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About Shawn M.

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West Roxbury, MA
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About Shawn
Hello! I am a professional working drummer with over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. My current band, Eight To The Bar, has been the winner of Best Band Connecticut for the past 5 years straight. We perform internationally in many venues, including festivals, casinos, and concert halls. The repertoire is diverse and challenging, drawing on the traditions of R&B, Swing and Motown.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me will be fun and constructive. I gear my lesson plan to your individual needs with a strong focus on fundamental technique, proper grip and stroke as well as helping you find your balance and relaxation behind the kit through posture and ergonomic set- up.

We will be able to explore the techniques of your favorite drummers. Through my wide range of experience I will be able to give you the skills nec
essary to function within your favorite genre of music. At the same time, I may introduce you to some forms of music less familiar to you. You can then use that experience to bring a fresh approach to your chosen style.

The name of the game is time-keeping and time feel. You will be expected to practice with a metronome, but also with recorded tracks. We will record your playing and listen back. This is one of the best ways to improve your playing.

Double bass and/or double pedal also taught as well as left foot clave, Latin percussion, piano, and music theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two drum sets, full PA, fender rhodes piano, congas, timbales and hand percussion, frame drums, bongos, DVD player, audio recording capabilities. Parents can sit in on lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a practice pad set to the student's home. Metronome, ipod, some lesson handouts, and occasionally DVD's will also be brought.

*** Specialties ***
All styles and levels: rock, jazz, Latin, percussion as applied to drumset. Reading, time feel, counting and singing
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JD M. September 10, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Shawn is great. A very talented drummer. Our son is young, 5, and Shawn had patience letting him explore the drums and learn a simple beat to start his first lesson.
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Fergus S. June 15, 2016
· Drum · In home
Shawn is bright and pleasant and knows his drums! My son is super excited to continue with him!
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Christopher B. October 28, 2015
· Piano · In home
Excellent. Needs some coaching on keeping a 4 year old focused/ task oriented. Maybe lesson for Christopher needs to be longer. And lessons need to be weekly.
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Shawn M.

Shawn M.

Norwood, MA 02062
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About Itai G.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

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About Itai
I graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BA in Studio Composition in 2007, and from Hebrew College with a Masters' Degree in Jewish Education in June, 2016. I have been working in after-school, Hebrew school, camp, and other supplementary educational settings for the past ten years. Most of my students are learning piano, and I also have a few Hebrew students. My Hebrew students are either studying for their bnei mitzvah, maintaining their conversational Hebrew, or learning for the purpose of competence of services or Torah study. My piano students have ranged from age 4 to young children learning Classical pieces to teens learning to play the songs they like to adults working on their songwriting and improvisation. My strengths are improvisation, music theory and ear training, accompaniment of popular songs - rock, theater, pop, folk, etc.


Please feel free to get in touch and ask questions!

The review posted on my profile was from when I used my English name, Ricky.
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lorraine March 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
My first lesson was everything I hoped for from start to finish. I haven't played piano for many years & wanted to begin by using a keyboard as a learning tool--to recapture dexterity and reading ability. I emerged with a better grasp of basics & even a little music theory--exactly as I had requested. Itai is a wonderfully patient teacher & I am looking forward to next week.
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Vesna S. January 7, 2013
· Piano ·
Ricky is an amazingly creative and inspiring teacher.

Ricky has been teaching my daughter for last 5 years. My daughter is now 15 years old. She already played piano for a couple of years before Ricky started working with her and at that time was getting disinterested. We were looking for someone who would bring that interest and spark back into her playing piano. I was looking for a special teacher who can teach basics of improvisation and accompaniment to a young child. After talking with several potential teachers, we decided to work with Ricky.

Ricky has proven to be an amazing teacher for my daughter. He is patient, creative and able to adjust to the child’s needs. I was amazed when couple of months after my daughter started working with him; she was already improvising and playing really cool pieces of music. That kind of teaching has inspired my daughter to continue playing piano for the last 5 years. She has accompanied two of her friends singing at her school talent shows and graduation ceremony with encouragement and inspiration Ricky has provided her all along.

Ricky frequently encourages my daughter to pick her own songs she would like to work on. Ricky has a strong knowledge of music theory and has incorporated that in his lessons. I love that my daughter is learning music theory, improvisation, accompaniment and reading music all with the same teacher. It is not easy to find a teacher who is so creative to include all of these in his teaching method. I would highly recommend Ricky as a piano teacher for any age.
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Itai G.

Itai G.

Auburndale, MA 02466
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About Jake H.

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Brighton, MA

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Hey future students! My name is Jake and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private drum and piano lessons since 2007 and have loved helping my students learn the basics, develop their skills and musical interests, and have a ton of fun! I went to the University of Rochester / Eastman School of Music and earned a degree in music with a concentration in education in 2012.

After graduating I became a Spanish teacher for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. I graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education with a MSEd (Masters of Science in Education) in Educational Studies with a concentration in Spanish education, PreK-12. I helped students gain fluency through a curriculum that balanced reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

I am currently pursuing a second Masters degree at the Harvard Sc
hool of Education in order to become a licensed school guidance counselor.

I'm an effective communicator and enthusiastic person and my teaching style is clear, tailored to individual needs, and engaging. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Amara April 6, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very pleasant, made our daughter feel at ease.
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Lisa March 25, 2016
· Piano · In home
My children had an amazing first session with Jake! He had an instant rapport with both of them and made the lesson informative, but most importantly fun and on their individual level.

Jake is warm, professional, talented, and amazing with children.

My kids cannot stop talking about Jake and are so excited about learning piano and their next lesson!
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Naomi March 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
Jake is clearly a natural with kids. This was my 5 year old daughter's first lesson. Although she was initially nervous, Jake helped her easily transition into the lesson, playfully keeping her on task. She wants to "play every day!"
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Jake H.

Jake H.

Brighton, MA 02135
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About Milos B.

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Watertown, MA
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Milos Bjelica has performed formal recitals and concerts in the United States, Europe and Serbia. He founded and performed with the Nevsky Clarinet Quartet, making it to the finals of “Serbia’s Got Talent" in 2011. In the same year, her performed in the German-Nordic Youth Philharmonic. He has attended numerous masterclasses with distinguished professors such as Wenzel Fuchs, Frank Cohen, Yuan Yuan, Jonathan Cohler, Philippe Cuper, Mate Bekavac, etc. Milos has worked for nine years in Serbia as a clarinet teacher and a volunteer clarinet instructor for children with disabilities. Hence, the Association of Music and Ballet Pedagogues of Serbia awarded me with the Best Pedagogue of the Year Award in 2012. Currently, Milos Bjelica is pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Longy School of Music.
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Julia B. July 13, 2016
· Clarinet · In home
I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Milos during the past year. He is an outstanding musician, clarinet instructor and an amazing person. Milos is really devoted and compromised to his students and is 100% of the time willing to help them improve in the instrument. I strongly recommend him to all students of any ages and levels of playing!
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Aline Benoit July 11, 2016
· Clarinet · In studio
In addition to being a superb clarinetist, Milos is a wise and kind teacher. His maturity and sensitivity enable him to help his students develop their talent regardless of their age and level of experience. He has a wonderful sense of humor and a keen intelligence. He has my highest endorsement.
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Jonathan July 11, 2016
· Clarinet · In studio
Milos is a great teacher and a great player! He is very supportive, knowledgeable, and dedicated and kids just love him. He explains everything very carefully and always demonstrates with such a beautiful sound. Whether you are a beginner, or more advanced student, Milos would definitely be a great teacher for you. He knows all about the clarinet, the repertoire, including both solo and chamber music, and whether you are 8 years old or 58 years old, I am sure you would learn a lot from Milos!
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Milos B.

Milos B.

Watertown, MA 02472
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About Elias M.

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Cambridge, MA

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Hello! My name is Elias, and I'm a classical cellist, pianist, and an aspiring symphony orchestra and opera conductor. I recently graduated from Harvard University where I studied music. Before transferring to Harvard, I attended the New England Conservatory of Music where I was a cello performance major and Tufts University where I studied history. As a cellist I have attended various music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and I have performed in concerts and master classes across the country. As a pianist, I have served as a rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for numerous operatic productions, and I frequently accompany both singers and instrumentalists. I am looking for piano and cello students of any age and level!
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Elias M.

Elias M.

Cambridge, MA 02138
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$30 / 30-min
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About Mark M.

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Worcester, MA

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I am an active performer eager to teach organ, piano, voice, and general musicianship skills to youth and adults. Private lessons are given at Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester. My students have gone on to undergraduate and graduate performance schools and hold full-time positions in churches, schools, and other performing organizations around the country. I believe music is not only an aesthetic pursuit, but also a primary way to develop one's sense of self-esteem, community, trust, openness, and character. Building skill as a musician exercises the brain, builds logic, and fosters discipline.

Members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester get a discount of 50% off all lesson rates posted here on TakeLessons. Message me to recieve instructions on how to take advantage of these great rates.
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Jennifer February 25, 2017
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Some teachers teach you how to read black dots on a page. Others help you to make music beyond the printed page. Having studied with Mark for a number of years, I can attest to Mark's ability not only as a fabulous musician himself, but as a teacher who helps others go "off the page" to discover the heart of musical expression. He is a gift!
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Ethan P. February 25, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mark is a very gifted teacher, patient and eager to share his vast knowledge in a natural way that students respond well to. Takes time to explain subject material and reasons for teaching methods. He goes the extra mile and his passion for music is contagious and evident. He is an excellent teacher and we are lucky to have him.
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Adam February 21, 2017
· Organ · In studio
Mark is an excellent educator whose instruction was always appropriate for my level, yet pushed me to greater heights. He provided me with the tools I needed to continue to develop as a musician and to build up my skills quickly. A loving, caring person, Mark cares about the whole student and I count the time spent with him as some of the best investment I've made in myself.
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Mark M.

Mark M.

Worcester, MA 01609
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$40 / 45-min

About Christopher B.

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Bellingham, MA

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Hello! My name is Chris B. and I'm excited for the opportunity to work with you! I have extensive teaching and performance experience throughout New England, and I'm excited to use my skills and experience to help you learn and achieve.

I'm currently a student at Rhode Island College pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with graduation planned this May. I've studied Classical Percussion with Michael DeQuattro at Rhode Island College, as well as drum set with Michael Odabashian, drummer for Zander Bleck and Kicking Harold. I've performed solo and with many groups in New England and abroad, including, but not limited to: the New England Intercollegiate Band, the Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble, and American Music Abroad's 2013 Liberty Tour of Europe.
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Christopher B.

Christopher B.

Bellingham, MA 02019
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$25 / 30-min

About Ethan L.

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West Warwick, RI

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Hello, My name is Ethan Lyons and I’m a graduate of the Bishop Hendricken High School Class of 2017, and I give private drum lessons to people of all ages in the comfort of their own homes. I recently auditioned and was accepted to the University of Rhode Island’s Music program, and will be studying music education in the fall of 2017.
While I love to perform, I believe that my passion is teaching. Over the past year I’ve been teaching and mentoring younger students as well as my friends and colleagues, and I wish to expand my clientele. I give private drum lessons to people of all ages, with a concentration in rudimental snare drum. Over the winter I was invited to march in the 2017 Rose Bowl Parade, Bands of America Honor Band in Pasadena, California as a snare drummer in the drum line. Marching snare drum requires an extreme amount
of meticulous concentration to technique, and I believe that this focus on technique is the key to being a good percussionist, which is what I focus on in the beginning of the private lessons. I also teach basic music theory in rhythms, so that the student can read drum music at a basic to intermediate level.
After I feel like the student has grasped the ideas of the technique, is able to apply it to the snare drum, and is able to successfully read sheet music, we then move over to the drum set and apply the same ideas around the drums. I play professionally in small jazz ensembles, and in a local rock band called “The Naticks”(recently named Best Indy Band in Ri by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine.) I’ve also played in numerous school ensembles, and at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School for some time. The drum set lessons focus primarily on rock and jazz, with some basic lessons on other genres like latin and afro-cuban.
My goal is to foster a love and appreciation of music in people of all ages. Being able to connect with people of all cultures and languages through one universal connection, like music, is something indescribable, and I wish to share my passion with other people.
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Ethan L.

Ethan L.

West Warwick, RI 02893
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$34 / 30-min

About Jason S.

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Brookline, MA

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Born and raised in Kenya, I'm a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and producer. I received a partial scholarship to Berklee College of Music as part of their African Scholars Program, and in August of 2010, left Nairobi for Boston to pursue an Professional Diploma in Songwriting. While studying at Berklee, I was awarded the Pat Pattison Award in 2014 in recognition of outstanding musicianship in the songwriting department, and as part of the graduating class of 2015, chosen to give the commencement address as student speaker.

My love of music began at an early age but it wasn't until I was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure at the age of fifteen, that I turned to songwriting as a way to process the experience. My passion for songwriting grew steadily and I spent hours and hours listening to music, analyzing why the songs worke
d. After two years of dialysis, I had a successful kidney transplant in 2007! I credit the experience for adding depth, purpose and identity to my songwriting.

When teaching songwriting, I like to take a holistic approach. Students learn to recognize, explore and apply the four basic building blocks of songs, Rhythm, Melody, Harmony and Lyrics. My lessons also focus on helping students express themselves authentically and discover their original musical identity. Above all I believe that songwriting should be fun and stress-free. I aim to create an atmosphere in which the student feels relaxed and confident.

My goal is to get you to where you want to be. I believe that anyone with a desire to write songs can: I will give you the tools, and you decide what you'll decide what you want to build with them.

I look forward to working with you and helping you along your songwriting journey.
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Jason S.

Jason S.

Brookline, MA 02445
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$25 / 30-min

About Scott L.

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Worcester, MA
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Hello! My name is Scott. I'm a recent graduate from Clark University where I played percussion for Orchestra Pit in Clark Musical Theater and for Clark Concert Band. I also played the drum set for Worcester band Ghost Guest for 2 years.

I have a passion for tasteful drumming that I want to share with students. My students will learn a foundation of rudiments that will take them a long way and, more importantly, learn when to use these skills.
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Scott L.

Scott L.

Worcester, MA 01610
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$20 / 30-min

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