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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.

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Education

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 Sharon W.

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Norristown, PA
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About Sharon
Learn to love music from the inside out--by understanding the fundamentals so you can create and recreate music for personal enjoyment and to share with others. It is my privilege to join children, youth and adults in developing your musical talents and gifts. I teach beginner-intermediate piano students. I tailor the focus and styles of music to your needs and preferences, and include training for success. I am life-long musician with a music degree (vocal and keyboards) from Messiah College. I also direct the music and worship ministries for my congregation.

I do have a dog at my home studio. He's friendly, but can be contained in another part of the house if that is helpful to you.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are 1/2 hour to 1 hour a week, and include theory, technique and performance songs. I strive for a positive, friendly
atmosphere, with praise for incremental progress and encouragement for areas of improvement. Students use the Alfred series and other supplements, graded to the student's age, ability and interests.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home- studio in large living room space seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I teach a well-rounded approach, combining technique, theory and songs from various musical styles in a graded, graduated progression. Then I supplement with additional music according to the interests and growing ability of the student.
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Benjamin L. November 4, 2013
· Piano ·
Helped me step up my playing

I had been teaching myself piano for many years when I reached a point where I was not improving and realized I needed a teacher. Sharon helped me work on my weaknesses as a musician and had a good eye for pieces that helped me build on my strengths. We always had fun working together, and she was always good about working around my busy schedule.
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SalimaA April 26, 2012
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Sharon is doing a great job, she is well organized and knows what she's doing. I am pleased that she gives my daughter concrete feedbck and lessons to practice at home. The only problem is my daughter could use a little more practice time with her.
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Sharon W.

Sharon W.

Norristown, PA 19401
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$25 / 30-min

About Pete A.

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Morrisville, PA
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About Pete
My name is Pete. I've been playing guitar for over 15 years. In 2011 I graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Professional Music. There, I spent several semesters studying with Tomo Fujita (former teacher of John Mayer and Eric Krasno). I've also studied with legendary guitarist Pat Metheny and Jack Pezanelli. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix are responsible for inspiring me to play guitar and I specialize in teaching blues and jazz guitar, bass, and piano. I firmly believe that every serious musician should study ear training and music theory and I incorporate these areas in my lessons as long as the student wants to study this way. I've performed with a bunch of great artists in the Boston and Philadelphia area.
In 2011, I successfully obtained my master
's degree in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The master's program was an intense submersion in music performance that shaped me into the musician that I am today. I was lucky to study with Don Glanden, Mike Kennedy, and Kevin Hanson.
I am also well versed in computer recording software and DAWs. I teach students how to use software programs such as Logic and Reason as well as notation software like Sibelius and Finale. With some basic training in these programs, I can teach a student how to effectively record and produce professional quality recordings so that a student can write, record, and produce their own music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Because I've studied with some legendary teachers who have taught some legendary students (like John Mayer), I'm able to pass on to my students the same knowledge that these incredible teachers passed on to me. I guarantee that I will be unlike any guitar teacher that you've had before. Along with instrumental training, I offer extensive lessons in music theory and ear training. My family is full of educators and I've experienced the teacher-student relationship from a young age. I am fully committed to developing lesson plans based on the route that a student wants to take, whether it's just learning the basics and playing along to your favorite songs or engaging in serious study and preparing for college auditions. I am available to teach at any location within the Philadelphia area.

*** Stylistic Focus ***
I specialize in jazz and blues. At Berklee, I was able to take instrumental labs that spent an entire semester focusing on the playing style of certain guitarists. I've taken the Wes Montgomery lab, the Pat Martino lab, the Jimi Hendrix lab, the John Scofield lab, and the Stevie Ray Vaughan lab.
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Steve July 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Pete is very easy going and explains things in a simple and understanding way. I will say I am a little sore from practicing, but it is worth it. Looking forward to my net lesson.
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Steve Powell December 28, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Well thought out lesson. Pete knows how to help overcome hurdles for the beginning guitar enthusiast.
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Katia B. July 27, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Pete is doing a great job! Nice, accommodating and highly skilled.
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Pete A.

Pete A.

Morrisville, PA 19067
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$30 / 30-min

About Michelle P.

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Philadelphia, PA

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*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide music stands, sheet music, and mp3's to listen to. Students should provide instruments and the instruction books that I ask them to purchase.

*** Specialties ***
Concert band, orchestra, classical, baroque, Latin, jazz, Broadway
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Michelle P.

Michelle P.

Philadelphia, PA 19125
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$34 / 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've had my private studio for many years teaching kids from age 4 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.

Narberth, PA 19072
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About Claire C.

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Norristown, PA

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Claire C., MA.
She received her B.A. in Music History from Temple University and her Master’s in Creative Arts Therapy from Hahnemann University. Her professional experience as a Music Therapist includes early childhood, adolescent, adult in-patient and out-patient psychiatric and geriatric populations. She finished six levels of Taubman training at Temple Univsersity's Taubman Institute and is now studying piano privately with Maria Hubler. Claire teaches piano to students age five to one hundred five and also provides music therapy for clients birth on up.
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Claire C. January 8, 2015
· Classical Piano · In studio
"Claire is a very competent teacher and musician. She is a qualified piano teacher and music therapist. She is a knowledgeable piano teacher working in the great Philadelphia area for many years. Ms. Claire C. is always looking for ways to improve her teaching and playing. I highly recommend Claire. Maria B. Hubler Taubman Seminar Faculty"

Maria B. Hubler Cherry Hill NJ
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Claire C.

Claire C.

Norristown, PA 19403
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$26 / 30-min

About Rachel S.

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Glenside, PA
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Rachel S. is a Lyric Soprano that hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In July, she portrayed the role of Mother in Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel with the Miami Opera Institute. This fall, she recently worked as a Resident Artist with Utah Opera.

Last spring, she completed her Master’s of Music at Rice University, under the instruction of acclaimed voice teacher, Dr. Stephen King. There, she performed the role of Lady Billows in their 2014 production of Britten’s Albert Herring. Rachel made her operatic debut with Rice University in their fall of 2012 production of Volpone as Celia. With Rice University, she was also featured in their scenes programs as Mimi from La Bohème, Ilia from Idomeneo, Rosalba from Florencia en el Amazonas, and Mrs. Fiorentino from Street Scene.

Rachel has performed extensively with the Aspen Opera Theat
er Center. Last summer, she understudied Sybil Vane in Loehmann’s The Picture of Dorian Grey. In 2013, she performed the role of Suor Osmina in their production of Suor Angelica, and covered the roles of Fortuna and Venere in their production of L’coronazione di Poppea. She also portrayed Pamina, La Contessa, Ilia, Anne Truelove and Laurie Moss in their various scenes programs.

Rachel completed her Bachelor’s of Music at Mannes College in 2012. There, she performed in their Opera Scenes Workshop and their Rise of Modernism Festival, singing Canciones populares Españolas by Manuel de Falla.
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Daniel F. January 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Rachel was great! She made me feel very comfortable and taught me so much about singing in the short time that we had. She is extremely knowledgeable about the human voice in general and teaches about proper technique that will not only boost your confidence but will keep you singing down the road. Definitely would recommend for all skill levels!
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Kara G. December 13, 2016
· Singing · Online
Rachel is the best!
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Liz September 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Rachel is most excellent, and quite learned in the surprisingly confusing art of singing. There are large framed pieces of paper confirming her advanced knowledge next to the piano, one of which is in all caps so it's super official. She's patient but knows the benefits of pushing what you think your singing limits are, and shows you see the whole process from a different, more helpful perspective.
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Rachel S.

Glenside, PA 19038
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About Daniel F.

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Cheltenham, PA

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Hi! My name is Dan and I have loved drumming since the 5th grade. I was an active performer in award-winning jazz and percussion ensembles throughout my experience at Cheltenham High School and the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, I received a bachelor in music from the University of Pittsburgh when I graduated in 2015, so I have a background in music theory as well. I moved back to my hometown outside of Philadelphia about 3 months ago and have been teaching my younger brother to play the drums and realized a passion for one on one teaching.

My lessons will focus on creating a love for the instrument that was instilled in me by previous instructors. In order to do this, I will hope to get a sense of the students goals during our first lesson. Based on these goals, I will tailor my remaining lessons to prepare the student to mee
t the goals while also having fun! First and foremost, music should be enjoyable! Also, in order to equip students to have fun and be creative with the instrument, we will work on standard rudiments and how these can be applied to the kit. Also I will encourage the development of independence on the drum kit.

Furthermore, I have a background in percussion and site reading. If younger students need help with percussion pieces for any kind of school band, that could be a focus as well.

My setup is located in my childhood home in Cheltenham. I have a drum set, ample sticks, drum pads, and speakers for playing along to songs. I can also travel to you!

I look forward to speaking with you about your goals! Please don't hesitate to reach out on Takelessons any time!
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Shauna May 11, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Daniel is great! My 8yr old son Jackson just finished his 4th drum lesson with Daniel and is loving every minute of it. Daniel is very patient and an extremely talented and knowledgeable drummer. He makes learning the drums fun and interesting for Jackson, knowing how to keep his attention while teaching him valuable drum skills. Jackson loves coming home after his lessons to show all of his friends what he learns with Daniel each week.
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Leslie December 15, 2016
· Drum ·
I have known Daniel since he was a kid. He is one of the most genuinely natural talented drummers I have known. Daniel has a playful, low-key manner that makes him very comfortable to be around and will help his students feel at ease. Anyone would be lucky to have Daniel as a teacher.
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Daniel F.

Daniel F.

Cheltenham, PA 19012
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About Jeremy O.

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Philadelphia, PA

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

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

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

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

Philadelphia, PA 19128
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About Dan S.

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Dan Spollen plays a wide range of musical styles, including classical, jazz, rock, and blues. Dan also composes original music for solo guitar, band, and orchestra.

After early lessons on piano and drums, Dan discovered guitar, learning the basics through self study. This led to enrollment at Berklee College of Music, where he formally studied jazz, rock and other styles, and subsequently West Chester University, studying classical guitar, theory, composition, and performance. While attending WCU, Dan continued private lessons in jazz and began teaching and playing gigs in various group and solo settings.

Dan began playing professionally in 1990, performing regionally, nationally and abroad in a variety of ensembles. Notable events include performances for the Pennsylvania governor and Philadelphia mayor. Dan also worked in Los Angele
s, working as a session player, arranger, and composer.

In 2001, Dan's original composition, "The Truth Of Being", was released worldwide on Real Music records.

In 2008, Dan collaborated with YES singer Jon Anderson, resulting in the “Survival & Other Stories” album. Then again in 2016, composing two pieces for Jon's album "Invention Of Knowledge".

In 2012, Dan scored the documentary film "The Great Lesson".

Dan's original music has appeared on MTV, The Learning Channel, and The Weather Channel.

Today, Dan focuses on composition and recording at his home studio, and on performing original and arranged pieces for solo guitar.

Besides performing and composing, Dan teaches music, providing private and group lessons. Many of his students have continued on to university music programs and music careers of their own.

Dan also freelances as a graphic designer and sketch artist, and has been commissioned for advertising campaigns, logo redesigns, and portrait artworks.
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Dan S.

Reading, PA 19606
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