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Mr. Carter does an excellent job of teaching and connecting with my son, and making piano lessons something he eagerly awaits each week. I would recommend.Feb 22, 2017Verified
I am an adult who has taken both piano and voice lessons with Stuart. In addition, my son took lessons in trumpet as a youth. Stuart's comprehensive grasp of music, his appreciation of neuroscience as it relates to developing musicianship and his ability to help a student build practice habits and musical facility have been outstanding for our family. Although I will always remain amateur, the joy I experience playing and listening to music has been expanded exponentially, thanks to my lessons with Stuart.Sep 20, 2016
I have been taking singing lessons from Stuart Carter for about 4 years. He has extensive knowledge and experience, combined with a very calming demeanor. His ability to recognize ones strengths and weaknesses enables him to tailor lessons towards specific goals, while focusing on the student's overall development. Stuart gently pushes his students outside of their comfort zone to help them redefine their limits. Through a regular recital regimen I have witnessed substantial growth in all of his students, ranging in age from young children to grown adults. I highly recommend him as a musical instructor.Sep 30, 2016
My 11 year old son has been taking weekly trumpet lessons with Stuart Carter for nearly 3 yrs now. He has performed in two recitals. He is a leader in his music classes at school, and his confidence as a performer is through the roof. The middle school band invited my son to play with them. He loves the trumpet and enjoys his time with Mr. Carter. As a parent, I am appreciative of the level of support and encouragement he receives every lesson. For the first year, I attended lessons with my son. Now I give him the time and space to relate to his instructor one on one. Emails home with practice strategies catered specifically to my son help me stay clued in, but also help me provide a healthy and positive practice atmosphere at home. I’m so thankful we found Mr. Carter!Sep 16, 2016
Stuart is a fantastic teacher. His patience and incredible knowledge of technique and theory make him great for both kids and adults.Feb 20, 2018
License Type: Teacher (NY)
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?$60 hour, $45 three quarter hour, $30 half hour. Lesson time dependent upon level of performance. Limited openings.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Compatability, explain basics, develop technical exercise, solo work, variety of music styles.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Octavemode Started in Burlington in 1996, Octavemode places students typically in District, All State, All New England festivals and the VYOA, when the student is interested and motivated. I teach trombone, trumpet, piano, and voice. I will accept a Euphonium student. All ages accepted. I do teach online in certain circumstances. Stuart H. Carter From Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Greensboro, Vermont, Rochester, NY, Hartford, CT and currently, Burlington, Vermont. Ohio Wesleyan University 1975 Eastman School of Music Master's 1982 Co-Chairman Performing Arts MacDuffie School Blue Mountain School Community College of Vermont Saint Michael's College Artist-in-Residence/Private Instrumental Lessons (1978-Present) Octavemode 1996-Present Mr. Carter studied trombone with Stephen Podgorsky, Ed Kolyer, Charles Thompson (OWU,) Ron Barron (BSO,) Phil Wilson (Berkley School of Music,) John Marcellus (ESM,) George Osborn (ESM,) Emory Remington (Community Division arrangement, ESM,) (piano:) Mrs. Charlesworth, Mrs. Milner, (Longmeadow) Marion Jensen, George Hart, Richard Strasburg (a student of Nadia Boulanger,) among others. (voice:) Mary Ellen van der Water, Alfredo Carbonell, Robert Nims. (trumpet:) Walter Chestnut, Charles Thompson and others, composition with several before the age of 13. Too many to mention, however, in college Tilden Wells. Mr. Carter was a student of conducting with Wilfred Burkle, Robert Gutter (Springfield Symphony Orchestra - MA) Daniel Parker (Hartford Chamber Orchestra, Hartford, CT.) and David Effron (ESM) The study of trombone and trumpet included attendance at International Trombone Association, New York Conference for Brass Scholarships, and International Brass Congress 1976 workshops, where he learned from Urbie Green, Carl Fontana, Bill Watrous, Garnett Brown, Timofei Dokshizer, Maurice Andre, Louis Van Haney, Larry Weed, Rich Matteson, Knud Hovaldt, Jiggs Whigham, Harvey Phillips, Denis Wick, Philip Farkas, Henry Romersa, Sloide Hamptom, Ashley Alexander, Tom Everett, Jay Friedman, Christian Lindberg, Buddy Baker, Charlie Vernon, M. Dee Stewart, James Pugh, Bill Pearce, Per Brevig, The Canadian Brass, and probably others. The disciplines of Stuart's formative years include individual piano, trumpet, trombone, voice, cello and conducting study; wind ensemble, orchestral, opera, Broadway, jazz band, dance band and German band playing; choral, Broadway and Barbershop singing; acting and, participating and performing in festivals and summer study opportunities. As a youth he was a member of the Swim Team. Stuart was a performer with the OWU Brass Quintet (1971-75), the Clarion Brass (1976-78), and manager and trombonist for The Well-Tempered Brass, comprised of graduate students of the Eastman School of Music from 1980-1983. He performed with the Eastman Trombone Choir, as principal trombonist with various school orchestras, principal trombonist with the Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, with the Farmington Symphony Orchesstra and substitue trombonist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Stuart has served as an assistant conductor for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra's (MA) performance of La Boehme. He has performed with several ensembles and Jazz Bands in the Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts and Rochester, New York. Composer, conductor, he also studied Double Bass, Cello, Clarinet, Harp at OWU and ESM. From 1976-1979 Stuart was Co-Chairman of the Performing Arts Department at The MacDuffie School for Girls. Later, he taught general, choral, and instrumental music at the Blue Mountain School in Vermont. Stuart has served as Artist-in-Residence at many middle and high schools, teaching private brass instruction. From 1996-2001 he served as an Instructor for Community College of Vermont - in 1999, as a member of the CCV Humanities Committee. He has taught lessons at Harwood Union High School in Waterbury, Vermont and has been a Cooperating Artist of Trombone and Trumpet at St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont. Stuart has conducted The Wizard of Oz, Hello Dolly, South Pacific, Brigadoon, and the Faure Requiem. He was assistant conductor for the Lyric Theater (Burlington, Vermont) production of Gypsy. Among other works, he has composed the following works: "Tell It Like It Is: a mass in the modern idiom" (1970); "Creation; Joys and Sorrows" (Gibran;) "On This Day Earth Shall Ring;" Incidental music for "Macbeth"; "i thank You God for most this amazing day" (performed by Social Band, Burlington, Vermont); Incidental music for The Madwoman of Chailliot; Incidental Music for Merchant of Venice;" What a Brass Quintet Can Do" - for children; "The Road Not Taken" (Frost) and "Dream of My Dreams," 1970. He has composed music for weddings and upon the death of a friend. Stuart Carter has worked as an actor in productions of: The Madwoman of Chailliot (The Ragpicker) and The Merchant of Venice (Antonio), with the Champlain College players; News of the City - Talk of the Town; Brecht on Brecht; Working; The Fantasticks (Henry-the old actor); The Cradle Will Rock; A Winter's Tale, all with the Lost Nation Theater; The Wizard of Oz, with the Lyric Theatre; and Hello Dolly (Horace), with The MacDuffie School. He has sung with church choirs and in the Burlington, Vermont area with Social Band. Stuart's portrayal of Joe in Working with the Lost Nation Theater of Montpelier, Vermont was described as a "beautifully etched portrait in song and word," and "a second standout in a strong male cast is Stuart Carter, whose retired man and stone worker remind us again that this is a professional company." For his performance as Henry, the old actor, in The Fantasticks, he received the following accolade, "The pair that nearly brought the audience to tears was the acting duo of Henry and Mortimer. Stuart Carter's Henry enjoys overacting with gusto at every opportunity…" Mr. Carter is a member of the International Trombone Association, Music Educators National Association (MENC), Vermont Music Educators (VMEA), and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). He is a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Band Award and the Danforth, I Dare You Award. Stuart Carter worked as a Sales Representative for The Wendell Harrison Music Company and an Assistant Development Director for GeVa Theater in Rochester, New York; as a Theater Management Assistant for Company One in Hartford Connecticut and as a Pension Consultant for the Mass Mutual Insurance Company, and applied the finish on organ keys (100 coats of varnish for each key) for the Stuart Organ Company. In 1981 he was a finalist for the American Symphony Orchestra League Management Fellowship Program. Stuart was a Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor for over 15 years. Mr. Carter's first music was written at the age of 5. Unfortunately, time has obscured this burst of creativity. He continued to compose and by middle school had written 114 compositions. He even wrote music for his dog to perform. His dog's paws scratched the piano bench, newly refinished by his father, during a rehearsal - so Stuart quickly abandoned that particular line of canine creativity. But, to this day, he continues to compose - for people and to care for dogs, for over 60 years and 11 dogs. In addition to composing, he teaches Trombone, Trumpet, Piano, and Voice privately. His interest in the Psychology of Music gives him a unique perspective for helping others learn how to learn about music and how to make music making work for you. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his two Golden Retrievers, Bartok and Oscar. They love to swim, hike, bike and camp.