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Review by Lynn
I've loved banjo music for years but never had the courage to learn how to play until recently. I'm a senior citizen with absolutely no
musical background. What I like best about Mary is that she's totally patient and encouraging but at the same time pushes me out of my comfort zone so that I learn something new with each lesson. When I struggle with how to do something, she suggests different ways to attack the problem or ways to work around it. In just a few months she's helped me be able to play a song for someone that they can actually recognize, which was the first goal I had set for myself. I look forward to many more goals. I'm so glad to have Mary as my teacher!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Mandy
"My 13 year old daughter recently started taking lessons from Robin and really enjoys them. Robin is keeping it interesting and fun, we would highly recomm
end her to anyone."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Debi
My friends and family gave me a gift certificate to Take Lessons for a banjo I had bought several years earlier with no musical know how
. I tired to teach myself and that did not go well. A bit apprehensive at taking lessons at my age (not a spring chicken) but Kevin put me at ease immediately. He has great patience and communication skills. He made sense out of the lessons and I actually can play a couple of songs (may be a bit slow) after just 4 lessons. I know that what Kevin taught me will carry forward as I continue to hone my ability to play the banjo. As time affords me I may be back for more lessons from Kevin. Thanks Kevin for a great experience."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Jenna
"Greta first lesson. Gest teacher!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Josh
"First lesson with Kyle. So far so great! Kyle is very friendly and accommodating. He has already given my 11 year old son things to work on for the nex
Cleveland, OH teacher:
Review by Abigail
"Juliet is an excellent instructor! She is very easy to work with and we would highly recommend her to others. 100% satisfaction from this customer!"
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Sean
"I took guitar lessons from Dan for many years. He helped me establish great fundamental techniques and made lessons fun. He would always ask what I wanted
to learn about and made it a very personalized experience. Dan is the main reason I stuck with the instrument. I had taken guitar lessons prior but the instructor was dry and uninspired, switching to Dan was the best decision I could have made."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by annie
"Rebekah was a wonderful teacher to me. I have grown children and always had singing lessons on my "bucket list". Although I have no desire to sing profess
ionally, I always wanted to have a better singing voice so I could sing with confidence (and not embarrassment!) while worshiping at church. Rebekah understood my goals and tailored our lessons, her assignments to me and even our song choices to fit my aspirations perfectly. Her patience in moving at the pace I needed showed her maturity despite her younger age and she always provided me with honest and uplifting feedback that raised my belief that I could sing with confidence. Her move Maine is California's loss and the east coast's gain of an effective, kind and lovely instructor and person"
Lewiston, ME teacher:
Review by Jalani
"My experience with James was amazing , I never felt so sure in my life that I could accomplish what I want to do in my life . I honestly think he's gonna
make my dreams come true and I'm looking forward to working with him for a long time !"
Christina has played piano since the age of 3! She was given a piano for Christmas and never looked back. She has taken private lessons starting at age 6 and went on to the prestigious Ithaca College to major in Piano Performance. She also holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Montclair State University. Although her plan was originally to travel the world performing, she decided that her passion was teaching the joy of music to others, and has made that her life. Christina has 15 years of teaching experience in professional music studios in NJ. She began at Elisabeth's School of Piano, w
hich has now grown into the Ringwood School of Music. She now teaches at Garden Street Music in Hoboken, Espressivo Piano in Livingston, and Finger Power Music in Edgewater. She teaches lessons to all ages and levels from beginner to professional. She can teach all styles, but specializes in classical. She follows a tried and true method of teaching including scales, arpeggios, Hanon exercises, as well as incorporating lesson, theory, and solo/fun books to ensure that her students have a well-rounded music education. Above all, Christina makes learning fun. She makes sure that her students are happy with what they are learning and gives them a choice as to what pieces/songs they would like to learn to accomplish their lessons. She makes lessons especially fun for younger children by bringing stickers and fun projects to lessons to encourage their progress. Christina has also extended experience working with children through accompanying for choirs and musicals. Christina is a fun teacher who makes learning how to play piano easy.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a fun teacher and easy to work with, while also making sure that we cover a certain amount of learning material in each lesson. I follow a plan in my lessons based upon scales, Hanon exercises, music lesson books such as Faber and Faber "Piano Adventures" or Alfred lesson books, theory and sight-reading, as well as ear training work. I also make each lesson fun! I like to give students a choice of what song they would like to learn as their "fun song" while also working on "learning material" crucial to their musical education. I use stickers for the younger students for extra motivation, and allow each student to work up to his or her own ability. I encourage them to be the best they can be, without putting too much pressure on them. Above all, I make sure that the learning experience remains fun and relaxed. Each student learns at his or her own pace and I make sure that each student works up to their ability. Generally speaking, after 3-6 months of working with me as their piano teacher, a student will know the basics of hand placement on the keyboard, reading music, note naming and recognition, and be able to read and play music at a simple level.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a Yamaha keyboard with 88 fully weighted keys that plays and feels exactly like a piano.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to have a piano or keyboard available for lessons and for practicing in between lessons at their home.
*** Specialties *** I am classically trained, but have experience in and can teach all genres. I follow a plan in my lessons based upon scales, Hanon exercises, music lesson books such as Faber and Faber "Piano Adventures" or Alfred lesson books, theory and sight-reading, as well as ear training work.
Ehsan E. April 16, 2015
Christina is one of the most talented piano teachers in New York Metro area and NJ. Her understanding of music theory as well as piano are just outstanding.
If you are looking for someone with high patience in teaching, she is the one.
John P. November 13, 2014
In home Verified Student
While I have only had 3 lessons thus far with Christina, I can say with confidence that she is an outstanding instructor. She inquires as to how you learn, what style of teaching best works for the student, and what it is we want to learn, rather than a rigid lesson plan. That is not to say that she does not expect effort, practice & a desire to learn from her students, or that she doesn't have a lesson plan. She builds what I believe is a sound foundation for her beginner students by teaching us to read music and going note by note, chord by chord until it's done correctly. She is also very encouraging. Her ability to play all genre's of piano music is a huge asset as well. I would highly recommend her to students of all ages and abilities .
Helen A. August 16, 2014
Christina is amazing! My son is autistic so it was a challenge to handle him, but Christina was able to do it and he loves his music lessons. Great teacher, very professional and creative.
Welcome to my teacher profile! My name is Barbee and I am an active professional classical singer with over eight years of piano and voice teaching experience. I enjoy teaching both children and adults. Check out my specialities and see if you think we'd be a good fit! Then, feel free to click "Ask Barbee a Question" if you'd like more information from me!
Both voice and piano lessons are based on a foundation of healthy technique while incorporating musicianship skills and encouraging the student to develop their own creativity. While my focus as a
performer is opera and other classical music, I am experienced in teaching Broadway/musical theater, pop, rock, R&B, folk, and other styles and genres. I encourage my students to explore new styles and apply good technique to any style they may choose to sing or play.
I also specialize in helping prepare singers for auditions for college, performing arts schools, choirs, musicals, and competitions. As an active performer myself I have auditioned many, MANY times for different organizations. I have also been on "the other side of the table" and I know what qualities audition panels are looking for. Several of my current and former students have been accepted to college music programs, performing arts magnet schools, audition-only choirs, and theater programs to continue their studies. Let me help you show your best qualities at your audition!
As a member of both NATS (National Association for Teachers of Singing) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) I am constantly working to improve my teaching skills by keeping up with the latest pedagogical research. I love sharing new tips and techniques with my students!
I strive to create a lesson environment that is open and honest, where my students are never afraid to ask questions or try something new. I am always happy to explain concepts in a different way and I encourage improvisation and creativity in addition to healthy technique and strong musicianship.
I teach from a church in Bergen County, NJ; I am also available for in-home lessons in Hudson County, NJ, and Manhattan, NY.
Studio details: Small chapel space Grand piano, music stands Waiting area for parents/siblings Limited lot parking, plenty of street parking Accessible by NJ Transit bus from New York (Port Authority Bus Terminal) and nearby areas of New Jersey
In-home lesson equipment requirements: Voice: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; music stand(s); full-length mirror (preferred). Piano: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; desk or table nearby for written assignments and assessments. Music theory: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; music stand(s) (preferred); desk or table nearby for written assignments and assessments. Note: Students are expected to purchase all music, curriculum, and other materials as appropriate. In many cases I can obtain the necessary materials prior to the first lesson and the student/parent can reimburse me at the lesson.
Peggy L. August 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
Barbee is an excellent teacher. She is prompt, professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. From the beginning, my daughter felt comfortable with her. Barbee was nothing short of phenomenal, from the way she identified areas of weakness, to the helpful bits of advice. She pushed my daughter to do her best. I originally booked 5 lessons with Barbee, but we loved what she did for my daughter so much that we booked another five. We wish we could do more, but our hectic schedule won't allow it at this time. We will, however, keep Barbee in mind should time allow us to use her services again. Don't think twice about selecting Barbee for singing lessons!
Peggy L. July 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
Barbee made my daughter feel at ease and free to express herself. Even though it was only the first lesson, Barbee already gave her so many pointers and bits of helpful criticism. She is pleasant and professional, and my daughter is looking forward to more sessions.
Kevin M. February 2, 2015
Broadway Singing ·
Online Verified Student
So far with Barbee has been a fantastic experience, she is a really talented and patient teacher and performer, she is humorous which is good, you don't want a teacher that is serious all the time, although she can get serious when needed.
A really good person to work with, in general great! I truly love her teaching and her dedication to students.
Gabriel W. ("Musiciano") is a fiery and passionate vocal instructor proficient in the fields of acting, singing and vocal development. A professional singer, actor and teacher with a BFA in Theater Arts.
Gabriel doesn't just possess a formal college education, but more importantly an "informal" education based on his experiences on the stage and in the studio in the real world. Gabriel's approach is direct, simple and to the core, getting straight to the heart of the matter: developing the voice from the inside out by breaking things down to the essentials.
An expert at creating vocal
warm-ups, vocal exercises, and vocal cool-downs and deeply passionate about psychology, this is your guy for learning to keep your voice in shape and having access to helpful insights and advice. Learn to cultivate a healthy attitude and how to create and survive a career in the world of performing arts.
With a kind and compassionate, yet stern and strong tone, Gabriel will work with you to develop the focus and dedication necessary to get your voice beyond what you even knew was possible.
*** Lesson Details *** Regardless of the genre you sing, developing your voice with Gabriel's help will improve your tone, range, power and overall ability. You can expect to become a much better singer without losing any of your personal and unique traits.
His approach isn't a technical or mysterious one. It's all about re-learning the facts about how the voice functions best.
You can expect to clear away a lot of confusions regarding how the voice works and to take away the guesswork from the vocal development process.
If you want to improve your voice quickly, being guided by someone who understands how it all works and by someone who was where you are today and is now closer to where you want to be in the future is the best way to go. And Gabriel is that guy!
Gabriel's approach is quite simple, yet very effective at developing the entire voice.
"There are two basic levels that every singer must address. The first one is addressing the condition of the body and voice and the second one is addressing the functioning of the voice and body."
I - Silent Foundation
The silent foundation refers to the condition of your instrument as it is silent. If we are looking at the body as an instrument that sings, we first have to make sure that our instrument is in good condition. How healthy is your instrument? Is it well rested, well hydrated and loose? Or is it tired, dehydrated and tense? As you could guess, the condition of your instrument will have a significant impact on the quality of the sounds you make. So the first thing to be addressed is how your instrument is before it starts making sound.
II - Conditioning of Singing Behaviors
This is when we get busy. Once we have a well rested, healthy, hydrated and relaxed instrument we can start working it out. The goal is to condition our singing behaviors to be reflexive, reliable and strong. The way to do this is through a series of vocal exercises that will condition your voice to respond to the desires of your heart. Whatever it is that you want to express will be possible once your instrument is conditioned to the point where there is no gap between what you want to express and your ability to do so. Learning to sing is all about learning how to express yourself without barriers. You should be able to develop enough range, power, control and skill so that you can express your heart without feeling like you're incapable of achieving what you pursue. To achieve these abilities training is often necessary.
*** Specialties *** ALL CONTEMPORARY GENRES! Confidence Building, Warming-Up, Releasing Tension and Strain, Eliminating Stage Fright, Expanding Range, Improving Tone, Developing Vocal Power and Presence, Eliminating Doubt, Simplifying Singing, Strengthening The Voice, Improving Pitch, Building Stamina, Increasing Creativity, Performance Tips, Artist Development, Acting and Songwriting.
Once we have a good foundation any contemporary genre or style can be improved.
Andy August 3, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Gabriel is a very friendly guy who really understands what the students need to become a great singer. Having just taken a few months of lessons with him, I can already feel myself not only improve but also sing without any discomfort. He is very attentive to every little detail and is not afraid to make you fix it. He truly believes that everyone can become a great singer if trained properly and thus will do everything he can to help you learn. I learned a lot about my voice and bad habits that I didn't even know existed. I highly recommend Gabriel for anyone with the desire to improve.
Quentin J. June 25, 2015
Speaking Voice ·
Online Verified Student
Gabriel is an awesome teacher! He has helped me not only with my speaking voice, but he has helped me with the underlying issues of it with my confidence and self-esteem. Gabriel is an all-around good teacher to help in the areas of arts to helping you break habits that eat away your personality. I would definitely recommend him for any kind of person, young or old.
Ann Marie H. June 8, 2015
Speaking Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
My husband has been seeing Gabriel for help to rebuild his speaking voice damaged by injury. Gabriel's knowledge of the mechanics of voice, together with his patience, his sincerity and focus have really helped in the recovery process.
Gabriel is a joy to work with, professional, down to earth, and a very nice person.
I teach people to unlock their musical dreams and have fun playing the guitar PERFECT for beginners to advanced of all ages.
Beginners, you'll learn the fundamentals of the guitar, how to tune, learn chords, strumming patterns, basic improvisation, to play your favorite songs. As well as, learning to play with others
For more intermediate to advance players that like to take your skill to the next level, I teach more about Jazz and Blues, improve improvisation, learning new chords and the theory and scales to be able to move around the fretboard.
I am a professional guitarist based i
n NYC/NJ who performs with my quartet , Latin and Brazilian Jazz type originals, in the Tri-State are.
I teach at the 92Y School of Music, private lessons and groups classes, of all ages, since 2005. I help students full fill their specific needs and goals on the guitar. I have a Bachelors in Music from CUNY, and have accumulated credits towards a Masters in Music Education
*** Studio Equipment *** I use various guitars and amps for both performances and teaching:
AMPS Mesa Boogie 50 Caliber Fender Blues Jr. Music Man 112 RD50 Fishman Loudbox Tech 21 Trademark Yamaha RD60 112 (which I am selling , very versatile amp)
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Jazz, Rock, Latin, Blues and songwriting. I teach music through songs of various styles as well as reading music using the Mel Bay and Alfred's Methods. I also teach students how to improvise.
Bronwen S. August 5, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My review is basically the same as the one below - my son is a little slow at guitar and Nelson is SO patient with him. You can tell he loves music and he really enjoys the teaching process. What a great find.
Joel F. June 28, 2014
Music Performance ·
In studio Verified Student
I have taken 8 lessons with Nelson and I'm very happy with him as my teacher. He is an accomplished guitarist, but more importantly, as a teacher he's very patient and allows me to learn at my own pace (which is slow). I would recommend him to anyone wishing to learn to play the guitar.
I am offering Piano Lessons and Vocal Coaching out of my home studio close to downtown Tenafly or in your home in Tenafly or surrounding towns. I have recently relocated here and am looking for students of all ages to join my studio.
I am a classically-trained pianist with a wealth of experience in solo piano literature, collaborative piano/accompanying (vocal & instrumental), and vocal coaching. In addition to classical music, I also greatly enjoy playing in other genres including pop, blues, gospel, and jazz. I've been in the New York area for a little over 10 years, and in that time hav
e performed at well-known venues such as St. Paul's Chapel, the Harvard Club, and the Metropolitan Room. I have been blessed to work with some fantastic singers from varied organizations like the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway, and LaGuardia School of the Performing Arts.
I have a reputation as an easygoing, friendly, and positive person. I enjoy seeing my students grow musically with my guidance and I am excited about sharing my talents with a new community.
My home studio is attached to my house, but has a separate entrance and has a waiting room for parents. It is quiet and soundproofed from the rest of the house for an optimal learning environment.
I encourage you to reach out to me with any questions you have about my background and services. I look forward to the possibility of working with you to reach your musical goals,
Carmen C. April 14, 2015
I have worked with Jason Hart in NYC and NJ for five years in a few different capacities: First, he was Assistant Music Director for my church choir where he lead rehearsals and coached the choir, preparing us for each Sunday's service. Second, he has been my vocal studio accompanist for the past three years, helping prepare students for auditions and performances in classical, jazz, pop, Broadway, and blues styles. Third, Jason has personally coached me in preparing vocal pieces for some of my professional singing engagements over the past several years.
As a vocal coach and accompanist, Jason is a great collaborator who knows how to play the piano in a way that supports the vocalist, he uses good artistry in his playing, and he has good musical ideas that he encourages the vocalists to use in their singing. He has a good working knowledge of the classical foreign languages (Italian, German, French, Spanish), which is a great help to classical singers. He has a great, easy-going personality and works well with everyone - from children to adults.
I highly recommend Jason Hart as a vocal coach as well as piano accompanist!
Kate H. April 8, 2015
Classical Piano ·
Jason teaches my two children, aged 6 and 8, and has a terrific relationship with them. I have nothing but positive things to say. He is gentle and kind but knows how to focus their attention. They know they are expected to practice and they do - and look forward to their lessons. I have been impressed with their improvement over the last year and this is largely due to Jason. He picks the books they learn from, he teaches them scales and music theory, and he lets them have fun with songs over the holidays and on birthdays. Thank you Jason!
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Being born a soprano comes with both its perks and its challenges. On the one hand, we sopranos have a lot of the solos in choruses and choirs, and most of the highly dramatic arias and ballads. On the other hand, we tend to overwork and abuse our voice more often and get diagnosed with a lot more pathologies of the voice. Every voice type is special, and soprano …
5 Important Tips for Soprano Singers to Keep in Mind
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Being born a soprano comes with both its perks and its challenges. On the one hand, we sopranos have a lot of the solos in choruses and choirs, and most of the highly dramatic arias and ballads. On the other hand, we tend to overwork and abuse our voice more often and get diagnosed with a lot more pathologies of the voice. Every voice type is special, and soprano
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