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School of Music

Chestnut Hill School of Music (CHSM)

Welcome to CHSM! We focus on instilling a love for music in all students while nurturing a strong foundation in music fundamentals.  We offer private and semi-private lessons as well as, ensembles for strings, percussion, guitar, piano, and voice. Our professional teaching staff brings differ diverse teaching methods and genres of expertise.  CHSM lessons and ensembles are open to the CHS community and the general public. Please review the staff bios, policies, dates, and fees prior to registering for a program.  Students have the option of participating in one or two recitals offered during the year (December and May). We encourage everyone to participate in the joy of music making!

Please note that the day of the week you choose will determine the number of lessons for your child.   Feel free to contact us at chsm@tchs.org if you have any questions or would like to see our facility.

Registration Information and Procedure:

All students can submit registration form beginning on Monday, August 22, 2016.  Returning students are given priority until August 29, 2016.  After the initial enrollment period, applications are accepted throughout the year and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Semester 1:  September 19, 2016 - December 19, 2016
Semester 2:  January 4, 2017 - May 19, 2017
Make up lesson weeks:  May 22, 2017 - June 8, 2017

Please review the following documents before registering for a class:

 

Contact us: chsm@tchs.org or 617-264-1335 if you have questions.
Artistic Director: Bryan Tyler
Registration/Operations: Christine Lucey

Faculty Biographies
 

Shooka Afshar


Piano, Voice

Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

  • Piano students age 3 to adult, voice students age 5 to adult


Teaching Style:

Ms. Afshar believes that learning music should be fun, joyous and disciplined. Shooka feels that the experience of learning music from an early age is very important because it builds a foundation. Shooka incorporates body movements and rhythmic games in order to help the student better understand music and feel rhythm in their bodies. In addion, correct technique is emphasized.
 

‪Materials:

  • Beginning Piano - James Bastien book number 1 and 2; Alfred or Faber & Faber series; Individual pieces from famous composers to familiarize the student with different styles of compositions.
  • ‪Intermediate Piano – Czerny for technique; repertoire from Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, etc.
  • Beginning Voice - Disney songs or children musical theater songs (ages 6-10); Teen Musical Theater Collection books or simplified folk tunes (age 10 and up). Students are always welcome to bring their favorite songs. 
  • Adult Voice - Musical theater, pop songs or classical songs.


Education:

  • Longy School of Music of Bard College, M.M., B.M., Vocal Performance
  • Azad University (Tehran), B.S., Applied Physics
  • Italian Embassy (Tehran), Dipoma, Italian, “La Scuoala “Pietro Della Valle”


Teaching Experience:

  • Began teaching at Mehr Vista NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) in Iran
  • Instructor of voice, piano, and flute since 2007
  • 1 year teaching at CHSM


Performance Experience:

Ms. Afshar is an active recitalist in Iranian, Classical and operatic repertoire. She sings Iranian tunes with a classical technique in venues such as Northeastern University , Harvard, UMass Lowell and The Iranian Association of Boston.  Shooka started playing the flute at the age of six and during 15 years of playing the flute I have taken part in numerous solo performances, orchestral and chamber ensemble performances at Niavaran Concert Hall, Vahdat Concert Hall and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Iran, to name just a few.  Since coming to Boston, she has appeared in roles in different opera scenes: Under the coaching of Daniel Wyneken and Janice Giampa at New England Conservatory she performed the roles of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Electra in Idomeneo. And under the coaching of Vanessa Schukis at Longy School of Music, I appeared as the first lady in The Magic Flute, Mrs. Mc. Lean in Susannah, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, and as part of the chorus in Dido and Aeneas and Gondoliers.  Shooka is currently a soloist at the Calliope ensemble and her first operatic debut was the role of the Princess in Dvorák’s "Šelma Sedlák" (The Cunning Peasant) opera in Feb 2014 at it's premier in the USA.

Maggie Cerjan

Violin


Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

  • Ages 5 and up


Teaching Style:

Maggie teaches the intricate mechanics of violin performance through exploratory and socratic methods that encourage active listening, self-directed learning, and enthusiastic growth as a musician. Lessons are structured so that the student feels successful and has the knowledge and tools to progress to the next performance level through home practice. Students are expected to practice outside of lessons as directed, take part in each of the scheduled recitals, and seek opportunities to expand their musical horizons through string ensembles, professional concert experiences, and outside masterclasses. 


Materials:

  • Suzuki Violin Books
  • Shirley Givens Method Books
  • Bonnie Black Method Materials
  • Music Mind Games


Education:

  • BM Northwestern University, Bienen School of Music - Violin Performance
  • MM Boston University, School of Music - Violin Performance 
  • Suzuki Violin Training - Ithaca College, Books 1-3
  • Orff-Schulwek Training - George Mason University, Levels 1 and 2


Teaching Experience:

  • The People's School of Music - YOURS Project, Chicago Public Schools
  • Chicago Symphony's Institute of Learning, Access, and Training, MusiCorps Teaching Artist
  • Chicago Youth Symphony - Violin Coach
  • Boston Suzuki Institute - individual and group violin
  • Dana Hall School of Music - High school chamber music coach, individual and group violin lessons
  • Conservatory Charter Lab - Violin teaching artist 
  • The Chestnut Hill School - group and individual violin class and general music/Orff classes


Performance Experience:

  • MIT Horn Trio
  • Symphony Nova
  • Boston Philharmonic Orchestra 
  • International Artist Recitals Pilsen, Czech Republic
  • Deer Valley Emerging Quartets, Park City, Utah
  • Elan String Quartet - Chicago, IL
  • Chicago Symphony's MusiCorps String Quintet 
  • The Civic Orchestra of Chicago 2008-2011
Natalya Deychman


Piano

‪Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

  • All ages 


Teaching Style:

  • Traditional European School of Piano


Materials:

Natalya uses a variety of Russian, American and European books. A program is individually designed for each student. Students play primarily classical music, with exposure to jazz and popular music as well.


‪Education:

  • College of Kazan, Russia, M.B.
  • Kazan State Conservatory (Music Theory/General Piano & accompanying) 


Teaching Experience:

  • 20+ years maintaining a private studio
  • 10+ years teaching at CHSM


Performance Experience:

Mrs. Deychman serves as accompanist for the Boston Ballet, Harvard University and M.I.T Ballet.

Rose Drucker


Violin

Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

  • Young beginner age 5-7 (parental involvement, commitment to practicing preferred) through Intermediate/Advanced


Teaching Style:

  • Ms. Drucker focuses on building a solid foundation for enjoyment of music through proper violin set-up, technique and finding each student's innate musicality.


Materials:

  • Suzuki and related materials


Education:

  • University of Arizona, B.M.
  • Boston University, M.M.


Teaching Experience:

  • 10+ years private teaching, chamber music and orchestral teaching and coaching
  • ‪8 years teaching at CHSM


Performance Experience:

Ms. Drucker is a violinist with Emmanuel Music, Boston Philharmonic (principal 2nd violinist), Arneis Quartet. As a member of the Boston Philharmonic, she also performs regularly with the orchestral of Emmanuel Music and other Boston area ensembles. As a member of the Arneis Quartet, Rose has appeared in Stanford’s Lively Arts Series, Music on Main in Vancouver, the Beijing Modern Music Festival in China. Arneis has also performed in Boston and New York and at summer festivals in Aspen, The Banff Centre in Canada, Stanford University, and Deer Valley, UT and were the Fellowship Quartet at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and the inaugural winners of the John Lad prize, awarded by the St. Lawrence String Quartet at Stanford University. Principal violin teachers include Peter Zazofsky and Mark Rush and chamber music coaches include members of the Muir, St. Lawrence, Brentano, Emerson, and Juilliard quartet.

 

Jaehee Ju


Cello


‪Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

  • All levels are welcome: beginners from age 5, intermediates, and advanced


‪Teaching Style:

Jaehee emphasizes the importance of fundamental skills and also encourages each student to develop his/her own individual musicality. She motivates and encourages students to be engaged in class by building a strong relationship. Ms. Park is fluent in Korean and English.
 

‪Materials:

  • Suzuki books and other related materials 


‪Education:

  • Indiana University, Doctoral Candidate
  • Yale University, A.D.
  • New England Conservatory, M.M.
  • Seoul National University, B.M.
     

‪Teaching Experience:

  • Over 16 years of teaching cello, orchestral music and chamber music, and music theory
  • Chicago Youth Symphony
  • Orchestra Midwest Young Artist


‪Performance Experience:

  • Collaborations with renowned musicians over the world such as Yo-Yo Ma, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra players, and Julliard faculty members
  • Cellist at Boston Public Quartet


Orchestral Experience:

  • Boston Civic Symphony, Principal Cellist
  • Civic orchestra of Chicago, Principal Cellist
  • Substitute cellists at top orchestras in US such as Pittsburg Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Indianapolis Symphony 
Jessica Kion


Piano, Guitar, Club Glee, Voice, Songwriting


‪Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

I prefer students that are new to their instrument at any age so we can explore music in a creative way.


Teaching Style:


My teaching philosophy is to help my students explore and learn more about the music they are already passionate about. While we work on familiar material, we will also learn about the mechanics of reading music and technique.


‪Materials:

For lessons, Jessica uses basic instrument technique books and song books to help develop a student's repertoire. Her students work with music handouts and flash cards for practice at home. Each student is provided with unique materials and instruction based on their goals and abilities.


Education:

Berklee College of Music, B.M.


Teaching Experience:

  • 3 years teaching at CHSM


Performance Experience:

Jessica is involved in writing, performing in, and recording with three bands that all tour the US and Canada.  Each band has performed in an array of venues from living rooms to theaters and music festivals.

Alexandra Lutkevich


Piano


Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

  • All ages and experience levels welcome


Teaching Style:

Allie hopes to create an excitement for playing while reinforcing critical technical skills. She believes in tailoring her teaching style to meet the needs and personality of each individual student.


Materials:

  • Alfred series for beginning students
  • Beginner and Intermediate repertoire by Bach, Mozart, and other classical composers
  • Etudes by Hanon and Czerny, scales and arpeggios


Education:

  • New England Conservatory, M.M., Collaborative Piano
  • Boston University College of Fine Arts, B.M., Piano Performance


Teaching Experience:

  • 7 years teaching at CHSM
  • Maintains private studio
  • Musical Director with Weston Drama Workshop and Triboro Youth Theater


Performance Experience:

  • Staff Pianist at NEC and Boston Conservatory‪
  • Accompanist for Framingham State University Chorus
  • Accompanist for Walnut Hill School Chorus
Kathleen O'Boyle


Piano, Voice


Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

  • Beginners to advanced (ages 4 and up)


Teaching Style:

Kathleen has high expectations, but her teaching style is positive, nurturing, and encouraging. She focuses on proper technique and a steadfast practice ethic. Kathleen requests parental support--parents should encourage practice at home so the student will always feel prepared for lessons. This aspect maintains a positive learning environment during lessons. 


Materials:

Beginners aged 4-13 will use the Bastien Piano Methods books in an appropriate level. Also included are the Joy of First Year piano by Agay, and the First Book of Classical Music by Bergerac. For more experienced players, repertoire will be discussed after the first couple of lessons. 


Education:

  • University of New Hampshire BA, Vocal Performance
  • Five-month term of study in Vienna, Austria, specializing in Mozart Opera and German Lieder performance practice
  • Longy School of Music, MM


Teaching Experience:

Kathleen is an ardent music educator and has maintained a private piano and voice studio since 2006. She was the chair of the music department at Granite State Arts Academy in Derry, NH during their inaugural opening year. She has taught many master classes and workshops specializing in audition and performance practice and has a keen ability for dramatic coaching. She currently teaches private lessons in Newton, Massachusetts, and in southern New Hampshire. 


Performance Experience:

Kathleen is an avid performer and prides herself on her versatility. She has sung with Boston Opera Collaborative, Longwood Opera, Cambridge Summer Opera, and continues to sing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. She was a soloist and cantor at St. Theresa of Avila Parish in West Roxbury and continues to perform at weddings during the year. As a founding member of the River Rose Ensemble trio for voice, horn, and piano, the ensemble earned the recognition of her alma mater, Longy School of Music, in their alumni series concerts. She was a second place winner of Boston’s Best Voices contest in 2014, and is currently delving into the popular music realm.  She is a lead singer in a 9-piece funk band and frequently performs in Boston’s most popular music clubs. 

Bryan Pina


Guitar, Piano, Bass (electric), Drums/Percussion 


Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

  • All ages



Teaching Style:

I strive to keep music fun for my students! I find success in doing this by creating an atmosphere where students can explore their own playfulness and use that energy to inspire creativity. I maintain a steady relationship with the fundamentals and techniques students need to be better musicians.

 
Materials/Methods Used:

  • Manuscript Book/Staff Paper
  • Hal Leonard Guitar Method
  • Flashnote (Note reading app)


Education:

  • Berklee College of Music, Bachelors in Professional Music



Teaching Experience:

  • 10+ years of private studio and in-home instruction 



Performance Experience:

Bryan is proficient in ensemble playing on several instruments in all contemporary genres. He has performed and toured the country with over 20 bands including Taking Back Sunday, Dave Austin & The Sound, & Kenny Truhn.

Nate Tucker


Drums, Piano, Guitar, Rock Band


Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

  • All ages; Trial lessons/evaluations available


Teaching Style:

Teaching by example is my mantra. I love music and my goal is to teach this love and whatever comes with it.  I find often playing and "jamming" is a quickest and most fun way to teach others how to play, trouble shoot, and experiment! Every child is different though. This approach is very successful for children who are visual learners and are generally excitable to begin with. If a child does not jump on to this technique we can adjust to them through explanation and a more systematic approach. 


Materials: 

  • Below are the first books for all instruments 
  • For students who have studied for a year or more please bring whatever book you have been using
  • Drum students: The Funky Primer
  • Guitar Students: Chords and Scales for Guitar (by Fast Track Series)
  • Bass Guitar Students: Bass Method 1 (Fast Track series)
  • Piano students: A Modern Method for Keyboard - Volume 1: Piano Technique (Berklee Press)


Education:

  • Boston Conservatory, B.M., Percussion 


Teaching Experience:

When not performing or composing, Nate Tucker can be seen as a dance/theater accompanist, music educator, and clinician, having worked at schools around the world ranging from musicians of the highest caliber at Interlochen and Amsterdam Conservatory to dozens of local intercity school children around the New England area, through Boston Ballet’s outreach programs and guest coaching and recording a full length album, including folk songs, rock songs and african music with children K-8 at the Cohen Hillel School in 2014.


Performance Experience:

Percussionist and composer, Nate Tucker, was recently featured in American Repertory Theater’s (ART’s) The Tempest as on stage musician performing in a 4 piece band of all Tom Waits music. Also at the ART, he performed in Finding Neverland, music by Elliot Kennedy and Gary Barlow. He is the Music Director for Mt. Auburn Cemetery’s A Glimpse Beyond and can be heard with the world-renowned contemporary music ensemble, Juventas, as core percussionist, as well as pop and world music groups such as Flamenco Boston.  As a composer Mr. Tucker’s interests are in exploring the gap between contemporary, pop and world music.  Mr. Tucker will release his first full-length album Off Grid, September 26th, at Boston Center for the Arts. Last season Mr. Tucker was commissioned to compose and sound design score for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing with The Boston Theater Company.

Bryan Tyler


Violin, Viola, String Ensemble, String Troupe


Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

  • Ages 5 and up


Teaching Style:

Bryan's mission with each student is to foster an enjoyment for music, set realistic goals, and help students achieve their best musicianship. He incorporates singing, fun games, and memorization into his teaching.  A parent or guardian is encouraged to sit in for each lesson and take notes to help the student with their home preparation.


Materials:

Beginner (Less than 2 years)

  • Blue Book by Bonnie Green
  • Fun with Rhythm by Evelyn Avsharian
  • Suzuki Book 1 by Shinichi Suzuki

‪Intermediate (2+ years)

  • Introducing the Positions Vol. 1 by Harvey Whistler
  • Melodious Double Stops Book 1 by Josephine Trott
  • Suzuki book (based on experience) by Shinichi Suzuki


Education:

  • Boston Conservatory, M.M., G.P.D., Viola Performance
  • University of Houston, B.A., Music


Teaching Experience:

  • 9 years teaching violin and viola
  • 4 years instructing string ensembles
  • 3 years teaching at CHSM
  • Co-founder and instructor of 50-member string program at Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown
  • Attended teaching seminars at Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University


Performance Experience:

  • Fellowships with Symphony Nova, Aspen Music Festival, Foulger International Chamber Music Festival
  • Solo performances with Symphony Nova, Aspen Music Festival
  • Orchestral performances with Symphony Nova, Boston Civic Symphony, Gloria Dei Artes, Cape Symphony, Equilibrium, MIT Symphony
  • Masterclass performances for Robert Vernon, Karen Tuttle, Pamela Frank
Dillon Zahner

Drums, Piano, Guitar
 

Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

  • All ages


Teaching Style:

I try to take a unique approach with each student by adapting to their learning style and interests. I emphasize listening, general musical awareness, and learning musical concepts in both verbal and non-verbal ways. Always, my first priority is to help my students find their own joy in music and to foster that relationship. From that starting point everything else flows.


Materials:

To be determined by the level and interests of each student


Education:

  • Berklee College of Music, Boston


Teaching Experience:

Led drumming workshops at over 50 different Elementary and High Schools throughout the state of Vermont; 9 years teaching drumming to every age from kindergarten through college

Performance Experience:

Music Instructor/Workshop Leader, Shidaa African Culture Project; Staff Accompanist, Boston Conservatory; Staff Accompanist, Clark University; Drummer, Mutual Benefit; Percussionist, Kina Zore/ Guitarist, Freelance.