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Harry H.

Boston, MA

I develop music theory through a tonal perspective and/or a pop perspective. This could be analyzing Bach chorales and piano etudes to analyzing The Beatles. For beginners we will go over how to read and play: rhythms, meter, treble and bass clef, major and minor scales, and more! For more experienced students we will discuss structure of tonal music and how it is used in pop music, ranging from Baroque to today.

Students will use a piano/keyboard and sing to help aurally learn what is happening theoretically. Students do not need any background in piano.

About Harry

I am currently a student at Berklee College of Music, dual majoring in Drum Set Performance and Film Scoring. I have been playing the drums for 12 years, performing with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, Alternative Percussion Ensemble, and The Procrastinators - Bar Stool Trio. I have been teaching for 7 years, working with High Schools throughout the Southern California Area and with marching ensembles such as Gold Drum and Bugle Corps and Dark Sky Percussion.

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I am laid back, patient, and try to create a comfortable teaching environment. In lessons, I focus on developi
ng the students technical proficiency in their hands and feet. Then apply these techniques to styles of music that are of interest to the student. Ultimately, the goal is to develop complete control of the students hands and feet and to give them the confidence and creativity to play any style of music.

Books I like to use;
Stick Control, Accents and Rebounds, The Language of Drumming, Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stands, Snare Stands, Practice Pads, Metronome, 5 piece Drum Set.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rudimental percussion. Styles and genres I teach are pop, rock and progressive rock.
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Lou L. April 7, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Lessons have been going well. Very thorough and takes time to tweak lessons based on my skill level.
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Lou L. March 11, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
He is a direct, clear and interactive teacher.
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Dylan N. February 27, 2015
Drum · In studio
Harry is a great teacher, who will give you the skills to become a excellent and proficient musician. His focus on competency approach and technique in your hands and feet gives you the confidence to apply such skills through a variety of styles. After being taught by Harry for many years, I can honestly say I would not be the musician I am today without his guidance.
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Harry H.

Harry H.

Boston, MA 02111
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Joannah B.

Boston, MA

This is where we figure out the nuts and bolts of music. We figure out what those black dots on the page mean, and how are they organized. We learn how this translates (and why it even matters) to a piece of music. Lessons are designed to meet students' needs and give them a foundation of musical knowledge to be self-sufficient musicians.

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
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Breanna E.

Boston, MA

Want to brush up on your counterpoint? Searching for that jazz chord you once heard that really inspired you? New to music theory? All are welcome! Learn at your pace in a compassionate and professional atmosphere. From beginning theory to counterpoint to 20th century theory.

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

----------What I Teach----------

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.

Boston, MA 02115
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Ryan G.

Allston, MA

Do you want to become a star? Then take lessons with me!

Analyzing chordal structures and scales allows us to revisit sounds that we like. "Damn man, that chord was so hip and scary sounding." "Thanks, that was a Maj7(#11) Chord and I used the Lydian scale for the melody."

I've taken the core 4 music theory courses for jazz harmony at Berklee and some classes in high school.

About Ryan

Currently, Ryan is a Senior studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He plays most woodwind instruments & keyboard, but primarily saxophone/flute.
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Christian K. June 16, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Ryan's approach to teaching is rather unconventional. As he doesnt go by textbooks or run through a predetermined Curriculum. He seems to have a natural feeling for music backed by a solid knowledge of music theory. He is able to convey that in a spontaneous and individual way that keeps learning entertaining and isnt overbearing. It's been fun and efficient.
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Ted C. June 10, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
This guy is great. He knows what you want to learn and more on flute, clarinet, all of the saxophones. Not only does he get excellent tone on all of these instruments, he knows why. Get lessons before you wish you could.
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Lucy G. May 10, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
Ryan is a great teacher.I am an older student and he has been
very patient.He is very knowlegeable and is eager to
pass this to his students.A very humble individual
I'm really happy to have found great teacher.
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Ryan G.

Boston, MA 02115
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$45 / 60-min
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John E.

Boston, MA

If you're interested in learning about music theory, then you've come to the right teacher. My initial training comes from the best jazz pedagogues in the world, but I am dedicated to learn all the music traditions of the world. While studying at Berklee College of Music, I was quickly recruited as a tutor for my expertise in ear training, harmony, melody, rhythm, counterpoint, solfeggio, music notation etc...

First I will ask you some basic questions. Then I will immediately begin sharing information / training you. The fastest road to your success is my goal.

About John

Meet John Egizi, the trombonist, bassist and world class music educator with extensive training from Los Angeles County High School for The Arts, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Berklee College of Music and Onyx Productions. John is an expert on several topics, extremely well networked and generous with his knowledge.

Students from New York City and Boston can work with John in person.
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Josh L. August 25, 2015
Bugle · Online
Verified Student
John is careful about getting the basic skills mastered and his step by step instructions help greatly for beginners.
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Rachel M. July 21, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · In home
Verified Student
John is really generous with his vast knowledge in music and is very kind.
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Gillian B. July 5, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Verified Student
John was an excellent teacher. Right from the beginning he was prompt, accommodating, and professional. The lesson was great. His easy going, friendly manner makes you very comfortable. John was very knowledgable and talented.
I had a few questions that couldn't be answered in the lesson. John went the extra step over and above to have researched those questions and got in touch AFTER the lesson to answer them and provide additional videos to check out. Great experience!
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John E.

John E.

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

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