- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- August 2006
Hello, my name is Brenda! It is nice to meet you.
I have been teaching private lessons 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.
Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children and retired adults!
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.
*** Lesson Details ***
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.
*** Specialties ***
Young and beginner students.
Senior & Retired students
Students with special needs.
Speech techniques (public speaking/voice-overs, etc.)
Bel Canto technique.
"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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Brenda is fabulous, she is skilled and a great teacher!!
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!!!
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.
Lovely with my 4 year old. Excellent ability to get and maintain attention, with age-appropriate language and skill set.
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.+ Read More
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.
Highly recommend Brenda.
Branda is a great teacher for daughter. She is always on time and patience! We love her!
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.+ Read More
Great teacher! Highly motivated and skills. Glad to have her teaching my daughter.
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.+ Read More
Ms. Brenda is great. We started our daughter few months ago, she loves it. Ms. Brenda is very patient with kids! Wonderful teacher!
She is very polite and talented!!
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.
great. brenda is so friendly and positive
Brenda was very good with my daughter who is 10 years old. She assessed her skills level and they hit the ground running.
A true professional singer. Great teacher.
I leaned so much in a limited time period.
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.+ Read More
Outstanding person. Cultured, intelligent, knowledgeable, wise beyond her years, patient, caring,considerant, I hope to spend years learning from this classy person.
Brenda is very professional and great with younger students!
Excellent teacher! Great with every level of experience.
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!
Very happy with Brenda's Piano tutoring. Thank you,Brenda.
Brenda is very talented and a very good teacherAnd have the right methods to teach children, I wouldRecommend her to all
She is a wonderful teacher & my grand daughter who is v active loves her & listens to her.
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.
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
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