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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 Creativ
e 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 currently located in Roslindale, MA, and am available to teach both in my studio and in students' homes in the Roslindale/Jamaica Plain/West Roxbury area.

LESSON DETAILS

First and foremost, I always strive to make lessons engaging, enjoyable, and gently challenging. Mastering something that you find difficult is one of the most rewarding aspects of music lessons, and I believe that all students are capable of surpassing their own expectations and surprising themselves with their abilities. I try to create a welcoming and creative learning environment where students will feel comfortable exploring new techniques and ways of thinking about music.

Musical literacy and a healthy technique are vitally important for both pianists and singers in any genre, and I hope to impart this to my students while helping them to discover the joy of music and performance. I tailor lessons to help each individual student reach his/her goals, and welcome all ages and levels into my studio.

STUDIO

My home studio has a grand piano and a seating/waiting area for parents and siblings.

STUDENT MATERIALS

I will provide reference books and other teaching materials that will be used in lessons. I expect my students to have a piano (or full-sized keyboard with 88 weighted keys, an attached pedal, and a proper bench) for home practice and to reimburse me for books to be used at home.
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Samantha July 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Alaina works well with our kids!
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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. :)
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Alaina C.

Alaina C.

Roslindale, MA 02131
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Sandy L.

Brookline, MA

About Sandy

Greetings!

My name is Sandy and I'm currently teaching piano in Brookline, Massachusetts. I have a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music as well as a Master of Arts degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London. I have performed in solo and chamber venues ranging from New York, California, Taiwan, Italy, United Kingdom, and France. And with it all, I wish to continue to spread music around the world.

I have been pursuing music for the last 20 years and I've taught children and adult alike. Coming from a conservatory background and experiencing
a variety of teachers, I deeply understand the struggles, amount of patience, and constant hard work that comes with learning music. Consequently, I am able to provide exciting experiences that will allow you to grow and perform in a fun and invigorating environment! And together, we can make wonderful music!

*** Lesson Details ***
It's important to understand that every student is different; hence every lesson varies. But every lesson should be interesting yet relaxed, challenging yet stress free . It's a time to make and enjoy music!

For beginners: especially children:
I recommend starting with just getting to know the piano, such as there are black keys and white keys. I would have the students make sounds of their own wishes on the piano while I help them maneuver around the keyboard. Along with the Faber books of technique and performance, I would add on little popular songs such as "twinkle twinkle little stars" and "Mary had A little Lamb" so that the students can relate to the songs and yet learn how to play it at the same time. I would also incorporate different memory games along with rhythm games to help the young students get acquainted. I also promote students practicing away from the piano, such as moving your five fingers together and in contrary motion at the desk. Or perhaps, practicing rhythms with friends and family. All to make this learning process more communal and interesting!

For intermediate students,
I would like to improve whatever the student has already, whether it is technique, musicality, or rhythm. For intermediate students, I believe in the training through Clementi, J.S. Bach, Haydn, Chopin, Schubert, and Mozart. Along with popular tunes, such as Taylor Swift or any popular artists the student wishes, because it can help in areas such as rhythm and flow. I believe in the combination of two different genres to bring the overall piano education to a max. I also recommend playing four hands and two piano pieces, to bring forth the sense of chamber musicianship and pacing. As homework, there will be more practicing done at the piano, but still some such as trills that can be done anywhere, whether you're eating or watching tv!

For advanced students,
I would expand their repertoire to include works by Beethoven, Schumann, Copland, Albeniz, Debussy, Ravel, and Liszt, among others. At the same time, I would ask the students to bring in any pieces they would like to play, so it's not just about doing what I want. I would also host performances for these students so they can play for and with each other and be comfortable in performing in a friendly environment. I would hope for these advanced students to be able to pass on the passion and beauty of music.

A Beginner student shall be able to play beyond the fundamentals. An intermediate student will be able to show command the difficulties of being a chamber musician along with a solo pianist. And an advanced student will be able to perform an entire recital by themselves. Of course, all these outcomes are the result of handwork, practice, and diligence. Nevertheless, I am here to help you achieve these goals, with methods that are exciting and fun!

This is not to say that I am not willing to teach whatever you might want to bring! If you have a piece that you would like to learn, it would be my pleasure to walk you through it, whether it be pop song, jazz, or classical. The point is to have fun and learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in living room

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can drive to the student's house, granted that the student has a piano there.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical piano with composers such as J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Ravel, and Debussy. For children, I like the methods that involve little flashcards that will allow them to learn the different rhythms and notes, but in a game style. Along with that, I like to teach them to learn how to sing along with playing -- I think it helps out musicality along with familiarity. I also think that not having children sit at the piano for long periods of time is a good thing -- I could have them tap out certain rhythms standing up; or I could have them mimic me. I believe all these will help the child learn faster and much at ease. For young adults, I would also encourage repertoire that includes modern day songs or film music, since it would be well-known and students would be able to learn easily. It would not only bring pleasure to the student, it will also help train a person's ears and its attentiveness to the music.
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Arad M. April 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Sandy is the best!! She's kind, patient and very flexible in her teaching methods which made a difference for me.
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Sandy L.

Brookline, MA 02445
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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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 record
ing 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 acoustic shows on Sundays and Thursdays as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach in two locations - I have a private studio in Brighton and I also teach out of my home in Dedham.

I'm happy to teach students songs they want to learn, but if you're looking for a teacher with a specific plan to teach you how to play the guitar, I do have that. There are specific exercises I'll teach you and songs by popular artists that I teach students to develop their skills. I have a method for teaching guitar that I've been using since 1997, and it definitely works as I've taught a lot of people to play over the years. All you have to do is practice what I give you for 30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week, and be patient with yourself.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished basement, 2 guitar amps, recording equipment, stereo system

*** Travel Equipment ***
acoustic guitar, laptop

*** Specialties ***
Classic and Alternative Rock, Modern Country, Acoustic and Electric Blues, Fingerstyle Blues, Coordinating singing and playing guitar.
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Sue L. June 8, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Derrick is great . . . not only does he know how to play, he knows how to teach!
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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
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He is so good at Guitar... nice to learn and much to learn from him.
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Derrick C.

Derrick C.

Dedham, MA 02026
(4)
starting at
$33 / 30-min
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Daniel C.

Newton Center, MA

About Daniel

I'm a professional clarinet and saxophon player. I've been teaching alumni from the ages of 8 and 9 to teenagers and adults since 2006. Started my career when I was 8 as a Clarinet Performer, and the saxophone since I was 20.
I've perform several times in many different positions:
Played first clarinet with Filarmonia Orchestra playing "The nutcracker" for 5 years.
Played as Concertino (Main clarinet) in El Hatillo's Concert Band for 10 years.
Performed in different theaters playing chamber music with several musicians.
I'm very enthusiastic and motivated to work with new people, no matte
r the age, to teach them what I've learned during my 20 years of experience!
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Eduardo C. September 19, 2014
Clarinet · In home
Daniel is one of the greatest teachers there would be in the field he performs and the instrument he plays. Among his greatest traits are being a talented clarinetist and saxophonist, a great person, a dedicated professional and an amazing teacher. I would recommend Daniel for any position he would aspire and apply for.
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Maria Angela L. September 18, 2014
Clarinet · In home
He is a great teacher, lot of patience when he is giving a lesson. His readiness and preparedness for giving a class is amazing, loves to smile and pretty respectful. I recommend him 100%.
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Elizabeth R. September 18, 2014
Bass Clarinet
He is very professional and I highly recommend him.
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Daniel C.

Daniel C.

Newton Center, MA 02459
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Susanna J.

Brookline, MA

About Susanna

I have a Master's degree in viola performance from University of Maryland, and a Bachelor's of Music from Indiana University. As a multi-faceted musician, I have taught students of all ages and performed in chamber music ensembles and orchestras in Indiana, Tennessee, and all over the east coast in venues such as the Kennedy Center in D.C., the Levitt Pavilion in Westboro, Conn., and Spectacle Island in the Boston Harbor. I am also passionate about international travel and collaboration- in 2013 and 2014 I traveled to teach and perform in San Salvador, El Salvador as part of a fellowship with
the non-profit MusAid. Teaching is a very important part of my life and career, as I consider it to be the most valuable way to connect with others and work with children and adult students to develop a joy and passion for music.
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Rawi S August 30, 2015
Viola · In home
Susanna is a very thoughtful and innovative instructor. I have learned a lot from her and am now able to play the viola piece within months after so many years of struggling with other instructors. The sadness that struck me as the months I have spent learning from her drew to a close derives from the fact that she has been one of my best instructors ever! It is sad to see her move to Boston but my loss is your gain. Highly recommended.
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Mariana August 25, 2015
Viola · In home
Susanna was a private teacher for my middle school/high school student and gave her private viola lessons. My daughter has played at an amateur level since the forth grade and Susanna taught her for two years. She did a great job. She was punctual and was dedicated, often staying more than the allotted time. She was also very patient and pro-active looking for new music. She helped my daughter through many concerts and festivals. It was a great experience and we were sorry to see her leave but hope she can help other students in the Bosotn area.
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Joanna August 25, 2015
Violin
Susanna is an amazinging patient instructor with my wiggly five year old. Children have short attention spans, but Susanna is able to refocus my daughters attention to keep her engaged in the lesson. So happy to have been able to give my daughter a positive introduction to music.
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Susanna J.

Susanna J.

Brookline, MA 02445
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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