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Joshua F.

Allston, MA

About Joshua

I eat/breathe/sleep music. From writing and conducting my first A Capella piece in high school to playing in bands that have toured around the world (The Fates, Ben Levin Group), I am a music machine! I value nothing more than finding that passion in others and working together to turn musical fantasies into realities.

From grade school to high school I took rigorous classical piano lessons. In 2006-07 I attended two summer programs at Berklee College of Music where I studied jazz/rock performance, and continued to study jazz piano at Washington University.

At Boston University, I stu
died classical music composition/theory, and was accepted to for a dual degree in Music Composition, Psychology, but decided to pursue music as a minor in order to allow more time for gigging. Since relocating to Boston, I have performed 250+ shows in various ensembles around the greater Boston area.

*** Lesson Details ***
As your private instructor, I am here to give you the most rewarding, interesting, and enjoyable lessons in the UNIVERSE. My lessons are are catered to your specific goals and where you are at, beginner to advance, 5-1000 years old. I am here to get you to where you want to go, whether that's taking up a new hobby or becoming a beastly virtuoso. Together, we will do it!

In our lessons we will work on:

- Your favorite songs, any style
- Writing your own music
- How to learn music by ear
- How to read music notation and chord sheets.
- How to record/produce yourself
- really, seriously, ANYTHING YOU WANT!

I know what it's like to have a teacher that is uninspiring, or to be told that a certain kind of music is the "right kind to learn," when all you want to do is jam out to your favorite songs on the radio. I've been there. That's not what I'm about. I'll teach you how to play whatever it is you want to learn, whether that's the complete works of Bach or the latest One Direction song. Let's do it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Digital Piano, Synthesizer, Digital Audio Workstation, Recording Equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano students must provide piano/keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
My experience is primarily with pop/rock/jazz/classical music, but we can do any genre/style you'd like!
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Samantha W. June 17, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Josh was great! He was knowledgeable and very easy to get along with.
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Gina V. February 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I started taking piano lessons with Josh a year ago and I am happy to say it is a great experience! Josh is an amazing teacher. He is only focused on what his student want and build his lessons around that to further their growth. Josh is flexible with scheduling lessons and is accommodating when lessons need to be changed or cancelled. He is overall a fun, interactive, and patient teach. I highly recommend him!
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Sue Anne W. February 9, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I had weekly lessons on introductory singing (warmup exercises, singing pop songs and choir songs, and reading music sheet) for 4 months.

Enjoyable, flexibility in learning what I wanted to learn, and building on what I practice at home = best instructor ever.
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Joshua F.

Joshua F.

Allston, MA 02134
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Derrick C.

Dedham, MA

About Derrick

I've been playing the guitar for twenty-six years now, and I've been working as a guitar teacher for the last twenty years. I've been making a living as a guitar teacher in the Boston area for fourteen years now, and I teach in two locations - Brighton and Dedham. Prior to that I also taught at Guitar Attention Center in Springfield, Ohio while I was in college, where I graduated with honors at Wright State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications.
I've also played in a variety of original and cover bands, and have written a number of songs of my own. I'm working on record
ing these as instrumentals in my home studio.
I also play in a rock cover band called Element 78. We play out every weekend, and even on some Sundays. The singer and I have also started doing some acoustic shows on Sundays and Thursdays as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach in two locations - I have a private studio in Brighton and I also teach out of my home in Dedham.

I'm happy to teach students songs they want to learn, but if you're looking for a teacher with a specific plan to teach you how to play the guitar, I do have that. There are specific exercises I'll teach you and songs by popular artists that I teach students to develop their skills. I have a method for teaching guitar that I've been using since 1997, and it definitely works as I've taught a lot of people to play over the years. All you have to do is practice what I give you for 30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week, and be patient with yourself.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished basement, 2 guitar amps, recording equipment, stereo system

*** Travel Equipment ***
acoustic guitar, laptop

*** Specialties ***
Classic and Alternative Rock, Modern Country, Acoustic and Electric Blues, Fingerstyle Blues, Coordinating singing and playing guitar.
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Sue L. June 8, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Derrick is great . . . not only does he know how to play, he knows how to teach!
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Bill V. May 19, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Terrific teacher!
Derrick does a great job of mixing fun and fundamentals. I'm a beginner, and I'm stoked to keep playing after my lessons.
I highly recommend Derrick!
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santoshn July 26, 2012
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He is so good at Guitar... nice to learn and much to learn from him.
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Derrick C.

Derrick C.

Brighton, MA 02135
(4)
starting at
$33 / 30-min
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Mary-Alexandra O.

Brighton, MA

About Mary-Alexandra

I've been studying voice since I was about 14 years. I grew up doing Musical Theatre, Jazz, Choir-both church and school. I started to fall in love with opera when I was about 16 years and have not looked back. I grew up in the mid-west in the grand land of Fargo, North Dakota and then started my education in Voice Performance and Theatre in Minnesota. I received my masters degree in voice performance and a post masters degree in Opera Studies from The New England Conservatory of Music. During my time in school I have had the chance to perform both in the United States and throughout Europe i
n many different performance settings including choral, recitals, and operas. I have also been teaching a wide age range of students through out my masters and post masters degree. I have a long resume of performance experiences that I believe will be beneficial to my students. I have a love of both performing and teaching and am still actively on stage and auditioning.

*** Lesson Details ***
The key component to music of any kind is to have fun. If you are not having fun then it is not worth doing. The only way to run is to crawl, walk and then run so remember that with hard work and practice you will get where you need to go. I like to start my students off figuring out where they are in their musical studies and proficiency. For some students it is about having fun and for others its about getting ready for an audition or competition but in both situations we will focus on the major components of healthy singing which include:

Posture
Breath Control
And relaxed vocal production

We will always start the lesson out focusing on any questions you might have from your weeks practice time. If you might be confused on something that we did the week before- I think it is important to tape your lessons with some type of recording device but if that is too expensive I will write everything down for you. We then work on some of the old vocal warm ups/ vocalizes. These are not just about warming up but also working on technique at the same time. If there is a difficult part in your music I will try to find an exercise that will make it easier to do that section of music. And then we will spend some time on different music.

I have a large variety of curriculum ranging from art song books, to aria and Broadway books. If I don't have something in my library I will try to find it so don't feel hesitate to ask if there is something that you might like to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio with Keyboard, there is room for parents to sit if they would like to listen to their children's lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I'm classical trained soprano with a background in Opera, Art Song, Oratorio, Musical Theatre and Jazz. I am open to teaching many different genres of music but have all my students learn the foundations which include some classical music. I will also do some basic theory or music knowledge depending the skill level of the student.
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Nicole W. August 16, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
What a wonderful teacher!

Mary always made me feel comfortable singing. Since I was a beginner, she gave me a lot of exercises to do outside our lessons to continue to strengthen my voice. In the few lessons we had, she gave me a lot to think about and I definitely learned a lot. I'm already a lot more confident with my voice and, using what she taught me, I know my voice will keep growing!
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Mary-Alexandra O.

Mary-Alexandra O.

Brighton, MA 02135
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Matt H.

Brighton, MA

About Matt

Matt Hull is a Boston-based trumpet player and composer born and raised in the city's South End. Matt has performed at many of Boston's foremost venues and halls such as the Middle East, Brighton Music Hall, The Paradise Rock Club and the historic African Meeting House. Coming from a jazz background he cut his teeth as a sideman in a weekly residency from 2010-2012 at Boston's oldest standing jazz club, Wally's. In addition to performing locally, Matt plays with different groups frequently out of state. He has played at many clubs (The Knitting Factory, Nectar's), D.I.Y. venues (houses, baseme
nts, art spaces), and festivals (Outside the Box, Bella Terra) around the Northeast.

At Berklee, Matt studied composition privately under the direction of local composer and faculty member Ayn Inserto, and trumpet with luminaries Tiger Okoshi and Greg Hopkins. In Spring '14 Matt was awarded the Thad Jones Award by the Jazz Composition department for outstanding work and achievement, and had one of his big band pieces premiered by the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Greg Hopkins. Matt composes/arranges music which draw influence from jazz, rock/pop, and avant-garde music. He has the skill and experience to write for a wide range of ensembles from small to large and in a variety of genres. He is also heavily inspired by the experimentation of electronics in improvisation and incorporates the use of effects pedals in both solo and ensemble settings.

A recipient of a prestigious full tuition City Music Scholarship, Matt attended Berklee College of Music 2010-14 and graduated with a dual degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music. Matt frequently does session work and work for hire as a freelance trumpet player, composer, and private trumpet/general music teacher in the greater Boston area. You can find him playing regularly with bands The New Review, and People Like You (MA).

At Berklee, Matt studied composition privately under the direction of local composer and faculty member Ayn Inserto, and trumpet with luminaries Tiger Okoshi and Greg Hopkins. In Spring '14 Matt was awarded the Thad Jones Award by the Jazz Composition department for outstanding work and achievement, and had one of his big band pieces premiered by the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Greg Hopkins. Matt composes/arranges music which draw influence from jazz, rock/pop, and avant-garde music. He has the skill and experience to write for a wide range of ensembles from small to large and in a variety of genres. He is also heavily inspired by the experimentation of electronics in improvisation and incorporates the use of effects pedals in both solo and ensemble settings.

A recipient of a prestigious full tuition City Music Scholarship, Matt attended Berklee College of Music 2010-14 and graduated with a dual degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music. Matt frequently does session work and work for hire as a freelance trumpet player, composer, and private trumpet/general music teacher in the greater Boston area. You can find him playing regularly with bands The New Review, and People Like You (MA).

~What to expect~

I provide a focus on the fundamentals of trumpet playing as well as cater to the student's interests/ambitions and stretch outside the classic trumpet repertoire for a more contemporary approach. (Students will study from classic technique books like the Arban's and Clarke studies, learn tunes by ear, practice improvisation techniques, and most importantly learn how to have fun playing the trumpet!)
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Geoffrey S. June 19, 2015
In studio
Matt's a patient teacher, a great player, and a pleasure to work with!
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Kensey S. June 15, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
So far I've had a great experienc with Mr. Hull as his lessons help me improve my skills at the trumpet. In addition he gives clear cut directions on what to practice, as well as tools to help me perform better.
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Matt H.

Matt H.

Brighton, MA 02135
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Justin S.

Brighton, MA

About Justin

My name is Justin, and I've been heavily involved in music for over ten years. I started playing guitar in 2003 I picked up bass and other instruments over the next few years & I became an integral part of my high school band; often playing every instrument I knew how to play in one concert. I also began to teach guitar & bass during my high school years. After finishing high school, I attended Berklee College of Music; achieving my Bachelors Degree in Guitar Performance after graduating this year. I'm a hard-working individual and I'm very dedicated to my craft, whether I'm teaching or perfor
ming.
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Justin S.

Justin S.

Brighton, MA 02135
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$30 / 30-min

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