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About Chuck W.

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Hanover, MA
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About Chuck
*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are custom-oriented to your goals. You will learn confidence in your abilities to perform well and have fun. I will train your mental toolkit, while steering you toward the digital and real-world tools you need to achieve musical success.

Working towards clearly defined goals in a low-pressure, focused environment, my students reach their maximum potential quickly and with confidence. With my expertise and your dedication, we'll have fun and you'll come away from each lesson with something new to work on.

You already enjoy listening to music, now it's time to enjoy making it!

***About Me***
I've appeared on recordings with dozens of rock, pop, jazz, and classical groups, and perform on a variety of instruments and styles throughout the Boston area.

I listen to and play all kinds of music fro
m Beethoven to Stravinsky, Arcade Fire to Beyonce, James Brown to Snoop Dogg/Lion. I have had the pleasure to share the stage with rockers Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), and jazz greats Maynard Ferguson, Jimmie Lunceford, Conrad Herwig, "Blue" Lou Marini, and Jeff Coffin (Flecktones).

I've played acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, violin, cello, and string bass drums. Some of my favorite recent projects have been:
-Quilty (Pavement-style hard rock band)
-The Nevermind Orchestra (brass band that covers Nirvana tunes)
-Chill Sons (my own band for which I write songs, play guitar, and sing)
-Manhattan Symphonie (an entertaining symphony orchestra featuring soloists on piano, violin, saw, urdu, and tap shoes)

It is a treat to share music with others, and my lessons are fun, challenging, and engaging.

Thanks for stopping by to look at my profile! Let's hang out and do music things.
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Alex Y. August 6, 2015
· Saxophone · Online
Chuck is very patient and very knowledgeable, and he has a way to let the kids to absorb quickly. My son can already play 30 short songs on Saxophone and Guitar after only 5 lessons.
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Cameron S. July 21, 2015
· Saxophone · In home
Chuck was on time, professional and my son really enjoyed his first lesson. Chuck was able to quickly figure out where my son was in the learning process so that they could get started right away. Excellent teacher!
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Jeff July 17, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Chuck was terrific with both my five year old son learning to play for the first time and my more experienced husband learning to refine his skills and progress further with theory. He is excellent with children and my son keeps asking if he can come everyday.
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Chuck W.

Chuck W.

Hanover, MA 02339
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About Sean B.

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Watertown, MA
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Hello future students,

My name is Sean I am a composer living in Waltham, MA. I hold a Master's in Music Composition from the University of Redlands and a Bachelor's in Music from the University of SC. I have been teaching guitar, bass, keyboard, audio engineering, and songwriting/composition for 3 years.

Whether you are a novice, a seasoned musician, or just someone with an old guitar and too much time on your hands, I am ready to teach you. I offer in-studio, in-home, and Skype lessons at 1/2 hr to 1 1/2 increments. In these lessons, I will provide you with the materials required. My only prerequisite is that students are required to own the instrument that they are studying.

My teaching style is based on you, the individual. There are no foolproof methods for teaching music because every student is unique. What works well f
or one student may prove to be frustrating and confusing to another. My mission is to meet you at your experience level and gently lead you to a higher understanding of music. In our first lesson together, we will discuss your goals and how we can meet them.

I offer recording services as well. I have the necessary gear and several years of experience recording various types of ensembles. Have a melody but no harmony? Let's find the chords the melody is asking for. Have chords but no melody? Let's find the melody that conveys the mood you're trying to create. Have an already existing song that you want to work on? Let's tighten it up in lessons and cut a demo of it.

This education is yours. I want you to get the absolute most out of your experience with me. If I seem like I'd be a good fit as your teacher, sign up for some lessons. I promise a fun and rewarding experience.

Best,
Sean
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Steven (Chip) Lewis April 27, 2016
· Mandolin · In studio
I am a new student -- and have never learned to play an instrument. I was encouraged by medical providers to learn an instrument as part of certain of my cognitive therapies. My instrument (the mandolin) was a gift from my son.
I have been fortunate to work with Sean O. G. Burns over the past few months. His style is perfect for my needs. He is patient, and leads with a gentle push -- no pressure! Sean is incredibly talented in his own right musically, and has talents - I'm sure, well beyond my needs -- I see him as an excellent teacher for all ages!
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Sara J. July 15, 2014
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Sean is the music theory graduate assistant at the University of Redlands and is extremely knowledgeable about the subject. He is also a great composer and plays multiple instruments. I would highly recommend him as a music teacher or tutor.
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Sean B.

Sean B.

Watertown, MA 02472
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About Peter M.

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

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

Peter M.

Medford, MA 02155
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About Catherine B.

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Allston, MA
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I've been playing the banjo for 13 years, beginning in my hometown of Marton, New Zealand. I very quickly fell in love with the instrument and have spent a lot of my time practicing, performing, teaching, recording and collaborating with other musicians ever since. As a teenager, I was given the opportunity to travel to the United States where I attended banjo camps and got to study with some great banjo players (Tony Trischka, Noam Pikelny Alan Munde). In 2011, I graduated from the New Zealand School of Music with a BMus, majoring in Jazz Performance on the banjo. I moved to Boston shortly afterwards to pursue a career in music and have kept a busy teaching schedule privately in Boston and worldwide via Skype. I also perform throughout the United States with my bluegrass band, Mile Twelve. I'm very thankful to have met a wide spectrum of
different people while teaching the banjo and am always eager to meet more people who are interested in learning and sharing this great instrument. Please say hi if this sounds like you!

N.B If you can't see an available lesson time that suits your schedule please send me a message. My availability changes weekly depending on my touring schedule so I may have just the spot for you.

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I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building strong technique and a knowledge of the bluegrass banjo repertoire. Topics we will cover include Scruggs style, melodic style, single string technique, transcribing, arranging tunes, music theory and jamming or playing well with others.

We will start with talking about how to hold the banjo, tuning the banjo, playing with fingerpicks and how to read tablature. Then we will work through your first tunes in the bluegrass style gradually learning more tunes with harder techniques such as slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs etc. I take into account each students interests and goals so we will work on specific songs you request or licks you'd like to learn. You will have slow, medium and fast recordings of each tune we work on in the lessons as well at the tablature for that tune.
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David May 15, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
I knew BB was the real deal when I hired her to record banjo on my first album 4-years ago--an intelligent player with a driving sound and warm personality. I enjoyed working with her so much that we now play music together professionally with the band Mile Twelve. In addition to her instrumental chops, she knows how to bring out the best in others. Her deep knowledge of and facility on the banjo combined with her generous and helpful disposition make her a teacher in high demand.
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Howard April 4, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
BB is a fabulous instructor. Obviously a great, talented musician, she is equally committed to her teaching skills. She is patient, inspiring and motivating...and lessons are great fun!
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Mary June 8, 2016
· Banjo · In home
BB is a great teacher. Her lessons focus allow me to start playing tunes right away. It provides immediate satisfaction to be able to make music with a new instrument.
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Catherine B.

Catherine B.

Cambridge, MA 02140
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About Josh W.

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Newton Center, MA

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Hi, my name is Josh Weinberg. I have over 10 years experience teaching drums & about 5 years experience teaching music production, & music theory (to all different ages). I have received an award from Berklee College of Music's Community Affairs Dept. for my teaching work in the Boston area (see photo). I graduated Berklee cum laude honors and w/ 2 degrees, Drum Performance & Electronic Production & Design. I teach a wide variety of techniques & cater each lesson plan to each student, to maximize our time together & help make the student the best musician he/she can be! I can travel to you for in-home lessons or you can come to my studio in Newton, which is a nice, isolated space where you won't be distracted by other lessons happening in the adjacent room like in some other studios/schools. In addition to teaching, I frequently performs
with bands around the northeast U.S., & have performed with internationally acclaimed artists such as Nona Hendryx, Simon Shaheen, & Richard Devine. In the past 6 years, I've performed in 8 countries - USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Turkey, & Ghana.
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David June 9, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Josh is fantastic! He's dedicated, caring, and knows exactly how to foster our son's interest and adapt his style to his personality and strengths and weaknesses.
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Romina May 12, 2016
· Drum · In home
Josh is a great teacher! This is my very first approach to learning how to play an instrument and he goes over every concept very clearly and patiently. He also explains the technical background behind every concept and includes formal assignments for me to practice from one lesson to the other, which really helps optimize the time spent in the studio as well as speed up the learning curve. I would strongly recommend him to other students!
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Sean April 27, 2016
· Ableton · In home
Josh helped me mix and master my first track and showed me step by step how to do so. He also showed me many different techniques in ableton to make my tracks unique.
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Josh W.

Newton Center, MA 02459
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About Joshua G.

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Watertown, MA

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I am a seasoned piano and voice instructor, with ten years teaching experience, offering in home lessons. During high school and college, I studied piano and pedagogy with Helen Smith Tarchalski, a graduate of the Peabody Institute and student of both Leon Fleisher and Fernando Laires, through whom I share a direct student/teacher line to Beethoven and Chopin, respectively. Over the course of my undergraduate degree at Towson University I also studied vocal pedagogy under Phillip Collister, and studied privately under grammy award winning tenor Aaron Sheehan. I hold advanced degrees in voice performance, music history, chamber music, and historical keyboards from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where I studied with harpsichordist/fortepianist Vivian Montgomery and countertenor Ian Howell. Contact me to set up a free consultatio
n, which includes a short lesson/evaluation of a potential student and an interview between myself and the student's parents.
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Janet April 8, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
My 6 year old daughter studies with Josh, and we love him. He's very friendly and accessible, and pushes my daughter make the best improvements she can while also maintaining a positive and encouraging attitude. Josh is very organized about how he conducts his lessons, and is great about communicating with me about what my daughter needs to work on for the week. Definitely recommend!
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Joshua G.

Joshua G.

Watertown, MA 02472
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$30 / 20-min

About Shishi Z.

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Boston, MA
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Shishi Zhou is a violinist graduated from the New England Conservatory with a Master’s degree. She also completed a Bachelor's degree from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Shishi first started playing the violin at age four and attended the music school affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory at age thirteen. During her trainings in China, She won the Gold Medal prize of Eastern Young Star Violin Competition and was awarded first place in Bode Cup Chamber Music Competition with her piano trio. In 2008, she began to study abroad at Idyllwild Arts Academy. In 2010, She began her undergraduate at BOCO while served as concertmistress in conservatory orchestras. Her chamber group, the Nebula String Quartet, was named 2013 BOCO Honors Chamber Ensemble. In 2014, Shishi won the first prize in BOCO String Department Honors Solo Competition. During
her graduate studies at NEC, Shishi further developed interests in community engagement and engaged in music education in public schools and beyond.
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Shishi Z.

Shishi Z.

Boston, MA 02115
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$60 / 45-min

About David B.

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Dorchester, MA

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Hi there! My name is David Benedict and I'm a professional mandolinist here in Boston, MA, specializing in bluegrass, oldtime, Celtic, jazz, and classical music. I graduated from college in 2013 with a unique bachelors degree in mandolin music performance. While in school, I studied with Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner as a core part of my curriculum. After school, I moved to Nashville and taught, toured, and recorded full time. While there, I recorded and released two albums of my own original music. Over the years, I've had the privilege of performing on stage with such artists as Flinner, Casey Driessen, Julian Lage, Mike Marshall, Missy Raines, David Grier, Darrell Scott, Tim O'Brien, and Tommy Emmanuel. I now live in Boston, playing full time with the bluegrass band Mile Twelve, and making weekly Mandolin Monday videos.

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Evan June 5, 2017
· Mandolin · Online
David is an excellent instructor. He has a wealth of knowledge of not only technique, but also the history of mandolin music. He has made many recommendations of music to listen to in order to increase familiarity with the instrument. He is flexible with lesson times and works around around my schedule including teaching relatively late into the evening. He seems to genuinely care about my progress and provides lessons tailored to what I want to learn. I would recommend David to anyone who wants to learn to play the mandolin
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Clark Family June 4, 2017
· Mandolin · Online
We are so happy we found David to teach our daughter mandolin! David is so great with her and is really invested in her learning and progress. She has grown by leaps and bounds. David is professional, passionate, and unbelievably talented. Our daughter is so fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from such a talented musician!
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Evan May 23, 2017
· Mandolin · In studio
David is an amazing player and teacher! He understand the mandolin so well and is able to break things down for students of any level. I can't imagine a better instructor.
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David B.

David B.

Dorchester, MA 02122
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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 Mahir Can K.

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Boston, MA

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Hi everyone! First of all I would like to tell you that my experience, education, and accomplishments in Western Contemporary Music was humbling and I have full confidence in myself that I can guide you to become self sufficient musicians in Pop, Rock, Jazz, R&B, with additional/optional flavours from East Mediterranean, to develop your ornamentations! We will have fun to create our own backing tracks to sing over, and solidify your internalisation on your desired musical genres!

Mahir was born in Denizli, Turkey. His private teachers in Turkey were Timur Selçuk and Randy Esen. After receiving a degree in industrial design, he began his studies at Berklee, studying contemporary writing and production, and graduated with "Summa Cum Laude" honor.

Mahir has performed at and arranged for seven Berklee Performance Center concerts, with
both his Turkish and Western music background. Additionally, he has also performed on campus recitals with his organic world fusion and Turkish music band "The Çay Party". With different versions of The Çay Party he has represented Berklee and Turkish music
in several different Northeastern University festivals and Turkish Consulate of Boston's receptions since February 2015. He was the leader of "Music of Turkey" sections in Berklee International Folk Music Festival in 2016 and 2017.

Mahir won "Best Website Award" for his versatile portfolio and his presentation of it in 2017, and he received "Mediterranean Music Institute Achievement Award" in 2017 at the night of the Aynur Doğan concert which he arranged 3 of Aynur's songs.

In Berklee's Commencement Concert 2017, he was one of the 10 student arrangers and 3 male backing vocalists in front of 7.000 audience including honorary doctorate recipients such as Lionel Richie, and the Grammy President Neil Portnow. Additionally he had the honor to be chosen as the student to announce Lionel Richie.

Besides being a writer, arranger and producer, Mahir is a vocalist who features Western contemporary music, Turkish classical, traditional, and contemporary music in his repertoire. He is able to sing microtonally, with knowledge of Turkish and Egyptian microtonal tradition. He plays bağlama, bass guitar, piano, guitar, and hand percussion.
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Aylin July 19, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I've gained so much confidence and musicality with every advice Mahir gave and every exercise we worked on. He made so much for me to become more creative, sing with a stronger technique and represent any song I'm singing with a better expression. My achievements made him happy and I was happy to know him and work with him.
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Abram July 17, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Mahir taught me a lot of stuff! He really knows how to teach, every minutes that you spend with him, you will learn something new, not only you will learn how to sing, but also musical experience, theory, arrangements and all you need to be a better musician, recommended!
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Boston, MA 02215
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