Monika Szumski

Monika S.

Wharton, NJ
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English

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Being a child of two immigrant parents, I understand the struggles that come with learning a new language extremely well.
Having coached both of my parents through college level English classes, I have experience in editing assignments, explaining grammatical rules, and in general English speaking.
Being a fluent Polish speaker, I specialize in working with the Polish community but can work with anyone who is interested!
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Monika delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2010

Salutations people of TakeLessons! My name is Monika and I am a flutist, lead West African drummer, and a writer/poet.

Flute-wise, I have been playing for 12 years and teaching for a little over 7 of them. As well as teaching privately, I have organized and run rehearsals for flute choirs. I'm a big fan of auxiliary flutes!
Along with classical music, I am a huge lover of world music (more on that below) and like to incorporate Latin jazz, modern, contemporary, and pop/radio music into my teaching. It is so important to get well-rounded exposure in music and if you love other genres, it's an added bonus!

As a lead West African drummer, I have been studying the art form for 5 years. My focus has been on music from the country of Ghana, and specifically the Ewe people. This is not just a focus on drumming but on song and dance as well - it's a marvelous trifecta. I have taught workshops in all kinds of settings with as many as 80 students at once! From summer programs, teacher professional development days, to in- or after-school activities, there is always fun to be had! While this style of music is best suited for a group of people, there is nothing stopping us learning the drumming techniques and lead drum parts privately.

In addition to my musical life, I am also a writer and poet. As a child to two immigrant parents from Poland, I grew up learning how to teach English, and in turn fell in love with the creative writing process.
A lot of my inspiration comes from my constant reading, musical adventures, and particularly my time in nature as a hiker.

Never hesitate to reach out with any questions - I'd be happy to connect :).

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Education

Music Performance and Community Education
Sep 2012 - May 2016
Montclair State University

Languages

Polish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Playing lead drum in Gahu, a West African Drumming social piece from the Ewe Tribe in Ghana.

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Performance for a yoga kirtan on the harmonium.

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Performance at Carnegie Hall, 2015

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Dancing fun in West African Drumming!

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Lead Drum performance on Gahu from my Senior Music Degree Recital.
Performance of Piazza Vittorio (Choro Maxixe), by Celso Machado
(Monika S. on flute, John C. on guitar)
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