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About Stephanie M.

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Boston, MA

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About Stephanie
Hello, and thank you for your interest!

My name is Stephanie, I am a teaching-artist from El Paso, Texas. I currently reside, perform and teach in the Boston and greater Boston area.

I am a recent graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music with my Masters in Saxophone Performance. I received my Bacherlors in Music Education from New Mexico State University.

“A teaching artist, by definition, is a two-career professional: a working artist and a working educator. As a working artist is they are involved in an ongoing process of discovery, problem solving, discipline and refinement of skills in their discipline. As a working educator, it is essential that the artist is also developing a knowledge base and skills to be an effective partner in education. Achieving a meaningful balance between these two professions, whereby one
feeds the other, is an ongoing process that requires a deepening awareness for the teaching artist of what their teaching brings to their art and what their art teaches them about learning.”

I am devoted and dedicated to helping find each of my students strengths, weaknesses and style of learning. Once I have identified these traits, I am able to develop lessons and repertoire that helps each students become the most efficient learner and best musician they can be.

I pride myself in creating a fun and safe learning environment in which I establish a firm musical foundation for my students. Lessons include: scales, etudes, articulation, dynamic and sight reading exercises, standard saxophone repertoire, recording and analyzing performances, saxophone/music history lessons, and exploration of the sounds, genres and artists of the saxophone.

Simultaneously, my students cultivate many other skills while learning how to play saxophone. Students enhance their fine motor skills and ability to memorize, students increase their overall self-confidence and become self-sufficient and creative problem solvers. I am passionate about educating and empowering my students and I enjoy connecting with a wide array of musicians of all ages, playing levels and backgrounds.

Feel free to contact me to inquire about lessons, I hope to hear from you soon!

Stephanie
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Paige June 19, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
My first lesson was great. Stephanie is patient and makes you feel comfortable.
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Billie May 7, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Stephanie is not only an incredible saxophonist, but a great teacher as well. She's cheerful and upbeat and really encouraging! I really enjoyed working with her over the course of a semester on a directed goal. I found her teaching methodology to be very flexible and she was open to finding different ways to help me learn to play a vibrato. I also learned many technical details about playing saxophone that surprised me and made me a better player. I would recommend her with enthusiasm.
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Cynthia April 15, 2017
· Audition Prep · In studio
Very patient!!!!
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Stephanie M.

Stephanie M.

Boston, MA 02115
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About Austin B.

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Boston, MA
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About Austin
I have been teaching since 2013 as a music instructor. Currently I teach at 3 music schools; EKS in Quincy, Bach to Rock in Wellesley, and Piano Playtime in Milton and Arlington. I also currently work as a section leader or ringer for First Parish Church in Lexington. I also frequently perform in private residences with a small chamber group I call "Sole Durato" or setting sun in Italian. We also perform at various retirement homes and music festivals such as Newbury Nights and the Caspian Music Mondays series in Vermont. In the past I have also worked as a pop and jazz singer at various restaurants playing anywhere from 4-6 times per week.
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Jonas K. September 26, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Fabulous person to work with! Splendid instructor and performer. It's an honour to share the stage with him as well as teach music together at the EKS music school in Quincy. The only regret you might have with Austin is that you didn't start studying with him earlier! Guaranteed satisfaction :)
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Bradley W. May 17, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I am Austin's voice teacher at the New England Conservatory where he recently completed his Master's Degree in Vocal Performance. Austin has done outstanding work refining his technique and knowledge of vocal pedagogy. The transformation to his singing and overall performing is nothing short of miraculous. You will find Austin to be highly intellectual, patient, and empathetic to your vocal development. I am confident that he know possesses all of the knowledge and tools to effectively diagnose and correct vocal faults with singers of all voice types. Austin is a champion for the vocal arts and he will be a champion for you so may reach your fullest vocal potential. I highly recommend Austin Burns for young singers in particular. I know you will have a rewarding experience with this talented and passionate young performer.
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Austin B.

Boston, MA 02116
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About Christien B.

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Waltham, MA

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About Christien
Hi! I recently earned a degree in Early Music Voice from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and have studied voice with private teachers intermittently over the past two decades. I would like to aid those students who are interested in learning about music from medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

I also have a Master's in Cello Performance, and can teach cello at the beginner to upper intermediate level! My experience in teaching is with modern (standard) cello, but I can also teach the basics of baroque cello (with gut strings and a baroque bow). Gut strings can be finicky, but their sound is warm and expressive. If you are interested to know more, just drop me a note! Another instrument I can teach is the Viola da Gamba, a very interesting early 6- or 7-string instrument with gut strings. (That's the instrument I'm
holding in my profile picture!) This instrument is a bit like a cello crossed with a guitar. It's played with a bow, but the neck has frets. Playing the "gamba" (or "viol") can be a gymnastics workout for the left hand, but once you get the hang of it, you can play beautiful chords. This is the instrument that is featured in the French film "Tous les matins du monde".

Aside from music, I have taught English as a Foreign and Second Language (in Bulgaria with Peace Corps, in New Mexico with Berlitz, at the U. of New Mexico). I would be very pleased to help students of any age with reading, listening comprehension, and writing!
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Collins June 26, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Collins had his first cello lesson with Christien today. He love it! Christien is super patient and very very professional. She corrected Collins' posture and the way to hold the bow. Christine gave very clear instruction, and made the lesson lot of fun.
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Itai September 1, 2016
· Cello · In home
Christien is a wonderful teacher! She is patient, caring, interesting and generally great with kids. It was pleasure to have her as our 8 y/o daughter's first cello teacher.
Thank you!
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Josie June 28, 2016
· Cello · In home
Christien is a fantastic instructor!
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Christien B.

Christien B.

Waltham, MA 02453
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About Liubomyr S.

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Bolton, MA

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About Liubomyr
Hello,

My name is Liubomyr S. I am a student in Longy School of Music of Bard College and I play violin. I graduated from the M.Lysenko’s Lviv National Music Academy, where I obtained my Masters degree in Music. I had been working in Symphony Orchestra for 3 years. I visited a lot of music academies (mainly, Summer ones) and took some master classes with well-known professors:
- Roberto Cani (USA)
- Paola Tumeo (Italy)
- Benjamin Bourse (France)
- Felix Andrievsky (UK)
I have several international competitions awards, and I like to play chamber music and in orchestra a lot.
I study in Longy School of Music of Bard College for GPD. I'm planning to graduate in 2 years, so I will have enough free time to work part-time. I want to teach kids to play violin!I have experience in teaching children and students!
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children from 5 to 18 years old
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Liubomyr S.

Liubomyr S.

Bolton, MA 01740
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$30 / 30-min

About Daniel M.

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Roxbury, MA
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My name is Daniel Munoz im originally from Valparaiso Chile, I study composition in Berklee College of Music with guitar as my principal instrument. I focus mainly on funk, rock, blues and a a big amount of Latin rhythms (Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Bachata, etc). Im living currently in Roxbury and im willing to travel if my students can't arrive to my house.
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Daniel M.

Daniel M.

Roxbury, MA 02119
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$15 / 30-min
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About Holly S.

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About Holly
My 20 years of musical experience taught me that JOY is as important as knowledge and technique. We'll pursue a learning trajectory that suits you and your goals (large or small!), all while providing you with the encouragement to enjoy the process as well as the results. My teaching style is dynamic and positive; I want you to look forward to your lessons. And I have both the teaching and performing chops to challenge you and impart some serious skills.
I have my Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory and a Postgraduate Diploma in Trombone Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. I've taught a wide range of students -- from children who've never before picked up an instrument, to accomplished high schoolers, to adults who've always wanted to learn and finally have the freedom to do so.
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oy helping people as much as I enjoy performing, and I'd love the chance to inspire and encourage you however I can.
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Greta July 25, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
My daughter's lesson with Holly was amazing. My daughter started playing trumpet at the age of 6. I bought her a used trumpet and she basically taught herself how to read music and how to play. By the time she was in middle school, after several years of elementary school band class, where everyone learns an instrument, my daughter had grown bored of her trumpet. She was great at it, but there was no challenge and very little inspiration for her to play. When she met Holly for her lesson that all changed. She was able to talk with Holly and share with her many of her trumpet and band experiences. Holly was enthusiastic and positive as an instructor. She really was able to connect with my daughter(a teenager) and encourage her. My daughter left her lesson feeling very interested in trumpet again and wanting to explore a variety of music she could play on her trumpet. For the next few days she was listening to various trumpet players online and different music styles, at Holly's recommendation.
I can confidently recommend Holly as an instructor for any student who wishes to play trumpet. I believe she is the perfect instructor for my middle school daughter.
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Mary C. June 20, 2017
· Trombone · Online
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Sally June 19, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Holly is so great! My little boy was having trouble staying motivated and Holly really brings out the fun! She is so enthusiastic and empowering. She is gifted, funny and professional. We love her.
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Holly S.

Holly S.

Lynn, MA 01901
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$35 / 30-min

About clement D.

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Boston, MA
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Recent Berklee College of Music Graduate majoring in Jazz Composition, I have been teaching saxophone and contemporary music theory for 5 years, after obtaining a music diploma from the London Music School on saxophone and piano. I also studied classical music for 10 years at the conservatory in France. Versatile in both Classical and Contemporary styles, I pride myself in target accurately a student's needs and working around their understanding of the concepts that I teach while maintaining the essential parts of a learning experience: curiosity, fun, and fulfillment.
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Devin W. July 14, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Clement was very patience and knowledgeable .
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clement D.

Boston, MA 02115
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$25 / 30-min

About Simon W.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

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Hi there! My name is Simon Willson and my main gigging instrument is the double bass. I studied Jazz Bass at the New England Conservatory for my Bachelor's and Master's degree.

I have been in love with music since I was very young, and it has been the best gift I have ever received. I would like to be able to share this gift with other people, and that has been the driving force behind my teaching.

In addition to teaching, I keep a very busy performing schedule. You can find me at Wally's Jazz Cafe every Friday and Saturday night, where I perform with Jason Palmer. I'm also frequently playing at The Beehive, Beat Brasserie, and the Lily Pad.

I have a background in the Jazz and Classical tradition. In addition to performing, I compose and play guitar and piano. I also love harmony and theory.

Some of my past teachers inclu
de bassists Ben Street, Dave Holland, Cecil McBee, and Donald Palma, pianists Ethan Iverson and Frank Carlberg, and trumpet player John McNeil.
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Simon W.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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About Stephen E.

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Tewksbury, MA

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I am a recent graduate from Clark University and music has consistently been one of the most important aspects of my life. I majored in Music with a minor in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. While studying abroad in Cyprus I passed grades 1, 4, and 7 of the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music Examinations for piano, and grades 2 and 5 for Music Theory. I play the piano, sing, and I write music. I record at home using the DAW, Logic Pro X. I trained with Logic while at school. I am very patient and outgoing. I would be willing to teach any and all levels of vocal performance, piano, or Logic Pro X.
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Stephen E.

Stephen E.

Tewksbury, MA 01876
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$15 / 30-min

About Matthew L.

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Brighton, MA

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Hey there. My name's Matt, I'm a Boston native who went far far away to LA for music school. Now back in the Allston/Brighton area and looking for students. Professional gigging/recording experience, a wide and eclectic taste for music, and a love for helping students "grok" a new technique or piece of music.

Guitar students can expect a two-pronged approach to my lessons: one half dedicated to development of proper technique, the other half putting that technique to use, creating music. We will focus on the essential habit and routine of practicing. With good practice, any student can expect to see marked improvement week-to-week.

As a teacher I have experience teaching to all different ages and experience levels. The point of music is to enjoy it, and so ultimately our lessons are tailored to helping students do that. Still, expect a
certain level of rigor to our lesson plans. The way to learn is to play, and my students will be expected to learn and play music assigned to them, their performance of which will determine if and when they get to move on to next lessons.

I have a Bachelors of Music from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, where I majored in Studio/Jazz guitar. This was also the beginning of my teaching career, teaching friends and fellow students. As a professional musician I have played everything from original rock'n'roll to side-man gigs with hip-hop and R&B artists and beyond. My jazz training as well as personal interest in jazz fusion, alternative country, and other 'out' genres has given me a wide trick bag with which to play and create.

As a teacher, that same multiversity has given me a certain understanding of how seemingly complicated "maneuvers" on an instrument can seem daunting or incomprehensible. My favorite teaching moment is when I can make the complicated simple for a student.

As a musician personally I'm currently writing with a psychedelic rock outfit, as well as still writing and recording via email and other means with collaborators back in LA. I look forward to meeting you and making music together!
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Matthew L.

Brighton, MA 02135
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