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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
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Michael M.

Pennington, NJ

About Michael

Born and raised in New Jersey, I have been involved with music for many years. The instruments that I play include Trumpet, French Horn, Handbells, Organ, Voice, and Piano. I received my formal education at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, which is where I earned a B.A. degree with Honors in Music. In order to obtain my Honors, I chose to develop elementary lessons on Chinese folk music. In my Junior year of college, I performed a dual media recital in both Voice and Piano, and for my Senior year recital, I focused on giving a Vocal performance. These recitals demonstrated the musical t
alent and techniques that I had developed throughout my experience at college. In addition to my musical experiences in college, I have also learned about various pedagogical approaches through both my vocal studies as well as my studies on the keyboard. There is always more than one approach to teaching musical concepts! As a musician, I have performed in both the Bethlehem/Allentown area and the central New Jersery area. In addition, I have sung as a member of the Princeton Pro Musica and sat as a member on the executive board of the Princeton Girlchoir. These experiences have enhanced my professional insight as a musical instructor today. At present, I am a teacher in the classroom, an organist at a local Presbyterian church, and a private piano instructor. Overall, I thoroughly enjoy seeing my students grow and develop as musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
My instruction correlates with the age, the musical background, and the public/private school music curriculum of the student. Each lesson is a special musical vignette in the sense that it is a unique learning time for the student. It is important for the student to be motivated by the material that they are given and to have a full understanding of the concept(s) that were taught in the lesson. Above all other reasons, it is most important for the student to enjoy their piano lessons and want to come back the next week. Therefore, it is my job as the instructor to inspire them to practice and benefit from each and every lesson. Whether it be vocal or piano instruction, each lesson consists of fun warm-ups, interesting technical exercises, and repertoire of all sorts. What the student learns in 3-6 months depends upon the motivation of the student as well as my ability to teach what the student needs to know in order to achieve their goals as a pianist and/or vocalist. Regarding my methods of instructing piano students, I use the Middle C method for players of all levels. Those who are more advanced use triads as well. My overall goal as a teacher is to work with my students and give them the skills that are necessary to play music that they enjoy.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in living room; 2 pianos (C2 Yamaha and Steinway upright); organ

*** Specialties ***
Middle C Piano Method using instructional materials of the Bastien's and Alfred Publications
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Gary March 11, 2016
Singing · In studio
Lessons with Mike Mraz was a Christmas present from my son, Andrew. I enjoy singing, yet have never had occasion to study music or to take private lessons. Mike helped me clarify my goals: breath control, vocal mechanics, reading music and having fun. He graciously sent me some primer materials and located sheet music for several of my favorite Broadway show tunes. Our five 45-minute sessions together were both instructive and enjoyable. As I approach age 70, I can check "work with a voice coach" on my "Bucket List." Kudos for Mike!
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Setsuko K. January 14, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mike is a nice piano teacher and gives my daughter constant encouragement. He is very knowledgeable and helpful, and his lessons are always fun.
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Lan C. December 31, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I'm so happy that I've found a best piano teacher, Michael. He explains theories clearly. He gives me lots of encouragement during the lesson. I got his email about Triad theory reinforcement and next lesson 2 hours after my lesson. Highly recommend Michael to all retirees like me who love to take piano lessons.
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Michael M.

Pennington, NJ 08534
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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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Ana-Maria C. April 1, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Matthew was very kind and patient with my daughter. I was glad I chose him to teach my daughter piano.
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Estee G. March 16, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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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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Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Levittown, PA 19057
(16)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Amanda R.

Morrisville, PA

About Amanda

Amanda Ramus (voice/piano/acoustic guitar) is a 2013 graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance. After graduating Cum Laude, Amanda has had a variety of professional experiences that allow her to adjust to the learning style of each student. She has held several internships, most notably with the Bristol Riverside Theatre, Foundations Community Partnership and The Berks Childrens Classical Choir. Teaching elementary and middle school aged children is where Amanda excels. Some classroom teaching experiences include student t
eaching at Hamburg Middle School, specializing in the Acoustic Guitar, and the Cumru Elementary School. Amanda is a trained Soprano and starting in September 2013 has performed with The Reading Pop Symphony, The Trenton Community Singers and Princeton ProMusica.

*** Lesson Details ***
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Teaching fundamental musicianship skills are crucial to becoming a skilled musician. Not only will I be teaching Voice, Piano, and Beginning Acoustic Guitar, I will also be teaching Music Theory, and how to properly read music. I expect all students to develop the necessary skills and drive to succeed. I have an array of music books for classical and contemporary sheet music for all ages and levels. Students should incorporate practicing into daily routines for a minimum of 30 mins 4 days a week. Students will be provided with a weekly practice log that will be check at each lesson. Students should be progressing each lesson and will be provided with the necessities to do so! I want ALL of my students to have fun and enjoy learning!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Full keyboard, acoustic guitar, and an array of Voice, Piano and Guitar music and books. Students are expected to be prepared with notebooks and pencils.

*** Specialties ***
Piano
Classical and Musical Theatre for Voice
Beginning Acoustic Guitar
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Zoe H. September 29, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Today was my child's first lesson. Amanda did a great job creating a comfortable atmosphere for my daughter. My husband and I were well informed regarding the curriculum and structure of the lessons. We all left excited about what lies ahead. Great first day!
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Kylie V. September 24, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amanda made the first lesson very fun and relaxed. My daughter loves it so far .
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Katie September 9, 2015
Piano · In home
My 3 girls--ages 7, 7, and 9--have taken piano lessons from Amanda since the beginning of the summer. The experience has been nothing but positive. They look forward to working with her each week, and Amanda has incorporated many different activities in her lessons to make them different and engaging.
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Amanda R.

Morrisville, PA 19067
(17)
starting at
$35 / 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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Jamie M. March 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Michael was an amazing teacher. he worked very well with my 7 year old. He really knows how to connect with kids as well as adults and keeps them interested. He is very talented and knowledgeable about many instruments, always on time and super professional. I would definitely recommend taking lessons with Michael he is amazing!
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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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Michael C.

Michael C.

Philadelphia, PA 19136
(13)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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