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About Joseph L.

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Center Valley, PA

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About Joseph
I am a special education public school teacher. I also teach private music students. Since I am used to working with Individualized Education Plans for school students, (IEP"s), I work hard to find what works for each student. My students and I have a lot of fun finding their "sweet spots" in learning music. Seeing them smile after learning a music lesson really makes my day! Our next generation is a joy to instruct, but music rewards students of all ages. Please send me a question by TakeLessons.com e-mail system, or call them to start!
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Ken April 12, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Friendly, patient, and fun.
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Caleb January 7, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Works well with me.
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Angela G. May 2, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My 10 year old daughter started taking classes four months ago and now she is playing a lot of songs. Joseph is very professional and very patient with her. We are so happy with him and I would recommend with to anyone. He is very friendly and is the best!
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Joseph L.

Center Valley, PA 18034
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About James B.

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Lancaster, PA

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About James
Hi there, My name is James Blackwell and I love trumpet playing!

While it can be frustrating from time to time - especially before developing your confidence as a trumpet player - learning what it takes to make daily progress as a trumpet player is incredibly rewarding and super fun! I am passionate about sharing these insights with students so that you may discover your sound and play the music you enjoy as quickly as possible!

As an instructor, you can expect lessons that are practical, straight-forward and easy to understand. The concepts that I impart on my students are those that have helped me survive a career as a full-time lead trumpet player and the challenges associated with performing every day.

My approach is to learn and develop the basic fundamentals of efficient brass playing. When you get your habits straight, t
he rest comes easily. Unfortunately, many students fall into some not-so-helpful habits along the way, and may find themselves struggling with range, quality of sound and endurance - even after many years of playing. However, with some simple and encouraging guidance, you can learn to master the instrument and the the music you enjoy!

All lessons offer both clear explanations and laid-out progressions that start where you are, and get you moving in the right direction from the start.

I do hope to see you for a lesson. All age groups are welcome to apply and I love teaching beginners. If you have particular needs you are wondering about, please send along a message and I will respond as soon as possible.

A bit about me...I began playing 23 years ago and hold two degrees in jazz trumpet performance - one from the University of North Texas where I played lead trumpet in the GRAMMY nominated One O'clock Lab Band, and another from the University of Southern California. During this time, I spent nine years in Los Angeles as a professional trumpet player recording for television, record dates and many types of live performances from the theater pit to the 10,000 seat rock show.

I am currently the lead trumpet player for the Brian Setzer Orchestra (of The Stray Cats fame) and have held that position since 2012. Aside from this, I love jazz, improvisation, and the big band style - everything from the early swing era to the contemporary writers of today is my music of choice!

As a lead and jazz trumpet player I have performed with Bob Mintzer, Carl Saunders, Scott Whitfield, Rich Perry, Willis (Bill) Holman, Ron Stout, Peter Erskine, Poncho Sanchez and many others.
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Walter April 15, 2019
· Trumpet · In studio
James is a serious trumpet player who understands how to teach what he does. I’ve expertises his online trumpet course and personal trumpet lessons. In both environments he is energetic and passionate while still keeping a level of compassion I wouldn’t expect from a trumpet player of his level.

He’s taken great pains to understand how to teach the mechanics of the trumpet while still keeping the goal making music. I appreciate how he would always address my airflow in terms of how it affects my music making.

James is a master teacher and I am extremely grateful for all of his help. He has made me a better musician. I highly recommend studying with him if you can, you won’t find anyone better.
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Nick April 15, 2019
· Music Performance · In home
James is the guy in the trumpet section laying down powerful and accurate lead over everyone else while looking like he is doing something as easy as potting plants. Not only is he a first-rate trumpeter and educator, but also extremely relatable, reliable, organized, and fun.
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James B.

Lancaster, PA 17603
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$50 / 30-min

About Sharon B.

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West Chester, PA
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About Sharon
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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dennis January 11, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Sharon showed great patience with a true adult beginner.
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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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Sharon B.

West Chester, PA 19382
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$35 / 30-min

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
*** Specialties ***
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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Ryann R. January 6, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Great start. Ryann learned a lot already. She can’t wait to return.
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Ashley C. April 26, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I am an adult learner and Rosalind is a wonderful teacher. Each lesson has review, warm-ups, exercises, theory, background and even some science! Soon we will be digging into my song choice. She provides recordings of each lesson and shares helpful resources via email. Her lessons are fun, informative and helpful!
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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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Rosalind H.

Downingtown, PA 19335
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$25 / 30-min

About Dominic S.

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

Coatesville, PA 19320
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$40 / 30-min
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About Deborah A.

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Lancaster, PA
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About Deborah
I am an elementary math and reading tutor and piano and flute teacher. I have been tutoring students and giving music lessons for 6 years!

I have 11 years of elementary teaching experience at the 1st through 4th grade levels. My tutoring and music lesson style includes a well-organized and engaging plan of study tailored to the needs of the individual student.

I offer a complimentary first session to get to know the student, assess strengths and weaknesses, and to suggest a general plan for improvement. I assign weekly practice, homework, reading, and/or learning activities and games.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping your child achieve success in his or her studies and/or musical enjoyment!
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Deborah A.

Lancaster, PA 17603
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$20 / 30-min

About Dora Z.

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Lancaster, PA
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About Dora
Hi, my name is Dora and I've been teaching Piano for more than 30 years. I am looking forward to meet new students who want to make music and music making a part of their life with all that great fun and enjoyment it gives. I give private and group piano lessons weekly.My students have two recitals per year, in December (Holiday recital) and in May (Spring recital) . They also participate in local musical events such as festivals, auditions etc.In my studio which is equipped with a Yamaha grand and a Yamaha keyboard we explore different music styles, from Baroque to Modern and Jazz, we work on sight reading, ear training, improvisation and much more. Come and explore it yourself!
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Stacey October 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Dora has been very good at keeping our daughter interested in piano and helping to inspire her to more and more challenging levels of playing. She has incorporated Music Theory as a regular portion of the training and has made it more than just learning the piano by itself, but an understanding of music. Dora is very involved with Lancaster Music Teachers Association and this brings so many opportunities for involvement with recitals, additional training events and the chance to see many other talented students in our area. We are very pleased with the interest and dedication that Dora has shown in our daughter over the past 3 years.
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Joy H. September 29, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
My experience has been fantastic with Mrs. Dora! She is very patient and understanding. I came to her with very little technic and she has helped me so much. I feel more confident and secure in my playing. I look forward to my lessons every week and would highly recommend her!
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Deborah September 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Dora is a WONDERFUL teacher for anyone of any age seeking to learn and play piano!!! My nine year old daughter and I both started lessons with Dora almost a year ago and she works with us both so well. With great patience and persistence. She takes the time to get to know you and knows when to push you. She is really thorough; Dora has had us learning music theory since the beginning. Additionally she does not allow us to form bad habits; Dora insists on correct seat height, posture, the way to hold your shoulders, arms hands, fingers. No correct notes played with incorrect fingers permitted! Dora is a performing musician and often when we are arriving at her cozy home based studio we are treated to the soaring sounds of her playing the glossy Yamaha grand piano we play (someday we hope to make it sound even half as beautiful!) She is usually rehearsing for a show. Speaking of shows Flora had had my daughter perform with her other students onstage twice and me once. She offers her students opportunities for learning at other places as well. A solid education in the mechanics of playing and musical expression on the piano, music theory and performance is what you will receive with our dear Dora Zlatkin, who I am proud to call not only my teacher, but my friend too. She is the best!
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Dora Z.

Lancaster, PA 17601
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$30 / 30-min

About Amanda H.

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Lititz, PA
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About Amanda
I remember my very first piano lessons - taught by my mom because she wasn't convinced that piano was something I would stick with. I was so excited! Music was fun! Well not always fun ... the songs got harder and my fingers had to learn how to move in unnatural ways. Sometimes I would get frustrated. BUT the passion still remained.

I started teaching while in college - being able to share my passion for music is great! I graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2017 with my BA in Music Therapy. I am currently a board certified music therapist working in a local nursing home. My music therapy background allows me to approach lessons with a creative hands-on approach. I like to get beginners playing as soon as I can! I also include ear training and theory to round out lessons.

​ I am a good teacher because I get it ... I remember what
it was like to be learning piano. It's like it's own language! I am kind and patient and I want to develop a lifelong desire for music.
Also, I promise I will not poke your fingers with a pencil if you mess up fingerings.

Questions? Pop over to my contact page and let's start a conversation!
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Jody H. December 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
Amanda is a kind and patient teacher, I had a great experience with her!
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Marc December 17, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Amanda has been absolutely amazing. She has developed a curriculum tailored to my daughter’s current levels and goals. Amanda also has the rare ability to balance the need to make practices light and fun while cramming a lot of content into them.

I would give the highest recommendation possible to Amanda.
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Amanda H.

Lititz, PA 17543
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$17 / 30-min

About Max P.

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Orefield, PA

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About Max
If you love the deep low-end sound of a bass and want to improve your playing, whether you are a beginner or advanced in your craft, I am happy to help you take your music skills to the next level!

I am a professional bassist with over 25 years of experience performing live, composing & arranging music, recording session work, and teaching all levels of students in Rock, Funk, Blues, R&B, Jazz, Country, Folk, and World Music. I attended Berklee College of Music and majored in Music Performance. While at Berklee, I had the opportunity to collaborate in all musical styles and settings and created lifelong friendships with musicians from all over the world.

I have had the privilege of honing my craft with many top-notch professional musicians including, Joe Macaro, Whit Browne, Rich Appleman, Danny Morris, Jim Stinnett, John Repucci.
My journey as a musician has ranged from pit orchestra for musicals to Heavy Metal bands to Jazz groups and everything in between. I have opened for Patti LaBelle and Umphrey’s McGee and performed with diverse acts such as Dave Liebman, Frank Dibussolo, Butterjive, Corinne Mammana, The Wallace Brothers, AnOmali and many more. My musical experiences allow me to grow as a person, musician and a teacher.

Interested in electric Bass lessons...Let’s get started! My lessons include:
- a tailored curriculum, for ages 5 and up, from beginner to advanced levels to meet your goals as a musician.
- instruction for either 4, 5 or 6 string, fretted or fretless electric bass.
- building a foundation of technique, groove, theory, and ear training.
- incorporating your personal music interests.
- proper technique with hand placement, fingerstyle, muting, pick, tapping and slap.
- warm-ups and finger exercises to increase hand strength, dexterity, stamina and speed.
- developing notation reading skills, sight reading, chord charts and tablature.
- assisting with songwriting skills and techniques.
- audition and concert performance preparation.
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Max P.

Orefield, PA 18069
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$34 / 30-min

About Sarafina S.

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Bethlehem, PA
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College Music Major looking to teach students!
I am currently studying music at Penn State University and I have been studying clarinet for 10 years. I have participated in a wide variety of ensembles and received a 5 on the AP Music Theory exam. I am studying to be a music teacher, and I would love to continue to get more and more teaching experience. As a student who just recently completed high school, I can help a lot with festival auditions, college auditions, concert music, and more because I just recently experienced all of it, so I have a lot of good strategies for success!
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Sarafina S.

Bethlehem, PA 18018
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$25 / 30-min

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