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Music Teacher Reference Guide

The online Music Teacher Reference Listing is administered by the Office for the Arts (OFA) to help Harvard Students find opportunities to study music. Although Harvard University does not have its own staff of music instructors, the Cambridge/Boston area has many qualified teachers. The Listing provides names of local instructors who have expressed interest in teaching Harvard Students. Information includes rates, location and brief biographical notes. Students are responsible for contacting instructors to verify lesson plans and costs. Should you have questions call or drop by the OFA (74 Mt. Auburn Street), 5-8676.

When using this listing please remember the following:

  • Use this listing as an initial step in searching for a private music instructor. However, note that this is not a complete listing of the many qualified instructors that teach in the area. You can also visit local conservatory and music school links we’ve provided (see below) for further information on possible instructors.
  • Unless noted in their biographical information, instructors listed are not employed, are not Faculty of, nor have received any official endorsement to teach by Harvard University.
  • If you have received a Music Lesson Subsidy from the Office for the Arts, you are NOT required to take lessons from the listed instructors should you already have an instructor or find another not represented on the online listing.

When choosing instructor remember to:

  • Contact instructors that you may be interested in as soon as possible. The scheduling of lessons can sometimes prove challenging.
  • Ask for credentials, their teaching philosophy and scheduling flexibility. Be prepared to discuss with instructors your available time commitment based on your schedule.
  • Use instructors as a resource for other instructor recommendations. If you find that the instructor you initially contact will not work out for you, they many be able to provide further information to you on instructors that would be suitable for you.
  • Contact Mark Olson, Interim Director of Harvard Bands (meolson@fas or 6.2263) if you are a jazz musician looking for further references.
  • Read (and print out) the list of important questions to ask a potential instructor.

Other Resources: Music Schools (and their instructors): New England Conservatory | Berklee College of Music | Cambridge Music Consortium | Boston Conservatory | Boston University School of Music

Teacher Contact Info

Instrument:
Alexander Technique
Name:
Stroud, Marie
Level:
all
Cost:
$60 for students, $75 for non-students
Details
Website
mariestroud@verizon.net

Instrument:
bass
Name:
Hagen, Susan
Level:
all
Cost:
$90/hour
Details
Website
susanphagen@hotmail.com

Instrument:
Bassoon
Name:
Bravo, Donald
Level:
all
Cost:
$75
Details
Website


Instrument:
cello
Name:
Olarte-Hayes, Nico
Level:
Advanced
Cost:
$80/hour
Details

nicoaoh@gmail.com

Instrument:
cello
Name:
Stripling, Christina
Level:
Advanced, Intermediate, adult beginners
Cost:
$30 (beginner)/$50 (intermediate/advanced) per hour
Details
Website
christina.stripling@gmail.com

Instrument:
cello
Name:
Toda-Ambaras, Alan
Level:
all levels
Cost:
$45/hour
Details

amtacello@gmail.com

Instrument:
cello and chamber music
Name:
Ou, Carol
Level:
Intermediate and advanced
Cost:
$100
Details
Website
caroloucello@gmail.com

Instrument:
clarinet
Name:
Brezniak, Chester
Level:
intermediate to advanced
Cost:
$65
Details

chester.brezniak@charter.net

Instrument:
clarinet
Name:
Hill, Thomas
Level:
Am more interested in level of intent
Cost:
$80/hour
Details

thommuse1@aol.com

Instrument:
clarinet
Name:
Montilla, Jorge
Level:
Beginner to Advanced
Cost:
$70 beginner, $100 advanced
Details
Website
montillajorge@yahoo.com

Instrument:
clarinet, accordion, bass clarinet
Name:
Matasy, Katherine
Level:
all
Cost:
$80/hr or school rates
Details

kmatasy@wellesley.edu

Instrument:
Clarinet/chamber
Name:
Cohler, Jonathan
Level:
all levels
Cost:
$90/hr beginners, $150/hr advanced
Details
Website
cohler@jonathancohler.com

Instrument:
conducting
Name:
Jackson, Isaiah
Level:
All
Cost:
$125
Details

ijmusic@gmail.com

Instrument:
conducting
Name:
Newhouse, Sean
Level:
all
Cost:
$80
Details
Website
conductinglessons@operamail.com

Instrument:
Drum set, improvisation
Name:
Noterfonzo, Tony
Level:
All levels (including beginners)
Cost:
$60/hour, $40/half-hour
Details
Website
fonzno@mindspring.com

Instrument:
Drum set, Afro Cuban and Brazilian hand percussion
Name:
Lehmann, Bertram
Level:
Beginner to Advanced
Cost:
$80/hr
Details
Website
blehmann@berklee.edu

Instrument:
flute
Name:
Borkowski, Jennifer
Level:
All levels welcome along with chamber groups
Cost:
$70/hour
Details
Website
jenniferaborkowski@gmail.com

Instrument:
flute
Name:
Ranck, John
Level:
all
Cost:
$65/hour; $40/half hour
Details
Website
drjayjr@gmail.com

Instrument:
Flute
Name:
Scolnik, Julie
Level:
Advanced (serious students only)
Cost:
$100
Details
Website
julscol@me.com

Instrument:
flute, Baroque flute
Name:
Lion, Na’ama
Level:
All levels
Cost:
$80
Details

lion@fas.harvard.edu

Instrument:
flute/piccolo
Name:
MacDougall, Ben
Level:
All
Cost:
$60/hour; $40/30 minutes
Details
Website
benmacmusic@icloud.com

Instrument:
guitar
Name:
Davis, Sam
Level:
All
Cost:
$50/HR; discount for 10 lesson packages
Details
Website
sam@samdavis.com

Instrument:
guitar
Name:
Gunderson, Lance
Level:
All
Cost:
$60 per hour, monthly payment in advance
Details
Website
lancefgunderson@yahoo.com

Instrument:
guitar
Name:
Paraskevas, Apostolos
Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Cost:
$80
Details
Website
appar@bu.edu

Instrument:
guitar
Name:
School of Music, Club Passim
Level:
all levels
Cost:
visit website
Details
Website


Instrument:
guitar
Name:
Stragier, Maarten
Level:
beginner to professional
Cost:
$50/hour
Details
Website
maarten.stragier@hotmail.com

Instrument:
harp
Name:
Kim, Chaerin
Level:
Beginner to Professional
Cost:
$80
Details
Website
harpchaerin@yahoo.co.uk

Instrument:
Mandolin
Name:
Brown, Geoff
Level:
Beginner to Advanced, All Styles
Cost:
$40-65 depending on length and frequency
Details
Website
Contact@GeoffBrownMusic.com

Instrument:
oboe
Name:
Jacquin, Lynn
Level:
students, professionals, and amateurs
Cost:
$70
Details



Instrument:
orchestral percussion & timpani
Name:
Tanzer, John
Level:
intermediate & advanced
Cost:
$75
Details

johntanzer@verizon.net

Instrument:
Organ
Name:
Lane, Christian
Level:
Beginner to Advanced
Cost:
$75
Details
Website
christian_lane@harvard.edu

Instrument:
other
Name:
Ulmer, Margaret
Level:
Intermediate - advanced (piano, vocal coaching); Beginning - advanced (improvisation techniques)
Cost:
$80/hour
Details

margaret.ulmer@gmail.com

Instrument:
percussion
Name:
Spellissey, Gary
Level:
beginner to graduate level/adult
Cost:
$50 and up
Details

GJSDRUMS@aol.com

Instrument:
percussion, drums, improvisation
Name:
Graham, Gil
Level:
all
Cost:
$70
Details
Website
gilgraham@verizon.net

Instrument:
Piano
Name:
Adams, John
Level:
beginning through advanced
Cost:
$90/hour
Details

keaneadams@verizon.net

Instrument:
piano
Name:
Arazi, Anna
Level:
Beginners through advanced
Cost:
$90/hour
Details
Website
arazi@bu.edu

Instrument:
piano
Name:
Beers, Deborah Yardley
Level:
beginning, intermediate, and advanced
Cost:
$95/hour
Details
Website
Beersjones@aol.com

Instrument:
piano
Name:
Berman, Donald
Level:
Advanced
Cost:
$120
Details
Website
donberman@mac.com

Instrument:
piano
Name:
Caliri, Lisa
Level:
intermediate to very advanced
Cost:
$100
Details
Website
lcaliri@bostonconservatory.edu

Instrument:
piano
Name:
Chuang, Ya-Fei
Level:
Advanced
Cost:
$120
Details
Website
YaFeiC@gmail.com

Instrument:
piano
Name:
Covell, Jeff
Level:
all
Cost:
email for current info
Details
Website
jcovell@berklee.edu

Instrument:
Piano
Name:
Goodwin, Rachel
Level:
Advanced, Intermediate, adult beginners
Cost:
$70
Details
Website
ragoodwin1@msn.com

Instrument:
piano
Name:
Grunstein, Sarah
Level:
All
Cost:
Email for current info
Details
Website
sarahgrunstein@gmail.com

Instrument:
Piano
Name:
Katsuki, Colleen
Level:
Intermediate through full artist level
Cost:
$80
Details

colleen@shadowtracks.org

Instrument:
Piano
Name:
Lass, Valentina
Level:
Medium Advanced and Advanced
Cost:
$110/hourly
Details

valentinalass@gmail.com

Instrument:
Piano
Name:
Levinson, Max
Level:
advanced
Cost:
$125/hr
Details
Website
mlevinson@bostonconservatory.edu

Instrument:
Piano
Name:
Levinson, Max
Level:
mostly advanced; enthusiastic intermediate students considered
Cost:
$125
Details
Website
mlevinson@bostonconservatory.edu

Instrument:
Piano
Name:
Michaels, Patrick
Level:
All levels
Cost:
$80/hour, shorter times available
Details

patrickgmichaels@aol.com

Instrument:
Piano
Name:
Perrone, Eleanor
Level:
Serious intermediate to performing artist level
Cost:
$80
Details
Website
e-pi@rcn.com

Instrument:
piano
Name:
Ratner, Richard
Level:
Advanced
Cost:
$85
Details
Website
rsratner@gmail.com

Instrument:
piano
Name:
Röder, Seda
Level:
High intermediate to Advanced
Cost:
$80
Details
Website
asroeder@fas.harvard.edu

Instrument:
piano
Name:
Sano, Shizue
Level:
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced.
Cost:
$95/hour
Details
Website
shizuesano@gmail.com

Instrument:
piano
Name:
Scott, Reese
Level:
all
Cost:
$65
Details

kbowles3@verizon.net

Instrument:
piano
Name:
Son, Han Nah
Level:
Beginner through Advanced
Cost:
$80-$100/hour
Details
Website
shn_rt@yahoo.com

Instrument:
piano
Name:
Turbessi, Joe
Level:
beginner to advanced
Cost:
$50/hour
Details
Website
joseph.turbessi@gmail.com

Instrument:
piano
Name:
Van Slyck, Trudi
Level:
all, specialty- college age beginners and intermediates
Cost:
Private lessons, $70 per hour. Shorter lessons available. Also lessons at New School of Music at their current cost (see www.newschoolofmusic.org)
Details
Website
trudivs@verizon.net

Instrument:
Piano
Name:
Zajkowski, Thomas
Level:
Intermediate to advanced/professional
Cost:
$85
Details

tomasinoz@aol.com

Instrument:
Piano (classical)
Name:
Park, Heng-Jin
Level:
high intermediate to advanced only
Cost:
$100
Details
Website
hengjin_park@yahoo.com

Instrument:
Piano, Harpsichord, Organ, Voice
Name:
Hall, Matthew
Level:
All levels
Cost:
$50/hr
Details
Website
matthwhall@gmail.com

Instrument:
Piano, Saxophone, Percussion (notably West African djembe and djun-djun)
Name:
Case, Martin
Level:
Beginner to graduate work, in technique, theory and reading/comprehension
Cost:
$90
Details
Website
M@martincasemusic.com

Instrument:
piano, violin, music theory and accompaniment
Name:
Lam, Leanna
Level:
Beginner to Advanced, all ages welcome
Cost:
$60/hour
Details
Website
leannalam89@gmail.com

Instrument:
piano, voice, strings, guitar, woodwinds
Name:
of Music, New School
Level:
all levels
Cost:
visit website
Details
Website
info@newschoolofmusic.org

Instrument:
Piano/Music Theory/Accompaniment
Name:
Rosenbach, Kathryn
Level:
Beginners to advanced
Cost:
$70/hour
Details
Website
krosenbach@aol.com

Instrument:
Saxophone, Improvisation to all instruments
Name:
Harrington, Jeff
Level:
all
Cost:
$40/30 min, $60/45 min, $80/60 min
Details
Website
jeff.harrington4@verizon.net

Instrument:
Various (see website)
Name:
Consortium, Cambridge Music
Level:
all
Cost:
$90-$105
Details
Website
info@cmclessons.com

Instrument:
viola
Name:
Rogell, Gillian
Level:
advanced, intermediate
Cost:
$95
Details
Website
gillian.rogell@verizon.net

Instrument:
viola, violin
Name:
Noren, Rictor
Level:
intermediate, advanced
Cost:
$100
Details

RKNoren@yahoo.com

Instrument:
Violin
Name:
Altschuler, Emil
Level:
All
Cost:
$90/hr
Details
Website
emilaltschuler@gmail.com

Instrument:
violin
Name:
Dornescu, Tudor
Level:
all levels: beginners, intermediate, advanced
Cost:
$ 70/ hour; $40/30 minutes
Details

tudor_d2000@yahoo.com

Instrument:
violin
Name:
Hagen, Jodi
Level:
Beginner-advanced
Cost:
$80/hr
Details
Website
hagenjodi@hotmail.com

Instrument:
violin
Name:
Hoener, Clayton
Level:
all levels welcome
Cost:
$105/hour
Details
Website
choener@claytonhoener.com

Instrument:
violin
Name:
Hyun, Boyoung
Level:
Beginner to advanced
Cost:
$70 Beginner;$80 intermediate; $90 advanced
Details

blackgus@gmail.com

Instrument:
violin
Name:
Kromholz, Joseph
Level:
all levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced)
Cost:
$60/hour. Rates flexible for students with financial need.
Details

joseph.kromholz@gmail.com

Instrument:
violin
Name:
Labinska, Aleksandra
Level:
All (Beginner-Advanced)
Cost:
$50/hour
Details

a_labinska@hotmail.com

Instrument:
Violin
Name:
Packer, Janet
Level:
intermediate and advanced
Cost:
$100
Details
Website
janetpacker00@gmail.com

Instrument:
violin
Name:
Pérez-Espejo, Miguel
Level:
elementary to advanced
Cost:
$90/hour
Details
Website
migueltononi@hotmail.com

Instrument:
violin
Name:
Powdermaker, Frank
Level:
Beginning to advanced
Cost:
$65/1/2 hr (beginners) $120/hr (advanced)
Details

frankpowd@gmail.com

Instrument:
violin
Name:
Tsai, Hsin-Lin
Level:
intermediate-advanced
Cost:
$90
Details
Website
tsaihl@bu.edu

Instrument:
violin
Name:
Vilker, Sophie
Level:
advanced
Cost:
$120/$100
Details

vilkersophie@gmail.com

Instrument:
violin & viola
Name:
Cardenas, Dr. Miguel
Level:
elementary to advanced
Cost:
$90/hour
Details
Website
migueltononi@hotmail.com

Instrument:
violin & viola
Name:
Davies, Kyra
Level:
Beginner to Professional
Cost:
$50
Details
Website
kyra.davies@gmail.com

Instrument:
Violin, Viola
Name:
Englesberg, Barbara
Level:
beginning to advanced
Cost:
$30-$65/HR, sliding scale, pro-rated
Details

benglesber@aol.com

Instrument:
voice
Name:
Beck, Gina
Level:
beginner to professional
Cost:
$80/hour
Details
Website
ginabeck34@gmail.com

Instrument:
Voice
Name:
Blandy, Charles
Level:
all levels
Cost:
$96
Details
Website
charles.blandy@verizon.net

Instrument:
Voice
Name:
Danton, Jean
Level:
Beginner through Advanced
Cost:
$70
Details
Website
jeandanton@comcast.net

Instrument:
Voice
Name:
Fortunato, D'Anna
Level:
Intermediate to advanced
Cost:
$75/45 min, $90/1 HR
Details
Website
dannateach@aol.com

Instrument:
Voice
Name:
Jones, Thomas
Level:
Beginner to Professional
Cost:
$90
Details
Website
tjonesbari@aol.com

Instrument:
Voice
Name:
Loizou, Maria Jane
Level:
Beginning-Professional
Cost:
$70/hour
Details

mjloizou@gmail.com

Instrument:
voice
Name:
Manucharyan, Yeghishe
Level:
all
Cost:

Details
Website
yegovic@hotmail.com

Instrument:
voice
Name:
Martinez, Brandon
Level:
Beginner to Advanced
Cost:
$60/hour
Details
Website
brandonmartinez@hotmail.com

Instrument:
Voice
Name:
Messier, Joanne
Level:
all levels
Cost:
$80/hour
Details

joannemessier@aol.com

Instrument:
voice
Name:
Pomerantz, Ian
Level:
All Levels
Cost:
$50/hr
Details

extonvoice@comcast.net

Instrument:
Voice
Name:
Romney, Emily
Level:
Beginning to Advanced
Cost:
$75/hour; $60/45 minutes
Details
Website
emilyromney1@verizon.net

Instrument:
Voice
Name:
Vleck, Marsha
Level:
Beginning to Advanced
Cost:
$75/45 min
Details

mrvleck@aol.com

Instrument:
voice
Name:
Wells, Brenna
Level:
Beginner to advanced
Cost:
$60/hour
Details
Website
brennajwells@hotmail.com

Instrument:
Voice
Name:
Whitten, Sarah
Level:
all: beginner - advanced
Cost:
$85/hr, $65/45 minute lesson
Details
Website
sarahkwhitten@gmail.com

Instrument:
Voice, Piano, Theory
Name:
Barrett, Michael
Level:
all levels
Cost:
$70
Details
Website
mbarrett@post.harvard.edu

Instrument:
voice, soprano
Name:
Ebrahimi, Shadi
Level:
All Levels
Cost:
$75
Details
Website
shadiebrahimi@hotmail.com