Sharon Bedford

Sharon B.

West Chester, PA
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Levels taught:

    Sharon teaches

    6 & Up

    Teaching since

    September 1984

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    Sharon passed a background check on 10/13/2014 that included the following:
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    10/13/2014

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    About Sharon

    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.

    Photos and Videos

    Me ziplining down the Vegas strip!

    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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    7 Reviews on Sharon B.

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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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    Gina E. Nov 11, 2014
    Piano · In studio
    Verified Student
    Sharon is fantastic! My son is loving his time with her and learning so much already! Thank you Sharon for being so wonderful! So glad we found you!
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    Michael S. Oct 31, 2014
    Piano · In studio
    Sharon is an excellent teacher! Extremely knowledgeable, proficient, and raises my bar every lesson. I am really enjoying piano for the first time in my life..
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    PeonyL Jul 2, 2011
    Sharon is absolutely a wonderful teacher! She pays attention to a lot of details and focuses on the technical skills, yet brings out the entire harmony out of classical music. This is exactly what I am looking for as a coach that also gives inspiration. I absolutely enjoy her classes and she provides a very nice and comfy environemnt at her studio.
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    SusanaC Sep 16, 2010
    Mother of Student Susana Rastelli

    I will like to let you know that Sharon is an outstanding and dedicated professional in her field. My husband and I are so impressed with Susana's progress is just 3 lessons. Sharon is passionate about her job and empowers her students. My daugther Susana is extremely happy to hae Sharon and her teacher and looks foward to practice everyday and to her next lesson with Sharon. Again she is fantastic.
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    Thomas"Doc"W Sep 1, 2010
    There has been a sudden life style change and I am moving to Chicago within the week so I will not be able to take lessons. I am so disappointed as Sharon was so wonderful and I know we could have done good together.Dr. Tom