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About Andrew B.

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About Andrew
Andrew is a graduate of Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, California with a degree in drum/percussion performance. There he had the opportunity to study with drum book authors: Ed Roscetti, Chuck Silverman and Gary Hess, as well as World Snare Drum Champion: Rob Carson.

He first began his drum studies at age 10; playing percussion in school and at 17 began performing and recording drums professionally. He spent a great deal of his time working with local artists in Philadelphia and Manhattan and touring the northeastern states. During his time in Los Angeles he performed in cover bands, jazz/Latin groups and for dozens of independent artists. He also had the privilege to work with some well know artists, such as Scott Shriner of Weezer, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe, and The Blue Man Group.

Teaching drums
is just as much a passion of his as is drum performance and recording. In 2005 he was hired as the drum instructor at Los Angeles City College. Since then, he has authored three different drum books and has taught music at Southern California Music School, Alhambra School of Music, Pasadena City College, LA Valley College, LA Academy and several other institutions.

Andrew was awarded Teacher of the Year 2007/2008 at Southern California Music School. He also received Best Drummer Award at the Emergenza’s Battle of the Bands contest in 2005. Under Andrew’s instruction, Carver Middle School was also awarded 1st place during the NVISION Battle of the Bands contest in 2010.

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My goal for the first lesson, is to have my student perform a simple beat along to one of their favorite songs. I have learned to speak the language of my students. I always find a way to help them understand the mechanics of playing drums. I get very excited over good music, interesting drum concepts or beats. I am patient and encouraging. I give my students praise for every accomplishment. I believe that anyone can become a great drummer.

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Rehearsal Studio with seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the learning material, I expect the student to have their own drums/equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I teach reading and writing music notation as well as to play by ear. I specialize in Jazz, Rock, Blues, Country, Metal, and Latin styles. I know heel-up, heel-down, and heel-toe bass drum pedal technique. I also specialize in rudimental drumming.
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Brian K. December 8, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Andrew is awesome! In just 3 lessons my son loves the drums! He makes learning fun!
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Jake D. November 7, 2017
· Drum · In home
I like Andrew. He's helping me read music and learn rhythms. He's patient too. I'm already looking forward to my next lesson.
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Colin October 23, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Excellent teacher. Quickly connected with my sons abilities and needs. Making progress in a short time.
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Andrew B.

Andrew B.

Feasterville Trevose, PA 19053
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About Sharon W.

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Norristown, PA
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About Sharon
Learn to love music from the inside out--by understanding the fundamentals so you can create and recreate music for personal enjoyment and to share with others. It is my privilege to join children, youth and adults in developing your musical talents and gifts. I teach beginner-intermediate piano students. I tailor the focus and styles of music to your needs and preferences, and include training for success. I am life-long musician with a music degree (vocal and keyboards) from Messiah College. I also direct the music and worship ministries for my congregation.

I do have a dog at my home studio. He's friendly, but can be contained in another part of the house if that is helpful to you.

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Lessons are 1/2 hour to 1 hour a week, and include theory, technique and performance songs. I strive for a positive, friendly
atmosphere, with praise for incremental progress and encouragement for areas of improvement. Students use the Alfred series and other supplements, graded to the student's age, ability and interests.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home- studio in large living room space seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I teach a well-rounded approach, combining technique, theory and songs from various musical styles in a graded, graduated progression. Then I supplement with additional music according to the interests and growing ability of the student.
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Jeff December 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Sharon is an amazing teacher! Talented, kind, funny, and patient! I can't wait for my next lesson.
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Benjamin L. November 4, 2013
· Piano ·
Helped me step up my playing

I had been teaching myself piano for many years when I reached a point where I was not improving and realized I needed a teacher. Sharon helped me work on my weaknesses as a musician and had a good eye for pieces that helped me build on my strengths. We always had fun working together, and she was always good about working around my busy schedule.
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SalimaA April 26, 2012
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Sharon is doing a great job, she is well organized and knows what she's doing. I am pleased that she gives my daughter concrete feedbck and lessons to practice at home. The only problem is my daughter could use a little more practice time with her.
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Sharon W.

Sharon W.

Norristown, PA 19401
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About Gary G.

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Southampton, PA
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About Gary
Dear Prospective Student,

My name is Gary. I started out playing the Bagpipe in High School as we were the "Highlanders" and had a bagpipe band as part of the marching band. I competed in solo competitions played my way to the top. As I will be 60 this year, I have been playing for 45 years and teaching full time for the last 20 years. I am very fortunate to be making a good living doing work that I love to do.

You need 3 things to learn the bagpipe. The first thing that you don't need is a set of bagpipes to get started. That purchase happens with most of my students between the 8th and the 12th month of lessons. My average student will spend between $1500 and $2000 on their pipes. Start saving now. The only thing that you need are a Practice Chanter, a book and 30 minutes with me once a week. I have the Practice Chant
ers and Books. Don't buy anything until we meet. To get started book 4 lessons with me. If you have any questions please feel free to email me through this website. I look forward to working with you.

Gary-Bagpipe Teacher
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Anna C. April 28, 2017
· Bagpipes · Online
He is awesome .... wish I had started learning from him from the start ! So Thankful
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Patrick R. February 19, 2016
· Bagpipes · Online
Mr. Guth is very passionate about teaching music and he cares about the success of his students! I am excited to learn from him.
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Liz B. April 2, 2015
· Bagpipes · In home
very very knowledgeable, great location
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Gary G.

Gary G.

Southampton, PA 18966
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$40 / 30-min

About Mengjiao L.

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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 John N.

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Jenkintown, PA
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About John
I started playing music at the age of 12. By 16 years old I started in my first working band as well as began my love for teaching guitar to others. Most of my musical career has been spent playing in 2 of the local cover bands in the Philadelphia area.

Teaching has always been a great interest to me. I've developed a teaching system over the years which not only decreases the time in which the student actually starts playing songs but also develops the students own creative ideas on the instrument. While it is very enjoyable to learn and play others artist's material, learning to create and write your own original ideas I believe is equally as important.
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Paul February 5, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I had no idea that taking online lessons could be so seamless. John has been a solid instructor. His personality makes the lessons non-stressful, and at the same time very informative and productive. I never thought I'd learn as much as I am. Thanks John.
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Hilary February 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
John is great. He is a very patient and thorough teacher. He has a ton of experience playing guitar and it shows. I'd recommend him to ANY of my friends and family who want to take some lessons, whether they are beginners or advanced players!
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John N.

Jenkintown, PA 19046
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About Taylor C.

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Philadelphia, PA
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About Taylor
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 Chris S.

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Philadelphia, PA

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Hello! I am experienced in everything from teaching beginners, to prepping for big auditions. I recently finished my bachelors degree in trumpet performance from Penn State University, and am now working on my Masters Degree at Temple University. I actively perform trumpet in all styles and am looking to build a trumpet studio in the Philadelphia area!
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· Trumpet · Online
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· Trumpet · Online
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· Trumpet · Online
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Chris S.

Chris S.

Philadelphia, PA 19127
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$20 / 30-min

About ada A.

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Philadelphia, PA
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I graduated with an MFA in music performance and literature from Mills College in Oakland. I'm interested in the wild and strange unexplored corners of musical practice (but I can totally teach you how to play anything you want). I've been teaching guitar for over a decade now, and electronic production for a little less than that. Hit me up!
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ada A.

ada A.

Philadelphia, PA 19139
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$42 / 30-min

About Micah F.

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Philadelphia, PA
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About Micah
My exploration of sound began in 1998 when I played my flute through a crybaby wah and a tube amp set to 11. Since then I’ve been taking cool sounds and making them cooler. As an audio engineer I have worked with artists such as the Grammy winning Digable Planets, STS and Truck North of the Money Making Jam Boys with Black Thought, Ursula Rucker, Serpentwithfeet, and many more,

I specialize in recording and mixing soul and hip-hop music but have experience in every genre and with sound for film. My lessons use this experience to support students development of their own style. I do not teach rules, instead I focus on the big picture, understanding your tools, and critical listening.
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Robert Borchert August 8, 2016
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Micah was incredibly helpful and relatable. He made me feel comfortable with exploring new territory and techniques in regards to mixing and mastering my first project. I would absolutely work with him again and highly recommend that anyone wanting a satisfying learning experience do the same!
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WAYNE LEMON August 8, 2016
· Audio Engineering ·
The professionalism with micah is definitely A1. He has a Quality capture of sound and a great mixing ability. Every sessions we ever have is always productive and insightful. The guy knows his way around the sound board and programs. I would definitely recommend him if you planning on learnin an being n a groovii environment to do so .
Sincerely KAANG
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Melody Forrester August 7, 2016
· Audio Engineering ·
Micah is our "go to" engineer on most of the Artists First Records recording projects. I have relied on his skills for many years and he has shown an ability to handle my artists needs from both a creative and technical standpoint. He is also an excellent teacher because beyond his expertise, he simply loves what he does and he's able to share it with students. I give Micah my highest recommendation.
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Micah F.

Micah F.

Philadelphia, PA 19123
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$100 / 60-min

About Brandon D.

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Glassboro, NJ

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Composer and saxophonist Brandon has emerged in the music scene as a pioneering jazz and classical musician. His unique style of jazz composition and publications in the field of quarter tone music set him apart from the crowd.

Brandon is well-known for his advancements in the field of quarter tone music. His book, Quarter Tone Technique for Saxophone, is the first of its kind. This book explorers the possibilities of this music and its application on saxophone farther than anyone else in the past has. His unique compositions use this extended technique to create new sound atmospheres which were previously unexplored.

Brandon, along with Evan Smith, co-leads Ghost House, a six-member modern jazz group known for its original compositions. His compositions for this group explore his own modern composition ideas, while remaining true
to the rich tradition of jazz music.

Brandon is a member of The Dirty Bohemians. This is a funk/hard rock group led by Zach Birnbaum. This group is well-known in New Jersey as a tight group with high-calibre original compositions.

Brandon is also a member of The Third Arrangement, a fusion/rock group led by Nate MacAdams. This group performs originals and well-known rock/fusion songs.

Brandon performs in a variety of venues, including Chris’s Jazz Cafe, the Washington Banquet and Catering, Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, Shanghai Jazz, and the Tuckahoe Inn, as well as Rowan University, NJMEA Convention, and the University of Maryland. He is based in South Jersey, where he primarily performs, but he also occasionally travels out-of-state.

Brandon began studying saxophone as a teenager, both as a classical and as a jazz musician. He attended Rowan University for a performance degree in Jazz Studies, where he also studied classical saxophone technique, as well as music composition, where he studied with Timothy Powell, Denis DiBlasio, Carl Cox, and Roberto Pace. During the early years of his career, he performed regularly in his home state of New Jersey.

In 2014, Brandon received the Bill Walters NJJS Jazz Scholarship through the New Jersey Jazz Society, where he was invited to perform at the Shanghai Jazz restaurant with a group from the William Paterson University. He also performed at the 2014 NJMEA Convention with the New Jersey Intercollegiate Jazz Band. In 2016, Brandon was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda honors society.
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Carlos January 8, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
I have known Brandon since 2012. We entered Rowan together to major in music. Brandon has always been the "go-to" saxophonist at the music department. He is widely knowledgeable not only in music but also in several academic aspects. Definitely a fun person to work with, and to talk to. I am completely sure that if you take lessons with Brandon, you will not only grow as a musician but also as a person.
Without having finished at Rowan, Brandon has already written and published a book. This speaks not only of his self-motivation, but also about the seriousness with which he takes his career as a musician. Students who chose to study with him will surely be influenced by all of his positive aspects.
Definitely recommended!
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Ken December 27, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
I have worked with Brandon since 2014 in several diifrrent music settings, and have taken a several lessons with him on saxophone (I'm a keyboard player). He is a consumate professional to play with and learn from.

When teaching, he is very good at explaining what you need to change, and how to do it in an easy to understand way. He is also very nice and encouraging, and inspired me to do better in my playing. He is punctual and will work with you to make things work for all involved, and has a fair rate for lessons.

I wholly reccomend Brandon as a teacher.
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Brandon D.

Brandon D.

Glassboro, NJ 08028
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