Charlie McLaren
Charlestown, MA
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Charlie McLaren

Charlie M.

Charlestown, MA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Having fun learning a variety of songs while establishing a foundation of understanding of the guitar and music theory

About Charlie M.

I like to keep the lessons engaging by finding songs and material that the student is interested in. Every song is a world in itself and can offer many insights into the history and development of music.

I'm currently finishing my second album of music that I wrote with SlowPokeNTurtle which is a band of guitar, bass, drums, and horn section. I've also been playing solo shows all over New England and just had recording session in Chicago at Experimental Sound Studio.

I graduated from Berklee College of Music and worked in the Somerville Public Schools for 10 years.



*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my guitar, guitar amp, and a variety of written music. I also have an electric bass guitar, bass amp, and a djembe.

*** Specialties ***
Modern music, ensembles, improvisation, composition

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Richard
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Charlie is the most patient and musical music teacher I have ever experienced and I am old! His approach to teaching is first rate. He is incredibly knowledgeable about all forms of music.

Posted Apr 4, 2020
Larry B
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This guy is incredible. He creates a safe space where you feel inspired to improvise and experiment with music. He showed me songs that changed my music taste and playing style completely. The best part of learning with him is that it feels like you are jamming with a good friend. He not only is an incredible musician but also a great mentor. I have only good things to say about Charlie

Posted Apr 3, 2020
Kevin
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Charlie McClaren is one of the greatest music teachers I've ever had. Learning music with him never felt like a chore, rather it was a journey we shared. He's patient and understanding, but he'll make sure you understand the music thoroughly. He showed me that music was more than an art form, it's a lens you see the world through. I can't recommend Charlie enough, no matter where you are on your musical journey, he'll take you to the next level!

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Kevin
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Charlie McClaren is one of the greatest music teachers I've ever had. Learning music with him never felt like a chore, rather it was a journey we shared. He's patient and understanding, but he'll make sure you understand the music thoroughly. He showed me that music was more than an art form, it's a lens you see the world through. I can't recommend Charlie enough, no matter where you are on your musical journey, he'll take you to the next level.

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Oscar
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I had the opportunity to learn with Mr. McLaren in high school a couple years ago, around the time I had decided to first pick up a guitar. Along with the essential building blocks every guitarist/musician need to go on about their personal endeavors of understanding the fret board and works of music theory, Charlie would always display a great deal of support, chill company and attitude. This guy has an appreciation for music and guitar that pushed me to open my mind anytime he spoke, whether it was during lessons or down time, it was always genuine. You'll take a lot with you with even one conversation with this guy. Fun teacher and a cool friend for sure.

Posted Mar 28, 2020
Guilherme
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Extremely patient and kind teacher. Knowledge with many genres and styles that fit what you're looking for. 100% recommend to anyone.

Posted Mar 28, 2020
Shannon
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Charlie is very good at balancing between fun and getting work done. I was able to actually learn very quickly the notes and chords while also wanting to be there and participate. He’s good at listening to what the class wants to actually learn and incorporating that into what we need to learn at the same time. Overall he’s a very good teacher to have.

Posted Mar 28, 2020

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Experience

Ensemble Director
Sep 2008 - Jun 2018

Somerville High School

At the Somerville High School (MA) I directed beginner and advanced guitar ensembles, the jazz band, and The Street Holler Serenade, an after school group that performed all over the city of Somerville. Each group performed a wide range of music from rock, blues, folk, jazz, and more. You can find some of our videos on our YouTube channel - C Funk and The Street Holler Serenade

Education

Music Education and Jazz Composition
Sep 2001 - Jun 2005

Berklee College of Music

Languages

Portuguese

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

SAC grant recipient
Oct 2015

Somerville Arts Council

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