Piano, Voice, Drums, Guitar & Bass
I teach Piano, Voice, Drums, Guitar and Bass. I’m a singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist, drummer, pianist, and cover artist. I graduated with a degree in Music Industry with a concentration in piano from Millersville University, where I was a Vyner award finalist. As an educator, I’m excited to help students discover the musical world through the instrument.
I was raised in the Suzuki method on piano, and later picked up drums, bass, and guitar. I’ve spent time on both sides of the recording studio glass, and I’ve toured the country as a multi instrumentalist and lead singer. Currently, I’m working as the entertainment director at Howl At The Moon running an all-request cover band show.
When did you begin playing Piano, and why?
My sister taught me “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” on the black keys when I was 5, and I immediately fell in love with the sound and feel of the piano. I convinced my parents to put me in Suzuki method piano lessons when I was 6.
What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?
I sing, play drums, guitar, bass, and mandolin. I’ve been playing drums in rock bands since I was twelve, and realized pretty quickly that I was a songwriter. My piano and theory experience helped me learn guitar and bass quickly, and when I was 17 I cut a full-band EP myself. Later, I toured with Hang the DJ as a co-lead singer and drummer. After the group disbanded, I played guitar, mandolin, piano, and sang lead in a folk group called Perkasie. Currently, I’m still writing and performing while working as a cover musician at Howl At The Moon Philadelphia. We work without a set list, taking song requests, while we rotate between piano, guitar, bass, and drums.
What are your personal goals as a musician?
I love the act of musical creation: writing, recording, collaborating, and performing. Technique and repertoire creates headroom to be free and expressive and prepares you for these moments. The goal is complete technical freedom to be expressive, and to write, record, collaborate, and perform as much as possible!
Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?
When I was in college, I did choir for the first time. I always loved singing, but this was the first time I was given the approach and technique behind it. I loved learning about registration, vowels, and placement; the feel, the sound, pretty much everything about singing. It profoundly leveled up my songwriting and performing.
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?
Work to make your biggest weakness your strength.
What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
When I started doing dueling piano gigs, learning how to reduce full band textures into a piano accompaniment was a big adjustment. Coordinating the rhythmic elements while singing took dedication, deconstruction, and a lot of feeling uncomfortable onstage.
What is your biggest musical achievement?
Perkasie’s self-titled record. It was self-recorded and produced and the songs still give me chills.
Favorite thing about teaching?
Watching student’s skills improve, meet, and then exceed their expectations.
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Play it slowly, with the metronome.
Personal music projects:
After the pandemic, catch me at Howl at the Moon Wednesday through Saturday. I write and perform original music under the name Granddo