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Nick Cooper
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Karen M.
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My son has been taking guitar lessons with Nick from PVD guitar for a few yrs now and it has been the best experience for him. He continues to grow as a musican and loves his lessons.

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  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Thomas L.
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I have found John to be courteous, patient and encouraging. He listens to and values student input. He establishes a lesson plan using the students preferred music genres. Lessons with John have been satisfying and fun.

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Josh Weinberg Music
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
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Kelly L.
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Josh is very knowledgeable about music, which is fantastic. He also has great experiences that inform his approach and practice. It's a very comfortable space and easy to get to. I was a little unhappy by the amount of talking. He shared a lot more than I wanted, especially lectures around being a learner. I needed more opportunities to actually drum and do the movements - not write out music and listen to a teacher tell me about learning. I don't feel like I got $50 worth of practice and learning in because so much time was him talking.

Ehud Ettun
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Bonnie W.
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Excellent piano teacher, both my boys, 9 & 7yrs old enjoyed their lessons and made pretty good progress. Most of all, they enjoyed making music! Many thanks to a great teacher!

Mark Dante Troiano
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Nick H.
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Mark is an exceptional teacher. He has an immense knowledge of music theory and knows how to taylor his lessons to fit my skill and needs. I look forward to Mark's lessons because he always challenges me to learn something new and he makes it fun. Over the past 6 years he has brought my playing ability and music knowledge far past what i thought was possible. I highly recommend Mark for any music lessons, especially guitar!

Funkifized Music Lessons
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Alberto G.
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Heavily experimented and greatly theoretically grounded guitarist delivers very interesting lessons for those who desire to go beyond the basic "pop song" playing

  • 11 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Donna D.
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Michael Joseph has been my son’s piano teacher for nearly two years. He is patient and kind and has a great sense of humor. He allows for my son to develop at his own pace and encourages his creativity while, at the same time, making sure he learns the theory and techniques behind the music. Michael is also the choir director at church for both of my sons. He recognizes the different gifts that each child has and encourages them to use them to their fullest. He is truly a gifted teacher and mentor. He understands that each child is different and is flexible is dealing with the unique talents that each child possesses. He is a fantastic teacher and we will be with him for many years. I highly recommend him as an instructor.

Peter Hostage
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Audrey L.
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I began taking voice lessons from Peter Hostage in May and have been highly satisfied with my decision to do so. If you are considering taking music lessons with Mr. Hostage, know that you can expect a high level of professionalism, a relaxed atmosphere, and most importantly, quality musical instruction. As someone who began singing at an early age, I have had the opportunity to sing both individually and as part of numerous groups. In just three weeks Peter has introduced me to technique that I had not been exposed in my 10+ years singing. I am confident that continued lessons with Mr. Hostage will enhance my vocal ability. The lessons are definitely worth the investment!

Musical Maps
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Tina D.
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It was great to meet Christyn. She is very sweet and puts you at ease. I am looking forward to a continued working relationship.

Frank's Music
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
James C.
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Frank provided an excellent experience that I've never had before. I went to him for intermediate lessons on guitar improvisation. First he took my guitar and explained how to properly set up the little things I'd never think to adjust. Then he explained to me some music theory concepts that completely changed the way I thought about the fundamentals of music. The lesson ended with him giving me some very practical, feasible practice to do in my own time. He'd be worth the money just to hear him give a quick lecture on what music is all about. Also, check out his website - this guys clearly lives a life of creativity and pursues his curiosities. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking to step further into a life of music and self-expression.

Lessons With George
5.0
from 1 review
  • 12 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Karen M.
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George has been teaching guitar to my son for the past 3 years. My son looks forward to his lesson every week. George has really taken the time to understand my son's musical interests, strengths and weaknesses and constructed the lessons around it. My son often continues playing the guitar long after George leaves the lesson. He just feels extremely motivated and enthusiastic after the lesson. We hope that he will continue to teach guitar here for a long time.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Brianna B.
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He is real Patient and Understanding. He stayed for 45 minutes but I couldn't ask for a better instructor.

Brad Alderman
5.0
from 1 review
  • 11 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Daniele C.
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Brad is a wonderful piano teacher and my kids have become enthralled with music since working with him. He is very encouraging and they are so excited after their lessons. I love having our home filled with the sound of them practicing their songs during the week. Definitely recommend!

Trevor Mitoma
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Teddy N.
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Trevor has a very broad musical experience to draw from and knows how to pace his teaching based off of my skill level/previous experience. The lessons and assignments are challenging but productive and fun. On top of that, he's friendly, easy-going, and flexible with scheduling. Would recommend!

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You can be more than just a voice! I offer private tutoring in the following: * Voice * Piano * Drama coaching * Music theory and composition Violin, guitar and bass are also available.

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For the teachers at RKO Music Studio, teaching isn't just a job, it's a passion! Seeing students make connections and thrive, as they develop their own personal sense of musicianship, is priceless; the rewards for both teacher and student are invaluable. Our goal as teachers is to help students develop a solid technical and musical foundation to empower students to get the most from their efforts. Teaching Philosophy We like to ask students two things: 1) Why do you want to learn music? and 2) What are you ultimately seeking to get out of lessons? These two salient questions form the basis of my teaching philosophy. While every student's answer is unique, the following points serve to show what is typically explored during lessons. Music As a Language Music as language is at the heart of our approach. At its core, music fundamentally strives to communicate its content to the listener or audience. Listening to and creating music, by nature, is wholly communicative and interactive. It is in this spirit that the various tools of langauge -- melody, harmony, phrasing and expression -- are explored. Rather than simply memorizing or playing by route, students learn to explore the the relationships found in music. This allows students to internalize the material, thereby empowering them to more completely convey and express musical content. Strong Technical Foundation A strong technical foundation is essential to solid musicianship and confident playing. Approached with a little ingenuity and a can-do attitude, students learn to utilize the muscles found in the upper arm, thereby taking the strain off of the wrist and hand. Playing from the arm allows for more flexibility in the wrist, consequently affording the hand and fingers greater dexterity, articulation, and overall aesthetic, expressive nuance. Personal Musicianship The playing, performing, composing, and study of music is a thoroughly human art. Because no people are exactly the same, each person brings something unique and original. Here, students are taught to "find their own voice" in a welcoming and supportive environment. A rich, diverse body of musical ideas and artistic perspectives is not only encouraged, but co-explored jointly. Personal musicianship is all about bringing you (ideas, notions, goals, etc.) to the fore. In conjuction with this, students are actively challenged to make judicious, deliberate choices regarding the "how and why" of musical interpretation and rendition. Different Learning Styles At RKO, we essentially "meet students where they're at"-- both discover and work with their learning styles, and develop their innate talent, so that they can get the best results possible. A good, successful teacher is always part psychologist -- getting into the students' thought-processes and figuring out what works, and what's holding them back. What to Expect From the Studio Our job is to help students realize their musical aspirations, whether it be in piano or composition. Every student is unique and brings different desires and challenges to the table. Our task is to help them best utlize their practice time and to get the most from their efforts. Ultimately, as with anything worthwhile, you get back what you put into it. Students quickly learn that even a little bit of work goes a long way! Practicing isn't a chore; effective practicing, however, helps to cultivate skills and ideas explored during the lessons. We only ask that students come prepared to learn and engage themselves in the process. Here, you’ll find what others are saying about Ryan and what you can expect from us at RKO: Ryan is the consummate professional. In the last 50 years, I have never met a more diligent, engaging, and inspirational instructor. Ryan effortlessly combines a love for his art with his expertise as a teacher. His appreciation for the music is contagious and he is devoted to making his students share in his excitement. He therefore allows the student to excel, enjoy, and master an art that may have otherwise seemed beyond their level of expertise. Ryan applies these techniques with punctuality, reliability, and accessibility. He is more than willing to accommodate my schedule, specifically when last minute changes require a change in time or venue. Most importantly, irrespective of one’s skill level or individual goals, Ryan approaches his teaching with a dry wit and warm demeanor. I consider him both a teacher and trusted friend. - Dr. David Ryley, Student Ryan Ottaviano has been teaching my 8-year old daughter for about a year. In that time, I have seen a great change in her confidence and enjoyment of playing the piano. Ryan challenges her, treats her with respect, and holds her accountable for her practice and personal commitment to playing. He knows just how hard to "push" her so she can rise to the occasion. I would recommend Ryan to any parent/child who understands the "family commitment" to music. - Kathy Seero, Parent Ryan Ottaviano is by far the most insightful and imaginative musician from whom I have ever had the pleasure of learning. In addition to being an amazing composer, Ryan has an astonishing breadth of knowledge about music. He knows everything from the physical techniques required to play masterfully to the structure and theory of the music itself -- but just as importantly, he's able to convey his lifelong passion for music and the art of composition. As a child, I took piano lessons for 10 years and became a rather proficient reader of music, but never really evolved to the point of actually making music. When I started with Ryan, I was coming back to piano after a 30-year hiatus and was absolutely honored and delighted to be taken up by this energetic and enthusiastic young man who could show me how to not just play the piano with competence, but to actually become musical. While I'm not there yet, but Ryan has made an enormous difference in my belief that I could be one day. I would highly recommend him as a teacher to anyone who loves music and wishes to truly know it. -Catherine Willet, student I am a rather skeptical person, but I must admit that I am very impressed with both Ryan's teaching method and his dedication. I've been a musician for 15 years and have had many teachers over the years. However, none have displayed the aptitude and enthusiasm that Ryan does each lesson. I played piano for about 7 years before I began lessons with Ryan and have honestly made more progress in the past 9 weeks with Ryan then I have in the past few years. - Max Lewis Ryan as a Composer The music of Ryan Ottaviano is nothing short of genius. Piece after piece, Ryan shows his ability in not only technique, but connecting his deepest feelings and emotions into his music. Ryan is able to capture a single moment in life, and keep it alive in the melodies of his works. Although words cannot describe the emotional impact that Ryan’s music has on me, his music is simply, beautiful. - Jessica Sibelman Much of today's music is full of abstraction and a pseudo-intellectualism that borders on the ridiculous in order to maintain peer approval. Ryan's music achieves better aims. It is shamelessly human, always personal, full of color and beauty. The melodies are melodic; the harmonies harmonious. To play it is to be moved. --Alex McDonald, Julliard Pianist As a composer, Ryan is in a league of his own. His compositions sound classic yet original. He effortlessly combines years of formal training with innate musical talent to create timeless piece after timeless piece. At just 25, he is composing at a level that few composers ever reach. I truly feel honored to have the chance to work with him on a regular basis. -- Max Lewis

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Whole Music is a full-service music school and recording studio. We offer music instruction and development to students of all ages and ability levels. Private lessons, semi-private lessons, group classes and jamming workshops -- Jamshops -- are offered 6 days a week. A more intense artist development is also available for the highly motivated individuals seeking a professional music career. Instruction is offered in the following areas: * Guitar * Bass * Drums/percussion * Violin/fiddle * Voice * Piano/keyboard * Double bass * Mandolin * Cello * Octave mandolin * Steel guitar * Banjo * Harmonica * Ukulele * Dulcimer * Viola * Song writing * Harmony singing * Ear training * Rhythm training * Band ensemble * Composition * Arrangement * Music exploration * Theory * Audio engineering

  • 4 years in business
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As a teacher I understand what it's like not to "get it" the first time. Not all of us are Mendelssohn or Bach. Also, I understand the problems involved for the late starter or the adult who had lessons years ago and now would like to try it again. Patience and love are the key elements to my approach to teaching. But, I also expect my students to work honestly and diligently no matter how difficult the task seems to be.

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I am a 25-year old Berklee student (graduating in May), majoring in professional music with a minor in music education. I play guitar, bass, and piano, and am comfortable playing and teaching most styles. I can work with absolute beginners or more intermediate players who are interested in learning concepts of music theory, sight reading, voice leading, arranging, composition, etc. I charge $30/hour or $15/half hour for individual lessons. I can do group lessons for a discounted rate ($50/hour for two people or $65 for three if you want to bring a friend or family member along to learn). Students must provide their own instrument and keep it in playable condition. A guitar that is not properly maintained will hinder your progress. I teach you the skills you need to perform live, and I teach it by using music you like. Becoming a good musician is a lot of work, but it is supposed to be fun, and I will work with you to make sure your lessons are tailored to your interests and needs.

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My name is Benjamin Tice. I am in a band is called The Wordsmiths that plays in the New England/New York area. I have been playing guitar/songwriting for 9 years, I also play the Ukulele. I am also an eight-times published poet, most of my focus is on songwriting, but I am just as good at guitar. I will teach you how to write music as well as play guitar like a professional. I can record songs for you and help you along with your musical endeavors.

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Austin has been teaching since 2013 and has always been working to help his students succeed by teaching the nuances of phrasing and diction along with the basics of sight-reading. He holds a master's degree from New England Conservatory in vocal performance and a bachelor's degree in composition from LaGrange College. Austin is a kind but assertive teacher who takes pride in his student's achievements. He seeks to provide an environment for learning that all ages can enjoy.

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Need a Music Composition Teacher

Milford, NH

  • Frequency of lessons
    Once a week
  • Experience
    Beginner
  • Student age
    45 or more
  • Details
    I took piano lessons, but am quite rusty.

Need Music Composition Teaching

Cambridge, MA

  • Frequency of lessons
    I'm not sure
  • Experience
    Intermediate
  • Student age
    15 - 24
  • Details
    Berklee grad seeking answers on music composition.
  • $75
    Average price

Need a Music Composition Teacher

Boston, MA

  • Frequency of lessons
    Once a week
  • Experience
    Intermediate
  • Student age
    15 - 24
  • Details
    Self taught, play guitar, make music with logic pro on computer
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