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Christina M.

Haskell, NJ 07420

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About Christina

Greetings! My name is Christina and I am a recent Rutgers University graduate with a double major in both music and economics. I have had over 12 years of private training in piano, with additional experience in violin, orchestra, choir and various performance-related events. Over the years I have studied with numerous pianists and incorporated many different methods and techniques that have greatly influenced my own teaching. I have been teaching music lessons to both children and adults since high school, and am comfortable teaching any age. I do believe that a solid foundation in any instrument begins with music theory, and it is something I incorporate little by little into each lesson; however, it is very important to me that the learning process be enjoyable, and I strive to make each lesson as fun, inspiring, and exciting as p

ossible!

*** Lesson Details ***
Curricular rigor is chosen to fit the needs of each individual student, depending on whether the student is preparing for the challenges of a conservatory, or simply learning for recreational needs.
For beginners, I often refer to both the Faber and Music Tree curriculum. However, I am flexible and open to requests from students, since my goal is for students to learn, advance and enjoy the overall experience.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home studio--- upright kawai

second studio---travel from home

room for parents to sit

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard provided.
Student is expected to provide a piano

*** Specialties ***
Focus is primarily on Classical Piano and Music Theory.
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September 21, 2016
Lisa V.
I had a great experience for my first lesson with Christina. She is very patient and makes the learning experience very easy. I highly recommend her.
September 16, 2016
Laura S.
My 5 year old daughter left her first piano lesson with Christina excited and motivated to learn how to play!! I couldn't be happier!!
August 19, 2016
Isabella
Christina does a great job and my daughter really looks forward to her lessons!

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Christina M.

Haskell, NJ

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David R.

Brewster, NY 10509

(17)

About David

Hi my name is David and I love and enjoy teaching guitar lessons to students of all ages and I come to your home for lessons. My goal in life is to enrich people's lives with music. The first thing I do is interview the student and find out why they want to play the guitar and what are some of their goals. Then I find out what style of music they would like to learn. I have the student come up with ten songs they would like to learn. I take this information and structure future guitar lessons around the essential elements of these songs. I design each lesson to teach the specific skills required to learn those songs. I create an organized custom guitar lesson workbook for each of my students at no cost to the student or parent. This way, my students have a weekly organized practice routine and they become successful. Having a teaching deg

ree, (B.A. Music - Conservatory of Music - Concentration: Studio Composition / Master's in Education - M.A.T. / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA).

I create all of the guitar lessons to meet each students individual needs that include lessons on theory, technique, rhythm, chords, scales, riffs, arpeggio's, songs, and exercises etc. I break down songs into easy digestible parts so students can learn a song in a logical and most manageable way. I use a color coded method to teach that I created that help students not only learn and understand scales and chords but also they are able to see visually how scales and chords are created. I currently teach private guitar lessons and have worked for 12 years in our local schools as a teacher with students K through 12. For 2 years, from 2012 to 2014 I taught an after-school enrichment guitar and songwriting class. I created the curriculum and music workbook specifically for 6 and 7-year old children whom I taught at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem, NY. In College I won an award for the most Improved Studio Composition Student at Purchase College. I incorporate lessons that I have learned in the classroom as a teacher to help my guitar students learn. I feel the most important thing for my students to learn about music is to have a lot of fun.
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June 20, 2019
Karen C.
I only have high accolades for David. I've learned more from David in the mere 5 lessons then I learned in a years worth of lessons in the past. His method of teaching is perfect with the right amount of homework. He customizes the lesson for the type of music I ultimately want to play with a good balance of theory and practical lessons to get me there. Bravo!!!
April 24, 2019
Ela
Lessons with David were very inspiring and so much fun. They were well planned, organized and productive. David also was very flexible and accommodating with scheduling the lessons.
December 28, 2016
James
My son had a great first lesson and knows what to do for practice this week and is excited to continue learning with his next lesson

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David R.

Brewster, NY

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Andrew W.

Scarsdale, NY 10583

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About Andrew

In December 2015, I completed my student teaching requirement at the University of Miami, earning my Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Vocal Jazz Performance. I also received my certification in K-12 Music in the state of Florida.

As an undergraduate, I received extensive music training in a variety of teaching settings. I have had extensive experience teaching children music from New York, Miami, as well as Barcelona, and Costa Rica.

As a musician as well as educator, I have extensive knowledge of many different types of instruments as well as theoretical concepts of music. As a performer and teacher, I utilize many different styles in my teaching including classical, jazz, rock, r&b, blues, pop, hip hop, etc.

I really look forward to hearing from you and guiding you to success in your musical journey!
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forward to meeting you!
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August 2, 2017
Anonymous
Unprofessional. Unfocused. No accountability. Cancelled last minute. Would not recommend.

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Andrew W.

Scarsdale, NY

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Elana L.

Ridgewood, NJ 07450


About Elana

Hello,

My name is Elana. I'm a professional violinist and enjoy teaching students of all ages and levels. My students have ranged from ages 4-64. Their goals have ranged from pure enjoyment to those considering a career in music. My goal is to help each student play to the best of their abilities and for them to enjoy the lessons. Violin is my passion, which comes through in my enthusiasm during lessons. I am gentle and patient but also honest and very particular about what to look for when practicing.

I take great pride in teaching the Russian method. Not only is the technique I teach used by the best violinists of all time, it also emphasizes efficient and correct use of the body to avoid injury and develop a tone with richness and projection.

What I look for in a student is a commitment to practicing every day. It's an

adjustment in the beginning for many, but once established simply becomes part of the day, like brushing your teeth. Over time, students hear improvements from practicing consistently and this creates a very positive experience. The violin becomes a source of joy and confidence.

Violin lessons help develop skills such as coordination and focus at the highest level, persistence, confidence, creativity, patience, and many other "life" skills whose benefits extend far beyond music lessons. Many people who achieve success in a career outside music later in life often credit their music lessons as having been key in that process.

As far as my musical background, I received my music degree from Rutgers University, where I was a recipient of the Marryott Music Scholarship. Upon graduation I freelanced as a violinist in the NYC metro area. My major teachers include Neil Weintrob and Lewis Kaplan.

As a teacher I have 20 years of experience. I've worked in various programs and currently teach violin and viola lessons at a local private school, in addition to running a private studio of violin and piano students. My violin students have been concertmaster, principal players, and section players in orchestras such as All-County, Region I, and NY Youth Symphony.

Feel free to contact me with any additional questions you may have. I look forward to working with you.
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Ridgewood, NJ

Erica L.

Tarrytown, NY 10591

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About Erica

I am a professional singer and stage actress. I am a graduate of Fordham University with a B.F.A in Theater and a B.A. in communications. I have over 20 years of vocal and musical training. I appeared as Golda in Fiddler on the Roof, Dolly in Hello Dolly, Reno in Anything Goes, Velma in Chicago and Anita in West Side Story. I also performed for the USO, Alvin Ailey Theater at Lincoln Center and The Music Hall in Tarrytown . I most recently performed in and was the Musical Director of a one woman cabaret show entitled " A Night of Song " at the Playroom Theater in Manhattan. I believe singing should be fun,expressive and rewarding!

Getting ready to Headline a cabaret show LIVING Through Music at the Gramacy Theater on Wed. night June 19th at 7:30 It will be a great night of broadway and cabaret music. Tickets will be sold Vi

a Ticketmaster. Come see a fantastic show!!

Hi Everyone! I will doing a one- woman cabaret show entitled Love Through The Seasons at the Duplex on Friday night Nov.8th at 7pm. Tickets are $25 cover + a 2 drink mix. Come for a great night of Broadway music
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September 10, 2019
Jillian V.
As a performer, you do not find someone more expressive and powerful than Erica--she is absolutely dynamite. Erica is also totally dedicated to her craft, and she passes everything she's learned on to her students. Erica is passionate, personable, warm, open, honest, and so generous. Highly recommended!
July 10, 2019
Eileen
Erica is so patient and wonderful and has helped me find my voice. After being intimidated about singing for so long, she has given me the confidence I need to experience the joy of song. I love you Erica!!!
July 2, 2019
Ellen
Erica has been working with my 13 year daughter Stacy for two years now. My daughter loves musical theater but was very shy and not confident. After working with Erica she is front and center on stage and enjoys being in all the school performances. Erica is the best!! She is so supportive and kind and giving of herself and her talent. I couldn't imagine my daughter working with anyone else. My daughter is really growing and enjoying her singing. Brava Erica!

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Erica L.

Tarrytown, NY

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Marcus S.

Ossining, NY 10562

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Ossining, NY

Nikola T.

Elmsford, NY 10523


About Nikola

Combining equal parts lyricism and devotion to rhythm, Nikola Tomić is an engaging and dynamic New York City-based trumpet performer whose versatility and enjoyment of soloist and background roles alike have taken him to stages in more than thirty states, as well as to Italy, Mexico, Ireland, and Costa Rica. In New York, he has performed at venues including The Jazz Gallery, Swing 46, the Drawing Room, the Cutting Room, Silvana, St. Peter's Church, Sir D's Lounge, Williamsburg Music Center, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Miller Theatre at Columbia University.

Currently on the faculties of both the Longy School of Music of Bard College and Kutztown University of Pennsylvation, Nikola served as visiting assistant professor of trumpet and jazz studies at Ithaca College during Spring Semester 2017. Deeply committed to education,

Nikola is active as a teacher and clinician in the greater New York City area and throughout the Northeast, and has maintained a private teaching studio since 2003. He taught from 2010 to 2013 for the Eastman Community Music School, providing instruction in trumpet and music theory, and working with the New Horizons Band Program, and has been on faculty at the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy since 2013.

Nikola holds doctoral and master’s degrees in Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music and a bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from Ithaca College. His teachers have included Clay Jenkins, Bill Dobbins, Harold Danko, Frank Gabriel Campos, and Steve Brown.
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Elmsford, NY

VINCENT C.

West Milford, NJ 07480

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About VINCENT

Professional Musician /Educator with the following experience;
Educator:
* Instrumental Music Teacher (Grades K-8)
(New Jersey Public School System )------ (25 years)
* Private Music lessons (classical -jazz improvisation)
for : Beginners -Intermediate- Advanced Students
* Seton Hall University ,Nj- Jazz Faculty Guest Artist
* New Jersey Youth Symphony,NJ -- Jazz Ensemble - Staff Clinician
* Stevens Institute of Technology ,NJ Clinician/Trumpet
* Jazz Vermont /Jazz camp for Adults - Staff Clinician /Guest Artist
* New York University, NY - Adjunct Trumpet Teacher
* AdjudIcator- West Milford ,NJ - Middle School Jazz Festival 2018
* Guest Artist /Appearances with NY/NJ High Schools
Performance
* International Jazz Artist (info on website)
* Cds available

on internet
* Music Videos on internet
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August 15, 2019
wayne
I have been taking online trumpet lessons with Vinnie for years now. I have also studied in person with Vinnie, and played in Vinnie's band. I feel so lucky to be able to take lessons from one of the best trumpet players in the world. Vinnie has helped me progress in many areas including jazz improvisation. Vinnie has a warm personality and is very patient. In my 50 years of playing trumpet, Vinnie is by far the best teacher I have ever had. Vinnie plays so well, and performs in so many places all over the world, I can't even begin to describe his personal talent. However, on a personal level, he is easy to relate to and study with. Wayne Lee, Judge Los Angeles
August 13, 2019
Peter
I have known Vinnie for 35 years in the world of music. He is a colleague that I hold in the highest regard. I have had the great pleasure of performing alongside him in a number of different situations. As a sideman we have performed music on an extremely high level, everything from Jazz Standards, originals, to Weather Report etc. Vinnie's abilities as trumpeter and educator are tremendous, world class all across the board. He is great reader and his improvisation is of the highest order, creative, inventive, with thematic development and harmonic depth in the single line.
August 9, 2019
Erick
I have known, performed with, and taught with Vincent for over thirty years. I am a professional trombonist and the Performing Arts Chair at Saddle River Day School. I ran an Arts-In-Education band that performed big band jazz at schools in the NYC area for over twelve years, and Vincent was a band member. Vincent is one of the world's greatest trumpet players and jazz improvisers, and he is an excellent communicator. I have watched Vincent teach countless times, and he loves working with young people and passing along his craft and experience. He has a very warm personality and a great sense of humor. I perform regularly with Vincent in a variety of world-class ensembles, and just standing next to him on the band-stand is like taking a lesson!

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West Milford, NJ

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