Category Archives: music and voice lessons

Highly effective ACT, SAT, & GRE preparation via Zoom!

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. Though Take Note Lessons is based in New York, our instructors can work with anyone, anywhere in the country via Skype. Get highly effective online instruction while never having to leave your home.

James Delgenio, academic director of take note lessons, 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.

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Music Lessons: Piano, Voice, Guitar, Songwriting, and More!

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 of take note lessons, 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.

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The College application essay 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.

Take Note specializes in standardized test preparation and subject tutoring. We offer tutoring for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and GRE. We also work with students who need academic coaching in math, English, science, social studies, and foreign languages.

Our philosophy is geared toward method and technique rather than rote memorization. We believe in engaging our students at all times. Test preparation with Take Note doesn’t feel like a chore. Students tell us they look forward to their lessons each week.

Take Note Success Stories:

Dan – Raised his ACT score 5 points

Stan – Raised his ACT score from a 30 to a 34

Ron – Raised his SAT score 400 points

Kristi – Raised her science score 10 points on the ACT

Alex – Accepted to Columbia University

Bryce  – accepted at every college to which he applied and will attend Princeton.

Some of the schools that our students have been accepted to include: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, University of Chicago, Tufts, University of Michigan, Boston College, NYU, USC, University of New Haven, Amherst, Elon, Lehigh, University of Illinois, Illinois State University, University of Iowa, University of Delaware, Boston University, Gettysburg College, Indiana University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Drexel, Auburn, Franklin and Marshall, University of Wisconsin, Purdue, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Parsons Graduate School of Design, and many others.

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