Music Lessons and Academic Coaching

Teachers

Bridget R.

Piano, Voice, Elementary Math and English

Bridget is a music and classroom teacher based in NYC. She earned her Bachelor of Music at Manhattan School of Music where she studied classical voice under the guidance of Hilda Harris. Bridget is currently pursuing her MA in Early Childhood Special Education at Hunter College. In addition to the Take Note studio, she has worked as the music director at the Blue Sky Montessori Preschool and as a music and head classroom teacher at CitiSchool in Soho. She has also worked extensively as a math and English tutor for elementary students. Bridget’s passion for education is firmly rooted in the belief that each little learner has the capacity to shine his or her light into society and the world.


Brooke W.

Piano, Voice

Brooke has over ten years of experience teaching voice and piano to a wide range of students. She was a member of the extension faculty at both Wellesley High School and Needham Public Schools as a private voice instructor in Massachusetts. She opened her own teaching studio in Beverly, Massachusetts in 2009 where she taught for two years before moving to New York City. She has been the music director for several productions including “Baptised”, which premiered at the NY Fringe Festival in 2013.


Beth C.

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Songwriting

With nearly a decade of experience, Beth Callen has developed a teaching style that provides each student a solid musical foundation while encouraging individuality. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Purchase and a summer performance certificate from Berklee College of Music. An accomplished musician, Beth is a lead guitarist, singer, songwriter, bassist & pianist. She plays with many NYC-based bands, including Grammy Award-winner Tim Kubart, Guns N’ Hoses, and The New Tarot. Beth released two full-length albums and an EP. She was signed to Cordless Recordings (Warner) with her band The Callen Sisters. She’s currently writing new material and performs regularly with her trio in NYC.


Emily H.

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Songwriting

Emily grew up in Westchester and currently lives in Yonkers, NY. She started singing when she was 5 years old and never stopped! She has performed extensively as a singer, pianist, guitarist and songwriter. She currently writes and performs voice-overs for national toy commercials for brands like Spin Master, Hasbro, Moose, and Playschool. She has been teaching music lessons since 2010 and has had great results with children and teenagers. A positive attitude and a fun, interactive approach are the foundations for her lessons. She loves to spread the passion of music to all of her students!


Evan M. 

Math, Science, Test Prep

Evan is a graduate of Binghamton University where he majored in Biochemistry. While attending Stuyvesant High School, Evan scored a 2250 on the SAT. He recently scored a 36 on the MCAT. He has been tutoring privately and instructing large classes in multiple science subjects, math, and test preparation for five years. Outside of tutoring, Evan also works as a clinical information manager at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital. Next year, he will be attending medical school in pursuit of his dream of becoming a cardiovascular surgeon.


Greg M.

English, Math, Test Prep, Piano

Greg Moss is a writer, performer, and teacher in New York City. He holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from Tisch School of the Arts. His musicals include A Hundred Thousand Places (with Peter Michael von der Nahmer), The Great Cat Massacre (with Casey O’Neil), and Tabletop Cabaret: Hedgepig Races (with Lisa Reinke). His songs have been performed at The Brick, 54 Below, and NYU, among other theaters around the city. Greg has also teaches SAT prep classes and computer programming classes in NYC as well as working one-on-one with students in math and English.


Hayley T.

Piano, Voice, Cello

Hayley has over 8 years of experience teaching voice, piano and cello. After graduating with a degree in musical theater and a minor in cello from American University, Hayley performed throughout the country. Most recently, she was in The Secret Garden at Shakespeare Theater Company. Outside of teaching, Hayley loves to see movies, practice yoga, and read. 


Imani G.

English, Math, Test Prep

Imani G. is a native New Yorker. She attended Brooklyn Technical High School where she developed a love for Mandarin Chinese. At Middlebury College, Imani decided to take her passion for languages further by majoring in Chinese and studying Spanish. She volunteered in Xi’An, China for two months as an English teacher. After college, she tutored math/ELA and taught Mandarin Enrichment to middle school students. Imani has also tutored Chinese, Spanish, biology, algebra, ELA, and Global Studies regents prep to high schoolers. She has also taught math to seventh grade students in the Bronx. Imani has elementary school tutoring experience with pre-schoolers through fifth graders. She truly enjoys teaching and has worked with students one-on-one and in small groups. Imani believes that taking a holistic approach to education creates well-rounded students who are knowledgeable about their community and the world in which they live.


Jaana N.

Piano, voice

Jaana has over 10 years of experience teaching vocal music and piano in private lessons and group classes for public schools and music schools. She has a Bachelors of Music from Northwestern University, her music education K-12 teaching certification, from DePaul University, and her Masters in Jazz Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music. Jaana has developed music and arts curriculums and has also worked extensively as a workshop leader.


James D.

English, Math, Test Prep, Application Consultation

James 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.


Janine H.

English, Math, Science, Test Prep

Janine graduated from Wellesley with a B.A. in Neuroscience and French (with honors) and a M.A. from NYU Tisch in Performance Studies. She specializes in adaptation studies. She has over a decade of experience working with students of all ages, from pre-schoolers to adult learners in a wide variety of subjects including science (emphasis on biology and chemistry), math (through calculus), test prep (ACT, SAT, SSAT, IB, AP, SAT II subject tests), English, French, public speaking, theatre and music. 


Jonathon L.

Piano, Voice, Songwriting, Trumpet

Jonathon is a music director, pianist, songwriter, and trumpeter with years of teaching experience. He is currently a faculty music director at the American Music and Dramatic Academy. Previously he taught at the Court Theatre Chicago, Apple Tree Theatre in Highland Park IL, and North Central College in Naperville IL. He was the assistant music director of the Finding Neverland New York workshop, music director/onstage trumpeter for The City Club off-Broadway, and music director/pianist of the New York premier of Stephen Schwartz’s The Baker’s Wife. Joanthon’s music has recently been heard at Lincoln Center, Gallery Players, and New York Theatre Barn. His hip-hop musical “SLAM!” was a finalist in the Soundbites short musical festival, and his steampunk rock operetta “Lunacy” was the inaugural work at the Overtures New Musical series. Jonathon is a composer in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, an alum of Northwestern University, and a proud member of the Circle Songbook writer’s collective. 


Kathleen Y.

Math, English, Test Prep

Kathleen will be a senior at the NYU Stern School of Business this fall majoring in finance and accounting. She was a National Merit Scholar Finalist with a nearly perfect SAT score. Kathleen has tutored students of all ages in many different subjects including math, English, and test preparation. In her free time, she enjoys folding modular origami and reading.


Lauren D.

Piano, Voice, Italian

Lauren is a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is pursuing her master’s degree in Music & Music Education with P-12 Initial Certification. She studied piano and vocal performance at Bard College in Annandale, New York and is an active performer in NYC and abroad. She has a wealth of teaching experience and has been trained in piano, vocal, and choral pedagogy.  She is on the adjunct faculty at Columbia for applied lessons in piano and voice. She follows a student-centered approach and creates a welcoming, safe environment for students of all ages.


Lora C.

Piano, Voice, Songwriting

Lora began her musical education at LaGuardia High School of Music, Art, & the Performing Arts, and received a BA in Jazz Piano from SUNY New Paltz while working at the New Zealand School of Music. Lora has previously taught at several NYC schools, including The Studio School and The Dalton School. She has over a decade of experience teaching private lessons. Lora enjoys performing and composing music as well. Most recently, she played Moog Synthesizer in Broken Bride, a rock opera that was featured at the 2016 New York Musical Festival. 


Mack W.

Guitar, Piano, Drums, Songwriting

Mack is a New York City based guitarist, pianist, bassist, drummer, composer, and educator who performs regularly in and around the city. He has recorded with people like three time Grammy Award-winning artist John Scofield, and played with artist such as Chris Potter, Adam Rogers, and Peter Bernstein. Mack is also an experienced educator, having taught guitar lessons professionally since the age of 16.  He has taught children and adults, as well as beginning to advanced students and college music majors. Mack holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire (Bachelors of Music) and New York University (Masters of Music, jazz studies).


Matt W.

English, Math, Test Prep

Matt is a 2010 graduate of Princeton University. He has tutored over 350 students on the SAT and ACT exams privately and in classroom settings. From 2012-2014, Matt served as the assistant band director of the KIPP Philadelphia Charter School. Matt also has an active music career, serving as the bassist for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, a rock band from Philadelphia.


Michelle M.

Piano, Voice

Michelle 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.


Natasha N.

Voice, Harp

Natasha is a singer, harpist, producer, recording artist and songwriter. With many years of experience in the industry, she has toured internationally with her original music. She gained a full scholarship for ballet and later music at one of Australia’s leading performing arts high schools, The McDonald College of Performing Arts. Later, Natasha completed her bachelor of music at the University of Western Sydney, majoring in vocal performance and music production. Her experience working with children spans over 10 years, recently working as a creative program co-ordinator at Inner Sydney Montessori School in Sydney, Australia, teaching with Music Matters School of Music, conducting music therapy sessions, and teaching private lessons.


Norm D.

Guitar, Piano, Songwriting

Norm has been entertaining audiences and teaching music to students of all ages for over 25 years. With a consistent performance schedule of over 300 gigs a year, Norm’s full-time work as a musician allows him to accumulate a vast and diverse song catalogue consisting of hundreds of songs. Specializing in classic rock, he remains well versed in other areas of music, always staying up to date with the latest musical trends. Apart from performing and composing, Norm takes enormous pride in his ability to teach music. He studied at the University of Colorado in Denver and Berklee College of Music in Boston. Norm graduated from Mercy College with a BS in music. He also has a Performing Artists Diploma from the Westchester Conservatory. These qualifications, combined with his love and passion for music, make him a truly qualified instructor for anyone looking to enjoy music as a hobby or looking to make it a career. 


Oscar D.

Guitar, Piano, Songwriting

Oscar holds a BS in Music Theory and Composition and also a BS in Jazz Studies. He teaches piano, guitar, ukulele, and songwriting. He has been a private music instructor for the past several years as well as working as an orchestrator, an arranger, and a recording technician.


Pauline P.

Piano, Guitar, Songwriting

Pauline is an award winning singer/songwriter originally from Boston, Massachusetts. Her music training began early. She was a student of the Dalcroze Eurhythmics method by the age of three. Pauline  later moved to New York City to attend the Performing Arts High School. She then continued her music and theater training at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she obtained her B.F.A. Over the last decade, Pauline has performed at numerous prominent venues across the city including Joe’s Pub. Three years ago, Pauline shifted her artistic work towards a younger audience. She began performing high energy concerts for children as well as running numerous  children’s music classes. In the past year she has redesigned several kid’s music curriculums and programs throughout New York City including ABC Do-Re-Me! Recently, Pauline spearheaded the toddlers music program at The Belle Arti Center For The Arts.


Rathini K.

English, Math, Test Prep

Before becoming a private tutor, Rathini was a 2003 Teach for America corps member and had an extensive career as an educator. He taught for 10 years in under-resourced urban schools in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City, most recently teaching 8th grade English Language Arts in the South Bronx. After a successful career as a teacher, Rathini worked with The New Teacher Project (TNTP) where he observed, coached, and evaluated 10-15 NYC Teaching Fellow Candidates during their summer training program. Following that, he worked as an Outreach Director with Educators for Excellence (E4E) where he recruited and organized public school teachers to become more active advocates for teacher voice in education. Rathini received an M.S.T. in Secondary Education from Pace University and a B.A. in World Literatures from University of California, San Diego.


Sam S. 

English, Math, Science, Test Prep

Samantha received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA. She has over five years of tutoring experience and has worked with students from elementary school to high school in subjects such as English, math, and science, as well as SAT test preparation. Outside of tutoring, she is currently a post-baccalaureate premedical student at Columbia University and a volunteer at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital.


Tulsi P.

English, History, Math, Test Prep

Tulsi graduated from Northwestern University with a major in Economics and History. She worked as a volunteer with New York Cares where she taught weekly SAT math workshops. Tulsi received a 770 in SAT Verbal, a 700 in SAT Math, and a 650 in SAT Writing. She scored a 33 on the ACT. She took nearly 15 AP classes in high school and passed all of the tests. In addition to SAT and ACT test prep, Tulsi tutors in history, algebra, geometry, writing, reading, grammar, and edits college admissions essays and resumes. She loves taking ballet barre classes and exploring new food options in the city.


Valeska C.

Piano, Voice

Valeska C. recently moved to New York from Boston. In Boston, she taught private voice, beginner piano, and also conducted a young children’s chorus. She has extensive experience teaching children from 3 to 18 as well as adults.  As a voice teacher, Valeska teaches a healthy approach to singing using all genres of music.  She believes a solid foundation of singing is built though standard classical warm-ups to develop a student’s full range. From this beginning, the student will accomplish a smooth transition into a variety of styles of music.


Vanessa G.

Piano, Voice, Ukulele

Vanessa has been teaching for the past 10 years. She specializes in helping beginners find the joy and the discipline for playing piano, ukulele, or singing. Vanessa is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and really enjoys prepping her students for contests, auditions, and performances. She is passionate about teaching and enjoys sharing the love of music with students of all ages! Before becoming a teacher, Vanessa started performing professionally at the age of 17. She earned her degree in Musical Theatre Performance from Columbia College Chicago. After graduating, Vanessa continued to perform professionally in Los Angeles, working with the Pacific Opera Project, Heather Provost, and many other theater companies and jazz clubs. She is now a graduate student at NYU Steinhardt studying music therapy. When she isn’t teaching, you can find her having adventures with her two little terriers.


Victoria C.

Piano, Voice

Victoria has been teaching piano and voice for over 8 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Connecticut State University. While she is a classically trained musician, Victoria is extremely versatile and also teaches pop and jazz music to students of all ages and levels. Victoria also enjoys a rich performing career. She has traveled overseas to Rome, Italy to perform in two fully staged operas and to Salzburg, Austria to study and perform German lieder.


Zander M.

Guitar, Piano, Voice, Ukulele, Songwriting

Zander Meisner is a critically-acclaimed Ovation Award-winning musician, singer, and actor. He recently spent almost three years on the Broadway First National Tour of Once. As a musician, Zander is an expert guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter (among eight other instruments!) He performs frequently with his band “Z&F” in prime NYC music venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, and The Bowery Electric. While touring with Once, he frequently conducted master classes across the country regarding being a musician in the Broadway world. He would love to help you learn how to play guitar, sing, write songs, or play almost any instrument! 


Zoe R.

Violin, Piano

Zoe graduated from The University of Hartford where she attended the Hartt School of Music. Prior to obtaining her undergraduate degree, Zoe was very active in the Lakeland Youth Symphony Orchestra, playing for over 13 years. Her instruction includes Kean University’s Extensive Chamber Orchestra Program in 2009 and one-one-one instruction from world-renowned entertainers including Broadway’s Matthew Castle and Robert Tunstall. While in orchestra, Zoe performed in music studios and toured along the East Coast and in Chicago, Illinois. She has also spread her joy for music touring as a solo artist in the Tri-State Area and throughout New England. Zoe has been trained in the Suzuki Method and through extensive advanced levels of music theory and ear training. This has given her the ability to teach students of all age ranges and skill levels. Zoe’s repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary music. Her influences include Tchaikovsky’s dramatic pieces and the daring modern-electric violinist Lindsey Stirling.


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