Ken Freeman, Site Director, is a Berklee College of Music graduate who has focused his career on music education and the music business. With a unique guitar technique and a voice that sounds like a tribute to his heroes, David Gray, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Elton John, Paul Simon, The Beatles, and Radiohead, Ken has created a niche for himself as a multi-instrumentalist in the music industry like no other. His focus on professionalism and musicianship sets him aside from most artists in the New England area.
Staff & Music Teachers
Aida is a guitarist, composer and educator, originally from the Dominican Republic. She graduated Berklee College of Music (Class of ’18) with a B.M. in Jazz Composition and Performance. During her studies she was selected winner of the Jazz Education Network’s Young Composers Showcase (2017), where she premiered her piece “TC (for Leo)”, in New Orleans, LA. She received the Emily Remler Award (2017) from the Guitar Department, and the Tadd Dameron (2017) and Clare Fischer (2018) Awards from Berklee’s Jazz Composition Department. Her arrangements have been performed by renowned artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Berta Rojas and Toninho Horta. Aida's influences include singer Monica Salmaso, guitarists Paulo Bellinati, Chico Pinheiro and Roland Dyens. She is currently teaching voice, piano and guitar lessons and working on her debut album “Flora & Fauna” which will feature some of her best works as a composer.
Alida M. is a songwriter, vocalist, and educator hailing from the central valley of California. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a B.M. in songwriting. There, she studied with Peter Eldrige of the New York Voices and was a recipient of the Silvia M. Zunz scholarship for excellence in the music of the great American songbook. Her voice evokes the mellow warmth of vintage jazz singers of the mid 20th century, while songwriting takes a more modern folk-inspired narrative approach, addressing topics such as mental health, social justice, and love. She has performed globally, including performances in Japan, Norway, Spain, and France. She is currently based in Providence, RI, where she enjoys teaching, writing and performing.
Carlos H. (Cabeto) is a drummer from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He started playing drums at 15, after 6 months he joined the National Conservatory of Music, where he studied for 4 years. He started to gain popularity in the local jazz scene and played with renown jazz players from the Dominican Republic. After participating in the 2015 edition of Berklee on the Road at his hometown, he was given a scholarship to join Berklee as a full-time student, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude majoring in Performance. While at Berklee he studied with renown drummers Terri Lyne Carrington, Neal Smith, Francisco Mela, Yoron Israel and many more. He also was a student at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute for 2 years, where he studied under the tutelage of Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington and others. He received the Steve Gadd Award en 2017 and The Most Active Drummer in 2018.
Marisol E. is a Mexican-born vocalist and composer. She holds a B.M. in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee she was the recipient of multiple awards like the North American Tour Scholarship and the Guadalupe Endowed Scholarship. Marisol has extensive experience in multiple genres having collaborated with Grammy Award-winning artists including The Zac Brown Band, Jacob Collier, Arnie Roth and Craig Hella Johnson. She has also performed in prominent venues like the Boston City Hall, Fenway Park, Boston Symphony Hall, and Agganis Arena. She is currently a Berklee Alumni Ambassador that assists in identifying and recruiting talented prospective students for the college.
Tyler C. has been composing and performing music since he was 6 years old. Growing up in a very musical household in sunny southern California, Tyler studied classical piano before branching out into playing a diverse selection of both styles and instruments, including drums, vocals, guitar, bass, ukulele, and many others. Throughout his teaching career, which started in high school, Tyler has always sought to keep music education both relevant to his students’ lives and accessible to those who don’t otherwise have access to it, which is why he has spent the past two years working for a musical non-profit in Hyde Park. As a performing musician, Tyler has played jazz piano in big bands and combos, keyboards in professional wedding and event bands, bass and drums in singer/songwriter recording sessions and live shows, and worked for three years as the musical director of Boston University’s premiere co-ed a cappella group, In Achord. "Music, more than anything else, is play. That’s why, when we’re doing it, we call it playing.”
- Individual instruction with proprietary curriculum
- Students are motivated by playing with others in a band
- A band builds teamwork, develops social skills, fosters self-esteem and leads to lasting friendships.
- Everyone learns faster playing music they like
- Students are motivated to learn when they see early results
- Introducing very young children to music supports cognitive development and motor skills.
- A well-balanced music education consists of Music Theory, Technique and Repertoire.
- Students learn faster playing music they like.
- Simplified versions of modern songs allow students to see results more quickly.
- Audio recordings of each simplified arrangement are available to students. This allows them to hear how their part should sound.
- Lessons are catered to the needs of each student's learning style.