Bil Mooney-McCoy

Lessons in piano, guitar, bass, theory, improvisation.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced level lessons are available on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for keyboard, guitar, and electric bass for middle and high schoolers and adults.

For musicians at an advanced level and/or with busy and erratic schedules, we can arrange for extended intensive sessions at mutually convenient times to work toward specific musical goals.

Whether your desire is for purely personal enjoyment and enrichment or to be able to more effectively play in a performance context, I would be honored to work with you. Contact me at (617) 202-8327 or BIL4913(at)aol.com. I teach at my home in the Codman Square area of Dorchester (T-accessible) and at a church in Beverly. Reasonable rates; slots available for 30, 45, or 60 minutes.

Who Is This Guy?

Bil Mooney-McCoy is a life-long Boston resident who has been playing music all his life. Having served as a church musician for more than 30 years, he is currently the Director of Worship for the chapel at Gordon College, a small Christian school north of Boston. Bil often finds himself involved in city-wide music events in Boston’s faith-based community and is in demand as a featured musician for church services, parties, concerts and other events.

He has a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and is comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles. In addition to private lessons and performing, Bil does music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. Bil’s passions include morning coffee, finding new guitar chords, creating killer PowerPoint presentations, and trying to figure out how to use his smart phone.

“I absolutely love learning from Bil! Bil is the perfect teacher for me because he can hear and see what you need to get to the next level. I’ve watched my playing and the playing of others at church vastly improve as a result of his training.”

“Bil has taken me to a different level. I went from tab and basic guitar chords, to building jazz chords and a far greater understanding of music theory.”

“Bil’s a fantastic guy to learn from. He’s helped me identify where I want to get to and what steps I’ll need to take to get there. Great musical knowledge of jazz, pop and soul. And having a classic 70s Rhodes keyboard to practice on doesn’t hurt!”

“My whole life I wanted to write music, Bill gives me the understanding to be able to do so when I had very little practical experience. It is has been a great experience.”

“Bil’s opening up my ears to a totally new world I didn’t know I could experience. The breadth of Bil’s music background in terms of musical genres is cool to be exposed to, and it’s fascinating to be able to ask how a certain set of chords can be made to sound more like blues or rock, and to have Bil explain exactly why while he talks me through how to actually play it on the piano.”

“[Bil] is filled with a large amount of knowledge, so while sitting under him you not only learn about how to play but you learn about music history and theory. He is always encouraging me to have fun with my guitar and to allow it to minister to me before it ministers to anyone else. Beyond being a good teacher he is genuine and friendly and cares about others.”

“I have really enjoyed working with Bil. His patience and wealth of knowledge has helped me come out of my musical shell and has encouraged me to discover my musical voice.”

“Bil makes learning theory fun! He met me right where I was at, and helped me take my vague knowledge of music theory to the next level. His deep understanding of music is complemented by his contagious enthusiasm.”