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About Yakov D.

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Elmont, NY
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About Yakov
• I have over 20 years experience as a music teacher, conductor, theater/orchestra director and a performer in Russia, Norway and the United States.
• I possess excellent interpersonal skills and over the years developed the ability to communicate efficiently and connect with every student I teach.
• I am creative and enthusiastic while working with people of all ages.
• I have a reputation of being passionate about achieving professional goals.

Employment:
09/08- Present NYC Board of Education, P.S. 48
• Band & Orchestra Director
• Teach children K-5 to play musical instruments in small groups and large ensembles
• Organize and perform Winter and Spring Concerts

02/08- Present Yakov's Music for Gifted & Talented, Inc, Brooklyn, NY
• Founder and Music Director
• Teach various musical instruments and vocal

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06/08 Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony, Lynbrook, NY
• Music Director, Conductor
• Conducted weekly rehearsals (night) and 3-4 concerts during the concert season

10/03-06/08 Globe Institute of Technology, New York, NY
• Adjunct Professor of Music

06/07-08/07 JCC of Cherry Hill, NJ
• Musical Theater Director
• Taught acting, improvisation, singing. Produced musical shows.

10/06-06/07 JCH of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY
• Musical Theater Director
• Produced musical theater shows
• Taught students of ages 5-12 various vocal selections

09/00-06/07 NYC Board of Education, District 20, P.S.200; P.S.179
• Band / Orchestra Director
• Taught all woodwind, brass and percussion, violin, piano

05/99-06/06 School for Musical Performance, Brooklyn, NY
• Instructed students on Piano, Guitar, All string and wind instruments and vocals.
• Prepared students for the auditions to the prestigious schools and other music organizations.

1993-1997 St. Petersburg Radio Orchestra, Russia
• Principal Bassoonist
Other work experience:
• Performed as a bassoonist with The Kirov Opera & Ballet Theatre, the Mussorgsky Opera & Ballet Theatre, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chamber Opera Orchestra of St. Petersburg and other Symphony and Chamber orchestras of St. Petersburg, Russia
• Performed Solo Recitals in Russia, Poland, Norway and United States

Education:
06/98 The St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, St. Petersburg, Russia
M.A. in Music: Major – Bassoon Performance; Minor – Conducting
06/91 The St. Petersburg College of Music named after Rimsky-Korsakov, Russia
B.A. with a Double Major in Orchestral Performance (Bassoon) and Music Education

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Would you just like to learn a few songs on the piano, violin or guitar? Or you'd like your child be become next Joshua Bell or Evgenij Kissin? My lessons are designed with each individual student in mind. I will start my lesson with introduction and proceed with warm-up routine. I always make sure that the student is comfortable with the pace that I am offering. I am mixing elements of music theory, history and performance techniques in order to help my student to embrace the beauty of music making experience. All my students are ready to perform at the recital after just 3-4 months of lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach using Fisher Baby Grand Piano. Fender guitars. Major brands band instruments; yamaha, selmer, gemeingardt, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Fender Guitar, Yamaha Flute/Saxophone, Casio Digital Piano, Custom Violin made in England.

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suzuki violin, classical, jazz
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Ella O. October 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great lesson, looking forward to more.
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Jacquline W. February 10, 2016
· Piano · In home
Yakov,
Was a GOD SENT GIFT. I REALLY ENJOYED THE INITIAL LESSON. I AM ANTICIPATING ALL FUTURE LESSONS WITH YAKOV. HE WAS EVERYTHING I PRAYED FOR. HE WAS PLEASANT, PATIENT AND VERY KNOWLEGABLE.
HE MADE ME FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE. YAKOV. WILL BE MY MUSIC
INSTRUCTOR WHO WILL TEACH ME TO PLAY, THE VIOLIN AND THE GUITAR.YAKOV IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Harold B. December 20, 2015
· Violin · In home
It was my first lesson and now I have some idea how hold the violin and the bow. My homework is to practice a few notes on each string and then to practice playing the A scale. I think I can do it in two octaves. What is challenging is to play the scale without hearing a screeching sound. I'm looking forward to playing like Sarah Chang (hopefully after five lessons).
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Yakov D.

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About Jonathan D.

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Greenville, SC
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About Jonathan
I'm available for in-studio and online lessons and coaching.

***I am excited announce this year that four of my students were invited to audition for the NATS national level competition after having placed first, second, and third at the regional level. Two were accepted. Out of the 219 students at the audition one of my students placed first. Congratulations Laura, Mariel, Garrett, and Greer.***

I hold a BA and MMus in voice performance and have been teaching privately and in schools for over 15 years. I currently hold adjunct professorships at Clemson University and at Anderson University. In addition to private voice, piano, and instrumental instruction I have taught bands and choirs on multiple levels for 12 years. I feel my breadth of experience has enabled me to develop a deeper understanding of common learning traits and focus
on skill based learning.

I'm comfortable teaching students of all ages including special needs students, and I have developed a practice method that triples the efficiency of each hour of practice time.

You're likely to hear me say:

"Practice makes permanent."

"If a student isn't having fun, I'm doing something wrong"

"If it sounds good, it is good."
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Eric June 9, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Awesome instructor! Patient with my inexperience, but pushing me to become better and better with each lesson.
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Marc I. September 21, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Extremely helpful. Noticeable improvement after only three lessons.
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Michael May 11, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Jonathon is knowledgeable and is able to translate that into concise instructions for improving ones piano skills. I used him as a 'surge' to speed up my learning and he provided me with several tips that have helped.
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Jonathan D.

Greenville, SC 29615
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About Shurajit G.

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Travelers Rest, SC

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About Shurajit
Shurajit Gopal, a professional Carnatic Music Vocalist, hails from the culturally rich city of Chennai (Madras) in Tamil Nadu, South India.

He has had training in South Indian Classical Carnatic Vocal Music for over 18 years from five maestros in Carnatic Music.

He began his initial training, along with his sister, at the age of 7 from his mother Smt. Meenalochani Gopalakrishnan, who is a prodigy in Carnatic Music herself. Shurajit then learnt music from Shri. Baluswamy Dikshitar, Shri. Ramnath Sharma, Shri. Pattamadai S. Krishnan, and Shri. T. K. Padmanabhan.

Shurajit sings for live Bharatanatyam dance recitals as well.

He now imparts training in Vocal Carnatic Music and Bhajans to beginners and advanced level children and adults in the South Carolina Upstate as well as online Skype and FaceTime. His specialty in teaching mus
ic is the personalized and customized approach that he has for students according to every student's learning pace and ability.
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Sivakami May 30, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
My son has been learning classical music from professor Shurajit from the tender age of 6 yrs. He is almost 11. We started with group lessons and now have moved onto to one on one. Shurajit is a patient, knowledgeable and excellent teacher. I highly recommend him.
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Koriander July 3, 2015
· Indian Classical Vocal Music · In studio
Shurajit is an expert in the venerable tradition of Carnatic music. He takes care to make sure that I'm doing things correctly, whether it is sight reading, pronunciation, counting talam and, of course, vocal rendition. He will never cut corners! Yet all is done in a spirit of joy and respect for the student whatever their cultural background or level. As an adult student, born in the US, who had no prior experience with Carnatic vocals, I find that the challenge of learning this rich and complex music is exciting and fun. I have deep respect for the spiritual traditions with which it is infused. Shurajit is an excellent communicator, he cares about his students, and he enjoys teaching. I highly recommend Shurajit as your first call if you are thinking about lessons for your child or for yourself.
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Venkatesh June 29, 2015
· Indian Classical Vocal Music · In home
Shurajit Gopal is by far the best Carnatic vocalist and teacher in South Carolina, perhaps the best in the Southeast of US. I live in Columbia, SC but I drive to Greenville every weekend to learn Carnatic vocal music from him. Although he offers Skype lessons for remote learners, face 2 face lessons is invaluable and worth every bit of it. Shurajit gives his all to a dedicated, devoted student and takes a very personal interest in the student's technical development. He makes sure that the student never goes off key and that he/she maintains clockwork precision on Talam. Shurajit makes learning Sangathi-variations so much fun. Sometimes when the variations don't land on the beat as it is supposed to, he devices creative methods so students are able to pick it up. It's like the American Idiom "there are multiple ways to skin a cat". Furthermore, I admire Shurajit because he is very personable and approachable. If you desire to be an "authentic" carnatic singer, @shurajit is the place to go.

-Venkatesh
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Travelers Rest, SC 29690
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About Kendra R.

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Hendersonville, NC

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About Kendra
My love of music and sharing that through one on one instruction has only increased over the course of my career. I began studying violin and viola during my primary education. With the tutelage of my wonderful private instructor, I was able to successfully audition and perform with various youth orchestras in Denver. This experience inspired me to continue my musical studies and performance at the university and professional level. Later in my career I expanded my studies and performance to other musical genres including blues, jazz, rock, folk, latin, as well as traditional and contemporary worship. With an appreciation and new found ability to improvise and play alternative musical styles I have been able to truly tailor my instructional approach. Whether online or in person, each of my students has been able to pursue their part
icular musical interests while learning a solid technical foundation.
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Clayton August 3, 2017
· Violin · Online
Very knowledgeable and patient.
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Chad D. May 3, 2017
· Violin · Online
All I can say is that Kendra has been the perfect teacher for my daughter. Very patient and with clear direction. Many times she goes over the time limit too which indicates she is more about helping the student.
A+ teacher
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Sofia N. March 3, 2017
· Violin · In home
Our 9 year old daughter loved her first violin lesson with Ms. Kendra!
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Kendra R.

Hendersonville, NC 28739
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About Priscilla R.

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Gray Court, SC

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About Priscilla
Hi! My name is Priscilla. I have been playing the violin for more than 13 years and have been teaching for about six years. I have also been playing the piano for a number of years. I graduated from Pensacola Christian College in May 2015 with a B.S. in English Education and Music. Teaching violin is one of my favorite things to do! I love teaching piano as well, especially to younger students.

I also do English tutoring. I absolutely love grammar, so if you are having trouble in that area, I can help make grammar fun for you!
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Katie April 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Priscilla was so sweet and very encouraging to my 6 yr old!
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Morgan September 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Morgan loves her new piano teacher! She's learning a lot and can't wait to go back every week.
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Kahlum H. February 17, 2016
· Violin · In home
My son is really enjoying learning from Priscilla. He has shown definite improvement.
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Priscilla R.

Gray Court, SC 29645
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About Tania M.

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Greenville, SC
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About Tania
I have been playing the violin for more than 20 years but my love for teaching started about 10 years ago! I became fascinated with teaching as not only I have learned so much about myself as a musician and person but most importantly I have learned how to help my students become better musicians.
As we are all so different, I believe in exploring and experimenting with the way we learn. My approach to teaching the violin is based on the student's needs, desire, and, finding the best way to help them develop as musicians. I do not use a specific method of teaching as I believe one needs to be flexible and malleable with each individual student. I work with each student until we get the results desired.
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Andrew December 7, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Tania has been a great teacher for my son. He started learning violin with the Suzuki method and studied with a Suzuki teacher for about four years before stopping lessons. He became interested in violin again in middle school and decided he wanted to take private lessons while in 7th grade. Tania had no trouble getting him back on track, picking up with some Book 2 pieces and moving on to Book 3. She has helped him with his bowing, vibrato and shifting, and his sound has really improved. She also has helped him learn to read better and has introduced some basic music theory into lessons. My son really likes his lessons, and feels that he is learning what he needs. Overall, I like her approach, which I think works very well for this level. She is an excellent musician, and this comes through in her teaching.
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Andrea G. June 7, 2016
· Violin · In studio
My first lesson with Tania met my expectations. She did an assessment to determine where I am in my learning and what I know. She gave me great pointers and we worked on a short piece alone with a Major scale. I look forward to my next lesson and expect to progress tremendously under her instruction.
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Delia March 31, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I had such a wonderful experience with Tania as my violin teacher. I minored in music at Florida State University and was lucky enough to be her violin student for two years (August 2013-May 2015). Tania was extremely patient and encouraging, and was very skilled in teaching me how to balance focus on technical details as well as on the "bigger picture" of emotion and musicality. In my opinion and experience, Tania's greatest strength as a teacher is being very adaptable to her students' needs. When I was preparing for an important audition, her expectations and demands were where they needed to be in order for me to succeed. Months later, when I was approaching exams and graduation, she recognized that practicing every day was not my priority at that time, and she adjusted her teaching style so that I could still improve and use music as a constructive and creative outlet during those stressful times so that I could excel in my examinations.

From lesson to lesson (and in-between!), she succeeded in her best efforts in connecting with me not only as my teacher and as a fellow musician, but also as a fellow human being, pushing me to fulfill my potential in each and all of these areas. I highly recommend her as a teacher!
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Tania M.

Tania M.

Greenville, SC 29615
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About Jada T.

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Greenville, SC
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Jada has been playing violin for 12 years and teaching violin for 4 years. She is currently a senior at Furman University majoring in Music Education. Jada also plays in a wedding trio with two of her classmates from high school.
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Jada T.

Jada T.

Greenville, SC 29613
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About Sarah Z.

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Greer, SC
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Hey there! Thanks for checking out my profile.

My name is Sarah, and I am a Music Therapy and Composition student at Converse. I have over 15 years of experience in piano, and play six other instruments as well. I have a passion for music, and love merging that passion with my love of teaching and helping others.

What makes my teaching style unique is that I can relate to students. I have been there, so I know how it feels. I know how practicing can be boring or frustrating, and how it can be hard to find time to practice. Using this experience I employ unique games and exercises to help motivate my students to get over these obstacles and succeed to the highest level.

Another thing that makes me unique is the fact that I am a composer. I have access to composition software, and can use that to transpose or compose music that is indiv
idual to every student's level. (This also cuts down on book costs at times.)

Overall, I just want to see my students happy and thriving in their love for music! Feel free to message me for details or if you have any questions. I look forward to working with you!
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Vicki July 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very patient and extremely knowledgeable!!
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Lisa July 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Sarah is a great teacher for my two little ones! I always hear about the fun games and activities she has for them, and they always show off the stickers they earned. We are still fairly new, but I am pleased with her so far.
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Clyde July 25, 2017
· Archery · In studio
Thank You, Sarah you're Great!
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Sarah Z.

Greer, SC 29650
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About Todd H.

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Hendersonville, NC

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What do Star Wars, Billy Joel and Dallas Holm all have in common?

All three inspired me to attempt to play music.

Music has played a very significant role in my life since high school, where 'study hall' was my chance to first play by ear on a grand piano. I LOVED playing music and singing!

Evidently it 'took.' I sooned gained admission through audition to the University of Tennessee where I studied classical, jazz and vocal music with Dr. Bill Dorn, Dean of Piano, and acclaimed jazz master and author Dr. Jerry Coker.

From the World's Fair to the Biltmore House, I have enjoyed performing at these and many other venues. Yet, teaching is my first love musically.

Over the years I have found teaching not only sight-reading based methods but chordal and ear training to be essential elements of enhancing my students and student
performers.

You see, reading sheet music is only a piece of the pie. When you add ear-training, active listening, performance training, multi-genre analysis, accompaniment and collaboration to the educational mix, students begin to understand and LOVE music.

Once students love music, there is no stopping them! Students practice and PLAY more, and they get better because of their enhanced practicing. It becomes less work and more PLAY!

And passionate students become PERFORMERS! Whether for audiences of one or hundreds, the satisfaction and sense of fulfillment is amazing, and THAT is why I teach. The rewards and excitement are mutual, for the student, for me and their audiences.

I have been performing and teaching for over 35 years and love to share my amazing musical experiences (and experience). It could change your approach to music, enhance your appreciation and understanding of music, and quite possibly change your musical life.
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Judy August 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have been taking lessons for two years and am very happy with my progress. He is very encouraging and highly skilled in all subjects. I would recommend Todd for new beginner and professional level students.
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Carol August 4, 2017
· Jazz Voice · In home
Excellent instructor! Todd is knowledgeable, encouraging & patient while always staying on task. I've worked with him for 3 years now and have gained comfortability and confidence in my playing while staying motivated.
Todd is the 4th piano instructor I've worked with in my 12 years of living in WNC and I find him to be the best of all.
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Ann August 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I had 2 years of piano lessons as a child followed by 6 years of flute in High School as an intermediate student. After hearing Todd perform at a special event, my life was changed! His passion for performing and playing inspire, engage and transform a room! Of course I wanted to take lessons! As a teacher he took me beyond the fundamentals into theory, key changes, cordal ear training, musical stylizing and so much more. Todd is very patient and knowledgeable; a wonderful communicator, entertainer, and teacher. I highly recommend him!
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Todd H.

Hendersonville, NC 28792
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About Eric P.

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MUSIC!
I think music is the most beautiful thing in the world, so lets take time to learn and play music together.
I have been playing the drums for over sixteen years, and been in over fifteen bands in the course of that time. I have a degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music were I studied music theory and focused on Music Production and Engineering. I have been playing Piano, Bass, and Guitar for about ten years in addition to the drums, and have been recorded in sessions on each. I have a deep passion for synthesizers and electronic music, so lets make some bleeps and bloops together.
I am extremely kind, friendly, and funny so lessons with me are very relaxed and have an easy to learn environment. However I am very passionate about teaching to fit student needs; so if a student likes deadlines and homework, if that is what w
ill help them learn the best, then that is how I will teach.
Lets make some sweet music together!!
~Eric Promani
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Eric P.

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