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About Valerie B.

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Wilmington, DE

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About Valerie
Hi there! My name is Valerie. I'm a certified music teacher that loves to see a person grow in their love and ability for music. With 19 years of teaching privately, experience teaching publicly in elementary school music classrooms, enjoying several years as a Kindermusik (preschool music) teacher, and a school year teaching with VSA arts of Delaware (teaching music to those with disabilities), I find it thrilling to see a person of any age & background grow and blossom in their passion for music!

Though I enjoy and have experience at teaching all ages from children to adults, I specialize in teaching ages 5-19. I would describe myself as a preschool/elementary/middle school music teacher that teaches privately. ;) My studio is filled with many smiles, stickers for every accomplishment, and a treasure box of cool prizes for tho
se who are practicing regularly and did a great job in their lesson. Lessons are a time where children can feel like music really is fun and enjoyable to learn and experience!

In addition to being a teacher, I am also a singer/songwriter, and performed for 6 years at local coffee shops and outdoor events within Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. I am also a member of a local professional caroling group called Yuletide Singers which performs seasonally in places like Longwood Gardens and corporate functions. My history for performing stretches back, though, to my years as a puppeteer/children's performer, touring with a team doing school assemblies and evening family performances. I'm always excited to bring my understanding and experience with performance to my students!

**And, with excitement, I must add that TakeLessons named me "Teacher of the Week" on October 4, 2010! What a great honor! Thank you TakeLessons!!**

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Our time spent together will be filled with many smiles & laughs because that is probably why you want to take lessons -- because it makes you feel wonderful inside!

Within 3-6 months, we'll begin discovering how to read music and understand the language of it. We'll learn how to play/sing some of your favorite songs and learn some that you might not know. We'll discover what you really want to learn and achieve through taking lessons, and we'll work toward those goals!

For the intermediate piano student, we will begin understanding basic Music Theory and scales and will even take a look at how chord symbols work. Soon, you'll be learning how to accompany yourself and others as you sing! For singers, we'll learn about vocal techniques, breathing, getting your best vocal sound and discovering how to take a song to its potential! We'll also learn performance techniques, how to work with a microphone, have a great stage presence in front of a live audience and begin learning how to read music and even get familiar with the piano keyboard! For all my students, it's a journey that is exciting, unique to each individual, and one we will embark on together!

Because music is a performing art, I coordinate two music recitals each school year for students who are interested. This is an optional event, but is encouraged as part of the learning experience. It is usually held at a local firehall and presented in a low-stress and fun way with refreshments that follow!

*My studio is in a safe, family-friendly home & smoke-free environment. We also having a loving canine member in our family... a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Maximus. He is energetic and friendly. You may or may not see him since the entrance to my studio is through our back door, off the main house.

So! What do you say? Shall we START THE MUSIC? :)

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Lessons are enjoyed in a dedicated music room; keyboard (full-size with weighted keys and sustain pedal)

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

I specialize in music education for all children, including ones with special needs. I feel it is so important for a child to start out with a fun and wonderful experience with music and performing. My approach is simple and fun and understandable for the young mind.

For my more intermediate students, I enjoy taking them to the next level of understanding in their instrument as well as music theory.

Because music is a performing art, I coordinate two music recitals each year for students who are interested. This is an optional event and presented in a low-stress and fun way!
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jason July 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Valerie is great. I would recommend her to anyone looking for singing instruction.
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Nancy G. April 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Valerie was perfect for me! She was very patient and explained everything very well to,being my very first lesson ever! I definitely give her a big thumbs up!!! 👍
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Zoe February 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter loves taking classes with Valerie it's the most excited I've seen her about any activity she has tried. Very happy!
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Valerie B.

Valerie B.

Wilmington, DE 19804
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About Sharon B.

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West Chester, PA

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I'm a classically trained pianist. I graduated from West Chester University with my Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance in 1985. I then went on to Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where I earned my Masters degree in Piano Performance in 1987. Beginning in 1987 I taught at the Settlement Music Schools in Philadelphia. I remained there for 16 years working with virtually every level of student from beginner to advanced. From 2004 to the present I have been teaching in my own home studio in West Chester, Pa.

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I am an energetic, experienced, sincere, and patient teacher. I emphasize learning to read music as I believe this is the most important skill a student can possess. I also emphasize theory to help the student get a true knowledge of how music is put together. My goal is to help you understa
nd music so that you can learn on your own!

*** Studio Equipment ***
dedicated music room; 7 foot Steinway B grand piano

*** Specialties ***
I'm a classically trained pianist. I teach students to read music. I teach all kinds of music not just classical.
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Anusha D. October 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My first class was perfect!! Looking forward to having more classes with Sharon.
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Juliaa M. July 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
If you live in West Chester, I highly recommend Sharon. She's extremely well educated and a great instructor.
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Justice M. February 25, 2017
· Piano · In home
Sharon is excellent. She's extremely knowledgeable, and well-educated. Lessons are efficient and productive. Her home provides a very nice atmosphere, and her piano is beautiful.
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Sharon B.

Sharon B.

West Chester, PA 19382
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About Rosalind H.

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Coatesville, PA

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About Rosalind
Hello! My name is Rosalind and I believing in teaching music lessons that go the extra mile. Students and parents can expect excellence in customer service that goes beyond their weekly lessons.

How are lessons with me different?

-Convenient Locations in Downingtown, Coatesville, West Chester as well as online lessons!

-Lessons are recorded and sent to parents and students within 24 hours so that assignments are always clear and that you have a clear idea of progress

-Access to my student newsletter which includes tips for how to improve as a performer and news about student's upcoming performances

-I help students find and prepare for performance opportunities and I attend student performances

-I select one student a month to participate in our student showcase, featuring them in my newsletter

-I host twice a ye
ar recitals where students can show off their new skills

-I bring all materials to lessons for your convenience (excluding piano)

-singers receive recorded warm ups to practice with at home

-I am skilled at helping students with ear training if they need it for voice, most of my students can match pitch after a month of singing lessons no matter the trouble they have had before

-every student gets a "new student kit" at their first lesson including a list of performance opportunities and a vocal health guide for singers

-weekly instructional videos for voice sent

-weekly links to articles about music and the brain

-I respond to student concerns and questions within 24 hours

I welcome students of all ages and work hard to make music accessible for everyone.

-Young kids in voice can expect their lessons to be fun and educational including using visual tools like scarves and shakers, and imaginative play to learn vocal techniques needed to sing on pitch and with proper breathe control.

-Children in piano lessons will learn music theory and piano technique through simple songwriting exercises, theory games, visual tools and more. They will learn about composer's lives and musical styles, providing them with a well-rounded lesson experience.

-Older children and adult singers can expect to learn about their vocal anatomy in order to better control of their voice and become independent during practice sessions at home. They will learn how to improve breathe control, posture and diction. Time during lessons will also be dedicated to developing stage presence and discussing vocal health. Singers will be allowed to select repertoire from the genre of their choice. They can also learn how to harmonize and sight-sing in lessons if they would like.

-I teach beginning guitar students and help them learn how to play with proper technique and accompany themselves when singing. These students learn to read staff and tab and shape different chords on the guitar. I use theory games and visual tools for kids to make lessons fun

-Music theory/composition students will be taught how to read and write music. Students will be invited to improvise on the piano and record their improvisations.They will be taught how to sight-sing in order to learn how to notate any melodies in their head
They will learn how music has changed and been influenced throughout history. They will learn how to read lead sheets and use stylistic invariants in their playing. They will be provided with honest feedback and constructive help on their compositions.They will learn how the human brain processes music and how best to capitalize upon this process for the greatest audience appeal.

-I have experience teaching students with special needs and adjusting lessons to help them meet their goals.

About me!

I am a Westminster Choir College '11 Alum  who graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music, summa cum laude. I also have my master's degree in music therapy from Drexel University. I am also a Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and a  Board Certified Music Therapist. During my time at school I performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center, and did music therapy work with older adults, as well as disadvantaged children and parents.

I also have my own parent/child music class I host every Thursday September-May. It's never to early to start a music education!

I have been teaching for over four years and now have a studio of more than 70 happy students. Teaching music is my passion, and I love seeing students grow!

I often draw upon my experience from my master's degree in music therapy, which taught me that music can have a profound effect on the human brain and upon cognitive development.  My skills as a music therapist allow me to better understand a student's cognitive strengths and areas for improvement, and to develop individualized teaching strategies which utilize student strengths.

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My studios are equipped with keyboard, guitar or piano, as well as a sizable repertoire of classical, broadway and popular music. ' I also have a mirror for voice students to see how their body is moving when singing and visual tools for students like scarves, whiteboard, markers, crayons...ect. I am more than happy to help students find any music they may need for lessons that is not already in my library.

I recommend the following books for piano students (listed by age):
Ages 4-6:
My First Piano Adventure, Lesson Book A with by Nancy & Randall Faber
Ages 6-12:Piano Adventures - Level 1: Lesson Book [Book]Faber Piano Adventures

Ages 12 and up:

Adult All-In-One Course: Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, Level ...by Willard A. Palmer

Voice: Alfred's Teach Yourself to Sing
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I specialize in ear training, sight-singing and knowing and understanding vocal anatomy. Many of my students are students who have gone on to score lead roles in their schools or community theater performances, as well as lead singers of local bands looking to improve their techniques and improve their vocal health.

I specialize in theory and sight-reading for piano and theory students.

I also specialize in teaching those with special needs.
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Matthew November 26, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Rosalind is knowledgeable and patient. She explains things clearly and on my level musically. I thoroughly enjoyed my first lesson.
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Danielle July 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter loves Rosalind's patience and helpful attitude. I also love the recorded lessons that Rosalind emails me each week. She is a wonderful teacher!
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Michaela Y. June 5, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My daughter's first lesson with Rosalind went great! She made my daughter feel very comfortable and kept her attention the whole time. Rosalind is very knowledgeable and we are looking forward to seeing our daughter 's progress!
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Rosalind H.

Rosalind H.

Coatesville, PA 19320
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About Laura S.

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Leola, PA
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I began my classical training in both piano and harp at a young age. As I progressed, I began studying piano, music theory, music history, and collaborative piano at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music for five years. I then earned my Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance with a Harp Minor at Houghton College 'Greatbatch School of Music' in New York where I taught both instruments and worked as an accompanist. After graduating, I moved to North Carolina where I taught over 60 students ages 4-65 at Cary School of Music for three years.

Following, I relocated to Los Angeles where I spent three years working as a performing musician and music teacher through the Royal Music Conservatory and MTLA. During my teaching in California, I became certified through the Music Teachers' Association of California where the majority of my students bega
n Certificate of Merit competitions.
While teaching privately, I began working full time as a music teacher at the Help Group School for Autism where I also maintained a position as the charity event choir director...performing with various artists such as the rapper 'Common' and former Temptations singer 'Luis Price.'

While most of my training is in the Classical field, I have a strong passion for contemporary music as well. I believe that both piano and harp have the ability to reach many different audiences. As a teacher, I believe in giving my students a strong Classical foundation while using the technique and theory to delve into other styles of music such as jazz and contemporary pop/alternative. With this instruction, each student will be able to find what music inspires him/her while having the skills and technique to further the chosen style.
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Susan V. October 22, 2015
· Harp · In home
Laura is just wonderful ! She has a high level of expertise coupled with enthusiasm. I enjoyed my lesson with her immensely. Thanks.
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Clint Mansell August 24, 2015
· Piano · In home
Laura made me feel completely at ease, and gave me the belief that I can do this!
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Perver July 26, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Laura was my daughter’s piano teacher for 2 years at Cary School of Music. Overall, she is just an amazing teacher. Laura is very knowledgeable and always very positive; she can handle all challenges that come up teaching kids; hence, she is extremely well with kids. She knows how to challenge the kids at the right pace and still make the lessons fun. My daughter describes her “fun, friendly, and kind.” My daughter has had five piano teachers so far, and Laura has been the best!!
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Laura S.

Laura S.

Leola, PA 17540
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$35 / 30-min

About Mengjiao L.

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Newark, DE
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About Mengjiao
Violinist Mengjiao Li received her Master degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University with awarded full scholarship.
Mengjiao was the second prize winner of the Mozart International Violin Competition in 2006. She won the Chamber Music Competition in Meadowmount Music Festival. In addition, Mengjiao was also awarded the first prize of the Concerto Competition of the University of Delaware (UD) in her freshman year. As a soloist, Mengjiao has performed in various concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Friedberg Hall, China National Centre for the Performing Arts, Forbidden City Concert Hall and Goldsail Concert Hall; Performing with distinguished musicians such as Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, Sarah Chang, Joshua bell, Janine Jansen and others. Mengjiao has also solo
performed with orchestras including the Peabody Conductor Orchestra, UD Symphony Orchestra and China Youth Symphony. In 2012, She was invited to perform as a soloist by many top-rated violin programs in US. As a sectional orchestral player, she has been playing in orchestras for more than 14 years, including Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Conductor Orchestra, New World Symphony, Symphony No.1, UD Symphony Orchestra, Academy Orchestra (AACA) of the Aspen Music Festival, and National Music Symphony Orchestra. Mengjiao has served as the assistant concertmaster for Peabody Symphony Orchestra and also served as the concertmaster for UD Symphony Orchestra, National Music Symphony Orchestra and Youth Symphony in China for 3 years. Mengjiao has been featured in a number of violin educational video recordings professionally released in China.
Mengjiao started teaching since 2006. In the meantime, many of her students have achieved their goals and admitted to their dream school. Mengjiao has been a member of the violin faculty at the Violin Paradise music school since 2008. In 2016 - 2017, Mengjiao was invited in two consecutive years as a guest violin faculty to give lessons for the “Little Master” of the Master Players Festival and School (MPF) in America. Mengjiao is currently an professional level violin instructor both at University of Delaware Community School and Tatnall School.

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Olivia January 28, 2017
· Violin · In studio
MJ is terrific! She was on time, very enthusiastic and very patient. Olivia had a wonderful first lesson!
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Olivia January 28, 2017
· Violin · In studio
MJ was on time, very personable and very patient. Olivia had a great first lesson!
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Ilene G. August 24, 2016
· Violin · In studio
MJ is patient, extremely knowledgeable and humorous. I'm very comfortable and at ease with her. I look forward to my next lesson!
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Mengjiao L.

Mengjiao L.

Newark, DE 19716
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About Anna L.

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Lancaster, PA

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Hi there! I'm Anna, and I'm looking forward to meeting you. I've been offering private piano lessons since 2009 and offer foundations in music theory, technique, sight-reading and classic piano repertoire.

I begin most students in Faber method books, before branching into classical repertoire including selections from Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary time periods. My teaching style is flexible though, so I'll be happy to adapt to your individual liking and needs.

In 2012 I graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a degree in music and in 2017 I completed my Master's in Education from Post University. Today I enjoy teaching music to students ranging from six years old through adult.

I believe quality practice and motivation are key to success, and I'm looking forward to helping you succeed!
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Anna L.

Anna L.

Lancaster, PA 17602
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$30 / 30-min

About Rada C.

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Reading, PA

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Hi, there! My name is Rada, and I've been teaching private lessons since 2011, and have loved helping students start learning a new instrument, venture into the world of DJin, and improve their skills.

I am highly qualified and hold a degree in music performance, education, and have enjoyed teaching for years.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Linda A. January 16, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Rada is a kind and knowledgeable teacher! I learned a lot from her in a short period of time. She offers excellent professional advice, is flexible with her hours, and very easy to contact. Would definitely recommend her as an instructor!
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Frank May 30, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Ms. Rada Culciar is a well educated and very professional instructor. Her teaching approach is organized and easy to follow. I have made wonderful progress under Ms. Culciar's instruction. I would encourage anyone who would like to study the violin (or any other subject of study) to take lessons with Ms. Rada Culciar.
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Lori Quek May 28, 2017
· Violin · In home
Always well prepared and intuitive about my daughter's needs making for really great lessons.
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Rada C.

Rada C.

Reading, PA 19605
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About Amy N.

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Newark, DE

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Music is my life's purpose and I am committed to helping anyone and everyone I can to reach their musical potential. Whether that is as a hobby, an experience or fulfilling their own life's purpose.

From 2013-2015 I taught group music classes through Soli Encore in Orange County, CA, in violin, guitar and K-2 creative music (Orff-based instruction with singing, xylophone, hand percussion and flutophone). The last two years of that position I managed the entire program including hiring teachers, writing curriculum, and teaching classes myself. I had also consistently held private violin, viola, and guitar students. In both violin and viola I saw my students move up chairs in their orchestras and excel in local, district and state honor orchestras. I sent students to great schools for music like Orange County School of the Arts and Ne
w England Conservatory.

As for my performance career, I have committed to always being a member of an orchestra, band or performing group of some sort because it's my passion and I endeavor to teach from personal experience. Over my last ten years in SoCal I performed with several groups including the Blackbird Music Project, Montage Orchestra and Symphony Irvine. My last year concluded my position as Principal viola of the Dana Point Symphony for four seasons. I was in two bands during my college years. With Galanis I was a part of several Western U.S. tours that took us through California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Montana. I have had the privilege of working with artists such as violinist Anne Marie Calhoun, Jimmy Hopper, Andy Grammer and Stevie Nicks. Some of the larger productions I have been a part of include appearances on TV shows like Melrose Place and the Bachelorette, and performances for former President G.W. Bush and at the Governor's Ball for the Academy Awards.

My performance career continues to grow here on the East Coast, where I have lived since August 2015. I have been a member of the McLean Orchestra and have been added to rosters for the Alexandria Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic and Washington Sinfonietta. I currently hold a Bachelor's of Music in Viola Performance from Azusa Pacific University where I studied with Robert Becker, founder of the American String Quartet with a BM and MM in Viola Performance from Juilliard. I am now enrolled as a graduate assistant for my Master's of Music in Viola Performance at the University of Delaware.

When I'm not making music I'm running far, studying nutrition, cooking or spending time with my beloved friends and family!
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Melissa August 7, 2017
· Violin · In home
Amy is a wonderfully gifted teacher! My teen daughter loves her teaching style and encouraging personality. Amy has a knack for understanding a student's strengths and weaknesses and guiding them to reaching their potential. We highly recommend her!
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Amy N.

Newark, DE 19711
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About Brittany D.

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Mountville, PA
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Brittany is an accomplished soprano vocalist with much experience in performing, auditioning, and just making music. Brittany has two years of college vocal training studying under Dr. Moon Sook Park, as well as other professional training.
In high school she was in 4 broadway musical productions, two of which she was the main vocal lead, she has been to PMEA districts (2007-2009), regionals (2008,2009) and states (2009). When she was a senior in high school she placed 2nd at the Shepherd University junior vocal competition.
In college, Brittany was in 4 different ensembles, two of which she had solos in (Jephte and Vivaldi, Gloria) Brittany was also a 3rd place finalist at the Florida NATS competion her freshman year.
Brittany currently sing in a local chamber choir and have been a soloist in their Spring, 2017 season. She also love
s to lead worship at the local church she attends.
She loves working with students to help them gain confidence in performing in auditions, concerts, and musicals. Brittany focuses on each students unique voice and desires out of their lessons.
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Michelle December 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I've known Brittany for years. We grew up in the same town, where she became something of a celebrity for her amazing voice. People would show up to community events just to hear her sing! She has an amazing range, and a real ability to entertain. I have received invaluable vocal advice from her over the years, which I now share with students of my own! I am a huge fan of Brittany's, and I highly recommend her! She is especially phenomenal with children and teens.
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Brittany D.

Mountville, PA 17554
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Hey! I am a fun and young teacher, looking to teach someone who loves music just as much as I do! I have been playing piano and upright bass for many years and have much experience in many different orchestras and piano events! I would love to help you love music and learn as much as you can! I am patient and understanding, and I have much experience! Hope to see you soon!
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Jessica L.

Jessica L.

Gilbertsville, PA 19525
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