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.

King of Prussia, PA Location

Piano Teachers

Malcolm Brashear (DMA)

 

 

 

Malcolm S. Brashear (DMA) is a conductor by trade, which gives him a deep knowledge of music theory, excellent key board skills, and a knack for communicating his musical ideas and intentions to others. Brashears received his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of South Carolina–since then he has built an impressive resume full of performing, conducting, arranging, rehearsing, collaborating with many other artists, and teaching. His most recent foray into the world of education was at the School of the Future in Philadelphia, PA. He has since retired and is educating the musicians of tomorrow privately- right here at the Cunningham Music School. Dr. Brashear is available to teach piano, and as a music theory tutor at the Cunningham Music School for 30min-60min sessions on Thursday evenings. Call 2159910847 to book your slot today!

Benjamin D’Annibale

Benjamin D’Annibale is a pianist and early keyboardist based in the Philadelphia area. A recent graduate of the University of Music Freiburg in Germany (M.M. Harpsichord) where he studied with Dr. Robert Hill and Prof. Michael Behringer, he completed studies at Temple University (B.M. Piano Performance) under the tutelage of Mikhail Yanovitsky. Past teachers include Charles Abramovic, Susan Starr, Vladimir Feltsman, Joyce Lindorff (harpsichord), Stefan Palm(organ, harpsichord), and Lambert Orkis (Chamber Music). He has concertized in and around Philadelphia, as well as areas of Germany and France. Benjamin is currently the music director at Schwarzwald Lutheran Church in Reading, PA. 

Benjamin looks forward to helping the late intermediate and early advanced student dig into their technique, play more challenging repertoire, and broaden their horizons into lesser-known pieces that present unique challenges to even the most seasoned player. A minimum of three years of study and an audition OR a teacher recommendation from within the Cunningham Music School are required to take part in Benjamin’s studio. 

Kat Bowman

Kat Bowman is an experienced piano teacher

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.

Marianne Sutin (Head of our Adaptive Music Lesson Program)

 

Marianne Sutin is the head of the Adaptive Music Lessons program here at the Cunningham Music School. She provides piano lessons and music lessons for developmental music students (younger than 5) and students with special needs. She also teaches lessons to our main-streamed population (any age and level).

Mrs. Sutin is a music educator with over twenty-five years’ experience teaching instrumental and vocal music in public and private schools.  She studied studio piano with Dr. Eugene Copeland and voice with Dr. Gordon Myers at the College of New Jersey,  and majored in flute performance. She then earned an undergraduate degree in Music Education with Emphasis in Special Education Music from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, and an M. Ed. in Special Education from The College of New Jersey.

Mrs. Sutin has taught adaptive music lessons and classes for BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) in Hudson Falls, NY, Mercer County Special Services in Trenton, NJ, and at the Kardon Institute of Music/Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. She has recently retired from a long and successful career with the Neshaminy School District, where she taught classroom special education as well as elementary and middle school music.

Mrs. Sutin performs and records as a flutist and singer/songwriter in the greater Philadelphia/New York/Washington DC area both alone and with her husband, percussionist Randy Sutin, with whom she recorded “Meditations for Percussion and Flute” on the Balanced American Music label.

Vocal Teachers

Elisabeth C. Galassini

Elisabeth C. Galassini is a performer and voice teacher

Elisabeth C. Galassini is a performer and voice teacher based in Philadelphia, PA.

Elisabeth 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 worked as a music director for “Beauty and the Beast” at the Greenfield School in Center City Philadelphia and for “Once More, With Pheeling: A Celebration of Buffy the Vampire Slayer” at the Philadelphia Improv Theatre in Center City Philadelphia. 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- Head of the Shining Stars Performance

Ever since her family plopped her in front of the piano at age five, Beatrice Osborne has been attuned to her musical calling. Most recently she studied classical piano at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University. Beatrice was on the opening staff of the Cunningham Music School, and has taught at other wonderful institutions like the Fulton Theatre and Meridee Winters’ School of Music. 

While Beatrice has had a number of notable performances, her a cappella group’s 2014 performance at the White House for President Obama definitely ranks among the most memorable. (It even included a presidential handshake and photo op.) Beatrice graduated from the Boyer College of Music with honors with a major in Vocal Performance and a minor in Piano Performance (BMus 2015) 

Beatrice believes that all of her students, both piano and voice, should have a solid technical foundation to draw upon as they start expanding their library of repertoire. She loves watching her students learn and grow–whether they pursue it as a hobby that they love or want to prepare for college auditions and pursue it as a career, she’s excited to help students find a place for music in their lives.

Strings Teachers (Violin/Viola/Cello/Bass)

Charles DePasquale

Lower Strings, Upper Strings-Traditional Method All Ages and Levels

 

Raised in a very musical family, Mr. dePasquale, whose father Joseph was the Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra; started cello lessons at a very early age with his uncle Francis; a cellist in the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also studied with Samuel Mayes, William Stokking, Orlando Cole, and Mihaly Virizlay.

Over his performance career, Mr. D has performed with several music organizations in the area, including: the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philly Pops, the Concerto Soloists, the Delaware Symphony, and the Allentown Symphony. Currently, he performs with the Ocean City Pops, the Reading Symphony and the Kennett Symphony.

In the field of education, he just recently retired from teaching for 29 years, in the West Chester Area School District. His responsibilities there were to direct two secondary orchestra programs, in addition to directing an award winning extra-curricular string ensemble, called the West Chester Senior Strings.

His education includes: a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from the New School of Music (a private conservatory that is now part of Temple University); Graduate studies at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD and the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (now

called the University of the Arts); PA Teachers Certification from West Chester University and finally a Masters Degree in Music Therapy from Immaculata University.

Annie Pulaski

Upper Strings Suzuki and Traditional Styles, all ages and levels

Annie Pulaski holds a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, a master’s in violin performance from the University of Massachusetts, and a professional studies diploma from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music.

Her teachers have included William DePasquale and David Arben of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Delaware Symphony in addition to other professional groups in the area.  She has also performed numerous summers in Charleston, S.C. and Spoleto, Italy, with the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in addition to the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

Ms. Pulaski was the Director of the Haverford Conservatory and the string orchestras at The Haverford School and has taught at the Agnes Irwin and Baldwin Schools. She was a faculty member at Temple Music Preparatory Division and has taught and coached on the faculty of the Strings International Music Camp in Bryn Mawr PA.  She is a certified Suzuki violin instructor and has worked with many master teachers, including Linda Fiore and Ronda Cole. In 2009, she piloted a violin program for ESF Dream Camp at Girard College. Ms. Pulaski also plays bluegrass fiddle and electric violin with local bands.

Cherry Hill, NJ Teachers

Lessons

 

Tara Simpson, Head of Early Ears for Little Musicians Developmental Music Class

Tara Simpson is a Board Certified Music Therapist based in Philadelphia, PA. 

Since a young age Tara has had a deep passion for music and performance. She is currently part of the Philadelphia’s Gay Men Chorus and runs the community choir at SpArc Philadelphia. During her high school years the guidance of the late Ernie Scott nurtured her understanding of the connection between music and the individual. Taras natural curiosity about musics ability to shape others led her to a career in Music Therapy. Tara has a Bachelor’s degree of Music in Music Therapy from Temple University. She received a Board Certification shortly after graduation and has been working in various populations including elder care, early childhood development, mental health, and trauma work.

Tara is so excited to begin running the Early Ears for Musicians program; helping parents and their little ones grow closer to one another! Tara believes it is important to nurture a love and understanding for music at a young age. Doing so can help foster connection between ones self and others while having some good old fun in the process. 

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

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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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