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James T.

Lancaster, PA

About James

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
All students are provided a safe environment in my townhouse of 20 years located in a nice suburban townhouse development minutes from the intersection of Rt. 30 and Rt. 23 (New Holland Ave.). My 3rd floor teaching studio provides all instruments and students have the option to bring their guitar or bass to each lesson or simply use one of mine. Parents can either choose to observe the lesson, relax in my living room, or shop at the Lancaster Shopping Center 2 minutes from my house. Jim has an incredible wealth of knowledge and skills to share with students of all backgrounds, so please get in touch with us to set something up. Our rates are reasonable for the kind of expertise that Jim is available to provide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full 3rd floor dedicated for teaching: waiting area for parents on the 1st floor or they can come up to the 3rd floor.

*** Specialties ***
Berklee's highest freshman placement allowed me to accelerate focus through all advanced theory and ear training electives providing rare completion of highest available level course in both departments. Utilize that with equal interest and experience in all styles and genres (jazz, rock, blues, classical,etc.). Equal proficiency with piano, guitar, and bass.
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Anthony S. June 5, 2016
Songwriting · In home
Verified Student
best teacher i ever had when it came to putting notes together he was the first and only teacher i had who ever taught me to write a musical piece of music .when it comes to notes and timing and which notes work best together .the greatest music teacher i ever had.
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Anthony S. April 27, 2013
Songwriting
Verified Student
songwriting is a lot of fun.and yet harder then i thought.

Ive always have wanted to write songs.And finally now i can.James is a great teacher.He's the only teacher ive ever had who has gone out of his way to come up with another way to teach me song writing with guitar.because i dont have a piano.he's great and a lot of fun.
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Brian S. February 13, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Jim Rocks! I love hanging out every Sunday jamming

I have dabbled with the guitar for a couple of years but never got serious about. This year I made a new years resolution to get serious about it and find a guitar instructor.

I am so happy that I found Jim. He is brilliant with music and is that laid back, rad teacher that you hope to have for guitar.

We are about 5 weeks into lessons and I'm already playing Dead or Alive, Blackbird, Polly, and learning new songs every week. I thought we would be doing "boring" exercises still but he is great at teaching you the basics while keeping it fun.

A+ for Jim. Also, he is extremely flexible.

The only downside is that I wanted him to teach me how to sing Blackbird, but that's not his cup of tea. haha
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James T.

James T.

Lancaster, PA 17601
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$35 / 30-min
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Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA

About Thomas

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 c
appella 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 Drum Corps International and 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
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Dan L. August 21, 2016
Flute · Online
Verified Student
Mr. West is an amazing teacher! He helps you figure out your notes, pieces, scales, etc., etc., and even takes the time to write out music sheets! I look forward to every lesson with him! -Spring Z. (Student)
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Rebecca August 18, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
I am really pleased with Tom's approach and simplification of cello basics others have made so complex! The instruction was easy to follow leaving me with the ability to play 3 scales the first lesson (with practice of course). I felt like there was hope for someone like me taking up cello so much later in life.
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Sam August 17, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
It seemed like a great first lesson. My son was comfortable and got directly to learning. We are confident that Mr. West will have him caught up with the rest of the 7th grade band in no time!
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Thomas W.

Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA 19335
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Suzanne L.

Mohnton, PA

About Suzanne

Hello, I'm excited to pass on my knowlege and expertise to you! I've been teaching private voice for over 15 years and have a Diplome des Etudes Collegial from Dawson College in Creative Arts and a BFA in Integrative Music Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec Canada. I also took extensive courses in French while in Quebec and am now fluent, and I also took classes in ESL and tutored in English while in college. I love to teach, and my excitement and enthusiasm for teaching make my lessons memorable and fun. I have prepared my students for auditions and helped them achieve many
of their musical goals.
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Anthony February 17, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Suzanne is such a fun and very sweet instructor. I usually have a difficult time getting my son interested in most things. However, he loved his first singing lesson, and can't wait to go back. Thank you Suzanne!
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Jaylynn A. May 28, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Suzanne is definitely an amazing teacher. She always works with you and doesn't leave you hanging. She pushes you but not to much that you get uncomfortable. She's great! Definitely would recommend her to others.
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Suzanne L.

Suzanne L.

Mohnton, PA 19540
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Brenda G.

Reading, PA

About Brenda

I'm very passionate about the benefits of piano lessons and do my best to make it fun and exciting and rewarding. You will learn on my digital piano with weekly lessons and expectation of you practicing every day for at least 20 minutes. Points are given for your accomplishments with prizes for all at the end of the month. Holiday and fun music is learned along with Two recitals a year should you choose to participate. Expression and enthusiasm, and building confidence is what I'm all about. I'm friendly and outgoing, and allow flexibility in my schedule to reschedule lessons if we must.
So come and let your light shine with me!
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Bridget June 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
My daughter has been taking lessons for 9 months and just did a 4 page duet with Mrs. 'G " at a recital. She is very energetic; she encourages and gives awards which the young kids respond to; sometimes her cat comes to listen. No pressure and the kids can pick some of the advance books of songs they like. We go in person but she is now open to Face Time lessons. She is also very flexible for sick days; snow days, and the typical crazy kid activity schedule. If you like personal, friendly postitive energy...Mrs. "G" is your teacher!
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Maureen June 14, 2016
Piano · In studio
My Grandaughter, Lydia, is 8 years old and has been taking lessons from Mrs. "G"
since last September. Immediately, Lydia, felt welcome and comfortable. She has been in two recitals, and was in the Talent show at her school. We are all amazed at her proficiency at this early stage of learning. Her confidence in performing before an audience is all due to the way Mrs. "G" teaches. She makes the lessons fun and rewarding. I would recommend Brenda Ginther to any children interested in piano lessons. She is a joy to be with and Lydia loves her.
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Keira D. April 21, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
My granddaughter Kira told me she loves Brenda and hope she never has any other teacher. A huge endorsement from a 7 year old !
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Brenda G.

Brenda G.

Reading, PA 19608
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Jon Paul P.

Lancaster, PA

About Jon Paul

Learn music theory, chords, reading tab and good habits for practicing.
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Jon Paul P.

Jon Paul P.

Lancaster, PA 17603
starting at
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