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Hi! Welcome to my TakeLessons page, where I provide information about my background and teaching services.

I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. My piano and voice students include children, working professionals, performing artists, and seniors. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and with private instructors focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e.Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk). Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) and practices from Linklater, Alexander, Williamson movement, and Art of Practicing techniques are incorporated into my music instruction.

30 minute-lessons are available for children aged 5-6 only while 60-minute lessons are available for students above the age of 6. Prospective students may sign up to take a trial lesson with me at first to ...

About Nikole
Hi! I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about how I can help you as a teacher.

What is my background?
I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. I have developed a keen ability to assess and shape talent from years of training, teaching, performing, and working with the head of Arts programs to conduct admissions interviews, student evaluations, and performances. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and privately with notable musicians focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e. Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk).

What material is covered during lessons?
Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) as well as posture,
artistic expression, interpretation, breathing, and finger and pitch placement techniques are incorporated into my music instruction. Cold reading, audition preparation and technique, Shakespeare, scene analysis, and business strategies are examples of topics that may be covered in acting instruction. Linklater (voice), Alexander, Williamson (movement), and Art of Practicing (piano) methods are also employed.

What are the profiles of my students?
My students come from different walks of life: children coming from school who bound excitedly to my lesson door; teenage artists who have the passion and vision but lack the technique; working adults who seek reprieve from the stress of work by singing/ learning an instrument that they've always wanted to play; and seniors who want a fun hobby to keep active. I enjoy teaching them and watching them master the fundamentals while developing their own performance style (or even composing their own music)!

What is my teaching style?
Based on feedback, students appreciate that I am a teacher with a warm personality whose supportive, passionate, and fun approach and effective techniques help them attain the following: 1) a firm understanding of the fundamentals of music theory or acting technique; 2) an ability to effectively learn how to perform and practice singing/playing/acting a piece; and 3) a style of performing that minimizes tension, produces beautiful sound or a dynamic character, and/or allows them to fully express themselves. After a few months, students should have sound knowledge of all three.

My students and I connect, in part, because I remember being like them. On stage, I started out dancing and acting; I delved into singing and songwriting and then fell in love with playing the piano. The day that I learned how to merge those passions (i.e. singing while playing the piano) was one of the happiest days of my life! Now, whether I'm performing Shakespeare on stage, playing Chopin and Beethoven, or singing while playing tunes by Whitney Houston, I still get excited. Hopefully, I fuel that excitement in you, too!

What is the lesson structure?
Due to the comprehensive nature of my teaching style and structure, students above the age of 6 take lessons for 60 minutes; 30-minute lessons are only available for children aged 5-6. If a student wants to learn how to play while singing, I am happy to help him/her do so!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio location in Manhattan is conveniently near Midtown, Chelsea, Flat Iron, Murray Hill, Union Square, Tribeca, and the Financial District in particular and is easily accessible via public transportation. It houses an upright piano and seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Acting: Meisner Acting; Theater Acting; Shakespearean Acting
Music: Classical Piano; Contemporary R&B & Pop Piano; Singing; Theory; Playing Whie Singing; Songwriting

***Pricing***

Thirty minute rates are for younger students only. Adult students are required to book 60 minute lessons.
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Ebony November 2, 2017
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Nikole is phenomenal. Great spirit, incredibly welcoming. I feel a lot more confident in public speaking.
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Ashley A. January 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Nikole, is very warm and professional. I have never continued with voice lessons, I enjoyed the experience so much that I'm going to kick the bad habit of smoking and sit down and seriously figure my finances out to continue being taught by her. I cannot express enough how much fun I had...no pressure Nikole if you read this...lol
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Marilyn T. October 10, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Easy to work with and understood what I needed to work on almost immediately.
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Nikole W.

Nikole W.

New York, NY 10001
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About Nino M.

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introduction: understanding music tones, different clefs, intervals, scales, major and minor keys.
Rhythms: note value, time signature, tempo,dynamics, navigation
Tunes: melodies, chords, chord progression,
accompanying: accompanying melodies,
Arranging: composing and arranging for voice and other instruments
Lead sheets and scores

About Nino
I began studying piano and music theory when I was 5. My father was an accomplished musician (classical and folklore) who played great role in my accomplishment as a pianist and teacher

While studying in Music College, I took part in various festivals and competitions. I performed several piano concertos with symphonic orchestra. Some of them are: Mozart Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor, Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor Op 54 pt. Parallel with my studies in College I gave piano lessons in classical music. I accomplished my studies with honors.
I traveled and taught music in different countries: United Kingdom, Central and Eastern Europe which helped me gain great experience how to teach students with different background

I got my MA from the Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). My studie
s were focused on education administration and management. This helped me manage class in most efficient and effective way , plan lessons and develop curricula.

I would eagerly take students from all age groups and backgrounds and involve them in the most exciting process of self accomplishment.

*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy teaching all ages 5 and up with different abilities, needs and requirements and develop plans to fit each individual. I have very friendly atmosphere in the class. I design certain games for children to enable them to better understand music language, theory and develop practical skills. I spend much time on ear training, rhythm development, music structure, music theory and performance.

In a 3 month period students will be able to understand different scales, basics of music theory and performance and will be able to perform classical pieces e.g. Bach’s inventions, Mozart’s and Beethoven’s little sonatas for piano etc

*** Studio Equipment ***
piano is a digital yamaha...88 keys, weighted
one room...space for parent to sit and listen

*** Specialties ***
classical music, popular music
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Alfred L. June 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Very knowledgeable and experience. Excellent tutor at all levels. I'll definitely continue learning from her
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Alfred L. June 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Very knowledgeable and experience. Excellent tutor at all levels. I'll definitely continue learning from her
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Marc May 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great first time experience, for sure will be back.
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Nino M.

Nino M.

Richmond Hill, NY 11418
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I studied piano at the University of Central Florida and can teach classical piano, music notation, sight reading, harmonic theory, scales, arpeggios, chord progressions, and improvisation. I'm happy to share my skills and expertise with novice players of all ages.

About Gio
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.

I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!

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I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm.
Drums & Percussion: All genres
Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
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Ian C. July 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
1 lesson and he wants to go back so it is a win for me.. Gio is an educator and knowledgeable on many instruments.
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Steve May 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Gio is an encouraging and helpful teacher!
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Julianne April 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My son Joseph just completed his 5th lesson with Gio and he LOVES his piano classes. Gio is very patient and dedicated to Joseph. Glad that my son is taking lessons from him.
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Gio A.

Gio A.

New York, NY 10034
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About Emil V.

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I have been teaching piano for over 40 years, full-time for the past 13. Besides the actual repertoire, technique and theory are always included in my lessons because they are essential. Sight reading and ear training are also included in some lessons.

I stress accuracy in playing and attention to details! I also teach my students HOW to practice. Slow, accurate practice is the answer. Practicing takes patience!

Please note: Home lessons must be at a location that I can get to easily with public transportation. I do not have a car.

About Emil
I started to study the piano at the age of seven with Hrant Minassian in my hometown of Island Park, New York. During high school I continued my studies with Jack Chaikin , a graduate of the Juilliard School. I attended Hofstra University where I received a B.A. in Music in 1979. At Hofstra, my piano teachers were Blanche Abram and Morton Estrin.

After graduating from Hofstra, I moved into Manhattan and continued my piano studies with Elena Wolkonsky at the Juilliard School. I also took a few lessons from Adam Aleksander, concert pianist, in Miami. So all together, I took lessons for 20 years with six different teachers!

I started teaching piano when I was 18 years old and taught all throughout college. After enjoying a successful career in data processing for 22 years, I decided to go back to teaching piano in 2003.

I thoro
ughly enjoy what I am doing. It's a pleasure to pass on to my students everything that my great teachers taught me.
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Celia October 26, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Emil is very easy to work with and is a fun and inspired teacher. My daughter loves taking lessons from him.
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LIYANG S. June 11, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher! Patient and nice to the kid beginner.
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Jorell October 26, 2015
· Classical Piano · In studio
Emil was the teacher I was looking for. I have tried to learn piano on my own for a while now, but most of the time it became overwhelming. I wasn't sure I was going in the right direction, or if I was learning what I should know in the right order. So far, what Emil had done for me was to take what I've known already and add much more to it. He also has started to correct some bad habits I became accustomed to, which I would have never picked up on my own.He's very knowledgeable, and ties in music theory during the lesson. He's down to earth, throws in some jokes to lighten the mood, and create an enjoyable learning experience.
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Emil V.

Emil V.

Bronx, NY 10463
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$60 / 45-min

About Lillian B.

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Teaching music is my passion, and I want to share my love of the piano with you! I welcome beginner and intermediate students of all ages. You can always expect a fun and challenging lesson tailored specifically to your musical interests, which encourages you to progress at your own individual pace. I also offer training in the classical solfège method, music theory & history lessons, and physical technique workshops.

About Lillian
I'm a creative and approachable teacher whose first goal is encouraging my students to grow and evolve. Teaching has always been an integral part of my life and my favorite way to learn more about the things I love. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, theatre, and reading.
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Grace November 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
My mother grace had a wonderful experience with Lillian! She was kind, patient and supportive!
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Luc June 6, 2016
· French · In home
Lillian helped my 7th grade son prepare for his French final. She is smart, reliable and pleasant. Best of all...my son found her helpful. We will call on her again.
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Lucas June 4, 2016
· Piano · In home
Lillian was right on time, spent time learning about the kids, and worked with them beautifully. The kids thoroughly enjoyed working with her.
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Lillian B.

Lillian B.

New York, NY 10002
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$37 / 30-min
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About Jonathan R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I can teach any style, from classical to jazz to Broadway to hip-hop to house. I studied classical piano for fifteen years and have played piano and keyboard in a variety of styles. Whatever you're looking for, I can give you the tools to get there!

About Jonathan
I am a classically trained composer with two graduate degrees from respected institutions, and I am a lifelong performer in rock and indie bands. My teaching/consulting studio will help you develop your full potential as a musical artist, whether you're a songwriter, composer or performer.
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Steve August 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I got a lot out of my first lesson. Jon was able to identify a good starting point and move me along at a very good pace. Very friendly and patient, also thorough explanations and techniques. Well done!!
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Ryan Thier July 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
I've really enjoyed working with Jonathan. He's been very supportive, patient, and helpful in improving my technique, basic skills, and understanding of music in general. Would certainly recommend piano lessons with him!
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Vicki December 6, 2016
· Composition · In home
Jon is fabulous! He is able to provide a mix of classical, contemporary music styles to build on and develop a broad base of musical interest my son has. He is able to tailor his teaching tools to fit in with my son's interests. This is no mean feat, especially when my son is only 8 years of age.

Thanks so much Jon!
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Jonathan R.

Jonathan R.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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$40 / 30-min

About Yuliana W.

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My focus in teaching is to retain the interest and joy of music in each student while building up their ability and skills continuously.

About Yuliana
Yuliana Wijaya is an up and coming young pianist from Indonesia who has already attained national and international success
She is currently a graduate student in Manhattan School of Music. A recent graduate of the University of Kansas, is an active participant in summer music festivals. She has performed in concerts and masterclasses around the world. In 2014, she was selected to perform with University of Allicante Orchestra in Italy under baton Dan Wen Wei.As an educator, she has years of experience working with children of all ages and levels. Her students are active performers and are frequently featured in recitals at the Lawrence Arts Center, in addition to MTNA and Lawrence Accredited Music Teacher Association's events. Her focus in teaching is to retain the interest and joy of music in each student while building up their abilit
y and skills continously. Her strength is classical music. However, she also combines and introduces other genres like jazz, pop, etc.
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Nastassia October 9, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
I have always struggled to learn Classical piano but Yuliana was able to teach me in ways that was fun and easy to understand. She genuinely cares for her students to improve, she's patient and she is always able to motivate me to try harder. Her excitement and passion in Classical piano clearly shows, and I could not have achieved what I have learned without her.
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Claire Ong October 5, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
My daughter and I have been taking piano lessons with Ms. Yuliana this couple months. We both really love her. I can't believe how much we have been improving. She is really open with all genres and mix everything to keep up with our interest. She is by far our favourite teacher.
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Natalia June 11, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
I have taken lesson with Ms. Yuliana for a year and she is really passionate and fun teacher. I have improved so much with her and of course being active performing at least once a semester. She is really sweet and makes learning piano really fun.
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Yuliana W.

Yuliana W.

New York, NY 10027
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$40 / 30-min

About Thomas B.

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Flushing, NY

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Hello, my name is T.J. and here's why I can help you achieve your goal of learning piano: it's all about method! Learning how to play piano is not nearly as important as learning how to learn to play piano. What I'm saying is almost all of the piano playing that you will do to get better will be done without a teacher, however, spending time to learn the tools and techniques necessary to make you a productive, disciplined learner capable of critical thought will carry you much farther!

About Thomas
Hello, my name is T.J. and I'm currently finishing my bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance. I am a pianist and vocalist with a passion for music theory and vocal pedagogy. I've performed in a wide array of venues and styles and have experience as a music director and collaborative musician. I'm soon going to be pursuing my master's degree in choral conducting, but until then I have a desire to share the knowledge I have obtained in my years as a performer, musician, and director. I'm new to takelessons, though I'm not new to giving them, so say hi and ask some questions!
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Thomas B.

Thomas B.

Flushing, NY 11367
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$20 / 30-min

About Grady T.

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New York, NY

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We'll work on the ear as well as technique and theory together. In addition we'll begin to learn how to play written music on the piano, working level by level.

About Grady
My personal philosophy of music is to explore and learn as much from my students as I can teach them. For me teaching is like going on an adventure to find something together. I've been able to play all over the world and tour with many different musicians and the thing that made the core of every great performance was the human interaction and communication. For me music is about being more human. This is something I just as much try to impart and teach in my lessons as theory and technique.
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Linus October 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Grady Rocks!
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Richard K. October 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
knows his stuff, would def recommend
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Kacey August 25, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
Really enjoyed my lessons and learned a lot. Would recommend!
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Grady T.

New York, NY 10009
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$25 / 30-min

About Ayman B.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I am a Music educator and a multi-instrumentalist as well as a multi award winner in more than 7 countries as a performer and a composer. Love of education has taken me across the world where I gained a Masters degree in Musicology from Tunisia, a Bachelors degree in Jazz from New York and another degree in Indian classical music from Chennai India. Beside performing, teaching is one of my main passions. I love sharing my experiences with others and inspire them to be the best they can be. You will definitely get one of the best lesson out there. I grantee.

About Ayman
I am a drummer, composer, educator and multi (performance/composition) award winner in more than 7 countries. Love of education has taken me across the world where I gained a Masters degree in Musicology from Tunisia, a Bachelors degree in Jazz from New York and another degree in Indian classical music from Chennai India. Beside performing, teaching is one of my main passions. I love sharing my experiences with others and inspire them to be the best they can be.
Beside English, I am a native Arabic and French speaker and I do teach language as well. My language and music teaching experience has included, for the past 10 years, privet lessons, online lessons and classroom lessons in elementary, middle and high school as well as universities.

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Known for his musicality, innovative drumming and Educational methods, Ayman has fo
und a unique musical voice as a result of his passion for jazz and his natural Tunisian folk music. During his second decade, the New York based drummer has played in European, African and Asian festivals with countless stellar jazz artists and Grammy winners from allover the globe. His reputation has steadily grown with every performance and he is rapidly becoming one of the most brilliant drummer composer of his generation.

"Ayman, you have a very mature and musical way of approaching odd meters, I haven't heard any better"! -Jimmy Cobb-

Ayman's love for music has taking him across the world including India where he studied at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music and toured across the country with the prestigious Splendor of Masters playing with some of the most well known living legends of Indian music including Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Shubankar Banerjee and Prasanna. Few years later, Ayman has moved to New York City where he is currently based after he graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with a strong merit scholarship.

A very unique player, a wonderful composer ! D.r -Ghatam Karthick-

Ayman has been leading his band in several prestigious Jazz Festivals around the world as well as winning several awards including the AFAC 2016 composers award. He has appeared playing as a drummer, pianist, konnakol vocalist and a multi hand percussionist in stages such as Reykjavic Jazz festival, Carthage international festival and Dubai Jazz festival.
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Carmen October 25, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Ayman is an amazing drum teacher! He not only touches on how to read music notation but also gives you the freedom to incorporate your own sense of style in your drumming. He knows the mechanics when it comes to being technical but also on how to feel the music. He has a great passion for this art form, and if you are also passionate as a student, only good will come from taking his lessons!!
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Baha October 25, 2017
· Drum · In home
I had totally a great experience, Ayman has very good skills as a player and a teacher. He knows exactly what a student need and how to keep you motivated. Highly recommended.
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Tobias October 25, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
This was a great class for musicians, I am an advanced musician and I learned a lot from Mr Ayman, also for my 10 years old daughter loved loved it. You're gonna love it, definitely 5 stars!!!
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Ayman B.

Ayman B.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
(5)
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$35 / 30-min

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