Rina Maimon

Rina M.

Westfield, NJ

About Rina M.

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Rina teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 1991
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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

Young piano student

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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27 Reviews on Rina M.

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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.
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David B. Oct 3, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Rina was very helpful to get our son started with the piano lessons. She is attentive and makes lessons interesting to follow.
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Peter Evans Sep 15, 2015
Oboe · Online
Verified Student
Best instructor every, lots of patience, has given terrific confidence. Am now playing Oboe as intermediate in 4 months.
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Candice H. Sep 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Rina is a very pleasant and knowledgeable instructor. The pace in which she taught was perfect from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed my piano session and am eagerly looking forward to the next! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to learn how to play the piano.
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Caroline M. Sep 7, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Rina is a very nice teacher, great with kids - and their parents. She's patient, competent, and obviously loves teaching. She also always leaves great lessons notes and follow ups. I highly recommend her!
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Denise R. Jul 18, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Rina started teaching my now 11 year old daughter piano almost three years ago. She recently started teaching my daughter clarinet.. Rina is not only knowledgable about teaching music but is able to teach in a learning style that works best for my daughter. Rina has patience and at the same time is very encouraging! She gives positive reinforcement which helps my daughter want to learn more. She has been very accommodating to my daughters musical needs. When my daughter requested clarinet lessons to strengthen her playing for her school band, Rina was more than willing to teach her in the same positive style she taught her piano. I highly recommend Rina !
Denise
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Liz S. Jun 15, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
The request for a review is a bit premature as I have only had one lesson with Rina, but it's obvious she knows her stuff. In just a few minutes of observing my primitive play, she was able to help me improve and correct my technique. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute...and not one minute of the lesson was wasted.
She is focused, clear, and precise in her instruction. At the same time, she creates a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in which to learn.