Philadelphia Area Piano Teachers
Ali Marie is a young musician from Philadelphia, who has been studying piano and violin for 13 years. Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School introduced Ali to orchestra and stage performance, having performed at various venues on the Avenue of the Arts, such as the Kimmel Center and Merriam theater. From there, she attended Creative and Performing Arts High School, a school that truly sculpted the creativity, individuality, and ambition that makes music a passion, rather than just a class. CAPA provided Alissa with the opportunity to play and perform with the All-City Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute of Music, Temple Orchestra, as well as performing with the conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-séguin. Alissa continued on to Rowan College after high school, continuing to teach lessons from home.
In addition to consistent practice, Alissa has tutored many younger students for piano and violin within her schools, and has taught lessons to children of friends and family. Her teaching style enforces creativity, individuality, and a thorough understanding of music theory as a tool to express yourself through music. She believes that introduction to music should never feel like a chore; a first impression to an instrument should be fun and exciting.
Katie is an experienced music educator who holds degrees in both Music Education and Music Therapy from Immaculata University, as well as fifteen years of teaching experience on piano, guitar and French horn. She is a lifelong musician – she began studying piano at a young age, and soon added French horn to her studies after an orchestral performance of “Peter and the Wolf” left her fascinated with the instrument. She was classically trained on both piano and horn, and continued to study both instruments while attending Immaculata, adding studies on the guitar along the way.
After graduating, Katie worked in liturgical, therapeutic, and educational settings. She applied her music therapy degree at Massachusetts Hospital School, Easter Seals of Philadelphia, and the Music School of Delaware with programs for children with special needs. She taught music to preschool through middle school-aged children at parochial schools in Delaware and Chester Counties, and also became a group music instructor for the very young. In addition to teaching music, she has also performed with local municipal bands and presents music programs at her local library. When not teaching, Katie enjoys spending time with her family and learning to play the mandolin.
Kyle is a drummer and educator well-versed in a wide range of musical styles. He first encountered the drums at age 4, and began playing avidly at age 10. Early in high school a mentor introduced the young rock drummer to the music of Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman, and a life-long love of jazz was born. Striving to deepen his musical foundation, Kyle attended Lawrence University, where he studied classical percussion, jazz drumming, jazz composition / arranging, and ethnic percussion styles from Ghana, Brazil, and Cuba.
Upon graduating, Kyle moved to NYC to focus on jazz drumming with John Riley at the Manhattan School of Music. He earned his Master's of Music from Purchase College, where he studied with John Riley, Hal Galper and Todd Coolman. During his years living in Brooklyn, NY, Kyle performed with artists including Nir Felder, Adam Niewood, Linda May-Han Oh, Aidan Carroll, Abby Payne, and the Asphalt Orchestra. He also taught students ages 4 through 18 at the Larchmont Music Academy. Kyle is also a certified yoga teacher, and has a deep interest in the interplay of physical grace and the creation of sound. He believes in the power of drumming to center the body, calm the mind, and be a whole lot of fun! In addition to the drums, he enjoys playing washboard, thumb piano, and a home-made marimba built from 2x4s.
A new resident of Bryn Mawr, PA, Kyle is excited to offer his enthusiasm and experiences to aspiring drummers in the Philadelphia area.
Manny Ohemeng is a jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and educator living in Philadelphia where he is attending college for music education. He is twenty-one years old and has been playing the trumpet for over ten years. Manny is currently working on his first EP and has played with notable artists such as trumpeters Ingrid Jensen, Terence Blanchard, Chris Botti, saxophonist Bobby Zankel, pianist Alfie Pollitt and many more…
Manny is the Creative Music Instructor at Rock to the Future and leads his own band called Emmanuel Ohemeng III and Perpetual Motion.
He has earned various awards and honors throughout his music career. These awards include, but are not limited to: winning the 2013 Berklee College of Music’s Summer Music Program Scholarship, winning the Best Sight Reading Soloist at the Woody Herman Jazz Division Finals and winning the Tonya Dorsey New Vision Music Scholarship. Manny is also proficient in reading music, a professional sight reader and is skilled in using Berklee Pulse. He has a very detailed, creative and individualized lesson plan for all of his students.
Ethan Fisher is a pianist, composer, and musical improviser. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Temple University and is an actively performing jazz pianist. Ethan's extensive professional experience includes performances at the Cape May Jazz Festival, Longwood Gardens Jazz Festival, Center City Jazz Festival, and Rehobeth Beach Jazz Festival, as well as The Kimmel Center and Mann Music Center. Ethan's teaching method focuses on creativity, exploration and discovery.