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I am a freelance musician and educator from Yorktown Heights, New York. I have a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Montclair State University. Over the years, I have performed in many major cities such as New York City, New York, Vienna, Austria and Quebec, Canada. Throughout my career as a performer, I have played in many orchestral ensembles such as the Surflight Pit Orchestra, Montclair State University’s Orchestra, the Greater Westchester Youth Symphony in New York, the Adelphi Orchestra, the New Jersey Youth Orchestra, and the Garden State Orchestra. I am skilled in performing in different styles of music as well such as Baroque, Classical, and Contemporary. I have studied under names such as Mary Ann Mumm, Boris Tseitlin, Jesse Mills, and the Shanghai String Quartet members including, Nicholas Tzavaras (cello); Ti-Wen Jiang (violin); Weigang Li (violin); and Honggang Li (viola). I have also studied under Marilyn McDonald, Cynthia Roberts, and Theresa Salomon to specialize in Baroque music. Festivals which I have attended incluce Oberlin’s Performance Institute in Baroque Music, Summit Music Festival, and ASTA’s Chamber Festival.
A native of Duluth, Minnesota, I just recently moved to New York City from the Midwest. I started music lessons on the piano at the age of 3 in the Suzuki program. I later began violin lessons in school when I was 9 years old. I love chamber music and also playing in orchestras. Though I am classically trained, I am interested in many different styles and genres of music. I try to incorporate the musical interests of my students into lessons and the repetoire that we focus on.
I have been teaching for over 25 years. I started teaching when I was in high school. I went to The King's College and majored in Music Education. I have also performed throughout the US and Europe. I have my studio in my Brewster home.
I am a multitalented and enthousiastic music professional who teaces Voice, Violin, Piano, and Guitar privately in and around the NYC area. I'm an incredibly passionate mentor who is an articulate communicator with the distict ability to teach, motivate, and inspire students of all ages and experience. I received my Bachelor of Music from DePauw University (2010) and my Master’s of Music from New York University (2012), where my concentration was in Musical theatre and Opera performance. I have performed across North America and internationally for the last ten years in festivals, operas, and musicals from Italy to Michigan. I consider myself a versatile and engaging singing actress. Some of my regional and operatic credits include: My Fair Lady (Eliza), Jekyll and Hyde (Emma Carew), Phantom (Christine), Guys and Dolls (Sarah), Oklahoma! (Laurey) Ten Little Indians (Vera Claythorne), Suor Angelica (Mistress of the Novices), Viardot’s Cendrillon (the Queen), Street Scene (Emma Jones), Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino), Tisbe in La Cenerentola, natl. premiere Hooray for Hollywood. I also have experience singing backup vocals on metal albums, jazz standards at a weekley cabaret, and am very atune with pop and r&b style singing. I studied Violin since first grade and performed with the Indianapolis Jazz Festival, Cathy Morris, and “Side by Side: Indianapolis Symphonic Orchestra.” I continue to play for professional gigs and am a very sucessful at teaching beginning to advanced students of all ages. I picked up Guitar and Piano at thirteen and has been playing and studying both since. I'm incredibly profficient in piano and teach beginning and intermediate students. I also love teaching beginning and intermediate guitar. I write her own music and has performed everything from avant-garde vocal solos to punk rock.
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Review by John
When I started with Darrell, I didn't know anything bout music. Nothing. We started with basic music theory & moved into scales and reading. It hasn't been very long at all, but my confidence is growing quickly. He does ask a lot from you and he expects you to keep up. But I can honestly say that if you are willing to work hard and spend the time at home doing what he asks, you will see the results. He wants you to succeed and takes pride in watching you grow. If you want it as bad as he does, you will see the result very quickly.
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 Roberta
My 4 year old son is quite energetic. Another piano teacher tried to teach him before Peter and could not get my son to listen to him at all. That teacher told me that my son had no interest and that we needed to wait before having my son take lessons. Peter started teaching my son a few weeks later. He quickly developed a great rapport with my son. I was astounded when my son sat down and listened to Peter during the first lesson. Peter has remarkable patience and is a natural working with children. He knows when to follow the child's lead. My son is very interested in how the piano works, so Peter takes the time to teach him about this. He is able to use my son's interests (superheroes, Lego, Star Wars, etc.) to refocus him back to playing the piano. Between lessons, he brainstorms on how he can teach my son better. For example, my son was playing the notes, but not understanding rhythm, so Peter looked into it and came back the next week with a new plan which helped. My son looks forward to his lesson every week. When he hears the doorbell ring on lesson day, he exclaims, "Yay! Peter's here!"
Review by La from Issaquah
thank you musika and ed. I never thought of looking for an in-home lesson until I found musika. I have absolutely no hesitation that Ed is beyond capable. He's even offered to meet us at a music store to purchase the correct fitting instrument. how fabulous is that! We've also decided to extend the lesson time from 30 to 45 minutes. All this and just one lesson under our belt. He quickly understood where my daughter is at in level and her style of music. I'm thrilled as can be.
Review by Andy Snyder
Giorgi has made learning cello even more fun. From the sympathetic, "It is hard" to the precise, "Be careful about the curve of the thumb" he has strengthened learning in every lesson, without being overwhelming. He started playing a little duet on only the 3rd lesson or so, which made me feel, even as a beginner, that I'm already starting to make (occasionally screachy) music. He has suggested a variety of drills and practice techniques which have also sped up the process a lot. And he has a good sense of humor and surprising amount of patience.
Review by Olivia
Andrew is very encouraging and uplifting, but also isn't afraid to tell you your weaknesses. Andrew also is super awesome with scheduling. Fits around your schedule all the time. He really knows what he is doing and can help you reach your goal in the time you would like to. Couldn't have gotten a better teacher, who continually helps me grow and pushes me.
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 Lucinda
Melissa is very encouraging, positive, supportive and patient. She knows how to explain the technical details of flute and music notation to kids in a way that makes sense to them. She has been reliable so far turning up on time and calling if there is a need to reschedule. I would definitely recommend her to others.
Review by Wendy
Bill has been great with my 2 young children (age 3 & 6). He has integrated games into the lessons - they have enjoyed showing us how to play the games when it is time to practice piano. Bill has been easy to contact and rescheduling has not been a problem if we have a conflict at our regular lesson time.