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Christina B.

Lancaster, PA

About Christina

I began piano at age 6 under Suzuki-certified instructor Cindy Wittenburg. I loved everything about it - even practicing scales! After nine years, I took a break from piano and took up drums. While I loved drumming, upon my entry to Millersville University, I decided my number one love was still the ivories. I began learning under Dr. Anita Renfroe, graduating with a B.A. in Music Business & Technology. Although no longer in classes, I still teach myself piano works as well as write new pieces.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching philosophy is: Enjoy your time while learning something valua
ble! My teaching style is informal and relaxed, but I expect discipline and practicing on the end of the student. I love the excitement my students get from seeing progress, and if you're willing to work a little, progress is a guaranteed reward!

If you're someone who has never touched a keyboard in their life, after 4-6 months you can expect to be able to understand note values, read simple rhythms, sightread simple works, play pieces with two hands, among many other valuable skill sets. Late beginner to intermediate students can expect to be playing early advanced pieces within this time frame, as well as understanding more advanced concepts and techniques.

I utilize the Kodaly solfege method as I was taught at Millersville University, because I have found it invaluable in learning pieces. As a beginner, you will learn note values, rhythms, sight-reading, how to sing while playing, musical vocabulary, basic music history, theory relative to the piece you are learning, scales, arpeggios, proper performance technique, and much more! I frequently request a simple composition from the student to increase creativity and understanding of the instrument, and try to hold a recital bi-yearly for the students to show off their improvements!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I either provide the books and the parents reimburse me, or I tell the parents what to purchase. expect the student to provide either a piano or keyboard, a proper bench and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Romantic, Contemporary, Rock, Pop
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David S. June 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I believe Christina has me off to a good start and I look forward to my next lesson after a ton of practice on the drills she set set up for me.
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Avery K. April 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Christina is soft spoken and patient. Our son struggles with self worth due to early childhood trauma and because of this he can't handle the slightest bit of failure. Christina handles his mistakes with encouragement and kindness and is teaching him that failure is normal and acceptable. She is just what he needed!
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Christina B.

Lancaster, PA 17603
(2)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Heather W.

Abingdon, MD

About Heather

Hi, I'm Heather. I’m from a small town in Harford County, MD, called Abingdon. It’s really close to Baltimore, MD which is about 15 minutes away from Abingdon. I live with my husband and two bunnies. I’m an R.N. with a bachelors degree in Nursing and 16 years of training in music by masters of Curtis Institute, Julliard, and Peabody Conservatory. I have been teaching piano for over 12 years. In 2001, I had a diversion of career from nursing and I absolutely fell in love with the idea of teaching piano and I started giving piano lessons. I love playing my Masan & Hamlin grand piano
for personal pleasure, and I spend a lot of time practicing for different occasions. I h’ve played in over twenty piano recitals, and for numerous other occasions such as in Weddings , Funerals and in Choir accompaniments.
On a different note, did you know that children who study a musical instrument learn responsibility and discipline, they gain pride in their accomplishments which in turn makes them confident, they learn to think in a logical manner, and they will perform better in school. These are just a few of the benefits children could gain through music lessons

My Specialties: My passion is classical music, however, I realize that the students'€™ interests are diverse, so, I teach pieces they request which include easy fun Pop Music, Hymns, Boogie, Rock, Country and other contemporary pieces.
My Education: At an early age, I took a great interest in music, so my older sister who is four years older than I taught me what she learned in her piano lessons. She also taught me music theory. At the age of 12-14 my parents sent me to private piano lessons. My piano teacher at that time eventually told me that I needed to find a new teacher because she had taught me all she knew. After that, I approached a well known Julliard Master in town. He took me on as a student after he heard me play the Beethoven'€™s Pathetique Sonata in C minor. I learned through Arthur Fiddler'€™s comment made in the newspaper that Mr. Chang, my teacher, in his opinion was the best piano teacher in Hawaii. Under Mr. Chang’s tutelage, I was exposed to a variety of classical pieces written by famous composers of the 15th to 18th centuries. At the age of 14, I made my first piano recital debut. My piano teacher was impressed with my talent and expressed his wish for me to pursue music and enter into Julliard. But, my parents being immigrants from Korea, did not think it was a good choice of career. So, I went into nursing instead, much to the consternation of my piano teacher. In 2001, I made a career change and found my passion for music revived again. I started teaching piano as well as taking Music Theory courses at a community college and taking lessons from a Julliard- Peabody master as well lessons from a Curtis Institute master. I continue taking piano lesson even now while I give piano lessons to beginner and intermediate students.
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*** Lesson Details ***
In my piano studio, besides just learning to actually play the piano, students will engage in flashcard drills, writing work, and other activities to strengthen their overall knowledge of music. This will prepare them well for continued study in piano, for playing other instruments or singing, and for enjoying music in general. As an incentive to practice, our studio awards each week piano dollars for the time each student practices during the week. At the end of the year, we have an auction that the children could participate in using their piano dollars to purchase items.

In first the lesson the concepts stressed include:
1. Hand position and posture at the piano.
2. Right hand , left hand, and how the fingers are numbered.
3. Direction on the keyboard
4. The pattern of keys on the key board

In the first year of piano study, the concepts covered are:
1. Theory: identify steps, skips, and repeats; write and recognize 2nd -5ths intervals; sharp and flat signs; identify key signatures
2. Rhythms: whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and dotted notes.
3. Technique: correct hand position; curved fingers, down –up wrist for phrasing, legato/staccato touch, penta scales; major chords and voicing (balance of hands) 5-finger melodies; single line melodies divided between hands; note-against-note playing, some melody/chord playing.
4. Repertoire: A Dozen A Day by Edna-Mae Burmae Books; Five-finger melodies by Faber Faber; Famous & Fun Pop Books by Carol Matz ; Boogie, Rock & Country Level 1 by James Bastien; Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level One for adult beginners.

In addition to lessons each student is required to participate in an annual piano recital to give them experience and confidence in performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: grand piano, couches and chairs, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Specialties ***
To teach the skills in playing the piano, the classical genre is preferred in the repertoire.
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Ian O. May 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great first day!
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Sharon S. October 29, 2014
Heather's Piano Studio · In studio
Verified Student
She is working with my son, Max, and he is really enjoying it. He likes her very much and I can see he has already improved over week 1.
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Angela P. August 17, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Heather is the very best of the three piano teachers I have had! I have made more progress in the last year with Heather as my teacher than I had in the two previous years with other teachers. Although I am an older student and take longer to learn, she has been patient and supportive. She never makes me feel incompetent, in fact, she is extremely complimentary of my efforts. Her positive attitude makes me want to work harder and to play better. And she is such a nice person to be around - gentle, polite, and friendly. I am having a great experience and highly recommend her for anyone who is learning to play or to improve their playing.
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Heather W.

Heather W.

Abingdon, MD 21009
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Melissa L.

Bel Air, MD

About Melissa

My name is Melissa L. and I am currently employed by the Cecil County Public Schools as a strings teacher. While traveling from Perryville High School, Northeast High School, Leeds Elementary School, and Kenmore Elementary School, I am also offering private lessons for strings and piano. I have acquired a degree in Music Education with a concentration in violin from the University of Delaware. I have been playing the violin for 17 years and also have been giving private violin lessons for the last 9 years. Although my main concentration is focused on the violin, I also provide private lessons
for viola, cello, string bass, and piano.

As an educator, I strive to provide students with the knowledge to become highly skilled and competent musicians. Whether music becomes a hobby or profession, I want my students to appreciate and engage in their learning as aspiring musicians. Music has made such a positive impact on my life, and I hope to inspire my students to love the music that they play. The many years that I have played the violin along with my 9 years of private teaching has given me knowledge of effective techniques to incorporate in my teaching. I hope to be a positive and encouraging role model while engaging my students to their fullest potential as musicians!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am capable of teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced students for the violin. As for the viola, cello, string bass, and piano, I offer lessons for beginner and intermediate students.

For beginner string students, I start with focusing on the Suzuki Method, along with material from the Essential Elements series. Beginner piano students will focus on repertoire from Alfred's Basic Piano Library. Further repertoire will vary for intermediate and advanced musicians.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to provide their own instruments and books. I also expect students to have a stand if the lesson is at their home, in the case that students travel to have lessons at my home, I will provide a stand.

For beginner students, I will provide a variety of suggestions when purchasing instruments. There will also be a list of repertoire provided for all levels.
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Mary L. June 11, 2015
Cello · In studio
As a beginner in learning to play the cello and read music.I have learned a great deal through my weekly lessons with Melissa. Every lesson includes presentation of a new skill and a review of previously taught concepts. Melissa effectively provides me feedback about my performance and methods to correct errors. She maintains a high level of rigor and expectation to every lesson. Melissa presents as a very professional instructor with a strong work ethic and dedication to her field.
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Melissa L.

Melissa L.

Bel Air, MD 21015
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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James T.

Lancaster, PA

About James

I graduated with a B.A. in Professional Music from Boston's Berklee College of Music. When I first heard about Berklee, I too thought of warm and sunny Berkeley California and not the frigid winters in Boston. Berklee however, is respected world-wide as the musicians music college. Each year, only 3% of students are able to graduate. Advanced freshman placement accelerated all Berklee core requirements by my sophomore year. An early focus on their Advanced Harmony/Theory and Ear Training electives provided the rare opportunity of experiencing Berklee's highest level courses in both departments
. I graduated with Honors in 7 semesters with a cumulative music GPA of 3.6. (Magna Cum Laude). Since graduation, I've been a full-time independent professional musician with over 28 years of experience in all facets of music. Teaching private piano, guitar, and bass students however, is my first love and I consider my biggest accomplishment to be the accomplishments of my students. Since Berklee, I've amassed an extensive teaching library from over 5,000 original lesson plans tailored to meet the needs of students of all ages, levels, and musical interests. Acquiring and maintaining private students for over 28 years has been based solely through word-of-mouth referrals from students, parents, and teachers. A high percentage of students perform in bands, record professionally, and teach independently or in schools. Many letters of recommendation have provided college entry and 6 of 8 recommendations to attend Berkee have since graduated. Teaching beginning music students at any age is most important to me however. So many students never get the opportunity to ever realize their potential as was the case with me. From age 12 to 23, I was frustrated as I was only ever taught how to read music. Reading is important, but there's more to what we hear that meets the eye (pun intended I guess). I believe this is one of the reasons most people say, "If only I had stuck with lessons". Every student entering Berklee is told to forget everything they've ever learned up until now. Professional Performance: I've demonstrated over 28 years of professional diversity with a variety of genres (i.e. jazz, rock, blues, classical, etc.) facilitated through an equal proficiency with piano, guitar, and bass. Versatility has helped to provide over 9,000 solo, band, and free-lance performances at over 2,000 different venues. I've performed bass and keyboard duties simultaneously via split keyboard in original trio for over 15 years with world-respected drummer Clyde Lucas (Count Basie, Ray Charles, etc.). While attending college, I performed in Boston jazz clubs with prominent Berklee students including Smitty Smith from Jay Leno's Tonight Show Band. Other notable bands include Robert Gordan, Eddie Holman (Hey There Lonely Girl), Cab Calloway, and The Moody Blues. Long list includes prominent politicians and various jazz festivals. Recording/Composition: I've recorded 200+ original compositions and 50+ student play-a-long C.D.'s from my elaborate home studio. Advanced recording techniques implementing analog, MIDI, digital and synchronization formats has provided vast experience in both the professional and home studio. Multiple clients have hired me to transcribe, arrange, and record all instrumental parts for a variety of diverse artists and professional recording studio projects including jingles, commercials, and film.

*** Lesson Details ***
All students are provided a safe environment in my townhouse of 20 years located in a nice suburban townhouse development minutes from the intersection of Rt. 30 and Rt. 23 (New Holland Ave.). My 3rd floor teaching studio provides all instruments and students have the option to bring their guitar or bass to each lesson or simply use one of mine. Parents can either choose to observe the lesson, relax in my living room, or shop at the Lancaster Shopping Center 2 minutes from my house. Jim has an incredible wealth of knowledge and skills to share with students of all backgrounds, so please get in touch with us to set something up. Our rates are reasonable for the kind of expertise that Jim is available to provide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full 3rd floor dedicated for teaching: waiting area for parents on the 1st floor or they can come up to the 3rd floor.

*** Specialties ***
Berklee's highest freshman placement allowed me to accelerate focus through all advanced theory and ear training electives providing rare completion of highest available level course in both departments. Utilize that with equal interest and experience in all styles and genres (jazz, rock, blues, classical,etc.). Equal proficiency with piano, guitar, and bass.
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anthony S. April 27, 2013
Songwriting
Verified Student
songwriting is a lot of fun.and yet harder then i thought.

Ive always have wanted to write songs.And finally now i can.James is a great teacher.He's the only teacher ive ever had who has gone out of his way to come up with another way to teach me song writing with guitar.because i dont have a piano.he's great and a lot of fun.
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Brian S. February 13, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Jim Rocks! I love hanging out every Sunday jamming

I have dabbled with the guitar for a couple of years but never got serious about. This year I made a new years resolution to get serious about it and find a guitar instructor.

I am so happy that I found Jim. He is brilliant with music and is that laid back, rad teacher that you hope to have for guitar.

We are about 5 weeks into lessons and I'm already playing Dead or Alive, Blackbird, Polly, and learning new songs every week. I thought we would be doing "boring" exercises still but he is great at teaching you the basics while keeping it fun.

A+ for Jim. Also, he is extremely flexible.

The only downside is that I wanted him to teach me how to sing Blackbird, but that's not his cup of tea. haha
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NatalieS1 February 28, 2012
Thank you!

Hey Jim- I had a GREAT 1st lesson. You went slow enough so that I could understand what was going on but also went a little quicker so we could make the most of the half hour session. The things we worked on were exactly what i was hoping for. I will definitely be back on I feel confident in my "homework" - those darn finger exercises and I have a love hate relationship right now!! Thank you!
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James T.

Lancaster, PA 17601
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Angela W.

Lancaster, PA

About Angela

Hello, my name is Angela W. I am a fun-loving and encouraging voice teacher who has years of experience working with children. I began my musical education at the age of 10 years old performing in choirs and taking voice lessons. Since that time I have been performing professionally in various theatres up and down the east coast and have had the opportunity to perform as a featured soprano in venues all over the world, including the York Minster Cathedral and with the Varna Choir of Bulgaria. I received my Vocal Performance degree from Charleston Southern University, and then moved to Lancast
er to perform professionally at American Music Theatre, 8 years ago and fell in love the area. I have been teaching privately for the last 5 years with a lot of success and am looking to continue to build my studio by taking on more private students in Lancaster County and surrounding areas.

I am a Charleston Southern University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance, Summa Cum Laude. I have held various titles as a part of the Miss SC Organization and placed 1st runner-up as well as won overall talent in the 2006 competition. From there I went on to hold the title of Miss South Carolina Sweetheart 2006, where I won the Pat Musk Overall Talent Award in the Miss National Sweetheart Competition. I have many years of pageant and professional performing experience, have performed and auditioned in NYC, so I feel comfortable helping students in any various avenues from pageant and audition preparation to perfecting performance technique. I am a avid song writer and have produced and recorded two cover CDs that I have successfully sold at a number of professional theatres and online. I am also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and have two Regional NATS Awards.

I offer beginner to advanced voice lessons for students interested in classical, operatic, Broadway and popular music. I try to provide my students the opportunity to practice a wide range of skills when learning music. My goal as a teacher is to specifically designed each individual lesson to help the student achieve their particular goals as an artist, performer, and musician.

Voice students will learn exercises to practice good breath control, posture, and diction, all of which form the foundations of good singing.  Students will be expected to practice these exercises outside of lessons, prior to practicing vocal literature, as to develop good singing habits.  About fifty percent of lesson time will be dedicated to technique, and the other fifty percent will be dedicated to learning vocal pieces. These practices will enhance muscle coordination and breath control when singing, helping to enhance and improve pitch, timbre, expression and vocal range.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My home studio is equipped with keyboard and guitar, as well as a sizable repertoire of classical, broadway and popular music. I am more than happy to help students find any music they may need for lessons that is not already in my library and also can recommend my favorite websites where music may be easily found. I also own a portable keyboard that I use for out-of-studio voice students.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a portable keyboard for voice students, but I strongly recommend that voice students record their lessons for reference during practice.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in musical theatre, jazz, and classical music (arias and art songs), but I am comfortable with a wide array of singing literature, as I believe that the technical foundations of good singing remain constant, regardless of the genre. I also have performed in various genres thru my professional career including, pop, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, classical and country.
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Shannon J. July 6, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Angela gave my daughter singing lessons, and we were very impressed. She had all of her lessons very organized and understandable, and even had extra assignments for my daughter to work on in-between lessons. Aside from that, she is just a very personable teacher, and really engaged us. I would definitely recommend her as a teacher!
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Angela W.

Angela W.

Lancaster, PA 17601
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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