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Music instructors you can trust in Carlisle:
Forrest has been a staple on the central Pennsylvania music scene for many years. He has been a member of a number of great area bands and has performed with some of the areas finest players. Over the past two decades, Forrest has been a leader and member of Blitz Dynette, worked with Shea Quinn in Clockwork, and had a stint with Rich Clare’s Pentagon, just to name a few. Currently he’s filling the guitar chair with Radiant out of Baltimore, MD. Forrest spent time on the hotel / resort circuit, touring with several acts in the 70’s and the 80’s.
In the past few months he’s worked with Cruz Control, Bunch O’ Funk and The Impact Band. 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 Café”, “Godspell”, “Tick, Tick, Boom”, “Grease” and most recently “Fame.” He spent one year at Berklee College of Music.
Forrest believes that a knowledge of fundamentals, not just for guitar but music in general, can provide a solid foundation for both the student who wishes to pursue a career in music and the student who just wants a casual relationship with an instrument. These fundamentals include, but are not limited to, sight-reading and basic music theory.
Music lessons you can rely on in Lemoyne
Guitar, Bass and Ukulele
Jeff is a sought after guitar instructor of all ages and skill levels. His effective and personable style make learning fun. 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 (Taking Back Sunday, The Color Fred, Terrible Things) 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 playing and singing.
Clarinet and Saxophone
Anatoliy has spent over twenty years teaching. In the past, he had studied at the conservatory, and has taught as many as forty-seven students. At one time he had been Concert Master over sixty musicians. He is qualified in clarinet and saxophone instruction, clarinet and saxophone performance, and as a music director.
Anatoliy is glad to help anyone of any age and skill set, but is especially grateful when he is able to mold a student from the very beginning of their playing of his favored woodwinds.
Piano, Guitar and Ukulele
Nathan W. Lackey is a classically trained musician from Central Pennsylvania. He recently graduated from Temple University with his Bachelors of Music in Music Theory, with a classical piano concentration. He has studied piano for nearly twenty years, and guitar for fourteen. Also a skilled vocalist and drummer, he has performed with numerous bands in the past several years. Currently, he is a singer, keyboardist, and guitarist for the local band, Bombay Zoo. Previously, he has played drums with Philadelphia dance/rock band Coup Couroux and played piano and sung for Philadelphia-based progressive rock band Igor's Egg. Nathan was a member of Temple's University Chorale, which performed Mozart's Requiem at the Kimmel Center, and also participated in other vocal groups. He is an avid singer/songwriter who performs regularly in the Lancaster and Harrisburg areas. His repertoire ranges from Beethoven to The Beatles--and beyond. His piano and guitar instruction draws from a strong music theory knowledge, the influence of many great teachers and professors, an active performance career, and his passion for musical and artistic expression. Nathan is 25 and lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Piano and Voice
Marianne has been playing the piano since the age of five and has been studying voice for seven years. She graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in music education and has been teaching vocal music for eight years. She has held a variety of teaching positions , ranging from grades one through twelve, which have allowed her to work with a wide spectrum of individuals. She began her professional career as a middle school choral director in Lebanon School District. She also served as a high school vocal music instructor in Conewago Valley School District. She is currently employed as an elementary music teacher with Spring Grove Area School District.
Marianne believes that performance is an extremely important component in a musician's development. She encourages her students to gain experience performing whenever possible. She has provided entertainment in the capacity of a featured soloist for the First Night York Celebration on New Year's Eve. She has also performed the National Anthem at the Lancaster Barnstormers and York Revolution Baseball stadiums and has participated in Theatre Harrisburg's production of Camelot.
Michael L. Thomas
Drums and Percussion
Michael offers instruction in various drum-set styles including: rock, funk, jazz, Latin, etc… He also offers instruction on concert and rudimentary snare drum.
Michael is a multi-faceted percussionist and musician alike. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in music from Temple University and has been teaching percussion for over 10 years throughout central and southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to JW Music, Michael is currently teaching and arranging music for the Northern York high school percussion ensemble and is also teaching part-time with the East Pennsboro high school 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 field.
Guitar, Bass and Ukulele
Frank Tittiger has been studying the guitar, teaching, and performing for over 30 years. He has studied with local guitarists Craig Boyer, Phil DeAngelis, Mike Hulsey, and Jay Umble. Frank also studied with guitar master and former Hollywood studio musician Dennis Sandole in Philadelphia for 10 years. Dennis is credited with having taught guitar virtuoso Pat Martino and saxophone virtuoso John Coltrane. In addition to guitar, Frank also teaches bass guitar as well. He focuses his lessons on reading notes, fingering exercises, scales, chords, theory, improvisation and ear training. Frank believes in a student centered teaching method which helps guide the student to mastery of his or her pursuits and directions on the instrument.
Since five years old, Russell has been involved in music. After hanging out in music shops and taking guitar and trumpet lessons, he focused on drums. At ten years old, he met Buddy Rich, who directed him to take lessons from Red Malone. While taking drum instruction, he played for every band that the West Shore School District had to offer. By sixteen, he played with numerous bands, including Dixieland, swing and polka varieties. In 1976, he had earned the Outstanding Jazz Musician Award, and began instructing.
After high school, Russell furthered his musical education at HACC and then at Berkeley Performing Arts for percussion until an agent placed him with a touring band that played the East Coast and the New Orleans area for nine years. In 1989, he moved back to the area where he began instructing once again in addition to playing in local bands, including a ten-year stint with B. T. and the Cruisers and heading up his own band, Rumor Has It, since 2010. He began instructing for JW Music in 2007.
Jessica enjoys sharing the love of music with others. She graduated from Mansfield University in 2012 with a degree in Music Education specializing on the flute. Jessica has taught private flute lessons during college for 4 years, participated in the marching band as the drum major, and is currently teaching elementary music. Jessica has played in various flute ensembles, events such as weddings and church service, orchestras, and bands. Jessica’s goals for her students are to learn the love of playing the flute and appreciate beautiful music.
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- 717-258-6765 (Carlisle)
- 717-761-8222 (Lemoyne)