Music Teachers

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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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

Akhmed Mamedov

I teach violin and viola. I began to play violin at the age of six and graduated from the Sobinov Saratov State Conservatory in 2005, actively performing in solo, chamber ensembles, and string quartet concerts. Among my awards are the Grand Prize in the Fourth Regional Goldenberg Violin Competition, stipend from the “Russian Performing Art” foundation, Diploma at the 5th Demidov International Violin Competition, and an award from the VI “Golden Talent.” In 2006, I was selected to join “Youth Symphonic Orchestra of CIS Countries” and through 2009 toured the cities of CIS, Europe, and USA under such conductors as Yury Simonov, Mark Gorenstein, and Vladimir Spivakov. In 2010 I was accepted into Artist Diploma Program at Temple University in Philadelphia and completed my Master of Music degree in violin performance (2014) in the class of Professor Schmieder. I am currently working toward an MM as a second major in viola. I currently play with Symphony in C and New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra. Read More About Akhmed


Kevin Robinson

I teach guitar and bass. I'm a native of the Philadelphia area, and grew up in a family of professional musicians who planted the seed for my musical explorations.  I began playing electric guitar at the age of fourteen and shifted to classical guitar during my undergraduate studies.  I revel in the performance of new works and the expansion of concert repertoire. I played the U.S. premiere of Nikita Koshkin's Megaron Concerto with string orchestra and have performed for a number of audiences, including the Reading Symphony Orchestra League, and the Settlement Music School - the home of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. I completed a Master of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the studio of Marc Teicholz. - Read More About Kevin  

Andrew McLeod

I teach banjo and guitar. I graduated in Political Science from West Chester University in 2013 and began working on farms around Southern Lancaster county.  After getting more serious about playing music, I moved to Philadelphia to pursue the craft, and now I play clawhammer banjo and backup guitar at old-time music events around the Philadelphia area, and travel to music festivals for the same purpose.  I also compose finger style guitar and instrumental banjo music and play/perform around the city.  Over the past few years I’ve immersed myself in the community around this music to try to get a full grasp of the style and mentality behind the playing, which I encourage all learners to try to do.  I take a traditional approach to learning the instrument, picking up tunes mostly from other musicians at informal jams, and also learning from source recordings. - Read More About Andrew

Bill Townsend

I teach piano and voice. I completed my undergraduate work at Oberlin with a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance. While there I also studied piano and vocal accompanying. I have performed in musical theater, cabaret, and opera singing roles in works from Sondheim to Mozart. While at Oberlin, I performed in a major operatic role every year, accompanied in the vocal department, and participated in several operatic summer festivals, singing roles in Mozart’s Cosi fan tute and Die Zauberflote. Equally comfortable with pop and musical theater technique, I was given an encouragement award from the Lotte Lenya International Competition’s 2015 judges for my performances there. I currently resides in the Philadelphia area giving recitals, accompanying, and auditioning. - Read more about Bill

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

Ajibola Rivers

I teach cello. I completed my music performance degree at Boyer College of Music and Dance in the spring of 2016. Shortly thereafter I was accepted for the pilot year of the IRIS Orchestra Artist Fellowship Program in Memphis, TN where I did extensive work in the underserved communities of the Shelby County School District. Every week I gave individual lessons, group sessions, lectures, master classes, workshops, and many performances. In addition to playing and teaching cello I am also a songwriter and a composer; I very often supplement my teaching by writing pieces custom-tailored to my students’ needs and ability level. I returned from Memphis in June of this year, so I have a lot of setup work and exploring to do! In these next few years I will be working with various groups in classical, jazz, funk, blues, folk, Latin, and exploratory music. I am also developing a series of teaching techniques and philosophies that I am eager to share with students and audiences alike. Whether performing or teaching, I love to make music an experience for my students and audience. - Read More About Ajibola

Navid Kandelousi

I teach violin. I started my musical journey at the age of six by studying violin with both Iranian and Russian teachers. In 1999 I was invited to join The Iranian National Orchestra as a violin soloist, a position which I held until 2006 when I left Iran for Italy.  I studied western classical music at the Verdi Conservatory in Milano, Italy and at the Moscow Violin Academy in Russia.  In 2009, I was invited to join the Gateway Symphony in New York City and the International American YPHIL Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.  I have mastered virtuosic skills on a great breadth of instruments including the Violin, Setar, Taar and Kamanchah, in addition to experience with piano, tonbak, santour and gheychak. Throughout my professional career, I have collaborated with numerous prestigious Persian ensembles such as the Iranian National Orchestra, the Orange County Orchestra, and have performed all the great composers internationally across Europe, Asia and America in venues such as Lincoln Center, Juilliard Music School, Albert Hall, Kennedy Center, Sydney’s Symphony Hall and Vahdat Hall, while winning numerous music and violin awards. My teaching background includes work at the Yamaha School of Music, Suzuki Violin School, and Master Classes in Kamanchah, Taar and Setar at the Julliard School. I received a scholarship from Maestro Daniel Philips in Queens College of Music 2012-2015 and recently attended the Silk Road Global Music performance with Maestro Yo-Yo Ma in Kennedy Center! - Read More About Navid


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

Dariel Peniazek

I first picked up a guitar at the age of eight and quickly fell in love with the music of many guitar legends such as Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and B.B. King. Throughout high school, I played in a variety of contexts including hip-hop, rock n’ roll, funk, and r & b. While attending Mcgill University in Montreal, Canada, I fell in love with Jazz, and am currently finishing my degree in jazz composition and performance at Temple University. I currently maintain a busy schedule as a working musician in Philadelphia, and can be found performing in many different clubs around the city. When it comes to teaching, my belief is that students need to find the format in which music makes the most sense to them. There is no one theory or method, and my goal is always to present information in a way which allows the student to find their own voice throughout the process, while at the same time maintaining a focus on the theoretical and technical aspect of playing. Read More About Dariel

Jarred Cianciulli

I teach violin and viola. I began my musical studies on piano at age three.  After taking up the violin at age seven, I made my debut performance at The Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall. Participating in world renowned programs has brought me to many places, including the Trentino Music Festival, Siena Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, North American Viola Institute, Orford Centre d'Arts Contemporary Music Academy, Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, and The Meadowmount School of Music. My pedagogy incorporates the Suzuki Method with musical theory fundamentals. I have attended Suzuki training seminars at the Ithaca College in New York State, along with the Rebecca Henry Suzuki training course at the Peabody Institute. I am ambitious to continue my teaching and performing career, and positively impact the classical industry. - Read More About Jarred

Michael Peragallo

I teach guitar and ukulele. I started playing guitar at the age of 13, was self-taught, and began mostly playing rock and metal music. I eventually pursued classical guitar in college, earning my degree in classical guitar performance from East Stroudsburg University and graduated with several music awards and honors. My teaching style involves having my students understand what is happening in the music and using proper technique to accurately and effortlessly interpret the music they are working on. By using musical analysis (theory) and technique students are able to be complete guitarists, musicians, and understand how to apply these concepts to their practice for maximum results. As a guitarist who has studied rock styles, classical, and jazz, I am excited to offer my services and teach all styles and ability levels. - Read More About Michael

Risa Okina

I am a professional classical and collaborative pianist and music theorist. I am from Japan and I am currently working on my Ph.D. at Temple University, where I have also been serving as a teaching assistant since 2013. I completed my master’s degree in music theory at Temple in 2015 and was a recipient of the William A. Singer Memorial Award for academic excellence. I also received the Dr. B. Stimson Carrow Tribute Award for a continuing graduate student who demonstrates outstanding pedagogical potential combined with a high standard of performance ability and broad comprehensive musicianship. I like to foster an interactive learning environment to help my students achieve their goals. I believe that students learn best when they are free to explore their musical interests. - Read More About Risa

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

Linda Zhou

I teach Piano. I'm a Southern Californian who found her way to Philadelphia two years ago, in search of more rigorous classical music training on the historically and culturally saturated East Coast. I had been taking piano lessons since I was a mere little four-years-old and have been involved with anything and everything artistic my entire life. Above all of my loves, music has been an anchor, the path to finding purpose, and a gift that I want to give away through teaching. I've now been teaching for five years with a nearly finished Bachelors of Music, and have been focusing more of my energy into teaching as a career rather than working alone as a performer. I hope that within the next one to two years, I can take my passion for teaching to the next level and pursue a Masters in Education and teaching certification. No matter where my pursuit and promoting of education takes me, I hope to always be able to work with piano students of all levels and ages. I will happily accommodate any methods, but request students stick to one series and include supplemental theory and technique books in addition to the performance books. See you at the keyboard soon, Philly! - Learn More About Linda

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

Andrew Nittoli

I teach Drums, Piano, and Mallets. I currently teach private lessons in Philadelphia and throughout the suburbs to students of all ages. I began playing drums when I was eight years old, which lead me to learn how to play piano and mallets. Growing up in Rochester, NY, I was fortunate to be able to take lessons through the Eastman Community Music School, eventually earning a Pre-College Diploma of Advanced Achievement in 2009. I graduated from the University of the Arts with a Masters degree in Jazz Studies in 2014. Since graduation, I continue to teach and perform at venues all around Philadelphia. - Read More About Andrew


Taylor Halpern

I teach Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele and Violin. I am a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where I completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition in 2015. While at Westminster, I had the opportunity to sing with several of the world's greatest orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. I studied voice with world-renowned soprano Faith Esham for my four-year undergraduate training, acquiring a strong technique in the classical vocal style. I have played piano for over 15 years, and received the National Guild of Piano Teachers High School Diploma in 2010. In 2014, I studied in Paris as part of the European American Music Alliance program, which focused on refining keyboard, counterpoint and musicianship skills. I also have experience with more modern music, as I recently released an EP of pop-folk music titled “Beautiful Words,” which can be found on iTunes and Spotify. Songwriting has always been one of my biggest passions, and I love to have my students delve into this while they are learning their instruments. - Read More About Taylor

Alex Maio

I teach Drums, Bass and Piano.  I’m a full time teacher and performer in Philadelphia and a graduate of Temple University. I’ve taught a wide range of students from absolute beginners to working professionals.  For the last few years I have instructed multiple workshops and classes on Jazz improvisation for adults at Montgomery County Community College.  I have also taught classes, ensembles, and clinics privately and at public schools.  Currently I’m the percussion instructor at a K-12 private school in Bryn Mawr, PA.  In addition to teaching, I’m also an active performer in the Philadelphia music scene. - Read More About Alex

Chelsea Meynig

I teach flute. I truly feel that Hans Christian Anderson had it right in saying, “When words fail music speaks.” I believe this is the reason why we as a society need music and look to make it for ourselves. I believe for both my playing and teaching that music is communication and it can be learned and practiced like a language. I began studying flute at age 10 and continue to work to become a better flautist. I recently graduated from Temple University with my Masters degree in May of 2016. While I was there I studied with David Cramer the associate principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra. I was principal flute of the Grammy nominated Temple University Symphony Orchestra, as well as section leader of the Wind Ensemble. I was also the flute player for the New School Wood Wind Quintet for my entire tenure at Temple. For my Undergraduate degree I studied at Shenandoah Conservatory with Mr. Jonathan Snowden, one of Britain’s première flute players, as well as Dr. Frances Lapp Averitt. I was principal flute of the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra from 2012-2014. My primary teacher was Margaret Newcomb who is now a dear friend and mentor whom I still call often. I have played principal flute abroad on tour an­­d in the U.S. in such concert venues as Carnegie Hall and Philadelphia’s own Verizon Hall. Read more about Chelsea

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

Freddy Contreras-Romero

I teach violin and piano. I was born in San Cristóbal, Venezuela. At age 8 I started my musical studies at “El Sistema”, the Venezuelan orchestral program under the tutelage of Professors Pedro Navarro and Maria Alejandra Guerrero. I was member of the children, the youth and the semi-professional orchestras throughout my studies in this institution. During my time in “El Sistema” Parallel to this I was enrolled at the “Miguel Ángel Espinel” School of music where I was student of Marco Sayago.  In 2010 I started my professional music studies at the “Universidad de Los Andes” in Mérida, Venezuela in the studio of Maestro Simón Gollo. In 2012 prior to my acceptance to Temple University I was invited to participate in the ArCoNet Pre-College program by ArCoNet to enter its Pre-College program where I continued my violin studies with Mr. Gollo. I have participated in summer festivals such as the “Nuevo Mundo” Festival and Academy and the Dalí Quartet Chamber Music Camp and Festival. I have received instruction in both solo violin and chamber music masterclasses with Dmitri Berlinsky, Daniel Phillips, Kurt Nikkanen, Netanel Draiblate, Benjamin Sung, Francesca Anderegg, Dalí String Quartet, Enso String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, and the Dover String Quartet. In Summer 2015 I served as the Student Services Director for the Nuevo Mundo Festival and Academy as well as the Festival Assistant’s Coordinator For the Dalí Quartet Chamber Music Camp. I’m currently pursuing my Bachelor´s degree in Violin Performance as a member of Dr. Vladimir Dyo's studio at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, USA.  -Read More About Freddy

Patrick Mencel

I teach guitar, voice and piano. I studied guitar and vocals at the University of The Arts. Growing up, I played trumpet and when I turned 13, I began taking lessons at Temple University. Playing trumpet gave me a good sense of melody and tone, which I later incorporated into the guitar. I was 15 when I first started taking lessons on guitar at University of the Arts. Since then, guitar has been my primary instrument. - Read More About Patrick


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

David Fishkin

I teach saxophone, flute and clarinet. I am currently on the faculty of the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, and I am a woodwind teaching artist through the youth program of Symphony in C. I studied music at Oberlin College, and, most significantly, in Philadelphia with legendary saxophonist Odean Pope. I play with the West Philadelphia Orchestra, the city's hardest working brass band, as well as many other ensembles. I have a deep interest in improvised music, as well as high-octane, hard-hitting experiments with amplified saxophone. As a teacher, I emphasize developing a personal intrumental tone, and I try to help my students become the most creative musicians that they can be.

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

Bobby Michaels

I teach Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute. I studied at The University of The Arts where I earned a Bachelor Of Music Degree in Performance and a Master Of Arts In Teaching in 1993. Over the years I have taught privately at various area High Schools and studios as well as having been Music Director at St. Joseph Prep from 2000 thru 2005. I founded the SJP Dixieland Pep Band for their Basketball Team and The SJP Digital Recording Studio. The Big Band Jazz Ensemble received Best Trumpet Section, Best Rhythm Section Best Soloist and Outstanding Performance Awards. The Music Department received the Activity Of The Year Award in 2004 (first time in the school’s history). I have also directed several Elementary School Programs in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area. My performance experience includes session work at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios, Phil Nicolo’s Studio 4, David Ivory’s Dylanava Studio and many others. I have credits on over 25 albums and CD’s. I have toured nationally and internationally with many artists including The Stylistics, Bill Haley Jr., David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket, Tommy Conwell, The Soul Survivors, Martha Reeves, Chuck Berry, Steve Guyger & The Excellos, Johnny O & The Classic Dogs Of Love, Eddie Money, Bobby Rydell, Cintron, Billy Paul, Mike Lecompt, The Rat Pack Production Show 2007 (Tropicana Show Room, AC), George Manney’s Last Minute Jam Band, Zydeco A Go Go and many other area and national acts. I like to approach each student as an individual. Whether it be honing fundamental skills and tonal development, preparing for an audition piece, learning to improvise, or playing just for the sheer enjoyment of it, each student will discover their own sense of passion for music. -Learn More About Bobby

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

Carolina Diazgranados

I teach cello, violin, and viola. The instruments that make up a string quartet! I offer thirteen years of experience playing the cello and five years of teaching experience. I received my Bachelors in Cello Performance at the University of Georgia where I studied with David Starkweather. Recently, I received my Masters in String Pedagogy at Temple University where I studied extensively with Jeffrey Solow. I studied abroad in Italy at the Conservatorio A. Vivald in Alessandria, Italy with Claudio Merlo. In Italy, I had the chance to perform solo works and tour with the conservatory orchestra. I have been featured in masterclasses with Narek Hakhnazaryan, Nick Canellakis, Mikhail Milman, Mihai Tetel, Michael Mermagen, David Finckel, and Duo Sonidos. I was a member of Levon Ambartsumian's ARCO chamber orchestra and recorded and performed with the ensemble. I have also play the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina under the baton of Boston Pop's Keith Lockhart. While in Georgia, I taught for the University of Georgia Community Music School and the Eugene Lee School of Music where I would teach privately, give group classes, and sectionals for the orchestra. I taylor my knowledge and experience as a musician to the individuality of the student. The student's musicality is my guide and I find importance in relaxed playing. Along with the teachings of great string players in history, I employ the Suzuki method and Gordon Music Learning Theory in my teaching. -Learn More About Carolina

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.

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

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

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

Jason Bachman

I teach Bass, Ukulele, Guitar and Piano. I grew up in central Pennsylvania playing music at my church and in my school's symphonic and jazz bands. After studying music composition and music recording technology at Lebanon Valley College I moved to Philadelphia to pursue music and recording. I love being a part of Philly's amazing music scene as a musician, teacher, producer, recording engineer, live mixing engineer and enthusiastic fan. I'm also a husband and a father of a beautiful little girl.
When teaching, I like to give my students a good balance of studying technique and learning songs. Good technique and a solid understanding of music theory is critical for a student to grow into a strong musician but it's important to keep students engaged and inspired by the music they love. I try to frame the technique and theory in the songs they want to learn play. I like to keep things positive and encourage the student's love of music and the role they are playing in making it. -Read More About Jason

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

Adam Hershberger

I teach trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, french horn, and tuba. I attended Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music and obtained a BA in jazz performance in 2005. Since then, I have been very active in the Philadelphia music scene, playing gigs and teaching lessons full time. My current musical projects span the genres - jazz, salsa, reggae, classical, Balkan folk, klezmer, samba, polka, blues, funk, and more. Lessons are tailored to the individual students' goals, while at the same time placing an emphasis on fundamental techniques such as tone, rhythm, and ear training. Schedule a Lesson

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