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About Marc W.

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About Marc
Percussionist and composer Marc W. was born in Switzerland, where he studied classical percussion at the Geneva Conservatory. He has lived in the United States since the 1980's, where he studied composition and mallet technique on the vibraphone at the Berklee School in Boston, then moved to New York City to further his jazz performance and percussion skills. Since that time, Marc has toured the U.S., Europe, Japan and Brazil, and can be heard on over 20 recordings, including 4 solo albums.
Marc's interest in electronics led him to push the boundaries of live performance with the "electronic vibraphone", where he is recognized as a pioneer on this instrument.
Beside a performer and a composer, Marc teaches workshops here and in Europe, and is very involved in making computers accessible to visually impaired musicians.
Marc has just p
ublished an iBook, titled "Drum Talk - An Introduction to Percussion Ensemble", available now on iTunes. This book demonstrates the techniques he developed during his many years teaching ensembles of all ages at the Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School, it features 56 video clips and over 80 musical examples.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student needs a different approach depending on their temperament and goals. After assessing the student, I will tailor my teaching to achieve the most out of each lesson.
If a student is willing to commit to practicing outside of the lesson, after six months he or she will have the ability to play with others, and decide for him or herself if this is something he or she will pursue further.
The achievement level is in the hands of the student, depending on their level of commitment and abilities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Gretch Drum set, Bergerault vibraphone, Deagan Marimba, Mac System with ProTools, DP and Logic Audio systems
LP congas and Bongos, various hand Percussion

*** Specialties ***
Jazz. rock, funk, latin drumming
also teach percussion class mixing african, latin and brazilian style
I am fully knowlegable of Performer, ProTools, Logic and Garageband on the Mac
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Rafal W. August 23, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Marc is a great teacher. Classes are always very friendly and productive. In my case, each class begins with a review of progress/practice, and ends with a meaningful and personalized homework. He is also very flexible, sometimes I had to move my classes around and he's always super responsive and understanding. I knew nothing about drums, and I am happy I decided to begin my journey to learn how to play them, with Marc as a mentor!
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Amy S. December 17, 2014
· Drum · In studio
Provides a great ideas of practicing and lots of fun Music rhythms.
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Amy S. May 11, 2014
· Drum ·
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If you like to learn a music with soul, knowledge, and great technique, Marc is the perfect person. I've been playing piano more than 20 yrs and I play various instruments, Marc is a great person to talk about various instruments as well as brings you various good practice method to improve your technique.
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Marc W.

Marc W.

New York, NY 10019
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About Antoinette A.

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New York, NY

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About Antoinette
Finding an schooled violinist and finding a good violin teacher are two very different things. When I see other teacher's profiles, they boast of the years of training they had. Anyone can learn and play, but it takes a love of teaching to really make a difference in someone's life.

PATIENCE
When you have a love of teaching, you have a seemingly endless resource of patience. This is because what the student sees as "patient" is really just a small step in the educational process. It is a fraction of time just before a correction. When you have something new to teach, whether it is a new technique, or a correction of something being done improperly, and you know exactly how to break it down so it is understandable and accomplishable, you know it is always a short matter of time before the student gets it. And by short, I mean a matter
of seconds, or minutes.

FRIENDLINESS
I respect others and what they feel and have to say. I treat others as I would want to be treated and lessons are always a pleasure to my students, because it is a pleasure for me to teach them.

EXPERIENCE
I have been playing for over 26 years. I have played with a multitude of local orchestras and bands and have done countless studio recording sessions and live shows. All of this experience comes through in my teaching either directly (when it comes time for you to perform) or incrementally.

When you are learning, there is a vast sea of information. Not all of that knowledge is equal in importance. It is incredibly important to be able to distinguish what is important and what is not very important. All of my real-life experience, and continuing experience reveals itself in the form of ensuring my students know what is truly important.

Lest you get the idea that I am a wishy-washy, undemanding teacher, I can assure you this is not the case. Lessons are fun, but that is because they are productive. You will walk away being able to do something, and that requires hard work, and practice.

WHAT I EXPECT FROM MY STUDENTS
Practice.
Practice.
Practice.
And a winning attitude.

I can even work with you if you don't have a winning attitude, but it makes it more fun when you do!

HOW FAST CAN I EXPECT RESULTS?
Some students who were musicians previously leave the first lesson being able to play their first song. Most students however, who have never played an instrument before, can expect to be comfortable bowing (a huge part of the process - half the sound!) within the first few weeks, and will then move on to learning songs. We will be learning sheet music as well, on a very, very easy gradient. After the first couple months, I expect you to tell me which song it is you might like to learn most so that we can start working on it.

RENTALS
I rent out violins of all sizes.
I sell the book that I teach out of (or you can obtain it online or from Sam Ash).

If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them. You can use the contact button on this website and I will gladly answer you in return.
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Jennifer July 10, 2017
· Violin · In home
Antoinette is, by far, the best music instructor that I have ever hired. Music has always been a part of my life. As a child, I took piano lessons for years and continued on and off through college. As a complete novice to the violin, I was nervous to begin such a challenging instrument as an adult hobby. Antoinette is encouraging, intelligent and incredibly skilled. Her calm demeanor and patience is vital to one's success. She focuses on the building blocks to a successful technique with ease. I am incredibly grateful to Antoinette for reminding me of how enjoyable music can be. I look forward to our weekly sessions around my busy work schedule. Her location is conveniently located within walking distance from the subway in NYC.
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Tonia May 29, 2017
· Fiddle · In studio
I took violin lessons for a year with an instructor I found through a different organization (not TakeLessons)--and I learned more in one hour with Antoinette than I learned in 30 lessons with that other teacher. In just one lesson, I can see that Antoinette is friendly, smart, encouraging, knows her stuff--and knows how to teach (which not every good player can do). I'm an adult, but I bet she'd be just as great with a student of any age.
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Donna February 16, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Antoinette was patient and effective during my first lesson. As an adult, having never taken a violin lesson in my life, I was nervous. But Antoinette has confidence in me and I am looking forward to more lessons with her!
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Antoinette A.

Antoinette A.

New York, NY 10036
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About Maria P.

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New York, NY
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About Maria
Maria Pulgarin is a professional musician who has been awarded a scholarship by Berklee College of music. Born in Colombia, she is bilingual and can teach and play any style in guitar and piano. Currently works at guitar center where she has the opportunity to teach piano, guitar, ukelele and vocals.
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German November 1, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Maria is a great musician, with lots of experience despite her young age. Has a very nice way to teac music to kids and adults.
Will not hesitate to recommend her.
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Maria P.

Maria P.

New York, NY 10016
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About Andrew G.

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New York, NY

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Hello, thank you for taking the time to read more in depth about my teaching. Before I became a teacher I was unsure of what to do. Just as many of my friends were going off to school I was still stuck. Luckily I found a singing teacher who taught me the proper way to sing and I’ve had a passion for it ever since and that passion grew into teaching my own students and being able to share the gift of singing!

With the method of Belcanto, you will not only develop a powerful voice, increased range and an understanding of the mechanics behind singing. But also how to maintain that power and keep your voice healthy and injury free. There are many voice teachers in New York. However, there are only a handful of good ones that truly wish for you to pursue your dreams and ambitions through music. I was taught by one of those teachers and now I
wish to teach the same way and share this wonderful technique with my own students! If you are injured you waste valuable time you could be using to better you’re voice and obviously no one wants that! Why not give yourself the gift of singing just as I have received? You lose nothing by trying, but you lose everything by not giving yourself the chance to do so!

The method I teach works for modern day music and also classical. It doesn’t confine you to a certain niche like other techniques tend to do. On the contrary it frees your voice to practice certain genres that you would never of thought a classical technique could be applied to!

I look forward to hearing from you all and I will leave you with some advice to take away from all of this. Above all else keep music in your life, whether you learn from me or someone else. No one can ever take that away from you!
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Andrew G.

Andrew G.

New York, NY 10128
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$50 / 30-min

About Jocelyn Z.

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New York, NY

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About Jocelyn
My musical journey has taken me to venues in Asia, Europe, and North America, such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, and National Sawdust. As a chamber musician and recitalist, I've had the pleasure of working with many classical musicians such as David Finckel, Alan Gilbert, Joseph Kalichstein, Itzhak Perlman, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. I was recently featured on PBS, Good Morning America, and The Today Show, and I've had the honor of playing for dignitaries and celebrities worldwide, including Beyoncé, Joe Biden, Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Spielberg, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Jay Z.

Among various scholarships and awards, I am a recipient of the Tarisio Trust Young Artists Grant, the Juilliard School Career Grant, the National Trustees Grant, the US Embassy Berlin Grant, and the Performing Arts Consortium Grant.

Devoted
to the cause of promoting peace through music, I'm the recent founder and director of Concerts for Compassion, an organization benefiting refugees worldwide that has reached over thirty countries. Feel free to read more about it at concertsforcompassion.com

I began my university studies at age fourteen at Belhaven University in pre-medical studies and violin, graduating Cum Laude. I later earned my Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School in 2017.
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Jocelyn Z.

Jocelyn Z.

New York, NY 10023
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$125 / 45-min
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About J.Q. W.

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New York, NY

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About J.Q.
I studied jazz trumpet performance at Oberlin Conservatory (Bachelors, '02) and The Juilliard School (Masters '17). I've been teaching for over ten years and love to help musicians grow. My experience is in all kinds of jazz as well as Cuban music, flamenco, funk and pop music.
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J.Q. W.

J.Q. W.

New York, NY 10027
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$80 / 60-min

About Ariel L.

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New York, NY
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About Ariel
I am a current student at the Juilliard School and I’ve been majoring in classical violin for the past 7 years. I have many experiences in private teaching as well as group teaching for students of all levels. I have the most experience in teaching students at the age of 10-18 but students of all ages are welcome!
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Monica October 21, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Ariel is such a wonderful instructor and has helped me progress so much! It must be that Juilliard magic!
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Joseph September 17, 2018
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Wonderful teacher! My son learned so much from Ariel in just a short few months - would highly recommend!!
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Theresa September 17, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My daughter had played violin for a year before coming to Ariel and let me tell you this was the best decision I've made. Living in such a diverse area like nyc, you meet a lot of artists and good players but sometimes you just need someone who's good at teaching. Well Ariel is the perfect combination of both. She demonstrates skills of a very accomplished player while having the expertise and knowledge of a great teacher. My daughter is very stubborn and has a a very difficult time changing bad habits. Within a month, Ariel completely changed her bad posture and hand position! I am very happy with Ariel's teaching style and I am sure that my daughter will continue to grow under her teaching.
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Ariel L.

Ariel L.

New York, NY 10023
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About Max W.

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New York, NY

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About Max
Hi, my name is Max. I have been teaching for over 15 years, teaching a range of instruments from saxophone, clarinet, and flute, to jazz piano. I also teach music theory, ear training, song-writing, and electronic music production. I teach students of all ages and skill-levels and hold a Masters degree in jazz saxophone performance from Manhattan School of Music, where I am currently on faculty to teach Music Theory and Eartraining at the Precollege Division. I also direct the jazz band at Gill St. Bernard’s School in New Jersey.

I love helping students achieve their goals, and I think learning music should be something fun and enjoyable. I also believe every student learns in a different way and at a different pace. With this in mind, I tailor my lessons towards each individual student and help them set achievable goals, making sure
they are having fun in the process.

Besides playing and teaching the saxophone, I also teach the clarinet, and flute, as well as music theory and electronic music production with Ableton Live. From my wide experience as a performing musician I can teach in a variety of genres, including jazz, classical, pop, and World Music.

I have been fortunate to have taught students all over the world, including Singapore, Africa, and the UK, many times performing along the way. I have led my own band for many years, with performances around the world, and with which I have recorded numerous albums, which can be found on Spotify and iTunes.

When I am not playing or teaching music I love to hang out with friends, be outdoors, and travel to places I have never been before.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you realize your goals in music.
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Amy September 14, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
My first lesson was extremely productive. I am an adult student and hadn't played in many years and Max focused on techniques to help me with my weaknesses, and to quickly surpass the level of playing I was previously at. He is patient, encouraging and an excellent teacher.
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Tessa August 27, 2018
· Flute · In home
Max is a fantastic teacher! As a parent I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a very experienced, kind, and fun teacher. Max is all of these things plus more. What I really like about him, besides that he is very knowledgable and amazingly talented, is that he always has a positive attitude! Lila loves to go to her lessons and she learned so much during her time with Max.
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Michele S August 24, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Max is a fantastic teacher! He taught my 12-year old son James how to play saxophone from the very beginning. James had never played the sax before and after his first lesson he could already play a song. Max is passionate and inspires and motivates his students, and his lessons are well planned out. Besides being a great teacher, he is also an amazing saxophone player! I now also have my younger daughter learn to play clarinet with Max, and she also loves her lessons.
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Max W.

Max W.

New York, NY 10013
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About Max F.

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Jersey City, NJ
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If you want to know how to play guitar and want to familiarize yourself with music overall, I am your teacher. We will learn technically as well as practically using tools to comprehend and understand not only guitar, but how we each learn. We will find your specific learning style and through that we will take your individual path to understand how to play guitar!
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Max F.

Max F.

Jersey City, NJ 07306
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$42 / 30-min

About Beau R.

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About Beau
I am a professional singer, actor and teacher. I graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I work in NY and LA as an Actor and Singer for TV/Film and Theatre and have a plethora of experience that I can apply to our lessons.

My personal passion is Musical Theatre, Jazz and RnB/Soul, but I teach all styles and am very passionate about them all. I really emphasize singing from your soul as that is where your true sound lies. I really look forward to starting lesson
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Beau R.

Beau R.

New York, NY 10032
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