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Drake Descant


I teach piano any style at any level, and tailor every lesson to the individual student, while focusing on proper technique, sight reading, and the overall knowledge of music. I also offer music theory lessons ranging from music fundamentals to advanced music theory including improvisation and composition. (Student can play any instrument for music theory lessons.) ​I've been teaching piano for about 26 years. I started formal lessons at a very early age, went through the Springfield Conservatory of Music and graduated from Holyoke Community College, receiving honors in music theory and composition.  

Rachel Vantassel


Piano & Music Theory I have been teaching piano for over 20 years. Having taught a variety of different ages and levels I've learned to adjust my teaching styles to meet the individual's needs. I enjoy problem solving and thinking outside the box when a student has trouble with any musical concept. My goal is to help my students succeed at their goals, whether they plan to play in front of crowds or just for their family at holidays. In the past, I've helped students write their own music which is always rewarding.

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My name is Dylan and I am thrilled to be joining the Descant team! I have been teaching private lessons for eight years, always with the goal in mind of helping musicians come to a deeper understanding of the music they are playing. I play jazz, rock, folk, pop, and classical, and have performed with a variety of local bands as well as being a member of multiple UMass Amherst jazz ensembles. I am more than excited to start helping others play, compose, and arrange on the piano, but most importantly to have fun!



Hello! My name is Rob LeBlanc. I am so excited to be a part of the Descant Music team as a piano instructor. Music has always been a passion of mine since the age of 5. Over the past 15 years I have gained experience playing in several bands, church groups, and solo projects. I'm well versed in most styles of music ranging from classical, jazz, pop, and everything in-between. I can't wait to share my knowledge and to help educate the next generation of up and coming artists. 

I'll see YOU at our next lesson!

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