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About Shawn M.

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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 Kathryn T.

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Kathryn is an enthusiastic and patient contemporary string player specializing in teaching violin and viola. Growing up she played violin and viola in school and community orchestras, as well as bass in jazz bands and small ensembles. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she studied violin and viola. At Berklee, Kathryn majored in Film Scoring (writing music for film and TV), so she is accomplished in composition as well as performance. She has performed onstage with musicians from all over the world including: Brazilian singer Rosa Passos, Cuban bassist Cachao, alternative rock singer Paul Cole, and Christopher Guest from "This is Spinal Tap."

As a teacher, Kathryn utilizes her training in and experience playing a diverse range of styles in her lessons. She has been teaching private lessons for 8 years and has als
o taught music as a camp counselor, college tutor, and workshop leader. Whether you are looking to pick up a brand new instrument, learn a new style, or work on improving on what you already know, Kathryn can help you reach your goals.
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Michelle S. January 7, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Kathryn is a great instructor. As an adult beginner, I did not know what to expect. She is inviting, cheerful and a great instructor.
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Sophie September 17, 2016
· Violin · In studio
We love Kathryn! I signed my daughter up for the lessons, and now I am tempted to take the lesson myself!
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Manan September 12, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I had no knowledge about playing a violin and after just 2 classes I feel very confident. She is very helpful and humble.
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Kathryn T.

Brighton, MA 02135
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About Aaron B.

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Auburndale, MA

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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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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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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Diego Puppin January 4, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Aaron has a lot of experience and is willing and excited to share it with his students.
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Joseph B. December 16, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Aaron is great. Very knowledgeable and very encouraging. Makes lesson fun and interesting.
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Aaron B.

Aaron B.

Auburndale, MA 02466
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About Cory J.

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Somerville, MA
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Hi there, thanks for checking out my page! My name is Cory and I'm a professional musician born and raised in NYC. I've been playing guitar for about 13 years, and in that time music has become my utmost passion in the world. I've always listened to and appreciated music; for the joy, excitement, emotion, intellectual value and pure entertainment in can give to people. Music is a universal language that brings people of any and all kinds together, and just as much as listening to and performing music, I love teaching. I've been teaching guitar and bass guitar for a number of years now, and sharing my knowledge, experience, and love of music has increased by devotion to the art even more than I thought possible. I love guiding a beginner along on their first steps to discovering their musical selves, reigniting an old flame in those who ha
ve put down their instrument for a while a seek to pick it back up, and help to hone and refine the skills of the more experienced musicians who are looking for that direction in their practice that they just can't grasp on their own. No matter your experience level, age, gender, race, height, hair color or favorite ice cream flavor, you can always turn to music as an outlet for your creativity and happiness.

A little about myself: I first picked up the guitar after listening to AC/DC pound out those riffs like their lives depended on it and defined rock and roll for me as a young teenager. My dad bought me my first guitar, and after playing my first power chord I haven't left the instrument since. After classic rock was my first musical love, I continued along and delved into more contemporary rock and heavy metal genres later in my teenage years and learned how to play some of my favorite songs. Soon after, I became obsessed with technique and music theory and started shedding to play like the pros. Eventually I realized that music would be all that I really wanted to do professionally, and enrolled at the music program at Hunter College. I have since studied classical guitar and jazz and became obsessed with that music as well, performing several solo guitar recitals, chamber music recitals, jazz combo and big band gigs. I have recently graduated Hunter with a Master's degree in guitar performance and am playing in a couple of full time bands, collaborating with other classical musicians, and practicing and writing solo guitar repertoire.

I have been teaching guitar in a huge variety of styles for a number of years, and have been teaching bass guitar for the last couple of years as well. If you want to learn it, I will teach it to you.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will be friendly and laid back, yet emphasize hard work and practice. You should come to my lessons with both a desire to learn and a desire to have fun. If you are a beginner, at first we will drill the basics and fundamentals, but in new and creative ways that will get you playing real music as soon as possible and as often as possible. I tailor the lessons to your specific interests and goals, taking material from a variety of resources to enhance the learning process. You will learn to play the music you want to, and also improvise and compose music of your own. Technique and creativity will be achieved with hard work, and in time you will learn to play anything you can come up with.

For more experienced guitarists, I expect you to come in and either play something and/or have an idea of what you want to work on, and we'll go from there. We can work on everything from pure chops, to learning specific songs or pieces, music theory, composition, improvisation and everything in between. All I ask is that you bring pencil and paper, a metronome if you have one, and a desire to make some real progress.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Practice Room: guitar amplifier, grand piano, nearly soundproof rooms
Home Studio: guitar amp, bass amp, cables

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will come with my guitar, a metronome, and a cable if my student is studying electric guitar. My student should have a guitar, paper, a pencil, a metronome, and an amplifier and cable if he were studying electric guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I take an approach that is universal to genres and stylistic preferences, using a combination of demonstration and conversation to get concepts across. I then attempt to gauge the student's tastes, goals, and overall skill level, and I tailor the lessons specifically to them. I encourage an understanding of musical fundamentals and an understanding of musical purpose first, and then I get into specific teaching methods; such as the teaching of specific pieces, the teaching of composition, or the teaching of improvisation. I try to incorporate history and musical philosophy whenever I can, and I try to simplify big concepts into their essential points.

I specialize in classical music from all periods with an emphasis on the 20th and 21st century. I play and teach jazz from the straight ahead standards to free jazz, which I also specialize in. My background comes from blues, rock, and heavy metal playing, and I am adept at playing and teaching those genres as well. I also am beginning to study Eastern European, Central Asian and Eastern Asian music, and I find that many practices in those styles apply to western music in many ways.
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Peter July 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Cory was an excellent, energetic, and helpful instructor! I was picking up guitar from scratch, and his approach was easy going and approachable. Able to provide insight and information on the greater complexities and intricacies of advanced guitar play while imparting the fundamentals and building blocks to establish a foundation of skills & knowledge.
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Mary B. June 10, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cory is an excellent teacher. He is thoughtful and has plenty of patience in his teaching methods. My daughter has progressed an awful lot in such a short time. She really enjoys learning to play the guitar with his guidance. I would highly recommend Cory to anyone who would like to learn to play guitar.
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Tanmay June 10, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cory is very clearly extremely knowledgeable about a breadth of music, and is also a very enthusiastic teacher.
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Cory J.

Somerville, MA 02144
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About Bil M.

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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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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.

Dorchester Center, MA 02124
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About Peter M.

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Medford, MA
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I am a student of various great drum teachers from many backgrounds. Experienced players enjoy jamming with me, but I have been told that I am especially gifted at helping beginners feel comfortable finding rhythms and sounds out of any instrument, including the human body. Rhythmic breathing is made simple and encouraged from the start. Tones and drum patterns can be explained verbally or written mathematically. Students remember the patterns forever, as well as gaining comfort in playing with other drummers or instruments. Odd time signatures or complicated songs can be tackled and easily learned. Use any drum or percussion instrument you have! Recordings are encouraged if you like!

Peter grew up in Chicago, raised to love soulful music. A graduate of Northwestern University's Performance Studies program with a focus on Theatre and
Media Arts, Public Speaking, and Ethnology. Designing percussion for stage and dance lead to studies and teaching of North and West African, Middle Eastern drum, Caribbean/South American and Asian drum and percussion rhythms. First hand experience has been gained by living in Morocco and South Korea for nearly a year each, studying and documenting folk music.
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Wael April 20, 2016
· Hand Drums · Online
Great teacher, great class
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Eli I. September 14, 2015
· Hand Drums · In home
Great lesson!
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Peter M.

Peter M.

Medford, MA 02155
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About Benjamin Y.

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Boston, MA

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Benjamin is a musician in the Boston area. He has been studying music since the age of 3. His background includes Violin, Cello, Percussion, Drum Set, Voice, Electric Bass, and Upright Bass. He is currently a student at Berklee College of Music, majoring in Upright Bass Performance. He has studied with Dave Zinno, John Lockwood, Bruce Gertz, and Susan Hagen. He has performed with John Oates, New York Voices, and Kevin Mahogany.

Benjamin has been teaching privately for 4 years. In that time he has gotten students accepted into various competitions. Benjamin is a strong believer in fundamentals, and technique, but utilizes real musical examples to teach such aspects of music.

Benjamin is mainly a jazz/contemporary musician, but he is also well versed in classical bass. As well as traditional music theory. In his studies, Benjamin h
as also become very skilled at contemporary harmony, and ear training.
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Walt February 20, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Great instructor. Focuses on the basics and provides a lot of encouragement which helps. Also, allows student to decide what they'd like to learn and allows you to select the type of music you are most interested in.

Highly recommended!
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Allison January 23, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
Benjamin is great. He has the task of teaching a 46 year old longtime electric bass player and a 12 year old electric bass player (father/daughter). He is teaching us both the fundamentals of the upright bass, which is such a different instrument. We look forward to continued lessons with Benjamin.
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Benjamin Y.

Boston, MA 02115
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$20 / 30-min

About Craig J.

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Boston, MA

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Craig has been teaching private lessons for two years and is currently available to teach lessons in studio, and online. His approach to singing is functionally based, with an emphasis on current vocal pedagogy. Craig has helped students feel comfortable as a performers, how to properly and efficiently produce sound, gain confidence as a singers, and learn the audition process of the singing business.

Craig received his BM at Capital University in 2016 where he specialized in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Music Theatre/Opera. He is currently a Master's Candidate for Vocal Pedagogy at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. As an Associate Member of NATS (National Association of Teacher's of Singing) he is a beginning pedagogue in his field. Craig looks forward to helping new students achieve their individual goals. Mr. J's teaching
style is highly energetic, challenging, and rewarding.
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Jenny June 18, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Craig is a wonderful instructor. He pays close attention and gives helpful tips and exercises for everything, from breathing, to posture, diction, and intent of the piece. I'm looking forward to the next lesson!
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James May 23, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Craig is a very good teacher who can make singing much easier than once thought. He creates a very comfortable environment in his studio and is good at giving constructive criticism.
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Claire May 2, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
I really have enjoyed my lessons with Craig so far! I always look forward to coming each week because he's so positive and has a smile on his face. He always finds different ways to explain things until it clicks. He will always sing along when I'm learning a new exercise so I don't feel silly. Each lesson is different which makes it engaging. We work on so many pieces which is not only an exciting thing but helpful to build my repertoire. I completely recommend taking lessons from Craig!
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Craig J.

Boston, MA 02215
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About Milos B.

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Watertown, MA
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Milos Bjelica has performed formal recitals and concerts in the United States, Europe and Serbia. He founded and performed with the Nevsky Clarinet Quartet, making it to the finals of “Serbia’s Got Talent" in 2011. In the same year, her performed in the German-Nordic Youth Philharmonic. He has attended numerous masterclasses with distinguished professors such as Wenzel Fuchs, Frank Cohen, Yuan Yuan, Jonathan Cohler, Philippe Cuper, Mate Bekavac, etc. Milos has worked for nine years in Serbia as a clarinet teacher and a volunteer clarinet instructor for children with disabilities. Hence, the Association of Music and Ballet Pedagogues of Serbia awarded me with the Best Pedagogue of the Year Award in 2012. Currently, Milos Bjelica is pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Longy School of Music.
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Julia B. July 13, 2016
· Clarinet · In home
I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Milos during the past year. He is an outstanding musician, clarinet instructor and an amazing person. Milos is really devoted and compromised to his students and is 100% of the time willing to help them improve in the instrument. I strongly recommend him to all students of any ages and levels of playing!
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Aline Benoit July 11, 2016
· Clarinet · In studio
In addition to being a superb clarinetist, Milos is a wise and kind teacher. His maturity and sensitivity enable him to help his students develop their talent regardless of their age and level of experience. He has a wonderful sense of humor and a keen intelligence. He has my highest endorsement.
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Jonathan July 11, 2016
· Clarinet · In studio
Milos is a great teacher and a great player! He is very supportive, knowledgeable, and dedicated and kids just love him. He explains everything very carefully and always demonstrates with such a beautiful sound. Whether you are a beginner, or more advanced student, Milos would definitely be a great teacher for you. He knows all about the clarinet, the repertoire, including both solo and chamber music, and whether you are 8 years old or 58 years old, I am sure you would learn a lot from Milos!
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Milos B.

Watertown, MA 02472
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About Jason S.

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Brookline, MA

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Born and raised in Kenya, I'm a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and producer. I received a partial scholarship to Berklee College of Music as part of their African Scholars Program, and in August of 2010, left Nairobi for Boston to pursue an Professional Diploma in Songwriting. While studying at Berklee, I was awarded the Pat Pattison Award in 2014 in recognition of outstanding musicianship in the songwriting department, and as part of the graduating class of 2015, chosen to give the commencement address as student speaker.

My love of music began at an early age but it wasn't until I was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure at the age of fifteen, that I turned to songwriting as a way to process the experience. My passion for songwriting grew steadily and I spent hours and hours listening to music, analyzing why the songs worke
d. After two years of dialysis, I had a successful kidney transplant in 2007! I credit the experience for adding depth, purpose and identity to my songwriting.

When teaching songwriting, I like to take a holistic approach. Students learn to recognize, explore and apply the four basic building blocks of songs, Rhythm, Melody, Harmony and Lyrics. My lessons also focus on helping students express themselves authentically and discover their original musical identity. Above all I believe that songwriting should be fun and stress-free. I aim to create an atmosphere in which the student feels relaxed and confident.

My goal is to get you to where you want to be. I believe that anyone with a desire to write songs can: I will give you the tools, and you decide what you'll decide what you want to build with them.

I look forward to working with you and helping you along your songwriting journey.
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Jason S.

Jason S.

Brookline, MA 02445
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Which classical piano songs should you have in your repertoire? Check out four of the most well-known pieces here, as complied by Greeley, CO teacher Andy W...   This is simply a list of four of the most time-tested and beautiful classical piano songs of all time. If you don’t know how to play these yet, you should learn them right away! 1. Moonlight Sonata This has withstood the test of time, considering that it was composed by Beethoven in 1801. The part of this sonata that ev

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