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Expertise offered in Performance,
Composition and Theory,
Production, Electronic Music
Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical
Teachers for all ages and skill levels
All instruments and voice

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PianoKidsFbookOur music teachers offer high quality training, drawn from their own professional experience. With undergraduate and graduate degrees (M.M., B.M.) in performance and education, many of our teachers are long-time music students themselves, or are musicians working professionally in the field. Focusing on performance, composition, songwriting or production, students will find areas of studies ranging from pop to classical, beat-production to musical scoring, and more. When working with our teachers, college-bound students can expect preparation for conservatory and college auditions, as well as performance opportunities. Students learning music for fun or to expand upon previous knowledge will encounter personalized instruction from our teachers. Children will gain an appreciation for music in our eclectic beginner lessons and classes. We encourage beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of all ages to pursue music with us.

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Meet our teachers – browse instructor bios below:

Joseph Primavera

I teach Guitar, Bass, Piano and Ukulele. I am a music educator, performer, composer and producer with over 15 years of experience. Since obtaining my Bachelor’s of Music in Performance from Temple University in 2007, I have been teaching private music lessons in the greater Philadelphia area to students of all ages and skill levels. My teaching style focuses equally on technique, theory and improvisation. I like to tailor the lessons to each individual student's goals and interests, all while focusing on the music that they find interesting and inspiring. In 2002, I was one of only two guitar players in Pennsylvania chosen for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. In 2010, I recorded the music for a full length documentary called “Libertopia". In 2011, I co-lead the launch of a recording program at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. Since graduating with my degree in jazz performance, I have been featured as a guitarist performing in a variety of genres, and have contributed guitar to multiple recordings, including works recorded at Miner Street Recordings in Fishtown. In addition to guitar and music in general, I have been teaching audio engineering, production and mixing. I have also had a key role in the production and engineering for the albums of many local bands, including Juston Stens (former drummer for Dr. Dog), TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Grubby Little Hands, and The Looks of It (my personal project). In 2009 I founded Philly Music Lessons to bring a unique form of music education to my own neighborhood and to Philadelphia at large. Whether you are just starting out and want to learn some of your favorite songs or preparing for a college audition, I have the tools and experience to help you achieve your musical aspirations. Schedule a Lesson

Stef Emery

I teach Voice, Guitar, and Violin. I grew up playing the violin and the piano, and played in school orchestras through high school. I then began to play the guitar and really started focusing on my voice and songwriting. I went to college at Berklee College of Music for Violin Performance and there learned Jazz and Blues styles on Violin. I began to gravitate more towards Rock and Blues styles and became more and more interested in being a singer-songwriter. I teach all ages, and love focusing on Rock, Pop, and Blues styles. Many of my vocal students also play guitar, so we work on coordination between playing and singing at the same time and even songwriting. My teaching style for vocals has a strong focus on finding your voice in chest and mix voices, learning how to project and belt and achieve a full body sound. I love to instill a strong sense of technique, feel, and confidence in my students, and most importantly I want them to have fun! Music lessons are about learning, obtaining goals, and gaining confidence in yourself. I strive to make all of my students well rounded musicians, encourage creativity and live performance, and help to start their musical journey in the most positive and encouraging way possible. - Read More About Stef

Will Brobston

I teach guitar, bass, and piano. I am a guitarist and composer who utilizes music as a vehicle for interpreting various aspects of life and art, for engaging students in exciting learning experiences, and for connecting with other people. It is my strongest belief as an educator that each student has their own special way of learning and connecting with music, and that students’ personal needs take priority over all else in the studio or classroom. As a result, I actively take note of what works best for each person or group, and adapt my presentation of the learning material to best fit those requirements. Lesson plans revolve around a healthy balance of technique, music theory, and exploration into various styles or composers from which students may benefit. My vision as a teaching artist is to ignite musical artistry and passion in every one of my students, and channel it toward improving upon their own personal goals. - Read More About Will

Laura Lizcano

I am a jazz vocalist and songwriter based in the city of Philadelphia.  I graduated from Temple University with a B.M. in Jazz Performance. While at Temple, I was the featured vocalist with the Temple University Big Band, led by Terell Stafford, for two years. I have been teaching private voice and beginner piano lessons since I graduated from college. For my voice students, I like to include a mix of vocal technique, sight reading and theory, and repertoire. - Read More About Laura

John Williams

I teach guitar. I am a classical guitarist performer and teacher. I have received my Bachelors and Masters degree in Classical Guitar Performance at the Peabody Conservatory under the guidance of Manuel Barrueco, and am currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music. From my experience as a player and teacher, nothing is more motivating than working on something that we really want to play. - Read More About John

Molly Germer

I teach violin, viola, and ukulele. I started playing the  violin at age 5 because I wanted to be like my big sister. I come from a musical family, and starting violin seemed like a natural thing to do. I am a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM) with additional studies at University of Rochester, and of the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music (MM) with additional studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. As a teacher, I recognize that all students learn differently. I hope to give each student a strong technical foundation so they can continue to explore music in the way suited for them. - Read More About Molly

Dakota Kievman

I developed a strong passion for the violin very early in my life. I started playing at age 2 after showing a strong interest while hearing a recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major on the radio. My goal is to spread music to as many people as possible whether it be through performing or teaching. My philosophy is that anyone has the capacity to engage in music. Although I use mostly the same books for my lessons, I adapt my teaching style to fit the student. Beginning by cultivating the students’ love and patience for music practice, we work on the foundation that will develop a strong technique. - Read More About Dakota

Scott Hughes

I'm a lifelong pianist who has been performing around Philadelphia for the last decade. As soon as I was tall enough to reach the keys, I started playing and never looked back. I have studied both music and education at the University of the Arts, Temple University, the Walden School in Dublin, NH. Having played both classical and jazz for many years, I approach education with an emphasis on individual creativity, confidence in self-expression, and ear training built on a strong foundation of musicianship. - Read More About Scott


Cole Berggren

I teacher guitar and bass. I am a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and teacher originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I finished my associate degree in guitar performance at Ohlone College in California and moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music. I have years of experience playing and performing music in a wide variety of styles from pop, rock, and punk to big band, jazz, and swing. As a teacher I feel that each student wants something different from a music lesson. I try to focus on what a student is interested in most while pushing them to try new things. I’m always excited to meet and work with new people. Whether you’re an experienced player or a brand new musician I’d love to help you accomplish your musical goals. - Read More About Cole

Damon Smith

I teach piano. I am a pianist, songwriter, and teacher that graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance/Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory. I've been studying piano since I was seven years old, and attended Laguardia High School in New York City, where I studied piano performance as well.  I am a firm believer of the power of using one's ear while learning music, and have studied extensively with both jazz and classical teachers. - Read More About Damon

Brennen Ernst

I teach Banjo, Guitar, and Piano. I started playing professionally when I was 16, starting out playing for swing dances with a pianist I'd met at a music camp in West Virginia. I also recorded my first CD, "Blue Skies" that year. When I was 18, instead of going to college, I tried out for a full time bluegrass band and started playing with them on the road. I've got to play bluegrass in some very interesting places, including The Netherlands and Switzerland. I've taught myself by doing a lot of listening, some thinking, plenty of practice, and a whole lot of love for the music! Having found success with this path, I teach my students using those four guidelines, and I believe that listening and thinking, in addition to practicing are fun and rewarding ways to learn! - Read More About Brennen

Helen Hass

I teach voice and piano. I am a native Michigander and singer of opera and jazz. I moved to Philadelphia to be a part of a new network of musicians; I currently sing at Saint Mark’s Church in Center City and also teach at The Philadelphia School in their after school music program. Before my move, I sang as a part of The Michigan Opera Theatre chorus, Opera MODO, various church and synagogues and have managed a 35 student studio. - Read More About Helen

Audrey Lee

I teach violin and viola. I began violin lessons at age 5 with Lucy Shaw in the Village Violin School, a Suzuki program in Houston, TX. I maintained an independent violin studio throughout my time in Austin, teaching violinists from age 5 to adults, and I had the fortune of doing my Suzuki training with Dr. Laurie Scott. In my first years of “adulthood” post-graduation, I taught beginning violin classes at Blackshear Fine Arts Academy through the El Sistema system in Austin, and directed the orchestra program at Brentwood Christian School. I am as much a performer as I am a music educator. I won a position in the first violin section of the Austin Opera orchestra and performed frequently with the Austin Symphony. As is expected of Austin musicians, I also joined a folk band, American Dreamer, where I found myself dabbling in fiddling and singing. - Read More About Audrey

Jonah Christian

I teach guitar and bass. I started learning guitar when I was 10 years old, initially playing a lot of Classical music and Classic Rock. The study of jazz theory and improvisation really opened my eyes to the amazing, endless world of music and the limitless possibility of the guitar as an improvisational instrument and from that moment I was hooked. When I teach, I try to always cater the style to the student. I build my lesson plans around the student’s interests and abilities, always with the goal of leaving the student inspired and eager to practice. - Read More About Jonah

Daniel Fisk-Kallish

I teach guitar, bass, and ukulele.  I am a long time musician, Philadelphia resident, and teacher of private lessons for almost a decade.  I was lucky enough to receive a guitar at age 13, and have been playing for over 15 years.  I had a private guitar teacher who gave me the tools to become the player I am today, and years later I am here to do the same for my students. - Read More About Daniel

Gabe Miller

I teach violin. I was born and raised in the sweet Midwest city of Saint Louis, Missouri. My dear mother signed me up for Suzuki violin when I was 5 years old, and I am eternally grateful that she kept me doing it until I loved it. I am living in Philadelphia now, teaching music, playing gigs with several bands I lead or co-lead, composing music, and practicing more deeply all of the information I received in college. I like to approach music as a language very similar to any other spoken language. The instrument is an extension of the human voice. I incorporate a lot of listening, singing, movement, games, play, improvisation, and consistency into my lessons and practicing assignments. We learn to speak before we learn to read, and I take the same approach in music. - Read More About Gabe
 

Matt Culbertson

I teach piano, voice, and clarinet. I am a pianist, accompanist, and teacher that graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Montclair State University. I’ve been blessed with incredible mentors and teachers my whole life, and I owe my success to them, and that’s one of the main reasons why I teach. After years as a student of several music education programs within Essex County, I moved on to teaching private lessons for all ages and all styles. I have performed throughout Northern New Jersey and New York, including Steinway Hall and Carnegie Hall. Now, after moving to Philadelphia, I intend to build my reputation among the educators and collaborators and continue my own education and artistry in music. - Read More About Matt


Tim Lelen

I teach piano, guitar, and ukulele. I’m 29 years old and have been playing for the last 18 years and grew up in a musical household. I’ve played lead guitar in a few bands along the way all while maintaining a steady interest in classical piano. I’ve been teaching for the last 4 years, sharing the joy of music with students in Philadelphia. I teach classical piano as well as pop and rock styles on piano and guitar and ukulele. I enjoy finding and teaching music that students are excited about, fostering creativity, developing excellent practice methods, helping students pursue their musical goals, and exploring all that music is and can be. - Learn More About Tim

Gina Polite

I teach all levels of voice, beginner piano, ukulele, and Early Childhood Music Education. I began singing at an early age with my schools choirs from Elementary up through High school. I received my Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of The arts in 2007. While I was there I studied both Opera and Jazz. I love performing and working with adults and I have also found a particular joy and talent working with young children. I have 10 years of early childhood music education experience both inside and outside the classroom using the basic fundamentals of music and general music exploration. I love to teach students of all ages and I believe Music lessons should be both educational and fun. In my lessons I would cater to every student’s different learning style and individual needs to help them reach their personal goals and become the best musician they can be. - Read More About Gina

Rick Rein

I teach trumpet, guitar, bass, drums, and piano. I came to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts, where I studied with Bill Pusey, George Rabbai, Matt Cappy, and Matt Gallagher; Their credits include work with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, Jay-Z, and NFL Films. I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in trumpet performance, then dove headfirst into the Philadelphia music scene. As a teacher, my goal is to help students develop their musical ears, along with proper technique and theoretical understanding, so they can find their own personal sound. - Read More About Rick

Ted Estersohn

I teach Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, and Fiddle. I grew up in a house filled with classical music, show tunes, and folk music.  I really can’t remember not knowing about Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, The Weavers, and Leadbelly.  Already a veteran of 3 years of piano and a few months of cornet lessons (I never got past the wet goose noise stage,) I found my home with my first guitar at age 12.  I was fortunate to catch on with Jerry Ricks, who later moved to Europe where he toured playing blues as “Philadelphia Jerry Ricks.”  Lessons with Jerry formed a broad and deep survey of folk guitar styles–blues, country, bluegrass, and (then) modern folk–fingerpicking and flatpicking styles and techniques.  He was also particularly close with Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt and it was my privilege and inspiration to get to know them both a bit, tagging along to club dates at the Second Fret on Sansom St.  The John Hurt and Doc Watson repertoires were the core of my student syllabus and as it’s still wonderful stuff and covers at least 2/3 of folk guitar technique, I still feature those tunes with those students who want folk guitar.  - Read More About Ted

Lucia Lostumbo

I teach violin. I started studying violin when I was seven years old and haven’t looked back since. I’m currently a senior at Temple University finishing my Bachelor’s of Music in violin performance under Davyd Booth of the Philadelphia Orchestra. I have been teaching violin lessons for about five years now, and have found it incredibly rewarding to help others experience how fun and fulfilling making music can be. I strive to be the best musician I can be so that I can pass that joy and passion on to my students. - Read More About Lucia

Nate Hook

I teach piano, saxophone, clarinet, and flute. My musical success can be largely attributed to my own teachers.  Although I began learning at age six, my lessons, practicing, and as a result my playing all came together when I began lessons with Alex Bohrer at age eleven.  Alex's teaching style put music theory to practical use in the music I learned.  This knowledge of how music was constructed gave me a deeper understanding of music.  Instead of just learning what notes to play, I learned why I was playing those notes.  This style of music education is present in the lessons I teach.  Instead of learning chords and scales in a cold, academic way, you'll learn how they fit into the songs you're learning. - Read More About Nate

Jenny Hackbarth

I teach violin, viola, cello, guitar, ukulele, and piano. I've been playing music on various instruments for nearly twenty years. I come from a family of musicians and grew up listening to a strange combination of classical music and the Beatles. I played in orchestras and ensembles all throughout grade school. I earned a BA in music production from the College of Media and Communication at Temple University, where I also electively studied music theory and technique. I started teaching while working at a music shop after graduating. I picked up some lessons as a substitute teacher when needed and quickly realized that I loved teaching. My students are a constant reminder of why I fell in love with music in the first place. I've learned that there is no one method that works for every student. I teach using a blended method catered to each student's individual needs, while making sure we don't forget to have fun! - Read More About Jenny

Alex Dovgala-Carr

I teach all levels of voice, beginner/intermediate piano, and beginner guitar and ukulele. I enjoy incorporating songwriting, musical improvisation, and music theory into any lesson. With a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy from Temple University, I also specialize in adaptive lessons (lessons for students with special needs.) - Read More About Alex

Angel Sanchez

I started teaching in 2010 at a Latin Jazz school in North Philly called AMLA. There I developed a technique of teaching where I mix lessons from yoga and meditation with traditional vocal warmups. The voice is the only instrument where your entire body health directly affects your performance. Therefore, I believe being in tune with your body will help you stay in tune with the music. During our lessons we will employ relaxation techniques and tension reducing stretches in the beginning.  Afterwards, we will explore techniques of singing from the “Speech Level Singing” philosophy made famous by Seth Riggs. However, my philosophy is not to employ any specific technique of singing to all my students. I love listening to singers and figuring out what works best for them. I believe the best teachers are ones that empower students with no bias or judgement. In this way, students can grow into their own musician as opposed to musicians in their teacher’s image. - Read More About Angel

Sean Conlon

I teach guitar, bass, piano, drums, voice, banjo, ukulele, trumpet, and mandolin.  I moved to Philadelphia to study music at University of the Arts where I graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Instrumental Performance (Guitar) as well as a Masters of Arts in Teaching.  While at Uarts I was lucky to be able to study all of the specific fields of music which initially drew me to the school; performance, writing, recording, and teaching.  I am truly happy to say that all 4 of those are still present in my day-to-day life.  I write and perform music with my band, The Phonies as well as solo music and various collaborations with other Philadelphia songwriters.  I've been lucky to perform music in a wide variety of styles.  I have been teaching private lessons (originally only guitar and piano) for 7 years.  My goal in teaching music is to help each student reach their musical goal, no matter what they may be.  If you aren't quite sure, that's ok too!  I'll help to figure it out.  No matter what goals my student may have I always try to approach the material in a way that empowers the student to learn more information on their own. - Read More About Sean  

Art Thompson

My name is Art Thompson. I began studying drums at age 10. Academically trained through my school band program, and also born into a musical family, I was exposed to a variety of different kinds of music growing up. After high school I had the honor of serving as a member of the U.S. Army Band. I have had an educational article published in Modern Drummer magazine's Rock and Jazz Clinic column as well as having been featured in Modern Drummer's On The Move column and also New Blood in DRUM! magazine. In addition, I have self- published my own method book, The Beginner's Handbook for Drum Set. I base my teaching style on the needs and interests of each individual student. While I feel there are certain foundational things every drummer needs to know (rudiments, reading skills, technique, etc.) I try to find ways to apply those things in applicable ways to the material my students want to learn. - Read More About Art

Sam Bishoff

I teach saxophone, flute, and clarinet. As a child, my parents exposed me to a variety of music and I soon became obsessed with B.B. King and the blues. I grew up in Seattle and the local blues radio station played jazz on the weekdays, so as I listened for my hero B.B. to come on the radio, I was accidentally introduced to jazz and I loved it! I started playing saxophone in grade school, and I continued to play through high school and eventually decided to attend Temple University where I recently completed a degree in Jazz Performance. I also spent a semester studying abroad at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. I have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such musicians as Larry McKenna, Mike Crotty, Dan Monaghan and Greg Kettinger. When it comes to teaching I like to strike a balance between building a solid base in rudiments, as well as pursuing the interests of the student. I am comfortable teaching a number of styles such as jazz, classical, and pop, as well as concepts like improvising, reading, theory, and composing. I also welcome students of all levels and ages. - Read More About Sam

Rachel Byrd

I teach voice and piano.  From a young age, I knew that music was my second language.  My desire to sing, act, and dance on stage came to fruition at the age of 4. I spent years of my youth performing piano at local churches,  participating in local choirs and musical theatre, and pursuing classical and jazz percussion through school ensembles. I furthered my studies first at the Boston Conservatory then graduated with a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance from Temple University.  In my time at Temple, I performed in a variety of operas including Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Die Fledermaus (Strauss) Suor Angelica (Puccini) and Die Zauberflote (Mozart).  I have also performed in the operas Don Giovanni (Mozart) and La Straniera (Donezetti).
As a vocalist, our bodies are our instrument.  Every body is built differently and I cater my lessons to each students needs.  I teach students anywhere from beginner to advanced.  My goal as a vocal instructor is to help my students sing freely and healthfully.  Lessons are focused on breathing, technique, music theory, and applying technical knowledge to pieces.  I encourage my students to explore their capabilities and experiment until they find their unique voice.  As a piano instructor, I teach beginner to intermediate students.  I focus on music reading fluency, healthy technique, sight reading, and music theory. - Read More About Rachel
 

Frank Rein

I teach trumpet, tenor and bass trombone, euphonium/baritone horn, tuba, and french horn. I also teach beginner piano, guitar, and bass. I came to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts, from which I received the degree of Bachelor of Music with honors in 2016. I studied bass trombone with Barry McCommon, a top-call classical and jazz crossover artist in the Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York area. The Philly music scene is wonderfully diverse, and I have the opportunity to perform with accomplished musicians in genres as diverse as jazz, pop/rock, R&B, funk, classical, gospel, reggae, klezmer, soul, punk, even Star Wars music! My favorite teachers have always helped hone my senses and my ability to teach myself, and I like to take that approach with my own students; together we can explore concepts in terms of our relationships to them, resulting in a deep understanding and personal connection to music. - Read More About Frank

Adam Kowalski

I teach Trombone, Euphonium, Electric Bass, Tuba, Trumpet, and Guitar, and I am a trombonist and educator in Philadelphia. I studied at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, where I earned the degree of Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2016. During my career at Temple I studied both Classical and Jazz trombone under the tutelage of Blair Bollinger of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Mark Patterson, an accomplished jazz recording artist and Broadway musician. I have also had the opportunity to perform in the Grammy-nominated Temple University Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band. Outside of Temple, I have performed with various local orchestras, bands and jazz bands. Currently I maintain a varied performance schedule playing trombone in a Philadelphia-based reggae band, as well as playing bass in an Indie Rock band. Through my teaching, I hope to instill in students a passion for learning and developing new skills. I believe in helping students to develop strong foundations in auditory skills (ear training) as well as fundamental facility and technique on their instruments. Through these means, students gain the tools necessary to facilitate new, exciting and rewarding learning opportunities for themselves to become life-long students of music. Read more about Adam

Elena Smith

I teach cello. I am currently a senior Cello Performance major at Temple University where I study with Jeffrey Solow. I am an active performer on the modern cello, baroque cello, and viola da gamba (a string instrument played throughout the Renaissance and Baroque periods). At Temple, I am a member of conTemplum New Music Orchestra and have performed solo works on the SoundPrints concert series. I have performed in Chamber Music Society of Philadelphia masterclasses. I have performed with the Elysium String Quartet, Fairmount Chamber Ensemble, Chiaroscuro Consort of Viols, Venice Baroque Orchestra, other orchestras in the Philadelphia area, and I have attended various music festivals around the country. I teach at Philadelphia String Project and Community Music Scholars Program (Temple Music Preparatory Division), and S&S Dream Global Music Studio in Ambler, PA. I teach all ages and tailor my approach to the individual student’s learning style, aptitude, and skill level. Read More About Elena

Gabriel Rebolla

I am originally from Brazil, and I have a career as a soloist pianist, piano teacher, collaborative pianist and Opera Coach. I have performed in many concert halls throughout Brazil, Italy and United States. Today I am a permanent resident in Philadelphia (US).  I have two master’s degree in music. The first one is in piano performance from Georgia State University and the second one in Opera Coaching from Temple University. I have being teaching piano for 15 years. I teach all ages and I have a lot of experience with beginners as well as intermediate and advanced students.     As an accompanist I worked with several opera companies and operas program such as Atlantic Coast Opera (New Jersey), “La Musica Lirica” (Italy), Fio Américas (Brazil)  Russian Opera Workshop (AVA- Philadelphia) “La Boheme” (New Jersey), “Libera Opera” (Philadelphia),  “Fringe Opera festival” (Philadelphia) and Delaware Valley Opera to name a few. I have received some national and international awards in piano such as the Stegner Scholarship for best pianist at Georgia State University in 2008-2009, and Cadenza Piano Competition in Bauru in 2004 where I also received an award for best interpretation of Brazilian music. Learn more about Gabriel

Ellen Tiberio-Shultz

I teach cello, guitar, voice and piano. I grew up taking piano, cello and voice lessons, writing songs and teaching myself to play guitar, which I ended up majoring in at the Berklee College of Music. My passion in music lies in singing and songwriting and I’m very happy to incorporate songwriting into lessons. I’ve taken lessons in traditional classical settings and in much more creative/informal ways. Similarly, I’ve played in a wide variety of styles and settings, from classical music in orchestras to punk music in rock bands. Because my experience with music was partially very traditional and partially self-motivated and based on intuition, I like to make sure I connect with students in the way they learn best. Some people like to learn the theory and see the sheet music, some people prefer to listen, improvise and experiment. There’s no wrong way to learn to play, as long as you’re practicing with the kind of technique that keeps your body healthy!  In addition to teaching, you can find me around Philly playing with several bands, including my original project Ellen Siberian Tiger, Mother Moses, Two Girls and Manic Pixi. - Read More About Ellen

Eunice China

I teach violin. I began my musical studies by the age of four, and since then, I have been consistently following my passion.  I am currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music in violin performance at Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance, where I study with international award winning violinist, Dr. Vladimir Dyo.  In my early career, I have been a member of Philadelphia Sinfonia Youth Orchestra, one of the premiere youth orchestras in the tri-state area.  I have also served as assistant concertmaster in Cheltenham High School Symphony Orchestra and I have won honorary placements in various competitions and festivals.  Currently, I am a member of Grammy-nominated Temple University Symphony Orchestra.  I have also recently performed within orchestras such as the Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, one of America’s premier chamber orchestras.  By encouraging the development of foundational techniques, I hope to inspire my students as much as possible.  After about three years of teaching violin, I have become more happy and appreciative for the opportunity to serve and benefit the community. - Learn more about Eunice

Claire Abribat

I teach private guitar lessons and general music classes for kids. With an emphasis on voice, guitar, piano and percussion, I often use multiple instruments to introduce beginners to basic musical concepts. I also teach a mommy-and-me style baby and toddler music class, where parents and children get to learn together through play and song. I have taught art and music to pre-school aged kids in schools and camps since graduating with a Fine Arts degree in 2008.  A self-taught musician, I perform vocals and play guitar in a local Philadelphia band. I enjoy writing my own music, and encourage children to experiment with songwriting as a learning tool. During lessons, I use play and creativity to convey fundamental musical concepts, such as rhythm, melody, and harmony. Ear training and intuition are at the core of my teaching style. Schedule a Lesson

Kristen Seikaly

I teach voice. I started singing at a young age, first with school and community choirs, followed by high school concerts and musicals. I received my Bachelor's of Music at the University of Michigan in Vocal Performance, with a minor in French. Then, I earned my Master's of Music at Westminster Choir College in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. After my second degree, I moved to Philadelphia to pursue performance and teaching opportunities. I have performed in various Philadelphia venues including The Kimmel Center, The Academy of Music, and The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. I have also participated in operatic productions with companies such as Opera Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley Opera Company, and Princeton Opera Alliance. I believe voice lessons should provide a thorough technical, musical, and emotional understanding of one’s voice. Comfortable singing always comes first, which begins with breathing and posture. I balance imagery and fact based on how a student learns and understands. Singing is joyful amongst all else. While I urge all of my students to reach certain technical goals, my main goal is to make sure the student is always achieving their personal goals and enjoying themselves at the same time. -Read More About Kristen

Marcelle McGuirk

I teach voice and piano. I've been singing since a very young age, and loved being part of my church choir growing up. At 18, I recorded my first solo album, Echoes of Ireland. I studied Vocal Performance at Marywood University and then moved to Philadelphia to pursue further studies in opera performance. I am a cantor and section leader at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul. I am an active performer and have worked with many companies in the Philadelphia area, including: OperaDelaware, Poor Richard's Opera, Russian Opera Workshop, Delaware Valley Opera Company, and Delaware ChoralArts. The foundation of my teaching is always breath management, body awareness and tension reduction, as well as musicianship. I try to arm my students with a "toolbox," foundational techniques and exercises they can come back to if they're struggling with a note or phrase, whether they're singing Broadway, rock, opera, etc. I make sure students understand the purpose of exercises and how they relate to what they're singing. Overall, I aim to help my students find their "voice" in a healthy, tension-free way. - Read More About Marcelle

Keely Sibilia

I am a professional singer/songwriter originally from Los Angeles currently residing in Philadelphia. I graduated from The University of the Arts in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Vocal Performance. In addition to songwriting, I also specialize in singing Jazz, Pop, Indie, Classical, Rock, and Musical Theater. I have over 15 years of vocal experience, and over 6 years of teaching private instruction in voice, songwriting, guitar, piano, percussion, and ukulele. I also have experience teaching music in group environments, using collaborative and creative approaches. I have had the pleasure of performing at Carnegie Hall, The Sidney Opera House, Preservation Hall, The Kimmel Center, and various venues throughout Los Angeles, such as House of Blues, The Hotel Cafe, The Viper Room, Molly Malone's and more. I recently won a 3 month long vocal competition in Philadelphia, entitled, Songbird: Search for Philly’s Best Singer. When teaching, my approach is to focus on the student’s needs and reach goals that he or she is focused on. I gear lessons towards broadening the student’s mind, and am open to all forms of creating art. I currently teach group music classes, voice for all levels, and piano and guitar (beginner/intermediate levels). -Read More About Keely

Collin Dennen

I teach bass, guitar, piano, drums, and voice. I grew up in a musical household taking piano lessons from my mother, jamming on drums with my father in the basement, and writing songs with my younger sister. At 13 I discovered my love for bass guitar and enrolled in the Uptown Music Collective in Williamsport, PA. I attended Berklee College of Music where I graduated with a BA in bass performance and music education in 2014. Currently, I play bass and sing backup vocals for Philly-based indie rock bands Ellen Siberian Tiger and Mother Moses and for Boston-based Bengali Pop singer Prithwiraj Choudhury. - Learn More About Collin

Dan Finn

I teach Piano. I am a professional Jazz pianist and teacher living in Philadelphia. I graduated from University of the Arts in 2015 with a BM in music and have been since working in Philadelphia as a freelance musician and piano teacher. I studied with Don Glanden, Tom Lawton, and Josh Richman while at Uarts. I am classically trained and I perform in many different styles including jazz, pop, Rock, blues, and funk. I have been playing the piano for nearly 15 years and I can teach beginner, intermediate, or advanced students of all ages. With my students I focus on creating a solid foundation of reading, technique, and music theory. My goal is to motivate students and make them as excited about learning and playing as I am. -Learn More About Dan

Emily Stewart

I teach violin and viola, piano and flute. I have been playing violin for 14 years.  I have a bachelor's degree in Violin Performance from Temple University. I have experience teaching private and group lessons to all ages in various programs throughout the city, including Play on Philly and Temple Music Prep. I emphasize technique and practice methods in lessons while fostering an appreciation for all forms of music. - Read More About Emily

Dan Halma

I teach Guitar, Bass and Ukulele. I am a composer, sound engineer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher here in Philadelphia with wide ranging experience working in a variety of styles and settings. According to my mom I’ve been singing since I could talk (though I think she might be exaggerating slightly), but more concretely my musical journey began with piano lessons in kindergarten and continued by playing saxophone and singing in choir up through high school. Receiving my first guitar as my 13th birthday present proved to be a monumental moment in my life and nowadays it’s rare to see me travel anywhere without a guitar somewhere in my possession. My teaching style is based entirely on the needs of my students. Everyone learns differently and has different interests so I believe that keeping that at the forefront of any lesson plan keeps students interested and hungry to learn more. It’s my job as a teacher to not only illustrate the technical and theoretical side of playing music but also provide encouragement for them in their journey of musical discovery. - Read More About Dan

Meredith Ferro

I teach beginner/intermediate piano. My training began at age 6 and I have been a music enthusiast ever since. My experience with music includes voice, flute and guitar, but I am most well-versed in piano. I am a classically trained pianist and spent the majority of my training studying composers including Bach, Clementi and Zuhlau.  I participated in the National Piano Guild Auditions from 2002-2004 and placed at both State and National levels. I am a Pennsylvania certified K-6 teacher and currently teach 5th grade at Memphis Street Academy Charter School in Kensington. I take a technical yet fun-loving approach to teaching. I believe in building a strong foundation in theory and exploring multiple realms of music to guide each student towards their own unique niche. - Read More About Meredith

Alex Ayala

I teach piano.  I graduated from the University of the Arts with a BM in music performance.  While at UArts, I studied under piano teachers Don Glanden, Tom Lawton and Trudy Pitts.  I also received guidance from some of Philly's finest musicians.  I am currently a freelance musician performing in a wide range of diverse bands and ensembles. As an educator, I teach intermediate/advanced piano with an emphasis on jazz, rock, blues and contemporary music.  My methods involve the basics of note-reading and technique, as well as ear training and theory to provide a fun musical experience that goes beyond the notes on a page.  It is my goal to share my passion of music with my students and to help them find their musical passion.  Read more about Alex

Dana Fiero

I teach voice, beginning/intermediate piano and oboe.  I have been a student of music for my whole life.  I played oboe and piano growing up, but have always been a choir nerd at heart. I received my BA in vocal music from Westminster Choir College in 2007 and and am currently at Temple University working on my MM in Music Education plus teacher certification.  I have a special interest in later elementary and middle school choir.  I have taught small group and private lessons since my undergrad.  My goal as a teacher is to give my students the skills they need to become to become life-long musicians.  I work with each student’s individual interests and needs to help them get the most out of their lessons.  For voice, I start with the basics of learning healthy breathing and posture to help with any style of singing from classical to rock.  For all my students I work on rhythm and tonal exercises to help develop musicianship and listening skills.  In addition to teaching, I direct a youth choir at a local church, sing in two Philadelphia based choirs, and perform original music on guitar, piano and banjo. Schedule a Lesson

Phil Smith

I teach GuitarBass and Banjo. I am a music producer, composer, guitarist, and teacher with a rich background in many different musical styles. I have a B.M. in Classical Guitar from the Oberlin Conservatory, and have extensive performance experience in rock, r&b, pop, gospel, latin, and world music. As a producer I have recorded and written with many of Philadelphia’s finest musicians and artists. My head is constantly filled with music, and my days are usually spent making that inner music come to life. It’s a joy to guide others into their own discovery of music, and it’s my duty as a teacher to equip students with skills (both technical and theoretical) that make playing music joyful and effortless. - Learn More About Phil

Tom Cullen

I teach Drums and Piano. Music is my life. On any given day I am performing, teaching, recording, rehearsing or writing music. I began playing and studying drums at a young age and continued my music education all the way up to college. I have 2 music degrees from Bucks County Community College and Temple University. I've been teaching students of all ages for close to 10 years. Instead of a hard lined curriculum I approach each student individually and establish personal goals. I teach with an open mind, patience and care. Lessons are fun and informative. I am a versatile player with years of experience and knowledge. I can teach you any style or technique you wish to learn. - Read More About Tom