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Mark S.

Philadelphia, PA

rock, pop, jazz, and post tonal
orchestration and arranging

About Mark

Learning music, especially at a young age, can have a positive impact in life. From simply playing music in the home to performing music for large audiences, the basic goal is the same: the enjoyment of being a proficient musician. I have written a bit about my experience and how I can use this to help you to become a great musician.
I began studying music when I was 8 years old. My early lessons taught me not only about music but about music teaching. As a result of these experiences, I vowed to teach students music that is meaningful to them.

Moving along, in high school I played in rock bands with my friends. I can never stress how important it is to play with other people. I always encourage my students to form bands, join music groups in school, or just find a friend to jam with. Not only does this raise the level of musicality, it is a great motivational tool.
After high school, I studied music at Colorado State University, where I focused on jazz performance, theory, classical performance, and double bass pedagogy. I earned a bachelor of arts in music from Colorado State University in 2000.
I have been a musician for 16 years. I have played rock, pop, classical, jazz, and electronic music professionally for over 10 years. I have performed in the U.S. and Europe with many talented artists, and I have won various awards in performance and academics.
Although I enjoy a busy professional career in music, I am extremely committed to teaching the young and casual learner as well as career oriented individuals. At this stage in my career, I am enthusiastic towards the education and development of talent.

My home studio is fully equipped with guitars, basses, keyboards, amps, and digital recording equipment. I am highly knowledgeable in audio and midi recording through the use of recording software.
Apart from music, I have been an English teacher for eight years. I recently completely work my Master's degree in music theory. I look forward to sharing my skills and experience with you or a member of your family.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons usually follow the following steps:
Presentation of material Instruction Practice Performance
In a typical lesson, we may take a look at a piece of music through an audio or video recording. After we listen and/or watch, we discuss and examine the music. For example, this could be as simple as saying, What do think about this part? It could also be more in depth - What's the time signature? Next, we focus on a specific part to learn. The student learns by watching demonstrations, making attempts at playing it, and listening to suggestions and instruction. Just as there are many ways to teach there are also many ways to learn. I try to incorporate as many different methods as possible while being mindful of different learning styles to ensure that the student is successful. Finally, when the student has become sufficiently proficient on a piece of music, we'll play it together as a team. Sometimes, I accompany a vocalist on guitar to get a pop/rock feel. For my guitar or bass students, I trade between lead and accompany roles. I may bring other accompanying instruments to the lesson for a different vibe. The idea is to have fun playing music, and I like to have fun.
People often ask if I am strict or laid back. I am neither. We work hard, but we'€™re also so focused and motivated that the time flies by before we know it.
Lastly, I never ask my students to copy anyone. I encourage my them to be original. The music I give them is only a guide. The goal is to motivate them to play what is in their hearts.

*** Studio Equipment ***
12 x 12 room...equipped with all instruments:
piano---Casio 88 key fully weighted,
and recording software

*** Travel Equipment ***
If students do not possess the instruments they want to play, I will provide all the necessary equipment for them.

*** Specialties ***
I teach rock blues, jazz, classical, and pop music.


Darina G. June 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable and patient teacher.
Pamela M. February 28, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mark has been great! I don't fit easily into a student level because I have had some piano training before -- but not in a long time. He has picked up very quickly on my skill level and has been very good about letting me pick my own music and helping me to learn. I feel that I am progressing as fast--or eve faster--than I had hoped. I highly recommend him for piano!
Nateh September 30, 2011
Mark you are a excellent singing instructor. I could not ask for a better teacher. I want to thank you for every thing. I know this is getting me ready for bigger and beter things.
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Mark S.

Mark S.

Philadelphia, PA 19148
starting at
$20 / 30-min

Nero C.

Philadelphia, PA

I love picking apart songs and seeing what makes them tick.
Let's pick apart your favorite songs and write some along the way.
You wanna write songs? Write write write

About Nero

I have been teaching music for 20 years. I grew up on the 2nd floor of my father's music store in Central PA and have been around music my whole life. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of the Arts where I studied jazz guitar with Pat Martino, Jimmy Bruno, Steve Giordano, and Tom Giacabetti. I was one of the original teachers during the formative years at the Paul Green School of Rock Music where I later went on to be the Music Director of the Philadelphia and Downingtown Schools. During that time, I helped many students prepare and get accepted to music
schools, ran and developed music summer camps, and organized concerts where the students performed the music of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and many more of rock's finest band at every major venue in Philadelphia.

I have been active in the local music scene recording and playing sold-out shows at the Electric Factory, Union Transfer, TLA, Trocadero, Johnny Brenda's and World Café Live with such acts as Work Drugs, 722, Bebek, Franzschubert, Sensi Star, Clean Equations, The Black Lodge Ensemble, Dani Mari, Ashley Phillips, and The Smash Brothers. I have played jazz at the Kimmel Center, musical theater at the Walnut Street and Arden Theaters, reggae bass at the Jersey Shore, and rocked out at CBGB's and the Filmore. I have toured throughout the east coast and as far as Shanghai and Stockholm. I bring all this range of experience to each lesson.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easy going and patient teacher. My objective is for a guitar, bass, uke, mandolin or banjo lesson to be both educational and fun. I do not adhere to a strict curriculum because I have found over the years that everyone learns differently. I cater my lessons to the individual goals and tastes of my students.

Whether it is a 7 year old successfully playing a D chord or teenager connecting the dots of music theory, the most satisfying experiences for me is when a student has that “ah hah” moment. I feel it is my job not only to channel creativity but also to help students develop discipline. A typical lesson will consist of learning new skills such as working on rhythm and developing a good ear but most importantly, we will do a large amount of playing.

My teaching studio is furnished with two practice amps, a small PA, and a music stand. I have several guitars both acoustic and electric, plus a bass, keyboards, and several percussion instruments around the house to play with. I really enjoy working with students to develop their own music and am equipped to record demos. I also have an extensive songbook and guitar tab library as a resource to learn songs from. I do have a cat, just to let you know, and my house very easy to get to via public transportation.

*** Specialties ***
Improvisation, Classical, Jazz, Rock


Sonja R. April 6, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Nero is very laid back and friendly. Good guy, great teacher.
MarieO July 18, 2012
I had a great experience with this teacher. He was patient and incorporated my musical taste into the lessons. I've learned so much working with Nero!
JoanB May 16, 2012
Mandolin Lessons

I recently started playing mandolin on my own - and decided to take lessons to make sure that my technique was correct. -- All I can say is that Nero is the best music teacher I have ever had - not to mention, a gifted musician. He makes learning fun, and his approach and patience allows you to easily pick up new techniques and skills. I hope to take lessons with Nero for a long time!!!!
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Nero C.

Nero C.

Philadelphia, PA 19145
starting at
$28 / 30-min

Michael C.

Philadelphia, PA

Learn the basics of music theory which allow us to create musically. Learn about harmony, melody, rhythm and structure (form) of music in order to use the knowledge to compose your own music. Use scales to compose melodies. Learn to use scales to create harmony (chords). Develop your creativity studying music composition.

About Michael

Michael C. was eleven years old when he began to play the electric bass guitar. He decided to get an electric bass because it was the one instrument needed to start a band among his friends. In addition to playing the electric bass, Michael enjoyed time practicing on the guitar and piano in high school. Transferring the knowledge and finger technique to the guitar came easy because of the similarities between guitar and the bass. And growing up with an upright piano in the house always lead to tinkering and eventually became a proficiency after college. In 1996 Michael enrolled at the the Phil
adelphia University of the Arts. He was awarded a presidential merit scholarship and a university grant based on his entrance audition. During his studies Michael was recruited for a student ensemble also know as Metagroove. During this time Michael had shared stages with guitarist John Scofield, Singer Ike Willis (Frank Zappa Band), Medeski Martin and Wood and The Disco Biscuits among countless others.

C. has completed a Master of Arts in music education as well as Bachelor of Music in bass performance. Michael is qualified to teach on bass, upright bass, guitar, drums, piano, voice and a rare instrument called steel pan (steel drum) among others. Michael performs as a freelance musician. He can be found performing regularly at private parties and events around the greater Philadelphia area. He has performed playing most styles and genres of music. Among these styles are Pop, R & B, Blues, Hip Hop, Jazz, Calypso, Flamenco, Latin, Pop, Musical Theater and Rock & Roll.

C. is a trained professional and prefers to cater his lessons to the individual need of each student. He believes that each student is unique and will encounter challenges in their own manner. Michael likes to supplement his lessons using musical interests of the student. C. has been known to arrange popular pieces for recital performances for his students. Some of the pieces he has arranged for his students include Something in the Way She Moves (Beetles), Long distance Run Around (The Who), Iron Man (Black Sabbath), That' €™s What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction), Hall of Fame (The Script) among many more. Michael encourages his students to use the music they love to challenge their ability and cognitive processes. Michael has the experience and training required to inspire and motivate you to become successful not only in music but in your daily endeavors.

*** Lesson Details ***
Michael has over twelve years experience teaching music and chooses to cater his lessons to the goals of his clients. He does not follow a set curriculum because different students tend to have different goals and expectations.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Logic Pro X, Reason, Fast Track pro audio, Double Bass, Piano, Rhodes Electric Piano, Acoustic guitar, Electric Guitar, Flute, Sax, Clarinet, trumpet, Electric basses, Steel Pans (drums), etc.

Audio recordings of each lesson are free of charge and available upon request. C. is capable of creating demos and audio recordings as well as audio production of original material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Laptop, Guitars, PA system, Basses, Metronome, Method Books, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Steel Pan lessons are available. Access to a steel pan(drum) is a requirement for this specialty.


Tim M. November 24, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
This was my son, Tim's, first lesson with Michael. Tim is an individual with autism. Although he was having a "bad" day and moment when Michael arrived, Michael started playing and engaged Tim enough to get him to calm down and play also. It was a great first lesson. Thanks, Michael!
Andrew F. June 8, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Mike is very knowledgeable and helpful, and his lessons are always fun. We spend time both working on exercises and learning actual songs, which has made me a better guitarist.
Tracy M. February 7, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Michael has been teaching my son for several months. He is punctual, prepared and follows-up. He is creative in his approach and has clever ways to motivate my son to try harder and stay focused. He's a talented artist and teacher.
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Michael C.

Michael C.

Philadelphia, PA 19136
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Brad R.

Chester Springs, PA

Brad will show students not just music theory and common practices of composition of the time, but also show a student how to develop a personal style. Students will learn:
-Chord labels
-Key changes
-Connecting sections
-Developing ideas
-Writing in different styles
-Developing personal style
-Increasing creativity

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


Chu C. September 4, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Brad was very capable, and worked with my three teenage boys very well. They enjoyed learning from him, and they definitely improved!

When finals time came around for him, he had to cancel a couple of lessons unexpectedly. Then I heard that he moved away this summer, so we have to go to a new teacher. His overall communication with the parent could have been better.
Austin B. May 25, 2015
I am a former student of New England Conservatory along with Brad and I played several gigs with him. Brad has a great demeanor and he's very easy to work with. Beyond this, he is a great creative partner who gives and takes criticism easily. He has a firm knowledge of his instrument as well as music theory. Brad has a genuine interest in his students success as well as his colleagues. He understands how fun music can be and has a great sense of humor that lends itself to teaching.
Graham B. September 21, 2014
Music Theory · In home
I never thought I would confidently understand music theory, even after years of practice, self-teaching, college electives, etc... I just never felt like I "got" it. Brad changed all that. Studying music theory with Brad's guidance and encouragement, I quickly began to feel as though I could "speak" music fluently.

Brad is a phenomenal teacher, and can adapt to almost any situation. If I wasn't understanding something, he never got frustrated, he would find a way to explain it differently until something finally stuck. That's very important I think. I've had too many teachers give up and say, "If you don't get this, you never will." Brad doesn't think like that. To him, "just not getting it" isn't an option. If you want to learn something, he'll find a way to teach it to you.
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Brad R.

Brad R.

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

Adam K.

Philadelphia, PA

Many students are satisfied learning covers, which is great, but the real fun and creativity is in writing your own music. Writing takes confidence and freedom and everyone has to start somewhere. I help new writers with laying down basic songs, and more advanced writers with nuance and innovation - how to borrow ideas from songs they love, use music theory to create harmony for lead melodies on guitar, piano, and voice

I also offer music recording on Garageband, guiding writers on how to select a beat, add tracks, and connect musical ideas. I've been writing and recording my music since 2004, which stretches from Pop and Country to Soul and Hard Rock. I share my process and allow writers to explore the process of artists they love to see the progression even the greatest artists go through.

About Adam

I have been passionate about music all of my life. I have been teaching guitar and piano for 9 years. I'm a doctoral student at Chestnut Hill College pursuing a degree in clinical psychology with plans to become a music therapist. I learned guitar and classical piano under 2 private teachers while pursuing my Psychology degree and music minor at Rutgers University in NJ.

Music was a way for me to find peace, structure, confidence, and an outlet for personal expression and creativity outside of my everyday life. I've grown as a person and a musician through music. I get excited when I see
my students learn enjoy playing something new. I love music more than anything else and that love is something I try to bring out in my students. Once there is love for music, everything grows naturally. I teach to help my students find those strengths in themselves to live a fulfilling life through their instrument.

***Lesson Details***

We create daily, weekly, and monthly goals for you to achieve.

Guitar: After 3 to 6 months of learning with me, you will have a basic knowledge of chords, how to read musical notation, strum to play. Most importantly, you will have learned 3 or 4 songs of your choice so that you can experience the joy of expressing yourself through music.
To achieve these results, you must be willing to practice 20-30 minutes a day.


I specialize in teaching students to learn to play by ear and improvise songs based on their tastes, style, and ability level. I also walk students through how to write and record semi-professional quality songs with drums, vocals, guitar, and piano. Music genres I cover are mainly Pop, Pop/Rock, Folk, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Alternative, and Classical (piano only)

*** Studio Equipment ***

I provide a comfortable, quiet room with live instruments, and playback and recording equipment. I expect students to bring a guitar, books, sheet music, picks, and a tuner.
1. Taylor Acoustic Guitar
--picks, tuner, and capo
2. Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar
-- Marshall 100W Amplifier
-- Classic Cry Baby Wah Effects Pedal
3. Casio PX-310 Weighted 88-Key Piano Keyboard

Playback and Recording:
1. MacBook Pro OSX 10.10.3 13-inch screen
- Insignia 27W Speakers with subwoofer
- Garageband
2. Steinberg UR-22 Recording Interface
3. Audio-technica M30 Headphones
4. Sterling Audio ST51 Black Condenser Microphone

*** Travel Equipment *** (same as above except for piano)


jeremy S. June 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Adam did a great job teaching me the basics of the keyboard. I have no music background and have never been taught to play an instrument. I wanted to learn 1 song for my wedding. Adam learned the song and wrote the notes for me so I could easily learn them. He was flexible with scheduling and always remembered where we left off even if there were several months between lessons (due to my schedule). He was very patient even when I struggled. I would recommend Adam for keyboard/piano lessons.
Mavis U. June 8, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
I took guitar lessons from Adam when I was a sophomore in high school. I knew nothing about playing guitar but i did play piano for several years. After learning with Adam, I definitely feel confident telling people I know how to play the guitar.
He has lessons planned well ahead and he is a very organised person. The teaching materials that he gives out are constructive and applicable. Adam creates a really comfortable learning environment for beginners and I never felt stupid asking him questions. He also plans the classes according to my own needs, which makes classes so much more fun and lively. Most importantly, he is really good at giving advice on how to practice (eg: chords, timing, beat, etc.)
He is the type of person that you could totally chillax with. I highly recommend him, adults or kids!!
Paul G. June 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I describe myself as an "intermediate beginner" on the guitar -- that is, I know a handful of chords, have a decent sense of rhythm and can "fake it" pretty well. I went to Adam to help me learn how to play properly and get to the next level. He met my expectations and then some...

Adam was quick to size up my capabilities and he worked with me, at my pace and with my input, to help me improve, demonstrating techniques and offering advice that opened up many new possibilities for me.

He also provided access to some great training materials and websites that have been invaluable as I work to be a better musician. I especially appreciate his willingness to help me sharpen up and make more compelling several tunes I've written, adding mini-riffs and flourishes that enhance the songs in a big way.

Adam is talented, knowledgeable and easy to work with, and I recommend him highly.
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Adam K.

Adam K.

Philadelphia, PA 19144
starting at
$35 / 45-min

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