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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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Samantha July 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Alaina works well with our kids!
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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
(3)
starting at
$35 / 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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Lori L.

Somerville, MA

About Lori

Lori has been teaching private lessons since 2004 and is currently available to teach lessons at her studios in Somerville and Newton

Lori holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from University of Maine, a Master in Music in Opera Performance from Longy School of Music. She is currently enrolled in Boston Conservatory where she is pursuing an MFA in Musical Theatre.

Lori is in high-demand as both a teacher and performer and can be seen performing all over the Boston region. Her lessons focus on building: Technique, Presentation, and Confidence in a fun atmosphere.
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JeanO June 22, 2012
Made a Beginner Comfortable

I am an adult beginner and Lori has made me feel comfortable and confident from the start.
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DomenicR March 15, 2012
Lori is an excellent teacher. Organized, clear communicator, patient, fun. An easy 5 star rating for me.
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JohnathanC January 23, 2012
Great work

My daughter is continuing to enjoy playing the piano, and each week she is improving. Lori, you are doing a wonderful job, as the most difficult part of teaching children is keeping them engaged, and you are doing just that.
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Lori L.

Lori L.

Auburndale, MA 02466
(13)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Matt H.

Brighton, MA

About Matt

Matt Hull is a Boston-based trumpet player and composer born and raised in the city's South End. Matt has performed at many of Boston's foremost venues and halls such as Brighton Music Hall, The Paradise Rock Club, Berklee Performance Center, Ryles Jazz Club and the historic African Meeting House. Coming from a jazz background he cut his teeth as a sideman in a weekly residency from 2010-2012 at Boston's oldest standing jazz club, Wally's. In addition to performing locally, Matt plays with different groups frequently out of state. He has played at many clubs (The Knitting Factory, Nectar's), D
.I.Y. venues (houses, basements, art spaces), and festivals (Outside the Box, Bella Terra) around North, South, and Midwest America. In addition to performing around the country, he has performed internationally and recently traveled on a 16-day tour that stopped in Toronto and Montreal, Canada.

At Berklee, Matt studied composition privately under the direction of local composer and faculty member Ayn Inserto, and trumpet with luminaries Tiger Okoshi and Greg Hopkins. In Spring '14 Matt was awarded the Thad Jones Award by the Jazz Composition department for outstanding work and achievement, and had one of his big band pieces premiered by the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Greg Hopkins. Matt composes/arranges music which draw influence from jazz, rock/pop, and avant-garde music. He has the skill and experience to write for a wide range of ensembles from small to large and in a variety of genres. He is also heavily inspired by the experimentation of electronics in improvisation and incorporates the use of effects pedals in both solo and ensemble settings.

A recipient of a prestigious full tuition City Music Scholarship, Matt attended Berklee College of Music 2010-14 and graduated with a dual degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music. Matt frequently does session work and work for hire as a freelance trumpet player, composer, and private trumpet/general music teacher in the greater Boston area. You can find him playing regularly with bands People Like You (MA), The New Review, Birch Fire, and his solo project under his own name.

~What to expect~

I provide a focus on the fundamentals of trumpet playing as well as cater to the student's interests/ambitions and stretch outside the classic trumpet repertoire for a more contemporary approach. (Students will study from classic technique books like the Arban's and Clarke studies, learn tunes by ear, practice improvisation techniques, and most importantly learn how to have fun playing the trumpet!)
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Sandra S. July 28, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Matt helps my son a lot especially for improvisation skills. He is straight forward and always makes sure if a student understands basic things first before moving onto the next level. Look forward to more lessons with Matt!
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Geoffrey S. June 19, 2015
In studio
Matt's a patient teacher, a great player, and a pleasure to work with!
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Kensey S. June 15, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
So far I've had a great experienc with Mr. Hull as his lessons help me improve my skills at the trumpet. In addition he gives clear cut directions on what to practice, as well as tools to help me perform better.
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Matt H.

Matt H.

Brighton, MA 02135
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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