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About Bil M.

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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.

*** 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.

Bil M.

Dorchester Center, MA 02124
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About Eunhye J.

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Boston, MA
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Music Theory will give you clearer understanding in your playing and it is the foundation for you to bring your voice in performance and composition.

- Basic: Reading music, Notation
- Intermediate: Harmony (Basic Western-European Harmony & Basic Contemporary or Jazz Harmony)
- Advanced: College Level Harmony

Intermediate and Advanced Level of my class will enable you to write your own music and improvise.

About Eunhye
Dual Major in Piano Performance (Classical/Jazz Study) and Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music

Studied with professor
Ed Bedner (Doctoral Studies at BU)
Vadim Neselovskyi (International Pianist/Composer)

*** Lesson Details ***
1. Piano

- Relaxation Technique: Maximize your performance ability that you already have. (It takes a week to master it, and I will walk you through how you will be applying to the pieces you work on)

- Classical Repertoire: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and more! If you have a school recital, we can work on these masters' pieces. You will be not only memorize and play, but also express as if it were your own music.

- Jazz & Improvisation: Beginner to Intermediate level (pre-college level) Learning jazz gives you a great foundation to play any kinds of contemporary music; R&B, Dance, Folk, etc.
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ach lesson will give you hands-on exercises along with insights to delve into your creativity. It is highly important to determine what each student's goal is in order to design the course. So, please consult with me!

- Recital Preparation, College Application Prep.

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2. Singing

- Optimal Singing Body

Although the health of your body is crucial in performing any kinds of instruments, singing needs your body to be the most optimal condition because Your Body Is Your Instruments.

I will help you to keep up with taking care of your body in terms of singing. There are techniques that you can learn to maximize your singing ability. I will share them with you each session.

- Finding your Own Voice

We will work together to discover what styles that suit your voice most. And, we will get your unique voice emerge, so that you don't try to sing like someone, but you actually sing it.

- Basic Musicality - pith, rhythm, expressions!
Even when you are physically ready, if your brain doesn't understand what you are hearing and singing, you aren't going anywhere. Ear training with me will improve this area, for sure.

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3. Composition

- Theory that prepares you to Compose:

To get you ready to compose, you need to know a bit about 'Harmony, Counterpoint', which has been a powerful tool for generations. If you are not going to master classical composition, however, it can be overwhelming. I will walk you through the most important materials that you need to know to start your composition.

- Your Actual Compositions Down!
We will work together to finish your compositions either on paper, recording or both at the end of the semester. You will be proud of yourself to have your portfolio!

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4. Combinations
I also offer the combination of each area described above.
I recommend to spend at least 30 min for each area though.

Thank you so much for reading the introduction. I would be really happy to hear from you and to have a chance to improve our "music life" together eventually.

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Upright Piano, Keyboard, Video/Audio Recording, Sequencing Device, Korean Percussions

*** Travel Equipment ***
Car

*** Specialties ***
Piano: Classical, Jazz, Pop and Technique

Voice Coaching in various style

Composition: Finding your own voice in writing

Korean Drumming: Janggu and Korean Rhythms
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Mark S. September 26, 2014
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Fun and friendly experience. Eunhye is also patient which is needed with me!
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Ada R. March 5, 2014
· Vocal Training ·
I learn so much in my first lesson

Eunhye J. is a great vocal teacher, she has help me so much with technique and breathing. If you need a vocal teacher I recommend her, she is friendly professional and patient.

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Boston, MA 02128
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About Bryan P.

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Waltham, MA

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Basic music skills to advanced music analysis and forms for tonal, post tonal and atonal music.

About Bryan
Dr. Bryan Pollock, countertenor, completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts (Voice Performance) at Boston University where he taught private voice and class voice for three years in addition to holding his own voice studio. In 2013 he graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Irvine with his Masters in Fine Arts, vocal performance. In 2010 he received his Bachelors in Music from East Carolina University in vocal performance. He received vocal instruction from Dr. Lynn Eustis, Dr. Darryl Taylor, Dr. Louise Toppin, and John Kramar. His piano instructors were Dr. Keiko Sekino and Rebecca Miller. He has performed in over twenty fully-staged operatic productions and five fully-staged musical theatre productions.

Dr. Pollock has travelled extensively during his career throughout the U.S. as well as England, Austria, Italy
, Turkey, Canada, and the Czech Republic. He has a firm knowledge of German, Italian, and French vocal repertory, diction, and languages while specialising in English diction for the non-native speaker and/or singer.

During his time in Orange County, CA, he held his own music studio. While there he taught over thirty students (Ages 5-45+) voice and piano privately. Additionally, he taught as a TA for UC Irvine int he subjects of Music Theory, Voice Performance, and an introductory music course for non-majors.
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Ryan July 26, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He is very professional and perfect teacher. My husband and I were so glad to find him for my son who loves singing.
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Scarlett May 24, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Very knowledgeable and encouraging.
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Ted S. April 14, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Bryan has been great to work with. He has a lot of patience, which is important for someone like me who has a very limited musical background. He is clearly well educated in singing and is able to impart his knowledge to his students. I believe that anyone who takes lessons with him has the potential to greatly improve.
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Bryan P.

Bryan P.

Charlestown, MA 02129
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$32 / 30-min

About Tegan S.

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Somerville, MA

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Studied most recently with Dr. David Patterson.

The beginning student of Music Theory will be expected to read music, or be swiftly taught to do so. We will explore what all of the notations on a piece of music mean, and the basics of harmony and melody.

The intermediate student of Music Theory will begin working with the rules of functional harmony and explore these via composition and exercises. Ear training will also be incorporated into this lessons. We will analyze and listen to the great classical pieces to understand these principles of functional harmony.

The advanced student of Music Theory will learn when to break from the rules and how to do so coherently. We will touch on Music History to see how past composers have done so, and continue work with composition and analysis.

About Tegan
I have taught private instruction and group instruction in such varied subjects as Music Theory/Ear Training, Woodwinds, and Crochet. I completed a B.A. of Music at University of Massachusetts - Boston, in August, 2014. As a working musician, I currently perform oboe with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra (Dir. James Orent) and the University of Massachusetts - Boston Chamber Orchestra (Dir. Dr. Jon C. Mitchell). I have most recently studied under Dr. Emilian Badea in both Oboe and Accordion, with Bulent Guneralp in Piano and Voice, and with Dr. David Patterson for Music Theory, Ear Training, Arrangement and Composition. Music has been an important part of my life for over 20 years.

For information regarding my approach to instruction of a specific subject, please click on the name of the subject listed above for a full description.

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s I do not have access to a car, I prefer that students come to my home studio in Somerville, or that they be within public transit options.

N.B. I own a dog, so for those with allergies, it might be best to meet in your own home.
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Tianrui September 17, 2017
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Tegan was patient and energetic! We look forward to working with her!
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Gauri A. January 29, 2016
· Piano · In home
My daughter simply loves her piano class. Thanks for making the class so interesting
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Peter M. October 24, 2015
· Sewing · In studio
Tegan was very helpful. After just 30min lesson, i left with more skill and confidence.
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Tegan S.

Somerville, MA 02145
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About Jean P.

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Randolph, MA
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Music and singing goes hand in hand with Ear training and music theory. You can't have one without the other. As your coach, I will make sure you have the opportunity to learn it so you will be the best singer you want to be.

About Jean
Hello Student! I have been teaching with takelessons.com since 2012 and I'm ready to help you accomplish your dreams of being a singer! I have a great deal of experience to share with you. I specialize in R&B, Pop, Jazz and Gospel styles. Other experiences range from broadway, classical and theatre for those who would like to explore those styles. In 2014, I earned my Bachelors in Professional Music from The Berklee College of Music.

Come join me as we take your musical journey together!

"THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THE BEAUTY OF THEIR DREAMS."
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Alyssa Parsons December 3, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Jean's passion for singing inspires me to become the best singer I can be. She is professional and easy to talk to. She creates a comfortable atmosphere and only wants her students to be the best they can be. She has helped me work towards my goals and is nothing but supportive. I would recommend her to anyone in need of a voice teacher.
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Chamoune L. October 9, 2015
· Singing · In studio
She is a great teacher, very patient with student. Her love for music and teaching definitely gets you motivated! She is beyond excellent!
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Brittany B. September 16, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Absolutely amazing coach!!! Would recommend her to anybody in the east coast. Totally understanding and helpful.
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Jean P.

Randolph, MA 02368
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About Hannah M.

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I teach basic music theory to students who are beginners and are looking to create a solid foundation on which to build their musical skills and understanding.

About Hannah
Hannah has been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at her studio in Arlington, or in your home, depending upon proximity. Hannah has helped students develop a solid musical foundation, reliable and healthy singing technique, broader interests into new genres of music, and most importantly, she helps them have lots of fun making music!

Hannah received her training at the Longy School of Music of Bard College where she received a master's degree in music as a vocal performance major. Her bachelor's in music was obtained at the University of North Florida. Hannah's teaching style is fun, challenging, encouraging, and devoted to developing healthy and efficient singing habits, regardless of genre.
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Suzanna K. March 10, 2017
· Singing · In home
My 10-year-old daughter is really enjoying her lessons. Hannah is a great teacher - she makes the lessons fun while providing knowledgeable instruction. She's also a lovely young woman and interacting with her is a pleasure for both my daughter and me (the mom).
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Elise September 8, 2016
· Singing · In home
My daughter had a great time and loved the lesson!
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Saisha O. July 5, 2016
· Singing · In home
Hannah taught my 8 year old. She was amazing with my daughter and made learning about music easy!
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Hannah M.

Arlington, MA 02474
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About Nate S.

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Somerville, MA

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Deepen your understanding of music theory! Through these lessons, you will gain a better understanding of the way music works, in any style(s) of your choosing. Nate has experience studying and tutoring in both jazz and classical theory.

About Nate
Nate Sabat is a bassist, vocalist, songwriter, and Berklee College of Music graduate currently based in Boston, MA. He has been teaching one-on-one lessons through his private studio since the Winter of 2014, and, while studying at the Berklee College of Music, provided instruction as a core music tutor.

Lessons taught by Nate are very interactive. He focuses in on aspects of the subject that the student is interested in developing, while also providing a broader, deeper understanding of the subject as a whole. He is knowledgable and interested in a wide variety of musical styles and approaches, and is truly passionate and excited to watch his students expand their musical understanding.

As a performer, Nate has toured both nationally and internationally, performing on stages in The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom, Ca
nada, and the United States. Currently, he is a full-time member of Boston-based bluegrass band Mile Twelve, and additionally plays with pop-rock artist Sean Trischka and Canadian-based progressive-folk group Aerialists. To date, he has performed and recorded with artists such as Kronos Quartet, The New York Pops, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, and Eugene Friesen.
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David May 15, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
I've been working with Nate for almost a year now in the band Mile Twelve, and my experience with him has been incredible. Not only is he a amazingly well-learned, proficient, and creative musician, but he's one of the most understanding and helpful guys that I know. I've learned so much from playing with Nate, and I know his students are in good hands.
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Joe March 26, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Working with Nate is great! By working step by step through a couple songs I brought with me, and I noticed an across-the-board improvement in my playing after the first lesson. Plus, we have a good time of it!
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Reid March 15, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Nate has a very good ear, and is quickly able to identify problems, and thoroughly explain how to fix them. Whether a technique thing, or subtle nuances in timing, or tone, Nate always finds the clear path to expressing the goal, and how to get there.
I'd recommend Nate to anyone seeking to improve their playing. The rest is practice, practice, practice.
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Somerville, MA 02144
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About Christopher B.

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Bellingham, MA

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Hello! Teaching students at beginner and intermediate levels of music theory, I feel I can provide a solid foundation and understanding of the basics and some of the more advanced concepts and schools of thought in music theory. My experience writing songs will also provide you with a basic set of skills for writing your own.

Through our lessons, you can expect to learn or solidify your knowledge of music theory basics and move through history and the development of music to build an understanding of how music is written, as well as learn some basic composition skills.

About Christopher
Hello! My name is Chris B. and I'm excited for the opportunity to work with you! I have extensive teaching and performance experience throughout New England, and I'm excited to use my skills and experience to help you learn and achieve.

I've recently graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rhode Island College, and am continuing pursuit of a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. I've studied Classical Percussion with Michael DeQuattro at Rhode Island College, as well as drum set with Michael Odabashian, drummer for Zander Bleck and Kicking Harold. I've performed solo and with many groups in New England and abroad, including, but not limited to: the New England Intercollegiate Band, the Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble, and American Music Abroad's 2013 Liberty Tour of Europe.
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Christopher B.

Bellingham, MA 02019
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About Alexandra D.

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Salem, MA

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Need to brush up your theory or just starting from the beginning? I can help with structured theory tutoring, sight-singing, and ear training.

About Alexandra
Hello! I'm a singer and actor who performs everything from opera to musical theatre to jazz to straight theatre. I have performed as far away as Bruges, Belgium.

As a teacher, I have taught privately and in the classroom for the past 14 years. I have taught for the Metropolitan Opera Guild Urban Voices as a Master Teaching Artist, for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Days in the Arts program, for Watertown Children's Theatre, and for the North End Music and Performing Arts Center where her students have shared the stage with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and the Boston One City Choir.

As a performer, her favorite roles include Anita in "West Side Story", Jo March in "Little Women", and Carmen in "Carmen".
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Borja R. September 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Fantastic first lesson, correcting my technique, pronunciation, with an analysis of the score in relation to the composer, stressing the importance of the dynamic....all that in 1h. Willing to repeat!!
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Steve July 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Miss Alexandra was such a patient and helpful instructor. She was extremely knowledgeable and went over the basic rudiments of piano. By the end of the lesson was able to execute a few scales and play a few pieces from beginning to end! I hope to take voice lessons from her as well!
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Salem, MA 01970
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About Aubrey T.

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I am a friendly, welcoming teacher that has worked with students of all ages! I am finishing up my Master's degree in music education in Boston while continuing my role as a performer and teacher. I am proficient on piano, violin, and voice, have an affinity for music theory, and have been teaching in these areas of study for over 6 years now. Whether you want to learn how to play contemporary or classical, I'm happy to pass my knowledge on! Feel free to send me a message to see if we'll make a good team.

About Aubrey
I am a professional singer, pianist, and violinist, and also a public school teacher. I specialize in classical music, and have worked with many choirs and instrumental ensembles over the course of my career. I earned my bachelor's degree in Music Education (Voice) and completed my piano studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music. As much as I am a teacher, I continue to further my own learning. Currently, I am completing my Master degree in Music Education at the Boston Conservatory.

I began my music studies at the age of 7, and a lot of my current teaching philosophy has been greatly influenced by my own educational experiences as a child. I believe that students are never too young for a technical and accurate approach. At the same time, music lessons don't have to be scary or daunting. I find that many teachers tend to underestimat
e their students, so I make a great effort to encourage my students to go further than even they think they can.

My piano, violin, and voice students have been of diverse ages and experience levels. Depending on the goals of the student, we can work out a personalized curriculum that is beneficial and efficient. Students can expect to improve in music literacy, sight-reading, ear training, knowledge of different musical styles, chord building and reading, and idiomatic musicianship.

Feel free to send me a message! I would love to talk about your musical journey and how I can help you progress.
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Boston, MA 02215
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