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Popular Music Performance Teachers Near East Pittsburgh

Katherine F.

Shippenville, PA
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Emily L.

Uniontown, PA
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Jacquelynn W.

Pittsburgh, PA
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Katherine F. Shippenville, PA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Speaking Voice

About Me

MM Degree - University of Miami Frost School of Music
BM Degree, Summa Cum Laude, Berklee College of Music
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Katherine is an internationally-acclaimed, third-generation and award-winning artist who has appeared on Good Morning America, NBC 6, Telemundo and many other TV and radio shows. She has toured and performed throughout the US and abroad including top nightclubs in Los Angeles and NASCAR Vegas, Dallas and London. An inspiring and classically-trained musician/actor, she performs and teaches over 25 different genres. Down-to-earth, funny and knowledgeable, she has taught students nationwide and is known for her ability to produce results.

Her ability to connect with students is matched by her impressive resume. Katherine has been performing as a soloist since age five. She studied music and stage performance with her mother, a concert pianist and composer and her father, a trombonist/arranger who toured with The Boston Pops and played under classical music legends Igor Stravinsky and Paul Hindemith.

She served for two consecutive years as Broadway Voice Adjudicator for the Los Angeles Music Center's Annual Spotlight Awards, alongside Original Cast members of Les Miserables. She has over a decades worth of teaching, directing and producing experience in classical and contemporary music, acting and musical theater. Katherine has taught music, voice and acting at fine schools throughout the nation and recently served as Emcee and Director for an international talent showcase in Nashville.

Katherine works with all levels. Her award-winning clients include Grammy Nominees, professional actors, corporate executives, busy moms, music teachers, children, gifted/magnet students, teens and many others. Her students have graduated from top conservatories, appeared with the Florida Grand Opera and regional theaters, performed on stage, in films and on major network television shows.

Katherine's students have enriched their lives and improved their health, posture, academic performance, communication skills and self-confidence. She'€™s really looking forward to meeting you or your child and joining you on your exciting new journey!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are an exciting interplay between instructor and student. Pace is tailored to each individual, depending on age, interests and goals. The goal is to learn new things, expand your mind and have fun. Yoga and body stretches, posture and breathing, identifying your voice type, strengths and weaknesses, repertoire, self-analysis and more. Learn how to listen to your own voice, the inner voice within. Instrumental students learn from a variety of method books and by ear, depending on choice of style. Acting students learn from a variety of methods depending on age and experience. Classical and contemporary; stage and film. You'€™ll end up stretching yourself with amazing new things!

Fluid combo of high-quality instruction, flexible approaches and firm, gentle discipline with lots of humor. Regular practice times are encouraged. The more you prepare, the more you get out of it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Beautiful Dedicated Music Room: Various Musical Instruments, Grand Acoustic Piano, Extensive Library of Repertoire and Books, Music Toys for kids, Copier for Sheet Music, Coffee/Tea/Water for Students, Chairs, Sofa.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music and acting books, staff paper, microphone, etc.

*** Specialties ***
See above.

Emily L. Uniontown, PA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, English, Film Acting, History, Improv Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Reading, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Theater Acting

About Me

I am a full-time pedagogue/performer with eight years' experience teaching private lessons in voice, piano, and acting to a range of ages and levels of students. Although the majority of my students are young adults, I have worked successfully with children, teenagers, and adult students (twenties to senior citizens) of both genders; I tailor my approach specifically to the goals and interests of each student; no two people learn the same way.
I hold a Bachelor's of Music in vocal performance from West Virginia University (summa cum laude, WVU Outstanding Senior, Honors College J. and C. Nath Outstanding Senior, Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships candidate). I regularly perform as a soloist in opera, oratorio, concerts, and recitals and completed training through the Ezio Pinza Concil for American Singers of Opera in Italy, the American Singers' Opera Project of North Carolina, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
As a teacher, I completed a year-long vocal pedagogy course with Cynthia Bess which provided me with a thorough understanding of the anatomy and psychology of singing, as well as a systematic approach to the correction of vocal faults. In the spring of 2010, one of my students, a teen-aged boy, was selected to attend Eastman's summer program for high school students. Several of my students have performed leading roles in school, community, and university musical productions.
I hold a full voting membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, am a Licensed Kindermusik Educator, am employed as Director of Music Ministry for a fairly large church, and was recently awarded the National Pastoral Musician's organ certification. I was also a teaching artist at Propel East Charter School for Greensburg American Opera and directed the Old Economy Singers (a twenty-voice historical choir) for six years.

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I provide professional, knowledgeable, and individualized instruction in a supportive and encouraging environment. During the course of study with me, I expect voice students will improve vocal technique and sound quality, alleviate physical tension which may be interfering with phonation, expand their range, learn new repertoire, increase confidence, and grow as performing artists.
My vocal teaching method focuses on correct breathing and resonance; I also incorporate some activities from Barry Green's "Inner Game of Music" technique. Although my teaching is grounded in a scientific approach to the process of phonation, I also believe singing should be a fun experience for the student. We sing to communicate! I believe that a thorough technical foundation is necessary for free and healthy singing in any genre of music. I am willing to work with students in the vocal styles that interest them most; although my professional performance experience is in opera and musical theatre, I have also successfully worked with students whose interests included jazz, pop, rock, folk music, contemporary Christian music, and choral singing.
My piano pedagogical method matches each student with the right curriculum-- Alfred, Schaum, or Piano Adventures-- plus supplemental technical exercises such as scales, arpeggios, and Czerny and Hanon exercises. All students are exposed to theory through worksheets, games, and other applied activities. As soon as possible, I introduce "real" repertoire from master composers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand piano, electronic piano, music library, photo copier for copies of repertoire, music stands, Sing and See software.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide copies of music and exercises. If I am teaching at a student's home, I expect him/her to provide a keyboard instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I believe that a strong technical foundation emphasizing correct breathing and placement will allow voice students to sing in a healthy manner in any style of music. My professional performance credentials are primarily in opera, but I also have musical theatre experience and have successfully worked with students whose interests include opera, musical theatre, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, Irish folk music, and choral singing. In piano lessons, I emphasize technique and musicianship through a balance of exercises, repertoire, and theory activities.

Jacquelynn W. Pittsburgh, PA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

Jacquelynn W. is a musician, actress, and masters level music therapist candidate. She teaches private music lessons in voice, beginning piano and flute. Originally from Maryland, Jacquelynn studied voice under Polly Par Corretjer and flute under Melinda Wade-English and competed and placed in many state music competitions. Jacquelynn then moved to Boston to pursue a degree in vocal performance from Berklee College of Music. After graduating in 2011, Jacquelynn moved to Los Angeles after accepting an internship to work in film and music at Playtone Production Company. Then, Jacquelynn relocated to Pittsburgh where she worked for a private lessons studio teaching over 20 students. She also became very successful performing with her band at a various music venues and restaurants. Jacquelynn then returned to Boston to pursue a Master’s degree in music therapy and has now chosen to relocate back to the Pittsburgh area. Jacquelynn is able to teach many different genres of music such as classical, jazz, pop and country. Jacquelynn creates lessons that are centered on the student’s interests to keep them motivated and engaged while teaching the importance of technical facility and musicianship.

*** Lesson Details ***
I conduct my lessons with an emphasis on students musical interests while promoting the development of technical facility. Each lesson begins with a series of warm ups targeted to promote the students individual technical growth on his/her instrument. Then, we progress into song study. Students work on two pieces at a time. One we chose together of a more classical orientation and one that is completely the student's choice in any genre. I like to make my lessons a fun environment that promotes the freedom and comfort for students to explore their instruments and grow. I have taught for many years and I have found that I am easy-going, understanding and always professional in lessons. I had so many wonderful kind teachers that sincerely inspired me when I first began my musical studies and that same passion, love of music and empathy is what I strive to bring to my own lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, piano, recording software, flute, guitars, waiting area for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Me - stands, tuners, metronome, possibly keyboard/piano if necessary, stereo, computer

Students- will be required to purchase certain books, instrument, blank CDs or device to record lessons

*** Specialties ***
I have been trained classically my entire life on voice and flute. However, Berklee college of Music really trained me to be a singer of all genres. I stress good technique and classical is a good tool, it does not allow for gaps in facility. Thus, when working with a student I make sure that we focus both on classical technique and whatever genre they want to excel in, I show them how to connect the classical to the genre of their choice. I am a trained performer with vast experience and I have many tools that can help people with problems such as stage fright really embrace performing. For instance, I will right words connected with an emotion on flashcards and flash them and make singer act them out while performing a piece, it helps show that if you sing the meaning of the piece and try to share that, nerves tend to be easier to deal with. I have also trained in Los Angeles with the Aaron Speiser Acting Studio and am more than able to coach with monologues and scen study/help a performer really delve into the character of their piece.

Amanda S.

Irwin, PA
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Georg C.

Pittsburgh, PA
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Nicole D.

Karns City, PA
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Amanda S. Irwin, PA

Subjects Taught

Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

Amanda is a professional Pittsburgh-area flutist and private teacher. She has served as principal flutist with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic as well as second flute/piccolo with the Undercroft Opera. She has also served as a substitute flutist for the Edgewood, Westmoreland and Johnstown Symphonies. Amanda also performs with the Dolce Appassionato Trio, a chamber ensemble comprised of flute, cello, and piano. She is active as a soloist, performing in a variety of venues throughout the Pittsburgh region.

An ardent advocate of early music and historical performance, Amanda also plays the baroque flute. She has performed in masterclasses for internationally known baroque flutists Kim Pineda, Janet See, and Barthold Kuijken.

Amanda received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Seton Hill University, and a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Duquesne University, where she studied under Damian Bursill-Hall of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Georg C. Pittsburgh, PA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Country Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Music Therapy, Piano

About Me

I am a freelance guitarist/recording artist/music instructor. I have twenty years professional experience and numerous music industry accomplishments. I am looking for new guitar students.

Nicole D. Karns City, PA

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Christian Gospel, Classical Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I have been teaching piano lessons in my home and other locations for the last 25 years. I started playing the piano at the age of 4. I received 13 years of private lessons during my primary and secondary school years. I majored in Music Education at Slippery Rock University for 2 years. In addition, I am currently the worship leader on vocals/keys at my local community church. I also worked as the Middle/High School music,worship and drama teacher previously for 8 years at a local Christian school.

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