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Music Instructors - the Burlington Music Dojo

Music INSTRUCTORS

From all over Vermont, we are a collective of outstanding independent music instructors that are totally local and experienced. Active in the Green Mountain State community music scene and beyond, we've been in the magazines, played the venues, made the road trips, and spent hours upon hours studying music theory and the live experience. Music is amazing and we're here to share that with you.

 

VIOLIN LESSONS

CHRIS STORK

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About Chris

Vermont native and home schooler, Chris Stork graduated from The New School for Music, Mannes in 2011 (Pre-College Division) in New York City, with honors where he studied with Sally Thomas, The McGill University in 2016 (B.M. Violin Performance) in Montreal, Québec, and again the McGill University in 2018 (M.M Violin Performance) where he studied with Mark Fewer known for his Jazz music as much as his classical and Alexander Read Principal Second of the Orchéstra Symphoniqué de Montréal. Chris has been Concert Master of the McGill Opera Symphony Orchestra, Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vermont Mozart Festival. He has also won the McGill Chamber Music competition and been named ensemble in residence both at the Zodiac Music Festival in France and the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity in Alberta and the Toronto Summer Music Festival in Ontario.


 

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Drum LESSONS

COTTER ELLIS

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About Cotter

Cotter Ellis is a professional drummer from Burlington VT with over 10 years of live performance and private teaching experience. My lessons are designed to cater to your aspirations as a drummer. Whether you want to learn the basics, work on your technique, improve your chops, learn new styles, etc, my goal is to make the learning process as easy and fun as possible!

 

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VOICE LESSONS

MERRILL CAMERON

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About MERRILL

Merrill Cameron, a native Vermonter, graduated from UVM with a degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a minor in Music. Merrill enjoys singing all styles of music and has performed locally in a variety of productions ranging from opera to musical theater. She brings a unique perspective to vocal training as a former speech language pathology assistant in elementary schools, and as a choreographer/assistant director and assistant stage manager for musical productions. Merrill’s voice teaching philosophy is based in helping each student figure out how to use their unique instrument in a healthy and sustainable way. She wants to empower singers to learn and grow their vocal technique in order to cultivate a lifelong habit of singing and music! Merrill’s current focus is on teaching 6-12 year old students with all levels of experience; she is open to discussing lessons with older beginner students as well.

 

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Guitar LESSONS

Marc Edwards

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About Marc

Marc Edwards is a guitar player based out of Burlington, VT. He studied at Berklee College of Music, and holds a degree in guitar performance. He has been playing professionally since he was fourteen, and has been studying guitar since nine. He is versed in many styles including bluegrass, blues, rock, classical, and country music, but specializes in jazz and jazz fusion. Marc has played with members of twiddle, and has opened for Melvin Seals and Terrapin flyer. As a Vermont musician he has played gigs all around the east coast, and is very active in the Burlington, Vermont, music scene.

 

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PIANO LESSONS

VERONICA BANGS

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About Veronica

Veronica is a classically trained pianist whose education includes a B.A. in music from Hampshire College and graduate work in music theory at the University of Texas at Austin. After receiving her teaching certificate, she spent three years teaching music to Pre-K through 6th graders while offering private piano lessons to both children and adults.

Veronica’s teaching approach emphasizes practice and performance technique, music theory, sight-reading skill development and ear training. Drawing upon classical, jazz and pop selections, she tailors her teaching repertoire to the unique styles and interests of her students.

 

Contact & Lesson Information

  • Phone: (802) 540-0321

  • Email: piano@burlingtonmusicdojo.com

  • Schedule: Monday - Saturday

  • Rates:

    -30 minute lesson - $30

    -60 minute lesson - $50

    -Buy 4 lessons, get $15 off the 5th lesson

    -Buy 9 lessons, get 10th lesson free

 
 

Bass Lessons

ARAM BEDROSIAN

 
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about Aram

Born and raised in Burlington, Aram graduated from BHS, UVM and has established himself as a world class bassist and instructor. Well known locally and worldwide, he's appeared in Bass Player Magazine, has numerous international endorsements and has 23k youtube followers. His lessons are for all ages and levels with a strong focus on the goals, personality and learning style of the student. Beginners are absolutely welcome, as are very experienced students. Topics range from introductory scales and songs, to advanced technique and soloing and much more... He is also the resident bass guitar instructor at Johnson State College and has taken part in and directed numerous music camps for Burlington Parks & Rec.

 

Contact & Lesson Information

-30 minute lesson - $30

-60 minute lesson - $50

-Buy 4 lessons, get $15 off the 5th lesson

-Buy 9 lessons, get 10th lesson free

 

 
 

FLUTE LESSONS

TEssa Anderson

 
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About TEssa

Tessa has been teaching flute for 15 years. Trained as a classical musician, she has a BA in music performance from UVM. She's been with the jazz/rock band Made by Robots since 2014, writing music, improvising and performing regionally.
When she's not teaching you can find her up north in Fletcher, looking after her ducks or getting lost in the woods with her two dogs.

 

Contact & Lesson Information

-30 minute lesson - $30

-60 minute lesson - $50

-Buy 9 lessons, Get 10th Free

-1/2 off 1st lesson

 

 
 

Drum Lessons

GLen Wallace

 
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About GLen

As a lifelong musician, I know the importance of finding the right teacher for an instrumentalist--some of my most important influences in my youth were the private music instructors with whom I worked.  I began teaching younger students while I was still in high school, and eventually graduated with a degree in Music Education from Ball State
University in 2012; ever since, I've been teaching students of all ages in any capacity I can find!  After moving to the Burlington area in 2013, I began performing in a variety of ensembles (from funk to country, symphonic bands to jazz bands) all across New England. Prior, I toured the country with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, playing for sold out crowds across the country.  Whether you're looking for help with reading drum music or mastering a certain style,
whether you've been playing drums for years or are just picking up sticks, whether you're 8 or 68, I'm confident we can work together to help make you the kind of drummer you want to be.

 

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TRUMPET LESSONS

JASON WHITCOMB

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About Jason

Jason graduated from South Burlington High School in June 2001, The Crane School of Music (B.M. Music Education) where he studied Trumpet under Dr. John Ellis in 2005 and The College Conservatory of Music in 2007 (M.M. Trumpet Performance) in Cincinnati, Ohio, studying with former Principal Trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony, Philip Collins.  He has played with or continues to play with: Ottawa Symphony (Ottawa, Canada) Orchestra of Northern New York, Lima Symphony (OH), CCM Graduate Brass Quintet, West Virginia Symphony, and Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra and Symphony.

Currently, Jason lives in Colchester, VT and is performing with his newly formed brass quintet “InoraBrass”, Middlebury Bach Festival Orchestra, Lyric Theater Pit, St. Michael Playhouse Pit, Harwood Union High School Pit, Contracting and playing with Middlebury Opera Company Orchestra and Green Mountain Valley School Musical Pit, as well as teaching 40+ students a week privately.

 

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VOICE LESSONS

Lizzy Carlson

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ABout Lizzy

Lizzy Carlson graduated from UVM with a degree in Music Education and a concentration in classical voice. She has been teaching privately since 2013 and currently teaches PreK-4th grade music in Waterbury, VT. She has singing experience across many musical genres including musical theatre, jazz and pop. Her voice teaching philosophy focuses on healthy technique derived from the classical approach that can be transferred to all types of singing.

 

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Guitar and ukulele lessons

Franky Andreas

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ABOUT FRanky

Since 2002 Franky has been a fixture of the Burlington music community. Franky is currently partnered up with Colombian classical virtuoso Daniel Gaviria via the Gaviria Andreas Guitar Duo. He’s played in several rock outfits including The Metal Band Amadis, Brave the Vertigo, Demigoat, and Portugal Towers. Franky is well versed in multiple styles. If getting on the fast track towards becoming a professional guitarist is your goal, he can help. Disciplined chop building is only one of his strong suits.

 

Contact & Lesson Information

https://www.facebook.com/gaviriaandreas/

https://soundcloud.com/francis-andreas

https://bravethevertigo.bandcamp.com/

https://themetalbandamadis.bandcamp.com/

  • Schedule: Mon | Wed | Fri | Sat

  • Rates:

-30 minute lesson - $30

-60 minute lesson - $50

-Buy 4 lessons, get $15 off the 5th lesson

-Buy 9 lessons, get 10th lesson free

 

 
 

VOICE LESSONS

Audrey Bernstein

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About Audrey

Before her arrival on today’s jazz scene, Audrey Bernstein found success in many fields as an entertainer and creative fixture in the New York and Los Angeles social scenes. Now, she brings people together with her voice, infusing easy glamour and soul to both jazz classics and original numbers alike. Her captivating voice paired with her vibrant entertaining spirit set her apart. Audrey never fails to deliver nuanced, powerful performances, while still remaining utterly fun.

 

Contact & Lesson Information

-45 minute lesson - $45 (ages 7-9 years only) 

-55 minute lesson - $55

-Buy 9 lessons, get 10th lesson free