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Michael P. Roxbury Crossing, MA

About Michael

Boston native, Michael P. is currently studying trombone at New England Conservatory, expecting to receive his BFA in Jazz Performance with NEC's Music-In-Education (MIE) Concentration in Spring 2014. NEC has provided Michael a great variety of playing experiences and opportunities having played in their big bands, jazz combos, Latin jazz ensemble, Eastern European Jewish music ensemble and more. Michael is currently the trombonist and booker for Mozambican Afro-Pop group Kina Zoré. Grand Prize Winners of the 2012 John Lennon Song Writing Competition and 2011 Peacedriven Award. They are a regionally touring act playing in Boston, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York and elsewhere. When he's not playing with Kina Zoré, Michael also plays regular performances with Jae Cheol Oh ...

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Andre Z. November 5, 2014
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Michael is a truly excellent instructor for beginners. I really enjoy his approach to teaching theory and practical skills on the instrument. Definitely worth it.
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Laura S. June 13, 2014
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
My son is really enjoying his time with Michael and is doing well with his trumpet.
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Liza F. March 7, 2014
Trumpet
Verified Student
Puts a student at ease!

When I started lessons with Michael, I was experienced on one brass instrument and a beginner on another one. He was able to show me some useful things about the instrument I was new on, and help me keep going on the one I was already familiar with.

One thing that really stood out for me: I've always been too embarrassed to improvise musically, especially in front of anyone, but Michael got me improvising--and enjoying it!--during our very first lesson. I was impressed!
Brad R. Boston, MA

About Brad

Brad's understanding of music runs deeper then just knowledge of the fingerboard and instrument. His mix of philosophy, music, and humor makes him a unique and well rounded teacher for students of all ages. His former students now study music at Berkelee College of Music, Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater, and Elon University. Brad has developed his own method book for overcome physical and mental obstacles on the path to mastery. *** Lesson Details *** Brad tries to adjust his teaching to fit the goals of the student. He is great with kids, but also knows when to be serious. He works from over a hundred music books for all levels of playing and styles. From disciplined classical playing, to free improvisation, Brad has done it all. Things student learn include: - ...

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Graham B. September 21, 2014
Music Theory · In home
I never thought I would confidently understand music theory, even after years of practice, self-teaching, college electives, etc... I just never felt like I "got" it. Brad changed all that. Studying music theory with Brad's guidance and encouragement, I quickly began to feel as though I could "speak" music fluently.

Brad is a phenomenal teacher, and can adapt to almost any situation. If I wasn't understanding something, he never got frustrated, he would find a way to explain it differently until something finally stuck. That's very important I think. I've had too many teachers give up and say, "If you don't get this, you never will." Brad doesn't think like that. To him, "just not getting it" isn't an option. If you want to learn something, he'll find a way to teach it to you.
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Sarah B. September 18, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
I studied music theory with Brad my senior year of high school, and it was the best decision I could have made! Brad fully prepared me for college-level theory at a conservatory, and I have excelled as a performer because of the great theory background Brad provided me with. He knows music theory inside and out, and he is able to adapt his teaching skills for any student. Thanks for all your help, Brad!

-Sarah Barrett, Hartt School of Music
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Kelly H. September 18, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I took lessons with Brad for about 4 and a half years, and learned so much- from how to tune my guitar, to really complicated pieces. Not only is he a brilliant guitarist, but he is also such a patient and encouraging teacher and genuinely cares about the success of his students! I would strongly recommend Brad to anyone looking for a guitar teacher!
Christopher S. Jamaica Plain, MA

About Christopher

Welcome! My name is Christopher S. and I am a classical guitarist, song writer, and experienced music teacher. I began learning music when I was nine on the piano however by the time I turned twelve I discovered my passion for the guitar. I began by learning songs and playing in band with some of my school friends. This was the start of my journey into music. I started with blues, rock, and pop music but I quickly moved into more complex genres such as funk and Jazz music. In college I began my studies of the historically endless and huge world of classical music. This is also when I began teaching and taking students of guitar. I studied classical music at Hofstra University and completed my degree at Humboldt State University in Northern California. After earning my degree I began ...

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Oscar S. January 10, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great guitar teacher! He is teaching my 11 year old son and you can see his improvement week to week. Very patient and flexible when needed, I would recommend him to all.
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Mary D. November 19, 2014
Italian · Online
Verified Student
Christopher has been able to cater the lessons to my specific level of fluency in Italian. He has been organized and has given suggestions that have been helpful.
Bravo
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danny P. October 29, 2014
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Christopher was very knowledgeable of his profession and patient with my 5 years old daughter. He has done extremely great job on online lessons.
Breanna E. Boston, MA

About Breanna

----------Musical and Teaching Philosophy---------- I can safely say through all my experiences (as an orchestral musician, entertaining busker, teacher, accompanist, freelancing musician, concert organizer, fundraiser) that my theory of teaching and learning music is that it's all about connections. To learn music is to learn a completely new way of looking at the world. It is an inward journey of strength and discovery as much as it is an outwards one, learning to successfully and compassionately communicate with fellow musicians and anyone else who might cross your path. I have collaborated with individuals in both the instrumental and vocal realms - trumpet, trombone, tuba, (French) horn, clarinet, flute, violin, viola, bass, sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, baritones, and have taught ...

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Ariel K. February 25, 2015
French Horn · In studio
Verified Student
Working with Breanna has been wonderful. She is flexible in terms of planning lessons and adjusting times when necessary. Lessons are always energetic and encouraging even when I am struggling. She is creative with different exercises and definitely knows her stuff when it comes to reference material and choosing a piece to work on. Also, getting to hear her play in several concerts has been really cool. I came to her as a terribly rusty but fairly experienced player looking to pick my instrument back up and she has been a great help. I've learned a lot and I'd happily recommend her.
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Anne M. February 20, 2015
Accordion · Online
Verified Student
Breanna is an excellent teacher - doesn't impose things but brings out what you are interested in and helps you develop at the pace that suits you - no pressure, but encouragement and lots of good ideas for ways of improving. I'm finding that little electric bulbs are suddenly being switched on and I know my playing is definitely improving as a result!
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Terry W. February 2, 2015
Accordion · Online
Verified Student
It's been over 55 years since I've had accordion lessons. Breanna has been very patient and understanding. She's a great teacher. Wish we lived closer so that the lessons were in person.

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Noaa R. Jamaica Plain, MA

About Noaa

A current student at Berklee College of Music, I have found myself led holistically to teaching by my innate aptitude in areas of communication, interaction, and creativity. I grew up playing everything from punk to fingerstyle to jazz all around California's Bay Area, and had the pleasure of performing with amazing musicians such as Michael Manring and Alex Degrassi (with whom I also studied privately). I continued to receive world-class instruction at Berklee from David Gilmore, Bret Wilmott, Norman Zocher, and others. My background in the physical arts, most notably my studies in freestyle embodiment with movement practitioner and TED presenter Aaron Cantor, informs my approach to learning and teaching as an exploratory process that emphasizes inquiry, presence, pleasure, and ...

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Yarrow S. November 7, 2014
Guitar · In home
This super committed guy is awesome and I can't recommend him enough.
Noaa is not only way skilled and knowledgeable, he is an incredibly effective, patient and adaptive teacher. Having taking lessons from Noaa for about 2 months now, he's helped me make a ton of progress developing my technique, ear and music theory knowledge.
He's a totally chill dude and his easy to understand and digest lessons have left me feeling motivated and inspired every time. His easygoing, friendly personality and serious passion for music is easily apparent and I don't plan on witting lessons with Noaa anytime soon.
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kevin M. November 6, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
have known Noaa for a few years now both as a fellow musician and music teacher. We even shared the stage once in 2011 when we opened up for the infamous punk rock band Agent Orange in Reno N.V. Noaa's musical skill and wisdom has been truly inspiring and I was amazed by his talent when I first met and played with him, and I think he was only seventeen! I was driven to push myself to my full musical potential, and not settle on the idea of "well I'm good enough". A few years later Noaa was home for the summer from Berklee School of Music when I decided it was time for me to learn something knew and Noaa was the guy to help me. I have taken many guitar lessons throughout my life from many teachers, but I've never had a teacher who was so detailed and passionate about their craft. Noaa seems to have this amazing ability to asses a students needs and deliver a comprehensive lesson that the student will understand. I truly felt like he helped me grow and progress as a guitar player and would definitely recommend him.
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Nick P. October 18, 2014
Guitar · In home
To whom it may concern:
I have been playing guitar for some 27 years and used to study with serious heavyweights. After a nearly 16 year hiatus from taking lessons I asked a young man who had done studio work at my recording studio, is clearly a skilled guitarist, and who was studying at Berklee College of Music if he could fit in a lesson or two for me as I wanted to transcend my plateau and reach into the higher dimensions of non-diantonic and diatonic real time melodic improvisation. I could not have been more pleased. Noaa was able to customize the material, the style, the pace, and the presentation of advanced theory and application base don my own comments on my own particular learning particularities in real time while we studied without even blinking. His knowledge of theory, technique, the structuring of a path to build on, as well as his pure joy in music itself is comprehensive, infectious, and inspiring. Meanwhile, he let m film him covering some key concepts so that I can review the material in the approximately 2-3 years I expect it to take for me to absorb the material he exposed me to in 4 extended lessons. I would highly, highly recommend him to any player wishing to take their playing to the next level, even advanced players. Feel free to call me with questions about Noaa, as I could go on, but trust me, this cat is for real. Nick Peters Toothless Monkey Music, LLC & BodydeepMusic Studio.
Daniel S. Boston, MA

About Daniel

When I started learning oboe at age 10 I was told by my band director that it was going to be too difficult and not worth the trouble. The oboe may be slightly more difficult to start out with than the other instruments, but it is also more rewarding. What it lacks in ease it makes up for in beauty and character. I want to make sure that no one misses out on the joy of this instrument out of intimidation! Having an experienced teacher and reedmaker to help is essential, and I will gladly offer my skills to anyone interested in the instrument at any age or stage of development. With the right instructor, learning the oboe is no more difficult than any other woodwind. I have been the oboe teacher at Camp Encore/Coda for three years and a counselor for many more. During that time I ...

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Andrea E. November 26, 2014
Oboe · In studio
Daniel is a very engaging teacher that makes learning to play the oboe enjoyable. His encouragement made playing the oboe more fulfilling for me than it had ever been in the past with other instructors. He strikes a good balance between constructive criticism and cheerful reward for a job well done. Time in lessons is always well spent and I always walked out feeling like I had made great improvements in just an hour's time. I would highly recommend him!
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Ceci C. November 22, 2014
Oboe
Dan is wonderful. Let alone the fact that he's amazing at what he does, the way he teaches is so easy and good for whatever level you may be at. I learned with him for a few years at Camp Encore/Coda and then for a little while during the year, so I got to know him really well. He helped my knowledge and skill with the oboe grow immensely. When I started with him, I was not very good at playing, and he gave me the exercises right for me. He is so nice to learn from for he understands what is the best for his student, and he pushes you the right amount so you improve, but don't get stressed out or worried. I didn't think "I'm not good enough" when he gave me something hard for he gave me the tools needed to keep moving forward. Learning from Dan was a really great experience.
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Rosie S. November 17, 2014
Oboe · In studio
Prior to my time at Camp Encore/Coda, my experiences of oboe teachers and been unengaging, boring and most importantly, uninspiring. Dan was such a great contrast to previous old and stale lessons - I actually looked forward to his! He is a thoughtful teacher who aims to teach, but also understand. His work with me on the oboe was hugely beneficial, and fundamentally inspiring. His love for the music and the instrument is at the forefront of his teaching, and he perpetually convinced me of my own. Thank you, Dan!

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