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Robert B. Newton Highlands, MA

About Robert

Robert B., classical guitarist, has been performing and teaching classical guitar since the 1990’s. He earned his teacher’s certificate and performer’s certificate at the “Conservatorium van Maastricht” (Netherlands) and came to Boston, to study with Eliot Fisk at New England Conservatory. Robert has also participated in many masterclasses given by internationally-renowned artists such as Pepe Romero, David Russell, Abel Carlevaro and Alexander Frauchi. Robert performs regularly as a soloist or in collaboration with piano, violin, flute or voice in programs ranging from classical opera arias to contemporary compositions dedicated to his piano guitar duo. As a teacher, Robert tailors his lessons according to each student’s ability and interests, helping them to reach their potential

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Ravikiran J. August 21, 2013
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
Exceptionally thorough teacher

Robert is exceptionally thorough and starts from the fundamentals of classical guitar playing. I was an intermediate acoustic/electric guitar player but a beginner classical guitarist, so he started with correcting my right hand technique.

He is very light-hearted, funny and a cheerful teacher. Although classical guitar playing is intense, he allows me to learn at a comfortable pace and provides helpful resources (music sheets) to practice and improve.

I would highly recommend Robert if you are looking for a classical guitar teacher.
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Suzanne S. March 14, 2013
Guitar
GO FOR IT and make an appointment right now!!!

I was one of Roberts first students in the 80´s. I stopped playing the guitar long time ago but I always think back to Roberts classes with a warm heart and a smile. These were good times! I learnt a lot and sure we had a lot of fun as well. It is great to see how Robert developed over the years. As a truly dedicated musician he is continuously refining his skills (while I thought he was exceptional already). Students from all levels and walk of life will benefit greatly from his allround knowledge and experience.
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Jennifer D. February 25, 2013
Classical Guitar
Outstanding classical guitar teacher

As an adult student who is very busy but still loves to play, I appreciate that Robert's wide repertoire and experience helps to make the best use of my time by targetting appropriate instructional pieces. He is a highly skilled, enthusiastic, and patient teacher.
Alaina C. Roslindale, MA

About Alaina

ABOUT ME I began taking both voice and piano lessons at the age of 11, after years of sitting outside my older sisters' clarinet lessons and wishing to study music, myself. I fell in love with music at my very first lesson, and knew that it was what I would do with my life. I went on to attend New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where I received my Bachelor of Music in vocal performance, and then onto Longy School of Music of Bard College, where I am currently working on my Masters in vocal performance and continuing piano as a secondary instrument. I am the co-owner of The Creative Musician and have experience teaching piano students ranging from 4-year-old beginners to experienced adults and voice students ranging from novices to conservatory-bound high-school seniors. I am

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ReginaP March 6, 2014
Exceptional!

My daughter started piano lessons at age 8 and switched to Alaina when she was 10. The growth has been exponential! Alaina is an incredibly talented musician and has a real skill for teaching. She is very gentle and patient, yet knows how and when to challenge a student. The music is engaging, interesting and makes learning fun. My daughter loves playing and continues to be inspired by Alaina's talents and passion. i would highly recommend Alaina without reservation!
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Nancy K. March 6, 2014
Great insight!

Alaina was such a great teacher! She was my teacher my senior year of high school and was really helpful. She picked out pieces that really showed off my voice and helped me get in to a good music school. Now that I am in college, Alaina has because a great friend and mentor to me! I am really lucky to have found her as a teacher. :)
Aaron B. Brighton, MA

About Aaron

I've been a full time professional musician for 13+ years and have toured all over the world performing with music icons like Chacka Khan, Beyonce, and many more. I have a lot of experience with many different styles of music and I love sharing this gift with anyone who's interested. My teaching philosophy is simple: Get students playing music! It's much easier to understand the nuts and bolts of music when put into the context of the music you like. *** Lesson Details *** I like to design a lesson plan for each individual student. The first lesson will begin with a basic assessment of skill level. We will discuss goals for the lessons then get down to work! Students will learn: 1 Technique. the proper physicality to increase dexterity and avoid injury. 2 Music theory and ...

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isabella J. March 1, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Aaron’s has been such a great teacher for my son – he is encouraging, optimistic, and a great listener. Aaron has been perceptive about what motivates Jasper and so he has found a great mix for each lesson of theory, technique, and fun exploration of new music concepts. He has adapted his style for where my son is on his learning journey so that he’s always moving forward and enjoying both practice and lesson time. From after the first day with Aaron he has always looked forward to going to his lessons. Since Aaron is an experienced and active professional musician, he shares what he knows is most important, practically and technically, across many music genres, and this suits my son’s curious nature. We feel really lucky to have found Aaron – he’s been positive, interesting, professional, friendly, and challenging. What else could you want in a teacher?
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djim R. April 22, 2013
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
good all-around teacher

Aaron is a positive and inspiring instructor. He is very competent on the instrument (and I believe he is well versed in more than just bass guitar) and is a working musician. In my lessons he has attempted to guide me into territory I was unfamiliar with in a way that I can understand. Sometimes that has not been so easy, as with Modes, but he is willing to modify the lessons according to what I have wanted to learn and how easily I can absorb it. If there's something I'm not grasping, he tries to explain it in a different manner and with a little effort on my part, I can comprehend it. He definitely wants his students to learn and have fun, while also making it challenging.
Derrick C. Dedham, MA

About Derrick

I've been playing the guitar for twenty-six years now, and I've been working as a guitar teacher for the last twenty years. I've been making a living as a guitar teacher in the Boston area for fourteen years now, and I teach in two locations - Brighton and Dedham. Prior to that I also taught at Guitar Attention Center in Springfield, Ohio while I was in college, where I graduated with honors at Wright State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications. I've also played in a variety of original and cover bands, and have written a number of songs of my own. I'm working on recording these as instrumentals in my home studio. I also play in a rock cover band called Element 78. We play out every weekend, and even on some Sundays. The singer and I have also started doing some

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Bill V. May 19, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Terrific teacher!
Derrick does a great job of mixing fun and fundamentals. I'm a beginner, and I'm stoked to keep playing after my lessons.
I highly recommend Derrick!
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santoshn July 26, 2012
Good

He is so good at Guitar... nice to learn and much to learn from him.
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DannyL December 28, 2011
Great

Great instructor answer question in a very simple manner so you can understand it.
Dr. Jonathan U. Franklin, MA

About Dr. Jonathan

I have extensive training (including a doctorate) and experience as a performing musician, ensemble director, and teacher including 13 years of private instrumental instruction. My primary instruments are drumset, mallet percussion, and hand percussion, and I have additional experience teaching piano, bass guitar, and jazz harmony and improvisation.

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Tracy N. January 5, 2015
Drumset · In studio
I took drum lessons from Jon U. for a little over a year, and loved it. The only reason our lessons stopped is because he moved.

On our first day, Jon's first question to me was, "What do you hope to learn from me and these lessons?" I couldn't read music and I had no rhythm, and that's all I hoped to learn. I was in my forties, and wanted this to be a hobby; it was never going to be anymore than that, but Jon didn't treat this as boring or a waste of his time.

Jon was patient, professional, fun. And he was a *teacher.* Each time I mastered an assignment, he'd write me a more difficult one, and I learned more about music and became a better player than I ever thought I would.

Jon isn't just qualified to teach the mechanics. He has a Ph.D., and my favorite part of our lessons was simply discussing what's "behind" the playing: the theory behind it; what it means; viewing and contemplating what music is and what it means to us. How it changes us.

Good musicians don't always make the best instructors, but Jon U. is one of the rare ones. I can't recommend him highly enough.
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Sam O. December 17, 2014
Drumset · In studio
I took lessons with Jonathan for about 2 years. I had never played the drums before and he did a great job of teaching me. His teaching style is great. He manages to make the dry stuff fun and keep your attention, and he is very willing to change up his plans to help you get to your goals.

The atmosphere during lessons is great as well. Taking lessons with Jon is very comfortable and relaxing, so it becomes very easy to open up and really get into the drumming.

Couldn't recommend lessons with him any more.
Ashley Y. Sudbury, MA

About Ashley

Ashley has been teaching Voice since upon graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre from Pace University in New York City in 2008. She is qualified and capable of teaching all levels and abilities, including: Musical Theatre, Classical, Rock/Pop, and Blues/Jazz. She is comfortable teaching all levels of Vocal study, from the absolute beginner to the advanced singer. Ashley is also a trained Pianist with classical training, and is capable of teaching levels Beginner through Intermediate. Ashley's first instrument was the guitar, and teaches acoustic and electric guitar for levels Beginner to Intermediate. Ashley has performed all over New England and beyond since a very young age, making her professional debut at the Publick Theatre of Boston at the tender age ...

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Gretchen D. November 25, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
We've been so happy with Ashley for the first couple of months of guitar lessons. She's very professional and my daughter loves going every week.
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John D. September 15, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have enjoyed my lessons with Ashley because:

1. Pace of instruction is perfect for my level (beginner) and available practice time (limited).
2. Ashley isn't simply teaching me how to play a song; rather she is improving my technique in this critical period where bad habits can still be changed.
3. Always on time (granted instruction is at her location but none the less this is appreciated).

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