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Jill G.

Roslindale, MA

About Jill

I've been in and around music all my life. I started violin at age 5, part of the first generation of Suzuki violinists in the United States. I've loved being a professional violinist and violin teacher for over 30 years! And I've also founded and directed three community music schools in Newburyport, Boston, and Manhattan.

I hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Violin Performance, and I'm lucky to have had wonderful experiences during my formal training! In my undergraduate years, I was awarded a full 4-year scholarship for string quartet and chamber music playing, which was invaluabl
e as a real-world training. In graduate school, I was fortunate to learn so much as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate violin students.

I have also been an innovator in musical education, and I've felt honored to coach numerous already gifted violin teachers who have sought me out to improve their techniques for best teaching practices. From my 30+ years of private violin teaching and observing how children learn, I developed a super fun groundbreaking class in New York City for 2.5 to 5 year old beginners called Crackerjack Kidz! And a few years ago, I wrote a text to accompany young students and their families.

I continuously work to be a master teacher dedicated to the very best methods, using a variety and combination of techniques and strategies tailored to the student's musical success and enjoyment.

My specialties include music-based early childhood development, adult beginners and continuing learners, intermediate and advanced players, and chamber music coaching.

I welcome you to start your family's musical journey with me!

*** Lesson Details ***
While each lesson is different, we always try to spend a little time warming up, making sure we're comfortable and free of tension, reviewing what we've worked on, and layering in new concepts each time. We also learn age appropriate music theory (the "why's" of how music works), we exercise our imaginations, and we learn how to effectively practice.

We learn to think, solve problems, hear the music in our minds, and coordinate our bodies to play beautifully! Along the way we learn skills for life, the joy of accomplishment, and love of ourselves and others!

Whether you're a toddler or a senior, violin can always teach new things and help students appreciate more about themselves and the world!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with keyboard and computer. Parents can sit it on lessons, and are enouraged to do so with young students.

*** Specialties ***
I'm a classically trained violinist and a master teacher with over 30 years of experience. I've been teaching Suzuki violin to children ages 3 and up for my whole career, and I'm also extremely comfortable with traditional methods for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of any age.

My specialties include:
music-based early childhood development
adult beginners and continuing learners
intermediate and advanced players
chamber music coaching.
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Nicole April 11, 2016
Violin · Online
I look forward to my violin lessons with Jill. She is a great instructor and I have learned a lot. She personalizes each lesson and I come away with tools to help me in the future. I know that she is going to make me a much better player.
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Vijaya H. March 24, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
My first lesson in many many years! You may as well say I was a beginner. As an adult learner, I need a type of instruction that will leave me motivated to continue and Jill was just PERFECT. Knowledgeable, patient, she uses tricks and techniques to facilitate learning. I learned so much in just the first lesson. I am very motivated to continue and to get to a point where I can actually play!
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Heather P. January 7, 2016
Viola · Online
Verified Student
Just had my first lesson with Jill.. wow, she's incredible! I feel really comfortable with her, and I think this is going to be a wonderful journey with her!
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Jill G.

Beverly, MA 01915
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$29 / 30-min
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Ben B.

Ipswich, MA

About Ben

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The summer semester begins on June 1 and runs through August 27. Any lessons that are booked now will begin on June 1.
Preference begins on a first come, first serve basis. Those who are not scheduled have the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list should an opening become available in the semester.

I hope to encourage and build you up in whatever challenge we decide to tackle. Whether you are starting out for the first time or you have been playing for a while, I'm here to push you, to see you grow and to learn things as well. I enjoy working with both c
hildren and young adults. My students say that I'm fun, that I run lessons in an exciting manner, and that I love showing others what it is to make music.

I am a graduate of Gordon College (Wenham, MA). In my other life, I serve as a Firefighter in the Town of Ipswich and as a 911 Dispatcher at Patriot Ambulance.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are scheduled in 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions.
Criteria:
30 Minutes: beginners or students in elementary school
45 Minutes: some experience or students in middle/high school
60 Minutes: extensive experience or advanced students

All lessons must be booked per person (i.e. if you have two students who want to take lessons with me, they each must be signed up for a separate lesson slot).

*** Studio Equipment ***
No studio available

*** Travel Equipment ***
(12-string Fender Acoustic Guitar, Bach Stradivarius B-flat Trumpet, Yamaha student model Trumpet, Bach semi-pro B-Flat Cornet)

**Location Requirements**
All lessons are to be in the students' home or determined location.

Students must provide their own instruments. I can assist you in choosing an appropriate instrument for the student through local vendors.

All method books must also be purchased upon discussion with the instructor within the first two weeks of lessons. As the student progresses, additional method books of literature will need to be purchased at the instructor's discretion.

*** Specialties ***
Strong in classical trumpet, jazz and contemporary piano, music technology, basic recording. Well-versed in teaching all instruments listed at the basic level. As students progress in their studies, if it is not my specialty instruments, I would refer you to a teacher advanced in your students area.
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Pamela February 10, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
My son Kyle is a beginner guitar player. He is currently being homeschooled, as the result of being pulled out of a local elementary school, as the result of bullying. He has been thru a LOT emotionally, and we are slowly helping him to recover from the emotional damage.
Putting yourself out there with something new like this, and leaving yourself vulnerable are things that are difficult for him right now.
Ben has been so professional, caring, and patient with Kyle. I believe he will help him find the passion in this beautiful instrument, and the confidence to express his feelings and enjoy the art of music.
Thank you Ben!!
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Sue Clark January 15, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Ben was great! I'm encouraged that I might actually be able to learn to play the guitar!
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Sue Clark January 14, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Ben was great! I'm encouraged that I might actually be able to learn to play the guitar!
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Ben B.

Ben B.

Ipswich, MA 01938
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$30 / 30-min
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Chris B.

Rockport, MA

About Chris

Chris Baum is an American violinist, composer, educator, and recording artist. A pioneer of modern string technique, his strength lies in his versatility, consistently pushing the boundaries of the violin while molding his playing to fit ensembles and genres often deemed unsuitable for the instrument. Trained in a demanding classical environment, Baum expanded his musical vocabulary at Berklee College of Music, where he studied contemporary repertoire under Eugene Friesen, Mimi Rabson, and Sheldon Mirowitz. He graduated with honors in 2010 with a degree in film scoring and composition.

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is' growing list of credits include collaborations with Bent Knee, The Dear Hunter, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Dropkick Murphys, Amanda Palmer, Symmetry, Art Decade, Ben Levin, Guy Mendilow, Jherek Bischoff, and the Video Game Orchestra, who recently featured him as a soloist at Boston’s Symphony Hall and on the ensemble's recent tours in China and Taiwan. He currently resides in recording studios, tour buses, and occasionally, Rockport, MA, where he teaches music at Brookwood, Pingree, and Rockport Schools.

Chris' teaching curriculum consists of material and techniques custom-tailored to the individual, with a strong emphasis on technique, theory, ear training, and improvisation. He has been sharing his passion for the violin to musicians of all levels and ages for the past decade, whether their interests lie in classical, jazz, rock, folk, avant-garde, or somewhere in between.

Selected Discography:
The Dear Hunter - Live (2015)
Ben Levin Group - Freak Machine (2015)
ElderFlux - ElderFlux (2015)
Om Frequency - Penumbra (2015)
Poorvaa - Arunagiri Perumale (2015)
Bent Knee - Shiny Eyed Babies (2014)
Art Decade - Art Decade (2014)
Pyre Dove - Shallow Stepper (2014)
Video Game Orchestra - Live at Symphony Hall (2014)
The Dear Hunter - Migrant (2013)
Qwill & the Soul Review Project - Live at Dimension Sound Studios (2013)
Symmetry - Junky (2013)
Bent Knee - Live and Nearly Unplugged (2013)
Honey Circuit - Music for Roots (2013)
Hillary Barleaux - Hillary Barleaux (2013)
Bored with Four - We Are Friends (2013)
Ben Levin Group - Invisible Paradise (2012)
Jaggery - Private Violence (2012)
Honey Circuit - Dissolving I (2012)
Perhaps - Volume 1 (2012)
The Devil’s Twins - Handsome Devils (2012)
Bent Knee - Bent Knee (2011)
Black Kettle - Narrative (2010)
Ben Levin Group - Pulse of a Nation (2010)
Wheat - White Ink, Black Ink (2009)
Dropkick Murphys - Meanest of Times (2007)
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Adam P. April 21, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I think the 5 star description sums it up nicely, 'Best instructor ever'. I've worked with Chris for a few months now and his knowledge, friendliness, and ability to to teach are astounding! He teaches in a very dynamic way, adjusting the lesson on the fly to make sure you are learning what you need to know, when you need to know it, and at a pace that works well. Definitely recommended!
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Chris B.

Rockport, MA 01966
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Katrina M.

Portsmouth, NH

About Katrina

I am a 20-something, self-taught musician. I have been extensively studying music, primarily piano and vocal performance, as well as guitar for the past 13 years. I am a composer and producer of my own songs, and have extensive experience with teaching children as young as three-years old. My philosophy is that music should be very enjoyable to learn, but that quality must not be sacrificed. My method of teaching focuses on classical and jazz music, as well as music theory and contemporary music, such as songs from movie soundtracks and pop songs. I am engaging and fun, allowing flexibility fo
r each student to concentrate on what they most want to learn.
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Jemma March 26, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
A great first lesson! Thanks
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Ellie S. February 19, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very kind and fun. My 4.5 year old loves lessons with katrina.
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Max January 15, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Katrina M.

Katrina M.

Portsmouth, NH 03801
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$30 / 30-min
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Jake S.

Methuen, MA

About Jake

A "Summa Cum Laude" graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music, Jake specializes in teaching guitar, electric bass, mandolin, and ukulele. Jake works closely with his students to help them reach their personal goals. Every musician uses a similar set of essential skills in their music, whether they play classical or contemporary music. Through the use of modern and classic music that the students are drawn to, Jake places emphasis on these traditional musical skills that have stood the test of time.
Jake maintains an active performance schedule as well. He serves as the lead guitarist fo
r "60's Invasion", a Boston and Southern New Hampshire area show band. He also performs with "The Rhythm Exchange Jazz Quartet", "The Deep Blue "C" Studio Orchestra", and "Megan Harney and The Back Bay Band". Jake has studied privately with Jon Finn (The Boston Pops Orchestra, The Jon Finn Group), Bruce Bartlett, Jon Wheatley, Ed Saindon, and Clay Steininger.
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Rose Mary L. March 3, 2016
Blues Guitar · In home
Jake is quite good. He is easy to talk to and understands what I expect
to get from these lessons. We discussed aspects of learning which included
how to hold the guitar, hand position, etc. He gave me exercises to
practice and we played together given what I already know. I enjoyed the
first lesson very much and would recommend him.
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Jake S.

Jake S.

Methuen, MA 01844
(1)
starting at
$50 / 45-min

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