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Robert H.

Cedar Knolls, NJ

About Robert

I started playing guitar at age 11, taking lessons at the local music studio in Hackensack, NJ. I became heavily influenced by The Beatles after hearing their music and as a teenager played in local rock groups, having some success being in the bands Jona's Ark and The Yorkshire Pudding, opening for artists Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, John Mayall and backing up Gary U.S. Bonds. I started playing piano at 19 when I took a group piano class in college. I attended Berklee College of Music and studied guitar with Bill Leavitt and Pat Metheny. That's where I started learning about all the great j
azz artists from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery to name a few. While at Berklee I also developed a love of the classical guitar and it's repertoire. After Berklee, I became a freelance musician and played guitar for The Drifters, Del Shannon, The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Crystals, Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore and believe it or not Tiny Tim. I played guitar, harmonica, mandolin and banjo in productions of: Hair, Tommy, Big River, Fiddler On The Roof and Grease. I composed my own music and performed and co-wrote with others who also wrote their own music. I have always taught private guitar lessons as far back as I can remember. One notable student was Stevie Wonder's son Keita who I taught for 2 years at Stevie's home in northern New Jersey as well as CBS News Anchor Charles Osgood's daughter Annie. Currently I teach 20 private guitar students a week.. From 1994 to 2000, I was the guitarist for The Royal Scam (a Steely Dan Tribute) and during that period I was hired by Hal Leonard Music Corp. to write a guitar transcription book called "The Best of Steely Dan". I was also hired by Brother International Corp. to compose and record a national radio jingle called "P-Touch", with Corey Glover from the rock band Living Colour doing the vocal tracks.
In 1996 I went to William Paterson University to obtain my teacher certification in music education. After the 9/11 attacks, I co-wrote and arranged "America Home Of The Free". The song was used to raise thousands of dollars for the victims of The World Trade Center attacks. Presently I divide my time between teaching, which I enjoy as much as performing and playing guitar with a jazz quartet called ....and All That Jazz, whose 2005 CD "Reflections" was recorded, mixed and mastered in my home based 24 track recording studio in northern NJ. I am also involved in a mandolin / classical guitar project called Music Of The Ages and perform with a 10 piece band called Epic Soul.
As a teacher I am very patient with students and enjoy helping them reach their own musical goals. I emphasize knowing the basics and encourage students to study music theory and basic reading of standard notation. I always ask my students to bring in songs they want to learn as a way to motivate them to practice more.

*** Lesson Details ***
GUITAR: I expect my students to practice at least 5 days a week for at least a 1/2 hour per day. I use the Suzuki method for young students ages 8 to10. We continue learning basic folk songs by ear and then start reading standard notation and basic theory within 6 to 8 months along with classical guitar duets. For older students I use the Hal Leonard guitar method. After 3 months of lessons students can expect to know the basic open position chords and strum patterns to some basic songs as well as some famous guitar riffs and also be able to read some basic melodies in standard notation. After 6 months students will be able to play a 12 bar blues and improvise with the pentatonic and blues scales as well as learn moveable scales and chords and apply these to songs.

PIANO: I also start young piano students with the Suzuki method so they can play some five finger familiar melodies in a short time period. Then we progress to reading notation and eventually adding chord accompaniment to melodies. I use the Faber piano method for reading standard notation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
24 track recording studio, room for parents to sit 14' x 21'...completely furnished studio with guitars, amps, piano, drum machine, synthesizer, microphones...the works.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need a good quality and proper size guitar (for very young students) a music stand (for their home use) a foot stool, a metronome and books I assign along with an 8 1/2" X 11" blank manuscript book and a folder with side pockets to hold handout sheets. Piano students need their own instrument and the above materials minus the foot stool.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki classical guitar, classic rock, blues, jazz , popular, funk, country, folk, finger picking and pick style and piano.
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rein April 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
can set the foundation of the instrument while helping you apply the music to the songs that drive you.
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Terry S. April 29, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Rob for 2 years now. He is a great teacher, classically trained, but very knowledgeable in all genres. I have learned a great deal and being taught the correct way. He pushes you to do better each and every week.
I would definitely recommend Rob for Guitar instructions
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Katherine M. April 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoy learning guitar with Robert, I've been playing for a two years and a couple of months. He really motivates you to keep trying and play a music piece until it sounds great. He's patient and easy going and it's great and fun to learn guitar alongside Robert
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Robert H.

Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Dimitry C.

Livingston, NJ

About Dimitry

Congratulations to my student, H/S senior Isis S. for winning First chair clarinet position in 2016 Symphonic Band of Central NJ Regional Band Audition and the second time in last two years a seat in 2016 NJ ALL-State Symphonic Band.
My special congratulations are to Aidan Z.(clarinet), 7th grader for his successful audition on clarinet and acceptance to Central NJ Intermediate Regional Symphonic Band, 8th grader Jennifer W. (clarinet) for winning First chair clarinet position in 2016 Symphonic Band of North NJ Regional Band Audition and to 6th grader Aaron C. (alto sax) on his participation
in Central NJ Intermediate Regional Band Audition.

My students are the winners of the auditions to the NJ Youth Symphony orchestra in 2014/2015 (HS and MS), NJ Regional Symphonic Band competitions in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 (HS), NJ All-State Symphonic Band 2015 and 2016(HS) and 2014, 2015 and 2016(Middle School), M.A.M.T.G. and Golden Key Solo competition in 2014 and 2015. All (!!!) of my students have been recognized and promoted to the first chair by their school's band directors and one 6th grader was selected to play in All-NJ Symphonic Band for 6th graders.
They perform as soloists at the public concerts in 'Rising Stars' program in Morristown NJ and Chatham NJ.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students of all ages and abilities! I offer beginner through professional instruction on clarinet, beginner through intermediate instruction on saxophone and flute.

The special program for young students (5 - 8 y.o.) is designed by utilizing recorder and piccolo (small) clarinet to prepare them for the 1 year in school band.

I prepare school students to NJ Regional, Area and State band auditions. I also prepare saxophone and trumpet players to the Jazz band auditions and so far all of my students made it. All concert pieces are practiced with CD accompaniment using special audio equipment which allow to slow tempo for early stages of learning process.
My ultimate goal is to to pass all my knowledge and experience to my students, prepare them to be the fine soloists and the first chair in the school bands or symphony orchestras.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Spacious, well lit, recently renovated soundproof room.
Seating for parents, music stands, sheet music, printer (for printing custom handouts), high speed internet, audio equipment.

*** Specialties ***
Over the last twenty years I have taught private clarinet, flute, saxophone, solfeggio and music theory lessons. The age of my students range from elementary school through mature musicians. I prepare school students to NJ Regional, Area and State band auditions.

I'm currently a principal clarinetist of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra and a co-principal of the Hanover Wind Symphony and a member of the 'A La Mode' clarinet quartet.
In the past I've played with the Kiev Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theater in Kiev (Ukraine), Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Columbus, Ga Symphony Orchestra, Staten Island Symphony Orchestra and Staten Island Chamber Orchestra. I have given solo performances in Kiev Philharmonic Hall, Moscow and Tbilisi Conservatory, and was a featured soloist on "Rosell" TV show in Columbus, Ga.
I also play jazz, Klezmer and Russian music at weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, anniversaries and holiday parties throughout the tri-state area.
I am a graduate of Kiev, Ukraine Conservatory where I received my Bachelors and Masters Degree in performance and in Music Education. My main instrument is clarinet, but I also play flute, trumpet and saxophone.
I've been playing clarinet since I was 9 years old. Over the last twenty years I have taught private clarinet, flute, saxophone, solfeggio and music theory lessons. The age of my students range from elementary school through mature musicians.
I was fortunate to study clarinet from the very first day with principal clarinetist of Radio Symphony Orchestra and later with principal clarinetist of Ukrainian state Philharmonic Orchestra and principal clarinetist of the Kiev Opera Theater.
At the age of 16 I won the 1st place at the Ukrainian State Young Musicians Competition and at age of 23 I was a Top Prize (2nd place) winner of the Ukrainian National Clarinet Competition.
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Shao F. June 8, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
Our 12-year old son has been learning clarinet from Mr. Dimitry for about a year now and we highly recommend him to prospective students for his deep music knowledge, rich clarinet performance experience and above all, just being a great clarinet teacher.

In a year's time with Mr. Dimitry, our son's progress has been very impressive. After our son started lessons with Mr. Dimitry, it quickly became apparent that Mr. Dimitry is a very experienced teacher for young musicians. He engages our son effectively to keep him interested in music and clarinet while at the same time sets high expectations for him. Our son always looks forward to clarinet lessons and also is motivated to practice pieces at home.

Mr. Dimitry not only teaches sound clarinet skills, but also emphasizes the importance of playing music the right way, that is to tell stories and express feelings through music rather than to play music like a technician. Although it is difficult for a young musician to fully appreciate this concept, it does go a long way in preparing him to become a really good musician in the long run.

Mr. Dimitry is very polite, pleasant and professional. We recommend him without any reservation.
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Julia J. June 8, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
My 7 year old son has been taking recorder lessons from Dimitry for almost 1 year now. Dimitry is very patient, encouraging, and enganging - considering that my son is on the younger side. Dimitry provides music instruction that is appropriate age and level wise, so my son feels accomplished and challenged at the same time.
We plan to continue with Dimitry and hopefully advance to the clarinet once his fingers can cover the clarinet holes and he has learned more music theory. My son looks forward to his music lessons. We are very pleased with his musical instruction.
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Jeff S. June 16, 2014
Saxophone · In studio
Incredibly amiable, professional, and talented as a teacher.

As a senior in high school now graduating and transferring into college, I started my lessons with Dimitry in December last year and had to end this summer at the end of the music school's program. Even though my time learning the saxophone was short, Dimitry used my past musical experience to help guide me through the instrument. His lessons did not feel long in any sense of the word, and in fact some two-hour lessons I took to make up missed weeks blew by, as I was constantly engaged by his teachings. During my studies with him I found myself in the presence of a true musician, and this was only further driven home when I saw him play in the Hanover Wind Symphony at the Morristown Community Theater with Stanley Drucker. I would highly recommend Dimitry as an instructor for a student at any level.
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Dimitry C.

Dimitry C.

Livingston, NJ 07039
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$60 / 60-min
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Julie P.

Maplewood, NJ

About Julie

Woodwind specialist Julie P. is a New York City freelancer and teacher. Julie became a multi-instrumentalist at an early age and now enjoys playing oboe, saxophone, flute and clarinet in her work on Broadway and other concerts and productions in the NYC area. Julie has played in over 30 musical theater productions, as well as with the Songwriter’s Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra Society. She is an active chamber musician and currently plays with the Hudson Winds Woodwind Quartet.

Julie has a MM in Music Performance from New Jersey City University and a BM in Music Education from I
thaca College. As a teacher, Julie has worked with over 100 private students. She enjoys teaching young and advancing woodwind players, helping them discover the wide range of musical styles and sounds accessible by the woodwind instruments. In addition to teaching skills inherent to woodwind playing, Julie uses her background in piano and music theory to give her students a strong foundation in musicianship skills.

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Julie has written a number of articles for the TakeLessons Teacher Blog:

General Articles
6 Websites for Finding Free Flute Sheet Music
http://takelessons.com/blog/free-flute-sheet-music

5 Excellent Goals for Kids’ Music Lessons | A Guide for Parents & Teachers
http://takelessons.com/blog/music-lesson-plans-for-kids

Piano Articles
3 Ways Your iPod Can Help You Get Better at Piano
http://takelessons.com/blog/get-better-at-piano-with-ipod

5 Fun (& Easy) Piano Duets for Beginners and Beyond
http://takelessons.com/blog/easy-piano-duets-z06

10 of the Best Piano Duet Books All Pianists Need
http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-duet-books-z06

Intro To Classical Piano Music Styles
http://takelessons.com/blog/classical-piano-music-styles-z06

15+ Piano Duets for Every Skill Level
http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-duets-instruments-z06

5 Ways to Sneak Piano Practice Into Your Busy Schedule
http://takelessons.com/blog/sneak-piano-practice-z06

How to Improve Your Piano Practice with a Metronome
http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-metronome-practice-z06

Violin Articles
How Often Should You Practice Violin to REALLY Improve?
http://takelessons.com/blog/violin-practice-tips

In-Person, Online, or DIY: What’s the Best Way to Learn Violin?
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-way-to-learn-violin

5 Ways To Make Money Playing Violin
http://takelessons.com/blog/make-money-playing-violin

5 Famous Violin Players You've Got To Know
http://takelessons.com/blog/famous-violin-players-z08

5 Violin Techniques You Didn't Know Existed
http://takelessons.com/blog/violin-techniques-z08

Violin Techniques: How To Get A Stronger Bow Arm
http://takelessons.com/blog/violin-techniques-bow-arm-z08

Is Buying A Used Violin A Good or Bad Idea?
http://takelessons.com/blog/used-violins-z08

Is the Suzuki Violin Method Right for Your Child?
http://takelessons.com/blog/suzuki-violin-method-z08

How to Hold a Violin Properly
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-hold-a-violin-z08

Top 5 Instructional Violin Books for Kids
http://takelessons.com/blog/violin-books-kids-z08

The Pros and Cons of the Suzuki Violin Method
http://takelessons.com/blog/suzuki-violin-method-pros-cons-z08

The Ultimate Violin Performance Checklist for Parents
http://takelessons.com/blog/violin-performance-checklist-z08

How to Hold A Violin Bow
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-hold-a-violin-bow-z08

10 More Helpful Apps for Violinists
http://takelessons.com/blog/apps-for-violinists-helpful-z08

How to Choose the Best Violin Songs for Your Recital
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-violin-songs-recital-z08

Best Violin Songs and Tips for Wedding Performances
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-violin-songs-weddings-z08

5 Violin Exercises to Help Build Finger Strength
http://takelessons.com/blog/violin-exercises-finger-strength-z08

Expert Tips: How to Play the Violin With Accompaniment
http://takelessons.com/blog/play-the-violin-accompaniment-z08

15 Easy Violin Songs That Make You Sound Impressive
http://takelessons.com/blog/easy-violin-songs-z08

25+ Violin Practice Tips to Help You Improve...Fast!
http://takelessons.com/blog/violin-practice-tips-to-improve-z08

How Long Does It Take To Learn Violin?
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-long-does-it-take-to-learn-violin-z08
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Dawn July 11, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Wow! Julie is so knowledgeable, patient and a natural teacher. She covered so much ground in 30 minutes. Looking forward to progressing with more lessons.
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Didier February 21, 2016
Flute · In studio
We're very happy with Julie's flute lessons. My daughter switched from France to the US and working with Julie has helped her in the change and in progressing with her flute skills. Julie is a very safe choice.
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mika February 2, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
She is awesome. And She is really kindness.
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Julie P.

Julie P.

Maplewood, NJ 07040
(14)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Andrea N.

West New York, NJ

About Andrea

I am a classically-trained pianist that has played the piano for 22 years. I began when I was 4 years old and have not stopped since! After graduating from Rhapsody Academy for Music in Elizabeth, NJ, I began teaching at after school centers. Most recently, I started teaching private lessons, where I currently teach 15 students, ages 4-15, music lessons, theory, and history. My focus as a teacher is allowing the child to dictate their education - with my supervision to facilitate each lesson. Every class is exciting, practical, and engaging, as the students use the most available resources
to help them learn and understand the basics behind each song. I love working with children and allowing them to make decisions at a young age, so they can build their confidence and understand that hard work is a very rewarding process. Students are encouraged to strengthen their skills through finger exercises, learning scales and chord progressions, and etudes.
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Aisha-Aina May 15, 2016
Piano · In studio
Mrs. Andrea helps me solve problems on the piano that I did not know I had!
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Ana May 11, 2016
Piano · In home
Ms. Andrea is a teacher that turns piano lesson to fun filled times. She is dedicated and hardworking and always makes the best of my children.
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Andre S. May 10, 2016
Piano · In studio
Andrea is an inspiring teacher that really puts in the time and effort to help you learn the best way possible. She keeps you motivated and interested by tailoring every single lesson to you, and how you feel that day. What's more is that she always seems to know the exact criticism you need to bring your playing to the next level.

Learning from her as been an incredible experience.
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Andrea N.

Andrea N.

Hillside, NJ 07205
(3)
starting at
$25 / 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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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.

Union, NJ 07083
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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