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About Shawn M.

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West Roxbury, MA
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About Shawn
Hello! I am a professional working drummer with over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. My current band, Eight To The Bar, has been the winner of Best Band Connecticut for the past 5 years straight. We perform internationally in many venues, including festivals, casinos, and concert halls. The repertoire is diverse and challenging, drawing on the traditions of R&B, Swing and Motown.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me will be fun and constructive. I gear my lesson plan to your individual needs with a strong focus on fundamental technique, proper grip and stroke as well as helping you find your balance and relaxation behind the kit through posture and ergonomic set- up.

We will be able to explore the techniques of your favorite drummers. Through my wide range of experience I will be able to give you the skills nec
essary to function within your favorite genre of music. At the same time, I may introduce you to some forms of music less familiar to you. You can then use that experience to bring a fresh approach to your chosen style.

The name of the game is time-keeping and time feel. You will be expected to practice with a metronome, but also with recorded tracks. We will record your playing and listen back. This is one of the best ways to improve your playing.

Double bass and/or double pedal also taught as well as left foot clave, Latin percussion, piano, and music theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two drum sets, full PA, fender rhodes piano, congas, timbales and hand percussion, frame drums, bongos, DVD player, audio recording capabilities. Parents can sit in on lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a practice pad set to the student's home. Metronome, ipod, some lesson handouts, and occasionally DVD's will also be brought.

*** Specialties ***
All styles and levels: rock, jazz, Latin, percussion as applied to drumset. Reading, time feel, counting and singing
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JD M. September 10, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Shawn is great. A very talented drummer. Our son is young, 5, and Shawn had patience letting him explore the drums and learn a simple beat to start his first lesson.
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Fergus S. June 15, 2016
· Drum · In home
Shawn is bright and pleasant and knows his drums! My son is super excited to continue with him!
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Christopher B. October 28, 2015
· Piano · In home
Excellent. Needs some coaching on keeping a 4 year old focused/ task oriented. Maybe lesson for Christopher needs to be longer. And lessons need to be weekly.
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Shawn M.

Shawn M.

Norwood, MA 02062
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$35 / 30-min

About Bill B.

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Brockton, MA

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About Bill
I currently maintain a private studio in my home south of Boston.

If you want to play Classical Guitar the right way, with a great sound, proper technique and stylistic interpretations, I will help you achieve your goals.

All levels are welcome!

I served on the Guitar Faculty of The Boston Conservatory for 21 years (18 years as Chair) and also held faculty appointments at UMass Lowell, UMass Dartmouth, Bridgewater State University, Phillips Academy and Boston College.

Performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Portland, Chautauqua, New Hampshire, Vermont, Indian Hill, Nashua, Lexington and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestras.

I have recorded for Koch International, Arabesque, Neuma, Nepenthe, Arsis, Centaur
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Brendon December 22, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I started lessons with Bill to learn classical guitar after 5 years of self-taught electric and steel string acoustic playing. My playing has improved immensely since I started working with him. Not only has he introduced me to classical guitar but he has taught me how to effectively practice to constantly improve. Bill has a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw upon and I cannot say enough good things. A++
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Charles December 21, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I have been a classical guitar student of Bill's for the past 6 months. In retirement, I have decided to take what was an "off and on" affair with the classical guitar (I'm not a beginner) and, instead, commit the necessary time and energy to truly learning the instrument. These have been my first serious classical guitar lessons. Prior to these lessons, I was entirely "self-taught" which means I created a whole bunch of bad habits for myself and was not progressing at all. Bill refers to me as a "remedial" student which I think is a perfect description of my playing. Through Bill, I have learned proper technique which, in turn, has improved my tonality and musicality with the classical guitar. Bill has identified my bad habits, broken them down, shown the proper way to overcome them and makes sure I don't "back-slide" into my bad habits again. Bill paces the lessons according to ability, not covering material that's too advanced while still ensuring that the lesson is challenging. In each lesson, Bill is positive, encouraging yet kindly critical so that I know I am making progress yet always aware of what areas I need to work on. Bill has the right "make-up" for a teacher and I am pleased, and without reservation, to give Bill a 5 star rating.
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Steve December 20, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I have been a student of Bill's for almost three years. Bill's teaching is characterized by clarity of expression, high standards, patience and an upbeat and pleasant disposition. He is always clear and direct when explaining the technical aspects of playing- no matter how complex the matter at hand. He holds you (and himself) to a high standard- no shortcuts- you learn to do it right. Yet he is so pleasant to be with that every minute of every lesson is truly enjoyable. Every time I leave I am ready to practice and can't wait to return.
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Bill B.

Bill B.

Brockton, MA 02301
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$80 / 60-min

About Kyle B.

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Providence, RI
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About Kyle
I don't just teach students how to play an instrument, I teach students important creative techniques for developing musical skills. Making music is a life skill that helps children and adults of all ages realize, develop, and utilize their expressive and creative talents. In my studio, I focus on the union of music theory, history, and performance no matter the piece! Whether you'd like to play the theme from "Jeopardy" or how to analyze the distinctive components of a sonata form, I can help you acheive your musical goals!
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Kayla (daughter) June 10, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Overall, he's a fantastic teacher! My daughter always comes out of lessons with a smile on her face. He's inspired her to work hard and go from 10 minutes a day of practicing-- what her beginning band teacher prescribed, to 30 minutes to an hour. Kayla and I are both very thankful for the quality of his lessons as well as the motivation he gives her! Thank you!
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Ben August 9, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Kyle gave me a few lessons during my college woodwinds methods class on the sax. As a pianist attempting to learn a wind instrument Kyle's advice and time were a HUGE help to a total beginner like myself. He definitely knows the sax inside and out and without his help my sax test grades in woodwinds would have been considerably lower than what they were. I definitely encourage any students looking for a sax teacher to choose Kyle because of his extensive knowledge on the instrument and approachable nature.
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Jordan July 29, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Kyle has helped me with some very difficult passages in my solo repertoire! Incredibly helpful! I made a lot of progress in little times.
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Kyle B.

Kyle B.

Providence, RI 02908
(3)
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$24 / 30-min

About Alyssa W.

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Bellingham, MA

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About Alyssa
Hi there!

I am a supportive and encouraging teacher willing to teach all ages and abilities. It is my firm belief that music is for everyone.

I am currently pursuing my M.M. from Longy School of Music. I completed my undergraduate work at Rhode Island College, where I studied oboe and bassoon privately. I am currently on the private lesson roster for two public schools in the area, and teach both double-reeded instruments. I have successfully helped young students prepare for and audition into district level ensembles.

I have reed-making experience and can assist students with finicky reeds, to help ease the most frustrating part about playing oboe & bassoon.

I'm looking forward to working with you!
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Steven S. March 30, 2018
· Oboe · Online
It's so good! She helps me so much and she is so nice to me and makes a big improvement in my music! -Madalina
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Steven S. September 29, 2017
· Oboe · Online
I had fun and she explained very clear! Thank you for helping me play the oboe!
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Alyssa W.

Alyssa W.

Bellingham, MA 02019
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$15 / 30-min

About Alan W.

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Scituate, MA

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About Alan
I love music, I know how it works. I know how pianos and hands work. I know how to get hands to make music with pianos. Beware, it takes patience and practice.

I took my first piano lesson when I was 5. I played Euphonium (Baritone Tuba) in concert band and marching band in Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. I taught myself guitar and played keyboards and guitar (really loud guitar) in rock bands. I took some flute lessons. I got Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Piano. I also studied pipe organ. I studied electronic music. I accompanied opera singers and choirs. I taught piano, music theory, harmony, and electronic music privately and for universities. I've played in the orchestras for operas, musicals and theatrical productions. I've worked as a church organist. I played keyboards in oldies bands. I've sung in church
choirs. I sang in a vocal quartet that performed early Renaissance music in Switzerland and France. Since I was a teenager, I've written and arranged music. Throughout all of this, I've played and taught piano. Like I said, I love music.
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Alan W.

Alan W.

Scituate, MA 02066
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$30 / 30-min
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About Candace A.

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Bristol, RI

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Do you want to have fun? AND learn piano? Then I am the piano teacher for YOU! I've learned tricks of the trade, secrets of playing (that I'll only share with my students) and have lots of great ideas of how to help you achieve your goals.

The process of learning to play piano, or continuing to improve your skills, can be just as much fun as the end result!

We've all read how good for the brain playing piano is...using left and right sides...concrete and abstract...but let's not forget the FUN factor! I'm lucky to be able to do what I do and I can help you be so lucky, too!

I took piano lessons for 19 years and can play (and teach) classical, pop, rock, jazz, theory and composition. I've been teaching piano to students from 3 years old to 85 and they've all enjoyed themselves.

I've also had quite a bit of experience in teach
ing people with a variety of special needs. There is so much benefit to learning and playing the piano for all of us, but you can only imagine how great it is for people who have special needs.

Teaching piano is my passion and I'm excited to share it with everyone.
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Eliza June 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I started lessons with Candy in early elementary school and continued through high school. The skills I learned in piano lessons were foundational for all my music skills as I later learned to play the flute, and majored in voice in college. After 13 years as a professional music educator myself I know that the skills learned at Candy’s piano, both musical skills and teaching technique were formative for me professionally and personally. She is positive, patient, encouraging and committed to determining the learning styles of her student. Given the option, I would give her more than 5 stars.
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Kerry January 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Candy is sweet as sweet can be! She has always been so patient with my daughter who has some physical limitations as well as sensory issues. When time came for the recital, Candy gave her the confidence she needed to get up and play in front of all those people. My daughter won't ever play piano with me she, but always enjoys going to play with Miss Candy!
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Gideon January 5, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Over the almost three years that I have been taking lessons with Candy, I have learned many new things about playing piano. She always makes it a positive experience and not only has me play the songs from the book, but also lets me learn some songs that I choose. Also, she is funny and always makes me laugh. Overall I would rate Candy 5 stars without question.
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Candace A.

Candace A.

Bristol, RI 02809
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$42 / 30-min

About Eli K.

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Rochester, MA

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About Eli
Hi future students! I’m Eli. I know how tough it is to teach yourself an instrument, because I struggled with it for years and years. One of my biggest issues was learning how to practice, so if that’s something you struggle with, I can certainly help you develop a routine to which you would follow every week to keep you focused and motivated. After going through many drum teachers myself, I’ve seen the strengths and weaknesses of all of them. I've seen which ones were beneficial and which ones were not. One thing I realized is that teachers don’t always cater to your needs. So in that, I promise I will do my best to go slow and teach information to you in the way that works best for you. This means through audible or visual learning. You will be able to call or text anytime you want to ask me any questions about drums.I’m always here to
help and I just simply want to pass down an art form in a way that I feel is authentic.

Styles:

Jazz
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Fischer P. March 29, 2018
· Drum · Online
After his first session, my son (10 years old) said Eli was, "really nice." They reviewed a lot, Eli asked a lot of questions about previous experiences and and listened to him play. Sounds like it was a packed session but not overwhelming.
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John P. March 28, 2018
· Drum · Online
thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jimmy March 12, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Eli was great. He was very patient with my son during his very first music lesson. Eli made the lesson fun and enjoyable. My son enjoyed the lesson very much and is looking forward to his next one.
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Eli K.

Eli K.

Rochester, MA 02770
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Kelsey F.

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Warwick, RI

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I am a violinist, graduating with a B.A at Rhode Island College. I am currently pursuing a Master's degree from the Univerity of Rhode Island. I have played in various ensembles around Rhode Island and Massachusetts. I have also played many weddings and other formal events around the area. I have been teaching for two and a half years, teaching all ages and experiences! My goal is to make my lessons with students both fun and engaging!
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Anupriya May 12, 2018
· Violin · In home
excellent teacher
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Kelsey F.

Kelsey F.

Warwick, RI 02886
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$25 / 30-min

About John T.

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Middleboro, MA

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Hi! My name is Tal and I am a passionate violinist, student, and teacher! I have been playing violin since the age of 7 and continue to study and play at University of Massachusetts Amherst. In the past, I have put together string quartets and have played in a variety of ensembles for different settings; musicals, formal concerts, weddings, etc....
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Kerry August 7, 2018
· Violin · In home
John was great. I have not played a musical instrument since I was in Elementary School. Let's just say, John was very patient! I would highly recommend him as a violin instructor!
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Nick April 30, 2018
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Amazing teacher, I have been taking lessons with John for about a year over Skype. I love the violin and he makes it very fun to learn.
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John T.

John T.

Middleboro, MA 02346
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$25 / 30-min

About Eric D.

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Coventry, RI
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I’m an entertaining and engaging music educator with more than a decade of experience working with students and instrumentalists in middle school, high school, and college. I’m A graduate of the University of Southern Maine and Indiana State University, and I’m active as a composer, arranger, trumpet player, and conductor around the Northeast United States. I’m a,soncurrently a Middle school music teacher in RI, and I help run summer camp programs for student leaders in high school band programs.
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Eric D.

Eric D.

Coventry, RI 02816
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$25 / 30-min

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