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About Serena E.

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Students will learn how to compose their own music with a foundation of music theory and ear training. They will also understand the processes of different musical instruments and how to effectively write for the performers of that instrument

*all lessons are always taylored to be appropriate vocally and dramatically for age, voice type, and ability

About Serena
Hello! My name is Serena!

Music shapes my life and has made me the person I am today. My experience in training in opera, musical theatre, jazz, and pop has expanded my musical skills and knowledge. Not only have I been trained in performance, but I have also studied music history, music theory, conducting, movement training, ballet, Alexander Technique, acting, yoga, stage craft, improvisation, other languages, diction and the International Phonetic Alphabet, voice science and anatomy, and vocal pedagogy. I have completed my Bachelor of Music in Operatic Vocal Performance from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of the legendary Carol Vaness. I have also studied with acclaimed teachers and coaches around the world including Dr. Kari Ragan and Maestro Dean Williamson.

This year has been w
onderfully packed with performance for Seattle Opera. I just closed out a 78 performance run of CINDERELLA IN SPAIN where I sang the role of CINDERELLA and was even on the poster! I also performed the roles for the Seattle Opera preview performances of GRETEL in HANSEL UND GRETEL, VIOLETTA in LA TRAVIATA, KATYA in KATYA KABANOVA, and QUEEN OF THE NIGHT in MAGIC FLUTE. I made my Seattle Opera debut singing ALITSA and RACCOON in their touring production of "OUR EARTH", as well as performing on the mainstage in many productions. My upcoming performances include singing in the Seattle Opera kick off to the season SUMMERFEST in July; and OLYMPIA in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN with Pacific Northwest Opera. My other roles include ALKANDRE in PENELOPE with Vespertine Opera in Seattle, WA; FRASQUITA in CARMEN with OperaBend in Bend, Oregon and Pacific Northwest Opera; and SUSANNA in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with the Seattle Opera Guild. I also made my international debut in December 2014 singing GRETEL in HANSEL UND GRETEL with Opera Mariposa in Vancouver, BC. I have also been the featured soloist as "Christine" in Ten Grand's Phantom of the Opera at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA, and many lead roles in both opera and musical theatre: such as Semele (Semele), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Countess Ceprano and Gilda (Rigoletto), Blondchen (Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail), Maria (West Side Story), La Fee (Cendrillon), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Cathy (The Last 5 Years), Rosina (Barber of Seville), and more! I have also been part of jazz ensembles, and won the Battle of the Bands at Indiana University with a rock group! I am proud to have won the Seattle Opera Guild/Opera Plus Young Artist Scholarship Award for the 2015/2016 season, the Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, First Place in the National Classical Singers Competition, the C.M. Gerber Scholarship, Music Dean's Scholarship, Music Faculty Award, First Place at Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competitions, First Place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Competitions, and many more!

Teaching brings me such joy! To share the love of music and to educate the musicians of tomorrow is both gratifying and inspiring. I have been teaching since 2005 and provide a fun and focused learning experience where there are no "wrong" questions, and everybody's unique voice is celebrated! Many of my students have gone on to study music in college, and have landed lead roles in musical theatre, choir solos, All State and All Northwest choirs, and won awards in Classical competitions.

In my spare time, I like to hike, eat good food, and spend time with family and friends!

*** Lesson Details ***
My studio provides musical knowledge through private lessons including healthy vocal technique, basic understanding of music theory, and basic piano skills. I encourage a fun and focused environment. Come ready to learn, and let's make music!

A typical lesson will include vocalises that detail proper technique, some ear training work, some music theory training, and will be followed by repertoire. During this time, students will learn how to produce clear and authentic diction (English and other languages), breath management, phrase shaping, smooth transitions between higher and lower pitches, stylistic ornamentation, as well as dramatic involvement of the piece.

Students will learn the importance of the foundations of breath support, and how to create a healthy sound for any genre while keeping the unique qualities of their own voice-- no cookie-cutter singers here! Students will also learn how to read music, practice effectively, perform authentically, and take care of their delicate instrument for a lifetime of singing!

While Skype is a marvelous tool that has revolutionized the world of teaching, nothing can replicate natural acoustics. In-studio lessons are suggested for a clearer and more personable lesson.
**Skype lessons are reserved for long distance students only**

STUDIO ABSENCE and CANCELLATION POLICIES:
Regularly scheduled and attended lessons are the best way to see positive changes in your voice! The smooth running of the Studio Schedule helps make that happen. Therefore, missing lessons is discouraged and make up lessons/cancellations are not given in the Studio unless:
- I have had a performance or rehearsal that conflicts with our lesson time and cannot have the lesson as scheduled. If this occurs, I will inform you of the event as soon as possible and give you the option of a make up lesson or cancelling the lesson.
- Notices of foreseen cancellations (family vacations, religious holidays, school functions, special occasions etc.) are eligible for rescheduling or cancellation if given before the first lesson of the month.
- Of course, life can throw us for a loop! Illness, emergencies, and unforeseen events may possibly be given make ups or cancellations and will be determined at the Studio's discretion. (In the matter of illness: standard procedure is that if the student can attend work/school, they should come to their lesson. A cold can easily be worked around. If the voice is affected (for singing students), Studio time can still be used to work on ear training, music theory, music history, etc.)

All other absences will result in the lesson being marked as "missed". A hard copy of the Studio Policies and further details will be given to the student at the first lesson. Please feel free to ask any questions or clarifications.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons take place in a designated area of my home. The room includes seating for parents to observe lessons as well as a weighted keyboard (88 keys), music stand, desk, and materials. No pets. Lots of street parking is available. Shopping and coffee/food located within walking distance.

*** Specialties ***
Specialties: Classical/Opera
Other styles and genres: Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, and Rock.
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marilyn August 10, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
I have been seeing Serena for help with some obstacles I have come up against in my study of classical voice. She has been very quick to identify what is getting in my way and has given me specific approaches to improve my technique. I have heard her sing and can say that she is superb, musical and has a solid and excellent technique.

I have worked with voice teachers who are good singers but have not the vaguest idea of what they are doing to sing well. This is certainly not the case with Serena. She communicates absolutely clearly what is needed for you to progress.

She is also very kind, approachable, encouraging and puts you at ease right away.

I would, without hesitation, give her the highest recommendation.
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Sanjana August 2, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
My deepest gratitudes to Serena for developing me into a singer who is confident in her ability to sing healthily and happily. It was truly a gift to learn from such a patient, kind, and successful artist for 5 years, and to absorb some of the knowledge she has collected throughout her growing Opera career. Not only does she teach all vocal styles and can prepare her students for any vocal musical event, but she teaches the inner anatomnical workings of the voice and the proper techniques to sing efficiently and healthily. A bit of preparation and practice goes a long way with her thorough and lively teaching style. She is truly an outstanding teacher, a brilliant singer, and a lovely person.
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Daniel March 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Amazing instructor. I have never taken a singing lesson, but she was extremely patient with me. She really helps you build a foundation for singing and explains the reasoning behind what she teaches very well. I would highly recommend her!
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About Donielle H.

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We will work on arrangement, structure, and lyric development.

About Donielle
Graduating from the renowned High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia; succeeding heavyweight entertainers such as Boyz II Men and Jazmine Sullivan, has equipped me to teach music! Most of my experience is as a professional gospel recording artist and songwriter. I have writing credits on two successful albums, and am currently working on my debut album through RockSoul Productions.

I have experience as a music teacher, choir director, and Performing Arts Coordinator at We Ovecome Performing Arts Summer Camp. I am currently the Group Facilitator/Music Teacher at Congresso working in the after school program at Kensington CAPA high school. I specialize in beginners music theory, vocal arrangement, and songwriting, in the urban/gospel/contemporary styles of music.

A Lesson with me will be fun, challenging, a
nd inspiring. I like to do creative and interactive lesson plans, vocal exercises, and work on any music projects or endeavors that you may have. You want me as your teacher because I can coach you into the vocalist you've always dreamed of becoming!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect student to provide a piano or keyboard, cd player, paper and pencil,
I will provide sheet music, cd's, and lessons plans.

*** Specialties ***
Genres: Gospel, Contemporary, Pop
Vocal Arrangement
Music Theory
Songwriting
Music Performance
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Rob December 10, 2015
· Music Performance ·
Donielle is truly gifted; a genuine artist on and off the stage. Her musicality allows her to flow effortlessly whether in a sacred music/worship format, or during a professional performance. Her understanding of Music Theory allows her to communicate clearly with other musicians and effectively with her students. Donielle's friendly and inviting attitude also make her a pleasure to work with and create with. She's the best!
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Bret December 5, 2015
· Music Performance · In studio
I really appreciate Donielle's approach to teaching music. She's very relatable and makes things very simple to understand. If you have trouble with music theory or are beginning to get into performing, Donielle is definitely a good instructor to hire. I've learned a lot about stage etiquette, singing and basic music theory from her.
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Alisa December 2, 2015
· Gospel Singing ·
Awesome, knowledgeable, patient, kind and intelligent
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Pottstown, PA 19464
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About Scott B.

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As a songwriter who has been featured by American Songwriter & CMT, as well as in film and television, I can help you understand the nuts and bolts of what makes a great song work.

As a former music analyst for Pandora internet radio's Music Genome Project, I have analyzed over 15,000 songs, a process which imparted a deep understanding of popular song forms across all genres.

We can work on basic or advanced songwriting ideas- chord/melody relationships, substitutions, voice leading, lyric writing, matching musical themes to lyrics, ensemble arranging, scoring, etc.

About Scott
"a masterful guitarist -- really, a total whiz of a rare order."
--Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly

"a force to be reckoned with... sophisticated chord voicings, complex fingerpicking patterns, and a flurry of blues, jazz, and folk-inflected riffs performed with a ringing acoustic tone and an undeniable rhythmic drive."
--Wired.com

Scott is an internationally touring guitarist and songwriter based in Philadelphia. In addition to his work as an in-demand sideman for various artists and bands around the country, Scott is also an accomplished bandleader and composer with four acclaimed releases under his belt over the last ten years.

As a guitarist, Scott brings a modern, technical approach to traditional American styles - jazz, bluegrass, country blues, western swing and chick'n pick'n country guitar - but as a songwriter, he gravi
tates toward straightforward rock, blues, and folk.

Scott's guitar playing and songwriting has landed him features from American Songwriter, CMT, and more. He holds a BFA in Studio/Composition, with a minor in Jazz Performance, from SUNY Purchase in Purchase, NY.

Scott is currently on faculty in the Music Industry department at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.

*** Lesson Details ***

When studying with Scott, students can expect a comfortable and fun atmosphere that promotes experimentation and positive reinforcement. Employing a curriculum that is equal parts formal technique and informal playing of the student's favorite music, Scott makes every lesson engaging and exciting for his students.

After 3 to 6 months studying with Scott, beginners should expect to be able to play many of their favorite songs, have a firm grasp on basic scales, chords, theory and sight reading, and can even begin writing their own songs and improvising solos!

If you're already an intermediate/advanced player, Scott will push you to find your unique voice on the guitar and tap into advanced techniques and approaches that will help you fully realize all that the guitar has to offer.

Lessons are tailored to each individual student's particular interests and abilities. Wherever you want to take your guitar playing, Scott will get you there and beyond!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring an acoustic guitar with me. My student must only have a guitar of their own of any kind. If it's electric, an amp is preferable, but not necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Guitar, Bass, Theory, Song Writing, Composition, Improvisation, Sight Reading, Advanced Harmonic and Rhythmic Concepts, Group Playing
I am schooled in Jazz, but have a passion for all styles, including rock, blues, country, funk, folk, punk, and world music.
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Kathleen P. July 14, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Great instructor!
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Randall D. May 14, 2015
· Bluegrass Guitar · Online
My first lesson was wonderful! I have been playing guitar for 20 years, and have been in a rut for the last several. Scott has already challenged me in my first lesson and I have direction for personal practice.
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barbara F. August 27, 2014
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Scott is not only an amazing guitarist, but he is a superb teacher. Kind, supportive, and has an uncanny ability to break-down difficult pickings and strums into understandable and easy to follow directions. Most importantly, very patient. I was self-taught in the 70s when everyone picked up a guitar, stopped as an adult and am now re-starting it again after 30 years-and enjoying every moment. Scott is able to teach any type of music or song and intuitively understands and teaches the guitar style that the student would like to learn. Any student who studies with Scott should consider themselves fortunate. Not only does he know his stuff, he is passionate about music and passing on this musical knowledge to his students.
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Philadelphia, PA 19143
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About Lucian W.

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- Analyzing the 4 types of compositional concepts: melodic, lyric, harmonic, and rhythmic
- song structures (verse, chorus, bridge, pre-chorus etc.)
- chord progressions: diatonic (within the key) and non-diatonic (outside of the key)
- harmonic rhythm

About Lucian
Lucian W is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston and former faculty member of the Hartford Conservatory. His vocal studies have been with Jacqueline Jarrett and David Baker in Connecticut, Jane Ellison at Loyola University in Montreal, noted operatic tenor Carmine Gagliardi in New York City, and Gina Moretta (whose students have included Gloria Estefan and Jon Secada) in Miami. He studied privately with world famous jazz guitarists George Benson and Chuck Wayne and has had a full time performing career of several decades as a guitarist, pianist, vocalist, bassist, arranger and orchestra leader.
Lucian believes that by sharing his enjoyment of making music with his students, he can give them confidence in other areas. That is because, in order to make music, they must go through a process of physical discovery through pr
actice. They are then empowered by experiencing the connections between inspiration, work, and pleasure.
He performs, as a solo entertainer, an unusually wide ranging repertoire because of his versatility on guitar, piano, and vocals. Being an accomplished arranger with a vast library of charts also allows him to lead a ten piece orchestra as competently as a trio or quartet. He has performed extensively in New York, Chicago, Cape Cod, and Florida.

*** Lesson Details ***
I always try to make lessons as comfortable and enjoyable as possible yet challenging enough to maintain interest. I build lessons around the student's individual interests (specific songs or styles) so that he or she can learn the technical fundamentals in a relevant context.
My own curriculum is supplemented by the following:
Guitar: Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Aaron Shearer Classical Guitar Method
Piano: Alfred's Basic Piano Course , John W. Schaum Piano Course
Voice: Jeffrey Allen's Secrets of Singing, Nicola Vaccai Practical Method

*** Studio Equipment ***
Hardman baby grand acoustic piano
OptimusMD1600 electronic keyboard
Crate TX50D guitar amplifer

*** Specialties ***
- Singing lesson time is generally divided 50/50 between voice building and repertoire. I accompany vocalists on both piano and guitar, teaching the melody notes as they are sung along with the piano. Then, once the melody is learned, I often switch to the guitar with just chordal backing. The acoustic guitar is also softer than the piano and lets the singer hear their own voice better. For voice building, I use my own concepts plus approaches of famous voice teachers like Jeffrey Allen, Seth Riggs, and Anthony Frissel.
- I am very experienced performing all styles of guitar and can cater to the student's specific area of interest, whether it be rock, folk, classical, or jazz.
- With piano, I work on fundamentals of reading and technique. Learning basic harmony and chord construction starting with triads (3 note chords), the student can soon read single stave lead sheets (a form of music notation widely utilized by professional musicians) as well as the grand staff. This approach trains the ear and makes learning how to play popular songs much easier.
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Salvatore D. April 5, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Has a lot of experience and knowledge, and puts in the effort to show it.
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Nathaniel S. March 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, very knowledgeable of theory and can help you better understand your instrument and music in general. Highly recommended.
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Ronald Libby March 5, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
Excellent
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About Don S.

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Coaching and instruction for aspiring songwriters

About Don
Upbeat, fun and patient. Professional performer/teacher with a BA in music (with honors) and English from Wesleyan University, graduate study in music education from University of St. Thomas and film production/screenwriting with honors from Minneapolis College (MCTC). Don
specializes in helping you to unleash your creativity and self-expression. Guitar, songwriting, composition/music production (Garageband, etc), computer-based "beat-making", ensembles, and pop vocal coaching. Tutoring and computer help also offered.

Many years experience in K-12 music and digital media technology (audio and video) working with gifted/talented and special needs students as well as in-school artist residencies. Adult students are a specialty and are most welcome!

*** Lesson Details ***
In individual lessons, instruction will be tailored to the indiv
idual desires and needs of each student. Fun "family-style" lessons with parent(s) and young children are also a new option.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, ukuleles, bass guitars, strum-sticks, various percussion instruments, ProTools Digi002, Garageband, Kurzweil 2500, Mac Pro Desktop computers, various keyboards, synthesizers and music composition/production software and amps.

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Teacher brings instruments/supplies/books as needed, and can arrange to provide instruments for students as well.

*** Specialties ***
Individual or group instruction in folk, jazz, blues, rock, guitar/vocal performance coaching, songwriting, lyric writing, instrumental improvisation, digital media production/composition, iMovie, Garageband, "beat-making" and therapeutic music for youth, adult and special needs students. Tutoring/homework help in English, mac computers and basic academic subjects for K-12 and adult students. Technology (geek) help/support with computers, digital gadgets (especially Apple) for "non-techies".
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Dean June 5, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Don is a super experienced musician that promotes local singer songwriters. He is very flexible with his schedule and lesson plans.
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Brittany September 15, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Don was very kind, patient, and encouraging. He brought over a lot of his own materials so it was much less stressful trying to find things to do.
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Barbara K. June 26, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Don does an outstanding job! He is able to connect authentically my son and customized the lessons to fit his learning style and needs. Don has drawn so much out of him musically and has also built a community of students that play together. He makes the lessons fun and engaging. He has opened up my 7-year old to the joy of playing and performing and has helped create a love of music. I highly recommend Don as a music teacher.
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About Brad R.

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Brad will show students not just music theory and common practices of composition of the time, but also show a student how to develop a personal style. Students will learn:
-Chord labels
-Form
-Key changes
-Connecting sections
-Developing ideas
-Writing in different styles
-Developing personal style
-Increasing creativity

About Brad
Brad's understanding of music runs deeper then just knowledge of the fingerboard and instrument. His mix of philosophy, music, and humor makes him a unique and well rounded teacher for students of all ages. His former students now study music at Berkelee College of Music, Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater, and Elon University. Brad has developed his own method book for overcome physical and mental obstacles on the path to mastery.

*** Lesson Details ***
Brad tries to adjust his teaching to fit the goals of the student. He is great with kids, but also knows when to be serious. He works from over a hundred music books for all levels of playing and styles. From disciplined classical playing, to free improvisation, Brad has done it all.

Things student learn include:
- reading sheet music
- classical guitar
- reading gu
itar tab
- songs and pieces in a variety of styles
- fretboard knowledge
- scales and arpeggios
- lead guitar playing
- technique
- chords of all types
- finger picking, and pick style
- music theory
- ear training and solfege
- memorizing music
- interpretation and expression
- phrasing
- musicianship
- songwriting
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DM January 15, 2016
· Guitar · Online
I have heard Brad perform live and he's an outstanding guitarist, beautiful phrasing beautiful selection of music, and a settled and mature manner of playing that brings the music to life! I can only imagine that he would be a wonderful teacher, patient, knowledgeable, and inspiring!
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Linda January 14, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Brad is a really awesome guitar instructor. He makes the learning experience very enjoyable and fun! He is extremely knowledgeable with respect to guitar and music theory. (I am a total novice to the world of music). He is patient and customizes the lesson to my needs. I have always wanted to learn guitar in order to play my favorite rock songs. Brad is helping make that dream a reality!
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Linda January 14, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Brad is a really awesome guitar instructor. He makes the learning experience very enjoyable and fun! He is extremely knowledgeable with respect to guitar and music theory. (I am a total novice to the world of music). He is patient and customizes the lesson to my needs. I have always wanted to learn guitar in order to play my favorite rock songs. Brad is helping make that dream a reality!
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Chester Springs, PA 19425
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I will show you how to develop your ideas for that song you always wanted to write.

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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Coatesville, PA 19320
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One of my favorite subjects to teach and practice - songwriting is a great blank slate with lots to offer those who choose to engage with it. Sessions will include musical and lyrical brainstorming exercises, with creative prompts to get you going, as well as guidance in crafting musical structure that serves what you want to express. Style follows the student. Let's write!

About Jacqueline
Hello! Here's a little about me:
Whether it's the voice, piano, guitar, or some acting chops, I have pursued the arts passionately throughout my entire life. The motivation to look at things from as many perspectives as possible has driven me to have a unique toolkit of practices to bring to any teaching situation.

Creds, Street: I began performing professionally since the age of 7 as a singer, dancer, and actor in the regional theater scene. Once I got into songwriting, I taught myself how to record, and now gig around the Philadelphia and Lancaster areas.

Creds, Academic: I have a BA in Music, studied theater with SU in NYC, and have an MA in Music Therapy (board-certified). I've been a practicing music therapist for the last 5 years at a Philly children's hospital, as well as an assisted living facility on the mainline.
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Stephanie P. December 2, 2016
· Piano · In home
Jackie is an extraordinary teacher.
She is terrific with my twin girls, well versed in music and piano and quite
talented in both playing the piano, singing and teaching.

My girls are learning a great deal, and really enjoying it.She is an exceptional piano teacher! We are thrilled with her teaching technique so far. . .

We give Jackie our highest recommendation.
Sincerely, Kimberly and Joe Pratt (mother of Stephanie and Natalie Pratt)
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Adriana June 2, 2016
· Singing · In home
Jackie was incredibly patient, insightful, and helpful. She is so fun to learn from and we both had a great time. I noticed improvement after our very first lesson. I would highly recommend Jackie over and over again! Dont miss this awesome teacher!
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Jacqueline M.

Ardmore, PA 19003
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I have been writing songs since 14. I have recorded my songs with the Dharma Bums and Thunderbug Collective. During my time at Oberlin, I sought to improve my songwriting through courses in the creative writing department and workshops with the Oberlin Songwriters Association. I was an active member of this organization and was a featured performer at the annual showcase from 2014-2016.

About Lenny
Studying music has tremendous benefits including: discipline, self confidence, problem solving, and stronger connections in the brain! Understanding music can give you new perspectives on how to look at the world. If you have felt the power of music then you owe it to yourself to understand and harness what is already a part of you. OWN IT!

While studying with me we will work on many facets of music including technique, sight reading, critical listening, music theory, improvisation, and how to apply these skills to a piece of music to truly express yourself. My goal is to instill a deep understanding of music to my students while letting their individual sensibilities show.

STYLES: I can teach all styles of American music (i.e Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, R&B etc.) as well as classical and fingerstyle.
I have a degree in classical
guitar and have performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as well as done concerts in the USA, Italy, and the UK.
I have experience playing in many different bands in many styles including: Rock, Reggae, African, Blues, and Jazz groups.

SUZUKI METHOD: I am trained and certified in the Suzuki Guitar Method and spent 3 years teaching Suzuki in studio with children as young as 5. This involves a significant parent-teacher-student commitment and regularly yields impressive results.

ON TALENT: I agree with Shin-ichi Suzuki that talent is irrelevant and a myth. I believe that the potential of all my students are the same but they come to me with various starting skills levels and all learn at a very different pace. I believe that the myth of “talent” really just means that the individual has had a long exposure to music. This is why I emphasize critical listening in my lessons. If you have a large knowledge of music and sounds in your head it makes it easier to make connections and better assess your ideas.
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Brandon March 9, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Lenny is a great instructor. He's both personable and patient, brings extensive theory knowledge as well as technical guitar playing abilities to the table. His rates are reasonable and he's flexible with scheduling. I highly recommend lessons with Lenny, regardless of your level of experience.
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Louise November 5, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Lenny was my daughter's first instructor for guitar, she had two years of piano - she was not as motivated with the piano instructor as with Lenny. He took his time with any questions she had, he was totally patient with her, he really has a understanding of music and is able to explain it in a way with minimal if no confusion. No matter what kind of day he may have had at school he remained absolutely consistent from week to week with how he taught during the lesson. His focus was where it should be, even when other family members needed to take my daughter he was undaunted yet caring. I would highly recommend this young man hands down. I told him personally through emails how thankful and blessed we were with him as a teacher. I have other children, older, and I have had them through various teachers with various instruments and Lenny is definitely a 5-Star.
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Lenny R.

Philadelphia, PA 19143
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As a professional singer/songwriter who has toured around the country, and licensed music to TV networks such as E!, MTV, Netflix, and more, you can expect to learn tips, techniques, and helpful exercises that you can use to write smart, unique songs that come from the heart. Some of the tricks I teach are ones I use personally to help me write. Expect to have fun, be challenged/out of your comfort zone, but to also feel more confident and accomplished in your songwriting abilities!

About Lia
I'm a touring vocalist, piano player, and songwriter with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre, and am currently teaching both beginner and intermediate students. My versatility, experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun.

While obtaining my Bachelor's degree, I took regular voice lessons from one of the leading vocal pedagogy experts in the world: Mary Saunders Barton. I also studied various aspects of music and performance, such as the art of auditioning, and music theory. I have spent many years performing in professional, regional musical theater productions, and am happy to work on auditions with my students. Currently, I play gigs regularly in my local area (Philadelphia), tour occasionally, and write and record regularly. My songs have been licensed for national
/international TV (E!, MTV, PBS, Netflix, and more).

I typically teach my clients either in their own homes (if within 10 miles of me), or online. I can easily accommodate to teach in my own home as well. I work with singers, piano players, & songwriters of all different ages, with a variety of musical goals.
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Tony August 1, 2018
· Singing · In home
Both of my daughters love to sing. We signed up for lessons so they could learn their favorite pop songs; one of my daughters also took piano. They've learned how to hit notes easier and how to properly warm up; Lia is great at finding fun ways to keep them engaged while also still learning. The combination of piano and voice for my youngest has been really valuable. I highly recommend Lia for your lessons!
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Nadine July 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
Lia has been a wonderful and nurturing teacher. She spent time getting to know my children and tailors lessons to keep them engaged and having fun!
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Lia M.

Philadelphia, PA 19127
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