Nadia Banna

Nadia B.

New York, NY
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
A classically-trained flutist, Nadia has been teaching flute for many years. A summa cum laude graduate of New York University in Music Performance, she excels at teaching students how to play flute in a way that emphasizes body awareness and comfort in positioning and holding the flute. Nadia also focuses on whole musicianship in her lessons, incorporating theory and other elements of music into lessons to facilitate a deeper understanding of the music. She is a friendly, encouraging and dedicated teacher who aims to teach each student according to his or her needs and interests. See you in class! :)

About Nadia B.

Hi! I’m Nadia. I’m an experienced teacher, currently offering lessons in classical flute performance, Italian language and Alexander Technique/posture coaching.

I truly love helping clients improve their skills, learn new things and reach their goals, whether it’s playing the flute in a musical, skillful way, speaking and understanding the beautiful language of Italian or changing their posture to relieve pain and enhance performance in daily life or a skilled activity.

I enjoy connecting with you! If you have a question about any of the subjects I teach or my teaching, please feel free to use the “Ask a Question” feature and I’ll respond as soon as possible.

A NOTE ABOUT MY AVAILABILITY: If you don’t see the time/day you’re looking for, please send me a message and/or sign up for lessons and we can find a time that works.

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: - 5 Easy Ways to Test Your Piano Skills - 4 Easy Ways to Make Piano Practice Fun and Productive - 4 Valuable Tips for Succeeding at the ABRSM Piano Exam - Piano Tips: How to Master Large Leaps on
Piano - 3 Tips for Playing Loudly (and Beautifully) at the Piano - 4 Ways to Make Practicing Piano Scales FUN! [Infographic] - How to Read Piano Music Faster: Intro to the Keys - 5 Bad Habits Holding You Back as You Learn Piano - How to Read Piano Sheet Music for Piano: A Visual Tour

FLUTE: - Learn to Play the Flute: Your Top Challenges, Resolved!

ITALIAN: - 10+ Fun Italian Grammar and Vocabulary Games for Kids - Useful Italian Phrases and Tips for Dating - Italian Grammar Rules: How to form Singular and Plural Nouns - La Famiglia: Useful Italian Words and Phrases for Family - 10 Most Common Italian Grammar Mistakes - 4 Quick and Easy Italian Grammar Exercises - Essential Italian Vocabulary Words for Beginners - 4 Fun Italian Vocabulary Games for Kids - Italian Grammar: Introduction to Gender and Number - Useful Italian Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Going Out to Eat - 10 Common Italian Stereotypes That Are Actually True - How to Survive Your First Italian Conversation - 5 Fun Italian Games for Learning Numbers - Italian Words and Phrases for the Summer [Slideshow] - Useful Italian Phrases and Tips for Shopping in Italy - Getting Down to Business: Useful Italian Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Doing Business in Italy

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: - 3 Surprising Keys to Exercising Efficiently - Why Standing Up Straight Won’t Fix Your Posture - 3 Exercises to Free Your Singing Voice - How Tension Affects Your Voice (And What to Do About It!) - 3 Often-Overlooked Parts of a Successful Vocal Performance - Singing Tips: 3 Physical Keys for Hitting High Notes


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18 Reviews
Profile-location-online Online

Nadia is a fine instructor. Take it from me who's been coached in many sports - tennis, skiing , riding, swimming. AM is a sport, too, in that the student has to do most of the work. Nadia tells us what to do to improve, but it's up to us to practice.

Posted Feb 2, 2017
Profile-location-online Online

In just one lesson, my daughter learned so much and gained the confidence to work through a difficult piece of music!

Posted Jan 26, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

First lesson in, and I already feel like the goals for myself are more than attainable under the tutelage of Nadia. I learned so much in my first thirty minutes. I can't wait to go back.

Posted Jan 16, 2017
Lorinda H.
Profile-location-online Online

Today I had my first flute lesson with Nadia after not having played for over 30 years! It was truly the best experience that I could hope for. Nadia is knowledgeable, patient, kind and very encouraging. I can't wait for my next lesson!

Posted Dec 29, 2016
Allegra P.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My 6 year old's first music lesson ever, WITHOUT a piano, was a huge hit! Nadia filled the time going through a piano book and walking through the keyboard as well as how to read the notes, and hand placement. Nadia is kind, patient, and engaging. We are thrilled we found her and looking forward to our next lesson!

Posted Sep 17, 2016
Susan M.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Nadia is terrific. I really like her and find her to be enthusiastic, knowledgeable and encouraging. I highly recommend her.

Posted May 26, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Nadia is very nice and patient, and adapted the lesson to whatever I wanted to learn.

Posted Apr 27, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I am learning to speak Italian very fast due to Nadaia's wonderful method and style of teaching

Posted Apr 20, 2016
Adam S.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

A great teacher, extremely knowledgeable with the ability to help students grasp new concepts.

Posted Mar 13, 2016
Viviana B.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Excellent teacher!

Posted Feb 22, 2016
Rachel C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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!

Posted Jan 19, 2016
Kaya H.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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!

Posted Dec 1, 2015
Profile-location-home Student's 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!

Posted Nov 15, 2015
Lori T.
Profile-location-online Online

Terrific first lesson! Nadia is great at simplifying and using creative methods to help you remember the fundamentals.

Posted Aug 23, 2015
Madeline S.
Profile-location-online Online

Wonderful first lesson with Nadia! My daughter is 13 and extremely happy with the instruction she received. We definitely plan on continuing!

Posted Jul 14, 2015
Susan K.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I had a wonderful experience with Nadia. She is very knowledgeable and is helping me advance in my piano learning

Posted Jun 1, 2015
Susan K.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Loved working with Nadia
She helped me asvance

Posted May 29, 2015
Ernest T.

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!!

Posted Feb 7, 2013

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Private Instructor
Sep 2004 - Present

Individually employed

As a private instructor, I teach individuals in the following subject areas: Alexander Technique, Flute, 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!

Faculty Member, Alexander Technique
Sep 2014 - Dec 2016

Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique

As a faculty member, I taught trainees the philosophy, practical training and literature of the Alexander Technique to prepare them for a career teaching the Technique. My duties included leading lectures, working with students one-on-one and in small groups, and supervising independent study.

Workshop Facilitator, CONNECT program
Sep 2014 - Sep 2016

The Cooper Union

As a workshop facilitator, I taught 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 drew on my understanding and experience in the performing arts and with the Alexander Technique.


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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


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.


American Society for the Alexander Technique
Jul 2012
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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