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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. We have moved to an online format for lessons. Our instructors utilize zoom, skype and/or google duo, and 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 lessons as well as ensembles for strings, percussion, guitar, piano, and voice.

Students have the option of participating in one or two online 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. 

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) on August 17th at 11:00 PM. Returning students will be processed first and are given priority. Students will then be registered in the order in which requests have been received.

  • Semester 1:  September 21 - December 18, 2020​
  • Semester 2:  January 11 - June 11, 2021

Prior to submitting a registration form, please review all documents below to become familiar with music faculty and their schedule. 

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

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

Faculty Biographies
 

Shooka Afshar


Piano, Voice - Teaching with CHSM since 2014

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.

Carol Cubberley

Violin, Viola - Teaching with CHSM since 2018

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 - Teaching with CHSM since 2005

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 (On leave during the period of remote teaching)

Drums, Guitar - Teaching with CHSM since 2006

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, String Troupe - Teaching with CHSM since 2016

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  - Teaching with CHSM since 2008

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 - Teaching with CHSM since 2013

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 - Teaching with CHSM since 2016

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 - Teaching with CHSM since 2012

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 - Teaching with CHSM since 2015

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