Peter Wiernik is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music (1994), With a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance (guitar) and a graduate of Boston University with a Master of Music degree in Music Education. Additionally, Peter has completed five years of advanced improvisation studies with the legendary Charlie Banacos. He has performed both as a leader and as a sideman throughout the United States. Peter has been teaching guitar lessons in the Boston and Metro-West area since 1991.
Over the years, Peter has developed his own teaching materials to help each student develop skills in reading music, improvisation, composition, playing by ear, and overall guitar technique. These lessons are individually tailored to each student, so that real learning and development occur. Most students experience rapid improvement followed by sustained musical growth. Peter is a state certified music educator licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education.
Alison Keslow (Nominated For a 2015 BOSTON MUSIC AWARD) is an electric bassist and composer with a B.M. in Music Education from Berklee College of Music. She also continued her bass studies with the great jazz bassist Bruce Gertz and studied advanced improvisation techniques with the amazing jazz master Charlie Banacos. Alison was also an instrumental and general music teacher in the Brookline, MA public schools for 8 years. She has also taught private bass lessons for many years in the MA area. Since the summer of 2010 she has taught at the Berklee guitar sessions assisting faculty members Scott Tarulli and Don Lappin. In 2015 Alison joined the Berklee Five Week summer program faculty.
Alison’s number one priority is to make the lessons fun and interesting for the student while making sure to include some solid musical theory.
Alison has shared the stage or supported such great artists such as Joan Armatrading, Jerry Marotta (long time drummer for Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oats), John Sebastian (of Loving Spoonful) and more. She shares album credits with Jerry Marotta, Tony Levin and saxophonist Mindi Abair. Alison regularly performs in the Boston and New England area with her own project, The Alison Keslow Group. She also plays bass for many local singer songwriters and instrumental groups. Alison Keslow endorses Sadowsky basses and strings as well as EBS Professional Bass Equipment. Find out more about Alison at alisonkeslow.com. Check out a video of Alison's music here https://youtu.be/AJW1L9Wm4fQ
Boston’s Dave Fox is a drum set artist and educator whose strong work ethic, professionalism, and passion for a wide variety of styles has led him to become a staple on the local music scene and a first call sideman to many of Boston’s top Jazz, Funk, Rock and Blues musicians. He also has worked with national artists such as Grammy Award winner Charles Neville (of the Neville Brothers) and Grammy Award winning songwriter, producer and musician Tom “T.H.” Hambridge. With Tom Hambridge and his Band “The Rattlesnakes”, Dave performed and toured on a national level in 2010/11 supporting such acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Doobie Brothers and George Thorogood and The Destroyers. Regular venues Dave has performed with Tom Hambridge and The Rattlesnakes include: The House Of Blues (Boston), B.B. King’s Blues Club (New York City), Artpark (Lewiston, NY), Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (New Hampshire) and XM/Sirius Radio (Washington, D.C.)
When not performing as a sideman, Dave is also the creator and leader of the experimental, free group “Adventures In Sound” featuring world class improvisers David Tronzo, Phil Grenadier, Josh Rosen and Bruno Raberg. He has had the privilege to study with master percussionists such as Walter Tokarczyk, Thom Hannum, and Billy Ward and has been a long time student of his mentor, world-renowned drummer, Bob Gullotti. He is an endorser of Pearl Drums and Vic Firth Drumsticks exclusively.
Thomas Grandprey has taught instrumental music at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School since 2004. Previous teaching positions include David Prouty H.S. in Spencer, MA where he was awarded the iParenting teacher of the month, and at Mayo H.S. in Rochester, MN where he was an active clinician and judge for music festivals.
Mr. Grandprey holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Minnesota where he studied tuba with Ross Tolbert of the Minnesota Orchestra and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies with and Emphasis in Pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music Collaborative Jazz Masters Program where he studied with bassist Bruce Gertz.
As a performer on trombone, tuba, and bass Mr. Grandprey has been involved in a wide variety of musical groups that stretch from classical to contemporary styles. He is an alumnus of the international educational cultural exchange program Up With People where he toured and performed in a professional quality show with an international cast, as well as performing community service in 93 communities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He has released three independent label jazz CD's and is currently the bassist with the Worcester Jazz Orchestra, an 18 piece big band. Thomas is a state certified music educator licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education.
Jeremy received his Bachelor of Music Studies (Music Education) from UMass Lowell, primarily studying Drum Set and Percussion. While at Umass Lowell, Jeremy studied with legendary drum teacher Fred Buda and taught a 3rd Grade General Music class with a group of other UML students for the 2009-2010 school year. He has been teaching private drum lessons both self employed and through music stores since he was 17 years old, also hosting percussion workshops along the way. Jeremy was a student in the Sudbury Public School Music Program from 1997-2006, studying with Bob Mealey and Tom Grandprey. Upon L-S graduation, Jeremy was presented with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for his commitment and performance. Jeremy has performed and recorded with rock, jazz, and classical groups over the past decade.
“Nothing makes me happy like a curious student.” – Jeremy Murray
To see Jeremy play, check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0-MZ4cD0GE
Kristine’s classical training began in Rochester, New York; where she pursued musical studies with Eastman School of Music faculty and members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In Boston, she expanded into jazz and improvisational music, studying with Matt Derriau, Charlie Banacos & John Payne. More recently, she has studied both classical and jazz styles at New England Conservatory.
From 1999- 2004 she played flute and piccolo with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra in central Massachusetts. During that period she was also member of the Tufts University Flute Ensemble. An active freelance musician, she is one half of the “Alla Breve Guitar and Flute Duo”, performing regularly with her husband, guitarist & Berklee college professor, Steven Kirby.
Kristine has taught flute to all levels of students since 1995, and has participated in instrumental music programs at schools in Watertown, Boxboro, Brookline and Hudson. She is thrilled to be joining the faculty at Sudbury School of Music.
Jim has been teaching music to all ages for over 20 years. With a focus on finding the beauty in music, he creates an environment of experimentation, appreciation, encouragement, confidence and fun.
Here’s what the press has to say about Jim:
Jim Hobbs is a "veteran of the free-jazz scene" (Phillip Lutz, New York Times) and an "untouchably gifted master of the alto saxophone," (Steven Joerg, AUM Fidelity) Critics call him "one of his generation’s most gifted altoists; his ability to effortlessly glide between pitches and microtones enables a boundless capacity for tonal expression." (Troy Collins AllAboutJazz) and describe his writing as "superb…mixing tempos, time signatures, harmonies, and timbre." (Steve Loewy, Cadence Magazine). Hobbs’ sound "is nothing short of astounding in its abstract lyricism, replete with throaty vocalizations, dramatic use of negative space and a gradually expanding phrase structure."(Wilbur MacKenzie, AllAboutJazz). Guitarist Joe Morris said in a radio interview on WMBR "he's as good as anyone who's ever played that instrument."
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