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Private lessons are the most efficient way of studying an instrument. Develop technical proficiency and fluency with one on one instruction that is tailored to each student. Develop a high level of musicianship through individualized instruction that enables a student to progress at their own pace. Flexibility is one of the key benefits for scheduling private lessons.
Biography:Ms. Alice Hamlet earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degress from the Manhattan School of Music. She studied cello with Robert Marsh, Richard Aaron, Marion ldman and Julius Berger. Her chamber music instructors have included Laurie Carney, Dan Ashalomov, Dan Epstein, Curt Macomber, Jeffrey Cohen and Gerald Robbins.
Biography:Andrew Nitkin is the original Founder/Director of the American Institute of Guitar in New York City that he established in 1975. There he developed a specific curriculum geared towards the teaching of all styles of guitar playing as well as an international concert series that featured many of today's great performers on the instrument. His education includes having attended The College of New Jersey, Hunter College and Mannes College of Music in New York City. His private studies included Howard Fraidkin, Leonid Bolotine, Ariadna Mikeshina, Mario Escudero, and Tiberio Nascimento. Andrew has performed in a variety of venues and settings over the years having performed chamber music with Juan Carlos Rybin of the Quartetto Amati, most recently The Sacred Hymns and Carols Choir of New Jersey, and on the Community Concert Series at the New Providence Memorial Public Library both as a soloist and ensemble player. Having been classically trained, his performing style is a mix of classical, Spanish, and Brazilian guitar. Since having left the American Institute of Guitar in 2004, Andrew joined the staff of the Wharton Music Center in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey in 2005, as a faculty member and an administrator. His students range from children to adults who study a wide variety of guitar playing styles on various levels with an emphasis on classical structure. Andrew Nitkin?s work as the Registrar and Program Director for the Wharton Music Center has helped him to use his music business experience to help further the cause of music education. He believes that the study of music helps to enrich and make for a better quality of life for every person who chooses to pursue it. That is his life?s passion and mission.
Biography:Guitarist Craig Graham's early music influence came from his family; he grew up with Mom's Jazz, R&B and Soul records and his brothers' Rock & Roll albums. His oldest brother started teaching him guitar at the age of nine. In high school Craig started performing live with his first Rock & Roll band. He attended Berklee College of Music and also studied with many private teachers and attended workshops with great musicians including Dave Creamer, Pat Matheny, Michael Brecker and many more.
Biography:Soprano Jamie Baer Peterson was educated at The Eastman School of Music and began her professional operatic career as an apprentice with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Since then she has appeared with opera companies, orchestras and in recital throughout the United States, Canada and France. Ms. Peterson's first break out role was singing "Laurie" in the world premiere of the chamber music version of Aaron Copland's opera The Tender Land for the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. For that 54 performance run, she was praised by the New York Times for her "confident and expressive? singing.
Biography:Ms. Joyce Alexander is a Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from Montclair State University. She has also studied voice, theory, and performance at the New School in New York City. Ms. Alexander received the Department of Music David Ott Scholarship and Outstanding Student Music Therapist Award while at MSU. She has advanced teacher training in Kindermusik and Musikgarten. Ms. Alexander has served as music therapist in several settings including Bayonne Public Schools, Regional Day School (Morristown), American Day Treatment Center (Verona), Essex County Hospital (Cedar Grove), and S.A.G.E. (Berkeley Heights).
Biography:Kathleen Ditmer has performed extensively in New York and New Jersey as well as throughout the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Long Island Philharmonic, Queens Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony and St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble. Ms. Ditmer has performed with the Nashville Symphony, Preoria Symphony and New Haven Symphony, among others.
Biography:The versatile career of flutist Laura Karel George includes many performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and on Broadway in My Fair Lady. Ms. George was a Young Artist Winner with the St. Louis Symphony, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Chamber music performances at Lincoln Center include the International Bach Society, Opera Club of the Met, New York City Ballet Guild, and the Richard Morse Mime Theater. Her ensembles have also performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bargemusic, Channel 13, IBM Concert Series, Sony Plaza, French Embassy and Columbia University.
Biography:Sung-Hae Jung is an active pianist and a long-time educator who came to U.S. to study further after graduating top of her class with a B.A. in piano performance from Koshin University in Busan, Korea. Ms. Jung has been teaching in various schools and accompanying in various settings including Bronx Opera Company, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, NJ Chinese Community Center, Suburban Community Music Center in New Providence, NJ, Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, NJ (Her performance has been frequently seen on local TV Ch. 36), Lehman College (CUNY), and Columbia University, etc. while she was working on her higher education degrees (Master of Arts at Lehman College, CUNY and Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University).
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