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Posterity Studio
4.9
from 75 reviews
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
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Cristian S.
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I am one of Davids students and I can tell you he is an excellent music teacher as well as producer and vocal coach. I started my piano lessons with David and within 3 or so months I was already playing full songs. Currently I am recording an album project at Posterity Studios with David as my producer/engineer and vocal coach. I can tell you that so far what has been pre-produced is very impressive and I am enjoying the direction the album is taking. Not only am I having David provide some of the music, but I also have live instrumentation being recorded as well....guitars, drums, and bass along with my background vocalist. So if you are looking to take lessons for piano or for vocal lessons or plan on cutting an album, Posterity Studios is the place to go. I am pleased with the lessons and also with the work David is doing on my album project.

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Dom Minasi
5.0
from 51 reviews
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
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Thomas W.
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I've been learning from Dom for a bit shy of two months now and have been loving every minute of it. While I'm a neophyte on guitar, my mother is a music teacher (guitar/piano/voice) and I grew up with vocal coaching at various levels, so I have experience with a variety of music training. I found Dom to be incredibly responsive; as other reviewers have touched on, he starts from the very beginning with vital information that I merely glossed over when self-teaching other instruments, but he will quickly amp up the pace of your lessons to your speed of learning. At this point, I leave each lesson feeling challenged, but I come into the next week with enough understanding to grow and meet the next batch. I'm also taking bass lessons with him once a month, and the sessions dovetail nicely into each other. He has a wealth of music history and experience at his disposal and you would do well to take advantage of that. Also, he has two of the sweetest cats I've come across in a while, so there's that.

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  • 45 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
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Peter K.
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I've always sung and I took lessons with top rated voice 'teachers', but they really weren't teachers; they were really coaches and stylists. Rae de la Cretaz is a true pedagogue. She is a teacher of rare abilities...a vocal genie if you're lucky enough to find her. Unlike, coaches, she will custom build your voice from the ground up. I thought I knew the basics, but I soon discovered after uttering one note in front of her, that I knew nothing. Here I had been focused on style, placement, phrasing...only to discover that I really had never even mastered how to really breathe, and that so much of singing is breath work. How so much of great singing is 'getting out of the way' of your natural voice. (Easier said than done). I also never realized how mentally challenging it is to learn to sing correctly. So, here's the deal. If you have a voice, you need to treasure it, and make sure you use it properly so it stays healthy all through your life. Rae will give you that. When you sing, she has her eyes closed, and can tell you exactly what you did in your body that hampered that perfect note. She knows where you were holding tension in your body, and she'll be right every time. Unlike many people who call themselves teachers, she doesn't just let you sing all the way through. She will stop you over and over and correct you until you're producing the right sound. She's tough, precise, and amazingly perceptive. You need to surrender your ego at the door, know that she is committed to your being the best you can be, and allow her to do her magic. Soon, you will be able to identify what you're doing wrong, and fix it yourself. But you must surrender to her teaching technique and have patience and faith. For that, you will be rewarded with a healthy rich voice that responds to your mind like a Porsche grips the road on a hairpin turn. If all you want to do is be told how great you are and sing songs through your whole session, Rae isn't for you. If you're passionate about being the best singer you can be, and you want vocal mastery, and you're eager to learn a powerful technique, then Rae is for you. Her teaching is universal, and you will be amazed how quickly you improve regardless of your repertoire. Classical, pop, rock, Broadway....it doesn't matter. Her methods are genre agnostic....Watch your range increase, watch how your notes float out of you as if they have a life of their own, watch how your resonance comes alive, learn to feel when it's right instead of listening for it. You will identify yourself as a 'singer' with confidence in the consistency, reliability, and health of your voice. Call her. She's also a very nice person, and easy to talk to. She's won't lavish you with gratuitous praise, but she gets very excited when you get something right. And you'll know it. One caveat: it took me two or three lessons to learn how gifted a teacher she is. That's because it took me a few lessons to surrender my ego at the door.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
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Bill P.
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Mike Shapiro is one of the best teachers I have ever had, period -- and I've had a bunch of good ones in various academic subjects. He is an outstanding communicator, his teaching methods WORK, and he sincerely cares about his students' progress. Add to that that he's a great guy, and you get the highest rating. Oh, and his rates are affordable, too.

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David First
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
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David S.
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I'be been a bass player for 30+ years and I recently decided I wanted to take my playing to a higher level. My musical theory / knowledge has never been as good as it should or could be. I started taking lessons with numerous "Bass guitar" teachers but they were more focused on technique and that's not where my skill set was lacking. I found David First on Thumbtack and since he was located close to where I live, I decided to try him as my teacher. Long story short, best musical decision I've made in a very long time... David isn't a "bass guitar" teacher per se', he's a MUSIC teacher and that's exactly what I needed. He's extremely competent in his knowledge of theory and he's a very patient teacher. He's got a very chill, Zen vibe about him which makes studying under him very easy and peaceful. I can already see a major improvement in my understanding of what to play, when to play it and why it works as a result of our lessons. If you're looking for a great music teacher, I highly recommend David First.

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  • 9 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
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Beryl J.
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Mara has been teaching my ten-year-old daughter for about 10 months now. My daughter loves Mara's classes and looks forward to them all week. Mara is engaging and helps Isabella to focus. She does age-appropriate exercises with her to warm up and then to tone Isabella's voice. She is open to teaching songs that capture the interest of my daughter. She is flexible about scheduling and available at different hours of the day and even on weekends. She is prompt at responding to emails and texts. Mara is a pleasure to work with and my daughter absolutely adores her. I can't recommend Mara highly enough.

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Take Note Lessons
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Ashley S.
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I used Michelle's service to get my 9 year old daughter a singing teacher and could not be more thrilled with the result!!

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Francis Hon, DMA
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
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Martha D.
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Francis is an AMAZING piano teacher. He is so patient and very knowledgeable. My son loves to play piano with Francis. We are very happy to have found him.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Don P.
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Anette is incredibly knowledgeable and capable when it comes to the voice and music in general. I'm amazed at how many times I've come away from a lesson with a new tool or perspective for my singing. She keeps it interesting and above all else relevant to what you are looking to achieve, curtailing lessons specifically to your abilities and progress. In the music world, where there are countless teachers, styles and approaches, I am certain that Anette's value add as an instructor is absolutely top notch. If you put the effort in, you will certainly get a great return on your investment with her guidance.

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Guitar Lessons
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
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Larry C.
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Josh is an incredible teacher. He is patient, encouraging and yet challenges your current skill level. He fits his teaching to your tastes in music but adds a new dimension through his dazzling playing skill. My wife and I went to one of his shows recently at Bauer's Listening Lounge and had one of our best 'date nights' in a long time. We soaked in the groove of his quartet for a couple hours, thoroughly enjoying it. I actually chose Josh in part because he is a performer not just a teacher. I have had teachers that do not perform and found them to be uninspiring. Josh is everything they were not. He is also very accommodating of your schedule and I love that he comes to my house rather than making me drive anywhere. I am much more at ease here which is important to him and to me. Clearly I can't say enough good about Josh because I am SUPER happy with how far I've come under his guidance. I am sure you will be happy with Josh. Give him a call.

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Myla Kato-DuVally
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Jessica M.
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I have been taking piano lessons from Myla for about a year. She is incredibly patient, kind, and attentive. She's also really funny! I think what makes her such a great teacher is her flexibility and adaptability. She's been expert in every area I've shown interest in, but still lets me guide my music education. (More details on that below.) Scheduling lessons has also been an ease with her. I tend to be a perfectionist, and she's been superb in helping me iron out details of the pieces I'm working on. She also knows a lot of music history, which I ask her about as I find it enriches the pieces, and is great at teaching music theory (and making it fun!). As soon as I get interested in a new area of music (theory and sort-of improv-playing/pseudo-composing being most recent), she's on-board, encouraging, and so helpful! I always have a blast at lessons and come away having learned so much, and excited to practice some more. In my 25 years of playing instruments, I've probably had at least 10 different teachers for various instruments, and Myla is by far my favorite! Her encouragement and contagious love of music makes her stand out from even my great teachers in the past.

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  • 26 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Matthew T.
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Steve is a master guitarist, very polite and patient. He knows what a person needs to know about the instrument and doesn't waist time like teachers I've tried in the past. I'm excited for the future knowing that Steve has the teaching ability to bring me to a professional level

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LaJuan Carter
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
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Joseph N.
Verified review

outstanding singing teacher for my 10yo daughter! comfy location, lots of smiles and my daughter loves to sing and feels motivated and special because of the lessons!

Josh's Music Lessons
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Eric T.
Verified review

Josh is a great teacher who can not only instruct a student in the fundamentals of guitar, but is happy to take the time to help a student play his/her favorite songs/licks. His strong music education background allows him to drill down into the music theory behind songs and I think makes me a better player!

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Kino Lee Music
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Mag L.
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Kino is my piano teacher. She's not just professional but really cares about students. I learn faster with her because she's patient to me. I enjoy her class a lot.

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  • 1 year in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
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Denise B.
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The Saxophonist Matthew was excellent. Great music and professionalism.

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Nicky Phillips
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Yuchen L.
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Nicky is the best singing teacher!

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  • 15 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Susan H.
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What a great learning experience! Genya is a highly skilled singing teacher who can actually make drills fun. She has a way of describing the process that can turn anyone into a singer.

Strand Studios
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Holly B.
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Alison Ervin has been our 7 year-old son's piano teacher for the last year. Alison's patient and laid-back personality makes our son feel at ease. She allows him to be creative, while also teaching the fundamentals of music.

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Susan Ward
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Catherine G.
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Susan is a wonderful piano teacher . My daughter is learning to play songs. Susan is patient , kind and a very good piano instructor.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
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Deborah K.
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Corinn has taught my two daughters (13 & 15) piano and voice for the past 3 years. She is the best teacher we have had and we are thrilled that she has moved with us, by sheer luck, from London to NJ! She is extremely reliable and conscientious and is a talented and patient teacher who challenges my girls as individuals and has helped improve their skills tremendously. They look forward to their lessons with Corinn and feel as very comfortable with her. She is a very talented singer and pianist and is passing on her love of music to our daughters. We feel very lucky to have her influence in their lives.

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