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Jessica P.

Somerville, MA

About Jessica

Hello! I am a soprano and I remain both an active performer of various concert repertoire and a teacher to students of all ages and levels. After receiving my masters in early music voice at the Yale School of Music and my undergraduate in voice/ music ed at the University of Michigan, I now make my living full-time as a musician. My biggest goal for teaching is to help inspire my students to find their own unique voices through the guidance of healthy vocal technique, proper breath control, awareness of the body, and sensitive musicianship.

Whether you are looking to continue on your v
ocal musical journey as a longtime vocalist, or beginning to explore your own musical voice, I am excited to meet you at your level and help you work toward your specific musical goals. My own performance background includes music genres from the medieval, renaissance, baroque, contemporary, folk, jazz, rock and musical theatre. As evidenced by my own versatile musical background, I appreciate and welcome a breadth of musical styles. No matter what genre, I believe in helping students sing authentically and healthily, and most importantly, have fun!

**As I am also a regularly performing musician, please note that weekly availability for lessons will fluctuate due to changing rehearsal and performance schedules. For this reason, I strongly recommend students sign up for Unscheduled Lessons, which we can then schedule on a week-to-week basis.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice lessons may vary, depending on the needs and interests of the students, however a general outline remains consistent. Students can expect to be working on both a combination of isolated technical exercises as well as relevant repertoire in each lesson. An exercise usually precedes the repertoire to help focus on a specific technical issue (like breath, or legato, for example). It is recommended for more moderate to advanced students to consider 60 minute sessions as it is helpful to have more time to work on specific exercises and then implement them into repertoire. Beginning students may start with 30 minutes, and as time goes on, may wish to progress to longer sessions as desired.

After several sessions (at least 10), students should have a basic understanding and awareness of the following characteristics with their voices:

*healthy breath control (understanding the differences between under and over supporting)
*healthy vowel shape: a, e, i, o, u
*awareness of their vocal registers and the differences between head, mixed, and chest voice
*an ability to descend from head voice into a healthy mixed register without flipping into chest voice
*3-5 new musical selections (give or take as needed)
*8-10 new technical exercises to use on student's own time
*an outline for personal practice
*developed musical instincts with rhythm, melody, harmony, intonation, and singing with accompaniment
*healthy posture
*performance etiquette

There are other goals to seek out during lessons, yet ideally, these core values are largely focused on and understood by the student within the first set of sessions. While none of these concepts may be mastered immediately, it is important that the student gain an awareness of these traits and always strive to work towards them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in home studio with keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a portable piano and music books. I ask students to have a 3 hole binder with room for music, and sometimes students may be expected to purchase scores for long term study.

*** Specialties ***
Early Music: medieval, renaissance, baroque (producing a focused, clear sound, improvisation with ornaments)
New Music: current compositions (straight tone, theatrical interpretation)
Jazz: Performed in combos, familiar with harmonic improvisation, reading chords, and jazz standards
Opera: Soubrette repertoire
French Art Song
Folk songs
Vocal Chamber Music

Piano: Beginner-moderate level, technique, music reading, songs by rote, harmonization, musical terminology.
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Audrey July 6, 2015
Singing · In studio
I had my first voice lessons with Jess, and she has helped me improve immensely in just a few short months! Not only is Jess incredibly encouraging, she also was very patient and was able to explain how to control my voice to produce a whole different sound than before - she also helped me become more aware of my body and how to place my sound. Many, many thanks!!
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Deniz O. April 6, 2013
Opera Voice
Verified Student
Jessica is a real professional and a great teacher!

Jessica impressed me from my first lesson with her professionalism and also her niceness. She is an active performer and really knows what younger singers are going through. She's not judgmental but she lets you know how you can improve. We get a lot done in every lesson. The hour just flies by! I really look forward to it every week.
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Jessica P.

Jessica P.

Somerville, MA 02144
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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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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Ricky M.

Cambridge, MA

About Ricky

Hey guys, my name is Ricky and I'm a three-finger five-string banjoist and bluegrass guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area. I moved to Boston to study banjo at the Berklee College of music and what an experience it has been! I'd love to show you what I've learned under the teachers at the college.

*** Lesson Details ***
What I like to do in my lessons is make a division between the different styles of banjo playing. These styles can be divided into three fundamentals: Scruggs style, Melodic style, and single string style. We will learn songs that highlight each style individually. The goa
l of the first lesson is to get you playing bluegrass banjo! The goal of the first set of lessons is to equip you with a couple of bluegrass standards. We will then move onto more difficult fiddle tunes and could even delve into classical style playing and improvisation.

For guitar we will discuss basic right hand technique, playing out of basic left hand positions, and rhythm playing. We'll learn standard bluegrass tunes and move on from there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Gold Star GF-100 Banjo
Gold Tone BG-250 Banjo
Nechville Classic Banjo
Tabledit Software
Studio Monitors
Sibelius
Finale
Martin Guitar
Collings Mandolin
Protools

*** Travel Equipment ***
Car
Bike
Backpack Case

*** Specialties ***
Bluegrass banjo
Inspiration
Motivation
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Ric H. April 16, 2015
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
A really good lesson, got me excited to learn more and to practice. Anxious to take the next lesson!
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Don C. November 22, 2014
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
First off let me start by saying when I first spoke with Rick I explained that I had recently been diagnosed with a medical condition and requested he be patient with me through the learning process. He has been more than accommodating and he has made each lesson a fun learning experience . I told Rick that my goal was to be able to go to Jam sessions and fit in and be able to play along ,since i started he has been preparing me with a solid repertoire and skill set to be able to accomplish this task. I have been to a few teachers over the years and Rick is the first one that truly gets “it” . I would give Rick a solid “A” if I were to give him a grade if anybody is looking for a great Banjo teacher .
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Ricky M.

Ricky M.

Cambridge, MA 02139
(2)
starting at
$70 / 60-min
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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 Orches
tra. 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 China, Japan, Korea and Thailand. As a member of the Radio Television Orchestra in Malaysia, she performed on several Malaysian television shows including Astro and Malaysian Idol. These experiences helped shape Ms. Alisonas an artist and inspired her to nurture the next generation of musicians.

In addition to her appreciable experience as a performance artist, Ms. Alison's commitment to mentor future generations of cellists motivated her to tutor at the Shanghai ABRSM Music School, the Shanghai American International School, Edvox Strings Music School in Singapore, and the Bentley Music Academy in Malaysia. She has instructed a cello section, taught at a private cello studio and instructed orchestral repertoire classes. These experiences have helped her to further develop her expertise in music education and engagement as a qualified music teacher in greater Boston. In addition to employing a traditional teaching style, her dedication to cello and teaching inspired her to become certified as a Suzuki method trained instructor in 2011. Ms. Alison enjoys instilling the same passion she has for music in her students and hopes to encourage her students to develop their own musical style.

In 2010, before coming to the United States to study for her Master in Music, Ms. Alison began her own quintet, The Trout Quintet, which performed classical music in Kuala Lumpur. In addition to Ms. Alison's extensive classical string music repertoire, she often experiments with different musical styles such as Bossa Nova and Lieder, performing as a guest with several groups in the Boston area. Her creativity and drive have helped her to become an accomplished performance artist and a well-respect music teacher.

Starting in September, Ms. Alison will be performing with the Waltham Philharmonic and the New Philharmonic Orchestra etc. In addition, she will be leading the cello section at the Josiah Quincy School using the groundbreaking El Sistema system, pioneered in Venezuela by Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Instrument/Music Stand/Tuner/

*** Travel Equipment ***
To have thier own instrument and materials

*** Specialties ***
Bi-lingual teaching expereinces
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phillip F. May 2, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
excellent teacher,cello lessons are fun,instructive and inspiring.She is not rigid in her teaching and there is no guilt.If i were a small child taking cello it would be consoling to me to see such a petite musician dominate such a big instrument!
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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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Alison L.

Alison L.

Cambridge, MA 02139
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sarah E.

Allston, MA

About Sarah

Music should be a fun and rewarding activity for all ages to enjoy. In my studio the student will get personal and individualized attention where they can learn in a manner that best suits them. First and foremost, my goal is to allow the student to experience the joy of singing. I have an emphasis in vocal health, so my students will learn a healthy vocal technique, appropriate body alignment, performance techniques, fundamentals of music, and confidence. While my training is in classical voice and opera, I am also comfortable teaching musical theater, light jazz, and popular music. I have w
orked with children and adults alike, ranging from beginner to more advanced.

*Students must have a keyboard/piano available for in-home lessons
**Must be accessible via public transportation for in-home lessons

Bio:
Sarah E, soprano, is a recent 2013 graduate of Towson University where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, studying under Professor Theresa Bickham. Sarah’s roles at Towson include an ensemble member in The Goose of Cairo and Die Fledermaus, Jack’s Mom in Into the Woods, Witch/Shepherdess in Pasticcio Furioso, and Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge. Additionally, she performed as Jodi Juggler and Clown in Towson University Resident Children’s Opera Company’s Sid the Serpent who Wanted to Sing. In 2012 Ms. E. participated in Little Patuxent Opera Institute, performing as the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel. Additionally, she was a member of the 2013 Hawaii Performing Arts Festival where she performed in the ensemble of Dido and Aeneas, as the Cercatrice in Suor Angelica, and was the Despina cover for CosÌ fan tutte. During the summer of 2015, she was one of 32 in the nation selected to participate in OperaWorks Emerging Artist Program in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. E. is also an emerging solo artist in the Baltimore/Annapolis area as well as in Boston . She sang locally with Shrine of the Little Flower parish and also is reputable as a soloist for weddings, funerals, and community/sporting music events. Recently, Ms. E was the National Anthem soloist for the USA Olympic Track and Field Qualifying Championships in Roxbury, MA.

Ms. E. has also had experience teaching and conducting as the Assistant Youth Choir Director at Our Lady of the Chesapeake parish in Pasadena, MD. This past year she was also an Assistant Teacher with Boston City Singers. She is proficient in Italian language with her minor from Towson, while also having limited experience in French, German, and Latin. Ms. E.has a passion for vocal health, mechanisms of the voice, and diction. Recently, she has begun taking Alexander Technique lessons as well to further her understanding of the relationship of body to voice. Ms. E. currently lives in Boston, MA and is pursuing her M.M. in Voice Pedagogy from The Boston Conservatory.
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Gisele E. June 28, 2015
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
Sarah has been working with our daughter for more than 6 months. She is a great vocal teacher. Our daughter loves working with her. Sarah is organized and professional. We highly recommend her.
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Donna P. June 24, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was a great first lesson. Sarah is super friendly and extremely knowledgable! I have already taken away so much from just one lesson. I cannot wait to continue!!!
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Sarah E.

Sarah E.

Allston, MA 02134
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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