As a graduate of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and Boston University Metropolitan College, Manda has obtained a diverse education in performance and performing arts management. As a clarinetist, Manda has performed in Illinois, Alabama, Ohio, and Massachusettes as a soloist, chamber musician, and in large ensembles. Her performances have been well received for their diverse programming and superior musicianship and technique.
Manda began teaching clarinet and piano in 2008 while she was still in high school. She began with beginning and intermediate musicians and quickly received the op
portunity to coach advanced players at one of Illinois' top high school band programs. While studying in Ohio, she began teaching clarinet and piano at the Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School. There she continued to have one of the largest studio classes of both instruments for two years. Currently, Manda continues teaching in Boston, MA through Takelessons and Musika as well as through her own personal network.
Outside of her performances and teaching, Manda has held positions as a fundraiser and administrator at the Verb Ballet company in Ohio, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Massachusettes, the Brooke Charter Schools in Massachusettes, as well as the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Using her skills learned in these positions, as well as from working with mentor Dr. David Cutler, Manda uses an entrepreneurial and logistical mind set when running Manda's Music. You will be met with a professional atmosphere and efficently run lessons and administration.
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect to have their at-home-work as well as practice techniques written out in a journal for their reference every week. We will begin working slowly so the student and I feel comfortable with each other, as well as with the instrument. Each student is different, so there is no timeline that is set to work from. We work at a pace that is comfortable yet continuously challenging for the student. Over all, Manda works to acheive her goal for students to gain an appreciation for music, and look forward to coming to lessons each week.
*** Studio Equipment *** The lesson spaces include stands, pianos, and chairs.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide pens, pencils, metronome, tuner, and small repair equipment. I expect students to bring their instrument (for clarinet only), assigned music, assignment journal, and specified instrument equipment (i.e. reeds, swab, cork grease, etc).
*** Specialties *** Classical music, popular music, and beginning jazz.
Elena Glassman February 6, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Approachable, efficient, knowledgeable!
Melanie M. February 3, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Manda is super nice and a great piano teacher to my 7 year old daughter! My daughter looks forward to her lessons each week.
Yong E. February 2, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I am in my mid-20s, and I just started to learn piano. I do have an experience of learning piano as a little kid, but it wasn't fun. It was tedious, non-inspiring, and simply boring. Since I slowly developed interest in classical music as I grew up, learning to play piano is one thing I wanted to do for quite a long time.
Nevertheless, I had plenty of anxiety starting something new as an adult. Aside of that, I don't own a piano, and most of the lessons seemed to be dedicated to children.
As a new year's resolution, I determined to find a way to learn. Then I found 'takelessons', which makes paying for and scheduling/rescheduling lessons an easy task. Subsequently I found Manda, who had excellent qualifications and credentials, along with near-perfect reviews.
Now I am very happy that I started and I feel extremely lucky to have Manda as my first-as-a-grownup teacher. She is very knowledgeable and forgiving. These qualities of her makes learning piano very interesting, which is often not the case since inevitably a lot of repetition follows with learning.
What used to be an awful Monday, which most grownups would agree on, transformed to an exciting time to explore a part of the world I haven't exposed to that much. Juggling work and practice isn't so bad as I thought so far. I look forward to keep learning from Manda, to accomplish my goal of playing piano pieces that I love listening to.
Robert's exemplary and diverse career all began when he was a very small boy. His magical, musical journey began with his Grandfather, Donald Mcullick, a country singer/guitarist, who spent the 1950's touring and performing with blockbuster artists such as Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. Grandpa would take his young protégé out to the swing under the apple tree in the backyard and show him songs on an old acoustic guitar. He would later give that guitar to Robert. That guitar was the key to the music box of Robert's life. A life long dedicated to the art and craft of music.
's high school years were very non-traditional. While most students spent time at football games and pep rallies, Robert spent his time performing in pit orchestras and composing for local theater companies. His extensive theater credits include work with the Hampton Playhouse, the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts, the Seacoast Reparatory Company and the Portland Stage Company. Robert was comfortable on both sides of the stage. He was an accomplished performer, composer and overall technical adviser even in his teens.
After graduating High School, Robert took on the daunting task of recording his first solo album "Obstacles Overhead". The album featured members of Capitol Records recording artists Thanks to Gravity and Pondering Judd. All of his hard work paid off and the album received airplay on many local radio stations.
The allure and glamor of the Rock and Roll life soon called, and Robert found himself fronting a heavy Metal power trio called Nine Shades of White. The group toured extensively throughout the east coast, and recorded two well received albums.
After taking time to record projects with Boston based singer Rick Skeehan and the world renowned Irish folk group the Makem Brothers, Robert joined a group called Two Much Trouble, and performed on their album "Frankenstein". The group earned a wild reputation with its heavily modified tour bus that spit flames and transformed into a mobile stage.
In the summer of 1997 Robert was enlisted as the lead guitarist for the premier seacoast rock group 202 The Band. For the next 5 years he rocked crowds every weekend all over the New England area. In 2002 the group released the album "En Route". Many of the songs featured on the album were either written or co-written by Robert.
Always anxious to take drastic "left turns" along his musical path, Robert accepted an invitation by the renown New York City based jazz guitarist Larry Simon to perform in two of his large scale new age, rock, jazz ensembles, Collective Consciousness and Infinite Soul. Each group sported, at times, over twenty members. This setting not only gave Robert the chance to tread on new musical ground, but it also gave him the chance to explore new instruments like mandolin and electric violin. Robert now plays an electric violin custom made for him by Mark Wood of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Rock and Roll of course was never far from his heart, so of course he did just that. Robert next found himself playing second guitar for his close friend and virtuoso guitarist Dan Miller in the Dan Miller Band. This heavy metal juggernaut created enough of a rumble to make it into the final round of the Boston based Beantown Meltdown battle of the bands in 2004.
In 2005 Robert finally found the time to release his second solo album, "Dust Covered Man". Produced by Grammy nominated producer Mac Ritchey, it was a somewhat dark and introspective, acoustic based, singer songwriter album that featured flutist Cynthia Chatis and blues harmonica guru "Hatrack" Gallagher. Robert's version of Pink Floyd's "Blue Sky" had the distinction of being voted the 2nd best cover of a Pink Floyd song on iTunes, during 2005. Richie Havens, the internationally known folk singer, has also given his stamp of approval on Robert's version of "Darkness Darkness".
In the spring of 2007 Robert was given the immense honor of performing as a member of the world famous Irish soul band "The Commitments" on their 2007 U.S. tour, filling in for the bands ailing original guitarist Kenneth McCluskey.
2007 also saw the release of a series of Hypnotherapy CD's by therapist Sharon O'Connor that featured music written and recorded by Robert. He has also written music for independent films and television throughout the years.
In 2007 Robert also found time to reunite with some of his old 202 band mates in a short lived group called Stone Circle. While the band had to be put on hold for the time being, Robert looks forward to working with his old friends again someday.
In early 2008 Robert began studies with British classical guitar master Edward Flower, expanding his already diverse background even more. Later that year he was recruited to do transcriptions for Guy Davis, a popular performer in the modern blues world.
Early 2009 saw the launch of Robert’s newest endeavor, his own professional recording studio, dubbed “The Dragon’s Den”, nestled in the woods in tranquil Stratham NH. A place where Robert himself and others can find peace and craft their creative vision.
And the journey continues……..
*** Lesson Details *** Robert's teaching approach changes and conforms to the needs and goals of each individual student. He does his best to encourage good technique and the understanding of basic music theory as it applies to the style of music the students wishes to learn. Robert strives to find the perfect delicate balance between focused study and just having fun with music.
After a few months of lessons all students will learn the importance of proper technique and the core essentials of reading music. Younger students will be able to play well known melodies familiar to them, and older students will be playing pieces from popular songs. This of course is a general overview, as each students progresses at his or her own pace.
*** Studio Equipment *** Can provide an instrument for the first lesson only (teacher must be advised beforehand) If students wish to continue they must have their own instrument. Students playing electric guitars or bass do not need to bring amplifiers to lessons, there is one provided. Students do not generally need to purchase books or other instructional materials, they will be provided.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Pop, Blues, Country, Folk, Heavy Metal
I am a multi instrumentalist and professional musician of over a decade- and would love to teach you everything I know! I have been studying music for over 12 years, through school and college, on my own, and with private instructors including Chris Parello, Mike Orenzoff, Norma Hooks, and Buddy Charleton. I consider my main instrument to be guitar- I have been playing for about 12 years, and am comfortable in just about any professional situation on my instrument. I play lead guitar, rhythm, and we can go over many techniques and subjects to help you become more versatile and well rounded: in
cluding ostinato picking, slide/open tunings, improvisation, and composition.
I also teach Bassoon- which I studied throughout high school and college. Pedal Steel Guitar, I have studied for about 8 years, some of that time was with world renowned steel guitarist, Buddy Charleton. On the Tenor Saxophone, I have taught myself and am comfortable teaching beginning and intermediate players in saxophone technique and improvisation (mainly rock, blues, and jazz styles).
Each lesson is eagerly tailored to the student's strengths and needs in order to help them learn to the best of their ability, and ultimately, have fun!
Music is a language, and I want to give you the tools that you need in order to speak that language fluently. We will focus on your interests and genres that you prefer, while incorporating ear training, music theory, and new techniques specific to your skill level and instrument. Each lesson is tailored to each student's learning style. From reading music and beginning ear training, to writing counterpoint and mastering improvisational techniques, together we will find ways to help you grow, exponentially.
*** Lesson Details *** When we schedule our first lesson, I will ask you a few questions about your interests, goals in taking lessons, and your priorities related to music. This way, I can be sure to tailor the lesson to meet your expectations and goals.
Generally, my lessons lean towards feeling a little "laid back".
Curriculum is based on student goals and priorities. Jazz studies will differ from studying rock n roll, as well as classical, etc. Once we have an introductory lesson, I will be able to review with you the materials, passages, postures, techniques, and music we will be working with. You always are encouraged to have a say in what you want to learn, whether it is your 1st or your 50th lesson.
*** Studio Equipment *** amps, instruments, piano, waiting room
*** Specialties *** I teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced students in genres including jazz, rock, metal, classical, funk, blues, country, pop, and more, on a handful of instruments including guitar, pedal steel guitar, bassoon, and tenor sax.
EdL January 31, 2012
Creative Musical Life Support
I am extemly pleased with the progress I have made thusfar. Elizabeth's method of teaching has taught me so much more than I would have expected to learn in the short amount of time that I have been involved so far. I am looking forward to a long and productive musical journey with Elizabeth and I'm confident that my talents, with Elizabeth's help, will improve beyond what I have imagined to achieve on my own through many years of unproductive struggle.
I am a student at UMass Lowell, pursuing my bachelor's in music with an emphasis in sound recording technology. I've been playing the saxophone for about 12 years now, and have been teaching privately on and off for a couple of years. I also teach the North Andover High School marching band. I taylor my teaching to whatever works for individual students, and make sure we work together on our goals, and what we want to accomplish for the lesson, and for the upcoming weeks/months. As a performer, the most fun I've had was touring the country with the internationally competitive Spartans Drum & B
Michael received his formal training in music from the University of New Hampshire having earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition, and a Master of Science Degree in Music Education. He was a classroom teacher for many years in a number of school systems. He also conducted choirs and served as organist for many churches in Southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Donna September 26, 2015
Michael was a great music teacher. His ability to provide structured lessons, while at the same time, encouraging creativity was just what our son needed. He is patient, kind, and talented. You can tell that he is just as excited as the student is when the student masters a selection.
Christopher Pelonzi September 21, 2015
I had the honor of taking 6 years of lessons with Michael Joseph on Organ, Theory, and Improvisation. I could not have asked for a better teacher. His lessons inspired me, challenged me, and gave me the skills to succeed. Without his guidance, I would never have become a musician. Thank you Michael!
Laura September 21, 2015
Michael Joseph was my piano instructor for a few years during college. He is dedicated to piano playing and is also very knowledgable about the subject. I learned a lot from him and looked forward to every lesson. I am also considering taking lessons with him again. His passion for piano playing is very evident, and makes taking lessons that much more enjoyable.
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