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Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
Boston native, Michael P. is currently studying trombone at New England Conservatory, expecting to receive his BFA in Jazz Performance with NEC's Music-In-Education (MIE) Concentration in Spring 2014.
NEC has provided Michael a great variety of playing experiences and opportunities having played in their big bands, jazz combos, latin jazz ensemble, Eastern European Jewish music ensemble and more.
Michael is currently the trombonist and booker for Mozambican Afro-Pop group Kina Zoré. Grand Prize Winners of the 2012 John Lennon Song Writing Competition and 2011 Peacedriven Award. They are a regionally touring act playing in Boston, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York and elsewhere.
When he's not playing with Kina Zoré, Michael also plays regular performances with Jae Cheol Oh Large Ensemble, Lilia Mone, Maris and the Merry Rockers , and the Kim Mayo Group . Some of his own music can be found at the MIE concentration Michael had two internships, one at the Boston Arts Academy teaching high school age trombonists, and another at the Chinatown YMCA teaching general music to young children ages 6-9. These opportunities helped Michael to further hone his trombone and general music teaching skills; especially working with different age groups and developing lesson plans. If you would care to read any lesson plans or watch videos of his teaching please contact for further information
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Lessons are to be exploratory; questions are greatly encouraged. The number one tenant is to have fun! I offer a relaxed, but hard-working environment while keeping the lessons easy-going, stimulating, and educational. My job is to challenge you, make your "brain sweat," and to keep you engaged. If the work is too easy, I'll challenge you more and if you're overwhelmed, I can tone it back; I'm flexible and very sensitive to your needs.
Sometimes, I begin lessons with brief "brass calisthenic--" my own series of stretches and breathing exercises. This loosens the body, focuses our minds, and helps maintain a relaxed posture in order to eliminate as much tension as possible.
We'll work on brass fundamentals through a call-and-response method I learned from my own teacher Luis Bonilla. In this method, working on technique (which can be very dry) becomes more interactive, and effective (because the student's concentration is on the exercise itself, not reading the exercise out of a book).
I also work on "sight reading" (the act of reading unrehearsed music), by isolating the individual aspects-- note identification and rhythm. We'll play solo pieces and duets in order to work on not only reading but the intricacies of ensemble playing-- balancing and matching our rhythmic timing, intonation, dynamics, and articulation.
I can help you practice for your upcoming audition by helping you polish that piece you've been working on. Or, if you're a jazz musician looking to learn more tunes, I'll help you learn jazz harmony, and repertoire. Aside from my own curriculum, I want to help you learn relevant music to you, while introducing you to music you may find fresh, new, and exciting!
A fundamental tenant of my teaching is "ear training." Through exercises in note, note interval, chord, and harmony recognition, our ability to play trombone is greatly enhanced. Along with this, I encourage students to sing as much as possible because singing is the bridge between our ear training and trombone playing ("If you can sing it, you can play it").
My ultimate goal as a teacher is to help you learn how to use your hands, face, and body to play your instrument, your ears and brain to hear that music deeply, but most importantly to keep your heart in the music! This is what I've been personally working on for the past 11 years and I want to share my knowledge and experiences.
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When possible, I prefer working with a piano or keyboard.
*** Travel Equipment ***
If I'm traveling via public transit I can bring my instrument, lesson materials such as books and music stand.
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At NEC I have played in jazz big bands, jazz combos, latin ensembles, and many more. Outside of school I play with afro-pop band Kina Zoré, a few reggae groups, the Renaissonics (renaissance music) and a host of other ensembles.
Drum, French Horn, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
Danilo is a multi-instrumentalist originally from Long Island, New York and currently based out of Boston. He has maintained an active and successful performing career as a member of the groups Debo Band, The Superpowers, Rubblebucket, Full Tang and Watchout Kompa.
Danilo has studied classical trumpet performance at the New England Conservatory of Music with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as percussion and drums with other esteemed faculty members (Rakalam Bob Moses, Jamey Haddad). In addition to his conservatory training, Danilo has studied traditional West African drumming at the Dagbe Cultural Center in Kopeyia, Ghana.
Danilo has performed at many of the premier venues and festivals throughout North America including: Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Bumbershoot, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montana Folk Festival, Globalfest, SXSW and Luminato.
Education has long been a passion for Danilo and he has been teaching private music lessons as well as instruction in the Boston public schools for years. Danilo teaches all levels and ages. His students value his patience and ability to find an inspiring path to discovery for each individual. Danilo has also shown himself to be very effective in the classroom setting. He has been a general music teacher in the BPS as well as teaching master classes and clinics at music schools and universities around the country.
In January 2014, Danilo was invited as a guest artist and educator at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul where he taught and performed for young afghan music students.
Danilo considers his success as a performer to be in a direct relationship with the success of his teaching and he aims to spread to the joy of music making and appreciation as wide as possible.
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My teaching style is relaxed and supportive while always aiming to increase the knowledge of the student. My strong technical background combined with a deep sense for wide-ranging musical styles allows me to find what inspires a student initially and use their interests and strengths to lead them to new discovery and technical efficiency.
While I hope to facilitate a passion for making music in my students in any way possible, I continue to relate their training to body awareness and building good playing habits.
While each individual learns at a different pace, I strive to point out the progress my students have made because I find this recognition of achievement, no matter how small, is essential in a student's continued love of studying music.
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lessons in dedicated music room with all instruments and equipment; upright piano, drum set and percussion.
Accordion, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Broadway Singing, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Drum, Fiddle, Flamenco Guitar, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Harmonica, Harp, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Opera Voice, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin
It all started out in a small town called Chatham, NJ where I spent the first thirteen years of my life. I remember loving music as early as I could walk and talk. I started taking guitar lessons when I was seven years old. Along with the guitar, came a love for singing and writing my own songs. When we moved to Pennsylvania the guitar came with me. Throughout my high school years, I spent hours playing with teachers, fellow students and at parties.
When I was sixteen every week for three years I would drive an hour into Philadelphia, by myself, to study with world famous Artie Singer. His students include such names as Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, Al Martino, and Bobby Rydel. Artie co-wrote and produced two massive hit records “At the Hop” and “Rock ‘n Roll is Here to Stay,” both recorded by Danny and the Juniors. Artie was personal friends with Dick Clark and would bring him acts for his show.
While going to a Community College in Philadelphia the music teacher there took notice of me, pulled me aside, and told me about a great music school I should attend. He then sent away for the application and helped me fill it out. The next thing I knew I was in Boston attending Berklee School of Music! I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Jazz and Rock Composition, Arranging, and Guitar.
I had originally gone to Berklee intending to major in voice, however I had no luck with the vocal department there and ended up with nodules on my vocal cords. The damage was so significant that I had to stop singing during my four years at Berklee and turned to studying Guitar and Composition.
I tried every vocal teacher in town wanting more than anything to be a singer. What I found was no teacher could help me and it seemed obvious that even though they had the “big name” they didn't know what they wt. I was losing hope. The combination of this roadblock and my persistence led me to the greatest thing that ever happened in my life....... I met Dante Pavone!
I kept hearing about a singing teacher named Dante Pavone. Since I had already tried everyone else, I decided to give him a shot. On my first lesson with Dante I noticed a big difference. My throat didn't hurt at all and a real voice was coming out of me. I was cured!
Dante’s studies were extensive and he had doctorates in voice, music history, psychology and many other subjects. He was the most intelligent; insightful person I have ever met in my life and not only taught me about voice but taught me many things about life. He one time told me that he had a more profound knowledge of all the fine singing muscles than anyone else.
Dante was the first; a “pioneer” in popular singing, breaking from the traditional operatic style. He taught, or was contacted by, such singers as John Lennon and Paul McCartney (Beatles), Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones), Aretha Franklin, Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane), Steve Tyler (Aerosmith), Peter Wolf (JGiles Band), James and Livingston Taylor, Faye Dunaway, Tom Jones, Donna Summers, Jonathan Richman, Julianna Hatfield, Andy Pratt, at their prime and the list goes on and on. Once John Lennon and Paul McCartney showed up unannounced at his door handing him a blank check! Singers from New York City Opera Company used to sneak away from their teachers and come to Boston to study with Dante who would cure their wrecked voices from their famous opera teachers they had in NY. Best Singing Teacher in the World!
I studied with Dante every day for the first couple of years and then two or three times a week after that for fifteen years until his demise in 1998. I never missed a lesson! He gave me over a four-octave range where I started with only a five-note one. Not only did he improve my pitch and tone, but I can now sing and scream all night, if I want to, and never have a single vocal problem. In fact the more I sing the better my voice feels!
One day at my lesson Dante asked if he could pass his method down to me. This has been a great honor to me and although many teachers try to emulate his method I am the only one with a certificate as seen above. Not only was Dante my mentor, but still to this day he is the most important person I ever encountered in my life and was my best friend. We were very close and he would spend hours talking to me at lessons not only about music but about many fascinating subjects and opened my eyes to many incredible things.
Thirteen of my songs were chosen to be in one movie called Getting Personal and other songs in the movies Fillbilly and Dykeotomies. My band has won world contests.
I have also studied piano, guitar, and drums extensively and teach all instruments. I studied for years with late great world renowned Charlie Banacos and John Horrigan. Besides teaching I am a songwriter, dancer, actress, film maker, audio engineer and producer as well. I can help you record your songs!
Since 1982 I have written hundreds of songs and have been performing and recording my own music in major New England and New York venues. I've also won awards for my band "Girl on Top."
My voice lessons studio is in Somerville, Massachusetts (MA), but I teach online singing worldwide via webcam internet video calls such as Skype, IChat, Tiny Chat, AOL AIM, Google Talk, Face Time Warner, Snapyap, Imo.im, MSN Yahoo,Tokbox, Palbee, Vyew, Many singing students come from Somerville, Cambridge, Charlestown, Everett, Malden, Medford, Boston, , etc. I teach children and adults of all ages and levels. If you can’t come to my studio I can teach you anywhere in the world via Skype! Voice and vocal therapy are my specialties but I also specialize in and all instruments along with songwriting and arranging. There is no end to how good you can get! I am a vocal therapist. This vocal therapy method can cure vocal nodes and polyps almost immediately. Internet-based video. Intercontinental internet service. Video chat Greatest Online Singing Lessons in the World! On-Line-Singing, Study Voice Online the convenience, safely, save time and money. Global Worldwide. All styles Rock, Jazz, Country and Western, Broadway, Folk, Heavy Metal, Screaming with no damage, Yelling, Talking, Speech, Speaking, Angst, Classical, Opera, Reggae, Singing course training
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Anyone Can Learn With My Method
It is completely untrue that some people are "born to sing or play an instrument" while others are not. Using my method, the most "tone deaf" can learn to sing perfectly in tune, the most nasal or unappealing sound can be transformed into the most beautiful resonant tone, and someone with "no talent" can become better than anyone out there. With this superb method when you finish singing your voice will feel better than when you started! All it takes is desire, patience, perseverance, and above all, practice. I also have a unique and very patient teaching style that can make learning any instrument seem easy. Anyone can learn with my method of teaching.
If a teacher tells you breathing is not important you should be concerned. Let me help you to develop solid breathing and correct singing posture. An instrument only sounds as good as it's built. As we build your instrument your range, strength, resonance and stamina all improve. There is no end to how good you can get.
The greatest thing about this method is it does not give you a style. You develop your own style! The student brings in songs they want to work on. Pop, rock, hip-hop, alternative, country, progressive, blues, jazz, swing, broadway, folk, rap, r+b, gospel, hardcore, screaming at the top of your lungs (if you want to).
I teach all ages and presently have students from three years old to students in their seventies. Beginners to advanced, adults to elderly, children, kids, and pre-school. Dante taught me that I can improve a person’s life by teaching them music. He’s certainly improved mine. I hope you will let me help to improve yours.
My method is guaranteed to cure any and all vocal problems or damage you may have from singing or talking: nodules, pitch, range, tone, endurance, etc.
Sing with no break
Have a smooth, multi-octave range. Sing any note the way you like: high or low, hard or soft.
No end to how you can improve
As long as you practice using this method, there is no limit as to how you can improve your range, tone, strength, flexibility, vibrato, phrasing, etc. Let me help you transcend fear, anxiety, and stage fright and replace it with technical ability and self-confidence.
Coaching and Stage Presence
We work on songs that the student brings with them to lessons. Using acting techniques, I help them understand the true meaning of the song and how to convey it to an audience.
Learn easily the basics of rhythm, notes and chords. Start with the basics and move into learning to play songs that you love. Incorporate learning to sing and play guitar on your favorite tunes. As the student becomes more confident the lessons move into learning advanced voicing, improvisational techniques and chord solos. All styles, all levels, all ages.
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced professional, any age is welcomed. Learning to play the piano can be lots of fun and very rewarding with practice, persistence and the proper instruction. Learn easily the basics of rhythm, notes and chords. In the first lesson you will be able to play with both hands. As you continue lessons it will be fun and exciting to learn to play popular piano pieces. The more advanced student will have fun learning to improvise and play chord solos.
Learning to play the drums is really easy and fun with my method! Start by learning how to hold the sticks and position yourself at a full drum set. At the end of the first lesson you will be able to play beats. With each lesson new beats, styles and exercises will be added. As you get more advanced the student can bring in songs they want to learn. This method is perfect and easy for any beginner or more advanced student.
The bass is what holds the rhythm of the band together and provides the foundation and bottom for the chord structure. The student is taken in a step by step method that is easy to understand starting with learning basic notes, rhythms and finger exercises. As the student becomes more advanced they can bring in songs that they would like to learn. All styles, ages and levels.
Developing your ear is essential for any serious musician. We start by learning to sing simple melodies and rhythms and as the student progresses move to more challenging ones. Also incorporated will be learning notation and chord and pitch recognition.
Learn to write songs like the pros. Karen D. has written over two hundred and fifty song. Let her expertise help you learn the secrets fast. We will work on song structure, theory and lyric writing.
Theory and Arranging
Karen D. is an honorary graduate of Berklee School of Music in Boston. There she acquired a degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging. She will teach you about notes, intervals, scales, chord structures and how chords work together. Also, you will learn how to arrange a song by adding drums, bass, guitar, horns, strings and whatever your heart desires.
Apple Computer Skills
Lap Steel Guitar
Pedal Steel Guitar
Double Bass / Kick
Double Bass (Acoustic, Upright, Stand-up)
Or Any other instrument you can think of.
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I can teach you how to use recording software Logic
I can teach you how to use film making software Final Cut
*** Travel Equipment ***
Teach all over the world via Skype!
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*** Specialties ***
Certified by World Famous Teacher Dante Pavone.
Can cure all Vocal Damage quickly.
Can teach anyone to sing or play any instrument.
Want to be a Songwriter:)
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