Academic Teachers

Ariel H.

English, Math, History, Test Prep

Ariel’s commitment to educational programming, classroom teaching, individualized tutoring, the college application process, and test preparation has been forged through her experience as an academic specialist, a scholar coach, and a youth counselor in New York, Chicago and Massachusetts. Ariel graduated from Mount Holyoke College, an elite top 40 all women’s college, studying anthropology and music with a Magna Cum Laude distinction. She conducted her senior thesis research in Kampala, Uganda at the Straight Talk Foundation, focusing on youth development and current socioeconomic realities of the region. Her passion for diverse cultures has taken her across Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

Ariel has extensive experience working with students in many subjects from math to history to English across kindergarten through 12th grade, teaching the Common Core Curriculum and prepping for New York State Examinations and standardized tests. Ariel has a passion for getting to know her students on a personal level. Her ability to engage with students across a wide range of learning styles and backgrounds enables her to individually tailor her sessions to meet the needs of each student. She believes in her students’ abilities to succeed and become lifelong learners while passionately engaging with the world around them.

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 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.

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.

Lilibeth R.

English, Math, Test Prep

Lilibeth has 15+ years of tutoring experience, starting with tutoring her Cardinal Spellman High School peers. Lilibeth’s tutoring specialties include test prep, ELA, math, and academic skills with students ranging from grade 3 to adult. Before graduating magna cum laude from Pace University, Lilibeth honed her teaching skills in Westchester public schools through a 3-year partnership with Pace. Lilibeth also spent her college summers as an SAT and College Prep coach in the Bronx.

After graduating with a BA in Adolescent Education, Lilibeth served as an NYC City Year team leader supporting Americorps volunteers and at-risk students in middle and high schools until teaching in the classroom herself. Lilibeth taught middle school math in Boston with Match Charter Schools and UP Academy, then with Success Academy in the Bronx until refocusing on her private tutoring work.

Her passion is helping students expand their strengths, especially during key life transitions such as preparing for middle school, high school, college, or the workforce. She also loves teaching abroad such as when she taught elementary students in Nicaragua in the summer of 2013. In 2014, Lilibeth taught English to professionals in Argentina.

Michaela W.

Math, Science, English, Test Prep

Michaela is a chemical engineer with a B.S. from The Colorado School of Mines and an M.Phil. from The City College of New York. She has been tutoring privately and teaching college courses for over seven years. While she specializes in math and science, Michaela also has experience helping students with reading, English and writing. In addition to Take Note, she volunteers as a tutor for incarcerated youth. As a tutor, Michaela hopes to provide all students with the educational opportunities that she enjoyed throughout her academic career.

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 six 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/ACT 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 and a 700 in SAT Math. 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.

Music Teachers

Abby A.

Guitar, Ukulele, Voice

Abby is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor. She is also a trained yoga teacher/practitioner. As a voice and guitar teacher, Abby has been a trusted source of knowledge, guidance, and inspiration for students in the Tri-state area for the past decade. She holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Abby has recorded and toured internationally as a solo artist, backup singer, and with her band Fife & Drom. She has opened for renowned musicians such as Amy Helm and Amanda Palmer. Her original music has been praised both critically and commercially, having been featured in major motion pictures (The Guardian) as well as being honored by the Independent Music Awards. Abby’s vocal coaching and unique exercises have been utilized by major artists in preparation for festivals (Coachella) and late-night TV (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon).

Beth C.

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Songwriting

With nearly a decade of experience, Beth 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.

Brianna B.

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Songwriting

Brianna is a professional musical theater actress, songwriter, and musician based in NYC. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from the nation's top program, The University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music (CCM). She has performed all over the country in shows including Mamma Mia (Theatre Aspen), Some People Hear Thunder (Capital Rep), and Brigadoon (The Wick). Most recently, she starred as Lucy in the National Tour of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Brianna holds a nomination for Best Actress for her performance as Louise in Gypsy from The League of Cincinnati Theaters. Her original folk-rock musical, Let There Be Light, won Best Musical and Best Score in 2018 in The New York Theatre Festival.

Brianna has taught private music students ranging from beginners to advanced for the past 5 years. She is highly versatile and loves tailoring lessons to fit each student's unique personality! Whether it's classical, musical theater, or pop, Brianna believes goal-oriented coaching based in physicality will help the student grow into his or her full potential.

Danielle E.

Piano, Woodwinds, Brass

Danielle has been a New York City public school music teacher for seven years. She is licensed through New York State to teach grades kindergarten though twelve. She has taught general music classes, band classes, and private lessons. Each year she prepares her students for two performances. Her instrument specialties for private lessons include the flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, trumpet, trombone, and baritone.

Danielle studied abroad while taking undergraduate classes in upstate New York and learned music skills from top musicians in Africa and England. When not teaching music, Danielle is an avid reader and is always looking for new book recommendations.

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!

Hayley T.

Piano, Voice, Cello

Hayley has over 9 years of experience teaching voice, piano, and cello. After graduating from American University, Hayley performed throughout the country. Most recently, she was in The Secret Garden at Shakespeare Theater Company. Hayley was a music student herself at the Prep School at New England Conservatory. She makes lessons fun for her students by incorporating many different genres of music, from classical to pop. Outside of teaching, Hayley loves to see movies, practice yoga, and read.

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.

Jordan S.

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Voice

Jordan is a New York musician, composer, singer, and educator who is known for his versatility and wide vocal range. Jordan is an active musician who performs many styles including jazz, fusion, funk, R&B, and rock. Jordan has been teaching music for over 5 years. One of the highlights of his teaching career has been spending his summers as a lead instructor at Corfu Rock School, a music camp in Corfu, Greece, alongside Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns and Roses.

He has also taught extensively as a private lesson instructor and as an after-school music teacher in NYC and Westchester County. Jordan attended the Queens College Preparatory Program and graduated from SUNY Purchase. Jordan has studied electric bass and guitar with top instructors, including Thompson Kneeland. He studied voice with Don Lawrence and continues to work with many notable New York musicians and producers.

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 artists 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).

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.

Rebecca R.

Piano, Voice

Rebecca is a singer, pianist, and actor based in New York. Rebecca has over 15 years of teaching experience and enjoys helping students of every age and stage reach their musical goals! Her students have received acceptance to schools and programs including the Hartt Conservatory of Music, University of Southern Maine (Musical Theatre), Ithaca Summer Musical Theatre Intensive, the Broadway Actors Alliance, NYU summer theatre workshop, and more.

Rebecca began playing piano at age 5 and eventually began her study of voice and theatre in high school. Since moving to New York in 2016, Rebecca has performed in Off-Broadway productions, sung in various concerts and cabarets, and has been featured in several films, commercials and other on-camera productions.

Rebecca believes in creating a warm and nurturing environment for all of her students while simultaneously providing high-quality music and arts education. This philosophy applies to all of her students, from the youngest piano learners to advanced vocalists preparing for a professional performance.

Sarah M.

Violin, Viola

Sarah has been teaching violin and viola for over 11 years. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University with honors and a degree in Violin Performance, she went on to play in a band that performed around the country. She has extensive experience with not only classical technique, but with Celtic fiddle and bluegrass music as well. Sarah also teaches improvisation. In addition to playing and teaching violin, Sarah is an illustrator and artist. Her work is available at multiple retailers throughout Brooklyn and online.

Talor S.

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Voice

Talor is a New York based guitarist, singer, composer, and educator who participates in a variety of collaborative projects in addition to his main gig as a duo with his twin brother, Jordan. Having studied extensively in many styles and technique of guitar, he feels at home in almost any genre of music. Talor has been teaching for over 5 years. He works privately with students of all ages in addition to leading ensembles and after-school programs. For the past several years, he taught in Corfu, Greece at a summer rock camp led by guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, formerly of Guns and Roses. Talor attended the Queens College Preparatory Program and performed at Carnegie Hall at age fifteen. He was a Berklee College of Music scholarship recipient as well as a PRS Guitar endorsee. 

Valeska C.

Piano, Voice

Valeska 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.

Veronica R.

Violin

Veronica earned her Bachelor of Music from Northern Arizona University before completing a Master’s degree in the same field at Boston Conservatory. Throughout her education, Veronica has enjoyed an active career as both a professional violinist and as a devoted teacher. She has played in several orchestras, including the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra from 2013 to 2016 and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra in 2014. In her teaching, Veronica emphasizes quality over quantity and reminds her students of the importance of having fun while learning the instrument. When Veronica is not practicing or teaching, she can be found reading the latest Star Wars novel, learning Gaelic, or tending to her cucumber plants.