Meet Our Teachers
Playing piano is my passion. Composition is my love. Teaching is a way to pass both of these joys on to his students over the years. His strength is in the jazz idiom and improvisation. Stan is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a BM in Composition. He has 33 years of piano teaching experience in all mediums from pop and jazz to the classics. Stan instills in his students the importance of creativeness and self-expression through their instrument. He is currently playing keyboards and arranging for the SMS Jazz Project with my son Adam, performing in varied venues throughout the New England area. Stan was also musical director and arranger for Cantor Jodi Schechtman at Temple Beth Am in Framingham from 1988-2016 and is the composer of a CD of original songs entitled Shabbat Unplugged.
Born and raised in Venezuela, Edilio began studying classical violin where he played with the Orquesta Nacional Juvenil. His success there led to a scholarship to study in Paris, France where he added bass guitar to his repertoire. Edilio played professionally in Latin bands in Paris, and continued to explore new styles of music. After discovering a love of jazz, he headed to Berklee College of Music where he studied for a diploma in performance. Edilio has always enjoyed sharing his love of music through teaching; since the early 80s, Edilio has taught violin, guitar and bass to children and adults. In the course of his career, Edilio has played with many renowned musicians of various genres, including Nestor Torres, La India, Juan Gabriel, Julio Igelsias and Celia Cruz, and he continues to perform professionally.
Chris Lewis – Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Voice
Chris Lewis has been playing the guitar for 23 years. He has been teaching the instrument for eight years now and has helped students excel in their musical endeavors for drums, bass, piano and vocals as well! Chris caters to the students individual way of learning and the style of music they want to play, while implementing a foundation in music theory to give the student a strong, well rounded understanding of the instrument. Having played in bands as a lead man and guitarist, Chris has a strong background in music collaborations as well as working as a solo artist. His new single, “Stay With Me” is now available for purchase through his website, www.chrislewismusic.com . He performs regularly in the New England area.
Chris was born in Rochester, New York and raised in Bath, Maine, has had a passion for music all of his life. After receiving considerable scholarships from Berklee College of Music’s World Scholarship Tour, and Berklee’s Entering Student Talent Scholarship, Chris left Bath and made his way to Boston where earned his bachelors degree in piano performance and jazz composition, graduating cum laude. During enrollment, Chris’ musical skills were developed with the help of Berklee’s exceptional faculty, including Danilo Perez, Joanne Brackeen, Hal Crook, Tiger Okoshi, Joe Lovano, and George Garzone. He also traveled and performed with Phil Wilson’s Rainbow Band and Rainbow All-Stars. Chris is currently a graduate student at New England Conservatory working toward an MM degree. Chris brings an incredible knowledge of his instrument and an exuberant teaching style for all ages to Music Teachers Collaborative.
Gerry is a 1990 graduate of Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education certified primary and secondary school. He has taught music in Madison Park High School, U-Manna Banes Middle School and St. Angelo’s Catholic School in Mattapan. Gerry is an active performing musician playing in many venues throughout the Greater Boston area. He brings to the Collaborative a working knowledge of his craft and through his teaching skills inspires others in the process.
Jeff is a dedicated and committed music instructor with experience teaching guitar, bass, piano and percussion since 2006. He is very patient and creative with his students. Jeff’s education at Berklee College has prepared him for teaching any style of music and to listen to the needs of his students. Jeff’s goal as an educator is to instill in each student an interest and desire to learn, so that creativity can flourish and personal achievement can be realized. He adds so much to the philosophy and goals of MTC. Music lessons have to be fun.
Sylvia is a licensed teacher in MA. She is also a classically trained pianist. She has a bachelors degree from Northeastern University. She has been teaching piano lessons for over ten years. She teaches beginner and intermediate piano to people ages 3-adult. She has a very comprehensive approach to music in that she takes technic, theory, and performance and includes them in the lessons. She tailors each program to each individual student, challenging them in the music discipline. She deeply cares about her students and is passionate about music. She is also currently working in the public school system.