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About Tom S.

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Bryn Mawr, PA
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About Tom
I have had a varied background growing up, from being an Eagle Scout, to holding a black belt in Judo.  Growing up in Arizona and being the youngest of three boys from a very musical family, I found classical music and it became my passion. I began with piano at age 9, while also sang in many church musicals.In 2006 I graduated from Northern Arizona University with two degrees: a bachelors in vocal performance and a bachelors in piano/choral education. At NAU, I sang in many operas and piano recitals and spent three months in Germany teaching choir through the Department of Defense.Shortly after, I graduated with a masters in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis. The studies I learned from Wash U catapulted my love for teaching!Recently, I have been teaching out of St. John School of the Arts, where I worked with v
oice and piano students ages 7-60. All of my students had varying styles, but I was able to help them build a foundation of technique that would allow them to sing with a free and healthy tone in any style.I believe we all have the ability to create music and I can help you discover it!

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal in voice lessons is first and foremost to establish a solid vocal technique.  My philosophy is "singing is simple, but not easy!"  We will focus mostly on two things: breath and space for singing.  This method of teaching is known as "bel canto".  It helps build a strong foundation that then allows you to sing almost any style!  Because everyone is different, we will tailor a set of exercises to fit your needs and will help you build that strong foundation!  Once these principles begin to settle in, we will work on music.  I have a huge library of songs to chose from, but I highly encourage you to bring in your favorite songs. Remember, everyone is different and progresses at different rates, but don't be discouraged! This is not a race, but a life skill that you will continue to master!

In piano, I am classically trained.  Through a series of music books, we will work on music theory, finger dexterity, music history, ear training, eye/hand coordination, and pure enjoyment of making music. Again, everyone is different, but with some outside commitment, you will improve! Classical piano training is a great foundation for all other styles, such as jazz, pop, singer songwriter, country, etc. Piano also helps with in other aspects of your life such as memory, math, history, reading, etc.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a full size keyboard and music stand.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please provide a piano, music books, music stand (if needed), and a lesson book for notes.

*** Specialties ***
I am a classically trained baritone specializing in bel canto. I have found this technique to be a great foundation for all styles of singing, from opera to pop. I am also classically trained at the piano. I focus on natural hand positions, note identification, music theory, and ear training. And I have fun doing it!
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Suzanne May 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My daughter takes piano lessons combined with singing lessons with Tom and she absolutely loves it!! Tom is great with kids (my daughter is 6 1/2) and she looks forward to class every week. It is great to see her excited and passionate about learning an instrument. We couldn’t be happier with our teacher selection 😁
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dean February 21, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I had a great experience in learning the correct mechanics of my instrument and how to use and apply.
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Annie M. February 6, 2018
· Music Theory · Online
Tom has been working with our daughter to aid her in understanding the concepts of music theory. He is patient and provides outside material for her to reinforce the concepts they are working on together. He has a passion for teaching music and it is evident in his desire for his students to grow.
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Tom S.

Tom S.

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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About Ryan S.

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Philadelphia, PA

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Bio as Musician:

Ryan was born on Chicago’s South Side and started playing guitar at the age of fourteen. Born with a deep passion for a broad variety of musical styles, Ryan studied with Grammy award winner and jazz giant Frank J. Rumoro at the Chicago Acadamy of Jazz Guitar. Since that time he has made a name for himself as a teacher, performer, session guitarist, and true stylistic chameleon. With hundreds of live performances under his belt, he has been actively touring the East Coast with several nationally recognized artists since 2014.

As a session guitarist, Ryan’s skill and endless pursuit of unique sound, tone, and technique have established him as a fixture in the Philadelphia recording scene. As a solo experimental guitarist his work pushes the sonic envelope of modern-day technology in pursuit of new and original musi
cal ideas. A dedicated collaborator, Ryan bring his personality and passion for experimentation to each project, while always working to serve the vision of each employing artist.

Lesson Mission:

“Music study was a way for me to find structure, discipline, self worth and expression. Through that I have grown as a person and a musician. My sole reason for teaching is to help others find that passion and those qualities within themselves to live a beautiful and fulfilling life through his/her instrument.”

Qualifications/Education:

Lead Guitarist for:

-"The Voice" Country Star, Audra McLaughlin

-R&B singer Ces Picerno

-Rock band, The RAKNOSS

-Hip-Hop recording artist, Drew Smith

-Italian pop singer, Giada J.

**endorsed by Wampler Effects Pedals**

**over 200 live gigs played**

Guest Lecturer at University of Akron, OH "Pentatonic Scales the Western Integration"

Philadelphia Session Guitarist 2013-Present

Featured online instructor via Ibanez Guitars USA

Author and teacher of online lesson videos. "S. Shred Tips"

15 years of Guitar repair and modification experience

Extensive knowledge of guitar effects and applications

Education:

2009-2013 Harmony and Theory at Rumoro Academy of Jazz Guitar in Chicago, IL

2004-2008 Experimental Sound/Production The School of the Art Institute Chicago

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Students should expect a relaxing learning environment that is cultivated to bring the fundamentals of guitar playing to the student and promote individuality in the player through a meditation of self-awareness while using the vehicle of Guitar. Lesson are taught out of my home studio space located in the East Falls/Manayunk Philadelphia!

Lessons are structured around: Finger exercises, Chord building, Strumming patterns, Scales, Arpeggios, Harmony studies and Improvisational chop building.

Some lesson materials referenced are:

The Real Book 6th Edition Jazz Standards
30 hour Guitar workout Steve Vai
The Music Lesson Victor Wooten

after just 3-6 short months, students will see an increase in comfortability with the notes on the fret board, basic chord progressions and single note soloing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
iMac i7 Mavericks

*** Travel Equipment ***
student only needs guitar and Binder for materials given in class

I have amps

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Country and Jazz approaches to guitar as well as home recording practices
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Dana M. September 29, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Ryan is professional and easy going at the same time. So far so good. I'm excited to keep going.
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Shelly S. November 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Ryan takes his time and tailors my lessons specifically to my level and to the type of music I’d like to play. He covers everything from the basics – like the proper way to hold the pick – to more advanced teachings like music theory. Ryan is flexible, patient, easy going, and he consistently teaches at a pace that I’m comfortable with. He provides take-home practice after every lesson and always has helpful suggestions any time I have questions. What I find incredibly helpful is that at the end of the lesson Ryan will run through the take-home practice on his guitar and let me record it on my phone so it’s easier for me to remember. When I’m ready to practice the next day I just pull up his notes and the video and I’m ready to go!

It’s obvious that Ryan has a passion for music, and it shows in his lessons. I would easily give him my highest recommendation.
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Brandon October 4, 2016
· Blues Guitar · In studio
I have taken my first few lessons with Ryan and so far they have all been awesome!! Ryan is an extremely knowledgeable and talented guitarist, but he meets you right where you are. I feel my confidence growing more and more with every lesson. I look forward to many more!!
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Ryan S.

Ryan S.

Philadelphia, PA 19129
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$30 / 30-min

About Yeseul A.

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Narberth, PA

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About Yeseul
Graduate of Violin Performance Master degree at
Yale University and String Pedagogy Master degree at Temple University, I love both teaching and playing.
I'm one of the faculties at Symphony in C Youth Orchestra and St. Malachy School where I work with many different ages and levels of students.
I also teach at Petite Ecole Bilingue Institute working with kids as young as 3 year olds to Kindergarten specializing in early childhood education through music and violin.
I've had my private studio for nearly 10 years from young children to adults.
I'm also an active orchestral player where I'm a member of the Virginia Symphony, Allentown Symphony, Symphony in C and New Jersey Capital Philharmonic.
I believe it's very important for the teacher to have both experience in performing and teaching in order to fully understand and help the
students.
Through the lessons I help students on understanding the fundamentals of music theory, creating an ideal sound, and musical expression and coordination.
Whether they're trying to just have fun with music, improve their basic skills or prepare auditions such as School or District Orchestra, Youth Orchestra (PYO PYAO or many other local groups), I try to find the best for each students.
Every student is different. I work with students individually and use different approaches for each one of them. Such as methods, repertoire and lesson skills.
But most important of all, I always make sure that my student does not loose interest and have fun making music!
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Kevin B. July 8, 2016
· Violin · In home
Kevin has been enjoying his lessons.
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Yeseul A.

Yeseul A.

Narberth, PA 19072
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$45 / 30-min

About Dominic S.

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Coatesville, PA
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About Dominic
Music Lessons should be fun! I have been playing music all my life. I share my love of music with my students and tailor each lesson to their specific needs. I also teach music composition. If you ever had that idea for a song, I'll teach you how to develop it.
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Kim K. August 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dominic is a fantastic teacher. He makes the lesson so enjoyable, that I don't want it to end. It is the fastest hour of my life. He's extremely talented & professional but still personable all at the same time.
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Joanne F. February 17, 2015
· Organ · In home
Very helpful; took time to find out where I am and what I need. Lessons are immediately applicable to Sunday work. He has "patient ears".
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Dominic S.

Dominic S.

Coatesville, PA 19320
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About Lori A.

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Avondale, PA
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About Lori
Hello! Thank you for your interest in my profile.
I teach piano, horn, trumpet, theory & ear training, and coach ensembles, performance class as well as music and movement class for ages 0-6, and drum circle and cultural literacy for adults.

I am a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and I've played all over the world. I've played with soloists from Frank Sinatra to Diana Ross, Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons to Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. I still perform and consider this important to my teaching as well.

Some major accomplishments include an invitation to the White House, over 50 solo performances with orchestras starting with The Philadelphia Orchestra at age 15, a performance for the Princess of Thailand, and early television performances starting at age 7. In order to accomplish these things, I had great teach
ers, a regimen of discipline and practice, an expectation I have of my students, and all the rewards that have lasted a lifetime. Properly taught music lessons are life lessons and are never a waste. I incorporate fun into the lessons as discipline and fun must be combined for success and enjoyment at all levels.

My teachers included Eleanor Sokoloff, Susan Starr, and Dale Clevenger.

I've taught for 29 years, and have a proven track record of success. I've taught at Universities including The University of Notre Dame, The University of Tennessee, The Chinese University and the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong. I adore my students. Each one needs to be assessed and taught differently. Something you cannot learn in school, only through years of experience!

I teach in Avondale-Kennet Square-Chaddsford, Bryn Mawr-Villanova, PA, Hockessin-Wilmington,, DE, Newark, DE, and Cherry Hill, NJ with possibility of travel 10 minutes away. Please note: If you want in home piano lessons, you need a reasonably high quality instrument, and must maintain the tuning. I have perfect pitch and it will be crucial to me.
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Timothy N. February 18, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Outstanding start.
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Gina March 7, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
While I had previous experience playing an instrument MANY years ago, I never played the piano and started taking lessons with Lori as an adult. In almost no time I was able to read the bass clef (left hand) notes and within the year I had learned all the scales (majors and relative minors - both harmonic and melodic) and arpeggios (root and inversions). I was also playing "real" pieces of music.

Lori stresses good technique and good practice habits and can suggest more than one way to master a concept. She also makes learning the piano fun.
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Jimmy February 8, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
She taught me some important techniques on the piano.
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Lori A.

Lori A.

Avondale, PA 19311
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About Raphaelita J.

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Pottstown, PA
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About Raphaelita
Welcome!

My name is Raphaelita and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2007 and have loved helping my students find passion for piano, learn to understand music theory and play any piece they desire.

I went to Rowan University and earned a degree in Public Relations in 2007. However I've studied the piano for over 20 years and I've taken 3 years of college classes including, music theory, concert piano, music history, music composition and pedagogy. I'm currently working on my performance program to be accepted in a piano pedagogy degree program at a University.

My students would say that I'm fun yet strict when it comes to teaching piano.

It is my goal as a teacher to help your child reach his/her full potential in understanding the language of music. My approach to each child will be differen
t, depending on learning style, personality, attention span, and personal goals in taking lessons. But in all cases, I want my students to be able to read music and enjoy practicing every day.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

Here are some of the many benefits of taking piano lessons:

♦ Piano lessons help children learn how to stay focused and achieve goals.
♦ It develops higher emotional intelligence.
♦ Music can increases self-esteem and confidence in students.
♦ Attention, memory, and focus are developed through musical education.
♦ Music improves language tasks, mathematical tasks, and processing tasks.
♦ Academic achievement improves.
♦ It assists with developing teamwork and cooperation skills.
♦ Learning piano as a family can strengthen family bonds.
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Raphaelita J.

Raphaelita J.

Pottstown, PA 19464
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$15 / 20-min

About Daniel Y.

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Philadelphia, PA
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About Daniel
Since graduating from Temple in 2016, my passion for shaping the next generation has offered me many opportunities in the world of education. From my experience in a public schools, to managing my own private lesson studio, I have gained an immense respect and appreciation for the craft of teaching. In teaching others, I have informed my own learning process, and have approached other crafts such as improvisation, musical instrument repair, and software engineering at a high level.
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Dane September 17, 2018
· Flute · In studio
I have been taking flute lessons with Dan for the past four months. My technique and improvisational skills have increased dramatically since I started with Dan, and I have seen myself grow as a musician much quicker than when I was getting lessons elsewhere. I also always feels very comfortable asking him any questions that I have (no matter how silly) and I find that he is very good at communicating complex ideas. He's also incredibly kind and patient! I would definitely recommend him to anyone for flute (and saxophone/clarinet) lessons - he's a step above other teachers in the Philly area.
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Erica September 17, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
I wish there were more teachers like Dan. He is kind, passionate, understanding, flexible. What I like most about lessons though is the fact that he asks me, "What did you learn this week?" almost every lesson. If you haven't taken a lesson with him yet, do it! You'll be amazed how much you learn.
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Sean September 17, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Daniel is an amazing teacher and musician. As a professional woodwind player, he is an experienced professional who understands and performs all styles of music on the flute, clarinet, and the saxophone family.

As a teacher, Daniel constantly teaches and reinforces great technique required to maximize your achievement on your instrument, whether you are an absolute beginner or have been playing for a years. If your goal is to become an amazing technician on your instrument, Daniel is the teacher for you.

Besides this important facet of an instrumental teacher, Daniel is a knowledgeable and thoughtful improvisor and creative musician, who can help any student learn to expand their creative horizons in an informed, receptive, and guided way. Whether you are interested in becoming a successful jazz improvisor, a blues musician who wants to expand their creative ideas, a pop or indie musician who wants to write their own songs, or someone who hopes to compose and arrange their own music in any genre, Daniel will help you achieve these goals by helping you foster sustainable practice techniques that enable growth outside of the lesson as well as during it.

Lastly, Daniel is comfortable teaching all types of learners, and is especially receptive and effective as an educator of students who have special needs or other learning disabilities. He is incredibly receptive to individual needs, goals, and abilities, so no two students will ever receive the same instruction. Absolutely anyone who studies with Daniel will learn and grow musically, and I cannot recommend him enough.
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Daniel Y.

Daniel Y.

Philadelphia, PA 19135
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$30 / 30-min

About Jami S.

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Cherry Hill, NJ
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About Jami
Hello!
I'm Jami. I've been teaching guitar and voice lessons for over 10 years. I love teaching music lessons because I like to share my love of singing and playing the guitar. I also love seeing my students progress in their instrument! I may have a bit of a different approach than your average teacher because I am a Board Certified Music Therapist. Mostly I want my students to be successful, have fun, and feel good about themselves while learning an instrument.
I'm also experience in adapting music lessons for the student with special needs. I've taught students with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and more. I love music and I love sharing music with my students!

Additionally, I also teach the art of knitting and crocheting. These are two of my favorite hobbies and I love sharing them with others!
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Jami S.

Jami S.

Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
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$34 / 30-min

About Norman E.

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Wilmington, DE
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I am a profesional operatic Bass from San Jose California and now living in Wilmington DE. While I was in California, I sung with many opera companies around the Bay Area. Now I am pursuing my performance passion on the East Coast.
Singing has been my number one passion but teaching comes in at a close second. I love seeing my students grow and watching the transformation they make while studying with me. I been teaching since 2012 and all my students have gone off to do amazing things. I hope you choose me to be your voice/piano teacher and I look forward to meeting you!
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Mary S. September 6, 2018
· Opera Voice · In home
Norman is an amazing opera instructor and really brings it to my level as a beginner! Amazing experience!
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Norman E.

Wilmington, DE 19808
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About Tessa H.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Tessa holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and a Masters of Arts in Violin Performance (Dist.) and DipRAM from the Royal Academy of Music. She has previously studied with Leonid Zeyde, Mark Mogilevski and Maureen Smith.

Tessa has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, most notably being named the Victorian 3MBS FM Young Performer of the Year, the Australian National MBS FM Young Performer of the Year, both in 2010, and the winner of 29th National Youth Concerto Competition in 2004. She was also the ABRSM International Postgraduate Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music. Tessa was awarded the Roth Prize for Best Performance by a Violin Finalist from the Royal Academy of Music, and has received multiple University of Melbour
ne Graduate Scholarships; includingthe Ormond Scholarship, the Joyce McKenna Scholarship and the Sir William McKie Travelling Scholarship. Tessa has played under the baton of world-renowned conductors, including Trevor Pinnock, Marin Alsop, Jac Van Steen, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Laurent-Aimard, Elgar Howarth, Sir Mark Elder and the late Sir Colin Davis. As a chamber musician, she has performed extensively with quartets across Europe, the United Kingdom and The United States.
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Tessa H.

Tessa H.

Philadelphia, PA 19103
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$42 / 30-min

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