Private Lessons

Private Violin Lesson
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The Hopkinton Center for the Arts offers quality private and group music and dance education for all ages and skill levels. Our professional instructors provide individually tailored instruction for artists, dancers, and musicians.

Music only: Students study with these instructors on location at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.  Rates for Private Lessons (30 min. or 1 hr.) and lesson schedule are determined by the individual instructor. For more information, contact the HCA main office at (508) 435-9222 or email info@hopartscenter.org. Private lesson forms can be found on the Student Information page.

Dance/Theater/Art: For these classes visit our youth or adult class listings. To inquire about private lessons, contact us at info@hopartscenter.org.

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Kelly Grill is an original founder of Enter Stage Left Theater, has served as its Executive Director for 7 years, has taught classes, and directed numerous shows for the company. For the past two years she has functioned as Executive Director for the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. As an actress, she has performed for ESL theater as well as several other theater groups in the Boston area and California. Kelly has a Bachelor’s degree in theater from Providence College. She has worked with high school students to prepare for college as well as community theater actors who want to work on professional auditions, improving technique, and those who need coaching for a performance.

Alyssa Rae Surrette is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory with a degree in Musical Theater. She has worked as a director for a number of years, primarily with children, at the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre in Woonsocket RI. Alyssa is a talented actress, dancer and singer, with numerous performance credits in theatres all over New England. She currently teaches acting, voice, audition prep, Hip Hop, Jazz and Broadway Musical Dance at the HCA.

Sarah Alexander is a painting instructor and fine artist who exhibits nationally. She works primarily in Mixed Media, and uses watercolor on unconventional surfaces such as canvas or Aquabord with torn handmade paper collage. She also paints in oils, oil bars, and acrylics. She has been featured recently in Incite, The Best of Mixed Media (2013) and Incite Color Passions, The Best of Mixed Media (2013).  wanderingmindstudio.com

Catherine Howe has had a life long passion for creating art starting from childhood when she crafter her own colorful jewelry out of mud and wax. Today, Catherine designs and producers her unique line of gemstone jewelry and colorful paintings that have been displayed in Florida, California and Cape Cod.

After earning her BFA in Art from Indiana University, Catherine used her artistic skills while working as a fashion illustrator, graphic designer for American Trans Air Airlines, and Art Director for American Art Clay Co. Catherine is available for private art lessons.

Cheska Komissar has been teaching children and adults for the past 30 years in a variety of capacities. She most recently comes to us after 14 years at the Danforth where she taught ceramics to all ages and also specialized in parent/child programming. She has also been a music teacher, a flute instructor, a caterer, an author, an inclusion specialist, a pre-school teacher, a song leader, a foreign language instructor, a grant-writer, a mom, and someone who finds creativity in every endeavor.

Hana Reilly has worked as a potter and educator for 15 years, teaching ceramics to adults and children at the Potter’s Shop and School in Needham, Southborough Art Center and the Danforth Art Museum School in Framingham. She has sold her work in South End Holiday Market and other shows, Lacoste Gallery, Danforth Museum and the annual Primarily Potters showcase in Hopkinton. She is a graduate of the School of Arts and Crafts in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Additional Art Instructors: If you are looking for a private art instructor in a specific medium, please contact Kris Waldman, Artistic Director, at kris@hopartscenter.org.

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Nathalie Navert, Dance Program Director

Ms. Navert is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada’s Teacher Training Program and is certified in the Cecchetti Ballet Method and National Dances for Pre-Ballet to Intermediate levels from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in London, England. The French Canadian native from Montreal has more than 25 years of experience teaching dancers of all levels. She is also the founder and artistic director of two successful schools in Quebec.

In 2004, Ms. Navert moved to the United States and taught at the Ballet Workshop of New England and at the Massachusetts Youth Ballet in Hopkinton and Waltham, MA. She was the Assistant Director and Interim Director of the Community Dance Academy at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, MA. She also worked with Jacqueline Cronsberg on the faculty of the School of Ballet New England and the Massachusetts Youth Ballet in Hopkinton and Waltham.

Judean LaSalle Feldman has taught strings and piano privately and for a number of school systems since 1979. Ms. Feldman plays the violin in numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Worcester Symphony Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, and the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton.

Rebecca Knapp (Cello, Viola, Violin) graduated from Stetson University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music Education specializing in instrumental music. She currently teaches strings and general music in Milford Public Schools.

She studied cello under the tutelage of David Bjella as well as Tom May. In her undergraduate career Rebecca was awarded the William E. Duckwitz Talent Scholarship as well as the Olivia T. Rosa Music Scholarship. Among those awards she was named Outstanding Performer by the 2009 Naples Bach Festival and also the 2009 winner of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerto competition.

Currently Rebecca performs in orchestra pits and other ensembles. Rebecca holds the Massachusetts Teaching Certification for Music, grades Kindergarten through 12th.

She is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association as well as the New England chapter of the National Orff Association. Rebecca approaches string pedagogy from a passionate standpoint. Her goal as an educator is to inspire and foster the love and the appreciation of music. When she is not teaching music, Rebecca resides in Franklin with her fiancé and two miniature dachshunds.

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Robb Millett offers guitar, (acoustic, Electric, slide, etc) Bass Guitar, and Mandolin lessons. He started his guitar/bass-playing career in 1965 at the age of 10, (5th Grade), and has been performing as a solo artist and in bands in and about the Boston/Metrowest area since 1971. During 1978 through 1982, as a member of the Hot Dates, he wrote and recorded several songs included on the Singles and eponymous vinyl LP “Hot Dates” released in 1981, which went on to receive varied amounts of local airplay on WBCN, WERS, WAAF and several college stations – These days, the album can be found in its entirety on YouTube. In the early 90s, with “The United Snakes”, Robb (as the bassist for that band) wrote and recorded several of the songs released on the CD “Lighten Up! This Ain’t Brain Surgery” to local critical acclaim. Since 1995, Robb has been the front man/protagonist/ringleader of the Spock Goes Mental floating pick-up band. Over the course of his career as a guitarist/bassist/songwriter/musician, Robb has played in many bands of varied genres, including Rock & Roll, Metal, Punk, New Wave, Fusion, Blues, Folk, Jazz and Avant Garde. He is fluent in many styles, from Drop-C Thud to Folk fingerstyle, slap-and-pop bass, and Mandolin improv.

Robb tailors the lessons to the student’s interest and ability, from traditional sight-reading and scales, to improvisation techniques, and even song writing. Students are encouraged to bring in music they like, to work towards as a goal. Overall emphasis is on the enjoyment of making music with the instrument. As Robb likes to say, “Guitar is supposed to be fun.”

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Jack Byrne is a vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Boston, MA. Jack holds a Bachelor’s in Music from UMass Amherst, and a Master’s in Voice Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College. Jack is well versed in playing a wide variety of styles from Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Metal, Classical, and Jazz. He has performed as a guitarist on tour with Indie/Pop band, “The Narrative,” and has been performing and recording his own music for about 15 years.

Jack teaches lessons in Voice, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, and Mandolin. His teaching philosophy is that you are the artist, and he is simply nudging you along to find your own voice. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a more seasoned player, it is Jack’s mission to help each of his students find the confidence to achieve their artistic goals through fun and upbeat lessons.

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Rob Cavicchio has been a student of guitar and musician for over 40 years. Touring as a professional guitar player for 10 years, Rob had developed practical and uncomplicated skills as a teacher, musician and songwriter. This skills transition easily to the student, while drawing out the students own personal style and fostering the natural love of music.

Rob has trained extensively in rock, blues, folk and bluegrass guitar styles as well as classical and flamenco. He has taught students with much success in all of these areas. His teaching philosophy is to pull inspiration and learning from all of music. Much like blues guitar has its roots in piano, advanced students could garner inspiration from such instruments such as trumpets and saxophones and their master artists too find that feeling or voicing that could only exist in another instrument and apply it to the guitar.

Rob also will lend his advice to students that are interested in forming bands, recording music or pursuing music school. And, as a master luthier can adjust and fix the students instruments so they are in perfect playing condition.

Rob likes to say “music is everywhere, and none of it should be ignored. Listen to it all, and you could be surprised what can take hold and be with you forever”

 

Dana Wright has been teaching and performing throughout Massachusetts and New England for over 20 years. Originally from Southborough, Dana began studying guitar at age 14. He later graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee he was awarded the Professional Music Achievement Scholarship for outstanding progress.

Dana’s teaching philosophy is to provide students with essential skills needed for playing all styles of music. By gaining familiarity with these core skills, students are encouraged to pursue whatever styles of music interest them.

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Judean LaSalle Feldman has taught strings and piano privately and for a number of school systems since 1979. Ms. Feldman plays the violin in numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Worcester Symphony Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, and the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton.

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Jean Breidenbach has a B.A. in Creative Arts from Bradford College and studied piano there with Mark Peterson. She is also an accomplished organist, having studied with Bruce Porter as well as recording artist and organ soloist Malcolm Halliday. Jean worked for several years as organist at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Harvard, MA. She is currently the organist for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Worcester, MA, in addition to being an active member of the Worcester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Jean also holds an MBA in E-Commerce.

Jean is committed to helping her piano students learn to play music in a variety of styles and seeing that every student has a strong musical foundation by incorporating the classics.

Jack  Byrne (Piano, Guitar, Ukele & Voice)

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Jack is a vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Boston, MA. Jack holds a Bachelor’s in Music from UMass Amherst, and a Master’s in Voice Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College. Jack is well versed in playing a wide variety of styles from Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Metal, Classical, and Jazz. He has performed as a guitarist on tour with Indie/Pop band, “The Narrative,” and has been performing and recording his own music for about 15 years.

Jack teaches lessons in Voice, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, and Mandolin. His teaching philosophy is that you are the artist, and he is simply nudging you along to find your own voice. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a more seasoned player, it is Jack’s mission to help each of his students find the confidence to achieve their artistic goals through fun and upbeat lessons.

Victor Kray (Voice & Piano)

victor-krayVictor Kray is a vocal/piano teacher and music producer with 30 years of professional experience as a session singer, keyboard player, arranger, and sound engineer. Being both a singer and a record producer, he understands all aspects of vocal artistry for stage performance and recording. He has developed a unique method of “voice tuning” – the technique he uses to teach singers to stay in tune. He coaches “a cappella” ensembles and produces recordings at Harvard, MIT, Dartmouth, Brown, Boston University, Tufts University, Bentley College, Brandeis University and other colleges. Victor’s work with “Dartmouth Aires” has won Contemporary A Cappella Society of America’s (CASA) for Best All-Male Collegiate Album in 2003 and 2005.

During his tenure as an executive producer and music director of Megapolis International Agency in Moscow, Victor has created and produced recordings for four rock and pop bands, while contributing as a composer, arranger and lead singer to many of their hits. He is a graduate of Glière Music College and Kiev Jazz Music School with major in vocal and piano. His students have successful performing careers all over the world.

 

Richard Romiti has a doctorate in music from the University of Toronto, and has taught music courses at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Providence College and the University of Toronto, as well as No. Smithfield Jr. -Sr. High School.

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Nicole DeMaio is a Boston based composer, performer and educator with degrees in Music Education from Montclair State University and in Composition from The Boston Conservatory. Her compositions have won many contests and have been performed throughout the country. As a performer, Nicole is an established woodwind doubler, having performed in orchestras for more than 50 different productions throughout her career. She can be found performing with the Dudley Orchestra in Harvard and Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble, where she also works as the Artistic Director. Nicole currently teaches at Boston College High School in the Arrupe Division and the Brookline Adult and Community Education Center, and serves as the current Operations Manager for the Boston Civic Symphony.
“My teaching philosophy is that every student should be treated equally, weather they are studying music as a hobby or a career. My overall goal for each student is to help them develop the fundamentals they need to tackle music of any genre or for any ensemble, and to move at a pace that they find comfortable yet engaging.”

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Mark DiCampo is a Boston area musician and director, and life-long music enthusiast.  Having studied classical voice at New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory, he now works mostly in musical theater and jazz.  In addition to his private voice studio, he has directed musicals and workshops for many local theater companies and also works as a writer/arranger for original concerts and musical revues.  His passion for song also finds an outlet in his own work as a vocalist.  A dedicated interpreter of the American Songbook, he has performed standards in concert as a guest soloist with the Claflin Hill Orchestra summer concert series and as a tenor for Boston Musical Theater, with whom he recorded the album “Blues in the Night: The Songs of Johnny Mercer.”  Roles include Camille in The Merry Widow, Jason in Bare: A Pop Opera, Joseph inJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.  He also won first place in the 2010 National Association of Teachers of Singing musical theater vocal competition.

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Melissa Ennulat  is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  She began teaching voice lessons at UMass where she also studied Vocal Pedagogy or the study of the art and science of voice instruction.  There she learned key teaching techniques that incorporate breathing, placement, posture, diction, among many others, to produce healthy singing.  Currently, she is working as a vocal instructor as well as teaching musical theater classes to young children. In her time at UMass she performed as a soloist in George Crumb’s The River of Life with the UMass Percussion Ensemble. She is also an avid Musical Theater performer and in the summer of 2012 she was a member of the College Light Opera Company. Recent roles include Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene), Hope (Urinetown), Fiona (Brigadoon), Eve (Children of Eden), Lucy (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown), Rosemary (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) and Fraulein Kost (Cabaret).

Victor Kray (Voice & Piano)

victor-krayVictor Kray is a vocal/piano teacher and music producer with 30 years of professional experience as a session singer, keyboard player, arranger, and sound engineer. Being both a singer and a record producer, he understands all aspects of vocal artistry for stage performance and recording. He has developed a unique method of “voice tuning” – the technique he uses to teach singers to stay in tune. He coaches “a cappella” ensembles and produces recordings at Harvard, MIT, Dartmouth, Brown, Boston University, Tufts University, Bentley College, Brandeis University and other colleges. Victor’s work with “Dartmouth Aires” has won Contemporary A Cappella Society of America’s (CASA) for Best All-Male Collegiate Album in 2003 and 2005.

During his tenure as an executive producer and music director of Megapolis International Agency in Moscow, Victor has created and produced recordings for four rock and pop bands, while contributing as a composer, arranger and lead singer to many of their hits. He is a graduate of Glière Music College and Kiev Jazz Music School with major in vocal and piano. His students have successful performing careers all over the world.

Alyssa Rae Surrette (Voice & Acting)

surretteAlyssa Rae Surrette is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory with a degree in Musical Theater. She has worked as a director for a number of years, primarily with children, at the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre in Woonsocket RI. Alyssa is a talented actress, dancer and singer, with numerous performance credits in theatres all over New England. She currently teaches acting, voice, audition prep, Hip Hop, Jazz and Broadway Musical Dance at the HCA.

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