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About Billy G.

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Peabody, MA

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About Billy
Billy G. - guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer is a graduate of Musician’s Institute (Hollywood CA 1991).
Billy is a veteran of the New England music scene. Over the past 20 years he has performed 1000’s of shows. A few worth mentioning would be working with Grammy life time achievement award winner and Rock and Roll hall of fame legend Bo Diddley, performing private showcases in New York and Hollywood CA for Nickelodeon, Disney along with a hand full of major labels.

His current band “The Lisa Love Experience” (a band that Billy started with his wife Lisa Love in 2001) are winners of “Best Band in Boston” by Boston.com A-List, “Best of The Knot and “Brides Choice Award Winners. They also have been featured twice on the television show Chronicle.

Billy specializes in contemporary pop, rock, blues, funk and jazz electric/acoustic
guitar, voice training and live performance.

Along with his own private teaching practice Billy also has taught at Governor’s Academy (Byfield), Music Makers (Hampton NH) and is current the guitar and voice teacher at National Music (Woburn).

*** Lesson Details ***
Identify your goals and take over the world! Educate and motivate!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a recording studio in my home.

*** Specialties ***
Blues, Rock, Contemporary Pop, Jazz, Funk
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Ronnie N. March 17, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Billy made it fun and interesting at the same time - He told me I had hope! Not talent - Hope!
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BeataZ March 13, 2012
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He's an outstanding teacher.

He is very helpful, and easy to learn from. He is very patient if you don't understand the material right away. He is also very easy to understand. I recommend him as a teacher
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LisaP4 January 13, 2012
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excellent instructor

My daughter thinks he is awesome, she really likes taking lessons from Billy and she feels her range is expanding and her voice is stronger.
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Billy G.

Billy G.

Peabody, MA 01960
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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.

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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.

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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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$35 / 30-min

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.

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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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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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Patricia E. February 26, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very patient as I was late getting there. I'm excited to learn more.
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Aaron B.

Aaron B.

Auburndale, MA 02466
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$35 / 30-min

About Sarah T.

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Newtonville, MA

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I am an active concert pianist who have traveled to Russia, Cuba, Brazil to name a few. I have a Doctor of Musical Arts in PIano Performance and seeking students who are serious about learning music and piano playing. I have taught all ages and I encourage any age to explore the beautfy of playing piano. My oldest student was 83 olds young and that shows that there is no age limit to learn to play piano! PLease come ande join me in exploring beautiful music making.
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Xue November 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
careful teaching, high standard requirement, encouraging methodologies.Great!
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Sarah T.

Sarah T.

Newtonville, MA 02460
(1)
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$40 / 30-min

About Bill B.

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Brockton, MA

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About Bill
I currently maintain a private studio in my home south of Boston.

If you want to play Classical Guitar the right way, with a great sound, proper technique and stylistic interpretations, I will help you achieve your goals.

All levels are welcome!

I served on the Guitar Faculty of The Boston Conservatory for 21 years (18 years as Chair) and also held faculty appointments at UMass Lowell, UMass Dartmouth, Bridgewater State University, Phillips Academy and Boston College.

Performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Portland, Chautauqua, New Hampshire, Vermont, Indian Hill, Nashua, Lexington and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestras.

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

Bill B.

Brockton, MA 02301
(1)
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$80 / 60-min
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About Christine H.

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Cambridge, MA
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Hello,

I am a musician in Boston. I have +5 years experiences of teaching piano and clarinet.

Since moved to Boston in 2016, I had been teaching piano and clarinet at three music schools. Now I have own studio in Cambridge, but I usually travel to my students' house. I love sharing music with my students, and the age of my students (from beginners to advanced) are between 4 and 20.

Feel free to visit my website, musical1204.wixsite.com/yitinghsieh
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 Perry E.

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Brighton, MA
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About Perry
Hi! My name is Perry and I have been playing flute for over twelve years. I recently graduated from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York studying Flute Performance under the tutelage of Bonita Boyd. I have recently moved to Boston to begin my career freelancing and teaching before eventually pursuing Graduate studies. While at Eastman, I performed eight full solo recitals, demonstrating an eclectic range of repertoire from solo works, to unusual chamber pieces with interesting instrumentations, and concerti with full orchestral accompaniment.

From very early on in my time playing the flute, I pushed myself to compete festival auditions, competitions, and recitals. These experiences give me great insight for teaching younger students wishing to pursue flute competitively or more casually!

Over the course of my playing
career, I have experienced a variety of performance injuries involving my hands, arms, and torso. Through these experiences, I have gained experience in injury prevention and recovery relevant to flutists at all ages and levels. This has helped me develop more efficient and healthy approach to my own playing and greatly informed my teaching methods in the process.

My musical experiences make me well suited for teaching students of all ages to achieve individual goals. I loved the teaching I did as a part of the Eastman Community Music School and I love sharing all that I have learned with others! Being a very organized and structured person, I generally propose a steady practice regimen based on both long term goals and short term achievements! I also believe in letting students go at their own pace and constantly adjusting those milestones as required. I believe that the ultimate goal of any teacher is to give the student the means to teach themselves. This philosophy places great emphasis on practicing techniques to make students more self-aware and able to trust themselves in the practice room.
Thank you so much for reading and feel free to contact me with any questions!
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Perry E.

Perry E.

Brighton, MA 02135
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$35 / 30-min

About Claire G.

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Allston, MA
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Violinist, Guitarist, Songwriter, Producer and Audio Engineer
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Laura January 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Claire is so talented and personable. She has an amazing musical background and truly a gifted teacher!!
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Stella P. December 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
On first lesson with our daughter, Claire quickly created rapport and engaged her easily. Off to a great start, thanks!
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Claire G.

Claire G.

Allston, MA 02134
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Julia R.

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Brookline, MA

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About Julia
I have been playing the cello for 12 years, and in those years I have experienced many different approaches to teaching. No two students are alike, and I cater every lesson to the student's personal needs. I have a Bachelor's degree in cello performance from Ithaca College, Whalen School of Music, and am currently pursuing a Master's degree at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

My main goal is to create a fun, engaging, encouraging and inspiring relationship with my students. I often play alongside my students during lessons to create a more comfortable atmosphere, as well as allowing me to demonstrate whatever it is I am trying to teach. At times in my cello studies, I found practicing to be difficult because I wasn't playing repertoire I wanted to play, rather, playing only what my teacher felt was best. I have taken those personal
struggles and applied them to my own teaching style. While technique and standard classical repertoire is incredibly important to a students development as a cellist, I like to incorporate music that the student is passionate about as well, whether it be pop music, folk, rock, you name it! I think it is really important for a student to make their own choices in their musical development.

At this point in my career, I am most passionate about chamber music. I find when I'm playing alongside other musicians, I feel the most comfortable and can express myself openly. As a chamber music coach, I strive to help a group connect, both as musicians and as people, so they can perform passionately and experience all of the fun that small ensemble music has to offer.

Let me help you become the musician YOU want to be! I look forward to making music with you.
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Julia R.

Julia R.

Brookline, MA 02446
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$40 / 30-min

About Bob M.

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Framingham, MA

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I have spent the last 35 years teaching elementary and middle school band in a community known for its strong music program. During that time, my bands have won several gold medals at music festivals throughout the country. I enjoy working with students in the middle school ages. I find that this is when they make the greatest growth. There is nothing better that seeing a child's face as the bulbs go off concerning musical concepts. I believe that together we can reach great heights in your musical development. In addition, I spent 10 years as an instructor in a college bands program that supported Division 1 athletics in football, basketball (men's and women's) and ice hockey.
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Lori November 14, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Dr. Mealey had a tremendous impact on all of my children. He truly instilled in them a love of music and gave them an opportunity to really experiment and express themselves. Because of their solid foundation with Dr. Mealey, they played throughout high school and some even into the college level marching band! Dr. Mealey is a class act and knows how to connect with his students!
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Proud Mom :) November 14, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Dr. Mealey taught my son how to play the trumpet utilizing his strong technical ability while incorporating a sense of humor. He fostered my son’s love of playing that has carried him into high school.
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Bob M.

Bob M.

Framingham, MA 01701
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