In Person Music Lessons in Allison Park

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Woodwinds - Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone

Amanda Sage

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Flute
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park, Golden Mile, Virtual

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Amanda Sage is a flutist and private teacher from the Pittsburgh area. She has served as principal flute with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, principal flute, and second flute/piccolo with Undercroft Opera, as well as performed with the Edgewood, Westmoreland, and Johnstown Symphonies. She also performs in various solo, chamber, and larger ensemble roles in a variety of venues throughout the Pittsburgh area, including the newly formed Bel Suono Ensemble of which she is a founding member. An advocate of early music and historical performance, Amanda also plays the baroque flute. She has performed in masterclasses for baroque flutists Kim Pineda, Janet See, and Barthold Kuijken.

As an educator, she has nearly 12 years of experience in private instruction, along with her many years of experience teaching both instrumental and general music (K-12). Amanda's students have experienced success in passing auditions for various middle and high school honor level ensembles, as well as colleges and universities for those who decide to pursue a music career. In addition to her private studio, Amanda serves as adjunct flute instructor at Mercyhurst University, as well as adjunct faculty lecturer in music at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Beyond music, Amanda is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Amanda has presented workshops on the topic of performance health for musicians at several different events including the annual Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, the annual National Flute Convention, and the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia's annual Flute Fair. Amanda received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Seton Hill University, and a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Scott Albert

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Saxophone
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park, Virtual

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Scott is an elementary band director at Shaler Area Elementary School. His duties include directing the 4th, 5th and 6th grade bands as well as teaching some of the 4th and 5th grade strings. He is currently in his 13th year at Shaler.

Scott has been teaching clarinet and saxophone lessons at Johnstonbaughs since 2008. He has had many successful students from Deer Lakes, Fox Chapel, Hampton, Pine-Richland, and Shaler. Many of the junior high and senior high students Scott has worked with have been accepted into Alle-Valley honors band as well as PMEA festivals.

Scott teaches all grade levels of saxophone from beginners in 4th grade to high school students. Scott also teaches beginning and middle school level clarinet lessons.


Brass - Trumpet, F Horn, Trombone/Low Brass

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Joe Beaver

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trumpet
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park, Virtual

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Joe Beaver is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance. A native of Bethel Park, Joe attended Duquesne University for his undergraduate education majoring in Music Education and Trumpet Performance. Joe Is an active performer and teacher in the Pittsburgh area, playing frequently for weddings, masses, with the River City Brass Band, and other regional orchestras including the Johnstown Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony.

As a teacher, Joe has worked with numerous school districts in the area, covering all grade levels. He is also an active private trumpet teacher in the South Hills, and currently is the assistant director of the Upper St. Clair marching band. He has experience working with a wide range of students of all ages and ability levels.


Ryan Moser

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trombone / Low Brass
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park, Virtual

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Ryan is a native of Pittsburgh having attended the Shaler Area School district. He attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a Music Education major, and following graduation moved to Boston, Massachusetts. While in Boston, Ryan taught elementary and middle school band in the Brookline Public Schools. He also had the opportunity to study with Gabriel Langfur (bass trombone) of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Vermont Symphony Orchestra. A short relocation to Columbus, Ohio allowed Ryan to work as a recruiter for The Ohio State University School of Music.


Strings - Violin, Viola, Cello

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Cathy Baranowski

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Violin
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

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Cathy Baranowski graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelors Degree in Music. She has played in the Duquesne University and Slippery Rock Orchestras. Cathy has also been a private music instructor for over fifteen years. Her students have been chosen for the PMEA and Honors Orchestras. Through her education and music experience, she has the ability to teach students of all ages to understand, perform, and appreciate music. She makes learning fun as well as productive.

Cara Garofalo

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Violin
Rate: $30 per 30 minute lesson
Locations:Allison Park, Virtual

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Cara Garofalo graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Duquesne University where she studied under Christopher Wu of the Pittsburgh Symphony. She has since continued private studies with other acclaimed teachers including David Kim of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Jeremy Black of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Cara has been an active and passionate performer in music communities throughout Pennsylvania and other states, frequently performing with many symphonies and ensembles including the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. She has also worked for summer music festivals including Music Academy International in northern Italy and Endless Mountain Music Festival in Wellsboro, PA. In addition to her classical music background, Cara also enjoys recording, collaborating and performing with various locally and internationally acclaimed rock and pop artists. Cara is trained as a teacher in the Suzuki Method. Since 2010, she has taught students of all ages and levels in both private and school settings. She has great enthusiasm for educating students through music.

Rachel Waldron-D'Abruzzo

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello
Rate: $26 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park, Virtual

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Rachel Waldron-D'Abruzzo's journey with the cello began at the age of eight, and since then she has been teaching and performing throughout the Pittsburgh area. Ms. D’Abruzzo’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Duquesne University, where she studied with Mikhail Istomin from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Paula Tuttle from the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet. She graduated with her Master's degree from Duquesne University under the tutelage of Adam Liu of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Ms. D’Abruzzo has performed in a variety of church venues, as well as concert series such as Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch. She has also performed in various string and piano ensembles throughout the Pittsburgh area.

When she isn’t performing, she teaches a variety of string and piano students throughout the Pittsburgh area. Many of her students have gone on to pursue music degrees with cello being their main focus. Ms. Waldron-D'Abruzzo has performed as a section cellist in a number of orchestras such as Johnstown, Westmoreland, Washington, and Butler. She has also performed in several summer festivals including the CLAZZ music festival (Arcidosso, Italy) and the Aruba Symphony Festival (Oranjestad, Aruba).

Will Teegarden

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Cello
Rate: $30 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park, Virtual

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Will Teegarden enjoys a varied career as a cellist and teacher based in Pittsburgh, PA. He actively performs in various regional orchestras throughout Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, holding the associate principal cello chair in the Erie Philharmonic, as well as positions in the Columbus, Canton, Youngstown, and Westmoreland Symphonies. Additionally, he frequently performs with local companies such as Resonance Works PGH, Front Porch Theatricals, and the Pittsburgh Festival Opera. A strong advocate for new music, Will often collaborates with composers and performs their works with Alia Musica and NAT 28 contemporary music ensembles, the latter of which he has garnered critical acclaim as a featured soloist with the group.

He performs frequently as a substitute cellist in the New World Symphony (Miami, FL), and has performed with The Florida Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony, the Akron Symphony, and the Orlando Philharmonic, under conductors Manfred Honeck, Michael Tilson Thomas, Matthias Bamert, Yan Pascal Tortelier, JoAnn Falleta, among others. He holds degrees in music from the University of Florida and Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with cellists Steven Thomas, David Premo, and Anne Martindale Williams. At Carnegie Mellon, he served as Co-Principal Cello, and earned first prize with his colleagues in the school's Silberman Chamber Music Competition with an enthusiastically received rendition of Oliver Messiaen's "Quatuor pour la fin du temps". Additionally, Will has attended the National Repertory Orchestra, Brevard Music Center, and the Innsbrook Institute Summer Festivals.

With proper guidance, Will believes that any student can succeed in and find great joy in music-making. He strives to teach every student as comprehensively and holistically as possible so that they, too, can find great happiness from a large wooden box with metal strings.


Percussion & Drum Set

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Justin Kelly

Focus Area: Percussion
Instruments: Percussion, Drum Set
Rate: $28 per 30-minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park, Virtual

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Justin Kelly is a drummer and percussionist performing and teaching the Pittsburgh area. After picking up the sticks for the first time in 5th grade, Justin went on to attend Carnegie Mellon University and Manhattan School of Music, studying with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and Metropolitan Opera. Justin is equally at home playing in an orchestra, a jazz trio, or a recording studio, and can be seen doing all three in venues across the city. In addition to drumming, Justin enjoys writing, DJing, and an occasional game of chess.


Piano

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Sun Chang

Focus Area: Piano
Instruments: Piano
Rate: $32 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park, Virtual

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Sun is a pianist and harpsichordist who is now in the Pittsburgh area. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s in piano performance, and from the Royal Academy of Music in London with a Master’s in harpsichord performance.

She has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Utah Symphony and Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and was a featured artist on “Live from WFMT.” However, she enjoys chamber music the most and has traveled all over the world on a cruise ship as part of a piano quintet!

Educating people has been a major part of Sun’s musical journey. She has over a decade of experience, but what sets her apart is her approach to music as a holistic endeavour. She believes that music education can and should be fun, inclusive, challenging, and life-changing, and equips her students with tools that they can apply not only to piano practice but also to many aspects of their lives.

For more information, visit sunchangmusic.com.


John Kulik

Focus Area: Piano
Instruments: Piano
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

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John V. Kulik, NCTM holds a B.S. degree in Music Education St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, and an M.M. degree in Piano Pedagogy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. He is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music with over 30 years of teaching experience with students age 4 and up. Mr. Kulik has taught private as well as class piano at Chatham College’s Laboratory School of Music, Pittsburgh, PA and at Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, PA. He has had many successful students place in performance and composition competitions at the local and state levels of PMTA. Mr. Kulik currently maintains an independent studio of children and adults in Murrysville, PA and is a frequent solo and collaborative pianist in the area as well as being a performing member of the Friday Evening Music Club, Greensburg, PA.


Voice

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There are no voice teachers available for in person lessons at our Allison Park location right now. Please consider visiting the Virtual Lessons page to explore options for taking lessons from home.



Guitar

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Craig "Izzy" Arlet

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Steel Guitar, beginner Accordion
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park, Virtual

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Craig “Izzy” Arlet graduated from Pittsburgh’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) in 1997 with an award for Best Jazz Student and immediately started an international performance career. From 1998 to 2003 he worked as a touring musician, performing everything from hip-hop to country & western to traditional Cuban son montuno with various ensembles throughout the U.S. and Central America. His performance credits include Clay Aiken, Mr. Cleve Duncan and the Penguins (original singer of “Earth Angel”), Pittsburgh swing band Dr. Zoot, jazz vocalist Phat Man Dee, oldies group The Magic Moments, spoken word artist Christiane D, The John Parker Band, Guaracha Latin Dance Band, the Reggie Watkins Octet, and many more. He has been teaching full-time since coming off the road in 2003. A multi-instrumentalist, he can teach guitar (acoustic or electric), mandolin, banjo, accordion, ukulele, steel guitar (pedal and lap), and resophonic guitar (dobro).


 

Mark Antonich

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual

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Mark Antonich preaches his love of guitar and music in many places. He is an adjunct faculty member in the music departments of Westminster College, Thiel College, and Waynesburg University. ln addition to his guitar duties at these schools, he also teaches jazz improvisation, guitar master classes, group guitar class, and guitar ensemble.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mark received his undergraduate degree in music from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in music theory from Duquesne University. He also graduated from the Guitar lnstitute of Technology in Los Angeles, California. While studying at the Guitar lnstitute in Los Angeles, Mark was voted one of the Outstanding Students of the Year. Los Angeles studio guitarist, Tommy Tedesco, presented him with a brand new ovation guitar as his award. ln phoenix, Arizona, Mark also had the opportunity to attend and perform in masterclasses with jazz guitar legends, Howard Roberts, Herb Ellis, and Barney Kessel.

As a guitarist, Mark is a freelance musician throughout the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. He has worked in the pit bands for numerous shows and musicals such as Grease, working, Godspell, Bye Bye Birdie, and The Trailer Park Musical. ln 2007, Mark toured and performed with, "The New Holidays" vocal group. That same year he recorded and contributed musical arrangements to the Holidays newest CD, "Why Do Fools Fall ln Love." The CD was released throughout the United States by the independent record label, "Collectible Records" and received extensive airplay on many oldies radio stations.

Mark is currently performing and recording as a founding member of the Westminster Faculty Jazz Quartet. They perform many concerts throughout the area while conducting master classes and seminars at schools in the Pennsylvania/Ohio region.

Dan Burgun

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar
Rate: $109 monthly for weekly lessons
Locations: Allison Park, Virtual

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Dan Burgun graduated summa cum laude from the Duquesne University School of Music with a B.A. in Guitar Performance. He is a versatile musician, adept in pop/rock formats, and specializing in jazz and classical guitar. He maintains a busy teaching and performance schedule in the Pittsburgh area and favors a personalized teaching style, adapted to the need and goals of each student. Dan has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities.

Matt Korbanic

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar, Bass guitar, Ukulele
Rate: $100 monthly, or $29 for 30 minute lessons
Locations: Allison Park, Golden Mile, Virtual

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“Exceptional talent with virtuoso technique,” writes Mike Cimballa, music critic and violinist with the Charlotte Symphony of his lyrical interpretations of his music. Born and educated in Pittsburgh, Matthew Korbanic has earned a master's degree in classical guitar performance from Carnegie Mellon University. Some of his noted teachers have been Dr. Nathan Davis, James Ferla, and Joe Negri. As a player on the newly innovated 8 string “Brahms” style guitar by Paul Galbraith, he has toured the east coast and mid-west and has received grants to study with Mr. Galbraith. He has been a return performer with the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Pittsburgh Opera, and the Pittsburgh Arts Council. As a soloist and as a member of a flute and guitar duo, he has been presented live on WQED-FM in Pittsburgh. He has released a CD of original guitar compositions through his own record label titled “Orbit”. Click here to visit his website.

Act 33/34

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This means that the teacher has received Act 33/34 Clearances from the State of Pennsylvania. Act 33/34 Clearances are designed to ensure that people who work with children have a record clear of child abuse and crime. All schools in Pennsylvania require that teachers and school staff have Act 33/34 Clearances. In June of 2005, Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers implemented a policy that all new teachers are required to have Act 33/34 Clearances.

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