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Popular Guitar Teachers Near Medford

Guillermo O.

Winthrop, MA
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Gregory D.

Brookline, MA
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Evan C.

Somerville, MA
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Guillermo O. Winthrop, MA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet

About Me

Originally from Mexico City, Mexico. Guitarist Guillermo O. start playing guitar at the age of nine. By age 15 he was performing punk and rock music. At age 17 he was accepted to the "Escuela Nacional De Musica" (UNAM) where he studied classical guitar. He has performed with famous comedian Eugenio Dervez in the biggest Stadium in Mexico. Guillermo also composed the music for several documentaries, and short movies. In 2003 he attended Berklee College of Music and graduated with a degree in Jazz Composition and Performance. Guillermo also composed the music for the original musical play "Beyond the Journey" . It was performed as a stage reading on 42nd Street in New York, NY in 2010. Guillermo has been working as a music teacher since 2005. He teaches private instruction and group and ensemble lessons as well as composition, harmony, sight reading and music theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons are always enjoyable and fun. I always encourage my students to learn music they love. I can use any music style to teach, all music aspects (Technique, Repertoire, Sight reading, and Interpretation). My main goal is to make you achieve your musical goals and expand them. I create a tailored method to each student, because everybody is different.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Robinson Music- music studio set up for guitar with seating for parents
home- lessons in living room with piano , guitar, amps and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I always bring my guitar or bass. I expect the students to have their own amplification, In the case of the piano students must have a piano or keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I studied Classical Guitar, I play professionally on several rock bands, and I also play Jazz and Latin Music

Gregory D. Brookline, MA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Over my 20 years of teaching, I have had Guitar, Bass and Mandolin students go on to continue their musical education at Berklee, then on to careers in music both in performance and production, as well as preparing students to go on to Julliard and MI and NEC. My goal as a teacher is always to help my students achieve their personal musical goals as directly and constructively as possible.
I am an honors graduate from Berklee College of Music, and have taught all ages of students privately and students at Emerson College.
I have found that most adult students have a “Horror Story” relating to some negative experience with a music teacher. This has reinforced how important a supportive environment is for younger students. Teachers who are indifferent to the student’s individual musical goals, or teachers who value the advancement of their own musical agenda over respect for the student’s musical aspirations, can do much greater harm than they realize. As a teacher, as opposed to a performer moonlighting as a teacher, I am able to offer my students a supportive learning environment, attentive to their individual goals.
Every student learns best in their own way, so I tailor my teaching “Method” to the individual needs of my students.
Students today have many more options to study guitar than ever before, so it is essential that music instructors are as flexible as possible, not only in teaching methods, but in styles they are comfortable teaching. My age has enabled me to study, perform and teach almost all major guitar styles. I am equally comfortable teaching Be-Bop Jazz, Shred Metal, pre- war acoustic blues, post- war electric blues, Classic, Progressive and Punk Rock, Country and Folk styles as well as simple campfire sing-a-long, Funk Slap and finger style Bass and singer / songwriter accompaniment. Feeling at home with these varying styles I am also equally versed in pick, finger style and Hybrid picking Guitar as well as slide and various open tuning technique.

In addition to my experience and education, I bring to the table a large collection of teaching materials: books, software, videos and CDs, as well as large collection of guitar transcriptions covering all styles as well as a semi- professional pro tools home studio with a standing pro level drum kit, all of which are available to my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I firmly believe that the surest way to rapid and confident musical development is through firm mastery of the basics including teaching students how to use a metronome to learn to play something slowly and perfectly before bringing it up to speed. I have always thought that traditional western teaching modalities have never done a very good job of addressing rhythmic development, so I encourage my students to work on their timing and rhythmic feel.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A specified music studio in the home, lots of guitars for students use, microphones and recording equipment

*** Specialties ***
I try to tailor my teaching methods to the individual students. I also teach and lecture in world music and I am able to use my knowledge of various musical cultures to help my students progress in a natural and enjoyable manner.

Evan C. Somerville, MA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Drum, Ear Training, Fitness, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting, Strength and Conditioning, Stretching, Ukulele, Upright Bass

About Me

Born and raised in New Jersey, Evan Michael C. was surrounded by music from a young age. His father, Salvatore C., a talented guitarist dreamed that each of his children would learn a different instrument. After Evan’s eldest brother claimed the guitar, Evan reluctantly picked up the bass at the age of 13. At first, Evan was not happy: It was heavy, and it hurt his fingers. But Evan quickly learned to love the power the bass had over the bandstand and after a few lessons, it was clear that the instrument fit him like a glove.

He soon began to perform with high school rock bands, sneaking into local bars and clubs for weekend gigs. A new-found appreciation for upright bass led Evan to start his own trio, sparking a love of R&B and Jazz music that thrives in him to this day. Late in his high school career, he began to set his eye on top music schools, hoping to pursue his craft professionally. He wanted to play with the best, learn from the best and become the best.

In 2007 he was invited to attend Berklee College of Music, an opportunity he would not take for granted. Boston was a whole new world for Evan and he quickly began joining up-and-coming artists for live and studio sessions. His initial efforts paid off in 2009 as he was selected to perform in the American Songbook Concert featuring Burt Bacharach and Grammy award-winning singer Paula Cole.

Evan graduated from Berklee in 2011 and has split the last several years between studio gigs and touring with renown international acts. Currently, Evan works as the live and studio bassist for Jazz/Pop vocalist Nikki Yanofsky, the touring bassist for Country singer Nicole Frechette, and as the bassist for Boston-based R&B group Biscuits & Gravy.

In the last year alone, Evan has worked with executive producers Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton and recorded a live session documentary at Capitol Records featuring Herbie Hancock. Evan will spend the Summer of 2013 on an international tour with Nikki Yanofsky before returning to Boston, Massachusetts where he currently resides.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum Set
Guitars
Keyboards
Basses
Amps
Studio Gear

*** Travel Equipment ***
Whatever I need to bring I will

*** Specialties ***
Funk, Jazz, Rock, R&B, Pop, ect

Bil M.

Dorchester Center, MA
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Alexandra Z.

Brighton, MA
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Frankie P.

Salem, MA
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Bil M. Dorchester Center, MA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
My priority as a teacher is to make the learning process fun, life-giving, and productive. I teach with patience and humor, at a challenging but not frustrating pace.

Some quotes from my students:
€œI absolutely love learning from Bil! I€™ve watched my playing and the playing of others at church vastly improve as a result of his training.€

€œ[Bil] is filled with a large amount of knowledge, so while sitting under him you not only learn about how to play but you learn about music history and theory. Beyond being a good teacher he is genuine and friendly and cares about others.€

€œI have really enjoyed working with Bil. His patience and wealth of knowledge has helped me come out of my musical shell and has encouraged me to discover my musical voice.€

€œBil makes learning theory fun! His deep understanding of music is complemented by his contagious enthusiasm.€

There are at least two ways that might set me apart from other teachers.

Firstly, I have honed and developed "people skills". I am an ordained minister and have held positions where I was formally and informally in a mentoring/pastoring role. I bring that sensitivity to my music lessons, understanding that personal and emotional issues can be triggered by the engagement with the music and skills being worked on.

Secondly, I've had a remarkable broad base of experience. My coursework has exposed me to a wide breadth of ideas and tools; my work life has been long and varied; I have had extensive experience in many different cultural contexts, both musically and otherwise; and I work well with many age groups and skill levels.

Regarding my teaching approach:
For beginners, I have a fairly consistent set of topics and skill sets to cover. Generally, in a few months, piano students (particularly those in middle school through adulthood) should know how to play major, minor and seventh chords, how to read simple chord charts and some very basic accompanying skills. Guitar students should know a dozen open chords and have been introduced to barre chords, and to have learned several styles of finger picking as well as strumming. Bass students should know how to find notes on the board and will have begun to learn how to fill out a song with an expressive but non-obtrusive bass line.

For intermediate students, the pace, direction and focus on lessons depends upon the goals and passions of the student along with the amount of time he or she has to practice. My goals for students at this level and beyond is to learn how to learn. I will use outstanding recorded examples of particular skills or stylistic idioms to help my students understand and master each new concept. I often will check in with my student to make sure that we are on track with what they are hoping for.

For advanced students, we will generally target very specific objectives. I also try to add elements of theory, history, culture, and even life lessons to apply to the topics we address. Because of my background in pastoral ministry, I can serve as a mentor addressing the emotional and relational issues of playing music as well as its technical aspects.

*** Studio Equipment ***
upstairs music room: fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, amps, drum set, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
if for guitar or bass, that instrument; I expect piano students to have an available piano and for other students to have their own instrument(s).

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.strong in jazz, rock, pop, gospel, sacred, R&B.

Alexandra Z. Brighton, MA

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I grew up in a musical home and have been playing piano since the age of four. I have had all sorts of different music teachers in my life and I have always looked to them for inspiration for my own teaching--what would I do differently? What would I do the same?
In my opinion, a teacher is an extremely energetic, charged individual who is entirely focused on the progress of the student. A teacher is inspiring, motivating, and makes learning a fun and enjoyable experience. I strive for this level of excellence in each of my lessons. It is extremely important to me that my students learn at their own pace, while mastering techniques and building a strong foundation.
I teach both piano and guitar, and I am excited to start you off on your musical journey!

I was classically trained on the piano from the age of four. When I was twelve, I decided to expand my musical horizons and pick up the guitar. During high school, I became very serious about my musical studies. I attended 6-week summer workshops at the National Guitar Workshop for guitar and music theory lessons. I also began attending a magnet school program called the Regional Center for the Arts, which I did every day after my normal school day. In 2007, I began my studies at Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2011 as a Bachelor of Music with a degree in Film Scoring.
I have about five years of teaching experience. While I was still in high school, I was giving private piano and guitar lessons on the weekends. I also helped tutor my fellow students at the Regional Center for the Arts. This is when I discovered I loved teaching. During my time at Berklee, I participated in a work/study program at the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester. I taught private piano and guitar lessons here, as well as group piano lessons. I also participated in a program called KidsJam, which gave me experience working with very little children (ages 3-5).
It is extremely important that we focus on what YOU want to learn! I can teach many different styles, from classical to classic rock!

*** Lesson Details ***
Our sessions will be laid back and comfortable, yet motivating and challenging. I expect my students to keep a journal of their assignments for each week in order to focus on moving forward with their instrument. I am extremely patient with my students. I understand that learning an instrument takes a lot of time and energy for both the student and the teacher. I understand that every student learns in a different way, and that fact drives me to be the best teacher I can be!
I believe that the most important part of learning an instrument is learning how to read notes and rhythms. In my opinion, this is the foundation of learning an instrument. For that reason, I always start my lessons with some reading. Students are expected to practice outside of our lessons. As we progress in our lessons, students will be working on a couple different songs a week, as well as a little ear training and music theory.
It is extremely important to me that the student is learning what THEY want to be learning, so feel free to bring in any songs you'd like to start playing and we'll see what we can do!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide books but the student must have an instrument to play on.

*** Specialties ***
Beginning/Intermediate Classical Piano,
Beginning/Intermediate Piano (pop, rock, beginning jazz&blues),
Beginning/intermediate guitar (Jazz, Blues, Rock, Classic Rock, Pop),
Beginning/intermediate music theory.

I am also fluent in DAW software, sample libraries, and notation software including:
Garage Band, Audacity, Protools, Logic, Digital Performer, Kontakt, Vienna Ensemble, Reason, Sibelius, and Finale.

Frankie P. Salem, MA

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

Being a Berklee College of Music Graduate with a Masters in Music
Education from Boston University, I have been playing for almost 30
years and teaching private lessons for 15+, I am a Professional
Instructor that has the ability and resources to teach several styles
ranging from Rock to Classical to Jazz to Country to Metal. In other
words, anything you want to learn I can teach you or your child using
the songs and exercises necessary to help you become a real musician.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons are tailored to you and your wants as a musician. Whether
you have an electric, acoustic, or classical guitar, along with various method books, I have the music,
print outs, and instructional material to make sure you progress as you
should.

The lessons will help you learn to play guitar through chord diagrams,
theory, charts, examples, and exercises, as well as anything you hear on
the radio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a lot of guitars, amps, pedals, woodwind instruments, keyboards, and recording equipment. Instruments everywhere!

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students should have their own instrument and method book. Other that that, I provide all other handouts and supplemental material and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
I work the most in rock, bluegrass, country, contemporary, and jazz styles.

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