The John Payne Music Center is a non-profit music school founded in 1979 dedicated to providing high quality, caring, and patient instruction to all ages and skill levels with an emphasis on increasing musical enjoyment as well as ability.
No registration fees.
What We Do
The Teachers at the JPMC offer private music lessons on saxophone, flute, clarinet, recorder, piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone horn, violin, drums, and voice. We have eighteen student ensembles at various levels and musical styles.
We hire instructors for their talents as patient teachers who enjoy teaching complete beginners, as well as more advanced students, in the family-like atmosphere of the JPMC. We are a small school of about 200 students so we can take time to help students find the teacher or group that makes them happy. You can take just one private lesson or a session with an ensemble group and see how you like it with no obligation to continue or pay for more.
Many schools require students to pay for a full semester of lessons before they've even met the instructor. Here you can
try a lesson or ensemble group just once, and can quit at any time on one week's notice, not just at the end of a predefined semester. (See our Contact page to get in touch with us.)
We also get students who are interested playing in public. For more than thirty years our ensembles (student small bands) have been playing several times per year at our "Battle of the Student Bands" at Ryles' , one of the Boston area's best known jazz clubs, as well as at local arts festivals and other events. Most of these groups are jazz ensembles, but we also have rock, blues, and Latin ensembles. The JPMC Student Saxophone Choir (two dozen or more saxophonists) plays out annually along with John Payne's quartet of top professionals. Most of these groups are composed primarily of adults. (Teenagers and preteens are allowed in if they are at the appropriate musical level.)
Upcoming Events News
Just a Trio, with JPMC instructors Shimon Ben-Shir, Dan Weiner and Phil Neighbors, will be playing Friday, May 29 from 9 - 11pm at ACT III (formerly the Acton Jazz Cafe), 529 King St. in Littleton. Excellent music and food!
John Payne will be a guest soloist with the David Bromberg Band at Boston's Wilbur Theatre on Friday, June 12 at 8pm.
JPMC voice instructor Tavonna Miller recently ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money to begin recording her new CD. She describes it as being about positive love stories and the beauty of believing. Release is scheduled for Spring, 2016.
Mick Lewander, JPMC drums/percussion instructor, currently is playing in the pit band for the production "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" through June 7 at the
JPMC ensemble The Next Band recently played at a Brandeis University banquet and also for Boston's Project Place, an organization to support the homeless.
JPMC ensemble B#'s played at Oakley Country Club in April.
JPMC ensemble Stoli performed at Kehillath Israel's annual gala. Guests included Congressman Joseph Kennedy III and a surprise visit by Robert Kraft. They will play a private event at Biogen in Cambridge later in May.
JPMC violin instructor Caroline Drozdiak recently appeared with the Quincy Symphony, performing Tchaikovsky's "Symphony
No. 4." She also appeared with the Longy Conservatory Orchestra and Opera Department performing Menotti's "The Saint of Bleeker Street."
The Shimon Ben-Shir Group once again appeared as part of Roslindale's Jazz in the Square concert series, celebrating Shimon's new CD "IV" and Duncan Martin's "Song for Sandy." Joining them were JPMC instructors John Payne, Dan Weiner, Diana Fischer and Phil Neighbors.
piano/keyboard lessons - violin lessons - clarinet lessons - saxophone lessons - flute lessons - recorder lessons - trumpet lessons
trombone lessons - baritone horn lessons - french horn lessons - tuba lessons - singing lessons - jazz ensembles & student bands.