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I'm an enthusiastic and encouraging instructor, who loves to share my passion for music with stduents. In 2012, I graduated from Ithaca College with Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Composition and Music Theory. I spent the past year teaching composition, choral directing, and accompanying undergraduate performance majors at a study abroad institute in Vienna, Austria. I will be starting a Master of Music degree in Theory this Fall.
I am a professional vocalist based in the Metro-West Massachusetts area. I have spent the last 5 years singing Professionally onboard Celebrity Cruises. I performed award winning Broadway caliber Production Shows produced by QDos Entertainment in London. With Celebrity Cruises I traveled all over the world, from Northern Europe to Southeast Asia, singing and Music Directing the cast onboard the Millennium, Summit, and Constellation. I also Music Directed the award winning Professional A Cappella Group The Hyannis Sound
I began playing guitar at 7yrs of age in 1965; Played guitar and upright bass in highschool stageband. I started teaching while still in highschool, at the local Connecticut music shop where I first took guitar lessons. Throughout college I played in local dance bands 2-5 nights weekly. I980- relocated to NYC to gig @ Greenwich Village blues clubs while working as jazz buyer at Tower Records, Lincoln Center. At this time i began jazz theory studies with Remo Palmier (7yrs) Taught music Boys and Girls Clubs of Rhode Island (7yrs) then k-8 Music for the Hartford Diocies, also writing and directing bell choirs for the arch bishop (7yrs) ... As a professional guitarist and singer I have toured both the US and western europe extensively since 1975. As a teacher i have taught 1,000 people to read music, many of whom currently play guitar, bass and keyboard at an advanced level. I specialize in both beginners and in advanced students interested in jazz theory and improvisation.
At home both performing and teaching, I bring my enthusiasm to lessons. I have performed in the United States, Canada, France, and Australia, but I can translate what I have learned into teaching students of any age and ability level. I particularly enjoy making lessons fun for young boys and teenagers. My teaching studio is at my house. I incorporate a variety of activities into lessons so that music remains a fun and enjoyable activity!
I received my formal training in music at the University of New Hampshire, having earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition and a Master of Science degree in Music Education. Most of my career in music education was spent in the classroom. I was very passionate about discovering and meeting the needs of my students, always striving to teach the whole person. I considered myself a talent scout, never missing an opportunity to encourage any glimmer of talent at the piano that I saw waiting to blossom. I often allowed students to perform their original, and previously learned music, in front of various audiences. Having a passion for the pipe organ, as a church musician, I brought many piano students to the organ to show them the differences and similarities between those instruments. Playing organ recitals often, I encourge my organ and piano students to take some part in the program.
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Review by Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!
Review by PJ Williams
My daughter, Valarie is one of the original members of the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble under the guidance of Aaron. He patiently worked with Valarie as well as the other five members individually and as a group to produce music that has been shared and enjoyed locally as well as nationally. He has the ability to seek out the strengths of each student while building confidence. Through his teachings, not only had Valarie learned how to produce and enjoy music, but also responsibility and so many life skills for everyday living.
Review by Brenda Duffey-jepsen
Omar is a great teacher as he provides expert instruction AND the right amount of encouragement. He is a professional musician on several instruments, yet he is patient with beginners! He also has gone out of his way to purchase an appropriate book for me, strings to re-string the cello, and extra attention to tuning. I appreciate how he explains and demonstrates exactly what a beginning cello student needs to know.
Review by Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.
Review by Queen Natalia
Lara is highly intelligent and knowledgeable in her profession. She is cheerful and personable, and has established a good rapport with students and staff alike. I have found Lara to be a highly competent, personable, patient, kind-hearted, and deeply caring person who is skilled professionally and interpersonally.
Review by Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
Review by Julie Buranelli
My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Pavel. She is an absolute beginner and Pavel is right with her as she learns the basics. She is completely engaged and always looks forward to her lesson. He packs a lot of learning into their 30 minute time slot - he gets right to it as soon as he walks in the door! He is a great teacher - we highly recommend!
Review by La from Issaquah
thank you musika and ed. I never thought of looking for an in-home lesson until I found musika. I have absolutely no hesitation that Ed is beyond capable. He's even offered to meet us at a music store to purchase the correct fitting instrument. how fabulous is that! We've also decided to extend the lesson time from 30 to 45 minutes. All this and just one lesson under our belt. He quickly understood where my daughter is at in level and her style of music. I'm thrilled as can be.
Review by Travis Dalenberg
Travis is the greatest. He knows his music and how to teach it. He gives you time to learn, but will not allow student time to get lazy. I know he teaches all age groups. Young pre-teens to us old folks 78 years young. I have been taking lessons from him since early December 2014. He is a true professional. You can't go wrong with him.