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About Charles C.

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West Long Branch, NJ

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Teaching of classical music requires proper learning of piano technique. I teach technique through a series of books covering 5 years of study. I supplement this with classical pieces (recital pieces) for each level as well as studies in technique from Hanon, Czerny, and others. In addition, I include sample works from all periods, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Post Romantic, Modern.

About Charles
BA Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers College. MS from Montclair in Music Composition,
Jazz Studies with Kenny Baron. Composition Studies with Nicholas Rousakis, Frank Foster, Noel DaCosta.

Member Music Educators National Association.
Member Jersey Shore Music Educators Association
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I am an experienced lifelong pianist. I work professionally as a solo pianist, church organist, choir director, piano teacher, composer and arranger. I am experienced in most styles of music including, classical, jazz, pop, gospel, Broadway and rock.

I develop an individual learning path for each of my students so they can achieve their musical goals. I use a variety of piano teaching methods and am not bound by any particular one. Depending upon my students level and goals I will supplement the methods books with pieces th
at interest the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
Depending upon the student lessons we will work on several areas designed to improve the students understanding of music and playing the piano.

1. How to practice efficiently,
2. Improving technique.
3. Weekly songs and pieces to learn.
4. Long range major works which will take several months to master
5. Sight reading
7. Music theory, harmony, rhythm and melody, which can be applied to all styles of music, popular song, classical, jazz, etc.
8. Understanding of music styles and composers

How much time we spend in each area will be determined by the students level and goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai Grand 6' at Studio
Yamaha Digital Practice Piano
Yamaha PS-1500 Arranger Keyboard
Logic Pro 9 Recording Software
JV-1010 Synth Module
Roland VK-8M Organ Module
E-MU Hamond B3 Module
Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface
JBL Studio Monitors
Macbook Pro

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student must have a suitable weighted keyboard or piano at home for practice.

*** Specialties ***
Specialties Include:

Jazz, Pop, Broadway and other Popular Forms

Songwriting and Arranging

Piano accompaniment

Developing a performance repertoire

Technique Development
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Hayden A. June 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
The first piano lesson was truly great! I am glad we found Charles.
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Michael E. April 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
Awesome - motivates my son, makes it fun. Knows how far to push him, keeps material current and enjoyable to pay.
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Sharon B. April 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I recommend Charles, he is a qualified instructor.
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Charles C.

Charles C.

West Long Branch, NJ 07764
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About Melissa M.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Melissa specializes in the Alfred Series for piano and My First Piano Adventure for young students. This approach focuses on ear training and reading music. Custom exercises and choice of material is based on the student's level and field of study. Lessons are scheduled at the student's convenience as per availability. Frequency and length of lessons is based on the students needs.

About Melissa
WHAT TO EXPECT
When meeting with a student for the first time we always discuss his or her needs or goals. After that, we get into the foundation of building technique, starting with posture. Next, the student is assigned breathing exercises to practice. These exercises are structured to energize the body and manage the breath. Every single student learns about appoggio. This is the term used for the process of suspending exhalation while keeping the torso in the position of inhalation by using the transverse abdominis and obliques. Students also learn that the action of the diaphragm is involuntary, therefore the exercises in which we engage are in place to have command over physical activity that we can control.

A TYPICAL VOICE LESSON
After posture and breathing are addressed the students begin to learn how to produce tone,
which encompasses the vocal onset and the closure of the vocal folds. Students realize that proper breath management and producing tone go hand in hand. The ideal that the student and I work towards is a balance between superfluous air flow and and pressed pressure. This concept leads to a clean onset in which the edges of the vocal folds cleanly come together and stay closed during singing.

Students also learn how to negotiate and coordinate the vocal registers. This means that every student who walks into my studio learns where and what the larynx is. It is my job to be a second set of ears to help the student optimize his or her tone quality by maximizing vocal resonance. This concept may be different across genres, however every student learns how to begin coordinating the vocal process.

HOW I TEACH
My aim as a teacher of voice is to be flexible and innovative, and provide students with a clear and honest assessment. I strive to explain to each singer exactly how to complete a task, whether maintaining the position of inhalation or correcting posture. In lessons, I refrain from being demonstrative so that the student can find his or her own unique sound without attempting to copy my sound. I use this method so that the student learns how to be her own teacher. This way, the student will be able to identify and correct her own vocal problems. When I am not present, the student will have confidence in her skills and can make educated corrections in practice, rehearsals, and in performances.

TECHNIQUE
Throughout the course of lessons, it is my job to identify the most effective resonating space for the student and give her the skills to maintain that space. It is through the combination of effective breath management using appoggio and flow-phonation that the student becomes most efficient. Finding the most efficient technique for the student involves discovering the proper laryngeal position for the student’s voice type and by practicing continuity through all of the registers.

As all of the aspects of technique are being built in the studio, it is my job to ensure that I am building a musician. This means that I go over how the student needs to learn a piece and how to perform a piece. Often times with young students, they do not have the musical skills to teach themselves the pieces assigned. Sometimes the voice teacher’s job is to “plunk out the notes.” I highly encourage my students to take piano lessons and to use technology resources to aid them in building musicianship so they feel confident reading music. This process takes time, but it is the first step in building a competent performer.

MY GOALS
I always cater to the students tastes while still meeting requirements, if any. I believe that this fosters joy and excitement in music. My goal as a voice teacher not only involves building a good singer, but creating a performer. I make sure that I not only find performing opportunities for my students, but also I create them. Every semester I hold a studio recital for my students to perform their repertoire in front of an audience. In the Fall of 2015 I founded a local opera company in order to bring classical music to the community. My students made up the chorus of Handel’s Messiah that we performed that December. In addition, I have invited my students to participate in the church choir I direct every week. I believe that learning how to sing must take place in the studio, but the most important thing that I can do as a teacher is to make sure that the student knows how to transfer the skills learned in the classroom to real-world performing experiences.

APPROACH
I believe in a holistic approach to teaching, which involves connection to the text and acting. Though I cover many of these aspects in the studio, it is extremely beneficial for students to go outside of the studio and engage in physical courses such as yoga, Alexander technique, acting and dance. I personally engage in these activities to relate to my students and to be able to explain how we need to engage the body in singing. I also encourage my students to have coachings with other professionals to gain more insight into their repertoire.

Not every student who comes to my studio wants to sing opera. Many students want to sing in choir, in church, or just for fun. Overall, I always come from a place of acceptance and non judgement. Every voice is unique and I strive to help my students not only reach their goals, but surpass them.

San Francisco Bay Area native, Dr. Melissa McCann has been teaching voice and piano since 2010. Not only an avid teacher, Dr. McCann has performed in music festivals all over the world including The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Accademia Europa dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy, Angel Vocal Art in Los Angeles, CA, Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, PA, and Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton, Ontario. Melissa has also performed with companies including Opera San Jose, The Napa Valley Music Association, The San Francisco Youth Chamber Orchestra, Opera on the Spot, and The Solano Chamber Society.
Melissa earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with Kevin McMillan. During her time in Harrisonburg, Melissa founded Harrisonburg Opera Theatre and was the church choir director at Sunnyside Retirement Community Meredith Chapel.
Dr. McCann completed her Post-Graduate Artist Diploma in Voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of acclaimed opera singer, Deborah Voigt. While in San Francisco, Melissa interned in the Education Department of San Francisco Opera and taught Kindergarten and First grade music with the San Francisco Conservatory in the Schools mentor-ship program. She also received a full scholarship to attend the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism.

Melissa earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Irvine at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts where she sang the National Anthem for President Barack Obama at the school’s 50thAnniversary Celebration. At UC Irvine, Dr. McCann received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, and as the Soprano in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.

Melissa specializes in the Alfred Series for piano and My First Piano Adventure for young students. This approach focuses on ear training and reading music. Custom exercises and choice of material is based on the student's level and field of study. Lessons are scheduled at the student's convenience as per availability. Frequency and length of lessons is based on the students needs.

Young voice students are taught general concepts, music theory, and ear training. After the voice is more mature, advanced and serious vocal study can be pursued. Melissa's students receive a well-rounded training in the style of their choice: Classical, Popular, Musical Theatre, and Jazz.

Melissa emphasizes on solid technique, posture, breathing, and control, in addition to music fundamentals.
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Miranda G. July 2, 2015
· Singing · In home
Really helpful and nice!
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Jennifer June 29, 2015
· Music Performance · In studio
We just wanted to thank you so much for all your help over the last few months in preparing Sara for her recitals. Her talent show at school was last night and she did fabulously and projected for all to hear and she couldn’t have done it without your teaching!
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Nikki June 29, 2015
· Vocal Training · In studio
Melissa was my first voice teacher, and I was so fortunate to have her. She was very patient with me because I was very shy and self conscious when it came to vocal lessons. She help me find my voice, and started crafting it using many different tools to help me understand the different elements that allows one to register sound. She is a joy to learn from, and I recommend any beginner to learn from her.
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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About Max M.

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I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Music and Piano Performance at The Juilliard School studying with legendary pedagogue and Chair of Piano Dr. Veda Kaplinsky. I've traveled the musical world and studied with several of the world's most sought after pianists, including Sergei Babayan, mentor of international piano star Daniil Trifonov, as one of eight students worldwide accepted to his final Babayan International Piano Academy. I've performed with the Seattle Symphony amongst other concerts with orchestras in Europe, and perform regularly as a soloist in the greater NYC area and Seattle at venues including Carnegie Hall. Since beginning my teaching career, I've looked forward to sharing my knowledge with young students in order to nurture their artistic talents and unique musical sense. Students will be able to perceive piano not only as a skill and genuinely enjoyable activity, but also as the most sincere and effective form of emotional expression and as a friend with ...

About Max
Most recently, I was selected as one of eight pianists worldwide across all age divisions to attend The Verbier Festival's Artist Training Program in Switzerland, summer of 2018. I was the only American pianist to receive the honor this year.

I am currently a second-year undergraduate student at The Juilliard School in New York City, where I study with the Susan W. Rose Chair of Piano Department, Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky and Hung-Kuan Chen; my history with the institution dates back to Juilliard Pre-College, where I graduated as a Juilliard Scholarship recipient. In addition to my formal musical education in classical piano, I'm also a graduate of the Lakeside School in Seattle, a highly selective, college preparatory school offering a rigorous academic program; notable alumni include Bill Gates, Paul Allen and the McCaw brothers. I am w
ell-versed and fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

I am well accustomed to working with young children, adolescents and teenagers along with the elderly in retirement homes, and hope to nurture and instill in each of my students a genuine, individualized passion for music, along with imparting to each student all the knowledge I've attained over 15 years of musical experience off and on stage, playing at the world's most acclaimed venues and studying with some of the world's most sought after pedagogues. Furthermore, my goal is to accelerate the learning curve and to bestow all I know as quickly as possible, not wasting time on useless irrelevancies. I've taught many years privately in the greater Seattle area, as a private teacher at the Aspen Music Festival and as a private teacher serving the NYC area since 2015. My students have won regional and international competitions for young people, and have performed at prestigious venues such as Benaroya Hall, Alice Tully @ Lincoln Center, the Kauffman Center, Foundation LV in Paris, and Carnegie Hall.
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Tact & Kent May 28, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
He is a very promising Juilliard student.
His teaching reflects being educated by the world’s most sought after classical piano mentors.
What he teaches is unorthodox and complex in nature, but he teaches and demonstrates effectively in an easily comprehensive manner.
I believe that learning his skills will have a tremendous impact on my child’s future in both music and life.
I strongly recommend him to anyone who cannot be satisfied with other instructors.
PS: He works well to encourage and nurture youth, as my sons are 6 and 9 years old.
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Dave May 25, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Max is my favorite private teacher I have ever had since I started learning piano couple years ago. He is a very talented and positive person who has been encouraging me to play the way I am. He believes the best way to be good at playing piano is to enjoy it and trust yourself that going for what you feel like it is about in the piece. Recently, we had tight lessons to prepare my coming aidition for Brookly College’s music program. I really appriciated all the help and support from Max. He is always making sure that he covers the lesson that he wants to go over with that day. I just passed my audition two days ago and got into the program I wanted to. I can’t thank him enough for all the guidence from his class. Max is a very good instrutor that coaches his students to have more passion and belifs in the music field. I love the way he teaches and really appreciated my boyfriend who helped me found such a great teacher!
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Seonmi December 7, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Max is the most amazing teacher I’ve ever met. And I teach for a living. I am 45 years old. I got piano lessons when I was an elementary and junior high school student for approximately 4 years. Although I liked playing piano, I’d thought that I didn’t have enough talent, in terms of technical skill and emotional expression. In my first lesson, Max taught me how to use my wrist and elbow to make lighter sounds, as well as how to practice in a certain way in order to produce crystal clear sounds for trills and in faster parts, by making a proper space between notes. I never before understood these points and others, despite teaching by others. More importantly, he helped me to be confident in expressing my emotion in my playing. I realized that practicing piano is such a delightful process to be connected to my life memories and to liberate all my emotion attached to them. This is like a therapeutic process. His teaching makes my life more artistic and meaningful. I really appreciate his deep passion for teaching. It is clearly his mission. He is a true teacher, who wants to help people grow as artists in their own right. I just wish that I met him earlier. But I am glad that it is not late for me.
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Max M.

Max M.

New York, NY 10019
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$20 / 30-min

About Matthew P.

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I am a classically trained pianist and composer living in New York City. I studied piano for over 17 years and received bachelor's and master's degrees in music composition. I have performed numerous recitals and accompanied vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs for many years. As a composer, I have written works for piano, voice, chamber ensemble, orchestra and musical theater.

I have been teaching private lessons for 14 years and work with students of all ages and experience levels. I am available for in-person lessons for students living in or traveling to Manhattan, and I am also available for online lessons.

About Matthew
I am a classically trained pianist and composer living in New York City. I studied piano for over 17 years and received bachelor's and master's degrees in music composition. I have performed numerous recitals and regularly accompanied vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs for auditions and concerts.

I have been teaching private lessons for 14 years and work with students of all experience levels. I am available for in-person lessons for students living in or traveling to Manhattan, and I am also available for online instruction.

Contact me today to schedule a lesson. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Matthew P.

Matthew P.

New York, NY 10019
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$45 / 30-min

About Caroline P.

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Manhasset, NY
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With more than 10 years' experience as a Piano Teacher, I teach beginners, intermediate, and advanced level. Currently I have over 30 students taking lessons with me. My teaching experience has afforded me a well-rounded skill set, including first-rate communication and organizational skills. In addition to my experience and personal qualities, I have a solid educational foundation and a passion for music and performance arts.
I want my students to reach their potential and aspirations while having a wonderful time!

About Caroline
Caroline has been teaching private lessons since 2005 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and her piano studio. She has helped many students prepare for local competitions, concerts, and NYSSMA examinations Also she is a member of Piano Teachers Congress of NY.

Caroline received her training at Juilliard School , Yale University, and Manhattan School of Music where she received her B.A , M.A, and Doctoral degree. As an expert in her field, Caroline looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
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Sue August 30, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Taking piano lessons with Ms.Park has been a positive experience.
Caroline is patient, kind. I highly recommend Ms Park !
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Jan August 28, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
I have been Caroline's student for several years now, and she is an excellent teacher. She is a superb pianist (as her credentials indicate), but she was also encouraging, supportive and attuned to me as a student. She was able to isolate particular trouble spots and suggest ways to fix the problems at those spots.
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Carlos S August 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I've been a long time student of Mrs. Park and I can say she is one of the best instructors I've ever had. She is always on time for lessons, very accommodating, and nice and easy to understand during practice. Highly recommend if anyone's looking to pick up piano at any level
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Caroline P.

Caroline P.

Manhasset, NY 11030
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About Kellon H.

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You get to have fun at the piano. You learn techniques that you can use to accompany and perform. I am chill and so I bring that same chill energy to lessons, not stressing you out, but relaxing you to be able to learn quicker.

About Kellon
I am a gospel pianist, organist, and vocalist. I have over 20 years of experience in performing and teaching. I have a bachelor in music, concentration in theory and cooositiin from Montclair State University. Music is my passion and I want to share that spoon with others. I believe there is a song in all of us, I want to help you so that the world can hear yours.
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Susan S. March 27, 2018
· Singing · In home
Kellon was what I hoped for; he plays and sings well- my music and his. We warmed up, then practiced some of my chorus music with him singing tenor to my alto, then we recorded the alto to Steal Away and the chorus to The A Train for me to learn. Perfect. Will be a big challenge to sing alto against a strong tenor.
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JESSE February 24, 2018
· Gospel Singing · In studio
AWESOME LESSONS!! Learned a lot especially being he is gospel singer. Great experience
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Susan February 3, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I have listened to your videos. I think I could learn a lot from you. The repertoire I am working with is not gospel, but we could look it over.
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Kellon H.

East Orange, NJ 07018
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About Mintra R.

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I encourage and foster the love of music in young children. With over 20 years of experience as a concert pianist I am here to share all my experiences with the younger generation. I am a pianist with a passion for singing. Also, I am a lyric player :) I received my Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Piano Performance and I have had over 5 years of teaching experience. I cannot wait to work with young kids in a stress-free, motivating and fun environment.

About Mintra
Let's have some fun at the piano and make your experience with music the one that would leave a handprint on your heart. I am a pianist and I perform every year throughout my whole life. I have given solo piano concerts and piano + singing concerts. Venues I have performed include Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Bohemian National Hall, Stifle C. Ernst Hall in NYC and much more out of New York. I am classically trained but I also have a passion for musical theatre and pop music. I believe that classical music provides the best foundation for everyone who wishes to learn piano. Every music college provides a group piano class and that's how essential it is for you to branch out in the future whether or not you would end up being a professional pianist or found yourself interested in other instruments. Music heals and it lights up every
house with it's magic.
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Mintra R.

New York, NY 10026
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$58 / 30-min

About Tyler B.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Whether you want to learn today's popular music, go back to classic songs of the past, or want to write your own music, I have the tools for you! I have many years of experience teaching both kids and adults, and my versatile professional experience means I can offer instruction in a wide range of musical styles. For traditional method book learning, I'm well-versed in both the Alfred piano method, as well as Faber & Faber, while drawing from my own upbringing as a Suzuki student. I also make sure each student learns music theory and ear training techniques in order to internalize the music on a deeper level.

About Tyler
I'm a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, composer, arranger, freshly transplanted to Brooklyn after seven great years in Boston, Massachusetts. My professional experience on saxophone, keyboards, clarinet, flute, and bass in many different musical styles has offered me a wide-ranging palate to teach from. For the past five years, I've worked for multiple organizations and agencies as a private lessons instructor, averaging 15-20 students at any given time and maxing out at over 30! My approach to lessons is laid back, yet goal-oriented. My main goals are to equip my students musical and instrumental fundamentals, help them discover their particular passions within music and work towards related goals, and to foster an environment rooted in fun and mutual respect.
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Karen Laufer September 12, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Really enjoyed taking lessons with Tyler! He was always so encouraging and helpful in my lessons. I always loved playing duets with him and trying out different saxophones.
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Tyler B.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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$42 / 30-min

About CHUN W.

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I am highly adaptive to each student's unique personality and playing style and I usually devise a tailored plan with the student to achieve their goal in the most efficient way possible. I promote active critical thinking and self-awareness in the learning process to achieve the level of musical intelligence that is essential to a successful musician. With more than 10 years of international on-stage experience as a soloist, I am more than happy to provide useful guidance for prospective students who are aiming to become professional musicians in the future.

About CHUN
At age of 28, pianist Chun Wang has already garnered acclaim as a promising artist. A review from The Friends of Music described his recital in Durban, South Africa as “truly remarkable”, and his debut with Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010 was hailed by the local newspaper Beeld of South Africa for “the full sound and magic he obtains from the Steinway to disclose the true French romanticism…One does not often hear a pianist with so many lyrical qualities in mostly lustful and powerful music.”

Born in Fuzhou, China, Chun Wang started playing the piano at the age of five. With excellent progress confirmed with prizes in major national competitions, he entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing for further studies at the age of 13. He completed his Master of Music degree in May 2015 with Robert McDonald at the Jui
lliard School in New York and joined Manhattan School of Music in September for his doctoral studies with Solomon Mikowsky.

In his professional career, Chun Wang has performed at many famous venues such as Salle Cortot in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, and Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires. He launched his career in Latin America after winning the Villa-Lobos Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2006, starting with several performances in Argentina in the following years, including a concerto appearance with Buenos Aires Philharmonic (Teatro Colon) Orchestra. In June 2016, he made his first appearance in Cuba with the National Symphony Orchestra in Havana, playing Richard Strauss' Burleske. Chun Wang later performed the same concerto at his New York orchestra debut in 2017 with MSM Symphony Orchestra, which received critical acclaim. He is also a laureate of several major international contests such as the 2008 UNISA (University of South Africa) Competition in South Africa, Grand Prix Animato in Paris, and Japan’s most prestigious Hamamatsu Piano Competition. In April 2017, he became the third Chinese ever to win the prestigious Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain, one of the longest-running music contests in Europe, along with a CD release from NAXOS in 2018.
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CHUN W.

New York, NY 10023
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$120 / 45-min

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Daniel Hyde is a active piano instructor, classical pianist and musician living and working in New York City for the past ten years. With a decade of experience teaching students ages 3 through 60 and every age in between, he has developed a thorough and personalized teaching method that leaves students fascinated musicians and skilled pianists. Daniel's students not only obtain the skills of a well-rounded pianist, but learn to learn, learn to enjoy and learn to share in the magic of music making.
As a versatile musician who works as an high-level accompanist and classical pianist, Daniel uses the skills of composition, improvisation, sheet-music reading, collaboration, repertoire performance and music-theory application daily. It is these skills which Daniel bestows upon his students through his unique methodology. While each class is personalized to the skillset and interests of the student, with the primary goal of inspiring them to learn and love music, Daniel's classes ...

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Daniel Hyde is a active piano instructor, classical pianist and musician living and working in New York City for the past ten years. With a decade of experience teaching students ages 3 through 60 and every age in between, he has developed a thorough and personalized teaching method that leaves students fascinated musicians and skilled pianists. Daniel's students not only obtain the skills of a well-rounded pianist, but learn to learn, learn to enjoy and learn to share in the magic of music making.
As a versatile musician who works as an high-level accompanist and classical pianist, Daniel uses the skills of composition, improvisation, sheet-music reading, collaboration, repertoire performance and music-theory application daily. It is these skills which Daniel bestows upon his students through his unique methodology. While each c
lass is personalized to the skillset and interests of the student, with the primary goal of inspiring them to learn and love music, Daniel's classes are a rigorous and exciting time for student, teacher and parent alike.

Daniel is currently employed as a pianist at the Juilliard School, LaGuardia High School For The Performing Arts, with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company, The Martha Graham School Of Contemporary Dance, The Manhattan Youth Ballet and many more. He has taught a growing studio of piano students over his time in New York, as well as teaching for 'Music To Your Home', a major musical education company. He has taught theory, structure and the relationships between music and dance as a Guest Professor at The National University of Costa Rica, as well as in improvisation classes at The Ballet Hispanico School (NYC).
Daniel received extensive training and his Bachelor's Degree in Classical Piano Performance from The University Of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and at El Instituto Superior De Artes, Costa Rica. He has also been trained as an elite Dance Accompanist for over a decade under the mentorship of the best accompanists in New York City. His work as an accompanist has brought him to Barcelona (Spain), Athens (Greece), San Jose (Costa Rica), Chicago (Illinois), and put him in the employment of nearly every major school and dance company in New York City.

Daniel would love to bring his skills, experience and love of music to you and your family.

A hour lesson with Daniel might go something like this!

Technical Work: [10 minutes]

- Scales, posture and technique, and 'Dozen A Day, Daily Piano Lesson Exercises' as well as other method's of technical development created by Daniel to work on dynamic shading, arpeggios, and tone often function to start the lesson, engaging the student's focus and challenging their memory to 'bring up' what was achieved in the previous lesson.

Repertoire: [15 minutes]

-Pieces are chosen from the 'Bastien Piano Teaching Method' which are supplemented by Daniel's personal collection of pieces and based on the students skill level and interest.
In this section we interact with the full capacity of the student to read music, master rhythm and technical difficulties, add increasingly subtle detail, achieve consistency and focus and all with the intention of eventually performing the work. Along the way we instill the knowledge and skills necessary to perform before an audience, often creating mock-performance environments.

Additional repertoire: [15 minutes]

- Students often learn and play Duet Repertoire with Daniel, engaging in the experience of Chamber musician creation and learning the importance of collaboration and listening.
- Students interested in pop and jazz begin work on aural skills or 'Ear Training', learning pieces by way of listening to them and then creating piano arrangements from the transcriptions they craft with Daniel's help. These arrangements become pieces in the student's repertoire.

Music Theory: [10 minutes]

- Theory: Students are taught early on to read 'key signatures' and 'time signatures' in tandem with the development of their scale work and their repertoire. Students learn the significance of the ordering of the scales, the intervals (distance between notes) which define them and multiple ways to deconstruct and define a scale and its parts, thereby allowing students to continue learning on their own, as well as developing the terminology to communicate with other musicians.
Theory gradually increases in complexity based on the student’s interest and skill level, to encompass every facet of chord making, harmony relationships and Roman Numeral Analysis.

- Vocab Word: Students receive a 'Vocab Word' every lesson. This word is a musical term, which will help the student to accurately communicate with Daniel and other musicians as well as more deeply understand the musical language.
- Flash Cards: Students also receive and develop a 'flash-card library'. This is a note-learning game which students play in each lesson with the goal of 'beating last weeks time' using increasing skills in sheet-music reading. As the student learns more notes and achieves faster times, the 'flash card library' grows and the challenge increases.

Improvisation: [5 minutes]

- Every lesson Daniel and the student improvise at least one piece of music. The student is guided over a period of weeks to internalize the concept of improvisation, eventually freeing them to the infinite and inspiring possibilities inherent in the practice of 'Improv'. Improvisations use and thereby reinforce the scales learned at the beginning of each lesson and demonstrate the importance of listening, collaboration, imagination and harmony.

The Color Game: [5 minutes]

- This is a game played at the end of each lesson in which Daniel and the student take turns striking a 'triad' (a chord with three notes). With eyes closed, the two participants begin to 'listen closely' to the chord as it is then restruck and eventually attempt to 'hear a color'. Students may also 'hear' shapes, textures, and scenes, which Daniel and the student then share with each other to great fascination and amusement, revealing similarities of interpretation and most importantly, opening the students mind to a new and magical understanding of sound.
This game, related to the psychological phenomenon of synesthesia, engages the students imagination, self-confidence and concludes each lesson is a fun, inspiring and exciting way.

Piano Notebook:

- All of Daniel's students keep a 'piano notebook', in which they receive a practice plan at the close of each lesson. The practice plan outlines the goals and methods of practice for the coming week, as well as containing advice from and a synopsis of that day's lesson. The notebook further serves as a workbook and a reference used throughout the learning process.

Sincerely,
Daniel Hyde
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Daniel H.

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Brooklyn, NY 11222
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