Chuck Wilson

Chuck W.

Hanover, MA

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Chuck delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2000

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are custom-oriented to your goals. You will learn confidence in your abilities to perform well and have fun. I will train your mental toolkit, while steering you toward the digital and real-world tools you need to achieve musical success.

Working towards clearly defined goals in a low-pressure, focused environment, my students reach their maximum potential quickly and with confidence. With my expertise and your dedication, we'll have fun and you'll come away from each lesson with something new to work on.

You already enjoy listening to music, now it's time to enjoy making it!

***About Me***
I've appeared on recordings with dozens of rock, pop, jazz, and classical groups, and perform on a variety of instruments and styles throughout the Boston area.

I listen to and play all kinds of music from Beethoven to Stravinsky, Arcade Fire to Beyonce, James Brown to Snoop Dogg/Lion. I have had the pleasure to share the stage with rockers Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), and jazz greats Maynard Ferguson, Jimmie Lunceford, Conrad Herwig, "Blue" Lou Marini, and Jeff Coffin (Flecktones).

I've played acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, violin, cello, and string bass drums. Some of my favorite recent projects have been:
-Quilty (Pavement-style hard rock band)
-The Nevermind Orchestra (brass band that covers Nirvana tunes)
-Chill Sons (my own band for which I write songs, play guitar, and sing)
-Manhattan Symphonie (an entertaining symphony orchestra featuring soloists on piano, violin, saw, urdu, and tap shoes)

It is a treat to share music with others, and my lessons are fun, challenging, and engaging.

Thanks for stopping by to look at my profile! Let's hang out and do music things.

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Experience

Band Director and Lessons Teacher
Sep 2014 - Present
Quincy Public Schools

Co-Adjudant Instructor
Sep 2011 - May 2014
Rutgers University

Music Instructor
Jun 2009 - Aug 2011
Buck's Rock Performing and Visual Arts Camp

Graduate Assistant
Sep 2007 - Jun 2009
Ohio University

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts, Bass Trombone Performance
Sep 2011 - Dec 2015
Rutgers University
Master of Music, Brass Performance and Pedagogy
Sep 2007 - Jun 2009
Ohio University
Bachelor of Music, Trombone Performance
Sep 2002 - Dec 2006
University of North Texas

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Licensed Music Educator
Nov 2014
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Awards

Winner
Jun 2014
Rutgers Musicology Department Annual Student Paper Prize
Finalist
Jan 2009
Big XII Trombone Competition
Finalist
Jun 2007
International Trombone Association Competition

Affiliations

American Federation of Teachers
Jul 2015

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

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International Trombone Association
Dec 2003

The general purposes of the International Trombone Association shall be: To promote communications among trombonists around the world, to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trombone family and to function as a clearing house for trombone-related ideas and information

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Photos & Videos

The Nevermind Orchestra is a New Orleans style brass band that brings you the grunge-laden sounds of Nirvana in a whole new way.
Two songs from the defunct NYC rock trio Quilty from their SXSW showcase in Austin, TX 2011. Chuck plays an instrument of his own invention which sounds something like a buzzsaw bass guitar crossed with a trombone in the trees.
Chuck plays in the Manhattan Symphonie, under the direction of Gregory Singer. This is live from a 2012 concert in Carnegie Hall.
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19 Reviews

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Alex Y. Aug 6, 2015
Saxophone · Online

Chuck is very patient and very knowledgeable, and he has a way to let the kids to absorb quickly. My son can already play 30 short songs on Saxophone and Guitar after only 5 lessons.

Cameron S. Jul 21, 2015
Saxophone · In home

Chuck was on time, professional and my son really enjoyed his first lesson. Chuck was able to quickly figure out where my son was in the learning process so that they could get started right away. Excellent teacher!

Jeff Jul 17, 2015
Guitar · In home

Chuck was terrific with both my five year old son learning to play for the first time and my more experienced husband learning to refine his skills and progress further with theory. He is excellent with children and my son keeps asking if he can come everyday.

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Patricia O. Jun 4, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I lucked out when Chuck became my teacher to give me guitar lessons. After all these years, I am finally beginning to believe that I can actually play a guitar, thanks to Chuck. He gives me his positive feedback at every lession which encourages me to practice and believe in myself.. He is so smart, kind, patient, talented, and funny too. If anyone comes to you seeking a very talented teacher to learn an instrument, you would be wise to assign Chuck to be their teacher.

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Scott R. May 11, 2015
Trombone · Online

We're a few lessons in and Chuck is helping me a lot! As someone who does not have a performance degree, I have a lot of basic questions about how to practice, rehearse and perform. Chuck has been great and I look forward to continuing to learn!

Wanda R. Apr 30, 2015
Saxophone · Online

Being a complete beginner with no background in music or playing a musical instrument, Chuck was patient and enjoyable to work with. I am excited about the future lessons!

Ethan M. Feb 4, 2015
Trumpet · Online

Great interesting trumpet lessons learning fast!

Tod May 14, 2014
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Had a great guitar lesson! Great teacher!

Genia Mar 6, 2014
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Review

I had some questions and Chuck Wilson helped me a lot

Kevin K. Feb 15, 2014
Guitar ·

Great teacher

I had been teaching myself how to play guitar for a few years and felt like I was not making any progress, so I decided to take some lessons. I feel very fortunate that I was able to find Chuck and work with him.

Chuck is a very talented musician and teacher. He communicates and explains musical concepts in a way that's easy to understand. Lessons were challenging, but in a good way, and Chuck is always friendly and supportive. He gave me great recommendations for what to work on in practice and always had listening suggestions that reinforced what we were working on.

I wish that I had started taking lessons with him sooner, because I learned and improved more as a musician and guitarist in 2 months of lessons with Chuck than in the 2-3 years I had been teaching myself how to play. I can't recommend him enough, especially for beginners or someone who needs a little help to take the next step in their musical journey.

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Mariann D. Nov 19, 2013
Trombone ·

Teacher works wonders!

My son enjoys playing with the school band and jazz band, but never put in more than he had to. That was until he started taking lessons with Chuck. He's done a 360. My son is setting goals and achieving them, all thanks to Chuck. His confidence grows with each lesson. I'm not the only one to notice. His band director notice the improvement after just a couple weeks of lessons.

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Brian D. Nov 13, 2013
Trumpet ·

Great teacher for beginning trumpet player

I decided to pick up the trumpet in my 30s having no experience with it, just an appreciation of the music. Chuck has been my teacher for a few months now and I highly recommend him for any beginners and for any horn players.

As a given, he's very professional, always on time etc. And clearly he's a very good musician, and has plenty of experience teaching and performing. I also appreciate that he's been flexible on rescheduling lessons as I have had a good bit of travel and conflicts.

Aside from those basics, what makes him a good teacher and sets him apart I think are:

- Chuck really tries to tailor the lessons to the student's interest. For me that's jazz and funk music.

- Offers very good, focused suggestions for practice. I feel like I get much more out of practice when I do what he recommends, and I think he's very thoughtful in providing direction for how to practice.

- He makes music theory and technique accessible. I don't have a musical background but I'm learning a lot of different concepts along with learning to play the instrument. Chuck explains them well in a way that makes sense.

- He's generally encouraging and fun. Lessons are enjoyable and productive, but don't feel like work.

I look forward to continuing to learn from him.

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Michelle P. Nov 13, 2013
Trombone ·

Awesome instructor!

It is wonderful to see my 10 year old son look forward to his trombone lesson with Chuck W. Chuck is encouraging and supportive of my son who is a beginner. He is really getting him up to speed on all aspects of his trombone. Chuck is very knowledgeable and has a great rapport with my son. Awesome instructor!

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Dushan K. Nov 13, 2013
Trombone ·

Awesome Teacher

Chuck really knows what he is taking about, his age allows him to be at the forefront of new ideas which he puts into your lesson. He comes prepared with a vast assortment of exercises and knowledge which work together to help you become a better musician.

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Christina H. Nov 12, 2013
Trumpet ·

Very Happy!

My son decided to start playing the trumpet this year, in 7th grade. He was significantly behind his peers since most of them have been playing since 4th grade.

Last month, he started taking lessons via Skype with Chuck. He has been a wonderful teacher. He's very patient and thorough. In just a few lessons, my son has made significant improvement. His band teacher has even noticed and commented on it. My son is very excited with what he has learned from Chuck each week. Chuck is always on time with the Skype call and we love the convenience of not even having to leave the house!

Also, my son is on the autism spectrum (Asperger's) and Chuck has been fabulous with him. He's kind and very patient. He puts things in terms that my son can understand and goes at his pace.

All in all, we are very happy with Chuck.

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Bryant B. Aug 27, 2013
Guitar ·

Great Teacher

I've owned a guitar for several years and got tired of it collecting dust, so I decided to take some lessons. Chuck is very patient and very helpful. I will recommend Chuck to any body that wishes to learn how to play Guitar. If I have questions or concerns he listens and we work together to try and resolve them. The lessons are at my speed and I never feel rushed. His ability to explain & define concepts related to the lesson provided critical elements necessary to help me better understand the instrument. A very good instructor and very friendly as well

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Jeffrey A. Aug 21, 2013
Music Theory ·

Got so much out my lessons with Chuck!

I have been playing the sax for about 9 years and had minimal music theory knowledge. A lesson a week with Chuck for about 6 months before going off to college gave me everything that I wanted. Chuck is very knowledgable, friendly, and goal-oriented. Each lesson individually and the lessons as a whole revolve around what the student wants to accomplish and Chuck does a great job of making sure the student is satisfied. Overall, an excellent teacher!

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Tom O. May 9, 2013
Trombone ·

Articulate, Encouraging

I recently took some trombone lessons with Chuck. I am a percussionist at a university looking to get my degree in music education which is why I decided to take some trombone lessons. I had minimal experience on brass instruments before this, but Chuck was very encouraging and helped me out a lot. I felt that within the ten weeks i studied with him, I learned a great deal about trombone/brass in general.

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Eileen K. Feb 12, 2013
Trombone ·

Excellent brass teacher!

I am a clarinetist and public school music teacher. I recently took some trombone and trumpet lessons with Chuck W. to improve my brass chops.

Chuck's teaching is clear and precise. He helped improve my overall sound by diagnosing problems I was experiencing in basic sound production. For trumpet and trombone alike he was able to pinpoint my issues, explain to me what I was doing wrong and correct it. The lessons I have taken with Chuck are well-rounded. He focuses on technique, sound production, tone quality, as well as working on repertoire.

I would definitely take recommend lessons with Chuck. He is patient, thorough, encouraging, and a lot of fun.

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