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About Desiree S.

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About Desiree
I'™m excited to be a TakeLessons instructor and to be able to share my experience and knowledge with you. I have been a singer and performer for over 20 years and have taught voice and beginning piano for six years.

I received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I continued my studies in New York City in voice, acting and diction.

I continue to be an active performer specializing in musical theater, opera and concert. I began my professional career as an apprentice with the Portland Opera in Oregon. Since then, I have appeared with opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States and abroad and am a frequent guest vocalist and recitalist.

Recently, I performed with Alia Musica h
ere in Pittsburgh premiering works by local composers and created the role of Pamela in the premiere of TOOWHOPERA by composer Sorrel Hays in Rome, GA. On the concert stage, I have recently appeared with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Bach Choir and CreateHere'™s Hops and Opera.

Highlights of my performances include Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote with West Bay Opera, Stockton Opera, Opera San Jose and Pocket Opera, Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Mission City Opera, Blonde in Abduction from the Seraglio and Yvette in La Rondine with Pocket Opera, Cunegonde in Candide with Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Other roles include Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Abigail in The Crucible, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Madame Herz in The Impresario, Lucy in Threepenny Opera, Monica in The Medium, and Pamina in The Magic Flute.

I was a featured performer in a series of concerts in Europe, South America, and Australia aboard Cunard'™s Vistafjord and Royal Viking Sun.

I was named a world finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a semi-finalist in the Jenny Lind Competition and a regional winner in the MacAllister Competition.

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Whether it is preparing for a competition, an audition or a role for the school play, I enjoy helping students of all ages reach their goals. I structure the curriculum to the individual needs of my students, focusing on healthy vocal technique, musicianship, stage presence, and joy in music.

During your first lesson, you will sing various vocalises to determine how you negotiate the changes in registration, what your vocal range is, and what you have to work on to improve your vocal quality, stamina, and flexibility.

If you do not see an available time, please call Takelessons. I sometimes have availability that is not visible on my calendar.

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Living Room: baby grand, couch, chair, bench, small table, adjoining dining room where parents can wait.
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Cristal F. October 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
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Tracey June 23, 2017
· Singing · In home
Desiree is a terrific vocal coach! I just completed my third lesson and am very impressed with her skills and ability to refine my breathing, diction and vocal continuity. Atmosphere is extremely inviting and she is very pleasant while also staying highly focused and on task. After taking some time off from singing, I was looking for someone who could get me back in shape vocally with a combination of classic training and some crossover to musical theatre. She fits the bill very well!
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Ranny April 30, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Ms. Desiree is a very nice teacher. My daughter likes her very much! Thanks a lot !
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Desiree S.

Desiree S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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About Emily L.

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From beginners at their first lesson to advanced students working on sonatas and concertos, I offer comprehensive piano lessons addressing technique, musicality, strength-building, music theory, and repertoire.

About Emily
I am a full-time pedagogue/performer with ten years' experience teaching private lessons in voice, piano, and acting to a range of ages and levels of students. Although the majority of my students are young adults, I have worked successfully with children, teenagers, and adult students (twenties to senior citizens) of both genders; I tailor my approach specifically to the goals and interests of each student; no two people learn the same way.
I hold a Bachelor's of Music in vocal performance from West Virginia University (summa cum laude, WVU Outstanding Senior, Honors College J. and C. Nath Outstanding Senior, Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships candidate) and a Masters' degree in Sacred Music (organ emphasis) from Duquesne University. I regularly perform as a soloist in opera, oratorio, concerts, and recitals and completed training throu
gh the Ezio Pinza Concil for American Singers of Opera in Italy, the American Singers' Opera Project of North Carolina, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
As a teacher, I completed a year-long vocal pedagogy course with Cynthia Bess which provided me with a thorough understanding of the anatomy and psychology of singing, as well as a systematic approach to the correction of vocal faults. One of my students, a teen-aged boy, was selected to attend Eastman's summer program for high school students, and another student received a full college scholarship in music. Several of my students have performed leading roles in school, community, and university musical productions.
I hold a full voting membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, am a Licensed Kindermusik Educator, am employed as Director of Music Ministry for a fairly large church, and am a chapter officer for the American Guild of Organists. I was also a teaching artist at Propel East Charter School for Greensburg American Opera and directed the Old Economy Singers (a twenty-voice historical choir) for six years.

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I provide professional, knowledgeable, and individualized instruction in a supportive and encouraging environment. During the course of study with me, I expect voice students will improve vocal technique and sound quality, alleviate physical tension which may be interfering with phonation, expand their range, learn new repertoire, increase confidence, and grow as performing artists.
My vocal teaching method focuses on correct breathing and resonance; I also incorporate some activities from Barry Green's "Inner Game of Music" technique. Although my teaching is grounded in a scientific approach to the process of phonation, I also believe singing should be a fun experience for the student. We sing to communicate! I believe that a thorough technical foundation is necessary for free and healthy singing in any genre of music. I am willing to work with students in the vocal styles that interest them most; although my professional performance experience is in opera and musical theatre, I have also successfully worked with students whose interests included jazz, pop, rock, folk music, contemporary Christian music, and choral singing.
My piano pedagogical method matches each student with the right curriculum-- Alfred, Schaum, or Piano Adventures-- plus supplemental technical exercises such as scales, arpeggios, and Czerny and Hanon exercises. All students are exposed to theory through worksheets, games, and other applied activities. As soon as possible, I introduce "real" repertoire from master composers.

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Grand piano, electronic piano, music library, photo copier for copies of repertoire, music stands, Sing and See software.

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I provide copies of music and exercises. If I am teaching at a student's home, I expect him/her to provide a keyboard instrument.

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I believe that a strong technical foundation emphasizing correct breathing and placement will allow voice students to sing in a healthy manner in any style of music. My professional performance credentials are primarily in opera, but I also have musical theatre experience and have successfully worked with students whose interests include opera, musical theatre, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, Irish folk music, and choral singing. In piano lessons, I emphasize technique and musicianship through a balance of exercises, repertoire, and theory activities.
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Dianna B. September 24, 2015
· Piano · In studio
She is incredible! Absolutely recommend!
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AmberH April 20, 2012
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Emily is GREAT!

Emily is a great voice teacher and Sage adores and admires her very much. Sage has learned so much from Emily and we are very happy with her services. Emily always provides timely and valuable feedback and Sage looks forward to her lessons each week. Emily should be commended for a job well done; we appreciate her and so does Sage.
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RyanB March 23, 2012
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What I DIDN'T Know

Emily is an awesome coach and instructor. Yes I said coach! A coach actually encourages you, and that is what she did for me. Anyway, as for the title, "What I DIDN'T Know", there were things in film auditions that I didn't know that would were actually sabotaging my chances for auditions. Emily worked on these real quick and fixed them up.Long story short, I had an audition yesterday, and using Emily's lessons's the casting director said, "Wow, that was actually really good"
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Emily L.

Brownsville, PA 15417
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About Amanda S.

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The private lesson experience is unique in that it allows for more “customized” instruction that group lessons or rehearsals alone are not able to give. The instructor and student work one on one as a “team” toward the ultimate goal: a better understanding of their instrument, and a higher level of musical development.

In every lesson, we will work to improve technique, theory, listening/music reading skills, among other things. I will assign exercises and/or pieces each week that are meant to challenge, not overwhelm! Sometimes I will assign an exercise that is expressly meant for a particular area in which the student may not be the strongest, in an effort to develop that area. Learning an instrument is a skill that takes time to develop, and it is within the journey where most valuable learning takes place!

About Amanda
Amanda is a professional Pittsburgh-area flutist and private teacher. She has served as principal flutist with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic as well as second flute/piccolo with the Undercroft Opera. She has also served as a substitute flutist for the Edgewood, Westmoreland and Johnstown Symphonies. Amanda also performs with the Dolce Appassionato Trio, a chamber ensemble comprised of flute, cello, and piano. She is active as a soloist, performing in a variety of venues throughout the Pittsburgh region.

An ardent advocate of early music and historical performance, Amanda also plays the baroque flute. She has performed in masterclasses for internationally known baroque flutists Kim Pineda, Janet See, and Barthold Kuijken.

Amanda received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Seton Hill University, and a Master of Music de
gree in flute performance from Duquesne University, where she studied under Damian Bursill-Hall of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
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Danielle W. August 12, 2014
· Flute · In studio
Amanda is a perfect instructor for my child. Friendly, knowledgeable and positive, Amanda has made my daughter's flute lessons and ongoing learning, a pleasant experience.
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Pittsburgh, PA 15241
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About Patti C.

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Students will learn and develop necessary skills and technique using the Bastien Piano method.

About Patti
Hi! I am a classically trained pianist originally from Syracuse, NY. I graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA where I studied piano under Professor Alec Chien. I also enjoyed playing the French horn and percussion with the Allegheny Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble.

I have performed numerous piano solo recitals, as a featured pianist with the Allegheny Wind Ensemble, in piano duos, a piano quartet, small instrumental groups and in the pit orchestra for musical productions. I know the skills and technique needed to play as a soloist and in different types of groups. I am eager to share this with aspiring pianists.

I have 6+ years experience teaching private lessons to young children and 3 years experience in teaching fun group EZ play organ classes to senior citizens. My senior year I was also a substitute teacher for b
eginning class piano at Allegheny College.

So whether you’re looking to study as a serious pianist, just as a hobbyist or somewhere in between, I can guide and teach you along your journey.

I started piano lessons when I was 8 and music has been a part of who I am ever since. My goal as a teacher is to make a students' experience positive and rewarding. I have studied under 3 piano teachers in my life. Each teacher had a positive influence on me personally and musically. I strive to do the same for my students.

I am the strongest and most comfortable working with beginners of all ages. I get great joy out of seeing people realize their dreams or desire to start playing the piano.

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I like to use the Bastien or Alfred piano methods. Students will be engaged and excited with the progress they make. For the younger students 5-7 I prefer the Bastien method which includes 2 books: lesson book and theory/technique book. For young students 8 and up the Bastien method includes 4 books: lesson, Theory, Technique and Performance/Solo. For adults I use the Alfred's Basic All-in-One Piano Course. Once students are ready I incorporate chord progressions, scales, sight reading and ear training into the lessons. Each lesson builds on the concepts and skills learned in prior lessons. I provide an opportunity for students to perform in a recital twice a year to show family and friends their progress.

I put great importance on proper technique right from the start. Poor technique can frustrate a student and therefore hinder their enjoyment and sense of accomplishment.

Lessons incorporate things that appeal to different learning styles. For example, a visual learner may really enjoy the flashcards to help learn the notes on the staff. For an audible learner they may look forward to hearing me play a new musical passage for him/her before talking about it. Finally, clapping a rhythm before playing it can really benefit the kinesthetic learner.

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Juliette S. February 6, 2016
· Piano · In home
Patti was a wonderful teacher for my daughter. They seemed to hit it off right away. She was very helpful with my daughter's strengths and was willing to give her some help with things she was not as strong in. We could not have chosen a better teacher!
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Diane August 12, 2015
· Piano · In home
My young son and daughter have taken lessons with Patti for nearly a year now. I could not be more pleased with her. Not only is she very professional and friendly (on top of being a very talented pianist), but she has tailored my childrens' lessons to fit their needs and interest so well! My children are fairly young, 5 and 7, and it can be difficult keeping them engaged in the early stages of learning. She has been able to make it fun for them but also keep them disciplined and focused when she has to as well. She is always on time and has great communication about scheduling and my childrens' progress. We are very happy to have found her!
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Faith B. March 27, 2015
· Piano · In home
My two girls started taking piano lessons in Kindergarten and were very excited to learn. That enthusiasm didn't last long when teacher after teacher showed irritation and a lack of patience with young learners. We went through SIX teachers and were asked by friends why we continued our search for the RIGHT teacher. I knew the girls wanted to play and the problem wasn't that they were children, the problem was finding that teacher who had great patience, an even temper, and one who could move students through those periods of tough times. We found THAT teacher in Ms. Patty!!!!! We have been with her now for two years. The girls are practicing now for their fourth recital and absolutely love playing. They have learned so much more than piano. They have learned patience by example...... Ms. Patty is the best ever!!!!!! <3
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Patti C.

Murrysville, PA 15668
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I've taught public school elementary band for 30 years, have been a church organist for 70 years, and taught piano and organ for 57 years. I enjoy teaching music and working with students and believe that learning to read music will enable the student to play with other musicians and enjoy music as much as I have. I try to put myself in the student's place to think as he/she does and help them understand music and perform it

About Dale
I've taught public school elementary band for 30 years, have been a church organist for 70 years, and taught piano and organ for 57 years. I enjoy teaching music and working with students and believe that learning to read music will enable the student to play with other musicians and enjoy music as much as I have. I try to put myself in the student's place to think as he/she does and help them understand music and perform it.
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Joe March 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Dale is an exceptional piano instructor. His program of study is comprehensive and well-designed. He offers patient, thorough instruction, and his many years of experience equip him to tailor lessons to each student's needs and strengths.
I'm extremely pleased with the highly positive experience my children have in studying with him.
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New Kensington, PA 15068
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About Bennie D.

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I can teach you how to play the great piano styles & songs you love,.. and the techniques you need to learn,... to do it!

Do you like the Beatles, Ben Folds, Elton John, Genesis, Billy Joel, Styx, Pink Floyd, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Standards, New-Age,...
or Bach Counterpoint / Fugues / Inventions and beyond?

If you want to learn to read music or just play chords/rhythms/vamps/comp/improvise/sing-along ... I can help you.

About Bennie
Hello. If you want to learn to play and understand piano and music,... I can help you!

I teach, play and compose a variety of styles, such as pop, rock, blues, classical, jazz, and new-age music. I can show you how to listen to a recording and to play it without written music. Also, I can teach you to read a lead sheet/fake book/chord chart or the grand staff for piano. I can teach you simple or fancy chords/scales/songs.

I have played keyboard and or piano for the "Diana Ross Show Review", "Beatlemania" and various notable restaurant/clubs in Pittsburgh, Pa. I studied music at Duquesne University and studied privately with Frank Cunimondo for Jazz improvisation.

I enjoy helping students learn to play the piano and understand music. We will have a good time.

I can teach you the fundamentals and beyond and help you pursue all
of your musical goals.

Please listen to my CD, "Spaces With Time", on the "Bandcamp.com" website. I hope you enjoy it.

Ready to play? Let's schedule some lessons together soon.
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Bob S. January 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I couldn't ask for a better teacher. Bennie has the talent and experience to help anyone trying to either learn from scratch or improve their current skill level. Due to the fact that I travel quite a bit with my business I used the holiday season to get a refresher course and Bennie was the right teacher for this. He gave me more in 5 lessons then I could have gotten from anyone else if I had 20 lessons. Unfortunately, I travel a lot for my business and I can't commit to a regular lesson schedule.
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Bennie D.

Bennie D.

Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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DIANE'S PIANO LESSONS. I've been teaching piano since June, 1994. I'm a trained classical pianist/former band musician. IN ADDITION to learning from basic books, if interested, within 2 years we will also explore playing by ear, composing music, transposing and developing your own style. The last 5 minutes of lesson, assignments will be placed on tape or iPhone to use as a guide. Lessons tailored to the needs of each student, the goal focused on taking each student to their "personal best."

About Diane
DIANE'S PIANO LESSONS. I'm a trained classical pianist/former band musician who played at age 2-1/2. Studied classical piano age 6-18, played in bands 20 years and still fill in with bands occasionally and play solo piano for wedding, parties, banquets, etc. I use Schaum course books with Schaum or Alfred's Classical until advanced enough to play Sonatina's/Concerto's, etc. In the summer, I let the students pick their preferred music. In addition to basic books(Schaum, Scale, Fingerpower,chords, Notespeller, Classical, if the student is interested, in about 2 years I add the extra "outside of the box things" i.e., playing by ear, writing music, transposing, developing your own style. Lessons geared towards the big picture of students being well-versed in whatever they decide to do with their music and bringing each student to their "Pe
rsonal Best." I also put the assigned lesson (last 5 min of lesson) on tape/iPhone so students have an audio or visual of assignments. I love doing this & feel blessed to be able to do what I love for a living.
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Diane M.

West Newton, PA 15089
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About David B.

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Latrobe, PA

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I've been teaching piano for over 20 years and my students have gone on to major in music in college, become music teachers, and become lifelong lovers and players of music.. Within the first few lessons, you'll become comfortable at the piano keyboard and as time goes on you'll be able to play a variety of music in various styles. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About David
Hi, there! My name is David B. and I look forward to meeting you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1994 and have loved helping my students learn music in a way that not only increases their skill and knowledge, but also builds self esteem, allows for creative expression of themselves and creates lifelong music lovers. I went to St. Vincent College and earned a degree in music education, with a voice concentration and studies in piano and organ, in 1998. I'm a positive, helpful person and my teaching style is demanding yet patient. I strive to push students to be their very best, yet am patient while working to overcome the stumbling blocks we all encounter when learning. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Damon June 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Amazing first lesson. Can't wait to learn more from David.
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Lauryn R. November 22, 2016
· Singing · In home
Made Lauryn feel more comfortable and relax. He finds out where to start from on the first visit. We are very impressed with David's teaching skills!!!
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Lauryn R. November 22, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Even though it was the first lesson my daughter enjoyed a lot cannot wait till next visit
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Pittsburgh, PA 15233
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About Denise P.

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Lessons include appropriate technique, theory, and repertoire. I teach the process of learning, practicing, and playing music as a holistic tool for wellness, stress relief, mental comfort, and emotional happiness. Piano lessons include relaxation, mindfulness, and awareness of posture and physical presence. Lessons are individualized to your goals and interests as as tudent. Learn piano as a tool to enhance your well being. You are not too old and it is not too late.

About Denise
I was educated on organ and classical piano as a child through late teenage years, playing and winning competitions regularly. I received a B.S. Mechanical Engineering and worked in the corporate world as design engineer and software sales manager. Later as an entrepreneur, I created and ran a design and retail business.

My interest in classical music performance renewed as a mid-life adult. During the past five years I have been trained by a highly respected performance and pedagogical leader and attended summer workshops where I received private training by a Juilliard graduate and concert pianist. I also have acquired an in-depth knowledge of college level theory through private tutoring.

I have attended many educational conferences, seminars, and master classes and participate regularly in recitals. I currently work as a substi
tute church pianist.

My life experiences have given me the ability to communicate well with various types of people and styles of learners. I do not utilize only one method series as I structure my curriculum to the individualized needs of each of my students. It is my goal to not only teach the proper technique and repertoire of the piano but to bring the peace and joy of music learning and playing to my adult students.
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Kathleen Negley January 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
I am very pleased. She has tried to find my level and improve from there.
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Eileen September 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
I always wanted to play the piano...and Denise made my dream come true ! Great teacher...I highly recommend!
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Denise P.

Bradfordwoods, PA 15015
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Piano lessons for beginner to intermediate students! Learn to read music, accompany yourself, and perform!

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Voice Lessons
Hello! I teach all styles and genres of music. If you have something specific you would like to learn - great! If you simply want to start singing, I can help guide you to find your unique voice. Voice lessons for young children will be very fun and centered around learning about music, the voice, and the body as an instrument. Intermediate, advanced, and adult lessons will be centered around building upon your natural voice and helping the students to explore and build upon their musicianship skills. Whatever your musical goals, I will help you achieve them through lessons tailored specifically to your needs!

I am an experienced professional singer. I have a BM and MM in vocal performance and voice pedagogy. I have performed multiple full opera roles across the Eastern US and abroad. I have sung jazz concerts with big
bands, musical theater and cabaret performances, recitals and concerts, as well as religious and sacred music at churches, weddings, and funerals.
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Matt September 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Katherine is an amazing teacher. I can't believe how quickly I went from knowing nothing about the piano to being able to play some of my favorite songs. I would recommend her to anyone and any age range. I also think she teaches singing and I've noticed that she has a wonderful voice!
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Elise September 12, 2017
· Classical Voice · In home
Kathy is a great teacher and musician! She is extremely knowledgeable about the voice! I love that she always has a positive and kind attitude, is really helpful, and knows how to communicate information in the best way.
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Alexandra September 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Katherine is a truly superb teacher, who has great insight into not only the technical aspects of singing, but also the emotional and psychological wellbeing of the singer themselves. When my daughter Charlotte told me she wanted to audition for the school musicale, I did have my doubts. She is incredibly shy and sometimes comes off as quite aloof. I thought perhaps voice lessons would help her to loosen up a bit more than her weekly piano instruction. I found Katherine through a friend whose daughter was also taking voice lessons. At our first meeting, Katherine was a joy to speak with, warm and welcoming towards my daughter, and I had no reservations about the arrangement. After a few short weeks, I noticed a change in Charlotte's confidence and her motivational drive. She was excelling not only in her music, but also in her other areas of study. This trend continued up until the day of the audition. Charlotte had the confidence to audition for the musicale, and she DID earn a role. I am incredibly proud of my daughter and incredibly grateful to her teacher. Katherine has helped my daughter in immeasurable ways, and we look forward to future study with her.
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Katherine B.

Pittsburgh, PA 15237
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Stage performance is a challenging art form. Whether you're acting out a role in a musical theatre setting, giving a speech in front of a crowd, or even playing a solo at an open mic night, the experience can be nerve-wracking even for seasoned performers. It can be even more anxiety-inducing if you're a perfectionist, as that can breed a fear of failure... and from there, performance anxiety can feel even stronger. Performance anxiety (commonly referred to as stage fright) can devasta … Read More

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Stage performance is a challenging art form. Whether you're acting out a role in a musical theatre setting, giving a speech in front of a crowd, or even playing a solo at an open mic night, the experience can be nerve-wracking even for seasoned performers. It can be even more anxiety-inducing if you're a perfectionist, as that can breed a fear of failure... and from there, performance anxiety can feel even stronger. Performance anxiety (commonly referred to as stage fright) can devasta
5 Reasons Why Hanon Exercises are Useless
Are Hanon exercises really effective at teaching piano students? Below, piano teacher James F. shares five reasons why he believes Hanon exercises aren't as useful as many think... A lot of piano teachers swear by the old familiar Hanon exercises as a great way of teaching technique to their students. I strongly disagree. I’m familiar with a lot of different ways of developing piano technique, and I think that Hanon is among the least efficient. Why? Below I’ve provided five reas
The Healthy (& Happy) Pianist: A Guide to Stress & Injury Prevention
No matter which piano method your instructor teaches, there are certain basics you need to know to avoid injuries and continue playing for years to come! Here, Chicago music teacher Sarah H. reviews the basics to remember...  &nbsp; No one said that learning the piano would be easy, but you’re up for the challenge. After all, if you ask how to get to Carnegie Hall, the answer will most likely be “Practice! Practice! Practice!” But what happens when all of that well-intentioned practicing s
50 Best Pinterest Accounts for Inspiring Piano Practice Ideas
&nbsp; Are you in a piano practice rut lately? There’s nothing worse than having to practice or teach the same piano songs and techniques over and over again. It’s enough to drive someone mad! Luckily, there are many resources available online that can help spark inspiration. Pinterest, for example, is a great resource for both students and  piano teachers. There are hundreds of pages dedicated solely to piano playing. Since we know you don’t have time to sift through all of these p
Hack Your Digital Keyboard With These 5 Cool Ideas
Have you recently purchased a keyboard or digital piano, and want to explore all the cool things you can do with it? Take a look at these ideas from Corona, CA teacher Milton J... &nbsp; So, we all know this piano instrument is one of the coolest things created in the world (this is fact, not opinion). Because of that, we also understand it is a wonderfully flexible instrument in that we can use it for many different genres of music. As we take piano lessons, it's important to start wit

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