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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near Venetia

Nick H.

Pittsburgh, PA
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Katherine F.

Shippenville, PA
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Emily L.

Uniontown, PA
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Nick H. Pittsburgh, PA

Subjects Taught

Celtic Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory

About Me

I am a professional bagpipe performer and instructor based in the Pittsburgh area and the third ever graduate of the Bagpipe Music Performance degree at Carnegie-Mellon University. An experienced performer, I am well versed in both traditional and contemporary piping and, as a Professional grade bagpiper, I've been lucky to win many prizes in solo competition, in Scotland, Canada, France, and the USA. I also hold the Graduate Certificate from the Institute of Piping, the highest certification possible for bagpipe performance. In addition to highland piping, I am an active performer of border/smallpipes and whistles with various ensembles. Along with my performance degree I also was in the Music Education Certification program at Carnegie-Mellon. I currently teach several pipe bands of various grades in the Pittsburgh area as well as maintaining a private bagpipe lesson studio.

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I would love to teach you how to learn the bagpipes! I maintain a large private bagpipe lesson studio, with pipers ranging from practice chanter beginners to very advanced pipers, ages 8-73, so I am very confident with one-on-one bagpipe instruction across age and ability levels. Bagpipe lessons cover all aspects of music education (reading and notating music, theory, history) as well as bagpipe-related aspects (performance, technique, tuning, maintenance, repertoire). Additionally, I currently teach the MacDonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh (now in its 45th year) and the Pittsburgh Firefighters Memorial Pipe Band. I have students across many grade-levels, and am pleased with the consistent success of both the soloists and the bagpipe bands which I instruct. I will tailor the bagpipe lessons to suit your specific goals, pushing you to higher musical expertise and enjoyment, as well as continuing the teaching tradition passed down to me. In addition to being a bagpipe teacher, I taught Elementary General Music and Middle School Concert Band in the public schools, as a Music Education student, so I have experience teaching more than just bagpipes, which I believe will enrich your studies with me. In addition to lessons on the highland bagpipe, I can also perform and teach the Scottish smallpipes, border pipes, and Irish whistle. Please contact me for my more-than-reasonable rates.

For those not located in Pittsburgh, or who travel frequently, a convenient solution is bagpipe lessons over Skype. Audio, video, and sheet music files are sent through email or Dropbox, and payment is through PayPal. I have had many students who have used this easy and flexible option for learning the bagpipes, sometimes combined with an in-person lesson once a month.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Nothing needed other than an instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Bagpipe

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!

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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.

Michael H.

Conway, PA
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Jonathan S.

Pittsburgh, PA
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Jennifer V.

Pittsburgh, PA
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Michael H. Conway, PA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Viola, Violin

About Me

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching the guitar. While my own style of interest is classical, I have vast experience teaching and playing blues, jazz, rock, folk, and flamenco guitar styles. I have advanced degrees in music education and have taught a wide variety of students ranging from beginners, to college guitar majors.

Jonathan S. Pittsburgh, PA

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Trombone, Tuba

About Me

Jonathan S. is a candidate for M.M. in Music Performance at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is studying tuba with Craig Knox (principal tubist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Center City Brass Quintet). At CMU, Jonathan has performed with the Philharmonic, Wind Ensemble, and the Contemporary Ensemble. His most recent performances can be regularly heard on 89.3 WQED.



Outside of CMU, Jonathan is known for being the Executive Director and tubist of The Brass Roots brass ensemble. His orchestral experience includes serving as principal tubist with the Denver Philharmonic for 2 seasons, as well as performing with the Johnstown, Westmoreland, Aurora, Boulder, Arapahoe, and Longmont symphonies in Colorado. He has been under the baton of Marius Stieghorst, Gerrit Prienitz, Alexander Kalajdzic, John Mackey, Frank Ticheli, Grammy Award-winning conductors Eric Whitacre and Robert Page, as well as Ronald Zollman, George Vosburgh, Andres Cardenes, Lawrence Golan, H. Robert Reynolds, Adam Flatt, and Scott O'Neil. 



Beyond the orchestra, Jonathan has performed with such ensembles as the St. Louis Symphony Brass at the St. Louis Basilica, the National Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in New York, and can be found on a recent recording with the Denver Brass, "Brass and Organ: Feel the Sound!". Jonathan has attended the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, the Spectrum Brass Seminar, and in 2013 attended the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. While in Austria, he performed with Linda Watson (famous Wagnerian singer) in a performance of Wagner's Gtterdmmerung, which was nationally broadcasted around Austria by sterreichischer Rundfunk (ORF).



Mr. S. received his B.M. in Music Performance from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, where he studied with Warren Deck (former principal New York Philharmonic) and Kathy Brantigan (Executive Director and tubist for the Denver Brass). He also attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied with Tom Riccobono and Truman State University, studying with Steve Seward (Kansas City Symphony).



Jonathan currently lives in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He enjoys keeping up with his Missouri Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals, running, and spending time with his girlfriend and dog.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are catered to the student's specific goals, while maintaining a strong fundamental approach. Students are expected to work, but will be rewarded with progress.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Meinl Weston BBb tuba
Meinl Weston CC tuba
Miraphone F tuba
Bach Strad Bass-trombone
Custom organ drones for intonation
Guitar amp for optimal volume levels on metronome
Dr. Beat - DB90 & 88
Edirol Field Recorder
Shure Mics

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have an instrument and a few required books. Theory students are required to purchase one theory book and staff paper.

*** Specialties ***
I mainly specialize in classical. I have been classically trained in both music theory and brass pedagogy.

Jennifer V. Pittsburgh, PA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Do you love to sing? I offer private voice instruction. In a relaxed, fun environment.

I teach Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method created by Jeanie Lovetri) is a body-based method of vocal training which draws from many disciplines. It is based upon voice science and medicine as well as traditional classical vocal training, complementary tools such as yoga, movement, dance, acting, and speech training, and various bodywork approaches. My Education and Licensing includes, BAA of MDS studies West Virginia University, Studies in Master of Classical Performance Wichita State, Artist Diploma Duquesne University, and Levels I II & 3 In Somatic Voice Work from Shenandoah Conservatory. As of February 2014 I have been certified as a National Association of Teaching Singers " Nats" Vocal Coach. In this way I will in the future offer opportunity in Performance and Masters classes through this organization to to promote confidence, fun in Music, and Personal Growth.

I also recently wrote an article with takelessons about one of my interesting approaches to teaching. Feel free to check it out and comment! :)
http://takelessons.com/blog/2013/10/using-colors-to-understand-breathing

*** Lesson Details ***
My goals are to give you or your child one thing. The tools to accomplish the goals they stride for in a relaxed and safe atmosphere. So I tailor my teaching environment to the Students needs and desires, personality, and of course way of learning. At the end of the day, it really is all about you. :-)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large studio apartment, one half setup as music studio with clavinova piano, Finale 2012 for theory teaching, Hand bells, Video games pertaining to Music Theory, Interactive teaching toys, and many books. Waiting area in studio for parents with couches, and can also sit in on lessons. Free parking on street.

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My main goal is to make everyone feel like they are at home. So I have a studio that offers that. It's a small space for now) I will be expanding soon. But we make it work. :)

If you are seeking the big baby grand piano and stern Voice teacher this may not be the place for you or your Child. I believe Music can be a very organic and wonderfully fun process and teach it that way. While instilling excellent work ethics and creating all types of Music and Strong Technique in Healthy Singing.

When I teach children I teach them Music theory using colors. The formula I use is called the "ROYBIV" Approach. While it is a new idea to society as I very recently had it copy righted, I have been using it for three years and it really works. "ROYGBIV" has has helped make music theory more applicable and fun.

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