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About Aaron B.

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Auburndale, MA

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About Aaron
I've been a full time professional musician for 13+ years and have toured all over the world performing with music icons like Chacka Khan, Beyonce, and many more. I have a lot of experience with many different styles of music and I love sharing this gift with anyone who's interested. My teaching philosophy is simple: Get students playing music! It's much easier to understand the nuts and bolts of music when put into the context of the music you like.

*** 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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Tate September 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Aaron knows how to work with kids. After 30 minutes my 6 yo came out confident and ready to play!! He doesn’t realize that he still is terrible because he at least knows one chord!! Lol!
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Howie March 26, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Very helpful and informative instruction.
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Michael March 7, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor. Aaron came to my house which made it easy for me. The hour always went by very fast and we had a great time!
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Aaron B.

Charlestown, MA 02129
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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. 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.

*** 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."

"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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Alden April 18, 2019
· Piano · In home
A great introduction. My son is hooked, which is exactly what we are looking for.
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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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Bil M.

Dorchester Center, MA 02124
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$30 / 30-min

About Christine K.

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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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 knowl
edge 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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Freddy L. October 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very pleased with Christine. She arrived on time and our son liked working with her. She has a lovely personality! This was the first lesson.
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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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Christine K.

Amesbury, MA 01913
(7)
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About Peter M.

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Haverhill, 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.

Haverhill, MA 01835
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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 more than ten 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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Austin Marie January 9, 2019
· Piano · In home
Fantastic first lesson! I left very excited and encouraged to learn more!
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Susan E. March 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I wish I could give Kelly 10 stars. She has been teaching my teen-age granddaughter for almost 2 years. Kelly is an amazing teacher and encourages her students to learn music that interests them. She not only teaches them, but is truly interested in them and cares about them.
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Ronald K. December 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
i left my first lesson excited about the possibilities!... that covers it all for now
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Kelly J.

Peabody, MA 01960
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About Timothy J.

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Roxbury Crossing, MA

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About Timothy
I'm a professional guitar player from Norway and a recent graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music. I have toured in places like Argentina, Norway and Japan, and have played some of New York's most famous jazz rooms like Smalls and Dizzy's club at the Lincoln Center. I am comfortable showing you the ropes for any style you enjoy within contemporary music, such as rock, pop and jazz. I have won several notable awards and scholarships for my playing and writing, including the notable Berklee Jimi Hendrix award. I am also able to teach Norwegian for those interested. I am excited to be working with you!

Lesson topics could be:
- Guitar fundamentals, technique and sound
- Pop/Rock/Jazz guitar playing
- Improvisation
- How to learn from your heroes and favorite recordings
- Ear training
- Preparation for music college audi
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Neal February 19, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Tim is an amazing teacher! I recently started playing guitar and Tim has helped me improve with each lesson. He is kind, understanding, patient, and knowledgable. Tim teaches students of all levels. If you do well in your lesson, he might even treat you to a homemade Norwegian cat cookie:)
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Chris February 19, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Had a great lesson with Tim! I got a lot of helpful advice and while having a great time!!
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Timothy J.

Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
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$34 / 30-min

About James D.

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Brighton, MA

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About James
Hi! I’m James, a drummer, composer and teacher based in Boston, MA. I gave my first drum lesson when I was 13 years old, and recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Drum Set Performance.

I began playing the drums when I was 10 years old, and was fortunate enough to find an incredible drum teacher a year later. He was kind, encouraging, and incredibly positive. This was quintessential in fostering my love for music and the drums, and I seek do the same for my students.

I love teaching the drums, but the most valuable skill I can teach is how to practice them. Teaching a student to practice in a way that guarantees results empowers them to learn anything they choose, musical or otherwise. Regularly pushing past musical boundaries sends positive ripples into the rest of life. This sounds like a
hefty promise, but its true: transcending your limits on a weekly basis will increase your self-efficacy.

I’m currently involved in 3 projects, ranging from jazz to prog-rock and metal. These projects are very specific, but I am comfortable teaching a wide range of styles. I typically start new students with rock and pop music, while also teaching exercises to build fundamental technique.

I prefer to travel to students for lessons, but am happy to do lessons via webcam or at my practice space in Brighton. I’ve found that students prefer to show me what they’ve been practicing on their own drums. In addition, this lets me teach them to set up and maintain their own instrument.

I look forward to hearing from you, and working with you or your kid! Please feel free to message me with any questions or inquiries. Thanks for reading.
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Miichelle February 24, 2019
· Drum · In home
We highly recommend James as a drum instructor. He works extremely well with our daughter. She looks forward to her lessons every week. She has improved immensely under his instruction. He is always professional, upbeat, positive, and encouraging!
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Matt February 19, 2019
· Drum · In home
I've played with James in various bands for years and he is always incredibly dedicated. His play in multiple styles is super tight and expressive, and he takes a joy in playing that I'm sure will catch on in any of his students.
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Alyssa February 19, 2019
· Drum · In home
James is an amazing drum teacher! It is clear that he is very experienced and knowledgeable. He is kind and patient and has a great method for practicing that has helped me to improve not only in lessons but on my own. I definitely would recommend him!!
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James D.

Brighton, MA 02135
(5)
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$35 / 30-min

About Ryan F.

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Allston, MA

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I am new to TakeLessons! I am a professional pianist, vibraphonist, and percussionist. I recently graduated from Berklee, where I spent much of my time composing, arranging, and performing.

I specialize in Jazz, but also frequently help people learn the arts of classical and pop music. Whether or not the student wishes to learn to read, I place a lot of value in scales, intervals, chords, and other core concepts that help us better understand any style of music. It doesn't matter if you are learning to write, improvise, or just learn music more quickly; once you grasp the theory, anything is possible!
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Justin March 13, 2019
· Piano · In studio
I took jazz piano lessons with Ryan and he was a great teacher! He drilled a number of fundamentals such as jazz theory, ear training, and improvising which really helped demystify jazz piano for me. Not only does he have a wealth of musical ability, he is also a very kind and patient teacher. I highly recommend taking lessons with Ryan!
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Jennifer March 13, 2019
· Piano · In home
Ryan is my daughter’s piano teacher, and she looks forward to her lessons every week with him. She is 10 years old. He focuses on ear training, and site reading with note recognition, as well as rhythms and time signature, but he really delves deeply into the theory of music with her, something not all piano teachers would do with the 10-year-old. When she joined a band at school, we found out that she truly understands the structure of the key signature, and how to count out 16th notes!! Very impressive :-). Feel free to contact me anytime for further questions, I would give him my highest recommendation.
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Skylar March 11, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Ryan is my favorite music teacher ever! He genuinely cares about my musical progress and has developed an effective lesson plan that’s making me reach my goals. He’s extremely nice and a musical genius who’s simplifies complex concepts to make them easily learnable. I can’t believe how much progress I’ve made thanks to him. I whole-heartedly recommend studying with him.
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Ryan F.

Allston, MA 02134
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$50 / 30-min

About Alexander T.

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Alexander T.

Boston, MA 02215
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About Ying S.

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Boston, MA
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I am a professional violist and violinist. I played violin for 13 years and playing the viola for 7 years. I graduated from East China Normal University, School of Art with a Bachelor of viola performance and have the Master Degree at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee of viola performance.
As an experienced viola and violin instructor, I have an extensive and diverse background in education in both China and the Unites States. I have taught Viola and Violin in a private setting for several years with students aged 7-20 and at experience levels from beginner to advanced. In Boston, I studied string pedagogy and taught a nine-year-old student weekly lessons for a half year with a focus on technique, stage presence, confidence, and musicality. At the conclusion of our lessons, his attitude had dramatically improved in a positive way and he
successfully participated in a the recital at his primary school. While in China, I maintained a studio of six students. Under my guidance, all of them earned Chinese violin amateur grading certificates earned through performance and judging of scales, etudes, and solo repertoire. While teaching these students in China, I studied at East China Normal University, famous for their pedagogical approached to music education in China. In 2016, I won the first prize in the Concerto Competition at East China Normal University and performed a successful concert at the Shanghai Conservatory.

As I was growing up, I always loved sharing what I have learned with others and led me to build passion for teaching. By sharing what I learned with others, not only I can improve myself as a musician, but also inspires both myself and students to have deeper understandings in music; interactions with students bring diverse and unique ideas which have shaped my passion for teaching music. Also, I believe that being a teacher is not only for teaching a subject matter. Rather, it is about guiding students to form their own philosophy in their life. I have never imagined becoming a musician if it was not for the teachers and professors that led me in my life and helped me to become who I am now; therefore, I would like to share my own experience and give it back to the students to help them to pave their own life.
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Ying S.

Boston, MA 02115
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