Candid L. Borges
New York, NY
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Candid L. Borges

Candid L. B.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Having an international career of 20 years crossing different genres, I coach artists to start and develop a career and musicianship. I have been a mentor at New York Foundation for the Arts and at IBOC Company.

I created a mentoring program structured that combines with specific demands of the artists. The program includes songwriting, arrangement, music production, vocal coach, composition, and more.

In English, Español ou Português! Classes are a very fun and practical way to learn and create your songs, as well being inspired by other tunes! It can be based on playing by ear or writing scores and chords. Also, includes training on technique, creativity and composing, to start putting your ideas together to create your own songs or your own arrangement for composers you like! Write your own music and tell your stories!

* Classes in studio in NYC or online too. Please ask for it by message!

- chord progressions
- melodies structures
- style characteristics
- writing lyrics and how to connect with melodies
- choosing chords
- analyzing songs
- Suggesting books for reading and working with
- how to produce and record your songs home

Practicing rhythms, melodies, harmonies, chords, you will develop your musicality and apply everything in your own repertoire. Using apps, videos, tracks, you will have amazing material to follow along, watch references and read your special instructions. Choose to add music theory and harmony, composing to your program if you wish. Special projects in season cycles will happen to motivate your study and give you opportunities to show your progress. Working with a coaching plan makes your development easier and stronger!

In this class, you will also learn:

• Music Appreciation
• Learn different genres, styles, music from different parts of the world
• Music History & Composer
• Study composers and compare old & new styles
• Interpretation and body movements
• Rhythm practice
• Working on memorizing technique

And beyond music:
• Language Development and Emergent Literacy
• Social and Emotional Development
• Cognition and General Knowledge
• Physical and Motor Development
• Approaches to Learning and Motivation

About Candid L. B.

International Musician, Expert and Scholar in Music Education, with modern methodologies to teach music (performance, creation, well-being) - in person in New York 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, music history, concepts, composition. For all ages, make your musical experience a really valid one.

I am a touring artist, with a career on piano and singing that you can find works and followers in every social network.

I'm a Brazilian musician around 35 years old, based in NYC for a PhD Research in Music Composition, MASTER in Piano Performance and Singing, Professor at a University in Brazil and in the US, also Bachelor in Singing and Composition. I am also educated in multiple techniques, that I apply to my unique methodology. I combine elements of Linklater, Estill, Alexandre Technique, Feldenkrais, GDS; I am certified under the Somatic Voicework Technique and I am becoming a designated LInklater technique instructor soon (5 years education in NYC). The combination of this technique allows me to work from a body/emotional perspective to approach music.

Through the last 20 years of performing and teaching, I created a unique program that approaches music in a holistic way. I approach a cross-technique between piano-singing-composition and a cross-genre repertoire, that (finally) includes folk music from multiple cultures. Deeply grounded in studies of music, the student receives a program to be created collectively with me during classes, including syllabus, methods for assessment, coaching and opportunities for performance and recording.

I am very experienced leading classes of piano and Jazz/pop singing, songwriting, 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, and composition. The main concept of my methodology is about using creativity, technology, and good music to make the students feel inspired and motivated to play the songs they want and develop skills. I teach in English, Portuguese or Spanish.

I've been teaching beginners and advanced students. I coach professional musicians, applying for auditions, releasing new works or developing their careers - especially in New York. My students include kids to successful musicians. Check my reviews, please.

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!

Create your own program, combining different subjects, like singing and ear training, music theory and piano, piano and singing, piano and songwriting, etc.

Classes are online or in Manhattan, New York - in studio or in-home. Worldwide students.

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

I recommend starting with online or in studio classes of 30 minutes. You will receive instructions 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 e a facilidade de se falar PORTUGUÊS em aula!


Professor Cândida is an inspiring world-class musician, classically trained and rooted in Brazilian/Latin culture. While completing her Doctorate, she holds a Master in Piano Performance, Bachelors also in piano, singing, composition, studies in music production and electronic music, sound therapy, special needs and coaching. Professor Cândida is a true educator and artist, specialized in Music Pedagogy.

Her artistic work mixes folkloric music, bossa nova, pop, latin and African music, jazz, and styles of world music.  After 15 years of teaching in Universities in Brazil, the United States and other countries, she created a program in which she offers her experience as a music educator for all ages worldwide students.

To be effective, warm and simple.  Her program consists of private and group classes, live online and in New York City. Not by video, it's a true instructor to help you build repertoire, good technique, and great support to your studies and development.

Her methodology consists of a modern approach to music education and coaching,  that connects creativity, repertoire, technology and skill development. Among her expertise: piano, keyboard, jazz voice and singing, music theory, ear training, harmony, songwriting.

She also connects and leads a warm community that shares music, shows, meetings, and encouragement!


You can choose to learn in Portuguese, Spanish or English.


Many possibilities, many styles. Her expertise on classical, Brazilian and Latin jazz, pop, although she has coached students and musicians in all genres, especially working with professionals in universities around the world. It includes jewish, arabic, indian music.

If you are especially interested in BRAZILIAN MUSIC, like Bossa Nova and Samba, this is one of the main expertise of Prof. Cândida.


Prof. Cândida 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!


Being trained in different techniques, she offers a combination of different methodologies to suit the best material for each student. You will have access for free to her resources, including many books, recordings, audiobooks, online courses, of most of the material that is sold online. Included in your methodology the research to these resources if you wish.


Prof. Cândida is highly oriented by studies in Neuroscience, to develop methodologies that work for kids stimulation, healthy aging programs, and special needs, among some other special cases. Finding the right methodology to work on music education is a key aspect to guarantee long-lasting results and motivation - especially for kids. Music and arts are applied as well-being activities, for artistic and health purposes. This is one of the main aspects of learning from a trained and experienced music educator.

There is a special program including techniques connected to meditation and well-being. Ask me how.


Prof. Cândida has a special curriculum for kids in homeschooling programs. As a certified educator, Prof. Cândida is able of giving reports and evaluations for these programs.


You can connect online. 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 with all the material we use in class. In tour or local, classes must go on! The teacher will have the same sheet music as the student and will guide the positioning of the camera to suit the class.


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


Please review my fees for different locations and class length.


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 contact information.

Check my reviews and join us today!


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79 Reviews
Katherine S.
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Candida is the best!

Posted Jul 22, 2021
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Candid has a quick eye and offers a positive critique of my skills and technique. Looking forward to working more with Candid!

Posted Jun 23, 2021
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Technically she knows her stuff, interpersonally she is fabulous and as a beginning singer I am thrilled with these lessons.

Posted Mar 17, 2021
Tyler M.
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Love her teaching, it's so helpful.

Posted Mar 11, 2021
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I am not one to take the time to write a review, but my experience must be shared and voiced. I met Professor Candid in early September. Hesitant to start, she immediately provided me with the safest space to be myself, to express my doubts, and to expand on the craft of music with her guidance. She exceeded my expectations time and time again, giving me endless tips, daily practice routines that not only incorporated vocals but mind, body and soul altogether. She did not hesitate to keep me in mind throughout the week, sending me clips of artists, helping me envision my own personal voice. She is always attentive, extremely patient, and has such grace when communicating with you about everything. I have been a music student for most of my life, have been with a handful of music teachers and she is 1 out of 2 teachers that have fully created a 100% non-judgmental environment for me to grow and learn. She always has a great listening ear and always keeps in mind what your personal goals and intentions are, guiding you with any small or huge dream you have your mind set for. If you’re looking for a professor that will not give up on you, will constantly be available to help you throughout the week, someone that shares her joy, teaches you not only her limitless knowledge on music but her wisdom that will forever leave you with such joy and peace every time you end your class session with her, then do not doubt to take your lessons with her! She is the best out here! Forever giving amazing quality lessons! You won’t regret it, I promise you!

Posted Dec 31, 2020
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Candida is an incredible music teacher and I feel lucky to be her student.

I started taking lessons with Candida since March this year. With some background in guitar (mostly self-taught, mixed with learning from different teachers on and off), I wanted to create a more solid music foundation. I wanted not just to play guitar by following videos and tabs, but become a “musician”, that can improvise, play by ear, compose my own pieces eventually. My goals included learning how to read sheet music, training for a better ear, basic singing and piano skills. Candida created a personalized learning plan with all the above goals in mind, gave me homework each week that was catered to my strengths and interests. Her vast knowledge in music education also allowed me to learn tactics backed by research to accelerate my memory and overall learning. We focused on the following topics this year: For singing, correct placement of head voice and chest voice; practices to soften head voice in higher notes and gain a smoother transition. Ear train that focused on singing (not just listening) melodic and harmonic chords (triads and different extensions). Sheet music reading and playing for several classical pieces (Mozart, Chopin, Tchaikovsky). Basic chords voicing, cadences, inversions, and accompanying singing for some classic songs (Elton John, Cold Play for example). I was amazed at how much progress I made in just 9 months. I am able to sing confidently several songs I loved (including Bohemian Rhapsody) while accompanying myself on piano (I had only touched piano probably only 3 times before March). I also added couple of classical piano pieces into my repertoire (including a beautiful Waltz by Chopin that dumbfounded my friends). I can “hear” melodies better and locate notes with much ease. Candida also encourages her students to show their progress and perform, and I even participated in two student recitals this year, and was quite proud of the performances. I can't recommend Candida enough!

Posted Dec 27, 2020
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My 11 year old worked once 45 minutes weekly with Candid for approximately 5 weeks practicing a couple English songs she was familiar with and two Portuguese songs that were new to her (she does not speak Portuguese). It was incredibly rewarding to witness her skills develop in such a short period, as well as her self-confidence and self image. She is half Brazilian, and she was so proud to relate with her Papai—Daddy—in his language. I also had the pleasure to virtually attend an online concert of Candid’s adult and younger students. Her rapport was beautiful with the patchwork of her student body—an eclectic group whose skills filled the spectrum, but whose passion burned bright as one. I highly recommend Candid as a teacher. I will note that she did classes online, and I encouraged practice between classes. She did not solely rely on the weekly classes as a means for learning and improvement. Her skills improved steadily over the five weeks with the guidance and careful coaching of Candid’s classes. Practice between classes was essential to make the most out of all Candid has to offer.

Posted Dec 23, 2020
Duff Davis
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For 2020, I focused a lot on left-hand ostinatos for improvising, and practicing scales & chords. I also worked on composition, recording, and in general improved the timing of both hands.

For classical piano, I worked a bit on the Adagio from the Moonlight Sonata, the Eb Major Nocturne and the Adagio from the C major Mozart Concerto, and also the first Invention.

I dedicated more time to the improvising and ostinato practice. While my pedaling improved, it still has a ways to go before I can play some of the classical piano repertoire.

In any case, it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot!

Thanks very much!

Posted Dec 23, 2020
Juliana P.
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Candid is a great teacher! She explains every topic of the course in such an easy way that you learn a lot while having fun. I felt connected to her and I'm eager for the next classes :)

Posted Dec 22, 2020
Sarai R.
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Candid is an excellent teacher, and her experience and knowledge is shown instantly throughout each lesson. She is super nice and kind, which brings you comfort while learning.

Within each lesson, you will get better and better. I have progressed a lot from the 2 months of working with Candid, and can't wait to see how much I"ll grow in the next few months.

Posted Nov 13, 2020
Vanessa Solimano
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She is excellent!!!!!!!!

Posted Nov 4, 2020
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Candida is a very learned and talented vocal teacher. She has a vast amount of knowledge and is constantly expanding her understanding of vocal technique and pedagogy. This includes not just Western signing technique, but also an understanding of the importance of diverse and inclusive technique and de-colonizing classical singing technique.

Candida has identified the techniques I use when I sing and has suggested ways to improve while also constantly checking in to see how I want my voice to sound. She has been encouraging even during the times I lost motivation, and she has put so much work into our sessions. Candida created a personalized lesson plan with me to help keep my notes and progress organized. She has had to think of many different ways of presenting information to me when I have not understood how to use my voice in new ways, and she has never failed to find a way to explain how to create sound. Candida’s teaching does not simply focus on the voice but focuses on mental and physical wellness that is necessary in order to understand how to use the voice. I would recommend Candida to anyone.

Posted Jul 24, 2020
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Candida is a great instructor and has really helped me to develop and learn about my voice. She is very knowledgeable and gives me the right technique/tool/exercise and feedback that I need at each junction of my singing journey. My experience has been fun, interesting, enlightening and even surprising at times. I totally recommend her!

Posted Jul 21, 2020
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She is an excellent teacher and is able to create a different method based on student’s need.

Posted Jul 20, 2020
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It’s virtually impossible to put into words how wonderful Candida is as a teacher and person, but I’ll try.

I came to her after many false starts with singing teachers. Not that it was their fault. I simply lacked the confidence to stick to it — even though singing has been something I’ve wanted to do for decades. Candida is the first singing teacher with the patience, skill and kindness to make me start feeling more comfortable with my voice.

I’ve now been studying with her for about six months and it has been a spectacular experience that I look forward to every session. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have found Candida through this site.

Posted Jul 20, 2020
Levinia ".
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Great first lesson

Posted Jul 2, 2020
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I like the unusual method to teaching, I have only had 3 lessons so far I'm feeling more confident.

Posted Jun 3, 2020
Annie C.
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Very patient. Very informative and I was very happy with the first lesson

Posted May 20, 2020
Mitch H.
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Awesome as always

Posted May 3, 2020
Gwen R.
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I have taken one class with Cândida so far and I am beyond pleased. I feel so fortunate to be recieving instruction from a world-class musician and teacher. She listens carefully and her guidance is spot-on. She is curious, passionate, and professional. I'm looking forward to our next lesson.

Posted Apr 6, 2020
Duff Davis
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Amazing - thanks very much!

Posted Mar 29, 2020
Duff Davis
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Great teacher - very knowledgeable and inspirational! Thanks very much!

Posted Jan 24, 2020
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Candida has been incredibly supportive and attentive to my client's needs. She is very accommodating, and my client has been thrilled to work with her, and especially thrilled with the progress he has made!

Posted Dec 5, 2019
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Candida has not only wide and deep knowledge on the subject of music and piano, but is also an accomplished teacher who will adapt to each students needs and context. Every lesson feels like a step forward with her guidance, looking forward to learning from her for as long as possible!

Posted Nov 13, 2019
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I love it. I am learning and improving so much.

Posted Oct 15, 2019
Jing K.

Ms. Candida is the best teacher ever!!! My son is 6 years old and very hard to handle but Ms. Candida is always so caring and patient with him and my son loves Ms. Candida's class very much and learn A LOT from her! Really amazing teacher!! :)

Posted Oct 3, 2019
Mark G.
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We absolutely love Candida. She seems to be able to connect to my 8 years old which I constantly have to push to practice, so and I cannot ask for more honestly. I'm just happy he's so excited to go to the class. Worth every $ and trust me I just moved in NYC and the lessons are double the price than in NJ.

Posted Oct 1, 2019
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Really loved it!

Posted Aug 31, 2019
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Candida is quite possibly the best music (singing) instructor I've had, seen or heard of. She's got a wide range of talents and is able to hone in on a specific students problems and where they need to develop. I have recordings of my initial songs from when I started a year ago and today and there's a night and day difference.

I (being a bad student) hadn't actually recorded anything in a few months and after implementing some of the techniques she recommended and practicing for a few months, I finally recorded a song we'd been working on...and...I didn't even recognize my own voice and sound. It was that much better.

She's excellent, fun, and funny. I can't recommend her highly enough.

Posted Aug 14, 2019
Faitel L.
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Great lesson!

Posted Aug 6, 2019
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I see Cândida both online and at her studio. She's great. An excellent teacher. I'm beginning piano later in life and Cândida is a great motivator and has a broad understanding of teaching which permits her to adapt her teaching based on your learning style.

Posted May 28, 2019
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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!

Posted Apr 25, 2019
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Great teacher, very patient, with attention to detail. She is very friendly and make the sessions fun and energetic.

Posted Apr 24, 2019
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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!

Posted Apr 24, 2019
Lucy G.
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AMAZING 4th lesson and I feel very comfortable she’s so nice and she’s super smart !! Great teacher definitely recommend!!

Posted Mar 21, 2019

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

Posted Mar 17, 2019
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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!!

Posted Feb 24, 2019
Larry B
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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!

Posted Feb 19, 2019
Stratos F.
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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!

Posted Feb 18, 2019
Duff Davis
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Great thanks!!

Posted Jan 23, 2019
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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!

Posted Aug 30, 2018
Stratos F.
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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).

Posted Jun 15, 2018
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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.

Posted May 12, 2018
Danny M.
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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.

Posted Mar 23, 2018
Sergey P.
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the great teacher which uniquely understands your needs. very comfortable to work with

Posted Mar 23, 2018
Diego J.
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She was beyond AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted Mar 23, 2018
Brianna C.
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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!!!

Posted Feb 19, 2018
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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

Posted Feb 12, 2018
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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.

Posted Feb 11, 2018
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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.

Posted Feb 9, 2018
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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!!!

Posted Feb 8, 2018
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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.

Posted Oct 5, 2017
Tamesha Morris
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She is the most helpful teacher ever

Posted Sep 6, 2017
Tamesha Morris
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very positive, helped me up front I'm happy to be seeing her again

Posted Sep 2, 2017
Julien C.
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super nice, knowledgable, and helpful! Amazing teacher

Posted Jul 10, 2017
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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!

Posted May 10, 2017
Raymond S.
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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.

Posted Mar 16, 2017
Waldemar G.
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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!

Posted Mar 2, 2017
Saar T.
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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 !

Posted Feb 22, 2017
Daelene W.
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Cândida is amazing, and made me feel very comfortable on my first lesson. She has a great spirit, and is extremely helpful!

Posted Feb 20, 2017
Maribel L.
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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!

Posted Jan 23, 2017
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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.

Posted Jan 16, 2017
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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!

Posted Dec 12, 2016
Greg Emerson
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Candida brings a wide range of expertise, from pedagogy to performance, to her instruction. She is patient, encouraging and communicates well. Highly recommended!

Posted Nov 24, 2016
Anouk S.
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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.

Posted Nov 23, 2016
Francisco Mussnich
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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!

Posted May 30, 2016
Olivia S.
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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.

Posted May 30, 2016
Ayah A.
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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!

Posted Mar 19, 2016
Rosaura A.
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Cândida is fabulous! My 12 year old daughter really enjoys Cândida's lessons! The skype resource really works!

Posted Dec 14, 2015
Zaida R.
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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.

Posted Dec 10, 2015
G B.
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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!

Posted Nov 12, 2015
Winnie L.
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Great experience with Candida!

Posted Nov 6, 2015
Maycon A.
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She is a real piano teacher! Very happy with the first class.

Posted Aug 24, 2015
agatha S.
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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!

Posted May 27, 2015
Sergio P.
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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.

Posted May 20, 2015
Rafael V.
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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.

Posted May 1, 2015
Elois L.
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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

Posted Apr 20, 2015
Waldemar G.
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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.

Posted Feb 11, 2015
Sophia E.
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