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About Brenda B.

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Franklin Lakes, NJ

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About Brenda
Hello, my name is Brenda! It is nice to meet you.

I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade, and have my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University. I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor, and I just completed my Masters of Music in Performance with the Opera Institute at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children and retired adults!

I primarily teach voice, flute, piano, music theory and history and have over 10 years of experience teaching in both individual and group settings. I also work on audition and performance preparation, do speech/accent work and more. I am constantly studying different teaching methods so I can develop a custom program that best fits your learning styles and inco
rporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.

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Whether you want to play flute, clarinet, sing, act, or learn to play piano, I am here to help you become the best musician you can be. Classically trained, I also work with the styles of musical theatre, pop, rock, and jazz. I can teach you the proper techniques, posture, and breathing necessary to perform to the best of your ability and teach you how to utilize your full lung capacity to extend phrasing length and dynamic range. I will also help you learn to read and write music. Together, we will keep a log to track your progress lesson to lesson. This will also help you keep a record of the steps you are taking to obtain and achieve your goals and dreams.

*** Specialties ***
Young and beginner students.
Senior & Retired students
Students with special needs.
Performance techniques.
Audition preparation
Speech techniques (public speaking/voice-overs, etc.)
Bel Canto technique.
Performance anxiety
Life coaching!

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning" ~Plato

**if you need a particular time slot or one not listed on my availability I will do my best to accommodate your needs**

**All lessons will be scheduled in advance with confirmation of both the student and instructor. If cancellation is necessary, a written notice 48 hour cancellation policy is in effect or you forfeit the lesson credit. For lessons scheduled outside of the areas provided, a surcharge for travel will be added.**

***BB Studio now has a base location! Studio lessons are now also available in addition to in-home and on-line lessons***
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Brooke A. April 12, 2018
· Piano · Online
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Patrick February 27, 2018
· Piano · Online
Highly recommend Brenda.
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Ellen S. November 14, 2017
· Flute · Online
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Brenda B.

Brenda B.

Wayne, NJ 07470
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About Deirdre T.

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New York, NY
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Languages have always fascinated me. Traveling a lot as a child, I studied French, German, and then Twi when I had a semester studying dance & music in Ghana. The other two constants have been piano and dance. Classical Spanish music is what originally hooked me on the piano and later the world of flamenco ensnared me. For 18 years, I produced the internationally touring Dance on Camera Festival, co-produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. I have been published in over 15 publications and also enjoy editing. As a dancer/choreographer, I perform with my partner, flamenco & classical guitarist Paul Jared Newman.
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Magda B. July 10, 2018
· English · In studio
Great!!!
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Heike B. January 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Deirdre has this rare ability to be a very kind and gentle teacher who at the same time shows you clearly and thoroughly what you need in order to develop and improve your skills. It also helps to be learning in a beautiful bright space to which you look forward to coming back to. I was truly inspired after my lesson and couldn't wait to get home to try all the things she showed me - wonderful experience!!
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danila L. September 30, 2016
· Dance · In home
Excellent person and good teacher
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Deirdre T.

Deirdre T.

New York, NY 10025
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About Kerstin R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in June 2007 with a Master in Education (Arts in Education) degree. During my studies I worked in the framework of the Artful Adventures Program (Museum of Fine Arts in Boston), which provides object - based learning and hands on artistic experiences for elementary and middle school kids. My own research was about “Creative Insight in Practice" and "Acquiring English as a Second Language and Developing Self-Esteem through the Idiom of Art". I have more than a two decades-long experience in painting, drawing, printmaking and installation work.The images I use in my work are mostly based on self-made or collected photos or drawings from nature combined with literature or self-made phrases. I use digital tools in order to layer text, photos and drawings and combine them to a new work.
Photo and text based collages will often merge into drawings or watercolors and these are the starting point for my large scale oil paintings.
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Illia K. January 10, 2016
· German · In home
We really love our lessons with Kerstin. She is terrific.
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Kristina W. January 5, 2015
· German · In home
Kerstin has been teaching German to both my kids for the past several years. Their grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation has improved dramatically. Kerstin has done a tremendous job tailoring her lessons to the different needs and learning preferences my children who very much appreciated this tailored approach. Most recently, Kerstin helped to prepare my oldest daughter for her German SAT subject test with outstanding results. I can highly recommend her.
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Patrick S. December 21, 2014
· German · In home
Kerstin has been a great teacher for my two sons. Kerstin always made an special effort to provide teaching material that was not only age appropriate and appropriate for their level of proficiency, but was also tailored to their particular interests. Her teaching style is methodical, while also casual and interactive, and thus well suited to provide a positive learning experience, particularly for children and adolescents. Both my children have benefited greatly from her teaching and I would recommend her highly.
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Kerstin R.

Kerstin R.

Brooklyn, NY 11211
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About Elena D.

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Bayside, NY
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BIO: Elena started her musical studies at age 4, singing with the "New York City Opera Children Chorus". She studied at Manhattan School of Music. She studied in Hunter College and Queens College of the City University of New York and the Bejar Conservatory in Salamanca, Spain. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and throughout Europe as a soloist. She had sung Mimi in La Boheme, High Priestess in Aida, Ines in Il Trovatore, in addition to singing other operas including Othello, Carmen, Mephistopheles, The Magic Flute, L'Italiana in Algeri, Le Nozze di Figaro. She has participated in the Master Classes of Alfredo Kraus and Monserrat Caballé and David Jones. She is currently under the vocal direction of David Jones who is the foremost voice teacher pedagogue. Ms. Diaz- Acosta has also directed summer performing arts pro
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Talitha May 2, 2018
· Broadway Singing · Online
I have been literally to 4 youtube teachers and though I have nothing bad to say about any of them, i know that I need a long term teacher that I can see myself growing with as a singer. Our personalities just meshed. She knows how to make one feel comfortable. She is very encouraging to students with zero self confidence like me. I think I have found the teacher I’ve been looking for in Elena! i’m excited to see what she can do to transform my voice. Her resume as well as her reviews( students spoke highly of her character) are what stood out for me out of thousands of teachers online! It is also important that I love to listen to my teacher’s voice and i love her voice😊
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Deborah V. April 5, 2018
· Singing · Online
Elena was great! She helped me start new ways to sing. I have sung for years, but these news ideas had immediate results!😊
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Emily November 13, 2017
· Singing · In home
My daughter is very shy but felt very comfortable.
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Elena D.

Bayside, NY 11360
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About Erin R.

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Jersey City, NJ

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I have been working with knitting and crochet since 2004. I am a craft yarn certified knitting and crochet instructor and have been teaching professionally since 2010. This includes locations such as Michaels Arts and Crafts as well as Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School.

As my student, you can expect to learn basic through advanced skills crochet skills, including making a slip knot, single crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, how to make a granny square, crocheting in the round, and how to read patterns. In knitting, you will learn the skills of casting on stitches onto the needle, the garter and stockinette stitch, how to knit in the round using circular or double pointed needles, and how to read patterns.

No matter what your level, my goal is to make you feel confident and experienced enough for you to complete and cre
ate your own projects. Knitting and crochet are my passions and I am excited to help you reach your crafting goals. I look forward to working with you!
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Michelle June 16, 2018
· Crocheting · Online
Erin was great, helped me build a pattern from something with no information. From beginner to advanced or an intermediate crocheter like me, Erin’s your girl !
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Michelle June 16, 2018
· Crocheting · Online
Erin was extremely helpful trying to reproduce a project with no information to go on...Creative and thoughtful we worked through it with much success. Whether your a beginner or a self taught intermediate like myself, Erin is your go to instructor!
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Theresa B. March 26, 2018
· Crocheting · In home
She was very helpful and she knew what she was doing love her
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Erin R.

Jersey City, NJ 07306
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About Carroll H.

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New York, NY
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My first words were in Spanish and I've been studying and speaking since then! I've traveled to Spain multiple times where I served as a translator for my family, and later studied in a Spanish-Only school for six weeks.

I'm patient and want to get to know your Spanish level and your specific needs. I am always happy to have free consultation sessions prior to tutoring to learn more about what you want and need out of the tutoring experience.
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Carroll H.

Carroll H.

New York, NY 10026
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$34 / 30-min

About Emily I.

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Astoria, NY
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I am a professional Greek teacher with a Bachelor's degree in Education and Philosophy from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Currently I am a graduate student at City College of New York working on my Masters of Special Education. My studies have provided me with a solid background, both theoretical and practical, in the fundamentals of education.
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Alex June 19, 2018
· Greek · In studio
I've been studying with Emily now for around 5 months and in this short time, I feel I have learned a lot. Emily is a very organized teacher with access to a lot of good Greek teaching materials. She is kind, patient, and very receptive to your needs as a new learner to Greek and she tailors her lessons according to these needs. Her schedule is generally very flexible, and she's willing to work around conflicts. I highly recommend her if you're looking to learn Greek.
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Emily I.

Emily I.

Astoria, NY 11102
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About Muna Z.

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New York, NY
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I grew up in a Colombian household full of passion and animation. I love laughter and making others laugh and I bring that trait into everything I do. I am also a natural born creative and so we may do activities that aren't the typical, in the book activity. I believe that if my students are having fun, they will grasp the material much faster and hold a much deeper understanding.
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Muna Z.

Muna Z.

New York, NY 10034
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$25 / 30-min

About Cristina P.

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Whitestone, NY
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About Cristina
Hola! Si quieres aprender español yo puedo ayudarte. Cuento con muchos años de experiencia y me encanta enseñar. Sé el esfuerzo que supone aprender un idioma porque yo he tenido que aprender inglés. Por ello, conozco tus necesidades y te ayudaré a conseguir tu meta. Saludos!
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Cristina P.

Cristina P.

Whitestone, NY 11357
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$42 / 60-min

About J.Q. W.

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New York, NY

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

J.Q. W.

New York, NY 10027
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$50 / 60-min

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