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Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA

I can help beginning students on violln learn the basics.

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 In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a c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 Drum Corps International and 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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Dan L. August 21, 2016
Flute · Online
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Mr. West is an amazing teacher! He helps you figure out your notes, pieces, scales, etc., etc., and even takes the time to write out music sheets! I look forward to every lesson with him! -Spring Z. (Student)
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Rebecca August 18, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
I am really pleased with Tom's approach and simplification of cello basics others have made so complex! The instruction was easy to follow leaving me with the ability to play 3 scales the first lesson (with practice of course). I felt like there was hope for someone like me taking up cello so much later in life.
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Sam August 17, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
It seemed like a great first lesson. My son was comfortable and got directly to learning. We are confident that Mr. West will have him caught up with the rest of the 7th grade band in no time!
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Thomas W.

Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA 19335
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Yeseul A.

Narberth, PA

Through the lessons I help students on understanding the fundamentals of music theory, creating an ideal sound, musical expression and coordination.
Every student is different. I work with students individually and use different approaches for each one of them. Such as methods, repertoire and lesson skills.
But most important of all, I always make sure that my student does not loose interest and have fun making music!

About Yeseul

Graduate of Violin Performance Master degree at
Yale University and String Pedagogy Master degree at Temple University, I love both teaching and playing.
I'm one of the faculties at Symphony in C Youth Orchestra and St. Malachy School where I work with many different ages and levels of students.
I've had my private studio for many years teaching kids from age 4 to adults.
I'm also an active orchestral player where I'm a member of the Virginia Symphony, Allentown Symphony, Symphony in C and New Jersey Capital Philharmonic.
I believe it's very important for the teacher to have both exper
ience in performing and teaching in order to fully understand and help the students.
Through the lessons I help students on understanding the fundamentals of music theory, creating an ideal sound, and musical expression and coordination.
Every student is different. I work with students individually and use different approaches for each one of them. Such as methods, repertoire and lesson skills.
But most important of all, I always make sure that my student does not loose interest and have fun making music!
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Kevin B. July 8, 2016
Violin · In home
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Kevin has been enjoying his lessons.
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Yeseul A.

Yeseul A.

Narberth, PA 19072
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$45 / 30-min
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Emma H.

Philadelphia, PA

I am a classically trained musician and I love teaching all ages and exploring music together. I strive to create a fun and productive environment for my students, focusing on both both the technical and musical elements of playing. I have received a Master's and Bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and Eastman School of Music in Viola Performance, respectively. I've taught privately and to groups throughout the years and I am excited to bring my expertise to your lessons!

About Emma

I am a violist passionate about music education, currently teaching in Philadelphia. I taught group viola lessons at the Moorhead Summer Orchestra Camp in Minnesota (2014 and 2015) and I have taught private viola and violin lessons over the years to a variety of ages. I love to encourage the individuality that each player brings to their instrument at every level of ability. I tailor each lesson to the skills and goals of the individual, and I'm always open to ideas and styles the student wants to pursue. The greatest joy of teaching to me is seeing how each student responds to different ideas
. I enjoy finding new ways to communicate clearly and directly to help my students improve quickly and express themselves effectively.

Violin and viola beginners can expect to learn a solid foundation of basic skills, including posture and music reading. In addition to traditional learning methods such as the Suzuki system, I encourage beginners to improvise to become better acquainted with the sounds of a new instrument and the feel of creating music. This allows us to build good basic technique and musical style with a sense of exploration and fun. l would love to hear from you if you have any comments or questions about what you might learn taking lessons with me!

I look forward to helping you to achieve your musical goals!
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Emma H.

Emma H.

Philadelphia, PA 19103
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$35 / 30-min
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Carolyn S.

Philadelphia, PA

Currently teaching and preforming with NBC's, "The Voice" finalist Audra McLaughlin. I teach all styles: Classical, Country, Contemporary, Rock... etc.

About Carolyn

Hello!

My name is Carolyn Scipioni, and I've been studying the violin for over 16 years now. I was classically trained at Settlement Music school, and then continued my education with the Concertmaster of the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. I then went on to Temple's Boyer College of music and am currently in the process of finishing my Bachelors degree in Music Education. I have studied under some of the best in the business, and love teaching and watching the growth of my students.

On the side, I'm in a country band with one of the finalists from the show, "The Voice." We have
preformed in some of the best venues around the Philly area, and are currently moving on and upward. So I don't just teach classical!

If you are interested in different styles on the violin, I am very well versed in diversity!

Please contact me with any questions! I'd love to talk to you!
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Jenny L June 29, 2016
Violin · In studio
I cannot say enough kind words about Ms. Carolyn!!! She is honestly one of the coolest people I've ever met. Super down to earth and is a brilliant teacher. She'll help you get through your struggles and overcome that hill you've been unable to climb. Especially, in my case, (the dreaded) spiccato!

I even went to see one of her shows. She kills it.

If you're interested in learning, I wouldn't go to anyone else.
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Kyle June 29, 2016
Violin · In studio
Carolyn is an outstanding, patient, crazy talented violin teacher who loves her students and treats them as dear friends. She's young, but quite the old soul. Her methods have helped me advance so quickly, and I can't thank her enough. I'd recommend her to anyone.
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Carolyn S.

Carolyn S.

Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Blair C.

West Chester, PA

I love teaching all levels of violinists and will always find new and exciting music to keep you motivated! I have especially strong backgrounds in Classical music, as well as Irish music.

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I am a West Chester University Music student. I have been playing the violin since I was 3 years old and have lots of experience in the music field. I am willing to be flexible with lesson times and meetings to accommodate both of our schedules. My availability will become more flexible when the school year begins. Check me out on LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/in/blaircunninghamviolin
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Blair C.

Blair C.

West Chester, PA 19383
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$27.50 / 30-min

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