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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.

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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 Josh G.

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Sudbury, MA
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I've been teaching guitar for half a decade both privately and through schools. My goals as a teacher are to impart both a thorough understanding of the instrument as well as love for music to my students. I do this by making my lessons fun and tailoring them to each student's interests and skill level. My approach is simple: if my student walks away understanding the material present, I've done my job. If this means I have to explain it in 19 different ways, then so be it!

About Josh
Hi, there! My name is Josh and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and have loved helping my students master an instrument, accomplish their goals, and have a blast learning music. I went to Manhattanville College and earned a BA in Jazz and Classical guitar performance in 2012. I'm a hardworking and dedicated teacher and my teaching style is straight forward, fun, and tailored to you. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Josh G.

Josh G.

Sudbury, MA 01776
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$30 / 30-min

About Poh Hock K.

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Allston, MA
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I have been teaching classical and electric guitar for about 9 years and I structure my lessons according to a student's goals, and objectives on the instrument. My students have been able to learn tunes by ear, and understand chord progressions and structures, and play with a pick or finger style!
I specialize in rock, metal, classical and jazz, and I can also teach extended range guitars and alternate tunings. Learn to shred, sweep, alternate pick and hybrid pick like no one's business!

About Poh Hock
Hi! My name is Poh Hock. I have been playing music for at least 20 years and I have been teaching the guitar for about 9 years now. I provide lessons at your home, my studio and online!

I have a very hands-on approach to teaching and I believe that students should have fun while learning. I also do not teach based on a book unless requested and my lessons are tailored according to a student's needs, personality and goals.

I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2013 with a degree in Music Performance and I am also a certified Yamaha Classical Guitar teacher. I currently play guitar with Metal Blade artist, Native Construct.
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Julian October 26, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Poh Hock is a great teacher that really has a passion for playing and teaching guitar. His style of teaching is very precise and methodical. I learned a lot of songs taking lessons with him but more importantly Poh Hock taught me how to practice material that I was working on. The lessons were really more like guided practice sessions. While some teachers that I've had might just use the lesson to teach material and have me practice over the week, Poh Hock used lesson time to really drill sections and get them to sound good. I absolutely recommend Poh Hock as a teacher for anyone who seriously wants to improve their playing and their approach to music in general.
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Alex June 20, 2016
· Guitar · Online
When I heard that the lead guitarist for one of my favorite bands, Native Construct, was offering lessons, I knew I had to give it a try. Having had only a year of experience beforehand, my skills were shaky to say the least. I've taken weekly .lessons for a few months and have seen a marked improvement in my fundamental skills. Not only does Poh Hock create a great learning environment, but he also creates a very relaxed one. If I didn't improve as much as he thought I should've over the course of a week, he didn't get on me about practicing more. Instead, he worked with me to determine where I was struggling and then would help me overcome it. I really can't recommend Poh Hock enough.
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Poh Hock K.

Allston, MA 02134
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About Matt M.

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Boston, MA

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I have been teaching Rock, Jazz, Classical, Folk and just about any other kind of guitar lessons you can think of since 1998. I have a degree in Jazz Performance and also have an extensive background in music theory, ear training and music technology. I work as a freelance musician and private teacher in the United States as well as Europe. As a teacher I pride myself on being prepared and patient.

About Matt
I am a professional jazz guitarist, singer-songwriter and teacher. I've been teaching music to students of all ages privately and in groups since 1998. After graduating from William Paterson University with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance I spent 10 years in New York City working as a freelance musician and operating my own guitar studio. Since that time I have also been affiliated with several teaching studios, private schools, public schools and international schools. With a comprehensive background in Jazz, Classical and Rock guitar as well as electric bass, piano, music theory and voice; I am uniquely qualified to teach students of all ages and levels.

As a teacher, I think it’s most important to provide my students with a well rounded musical education that focuses on and adapts to what they are interested in lea
rning. Music lessons should be fun and I always keep that as my number one priority while also making sure that my students are getting a solid musical education that they will be happy with now and in the future. I pride myself on being patient, enthusiastic, empathetic and always prepared. I’m familiar with all of the most popular methods and have also created a large library of my own teaching materials.

During my career, I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to teach several different populations in the US, Greece and Germany. These diverse experiences have been extremely challenging and helped make me into a stronger teacher. From 2001-2003 I taught at the Center for Individualized Training and Education(CITE) which is a special needs school in Providence, RI. At CITE, I worked with students ages 6-17 and learned a lot about how to use music to bring joy to students who are not necessarily able to engage in a traditional musical education. In 2016, I created a music program in Athens, Greece for refugee children seeking asylum. I worked in conjunction with the School Box Organization to raise money for instruments, and taught guitar and hand drum classes at a school they had set up in a refugee squat. Although I'm no longer at the school, I am still helping to oversee the program and plan to do more of this work in the future. During my time in New York City, I worked with kids attending some of the most exclusive private schools in the country and dealt with the challenge of fitting music into an extremely demanding and high pressure educational environment. All of these experiences have helped shape my teaching philosophy as well as my views on life and music. I am currently teaching students in Boston as well as online lessons in Canada, Europe and the US.
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Rebecca November 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Matt Macaulay has taught me guitar in his studio and at my home over the course of the last two years. He is a wonderful teacher, caring, thoughtful and thorough. I've had a lot of music teachers over the years but Matt stood out in his ability to provide organized and interesting teaching sessions which are well prepared for in advance and always entertaining. Matt is an amazing motivator and swiftly got me through the burdens of an early learning curve and into the fascinating world of music. I would warmly recommend him to anyone who is interested in learning - at any age - and is looking for a highly skilled and caring teacher!
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Matt M.

Boston, MA 02215
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About Guilherme F.

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Roslindale, MA

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Berklee graduate devoted to helping you make progress, whether it is a song you want to master, a new technique or simply the basics.

About Guilherme
Hello! Let's make music! I am a recent graduate of Berklee, where I earned my degree in both Jazz Composition and Guitar Performance. Whether you've just picked up the guitar or you are looking to explore a new style, I enjoy motivating my students to learn. Growing up in Brazil, I have a strong background in Samba, Bossa nova and other Latin styles such as Flamenco. With the opportunity to study at Berklee, I took full advantage of studying under renown professors of Jazz and Blues. I enjoy transferring this enthusiasm for music to my students, guiding them toward their goals and having fun along the way. I look forward to hearing from you!
I also perform regularly with my duo.
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John August 27, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Starting out, there was a good connection with my expectations and his knowledge.
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Amy B. April 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Guilherme is a wonderful teacher; I highly recommend him! He is knowledgeable, patient, and always kind. He adapts the lessons to my interests and musical taste and offers productive suggestions. He has assisted building my repertoire by noting the chords for songs I would like to play. He can teach all levels...you won't go wrong.
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Kai January 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Guilherme's method of teaching was one of flexibility. He was able to start my daughter off playing chords, strumming, and reading music because of her familiarity with the piano. She is quite excited to continue her lessons next week. I highly recommend Guilherme.
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Guilherme F.

Roslindale, MA 02131
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About Kamila C.

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Newton Highlands, MA
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I graduated Berklee College of Music - Professional Diploma in Performance (summa cum laude). During my studies at Berklee College of Music every semester I earned placement at Dean's List and 10 March 2016 I also received John LaPorta Award for outstanding achievement in my major.

After the graduation from high school in Novy Jicin I started to study acoustic guitar in which I pursued classical and latin music at the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic. Then I was admitted to a professional diploma program at the same Conservatory to study electric guitar where I studied jazz. I also invited lessons of rock guitar. Alongside the guitar, I was taking voice lessons and piano lessons.

I have more than 10 years teaching experiences. I was a guitar and music theory teacher in Prague at variety music schools and I also had many private students.

I teach variety music styles and also music theory, sight reading, improvisation and arranging. My teaching style ...

About Kamila
I graduated Berklee College of Music - Professional Diploma in Performance (summa cum laude). During my studies at Berklee College of Music every semester I earned placement at Dean's List and 10 March 2016 I also received John LaPorta Award for outstanding achievement in my major.

After the graduation from high school in Novy Jicin I started to study acoustic guitar in which I pursued classical and latin music at the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic. Then I was admitted to a professional diploma program at the same Conservatory to study electric guitar where I studied jazz. I also invited lessons of rock guitar. Alongside the guitar, I was taking voice lessons and piano lessons.

During my studies at Berklee, the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory and after graduation I played with a lot of musical groups including du
ets, trios and performed in reputed concert halls and jazz clubs like Berklee Performance Center, Ryles Jazz Club, New England Guitar Festival, Prague Congress Centre, Hall of Bohuslav Martinu, Cultural Centre of Novodvorska, Jazz Dock, etc. I also performed for live TV show Terra Musica in Prague, also for Bohemian TV and recorded musical advertisement for famous magazine Reflex.

I have more than 10 years teaching experiences. I was a guitar and music theory teacher in Prague at variety music schools and I also had many private students.

I teach variety music styles and also music theory, sight reading, improvisation and arranging. My teaching style demonstrates dedication to fostering a positive learning environment to all students and maximizing individual student performance. The accomplishment I'm most proud of in my teaching career is that some of my students were accepted to Music Conservatory.
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Andrea November 14, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I had lessons with Kamila many years and she is amazing teacher and guitarist. She is very experienced, professional, friendly and enthusiastic.
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David November 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I took a guitar lessons with Kamila and I learned a lot from her professional experiences. I recommend her to another students.
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Karla November 14, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Kamila is great teacher and guitarist. I learned many good stuff from her!
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Kamila C.

Kamila C.

Newton Highlands, MA 02461
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About Kian K.

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Cambridge, MA
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My focus as a guitar teacher is to give you the tools that can help you be the musician you want to be. I'm dedicated to ensuring that what you learn in my lessons will go towards practical use and composing music that is meaningful to you.

About Kian
Hi! I'm a Boston-based composer, performer and educator from Gibraltar whose recent concert works explore the intersections of traditional and graphic notations, indeterminacy (improvisation) and colour.

I began playing guitar at the age of 12 and developed a quick affinity towards music. In 2014 I was accepted to Berklee college of music and graduated with a degree in Composition in 2018. During my time at Berklee I studied guitar with Freddie Bryant and Rick Peckham, composition with Andrew List, Marti Epstein and Tamar Diesendruck and ensemble work with Simon Shaheen and Ned Rothenberg. As an active member of the Berklee community I was a peer advisor and orientation leader, member and later co-chairperson of SAAVE (student allies in anti-violence education) and a peer health educator at the Berklee Health and Wellness department.
In 2018, due to my dedication to social justice and health, I received the Berklee Health and Wellness leadership award.

I began composing for guitar in 2014 and later started writing for chamber ensembles and orchestra. My concert works have been performed and workshopped by a variety of performers at Berklee College of Music as well as highly-established and reputable ensembles such as the MIVOS quartet, Loadbang and String noise.

In 2018, my composition “Consciousness” String Quartet No.1 (2017) recieved the Bill Maloof award from the Berklee Composition Department and was featured on the annual Professional Writing Departments CD.

I continue to reside in Boston, MA, pursuing teaching opportunities and continuing to perform and compose.
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Kian K.

Kian K.

Cambridge, MA 02139
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About Francois C.

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Brookline, MA

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I am a professional guitarist, composer, and educator originally from Paris but now based in Boston, MA. I received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music. I have studied with Mick Goodrick, Rick Peckham, Darren Barrett and many more. I have toured with jazz master Chris Cheek in 2017 and performing in renowned clubs such as at Dizzy's Club Cola in New York City and the Side Door in Old Lyme Inn.

About Francois
I am a very versatile guitar player and teacher. We can basically cover any topics you wish to learn more about.
Here are some examples:
-Fundamentals of guitar sound and technique
-Pop/Funk type of guitar playing
-Jazz Improvisation
-Solo Transcription
-Music Theory
-Ear Training
-Composition
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R Z. September 6, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Francois had planned a lesson according to what I expected. Great session and productive.
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Francois C.

Brookline, MA 02445
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About Nicco C.

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Leominster, MA

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I am a firm believer in helping each student discover their own personal and unique style by training and developing their innate creativity. In my lessons, students will work on technique, repertoire, and theory, using real-world examples from the music students are passionate about, as well as music from many different genres about in order to gain the knowledge and creative skills necessary to develop their own sound, create their own music, and reach their personal goals.

About Nicco
Nicco Centofanti has established himself as a dynamic and versatile performer, successful educator, and adventurous artist well versed in all genres.

An award-winning graduate of Berklee College of Music, Centofanti studied with renowned musicians Ray Vega, Jason Palmer, and John Wheatley, among others.
A prolific session player as well as live performer, Centofanti has taken his music all over the Eastern United States, performing in such venues as:

• Times Square, NYC • Lowell Folk Festival • Blue Ocean Music Hall • Mercury Lounge • Stowe, Stratton & Sunday River Resorts • Firehouse Theater for The Arts • Frozen Harbor Music Festival • Brighton Music Hall • House of Blues • Faneuil Hall

and has shared the stage or recorded with:

• Freevolt • Michael Bernier & The Uprising • Dr. Dog • Rusted Root • Higher Education •
The Elovaters • Zach Deputy • Twiddle • Roots of Creation • Soul Rebel Project • The Alchemystics • Mighty Mystic • Spritiual Rez • Consider The Source • Fear Nuttin’ Band • DPR • Tropidelic • Warrior King • Rangotan Smith (Black Uhuru) • Landon Wordswell • JPRIZM

Nicco currently performs 100+ shows a year and is currently traveling all over the eastern seaboard with critically acclaimed roots/rock band Freevolt.
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Nicco C.

Leominster, MA 01453
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About Jenilson M.

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Somerville, MA
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I am Brazilian and I have a lot of experience in Brazilian music ... Samba, Bossa Nova and MPB besides the various Brazilian rhythms. I work with a method / book of my own where I approach technical, harmonic and melodic questions, as well as improvisation.
I also teach classical guitar.
I really like working with singing accompanied by the guitar.

Sou brasileiro e tenho muita experiência em musica brasileira... Samba, Bossa Nova e MPB além dos diversos rítimos brasileiros. Trabalho com um método/livro de minha autoria onde abordo questões tecnicas, harmonicas e melódicas, bem como a improvização. Também ensino violão classico.
Gosto muito de trabalhar com o canto acompanhado pelo violão.

About Jenilson
• Experience as teacher of musical theory and instruments such as: guitar and cello.
• Great experience within Brazilian popular music.
• Pedagogical approach focused on student feedback and joint practice.
• Creative: Composer and developer of methods for teaching instruments.
• Patient, able to adapt to different audiences and excellent team spirit.

• Experiência como professor de teoria musical e instrumentos como: violão e violoncelo.
• Grande experiência dentro da música popular brasileira.
• Abordagem pedagógica focada no feedback do estudante e na prática conjunta.
• Criativo: Compositor e desenvolvedor de métodos para ensino de instrumentos.
• Paciente, capaz de adaptar-se a diferentes públicos e excelente espírito de equipe.

Achievements: • Invited to present Brazilian music in France through the Italian musician Roberto Cado
bri. Presentations as guitarist and singer in schools, subways and cultural centers in Paris, Frenes and Le Havre in Normandy. April 1988 to December 1990.
• Participation in bands, duets, solos and accompaniment of singers since 1994. Performance as guitarist, guitarist, singer and music producer.
• Participation of the closing show of the year 2011 of the Sonoro Space Academy Music School: preparation, rehearsal and execution with the students.
• Participation in 2016 as cellist in the UNB Symphony Orchestra (University of Brasília) in Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.
• Participation as cellist of the Camerata de Música Antiga of UNB since 2015.

Private courses since 1990 within the different domains already mentioned, with a very varied audience: Children (from 3 years old), adolescents and adults, within the school curriculum or individually, such as socio-cultural development.
Realizações : • Convidado para apresentações de música brasileira na França através do músico italiano Roberto Cadobri. Apresentações como violonista e cantor em escolas, metrô e centros culturais em Paris, Frênes e Le Havre na Normandia. Abril de 1988 a dezembro de 1990.
• Participação em bandas, duos, solos e acompanhamento de cantores/as desde 1994. Atuação como violonista, guitarrista, cantor e produtor musical.
• Participação do Show de encerramento do ano de 2011 da escola Espaço Sonoro Academia de Música: preparação, ensaio e execução junto aos alunos.
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Jenilson M.

Somerville, MA 02145
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Yearning to learn to strum a tune? Guitar teacher Kirk R. shares a perfect first lesson in strumming a guitar... Most of the songs that my guitar students want to learn consist largely, if not completely, of strummed chords. While most students are able to pick up both simple and more complicated rhythms, or strumming patterns, often I notice that beginners have a hard time keeping track of where the beat is and really getting into the groove of the song. It’s also common that I se
The 10 Best Guitar Soloists of All Time
As with any top 10 list, ranking the best guitar soloists is not an easy feat. Guitar solos are incredibly subjective, and what pleases one fan might make someone else plug their ears. My list is based on years of listening to and loving classic rock, indie music, and pop. If there's anyone I left out or anything you would change, I hope you'll let me know in the comments. 10. Eddie Van Halen Known for his adrenaline rush riffs and hair band swagger, Eddie Van Halen's guitar leads insp

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