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Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA

I can help beginning students on piano learn the basics.

About Thomas

Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a c
appella groups.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
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Chase T. July 5, 2016
Trombone · Online
Verified Student
Thomas did a great job teaching the lesson. He really knows his stuff and how to teach it! He wasted no time chit chatting and got right into instructing our son. Our son is looking forward to his next lesson.
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Warren G. April 12, 2016
Clarinet · Online
Verified Student
Great lesson, Thomas took the time to take a song I wanted to learn to play and create notes so I may play them.
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Olivia M. January 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Today was our first lesson with Tom. He was very pleasant, professional and made my daughter feel
Very much at ease. She is looking forward to her next lesson!!
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Thomas W.

Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA 19335
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Rosalind H.

Coatesville, PA

I teach beginning piano students the basics of music theory and of good technique. I help them to understand the patterns in the music and improve their reading fluency. We also spend some time discussing the lives and composition styles of different composers. I am comfortable teaching students of all ages and adjust my lessons to fit a student's developmental level and learning style.

About Rosalind

Hello! My name is Rosalind and I believing in teaching music lessons that go the extra mile. Students and parents can expect excellence in customer service that goes beyond their weekly lessons.

How are lessons with me different?

-Convenient Locations in Downingtown, Coatesville, West Chester as well as online lessons!

-Lessons are recorded and sent to parents and students within 24 hours so that assignments are always clear and that you have a clear idea of progress

-Access to my student newsletter which includes tips for how to improve as a performer and news about student's
upcoming performances

-I help students find and prepare for performance opportunities and I attend student performances

-I select one student a month to participate in our student showcase, featuring them in my newsletter

-I host twice a year recitals where students can show off their new skills

-I bring all materials to lessons for your convenience (excluding piano)

-singers receive recorded warm ups to practice with at home

-I am skilled at helping students with ear training if they need it for voice, most of my students can match pitch after a month of singing lessons no matter the trouble they have had before

-every student gets a "new student kit" at their first lesson including a list of performance opportunities and a vocal health guide for singers

-weekly instructional videos for voice sent

-weekly links to articles about music and the brain

-I respond to student concerns and questions within 24 hours

I welcome students of all ages and work hard to make music accessible for everyone.

-Young kids in voice can expect their lessons to be fun and educational including using visual tools like scarves and shakers, and imaginative play to learn vocal techniques needed to sing on pitch and with proper breathe control.

-Children in piano lessons will learn music theory and piano technique through simple songwriting exercises, theory games, visual tools and more. They will learn about composer's lives and musical styles, providing them with a well-rounded lesson experience.

-Older children and adult singers can expect to learn about their vocal anatomy in order to better control of their voice and become independent during practice sessions at home. They will learn how to improve breathe control, posture and diction. Time during lessons will also be dedicated to developing stage presence and discussing vocal health. Singers will be allowed to select repertoire from the genre of their choice. They can also learn how to harmonize and sight-sing in lessons if they would like.

-I teach beginning guitar students and help them learn how to play with proper technique and accompany themselves when singing. These students learn to read staff and tab and shape different chords on the guitar. I use theory games and visual tools for kids to make lessons fun

-Music theory/composition students will be taught how to read and write music. Students will be invited to improvise on the piano and record their improvisations.They will be taught how to sight-sing in order to learn how to notate any melodies in their head
They will learn how music has changed and been influenced throughout history. They will learn how to read lead sheets and use stylistic invariants in their playing. They will be provided with honest feedback and constructive help on their compositions.They will learn how the human brain processes music and how best to capitalize upon this process for the greatest audience appeal.

-I have experience teaching students with special needs and adjusting lessons to help them meet their goals.

About me!

I am a Westminster Choir College '11 Alum  who graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music, summa cum laude. I also have my master's degree in music therapy from Drexel University. I am also a Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and a  Board Certified Music Therapist. During my time at school I performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center, and did music therapy work with older adults, as well as disadvantaged children and parents.

I also have my own parent/child music class I host every Thursday September-May. It's never to early to start a music education!

I have been teaching for over four years and now have a studio of more than 70 happy students. Teaching music is my passion, and I love seeing students grow!

I often draw upon my experience from my master's degree in music therapy, which taught me that music can have a profound effect on the human brain and upon cognitive development.  My skills as a music therapist allow me to better understand a student's cognitive strengths and areas for improvement, and to develop individualized teaching strategies which utilize student strengths.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studios are equipped with keyboard, guitar or piano, as well as a sizable repertoire of classical, broadway and popular music. ' I also have a mirror for voice students to see how their body is moving when singing and visual tools for students like scarves, whiteboard, markers, crayons...ect. I am more than happy to help students find any music they may need for lessons that is not already in my library.

I recommend the following books for piano students (listed by age):
Ages 4-6:
My First Piano Adventure, Lesson Book A with by Nancy & Randall Faber
Ages 6-12:Piano Adventures - Level 1: Lesson Book [Book]Faber Piano Adventures

Ages 12 and up:

Adult All-In-One Course: Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, Level ...by Willard A. Palmer

Voice: Alfred's Teach Yourself to Sing
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in ear training, sight-singing and knowing and understanding vocal anatomy. Many of my students are students who have gone on to score lead roles in their schools or community theater performances, as well as lead singers of local bands looking to improve their techniques and improve their vocal health.

I specialize in theory and sight-reading for piano and theory students.

I also specialize in teaching those with special needs.
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Kristen M. July 9, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
So far it's been great!
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Sophie May 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable!! A great session!
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Alexa April 7, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Was great with my 11 yr old daughter!
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Rosalind H.

Rosalind H.

West Chester, PA 19382
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Adam K.

Philadelphia, PA

Learn songs YOU want to learn by modern artists, including Adele, Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, The Beatles,...and many more!

Method books used only for structure and support. Build effective fundamental skills and improve your technique, theory, and improvisation in Pop, Rock, Classical, R&B, Soul, and other genres!

About Adam

I have been passionate about music all of my life. I have been teaching guitar and piano for 9 years. I'm a doctoral student at Chestnut Hill College pursuing a degree in clinical psychology with plans to become a music therapist. I learned guitar and classical piano under 2 private teachers while pursuing my Psychology degree and music minor at Rutgers University in NJ.

Music was a way for me to find peace, structure, confidence, and an outlet for personal expression and creativity outside of my everyday life. I've grown as a person and a musician through music. I get excited when I see
my students learn enjoy playing something new. I love music more than anything else and that love is something I try to bring out in my students. Once there is love for music, everything grows naturally. I teach to help my students find those strengths in themselves to live a fulfilling life through their instrument.

***Lesson Details***

We create daily, weekly, and monthly goals for you to achieve.

Guitar: After 3 to 6 months of learning with me, you will have a basic knowledge of chords, how to read musical notation, strum to play. Most importantly, you will have learned 3 or 4 songs of your choice so that you can experience the joy of expressing yourself through music.
To achieve these results, you must be willing to practice 20-30 minutes a day.

***Specialties***

I specialize in teaching students to learn to play by ear and improvise songs based on their tastes, style, and ability level. I also walk students through how to write and record semi-professional quality songs with drums, vocals, guitar, and piano. Music genres I cover are mainly Pop, Pop/Rock, Folk, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Alternative, and Classical (piano only)

*** Studio Equipment ***

I provide a comfortable, quiet room with live instruments, and playback and recording equipment. I expect students to bring a guitar, books, sheet music, picks, and a tuner.
Instruments:
1. Taylor Acoustic Guitar
--picks, tuner, and capo
2. Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar
-- Marshall 100W Amplifier
-- Classic Cry Baby Wah Effects Pedal
3. Casio PX-310 Weighted 88-Key Piano Keyboard

Playback and Recording:
1. MacBook Pro OSX 10.10.3 13-inch screen
- Insignia 27W Speakers with subwoofer
- Garageband
2. Steinberg UR-22 Recording Interface
3. Audio-technica M30 Headphones
4. Sterling Audio ST51 Black Condenser Microphone

*** Travel Equipment *** (same as above except for piano)
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Max February 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Cant speak highly enough about Adam. I felt he went above and beyond for a guitar teacher. He challenged me to perform at an open mic fairly early (I couldnt play a full song before starting lessons) and took his own time to come support me. He teaches piano too and has a great understanding of music theory. This was big for me as music theory is fascinating to me. Our lessons were very relaxed and always left me excited to get home and practice more. My interest in guitar is fairly schizophrenic and I like to change focus all the time to cover as much ground in our precious weekly hour. Adam did a great job working with my idiosyncrasies and taught me a great amount in the few months we had lessons. (I moved out of town)
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Quynh N. January 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Adam was be my son piano teacher for over 6 months and still be continue. He is very professional, kind and patience with my 7years old boy . I even refer him to teach piano for my best friend son and she is happy with his professional too . My son cannot wait to see him every Saturday for his 45 minutes lesson. Thank you Adam !
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Nathan H. December 30, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Adam is very calm and patient, even with my quirky 9 year old. I'd recommend him to anyone.
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Adam K.

Philadelphia, PA 19144
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$35 / 45-min
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Jeff O.

Phoenixville, PA

Beginner to intermediate piano. Piano lessons are primarily theory based.

About Jeff

Jeff has a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Temple University. He has performed as a percussionist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and Percussion Ensemble, Atlantic Brass Band, United Percussion, and the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also a performing member of the Outside Sound Ensemble, an educational program that implements art and music to work with students and adults with disabilities. Jeff is currently the Percussion Caption Head and Arranger at Neshaminy High School, as well as percussion and
drum teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

In 2015, Jeff joined the staff of Field of View Indoor Percussion Ensemble as an instructor, and is now the battery arranger for the group. In the past, he has worked with the North Penn High School Winter Percussion Ensemble, the Upper Darby Indoor Drumline, and the percussion section of the Pennsbury High School Marching Band. Jeff has a WGI Percussion Independent Open Gold Medal with United Percussion and a WGI Percussion Scholastic Open Bronze Medal with Upper Darby High School. Jeff is a Grammy-nominated timpanist with the Temple University Orchestra, and he has recorded timpani with the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra on the Naxos label.

Jeff plays drums for Revolution, I Love You, an electro power pop band based out of Philadelphia. The band has performed at NXNE in Toronto, the Dewey Beach Music Festival, LAUNCH Music Conference in Lancaster, and numerous venues in and around Philadelphia, New York, and Wilmington. He has also performed and recorded with the Philadelphia hard rock band Palaceburn, and released his first solo electronic work Folk Songs under the alias Duncan in October of 2013.
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Arianna J. May 21, 2016
Drum · Online
Verified Student
Patient, knowledgeable, dedicated, flexible, fun -- everything you could want in an instructor! Flexible schedule, very patient, and very knowledgeable. Lessons with him are relaxed and he provides great, detailed critique on how to better performance and technique. He does a great job of preparing for lessons as well. Highly recommended!
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Deb Birkbeck January 11, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jeff is very easy to work with, and I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons.
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Robert D. September 4, 2015
Verified Student
He was excellent. Great teacher! Strongly recommend to anyone who is interested in playing drums!
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Jeff O.

Phoenixville, PA 19460
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Nicholas K.

Ardmore, PA

Through past experience teaching piano, my students have made tremendous amounts of progress. My first student learned all of his scales, and was playing chords to basic songs by the 5th lesson. I work well with beginners because while most piano teachers stick to books with finger exercises, that does not interest the student. Instead, once my student starts playing one of their favorite songs, they won't want to stop playing piano!

About Nicholas

My name is Nicholas and I am a physics major and education and math minor at Clark University. I just finished my first year of college and I am tutoring over the summer, doing curriculum math and SAT/ACT math. I've been an assistant teacher at public schools before, teaching 10th grade math, and I have done one-on-one math work with other students. I am looking to bring enthusiasm to my tutoring, and try to bring relevance into math, because through my experience I've learned that students remain interested in a subject if they see relativity. Thank you for your time!
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Jayce L. July 29, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nicholas was professional, knowledgeable, punctual, kind, patient and encouraging. He did a great job working with my six year old son. Highly recommended.
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Caton P. July 28, 2015
Tennis · In studio
Verified Student
My son has improved exponentially with Nick's instruction! He makes tennis fun. I wanted my son to get good exercise and to learn the sport. He didn't look forward to it at first, but now going to a lesson is just hangout time and he can't wait to go.
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Aidan K. July 17, 2015
Tennis · In studio
Verified Student
Nicholas gave my 9-year old grandson, Aidan, a total of four one-hour lessons and in that time my grandson got Impressively better at playing and became enthusiastic about the game. Nicholas was the perfect instructor for Aidan. He taught him the fundamentals but kept the lessons fun. He related easily with Aidan. I would recommend Nicholas to anyone with a beginner player.
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Nicholas K.

Ardmore, PA 19003
(4)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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