First, some exciting news! I just became a part of takelessons online lesson program, and now I can teach students from anywhere in the country! But I digress...
Let's see, first and foremost I'm a music lover of the highest order. Whether it's jazz, rock, indie, classical, hip-hop or country, if it's good music, I love it.
I grew up obsessively listening to everything i could get my hands on, and began playing guitar at the age of 11. That was cut short, though, when the next year I almost lost my middle finger on my left hand in an ice skating incident. It took 5 years for me to re
gain the strength and motion, during which time I was forced to give up guitar playing altogether. I never lost my passion for music, though, and in my heart i never stopped dreaming about what it would be like to be a professional musician. When I went away to college, I studied political science, but I also brought an acoustic guitar with me, and soon I was spending every free minute I could spare playing that guitar. I didn’t begin seriously studying music, though, until I was almost 20 yrs old and in my 3rd year of college, and for years I was kicking myself for waiting so long. However, getting a bit of a late start motivated me to practice twice as hard, and now thirteen years later, I look at what happened as a total blessing. Having been deprived of playing music for so long, I truly appreciate and am thankful for every day that I get to make my living in music. It's something that I will never take for granted and it keeps me from ever getting bitter or jaded. As a teacher, my experiences have given me a unique perspective which allows me to really connect with my students. I vividly remember the difficulties and challenges I faced as a beginner, and that allows me to be proactive in helping my students avoid some of the pitfalls that I had to go through.
*** Lesson Details *** I try to take into account each student’s specific goals and musical tastes to design a course of study that will both challenge them and keep them motivated and excited about what they’re learning. I believe that, even when working on challenging, difficult material, students should enjoy themselves, and that it’s the teacher’s responsibility to present the material in a way that will facilitate that for the student. I have a genuine respect for every student, regardless of their ability level, goals, musical tastes, age or gender, and I always take the time to get to know my students and adapt their lessons to best suit their individual learning styles.
I also try as often as possible to take advantage of the fact that I teach out of a fully functional recording studio, with amps, mics, my guitars, bass, mandolin, drum set and my midi keyboard which is connected to my computer which serves as the studio's hub. This allows me to record video and audio of lessons to let the students see and hear themselves and monitor they’re progress. I can record video and audio examples of warm-ups and exercises, create backing tracks for students to practice with, even record demos for those students interested in writing original music.
*** Studio Equipment *** coffee table, couch, instruments(guitars, bass, mandolin, drums), amplifiers(guitar and bass) , 64 key keyboard to accompany, imac/recording equipment, parents can sit in on lesson
*** Specialties *** Music - Rock, Folk, Jazz, Musical Theatre
Katherine H. February 19, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Great teacher and nice guy!
I started singing lessons as a complete beginner, although I am in my 30s. Ian was happy to teach me the basics and then we dove right in to something I was interested in learning to sing. He was easy to talk to and encouraging, but willing to point out what I could improve as well. I would recommend him to others.
shellyj July 18, 2012
Took a couple singing lessons in the past with a different teacher and I didn't get very far. Ian has a great teaching style and I can already hear a difference in my singing just in the first few weeks of lessons. He is very encouraging, especially for a beginner like me. His constructive criticism is equally helpful. Highly recommended.
GerritC July 7, 2012
Fantastic, Genre Diverse Vocal Teacher
In addition to thoroughly addressing all of the issues that initially spurned my desire for vocal lessons, we also examined and exercised other critical areas that he brought to my attention, and laid a strong foundation for singing technique.
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 focus on playing bass like a bass player and not as a guitar player that plays bass just because he can't find anybody else to do it in the band. I teach mainly using examples and talk a lot about how a bass fits in with other players.
Being a Berklee College of Music Graduate with a Masters in Music Education from Boston University, I have been playing for almost 30 years and teaching private lessons for 15+, I am a Professional Instructor that has the ability and resources to teach several styles ranging from Rock to Classical to Jazz to Country to Metal. In other words, anything you want to learn I can teach you or your child using the songs and exercises necessary to help you become a real musician.
*** Lesson Details *** The lessons are tailored to you and your wants as a musician. Whether you have an el
ectric, acoustic, or classical guitar, along with various method books, I have the music, print outs, and instructional material to make sure you progress as you should.
The lessons will help you learn to play guitar through chord diagrams, theory, charts, examples, and exercises, as well as anything you hear on the radio.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a lot of guitars, amps, pedals, woodwind instruments, keyboards, and recording equipment. Instruments everywhere!
*** Travel Equipment *** The students should have their own instrument and method book. Other that that, I provide all other handouts and supplemental material and handouts.
*** Specialties *** I work the most in rock, bluegrass, country, contemporary, and jazz styles.
Henry M. May 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great instructor. Explains things clearly. A pleasure taking the lessons each week.
With over 15 years experience teaching guitar lessons full time and performing internationally, I have enjoyed working with students ranging from beginner to advanced in all styles whether it be Jazz, Rock , Heavy Metal, Folk, Blues and everything in between. It is my goal as a teacher to evaluate your existing level and work to inspire you and to help achieve your goals. Whether you want to study Jazz Improvisation, Van Halen, James Taylor, or Guns and Roses, I believe all styles are interconnected and your technique, theory, ear-training, and musicianship can be developed through any style t
hat interests you. Above all else, learning how to play the guitar should be FUN and INSPIRING! So, contact me on take lessons and lets get started!
Resume is available upon request.
Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, Phil S.
Phil's compositions showcase a variety of ideas and are quite effective at setting up the soloists to explore the various permutations suggested by his tunes. His compositional originality is matched by his incisive playing which ranges from "inside" lyricism to hard edged, riff based, screaming rock and satisfying surreal textures aided by his intelligent use of electronics." - David Kane, Cadence Music
"With demonstrative technique, Phil is cognizant of the tradition but thinks outside of the box." -Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
John F. January 8, 2015
Music Performance ·
Although I'm not technically a student of Phil's, I learn a lot from him every time I play and teach with him. We perform regularly at Berklee, where I'm a professor, and we give concerts and masterclasses all over the Northeast together (most recent was at Cornell). Phil's a warmhearted, patient, brilliant teacher and an outstanding and creative musician, seamlessly putting together everything he knows--jazz, shredding, classical--there's no boundaries for him! He's great at explaining things, and he never belittles a question, no matter how dumb you might have thought it was. Phil's a great friend and a great teacher. -John Funkhouser, Berklee College of Music, Boston
Mike W. December 23, 2014
In addition to being the most talented guitarist and musician I have ever had the opportunity to play with, Phil is an astoundingly good teacher. I've played guitar for 8 years and taken private lessons the entire time. Phil has been my teacher for the past 2 years and in that time I have progressed as a musician more than I could have ever imagined. Phil has been the biggest factor in my decision to major in music, due to his unrivaled musical talent, his kind, unassuming, (and funny) demeanor and his seemingly limitless knowledge of the fretboard. He is well versed in so many genres of music, and has such an effortless grasp on improvisation. Any guitarist, from immediate beginners to seasoned professionals, can learn so much from Phil. Need I say more?
Matt B. November 25, 2014
Phil is the man! I had been playing for several years before I took lessons with him. He has introduced me to volumes of new music, helped me grow as an improviser, and even taught me how to read for the guitar (which was never my goal in taking lessons, but I'm very happy I can read now). He's helped to expand my playing by constantly introducing new and creative ideas in a supportive atmosphere.
Phil demonstrates a mastery of his instrument while always making his lessons accessible to the student. Definitely check this guy out if you want to reach the next level!
I'm capable of teaching MANY styles of bass playing, ranging from beginning to advance stages! I teach multiple musical genres, chord progressions, ear training, and music theory.
My name is Justin, and I've been heavily involved in music for over ten years. I started playing guitar in 2003 I picked up bass and other instruments over the next few years & I became an integral part of my high school band; often playing every instrument I knew how to play in one concert. I also began to teach guitar & bass during my high school years. After finishing high school, I attended Berklee College of Music; achieving my Bachelors Degree in Guitar Performance after graduating this year. I'm a hard-working individual and I'm very dedicated to my craft, whether I'm teaching or perfor
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