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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


Yvonne Balgenorth

I teach piano. I am a classical pianist who graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. Throughout my life I have actively performed, collaborated, and recorded with musicians of all walks of life – be they hobbyists, professional colleagues, or renowned musicians, such as Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Eighth Blackbird. As a teacher, I strive to work with the student to not only improve their formal technical abilities and understanding of foundational concepts, but to also enhance their overall musicianship and relationship with the art itself. - Read More About Yvonne

Galene Wong

I teach Piano. I am a classically trained, collaborative pianist from Rockville Maryland, with a penchant for music theory. I studied under Dr. Donna Koh, DMA. from elementary school through my first year of high school, when I paused my private piano studies to focus on collaborative piano. I participated in my high school’s jazz ensemble for three years, and performed in invitational settings such as Department of Education functions in Washington D.C. and the famed Blue’s Alley. In my sophomore year I landed my first paid gig playing Piano II for a production of Beauty and the Beast. Upon graduation I added Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, Nunsense, and The Secret Garden to my list of pit orchestra engagements, serving as rehearsal pianist and Piano I for the latter three. Read more about Galene

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

Melanie Ashe

I teach Voice and Piano. Melanie Ashe is a graduate of The University of the Arts with a major in Vocal Performance and a minor in Music Education and Musical Theatre. At The University of the Arts, Melanie studied jazz, classical, musical theatre, and contemporary vocal technique. She was a member of Rock Ensemble, Octonics, Jazz Singers and the University Chorus. Melanie has been teaching voice, piano and theory lessons around the South Jersey area for three years. She specializes in vocal technique, vocal health, and audition preparation. She hopes to continue sharing her love of music with many more students. Read more about Melanie

John Caserta

I teach Drums, Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele. My name is John Caserta, I have been playing music for over 20 years and recently graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia for Music Performance, with a minor in Music Business Entrepreneurship & Technology. I have taught privately for 10 years and believe that the best way to teach a student is to find their interests and build upon them. I believe that every musician/person has their own sound/voice and that finding that voice can be a very exciting and fruitful adventure. I teach bass, guitar, piano, and ukulele but specialize in drums and percussion. While I mainly play drum set, I can also teach students a variety of world/orchestral percussion such as congas, bongos, djembe, marimba, timpani, etc. Please feel free to ask about lessons on any percussive instrument. Read more about John

Daniel Levine

I teach Trumpet, Upright Bass/Electric Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano. I grew up in a musical family with two double-bass playing parents, and picked up many instruments along the way to becoming a professional musician. I started playing the trumpet in the 4th grade when another family member gave me his student trumpet to try out. A few years later, when I started taking the trumpet to jam sessions in my hometown of New York City, I realized that I wanted to pursue a life in music.  I did most of my musical studies at City University of New York, earning a degree in Jazz Performance, and a Masters in composition, with a minor concentration in music ed. Around 2012 I began doing more work with young musicians and found I had a real passion for teaching music. With that passion in mind, I moved to Philadelphia in 2015 to build a music program in a North Philadelphia charter school serving the Latinx Community. I found this to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. My students went on to perform at the Kimmel Center and the Clef Club, and many still play and study music. These days I'm usually going to various schools to help with their music programs, or performing with jazz bands and orchestras around Philadelphia and New York, as I continue to work on my own compositions and develop my trumpet playing (it's a life-long pursuit!). Read more about Daniel  

John Dimase

I teach Trumpet, Piano, Voice. Born and raised in Albany, New York, I started playing piano lessons at the age of seven and picked up the trumpet just a few years later. Growing up in a family that loved to listen to jazz, I decided to follow my other brother's footsteps and join my high school jazz band. Quickly learning the ways of the music, I started to make a name for myself joining groups such as the Empire State Youth Jazz Orchestra, New York's All-State Jazz Ensemble, the NAfME All-Eastern Jazz Ensemble, the Skidmore Jazz Institute and Jazz at Lincoln Center's Summer Jazz Academy under the direction of Wynton Marsalis. I'm a graduate of Temple University's Jazz Studies program with a concentration in Trumpet, under the direction of Terell Stafford. I currently reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I play trumpet and sing in performances as well as give private trumpet, piano and voice lessons. - Read More About John

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

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

Kevin Vu

I teach Clarinet, Saxophone, and Piano. I recently graduated from Temple University with a BM in Clarinet Performance, where I studied clarinet with Sam Caviezel (Philadelphia Orchestra), saxophone with Matt Levy (Prism Quartet), and woodwind doubling and jazz with Ed Joffe (Broadway).  I am currently working as a freelance clarinet, saxophone, and flute player and have performed in many of the top theaters in Philadelphia, including the Arden Theatre Company, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, 11th Hour Theatre Company, and the Media Theatre.  I am equally passionate about all of the instruments I perform on, as well as the varied styles that appear in musical theater (classical, jazz, commercial, etc.).  My teaching philosophy is that the process directly influences the result, so I like to focus on developing good practicing habits and developing a genuine love of music.  In addition to woodwinds, I also studied piano and enjoy the instrument quite a bit! - Read More About Kevin

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


Enrica Iacovone

I teach voice and piano. Music has held an important place in my life for as long as I can remember. I started singing at a very young age, and piano soon followed. I studied Vocal Performance and I specialize in Jazz, Rock, Blues, Indie, and Pop. When teaching, I believe that learning classical technique is very important no matter what genre you are looking to sing. In my lessons I hope to help my students find the strengths in their own individual voices, and build up their musicianship skills as well. I want my students to grow as confident musicians. - Read More About Enrica

Patrick Brennan

Aside from playing the bass, I also play drums, piano, ukulele and guitar and possess a strong working knowledge of music theory, notation, and history. I am a musician-educator with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, and a Master’s degree in Music Education from The University of the Arts (UARTS) in Philadelphia, PA. Throughout my studies and experiences at UARTS, I have amassed a wide range of skill sets in music performance, education, and music business/technology. I have performed throughout the tri-state area with my own quartet as well as with various other UARTS ensembles. - Read More About Patrick

Julia Peters

I teach cello and piano. I started playing cello at the age of 9 in Fairfax County, Virginia, and studied with Marcio Botelho and Amy Frost-Baumgarten. I attended Brooklyn College where I studied cello performance with Kalin Ivanov and graduated with a minor in music in 2015. While I was classically trained I have performed with an eclectic group of musicians both as a session cellist and a band member, from rap to rock to folk groups. Knowledge of theory and improvisation has always been extremely important to me, and I strive to create a well-rounded curriculum that allows my students to be as creative as possible with their skills. - Read More About Julia

Binnara Park

I teach Flute and Piano. I moved to the Philadelphia many years ago from Seoul, South Korea and have been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to study music in the United States. I have always been involved in music from a very young age. I began playing the piano at age 5, and picked up the flute and violin around age 10. Although I played these instruments from a young age, it was not until I was much older that I chose music as my career. In 2011 I moved to Philadelphia to begin my undergraduate studies at Temple University. I recently graduated from the same school with my Master’s Degree in flute performance, and am now building my career as both a performer and teacher. I have had such incredible music teachers over the course of my musical career, and hope to provide the same level of care and instruction to my own students. - Read More About Binnara 

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

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

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
 

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

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

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

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

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

Abel Tabares

I teach Drums, and Piano. My name is Abel Tabares and I have been teaching drums for 10 years. I began playing piano at the age of 9 but soon after began transitioning to drums. By age 12, I began to play at church and joined both concert band and jazz band at school. After getting accepted to Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University I was fortunate to study with the legendary drummer Victor Lewis for four years. It was at Mason Gross where I was able to grow as a musician by playing in multiple different ensembles as well as playing in local bands. I was also given the opportunity to become a private drum instructor at the Rutgers Extension Division. Upon graduating, I have maintained a rigorous gigging schedule while also teaching privately. Read more about Abel

Elizabeth Murphy

I teach voice and piano. I am a lyric soprano, active performer and voice instructor. I am a native of York County, Pennsylvania and studied voice with Margaret Moul Carli. I later studied voice with Klara Meyers while earning both undergraduate and master’s degrees in classical voice performance at Temple University in Philadelphia. I have studied with international soprano Tamara Matthews and Baroque expert Dr. Frederick Urrey. - Read More About Elizabeth

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

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

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

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

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

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