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Learn how to play: Banjo, Bass, Clarinet, Drums, Euphonium, Fiddle, Flugelhorn, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Ukulele, Violin, Viola, and Voice.


Jason Graham
Guitar & Bass

All styles including Rock, Funk, Blues, Jazz & Classical music. Fluent in music theory, introductory vocal instruction, composition and improvisation. 13 years of teaching , and over 20 years of performing experience. BS from Worcester State University w/music minor and 3 years of Jazz studies with local instructors. Solo Artist, Soulstice, the Sam James Band, the Arthur Dent Foundation (ADF), and the WSC Jazz Band.


Bill Roy
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Harmonica, Voice

Acoustic, Flatpick and Fingerstyle, Folk, and Electric, Classic Rock, Blues, Rhythm and lead, Music theory. Influences include James Taylor, Neil Young, Jim Croce, Eric Clapton, Steven Curtis Chapman, and many others. 35 years playing, 30 years pro performance and 20 years teaching experience. Specializing in singing and playing guitar as a solo artist and in a band setting. I can help you set obtainable short and long term goals and create a plan that will enable you to reach them.


Roland Williams
Bass

Famous & accomplished bass guitarist with over 40 yrs experience in R&B, Soul, Jazz, Rock, and Gospel genres. Roland has been teaching his Trademark slap bass technique for over 10 yrs! Roland has studied music theory & jazz harmony under Massachusetts native, Mark Marquis, a former student of renowned jazz composition and theory instructor, Charlie Banacos.


Glenn Hillard
Piano, Keyboard

Full time professional musician & piano teacher. 20 yrs experience. Learn: basic piano / keyboard skills, music theory, song writing, improv, various styles of music. Glenn’s teaching focuses on encouragement through non-judgmental learning. Glenn performs American Vintage Jazz, Ragtime, Blues, and Gospel music throughout Central Massachusetts.


George T. Gregory
Saxophone, Flute Clarinet, Voice

George has been a professional Blues, Jazz, Rock and R&B Saxophonist and Vocalist or more than forty years. He has national touring and recording credits. Besides performing and recording in the last five years he has worked as a private lesson instructor for Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet in the Park City School District in Park City Utah. Teaching private lessons for grades 6 Through 12 and also conducting Jazz and Blues improvisation classes for all wind instruments.

Some of Georges professional experience includes recording and touring with the James Cotton Band from Chicago, appearances with Jazz organ great Jimmy McGriff and working with such diverse acts as the Latin band Milo, Pete Escovedo, Tommy Castro as well as fronting his own band the George T Gregory Band. Georges band has appeared on shows with BB King, The Little River Band, Elvin Bishop, Hugh Masakila, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal and many more. George was also an original Member of he Shaboo All-Stars a band the included Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Jeff Pevar guitarist of David Crosby and Friends Harvey Brooks and Jack Scaringello.

George also spent three years in the military serving as the first alto saxophonist for the 327th Army Band in Baltimore and the 8th Army Band in Korea Stage Bands and Jazz Tenor player in their Jazz Combos His teaching approach is a combination of learning proper classical techniques and understanding music theory to begin to understand proper ways to improvise in any musical style. He is looking forward to bringing his knowledge to the staff at Union Music.


Joe Reidy
Trombone, Euphonium, Baritone Horn

Joe Reidy is an active trombonist, vocalist and a solo acoustic guitarist. He currently performs with Mike Girard’s Big Swinging Thing, The Swinging Skeletones, The New England Swing Orchestra, The Skeletones Big Band, The Tequila Amigos and Briefcase Full of Blues (Blues Bros. tribute). His main projects are The Wachusett Jazz Quartet, and his eponymous solo acoustic act.

He combines a blend of Jazz, Blues, Rock, Progressive , Country, Funk, Folk and Latin influences to create a unique style all my own and one that is instantly recognizable. His performance credits include world renowned Jazz saxophonist Grace Kelly, Mike Girard’s (The Fools) Big Swinging Thing, Charles Neville (Neville Brothers), James Montgomery, The Stompers, Rock E. Rollins (Sal Baglio) , The New England Radiators, Jill Connolly (PBS voice over artist), The Steve LeClaire Big Band, Tornado Alley, The Valves, The QCC Jazz Ensemble, and a memorable, novelty New Years Eve ’87/’88 appearance with Rock superstars Aerosmith at the DCU Center (former Centrum un Worcester).

He is currently available as a session player having played in various local recording projects. Joe has performed in venues ranging from The University of Bucharest Conservatory of Music (Romania), Madison Square Garden (NYC), St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC), and Mechanics Hall (Worcester). For those whose interest is Ancient History: Joe was voted Worcester’s Best Trombone Player in Worcester Magazine’s “Best of Worcester” Reader’s Choice Poll in 1979.


Jon Pappie
Guitar, Voice

15 years of combined private and college instruction on guitar, voice, piano, music theory, synthesis and composition. Musical formats studied include rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, country, some jazz and fusion and the newer alternative styles. Skills primarily on acoustic guitar and vocal studies. 10 years of combined teaching experience from 1985-1991 in the Boston area and thru 1993-97 in Chula Vista, CA. Taught over 250 students privately in both guitar and voice. Key students played for the Bonita Vista Music machine, which took first place three years in a row nationally for High School competition and performed internationally. Taught both group and private. Developed structured programs for voice and guitar using popular music and balanced technique and theory.

I try to approach my students in a structured format using challenge and focus techniques. I have found that this fosters a sense of accomplishment and understanding in relationships with students. I think that this type of teaching and coaching is necessary in many instances when students are grasping for higher skills but don’t have a strong foundation.

Teaching Focus: Guitar

I focus on strengthening all basic playing skills with an emphasis on dexterity and easy learning pieces from which to build from. I utilize varying formats including standard notation, tablature, diagrams and familiar music and music patterns to show relationships and introduce theory. Concentration on dexterity skills, positioning, approach and attack in order to achieve clean playing are emphasized. The student is moved forward to advance studies in to the area of choice or given an option to study each format simultaneously in an advanced format using composition theory, existing pieces and then examines the relativity of popular or noted guitarists in conjunction with improvisation theory and improving composition skills. Artist studies are encouraged and smoothness of movement is emphasized.

Teaching Focus: Voice
My format attempts to get the student relaxed and confident that progress can be made. Concentrations on simple breathing and voice exercises to gain strength and flexibility are augmented with solo singing and note work to gain tonal clarity and projection. Once this is accomplished the student moves into light attempts with an artist or style of choice with oversight
by the instructor. The student is taught to hear the nuances of the vocalization and begins to break down the vocal “process”. The student sings along with the artist in a vocal matching program in order to stimulate interest. The exercises then advance with an increase in range and fluidity as well as the implementation of projection techniques and vocal power. This is done through a series of advanced exercises that were developed through operatic, Julliard and accepted vocal techniques. The exercises are utilized but the operatic styling is not, giving the student strength and range while keeping the vocal styling focused on the music venue of choice.


Natasha Hatibi
Violin Viola, Piano

Private tutoring students of all ages and all skill levels. She has a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Albania in Violin Performance. Natasha has a lifetime of experience in Teaching, Instructing, and orchestral experience in American and Europe for over 20 yrs.


Rachael Cobb Douglas
Piano & Voice Coach for Children

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Rachael has been composing music for over 30 years. She studied at Thayer Conservatory and developed her talent as a singer/songwriter. Rachael is a Music Director, Pianist, Sound Coordinator, and Children’s Choir Director at Unity Center of Central Massachusetts.


Craig Jones
Voice Coach

Specializing in vocal education and vocal therapy. Over 25 years performance experience, including stage and recording studio session. 20 years of teaching experience. Prior owner/partner in Jeannie Deva Voice Studios, Boston.


Amber Tortorelli
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Learn a range of styles from the A.R.T. of acoustic singer/songwriter to electric guitar and noize genres. Amber’s background is in rock, folk, indie, blues, punk, garage, grunge, and experimental/noize. A Worcester native with a lifetime of musical experience and 10 yrs of teaching music, Amber is equipped to coach you in multiple instruments and vocally if desired. Amber specializes in encouraging self expression and personal growth through the arts. You can check Amber out playing in Sapling or as a solo musician. Amber enjoys volunteering for Ladies Rock Campaign Boston and music/arts organizations, playing the theremin, the circus, art, rhyming the color orange and hates chairs.


Zack Slik
Mandolin, Ukulele, Banjo (clawhammer)

Beginner’s level, focusing on folk & traditional American root styles. 10 years of performance experience including solo, group, and studio work.


Victor Evdokimoff
Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo (clawhammer)

Local and National appearances in the Bluegrass scene for almost 50 years. He has composed almost 70 instrumentals. Playing alongside Lilly Brothers & Don Stover at the Hillbilly Ranch, Sunset Park with Alec Campbell and Ola Belle Reed with the New River Boys. Enjoyed playing many years with Ola Belle Reed folk gigs at the Smithsonian, college campuses and radio performances. Taught workshops in North Carolina and is proficient in the Bill Monroe mandolin style. He is currently member of Contra Dance band Berlin Country Orchestra playing fiddle and mandolin.


Steve Wilisch
Alto Sax, Guitar, & Bass

All styles including Jazz, Classical, Pop/Rock, & Bass. Over 10 years teaching & playing chops. Graduate of UMASS Lowell. Rocking w/ Lou Borelli Octet, Alto Sax w/ The Al Youngman Band & Trinity Big Band. Teaches all ages!


Kyle Champeon
Guitar, Alto Sax

Kyle has been actively gigging on both guitar and saxophone since he was fifteen. A Berklee College of Music graduate, Kyle performs frequently with various original projects and cover bands. He also has lots of experience as a studio musician. Lessons with Kyle are fun and encouraging. He focuses on the musical styles each individual wants to learn while also teaching proper technique, improvisation, ear training, and theory.


John Kokolski
Guitar

Acoustic / Electric. Styles including Folk, Blues, Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Jazz, Pick & Fingerpicking. 10 years teaching & 20+ years playing experience with bands like Sass, Class Act, Robin Brown & The Five & Dime, and Prudence & the Plow.


Jim Perry
Guitar

Jim has over four decades of rich experience in the local music scene. Starting in the Seventies with local legends, Albatross, Jim has graced the stages of Central Mass with various bands. Today, he is still active with three different bands.

Meanwhile, he has been in demand as a private music instructor since the early eighties. His personal style highlights each individual student’s strenghts, and as a result, they remain with him for a long time.

Jim has taught for over ten years at Kurlan Music Center and is also on the teaching staff at Gordon Music in Southbridge, MA. He has many private students as well.


Ken Sawyer
Clarinet, Flugelhorn, Flute, French Horn, Oboe, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone

40 years playing and teaching. Active on the local music scene with The Bluesicians and Fred Hall’s Blackstone Valley Swing Band. Founder of Sawyer Saxophone Student Solo Workshop, which includes woodwinds, brass and a professional rhythm section.


Bill MacGillivary
Percussion

Professional musician for 35 years with performances throughout the United States, Canada, and the UK. A highly sought-after professional. Alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Bill has performed and recorded with a variety of artists including folk artist Carol Noonan, Boston Music Award winner Dennis Brennan, Duke Levine, W. C. Handy Award winning blues artists Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, and Berklee professor Jerry Seeco’s Milford Jazz Machine. With over 25 years of teaching experience, Bill is the percussion consultant for the Worcester Public Schools Music Magnet Program, an Artist in Residence at Wachusett Regional High School and Director of the Percussion Ensemble at Notre Dame Academy. Bill’s students have gone on to study at New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Hartt School of Music, UMass Amherst, UMass Lowell, Clark University and Anna Maria College, and are now professional musicians in Worcester, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville.