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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near Boston

Manda S.

Boston, MA
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Alison L.

Cambridge, MA
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Brad R.

Boston, MA
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Manda S. Boston, MA

All my students learn basic music theory, but for those who want the extra knowledge about how music works, I go over music analysis.

About Manda

As a graduate of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and Boston University Metropolitan College, Manda has obtained a diverse education in performance and performing arts management. As a clarinetist, Manda has performed in Illinois, Alabama, Ohio, and Massachusettes as a soloist, chamber musician, and in large ensembles. Her performances have been well received for their diverse programming and superior musicianship and technique. Manda began teaching clarinet and piano in 2008 while she was still in high school. She began with beginning and intermediate musicians and quickly received the opportunity to coach advanced players at one of Illinois' top high school band programs. While studying in Ohio, she began teaching clarinet and piano at the Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School. ...

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Angela W. October 7, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My seven-year-old's first exposure to instrumental music lessons has been with Manda. My daughter is sometimes easily discouraged when things don't come easily, but Manda is keeping her motivated by being enthusiastic about the music and my daughter's (sometimes slow!) progress. Her relaxed, supportive manner may make a child forget that she is really learning a lot!
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Angela W. October 7, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter started taking clarinet lessons with Manda last year when she was 9. She is now also taking beginning piano also because Manda's been such a patient and nurturing teacher. She's very calm, proceeds at the student's own pace, and often goes above and beyond what I'd expect her to do. She builds rapport with students and takes an interest in them beyond their music, which I think builds a student's enthusiasm for the lesson.
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M Y. June 5, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
Manda has been a great clarinet teacher for my son. While other teachers have struggled to maintain his focus, this has never been an issue with Manda: she is patient but firm and keeps him on track and motivated in a way that works well all around. My son looks forward to his lessons every week and has taken great pride in learning to play.
Alison L. Cambridge, MA

About Alison BinShing

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bin Shin (Alison) began playing cello at the age of 8. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2002 and a Master of Music from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2013. Ms. Alison has held several orchestral positions, including with the Malaysia National Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Television Malaysia Orchestra, The Youth Orchestra of Shanghai, Boston Chamber Symphony, the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, Boston Callioppe Orchestra, and The Greater Boston Asian- American Symphony Orchestra. She has extensive international performing experience, including an engagement with the National Symphony of Malaysia at the Asian Orchestra Festival held in Japan in 2004 as part of a tour of ...

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Mary P. December 22, 2014
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Alison is a very straightforward, clear instructor. She starts with the fundamentals (I'm a beginner) and ensures that you master basic skills first before moving on to more challenging stuff. I enjoy working with her - she tells me when I'm doing something wrong in a pleasant way, shows me the right way, and praises me when I get it right. She is a great teacher!
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David G. June 4, 2014
Verified Student
Alison is a fantastic teacher. I just started playing cello, but I understand music theory and can rad some music too. She is patient, accurate, articulate, well-prepared, and professional. I've taken music lessons for saxophone, guitar, and cello, from at least ten teachers, and Alison is the best teacher I've had. I highly recommend her!
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Lynette K. May 5, 2014
Cello
Verified Student
A teacher who is more than great~

I like Alison very much when we just met each other. And, to be frank, it was not because of her fabulous performance, and the intelligible teaching skills since I actually had no idea with those yet at that time. Indeed, it is all about the elegant, charming temperament of her. I felt like be taught by a cellist, and that gave me more confidence with the teaching quality. Then, as expected, Alison did a extremly great job on leading me into the world of cello. She not only taught very accurate on the technique of playing, but also taught me to play with an inner peace. Especially, she always likes to give a commendation rather than to criticize. That, for a very beginner, is a very important and precious teaching methodology, at least for just me, since it helped to built the self-confident and personal interest on study. In a word, thanks to Alison, I learned cello fast and joyfully. I do really appreciate the wonderful learning experience she brought to me. Hope that'd be helpful.
Brad R. Boston, MA

Brad has 6 years experience teaching music theory in a classroom and private setting. Brad has helped many students test out of college theory courses, or get A's in other college courses. He has students who have moved on to study at school such at Berklee College of Music and Hartt school of Music Dance and Theatre. Brad teaches classical theory and figured bass, as well as jazz theory. He has a great way of explaining complex ideas in a simple way. "Learn the rules and then forget them."

About Brad

Brad's understanding of music runs deeper then just knowledge of the fingerboard and instrument. His mix of philosophy, music, and humor makes him a unique and well rounded teacher for students of all ages. His former students now study music at Berkelee College of Music, Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater, and Elon University. Brad has developed his own method book for overcome physical and mental obstacles on the path to mastery. *** Lesson Details *** Brad tries to adjust his teaching to fit the goals of the student. He is great with kids, but also knows when to be serious. He works from over a hundred music books for all levels of playing and styles. From disciplined classical playing, to free improvisation, Brad has done it all. Things student learn include: - ...

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Graham B. September 21, 2014
Music Theory · In home
I never thought I would confidently understand music theory, even after years of practice, self-teaching, college electives, etc... I just never felt like I "got" it. Brad changed all that. Studying music theory with Brad's guidance and encouragement, I quickly began to feel as though I could "speak" music fluently.

Brad is a phenomenal teacher, and can adapt to almost any situation. If I wasn't understanding something, he never got frustrated, he would find a way to explain it differently until something finally stuck. That's very important I think. I've had too many teachers give up and say, "If you don't get this, you never will." Brad doesn't think like that. To him, "just not getting it" isn't an option. If you want to learn something, he'll find a way to teach it to you.
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Sarah B. September 18, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
I studied music theory with Brad my senior year of high school, and it was the best decision I could have made! Brad fully prepared me for college-level theory at a conservatory, and I have excelled as a performer because of the great theory background Brad provided me with. He knows music theory inside and out, and he is able to adapt his teaching skills for any student. Thanks for all your help, Brad!

-Sarah Barrett, Hartt School of Music
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Kelly H. September 18, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I took lessons with Brad for about 4 and a half years, and learned so much- from how to tune my guitar, to really complicated pieces. Not only is he a brilliant guitarist, but he is also such a patient and encouraging teacher and genuinely cares about the success of his students! I would strongly recommend Brad to anyone looking for a guitar teacher!

Joannah B.

Boston, MA
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Christopher S.

Jamaica Plain, MA
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Breanna E.

Boston, MA
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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 undergraduate 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 ...

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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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Richard M. January 5, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Joannah has been a wonderful teacher for my seven year old daughter. She is enthusiastic, patient, and full of ideas to make the lessons fun and informative. My daughter's playing has come along nicely. She worked with me through a bumpy patch (as can be the case with new young students) to keep my daughter involved and enthusiastic and now she really looks forward to her lesson each week. I'm very pleased and would recommend Joannah to anyone!
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John R. January 5, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
I am happy to recommend Joannah as a voice teacher. At the urging some years ago of my two daughters (then in their teens), I started singing in my church choir. I had not sung in a choir since my teenage years. At some point one of my daughters noted that I was straining to reach certain notes and wondered if I was using the proper voice techniques. I knew nothing about such things, but, serendipitously, I had come to know Joannah, who had just begun offering private voice lessons, so I signed up. In just six or eight lessons one summer, she taught me how to stand, how to breathe, and myriad other singing techniques I had never known about. She was a joy to work with, and those few weeks greatly enhanced my pleasure in singing. I heartily recommend her.
Christopher S. Jamaica Plain, MA

Multiple theory classes ranging from the baroque period until the 21st century with Atonal music.

About Christopher

Welcome! My name is Christopher S. and I am a classical guitarist, song writer, and experienced music teacher. I began learning music when I was nine on the piano however by the time I turned twelve I discovered my passion for the guitar. I began by learning songs and playing in band with some of my school friends. This was the start of my journey into music. I started with blues, rock, and pop music but I quickly moved into more complex genres such as funk and Jazz music. In college I began my studies of the historically endless and huge world of classical music. This is also when I began teaching and taking students of guitar. I studied classical music at Hofstra University and completed my degree at Humboldt State University in Northern California. After earning my degree I began ...

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Oscar S. January 10, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great guitar teacher! He is teaching my 11 year old son and you can see his improvement week to week. Very patient and flexible when needed, I would recommend him to all.
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Mary D. November 19, 2014
Italian · Online
Verified Student
Christopher has been able to cater the lessons to my specific level of fluency in Italian. He has been organized and has given suggestions that have been helpful.
Bravo
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danny P. October 29, 2014
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Christopher was very knowledgeable of his profession and patient with my 5 years old daughter. He has done extremely great job on online lessons.
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 collaborated 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 ...

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Ariel K. February 25, 2015
French Horn · In studio
Verified Student
Working with Breanna has been wonderful. She is flexible in terms of planning lessons and adjusting times when necessary. Lessons are always energetic and encouraging even when I am struggling. She is creative with different exercises and definitely knows her stuff when it comes to reference material and choosing a piece to work on. Also, getting to hear her play in several concerts has been really cool. I came to her as a terribly rusty but fairly experienced player looking to pick my instrument back up and she has been a great help. I've learned a lot and I'd happily recommend her.
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Anne M. February 20, 2015
Accordion · Online
Verified Student
Breanna is an excellent teacher - doesn't impose things but brings out what you are interested in and helps you develop at the pace that suits you - no pressure, but encouragement and lots of good ideas for ways of improving. I'm finding that little electric bulbs are suddenly being switched on and I know my playing is definitely improving as a result!
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Terry W. February 2, 2015
Accordion · Online
Verified Student
It's been over 55 years since I've had accordion lessons. Breanna has been very patient and understanding. She's a great teacher. Wish we lived closer so that the lessons were in person.

Donna Warren

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