Brenda Belohoubek
Franklin Lakes, NJ
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Brenda Belohoubek

Brenda B.

Franklin Lakes, NJ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Learn how music works! The construction and analysis of music will be taught in this course so you can learn to read, write, and analyze any piece of music or prepare for your Music Theory exams in school!

About Brenda B.

***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic BB Studio is extending its online lesson hours to meet you where you are! Starting a new musical hobby and practicing wellness or receiving coaching is a great way to combat boredom and stimulate the brain!***

Hello, my name is Brenda! It is nice to meet you.

I have been teaching private lessons and coaching for over a decade, and hold two music degrees and two teaching certifications in music (NJ) and ESL (international). I obtained my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University where I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor, and obtained my Masters of Music in Performance with the Opera Institute at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Additionally, I am an internationally certified Life Coach and NLP Practitioner from the ABNLP. I am also currently pursuing a second Masters in Counseling from Northwestern University in their online program.

Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children and adults!

For music, I primarily teach voice, flute, piano, music theory and history and have over 10 years of experience teaching in both individual and group settings. I also work on audition and performance preparation, do speech/accent work and more. I am constantly studying different teaching methods so I can develop a custom program that best fits your learning styles and incorporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.

Whether you want to play flute, sing, act, or learn to play piano, I am here to help you become the best musician you can be. Classically trained, I also work with the styles of musical theatre, pop, rock, and jazz. I can teach you the proper techniques, posture, and breathing necessary to perform to the best of your ability and teach you how to utilize your full lung capacity to extend phrasing length and dynamic range. I will also help you learn to read and write music. Together, we will keep a log to track your progress lesson to lesson. This will also help you keep a record of the steps you are taking to obtain and achieve your goals and dreams.

For life coaching, I will also design a program that meets your needs and goals. Together we can cover topics of your choice that include but are not limited to personal development, performance anxiety, career coaching, financial literacy, executive functioning, cognitive development, memory help, accent work, meditation, mindfulness, wellness, and more. I am always studying new methods and doing research to broaden my experience and toolbox to share with you in your journey.


*** Specialties ***
Young and beginner students.
Senior & Retired students
Students with special needs.
Performance techniques.
Audition preparation
Speech techniques (public speaking/voice-overs, etc.)
Bel Canto technique.
Performance anxiety
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
Guided Meditation
The Science of Wellness
Life coaching
Cognitive Science
Executive Functioning
Career Exploration

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning" ~Plato

**if you need a particular time slot or one not listed on my availability I will do my best to accommodate your needs**

**All lessons will be scheduled in advance with confirmation of both the student and instructor. If cancellation is necessary, a written notice 48 hour cancellation policy is in effect or you forfeit the lesson credit. For lessons scheduled outside of the areas provided, a surcharge for travel will be added.**

***BB Studio now has a base location! Studio lessons are now also available for students 18+ in addition to in-home and on-line lessons***

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ALAN
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Brenda is an excellent teacher and my daughter has been playing the piano beautifully. Brenda takes the time with Victoria to explain the music and make sure she understands before moving to another section.
I'm sure any child would benefit from her teaching skills

Sincerely,

Alan

Posted May 14, 2020
Cecily
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Brenda has mastered just the right balance of fun and instruction. My 6-year old adores her and is making rapid progress. Thank you Brenda!

Posted May 8, 2020
Andrew
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I've been Learning to sing under Brenda for about 3/4's of a year now and it has been a sensational experience. Brenda is an extremely professional and flexible instructor who tailors to each individuals needs and goals. She knows how to bring out the best in one's ability.

Posted Mar 23, 2020
Jim
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Very helpful for me as a novice!

Posted Sep 27, 2019
Camilla
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Brenda is fabulous, she is skilled and a great teacher!!

Posted Apr 30, 2019
Xu Y.
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Brenda was very patient with my 5 year old even and tried many ways to motivate my daughter. At the end, my daughter wanted to have Brenda coming over to teach her every night!!!

Posted Mar 26, 2019
Jian L.
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My daughter loves to have Brenda teaching the flute lesson and to feel very comfortable and enjoy to learn new skills. Brenda is extremely talented, knowledgeable, professional, and skillful. We are glad to have her teaching.

Posted Dec 30, 2018
Natalie
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Lovely with my 4 year old. Excellent ability to get and maintain attention, with age-appropriate language and skill set.

Posted Dec 11, 2018
Jamie
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My daughter plays flute in a high school wind ensemble and orchestra. She is first chair of 23 and has recently been learning very challenging music including many solos. When she needed instruction above what her school could offer her, I went online and found Brenda's profile. Brenda's resume for performance and teaching is impressive. What the resume can't speak to is how well she works with her students. Brenda helped my daughter immensely when she needed it most not only technically with her playing, but with her confidence. I would recommend Brenda as an instructor for any age or skill level.

Posted Dec 11, 2018
Isaac M.
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My son is 5 1/2 year old. He just started piano lessons three weeks ago with Brenda. She is an amazing person with children. I saw her how she deals with little children which are very difficult to get their attention all the times. We are happy with her.

Posted Sep 12, 2018
Brooke A.
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Posted Apr 12, 2018
Patrick
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Highly recommend Brenda.

Posted Feb 27, 2018
Ellen S.
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Posted Nov 14, 2017
Judy
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Branda is a great teacher for daughter. She is always on time and patience! We love her!

Posted Oct 9, 2017
Wendy
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My daughter is really enjoying her lessons. Brenda is very encouraging and directs her lessons in a very positive manner. She takes the time to explain everything they are doing and why and is constantly praising my daughter which is very uplifting and encouraging for her to stay on track.

Posted Oct 9, 2017
Rachel
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Great teacher! Highly motivated and skills. Glad to have her teaching my daughter.

Posted Sep 7, 2017
Jessica T.
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I didn't know what to expect so I was naturally a little apprehensive. Lo & behold I quickly realized what a great teacher Brenda is. She is a natural & really has the gift of teaching ~ She easily transfers her knowledge of music & piano to her students. I'm so happy to have her as my teacher.

Posted Jun 26, 2017
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Posted Jun 26, 2017
Judy
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Ms. Brenda is great. We started our daughter few months ago, she loves it. Ms. Brenda is very patient with kids! Wonderful teacher!

Posted Jun 23, 2017
Matthew
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Posted Jun 1, 2017
Sathish
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She is very polite and talented!!

Posted May 7, 2017
Maureen
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Brenda has been teaching my 7-year-old piano for 2 years.
She is prompt, polite and professional.
She is a great teacher and he has really learned a lot. He loves sports but I never have to fight with him to practice piano.

Posted Feb 16, 2017
Eddie T.
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great. brenda is so friendly and positive

Posted Jan 21, 2017
Brenda
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Brenda was very good with my daughter who is 10 years old. She assessed her skills level and they hit the ground running.

Posted Oct 21, 2016
Pam P.
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A true professional singer. Great teacher.
I leaned so much in a limited time period.

Posted Oct 18, 2016
Laura
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I found Brenda to be responsible, flexible, knowledgeable, and pleasant to work with. She is very good at tailoring lessons to meet your needs -- so don't be afraid to ask for something! She works well with all ages, teaching three members of my family. She has some great experience, and I encourage any one to contact her for information.

Posted Sep 13, 2016
Neil
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Outstanding person. Cultured, intelligent, knowledgeable, wise beyond her years, patient, caring,considerant, I hope to spend years learning from this classy person.

Posted May 4, 2016
Sophia
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Brenda is very professional and great with younger students!

Posted May 2, 2016
Victor S.
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Excellent teacher! Great with every level of experience.

Posted Jul 17, 2015
Patrick M.
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Brenda is extremely talented, knowledgeable, professional, courteous, and supportive. As an adult learner, she makes me feel very comfortable learning a new skill. I highly recommend her!

Posted Mar 6, 2015
Afi S.

Great Teacher

Very happy with Brenda's Piano tutoring. Thank you,Brenda.

Posted Oct 31, 2013
NadiaB

Good teacher

Brenda is very talented and a very good teacherAnd have the right methods to teach children, I wouldRecommend her to all

Posted Mar 9, 2012
SamaraS

She is a wonderful teacher & my grand daughter who is v active loves her & listens to her.

Posted Nov 8, 2011
constantinm

patience and promptness

We are very happy with Brenda's approach to teaching piano to our 5-year old son. She is able to easily relate to him and so far has shown a great deal of patience in dealing with a young beginner, inspiring him to want to practice every night. We hope his initiation in piano will spark a true interest in music appreciation going forward.

Posted Oct 16, 2011
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Mrs. D. Daddio, Saddle Brook NJ

Brenda's services is most satisfactory !She has a lot of potential as a teacher,with awesome teaching qualities like; patience, she inspires her student not to give up and to be proud of themselves. She is very prompt, organized and has a professional communicating ability toward her clients. With a great teacher we get successful students.Wishing her much more future success.Thank you Brenda

Posted Aug 11, 2010
MarcR

Great job

Thank you so much for my first piano lessons. I got a lot of information and will try to use them in Germany. And maybe I take again some lessons.For Emily it was also a very good experience. It's awesome how quick she learned the keys and it's nice to see that she really wanna learn play piano.Thanks againMarc & Family

Posted Jul 30, 2010

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Experience

Music/Drama/Humanities Teacher & Electives Department Head
Jul 2018 - Present

Private Academy

6-12 Music Teacher 6-8 Language Arts Teacher 6-12 Electives Teacher & Department Head: Life Skills, Study Skills, Executive Functioning, Executive Skills, Roadtrip Nation, Community Minds, Social Skills, Health, Wellness, Personal Finance, Study Skills, Reading Help, Writing Help, COGx, & more!

ESL Instructor
Nov 2016 - Present

Private Company

I teach online ESL instruction through VIPKID to students in China!

Music Teacher
Aug 2006 - Present

Self-employed

Private voice, flute, piano, theory, and performance practice lessons

Adjunct Vocal Instructor
Jan 2014 - Jun 2017

High School

I teach private vocal lessons in the adjunct after school program at Ramapo & Indian Hills High Schools

Music Teacher - Long-Term Sub
Oct 2014 - Sep 2015

Porch Light Productions

Vocal and piano private lessons

Education

MA Mental Health Counseling
Jun 2020 - Present

The Family Institute, Northwestern University

MM Opera Performance
Sep 2015 - May 2017

Mason Gross School of the Arts - Rutgers University

BM Music Education
Sep 2007 - Jan 2012

William Paterson University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

NLP Practitioner & Life Coach
Jun 2020

American Board of Neruolinguistic Programming (ABNLP)

TEFL / TESOL Certification
Aug 2018

International TEFL Academy

200 Hour Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) TEFL / TESOL Certification Course Includes: • Grammar • Phonetics • Lexis • Basic Principles of Teaching ESL • Reading and Listening • Speaking and Writing • Visual Aids • Error and Error Correction • Classroom Management • Lesson Stages and Plans • Learning Difficulties • Teaching Young Learners • Teaching Business English
Teacher of Music
Feb 2012

The State of New Jersey

K-12 Music Certified

Awards

Department Performance Award
May 2011

William Paterson University

Affiliations

Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Mar 2008
Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.
National Association for Music Education
Sep 2007
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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