Andover Community Music School Private & Group lessons in Andover, MA
We offer instruction in a variety of instruments, as well as classes to develop the skills essential to good musicianship and music appreciation. We are here to help you begin or further your own music growth and experience, and to help you connect with others who share similar musical interests. The Merrimack Valley Community Music School is a community-based, non-profit music school that is dedicated to helping people connect through music education and performance. Music at its best brings people together and creates positive energy within a community as a common language that bonds us beyond cultural, social and economic differences. Music education is a powerful way to learn about oneself and to explore the possibilities that lie within each of us, to reach for our highest good and potential. Public performance can be very powerful, whether from a beginning student playing a simple song, or an accomplished musician performing a complex work.
Arkady Beletsky was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and began playing cello at an early age. After his family moved to Moscow, he went on to study the instrument with some of the best Soviet masters. Upon completing his Master's of Music at the Gnesin Institute of Music in Moscow Mr. Beletsky started to perform solo and with chamber groups all around the Former Soviet Union.
Bob is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Composition and the New England Conservatory with a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies. Very active as a bandleader, pianist and vocalist in the Boston/New England area for many years, Bob currently plays piano each week in the Oak Bar at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, and frequently for special events throughout New England.
Tad is a long-time guitar instructor and performer in our local area. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with studies in Composition and Applied Music programs. Tad is also trained in Suzuki Instruction and certified in Orff instruction.
Violin & Viola
Scott Knopf received an AB from Harvard and an MM in String Performance from Boston University. His instrumental teachers include Yuri Mazurkevich, Peter McHugh, Mowry Pearson, Sarah Scriven, and Sally Thomas for viiolin, and Rafael Hillyer for viola. He's been coached by members of the Apple Hill Chamber Players, the Fine Arts Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet, the Kolish Quartet, and the Razumovsky Quartet.
Flute & Saxophone
Valerie Walton has been an active musician and music administrator in the New England area for over 30 years. She has spent over 25 years with the Winchester Community Music School playing development and administrative roles.
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