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.
carolyn johnston March 14, 2016
In home Verified Student
In the few short weeks I've been working with Tamara, I've noticed a huge improvement in my singing. She's superb at teaching just the right techniques for you to address your particular issues. She's patient, kind, and has an infectiously uplifting personality that makes you instantly comfortable with her. For beginners like me, it's nerve-wracking to sing in front of a stranger without feeling self-conscious, but Tamara puts you at ease quickly. She is encouraging, but simultaneously gently guides you towards upping your vocal game in a way that makes you want to achieve. I can't believe how on-target her exercises are at helping me get to the crux of what I need to fix to improve my singing. And I'm always amazed at how much she can squeeze into a session without its seeming overwhelming. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a standout vocal coach with a strong musical background and training, a pitch-perfect ear, and exceptional teaching skills.
Zachary S. March 7, 2016
In studio Verified Student
1st lesson great intro to the basics. Enjoyed.
Leticia B. February 18, 2016
In studio Verified Student
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.
rein April 29, 2016
can set the foundation of the instrument while helping you apply the music to the songs that drive you.
Terry S. April 29, 2016
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
Katherine M. April 29, 2016
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
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.
Shao F. June 8, 2015
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.
Julia J. June 8, 2015
Music Performance ·
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.
Jeff S. June 16, 2014
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.
Katie holds a Bachelorâs degree in Music from Central Washington University and a Masters in Trumpet Performance from Rutgers University at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her principal teachers include David Krauss; Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Matthew Muckey of the New York Philharmonic, and Steve Emery of the Boston Pops.
As a trumpeter, Katie has appeared with the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, The New Amsterdam Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Sinfonietta Nova, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra and
many others in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Washington state. Katie was also a semifinalist in the Ensemble Division of the National Trumpet Competition for three consecutive years and appeared as a featured performer at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Boulder, Colorado. You can currently hear her as part of the pit orchestra in the latest Broadway revival of the KIng and I, now playing at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
As a private teacher, Katie has worked as a resident artist and teacher at the Luzerne Music Center Festival in upstate New York, and as a regular member of Play On, Philly! She maintains an active private studio in Montclair, NJ.
*** Lesson Details *** I am primarily a trumpet teacher, but I also have experience with beginning trombone and french horn students. I like to tailor each of my lessons to the individual student, with general weekly playing assignments that help to expand each student's ability level.
*** Studio Equipment *** H2 Recorder; student may review their lessons each week.
*** Specialties *** Trumpet Instruction, Music Theory
Ron H. May 10, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My 1st Trumpet lesson with Katie went well. I need the actual exercise music that
we worked on ?? Also, I was wondering if we could do a lesson somewhere out in the open. Like a hall, church, or bigger room, maybe my apartment ??
Thanks a lot Katie for your expertise, it is much appreciated.
Sincerely...... Ron Hooper
Victor March 24, 2016
WOW!!!! All I have to say is WOW!!! I never thought I would have picked up the trumpet as fast as I did. Katie was def easy to get a long with and made it easy for me to pick up the trumpet.
Toby March 20, 2016
Katie is the best teacher I've ever had. She's very patient with us kids even when we talk a LOT. For me personally, the best thing about her is that she knows where my problems are, and gives me the fastest way to overcome that problem. Stay awesome Katie.
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.
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
Didier February 21, 2016
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.
mika February 2, 2016
She is awesome. And She is really kindness.
Mary Byrne August 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Outstanding! First lesson - she had the patience of a saint and I learned a great deal. Can't wait for next session!
Surf the web with your uke with this must-bookmark list from music teacher Willy M....
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Top 10 Websites for Learning Ukulele Chords
Surf the web with your uke with this must-bookmark list from music teacher Willy M....
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What This Lost Boy Did at Costco Will Astound You
In my younger days, getting lost at Costco meant mooching extra cookies at the sample tables and frantically looking for my mom. Not so for this amazing young man, who turned his solo time into an opportunity to shred on the piano.
They say all the world's a stage, and this boy is living proof! Check out the video below to see him in action:
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