Austin Burns

Austin B.

Boston, MA

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Austin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
May 2013

I have been teaching since 2013 as a music instructor. Currently I teach at 3 music schools; EKS in Quincy, Bach to Rock in Wellesley, and Piano Playtime in Milton and Arlington. I also currently work as a section leader or ringer for First Parish Church in Lexington. I also frequently perform in private residences with a small chamber group I call "Sole Durato" or setting sun in Italian. We also perform at various retirement homes and music festivals such as Newbury Nights and the Caspian Music Mondays series in Vermont. In the past I have also worked as a pop and jazz singer at various restaurants playing anywhere from 4-6 times per week.


Piano Instructor
Sep 2016 - Present
Piano Playtime

I work as a piano instructor for "Piano Playtime" on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This is a program that travels around to different schools and teaches beginning piano lessons for up to three students at a time in 30 minute lessons.

Here is a link to the Piano Playtime website

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Voice Instructor
Sep 2016 - Present
Bach to Rock

I serve as a voice instructor at Bach to Rock in Wellesley (200 Linden St a, Wellesley, MA 02482). I teach individual lessons on Saturdays and Mondays and I am available to teach guitar and piano at this location as well.

Here is a link to the Bach to Rock website

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Voice Instructor
Feb 2016 - Present
EKS Music School

I currently work as EKS as a voice instructor. In the past I have taught both private lessons and a voice class for 7-9 year olds. Due to my other teaching positions I only work at EKS once a week on Fridays.

Here is a link to the EKS website

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independent voice teacher
Jan 2013 - Present

I have worked on and off as an independent voice instructor since 2013. I have taken multiple vocal pedagogy courses as part of my masters degree and I currently teach two students.

Independent Contractor (theory instructor)
Jan 2010 - Present

I have over 6 years experience analyzing music. My background in composition fostered a love of analysis that I carried to my graduate studies as a classical vocalist. As a graduate student, I analyzed nearly all my recital music including several tonally ambiguous pieces by Charles Ives. Though I have trained as a performer of classical music I have also performed many gigs of popular music where I have developed a large repertoire of 4 hours of music. To achieve this, I became proficient in reading and transposing lead sheets and I have a firm understanding of chord substitutions.

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Tenor section leader
Jan 2009 - Present
First Parish, Park Street, Old South...

I have worked as a professional section leader or ringer for over 7 years. I have been employed at First Parish Church in Lexington, Park Street Church in downtown Boston, FUMC of LaGrange in Georgia, and FPC of Auburn Alabama. I have also been an occasional guest at Old South Church in downtown Boston. As a section leader I help the other singers in my choir section stay on pitch, point out rhythmic errors and serve as a soloist whenever it is needed.

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MM in vocal performance
Sep 2013 - May 2015
New England Conservatory
BM composition
Sep 2009 - May 2013
LaGrange College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Entrepreneurial Musician grant
Nov 2014
New England Conservatory

Photos & Videos

This is "If I Fell" by The Beatles
This is "Lonely House" from the opera Street Scene by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Langston Hughes, based on the play by Elmer Rice
This is "Circus Band" by Charles Ives, arguably the greatest American composer!
Photo by Austin B.

Photo by Austin B.

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3 Reviews

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Roberta Dec 19, 2017
Singing · In studio

From Roberta Hodson, whose granddaughter takes voice lessons from Austin Burns
Not only does our granddaughter benefit from Austin’s expertise in voice but she also thoroughly enjoys her lessons with him. Austin shows through his teaching style that he has a strong grasp of the dynamics of child behavior. I highly recommend Austin Burns for his teaching abilities and his expertise in voice.

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Jonas K. Sep 26, 2016
Singing · In studio

Fabulous person to work with! Splendid instructor and performer. It's an honour to share the stage with him as well as teach music together at the EKS music school in Quincy. The only regret you might have with Austin is that you didn't start studying with him earlier! Guaranteed satisfaction :)

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Bradley W. May 17, 2015
Singing · In studio

I am Austin's voice teacher at the New England Conservatory where he recently completed his Master's Degree in Vocal Performance. Austin has done outstanding work refining his technique and knowledge of vocal pedagogy. The transformation to his singing and overall performing is nothing short of miraculous. You will find Austin to be highly intellectual, patient, and empathetic to your vocal development. I am confident that he know possesses all of the knowledge and tools to effectively diagnose and correct vocal faults with singers of all voice types. Austin is a champion for the vocal arts and he will be a champion for you so may reach your fullest vocal potential. I highly recommend Austin Burns for young singers in particular. I know you will have a rewarding experience with this talented and passionate young performer.

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