Alaina Calloway Bolton

Alaina C.

Oxford, MA

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About

Alaina delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 5+ and males 5 to 18

Teaching since:
March 2010

ABOUT ME

I teach both piano and voice in Oxford, MA. where I co-own Calton Music Studio. My students currently range from 2.5 years old (in KiddyKeys preschool piano classes) to adult, and I love teaching them all! I’ve taught students ranging from novices to professionals and conservatory-bound high school students, and I’m particularly passionate about working with enthusiastic beginners and building musical fluency from the bottom up. I also adore working with older students on the finer details of technique and seeing them light up when everything finally clicks!

One of my main goals as a teacher is to provide a unique learning experience tailored to each individual student. I incorporate proven classical techniques with modern technology and approaches to make lessons both effective and engaging. I’m extremely passionate about both vocal and piano pedagogy and am always on the lookout for new research and new ways to keep things interesting. My students, whether studying piano or voice, explore a wide variety of repertoire, including classical, folk, jazz, and popular styles.

If you’re curious about the nitty gritty, I have a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory and a Master of Music from Longy School of Music of Bard College. When I’m not teaching or practicing, myself, you can usually find me behind a book, at a local farmer’s market, or directing the choir at the First Congregational Church of Oxford.


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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Experience

Piano and Voice Instructor
Sep 2016 - Present
Apple Tree Arts

Co-owner and Music Instructor
Jan 2014 - Present
Calton Music Studio

Calton Music Studio offers piano and vocal instruction of the highest caliber to the Worcester area. Our Oxford studio is easily accessible from Sutton, Charlton, Auburn, Worcester, and Sturbridge. Lessons at Calton Music Studio emphasize musical literacy, healthy technique, and artistic expression. CMS strives to create a learning environment that cultivates not only musical knowledge and skill, but also a lifelong love and appreciation of music. We accept all ages and levels into our studio. Check out our website, www.caltonmusic.com, for more information.

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Voice Instructor
Sep 2015 - Aug 2016
Newton Music Academy

Piano and Voice Instructor
Sep 2011 - Sep 2014
Music 101 Studios

Education

Master of Music in vocal performance
Sep 2013 - May 2015
Longy School of Music of Bard College
Bachelor of Music in vocal performance
Sep 2005 - Dec 2010
New England Conservatory

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

New England Piano Teachers Association
Jan 2016

NEPTA is a professional non-profit organization dedicated to the highest standards of music education, offering members and their students opportunities for growth, stimulation, and a community of friendship and support.

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4 Reviews

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Ted Oct 30, 2016
Singing · In studio

Alaina was great with my 7 year old son who is very shy. He enjoyed his first lesson and is looking forward to the next one.

Samantha Jul 11, 2015
Piano · In studio

Alaina works well with our kids!

ReginaP Mar 6, 2014
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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. Mar 6, 2014
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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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