Instructor: J. Paul Pepper
Time: Mondays 3-7 by appointment
J. Paul Pepper is a pianist and composer with thirty years of playing and performing experience. Having studied classical technique with George Rau of Washington and Natalie Phillips of Squirrel Hill, he has been teaching piano for the last fifteen years. He is a winner of various competitions, scholarships and prizes, including WQED’s Performance in Pittsburgh, Duquesne University’s Young Artists, the Mason Statewide Talent Search, the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts and the Tucci Prize for Music Performance. J. Paul appreciates a wide diversity of musical styles and approaches, and is committed to customizing lessons to fit each student’s unique abilities and goals. In addition to teaching piano at all levels, he also teaches beginner to intermediate voice. Outside of music his interests include philosophy, religion, science and American Ninja Warrior.
Time: Tuesdays 2:00-6:30, Half Hour Sessions
Cost: $25 per 1/2 Hour – $50 per Hour
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Violinist Jennifer Sternick is an active and enthusiastic member of the Pittsburgh music community. She has performed professionally in symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, and pit orchestras, collaborated with musicians to hold performances at various venues in western Pennsylvania, and is contracted regularly to provide music at private events. As a chamber musician, Jennifer is a member of Black Orchid String Trio and Bellwether Strings, as well as principal violinist for the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra. Since 2012, Jennifer is the concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra. An instructor with over ten years of experience, Jennifer teaches students of all ages music reading, notation, and theory, violin and bow posture and technique, and works regularly with students on careful listening and ear training.
Originally from the outskirts of Mohnton, Pennsylvania, where she grew up studying the violin with Barbara Lanza, Jennifer earned her bachelors in music and philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh where she studied with Roger Zahab. Jennifer is the recipient of the Mildred Miller Posvar Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Music and the Alfred D’Auberge Award for Excellence in Music Performance. Currently, she studies with Huei-Sheng Kao of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. When Jennifer is not making music, she is an avid runner, rock climber, and Ultimate Frisbee player.
Instructor: Michael Berry
Time: Wednesday, Half Hour Sessions
Fee: $25.00 per lesson
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Michael Berry has performed at venues ranging from small jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Le Casino de Monte Carlo over the last 30 years
During the 1980s, Berry was drummer for the jazz vocal group Rare Silk, earning Grammy nominations in 1984 and 1986. He and the group opened for legends such as Benny Goodman and Bob Hope.
Berry has taught drums privately for seventeen years.
Berry studied at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. He studied jazz drumming with Jerry Granelli, a student of Joe Morello of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and also with Gary Le François, a student of Freddie Gruber.