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Alaina C.

Oxford, MA

About Alaina

ABOUT ME

I teach both piano and voice in Oxford, MA. where I co-own Calton Music Studio. My students currently range from 2.5 years old (in KiddyKeys preschool piano classes) to adult, and I love teaching them all! I’ve taught students ranging from novices to professionals and conservatory-bound high school students, and I’m particularly passionate about working with enthusiastic beginners and building musical fluency from the bottom up. I also adore working with older students on the finer details of technique and seeing them light up when everything finally clicks!

One of my main goals
as a teacher is to provide a unique learning experience tailored to each individual student. I incorporate proven classical techniques with modern technology and approaches to make lessons both effective and engaging. I’m extremely passionate about both vocal and piano pedagogy and am always on the lookout for new research and new ways to keep things interesting. My students, whether studying piano or voice, explore a wide variety of repertoire, including classical, folk, jazz, and popular styles.

If you’re curious about the nitty gritty, I have a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory and a Master of Music from Longy School of Music of Bard College. When I’m not teaching or practicing, myself, you can usually find me behind a book, at a local farmer’s market, or directing the choir at the First Congregational Church of Oxford.

STUDIO

My home studio has a grand piano and a seating/waiting area for parents and siblings.

STUDENT MATERIALS

I will provide reference books and other teaching materials that will be used in lessons. I expect my students to have a piano (or full-sized keyboard with 88 weighted keys, an attached pedal, and a proper bench) for home practice and to reimburse me for books to be used at home.
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Samantha July 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
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Alaina works well with our kids!
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ReginaP March 6, 2014
Exceptional!

My daughter started piano lessons at age 8 and switched to Alaina when she was 10. The growth has been exponential! Alaina is an incredibly talented musician and has a real skill for teaching. She is very gentle and patient, yet knows how and when to challenge a student. The music is engaging, interesting and makes learning fun. My daughter loves playing and continues to be inspired by Alaina's talents and passion. i would highly recommend Alaina without reservation!
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Nancy K. March 6, 2014
Great insight!

Alaina was such a great teacher! She was my teacher my senior year of high school and was really helpful. She picked out pieces that really showed off my voice and helped me get in to a good music school. Now that I am in college, Alaina has because a great friend and mentor to me! I am really lucky to have found her as a teacher. :)
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Alaina C.

Alaina C.

Oxford, MA 01540
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$35 / 30-min
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Judy G.

Gardner, MA

About Judy

I enjoyed my accompanist duties at Fitchburg High School, playing for their musicals; The Wizard of Oz in 2015 and Once Upon a Mattress in 2016, and also for their Winter and Spring concerts.

In July, 2015, I passed the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL), completing the Communications and Literacy Skills-Reading and Writing.

Before I relocated to Massachusetts, I was an Active Member of the Music Teachers' Association of California, South Bay and Pomona Valley Branches, starting in 1980. I also served for 5 years as the Vice President of Music Teachers' Association of Calif
ornia, Pomona Valley Branch.

I have Adjudicated for the National Federation of Music Clubs.

My educational background:
B.A. in Music History and Theory, California State University Fullerton, 1980
Minor in English, California State University Fullerton, 1980
M.B.A. With Distinction, NYIT, 2006
Honor Code Certificate, Harvard University, The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours, Epic and Lyric, 2014

I have more than 34 years teaching experience, with student honors and awards in Music Teachers' Association of California Certificate of Merit program and Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music exams.
English tutor, ESL tutor with experience tutoring students in South Korea online

I am a published author of a novel, several short stories, and many articles about Music Education. My articles about music, film and fashion appear online.
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Tanya T. December 23, 2014
Piano · In studio
Ms. Judy is my son's first private piano teacher and one of his favorite ones. Patrick, my son, started learning piano late at about 11 years old and he could start playing pieces fairly quickly within months. She is very patient, mindful, and thoughtful. When Ms. Judy needed to move over to east coast, she provided a list of local piano teachers and even recommended one who would fit best with Patrick. With the strong background knowledge from her, Patrick continues learning piano with the recommended teacher and enjoys playing harder classical pieces. I strongly recommend Ms. Judy as a piano teacher!!!
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Brian L. September 7, 2014
Piano · In studio
Both of my children have studied with Ms. Judy since age 3. Her knowledge of music is excellent, and her kindness and generosity is unsurpassed. She is extremely patient with children and simply a joy for the whole family to work with.
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Morris T. September 1, 2014
Piano · In studio
Ms. Judy G is my child first piano teacher since she was 7, even we moved over 30+ miles, my child still prefer Ms. Judy as her piano teacher.

Ms. Judy has 50+ years experience on piano and many music instruments, she knows how to make lessons fun with lots of patient.
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Judy G.

Judy G.

Gardner, MA 01440
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Paul C.

Greenfield, MA

About Paul

Cellist Paul Cohen has performed on major concert stages throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Since his orchestral debut at the age of twelve in his native Minneapolis, he has become increasingly in demand as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. His solo repertoire ranges from Gabrielli to the most current unaccompanied compositions. He has also commissioned works for a six-stringed electric cello and has given performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven Cello Sonatas and Bach Cello Suites in single concert formats. His playing has been described as “Especia
lly Eloquent” by New Yorker Magazine, “Radiant” by the Boston Globe, and “Virtuosic” by Strad Magazine.
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Paul C.

Paul C.

Greenfield, MA 01301
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$50 / 30-min
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Emily H.

Worcester, MA

About Emily

Born in southeastern Wisconsin, I began playing horn at the age of ten. In the summer of 2013, I was a member of the pit orchestra for the Ohio Light Opera Company. My other festival activities include the Atlantic Music Festival (2012 orchestral fellow), the Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Music Festival (2010 brass quintet fellow). As an orchestral musician, I have appeared with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, the American Youth Symphony and the Orquesta de Baja (Tijuana, MX). I have been a private horn instructor for ten years.

While living i
n the Midwest, I developed a love of orchestral horn playing. I earned my bachelor’s degree in horn performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. I earned my master’s degree in horn performance at the University of Southern California. Currently I live in the Greater Boston area.

My other interests include swimming, reading, and baking.
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Emily H.

Emily H.

Worcester, MA 01602
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$45 / 30-min
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Victor R.

Wilbraham, MA

About Victor

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I am Classically trained since 5 years old and do extremely well with beginners of all ages. I have studied with graduates of Moscow Music Conservatory and Yale University. I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelors of Arts degree. While there, I participated in the Jazz Workshop courses. I have performed dinner and jazz music at several venues from Northampton, Springfield and Rockport, Massachusetts. I travel to the student's home and often have a flexible schedule.
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Victor R.

Victor R.

Wilbraham, MA 01095
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$35 / 30-min

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