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About Shawn M.

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West Roxbury, MA
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About Shawn
Hello! I am a professional working drummer with over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. My current band, Eight To The Bar, has been the winner of Best Band Connecticut for the past 5 years straight. We perform internationally in many venues, including festivals, casinos, and concert halls. The repertoire is diverse and challenging, drawing on the traditions of R&B, Swing and Motown.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me will be fun and constructive. I gear my lesson plan to your individual needs with a strong focus on fundamental technique, proper grip and stroke as well as helping you find your balance and relaxation behind the kit through posture and ergonomic set- up.

We will be able to explore the techniques of your favorite drummers. Through my wide range of experience I will be able to give you the skills nec
essary to function within your favorite genre of music. At the same time, I may introduce you to some forms of music less familiar to you. You can then use that experience to bring a fresh approach to your chosen style.

The name of the game is time-keeping and time feel. You will be expected to practice with a metronome, but also with recorded tracks. We will record your playing and listen back. This is one of the best ways to improve your playing.

Double bass and/or double pedal also taught as well as left foot clave, Latin percussion, piano, and music theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two drum sets, full PA, fender rhodes piano, congas, timbales and hand percussion, frame drums, bongos, DVD player, audio recording capabilities. Parents can sit in on lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a practice pad set to the student's home. Metronome, ipod, some lesson handouts, and occasionally DVD's will also be brought.

*** Specialties ***
All styles and levels: rock, jazz, Latin, percussion as applied to drumset. Reading, time feel, counting and singing
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JD M. September 10, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Shawn is great. A very talented drummer. Our son is young, 5, and Shawn had patience letting him explore the drums and learn a simple beat to start his first lesson.
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Fergus S. June 15, 2016
· Drum · In home
Shawn is bright and pleasant and knows his drums! My son is super excited to continue with him!
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Christopher B. October 28, 2015
· Piano · In home
Excellent. Needs some coaching on keeping a 4 year old focused/ task oriented. Maybe lesson for Christopher needs to be longer. And lessons need to be weekly.
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Shawn M.

Shawn M.

Norwood, MA 02062
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About Johnny M.

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Roxbury Crossing, MA
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Johnny received his Bachelors of Music at the University of Alabama, under the tutelage of Carlton McCreery, and a Masters of Music at The Boston Conservatory with Andrew Mark. Johnny made his debut performance in 2011, performing Dvorak's Cello Concerto with Albuquerque Youth Symphony under the direction of Gabriel Gordon. Since then, Johnny had many opportunities to work with members of the Russian National Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was also a fellow of National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO.
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Nina August 6, 2018
· Cello · In studio
After coming from a high pressure - pre professional cello teacher, Johnny Mok is a breath of fresh air! I am learning at a faster rate and accomplishing more due to his relaxed and happy teaching style. So glad I found you Jonny!
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Frances November 2, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Johnny has been a great instructor. I am enjoying learning the cello under his tutelage.
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Lyle Z. September 10, 2017
· Cello · Online
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Johnny M.

Johnny M.

Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
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About Christine H.

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Cambridge, MA
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About Christine
I am a musician in Boston, and I have already 7 years experiences of teaching piano and clarinet.

Since I moved to Boston in 2016, I had been teaching piano and clarinet at multiple music schools. Now I have own studio in Cambridge, but I do offer in-home music lessons. I love sharing music with people, especially with kids.

Look forward to hearing from you soon! :)
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Christine H.

Christine H.

Cambridge, MA 02140
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$50 / 45-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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Leander July 28, 2018
· Mandolin · In home
Alex is a terrific instructor, who adjusts lessons based on what the student wants to accomplish. For example, my goals include learning the instruments (baritone uke in octave mandolin tuning and concert uke in mandolin tuning), fingerpicking, playing both melody lines and chords, being able to determine what chords to use without sheet music. So we work on music theory and ear training a lot, as well as learning tunes. Very good instructor who is both flexible and knowledgeable...highly recommend him to others.
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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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Alex R.

Alex R.

Cambridge, MA 02139
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$30 / 30-min

About Liana P.

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Quincy, MA
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Liana P. has performed at international festivals in Norway, Hungary, Syria, Canada, Italy, and Israel. Ms. P. performed three times at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Most recently, Liana played in concert halls of Scotland, South Africa, and in multiple states of the USA . Her solo recital in 2016 at the Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago was broadcast live on WFMT Radio. In 2002 Liana is winning prizes in the international piano competitions in Ukraine , she earned Third Prize at the International Competitions in Memory of E. Gilels, First Prize at the International Competition in Memory of Prokofiev, and Second Prize at the International Competition in Memory of A. Karamanov. In 2008, Liana continued winning competitions: she won First Prize in the “Music World” International Competition in Italy. In 2008 in Israel Ms. P
. won a prize in memory of Bracha Eden for a most impressive performance during the competition " The Voice of Music " Jerusalem . In the United States in 2012, Ms. P. was the winner of the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music; recipient of the Grand Prize at the Metropolitan International Piano Competition; and the winner of the AFAF Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition. In 2013-2015, Ms. P. was awarded the E.B. Storrs Piano Scholarship from the Musical Club of Hartford. Ms. She was also awarded the Cargill Foundation Prize in the 2014 Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow, and became a prizewinner at the Iowa International Piano Competition in 2015.

Liana graduated from the Donetsk Music Academy in Ukraine, and went on to earn her Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music in 2011. Her career continues with recitals in Hungary, Israel, Ukraine, USA, England, Syria , Canada , South Africa and Norway. Most recently, Ms. P. finished her Artist Diploma at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford . Currently Ms P residing in Boston.

Studio Equipment: Yamaha G3 Grand Piano.

Specialties: Traditional piano method. Classical music
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Rishi May 10, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My 5 year old takes classes with her. She is a very shy and anxious child. Ms Paniyeva has been very patient and accommodating. She can read and play in 5 months. I can’t believe her progress. I think we were very lucky to find her. My daughter calls her always Smiling.
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Beverly November 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
I'm satisfied with the lessons I took, even though seven months of piano still not enough.
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Beverly September 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
I learned a lot in seven months with Liana. I was pleased to have her, but I'm still slow. I think I need six months more in order to gain enough speed. Anyway, Liana is a good instructor to start with. She encourages and leaves you with no fear.
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Liana P.

Liana P.

Quincy, MA 02171
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$41 / 30-min
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About Chensi T.

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Natick, MA

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I am a professional musician and a music teacher, joined New England Symphony Orchestra as principal viola in 2015. I gained my Bachelor and two Master degrees from Manhattan School of Music. My BM and First MM are on Music Performance; while my second MM is on Orchestra playing.

I start teaching sine 2012. I am a passionate, serious, traditional teacher, and I really enjoyed teaching. I always encourage my students to think, to learn, and to explore the music in their way. For children, I do ask the parent to stay in their lesson if possible, only because the parents will be a great help for their kids' practice after the lesson.

Here are some more information of my music background:

Performance:

United States:
- Carnegie Hall, Manhattan School of Music Orchestra Concert, New York
- Manhattan School of Music Borden Concert Hal
l, New York, Guest performance with American String Quartet
- Viola Recitals and Graduation Recital (2009, 2011, 2013)
- Chery Hills Community Church, Chamber Performance, Denver
- St. John’s Church, Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey

Canada:
- National Art Center, Chamber Concert, Ottawa
- Queen Elizabeth School, Chamber Recital, Moncton

China:
- Shanghai Conservatory invitation for String Quartet Recital, Shanghai
- French School, String Quartet with School Chorus, Beijing
- Central Conservatory Recital Hall, Viola Recital, Beijing

Scholarship and Award:
- Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY
Manhattan School of Music Scholarship, 2008-2016
Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition Winner, 2008-2015
Hugo Kortschak Award, For Chamber Music accomplishment, 2014
- Third Prize, MSM String Concerto Competition, 2011
- Second Prize, 5 Towns String Competition, 2010
- Third Prize, Heida Hermanns String Competition, Westport, CT 2014
- Special Award, Bled International Viola Competition, Bled, Slovenia, 2006
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Lisa Gutting November 2, 2017
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Chensi is very professional and a patient and cheery instructor. Her lesson was well-prepared and she was clear and attentive in her explanations and in monitoring my understanding. Her follow-up after the lesson helped me to practice effectively until next lesson.
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Anna October 12, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Excellent teacher! Very professional and patient. Highly recommend!
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Ruby October 10, 2017
· Viola · In studio
Chensi is very helpful in teaching me read music. As a beginner, read music was the most difficult part, since it would slow down the practice pace. Chensi is very skillful in reading music through a faster way, which letting my progress efficient.
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Chensi T.

Chensi T.

Natick, MA 01760
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About Angela C.

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Boston, MA

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About Angela
I am currently in my last year Master of Music in performance (French horn) at Boston University. I just moved to Boston from Toronto, Canada last year, and ready to meet new students who are passionate about music!
My profession is French horn, but I have been classical trained in piano since young age, and still play piano regularly in events such as church service and choir.
I also perform in many orchestras, chamber music and opera/musicals as French horn player, working with many talented musicians give me great stories and experience to share with my students.

I believe each student has a gift in music, with the right direction and attitude they will find a lifelong enjoyment of music. In order to develop students' musical sense, I spark their interest with my interesting approach. I encourage my students to focus on fundamenta
l techniques step-by-step. At the same time, introduce them all different kinds of ways to practice, so the practice will not be only difficult and boring.

Learning music is not about playing all the right notes, and I wish to guide my students to discover all the possibilities in the music.
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Angela C.

Angela C.

Boston, MA 02215
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$32 / 30-min

About Anna K.

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Somerville, MA

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About Anna
Having started my musical path as a singer/soloist in a children's choir "Little Singers of Armenia" I got introduced to the world of classical music from a very young age. At the same time, I was attending a local music school where I would sing jazz and contemporary tunes. My efforts in the choir granted me various concert tours and performances around the world. Among them were recitals and performances in UK, Japan, Sweden, Russia, Georgia, Latvia, etc.

My solo musical journey started at the age of 11 when I won the First Prize in "Singing Armenia" national music festival. My great passion for music was not only limited to singing as I explored choral conducting under the mentorship of notable conductor maestro Tigran Hekekyan. With already 3 first prizes in national festivals I also became the First Prize winner in the contemporar
y vocals category during the "Renaissance" international music festival. In 2016, I started my own band called "The Steps". The band's active tight performing schedule did not stop me from earning my Bachelor's Degree in Arts. Teaching is my passion as I loves sharing ideas and personal experiences with talented people. I consider those interactions to be the key to my success as a singer since many artistic questions find their answers during the teaching process.
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Anna K.

Anna K.

Somerville, MA 02143
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$40 / 30-min

About Kristen M.

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Boston, MA

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Kristen, mezzo-soprano, is a vocal pedagogue and performer of opera, oratorio, and art song. With a passion for contemporary repertoire, she recently sang the role of Estelle in NEC’s graduate opera production of John Musto’s Later the Same Evening under the direction of Robert Tweten and Joshua Major. Her opera credits include Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium as well as roles in works by Britten, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, and Gilbert & Sullivan.

An avid performer of sacred repertoire, she has been a featured soloist with the South Carolina Bach Choir, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Furman Symphony Orchestra, and Furman Chamber Choir on works such as Bach’s Die Elenden sollen essen, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Honegger’s King David. She is currently the alto section leader at the United Parish of Brookline. She has parti
cipated in masterclasses led by Betsy Bishop, Kathryn Cowdrick, and Martin Katz while in the United States, and in masterclasses led by Angelika Kirchschlager and Luigi Marzola while studying and performing in Europe.

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and German studies from Furman University where she graduated summa cum laude. She is currently working on her Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Lisa Saffer, Ian Howell, Lisa Barksdale, Jill Feldman, and Trudy Fuller.

Kristen has also performed and directed in the musical theater world, participating in productions such as: Into the Woods, Les Miserables, H.M.S. Pinafore, Brigadoon, The King and I, Grease, Hello Dolly!, Cabaret, and many others.

In addition to her solo singing, she is an active choral singer, having performed in both small and large ensembles for more than 10 years.
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Jessie June 2, 2018
· Classical Voice · In home
Kristen is an excellent teacher! Her fun personality and immense knowledge of the voice combine for enlightening and productive lessons. She’s a joy to be around and knows just when to encourage or challenge someone. I would strongly recommend her for anyone looking for voice lessons!
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Suzanne May 21, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
Kristen has a wonderful teaching presence and helped me to improve both the breathing mechanism and connection to the breath as well as my overall quality of expression and ability to emote while singing. She is highly educated and well trained and I thoroughly recommend her as a teacher!
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Romey May 19, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Kristen was the perfect coach! She met me where I was, was optimistic and caring, took the time to explain everything I asked about, and within one lesson had made a HUGE impact on my voice. She's incredibly knowledgeable, talented and kind. She's patient, honest, and just the sweetest person.

Thank you Kristen for all your help!
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Kristen M.

Kristen M.

Boston, MA 02115
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$35 / 30-min

About Roel C.

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Boston, MA
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About Roel
You want someone who can work with you, not at you.
My years of experience and training, I know the value of fun, and how much we can learn together.
Cheesy, maybe, but let’s give it a try!
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Roel C.

Roel C.

Boston, MA 02118
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$59 / 30-min

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