Rina Maimon
Westfield, NJ
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Rina Maimon

Rina M.

Westfield, NJ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn piano from rudiments to ragtime, Bach to Broadway, classics and more. Start at the beginning and progress at your own pace. Read notes, play chords, study finger aerobics...from technique to musicianship, enjoy playing music on your own terms.

About Rina M.

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.

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Caleb
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Great online piano lesson! Always pleasant experience with Ms. Rina!

Posted Mar 30, 2020
Xiaoli W.
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great

Posted Mar 14, 2020
Sergio
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I have gotten so much information from just one lesson. She has already given me many tips and can already pinpoint where i need work. She is understanding and patient, and really helps you make sense of what you’re singing. She’s great, i would definitely recommend her as a teacher.

Posted Mar 12, 2020
Claude B.
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Very pleasant experience

Posted Jan 13, 2020
Don H.
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Excellent teacher. Very accomplished. I enjoyed working with her. Rina knows so much about music. She was helpful guiding me through my first music lesson. A great first start. I can't wait until I have another singing lesson with Rina next Friday at 1:00 PM.

Posted Dec 13, 2019
Teresa M.
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Experience was phenomenal I had my first lesson today and so excited for the future!

Posted Oct 18, 2019
Jeff
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Wonderful approach to teaching a beginner.

Posted Sep 9, 2019
Ron
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Rina transformed a septuagenarn with very little vocal experience into a much more confident and capable vocalist...in only five 1hr lessons. I plan to continue with Rina because learning with her is fun and although I have learned a lot I want to absorb more of what she is capable of teaching me.

Posted Aug 24, 2019
Alex
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We feel so lucky to find Ms. Rina to be my son’s Oboe teacher. She is so patient with my son to go through every basic skill. Every class went smoothly and efficiently. This is definitely a very good online instructor experience.

Posted Jul 15, 2019
Jenny
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Posted Jul 1, 2019
Ron
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I am starting from ground zero. Even so, in the first lesson we made progress, learning a few changes that are already improving what I had been doing in the past.

Posted Jun 6, 2019
Noemi Q.
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Rina was great! I learned a lot today!

Posted May 5, 2019
Michael
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Rina is an excellent teacher. She takes the time to explain how notes are changing and how things are connected. She is easy going and knows the material very well. The hour went by very fast! Very happy I was able to connect with her.

Posted Apr 28, 2019
Maria
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Ms.Rina is great! She is very patient and knowledgeable musician! Me and my daughter love her!!!

Posted Feb 4, 2019
Tony M.
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Work on mechanics and other skills to open up or clear the airway and to improve resonance and the quality of the overall voicing etc.

Posted Dec 28, 2018
Riley K.
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Helpful, caring and instructive lessons. Clear improvement shown after each session.

Posted Aug 4, 2018
Johanna T.
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My son is enjoying the guitar lessons with Rina and is motivated to continue.

Posted Jul 10, 2018
Jack
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Ms. Rina is by far the best teacher I've ever had. She's very genuine in her work and very kind. She has a deep knowledge of music and she play's the piano absolutely beautifully. I highly recommend her for all ages that desire to learn the piano.

Posted Apr 6, 2018
Michael
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Rina taught my son oboe lessons for two years. She was the perfect mix of being approachable, friendly, knowledgeable, and serious about teaching oboe. When I was looking for a teacher I was especially concerned that I find someone who would go beyond teaching how to play the notes, and would get deeply into the technique - the real details of articulation and all of the performance points specific to the oboe. My son always ended lessons being motivated to practice and enjoying the experience. He also mentioned that he learned more in a single lesson with Rina than in months with other teachers. I recommend Rina as an oboe teacher without reservation.

Posted Mar 1, 2018
Michael R.
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Posted Feb 6, 2018
Anthony R.
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If you're looking for someone with patience for a beginner I highly recommend Rina! She is very talented on an array of instruments! My 7 year old just loves her and is excited to go to their piano lesson.

Posted Nov 3, 2017
Dawne C.
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Teacher Very knowledgeable ,patient and understanding and want's to see you achieve your goals.

Posted Aug 21, 2017
Stephen
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Rina is a fabulous instructor. My son originally contacted Rina after researching piano teachers in our area. She came highly recommended and as a result he gave me a gift of five piano lessons to start. I became hooked; I've been with Rina for well over a year now and thoroughly enjoy learning. Her background in music is broad and she is creative in her approach to teaching.
The experience has been extremely rewarding for me and I look forward to continuing my journey into piano with Rina for many sessions to come.

Posted May 11, 2017
Michael R.
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Posted Mar 14, 2017
Linda
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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.

Posted Jul 15, 2016
Cekey T.
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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.

Posted Jul 9, 2016
Bill L.
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My son love his first piano class. Good beginning!

Posted May 13, 2016
Kirk T.
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Had my first lesson today and I think this will be fantastic.

Posted Apr 14, 2016
Anthony R.
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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.

Posted Apr 2, 2016
Rajita
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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.

Posted Mar 21, 2016
David C.
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My 6 yo loves her!

Posted Feb 7, 2016
Olivia
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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.

Posted Jan 11, 2016
Yanqing Z.
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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!

Posted Dec 17, 2015
Marian O.
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I really like taking lessons from Rina. I'm learning to play the songs, but also to understand how the parts fit together.

Posted Nov 3, 2015
David B.
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Rina was very helpful to get our son started with the piano lessons. She is attentive and makes lessons interesting to follow.

Posted Oct 3, 2015
Peter Evans
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Best instructor every, lots of patience, has given terrific confidence. Am now playing Oboe as intermediate in 4 months.

Posted Sep 15, 2015
Candice H.
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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.

Posted Sep 13, 2015
Caroline M.
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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!

Posted Sep 7, 2015
Denise R.
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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

Posted Jul 18, 2015
Liz S.
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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.

Posted Jun 15, 2015
Anthony B.
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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!

Posted Jun 1, 2015
Michael E.
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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.

Posted May 17, 2015
Karin F.
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Rina is a great teacher! She is patience, kind and gives great constructive feedback. I highly recommend her.

Posted Feb 22, 2015
Sandy M.
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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!

Posted Dec 17, 2014
Kelly P.
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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!!!!!

Posted Dec 10, 2014
Deborah M.
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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!

Posted Dec 5, 2014
Anthony B.
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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.

Posted Nov 20, 2014
Marcela T.

Wonderful!

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.

Posted May 14, 2014
Michelle C.

Learned so much.

Rina is such a great teacher, Gia has learned so much since she started coming to Rina. Rina teaches from her heart, and my daughter loves coming every week. She turned down going surf fishing with her father, not to miss a week with Rina. I highly recommend Rina for a Piano teacher, she is the best.....

Posted Apr 12, 2014
Shawn P.

Best teachet ever

i enjoy my lesson witb Ms Rina. She makes me feel comfortable because she has Patience and she is willing to work with me for as long as it takes me to get it right. Thank you ms. Rina

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Al P.

A very good teacher

Rina is an outstanding instructor, who make learning enjoyable. I look forward to my lessons, and as a result have no problem finding time to practice. She's a real pro!

Posted Dec 26, 2013
George K.

Excellent; exaclty what I needed! Thanks Rina

I am an older adult who had always wanted to play some of the popular and older songs for family and friends. I had tried to teach myself but had only limited success and very slow progress. As much as I tried to understand the theory behind playing piano I continued to get frustrated. I decided to look for someone who would understand my objectives and be patient enough to help me actually be able to play piano. Rina was perfect. She understood what I was looking for, was excellent in mixing piano theory with playing, and presented a very comfortable learning environment. She also was patient with my ability to learn and never made me feel uncomfortable in our practice sessions. What a difference having a great piano teacher makes in learning a skill like playing piano. Highly recommended and was exactly what I wanted in a music instructor. I plan to continue my piano lessons with Rina; she has made me realize I can do this!

Posted Nov 27, 2013
Regina A.

Excellent Product

Rina is the best. Rina is patient, encouraging, attentive and very helpful in making sure that I am singing on key and getting my notes correct. I have learned so much in such a short time with Rina's help in training my voice to reach it's maximum level as high as I can go. I recommend Rina to anyone searching for a excellent teacher in voice training.

Posted Nov 17, 2012
KimD1

My Girls are enjoying every moment with Rina! They are getting more confident and continuet to practice each night. She is awesome and we give her 5 STARS!

Posted May 11, 2012
JillC1

Student's mother

Abigail (age 11) has been taking lessons from Mrs Rina M for a few months and REALLY enjoys it. Since she never had formal voice lessons before, we were not sure what to expect and have been pleasantly surprised. Each week we look forward to our session with her. Mrs Rina is a very knowledgeable, professional teacher with a thoughtful approach to how she makes her teaching selections.

Posted Mar 12, 2012
EmilyL

she's so patient and nice.i like her a lot same as kimberly. thanks for having us,we're looking forward next month.

Posted Feb 6, 2012
NellyI

Great teacher

Our Daughter has been getting piano lessons from Mrs. Rina for a few weeks now. Rina is an awesome teacher that exercises patience and with that brings out the ability of our daughter. She's a shy girl but Rina makes her feel very comfortable allowing her to learn a tremendous amount in a short time. Simply a GREAT teacher !!!!

Posted Feb 5, 2012

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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

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 pitched/unpitched instruments, singing, movement, body percussion and improvisation.

Awards

Gold Profile Teacher
Mar 2017

TakeLessons

Top Teacher
Aug 2013

TakeLessons

Affiliations

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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