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Barbara N.

Brookhaven, PA

About Barbara

I have been singing for as long as I can remember. It is my very favorite activity. I have transformed my love of singing into a career.

I have been teaching music lessons for over 25 years. When you study with me you will have the advantage of that experience. I have extensive experience teaching students of all ages. Throughout my teaching career I have taught students with varied backgrounds and diverse needs. If you are a person who was told not to sing by your music teacher, don't give up! I have taught many children and adults to match pitches and improve their singing voices.


I earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Moravian College and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Temple University. While at Temple, I studied standard vocal repertoire and Early Music. I have also completed graduate courses in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at West Chester University.

I served on the faculty of Suburban Music School for 17 years where I taught voice, piano and recorder lessons. I also directed the Children’s Choir and the Women’s Choir. I was formerly on the faculty of Delaware County Community College where I taught courses in the Music Department; and of Temple Music Prep where I instituted, developed and maintained a vocal program at Temple University’s Ambler Campus.

In addition to teaching I was employed for eleven years as a chorister at Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Greenville, DE where I have had the opportunity to sing for such notable conductors as John Rutter, Sir David Wilcox, Sir Philip Ledger, Stephen Cleobury, and James O’Donnell. Previous choral work has included singing for Dr. Ifor Jones and for Michael Korn. I perform in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the Philadelphia area and in Cape May, NJ and with a Celtic group called Celtic Women and Friends.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice Lessons

When you study voice with me, you will start with the basics - posture, breathing and tone production. If you have studied before, we will review these areas and brush up on anything that needs work. The next step is to learn some vocal exercises to warm up and develop your voice. When the exercises are going well, we will begin to work on songs. You will need to learn some classical songs because they help to develop your voice, but we will also work on the kind of music you like best. In addition to songs, we will work on solfege (do, re, mi, etc.) which helps to train your ear and to improve your sightreading ability. If you don't know how to read music I will teach you that. If you read music but have some gaps in your knowledge, we will fill those in.

I teach what is called bel canto (beautiful singing). It is a healthy vocal technique that will help you avoid vocal problems. When you learn to sing with this technique, you can sing any style of music you want. After a few months of study, you should be able to tell that your voice is growing stronger, that you have better breath control, and that your range is increasing.

Although I have high expectations of my students, I am relaxed and friendly. If you love to laugh, we will enjoy that together!

Piano Lessons

When you study piano with me you will enjoy playing a variety of songs from your lesson book. As you advance, we may add a repertoire book which increases the number and variety of songs you play. There are many excellent piano methods. I use different methods for different students, depending on their needs.

Lessons will include posture and proper hand position, warm-ups, songs and music theory. Music theory is the study of notation and how music is put together. You will have a workbook with exercises for this study. If there is a particular style of music you would like to play, we will look for music at your level to add to your lesson. After a few months of study, you should know how to read basic notation and be able to play a number of songs. You will also have increased your knowledge of musical notation and harmony.

I expect my students to practice in preparation for their lesson every week. I am relaxed and friendly, so that should help to put you at your ease.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, stereo equip, seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching the bel canto style singing. With this technique, a person can sing any style of music she or he chooses.
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Sarah, G. July 31, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
First lesson is voice evaluation and basic exercises. looking forward to further lessons.
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Karen W. June 24, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She's excellent! Very professional and skilled! Encouraging! She's just awesome! Definitely recommend!
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Vanessa B. April 18, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Very helpful site

I am delighted to work with Barbara. She is expert and inspiring and I look forward to my weekly lessons. Thank You!
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Barbara N.

Barbara N.

Brookhaven, PA 19015
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Luis G.

Ardmore, PA

About Luis

I am father to 3 girls [Elaine, Grace and Emma] so I'm very comfortable with kids of all ages. I studied Music Performance with a concentration in Classical Guitar at Eastern University, where I met my wife Allison who currently teaches Voice and Piano with Take Lessons. I received an Honorable Discharge for 8 years in the US Army and work at The University of Pennsylvania in the School of Medicine, which I also attend. I teach lessons privately and through take lessons just for the love of it.

I'm very easy going and patient. I focus on technique and music reading skills rather than buildi
ng repertoire. I would rather a student that is confident in their ability to play a few songs to a high standard than an unsure student that can play many to a lower standard.

As far as my own musical interests, I love classical guitar and the folk/singer songwriter genre. Artists I listen to regularly include The Swell Season(Glen Hansard), Gregory Alan Isakov, Iron and Wine, The Milk Carton Kids, Simon and Garfunkel, M.Ward, Of Monsters & Men, Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, Ray LaMontagne, The Mountain Goats, Andrew Bird, Dawes, Neutral Milk Hotel, Woodpigeon. I'm just realizing that could go on for a long time... I stay up to speed on most contemporary artists for the sake of my students. I regularly teach songs current pop artists in the interest of maintaining student engagement.

My real passion is in Classical Guitar music. There are few things that give me more joy than playing classical guitar. I love any opportunity to share that with someone eager to learn.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I like to start by reviewing what has been learned in the previous lesson, making sure to address any concerns before teaching something new. To ensure the student is truly learning and maintaining what I teach during our lessons we will do some short musical exercises which apply to that week's lesson, as well as some musical repertoire that reinforces the new principles taught in that lesson. I feel that correct repetitive practice of these exercises and music will ensure happiness with your progression as a musician. I do my best to learn the musical interests of my students and to personalize each lesson/assignment so that they remain engaged and excited.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have small studio space connected to my family room with a Piano and my guitars/amps (and any other instruments my wife and I have collected over the years). Parents can sit in studio or relax in the family room during lessons. It's a nice quiet suburban area and I have off street parking just outside the door.

Warning: I have friendly cats! They will rub up against your leg and may even purr loudly! In the most extreme cases, they have even been known to fall asleep while snuggling in an unsuspecting parents lap.
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Daniel January 15, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Daniel very much enjoyed his first session. Luis made him feel at ease and they immediately started working on a song he can play quickly. Luis took pains in finding out Daniel's music tastes for future lessons.
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Sarah T. January 4, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Luis is very patient and encouraging.
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Catherine A. February 25, 2013
Guitar
this teacher is the best

I think you should really pick Luis G. because he is very good at explaining things to me. Another thing I really like about having him as a teacher is that some times I forget he's my teacher ; I feel like he's one of my friends. That's somethings that I think is great because you can be open and not feel weird around him at all. I think He is really good at what he does and thats teaching Guitar and making people have fun with it!
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Luis G.

Luis G.

Ardmore, PA 19003
(3)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA

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.

Downingtown, PA 19335
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jeff O.

Phoenixville, PA

About Jeff

Jeff has a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Temple University. He has performed as a percussionist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and Percussion Ensemble, Atlantic Brass Band, United Percussion, and the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also a performing member of the Outside Sound Ensemble, an educational program that implements art and music to work with students and adults with disabilities. Jeff is currently the Percussion Caption Head and Arranger at Neshaminy High School, as well as percussion and
drum teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

In 2015, Jeff joined the staff of Field of View Indoor Percussion Ensemble as an instructor, and is now the battery arranger for the group. In the past, he has worked with the North Penn High School Winter Percussion Ensemble, the Upper Darby Indoor Drumline, and the percussion section of the Pennsbury High School Marching Band. Jeff has a WGI Percussion Independent Open Gold Medal with United Percussion and a WGI Percussion Scholastic Open Bronze Medal with Upper Darby High School. Jeff is a Grammy-nominated timpanist with the Temple University Orchestra, and he has recorded timpani with the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra on the Naxos label.

Jeff plays drums for Revolution, I Love You, an electro power pop band based out of Philadelphia. The band has performed at NXNE in Toronto, the Dewey Beach Music Festival, LAUNCH Music Conference in Lancaster, and numerous venues in and around Philadelphia, New York, and Wilmington. He has also performed and recorded with the Philadelphia hard rock band Palaceburn, and released his first solo electronic work Folk Songs under the alias Duncan in October of 2013.
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Deb Birkbeck January 11, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jeff is very easy to work with, and I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons.
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Robert D. September 4, 2015
Verified Student
He was excellent. Great teacher! Strongly recommend to anyone who is interested in playing drums!
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Laura W. October 27, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jeff is awesome. He's engaging and my 8 year old is now practicing between lessons without being told. We are very happy with Jeff.
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Jeff O.

Phoenixville, PA 19460
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Anthony J. S.

Wilmington, DE

About Anthony J.

Hello knowledge thirsty students! It is so great that all of you are taking your education and training as far as you can by seeking outside professional instruction. I love being a part of helping my students learn and grow. I, myself, hold two undergraduate major degrees, a BS in Biology, and a BA in psychology along with a minor degree in philosophy. Life is all about learning new things and making yourself a better, brighter, more adept being each and every day. To do anything less is selling yourself, and the world around you, short. As a matter of fact, when i taught prior to here, i fe
lt the information and it's comprehension and digestion is so important, that i would make sure my students understood before leaving them for the day, no matter how long it took, and without charging. the money is just a life necessity, that allows us to do the things we love. but it is not important in and of itself. wisdom and knowledge, truth and beauty. These things are meaningful and real.
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Quinn F. December 30, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
First lesson was a success! Anthony was AWESOME with my son.
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Colin C. December 30, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Anthony really took time to figure out where Colin had left off with his previous teacher and configuring his future lessons
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Teddy September 22, 2015
Drum · In studio
Taking drum lessons from you was a great experience. I learned a ton in a relatively short period of time. I think i took lessons for about 2 years maybe just under two years. But you were great. really helped me learn the material, and the proper way to play the drums. and you really seemed to genuinely care about me and my instruction, not just in it for the pay check. i would highly recommend Anthony to anyone looking to learn percussion of any kind. A great teacher, and a great guy all around. 5 stars all the way, brother!!
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Anthony J. S.

Anthony J. S.

Wilmington, DE 19810
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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