Ian Conway

Ian C.

Malden, MA

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

Teaching since:
March 2006

Hello! My name is Ian, and whether you're young, old, a novice or a veteran, I can't wait to work together to help you achieve your creative goals. I've been singing for as long as I can remember, and began playing the guitar when I was 11 years old. I studied music and theatre at Salem State University, where I earned a B.A. in music in 2004. For the last 15 years I've been working as a freelance musician, music director and composer in and around the greater Boston and Providence areas.

I love teaching, and I try to make my lessons fun, engaging and personally tailored to help each student meet their unique goals. I've worked with individuals of all ages, ability levels and walks of life, and I have extensive experience helping students with a wide variety of special needs, such as those with autism, ADHD, anxiety disorders, physical disabilities, etc. I love teaching beginners, because it's such a pleasure to help someone navigate their way through what can be a very intimidating subject at first.

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Freelance Musician, Music Director, Composer, Sound Designer and Actor
Jun 2004 - Present
Various Organizations

In my career, I've worked on more than 40 theatrical productions in the greater Boston and Providence areas. The vast majority of that has been as a pit/orchestra guitar, bass and mandolin player, though I also have substantial experience composing original music and sound designing for various productions, as well as having done a fair amount of acting. I've also played and continue to play in several original rock and indie/folk bands, and am very comfortable in a studio setting, as both a player and as a recording engineer.

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BA, Music Performance
Sep 2000 - May 2004
Salem State University


Limited Proficiency


Joseph Aquino Award (Outstanding Graduating Senior)
May 2004
Salem State Music Department
Presidential Arts Scholarship
May 2002
Salem State University

Photos & Videos

In the pit for another theatre performance. I was able to let loose and rock a bit more than usual for this show.
In the pit for a performance with Lynn-based Arts After Hours.
One of my most enthusiastic students! He's learning the autoharp (and by extension, so am I ;)  )

In the pit for a performance with the theatre company Arts After Hours. This one rocks a bit more.
This is Ponyfish, a band I play in with some of my oldest and best friends. We have a great time whenever we get to play a show together!
My wife and I playing together in a production at Gloucester Stage Company.
Rehearsing for a production of Cabaret.

He may only be 7, but giant enthusiasm makes up for small hands every time;)

Doing my best Pete Townsend impression.
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8 Reviews

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Katherine H. Feb 19, 2013
Singing ·

Great teacher and nice guy!

I started singing lessons as a complete beginner, although I am in my 30s. Ian was happy to teach me the basics and then we dove right in to something I was interested in learning to sing. He was easy to talk to and encouraging, but willing to point out what I could improve as well. I would recommend him to others.

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shellyj Jul 18, 2012

Awesome teacher!!!

Took a couple singing lessons in the past with a different teacher and I didn't get very far. Ian has a great teaching style and I can already hear a difference in my singing just in the first few weeks of lessons. He is very encouraging, especially for a beginner like me. His constructive criticism is equally helpful. Highly recommended.

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GerritC Jul 7, 2012

Fantastic, Genre Diverse Vocal Teacher

In addition to thoroughly addressing all of the issues that initially spurned my desire for vocal lessons, we also examined and exercised other critical areas that he brought to my attention, and laid a strong foundation for singing technique.

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MartinB1 May 11, 2012

Ian was very friendly--and recepitive to the fact that I was a beginner. I was hesitant to work with Ian because I thought that an instructor with as much as experience and with such a level of expertise would quickly become bored with a beginner such as myself--wasn't the case at all. Ian was friendly, outgoing, and comfortable to work with.

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AlexandraW Oct 25, 2011

100% Recommended

Ian is an absolutely fantastic teacher. I came to him as a beginning guitarist and in the few short weeks I had with him (I am now abroad) he imbued me with the skill and confidence to not only play from a repertoire of songs but to continue to teach myself.I also did voice work with Ian and he is a great vocal coach. As someone with past experience in classical voice training, I found Ian's method far more effective and to the point than what I had experienced in the past.All in all, Ian is a motivational, inspirational teacher with lots of spirit and just the right balance of constructive criticism and encouragement.

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DawnP1 Sep 16, 2011

Mom of Student Stephanie

Stephanie is always excited to go to singing lessons. She is so thrilled that you have helped her record a song she wrote and loves the special affects. Stephanie is very comfortable with you and likes you as her music teacher!

ChelseaB Sep 9, 2011

Intriguing, exciting, can't wait to learn more

Ian's an awesome teacher! He loves playing and teaching and it definitely shows. He's helped me to improve tremendously just in these past couple months and he makes the lessons interesting and fun!

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VincentC Aug 10, 2011

Best. Experience. I've. Had. With. A. Music. Instructor.

My title is simply put and straight to the point. As someone who has had several guitar instructors with little benefit from the lack of connection and individual attention I was originally skeptical starting lessons again. However, within the first lesson with Ian, I felt more of a benefit in my first orientation meeting with him than all my previous lessons with other instructors.Being a teacher in my own profession, I know that individual attention is one of the key components in understanding what support and challenge a student needs to succeed.Ian represents these qualities with his approach. The individual lessons based on my specific area of need, the flexibility with lesson time and the proactive approach to doing extra work just to make sure I am gaining everything I possibly can from the lessons are just a few of the several reasons that I would recommend Ian as a music Instructor to anyone, at any level.

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