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Music Lessons in Rochester, NY

Rochester New York is home to the Eastman School of Music, one of the greatest music schools in America. Every year thousands of aspiring musicians attend Eastman School of Music in hopes of pursuing a career as one of the country’s premier conductors and musicians. Of course as you would find with many top academic institutions only those who pass a rigorous audition process are accepted.

Due to the their selective enrollment process we suggest that you first gain a solid background in music by enrolling in our Rochester music lessons with our certified music instructors prior to perusing an education at Eastman School of Music. Unlike other music lesson providers, we constantly strive to provide our students with a multidimensional learning experience by equipping every student with a solid foundation in music. We do this by ensuring each student learns proper technique as well as provide a means for students to develop a foundation in music theory if they are interested. Whether you want to learn to sing or play the guitar, piano, or drums our music lesson programs are guaranteed to provide you with an excellent music education for your preferred instrument. In addition, to our wide array of musical instrument lesson programs our Rochester music lessons also include lessons for those looking to pursue music performance and music recording, providing you with a distinct advantage over those who choose to enroll in typical music lessons. Lastly, all of our music instructors are passionate and friendly, so they’ll be sure to help you achieve your musical goals, whether they are instrumental or vocal, in a fun and entertaining way.

If you wish to pursue a career in music or supplement your existing knowledge, let the TakeLessons team help you out. We guarantee that your first session with us will be an exceptional experience and meet your expectations or we will help you find another teacher or provide you with a full refund. So if you’re passionate about music and want to sharpen your skills don’t wait! Sign up for one of our Rochester music lessons today!

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John M.

Rochester, NY

About John

John is an Organist, Harpsichordist, and Pianist just completed a Master's degree at the Eastman School of Music in the organ studio of William Porter. He graduated from Eastman with a Bachelor of Music in Organ and Historical Keyboards in 2011 as a student of David Higgs. At Eastman, he has also studied the pedal clavichord and piano technique with Ulrika Davidsson.

As an instructor, John firmly believes that private, one on one music instruction should be tailored to each individual student. His pedagogical approach is different for each student. Everyone learns differently. There is
just not one way to learn to play an instrument. At the first lesson there will be a discussion on the students goals and interests and different methods of teaching will be discussed with the student (and parents) to decide what the best step forward will be.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are different for each student. The way a lesson is conducted depends on many circumstances. Depending on the goals and age of the student, one can expect lessons to guide a student to achieve the goals which will be discussed in the first few lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin Grand Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano for Piano Lessons
Organ for Organ Lessons
Music Theory Lessons or Tutoring: Staff Paper and Pencils

*** Specialties ***
Piano: Depending on the Age, Ability, Personality, and Ear, I have used "Adventures in Piano," the Alfred Method, and the Thompson Method. I supplement all of these books with pieces and exercises that the students express interest in.
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Alice J. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Baroque

I feel really lucky that you got me in touch with this teacher. He is professional, knowledgeable, polite and he has a lot of patience. I am totally pleased.
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Irvin H. February 1, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Lessons with John are terrific.

John is an experienced and professional teacher who always has an array of tools to teach his students to help them learn. Lessons with him have exceeded expectations.
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Elizabeth L. April 30, 2013
Organ
Highly recommended

I have known John for the last 7 years. He is an excellent musician, a brilliant organist, and a very thoughtful teacher. We have often played for each other and his comments and suggestions are always insightful. In addition to his musical gifts, John’s wonderful personality and sense of humor make him a great colleague and friend.
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John M.

John M.

Rochester, NY 14604
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Rhonda F.

Rochester, NY

About Rhonda

I started taking piano lessons in the first grade from a teacher who graduated from Eastman School of Music. I later won a scholarship to Eastman School of Music as a classical pianist. I have been teaching for 40 years and have performed in Europe and won First Place Piano Competition in New York with 200 of the best pianists in the nation performing. I wanted to quit in the 5th grade but my mother told me I was to young to make that decision for myself and she would not hear of it!
Music is now like the air that I breathe. I cannot live without it! Thanks mom for being smarter than me. Play
ing the piano should be fun at any cost. I let students play many styles of music until they find the style that calls them.
For young children I recommend the parent sit in with the lesson so the parent can help with the practicing at home. They need the extra support when starting piano lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are and should be a fun experience. I teach bits and pieces of college theory to students so they can play the whole keyboard and not just in the middle. Its nice to get students young before they develops bad habits. Piano keys should be played with the fingers and not moving the wrists. Bad habits are hard to break. My children students play like a pro, even if it is only one piece.
Through me, kids learn to love music.
I start lessons at age 4 years old to 99. Please call today to book lessons!

"Learn a little but learn it well" ~Ben Franklin

*** Specialties ***
Traditional Classical and theory. I also get students ready for competitions and scholarships. I will teach any style that will ignite the flame in your child or an adult to love music!
I specialize in children.
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Rhonda F. April 27, 2014
Fabulous Piano Teacher

I took lessons for 5 years and I play better than I ever dreamed. I enjoyed the lessons and understood the teaching with ease. Expect to have great lessons with your head spinning with tons of information after each lesson from this gifted teacher. Very enjoyable and rewarding experience to say the least. I never again found such a great teacher since taking with Rhonda. I was heartbroken when she moved.
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Rhonda F.

Rhonda F.

Rochester, NY 14607
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Yunjin Audrey K.

Rochester, NY

About Yunjin Audrey

The Grand Prize winner of the LaDue Professional Recital Competition, Soprano Yunjin Audrey has made appearances on the opera, concert and recital stage. On the opera stage, Ms. K has appeared as Elisetta in Il Matrimonio Segreto at Eastman and has performed lead roles in many main productions and scenes including Cosi Fan Tutte as Fiordiligi, Dido and Aeneas as Dido and, also as First Witch, Don Giovanni as Donna Anna, The Rake's Progress as Anne Truelove and Der Rosenkavalier as Sophie, to name a few. Ms. Kim has performed in master class with Maestro Gildo DiNunzio from the Metropolitan Ope
ra and in October of 2013, made her debut at Carnegie Hall performing songs of Nikolai Medtner.

Concert solo appearances include a performance of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle as soprano soloist with First Inversion, Bach's St. John's Passion as soprano soloist at The Bach's Festival, a performance of Messiaen’s Poémes pour Mi with the Eastman Philharmonia, a performance with the Eastman-Rochester Chorus as soprano soloist for Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at Kodak Hall and a soloist for Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with Ad Hoc Chamber Orchestra. Ms. K has been winner of the Mu Phi International Fraternity Competition, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), James Madison University’s concerto competition and Eastman Concerto Competition. Ms. Kim was also featured on the album A Thousand Burnt Offerings released in South Korea in April 2013.

Ms. K has collaborated with composer Arlene Elizabeth Sierra, culminating in a performance of her composition Hearing Things in a guest lecture recital. Additional master class performances include Martina Arroyo, Kevin Kennedy, Peter Mark, Wieland Mueller, Sharon Chirstman, Rick Chirstman, and Fabiana Bravo. She also has served as Music Director and Collaborative Pianist in organizations including Opera Scenes and Music Theater Class at James Madison University, Rochester Association of Performing Arts, Pittsford Central School District and Victor High School. Currently, Ms. K is serving as Music Department Chair and Teaching Artist at Rochester Association of Performing Arts in Kodak Theatre and the Music Director at Spiritus Christi. Ms. K holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. Ms. K currently resides in Rochester, NY where she regularly performs and teaches throughout central New York.

*** Lesson Details ***
I always start with warm ups for both piano and voice students. I believe musicians are like delicate athletes, who use their fingers/vocal cords to make beautiful sound out of an instrument or a body. It is important to understand to warm up before practice/lesson for their own benefits to keep techniques fresh and healthy.

(For Piano students, scales, little warm up style finger exercises/for voice students, easy scales and vowel exercises, stretching registers)

Then, we tackle the fun stuff (more traditional practices) and after that, I encourage students to bring me or play/sing for me what they love. I love working something different with student who also has passion for different genres of music like light jazz, gospel, pop..etc. I value my students' opinion and encourage them to explore other things to develop themselves as unique, creative musicians.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano or Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
I start with traditional classic music training. Basic theories, ear training, aural skills with all of my students.

I believe Basic understanding of music is important to everyone.
I specialize mainly in classical, however I am open to anything students want to learn.
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Tammie C. August 6, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Love her! Although I am trying to learn jazzy/ blues vocals, Yunjin is teaching me the classical basics as a foundation to build upon. I will really enjoy to continue working with her.
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Ione M. April 3, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very kind, experienced & efficient.
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Alex F. March 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful!!!
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Yunjin Audrey K.

Yunjin Audrey K.

Rochester, NY 14608
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Kristina S.

Rochester, NY

About Kristina

A vivacious and passionate educator and performer, Kristina received her Masters in Clarinet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music where she held the Graduate Teaching Assistantship for instructing MUE-221 Clarinet Methods. At Eastman, Kristina was a member of the Eastman Philharmonia, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, a founding member of Trio Ario, and performed with Ossia, a student managed contemporary music ensemble.

Currently, Kristina is a Teaching Artist for Sistema Ravinia's Harza Nucleo, bringing intensive after school El Sistema music program to elementary and midd
le school students of Lake County. In addition, Kristina has an active private studio in the greater Chicago area.

Kristina’s principal teachers include Kenneth Grant, Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, Susan Warner, Deborah Chodacki and Nancy Mathison. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from DePaul University and is an alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy.

Kristina has performed in master classes for Ricardo Morales, Michel Lethiec, Mark Nuccio and Jon Manasse. In 2013, Kristina made her international solo debut in Chåteauneuf, France. Kristina can be heard on the Eastman Wind Ensemble's most recent album.

In addition to music engagements, Kristina is a 300-hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, and enjoys cooking and hiking.

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Scheduling Disclaimer:
Please message me before scheduling lessons to verify that I have the availability to be at your students' location at your preferred times.
I input my general availability into the calendar, however it does not account for commuting times between teaching engagements. Depending on your location in the greater Chicago area, my lesson availability my vary.

A student's weekly lesson time is decided based on a mutually agreed upon time. If the student needs to reschedule their lesson, the instructor will do her best to accommodate the student's needs. Reoccurring lessons are confirmed and scheduled minimum of one week in advance.

I look forward to being in touch.
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Rami A. November 23, 2015
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
Punctual, dedicated, patient and compassionate. Couldn't recommend her more, especially for children. Great instructor all around!
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Kristina S.

Kristina S.

Rochester, NY 14607
(1)
starting at
$70 / 45-min
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Matthew C.

Rochester, NY

About Matthew

I have over 17 years of joyous experience teaching all sorts of students from beginning to advanced guitar, songwriting, audio engineering, and music theory. I’ve been Professor of Guitar at Darton State College, and on faculty at Bainbridge College, Finger Lakes Community College, and Palmer Trinity School. I've performed in classical, folk, singer-songwriter, and jazz outfits for over 15 years, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to coffee shops. My most recent CD is a project of original songs and compositions called "Vapor Trail from a Paper Plane", and was called a "Masterpiece" by Ameri
cana legend Grant Peeples, and No Depression raved “[the] pure emotive quality of Cochran’s music pulls you into its embrace and empties your heart with every sigh…artfulness in composition is almost a trademark of Cochran’s work.” I have a doctorate in guitar from Florida State University, and a Master's and Bachelor's in Guitar from the Eastman School of Music.
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Cole March 6, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Matt was my first real guitar teacher after several years of self-instruction. Since I've studied with Matt, I've continued my studies at the University level and participated in masterclasses with world-class teachers. Still, when I think of an effective teacher, Matt is always the first to come to mind. He's got a wide knowledge base that allows him to appeal to every student, and is such a relaxed and approachable guy. When learning guitar from Matt, one also learns about performance etiquette, professionalism, and music in general. Matt is both a great musician and a fantastic teacher; working with him is a heck of an opportunity!
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Chandler March 6, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Matt was the first real guitar teacher I had ever had. Getting the chance to learn from him was an incredible experience. I was already a guitar player but not a classical guitarist. He took me from being a normal guitarist and turned me into a passionate musician. I can honestly say that he is the reason I continue to pursue music and study where I do now. I will forever be thankful for his teaching, support, mentorship, and friendship. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to pursue music.
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Erik March 3, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
I must say that Matt is the greatest teacher I could have asked for.

I had a brain injury back in 2006 and had to endure 4 months of therapy in effort to learn to walk, talk, and live again. I had major problems with my right hand and the therapy I went through greatly helped with some of my problems.

But, when I returned home and eventually was able to return to school it was then that Matt arrived at Darton and became the guitar instructor that would teach me. Matt was hard on me and even made me leave when I came to class unprepared. That was one time. I never came unprepared after that.

He taught me not just how to play great, but he also taught me how to be a studious student which made me into a better guitar player. Matt changed the way I practiced, changed my study habits for other classes, and makes me want to strive to be as good a guitar-player as he (if only I had my own classical guitar).

You will find NO better man for this position than Matt and it is my great, great honor to leave this message to tell how great of a teacher he is.
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Matthew C.

Rochester, NY 14607
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$25 / 30-min

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