Children's Music Center
of Jamaica Plain
In-home Instructors

Itai IN-HOME PIANO LESSONS -Itai is a pianist, singer-songwriter, and educator. He graduated from SUNY Purchase with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition in 2007, and from Hebrew College with a Master's Degree in Jewish Education in 2016, and has been teaching piano since 2007. As he discovered that he likes teaching, Itai continued his career in education in other settings, such as after-school programs, religious school, and summer camps. Aside from piano instruction, Itai's music teaching has taken other forms, particularly leading groups in song. In his musician life, Itai plays various styles including jazz, klezmer, blues, folk, and rock. At piano lessons at all levels, Itai combines classical methods with musicianship skills such as ear training and improvisation, giving students independence from the page. His goals when teaching piano are to empower students with the ability to improve their playing on their own by instilling effective practicing habits. He hopes to give students the tools for self-expression and connect people through the universal language.

Itai is currently available for lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays

 

 

 

 

Sophia IN-HOME PIANO or HARP LESSONS - Sophia is originally from Philadelphia, PA and is now a Junior at Boston College. Playing both classical piano and harp since a young age, Sophia’s passions for music run deep. Additionally, Sophia has received scholarships for the arts including the Vincent Cullen Scholarship for the Arts, Ancillae-Assumpta Academy’s Virtuoso Award for Musical Excellence, and Mount Saint Joseph Academy’s Scholarship for Piano. Studying English, Music, & Art History, Sophia aspires to have a career in arts education post-grad. Open to working with each child on an individual basis, Sophia hopes to tailor each set of lessons to suit each child’s needs. Sophia believes that music lessons should be a fun and inspiring time for children!

Teaching philosophy:  I believe that music truly has a soul-nurturing quality that should be cherished. Believing that every child should be afforded the opportunity to explore the expressive and inspirational qualities of art and music, I aim to spread the joys of music! No child is too small to feel the happiness that music cultivates — and no adult too old to feel the child-like joy that music inspires!     

Sophia is currently available for lessons on Saturdays & Sundays.

 

 

 

 

Zaray - IN-HOME PIANO or VOICE LESSONS - Zaray holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a piano concentration and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance, and is a recipient of various music grants and competitions. She currently performs regionally and locally in the Boston area. Zaray has taught piano and voice for the past five years, and is looking forward to working with students in the Boston area.

Teaching Philosophy: I believe that every human being has an innate musicality. I help my students develop an understanding of music and composition while also having fun learning about the art and  preparing a piece for performance. Every student has different strengths and goals when it comes to lessons and I strive to help my students achieve them.  Whether they may want to learn a classical piece, contemporary song, or develop their musicianship skills, I target my lesson planning according to their personal goals. 

Zaray is currently available for lessons on Mondays & Thursdays