Catherine Psarakis

Catherine P.

Jamaica Plain, MA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

Experienced and well rounded musician. Just graduated from New England Conservatory with Masters in Voice Performance. Performed recently as Cunegonde in Bernstein's Candide and Queen of the Night in Mozart's Magic Flute.

Also trained in violin (15 years) and piano (10 years), and have experience tutoring music theory and keyboard harmony at the undergrad level.

Have taught beginning/intermediate piano, improvisation, and play/improvise constantly :)

Lets start the road towards your musical growth and enjoyment in the way YOU work best!! Whether you want to learn how to improvise, sight read, play by ear, or learn specific pieces, I am here to help you MAKE THAT HAPPEN!!

While we are at it, we can work on another instrument, music theory, or even an academic subject (check out my other subjects on my page!).

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

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Hi! I'm Catherine. I'm passionate for anything music, math, or science, and I would love to work with you to help you accomplish your academic, musical, or personal goals!


I have a BA in Chemistry and Music (voice and violin concentrations) with academic honors, and a Masters in Music from New England Conservatory (NEC). I have lab experience in Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Astrochemistry at Rollins College, Georgia Tech and The University of Virginia.

I have taught and tutored keyboard harmony and music theory at the Undergrad level at NEC, and have tutored privately (math up to calculus, chemistry up to organic, writing).


Having trained in violin for 15 years, piano for 10, and voice for 8, I am ready to help you expand your skills with music lessons.

I am also ready to tutor you in music theory, math, chemistry, writing, and will take further requests!! (I can even do standardized tests like the SAT or ACT).

I can't wait to help you in the way that YOU learn best, and taper our lessons to what will help YOUR GROWTH. Going through school and lessons was not a breeze for me, and I was never one of those people who just “got” things right away. For me it took a diligent learning process, so I know what it's like to learn things from scratch, work with a tutor, ask questions, and make mistakes to achieve the best I can. I want to help you do the same!!

Let's schedule a trial lesson and go from there! Look forward to meeting you.

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Lab Researcher
May 2017 - Aug 2017
University of Virginia

I implemented a gas-phase into an existing three-dimensional off-latice Monte Carlo kinetics simulation using FORTRAN programming language to further illuminate the microscopic chemical kinetics occurring in dark interstellar clouds.

Lab Researcher
May 2015 - Aug 2015
Georgia Tech

I worked as part of a Chemical Engineering Research Fellowship for the Center for Chemical Evolution sponsored by NASA. I modeled the polymerization of lactic acid to illuminate origins of life through a proposed ester-amide exchange mechanism.

Lab Researcher
May 2014 - Jul 2014
Rollins College

I submitted a proposal and conducted an individual research project dealing with the targeting of human immunoregulatory transcripts by Epstein-Barr viral and human microRNA moleules.


Voice Performance
Aug 2017 - May 2019
New England Conservatory
BA in Chemistry and Music
Aug 2012 - May 2016
Rollins College


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


American Chemical Society
May 2016

ACS is a congressionally chartered independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
May 2014

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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Photos & Videos

"In the lab"
Rollins College, 2016

"When your tutor says something you don't understand" :)

Violin Recital, 2016
Playing Bach Partita d minor

Rohanna, a video game Avatar in Jacob Schulman's new opera
Sommerville, MA 2019

With a theory student after our last tutoring session!

Birthday presents from a theory student!!
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5 Reviews

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Xiaofan May 17, 2019
Music Theory · In studio

Catherine is very responsible and extremely helpful for my music theory study. She set up additional office hours to help me understand the knowledge and pass the advanced tonal practice course. Her introduction was very clear and she delivered it with great patience. She was also very thoughtful to be flexible to fit my schedule. I really appreciate her help, and would highly recommend her.

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Sami May 16, 2019
Music Theory · In studio

I wish I could give catherine 5000000+ stars! she worked with me through two tough years of undergrad music theory and keyboard and I was able to pass my classes on time and really improve my skills. her positivity, enthusiasm, understanding, and work ethic are unmatched. I couldn’t of made it through my first two years of college without her.

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J May 15, 2019
Music Theory · In studio

Best teacher ever.

Juliette May 15, 2019
Music Theory · In studio

Catherine always found different ways to explain theory points that I didn’t understand. She always found time to meet with me and definitely put 100% effort even when she was having a recital or in an opera. She is honestly why I was able to pass TP 1, 2, and 3. She is a natural teacher. I am so thankful to have had her the past two years as my theory and keyboard tutor.

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Elias May 15, 2019
Music Theory · In studio

Catherine’s amazing spirit and passion for learning has been keystone in her connections and successes with experts in the brilliantly niche discipline of music and the theory behind it. Her training is evident in her thorough and methodical approach to a variety of anxiety-boding topics such as augmented sixth-chords and proper voice leading between chords. Catherine’s positive outlook and confidence in her students’ success and progress is transparent and provided me with concrete knowledge and skills that allowed me to perform at the highest level of preparation for assessments and assignments. Without Catherine’s attitude, expertise, and personalized attention, I would not have ever been able to get through my prerequisite courses in my undergraduate training. Music Theory is stressful enough— Catherine’s approach makes it all make genuine sense.

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