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About Ed R.

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Norristown, PA
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Hi, My name is Ed and listed in the different sections of this page are: a very brief bio, an explanation of my approach, and a description of what I and my studio have to offer. I am extremely enthusiastic and passionate about what I do, and being able to pass that on is a joy. Please read on, and I hope to hear from you soon!

I have 16 years teaching experience as well as extensive playing and touring experience in all styles and genres, which gives me the insight to know what is most important for really playing the instrument.
I attended Bucks County Community College and West Chester University. I also studied privately with
Ken Miller (Philly Pops Orchestra tympanist), John Alberti and Martin Bradfield.

I am currently a member of The Chuck Anderson Trio on the Dreambox Media Label. I am also a member of five other bands an
d freelance and record with many others...everyone from former members of Bon Jovi, to Marvin Hamlisch, and some completely unexpected names like Joe Frazier And The Knockouts. Yes, I know, that's pretty amusing, and Joe couldn't sing...but I wasn't going to tell him!

I have an extensive collection of books and videos that I draw from for my students, and to personally improve at my craft. This is not a sideline, or part-time job for me...this is my life, and my career!

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In my lessons I strive to make the maximum progress possible, while also having as much fun as possible. This is accomplished by imparting the most valuable, useful, and beneficial information in a fun and relaxed, low pressure environment, always with the students goals and priorities first and foremost. I also like to keep the student challenged at their current ability level.

For beginning students I stress basic fundamentals, just as you would in sports. It makes progress come at a much faster clip and avoids making time consuming corrections later. The longer you play with bad habits, the harder they are to break.

For more advanced students, I assess their current abilities, determine if any problems need to be addressed, and with their goals in mind, come up with the proper plan of action.

Having been self taught till entering college I understand all ends of the spectrum. In my career I have come across three separate groups of musicians:

1) Those who have good ears, but can't read.
2) Those who read well, but can't play without music in front of them.
3) Those with great ears who also read well.

Number 3 is obviously the best of all possible worlds and what I strive to achieve with all my students. Being accomplished in both areas enables them to be prepared for anything they will come across, and gives them a distinct advantage over their peers.

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I have a state of the art drum studio, beyond anything else I have ever seen, with everything from a top of the line V-Drum kit (electronic drums) and several acoustic sets that I rotate occasionally to keep interest level high. As opposed to many stores, schools and homes...there are no sax players in the next studio, no guitars blaring, no kids running around, no distractions! We only hear what we want to hear! It's so much easier to maintain focus on the task at hand.

One of the pluses of the electronic set is when a student is playing along with music, we can just plug an iPod, Kindle, whatever, into the system, dial in the perfect matching volume between music and drums...and not go deaf. No muss, no fuss, no headphones needed, unless the student wants them...I have plenty.

I am in my own building, so unlike many of the shoebox sized studios i have worked in, I have a lot of space (17'x22'), a waiting area for parents, and since it's one open area, if parents come in the building they are sitting in on the lesson. There is ample parking and I am conveniently located near a major intersection, and right next to a major shopping center (Wal-Mart, Staples. Weiss Supermarket, Pep Boys, etc.). In fact many parents go shopping while their children are taking their lessons. Some even walk! I'm that close.

I am also a Certified Plus drum dealer, so if students need some equipment, we can usually handle that too.

*** Specialties ***
I adapt my style to each student and usually hand write everything for quite awhile. There's a lot to cover and it enables me to break from standard procedure when beneficial. I play and teach all styles and genres, so I feel comfortable with pretty much everything.
I use numerous books for many different purposes well beyond the scope of what's listed below.
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Vince S. January 12, 2015
· Drum · In studio
My son has been taking lessons with Ed since he was 5. Ed was very patient dealing with a high energy child who had a limited attention span. Eight years later, we are still seeing Ed weekly for lessons and my son has turned into a well-rounded musician. Ed tailors the lessons to my son's musical interests and takes an interest in what is going on in his life.

We have gone to see Ed perform in several venues and he always takes the time to talk to us during his break. I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed for those at any skill level.
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Ellen L. October 29, 2014
· Drum · In studio
Ed is an excellent and the best drum teacher .

My son loves taking drum lessons from Ed since he was 4 ! He is very knowledgeable and super patient . My family enjoyed Ed's performance very much and also very satisfied for the progress my son made from him class .He always pay highly attention to his student

I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed!
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Vincent M. May 10, 2013
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Awesome Teacher- 5 Stars!

Ed is pretty cool and an awesome teacher! I've been taking lessons since 7th grade. I'm now in high school and still love playing drums, thanks to Ed. I give him 5 stars!
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Ed R.

Norristown, PA 19401
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About Emily K.

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Lansdale, PA
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About Emily
I am a strings teacher, teaching privately for 7 years and in public schools for 6. I graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education, with a concentration in violin.

Strings students can expect to improve week to week in their technique. I teach students strong foundational techniques in order to develop their abilities. I use a mixture of both technical exercises and repertoire to help any student to play with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach violin, viola, and cello students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied violin for 18 years, and have played viola and cello in numerous performances. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student. I look fo
rward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Rita (Micayla) H. September 30, 2018
· Violin · In home
Lesson was awesome. Emily was kind and patient, and my Granddaughter and I really enjoyed our group lesson. This will clearly be a treasured memory for both of us!!
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Heather September 3, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Emily was an excellent teacher for my son. She helped him prepare for college auditions and helped him earn Superior ratings at Solo festivals.
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Emily K.

Emily K.

Lansdale, PA 19446
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About Foster L.

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Philadelphia, PA
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About Foster
I am a passionate and experienced music educator with over 10 years of teaching experience & over 20 years performing, a degree in classical music theory and an extensive knowledge of rock, pop, and jazz music. My teaching style is always catered to the student. With my love of theory & history, I strive for a practical understanding of what makes a song work and its cultural context. As a song-writer & composer, I also encourage creative exploration and independence. And as an active performing artist, I know that performance is a powerful motivator, so I organize biannual recitals for my students. But most importantly - I do not believe in boring lessons! Music education should always be interesting, engaging, and relevant.

I began my classical training at 7; at 16, I joined the Paul Green School of Rock Music, where I had the opport
unity to tour across the country, play at festivals like Lollapalooza, and perform with guests like Peter Frampton, Bernie Worrell (of Parliament), and Gail Ann Dorsey (bassist for David Bowie & Gwen Stefani). After I graduated, the school gave me my first teaching position.

I studied at Drexel University for 2 years in their Music Industry program, where I learned about recording and sound engineering. I then transferred to Temple University, where I received a bachelor's degree in Music Theory & Piano.

Outside of teaching, I am an active member of Philadelphia's performing arts scene as a pianist, DJ, cabaret performer, and composer. I produce 2 recurring live-music cabarets, run tech for 5 monthly burlesque & drag shows, and compose & record original music and film scores. All of these experiences contribute to my unique perspective as an artist and teacher. Recommendations from current students available upon request.

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I am a very flexible and patient teacher, and I like to cater my curriculum to each student's goals and taste in music. But regardless of age and skill level, creativity and fun are always my priority!

Understanding a student's personal musical taste is essential to keeping them engaged. Any song, be it classical or top 40, is an opportunity to learn performance technique, theory, and history, so I always keep an open ear to students' interests. I also love using improvisation as a tool to explore musicality, build confidence and develop self-expression without feeling like work.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with piano, keyboards, synthesizers, and various recording equipment

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The student must have a keyboard or piano

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical, rock, pop, and jazz piano, song writing, improvisation, music theory and history.
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Foster L.

Foster L.

Philadelphia, PA 19147
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$30 / 30-min

About Michael J.

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Philadelphia, PA

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I am a professional trumpet player, singer, arranger and educator based in Manayunk within Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born into a musical family in Peoria, IL, I began playing cello at thde age of two, but eventually was drawn to jazz trumpet and voice, while having a keen sense of music theory and piano. I studied music at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University. While at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, I was awarded a FIPSE grant to travel to Brazil and study traditional samba music. While there, I worked as a clinician at Faculdade Cantareira in Brasilia. After CCM, I received my Masters in Jazz Studies from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Victor Goines (tenor saxophonist for Jazz at Lincoln Center) and Brad Mason (Current Musical Director for Blood, Sweat and Tears), during which, I was selected t
o perform as the “jazz trumpet” chair in part of Disney’s highly selective All American College Band.

After graduate school in Evanston, IL, I moved into the heart of the city of Chicago. For 3 years, I played trumpet and sang jazz standards most Thursday evenings at the famous Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, one of Chicago’s oldest jazz clubs. In addition to that, I helped start The Syndicate, my hip-hop brass band that offers a blend of funk, R&B and jazz. I also played with other groups such as Four Star Brass Band, and J-Livi and the Party, which released an album in July of 2016 called “Come and Share My Life," whom I still play with.

In addition to playing trumpet, I also am an accomplished classical singer, presently predominantly performing with the Crossing, a Grammy Nominated professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally. This 17-18 season, I'm singing with Conspirare, Apollo’s Fire, The Crossing, Vocal Arts Ensemble (Cincinnati), Variant 6, Madison Choral Project, ekmeles (NYC), and Choral Arts Philadelphia. Recently, I made my debut as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Chris Deviney’s “Pat Metheney Concerto.”

I love teaching. I go into every lesson with the belief that the student is there to learn; if they weren't interested in learning, they wouldn't be there. Because I have always had diverse musical interests, I create a stress-free atmosphere for my students by allowing them to pursue whatever avenues of music interest them. My degrees may be in Jazz Studies and Performance, but I have extensive experience with Classical and Popular music; I provide a unique perspective and enthusiasm to every student.
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Khalil D. May 28, 2018
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Kyle November 19, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Mike is a kind, warm, knowledgeable teacher. His expertise in various vocal styles is what I love the most. He can comfortably teach and sing opera, musical theater, pop, and jazz. I love working with Mike!
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Patrick November 17, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Mike is an incredible performer and a very thoughtful musician. I have performed with him several times and he always holds himself and others to a very high standard. I got better by singing with him! I know he takes teaching very seriously and I can say from personal experience that my musicianship improved just by being around him.
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Michael J.

Michael J.

Philadelphia, PA 19128
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About Erik F.

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Philadelphia, PA

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Pianist, music director, and vocal coach, Erik was born and raised in Eastern Washington state. As a solo pianist, he has been heard all across the northwest and beyond, in cities including Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, and internationally in Prague and Salzburg. Erik has been a guest artist at Whitman College, Portland State University, The Kairos Chamber Music Lyceum, California State University Summer Arts, the West Seattle Symphony, and the Gig-Harbor Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Erik’s passion for teaching has led him to be an adjudicator for various festivals including the Washington Sonata-Sonatina Festival and the Washington Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Erik most recently served as the Music Director for the National Tour of Kander and Ebb's tim
eless musical Cabaret. This production was on tour from December 2017 through May 2018 all across North America. Broadway.com's review praised the musicianship of the show, "Musical director Erik Flaten's musicians are impressive in their dexterity: At one moment, they are providing rich interpretations of the memorable John Kander score, while perhaps at the next they are playing denizens of the Kit Kat Klub or neighborhood thugs, wastrels and other folks of questionable repute. Flaten and his band are given their own richly deserved moments in the spotlight at the top of Act Two and the music director himself is given the well-earned final bow at the end of the curtain call."

Erik currently resides in Philadelphia, where he coaches and plays for a diverse range of singers. In addition to coaching and playing, Erik works as Music Director for musical theater, manages a private studio, and serves as Artistic Director of the Media Performing Arts Series. Previous successes include performances with mezzo-soprano, Angela Niederloh and baritone, Matthew Hayward in Portland, and a performance of the Grieg piano concerto with the West Seattle Symphony. Upcoming engagements on the East Coast include collaborative work with with soprano, Leah Golub.

Students of Erik have the opportunities to perform in studio recitals and workshops.
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Nicky M. November 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Eric is the best ! So patient and professional !
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Charles H. October 9, 2018
· Singing · In studio
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Raymond M. October 4, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Great combination of technical expertise and knowledge of history and the evolution of the piano. Every lesson is fascinating.
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Erik F.

Erik F.

Media, PA 19063
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About Jenny L.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Jenny (Jingwei) Li is a part-time professional violinist based in the Philadelphia area who is interested in teaching music performance with a multidisciplinary approach and making lessons as affordable as possible.

She has over 16 years of experience in playing the violin and has won multiple competitions and awards over the years. Jenny completed her undergraduate work at Duke University in May 2016, earning degrees in global health, sociology, and ethics. Although she did not major in music at Duke, Jenny was fortunate to have been quite involved in the music department. She studied violin with Professor Eric Pritchard of the Ciompi Quartet for four years, and she was a two-time winner of the Duke Symphony concerto competition. She also served as concertmaster and president of the Duke Symphony Orchestra, directed by Professor Harr
y Davidson. During her senior year, Jenny was nominated by the Duke music department as their representative for a prestigious Louis Sudler Prize. Upon graduating from Duke, Jenny was awarded the Julia Wilkinson Mueller Prize for Excellence in Music, a Benenson Award in the Arts, and graduation with distinction in music. She was also honored to perform a solo for Duke University's board of trustees, including president Richard Brodhead and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Continuing her music studies in the past two years, Jenny has participated in several highly selective music festivals and workshops, including the Luby Violin Symposium, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Emerging Artist Fellowship Program at Garth Newel. Most recently, Jenny has performed in the first violin section with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, the Central Pennsylvania Symphony, and the Hershey Symphony. In addition, she studied with Dr. Eduard Schmieder, the distinguished Laura H. Carnell Professor of Violin at Temple University's Boyer College of Music.

In 2017 and 2018, Jenny performed for several invitation-only corporate events, including the Pennsylvania Bar Association's annual dinner, a private concert for Keith Wargo (managing director of Mizuho Americas), a Tesla Drive event hosted by Offit Kurman, the Arts Against Bullying Gala hosted by FSP Against Bullying, an Awards Banquet hosted by the Dauphin County Democratic Committee (featuring keynote speaker Julian Castro, the Housing & Urban Development Secretary under President Obama), as well as the National Healthcare Symposium hosted by Geisinger Health. The Geisinger symposium was attended by distinguished guests such as Hillary Clinton, Dean Ornish, Gail Wilensky, Judy Faulkner, Thomas Lee, Howard Dean, Governor Wolfe, and Ezekiel Emanuel.

Outside of music, Jenny continues to explore her diverse interests in clinical research, global health, social justice, filmmaking, writing, and education. Jenny has designed and taught an official Duke course on HIV/AIDS for several semesters, as well as having served as a writing tutor and teaching assistant for several courses at Duke.

Feel free to contact Jenny for more information.
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Faith November 14, 2018
· Violin · In home
An excellent and professional teacher who has passion to help both young and adult learners to enjoy the progress in violin performance.
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Jenny L.

Jenny L.

Philadelphia, PA 19121
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About Katrina C.

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Cheltenham, PA
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Would you like to learn and succeed using your strengths instead of having people focus on your weaknesses? I know that positivity will help more than frustration in trying over and over and struggling.

I’ve taught all grades between Kindergarten through 8th grade. My positions have been a Media Specialist, general and special ed in grades 5-8, English, Creative Writing, Medieval and Renaissance history, and a Literacy/Reading specialist.
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Katrina C.

Katrina C.

Cheltenham, PA 19012
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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

About Justin G.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Justin is an independent musician based in Philadelphia who travels throughout the tri-state area and beyond. Justin performs a mix of classical, big band, Broadway, and operatic repertoire. He has been compared to incredible artists such as Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo. Jerry Blavat (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Broadcasting Pioneer) has affectionately called him “the son of Mario Lanza.”

In concert, Justin has excited audiences with his renditions of opera arias, musical theater standards and interpretations of the American songbook. He has also performed as a soloist in numerous oratorios and cantatas across the region.

Noted for his “expressive mastery” by B Sharp Productions, Justin is a sought after artist on the East Coast, having most recently expanded his vocal abilities as lead vocalist for 33 1/3 Live’s Killer Quee
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Mona November 8, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
From teaching me how to breathe to how to produce sound... I am forever grateful for Mr. Justin and all the efforts. I am was visiting Philly and it happened that I have found him to take my first vocal lessons.. I am so lucky I have found the best! its been more that two years now, but his methods still are effective. He never hesitates to help with anything!!! In addition, his pieces of advice stuck with me. I wish I could take more classes with him, but unfortunately I’m million miles away. Thank you for the greatest experience ever! Your student from Kuwait; Mona :)
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Mallory November 1, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Justin was one of the best instructors I’ve had! Very versatile and plays to your strengths while developing skills outside your comfort zone.

Was very flexible with scheduling & fun to work with! Highly recommend!
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Justin G.

Philadelphia, PA 19144
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About Danni L.

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I am a experienced and talented piano teacher and music teacher with considerable experience in teaching different ages and skill levels from beginners to advanced. I have piano teaching experience in both China and the United States. I got my bachelor degree in Shenyang Conservatory of music in China with specialization in music education and Piano teaching. I got my master of Music in Teaching at University of Delaware.

I usually develop individual lesson plans and curriculum for my students. I give my students feedback every month about their progress. Students learning with me will enjoy music and love music!
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Bobby November 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Danni is a great teacher. My son have studied the piano for 4 months with her. She is very patient. She always focuses on students' needs. She teaches my son music theory and ear training, and some piano playing skills. She is professional and awesome!!
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Danni L.

Chadds Ford, PA 19317
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