Rina Maimon

Rina M.

Westfield, NJ

About Rina M.

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Rina teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 1991
Last sign in: Last week

Overview

I am a music educator, classically trained with an advanced performance degree. As a soloist and collaborative musician, I have performed professionally in ensembles, bands and orchestras both here and abroad. With a high degree of knowledge and proficiency, I teach proper technique and practice strategies, music notation, theory, rhythm and phrasing, while adapting teaching approaches to match the needs of each student. I share a love of music with my students and it gives me great pride to hear each student develop their own musical voice.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is to help students of varying ages and abilities succeed musically. Dedicated, experienced, encouraging, and sensitive to student moods, I am a multi-instrumentalist who can instruct you in acoustic guitar, classical guitar, piano (classical and popular repertoire), oboe, and voice. Study music to awaken your aural senses, develop muscle memory, and enhance your intellectual development.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and bench, keyboard, guitar, guitar stand, music stand, foot stool. Ample seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I am comfortable teaching from a piano or keyboard. I will transport my own guitar and anticipate students will own or rent the instrument they will be studying.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner to advanced music instruction, guitar notes and chords, piano melodies and accompaniment, vocal instruction, musical theater, classical piano and more.

Photos and Videos

Beginning-level piano student plays "Three Wise Monkeys."

Experience

Music Educator

Sep 1995 - Present
NJ Schools and TakeLessons

I am a classically trained musician with an advanced performance degree. As a soloist and collaborative musician, I have performed professionally in ensembles, bands and orchestras both here and abroad. As a teacher of music, I have taught vocal and instrumental music lessons to hundreds of students, privately and in classrooms in both independent and public schools in Central NJ.

Education

M.M. Master of Music

Sep 1976 - Oct 1977
Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America

B.A. Music cum laude

Sep 1971 - May 1975
Tufts University, Boston, MA

Languages Spoken

English and the language of music

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Teacher of Music

Mar 2002
New Jersey State Department of Education

Orff Certification

Jul 1997
Westminster Choir College

Pedagogical techniques for teaching music including playing pitched/unpitched instruments, singing, movement, body percussion and improvisation.

Awards

Gold Profile Teacher

Aug 2015
TakeLessons

Top Teacher

Aug 2013
TakeLessons

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education

Jan 2002
NAFME

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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33 Reviews on Rina M.

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Linda Jul 15, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Rina is a wonderful instructor. I was nervous about taking lessons later in life but she has been very supportive. She approaches the lessons at the perfect level for me and is making learning enjoyable.
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Cekey T. Jul 9, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
For me to be as bashful and shy as I am I couldn't believe how easy it was to sing in front of Ms. Rina. I had to ask myself "am I really doing this? Am I singing in front of someone for the first time?" Ms. Rina made me feel totally at ease from the moment she greeted me at her front door with the warmest of smiles to the moment the lesson was done and she was giving me pointers to do at home. She even made my two teenage children feel at ease. I would recommend Ms. Rina to everyone. Thank you Ms. Rina. I look forward to my next lesson.
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Bill L. May 13, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son love his first piano class. Good beginning!
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Kirk T. Apr 14, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Had my first lesson today and I think this will be fantastic.
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Anthony R. Apr 2, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She was inviting ,professional and wonderful with our 5 year old. He is shy and yet he is excited to get to his second lesson.
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Rajita Mar 21, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I love the lessons and look forward to it every week. Ms. Rina explains the basics very well and makes the whole lesson more interesting with her enthusiasm as well as interesting trivia.
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David C. Feb 7, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 6 yo loves her!
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Olivia Jan 11, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I observed my 6yr old daughter's first guitar lesson with Rina. She is patient while providing proper technique, posture, reading music and teaching new notes (remember, this is a 6yr old!). My daughter left the lesson with an ear to ear smile and immediately told me how nice Rina is and how she loved it. I am very pleased with our experience so far and my daughter and I are both excited to continue.

As far as logistics, Rina is quick to respond via phone and email. Although she is in Westfield, her location has plenty on-street parking.
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Yanqing Z. Dec 17, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I have two kids, 8 and 6 yrs old. They were only with Rina for a few times, but they loved Rina's piano lessons from the first time on. Rina was able to adjust her teaching strategy based on each student's ability and needs. Her lessons are fun and rigorous. The kids also got motivated to practice at home. We are fortunate to have found Rina!
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Marian O. Nov 3, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I really like taking lessons from Rina. I'm learning to play the songs, but also to understand how the parts fit together.