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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.

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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
$35 / 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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Robert E.

Winthrop, MA

About Robert

Rob. E has over 20 years of professional experience as a drum teacher, and is a veteran U.S Army Musician.

Rob. E teaches students of all ages and backgrounds: children to adults, beginners to advanced. I have over twenty-five years professional experience encompassing rock, funk, blues ,classical, theater, jazz and everything in-between.

Teaching for me is sharing my love of drums with my students. With that in mind, I strive to make learning fun and full of the excitement of discovery! I encourage questions and making mistakes as you learn. Why? Because playing an instrument is one o
f the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have!

*** Lesson Details ***
All drum set students studying with Rob, children and adults, are offered a comprehensive curriculum that combines the study of classical, jazz, rock and pop music and is tailored to each students individual interests and abilities. The snare drum and drum set are rich with excellent performance repertoire, including music from classical, rock, pop, funk, Big Band and modern jazz.

During my lessons I incorporate music fundamentals such as sight-reading, rudiments, rhythms, practicing techniques and performance skills into all of my private drum lessons. I also include elementary and advanced music theory studies in my lessons to help each student feel more comfortable and confident when playing the drum set in any musical environment.
Developing a loose grip and stable fulcrum.
Using natural stick rebound to achieve effortless playing.
Free stroke Technique- the secret to relaxed control and speed.
Moeller Technique- the key to power and blazing speed.
Open hand playing- greater freedom with no more crossed arms.
Coordinating the limbs into a relaxed, balanced whole.
Reading music without sacrificing a relaxed approach to playing.
Developing good time.
Learning songs from your favorite bands.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Magstar Custom Drums/Zildjian cymbals

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teacher/ practice pad set Student- drum set or pad set

*** Specialties ***
Drum Set - Rock-Jazz-Latin jazz

Snare Drum -Rudimental - classical
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Domenic M. March 26, 2013
Drum
My official drum guru!

I started taking lessons from Rob about 2003. I have found him to be a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. Believe it or not, not every good musician can both play AND teach with competence. Rob can do both. He has vast technical skills but he also plays "music" with passion and musicality. I have also found Rob to be extremely sharing and generous beyond expectations.
What are you waiting for? Take some lessons!
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James H. March 18, 2013
Drum
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The single most important influence on my musical career has unquestionably been the great Rob Eagan. Unlike many teachers out there, Rob teaches you how to be an all around musician and not just a drummer. He then encourages you to take your skills out into the real world by introducing you to people in your age group and beyond.

Without Rob I would not have been able to come out of my shell to pursue music in the way that I did. I cannot recommend him enough.
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Robert E. February 20, 2013
Drum
Great lesson

Fun and the info was rewarding! I would recommend any drum student who is ready to start learning to check Rob out!!
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Robert E.

Robert E.

Winthrop, MA 02152
(3)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Tegan S.

Somerville, MA

About Tegan

I have taught private instruction and group instruction in such varied subjects as Music Theory/Ear Training, Woodwinds, and Crochet. I completed a B.A. of Music at University of Massachusetts - Boston, in August, 2014. As a working musician, I currently perform oboe with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra (Dir. James Orent) and the University of Massachusetts - Boston Chamber Orchestra (Dir. Dr. Jon C. Mitchell). I have most recently studied under Dr. Emilian Badea in both Oboe and Accordion, with Bulent Guneralp in Piano and Voice, and with Dr. David Patterson for Music Theory, Ear Training, Ar
rangement and Composition. Music has been an important part of my life for over 20 years.

I have also been sewing and crafting for over 20 years, and have done custom corsetry and Theatrical Costuming in addition to Knitting, Crocheting, Tatting, and Needle-pointing.

For information regarding my approach to instruction of a specific subject, please click on the name of the subject listed above for a full description.

As I do not have access to a car, I prefer that students come to my home studio in Somerville, or that they be within public transit options.

N.B. I own both a cat and a dog, so for those with allergies, it might be best to meet in your own home.
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Paul H. June 25, 2015
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
I usually avoid doing reviews -- takes time I don't have. But I was very impressed with Tegan's approach with my son, which I witnessed in its entirety, along with her availability (easy to accommodate & then tweak again our schedule this summer, which was key). She's very patient while being precise, which is just what Paul -- who has ADHD & Asperger's, which means he's easily distracted -- needs. It was a good idea to make the first lesson a combined hour (to learn how to care for the instrument, moisten the reed, posture, where hands should be, forming the mouth, etc.). She knows the book Paul's school uses She was waiting for us with a parking pass (essential in Somerville). I feel really good about the prospect of Paul being able to "catch up" this summer with the first year school year instruction he missed out, given Tegan's focus & attention. One possible drawback for some others -- vs. my son & me, who value substance (where Tegan is outstanding) over appearances -- might be that Tegan's apartment is more like an early '70's hippie pad (cramped un-air-conditioned attic 3rd floor walk-up, with no place for me to wait during my son's lesson except scrunched up against an eave in the studio/ living room, 1 foot from their chairs, petting the friendly dog) than a more traditional dedicated studio in the home, as his piano teacher has.
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Jan P. June 9, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Tegan is a very talented, knowledgeable, supportive instructor. My first impression...and lesson...were positive! She is both patient and instructive.
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Elizabeth M. March 22, 2015
Sewing · In home
Verified Student
Great experience, Tegen is a good explainer and a good improviser in sewing, looking for fitting solutions if she doesn't already know them. Models how to figure out for yourself in the future.
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Tegan S.

Tegan S.

Somerville, MA 02145
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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