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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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Tate September 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Aaron knows how to work with kids. After 30 minutes my 6 yo came out confident and ready to play!! He doesn’t realize that he still is terrible because he at least knows one chord!! Lol!
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Howie March 26, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Very helpful and informative instruction.
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Michael March 7, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor. Aaron came to my house which made it easy for me. The hour always went by very fast and we had a great time!
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Aaron B.

Auburndale, MA 02466
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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.

Dorchester Center, MA 02124
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About Tegan S.

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Somerville, MA
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About Tegan
I have taught private instruction and group instruction in such varied subjects as Music Theory/Ear Training, Woodwinds, and Crochet. I completed a B.A. of Music at University of Massachusetts - Boston, in August, 2014. As a working musician, I currently perform oboe with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra (Dir. James Orent) and the University of Massachusetts - Boston Chamber Orchestra (Dir. Dr. Jon C. Mitchell). I have most recently studied under Dr. Emilian Badea in both Oboe and Accordion, with Bulent Guneralp in Piano and Voice, and with Dr. David Patterson for Music Theory, Ear Training, Arrangement and Composition. Music has been an important part of my life for over 20 years.

For information regarding my approach to instruction of a specific subject, please click on the name of the subject listed above for a full description.

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s I do not have access to a car, I prefer that students come to my home studio in Somerville, or that they be within public transit options.

N.B. I own a dog, so for those with allergies, it might be best to meet in your own home.
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Raquel G. January 29, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
My daughter just took her first lesson with Tegan. Tegan was very professional, friendly, patient and put my daughter at ease right from the start. She is easy to get along with and very knowledgeable.....and works great with kids which is very important in order to keep them motivated. Looking forward to more lessons with Tegan!
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Tianrui September 17, 2017
· · In home
Tegan was patient and energetic! We look forward to working with her!
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Gauri A. January 29, 2016
· Piano · In home
My daughter simply loves her piano class. Thanks for making the class so interesting
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Tegan S.

Tegan S.

Somerville, MA 02145
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About Janet B.

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Bellingham, MA

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Music is every person's birthright. It's a way of knowing, a way of being. Music is multi-cultural. Music learning will open up pathways in your brain that will make it easier to learn other subjects. It provides a way of expressing yourself and an outlet for your joy and pain.

What aspects of music would you like to learn? I have taught piano and music theory for 25 years and Music Together classes for families with young children for 15 years. Currently singing A cappella, 4 part harmony with Women of Note chorus and All 4 WoN quartet. Presently studying advanced music theory and arranging as a candidate of Harmony Inc.'s contest judging program.

I have many years of experience teaching children and adults of all skill levels and abilities. Students with autism, attention deficit disorder, sensory issues and other learning d
ifferences are welcome and treated with patience, kindness and respect. I have extensive experience with this population and have cultivated many resources and relationships with experts that guide me in teaching individuals with special needs. Every child in my program will be taught as an individual with his/her own unique learning style. Developmentally appropriate techniques will be used along with teaching strategies that cater to each child's personality and learning temperament.

Teenagers are busy people who juggle so many responsibilities. In addition to teaching their lessons and helping them to grow musically, I will provide them with practice strategies that will fit into their hectic schedules.

I also enjoy teaching adults of every skill level. There is no rush, no stress. Just the pride and excitement of learning something new. So if learning to play piano or sing has always been on your bucket list, let's tackle it together and make it happen!
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Connor November 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My son loved his 1st lesson, and is looking forward to more.
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Chrissy Petersen April 3, 2016
· Piano · Online
Janet loves music, loves teaching, and loves people. You will not find a more dedicated and compassionate teacher of the arts. In the 14 years that I have known Janet, music, teaching, and family has been her priority. Her skills continuously grow as she has explored music in many different settings such as early childhood music, piano accompaniment, and choir singing.
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Christina April 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My daughter, who is now 23, began her piano instruction at a very young age with Janet. Janet was the first one to instill good habits, finger positions, musical attitudes, and a genuine enjoyment of playing for her. She still loves to play her fast classical pieces, which I'm sure Janet recalls fondly.

Thank you Janet, for being the first to guide my daughter to blossom her natural talent. You are a beautiful part of the tapestry of our lives :)
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Janet B.

Bellingham, MA 02019
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About Matthew H.

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Stoneham, MA
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About Matthew
Hello, my name is Matthew and I’m an experienced guitar teacher and performer. I play all sorts of styles from rock, jazz, hiphop, to even the most modern music today. I’m the most easy going teacher you can find, but I can also help you succeed beyond your expectations. All I want is my students to know that they can achieve anything they intend out of these lessons. In addition, I have experienced in the music business and can provide you guidance for your goals with music. I look forward to hearing from you.
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David N. May 21, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Matt was fantastic answered all my questions was very patient and showed up on time I can't wait for my next lesson David
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Rebeca May 14, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Matt is an excellent teacher, he is very patient and thorough with his lessons. He is really knowledgeable on guitar and music theory. I totally recommend him as an instructor.
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Matthew H.

Stoneham, MA 02180
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About Caio M.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

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Caio is a Brazilian drummer, producer and engineer who started formal drum lessons at the age of eight. At sixteen, Caio started teaching music and seeking higher education skills. At the age of nineteen attended the Souza Lima Conservatory (Brazil) the biggest conservatory for Jazz and Brazilian music in South America. Meanwhile, Caio attended high education seminars abroad representing his country such as the IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz) and the IRSA (International Rhythm Studies Association). In 2017, he achieved his Bachelors at Berklee College of Music with degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, where he expanded his skills learning about producing and arranging for different formats of bands and music, and also expanded his knowledge of live shows, production and performance. Caio has had the opportuni
ty to learn with Casey Scheurell, Neil Smith, Tony Thunder Smith, George Russell Jr., Didier Lockwood, Enrique de Almeida, André Marques, Alaor Neves, David Liebmann, Victor Alcântara, Daniel Alcântara, Sizão Machado, and others.
Caio has been working around the globe as a musician, sound engineer and producer, working in the company of names such as Berklee College of Music, Robert Plant, Carol Burnett, The Pixies, Kansas, Charlie Puth, and others.
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Guilherme F. March 6, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Caio is a very talented musician with a ridiculous amount of knowledge. From drum rudiments to more advanced technique he has helped and inspired me a lot.
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Jimena March 5, 2018
· Music Performance · In studio
Great teacher! Besides being incredibly knowledgeable in drums, he's very patient and amazing at teaching. He told me he started teaching in Brazil when he was 16, and I could see that he has experience teaching. I was lucky to run into him by a recommendation of a friend that studies in Berklee, wich is where he studied Contemporary Writting. Would recommend 100%.
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Caio M.

Caio M.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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$20 / 30-min

About Scott M.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

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Hello fellow music lover!

My name is Scott, and I'm a musician with 15+ years of performance experience. I've studied performance at Berklee College of Music and performed in various configurations from funk/soul ensembles, to folk-rock bands and I write my own music that I perform as a solo artist.

I love teaching because it allows me to share my love of music and help people grow creatively in the direction of their choice. My feeling is, if you're choosing to invest in your artistic development, it should be an enjoyable experience based around what you're interested in learning about. To that end, all of my lessons are customized to the tastes and preferences of each student. We'll identify the goals you'd like to work towards, the music you want to play and take concrete steps in line with your creative vision.

My areas of e
xpertise include folk, blues, rock, soul, funk and pop music with particular interests in songwriting and improvisation. However, I'm versatile and open minded, so I'm willing to apply my skills to help you learn any style or sound that you are excited about!

Cheers,
Scott
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Khalil March 22, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great instructor with the knowledge to teach superbly, with the insight to reach high levels of efficiency!
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Dan March 13, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Scott is a patient and supportive teacher. He helped me tap into my musical intuition while also supporting a practical understanding of music theory. Working with Scott felt like having a mentor, rather a teacher, to support me on my musical journey.
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Kelly March 13, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Scott taught me introductory drums. Scott is warm, funny, and adaptable - he made learning fun and easy for me. I didn't feel dumb when I made mistakes, in no small part because Scott was very encouraging and pointed out the things I was doing well!

Another reason to take lessons with Scott - he's incredibly talented and plays multiple instruments. For example, I wanted to practice playing drums in a "band" setting, so Scott grabbed an electric bass and we started jamming.

10/10 would recommend, especially if you like laughing a lot while you learn a new skill!
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Scott M.

Scott M.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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$40 / 30-min

About Nathan S.

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Allston, MA

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I am a professional saxophonist, composer, and educator based in Boston, MA. I received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance. I have studied with George Garzone, Ralph Peterson, Tia Fuller, Shannon Leclaire. I have performed at Dizzy's Club Cola and Small's Jazz Club in New York City, Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, The Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in California.
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Soma C. October 18, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Great teacher! I enjoyed our lesson!
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Cara *. October 10, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Nathan is great in mixing music practical skills with the fun part of playing real pieces. He is teaching me to play by ear so it is very fun! I highly recommend him.
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Jonah July 27, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Amazing, Kind, and fun instructor! Gives great advice and tips. Can't wait for more lessons!
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Nathan S.

Nathan S.

Allston, MA 02134
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$34 / 30-min

About Junling V.

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Allston, MA
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To find the strength and temporary weakness on every students is the key of helping them to get close to their goals. I always gives good advices during lessons and also tailors the lessons based on the need of the students.
I always believe that creating a good bond with my students is the most important aspect of teaching. Ever since I had my experience with the teacher that changed my life, I have always not only had a love for playing piano but also a love for teaching. I have tried my absolute best to replicate her formula to share the wonderful experience I had with my current students, and it's something I plan on doing for the rest of my life.
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Victor September 12, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Working with Junling has improved my technique and musicality. She knows what to work on to bring out the best in your pieces.
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Junling V.

Allston, MA 02134
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About Larisa B.

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Boston, MA
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Larisa Bainton, soprano, has been an active performer and teacher in the Boston area for the past 2 years. She received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2016 and is currently working towards her Masters in Vocal Pedagogy at NEC.

Larisa has been teaching group music classes and private lessons since 2011, where she worked at a local music school in her hometown.

Along with her musical background, Larisa holds a Bachelors degree in Cognitive Science. Her teaching philosophies are entirely evidence-based. In voice lessons you can expect to learn vocal warm ups specified to your needs, age and skill-level appropriate repertoire, and musicianship skills that will enable you to practice and perform music on your own.

In the Boston area Larisa has performed with Opera 51, MassOpera (formerl
y MetroWest), New England Conservatory Opera Theater, and Promenade Opera Project. Globally she has performed with OperaWorks in California, in Hawaii with the Hawaii Performing Arts Center, and in Austria with the American International School of Music.
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Larisa B.

Larisa B.

Boston, MA 02115
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