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I have a BM in Music Ed. I would describe myself as outgoing. I’m a K-8 Music Teacher working for the NYC DOE, and privately tutor students. I have NYS certifications in Music B-12 and Students with Disabilities 1-6. Currently, I am working toward my MA at Hofstra finishing my last class and beginning my thesis.
My teaching life began as a college graduate who became a member of Tales & Scales Inc. which is a performing and educating ensemble who tours the country performing for children of all ages. Part of the work I did involved workshops with students showing them how music and stories worked together. That experience told me that I wanted to be a music educator. In the years that followed, I taught instrumental music in numerous parochial schools throughout New Jersey. Currently, I am the Director of Bands at Maplewood Middle School where I try and cultivate an enviroment of learning, understanding, and music-making. I love what I do and I look forward to teaching all of my new Musika students!
During my time at Seton Hall, I have completed 4 internships as well as my student teaching in different school districts throughout New Jersey, working with students at all grade levels. I have also taught lessons privately for a year during my freshman year of college. I also work as a substitute teacher in the Long Branch school district, at which I have assisted the high school band on many occassions throughout the year. I like to use every experience I had during my time as a student to make life connections with my current students to help them learn music in a way that is easy to comprehend. I like to expose my students to all kinds of music: from different genres to artists to different parts of the world. I try to make all my lessons fun to participate in while keeping their focus at all times. I like to show students that I truly and thoroughly enjoy what I'm doing; that way they can feel encouraged to take their musician skills to the next level and stay motivated to learn more about music!
I started teaching in high school and then decided to pursue degrees in performance and music education. At UNH I taught lessons part time for four years. I always put students needs and schedules first and met them either in my studio or at their home. I encourage all of my students to practice at home using techniques that are effective. I engage my students each lesson, ensuring they are constantly improving as well as enjoying their musical experience. It is my duty as an educator to pass my love of music onto my pupils. My students are of all ages and skill levels. I encourage them to enter competitions and recitals, train their ears, learn about music history, and have musical intentions whenever they play. I will help my students to achieve any level of playing.
My love for music began when I first started taking piano lessons at the age of seven. I developed a strong interest in making music and played the trumpet and piano throughout my school years, performing with the symphonic, graduation, and jazz bands. I studied music performance and technology at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, where I took advanced lessons in the piano and trumpet as well as learned recording and production techniques. I performed with several bands in my undergraduate years and have graduated with a BA in music technology and a stronger passion for helping others discover the gift of music.
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Trumpet lessons in home are a convenient way to learn the instrument. In home lessons are structured the same way as in-studio and there is no additional travel time. The teachers in our network generally teach students one lesson a week, however frequency of the lessons can vary from student to student and may be scheduled based on recommendation of the instructor.
It is never too late to play an instrument. We have many adult students playing trumpet. Our teachers can work with you whether you are a beginner or advanced player. Many of our adult students notice significant progress in just a short time! It is important to practice every day between your lessons to notice the most progress.
A standard trumpet includes many pieces: the rim, the cup, the mouthpiece, the shank, the leadpipe, the valve pistons, and the valve casings. We recommend that when you are purchasing your first trumpet that you visit a music store and speak with a trumpet expert. Prices for trumpets can vary widely, so it is best to have a budget in mind. The majority of students choose to rent a trumpet before purchasing. As the mouthpiece of the trumpet is a very personal part of the instrument, if you are renting, you will need to invest in the mouthpiece portion.
Our recommended starting age for the trumpet is 8 or 9. The instrument requires a good amount of lung capacity as well as physical strength in the muscles around the mouth. While a younger student could possibly be physically able to play the instrument, this is somewhat rare.
Taking trumpet lessons is a great way for a child to begin learning music. The trumpet is very portable, so as long as you have a nice sturdy case, it can be transported to and from school and rehearsals with ease. Many students who are studying in a band ensemble in their school program, may also wish to take private lessons to enhance their playing. During lessons students will learn technique, harmony, and rhythm, as well as how to read music.
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.
Review by Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
Review by Lauren Segal
Ed is THE best instructor I've ever had and I've had many instructors over the years in various fields of study. Ed met us at a music store to help choose a guitar, this is after he first called and asked all the right questions. He's supplied my daughter with just the right amount of paper work and just the right amount of new techniques. By this I mean to say that Ed connects with the pace my daughter learns at. I highly recommend Ed AND Musika.
Review by Linda
I am a beginning guitar player that has now taken five lessons with Jeff. I cannot speak highly enough of Jeff has a guitar teacher! I have learned more in five lessons than the months I spent trying to learn on my own. Jeff has introduced me to music apps that I can use during my practice sessions, followed up our lessons with comments and/or music, is very encouraging - yet holds high standards. During my lessons I feel that Jeff is very observant and tuned in to your positioning when playing - whether it be your wrist, your arm, or your fingers. He always offers recommendations on ways to try to fix something that I might be struggling with. He really pays attention. As an aside, Jeff is a very talented songwriter and musician. Check him out on YouTube. His songs are very beautiful and inspirational. I'm honored to be his student! - Linda
Review by Angie Ignazzitto
Stephanie is an excellent voice teacher! Our 10-year-old daughter enjoys her lessons with Stephanie each week. She has an amazing way of connecting with our daughter through music. Stephanie knows how to offer constructive feedback in a positive way that keeps our daughter interested and wanting to learn more. I would recommend Stephanie without hesitation.
Review by Yury
I would like to thank Polina for the series of classical piano lessons I've taken recently. Polina is a fantastic teacher and a high class performer, and I'm really happy I had a chance to meet her! I believe anyone can benefit from the teaching method Polina is practicing regardless of the student proficiency - from beginners to advanced performers. It was a pleasure for me to study classical piano courses under the guidance of such an intelligent & professional teacher! Without doubt, my playing technique has improved a lot and I have signed up for the new classes online already.
Review by Sharon
My 4-year-old has had several lessons with Martina now, and he has learned a lot. Obviously, it is challenging to teach such a young child, and he has learned quite a lot in a short time, and is very excited to learn about violin and for his lessons. I think Martina is doing an excellent job, is quite patient, and is teaching him in such a way that he can really remember his new skills from week to week. We look forward to many more lessons with Ms. Martina!
Review by Richardpoplawski
I feel she is a very professional teacher and I have already recommended your company and her to my friends who have children that play musical instruments. My 8 year old son has never been so enthusiastic to play his violin. His skills have improved almost exponentially since we have began lessons with Lauren. Your company has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy to have found it online.
Review by Elsahatzipavlou
Erin has been a wonderful voice/piano teacher for our 7 year old daughter. She is talented, patient, and has a wonderful demeanor. She has been consistent with her teaching in piano and voice. She keeps record of where the students leave off so that they know what to expect the following week. I would definitely recommend Erin to anyone looking for a skilled piano/voice teacher.
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