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David H.

Malden, MA

Specializing in Rock, Jazz, Blues, and many other styles. All levels welcome, whether you're a complete beginner or you're an experienced player feeling like you've taught yourself all that you can and you want to learn some jazz theory, arpeggios, scales, more complex stuff, etc.

About David

I am a 28 year old Massachusetts native and have been playing music since I was 8 years old, starting on the piano with a wonderful teacher in Beverly who also went to Berklee. I picked up the guitar and the bass in high school and got into rock, jazz and blues and haven't looked back. I received a bachelors degree from Berklee in 2012 with a major in Professional Music and minor in Music Education.

I currently perform in and around Boston with several bands and also do custom guitar finishes, set-ups and modifications.

Music study is great exercise for your brain. It works both
the left and right hemispheres of the brain simultaneously because you are thinking both creatively and logically/mathematically at the same time.

I am happy teaching students at any level, even if you have never picked up an instrument before. I can work with you and get you on the path to being the kind of musician you want to be.

*** Lesson Details ***
I custom tailor my lessons to meet a students individual needs. I am a serious teacher, but I am a laid back person. I am easy going, but I will make sure you learn what you need to learn. I can guarantee after 4 or 5 lessons with me, you will have tripled your knowledge of chords, scales, technique, and song repertoire. I am very patient and am happy to work with students of all ages and skill levels.

I encourage mid to upper level students to bring in CD's or email an MP3/YouTube link of songs they want to learn (if they are at the right level) and I will transcribe them on the spot and go through them with you step by step.

If you want to learn how to play all your favorite songs, I am the teacher for you. I won't make you play music you aren't really interested in, but I will make recommendations for songs to improve your playing and include music theory so that you understand what you are playing and why you are playing it. The point of playing music is to HAVE FUN, after all.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Blues Jr. III guitar amp, Vintage Gallien Kreuger guitar amp, Carvin/Peavey Bass amp, Epiphone 1 x 12 guitar amp, custom thin line telecaster, custom solid body telecaster, vintage synsonic electric guitar, breedlove acoustic guitar, Tacoma acoustic bass, Schecter stiletto 5 string electric bass, Ibanez soundgear 5 string bass, custom stratocaster, vintage synsonic single coil guitar, 5 string banjo, vintage banjolele, Diamond Head tenor ukulele, u-king soprano banjolele Yamaha 88 key weighted keyboard, M-Audio oxygen 8 midi controller, Blue Mic USB microphone, Eurorack mixer, shure microphone, 2011 Macbook pro w/ Sibelius, Pro Tools, Garage Band, Reason. Equipped to do guitar set-ups, mods, and repairs

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will travel with just my guitar or bass and some music paper or my laptop. Students are only expected to have their own instrument and a place with minimal noise to have the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Picked and fingerstyle acoustic or electric guitar, Fingerstyle or picked bass guitar, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Hip-Hop, Bossa, etc.
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Chase D. May 7, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Had a fabulous experience with Dave. He taught my 13 year old son and was very patient and flexible. We had to change dates sometimes and he was very flexible...in addition Dave was patient and changed his approach a couple of times to help my son become more interested in bass going forward! Thanks Dave!
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Joe H. December 9, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dave is the man!!! He is an excellent teacher and curtails the lessons to what you want to learn and not just out of some book. He is also great at explaining the functions of the scales or chords you are learning as well as picking great songs in order to showcase those elements. If you are looking for a great guitar instructor, look no further, Dave is your guy! And his cat is pretty cool too...
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Charlotte B. November 26, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Luckily I live very close to David's so it took me under 10 minutes to get to my lessons and he has parking. During each lesson I learned something different and left with cool new music (he has quality taste) or strumming techniques to practice at home. I liked his cat who had a hankering for affection and when David plays (He's terrific and a delight to listen to )
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David H.

David H.

Malden, MA 02148
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Karen D.

Somerville, MA

I love teaching guitar. I can make it so easy to learn. My method follows a simple plan and with just a little practice you will find yourself really enjoying playing songs that you love. I also teach singing and songwriting if you are interested in incorporating those skills as well.

About Karen

Anyone Can Learn To Sing or Play Any Instrument With My Method!
No End To How Good You Can Get!
Become Better Than Anyone Out There!
Vocal Therapist-Can Cure ALL Vocal Damage!

Karen D.
-Certified Teacher of the World Famous Dante Pavone Vocal Method
-Honor Graduate of Berklee School of Music!
-Winner of International World Contest for Meridan Records from over
300 Countries
-Runner up in Ticketmaster Contest
-Twenty Original Songs Placed in Movies
-Written and Recorded Hundreds of Original Songs
-Performer, Producer, Actress, Poet, Writer, Dancer, Entrepreneur
-Teaches Song
Writing, Ear Training, Theory, Arranging
-Teaches Video Production and Editing
-Teaches Audio Engineering

It is completely untrue that some people are "born to sing or play an instrument" while others are not. Using my method, the most "tone deaf" can learn to sing perfectly in tune, the most nasal or unappealing sound can be transformed into the most beautiful resonant tone, and someone with "no talent" can become better than anyone out there. With this superb method when you finish singing your voice will feel better than when you started! All it takes is desire, patience, perseverance, and above all, practice. I also have a unique and very patient teaching style that can make learning any instrument seem easy. Anyone can learn with my method of teaching.

It all started out in a small town called Chatham, NJ where I spent the first thirteen years of my life. I remember loving music as early as I could walk and talk. I started taking guitar lessons when I was seven years old. Along with the guitar, came a love for singing and writing my own songs. When we moved to Pennsylvania the guitar came with me. Throughout my high school years, I spent hours playing with teachers, fellow students and at parties.

When I was sixteen every week for three years I would drive an hour into Philadelphia, by myself, to study with world famous Artie Singer. His students include such names as Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, Al Martino, and Bobby Rydel. Artie co-wrote and produced two massive hit records “At the Hop” and “Rock ‘n Roll is Here to Stay,” both recorded by Danny and the Juniors. Artie was personal friends with Dick Clark and would bring him acts for his show.

While going to a Community College in Philadelphia the music teacher there took notice of me, pulled me aside, and told me about a great music school I should attend. He then sent away for the application and helped me fill it out. The next thing I knew I was in Boston attending Berklee School of Music! I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Jazz and Rock Composition, Arranging, and Guitar.

I had originally gone to Berklee intending to major in voice, however I had no luck with the vocal department there and ended up with nodules on my vocal cords. The damage was so significant that I had to stop singing during my four years at Berklee and turned to studying Guitar and Composition.

I tried every vocal teacher in town wanting more than anything to be a singer. What I found was no teacher could help me and it seemed obvious that even though they had the “big name” they didn't know what they wt. I was losing hope. The combination of this roadblock and my persistence led me to the greatest thing that ever happened in my life....... I met Dante Pavone!

I kept hearing about a singing teacher named Dante Pavone. Since I had already tried everyone else, I decided to give him a shot. On my first lesson with Dante I noticed a big difference. My throat didn't hurt at all and a real voice was coming out of me. I was cured!

Dante’s studies were extensive and he had doctorates in voice, music history, psychology and many other subjects. He was the most intelligent; insightful person I have ever met in my life and not only taught me about voice but taught me many things about life. He one time told me that he had a more profound knowledge of all the fine singing muscles than anyone else.

Dante was the first; a “pioneer” in popular singing, breaking from the traditional operatic style. He taught, or was contacted by, such singers as John Lennon and Paul McCartney (Beatles), Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones), Aretha Franklin, Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane), Steve Tyler (Aerosmith), Peter Wolf (JGiles Band), James and Livingston Taylor, Faye Dunaway, Tom Jones, Donna Summers, Jonathan Richman, Julianna Hatfield, Andy Pratt, at their prime and the list goes on and on. Once John Lennon and Paul McCartney showed up unannounced at his door handing him a blank check! Singers from New York City Opera Company used to sneak away from their teachers and come to Boston to study with Dante who would cure their wrecked voices from their famous opera teachers they had in NY. Best Singing Teacher in the World!

I studied with Dante every day for the first couple of years and then two or three times a week after that for fifteen years until his demise in 1998. I never missed a lesson! He gave me over a four-octave range where I started with only a five-note one. Not only did he improve my pitch and tone, but I can now sing and scream all night, if I want to, and never have a single vocal problem. In fact the more I sing the better my voice feels!

One day at my lesson Dante asked if he could pass his method down to me. This has been a great honor to me and although many teachers try to emulate his method I am the only one with a certificate as seen above. Not only was Dante my mentor, but still to this day he is the most important person I ever encountered in my life and was my best friend. We were very close and he would spend hours talking to me at lessons not only about music but about many fascinating subjects and opened my eyes to many incredible things.

Thirteen of my songs were chosen to be in one movie called Getting Personal and other songs in the movies Fillbilly and Dykeotomies. My band has won world contests.

I have also studied piano, guitar, and drums extensively and teach all instruments. I studied for years with late great world renowned Charlie Banacos and John Horrigan. Besides teaching I am a songwriter, dancer, actress, film maker, audio engineer and producer as well. I can help you record your songs!

Since 1982 I have written hundreds of songs and have been performing and recording my own music in major New England and New York venues. I've also won awards for my band "Girl on Top."

Breathing
If a teacher tells you breathing is not important you should be concerned. Let me help you to develop solid breathing and correct singing posture. An instrument only sounds as good as it's built. As we build your instrument your range, strength, resonance and stamina all improve. There is no end to how good you can get.

All Styles
The greatest thing about this method is it does not give you a style. You develop your own style! The student brings in songs they want to work on. Pop, rock, hip-hop, alternative, country, progressive, blues, jazz, swing, broadway, folk, rap, r+b, gospel, hardcore, screaming at the top of your lungs (if you want to).

All Levels
I teach all ages and presently have students from three years old to students in their seventies.  Beginners to advanced, adults to elderly, children, kids, and pre-school.  Dante taught me that I can improve a person’s life by teaching them music. He’s certainly improved mine. I hope you will let me help to improve yours.

Vocal Therapist
My method is guaranteed to cure any and all vocal problems or damage you may have from singing or talking: nodules, pitch, range, tone, endurance, etc.

Sing with no break
Have a smooth, multi-octave range. Sing any note the way you like: high or low, hard or soft.

No end to how you can improve
As long as you practice using this method, there is no limit as to how you can improve your range, tone, strength, flexibility, vibrato, phrasing, etc. Let me help you transcend fear, anxiety, and stage fright and replace it with technical ability and self-confidence.

Coaching and Stage Presence
We work on songs that the student brings with them to lessons. Using acting techniques, I help them understand the true meaning of the song and how to convey it to an audience.

Guitar Lesson
Learn easily the basics of rhythm, notes and chords.  Start with the basics and move into learning to play songs that you love. Incorporate learning to sing and play guitar on your favorite tunes.  As the student becomes more confident the lessons move into learning advanced voicing, improvisational techniques and chord solos.  All styles, all levels, all ages.

Piano Lessons
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced professional, any age is welcomed. Learning to play the piano can be lots of fun and very rewarding with practice, persistence and the proper instruction. Learn easily the basics of rhythm, notes and chords.  In the first lesson you will be able to play with both hands.  As you continue lessons it will be fun and exciting to learn to play popular piano pieces.  The more advanced student will have fun learning to improvise and play chord solos.

Drum Lessons
Learning to play the drums is really easy and fun with my method!  Start by learning how to hold the sticks and position yourself at a full drum set.  At the end of the first lesson you will be able to play beats.  With each lesson new beats, styles and exercises will be added.  As you get more advanced the student can bring in songs they want to learn.  This method is perfect and easy for any beginner or more advanced student.

Bass Lessons
The bass is what holds the rhythm of the band together and provides the foundation and bottom for the chord structure.  The student is taken in a step by step method that is easy to understand starting with learning basic notes, rhythms and finger exercises.  As the student becomes more advanced they can bring in songs that they would like to learn.  All styles, ages and levels.

Ear Training
Developing your ear is essential for any serious musician.  We start by learning to sing simple melodies and rhythms and as the student progresses move to more challenging ones.  Also incorporated will be learning notation and chord and pitch recognition.
Song Writing
Learn to write songs like the pros.  Karen D. has written over two hundred and fifty song.  Let her expertise help you learn the secrets fast.  We will work on song structure, theory and lyric writing.

Theory and Arranging
Karen D. is an honorary graduate of Berklee School of Music in Boston.  There she acquired a degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging.  She will teach you about notes, intervals, scales, chord structures and how chords work together.  Also, you will learn how to arrange a song by adding drums, bass, guitar, horns, strings and whatever your heart desires.

Instruments-All Styles

Voice
Vocal Therapy
Nodules
Polyps
Breathing
Strength
Range
Coaching
Stage Presence

Extras
Theory/Arranging
Song Writing
Ear Training
Apple Computer Skills
Final Cut
Logic

Stringed Instruments
Acoustic Guitar
Autoharp
Banjo
Bass Guitar
Dobro
Dulcimer
Electric Guitar
Gottuvadhyam
Guitar
Harp
Lap Steel Guitar
Lute
Mandolin
Pedal Steel Guitar
Sitar
Ukulele
Veena
Zither

Keyboard Instruments
Acoustic Piano
Clarinet
Electric Keyboards
Harpsichord
Keyboards
Organ
Piano
Synthesizer

Percussion Instruments
Bongos
Castanets
Celesta
Chimes
Congas
Cymbals
Double Bass / Kick
Drums
Drum Set
Glockenspiel
Marimba
Snare Drum
Tambourine
Timpani
Tom Toms
Triangle
Vibraphone
Xylophone

Bowed Stringed
Cello
Double Bass (Acoustic, Upright, Stand-up)
Fiddle
Viola
Violin

Woodwinds
Accordion
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon
Clarinet
Contrabassoon
Double Reed
English Flute
English Horn
Flute
Flutes
Harmonica
Melodica
Oboe
Piccolo
Pitch Pipes
Recorder
Saxophone
Single Reed

Brasswinds
French Horn
Pan Flute
Piccolo
Recorder
Saxophone
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba
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Judy Y. March 19, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Karen is a great teacher. She is extremely patient and encouraging.She also have great methods in building up strong muscle for singing. When I first met her, I can barely match the notes. She encourage me all the time and guide me through the tough period. Now I can match up to High B. She is also very good at Guitar, and have good way teaching. I really love her.
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Judy Y. January 21, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Patient, Nice, and remarkable capability

Karen is an awesome teacher with patience and excellent methods to help people sing. She taught me the singing techniques and mostly importantly gave me confidence to face my weakness and sing once more.
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Karen D.

Somerville, MA 02145
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Phillip G.

Cambridge, MA

Guitar is my primary instrument. I have dabbled in a large variety of styles including irish folk, jazz standards, free improvisation, funk, rock, classical, blues, and more. I can help students of all levels achieve their musical goals on this instrument and discover new musical worlds.

About Phillip

Education:
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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Tufts University 2012

Masters of Arts Degrees in Composition and Modern American Music Guitar Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College 2015

Teaching Experience
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-2 years experience teaching private lessons.
-Camp counselor, piano teacher, and recorder teacher at Tufts' Summer Community Music camp. Worked with an age rage of 5 - 12.
-Tutored a local composer the music notation software Sibelius.
-13 years experience with guitars.

Lesson Plan
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I want t
o gear our lessons towards what the student is most interested in learning. We will talk about personal goals (ex. master a favorite song, write your own songs, learn to jam with other musicians, improve your site-reading). Those goals will be the primary focus of our lessons so you can accomplish your wildest musical dreams.
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Traci D. October 29, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Unbelievable, Phillip is so patient w/ our 6 yr old son. He makes him eager to learn. Our son cant wait until Phillip comes over for guitar ! He wishes it was every day !
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Traci D. October 29, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Unbelievable, Philip has been so patient . Our 6 yr old is so excited when he comes for the lesson. He wishes it was every day !!
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Rebecca J. August 30, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Phil has only given my daughter one lesson but we have been very impressed with his patience and calm demeanor. When we have more lessons I will add to this
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Phillip G.

Cambridge, MA 02140
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jay M.

Somerville, MA

I like to structure our lessons together based on your goals, regardless of your level of experience. We will work together to get you playing the songs you want, and learning new techniques to meet those goals.

For beginners, I'll ask for examples of the music you'd like to be playing, and we'll start with some basic chords that you'll need to play that music. Then we'll move on to more advanced techniques, and keep it fun!

For intermediate and advanced players, we'll talk about where you feel your strengths and weaknesses are in playing and practicing, and work together to push to your next level of music-making. If you are interested in learning (and it's a great benefit!), we will also focus on reading and improvisation skills.

No matter your experience, I want to work *with* you, not against you — I love students who ask questions and tell me when they need something to be clarified. We'll keep it fun, but focused. I look forward to working with you!

About Jay

Jay is a guitarist, composer, theater artist, and music director. He is originally from the Capital District of New York, but has lived in the Boston area since 2012. He started playing guitar at the age of five, and has a broad range of experience in many styles, including folk, rock, classical, jazz, blues, experimental, and several other genres. Jay teaches guitar students at all levels of experience in diverse styles. His creative work has lead him many places, including directing an arts program at a summer camp in the Adirondacks, and fixing pipe organs in Maine.

He received his train
ing at New England Conservatory, Bard College Conservatory, and Fredonia State University of New York, where he studied classical guitar performance, music education, voice performance, and composition. His bachelors degree is in composition and theory with a voice performance concentration; his masters studies were in classical composition as well. He is also an alumnus of the Bard Conservatory Conductors Institute. Jay also coaches students in music theory, composition/songwriting, and musical theater performance.

Jay has written music for opera, dance, theater, rock bands, electronics, and hubcaps. Jay is a frequent session and pit guitarist, having played on recordings and in musical productions throughout New England and New York.

As a music director, Jay has most recently worked with American Repertory Theater’s OBERON Artists in Residence, Liars & Believers. On banjo, Jay has played with bands based in Brooklyn, NY, Northampton, MA, and Rochester, NY, and has toured in the freak-folk/puppet-rock-opera group 23 Psaegz.
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Ethan D. March 11, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Jay's expertise expands to a vast range of subjects, which in turn makes him an ideal teacher for just about anyone. He is kind, caring, and deeply invested in his students' progress. I recommend him highly!
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Jay M.

Somerville, MA 02145
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Crispin S.

Somerville, MA

If music is a creative outlet, then teaching music must follow suit! Every student requires a different approach, so I'm not going to plug you in to a teaching system that was built without you and expect you to (1) learn and (2) be excited. I'll work to capitalize on your individual strengths and talents, and we'll work together to find creative and useful ways to solve your harder problems. Let's make music!

About Crispin

Crispin S. is a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter who specializes in early and contemporary music. Crispin teaches classical guitar, directs the early music ensemble NeumeMusic, manages the Oberlin Classical Guitar Association, and frequently performs as a freelance guitarist and vocalist.

In the last several years, he performed Bill Morrison and Michael Gordon’s Decasia in New York with Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, premiered many student compositions, wrote and recorded an album, and toured Minnesota with a self-directed small early music ensemble to raise money for Doctors Wit
hout Borders. He has also volunteered for Equality Maine and Oregon United for Marriage.

In December of 2012, Crispin was awarded the Conservatory Initiative Grant Supporting Imagination and Excellence (CIGSIE) by Oberlin Conservatory to finance an independent research project in York, United Kingdom. While in the UK, Crispin worked with faculty at the University of York to create modern performance editions from early music manuscripts with special attention to paleography and music philology.

Crispin strives to communicate music with clarity, humanity, exuberance and self-awareness. Crispin studies classical guitar performance and politics at Oberlin College and Conservatory.
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Samuel F. February 17, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
I can't say enough good things about Crispin. He is a generous and attentive teacher who helped me to develop a deeper relationship with the guitar. I was introduced to ways of physically approaching the guitar which solved issues I had been harboring for years. He encourages a bold and expressive performance practice that truly helped to liberate the way I listen to as well as perform classical music.
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carm O. February 15, 2015
Crispin is a gifted classical guitarist and exceptional teacher who cares about his students. He is the reason why my son’s favorite instrument is the guitar. Crispin took the time to get to know and understand my son and the best way he learned. My son had 2 to 3 lessons a week, and in a year’s time, flourished on the guitar. Just last week, my son played in an event in front of 350 people. He did well. I attribute my son’s success on the guitar to Crispin. What a blessing.
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Porter J. February 4, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
I studied classical guitar with Crispin for about five months, and I couldn’t have hoped for a better teacher. Crispin is versatile, easy to work with and good at adapting to whatever your musical goals are. I went from being an absolute beginner to being able to play a simple Bach arrangement in a matter of months.
I would also add that Crispin is one of the most well-rounded musicians I know—so—you’re in Good Hands!
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Crispin S.

Somerville, MA 02145
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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