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Ian C.

Peabody, MA

About Ian

First, some exciting news! I just became a part of takelessons online lesson program, and now I can teach students from anywhere in the country! But I digress...

Let's see, first and foremost I'm a music lover of the highest order. Whether it's jazz, rock, indie, classical, hip-hop or country, if it's good music, I love it.

I grew up obsessively listening to everything i could get my hands on, and began playing guitar at the age of 11. That was cut short, though, when the next year I almost lost my middle finger on my left hand in an ice skating incident. It took 5 years for me to re
gain the strength and motion, during which time I was forced to give up guitar playing altogether. I never lost my passion for music, though, and in my heart i never stopped dreaming about what it would be like to be a professional musician. When I went away to college, I studied political science, but I also brought an acoustic guitar with me, and soon I was spending every free minute I could spare playing that guitar. I didn’t begin seriously studying music, though, until I was almost 20 yrs old and in my 3rd year of college, and for years I was kicking myself for waiting so long. However, getting a bit of a late start motivated me to practice twice as hard, and now thirteen years later, I look at what happened as a total blessing. Having been deprived of playing music for so long, I truly appreciate and am thankful for every day that I get to make my living in music. It's something that I will never take for granted and it keeps me from ever getting bitter or jaded. As a teacher, my experiences have given me a unique perspective which allows me to really connect with my students. I vividly remember the difficulties and challenges I faced as a beginner, and that allows me to be proactive in helping my students avoid some of the pitfalls that I had to go through.

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to take into account each student’s specific goals and musical tastes to design a course of study that will both challenge them and keep them motivated and excited about what they’re learning. I believe that, even when working on challenging, difficult material, students should enjoy themselves, and that it’s the teacher’s responsibility to present the material in a way that will facilitate that for the student. I have a genuine respect for every student, regardless of their ability level, goals, musical tastes, age or gender, and I always take the time to get to know my students and adapt their lessons to best suit their individual learning styles.

I also try as often as possible to take advantage of the fact that I teach out of a fully functional recording studio, with amps, mics, my guitars, bass, mandolin, drum set and my midi keyboard which is connected to my computer which serves as the studio's hub. This allows me to record video and audio of lessons to let the students see and hear themselves and monitor they’re progress. I can record video and audio examples of warm-ups and exercises, create backing tracks for students to practice with, even record demos for those students interested in writing original music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
coffee table, couch, instruments(guitars, bass, mandolin, drums), amplifiers(guitar and bass) , 64 key keyboard to accompany, imac/recording equipment, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Specialties ***
Music - Rock, Folk, Jazz, Musical Theatre

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Katherine H. February 19, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
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 July 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 July 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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Ian C.

Ian C.

Peabody, MA 01960
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Shanshan W.

Malden, MA

About Shanshan

Shanshan W. has been an aspiring performing pianist ever since her decision to study music as an undergraduate. She has received BM and MM degrees at both the Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory respectively. Fascinated with challenging techniques and fast passages even at an early age, she desires to share her experience as well as insights with her students to help them overcome various technical difficulties. With a dedication to integrity and passion for her work, Mrs. W. seeks to enrich her students with life insights as well as a deeper understanding and appreciation of
music.

*** Lesson Details ***
No one student is created the same, and therefore my curriculum for each would be varied accordingly. Through knowing them more specifically as individuals, I hope to understand their individual strengths and work on their weaknesses. These characteristics may be inherent as well as learned. Some students will be learning from a formal material that move forward step by step while others may benefit more from a spontaneous choice of music from varied range of styles and composers. For those that are starting from scratch, taking the time to lay a firm foundation is essential while for others, who perhaps have had some experience playing the piano but is lacking in certain skills or aspects, would need a different approach in choosing their repertoire as well as more specifically assigned exercises. In the end, it is my hope and expectation that each student will gain the skill set they need, to be able to experience the freedom of expressiveness through music, that they will develop a genuine appreciation of the classical genre and have deeper understanding of how it speaks to them personally.

*** Specialties ***
Classical/ any periods
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Taro M. November 28, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
If you want to reach for the real expression of music...

My teacher always let me learn how to design my intention to play a music, only through pressing /pushing keys, with my enjoyment, even when I play scales !
She is the 3rd piano teacher in my life but I have never seen before the amazing teacher like her, who thinks with a student how to reach for real expression of music.....
I really thank TakeLessons for leading me to her. It is mystery in my life.
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Shanshan W.

Shanshan W.

Malden, MA 02148
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Shauna G.

Swampscott, MA

About Shauna

Singing is a calling for me and has been since the age of five when I used our family fireplace as my stage (when it wasn't lit!) While pursuing music studies at Ithaca College where I studied voice with Patrice Pastore and Vocal Jazz Improv with Steve Brown. My professional life as a vocalist has allowed me to explore a variety of vocal styles from classical, jazz, rock and R&B. Recently I have performed with WoodyGeissman (formerly of the Del Fuegos), Ken Shano, John Funkhouser and Victor Belanger

*** Lesson Details ***
I will teach you first and foremost how to relax your body so that you
are able to use it as a vessel to enhance your natural sound. You will learn breathing techniques that will serve to boost and promote a healthy sound. We will also learn a bit about ear training and harmony. Most importantly, we will find a safe place inside yourself where imagination can thus play a key role in forming your artistry as a vocalist. We will not be afraid to explore. It is my hope that you will sing and soar like a bird.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a sound system and microphone if you are interested in learning proper mic technique

*** Travel Equipment ***
microphone, amplifier

*** Specialties ***
I teach in all genres including rock, pop,classical and vocal jazz.
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Herlivi L. March 16, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Excellent instructor! Very professional.
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Herlivi L. March 3, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher!
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Snezhana F. April 22, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great Singing Experience

Shauna is a very talented singer/teacher. She focuses on her student and builds up self-awareness and singing confidence. The singing studio inside Shauna's house is sunny and cozy. It creates a positive atmosphere during lessons. Singing lessons with Shauna are very therapeutic. Shauna puts a great emphasis on not just singing, but singing with your heart and soul. I definitely recommend Shauna as a teacher to anyone who wants to take singing classes.
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Shauna G.

Shauna G.

Swampscott, MA 01907
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Nicole P.

Malden, MA

About Nicole

I have a passion for music and people. Those two things together make lessons a fantastic outlet for both me and the student. I cater to each student's specific needs based on personality, age, ability, and mood.

I have been teaching for over 10 years, and have completed both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Violin Performance from St. Olaf College and The Boston Conservatory. I am an active performer in the Boston area, and am always looking for new and interesting projects. I am a strong promoter of music being written by living composers, which is where a lot of my performing happens.

A typical lesson starts with some fundamental work, whether it's open strings, scales or whatever. There is always a way to warm up - playing violin is an athletic skill, in my opinion. After that, we work on whatever it is we need to work on for the day in a piece, theory, etc. I have all of my students create compositions of their own, as I feel it is an important way to feel comfortable with self expression and confidence. Nothing a student writes is bad or wrong, and I want everyone to enjoy what they are creating.

I want all students to enjoy themselves in lessons. It is of utmost importance that the experiences are positive for encouraging students to practice and continue. I can't wait to meet you and share my passion for music with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each student has their own needs so lessons depend on the student. Things I like to include will be listed below:

-Scales
-Foundational Work
-Repertoire (pieces we both decide on)
-Games and Goals
-Theory (how music works)
-Composition (writing pieces)

That is not an exhaustive list, obviously. It will change based on what the student needs!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have everything we need except the instrument. You will need to provide an instrument. We can discuss how to go about finding one that is the proper size together!

*** Specialties ***
Violin, viola, and cello lessons.
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Madeline L. February 12, 2014
Violin
A wonderful and passionate teacher and mentor

Nicole is far more than a teacher, she is a role-model, a caring person, and a very well-trained musician. I've tried finding other places or teachers that I felt were at least adequate, but had no luck. After 4 years of private lessons, I have, without a doubt, improved far so much. She knows how to push a student to their full potential, even if they don't see it themselves.

If you're looking for someone who will be supportive and understanding but also productive, Nicole is your person. Her optimistic method of teaching really does impact and motivate you to practice, which is something that is sometimes hard for me to find.
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Nicole P.

Nicole P.

Malden, MA 02148
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Phil S.

Wakefield, MA

About Phil

With over 15 years experience teaching guitar lessons full time and performing internationally, I have enjoyed working with students ranging from beginner to advanced in all styles whether it be Jazz, Rock , Heavy Metal, Folk, Blues and everything in between. It is my goal as a teacher to evaluate your existing level and work to inspire you and to help achieve your goals. Whether you want to study Jazz Improvisation, Van Halen, James Taylor, or Guns and Roses, I believe all styles are interconnected and your technique, theory, ear-training, and musicianship can be developed through any style t
hat interests you. Above all else, learning how to play the guitar should be FUN and INSPIRING! So, contact me on take lessons and lets get started!

Resume is available upon request.

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you soon.
Sincerely,
Phil S.

Some press:

Phil's compositions showcase a variety of ideas and are quite effective at setting up the soloists to explore the various permutations suggested by his tunes. His compositional originality is matched by his incisive playing which ranges from "inside" lyricism to hard edged, riff based, screaming rock and satisfying surreal textures aided by his intelligent use of electronics."
- David Kane, Cadence Music

"With demonstrative technique, Phil is cognizant of the tradition but thinks outside of the box."
-Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
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John F. January 8, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Although I'm not technically a student of Phil's, I learn a lot from him every time I play and teach with him. We perform regularly at Berklee, where I'm a professor, and we give concerts and masterclasses all over the Northeast together (most recent was at Cornell). Phil's a warmhearted, patient, brilliant teacher and an outstanding and creative musician, seamlessly putting together everything he knows--jazz, shredding, classical--there's no boundaries for him! He's great at explaining things, and he never belittles a question, no matter how dumb you might have thought it was. Phil's a great friend and a great teacher. -John Funkhouser, Berklee College of Music, Boston
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Mike W. December 23, 2014
Guitar · In studio
In addition to being the most talented guitarist and musician I have ever had the opportunity to play with, Phil is an astoundingly good teacher. I've played guitar for 8 years and taken private lessons the entire time. Phil has been my teacher for the past 2 years and in that time I have progressed as a musician more than I could have ever imagined. Phil has been the biggest factor in my decision to major in music, due to his unrivaled musical talent, his kind, unassuming, (and funny) demeanor and his seemingly limitless knowledge of the fretboard. He is well versed in so many genres of music, and has such an effortless grasp on improvisation. Any guitarist, from immediate beginners to seasoned professionals, can learn so much from Phil. Need I say more?
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Matt B. November 25, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Phil is the man! I had been playing for several years before I took lessons with him. He has introduced me to volumes of new music, helped me grow as an improviser, and even taught me how to read for the guitar (which was never my goal in taking lessons, but I'm very happy I can read now). He's helped to expand my playing by constantly introducing new and creative ideas in a supportive atmosphere.

Phil demonstrates a mastery of his instrument while always making his lessons accessible to the student. Definitely check this guy out if you want to reach the next level!
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Phil S.

Phil S.

Wakefield, MA 01880
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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