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Robert B.

Newton Highlands, MA

About Robert

Robert B., classical guitarist, has been performing and teaching classical guitar since the 1990’s. He earned his teacher’s certificate and performer’s certificate at the “Conservatorium van Maastricht” (Netherlands) and came to Boston, to study with Eliot Fisk at New England Conservatory. Robert has also participated in many masterclasses given by internationally-renowned artists such as Pepe Romero, David Russell, Abel Carlevaro and Alexander Frauchi.

Robert performs regularly as a soloist or in collaboration with piano, violin, flute or voice in programs ranging from classical opera ari
as to contemporary compositions dedicated to his piano guitar duo.

As a teacher, Robert tailors his lessons according to each student’s ability and interests, helping them to reach their potential in a fun and relaxed learning environment. Through a process of exploration and discovery of their instrument, Robert stimulates students’ natural curiosity about the guitar where all challenges are an opportunity for learning. The more comfortable they feel with their instrument, the more likely they are to enjoy the practicing that will make them proficient on the guitar, or even a master!

*** Lesson Details ***
Setting personal goals and determining how to get there provides a clear structure in your lessons and provide continuous guidance to your practice. As a teacher Robert helps you set and reach your goals by dividing the learning curve in small, manageable chunks. Like walking, you get there a step at the time with Robert there to help and support you all the way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Since Robert will be visiting at your house, it is important to have a proper set up for your lesson. Two chairs, a foot stool, a music stand, set up in a room to work undisturbed. If you are using an electric guitar, make sure to also have an amplifier (I can bring one if needed) and a working cable! Oh, and have a notebook and something to write!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Footstool and music stand if needed, student needs to have instrument and two proper chairs

*** Specialties ***
I am prolific in any style and my specialization is classical guitar, methods are a mix from the 19th century masters (Carulli, Carcassi, Sor) and later masters (Pujol, Carlevaro) But also more contemporary insights from Shearer and specifically the Suzuki method for guitar.
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Ravikiran J. August 21, 2013
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
Exceptionally thorough teacher

Robert is exceptionally thorough and starts from the fundamentals of classical guitar playing. I was an intermediate acoustic/electric guitar player but a beginner classical guitarist, so he started with correcting my right hand technique.

He is very light-hearted, funny and a cheerful teacher. Although classical guitar playing is intense, he allows me to learn at a comfortable pace and provides helpful resources (music sheets) to practice and improve.

I would highly recommend Robert if you are looking for a classical guitar teacher.
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Suzanne S. March 14, 2013
Guitar
GO FOR IT and make an appointment right now!!!

I was one of Roberts first students in the 80´s. I stopped playing the guitar long time ago but I always think back to Roberts classes with a warm heart and a smile. These were good times! I learnt a lot and sure we had a lot of fun as well. It is great to see how Robert developed over the years. As a truly dedicated musician he is continuously refining his skills (while I thought he was exceptional already). Students from all levels and walk of life will benefit greatly from his allround knowledge and experience.
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Jennifer D. February 25, 2013
Classical Guitar
Outstanding classical guitar teacher

As an adult student who is very busy but still loves to play, I appreciate that Robert's wide repertoire and experience helps to make the best use of my time by targetting appropriate instructional pieces. He is a highly skilled, enthusiastic, and patient teacher.
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Robert B.

Robert B.

Newton Highlands, MA 02461
(4)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Michael P.

Boston, MA

About Michael

Hi there! I'm Michael and I recently graduated from New England Conservatory (NEC) with my BFA in Jazz Performance on trombone while also completing NEC's Music-In-Education (MIE) Concentration.

I'm currently an active trombonist in the Boston music scene having played with a wide variety of groups at many of Boston's top venues. I also enjoy curating and producing music events and festivals! But most importantly, I love to teach (that's why you're here, right?)!

Working with people and watching them grow brings me a lot of joy. A recent highlight was hosting my first recital for my stu
dents at my private studio-- it was a really special evening and am excited for more!

Feel free to e-mail at mprentky@gmail.com or call me at 617-827-7378. I'd love to chat!

*** Lesson Details ***
The number one tenant is to have fun! I offer a relaxed, but hard-working environment while keeping the lessons easy-going, stimulating, and educational. My job is to challenge you, make your "brain sweat," and to keep you engaged. I'm flexible and very sensitive to your needs.
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Davide Z. June 14, 2015
Trombone · In home
Verified Student
Michael is an excellent teacher. For the first time in years, my 11 years old son is looking forward the his trombone lessons! Not only he's making lots of progress, he also loves the fact that Michael is always open to play the music that he likes and that they improvise a lot, which makes it so much more fun playing.
Michael is also very easy to get in touch with and very accommodating if a change in schedule is needed.
Super easy going, highly recommended.
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Robin H. May 9, 2015
Tuba · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is learning so much from Michael. She started out having no idea how to play any brass instrument. She's now been taking lessons with Michael for 4 months and is making great progress. He's a fantastic teacher and also very reliable and communicative around scheduling issues. Highly recommended.
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Ellen S. May 8, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
My 14-year-old loves his lessons with Michael. Michael makes learning the trumpet fun because because they play the music my son is interested in learning. We no longer fight when it's time to practice.
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Michael P.

Michael P.

Newtonville, MA 02460
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Alaina C.

Roslindale, MA

About Alaina

ABOUT ME

I began taking both voice and piano lessons at the age of 11, after years of sitting outside my older sisters' clarinet lessons and wishing to study music, myself. I fell in love with music at my very first lesson, and knew that it was what I would do with my life. I went on to attend New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where I received my Bachelor of Music in vocal performance, and then onto Longy School of Music of Bard College, where I am currently working on my Masters in vocal performance and continuing piano as a secondary instrument. I am the co-owner of The Creativ
e Musician and have experience teaching piano students ranging from 4-year-old beginners to experienced adults and voice students ranging from novices to conservatory-bound high-school seniors. I am currently located in Roslindale, MA, and am available to teach both in my studio and in students' homes in the Roslindale/Jamaica Plain/West Roxbury area.

LESSON DETAILS

First and foremost, I always strive to make lessons engaging, enjoyable, and gently challenging. Mastering something that you find difficult is one of the most rewarding aspects of music lessons, and I believe that all students are capable of surpassing their own expectations and surprising themselves with their abilities. I try to create a welcoming and creative learning environment where students will feel comfortable exploring new techniques and ways of thinking about music.

Musical literacy and a healthy technique are vitally important for both pianists and singers in any genre, and I hope to impart this to my students while helping them to discover the joy of music and performance. I tailor lessons to help each individual student reach his/her goals, and welcome all ages and levels into my studio.

STUDIO

My home studio has a grand piano and a seating/waiting area for parents and siblings.

STUDENT MATERIALS

I will provide reference books and other teaching materials that will be used in lessons. I expect my students to have a piano (or full-sized keyboard with 88 weighted keys, an attached pedal, and a proper bench) for home practice and to reimburse me for books to be used at home.
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ReginaP March 6, 2014
Exceptional!

My daughter started piano lessons at age 8 and switched to Alaina when she was 10. The growth has been exponential! Alaina is an incredibly talented musician and has a real skill for teaching. She is very gentle and patient, yet knows how and when to challenge a student. The music is engaging, interesting and makes learning fun. My daughter loves playing and continues to be inspired by Alaina's talents and passion. i would highly recommend Alaina without reservation!
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Nancy K. March 6, 2014
Great insight!

Alaina was such a great teacher! She was my teacher my senior year of high school and was really helpful. She picked out pieces that really showed off my voice and helped me get in to a good music school. Now that I am in college, Alaina has because a great friend and mentor to me! I am really lucky to have found her as a teacher. :)
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Alaina C.

Alaina C.

Roslindale, MA 02131
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Ehud E.

Newtonville, MA

About Ehud

My name is Ehud, I've been combining a teaching and performance career for the past few years. I'm a bassist, composer and band leader and I hold a M.M from the New England Conservatory and a B.M from the Jerusalem Music Academy. In my teaching, I work with students in order on the skills that are required to be a musician, and be able to use music as a language. I enjoy teaching very much, and love seeing how my students make progress and develop.

*** Bio ***
Musical Explosion (Yedioth)
"Real Promise"
Described as "one of the top Bassists in New York City" by "Blue Monk Moods", Bassis
t and Composer Ehud E. is internationally renowned as one of the most unique voices in the Jazz and world music scene. His defined approach to the Bass and his captivating performance has quickly made him one of the most on demand Bassists in the United States and in Israel.

As a sideman, Mr. E. has performed with Jazz legends such as Fred Hersch, Georeg Garzone, Eli Degibri and others. He has played in top jazz venues and festivals in Israel, Europe, South America and the US.
As a bandleader, he has released two albums. The first one - "Half Colors Half Voices", a collaboration with Pianist Uriel Herman, immediately captured critic's attention and received excellent reviews from all major Israeli media. The second album - "Heading North" is a quartet album with Pianist Haruka Yabuno, Saxophonist Tal Gur and Drummer Nathan Blankett. The album received great reviews and the band was featured on NPR, Boston Globe (Crtitic's pick) and gained world-wide media attention.

Ehud's current trio with Pianist Daniel Schwarzwald and Drummer Matan Asayag, has performed internationally, and recently recorded a new album (coming soon). Ehud currently resides in the US east coast, and performing in different places around the world.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are required to have the instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Upright Bass, Guitar, Ear Training, Music Theory, Composition and Improvisation.
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sebastiao D. January 17, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Ehud is very knowledgeable of his profession and patient with my 7 year old boy. Ehud is very patient and flexible when needed, he has tremendous approach and goes right to the point when teaching. I can see my son's improvement week to week. I would recommend him to all students at any age and any level. Best of all he comes to teach my son right at our music room in our house.
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Fernanda L. December 29, 2014
Upright Bass · Online
Best teacher ever! That guy takes the time to explain in the best way how to play different techniques and styles, very informative and the best part is- you can take the lesson from the comfort of your home! He gives lessons through Skype and next thing you know you are a professional musician! Highly recommended!
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Brian P. December 24, 2014
I offer these observations on behalf of Ehud E. not as his student, but
rather as an appreciative listener--from a very unusual vantage point. I had
the great privilege of hearing one of the world's greatest bassists, Dave
Holland perform live with Miles Davis, as well as Chick Correa. Notably,
it is Holland with whom Ehud studied in a Master Class. I am doubly blessed
now to be able to continue hearing another of the world's greatest bassists,
Ehud E.--in various live performances.
It bears mentioning that having seen Ehud perform for audiences of
all ages, he has that rare ability to teach us as individuals not only to play our
instruments better, but to be better listeners, as well. He doesn't merely
'perform' for his audience members; he communicates with each of them
intimately, in his own, unique dialect of the universal language of music.
I can only imagine the joy of being his student--and the gift of being
able to witness one's own musicality come alive in the moment, while learning
at his side.
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Ehud E.

Ehud E.

Newtonville, MA 02460
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Derrick C.

Dedham, MA

About Derrick

I've been playing the guitar for twenty-six years now, and I've been working as a guitar teacher for the last twenty years. I've been making a living as a guitar teacher in the Boston area for fourteen years now, and I teach in two locations - Brighton and Dedham. Prior to that I also taught at Guitar Attention Center in Springfield, Ohio while I was in college, where I graduated with honors at Wright State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications.
I've also played in a variety of original and cover bands, and have written a number of songs of my own. I'm working on record
ing these as instrumentals in my home studio.
I also play in a rock cover band called Element 78. We play out every weekend, and even on some Sundays. The singer and I have also started doing some acoustic shows on Sundays and Thursdays as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach in two locations - I have a private studio in Brighton and I also teach out of my home in Dedham.

I'm happy to teach students songs they want to learn, but if you're looking for a teacher with a specific plan to teach you how to play the guitar, I do have that. There are specific exercises I'll teach you and songs by popular artists that I teach students to develop their skills. I have a method for teaching guitar that I've been using since 1997, and it definitely works as I've taught a lot of people to play over the years. All you have to do is practice what I give you for 30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week, and be patient with yourself.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished basement, 2 guitar amps, recording equipment, stereo system

*** Travel Equipment ***
acoustic guitar, laptop

*** Specialties ***
Classic and Alternative Rock, Modern Country, Acoustic and Electric Blues, Fingerstyle Blues, Coordinating singing and playing guitar.
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Sue L. June 8, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Derrick is great . . . not only does he know how to play, he knows how to teach!
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Bill V. May 19, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Terrific teacher!
Derrick does a great job of mixing fun and fundamentals. I'm a beginner, and I'm stoked to keep playing after my lessons.
I highly recommend Derrick!
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santoshn July 26, 2012
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He is so good at Guitar... nice to learn and much to learn from him.
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Derrick C.

Derrick C.

Dedham, MA 02026
(4)
starting at
$33 / 30-min

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