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Sara J.

Watertown, MA

About Sara

Sara is a classically trained soprano from Columbia, South Carolina, where she teaches privately from May-August. During the academic year, she is located in Boston, Massachusetts, where she teaches privately at Chelmsford Community Education and School of Rock Boston. She is pursuing her Masters in Voice Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In July 2016, Sara completed all three levels of study in vocal pedagogy for the Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory.

Sara earned her bachelors degree in music and minor in theatre from the University of S
outh Carolina in 2013. She also performed professionally with Columbia Children's Theatre for two years, and worked as a church soloist in the Columbia area.

From 2013-15, Sara lived in Southern California, where she began her graduate studies in classical voice and opera at the University of Redlands. Sara taught music lessons and performed opera locally. She worked as a voice instructor at the Arts & Learning Conservatory in Santa Anna, a glee club instructor at Eastwood Elementary School, and a private voice teacher at the University of Redlands' community school program. In the summer of 2014, Sara attended the highly-esteemed Songfest 2014 program at the Colburn School in Los Angeles on fellowship.

In July 2015, Sara participated in the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy, where she studied vocal pedagogy and classical art song.

Aside from her classical repertoire, Sara has sung musical theatre, rock, and pop. In 2016, Sara performed a principle role in Queen Boudicca: A Metal Opera, composed by Berklee professor Robert Schlink, performed at the RISD Auditorium. She also performed as a lead vocalist in the Berklee Metal Ensemble. She is currently involved with the mainstage Musical Theater production at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Sara has experience working with children ages 5-17 as well as adults, in varying vocal styles. She also offers help with music theory and ear-training, solfege, and acting.
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Michael January 14, 2017
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Sara is patient, positive, fun and customized the lesson to my specific interests (Beatles!). Looking forward to returning and exploring what my admittedly limited skill set can develop into.
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Tayana A. December 14, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was good and well informed
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Richard October 25, 2016
Singing · In home
My daughter loves the lessons. We will come back for more lessons when our schedule opens up.
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Sara J.

Sara J.

Watertown, MA 02472
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Christien B.

Waltham, MA

About Christien

Hi! I recently earned a degree in Early Music Voice from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and have studied voice with private teachers intermittently over the past two decades. I would like to aid those students who are interested in learning about music from medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

I also have a Master's in Cello Performance, and can teach cello at the beginner to upper intermediate level! My experience in teaching is with modern (standard) cello, but I can also teach the basics of baroque cello (with gut strings and a baroque bow). Gut strings can be finicky
, but their sound is warm and expressive. If you are interested to know more, just drop me a note! Another instrument I can teach is the Viola da Gamba, a very interesting early 6- or 7-string instrument with gut strings. (That's the instrument I'm holding in my profile picture!) This instrument is a bit like a cello crossed with a guitar. It's played with a bow, but the neck has frets. Playing the "gamba" (or "viol") can be a gymnastics workout for the left hand, but once you get the hang of it, you can play beautiful chords. This is the instrument that is featured in the French film "Tous les matins du monde".

Aside from music, I have taught English as a Foreign and Second Language (in Bulgaria with Peace Corps, in New Mexico with Berlitz, at the U. of New Mexico). I would be very pleased to help students of any age with reading, listening comprehension, and writing!
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Itai September 1, 2016
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Christien is a wonderful teacher! She is patient, caring, interesting and generally great with kids. It was pleasure to have her as our 8 y/o daughter's first cello teacher.
Thank you!
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Josie June 28, 2016
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Christien is a fantastic instructor!
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Sofia April 7, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
She is excellent, my daughter loves her lessons. I have noticed a lot of improvement. Highly recommended.
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Christien B.

Christien B.

Waltham, MA 02453
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$20 / 30-min
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Catherine B.

Allston, MA

About Catherine

I've been playing the banjo for 13 years, beginning in my hometown of Marton, New Zealand. I very quickly fell in love with the instrument and have spent a lot of my time practicing, performing, teaching, recording and collaborating with other musicians ever since. As a teenager, I was given the opportunity to travel to the United States where I attended banjo camps and got to study with some great banjo players (Tony Trischka, Noam Pikelny Alan Munde). In 2011, I graduated from the New Zealand School of Music with a BMus, majoring in Jazz Performance on the banjo. I moved to Boston shortly af
terwards to pursue a career in music and have kept a busy teaching schedule privately in Boston and worldwide via Skype. I also perform throughout the United States with my bluegrass band, Mile Twelve. I'm very thankful to have met a wide spectrum of different people while teaching the banjo and am always eager to meet more people who are interested in learning and sharing this great instrument. Please say hi if this sounds like you!

N.B If you can't see an available lesson time that suits your schedule please send me a message. My availability changes weekly depending on my touring schedule so I may have just the spot for you.

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I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building strong technique and a knowledge of the bluegrass banjo repertoire. Topics we will cover include Scruggs style, melodic style, single string technique, transcribing, arranging tunes, music theory and jamming or playing well with others.

We will start with talking about how to hold the banjo, tuning the banjo, playing with fingerpicks and how to read tablature. Then we will work through your first tunes in the bluegrass style gradually learning more tunes with harder techniques such as slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs etc. I take into account each students interests and goals so we will work on specific songs you request or licks you'd like to learn. You will have slow, medium and fast recordings of each tune we work on in the lessons as well at the tablature for that tune.
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Mary June 8, 2016
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
BB is a great teacher. Her lessons focus allow me to start playing tunes right away. It provides immediate satisfaction to be able to make music with a new instrument.
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Matt R. June 3, 2016
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
Great instruction.
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Barbara February 20, 2016
Banjo · In studio
It is rare to find a great banjo player who is also a great teacher, but BB is the whole package. I have been studying with BB for about 3 years and have been impressed with her ability to craft lessons tailored to my learning style and abilities. She somehow manages to make the most of our time, whether I have practiced daily with a metronome or barely picked up the banjo. She is always prepared, attentive, patient, motivating, and wise about what will help me progress. She has a vast well of musical knowledge and teaching techniques to draw on in her lessons. BB is a truly gifted and generous teacher.
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Catherine B.

Catherine B.

Allston, MA 02134
(8)
starting at
$60 / 60-min
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Victor M.

Brighton, MA

About Victor

My name is Victor and I have been actively teaching cello for the past 4 years. In Ames, IA I had a studio of 8 students, all ranging from different age groups and abilities. I also have experience teaching online lessons, which require a slightly different approach than normal in person lessons. I recently moved to Boston to pursue my masters degree in cello performance at The Boston Conservatory. I am looking forward to building a studio here in Boston! My goal as a teacher is to help you achieve your musical goals. I try my absolute hardest to create a warm and positive environment for all
of my students. I understand that all of my students are different and I make sure to create individual lesson plans for each of my students. Not only will you grow as a musician and as a cellist, but I believe that learning an instrument gives us skills that can be beneficial in every aspect of our daily lives. Whether you are new to the cello, picking it back up after some time off, or at a more advanced level, I hope to hear from you! If you have any questions at all, please send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

BIO:
Born in Minneapolis, MN, Victor Mooney began playing cello at the age of 7. While in Minneapolis he studied with Tom Austin, former member of the Minnesota Opera. Victor completed a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Iowa State University, where he studied with George Work. Upon graduation he was awarded the Outstanding Senior in Music award, the highest honor the Music Department at Iowa State gives. While in undergrad he also received a scholarship for excellence in performance. Starting in the fall of 2015, Victor will be pursuing a Master's of Music in Cello Performance from The Boston Conservatory, where he will be studying with Andrew Mark. He has participated in master classes with Anthony Ross, Tanya Remenikova, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Hong Wang, Bruce Uchimura, and Joshua Koestenbaum. Since 2013 he has played with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. While at Iowa State University he had the opportunity to sit Principle Cello in both the Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra and the Iowa State University Chamber Orchestra.  He has been teaching privately in the Des Moines area since 2012 and is looking forward to building a studio in Boston. Outside of music, Victor enjoys reading, watching hockey and soccer, running, and visiting with family and friends in Minnesota. 
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Erin January 19, 2017
Cello · Online
Verified Student
I have been a student of music for many years with piano and violin. This year it was time for a change. Taking on cello with Victor has been the best experience. He is kind, patient and provides a wonderful learning environment. Although my lessons are done online it seems no different then if he were standing in my living room! I would encourage anyone to take cello lessons from Victor as he teaches a unique way with every student. By the end of your first lesson you will love what you learn and practice to get better. It has been super fun and I look forward to learning more!
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Erin January 4, 2017
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Awesome first lesson. Looking forward to the next one.
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Mary September 15, 2016
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Victor was on time and very friendly. My daughter happily jumped right into playing.

The best review I can give is that this morning after the lesson, unbidden, she picked up her cello and practiced for the few minutes she had between breakfast and leaving for the bus. That is inspiration. What could be better that that?!
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Victor M.

Brighton, MA 02135
(7)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Timothy R.

Brighton, MA

About Timothy

I'm a multi-instrumentalist with a degree in Professional music with a Music Education Emphasis from Berklee College of Music. I have experience performing, composing, and/or recording on the genres of classical, jazz, Latin, rock and pop music, and I have extensive knowledge of jazz and classical music theory. I take great pride and pleasure in helping my students realize their innate musical abilities and in providing the structure and knowledge to allow them to expand those abilities in whatever direction their passion dictates.
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Tianrui January 2, 2017
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
The first class went very well!
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Sasha September 29, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Sasha really liked Timothy and is very comfortable about the speed in which they moved and his expectations for her for next lesson. GREAT experience!
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TONY September 24, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
First lesson went great! Very informative.
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Timothy R.

Timothy R.

Brighton, MA 02135
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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