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Originally from Florida, I am now living and working as a saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and teacher in Boston after completing my Master's degree from the New England Conservatory. As a performer, I play with several local bands in the jazz, rock, funk, world, and soul genres. I'm currently the saxophonist for Big Mean Sound Machine, a touring instrumental Afro-funk project. I'm also the musical director for The Ward Eights, one of New England's premiere event bands. In other music projects, my travels have taken me across the US, as well as to Canada and Brazil.
I'm a native of South Korea, and have been actively performing with various chamber ensembles and orchestras across the East coast in the United States. I have appeared as a soloist with the New World Symphony Orchestra in Busan, South Korea, Busan Clarinet Choir and the TV and Radio Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Russia. I have also performed as a member of numerous ensembles in Canada, Italy, Japan and in South Korea. I won a top prize at the Korea Clarinet Association Ensemble Competition which included a performance at the Seoul Art Center, a second prize at the National Music Competition by Busan Music Association of Education and was a winner of the school's annual concerto competition which included a performance as a soloist with Pusan National University Symphony Orchestra. I earned an award for outstanding student upon graduation from New York University where I hold a Master’s degree as a scholarship recipient. As a member of Trio Mirabile since 2012, I was the first place winner at the American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music which included a performance at the Carnegie Hall, New York where I was awarded with the Judges' Distinction. I was also invited to the artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre. I was also elected to a membership in the national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. I perform regularly as a guest solo artist with Amici String Quartet in South Korea. My upcoming concerts include Artie Shaw clarinet concerto with Doctor’s Symphonic Band and Mozart Quintet with Amici String Quartet in South Korea, 2015. In June 2014, I joined the faculty of Boston University Tanglewood Institute where I have been an assistant for Ethan Sloane’s Clarinet Workshop since 2009 as well as performing recitals on the faculty concert series. I hold a doctor of musical arts degree from Boston University, where I have worked with Ethan Sloane as a teaching assistant and as a scholarship recipient. My former teachers include David Krakauer, Esther Lamneck, Larry Guy and Woo-Young Chung.
I am a passionate and motivated teacher who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. I hold a BA in Music and a teaching certification K-12 in Music. I enjoy performing as well and sing with the Bridgewater State Alumni Chamber Choir and perform solo flute and vocal for various events.
Since 2009 I have been teaching young musicians as a middle school band director in the Cambridge Public Schools. Prior to joining the Cambridge Public Schools, I was a band director, for three years, in the School District of Philadelphia. In addition to a busy teaching schedule, I have extensive experience performing as a trombonist and am currently the Solo Trombonist for the New England Brass Band. My most influential trombone teachers include Matthew Vaughn, Associate Principal Trombone of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Don Lucas, internationally renowned trombone soloist and Chair of the Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion Department at Boston University; and Ian Bousfield, former Principal Trombone of the Vienna Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra.
Recently graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor degree in Music, I am excited to use and share my knowledge with others. As a Music Therapy student, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals from many walks of life, with varying abilities and disabilities. Though clarinet is my principal instrument, I am also prepared to teach Beginner and Intermediate levels on guitar and saxophone. I have a bit of experience in a wide variety of styles, but am eagaer to meet students with whom I can explore new musical territories with, expanding both of our horizons simulataneously. Ultimately, I would like to work to meet every individual's unique needs, and teach the aspects of music each student wishes to learn.
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In home clarinet lessons are extremely convenient for parents and students alike. Studying in home is no different than studying in a studio. Lessons are generally once a week.
Our teachers create a custom lesson plan for each student studying clarinet. Clarinet lessons are useful for many students taking band or woodwinds during school. They will focus on how to prepare the instrument for playing, how to hold the clarinet, how to read music, and common musical styles which use the clarinet.
Young students are best-suited for a plastic student model clarinet. Plastic is durable, easy to care for, and can be taken outside for marching band. Models made from wood, offered by companies like Yamaha and Buffett, are typically recommended by conductors of school wind ensembles and orchestras for indoor concert use.
Taking clarinet lessons as an adult is a great way to learn a new skill. Many of our adult students may have played clarinet as a child and want to pick it back up again, however it is still beneficial for students of all levels. Adult students can generally notice a lot of progress in a short time, provided they are practicing every day between their lessons.
We suggest starting clarinet lessons at age 7 or 8. A student should be able to hold the instrument correctly, and their fingers must be large enough to do this. Playing clarinet also requires significant lung capacity, which can be difficult for a younger child.
Review by Cameron D.
After signing up for lessons with David L. I knew I made the right choice. Just after a couple of weeks I didn't see him as a teacher but as a best friend. There was always a relaxed atmosphere during the lessons. He was very easy to talk to and he really listen to you. If I ever had a question he would answer. He tailors to what ever you want to do in that lesson. David L. is a great teacher and a friend. I totally recommend him for anyone
Review by Yury
I would like to thank Polina for the series of classical piano lessons I've taken recently. Polina is a fantastic teacher and a high class performer, and I'm really happy I had a chance to meet her! I believe anyone can benefit from the teaching method Polina is practicing regardless of the student proficiency - from beginners to advanced performers. It was a pleasure for me to study classical piano courses under the guidance of such an intelligent & professional teacher! Without doubt, my playing technique has improved a lot and I have signed up for the new classes online already.
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
Review by Chrystal
I was skeptical at first not knowing what I was getting my self into.. I am very happy that I forced myself to get into voice lessons because Eli is an awsome voice coach.. Very skillful and he helps you reach the goal you are trying to reach.. He is also very helpful with getting you to open up and come out of your shell and being heard.. I would and I already have recommended friends and family to sign up with Eli if they're serious about singing..
Review by Debbie E.
I had always wanted to take vocal lessons, but was very nervous about it until I had the opportunity to have Ali as my instructor. She made me feel very comfortable and helped me realize my strengths while giving me other areas to work on and strengthen. I liked how Ali had me sing out of my "comfort" zone to realize my vocal range. It is obvious that Ali loves music and sharing that love with her students. She is very good at what she does and works well with both male and female voices. I highly recommend Ali and give her solid 5 stars
Review by Violetking
Bill has been a great teacher for both my 6 yr. old and my 8 yr. old. He is always on time, keeps them engaged, and gives them just enough of a challenge for the next week. They are both beginners, but I am surprised by how much they already know after just a month or so of lessons. Both kids are practicing willingly and look forward to lesson.
Review by Lauren Segal
Ed is THE best instructor I've ever had and I've had many instructors over the years in various fields of study. Ed met us at a music store to help choose a guitar, this is after he first called and asked all the right questions. He's supplied my daughter with just the right amount of paper work and just the right amount of new techniques. By this I mean to say that Ed connects with the pace my daughter learns at. I highly recommend Ed AND Musika.
Review by Kaleen Todoroff
Noel is amazing. She is helping me to work toward my vocal goals for auditions to several musical theaters. She has helped me choose strong audition pieces and is teaching excellent ways to get the sound I need in a safe and healthy way. She works outside our lessons on new warm ups and new music pieces. She is the best.
Review by Valerie Moore
Kevin is very friendly and professional trombone teacher. During the first session he assessed my 12 year old son's strengths and identified areas for development. He has helped him refine his technique which helps our son in band class but also has him working on duets that help him grow in new ways. He comes to our home and is always very punctual. I would highly recommend Kevin!
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