Afterschool: SEA Shore

Music Lessons

Private music lessons are an exciting part of Shore’s after school program, and are offered on a year-long basis to students in Grades Pre-K through 9. Qualified outside teaching professionals offer 10 or more lessons per day in drums, guitar, violin, piano, and voice.

Music offerings include:
  • Drum Lessons (Grade 1 - Grade 9) Leo Ciaramitaro is a drummer, percussionist, and teacher of American roots-based music. He has toured the US with several Broadway shows, and continues to perform live. Leo holds a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music from Longy School of Music at Bard College. (45 – 60 minute lessons for Grade Four and above; 30 minute lessons for Grades One - Three.) 
  • Piano Lessons (Ages 6 and above) Elizabeth Brown offers traditional reading-based instruction for all levels, using books which progress from folk to classical and jazz. Classes incorporate ear training, technique, improvisation, and rhythmic games. Elizabeth holds a BFA from Miami of Ohio, with post-grad studies in piano pedagogy, repertoire and eurythmics at Longy School of Music/ Bard College and Suzuki piano coursework and certification at Queens University, Ontario. 
  • Guitar Lessons (Grade 1 - Grade 9) With almost 30 years of music-related experience ranging from classroom teaching to the concert stage, SEA Shore presents classes in guitar instruction for all skill levels from Ross Hahn. These lessons familiarize the student with the basics and put them on the fastest track to playing songs. (Every student will be required to own their own guitar and guitar tuner.)
  • Violin/Viola Lessons (Pre-K - Grade 9) Joanne (Joey) Tedesco is a Suzuki string teacher who is registered with the Suzuki Association of America in Suzuki Books One through Four, received her Orff certification in Levels I and II from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and earned her Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Lowell. Students learn to play with proper technique, plenty of encouragement, all while having lots of fun.
  • Voice, Piano, and Ukulele Lessons (Pre-K - Grade 9) Alex Asacker is a music educator and performer based in Salem, MA. She is the Lower School Music Teacher at Shore Country Day School and also teaches private voice, piano, and ukulele lessons. Alex holds an M.M. in Music Education from The Boston Conservatory, and has taught in their program for students who are neuro-diverse. Alex aims to help all of her students find joy and confidence through music. When she’s not teaching Alex loves to spend time with her dog Rigby.
  • Voice and Piano Lessons (Kindergarten - Grade 9) Janine Mary Solheim is a professional vocalist, opera singer, and pianist based in the North Shore. She has been lauded for her "beautiful tone, musicality, and vocal flexibility.” An active performer, you can see Ms. Solheim soloing with local ensembles or singing and playing piano for the public. Ms. Solheim has been a dedicated teacher of voice and piano for 14 years. She believes in feeding children's natural curiosity for the instrument, as well as the skills and theory of music. 
  • Voice, Piano, and Guitar Lessons (Kindergarten - Grade 9) Christine Tighe received her Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Massachusetts, majoring in piano. She has extensive teaching experience in piano, voice, violin, and guitar. She has participated in various local choirs and is also a member of the Melrose Symphony. Christine recently completed her certification in the Music for Healing and Transition Program and will become a Certified Music Practitioner through this program.
  • Violin Lessons (All grades) Lisa Brooke is an in-demand performer for genres ranging from playing for some of today’s top pop star concerts, to subbing with the Boston Pops, to performing on period instruments of the Baroque era, to being concertmaster of various orchestras. Lisa has studied with some exceptional teachers and shares her passion for music and sense of humor with her many students. She has taught at Salem State University, as well as privately, and currently works with underserved students in Nashua NH, with Upbeat NH.
  • Ukulele and Banjo Lessons (Grade 1 - Grade 9) Gretchen Bowder sings and plays banjo and guitar with her bluegrass band, The Bagboys, who have performed at festivals and venues at home and abroad since 1998. She has been a Spanish teacher at Shore in both the Upper and Lower Divisions since 2006. Gretchen is an experienced private instrumental instructor who also teaches at music camps during the summers.

Shore Country Day School

545 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 927-1700
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