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Bonnie M.

Rockaway Park, NY

About Bonnie

Are you learning an instrument at school, need some individual attention in order to reach your musical potential? Or do feel like you're moving faster than the other students, and want to reach for higher challenges? Or, are you already an advanced flutist, who would like to learn about the special technique of multiphonics?

Well, I'm good at all three!

Many times, a student will fall behind for the simple reason that their lips naturally blow high notes instead of low notes, or because they missed a simple but important detail regarding fingering or reading notes. I am very good
at catching students up. It's one of my favorite things to watch a student raise their confidence because they start achieving what was at first very difficult.

I'm also very good at challenging students to reach beyond the level of their peers. I work hard to view each student as an individual, and assess the sounds that they make in relationship to the next-higher level of flute-playing. As a result, my students tend to climb a bit quicker than their school program requires.

I'm experienced with ASD!

As a player, I've been featured at the United Nations, and I won a national flute competition in 2011. I earned my Bachelor's at the Crane School of Music, and my Masters at McGill University. I've performed at many important halls in NYC, including Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall, and this summer I will be performing--for the second time--as a soloist at the National Flute Association's Annual Convention, where flutists from all over the US convene to hear great flute-playing.
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Casey R. June 19, 2013
Flute
Amazing Player...Even Better Teacher.

From my first lesson with Bonnie, she opened me up to a new realm of musicianship and technique that I had never experienced before. She re-ignited a passion in my music that I was beginning to lose. I am forever grateful to her for this.

Bonnie is a hundred percent devoted to music, her playing and her teaching. One of the things I love most about her is that she seems to know everything about the flute, yet she is always striving to learn more. And if, every once in a while, there is something she doesn't know, she investigates. She finds an answer, contemplates it, and teaches me.

Bonnie is also a genuinely caring person who is entirely invested in her students. She often e-mails me after my lesson to tell me something that she had thought about relating to my lesson, proving that she is always thinking about ways to help me in my playing.

Bonnie continues to challenge me and encourage me in all my playing - she truly makes me feel that with enough practice and determination there is nothing I can't play. She even helped me attain a 100 on my all-state level piece this year. However, the score is less meaningful than the feeling I had after I performed that day. I knew that I was playing on a level I had never imagined - all due to Bonnie's inspiring me to always be better and her total confidence in me, not only as a flute player, but also as a musician.

Bonnie's musicianship and playing is unparalleled, her teaching style unique and engaging and, once you get to know her, she is quite the comedian. I am truly lucky to have her as my teacher.
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Mary Ellen B. June 19, 2013
Flute
An engaging and wonderful instructor

I have been extremely fortunate to have had Bonnie McAlvin teaching flute, piccolo and music theory to my older daughter for nine years and flute to my younger daughter for four. She is an enthusiastic and energetic teacher that inspires a great love of musicianship in her students. My older daughter is a first chair flutist in a wind ensemble and plays with a prestigious children's orchestra entirely due to the patient and thorough instruction she has received from Bonnie. It is a great blessing to have musically talented children but an even bigger blessing to have an instructor who can give them the skills and encouragement to achieve excellence. My older daughter is working towards attending a conservatory for college and the younger daughter fully expects to have music be part of her education going forward. This is entirely due to Bonnie's influence and guidance. We could not be more pleased. My girls love their lessons with Bonnie and I cannot recommend her highly enough.
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Bonnie M.

Bonnie M.

Rockaway Park, NY 11694
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Cindy H.

Brooklyn, NY

About Cindy

Regardless of where your musical interests lie, I can help you improve your skills! Growing up, I fell in love with playing and singing all styles of music! I've delved into classical, jazz, R&B, soul, gospel, reggae, soca, pop and musical theater, and I can teach you how to apply proper technique to the genre(s) of your choice!

If you're looking to become a better singer, we will focus on finding the beauty and power in your voice in a healthy manner. Vocal health is an important component of everything I teach, and I work to eliminate strain and vocal fatigue. We will work on balancing yo
ur vocal registers to give you control over the troublesome middle range. With a healthy foundation in place, we will fine tune your skills by addressing pitch accuracy, vocal control, phrasing, dynamics, expression and microphone technique.

If you're interested in playing piano, you will learn how to read music and/or play by ear. You'll learn scales, chords, arpeggios, sight-reading, and basic music theory. For singers who are interested in piano, I've developed a great technique to teach you how to accompany yourself.

For songwriters, I can help you write stronger lyrics and set them to music appropriately.

In general, I'm pretty upbeat and fun. However, I expect you to practice. When you practice, you hear and feel the difference and everyone's happy! If you don't practice, you'll remain in the same place, and it's frustrating for everyone. :( Please, please, please practice! :)

My degree in music education and wide range of experience allows me to accommodate different learning styles. I have a knack for breaking down seemingly difficult or mysterious concepts in a way that's easy to understand. I also understand the demands of being a full time musician, and can offer advice to students who are interested in going that route.

I would love to help you enhance your enjoyment of music by making it fun and easy for you to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano
Yamaha keyboard
Music Stand
Full length mirror
Library of great music
Music theory workbooks
Manuscript paper

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, R&B, Musical Theater, Gospel, Pop
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Linda J. April 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
My son has been taking private classes with Miss Cindy for a few months, first voice and then piano lessons. He has taken piano lessons before at another school, but he wasn't enthusiastic about it, he didn't look forward to taking class and it was a struggle to get him to practice.

The biggest compliment I can give Miss Cindy is that when I ask my son how his class went, he says "fun"!! He practices everyday . . . without prompting. He's always eager to play for anyone who'll listen. He really enjoys the piano and he especially enjoys taking lessons with Miss Cindy. If you're trying to find you're child's passion, Cindy's Music School is a good place to start.
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Alex S. January 21, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Cindy has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to singing and teaching in various styles. She has really helped me improve in the specific areas that I wanted to work on. I've already recommended her to my friends!
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Karen H. January 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter just finished her first 5 lessons with Cindy and they have been great! My daughter really enjoys working with her. I just purchased another set of 5 lessons!
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Cindy H.

Cindy H.

Brooklyn, NY 11210
(7)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Jakub P.

Astoria, NY

About Jakub

*Composer, songwriter, pianist, musicologist.
* Teacher at New York Conservatory (2015-presence), Tichner Music School in Poland(2014), Melody Music Studios (KY), Gloria Music Academy (KY) (2013-2014)
* His pieces many times awarded many times including: 2013 Iron Award in Composition in Cleveland (OH)
*Artist Diploma in Composition from Carnegie Mellon (2013)
*Master Degree in Composition from Music Academy in Cracow (2010)
*Master Degree in Musicology from Jagiellonian University in Cracow (2008)
*Have been playing piano for about 20 years to date, including: Carnegie Contemporary Ense
mble, accompanist for ballet, singers, conducting classes, solo.
*Taught piano in South Korea, Poland, USA for about 8 years all levels
* Creative method of teaching based on exercises and books by: F.Chopin, F.Liszt, H.Neuhaus, M. Niemira. Finger practicing based on the method of M. Niemira. Lessons are focus on imagination, creativity, musicality and technique of producing sound.
*Teach: all genres from classical music to pop
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Shell L. April 22, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Learning piano with Jakub is easy and effective! Jakub is excellent at breaking down complex ideas into simple terms, which made it much easier for me to absorb. Jakub also has a few finger excercise that really worked for me, I can hear an improvement in my piano playing in just a month~ Can't wait to see where I am with Piano next month~
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Jakub P.

Jakub P.

Far Rockaway, NY 11693
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Uma S.

Brooklyn, NY

About Uma

Hello, my name is Uma, and I am a pianist and specialized piano instructor in Brooklyn New York. I provide quality in-class, or in-home piano lessons. I offer piano lessons to children and adults of all ages, and from beginner through advanced. While you are here researching the best music instructor for you, please consider the benefits of becoming one of my students. Whether your child wants to begin playing his or her first notes on piano… a college student looking for help with your music major… or someone seeking a professional career… I know that everyone’s learning process is unique, so
lessons are personalized to suit your individualized needs. This ensures that you choose your goals, and accomplish them in a way that works best for you.

Growing up in musical family, I started playing piano and studying musical grammar and theory at age of 5. There was always music in our house. My father use to be a drummer at the jazz band and a singer. My older brother and I were engaged with music since our childhood. Hearing so many different types of music helped me to learn to appraise all basic aspects of my own playing every day. I also know that my brother’s achievements motivated me to get hold of a custom of daily practice for a minimum of four hours. And I can say with confidence that I wouldn’t change my musical “at-home” and school years for anything in the world. My study was based on a Moscow traditional musical school. That included large array of subjects in piano performance, composition and theory, solfeggio, world music, and music history. It was just brilliant academic work which has given me this great education and its traditions. Russian piano school traditions carry on from one generation to another, from teachers to their students. Throughout my educational journey, I took lessons with the greatest piano instructors as Rano Fakhrieva (Moscow), Valeriy Orlov (Dushanbe), Valeriy Shkarupa (master class) and others.

I played in large concert halls in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Ayni Opera and Ballet Theatre and others), made several recordings for radio and television. I participated and was a prize winner in several international piano competitions in Small Hall in Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory (Russia), Suzdal (Russia), Amsterdam Concertgebouw Recital Hall (Netherlands), Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall (Poland). There was required repertoire that I presented for each of the above concert and competition. It consisted of piano works by a Baroque composer, one Chopin etude, one sonata by a Classical composer, one work or group of works by Chopin, Brahms, or Schumann. But as a human being, I do have some favorite piano pieces that I still love playing and listening to. They all relate to romantic period composers as Chopin, List, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff.

Website www.umapiano.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/umaspianolessons
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Jessica L. September 23, 2014
Piano · In home
Great personality Uma, Your warm heart and shown patience in teaching both my children is amazing, I will always applaud your wonderful work. My children just love it when times comes when Uma is about to teach them lessons. Please, if you have never had Uma as a teacher, you have to give her a try. You will see this is her passion. Good work Uma. We love you.
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Jayson B. September 19, 2014
Piano · In home
Best in home teaching experience my daughter ever has had. Can't believe how well she is getting and in such a short amount of time as we just started taking here to Uma a few months ago. At 13 she is learning faster than I ever could. This is no lazy teacher. Homeschooling my child and Uma comes one a week to teach her how to play the piano. She is a very nice woman, with a gift, I would recommend Uma to anyone who want's to learn how to play the piano, Thank you Uma.
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Irina M. July 29, 2014
Piano · Online
Verified Student
I started taking online piano lessons with Uma a few months ago. This is my first experience to have lessons via Skype, and it works great, it saves a lot of time and makes learning much more convenient. I enjoy learning with Uma :) She has found a personal approach to me, and keeps me motivated and interested throughout the learning. Uma is a great professional teacher, and my progress is obvious! I feel confident and safe with her knowing she will lead me to success)) The prices are fair, and I enjoy the Takelessons in general, as everything is fast, mobile and easy. I would highly recommend you to check it by yourself!
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Uma S.

Uma S.

Brooklyn, NY 11229
(3)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Matt G.

Brooklyn, NY

About Matt

Calling all new drummers! My name's Matt G., and I am a professional musician offering fun, engaging, and affordable drum lessons for beginner and intermediate students in NYC! I draw on my own musical education - and 10+ years of performance experience - to provide fully personalized instruction of the highest quality.
I carefully design each of my half-hour and hour-long lessons to promote progress; to bolster old knowledge, and inspire new learning, all in a comfortable, supportive environment. So, whether you are just starting out, struggling with a new instrument, or simply hoping to im
prove your skills, my lessons are sure to help you reach your unique goals!
I hope you will consider me!

P.S. I am committed to providing affordable music education - so my fee will always be low, and open for negotiation.
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Hayley C. June 20, 2015
Drum · In home
Matt is a great teacher with years of experience and a effective, fun instructional method. I started taking drum lessons with Matt almost a year ago, and he has helped me through so much! I've learned all the basic rudiments and rhythmic structures - the foundations of drumming - and I now play at a high intermediate-advanced level...all without any previous experience! Lessons are at a comfortable pace and I never feel pressured or bored. I bring my music assignments from school to Matt, and we go over them until I can play them perfectly. This helps a lot with my school performances, and I'm definitely the most confident player in band. Matt is always very kind and thoughtful, and he's always looking out for me to make sure I'm progressing and enjoying the music. I think he'd be a great teacher for anyone who wants to learn the drums. He definitely made a drummer out of me!
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Sophie S. June 17, 2015
Drum · In studio
I've had Matt as my instructor for over 2 years, and I absolutely love his lessons! I'm always learning new things. He asks that you practice and work hard each week, but then we also play songs that I like too! He has a cool drum set at his house : )
I started with Matt when I got into 6th grade band, but I didn't really know how to play drums. He helped me learn music and helped me study and get ready for concerts. Now I play drums in marching band and jazz ensemble and I want to play in high school too.
Matt's a really good teacher : )

-Sophie S.
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George B. June 17, 2015
Drum · In home
I could not have asked for a better beginner drum teacher! Matt G. is an outstanding instructor who uses patience and positive motivation to help new students get over their initial obstacles.
I certainly had a few to start! But with Matt's guidance and understanding as a helping hand, I found myself learning at a much quicker rate. Within a few lessons I had upgraded from playing on just one drum to playing on the full drum set. It was awesome : )
Matt is an excellent communicator who also possesses valuable insight into all things drum-related. He will address your problem areas and help fix them, and he even lets you choose your favorite songs to practice!
As you can see, I highly recommend Matt. He is a phenomenal instructor, a great personality, and a talented drummer; and he has the skills to help any student become great too!

-George B.
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Matt G.

Matt G.

Brooklyn, NY 11234
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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