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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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Vasiliy M.

Somerville, MA

About Vasiliy

Hello,
I am Vasiliy M, Boston University School of Music Alumnus (DMA in Composition). We dwell in Boston since Fall 2002; before that time , we lived in New York, where I studied Composition at Mannes College, The New School For Music. I received both BM, and MM degrees from Mannes in 1999, and 2001, respectively. Before an arrival to US, in 1994, I studied Jazz Performance, Electric Bass Major, and Classical Composition, at Moldova State Conservatory, from 1988 to 1993, respectively.
I was raised in the family, where music is an essential part of its daily life; my father, Gr
igoriy, before his retirement, was a military band trombone player, and, quite naturally, I was exposed to music, and encouraged by my parents to learn playing an instrument of my choice, from my early childhood.
My mother, Anisia Kondrat'ievna, possesses both beautiful vocal abilities and perfect pitch , although she has never had a chance to develop her natural gifts any further. But I have heard my mother singing, and these moments remain one of the most touching and impressive musical experiences, that I have ever received, and remember to this very day.
Only after a considerable life experiences, abound of trials and mistakes, at the age of twenty five, I have come to a clear realization, that music remains my greatest passion, and that I would have to become a professional musician. With help and support of friends and colleagues, I have entered Community College in Soroki city, Moldova Republic, where I have studied Choral Conducting for Amateurs. I have graduated from school in May of 1988, having written a few instrumental and vocal compositions of my own, and, quite unexpectedly for myself, was invited, that summer, to visit Moldova State Conservatory, with the prospect of audition for the Composition Major. After the meeting with the Chair of the Department, I was offered an opportunity to be accepted to the Master Degree Program in Composition, provided I will have completed two years of preliminary studies of Music Theory, Music Harmony/Voice Leading, and many other related disciplines.
Why do I bring all of these facts to this Essay? I know for the fact now, that I was not ready for what was awaiting ahead of me, back then. There was no way, that I could cope with the demands of Composition Program curriculum. But I have had love for music, that my parents have implemented in me throughout my childhood; I have had natural abilities, that Heavens supplied me with: and I have had a chance to make my dream a reality, providing I do everything that I will have to, during the following years of struggles and study.
The decision was made, and my studies have begun. I have come through every mistake, defeat, and mind-barriers imaginable, and if it would not be a continuous stream of professional help and support, that I have received from my numerous teachers, mentors, and professors, along the years of study, my goals could never be attained to any modest, but real degree.
Whenever I have a chance to teach, tutor, or assist other musicians with their study, my past experience always reminds me, that any person may experience some difficulties of various nature with the learning material, from time to time, and that those difficulties should be addressed by student's teacher with the highly individual approach, however time-and effort-consuming it may be. Patience and respect, in regard to the students, have become as important aspects of teaching to me, as those of discipline and professionalism.
My studies have come to an end; I see now, that the world of music is an endless entity, for it has no boundaries, and we all have to maintain our further progress, in order to move to our chosen destinations, and to help others with their own advancements.

Sincerely
Vasiliy M.

*** Lesson Details ***
I would be more than willing to assist my prospective students with their various musical endeavors, and people's willingness to either play music instruments,take voice lessons, or to study Music Theory/ Musicianship disciplines will serve us as a starting point for our work. Through the diligent preliminary talk we will discuss various aspects of interest that my students have developed in relation to music, so we could plan and design our future lessons according to an initial discussion. My job and responsibility will be to make an intelligent assessment of my students' natural abilities for the given subject of study, to create vigorous learning atmosphere during our meetings, and to give my students professional instructions to the best of my humble abilities, for the benefits of their musical , aesthetic, and personal development. I will encourage my students to learn as much as they can, at the given moment, but I will not ever attempt to exceed people's natural capabilities. Participation in Music with love and fun should be as rewarding and valuable to the music amateur, as professional performing career ( with its highly demanding standards) stands for classically trained musicians. During our study sessions, we will work upon the goals and tasks that we have discussed at the beginning of our meetings. My ultimate goal as a teacher was and will always be to help my students discover and bring forward their best creative potentials through the intensive musical studies and practice, and, at the same time, to favor heir initial interest's transformation into a deep, serious passion.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, Italian keyboard Real Piano PRO 2

*** Travel Equipment ***
Honda Insight 2011

*** Specialties ***
As a Bass - player, I have been performing in Big-Band Orchestras, Jazz Sextets, Quartets, Trios, Duos.
I was also a Progressive-Rock Band Bass-Player.
John Pretlor Band, (R&B style, Soft Jazz) hired me, as a Bass Player, before I went to Mannes College, to study Composition.

Music Theory - wise, I have taught Fundamentals of Music, Elementary Music, Music Theory I, II, Keyboard Harmony, Music Analysis, Post-Tonal Theory.
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Amelie H. June 16, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We have come to know Vasiliy as a very knowledgeable, patient, and dedicated teacher. My daughter was only 5 when she had her first piano lessons, and I was interested, most of all, in understanding whether her interest in music and the piano in a common room in our building was mature enough to begin music lessons - or not. Vasiliy gave me a very knowledgeable assessment of my daughter's readiness to begin studying music, and then went on to give her piano lessons that were right for her level and age. He definitely developed my daughter's eagerness to learn more, and left her looking forward very much to her weekly piano class. We can wholeheartedly recommend Vasily.
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Chris G. May 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son loves Vasily. He is great, clear, patient, precise, knowledgeable, and have great life stories. I recommend him 100 percent.
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Charles W. February 12, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Very good!
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Vasiliy M.

Vasiliy M.

Somerville, MA 02144
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Sonia D.

Allston, MA

About Sonia

Sonia is a classically trained musician, who holds Masters degree from Boston University and Bachelor degree from the Boston Conservatory. Sonia has years of experience teaching students of all levels, making lessons an enriching experience for the students.
Sonia has an active performing and teaching career in Boston. As an orchestral musician, Sonia is actively involved with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Indian Hill Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Symphony New Hampshire. Sonia further refined her orchestr
al playing skills through music festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy, Castleton Music Festival, and Napa Valley Orchestral Institute. Through these opportunities, Sonia has collaborated with world-renowned musicians and celebrities such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eotvos, Lorin Maazel, Denyce Graves, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, etc.

As a chamber musician, Sonia collaborates with musicians in the Boston area on a regular basis, giving recitals, bringing diverse styles of music to the audience. Previous concert programs included composers such as Bach, Brahms, Piazzolla, Boulez, etc.

Sonia appears often with festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, where she worked closely with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, as well as the Castleton Music Festival, under the direction of Lorin Maazel, performing for six weeks the classical orchestral repertoire and collaborating with well-known musicians on opera productions. Other festivals include the Napa Valley Orchestral Institute, Roundtop International Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival.

As a teacher, Sonia has years of experience working with a studio of students ranging from children to adults, beginner to advanced levels. Sonia is excited to share her knowledge of violin playing with students, helping them to grow in their own ways. Sonia uses well-known classical training methods with handpicked exercises from various etudes tailored for each student, while incorporating music theory throughout their study. Sonia has helped many of her students reach their goals in various auditions and festivals. Sonia holds yearly studio recitals for students to showcase their accomplishments.

*** Lesson Details ***
Sonia tailors lesson plans according to each student's needs. Lessons usually include classic methods (Suzuki, Wohlfahrt, Kreutzer etc.), modern exercises incorporating moderate music theory at each level, plus special techniques she has found through her teaching career. Her students will usually have a practice log that help to organize and keep track of the students' progress.
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Mike C. May 8, 2015
Viola · In studio
Verified Student
Sonia was a great instructor. She's patient and very knowledgable.
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Lana H. January 24, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Amazing Violin teacher!

Sonia is an amazing violin teacher. She has taught our 6 year old son violin for a year. She is talented, very patient, encouraging, and really wonderful with kids. I have been really impressed by her teaching style. She teaches violin technique and reading music in a serious but fun and stress-free way. She strikes just the right balance. Thanks to her, our son has developed a true love of music and the violin, and has had a wonderful time in the process. We feel lucky that our son will continue his study of violin with Sonia.
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Izumi H. January 24, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Sonia is a very good instructor.

Thanks to Sonia, I enjoy playing the violin. She patiently teaches me how to play a nice tune. She is a very good instructor. My dream is playing a duet with her!
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Sonia D.

Sonia D.

Allston, MA 02134
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-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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Jay M.

Somerville, MA

About Jay

Jay is a guitarist, composer, theater artist, and music director. He is originally from the Capital District of New York, but has lived in the Boston area since 2012. He started playing guitar at the age of five, and has a broad range of experience in many styles, including folk, rock, classical, jazz, blues, experimental, and several other genres. Jay teaches guitar students at all levels of experience in diverse styles. His creative work has lead him many places, including directing an arts program at a summer camp in the Adirondacks, and fixing pipe organs in Maine.

He received his train
ing at New England Conservatory, Bard College Conservatory, and Fredonia State University of New York, where he studied classical guitar performance, music education, voice performance, and composition. His bachelors degree is in composition and theory with a voice performance concentration; his masters studies were in classical composition as well. He is also an alumnus of the Bard Conservatory Conductors Institute. Jay also coaches students in music theory, composition/songwriting, and musical theater performance.

Jay has written music for opera, dance, theater, rock bands, electronics, and hubcaps. Jay is a frequent session and pit guitarist, having played on recordings and in musical productions throughout New England and New York.

As a music director, Jay has most recently worked with American Repertory Theater’s OBERON Artists in Residence, Liars & Believers. On banjo, Jay has played with bands based in Brooklyn, NY, Northampton, MA, and Rochester, NY, and has toured in the freak-folk/puppet-rock-opera group 23 Psaegz.
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Ethan D. March 11, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Jay's expertise expands to a vast range of subjects, which in turn makes him an ideal teacher for just about anyone. He is kind, caring, and deeply invested in his students' progress. I recommend him highly!
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Jay M.

Jay M.

Somerville, MA 02144
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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