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About Mara D.

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Brighton, MA
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About Mara
I graduated with a BFA in Acting/Theatre from the theatre program at Syracuse University (SU). At SU, I also studied in the Setnor School of Music, taking choir, music theory, and competing with a collegiate a cappella group. Through my undergrad degree, I studied at the Globe Theatre in London and spent a semester taking classes with Broadway and TV/Film Casting agents in New York City. I have performed professionally in Scotland, New York, and toured many theatres and schools in Chicago, Wisconsin, and Indiana. I have experience music directing, directing, choreographing, and teaching acting and voice for elementary/middle/high school students and programs around the Chicagoland area. I am currently pursuing a Master's in Theatre Education at Emerson College, and want to continue teaching private lessons. My current students are all per
forming and credits include: Young Simba in The Lion King on Broadway, Billy Eliot in Billy Eliot the Musical at Porchlighr Music Theatre, Child Spirit in the Magic Flute at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Adelaide (u/s) in Guys and Dolls at William Street Repertory, and other TV, commercial and Print Ad credits.

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I am energetic, positive, and specific. Singing can be easy and fun and I hope to instill that in all my students. I like to get work done while still smiling and laughing. In lessons, we will focus on properly using your breath and body to have the best technique possible. Whether you want to sing classical repertoire in your all-state choir, get into a competitive musical theatre BFA program, win scholarships, audition for Broadway or Disney, or belt a pop song better in your car/shower, I can definitely help you! Between 1 to 6 months, you can expect to have a stronger and fuller voice/sound, feel more confident singing/acting, and perform with more ease. We will stretch your vocal range so you begin to sing even higher and lower than before! I like to start the lesson with warm-ups and vocalizations, work in a little music theory, and then work on repertoire. I have many repertoire books and can help you choose songs that best fit your age, gender, and personality. However, you can also have the option of bringing in pieces you need to work on for auditions, shows, or just for fun! I encourage students to record the lesson so that you can practice between lessons and record notes if you are learning a song. I think music and theatre allows people to express themselves, gain confidence, and use their creativity/imagination. Great technique is a solid foundation for developing skills and individuality in your craft and a long career.

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I have an electric piano.

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Voice - Kristen Linklater, Alexander Technique, Doug Peck (musical theatre)
Dance - Modern, Jazz, Broadway, and Contemporary
Acting - Meisner, Stanislavsky, Viewpoints, Physical Theatre, Basic Acrobatics,
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Wendy G. December 11, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Mara was great at pinpointing what I needed to do to get better sound and resonance. I would return to her again
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Nora M. December 7, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I had a great first lesson. She listened to my goals and concerns about my voice and then in a short half hour lesson worked me though many exercises that really helped me address my concerns and are helping me reach my goals. She is friendly and easy to work with but good at keeping me on track.
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Olivia A. October 20, 2015
· Singing · In home
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Mara D.

Brighton, MA 02135
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About Danielle S.

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Salem, MA

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I am a piano-playing singer/songwriter and graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Professional Music focusing on songwriting, performance, and teaching. I was a leader of my high school music ministry (choir) for four years (Bishop Brady H.S., Concord NH) and volunteered as a 2nd grade Sunday School teacher (Immaculate Heart of Mary, Concord, NH) in my senior year. I have several years of performance experience having performed at The Farm Bar & Grille in Essex, MA, the Lizard Lounge and Cantab Lounge both in Cambridge, MA. I have appeared on Community Auditions (2011) and compose music for local independent film company Door Eleven Productions. I have long had a passion for music and would feel rewarded to be able to pass my knowledge onto you! I am friendly, patient and open to just about any genre of music you would be i
nterested in exploring. I am also able to provide a solid foundation of proper breath management, vocal exercises focusing on pitch and technique, and sight-reading. My goal is for you to be able to thoroughly develop your skills as a singer and performer!

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I am laid-back but hardworking and expect an equal level of commitment from my students. I am primarily interested in teaching beginner-intermediate level pupils. Prospective students can expect to start each lesson with vocal exercises focusing on breath support, posture and pitch. Any professional performer understands the importance of warming up prior to performing! Once properly warmed up, you give your voice the range and flexibility it needs to sing beautifully and effectively! I encourage note-taking as well as recording the lessons either on cassette or even your cellphone to assist in practicing on your own between lessons. Depending on my students level of experience, I will then decide which songs to work on that would best fit your range and area of interest. Once a certain amount of progress has been made I will open the doors to my students deciding on songs they'd like to work on specifically as well. After 3-6 months, I would anticipate my students to be able to effectively warm-up their voices on their own through exercises we will have covered, at least a basic understanding of how to sight-read your melody and certainly have a handful of songs memorized and ready to add to your repertoire!

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room portable keyboard seating for parents

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I would bring my keyboard to each lesson unless one was provided (tuned pianos are okay as well). I would also bring music and texts that I would find beneficial to each particular student. I would expect my student to provide a journal to take notes and track progress. Also, though not necessary in all cases, I would expect my student to have sheet music for songs they're interested in learning as well as CD/cassette/MP3/etc. of songs they're interested in learning.

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I would start with a foundation of proper warm-ups, breathing techniques, and vocal exercises with me accompanying on piano. We would then spend the second half of the lesson working on songs primarily of my students choosing. I would be comfortable with just about any genre thus being able to cater to each one of my student's unique areas of interest.
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Sherry O. December 1, 2013
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Words will never be enough to express what Danielle has done for my daughter and her love of singing. Danielle has shown so much patience and commitment through her instruction and has boosted my daughters confidence 110%. She knows how to chose the perfect song for Alexis' voice and the emails that she sends after each session provide the proper tools for my daughter to carry out her 1 hour session to a full week. I could not have picked a better vocal coach for my daughter.
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Monica F. April 18, 2013
· Singing ·
Exceeds expectations

My daughter Julia has been taking singing lessons with Danielle since July. Julia is in second grade and this is her first time taking singing lessons. Danielle has devoted so much time to researching good vocal exercises and music selections for a young singer and also to learning the songs Julia was interested in singing. Danielle always follows up within 24 hours with the audio for the lesson and an encouraging email. Danielle is very patient with Julia and takes a genuine interest in her. She listens to the little stories Julia likes to share with her and remembers details of what Julia shares, and has even taken a little extra time to teach Julia a little about playing the keyboard. I can't say enough good things about Danielle. She is a fantastic teacher and a lovely person.
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Arden D. March 11, 2013
· Singing ·
Singing lessons

I run a mentoring program and one of my mentees really wanted to learn how to sing. Through Take Lessons we found Danielle. She is terrific. Very professional and very patient. My mentee is learning so much with Danielle's help. I don't think this 16 year old girl has ever really been expected to work hard on perfecting something so it has been so good for her. This whole experience has been a real joy!
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Danielle S.

Danielle S.

Salem, MA 01970
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About Mia R.

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Norfolk, MA
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About Mia
I am a professional singer and actress with opera and musical theater credits. Singing is my passion! I love to sing, and I LOVE to teach others to sing! The human voice is the most natural instrument of all, and helping others to bring out the beauty of the natural instrument that lies within them is something to which I am very devoted. I like to make students feel comfortable and at ease in lessons, and you will find that I am very warm and friendly!

Every student is unique, with their own strengths, their own areas for improvement, and their own preference for certain styles of singing. I can help you find what style makes your heart sing!

I have a broad range of credits, including the Broadway National Tour of Fiddler On The Roof with Theodore Bikel (Tzeitel understudy), and Off-Broadway in Fiorello (Marie) and The Rose Ta
ttoo (Flora). Among my many regional credits are Oliver at the Chiswick Park Theater in Sudbury, MA (Nancy), Camelot with Noel Harrison at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, MA (Nimue/Guinevere understudy), and Is There Life After High School with Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Sharon Lawrence at the Burt Reynolds Theater in Jupiter, FL. I currently hold the post of Soloist at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Needham, and am a Guest Soloist for The Mother Church in Boston. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and have received additional training with many renowned pedagogues, including mezzo-soprano Sondra Kelly, and coaches Arlene Shrut from the Juilliard School, Michelle Alexander with Boston Lyric Opera, and Roger Malouf with the Metropolitan Opera.
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Selena March 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Mia is an absolutely outstanding teacher. I came in for my first lesson horrified to sing, not knowing anything about performing. And in just a few months of learning with Mia I was cast in my first show. Fast forward a few more months and I have been accepted to the college of my choice in their Musical Theater program. In just a year she has helped me achieve my goals that seemed so out of this world to me in the beginning but now are a reality. She is not only amazing at the technical stuff, but she is so genuinely invested in helping you be the best that you can be. She changed my life and I'm so grateful to her.
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Rufino L. October 15, 2016
· Singing · In home
She made me feel really comfortable and believe she will be honest regarding my abilities and any limitations I may have. I look forward to working with her!
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Angie W. August 23, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Wonderful!
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Mia R.

Mia R.

Norfolk, MA 02056
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About Jessica S.

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Somerville, MA

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Whether you are a beginner, intermediate player, or adult - Jessica can create a custom, enjoyable lesson for you or your child! With over ten years of experience, teaching is one of Jessica's greatest passions as a musician. She believes that private lessons are one of the best ways to enrich the learning of music. Her lessons provide a completely individualized session focused on expression, confidence, technique, and an overall love of music.

Jessica is an active flutist residing in Somerville, MA. She holds a master's degree in flute performance from Ithaca College and a bachelor's degree in flute performance from Eastern Michigan University.

Throughout her career, Jessica has been honored with music recognitions including: 2015 grant recipient from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, winner of the 2010 Willi
am Stewart Concerto Competition, winner of the 2011 Manilow Soloist Competition, and featured soloist at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts Recital. Jessica has performed with the Ithaca New Music Collective, Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble, Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and the Eastern Michigan University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

When not making music and teaching, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and her small pups, Lyla and Luna. She enjoys crafting, hiking, reading, and discovering.

With over ten years of experience, teaching is one of Jessica's greatest passions as a musician. She believes that private lessons are one of the best ways to enrich the learning of music. Her lessons provide a completely individualized session focused on expression, confidence, technique, and an overall love of music.

Jessica offers lessons for all ages and abilities in 30-min, 45-min, or 60-min lessons. Please contact Jessica for rates and scheduling.
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Cynthia July 24, 2017
· Flute · In home
Jessica is great! On time, friendly and patient with my 11 year old. I would definitely recommend her for flute lessons.
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Xi May 11, 2017
· Flute · In home
Wonderful teacher! My kid likes so much! Highly recommend.
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linda January 22, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Ms. Smith has been instructing my daughter for the past three years. She has take A from an enthusiastic middle school band member to a passionate flutist. Jessica connects with her students and inspires them to always strive for the best. When we were ready to move from the rental to an owned instrument this year, she provided insight and guidance so that we were able to select an instrument that will help our daughter achieve her dreams.
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Jessica S.

Jessica S.

Somerville, MA 02144
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$35 / 30-min

About Eugene S.

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Newton Upper Falls, MA
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I have been teaching guitar for over 27 years and have had the privilege of studying with some of the finest guitarists in the world which include Aldo Minella, Sulaiman Zai, Javier Calderon, Dr. Lily Afshar, Benjamin Verdery and Kevin Gallagher. I also studied jazz with Berklee professor Sal Difusco and Chris Buono.

As a teacher. I have been a high school teacher for the past 15 years and am certified in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a history teacher. I have worked with all types of learning styles and test preps. As an educator, I have gone through all the background CORI checks already.

If you are taking lessons at my studio I just wanted to alert people that we have 2 very friendly English Cocker Spaniels and an old orange tabby cat who is friendly on his own terms :-). This is obviously important for people that ha
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Joshua S. July 24, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I really enjoyed working through beginner/intermediate classical guitar with Gene. He was always prepared and very knowledgeable about the different pieces we were working on. He helped my technique tremendously, and structured my progress in a way I wouldn't have been able to do myself. If you are serious about wanting to learn guitar I strongly recommend getting a teacher, and if you live in the Boston area I highly recommend Gene.
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Mike July 11, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Gene is incredibly patient and always has materials ready for the two of us to work with. I am so lucky to be working with him as I learn a new skill.
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Charlie S. August 17, 2015
· Ukulele · In home
Amazing Job. Enjoyed session very much and learned alot.
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Eugene S.

Eugene S.

Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464
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About Xiomara D.

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Beverly, MA

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I am a full time music teacher during the academic school year in Lawrence, MA at an elementary school. I graduated from Gordon College in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Music Education. I absolutely love teaching and making music with others! I can teach beginning piano and intermediate level.

I want my students to not only learn about music, but I want them to relate to their music and really gain a life-enriching experience. My lessons will teach new skills and incorporate those skills into familiar and new songs! While I want students to learn timeless songs from the past, I believe they can use their skills to learn songs they love as well. Students will be challenged as they move forward but not in a frustrating manner. I will work with students at any pace they need!

Music is my passion and I cannot wait to share that wi
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Xiomara D.

Xiomara D.

Beverly, MA 01915
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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

About Nipun M.

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Cambridge, MA

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I'm a student from India currently pursuing a Master's degree in Piano Performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Although I've spent most of my time up until now studying music, I have also had the opportunity to teach students of different ages. If there's one thing that I've learnt from my experiences so far, it is that there's no definite maximum age to start learning piano at. The only requirements for one to be able to learn to play any instrument are patience and the will to learn and work hard.
I focus mainly on helping students develop a healthy, efficient technique and good interpretative skills.
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Janet M. September 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
Nipun has very thoughtful suggestions for technique and phrasing. He's a careful listener, an excellent communicator, and clearly an outstanding teacher.
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Alex April 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Nipun had a great grasp of technique and was a thoughtful and committed teacher. I learned a great deal from him and would definitely take lessons from him again when I have the time.
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Nipun M.

Cambridge, MA 02138
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About Colin F.

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Roxbury, MA
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Hi! My name is Colin Lester Fleming - and I am first and foremost, a musician. I grew up falling in love with records and playing drums in rock bands and orchestras. I was first chair All-State in high school as a percussionist, and started my official musical journey playing in orchestras and studying percussion. I went to Boston University on a full-ride for this.

Really though, what I was studying was sound. I was always fascinated with sound and specifically with how it is people recorded it and played it for the world. This passion and curiosity for recording ended up pulling me into the studio. It was when I transferred to Berklee College of Music that my passion for recording met some education! I studied Music Production and Engineering at Berklee, and my love for recording was cemented.

I spent (and still do spend!) as muc
h time as possible in the studio honing my craft. I have my name on many projects in the Boston-area, New York City and LA as producer, engineer, mix engineer, and assistant engineer. I am also an experienced and skilled audio technician, and I make, sell (and repair!) analog recording gear.
I am constantly finding bands to record so we can both play in the studio together - the band in the room, and me in the control room!

Like I said - first and foremost I am a musician, and I want to make music, I want to share the gift of recorded music and share my tools and toys so we can all create music and art in the best way possible.
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Colin F.

Roxbury, MA 02119
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About Mary O.

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Roxbury Crossing, MA
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Mary O’Keefe is a recent graduate from the New England Conservatory, earning her B.M. while studying with Keisuke Wakao. As a freelance musician in Boston, she has performed with A Far Cry, the Glen Falls Symphony, Chorus Pro Musica, and the Haffner Sinfonietta. She is dedicated to exploring social boundaries with music, organizing a benefit concert for the ACLU entitled “What Makes America Great” featuring 60 different performers in NEC’s Williams Hall. In April 2016, she performed in a solo recital raising money for the Nature Conservancy. She is a strong supporter of contemporary music, performing twice with the Callithumpian Consort and playing Xenakis’s “Dmaathen” for NEC’s Chamber Music Gala: 150th Anniversary in Jordan Hall. Outside of music, Mary enjoys exploring Boston on foot, finding new crock pot recipes, and plump blueberry
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Mary O.

Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
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