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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. Having served as a church musician for more than 30 years, I currently co-lead the worship team at Life Church in Boston with my wife. I recently signed on as the keyboard player for Tall Enough, a Boston-based alternative rock band. I often find myself involved in city-wide music events in Boston’s faith-based community, most recently arranging music and directing a 60-voice choir for Boston Night of Worship.

I enjoy my morning coffee, finding new guitar chords, creating killer PowerPoint presentations, and watching how fast my teenage daughter can text her friends.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.”

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 piano and for other students to have their own instrument(s).

*** Specialties ***
strong in jazz, rock, pop, gospel, sacred, R&B.
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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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Kennedy C. January 3, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My daughter has taken piano lessons before and couldn't play twinkle twinkle little star. After two lessons with Bill she was able to play music for one of the songs she had written!
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Bil M.

Beverly, MA 01915
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About Christine E.

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Amesbury, MA

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About Christine
I absolutely love music and my goal is to help my students learn to love and appreciate music as well. I am a graduate of Umass Lowell's Music Education program. I began playing at the age of 6 and haven't been able to stop. I've taught private piano for the last 16 years as well as group lessons. Most of my experience is with beginning students, but I teach all levels. My experiences in my past private lessons as well as in the teaching program at Umass have helped me to understand my students and how to help them reach their goals.

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I work with my students to
help them set and achieve their goals. Each lesson is designed and prepped to meet each student's individual needs. I believe in integrating theory, history, ear training, and technique into each lesson to develop musicianship and an overall knowledge of the subject rather than just learning to play. I have high expectations for my students, yet I am patient and understanding. At times lessons may be challenging, but they will also be fun!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the students to have a keyboard/piano appropriate to their level of playing for us to have our lesson on. I will provide any books or supplementary material that may be needed. Any books purchased specifically for that student will need to be reimbursed.

*** Specialties ***
Teaching young beginners and elementary age children.
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Melissa P. July 26, 2016
· Piano · In home
Christine has been very reliable and punctual. She is very sweet and patient with my 6 year old. My daughter is very comfortable with her and likes her a lot. I would recommend her to anyone looking to take piano lessons.
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Chris January 14, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ms. Christine is a great piano teacher who can adapt to young and not so young. She is patient and knowledgeable and has a great background in music. Highly recommended!
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Rachell R. August 8, 2015
· Piano · In home
My 2 daughters have been taking lessons with Christine for many years. They really enjoy the time spent with her. She is an excellent teacher. Very dependable.
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Christine E.

Christine E.

Amesbury, MA 01913
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About Frankie P.

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Salem, MA

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Being a Berklee College of Music Graduate with a Masters in Music
Education from Boston University, I have been playing for almost 30
years and teaching private lessons for 15+, I am a Professional
Instructor that has the ability and resources to teach several styles
ranging from Rock to Classical to Jazz to Country to Metal. In other
words, anything you want to learn I can teach you or your child using the songs and exercises necessary to help you become a real musician.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons are tailored to you and your wants as a musician. Whether
you have an el
ectric, acoustic, or classical guitar, along with various method books, I have the music,
print outs, and instructional material to make sure you progress as you
should.

The lessons will help you learn to play guitar through chord diagrams,
theory, charts, examples, and exercises, as well as anything you hear on
the radio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a lot of guitars, amps, pedals, woodwind instruments, keyboards, and recording equipment. Instruments everywhere!

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students should have their own instrument and method book. Other that that, I provide all other handouts and supplemental material and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
I work the most in rock, bluegrass, country, contemporary, and jazz styles.
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Matthew December 29, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
Great, knowledgeable teacher. Highly recommend.
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Skye B. April 30, 2016
· Clarinet · In home
He quickly assess my dayghter's level and began immediately teaching her new notes and how to read music.
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Henry M. May 14, 2015
· Banjo · In home
Great instructor. Explains things clearly. A pleasure taking the lessons each week.
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Frankie P.

Frankie P.

Salem, MA 01970
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About Katrina A.

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Portsmouth, NH

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About Katrina
I am a 20-something, self-taught musician. I have been extensively studying music, primarily piano and vocal performance, as well as guitar for the past 13 years. I am a composer and producer of my own songs, and have extensive experience with teaching children as young as three-years old. My philosophy is that music should be very enjoyable to learn, but that quality must not be sacrificed. My method of teaching focuses on classical and jazz music, as well as music theory and contemporary music, such as songs from movie soundtracks and pop songs. I am engaging and fun, allowing flexibility fo
r each student to concentrate on what they most want to learn.
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Jemma March 26, 2016
· Piano · In home
A great first lesson! Thanks
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Ellie S. February 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very kind and fun. My 4.5 year old loves lessons with katrina.
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Max January 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson!
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Katrina A.

Katrina A.

Portsmouth, NH 03801
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About Kelly J.

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Peabody, MA
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About Kelly
Hi, I'm Kelly and I love teaching students to love music! I've been teaching private piano students for nine years, and have taught more than 200 kids and adults. My goal is to help my students explore their own personal gift of music - because we each have one! Whether your dream is to become a concert pianist, a pop music pro or play the Stars Wars theme song, I'll coach you to get there! Along the way, we'll have lots of fun learning through music that you get to choose and come to love. I look forward to meeting you!
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Pauline February 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I don't think we could have found a better teacher for my daughter (5 years old). She is the perfect blend of encouraging, challenging, and fun. My daughter actually enjoys practicing, which says as much about her love of piano playing as it does about Kelly's teaching style.
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Caiden January 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kelly had our 7 year old reading music and playing by the end of his first session! We are already looking forward to our next lesson.
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Veriny December 10, 2016
· Piano · In home
My daughter's first lesson with Kelly was excellent. I can tell she was nervous, but Kelly made it comfortable for her. The moment we got home, she went straight to practicing.
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Kelly J.

Kelly J.

Peabody, MA 01960
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