Samantha Derby
Reading, PA
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Samantha Derby

Samantha D.

Reading, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Starting with basic technique for all styles of playing. Classical technique and a strong foundation in note reading is the basis of all piano. Branch out to all styles and genres from there. Chords and playing by ear, arranging.

About Samantha D.

Samantha started taking piano lessons at age 3 from her mother, who was also a music teacher. She played piano continuously through school, and also learned to play clarinet, guitar, flute, trumpet and sax, often playing different instruments in her school's band. She also learned the violin and cello all before graduating high school and starting college. While still in HIgh School, she started teaching young beginners in her mothers studio. Samantha strives to make learning a musical instrument fun and build confidence. She has several students that are on the Autism spectrum and works with the parents and therapists to form goals for each student as needed.

Colleges Attended:
Pensacola Christian College, majored in Piano Performance and studied with Daniel Nagy from Brazil.

Bachelor of Science, Piano Performance from Clearwater Christian College, Tampa, Florida studied with Department Chair, Dr. Craig Ralston.

Minor Degree Cello Performance

Previous work:
Seffner Christian Academy, Tampa, Florida. Band director for Beginning and Intermediate Bands and assisted the Advanced Band class.

Milford Music Center's music school, Milford, Delaware. Private and Group lessons instructor and Piano Sales.

*** Lesson Details ***
Samantha believes in teaching the fundamentals of music first, which will make the following lessons easy and fun for the student. She has used a variety of methods on different students and will use whichever method will be best understood by each individual student. She enjoys getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of each student and building on the foundation teacher and student have built together. As a team, teacher and student will put together short and long- term goals and work towards each goal with every lesson. Samantha asks each of her students to commit to practicing and to give their best effort at each lesson. If the student can make that commitment, goals will be reached quickly and easily.

The student will also see marked improvements in their school work, attention span, confidence and overall well - being.

Students learn music theory, basic improvisation, harmony, music analysis, technique and interpretation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Grand Piano, Kawaii Digital Piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Contemporary, Pop, Christian, Band and Orchestra Repertoire, Faber and Alfred Piano Methods, Suzuki and other well known methods


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11 Reviews


Samantha D. is wonderful. My kids play so well for only 1 year'sworth of lessons. I would highly recommend her to anyone! I am blownaway by the music that comes out of the Piano from a 7 and 11 year old.My 11 year old signed up for her first music competition at school. Ifyou told me one year ago I would have girls playing a piano, I would notbelieve you. I truly thought they would quit after a couple of months.Not the case. They are musically talented and still love it. Thanks toSamantha D! They are now thriving in the in-school music program.Thank you, TakeLessons, for filtering out the best teachers. When achild has a small window of interest, you have to grab it the rightway...the wrong teacher would not have given me these results.

Posted Jan 13, 2012

My granddaughter, Katelynn, enjoys her trumpet lessons with Samantha. Samantha is caring, seems to enjoy teaching & has patience; which is needed since Katelynn needs a little extra attention learning things

Posted Aug 30, 2011

Highly Recommend her!

My daughters (10, & 6) have only had three lessons with Samantha! They love it. Her nature is kind and welcoming. She can tell how much they can handle so doesn't overwhelm them with too much theory or pieces to play. She strikes a nice balance. My 10 year old started composing her own song when she became bord with the beginner book! Samantha has added to this excitement and changed her teaching style to match my daughters learning style. My daughter was beaming! Samantha has taught her how to take the next pieces of theory and add it to her song. She also ordered music my daughter enjoys like Selena Gomez. My 6 year old is excited every week and doesn't want to be late. My husband and I thought this would be just another thing to start and quit. So far they are going strong!

Posted Feb 5, 2011


Julian is very pleased with his lessons and his instructor. Samantha is engaging, interesting, fun, a skilled and excellent instructor.

Posted Jan 6, 2011

piano lesson for grand daughter nylah

Samantha is wonderful and i am glad i chose her

Posted Nov 23, 2010

Fabulous Teacher

We love Samantha! My son is 7 years old, and we can't believe how well he is playing the piano. Samantha is patient and kind with him, but encourages him to challenge himself each week. She's also really good at meeting his interests. He's playing the Harry Potter theme all the time and we love hearing it! I definitely recommend Samantha to all.

Posted Oct 11, 2010

Great Music Teacher

Samantha is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient with my daughter, and keeps her focused the entire lesson. She always takes time to answer any questions I might have and always makes good suggestions on how to progress and improve. The entire learning process (theory an practice) has been an excellent experience for my daughter.

Posted May 17, 2010

Patient, firm, challenging and FUN!

My 4 year old daughter is now going on her 4th lesson with Miss Samantha. I am thrilled as a parent with how much my daughter enjoys her lessons, and how she is anxious to practice her new found skills at home. Samantha has tailored our lessons specifically to my daughters needs and abilities, mixing a variety of workbook, piano time and listening to music. I would recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone considering her as their teacher.

Posted Apr 20, 2010

She is wonderful!! Walter is learning a lot!!!!

Posted Apr 7, 2010

Samanta is an excellent instructor. Her creativity and Patience as well as her knowledge keep my twin 8 year old boys excited about piano. Thank you.

Posted Jan 14, 2010


Samantha was a great instructor. She is very knowledgable and talented in many areas of music. She was very kind and patient with my daughter and came up with suggestions for any obstacle or difficulty my child had. We had a very pleasant experience.

Posted Nov 12, 2009

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K-12 Music Director
Aug 2015 - Present

High Point Baptist Academt

Elementary Music emphasis on group singing, rhythm and ukulele. String class 3rd-5th grades 6-8 Orchestra/Band/Choir 9-12 Orchestra/Band/Choir Ukulele club

Administrative Assistant and assistant to Executive Director
Mar 2014 - Present

Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra

Marketing and ticket sales for Non-profit Orchestra in Allentown.


Bachelor of Science Piano Performance
Aug 2000 - May 2003

Clearwater Christian College

Piano and String Performance
Aug 1999 - May 2002

Pensacola Christian College


Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2017
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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