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Acting, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Singing, Broadway Singing, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Speaking Voice
First, some exciting news! I just became a part of takelessons online lesson program, and now I can teach students from anywhere in the country! But I digress...
Let's see, first and foremost I'm a music lover of the highest order. Whether it's jazz, rock, indie, classical, hip-hop or country, if it's good music, I love it.
I grew up obsessively listening to everything i could get my hands on, and began playing guitar at the age of 11. That was cut short, though, when the next year I almost lost my middle finger on my left hand in an ice skating incident. It took 5 years for me to regain the strength and motion, during which time I was forced to give up guitar playing altogether. I never lost my passion for music, though, and in my heart i never stopped dreaming about what it would be like to be a professional musician. When I went away to college, I studied political science, but I also brought an acoustic guitar with me, and soon I was spending every free minute I could spare playing that guitar. I didn’t begin seriously studying music, though, until I was almost 20 yrs old and in my 3rd year of college, and for years I was kicking myself for waiting so long. However, getting a bit of a late start motivated me to practice twice as hard, and now thirteen years later, I look at what happened as a total blessing. Having been deprived of playing music for so long, I truly appreciate and am thankful for every day that I get to make my living in music. It's something that I will never take for granted and it keeps me from ever getting bitter or jaded. As a teacher, my experiences have given me a unique perspective which allows me to really connect with my students. I vividly remember the difficulties and challenges I faced as a beginner, and that allows me to be proactive in helping my students avoid some of the pitfalls that I had to go through.
Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
I eat/breathe/sleep music. From writing and conducting my first A Capella piece in high school to playing in bands that have toured around the world (The Fates, Ben Levin Group), I am a music machine! I value nothing more than finding that passion in others and working together to turn musical fantasies into realities.
From grade school to high school I took rigorous classical piano lessons. In 2006-07 I attended two summer programs at Berklee College of Music where I studied jazz/rock performance, and continued to study jazz piano at Washington University.
At Boston University, I studied classical music composition/theory, and was accepted to for a dual degree in Music Composition, Psychology, but decided to pursue music as a minor in order to allow more time for gigging. Since relocating to Boston, I have performed 250+ shows in various ensembles around the greater Boston area.
Violin, Music Theory, Fiddle, Viola
Kat is an enthusiastic and patient contemporary string player specializing in teaching violin and viola. Growing up she played violin and viola in school and community orchestras, as well as bass in jazz bands and small ensembles. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she studied viola/violin with Mimi Rabson, who is leader of the Really Electric String Quartet and has toured with Itzhak Perlman on his klezmer project, and Melissa Howe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. At Berklee, Kat majored in Film Scoring (writing music for film and TV), so she is accomplished in composition as well as performance. She has performed onstage with music greats from all over the world including: Brazilian singer Rosa Passos, Cuban bassist Cachao, alternative rock singer Paul Cole, and Christopher Guest from "This is Spinal Tap."
As a teacher Kat utilizes her training in and experience playing a diverse range of styles in her lessons. She has taught private lessons and also taught music as a camp counselor and tutor. Whether you are looking to pick up a brand new instrument, learn a new style, or work on improving on what you already know, Kat can help you reach your goals.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting
My experience as a musician spans over 25 years in study, performance, education, and recording. As a University of Lowell alum circa 1992, and performance graduate of Berklee College of Music, the advanced curricula catapulted my skills in order to expand my own abilities as a professional performer and educator, and share my knowledge and musical wisdom with many satisfied and concurrent students. Past and present professional performances and sessions include work with:
Blue Man Group / Iggy Pop band / Chuck Berry keyboardist Vic Lane / Count Basie Orchestra / Mass. Lions All-State Concert Band / B Street Blues (r)
Testimonial: "Chris, you really care about your students and it shows".
- Prof. D. Morris, Berklee College of Music
*Active Member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 300
*Active Member of the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association
*Active Member of the National Music Teachers Association
My passion is to see my students advance in their studies, and have fun learning as much as I have to share. The reward for me is a student's success, and that success is defined by you.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Music Theory, Songwriting
I am one of those individuals for whom teaching is just something that I have to do. I started giving music lessons sometime in the 80’s and have loved working with all levels of skill and experience. My students say that I am patient, adaptive and encouraging, committed to making music fun.
I have a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles, including pop, rock, gospel, traditional hymnody, jazz, and R&B. Although I love and study classical music, it is not something I teach at this point.
In addition to private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. Having served as a church musician for more than 30 years, I currently co-lead the worship team at Life Church in Boston with my wife. I recently signed on as the keyboard player for Tall Enough, a Boston-based alternative rock band. I often find myself involved in city-wide music events in Boston’s faith-based community, most recently arranging music and directing a 60-voice choir for Boston Night of Worship.
I enjoy my morning coffee, finding new guitar chords, creating killer PowerPoint presentations, and watching how fast my teenage daughter can text her friends.
Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
Music has always been a large part of my life. I began piano lessons at age 5 and sang with my school, community, and church choirs growing up. I always enjoyed participating in school musicals, band concerts, and theatre. I began private voice study at age 16, and started my own student-run musical theatre company the same year. I strive to motivate my students to be unique musicians with the confidence to pursue their artistic passions!
Kaila F. is a versatile musician who enjoys performing classical, jazz, and musical theatre repertoire. She regularly performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under the direction of John Oliver, and has appeared in performance at Carnegie Hall with James Taylor, Sting, and Steve Martin. She has recently appeared in productions by New England Cabaret Theatre, Boston Metro Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, MIT’s Gilbert & Sullivan Players (Boston), Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Mpls), Illusion Theatre (Mpls), and the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company of Minnesota. Additionally, Kaila has performed scenes from The Marriage of Figaro (Susanna), Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Carmen (Micaela), and The Tender Land (Laurie).
In 2007, Kaila participated in a six-week music performance workshop in Vienna, Austria where she had the opportunity to study classical repertoire with renowned soprano Donna Robin. She has participated in Nautilus Music-Theater’s Wesley Balk Opera / Music-Theater Institute in Minneapolis, Cambridge Summer Opera, and several workshops with Tony-Award Winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Mpls). Kaila is an experienced teacher of voice and piano, and has directed three full-length musical theatre productions. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA where she studies with soprano Kathleen Flynn. Kaila received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
TakeLessons is America's full-service singing and music lessons provider, offering customized private music lessons and school music programs in over 2,800 U.S. cities, including Lexington and surrounding areas.
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or experienced musician, you can benefit from working with a TakeLessons Certified™ Instructor in Lexington to make your musical dreams a reality. Choose from a variety of music lessons taught in the Lexington area, including guitar lessons, voice lessons, drum lessons, piano lessons, violin lessons and many more! Explore our Lexington music teachers' profile to learn more about their musical background and specialties, as well as see photos, music videos, and student reviews....
TakeLessons works with qualified music instructors in the Lexington area, and can help you find the right instructor to fit your interests and skill level. Lexington music lessons are offered at studio locations throughout Lexington, and some of our instructors will even travel to you if you prefer in-home lessons. Our music teachers work with students of all ages and offer music lessons for kids, music lessons for teenagers and music lessons for adults. Our certified teachers will strive to give you a personal one-on-one learning experience with a customized music lesson that exceeds your expectations. In fact, we are so committed to your satisfaction that we offer all new customers a 100% Money Back Guarantee on your first music lesson.
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