In addition to teaching music, I am also an award winning songwriter and trained songwriting instructor through the Nashville Songwriting Association International (NSAI). I work with teens and adults, to write commercial pop songs, both lyrics and music. My students have the opportunity to record their songs, to receive artist development training as performing singer-songwriters, and also to perform their original music.
I love teaching and providing a supportive and creative environment where my students have fun learning to make music. I work with students at their own pace to make their musical experience both enjoyable and educational. My students look forward to their lessons, and our time together each week passes by quickly! I'm skilled in playing and teaching classical music as well as theater and pop repertoire for students of all ages. I enjoy working with young students who are beginners, and also with teens or adults who are âcoming backâ to piano, or learning for the first time. I've developed a Pop-Piano Method based on learning chord structure and music theory for playing by âearâ for students with 2-3 years of piano or other musical instrument. In addition to teaching ...
I am a graduate of The University of The arts with a BA in music performance. The University of The Arts has allowed me to gain a reputable amount of performance and educational work. In my training at the University was able to concentrate on many styles of performance such as classical technique as well as Broadway and jazz. With that in mind, it is also important to stay current on today’s music as well. Music has allowed me to travel the world with various groups and perform with musicals greats like the Philly Pops, bassist Gerald Veasly and the great Bernard “Pretty “ Purdie. I have taught voice and piano for high school students entering college for music. My experience in teaching is not only with high school students but spans all ages. After completing college I continued
I do compose music and have many ideas as to what can be done to make a piece more interesting and beautiful.
Having graduated from Westminster Choir College, I have learned many techniques for helping students to understand their voices better. I have taken voice lessons myself since 2002, and still do take them. This gives me the opportunity to learn new and different techniques. As every student is different, there are many different techniques that can help the student to find their voice. One style of teaching that I really feel is important when discussing the voice is the idea of just singing. Often times, as was my experience, when people hear voices they like they will mimic that sound. The problem with that is that the person will start singing with a voice that does not work with their body. That is usually my first goal if they have this particular issue. Many times ...
Learn how to write songs of all shapes and sizes, from the 2 minute pop song, to the 13 minute symphony
I grew up in Glenside moved to Pittsburgh for school and came back because I love it here...I've been playing for 17 years and have a smorgasbord of influences from Zeppelin to the Beatles to Phish to Radiohead to the dirty projectors to Jay Z to Kurt Rosenwinkel & John Scofield. I have been composing and working with original bands for some 11 years and play regularly in the city and up and down the east coast. I have also been teaching for the past 11 years all over the Philadelphia area. i teach from a method I derived myself from years of learning both in and out of school. I think teaching music is both aural as well as visual and encourage students to listen to music a lot. most of all i feel that music is fun and the students should enjoy learning so i incorporate their favorite ...
We routinely run songwriting workshops in communities all over Pennsylvania. We are affiliated with NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the folks who give out the Grammy's) and have produced over 40 full length CD's for numerous artists.
A professional musician and music instructor for over 30 years, Mike has established himself as not only a world class player but also an excellent teacher of all ages and skill levels. He teaches for several area conservatories and hosts master classes on composition, performance, guitar and bass improvisation. Mike now offers lessons in his professional home studio. *** Lesson Details *** Mike's approach is to use the student's own musical tastes to develop an appreciation for the instrument. If you like rock, you learn by playing rock. If you like jazz, you learn by playing jazz. Mike's approach makes it painless to learn to read, train your ear and develop monster chops quickly. *** Studio Equipment *** 1) Recording studio - 1200 square feet - all instruments and seating for ...
I have more than 10 years songwriting experience
I am currently ABD and will be defending my dissertation shortly to complete my Doctorate in Music degree. I am also certified by the State of New York to teach vocal and instrumental music from K-12. I have more than 10 years of professional international performing and teaching experience. I have had students win awards in music festivals even shortly after working with them. I have worked with ages 5-90 as well as students with special needs. My lessons are planned, thorough and fun. If you are looking for results, I am the teacher for you. I will refer you to another teacher if I can't help you. *** Lesson Details *** My lessons include exercises, repertoire building, sight-reading/music theory and intonation help. *** Studio Equipment *** Piano Keyboard Djembe ...
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