Welcome to the Fiddlehead Scarborough Private Music Lesson information page. There are so many benefits for signing up for music lessons. Studies have indicated that music may help increase mathematical ability, improve reading comprehension, help students learn responsibility, concentration, perseverance and self-discipline, among many other benefits.
You should know that by making the decision to sign up for music lessons for yourself or your student, you are entering into an experience that will have a lasting impact. We have a carefully selected team of professional and experienced music instructors that are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable music lesson experience.
Fiddlehead has the following music lessons available:
- bass guitar,
- guitar (acoustic or electric),
- voice lessons
|Lesson Length||Per Lesson Pricing|
|30 Minutes (most common)||$30 per lesson|
|45 Minutes||$45 per lesson|
|1 hour||$60 per lesson|
How to Register:
Find available music lessons here: http://bit.ly/1819MusicFH
Fiddlehead Music Instructors
Instrument: Violin/Fiddle, Ukulele
Megan is a violinist from Portland, Maine. She currently performs around New England with her band Hannah Daman and the Martelle Sisters. Her band explores different styles of progressive folk fusing mandolin, guitar and violin while incorporating three-part harmony. They have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Kaleo, Jamestown Revival, Parsonsfield, Ghosts of Paul Revere, and The Mallet Brothers. Her roots are in classical music. She studied at the University of Southern Maine where she graduated with a degree in music performance. Upon finishing, she continued her studies at The Berklee College of Music where she studied with Mimi Rabson, Matt Glaser and Darol Anger.
Megan’s love for people and creativity drive her teaching. She spends her summers in Haiti where she has the opportunity to bring violins and teach beginner violin in a rural village in northern Haiti. This opportunity was inspired from her time teaching in Boston where she taught at a non- profit that brought music into the Haitian community of Hyde Park. Her desire in teaching is to see music strip down barriers between people and build up new life and strength within communities. After moving back to Portland, she spent several years teaching violin and ukulele at 317 Main Music Center where she grew and flourished as a teacher. During this season, she was supported by her 317 community to start a violin program for 3rd graders at the East End Community School as part of their morning “Rise and Shine” program. Her teaching style is inspired by the various learning styles of different students where she will adapt to the needs of each student. Her lessons are fun and uplifting.
“Piano is the easiest instrument to play in the beginning, and the hardest to master in the end.”
Style: Classical, Popular
Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian
Natasha was trained in the classical Russian method. She started her musical path at early age with help of her mother who was a professional piano teacher and gave her daughter all her inspiration and love for music from the early age. She started her studies at the Professional Music School at age of seven. Natasha graduated with honors and learned Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from State Music College and her Master of Music Degrees in Piano Pedagogy from Music University in Kiev, her native Ukraine. Upon graduation, she qualified as a soloist, concertmaster and piano instructor. She was performing and competing during all these years since she was a child.
In 2002 Natasha moved to Maine and continued her musical career as a piano teacher, giving private lessons. She joined Fiddlehead School in 2008. She is inspired by the progress and accomplishments of her students over the years. She works with beginner to advanced levels of all ages. Natasha believes that love and appreciation of music makes lives of her students better and fulfilling, and will last a lifetime.
Instrument: Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Aaron Henry is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer/composer who has recently relocated after spending over a decade in the New York market. With a versatility rooted in extensive technical training and performance experience in both classical and jazz, he is experienced in a wide range of musical styles. He is comfortable teaching lessons on all saxophones, clarinets, flutes, and piano.
At the University of Redlands, he studied classical music and woodwind doubling before graduating from the Berklee College of Music as a Charlie Parker scholarship recipient, where he studied with Joe Lovano, George Garzone, and Hal Crook. He also holds a Master of Music in Studio Composition from the State University of New York, Purchase College. He has produced and written commercial music for clients such as Fox International and National Geographic, as well as international music libraries and production catalogs.
In addition to his own release entitled Blueshift, he has numerous album credits to his name, including recent Grammy nominated large ensemble albums by Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, entitled Resolution and What’sNext?, as well as recent releases by Macedonian pop-jazz guitarist and vocalist Vladimir Cetkar. Recording credits also include the feature film “Hunting Elephants,” starring Patrick Stewart. As a seasoned performer, he has played international jazz festivals and has shared the stage and studio with the likes of Dave Liebman, Anat Cohen, Esperanza Spaulding, Tiger Okoshi, Christian Scott, Matthew Stevens, Livingston Taylor, Meshelle N’Ddegeocello, and Jane Monheit. He is a sought-after music educator in the Northeast market, and focuses his time in his home studio on composition, production, and recording. He lives in Scarborough, ME with his wife and 2 young children.
Crystal Marie Taber
Private Voice and Acting Coach
German-born soprano, Crystal Marie is a thriving young performer in the New England musical community. During her reign last year as Ms. Maine 2018, she was named a top 10 finalist in Boston’s 2017 American Idol auditions. She has been seen in local productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Music Man, and countless music venues with various local bands. In 2016, she held a residency at Portland’s Studio 55, Portland House of Music and Events, and a Queen tribute band as a vocalist.
A graduate of Boston University’s Vocal Performance program, Crystal performed at Boston Symphony Hall with the BU Symphonic Choir under Dr. Ann Howard Jones and in the Marsh Chapel Choir. She made her professional Jordan Hall debut in 2009 as a soloist. She also performed in operas and opera scenes. An avid performer of all genres of music, Crystal sings in open mics around New England and has even sung the National Anthem for a Celtics game at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. She is an active volunteer around the New England community and performs at charity functions and festivals such as the WE Believe Conference in St. John, New Brunswick.
Crystal currently coaches private vocal lessons, acting, and basic music theory for students of all ages from ages. She recently joined both Eric Grant band and Sugar Rush as the lead vocalist. Her latest project is writing an album with her “drama pop” duo, Sweet Thieves, projected to be released in late Spring 2019. An avid fitness and health junkie, she believes that a healthy body and mind are invaluable for all singers. She is known for incorporating movement into her lessons and performances. Her specialties include coaching breathing techniques, movement, singing in various languages, harmonies, acting, and last but not least, maintaining a healthy voice.
Instruments: Guitar (acoustic and electric), Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Piano, Voice
Dave specializes in all fretted instruments (guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, etc) as well as piano, harmonica, and percussion. His expertise with a wide variety of instruments and styles, and his experience teaching students of all ages have kept him in-demand as an instructor, and a welcome addition to the Fiddlehead team!
Dave began teaching privately over 10 years ago. In that time he’s worked with countless students, from kids as young as 5 to adults in their 80s. He knows first-hand that you’re never too young or too old to pick up an instrument. Learning to play is exciting, and a good teacher will keep lessons focused and fun. When students are enjoying their lessons they become eager to learn, and practicing never feels like a chore.
Dave graduated from the New England Institute of Art in 2008 after studying audio production and studio techniques, as well as composition and music theory. Since then he has continued to play professionally, both in the studio and on stage. His knowledge and versatility have kept him busy as a musician, and given him the opportunity to play with many different artists and bands. His true love, however, is still teaching, and working one-on-one with kids or adults to guide them on their way to play an instrument and become a musician.
Instruments: Piano and Voice
My name is Gail Underwood Parker and I have been a teacher all my life. [My parents had stories of me teaching before I was 7, and I had my first paid piano job at 13.] I have spent my life teaching piano, organ, choral music, voice, English, History, writing, parenting, independent living, some math and science, crafts, and even clowning!
Education: I took piano lessons beginning in second grade from local piano teachers growing up first in Hancock, New York, then Oakfield, New York. In seventh grade my teacher recommended that my parents have me apply to Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. For the next six years my parents drove me over an hour each way to enable me to take lessons at that prestigious Universities Preparatory Department under Jared Bogardus. After graduation from high school I got a Bachelor’s Degree from Denison University [Granville, Ohio] with a triple major in music, speech, and education.
Primary Careers: In 1970 I moved to Maine and began teaching music at the Cape Elizabeth Middle School where I taught music for 18 years. I eventually switched to teaching classroom [fifth grade] which I did for 16 years. From 1975-2011 I also taught Signs of the Sunrise, a choral group [grades 5-12] which was recognized nationally for its innovative integration of American Sign Language in its performances. I have been a church organist and/or choir director almost continuously from 1966-the present, and have taught piano off and on since 1964.
My philosophy has always been to teach people/children, not just subjects or skills. I try to lead all students to find joy, pride, and fun in whatever they are exploring and learning. I want all students to know that abilities can always expand through the effort you put into what you are being taught. I believe that the biggest limits are set by your effort and what you choose to see as a stopping point [temporary or permanent].
As a musician, I was shaped by my classical training at the Eastman School of Music and by my exposure to Broadway music [which I love]. I was blessed as a young adult by the amazing opportunity to work with four very special professional musician/performers as mentors. As a person I was inspired, by my parents and other mentors, who taught me: 1- to use every day to learn and do more, 2- to put others first, 3- to aspire and work to create joy, peace and be a blessing.
Other passions: I raised 5 amazing daughters [4 biological, 1 adopted]. I have 13 grandchildren! [Four-of those I have been raising ice 1997]. Other hats/passions of mine include:
- 1973 – 1997: Foster Parent [16 years]
- Professional Clown [part-time] 10 years
- Founder and Director of the Maine Young Writers Camp 8 years
- Community Musical Theater [both onstage and in the orchestra pit]
- 1995 – Now: • Therapeutic Foster Parent [18 years]
- Writer.. four published books and numerous smaller pieces.
- Parenting Educator— articles and workshops stressing practical tips
- Helpful strategies raising children with challenges or special needs
- Bonding activities and traditions for children and families
- How to teach a young person independent living,
- Teaching adults, families, and children how to create personalized books, games and more as gifts for the people they love
- Special Education Advocate [helping parents and children succeed]
- Writing Coach or Ghost—Helping you start or finish your project!