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Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bass Trombone, Ear Training, Flugelhorn, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele
*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are custom-oriented to your goals. You will learn confidence in your abilities to perform well and have fun. I will train your mental toolkit, while steering you toward the digital and real-world tools you need to achieve musical success.
Working towards clearly defined goals in a low-pressure, focused environment, my students reach their maximum potential quickly and with confidence. With my expertise and your dedication, we'll have fun and you'll come away from each lesson with something new to work on.
You already enjoy listening to music, now it's time to enjoy making it!
I've appeared on recordings with dozens of rock, pop, jazz, and classical groups, and perform on a variety of instruments and styles throughout the Boston area.
I listen to and play all kinds of music from Beethoven to Stravinsky, Arcade Fire to Beyonce, James Brown to Snoop Dogg/Lion. I have had the pleasure to share the stage with rockers Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), and jazz greats Maynard Ferguson, Jimmie Lunceford, Conrad Herwig, "Blue" Lou Marini, and Jeff Coffin (Flecktones).
I've played acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, violin, cello, and string bass drums. Some of my favorite recent projects have been:
-Quilty (Pavement-style hard rock band)
-The Nevermind Orchestra (brass band that covers Nirvana tunes)
-Chill Sons (my own band for which I write songs, play guitar, and sing)
-Manhattan Symphonie (an entertaining symphony orchestra featuring soloists on piano, violin, saw, urdu, and tap shoes)
It is a treat to share music with others, and my lessons are fun, challenging, and engaging.
Thanks for stopping by to look at my profile! Let's hang out and do music things.
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.
*** Studio Equipment ***
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.
*** Specialties ***
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.
*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in dedicated music room with all instruments and equipment; upright piano, drum set and percussion.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
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