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Music Classes Downingtown PA

See below to find music schools and music instructors in Downingtown that give access to music classes, along with music ensembles, early childhood music, music summer programs, percussion classes, guitar classes, piano classes, and guitar classes, as well as advice and content on learning music.

Raymond M.
(877) 231-8505
E. Chestnut ST.
West Chester, PA
Subjects
Music Performance, Music Theory, Viola, Violin
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I teach classical music in either violin or viola. I utilize many different beginner books such as All for Strings and String Builder. The Suzuki books are excellent and will use them with all students. In addition to teaching classical performance, I can provide basic Music Theory lessons. I will incorporate some basic theory in lessons because they help general musicality.
Education
Woodbridge Senior High School - - Sept '98 - June '02 (High School diploma received) Temple University - Music Therapy - Aug '02 - Jan '06 (not complete) West Chester University - Music Performance - Jan '07 - Present (not complete)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Amy A.
(877) 231-8505
Pequea Avenue
Honey Brook, PA
Subjects
Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Trumpet, French Horn, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
My training is in classical music but I teach other genres as well.
Education
Bucknell University - Music - 1990-1994 (Bachelor's degree received) Cherry Hill HS East - general - 1986-1990 (High School diploma received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Catherine Offner
301 Mustang Lane
Collegeville, PA
Instruments
Composition, Ear Training, Piano, Theory
Styles
Classical, Kids, Other
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$50
Years of Experience
10 Years

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Music & Arts
(610) 356-4674
3551 Rhoads Ave
Newtown Square, PA
 
Downingtown Area Historical Society
(484) 459-3284
P.O. Box 9
Downingtown, PA
 
Sharon B.
(877) 231-8505
Yorkminster Road
West Chester, PA
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I'm a classically trained pianist. I teach students to read music. I teach all kinds of music not just classical.
Education
Loudoun County High - HS Diploma - 1978-81 (High School diploma received) West Chester University - Piano Performance - 1981-85 (Bachelor's degree received) Catholic University of America - Piano Performance - 1981-87 (Master's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Valerie H.
(877) 231-8505
Parkridge Dr
Media, PA
Subjects
Singing, Music Performance
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
voice, Classical, Musical Theater, Pop Opera, Musical Theater
Education
Strath Haven High School - - 1997-2001 Northwestern University - Voice - 2001-2005 Univeristy of Tennessee - Opera - 2008-2010
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Music & Arts
(484) 875-0101
Whiteland Town Center, 181 West Lincoln Hwy
Exton, PA
 
Music & Arts
(302) 633-0600
Midway Plaza, 4707 Kirkwood Hwy
Wilmington, DE
 
Regina Luminis Academy
(610) 269-3905
40 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Downingtown, PA
 
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Take A Breath, Listen To The Spaces

Take A Breath, Listen To The Spaces
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

I was at the NAMM show recently, a massive trade show for musical products. If you've ever been into Guitar Center and witnessed that infernal noise made by guitarists and bass players 'trying out' instruments, then the NAMM show is that x 50,000. It can be hell, yet a necessary evil if you are in the business.

I spent some time walking around and of course made my way to many of the guitar and amp booths, after all it's always good to keep up with anything new and groundbreaking. I came across a few professional guitar players who had been hired to demonstrate guitars, and as good as these players were technically, there was always one aspect of their playing that stood out to me. I find this is the case with any guitar player that is not communicating. They play too much. Tons and tons of notes, in rapid succession, all brilliantly executed. But what is really being said? How can you enjoy music when you feel like you are having your teeth drilled?

Guitar players are notorious for doing this, simply because they can. If they were horn players things would be very different. You simply have to take a breath. Guitar players technically don't have to do this, so they don't, and as a result their music is compromised.

The first time I was aware of this was several years ago when I started using a digital vocoder. In order for the notes to be heard on my guitar, I would have to mouth something into the microphone to trigger them. Then of course you get to shape the sound with syllables and so on. I was in a rehearsal and my sax player said to me, "Chris you play different when you use that thing, because you have to take a breath". Perhaps that was a kind way of saying I sucked, but the talkbox thing was cool. It certainly struck a chord anyway. So from then on, and it took a while to really sink in, but I tried to really focus on phrasing. And not just as a guitar player, but compositionally, if my music doesn't breathe, I'm just not interested.

As jazz guitarists, there is a terrible tendency for us to play a lot of notes, firstly because the genre historically has given us permission to do so, and second, archtop jazz guitars don't generally lend themselves to sustaining notes, so in order to 'get over', guitarists fall into the trap of overplaying.

There are of course compromising situations which affect the way we play and it is important to be aware of these at the time. First, if you are taking a solo and the band behind you is not being particularly supportive, i.e.; playing busily and not listening to you, then this very often makes a player play more notes because they are fighting to speak, as it were. But if the band is just grooving, you as a soloist can play just a few notes and the spaces are music in themselves!

Another compromising situation might be a borrowed or rented amp that ju...

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