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Samantha D.

Reading, PA

About Samantha

Samantha started taking piano lessons at age 3 from her mother, who was also a music teacher. She played piano continuously through school, and also learned to play clarinet, guitar, flute, trumpet and sax, often playing different instruments in her school's band. She also learned the violin and cello all before graduating high school and starting college. While still in HIgh School, she started teaching young beginners in her mothers studio. Samantha strives to make learning a musical instrument fun and build confidence. She has several students that are on the Autism spectrum and works with
the parents and therapists to form goals for each student as needed.

Colleges Attended:
Pensacola Christian College, majored in Piano Performance and studied with Daniel Nagy from Brazil.

Bachelor of Science, Piano Performance from Clearwater Christian College, Tampa, Florida studied with Department Chair, Dr. Craig Ralston.

Previous work:
Seffner Christian Academy, Tampa, Florida. Band director for Beginning and Intermediate Bands and assisted the Advanced Band class.

Milford Music Center's music school, Milford, Delaware. Private and Group lessons instructor and Piano Sales.

*** Lesson Details ***
Samantha believes in teaching the fundamentals of music first, which will make the following lessons easy and fun for the student. She has used a variety of methods on different students and will use whichever method will be best understood by each individual student. She enjoys getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of each student and building on the foundation teacher and student have built together. As a team, teacher and student will put together short and long- term goals and work towards each goal with every lesson. Samantha asks each of her students to commit to practicing and to give their best effort at each lesson. If the student can make that commitment, goals will be reached quickly and easily.

The student will also see marked improvements in their school work, attention span, confidence and overall well - being.

Students learn music theory, basic improvisation, harmony, music analysis, technique and interpretation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Grand Piano, Yamaha Clavinova, Cello, trumpet, clarinet, violin, guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
None. Students will need to provide own instrument and will need to purchase music books and an assignment book

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Contemporary, Pop, Christian, Band and Orchestra Repertoire, Favor Bastien and Alfred Piano Methods, Suzuki and other well know methods
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MaureenC January 13, 2012
Wonderful!

Samantha D. is wonderful. My kids play so well for only 1 year'sworth of lessons. I would highly recommend her to anyone! I am blownaway by the music that comes out of the Piano from a 7 and 11 year old.My 11 year old signed up for her first music competition at school. Ifyou told me one year ago I would have girls playing a piano, I would notbelieve you. I truly thought they would quit after a couple of months.Not the case. They are musically talented and still love it. Thanks toSamantha D! They are now thriving in the in-school music program.Thank you, TakeLessons, for filtering out the best teachers. When achild has a small window of interest, you have to grab it the rightway...the wrong teacher would not have given me these results.
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PatK August 30, 2011
My granddaughter, Katelynn, enjoys her trumpet lessons with Samantha. Samantha is caring, seems to enjoy teaching & has patience; which is needed since Katelynn needs a little extra attention learning things
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MaureenC February 5, 2011
Highly Recommend her!

My daughters (10, & 6) have only had three lessons with Samantha! They love it. Her nature is kind and welcoming. She can tell how much they can handle so doesn't overwhelm them with too much theory or pieces to play. She strikes a nice balance. My 10 year old started composing her own song when she became bord with the beginner book! Samantha has added to this excitement and changed her teaching style to match my daughters learning style. My daughter was beaming! Samantha has taught her how to take the next pieces of theory and add it to her song. She also ordered music my daughter enjoys like Selena Gomez. My 6 year old is excited every week and doesn't want to be late. My husband and I thought this would be just another thing to start and quit. So far they are going strong!
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Samantha D.

Reading, PA 19606
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starting at
$30 / 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 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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Olivia M. January 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Today was our first lesson with Tom. He was very pleasant, professional and made my daughter feel
Very much at ease. She is looking forward to her next lesson!!
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Mark McKibben November 15, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Tom is absolutely wonderful!! I highly recommend him.
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Ellie S. August 4, 2015
Cello · In studio
Mr. West is great.He is my teacher at my school and has helped both my cello playing and my Trombone Improv so much. He is really knowledgeable and dedicated to helping his students excel in their area of interest.
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Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA 19335
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jeff O.

Phoenixville, PA

About Jeff

Jeff has a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Temple University. He has performed as a percussionist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and Percussion Ensemble, Atlantic Brass Band, United Percussion, and the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also a performing member of the Outside Sound Ensemble, an educational program that implements art and music to work with students and adults with disabilities. Jeff is currently the Percussion Caption Head and Arranger at Neshaminy High School, as well as percussion and
drum teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

In 2015, Jeff joined the staff of Field of View Indoor Percussion Ensemble as an instructor, and is now the battery arranger for the group. In the past, he has worked with the North Penn High School Winter Percussion Ensemble, the Upper Darby Indoor Drumline, and the percussion section of the Pennsbury High School Marching Band. Jeff has a WGI Percussion Independent Open Gold Medal with United Percussion and a WGI Percussion Scholastic Open Bronze Medal with Upper Darby High School. Jeff is a Grammy-nominated timpanist with the Temple University Orchestra, and he has recorded timpani with the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra on the Naxos label.

Jeff plays drums for Revolution, I Love You, an electro power pop band based out of Philadelphia. The band has performed at NXNE in Toronto, the Dewey Beach Music Festival, LAUNCH Music Conference in Lancaster, and numerous venues in and around Philadelphia, New York, and Wilmington. He has also performed and recorded with the Philadelphia hard rock band Palaceburn, and released his first solo electronic work Folk Songs under the alias Duncan in October of 2013.
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Deb Birkbeck January 11, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jeff is very easy to work with, and I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons.
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Robert D. September 4, 2015
Verified Student
He was excellent. Great teacher! Strongly recommend to anyone who is interested in playing drums!
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Laura W. October 27, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jeff is awesome. He's engaging and my 8 year old is now practicing between lessons without being told. We are very happy with Jeff.
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Jeff O.

Jeff O.

Phoenixville, PA 19460
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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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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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
(1)
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 for 30 minutes and expectation of you practicing every day for 20 minutes. Points are given for your accomplishments with prizes for all at the end of the month. Two recitals are held a year should you choose to participate and music of your choice is taught after you complete your first series of learning material.
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Taggart H. September 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
My son just started lessons and Mrs. Ginther is very enthusiastic and has been flexible with our schedule. She's also very patient when I have to bring my younger kids along too.
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Stacy September 1, 2015
Piano · In home
She makes me feel very comfortable and is very knowledgable. I would recommend her to others easily
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Sheryl August 14, 2015
Wonderful musician, great teacher, very special person.
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Brenda G.

Brenda G.

Reading, PA 19608
(3)
starting at
$18 / 30-min

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