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guitar instructors

Stephen Sikorski  

Acoustic Guitar, Composition, Electric Guitar, Piano, Voice; Music 101 instructor since 2005

Stephen is a multi-instrumentalist with a degree in Classical Composition from the New England Conservatory. He has a diverse performance background ranging from early renaissance vocal ensembles at St.Thomas 5th Avenue in NYC, avant-garde contemporary world premieres in Boston's historical Jordan Hall, to playing at Kiss 108's Kiss Concert Series at the Xfinity Center. Stephen has recorded with Grammy award winning producers, is an experienced jazz pianist, and is currently the organist & choir director at St. John's Episcopal Church in Saugus.


Brian Church
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Piano, Ukulele, Voice; Music 101 instructor since 2008

Brian Church holds a BM in Music Education from The College of New Jersey, an MM in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory, and is also an accomplished bassist with the avant-noise post-punk group Tristan da Cunha with whom he has toured the midwest and released several recordings. Brian has been an elementary music educator in the Melrose Public School System teaching at the Roosevelt, Hoover and Horace Mann Schools, and has used his skills to help create almost 30 original songs with his students under his curriculum.


Galen Willett  

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Piano, Ukulele;  Music 101 instructor since 2017

Galen Willett graduated magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Composition and Electric Bass Performance in 2011. With ten years of experience in a wide range of genres, Galen tailors lessons to his students' individual styles and goals. He currently performs with Boston-based artists and bands including Kina Zoré (Afro-pop), Neotolia (fusion pop), Victoria Rios (folk/fusion), Lilla (R&B/hip-hop/reggae), and Azurite (jazz/rock). He has performed at the Outside the Box Festival in Boston, the ArtBeat Festival in Somerville, the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and more.


Larisa Bainton 
Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Voice; Music 101 instructor since 2019
Larisa Bainton is a classical singer who enjoys experimenting with other styles. She has a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and is currently working towards her M.M. in Voice Pedagogy at the New England Conservatory, Boston.  Her performances include operas, jazz ensembles, and contemporary improvisation ensembles around Boston and she has been teaching group music classes and private lessons since 2011.  Larisa is also the Co-Founder of Due Donne Productions Boston, which gives opportunities to college opera singers and performs throughout the greater Boston area.  She self-directed and music directed their first production in August of 2019.



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