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Music instructors you can trust in Carlisle:
Michael L. Thomas
Forrest Brown has been a staple on the Central Pennsylvania music scene for quite some time. In his career he's been a member of several well-known area bands and performed with some of the areas finest players. In the past two decades or so Forrest has been a member and leader of Blitz Dynette, worked with Shea Quinn in Clockwork, and had a stint with Rich Clare's Pentagon, just to name a few. He is currently filling the guitar chair for The Uptown Band out of Reading, PA.
Although stage performance is his forte, he is equally at home in the studio, or in the pit. Forrest has recorded three albums with his band Blitz Dynette and has a number of musicals to his credit including, “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline,” “Smokey Joe's Cafe,” “Godspell,” “Fame,” and most recently “All Shook Up.”
He is able to blend R&B, Pop, Rock, Jazz, and even a little Country if the situation warrants. Versed in many styles, Forrest Brown is a performer worth seeing.
Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Harmonica
Philip has been teaching in the area for over ten years. He studied music at H.A.C.C and Penn State University. A traveling musician that began his journey in New York and found himself in North Carolina, he has performed with some of the more well-known bands in Central Pennsylvania and currently performs with "Cheap Sneakers", "The Middleton Brothers", and "Crystal Haze." Philip has recorded a solo album as well as six CD’s with his bands, and has appeared on the recordings of "Silver City", "Emily's Toy Box", and other local bands. He has performed on stage with "The Coasters", and "Tommy Conwell", and his bands have opened for "The Fixx", "Badfinger", "Kix", "Otis Day", "The Knights", and many others. Philip focuses his lessons on reading music, learning scales, chords, and mastering musical theory.
Violin, Viola, and Cello
Victoria has taught violin, viola, and cello lessons to students of all ages. A number of Victoria’s high school students reached the District Level Orchestra and several others went on to pursue professional careers in the music industry. Victoria is a graduate from "Trinity College of Music in London". She was the string teacher at "Dunbarton Elementary School" in New Hampshire from 2009-2011. In addition to her private teaching, Victoria has worked with ensembles, including "The Festival of Strings Program" in Harrisburg, where she assisted students in preparing their music for performances. She also organized, acted as co-director, and performed with "String Quartet of Harrisburg." Besides music, Victoria interests include sewing and crafts of all kinds, particularly dressmaking, quilting, knitting, and crochet. She also enjoys reading, indulging in various forms of art, and is active in her church playing cello and singing.
Michael L. Thomas
Drums and Percussion
Michael offers instruction in various drum-set styles including, Rock, Funk, Linear, Jazz, Latin, World Grooves, etc. His lessons may also include concert snare drum, rudimental snare drum, fundamental mallet keyboard percussion, hand percussion techniques, and auxiliary concert percussion techniques.
Michael is a percussionist with vast experience and training in various areas of the instrument. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from "Temple University" in Philadelphia, PA and has been teaching percussion for over 14 years throughout Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to JW Music, Michael is currently teaching and composing music for the "Northern York High" percussion ensemble.
Michael has also worked with award winning percussion ensembles including the "Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps", "Cadets Winter Percussion Ensemble", and the "Spring-Ford High School Percussion Program." Michael’s musical career also includes having worked in the music publishing industry with "Theodore Presser Company", gaining valuable insight into the industry.
Michael believes in a methodical approach to ensure the development of good musical habits as well as a relaxed and controlled style of playing percussion instruments.
Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele
Jeff is a sought after guitar instructor of all ages and skill levels. His effective and personable style make his lessons fun yet informative. He has created a string of successful student performances, “Rockcitals” and “Acousticitals,” that have offered students an opportunity to perform in a real concert setting (think "School of Rock!”). Jeff has years of experience touring the US and UK as a guitarist and vocalist for multiple bands, including working with "Fred Mascherino" who has sold over a million records worldwide. Jeff holds an education degree from "Messiah College" and has a passion for furthering his role as a teacher in the community and local school districts. His own musical projects include involvement as a singer and guitarist in his home church, "Daybreak" in Mechanicsburg and he frequently lends his contemporary music style to other churches in the area. Jeff teaches guitar, bass, and ukulele, and loves working with students who want to develop their instrumental abilities and improve their vocal performance.