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About Valerie B.

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Wilmington, DE

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About Valerie
Hi there! My name is Valerie. I'm a certified music teacher that loves to see a person grow in their love and ability for music. With 19 years of teaching privately, experience teaching publicly in elementary school music classrooms, enjoying several years as a Kindermusik (preschool music) teacher, and a school year teaching with VSA arts of Delaware (teaching music to those with disabilities), I find it thrilling to see a person of any age & background grow and blossom in their passion for music!

Though I enjoy and have experience at teaching all ages from children to adults, I specialize in teaching ages 5-19. I would describe myself as a preschool/elementary/middle school music teacher that teaches privately. ;) My studio is filled with many smiles, stickers for every accomplishment, and a treasure box of cool prizes for tho
se who are practicing regularly and did a great job in their lesson. Lessons are a time where children can feel like music really is fun and enjoyable to learn and experience!

In addition to being a teacher, I am also a singer/songwriter, and performed for 6 years at local coffee shops and outdoor events within Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. I am also a member of a local professional caroling group called Yuletide Singers which performs seasonally in places like Longwood Gardens and corporate functions. My history for performing stretches back, though, to my years as a puppeteer/children's performer, touring with a team doing school assemblies and evening family performances. I'm always excited to bring my understanding and experience with performance to my students!

**And, with excitement, I must add that TakeLessons named me "Teacher of the Week" on October 4, 2010! What a great honor! Thank you TakeLessons!!**

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Our time spent together will be filled with many smiles & laughs because that is probably why you want to take lessons -- because it makes you feel wonderful inside!

Within 3-6 months, we'll begin discovering how to read music and understand the language of it. We'll learn how to play/sing some of your favorite songs and learn some that you might not know. We'll discover what you really want to learn and achieve through taking lessons, and we'll work toward those goals!

For the intermediate piano student, we will begin understanding basic Music Theory and scales and will even take a look at how chord symbols work. Soon, you'll be learning how to accompany yourself and others as you sing! For singers, we'll learn about vocal techniques, breathing, getting your best vocal sound and discovering how to take a song to its potential! We'll also learn performance techniques, how to work with a microphone, have a great stage presence in front of a live audience and begin learning how to read music and even get familiar with the piano keyboard! For all my students, it's a journey that is exciting, unique to each individual, and one we will embark on together!

Because music is a performing art, I coordinate two music recitals each school year for students who are interested. This is an optional event, but is encouraged as part of the learning experience. It is usually held at a local firehall and presented in a low-stress and fun way with refreshments that follow!

*My studio is in a safe, family-friendly home & smoke-free environment. We also having a loving canine member in our family... a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Maximus. He is energetic and friendly. You may or may not see him since the entrance to my studio is through our back door, off the main house.

So! What do you say? Shall we START THE MUSIC? :)

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Lessons are enjoyed in a dedicated music room; keyboard (full-size with weighted keys and sustain pedal)

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lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

I specialize in music education for all children, including ones with special needs. I feel it is so important for a child to start out with a fun and wonderful experience with music and performing. My approach is simple and fun and understandable for the young mind.

For my more intermediate students, I enjoy taking them to the next level of understanding in their instrument as well as music theory.

Because music is a performing art, I coordinate two music recitals each year for students who are interested. This is an optional event and presented in a low-stress and fun way!
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jason July 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Valerie is great. I would recommend her to anyone looking for singing instruction.
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Nancy G. April 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Valerie was perfect for me! She was very patient and explained everything very well to,being my very first lesson ever! I definitely give her a big thumbs up!!! 👍
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Zoe February 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter loves taking classes with Valerie it's the most excited I've seen her about any activity she has tried. Very happy!
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Valerie B.

Valerie B.

Wilmington, DE 19804
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About Barbara N.

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Brookhaven, PA

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About Barbara
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. It is my very favorite activity. I have transformed my love of singing into a career.

I have been teaching music lessons for over 25 years. When you study with me you will have the advantage of that experience. I have extensive experience teaching students of all ages. Throughout my teaching career I have taught students with varied backgrounds and diverse needs. If you are a person who was told not to sing by your music teacher, don't give up! I have taught many children and adults to match pitches and improve their singing voices.

I earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Moravian College and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Temple University. While at Temple, I studied standard vocal repertoire and Early Music. I have also completed graduate course
s in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at West Chester University.

I served on the faculty of Suburban Music School for 17 years where I taught voice, piano and recorder lessons. I also directed the Children’s Choir and the Women’s Choir. I was formerly on the faculty of Delaware County Community College where I taught courses in the Music Department; and of Temple Music Prep where I instituted, developed and maintained a vocal program at Temple University’s Ambler Campus.

In addition to teaching I was employed for eleven years as a chorister at Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Greenville, DE where I have had the opportunity to sing for such notable conductors as John Rutter, Sir David Wilcox, Sir Philip Ledger, Stephen Cleobury, and James O’Donnell. Previous choral work has included singing for Dr. Ifor Jones and for Michael Korn. I perform in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the Philadelphia area and in Cape May, NJ and with a Celtic group called Celtic Women and Friends.

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Voice Lessons

When you study voice with me, you will start with the basics - posture, breathing and tone production. If you have studied before, we will review these areas and brush up on anything that needs work. The next step is to learn some vocal exercises to warm up and develop your voice. When the exercises are going well, we will begin to work on songs. You will need to learn some classical songs because they help to develop your voice, but we will also work on the kind of music you like best. In addition to songs, we will work on solfege (do, re, mi, etc.) which helps to train your ear and to improve your sightreading ability. If you don't know how to read music I will teach you that. If you read music but have some gaps in your knowledge, we will fill those in.

I teach what is called bel canto (beautiful singing). It is a healthy vocal technique that will help you avoid vocal problems. When you learn to sing with this technique, you can sing any style of music you want. After a few months of study, you should be able to tell that your voice is growing stronger, that you have better breath control, and that your range is increasing.

Although I have high expectations of my students, I am relaxed and friendly. If you love to laugh, we will enjoy that together!

Piano Lessons

When you study piano with me you will enjoy playing a variety of songs from your lesson book. As you advance, we may add a repertoire book which increases the number and variety of songs you play. There are many excellent piano methods. I use different methods for different students, depending on their needs.

Lessons will include posture and proper hand position, warm-ups, songs and music theory. Music theory is the study of notation and how music is put together. You will have a workbook with exercises for this study. If there is a particular style of music you would like to play, we will look for music at your level to add to your lesson. After a few months of study, you should know how to read basic notation and be able to play a number of songs. You will also have increased your knowledge of musical notation and harmony.

I expect my students to practice in preparation for their lesson every week. I am relaxed and friendly, so that should help to put you at your ease.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, stereo equip, seating for parents

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I specialize in teaching the bel canto style singing. With this technique, a person can sing any style of music she or he chooses.
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Sarah, G. July 31, 2015
· Singing · In home
First lesson is voice evaluation and basic exercises. looking forward to further lessons.
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Karen W. June 24, 2015
· Singing · In studio
She's excellent! Very professional and skilled! Encouraging! She's just awesome! Definitely recommend!
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Vanessa B. April 18, 2013
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I am delighted to work with Barbara. She is expert and inspiring and I look forward to my weekly lessons. Thank You!
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Barbara N.

Brookhaven, PA 19015
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About Alexis D.

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About Alexis
Alexis attended college at the University of Delaware and graduated cum laude with a double major in Music Performance: Voice and Music Education: Choral/Vocal. During her time at the University of Delaware, she was involved in numerous musical ensembles and performed as a soloist on a number of occasions, including two solo recital programs and major roles in the UD Opera Theater program (UDOT).  Alexis has performed as a soloist and ensemble singer for the UD Schola Cantorum, The UD Chorale, and the Newark Symphony Chorus. Her solo performance work includes such roles as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore (Ardensingers), Phyllis in Iolanthe (Rose Valley Opera), Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (UDOT), Despina in Cosi fan tutte (UDOT and Opera Lancaster), and Grace Farrell in the Wilmington Drama League’s production of Annie, where she receive
d rave reviews for her “musically impressive” and “soaring” performance from The News Journal. Alexis will be staring

In theater, Alexis has played both comic and serious roles, including a striking female interpretation of E. K. Hornbeck in Inherit the Wind. Alexis has also worked in film, recently completing the production of Dead on Delmarva, a zombie-comedy-thriller produced by Arkham Productions.

In addition to her acclaim as a performer, Alexis gained recognition for her work as a choral conductor, working at the New Ark United Church of Christ and the Church of the Advent in Kennett Square, as well as vocal coaching with The Tatnall School. was the music director for the production of Les Miserables at Mt. Pleasant High School. Alexis currently works at the St. Anthony's Cathedral in Wilmington.

When speaking of her career, she comments, “Performing music and drama is not just a passion for me; it’s my sense of purpose. Whether I am working on a role, singing in an opera, developing a character, teaching a student, whatever the artistic avenue. It completely fulfills me. ”

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Alexis teaches proper singing technique and support through the Bel Canto philosophy of vocal production, and specializes in Classical, Opera, Musical Theater, and Jazz singing styles. Sight singing skill work is also offered and will cover basic music theory in addition to solfege music reading techniques. Alexis offers audition preparation services such as audio recording and transposition for her current voice studio students, for an additional fee.

In addition to vocal lessons, Alexis is pleased to offer beginner piano and music theory lessons. The piano lessons are geared towards singers who would like to learn to accompany themselves, or would simply like to be better at piano for rehearsal purposes. Music Theory lessons will be presented at the individual students level and will cover everything a student desires to learn, from basic rhythm and pitch reading through compositional theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: couch, computer desk, piano, studio bookshelf, room for parents to sit in on lesson

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Opera voice, musical theater acting and voice, jazz voice, classical voice, safe stage combat acting, diction and speaking, Alexander Technique, sight singing and music reading, basic music theory, audition preparation
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Yasmin October 20, 2017
· Singing · In home
Very understand so far and caring!
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Elise June 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Absolutely wonderful, patient, and kind.
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Elise September 22, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Cute dogs, calming environment, no judgement, and SCIENCE!
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Alexis D.

Alexis D.

Bear, DE 19701
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About Tina D.

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Prospect Park, PA
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I've been teaching private lessons for over 10 years. I am a high school music teacher/band director and a freelance musician. I'm looking forward to making music with you!

Your lessons are up to you! If you know what you want to learn, I'll help get you there. If you don't know where to start, I can lead you through the fundamentals and help you set goals.

I like to keep things positive in music lessons. Music is, after all, for fun and enjoyment! I like to blend teaching technique and musicianship, while keeping things fun.

If you're a beginner, we'll get started with all the fundamentals you need to begin making music. If you've been playing for a while, I'll help you perfect things you've been working on, expand your musical experience, and help you reach your fullest potential as a musician.

My home studio has chairs, mus
ic stand, and areas for parents to sit in on lessons. Garage band is available for recording. Students need an instrument and books.
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Elisabeth M. Skaggs February 28, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Tina is an amaziNguyen and patient teacher! My son has loved every minute of having her as a teacher!
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Jillian February 5, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
I learned a lot. It was ice to see someone enjoy playing the ukulele.
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Noelle September 27, 2016
· Trumpet · Online
Tina is an excellent instructor, she is very knowledgeable and professional.
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Tina D.

Tina D.

Prospect Park, PA 19076
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About Mengjiao L.

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Newark, DE
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About Mengjiao
Violinist Mengjiao Li received her Master degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University with awarded full scholarship.
Mengjiao was the second prize winner of the Mozart International Violin Competition in 2006. She won the Chamber Music Competition in Meadowmount Music Festival. In addition, Mengjiao was also awarded the first prize of the Concerto Competition of the University of Delaware (UD) in her freshman year. As a soloist, Mengjiao has performed in various concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Friedberg Hall, China National Centre for the Performing Arts, Forbidden City Concert Hall and Goldsail Concert Hall; Performing with distinguished musicians such as Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, Sarah Chang, Joshua bell, Janine Jansen and others. Mengjiao has also solo
performed with orchestras including the Peabody Conductor Orchestra, UD Symphony Orchestra and China Youth Symphony. In 2012, She was invited to perform as a soloist by many top-rated violin programs in US. As a sectional orchestral player, she has been playing in orchestras for more than 14 years, including Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Conductor Orchestra, New World Symphony, Symphony No.1, UD Symphony Orchestra, Academy Orchestra (AACA) of the Aspen Music Festival, and National Music Symphony Orchestra. Mengjiao has served as the assistant concertmaster for Peabody Symphony Orchestra and also served as the concertmaster for UD Symphony Orchestra, National Music Symphony Orchestra and Youth Symphony in China for 3 years. Mengjiao has been featured in a number of violin educational video recordings professionally released in China.
Mengjiao started teaching since 2006. In the meantime, many of her students have achieved their goals and admitted to their dream school. Mengjiao has been a member of the violin faculty at the Violin Paradise music school since 2008. In 2016 - 2017, Mengjiao was invited in two consecutive years as a guest violin faculty to give lessons for the “Little Master” of the Master Players Festival and School (MPF) in America. Mengjiao is currently an professional level violin instructor both at University of Delaware Community School and Tatnall School.

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Olivia January 28, 2017
· Violin · In studio
MJ is terrific! She was on time, very enthusiastic and very patient. Olivia had a wonderful first lesson!
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Olivia January 28, 2017
· Violin · In studio
MJ was on time, very personable and very patient. Olivia had a great first lesson!
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Ilene G. August 24, 2016
· Violin · In studio
MJ is patient, extremely knowledgeable and humorous. I'm very comfortable and at ease with her. I look forward to my next lesson!
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Mengjiao L.

Mengjiao L.

Newark, DE 19716
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About Hadi S.

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Brookhaven, PA

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I am a working musician (my band performs >50 times in a year) in the Philadelphia area. I play piano, electric piano and hammond organ. With my band, I play Funk, New Orleans, Classic Rock and Blues and I also perform piano solo in Jazz, Pop/Rock and Blues.

I have been playing keys for over 20 years and graduated from Berklee College of Music with a major in Jazz Composition and Music Production & Engineering. I have taught students, teenagers, adult and small children as young as 5 years old. My teaching is focused on stylistic piano playing (chord playing, improvisation, transposition) for students over 10 years with at least 1 year continuous piano training. I certainly welcome piano training for beginners as early as preparatory level. A baby grand piano is available at my house for piano tutoring should you choose to come to my l
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My graduate study was in Acoustics. I am an acoustical consultant and also an audio engineer. I specialized in room acoustics and electro-acoustics (loudspeaker design). I have a studio at home and open to audio tutoring (recording and mixing) request as well.

I am originally from Indonesia and have already published two books. I can help with Indonesian language tutoring for English native speakers. I have done many seminars/workshops both in English and Indonesian,

I welcome tutoring requests in Music (Piano, Composition/Arranging), Music Theory, Music Production or other Audio/Acoustics related topics.

Hadi
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Mike D. June 20, 2017
· Indonesian · Online
Good start, Terima caseh, Hamid
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Hadi S.

Brookhaven, PA 19015
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About Jamil G.

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Havre de Grace, MD

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About Jamil
Jamil has been teaching private lessons since 2012 and is currently available to teach lessons at his home studio. He can introduce piano from elementary level reading and fingering to learning to read and memorize popular repertoire like Fur Elise and Chopin's Nocturnes. Jamil will emphasize scales, patterns and rhythms to make learning easy through each stage. Current students are ages 6-14. Parents are welcome to sit in lessons.
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Julia R. May 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher. Clear and easy to understand. Friendly with the kids. Very flexible in working to the kids skill level.
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Bob W. March 31, 2017
· Piano · In studio
wonderful! Really aware of the student and paced to his ability. Very positive and genuine.
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Jamil G.

Havre de Grace, MD 21078
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About Amy N.

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Newark, DE

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Music is my life's purpose and I am committed to helping anyone and everyone I can to reach their musical potential. Whether that is as a hobby, an experience or fulfilling their own life's purpose.

From 2013-2015 I taught group music classes through Soli Encore in Orange County, CA, in violin, guitar and K-2 creative music (Orff-based instruction with singing, xylophone, hand percussion and flutophone). The last two years of that position I managed the entire program including hiring teachers, writing curriculum, and teaching classes myself. I had also consistently held private violin, viola, and guitar students. In both violin and viola I saw my students move up chairs in their orchestras and excel in local, district and state honor orchestras. I sent students to great schools for music like Orange County School of the Arts and Ne
w England Conservatory.

As for my performance career, I have committed to always being a member of an orchestra, band or performing group of some sort because it's my passion and I endeavor to teach from personal experience. Over my last ten years in SoCal I performed with several groups including the Blackbird Music Project, Montage Orchestra and Symphony Irvine. My last year concluded my position as Principal viola of the Dana Point Symphony for four seasons. I was in two bands during my college years. With Galanis I was a part of several Western U.S. tours that took us through California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Montana. I have had the privilege of working with artists such as violinist Anne Marie Calhoun, Jimmy Hopper, Andy Grammer and Stevie Nicks. Some of the larger productions I have been a part of include appearances on TV shows like Melrose Place and the Bachelorette, and performances for former President G.W. Bush and at the Governor's Ball for the Academy Awards.

My performance career continues to grow here on the East Coast, where I have lived since August 2015. I have been a member of the McLean Orchestra and have been added to rosters for the Alexandria Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic and Washington Sinfonietta. I currently hold a Bachelor's of Music in Viola Performance from Azusa Pacific University where I studied with Robert Becker, founder of the American String Quartet with a BM and MM in Viola Performance from Juilliard. I am now enrolled as a graduate assistant for my Master's of Music in Viola Performance at the University of Delaware.

When I'm not making music I'm running far, studying nutrition, cooking or spending time with my beloved friends and family!
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Melissa August 7, 2017
· Violin · In home
Amy is a wonderfully gifted teacher! My teen daughter loves her teaching style and encouraging personality. Amy has a knack for understanding a student's strengths and weaknesses and guiding them to reaching their potential. We highly recommend her!
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Amy N.

Newark, DE 19711
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About Thilana C.

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Woodbury, NJ

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I am a professional singer, pianist, songwriter, and recording artist. I graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelors of Arts in Education and from Grand Canyon University with a Master of Arts in Education Administration. I have been teaching piano and voice lessons for over 15 years in my own music business servicing the South Jersey area.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students how to apply basic, effective techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano, gospel piano and contemporary keyboard. I can teach students to read music and pursue musical excellence, to learn how
to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

As a professional recording artist, I have released my own project, Psalms 37:25 in April of 2016. I have written songs for gospel independent artists, choirs, and worship teams. I love to mentor students who want to become effective, dynamic songwriters.

My personal passion is to develop the whole musician towards their personal development, sound, and style. I strongly believe that a strong foundation in theory and technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Donna July 28, 2017
· Gospel Singing · In studio
Thilana taught my in the performance choir and also helped her with performance anxiety during piano recitals. I saw my daughter blossom through Thilana's teaching, and she played the piano in the Christmas recital with no problem. We movement of state so we are no longer with Thilana, but I highly recommend her.
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Thilana C.

Woodbury, NJ 08096
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About Evan R.

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I am a very active and serious musician. I currently have a Bachelors degree (University of Delaware) and Masters degree (University of Hartford: Hartt School) for trumpet performance. I am considered an orchestral player compared to other genres, but I do perform other types as well (band, opera, jazz, pop, brass quintet, etc.). My goal, every day, is to make each student progress as highly as possible so they can also become more passionate and serious over trumpet.
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Evan R.

Claymont, DE 19703
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