Peter Bugarchich

Peter B.

Trumbull, CT
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Lesson Details

Cello

Levels Taught:
Intermediate, Advanced
Beginner cello instruction based on custom curriculum. Usually after 2-3 hours of active instructions, most students are able to play simple melodies.
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Peter delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10 to 50 and special needs

Teaching since:
June 1988

I am energetic, experienced and creative music teacher with a proven ability to get the very best out of pupils, an expert at identifying the appropriate resources required for a subject matter and ensuring that they are used efficiently and effectively Most of my students read and play simple music after 2-3 classes of active instruction.

I posses an extensive classical music and music pedagogy training. All my musical knowledge and expertise was attained in Eastern Europe. I play and teach piano, upright bass, bass guitar and a range of other instruments. Over the years I taught basic piano, the beginner violin, viola, cello and a variety of school instruments such as recorder and xylophone. I also teach advanced music theory, harmony and basics of composition and orchestral arranging required for music colleges. I especially find it rewarding working with beginners and the opportunity to show them the amazing world of listening, playing and making music.

The teaching begins with identifying student's musical needs, goals and tastes. Students are taught a stimulating, thorough, and graduated course of recital solos, theory, technical studies, and classic repertoire. For those wishing to pursue more of a classical approach to music, there are proven methods to accomplish that goal established by European master teachers and pedagogues. Also, I can teach the know-how of Jazz and Blues though gradual lessons that cover basic theory, scales and chords up to melody and harmony development.



*** Lesson Details ***
The learning process should be, for the most part, fun and based upon a strong relationship between the teacher and the student. Curriculum and lesson plans are based on student's abilities and aspirations with appropriate balance between theoretical and practical work. The lesson material is always carefully chosen, and when necessary, adapted to specific learning needs.

With a proper approach, everyone can learn to play music. Whether you want to pursue a music career, or just play for fun and enjoyment I can help you attain your goals. From basic piano and stringed instruments, to advanced theory, harmony, composition and improvisation to jazz, pop and rock.

Classes are not based on a single source or book. I provide other exercises in printed form for students to keep and take home.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two high end digital keyboards, two violins, viola, cello, upright bass, bass guitar and amplifier, music stands, stereo equipment with a large CD collection of just any conceivable music style.. Assorted school instruments: recorder (soprano and tenor), xylophone. Various music charts and a large library of music resources and other books; Extensive e-library and ability to print any required material on the spot. Instant access to many on-line sheet music resources.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Full size and a school grade digital keyboards , bass guitar, amplifier, staff paper and other printed resources, violin, viola, spare parts, maintenance tools and equipment.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Classical, Jazz, Ethnic and Modal music, Composition, Arranging, Harmony, Counterpoint, Advanced Music Theory

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Experience

Music Teacher
Apr 2012 - Feb 2014
St. Rita Elementary School, Hamden, Connecticut.

General music, piano and vocal teacher from pre-K, to 8th grade. Duties included: teaching pupils basic music theory, principles of vocal and instrumental music; developing teaching materials and updating the assessment, recording and reporting systems to monitor a student'€™s progress. Teaching a range of standard school instruments such as recorder, glockenspiel and other Orff Instruments using the combination of pre-existing curriculum and own materials.

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String Orchestra Teacher
Sep 2011 - Jun 2012
Bridgeport Board of Education, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Strings, piano and a General Music teacher, 5th through 8th grade. The job involved teaching pupils the basic principles of music, music theory and stringed instruments; developing teaching material for music classes; evaluating student's€™ interest and aptitude to determine a suitable instrument for them; providing individual instrumental lessons. Assisting students with extra-curricular activities and updating the assessment, recording and reporting systems to monitor a student'€™s progress; directing all string orchestra holiday on-campus performances; assisting chorus teacher with piano accompaniment and arrangements for mixed choir.

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Education

Piano, Music Theory and Pedagogy (Music Education)
Sep 1980 - May 1985
University Cyril and Methodius, Macedonia
Music & Education
Sep 1979 - May 1985
University: "Cyril and Methodious" Skopje, Macedonia

Languages

English, Serbian
Professional Proficiency
English, Serbian, Russian
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Piano tuning and restoration
May 1984
University Cyril and Methodius, Macedonia

6 mo course on piano tuning and basic piano repairs

Awards

Certificate of Excellence
Apr 2012
Bridgeport Board of Education

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Apr 2009

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Photos & Videos

Brandon plays Suzuki's "Allegretto"  after only of one month of active instructions.
Halee plays "What a Wonderful World" at Christmas Concert in Newton Connecticut
Cody plays Jan Vanhal's Sonatina in F at the Christmas Recital in Newton Conneticut
With Brandon, my cello student

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Evelyn plays Vanhal's Sonatina in F, first movement
I play two tunes:  One is mine with a working title "Thinking of you" dedicated to my good friend in Europe.  The other one is "Theme from Mahogany", short version.  I seldom do video recordings of myself and this is my first attempt to put something in video format.
Me and T-Bone

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With my sisters, Tamara and Christina

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One of my youngest students learning how to write simple music
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22 Reviews

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Callum ". Aug 19, 2017
Piano · In home

Peter got right down to business and it is clear he knows what he is doing. My son is 5 and Peter kept his attention for the full 30 minutes, which is really saying something. At the end of the first lesson, my son was introduced to and could repeat note names; could play a five-note scale; and was learning his right hand from his left. I myself went to Juilliard and Yale for music and am so pleased Peter will be teaching our child(ren).

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glen Apr 20, 2017
Upright Bass · Online

Bekah S. Oct 7, 2016
Upright Bass · Online

Peter provides great instruction and has a fantastic rapport with his students!

Judi E. Sep 9, 2016
Upright Bass · Online

Fun and informative - thanks!

Yulianet N. Aug 20, 2016
Cello · In studio

Peter is amazing, with just a few classes she was able to play a tune. He is great with children and the parents as well. Very patient and dedicated! Definitely recommend.

Glenn C. Apr 15, 2016
Upright Bass · Online

Peter provides me with challenging material to practice that fits both my ability and my interest. Often the music he provides is material that he hand writes. He has a knack for pushing past where I'm comfortable without overwhelming me. I would recommend him to anyone.

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Christi N. Apr 15, 2016
Cello · Online

I really enjoyed my lessons with Peter, he was professional and kind as I took on a new adventure in learning cello and reading music as and adult. Skype was a wonderful option since I couldn't find any local instructors. There was a delay in sound at times so we would accidentally talk over eachother or I didn't know what was being asked to play, but we worked it out ans overall I would say it's worth it and would recommend Peter.

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Mishaun L. Mar 28, 2016
Piano · In studio

I loved my first lesson. I left challenged and couldn't wait to tryout what I've learned.

Pia O'Keefe Feb 11, 2016
Cello · Online

Very good teacher, very patient and I had fun. I feel I got a lot out of our sessions and I plan on continuing.

Brian S. Dec 29, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online

Peter has been a great instructor. He really knows his theory, practical applications, and is easy to work with. I've been taking lessons with him for about a year, and my playing has really gone to the next level by taking lessons with Peter. I had taken lessons from various instructors for years and haven't made as much progress as I have with a year with Peter. Highly, Highly recommended.

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Jonathan B. Nov 15, 2015
Piano · In home

Peter has been working with our son who has special needs for a few weeks. It has been challenging but he has exhibited much patience in working with him. It is also very nice to see the progress in our son.....We would definitely recommend Peter...

Alex M. Sep 21, 2015
Piano · In home

Peter was excellent with my 7 year old at our first session together. He clearly explained his teaching philosophy to me and he was very patient and encouraging with the student. My son loved his first lesson.

Brian S. Jan 5, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online

Peter is a really knowledgeable and a good instructor.

Ralia B. Oct 24, 2014
Viola · Online

Very understanding teacher. My 13 year old thinks he is awesome. He said he's going to help my son learn to play Star Wars.

Marc R. Sep 22, 2014
Piano · In studio

Was very impressed with Peter's methods, demeanor, patience with my 9 year-old daughter, who is a beginner at piano. She had some experience at reading music, and Peter was adept at recognizing this and 'pushing the envelope' a bit with her and she responded enthusiastically. She left every lesson with a smile on her face.

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Nick S. Jul 8, 2014
Violin · In studio

Peter is a great teacher I have been going to him for about a year and I have learned so much! Thank you Peter

Marie H. Jun 30, 2014
Violin · In studio

It has been such a great joy to see my son learning so much from Peter. His previous teacher did nothing to teach or improve his skills that I honestly went in to our first class with low expectations. I am very pleased to say how wonderful it has been to see how much my son has learned from the very first day with Peter. I am very happy to have found him. I would definitely recommend him for any of the instruments class' he teaches.

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Greg R. Feb 2, 2014
Piano ·

Excellent teacher

Peter is an excellent Piano teacher with a solid mastery of the instrument. As a beginner, it was an excellent introduction. He is increadibly patient and caters to you and not to a book.

Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Ileana C. Nov 30, 2013
Piano ·

Highly recommend as a piano teacher for a beginner 9-yr old!

Peter has been teaching my 9-yr old daughter for the past 4 months and I am highly impressed with his teaching and interpersonal abilities. My daughter took lessons with another teacher all last year but Peter has been able to get her to improve at a much quicker pace. He is very patient but also know how to push her along. Plus, all my interactions with him have been very professional and friendly. Peter is always on time for our in-home lesson. Highly recommend!

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Allen W. Nov 20, 2013
Violin ·

This is an exceptional Instructor...

I initially joined Take Lessons to provide Piano instruction to my youngest daughter, that did not work out too well. I had already paid in advance and so with the remaining balance I decided to provide My older daughter with Violin Instruction since she is playing for her school.
Peter came in and has improved my daughter's talent in such a short time that it's almost unexplainable. He connects, he's precise, and he's easy going. In no time my daughter could literally read music as per his instruction. He's done wonders.

I highly recommend Peter to anyone looking for the right instructor. Thanks.

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Michael R. Oct 8, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

More then just bass lessons!

I went in to lessons with Peter looking for some review on theory and notation reading but I received much more. When I asked for a lesson on a specific subject he addressed exactly what I was looking for, as well as a quick history of the topics that we discussed. The combination of playing the bass, learning music theory, and music history, made these lessons very unique and a lot of fun for me. I would recommend Peter to any musician who likes a well rounded approach to music.

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Stephanie N. May 3, 2013
Violin ·

Great teacher!

My daughter has been taking beginner violin lessons with Peter and she loves him. He is extremely patient, friendly and creative in how he approaches new learners. Very supportive and reinforcing. I highly recommend him.

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