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Thomas W.

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I can help beginning students on cello learn the basics.

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 In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups. Thomas taught over 600 online and local private music lessons in 2016.

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 Drum Corps International and 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.

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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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July 1, 2019
Cindy
Thomas is honestly an amazing musician and teacher. He was really patient with me. Despite having to deal with major timezone differences (as I live in Myanmar), he took the time to figure it out. Also, he helped me figure out the stuff it took me months to figure out. He also really knows what he's doing. I learned so much in that hour of practice. 10/10 would recommend him.
May 26, 2019
Brian
April 28, 2019
Lorraine Anne
Fabulous! What a great teacher! And SO KNOWLEDGEABLE about all kinds of music! THANKS! looking forward to all my lessons!

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Thomas W.

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Introduction to cello and bow technique

About Rene

Knowing at the age of 5 that music was my life, by being brought up surrounded by praise music and gospel, my early exposure to music helped me to find every Instrument and style just my thing! I wanted to play everything and learn all aspects of music. I started with singing in the children's choir and then developed into piano and music theory. At the age of 12 I began to learn classical guitar, and at 15 took on various styles like Flamenco, Jazz and Rock. I graduated from High School having played in the school band achieving recognition In national Institutions Like IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) and state band finals. I was also composing from a very early age, and at 18 released my first album (self-titled) which can still be heard and purchased today through various music outlets, since i have released over 15

albums with various ensembles and bands. In college I already knew from my previous experience that I wanted to teach and pass on the joy that music brought to my life. I studied Music Theory and Jazz and finished my degree in Music Education. I have been teaching all in all for about 14 yrs. And I have enjoyed every minute I have spent with my students learning as much from them, as them from me. I am looking forward to meeting new and eager students who really want to bring their inner music out to share with the rest of us music aficionados! and develop their skills to the peak of their abilities.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching method ranges depending on the student. I believe in my experience that everyone learns differently, therefore everyone develops at their own pace. I try to find key strengths in each student and expose this to their advantage, using their abilities to further develop their skills, this method has shown the most promising results and students usually find themselves playing and performing just a couple of months after their first lessons. Part of my method involves a lot of performance and recital opportunities to help break any fears and inhibitions a student may bring with them. Music is about sharing, so an early exposure to this method helps to strengthen and stabilize a core acceptance of a students style and path, giving them and those close to them a very clear picture of their development and achievements.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Has all instruments at both his home and college studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson material, song charts and a progression scale. I require student to have an Instrument and recommended technique literature.

*** Specialties ***
My classical training began in High School with Influences in Segovia, and Romero I studied classical for 4 yrs. and trained in Jazz and Improvisation with performances In Big Band and group ensemble. Also sang and played in the school gospel choir.

****Personal Statement*****

If you needed a reason

There is no question that music touches us instantly and activates images, emotions and memories that linger with us throughout our lives. As a casual listener or an obsessive music elitist, there are times in our lives when we get blown away by a sound so unique our entire body vibrates and resonates with the touch of something out of this world. I can honestly say when this happens to me I feel as close to a spiritual connection than anything I have experienced otherwise. I believe it is these exact events that have triggered my need to be completely involved in the making, performing and consuming of music. The creative process, to me, is the single obvious reason we exist in this world. We create and share, learn and interpret, build on previous ideas and inspire others to perfect upon this process. It is no doubt a very humbling experience to realize you are part of it all. During this process you come to realize how important you are as an Individual, how there is no other vessel like you in this world, nor has there ever been or ever will. You are here now and your voice, your talent, your gift is an instrument to the great choir of the human spirit. No one but you can relate this, a reason to be, to create, to give.
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June 25, 2019
Brandon &.
As far as I know, Brandon and the kids enjoyed their first class this morning. Thank you!
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June 22, 2018
Amanda
great instructor. he is patient and works well with special needs teens by finding different ways to get a point across. my daughter really liked it and she is actually doing the vocal exercises.
April 30, 2017
Roxy T.
Rene is a fantastic teacher! Always patient and great with my 9 year old. He understands my child and always goes the extra mile. Rene is an excellent teacher.

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Eric E.

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I am a freelance cellist in NYC which means I get to play music of all styles and genres. I love getting to play and teach all different kinds of music and do not expect my students to learn only one style. The world of music is a vast one and I enjoy getting to explore as much of it as I can

About Eric

Hello! My name is Eric and I've been playing Cello for 19 years. I absolutely love music in all of it's forms. I've had a very diverse career and played music from all over the world and getting to explore the world of music is one of the things I cherish the most. I love getting to pass along my appreciation and love for music to my students.

I have worked in inner City schools in NYC teaching cello classes as well as giving private lessons. As a teaching artist I enjoy getting to travel to upstate NY to work with schools in the Adirondack region. I also have experience teaching adult students of all skill levels.
I am comfortable and experienced teaching people of all ages and experience levels.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't provide any equipment unless the student is without a stand in which case I'll bring one, the only thi

ng I would require is a chair but that has never been an issue before.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical music in all genres. I've played in multiple orchestras and string quartets as well as playing solo cello for orchestras and recitals. I am also very experienced in world music, pop, rock, etc.
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Paul W.

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About Paul

Professional musician, engineer, producer, music educator with a lot of experience teaching kids and adults alike.

Taught and performed all over Germany, The Netherlands, Belguim, Canada, Great Britain,Portugal, Africa , U.S.A. etc.

Still Performing, recording all around the United states.

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August 21, 2019
Charis
Excellent first lesson! I’m so excited to continue my lessons with Paul!
August 20, 2019
Dennis
I'll get right to the point. Paul's personality made it extremely easy for me not only to be comfortable but to feel really appreciated. I was fearful that Paul may feel like, "oh great another person who THINKS he has something but can't sing a lick!" I experienced the exact opposite. Within 15 minutes he located what has been my most frustrating issue. I felt like I was already ahead of the game and we hadn't even started yet! Paul has the rare balance of a sense of humor and still following an agenda to meet my goal. Thanks to Paul I really feel like I can, and WILL reach all my goals. AND enjoy the journey to them!! Can't wait for the next lesson!
June 12, 2019
Ethan M.
Ethan has alot of fun!!!

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Lisa C. B.

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Students can look forward to getting acquainted with the cello- from posture and properly handling the instrument, note-reading, and playing their first songs with the bow.

About Lisa C.

After playing the violin for over 20 years, Lisa was inspired to share the gift of music with others by her teacher, Susanna Sonnenberg. Lisa has attended the 2017 and 2018 American String Teachers Association National Conferences. She currently performs with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, and with outreach quartets. Lisa has played in recitals, the Chartiers Valley High School Orchestra, and was accepted to the 2006 PMEA District Orchestra. She has studied with Larry Weiss, Linda Andersen, and others. Lisa can’t remember a time before she learned how to play the violin; it has brought her great joy. Her favorite pieces to play are the Bach Double Concerto in D Minor and The Lark Ascending.

At 8 years old, Lisa fell in love with the violin. Throughout school, she studied w

ith private teachers and played with the school orchestra. At home, her dogs were a great audience.

Lisa went on to study history at the University of Pittsburgh, and later earned her law degree from Duquesne. She never forgot her violin, though, and continued to play in her spare time.

Music adds beauty to the world, and finally, after years of keeping the violin to herself, Lisa decided to share her playing with others. Lisa teaches traditional, classical method. The method books she uses include: Essential Elements for Strings, Samuel Applebaum, and All for Strings, among others. She supplements the technical exercises with repertoire from the Suzuki series. Lisa enjoys playing all types of music, in addition to classical, and teaches these songs, as well. Additional music includes pop artists like Taylor Swift, classic rock, electronic music like Lindsey Stirling, celtic, folk, and just about any other type of music you can think of. As a teacher, Lisa strives to be positive and encouraging. She believes that music should be fun, so her main goal is to make sure her students are having a good time!
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April 21, 2019
Debra
I think Lisa is a wonderful instructor who provides clear instruction and also knows pedagogy. She starts with a step-by-step approach to build a foundation. I am an older adult and her warmth and good sense of humor help, too.
March 31, 2019
Debra
"Old Dog Learns New Tricks"
I couldn't ask for more in a teacher. I am a newbie to the cello and Lisa made me feel very comfortable and also, her teaching style is very clear, logical, starting with the basics and building step-by-step. She has a good sense of humor, too. All said, after only my first lesson, I think my learn a new trick: playing a song or two on the cello. Deb Bisacchi, MEd, MSW
March 30, 2019
Debra
Clear, focused, warm and friendly, and very knowledgeable, too.

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Christopher B.

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I want to work closely with students to help them develop their own unique pace, methods, and goals that work for them. We’ll work together to not just master their craft, but also find their voice and enjoyment with their instrument.

My goal is to discover what a student wants to learn and their strengths and weaknesses and then cater lessons accordingly.

About Christopher

Flexible teacher combining technical knowledge of classical, jazz, and pop/rock theory, sense of humor, and passion for helping students not just master their craft, but also find their unique voice and enjoyment with their instrument.

No single learning path works for all students, it’s about finding and reinforcing your strengths, and empowering you to solve your own problems. As my old cello teacher used to say, “I’m not teaching you how to play cello, I’m teaching you how to teach yourself how to play cello.” Providing students with the tools and guidance they need to practice and improve: that’s what I strive to do.

I have over 5 years of experience teaching lessons, including teaching seminars on songwriting and music business at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts and Jamestown Community College.

Between 2006 and 2015, I

played over 1,000 shows, both solo and as an auxiliary musician for other touring acts. I performed on over 30 albums and have composed for radio, television, and internet video series. I've been featured in The New York Times, on the CBS Evening News, and on NPR.
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Chris is the best!

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Brenda L.

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I’m have over 30 years of experience teaching cello. Every student has different needs; I work with you at whatever point you are at. I have a doctorate in cello.

About Brenda

I love teaching cello! I’ve spent 30+ years of my life doing it and I think I’m good at what I do. :) One of the best parts of teaching is connecting you with your dreams. I’m open to teaching music you’ll enjoy playing and I love talking about cello and my love of classical music. I’m happy to help you find music you can play at your level and will love playing.

Many of my students find they really enjoy taking lessons with me because I speak their language—I understand their love of different types of music, I hear their frustrations and can help them solve their problems, and I’m happy to spend a few minutes in a lesson “nerding out” about whatever exciting cello-thing came across their radar this week.

I have a reputation for students with solid technique who have learned how to solve problems and play in tune, in rhythm, with

good sound and musical understanding. Let me help you do so!

Education:
DMA in cello performance from the University of South Carolina
MM in cello performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University
BA in music history, also from NIU

I’ve taught cello at Clemson University, North Greenville University, Anderson University, and the University of South Carolina, as well as for 30+ years in my private studio. I've been playing for over 40 years.
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April 6, 2019
Jennifer
Wonderful teacher! She was the first private instructor to really understand the way my son learns, and taught him appropriately. He made so much progress under her tutelage. We highly recommend her!
February 23, 2019
Ruth Ann
First lesson went great. Brenda started me with the basics and was very patient. Answered all my questions. I feel that I will be off to a good start with Brenda guiding me. PS I’m 53 years old, brand new to cello. I’ve always dreamed of playing.
I used to play French Horn 40 years ago. Bass clef is all new to me.
January 27, 2019
Pasquale
I originally learned how to play the cello on my own in my school's orchestra. When I went to college and decided to bring my cello with me, I knew it was time to take proper lessons like everyone else. Brenda was able to help me iron out all of the bad habits I had developed over seven years of playing cello with no formal corrections. She clearly cared about me and my interests as a student. I can confidently say Brenda equipped me with the tools, techniques, and attitude I needed to play the cello for the rest of my life.

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Brenda L.

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I'm fresh out of high school (I have been playing for 10 years), so I can relate to and get along with younger students, but students of any age are welcome! Since I am teaching beginners, I will teach necessary terminology and basic skills. I will make sure you are familiar with the terminology before I use it in lessons. I know how confusing and intimidating professional lessons can be, and I will make it simple and understandable, and I will do my best to make you feel comfortable.

About Katelyn

I am due to be in the orchestra for my college's production of Godspell. I am heavily into musical theatre and bands. I am a creative writer in my free time, and I am currently working on a screenplay. I do not discriminate, and I will work with anyone regardless of gender, race, religion, sexuality, or gender identity.

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Larry
"James has been a wonderful teacher. He has greatly helped me advance in my beginning cello skills by carefully observing, demonstrating as needed, then s
howing me the things I can do to improve. He does this in such a manner that instead of feeling discouraged, I am even more motivated to improve. I am learning cello as an adult simply for the fun of trying something new. My wife, who played flute on scholarship through college and some professionally has noticed, and commented, on the improvement. In summary, I highly recommend James for both adults and for kids. He just has a great knack for teaching."
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Jaclyn
"Susan is an amazing teacher! She is thoughtful in preparing for lessons and really tailors the lessons to the child. I have been more than happy with the
experience we have had with Susan as our teacher. She is truly gifted!"
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Peter
"Methodical and patient. Sensitive to learning style and speed of learning."
Tad
"Andrew is calm and very patient teacher. I started the cello from a scratch with him and now I can play scales and some pieces. He plays beautifully and h
e knows what has to be done to improve my cello playing. I will recommend Andrew for anyone who wishes to play the cello!"
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Victoria
"Nicholas is an excellent teacher. He made our daughter feel at ease almost immediately and that's not always the simplest thing to do. After one class, we
are already seeing an improvement and she's a more confident cellist."
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Graysen
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Sherry
"My 14-year-old daughter has been taking lessons with Megan for about a year and really enjoys it. (These lessons are in addition to her orchestra class at
school.) They work on pieces from upcoming school concerts or add-on pieces that Megan selects. The one-on-one sessions have made a big difference! (She's now 1st chair!) And Megan is also very flexible if we need to cancel or reschedule. She's awesome!"
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Mitch
"Great first lesson. We went over the basics of the cello and quickly jumped to something a little more difficult to match my skill level. Can't wait to pr
actice and learn more."
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Mia
"Finding an individual with the credentials or capacity to develop your technique isn't really the difficult part in searching for a teacher. As a twenty-s
omething in the early stages of developing my career, I place a much higher value in being inspired.

Despite having no prior experience with the cello and having little time to practice in between lessons, Ryan does a great job in simplifying the musical concepts and subtly drilling in the key points-- so much so that I can actually hear the improvement with every session. Not only is he very patient and attentive, Ryan also shows an obvious enthusiasm towards his craft that is highly infectious.

The lessons themselves are thorough, but still engaging. Given my hectic lifestyle, I was initially uncertain about committing to a new skill and figured my interest in the cello would waver. I'm still no cello aficionado--however, this first set of lessons has surprisingly heightened that initial interest and convinced me to keep at it.

Bottom Line: If you're looking for a teacher or considering the instrument, I would definitely recommend giving Ryan a shot!"
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