Boston Music Teachers

Boston Music TeachersThis is Maestro Musicians Academy’s official list of Boston Music Teachers. Click on the links below to jump to the instrument of your choice and read about our fabulous faculty members! If an instrument you are interested in is not listed, please let us know and we will be very happy to find a teacher for you! All of our faculty members are hand-picked for their great rapport with both kids and adults and their extensive training and performance experience. Our Boston Music School serves BostonBrookline, Newton, and Lexington. We also offer lessons in your home. If you are interested in studying with our Baltimore Music Teachers, feel free to contact us and ask about our free trial lesson!

Our Boston Music Teachers are experts in the following instruments:


Cello Teachers

Boston Cello Teacher Cherry Kim

Cherry Kim, M.M., Cello

Cellist Cherry Kim’s versatile musical activities range from performing solo and chamber music recitals, premiering new compositions, working as a teaching artist in public schools as well as being a passionate ambassador of classical music through outreach concerts. She has given recitals in Boston, Dallas, Houston, Toronto, Stratford (Canada) and in Ukraine and appeared as soloist with the Plano Symphony Orchestra in Texas and the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra in Canada.

Special performances in the past include chamber music collaboration with renowned violinist Cho-Liang Lin, Cerberus Ensemble, Toronto Music Garden concert series, Houston Tuesday Musical Club, Da Camera of Houston’s Young Artist Program and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra’s tour to China. In 2004 she performed with the Artists of the Royal Conservatory Ensemble in the “Music in Exile” concert, which was broadcasted nationwide in Canada. Other unique collaborations include recording for the Underground Railway Theater’s production for the play Breaking the Code and premiering Clifton Callender’s Metamorphoses for solo cello and computer delay for Boston New Music Initiative.

Ms. Kim has participated in prestigious festivals such as Tanglewood Music Festival, Park City International Music Festival, Orford Festival and Westben Music Festival. Over the years she worked with some of the world-renowned pedagogues and performers such as Richard Aaron, James Dunham, Timothy Eddy, Steven Isserlis, Cho-Liang Lin, Truls Mørk, Paul Katz, Janos Starker, Torleif Thedeen, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and the Emerson, Tokyo and Borromeo String Quartets. Having received degrees from the New England Conservatory, Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Rice University and Longy School of Music of Bard College, her principal teachers were Laurence Lesser, Bryan Epperson, Norman Fischer and Terry King.

As an active cellist in Boston and beyond, Ms. Kim performs with the Appassionato String Quartet, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra and Boston New Music Initiative.

Flute Teachers

Boston Flute Teacher Lidia Chang

Flautist Lidia Chang, M.M.

A versatile musician and well-rounded scholar, flautist Lidia Chang double majored in Flute Performance and Music History at the University of Massachusetts. She went on to earn a Master’s in Historical Performance on the Baroque flute at McGill’s Schulich School of Music, and has recently completed a Masters in Historical Musicology at the University of Massachusetts. Lidia has the pleasure of performing as a soloist and with a number of period instrument ensembles including Ensemble Ad Libitum, Arcadia Players, and Ensemble Musica Humana, of which she is a founding member. Recently she has released two albums of Regency era dance music (Twelve Cotillions by Giovanni Gallini, 1770 and Country Dances by Thomas Skillern, 1781), which can be heard on the BBC’s recent adaptation of Poldark. As a scholar, Lidia’s primary focus is on the intersection of literature, gender, aesthetics, and music performance practices in the long eighteenth century. She has presented her research to great acclaim at the Jane Austen Society of North America’s annual and regional meetings, AMS New England, and at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Lidia is currently pursuing a PhD in Musicology at the City University of New York.

Quoting Lidia on her teaching philosophy: I believe that everyone is inherently musical and my job as a teacher is to help students discover their innate musicality, which may manifest itself in many different ways. That is why I enjoy teaching a wide range of students, from young beginners to adult amateurs and everyone in between. My well-rounded musical background and adaptive teaching techniques make me a good fit for just about any flute student who is willing to work diligently and think deeply about their musical life.

 

Guitar Teachers

Boston Guitar and Lute Teacher Jonas Kublickas

Guitarist/Lutenist Jonas Kublickas, M.M.

Guitarist/Lutenist Jonas Kublickas (b. 1993) received his Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music (Boston, USA) in Guitar Performance with a Music-in-Education concentration. In June 2014, Kublickas graduated from the ‘Mozarteum’ University in Salzburg, Austria, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical guitar and lute performance with guitar virtuoso and pedagogue Eliot Fisk. Kublickas has participated in many national and international competitions of classical guitar winning various prizes. He won first prizes in Baltic States Classical Guitar and Guitar Renaissance International competitions. He is especially interested in reaching out to new audiences and plays regularly with several early music and contemporary groups that perform in alternative spaces. Jonas has recently performed at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as well as Isabella Steward Gardner museum, Gwangju World Universiade closing ceremony in South Korea. He also taught masterclasses in Seoul National University. In 2014, Kublickas started a project called ‘Confero de Música‘ which connects the charm and charisma of Spanish melodies and gracefulness of Baroque music. He‘s been performing on flamenco, classical guitar and lute with ‘Occo Duo’ while touring in Spain in the summer of 2014. His most recent collaboration “DoJo” is One-of-a-kind world music duo that is committed to performing intense and thought-provoking repertoire combining the power of plucked instruments – guitar and gayageum (Korean silk-stringed zitherlike instrument). DoJo performs their own arrangements of Tango, Spanish and Korean national music. Kublickas actively performs (solo, chamber, with orchestra) and participates in festivals. He is sponsored by the M.Rostropovich’s charity and support foundation in 2010-2012. In 2012, he won a scholarship from “Live Music Now – Yehudi Menuhin” foundation. Kublickas has participated in the master classes of many renown artists such as Aleksandr Frauchi, Oscar Ghiglia, Pavel Steidl, Marcin Dylla, Marco Tamayo, Jorge Morel.

Boston Composer and Guitar Teacher Sean O G Burns

Composer Sean O. G. Burns, M.M.

Having an affinity for the unpredictable, the music of Composer/GuitaristSean O. G. Burns is heavily influenced by his research of humor theories. His use of inane themes, chance processes, improvisation, theatre, and musical incongruity position his music centrically on an arbitrary scale between music and satire. This is showcased in pieces such as The Art of Fail for solo piano, a three movement destructionist process in which a keyboard fugue is performed with physical restrictions on the performer. And most recently, his work IMAKETHINGS for choir, organ, and percussion makes overly-grand statements with a mindlessly uttered, four word text.

Burns received his Bachelor’s in Music Composition with honors from the University of South Carolina. His primary teachers were John Fitz Rogers, Sonia Jacobson, and Christopher Berg. He has received the John and Lucretia Herr Composition Award, Sigma Alpha Iota’s Composer of the Year Award, USC’s “Friends of Music” scholarship, and was a finalist in the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for 2015. He is an active member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and recently participated in the Snow Pond Music Composition Workshop. Mr. Burns has also completed his Master’s in Music Composition at the University of Redlands under composer Anthony Suter.

Piano Teachers

Pianist Lenny Cavallero

Pianist Lenny Cavallero, D.M.A.

Pianist Dr. Lenny Cavallaro was a top prizewinner in the J.S. Bach International Competition for Pianists and subsequently played that composer’s Six Partitas to the highest critical acclaim in Carnegie Recital Hall. A true “Renaissance man,” he is additionally a man of letters. He served for nine years as music critic for The New Haven Register and later edited and revised Paganini’s Fire, a novel by Ann Abelson based on the life of that  legendary violinist (Stay Thirsty Press, 2011). Cavallaro has several other works to his

credit, including a novel and a one-act play.

The pianist has been more active recently as a composer, notably as one who rigidly adheres to 18th and early 19th century harmonic style and structure. Most of his music sounds as though it was written between 1720 and 1830. He has been called “the
reactionary neoclassicist,” and one critic went so far as to call him “a throwback to Schubert.” Forton Music released six volumes of Cavallaro’s compositions for winds, and Broadbent & Dunn published his two works for violin. In 2015, Cavallaro was admitted to Vox Saeculorum, a group of contemporary composers who write (to at least a considerable extent) in the baroque style. Cavallaro earned his Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree from West Virginia University, and has served on the music faculty of several colleges.

Viola Teachers

Boston Violin/Viola Teacher Nicole Kootz

Violinist/Violist Nicole Kootz, M.M.

Violist and Violinist, Nicole Kootz, started playing violin at age 15 and quickly found herself on the fast track to a career in music. Having won a concerto competition after only a year and a half of formal study, she received a scholarship to pursue a B.M at the University of South Florida. Starting her viola studies as a freshman, she then spent three of her four years at USF as principal violist for the Symphony Orchestra. She continued on to complete her M.M in String Performance at Boston University in 2016.

Before pursing her masters, Nicole was a faculty member at Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Florida, teaching group violin classes in an outreach program, and building a private Suzuki Violin studio. As a committed music educator, she has registered Suzuki training in Violin Books 1-3, with the intention of completing Book 4 in 2017. Nicole also has a great interest in body wellness, and has attended Alexander Technique and Karen Tuttle Workshops to learn more about the best way to approach playing musical instruments physically and mentally.

Her principal teachers include Karen Ritscher, Sarah Darling, J.T Posadas, and Kathie Aagaard. So far, she has traveled around the US, Canada, and Italy attending festivals for chamber music, and alternative approaches to music through the use of electric instruments and computer controlled sound installations. She has a mixed classical and contemporary performance background, working with artists such as Carol Rodland and Judith Gordon for chamber music, and performing with The Florida Orchestra, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and studio recording work. Nicole plans to continue dedicating time towards music education, while also developing ways to engage new audiences with classical instruments and music. She is currently teaching at various studios in Boston, Lexington, and Newtonville. You may find out more at nicolekootzmusic.com.

 

Boston Viola Teacher Rebecca Hallowell

Rebecca Hallowell, M.M., Viola/Violin

A native of Philadelphia, Boston-based violist Rebecca Hallowell holds her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and went on to receive a Master of Music from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. In addition to her principal teachers Karen Ritscher, Michelle LaCourse, and Dimitri Murrath, Ms. Hallowell has also worked with renowned artists Jeffrey Irvine, Lawrence Dutton, Roger Tapping, Wing Ho, Victoria Chiang, and members of the Muir, Jasper, and Ying quartets.

Ms. Hallowell has performed in solo and chamber music recitals in the United States, as well as in France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. Past appearances have included collaborations with such diverse musicians as Stevie Wonder and Arnold Steinhart, and have taken her to Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Letohrad Castle, Czech Republic, among others.

Ms. Hallowell currently maintains an active teaching studio and plays across New England as a solo, chamber music, and orchestral musician, and can be heard locally with Cape Ann Symphony and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Rorschach Trio with whom she appeared on ACMi’s Mystic Sessions, playing standard as well as new works for viola, flute, and harp. The trio brings infrequently heard compositions to non-traditional concert settings, such as an upcoming collaboration with the Massachusetts Historical Archives that will juxtapose music and documents from the World War One Era.

As a teacher, Ms. Hallowell combines traditional and Suzuki-based methods with a focus on bodily coordination specific to the viola, to allow the greatest natural musicality.

Violin Teachers

Boston Violin Teacher Daniel BroniatowskiFounder of Maestro Musicians, violinist Daniel Broniatowski has performed in many parts of the United States and Europe. He has had the privilege of studying with some of the world’s most eminent teachers schooled in the Russian virtuosic technique of violin playing; namely Eugenia Poustyreva, Michèle Auclair, Itzhak Rashkovsky, and Yury Mazurkevich, one of the top Boston Music Teachers.

Dr. Broniatowski holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in violin performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston and a Masters of Music degree from the Royal College of Music in London. He has also completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Boston University where he was accepted on full scholarship.

As an orchestral player, Dr. Broniatowski has performed in many venues such as Carnegie Hall, New England Conservatory of Music’s Jordan Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and Cleveland’s Severance Hall. As a solo performer, he has performed in London, Paris, Boston, Cleveland, and in a number of music festivals in Oregon, Maine, Vermont, and Ontario. Daniel Broniatowski has a particular interest in performing Jewish inspired classical music. One event of special personal significance was his solo performance of Bloch’s Baal Shem Suite in Poland  with the Philharmonia Czestochowa under the baton of Michal Nesterowicz in collaboration with the World Society of Czestochowa Jews and their Descendants.

Dr. Broniatowski and his colleagues at Maestro Musicians have recorded local composer Erik Lindgren’s String Quartet Number 2 on the album “Progressive Music for String Quartet”. They have also been featured twice on WBZ’s The Jordan Rich Show. Most recently, Daniel Broniatowski has founded the Yuval Ensemble – a classical music group dedicated to the promulgation of Jewish and Israeli classical music.

As a teacher, Dr. Broniatowski’s approach is to fuse the repertoire of the Suzuki Method with a distinctively Franco-Russian technique for a rich and beautiful tone. To hear a video of his playing, please click HERE.

Boston Violin Teacher Su Yin Chan

Su Yin Chan, M.M. Violin

Violinist Su Yin Chan is a graduate of DePaul and Boston Universities, with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance respectively. While completing her undergraduate degree at DePaul University, Su Yin studied with Janet Sung and was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While being a part of the Civic Orchestra, she had the privilege of working with musical luminaries such as Yo-Yo Ma, Ricardo Muti, Jaap Van Zweden, Emmanuel Ax, Carlos Miguel Preito and Clifford Colnot. Su Yin has served as concertmaster at the Brevard Music Festival, DePaul Opera orchestra and Fredonia Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in prestigious concert halls in the United States and Asia such as Chicago Symphony Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Beijing National Center for Performing Arts, Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo Opera City and Dewan Filharmonik Petronas. Recently she has studied with Bayla Keyes at Boston University, while performing with various orchestras in the Boston area. She is one of the co-artistic directors at the Boston-based musician-led string ensemble, Palaver Strings. She performs on both Violin and Viola in this ensemble, which aims to bring music beyond the concert hall to diverse audiences as well as present concerts with of collaborative and of unconventional nature.

Boston Violin Teacher MacFarland Masterton

MacFarland Masterton, M.M. Violin

Violinist MacFarland Masterton comes from Chicago, Illinois. He began his music studies at the age of seven, playing Irish traditional music on the tin whistle. A year later he began to study the violin. During the years before college, he studied violin with David Yonan and Irish fiddle with Devin Shepard, and won numerous local and regional Irish music competitions on fiddle, whistle, and flute, and was a finalist at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil. He studied jazz at the Merit School of Music in Chicago.

During his undergraduate study, Masterton taught a small private studio in both Irish and classical styles, and volunteered teaching group and private lessons at the Music For Kids program. He holds a B.M. from Depaul University, where he studied with Professors Janet Sung and Robert Waters, and a M.M. from Boston Conservatory, where he studied with Professors Joseph Silverstein and Irina Muresanu. Masterton teaches and performs classical and Irish music all over New England and the Midwest. He is a founding member of the Loki String Quartet. Loki is quartet in residence at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and conducts coachings, masterclasses, and concerts there, in addition to performances at many other venues across the region.

In addition to performing and teaching, Masterton very much enjoys composition. He arranges music for his quartet, writes pieces for various small ensembles, and composes many Irish tunes. Outside of music, he has worked as a sailing instructor for high-school students, and worked as a freelance computer programmer. He enjoys sailing and restoring antique sextants and other navigational devices.

Voice Teachers

Boston Voice/Singing Teacher Kelly Zhang

Vocalist Kelly Zhang, M.M.

Vocalist Kelly Zhang is a talented and experienced opera singer. She grew up in China and received her Bachelor Degree from Shenzhen University. After undergraduate, she moved to Boston to further pursue her music education. Kelly attended The Longy School of Music in Cambridge for her Masters Degree and Graduate Diploma. She has performed in Gianni Schicchi (La Ciesca), An Embarrassing Position (Miss Page), The Marriage of Figaro (Susanna) and with Boston Opera Collaborative in Schumann & Argento.

With five years of experience as a music teacher, Kelly’s pedagogical range extends from having a beginner comfortably singing by the end of the first lesson to helping advanced performers prepare for concerts, performing sophisticated works. Ms. Zhang teaches all genres ranging from classical to pop, jazz, and folk. She is also the vocal coach of the Brookline Singing Meetup which meets at the Latvian Church on 58 Irving Street every Wednesday evening.

Boston Singing/Voice Teacher Jacqueline Book Novikov

Soprano Jacqueline Novikov, M.M.

Soprano Jacqueline Novikov is a voice teacher and concert performer. She has been working with middle and high school aged students for over 10 years and teaches classical, music theater, and jazz genres. Jacqueline’s primary teaching influences are traditional voice pedagogy and the Alexander Technique, both aimed to teach students understanding and mastery of their own voices by increasing body coordination and encouraging healthy use of their instruments. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and prepares students for auditions and performances of musical theater, classical and jazz repertoire. 

Students have been accepted into voice and acting programs at colleges such as Emerson, Brandeis, Hofstra, and UMass Amherst. Ms. Novikov is on the faculty of MAOR Summer Performing Arts Program located in the Poconos. She holds a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music, a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and a B.A. from the University of Rochester in cultural and intellectual history.

Ms. Novikov produces and performs cross-genre themed concerts of classical, Broadway and jazz music. Past concerts include: A Little Knight Music, Sound Bites, It’s an Art!, Music in the Moonlight, Around the World in 45 Minutes, Say It With Music, and What’s in a Name?, and I Could Write a Book. You can listen to her work at: https://formamusic.bandcamp.com/.