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Alaina C.

Oxford, MA

About Alaina

ABOUT ME

I began taking both voice and piano lessons at the age of 10, after years of sitting outside my older sisters' lessons and wishing to study music, myself. I fell in love with music at my v
ery first lesson, and knew that it was what I would do with my life. I went on to attend New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where I received my Bachelor of Music in vocal performance, and then onto Longy School of Music of Bard College, where I obtained my Masters in vocal performance and continued my piano studies as a secondary instrument. I am the co-owner of Calton Music Studio in Oxford and have experience teaching piano students ranging from 4-year-old beginners to experienced adults and voice students ranging from novices to professionals and conservatory-bound high school students.

LESSON DETAILS

First and foremost, I always strive to make lessons engaging, enjoyable, and gently challenging. Mastering something that you find difficult is one of the most rewarding aspects of music lessons, and I believe that all students are capable of surpassing their own expectations and surprising themselves with their abilities. I try to create a welcoming and creative learning environment where students will feel comfortable exploring new techniques and ways of thinking about music.

Musical literacy and a healthy technique are vitally important for both pianists and singers in any genre, and I hope to impart this to my students while helping them to discover the joy of music and performance. I tailor lessons to help each individual student reach his/her goals, and welcome all ages and levels into my studio.

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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Kate S.

Springfield, MA

About Kate

I am a singer and a passionate teacher. I have a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from UMass Amherst. I have performed in Washington DC,
New York, Hawaii and New England in classical, opera, musical theater, folk, and cabaret shows. I have taught kids through adults in all styles of music.

In addition to teaching good vocal technique, I also train my students in performing and interpreting their songs. I give lessons based on two principals: 1st, Singing is about communication. You cannot divorce the meaning from the song. 2nd, each person is capable of creating a unique interpretation and performance of every song they sing. My desire is to help students learn to express themselves through music.
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Sondra H. May 20, 2014
Classical Voice · In studio
Kate was my voice and piano student and a member of the World Children's Choir for 12 years. I have followed her development and her career since she graduated. She is a wonderful mother, world class performer, a very patient and supportive person, and has great teaching skills. Every word that she wrote in her Overview is true. Anyone of any age who has Kate as her/his teacher will be very fortunate.
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Kate S.

Springfield, MA 01108
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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 be
come 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 “Especially 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 incl
ude 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 in 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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