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Philadelphia has a rich musical history and is home to one of the nation’s top five orchestras and the Philly Pop. The city’s arts and culture make it an ideal place to be when thinking about learning how to play an instrument like the piano. Piano is one of the most popular instruments in the world and is often used in orchestras as well as for accompaniment, composing, and rehearsal. The versatility of the piano will allow you to explore almost any genre of music, including jazz, classical, pop, rock and R&B.

The piano is a common instrument to start out on, but it’s essential to begin with the right foundation. Nearly all self-taught pianists never advance beyond an early-intermediate stage; that is why it is so important to get attention and feedback from a qualified teacher. Not sure where to find that perfect instructor? TakeLessons is here to help!

There are many benefits to taking Philadelphia piano lessons with a Certified TakeLessons Instructor, including a risk-free 100 percent money back guarantee. TakeLessons piano instructors are chosen from the top 8 percent of interviewed candidates, with many of them teaching in schools and performing in the Philadelphia area. By visiting our piano teacher profile pages, you can review their background, education and experience as well as ratings and reviews from other students, guiding you in finding the perfect piano teacher for you, no matter what your age or skill level!

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Ian V.

Philadelphia, PA

I'll teach you the fundamentals of proper piano technique, which is one the most important aspects of playing relaxed and with expression and dynamics.

About Ian

Ian's vast and diverse experience on the Northeast music scene has given him the background that rivals the best of many professional musicians working today. From band tours of the US, Canada, and Hong Kong and a handful of recordings under various acts, Ian remains busy in his home city of Philadelphia. Ian has performed with such acts as Jazz great Grover Washington Jr. to the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra.

Teaching Experience

Ian has taught private lessons in Bass both electric and acoustic, piano, and guitar for the last ten years in which he has also lent his talents to
the esteemed Paul Green School of Rock and Day Jams Summer Rock School. He has also been involved with a number of after-school programs in the Philadelphia area where he taught private music lessons, music theory, and rock ensemble.

Musical Education

Ian's musical training began with piano at 7, saxophone at 9, self-taught guitar at 11, and finally electric and acoustic bass in high school. He was awarded scholarships to Philadelphia's Settlement Music School and the Berklee College of Music. Finally settling in NYC, Ian completed his B.F.A. in Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School School for Social Research in 2000. Ian has recently completed his PA Teacher Certification K-12 from Temple University 2011.

Why study music with Ian?

Quite simply Ian is a fun, creative, open-minded, and experienced teacher/musician who teaches a wide genre of music styles. He simply loves all music. Jazz, Classical, Funk/R&B, Rock, Metal, and Country are all within the expertise of Ian's vocabulary. Ian teaches with the same intensity and passion that he performs with. Ian truly cares about teaching each and every student the best way he knows.

*** Lesson Details ***
Ian's lessons are a combination of goals set by himself and the student. Whether you aspire to be the next rock god in 3 months or to just play casually with your friends at the next barbecue, Ian is there to understand your musical goals. Every student is different therefore Ian accommodates his style and methods to each the individual. Old-school rigidity are not what Ian is about. Rather, Ian dips from both the traditions of the past and new techniques of today.

Topics Covered

Technique, Song Performance, Harmony, Rhythm, and Music Theory are all important components covered in the lesson plan. Sight reading standard music notation is encouraged but not necessary. Rhythm notation is a mandatory skill every musician must know and is taught from the beginning. Song choices can be tailored to the students tastes however Ian seems fit. Ian has no problem teaching anything from the Jonas Brothers to Jimi Hendrix.

Improvisation, Groove, and Ear Training are areas of special interest and study which can also be taught to enhance a students studies.

Students skills and goals are assessed every few months to ensure student and teacher are on a clear and steady path. Everything from major and minor scales to song retention is logged down to provide a means of assessment.

Practice

As both a teacher and playing musician, Ian honestly believes that it
takes a combination of 20% talent and 80% sweat/hard work to be a successful and
competent musician. Therefore a set practice time length is agreed upon
between Ian and the student to which the student must stick to a practice schedule as
best as he or she can. Learning not just "what to practice" but "how to practice" is an important skill that is acquired through patience, hard work, and repetition. Ian can show you the skills it takes to master the "Art Of Practice".

Lesson Length

Lesson times of 30 minutes and 45 minutes are recommended for beginning students.

60 minutes for intermediate to more advanced students

*** Studio Equipment ***
Casio 88-key weighted keyboard
Fender Telecaster Guitar
Fender Precision Bass
Kolstein Upright Bass
Vintage Ampeg Bass and Guitar Amplifiers
Fostex 8-track Digital Recorder

*** Travel Equipment ***
I always have a bass or guitar on hand , a metronome, CDs, iPod, and music manuscript.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical, Jazz, Rock, R&B, and Funk on Upright Bass and Electric Bass.
I teach Beginning and Intermediate Level Piano and Guitar in Classical, Rock, and Popular Music Styles.
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Stephanie R. June 24, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Really enjoying the lessons. Ian is cool.
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KateB April 9, 2012
Excellent Teacher

Ian is a very knowledgeable and patient instructor! Very helpful for a beginner student such as myself.
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NvartR December 19, 2011
Lessons

I love the way you explain the notes to the kids. They all have told me how much they like you and feel very comfortable with your teaching. You key into each child needs. I see great progress with Nik and Liam Kat needs more practice which she will do this week. See you Thursday.
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Ian V.

Ian V.

Philadelphia, PA 19130
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$25 / 30-min
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Mark S.

Philadelphia, PA

pop, rock, and r&b

About Mark

Learning music, especially at a young age, can have a positive impact in life. From simply playing music in the home to performing music for large audiences, the basic goal is the same: the enjoyment of being a proficient musician. I have written a bit about my experience and how I can use this to help you to become a great musician.
I began studying music when I was 8 years old. My early lessons taught me not only about music but about music teaching. As a result of these experiences, I vowed to teach students music that is meaningful to them.

Moving along, in high school I played in rock bands with my friends. I can never stress how important it is to play with other people. I always encourage my students to form bands, join music groups in school, or just find a friend to jam with. Not only does this raise the level of musicality, it is a great motivational tool.
After high school, I studied music at Colorado State University, where I focused on jazz performance, theory, classical performance, and double bass pedagogy. I earned a bachelor of arts in music from Colorado State University in 2000.
I have been a musician for 16 years. I have played rock, pop, classical, jazz, and electronic music professionally for over 10 years. I have performed in the U.S. and Europe with many talented artists, and I have won various awards in performance and academics.
Although I enjoy a busy professional career in music, I am extremely committed to teaching the young and casual learner as well as career oriented individuals. At this stage in my career, I am enthusiastic towards the education and development of talent.

My home studio is fully equipped with guitars, basses, keyboards, amps, and digital recording equipment. I am highly knowledgeable in audio and midi recording through the use of recording software.
Apart from music, I have been an English teacher for eight years. I recently completely work my Master's degree in music theory. I look forward to sharing my skills and experience with you or a member of your family.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons usually follow the following steps:
Presentation of material Instruction Practice Performance
In a typical lesson, we may take a look at a piece of music through an audio or video recording. After we listen and/or watch, we discuss and examine the music. For example, this could be as simple as saying, What do think about this part? It could also be more in depth - What's the time signature? Next, we focus on a specific part to learn. The student learns by watching demonstrations, making attempts at playing it, and listening to suggestions and instruction. Just as there are many ways to teach there are also many ways to learn. I try to incorporate as many different methods as possible while being mindful of different learning styles to ensure that the student is successful. Finally, when the student has become sufficiently proficient on a piece of music, we'll play it together as a team. Sometimes, I accompany a vocalist on guitar to get a pop/rock feel. For my guitar or bass students, I trade between lead and accompany roles. I may bring other accompanying instruments to the lesson for a different vibe. The idea is to have fun playing music, and I like to have fun.
People often ask if I am strict or laid back. I am neither. We work hard, but we'€™re also so focused and motivated that the time flies by before we know it.
Lastly, I never ask my students to copy anyone. I encourage my them to be original. The music I give them is only a guide. The goal is to motivate them to play what is in their hearts.

*** Studio Equipment ***
12 x 12 room...equipped with all instruments:
piano---Casio 88 key fully weighted,
guitar,
bass,
amps,
computers,
and recording software

*** Travel Equipment ***
If students do not possess the instruments they want to play, I will provide all the necessary equipment for them.

*** Specialties ***
I teach rock blues, jazz, classical, and pop music.
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Darina G. June 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable and patient teacher.
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Pamela M. February 28, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mark has been great! I don't fit easily into a student level because I have had some piano training before -- but not in a long time. He has picked up very quickly on my skill level and has been very good about letting me pick my own music and helping me to learn. I feel that I am progressing as fast--or eve faster--than I had hoped. I highly recommend him for piano!
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Nateh September 30, 2011
Mark you are a excellent singing instructor. I could not ask for a better teacher. I want to thank you for every thing. I know this is getting me ready for bigger and beter things.
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Mark S.

Philadelphia, PA 19148
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Adam S.

Philadelphia, PA

Students can expect a fun approach to piano in our lessons. I always tailor the curriculum to each individual and make sure there is never a dull moment. Take lessons with me and I'll make sure we progress together!

About Adam

Adam is completing his degree in Jazz Drum Set Performance at Temple University. Since picking up the drums at the age of 9, he has been an active performer and educator, playing in multiple ensembles, including rock bands, jazz groups, marching bands, big bands, orchestras, church groups, wind ensembles, and percussion ensembles. This performance experience covers a wide range of genres from jazz, rock, funk, pop, and gospel. Adam has also taught drums privately and interned under band directors at middle schools and high schools in central Pennsylvania.
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Kirsten E. June 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He's very helpful, great with kids and positive attitude. My daughter likes him because he's a fun teacher.
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Kelly M. June 15, 2015
Drum · In studio
I briefly took up drums during college out of personal interest and Adam was an excellent teacher. Although I was nervous about beginning a new instrument as an adult, he made our lessons both comfortable and challenging. He was very accommodating. More than that, he always had something I could practice at home to hone my skills between lessons. This made our time together very productive. Still, my favorite thing about Adam was his sense of humor and his passion for drumming. His love for music is contagious and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to take up something new or even just improve their skills!
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Ryan S. May 16, 2015
Drum · In home
Adam is an exceptional teacher!! His passion for percussion radiates off him and is contagious to others. Adams best quality as an instructor however, is his unshakable patience and light, funny sense of humor that keeps me not only interested in digesting difficult material but also makes me want to come back for more. Adam makes you feel as if no question is a dumb question and is happy to take you along the journey that is mastering an instrument. Great teacher and great guy!! Highly recommended!! his chops are unreal I might add!!
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Adam S.

Adam S.

Philadelphia, PA 19122
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Emily S.

Philadelphia, PA

I can teach piano to beginning to intermediate students. I do not have a piano in my home, so I will need to come to your house if you have one.

About Emily

My name is Emily, and I am looking for students of all ages and abilities! I have been playing violin for 14 years and have a degree in violin performance from Temple University's Boyer College of Music. I have taught violin in various music programs in the Philadelphia area. I can also teach viola and piano from the beginner-intermediate level. I have a very encouraging and positive teaching style, and you will have fun as you learn and explore new things about music!
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Paige S. June 15, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher and really good with my daughter.
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Jizhe Y. May 7, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Emily is a wonderful instructor! She is patient and has very effective teaching techniques. Thanks Emily- I've learned so much in just 3 lessons!
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Vickie C. January 30, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Excellent teacher! Really patient and helpful!
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Emily S.

Emily S.

Philadelphia, PA 19130
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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William H.

Philadelphia, PA

William has been teaching piano for over 15 years. He has expertise in beginning and intermediate classical/traditional piano instruction as well as excels in teaching all levels of experience for those who wish to learn to improvise or excel at contemporary techniques. He has been trained in the techniques and methods of Willard A. Palmer ( author of Alfred piano course) which brings a holistic aspect to his teaching of this piano series which is favored by most piano instructors.

Whatever your piano needs might be, William would tailor the instruction to meet the client/students need. William is also undergoing training and graduate work in music therapy at one of the finest schools of music offering this degree. With this knowledge and years experience working with special needs students, William offers adaptive piano lessons for those with difficulties learning or physical disorders.

About William

William is a certified K-12 music instructor with experience in vocal and instrumental music at all levels of instruction. He is committed to providing quality music instruction to every student. In addition, he has served on staff for several universities and theatre companies as a performer, vocal coach/accompanist, music director, and professor. William's areas of expertise include vocal coaching all styles of singing, private piano instruction, adaptive lessons, and general music instruction. Special interests are vocal health, vocal/speech training, music psychology and music interventio
n and therapy for special needs.

He offers the following lessons at his home studio:

VOICE LESSONS- for all levels and styles of singing. Specializes in contemporary styles and Broadway singing for all levels. However, William has a background in classical singing and teaches beginning and intermediate level classical singing to adults and high school students interested in the study of opera or college prep.

PIANO LESSONS- for beginning students and intermediate levels.

ADAPTIVE MUSIC LESSONS- music lessons tailored for student that might need a modified approach to learning. He offers adaptive lessons for voice, piano, and general music for special needs students. It is recommended that adaptive music students take 45 minute lessons due to the approach and purpose of these sessions. In addition, it maybe encouraged from time to time that parents and/or family members become actively involved in the music learning process.

GENERAL MUSIC LESSONS- ear training, theory, movement.

AUDITION PREPARATION- designed to prepare singers of all levels for an audition and/or performance . Recommend a 45 minute or hour session for those planning only a single or limited amount of lessons.

COMBINED LESSONS- meaning student may study two instruments or have two areas of concentration during a single session/lesson. Recommended time for a combined lesson would be 45 minutes due to the focus being on two areas.
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Jonathan S. June 14, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I was not much of a singer before seeing Will, but my singing has improved immensely with him; I had a few vocal breakthroughs during our time together. He is also exceptionally flexible in how he teaches. We were able to meld singing with song-writing and piano-self-accompaniment.
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Jonathan S. June 13, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I had no prior singing experience prior to seeing Will, but I had some extremely helpful vocal breakthroughs during our time. He is also exceptionally flexible with how he teaches. We were able to meld singing lessons with piano-self-accompaniment and song-writing. Being a pianist and aspiring songwriter, this was much more than I had hoped for.
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William H.

Philadelphia, PA 19130
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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