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Popular Piano Teachers Near Media

Valerie B.

Wilmington, DE
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Sharon W.

Norristown, PA
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Michael S.

Philadelphia, PA
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Valerie B. Wilmington, DE

Subjects Taught

Piano, Singing

About Me

Hi there! My name is Valerie. I'm a certified music teacher that loves to see a person grow in their love and ability for music. With 17 years of teaching privately, experience teaching publicly in elementary school music classrooms, enjoying several years as a Kindermusik (preschool music) teacher, and a school year teaching with VSA arts of Delaware (teaching music to those with disabilities), I find it thrilling to see a person of any age & background grow and blossom in their passion for music!

Though I enjoy and have experience at teaching all ages from children to adults, I specialize in CHILDREN'S MUSIC EDUCATION (ages 5-12). I would describe myself as an elementary school music teacher that teaches privately. ;) My studio is filled with many smiles, stickers for every accomplishment, and a treasure box of cool prizes for those who are practicing regularly and did a great job in their lesson. Lessons are a time where children can feel like music really is fun and enjoyable to learn and experience!

In addition to being a teacher, I am also a singer/songwriter, and performed for 6 years at local coffee shops and outdoor events within Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. I am also a member of a local professional caroling group called Yuletide Singers which performs seasonally in places like Longwood Gardens and corporate functions. My history for performing stretches back, though, to my years as a puppeteer/children's performer, touring with a team doing school assemblies and evening family performances. I'm always excited to bring my understanding and experience with performance to my students!

**And, with excitement, I must add that TakeLessons named me "Teacher of the Week" on October 4, 2010! What a great honor! Thank you TakeLessons!!**

*** Lesson Details ***
Our time spent together will be filled with many smiles & laughs because that is probably why you want to take lessons -- because it makes you feel wonderful inside!

Within 3-6 months, we'll begin discovering how to read music and understand the language of it. We'll learn how to play/sing some of your favorite songs and learn some that you might not know. We'll discover what you really want to learn and achieve through taking lessons, and we'll work toward those goals!

For the intermediate piano student, we will begin understanding basic Music Theory and scales and will even take a look at how chord symbols work. Soon, you'll be learning how to accompany yourself and others as you sing! For singers, we'll learn about vocal techniques, breathing, getting your best vocal sound and discovering how to take a song to its potential! We'll also learn performance techniques, how to work with a microphone, have a great stage presence in front of a live audience and begin learning how to read music and even get familiar with the piano keyboard! For all my students, it's a journey that is exciting, unique to each individual, and one we will embark on together!

Because music is a performing art, I coordinate two music recitals each school year for students who are interested. This is an optional event, but is encouraged as part of the learning experience. It is usually held at a local music store recital room and presented in a low-stress and fun way with refreshments that follow!

*My studio is in a safe, family-friendly home & smoke-free environment. We also having a loving canine member in our family... a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Maximus. He is energetic and friendly. You may or may not see him since the entrance to my studio is through our back door, off the main house.

So! What do you say? Shall we START THE MUSIC? :)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are enjoyed in a dedicated music room; keyboard (full-size with weighted keys and sustain pedal)

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

I specialize in music education for all children, including ones with special needs. I feel it is so important for a child to start out with a fun and wonderful experience with music and performing. My approach is simple and fun and understandable for the young mind.

For my more intermediate students, I enjoy taking them to the next level of understanding in their instrument as well as music theory.

Because music is a performing art, I coordinate two music recitals each year for students who are interested. This is an optional event and presented in a low-stress and fun way!

Sharon W. Norristown, PA

Subjects Taught

Piano

About Me

Learn to love music from the inside out--by understanding the fundamentals so you can create and recreate music for personal enjoyment and to share with others. It is my privilege to join children, youth and adults in developing your musical talents and gifts. I teach beginner-intermediate piano students. I tailor the focus and styles of music to your needs and preferences, and include training for success. I am life-long musician with a music degree (vocal and keyboards) from Messiah College. I also direct the music and worship ministries for my congregation.

I do have a dog at my home studio. He's friendly, but can be contained in another part of the house if that is helpful to you.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are 1/2 hour to 1 hour a week, and include theory, technique and performance songs. I strive for a positive, friendly atmosphere, with praise for incremental progress and encouragement for areas of improvement. Students use the Alfred series and other supplements, graded to the student's age, ability and interests.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home- studio in large living room space seating for parents
church- in sanctuary or in classroom with a piano, seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

I teach a well-rounded approach, combining technique, theory and songs from various musical styles in a graded, graduated progression. Then I supplement with additional music according to the interests and growing ability of the student.

Michael S. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

French Horn, Music Performance, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Trumpet

About Me

I recently received my Master’s in Music Performance from the University of Delaware, where I had a graduate assistantship. While at UD, I volunteered regularly at the El Sistema-inspired after-school music program Play On, Philly. I received my Bachelor’s in Music Performance with a minor in Music Theory from the world-renowned University of North Texas. While at North Texas, I was the horn instructor for Celina I.S.D. where I taught private lessons to the horn students. I was also a Supplemental Instructor for Music Theory II while at UNT. As an SI, I led three weekly sessions that involved group activities for the students in order to enhance their knowledge and understanding of music theory.

I am not sure what first interested me in classical music, but as far back as I can remember, I wanted to learn how to play French horn. I loved the way it looked and sounded and I just had to figure out how to play it myself. I started playing horn when I was 12 and I've been in love ever since. While it can be incredibly frustrating to play sometimes, if you work hard enough and are persistent and dedicated, then you will have a tremendous pay off.

After a few years of just playing horn, I started playing trumpet in jazz band. When I was 16, I began studying piano and continued with my piano studies throughout college, including some studies in organ as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will tailor our lessons to your interests and needs as a student. Enjoying yourself while playing your instrument is very important, so I try to always make sure that my students are having fun during their lessons. I am relaxed while still expecting each of my students to achieve their highest potential. My level of expectation will depend upon each student and the issue involved. After six months with me you can expect to be able to fluently read music, feel a significant sense of improvement on your instrument, and will be able to say you know the joy of music-making first hand!

*** Studio Equipment ***
touch-sensitive keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
Stand, tuner, metronome. I have books, but I would also expect my students to buy books and music of their own.

*** Specialties ***
I love teaching horn from beginning to advanced. I have a thorough knowledge of étude books and solos most commonly, and not so commonly, used for all levels of horn instruction. I have studied piano and organ for several years and am very familiar with the varying techniques between the two. I have played recorder (sopranino, alto, tenor) with my collegium while in grad school as the top voice in a Renaissance recorder ensemble and also as a soloist with a Baroque trio sonata group. I have a strong passion for early music and would be delighted to share my love of the music and the instruction of the instruments to any student.

Rosalind H.

Coatesville, PA
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Katy A.

Philadelphia, PA
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Amanda R.

Fairless Hills, PA
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Rosalind H. Coatesville, PA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing

About Me

Hi, my name is Rosalind H. and I began my musical education at the age of ten, when I first started taking lessons. Since that time I have performed professionally as a singer in churches, cafes and at weddings and in venues including the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall during my college years with the renowned Westminster Symphonic Choir. After spending a year teaching children and adolescents aged 6-17 voice and piano while completing my Master™s of Arts in Music Therapy at Drexel University, I am now looking to take on private students in Chester County and surrounding areas.

I am a Westminster Choir College '11 Alum  who graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music, summa cum laude. I am also a Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and a  Board Certified Music Therapist.

 *Please be aware that I teach Beginners Piano.  I do, however, teach all levels of voice, as long as the interested voice student is over at least the age of 8. Singing lessons for students younger than this age can be detrimental to a child's vocal development.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am available to travel to your house (piano students must have a piano or keyboard) or host you in my home 

Piano students can expect to learn the basic music theory knowledge, including reading staff notation and lead sheets.  I will also focus on fingering techniques and coordination.Students will be expected to practice theory knowledge and songs outside of lessons to help improve finger coordination and music-reading speed and accuracy.

I offer beginning to advanced singing lessons for students interested in classical, operatic, Broadway and popular music and beginning piano lessons.I try to provide my students the opportunity to practice a wide range of skills when learning music.

Voice students will learn exercises to practice good breath control, posture and diction, all of which form the foundations of good singing.  Students will be expected to practice these exercises outside of lessons, prior to practicing vocal literature, so as to develop good singing habits.  About fifty percent of lesson time will be dedicated to technique, and the other fifty percent will be dedicated to learning vocal pieces.  Dependent upon their level of knowledge, students may also be asked to watch videos of professional singers outside of lessons, so as to expand their musical understandings and aural sensitivity.  These practices will enhance muscle coordination and breath control when singing, helping to enhance and improve pitch, timbre, expression and vocal range.

As a board certified music therapist, I often draw upon those skills I learned during my master's degree in music therapy, which taught me that music can have a profound effect on the human brain and upon cognitive development.  My skills as a music therapist allow me to better understand a student's cognitive strengths and areas for improvement, and to develop individualized teaching strategies which utilize student strengths.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My home studio is equipped with keyboard, guitar and piano, as well as a sizable repertoire of classical, broadway and popular music. I am more than happy to help students find any music they may need for lessons that is not already in my library. I also own a portable keyboard that I use for out-of-studio voice students.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide a piano if they are receiving at piano lessons as it is needed for practice. I have a portable keyboard for voice students, but I strongly recommend that voice students record their lessons for reference during practice.

I recommend the following books for piano students (listed by age):
Ages 5-8:
My First Piano Adventure, Lesson Book A with by Nancy & Randall Faber
Ages 8-12:Piano Adventures - Level 1: Lesson Book [Book]Faber Piano Adventures

Ages 13 and up:

Adult All-In-One Course: Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, Level ...by Willard A. Palmer

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and operatic music (arias and art songs), but I am comfortable with a wide array of singing literature, as I believe that the technical foundations of good singing remain constant, regardless of the genre. I also have performed with a gospel/spiritual choir, as a soloist, during my college years.

Katy A. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Singing

About Me

I am a classically trained musician with experience studying jazz and pop. I have performed in a wide variety of musical genres such as opera, oratorio, big band, jazz, musical theater, pop, lots of choral experience, etc.

Education:

BM - Vocal Performance - East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 2009

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are all about you! I want to give you the skills necessary to make the kind of music you want. I use a variety of ear training methods, books, and techniques to help you grow as a musician. I never want my students to dread coming to their lessons. We can learn classical techniques or we can just have a good time learning to play your favorite pop music. It is my hope that after a few months you have gained confidence as well as the necessary skills to achieve things you may not have thought possible before studying with me!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a full-sized weighted keyboard, acoustic guitar, and ukulele in my home studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I usually bring my laptop for video demonstrations, recordings, and listening to music for transcriptions. I also have a metronome and some music. I expect my students to have their own instruments and to obtain a copy of the music/books we are using. If they can not find the music/book themselves, I can purchase it and let them reimburse me. I also require that all in-home voice students have a piano or keyboard with a stand.

*** Specialties ***
Comfortable and proficient in pop, classical, jazz, and musical theater styles.

Amanda R. Fairless Hills, PA

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Piano, Singing

About Me

Amanda is a 2013 graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance. Graduating Cum Laude, Amanda has had a variety of experiences that allow her to adjust to the learning style of each student. Amanda has held several internships with The Bristol Riverside Theatre, Foundations Community Partnership and The Berks Childrens Classical Choir. Teaching elementary and middle school aged children is where Amanda excels. Teaching experiences include student teaching at Hamburg Middle School, specializing in the Acoustic Guitar, and Cumru Elementary School. Amanda is a trained Soprano and has performed with The Reading Pop symphony, The Trenton Community Singers and Princeton ProMusica starting in September 2013.

*** Lesson Details ***
Teaching fundamental musicianship skills are crucial to becoming a skilled musician. Not only will I be teaching Voice, Piano, and Beginning Acoustic Guitar, I will also be teaching Music Theory, and how to properly read music. I expect all students to develop the necessary skills and drive to succeed. I have an array of music books for classical and contemporary sheet music for all ages and levels. Students should incorporate practicing into daily routines for a minimum of 30 mins 4 days a week. Students will be provided with a weekly practice log that will be check at each lesson. Students should be progressing each lesson and will be provided with the necessities to do so! I want ALL of my students to have fun and enjoy learning!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Full keyboard, acoustic guitar, and an array of Voice, Piano and Guitar music and books. Students are expected to be prepared with notebooks and pencils.

*** Specialties ***
Piano
Classical and Musical Theatre for Voice
Beginning Acoustic Guitar

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