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Nicholas M.
(877) 231-8505
Sheridan St.
Jamaica Plain, MA
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Guitar
Ages Taught
10 to 99
Specialties
Since my own interest is in avant-garde, experimental, improvised music, my teaching emphasis is on developing the student's original voice and creative confidence outside the confines of any specific genre. On guitar, I'm comfortable with folk, rock, blues, and the basics of jazz playing, but my tendency is to try and identify in an abstract way what concepts or techniques will most serve the student's development, whether that be an increased understanding of notation, harmony, melody, some…
Education
New England Conservatory - Guitar, Improvisation - '09-'11 (not complete) University of Chicago - Philosophy - '02-'06 (Bachelor's degree received) Phillips Academy, Andover - Arts and Music - '99-'01 (High School diploma received)
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Drew P.
(877) 231-8505
Marlborough st.
Boston, MA
Subjects
Guitar, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in pop-rock style songwriting. I can teach any genre of song on the guitar. I specialize in pop-rock vocal coaching, as well as Broadway style.
Education
Mountain View High - Diploma - 2000 - 2003 (not complete) Berklee College of Music - Pro. Music - 2008 - Current (not complete)
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Colin L.
(877) 231-8505
Atkins
Brighton, MA
Subjects
Opera Voice, Music Performance, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Singing
Ages Taught
8 to 75
Specialties
I teach classical voice, broadway-style (belting), as well as jazz. I also have a background in musicology so tend to incorporate that into my lessons.
Education
University of Illinois: Champaing-Urbana - Vocal Performance - 2008-present (not complete) Oberlin Conservatory of Music - Vocal Performance/Musicology - 2003-2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Chris H.
(877) 231-8505
Washington Street
Brighton, MA
Subjects
Music Performance, Drums
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in all areas of drum set and percussion including: - Rock - Funk - Swing/Jazz - Latin - Drum & Bass - Hip-Hop - R&B - Raggae - Classical Percussion. I also have experience teaching from various drum set and notation books.
Education
Bethesda Chevy-Chase - Music - 1999-2003 (High School diploma received) Berklee College of Music - Music - 2005-2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Kathryn T.
(877) 231-8505
Park Drive
Boston, MA
Subjects
Fiddle, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin
Ages Taught
8 to 99
Specialties
I like to teach a variety of styles of music in my lessons, focusing mostly on what a student wants to learn. Styles/genres taught: Classical, Jazz, Improvisation, Fiddle, World Music, Rock, and Latin. Music Theory: Harmony, Ear Training, Arranging, Composition
Education
Berklee College of Music - Bachelor's in Music, major in Film Scoring - 9/06-5/09 (complete) Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School, New Haven, CT - High School Diploma - 9/01-6/05 (High School diploma received)
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Ming-Hui L.
(877) 231-8505
Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA
Subjects
Cello, Piano
Ages Taught
3 to 60
Specialties
music, Cello, Piano
Education
Stella Matutina Girls' High school in Taiwan - - -1999 Taipei National University of the Arts - Music - -2003 Peabody of Johns Hopkins University - Music - -2005 Boston University - Music - current
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Stanislaw W.
(877) 231-8505
Mapleton St.
Brighton, MA
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Mandolin, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I have several different approaches to teaching. It all depends on the level of the student and comes down to practicality and effective ways of presenting material so it can be remembered, processed and developed further. I use tablature for beginners simply out of practicality. I prefer to move to more hands on approaches with ear-training and note-reading as soon as possible to allow a more universal way of learning instruments and music that allow the student to see beyond the scope of th…
Education
Berklee College of Music - Guitar Performance - 1/2007-5/2010 (Bachelor's degree received) Tufts University - Civil Engineering - 9/2006-5/2007 (not complete)
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Ryan T.
(877) 231-8505
Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA
Subjects
Music Performance, Music Theory, Guitar, Music Recording, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in Beginning to Intermediate Guitar (acoustic and electric), Music Theory, and Songwriting Techniques. I am also familiar with and prepared to teach beginning Voice and Recording techniques.
Education
Berklee College of Music - Guitar, Music Education - 2008-present (not complete) Mt. Si High School - Gen Ed and Music - 2003-2007 (High School diploma received)
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matt s.
(877) 231-8505
N. Beacon St.
Boston, MA
Subjects
Guitar, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
10 to 60
Specialties
I try to personalize each lesson to each student. A solid understanding of the basics is essential! I have the student learn from their favorite players & then show them how to do it themselves. Theory,reading,improv & ear-training are all important to me. I teach most styles but my favorite are rock,blues,funk,jazz & country
Education
Musicians Institute - guitar - 1994-1995 (Degree received)
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Ryan T.
(877) 231-8505
B Calumat Street
Boston, MA
Subjects
Music Performance, Guitar, Music Theory, Classical Guitar, Music Recording
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in Beginning to Intermediate Guitar (acoustic and electric), Music Theory, and Songwriting Techniques. I am also familiar with and prepared to teach beginning Voice and Recording techniques.
Education
Berklee College of Music - Guitar, Music Education - 2008-present (not complete) Mt. Si High School - Gen Ed and Music - 2003-2007 (High School diploma received)
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Tuning Up:

Remember when that insensitive band teacher told you you’re not musical?
Forget it—we are all wired for music. If you can get beyond those self-doubts
and readjust some preconceived notions about how to play and listen to music,
you can touch a medium that can touch you back in powerfully moving ways.

By Allan Richter

From October, 2008

If you feel musically inadequate, your personal history probably tells the story. “Band” was the last elective you ever considered in school. And when it’s time for group singing at religious services, you mouth the words, cower in the pew and wish for the confines of a shower stall.

But those self-doubts about musical talent may be for naught. We are all wired for music. And while few can match the output of a Schubert, Ellington or McCartney, many of us have the capacity to play an instrument and learn how to listen to music with greater appreciation and more clarity.

About 10% of the population simply does not like music, says neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, PhD. “For those that it is accessible to, though, it’s never too late to play an instrument,” Levitin adds. “People who have been told all their lives that they’re not musical shouldn’t listen. When they were 10, some schoolmarm said, ‘Just mouth the words while the rest of us sing.’ So they never got this training that they could have used to be singing better. Most people are more musical than they realize.”

Those discouraging schoolmarms appear to have succeeded. Barry Bittman, MD, a neurologist who heads the Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville, Pennsylvania, points to census data that showed that less than 8% of people over age 18 had picked up a musical instrument in the course of one year.

Bittman says research shows the tangible health benefits of playing a musical instrument. In one study published in Medical Science Monitor (2/05), playing recreational music reversed 19 genetic switches that turn on the stress response believed to play a role in the development of cancer, diabetes and other diseases. The research showed that musical expression was three times more effective in reducing stress than simply relaxing with a newspaper, says Bittman, the study’s principal investigator.

Becoming a Player

A big challenge for adult beginners is to avoid getting hung up on years of listening experience. While music therapists employ recognizable strains of music with their clients, familiarity can work against adults learning a new instrument, says Julie Lyonn Lieberman, a violinist and composer who conducts workshops to help musicians avoid injury to body or mind while learning their craft.

“Adults become very agenda-focused because they know the difference between something that sounds impressive or inspiring and something that sounds simple or basic, like a scale or Mary Had a Little Lamb,” Lieberman says. “Adults want to create sound at the level they’ve already heard it” and give up when they can’t play it quickly...

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