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About Nikole W.

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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
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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 Shoko N.

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Beginner to Intermediate

About Shoko
Education:1996-1998 Studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Completed studies in composition and arranging with teachers: Donny Nolan, Phil Wilson, Dan Moretti. Majored in piano performance with teachers: Joanne Brackeen, Kenny Werner and Lyle Mays. Graduated and received Performance Major Diploma in Music.
1989-1991 Studied at the YAMAHA Music Academy in Japan. Music theory with teachers: Yutaka Masuda, Yoko Nagata, Kiyomi Ishikawa and Yoshiko Mizuno, as well as electric organ and Suzuki piano performance with: Kazue Nishiwaki, Yutaka Masuda, Yoshiko Mizuno and Schwekendiek Donald Robert.Received license of teacher.

Recent Performances : 2012- Performed at Banlieues Bleues in Paris, France, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, HollandRote Fabrik in Zürich, Switzerland, Manufaktur in Schorndorf, Germany, Espace Vauban in Brest, F
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2010 Received NYFA winner
2009- Performed in Stockholm Sweden for Nobel prize ceremony for Herta MullerPerformed at Vertretung des Landes in Berlin with Satoshi Takeishi/ Michael Schiefel
Performed at The Kitchen NY with Mendi+Keith's electric ghost with Dance company
Performed at JCC Manhattan, Galapagos with Eve Sicular
Performed at Roulette in NY concert with Satoshi Takeishi
Performed at City Winery with Eve Sicular Metropolitan Klezmer
Performed at Joe's Pub in NY with Sanda Weigl/ Romanian Gypsy music
Performed and curated at Roulette in NY benefit concert with Okkyng Lee, Elliot Sharp, Satoshi Takeishi
Performed at The Brecht Forum with Composer Laura Andel
Performed at The Stone in NY with Satoshi Takeishi
Performed at The Stone, Glassland, Union pool in NY with Miho Hatori
Japan tour 09' with Satoshi Takeishi
Performed at The Stone in NY concert with Miya Masaoka, Okkung Lee
Performed at Santago Jazz festival with Heys Greendfeild
Performed at Drom in NY with Sanda Weigl/ Eve Sicular
2008- Performed in Finland "Tampere jazz festival" with Matana Roberts
Performed at Knitting factory NY "Winter festival" with Matana Roberts
Performed at Moes theater in Chicago with Sanda Weigl
Performed at Illinois University in Chicago with Sanda Weigl
Performed at Joe's Pub in NY with Sanda Weigl
Performed at Roulette in NY benefit concert with Okkyng Lee
Japan tour 08' with Satoshi Takeishi
7/12-8/6 Performed at Santago Jazz festival with Heys Greendfeild
Performed at Barbes in NY with Sanda Weigl
Performed at Cornelia Street cafe in NY with Sanda Weigl
Performed in Canada "Solpolo festival" with Matana Roberts
Performed at Drom in NY with Lev
Performed at Drom in NY with Sanda Weigl
2007- Performed Shoko's "Vortex" at Blue Note in NYC
Performed Shoko's "Ephemeral" at Roulette for composers series in NYC
Performed at Brooklyn College Shoko's "Ephemeral" in Brooklyn
Performed at Resfest in Brasil SaoPaulo with Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto)
Performed in Brasil Rio with Miho Hatori
Performed at Museum fine arts in Houston, Texas with Miho Hatori
Performed at Webster Hall with Miho Hatori in NYC
Performed at The Stone with Miho Hatori in NYC
Performed at Highline Ballroom with Miho Hatori in NYC
Performed at Tonic with Miho Hatori in NYC
Performed at Jazz Gallery with Matana Roberts Group in NYC
Scored music for a French movie " L ' Amour Cache' " ( directed by Isabelle Huppert ) with Butch Morris
Scored music for a Japanese movie " Starfish Hotel" ( directed by John Williams ) with Satoshi Takeishi

2005- Received a grant from Philadelphia Music project (Painted Bride Art Center) Grant for jazz jaunts a project in which seven jazz artists will compose and premiere compositions that incorporate musicical traditions from trier cultural roots, spanning South Africa, Cuba, Brazil, South India, Iraq, Japan, and Jewish Diaspora.

2009- Film ScoredUS/JAPAN security treaty documentary film music"ANPO" directed by Linda Hoaglund2006- Japanese Film music "Starfish Hotel" directed by John Williams
Teaching:2003- 2010 Teaching group and private lessons on piano at Florentine Music School in NYC.
2005- Substitute as dance accompanist at 92Y in NYC.1999-2004 Teaching private lessons on piano at Victory Music Studio in Staten Island.1996-1999 Teaching private lessons on YAMAHA system on electric organ and piano in Boston.1991-1996 Teaching group and private lessons and workshop on electric organ and piano for 100 students per week in YAMAHA Music School in Japan.

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Methods Used
Yamaha Methods Suzuki Methods

Lesson Style
Any ages welcome, one on one piano lessons. Classic, jazz, Folk, rock, R&B any style for beginner to intermediate student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano

*** Specialties ***
I grow up in YAMAHA Music education in Japan. include dance, ear training, theory, singing, writing and performance. I know the process to make students to develop.
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Jaret Q. April 17, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Loved loved Shoko, my kids warmed up to her instantly!
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Blanche K. July 16, 2014
· Organ · In home
I have had a wonderful organ teacher, Shoko, for quite a few months. She is very patient, extremely pleasant and teaches very well. I learned quite a bit from her since I knew no organ playing at all at onset.

May she have a long teaching carrier.
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Buck T. May 21, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Shoko is teaching my 6 year old son to play the piano. She's doing a great job. She makes it fun for him because he loves to be silly all the time. I recommend her as a piano teacher.
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Shoko N.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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About Gregory H.

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The difference between knowing how to play something and performing live begins with how you practice and prepare.

About Gregory
As a younger brother at the age of five, I began studying the piano because my older sister did. After my foundation in music strengthened I fell in love with the trumpet. At first, each note took time to develop and I enjoyed the challenge. The trumpet allowed me to travel all over the Southeast later in life and even to China with a 1940's Radio Show. I enjoyed many top-level bands the kindled my love and passion for good music. I want to share that kindling with my students in a nurturing and guiding situation, just like my teachers gave me.
I used to go to lessons and become so motivated and inspired that I thought I could change the world. I always knew that I would want to give back exactly that. As my performance opportunities grew into venues like Churchill Grounds, The Rialto, and The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta
and Radio City Music Hall, 54 Below, The Jazz Standard, Bowery Ballroom, Shapeshifter and Flushing Town Hall in New York, my fire for wanting to develop my teaching did also. I was always thinking back to what my old teachers gave me, inspiration. I then understood that inspiration is the key to success in life.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will be something the student looks forward to every week. We will work through common method books and learn material that the student has an interest in. For example, some students want to learn to play high notes, a popular song, improvise, or write their own songs. I am a laid back guy, but I do expect effort in the lessons and at home. I believe whatever you put into music is what you get out of it, and I will inspire and motivate the student to get as much out of the lessons as they can. Students will create, with my advisement, and update short term and long term goals every few months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard or Piano and Music Stand

*** Travel Equipment ***
They should provide their instrument, instrument care products (valve oil), method books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz and classical music. I use many common methods depending on how the student tends to learn the best, and will even combine different methods if the student requires it.
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Robert M. July 31, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
I have had several lessons so far with Gregory and as an experienced trumpet player can recommend him extremely highly.
I am getting back into the trumpet following a gap after playing for 10 years when I was at high school. Gregory has really helped getting my technique and sound going again, I have been really pleased with my improvement. He has a great demeanour and has been great fun to work with. He is also an excellent player, and is highly reliable and easy to schedule with.
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Nicolas February 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Greg is supportive, patient and has a great understanding of how to approach the student to make the lesson interesting.
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Donna January 29, 2017
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Greg loves music and inspiring others to love it too! While teaching music, he also teaches his students to work hard to reach their goals while having fun along the way. Awesome professional!
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Gregory H.

Astoria, NY 11106
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About Asuka U.

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Opera performance(Italian, German, French and English), Pop, Rock, Broadway singing and piano.

About Asuka
I started my musical training as a pianist at YAMAHA institute at age 4 in Japan. I was selected to enter perfect pitch class. It was designated for students who have perfect pitch and potentials to be professional musicians.

I enjoyed playing piano and electric piano and won the 1st prize at Kitakantou Electric Piano Competition hosted by YAMAHA institute. Because of the intensive training, I have been accompanying my students' recitals and performance exams.

As much as I enjoyed playing piano, I discovered that I also love singing, so I started to take singing lessons and majored in vocal performance during my college days.

Since I have graduated, I have been performing opera professionally. My career highlights include roles as Cio-cio san(Madame Butterfly) with Snob Opera, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Fairy(Falstaff) with Sir B
ryn Terfel with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool, England, Dorinda(Orlando) with Cantanti Project, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) with Opera Manhattan Studio, Frasquita (Carmen) with One World Symphony, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola) with Capitol Heights Opera, Alice (Le comte Ory) with West Side Opera Society, Adele (Die Fledermaus), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Myrrhine (Lysistrata) with Opera Avanti, Gilda (Rigoletto) with Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice, and The First Spirit (Die Zauberflöte) with the Opera Company of Brooklyn.

My international credits include performances under the direction of Conductor Laurent Pillot at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool, England;the Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice, France; the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Chianti,Italy; the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel where I was selected to sing for the Japanese Ambassador.

I made appearances as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Town Hall, and MOMA museum in New York City and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

As a versatile singer, I was presented as an aspiring opera singer on the website of Maybelline New York. Her voice was featured in short films for the Japanese technology company NEC. I appeared as a soprano soloist for the opera, Jazz and theater collaboration of "TAKE ABITE" by David Antonio Cruz. I also sings Broadway songs and continues her musical theater studies. She is an active recitalist and also performs Oratorio works.

I was also a finalist at the Opera Idol Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City, The Hariclea Darclée Voice Competition in Romania and the Mario Lanza and Elaine Malbin Vocal Competition in New York City. Ms. Uchida was selected as a vocal scholarship recipient at Savannah music festival.

My upcoming engagement includes singing the role of Gilda in Rigoletto and Oscar in Un ballo in maschera in 2018 in New York City.

Besides being an opera singer, I have been teaching piano and voice for 11 years. I would like to share my skills and experience with you. Since I perform often, I can coach you how to perform on stage in addition to building solid technique and languages. Also, I have taught various kinds of music, such as Rock, Broadway musicals, Pop music, so we can work on all kind of music.

I look forward to teaching you soon!

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect to improve their skills and start to enjoy music more as we work together.
I believe that learning music is fun and enjoyable. However you also need to be serious and focused.
I can demonstrate various and specific techniques, phrasing, and interpretation and will always coach on how to develop your skills. However, I feel it is important for students to think critically on their own and take the first try at solving a problem themselves. I cannot emphasize enough that primarily it is you who find the ways to improve. Leaning music is a collaboration between teachers and students. I hope that through my lessons, students will become more self-sufficient and confident as musicians.
Let me help you become a better musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano (Clavinova), music stand, and desk.

*** Travel Equipment ***
By Subway, the closest station is 23rd street. You can take C, E train(within one block). 1 train(one block), M, F train (2 blocks).
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Matt February 13, 2018
· Japanese · In studio
Great!
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Mavpanisa January 19, 2018
· Opera Voice · Online
I just signed up with Asuka a few weeks ago while she was traveling internationally for her performance. Because she was away, we did online lessons. At first I was skeptical because of the time difference and the quality etc. but she has very much experience not only teaching, but with online lessons. My son has an international singing competition coming up and Asuka is not only preparing him for the competition, but also for what expect from judges and how to mentally perceive the performance. Although she travels and maintains her successful career, she is able to put everyone ounce of her expertise into helping my son from where ever she is. When she came back to NYC she also worked personally with him as well. She is the best teacher and vocal coach we have had to date.
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Nitan S. June 22, 2017
· Singing · Online
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New York, NY 10011
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About Cole K.

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What makes a piece of music speak? How does it reach people? How does it touch peoples lives? These are a few of the questions I have explored throughout my years of performing. I can help you perform in a way that not only answers these questions, but will help you communicate your individuality and understanding of music.

About Cole
On any given day you may find Cole K. improvising in a small club in Brooklyn, circuit-bending a Speak And Spell, or arranging horn parts for pop stars. He is a trumpet player, electronic musician, and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. K. is currently involved with a variety of projects including chamber indie band Cuddle Magic, People’s Champs (west African influenced dance music), and his own solo project for trumpet and laptop. He, along with The Superpowers Horns, arranged and recorded the horn parts for Beyonce Knowles’ two most recent albums (4 and Beyonce.) He attended New England Conservatory of Music where he received a Bachelors degree in Jazz Studies.

Cole tailors each lesson to the students needs. From learning the fundamentals of your instrument to expressing your individual creativity, the process is focused and fun. C
ole has taught 4 year olds to write songs and 40 year old how to play jazz trumpet.
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John N. November 11, 2014
· Trumpet · In home
This Cole is King! I would give Cole 10 stars if it were possible. I had lessons with Cole in the summer of 2014 on the trumpet and let me tell you the guy is a giant on trumpet. I learned so much. I learned more in a summer's lessons with Cole than most people get in years. He made learning trumpet a lot of fun but at the same time I leaned basic skills, like how to keep beat and count. Can't say enough.
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Cole K.

New York, NY 10036
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About Jillian V.

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Take your artistic knowledge and learn how to put it on the stage or behind the camera. Learn simple techniques related to on-stage personality, presence, honesty, and vulnerability.

About Jillian
I have a Master's degree in Music Therapy, am a nationally board certified music therapist (MT-BC); performer and vocal instructor (Bachelor's in Classical Voice); certified yoga instructor and meditation guide (200+); certified and attuned Reiki master; professional freelance writer and editor.

...I find joy in a lot of places! And often I find these areas of study inform and augment each other.

Music therapy has afforded me a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs including, autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances and developmental delays as well as teens and adults with psychosocial issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, personality disorders, and more.

I incorporate my experience as a therapist into the educative setting.

As a voice teacher, I want to help my students settle comfortably into their own musicality by showing them the building blocks of a solid technique, drawing particularly from the things that helped me grow as a vocalist. I want my students to feel strong in their body, comfortable and relaxed in their breath, and confident in their performance.

I am a professional vocalist in NYC. I perform liturgical and classical music, as well as musical theater repertoire. I participate in professional operas, choral groups and other concert series. Performing gives me a sense of bliss and completeness that is indescribable.

As a certified yoga instructor, I teach in many locations throughout Westchester. I was trained at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, New York with Betsy Kase, and earned a 200-hour certificate in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. I offer private yoga instruction and meditation at my home studio. My studio comes fully equipped with all yoga props, aromatherapy, and music. Hands-on-assists and personalized classes offered to deepen your experience.

It is a joy to offer Reiki to curious, open clients in need of energy healing. Reiki is a noninvasive energy healing technique totally separate of any religious affiliation and available to anyone. It is a difficult to describe the relaxing, soothing, and deep-healing effects of Reiki to someone who has never experienced.

Please feel free to inquire about any of my services!

*Note: If you don't see a time slot that is suitable to your needs but would like to try a session or lesson with me, feel free to register for the Flex Plan, and we will work out week-to-week times!!**

**Note: If you are interested in music therapy, please email me with a bit about yourself and your personal goals.
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Grace January 22, 2018
· Audition Prep · In home
Jillian is a very friendly, gifted and delightful person to work with, and would be a good match for literally anybody. She's helped with my vocals more than any other teacher has. Thank you Jillian!
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Paul B. September 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Patient, knowledgable, good location, easy parking
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Jillian V.

Oakland Gardens, NY 11364
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As a regular performer in New York City, I am excited to assist students with their performance skills!

Lessons include working on rhythm, pitch and body movement as well as stage presence.

About Allie
I believe that training your voice in a healthy way is key to becoming a successful singer! I'm happy to help you with any goals that you have, and we'll create a lesson plan that works especially for you! I teach all levels of students from beginners to professional performers. I have successfully prepared students for auditions, and many of my students have been accepted to prestigious performing arts high schools and conservatories.

I've always had a passion for singing, and I began performing at a young age in community theater productions! As a singer/songwriter, I perform regularly around New York City with my band.

While studying at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, I performed as the lead vocalist in several performance ensembles, including The Art Blakey Ensemble and The Brazilian Jazz Ensemble. These ensemb
les were directed by world renowned jazz musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very dedicated to teaching and performing all different styles of music! I begin all lessons with vocal technique, and I teach a wide range of repertoire including Jazz, Pop, Rock and Musical Theater!

Finding songs that are meaningful to you will have a strong impact on an audience, and can be life changing for you as a singer!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide a keyboard at my studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
At a student's home I would need a keyboard or piano to be provided.

*** Specialties ***
I have assisted students in preparation for Performing Arts High Schools, and College conservatory auditions. I am also certified in Somatic Voicework.
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Ella June 19, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
My daughter enjoyed the lesson and she said it was too short.
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William R. April 2, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
my 10 year old loved it
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weimin H. December 17, 2013
· Singing ·
I'm so happy study with Allie

She is very good teacher, she arranged perfect each lesson, breathing...Pronunciation training…scale…sofige…sight reading…then sing a song….when I sing she always accompany to me with piano,,,,,I study with her just 3 month but I can sing about 7 songs with correct rhythm and exact pitch and comfortable breathing…. Im so happy study with her!
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Allie G.

New York, NY 10018
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I would not be the person I am today if music wasn't the focal point in my life as it is. Not only do I absolutely love performing and studying music myself, but I adore teaching as well. Part of the musical experience is taking what you hear and what you learn from others and building on it to create your own musical contributions. I take the gifts other teachers and musicians have given me very seriously and subsequently feel the great importance of imparting my knowledge unto others.

Whether you want to be a professional, or just be competent enough to enjoy yourself, we all practice, study technique and gain knowledge about music with really only one goal in mind: To have all the tools necessary to express ourselves adeptly through music. All the technique in the world will not make you a great musician. Similarly, you can be extre
mely creative and knowledgeable, but if you don't have the technique and vocabulary needed to express your ideas, you will find yourself very limited and suppressed musically.

My philosophy about teaching follows that I am here to provide you with those tools in a fun, exciting way. When I say "tools" I mean the whole toolbox. This includes giving you the technique, correcting bad habits, providing listening material, finding holes in your playing and much more. A good music teacher must be more than an instructor, but a mentor and an inspirational guide. My best teachers were the ones who could cultivate my playing not just through the physical aspects but ESPECIALLY through the cerebral. We ALL need encouragement and inspiration to get the best out of our natural talent. I love to encourage my students to do their best. To strive to not only complete exercises, but to execute them well. Every student is different, and therefore I will tailor their education with me on an individual basis. I expect a lot out of my students because I strongly believe in my teaching ability as well as their ability to learn and feel good about their progress.

My approach to providing all these things is modeled around my best experiences in learning and performing. I've studied under some of the absolute best players and teachers in the world. Here are just a couple:

World renowned drummer and educator

TOMMY IGOE from
The Lion King on Broadway
The Birdland Big Band
Numerous instructional books and DVDs.

Highly sought after percussionist

TOM KOLOR
Graduated from William Paterson as well as with a Masters from the Julliard School of Music
Professor of Music at the University at Buffalo.

IAN FROMAN
Professor of Drums at Berklee School of Music
Professional, world renowned Drummer

I've also graduated Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Music Performance, Dean's List and Honor Roll awards.

Some of my experience includes being featured in Tommy Igoe's "Great Hands For a Lifetime" DVD which received 5 stars from Modern Drummer magazine in 2010. I've also played great venues like Gramercy Theatre and Central Park in NYC among others. I've played in Big Bands, Symphony Orchestras, Klesmer and Percussion ensembles, and more.

I really could go on forever talking about music, what it means to me, how I approach teaching, etc. When you love music and teaching as much as I do, you really can't help it. It's ingrained in you. Precisely as ingrained as I like to think being a fun, caring, disciplined, attentive teacher is in me. Whether it be for you or your child, I can easily promise that I will deliver the same success-bound mentoring that I have to my students for over 10 years running.

Can't wait to hear from you!

-Asaf

*** Lesson Details ***
-I am here for you.

I would not teach if I wasn't very interested in the progress of my students. I want you to be the biggest, baddest, awe-inspiring drummer/percussionist possible. I want to ultimately end up at your shows and concerts and be able to say "That's MY student." You can always be guaranteed that when studying with me everything I assign has precisely that goal in mind.

-Strict or Laid Back?

Many people might ask if I'm strict, or laid back. My response is that I am excited and driven to help you reach success. I will never scold you because that sort of practice has no place in teaching. I also understand that learning isn't just a straight upwards incline of progression. We're all humans. Sometimes we progress astronomically in a short period of time and sometimes we have to fight hard to nail something. Sometimes we have a lot of time to practice, and sometimes we simply don't. My job is to make the most out of every situation and help you learn no matter what. That being said, I will still hound you to practice as much as healthily possible!

-What do you want out of music?

Probably the most important question I will undoubtedly ask you upon meeting you is why you are taking lessons. There is no way to formulate a tailored lesson plan if I don't know what it is you're working towards.

-Expected Material

Like I said, I can't tell you very specifically what your lesson plan will be, but I CAN give you examples of what I almost always assign. Individually written out exercises, exercises from books, assigned reading/listening, song covers, chart writing/reading, improvisational exercises, rudiment study, warm-up routines, among others.

-Don't be Afraid to Make Mistakes

Mistakes are part of the learning process! If you aren't making mistakes then I'm doing something wrong. Never be afraid to make mistakes.

-You Get What You Give

I promise I'll be there for you. I'll be there to give you the material and show you the path, but you're going to have to be there for yourself as well. The more prepared you are for our lessons, the more you will grow from the time we spend together.

Mastering an instrument takes time and effort both by student and teacher. The sooner we get started the sooner you get on that path. I'm ready whenever you are.

*** Studio Equipment ***
detached studio 3 professional drum sets seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Numerous practice pads and snare stands. I expect my students to only provide their own Drum Sticks and books.

*** Specialties ***
I pride myself on being as versatile as I possibly can be. I can aptly teach most styles including Jazz, Rock, Funk, Latin, Hip Hop\R&B, Classical, and more.
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Thomas L. October 9, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Eventhough it was just our first lesson, Asaf is a patient teacher and gave lots instruction.
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Sophia P. September 15, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Very informative, we went over terminology, how important it is to have the proper sticks and the correct way to hold them. Reading the music and playing the proper beat. We did a lot for 1 lesson, my daughter loved it.
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Bindia M. December 20, 2012
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Flexible teaching methods!

Asaf is just brilliant. During the first session, my son was very distracted by the other things in the music room ie lights, instruments etc but Asaf managed to engage him by being extremely flexible in his teaching ie he is not wedded to any order and has a lesson plan in mind but goes with the flow and the interest of the child - this ensures that all that was intended on being covered is, and as a result of the flexibility, my son just loves these drum lesson and Asaf. Asaf makes him focus and has built a great teacher/student relationship in only 3 session. I would highly recommend Asaf.
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Asaf N.

Bayside, NY 11361
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I've been studying cello for 20 years and classical voice and opera for 8 years. I've been teaching for 7 years. I'm currently a graduate student in Dawn Upshaw's vocal program at Bard College. I received a BS in Music for Cello and Voice, graduating magna cum laude with high honors (Honors College). I am able to teach students of all levels of experience. I believe that music should be joyful and life-enhancing, inspiring in every aspect of our being. I create a relaxed work environment while moving ahead.

About Aiden
I'm a professional opera singer and published writer. I have my BS and MM. I'm fun, patient, and find the best way to teach each individual. I love to help each person find their personal artistry.

I always keep my appointments and arrive on time with lots of positive energy and enthusiasm.
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Paula B. September 4, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I took singing lessons with Kimberly and she is an excellent teacher. She's patient knows a lot about singing and is easy to work with. She can relate to anyone because of her pleasant personality. I really enjoyed my singing lessons with her .
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Michael D. May 6, 2015
· Italian · In home
Kim is a polite and professional instructor who has a deep understanding of the Italian language. I am a beginner and appreciate her patience with me as well as her ability to help me progress at each lesson.
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Aiden F.

New York, NY 10001
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I am a classically trained saxophonist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and music arranger with a Bachelor in Music Education from the University of Central Florida. I specialize in teaching beginning musicians, but that doesn't only mean children! No matter your age and no matter the reason, I am more than happy to bring a little music into your life. I have experience as a public school piano, band, chorus, and orchestra teacher. I have also taught private saxophone, flute, clarinet, and music theory lessons to students of all ages. My students have gone on to become all state band members, earn superior ratings at state-wide music festivals, and study music at a professional level.

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I am a classically trained saxophonist, bass vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. I have experience arranging music of all styles for bands, orchestra, percussion ensembles, and a cappella groups. I was the saxophonist for The High Lifes, a ska-punk band out of Orlando, FL; played tenor and baritone saxophone in my university's wind ensemble, saxophone quartet, jazz band, and orchestra; have founded and led four a cappella groups at the collegiate and semi-professional levels; and am a bass section leader in the New York City Bar Choir. I have taught public school band, chorus, orchestra, piano, and music technology classes and was an elementary school music teacher in Orlando, FL before moving to New York in 2012.

My private saxophone students have gone on to study at the college level, have been members of the Florida All-State band, a
nd earned Superior ratings at state music festivals. I have also taught private flute, clarinet, and bassoon lessons.

In addition to music performance classes, I have experiencing teaching music theory and arranging. If you would like to learn about the magic behind music, I'm your guy!

If you're interested in ensemble lessons, we can negotiate group package discounts. I've found that music is best when shared and learning to perform quality musical literature with other, like-minded musicians is one of the most rewarding experiences in life.
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Brooklyn, NY 11226
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