Another vote for Renee Helmke Bordner. She manages to blend fun and learning with an amazing feel for varying individual personalities.
- Stephen V.
I can’t express enough appreciation for Tara Chambers teaching our 3 boys piano the past 2 years. The boys could only play baby songs before they started lessons with Tara, who challenged them with playing classical. The boys improved at a speed that we could never imagine. Since then, the boys are confident enough to participate in recitals and competitions. We are amazed by Tara's ability to see the potentials of her students. Tara is patient, encouraging, and loving. She listens to the boys’ preferences and always finds pieces that they enjoy learning. Tara makes learning piano a joyful experience for them. During the pandemic, Tara adapted to teaching remotely, and the boys were able to continue lessons. We love working with Tara and look forward to unlocking more potentials.
- Tanya Cheng, MA
Taka is an outstanding teacher. He is very energetic and patient. My son likes him very much and likes his drumming lessons.
- Theresa Z.
Monica has opened Sam’s eyes and heart to the piano. She is so sweet and has formed a great bond with him. We never expected his skills to flourish amidst a pandemic using FaceTime, but she has gone above and beyond. We are so pleased with his progress and how much he enjoys playing. He has learned theory, developed his ear, and enjoys learning new songs on the piano. More than that he looks forward to his lessons every week! We can’t recommend her more! Monica is amazing.
- Keith G.
Leo came to our home and worked professionally with my son. He created an individualized voice lesson experience by choosing
material that was fun, but relevant to my son’s development. My son looks forward to bringing his new knowledge to his high school
chorale and theater groups.
- Michelle M.
My thirteen year old son has been taking drum lessons from Jacob for about a year now. Given we started with him in the middle of the pandemic, we hadn't even met face to face until a few months ago! But regardless of whether he's teaching Charlie over Zoom or in-person, Jacob has been great -- positive, encouraging, and always focused on making lessons fun. Charlie really appreciates the videos and links Jacob shares as a way of improving his drumming even outside of lesson time. We can't recommend him enough!
- Katie Moynihan
My son has been taking guitar lessons for over a year now with Zayde Buti and it has been a wonderful experience. My son has always been fond of creating his own songs from a very young age and Zayde is fostering that love. Zayde encourages him to create his own songs while also teaching him the proper mechanics of playing the guitar. They have explored other music that my son loves and he has taught him how to play his favorite songs. My son always looks forward to his time with Zayde as he is warm and supportive and also an excellent teacher. We are so grateful to have him teaching our son!
- Lisa W.
I wanted to thank you for all the work that you, your colleagues and your family put into making this (Note-worthypalooza) such a memorable event. It's amazing to have pulled off something like this during the pandemic and we are very grateful. Since we have joined the studio a year and half ago I have watched with much respect and admiration how you are and your studio are so much more than just music lessons - so many opportunities for recitals, bands, causes etc. We are glad to be part of the Note-worthy community.
My daughter is LOVING her piano lessons (she even reminds me that she has to practice). It's been exciting to watch her go from just hitting random notes to being able to read music & play songs (I'll even join her for the duets).
-Bev from Somerville, parent of one of Mia Tsai's student
My daughter has been taking violin lessons since elementary school. Aleksandre is her third private lesson teacher. Although she liked all her teachers, she finds Aleks to be extremely helpful and an excellent violinist. We were able to notice a significant improvement within few weeks after working with Aleks which demonstrates his excellent ability to assess a student needs and make adjustment to improve her performance in a rather short period of time. For me that was pretty impressive.
-Holia from Sudbury
Two months ago, my daughter started piano lessons with Dan Pappas. On the first day, Dan arrived at our house and immediately my daughter felt comfortable working with Dan. My daughter is a rambunctious six-year old. Since the lessons are at home, my daughter can become easily distracted by her surroundings. Dan is very patient. He finds a proper balance of learning and having fun. Now that we are doing lessons remotely, we are doing two shorter meetings a week. This has helped increase my daughter’s engagement. Overall, the lesson quality remains great. As a family, we appreciate Dan’s flexibility. We have had to move lessons around to accommodate our schedules. Dan has always been very flexible. Despite the chaos (both from a rambunctious six-year old and current life changes), my daughter has progressed rapidly and really enjoys playing the piano.
Finally, I asked my daughter why she likes Dan. She said that Dan is nice and is patient. He lets me learn at my own pace.
- Ryan from Natick
As someone who picked up the violin as an adult, I had some doubts about working with a teacher - I was particularly concerned about how well lessons would be tailored to an older student. But Kun has done an excellent job of both being patient with my development, and also still making lessons engaging. She takes the time to not only focus on the fundamentals of each new piece, but also to highlight the important stylistic elements of the music. Each piece isn't just a sheet of notes to be played, but rather a song to be enjoyed. Kun is always happy to answer my questions and is very easy to communicate with. That has especially become important lately as everyone made the move to online classes - I've been able to continue my lessons without missing a beat. It has been a joy to learn with Kun.
-Allen from Framingham
Tim Flores is working with our 9-year-old son & 11-year-old daughter. He jumped right in as a substitute instructor in a seamless way; quickly understanding & responding to their learning styles, personalities, levels, engaging them, challenging them & quickly guiding their growth. He has a kind, positive vibe as he provides a fun, focused lesson. He often adds an extra little element to keep them engaged & learning such as duets, learning how to give (& receive) constructive feedback from each other, listening activities about classical composers. He teaches them to appreciate where they are & get excited about what is next. He is super organized & follows up each lesson with a lesson plan that is extremely helpful for the my kids (& parents too) to navigate exactly what to work on & how to go about it. Tim clearly cares about his students and helping them both progress and find the joy of music! We are so appreciative that he is working with our children!
- Laurie from Wellesley
I want to express our appreciation for our virtual guitar lessons with Yaman. He goes above and beyond in ensuring that my children are able to get the most out of their lessons, despite the fact that he isn’t there in person. He makes videos for the kids with clear explanations during the week so that they can practice parts of their songs with added instruction. He continues to be as upbeat and encouraging as ever. It is such a pleasure to be able to continue these lessons and it gives us a sense of normalcy during very abnormal times!
-Kristin from Sudbury
I'm surprised how well the technology worked--not just from a logistical point of view, but for delivering a very constructive lesson. I didn't have doubts about your ability to teach, but I thought perhaps on our end it wouldn't feel "real." But it certainly did! I found that my son was more focused than he sometimes is. But I don't know if that was because the lesson was online, or it was just one of his better days in terms of paying attention.
-Jeanette from Framingham
My daughter is thoroughly enjoying flute lessons with Sho. She is so proud of herself for the progress she's made so far, thanks to Sho for helping her with initial challenges in making a good sound and reaching the more difficult notes. Sho is a very enthusiastic instructor and is very sensitive to the way in which his students learn. He is always trying to think of new and creative ways in which to convey musical concepts and technique. Claire always looks forward to the next lesson with Sho!
-Christine from Sudbury
My son has really enjoyed his piano lessons with Bryce. Bryce does a great job engaging with his students and encouraging them to push out of their comfort zone. He has also made it fun and motivating by introducing different genres of music from Start Wars, to Holiday Music, to Bach. It has also been good for my son to have a male teacher; he really looks up to him and wants to do better!
-JoAnn from Sudbury
Yusuke has been a wonderful guitar teacher for my teen daughter. His clear expertise, patience, and friendly manner make him a perfect match. He listens to her preferences and works with her to play songs that fit her style. Although she has only been playing for a few months, my daughter looks forward to her lessons, enjoys practicing, and is making great progress. We highly recommend Yusuke to anyone looking for a first guitar teacher!
-Jessica from Sudbury
Our 14-year-old son started taking trumpet lessons from Cassie a little over six months ago. His improvement was immediate, and he has really enjoyed the lessons. Cassie covers a tremendous amount of ground in each lesson and has worked effectively with our son on musicality and phrasing, dynamic contrast, rhythm/counting, articulation, tone, breath support, intonation - pretty much everything. She also regularly alerts our son to opportunities to grow as a trumpet player outside of school and lessons. She's enthusiastic, direct, efficient, and encouraging. She's been great.
- Jeff from Cambridge
Miss Nina has been very good with my son. Miss Nina has a very beautiful voice and we enjoyed listening to her live voice when she was coming to our home for face to face lessons. She is very attentive and fun for my son to follow and learn from. We are very fortunate to have her teach Ethan at his current stage of his musical ability. Looking forward to keep on collaborating with her to improve my sons' ukulele skills and singing capabilities too. We would like to recommend Miss Nina to other families who are interested in exposing their children to musing.
-Juliana from Sudbury
Giving a shout out to Renee Helmke Bordner and her wonderful Noteworthy instructors! We've transitioned to FaceTime lessons and it's working out great. It's added a much needed structure to a non-stop quarantining day. Great time for music lessons while kids have time on their hands!
-Judy from Sudbury
We are so pleased with Carly. Not only is she super talented and experienced, she is an effective communicator. I was so impressed with how quickly Sophie was able to master simple songs on the clarinet just a few weeks after first picking up the instrument and only after a couple lessons with Carly. We look forward to continued musical progress with Carly!
-Christine from Sudbury
We could not be more pleased with Anna and your organization- we have done lessons with two other instructors (who were quite experienced) and Anna is the best! She’s really dedicated and obviously talented in instruction as well as music. What a find!! Thank you!
-Alicia from Charlestown
Joel does a great job working on the basics as well as allowing my daughter to be creative and work on her ‘own’ music. It’s a perfect match for her.
-Tiffany from Sudbury
Seba is a wonderful teacher for my son and a super nice guy. He finds Seba engaging , very comfortable to be with and enjoys the lessons very much. My son feels he teaches him more than notes, rhythm, fundamentals and so much more. He looks forward to his weekly lessons and is very impressed with Seba as he is super talented!
-Linda from Sudbury
Our daughters, Layla (age 8) and Elise (age 6) began voice lessons with Jessica a short time ago. They were both immediately at ease with her gentle manner and easygoing personality. Jessica incorporates the girls' music choices along with her own as she guides them through voice exercises and in song. The girls each accomplish a lot in their individual 30-minute lessons. We have heard improvement in their voices and look forward to more growth in the future.
-Jackie from Framingham
I would like to recognize Johnny for his outstanding teaching. My son was new to the cello last summer and Johnny has been wonderful. He is kind, patient, and instructs very well. At one point when my son felt a bit frustrated, Johnny adjusted his approach and my son responded very well. Someone who can pivot quickly and find a new and successful approach is a sign of a great teacher! We truly appreciate his dedication!
-Carole from Concord
Renee is incredibly knowledgeable about both piano instruction and teaching more broadly. Renee understands what is developmentally appropriate and is preparing my daughter for more advanced skills when she will be ready by having a systematic approach from the beginning. She knows how to motivate and focus young children and has made piano lessons productive and fun for my daughter. Renee has routines that make the lesson flow from start to finish and my daughter knows exactly what to expect each week. She also has expectations that my daughter practice and be a responsible student which I appreciate.
- Stephanie, Phd. Graduate Studies of Education at Harvard University
We have been really happy with Noteworthy Experiences of Sudbury. They have sent both piano and viola teachers to our home, and both have been excellent. Renee Bordner, the owner, is a pleasure to work with, and very good at matching personalities to attain the best possible experience.
- Sarah from Sudbury
Garrett has been teaching Piano to my three kids for the last four months. My kids love working with him and are making great progress. He's able to relate to them and make it fun. All three of them are more willing to practice and they also talk about their favorite songs.
-Praveena from Hopkinton
Kailey Zercher is so great, and my daughter loves her. She is patient and kind and fun, and knows how to capture what my daughter is interested in and channel that into her lessons. We feel very thankful for her and to have found your company!
-Kathleen from Acton
My 16-year-old son Anthony has been receiving horn lessons from Julia for about 8 months. Julia has a friendly and welcoming personality that has made Anthony feel very comfortable working with her from the start. Both my wife and I have remarked that we not only like the way that she interacts while working with him but also that her teaching style is made up of a wonderful balance of high expectations and support. In the short amount of time that he has worked with her, we have seen an improvement in his ability to tackle more challenging pieces. This has been a very positive experience for our son and he is looking forward to continuing his lessons with her.
-Andrew from Hudson
Amy is the perfect teacher for us--8-year-old and 40-year-old first time piano students. She understands that children and adults learn differently and switches easily between teaching styles and techniques for each of us. She gently helps us work on "problem areas" (keep those wrists up!) and inspires us to improve our skills and perhaps most importantly, love music. Amy is flexible, attentive and encouraging. We love Amy!
-Liz from Framingham
Tristan has been working with our 11 year old son for several months now and he is a phenomenal teacher! From day one, I could tell Tristan was a true professional. Tristan is teaching our son important technical skills, but more importantly, inspiring a love of music. Since working with Tristan, our son has been listening to and enjoying different types of music more than ever. He is practicing every day, by choice. He has also started to write his own music with the help of Tristan. We love seeing our son's passion for the guitar blossom, thanks to Tristan's help!
- Krista from Sudbury