Sharon Bedford

Sharon B.

West Chester, PA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have my Master's Degree in piano performance. I am an experienced teacher(30 years) as I taught at the Settlement schools in Philadelphia with all levels and backgrounds for 16 years. Some students were extremely talented.
I have had my own studio in my home since 1999.
I'm also great with beginners and intermediate students.
I love teaching, so it really doesn't matter what level the student has attained.

About Sharon B.

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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19 Reviews
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Sharon showed great patience with a true adult beginner.

Posted Jan 11, 2019
Anusha D.
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My first class was perfect!! Looking forward to having more classes with Sharon.

Posted Oct 3, 2017
Juliaa M.
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If you live in West Chester, I highly recommend Sharon. She's extremely well educated and a great instructor.

Posted Jul 24, 2017
Justice M.
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Sharon is excellent. She's extremely knowledgeable, and well-educated. Lessons are efficient and productive. Her home provides a very nice atmosphere, and her piano is beautiful.

Posted Feb 25, 2017
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Sharon has patience and expertise during my piano lesson. She is very positive and encouraging.

Posted Apr 1, 2016
Carol K.
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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.

Posted Mar 31, 2016
Shengnan Xie
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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!

Posted Mar 5, 2016
Duke C.
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My son loves his teacher. Enjoyed her class. She is very nice .

Posted Feb 9, 2016
Tanay D.
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This is my son's very first set of piano lessons. Sharon has been very patient and encouraging to him.

Posted Jan 28, 2016
John Johannessen
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Great first lesson. Very engaging and patient. I enjoyed the lesson and interaction.

Posted Dec 18, 2015
Lisa Magliano
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Sharon is very patient and answers any questions I may have. I'm enjoying lessons with her.

Posted Oct 22, 2015
Ann L.
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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!

Posted Sep 3, 2015
jia L.
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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.

Posted Jun 16, 2015
Deborah B.
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Sharon put me at ease immediately. I enjoyed the lesson and I am very motivated to practice.

Posted Mar 13, 2015
Gina E.
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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!

Posted Nov 11, 2014
Michael S.
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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..

Posted Oct 31, 2014

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.

Posted Jul 2, 2011

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.

Posted Sep 16, 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

Posted Sep 1, 2010

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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!


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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


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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