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Timothy D.

Philadelphia, PA

About timothy

My name is Tim D. I am 27 years old and have a life long Musical devotion. I started playing the piano and drums at around 5 yrs of age. My grandfather was my main teacher as he was a working musician himself in traveling bands. When I was in junior high school I started to attend Settlement School of Music and studied there throughout my early teenage years. I served in the US army for four years and was able to use those benefits to pay for schooling when I got out. Now I am a double major in Music Education and Theory at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance. I am curre
ntly studying piano under Dr Yanovitsky there at Temple also as my major is piano concentrated. I am looking to build my teaching resume and work with some motivated students and give them my inspiration and influence.

*** Lesson Details ***
Depending on the student, I will determine the type of teaching style that I will need to incorporate whether it be a disciplined or laid back style. Some students will show that they are motivated by working on the material given and having it prepared for the next lesson. After about a month of good productivity, I will see that I do not need to be as strict as the students that seem less interested. This will decide the way I go about making progress with a pupil. My teaching strategy starts with the student. I will ask them what they know, what they want to know, what types of music they like, and what types of music they want to play. With that being said there are some rudimentary attributes that need to be ingrained in a students musical mind. Some of these are note identification, identifying intervals, correct fingering for scales, hand and finger positioning, and good posture. I believe that starting a student out correctly can be a great step towards avoiding "bad habits" in piano playing which are very hard to stop once learned. We will start out with certain material that will be ideal for the student. This will of course be determined after the findings of where the student needs to be started. After about 3 to 6 months, a determined beginner will have a strong foundation that will be used to develop he or she into an exceptional musician. I believe in not only teaching notes on the keyboard but understanding music theory in general. For instance I may ask the student to sing the notes in a melody or even clap the rhythm so that there is no question in their mind of the musical language. It is important to get the student to understand rhythm and meter which are some of the building grounds of music theory. What I want in my students is for them to be well rounded musicians.

*** Travel Equipment ***
expect students to provide some type of keyboard

*** Specialties ***
I simply inquire and carry on the methods that I have been taught through out the years. I teach a variety of styles from Mozart to Ray Charles.
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Niju V. October 29, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mr D. is the best. He is very patient with both my girls. He redirects their attention whenever they get off topic. He is very easy to get in touch with if there is any scheduling conflicts. Both my girls ages 8 and 5 look forward to their lessons every week.
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Susan D. April 19, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great Teacher!

I started taking lessons with Tim last summer after taking a long break from playing piano. I am really enjoying my lessons and I'm learning more than I ever have from another teacher. He is very patient and structured in his teaching and also pushes me to my full potential. He also allows me to work on a mixture of pieces from popular songs that I like to classical music. I would highly recommend him.
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Timothy D.

Timothy D.

Philadelphia, PA 19136
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Matthew S.

Levittown, PA

About Matthew

I started playing trumpet in grade school and was in the marching band the first year of high school. I then switched to playing upright bass in the orchestra. This led to me being a part of the jazz band and playing instrumentals for school musicals. Upon graduation time, I received the gold medal for music performance in strings. I was also an AP music theory student. After, I pursued a bachelor's degree in music and took education courses. I have tutored music theory and given instrument lessons, but they were always self employed or from the university.

I wish to help others make music
an enjoying part of their lives, as it is in mine.

*** Lesson Details ***
For lessons, I like to get a feel of the student's current abilities and then start from there. I'm progressive in my methods and use a scaffolding technique. Going out of your comfort zone helps learning and development.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Jazz Bass
Music Man SUB Bass
Ampeg amp

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have a logbook or notebook, staff paper, pencils, their instruments if applicable, and a metronome.

I bring extra staff paper and pencils just in case

*** Specialties ***
rock, jazz, funk, R&B, classical
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Jason Billups October 15, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable. Takes his time to explain concepts and the theory. Makes it fun, but challenges you at the same time.
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Christina B. August 27, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Matt is a very talented, smart musician. I am 44 years old and learning how to play bass guitar has been on my bucket list for sometime. He has made it fun and easy for this middle-aged wanna-be! His lessons and exercises are great. I find myself looking forward to coming home from work and practicing. He is also excellent at music theory. I highly recommend Matt to anyone.
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Ronan D. July 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Matthew is very patient with my 6 year old. He is an excellent teacher.
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Matthew S.

Levittown, PA 19057
(14)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Michael C.

Philadelphia, PA

About Michael

Michael C. was eleven years old when he began to play the electric bass guitar. He decided to get an electric bass because it was the one instrument needed to start a band among his friends. In addition to playing the electric bass, Michael enjoyed time practicing on the guitar and piano in high school. Transferring the knowledge and finger technique to the guitar came easy because of the similarities between guitar and the bass. And growing up with an upright piano in the house always lead to tinkering and eventually became a proficiency after college. In 1996 Michael enrolled at the the Phil
adelphia University of the Arts. He was awarded a presidential merit scholarship and a university grant based on his entrance audition. During his studies Michael was recruited for a student ensemble also know as Metagroove. During this time Michael had shared stages with guitarist John Scofield, Singer Ike Willis (Frank Zappa Band), Medeski Martin and Wood and The Disco Biscuits among countless others.

C. has completed a Master of Arts in music education as well as Bachelor of Music in bass performance. Michael is qualified to teach on bass, upright bass, guitar, drums, piano, voice and a rare instrument called steel pan (steel drum) among others. Michael performs as a freelance musician. He can be found performing regularly at private parties and events around the greater Philadelphia area. He has performed playing most styles and genres of music. Among these styles are Pop, R & B, Blues, Hip Hop, Jazz, Calypso, Flamenco, Latin, Pop, Musical Theater and Rock & Roll.

C. is a trained professional and prefers to cater his lessons to the individual need of each student. He believes that each student is unique and will encounter challenges in their own manner. Michael likes to supplement his lessons using musical interests of the student. C. has been known to arrange popular pieces for recital performances for his students. Some of the pieces he has arranged for his students include Something in the Way She Moves (Beetles), Long distance Run Around (The Who), Iron Man (Black Sabbath), That' €™s What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction), Hall of Fame (The Script) among many more. Michael encourages his students to use the music they love to challenge their ability and cognitive processes. Michael has the experience and training required to inspire and motivate you to become successful not only in music but in your daily endeavors.

*** Lesson Details ***
Michael has over twelve years experience teaching music and chooses to cater his lessons to the goals of his clients. He does not follow a set curriculum because different students tend to have different goals and expectations.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Logic Pro X, Reason, Fast Track pro audio, Double Bass, Piano, Rhodes Electric Piano, Acoustic guitar, Electric Guitar, Flute, Sax, Clarinet, trumpet, Electric basses, Steel Pans (drums), etc.

Audio recordings of each lesson are free of charge and available upon request. C. is capable of creating demos and audio recordings as well as audio production of original material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Laptop, Guitars, PA system, Basses, Metronome, Method Books, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Steel Pan lessons are available. Access to a steel pan(drum) is a requirement for this specialty.
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Gianluca M. January 21, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Able to teach age appropriately and skill level. Super engaging for our little one!! Professional. Our son is excited for his next lesson!!
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Erum A. January 6, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My kids lovedo him my younger ones will be taking guitar lessons from him again soon
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Thiago December 14, 2015
Drum · In studio
Michael has been very patient wiht my son from the very begining of classes, always trying to encourage him to improve and learn from his mistakes. I would definitely recommend Michael as a Teacher to anyone who is looking to start learning an instrument.
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Michael C.

Michael C.

Philadelphia, PA 19136
(12)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Kelsey L.

Feasterville Trevose, PA

About Kelsey

Hi! My name is Kelsey L. I recently graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Music Education. I currently teach Voice and Piano lessons. I absolutely love working with people of all ages and helping them to discover their joy for music. Whether you are a serious musician, or are just looking to have fun, I would be happy to help you or your child in any way that I can. I believe that it's never too early or too late to become involved, and that everyone is capable of success. I offer a variety of musical experiences, including formal piano/vocal lessons, general music/rhythm for y
oung children, ear training, and music theory. I can provide lessons at my home or I'd be happy to come to your house in the area. Please contact me for additional information!
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Amy P. January 28, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Kelsey was a very good teacher. My son was a little too young to continue lessons, but she was very patient with him for his age. She made the class very interactive and fun, with animal sounds and children songs.
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Marisa M. January 27, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter is 5 years old & Kelsey worked great with her. She was very patient!
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Marc G. January 27, 2016
Singing · In studio
Kelsey does a fantastic job!! I've been singing for almost 3 years now and I write my own originals but never knew why, when I would sing I would always change the melody in my lyrics. I would never stay consistent even though I was writing the music. With just a few lessons I am already gaining more control and confidence in my voice. Kelsey truly understands the voice and makes learning very easy, fun and exciting!! If I want to learn to sing like Ed sheeran or any other artist, she knows exactly what to do and takes the proper steps to grow my voice in the direction I want to take it. She is very adaptive and will suit anyone's needs.You will be very satisfied with Kelsey and her instruction. She is not just a teacher but also a top notch musician and an amazing song writing, anyone would be pleased and happy to have her as a teacher.
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Kelsey L.

Kelsey L.

Bensalem, PA 19020
(9)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Marc G.

Bensalem, PA

About Marc

Hi, my name is Marc. I have been teaching guitar, piano, and drums for the past 4 years. It is truly a pleasure to work with all different types of learners and I have experience with students with special needs. I enjoy finding new and different ways to help each individual student reach his/her potential. I went to the University of the Arts, majoring in music performance with a concentration in guitar. I also have a master's degree in music education. I feel comfortable teaching and performing a variety of styles, including jazz, classical, rock, and percussive acoustic finger picking. I wo
uld love to work with you or your child to help you discover your enjoyment for music.
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Kelsey L. January 27, 2016
Guitar · In home
I have already seen a huge improvement in my playing after just a few lessons of working with Marc. As a teacher myself, I understand the importance of keeping the student motivated, breaking information down into manageable steps, and helping the student to reach his/her potential without overwhelming them. Marc does all of these things and I feel incredibly comfortable working with him. He's an amazing guitarist and teacher. I would recommend him for anyone interested in learning guitar.
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Marc G.

Marc G.

Bensalem, PA 19020
(1)
starting at
$22 / 30-min

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