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Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2013
Masters of Music in Viola Performance in progress at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 2015
Ms. Reed began her studies on violin at an early age. After studying violin for 10 years, she made the switch to viola and never looked back! She performs internationally--most recently traveling to the Isle of Man for the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition as a finalist to compete in the 2013 competition (this is one of the two international competitions in the world for viola!). In July of 2014, Ms. Reed will be returning to perform at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy. She has studied as well as performed in Shanghai, Beijing and many other cities across China. Ms. Reed is currently a graduate student at Temple University in Viola Performance as well as a freelance musician and private teacher of the violin and viola. Her principle teachers include international viola soloist, Hong Mei Xiao and Kerri Ryan of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Other interests in no particular order include ancient history, philosophy, astronomy, Earth science, veganism, quantum physics, traveling, spirituality, anything interesting and following her heart always.
When we first meet, I'll ask you to play me something so I can get a feel for where you are...whether its a scale or a piece you have been playing...or if you don't know anything that's fine too! We'll talk about correct set up a bit and then we will start focusing on creating a full sound. Depending on where you are will determine how we go about that.
1. Warm up (scale, open strings, or finger exercises)
Address technical issues--tone production, posture and set up, various bow exercises, intonation, etc.
4. End with the piece we are working on
5. Recap of what we learned in the lesson
It might sound like a lot--but don't worry I'll have a smile on my face the whole time and be working with you and encouraging you to do your best!
After 3-6 months:
Read notes (if you can't when you first come)
Have a correct set up
Greater finger facility
*** Studio Equipment ***
Stand, Metronome, Tuner, Music (but eventually you will have your own) You will need to provide your own instrument.
My preferred teaching methods are Suzuki and Sassmannshaus
*** Specialties ***
Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Bass Trombone, Beatbox, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Ear Training, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Jazz Voice, Marimba, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Piccolo, Saxophone, Singing, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin, Vocal Training, Xylophone
Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups.
Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.
He is a current adjudicator with Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.
Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.
*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.
I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.
For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.
My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.
*** Specialties ***
music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Broadway Singing, Guitar, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Violin, Vocal Training
Music degree from Lawrence University and Conservatory in Appleton, WI. Graduate work in conducting, piano, and vocal pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. Also certified in Kindermusik for ages newborn to 7.
My studio, since 1993 is located in the back of my house and is in a family friendly location.
As my education originally was music education, elementary and secondary, I have gone on to be certified in teaching adults, both beginning and returning. There is so much piano and vocal educational material geared to the pre-school, the elementary, Jr-Sr high and Adult beginner and I promise we will have fun while learning.....
Anyone can learn an instrument and anyone can learn many different styles. Lessons will be geared toward your interests and goals, which we can work on at your lesson also.
The greatest virtues of a music teacher are passion, patience, understanding, and communicating. You will experience this in the studio. Give yourself a treat of two months of lessons and I promise you will be playing and/or singing better than you expected.
Member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs),
NJFMC (NJ Fed. of Music Clubs). MENC (Music Ed National Conference),
*** Lesson Details ***
I am generally easy going and laid-back and will work with you to obtain specific goals such as a piece you would really like to learn. I can be strict if assignments are not followed or if there is no progression; we need to analyze why that is. I use many teaching methods as there are many different learning styles. The series I am currently using are Faber, Alfred, and Celebrate Piano! for pianists. Many singers are in Broadway, Disney, and/or English Reliquary and Italian Arias. There are so many wonderful choices! I can guarantee after three months you will be playing some music you like, and you will be reading music, and able to perform if you wish (starting small). With singing you will have basic knowledge of proper posture, breathing, and increased range. I also so enjoy people and communicating so you will feel comfortable taking lessons, and I believe that is one major factor of success in learning an instrument: the student-teacher relationship And second for children, especially the young, is the parent-teacher relationship .
*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio: Yamaha baby grand piano, Kawaii studio upright and keyboard, Yamaha keyboard, recording abilities, computer software, couch and two chairs, parents can sit in on lesson. Also have computer programs for note learning, composition, as well as giving you apps to download.
*** Specialties ***
Different methods for different students. Piano: mostly Faber and Alfred series. "Prodigy": Aaron/Thompson series. I've also had graduate study in teaching the Adult Beginner! As I was a church music director 1994 till last September, I am very familiar with traditional and contemporary sacred music, learning and performing. If you also wish to combine singing and accompanying yourself on piano or guitar lessons can be tailored.
Oboe, Viola, Violin
I am currently studying at West Chester University of Pennsylvania majoring in Violin Performance, with oboe as my minor instrument. I perform with the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Baroque Ensemble and many other small ensembles on campus. I am also an active performer in the local area, and I especially enjoy playing in operas and musical theater. I have experience playing classical, fiddle and rock genres, with my focus being classical. I have been teaching students of all ages and levels for the past five years. I recently completed the introductory 'Every Child Can!' course for Suzuki instructors and will be continuing my training to become fully certified.
I work to help students create and achieve their musical goals. Every student goes home with a list of points covered in their lesson so they know exactly what must be practiced for the upcoming lessons. This list helps students practice in a more focused fashion so they can improve as steadily and quickly as possible. I customize my teaching style for each student to ensure that they get the most out of lessons. Students with longer lessons (45min or more) can benefit from music theory workbooks and games which I incorporate into each lesson. My goal is to make every lesson fun and challenging for my students!
I give my students multiple performance opportunities each year. This year I have a formal spring recital where my students get the experience of playing with an accompanist in a recital hall. Another performance opportunity I have is a more casual Duet Day where my students and I will perform duets for their family and the community in a park. Of course, these opportunities change from year to year, but the emphasis is always on having fun in performance!
Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Violin
I have been teaching private music lessons since 2003 and specialize in Vocals and both beginner Guitar and Violin. My education in music began long ago in 1994 when I began playing violin and performed in different Orchestras and Chamber Orchestras throughout my years in school. I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston to study violin performance, have an associates degree in Music Performance, and have studied with many well know instructors over the years. My teaching style is based on a fun, creative, and informative knowledge to get you feeling confident right away with what we are working on together! I love teaching Rock, Pop, and Blues styles for Vocals and Guitar and have a long history of classical training for Violin. You will get to learn what you want to learn and I will help you every step of the way to get you to reach your goals!
My professional music performance experience has recently allowed me to play venues such as The TLA, Radio 104.5 Live at 5, The Legendary Dobb's, Bethlehem Musikfest, Boot and Saddle, and other Philadelphia area venues with my Garage Rock band 'La Capitaña'!
I look forward to sharing my knowledge of music with you!
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons always begin with warm-ups and technique exercises. We then begin working on the song of your choice. If you are doing Voice with me, I will accompany you with guitar so you can experience what it's like to sing with a live instrument. If you have specific areas of focus I will attend to any needs you have and we will achieve your goals! An audio recording of warm-ups or the song we are working on can be made and sent to you free of charge. Most importantly, lessons should always be fun and productive! I want to share my knowledge with you while encouraging you to do your best. Leaving with a smile on your face is extremely important to me!
A further breakdown of how the lesson can go:
For All Instruments:
Music theory, learning to read music notation, and understanding rhythms are areas of focus as well as reading guitar tablature if desired.
Vocal warm-up and techniques will teach you the proper way to sing and protect your voice from strain. Belting the proper way is taught and finding a 'cutting', strong sound is achieved through many exercises. I will get you to sound the way you've always known you can sound!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Guitar, Violin
*** Travel Equipment ***
*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Pop styles
Accompaniment, Cello, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Harp, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Violin, Vocal Training
I began studying piano at age three. The joy of music has always filled my life. I have advanced degrees from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ and The Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Rome Italy. I have a passion for helping my students excel in music. I have performed throughout the United States and Europe, most notably La Madeline, Salle Pleyel, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, The Kimmel Center, and Michener Museum. I specialize in preparing students for Broadway, Juilliard, NYADA, and College auditions. Many of my students have gone on to be competition winners, scholarship recipients, music teachers, and performers.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."