Please meet our teachers:
Canton Music School was founded in 2009 by Anna Rogozin, a piano teacher with over 20 years of experience, in an attempt to bring the legendary Russian-Tradition music education to Canton.
Anna began her classical piano training at the age of 5 at Ippolitov-Ivanov Music School, one of the most prestigious music schools for children in Moscow, Russia. At the age of 13 she came to Boston and studied piano with Faina Bryanskaya, the internationally-acclaimed pedagogue at Longy School of Music. At the age of 15 Anna started her advanced piano training with Alexander Slobodyanik, a legendary Ukranian-born pianist. Anna holds a Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance from The Boston Conservatory where she studied with virtuoso pianists Jonathan Bass, Irwin Gelber and Michael Lewin. Throughout her piano career Anna has been performing, teaching and competing in the musical world.
Anna's students have won first places in the state of MA through the Music Development Program's Royal Conservatory Examinations. Anna’s work with her students has been described as "being instrumental in providing highest national standard in music teaching" by the program. Her awards include "Founding Teacher Award", "Founding School Award" (from The National Music Development Program) and a Teacher Enrichment Grant (from Music Teachers National Association).
Anna teaches beginner through advanced levels. She loves working with young beginners and helps them develop correct hand position, note reading, rhythm and technique. Anna teaches kids how to practice at home and build necessary skills for successful performances. Anna's son is a piano student at Canton Music School who loves music lessons!
Vick was born and raised in Vilnius, Lithuania. He started his music studies at the age of 5. In addition to studying saxophone as his principle instrument he started to learn piano and guitar at the age of 9. Vick graduated from National M. K. Ciurlionis School of Art in Vilnius, Lithuania. He got his Music Performance Degree at Longy School of Music and was a student of an acclaimed professor K. Radnofsky.
Vick is a 2nd and 3rd place winner of the National J. Pakalnis Woodwind Competition in 1999 and 2001. He is also a recipient of Merit Award from The Boston Woodwind Society and Ken Radnofsky Scholarship In his 22 years of studying music Vick has mastered the necessary skills of performer and teacher. He teaches children of all ages and levels. He uses highly effective American and Russian teaching methods to help students succeed. Vick's individual approach to teaching has made a tremendous difference for students of Canton Music School who had troubles with practicing and concentration. Vick is a devoted instructor who puts a lot of effort in helping students reach their performance goals. In addition to his professional studies at Longy, Vick is a frequent performer of both classical and modern music. He plays with classical chamber music ensembles as well as a pop music international band which involves playing guitar, keyboard, drums and vocals. Vick is fluent in English, Russian, Lithuanian and Polish.
Jean is a dedicated teacher who desires to foster the love of music in each individual accordingly. Her goal is to provide the highest level of piano, vocal, and guitar instruction to people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of ability. Ms. Lee’s teaching experience includes being an assistant instructor at The Juilliard School Pre-‐College Division, faculty at Artisan Music Studio, juror for Orchestra Placement Auditions for Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at New England Conservatory Preparatory School and more than ten years of private instruction. Jean brings years of study at The Juilliard School, Aspen Music Festival, Kinhaven Music School, and Berklee School of Music and earned both a B.M. and M.M. at New England Conservatory. She has studied with Lisa Kim, Dominique Eade, Ran Blake, Hankus Netsky and various members of the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra.
As a performer, she has collaborated with Roscoe Mitchell, James Earl Jones, Gunther Schuller, Eric Ewazen, Robert Cogan, Robert Spano to name a few. She has been privileged to grace the halls of Avery Fisher, Jordan Hall, Sanders Theater, Alice Tully, churches, other concert halls, and galleries throughout United States and Europe.
Anna has had a passion for music and piano since she was seven years old. Growing up, she loved performing for her family, competing in piano competitions, accompanying choirs - and even played in Carnegie Hall at 13. Later on, she began to find her love for education through private piano instruction and teaching general music classes. She now studies at the Berklee College of Music, aiming to get her Master’s in Music Education in 2025. When Anna is not at the piano or in the classroom, she loves to hike outside, bake from scratch, and spend time with her family, friends, and animals. Anna is also fluent in Russian. She is incredibly excited to start working at the Canton Music School, and is looking forward to teaching students of all ages and experiences.
Sam L Smith is a guitarist, pianist, composer, and educator. As a performer, he has toured extensively all over the US, playing guitar for acts like Sarah Borges, Amy Black, and Eric ‘Roscoe’ Ambel, where he shared bills with acts like Patty Griffin, James McMurtry, and Sonny Landreth. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music ('15), Sam continues to perform and compose music, most recently composing promotional music for WGBH's Sing That Thing. He brings over 25 combined years of musical training to his teaching, having studied classical piano with pianist Elan Sicroff and guitar with Berklee College of Music professors Guy Van Duser and Rick Peckham. In addition, he teaches bass guitar, beginner voice, and songwriting/composition.
He is a passionate and dedicated teacher, and he believes in applying traditional musical education techniques while catering his lessons to the goals of the student in order to better develop students' artistic individuality and unique appreciation of music.
Mine comes from a family of musicians. At age 5 she started learning piano from her father and at the age of 10 she got accepted at Ankara State Conservatory for violin studies. Mine also attended Rotterdam Music and Dance Academy in Netherlands and got her Master’s Degree from Baskent University Conservatory in Turkey.
In addition to her orchestral/concert work she’s been teaching violin and piano for 20 years.
She's a mom of two wonderful kids who love music. Mine plans her lessons based on each student’s unique personality, learning style and pace. She welcomes new students ages 4+.
Music has been a part of John's life since he was 5 years old. John's holds a degree from Berklee College of Music in Music Education and Performance.
He takes great joy and care in expressing himself through music, playing and continuously learning from his students and peers.
John sees the same excitement he has about learning reflected in his own students and hopes to continue this at Canton Music School.
Originally from Roswell, Georgia, Thomas is currently an active performer and teacher in the Boston area. He moved to Boston to attend The Boston Conservatory for his Master's in Music which he completed in 2015 under the tutelage of Andrew Mark. Prior to moving to Boston, Thomas attended Florida State University for his Bachelor's in Music. Thomas loves teaching and works with each student to embrace their uniqueness and potential.
Daniel started taking guitar lessons at age 9. He had always loved listening to music and then discovered a love of playing music as well. He studied Audio Engineering at Northern Vermont University and Music Performance at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He’s always practicing new skills on both the guitar and piano and looks forward to sharing his love of music with students. He has a wide musical repertoire and performs rock, country, blues, pop, metal, and folk. Daniel is dedicated to making the study of music fun, teaching techniques, from basic to advanced, and helping students reach their musical goals.
Allison is a contemporary vocalist and marimbist from Mansfield, Massachusetts. She earned her B.M in music education from Berklee College of Music and her M.M. in music performance from The Boston Conservatory. She has since taught in many settings ranging from classroom and chorus, to the marching arts and private instruction, and is currently working on a new duo project with fellow teacher, Thomas Rodman. She prioritizes a playful and healthy approach to all instruments she teaches, and encourages every student to find their unique musical voice.
Jayden is currently in his sophomore year at Blue Hills Regional School in Canton. At his school he studies nursing and is really excited to see where that takes him in the future. He has Alopecia and Type 1 Diabetes. While not at school, Jayden loves to listen to music, his favorite genres being R&B and pop, with some oldies, and hanging with those who mean most to him. He loves helping other people and can’t wait to help you out in anyway he can!
Nick has been passionate about making music since he was a toddler banging on the pots and pans in his parents’ kitchen. Eventually his parents and teachers helped him find his way to the guitar, which turned out to be the perfect way to focus his passion and enthusiasm in a way that he and others could equally enjoy and appreciate. Since then he’s played, sang, and taught music at synagogues, community centers, summer camps, coffee shops, restaurants, and even the occasional cruise ship.
He particularly loves working with young people to explore and pursue their own passions (Nick worked as a high school Spanish teacher in the Massachusetts Public Schools), and he looks forward to bringing this same passion and purpose to his students at Canton Music School.
Alex began lessons at six years old with piano pedagogy pioneers, Reid Nibley and Richard Anderson, authors of an acclaimed piano lesson series. While still in his teens, he studied with professors Robert Bailey Smith (a student at The Julliard School) and Mona Andrus (Smith), both of Brigham Young University.
He has continued further keyboard study with Daniel Olsen, Bonnie Goodliffe (an organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Salt Lake City), Craig Williams (organist at West Point Academy, NY, site of the largest church organ in the world), and Peter Sykes, professor at Boston University and The Juilliard School.
Alex is experienced with students of all ages and levels in private practice, in several states. He has met and spoken with Randall Faber of the Faber piano series (our school’s trusted piano teaching method) while attending an expert piano teaching clinic.
His students speak of positive life changes through their piano playing while taking lessons from him. Alex values and encourages creativity, exploration and fun in learning and performing at the piano.
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