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About Barbara N.

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Brookhaven, PA

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About Barbara
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. It is my very favorite activity. I have transformed my love of singing into a career.

I have been teaching music lessons for over 25 years. When you study with me you will have the advantage of that experience. I have extensive experience teaching students of all ages. Throughout my teaching career I have taught students with varied backgrounds and diverse needs. If you are a person who was told not to sing by your music teacher, don't give up! I have taught many children and adults to match pitches and improve their singing voices.

I earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Moravian College and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Temple University. While at Temple, I studied standard vocal repertoire and Early Music. I have also completed graduate course
s in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at West Chester University.

I served on the faculty of Suburban Music School for 17 years where I taught voice, piano and recorder lessons. I also directed the Children’s Choir and the Women’s Choir. I was formerly on the faculty of Delaware County Community College where I taught courses in the Music Department; and of Temple Music Prep where I instituted, developed and maintained a vocal program at Temple University’s Ambler Campus.

In addition to teaching I was employed for eleven years as a chorister at Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Greenville, DE where I have had the opportunity to sing for such notable conductors as John Rutter, Sir David Wilcox, Sir Philip Ledger, Stephen Cleobury, and James O’Donnell. Previous choral work has included singing for Dr. Ifor Jones and for Michael Korn. I perform in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the Philadelphia area and in Cape May, NJ and with a Celtic group called Celtic Women and Friends.

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Voice Lessons

When you study voice with me, you will start with the basics - posture, breathing and tone production. If you have studied before, we will review these areas and brush up on anything that needs work. The next step is to learn some vocal exercises to warm up and develop your voice. When the exercises are going well, we will begin to work on songs. You will need to learn some classical songs because they help to develop your voice, but we will also work on the kind of music you like best. In addition to songs, we will work on solfege (do, re, mi, etc.) which helps to train your ear and to improve your sightreading ability. If you don't know how to read music I will teach you that. If you read music but have some gaps in your knowledge, we will fill those in.

I teach what is called bel canto (beautiful singing). It is a healthy vocal technique that will help you avoid vocal problems. When you learn to sing with this technique, you can sing any style of music you want. After a few months of study, you should be able to tell that your voice is growing stronger, that you have better breath control, and that your range is increasing.

Although I have high expectations of my students, I am relaxed and friendly. If you love to laugh, we will enjoy that together!

Piano Lessons

When you study piano with me you will enjoy playing a variety of songs from your lesson book. As you advance, we may add a repertoire book which increases the number and variety of songs you play. There are many excellent piano methods. I use different methods for different students, depending on their needs.

Lessons will include posture and proper hand position, warm-ups, songs and music theory. Music theory is the study of notation and how music is put together. You will have a workbook with exercises for this study. If there is a particular style of music you would like to play, we will look for music at your level to add to your lesson. After a few months of study, you should know how to read basic notation and be able to play a number of songs. You will also have increased your knowledge of musical notation and harmony.

I expect my students to practice in preparation for their lesson every week. I am relaxed and friendly, so that should help to put you at your ease.

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Piano, music stand, stereo equip, seating for parents

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I specialize in teaching the bel canto style singing. With this technique, a person can sing any style of music she or he chooses.
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Sarah, G. July 31, 2015
· Singing · In home
First lesson is voice evaluation and basic exercises. looking forward to further lessons.
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Karen W. June 24, 2015
· Singing · In studio
She's excellent! Very professional and skilled! Encouraging! She's just awesome! Definitely recommend!
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Vanessa B. April 18, 2013
· Singing ·
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I am delighted to work with Barbara. She is expert and inspiring and I look forward to my weekly lessons. Thank You!
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Barbara N.

Barbara N.

Brookhaven, PA 19015
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About Corbin A.

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Philadelphia, PA

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About Corbin
I am an actor, singing actor and teaching artist based out of Philadelphia, PA. With over 20 years of experience in the field. I've helped thousands of students improve their vocal and performance capabilities whether as an actor, singing actor, or public speaker.

Current and past clients include The Walnut Street Theatre, Philly ASAP, Philly Senior Stage, The Minuetto Music Festival, and The Continuo Arts Foundation.

Come and study with me in a safe, professional environment here in my home studio, online, or in the comfort of your very own home.

I carry full liability insurance for your peace of mind.

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Integrated performance training is the key. My particular skill set places me firmly in between the worlds of both music and drama.

There's a great deal of shared knowledge, technique and performanc
e aesthetic in the space where music and drama intersect.

I utilize training techniques from these two interrelated worlds as well as the world of speech communication with all of my students resulting in a more dynamic and solid performance.

I provide a safe, professional environment in which to learn. My current students range in age from 10 to 96 years old. I tailor my instruction to your individual needs and learning style.

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Piano, Video Camera, Monitor, Sound System, Audio Recording Capability, Microphones, Music Stands, Mirror.

On street parking available in historic block of the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

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Students provide Piano or Keyboard, CD player and a mirror. I will provide music, staff paper for notes and practice exercises as well as recording equipment for feedback purposes.

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Pop, Music Theatre, German Lied, American and Italian Art Song, French Melodie.

Acting-Stanislavski Method, Bertolt Brecht's Epic Theatre, Audition and Monologue Coaching, TV/Film Acting.

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Dovid December 4, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
Excellent teacher. One lesson in and I'm loving it already. Would highly recommend.
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Dovid December 4, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
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Jean November 29, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
Wonderful instructor, easy to talk to, clear with his directions. Very helpful sessions. Was able to record the lessons and practice offline. Highly recommend the course.
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Corbin A.

Corbin A.

Philadelphia, PA 19144
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About Christian S.

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Philadelphia, PA

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Christian​ ​Sanders​ ​has​ ​been​ ​hailed​ ​as​ ​a​ ​“…voice​ ​whose​ ​color​ ​belies​ ​his​ ​age.​ ​Someone​ ​to​ ​watch!”​ ​(Bill Eadie,​ ​SanDiego.com) Mr.​ ​Sanders’​ ​operatic​ ​repertoire​ ​encompasses​ ​the​ ​roles​ ​of​ ​Tom​ ​Rakewell​ ​in​ ​Stravinsky’s​ ​The​ ​Rake’s Progress,​ ​Albert​ ​Herring​ ​in​ ​Britten’s​ ​Albert​ ​Herring,​ ​Rinuccio​ ​in​ ​Puccini's​ ​Gianni Schicchi,​ ​and​ ​Prince​ ​Charmant​ ​in​ ​Cendrillon​ ​by​ ​Massenet.​ ​Mr.​ ​Sanders​ ​has​ ​appeared​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Prison Chaplain​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world​ ​premiere​ ​of​ ​Theodore​ ​Morrison’s​ ​Oscar​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Santa​ ​Fe​ ​Opera​ ​alongside world-renown​ ​countertenor,​ ​David​ ​Daniels.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​summer​ ​of​ ​2015​ ​Mr.​ ​Sanders​ ​sang​ ​the​ ​title​ ​role​ ​of​ ​Dorian​ ​Gray​ ​in​ ​The​ ​Picture​ ​of​ ​Dorian Gray​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Aspen​ ​Music​ ​Festival
​ ​and​ ​School​ ​in​ ​Aspen,​ ​Colorado.​ ​For​ ​the​ ​last​ ​two​ ​seasons​ ​Mr.​ ​Sanders has​ ​joined​ ​the​ ​Utah​ ​Opera​ ​as​ ​its​ ​Resident​ ​Artist​ ​tenor.​ ​In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​these​ ​opportunities,​ ​Mr.​ ​Sanders​ ​has​ ​had​ ​the​ ​honor​ ​of​ ​being​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​Des Moines​ ​Metro​ ​Opera’s​ ​Apprentice​ ​Artist​ ​program.​ ​His​ ​roles​ ​with​ ​this​ ​company​ ​include​ ​study​ ​covering​ ​Des Grieux​ ​in​ ​their​ ​2016​ ​production​ ​of​ ​Manon​ ​by​ ​Massenet​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​singing​ ​the​ ​roles​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Novice​ ​in​ ​Billy Budd​ ​and​ ​Mr.​ ​Erlanson​ ​in​ ​A​ ​Little​ ​Night​ ​Music​ ​in​ ​the​ ​summer​ ​of​ ​2017.
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Christian S.

Christian S.

Philadelphia, PA 19107
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$49 / 30-min

About Rachel S.

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

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

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

Rachel completed her Bachelor’s of Music at Mannes College in 2012. There, she performed in their Opera Scenes Workshop and their Rise of Modernism Festival, singing Canciones populares Españolas by Manuel de Falla.
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Katherine October 30, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
She is an amazing instructor and I have already seen my improvement after the first lesson.
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Daniel F. January 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Rachel was great! She made me feel very comfortable and taught me so much about singing in the short time that we had. She is extremely knowledgeable about the human voice in general and teaches about proper technique that will not only boost your confidence but will keep you singing down the road. Definitely would recommend for all skill levels!
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Kara G. December 13, 2016
· Singing · Online
Rachel is the best!
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Rachel S.

Rachel S.

Glenside, PA 19038
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About Corrin S.

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Alburtis, PA
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About Corrin
I primarily use Alfred's Teaching Method. If a student comes to me from another teacher, I will continue to use what they are familiar with. My youngest student's enjoy the Little Mozart series. I use the Prep Course for elementary students, Premier or Basic course with late elementary learners, Late Beginner course with teenagers & adults. This is a guideline. It's always best to meet the students/parents to see what works best for them. Piano lessons are not a cookie cutter method. I tailor them for each individual's learning type & music preference.
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Corrin S.

Corrin S.

Alburtis, PA 18011
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About Michael R.

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Philadelphia, PA
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About Michael
Hello there! My name is Michael, I am a trombonist/arranger/educator in the PA/NJ area. I love music and I love teaching even more. In 2015, I graduated from the University of the Arts with a degree in Jazz Performance and a Masters in music education and in 2016

As a musician, I've toured the U.S a good amount, playing in New York City, Syracuse, Rochester, Burlington, Boston, Delaware, Washington D.C, sharing the stage with all kinds of acts, including Banda Magda, Sophistifunk, Shuggie Otis, Lettuce, Soulive, High and Mighty Brass Band, and many more.

I can be seen regularly playing with EBE LA Starz, Swift Technique, The Phonies, Whoaphat BrassBand, Mad Feather Group and many more. I also perform with my own original jazz group in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area. I also write quite a bit which keeps me busy. I think teachin
g is what motivates me to do all this, so that I can be the best teacher I possibly can!
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Evan April 14, 2017
· Trombone · Online
Tailors lessons and learning to what I need!
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Evan March 19, 2017
· Trombone · Online
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Michael R.

Michael R.

Hatboro, PA 19040
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$25 / 30-min

About Taylor C.

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Philadelphia, PA
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I'm currently available for drum lessons in-home, at my studio, and online. I have been playing drums for almost 15 years.

I help students develop fundamental techniques and music literacy. Together we will build strong fundamental snare drum skills and learn how to apply those basic concepts onto the drum set. I will focus on developing each student's goals through personalized lessons.
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Mary February 7, 2017
· Drum ·
Taylor and I have been in a band together for a few months and it has been a pleasure working with her! She is an excellent drummer, easily finding her stride playing any kind of style. Not only can I depend on her for her drumming skills, but also for her communication skills and her eagerness to help out and take on new challenges. I look forward to continuing to work with Taylor, and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a drum teacher!
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Grace January 30, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I am in a band with Taylor and she has been a great addition! She is energetic, fun to work with and a great drummer. She has a breadth of knowledge about all different kinds of music. Taylor is very flexible and always eager to help out her fellow band mates!
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Mark January 28, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I am a professional engineer, producer, and musician in Philadelphia. Taylor Cullen is a thoughtful, creative, and precise drummer. Having played over a year of shows and recording gigs with her, I can also speak to her professionalism. Her drumming lifts songs and changes styles, and her ability to play colorfully and tastefully to metronome in studio is unmatched in my experience. Her knowledge of drums also makes her an exceptional drum tech for recording and a great teacher. She is punctual, kind, honest, and always my first call when I need professional drums or drum help of any kind.
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Taylor C.

Taylor C.

Philadelphia, PA 19148
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$20 / 30-min

About Jocelyn D.

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Bryn Mawr, PA
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About Jocelyn
I am a computer science student and musician at Bryn Mawr College. I have been playing music for 12 years and teaching for 4. At college, I am principal viola of the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Orchestra and I also am part of a chamber music group. In high school, I was in the Maryland All-State Orchestra for four years and was in the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO), one of the most prestigious orchestras in Maryland, for four years. During my summers, I attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts high school music program. I have been taught by musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic.
My students improve significantly since when I first meet them. One of my first students whom I now give Skype lessons to successfully got into one of the best orchestras in the DC area and is now principal (1st chair) of
the viola section of that orchestra. I use a comprehensive set of books that teach theory, rhythm and pieces that I use to teach students how to prepare and perform "performance ready" pieces.
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Ruchin October 22, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jocelyn came to our home and worked with our son. She was very patient and kind with him and was able to find what to correct on the first lesson! She recommended some books for us to buy and I think that she will be a great teach for him.
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Liz October 22, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jocelyn came to our home and made my daughter very comfortable with her first private viola lesson. She was friendly and patient. She quickly spotted technical issues with my daughter's playing and suggested appropriate materials for her to practice. We've only had one lesson so far, but I think this is going to be a good "match!"
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Art October 22, 2017
· Violin · In home
My daughter really enjoyed violin lessons with Jocelyn. She is very bright, punctual and has attention to detail. She seems exceptionally good at teaching young children.
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Jocelyn D.

Jocelyn D.

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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$37 / 30-min

About Vaughn P.

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Lansdale, PA

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Hi, there! My name is Vaughn and I teach clarinet, saxophone, and music composition. I've been playing both clarinet and saxophone since 2003, and have been teaching privately since 2010. In high school and college, I studied under Dr. Paul Cherry (University of South Dakota), Michael Cyzewski (North Carolina Symphony), and Dr. Anthony Taylor (University of North Carolina at Greensboro). I also participated in numerous honor bands. I currently hold a degree in music composition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Music education and performance has always been a passion of mine, and I enjoy teaching and guiding musicians to reach their goals. Lessons are tailored to each student to bring their musical abilities to their full potential. Lessons include learning instrument technique, note reading, music theory, ear train
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"Music expresses that which cannot be spoken. It is the voice of the soul."
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Vaughn P.

Vaughn P.

Lansdale, PA 19446
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$35 / 30-min

About Genevieve T.

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Merion Station, PA

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About Genevieve
I am a professional cellist, skilled in all solo, chamber, and orchestra settings. My playing has invited me into the top ranking music festivals in the world including Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and many others. These opportunities have led me to perform with the New York Philharmonic.

Growing up, I studied with a Philadelphia orchestra cellist who prepared me for conservatory auditions. I decided to go to Cleveland Institute of Music where I got my Bachelors of Music in cello performance. I studied with the former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra, and also with one of the best Suzuki pedagogues in the country. I, then, got a Masters in Music in cello performance from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. There, I studied with the internationally renowned cello pr
ofessor who has shaped me into the musician I am today. In addition, I got my Suzuki Certification in all 10 levels of cello books after completing a 2 year year rigorous Suzuki pedagogy program.

In my second year at Northwestern, I won a fellowship, covering my full tuition and acceptance into The Civic Orchestra of Chicago. This is the apprentice orchestra under the Chicago Symphony. We worked with all the conductors that came in to play with the symphony. Yo Yo Ma, the most famous cellist of all time, is the creative consultant for the Civic Orchestra and we got to work with him 4 or 5 times a year.

I have traveled with my string quartet ATLYS representing Lincoln Center in New York City. We have traveled around the world playing crossover music, where we play arrangements of pop, jazz, folk, traditional, rock, indie, alternative, rap, but always return to the forever-beautiful classical quartets, as well.

I arrange music for string quartet, too. I think it's important for my students to also learn some basic music theory as it can develop a student's understanding of music at a much deeper level. This can make a student appreciate how a piece is created and where a phrase needs tension or where it needs to be released. It's very important for their musicality.
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Genevieve T.

Genevieve T.

Merion Station, PA 19066
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