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Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion
Andrew is a graduate of Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, California with a degree in drum/percussion performance. At Musicians Institute he had the opportunity to study with drum book authors: Ed Roscetti, Chuck Silverman and Gary Hess, as well as World Snare Drum Champion: Rob Carson. He also studied music theory at Bucks County Community College
He first began his drum studies at age 10; playing percussion in school and at 17 began performing and recording drums professionally. He spent a great deal of his time working with local artists in Philadelphia and Manhattan and touring the northeastern states. During his time in Los Angeles he performed in cover bands, jazz/Latin groups and for dozens of independent artists. He also had the privilege to work with some well know artists, such as Scott Shriner of Weezer, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe, and The Blue Man Group.
Teaching drums is just as much a passion of his as is drum performance and recording. In 2005 he was hired as the drum instructor at Los Angeles City College. Since then, he has authored three different drum books and has taught music at Southern California Music School, Alhambra School of Music, Pasadena City College, LA Valley College, LA Academy and several other institutions.
Andrew was awarded Teacher of the Year 2007/2008 at Southern California Music School. He also received Best Drummer Award at the Emergenza’s Battle of the Bands contest in 2005. Under Andrew’s instruction, Carver Middle School was also awarded 1st place during the NVISION Battle of the Bands contest in 2010.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Ukulele, Banjo
Hey Students and Parents!
I've been performing and studying music since I was 8, and I can honestly say that music is my life. Music has changed my life in so many ways, and few things give me more joy than sharing that with others.
I've been teaching for six years and in that time have seen my students admitted to some of the country's best music schools. My specialty is keeping lessons exciting, fun, and soulful, never losing sight of the feelings that drew us to music in the first place.
Learning to play an instrument well is challenging, and sometimes frustrating. But having been through rigorous conservatory training myself, I know how to tackle most technical and musical challenges in a streamlined way so that my students can progress quickly and consistently.
I teach all styles and levels of guitar, beginner and intermediate drums, beginner piano, songwriting and composition, and computer music production. When I'm not teaching I'm either gigging with several bands (R&B, Rock, Hip Hop, and World Music), playing out as a solo classical guitarist, DJ'ing, at home creating electronic music, songwriting, composing pieces for classical ensembles, or producing local indie artists.
I have years of live and studio experience under my belt, and can confidently prepare dedicated students for real-world careers in music if that is their goal.
For those students who simply aspire to learn an instrument well and play for and with family and friends, we'll focus on learning and finishing songs to show off with!
Some of my teachers and mentors have been Jamie Haddad (Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Paul Winter,) Kevin Hanson (The Roots, Jay Z, Jill Scott,) Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Stephen Aron, and Tony Moore (Usher, Patti Labelle.)
Drum, Guitar, Percussion
I began playing drums at the age of 9, guitar at 10, started my first rock band at 11 and I've never stopped playing music since. After playing in the concert band, jazz band and marching band in high school, I went on to Temple University where I earned my Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance on the drum set. Since graduating in 2006, I have been teaching both drums and guitar professionally all over the greater Philadelphia area.
In addition to my teaching experience, I have performed, recorded and toured the US and Europe with many different groups ranging from jazz to rock to metal.
Drum, Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Percussion, Saxophone, Trumpet
Remedial reading coach at Prospect Park School. Former General music teacher and chorus teacher at St Monica's School in Philadelphia. Former director of the Delaware County Concert Band and served as music director for the Glenolden Young People's Performing Arts Club. Orchestra Sub for Arden Theater Company's production of Sweeney Todd. Substitute Music and Pre kindergarten teacher at Media Providence Friends School 2001 to 2003. Member of Chester City Band 1987 to 2000. Piccolo chair UpperDarby Sousa Band 1987 to 1993. Recorded with the Porch Chops in 1993 and Upper Darby Sousa Band in 1987. Orchestra Member Upper Darby Summer Stage 1987-1993. Played in Upper Darby Jazz Festival in 1989. Won Soloist award. Played with Settlement Music School Jazz ensemble 1987 to 1989. Played at the Roam and Hass Jazz festival at Settlement Music School in 1988. Founding member of flute ensemble Flutes in a Chord. Studied with Christine Dalsey . Studied Jazz with Lovett Hines. Attended Masterclasses with Nestor Torres and David Cramer. Specialist in early childhood education, pre-school music and Ethnomusicology with a focus on Asian Music. Member of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Flute Choir.
Flute, Jazz Flute, Flute Choir B.A. in Music, Temple University.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet, Ukulele, Organ, Trombone, Tuba
Exciting, entertaining and energetic, Philip’s ability speaks for itself. He was formally trained at the tender age of 13 on the trombone at La Salle College High School. With the performance ability sharpened by his diverse professional experiences, Philip D. is a renaissance man in his own right. He has worked with such notable artists and groups such as; Peter Nero & The Philly Pops, Slide Hampton, Robin Eubanks, Freda Payne, Martha Reeves of the Vandellas, The Intruders, The Blue Notes, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, The Contours, as well as The Temptations. Philip enjoys working with others, he wants his students to discover their musical ability and get in touch with their creative talents. His musical influences, aside from the groups he has worked with include Michael McDonald, Earth Wind and Fire, Journey, Queen, Take 6, Stevie Wonder, Joshua Redman, John Coltrane, and the list goes on. By taking lessons with Philip you will have a diverse variety of styles and methods to improve your craft.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Upright Bass
Michael C. was eleven years old when he began to play the electric bass guitar. He decided to get an electric bass because it was the one instrument needed to start a band among his friends. In addition to playing the electric bass, Michael enjoyed time practicing on the guitar and piano in high school. Transferring the knowledge and finger technique to the guitar came easy because of the similarities between guitar and the bass. And growing up with an upright piano in the house always lead to tinkering and eventually became a proficiency after college. In 1996 Michael enrolled at the the Philadelphia University of the Arts. He was awarded a presidential merit scholarship and a university grant based on his entrance audition. During his studies Michael was recruited for a student ensemble also know as Metagroove. During this time Michael had shared stages with guitarist John Scofield, Singer Ike Willis (Frank Zappa Band), Medeski Martin and Wood and The Disco Biscuits among countless others.
C. has completed a Master of Arts in music education as well as Bachelor of Music in bass performance. Michael is qualified to teach on bass, guitar, drums, piano, clarinet and a rare instrument called steel pan (steel drum) among others. Michael performs as a freelance musician. He can be found performing regularly at private parties and events around the greater Philadelphia area. He has performed playing most styles and genres of music. Among these styles are R & B, Blues, Hip Hop, Jazz, Calypso, Flamenco, Latin, Pop, Musical Theatre and Rock & Roll.
C. is a trained professional and prefers to cater his lessons to the individual need of each student. He believes that each student is unique and will encounter challenges in their own manner. Michael likes to supplement his lessons using musical interests of the student. C. has been known to arrange popular pieces for recital performances for his students. Some of the pieces he has arranged for his students include Something in the Way She Moves (Beetles), Long distance Run Around (The Who), Iron Man (Black Sabbath), That’s What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction), Hall of Fame (The Script) among many more. Michael encourages his students to use the music they love to challenge their ability and cognitive processes. Michael has the experience and training required to inspire and motivate your child to become successful not only in music but in their daily endeavors.
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