Cândida L. Borges

Cândida L. B.

New York, NY
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Cândida L. delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1997

In English, Portuguese or Spanish! Expert and Scholar in Music Education, with proper and modern methodologies to teach Piano, voice, ear training, music theory, music history, composition, and song writing - in person and online!

TOP artistic training and experience, in high quality studios in Times Square area, top equipment in class or online, cutting-edge techniques and training - combining arts, music and well-being. For all ages, make your musical experience a really valid one.

I'm a Brazilian musician around 35 years old, based in NYC for a PhD Research, MASTER in Piano Performance and Singing, Professor at a University in Brazil and in the US, also Bachelor in Singing and Composition. I am a touring artist also, with a career on piano an singing that you can find music an followers in every social network.

I love interacting with classes of piano and Jazz singing, for kids and adults. I have a huge repertoire of classical music, pop, musical theater, Brazilian and latin songs. Also, the practice can include harmony studies, ear training, improvisation, songwriting and composition. The main concept of my methodology is about using creativity, technology and good music to make the students play the songs they want and develop skills. I can teach in English, Portuguese or Spanish.

PLAY Music - LEARN Music - CREATE Music
Use the piano or voice to play a great variety of songs, from classical to pop, crossing jazz, Brazilian and Latin tunes, american classicals, etc. Using sheets, chords, iPad/iphone, "play by ear", books or just improvising!
Add to your training elements of Music Theory, Harmony, Music History and Ear Training with interactive material online and books.
Creativity!!! Jam every class, learn to songwrite, to create your melodies, change chords, write lyrics and produce your songs! Acoustic and digital support, many tools to express your ideas, kids to adults!

FOR ONLINE CLASSES, I developed a great structure working with your ipad/ tablet/ phone/ computer, using Skype , FaceTime, Facebook, Zoom, and more, to work everywhere in the world. Ask me more about it!

I recommend starting with an online or in studio classes of 30 minutes. Ask me how and I will help you setting everything for an amazing, affordable and comfortable class!
Want a longer class, double or mixed subjects like piano and singing? Let me know!
I can also work in groups, so invite your friends and family!

Any doubt or special case? Write me a message! I'll be happy to consider your request!

Las clases también pueden ser en ESPAÑOL y con el repertorio latino!

Ou se preferir, com a alegria de se falar PORTUGUÊS em aula!


Professor Cândida L. B. is an inspiring world class musician, classically trained and rooted in Brazilian culture. Her artistic work mixes folkloric music, bossa nova, pop, latin and african music, jazz, and all styles of world music. After 15 years teaching in a University in Brazil and in the United States, now she also created a program in which she offers her experience as a music educator for all ages music students and from all over the world. Master in Piano Performance, Bachelor also in singing, composition, studies in music production and electronic music, sound therapy, special needs and coaching, Professor B. is a true educator and artist.

Her methodology consists of modern approach to music education and music therapy, that connects creativity, repertoire, technology and skill development. Choose your subject: piano, keyboard, jazz voice and singing, music theory, ear training, harmony, songwriting.

Also, engage in a warm community that shares music, shows, meetings and encouragement!


You choose to learn in Portuguese, Spanish or English. Practice music and a new language at the same time.


Huge possibilities, many styles. Expertise on classical, Brazilian and Latin jazz, pop. Do what you like!

You will have access to different books, CDs, videos, classes, of materials I prepared myself and that I buy from other instructors. Ill share the material that is good for you training as part of our methodology.


Ms. B combines her formal academic studies in University as an artist and educator with studies and certifications in Dalcroze, Linklater, improvisation, circle singing, music production, technology and especially her experience in studios and playing with musicians all over America. Special call to “O Passo” – a Brazilian methodology on rhythm and pitch, connecting body and voice to learn music, performance and reading. Fantastic!


You can connect by Skype or you can also choose to use FaceTime or Google Hangout. There are easy instructions that you receive to make sure you are all set to start. You have the chance to record your class and you will receive a link to all the material we use in class. In tour or local, classes must go on!


If you are in New York Area, come for class in one of the studios. We are at midtown west, in great locations and professional studios.


You can choose between 30, 45, 60 and 90 minutes lessons. Combo choices of more than 1 subject – you can combine piano and singing, or singing and songwriting for example.


You will start making part of our special projects, that include shows, concerts, events, CDs, month challenges, gifts, and other surprises. Touring different cities, you will make part of a community that gets together to watch shows, to perform and to travel – our performances happen in different cities, including New York and Rio de Janeiro! If you are looking to explore the world, might be a good opportunity!

Once you sign up, you will be connected to our links.

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Music Professor
Jan 2016 - Present
Montclair State University

Ear Training Professor
Apr 2009 - Present
Rio de Janeiro's Federal University

Apr 2009 - Present
Rio de Janeiro's Federal University

Singing Teacher
Jan 2000 - Present
Private classes

Working with different techniques for voice, including:
- LInklater
- Jeanie Lovetri - Somatic Voicework
- O passo (for rhythm)
- Alexander technique

Piano Teacher
Jan 1997 - Present
Private classes


O passo - music and education
Mar 2015 - Present
O passo - Rio de Janeiro
Linklater -
Jul 2013 - Present
The Linklater Center - NYC
Electronic Music
Jul 2013 - Present
Apr 2013 - Present
Barry Harris Workshops
Electronic Music Production
Apr 2013 - Jul 2013
SAE Institue - NYC - Sound and Audio Engineering Institute
Master in Music - Piano performance
Jan 2002 - Jan 2005
UFRJ - National School of Music - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bachelor in Composition
Mar 2000 - Dec 2004
UFRJ - National School of Music - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bachelor in Singing
Mar 1999 - Dec 2001
UFRJ - National School of Music - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bachelor in Music - Piano
Mar 1997 - Dec 2000
UFRJ - National School of Music - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Master Avatar
Jul 2014
Star's Edge

Avatar, Master, Pro and Wizard Courses for personal and professional development.


Immigrant Artist
Jun 2014
NYFA - New York Foundation of the Arts
Artist in International Residency
Jan 2013
National Foundation of Arts (Brazil)


Dalcroze Society of America
Jan 2016

Based on the artistic and pedagogical principles of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, the Dalcroze approach teaches an understanding of music's fundamental concepts, expressive meanings, and deep connections to other arts and activities. Performers, teachers, dancers, actors, children, and senior citizens can all benefit from this approach which incorporates rhythmic movement, aural training and improvisation.

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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2015

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Opera America
Jan 2014

OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following categories: Creation: Artistic services that help artists and companies increase the creativity and excellence of opera productions, especially North American works; Presentation: Opera company services that address the specific needs of staff, trustees and volunteers; Enjoyment: Education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation.

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Photos & Videos

Student's recital in NYC!

Student's show in NYC!

Student's show!

Photo by Cândida L. B.
In Studio

Photo by Cândida L. B.
Photo by Cândida L. B.
Voice and EDM work for Touch of Class Records.
Photo by Cândida L. B.
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47 Reviews

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Tajar Apr 25, 2019
Piano · In home

I've taken 3 lessons with Candida and I am blown away. I started taking lessons when I was a child, but had given up the instrument going into adulthood. Candida has helped awaken a love for music that I never knew I had. We are studying technique, music theory, and learning methods which are allowing me to not only learn faster, but appreciate and understand the progress that I am making. This multiples the enjoyment that I am getting from the instrument. Candida also does a good job of motivating you and contextualizing your progress and your goals. I am very excited that I am taking lessons with her!

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Mohammad Apr 24, 2019
Piano · In studio

Great teacher, very patient, with attention to detail. She is very friendly and make the sessions fun and energetic.

Jing Apr 24, 2019
Composition · In home

Ms. Candida is the BEST teacher ever! She is super patient and super knowledgeable. My son LOVES Ms. Candida’s class so much! He said this is one of his favorite class ever and he can’t wait for Ms. Candida to come in every Monday! We feel so lucky!

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Lucy G. Mar 21, 2019
Singing · In studio

AMAZING 4th lesson and I feel very comfortable she’s so nice and she’s super smart !! Great teacher definitely recommend!!

Seva Mar 17, 2019
Singing ·

If I had to describe an ideal teacher that would be Cândida. She is caring, serious, supportive and extremely knowledgeable. She is the best.

Imelda Feb 24, 2019
Singing · Online

Super awesome teacher! She is very patient and wonderful to train with. She encourages me a lot. Can easily pinpoint the wrong techniques I’ve been doing and makes sure they get corrected at the end of each lesson. My voice range, I think, is getting wider. I highly commend Candida!!

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Larry B Feb 19, 2019
Piano · In home

Candida is an outstanding teacher! Her passion for music and sharing her knowledge was evident from the very first lesson. She has inspired me to learn about music and the piano in ways I could not have imagined. I highly recommend her!

Stratos F. Feb 18, 2019
Classical Piano · In studio

I have had the opportunity to take singing lessons with Candida for almost a year and having had such a great success with it, I decided to try Piano lessons with her as well. I truly feel like I have found passion for something I did not know I could be good at. Candida has made it so easy and comfortable to learn that I find myself spending hours at home perfecting my skill. My family compliments my ability to play some of their favorites such as the "Game of Thrones" theme song and classics like "Piano Man." They are truly impressed with what I have been able to learn in such a short amount of time and I have Candida to thank for that!

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Duff Davis Jan 23, 2019
Classical Piano · Online

Great thanks!!

Alexandra Aug 30, 2018
Singing · Online

Time flies; another year has almost gone by since I started my lessons with Cândida. Thought it would be a good time to leave an update here.
Anything I write down doesn’t feel quite enough, really. She has become so much more than a music teacher (or maybe that’s how the best teachers should be?). A friend, a wise guide in the world of music that’s so easy to get lost in and burn out. With a day job and family, I could have stayed a noodler on various instruments forever, but thanks to her I now can call myself a musician - while keeping that tricky life-music balance. I surely have a life-long path of improvement in front of me (like everyone else!). But if I have her by my side, I know I’ll make it. Felicidades!

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Stratos F. Jun 15, 2018
Singing · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Candida for a few months. She is the most amazing instructor I have had the privilege of knowing. Her patience and understanding to helping me learn to sing and play the piano is exemplified by the fact that English is not my first language, yet she had never given up on me, even when I felt I could not do it. Her positive attitude and supportive nature made me never want to give up. Learning something new is something everyone should strive to achieve no matter what age you are and Candida is the best instructor if singing is your passion. Thank you Candida for never giving up on me. (Review translated from the Greek to English language).

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Cecilia May 12, 2018
Singing · In studio

Don't over think it! BOOK A CLASS WITH CANDIDA TODAY. You will not regret it. Candida is an excellent teacher. Makes you feel super comfortable and she is very patient. Furthermore, she works with your schedule and is very flexible.

Danny M. Mar 23, 2018
Singing · In studio

She is an amazing teacher and musician. Very knowledgeable, kind and friendly.
I enjoy her lessons and I have learned a lot from them. She has a lot of experience to share. I am greatful she is guiding me to accomplish my goals.
Glad I found her.

Sergey P. Mar 23, 2018
Piano · In studio

the great teacher which uniquely understands your needs. very comfortable to work with

Diego J. Mar 23, 2018
Singing · In studio

She was beyond AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brianna C. Feb 19, 2018
Singing · In studio

Even though my daughter has taken 3 classes with Candida she loves her!. Candida has a very outgoing personality that it's easily to learn all the materials she teaches you. Has a great personality and lets you view how far you can get. I'm very please with her and how she makes everything special. Thank you Candida for all the help you are putting into my daughter!!!

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Ileana Feb 12, 2018
Singing · Online

Been taking online singing classes with Candida for almost a year. She is wonderful and could not imagine a better teacher. She meets you where you are in terms of learning. She is very soulful in her teaching so she incorporates naturally using your instincts as well as combing technical techniques. I am so happy to continue with her. I would recommend her to anyone

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Julien Feb 11, 2018
Vocal Training · Online

Candida is the best music teacher I have come across, she is knowledgable, talented, supportive and constantly positive. She has helped me so much with my voice and ear training from a technical standpoint and more importantly as a mentor has been patient and supportive.

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Alexandra Feb 9, 2018
Singing · Online

It has been a bit over a year now since I started my lessons with Cândida, and I’ve seen a huge change in my voice and musicality, and also more subtle but very important changes in my life in general. Through working on my favourite songs, she has helped me to discover a voice I had never thought I had. Thanks to her I have found and started working on the root cause of my speaking problems as well - I run trainings at work so it is crucial for me. And - as if that wasn’t enough - my dream of getting music out of a piano has started to come true 😊 Music is a language, and Cândida is a rare mix of a native speaker and a trained professional tutor who can logically explain the rules. Her teaching style is varied and never boring, the learning approaches, technologies and tricks she knows are countless. I won’t exaggerate if I say that starting lessons with her was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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Olivia Feb 8, 2018
Jazz Voice · Online

I have started voice lessons two years ago with Candida. I chose her because she is a Brazilian like I am. I have learned a lot and also have a good time at the lessons. Her teaching on line is great for me because I travel a lot. She is a teacher and also a good friend. I am so lucky to have found you!!!

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Divya Oct 5, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Great first lesson!! It was very organized and I loved going over in detail the song I picked. Thanks Candida! Looking forward to the next.

Tamesha Morris Sep 6, 2017
Singing · Online

She is the most helpful teacher ever

Tamesha Morris Sep 2, 2017
Singing · Online

very positive, helped me up front I'm happy to be seeing her again

Julien C. Jul 10, 2017
Singing · In home

super nice, knowledgable, and helpful! Amazing teacher

Michael Cunningham May 10, 2017
Piano · Online

I had my first lesson and I am really excited and encourage. I feel that Candida was genuinely interested in understanding my goals and is committed to helping me achieve them. I also know that she is very well versed in all facets of music and I can learn from her. Time to Practice!

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Raymond S. Mar 16, 2017
Singing · Online

Candida is a great teacher and artist. She does way more than just teaching technique because she does her best to get the artist inside you. Candida helps you discover your inner self and get it out through your voice. She is patient, objective, and very kind. She is by far one of the greatest teachers I've had the chance to work with, not just for music but any subject.
I highly recommend Candida, and I'm looking forward to continuing my music education with her.

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Waldemar G. Mar 2, 2017
Piano · In home

Candida is the best music instructor I've ever had! She is always well prepared, understanding, very knowledgeable, and extremely technologically proficient. Her effervescence and energetic exuberance both relaxes and motivates you. She is a professional performer and a master teacher, and combines all of these great qualities into a great productive learning experience. I recommend her without reservation if you love music and want to have a great learning experience!

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Saar T. Feb 22, 2017
Classical Piano · In home

Candida is exactly what I was looking for.

She understood what I needed and helped me to obtain the confidence I needed as well.

Highly recommended !

Daelene W. Feb 20, 2017
Singing · Online

Cândida is amazing, and made me feel very comfortable on my first lesson. She has a great spirit, and is extremely helpful!

Maribel L. Jan 23, 2017
Singing · In home

Sorry I wanted to give the 5 stars, it was an error before.
She is amazing, I regret not having still enough time to take lessons with her for myself!

Alexandra Jan 16, 2017
Singing · Online

I've already written a review for Candida, but that one was rather rushed and I think it doesn't do her justice. She is an incredible teacher and has such a bright personality. She works methodically on the technique and explains all the physical workings of the voice and how it's connected to the whole body, there's a lot of foundational work which I think is very important. But at the same time she lets you choose the songs to work on; and I think learning to properly sing things you really enjoy is the greatest motivation. She's discovered a voice in me that I never knew I had. Today before our lesson I was tired and feeling a bit lost - everyone has those days I think. 45 minutes later, I'm feeling fresh and inspired.

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Alexandra Dec 12, 2016
Singing · Online

Candida is a knowledgeable and passionate tutor; I love the apps we use for the lessons and homework. It's only been two lessons but I'm definitely feeling improvements in my singing. I study Afro-Cuban percussion so for me the fact that Candida speaks Spanish and Portuguese and is at home with Latin music styles is a huge plus as well!

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Greg Emerson Nov 24, 2016
Vocal Training · Online

Candida brings a wide range of expertise, from pedagogy to performance, to her instruction. She is patient, encouraging and communicates well. Highly recommended!

Anouk S. Nov 23, 2016
Singing · Online

It has been a pleasure to meet Candida she is very warm and bright and very knowledgeable. First session went just right. All she pointed out was exactly right!
Love her physical approach to expand and relax my daughter singing.
Thank you Candida! Looking forward to work more with you.

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Francisco Mussnich May 30, 2016
Piano · Online

Cândida is a very talented and dedicated musician. She clearly also has a passion for teaching since she takes great pleasure in helping students discover and develop their full potential. Simply put, she combines the perfect skills for an effective learning experience. I highly recommend her for anyone who loves music.
On a more personal note, a bit of how I met Cândida. I first started playing piano a long time ago but, after a couple of years, quit and never tried again. I had been willing to get back to classes for a while but hesitated several times. Cândida played a central role in encouraging me to do that and making me comfortable in this new beginning. Our connection was immediate and I have been taking lessons with her since then. During this time, it has also been very inspiring to learn from such a young yet experienced musician. Her method is very practical: although it is naturally easier to interact in in-presence, her Skype lessons really work. She has also been very flexible with regards to schedule. And, most importantly, always welcomes you to class with a bright Brazilian smile.
Again, could not recommend her more! Enjoy!

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Olivia S. May 30, 2016
Jazz Voice · In studio

I was very fortunate to find Candida as a teacher. She understands what I want to do with my voice. Having a Brazilian multilingual teacher is great because (I am also a Brazilian) I have the opportunity to sing in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and English!

I have been studying with Candida since March in a studio in Manhattan and now I have lessons on line while I am in Italy for three months, which is a great way to continue my lessons while I am abroad.

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Ayah A. Mar 19, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

My daughter is writing her own songs. She is finding confidence in her voice. She is interested in playing piano. She is six. Thank you Cândida!

Rosaura A. Dec 14, 2015
Singing · Online

Cândida is fabulous! My 12 year old daughter really enjoys Cândida's lessons! The skype resource really works!

Zaida R. Dec 10, 2015
Composition · Online

This review is after my first lesson. What I like about her is that she is structured and unstructured when need be. Meaning, we will be using a book but I can ask any question I want. Am looking forward to many more lessons with her.

G B. Nov 12, 2015
Jazz Voice · In studio

I am so happy and lucky to have found Candida. She is equally an extraordinarily gifted musician as she is a teacher. Candida has targeted exactly what I need to work on and has given me many tools with which to work. She is so warm and makes the lesson so comfortable and fun. Candida is such a talent and I look forward to our next lesson!

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Winnie L. Nov 6, 2015
Piano · In studio

Great experience with Candida!

Maycon A. Aug 24, 2015
Piano · In studio

She is a real piano teacher! Very happy with the first class.

agatha S. May 27, 2015
Piano · In home

Cândida is a great teacher! We've been mixing trainings on piano and singing, and I love the songs she proposes. I'm myself very interested in Brazilian music! Love the classes!

Sergio P. May 20, 2015
Singing · Online

Candida is an incredible teacher. Her lessons are well structured and tailored to my daughter's need. Candida brings motivation to my daughter as she looks forward to her lessons.
So glad we have come across Candida.

Rafael V. May 1, 2015
Singing · In studio

Candida is an excellent teacher. She works you hard, but at the same time she makes it a lot of fun. I have only taken three lessons, but already I am sounding better and my confidence has increased tenfold. Thank you, Candida.

Elois L. Apr 20, 2015
Singing · In studio

It's only the first lesson but I had a very good impression of her and a nice felling when seing her with my 3,5 years old Daughter

Waldemar G. Feb 11, 2015
Piano · In home

Candida is the greatest. She is a knowledgeable professional and is very understanding and patient in her approach. She also "keeps it moving" providing feedback continuously with her questions and precise observations ( I am a retired school administrator and school principal ). If you want to learn the piano and have a lot of fun while doing it choose Candida. Of course I won't let you take my instruction time with her away from me.

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