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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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Bil M.

Dorchester Center, MA

About Bil

I am one of those individuals for whom teaching is just something that I have to do. I started giving music lessons sometime in the 80’s and have loved working with all levels of skill and experience. My students say that I am patient, adaptive and encouraging, committed to making music fun.

I have a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles, including pop, rock, gospel, traditional hymnody, jazz, and R&B. Although I love and study classical music, it is not something I teach at this point.

In addition to
private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. Having served as a church musician for more than 30 years, I currently co-lead the worship team at Life Church in Boston with my wife. I recently signed on as the keyboard player for Tall Enough, a Boston-based alternative rock band. I often find myself involved in city-wide music events in Boston’s faith-based community, most recently arranging music and directing a 60-voice choir for Boston Night of Worship.

I enjoy my morning coffee, finding new guitar chords, creating killer PowerPoint presentations, and watching how fast my teenage daughter can text her friends.

*** Lesson Details ***
My priority as a teacher is to make the learning process fun, life-giving, and productive. I teach with patience and humor, at a challenging but not frustrating pace.

Some quotes from my students:
“I absolutely love learning from Bil! I’ve watched my playing and the playing of others at church vastly improve as a result of his training.”

“[Bil] is filled with a large amount of knowledge, so while sitting under him you not only learn about how to play but you learn about music history and theory. Beyond being a good teacher he is genuine and friendly and cares about others.”

“I have really enjoyed working with Bil. His patience and wealth of knowledge has helped me come out of my musical shell and has encouraged me to discover my musical voice.”

“Bil makes learning theory fun! His deep understanding of music is complemented by his contagious enthusiasm.”

There are at least two ways that might set me apart from other teachers.

Firstly, I have honed and developed "people skills". I am an ordained minister and have held positions where I was formally and informally in a mentoring/pastoring role. I bring that sensitivity to my music lessons, understanding that personal and emotional issues can be triggered by the engagement with the music and skills being worked on.

Secondly, I've had a remarkable broad base of experience. My coursework has exposed me to a wide breadth of ideas and tools; my work life has been long and varied; I have had extensive experience in many different cultural contexts, both musically and otherwise; and I work well with many age groups and skill levels.

Regarding my teaching approach:
For beginners, I have a fairly consistent set of topics and skill sets to cover. Generally, in a few months, piano students (particularly those in middle school through adulthood) should know how to play major, minor and seventh chords, how to read simple chord charts and some very basic accompanying skills. Guitar students should know a dozen open chords and have been introduced to barre chords, and to have learned several styles of finger picking as well as strumming. Bass students should know how to find notes on the board and will have begun to learn how to fill out a song with an expressive but non-obtrusive bass line.

For intermediate students, the pace, direction and focus on lessons depends upon the goals and passions of the student along with the amount of time he or she has to practice. My goals for students at this level and beyond is to learn how to learn. I will use outstanding recorded examples of particular skills or stylistic idioms to help my students understand and master each new concept. I often will check in with my student to make sure that we are on track with what they are hoping for.

For advanced students, we will generally target very specific objectives. I also try to add elements of theory, history, culture, and even life lessons to apply to the topics we address. Because of my background in pastoral ministry, I can serve as a mentor addressing the emotional and relational issues of playing music as well as its technical aspects.

*** Studio Equipment ***
upstairs music room: fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, amps, drum set, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
if for guitar or bass, that instrument; I expect piano students to have an available piano and for other students to have their own instrument(s).

*** Specialties ***
strong in jazz, rock, pop, gospel, sacred, R&B.
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Genevieve N. December 7, 2012
Piano
Verified Student
Gifted teacher and musician

His method of teaching is amazing. He makes music accessible and joyful. I feel challenged without being intimidated. This experience is so valuable because of his ability to bring out the musician inside of me and to help me understand why and how to make beautiful sounds.
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India E. September 6, 2012
Piano
Verified Student
A born teacher

Bill is a remarkable teacher. After 22 years of not playing I am truly grasping music theory which is opening my ears and hands up to music in a way that I have never experienced. Bill's teaching style is mellow and exciting at the same time, he is clear with the information and can sense when I get it and when I don't. His communication relates so well to tangible examples that I am able to grasp that it is making the learning easy and fun. Bill is quick with praise and kind with corrections.I look forward to seeing him every week.
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Bil M.

Bil M.

Dorchester Center, MA 02124
(2)
starting at
$30 / 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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