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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 experience in all facets of music. Teaching private piano, guitar, and bass students however, is my first love and I consider my biggest accomplishment to be the accomplishments of my students. Since Berklee, I've amassed an extensive teaching library from over 5,000 original lesson plans tailored to meet the needs of students of all ages, levels, and musical interests. Acquiring and maintaining private students for over 28 years has been based solely through word-of-mouth referrals from students, parents, and teachers. A high percentage of students perform in bands, record professionally, and teach independently or in schools. Many letters of recommendation have provided college entry and 6 of 8 recommendations to attend Berkee have since graduated. Teaching beginning music students at any age is most important to me however. So many students never get the opportunity to ever realize their potential as was the case with me. From age 12 to 23, I was frustrated as I was only ever taught how to read music. Reading is important, but there's more to what we hear that meets the eye (pun intended I guess). I believe this is one of the reasons most people say, "If only I had stuck with lessons". Every student entering Berklee is told to forget everything they've ever learned up until now. Professional Performance: I've demonstrated over 28 years of professional diversity with a variety of genres (i.e. jazz, rock, blues, classical, etc.) facilitated through an equal proficiency with piano, guitar, and bass. Versatility has helped to provide over 9,000 solo, band, and free-lance performances at over 2,000 different venues. I've performed bass and keyboard duties simultaneously via split keyboard in original trio for over 15 years with world-respected drummer Clyde Lucas (Count Basie, Ray Charles, etc.). While attending college, I performed in Boston jazz clubs with prominent Berklee students including Smitty Smith from Jay Leno's Tonight Show Band. Other notable bands include Robert Gordan, Eddie Holman (Hey There Lonely Girl), Cab Calloway, and The Moody Blues. Long list includes prominent politicians and various jazz festivals. Recording/Composition: I've recorded 200+ original compositions and 50+ student play-a-long C.D.'s from my elaborate home studio. Advanced recording techniques implementing analog, MIDI, digital and synchronization formats has provided vast experience in both the professional and home studio. Multiple clients have hired me to transcribe, arrange, and record all instrumental parts for a variety of diverse artists and professional recording studio projects including jingles, commercials, and film.

*** Lesson Details ***
All students are provided a safe environment in my townhouse of 20 years located in a nice suburban townhouse development minutes from the intersection of Rt. 30 and Rt. 23 (New Holland Ave.). My 3rd floor teaching studio provides all instruments and students have the option to bring their guitar or bass to each lesson or simply use one of mine. Parents can either choose to observe the lesson, relax in my living room, or shop at the Lancaster Shopping Center 2 minutes from my house. Jim has an incredible wealth of knowledge and skills to share with students of all backgrounds, so please get in touch with us to set something up. Our rates are reasonable for the kind of expertise that Jim is available to provide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full 3rd floor dedicated for teaching: waiting area for parents on the 1st floor or they can come up to the 3rd floor.

*** Specialties ***
Berklee's highest freshman placement allowed me to accelerate focus through all advanced theory and ear training electives providing rare completion of highest available level course in both departments. Utilize that with equal interest and experience in all styles and genres (jazz, rock, blues, classical,etc.). Equal proficiency with piano, guitar, and bass.
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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!
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James T.

James T.

Lancaster, PA 17601
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$35 / 30-min
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Angela W.

Lancaster, PA

About Angela

Hello, my name is Angela W. I am a fun-loving and encouraging voice teacher who has years of experience working with children. I began my musical education at the age of 10 years old performing in choirs and taking voice lessons. Since that time I have been performing professionally in various theatres up and down the east coast and have had the opportunity to perform as a featured soprano in venues all over the world, including the York Minster Cathedral and with the Varna Choir of Bulgaria. I received my Vocal Performance degree from Charleston Southern University, and then moved to Lancast
er to perform professionally at American Music Theatre, 8 years ago and fell in love the area. I have been teaching privately for the last 5 years with a lot of success and am looking to continue to build my studio by taking on more private students in Lancaster County and surrounding areas.

I am a Charleston Southern University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance, Summa Cum Laude. I have held various titles as a part of the Miss SC Organization and placed 1st runner-up as well as won overall talent in the 2006 competition. From there I went on to hold the title of Miss South Carolina Sweetheart 2006, where I won the Pat Musk Overall Talent Award in the Miss National Sweetheart Competition. I have many years of pageant and professional performing experience, have performed and auditioned in NYC, so I feel comfortable helping students in any various avenues from pageant and audition preparation to perfecting performance technique. I am a avid song writer and have produced and recorded two cover CDs that I have successfully sold at a number of professional theatres and online. I am also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and have two Regional NATS Awards.

I offer beginner to advanced voice lessons for students interested in classical, operatic, Broadway and popular music. I try to provide my students the opportunity to practice a wide range of skills when learning music. My goal as a teacher is to specifically designed each individual lesson to help the student achieve their particular goals as an artist, performer, and musician.

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, 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. These practices will enhance muscle coordination and breath control when singing, helping to enhance and improve pitch, timbre, expression and vocal range.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My home studio is equipped with keyboard and guitar, 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 and also can recommend my favorite websites where music may be easily found. I also own a portable keyboard that I use for out-of-studio voice students.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a portable keyboard for voice students, but I strongly recommend that voice students record their lessons for reference during practice.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in musical theatre, jazz, and classical 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 in various genres thru my professional career including, pop, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, classical and country.
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Hope B. May 6, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Angela worked wonderfully with my 8 year old daughter Hope! She was very sweet and very patient with her. Hope really enjoyed working with her!
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Harriet W. February 21, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
During our first lesson together Angela was friendly, knowledgeable and very able to make me feel at ease. I am most grateful to her.
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Cyrus January 14, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Angela is excellent!! As well as being very talented she makes the lesson enjoyable and super productive. I would recommend singing lessons with her to anybody!
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Angela W.

Angela W.

Lancaster, PA 17601
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Rich S.

Littlestown, PA

About Rich

Hello!! My name is Rich and I am the owner of First Class Drumming (FCD).
I am a Vic Firth Independent Drum Instructor. I have studied many styles of drumming extensively. I am from Baltimore Maryland where I became the drummer for such bands as "Shelley's Emeralds", "Lite-N-Easy" and "The Grand Junction Band". I have been playing drums for over sixty years. As the son of a Master Musician, Tuba and Bass player John Spicer I was fortunate to be around some of the very best musicians at a very young age. My approach to teaching drums includes fundamental music theory, reading music, rudime
ntal exercises, or learning to play by ear if you so desire. We can learn Rock to Jazz to Latin, Funk and almost anything in between.
Whether you desire to fulfill a life long desire to play drums or simply are ready to go to the next level, First Class Drumming is the place to go! I look forward to hearing from you soon and start having fun learning to play drums!.
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Scott November 3, 2015
Well-rounded teacher with mulitple strengths ready to advise and instruct musicians from beginning enthused to professional performers.
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Ted November 3, 2015
Drum
I have known Rich for over 40 years and he is very skilled at his craft. He is of good moral character and committed to anything he attempts. He is a talented musician and a highly skilled drummer
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Keith November 3, 2015
Drum · In studio
Rich ... good friend, great guy and wonderful drummer! all I can say is go and you will be glad you did! Keith Thibodeaux
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Rich S.

Littlestown, PA 17340
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$25 / 30-min
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Nikita B.

Palmyra, PA

About Nikita

Hello!
My name is Nikita and I am a violin, viola and guitar instructor with 13 years of teaching experience. I work with international students of all ages at every skill level. So I am fully committed to the entire range of musical education.
Have you been contemplating professional music lessons? You have found the right teacher! I acquired a Master’s Degree in the St. Petersburg State Music Conservatory of Russia. For over 20 years of my musical study and career I was not only teaching, but successfully performing in numerous concerts and recitals as a solo/chamber ensemble/symphony orc
hestra performer. I am also a recipient of various awards for republic and international competitions, amongst which are the V International Competition, Ukraine, and XXXIII Republic Competition, Kazakhstan.
Do you think the lessons also should be interesting and fun? You’re right! For the best results you need to enjoy the entire process. That is why my lessons are always easy to understand, interesting and fun.
I would love the opportunity to assist in your growth and development in the musical arts and remember… you’re never too young or too old to start!!!
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Jim P. May 7, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Nikita is a true professional. Very passionate and extremely helpful. I highly recommend him to anyone who is interested to learn this instrument.
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Rachel January 31, 2016
Guitar · In home
He is a great teacher! He balances technique with expression in his teaching, from learning scales to performing pieces. He made it challenging, but fun. He taught me and all my siblings as well and they have all grown to appreciate music and gained skills that they use in other areas of music and learning.
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Anise Castro January 9, 2016
Violin · In studio
Having worked with Nikita and knowing him personally, I hold him in very high regards. Not only Nikita is an outstanding performer and musician, but he also is a very strong teacher, who holds high level of professionalism. Nikita finds individual approach to each one of his students, helps them find passion for music within themselves and express it in their performance, all of which are key pedagogical qualities. Having music as an essence of his life, Nikita naturally sparks love for music in other people. Nikita gave me many helpful tips on how to become a better performer, as well as how to have the confidence to be one. But above all, Nikita has a very bright personality, a very lighthearted sense of humor and a natural ability drive people towards him. Nikita is a very inspiring young man.
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Nikita B.

Nikita B.

Palmyra, PA 17078
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$25 / 30-min
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Christopher C.

Mount Joy, PA

About Christopher

Hello! I am a Juilliard trained Opera Singer/Vocal Coach. I have been teaching voice since 1999. I have an undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D in Music and have performed at some of the leading opera houses in the world. I am trained to teach Opera, Broadway, Musical Theater and Popular vocal styles! It all starts with good vocal technique that can be transferred to all vocal genres.
When I approach a teaching situation, the first things I always ask myself are how I can draw the students in, how I can make them excited about learning what I am teaching, and how I can stimulate their intellectual
and musical interests, thereby inspiring them to seek out further opportunities for music learning and experience beyond the particular context of the course or lesson.
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Christopher C.

Christopher C.

Mount Joy, PA 17552
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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