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Tamara W.

West Orange, NJ

About Tamara

Music has been in my heart since I was a small child. I loved it so much that after 4 years in the U.S. Air Force and 6 successful years in the computer field, I returned to school to study my passion...singing! While in the Air Force, I was a soloist with the Aviano Gospel Choir in Aviano, Italy, from 2000-2001, where we toured different cities in Italy to perform for music festivals and public concerts. During my time there, I also performed with different bands and began making a name for myself as a vocalist.

In 2009, I received my BA in Music from Southern Illinois University - Edward
sville, IL where I studied classical and jazz voice. After graduating in 2009, I received a full scholarship to pursue my Masters Degree in Jazz Studies at Michigan State University, one of the premiere jazz programs in the United States under the direction of world-renowned jazz bassist and composer, Rodney Whitaker.

While studying at Michigan State University, I toured with the MSU Jazz Orchestra and performed at prestigious events such as the Detroit International Jazz Festival; the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL; the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival; the Lansing Jazz Festival; and the 2011 Elmhurst Collegiate Jazz Festival in Elmhurst, IL, where I was honored with an "Outstanding Soloist" award for Jazz Vocal Performance.

In 2011, I was also featured in I AM ENTERTAINMENT magazine where my music was described as "...sheer and unexpected delight! Her music takes you to another place. That is what great music is supposed to do." In May of 2011, I was also featured on the cover of REVUE Mid-Michigan magazine.

After receiving my Masters Degree from MSU, I moved to New Jersey to pursue my teaching and performing career. I currently teach private lessons and am the Founder and Director of Music Beyond Measure, which creates music recovery programs for trauma survivors. Formerly, I was the Vocal Jazz Ensemble Director for Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ. In addition to teaching, I also perform with different bands in the NY metro area.

I have been fortunate to perform with an elite list of jazz musicians, such as Sean Jones, Tia Fuller, Rodney Whitaker, Sean Dobbins, Perry Hughes, Wes Anderson, Ron Blake, Jim Alfredson, Etienne Charles, Diego Rivera, Steve Ritchko, Paul Keller, and many more throughout my jazz career. I also had the honor of being chosen to perform for a master class with Grammy Award-winning artist, Esperanza Spalding.

Although I am mostly trained in jazz voice, I work with singers in various styles, such as pop, R&B, gospel, and musical theater. Whatever style you are interested in singing, I know that I can help you to approach singing in a way that will maximize your vocal potential.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that music is for everyone! Whether you are a beginner or a professional, I want to help develop your voice in the healthiest and the best way possible. Whatever your goals are for taking private singing lessons, I will be happy to customize a program according to what it is that you would like to accomplish.

It is extremely important for my students to be well-rounded musicians. Whether you are a country or Broadway singer, you will learn how to sing using classical technique. Aside from technique, you will learn everything from how songs are constructed to how to lead a band and everything in between. No matter what it is that you want to learn, I guarantee that you will have fun while doing it and you will learn how to fall in love with your voice!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an in-home studio with a keyboard, keyboard stand, digital recorder, microphone, professional amplifier, sheet music, binders, and pencils. Students don't have to bring anything.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When providing in-home lessons, I would prefer if the family provided a piano or a keyboard. However, if none of these are available, I will be happy to bring any equipment needed.

*** Specialties ***
Even though I am a jazz vocalist, I am happy to teach various styles, such as pop, R&B, gospel, musical theater, etc.
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Dionne February 8, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great experience
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Estrella R. February 8, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My Daughter loved her first singing lesson with Mrs. Tamara. Mrs. Tamara is very kid friendly and has a beautiful personality. My daughter is very excited to have her as her music teacher!
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Denise Iradi December 29, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tamara is awesome and very friendly.
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Tamara W.

Tamara W.

West Orange, NJ 07052
(12)
starting at
$36 / 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 specialize in teaching music to ages 7 through 18 including college prep. I can prepare a high school student for college auditions (college prep) and guide adults who are serious about taking their music skills beyond tablature.

The focus is to learn how to read music, play melody and chords and progressively acquire skills as a guitarist. Music theory and rhythm study is included to round out the musicianship of the student.

With regular daily practice, and as the student becomes more accomplished, we can add other music skills, like ear-training, accompaniment/ensemble work and so
ngwriting.

Learning an instrument teaches focus, develops self-direction, self-esteem, how to reach a goal, plus the added benefit of developing the brain for academic achievement. And, it's just plain FUN!!

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 specialize in acoustic and acoustic/electric guitar - both classical and contemporary, steel string and nylon.

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.

PLEASE SPEAK TO ME before purchasing you or your child's instrument. A standard size steel string guitar is frequently difficult for a child (and some adults!) to handle.

***NOTES ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS***

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!

Be aware that there are stairs to my home studio. Please take this into consideration if you have an ambulatory disability.

*** STUDIO EQUIPMENT ***

Home Studio, dedicated space, guitars and recording equipment, keyboard and amps, music stands, chairs, comfortable waiting area for parents.
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Valerie November 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Cheryl is great. This is the first time I'm taking professional guitar lessons, and I was very nervous when starting, but she made me feel comfortable. She is very patient, and even after only 4 weeks of lessons I feel that I've learned a lot and I'm very excited to continue!
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Phil L. August 11, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter Michelle learned from Cheryl since 2015 Spring. After three months, Michelle could play a song in June in front of audience in Madison Hotel, NJ. Michelle got inspired from Cheryl so much and she liked to attend guitar lessons all the time. We believe that Cheryl is an outstanding guitar teacher for any beginning guitar learner.
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Phil L. August 7, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Cheryl is a wonderful teacher that my our 9-year-old girl loves so much to go to her lessons! She is very patient and enthusiastic. My girl is very happy to have the guitar lessons and always so wants to practice.
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Cheryl C.

Mount Tabor, NJ 07878
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Marie-France M.

Waldwick, NJ

About Marie-France

I have taught piano and voice most of my adult life. Early on I learned the need to adapt my teaching style to the uniqueness of each student, especially those whose perceptions differ widely from the general populace. I love what I do, helping each student discover and nurture their abilities, no matter what age the student may be.

The Holistic Piano method is especially effective with my Autism-spectrum students, a segment of the population I find particularly rewarding to teach.

The following is a quote from ex-student Karena Krull, author of "Drama Made Easy", and "Rummy Root
s."

“Her greatest strength is her ability to find the right direction for each individual. This ability to adapt to the student's needs lends to individual success for student and avoids their frustration. If her current method or communication isn't creating success for a student she will quickly change to another till she finds the right words or method to enable the student to succeed with the least amount of frustration.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I draw on a wide range of materials in The Holistic Piano (and voice) method. The curriculum may be color-based or number-based, we might focus on chord building or sight-reading, or Songwriting, depending on the student's need and desire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large Music Room: one grand piano, 2 keyboards, parents can sit in on lesson from living room

*** Specialties ***
Because each student is an individual, I approach teaching like a coach, custom designing a course of study for each student to meet their individual needs.
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Bill M. August 4, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My voice lessons with Marie Frances have been nothing short of pure joy. Marie literally took a frog and turned me into a prince. Because of Marie, I have gained more confidence in myself than I thought possible. She has been "The Wind Under My Wings" in my endeavor to be able to sing.
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Susan C. July 8, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great instruction. Very knowledgeable. I'm going to learn a lot.Highly recommend.
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kegine M. June 24, 2015
Marie France is an outstanding teacher. She has been teaching my son piano for nearly 4 years. When we first started I just wanted to give it a try cause I wasn't sure this is something my son could do giving the fact that he has special needs. With her patience and individualized approach, Marie France has helped build my son's confidence and self-esteem. Today he is able to read and play music independently. My son's passion for music has developed so much since he started getting piano lesson with Marie France, in addition to playing piano he is also interested in learning how to play guitar. We are so fortunate to have found her. I would recommend her on a heart beat to anyone interested in learning music
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Marie-France M.

Waldwick, NJ 07463
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Chris B.

Butler, 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.

The best lesson that I've personally 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 believ
e 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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Belkis J. February 5, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Chris was very professional. This was my first guitar lesson in years and he took the time to guide me patiently. I look forward to continue my guitar lessons work Chris.
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Jason P. January 5, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My boyfriend said he loved it. Chris said he was catching on quick and has the finger strength already.
I'm looking forward to hearing more positive things about him and the next lesson.
Thank you!!!
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Jim S December 13, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Totally satisfied! I don't have a lot of experience with the guitar but Chris has made every lesson build on prior lessons so that I consistently see progress. He pays attention to what interests the student rather than focusing on what he necessarily wants to cover. He's reliable and punctual. Easy going, he communicates well.
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Chris B.

Butler, NJ 07405
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Dan S.

Montclair, NJ

Dan S holds a diploma in Modern Guitar Performance from La Musique Academy International and a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Jazz from Montclair State University. Dan Has been teaching since 2008 and brings both structure and a fully customizable approach to teaching, making sure you learn what you want and what you need to know to accomplish any musical dream. Dan has extensive experience working with children and teens as well as adults.

About Dan

Dan S. holds a diploma in Modern Guitar Performance from La Musique Academy International and a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Jazz from Montclair State University. Dan Has been teaching since 2008 and brings both structure and a fully customizable approach to teaching, making sure you learn what you want and what you need to know to accomplish any musical dream. He has extensive experience working with children.

At age 9 Dan began studying such instruments as the viola, saxophone, piano and guitar. By the age 12 he identified more with the guitar and chose it as his primary i
nstrument of musical expression. Dan Spencer is currently playing venues in and around NYC and the metropolitan area, jamming with some of the best live musicians around. He has also performed in France and looks forward to tour more of Europe.

His musical influences range from The Blues, Pop, RnB, Rock and EDM. This range of music continues to influence his writing and vocal styling developing a sound that is truly unique.
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Kate December 14, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
enthusiastic, patient, inspiring
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Juliana December 11, 2015
Guitar · In studio
My 7 yr old daughter has been taking lessons with Dan for about 2 years now and I can't say enough about what an incredible teacher Dan is! His passion for music radiates and is infectious!! Aside from really knowing his stuff, he is funny and really great with kids. He makes the lesson fun and his teaching tactics keep young children engaged! We really enjoy having him as a teacher!!
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Sandra S. November 21, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
First session was great. Dan taught me what I asked to learn and gave me some basic building blocks. Looking forward to the next session! Thank you Dan.
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Dan S.

Dan S.

Montclair, NJ 07042
(9)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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