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School of Music

Chestnut Hill School of Music (CHSM)

Welcome to CHSM! CHSM lessons and ensembles are open to the CHS community and the general public. Our instructors provide individualized teaching methods and genres of expertise. Our focus is 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.

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!

Prior to filling out the registration form, please click on the links below to review staff biographies, policies, dates, and fees. The day of the week you choose will determine the number of lessons your child receives.

Feel free to contact us at chsm@tchs.org if you have any questions or would like to visit our facility.

 

Registration Information and Procedure:

Registration will open for all students (new and returning) beginning on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Returning students will be processed first and are given priority until August 17, 2018. New student applicants will then be registered in the order in which requests have been received. 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 11, 2018 - December 20, 2018
  • Semester 2:  January 7, 2019 - June 6, 2019

 

Prior to submitting a registration form, please review all document below to become familiar with music faculty and their schedule. We also encourage you to review the calendar to see how many lessons will be offered on the day you choose.

Program Questions: Bryan Tyler, Artistic Director, btyler@tchs.org

Registration/Billing Questions: Christine Lucey, Registrar, clucey@tchs.org

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 addition, 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.

Scott Chamberlin

Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophone

 

Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

I've taught students from 3rd grade through young adults, beginners through advanced players. Recently, most of my students have been middle schoolers who have shown a special interest in looking beyond their school's band class.


Teaching Style:

I try to tailor my teaching style to each student. My first step is to establish what the student's goals, motivation, or interest in music might be (these can certainly change over time). In doing so, I hope to help the student build self-motivation and commitment to their personal improvement. It also provides clues into how I can best help the student. I like to think that I am strict when I have to be, and relaxed when the student needs encouragement.

Materials:

Scales play a large part of my focus on technique and intonation. I provide a variety of materials for beginning students and recommend all advanced students purchase "Les Gammes Conjointes et en Intervalles" by Jean-Marie Londeix, which is a thorough study of patterns within the saxophone's range. I also use voicing, intonation, and tone building exercises mainly from Donald Sinta's "Voicing: An Approach to the Saxophone's Third Register", though tailored to each student's needs. Although this is normally considered an advanced subject, I believe every student can benefit from an awareness of voicing.

I strongly believe in the value of duets to support rhythm, tone production, ensemble, and reading skills. Particularly for beginning students, I have found H. Voxman's "Selected Duets for Saxophone" to be a good tool to reinforce these skills while systematically introducing new concepts. With more advanced students I like to explore J. S. Bach's two part inventions to challenge musical sensibilities.

I offer a wide repertoire from which to select, mostly from the classical style, which I use to address technical and artistic challenges. I feel that technical development is best taught in intellectually stimulating pieces. I try to find pieces which are relevant to both a student's needs and their interests. What is most important to me is that the student is engaged with the assignments given.


Education:

  • New England Conservatory, M.M
  • Boston University, B.M. Magna Cum Laude
  • Royal College of Music, London                                                                                                                                                                                                  


Teaching Experience:

  • Wayland Middle School, Instructor, Saxophone, 2016-present
  • New England Conservatory, Instructor of Fundamentals and Teacher's Assistant for Principles of Harmony and Form, 2016-present


Performance Experience:

  • Tanglewood Music Center, Andris Nelsons Conductor, 2017
  • Winner, New England Conservatory Competition (Denisove Sonata), 2016
  • International performances in Canada, France, and Poland
  • Cape Ann Symphony, 2015-present
  • New England Conservatory Saxophone Quartet, Soprano Saxophone, 2014-present
  • Chagall Performing Arts Collective, Baritone Saxophone, 2014-present
  • Boston University Big Band, Tenor Saxophone, 2013-2014
Carol Cubberley

Violin, Viola

Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

  • 4 years old - 90 years old. Beginning to advanced.


Teaching Style:

I work to create a safe and inspiring learning environment, and to adapt my teaching style to match the individual student's learning style. I help students to build a strong technical foundation through scales, music theory, and ear training, so that they have the freedom to find their own expressive voice. I also focus on body awareness, so that students play with more ease and comfort. Students are expected to practice consistently and are given a new practice chart each lesson that outlines their practice plan for the week. My job is to help each student meet their own musical goals and to help them experience music as an enjoyable and inspiring part of their lives.


Materials:

  • I am a certified teacher of the Suzuki Method, which I supplement with a variety of teaching materials, for example with younger, beginning students, I often draw from such music teaching method books as Strictly Strings and Essential Elements.


Education:

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • B.M. Violin Performance, Oberlin Conservatory
  • M.M. Violin Performance, Boston Conservatory


Teaching Experience:

  • Violin/Viola Faculty, Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YoFES), Hyde Park
  • Violin/Viola Faculty, The Conservatory at Highlands, Newton Highlands
  • Violin/Viola Faculty, Happy Music, Wayland
  • Violin and Chamber Music Faculty, musiConnects, Roslindale​

Performance Experience:

Carol performs with such ensembles as Symphony Nova, Boston Chamber Orchestra, and the Cambridge Philharmonic. Over the last year Carol was a resident musician at Avaloch Farm with composer and pianist Andy Costello, performed a solo recital of music by women at Brandeis University, and taught a music history class titled "Women Composers Through the Ages" at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.

 

 

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.

Evan Haller

Drums, Guitar

Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

  • 3rd grade and older

Teaching Style:
My teaching style is child centered and individualized for each student. I like to use method books and real world recording of modern music to help my students grow into real world musicians.

Materials:

I use music from various eras of folk, country, rock, funk, pop, and jazz music in addition to method books.


Education:

  • Berklee College of Music, C.M.
  • Boston University, B.A. Psychology
  • Studied violin for 6 years
  • Studied guitar in high school, drums in college
     

Teaching Experience:

  • 10+ years at CHSM


Performance Experience:

I have performed in various situations including multiple American Tour supporting singer songwriters.  Recording many projects both as a leader and as a supporting band member.

 

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 Juilliard 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 Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Indianapolis Symphony 
    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:

    • Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Performance at Wheaton College
    • Musical Director with Weston Drama Workshop and Belmont High School
    • 10 years teaching at CHSM
    • Maintains private studio


    Performance Experience:

    • Staff Pianist at New England Conservatory 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. 

    Eli Roberts

    Guitar, Piano, and Voice

    Preferred Student Ages/Level:

    • No age preference. All levels of guitar, beginning levels for piano and voice


    Teaching Style:

    • Friendly and enthusiastic, tailored to the student.

     

    Materials:

    • No specific materials. I tailor my lessons to the students, so I personally supply materials when and if it becomes expedient.


    Education:

    • Berklee College of Music, 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:

    • Solo finger style guitar performer
    • Performed with pit bands, gospel, klezmer, rock, jazz, and more.

     

     

    Bryan Tyler


    Violin, Viola, String Ensemble, String Troupe

     

    Preferred Student Ages/Levels:

    • Ages 3 and up


    Teaching Style:

    Bryan's mission with each student is to foster an enjoyment for music, set clear 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:

    • To be determined at the first lesson. Bryan teaches the Suzuki method.


    Education:

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


    Teaching Experience:

    • 10+ years teaching violin and viola
    • Co-founder and instructor of 50-member string program at Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown
    • Attended pedagogy seminars at Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University


    Performance Experience:

    • Fellowships with Aspen Music Festival, Symphony Nova, Foulger International Chamber Music Festival, and Manchester Chamber Music Festival
    • Solo performances with Aspen Music Festival and Symphony Nova
    • Orchestral performances with Cape Symphony, New Bedord Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova, Boston Civic Symphony, Gloria Dei Artes, 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