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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.

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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 ali Y.

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Dedham, MA
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My name is Ali Y, I graduated from Boston University with a master degree in 2017. Before I graduate, I started to teach violin and Mandarin in Takelessons, as you can see in my reviews, I have a very high rating since I started, every student like to play violin with me because I always can see their smile in the lesson.

I’ve begun to study in BU with Professor Bayla Keyes since 2015, in these two years, I’ve learned a lot from her, not only my violin skill but also a lot of teaching methods.

I got my bachelor degree in Renmin University of China, which is one of the best university in China. I had 24 students before I came to the States, several of them won the first prize in different violin competition.

I’m very patient. And I know how to commute with students. Most of my student can learn very fast and be very happy at t
he same time. I hope my student to love music instead of just playing the music.
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Iyore I. September 25, 2018
· Mandarin · In home
Ali is great! Patient, knowledgeable and flexible
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Jim C. August 14, 2018
· Violin · Online
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Autumn A. June 7, 2018
· Violin · Online
Very patient. Provided great tips on technique improvement.
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ali Y.

ali Y.

Dedham, MA 02026
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About Hannah L.

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Stoneham, MA
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About Hannah
I first started playing the violin when I was 16 years old. In spite of people telling me that I was “too old” to learn to play the violin, I continued practicing and one year later I joined my first orchestra. In 2016 I graduated with a BA in Music from the University of Massachusetts Boston and I’m the violinist of a fusion rock band called The Sunset Kings (you can find us on Facebook as “The Sunset Kings Music”.)
Also, I currently play the violin in different orchestra pits in the Boston area and I’m also recording my first EP!
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Robert May 14, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Hannah is a very dedicated and patient instructor. She always tries to keep the lessons interesting and fun, she also makes sure I take little stretch breaks in between exercises and always teaches me something new!
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Nicole L. April 18, 2018
· Violin · In home
Excellent teacher! She starts with the basics of how to care for your violin, handling and same day we were playng. Each lesson has a beief review of the last and she provides tools (free apps) to help tune your violin and another for playing/ training.

She is a great teacher! friendly and dedicated!!
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Nicole L. March 30, 2018
· Violin · In home
Excellent teacher! Very personable and excited to teach. She taught me excercises to build the muscles to play the violin, taught me how to tune my violin and many other tips and tricks.

All in all excellent!!!
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Hannah L.

Hannah L.

Stoneham, MA 02180
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$40 / 30-min

About Scott M.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

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About Scott
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.

Scott M.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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About Francois C.

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Brookline, MA

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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.

Francois C.

Brookline, MA 02445
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About Jeffrey K.

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Rockland, MA

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Jeff King loves all things music. He began performing live with different groups in high school while attending Thayer Academy, and is currently an active member of Boston’s thriving music scene. Jeff has been teaching private piano lessons for 10 years since graduating from Wheaton College in Norton MA, where he majored in Music and was the recipient of the 2008 Helen Zoe Duncan Piano Performance Prize. While attending Wheaton, Jeff spent his junior year abroad studying at the University College of Cork in Ireland, where he studied jazz piano. Jeff is also a piano consultant at the Piano Mill in Rockland MA, where he is able to help musicians and their families find the perfect piano. Jeff is a father of two and lives with his family in Quincy MA.
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Jeffrey K.

Jeffrey K.

Rockland, MA 02370
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$59 / 30-min

About Quentin P.

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Cambridge, MA

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About Quentin
Hi All,

I'm Opera Singer, Teaching Artist, and Arts & Culture consultant seeking to guide you into discovering your true voice. I have been teaching for 12 years, and specialize in classical, musical theatre, jazz, gospel, r&b, and pop. I have taught for Berklee College of Music and the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
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Quentin P.

Quentin P.

Cambridge, MA 02139
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$45 / 30-min

About Joseph B.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

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I'm an award-winning conductor, composer, saxophonist, and pianist with over a decade and a half of performing experience and a teaching experience of almost ten years. My focus is on developing not just technical facility but musicianship and love for music. Whether you're working on an instrument or writing music, my intention is for you to develop the ability to express your unique identity in performance. Whatever your studies, I encourage commitment to both craft and artistry.

As a saxophonist, I was winner of the 2010 Beatrice Herrmann Young Artist Solo Competition, was twice a national finalist in the MTNA Young Artist Solo Competition, and won the University of Puget Sound's Concerto/Aria Competition. In 2012, while playing with the Puget Sound Saxophone Quartet, our group took 3rd Prize in the MTNA National Chamber Music Competi
tion and the First Prize in the Seattle Ladies' Musical Club Chamber Music Competition. Our performance on Classical King FM was syndicated by the National American Public Media's Performance Today.

As a composer, my works have been heard across the country, including my work award-winning Babel, which was performed by the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet in 2014 at Carnegie Hall. That work is soon to be released on the DSQ's debut album, Collider. Recent commissions have included works for the Departure Duo and the ensemble Latitude 49.

Called "quite musical and effective" by Classical Voice North Carolina, I bring experience as a conductor and pianist in both the symphonic and operatic repertoire. My work and studies have brought me from Seattle to Pittsburgh to Boston, to Spain to Germany and Romania. I hold a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan, and an undergraduate in Music Education from the University of Puget Sound.

Whatever your studies, you get all of my experience, distilled to what's most beneficial to you. I can't wait to get started on our musical journey together!
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Danielle B. October 8, 2018
· Music Theory · In studio
Joe is a fantastic teacher who has a solid command of the material and is able to explain concepts in a clear, easy to understand manner. He is very patient and takes time to make sure students really grasp the ideas he is presenting. Not only that, he is a very skilled performer with a lot of experience, so he brings a lot to his lessons. I would highly recommend Joe as a teacher!
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Joseph B.

Joseph B.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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$50 / 30-min

About Jack E.

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Brighton, MA

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Jack is a gifted guitar player with lots of teaching experience and a terrific point of view.

Born and raised in Scotland, Jack started playing guitar at age 14 and fell in love with bands such as Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, and the Foo Fighters. Once he heard guitar virtuoso Steve Vai for the first time, that changed everything. Jack went on to attend a music school in Glasgow. During his time there he performed regularly in various bands playing rock, pop, and funk music, as well as teaching guitar on the side.

Jack recently graduated from Berklee College of Music, and hopes to write music for video games while continuing to teach guitar. As he says, “Teaching is so rewarding. My main goal is that students keep coming back because they’re having fun and feel rewarded too.”
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Janani October 17, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Jack is an incredible teacher! I was nervous and a little self conscious about my basic guitar playing skills in the beginning but he made me feel extremely comfortable and built my confidence in my skills. He refined my basics and would emphasize focus on me enjoying my playing but also enjoying the theoretical knowledge. He has an incredible sense of humor so the class environment was always positive and encouraging. Highly recommend Jack!
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Brandon October 16, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Jack is a great guitarist and a wonderful teacher. Learned a lot from him!
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Jae October 15, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
There is something about self doubt that really makes it hard to learn a new instrument, especially when you’re not a middler schooler. As a current college student in Boston, I’ve always wanted to learn how to play guitar (something about my ukulele just bored me at this point). When I looked for guitar clubs on campus, it turned out that every other member not only knew how to play guitar but also was really good at it too. Bummed there wasn’t a “beginner guitar newbie club” on campus, I turned to guitar schools around Boston. A lot of them dumbed down the guitar to a point where it felt condescending (ex: making up names for strings instead of learning notes). Discouraged, I searched online and happened upon Jack! His Scottish accent wasn’t the only thing that caught my attention, this guy can really shred! He manages to make you feel comfortable and never makes me feel dumb when I make a mistake or ask a question. He is the first guitar teacher in Boston, anyway, to actually show me how to be comfortable and confident with my instrument, even from the beginning.
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Jack E.

Jack E.

Brighton, MA 02135
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$42 / 60-min

About Yingli L.

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Quincy, MA

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I study the violin since I was 4 years old, maybe like you. Or your kids. I know your parents put too much desire on you, which wants you being SUCESSFUL. I know you can’t understand that, and you can’t accept what they trying to give to you. However, MUSIC is not about successful nothing about personal achievement. After a long time, like your parents teach you how to walk, then you can walk a long long distance. For me I travel another side of the world, I miss my home, China, the people, nature, everything. I also enjoy the world what I have right now… keep going, no worries…

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Yingli L.

Yingli L.

Quincy, MA 02170
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