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Review by Justin
"We were incredibly happy with Nanette! Recommend for anyone interested in voice and piano."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Stefan
Memphis, TN teacher:
Review by Tod
"It’s one thing to have the gift of teaching music, which Michael does. It’s another, entirely, to be able to relate to young students in a way that fires
them up and keeps them excited."
Visalia, CA teacher:
Review by Megan
"Seriously the best instructor ever. Rhonda is patient and kind and can connect with you where ever you are in your progression. I started lessons with ent
husiasm but some fears of failure, the enthusiasm has been supported well and the fears slowly forgotten because there's always something to practice and be excited about. When I took some time off from lessons, and returned, just after one lesson my passion resumed again, after seeing Rhonda. I feel like I can ask her about anything. I'm super glad I signed up for lessons. ~"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by scott
I employed Ed at a Summer Music Camp, with children ages 6-16. Ed is an energetic, talented, engaged teacher, passionate about inspiring k
ids about music. Ed really connects with the students, and his excitement and energy is visible and contagious. I would definitely recommend Ed as a music instructor, who teaches well and motivates students to practice and enjoy their instrument!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Onur Has
"Jimmy is one of the best instructors I have come across. Not only does he have tremendous knowledge and experience but he makes his students feel welcomed
and brings a personal connection with the student rather than the other instructors who were straight to the point. I went through music theory which helped me a lot because history of music and the roots of it really is a fundamental value to have when picking up any instrument. I recommend jimmy to anyone who has been thinking about music, who's never know how to play music and who has been scared to start again because of prior instructors. Jimmy can help with all."
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.
Dionne February 8, 2016
In home Verified Student
Estrella R. February 8, 2016
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!
Denise Iradi December 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I have been both a performer and dedicated teacher in the NYC and NJ area for over 14 years. I began playing music at the age of 8 years old, studying classical piano until I was 13. From there, I picked up guitar and started to immerse myself with rock, folk, classical, and jazz music. I eventually attended William Patterson University where I earned a BA in Jazz Performance, and then decided to move to NYC and pursue my career as a performer and educator. Upon moving to the city, I attended the American Institute of Guitar where I studied classical guitar for 5 years with world renowned
guitarist Yasha Koffman.
Currently, I am teaching and performing in the greater NJ and NYC areas, and have performed with notable figures such as Steve LaSpina, James Williams, Tyshawn Sorey, and Yasha Koffman.
*** Lesson Details *** After teaching for 14+ years of teaching, I have developed a teaching style that is unique in that I approach each studentâs progress on an individual basis. Musically speaking, I am able to identify what is holding the student back and take necessary steps to move forward in a constructive and supportive way that will inspire you to continually grow as a musician. The first thing I want to accomplish in my lessons is to get the student excited about playing music in general. That means understanding what kind of music the student likes to listen to and incorporate it into the lessons. I find that relating ear training, theory, reading, technique, and rhythmic study to the music that they are interested in is a great way to do that.
CLASSICAL GUITAR INSTRUCTION: We will focus on a variety of topics including right and left hand technique, proper body position, sound production and tone, reading, repertoire, and finding your own personal musical voice with regards to playing classical music.
JAZZ GUITAR INSTRUCTION: We will cover jazz theory, chord shapes, scales, repertoire, and transcription. Jazz is an oral tradition and I am a firm believer that the best way to learn it is through listening/transcribing and applying those concepts on your instrument. We will draw inspiration and knowledge from great jazz musicians of the past in addition to finding your own personal voice as an improviser in jazz music.
TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN: I have lot of experience teaching young children (as young as 5 years old). For these children, I like to focus on the basic foundations of music (e.g. rhythm, melody, etc.). We will use a variety of tools (rhythm sticks, guitar books for children, singing) to enrich these early foundations in music, in addition to learning to get over the physical demands of learning to play the guitar.
*** Frequency Requirement *** Students are required to take lessons at least once per week in order to insure consistent progress and ongoing assessment. Lessons given every other week are not offered.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room set up. Chairs. Music stands. Guitars. Music. Seating for parents. *** Please note, there is no piano in studio. If you are interested in piano lessons, only in home lessons are available.
*** Travel Equipment *** I usually provide guitar picks if needed, photocopies of materials (mel bay, chord charts, etc.). I require my students to have the instruments that they will be taking lessons on and a notebook to write in.
*** Specialties *** Piano lessons are in students' homes only! I cover music theory, application of music theory, technique, ear training, sight reading, and repertoire building. I teach a variety of styles including classical, jazz, rock, folk and blues.
Kathy C. May 5, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Very happy with Etan
Etan comes to our home which works for 2 kids lesson, one guitar the other piano. He is always on time, and can handle kids who sometimes have difficulty getting going. Nothing stops him. Each of my kids has improved and likes Etan. That is a success story. This has turned out better than expected. Etan rocks!!!
Tom D. March 19, 2013
Great lessons for my son
My son has been taking lessons with Etan for 2 years now, he is a great teacher. He has a passion for music, and a passion for teaching. My son always looks forward to his lessons. I definitely recommend Etan for teaching young kids.
Steve M. March 3, 2013
Etan is a very inspiring teacher, and really pushes me to learn in very constructive way. Highly Recommend!!
Hello my name is Rebekah S., I am a violin and viola teacher.
Experience- Member Lakeland Youth Symphony 1991-2000 Participated in 4 Strings Summer Camp for 2 years Taught at Path 23 home school group for 3 years. Played in Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra. Todd VanBeveren, Director and Conductor. Music Librarian for Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra. Played Lakeland Youth Symphonies 50th Anniversary concert. Played with, assisted Todd VanBeveren, conductor of the New Jersey Inter-generational Orchestra. Worked with Christopher Nam in the County College of Morris orchestra.
Coached a Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra Quartet. Coached in Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra Music Camp. Played with Peter Winograd of the American String Quartet as a part of the Northern New Jersey Youth Orchestra Currently a member of the Montclair Chamber Ensemble. Played with P.D.Q. Bach as a part of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra Played with the Montclair State University Orchestra. Private music teacher for 17 years (Violin).
Education- Studied Modified Suzuki for 12 years. Associates degree in Music from County College of Morris; graduated in May 2008. Bachelorâs degree in Music Concentration of community music instrumental at Montclair State University Graduated may 2013 Received 24 years of music training.
I love music and it is my goal to give all kids and adults a chance to learn, no matter the age.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will have a car,music stand, music
*** Specialties *** celtic music, classical, rock ,pop
Diane M. June 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Rebekah is a patient, super friendly, lovely all around person and teacher. I am so happy to have her working with me. I hope you take the time to know her. You will not be disappointed. She is a treasure.
Grace B. May 8, 2015
In home Verified Student
Rebekah is an awesome violin instructor! She is accomplished, patient, knowledgeable, and a very nice person. She is instructing my 16 yr old daughter at our home which is so convenient for me! Sometimes my schedule gets a little crazy but Rebekah is very flexible. I am very happy and my daughter loves her lessons.
Heather A. July 22, 2014
In home Verified Student
Rebekah is a thorough and patient violin teacher. When my 7 year old, daughter asked to learn the violin, I was not sure if she had enough of a capacity to focus, which is necessary for playing the violin. Under Rebekah's instruction, she has flourished; she is playing scales, songs, and reading music. After each session, Rebekah reviews with me the homework she has assigned to my daughter. Thanks to Rebekah, my daughter is developing a real appreciation for music, while enjoying the learning process. I highly recommend Rebekah!
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
Sammy S. February 9, 2016
In home Verified Student
Katie is not only patient and kind but my son is really improving with her and enjoying himself too. She is great!
Molly Thomas January 27, 2016
In home Verified Student
Kate came for Sammy's first lesson today and she was lovely. She has a very calm and sweet demeanor and Sammy liked her right away. She took time at the end of the lesson to discuss what Sammy worked on as well as to make me a list of things to tell the instrument rental place about what is not working well on his trumpet. We are glad to have found Kate and look forward to the next lesson!
Mason P. December 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
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.
Kate December 14, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
enthusiastic, patient, inspiring
Juliana December 11, 2015
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!!
Sandra S. November 21, 2015
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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