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About Andy J.

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Lexington, MA

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A thorough understanding of music theory can be of tremendous help to any musician, regardless of the instrument. As a guitar teacher, I usually teach music theory as it relates to the guitar. If the guitar is not your main instrument, I will explain certain concepts via piano/keyboard.

Depending on your background, we can start with basic music notation or jump straight into modal harmony or other topics.

My music theory lessons cover a lot of the material that is taught at Berklee's harmony courses. I would give you weekly assignments, so you can get some hands-on experience and deepen your understanding of the material. In essence, you can get a Berklee-like music theory education for a fraction of the cost at your own speed.

About Andy
Hi there! My name is Andy and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2002 and have loved helping my students to become good guitarists and musicians. I went to Berklee College of Music and earned a Bachelor of Music in 2002 (Magna Cum Laude).

I'm an open-minded and optimistic person. I have taught hundreds of students over the years and have developed a lot of my own teaching materials along the way. I'm very flexible in the way I teach and I always try to find out what type of learners my students are, so I can design a personalized practice plan for fast progress. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Rita March 8, 2018
· Guitar · Online
If you are looking for an instructor who is patient, willing to go at your pace, and answer all your questions, then, Andy is the instructor for you. I have been taking online lessons with him for over a year and have learned a lot. I always believed that you needed a skill to be able to play an instrument but I have come to learn that it takes passion, practice, and a very good teacher. I highly recommend Andy.
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Will March 16, 2016
· Guitar · In home
No better guitar teacher than Andy. I began with him when I was 10, and was able to progressive extremely because of his knowledge and methods of teaching. I am now 21 living in Paris, playing gigs and still remember and have all those sheets of scales he gave me years ago!

Anyway, hope all is well. If I ever find myself back in Dallas I will make sure to give you a call.
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Tim August 23, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
My daughter Jordan took lessons from Andy. He was great. She looked forward to the lessons and practiced between lessons. My wife and I highly recommend him to teach guitar to your child.
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Andy J.

Andy J.

Lexington, MA 02421
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About Jeanne W.

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Billerica, MA
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Students must learn their scales in major and minor which are the foundations in songwriting.

About Jeanne
I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a B.M. (Bachelor of Music in Applied Piano(Performance Degree). I also attended Eastern Nazarene College, where I received a Massachusetts state certificate to teach.
I've taught classroom music in public schools in Templeton, Boston and Somerville, Massachusetts, as well as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I also have experience teaching private piano in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
I have taught private piano to a student in Athol, Massachusetts who continued on to Berklee College of Music, where he graduated.
I am a singer/songwriter/keyboardist who has 2 albums out, appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, on ABC National Television, and "The Jimmy Kimmel Live Show." I was on National Public Radio(NPR), on the BBC in London, England and my song "In Canada", which is covered by another mu
sic group "The Suspects" is featured in a film, "Montana Amazon" starring Haley Joel Osmond, Alison Brie and Olympia Dukakis.

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I generally use the Schirmer and Thompson books for piano lessons. I don't consider myself strict but I do expect students to practice at least an hour a day.
3-6 months I do expect them to be able to start playing the piano and to know their notes and their locations.

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The studio is in a music room in the home with an upright piano w seating available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can go out and buy the books

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Jazz, experimental, rock and semi classical
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Eleina N. June 21, 2018
· Piano · In home
She is very good with children
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Eric P. April 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Jeanne was an amazing instructor! I really liked her personality and patienc. Jeanne really knows how to make the lessons fun and I would definitely recommend other students take lessons with her!
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Joyce February 5, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great experience Enjoy the teacher and lesson very much!
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Jeanne W.

Billerica, MA 01821
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About Phil S.

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Music Theory often scares beginning guitarists but it really shouldn't. When teaching theory, I always relate it to what the student is working on and make a point to demonstrate how to build upon it in a inspiring way. Words can't express the how everything starts to connect for the student when they learn how to conceptualize what is happening in the the music that moves them. Once these building blocks are learned, the student starts to identify the same exciting aspects in other music regardless of genre. In addition, I always make a point to connect every topic to the students ear so that they know when they hear it. This way, they can improvise, react with other musicians, and compose music effortlessly.

About Phil
With over 15 years experience teaching guitar lessons full time and performing internationally, I have enjoyed working with students ranging from beginner to advanced in all styles whether it be Jazz, Rock , Heavy Metal, Folk, Blues and everything in between. It is my goal as a teacher to evaluate your existing level and work to inspire you and to help achieve your goals. Whether you want to study Jazz Improvisation, Van Halen, James Taylor, or Guns and Roses, I believe all styles are interconnected and your technique, theory, ear-training, and musicianship can be developed through any style that interests you. Above all else, learning how to play the guitar should be FUN and INSPIRING! So, contact me on take lessons and lets get started!

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Phil's compositions showcase a variety of ideas and are quite effective at setting up the soloists to explore the various permutations suggested by his tunes. His compositional originality is matched by his incisive playing which ranges from "inside" lyricism to hard edged, riff based, screaming rock and satisfying surreal textures aided by his intelligent use of electronics."
- David Kane, Cadence Music

"With demonstrative technique, Phil is cognizant of the tradition but thinks outside of the box."
-Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
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Akhter April 25, 2016
· Blues Guitar · Online
My son likes the instructor a lot. He has been learning from him for close to a year now.
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John F. January 8, 2015
· Music Performance · In studio
Although I'm not technically a student of Phil's, I learn a lot from him every time I play and teach with him. We perform regularly at Berklee, where I'm a professor, and we give concerts and masterclasses all over the Northeast together (most recent was at Cornell). Phil's a warmhearted, patient, brilliant teacher and an outstanding and creative musician, seamlessly putting together everything he knows--jazz, shredding, classical--there's no boundaries for him! He's great at explaining things, and he never belittles a question, no matter how dumb you might have thought it was. Phil's a great friend and a great teacher. -John Funkhouser, Berklee College of Music, Boston
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Mike W. December 23, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
In addition to being the most talented guitarist and musician I have ever had the opportunity to play with, Phil is an astoundingly good teacher. I've played guitar for 8 years and taken private lessons the entire time. Phil has been my teacher for the past 2 years and in that time I have progressed as a musician more than I could have ever imagined. Phil has been the biggest factor in my decision to major in music, due to his unrivaled musical talent, his kind, unassuming, (and funny) demeanor and his seemingly limitless knowledge of the fretboard. He is well versed in so many genres of music, and has such an effortless grasp on improvisation. Any guitarist, from immediate beginners to seasoned professionals, can learn so much from Phil. Need I say more?
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Phil S.

Wakefield, MA 01880
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About Christopher B.

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Bellingham, MA

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Hello! Teaching students at beginner and intermediate levels of music theory, I feel I can provide a solid foundation and understanding of the basics and some of the more advanced concepts and schools of thought in music theory. My experience writing songs will also provide you with a basic set of skills for writing your own.

Through our lessons, you can expect to learn or solidify your knowledge of music theory basics and move through history and the development of music to build an understanding of how music is written, as well as learn some basic composition skills.

About Christopher
Hello! My name is Chris B. and I'm excited for the opportunity to work with you! I have extensive teaching and performance experience throughout New England, and I'm excited to use my skills and experience to help you learn and achieve.

I've recently graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rhode Island College, and am continuing pursuit of a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. I've studied Classical Percussion with Michael DeQuattro at Rhode Island College, as well as drum set with Michael Odabashian, drummer for Zander Bleck and Kicking Harold. I've performed solo and with many groups in New England and abroad, including, but not limited to: the New England Intercollegiate Band, the Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble, and American Music Abroad's 2013 Liberty Tour of Europe.
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Christopher B.

Christopher B.

Bellingham, MA 02019
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About Alex C.

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Medford, MA
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I am classically trained with a love of traditional folk music. With these two experiences I am able to teach a wide range of music theory, from the basics right through to arranging pieces of music for a large number of instruments. I can also teach how to recreate an authentic folk tune on sheet music.

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Alex C.

Medford, MA 02155
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$60 / 30-min
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About Anna K.

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Music is more enjoyable! when you know the theory behind it!

About Anna
Having started my musical path as a singer/soloist in a children's choir "Little Singers of Armenia" I got introduced to the world of classical music from a very young age. At the same time, I was attending a local music school where I would sing jazz and contemporary tunes. My efforts in the choir granted me various concert tours and performances around the world. Among them were recitals and performances in UK, Japan, Sweden, Russia, Georgia, Latvia, etc.
My solo musical journey started at the age of 11 when I won the First Prize in "Singing Armenia" national music festival. My great passion for music was not only limited to singing as I explored choral conducting under the mentorship of notable conductor maestro Tigran Hekekyan. With already 3 first prizes in national festivals I also became the First Prize winner in the contemporary v
ocals category during the "Renaissance" international music festival. In 2016, I started my own band called "The Steps". The band's active tight performing schedule did not stop me from earning my Bachelor's Degree in Arts. Teaching is my passion as I loves sharing ideas and personal experiences with talented people. I consider those interactions to be the key to my success as a singer since many artistic questions find their answers during the teaching process.
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Anna K.

Somerville, MA 02143
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About Jacob L.

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Somerville, MA

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Experienced Teacher of 5 years specializing in Music Theory, Recording & Production, and Piano lessons for beginner and intermediate students! I like to start by asking why my students are interested in learning Music Theory so that I can tailor my lesson plan toward each students personal goals and aspirations. This way, instead of simply memorizing rules, my students can understand why each topic is important in an overall sense. If you are interested, feel free to send a message and see if we're a good match!

About Jacob
I am a professional songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and recording artist. I graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelors of Music, specifically Jazz and Music Production.

Music Theory students can expect to work each week on understanding core music theory concepts. Some of the practice each week will include analyzing classical pieces, and writing out exercises on staff paper, but a large portion of the lesson is about applying the concepts to contemporary music and even to original compositions by the student. I encourage students to explore how these concepts present themselves in the genres of music that my students are interested in. Understanding how an indie rock guitarist utilizes functional harmonic theory differently from a classical jazz artist provides context for the theory that I've found is usually lacking. Learni
ng theory is best when students are excited to practice them!

I teach beginner and intermediate piano students. I've been playing piano for 10+ years with a concentration in contemporary keyboard and musical theater. Depending on the needs of the student, we can work on sight reading and classical technique, or learning how to read chord sheets and tabs online in order to play contemporary songs.

As a professional touring and recording artist, I like to work songwriting into all of my lesson plans. For any student particularly interested in songwriting, I can make that a much larger portion of the lessons. Songwriting is a uniquely intimate art. Rather than tell a student how I think they should write songs, I strive to empower the student to be able to make the artistic decisions that they want. By making conscious decisions based on their musical knowledge, the student can grow his or her's own unique songwriting voice.

My personal passion is contemporary songwriting, but my own musical journey included many genres like Classical, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Theater, and more. I would not be the songwriter I am today without all these different experiences, so my goal has always been to foster passion and excitement for the material any student is learning.
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Jacob L.

Jacob L.

Brighton, MA 02135
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About Brad A.

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I can teach basic and advanced music theory as well as advanced jazz concepts.

About Brad
I use my 28 years of experience playing piano to help students enjoy music in whatever way they want; whether it's learning their favorite pop song, writing and professionally recording an original tune, or learning that difficult piece that they never thought they would be able to play. It's all about finding the best way to have fun with music and getting the satisfaction that learning an instrument offers.

I believe that learning music can be a fun, almost magical experience with a good teacher. I have created the North Shore Piano Studio to create an inspiring atmosphere to share my love of music with others. I have taught hundreds of students how to play piano and each student is unique in how they learn. My goal is to help each one get the most they can out of a music education and have fun doing it.
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Danielle May 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Brad is a kind, patient teacher and has helped me a lot with my piano playing. I have been learning from him for almost 2 months and have gotten a lot better in such a short time. He knows so much about music and always has good ideas on how I can improve quickly.
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Brad A.

Lynn, MA 01904
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About Matt S.

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Boston, MA

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I specialize in jazz theory, but am also well educated in classical music theory. I am an alumni or Berklee and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute where I took courses such as Reharmonization Techniques, Post Bebop Harmonic Innovations, Advanced Modal Harmony, Advanced Harmonic Techniques, and Harmonic Consideration in Improvisation. I was also taught extended harmonic techniques from Danilo Perez himself that I am beyond eager to share with my students.

Also teaching private lessons: Clarinet/Saxophone/Flute

About Matt
I have performed in jazz festivals around the world, toured Eastern Europe as a classical clarinetist in an orchestra, and am a member of Sir Ralph Peterson's famous Fo'tet. I am great with children and pride myself at being able to tailor my advanced musical knowledge to any student regardless of skill level. I guarantee every lesson will educate, and I hope to inspire my students to continue studying music throughout their lives!
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Ken August 2, 2018
· Music Performance · In studio
Matt Stubbs is the most uniquely talented young individual on clarinet, and one of the most creative+technically facilitated improvisors of his generation. He has a deep understanding of the woodwind family as he doubles on all the saxes as well as bass clarinet. He is extremely knowledgeable in woodwind technique, improvisation, composition, and arranging. The dedication he shows towards the craft is impressive in and of itself. Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate, or an advanced student, you will quickly discover that he has more to offer than you could ever imagine. I highly recommend taking his lessons. Plus, he just has an amazing personality and a great sense of humor!
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Matt S.

Boston, MA 02215
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About Jeff M.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

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Interested in composing and improvising music? Recent New England Conservatory graduate has a unique training in Composition, Jazz Piano, and Music Theory. This is coupled with real world professional experience including his time playing with main stage entertainment, accompanying broadway style singers, and performing nightly solo lounge piano throughout Alaska, Canada, and the Caribbean. His curriculum nurtures the dialectic between love, passion, and excitement being the forefront of musical studies, and a stern understanding of the practical necessities required if a student wishes to take the pursuit to a conservatory and/or professional level. This includes studies in technique relevant to their specific discipline, music theory, ear training, and most importantly listening assignments that broaden the student’s musical palate. All ages and levels welcome.

About Jeff
Boston-based composer and jazz pianist Jeffrey earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Frank Carlberg, Anthony Coleman, Kati Agocs, Bert van Herck, and John Malia. An experienced and devoted teacher of piano and composition, he has a particular interest in training students in the skills of improvisation, composition, and music theory.

At NEC, Jeff wrote a number of original compositions, all performed by the NEC Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra under Jeff’s direction. After three years at NEC, he took a leave of absence in order to research different tuning systems and gain a better conceptual understanding of harmony. During this time, he worked as a showband pianist with Norwegian Cruise Lines and traveled throughout the East Caribbean, West Caribbean, the Ca
nadian Maritimes, and Alaska, playing jazz sets and accompanying cabaret singers and other guest entertainers on the mainstage. While aboard ship, Jeff devoted his free time to his own musical development and composition, culminating in the work All the Anthills, an etude for solo violin in 5-limit extended just intonation. (This piece was later premiered by violinist Isabella Costanza and was the subject of Jeff’s Capstone project for his Theory Minor at NEC.)

Jeff’s teaching career began coaching musical theater students at the Theater Arts Workshop in his native Westchester County, New York. While still in his early teens, Jeff maintained a busy performing schedule, participating in and having works performed by ensembles such as the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Jazz Big Band and Small Jazz Ensemble and the InterSchool Orchestras of New York Symphony. He was concurrently selected to conduct a six week internship directing the school bands in his own elementary and middle schools. During the summers, he worked as a counselor at summer music festivals such as the New York State Summer Music Festival and French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. During his time at NEC, Jeff completed another semester-long teaching internship, which included mentoring a college student at Emmanuel College in music reading skills, piano, and music theory. Since his recent graduation from NEC in May 2018, he has kickstarted a private music teaching studio in a pursuit to give back to the musical community from which he has learned so much.
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Jeff M.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons in Boston, MA

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons in Boston is $63. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $40 and $117 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$39 average
$67
45-min $32
 
$51 average
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60-min $40
 
$63 average
$117

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music theory lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music theory lessons are 20% less expensive at $51, and 30-minute lessons cost 39% less at $39.

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