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About Thomas W.

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Allentown, PA

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I can help beginners get started or coach advanced students who are preparing for auditions.

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 In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups. Thomas taught over 600 online and local private music lessons in 2016.

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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Cindy July 1, 2019
· Audition Prep · Online
Thomas is honestly an amazing musician and teacher. He was really patient with me. Despite having to deal with major timezone differences (as I live in Myanmar), he took the time to figure it out. Also, he helped me figure out the stuff it took me months to figure out. He also really knows what he's doing. I learned so much in that hour of practice. 10/10 would recommend him.
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Brian May 26, 2019
· Cello · Online
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Lorraine Anne April 28, 2019
· Classical Voice · Online
Fabulous! What a great teacher! And SO KNOWLEDGEABLE about all kinds of music! THANKS! looking forward to all my lessons!
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About Pasquale G.

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Coral Springs, FL
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excellent instruction on a difficult horn many years of practical skill playing as well as teaching horn.

About Pasquale
Teaching is a passion. All my students love what they learn and their progress is my number one concern. I have been teaching since the age of 17. I welcome any student wanting learn the joys of playing brass instruments. I have taught more than 500 students on a private level since I began teaching.
I began studying at the age of 9 with a top trumpet professional, David Frick. Man what an experience. If you want to make excelllent progress look no further.
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Jacob August 21, 2019
· Tuba · Online
Good first lesson. My son is excited for the next.
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Luke August 19, 2019
· French Horn · Online
My son has been playing for a year, but didn't have enough one on one interaction to work through the things he had difficulty with. Lessons with Pasquale have been good and he can focus on little things that can make a big difference. Definitely recommend.
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Philipp August 2, 2019
· Trombone · In home
Pasquale involved my boy from the very first lesson
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About Joseph M.

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Huntington Station, NY

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25 + yrs playing/teaching experience
Classical to Jazz
Fun mixed with work

About Joseph
Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Oscar June 9, 2019
· Tuba · In home
It is a womderful time for my kid.
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joseph M.

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About Bethany S.

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Long Beach, CA

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All levels and ages welcome! Whether you are playing your first notes or you are preparing for a career, I would love to help you with your horn playing. I definitely emphasize technique and believe that strong fundamentals in breath control, articulation, and dynamic range are so incredibly helpful for the production of the gorgeous sound we all know and love in the Horn. My lessons differ greatly from student to student and I will work with you on any aspect of horn playing you would like to learn and improve.

About Bethany
Hello! My name is Bethany. I have been studying horn for almost 20 years and have been teaching for almost 10. I am currently located in Simi Valley, CA, a little valley located next to THE Valley, quite close to most of Los Angeles. I teach online lessons and local lessons in Ventura and Los Angeles County.

About Me | Teaching Method
As a teacher, I find the most joy in seeing technical improvement translate into artistic freedom and musicality. I also just love sharing my nerdy love for the horn with young musicians!

I tailor lessons and take time to understand each student's pace of learning and playing style. I typically write out customized warm ups for each of my students that highlight aspects of horn playing that promote flexibility and teach music theory. I use etudes in not only a way that promotes technique, but also i
n a way that inspires creativity, giving a student freedom to experiment with musicality and composition. Students are welcome to bring me any ensemble, solo, or audition music they wish to work on.

Lesson Details | Private Horn Lessons
Local Lessons: I will drive to you! The only required equipment is 2 chairs and 1 stand. A piano/keyboard is preferred for music theory and ear training aspects of horn playing but not necessary.

Online Lessons: I use Skype mostly; I can of course use any method of video chat that you prefer.
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Clara October 2, 2017
· French Horn · Online
My daughter is enjoying her lessons! Bethany has been patient and encouraging with my daughter being brand new to the instrument.
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Bren June 16, 2016
· French Horn · Online
Great first lesson!
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Aria December 4, 2015
· French Horn ·
Bethany is a wonderful instructor! She is consistently caring and insightful, and has appropriately high expectations--which push her students to improve. She was able to help me wisely choose music that would be both challenging and rewarding. I highly recommend her, and I had a great experience taking lessons from her.
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About Chloe W.

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Savannah, GA
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I have a degree in music education which has taught me about all woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. I can help you achieve all of your performance goals.

About Chloe
I am a hardworking and passionate individual who loves music and loves teaching. I want to share my passion and interest for music with as many students as I can so that they can find new and different ways to express themselves. I love seeing students accomplish more than they thought they were capable of ever doing, and it is what keeps me passionate about teaching.
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Lauryn H. August 7, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
My daughters anxiety was high the first day of highschool for band. The students were seasoned and Lauryn had not practiced in months. Chloe eased Lauryn’s nerves and gave her the confidence she needed in just the 1st lesson! She’s awesome!
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Brittiney March 26, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
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Jennifer W. November 2, 2017
· Trombone · Online
My daughter just had her first lesson and it worked out great. She has improved a lot already. We are looking forward to more lessons!
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About Kevin A.

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Jersey City, NJ

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I have been playing the Horn for the past 15 years, so I bring years of dedicated experience to my students. Through my past instructors as well as other professional development opportunities, I have learned many techniques and ideas that I pass on to my students. I create my lessons based on each student's personal needs and goals so they can get the most out of every lesson.

About Kevin
I am a very dedicated educator with experience teaching private lessons since 2013. I graduated from Rutgers University with a duel degree in Music Education and French Horn Performance, and I am currently completing my Master of Music degree in French Horn Performance at New York University where I study with the acting Associate Principal Horn of the New York Philharmonic, Leelanee Sterrett.

I am currently the brass instructor at the lesson studio Music Forever in Edison, New Jersey. I also have experience working in various public schools including Readington Middle School, Holland Brook Elementary School, PS3 Charrette School, and Perth Amboy High School. In addition, I have coached chamber music through the Rutgers Extension Division.

As a performer, I have played in various orchestras, bands, and other various chamber groups. As
a co-founder of Prime Winds, a woodwind quintet, and Quartado, a horn quartet, I understand the organizational skills it takes to network and manage an ensemble. I was also the winner of the NYU Concerto Competition, and I will be playing Anthony DiLorenzo's concerto "Phoenix" this coming October with the New York University Orchestra.

I strongly believe that student centered learning is essential for successful student growth. I adapt my lessons to specific student learning needs based on my assessment of their abilities and interests. It is important to me that my students learn in a way that is best for them, and that they are going over material that will help them reach their goals. In addition to teaching my students how to play with great technique and a beautiful sound, I teach them what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. It is important to me that my students can understand how to use what they are learning about in real life settings outside of the practice room. I push my students to be excellent musicians as well as life time learners.
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Vandana August 18, 2019
· French Horn · In home
Kevin is a very passionate teacher who is dedicated to music with excellent teaching skills. He is being teaching my daughter for the past 1 year and I have seen my daughter progressed good at playing French Horn.
Kevin is very good in troubleshooting and explaining if the student is not able to play a music piece and is very patient while teaching.
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Patti August 9, 2019
· French Horn · In home
Kevin is a really great French Horn teacher & musician! He also has helped me a lot with piano. I’ve been studying with Kevin for 3 years& I got first chair at my school because of him.
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Deidre August 9, 2019
· French Horn · In home
Kevin is an excellent teacher! My daughter Erica struggled in her band class, and she considered quitting. Once she started lessons however, she really progressed and now loves playing!
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About Chris P.

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Cincinnati, OH

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I am a musician with expierence playing with professional orchestras and chamber groups. I have spent 5 years teaching privately and held positions teaching in the public schools. In my lessons we not only focus on having good sound, technique, and musicianship but also having fun while playing the instrument! It is my goal to bring the students personality out through their music.

About Chris
Hello! Let me start by thanking you for your interest in private horn lessons! They are a great way to express yourself or make band class at school even more fun by staying ahead of the curve.

I started my career at Florida State University and majored in both Music Education and Horn Performance. During my four years at Florida State I performed at two international horn conferences, a regional and national College Band Directors Association convention, and competed at two southeastern horn workshops. While in Tallahassee, I won the 2nd horn position with the Tallahassee Symphony and section horn with the Sinfonia Gulf Coast. I also received numerous honors including the Big Arts Classical Music Scholarship and runner up for the Florida State Young Artist Concerto Competition. After graduating in 2017 I was awarded the graduate bras
s quintet fellowship at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where I continue to grow as musician under the guidance of world-renown hornist and pedagogue Denise Tryon.

During my performance career I spent my spare time teaching students! From 2014 to now I have taught many private students some of which have performed with honor ensembles. I also taught in the Florida Public School system in 2018 as a brass clinician and orchestra director. It is extremely important for a teacher to have both playing and instructional experience which is a quality I take pride in.
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Amy Lemelin May 30, 2019
· French Horn · Online
Was very kind and helpful was also a great help in my technical skills playing the instrument and in the music.
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Dennis February 3, 2019
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Mr. Phelps is an outstanding instructor! He worked with my large group, small group, and private lessons students. As a band director, I truly appreciated his professionalism and demeanor with all of my students of all ages and levels - very supportive and very encouraging. His lesson are high-energy and up-tempo, the kids loved it! Chris is an excellent choice for lessons. I highly recommend him!
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John February 3, 2019
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Chris was a great teacher and help to our daughter. He was also very flexible with our schedule and often helped us move the time to fit perfectly...on Sunday no less! Within a short time both her band leader and us could hear the difference in her performance. Super nice nice guy too and that’s coming from a Gators fan (if you follow college football you will understand this). Best of luck up there Chris!
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About Natalie W.

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I teach beginners, amateurs, and advanced students of all ages. Over the course of our lessons, you will not only learn how to become a better horn player, but also how to become a better musician. Musicianship topics that will be discussed are: etiquette, goal-setting, anxiety strategies, how to build a professional resume, and personal branding techniques. Every student receives a curated “horn book” that contains selected studies, warm-ups, a self-analysis, and a goal-setting worksheet.

I'm a professional horn player and educator from Canada with 15 years experience, and I'm a Professional Artist of Kelly Mouthpieces.

About Natalie
Natalie is a professional horn player from Ontario, Canada.

She has performed with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Mike Herriott’s Off the Road Big Band, Gary Morgan & the PanAmericana Band, and The Arkells. She has also been featured in radio and television broadcasts on TVOKids, TSN, medici.tv, and CBC Radio Nanaimo

As an educator, Natalie has her own private studio offering in-person and online classes, and is an on-call brass specialist for the Toronto District School Board.

Natalie is a native of Niagara Falls, Canada. She earned her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Toronto, and continued her studies at Western University and also at l’Université de Montréal.

With extensive experience with anxiety and panic disorder, Natalie's teaching approach offers opportunities to learn strategies to deal
with these issues. Other topics include: basic musicianship, orchestral etiquette, goal-setting, and the business of music.
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About Jessica C.

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Boston, MA

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The French horn is such a cool instrument. We hear it everywhere! Movie soundtracks, games soundtracks, orchestras, bands, literally everywhere! It’s so special, but not everybody knows about it!
In the few minutes we will have together you will realize why the French horn is so special and I’ll be there with you every step of the way to help you with your music journey!

About Jessica
My name is Jessica and I've been in contact with music since I was 3 years old.
I have always loved music and it has always been a huge part of my life. I love it so much it became my profession.
I'm so excited to share this passion with everybody who wants to learn. Music is for everyone!
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Jessica C.

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About Elliott S.

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Greensboro, NC

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I am well equipped to teach a variety of skill levels across several instrument groups, covering basic fundamentals to advanced performing techniques. I instruct students on how to be good musicians at all times and stress the importance of individual practicing. My students are given weekly performance assignments outside of their school coursework, and receive assistance in their preparation for upcoming school concerts, honor band auditions, and recitals.

About Elliott
Hello there! My name is Elliott Stanger and I currently reside in Greensboro, North Carolina. I am the principal horn in the Durham Symphony and I am on the music faculty at Mitchell Community College. I have also performed with the North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Raleigh Symphony, North Carolina Brass Band, Greensboro Opera, and annual productions at the Triad Stage and Carolina Theater. I am currently finishing up my Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Several of my students have won college scholarships, as well as positions in local honor bands and youth symphonies.

Lessons with me will be engaging, informative, and fun. My favorite moment while teaching is watching a student light up when they finally get a concept or nail a passage they've been working on
. I love talking in metaphors and will often try to use a student's favorite hobby, sport, video game, etc. to find the best possible way to explain a difficult concept or describe exactly what I want them to do.

I set clear goals for each lesson and expect the students to try their best to meet them. I don't expect perfection, but I do expect them to put in the effort. No musician will tell you that they "work" their instrument. We practice and play our instrument, just like an athlete practices and plays their sport. Effort is involved, but it doesn't have to be work!

I encourage my students to love their instrument, their music-making, and learning, no matter what age or background they come from. I am always available via email or text to communicate with students and parents to ensure that we stay on the same page and know what is expected from one another.
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Elliott S.

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