at school in Brooklyn and I have also previously worked as a piano instructor at a private music school in Queens for 2 years.

Lessons that I provide are very practical and fun (I credit my young students for that). I do not like to waste my time, and I sure do not want you to waste yours. I believe anyone can play an instrument and I also believe it is never too late to start. I began playing at 18 years old and I have been fortunate to do what I do for a living.

At the end of the day, I want you to enjoy learning music as much as I enjoy teaching it!. Hope to see you soon!

*** Lesson Details ***
45 minutes: 30 minutes of playing and 15 minutes of theory work.
1 hour: 40 minut
es of playing and 20 minutes of theory work.

Homework given at the end of lesson to be due the following week. (I will always provide music and any other essentials).

The playing aspect is simply you showing me what you have practiced for the week (any good teacher knows if you have practiced or not). I move at the pace of my student. There is no rushing in music making.

Theory is practically the science of music. There are very important aspects to grasp for all ages, and I feel this area is neglected all too often in music education.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha full size keyboard (88 keys, weighted, hammer action)

Music stand, sheet music.

I play guitar as well, so I will use the guitar to accompany you at times when you are playing piano. It is important to illustrate how harmony is created. The guitar is a great tool for that.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If you choose to have lessons at your home then I expect you to have an instrument to play on. I do not bring any equipment with me.

*** Specialties ***
I play a variety of genres, but jazz is my specialty and is the genre I studied extensively as an undergrad.
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Angel R.

Angel R.

Brooklyn, NY 11233
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About Emil V.

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I have been teaching piano for over 40 years, full-time for the past 13. Besides the actual repertoire, technique and theory are always included in my lessons because they are essential. Sight reading and ear training are also included in some lessons.

I stress accuracy in playing and attention to details! I also teach my students HOW to practice. Slow, accurate practice is the answer. Practicing takes patience!

Please note: Home lessons must be at a location that I can get to easily with public transportation. I do not have a car.

About Emil
I started to study the piano at the age of seven with Hrant Minassian in my hometown of Island Park, New York. During high school I continued my studies with Jack Chaikin , a graduate of the Juilliard School. I attended Hofstra University where I received a B.A. in Music in 1979. At Hofstra, my piano teachers were Blanche Abram and Morton Estrin.

After graduating from Hofstra, I moved into Manhattan and continued my piano studies with Elena Wolkonsky at the Juilliard School. I also took a few lessons from Adam Aleksander, concert pianist, in Miami. So all together, I took lessons for 20 years with six different teachers!

I started teaching piano when I was 18 years old and taught all throughout college. After enjoying a successful career in data processing for 22 years, I decided to go back to teaching piano in 2003.

I thoro
ughly enjoy what I am doing. It's a pleasure to pass on to my students everything that my great teachers taught me.
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Celia October 26, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Emil is very easy to work with and is a fun and inspired teacher. My daughter loves taking lessons from him.
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LIYANG S. June 11, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher! Patient and nice to the kid beginner.
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Jorell October 26, 2015
· Classical Piano · In studio
Emil was the teacher I was looking for. I have tried to learn piano on my own for a while now, but most of the time it became overwhelming. I wasn't sure I was going in the right direction, or if I was learning what I should know in the right order. So far, what Emil had done for me was to take what I've known already and add much more to it. He also has started to correct some bad habits I became accustomed to, which I would have never picked up on my own.He's very knowledgeable, and ties in music theory during the lesson. He's down to earth, throws in some jokes to lighten the mood, and create an enjoyable learning experience.
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Emil V.

Bronx, NY 10463
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About Brian L.

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Ultimately, my ideal goal is to make my students love music. Music is a great way of communicating emotions; it will make their lives more fruitful. In order to achieve that, they will have my guidance for comfortable and healthy piano technique.

--specialize in teaching NYSSMA and ABRSM syllabus

About Brian
Widening his musical horizon in New York City, Brian has received numerous scholarships towards his undergrad and graduate studies with pianist Dr. Adam Kent. He has completed his Bachelor and Master degree in piano performance at Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music (City University of New York) in 2013 and 2015 respectively. In 2011, he was granted a full scholarship to attend the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at the Mannes College of Music. Being the unanimous winner of the annual concerto competition at Brooklyn College, Brian performed Chopin E minor concerto with the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra at Whitman Hall in Spring 2014. More recently, Brian made his debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as the first place winner of the American Protégé International Concerto Competition and at Merkin Concert Ha
ll of Kauffman Music Center as a finalist of the 2017 First VIVO-S International Music Competition. He will make his Philadelphia debut at the Perelman Hall of Kimmel Center in June 2017 as a winner of the Young Classical Virtuoso International Piano Competition. Most recently, he was awarded the 2nd prize at the New York International Artist Association Piano Competition; he will be making his second appearance at Carnegie Hall in September 2017. He is in demand as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout New York City, where he has resided since age 16 and he currently receives musical guidance from Mr. William Wolfram.
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Michael July 11, 2015
· Classical Piano · In home
I have been studying with Brian for almost 5 years and I enjoyed every hour of his lesson. He has taught me how to achieve a singing tone at the piano; more importantly, he has opened up a whole new world of beauty for me through piano playing. He is an amazing artist--I feel really grateful that I had the chance to attend his recital and hear him live.
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Brian L.

Brooklyn, NY 11204
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About Michael N.

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I am a concert pianist with a passion for teaching. From a boarding arts secondary school to prestigious conservatories in both the US and Europe, I have honed my craft, and developed a love for sharing my passion with others. I have taught students at the Yale School of Music and at the Eastman School of Music in the United States. Additionally, I have taught a private studio for a year in Brussels, Belgium and given masterclasses at universities and schools across the Americas. My goal as a teacher is to instill my own love for music in my students.

About Michael
I am a concert pianist with a passion for teaching. From a boarding arts secondary school to prestigious conservatories in both the US and Europe, I have honed my craft, and developed a love for sharing my passion with others. I studied with some of the best teachers in the world at Eastman, the Yale School of Music, the Paris Conservatoire, and the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, in addition to having attended some of the greatest festivals in the world to study with other great pianists and pedagogues. Teaching has always come naturally to me and has felt like a natural extension of my abilities as a performer. I believe it is a necessity to spread what I have learned through teaching.
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Isabelle October 17, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Michael adapted himself very quickly to 'what' I wanted to play and 'how' I needed to learn taking into account my little experience. He is very positive and motivating.
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Elisa October 14, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Michael is a great teacher! I studied with him while he was teaching at Yale. He is a very attentive and careful instructor and generous with his time. He has a profound understanding of music and is very competent also in technical aspects of practicing. I absolutely recommend him!
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Cristina October 14, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
You really can't find a better instructor. Motivating, patient, well-measured approach to students. Thank you, Michael!
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Michael N.

New York, NY 10028
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About Kevin M.

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Unlike many piano teachers, I am still actively performing in the music scene today. I tour internationally with top musicians, write music that has made it on the radio, and intimately know music production. This means that every skill or method I will teach you, will apply to making music in this modern age. I will work with you to craft a lesson plan that directly correlates with your specific music goals to make sure you are getting exactly what you want. I have taught music for over 10 years to students of every age and music genre. I look forward to working with you and achieving your musical goals!

About Kevin
Hi! I'm a jazz pianist who loves everything all kinds of music from Twenty One Pilots to Bruno Mars to Kanye West. I've taught music for over 10 years to students of all ages and this has allowed me to develop a style of teaching the fundamentals of music, but packaged in a highly relevant way to young students. My music teaching studio that not only encompasses private piano lessons, but also music technology, voice, ensemble, and songwriting lessons as well. In my studio I give my students all of my available resources and treat it as a mentorship that doesn't end strictly when the lesson is over. Students that have started lessons with me have gone from writing their first song, to recording their first EP and publishing their music in record time. This shows the dedication I bring to making sure every student receives my maximum atte
ntion and focus.
Although teaching is an important part of my music career, my primary focus has always been music performance. As a pianist I specialize in my versatility across genres. I perform with and alongside nationally touring indie/pop acts such as the Plain White T’s, Emily Kopp, and Alex Di Leo, as well as run my own jazz trio, Madd Jazz. I am also currently part of a piano/cello duo, Strings Attached, that has performed concerts in Miami, NY, and Italy. Our duo specializes in writing and performing unique arrangements of jazz, folk, and pop songs into seamless mashups and medleys.
I look forward to teaching you music!
All the best, Kevin Maddox
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Nicolas January 24, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
I had an excellent experience learning Piano and Songwriting from Kevin. He taught me a ton of music theory concepts, as well as a wealth of contemporary songwriting techniques to vastly improve my music as a songwriter. I always felt like I left his class with new, useful knowledge, and I don't think I could've ever asked for a better teacher.
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Kevin M.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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Learning to play the piano was the basis of my journey as a musician. It is a cathartic experience as well as a creative one. Playing the piano is the most efficient way to learn how to read music and most effective foundation to build a musical life. Come explore this amazing instrument with me!

About Ilana
Hello! My name is Ilana. I am a professional classical singer, living and working in New York with both a BM and MM from Manhattan School of Music. My performance experience is available at my website and includes performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and The White House, as well as at Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Castleton Festival, The Chautauqua Institution, and more.

Outreach and education is a particular love of mine and exposing children at a young age to the magic of music and the voice is especially thrilling.

What I love most about music instruction is not only the ability to discover the creative potential that each individual has, but to develop each student based on their individual goals. Whether you are interested in pursuing a more advanced study of music or looking to simply expand your artistic sensibilities,
I am eager to aid you or your child on that journey. I believe in music as literacy and as a musician the balance between the technical and expressive should work in harmony.

Please let me know what your specific goals are in your education, and we will develop together a plan for success!
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Ilana G.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Let's face it; kids can get easily distracted or disengaged when taking piano lessons. After all, repeating scales and chords over and over again can get tedious—not to mention boring. Many parents feel stuck or unsure of how they can help their child succeed at playing the piano. Parents who don’t know how to read or play music, sometimes have a hard time helping their child practice at home. Luckily, there are tons of ways in which you can help your child practice, while also ma
Master Ukulele Chords: Your Guide to D, Dm, and D7
For many beginners, the D chord will be one of the first ukulele chords you learn how to play. However, you may not learn at first that the D chord can be played in several different positions, and in variations such as D minor (notated as Dm) and D seventh (notated as D7). Choosing the best position to play a particular chord during a song depends on its proximity to other chords in the song and the sound you want to achieve. When you are making chord changes, it always helps to choose the f

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