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.

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Christine - IN-HOME PIANO & CLARINET LESSONS -Pianist and Clarinetist Christine is a native of Taiwan and has performed solo, orchestral, and chamber works in addition to accompanying singers and instrumentalists. From 2010 to 2014, Christine has placed in a variety of clarinet competitions, including 1st place in the Taiwanese National Student Competition of Music and 3rd place in the Young Artist Music Competition of Taiwan. She also played as a collaborative pianist for a number of college music competitions in Taiwan. She has performed in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Florent Heau, John Scott, Nathan Williams, and Paul Meyer. Christine earned her Bachelor of Music in Clarinet and Piano Performance from the National Taichung University of Education in Taiwan. She received her Master of Music degree in from Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She also studied chamber music with Seth Knopp, Michael Kannen, and Benjamin Pasternack at Peabody Conservatory.

 

Christine is a passionate teacher and dedicated musician currently freelancing in the greater Boston area with various chamber groups and orchestras. Since 2012, she has been a piano and clarinet teacher in Taiwan and America, and she is currently teaching piano and clarinet throughout Boston. Her favorite thing about teaching is being able to work with all sorts of people, especially with children!

 

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Sophia - IN-HOME PIANO & HARP -Sophia is originally from Philadelphia, PA and is now a Senior 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! She feels 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, she aims 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!

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