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Ileen Z In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Guitar
Styles: Classical, Blues, Folk

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Ileen Z In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Guitar
Styles: Classical, Blues, Folk

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Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Master Degree: Mannes College of Music

Awards:

2009 - Who's Who in American Women

2010 - International Who's Who in Music

 

 

Overview:
*IF YOU DON'T LIVE NEAR ME OR TRAVEL FREQUENTLY, I TEACH MANY STUDENTS ONLINE WITH SKYPE. IT'S A GREAT ALTERNATIVE AND WORKS WELL WITH PCs/MAC, TABLETS OR IPADS WITH A RELIABLE INTERNET CONNECTION.* I work with classical and acoustic players. For intermediate and advanced players, emphasis on sight reading/crossover styles is given. Group coaching for guitar with all combinations of instruments is available. I have a quiet rehearsal studio 3 miles west of Manhattan via NJ Transit #168 & 175. My early career as a concert musician began in the 1970s. I'm a working musician and musicologist/annotator, published at any given time in approximately 75-100 running technical and cultural publications. In early 2006, I was included in who's who in American Women and who's who in Education in America, and as of 2009, was included in the international who's who in Music. I attended Wittenberg University (sacred music) where I studied conducting and orchestration with John Williams and Ian Polster, New York University for humanities, and the Mannes College of Music (MM classical performance and theory) where I studied with Robert Secrist, Frederic Hand, Charles Kaufman, Julius Levine, Yakov Kreizberg, Leo Edwards and Marie Powers. *I am now also accepting a limited number of VOICE students. Skype lessons are most welcomed. **
EXPERIENCE
I am a working musician and actively published musicologist. My career as a concert musician began in the 1970's with youthful performances around the US and Canada. In early 2006, I was included in Who's Who in American Women and Who's Who in Education in America, and in 2009 was added to the roster of International Who's Who in Music. I attended Wittenberg University (sacred music) studying conducting and orchestration with John Williams and Ian Polster, New York University for humanities, and the Mannes College of Music (MM classical performance and theory), studying with Robert Secrist, Frederic Hand, Charles Kaufman, Julius Levine, Yakov Kreizberg, Leo Edwards and Marie Powers and completed my graduate library studies with Jane Gottlieb at the Juilliard School. My scholarly work has been focused on the performance, documentation, historiography and promotion of music and performing arts. As a music annotator, analyst and critic, I have worked for over 15 years with major arts agencies, technical journals and CD labels in performing arts media, technical writing, editing and proofreading, following a career as a successful classical touring musician. In 2010, after living 25 years in Manhattan, I moved back to where I was born – Bergen County. Working in my teaching studios in both Teaneck and New York, I specialize in teaching and coaching up-and-coming young musicians, college-bound guitarists, adults with backgrounds in other instruments, in classical, acoustic and crossover styles.
METHODS USED
With the small devotion of 30 minutes a day to your practicing, I can make a novice player become a good guitarist, and a good guitarist into a great player. For beginning pre-teen students, I most often begin with the Alfred Auberge method.  For those who can already read music or have played another instrument, the Mel Bay method is a good start.  For adults, I often use the Frederick Noad books Segovia Diatonic scales and Giuliani arpeggios. For intermediate and advanced students, I often use the period-based methods of Frederick Noad while introducing the larger works in the guitar repertoire.
LESSON STYLE
I first taught guitar at the unlikely age of ten. To my surprise, my first student became very proficient very quickly and still plays today. The idea that anyone has the potential to do something well really sold me on teaching. There are standard ways to learn this instrument, but when a reliable method falls short, it's up to a qualified teacher to get their students to achieve their goals. The guitar has a poor reputation as a serious instrument, when it fact it is quite difficult, even physically un-natural to play. Bad habits can not only set you back, but take a great deal of time and effort to un-do, and can even cause physical pain or damage. I can't understate the importance of selecting a guitar teacher who has extensive experience with physical technique, and how it can free the guitarist from sluggish learning, frustration and most musical limits in their playing.
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Dennis Brady

5

Ileen is a great teacher, very understanding and kind. She goes the extra yard with her students.

Review posted on Jun 14, 2019

Susan

5

I connected immediately with Ileen as an instructor. She is easy to follow, direct & clear with instruction and will go the extra mile if that’s what it takes. She is extremely knowledgeable and works hard at perfecting her art form.

Review posted on May 16, 2019

Tim Bonner

5

Ileen is very knowledgeable, patient and has a good sense of humor. She provides the appropriate challenge to keep me motivated.

Review posted on Nov 23, 2017

Corey Davis

5

If I could train with Ileen for the rest of my life, I absolutely would. Phenomenal teacher with an endless knowledge of music and tips to help you become a fantastic guitarist.

Review posted on Mar 16, 2017

Jennifer Wilson

5

Ileen has a wealth of experience playing the guitar and she is able to give instruction to an absolute beginner. I feel comfortable playing in front of her and it hasn't been so overwhelming.

Review posted on Mar 12, 2017

Jacob Solomon

5

Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music

Review posted on Nov 17, 2015

January

4

Enthusiastic and interactive with my 7 year old daughter

Review posted on Jun 23, 2015

Susan

5

I am a beginner and an older person. Ileen is the perfect instructor for me and the convenience of taking lessons from this knowledgeable and talented woman long distance via Skype is such a treat. I hope to continue working with Ileen for a long while.

Review posted on Apr 30, 2015

Rita

5

My son is only six years old and she has the patience and experience to teach him the guitar. He looks forward to his lessons every week.

Review posted on Feb 18, 2015

Tim

5

Ilene is an extremely knowledgable teacher that communicates her message easily and effectively. Every lesson I have learned a tremendous amount and have improved my playing. Every lesson has been fun and engaging.

Review posted on Dec 17, 2014

Jacob

5

ileen enjoys sharing her love of music and teaching. she is a patient teacher and her encouragement makes each lesson enjoyable and educational

Review posted on Nov 30, 2014
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