Nadia Banna

Nadia B.

New York, NY

About Nadia B.

Background check: Last verified 10/14/2015
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Nadia teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: April 2003
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

My current teaching includes music performance (piano and flute), Italian language and Alexander Technique. I have spent many years honing my skills in all of these subjects and I delight in sharing my knowledge with you and helping you to improve and reach your goals. My teaching style is patient, friendly, helpful and individualized to your needs, interests, goals and learning style.

For more information about my experience and teaching in each subject, please click on the subject you are interested in to read more.

I also enjoy writing blog articles for TakeLessons as another way of sharing information. I have written articles in all of the subjects I teach. Here is a list, by category.

PIANO:

http://takelessons.com/blog/test-your-piano-skills - 5 Easy Ways to Test Your Piano Skills

http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-practice-tips-having-fun - 4 Easy Ways to Make Piano Practice Fun and Productive

http://takelessons.com/blog/ABRSM-piano-exam-tips - 4 Valuable Tips for Succeeding at the ABRSM Piano Exam

http://takelessons.com/blog/mastering-leaps-on-piano - Piano Tips: How to Master Large Leaps on
Piano

http://takelessons.com/blog/loud-piano-dynamics-z06 - 3 Tips for Playing Loudly (and Beautifully) at the Piano

http://takelessons.com/blog/new-ways-to-practice-scales-z06 - 4 Ways to Make Practicing Piano Scales FUN! [Infographic]

http://takelessons.com/blog/read-piano-music-faster-z06 - How to Read Piano Music Faster: Intro to the Keys

http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-piano-bad-habits-z06 - 5 Bad Habits Holding You Back as You Learn Piano

http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-read-piano-sheet-music-z06 - How to Read Piano Sheet Music for Piano: A Visual Tour

FLUTE:

http://takelessons.com/blog/learn-to-play-the-flute - Learn to Play the Flute: Your Top Challenges, Resolved!

ITALIAN:

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-vocabulary-games-z09 - 10+ Fun Italian Grammar and Vocabulary Games for Kids

http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-dating-z09 - Useful Italian Phrases and Tips for Dating

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-nouns-z09 - Italian Grammar Rules: How to form Singular and Plural Nouns

http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-family-z09 - La Famiglia: Useful Italian Words and Phrases for Family

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-z09 - 10 Most Common Italian Grammar Mistakes

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-exercises-z09 - 4 Quick and Easy Italian Grammar Exercises

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-vocabulary-z09 - Essential Italian Vocabulary Words for Beginners

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-vocabulary-games-z09 - 4 Fun Italian Vocabulary Games for Kids

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-grammar-gender-and-number-z09 - Italian Grammar: Introduction to Gender and Number

http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-for-eating-z09 - Useful Italian Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Going Out to Eat

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-stereotypes-z09 - 10 Common Italian Stereotypes That Are Actually True

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-conversation-z09 - How to Survive Your First Italian Conversation

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-games-z09 - 5 Fun Italian Games for Learning Numbers

http://takelessons.com/blog/italian-words-and-phrases-summer-z09 - Italian Words and Phrases for the Summer [Slideshow]

http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-shopping-z09 - Useful Italian Phrases and Tips for Shopping in Italy

http://takelessons.com/blog/useful-italian-phrases-business-z09 - Getting Down to Business: Useful Italian Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Doing Business in Italy

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE:

http://takelessons.com/blog/fitness-tips - 3 Surprising Keys to Exercising Efficiently

http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-fix-your-posture - Why Standing Up Straight Won’t Fix Your Posture

http://takelessons.com/blog/learn-how-to-sing-better-z02 - 3 Exercises to Free Your Singing Voice

http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-sing-without-tension-z02 - How Tension Affects Your Voice (And What to Do About It!)

http://takelessons.com/blog/stage-presence-for-singers-z02 - 3 Often-Overlooked Parts of a Successful Vocal Performance

http://takelessons.com/blog/singing-high-notes-z02 - Singing Tips: 3 Physical Keys for Hitting High Notes

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Experience

Workshop Facilitator, CONNECT program

Sep 2014 - Present
The Cooper Union

As a workshop facilitator, I teach Physical Communication, Musical Communication and Individual Communication workshops with the goal of increased skillful communication and awareness of communication issues for the undergraduate engineering students.

My workshops draw on my understanding and experience in the performing arts and with the Alexander Technique.

Faculty Member, Alexander Technique

Sep 2014 - Present
Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique

As a faculty member, I teach trainees the philosophy, practical training and literature of the Alexander Technique to prepare them for a career teaching the Technique.

My duties include leading lectures, working with students one-on-one and in small groups, and supervising independent study.

Private Instructor

Sep 2004 - Present
Individually employed

As a private instructor, I teach individuals in the following subject areas: Alexander Technique, Flute, Piano and Italian Language.

I enjoy working with a variety of individuals and have done so for many years. I continue to hone my teaching skills and my own skills in each discipline to bring you the most effective, enjoyable teaching to reach your goals!

Education

Double Major: Music Performance & Italian Language and Literature

Sep 2007 - May 2009
New York University

Double Major: Music Performance & Italian Language and Literature

Sep 2004 - Jun 2006
California State University, Sacramento

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Italian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Alexander Technique

Jun 2012
American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT)

Certification to teach the Alexander Technique. Requirements include three years and 1600 hours of training, in addition to continued education to maintain certification.

Affiliations

American Society for the Alexander Technique

Jul 2012
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The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT)  is the largest professional association of certified Alexander Technique teachers in the United States.The requirements for AmSAT teacher certification are specified in AmSAT's Bylaws and include the completion of 1,600 hours of training over a minimum of three years at an AmSAT-approved Teacher Training Course. AmSAT Teacher Training Courses maintain a five-to-one student/teacher ratio.

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8 Reviews on Nadia B.

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Rachel C. Jan 19, 2016
Alexander Technique · In home
Verified Student
Ive had a couple of Alexander instructors and Nadia by far is the best. She explains things in a way that makes sense and I'm seeing progress. She is wonderful!
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Kaya H. Dec 1, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nadia is a really warm, engaging teacher. Perfect for my 2 beginners (age 7 and age 5). They were adamantly against taking piano lessons before I signed them up with Nadia, but now they are eagerly practicing at the piano and studying their lessons. What a gem!
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Nicole Nov 15, 2015
Piano · In home
Nadia is wonderful and our girls love working with her. She is extremely patient. This is their first piano teacher, and they went from dreading the first lesson to looking forward to their weekly lesson!
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Lori T. Aug 23, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Terrific first lesson! Nadia is great at simplifying and using creative methods to help you remember the fundamentals.
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Madeline S. Jul 14, 2015
Flute · Online
Verified Student
Wonderful first lesson with Nadia! My daughter is 13 and extremely happy with the instruction she received. We definitely plan on continuing!
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Susan K. Jun 1, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I had a wonderful experience with Nadia. She is very knowledgeable and is helping me advance in my piano learning
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Susan K. May 29, 2015
In studio
Verified Student
Loved working with Nadia
She helped me asvance
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Ernest T. Feb 7, 2013
Flute
Nadia is an Amazing, Talented, Effective and Kind Teacher........

NADIA is an Amazing teacher! I am a professional Musician (Opera Singer), and always dreamed of playing the Flute. With Nadia's skill as a wonderful flutist and her knowledge of Alexander Technique mixed in with her teaching of the Flute, I have very quickly developed a comfortable and proper position while playing. As a beginner in Flute, I must say that she has truly helped me begin to make some great sounds, sight-read easily, develop Good playing-Habits, and enjoy playing and caring for my Flute. It is RARE to find a Great Teacher who is both "effective" and "kind". I Highly recommend Nadia to ALL those who Love Music and the FLUTE!!