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Classical Music,Moe believes music is a gift and should be shared with everyone. He provides every opportunity to his students to perform. In addition to recitals, Moe’s students often perform throughout the community at various events. This not only spreads music and allows the children to share their talents, but also instills in them the importance of giving back to the community. Moe's piano students have been featured at the following locations: Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (New York, NY) CareOne at The Cupola: Senior Care Community (Ridgewood, NJ) The Manhattan-Bronx Festival: NY Music Teachers Association (New York, NY) Mill Garden: An Assisted Living Residence (Midland Park, NJ) Pine Rest: Senior Care Community (Ridgewood, NJ) Ridgewood Center: A Genesis HealthCare Facility (Ridgewood, NJ) Village Nursing Home (New York, NY) "Teaching piano to the children, and my students performing in my community, is my response to violence in our world, to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." - Moe
I strive to give my students all the tools they need to become complete musicians who can play, listen and connect with music on an active level. I work with my students to develop a strong technical foundation on their instrument, from which we can explore harmony, rhythmic training, ear training and theory. Beginner students will eventually be able to read and interpret sheet music, improvise, learn songs by ear, and compose music. Advanced students will gain the skills to become not just a great brass player, but a great artist.
With kids around age 5, i base my lessons around game based learning activities. Then as age increases, I introduce reading and stick control.
I began my teaching experience in the Bronx, where I created a music program in a very large public elementary school. In additon to a full schedule of general music classes, I directed over 200 assembly programs involving students from Kindergarten through 4th grade. I also developed an after-school Chorus program, putting on Winter and Spring concerts, as well as several Broadway musicals. In 2001 I transferred to Mount Vernon, where I was able to continue and expand my program, incorporating concert band and all-grade musical performances for students from Pre-K to 6th grade. I began teaching private lessons in 2005, first at the Mount Vernon Music Academy, then at Febbraio School of Music.
For violin teaching, I am a staunch Suzuki supporter. I believe the method can truly bring out a great musician in every child if it's taught properly. I teach note reading very early on, but ear training is key to sensitive musicianship. For piano, I have experience with the Faber method, though I have gravitated to the Thompson method. It's important to me that students recognize notes and intervals from a very early level.
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An education in music carries over to all other aspects of life. Not only do students learn music and how to appreciate various genres, but music lessons can also help to improve academics. Music students tend to score higher in science, math, and language skills tests.
Musika offers an annual performance opportunity for all students through our spring recitals in May and June. Recitals are a great chance for young students to perform for the first time, more experienced students to show their skills, and even for adults to show their love of music! Musika students perform most often on piano and guitar, but we also have many singers, violinists, and even drummers - every instrument and style is welcome.
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Review by Shilpa
"Richard is a very talented and a patient teacher. He teaches my 6 year old daughter in the comfort of our home and he is very regular. He follows a learning book and mixes his lessons to bring difficulty and technicality while keeping it interesting for my daughter. My daughter was difficult to work with at the beginning but he was able motivate her in every possible way. As a parent I make an effort to learn with my daughter so that when my daughter practices I am able to guide and correct her and Richard is very generous to take the time to give provide me concepts. I am extremely happy with Richard and his ability to teach children."
Review by Maurice Romero
This is the 1st time I've ever taken lessons, and Robert has been a pleasure to work with. I've made quick progress and have enjoyed the process. I'm always listening for those tips that you can't find in a book. I can count on Robert to be strict on the fundamentals and am clear it will make a difference in the long run.
Review by Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
Review by Karl B
“My son and I have been taking lessons with Lynn for 5 or 6 years now. She is very patient with younger students (& older students having "senior moments"). She is also flexible in her lessons in that if we want to work on theory, jazz, rock, blues, she will cater to our requests.” – Karl B., C.P.A., Aug 2015
Review by James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!
Review by Kaleen Todoroff
Noel is amazing. She is helping me to work toward my vocal goals for auditions to several musical theaters. She has helped me choose strong audition pieces and is teaching excellent ways to get the sound I need in a safe and healthy way. She works outside our lessons on new warm ups and new music pieces. She is the best.
Review by Tuvana
He is incredibly patient and really customizes his teaching style to the child. Both of my children are learning piano with him; they have learned so much and really enjoy the lessons. In fact, my daughter asked to learn another instrument (guitar) with him and is making great progress with that, too.
Review by Valerie Moore
Kevin is very friendly and professional trombone teacher. During the first session he assessed my 12 year old son's strengths and identified areas for development. He has helped him refine his technique which helps our son in band class but also has him working on duets that help him grow in new ways. He comes to our home and is always very punctual. I would highly recommend Kevin!
Review by Christopher Perrone
Mike has been working with my son Robert for over a year and has just started working with my daughter Kate. Mike is both a great musician and a good teacher. He connects with the kids and keeps them engaged. He is able to tailor the lesson to focus on music that is interesting to each child. He also encourages the students to participate in a public setting which is great. I would highly recommend Mike.
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