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Review by Latoya
Throughout my life, I have been singing in Gospel choirs and for years, I have been an alto. After meeting with OJ, he helped me find my vo
ice. He was able to determine my vocal range and I found out that I was never an alto, but a lyric soprano. I was so shocked, but excited at the same time. I thought that was amazing because he helped me discover my true vocal range. OJ is knowledgeable, patient, and fun to work with."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Abe
"I would definitely recommend Marvin as a music coach/instructor to anyone. He has vast set of knowledge when it comes to music and its theory and he conti
nues to inspire me as I learn more about music. He incorporates not only his knowledge but also his experiences when teaching guitar and music in general. He is open to new ideas on how to make learning as fun and as interesting as possible, for instance, he starts off with what you know and what you want to know more, in order to create a lesson plan specifically designed to your style and passion.
Marvin has helped me build a strong foundation in music, and I believe that he can also help you accomplish the same goal!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by David
"Patient, knowledgeable, and all around awesome!
I'm brand new to singing, and could not have hoped for a better teacher. I was initially very nervous abo
ut singing in front of someone else, but Margaret is very kind, and professional, which made it very easy to loosen up and learn/practice.
Cannot recommend her more highly."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Diane
"Finally found a real musical-performance teacher for my daughter!
After spending four years trying different music teachers who had more interest in thei
r own style of singing, finding Marie-France is is a gift. Marie-France is an amazing teacher. She connects with my daughter and is truly interested in teaching to her strengths. My daughter had an instant connection with her. As a mother and an elementary school teacher, I knew she understood my child immediately. Marie-France is a holistic teacher who is willing to change styles without hesitation to find what works best for my daughter. Coming from a performing and creative arts family, I love that Marie-France's show business background and her no-nonsense teaching style, is just what we needed in a teacher. More importantly, my daughter listens to her advice and her singing has improved immeasurably. The trip is a bit of a distance for us, but totally worth every mile."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Juan
"Before Neil, my 9-yr old son had taken "group" lessons for a year that were unstructured and did little to expand my son's interest in playing (thankfully
these were with friends so he stuck with it).
Having studied music very seriously, I helped him a little but knew that a real guitar teacher is what he needed. Neil is just what I was looking for! He has a very laid back "attitude" but he's laser focused on keeping things moving, keeping things light, and being totally encouraging. He also is very open to teaching rock and jazz and I can tell he just wants to teach a student whatever style/music type that will keep the student engaged. After every class my son has been satisfied and excited with what he's learning (and I stay and listen and get a kick out of it too). We drive quite a ways to get to his place, but it has been totally worth it. Thanks Neil! You RAWK!!"
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Samuel
"Great option for singers
I recently had a session with Chris and it was phenomenal. I'm mainly a songwriter but my sound has improved with the directions
that my teacher gave me. Not only have I extended my vocal range, but I have also concentrated on my vocal control. The lesson of it all was foreign to me but makes a difference. I would highly consider Chris as an instructor because of the friendly and helpful online lessons I received. :)"
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Ben
"Perfect teach for young boys
Our 7 year old son has been taking lessons with Lena for just over a year. He had never taken lessons before. She has found
just the right tone to keep our son interested and engaged. He looks forward to his lessons and I believe this is entirely due to her patient and gentle demeanor. He has also come a long way in his playing! I would highly recommend Lena for anyone considering lessons for a young boy or girl."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Hal
"I have been taking lessons on and off for about 10 years with Bill. No matter how good I have become, there is always something more that Bill can teach m
e. He makes lessons fun and always has me playing music that I enjoy. My band mates love what he's done for me as well. lol"
Robert's exemplary and diverse career all began when he was a very small boy. His magical, musical journey began with his Grandfather, Donald Mcullick, a country singer/guitarist, who spent the 1950's touring and performing with blockbuster artists such as Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. Grandpa would take his young protégé out to the swing under the apple tree in the backyard and show him songs on an old acoustic guitar. He would later give that guitar to Robert. That guitar was the key to the music box of Robert's life. A life long dedicated to the art and craft of music.
's high school years were very non-traditional. While most students spent time at football games and pep rallies, Robert spent his time performing in pit orchestras and composing for local theater companies. His extensive theater credits include work with the Hampton Playhouse, the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts, the Seacoast Reparatory Company and the Portland Stage Company. Robert was comfortable on both sides of the stage. He was an accomplished performer, composer and overall technical adviser even in his teens.
After graduating High School, Robert took on the daunting task of recording his first solo album "Obstacles Overhead". The album featured members of Capitol Records recording artists Thanks to Gravity and Pondering Judd. All of his hard work paid off and the album received airplay on many local radio stations.
The allure and glamor of the Rock and Roll life soon called, and Robert found himself fronting a heavy Metal power trio called Nine Shades of White. The group toured extensively throughout the east coast, and recorded two well received albums.
After taking time to record projects with Boston based singer Rick Skeehan and the world renowned Irish folk group the Makem Brothers, Robert joined a group called Two Much Trouble, and performed on their album "Frankenstein". The group earned a wild reputation with its heavily modified tour bus that spit flames and transformed into a mobile stage.
In the summer of 1997 Robert was enlisted as the lead guitarist for the premier seacoast rock group 202 The Band. For the next 5 years he rocked crowds every weekend all over the New England area. In 2002 the group released the album "En Route". Many of the songs featured on the album were either written or co-written by Robert.
Always anxious to take drastic "left turns" along his musical path, Robert accepted an invitation by the renown New York City based jazz guitarist Larry Simon to perform in two of his large scale new age, rock, jazz ensembles, Collective Consciousness and Infinite Soul. Each group sported, at times, over twenty members. This setting not only gave Robert the chance to tread on new musical ground, but it also gave him the chance to explore new instruments like mandolin and electric violin. Robert now plays an electric violin custom made for him by Mark Wood of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Rock and Roll of course was never far from his heart, so of course he did just that. Robert next found himself playing second guitar for his close friend and virtuoso guitarist Dan Miller in the Dan Miller Band. This heavy metal juggernaut created enough of a rumble to make it into the final round of the Boston based Beantown Meltdown battle of the bands in 2004.
In 2005 Robert finally found the time to release his second solo album, "Dust Covered Man". Produced by Grammy nominated producer Mac Ritchey, it was a somewhat dark and introspective, acoustic based, singer songwriter album that featured flutist Cynthia Chatis and blues harmonica guru "Hatrack" Gallagher. Robert's version of Pink Floyd's "Blue Sky" had the distinction of being voted the 2nd best cover of a Pink Floyd song on iTunes, during 2005. Richie Havens, the internationally known folk singer, has also given his stamp of approval on Robert's version of "Darkness Darkness".
In the spring of 2007 Robert was given the immense honor of performing as a member of the world famous Irish soul band "The Commitments" on their 2007 U.S. tour, filling in for the bands ailing original guitarist Kenneth McCluskey.
2007 also saw the release of a series of Hypnotherapy CD's by therapist Sharon O'Connor that featured music written and recorded by Robert. He has also written music for independent films and television throughout the years.
In 2007 Robert also found time to reunite with some of his old 202 band mates in a short lived group called Stone Circle. While the band had to be put on hold for the time being, Robert looks forward to working with his old friends again someday.
In early 2008 Robert began studies with British classical guitar master Edward Flower, expanding his already diverse background even more. Later that year he was recruited to do transcriptions for Guy Davis, a popular performer in the modern blues world.
Early 2009 saw the launch of Robert’s newest endeavor, his own professional recording studio, dubbed “The Dragon’s Den”, nestled in the woods in tranquil Stratham NH. A place where Robert himself and others can find peace and craft their creative vision.
And the journey continues……..
*** Lesson Details *** Robert's teaching approach changes and conforms to the needs and goals of each individual student. He does his best to encourage good technique and the understanding of basic music theory as it applies to the style of music the students wishes to learn. Robert strives to find the perfect delicate balance between focused study and just having fun with music.
After a few months of lessons all students will learn the importance of proper technique and the core essentials of reading music. Younger students will be able to play well known melodies familiar to them, and older students will be playing pieces from popular songs. This of course is a general overview, as each students progresses at his or her own pace.
*** Studio Equipment *** Can provide an instrument for the first lesson only (teacher must be advised beforehand) If students wish to continue they must have their own instrument. Students playing electric guitars or bass do not need to bring amplifiers to lessons, there is one provided. Students do not generally need to purchase books or other instructional materials, they will be provided.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Pop, Blues, Country, Folk, Heavy Metal
I hope to encourage and build you up in whatever challenge we decide to tackle. Whether you are starting out for the first time or you have been playing for a while, I'm here to push you, to see you grow and to learn things as well. I love working with both children and young adults. My students say that I'm fun, I run lessons in an exciting manner, and I love making music.
I am a recent college graduate of Gordon College who, in my other life, is a 911 Dispatcher for Patriot Ambulance in Chelmsford, MA.
*** Lesson Details *** Les
sons can be scheduled in 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions. Generally, students in elementary school should have 30 minute lessons. Middle/High school amateur students, 45 minutes. Advanced high school students or adults, 60 minutes. Exceptions are made depending on the progress of the student.
All lessons must be booked per person (i.e. if you have two kids who you want to take lessons with me, they each must be signed up for 30 minutes.
**Location Requirements** All lessons are to be in the students' home.
Students must provide their own instruments. I can assist you in choosing an appropriate instrument for your child through local vendors.
All method books must also be purchased upon discussion with the instructor within the first two weeks of lessons.
*** Specialties *** Strong in classical trumpet, jazz and contemporary piano, music technology, basic recording. Well-versed in teaching all instruments listed at the basic level. As students progress in their studies, if it is not my specialty instruments, I would refer you to a teacher advanced in your students area.
Nicole R. December 1, 2014
In home Verified Student
My 14 year old daughter has been taking cello lessons with Ben for the past 3 months. He is a reliable, respectful and patient instructor. My daughter has made great strides under Ben's instruction. His love for music is evident in his enthusiastic, confident approach.
Barbara L. September 26, 2014
In home Verified Student
My three granddaughters and I are taking lessons with Ben. I asked each of the girls to give me three words about Ben and we all agreed. He is patient, fun and funny and, they added, "I really like him and he knows a lot about teaching and playing the piano." I was a teacher and professor for many years, and I know good teaching when I see it. Ben is a very good teacher. Not only is he patient and at ease with his students, he seems always to be aware of each of them and able to respond to their needs. I'm impressed and feel fortunate to have found someone who is also responsible and reliable, and takes his work seriously. It is a great pleasure to work with Ben and we all look forward to our weekly lesson.
Katy G. January 18, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Top notch teacher
My son has been taking lessons from Ben now for a little over a month. I cannot say enough about the professionalism and reliability of Ben. I figured it would take a lot to keep a 16 year old boy who is a beginner totally interested in piano but Ben has managed to do just that. My son actually looks forward to his weekly lessons and practices without hesitation and I can only attribute that to the teaching techniques of Ben. If anyone is contemplating on choosing Ben for their or their child's instructor, hesitate no further. He is one of the best.
Inventive and innovative, yet embracing the best of his classical upbringing, violinist Chris B. is rapidly becoming a prominent force in contemporary music circles around the globe. His strength lies in his versatility, consistently pushing the boundaries of the violin while molding his playing to fit ensembles and genres often deemed unsuitable for the instrument. The Berklee College of Music graduate’s growing list of credits include collaborations with The Dear Hunter, Dropkick Murphys, Amanda Palmer, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Bent Knee, Symmetry, Sean Roldan, Wheat, Art Decade, Ben Levin, G
uy Mendilow, Jherek Bischoff, and the Video Game Orchestra, who recently featured Chris as a soloist at Boston’s Symphony Hall and on the ensemble's recent tours in China and Taiwan.
Chris' philosophy on music education is an embrace of every aspect of music-making in order to develop into a truly creative, well-rounded, and capable artist. His teaching curriculum consists of material and techniques custom-tailored to the individual, with a strong emphasis on technique, theory, ear training, and improvisation. Chris has been sharing his passion for the violin to musicians of all levels and ages for the past decade, whether their interests lie in classical, jazz, rock, folk, avant-garde, or somewhere in between.
Selected Discography: ElderFlux - ElderFlux* (2015) Video Game Orchestra - Live in Taiwan* (2015) The Dear Hunter - Live (2015) Ben Levin Group - Freak Machine (2015) Om Frequency - Penumbra (2015) Bent Knee - Shiny Eyed Babies (2014) Art Decade - Art Decade (2014) Pyre Dove - Shallow Stepper (2014) Video Game Orchestra - Live at Symphony Hall (2014) The Dear Hunter - Migrant (2013) Qwill & the Soul Review Project - Live at Dimension Sound Studios (2013) Symmetry - Junky (2013) Bent Knee - Live and Nearly Unplugged (2013) Honey Circuit - Music for Roots (2013) Hillary Barleaux - Hillary Barleaux (2013) Bored with Four - We Are Friends (2013) Ben Levin Group - Invisible Paradise (2012) Jaggery - Private Violence (2012) Honey Circuit - Dissolving I (2012) Perhaps - Volume 1 (2012) The Devil’s Twins - Handsome Devils (2012) Bent Knee - Bent Knee (2011) Black Kettle - Narrative (2010) Ben Levin Group - Pulse of a Nation (2010) Wheat - White Ink, Black Ink (2009) Dropkick Murphys - Meanest of Times (2007) *upcoming release
Adam P. April 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I think the 5 star description sums it up nicely, 'Best instructor ever'. I've worked with Chris for a few months now and his knowledge, friendliness, and ability to to teach are astounding! He teaches in a very dynamic way, adjusting the lesson on the fly to make sure you are learning what you need to know, when you need to know it, and at a pace that works well. Definitely recommended!
Hi, I'm Stephanie and I am just starting out as a piano teacher for beginners. I'm currently available to teach lessons at your home.
I took private piano lessons from age 6 to 18 and received additional lessons in Jazz/Blues for another year. I enjoy teaching my friends and seeing them improve and I would love to teach more! Throughout my university education, I volunteered in teaching elementary school-aged children weekly and have become very comfortable working with children.
My lesson plans will be personalized to each student and will focus on music theory. I believe a good foundat
ion and understanding of music is the most important part of learning a new instrument. The better you understand the instrument, the more you will enjoy playing it!
I will also make recordings for my students when they have mastered a song. I believe having something to show for your hard work encourages further learning and makes the process more exciting. You also get to show off your new skills to your parents or friends!
Hello, my name is Sarah. I studied piano for eight years under the instruction of Catherine Chingros, a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. I began teaching private lessons in 2002, and continued to teach through the years as I pursued a bachelor's degree from Emerson College, and later, a career as a professional recording artist. Piano has been a great outlet for me from a young age, and I love passing this gift on to others. In my lessons, I strive to achieve a balance between theory and technique and fun, popular songs that will keep my students engaged. I look forward to
hearing from you!
Matt R. June 8, 2015
I have worked with Sarah in the recording studio and on the stage; she is an incredible player and teacher. She creates a completely judgement free atmosphere that is conducive to not only learning about the piano, but having fun.
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