By L. Denise Edwards
It’s the start of a new year! Many of us are feeling inspired to try new experiences, or perhaps reclaim an idea that had been forgotten. Music can be soothing to the soul, and playing music can be a very satisfying release. Are you an aspiring musician, or do you know someone who is? If you have always wanted to learn to drum, or to DJ, or to improve your vocal range, now is a great time to learn how. Perhaps you know how to play the piano, but could use a refresher. I have compiled a list of people and places that offer a range of music instruction throughout Pittsburgh.
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Want to play guitar? Empire Music in Pittsburgh is a great place to learn how. Whether it’s the high quality equipment and/or the passionate personable staff, it’s easy to understand why Empire Music is Pittsburgh premier choice for all levels of guitar instruction. Empire embraces an education philosophy that is centered on the student and the individual learning process. Lessons are made for a set time once a week and are offered Monday through Saturday. Empire Music has an impressive acoustic guitar showroom as well!
Vocal Instructor Daniel Teadt
Grammy award winner and internationally acclaimed baritone Daniel Teadt could be the perfect choice for voice lessons in Pittsburgh. Daniel has sung in many opera houses across the U.S. and Europe including the Pittsburgh Opera Theater. “In my opinion you could not find a better teacher to support your students. He can teach a very solid vocal technique, he can impart all of the artistic values needed for the career and he is a kind and supportive mentor.” — Patricia McCaffrey, Voice Teacher, Curtis Institute of Music, Brooklyn College.
Vocal Instructor Beverly Hissman
622 2nd Avenue
Downtown Pittsburgh, 15219
Hours: Monday -Thursday 10am–9pm; Friday 10am–6pm; Saturday 10am–5pm
Beverly Hissman, soprano is a vocal artist extraordinaire. Ms. Hissman sees herself as more of a facilitator as it pertains to vocal instruction, allowing the music and the student to creatively flow and grow together. Beverly Hissman is a native of Pittsburgh and has traveled the world studying and performing. “My Instruction is a Total Mind/Body Approach with imagery reinforcement and proper understanding of range, resonance and placement so that the mental and physical aspects are both in synchronicity.” –Beverly Hissman.
InnerBeat Drum School
InnerBeat drum school is THE place to learn drum techniques in Pittsburgh. Owner and drum teacher George Guest has over 20 years of drumming experience and he also keeps his skills fresh by playing with several local jazz and funk bands. InnerBeat drum school offers trial lessons as well as lesson packages. One student gushes, “If you want to learn or improve your drumming in a fast and efficient manner then make George Guest your instructor. He will show you the best way to reach your next goal, and encourage you to find your own style.”
Piano Instructor Becky Billock
Becky Billock is an active recital soloist and chamber musician. With over 16 years of experience and an extensive and impressive resume. Ms. Billock could be the perfect choice for you. She is a talented piano instructor with an extensive instructing background. Also, there are opportunities for students to perform while studying with Ms. Billock and stretch their piano playing muscles. Ms. Billock currently lives in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA, and is accepting enthusiastic students at any level.
L. Denise Edwards is a Pittsburgh native and is the creator/administrator of SpotlightPittsburgh.com. She is the Social Media Marketing Manager for 720 Music Clothing Café in Pittsburgh. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.