Phillip Fullerton

Phillip F.

Oak Island, NC
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Phillip passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Phillip delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+

Teaching since:
April 1995

I am a pianist and singer who started learning to play the piano at age 6, and I love teaching all students of all experience levels. Growing up I competed and placed highly in many competitions including playing with the Symphony Orchestra in my home town of Spartanburg, SC after winning it's concerto competition at the age of 17. In college I took piano from Dr. Charles Fugo at the University of South Carolina and also started taking voice lessons from Tonya Currier and Walter Cuttino. While still in college I worked with The South Carolina Opera company for a season as a member of the ensemble and as Chorus Master.
Professionally, I have worked with different theater and opera companies as a lead actor and as a musician. I have also worked in many different church positions as a musician and singer.
I have many years of teaching experience with piano at all experience levels.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have experience teaching since 1995 while I was still in college. I primarily use Alfred and "Faber & Faber" piano methods for beginners. I teach how to read music, understand the theory behind the music, and the technique needed in a patient atmosphere at the pace of the student. I also teach you how the piano works and the different types of pianos as well as the history of keyboards used for different classical music. The lessons are geared toward the goals of the student no matter what level is desired.
In teaching singing, I will teach you the basics necessary to create a healthy and relaxed sound through technique. With experience singing music ranging from classical to contemporary church music to musical theater, I can teach you how to use the voice in a way that will promote a long time of singing without adding stress to the voice. I will work with any style of music and will give you the technique and confidence needed to become a better singer.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my home studio is a piano and books with big windows to look out. Pianos are an upright piano and an Alesis Synthesiser. For online lessons you will have a clear view of the keyboard as well as myself. It will be like you are the studio with me.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a piano or an electric keyboard at home for piano lessons. For voice lessons a keyboard is not required but is helpful.

*** Specialties ***
I primarily teach piano in a classical style using either "Faber & Faber" or Alfred Methods for piano lessons.
For voice, I teach all my students to sing in a way that will be the most beneficial to the health of their voice. Doing this is helpful to all styles of singing.

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Experience

Musikgarten Preschool Teacher
Aug 2015 - Present
Musikgarten Studio

Teach music class for 3-5 year olds

Musikgarten Family Music Teacher
Aug 2014 - Present
Musikgarten Studio

Teach music classes for babies and toddlers.

Lead Singer
Jan 2013 - Jul 2018
Spazmatics NC

Lead singer for the North Carolina branch of the Spazmatics.

Choir Section Leader
Sep 2014 - Apr 2018
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Lead the Bass/Baritone section during rehearsals and services. Soloist and Cantor.

Soloist and backup Organist
Dec 2007 - Sep 2014
Trinity Episcopal Church, Mt. Airy, NC

Sing solos and play the organ when the regular organist is out.

Chorus Master and Chorus Member
Jan 1997 - Dec 2006
Various Opera Companies

I did various shows with the South Carolina Opera Company as a chorus member and Chorus Master. I also worked with Ann Arbor Opera in Michigan on a production of Trouble in Tahiti.


Education

Master of Music
Aug 1998 - May 2000
University of South Carolina
Bachelor of Music - Piano Performance
Aug 1994 - Jun 1998
University of South Carolina

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Musikgarten Preschool Instructor
Aug 2015
Musikgarten

Ability to teach the curricula for Musikgarten's Preschool classes.

Musikgarten Family Music Instructor
Jul 2014
Musikgarten

Ability to teach the curricula for Musikgarten's Family Music Babies and Toddlers.

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Nov 2016

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Musikgarten
Jul 2014

Musikgarten is the leader in early childhood music education — for children and teachers. We offer a complete multi-year educational program that helps infants, toddlers, and children develop a deep love of music and the ability to express it. We have wonderful CDs of the songs sung in class, age-appropriate instruments, and parent guidebooks. These home materials reinforce lessons and involve the whole family in the fun. We also train teachers throughout the United States and Canada on how to guide infants, toddlers, and children in developing a love of music with the Musikgarten advantage.

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Pi Kappa Lambda
Oct 1997

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

Photos & Videos

Just a short example of something from a singing lesson. This one is on breathing.
Here's a new demo of what you will see during a piano lesson.
An example of one of the TakeLessons Live Classes for Beginners. I also teach many of these live group classes through TakeLessons.
This is an intro to what may be causing wrist pain when practicing the piano.
Here is a short intro for potential students. This will give you an idea of the main camera angle and you will get a short intro of myself.
Here is a current photo as of 7-18-17

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This is a short video demo of me and the piano. This is the main angle used during lessons Don't hesitate to ask any questions.
This is just a short introduction to me for potential students.
I am singing the solo at the beginning of this choral version of Loch Lomond.
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121 Reviews

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Alison B. Sep 12, 2019
Singing · Online

First lesson went over really well now I actually know where my vocal range starts and could go in future. which is fantastic.

Mary Sep 9, 2019
Piano · Online

I am an older student just starting beginner piano lessons online. Phillip was wonderful! He explained everything and moved at a pace that I could keep up with. I can't wait until my next lesson.

Celia S. Sep 4, 2019
Piano · Online

AMAZING TEACHER!! he has been such a please to play piano with and learn from thank you phillip

Nicole S. Aug 19, 2019
Piano · Online

My kids had a wonderful learning time with Phillip.We like the new thing he brought to the kids,about his undestanding of the music,the style of the composers and the skills deal with some certain notes.
Also with his help the kids set up their new goals and were introduced a more balanced training methods and books.We'd like to cooperate with his tutoring to help kids achieve it.

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Dillion S. Aug 15, 2019
Singing · Online

A very supportive instructor and he is easy to talk to and will try hard to help you reach any goal you set for yourself, I highly recommend him I'd give him more than 5 stars if I could

Renee M. Jul 30, 2019
Singing · Online

really nice

Neil G. Jul 27, 2019
Singing · Online

Very good at explaining topics in depth.

Nicole C. Jul 25, 2019
Piano · Online

Today was my first lesson with Phillip and I very much enjoyed it! A true professional. He also has an excellent set-up for online lessons. I'm looking forward to continuing with my lessons.

Rafi & Nosson H. Jul 18, 2019
Singing · Online

He tailors the exercises to really focus on the needed nuances!

Scael .. Jul 13, 2019
Singing · Online

Verbose

Alani Jul 6, 2019
Singing · Online

Amazing!

Neil G. Jul 2, 2019
Singing · Online

Alani Jun 22, 2019
Singing · Online

Awesome first lesson!

Jacob M. Jun 12, 2019
Piano · Online

Kisha .. Jun 12, 2019
Piano · Online

My first online lesson and I can already sense this style of learning is the right fit for me. I work full time and this allows me to do both. Phillip is an easy teacher to work with. Very patient. So far I am pleased. Thanks Kisha

Jinhua G. Jun 7, 2019
Singing · Online

Very good, Start working on breathing and basic skills that exactly I needed. I m practice everything Philip told me. I believe I start at right place. Building my fundamentals. I m very greatful to find a right teacher. Feels like mentor.

Andrew R. Jun 6, 2019
Piano · Online

Phillip has been an extremely effective and professional instructor, with a sterling personality that makes lessons go by in no time flat. Lessons are well considered, and there's a genuine dialogue about what seems to work and what doesn't. I was nervous selecting an online teacher, but I've been pleased and most importantly musically fulfilled since beginning with Phillip and look forward to each week's lesson.

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Celia S. Jun 5, 2019
Piano · Online

if you want a great easy experience take phillilp he is great to learn from and has good recommendations

Loyce S. May 19, 2019
Singing · Online

Phillip is enthusiastic and encouraging

Celia S. May 15, 2019
Piano · Online

great teaching

Loyce S. May 4, 2019
Singing · In home

Phillip is a treasure chest of knowledge

Ronald Apr 30, 2019
Singing · Online

Loyce S. Apr 27, 2019
Singing · In home

Phillip's easy/going manner makes for a smooth lesson

Anthony R. Apr 25, 2019
Piano · Online

awesome teacher, even more awesome pianist, I feel totally comfortable and happy with his ability to turn me into as good a piano player as I want to be no matter how high I want to go

Jonathan Apr 11, 2019
Singing · Online

Greta teacher.

Pauline Beattie Apr 10, 2019
Piano · Online

Enjoyed my first lesson. Great teacher.looking forward for the next one

Andrew R. Apr 4, 2019
Piano · Online

Masuda F. Mar 14, 2019
Opera Voice · Online

Rima Feb 20, 2019
Piano · Online

Best instructor ever! Very kind and patient. Thank you Phillip!

Hui F. Feb 18, 2019
Piano · Online

Phillip is a great teacher, kind, encouraging and experienced. He really knows how to make a student comfortable and loving music. He has been helping my younger daughter prepare piano competition online, starting from song selection to now perfect her piece. He is not only teaching her how to play the piece but also to understand the music theory associated with the piece, as well as the needed techniques and practice to master the piece correctly. My daughter enjoys very much learning from Phillip and gradually gains confidence in playing her piece. It is evident that Phillip enjoys teaching his students and knows how to guide them based on their levels. Thank you so much, Phillip!

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Shannon C. Feb 13, 2019
Classical Piano · Online

My daughter had her first online lesson today with Phillip. She was nervous meeting someone new. His friendly patient personality helped her feel at ease as he shared his knowledge with her. Thank you Phillip!

Omarji *. Feb 12, 2019
Piano · Online

5 STARS! EXCELLENT TEACHER!

Coco Feb 9, 2019
Singing · Online

he is a really good teacher.

Anthony K. Jan 29, 2019
Piano · Online

First lesson went well. I look forward to learning more from Phillip.

Sarah Jan 27, 2019
Piano · Online

I love my weekly lessons with Phillip! He is a warm and engaging teacher who works well with older students. He is patient and kind and he always has a smile (even when the notes are clanky). I highly recommend Phillip for the older student.

Coco Jan 26, 2019
Singing · Online

Very good

Andres Jan 15, 2019
Singing · Online

I have a better understanding of controlling my voice after taking lessons with Phillip. Where as before I was singing very sloppy lol. Very nice and helpful. Would totally recommend Phillip.

Katie Jan 11, 2019
Piano · Online

Philip is a wonderful musician and teacher - patient, knowledgeable, talented, and a fun personality!! What a blessing to have found him for my daughter.

Sara Jan 10, 2019
Piano · Online

Thelma Jan 8, 2019
Opera Voice · Online

Great instructor!

Thelma C. Jan 6, 2019
Opera Voice · Online

Outstanding!

Melissa Jan 6, 2019
Singing · Online

Thelma Dec 29, 2018
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All that I expected.

Maryam Moeini Dec 28, 2018
Opera Voice · Online

Philip is amazing! He is very professional and patient. Definitely recommend him and look forward to more sessions!

Sarah Dec 23, 2018
Piano · Online

I was very nervous, but The lesson was wonderful! I’m looking forward to the next one!

Jeff S. Dec 18, 2018
Piano · Online

Darlene Nov 11, 2018
Opera Voice · Online

I had a great experience! Phillip was extremely patient and engaging during lessons and very often went above and beyond to provide me with music and vocal exercises.
He has a vast knowledge of music; I learned so much about voice, more than I realized there is to know about singing.
Phillip has an energetic, but easy going, personality and great sense of humor. This was my first time singing in front of someone and I appreciated his kindness and encouragement.
I highly recommend him!!!

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Alex Sep 5, 2018
Piano · Online

He is the the best !! Always providing details and listening to the students

jackie Aug 9, 2018
Opera Voice · Online

Really enjoying my voice lessons with Phillip. He’s super knowledgeable and will answer any of my questions. I feel like I’m learning a lot really quickly with Philip!

jackie Jul 11, 2018
Opera Voice · Online

Janet B. Jun 7, 2018
Piano · Online

Cathy H. May 31, 2018
Piano · Online

Zihan C. May 29, 2018
Classical Piano · Online

Ben B. May 5, 2018
Classical Piano · Online

Phillip is the right teacher for Ben! We are lucky to get the right one on our very first try!

Morning B. May 5, 2018
Classical Piano · Online

Phillip is a really good instructor! My son likes him very much!

Brandon G. Mar 20, 2018
Piano · Online

I have participated in Phillip's TakeLessons online Live group classes recently and I have not been disappointed. Phillip takes his time to introduce new material and ensures that his students understand the material. He is very easy going and demonstrates the skill set of what a pianist should be able to do. I would highly recommend Phillip as a private teacher or recommend his TakeLessons Live group classes.

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Darlene Feb 13, 2018
Opera Voice · Online

Today was my first lesson and Philip was an awesome instructor!

Rose J. Feb 8, 2018
Singing · Online

Very Awesome person and instructor! Highly recommended!

Vanessa Jan 16, 2018
Opera Voice · Online

Steve Jan 8, 2018
Piano · Online

Excellent first lesson. Phillip is great to work with.

Agatha Dec 10, 2017
Opera Voice · In studio

I was a little nervous because I haven't really sung for anyone in about ten years but Phillip is very relaxed and made me feel at ease immediately. I'm really glad I decided to start training my voice again!

Raavita Dec 2, 2017
Classical Piano · Online

Very detailed, class packed with info. Went at my pace! Professional and knowledgeable!

Cathy H. Nov 30, 2017
Piano · Online

krista S. Oct 5, 2017
Piano · Online

Best teacher ever

Jennifer S. Sep 13, 2017
Singing · In home

Was really anxious as an adult starting something new and different but he put my mind at ease and I have learned a lot already.

Caroline Z. Sep 12, 2017
Piano · Online

He knows what he's teaching and he made the lesson a lot of fun!

Patricia L. Aug 31, 2017
Piano · Online

great teacher

Charles O. Aug 29, 2017
Singing · Online

Phillip was very patient with me, and tried to teach me everything he knew. I could sense his passion!

Patricia L. Aug 3, 2017
Piano · Online

learned alot

Yanran Z. Jul 29, 2017
Singing · Online

Patricia L. Jul 28, 2017
Piano · Online

A lot of fun

Patricia L. Jul 21, 2017
Piano · Online

Great teacher

Patricia L. Jun 15, 2017
Piano · Online

:)

Patricia L. Jun 8, 2017
Piano · Online

Awesome

Patricia L. Jun 1, 2017
Piano · Online

I learn so much.

Tori May 31, 2017
Singing · In home

Phillip is a great teacher! He customizes his approach to what you need and gives you exercises to practice at home between lessons (going out of his way)!

Patricia L. May 25, 2017
Piano · Online

Great Instructor

Cathy H. May 25, 2017
Piano · Online

Much better than Skype - so many options and better visual.

Dimitra A. May 12, 2017
Opera Voice · Online

Patricia L. May 4, 2017
Piano · Online

Great instructor

Patricia L. Apr 24, 2017
Piano · Online

Erica Z. Apr 21, 2017
Singing · Online

Winifred S. Apr 6, 2017
Singing · In home

" Thank you so much Lord for this blessing", was all I said when I left Phillip's home. Singing with Phillip today was great, he was encouraging, none judgmental, easy to understand, patient and he seems very experience and very knowledgeable . My experience with Phillip today gives me the empowerment to go forward and persuade my long time dream of learning to sing and become a musician

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CJ Z. Mar 31, 2017
Singing · Online

We just had our first lesson and Philip was great. Connected with my son and explained things in a very understandable way. Good balance between theory and practical exercises. Also was excellent at communicating with me prior to the lesson to learn more about my son and introduce himself.

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Larissa Mar 10, 2017
Singing · Online

Philip understood what I am looking for and my goals. He was easy to follow and explains the lesson well.

krista S. Mar 9, 2017
Piano · Online

Kumaresan V. Feb 23, 2017
Piano · Online

Irma T. Feb 21, 2017
Piano · Online

Phillip is patient, and teaches with clarity.

Elizabeth H. Feb 17, 2017
Singing · Online

Janet B. Feb 11, 2017
Piano · Online

Hudson H. Feb 10, 2017
Singing · Online

My sone loved him and was happy and singing at the end so thats a success

Michael B. Jan 28, 2017
Singing · Online

Great experience, great instructor. Looking forward to more lessons

Dillion S. Nov 18, 2016
Singing · Online

Gotta say my first official singing lesson (I've sung a lot for fun and school band I made) but never a lesson per say. And he was very patient, very flexible, definitely one of if not the best tutor on the site would recommend to anyone levels beginner-expert and anything in between. 100%

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Rose J. Nov 3, 2016
Singing · Online

Awesome Class!

Patricia L. Oct 20, 2016
Piano · Online

Johnny R. Oct 19, 2016
Singing · In studio

No comment at this time.

Grant Oct 8, 2016
Piano · Online

What a great experience! I had my apprehensions about online lessons but it was perfect! No more having to drive them to lessons.... woo hooo!

Ryleigh Sep 19, 2016
Piano · In home

As usual, Phiilip is very patient and supportive of our daughter taking piano
lessons for the first time. He makes her very comfortable, which is not easy with
a 6-year-old, and she leaves the lesson wanting to practice and learn more.

Will Aug 1, 2016
Piano · In home

Our 6-year-old daughter was nervous about her first piano lesson, but immediately Phillip made her feel comfortable and interested in learning. His manner and positive
encouragement seem well-suited to teaching children.

Ashley Jul 15, 2016
Piano · Online

Excellent!!!!

Richard Jul 13, 2016
Piano · In studio

Excellent

Nathaniel P. Jun 3, 2016
Piano · Online

Great with kids (and moms). Philip clearly enjoys teaching and is extremely well knowledgable. Thanks for sharing your time and expertise Philip. We are grateful to move our kids further into the world of music.

Thank you for the piano lesson. (Nathaniel, age 6)

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Ben J. May 28, 2016
Singing · Online

Very friendly, great energy

Christopher Ray B. May 21, 2016
Piano · Online

You were a good teacher and I hope you like us. (Christopher Ray, age 10)

Uma May 17, 2016
Piano · Online

Thoroughly enjoyed my first lesson! Thanks Phillip!

Jigmey P. May 12, 2016
Singing · Online

Great! funny, comfortable around, and kid friendly.
Jigmey

Walter L. Apr 15, 2016
Singing · Online

I've enjoyed learning with Philip. He's a good teacher with a great way of delivery. All is well. Walter

Cathy H. Mar 10, 2016
Piano · Online

It was wonderful meeting Phillip this morning. I found him to be very welcoming, extremely animated and encouraging. I felt very comfortable with him. I'm looking forward to our time together very much.

Great first experience, Phillip! You are a keeper!!

Cathy

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Rashmi Gupta Feb 22, 2016
Piano · Online

My Son Likes him a lot.He is excellent, He knows how to deal with a 5 year kid even when it is online, nice teacher and totally recommend him.

Ivan E. Feb 19, 2016
Singing · In studio

Had my first lesson today and it was excellent, I enjoyed it, nice teacher and totally recommend him.

Ivan E. Feb 19, 2016
Singing · In studio

Had my first lesson today and it was excellent, I enjoyed it, nice teacher and totally recommend him.

Neria A. Jan 23, 2016
Piano · Online

My daughter really liked her first class with Philip. She says he explained everything clearly.
Looking forward for next classes
Excellent !!

Linda W. Jan 5, 2016
Singing · Online

Gifted, outstanding and encouraging teacher. As a begining adult student in vocal training,5 I could have asked for no better. I am very pleased indeed. Linda Garrison Webster

Bailey D. Dec 19, 2015
Piano · In home

Mr Phillip is awesome! He takes the time to build a relationship and connect with my grandchild. He is a foundational teacher and doesn't take shortcuts. He also works hard and is dedicated professional.

vida L. Oct 10, 2015
Piano · Online

Phillip is very helpful and kind to my two kids (7 and 9). He is very patient and encouraging. My kids are eager to take piano lessons every week.

Debbie B. Oct 9, 2015
Piano · In home

My son has taken piano lessons for several years. He had lost interest for awhile but due to a move we found Phillip. Having Phillip teach him piano has got him excited about piano again. Phillip has gone out of his way to help my son find music and get him ready for a piano audition in hopes to get a scholarship to college next year. I highly recommend Phillip to teach you or your child piano. He is very knowledgeable and talented as well as helpful and kind.

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Susan L. May 4, 2015
Singing · Online

good experience, considering skype issues but I think we will work well together.

Ryan W. Feb 2, 2013
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Phillip is awesome, he is by far the best vocal instructor I've ever had!

I'm a 27 year old male who decided to start up voice lessons again to complement my guitar playing. I'm so glad that I chose Phillip as my instructor. He knows more about singing and how to sing than any instructor I've ever had. He's great!

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Jennifer T. Sep 13, 2012
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Phillip is a wonderful teacher for children.

Both my boys enjoy piano lessons and I believe it's because of Phillip!

MarthaC May 4, 2012
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Lessons are going well. Phillip is an excellent teacher.

ValerieP3 Aug 4, 2011
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It has been a pleasurable experience taking lessons from Phil. He is very knowledgeable and has a passion for what he does.