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About Ian V.

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Philadelphia, PA
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I'll teach you the fundamentals of proper piano technique, which is one the most important aspects of playing relaxed and with expression and dynamics.

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.

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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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Ian V.

Philadelphia, PA 19130
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About Adam S.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Students can expect a fun approach to piano in our lessons. I always tailor the curriculum to each individual and make sure there is never a dull moment. Take lessons with me and I'll make sure we progress together!

About Adam
As a recent graduate of Temple University with a degree in Jazz Drum Set Performance, Adam is an active performer and educator in the Philadelphia area. His performance experience covers a wide range of genres including jazz, rock, pop and electronic music, and has lead to multiple tours throughout the United States and Europe. As a music teacher, Adam has maintained an extensive resume by working for The String Theory Performing Arts Charter School, The Holy Child School at Rosemont, The Napoli School of Music and Dance, Strath Haven High School, and community-building organizations such as "Rock to the Future" and Mt. Sinai Church of God in Christ's Youth Outreach Program.
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Zack July 10, 2016
· Drum · Online
Adam is awesome!!!! I wasn't quite sure how the online lessons would work but I'm really glad I signed up with him. He makes things easy to understand and is very patient. Would definitely recommend.
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Jess July 7, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My daughter can't stop talking about how fun her drum lessons are with Adam!
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Margaret July 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Adam is a great teacher. He's very knowledgeable and always makes lessons fun. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for lessons.
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Adam S.

Philadelphia, PA 19143
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About Benjamin K.

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Glenside, PA
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Piano was my first instrument, and the best instrument for all beginners. I teach everything from the Suzuki method to Elton John to Art Tatum to Herbie Hancock

About Benjamin
I grew up in Glenside moved to Pittsburgh for school and came back because I love it here...I've been playing for 17 years and have a smorgasbord of influences from Zeppelin to the Beatles to Phish to Radiohead to the dirty projectors to Jay Z to Kurt Rosenwinkel & John Scofield. I have been composing and working with original bands for some 11 years and play regularly in the city and up and down the east coast. I have also been teaching for the past 11 years all over the Philadelphia area. i teach from a method I derived myself from years of learning both in and out of school. I think teaching music is both aural as well as visual and encourage students to listen to music a lot. most of all i feel that music is fun and the students should enjoy learning so i incorporate their favorite artists and favorite songs into our studies. for seri
ous students I love theory and love sharing what I've discovered over the years.

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I'm a very laid back guy but I take my playing seriously. music is my life and there's nothing I enjoy sharing and expressing more. I learned to love playing guitar when I was 12 from the coolest guitar teacher ever. he had a vibe that i gravitated toward and encouraged me in just the right ways to get me believing in myself. I try to encourage my students the same way. music should be fun above all and sculpt my lessons to each students individual needs so that they are better equipped to succeed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect them to provide guitar/bass/piano

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classic, Pop
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Ilya S. March 3, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
This is my second review. As you can tell my the date of my first review, I've taken lessons with Benjamin for about three and a half years. I can honestly say he is the best guitar teacher I've had. He will help you understand the music and you will think like a musician!
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Frederick September 21, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Benjamin was very perfessional, and patient. I would recommend him as a great teacher for anyone wanting to learn to play the bass.
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Marguerite H. September 9, 2015
· Piano · In studio
He is a great teacher! Very patient and friendly. I look forward to taking more lessons!
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Benjamin K.

Benjamin K.

Glenside, PA 19038
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About Thomas W.

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Downingtown, PA

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I can help beginning students on piano 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 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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Jack June 22, 2017
· Trombone · In home
First lesson was a great success, Mr. West got straight to work and had my son sounding much better after only half an hour. Looking forward to my son gaining skill and confidence with Mr. West's guidance.
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Gene K. June 21, 2017
· Piano · Online
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Downingtown, PA 19335
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About David P.

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Wynnewood, PA
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I teach students how to read music notation, scales and chords I encourage students to Learn favorite songs on piano for fun and learn to improvise as well. Basic Classical and Jazz Theory and ear training exercises are employed to help develop overall musicianship in various performance situations.

About David
I teach children, adolescents , and adults. I have also worked with special needs populations for many years in a variety of settings. I am very patient adept and compassionate. I am also very skilled at my instrument as I studied music at the University Level. My goals are to combine my experience teaching special education with my experience studying and teaching music performance. I am very enthusiastic about teaching students at advanced levels as well. I teach piano and drumset. I teach various styles of music and hope to engender my students' love for music and the arts. I consider myself a mentor, a Music Therapist, and an educator.
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Jenifer April 5, 2017
· Piano · Online
David explains things in a manner that I could easily understand. He was calm, patient, and respectful of skill level.
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J M. June 16, 2015
· Drum · In home
Awesome teacher! Not just a great drummer, but patient and articulate. He was really able to help me understand and execute in ways I never could before. Seems like he would also be great with kids...super patient and encouraging!
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Janna R. April 1, 2015
· Drum · In studio
David is a very skilled drummer and a very enthusiastic teacher. In lessons, he seems to like to split time between practicing rudiments and learning to play different rhythms on the set. He is also exceptionally patient and supportive with my 9-year-old, highly distractible daughter. David is very positive, pointing out things that are going well and interesting rhythms that they discover. I am really glad we found David--he is an excellent teacher and I love watching my daughter learn so much about music!
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Wynnewood, PA 19096
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About Gary G.

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Southampton, PA
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I teach beginners to intermediate. The goal is to teach them how to read music and rhythm and develop good piano technique. My background is mostly in the Classical genre, however the goal is to become accomplished so that you can play anything.

About Gary
Dear Prospective Student,

My name is Gary. I started out playing the Bagpipe in High School as we were the "Highlanders" and had a bagpipe band as part of the marching band. I competed in solo competitions played my way to the top. As I will be 60 this year, I have been playing for 45 years and teaching full time for the last 20 years. I am very fortunate to be making a good living doing work that I love to do.

You need 3 things to learn the bagpipe. The first thing that you don't need is a set of bagpipes to get started. That purchase happens with most of my students between the 8th and the 12th month of lessons. My average student will spend between $1500 and $2000 on their pipes. Start saving now. The only thing that you need are a Practice Chanter, a book and 30 minutes with me once a week. I have the Practice Chant
ers and Books. Don't buy anything until we meet. To get started book 4 lessons with me. If you have any questions please feel free to email me through this website. I look forward to working with you.

Gary-Bagpipe Teacher
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Anna C. April 28, 2017
· Bagpipes · Online
He is awesome .... wish I had started learning from him from the start ! So Thankful
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Patrick R. February 19, 2016
· Bagpipes · Online
Mr. Guth is very passionate about teaching music and he cares about the success of his students! I am excited to learn from him.
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Liz B. April 2, 2015
· Bagpipes · In home
very very knowledgeable, great location
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Gary G.

Southampton, PA 18966
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About Corrin S.

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Alburtis, PA
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I teach students of all ages, starting at age 5, using several teaching methods, primarily Alfred's. Lessons are tailored to the individual. I like to talk to a student before deciding what lesson book to use, and find out their likes/dislikes. I use a teaching course, but supplement with books that the student enjoys.

About Corrin
I primarily use Alfred's Teaching Method. If a student comes to me from another teacher, I will continue to use what they are familiar with. My youngest student's enjoy the Little Mozart series. I use the Prep Course for elementary students, Premier or Basic course with late elementary learners, Late Beginner course with teenagers & adults. This is a guideline. It's always best to meet the students/parents to see what works best for them. Piano lessons are not a cookie cutter method. I tailor them for each individual's learning type & music preference.
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Corrin S.

Alburtis, PA 18011
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About Marie J.

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Philadelphia, PA
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I like to meet my students where they are. We will figure out what you are looking to get out of lessons!

About Marie
I graduated from Temple University with a degree in jazz voice! I believe anyone and everyone who can talk has the ability to sing. I love seeing progress in my students from week to week as they foster their musical ability through the use of proper technique! I'm a natural-born teacher and very patient with all ages. I've lived in Philadelphia for 6 years; I'm originally from Massachusetts and moved here for school. I began taking classical piano lessons when I was 4 years old and trained with fantastic teachers for over a decade. I toured Europe for 5 weeks with a national honors choir (Sound of America) when I was 18. I have also studied with numerous opera and jazz vocal professors during my time at Temple University. All of these different experiences have helped me foster a love for music that I would love to share.
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Marie J.

Marie J.

Philadelphia, PA 19123
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$40 / 30-min

About Brooke C.

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Zionsville, PA

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I have been teaching piano for 6 years. My students range from age 5-17 and come with a wide variety of experience and skill levels. At my studio, students can expect to be able to create a musical journey best suited to their personal goals as a musician. They can choose to study pop, classical, jazz, or a mix of all three. We focus on creativity--creating, composing, and performing so that students walk away with meaningful musical experiences that can last their lifetime.

About Brooke
Hello students and families! My name is Brooke C. and I am currently a sophomore studying Music Education at Penn State University (I am also pursuing a minor in Special Education). I graduated from Emmaus High School and teach and work in the area during the summer. I have been teaching private lessons for 6 years and have worked with students age 5-18. At Penn State, I am studying clarinet with Dr. Anthony Costa, and have studied clarinet for 11 years. I am a member of the top band and orchestra at Penn State, and have participated in the Marching Blue Band for the past two years. I also have an extensive background in piano. I took piano lessons at Penn State with Dr. Jose Ramon Mendez, and have studied piano for 14 years. I am a substitute organist and choir accompanist at St. Joseph's Church in Limeport and frequently accompa
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Susan May 8, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have nothing but praise for Brooke as an instructor. My son was a 10-yr old novice when he began his piano lessons with Brooke. She was engaging and incredibly patient as he played his way through almost 3 years as her student, from the beginning stages of learning to read music to practicing scales to becoming recital-ready. Although he has since moved on to study viola, the foundation he received through Brooke's instruction set the stage for a life long appreciation of music. Brooke's impressive musical talent, in combination with her ability to share her knowledge and love of music through teaching, puts her in a unique position to address the musical needs of a continuum of students from beginner to expert. She not only instructs, she shares her joy - and she is, indeed, a rare gem!
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Candice April 17, 2017
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I was Brooke's piano teacher for 11 years. Brooke rates in the top 5 students I have taught in the last 31 years. From the very start, she showed incredible talent & skill. She was born to do this. Brooke is classically trained & highly knowledgeable in all aspects of music & theory. She also is an excellent performer. I also play professionally & it is my view that the best instructors are those who apply their art. Her outgoing & pleasant upbeat personality make her an enjoyable & patient teacher.
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Claire April 15, 2017
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Brooke is an excellenct instructor. She is patient and dependable. Her ability as not only a musician, but also as a teacher is impressive to say the least. I highly recommend Brooke if you are looking to improve your musical abilities!
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Brooke C.

Zionsville, PA 18092
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About Bronwyn L.

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I love sharing the gift of music with others! Piano is a wonderful instrument to learn and progress comes quickly! In my lessons I focus on a combination of technique and performance pieces. The interests of students are also very important to me and I try to cater each lesson to the individual student.

About Bronwyn
I'm an avid violinist and pianist. I graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in May 2017 with a degree in Violin Performance and minors in Music History and Piano Pedagogy.

I love sharing my music with others and believe teaching is one of the best ways of doing that. My lessons are built around the unique interests of each student so that they feel positive about what they're learning and their progress.

I believe that much time is wasted by practicing inefficiently so I spend time each lesson discussing not only how to fix the problems students encounter, but how to practice more effectively. I like to challenge each student to approach music as an artist approaches a painting. Skill and technique are as equally important as telling (or painting) a story with each new song!
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Bronwyn L.

Newtown Square, PA 19073
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