INSTRUCTORS

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Katie Cooke

Studio Owner

Violin/Viola/Beginning Guitar

An active musician and teacher in the South Shore/Boston area, Katie has taught private string lessons throughout the region for over 15 years. She has also served as orchestra director for grades 4-8 in the Westwood, Fall River, and Cambridge Public School systems. Katie grew up in Easton, Massachusetts and began studying piano at age 7 and violin at age 9. She fell in love with performing and teaching at an early age and went on to pursue a BA in Violin Performance from Westfield State University. She also holds music teaching certification in the state of Massachusetts, levels K-12.

Katie plays frequently with various groups including wedding string quartets, chamber ensembles, and is a member of local folk-rock cover band The Fancy Bassetts.

Her favorite part about teaching is helping students push themselves out of their comfort zones in order to grow into confident young musicians and people who live life to the fullest.

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Kristy Foye

Cello

Ms. Kristy Foye is the instrumental music teacher for grades 4 and 5 at the Richardson Olmsted Elementary School in Easton, MA. She is also director of the Easton Middle School Chamber Orchestra and the 8th Grade String Ensemble, which meet after the school day. Ms. Foye received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music and her graduate degree from the Boston Conservatory.

In 2006, Ms. Foye began her music education career at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton, MA, teaching violin to students in grades 1-5. From 2009-2011, Ms. Foye worked for the Marblehead Public Schools as Orchestra Director for grades 3-12.

As a cellist, Ms. Foye has pursued a diverse career in music, having performed and recorded with a variety of ensembles throughout the Boston area. She is a member of the pop/folk group, Walter and the Night Owls, as well as local cover band, The Fancy Bassetts.

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Dave Buckley

Piano, Mandolin

Dave Buckley has been an active musician in the Boston area for over twenty five years. He has performed on piano, mandolin and saxophone in a wide variety of settings. Dave is the band director at Braintree High School where he also teaches music technology. He holds a masters degree in music education from Bridgewater State University.

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Laura Swartz

Voice

Swartz began her teaching career in Des Moines, Iowa metro area, working with students of all age groups in traditional classroom settings as well as within her private teaching studio. Currently, Swartz is teaching voice classes and individual students of varying ages at the South Shore Conservatory with previous teaching engagements with the Boston City Singers Kodaly group, Boston Arts Academy, and Amy Dancz Vocal Studio.

A soprano by training, Laura Swartz has been performing in operas such as Le nozze di Figaro, La calisto, and Sour Angelica. Laura has been involved with the Madrigal singing group based in Iowa that travelled through Europe performing chamber pieces. Recently Laura was a part of Boston Conservatory's Conductors choir, which performed with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra along with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Laura believes that everyone, no matter what level, should have the opportunity to explore and grow through music. Her lessons focus on healthy sound production while engaging the entire body in order to maximize expressive performance. She believes that by exploring multiple genres, we maintain flexibility in the voice along with an in-depth understanding of how the larynx functions. Equally comfortable in all musical styles, she specializes in classical and musical theater to diagnose vocal faults; creating individually customized vocal plans containing specific repertoire aimed at assisting the student in developing their personal vocal technique.

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Yuqi Liao

Piano, Music Theory/Composition

Yuqi Liao is a composer and piano/music theory teacher. With more than 5 years of music education experience, she teaches piano, composition and music theory. She also has abundant experience teaching both chorus and band rehearsals. Yuqi received her undergraduate degree in composition from Xinghai Conservatory of Music in 2016, and now is a graduate student of composition at Longy School of Music of Bard College. She began studying piano at age 3 and composition at age 18.

As a composer, Yuqi writes many different styles of music such as pop, classical, contemporary, chamber music, music drama, and song. Her awarded music is 'Police & Thief', and her pieces 'Flame', 'Mist', and 'Wind and Sand' will be performed in 2019.

Yuqi enjoys her lessons with students, and believes the study should be interesting. She focuses on children's music enlightenment and strives to treat pupils as individuals and to help each one to achieve his/her full potential.

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Katie Johnson

FLUTE

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