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Blauvelt, NY
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Steve J. April 23, 2013
· Drum ·
Alex provides helpful and thorough instruction in a great teaching environment

My son Steve had started playing the drums in 5th grade as part of the school music program, but at age 11 he wanted to start taking them more seriously, so my wife and I bought him a shiny new drumset for Christmas. Lo and behold, it sat in our basement for a year without being touched. Finally, we insisted he take a few lessons and start practicing on his set; after much arm-twisting, we got him to agree to take lessons from Alex for three weeks before giving up on music entirely. After the first lesson, Steve came home, set up his drumset, and practiced for 3-4 hours every night that week. Alex provided him with ample practice materials to get started, and also exposed him to lots of different music to inspire him. Last week Steve was talking about Roy Haynes and Art Blakey, names I hadn't heard someone say since my father passed away (he was a HUGE jazz fan). In several months, my son has progressed to the point where he has to choose which friends to jam with on Saturdays--he simply doesn't have time for all of them! I've seen it affect his studies too--through elementary and middle school, Steve was an average student that did what he had to to get by, but this year he has really turned it around, finishing all his assignments the day they're assigned and going out of his way to complete extra credit opportunities in his classes. I am sure this motivation will seriously help him as he enters high school, as long as he keeps playing the drums and getting lessons from Alex. Although most of our lessons are in Alex's well-equipped studio, a couple times we needed him to come to our house and it wasn't a problem at all; he was on time and brought necessary materials with him. Alex's lessons have had a major impact on not only my son's musical development but his life, and I would strongly recommend him to any parent looking for a drum instructor.
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Alex A.

Alex A.

Blauvelt, NY 10913
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About fawn w.

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Suffern, NY
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I have been playing and performing on piano since I was 10!!!!I am a string teacher of 35 years. I also conduct an orchestra of 6-13 year olds at Manhattan School of music . I am also a teacher of chamber music and can coach groups in their homes as well. I play, piano, cello, violin ,bass and viola. I have studied privately on all instruments and include music theory with my lessons. I have two masters degrees and permanent certification in NY and NJ. I believe that students need to love the music and enjoy their own levels of skill and success. I also teach all kinds of music and can teach students how to write music on their computers using Finale. I write my own arrangements for orchestra and can write ANY song you may wish to play ,no matter what level you are. My motto is:if it isn't fun ,why do it"?
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Amazing teacher. It was great working with her!
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fawn w.

Spring Valley, NY 10977
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About Mary P.

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Croton on Hudson, NY
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Mary is a Tony nominated writer, actress, and teacher whose Broadway credits include Martha Jefferson in "1776" and Grace Farrell in "Annie". She was a starring soloist In Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" at the Kennedy Center and the Metropolitan Opera and toured as featured vocal with Michel LeGand in concerts including Carnegie Hall. Off Broadway credits include her own musical, "Cradle Song". She studied voice with the great Sue Seton and later with opera star and tenor coach at the Metropolitan Opera, Felix Knight. She teaches a combination of both their legendary techniques. As an actor, she studied acting with Sanford Meisner in NYC, the Rheinhardt Seminar in Vienna, Austria and has been teaching and directing beginning, intermediate and professionsl singers and actors for over fifteen years. Former students have appeared on "Thirt
y Rock", Gilmore Girls", "Law and Order" and others. Her goal in working with her students is not only to teach healthy vocal technique, but in keeping with her theatre background, her strong belief that "Every song is a scene or monoglogue" leads her to make sure the student know what they are singing or speaking about, and can do so with a clarity of emotion and dramatic intent.
She has a BA in theatre/voice from the University of Kansas where she serves on the Advisory Board For the Department of Theatre and Film and has an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she is a guest lecturer. She is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, AGMA and The Dramatists Guild.
"Mary is able to reach not only those students who are already excited about theater but inspire those who have no previous knowledge of it. To watch these young men and women become more and more accomplished is a marvelous thing. She inspired them all."...Mark St. Germain, Obie winning playwright.

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In a one hour lesson, we will spend twenty five minutes on vocal exercises designed to teach support and placement. Having performed leads on and Off Broadway, I know that without good technique you can't do eight shows a week, do back to back sets in a nightclub or cabaret or tour as a pop or rock singer. The second half of the lesson is spent on songs. As an acting as well as vocal coach, I focus on dramatics as well as musical interpretation. A singer must be connected to the words as well as the music. I hope to teach you to love singing as much as I do.

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casio keyboard, speakers, desk, extensive library of scripts and sheet music, internet

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pop and musical theatre singing
college and theatre auditions/monologues and song performance
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Amy March 14, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Mary is a lively, voluble person with enormous experience particularly in musical theater who enjoys working with students.
Initially and as the student moves along, Mary assesses talent and abilities and then continues to periodically reassess the learning in a manner that never ceases to amaze me. I have been working with Mary for six months and found her evaluations of my strengths and what I need to work on to be spot on every time.
What I esteem most is Mary's technical acumen, the techniques she learned from her teachers and mentors and her experience as a performer. Her keen ear and eye immediately pick out every nuance being sung that needs work. She answers questions about where "to go" in throat, mouth, tongue, torso, etc., demonstrating how to correctly produce the sounds, tones, and supported breathing in question. Voice teachers, of course, are supposed to do this. Mary does this superbly.
If you are seeking a teacher who knows her technique, especially in musical theater, I highly recommend Mary.
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Jason February 7, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Hi Mary,
In my opinion, our session last night wasn't productive. My opinion is, you weren't really interested in teaching me. Out of the 60 minute session. I only did about 3 to 5 minutes of exercises. You spent 55 minutes talking about your past and present students, professional actors you know, show business, acting techniques and your accomplishments. You did talk about about the script that i would read and the emotion behind it, but that lead into more about your students and professional actors you know. it took you 30 minutes in your office to find that script, (which should have been done a head of time) then we went downstairs and another 25 minutes of talking before i could read it to you.

Towards the end when i finally spoke up about so much time being passed and nothing being done. You said you needed to see my personality so you can know where to start with me. That made no sense to me, how are you seeing my personality if you are the one mostly talking about your accomplishments and who you know and what you've done?
Why not pick a point and start there and see what my weak and strong points are? You also asked me the same questions you asked me on the phone, have you ever taken lessons before, why do you want to act, what do you do for work which to me just consumed more time.

What i found surprising and discouraging was when you asked me why would I take acting classes up here when there are some of the best acting schools in the world just an hour away in New York City? I wish you had said that to me over the phone before our meeting, I would reconsider taking lessons from you and just spend the extra money and go down to the city. If i were an instructor i would be grateful for anyone who sacrificed their time and money to come see me, and never ask why they chose me when there is better not that far away. With that said I have decided to cancel my remaining lessons with you please do not bill me any further.

Jason

PS Telling a person of color that they are a weird fit as a real estate agent in Croton N.Y, and would be a better fit in Brooklyn N.Y was discriminatory and offensive to me.
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Griffin Scott November 17, 2017
· Acting · Online
I found Mary on my search for an acting coach pertaining mostly to my upcoming drama school auditions. Her vast knowledge of this business is evident as well as her ability to help ground and craft your work. Each and every lesson was applicable towards my artistic pursuit. I consistently recommend her as a leading instructor in this field!
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Mary P.

Mary P.

Croton on Hudson, NY 10520
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About Gerald M.

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Norwalk, CT
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Not all teachers are the same. I've had great success as a student and a teacher; making me the best choice to help aspiring drummers reach their goals.
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Gerald M.

Gerald M.

Norwalk, CT 06851
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$48 / 30-min

About Jeremy R.

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Suffern, NY
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Hi, there! My name is Jeremy and I can't wait to meet you! I've been giving music lessons since 2013 and was a music teacher in the NYC School system. I went to New York University and earned a degree in Music Education in 2015. I'm a patient and professional person and my teaching style is an emphasis on improving technical qualities through various genres of music. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Jimi R. March 22, 2018
· Violin · In home
My son has shown so much growth, even after just 3 lessons. Jeremy is knowledgable, encouraging and patient; And he has made my son more interested in practicing and improving.
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Jeremy R.

Jeremy R.

Suffern, NY 10901
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About Elana L.

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Ridgewood, NJ
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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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Elana L.

Elana L.

Ridgewood, NJ 07450
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$40 / 30-min

About Steve B.

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New Windsor, NY

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I am a bass player, guitarist, piano player, drummer, vocalist, and I write my own music. I've been playing and studying music for 15 years. I started out on the bass guitar because it was what stood out to me most when I listened to music that I enjoyed. I had friends that were playing guitar and drums at the time, so we formed a band pretty much right when I started playing. It's great experience to just jump in and play with others!

The bass always resonated with me when I listened to music as a youngster and deciding which instrument to stick with. I was lucky to have some great teachers in school who inspired me and told me I picked the right instrument for my personality with the bass guitar. I had the benefit of playing in bands even when I was just starting out on my instrument. Learning my favorite tunes was a big part of what
kept me motivated as a musician and I strive to cater to each individual and work on the stuff they love so that they stay motivated and inspired. Music theory and the fundamentals are important, but I try to relate the theory to what the student is interested as best as possible.

I've been lucky to be able to study music in college and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and graduated from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. I had the benefit of studying with amazing teachers, attending master classes with some of the best players in the world, and playing in groups and with people that have pushed me to continue studying and excel at my instrument.

I currently teach at New Windsor Music Academy in New York and I have several private students that I work with outside of the school. I try to keep lessons fun and informative, so I plan each lesson with structure so that the student can get the most out of our time together. I get the most joy out of watching my students feel elated when they are able to play tunes that they love, understand the theory behind what they are playing, and progress as musicians.
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Solomon July 1, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
No words can describe what a great teacher Steve is.
I’m just starting now. And I’m amazed how much you can push in. And learn in one lesson.
Of course It depends on your skills and practice.
Steve is definitely the right place for anyone who wants to learn fast and really easy. And most of all. Really enjoyable.
I’m looking forward to my next lesson
I feel like I’m in the right place.
Thanks Steve.
Solomon.
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Cathy June 10, 2018
· Bass Guitar · Online
Steve offered great lessons for my child learn bass guitar. The online lessons were clear, effective, and he provided visual materials and things to practice with each lesson. My child really enjoys the lessons and is learning a lot working with Steve. Highly Recommend!
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Casandra May 16, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Steve is a really great teacher! He takes into consideration what I want to learn and what my goals are. His lessons have a perfect balance between learning music theory and basic skills, and working on songs that I’ve always wanted to learn. I feel like I am making progress on the guitar and learning a lot from each lesson. Also, he is flexible with scheduling which has been really convenient for me! I highly recommend Steve as a teacher!
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Steve B.

Steve B.

New Windsor, NY 12553
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About Andrew L.

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Norwalk, CT
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am interested in teaching you these simple techniques and putting them to practice. My technique is for the contemporary or musical theater singer. I have studied the Seth Riggs Method and am a graduate of John Henny's Los Angeles program (John Henny Voice) and am one of very few teachers in CT that offer a science based approach. I can get new students on the path to singing quickly. I can also help with auditions and any problems that experienced singers may have in general or with specific songs. I will never draw out lessons or try to "slow teach" as I have seen many places do exactly that.

Apart from my wife and family, music is the most important thing in my life. I love to see and hear immediate improvements to my student's singing. I also really love to help students work through challenging songs and song parts.

I worked with
several classical teachers over the years. I found, although helpful, they did not have a great understanding of the voice, how to truly control sound, and the specifics of contemporary singing (my style). That changed when I found and studied with John Henny from Los Angeles (John Henny Music Academy). John is teacher to the stars and for many years worked for Seth Riggs who taught Michael Jackson and other celebrities. John took his method to the next level which is the basis of what I teach. I also have a Voice Pedagogy Certificate from Boston Conservatory.
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Andrew L.

Andrew L.

Norwalk, CT 06851
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About ODeillia R.

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Riverside, CT
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I am a professional recording artist, Dj, and musician. My love for music grants me the opportunity to not only express myself through other music avenues, but to help those who are serious to learn guitar exceed their expectations.
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ODeillia R.

ODeillia R.

Riverside, CT 06878
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About Katherine C.

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Stamford, CT

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I’m currently on faculty at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NYC. I hold a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and have studied for 16 years under renowned vocal pedagogue Dorothy Stone. My performing career has taken me around the US and Europe, performing roles in musicals, operettas, and operas. I'd love my knowledge and experience with you! Let's get singing!
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Katherine C.

Katherine C.

Stamford, CT 06902
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