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Music Lessons in Boston, MA

People from Boston love their music and apparently music loves Boston as well. In fact, there are quite a few bands and songs named after the city. You have the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Boston, Dropkick Murphys and even Aerosmith. Yes, the state of Massachusetts has the Cape and the Red Sox, but it’s also worth noting that the city of Boston is well known for producing quite a few musical talents. Seeing that you’re visiting us here at TakeLessons, we believe that you may want to add yourself to the ever-growing list of famous Boston musicians.

Of course even if you don’t want to become a famous musician and you are simply looking to play an instrument as a hobby or to further your existing music skills, our Boston music lessons with our certified TakeLessons music teachers are just for you. Each one of our music classes is designed to teach you proper technique and how to play various instruments including the guitar, piano, organ, drums, violin, bass and many more. We also have performing arts courses on singing, acting and dancing. For those who plan on having a career in music, our Boston music lessons also feature courses on songwriting, music recording as well as music performance. And with our talented and friendly teachers guiding you and tracking progress, we guarantee that we’ll bring out the very best in you.

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Michael P.

Boston, MA

About Michael

Hi there! I'm Michael and I recently graduated from New England Conservatory (NEC) with my BFA in Jazz Performance on trombone while also completing NEC's Music-In-Education (MIE) Concentration.

I'm currently an active trombonist in the Boston music scene having played with a wide variety of groups at many of Boston's top venues. I also enjoy curating and producing music events and festivals! But most importantly, I love to teach (that's why you're here, right?)!

Working with people and watching them grow brings me a lot of joy. A recent highlight was hosting my first recital for my stu
dents at my private studio-- it was a really special evening and am excited for more!

Feel free to e-mail at mprentky@gmail.com or call me at 617-827-7378. I'd love to chat!

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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. I'm flexible and very sensitive to your needs.
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Davide Z. June 14, 2015
Trombone · In home
Verified Student
Michael is an excellent teacher. For the first time in years, my 11 years old son is looking forward the his trombone lessons! Not only he's making lots of progress, he also loves the fact that Michael is always open to play the music that he likes and that they improvise a lot, which makes it so much more fun playing.
Michael is also very easy to get in touch with and very accommodating if a change in schedule is needed.
Super easy going, highly recommended.
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Robin H. May 9, 2015
Tuba · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is learning so much from Michael. She started out having no idea how to play any brass instrument. She's now been taking lessons with Michael for 4 months and is making great progress. He's a fantastic teacher and also very reliable and communicative around scheduling issues. Highly recommended.
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Ellen S. May 8, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
My 14-year-old loves his lessons with Michael. Michael makes learning the trumpet fun because because they play the music my son is interested in learning. We no longer fight when it's time to practice.
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Michael P.

Michael P.

Boston, MA 02115
(7)
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Chris M.

Roxbury Crossing, MA

About Chris

Chris M. is a multifaceted pianist and composer who is making waves in the Boston scene both as a bandleader and sideman. An active teacher, Chris has over 5 years of experience working with all ages and skill levels in settings ranging from private lessons to rock band camps. Praised for a sound that is €mature beyond his years, Mr. M. regularly performs with some of Boston'™s finest, including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone and Phil Grenadier. He currently leads the Wolfhound Trio, a jazz piano trio that pushes the boundaries of the genre through his compositions that incorporate influences
ranging from Rage Against the Machine to Alexander Scriabin. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at New England Conservatory on a presidential scholarship.
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Liz M. October 14, 2014
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
As a teacher, Chris is punctual and courteous, brings good materials, and adjusts lessons to fit the skill level and desires of the student.

As a person, he's great! Friendly, funny, and really helpful. A great teacher and person all around.
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David P. July 8, 2014
Jazz Piano · In home
Verified Student
Took a few lessons for jazz piano with Chris and he's a great teacher. He taught at a great pace for me and always gave me more material if I wanted it. If you want to take your skills to the next level, get Chris to teach you!
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Jacob S. June 26, 2014
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I highly recommend Chris. Patient and professional.
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Chris M.

Chris M.

Boston, MA 02115
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Joannah B.

Boston, MA

About Joannah

Music has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. In the evenings after listening to my mother teach piano lessons to a studio full of students, I would climb into her lap and beg her to teach me to play the piano. I eagerly soaked up everything that she taught me, enthralled by this incredible language of music.

I continued studying piano with my mom all the way through high school, adding much-anticipated voice lessons in high school as well. We came from such a small town that we had to travel two hours round trip for my weekly voice lessons.

As an under
graduate student at Willamette University in Oregon, I launched into further piano and voice studies earning a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. I began teaching seriously in the spring of 2009 as a member of NATS, and continued as an adjunct faculty voice instructor at Willamette University for two years. I also played piano for the Opera Workshop class as we prepared for two full length operatic productions: Our Town by Ned Rorem, and Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck.

I have since completed a Master of Music in Voice Performance at The Boston Conservatory where I specialized in Vocal Pedagogy and Classical Vocal Performance, and continue teaching private voice and piano lessons in Cambridge to students of all ages.

I seek to create a nurturing, encouraging and appropriately challenging environment for my students. I want to help each student deepen their curiosity and love for music while simultaneously empowering and equipping them with skills to achieve their musical goals.
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Genevieve B. June 26, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
Verified Student
I've only just started taking lessons with Johannah yet she's been able to help me explore my voice and part with some bad habits. She is all about using the whole body to produce a free and healthy sound. She is energetic, non-judgmental and encouraging. I look forward to continuing to learn from her.
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Hannah S. April 6, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
I stumbled into lessons with Joannah after spotting a flyer in Porter Square, shortly after I had moved to the area, and it was the best act of random chance ever! I haven't had singing lessons in well over a decade but I still thought I knew what to expect. Not so. Joannah's lessons are very different to anything I've experienced before and yet my voice sounds the best it ever has. She has an arsenal of strange and wonderful exercises that I enjoy doing as much as the actual songs, with each one designed to work on and improve a specific part of the vocal machine. It's a whole-body experience, and I have to say, I've never enjoyed arpeggios more than when sung from on top a bouncy purple yoga ball!

I take my lessons for fun and pleasure, both of which Joannah provides in spades, but also for the satisfaction of seeing a continuous improvement in something I enjoy. The beautiful (and hitherto unsuspected) tone, colour, and range of expression that Joannah has been able to pull out of me over the last few months really does impress me. Along with her warm, bright personality, Joannah is a true technician who really knows and understands her craft. I feel very lucky to have found her.
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Karen D. January 16, 2015
In studio
I was a beginner when I started working with Joannah. She met me at my level and crafted lessons that were just challenging enough to gently push me outside of my comfort zone; I progressed quickly as a result. She encouraged me to “be brave” when singing. Her encouragement coupled with her infinite patience created a safe space for me to learn.

Joannah is a gifted instructor. Time with her is well spent.
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Joannah B.

Boston, MA 02116
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Breanna E.

Boston, MA

About Breanna

----------Musical and Teaching Philosophy----------

I can safely say through all my experiences (as an orchestral musician, entertaining busker, teacher, accompanist, freelancing musician, concert organizer, fundraiser) that my theory of teaching and learning music is that it's all about connections. To learn music is to learn a completely new way of looking at the world. It is an inward journey of strength and discovery as much as it is an outwards one, learning to successfully and compassionately communicate with fellow musicians and anyone else who might cross your path. I have collabora
ted with individuals in both the instrumental and vocal realms - trumpet, trombone, tuba, (French) horn, clarinet, flute, violin, viola, bass, sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, baritones, and have taught piano, horn, and beginning/intermediate wind instruments in both private and group settings. I love music, and even more, I love teaching music!

In my love of music and of teaching, I follow the Artist-Teacher-Scholar model. The Artist-Teacher-Scholar (ATS) infuses the role of the artist with the curiosity of an educator, realizing that true learning is a volitional act of one’s ability to make a personally relevant connection with the art. The ATS understands that all individuals possess inborn artistry and thereby innovates and extends the cross-curriculum methodology to engage students into the act of volitional learning.

www.breannaellison.com

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I've been teaching music for over ten years. Currently, I teach all levels of piano and horn, and beginning to intermediate piano accordion lessons. Piano lessons can range from classical to jazz to pop to alternative to folk to simply learning a song or piece that you enjoy. Horn lessons can consist of excerpt drilling, exploring your more melodic side, developing your technical prowess, improving fundamentals, whatever you would like with whatever pieces you would like (as an added bonus, I can also accompany you in your lessons, so hiring an accompanist is not necessary!) Accordion lessons can make you feel like you're traveling the world, from learning French zydeco to rhythmic Balkan insanity to sing-songy Irish folk to toe-tapping German polka. It is not agenda-driven learning; music lessons can be as career-oriented and focused or as awe-inspiring and challenging as you like. Students of all ages and levels of experience are welcome as are all genres of music.

Music lessons are almost never pigeonholed into different categories that must be adhered to; rather, music lessons encompass all the components that make music music. Music theory and music history, in addition to fundamentals, technique, mental preparation, performance anxiety, orchestral sectional psychology - there is no taboo. Communication is key. Therefore, learning must take place in a compassionate and professional atmosphere, where effort is not only required, but effortless as a result of full engagement of the student. I want you to be enthralled with your learning.

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Breanna is a dynamic and highly sought-after horn player in the Boston metro area. Of her debut performance as principal horn with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, wonderful solos came “especially from Breanna E., who intoned the essential horn part with nobility.” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) Of an exposed, pre-concert lecture-demonstration with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, “that of the very low notes of the fourth horn part in the Overture to Der Freischutz, [were] excellently sounded by Breanna E..” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) Breanna has played with numerous groups, including Boston Ballet, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and currently plays in the East Coast Scoring Orchestra and the Phoenix Orchestra. Recently, she served as principal horn with MetroWest Opera for their production of Hänsel und Gretel and acted as section coach in the Boston Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

Equally at home in symphonic, opera, and chamber music worlds alike, Breanna has performed in music festivals across Europe and the United States. In 2011, she served as principal horn at the Eutiner Opernfestspiele in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. She attended the Colorado College Music Festival in summer 2012, and later that summer attended the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic. While in Prague, Breanna performed with an international chamber group that took second place in Ameropa's International Concertante Competition. The quartet performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante K295b in the Czech Philharmonic's Rudolfinum, Dvořak Hall with Camerata Filarmonica Bohemia.

Having performance degrees in both horn and piano from the University of Kansas, Breanna attended the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy as a pianist in 2010. There, she met kindred spirits amongst the composers attending and later that year, invited them to Kansas to hear their commissions performed by her brass quintet, the Lawrence 5. The concert served as both premieres of their works and as a benefit concert to aid in the building of schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan through the Central Asia Institute. While at the University of Kansas, Breanna was a recipient of the Zakoura Collaborative Pianist Scholarship. Much of her pianistic time was spent collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists from all realms, often in premieres of new works by colleagues in composition. Regarding hornistic studies while studying at KU, Breanna was assistant then fourth horn of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, the first job she won at age 20.

Breanna is currently pursuing her master's degree at New England Conservatory, studying with James Sommerville. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas in horn performance, studying with Paul Stevens, and piano performance, studying with Jack Winerock. Breanna continues to be a collaborative pianist both at the NEC Preparatory School and in the Boston area, playing for Suzuki classes and private lessons. When not pursuing musical endeavors, she enjoys creating raw desserts, planning her worldwide backpacking trip, and learning mad, Balkan rips to busk with on accordion.

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"The other motif representing Till is the famous laughing French horn call heard a number of times through the work: Breanna Ellison was flawless in execution and vivid in characterization."
- Boston Musical Intelligencer

"...that of the very low notes of the fourth horn part in the Overture to Der Freschütz [were] excellently sounded by Breanna Ellison."
- Boston Musical Intelligencer

"And again, there were wonderful solos, especially from Breanna Ellison, who intoned the essential horn part with nobility."
- Boston Musical Intelligencer
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Carl S. June 28, 2015
French Horn · In studio
Breanna is one of the best musicians that I know. I've had the fortunate opportunity to perform in ensembles with her, and she always seems to raise the bar of the entire group. Breanna is a dedicated, passionate, and knowledgable teacher. Her diverse musical background allows her to bring a lot to the table, whatever subject. I highly recommend Breanna as a teacher without hesitation!
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Arden M. June 16, 2015
In home
Verified Student
Breanna is a great teacher, and she is very patient. I'm a real challenge, but she has worked through it all with me. I highly recommend her!
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Ali Spray May 25, 2015
Accordion · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson.
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Breanna E.

Breanna E.

Boston, MA 02115
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Daniel S.

Boston, MA

About Daniel

When I started learning oboe at age 10 I was told by my band director that it was going to be too difficult and not worth the trouble. The oboe may be slightly more difficult to start out with than the other instruments, but it is also more rewarding. What it lacks in ease it makes up for in beauty and character. I want to make sure that no one misses out on the joy of this instrument out of intimidation!

Having an experienced teacher and reedmaker to help is essential, and I will gladly offer my skills to anyone interested in the instrument at any age or stage of development. With the righ
t instructor, learning the oboe is no more difficult than any other woodwind.

I have been the oboe teacher at Camp Encore/Coda for three years and a counselor for many more. During that time I have taught many students varying in ages from 10 to 17. I am passionate about teaching and strive to connect with my students to assess their personal goals and make the most effective use of their time. Most importantly, I want to make learning the oboe a fun and enriching experience.

I will gladly travel to meet students. Doing lessons over the internet is also easy, though I do prefer that students purchase reeds from me so that I know what they are working with. Don't have an instrument? No worries, I have several extra oboes that I'm willing to rent for a fair price and am open to selling, should you want to invest in your own instrument.
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Andrea E. November 26, 2014
Oboe · In studio
Daniel is a very engaging teacher that makes learning to play the oboe enjoyable. His encouragement made playing the oboe more fulfilling for me than it had ever been in the past with other instructors. He strikes a good balance between constructive criticism and cheerful reward for a job well done. Time in lessons is always well spent and I always walked out feeling like I had made great improvements in just an hour's time. I would highly recommend him!
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Ceci C. November 22, 2014
Oboe
Dan is wonderful. Let alone the fact that he's amazing at what he does, the way he teaches is so easy and good for whatever level you may be at. I learned with him for a few years at Camp Encore/Coda and then for a little while during the year, so I got to know him really well. He helped my knowledge and skill with the oboe grow immensely. When I started with him, I was not very good at playing, and he gave me the exercises right for me. He is so nice to learn from for he understands what is the best for his student, and he pushes you the right amount so you improve, but don't get stressed out or worried. I didn't think "I'm not good enough" when he gave me something hard for he gave me the tools needed to keep moving forward. Learning from Dan was a really great experience.
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Rosie S. November 17, 2014
Oboe · In studio
Prior to my time at Camp Encore/Coda, my experiences of oboe teachers and been unengaging, boring and most importantly, uninspiring. Dan was such a great contrast to previous old and stale lessons - I actually looked forward to his! He is a thoughtful teacher who aims to teach, but also understand. His work with me on the oboe was hugely beneficial, and fundamentally inspiring. His love for the music and the instrument is at the forefront of his teaching, and he perpetually convinced me of my own. Thank you, Dan!
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Daniel S.

Daniel S.

Boston, MA 02115
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starting at
$30 / 30-min

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