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About Dena C.

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About Dena
Dena is a professional vocalist, teacher and music therapist. With more than 30 years experience as a singer in a variety of styles including jazz, opera, musical theatre and classic rock, Dena brings a wealth of performance experience to her teaching. Her more than 20 years as a music therapist brings a flexible, patient, joyful style to her teaching; helping students express themselves through their music and leaving them looking forward to what comes next. Dena has worked with students of all ages and levels of training; she has also developed teaching techniques that have proven effective for students with a variety of disabilities such as Asperger's Syndrome, Down Syndrome and speech delay. Dena will shortly be releasing her first CD of children's songs; energetic and fun original songs that teach and entertain.

Education



Bachelor of Arts in Music, State University of New York at Potsdam

Master of Music Therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Training

Dena began playing piano at the age of four, she participated regularly in piano guild competitions and performances. She began voice lessons at the age of 13, she has traveled with performance choirs to Germany, Austria and Poland. She was a regular participant in All State Choirs and was chosen to perform for the American Choral Director's Association Choir while in college.

As a performer, Dena has appeared professionally with the Opera Theatre of Rochester and the Gilbert and Sullivan Players. She has performed at jazz clubs and as the lead singer of the classic rock band "No Mules," a popular local group featured at numerous fundraisers, First Night festivals and civic club events. She has played roles in numerous local theatre productions such as "Sweeney Todd," "Kiss Me Kate," "Company," and "Cinderella." She looks forward to opening up performance possibilities to her students and building their skills for a lifetime of musical memories.

As a teacher, Dena has taught for over 25 years; her students have included local DJ's, college students, 'Tweens,' young and 'not so young' adults as well as children and adults with learning differences.

*** Lesson Details ***
Dena approaches lessons with a sense of humor and fun; her ability to be flexible allows her to shape the curriculum according to the student. She uses several of the well respected piano curricula (Bastien, Alfred, etc.), tailoring lessons to students specific skills and challenges. Students should expect to play their instrument from the first lesson, building their reading skills, eye hand coordination, playing or singing skills and understanding of music theory gradually and confidently.

Subjects:

Piano- Lessons tailored to individual students, can include music reading, skill building and improvisation. Lessons are drawn from a variety of teaching sources including standard piano method books, music of interest to individual students and adapted music (e.g. simplified).

Voice- Lessons are tailored to individual students, can include introductory vocal technic, coaching for experienced students, vocal improvisation and singing for stage. Music is drawn from teacher recommendations and student preference.

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Suburban Philadelphia (Northeast, Montgomery and Bucks County)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard with weighted keys

*** Specialties ***
Musical theatre, Adaptive music lessons (for learning differences).
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Theresa/Terry October 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Because of a throat and larynx condition, I sought help with my voice. Dena was very thorough in explaining the vocal cords and breathing. This was my first experience with a professional voice instructor and I was very pleased with her input. I received instructions on techniques in breathing which I hope will help my voice. I am looking forward to my next lesson. Thank you.
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Jitty September 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Dena is very good with my son. She uses different methods to make the learning simple and easy for him. Nice person to interact with as well!
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Charlie M. September 11, 2016
· Piano · In home
Dena was great! My daughter is pretty bashful but she warmed up quickly and can't wait for her second piano lesson.
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Dena C.

Dena C.

Warminster, PA 18974
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About Sandra H.

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Philadelphia, PA

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Sandra began her training at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. She is a two time recipient of the Mario Lanza Award, and holds a B.M. degree in opera from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. She studied acting at both the Wilma and Walnut Theaters in Philadelphia. In New York, she studied Shakespeare at the HB Studios, and received on-camera training at the Weisst- Barron Commercial School. Sandra is a member of Actor's Equity.

Sandra was engaged for seven years at Theater des Westens in Berlin, Germany, where she performed extensively in Musicals and Operetta. She also toured throughout Germany with the ensemble "Operetten Express". In the U.S., Sandra has toured nationally with "Man of La Mancha" and "Carousel", and has performed leading roles in many regional theaters. She also performed in the Off-Broadway
Musical "Mamaleh". Sandra has performed in over fifty productions of Musicals, Operetta, and Opera. Some of her favorite roles include: Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Desiree (A Little Night Music), Marguerite (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Antonia (The Tales of Hoffmann), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).

Most recently, she has performed the role of Lynn Fontanne in Ten Chimneys at Old Academy Players, and played one of the principal roles in Jacque Brel Is Alive And Well and Living In Paris at The Steel River Playhouse.

As a director, Sandra has staged operas for Center City Opera Theater, the Delaware Valley Opera Company, Boheme Opera New Jersey, and the New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble. She is currently singing concerts with the vocal group "Touch of Classics", and can be seen in commercials for Time Warner, Cuisinart, The Skooter Store, and Aspercreme.

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Our lessons will be relaxed and informal. My goal is to make you the best you can be. We will work on giving you a solid vocal technique so that you can approach any style of music with a good foundation. We will also work on learning to read music, and most importantly work on songs that will bring out the actor in you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Small studio, keyboard, seating provided (couch), street parking

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in musical theater, classical, and opera. I can also teach German and Italian diction. My acting experience is mainly in musical theater.
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Margaret Y. February 11, 2017
· Singing · In home
Sandra is WONDERFUL! I walked out of my first lesson with a big smile on my face. She was knowledgeable, patient and very supportive! I can't wait to go back for my second lesson.
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Grandson H. January 19, 2017
· Singing · In home
Sandra is teaching my nine year old grandson. From day one he came back from his lessons thrilled to be singing. In addition, Sandra is teaching him to read music. At nine years old he is like a sponge absorbing all of this and Sandra is doing a great job providing lessons and challenges.
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Evie C. October 28, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Excellent music teacher and very accommodating
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Sandra H.

Sandra H.

Philadelphia, PA 19128
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$31 / 30-min

About Victoria W.

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About Victoria
My name is Victoria. I'm originally from beautiful San Diego, California, but I am now a full time professional musician based out of Philadelphia. I've instructed students (of varying ages and backgrounds) from all over the country on bass, guitar, live performance, and song writing. This includes one-on-one instruction and group lessons. I received a certification in live performance, studio work, and songwriting through The Contemporary Music Center, now located in Nashville, TN. And I I Finished my Bachelor's degree at Eastern University

I've toured all over the country with acts such as Talain Rayne and played bass on his album "Attic Lights." I also completed an internship in Nashville, TN with hit songwriter, Kate York.
For the past five years, I've played with the band Element K (under Shore Bets booking agency) as the lead
singer and guitarist. I've played shows all over the Northeast including (but not limited to) Xfinity Live, Wells Fargo Center, Hard Rock Cafe, The Tin Angel, Borgata AC, Ballys, Tropicana, and Seacrets in OCMD.
I love music and the role it has played in shaping my life. I value the experiences and wisdom passed on to me by my music mentors and instructors, who not only had a meaningful impact on my music career but also immensely influenced my development as a person.
I look forward to having that same positive impact on any student I instruct :)

*** Lesson Details ***
I like lessons to be, first and foremost, an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. I try to create a laid back and comfortable learning environment for all my students. Music is fun, and I guarantee that there will be plenty of good times while taking lessons!
Now, let me also clarify that my positive attitude and laid back demeanor are not excuses for students to be undisciplined and uncommitted. I promise to work hard toward your development as a musician to make you the best you can be, and I appreciate the same commitment from all of my students.
Music should be enjoyable, but also rewarding and enriching to your life! I don’t want to sell that short!

Below is a basic rundown of what a student can expect to learn while under my instruction. I would first like to preface this information by saying that I fully recognize that every student is different; therefore, I tailor lessons to fit an individual’s needs and goals. Because of this, the priority of certain skills tends to vary from one student to another, as does the order in which this skills are taught. I also want to note that I tend to use some self-made resources (charts, explanations, etc) in addition to published books. Taking into consideration the aforementioned variables, here is the basic rundown of the material I try to cover with students, in the general order it is taught:

-Understanding of guitar parts (anatomy of the instrument) and basic terms (ie note, chord, etc).
-Names of strings (E-string, B-string, etc.) and corresponding numbers for strings (1-6), and which fingers are given what numbers.
-Tuning of the instrument
-Basic technique (how to finger a fret board, hold guitar, hold pick, etc).
-How to find notes on the fret board/chromatic
-Basic rhythm concepts and counting (whole notes, quarter notes, time signatures, etc)—usually involves clapping exercise, single note playing exercises, reading rhythm charts, and learning what different note values look like.
-Basic concepts of “keys”
-Basic major and minor scales (especially for “warming up”)
-Chords (mostly basic open chords)
-Strumming
-Learning songs to put concepts together
For more advanced students, we will likely get into the following:
-Power chords, bar chords, and complex chords beyond majors and minors.
-Scales beyond basic majors and minors
-Music theory (chord construction, modes, etc).
-Knowledge of gear (for those guitarist who wish to branch out to electric guitar)—bass players will already have to know some of this before moving to more advanced work since they already require an amp.
-How to play with other musicians and instruments (collaboration, listening, understanding each instrument’s part, etc).

[To give students a basic timeline for these skills, one can expect to be playing open chords within three months and probably their favorite songs within 6 months]

SONGWRITING TEACHING METHODS:
-Review slides about basic song structure and anatomy of songs (verse, hook, etc)
-lyric and vocal phrasing
-finding your voice as a writer
-exploring environments and conditions that foster one’s creativity for writing songs (preference for outdoors, quite secluded spaces, etc).

LIVE PERFORMANCE:
-Breathing/relaxation exercises
-Movement/watching footage of self
-Watching footage of others
-Acting/stage exercises to get out of your head and into your body
-learning common problems with live performances and becoming comfortable with fast, on-the-spot trouble shooting (and how to avoid some problems before they begin).
-Finding your stage voice, both in singing and speaking.
-Developing your stage persona

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room
Equipped with guitars, bass amp, guitar amp, guitar cables, and tuner.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide his or her own guitar (and amps when applicable)

*** Specialties ***
I'm currently a professional musician that sings and plays guitar and bass for pop and rock music. We perform in front of thousands of people each week so I'm very comfortable giving live performance instruction as well.
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James R W. August 7, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
vic is a very good teacher
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Ashley T. June 16, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Victoria is doing a great job teaching my daughter the guitar. She is kind and Ashley likes the way she and Victoria connect.
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Darina G. April 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Victoria is well prepared, organized and inspires the student to do well. Encouragement and positive energy is just what a beginner like me needs. Glad I picked this teacher. Thank you!
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Victoria W.

Victoria W.

Philadelphia, PA 19145
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$25 / 30-min

About Emily S.

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My name is Emily, and I am looking for students of all ages and abilities! I have been playing violin for 14 years and have a degree in violin performance from Temple University's Boyer College of Music. I have taught violin in various music programs in the Philadelphia area. I can also teach viola and piano from the beginner-intermediate level. I have a very encouraging and positive teaching style, and you will have fun as you learn and explore new things about music!
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Angie C. October 6, 2016
· Violin · In home
It is a year later and my daughter is playing well. Anje enjoys her classes and thinks Emily is a great instructor.
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jennifer R. May 3, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Emily is a really good teacher and musician, very patient and helpful.
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Anje C. October 15, 2015
· Violin · In studio
I am still at the beginning of my lessons but I enjoy very much. She is a very nice person.
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Emily S.

Emily S.

Philadelphia, PA 19145
(10)
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$36 / 30-min

About Ryan S.

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Philadelphia, PA

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Ryan Shello offers private lessons for Guitar (electric and acoustic), Bass Guitar, and Ukulele in the Philadelphia Area. Ryan has been playing guitar for over ten years, and has performed in a variety of acts in the New Jersey and Philadelphia Area. In addition, he also performs as a bassist in two Philadelphia groups and performs with an ukulele in his solo work. He has studied with classical guitarist Brad Rau, fingerstyle acoustic guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall, and electric guitarist Aaron Ribnicky. His influences range from indie rock and punk to jazz and folk, and everywhere in between.
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Ryan S.

Ryan S.

Philadelphia, PA 19125
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$27 / 30-min
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About Micah F.

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Philadelphia, PA
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My exploration of sound began in 1998 when I played my flute through a crybaby wah and a tube amp set to 11. Since then I’ve been taking cool sounds and making them cooler. As an audio engineer I have worked with artists such as the Grammy winning Digable Planets, STS and Truck North of the Money Making Jam Boys with Black Thought, Ursula Rucker, Serpentwithfeet, and many more,

I specialize in recording and mixing soul and hip-hop music but have experience in every genre and with sound for film. My lessons use this experience to support students development of their own style. I do not teach rules, instead I focus on the big picture, understanding your tools, and critical listening.
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Robert Borchert August 8, 2016
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Micah was incredibly helpful and relatable. He made me feel comfortable with exploring new territory and techniques in regards to mixing and mastering my first project. I would absolutely work with him again and highly recommend that anyone wanting a satisfying learning experience do the same!
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WAYNE LEMON August 8, 2016
· Audio Engineering ·
The professionalism with micah is definitely A1. He has a Quality capture of sound and a great mixing ability. Every sessions we ever have is always productive and insightful. The guy knows his way around the sound board and programs. I would definitely recommend him if you planning on learnin an being n a groovii environment to do so .
Sincerely KAANG
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Melody Forrester August 7, 2016
· Audio Engineering ·
Micah is our "go to" engineer on most of the Artists First Records recording projects. I have relied on his skills for many years and he has shown an ability to handle my artists needs from both a creative and technical standpoint. He is also an excellent teacher because beyond his expertise, he simply loves what he does and he's able to share it with students. I give Micah my highest recommendation.
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Micah F.

Micah F.

Philadelphia, PA 19123
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About Jeremy O.

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Philadelphia, PA

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I have been teaching music for over 10 years now. I come from Indiana and I worked as a brass teacher for several state finalist high school marching bands.

I believe that students need to feel free to make mistakes. When students feel comfortable it is easier for them to focus on getting better and are much more receptive to feedback.

I currently play euphonium for the Philadelphia Wind Symphony. I have also performed professionally for several musicals including West Side Story, Pirates of Penzance, and Animal farm. My previous performance experience includes being principal trombone of the Audubon Symphony Orchestra, principal euphonium for the Michigan City Municipal Band, and performing a solo work with the IUSB Wind Ensemble.

My main specialty lies with classical trombone but I also have plenty of experience with jazz music.
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Jeremy O.

Jeremy O.

Philadelphia, PA 19128
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$20 / 30-min

About Robert M.

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About Opera Singing:
Robert McFarland, has performed as dramatic international baritone in over 114 operas, many which can be seen and heard on internationally distributed DVD and CD recordings. In addition to his worldwide reputation as an opera star, Mr. McFarland has also conducted and directed 41 operatic productions internationally since 1986. During the summer of 2016, Robert McFarland performed the title role of Martin Luther in the world premier of Marilyn Thompson’s new opera Tapestry. The 2012-2013 performance Season found the international Baritone in Concert for the Temple, Texas Symphony fundraiser night (December, 2012): He performed the title role in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with maestro Steven Harter and the Colorado Springs Oratorio Symphony (April, 2013); and most recently as the Artistic Director, Robert McFarland Dire
cted & performed the Title role in Opera Seabrook’s Rigoletto - October 30, 2013.
Robert McFarland began his vocal studies in the studio of Dr. David Blackburn where the young baritone began to develop as an Artist. Eventually, after 12 years of intense study and struggle, he won the National Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1979. This achievement led to his eight-year twenty-seven major role career at New York City Opera under the leadership of Beverly Sills. Since that time, Robert McFarland's vocal artistry has been showcased in nearly every major opera house in the world. From Milano, Palermo , Rome , Barcelona , Lisbon , Nice, London , Santiago , Toronto , and Montreal to Los Angeles , San Francisco , Chicago to New York (Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera) Robert has performed such major roles as Rigoletto, MacBeth, Scarpia (Tosca), Tonio (I Pagliacci), Germont (La Traviata), Iago (Otello) and many many more! With a ready repertoire of over 83 major roles, Robert McFarland continues to delight the world with his artistry.
Robert McFarland is also renowned as an important Conductor – thanks to the intervention of the great Maestro Nello Santi, major Italian operatic Conductor. During his performances of I Pagliacci in Palermo, Maestro Santi insisted upon Robert conducting the pit Orchestra during rehearsals (1986) which began a second career of Conducting for now Maestro Robert McFarland.

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Having begun his musical career as an exceptional trumpet player through the Training of Harry Herforth in Shaker Heights of Cleveland, Ohio, & after winning several Trumpet Contests in the region, Robert McFarland was awarded the opportunity to play with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1963 at the age of 12 as co-first 4th chair for one full season.
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Pattricia P. November 16, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
He is the best.
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Laura November 16, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Robert E. McFarland (my dad), gave me voice lessons which forever impacted my perspective of vocal training. He patiently taught me how to use my voice enabling me to realize the potential I already had to sing well. Many years later, I still enjoy singing!
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Robert M.

Sicklerville, NJ 08081
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About Alexa K.

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I've been playing guitar since 2005. I studied music in college with a focus on classical vocals, but I also took numerous lessons in jazz guitar. I started a band in February of 2016 that is still gaining a following in Philly. We have released 1 EP so far and are working to release an album. I have accompanied vocalists and dancers on guitar. I believe that I can provide the knowledge and enthusiasm to launch a love/appreciation for music.
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Alexa K.

Philadelphia, PA 19103
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$34 / 30-min

About Andre B.

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I am a guitarist with over 15 years of playing experience and a lover of music. I have taken private music theory lessons as well as classes in undergrad. I believe music is one of the most beautiful things in the world. The element of personal expression makes it that much more meaningful.

I have learned over the years teaching causes you to truly know your craft in order to convey it to someone else. I enjoy sharing that joy of music with others looking to embark on their own musical journey. I have devised a system for teaching that has proven to be effective among my students.

I start off by gauging what the student knows musically to see what we need to focus on. After that, we work through principles and songs in a systematic and fun way. I give homework and material to work on every lesson to reinforce the work of the day.
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Andre B.

Burlington, NJ 08016
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