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Jeff S.

Perth Amboy, NJ

About Jeff

Jeff is a seasoned instructor in guitar, songwriting, music performance and music business. He also offers lessons in public speaking, voice-over performance and ukulele. He welcomes students of all ages and experience and has successfully and happily taught beginners to pro-level musicians and recording artists. Jeff is pleased to announce that he is currently accepting Takelessons online students via Skype.

Jeff can teach guitar and songwriting in all styles and is an adept acoustic and electric guitarist. His knowledge of chords is extensive and his acoustic fingerpicking skills ar
e formidable. Jeff structures all lessons around the individual goals and playing level of his students. Jeff's students tend to study with him for quite some time, as his wealth of knowledge, diversity of instruction and patience are extraordinary. Jeff prides himself on customizing every student's lessons based on their particular preferences, goals and skill level. "It's a very personalized kind of instruction, as I never take a cookie-cutter
approach to teaching…".
Jeff's 3 promises to all students is to give them personalized lessons, be attentive to their needs and goals. and to make them feel like every lesson is worth their investment of time and money. As long as students practice regularly, they can expect to dramatically increase their clarity of playing, their chord "inventory", their musical ear and awareness and play the songs they've always wanted to learn.

After honing his craft as a songwriter and performer, Jeff created and taught songwriting and music business classes at colleges,universities, and music schools throughout the country for many years. Some of the places he taught include UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music.
When asked to summarize his views on teaching and music: "Teaching and playing music always puts a smile on my face; especially when I see that the student is having fun, learning what they want to learn and feeling the passion about music that motivated me to pursue my own musical career".

As a working singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 35 awards from various national and international songwriting contests and he's a former staff songwriter for the long-standing New York City-based publisher, Bourne Music. He has also won best music video awards at 3 international film festivals.

Some of the artists that Jeff has been compared to as a guitarist and vocalist include Keb' Mo', James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, John Mayer, Bill Withers, Jim Croce, and Don Henley.

Jeff is a NJ native, but lived and performed in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, John Daversa, Hiroshima, Little Richard and N'Dea Davenport.

Jeff catalog of over 450 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff's songs
have appeared in film and TV. One that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, "Journey Of The Heart" (co-written by Jeanne Smith), which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National
Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it "the official anthem" of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.

Jeff has commercially released 4 CD's of his original material: The most recent of these is his 2013 release, "Blujanova" (a merging of blues, jazz and bossa nova), which was praised by platinum selling and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Dave Koz: "Jeff's voice is so clean and pure...the production is lovely...warm and inviting...I love the interesting and surprising takes on some classics too, especially 'I Feel Good'…that brought a smile to my face!".
The other CD's stretch into other genres. "Truthteller" (bluesy pop/rock and singer/songwriter material) "Me, Myself, and I" (acoustic) and "The Spin" (pop, rock, and country-tinged singer/songwriter material). All of Jeff's albums are on his label, Relevant Records. The late great John Braheny, author of the best-selling "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting (Writer's Digest Books), gave high praise to Jeff's CD, "The Spin", calling it "honest, crafty, melodic and the songs are all exceptional". Patch.com called Jeff "a consummate songwriter".

*** Lesson Details ***
At the first lesson, I will ask you to tell me what songs you want to play and artists you want to play like and I will set the table for that by providing the chords you'll need, chord and scales and exercises to enable you to play them and guidelines and tricks on how to make it happen as quickly as possible. I know a wide variety of songs in all styles and styles, including current hit songs as well as pop, rock, blues, jazz, country songs. if you have a song or artist that I don't know already, I will learn it (often on the spot) and if not right then, at the next lesson. I have taught my students to play songs by artists as varied as Taylor Swift, U2, Jason Mraz, Adele, Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Doc Watson. And that's just naming a few.

I always make it clear to my students at the first lesson: "There is no such thing as a stupid question". I want you to feel comfortable to stop me at any time to clarify what I am teaching you, ESPECIALLY if it is too difficult or vague. I pride myself on always being organized for your lesson and making sure that you grasp whatever it is I am teaching you. The goal is to get you to be able to play what you want as quickly as possible. This will take practice and dedication on your part, but I will do everything in my power to help you get there.

I never force anything on any of my students. but I feel it would be beneficial for you to learn to read music OR read tablature and chord diagrams. You tell me which one and we'll go in that direction. If you'd like to read music, then we can decide on a book for you. I have used Hal Leonard instructional books (with CD's! this way you can play with a backing track and get a sense of rhythm, which is very important), but I'm open to other method books you might have or like.

After 3 to 6 months, you will feel you are significantly more skilled on the guitar than you were before we started lessons. You will know more chords (and move from chord to chord), be able to do at least some basic fingerpicking and be able to read some music or tablature.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic fingerstyle guitar (a la James Taylor, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Jason Mraz, John Martyn, Jim Croce, etc.

Blues guitar a la Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, etc.

Bossa nova guitar

Songwriting (any aspect and any level; musically, lyrically, structurally, etc.)

the songs of Taylor Swift---quite a few of my younger students want to play her material, so I have about 15 songs ready to teach you and always learning more (by popular demand)

Adapting songs that are keyboard-based and creating arrangements of them for acoustic guitar. Examples include songs by Adele, songs by Elton John, Irina Menzel's huge hit song from "Frozen", John Legend's "All Of Me", Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", etc.

Recording on Garageband.
I became so skilled with Garageband that I was asked to give seminars at Apple Store locations, showcasing my recordings and how to use the program.

Voice-overs; performance, recording, etc.
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Sanal pookat May 19, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson. Hoping for a great learning experience in lessons to come..
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Ira April 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson with Jeff was great. He was patient, and tailored the lesson to meet my needs.
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Srikanth R. December 12, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Loved the lesson..
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Jeff S.

Jeff S.

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
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Hilary J.

New Brunswick, NJ

About Hilary

Hilary is a professional flutist and teacher based in the New York/New Jersey area. Hilary will complete her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts under the instruction of Bart Feller (NJ Symphony Principal Flute) this year. Prior to this, Hilary completed her master's degree in flute performance at New York University and also studied music performance at The Boston Conservatory. Most recently, she earned an advanced performance certificate after completing summer courses with flutist Patrick Gallois at the internationally recogn
ized Accademica Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

Hilary has been the winner of many flute competitions, including the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) Southern Division Woodwind competition, the Louisiana Flute Society’s College and Orchestral Masterclass competition, and the MidSouth Flute Society’s College Masterclass competition.

Hilary has performed with the National Festival Orchestra, Gulf Coast Symphony, NYU Symphony Orchestra, the Manhattan Symphonie, and alongside musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) for opera productions and special projects in New Orleans. Hilary has also premiered many new works and was involved in the first ever New Music, New Orleans event, where she premiered an experimental work for flutes, computers, and voices.

Hilary is also a passionate chamber musician and teacher. During her time at NYU, Hilary held an adjunct faculty position and taught undergraduate flute lessons. She is also a substitute flute instructor for the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division and a founding member of the chamber group Duo Kokopele.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal with teaching lessons is to give students of any age the practical tools and foundations they need to explore any genre or type of music. From young students just beginning middle school band to adults looking for an engaging hobby, I can help anyone develop their skills and unlock their inner musical talent! I tailor lessons and curriculum to suit each individual's musical goals, and I strive to make lessons fun and experimental for all ages--think of your lessons as a musical laboratory where we will explore and learn together! After 3-6 months of lessons with me, you will have grasped the foundations of flute playing (posture, breathing, basic finger technique, tone production, articulation) and you will have already learned many short pieces of music. You will also possess an understanding of basic music theory. If you are not starting as a beginner, after a few months you can expect to have improved your technique and finger dexterity. You will be producing a clear and unique tone on the flute and exploring the use of color, vibrato, and nuanced phrasing and articulation to make your music come to life.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should provide an instrument and a music stand for flute lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Flute lessons for any level, Music Theory tutoring, Beginner Piano lessons
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Ranna Z. September 4, 2013
Flute
Great learning experience

I took flute lessons from Hilary at NYU after several years of not playing at all. I was rusty and had accumulated quite a few bad habits, from poor posture to improper breathing. Starting out, part of my difficulty was in forgetting these habits and starting anew. Not only was Hilary very patient with me, but she also taught useful techniques along the way.

I also had a weak foundation in basic music theory, and Hilary's review lessons were incredibly helpful -- I found myself looking at sheet music and playing scales with a completely different mindset. I can honestly say that I improved significantly (and now I even find myself checking my posture when I'm not playing!). After having taken such a long break, I wasn't sure whether I'd want to start playing again. Hilary's lessons and supportive attitude helped renew my interest and for that I'll always be grateful!
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Estela G. September 4, 2013
Flute
Hilary is an amazing teacher

Hilary is an amazing teacher with a ton of knowledge about flute performance. During my time with her, my playing and musicality improved drastically. She has a lot of flute-playing metaphors up her sleeve that make it easy to understand more complicated techniques.

I would absolutely recommend her as a teacher.
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Damon B. September 4, 2013
Flute
As fun as she is professional!

I took flute lessons with Hilary during my senior year at NYU. I had never played flute before in my life, but I had gotten one as a gift and decided I might as well try and learn. I was very lucky to have chosen Hilary as my teacher!

I had taken music lessons in varying instruments every single semester while at NYU, and Hilary was easily the most memorable and enjoyable teacher I had. While most of my music teachers made our lessons seem like another class, Hilary's passion, excitement, and humor made learning the flute a fun adventure that I looked forward to each week.

In our first lesson, she was able to show me exercises and techniques that got me further in my flute playing than months of trying to teach myself online. In just a few weeks, I knew more than I was expecting to by the end of the whole semester, and I was rewarded by being able to play short but beautiful flute music.

If there was ever a time when I was having trouble with a particular concept or technique, Hilary was always able to either clarify it for me, or explain it in an alternate way until I got it. If I ever had any questions - and I had a lot of them - she was always able to answer them.

I not only learned a lot about the flute, but I had fun while doing it, which for me is the best way to learn an instrument. If you are considering taking flute lessons, I highly recommend you take them with Hilary!
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Hilary J.

New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Anastassia K.

Sayreville, NJ

About Anastassia

So you just Love to sing... Always wanted to try... Big audition coming up... Trying to get into the school musical... Want to improve your professional skills Or simply want to impress your friends and relatives at the next family event - I'm here for you.
I am proud holder of the diploma of the Professional School of Music and Vocal Arts, specializing in "Popular and jazz vocal singing and coaching".
For over 15 years I've been providing vocal coaching and singing lessons to many wonderful students age 5 and above, while being a live stage performer myself. Nothing beats the real-life e
xperience!
While teaching technique I will show you how to integrate it into the songs you want to perform, eliminate your breaks, smooth out your transitions, add endurance and strength to the voice, sing on key better, and extend your range. I employ individual approach to every student. We will work on the song styles/genres YOU like. I have extensive collection of professional backing tracks without vocal part for you to sing along, practice and record a studio quality demo of a song you learned.
My goal is to take any talent/experience you have and bring it to the next level!
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James A. June 14, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My Singing skills and knowledge have improved dramatically in only a few lessons. My ability to hear notes has improved, and this has helped my guitar playing, Thanks to Anastasia. Can't wait for the next lesson.
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Maya W. April 18, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Anastassia was patient and kind with my 12 year old daughter who had never had singing lessons before. When my daughter started to feel nervous she quickly calmed her and had her sing one of her favorite songs along with a you tube video of the artist. She helped her with her pitch and range and breathing too.
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Teresa G. March 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I think it was great
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Anastassia K.

Sayreville, NJ 08872
(9)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Sarah S.

New Brunswick, NJ

About Sarah

Flutist Sarah is an active performer, educator, and collaborator. She has performed in halls all over the U.S. and will be performing in Seoul, South Korean in December 2016. Recently, Sarah won the First Place Prize for the Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist Competition. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, with a graduate teaching assistantship.

As an educator, Sarah instructs private flute lessons and masterclasses to all levels. She has been a newly appointed Flute Faculty Instructor at the Center for Mu
sical Excellence. She has also been a guest judge for competitions and band contests throughout the U.S.

Sarah's primary instructors include Jeanne Baxtresser, Thomas Robertello, and Bart Feller, with additional study with Marianne Gedigian and Alberto Almarza.
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Felicia D. April 4, 2016
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
I highly recommend Sarah. She has excellent skills for any teacher - she's encouraging, knowledgeable and patient. I'm an adult who played piano years ago and always wanted to play the flute but I was frustrated, squeaky, out of breath, and out of tune. With a few weeks of lessons I'm further along than I was trying to teach myself over years.
I had years of serious music study with critical music teachers who made me embarrassed about mistakes and dread my lessons. With Sarah, the learning is fun and I now look forward to every lesson.
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Felicia D. April 4, 2016
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
I highly recommend Sarah. She has excellent skills for any teacher - she's encouraging, knowledgeable and patient. I'm an adult who played piano years ago and always wanted to play the flute but was frustrated, squeaky, out of breath, and out of tune. With a few weeks of lessons I'm further along than I was trying to teach myself over years.
I had years of serious music study with critical music teachers who made me embarrassed about mistakes and dread my lessons. With Sarah, the learning is fun and I now look forward to every lesson.
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Sarah S.

Sarah S.

New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ari F.

East Brunswick, NJ

About Ari

Hi! My name is Ari, I'm 20 years old and a junior at Kean University, studying Music Education. I am a 3.8 GPA student who has been studying cello since I was 8 and piano since I was 3. I have a permissive teaching style that is sensitive to developmental disability and mental illness, but also can be quite harrowing and strict if you have the desire to truly become a great musician.
My specialties are strings, music theory, and piano. I'm very energetic and expect genuine effort from all my students. I try to make things fun, so I hope you try too!
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Calvin August 17, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Ari is a nice and sincere teacher and as a person as well. She is very patient and also very keen in understanding my difficult areas and helps me in those lines.
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Emily D. June 30, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
She was very friendly and went through all necessary basic steps to the violin.
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Ari F.

Ari F.

East Brunswick, NJ 08816
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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