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Ed R.

Norristown, PA

About Ed

Hi, My name is Ed and listed in the different sections of this page are: a very brief bio, an explanation of my approach, and a description of what I and my studio have to offer. I am extremely enthusiastic and passionate about what I do, and being able to pass that on is a joy. Please read on, and I hope to hear from you soon!

I have 16 years teaching experience as well as extensive playing and touring experience in all styles and genres, which gives me the insight to know what is most important for really playing the instrument.
I attended Bucks County Community College and West Chester
University. I also studied privately with
Ken Miller (Philly Pops Orchestra tympanist), John Alberti and Martin Bradfield.

I am currently a member of The Chuck Anderson Trio on the Dreambox Media Label. I am also a member of five other bands and freelance and record with many others...everyone from former members of Bon Jovi, to Marvin Hamlisch, and some completely unexpected names like Joe Frazier And The Knockouts. Yes, I know, that's pretty amusing, and Joe couldn't sing...but I wasn't going to tell him!

I have an extensive collection of books and videos that I draw from for my students, and to personally improve at my craft. This is not a sideline, or part-time job for me...this is my life, and my career!

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I strive to make the maximum progress possible, while also having as much fun as possible. This is accomplished by imparting the most valuable, useful, and beneficial information in a fun and relaxed, low pressure environment, always with the students goals and priorities first and foremost. I also like to keep the student challenged at their current ability level.

For beginning students I stress basic fundamentals, just as you would in sports. It makes progress come at a much faster clip and avoids making time consuming corrections later. The longer you play with bad habits, the harder they are to break.

For more advanced students, I assess their current abilities, determine if any problems need to be addressed, and with their goals in mind, come up with the proper plan of action.

Having been self taught till entering college I understand all ends of the spectrum. In my career I have come across three separate groups of musicians:

1) Those who have good ears, but can't read.
2) Those who read well, but can't play without music in front of them.
3) Those with great ears who also read well.

Number 3 is obviously the best of all possible worlds and what I strive to achieve with all my students. Being accomplished in both areas enables them to be prepared for anything they will come across, and gives them a distinct advantage over their peers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a state of the art drum studio, beyond anything else I have ever seen, with everything from a top of the line V-Drum kit (electronic drums) and several acoustic sets that I rotate occasionally to keep interest level high. As opposed to many stores, schools and homes...there are no sax players in the next studio, no guitars blaring, no kids running around, no distractions! We only hear what we want to hear! It's so much easier to maintain focus on the task at hand.

One of the pluses of the electronic set is when a student is playing along with music, we can just plug an iPod, Kindle, whatever, into the system, dial in the perfect matching volume between music and drums...and not go deaf. No muss, no fuss, no headphones needed, unless the student wants them...I have plenty.

I am in my own building, so unlike many of the shoebox sized studios i have worked in, I have a lot of space (17'x22'), a waiting area for parents, and since it's one open area, if parents come in the building they are sitting in on the lesson. There is ample parking and I am conveniently located near a major intersection, and right next to a major shopping center (Wal-Mart, Staples. Weiss Supermarket, Pep Boys, etc.). In fact many parents go shopping while their children are taking their lessons. Some even walk! I'm that close.

I am also a Certified Plus drum dealer, so if students need some equipment, we can usually handle that too.

*** Specialties ***
I adapt my style to each student and usually hand write everything for quite awhile. There's a lot to cover and it enables me to break from standard procedure when beneficial. I play and teach all styles and genres, so I feel comfortable with pretty much everything.
I use numerous books for many different purposes well beyond the scope of what's listed below.
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Vince S. January 12, 2015
Drum · In studio
My son has been taking lessons with Ed since he was 5. Ed was very patient dealing with a high energy child who had a limited attention span. Eight years later, we are still seeing Ed weekly for lessons and my son has turned into a well-rounded musician. Ed tailors the lessons to my son's musical interests and takes an interest in what is going on in his life.

We have gone to see Ed perform in several venues and he always takes the time to talk to us during his break. I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed for those at any skill level.
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Ellen L. October 29, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Ed is an excellent and the best drum teacher .

My son loves taking drum lessons from Ed since he was 4 ! He is very knowledgeable and super patient . My family enjoyed Ed's performance very much and also very satisfied for the progress my son made from him class .He always pay highly attention to his student

I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed!
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Vincent M. May 10, 2013
Drum
Awesome Teacher- 5 Stars!

Ed is pretty cool and an awesome teacher! I've been taking lessons since 7th grade. I'm now in high school and still love playing drums, thanks to Ed. I give him 5 stars!
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Ed R.

Ed R.

Norristown, PA 19401
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sharon B.

West Chester, PA

About Sharon

I'm a classically trained pianist. I graduated from West Chester University with my Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance in 1985. I then went on to Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where I earned my Masters degree in Piano Performance in 1987. Beginning in 1987 I taught at the Settlement Music Schools in Philadelphia. I remained there for 16 years working with virtually every level of student from beginner to advanced. From 2004 to the present I have been teaching in my own home studio in West Chester, Pa.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an energetic, experienced, sincere, an
d patient teacher. I emphasize learning to read music as I believe this is the most important skill a student can possess. I also emphasize theory to help the student get a true knowledge of how music is put together. My goal is to help you understand music so that you can learn on your own!

*** Studio Equipment ***
dedicated music room; 7 foot Steinway B grand piano

*** Specialties ***
I'm a classically trained pianist. I teach students to read music. I teach all kinds of music not just classical.
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Nancy April 1, 2016
Piano · In home
Sharon has patience and expertise during my piano lesson. She is very positive and encouraging.
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Carol K. March 31, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Sharon is absolutely the best teacher I've ever had. I am a returning adult student with 10+ years prior training Sharon teaches me things which I have never learned, which are improving my piano and increasing my interest. She is extremely knowledgeable and extremely pleasant to work with. I have been with her almost 2 years and plan to continue forever.
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Shengnan Xie March 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sharon's piano lesson are so much fun. You are not only learning and improving piano skills, but also in for a lighthearted and delightful music journey. I highly recommend Sharon's piano lessons!
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Sharon B.

West Chester, PA 19382
(15)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Rosalind H.

Coatesville, PA

About Rosalind

Hello! My name is Rosalind and I believing in teaching music lessons that go the extra mile. Students and parents can expect excellence in customer service that goes beyond their weekly lessons.

How are lessons with me different?

-Convenient Locations in Downingtown, Coatesville, West Chester as well as online lessons!

-Lessons are recorded and sent to parents and students within 24 hours so that assignments are always clear and that you have a clear idea of progress

-Access to my student newsletter which includes tips for how to improve as a performer and news about student's
upcoming performances

-I help students find and prepare for performance opportunities and I attend student performances

-I select one student a month to participate in our student showcase, featuring them in my newsletter

-I host twice a year recitals where students can show off their new skills

-I bring all materials to lessons for your convenience (excluding piano)

-singers receive recorded warm ups to practice with at home

-I am skilled at helping students with ear training if they need it for voice, most of my students can match pitch after a month of singing lessons no matter the trouble they have had before

-every student gets a "new student kit" at their first lesson including a list of performance opportunities and a vocal health guide for singers

-weekly instructional videos for voice sent

-weekly links to articles about music and the brain

-I respond to student concerns and questions within 24 hours

I welcome students of all ages and work hard to make music accessible for everyone.

-Young kids in voice can expect their lessons to be fun and educational including using visual tools like scarves and shakers, and imaginative play to learn vocal techniques needed to sing on pitch and with proper breathe control.

-Children in piano lessons will learn music theory and piano technique through simple songwriting exercises, theory games, visual tools and more. They will learn about composer's lives and musical styles, providing them with a well-rounded lesson experience.

-Older children and adult singers can expect to learn about their vocal anatomy in order to better control of their voice and become independent during practice sessions at home. They will learn how to improve breathe control, posture and diction. Time during lessons will also be dedicated to developing stage presence and discussing vocal health. Singers will be allowed to select repertoire from the genre of their choice. They can also learn how to harmonize and sight-sing in lessons if they would like.

-I teach beginning guitar students and help them learn how to play with proper technique and accompany themselves when singing. These students learn to read staff and tab and shape different chords on the guitar. I use theory games and visual tools for kids to make lessons fun

-Music theory/composition students will be taught how to read and write music. Students will be invited to improvise on the piano and record their improvisations.They will be taught how to sight-sing in order to learn how to notate any melodies in their head
They will learn how music has changed and been influenced throughout history. They will learn how to read lead sheets and use stylistic invariants in their playing. They will be provided with honest feedback and constructive help on their compositions.They will learn how the human brain processes music and how best to capitalize upon this process for the greatest audience appeal.

-I have experience teaching students with special needs and adjusting lessons to help them meet their goals.

About me!

I am a Westminster Choir College '11 Alum  who graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music, summa cum laude. I also have my master's degree in music therapy from Drexel University. I am also a Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and a  Board Certified Music Therapist. During my time at school I performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center, and did music therapy work with older adults, as well as disadvantaged children and parents.

I also have my own parent/child music class I host every Thursday September-May. It's never to early to start a music education!

I have been teaching for over four years and now have a studio of more than 70 happy students. Teaching music is my passion, and I love seeing students grow!

I often draw upon my experience from my master's degree in music therapy, which taught me that music can have a profound effect on the human brain and upon cognitive development.  My skills as a music therapist allow me to better understand a student's cognitive strengths and areas for improvement, and to develop individualized teaching strategies which utilize student strengths.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studios are equipped with keyboard, guitar or piano, as well as a sizable repertoire of classical, broadway and popular music. ' I also have a mirror for voice students to see how their body is moving when singing and visual tools for students like scarves, whiteboard, markers, crayons...ect. I am more than happy to help students find any music they may need for lessons that is not already in my library.

I recommend the following books for piano students (listed by age):
Ages 4-6:
My First Piano Adventure, Lesson Book A with by Nancy & Randall Faber
Ages 6-12:Piano Adventures - Level 1: Lesson Book [Book]Faber Piano Adventures

Ages 12 and up:

Adult All-In-One Course: Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, Level ...by Willard A. Palmer

Voice: Alfred's Teach Yourself to Sing
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in ear training, sight-singing and knowing and understanding vocal anatomy. Many of my students are students who have gone on to score lead roles in their schools or community theater performances, as well as lead singers of local bands looking to improve their techniques and improve their vocal health.

I specialize in theory and sight-reading for piano and theory students.

I also specialize in teaching those with special needs.
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Jamisyn M. August 8, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing lesson! She's the best
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Kristen M. July 9, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
So far it's been great!
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Sophie May 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable!! A great session!
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Rosalind H.

Rosalind H.

Downingtown, PA 19335
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Erik F.

Philadelphia, PA

About Erik

Pianist, music director, and vocal coach, Erik was born and raised in Eastern Washington state. He has been heard all across the northwest and beyond, in cities including Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston, and internationally in Prague and Salzburg. Erik has been a guest artist at Whitman College, Portland State University, The Kairos Chamber Music Lyceum, California State University Summer Arts, the West Seattle Symphony, and the Gig-Harbor Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Erik’s passion for teaching has led him to be an adjudicat
or for various festivals including the Washington Sonata-Sonatina Festival and the Washington Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Newly relocating to the East Coast, Erik is highly sought after for his collaborative work with both instrumentalists and vocalists. He is comfortable in all musical styles and genres, and has an extensive knowledge of music history and theory. Erik is currently on staff at New York University.

Students of Erik Flaten have the opportunities to perform in studio recitals and workshops. More information about Erik's background and upcoming performances can be found at erikflaten.com.
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Louise A. January 25, 2017
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I was impressed by Erik's resume and had my first lesson today. He is very thorough and I can see from only one lesson that he will make a positive impact on my learning.
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Siobhan January 24, 2017
Piano · In studio
Truly amazing teacher!
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Keith November 2, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Erik is able to explain in a way that easily understood.
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Erik F.

Erik F.

Media, PA 19063
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Michelle W.

West Chester, PA

About Michelle

I'm currently a college student working on my B.A in Music Ed, and have been making music since I was 7. I've had the most experience with students aged 8-14, but I'm open for anything. As a Spanish minor, I speak Spanish fairly well and have experience with an ESL program.
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Janet S. February 11, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My son really liked Michelle! He was all smiles after the lesion, excited about the homework, and eager to show us what he was working on. He was very very impressed, as was I, with her extensive musical background. Having the lesson in our home is a huge help in our family. Looking forward to the next session!
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Janet S. February 11, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My son really liked Michelle! He was all smiles after the lesion, excited about the homework, and eager to show us what he was working on. He was very very impressed, as was I, with her extensive musical background. Having the lesson in our home is a huge help in our family. Looking forward to the next session!
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Jean G. February 4, 2017
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She is an excellent teacher and has great patience!
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Michelle W.

Michelle W.

West Chester, PA 19383
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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