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Review by Eric
Katie Ilen is an amazing singer with a knack for teaching. She is patient, kind, informative and highly skilled. My daughter loves her and
talks about her all the time. After taking lessons with Katie my daughter has gotten so much better it is surprising. Katie also incorporates recording into her lessons and now we have 2 adorable recordings of my daughter singing. Priceless! Highly recommended!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Katie Ilen Y.
Review by Kiesha
"Great fit for a beginner singer - very hands on and provided me with literature to read to help in between my lessons. I look forward to resuming when my
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Barry
"Whitney is a fabulous vocal coach. She's very talented and I was feeling intimidated before I started lessons. However, she's very down-to-earth and im
mediately made me feel at ease. She instilled confidence and I was very pleased at how much I learned so quickly. I highly recommend her."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Dominic
I have been taking lessons with Tony since 2009 and I have seen nothing but improvement in the way I play. I saw my biggest improvements wh
en I would audition for the regional band. My score increased each year. I went from 560 my first year to 915 out of 1000 my last. You will not be disappointing when you will take lessons with him. You will continue to grow if you follow his lessons."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Uwe
Ricky has been teaching our young daughter the drums for about 3 months now. He knows how to motivate her, his communications are great and
I am very happy with him as a teacher. Thank you for you professionalism and your patience."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Kenn
"1st lessen was better than I anticipated. Alexandra's genuine interest and enthusiasm is encouraging. She recognizes and calls forth my previous musical t
raining and with positive instruction shows me how to apply toward my learning of harp technique. I have had a passion to play the harp for quite some time. My first lesson with Alexandra gave me the opportunity to realize my potential for the harp and I feel supported moving forward."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by jennifer
"Chau takes my 15 year old daughter for singing lessons. This was the first time she had ever been to lessons and straight away Chau made her feel comforta
ble and right at home. She has engaged fantastically with my daughter who has completely enjoyed every single one of her lessons; coming home with a huge smile. The utmost professional; Chau stretches my daughter to reach her full potential and I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone considering taking lessons."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Shawna
"Shannon is very patient, friendly, tactful, and flexible. She is easy to work with and talk to and comfortable to be around, especially for someone just
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Lyndon
"Howard is a caring and focused professional, who makes learning fun. He knows what each student needs to get to the next level and I only wish I had him a
I am a certified teacher on teaching piano and have a college degree on music. I have taught from beginner to advance level for 8 years and I am specialized on teaching any age from as young as 4 or 5 years old in piano playing, music theory.
*** Lesson Details *** If you are a beginner, in 1 to 2 months you can play, read and perform any easy tune songs. I am neither strict nor laid back, I like to teach whatever the student wants (like specific songs, style or composer). If you are an intermediate level, I will focus on scales, fingering, articulation on the piece so you will have a bet
ter technique when playing advance level.
*** Studio Equipment *** open living room upright piano seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** parking
*** Specialties *** classical, popular, hymn, favorite, jazz
Sabba S. October 27, 2014
In home Verified Student
Great teacher, my kids enjoyed learning.
I recommend her to anyone looking to learn the piano.
Natasha B. September 29, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I found Patty to be very patient, knowledgable & encouraging. I would definitely recommend her to anyone interested in taking singing & piano lessons.
RajC July 25, 2012
Very good; will recommend her to others, looking for a Piano Teacher.
I am a motivator and I love teaching. I promise a pleasant and nurturing, yet firm and solid learning experience. I will instruct you to sing with the same ease that you speak. If you are willing to do the work, I can help you achieve your goals !
*** Lesson Details *** My Focus is Seth Riggs method of "Speech Level singing" in addition, I teach the anatomy of the voice, the instrument. (voice box, larynx,) Breathing,sight singing, ear training, pitch, diction, vocal performance, Nadia Boulanger sequential exercise.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room with baby grand, couch,
coffee table, chair, CD player, microphone and stand. parents can sit in on lesson
Each lesson continues to be a worthwhile experience.
She is great teacher! She motivates her students and gives them constructive feedback to improve their vocalization skills. Professional demeanor and friendly personality.
Carla W. December 9, 2013
Singing Verified Student
A great experience
Throughout the time I've spent with Genie as a singing instructor my vocals have bettered tremendously, she pin points whats lacking in your singing and makes the effort to improve and perfect it.
Gala L. December 3, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Professional & Patient Vocal Coach!
I have been working with Ms.Genie for the past few months and I must say I have grown and learned so much in this short time. I am not as trained or accomplished vocally as her other students so I most especially appreciate her encouraging, yet firm approach to my training. I like being driven to go further and dig deeper.
I have so far to go but my willingness to learn, coupled with her willingness to teach; will surely help me to attain my goals as a singer.
Whether you need someone to help you polish your already well trained vocals or need someone to help foster the glimmer of talent you have, Ms. Genie is the instructor for you!
I would not be the person I am today if music wasn't the focal point in my life as it is. Not only do I absolutely love performing and studying music myself, but I adore teaching as well. Part of the musical experience is taking what you hear and what you learn from others and building on it to create your own musical contributions. I take the gifts other teachers and musicians have given me very seriously and subsequently feel the great importance of imparting my knowledge unto others.
Whether you want to be a professional, or just be competent enough to enjoy yourself, we all practice, st
udy technique and gain knowledge about music with really only one goal in mind: To have all the tools necessary to express ourselves adeptly through music. All the technique in the world will not make you a great musician. At the same time, you can be extremely creative and knowledgeable, but if you don't have the technique and vocabulary needed to express your ideas, you will find yourself very limited and suppressed musically.
My philosophy about teaching follows that I am here to provide you with those tools in a fun, exciting way. When I say "tools" I mean the whole toolbox. This includes giving you the technique, correcting bad habits, providing listening material, finding holes in your playing and much more. A good music teacher must be more than an instructor, but a mentor and an inspirational guide. My best teachers were the ones who could cultivate my playing not just through the physical aspects but ESPECIALLY through the cerebral. We ALL need encouragement and inspiration to get the best out of our natural talent. I love to encourage my students to do their best. To strive to not only complete exercises, but to execute them well. Every student is different, and therefore I will tailor their education with me on an individual basis. I expect a lot out of my students because I strongly believe in my teaching ability as well as their ability to learn and feel good about their progress.
My approach to providing all these things is modeled around my best experiences in learning and performing. I've studied under some of the absolute best players and teachers in the world. Here are just a couple:
World renowned drummer and educator
TOMMY IGOE from The Lion King on Broadway The Birdland Big Band Numerous instructional books and DVDs.
Highly sought after percussionist
TOM KOLOR Graduated from William Paterson as well as with a Masters from the Julliard School of Music Professor of Music at the University at Buffalo.
I've also graduated Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Music Performance, Dean's List and Honor Roll awards.
Some of my experience includes being featured in Tommy Igoe's "Great Hands For a Lifetime" DVD which received 5 stars from Modern Drummer magazine in 2010. I've also played great venues like Gramercy Theatre and Central Park in NYC among others. I've played in Big Bands, Symphony Orchestras, Klesmer and Percussion ensembles, and more.
I really could go on forever talking about music, what it means me, how I approach teaching, etc. When you love music and teaching as much as I do, you really can't help it. It's ingrained in you. Precisely as ingrained as I like to think being a fun, caring, disciplined, attentive teacher is in me. Whether it be for you or your child, I can easily promise that I will deliver the same success-bound mentoring that I have to my students for over 5 years.
Can't wait to hear from you!
*** Lesson Details *** -I am here for you.
I would not teach if I wasn't very interested in the progress of my students. I want you to be the biggest, baddest, awe-inspiring drummer/percussionist possible. I want to ultimately end up at your shows and concerts and be able to say "That's MY student." You can always be guaranteed that when studying with me everything I assign has precisely that goal in mind.
-Strict or Laid Back?
Many people might ask if I'm strict, or laid back. My response is that I am excited and driven to help you reach success. I will never scold you because that sort of practice has no place in teaching. I also understand that learning isn't just a straight upwards incline of progression. We're all humans. Sometimes we progress astronomically in a short period of time and sometimes we have to fight hard to nail something. Sometimes we have a lot of time to practice, and sometimes we simply don't. My job is to make the most out of every situation and help you learn no matter what. That being said, I will still hound you to practice as much as healthily possible!
-What do you want out of music?
Probably the most important question I will undoubtedly ask you upon meeting you is why you are taking lessons. There is no way to formulate a tailored lesson plan if I don't know what it is you're working towards.
Like I said, I can't tell you very specifically what your lesson plan will be, but I CAN give you examples of what I almost always assign. Individually written out exercises, exercises from books, assigned reading/listening, song covers, chart writing/reading, improvisational exercises, rudiment study, warm-up routines, among others.
-Don't be Afraid to Make Mistakes
Mistakes are part of the learning process! If you aren't making mistakes then I'm doing something wrong. Never be afraid to make mistakes.
-You Get What You Give
I promise I'll be there for you. I'll be there to give you the material and show you the path. But you're going to have to be there for yourself as well. The more prepared you are for our lessons, the more you will grow from the time we spend together.
Mastering an instrument takes time and effort both by student and teacher. The sooner we get started the sooner you get on that path. I'm ready whenever you are.
*** Studio Equipment *** detached studio 2 professional drum sets seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I have two full DW Jazz Series drum sets. Numerous practice pads and snare stands. I expect my students to only provide their own Drum Sticks and books.
*** Specialties *** I pride myself on being as versatile as I possibly can be. I can aptly teach most styles including Jazz, Rock, Funk, Latin, Hip Hop\R&B, Classical, and more.
Bindia M. December 20, 2012 Verified Student
Flexible teaching methods!
Asaf is just brilliant. During the first session, my son was very distracted by the other things in the music room ie lights, instruments etc but Asaf managed to engage him by being extremely flexible in his teaching ie he is not wedded to any order and has a lesson plan in mind but goes with the flow and the interest of the child - this ensures that all that was intended on being covered is, and as a result of the flexibility, my son just loves these drum lesson and Asaf. Asaf makes him focus and has built a great teacher/student relationship in only 3 session. I would highly recommend Asaf.
Petra V. August 23, 2012
Drum Verified Student
The Consummate Professional
Asaf has trained my son initially on a practice pad. Taught my son Quater notes, Eighth notes and moved on to the Snare Durm and worked his way up to 16th notes. He taught my son how to use wrist action, rather then his arms. The fact that ASAF travels to my home and instructs my son is definitely a plus. He is highly commmunicative and flexible.
PetraV April 9, 2012
My son has been showing excitement and interest in practicing and looks forward to Asaf coming on Saturdays. We look forward to seeing our son's progress and working with Asaf.
Classical, pop music, rhythm and beats. Music notes, learn to read notes. It should be only enjoyment, no force! Usually children waiting for me and are very exited!
Ineta Y. September 30, 2014
Classical Piano ·
we have two children playing! Lessons very interested. Children waiting for instructor. We have been playing for 3 years. very warm, inteligent teacher, very lucky to have her! STRONGLY RECOMMENDING !
Ineta Y. September 27, 2014
Classical Piano ·
A very nice, very profesionalpiano teacher. My daughter wants continue piano only with Ineta Y. She knows the way to teach and my makes a lesson very plesant and interesting. During one year my daughter learned so many songs, finished couple books level 1 and we moved to level 2 already. Sign up with Ineta Y!!
American violinist Emily V. is an active and versatile performer of chamber and orchestral music. As a chamber musician, Emily has appeared with the Mannes American Composers Ensemble in the ensemble's Alice Tully Hall debut. Additionally, she has collaborated with the Newman and Oltman Guitar Duo in a concert that has been broadcast on WWFM, and is a member of Trio des Waldes, a horn trio that has performed throughout NYC and on the Bucks County (PA) Performing Arts concert series.
As an orchestral violinist, she regularly performs with the Symphony of Westchester and the Chappaqua Orches
tra; previously, she served as concertmaster of the Mannes Orchestra, Columbus State University Philharmonic, and the pit orchestra for LoftOpera, and as section violinist in the Columbus and LaGrange Symphony Orchestras. She was an orchestral fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra, and has attended the Bowdoin International and Madeline Island Music Festivals.
Emily maintains a private teaching studio of over fifteen students ages 4 to adult in the NYC/Long Island area. Additionally in the summers of 2013-2015, she was Junior Faculty at the Stringwood Chamber Music Camp.
Emily received her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Columbus State University, where she was named the Presser Scholar, and received her master's from Mannes College of Music. Currently, Emily is pursuing a DMA in Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her major teachers include Daniel Phillips, Lewis Kaplan, Muneko Otani, and Sergiu Schwartz.
Katrina M. April 18, 2015
In home Verified Student
Emily was so patient and encouraging. Great first lesson!
Min H. February 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
I am excited to write a review for our awesome violin instructor~! Our little pre-teen 10 year old daughter took lessons prior Miss Emily for about 6 months but had no motivation to practice and so there was no progress. However, since we met Miss Emily, our daughter has been so motivated! Only after her first lesson, she understood how to read notes, she was engaged, and must've picked up her violin to practice at least 3 times a day for a good 20-30 minutes on her own (under no request by Miss Emily)! I believe it is because Miss Emily is very passionate about her teaching and is very encouraging towards her students. She doesn't make violin lessons a chore, rather an amazing experience!
Miss Emily is very knowledgeable and an amazing and very professional instructor! She patiently goes step by step to make sure all the basis for a firm foundation in music is there and then thoroughly goes to all the steps to keep it simple in learning! She builds great rapport and brings her personal experience to make her more relatable! I would highly recommend Miss. Emily as an instructor!
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