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About Danielle S.

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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

*** Travel Equipment ***
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
· Singing ·
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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.

Salem, MA 01970
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About Bil M.

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Dorchester Center, MA
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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.

*** 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 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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Diane .. December 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Bill is a gentle person with a great love of music. I will enjoy my lessons with Bill.
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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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Bil M.

Bil M.

Dorchester Center, MA 02124
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About Daniel S.

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Medford, MA
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When I started learning oboe at age 10 I was told by my band director that it was going to be too difficult and not worth the trouble. I have learned that this is far too often the case for young kids. The oboe is no harder than any other instrument if you have a good teacher who knows how to teach! I want to make sure that no one misses out on the joy of this instrument due to misinformation or intimidation.

I have been teaching the oboe for over eight years, both in a formal setting at a music camp and as a private instructor in Massachusetts. I will make the process of learning enjoyable and stress-free for any student at any age. Good reeds and the right technical approach are all it takes.

I have spare instruments available for students who want to give the instrument a try without a big commitment.
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Klaus L. September 18, 2015
· Oboe · In home
Daniel is a wonderful teacher, my son has made significant progress in just a few lessons.
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Andrea E. November 26, 2014
· Oboe · In studio
Daniel is a very engaging teacher that makes learning to play the oboe enjoyable. His encouragement made playing the oboe more fulfilling for me than it had ever been in the past with other instructors. He strikes a good balance between constructive criticism and cheerful reward for a job well done. Time in lessons is always well spent and I always walked out feeling like I had made great improvements in just an hour's time. I would highly recommend him!
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Ceci C. November 22, 2014
· Oboe ·
Dan is wonderful. Let alone the fact that he's amazing at what he does, the way he teaches is so easy and good for whatever level you may be at. I learned with him for a few years at Camp Encore/Coda and then for a little while during the year, so I got to know him really well. He helped my knowledge and skill with the oboe grow immensely. When I started with him, I was not very good at playing, and he gave me the exercises right for me. He is so nice to learn from for he understands what is the best for his student, and he pushes you the right amount so you improve, but don't get stressed out or worried. I didn't think "I'm not good enough" when he gave me something hard for he gave me the tools needed to keep moving forward. Learning from Dan was a really great experience.
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Daniel S.

Medford, MA 02155
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About Stephen B.

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Newton Highlands, MA
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I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Piano and Film Scoring.
I love many styles which include, Film scores, Pop, New age, Rock, improv, Classical and some Jazz.
I teach basic to intermediate. (Scales, finger exercises, chords, arpeggios, theory, simple songs, posture and breathing, etc.)

Last year, I taught an eight year old girl and three boys. I currently worked at Piano Playtime where I teach twelve Kindergarten to 4th grade group piano lessons. I am fun, easy to get along with, and very patient with kids and adults.

In the past, I scored a local film titled "The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus" who's son Andre Dubus III wrote the story "The House of Sand and Fog." In 2003 the novel was adapted into a film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. The film won first place
at the Providence Film Fest in 2007. I also composed a jingle for the online college Capella University.

I have a car and can come to your location or you can come to me depending on distance. I look forward in sharing this musical journey with you!
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Nancy Golden October 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great lessons...Stephen is a wonderful teacher. Very kind and musical.
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Clifford W. November 3, 2015
· Piano · In home
Stephen was informative, patient, and very punctual. He made the effort to explain things thoroughly and gave me leeway to work on my skills at my own pace.
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Stephen B.

Newton Highlands, MA 02461
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About Heather B.

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Quincy, MA

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Hello! I believe that the joy of music should always be present when you sing, and that singing is a great way to see the benefits of hard work pay off. I look forward to helping you reach your goals! I've been studying singing for thirteen years. I've performed classical, musical theatre, metal, jazz, and gospel music, and I've been a choir conductor, choreographer, children's group leader, and private voice teacher. I love to teach early and intermediate piano, music theory, and audition prep. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music and Linguistics from the University of Oregon and a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
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Kahra K. November 17, 2018
· Piano · In home
So nice. Clean space and super fexible.
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Kevin O’Sullivan November 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Heather is a great teacher who makes you want to learn more because it's fun and interactive.
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Michelle September 8, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Heather was an awesome teacher who was not only very encouraging and supportive but offered a lot of tips on how to improve on areas of singing that I wished to work on. She really listens to you and does her best to provide good feedback and additional exercises for you to work on and meet your goals. I had a wonderful and productive experience with Heather!
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Heather B.

Quincy, MA 02169
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About Poh Hock K.

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Allston, MA
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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 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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Isaac P. November 7, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Johnny is experienced in teaching cello. His lessons are always passionate, musical, and informative. There are several aspects of his lessons that I'd like to share.

1. Full of Content: He delivers enough details of a new technique with simplification for an easy understanding.
2. Learning Curve: By breaking down and reorganizing the knowledge, he teaches new concepts step by step, from approachable actions to efficient actions.
3. Customization: He helps you find out a suitable solution to grow on the techniques based on your own physical and cognitive characteristics.
4. Experimentation: The correct ways he suggests you do is demonstrated by experimenting with different ways for comparison, which you would not only know what to do but know the reason behind it.

Cello is a beautiful yet complicated instrument. To enjoy it, a great mentorship is necessary and truly valued.
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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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Johnny M.

Johnny M.

Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
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About Scott M.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

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Hello fellow music lover!

My name is Scott, and I'm a musician with 15+ years of performance experience. I've studied performance at Berklee College of Music and performed in various configurations from funk/soul ensembles, to folk-rock bands and I write my own music that I perform as a solo artist.

I love teaching because it allows me to share my love of music and help people grow creatively in the direction of their choice. My feeling is, if you're choosing to invest in your artistic development, it should be an enjoyable experience based around what you're interested in learning about. To that end, all of my lessons are customized to the tastes and preferences of each student. We'll identify the goals you'd like to work towards, the music you want to play and take concrete steps in line with your creative vision.

My areas of e
xpertise include folk, blues, rock, soul, funk and pop music with particular interests in songwriting and improvisation. However, I'm versatile and open minded, so I'm willing to apply my skills to help you learn any style or sound that you are excited about!

Cheers,
Scott
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Khalil March 22, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great instructor with the knowledge to teach superbly, with the insight to reach high levels of efficiency!
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Dan March 13, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Scott is a patient and supportive teacher. He helped me tap into my musical intuition while also supporting a practical understanding of music theory. Working with Scott felt like having a mentor, rather a teacher, to support me on my musical journey.
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Kelly March 13, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Scott taught me introductory drums. Scott is warm, funny, and adaptable - he made learning fun and easy for me. I didn't feel dumb when I made mistakes, in no small part because Scott was very encouraging and pointed out the things I was doing well!

Another reason to take lessons with Scott - he's incredibly talented and plays multiple instruments. For example, I wanted to practice playing drums in a "band" setting, so Scott grabbed an electric bass and we started jamming.

10/10 would recommend, especially if you like laughing a lot while you learn a new skill!
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Scott M.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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About Junling V.

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Allston, MA
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To find the strength and temporary weakness on every students is the key of helping them to get close to their goals. I always gives good advices during lessons and also tailors the lessons based on the need of the students.
I always believe that creating a good bond with my students is the most important aspect of teaching. Ever since I had my experience with the teacher that changed my life, I have always not only had a love for playing piano but also a love for teaching. I have tried my absolute best to replicate her formula to share the wonderful experience I had with my current students, and it's something I plan on doing for the rest of my life.
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Victor September 12, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Working with Junling has improved my technique and musicality. She knows what to work on to bring out the best in your pieces.
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Junling V.

Allston, MA 02134
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About Christopher N.

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Brighton, MA

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HI, I am Chris Narainen, I am from Mauritius a little tropical island in the Indian Ocean (Fun fact: the native Island of the Dodo bird). At a very young age I was exposed to hand drumming, and at the age of 12 I decided to pick up the drums. Self taught, I played in many bands on the Island, and a few years later, I was playing in hotels, private shows, national and international festivals.

When I moved to the US 15 years ago, I met a bunch of musicians and we started playing/ touring in New England, the entire country, as well as Canada. The genre ranged from; Funk, Jazz, Hip hop, Latin grooves (Bossa nova, Samba, etc), Rock, Metal, EDM, Dubstep, Drum&Bass etc.

For the past 5 years I have been teaching, band leading/ directing, and camp directing at the School of Rock Watertown. I cover all stages- beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Those includes:

-Learning, practicing rudiments and applying them musically
-understanding groove (tempo/ pocket/ feel)
- developing fills and applying them musically
- getting creative around the drums
- intro to drum soloing
- learn how to read and sight read (including analyzing and transcribing songs, in search for your own voice)
- techniques for speed (Hands and feet)
-advice on tuning, maintaining, buying, selling, or modifying your drums
-exercising rhythm (connecting to noises all around us everyday)
- having fun
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Christopher N.

Brighton, MA 02135
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