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About Peter B.

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Stratford, CT

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About Peter
I am energetic, experienced and creative music teacher with a proven ability to get the very best out of pupils, an expert at identifying the appropriate resources required for a subject matter and ensuring that they are used efficiently and effectively Most of my students read and play simple music after 2-3 classes of active instruction.

I posses an extensive classical music and music pedagogy training. All my musical knowledge and expertise was attained in Eastern Europe. I play and teach piano, upright bass, bass guitar and a range of other instruments. Over the years I taught basic piano, the beginner violin, viola, cello and a variety of school instruments such as recorder and xylophone. I also teach advanced music theory, harmony and basics of composition and orchestral arranging required for music colleges. I especially
find it rewarding working with beginners and the opportunity to show them the amazing world of listening, playing and making music.

The teaching begins with identifying student's musical needs, goals and tastes. Students are taught a stimulating, thorough, and graduated course of recital solos, theory, technical studies, and classic repertoire. For those wishing to pursue more of a classical approach to music, there are proven methods to accomplish that goal established by European master teachers and pedagogues. Also, I can teach the know-how of Jazz and Blues though gradual lessons that cover basic theory, scales and chords up to melody and harmony development.

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The learning process should be, for the most part, fun and based upon a strong relationship between the teacher and the student. Curriculum and lesson plans are based on student's abilities and aspirations with appropriate balance between theoretical and practical work. The lesson material is always carefully chosen, and when necessary, adapted to specific learning needs.

With a proper approach, everyone can learn to play music. Whether you want to pursue a music career, or just play for fun and enjoyment I can help you attain your goals. From basic piano and stringed instruments, to advanced theory, harmony, composition and improvisation to jazz, pop and rock.

Classes are not based on a single source or book. I provide other exercises in printed form for students to keep and take home.

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Two high end digital keyboards, two violins, viola, cello, upright bass, bass guitar and amplifier, music stands, stereo equipment with a large CD collection of just any conceivable music style.. Assorted school instruments: recorder (soprano and tenor), xylophone. Various music charts and a large library of music resources and other books; Extensive e-library and ability to print any required material on the spot. Instant access to many on-line sheet music resources.

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Full size and a school grade digital keyboards , bass guitar, amplifier, staff paper and other printed resources, violin, viola, spare parts, maintenance tools and equipment.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Classical, Jazz, Ethnic and Modal music, Composition, Arranging, Harmony, Counterpoint, Advanced Music Theory
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Callum ". August 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Peter got right down to business and it is clear he knows what he is doing. My son is 5 and Peter kept his attention for the full 30 minutes, which is really saying something. At the end of the first lesson, my son was introduced to and could repeat note names; could play a five-note scale; and was learning his right hand from his left. I myself went to Juilliard and Yale for music and am so pleased Peter will be teaching our child(ren).
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Bekah S. October 7, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
Peter provides great instruction and has a fantastic rapport with his students!
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Peter B.

Peter B.

Stratford, CT 06615
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About Alexander H.

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Stony Brook, NY

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About Alexander
Hello and welcome to my profile!

My name is Alex and I look forward to teaching you!

My experience with teaching includes private teaching at Yale University and Stony Brook University where I taught undergraduate voice lessons in all different kinds of repertoire: a capella, musical theater, opera, jazz, etc.

I teach students of all ages, levels, and musical backgrounds, so if music and singing is completely new to you, no worries!

In our first lesson together we will go over your singing goals and aspirations as well as what kind of music you want to sing. Are you just looking to become a better karaoke singer? Do you have serious Broadway ambitions? Are you just curious about your talent for singing? Whatever your goals and aspirations are, I'll tailor the lessons to your needs and wants so that you can get the very most ou
t of our time together.

In our lessons we'll cover the basics of breathing, support, phonation, and placement. You can expect an increase in range, power, and vocal control, and correct any intonation issues. We'll also discuss stylistic issues and what songs/pieces best suit your voice.

Most of all we will have fun throughout the entire process!

If you have any questions feel free to message me.

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Bass-Baritone Alexander H’s recent performances include his debut with the Beethoven Easter Festival of Warsaw as Pietro in Simon Boccanegra, Monterone with in Rigoletto with Opera Theater of Connecticut, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Bronx Opera, Le Bailli in Werther with Opera Company of Brooklyn, and the bass-baritone soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with EOS Orchestra of Beijing. Alexander's operatic credits include performances of Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, King René in Iolanta, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, and the Sorcerer in Dido and Aeneas, as well as excerpted performances of Colline in La Bohème, Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette, Banco in Macbeth, Dulcamara in l’elisir d’amore, and Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, as well as many others with Mannes Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Yale Opera. Equally at home in art song, Alexander has performed as a soloist in Chautauqua Opera’s young artist recital series, Yale Opera’s Liederabend concerts, and the Montreal International Vocal Arts Institute recital series.

Alexander is a graduate of the Yale School of Music, where he earned both a Master’s degree in Music and an Artist Diploma as well as being awarded the David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize, for the most outstanding singer in the School of Music. Alexander earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music from Mannes College of Music.

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"Moreover, my attention was riveted by the young bass Alexander H...when he sang it, the foundations of the Warsaw Philharmonic trembled. It was truly an exceptional voice!"
-Wielkanocny Festival LvB Czasopismo

"Alexander H brought so much charm to Leporello that at times he nearly stole the show."
-Opera News

"The best sung was the King's plea to God for Iolanta's healing in the strong bass-baritone of Alexander H."
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"Bass Alexander H commands the stage."
-The Day Connecticut

"Alexander’s portrayal of the Count...was memorable. His resonant voice and litany of curses set up the final scene and marked the kind of pace and flow and continuity that made this production come alive."
-Shoreline Times

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George July 10, 2017
· Music Performance · In home
Everything went well as expected.
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Wenxuan February 1, 2017
· Singing · In home
Best teacher ever!
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Kaitlyn T. June 28, 2016
· Singing · In home
Alex is excellent with my 7 year old daughter!! I highly recommend him!
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Alexander H.

Alexander H.

Stony Brook, NY 11790
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$55 / 45-min

About Joseph M.

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Huntington Station, NY

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Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
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$27.50 / 30-min

About Yen H.

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I have trained as a classical musician since I was nine years old. I play both piano and cello. I have won numerous cello competitions; I was awarded full scholarship through out high school and college. (Idyllwild Arts Academy and Oberlin Conservatory) I'm also receiving the Artistic Excellence Fellowship from Jacobs school of Music.

I'm also interested in fashion and make up; I have also been modeling. A lot of the times I do my own hair styling and make up for photoshoots.
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Melssa September 4, 2016
· Cello · In home
We had Yen as my 9 year-old daughter's cello teacher. We had 5 lessons with her and my daughter was always excited to have her cello lesson. Everything went well until the forth lesson when my daughter was alone in the lesson. After the lesson, my daughter told me Yen was very impatient and swear at her. My daughter is a shy and polite girl who never tried to hurt anyone, I wasn't one hundred sure if she misunderstood Ms. Yen. Until the 5th lesson, my girl was reluctant to go back to her lesson without my companion. The last lesson went okay, but I can tell my girl started lose her interests toward cello. I understand some teachers might feel it's reasonable to be strict to students, nevertheless verbal violence is never allowed and should never happened. Another thing I noticed is Ms. Yen doesn't seem to be interested in teaching and always late for our lessons. I know it's harsh to say this, but the way she dress doesn't look like she is here to teach but for a runway show.
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Mika June 30, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Yen Chun is the greatest teacher. Before when I played, I used to have bad fundamentals and problems of muscle pain in my forearms, but she showed me how to relax and use a more natural position, and now I can play pain-free. Now I can actually concentrate on getting to be a better musician.
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Donald June 30, 2016
· Cello · In home
Yen has helped my cello playing so much! I've been playing cello for a few years but was never quite happy with my tone, and thanks to her I'm finally getting closer to what I want. Studying with someone who has such great tone and is able to lead by example like she does makes all the difference in the world, it has almost forced me to get better by trying to match what she's doing! Highly recommended.
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Yen H.

Yen H.

Milford, CT 06460
(4)
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$40 / 30-min

About Veronica B.

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Copiague, NY

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Hello, potential piano proteges'! ...Being a piano protege as a child myself, I have been teaching piano, organ, and flute for over 25 years since and I currently have students that range from children to adults.While you are learning to play piano, you will be playing popular, classical, hymns and all types of music. I am a keyboard and composition major at Stony Brook University and play many musical styles like pop, standards, classical, swing and rock 'n roll. My students were finalists in the Yamaha Electone organ competition. From 4th grade to High School graduation, I received NYSSMA awards and scholarships as a flutist.
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Vinny December 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My 1st lesson was very interesting I found learning from Veronica very easy and fun. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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carol yang November 20, 2016
· Piano · In home
Veronica is great,sweet and very knowledgeable. I am looking forward to my next lessons!
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Alexa D. October 3, 2016
· Piano · In home
Alexa really enjoyed her 1st lesson with Ms. Veronica B. She talked about it to her friends all weekend!
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Veronica B.

Veronica B.

Copiague, NY 11726
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About Clare O.

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East Northport, NY
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Hello! My name is Clare. I've taught private piano lessons since 2006 and have loved helping my students play pieces they love, learn how to sightread, and strengthen proficiency in aural skills (ear training) and music theory. I received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music in 2014. I'm an upbeat, friendly, and professional, and my teaching style is engaging, fun, focused, and customized to the individual student. I look forward to helping you on your musical journey!
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Amber C. December 5, 2016
· Piano · In home
Clare was absolutely wonderful with my daughter. My daughter felt so comfortable with her and we cant wait for our next lesson :-)
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Clare O.

Clare O.

East Northport, NY 11731
(1)
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$50 / 30-min

About Steve K.

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Great River, NY
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Hi, there! My name is Steve and I look forward to meeting you...

I've been teaching private lessons for quite some time and have enjoyed helping my students learn to play the bass guitar and join other musicians to form bands. I studied with famed guitarist, Billy Bauer for many years and have played in a lot of bands during my career. I'll work at your pace and teach you the songs you want to learn as well as the basics and music theory. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Steve K.

Steve K.

Great River, NY 11739
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$30 / 30-min

About Andrew C.

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Copiague, NY

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Andy has been involved in music his entire working life playing the piano, home keyboard and home organ (not classical style) for over 40 years. He and his wife recently moved from the UK where he studied piano, achieving a jazz piano performance degree. He went on to work in the music industry for many years. This included working for a number of music education organizations producing materials for the Technics Music Academy and Yamaha Music School systems, training teachers for these systems, many piano / keyboard performances across the UK and Europe plus over 30 visits to Japan to work on instrument design for Yamaha and Casio. However, he continued to teach piano / keyboard on a private basis through all these activities. Teaching is his passion and he is a friendly, positive and reliable person who has assisted many students o
f all ages and all levels to improve their musical skills. He can teach all styles of music but has an expertise for Jazz (improvisation, jazz scales, chord structures, etc) Blues, American Song Book and artists such as Billy Joel, Elton John, Sting etc. He will come to your home and teach on your instrument which is very important. He will shape the tuition process to the individual needs of the student and looks forward to meeting and helping with you reach your musical goals.
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Brian June 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Andrew tries to do all that he can to make you feel comfortable while learning. I have enjoyed my time during our lessons and appreciate his desire to see me be successful. Andrew is positive, flexible, and generous with his time. I recommend him if you are considering hiring a piano teacher.
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June May 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
My 10 year son has had 5 lessons with Andy and is really enjoying them. Andy is very enthusiastic and positive and is a very good teacher.
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Frank May 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have been out of practice for some years and Andy made me feel right back at home with those ivory whites!
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Andrew C.

Andrew C.

Copiague, NY 11726
(5)
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$38 / 30-min

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Port Jefferson, NY

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Hi! I'm Ms. Laura. I'm not a musical prodigy who started lessons when she was two years old. I was a regular seven year old who loved playing soccer and hanging out with my friends and family.

I showed some interest in music so my parent's signed me up for piano and I ended up really loving it! I was a pretty shy and quiet kid, but playing the piano gave me a way to express myself. Piano taught me how to grow musically, but also mentally and emotionally. It taught me how to work hard, appreciate different types of music and create my own style. It also allowed me to meet some amazing teachers who inspired me not only to be a better musician, but a better person.

I was classically trained by a nationally certified music teacher In junior high and high school and in college I studied piano pedagogy from a talented professor who attended
Julliard. I enjoyed competing and performing, but loved teaching others the most.

I went on to teach private piano lessons to many beginners of all ages, but specialize in helping children make their first introduction to piano a positive, fun experience, while giving them a strong foundation in proper technique.
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Carol July 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Laura's a joy to work with. Her wonderful, kind nature is addictive to children (and adults!)...making her the perfect companion for making learning fun, interactive and encouraging for children to want to learn more, practice more and show "Ms. Laura" everything they have learned from week to week. You will be in great hands with Laura and can feel her passion for teaching with an extra smile! So rewarding!!
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Karen July 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
Laura taught our 3 children. She was so patient and encouraging. She was wonderful at making the lessons fun while still being educational. Our kids looked forward to lessons every week.
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Mary Jane July 8, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Laura is an amazing musician and educator. Our daughter made rapid progress with Laura as her teacher! Her instruction is fun and challenging! We highly recommend her to students of all levels!
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Laura F.

Laura F.

Port Jefferson, NY 11777
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$40 / 20-min

About Sheree E.

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The joy I feel while teaching and performing music is wonderful. I am a professional composer, vocalist, songwriter and performing artist and have been studying, performing and writing music for 17 years. I have a B.F.A. degree and am working towards my 2nd degree in music.

Some of my music can be heard on the radio, as I am a commercial jingle writer and producer. My jingles have been heard on WBAZ, WBEA and WEHM radio stations. I am a choir director for church and community organizations and have worked as a church piano accompanist. As a performing artist, I produce concerts with my band which include original compositions (in the style of jazz/soul and gospel music) as well as music in other genres including: classical, r&b and pop. For both the aspiring professional musician and those who want to study music for their own person
al enjoyment, I am able to prepare new students with the foundational knowledge they need to succeed both as a performing musician, as well as in an academic music setting.

Students whether studying voice or piano learn the fundamentals of music through basic music theory. Depending on your focus we will work additionally on developing your sight reading and ear training abilities. For my singers there will be emphasis on technique and breathing exercises along with music theory, all of which will allow you to develop the tools you need to further enhance your musical aspirations.

So whether you are looking for lessons for yourself, for your child or a friend I can help new music students realize their musical potential.

Visit my website shereesmusic.com for access to videos and recordings.
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Sheree E.

Sheree E.

Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
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$42 / 30-min

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