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Brian C.

Mountain Lakes, NJ

About Brian

Brian has been performing for over 10 years. He is experienced in genres from hip-hop to classic rock, and delivers a style all his own. He is an honors graduate of Berklee College of Music with a dual degree in Music Production and Engineering and Music Business Management. Prior to Berklee, Brian was classically trained as a vocalist by Georgia Marandino. He fine-tuned his skills at Berklee with Joey Blake (performs with Bobby McFerrin). Brian learned guitar and piano from his father a semi-pro guitarist and an educator of educators. As a producer and sound engineer, Brian has worked with mu
sicians spanning different genres and cultures including Grammy Award winning sound engineer Hector Ivan Rosa (Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, El Gran Combo). He currently offers voice, piano, guitar, and music theory lessons to students of all abilities.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach music students want to learn. I don't use books because every student learns differently. I have a very laid back personality but I am strict when it comes to practicing and learning the material from the previous lesson. After 3-6 months students will be able to play multiple songs, have a good grasp on scales and will be at the point where they can look at joining their first band with confidence!

*** Studio Equipment ***
We have a variety of studio equipment for students to use including guitars, amps, keyboards and drums. We also have an assortment of music stands laptops and enhanced learning tools to allow the student to get the most out of their lesson!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide certain items that allow students to do exercises. Metronome and a laptop are common for me. I expect the student to have access to the specific instrument they are intending to learn

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in contemporary style using classical methods
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Sammy H. March 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent experiences with Brian. He knows how to get the progress going. And the piano room is also very artistic!
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Brian C.

Brian C.

Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
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starting at
$34.50 / 30-min
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Dunia S.

Montclair, NJ

Let me help you bring your ideas to light. Express yourself the way you always knew you could.

About Dunia

I have a background in classical, jazz and popular music. I have played flute for over 20 years in every context, from orchestra to marching band to CBGB. I have performed with vocal ensembles of every size and in every style.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons focus on range and stability. My style is very casual and I am happy to work on details. I enjoy helping students develop their own sound, rather than imposing a dogma on them. I like to bring everyone into their full voice, no matter what the instrument.

If my posted hours don't suit you, please send me an email. I can be flexi
ble.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Percussion, Recording Equipment and mics.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano, Percussion, Recording Equipment and mics.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in punk, reggae and ska, but am also fluent in jazz, classical and rock.
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Craig M. November 25, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Dunia is great!!!

Dunia is great! I was very nervous and she made me feel so comfortable and at ease. I look forward to continuing with her in the future!!! :)
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Dunia S.

Dunia S.

Montclair, NJ 07043
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Cheryl C.

Mount Tabor, NJ

Learn how to format your songwriting, use various song forms, develop melodies and harmonies.

Instrumental pieces will be guided with compositional techniques that include a working knowledge of music theory.

Lyric/chord songs will concentrate on developing music that elucidates the words and/or words that work with the music.

About Cheryl

I have been a musician for over 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music and have taught guitar for over 10 years. In addition to guitar, I'm a vocalist, composer and arranger as well as a music publisher. I actively perform as both a classical guitarist and singer-songwriter.

I love teaching guitar and find it so exciting to see kids (and grown-ups!) learn an instrument and be part of the magic of creating music!

The earliest age that I recommend for a child to start learning to read music is age 7. Learning an instrument teaches focus, develops self-direction and how to reach a goal, plus
the added benefit of developing the brain for academic achievement. And, it's just plain FUN!!

***NOTES ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS***

There are stairs to my home studio. Please take this into consideration if you have an ambulatory disability.

Usually, learning disabilities, ADD & ADHD go together just fine with guitar lessons and frequently give these precious young people a creative outlet. Speak to me about your child's needs so I can prepare the best lessons possible!

*** LESSON DETAILS ***

I like to empower you, the student, by making your lessons challenging enough to keep your interest, but keeping it fun and stress-free!

With regular daily practice, you will learn to read music, play melody and chords. You can learn to play finger style, use a pick or learn both! Music theory and rhythm study is included to round out your musicianship. As you become more accomplished, we can add other music skills, like ear-training, accompaniment and song-writing.

This is perfect for home schooled children or as a supplement to public or private school music programs. Children age 7 and up, properly seated with the right size guitar and under the guidance of an experienced teacher (me!) do very well. (Speak to me before purchasing your child's instrument.)

I can also prepare a high school student for college auditions (college prep) and guide adults who want to take their music skills beyond tablature.

I love to make lessons fun, relaxing and give you a sense of achievement while helping you reach your music goals!

*** STUDIO EQUIPMENT ***

Home Studio, dedicated space, guitars and recording equipment, keyboard and amps, music stands, chairs, comfortable waiting area for parents.

*** SPECIALTIES ***

I specialize in acoustic and acoustic/electric guitar - both classical and contemporary, steel string and nylon.
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A. John M. June 10, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Like anything new - exciting, followed by frustration because it's new and takes some learning and patience.

Cheryl is patient - I know I will get the hang of it as I continue with her.
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Jacqueline M. March 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Cheryl is a patient and caring teacher. Very professional - helped us with finding the right guitar, books and so on. Very caring. My shy daughter is very comfortable with her and we highly recommend her.
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Steve R. September 19, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Cheryl is an excellent instructor and is patient
With a new student like me. I would highly recommend
Her to any level of guitar student.
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Cheryl C.

Cheryl C.

Mount Tabor, NJ 07878
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Stefano A.

Jersey City, NJ

Songwriting, whether lyrical or instrumental, takes a lot of knowledge of other music that has succeeded as well as music you enjoy. I have been teaching songwriting for 2 years and I can guide you towards the creation of another top 100 hit in any genre.

About Stefano

Stefano A. has been playing the guitar for 7 years, both electric and classical. He has studied classical style with Mr. Frasche from Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls and Chris Messina, a NJCU alumnus.A sophomore at NJCU, his current teachers are João Luiz Rezende Lopez for solo guitar and Ana Maria Rosado for ensemble. Stefano performed with the NJCU Guitar Ensemble at the 2014 College Guitar Ensemble Showcase at the Guitar Foundation of America Regional Symposium in New York City and most recently at Bayonne High School. He hopes to perfect both electric and classical guitar ski
lls and to combine these in a university level teaching career.
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Omar R. May 31, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My guitar lesson with Stefano was excellent! He is very dedicated to what he does and how he teaches. The book that he has recommended is an excellent book for beginners. I have been able to learn quite a bit in a short amount of time. He's teaching techniques makes you learn properly, from the sitting position to the playing techniques.
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Christopher J. May 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I have personally been working with Stefano for the past two years and he is hands down one of the best guitarists and musicians I've had the pleasure of working with. He's a level headed person and easy to work with. Also incredibly patient while teaching and knowledgeable about the guitar and the way it has developed through the years with it's technique and repertoire.
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Rhonda D. March 31, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
After four months of lessons it's easy for me to say with confidence that we chose a great teacher in Stefano. He is very professional in his approach to teaching my 12 year old daughter Acoustic Guitar. He is always friendly, polite and takes his job seriously. He takes a structured approach and I am so glad we chose him as our Instructor.
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Stefano A.

Totowa, NJ 07512
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starting at
$30 / 60-min
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Chris B.

Pompton Plains, NJ

Contrary to popular belief, creativity is teachable. If you understand the inner workings of music, then you'll be better equipped to write effective songs.

About Chris

My name is Chris B. and I've been playing music for most of my life. I started playing guitar when I was in my early teens and, like most kids, just thought it would be cool to play in a band and have fun. Along with my brother Jon (on drums), we immediately started to jam with some neighborhood friends and quickly honed our cover song skills. We then progressed towards writing original music and eventually formed a new band. As time went on, we both started listening to more complex styles of music and spent countless hours improving upon our playing chops to match the advanced techniques
of our favorite musicians.

The best lesson I've learned is that a musician is never done learning. Once you start believing that you know everything there is to know about your instrument, or that your style of playing is superior to others, then you've stopped growing musically. Perhaps you excel in one area of your playing but need further development in another. Personally, I've also learned that I enjoy sharing my knowledge of music with others and exposing students to new techniques and musical concepts.

I strongly believe that these traits are the most important aspects of teaching music to others. No matter how advanced my playing skills might progress, I’ll always be able to relate to any type of student because I’m still learning something new everyday!
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Griffin C. June 23, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Chris was great!! Very prompt. Our 9yo son could not stop practicing what he learned today!! Chris has a good strategy for teaching and explains it very well to both child and parent!
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Anthony S. June 5, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Chris is always on time, ready to go, enthusiastic and patient :)
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Christa S. May 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
This was Christa's first lesson ever and Chris was very patient.
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Chris B.

Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

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