Chris McCarthy

Chris M.

Brooklyn, NY

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
September 2009

Chris M. is a multifaceted pianist and composer who is making waves in the Boston scene both as a bandleader and sideman. An active teacher, Chris has over 5 years of experience working with all ages and skill levels in settings ranging from private lessons to rock band camps. Praised for a sound that is €mature beyond his years, Mr. M. regularly performs with some of Boston'™s finest, including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone and Phil Grenadier. He currently leads the Wolfhound Trio, a jazz piano trio that pushes the boundaries of the genre through his compositions that incorporate influences ranging from Rage Against the Machine to Alexander Scriabin. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at New England Conservatory on a presidential scholarship.

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Oct 2016 - Present
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Mark Murphy's Music

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Private Piano Teacher
Mar 2011 - Present

Operating private teaching studio of up to 12 students; lessons can focus on everything from pop songs to classical pieces to jazz repertoire.

Rock Band Camp Instructor
Jun 2013 - Aug 2013
Off The Wall School of Music

Teacher at a rock band camp for ages 8-14; kids learn the fundamentals of playing in a band and learning basic rock songs together.

Community Center Piano Instructor
Sep 2008 - Jun 2012
Magnuson Community Center, Seattle, WA

Provided private weekly piano lessons for a wide range of ages and skill levels at a local community center.


Bachelor's Degree
Sep 2012 - Present
New England Conservatory of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Gerald Wilson Big Band Composition Award
Sep 2012
Monterey Jazz Festival
Presidential Merit Scholarship
Sep 2012
New England Conservatory
Pianist For Jazz Band of America
Mar 2012
Music For All Foundation

Photos & Videos

Performance from Willy Rodriguez's senior recital in April 2014.
Winter in Seattle 2014.

Performance with The Wolfhound Trio in Brooklyn, NY February 2013.

With Gerald Wilson at the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival

Recording session with the NEC Gospel Ensemble May 2014.

Performance with the NEC Gospel Ensemble April 2014.

7 Reviews

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niloufar M. Mar 4, 2016
Piano · In studio

Chris is one of the good teacher I've had so far. He is so helbful and I am comfortable with his teaching way. He is very flexible with his schedule.

niloufar M. Mar 4, 2016
Piano · In studio

Chris is one of the good teacher I've had so far. He is so helbful and I am comfortable with his teaching way. He is very flexible with his schedule.

Greg A. Dec 15, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio

Excellent teacher!

Caroline S. Oct 1, 2015
Piano · In home

Chris is very personable, and approachable. He is also really great with kids, and reliable. I would definitely recommend him as a teacher!

Liz M. Oct 14, 2014
Classical Piano · In home

As a teacher, Chris is punctual and courteous, brings good materials, and adjusts lessons to fit the skill level and desires of the student.

As a person, he's great! Friendly, funny, and really helpful. A great teacher and person all around.

David P. Jul 8, 2014
Jazz Piano · In home

Took a few lessons for jazz piano with Chris and he's a great teacher. He taught at a great pace for me and always gave me more material if I wanted it. If you want to take your skills to the next level, get Chris to teach you!

Jacob S. Jun 26, 2014
Classical Piano · In studio

I highly recommend Chris. Patient and professional.

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