Sharon Bedford

Sharon B.

West Chester, PA

About Sharon B.

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Sharon teaches: Ages 6 and up
Teaching since: September 1984
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

I'm a classically trained pianist. I graduated from West Chester University with my Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance in 1985. I then went on to Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where I earned my Masters degree in Piano Performance in 1987. Beginning in 1987 I taught at the Settlement Music Schools in Philadelphia. I remained there for 16 years working with virtually every level of student from beginner to advanced. From 2004 to the present I have been teaching in my own home studio in West Chester, Pa.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an energetic, experienced, sincere, and patient teacher. I emphasize learning to read music as I believe this is the most important skill a student can possess. I also emphasize theory to help the student get a true knowledge of how music is put together. My goal is to help you understand music so that you can learn on your own!

*** Studio Equipment ***
dedicated music room; 7 foot Steinway B grand piano

*** Specialties ***
I'm a classically trained pianist. I teach students to read music. I teach all kinds of music not just classical.

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My Home Studio

Experience

Self-Employed

Jan 1999 - Present
Sharon B. Piano

Since January 1999, I have built up my teaching studio here in my home, West Chester, Pa.
Although, I did enjoy my other positions, the drive into Philadelphia was just too much, so I worked on building my own home studio. Now I can save all my energy for my students!

Piano Teacher

Sep 1987 - Jun 2004
Settlement Music School

I taught at several branches of Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. Settlement is the largest community music school in the country. I taught at the Germantown Branch, the Jenkintown Branch, and the West Philadelphia Branch. In that time, I really gained my experience in teaching all levels and types of people. I loved the diversity of people and the experience I gained through that time.

Community Music School

Jan 1983 - Dec 1985
West Chester University

I taught students who enrolled in the Community Music School. The students were able to study with piano majors who were attaining their degrees. It was a beneficial experience for all of us. Students benefited from studying with someone close to their own age and teachers benefited from putting their pedagogy classes and principles into use!

Education

Master of Music in Piano Performance

Sep 1985 - May 1987
The Catholic University of America

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance

Sep 1981 - May 1985
West Chester University, West Chester, Pa.

High School Diploma

Sep 1978 - Jun 1981
Loudoun County High School

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Winner Senior Recital with Orchestra

May 1985
West Chester University

1st Place Winner Junior Piano Competition

Mar 1984
West Chester University

1st Place Winner Sophomore Piano Competition

Mar 1983
West Chester University

1st Place winner Freshman Piano Competition

Mar 1982
West Chester University

Mirriam Gottlieb Piano Scholarship

Sep 1981
West Chester University
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15 Reviews on Sharon B.

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Nancy Apr 1, 2016
Piano · In home
Sharon has patience and expertise during my piano lesson. She is very positive and encouraging.
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Carol K. Mar 31, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Sharon is absolutely the best teacher I've ever had. I am a returning adult student with 10+ years prior training Sharon teaches me things which I have never learned, which are improving my piano and increasing my interest. She is extremely knowledgeable and extremely pleasant to work with. I have been with her almost 2 years and plan to continue forever.
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Shengnan Xie Mar 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sharon's piano lesson are so much fun. You are not only learning and improving piano skills, but also in for a lighthearted and delightful music journey. I highly recommend Sharon's piano lessons!
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Duke C. Feb 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son loves his teacher. Enjoyed her class. She is very nice .
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Tanay D. Jan 28, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
This is my son's very first set of piano lessons. Sharon has been very patient and encouraging to him.
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John Johannessen Dec 18, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson. Very engaging and patient. I enjoyed the lesson and interaction.
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Lisa Magliano Oct 22, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sharon is very patient and answers any questions I may have. I'm enjoying lessons with her.
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Ann L. Sep 3, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient, she did a great job with my daughter. Her technique was very helpful to my daughter, who only wanted to learn one song when she signed up, but ended up enjoying the lessons immensely. We definitely recommend her as a teacher!
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jia L. Jun 16, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sharon is the second piano teacher my daughter had and now she has been with her for 2+ years, 1 lesson/week except on holidays. We love her very much, she is very knowledgeable about the music theory and piano playing skills. My daughter has been progressing nicely and just recently she received a lot of compliments from the audience at her recital. Sharon is a very inspiring teacher, she helps the little girl build self-confidence. She also has a very nice teaching room.
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Deborah B. Mar 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sharon put me at ease immediately. I enjoyed the lesson and I am very motivated to practice.
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