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Private Music Lessons

OVERVIEW

Germantown Academy invites master teachers to conduct private music lessons on campus for all students who wish to study an instrument. One-on-one lessons take place before, during, and after school at mutually convenient times that do not impact academic instruction. Contact Hannah Doucette with questions about music lessons.

Interested in beginning an instrument?
Fill out the Private Music Lesson Interest Form online

Offerings and Instructors

Piano (1st-12th grades)

Anne M. Flood, Piano

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Anne M. Flood has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University with additional study at Villanova University plus Kodaly Certification from Westminster Choir College. From 1988 to 1994, she taught general music in two New Jersey public schools, and has been teaching piano privately since 1989.

Anne began teaching piano at Germantown Academy in September 2000. Currently, she is the musical director of the Arise Music Team at St. Matthew's Church in Maple Glen, PA. Anne is also active as a vocal soloist.



Joann Kirchner, Piano

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B.M. Piano Performance, Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts

M.M. Piano Pedagogy, Temple University
Ph.D. Music Education/ Piano Pedagogy, University of Oklahoma

Joann Kirchner has published in American Music Teacher, Keyboard Companion, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Piano Guild Notes and WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation.

She has presented at the 2011 World Piano Conference, the National Music Teachers Convention, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the College Music Society National Conference, the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities and for numerous state and local music teachers organizations.

Kirchner is active in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and is a past Co-President for the Philadelphia Music Teachers Association. Kirchner is also Co-Chair of the Research Committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Her research interests include musical performance anxiety, the relationship between flow and musical performance anxiety and intermediate teaching repertoire.

Violin (1st-12th Grades

Hannah Doucette, violin and viola

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Hannah received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from The Hartt School (summa cum laude) and Master of Music in String Pedagogy from Temple University. Her teachers have included William dePasquale, Robert dePasquale, Emlyn Ngai, and Mickey Reisman. She is certified in books 1-8 in the Suzuki Method and studied with such trainers as Teri Einfeldt, Kimberly Meier-Sims, and Doris Preucil.

Hannah maintains an active teaching schedule, and in addition to teaching at Germantown Academy, she also teaches at Moravian College Music Institute, Temple Music Preparatory Division, and Ambler Music Academy. She is a coach for PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and is on the adjunct faculty at Temple University. Hannah has performed in chamber groups and orchestras throughout the East Coast and Peru, and believes in providing quality instruction while encouraging a love for music.


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Gina Rico is a classically trained violist, string teacher, and arts administrator hailing from Abington, Pennsylvania. She began her musical study on the violin at the age of 9, eventually making the viola her primary instrument when she was 15 years old.

After graduating from Abington Senior High School, she entered Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music as a viola performance major. Gina discovered her passion for teaching string instruments after taking violin and viola pedagogy courses at IU with Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig. This inspired her to focus her major on music education and string teaching, and she graduated in December 2014 with a B.S. in Music and String Pedagogy.

Her primary instrumental instructors have included Ed Gazouleas (IU) and Adriana Linares (Lansdale, PA). Since graduating, she has been an active teacher and performer in the Philadelphia and NYC metro areas. In addition to her studio at Germantown Academy, Gina also teaches violin and viola at ArCoNet: The Arts & Community Network (North Wales, PA) and is involved in many of their musical and educational projects in the region.

Gina's favorite musical activity is playing chamber music with students and colleagues alike. When not teaching or playing, she enjoys spending time in nature, attending concerts, and cooking (and eating!) delicious food with her fiancé Garrett and their wonderful friends and family.

VIOLA (3RD-12TH GRADES)

Hannah Doucette, violin and viola

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Hannah received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from The Hartt School (summa cum laude) and Master of Music in String Pedagogy from Temple University. Her teachers have included William dePasquale, Robert dePasquale, Emlyn Ngai, and Mickey Reisman. She is certified in books 1-8 in the Suzuki Method and studied with such trainers as Teri Einfeldt, Kimberly Meier-Sims, and Doris Preucil.

Hannah maintains an active teaching schedule, and in addition to teaching at Germantown Academy, she also teaches at Moravian College Music Institute, Temple Music Preparatory Division, and Ambler Music Academy. She is a coach for PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and is on the adjunct faculty at Temple University. Hannah has performed in chamber groups and orchestras throughout the East Coast and Peru, and believes in providing quality instruction while encouraging a love for music.


gina rico, violin and viola

Gina Rico is a classically trained violist, string teacher, and arts administrator hailing from Abington, Pennsylvania. She began her musical study on the violin at the age of 9, eventually making the viola her primary instrument when she was 15 years old.

After graduating from Abington Senior High School, she entered Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music as a viola performance major. Gina discovered her passion for teaching string instruments after taking violin and viola pedagogy courses at IU with Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig. This inspired her to focus her major on music education and string teaching, and she graduated in December 2014 with a B.S. in Music and String Pedagogy.

Her primary instrumental instructors have included Ed Gazouleas (IU) and Adriana Linares (Lansdale, PA). Since graduating, she has been an active teacher and performer in the Philadelphia and NYC metro areas. In addition to her studio at Germantown Academy, Gina also teaches violin and viola at ArCoNet: The Arts & Community Network (North Wales, PA) and is involved in many of their musical and educational projects in the region.

Gina's favorite musical activity is playing chamber music with students and colleagues alike. When not teaching or playing, she enjoys spending time in nature, attending concerts, and cooking (and eating!) delicious food with her fiancé Garrett and their wonderful friends and family.

CELLO (1ST-12TH GRADES)

KRYSTA FOGEL, CELLO

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1ST-2ND GRADES

Krysta Fogel is a young and enthusiastic cello instructor based in Philadelphia, PA. A native of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, Krysta was drawn to the String Pedagogy program at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance, and received her master of music degree in the spring of 2015. She also holds a degree in Violoncello Performance from Shenandoah University (Winchester, Virginia), where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in the spring of 2013.

Krysta began her journey in the Suzuki world in the summer of 2015; she studied the Suzuki cello method with Sally Gross in Ithaca, NY and Beth Goldstein-McKee in Pittsburgh. The Suzuki philosophy that "every child can" is one that throughly resonates with Krysta. She believes that every child should have access to some form of musical instruction and should be encouraged to grow and develop as human beings through music.

In addition to teaching Suzuki cello at GA, Krysta also teaches at the Settlement School in Philadelphia, as well as other locations in Montgomery, Bucks, and Gloucester (NJ) counties. She believes in healthy and efficient cello playing to promote lifelong music-making, and often draws upon ideas from the Alexander Technique during lessons. Krysta is overjoyed to teach Germantown Academy's wonderful students, and it is her hope that they nurture their love for music just as she nurtured hers as a young person.


JOANNE BATES, CELLO AND DOUBLE BASS

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3RD-12TH GRADES

Cello and double bass instructor Joanne Bates holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music. She was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship and was the Koussevitzky Foundation Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Mrs. Bates has performed as a substitute member of The Philadelphia Orchestra, performing with them at both the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and at Carnegie Hall in New York. She currently performs with the Princeton Symphony, Riverside Symphonia, Amadeus Ensemble, and many other area organizations.

In addition to Germantown Academy, where she has taught since 1997, Mrs. Bates teaches at St. Basil Academy and Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. She has previously taught at Kutztown University, Chestnut Hill College, Mansfield University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Music.

Mrs. Bates was featured playing the double bass in the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture On The Right Track.

DOUBLE BASS (4TH-12TH GRADES)

JOANNE BATES, CELLO AND DOUBLE BASS

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Cello and double bass instructor Joanne Bates holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music. She was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship and was the Koussevitzky Foundation Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Mrs. Bates has performed as a substitute member of The Philadelphia Orchestra, performing with them at both the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and at Carnegie Hall in New York. She currently performs with the Princeton Symphony, Riverside Symphonia, Amadeus Ensemble, and many other area organizations.

In addition to Germantown Academy, where she has taught since 1997, Mrs. Bates teaches at St. Basil Academy and Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. She has previously taught at Kutztown University, Chestnut Hill College, Mansfield University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Music.

Mrs. Bates was featured playing the double bass in the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture On The Right Track.

FLUTE (4TH-12TH GRADES)

NANCY METROKA, FLUTE

Nancy Metroka joined the faculty at Germantown Academy as a flute instructor in 2013. She is also on the faculty at the Academy of the New Church and Bryn Athyn Elementary School, where she has taught flute and directed instrumental ensembles since 1989. Nancy has worked as a music therapist at the Settlement School and Kardon Institute as well. A member of Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, she has participated in various District Festivals and has served as a judge.

Beginning as a flute performance major at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory, Nancy then completed her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Music Therapy at Montclair State University. She later received a Masters in Music Education from Temple University. Her flute teachers include Murray Panitz, Robert Cavally and Loren Lind.

Nancy has played in community orchestras in the Philadelphia area and performs as a freelance musician for weddings and various events. She enjoys teaching flute students of all levels, and strives to instill a love of music by introducing many different genres, while developing solid technical skills on the flute.

OBOE (4TH-12TH GRADES)

BETH BENSON, OBOE

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Beth Benson teaches oboe at Germantown Academy. She has been on the faculty of Settlement Music School since 1999, where she teaches oboe, chamber music and musicianship. Beth also teaches oboe at George School and for the Continuing Education program at Bucks County Community College.

Beth earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Florida State University. Major teachers include Elizabeth Camus, Eric Ohlsson and Daniel Stolper. Beth performs with Newtown Chamber Orchestra and Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra and is an active freelancer on oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn in the Greater Philadelphia area.

CLARINET (4TH-12TH GRADES)

THOMAS RAZLER, CLARINET AND SAXOPHONE

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Born and raised in Bucks County, PA, Thomas Razler studied music at Bucks County Community College and then Berklee College of Music, earning a degree in jazz performance.

After a few years on the Boston music scene and a national tour with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, he returned to Philadelphia to run the Sedgwick Theater's Teen Jazz Workshop. In addition to teaching at GA, Thomas works as a freelance musician in the greater Philadelphia area, heading up the Thomas B. Razler Quartet (TBRQ), playing with Justin Guarini & The Payback, The Delaware Valley Wind Symphony and, most recently, at The Media Theater for their production of Hello Dolly.

Former teachers include Ben Schachter, George Garzone, Andy McGhee, Billy Pierce, Dino Govoni and Jerry Nowak.

SAXOPHONE (4TH-12TH GRADES)

THOMAS RAZLER, CLARINET AND SAXOPHONE

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Born and raised in Bucks County, PA, Thomas Razler studied music at Bucks County Community College and then Berklee College of Music, earning a degree in jazz performance.

After a few years on the Boston music scene and a national tour with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, he returned to Philadelphia to run the Sedgwick Theater's Teen Jazz Workshop. In addition to teaching at GA, Thomas works as a freelance musician in the greater Philadelphia area, heading up the Thomas B. Razler Quartet (TBRQ), playing with Justin Guarini & The Payback, The Delaware Valley Wind Symphony and, most recently, at The Media Theater for their production of Hello Dolly.

Former teachers include Ben Schachter, George Garzone, Andy McGhee, Billy Pierce, Dino Govoni and Jerry Nowak.

TRUMPET (4TH-12TH GRADES)

RICHARD WILHELM, TRUMPET AND FRENCH HORN

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Richard Wilhelm began the study of French horn in a rural community near Reading, PA. He received his Music Education degree from Penn State University, where he was a member of the Blue Band, and received his Master of Music degree from West Chester University. He served in the United States Army for three years in the Army Band program, mainly stationed with the 327th Army Band in Edgewood Arsenal, MD.

He began his teaching career in the Upper Dublin School District, where he taught instrumental and choral music for 32 years, receiving the Upper Dublin Teacher of the Year award in 2000. For the first 12 years there he taught brass, woodwind and percussion in the elementary schools. In 1982, he was given the opportunity to change the direction of his music teaching, and became the choral director at Upper Dublin High School, where his first chorus totaled 16 students. When he retired in 2002 there were 250 students in the chorus.

At Upper Dublin, he music-directed more than 20 musicals, and since 2006 has been music director for the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School shows. Many of his past students have gone on to perform professionally in rock, opera, and theater, including leading roles on Broadway in The Lion King, Avenue Q, Shrek the Musical, Motown the Musical, and The Phantom of the Opera. Mr. Wilhelm has played horn in various community orchestras and from 1975 to 1985 was the musical director and conductor of the Ambler Symphony.

FRENCH HORN (4TH-12TH GRADES)

RICHARD WILHELM, TRUMPET AND FRENCH HORN

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Richard Wilhelm began the study of French horn in a rural community near Reading, PA. He received his Music Education degree from Penn State University, where he was a member of the Blue Band, and received his Master of Music degree from West Chester University. He served in the United States Army for three years in the Army Band program, mainly stationed with the 327th Army Band in Edgewood Arsenal, MD.

He began his teaching career in the Upper Dublin School District, where he taught instrumental and choral music for 32 years, receiving the Upper Dublin Teacher of the Year award in 2000. For the first 12 years there he taught brass, woodwind and percussion in the elementary schools. In 1982, he was given the opportunity to change the direction of his music teaching, and became the choral director at Upper Dublin High School, where his first chorus totaled 16 students. When he retired in 2002 there were 250 students in the chorus.

At Upper Dublin, he music-directed more than 20 musicals, and since 2006 has been music director for the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School shows. Many of his past students have gone on to perform professionally in rock, opera, and theater, including leading roles on Broadway in The Lion King, Avenue Q, Shrek the Musical, Motown the Musical, and The Phantom of the Opera. Mr. Wilhelm has played horn in various community orchestras and from 1975 to 1985 was the musical director and conductor of the Ambler Symphony.

TROMBONE (4TH-12TH GRADES)

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Barry McCommon has extensive experience with students of all ages and abilities. He is currently on the faculty at University of the Arts, teaching lessons and directing the Trombone Ensemble.

Barry is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and is active as a freelance performer throughout the Philadelphia area. He enjoys playing everything from jazz to rock to classical music.

BARITONE HORN (4TH-12TH GRADES)

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Barry McCommon has extensive experience with students of all ages and abilities. He is currently on the faculty at University of the Arts, teaching lessons and directing the Trombone Ensemble.

Barry is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and is active as a freelance performer throughout the Philadelphia area. He enjoys playing everything from jazz to rock to classical music.


TUBA (4TH-12TH GRADES)

BARRY MCCOMMON, LOW BRASS SPECIALIST

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Barry McCommon has extensive experience with students of all ages and abilities. He is currently on the faculty at University of the Arts, teaching lessons and directing the Trombone Ensemble.

Barry is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and is active as a freelance performer throughout the Philadelphia area. He enjoys playing everything from jazz to rock to classical music.


PERCUSSION (4TH-12TH GRADES)

MATTHEW KALLEND, PERCUSSION

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Matthew Kallend joined the Performing Arts faculty at Germantown Academy in 2008 after spending the 2007-08 season performing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina. He teaches private percussion lessons, percussion ensembles, and assists with the Lower School Band.

Before GA, Mr. Kallend taught private lessons at the Temple University Community Music School and the Darlington Arts Center, and continues to teach at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. He also taught a Percussion Methods class to future music teachers at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Mr. Kallend received bachelor's degrees in Music Performance and Business from DePaul University in Chicago, and a Masters degree in Music from Temple University. His teachers include members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as drummers that have toured with Ray Charles, the Count Basie Big Band, and Pat Metheny.

In addition to teaching, in 2009 Mr. Kallend was named Principal Percussionist of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, which now occupies much of his performing time. He also plays, on occasion, with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Delaware Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony, and other groups in the tri-state area. On top of his steady array of classical performances, he can often be seen performing with his rock band, The New Shenanigans, and singer-songwriter Emerson B.

VOICE (6TH-12TH GRADES)

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Fees

  • The cost for 30 half-hour lessons is $950. Lessons run throughout the entire school year.
  • Fees can be paid in full or in monthly installments.
  • Purchase or rental of instruments, repair, supplies, and music is determined by each teacher, and are the financial responsibility of the student/parent.
  • New students should not purchase nor rent an instrument until they have had contact with the private teacher.

Registration

Registration and payment takes place on the ACTIVE network. A credit card is required and will be charged automatically according to your chosen fee schedule.

Summer Lessons

If a music teacher is offering lessons during Summer 2017, they will inform their students in early April and provide the registration link.

Fall 2017 Registration

Current music students who are continuing with the same teacher and instrument may register for the 2017-18 school year starting in late June. You will receive an email through the ACTIVE network with the registration link.

New Music Students

Please complete the Private Lesson Interest Form, and a teacher will contact you to confirm lesson availability.

Absence and Cancellation Policy

Music teachers are required to make up one student excused absence (illness or family emergency) per semester, and any teacher absences that may occur throughout the year.

A student must give one week's notice of any absence to the instructor, or it will be considered unexcused, except in the case of emergency. In the event of illness, the instructor must be notified by 7am on the day of the lesson.

Refund Policy

If a student does not wish to continue private lessons, notice of withdrawal must be provided within the first two weeks of lessons. A refund will be provided minus any fees for lessons completed.

By completing registration and payment on the ACTIVE system, you are agreeing to the policies as laid out here.