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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
· 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 Paul M.

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I am an experienced piano teacher with over 20 years experience who teaches students of all levels and ages. I structure your lesson around what the student wants to learn while also building a solid foundation in music theory. I find one really does help the other in the students growth and development.

About Paul
I have been teaching music for about 22 years mostly on the guitar but I also give lessons on the bass, piano, and ukelele. I give lessons to beginners of all ages. If you want to learn and have fun I am ready for your lesson. In addition to teaching I have played in various local original and cover bands as well as musical productions. I enjoy the challenge every student brings.

*** Lesson Details ***
I structure my lessons with a focus on learning to read and play music but I also like to teach a student what interests them as well. I think learning to read music is very important and it aides in the students development of their own musical personality. Early on the student will also learn songs or stlyes that interest them so its not just work but also play.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books and various other t
hings (e.g. picks, music stands, metronomes, etc... at students expense) if asked. Student should provide instrument

*** Specialties ***
beginner on all instruments and rock guitar.
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Kenneth February 5, 2018
· Piano · In home
I have now received 9 months of training from Paul. I am amazed at how with his knowledge, help, patients and teachings I can say I play the piano and actually can play any easy piano arraignment. Being able to make this claim says a lot about Paul and his training. I am able to read the sheet music and no longer have to constantly look down at the keys. Paul has shown me so many different fingering options to achieve a much smoother transition of the position of my fingering. I know that no matter what issues I may come across during a piece that I can count on Paul to help me to figure out how to overcome the issue. Paul has so much to offer and I am like a little sponge.... Thank you Paul and I can’t wait to hit that one year mark of training and education from you.
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Guisella January 26, 2018
· Piano · In home
Paul Is great!! He is patient and kind. I can’t wait for
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Henry November 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
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Paul M.

Paul M.

Staten Island, NY 10314
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About Stephen S.

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I work with beginners, Michael Aaron method and/or John Thompson.

About Stephen
Stephen made his operatic debut in the title role of Gluck's Orfeo in Santa Barbara, CA. Other roles performed in the United States have been Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the title role in John Eccles' The Judgement of Paris and Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart. Among the roles sung in Europe were Orlolsky in Fledermaus, Bertarido in Rodelinda and Oberon in Sommernachtstraum. He has been a soloist in many Churches and Synagogues in the United States and Europe. Highlights have been Messiah, Elijah, St. Mathew Passion and Cantorial soloist for the Jewish High Holidays. He appeared in Summer Stock and played the guitar in a number of bands. Reviewers have cited Stephen's naturally full and warm timbre and his unforced agility.

Stephen has a strong interest and knowledge in vocal technique and maintains a s
tudio in Manhattan. He has given many workshops on vocal technique and had a large studio in Amsterdam, Holland, where lived for six years. He taught music at the International School of Amsterdam and has taught voice, piano and guitar privately for more than twenty years. He has a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music and presently teaches voice, piano and guitar and also works with learning challenged adults and children in the Music School in New York City.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm pretty laid back and try to inspire my students to enjoy practicing and get excited about their progress. I tailor the lessons to the individual students interests and desires.

*** Studio Equipment ***
He has a piano, and guitar of course for guitar lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
small traveling keyboard available for voice lessons

*** Specialties ***
music, voice, Opera, piano, guitar
All levels, Really enjoy working with Beginners ...guitar, piano, singing
classical, opera, Broadway, pop, jazz, I'm a good voice builder! and motivator.
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Lawrence C. January 6, 2018
· Singing · In studio
My first session with Stephen was both technically and emotionally rewarding. He was both able to pass-on his musical expertise (his tips) and patiently encouraging my understanding of vocal technique.
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Mikey M. October 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I love music and especially singing, but I never knew how to sing correctly. Stephen has taught me how to use my voice, and sing properly to a tune. He is very proactive and has a really good ear, so don't expect him to not hear when you are making a mistake or improperly using your voice on a particular note. I have confidently began to sing songs I thought I would not sing, and have surprised myself astoundingly. If your dream is to sing well, then this is definitely the instructor for you!
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Mikey September 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I learned more in my first lesson than I did with my previous singing teachers!
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Stephen S.

Stephen S.

New York, NY 10024
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About Karl K.

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Experienced accompanist with special analytical insights in the physicality of playing.

About Karl
Professional internationally touring musician for 20+ years, Classical, Broadway, Experimental, Early music. Bachelor of Music; Norwegian State Academy, Master's of Music; Mannes College of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts; Stony Brook University (expected completion Spring 2015). Faculty positions held at Rowan University, NJ, University of Tennessee, TN, University of Akron, OH, International Festival Institute, TX, Siena Summer Music, Siena, Italy
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Liz Sanders February 16, 2018
· Norwegian · In home
Awesome lesson! Really helpful intro to Norwegian in preparation for my trip.
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Denise November 3, 2017
· Bridge · Online
Karl was explained things in a way I completely understood. He patiently and thoroughly addressed all my questions; and, didn't mind my interruptions or requests to repeat himself.
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Ed October 6, 2017
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Karl K.

New York, NY 10034
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About Zachary G.

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New York, NY

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Experienced and patient piano teacher for students at all ages. Lessons are personalized for each student based on their goals ranging from classical to jazz and pop. Time is also spent learning music fundamentals including music reading, music theory, ear training, technique, and much more. It's never too late or too early to learn. Send me a message to find out more.

About Zachary
I am an orchestral conducting Masters student at Mannes College of Music who has been playing piano since the age of 4. I have been teaching beginner and intermediate piano for the past 3 years to students ranging from ages 7 - 65. I teach all types of styles ranging from classical to pop with everything in-between.

My students can expect to develop a strong and reliable technique while being able to express their musical ideas with a clear and dynamic level of sophistication. It's the stories and emotions that draw people to music, so I do my best to base my teachings around that concept.
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Zachary G.

Zachary G.

New York, NY 10031
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$45 / 30-min
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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. (On a side note I can travel farther than 13 miles as long as it's in the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx).
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H January 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Kids love him.. and he is amazing. Truly a pleasure.
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Seth January 8, 2018
· Piano · In home
Grady was great...very patient and thorough...look forward to working with him
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Jen F. December 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Grady is awesome!
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Grady T.

New York, NY 10009
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$25 / 30-min

About Saya C.

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New York, NY

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My name is Saya. I am an experienced teacher of 15 years with beginner/intermediate piano students! My lessons are designed according to the personality and needs of each student. Music lessons also go well beyond music. They give you discipline, flexibility, and countless other skills that are of immeasurable value in daily life. Let's have fun learning together!

About Saya
A graduate of The University of Michigan (MM in Orchestral Conducting), and Mannes College of Music (MM in Choral Conducting and Music Theory, BM in Music Theory), I am currently in the last year of my Doctoral Program (DMA in Orchestral Conducting) at Rutgers. Having begun the piano when I was six, I have fifteen years of experience teaching piano and ten years teaching conducting. I have given instruction to all ages privately, and I have held group lessons and classes from elementary school to college level. My passion is with education. I am a patient teacher who listens to the needs of my students, both in music and in conversation, to make sure they find the best method to improve their basic skills and find joy in making music. I am a conductor for New York Mixed Chorus, Schola sine Nomine, Park Avenue Christian Church Choir, and T
he Classical Musician's Rehearsal Symphony Orchestra in New York City. My school teaching experience includes Rutgers (Conducting), Mannes Preparatory Division (Music Theory), Bronx Bethany After School Enrichment Program (Piano), Midori and Friends (Piano), and New York Music and Arts (Piano).
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Saya C.

Saya C.

New York, NY 10037
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$59 / 30-min

About Andrew B.

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Experienced teacher, musical director, composer, and accompanist (currently working at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts New Studio on Broadway). I believe that a slow detailed approach to learning anything is vital to its success. Many people will tell you that they can have you playing your favorite song in one lesson but what I offer instead of a "one hit wonder" is a foundation in technique, theory, and musicianship that allows my students to excel and surpass the "one hit wonder." All ages are welcome! I specialize in the beginner and intermediate student. Can't wait to begin this musical journey with you.

About Andrew
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska I have played the piano since the age of 4. My parents used to tell me that I could stop and start whatever activities I wanted to whether that be playing baseball or participating in karate. The only thing I was not allowed to quit was playing the piano. At first I was not very good, I was not some musical prodigy, in fact some might say I was bad. I didn't like to practice, I just wanted to be able to play. Unfortunately that's not how learning an instrument works. It was not until middle school that I began to appreciate that my parents had made me play the piano because after 6 years I started to improve. This of course was because I started to enjoy what I was doing, and I started practicing more and more. Eventually I made my way to becoming a singer and a composer but that's a whole other story.
I graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Musical Theater. While there I was exposed to all different genres and became a respected vocal coach amongst my peers and alumni. I also successfully music directed several shows both at NYU and a children's theater in upstate New York. It is a gift like no other to be able to play any instrument and I am overjoyed to share that gift with all of my students past, present, and future.
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Andrew B.

Andrew B.

New York, NY 10036
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$42 / 30-min

About Mintra R.

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

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

Mintra R.

New York, NY 10026
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$58 / 30-min

About Justina C.

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I am a college musician who has been giving private lessons for approximately 5 years! My primary instrument is trumpet, but I have enough knowledge to successfully teach the piano!! In our lessons we will stick to the books but also have a good time, focusing on our musical growth! We will learn classic pieces of music but also take a look at pop music and whatever other genre you may be interested in!

About Justina
Hiya my name is Justina Carandola and I am a college student at Montclair State University studying Music Education. I’m a trumpet major and I’ve been playing since I was in 4th grade (2008)! I plan on being a future music educator for the elementary level as I like to have fun in my lessons and have fun, but also get things done!! I’m very down to earth, but at the end of the day, we are trying to be the best musician possible!! Let’s make great things happen🎵
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Justina C.

Justina C.

Staten Island, NY 10312
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$50 / 30-min

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