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About Ruth F.

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Princeton, NJ

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About Ruth
I have played piano since I was six years old, when my parents enrolled me in my first music classes. I continued my music education while going to elementary, middle, and high school. Ultimately, I graduated with a Master's Degree in Music from Butler University, located in Indianapolis, Indiana

Music has been one of my greatest passions since I was a little girl, and teaching it is my favorite way to share my love of music. I teach students of all ages and skill levels from early beginners to experienced piano players who want to bring their performance to a higher level.

I emphasize piano technique, musicianship, performance skills and music history. But I also use piano lessons to help my students develop life skills, such as concentration, focus, poise and discipline. I love to see my students to build confidence and self-este
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Amanda E. September 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ruth quickly tailored the lesson based on my experience level, and helped me so much in just 30 minutes! I look forward to our subsequent lessons.
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Jacinta S. July 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
I took 5 lessons with Ruth for 5 weeks., and it has been a great experience! Ruth is an engaging, encouraging, and friendly teacher. My goal was to learn the basics to play piano and she was really helpful for me to teach effectively in 5 classes.

Thanks you very much Ruth.All the best.
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Jasper Y. April 29, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ruth was conscientious about starting my son at his proper age and learning ability.
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Ruth F.

Ruth F.

Princeton, NJ 08540
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About Michael M.

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Pennington, NJ

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About Michael
Born and raised in New Jersey, I have been involved with music for many years. The instruments that I play include Trumpet, French Horn, Handbells, Organ, Voice, and Piano. I received my formal education at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, which is where I earned a B.A. degree with Honors in Music. In order to obtain my Honors, I chose to develop elementary lessons on Chinese folk music. In my Junior year of college, I performed a dual media recital in both Voice and Piano, and for my Senior year recital, I focused on giving a Vocal performance. These recitals demonstrated the musical talent and techniques that I had developed throughout my experience at college. In addition to my musical experiences in college, I have also learned about various pedagogical approaches through both my vocal studies as well as my studies on the keyb
oard. There is always more than one approach to teaching musical concepts! As a musician, I have performed in both the Bethlehem/Allentown area and the central New Jersery area. In addition, I have sung as a member of the Princeton Pro Musica and sat as a member on the executive board of the Princeton Girlchoir. These experiences have enhanced my professional insight as a musical instructor today. At present, I am a teacher in the classroom, an organist at a local Presbyterian church, and a private piano instructor. Overall, I thoroughly enjoy seeing my students grow and develop as musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
My instruction correlates with the age, the musical background, and the public/private school music curriculum of the student. Each lesson is a special musical vignette in the sense that it is a unique learning time for the student. It is important for the student to be motivated by the material that they are given and to have a full understanding of the concept(s) that were taught in the lesson. Above all other reasons, it is most important for the student to enjoy their piano lessons and want to come back the next week. Therefore, it is my job as the instructor to inspire them to practice and benefit from each and every lesson. Whether it be vocal or piano instruction, each lesson consists of fun warm-ups, interesting technical exercises, and repertoire of all sorts. What the student learns in 3-6 months depends upon the motivation of the student as well as my ability to teach what the student needs to know in order to achieve their goals as a pianist and/or vocalist. Regarding my methods of instructing piano students, I use the Middle C method for players of all levels. Those who are more advanced use triads as well. My overall goal as a teacher is to work with my students and give them the skills that are necessary to play music that they enjoy.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in living room; 2 pianos (C2 Yamaha and Steinway upright); organ

*** Specialties ***
Middle C Piano Method using instructional materials of the Bastien's and Alfred Publications
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Chris August 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
We are very pleased with how Michael approaches piano lessons for our 4 1/2 year old son. He incorporates singing and movement into the lessons and keeps him engaged throughout. Great patience and sense of humor as well.
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Arshad July 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Michael is a great teacher. He focuses on understanding of concepts. For more fluent play we always need to practice a lot, but if we do not understand the concepts behind musical notation, we do not even know where to begin. He is also very encouraging and guides us out of mistakes in a way that the logic sticks. Highly recommended - you will enjoy learning with him
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Gary March 11, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Lessons with Mike Mraz was a Christmas present from my son, Andrew. I enjoy singing, yet have never had occasion to study music or to take private lessons. Mike helped me clarify my goals: breath control, vocal mechanics, reading music and having fun. He graciously sent me some primer materials and located sheet music for several of my favorite Broadway show tunes. Our five 45-minute sessions together were both instructive and enjoyable. As I approach age 70, I can check "work with a voice coach" on my "Bucket List." Kudos for Mike!
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Michael M.

Pennington, NJ 08534
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About Donielle H.

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Pottstown, PA
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About Donielle
Graduating from the renowned High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia; succeeding heavyweight entertainers such as Boyz II Men and Jazmine Sullivan, has equipped me to teach music! Most of my experience is as a professional gospel recording artist and songwriter. I have writing credits on two successful albums, and am currently working on my debut album through RockSoul Productions.

I have experience as a music teacher, choir director, and Performing Arts Coordinator at We Ovecome Performing Arts Summer Camp. I am currently the Group Facilitator/Music Teacher at Congresso working in the after school program at Kensington CAPA high school. I specialize in beginners music theory, vocal arrangement, and songwriting, in the urban/gospel/contemporary styles of music.

A Lesson with me will be fun, challenging, a
nd inspiring. I like to do creative and interactive lesson plans, vocal exercises, and work on any music projects or endeavors that you may have. You want me as your teacher because I can coach you into the vocalist you've always dreamed of becoming!

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I expect student to provide a piano or keyboard, cd player, paper and pencil,
I will provide sheet music, cd's, and lessons plans.

*** Specialties ***
Genres: Gospel, Contemporary, Pop
Vocal Arrangement
Music Theory
Songwriting
Music Performance
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Rob December 10, 2015
· Music Performance ·
Donielle is truly gifted; a genuine artist on and off the stage. Her musicality allows her to flow effortlessly whether in a sacred music/worship format, or during a professional performance. Her understanding of Music Theory allows her to communicate clearly with other musicians and effectively with her students. Donielle's friendly and inviting attitude also make her a pleasure to work with and create with. She's the best!
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Bret December 5, 2015
· Music Performance · In studio
I really appreciate Donielle's approach to teaching music. She's very relatable and makes things very simple to understand. If you have trouble with music theory or are beginning to get into performing, Donielle is definitely a good instructor to hire. I've learned a lot about stage etiquette, singing and basic music theory from her.
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Alisa December 2, 2015
· Gospel Singing ·
Awesome, knowledgeable, patient, kind and intelligent
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Donielle H.

Donielle H.

Pottstown, PA 19464
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$25 / 30-min

About Emily K.

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Lansdale, PA
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About Emily
I am a strings teacher, teaching privately for 7 years and in public schools for 6. I graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education, with a concentration in violin.

Strings students can expect to improve week to week in their technique. I teach students strong foundational techniques in order to develop their abilities. I use a mixture of both technical exercises and repertoire to help any student to play with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach violin, viola, and cello students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied violin for 18 years, and have played viola and cello in numerous performances. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student. I look fo
rward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Heather September 3, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Emily was an excellent teacher for my son. She helped him prepare for college auditions and helped him earn Superior ratings at Solo festivals.
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Emily K.

Emily K.

Lansdale, PA 19446
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$30 / 30-min

About Arlette B.

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New York, NY
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About Arlette
Arlette is an Opera, Pop, Jazz, and Musical Theater singer, dancer, and actress from NYC. Using vocal techniques that are a cross between Bell Canto and the Riggs Vocal Techniques, she has created a method of singing that that can easily adopt all styles of music.

Classically trained with a B.A. in music with a concentration in voice, Arlette began her professional singing career at the age of 15 touring with top 40’s bands throughout Europe. By 19 she had landed her first Musical with Star Trek’s Nichele Nichols (Lt. Uhura), and also began singing jazz with Harold Land, Jr, Cleve Eaton (Bassie Band), and Jothan Callins (Sun Ra Band).

Her credits include regional performances of “Evita,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “A Chorus Line” along with solo performances at Opryland USA, Foxwoods Casino, Waldorf Astoria
Hotel, Richmond County Opera, The Cotton Club, Iridium Jazz Club, and for TOHO Entertainment in Japan. Arlette’s album credits include: “Love Again” released in 2001, and soon to be released “Windmills” both on the Renesants Records label.

Subjects Taught:
Broadway, Pop, Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Belting, Performance, vocal anatomy, coaching for local competitions, and upcoming events and auditions, guided repertoire coaching, Psychology of the voice..

LESSON STRUCTURE
Every week. I do not teach bi-monthly lessons.

A NOTE TO THE STUDENT
I am so glad that you are looking into finding a voice teacher who fits your unique style, personality, and being. I love teaching voice. I love seeing my students go from where they are when they first arrive in my studio to auditioning with confidence, or singing in Broadway shows and bands, recording albums, and participating in open mics with ease and grace. It is my sincere hope to create a singer in every family! Maybe if we have a singer in every family, there will be less violence in our sometimes turbulent world. If it is your dream to be a singer, I encourage you to pursue it with abandon!
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Hayley G. July 16, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Arlette was great my daughter loved her and she learned more in the first class than her last 2 teachers combined
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Katheryn S. January 12, 2017
· Singing · Online
My first lesson was very informative! I'm excited about my future lessons. Arlette is a lovely woman and I look forward to learning from her.
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Lisa Valentino October 5, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Ms. Arlette is professional, warm and encouraging. I have to sing for a band I play an instrument with. Very nervous about the entire idea of singing. I am learning the proper way to sing, and believe I will be able to do so with the combination of technical expertise and encouragement I am receiving. I am very pleased that I found Ms. Arlette. I cannot say enough positive things about her.
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Arlette B.

Arlette B.

Hackettstown, NJ 07840
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About Kirsty C.

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Lansdale, PA

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About Kirsty
I graduated from Immaculata University and have a Bachelors degree, majoring in Music Education and Music Therapy with a concentration in Flute Performance. I am currently a very active member of the Music Ministry group at my church. I sing for Sunday services and I play flute for weddings and church services. For the past several years I have given lessons to children beginning to learn piano and voice in addition to flute instruction! I am also a substitute teacher in the NP school district. I also teacher with my church's Youth Religious program. I have six children of my own and have found great enjoyment in fostering their love and appreciation for music.
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Tonmoy B. November 30, 2017
· Flute · In studio
very good.. She appreciated what I already knew, and corrected me honestly. This in turn helped in open up to her and accept her teaching and instructions better. Gave me practice material, and gave me some very sound advice.
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Celia A. October 14, 2017
· Flute · In home
Kirsty is extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. A great combination for selecting her as a teacher, since I am adult with zero music experience. She is providing an excellent foundation and a fun learning experience as well.
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Esther October 20, 2016
· Flute · In studio
She is very sweet, patient, flexible teacher :)!!
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Kirsty C.

Kirsty C.

Lansdale, PA 19446
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$25 / 30-min

About Kara S.

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Doylestown, PA

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About Kara
I am a vocal and piano instructor based in Doylestown, PA! I also teach essay writing. I went to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where I obtained a masters and bachelor's in voice. I have been teaching voice and piano for 8 years. I am upbeat and excited about sharing my passion for music with my students!
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Ben Goldstein August 25, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My teenager son loves his singing lessons with Kara. He has been going for a couple months and I have noticed a rapid improvement in his singing. I highly recommend Kara she is a great teacher and very friendly. My son is always looking forward to his next lesson, it is the highlight of his week. Thank you so much Kara for the great work you do!
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Jade May 31, 2017
· Jazz Voice · In studio
I am a college level jazz musician.
My primary instruments are jazz guitar and upright bass.
Growing up I have always wanted to sing but never could find a qualified teacher.

Luckily, after extensive research online for vocal teachers I discovered Kara.
I have been taking lessons with her for a while now and she's wonderful.
I always have many questions for her in my lessons and she always has a knowledgable response.

I feel like I'm progressing and finally learning how to sing properly with someone who knows their stuff.

I would highly recommend studying with her.
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Les May 31, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
I enjoyed our first voice lesson last week. Kara is a gifted music professional with great teaching ability. She has the ability to pick up on things that help facilitate the learning process. Great job!
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Kara S.

Kara S.

Doylestown, PA 18902
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$35 / 30-min

About Francois B.

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Allentown, PA

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About Francois
Hello again!

Singing is about passion. It is about engaging the spirit of a work or a song and finding what that means for you. Maybe you're just starting out in your journey and want to develop a reliable technique. Maybe you sing every so often but you want to get serious. Maybe you'd like your child to get that role, that solo, or simply have them develop into a professional singer. Maybe you want to sing solos in your faith group, friend's wedding, karaoke, or just want to pursue a passion!

If so, you've come to the right place.

I can teach you the basics of singing which lie in breathing and supporting the breath as it escapes your body in the making of sounds in the form of words.

The technical side is important but so is the expressive side. It is important to tell a story when you sing and be convinced of that story yourself.
That is why I encourage people to sing songs that mean something to you.

If you would like to refine your technique, develop the technique, or just add to your ability to sing, then do contact me and let's set up a lesson to see how I can help your voice soar!

Make a great day and hope to hear from you soon!

François
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Francois B.

Francois B.

Allentown, PA 18109
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$27 / 30-min

About Allison G.

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North Wales, PA

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About Allison
My name is Allison Goodwin and I love music! I went to Temple University, College of Music to learn how to teach music and I have been doing it ever since. I started playing music when I was 8 years old when I learned to play the violin. I learned to play the guitar and piano when I was 12. I also love to sing and I am currently a member of The Delaware Valley Opera Company and a guest chorister at a church in New Jersey. I have also played piano and keyboard as part of my church worship team for many years. I love many styles of music including classical, folk, pop and classic rock. I hope you will decide to learn music...it is a wonderful, life changing experience!
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Taisa September 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
Allison is a kind and patient teacher who has taught 4 of my children. She is very knowledgeable and has many years of experience in teaching and performing. I highly recommend Allison.
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Allison G.

Allison G.

North Wales, PA 19454
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$42 / 30-min

About Dr. Matthew G.

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Wind Gap, PA
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About Dr. Matthew
If you wish to make music for personal pleasure, jam with friends, or audition for conservatory, I can teach you what you need to know to accomplish your goals. I offer a laid-back, fun, and inspirational learning experience. I hold undergraduate degrees in music, a master's degree in psychology, & a doctorate in philosophy.
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Dr. Matthew G.

Dr. Matthew G.

Wind Gap, PA 18091
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$50 / 30-min

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