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About Ian V.

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Philadelphia, PA
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About Ian
Ian's vast and diverse experience on the Northeast music scene has given him the background that rivals the best of many professional musicians working today. From band tours of the US, Canada, and Hong Kong and a handful of recordings under various acts, Ian remains busy in his home city of Philadelphia. Ian has performed with such acts as Jazz great Grover Washington Jr. to the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra.

Teaching Experience

Ian has taught private lessons in Bass both electric and acoustic, piano, and guitar for the last ten years in which he has also lent his talents to the esteemed Paul Green School of Rock and Day Jams Summer Rock School. He has also been involved with a number of after-school programs in the Philadelphia area where he taught private music lessons, music theory, and rock ensemble.

Musical
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Ian's musical training began with piano at 7, saxophone at 9, self-taught guitar at 11, and finally electric and acoustic bass in high school. He was awarded scholarships to Philadelphia's Settlement Music School and the Berklee College of Music. Finally settling in NYC, Ian completed his B.F.A. in Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School School for Social Research in 2000. Ian has recently completed his PA Teacher Certification K-12 from Temple University 2011.

Why study music with Ian?

Quite simply Ian is a fun, creative, open-minded, and experienced teacher/musician who teaches a wide genre of music styles. He simply loves all music. Jazz, Classical, Funk/R&B, Rock, Metal, and Country are all within the expertise of Ian's vocabulary. Ian teaches with the same intensity and passion that he performs with. Ian truly cares about teaching each and every student the best way he knows.

*** Lesson Details ***
Ian's lessons are a combination of goals set by himself and the student. Whether you aspire to be the next rock god in 3 months or to just play casually with your friends at the next barbecue, Ian is there to understand your musical goals. Every student is different therefore Ian accommodates his style and methods to each the individual. Old-school rigidity are not what Ian is about. Rather, Ian dips from both the traditions of the past and new techniques of today.

Topics Covered

Technique, Song Performance, Harmony, Rhythm, and Music Theory are all important components covered in the lesson plan. Sight reading standard music notation is encouraged but not necessary. Rhythm notation is a mandatory skill every musician must know and is taught from the beginning. Song choices can be tailored to the students tastes however Ian seems fit. Ian has no problem teaching anything from the Jonas Brothers to Jimi Hendrix.

Improvisation, Groove, and Ear Training are areas of special interest and study which can also be taught to enhance a students studies.

Students skills and goals are assessed every few months to ensure student and teacher are on a clear and steady path. Everything from major and minor scales to song retention is logged down to provide a means of assessment.

Practice

As both a teacher and playing musician, Ian honestly believes that it
takes a combination of 20% talent and 80% sweat/hard work to be a successful and
competent musician. Therefore a set practice time length is agreed upon
between Ian and the student to which the student must stick to a practice schedule as
best as he or she can. Learning not just "what to practice" but "how to practice" is an important skill that is acquired through patience, hard work, and repetition. Ian can show you the skills it takes to master the "Art Of Practice".

Lesson Length

Lesson times of 30 minutes and 45 minutes are recommended for beginning students.

60 minutes for intermediate to more advanced students

*** Studio Equipment ***
Casio 88-key weighted keyboard
Fender Telecaster Guitar
Fender Precision Bass
Kolstein Upright Bass
Vintage Ampeg Bass and Guitar Amplifiers
Fostex 8-track Digital Recorder

*** Travel Equipment ***
I always have a bass or guitar on hand , a metronome, CDs, iPod, and music manuscript.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical, Jazz, Rock, R&B, and Funk on Upright Bass and Electric Bass.
I teach Beginning and Intermediate Level Piano and Guitar in Classical, Rock, and Popular Music Styles.
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Rosalie M. September 14, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Although this was just my 3rd lesson with Ian, he's already taught me so much! He definitely knows how to turn your weaknesses into strengths. He packs a lot of lesson into a short amount of time and breaks things down in a way that even the lowest skill level piano player (i.e. Me) can understand. Great teacher, highly recommend...
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Nikolas H. August 13, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Ian was very patient and cool even though we were about 15min. late. Nik really liked the lesson and was playing this morning.
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Aydan H. March 17, 2016
· Piano · In home
very good experience very good teacher really liked him
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Philadelphia, PA 19130
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About Karen S.

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About Karen
I hold a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Misericordia University in Dallas, PA. I have studied piano with Gisa Adler at New School of Music in Philadelphia, PA. I taught public school in the Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster County, PA and I have taught private piano for over ten years.
I love music and I love teaching - seeing my students progress and reach their goals. I believe music should be a pleasant experience and a demanding and ill - spirited teacher can ruin a student. I am NOT one of these. You will find me patient and supportive.

*** Lesson Details ***
To be an accomplished pianist you must learn all the basics well. These include music symbology which enables you to read music so you can translate it into the sound on the piano. In order to play the music written on the page you must train your
fingers to do what you need them to do - so you will have finger exercises and scales to practice to enable to play pieces/songs you like. In order to accomplish all this we will use a piano method designed to teach you these things little by little so you won't get overwhelmed. One step at a time towards your goal - self enjoyment, being the life of the party, accompany the chorus, play the songs you hear on the radio or perhaps even become a renowned pianist on stage or in the theater. Whatever your goal you will need to practice and you must have a piano or at least a keyboard. The method we use will depend on the student's age, reading level, past experience with piano or other instruments and I will take into consideration your goals. If you are interested in popular music there will be a point (when you are ready) when you will be able to add this type of music to the lesson music. How quickly you grow musically depends greatly on the quality of your practice time - thus you will determine your rate of progress.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I like to purchase new materials myself for the student based on their needs at the time. They need a decent notebook for listing practice items. I usually have the method book, with note-speller for beginners, theory for more advanced, and additional pieces (non-method) as appropriate. Hanon is a staple. I use various other materials to remedy finger technique and rhythm issues as learned from my teachers and those devised by myself.

*** Specialties ***
I prefer to use a variety of materials. At the first lesson I assess reading ability, interest, physical ability and attention span to determine what materials are appropriate for the student. All students will learn scales, finger exercises, pieces and theory. I have used Thompson, Schaum, Pace, Fletcher and Alfred in my teaching - and frequently a combination there-of.
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Anindita B. July 13, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She is a very nice teacher
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Paul J. August 31, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Karen goes into great detail, and has a lot of patience. She has a great strategy when it comes to learning and music. I'm very happy, and have advanced very quickly with her, which is very encouraging. Karen is a good inspiration to her students. I definitely recommend her as a teacher.
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Jessica S. November 13, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Really enjoy working with Karen!
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Karen S.

Wilmington, DE 19810
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$25 / 30-min

About Adam K.

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Philadelphia, PA

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I have been passionate about music all of my life. I have been teaching guitar and piano for 10 years. I'm a doctoral student at Chestnut Hill College pursuing a degree in clinical psychology with plans to become a music therapist. I learned guitar and classical piano under 2 private teachers while pursuing my Psychology degree and music minor at Rutgers University in NJ.

Music was a way for me to find peace, structure, confidence, and an outlet for personal expression and creativity outside of my everyday life. I've grown as a person and a musician through music. I get excited when I see my students learn enjoy playing something new. I love music more than anything else and that love is something I try to bring out in my students. Once there is love for music, everything grows naturally. I teach to help my students find those streng
ths in themselves to live a fulfilling life through their instrument.

***Lesson Details***

We create daily, weekly, and monthly goals for you to achieve.

Guitar: After 3 to 6 months of learning with me, you will have a basic knowledge of chords, how to read musical notation, strumming patterns and basic rhythms. Most importantly, you will have learned 3 or 4 songs of your choice so that you can experience the joy of expressing yourself through music.
To achieve these results, you must be willing to practice 20-30 minutes a day most days each week.

***Specialties***

I specialize in teaching students to learn to play by ear and improvise songs based on their tastes, style, and ability level. I also walk students through how to write and record semi-professional quality songs with drums, vocals, guitar, and piano. Music genres I cover are mainly Pop, Pop/Rock, Folk, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Alternative, and Classical (piano only)

*** Studio Equipment ***

I provide a comfortable, quiet room with live instruments, and playback and recording equipment. I expect students to bring a guitar, books, sheet music, picks, and a tuner.
Instruments:
1. Taylor Acoustic Guitar
--picks, tuner, and capo
2. Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar
-- Marshall 100W Amplifier
-- Classic Cry Baby Wah Effects Pedal
3. Casio PX-310 Weighted 88-Key Piano Keyboard

Playback and Recording:
1. MacBook Pro OSX 10.10.3 13-inch screen
- Insignia 27W Speakers with subwoofer
- Garageband
2. Steinberg UR-22 Recording Interface
3. Audio-technica M30 Headphones
4. Sterling Audio ST51 Black Condenser Microphone

*** Travel Equipment *** (same as above except for piano)
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Danielle May 16, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
I didn't really know what to expect from songwriting lessons but Adam is very flexible with his teaching, knowledgeable, and responsive. He gives you the tools you need to pursue any path you choose and to feel good about what you're achieving. Adam is very nonjudgmental and just loves music. Thanks to him I've come very far in a short amount of time.
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Ben March 8, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Adam is a wonderful piano teacher. He was patient, answered every question and made me feel comfortable since I was just a beginner. His instructions were easy to follow and help me pick up things at a quicker pace. I look forward to continuing my lessons with Adam.
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Lisa October 6, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Adam has been coming to our home for almost 2 years to teach my 13 y.o. son and 12 y.o. daughter guitar. It has been a wonderful experience for all. Adam has a cool temperament and is quite patient. He has really made the whole learning experience rewarding and enjoyable for the kids. It is apparent that they have been growing as guitarists. Adam is highly recommended as an instructor.
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Adam K.

Philadelphia, PA 19144
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About Katie C.

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Princeton, NJ

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I am a recent graduate with a degree in vocal performance and have been teaching voice and piano for quite some time. In my lessons I strive to further the love of music through the exploration of styles that are of interest to the student, while also developing technique in the classical tradition.
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Julie April 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
my daughter and i are taking back-to-back lessons with Katie. she has an easy-going teaching style and the ability to shift gears between two vastly different beginners. we are happy to have been paired with her!
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Brad Angelo February 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
She's excellent.
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Marnie February 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Katie has been working with our 6 year old daugher once a week for 30 mins. She is very good at motivating her students as well as teaching them the introduction to piano playing. We look forward to seeing how our daughter develop under Katie's instruction.
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Katie C.

Princeton, NJ 08540
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About Jenny L.

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Philadelphia, PA
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About Jenny
With a strong passion for music performance, I have been diligently studying the violin for over 15 years and have won multiple competitions and awards. I am excited to begin my graduate studies in violin performance this August at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, as the recipient of a generous Dean's Performance Grant. In the meantime, I will be attending several intensive summer festivals, including the Luby Violin Symposium, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Emerging Artist Fellowship Program at Garth Newel.

I completed my undergraduate work at Duke University in May 2016, earning degrees in global health, sociology, and ethics. Although I did not major in music at Duke, I was fortunate to have been quite involved in the music department. I studied violin with Mr. Eric Pritchard of the Ciompi Quartet fo
r four years, and I was a two-time winner of the Duke Symphony concerto competition. I also served as concertmaster and president of the Duke Symphony Orchestra, directed by Professor Harry Davidson. Upon graduating from Duke, I was awarded the Julia Wilkinson Mueller Prize for Excellence in Music, a Benenson Award in the Arts, and graduation with distinction in music. Last year, as a graduating college senior, I was honored to perform a solo for Duke University's board of trustees, including president Richard Brodhead and Apple CEO Tim Cook. Other than music, I am also extremely passionate about global health, social justice, filmmaking, writing, and education.
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Jenny L.

Jenny L.

Philadelphia, PA 19121
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$25 / 30-min
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About Catherine S.

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Philadelphia, PA
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I have been studying piano almost all my life. I have a Master of Music from New England Conservatory and a L.G.S.M. Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from the Guildhall School of Music in London and have performed in solo and duo piano concerts in venues including the Weill (Carnegie) Hall in NYC, Jordan Hall in Boston, Stanford University, Philadelphia Art Alliance, and many more.

My Music

In 2012 I recorded one piano piece every week for the year and uploaded it to Soundcloud. These raw, unedited files, recorded in my living room are just some of my favorite pieces — from Scarlatti and Bach to Janacek and Rachmaninoff — with a sprinkling of modern music. I believe the more music students learn, the quicker they progress and improve their reading skills. I challenge my students to sightread, improvise, perform and participate in music
making activities with their peers.
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Catherine S.

Catherine S.

Philadelphia, PA 19130
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$80 / 60-min

About Taylor H.

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Philadelphia, PA

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About Taylor
Want to play your favorite songs? Interested in learning to write and record your own professional-quality music? Taylor is a versatile and experienced guitar, vocal, and songwriting teacher. He has been teaching for 7 years, specializing in tailoring lessons to each student based on their unique music goals. Taylor strongly believes music should be a joyful and fun experience where students’ development is fueled primarily by their own love of their favorite music. Lesson plans focus on learning accessible songs of the student’s choice, and developing skills through that process. Taylor also has a home studio in which he helps his students record, and learn how to record their own music with professional quality (optional also included in lessons).
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Taylor H.

Taylor H.

Philadelphia, PA 19146
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$34 / 30-min

About Jessica W.

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Columbus, NJ

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About Jessica
I have been teaching private beginner and intermediate violin and piano lessons for almost fourteen years now. I began teaching while attending college and have continued teaching in some capacity ever since.

I minored in music at Rowan University and studied violin under Michael Ludwig who then was the Associate Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

I am a certified K-5 teacher and have taught preschool, kindergarten, third grade, and a middle school music appreciation class.

I currently play violin with my church worship team and enjoy playing the piano with friends and family.
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Jessica W.

Jessica W.

Columbus, NJ 08022
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$30 / 30-min

About Jamie B.

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Philadelphia, PA

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I've been playing guitar since I was 12 and it's been around me since. I'm not formally trained although I've studied under a number of accomplished individuals in Denver and Philadelphia. Jazz, blues and country are my favorite styles to play currently although I'm sure it will continue to evolve.

I'm simple and functional. What's fun is being able to play music. Yes, sometimes that means getting into some theory but more often than not it's simply learning how to find sounds that you like.

I'm great with kids that are first learning and adults that are looking for a hobby instead of flipping on the TV. Mark Knopfler writes his songs with basic major and minor chords on his acoustic. We can get you rocking in no time!

If you are local in the Philly area I'd love to meet you.
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Jamie B.

Jamie B.

Philadelphia, PA 19129
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$34 / 30-min

About Sue P.

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I have Master's degree in Jazz.
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Sue P.

Sue P.

Philadelphia, PA 19107
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$34 / 30-min

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