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Teachers

Cunningham Piano Music School has scoured the area for the best teachers who are passionate about sharing their love of music and helping you achieve your musical goals.

Piano Teachers

Hanna Salmon

Hanna Salmon

Hanna Salmon is a is a Philadelphia-based pianist born in Pittsburgh, and is currently a student of Dr. Charles Abramovic at the Boyer College for Music and Dance in Temple University. She graduated with her degree in Piano Performance in 2017 and is about to start her PhD in ethnomusicology. As an avid supporter of new music and arts, Ms. Salmon has premiered numerous new works and organized performances of new repertoire. She teaches piano lessons privately and at Lumberton School of Music in New Jersey in addition to her large studio here at the Cunningham Music School. 

Hanna works well with students from beginners to advanced, and specializes in helping her intermediate to advanced students bring historical context and a deep understanding of technique to all of their pieces.

Kat Bowman

Kat Bowman

Kat Bowman is an experienced piano teacher who enjoys teaching students of all abilities and ages. Kat received her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland, and began teaching in the Washington DC area immediately following graduation. She quickly discovered a passion for teaching both her younger students and the adults who required a different approach. After teaching in Maryland and Virginia, she moved to Colorado for a few years and taught through two different music schools during her time there. Upon returning to Philadelphia, she worked with Delaware Valley Friends School, which specializes in dyslexia and other learning differences. Her longtime association and employment at the school has given her a unique perspective on teaching music, and has enabled her to take on students with reading difficulties. Kat attended Temple University and received her graduate degree in collaborative piano, with a concentration in opera coaching. The master’s program afforded her the opportunity to expand her teaching skills, coaching college and graduate students as part of her requirements. Currently, she is teaching and accompanying at University of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia, where she coaches opera and oratorio repertoire and is on staff as a coach and pianist. Kat is the music director and organist at St. Peter’s Pikeland UCC in Chester Springs, and leads the senior choir. A couple of her choir members are her private students as well, both in piano and voice. Kat is also an accompanist and theater coach in the Lower Merion district, and she is the musical director for the spring musical at Harriton High School. Her love of music and teaching make her an enthusiastic and caring instructor who believes in a multi-sensory approach to learning piano.

Lauren Lucerne (Also director of the Early Ears Developmental Music Program)

Lauren Lucerne, is a Temple University Graduate with a Bachelor’s in Music, and a board certification in Music Therapy (MT-BC). She has over 18 years experience playing instruments, singing, and overall being involved in music.She has over 12 years of working with children in professional and semi-professional settings, such as school, daycare, and a child psychiatric hospital. Lauren is the head of our Developmental Music Department, teaching Early Ears and lesson to students with special needs and who are under the age of seven.

On teaching the Early Ears Program, Ms. Lauren says that: “Being involved in or listening to music is somewhat of a surreal or magical experience, especially for children. Listening to live music is most likely a child’s first experience with believing and experiencing something that they cannot see with their own eyes. However, with the early childhood music classes classes, children can begin to make connections with how music is made, what can make music, and how they themselves can partake in some of the magic of music-making. You can also witness your child making these connections and help foster their creativity and understanding of a phenomenon that has taken place throughout most of humanity’s existence. Along with musical experiences, children will have ample opportunities to make friends, have social connections, and cooperate while learning to work with others. When your children reflect back on their childhood, music may be one of their earliest and fondest memories.”

Sirapat Jittapirom

Based in Philadelphia, PA, pianist and music educator Sirapat Jittapirom has made solo and collaborative appearances in the U.S., Germany, Italy, and Thailand. For her outstanding solo performances, Jittapirom was the recipient of the Westside Committee of the LA Philharmonic Margaret Ross Scholarship for three consecutive years (2012-2014), as well as the 2nd prize recipient of the Pi Kappa Lambda Chapter Competition, hosted by Temple University’s Boyer College of Music in 2015. Most recently, Jittapirom was awarded the Gladfelter, and Helen Kwalwasser-Harvey Wedeen Scholarships by the Boyer College of Music in 2017.

In February 2018, Jittapirom was a guest soloist with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, playing Gershwin’s Concerto in F under conductor Jack Moore. She has participated at music festivals including Schlern International Music Festival (Italy), Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy), Miami Music Festival (USA), Philadelphia Young Pianist Academy (USA), and Euro Arts Music Festival (Germany). At these music festivals, Jittapirom has had the opportunity to play in masterclasses for world-renowned concert pianists and teachers such as Alon Goldstein, Charles Abramovic, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Gary Graffman, and Vadim Monastyrski among others. In 2012 and 2013, Jittapirom was invited to perform at the MTAC Bach Festivals, and MTAC Romantic and Impressionistic Festival in California. She also has appeared both as a soloist and a collaborative musician at the Puffin Foundation, NJ, and at Shawl Benefit Concerts, hosted by an organization to help homeless women, held annually from 2013-2015 in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. In addition to her classical performances, Jittapirom also participated in jazz festivals including Western States Jazz Festival (2013) and Santa Barbara Jazz Festival (2012) in California where received Outstanding Soloist awards.

A native of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sirapat Jittapirom made her first public performance at the age of 6 with a music ensemble. Throughout her music education and career, Jittapirom stresses the significance of making music with others as an essential element to the development of a well-rounded musician. As she later continued her studies in Southern California, Jittapirom remained an active performer in various ensemble settings, playing a wide range of musical styles.

Jittapirom currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. She regularly performs as a soloist or with several chamber music groups at Temple University and in the Philadelphia area. Aside from performing, Jittapirom is a piano teacher and a music theory tutor. She enjoys working with students of all ages, and backgrounds with the belief that anyone has the ability to create and communicate through music.

Sirapat Jittapirom is currently pursuing a BM in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Ching-Yun Hu at Temple University. Her past instructors include Naiyana Nagavajara, and Maria Demina.

Hayley Wieland

 

 

Hayley Wieland is a cum laude graduate of Temple University (BM, Music Education, May 2015). She was a piano student of Mikhail Yanovitsky. Hayley has worked as a freelance musician in the Philadelphia area and currently works as a general music teacher in the Philadelphia School District. She had accompanied plays and show around the Philadelphia suburban area, and ran a group piano class on both the lower and upper level for the Daycare Centers of North Philadelphia. Hayley created and ran a program in Düsseldorf, Germany, teaching children early childhood music lessons and creative play. She is a very strong technique and theory teacher for adult students and truly enjoys breaking musical concepts down for children and beginners. She is Orff Level 1 Certified and will be pursuing Orff Level 2 this summer (July of 2018.)

Vocal Teachers

Sean Burman

Sean Burman

Sean Burman is a graduate of Temple University (BM, Music Education/Classical Voice, May 2014). He was a student of George Gray. Sean has worked as a freelance musician in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Notable appearances include serving as a bass soloist in the Winston-Salem Symphony’s 2015 production of Handel’s “Messiah” and performing a solo recital of Great American Songbook repertoire in July 2016 at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Sean is a church musician and has served as a cantor, accompanist and assistant choral director at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and has maintained voice, piano and guitar studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Sean is passionate about developing students as holistic musicians and has prepared students for successful auditions at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Elisabeth Galassini

Elisabeth Galassini

Elisabeth C. Galassini has been performing from a very young age. Her most recent performance was with the Spotliters Performance Group, starring as Caitlin O’Hare in their production of “Over the River and Through the Woods.” She has had numerous performance opportunities in both the classical and musical theatre worlds, has been featured as a performer in local telethons, and has appeared in choral performances all over Philadelphia.

Elisabeth has been lucky to work with amazing voice teachers her whole life. All three of them showed her different ways a voice and whole person can be approached and nurtured and taught. Elisabeth’s teaching technique relies just as heavily on her own experience performing in musical theatre, opera, and in a chorale setting as it does the Bel Canto technique. She sets goals that are reachable for her students, but makes sure to keep them challenged and growing as performers, vocalists, and individuals. Elisabeth believes that an excellent sound can only come from an excellent foundation, and from maintaining excellent vocal health. This, along with a knack for quick diagnosis of vocal issues and simple explanations on how to fix them makes her a strong teacher for both beginners and advanced students, and everyone in between. Elisabeth had worked as both as a private teacher and as a music/vocal director in musical theatre productions and has enjoyed her students’ success in both of those venues. She has taught at the Philadelphia International Music Festival, she was the head of the voice department of the Cherry Hill, NJ location of the New Jersey School of Music, and she is currently teaching at the Cunningham Music School in King of Prussia, PA.

Beatrice Osborne- Head of the Shining Stars Performance Prep Program

 

Beatrice Osborne, a long-time lover of singing and the stage, joins our staff in addition to her performance schedule and teaching schedule to spear-heard our Shining Stars Program. Beatrice boasts a long list of stage credits starting from a very young age, and has been able to play some of her favorite roles in some of her favorite shows. She looks particularly fondly at her performance of The Witch in Sondheim’s famous twisted fairytale, “Into the Woods”. She certainly doesn’t just fit in the musical theatre mold, as she also snagged first place in the Lancaster Opera Competition.

Since graduating college with a degree in vocal performance and receiving the Esther M. Schulz award for choral excellence, Beatrice has been auditioning, performing, and teaching voice and piano. She is thrilled to be the director of Shining Stars Performance Program, as it is an exact intersection of her skill set and interests. “In directing Shining Stars, I’m able to work with an ensemble of voices and work with performers in an academic setting, talking about blending, vocal technique, harmony, and the like–but I’m also able to work with things like stage presence, performance practice, choreography, solo work, acting schools and techniques, audition etiquette, and other things that just don’t come up in normal choral work or in a private voice lesson.” It’s important to have a show choir director that understands that the ensemble isn’t just about tight choreography and flashy smiles–there is performance practice and lots of technique that goes into performing in this regard, and Beatrice is excited to get to work with students who are interested in learning about that.

Upper Strings Teacher (Violin/Viola) COMING SEPTEMBER OF 2018!

Lucia Lostumbo

Lucia Lostumbo started studying violin when she was seven, and has just graduated in 2018 with her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Temple University. During her time in Philadelphia, Lucia studied under Davyd Booth of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Meichen Liao-Barnes of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
She has performed with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, the Temple University Opera Orchestra, and numerous chamber ensembles.
Originally from the Washington, DC area, Lucia has been teaching private lessons since 2012. Lucia loves to help students set and meet personal goals, and helps students understand how to make practicing efficient!

Lessons

For Kids

Give your kids the gift of music and the lifelong skills for success in school and life!

Piano Lessons

Ages: 6-17 years

Weekly 30 minute and 1 hour private lessons available

Voice Lessons

Ages: 6-17 years

Weekly 30 minute and 1 hour private lessons available

For Adults

It’s never too late to discover the lifelong joys of a musical hobby!

Piano Lessons

Ages: 18 years and above

Weekly 30 minute and 1 hour private lessons available

Voice Lessons

Ages: 18 years and above

Weekly 30 minute and 1 hour private lessons available

Latest News

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This September, we will be coming up on our first year of offering voice lessons and piano lessons! September will also mark a year of Early Ears Developmental Music and the beginning of the development of what would eventually become the Shining Stars...

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Welcome back to our Wednesday Night blog series! If you missed us last week, this blog series is for Adult Beginner Vocalists. We'll be giving tips and tricks of the trade to new singers, and answering questions along the way! This week in Adult Beginner...

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Lesson Pricing

Note: All private students require a registration fee–if payment and registration are submitted in person the fee is $20. If payment and registration are submitted remotely (through a traveling teacher) the fee is $30.

In-House (198 Allendale Rd.)

Piano and Voice Lessons

  • $30 per half hour (private)
  • $60 per hour (private)
  • $10 per half hour per head for group general music class
  • $15 per hour per head for group general music class

Private Lessons In Your Home

(within Philadelphia city limits or 10+ miles outside of Montgomery County)-we offer piano and voice lessons

  • $34 per half hour (private)
  • $68 per hour (private)

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