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About Mary W.

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Medford, NJ

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Music degree from Lawrence University and Conservatory in Appleton, WI. Graduate work in conducting, piano, and vocal pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. Also certified in Kindermusik for ages newborn to 7.

My studio, since 1993 is located in the back of my house and is in a family friendly location.

As my education originally was music education, elementary and secondary, I have gone on to be certified in teaching adults, both beginning and returning. There is so much piano and vocal educational material geared to the pre-school, the elementary, Jr-Sr high and Adult beginner and I promise we will have fun while learning.....

Anyone can learn an instrument and anyone can learn many different styles. Lessons will be geared toward your interests and goals, which we can work on at your lesson also.

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test virtues of a music teacher are passion, patience, understanding, and communicating. You will experience this in the studio. Give yourself a treat of two months of lessons and I promise you will be playing and/or singing better than you expected.

Member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs),
NJFMC (NJ Fed. of Music Clubs). MENC (Music Ed National Conference),

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I am generally easy going and laid-back and will work with you to obtain specific goals such as a piece you would really like to learn. I can be strict if assignments are not followed or if there is no progression; we need to analyze why that is. I use many teaching methods as there are many different learning styles. The series I am currently using are Faber, Alfred, and Celebrate Piano! for pianists. Many singers are in Broadway, Disney, and/or English Reliquary and Italian Arias. There are so many wonderful choices! I can guarantee after three months you will be playing some music you like, and you will be reading music, and able to perform if you wish (starting small). With singing you will have basic knowledge of proper posture, breathing, and increased range. I also so enjoy people and communicating so you will feel comfortable taking lessons, and I believe that is one major factor of success in learning an instrument: the student-teacher relationship And second for children, especially the young, is the parent-teacher relationship .

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Studio: Yamaha baby grand piano, Kawaii studio upright and keyboard, Yamaha keyboard, recording abilities, computer software, couch and two chairs, parents can sit in on lesson. Also have computer programs for note learning, composition, as well as giving you apps to download.

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Different methods for different students. Piano: mostly Faber and Alfred series. "Prodigy": Aaron/Thompson series. I've also had graduate study in teaching the Adult Beginner! As I was a church music director 1994 till last September, I am very familiar with traditional and contemporary sacred music, learning and performing. If you also wish to combine singing and accompanying yourself on piano or guitar lessons can be tailored.
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Kathleen June 26, 2018
· Singing · In home
Mary was great! She made me feel very comfortable and is very knowledgeable about all types of music and techniques, but she also made it fun. Great personality!
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Sandra May 21, 2018
· Vocal Training · Online
Mary is awesome & very knowledgeable. I enjoyed our time immensely. She makes you feel at ease and has a wonderful sweet personality. I knew I had made the right choice the minute I heard her voice. I am looking forward to future lessons. Thank you Ms. Mary!
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Mary January 22, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Mary has been teaching me voice for a number of years. She is highly professional and talented. I have been able to sing things I never thought possible before.
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About Christopher S.

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West Columbia, SC
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Hello! Hola! Benvenuto! My name is Christopher S. and I am a classical guitarist, composer, polyglot, and experienced language and music teacher.

I am a recent graduate with a Masters of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. There I studied with the world-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk who is a direct student of the legendary guitarist Andres Segovia.

Currently I work part time teaching 12 students guitar at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia. I also I teach ukulele, Spanish, Italian, and English to a variety of students online. At the same time I am pursuing a Doctoral degree from the university to strengthen my skills as a guitarist and expand my knowledge as a teacher for higher education. I have also just completed my debut album titled, "Anima - The Music of Spain and Italy for the Gu
itar."

This album is a tribute and memorial to an amazing journey I had traveling and living in Europe for 3 years.

After I graduated from my undergraduate degree, I realized that in order to better my skills as a musician and become the guitar teacher I wanted to be I had to travel abroad. I moved to Seville, Spain where for three years I studied the art of classical and flamenco guitar.

I studied with a international known Spanish guitarist named Francisco Bernier at the Conservatory in Seville. During this time I was also teaching English as a second language to high school and middle school students. From traveling and spending so much time in Europe, I also developed and studied my love of languages and I became fluent in Spanish and Italian.

The experienced was an experience of a lifetime and I made many friends working and living abroad that to this day, I still keep in contact with.

If you are interested in having lessons with me, please contact me and we can begin learning the art of making beautiful music or learning the beautiful languages of the Mediterranean! "Hasta pronto!" "A presto!" and "Speak to you soon!"
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Mark &. September 6, 2018
· Italian · Online
Christopher keeps our lessons fun and positive!
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Mark &. June 20, 2018
· Italian · Online
We enjoyed our lesson with Christopher!
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Sid April 16, 2018
· Italian · Online
Christopher is knowledgeable, friendly, funny - an outstanding teacher. I look forward to more lessons.
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West Columbia, SC 29169
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About Kateri L.

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Burbank, CA
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About Kateri
MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
My approach is compassionate, nurturing, and collaborative. My teaching style is structured but leaves room for fun. I believe that a student new to their instrument will thrive when they:
- have a parent involved in their practice in-between lessons (parents observing the lesson is highly recommended)
- have fun while learning proper technique to avoid harmful habits down the road
- choose songs that are interesting to them while the teacher picks songs that will help them grow
- are given foundational tools and approaches to further lifelong learning as they get older

ABOUT ME
I’ve been playing professionally as a pianist/keyboardist for 15 years and teaching for just as long. I have a B.A. in Music from Cal Poly Pomona. I also write, sing, record, and produce my own songs on piano and ukulele. People th
at work with me say that I’m highly qualified, reliable, and punctual.

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Marley November 13, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Kateri was wonderful, patient, kind and supportive. I look forward to our next lesson!
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Linda J. October 11, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Kateri was wonderful, she really took her time explaining things and had a lot of patience with me. Looking forward to our next sessions.
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About Calvin G.

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Columbia, SC
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As a classically trained violist with orchestral, chamber, and solo performance experience, my teaching style is geared towards performance and expression. I don't adhere to any one book of teaching, adjusting my teaching to the unique needs of each student. My teachers came from different pedagogical backgrounds; as a result, I have a wide array of teaching tools available to pass on to my students. I have taught with the Longy School of Music's El Sistema program and had a Teaching Artist residence with Cambridge Public Schools. I hold a BM in Viola performance from the Lamont School of Music and a MM in Viola Performance from the Longy School of Music.

I have played viola since I first began my musical studies at age 9. As a result, I have seen teachers hold viola students back, simply because they play the "lesser" instrument in th
e viola family. I do not hold my students back and I hold them all to the same high level of playing, regardless of which instrument they play.
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Anitsira April 25, 2018
· Violin · Online
Very sweet!
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Joseph S. February 28, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Calvin was awesome. He let me sit in as my fiance took a lesson. It was a relaxed atmosphere and he was a great teacher.
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Umesh October 8, 2017
· Violin · In home
Calvin is a great teacher. My first lesson was really good.
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Columbia, SC 29201
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About Matt L.

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Jackson, NJ

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I attended West Chester University from 2011-2015 and graduated with my bachleor's in music education. I performed in the marching band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, jazz ensembles, various trumpet ensembles, and a brass quintet. One of my trumpet ensembles made it to the semifinals in the National Trumpet Competition. I backed up various world famous trumpet artists during the International Trumpet Guild Conference at Valley Forge in 2014 such as Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Tine Thing Helseth, Canadian Brass, and many others. I took lessons from Robert Skoniczin and Jean Christophe Dobrzelewski during my time at WCU.

I can teach any style that you are interested in and can take students of all ages. I believe it is important to have a good musical foundation so we will go over music theory as well in lessons. I have extensive experie
nce teaching trumpet, guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, and saxophone. We will play whichever style of music you prefer. Lessons will be fun!
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Shreya S. July 16, 2018
· Piano · In home
He explains everything to you. If you need help or if you don't get it he makes sure you know it before you move on.
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Pedro L. December 14, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Matt is a fantastic instructor. Polite, knowledgeable and very encouraging. He was very patient with me and that fact that I am challenged breathing as a result of an accident. I hope I am able to continue. No reservation in recommending.
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Max G. November 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Matt has been a wonderful piano teacher for my 8 year old son so far! He is patient and has a good ability to instruct a beginner student. I definitely recommend Matt!
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About Tamari (Tamara) W.

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Torrington, CT

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About Tamari (Tamara)
Hi, there! I'm Tamara and I can't wait to meet you!

On social media and for those who are more familiar, I'm Tamari. We all learn in different ways; some are more visual; others, auditory; some, kinesthetic--I combine a number of different modalities in my teaching, including direct feedback-teaching--once you learn a concept or skill, teach it, as soon as you possibly can, to someone else! -- this reinforces your own knowledge of the skill or concept!
I've been teaching private lessons for many years and have loved helping my students acquire new skills, master new pieces, and prepare for concerts and performances. Over the years, my younger students have earned Blue and Gold ratings at the Young Musicians' Festival in Fairfield U., some of them earning gold cups: This is a statewide event to encourage long-term commitment
to the art, discipline and joy of music making.
I went to Indiana University's Jacob School of Music and earned a Masters in Piano Performance, and Composition in the '90's. I sang all types of vocal music as well as prepared singers with vocal coaching and voice development techniques 20+ years.
I'm fun loving, patient, and optimistic-- these traits carry through in my teaching style,
One Size does NOT fit all--I approach the lesson plans for each student tailored to your learning style.
Over the past 23 years, my life experiences have encompassed other disciplines and compelled me to learn and acquire many other skills: my liberal arts as well as fine arts education lent itself to helping me work administrative jobs and even expanded into sales and public speaking. I have coached after school and SAT preparation to High School and College age students, helped with the preparation of legal and analytical documents, creative writing and editing assignments; and even tutored computer, social media and Microsoft Office & iWork Suite of applications to older adults.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals
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MARGUERITE S. July 10, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
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Jonathan May 31, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Tamari Witkin is not only an incredible musician, but is one of only a few teachers who is deeply committed to making sure that any student she takes under her wing will fledge comfortably and competently. Tamari has a keen sense of exactly what is needed to help a particular student overcome a particular pianistic impediment to learning to play the piano. Moreover, she brims with such enthusiasm that it all becomes so much fun studying with her that one cannot help but feel like and sound like they are becoming a pianist.
I highly recommend anyone at any level of piano playing to study with Tamari,
NOW!!!!
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Sylvia Corrigan May 13, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
It was a pleasure working with Tamari Witkin over the years that she was located in Milford and participated in the Schubert Club of Fairfield County. I am familiar with her piano performance, which was high level, showing fine musicianship and great sensitivity to the message of the pieces.
I have also sung with her; and again, she shows a high degree of musicianship!
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About Regina M.

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Columbia, SC
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About Regina
Hello! My name is Regina and I am passionate about teaching music!
I have been teaching private lessons since 2012 and love helping my students grow in ability and confidence! I went to the University of South Carolina and earned a Bachelors in Music Education, where I majored in piano and minored in trumpet. I also have earned a Masters in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from Columbia International University (in conjunction with USC).
I believe that each student is unique and should be treated as such, both in the setting of achievable goals and the speed at which information is learned. No two student is the same, but each is a musician in his or her own right!
I look forward to helping you reach your music learning goals!
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Brandon T. July 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Regina's teaching technique helped my son understand the music concept and he was able to play his first songs...he is so excited. He can't wait until his next session.
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Regina M.

Columbia, SC 29203
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About Shahin M.

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Saratoga, CA

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I love teaching piano. I've taught for eight years, working with children and adults of all levels of experience. My students have said they appreciate my patience, enthusiasm, and careful plan for each lesson to achieve new skills and understanding. Each lesson is accompanied by written exercises which teach theory and reinforce new concepts. My goal is for every student to have the sight-reading, critical-listening, and understanding of theory to make them a complete musician.
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Nancy C. October 8, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Shahin has been great with my two boys! (Ages 5 and 7 when they started). He's very patient and keeps them on task - and has really helped bring out their love of music! All my younger son wants to do all day is play the piano now!
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Max A. August 21, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
patient ,kind good with the kids
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Dorothy April 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
As a non-native English speaker, I really appreciate Shahin’s patience. His instruction is very clear, and his passion for music evident in his teaching. I would definitely recommend Shahin to anyone who wants to learn piano.
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About Ying L.

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Columbia, SC
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Miss L received her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. While studying at Tainan National University, her area of focus was on traditional Chinese music performance. She was also a member of the Kaohsiung City Chinese Orchestra. Miss L has appeared as a Finalist in the Yung Fong Philharmonic Classical Contest, which is one of the most prestigious string competition in Taiwan. She attended the University of South Carolina where she studied cello performance with Robert Jesselson. Miss L received her Masters degree in cello performance and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in cello performance at U.S.C. Miss L is also featured in many local performances by orchestras such as the South Carolina Philharmonic in Columbia SC and the Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Augusta GA.
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Kerstin September 27, 2018
· Cello · Online
Ying is a great cello teacher. She helps me with my technique and with learning the music. I learn a lot from her. So glad she is my teacher!
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Audrey B. September 23, 2018
· Cello · Online
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Jaime O. September 18, 2018
· Cello · Online
Understanding, great at answering questions, and great at explaining complex and detailed techniques and methods. Nevertheless, wonderful cellist.
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Ying L.

Columbia, SC 29208
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About James S.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About James
Hi! I have been a drumset educator for over 3 decades. I benefited from formal education on the drumset, and I want to pass that along to you so you can experience the full joy that this wonderful instrument can bring you! I understand that each student's journey is specific to them as an individual. As such I tailor my teaching to the direction that they want to go with drumming.

As an educator, I strive to provide my students with the tools that they will need to explore the direction that they want to take with their instrument. This can include from enjoying drumming as a hobby, performing in small jazz ensembles, recording electronic and acoustic drums in major recording studios, to performing with a full orchestra! There is literally no limit to what you can do.

My focus is to get our hobbyists to enjoy performing drums in the
comfort of their own home or with friends, and to have my professionally-minded students go out into the world of performing and recording music. All of these environments are where the ultimate joy of playing an instrument can be expressed.

As a gigging and studio musician, I understand what it takes to get to the stage or studio, apply oneself in that environment, and come away with a satisfying experience that you can then build upon for the rest of your life.
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Ramya M. June 28, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Jim has been a fantastic teacher to our son. He explains everything patiently and approaches his lessons very systematically. He selects songs that incorporate essential drumming skills (e.g. songs that include doubles, paradiddles, accented notes, etc.). This way, the the student is able to develop an understanding of how theory fits practice.
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Ramin March 16, 2018
· Drum · In home
Jim is an absolute gem. he has a great personality and my son absolutely loves him. oh yes, he is a great instructor as well. can't say enough about James. a class act
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Stefano February 14, 2018
· Drum · In home
Jim has been teaching drums to my son for a year and a half. My son is a difficult student, but Jim is patient, attentive and engaging and his lesson are the right mix of fun and rigorous teaching. My son is loving drumming and always looking forward to his next lesson.
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James S.

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