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Malden, MA

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Each of the guitar lessons I teach is as varied as the students who take them, but their are some general areas that I try to focus on with every student, regardless of ability level.

The first area is technique. Identifying and addressing technical issues in both the right and left hands, and creating a personalized warm-up and practice routine to address those issues, is an important first step for both the brand new and the advanced player.

The second area of importance is music theory, but don't let that scare you off. I only teach enough theory as each student needs to get where they want to go on the guitar, and I take it as slow as I need to make sure that everything is understood clearly. This can be anything from knowing the names of the strings and learning some basic open chords for the beginner, to advanced picking and chord/melody etudes.

The third key area is repertoire. Technique and theory are great, but it's by applying these concepts to music which is ...

About Ian
Hello! My name is Ian, and whether you're young, old, a novice or a veteran, I can't wait to work together to help you achieve your creative goals. I've been singing for as long as I can remember, and began playing the guitar when I was 11 years old. I studied music and theatre at Salem State University, where I earned a B.A. in music in 2004. For the last 15 years I've been working as a freelance musician, music director and composer in and around the greater Boston and Providence areas.

I love teaching, and I try to make my lessons fun, engaging and personally tailored to help each student meet their unique goals. I've worked with individuals of all ages, ability levels and walks of life, and I have extensive experience helping students with a wide variety of special needs, such as those with autism, ADHD, anxiety disorders, physica
l disabilities, etc. I love teaching beginners, because it's such a pleasure to help someone navigate their way through what can be a very intimidating subject at first.
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Katherine H. February 19, 2013
· Singing ·
Great teacher and nice guy!

I started singing lessons as a complete beginner, although I am in my 30s. Ian was happy to teach me the basics and then we dove right in to something I was interested in learning to sing. He was easy to talk to and encouraging, but willing to point out what I could improve as well. I would recommend him to others.
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shellyj July 18, 2012
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Awesome teacher!!!

Took a couple singing lessons in the past with a different teacher and I didn't get very far. Ian has a great teaching style and I can already hear a difference in my singing just in the first few weeks of lessons. He is very encouraging, especially for a beginner like me. His constructive criticism is equally helpful. Highly recommended.
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GerritC July 7, 2012
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Fantastic, Genre Diverse Vocal Teacher

In addition to thoroughly addressing all of the issues that initially spurned my desire for vocal lessons, we also examined and exercised other critical areas that he brought to my attention, and laid a strong foundation for singing technique.
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Ian C.

Ian C.

Malden, MA 02148
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About Aaron B.

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Auburndale, MA

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About Aaron
I've been a full time professional musician for 13+ years and have toured all over the world performing with music icons like Chacka Khan, Beyonce, and many more. I have a lot of experience with many different styles of music and I love sharing this gift with anyone who's interested. My teaching philosophy is simple: Get students playing music! It's much easier to understand the nuts and bolts of music when put into the context of the music you like.

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I like to design a lesson plan for each individual student. The first lesson will begin with a basic assessment of skill level. We will discuss goals for the lessons then get down to work!
Students will learn:
1 Technique. the proper physicality to increase dexterity and avoid injury.
2 Music theory and comprehension. Usually through learning songs and analyzing
different concepts they incorporate
3 Ear-training/pitch recognition. Strengthening the ability to "pick up" new material more quickly and translate ones Ideas to the instrument.
4 Music appreciation/Musicality. Listening to new and different types of music focusing on the different elements that make up a great performer/performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio: piano, stereo system, no drum there! room to sit for parents
A1: drum kit, whole performance set up with recording studio, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
amplifiers, cd/mp3 player

*** Specialties ***
ear training, most musical styles (pop/rock, r&b, reggae, jazz , world)
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Darrell January 17, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Aaron was enthusiastic with my 14 year old son and introduced him to the basics of playing bass with some music theory and scales review, basic technique instruction, and some assigned exercises to practice at home. My son loved it and has been practicing as a result.
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Diego Puppin October 11, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
If you want to funk up your bass, Aaron is your person. A lot of road tricks that will make your tone great!
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Oscar August 31, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Aaron is the perfect teacher for my son. He clearly knows his stuff, but is really laid back in his approach, which helped a lot to relax my son and get him excited about learning guitar. Great experience.
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Aaron B.

Aaron B.

Charlestown, MA 02129
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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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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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suzanne November 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
great first lesson! bill was a great choice for me!
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Patricia R. April 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
He's the best. Will totally understand if I haven't had a chance to practice and still manages to make the lesson productive. He gives options on how I want to be taught and is willing to adjust. Have learned so much in so little time.
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Bil M.

Bil M.

Beverly, MA 01915
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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.

Jacob L.

Billerica, MA 01821
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$20 / 30-min

About Bob W.

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Middleton, MA

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I have a fun, step by step approach individualized for each student, based on your needs and goals. The emphasis is on FUN! Lessons are never overwhelming, dull or intimidating. Results are guaranteed if you do the work on a consistent basis. All Styles, All Levels! All aspects of music and music development!
I've been teaching guitar since 1980, with a PERFORMANCE DEGREE from Berklee College of Music. Performing/recording with many top world class artists since the late 70's; Larry Coryell, Chick Corea, Grover Washington, Joe Beck, Victor Bailey, Kenwood Dennard, and many more.

About Bob
Hi, Bob here...... very much looking forward to meeting you! I've been teaching music since 1980 (Guitar, Bass, Piano and Voice) and I love helping my students play well! Of course we throw jamming and/or composing music into the mix when desired and appropriate. Many of my students perform, and record their music.
I earned my degrees from the Berklee College of Music for Performance and Music Ed. in 1980. I founded my School of Music in 1983, which served as a prep school for Berklee and other schools. We offered private instruction, courses, ensembles and recording courses and producing artists and band's CD's. Many of my former students have become major stars and celebs in music.
I'm a warm, funny, passionate person. I love to teach and my teaching style is a patient, step by step, and custom tailored approach for your individu
al needs and goals. Always an emphasis on FUN! My philosophy as a teacher is to give you the tools and help you develop skills with them so that you can learn and grow musically on your own! I look forward to helping you reach and achieve all your goals!
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Henry M. October 19, 2017
· Banjo ·
Excellent instructor, I learned a lot from Bob very helpful.
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Lavinia October 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very patient and understanding... looking forward to more lessons!
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Henry M. September 27, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Very informative learning experience
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Bob W.

Middleton, MA 01949
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About Alex R.

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Cambridge, MA

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Alex has been a professional touring musician and teacher since 2011, teaching both privately and as an extension faculty member. He has worked with students of all ages and skill levels, tailoring his lesson plans for the needs of the student. Alex does not believe that one rigid method will fit for everyone, and tries to ensure that every student is having fun and learning in a personalized way. His specialties include flatpicking and fingerpicking the acoustic guitar.

About Alex
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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Andrew K. December 22, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Energetic, patient,full of praise. Straightforward discussion of music theory which is very helpfull
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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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Alex R.

Cambridge, MA 02139
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About Evan C.

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Warwick, RI

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Professional Musician trained by the New England Conservatory of Music. I work with you to meet and expand upon your goals as a musician. Each lesson is unique to the student and his or her needs. Strong focus in technique, ear training, learning songs, stylistic development, and how to function in a band!

About Evan
I am a professional upright and electric bass player located in Southern New England. I have years of experience as an educator, recording artist, and performer. I am currently pursuing my degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.

I can be found playing with a variety of bands and musicians across all genres. Carley is a member of the Boston based Wedding Band “Speechless,” the modern jazz group “Puppet Club”, and various freelance work. Some of his notable collaborator include Francisco Pais, Jhony Keys, Clay Nordhill, Mark Texiera, Daniella Schatcher, and many others.

I am interested in all styles of music and working with people of all ages and backgrounds! I want to help teach you how to teach yourself, how to practice, and how to grow as a musician. I can help you with everything from jaz
z, to rock, to classical music and beyond.
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Marianne November 2, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Evan is a patient and talented teacher! I highly recommend taking classes with him!
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John September 19, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I have been studying bass with Evan for 3 months now and he has been unbelievably helpful in my studies. He has tons of information and experience to share and always gives practice materials to address my weaknesses!
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Evan C.

Evan C.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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About Steven O.

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Medford, MA
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Learning Guitar can be fun! From beginners to advanced. With almost 30 years of playing and 10+ years of teaching experience, I can help you learn guitar while having fun. Any genre and both acoustic and electric are welcomed.
For beginners, we will start from the basics. Guitar and gear talk. Favorite band and music. Basic chords and notes.
For intermediate, we will talk about simple solos. Basic scales, chords, triads and arpeggios.
For advanced, we will talk about some great solos played by the masters(jazz, rock, blues). Guitar harmony and voice leading.

I really love teaching, sharing my musical knowledge and meeeing new people.

About Steven
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I am a musician, guitarist and a educator. I have been playing guitar for over 30 years. I have been playing Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk and Gypsy guitar. I have graduated from Berklee College of Music '07. At that time, I've played as an accompanist for the Berklee Vocal Dept. for many years and played shows with various faculties. I have been teaching music since 1999 privately. Also I am a faculty at the Seoul Digital University Music Dept. for 6 years and counting.

Interaction between players are one of the most important elements in music. As a musician, I highly value that. As for my teaching, I love to interact with my students. Hopefully I can let them know how music is wonderful like I did.

Thank you.
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Steven O.

Medford, MA 02155
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About Ana G.

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I'm fun, always try to teach from the knowledge my students have and build from there.

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My name is Ana Gouveia and I'm a 28-year-old gal who loves music, languages & science! I love helping others and have been praised for being a good teacher. Do you need help with computers, math, or something about music theory?

I'm here for ya!
For more information on my background please check out: localwiz.us
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Rebecca January 11, 2018
· Algebra · In home
Ana is a terrific Algebra tutor. Our daughter is a freshman and Ana is really helping her to not only understand the work but also learn ways to approach problem solving and assessments strategically. She is very positive, approachable and great with teens.
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Andrew January 1, 2018
· Civil Engineering · In studio
Ana is nice and smart. She is not only who you want to work with, she is who you want to work with your children.
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Ana G.

Boston, MA 02116
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About Matthew H.

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Stoneham, MA
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Guitar lessons with me can be in whatever form you would like to learn. Music Theory, learning to play your favorite songs, learning how to play with musicians, learning how to find a band, learning how to record, learning how to perform in front of people, or any style of learning you want. It’s entirely up to you, my goal is helping you find yourself as an artist or find yourself something to pass the time. It’s up to you.

About Matthew
Hello, Name is Matthew and I’m an experienced guitar player from the band The Sunset Kings Music. I play all sorts of styles from rock, jazz, hip hop, to even the most modern music today.. I’m the most easy going teacher you can find yet if you want me to push you to succeed beyond what you expect from yourself I can do that as well. All I want is my students to know that they will everything they intend out of these lessons. I’m in it to see you have fun, connect students, and most importantly play music. I’m experienced in the music business, and can help progress yourself in which ever way you want to progress. Look forward to hearing from you.
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Matthew H.

Stoneham, MA 02180
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