Piano, Basic Math, Elementary Math, History, Language, Music Theory
My passion and love for music began the day I learned to speak. I've studied the piano since age 6, as well as voice. From 2004-2010 I studied voice professionally with Jean Bradel (former Metropolitan Opera Singer) and Wagner College's qualified vocal coaches. In Middle School I began to teach myself how to play the oboe, flute and clarinet. I joined the High School Marching Band in 8th grade and became section leader of the clarinets in 9th grade (the youngest of the group). I was a member of my High School's Show Choir, Concert Choir, Orchestra and Concert Band.
I graduated from Wagner College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration with a concentration in Theatre. I am currently seeking a Master's Degree in Special Education.
My passion for music and working with children and people of all ages from seeing the joy music brings to life. After working with my church's children's choir for 2 years I began searching to continue my passion for teaching music. I became the Assistant Teacher of Wagner College's community children's choir, organized and directed my co-ed Fraternity's performance in a campus wide competition, and Asst. Directed/Choreographed Camp Watitoh's children's musicals.
Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone
Chris Smucker began his musical studies while studying saxophone with Ryan Kauffman in Lancaster PA, and later Greg Riley at West Chester University. Upon graduating from West Chester, Chris briefly attended the University of Missouri: Kansas City, where he had the privelege of playing with the UMKC jazz ensemble, under the direction of the legendary Bobby Watson. Since leaving Kansas City, Chris has been involved in many projects throughout the central Pennsylvania and greater Philadelphia region, including appearances with groups at Chris' Jazz Cafe and the Lancaster Symphony. In addition to his jazz and classical experience, Chris has played woodwinds for musicals in many venues including the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Carlisle Theatre Company, and the Oyster Mill Playhouse.
Chris' teaching style involves general technique and tone studies, and an introduction to a wide range of music literature including classical, jazz, and pop.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
I graduated with a B.A. in Professional Music from Boston's Berklee College of Music. When I first heard about Berklee, I too thought of warm and sunny Berkeley California and not the frigid winters in Boston. Berklee however, is respected world-wide as the musicians music college. Each year, only 3% of students are able to graduate. Advanced freshman placement accelerated all Berklee core requirements by my sophomore year. An early focus on their Advanced Harmony/Theory and Ear Training electives provided the rare opportunity of experiencing Berklee's highest level courses in both departments. I graduated with Honors in 7 semesters with a cumulative music GPA of 3.6. (Magna Cum Laude). Since graduation, I've been a full-time independent professional musician with over 28 years of experience in all facets of music. Teaching private piano, guitar, and bass students however, is my first love and I consider my biggest accomplishment to be the accomplishments of my students. Since Berklee, I've amassed an extensive teaching library from over 5,000 original lesson plans tailored to meet the needs of students of all ages, levels, and musical interests. Acquiring and maintaining private students for over 28 years has been based solely through word-of-mouth referrals from students, parents, and teachers. A high percentage of students perform in bands, record professionally, and teach independently or in schools. Many letters of recommendation have provided college entry and 6 of 8 recommendations to attend Berkee have since graduated. Teaching beginning music students at any age is most important to me however. So many students never get the opportunity to ever realize their potential as was the case with me. From age 12 to 23, I was frustrated as I was only ever taught how to read music. Reading is important, but there's more to what we hear that meets the eye (pun intended I guess). I believe this is one of the reasons most people say, "If only I had stuck with lessons". Every student entering Berklee is told to forget everything they've ever learned up until now. Professional Performance: I've demonstrated over 28 years of professional diversity with a variety of genres (i.e. jazz, rock, blues, classical, etc.) facilitated through an equal proficiency with piano, guitar, and bass. Versatility has helped to provide over 9,000 solo, band, and free-lance performances at over 2,000 different venues. I've performed bass and keyboard duties simultaneously via split keyboard in original trio for over 15 years with world-respected drummer Clyde Lucas (Count Basie, Ray Charles, etc.). While attending college, I performed in Boston jazz clubs with prominent Berklee students including Smitty Smith from Jay Leno's Tonight Show Band. Other notable bands include Robert Gordan, Eddie Holman (Hey There Lonely Girl), Cab Calloway, and The Moody Blues. Long list includes prominent politicians and various jazz festivals. Recording/Composition: I've recorded 200+ original compositions and 50+ student play-a-long C.D.'s from my elaborate home studio. Advanced recording techniques implementing analog, MIDI, digital and synchronization formats has provided vast experience in both the professional and home studio. Multiple clients have hired me to transcribe, arrange, and record all instrumental parts for a variety of diverse artists and professional recording studio projects including jingles, commercials, and film.
Guitar, Piano, Music Theory
I have been teaching piano and guitar for one year now. I am a recent graduate from Temple University with my Bachelors of Music, specializing in music theory and Classical piano. I have been playing piano for nearly 20 years, and guitar for 15 years. I have a strong Classical background, especially in piano, but I also have an extensive rock background.
When I take on a new student, I find out as much about their personal musical interests as I can. Though I typically use lesson book-based teaching for beginning students, I also use any other materials the student is interested in once they have some experience with their instrument. This includes Classical repertoire, or any pop or rock songs they would like to learn.
I have played with various gigging bands around Philadelphia and Central PA on guitar, keyboards, vocals, and drums. These bands include progressive rockers Igor's Egg, synth rock band Coup Couroux, and cover band Bombay Zoo.
Piano, Singing, English, Language, Music Performance, Music Theory, Phonics, Reading, Songwriting
I began my journey in music at a young age. For as long as I can remember, singing and composing melodies has been an essential part of building and understanding the world within and around me. I began to pursue piano and vocal lessons in my early teens and self-released my first album at the age of 16. Since then, I went on to study music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2011. During my years in college, I not only learned from my amazing teachers, I also learned from vast amounts of performing experience as I began to gig and tours with several bands. Since then, my journey has seen me connect and perform with many musical talents, release more of my own music into the world, and touch the hearts of so many.
Another part of my musical journey has seen me take on the role of teacher. I began teaching private music lessons in 2011. What a beautiful aspect of the journey! Through teaching, I've had the privilege of helping to guide and inspire people of all ages and walks of life to express themselves through music. Not only has this made me a better musician and teachers, it's made me a better human being. My approach is simple: Through communication and setting goals, I want you to achieve whatever is it you set out to achieve.
- prepping you for an audition
-providing a knowledge and understanding of music theory
-introducing you or your child to the piano for the first time
-helping you write that song that's been in your heart
- giving you the skills and the confidence to perform on stage
- showing you how to not only play the notes, but make music
...or all of the above and more! Please feel free to reach out to me. I'm flexible and I'll drive to you.
Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone
Mike Burton holds a degree in Jazz Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. As a natural musician, he has been playing trumpet and flugelhorn since the age 12 and he is serious about his craft. After four years of private tutoring with Tim Leahey of the world-renowned "Airmen of Note" - who is one of Mike's "playing inspirations" - as well as countless studio hours practicing, he has quickly become one of the Northeast’s most-accomplished young musicians. While still in high school, Mike won best jazz soloist in Canada for his flugelhorn playing and secured a chair in the PA All-State Jazz Band.
In 2008, Mike started a production company known as The Music Majors with his partner Jorge Ayala and together, they have produced tracks for various artists all over the world. He has also secured a roll in the upcoming Clifford Brown Documentary as Clifford Brown. Before joining The Uptown Band, Mike played with many acts including The Maxwell Project, The Impact Band, Funktion, The Transfusion Ensemble, The Electric Miles Ensemble, and The Birth of the Cool. Mike has also performed with or shared the stage with Bonerama, Robin Eubanks, Duane Eubanks, Kevin Walker (bass player with Justin Timberlake), Doc Gibbs, Gerald Veasley, Orrin Evans, and Tim Warfield. Recently, Mike shared the stage with Amaryllis Santiago aka The Latin Phoenix at the Jose Feliciano’s World Tour in 2013 in Harrisburg, PA. As the newest member of The Uptown Band, Mike is the group’s resident dancer whose got THE MOVES!
Music lessons will include learning jazz improvisation for all instruments, basic piano lessons, music theory, and trumpet lessons for all levels.
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