Rina Maimon

Rina M.

Westfield, NJ
Everything Rina Teaches

Levels taught:

    Rina teaches

    5 & Up

    Teaching since

    September 1991

    Last background check
    Rina passed a background check on 06/21/2015 that included the following:
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    Average response time

    3.0 hours

    About Rina


    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

    Advanced vocal student singing a selection from "Amayzing Mayzie" from Seussical the Musical.


    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.


    M.M. Master of Music

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

    B.A. Music

    Sep 1971 - May 1975
    Tufts University, Boston, MA

    Languages Spoken

    English and the language of music

    Fluent / Native Proficiency


    Limited Proficiency


    Teacher of Music

    Mar 2002
    New Jersey State Department of Education


    Top Teacher

    Aug 2013


    National Association for Music Education

    Jan 2002

    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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    19 Reviews on Rina M.

    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 !
    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.
    Anthony B. Jun 1, 2015
    Piano · In studio
    Verified Student
    Rina is an EXCELLENT teacher! She is very patient and knowledgeable which help make her such a great teacher. I regrettably have to move, but I learned so much from Rina that I know I will take with me wherever I go!
    Michael E. May 17, 2015
    Acoustic Guitar · In studio
    Verified Student
    I have been taking acoustic guitar lessons with Rina for about 10 weeks. When I first started I did not know anything about the guitar, but she made it easy by getting me started on learning just one sting at a time. Now I know all of the strings and play chords and a number of tunes. She is very patient and an excellent instructor. I am very happy with my progress and I plan on continuing with guitar lessons until I can play a wide variety of music.
    Karin F. Feb 22, 2015
    Singing · In home
    Verified Student
    Rina is a great teacher! She is patience, kind and gives great constructive feedback. I highly recommend her.
    Sandy M. Dec 17, 2014
    Acoustic Guitar · In studio
    Verified Student
    When I decided to take guitar lessons I couldn't have chose a better teacher. Rina is a great teacher! She is patient and kind and she makes sure you really understand the material. I have learned so much and I'm glad to say that I will continue to learn the most I can about playing the guitar from Rina!
    Kelly P. Dec 10, 2014
    Piano · In studio
    Verified Student
    When I decided to learn to play another instrument, I was nervous and excited at the same time. I contacted Take Lessons and they recommended Rina.
    Rina is a true blessing. She has made me feel comfortable from the moment I met her. She is very friendly, knowledgeable, and patient. I look forward to my weekly lessons with her. Its been one year since I have been Rina's student and I have seen a large improvement in what I have learned. Rina rocks!!!!!
    Deborah M. Dec 5, 2014
    Piano · In studio
    Verified Student
    Rina is a terrific teacher! I'm an older adult returning to piano after many years. Rina has made re-learning fun. The lessons are very enjoyable. She's encouraging as well as challenging. With Rina's instruction, I've made good progress. I highly recommend her!
    Anthony B. Nov 20, 2014
    Piano · In studio
    Verified Student
    Rina is great----she challenges me, is encouraging and helps me bring my personal life into my music. I am an older adult complete beginner and Rina works very well with me. She has also provided recommended resources for finding special sheet music and other music tools. I am in the very early stages but already see improvement in my ability vs. what I tried to do on my own.
    Marcela T. May 14, 2014
    Verified Student

    Rina, has been great, she has helped me prepare for auditions for school. She sends an overview of what we did in class. She reminds me of exercises and practice to do. Over all I'm very happy with her. And I gladly recommend her.