Music Lessons and Academic Coaching

Test Preparation

Test Preparation

Is your child preparing for a standardized test? Let Take Note’s test preparation experts help. At Take Note, we believe in giving students a set of tools that will help them find success not only on their upcoming test, but will also help them excel in their future academic pursuits. Our unique mix of conventional and unconventional teaching methods are proven to help raise your child’s scores and, even more importantly, to increase his or her overall confidence.

Applications Made Easy

Applications Made Easy

The college application essay is the most important part of the application process, especially for elite institutions. We can help your student craft an essay that is unique and personal. Students often need guidance telling their story. Take Note’s educators have years of writing experience and help students find their own personal voice. Our students have been accepted to graduate and undergraduate programs at top schools including Yale, Columbia, and Dartmouth.

Interactive Music Lessons

Interactive Music Lessons

At Take Note, we believe that music lessons should be fun and educational. We offer piano, guitar, violin, songwriting, and voice instruction. We also give combination lessons for students interested in learning more than one instrument. The most important part of a lesson is that students gain a love of music while also learning professionalism and discipline as music lessons progress. Activities, games, and well-known songs are incorporated into lessons so that students look forward to meeting each week. Our students also have the chance to perform in two recitals each year.

  • Michelle Maves – Founder
  • James Delgenio- Academic Director

Michelle-Smiling-Headshot1-193x300Michelle has been teaching students of all ages for over 10 years. She graduated valedictorian from North Central College with a double major in musical theater and communication. Michelle has performed all over the country as a musician and actress. Some highlights include performing with Shania Twain and singing the National Anthem for the Chicago Cubs and White Sox. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

Michelle has helped hundreds of students pursue their musical interests. She has taught with numerous companies all over the country including the School of Performing Arts, Fundamentals of Music and Movement, Citibabes, the Entertainment Project, Broadway Bound Kids, and many others. Bringing arts teaching experience from Los Angeles and Chicago, Michelle founded Take Note in New York City to help students discover a love of music and learning. Michelle maintains a full teaching roster as well as managing the day-to-day operations of Take Note.

Jims-picture-199x300James has been teaching standardized tests and helping students in math and writing full-time for over 10 years. His students have seen huge improvements in their test scores and grades. He is an expert in standardized test preparation. On the SAT, he has helped students improve their overall scores more than 400 points. On the ACT, one of his recent students raised her score from a 27 to a 33. Most of his students are accepted to their top choice school. Some of these schools include Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt, University of Michigan, NYU, USC, and many others.

James holds a Master of Fine Arts in writing from the American Film Institute. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He had perfect scores on the ACT math and science sections and the SAT II math II subject test. James brings this wealth of knowledge and experience to Take Note as a teacher and director of our academic programs.

 

“James was essential in helping my daughter Jenna raise her scores and feel confident about the testing process. He also helped Jenna select the appropriate colleges to apply to. Now she is at the University of Michigan, and she couldn’t be happier. U of M is truly the perfect fit for her. I work as a professional writer, and I found James’ teaching methods to be modern, fun, effective and friendly! I would encourage any family to hire James through Take Note.”
-Holly R., writer for the New York Daily News, New York, NY

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