Foster Longo

Foster L.

Philadelphia, PA

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Foster delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 2007

I am a passionate and experienced music educator with over 10 years of teaching experience & over 20 years performing, a degree in classical music theory and an extensive knowledge of rock, pop, and jazz music. My teaching style is always catered to the student. With my love of theory & history, I strive for a practical understanding of what makes a song work and its cultural context. As a song-writer & composer, I also encourage creative exploration and independence. And as an active performing artist, I know that performance is a powerful motivator, so I organize biannual recitals for my students. But most importantly - I do not believe in boring lessons! Music education should always be interesting, engaging, and relevant.

I began my classical training at 7; at 16, I joined the Paul Green School of Rock Music, where I had the opportunity to tour across the country, play at festivals like Lollapalooza, and perform with guests like Peter Frampton, Bernie Worrell (of Parliament), and Gail Ann Dorsey (bassist for David Bowie & Gwen Stefani). After I graduated, the school gave me my first teaching position.

I studied at Drexel University for 2 years in their Music Industry program, where I learned about recording and sound engineering. I then transferred to Temple University, where I received a bachelor's degree in Music Theory & Piano.

Outside of teaching, I am an active member of Philadelphia's performing arts scene as a pianist, DJ, cabaret performer, and composer. I produce 2 recurring live-music cabarets, run tech for 5 monthly burlesque & drag shows, and compose & record original music and film scores. All of these experiences contribute to my unique perspective as an artist and teacher. Recommendations from current students available upon request.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very flexible and patient teacher, and I like to cater my curriculum to each student's goals and taste in music. But regardless of age and skill level, creativity and fun are always my priority!

Understanding a student's personal musical taste is essential to keeping them engaged. Any song, be it classical or top 40, is an opportunity to learn performance technique, theory, and history, so I always keep an open ear to students' interests. I also love using improvisation as a tool to explore musicality, build confidence and develop self-expression without feeling like work.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with piano, keyboards, synthesizers, and various recording equipment

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student must have a keyboard or piano

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical, rock, pop, and jazz piano, song writing, improvisation, music theory and history.

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Experience

Piano Teacher
Aug 2008 - Present
Self-Employed

Individual & group lessons for adults & children, covering all levels & genres, with personalized curriculums emphasizing creative exploration bolstered by practical theory. Recitals organized biannually.

Music Intern
Jul 2008 - Aug 2008
Philadelphia Arts & Education Parternship

Worked with an intern partner teaching music to a class of 25 1st graders, covering rhythm, singing solfege (do re mi), and making instruments. Classes were 2 hours, 3 days a week with a focus on fun and creativity.

Keyboard Instructor
Sep 2007 - Aug 2008
School of Rock Music

Taught beginner to intermediate piano and keyboard to kids ages 8-18, covering rock/pop music, rhythm,dictation, improvisation, and song writing.

Education

Bachelor of Music in Music Theory
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
Temple University

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I scored this short as part of a series of promotional videos for the Attic Youth Center.
Photo by Foster L.

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