Starting Fall 2020, EKS Music School is adding Online Lessons to our current programs. All the online instructors at EKS Music School are professionally trained musicians from the most prestigious conservatories in the country and in the world with a minimum of master degree or above certification.
Guitarist Raley Beggs is an active concert performer and pedagogue. He performs solo and chamber works for the classical guitar and seeks to emphasize the instrument’s versatility and collaborative capability.
As an educator Raley Beggs served as faculty at Bridgewater State University and Middlesex Community College having students earn degrees in music as well as gaining entrance into advanced programs of study including Berklee College of Music in Boston. Raley is the founding guitarist at EKS Music School where his students have gone on to win international awards with The Royal Conservatory of Music and perform in concert venues that include Carnegie Hall in New York City. Raley also served as Competition Director for the prestigious annual Boston Guitarfest, where he taught private lessons, coached ensembles, and performed.
Established through the Community Performances and Partnerships Program at New England Conservatory, Raley’s focus on community outreach led him to share concert programs all over the New England area for community centers, schools, places of worship, and assisted living facilities. Raley taught the Malden YMCA and later served as the first guitar instructor for the Boston-based guitar classes at Fiorentino Community Center with The Kithara Project.
Raley Beggs received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and Master’s from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with the esteemed Eliot Fisk. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts as a teaching assistant under profound guitarist and pedagogue Bruce Holzman. Raley is also an established singer-songwriter, performs weekly, and competes in endurance athletics.
Mr. Raley is returning to EKS after taking a year off settling down in his doctorate study in Florida. Welcome back, Mr. Raley!
Seth Hamlin has been teaching group and private students for more than 30 years on trombone, tuba, trumpet, euphonium, and French Horn. Students of Mr. Hamlin range in age from elementary school to adults and perform in groups such as the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and Northeast District ensembles. Former students have gone on to play professionally in orchestras and shows all over the country. There is always something to learn about the art of playing a brass instrument--be it Classical or Jazz--and have fun in the process. Mr. Hamlin is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Boston. the St. Marks School in Southborough and Arlington Public Schools.
Originally from Washington State, Lucas Barry began his musical studies with the saxophone at age 10. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Music (Performance) from Whitman College, a private liberal-arts college in Walla Walla, Washington. While a student at Whitman, Mr. Barry played with the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra and won the school’s concerto competition. He spent a year after graduation hosting a saxophone studio in Spokane, WA before moving to Boston to study saxophone under Kenneth Radnofsky at New England Conservatory. While at NEC, he performed for several masterclasses and won the NEC Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, giving him the opportunity to perform Jacques Ibert’s “Concertino da Camera” with the Chamber Orchestra in NEC’s Jordan Hall. After having graduated from NEC in 2019 with an M.M. in Saxophone Performance, Mr. Barry currently works as a freelance musician and educator in the Boston area. Along with teaching woodwinds at EKS Music School, he is the Woodwind Specialist (flute, clarinet, saxophone) at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA and works as a Saxophone Faculty at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine during the summer. Mr. Barry will be teaching Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet.
Andy Lo is a Pianist, Composer and Educator. He was a disciple of Ted Lo, Greg Hopkins, Bob Pilkington, Ayn Inserto, Maxim Lubarsky and Jeff Covell.
In 2017, he graduated from the Education University of Hong Kong, majoring in Music Education (Contemporary Music and Performance Pedagogy). Then he gets accepted into the Berklee College of Music with a scholarship, majoring in Jazz Composition. In 2018, he held a concert with his quartet, performing his own positions. In 2019, he held another concert with his 9-piece jazz band, performing his own compositions and arrangements. He is offering instruction in piano, music theory, composition and ear training.
Jennifer Ann Pearl has been teaching students of all ages for the last eighteen years, in private as well as in a choral setting. Her unique background includes classical vocal studies with an emphasis in the Italian bel canto method and a study and performance of the African-American Spiritual, both as a choral conductor and soloist. Her work as a young singer in both singing in and observing master classes with late Bass-baritone, William Warfield and Metropolitan opera vocal coach, Sylvia Olden Lee, shaped her approach to music as being "between the notes" and derived from the poetry/text of the song. Jen is beginning her third year on the voice faculty at EKS and is the founder and conductor of the Quincy-based Schiller Boston-Area Community Chorus. She frequently runs free choral and vocal workshops in Dorchester at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, to teach the congregants and members of the community to sing. As a performer, Jen sings in concert venues and various churches in the Boston-area. She has performed Russian, Italian, and Yiddish repertoire at Harvard University for concerts sponsored by the Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association. She also sings with Big Smile Entertainment and the Very Merry Dickens Carolers. As a conductor and singer, she has performed at such venues as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross (Boston), Carnegie Hall (NYC), St. Mary's Episcopal Church (Dorchester), and Riverside Church (NYC). She has a passion for singing Yiddish folk songs, German Lieder, and African American Spirituals. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2001 where she studied with Metropolitan Opera Baritone, Timothy Noble. Following her college studies, she traveled to Italy to train and perform in master classes with Verdi soprano, Antonella Banaudi. She is an active member of National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Greater Boston Choral Consortium. Ms. Jenn's student has been invited to Carnegie Hall for performance.
Jing-Huey Wei, is the string program director for Arlington Public Schools String program and and the after school private lesson program. As a professional violist, she plays with various orchestras in New England. She studied with Steven Ansell, principal violist of Boston Symphony Orchestra, and received her master degree on viola performance at Boston University. Ms. Wei is currently accepting Intermediate to Advanced Level Viola students at EKS.
Dr. Benjamin Wong is originally from Hong Kong, where he started his music study at the age of 5. He received a Bachelor of Music from Brigham Young University, Master of Music from Boston University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Utah. He has performed solo concerts in Hong Kong, Canada, and the United States. He also collaborated with numerous musicians in chamber music in Hawaii, Boston and Utah.
Dr. Wong is passionate about teaching and advocates for incorporating life skills in music education. His teaching philosophy aims to help musicians to be the best version of themselves through growth, honesty, and happiness. It is a culmination of knowledge gathered from years of teaching experience, academic studies, and his research on how concert pianists practice. He believes students at all ages can feel genuine joy and improvement in both music and life through proper pedagogical approach.
Dr. Wong is a recipient of competition awards and academic recognition. He received multiple full-time scholarships, named Dean’s list Student, and graduated from BYU with Phi Kappa Phi honor. He received the ATCL performing diploma from the Trinity School of Music, London with distinction.
As one of the founding faculty, Dr. Wong returned to EKS after his doctorate degree. Welcome back, Dr. Wong!
Click HERE to see his online teaching lesson demo.