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Piano lessons in West Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.

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West Chester University
Collegiate Students

Monica Frank (graduate, Piano Performance)

Monica began her studies at WCU in music education, but soon realized her true calling and changed her major to performance. She has participated in masterclasses with such artists as Brian Ganz, Ann Schein and Walter Hautzig. In the fall of 2014, she began her master's degree at Manhattan School of Music. Below are links to video excerpts from her senior recital.

Julie Hall
(graduate, Jazz Piano Performance)

Julie has performed with WCU's Latin Jazz Ensemble and the Criterions, and has been featured at Hershey Park as part of their summer entertainment series. While at WCU she also participated in masterclasses with guest artists such as Kim Nazarian (New York Voices), Fred Hersch and others.

Alex MarthalerAlex Marthaler
(recent graduate)

Alex was a piano major in WCU's music composition program, where he performed in numerous solo recitals of his own compositions as well as standard repertoire. Alex was the pianist for WCU's award-winning Wind Ensemble. He is now at Carnegie-Mellon, studying for a master's degree in composition. Click below to listen to "Filaments" from Imprints and Abstractions. This piece won First Prize in the Keystone Composition Competition, Artist Division.

 
Matthew Harris
(former student)

A 2008 graduate of WCU, Matthew has performed in masterclass for Nelita True and Jack Winerock. He is a past winner of the WCU Sophomore Scholarship, awarded to an outstanding pianist in the music education curriculum.
Click here to listen to Matthew's performance of Reflets dans l'eau by Claude Debussy.

Danielle Molan
(former student)

Danielle graduated in 2008 with an undergraduate degree in music education, and hopes to pursue a career in choral conducting. While at WCU, she won many scholarships, including Jacob's Music Steinway Award. She was also soloist with the WCU Symphony Orchestra, performing the first movement of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #3.

"Looking back at myself 4┬Ż years ago, I never would have dreamed of being half the pianist I am today. You have pushed me to reach my fullest potential. Thank you so much for all of your support, guidance, knowledge, understanding and inspiration. I lucked out big time by getting you as a teacher at WCU! I will definitely take with me everything you have taught me thus far, and I look forward to sharing that knowledge with future students of my own."

 

West Chester University
Community Music Program Students

photo: Jason MatthewsJason Matthews
(former student)

Jason studied with me throughout his high school years at Unionville, winning the piano chair for the PMEA All-State Jazz Choir. He went on to complete a bachelor's in jazz piano performance at University of Miami, and remains in the Miami area where he is in great demand as a keyboardist. Check out this video of "Black and Blue", by Jason's current band The Politix:

Video: The Politix - Black & Blue Ft. Raquel Sofia

Jackie Xu

Jackie studied with me while attending Unionville High School where she also played saxophone in the jazz band. She is currently attending MIT.

Recording: Click here to listen to Jackie Xu performing Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, by Edvard Grieg.

Mandy MorrisMandy Morris

Mandy Morris studied both jazz and classical piano with me during her high school years. A regular at our WCU Summer Jazz Camp, she also won the piano chair for the Inter-County Jazz Band, and was named Outstanding Soloist at the Unami Jazz Festival and Perkiomen Valley Calvacade of Bands. Although she is not pursuing a music major, Mandy is now at University of Delaware, active in the jazz program, and serving as pianist for the big band there.

Priscilla Chao

Priscilla is a dedicated pianist who manages to fit in her practicing despite a demanding job; she is responsible for the imaging system at the VA Hospital in Baltimore. Priscilla is currently studying works by Scarlatti, Dello Joio and Bartok. Priscilla also travels extensively, and grows her own roses. "With your guidance and understanding, I have improved so much in the past two and half years. I never imagined to play with memory. Thank you!"

 

 

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