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Jonathan H.

Hatfield, PA

Learn and understand what makes music pleasing to the ear... apply basic fundamentals to more advanced theory to improve your playing on any instrument! Must have knowledge of your instrument, with the exception of the instruments listed as subjects that I teach (piano or electric/acoustic guitar/bass)!

About Jonathan

I started my musical education in a children'€™s choir at age 6.
When I turned 8 years old, I began piano lessons. I started violin
at 9 and trombone at 10. I am now proficient on the guitar, bass, and piano. Having completed my tour of duty in the U.S. Army, I am currently on the Dean'€™s list as a music/audio production major, and plan to continue my music education until I earn at least a masters in performance and composition. I started my teaching career at Milestones in Music, a local studio, as an independent contractor, where i was able to gain valuable experience and fine tune m
y curriculum. I am a member of the Grammy U Recording Academy, and have had opportunities to work with a lot of different musicians. (The Recording Academy is the organization that created the most prestigious
award in music, the Grammy). I am the band leader at my church Montco Bible Fellowship, and the lead audio tech for an audio/video group.. Sanctuary Sound. I also do consultant work for organizations looking to setup a sound system/studio. I enjoy recording my own music in my home studio, and learning to play new instruments. I hope to pass my love for music to the next generation!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very laid back instructor... as you will find out! I understand that not everyone learns at the same rate; however, I am a perfectionist and don't allow students to advance until they have learned a particular skill. I would rather a student take forever to learn a song, and practice it with good technique, than be able to play it right away with poor form and posture! I reinforce the value of working toward goals and celebrate with students when they reach them.  I understand that every student has different interests and reasons for wanting to learn an instrument... I try to focus on the areas that are of interest to the student, because if you are enjoying yourself then you will excel.  This does not mean that the subjects and skills that are not of interest will not be taught, because I believe in being a well-rounded musician. I teach both jazz (improvisation/reading chord charts) and classical (written/ composed music).

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is currently not optimal for teaching... I hope to change this within the next year!!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson books and other learning materials, but expect to be reimbursed. I expect the student to have their own instrument/equipment. Piano students are required to have a piano or a keyboard with weighted keys/hammer-action (preferably 88 keys), a piano bench and a pedal. Guitar/bass students must have an acoustic/electric guitar/bass with a strap or footstool, pick, and cable and amplifier if applicable! Digital audio students must have their own computer, Digital Audio workstation (software), digital audio interface, speakers/headphones and midi controller. All students must purchase a full size notebook with lined or staff paper!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and jazz piano! I am more than proficient at most production software including: cubase, reason, fl studio, melodyne, digital performer and protools... and other editing software such as sony sound forge, audacity, etc...
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Levi M. November 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 5 year old son was very happy and couldn't wait to get his next lesson
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Isaiah B. November 14, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 3 sons (ages 12,11, & 9)really enjoyed their first lesson with Jonathan and can't wait for more instruction. Thank You!
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Joey D. October 1, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I had told Jonathan prior to his first visit that I wanted my son to actually take his time and learn, not goof around. I also wanted music theory to be a majority of his lesson, rather than my son continuing to learn by ear. Jonathan definitely took the course I wanted him to take.
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Jonathan H.

Jonathan H.

Hatfield, PA 19440
(16)
starting at
$45 / 45-min
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Samantha D.

Reading, PA

How to apply theory in all instruments. Song writing and through better technique in each instrument.

About Samantha

Samantha started taking piano lessons at age 3 from her mother, who was also a music teacher. She played piano continuously through school, and also learned to play clarinet, guitar, flute, trumpet and sax, often playing different instruments in her school's band. She also learned the violin and cello all before graduating high school and starting college. While still in HIgh School, she started teaching young beginners in her mothers studio. Samantha strives to make learning a musical instrument fun and build confidence. She has several students that are on the Autism spectrum and works with
the parents and therapists to form goals for each student as needed.

Colleges Attended:
Pensacola Christian College, majored in Piano Performance and studied with Daniel Nagy from Brazil.

Bachelor of Science, Piano Performance from Clearwater Christian College, Tampa, Florida studied with Department Chair, Dr. Craig Ralston.

Previous work:
Seffner Christian Academy, Tampa, Florida. Band director for Beginning and Intermediate Bands and assisted the Advanced Band class.

Milford Music Center's music school, Milford, Delaware. Private and Group lessons instructor and Piano Sales.

*** Lesson Details ***
Samantha believes in teaching the fundamentals of music first, which will make the following lessons easy and fun for the student. She has used a variety of methods on different students and will use whichever method will be best understood by each individual student. She enjoys getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of each student and building on the foundation teacher and student have built together. As a team, teacher and student will put together short and long- term goals and work towards each goal with every lesson. Samantha asks each of her students to commit to practicing and to give their best effort at each lesson. If the student can make that commitment, goals will be reached quickly and easily.

The student will also see marked improvements in their school work, attention span, confidence and overall well - being.

Students learn music theory, basic improvisation, harmony, music analysis, technique and interpretation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Grand Piano, Yamaha Clavinova, Cello, trumpet, clarinet, violin, guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
None. Students will need to provide own instrument and will need to purchase music books and an assignment book

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Contemporary, Pop, Christian, Band and Orchestra Repertoire, Favor Bastien and Alfred Piano Methods, Suzuki and other well know methods
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MaureenC January 13, 2012
Wonderful!

Samantha D. is wonderful. My kids play so well for only 1 year'sworth of lessons. I would highly recommend her to anyone! I am blownaway by the music that comes out of the Piano from a 7 and 11 year old.My 11 year old signed up for her first music competition at school. Ifyou told me one year ago I would have girls playing a piano, I would notbelieve you. I truly thought they would quit after a couple of months.Not the case. They are musically talented and still love it. Thanks toSamantha D! They are now thriving in the in-school music program.Thank you, TakeLessons, for filtering out the best teachers. When achild has a small window of interest, you have to grab it the rightway...the wrong teacher would not have given me these results.
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PatK August 30, 2011
My granddaughter, Katelynn, enjoys her trumpet lessons with Samantha. Samantha is caring, seems to enjoy teaching & has patience; which is needed since Katelynn needs a little extra attention learning things
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MaureenC February 5, 2011
Highly Recommend her!

My daughters (10, & 6) have only had three lessons with Samantha! They love it. Her nature is kind and welcoming. She can tell how much they can handle so doesn't overwhelm them with too much theory or pieces to play. She strikes a nice balance. My 10 year old started composing her own song when she became bord with the beginner book! Samantha has added to this excitement and changed her teaching style to match my daughters learning style. My daughter was beaming! Samantha has taught her how to take the next pieces of theory and add it to her song. She also ordered music my daughter enjoys like Selena Gomez. My 6 year old is excited every week and doesn't want to be late. My husband and I thought this would be just another thing to start and quit. So far they are going strong!
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Samantha D.

Samantha D.

Reading, PA 19606
(11)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA

I teach both the classical and contemporary methods of music theory, combining the two and drawing on the strengths of both. Students will learn classical Roman numeral analysis while also learning how to build contemporary jazz harmony.

About Thomas

Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a c
appella groups.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
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Olivia M. January 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Today was our first lesson with Tom. He was very pleasant, professional and made my daughter feel
Very much at ease. She is looking forward to her next lesson!!
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Mark McKibben November 15, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Tom is absolutely wonderful!! I highly recommend him.
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Ellie S. August 4, 2015
Cello · In studio
Mr. West is great.He is my teacher at my school and has helped both my cello playing and my Trombone Improv so much. He is really knowledgeable and dedicated to helping his students excel in their area of interest.
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Thomas W.

Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA 19335
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Rosalind H.

Coatesville, PA

Having attended Westminster Choir College and taken music theory based classes in highschool, I have had experience with everything from basic theory to music analysis to ear training and more. I have taken practical theory classes and music history/world music classes which have contributed to my understanding of the patterns in and characteristics of a wide variety of musical genres. At Drexel University, as a music therapy masters student, I was expected to improvise and transpose at a moments notice. These experiences have convinced me that it is in the musician's best interests to have a strong foundation of theory knowledge, and I emphasize theory approaches to understanding music in voice, and particularly piano lessons, as I believe this will help the student to better predict and understand an underlying musical structure to a song, helping with his or her reading fluency.

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 Wes
tminster 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 Music Therapist.

 *Please be aware that I teach Beginners Piano.  I do, however, teach all levels of voice, as long as the interested voice student is over at least the age of 8. Singing lessons for students younger than this age can be detrimental to a child's vocal development.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am available to travel to your house (piano students must have a piano or keyboard) or host you in my home 

Piano students can expect to learn the basic music theory knowledge, including reading staff notation and lead sheets.  I will also focus on fingering techniques and coordination.Students will be expected to practice theory knowledge and songs outside of lessons to help improve finger coordination and music-reading speed and accuracy.

I offer beginning to advanced singing lessons for students interested in classical, operatic, Broadway and popular music and beginning piano lessons.I try to provide my students the opportunity to practice a wide range of skills when learning music.

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, so 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.  Dependent upon their level of knowledge, students may also be asked to watch videos of professional singers outside of lessons, so as to expand their musical understandings and aural sensitivity.  These practices will enhance muscle coordination and breath control when singing, helping to enhance and improve pitch, timbre, expression and vocal range.

As a board certified music therapist, I often draw upon those skills I learned during my master's degree in music therapy, which taught me that music can have a profound effect on the human brain and upon cognitive development.  My skills as a music therapist allow me to better understand a student's cognitive strengths and areas for improvement, and to develop individualized teaching strategies which utilize student strengths.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My home studio is equipped with keyboard, guitar and piano, 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. I also own a portable keyboard that I use for out-of-studio voice students.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide a piano if they are receiving at piano lessons as it is needed for practice. I have a portable keyboard for voice students, but I strongly recommend that voice students record their lessons for reference during practice.

I recommend the following books for piano students (listed by age):
Ages 5-8:
My First Piano Adventure, Lesson Book A with by Nancy & Randall Faber
Ages 8-12:Piano Adventures - Level 1: Lesson Book [Book]Faber Piano Adventures

Ages 13 and up:

Adult All-In-One Course: Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, Level ...by Willard A. Palmer

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and operatic 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 with a gospel/spiritual choir, as a soloist, during my college years.
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Ayan N. May 22, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very interactive and kind
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curly S. May 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher,very professional
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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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Rosalind H.

Rosalind H.

Coatesville, PA 19320
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Brad R.

Chester Springs, PA

Brad has 6 years experience teaching music theory in a classroom and private setting. Brad has helped many students test out of college theory courses, or get A's in other college courses. He has students who have moved on to study at school such at Berklee College of Music and Hartt school of Music Dance and Theatre. Brad teaches classical theory and figured bass, as well as jazz theory. He has a great way of explaining complex ideas in a simple way. "Learn the rules and then forget them."

About Brad

Brad's understanding of music runs deeper then just knowledge of the fingerboard and instrument. His mix of philosophy, music, and humor makes him a unique and well rounded teacher for students of all ages. His former students now study music at Berkelee College of Music, Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater, and Elon University. Brad has developed his own method book for overcome physical and mental obstacles on the path to mastery.

*** Lesson Details ***
Brad tries to adjust his teaching to fit the goals of the student. He is great with kids, but also knows when to be serious.
He works from over a hundred music books for all levels of playing and styles. From disciplined classical playing, to free improvisation, Brad has done it all.

Things student learn include:
- reading sheet music
- classical guitar
- reading guitar tab
- songs and pieces in a variety of styles
- fretboard knowledge
- scales and arpeggios
- lead guitar playing
- technique
- chords of all types
- finger picking, and pick style
- music theory
- ear training and solfege
- memorizing music
- interpretation and expression
- phrasing
- musicianship
- songwriting
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DM January 15, 2016
Guitar · Online
I have heard Brad perform live and he's an outstanding guitarist, beautiful phrasing beautiful selection of music, and a settled and mature manner of playing that brings the music to life! I can only imagine that he would be a wonderful teacher, patient, knowledgeable, and inspiring!
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Linda January 14, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Brad is a really awesome guitar instructor. He makes the learning experience very enjoyable and fun! He is extremely knowledgeable with respect to guitar and music theory. (I am a total novice to the world of music). He is patient and customizes the lesson to my needs. I have always wanted to learn guitar in order to play my favorite rock songs. Brad is helping make that dream a reality!
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Linda January 14, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Brad is a really awesome guitar instructor. He makes the learning experience very enjoyable and fun! He is extremely knowledgeable with respect to guitar and music theory. (I am a total novice to the world of music). He is patient and customizes the lesson to my needs. I have always wanted to learn guitar in order to play my favorite rock songs. Brad is helping make that dream a reality!
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Brad R.

Brad R.

Chester Springs, PA 19425
(10)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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