Ian Conway

Ian C.

Peabody, MA

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About

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

I began singing at a very early age, mainly by listening and singing along to my parents' Beatles albums. I first picked up the guitar as an 11 or 12 year old, after seeing a friend play "Crazy Train" at a school talent show. In the 25 years since, my musical tastes have expanded to encompass many styles. I've played and/or sung in rock bands, jazz bands, indie/folk groups, theater orchestras and performed as an actor many times in both musical and dramatic productions. These days I can mainly be found working as a freelance guitar/bass player, music director, composer and sound designer for theaters in the greater Boston area. I've been teaching guitar for more than 10 years, and teaching bass guitar and voice lessons for 5+ years. I am available for in-home, in-studio and online lessons through Skype and other video-conferencing platforms.

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Education

Private Jazz Guitar Lessons
Sep 2003 - May 2004
Bruce Bartlett (Associate Professor of Jazz Guitar at Berklee College of Music)
Theatre and Music Performance
Sep 2000 - May 2004
Salem State University

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Rehearsing for a production of Cabaret.

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

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Publicity performance with actors from a production of Tick, Tick...BOOM that I music directed.

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My home studio where I teach lessons.

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Doing my best Pete Townsend impression.

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Okay, technically she's my not my student YET, but she loves her piano!

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Performing on Halloween night in Salem, MA with the band Ponyfish.

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A production of HAIR for which I served as music director and guitarist.

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Performing in RI two days after getting 30 stitches in the palm of my right hand!
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8 Reviews

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Katherine H. Feb 19, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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