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About Matt L.

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Astoria, NY

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Hello!

Thanks for choosing me as you private music instructor. I’ve enjoyed teaching music since 2001 and being a Takelessons teacher since 2008. I specialize in teaching beginner to advanced saxophone, beginner to intermediate clarinet, beginner flute, and beginner to advanced jazz improvisation. I welcome all ages and believe that it is never too late to pick up an instrument, even if you’ve had no prior experience in music. Specifically when it comes to beginners, I am able to provide virtually everything that you need to get started, including access to brand new and lightly used student model instruments that I have for sale at very reasonable prices.

I have been teaching and playing music professionally for almost 20 years and began studying music and playing the saxophone at age 11. I currently live and work in New York Ci
ty after moving here from Philadelphia in early 2001, after graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1999 with a Bachelors in Music Performance.

Throughout my musical career I have worked in a variety of capacities in addition to being a performer, including working as a composer and recording studio engineer. My main area of expertise is performing as a jazz saxophonist on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, and I regularly play throughout New York City in restaurants, jazz clubs, bars and other music venues.

As a private music teacher, I place an emphasis on giving the student an in depth understanding of his or her instrument, and I place the utmost importance on explaining advanced concepts in the simplest of terms in order to insure that the student fully comprehends the objectives of each lesson. Such concepts that I cover regularly are sight-reading, ear-training, technique, and creativity.

As a regularly performing musician in New York City, I can be seen every Sunday night at Ba'sik (a very popular bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn) where I lead an open jazz jam session. A few of my adult students have even been able to reach a level in jazz improvisation that they've been able to come out and sit in with the band.

YOUNGER STUDENTS: I’ve found that in most cases, it is very difficult for students younger than 8 or 9 years old to learn instruments like the clarinet, saxophone and flute. Occasionally, an exception can be made if a younger student is taller than average for his or her age, but most of the time the size of a student’s hands, as well as his or her amount of a physical strength, are not adequate enough until around the ages of 8 or 9. A worthwhile alternative, if a student is absolutely enthusiastic about learning a woodwind instrument, is to begin them on an instrument called the recorder. The recorder is a real instrument, but it is a more primitive, smaller, and simpler of an instrument than the saxophone, clarinet, or the flute; however, it is a great way for young students to begin learning the basics of playing a woodwind instrument and also learning important musical concepts such as reading music notation, pitch, and rhythm. I have also been introduced to a new line of instruments that are developed for younger students by a company called Nuvo. These instruments are smaller and simpler analogs to the saxophone, flute, and clarinet, and they can function as the next step in a younger student’s progression between the recorder and an actual saxophone, flute, or clarinet. The specific instruments that I deal with are called the jSax and the DooD by Nuvo Instrumental. I was asked to demo these instruments and you can check them out if you scroll down to the video section of my profile and look for the videos entitled “jSax and DooD review and demo. Nuvo Instrumental” or “jSax and Dood demo. Nuvo Instrumental”.

In addition to teaching woodwind instruments and jazz improvisation, I also have experience teaching Sibelius music writing software, and audio engineering and editing with Pro-tools LE and Logic Pro X.

PLEASE NOTE: Because the NYC area is very different geographically from other parts of the country, especially in terms of transportation, I may appear outside of your area in terms of where I am available to travel. If you are very interested in taking lessons with me, but you are outside of my travel zone, please feel free to follow up with a Takelessons counselor and have them contact me personally to see if we might make an exception. I am available to travel to virtually all areas of Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan as well as Jersey City and Hoboken, depending on if the day and time selected allows me acceptable travel time between other scheduled lessons. If my location in Astoria Queens is not convenient for you, and you are unable to have lessons in your home, then there is also an option where I can most likely find a very affordable teaching studio in an area that is more convenient for you that we may rent by the hour and split the cost for your lesson.

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Any student, regardless of age or experience level, learns best when engaged in an activity that he or she understands and enjoys. Part of my success as a teacher can be attributed to my willingness to take into account every student's particular musical interests and strengths, and attempt to teach directly to those areas. For instance, in the initial stages of developing a student and teacher relationship, I like to request that the student compile a "wish list" of approximately ten pieces of music that he or she would like to be able to play. This list may include pieces in such genres as classical, jazz, and popular music, just to name a few. It is through this list that the student can begin almost immediately learning exactly what he or she likes, and by default, I can then teach the student all of the technical components needed to perform on his or her instrument, as well as determine the specific areas where the student needs to receive more focused instruction. More importantly, this "thinking outside of the box," customized approach provides a fun atmosphere and enables the student to enjoy learning the art of playing music by not being solely dependent on instructional booklets which many students, regardless of age and experience, find boring and tedious.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Additional saxophones for students who do not currently have a saxophone to use during a lesson. Recording equipment, including software and microphones. Mac book pro with music writing and recording software. Full 88 key keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Additional saxophones. Macbook pro with recording and music writing software

*** Specialties ***
music, music theory, home recording, saxophone, clarinet, flute,
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Igor January 16, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Awesome person and teacher.
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Yuanfeng November 20, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
I will recommend Matt to anyone who is searching for a clarinet teacher as a beginner, because he is extremely patient and encouraging. A very comprehensive teacher, always know what you do not understand or why you were doing wrong.
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Amy D. October 18, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Excellent teacher
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Matt L.

Matt L.

Astoria, NY 11103
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About Edelweiss C.

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College Point, NY

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About Edelweiss
Master in Arts, Pianist, Classical Singer and Teacher. I started to teach privately in my original country Ecuador, in 1995. Then I continued teaching at the National and Private Conservatory of Music in Guayaquil, as a Piano teacher, Piano Accompanist, and later on as a Voice Coach for the Conservatory Youth Choir. I went to Ukraine in 2003 to get my master degree in Music with a major in Voice, and continued with my private teaching there. Once in the US, I continued with my private piano & voice studio, and with vocal and choral coaching in the NY area.

I enjoy teaching! It gives me a lots of rewards seeing the progress and enthusiasm of my students. I prepare recitals for them to be exposed to the performance experience, and for them to be aware they have a talent to share with their loved ones and the society they live in.
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Edelweiss C.

Edelweiss C.

Astoria, NY 11102
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$40 / 30-min

About Janet P.

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Larchmont, NY
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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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NydiaR May 4, 2011
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Janet is a wonderful teacher! She has patience with the children, and knows how to correct them so they are learning without feeling frustrated. Thank you!
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KimM1 February 15, 2011
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Excellent Teacher

This is my first time playing the piano and I was a little timid about taking lessons. Janet is very easy-going and extremely cognizant of my abilities which has helped me to feel more relaxed and I have been able to learn a great deal from her. I am pleasantly surprised by how much I have been able to pick up in such a short time. She is a wonderful teacher.
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Janet P.

Janet P.

Larchmont, NY 10538
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About Gabriel W.

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Westwood, NJ

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About Gabriel
Gabriel W. ("Musiciano") is a fiery and passionate vocal instructor proficient in the fields of acting, singing and vocal development. A professional singer, actor and teacher with a BFA in Theater Arts.

Gabriel doesn't just possess a formal college education, but more importantly an "informal" education based on his experiences on the stage and in the studio in the real world. Gabriel's approach is direct, simple and to the core, getting straight to the heart of the matter: developing the voice from the inside out by breaking things down to the essentials.

An expert at creating vocal warm-ups, vocal exercises, and vocal cool-downs and deeply passionate about psychology, this is your guy for learning to keep your voice in shape and having access to helpful insights and advice. Learn to cultivate a healthy attitude and how to create
and survive a career in the world of performing arts.

With a kind and compassionate, yet stern and strong tone, Gabriel will work with you to develop the focus and dedication necessary to get your voice beyond what you even knew was possible.

*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of the genre you sing, developing your voice with Gabriel's help will improve your tone, range, power and overall ability. You can expect to become a much better singer without losing any of your personal and unique traits.

His approach isn't a technical or mysterious one. It's all about re-learning the facts about how the voice functions best.

You can expect to clear away a lot of confusions regarding how the voice works and to take away the guesswork from the vocal development process.

If you want to improve your voice quickly, being guided by someone who understands how it all works and by someone who was where you are today and is now closer to where you want to be in the future is the best way to go. And Gabriel is that guy!

Gabriel's approach is quite simple, yet very effective at developing the entire voice.

"There are two basic levels that every singer must address. The first one is addressing the condition of the body and voice and the second one is addressing the functioning of the voice and body."

I - Silent Foundation

The silent foundation refers to the condition of your instrument as it is silent. If we are looking at the body as an instrument that sings, we first have to make sure that our instrument is in good condition. How healthy is your instrument? Is it well rested, well hydrated and loose? Or is it tired, dehydrated and tense? As you could guess, the condition of your instrument will have a significant impact on the quality of the sounds you make. So the first thing to be addressed is how your instrument is before it starts making sound.

II - Conditioning of Singing Behaviors

This is when we get busy. Once we have a well rested, healthy, hydrated and relaxed instrument we can start working it out. The goal is to condition our singing behaviors to be reflexive, reliable and strong. The way to do this is through a series of vocal exercises that will condition your voice to respond to the desires of your heart. Whatever it is that you want to express will be possible once your instrument is conditioned to the point where there is no gap between what you want to express and your ability to do so. Learning to sing is all about learning how to express yourself without barriers. You should be able to develop enough range, power, control and skill so that you can express your heart without feeling like you'™re incapable of achieving what you pursue. To achieve these abilities training is often necessary.

*** Specialties ***
ALL CONTEMPORARY GENRES!
Confidence Building, Warming-Up, Releasing Tension and Strain, Eliminating Stage Fright, Expanding Range, Improving Tone, Developing Vocal Power and Presence, Eliminating Doubt, Simplifying Singing, Strengthening The Voice, Improving Pitch, Building Stamina, Increasing Creativity, Performance Tips, Artist Development, Acting and Songwriting.

Once we have a good foundation any contemporary genre or style can be improved.
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Philip U. September 23, 2017
· Singing · In studio
First lesson went great! My son really enjoyed the experience and is looking forward to more instruction.
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David E. June 15, 2017
· Broadway Singing · Online
Very patient and easy to work with. Only one lesson so far but a very enjoyable experience!!
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nicolas castro May 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
gabriel has been very helpful to me. he is patient and really pays attention to detail while listening to you vocalize. he has helped me unlock different parts of my voice that i didnt even know were possible. i highly recommend him to any one with the passion to sing and get better everyday.
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Gabriel W.

Gabriel W.

Westwood, NJ 07675
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About Adam C.

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New York, NY
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A graduate of the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Music and Psychology and trained at renowned National Guitar Workshop, Adam is an experienced teacher and performer on the guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass in a variety of styles, including rock, pop, jazz, classical, and folk. Adam loves to share his passion for music with others, and ever since his first student, an autistic child, Adam has sought to make learning music fun, regardless of age, style, and ability.

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My approach to teaching music is strictly an individualized one, catering to the specific interests and goals of each student. I believe that if learning music is truly enjoyable and fun, students will develop a sincere love for their instrument. In teaching children, my emphasis is on instilling in them a love of music. While progressing in mus
ic obviously requires preparation outside of lessons, I consciously avoid asking students to practice. Instead, I incorporate the music and styles that appeal most to the student and use them as vehicles for teaching concepts.

I strive to make learning music fun, regardless of age, style, and ability. I organize an annual recital to showcase my students' talents and hard work.

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I will provide all music and instructional materials, and ask that students provide a clean, quiet area to hold our lesson, ideally with a music stand. I also ask that a student provide their own instrument. If providing an instrument is not possible, I ask that the student notify me so I can provide an instrument for them in the interim.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in a wide range of styles on the acoustic and electric guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass.

I explain music theory in a fun, clear, and articulate manner and show its benefits and application in song writing, learning music, and playing by ear. My extensive background in rock, classical, pop, folk, and jazz allows for a truly cater my instruction to my student's tastes.

I make it my mission to structure my lessons on my student's goals and interests and avoid imposing concepts that don't interest my students.
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Theo B. July 20, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Adam is prompt, professional and patient. He allows you to learn at your own pace and makes lessons fun by teaching popular songs.
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Augustin T. May 27, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Since our first lesson I've been progressing nonstop. He's a great teacher for both learning songs and exploring the nuts and bolts of music.
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Tamar M. August 12, 2015
· Ukulele · In home
Adam does a great job of adjusting to the student's level of experience. I'm a beginner with some minimal uke experience, and he adjusted the pace of the lesson accordingly. I especially like his emphasis on contemporary music; he seems to have fun with music which, as someone who endured years of strict classical piano training as a kid, I find very refreshing.
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Adam C.

Adam C.

New York, NY 10017
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About Jessica G.

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Elmwood Park, NJ
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Hi, there! My name is Jessica and I can't wait to meet you! I am a current trumpet performance major at Montclair State University. I’ve been teaching for 1 year and playing for almost 10.

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Jessica G.

Jessica G.

Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
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$35 / 30-min

About Lothair E.

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New York, NY
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I'm Lothair E, originally from Chicago. I'm a great lover of all music! I've been singing since I was 5 years old. Got my BFA in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University, and have been singing and acting all over the world for the last 27 years. I've worked extensively in Europe.. Germany , the UK, and New Zealand. In the States I've done Off Broadway, and regional theatre. Roles I've played are Papa the Old Steam Train in STARLIGHT EXPRESS 2,976 performances, Sister Mary Hubert in the Original Off Broadway production of NUNSENSE A-MEN, The Voice of the Plant in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS as well as many others. Its important to enjoy the work you are doing. We can have a good laugh while working, but I can also push a little harder when necessary.
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Kyera August 25, 2017
· Singing · Online
Really enjoyed my first lesson. He has an amazing personality. Looking forward to future lessons.
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Sak June 14, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He's my first teacher - I have never learned singing elsewhere before. He says I learn fast, but the truth is that he knows how to give the best exercises and advice to make the student realise one's full potential. Practising while following the advice he pointed out during the lesson, I suddenly found myself near 3-octave range within the first couple of lessons, and now we are working on rounding the tone and make it into a beautiful singing voice. On top of it, he's also very funny and approachable.
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Mohamed E. May 30, 2017
· Audition Prep · In studio
So experienced, helpful, and nice! Definitely recommend Lothair highly!
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Lothair E.

New York, NY 10001
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About Amber J.

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New York, NY

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Hello! My name is Amber and I can't wait to begin music lessons with you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1996 when I was 15 and have loved helping my students accomplish their goals regardless of the level. I have a Bachelor's degree in piano and music education, a Master's degree in Vocal Performance, and am finishing a dissertation to complete my Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. I love to teach all ages and styles whether on the piano or voice. I have extensive training in opera and musical theatre. I am also a professional accompanist. I look forward to hearing from you and would love to help you reach your goals!
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Ivan Cabrera February 13, 2017
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Amber is a magnificent teacher. She has tons of experience, and can identify problems and resolve concerns instantaneously. She is not forceful and will gladly work in accordance with the preferred pace of the student. Overall she is incredibly knowledgable and if you work with her and adhere to her notes and suggestions you will notice immediate qualitative improvement.
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Wesley Ruiz February 2, 2017
· Vocal Training ·
Would definitely recommend anyone to work w/ Amber. She's great, listens to you, provides feedback and does her best to get you where you want to be w/ your vocals.
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Grant Gillespie January 3, 2017
· Vocal Training ·
Amber is such a positive person that it's hard to leave a session without feeling better about your voice and yourself. I am a complete novice and Amber is the perfect balance of encouraging, patient and challenging. Can't say enough good things about her...
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Amber J.

New York, NY 10001
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About Dan S.

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Dan S. holds a diploma in Modern Guitar Performance from La Musique Academy International and a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Jazz from Montclair State University. Dan Has been teaching since 2008 and brings both structure and a fully customizable approach to teaching, making sure you learn what you want and what you need to know to accomplish any musical dream. He has extensive experience working with children.

At age 9 Dan began studying such instruments as the viola, saxophone, piano and guitar. By the age 12 he identified more with the guitar and chose it as his primary instrument of musical expression. Dan is currently playing venues in and around NYC and the metropolitan area, jamming with some of the best live musicians around. He has also performed in France and looks forward to tour more of Europe.

His musica
l influences range from The Blues, Pop, RnB, Rock and EDM. This range of music continues to influence his writing and vocal styling developing a sound that is truly unique.
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Patrick F. August 9, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I've taken guitar lessons from a few teachers and Dan is the best fit I've ever had. He is very patient and does a fantastic job of tailoring lessons to individual needs. He clearly loves to play music and is very thoughtful about how he shares this knowledge in his lessons. He never fails to encourage me as a guitar player and reinforces a 'can do' attitude. His positive and calm demeanor also make for a fantastic instructor. Thank you, Dan.
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Patrick F. July 13, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Dan is a patient instructor who is always encouraging. He also makes the lessons fun. I appreciate how he customizes each lesson for my needs.
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Maria B. May 3, 2016
· Guitar · In home
First lesson was a great experience for my kids. They are practicing on their own!!! I could tell they couldn't wait for their next lesson. Thank you Dan!!!
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Dan S.

Montclair, NJ 07042
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About Dunja N.

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Dunja Novcic was born in 1986 in Novi Sad, where he attended elementary and secondary music school. As the oldest of four, she would teach her siblings the music.
Academic studies begins in 2005 in Novi Sad. As the winner of Eastern Europe Linkage Institute scholarship and Florida International University School of Music scholarship, she continues her studies at Florida International University in class of Kemal Gekic, world-renowned pianist.
She was awarded Magna Cum Laude honors for accomplished success during her studies at Florida International University. She was nominated for a member of the NSSA at the Florida International University in 2008.
Significant solo performances and concerts Dunja held in Serbia, United States, Italy, and Montenegro.
From May 2011 to June 2015 she was teaching classical piano in
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Lea September 19, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Working with Dunja is a great experience! Excellent teacher, pianist, person, dedicated to her work! I had five lessons with her and I will continue for shure!
Working with her is very personal, she has ability to adapt to the different needs of students. Highly recommended!
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Dunja N.

New York, NY 10022
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