Music Lessons and Academic Coaching


With James’ help, I went up 500 points from my PSAT. The tips and tools James taught me enabled me to exceed my SAT score expectations. James has helped me through not only the SAT process, but the college essay writing process as well. I have met with James regularly and am always highly satisfied with the individual attention he provides. James has made applying to colleges significantly less stressful and much more effective as he is always able to guide my essay in the right direction.

James and Aris   -Aris H., New York, NY

More than an editor, James was a guru and mentor who helped bring out my voice when it really counted. Working with him for three months, I crafted two honest, incendiary 500-word statements that got me into one of the world’s best graduate schools for writing. Like a great head coach, James taught me to tame and control my powers in the written word—jettisoning style in favor of clarity and story. I found his lessons to be valuable long after the application process was over. Without James, I’d never have gotten into the Columbia Journalism School and, therefore, never have experienced the gifts of attending a school of that caliber. If I hadn’t gotten through the door, I wouldn’t have gone on to graduate valedictorian two years later or win a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship and a Lynton Fellowship in Book Writing.

   – Robert F., Columbia Journalism School, New York, NY

Jim is a consummate pro. Focused, attentive, on-time, sensitive to particular learning needs, he builds immediate rapport and trust. Very thankful to have him assist our child in a successful entry to college. His associate specialists are also top notch. Would highly recommend.

    -Howard J., New York, NY

This is a great tutoring company! Extremely professional and meticulously run, this service has been a great support for my son during his ACT preparation. Specifically, Rathini who is an outstanding educator, on time, reliable and very caring. In my opinion, this service is very much worth the money. Quality service and outstanding educational support. Great experience! Highly recommend!

   – Diane M., Brooklyn, NY

I have only the highest praise for Jim DelGenio, in every possible way. We have had a longtime tutor working with my son, but test prep is not her specialty. We were referred to Jim through an acquaintance, and I’m so grateful that we had him in our corner.

Simply put, Jim is a fabulous tutor. He very quickly assessed Conor’s working and learning style, and adapted his sessions accordingly. He spent quite some time chatting with us at the beginning of our time together, to understand our goals and work toward them. Our experience with Jim felt the total opposite of a package, but rather a customized strategy based on Conor’s strengths/weaknesses and our goals.

Jim has a broad range of knowledge of not only the testing process, but also navigating the waters of college applications. He was a wealth of information that informed much of how we proceeded with the various schools Conor was considering. Jim gave homework that was apropos to the subject matter they were covering, but was mindful about weeks where Conor’s schoolwork was overwhelming – we all appreciated that!

And personally, Jim was a pleasure to work with. Always on time. Always responsive to e-mails and phone calls. And an all around nice guy too!

But the best testimonal I could give is from Conor himself. I asked him if he attributed his great success in his SAT scores to his work with Jim. His reply? “Absolutely.”

   -Sheri S., Irvington, NY

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

It is hard to find a good English teacher, but James is excellent. He knows the elements of good writing and can present abstract topics really well. James never gives away answers. He directs by asking insightful questions so you learn to become critical thinkers. James has taught all my three kids, and I can’t be more pleased with their results. If you are looking for a tutor, think no more. Hire James! He is the best!
   -Bonnie Y., Scarsdale, NY

I’ve known both James and Michelle for about four years now, and I only have good things to say. I studied with James for my SATs. He has a very unique way of approaching the exam that my prior tutors did not offer. For example, he taught me how to analyze questions based on the way they are written. This was a great skill to have and made me much more confident about going into the test room. Michelle is an excellent vocal and piano teacher. I’ve studied under her for four years, and my voice has remarkably improved. I am now confident with my own voice and can sing in front of others. She has unique warm-ups and methods of expanding one’s range as well as crucial breathing techniques that any singer would benefit from. She is prompt and is more serious at times, but is also incredibly friendly and patient as well. I will continue my lessons with Michelle for the foreseeable future,  as her mastery of music and her skill as a teacher make her the best teacher around! I would recommend Take Note to anyone who needs tutoring or music lessons.

   -Morad A., New York, NY

Michelle has an overwhelmingly positive attitude toward teaching. She arrives at every lesson excited and upbeat, and this keeps Sophie engaged and ready to learn. She uses positive reinforcement to build Sophie’s confidence at the keyboard, while at the same time gently guiding her in areas where she needs work. Sophie ends every lesson eager to practice her new songs, thanks to the enthusiasm Michelle instills in her, and we’re thrilled with the progress our daughter has made under Michelle’s direction.

    -Christie K., New York, NY

We’ve been working with Pauline for 2 years now. My kids truly look forward to their lessons and have made amazing progress. This year, my Hamilton obsessed daughter wanted to play a piece from the show for her recital. Since the music hadn’t been published, she and Pauline transcribed it together. Modern piano lessons for a modern world.

    -Debi M., New York, NY

Michelle is great with kids. Our 7-year-old daughter loves her piano lessons and always looks forward to them. More importantly, we can hear that she is really learning and making great progress. Two of her school friends have started lessons with Michelle after we recommended her.

   -Carolina N., New York, NY

As an actor/singer, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Matt on numerous occasions for many years and he is truly one of the best. From a teaching perspective, Matt is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor/coach and always takes the time to make sure his students understand and are comfortable with their material. I’ve worked with him in personal coaching/rehearsal sessions as well as seen him direct/teach children and he is fantastic with any age group. If you are looking for a teacher who is skilled in everything from instrumental/vocal lessons, music directing, writing, musical theater, accompaniment, vocal coaching, etc. (and has the education and passion to back it up), then definitely contact Matt; you will not be disappointed!

     -Amanda F., New York, NY 

Michelle is an amazing & wonderful teacher! She is animated and engaging and very knowledgable. My eight year old daughter takes piano as well as voice lessons from Michelle, and she really looks forward to their meetings every week! I highly recommend Michelle!!

   -Sue L., New York, NY

We were looking for a fun, enthusiastic, piano teacher to come to our house to teach our 9 year old piano, and we found her! Michelle is always smiling and encouraging and our daughter is really responding to her teaching method. She is also very flexible in terms of fitting with our schedule and generally a terrific find! Definitely recommend!

   -Deborah S., White Plains, NY

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