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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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$35 / 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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Sofia September 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
These are the words of a 7 year old ....she as great and magnificent....
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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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Anastassia K.

Anastassia K.

Sayreville, NJ 08872
(10)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Carla U.

Somerset, NJ

About Carla

Music is my LIFE!

After 24 years of teaching at music camps, music stores, 3 colleges and my home, I completely understand that the lessons are all about YOU, the student: what you want to learn, taught to you in a way that works for your brain and personality.

And if you don't know exactly what you want to learn, that's OK. We can figure that out together as we go along learning the basics.

I help students learn to play songs by artists they like.

I also help students write songs, or put chords to their existing lyrics.

For those who are interested, I teach note-reading (not
required) and theory (not required) and ear training (not required).

The lessons are always tailored towards your (the student's) goals.

I also teach classical and fingerstyle guitar for the occasional person who specifically wants either of those styles.

My purpose as a teacher: help people have a fun experience, learning in an organized way, adapted to your learning style and goals, while learning to do exactly what you wanted to do when you decided you wanted to play the guitar.

In 1994, I was let go from my job at a music store because I was sick. Which sounds awful, but was the best thing to ever happen to me- it was then I got over my fears and became a full-time musician, teaching and writing and performing. I have never looked back! I may not be a household name, but I am living the dream.

Whether you want to sing to your kids or to an audience of 50,000, you first have to get started.

Wait no longer! The guitar is calling!
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Allen P. September 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Carla is always willing to go the extra mile to help her students make progress!
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Renee G. August 30, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Just one lesson in but I'm really looking forward to this. I have a little bit of guitar background, but Carla put together a path forward to help me to advance. Great instructor!
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Allen P. July 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Always a pleasure to take a lesson with Carla,
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Carla U.

Carla U.

Somerset, NJ 08873
(12)
starting at
$35 / 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.

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

Princeton, NJ

About Katie

Katie Gornick has been a sought after vocal instructor in the central New Jersey, Philadelphia, and NYC regions for the past decade. She graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ with both B.M. and M.M. degrees in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. She enjoys a varied career as both an educator and as a performer.
As a vocal teacher, Katie specializes in Musical Theatre, Classical, and Contemporary Commercial styles of singing. Her students have taken top honors at Regional and All-State Festivals as part of NJMEA and PMEA as well as at various vocal competitions; most recentl
y the Mid-Atlantic Music Teacher's Guild where she also serves as an adjudicator. Her students frequently take workshops in New York City with notable Broadway artists and composers and audition regularly for Broadway and Regional Theatre productions. Many of Katie's students have been accepted and are continuing their educations at top college music theatre, music education, and acting programs.
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Vanessa September 29, 2016
Katie is an outstanding voice instructor. I began taking lessons with her about two years ago and I can already see a big improvement in my vocal strength and overall skill. She is positive, patient, and thorough with her teaching. She is passionate and always gives 100% in her lessons. Katie provides a warm and comfortable atmosphere for her students and makes lessons fun and constructive. Katie has also helped me prepare for several singing and acting auditions. I highly recommend Katie to anyone with a desire to improve their skills in singing (acting, and/or auditioning).
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Richard K. September 21, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful. Spot on. Gets down to basics quickly and has the knowledge and ear to help you perform at your best. She has amazing chops, too.
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Logan September 19, 2016
Musical Theater · In studio
Katie is the best voice teacher I've ever had. She is so kind and passionate and gives 110% to absolutely everything. She really cares about the success and wellbeing of her students, and works herself to the bone to accommodate her students and friends. She is extremely fun to be around and keeps her students engaged throughout the entire lesson.
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Katie G.

Katie G.

Princeton, NJ 08540
(25)
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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