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.
Bill Coccagna has been studying and playing the piano for over 40 years, teaching for over 15 years. He believes in the power of music as a great connector for all skill levels and ages alike. In addition to knowing theory & technique, Bill has perfect pitch and an exceptional ear for music. His strengths are bringing out the best in all of his students and has the ability to customize lesson plans designed around each individual.
Bill's students range from 5 to 80 years old. He believes that with proper instruction and guidance that anyone can learn the piano and experience this joy. For those who have had prior lessons or past experience with playing music, Bill can harness what was learned and help build on that foundation.
Ellie Perez is a voice and piano teacher based in Philadelphia, PA with a degree in contemporary writing & production from Berklee College of Music with over 6 years of experience teaching voice and piano and 4 years teaching songwriting and audio production. During her college career, she spent a summer singing and playing piano with the touring folk band "Kismet" and a year singing for the Boston-based wedding band "Whole Step Up."
Following her graduation, Ellie spent a year as a live sound technician at Philadelphia's South Jazz Parlor managing the sound system for local and international jazz acts including Grace Kelly, Kandace Springs, Gerald Veasley and Jeff Bradshaw. Her music career then brought her to NYC-based production music library The Cueniverse, followed by an additional 2 years in NYC in the creative department at Universal Music Group.
Ellie is currently teaching voice and piano in the Philadelphia area with the Main Line School of Rock as well as Henderson Academy of Music and looks forward to working with piano and vocal students of all ages!
Lia Menaker is a vocalist, piano player and songwriter with touring experience and a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater. She currently teaches both beginner and intermediate students. Her versatility, experience and formal training helps to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun. She enjoys tailoring lessons to each students to meet their goals.
While obtaining her Bachelor's degree, Lia took regular voice lessons from one of the leading vocal pedagogy experts in the world: Mary Saunders Barton. She's studied various aspects of music and performance such as auditioning, music theory and songwriting. Lia has spent many years performing in professional, regional musical theater productions, currently playing gigs regularly in the Philadelphia area and writing and recording regularly. Her songs have been licensed to major TV networks (E!, MTV, PBS, Netflix and more) for use in national and international programming.
David Pearl is an old soul with fresh ideas. He is a nurturing, compassionate, patient teacher and a mentor dedicated to challenging his students to grow independently to become better musicians and take pride in their hard work and dedication.
David has played and studied piano and drums for nearly thirty years and has been teaching for over fifteen years. He has performed with a variety of musicians and bands throughout his career.
David teaches in homes, studios, community based outreach organizations as well as behavioral health facilities and other institutions. Engendering and instilling focused discipline and a fun loving attitude towards practice and performing is important to him.
David's teaching methodology is catered to each unique student based on age, level of musicianship, specific interests and learning style/personality. Lessons are designed to enhance students' learning process and progress in order to help develop over all self confidence. The lessons are created to help develop skills in reading notation, developing the proper technique, interactive improvisation and overall ability to play music in any performance setting with other musicians in a creative collective. David's overall teaching philosophy is designed to guide students to appreciate the joy of playing music.
Rob Wickline is a composer, producer and rhythm section instrument guru. He started with piano when young and in high school found guitar. After becoming thoroughly hooked, Rob decided he would dedicate all of his energy into preparing to go to school to study jazz guitar. After a semester of guitar study at The University of the Arts felt he was in a place where he could manage his own guitar education with the aid of just private lessons and was growing more interested in composition and decided to make the switch.
Throughout college Rob honed his skills in a variety of different environments of composition: Electronic music was the first addictive fascination but jazz composition for various ensembles, arranging video game music, progressive rock for large ensembles, film scoring, contemporary classical and many more started taking hold. It was also in this time that Rob took the opportunity to play in the many different ensembles available to perform in at UArts.
While exploring these many different avenues of musical creation Rob was also slowly learning the ropes in the recording arts. He developed a love and admiration for the recording arts be it engineering, mixing, mastering or collaborating with artists on songs and arrangements. Nowadays, Rob continues to wear these many hats. Some days he is a producer, some days a mixing engineer, artist, arranger, church guitarist, wedding musician, educator, bandmate and sometimes composing classical music when spare time permits - and the list goes on!
Alyson Massa is a graduate from Syracuse University with a BM in voice performance and is currently working towards her Masters in Music Education at Temple University. She has been teaching both piano and voice privately for almost eight years. She has also directed several choral and vocal ensembles including children's choirs, acappella groups and vocal jazz groups. As a proficient pianist, she has accompanied vocal recitals, choirs, and musicals in the New York and Philadelphia area and also arranges and composes for various vocal ensembles.
Alyson's goal as a teacher is to foster a fun, creative environment where students will enjoy the music making process as well as the learning process. While teaching the fundamentals of music theory, writing and reading, she also encourages her students to explore various genres and styles. She teaches age appropriate, healthy vocal and playing technique and helps to develop productive practicing habits. Most importantly, she hopes to spread her passion and love for the arts so that her students can also experience the joy of music making
Michael is an active performer, teacher, composer and researcher in the New York and Philadelphia areas. He holds a Masters degree in Voice Performance & Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College (with both honors and distinction) and a Bachelor's in Music Composition from Moravian College. Michael offers lessons in voice, piano and composition/theory. During the course of study, students receive interdisciplinary discussions of music history, musicology and conducting; Voice students receive theatrical coaching.
Michael holds a position as a staff singer at St. Thomas' Church in Whitemarsh PA and is actively performing in the region. Recent engagements include the orchestral premiere of Eric Houghton's Pioneer Songs, a Guest Artist position at Rutgers University (portraying the 4th Bursche in Carl Orff's Der Mond), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Caiaphas (Jesus Christ Superstar) and L'Arbre (L'Enfant et les Sortileges). He has also had several recent engagements with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra including Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe, Britten's War Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. As a composer, Michael has found success with vocal/orchestral work Ozymandias, a setting of Shelley's poem by the same title and currently have several commissions for new works.
Michael has enjoyed several projects in world of academic research. Most recently, he examined the acoustical properties of various performance spaces, the ambient noises found within those spaces and how overtone perception is affected given those circumstances. Another project, for the National Endowment for the Humanities, entailed the creation of a modern performing edition of J.A. Hasse's opera La Spartana Generosa overro Archidamia including critical notes, a full score and a piano/vocal reduction. In August of 2014 this performing edition was premiered at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. It was the first public performance of the opera since its premiere in 1747. Michael's research is focused on topics that have a hands-on application for performers.
Ms. Alexia Lekos is originally from East Greenwich, Rhode Island and moved to Fredonia, NY to pursue a dual major in Music Therapy and Applied Music with concentrations in violin and piano and a minor in Psychology at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Ms. Lekos has completed 120 hours in the clinical setting working with older adults, adults and children in addition to field teaching in an early childhood setting for three semesters.
Outside of clinical and field teaching placements she is heavily involved with campus leadership. On campus she gave private adaptive violin, piano and ukelele lessons including the New Horizons Band of Western New York, a group providing opportunities for the "chronologically gifted" adults (50 and older) to learn to play a musical instrument and enjoy playing with others.
Ms. Lekos is the founder of the Fredonia Ukulele Club since Spring 2016, encouraging amateur musicianship through playing the ukulele and provides opportunities for collaborative music making within the campus community and the greater Fredonia community. Both the club and New Horizons have contributed to creating the workshop, "Expanding Ukulele Technique in the Clinical Setting", which was presented at the Student Research and Creative Exposition in Fredonia, NY, the 2017 Regional Passages Conference at Molloy College and the 2018 Mid Atlantic Regional American Music Therapy Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The website, www.uke4muty.com, is designed for the presentation, giving access to ukulele sheet music and offer possible applications with the intention for professionals to utilize this resource within their practice. Today she continues to give ukulele instruction to individuals and ensembles.
Ms. Lekos is an active violinist, continuing to participate in numerous small and large ensembles including string chamber ensembles and the College Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in a masterclass featuring Jiah Chapdelaine from the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. Previously, she was the musical director at the Fredonia Place Baptist Church and has played in other community ensembles such as The Trinity Masterwork Choir in Fredonia, NY and the South Country Chamber Orchestra in Narragansett, RI. This past October, Ms. Lekos gave her graduation recital featuring works by Mozart, Burgmuller, and de Falla. She continues to play violin in order to make music for herself.