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About Joe M.

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Jamaica Plain, MA
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We can start from wherever you've left off. If you're a complete beginner, we'll start with the basics: guitar anatomy, strings, tuning, hand position, then work our way up through scales, single note exercises, and basic chords. You can expect to be fluent in open chords within 3 months and playing some of your favorite songs in 6.

As you advance, we can work on how to play with other musicians, as well as music theory, modes, and more complex scales.

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I can give you a solid start on the guitar. Whether you're just learning your way around the neck or ready to ...
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Audrey August 19, 2018
· Music Theory · In home
Joe is an awesome guitarist!! I took lessons from him, and he was really good and knew just how to get me to improve. He also knows a TON about all different kinds of music and music theory--I signed up for guitar, but I ended up learning lots of other useful stuff too. Highly recommended!!!
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Max February 15, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
i took rock history, rock appreciation and rock theory from joe, who rocks

very good guitar teacher! joe is a PRO
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Joe M.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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About Gregg R.

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Boston, MA
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Hi there! I've been playing guitar since I was a teenager during the '70s. i play and teach rock,blues, jazz, fusion and read and compose music. What you can expect from me is a patient, serious, determined teacher who knows how to convey simple to complex technique and ability to those who are destined to be a student and musician. I can teach how to read, listen, interpret, improvise and evolve many musical skills.

About Gregg
I have had extensive jazz a rock studies from attending The Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, to becoming George Russell's teaching assistant at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston before he retired. I learned from a true master of jazz and contemporary music regarding composition, improvisation, theory and teaching students.

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My aim is to share my musical knowledge, sense of harmony and technique to dedicated students. All melody and chords come from scales, which is essential to understanding music, as well as rhythms. I also accept what a student wants to learn. An important attribute of mine is patience, and the understanding that each person processes information differently.

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student needs own instrument

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rock, jazz, experimental, composition, rhythmic approaches, improvisation, musical notation techniques
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Mike Hays October 9, 2015
· Music Theory · In studio
Gregg was my musical instructor during the early 1980ties. What I learned in a few lessons with him was more that I could have expected. I was primarily focused on percussion, of which his vast knowledge was highly dynamic. I learned about poly-rhythms, Indian ti-hies, and complex time signatures. He had available much reference material that he provided me. And over the years his musical insights have not only supplemented my inquiries, but made me a better musician and person. I hope you have a chance to study with Gregg, as you will be introduced to a new and better way of musicianship!
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Gregg R.

Boston, MA 02215
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$30 / 30-min

About Bil M.

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Dorchester Center, MA
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About Bil
I am one of those individuals for whom teaching is just something that I have to do. I started giving music lessons sometime in the 80's and have loved working with all levels of skill and experience. My students say that I am patient, adaptive and encouraging, committed to making music fun.

I have a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles, including pop, rock, gospel, traditional hymnody, jazz, and R&B. Although I love and study classical music, it is not something I teach at this point.

In addition to private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. Bil Mooney-McCoy is a life-long Boston resident who has been playing music all his life. Having served as a church musician for more
than 30 years, I am currently the Director of Worship for the chapel at Gordon College, a small Christian school north of Boston. I'm often involved in city-wide music events in Boston’s faith-based community and in demand as a featured musician for church services, parties, concerts and other events.

I hold a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles. In addition to private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. My passions include morning coffee, finding new guitar chords, creating killer PowerPoint presentations, and trying to figure out how to use my smart phone.

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My priority as a teacher is to make the learning process fun, life-giving, and productive. I teach with patience and humor, at a challenging but not frustrating pace.

Some quotes from my students:
"I absolutely love learning from Bil! I've watched my playing and the playing of others at church vastly improve as a result of his training."

"[Bil] is filled with a large amount of knowledge, so while sitting under him you not only learn about how to play but you learn about music history and theory. Beyond being a good teacher he is genuine and friendly and cares about others."

"I have really enjoyed working with Bil. His patience and wealth of knowledge has helped me come out of my musical shell and has encouraged me to discover my musical voice."

"Bil makes learning theory fun! His deep understanding of music is complemented by his contagious enthusiasm."

"Bil has taken me to a different level. I went from tab and basic guitar chords, to building jazz chords and a far greater understanding of music theory."

There are at least two ways that might set me apart from other teachers.

Firstly, I have honed and developed "people skills". I am an ordained minister and have held positions where I was formally and informally in a mentoring/pastoring role. I bring that sensitivity to my music lessons, understanding that personal and emotional issues can be triggered by the engagement with the music and skills being worked on.

Secondly, I've had a remarkable broad base of experience. My coursework has exposed me to a wide breadth of ideas and tools; my work life has been long and varied; I have had extensive experience in many different cultural contexts, both musically and otherwise; and I work well with many age groups and skill levels.

Regarding my teaching approach:
For beginners, I have a fairly consistent set of topics and skill sets to cover. Generally, in a few months, piano students (particularly those in middle school through adulthood) should know how to play major, minor and seventh chords, how to read simple chord charts and some very basic accompanying skills. Guitar students should know a dozen open chords and have been introduced to barre chords, and to have learned several styles of finger picking as well as strumming. Bass students should know how to find notes on the board and will have begun to learn how to fill out a song with an expressive but non-obtrusive bass line.

For intermediate students, the pace, direction and focus on lessons depends upon the goals and passions of the student along with the amount of time he or she has to practice. My goals for students at this level and beyond is to learn how to learn. I will use outstanding recorded examples of particular skills or stylistic idioms to help my students understand and master each new concept. I often will check in with my student to make sure that we are on track with what they are hoping for.

For advanced students, we will generally target very specific objectives. I also try to add elements of theory, history, culture, and even life lessons to apply to the topics we address. Because of my background in pastoral ministry, I can serve as a mentor addressing the emotional and relational issues of playing music as well as its technical aspects.

*** Studio Equipment ***
upstairs music room: fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, amps, drum set, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
if for guitar or bass, that instrument; I expect piano students to have an available keyboard and for other students to have their own instrument(s).

*** Specialties ***
strong in jazz, rock, pop, gospel, sacred, R&B.
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Alden April 18, 2019
· Piano · In home
A great introduction. My son is hooked, which is exactly what we are looking for.
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Diane .. December 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Bill is a gentle person with a great love of music. I will enjoy my lessons with Bill.
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Hardy C. June 23, 2017
· Songwriting · In home
Bill is a great instructor. I haven't been taught something I wasn't going to need to elevate my understanding.
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Bil M.

Dorchester Center, MA 02124
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About Jacob L.

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Billerica, MA
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Experienced guitar teacher, available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of ear training, music application, and theory skills. The books and styles that I use to teach with are a case-by-case thing, tailored to the student.

About Jacob
I am a singer/songwriter with a broad range of musical styles, and an extensive background in performing and teaching. I teach and apply music theory skills into guitar playing to produce the most well-rounded students that I am able, forming the line between someone who plays an instrument- and a musician. Lessons are for all levels of musicians, and centered around what the student is interested in.
I started playing guitar when I was seven, quickly fell in love and continued to grow. I went on to acquire sponsorship from Alpha Omega music studios and Moniker Guitars. I then began to lead a worship team for students at a local church.
Now I am attending Berklee, and dedicated to teaching - loving working with students to further skills and techniques to apply to any musical situation. My goal is to keep lessons upbeat and fun f
or students while still achieving great strides in instrument proficiency.
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Jacob L.

Billerica, MA 01821
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$20 / 30-min

About Matt M.

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Boston, MA

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I have been teaching Rock, Jazz, Classical, Folk and just about any other kind of guitar lessons you can think of since 1998. I have a degree in Jazz Performance and also have an extensive background in music theory, ear training and music technology. I work as a freelance musician and private teacher in the United States as well as Europe. As a teacher I pride myself on being prepared and patient.

About Matt
I am a professional jazz guitarist, singer-songwriter and teacher. I've been teaching music to students of all ages privately and in groups since 1998. After graduating from William Paterson University with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance I spent 10 years in New York City working as a freelance musician and operating my own guitar studio. Since that time I have also been affiliated with several teaching studios, private schools, public schools and international schools. With a comprehensive background in Jazz, Classical and Rock guitar as well as electric bass, piano, music theory and voice; I am uniquely qualified to teach students of all ages and levels.

As a teacher, I think it’s most important to provide my students with a well rounded musical education that focuses on and adapts to what they are interested in lea
rning. Music lessons should be fun and I always keep that as my number one priority while also making sure that my students are getting a solid musical education that they will be happy with now and in the future. I pride myself on being patient, enthusiastic, empathetic and always prepared. I’m familiar with all of the most popular methods and have also created a large library of my own teaching materials.

During my career, I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to teach several different populations in the US, Greece and Germany. These diverse experiences have been extremely challenging and helped make me into a stronger teacher. From 2001-2003 I taught at the Center for Individualized Training and Education(CITE) which is a special needs school in Providence, RI. At CITE, I worked with students ages 6-17 and learned a lot about how to use music to bring joy to students who are not necessarily able to engage in a traditional musical education. In 2016, I created a music program in Athens, Greece for refugee children seeking asylum. I worked in conjunction with the School Box Organization to raise money for instruments, and taught guitar and hand drum classes at a school they had set up in a refugee squat. Although I'm no longer at the school, I am still helping to oversee the program and plan to do more of this work in the future. During my time in New York City, I worked with kids attending some of the most exclusive private schools in the country and dealt with the challenge of fitting music into an extremely demanding and high pressure educational environment. All of these experiences have helped shape my teaching philosophy as well as my views on life and music. I am currently teaching students in Boston as well as online lessons in Canada, Europe and the US.
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Jessica July 16, 2019
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Rebecca November 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Matt Macaulay has taught me guitar in his studio and at my home over the course of the last two years. He is a wonderful teacher, caring, thoughtful and thorough. I've had a lot of music teachers over the years but Matt stood out in his ability to provide organized and interesting teaching sessions which are well prepared for in advance and always entertaining. Matt is an amazing motivator and swiftly got me through the burdens of an early learning curve and into the fascinating world of music. I would warmly recommend him to anyone who is interested in learning - at any age - and is looking for a highly skilled and caring teacher!
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Matt M.

Boston, MA 02215
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$20 / 30-min
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About Tim C.

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Framingham, MA
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IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT - I can help you pinpoint what is keeping you from being the type of player you want to be, and I will help you improve by learning techniques through song.

IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU WANT - I can help you develop basic guitar fundamentals, a motivation to want to learn more about guitar, and to figure out what style(s) interests you most.

About Tim
My name is Tim C and I'm a music teacher at North Andover High School. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2016, majoring in Guitar Performance. I am well-educated and well-versed in many styles including blues, funk, R&B, classical, and rock. My only goal in teaching my students is to assist them in reaching their own goals and accomplishing what they want to achieve as a musician or guitar player.
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Tim C.

Framingham, MA 01701
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$34 / 30-min

About Michael P.

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Bellingham, MA
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I have been playing and performing for over 30 years. I mainly play Bass, but I can also play Guitar and some Keys. I have played in many bands over the years and I'm currently playing in 4 bands now. I also occasionally do fill-ins. I have worked in recording studios in the past when playing with original bands and artists, and have a small home studio that I currently use for recording music when inspiration hits me.

I'm very flexible about how you may want to set up the lessons. Once I understand what you're looking to achieve, we can build a course of study that fits your schedule and goals. Let's chat and get you started playing music!

About Michael
I have been playing and performing for over 30 years. I mainly play Bass, but I can also play Guitar and some Keys. I have played in many bands over the years and I'm currently playing in 4 bands now around the Boston Metrowest area. I also occasionally do fill-ins. I have worked in recording studios in the past when playing with original bands and artists, and have a small home studio that I currently use for recording music when inspiration hits me.

I gave lessons many years ago after finishing music school and have been working as a Software Engineer by day and playing music at night ever since. I decided to start giving lessons again recently when I was playing a gig, and a guy asked me if he could record a video so he could use it to learn how to play the songs I was performing. I figured I should just offer to teach him with some
hands-on lessons. I really enjoyed doing it and so I wanted to offer lessons to others who might also be interested.

I'm very flexible about how you may want to set up the lessons. Once I understand what you're looking to achieve, we can build a course of study that fits your schedule and goals. Let's chat and get you started playing music!
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Dave August 29, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Awesome Bass player. Taught me a lot and helped me improve my playing.
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Albert August 29, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great teacher and player. Knows tons of songs and can show you how to play them. Was very easy to learn from him all things music.
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Sarah August 29, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Starting from knowing nothing about playing Mike has taught me how to play my first songs. I'm even learning how to write my own songs. Very knowledgable in all things music.
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Michael P.

Bellingham, MA 02019
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About Kevin W.

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Woonsocket, RI
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I strive to honor and challenge each student’s musical identity. Some instructors say they teach the instrument. I tell people I teach students. I have advanced degrees in Composition and Music Education and over 20 years of experience as both an instructor and as a recording and performing musician.

About Kevin
I’ll strive to assess your musical goals as an individual and then tailor your instruction specifically to meet these objectives. In addition to over 20 years of experience teaching privately and 15 years of experience in a classroom setting, my credentials also include an extensive discography accumulated through years of recording, decades of experience as a seasoned performer in various musical genres, and dual Master’s degrees in Music Composition (University of Rhode Island) and Music Education (Boston University). From beginners who are just excited to getting started, all the way to experienced players who may just want a new angle, my years of experience as a multi-faceted musician will help me assist you in whatever direction you hope to go.
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Jess January 28, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Exhibits incredible patience and a wealth of knowledge. I would highly recommend his lessons.
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Michael Graham January 28, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Kev is the best. Rare combination: super talented performance musician who can relate his craft to anyone willing to listen and practice. Do yourself a favor and take lessons from this guy!
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Kevin W.

Woonsocket, RI 02895
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About Aaron C.

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Medford, MA

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Experienced guitarist/composer specializing in beginner and intermediate guitar, theory, and composition lessons. Every student learns differently, so we will discuss your goals and then craft a lesson plan that will best help you to get where you want to be! Working through chord progressions and songs, learning how to play melodies, and gaining a better overall knowledge of the instrument are all key concepts which will be covered at the pace of the particular student. Please feel free to contact me if you're interested or have any questions!

About Aaron
I am a guitarist, percussionist, and composer originally from Maine and now based in the Boston area. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Southern Maine, where I also studied jazz guitar. I'm currently a graduate student at Longy School of Music, in Cambridge, MA.

I've played guitar since I was very young, and perform various musical styles in different settings. Throughout middle and high school, I performed in numerous rock, blues, and jazz groups. In my undergraduate and graduate career, I've played in the pit band for many musicals, as well as in contemporary classical ensembles.

As a composer, I have likewise written in a wide range of settings, spanning from rock and blues, to jazz, to new music chamber ensembles and orchestras.

I have been teaching students of varying ages for three years n
ow, from all different musical backgrounds and levels of proficiency. I primarily teach beginner-level students who are starting with a limited background on guitar, but have taught some who have no experience whatsoever, and similarly others who have a fair amount of experience but are simply looking to get better.

I look forward to meeting you and discussing your musical future!
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Aaron C.

Medford, MA 02155
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$30 / 30-min

About Joshua S.

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Franklin, MA
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I have 34 years of experience playing guitar and coaching musicians. I play by ear and have trained myself to be comfortable sitting in with almost any band. I like to work with guitarists who know the basics and who are looking to take their music to the next level. I teach about song dynamics, techniques for playing with other musicians, transposing on the fly, achieving desired tone, rhythm, lead, finger picking, strum patterns, tuning, pedalboard arrangements, multi-effects, equipment selection, etc. Proficient with acoustic guitar and electric guitar. I do NOT teach how to read music or formal theory. If you are a guitarist who wants to explore a more organic style with less structure, we will probably get on well. I am especially fond of blues, classic & southern rock and praise/worship. I've worked with many church musicians as well as many rock/blues musicians to enhance their skills and bring a much more full range of ability to the table. I can also help you ...

About Joshua
I am passionate about music as a natural expression of mood, emotion and meaning. My focus is on fluidity and flexibility for any jam session as well as understanding where we fit... at that moment... in the overall sound. I help musicians to step out of the box without overpowering other instruments and I am good at identifying areas that need work. I am not a hard-line teacher... if you want to learn riffs, we can do that. If want to play cover songs, I'll teach you. If you would like to explore composition, I can help you achieve the right atmosphere with your instrument and vocals. I can work with beginners or intermediate-level guitarists. I'm excited to see what we can accomplish!
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Joshua S.

Franklin, MA 02038
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$84 / 60-min

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