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About Patti C.

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Murrysville, PA

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About Patti
Hi! I am a classically trained pianist originally from Syracuse, NY. I graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA where I studied piano under Professor Alec Chien. I also enjoyed playing the French horn and percussion with the Allegheny Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble.

I have performed numerous piano solo recitals, as a featured pianist with the Allegheny Wind Ensemble, in piano duos, a piano quartet, small instrumental groups and in the pit orchestra for musical productions. I know the skills and technique needed to play as a soloist and in different types of groups. I am eager to share this with aspiring pianists.

I have 6+ years experience teaching private lessons to young children and 3 years experience in teaching fun group EZ play organ classes to senior citizens. My senior year I was also a substitute teacher for b
eginning class piano at Allegheny College.

So whether you’re looking to study as a serious pianist, just as a hobbyist or somewhere in between, I can guide and teach you along your journey.

I started piano lessons when I was 8 and music has been a part of who I am ever since. My goal as a teacher is to make a students' experience positive and rewarding. I have studied under 3 piano teachers in my life. Each teacher had a positive influence on me personally and musically. I strive to do the same for my students.

I am the strongest and most comfortable working with beginners of all ages. I get great joy out of seeing people realize their dreams or desire to start playing the piano.

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I like to use the Bastien or Alfred piano methods. Students will be engaged and excited with the progress they make. For the younger students 5-7 I prefer the Bastien method which includes 2 books: lesson book and theory/technique book. For young students 8 and up the Bastien method includes 4 books: lesson, Theory, Technique and Performance/Solo. For adults I use the Alfred's Basic All-in-One Piano Course. Once students are ready I incorporate chord progressions, scales, sight reading and ear training into the lessons. Each lesson builds on the concepts and skills learned in prior lessons. I provide an opportunity for students to perform in a recital twice a year to show family and friends their progress.

I put great importance on proper technique right from the start. Poor technique can frustrate a student and therefore hinder their enjoyment and sense of accomplishment.

Lessons incorporate things that appeal to different learning styles. For example, a visual learner may really enjoy the flashcards to help learn the notes on the staff. For an audible learner they may look forward to hearing me play a new musical passage for him/her before talking about it. Finally, clapping a rhythm before playing it can really benefit the kinesthetic learner.

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*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.
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Linda S. January 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
My grandson is 5 and he had his first lesson last nice and he loved it. My daughter said that Patti C, was kind and supportive and so good with Mason. He can' t wait until next week.
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Rayenah January 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
I really enjoyed spending time with Patti. She broke the steps down to where I could understand easily. I am looking forward to next week.
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Juliette S. February 6, 2016
· Piano · In home
Patti was a wonderful teacher for my daughter. They seemed to hit it off right away. She was very helpful with my daughter's strengths and was willing to give her some help with things she was not as strong in. We could not have chosen a better teacher!
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Patti C.

Patti C.

Murrysville, PA 15668
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About David M.

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Tarentum, PA
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Hi my name is David with Mac's Accordion. God has been good and has allowed me to teach and perform the accordion for the last 25 years. I have students from all around the world ( India, London, Germany, Switzerland, Iceland, Taiwan, Canada and all around the United States). My lessons are high energy and a lot of fun. I teach from the Palmer Hughes Books and add in 25 years of playing into the lesson. I also send students different styles of music that will give them a more professional sound.

Here at Mac's accordion you have a choice of taking lessons from my Pittsburgh studio or you can learn the accordion at the comfort of your own home with live, One on One online accordion lessons.

I look forward in starting you on your accordion Journey.
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Chess June 17, 2018
· Accordion · Online
He is very patient. I am a mature 1st time accordion player. He made me feel very much at ease. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Carolyn C. March 2, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Great first lesson. David made me feel comfortable since I am a senior and have not played in over 20 years. He was patient and encouraging. He made me feel I made the right decision to start taking lessons and to play again an instrument that I love.
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Rosemary T. November 30, 2017
· Accordion · Online
David picked up immediately on my weaknesses and offered helpful coaching.
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David M.

Tarentum, PA 15084
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About Dale J.

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New Kensington, PA

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I've taught public school elementary band for 30 years, have been a church organist for 70 years, and taught piano and organ for 57 years. I enjoy teaching music and working with students and believe that learning to read music will enable the student to play with other musicians and enjoy music as much as I have. I try to put myself in the student's place to think as he/she does and help them understand music and perform it.
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Joe March 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Dale is an exceptional piano instructor. His program of study is comprehensive and well-designed. He offers patient, thorough instruction, and his many years of experience equip him to tailor lessons to each student's needs and strengths.
I'm extremely pleased with the highly positive experience my children have in studying with him.
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Dale J.

Dale J.

New Kensington, PA 15068
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$15 / 30-min

About Andrew H.

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Rector, PA

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*Adults*
Whether you are a beginner or have been playing for years my comprehensive lessons will help you to quickly realize your musical goals. I tailor each lesson to fit your individual needs and will get you strumming your favorite songs, reading music, taking soaring solos, or writing your own melodies while simultaneously deepening your understanding of the language of music. At the end of each lesson you’ll receive an MP3 of all the material covered.

*Kids*
I believe in building music fundamentals while fostering a love of playing. My fun, imaginative, and age appropriate classes are just right for any budding musician! Each lesson is customized to get the individual student excited about music, that means playing songs they like and having fun while learning the essential techniques and developing musicality. I have extensiv
e experience working with children 5-16 and adapt my teaching to promote success for each unique student.

*Genres*
Pop, Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, Songwriting, Classical.

*Instruments* Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Harmonica

*About*
My name is Andrew Hendryx and I am a Grammy-balloted musician with over twenty years of experience teaching, performing, and recording. My playing has been featured on NPR, CNBC, FOX, CMT and on RollingStone.com. I am a passionate educator and teach for Vintage Guitar Magazine and the historic Calliope School of Folk Music. I have a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Elon University. I’d love to assist you on your musical journey, please feel free to reach out with any questions!
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Debbie B. August 5, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
Andrew is great. Everything I was hoping for. He is so nice and fun to work with. I know I'm going to learn a lot from him.
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Chris May 4, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
I have been studying with Andrew for over a month now and I find mt his teaching technique is simply awesome. Andrew skillfully assessed my strengths and weaknesses and geared my lessons for n a way that showed benefits right from the start.
Oh ya, he’s a monster player too.
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Scott May 1, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Hi, I've been studying electric mandolin and guitar with Andrew for some time. He is so kind and enthusiastic, and really understands how to teach me at my level. He has been teaching me the deep theory behind improvisation in bluegrass, newgrass, rock, folk...and has an incredible mind full of music, riffs, scales, and chords from all genres. I've gone back and forth from guitar to mando with him, translating the same information onto the different fretboard, building my knowledge and appreciation of music, and I can now improvise confidently while playing out!
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Andrew H.

Rector, PA 15677
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About David B.

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Latrobe, PA

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Hi, there! My name is David B. and I look forward to meeting you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1993 and have loved helping my students learn music in a way that not only increases their skill and knowledge, but also builds self esteem, allows for creative expression of themselves and creates lifelong music lovers. I went to St. Vincent College and earned a degree in music education, with a voice concentration and studies in piano and organ, in 1998. I'm a positive, helpful person and my teaching style is demanding yet patient. I strive to push students to be their very best, yet am patient while working to overcome the stumbling blocks we all encounter when learning. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Aliza S. August 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Worked very well with my six year old daughter.
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Annabel R. August 13, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Went to David about a year ago for audition help! I didn't have much piano experience, but the school was requiring violinists to perform a basic piano piece as well. He totally helped me become an expert in the single piece as well as teaching me other piano basics!

He's a very patient teacher and awesome personality to study with!
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Matt M. July 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I was hesitant to start piano lessons but David has been amazing. He's an extremely friendly and patient teacher but the thing that has me rank him so highly is the fact that he always celebrated my successes and never berated for not getting as far as we hoped. For me that was important in an instructor. Also he is totally fine with me bringing in music to learn even if it isn't always the best stuff to learn from.
In short David is the kind of teacher that makes each lesson enjoyable and really helps you learn what's important to you. He has 35 years of experience so you can throw just about anything at him and he'll know what you're talking about. I can't recommend him enough if you are looking for a piano teacher in person.
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David B.

Latrobe, PA 15650
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About Jacqueline M.

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Ardmore, PA
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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.

Jacqueline M.

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About Betty I.

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Indiana, PA
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About Betty
I have worked as a registered nurse for 29 years and have taught nursing in the academic setting for ten years. I love working one on one with nursing students and have been asked to tutor many times over the years. If you're struggling with ABGs, Maternal Newborn or just need help overall to pass that do or die exam, come see me!

As for music, I have played the piano since I was 6 years old and have taught lessons on and off for the last 35 years (depending on my work schedule as a nurse). My training is in classical piano, but I have expanded to contemporary piano and piano accompaniment for soloists and choirs. I received organ training in college and have played many years for my local congregation. As for vocal training, I started at age 14 and have sung as a soloist and in various choirs. I love working with beginners and i
ntermediate students.

If you have questions, please let me know. I'd love to help!
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Carlin A. February 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
Betty is great at identifying what my child needs to be successful. She listens and adjusts quickly when needed. She always ends her lessons with a fun activity which makes the my child walk away smiling and feeling proud.
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Nicholas January 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Today was my first lesson. Betty is a great instructor and very kind and patient. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to learn to play the piano.
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Kaitlyn April 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
She is great with kids. My 6 yr old is excited about playing the piano and really likes Betty.
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Betty I.

Betty I.

Indiana, PA 15701
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About Lisa C. L.

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Somerset, PA

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About Lisa C.
After playing the violin for over 20 years, Lisa was inspired to share the gift of music with others by her teacher, Susanna Sonnenberg. Lisa is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association, and has attended the 2017 ASTA National Conference. She currently performs with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra. Lisa has played in recitals, the Chartiers Valley High School Orchestra, and was accepted to the 2006 PMEA District Orchestra. She has studied with Larry Weiss, Linda Andersen, and others. Lisa can’t remember a time before she learned how to play the violin; it has brought her great joy. Her favorite piece to play is the Bach Double Concerto in D Minor.

At 8 years old, Lisa fell in love with the violin. Throughout school, she studied with private teachers and played with the school orchestra. At home, her dogs were a great audie
nce.

Lisa went on to study history at the University of Pittsburgh, and later earned her law degree from Duquesne. She never forgot her violin, though, and continued to play in her spare time.

Music adds beauty to the world, and finally, after years of keeping the violin to herself, Lisa decided to share her playing with others. Lisa teaches traditional, classical method. The method books she uses include: Essential Elements for Strings, Samuel Applebaum, and All for Strings, among others. She supplements the technical exercises with repertoire from the Suzuki series. Lisa enjoys playing all types of music, in addition to classical, and teaches these songs, as well. Additional music includes pop artists like Taylor Swift, classic rock, electronic music like Lindsey Stirling, celtic, folk, and just about any other type of music you can think of. As a teacher, Lisa strives to be positive and encouraging. She believes that music should be fun, so her main goal is to make sure her students are having a good time!
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Lee August 18, 2018
· Violin · Online
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Tracy Pampena August 6, 2018
· Violin · Online
Love my lessons and my teacher! She’s very patient with me and explains everything in simple terms.
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Kiryn L. July 9, 2018
· Violin · Online
very enlightening
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Lisa C. L.

Somerset, PA 15501
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About April F.

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San Antonio, TX

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I picked up music when I was very young and have never looked back. I started with the piano and then moved on to the violin, of which I competed regularly in up until high school. In high school I switched the viola and found it to me even more amazing. During high school I competed again in music between schools, the San Diego Youth Orchestra. I currently work with several students with special needs such as Autism and other Neurological delays. My son is Autistic and music was a great way for him to express himself. I found that the other children I work with on the spectrum have more abilities to express themselves through music then with words. I also work with students that are not yet comfortable with themselves and getting them to breath and enjoy the music helps bring them out of their shells.

I regularly find myself jamming o
ut with another music instructor every chance we get. Music is a great relief and enjoyment that I want to share with as many people as I can. I am currently in college getting my Bachelors degree in History with a minor in Music.
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sri nandita M. September 20, 2018
· Piano · In home
April was really good. My daughter liked her and she is all excited.
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April F.

April F.

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