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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 ...

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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!
Rosalind H. Coatesville, PA

About Rosalind

Hi, my name is Rosalind H. and I began my musical education at the age of ten, when I first started taking lessons. Since that time I have performed professionally as a singer in churches, cafes and at weddings and in venues including the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall during my college years with the renowned Westminster Symphonic Choir. After spending a year teaching children and adolescents aged 6-17 voice and piano while completing my Master™s of Arts in Music Therapy at Drexel University, I am now looking to take on private students in Chester County and surrounding areas. I am a Westminster Choir College '11 Alum  who graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music, summa cum laude. I am also a Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and a  Board Certified ...

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Brian N. March 18, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I am thoroughly enjoying working with Rosalind. Looking forward to improving my singing so I can continue performing in my band.
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Joe W. May 7, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Fantastic Teacher

I am not your typical student. I am 45, and male. Im an acomplished guitar player and play in a band. I never had any real training for singing, and had very little control over my voice or really knew how to control it.
Roz has helped me immensely. She is very knowledgeable in music and voice theory, and has very well thought out constructive criticism. She uses a lot of visualization techniques to help with body and breath control. She is patient and understanding and willing to talk through some theory issues, instead of just drilling lessons. Although most of her students are younger, she really thoughtfully catered her lesson to my needs, instead of just trying to apply the same approach to everyone. I would recommend her highly to anyone and will be sending my son for piano lessons!
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Debbie W. July 23, 2013
Piano
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My grandson is taking piano lessons from Rosalind H. At first I was wondering about the interaction because he's shy; but he looks forward to his lessons and practices diligently. I'm sure it's because of Rosalind's experience and teaching techniques that makes it so enjoyable for him; she's very good with children. I'm so glad she was available!
Fred L. Reading, PA

About Fred

I've been playing drums for the past 20 years, and have been a studio drummer for multiple albums, while touring both nationally and internationally with different music groups. I've been teaching drums for the past 5 years, and have seen over 30 students become more skilled musicians over that span of time. In addition to teaching drums, I'm also a substitute assistant teacher for the BCIU in the Reading School District, and have a bachelors of science in Youth Ministry from Valley Forge Christian College. My goal with teaching drums is to make lessons 1. affordable, 2. fun, and 3. effective. I believe that music plays an important role in the lives of humans, and it is very beneficial to be able to play an instrument. For myself, drumming is more than just a hobby; it's a passion. I ...

Christine L. Kutztown, PA

About Christine

With over 20 years of piano and organ experience I love to engage students in the love of music. Singing, reading music, and learning music theory are a natural part of learning on any keyboard. My personality is upbeat and encouraging. Anyone with a desire to learn will experience a rewarding time while enjoying music! *** Lesson Details *** 30 to 40-minute lessons *** Specialties *** Classical and sacred music is what I know best. However, I want to have fun, so meeting the students likes and musical interests is very important to me. I search for the right music, even write my own renditions on occasion to meet the student's needs.

Mason B. Macungie, PA

About Mason

My Name is Mason and I've been teaching music to students of all ages since I was 14. I originally taught at a facility near Reading, PA called Zeswitz. While I worked there I studied along side other seasoned professionals in genres like jazz, heavy metal and folk styles. Currently I run a small business. My experience, since I was 8 years old, was built on private lessons from select very accomplished and certified guitarists. I also played in several profitable bands including jazz duos, classic rock trios and currently a blues duo with my lovely wife. I'm also always building and helping local bands. I'm very pro learning and never satisfied with my playing enough to say I don't have to practice any longer. I share to same attitude towards my students. There are always new grounds to ...

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John S. February 6, 2015
Music Performance
I've been a student for a few years now. As a producer, I lack the ability to perform. Mason goes beyond traditional curriculum and helps me use the abilities I already have to bring to the stage. I am pretty skilled in my musical career, but now I'm becoming polished. Thank you! Absolutely recommend!
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Malisa B. February 2, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
He makes everything super fun and easy to learn even when it gets into bar chords and stuff! I learned a lot from him
Suzanne L. Mohnton, PA

About Suzanne

Hello, I'm excited to pass on my knowlege and expertise to you! I've been teaching private voice for over 15 years and have a Diplome des Etudes Collegial from Dawson College in Creative Arts and a BFA in Integrative Music Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec Canada. I also took extensive courses in French while in Quebec and am now fluent, and I also took classes in ESL and tutored in English while in college. I love to teach, and my excitement and enthusiasm for teaching make my lessons memorable and fun. I have prepared my students for auditions and helped them achieve many of their musical goals.

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