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About Frankie P.

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Salem, MA
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About Frankie
Being a Berklee College of Music Graduate with a Masters in Music
Education from Boston University, I have been playing for almost 30
years and teaching private lessons for 15+, I am a Professional
Instructor that has the ability and resources to teach several styles
ranging from Rock to Classical to Jazz to Country to Metal. In other
words, anything you want to learn I can teach you or your child using the songs and exercises necessary to help you become a real musician.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons are tailored to you and your wants as a musician. Whether
you have an electric, acoustic, or classical guitar, along with various method books, I have the music,
print outs, and instructional material to make sure you progress as you
should.

The lessons will help you learn to play guitar through chord diagrams,

theory, charts, examples, and exercises, as well as anything you hear on
the radio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a lot of guitars, amps, pedals, woodwind instruments, keyboards, and recording equipment. Instruments everywhere!

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students should have their own instrument and method book. Other that that, I provide all other handouts and supplemental material and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
I work the most in rock, bluegrass, country, contemporary, and jazz styles.
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Anetta June 10, 2017
· Piano ·
Frankie teaches the perfect mix of fun and serious technique! His care to make sure the student not only learns but understands why and what they are learning has me excited to stick with piano for the long haul! I can't wait to se what future lessons bring! :)
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Matthew December 29, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
Great, knowledgeable teacher. Highly recommend.
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Skye B. April 30, 2016
· Clarinet · In home
He quickly assess my dayghter's level and began immediately teaching her new notes and how to read music.
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Frankie P.

Frankie P.

Salem, MA 01970
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About Ronald K.

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Shrewsbury, MA

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About Ronald
I am a conservatory trained (St. Olaf College BM, Peabody Conservatory MM) professional oboe player. I played for many years in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestral and am currently the second oboe in Symphony New Hampshire. I have free-lanced around the greater Boston area since 1987 playing orchestral music and chamber music professionally. I have also taught oboe students since 1987. Much of the teaching was through public school systems such as Newton, Natick, Concord and Shrewsbury. I have a room in my house dedicated to music. It has separate access from the rest of our house (our dog and my own kids!) I do love sharing music with people of all ages. My students get not only advice on how to play the oboe but also a perspective of music history and theory in so far as it pertains to the music one is learning.
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Magdalena August 15, 2016
· Oboe · In home
Mr. Kaye has been teaching my 11 year old daughter since mid June (6 weeks). He has great knowledge and has helped my daughter correct bad habits she picked up for past 2 years from her previous teacher. She has gained greater respect and understanding of Oboe.

Mr. Kaye is an incredible Oboist and is very easy going. He treats my daughter as budding talent and has patience. He encourages her and praises her. It is a pleasure to watch my daughter progress.

My daughter and I would highly recommend Mr. Kaye to anybody who wants to learn to play an oboe.
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Natalia June 22, 2016
· Oboe · In studio
Wonderful teacher! The constructive criticism was very much apprecied and needed. Ron is very patient with my daughter and helped identify bad habits she acquired from previous instructors. We look forward to continuing the lessons.
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Ronald K.

Ronald K.

Shrewsbury, MA 01545
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$30 / 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
and Albany Records.
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Rick January 27, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Bill is the best teacher around. His extensive performance experience makes all the difference - he knows every tip, trick and nuance in the book that changes every piece from just a set of notes to a performance of color, grace and subtlety. His knowledge of the guitar repertoire never fails to amaze. And he's wonderfully patient with everyone - you don't have to play like Bream or Russell
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Bill B.

Bill B.

Brockton, MA 02301
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$80 / 60-min

About Alex R.

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Cambridge, MA

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Alex is a Boston-based guitarist and educator. At the age of 17, Alex turned his musical interests from classical violin to bluegrass guitar, and has yet to reconsider. After completing an undergraduate biology degree at Cornell University in 2011, he returned to the vibrant Boston music bluegrass scene, studying privately with Berklee professor John McGann. In 2014, Alex started the folk duo, No Bones About It, which has performed around the northeast, including performances at the Freshgrass Music Festival and Club Passim, as well as completing a country-wide tour of New Zealand. In March 2016, Alex joined the April Verch Band, with whom he tours around the globe.
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Mick August 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Alex is great. He is very patient and supportive. He does a great job of explaining things without overwhelming me with too much information to process. He keeps me interested by changing things up and challenging me every lesson. I'm an adult beginner, and Alex strikes a great balance between teaching me music that I want to learn and things that will help me become a better player. I highly recommend Alex as a teacher.
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Joe June 20, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I've had 5 lessons with Alex and have already seen incredible improvement. Alex's methodology is to teach lessons but taking a song you really would like to learn, and walking you through the steps necessary to be playing it seamlessly and quickly. He throws in musical theory and other important elements of learning the instrument in there as well. I love that he always emails me a rundown of our lesson via email after the lesson so I can be reminded of things when practicing. He is extremely accommodating with his schedule, which I also really appreciate. Overall, it's been an incredibly enjoyable experience and I recommend Alex to anyone trying to learn!
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Jeremy D. September 10, 2016
· Mandolin · In studio
I had a great experience with Alex. He is very flexible and catered each lesson to my learning style and goals. You can learn music theory, technique, and how to have fun playing music with your instrument. I kept finding that one hour flew by with the amount of music that was being played. I highly recommend to anyone on both sides of the spectrum; someone who knows exactly what they want to achieve and someone who doesn't know where to begin.
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Alex R.

Alex R.

Cambridge, MA 02139
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About Benjamin Y.

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Boston, MA

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Benjamin is a musician in the Boston area. He has been studying music since the age of 3. His background includes Violin, Cello, Percussion, Drum Set, Voice, Electric Bass, and Upright Bass. He is currently a student at Berklee College of Music, majoring in Upright Bass Performance. He has studied with Dave Zinno, John Lockwood, Bruce Gertz, and Susan Hagen. He has performed with John Oates, New York Voices, and Kevin Mahogany.

Benjamin has been teaching privately for 4 years. In that time he has gotten students accepted into various competitions. Benjamin is a strong believer in fundamentals, and technique, but utilizes real musical examples to teach such aspects of music.

Benjamin is mainly a jazz/contemporary musician, but he is also well versed in classical bass. As well as traditional music theory. In his studies, Benjamin h
as also become very skilled at contemporary harmony, and ear training.
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Walt February 20, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Great instructor. Focuses on the basics and provides a lot of encouragement which helps. Also, allows student to decide what they'd like to learn and allows you to select the type of music you are most interested in.

Highly recommended!
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Allison January 23, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
Benjamin is great. He has the task of teaching a 46 year old longtime electric bass player and a 12 year old electric bass player (father/daughter). He is teaching us both the fundamentals of the upright bass, which is such a different instrument. We look forward to continued lessons with Benjamin.
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Benjamin Y.

Benjamin Y.

Boston, MA 02115
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$20 / 30-min
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About Brittany S.

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North Grafton, MA

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I am a professional violinist/violist as well as an English teacher/tutor. I started violin when I was 4 years old with private, group, and orchestra lessons for 14 years. During high school I was a member of a touring orchestra, which traveled to the Dominican Republic, Louisiana, and Mississippi. I also auditioned for and participated in the Central Massachusetts District Music Festival with violin and viola for 4 years, as well as the Massachusetts All-State Music festival for 3. My senior year in high school I was the top performing female violist in the All-State orchestra. After high school I attended Framingham State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English, with minors in History and Music. I currently attend Simmons College where I am working towards my Master of Arts in Teaching. Since high school I have been a nanny, a
tutor, and a teacher. I currently teach private violin and viola lessons. I also tutor students for writing, reading, and organizational skills.
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Miriam September 29, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Brittany is a very nice teacher. My daughter loves to come to her lessons.
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Kailey P. June 16, 2017
· Violin · In studio
She is a wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable instructor. A PLeasure to learn from.
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Brittany S.

Brittany S.

North Grafton, MA 01536
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$35 / 30-min

About Hannah C.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

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About Hannah
I am a woman of many hats, as you can most likely see by the subjects in which I offer lessons! I am a recent graduate of Simpson College, a small liberal arts school in the Midwest, with a double major in Vocal Performance and Mathematics. I am also a graduate of the International Baccalaureate program in high school, making me a strong writer and communicator. I am currently attending the Boston Conservatory for my Master's of Vocal Performance and I specialize in opera.

My goal is to always give you the most personalized experience possible! Whether it's a voice lesson or a math tutoring session, I cater the entire time to your exact needs and work outside our sessions to make sure I come in as prepared as possible to give you the exact experience you want.

I would love to talk to you in more detail about any of my areas of expe
rtise! Please feel free to get ahold of me and we can discuss what will best help you achieve your goals.
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Kip July 6, 2017
· Opera Voice · Online
Hannah was the music director at the Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church in Carlisle, Iowa for the past three years, and was a wonderful addition to our congregation! I serve as the pastor of that church, and was always impressed with Hannah's ability to help not only plan the music for worship - this include weekly hymn selections - but also her incredible singing voice and vocal range. She will be missed dearly, and I do not hesitate in the least to recommend her expertise and skills in teaching.
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Kim June 7, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Hannah is kind, patient, and knowledgeable. She is extremely musical and has a beautiful voice - and she plays the piano well! I highly recommend her!
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Hannah C.

Hannah C.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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$30 / 30-min

About Jason S.

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Brookline, MA

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Born and raised in Kenya, I'm a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and producer. I received a partial scholarship to Berklee College of Music as part of their African Scholars Program, and in August of 2010, left Nairobi for Boston to pursue an Professional Diploma in Songwriting. While studying at Berklee, I was awarded the Pat Pattison Award in 2014 in recognition of outstanding musicianship in the songwriting department, and as part of the graduating class of 2015, chosen to give the commencement address as student speaker.

My love of music began at an early age but it wasn't until I was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure at the age of fifteen, that I turned to songwriting as a way to process the experience. My passion for songwriting grew steadily and I spent hours and hours listening to music, analyzing why the songs worke
d. After two years of dialysis, I had a successful kidney transplant in 2007! I credit the experience for adding depth, purpose and identity to my songwriting.

When teaching songwriting, I like to take a holistic approach. Students learn to recognize, explore and apply the four basic building blocks of songs, Rhythm, Melody, Harmony and Lyrics. My lessons also focus on helping students express themselves authentically and discover their original musical identity. Above all I believe that songwriting should be fun and stress-free. I aim to create an atmosphere in which the student feels relaxed and confident.

My goal is to get you to where you want to be. I believe that anyone with a desire to write songs can: I will give you the tools, and you decide what you'll decide what you want to build with them.

I look forward to working with you and helping you along your songwriting journey.
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Jason S.

Jason S.

Brookline, MA 02445
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$25 / 30-min

About Tai O.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

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I am a professional singer specializing in operatic repertoire; however, I am equally comfortable in other genres having grown up singing gospel, pop, and everything in between. I have sung with companies such as the London Handel Festival; Innsbruck Festival of Early Music; Finnish National Opera; Brisbane Baroque; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Royal Opera House; The Dallas Opera; Birmingham Opera Company; San Diego Opera; English Touring Opera; Opera Parallèle; Deutsche Oper Berlin; and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence to name a few.

I am currently working towards a Doctor of Musical Arts in Historical Performance at Boston University and hold degrees in Music Education, Vocal Performance, and Opera Performance from Stetson University (BME), Boston University (MMus), the New England Conservatory of Music (GDip), the Royal College of Mus
ic International Opera School (ArtDip).

Throughout my career, I have been exposed to a variety of teaching styles and methods. I have been fortunate to have wonderful teachers guide me through the process of becoming an artist. Having performed professionally on some of the world’s premiere stages, I have a strong desire to impart the knowledge and wisdom that I have attained; teaching each student according to their own needs. It is my belief that each student should not be solely dependent on their teacher. My teaching approach is one that allows the student to slowly become one’s own teacher; building daily confidence in their own practice and technique. I teach my students to build good, healthy habits in their practicing and performing through breath support, resonance, and body alignment. I strive to create a positive and supportive environment but will also challenge each student according to their level.
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Matt October 15, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Tai is incredibly patient and gifted at knowing several ways to achieve the success and goals that you want. He is very helpful and knowledgeable about singing, repertoire, and performance practice. His lessons are positive and has made singing fun for me again.
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Reina October 11, 2017
· Opera Voice ·
Tai Oney's musicality paired with his intelligence allows him to not only be a wonderful instructor but a phenomenal performeras well. His education and performance experience will tailor to any level of singer.

He has a great personality and will work hard to achieve the results you are looking for in a singer.
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Tai O.

Tai O.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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$34 / 30-min

About Alistair W.

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Dorchester, MA

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About Alistair
I began my collegiate education in the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music studying under the internationally acclaimed violinist Piotr Milewski and Ariel String quartet. Later on studying under Evgeny Zvonnikov and the St. Petersburg String Quartet. While there, served as a section leader under the baton of Mark Gibson during the Beethoven and Mahler Festivals. Additionally, I was section leader in the suprima chamber orchestra which had seen concerts throughout the US and Russia. Premiered chamber/orchestral works by contemporary composers, and participated as a section violinist of the Queen City Opera.
Afterwards, I pursued my Master of Music in violin performance. I was a graduate assistant under stipend and full scholarship at the Texas Christian University, studying under the tutelage of Dr. Misha Galaganov. As a graduate ass
istant, I worked directly for Dr. Galaganov teaching violin lessons to students who were studying music as a minor. As I would teach these lessons, my professor would give me feedback on the progress of my students. During this time I also had the pleasure of playing in the Odysseus North Texas chamber Orchestra which one third place in the orchestral division of the national "American Prize" competition.
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Alistair W.

Alistair W.

Dorchester, MA 02121
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$30 / 30-min

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