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

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!

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.

Sirapat Jittapirom

Sirapat Jittapirom - Pianist and Music Educator

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. Jittapirom was awarded the Gladfelter, and Helen Kwalwasser-Harvey Wedeen Scholarships by the Boyer College of Music in 2017.  Most recently, she received the Jacobs Music Company Steinway Award in Spring 2018.

This past Spring/Summer 2018 season, Jittapirom presented solo recitals featuring music by French composers. Every year, a new recital program takes her to different music festivals and venues in the US and abroad. She has participated in Schlern International Music Festival (Italy), Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy), Miami Music Festival (USA), Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy (USA), and Euro Arts Music Festival (Germany). At these festivals, Jittapirom has had the opportunity to perform for world-renowned concert pianists and teachers such as Alexandre Moutouzkine, Alon Goldstein, Charles Abramovic, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Gary Graffman, and Vadim Monastyrski among others. Jittapirom also has studied chamber music with coaches including Jochen Köhler, Sara Davis Buechner, Udi Bar-David, and Jeffrey Solow. In February 2018, she collaborated with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, playing Gershwin’s Concerto in F under conductor Jack Moore. Jittapirom was invited to return to the Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy in 2018 to serve as staff accompanist. 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 she received Outstanding Soloist awards.

A native of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sirapat Jittapirom made her first public performance at the age of 6 with a children’s 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 performs as a soloist and a collaborative pianist, and is the accompanist for Villanova University Singers. 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 received a BM in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Ching-Yun Hu at Temple University. Her past instructors include Naiyana Nagavajara, and Maria Demina.

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

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.

Strings Teachers (Violin/Viola/Cello/Bass)

Steve Kramer (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double-Bass)

Since immigrating to the United States of America in 2010 and being sponsored in 2016 for his extraordinary abilities as a musician, the enchanting and dexterous cellist, Steve Kramer, has proven to be one of the most prominent and colorful musicians of today, ascending into classical music’s highest class of performance and musical education. 

In addition to his employment in the string program here at the Cunningham Music School, Steve in an educator in music as the Director of Music at the Centre Theater in Montgomery County, where he is a proud member of Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board. He continues developing his artistic collaboration with the young generation of America, teaching emerging young artists from across the world and passionately devotes much of his time teaching underprivileged youth and bringing regular performances to the sick and infirm. Steve’s more recent endeavors involves teaching at a number of organizations including Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Musicopia.

Steve Kramer is the award-winning recipient of the internationally prestigious Jacob Gade Foundation’s 36th Grand Prize. The prize supports an outstanding musician who possesses progressive and penetrating musicality and pizzazz and who desires to have a life-long career as a major international artist and performer. Since receiving the award in 1998, Steve Kramer has collaborated with composers from all over the world. In the near future he will perform contemporary music by composers, David Finko, Ben Steinberg, Daniel Dorff, Sidney Grolnic, Eleonor Sigal and Cynthia Folio as well as compositions by Scandinavian composers and composer who lost their lives in World Wars I & II. Furthermore, Steve Kramer was awarded the 1994 Bernhard Rosenfeld Foundation Artist Prize, supporting outstanding musical children from families who emigrated from the former Soviet Union. In addition, he was awarded the Talent Prize and Gold Medal at the national music competition, the Berlingske Music Competition, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and garnered an Artist Prize given by Pope John Paul II in Orvieto at the Orvieto Musica festival in Italy. Numerous Danish foundations, including the Augustinus Foundation, the Royal Danish Family and English benefactors, generously subsidized Steve Kramer’s early education.

Internationally, Steve Kramer has worked with such prominent European orchestras and chamber ensembles as the Yehudi Menuhin Orchestra, led by violinist Yehudi Menuhin; the Detmold Chamber Orchestra, led by violinist Tibor Varga; the Malmo Music High School Orchestra, led by violist Josef Kodousek, and the Royal Danish Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and ensembles and orchestras in the Netherlands, France and Germany. He has also performed chamber music and recitals all over Scandinavia, in the Concertgebouw and Hermitage in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; the Wiener Musikverein, in Vienna, Austria; Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, England; and Le Corum in Montpellier, France.

He is passionate about music education and how it brings students from all levels, backgrounds, and walks of life together to make music. Steve is welcoming students of ages 5+ into his studio and is qualified to teach all levels, from beginner to a BMus (Music Performance–Cello) level and beyond. 

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

The Annual Memorial Day Weekend Music Lessons Sale is ALMOST HERE!

Another summer, another amazing new student sale! We're keeping up our annual tradition of giving new students a great price for their first 5 lessons here at the Cunningham Music School. If you purchase a Summer Sale Lessons package between Wednesday, May...

The Cunningham Community Choir

This summer, join Sean Burman and Kat Bowman as they come together to form the Cunningham Community Choir! Sean and Kat have collectively have over two decades experience with directing, conducting, accompanying, and participating in choirs.The Cunningham...

The Cunningham Music School String Program

No strings attached here at the Cunningham Music School--with an addition to our staff we are now offering string lessons to the full string section. That's right--you can study violin, viola, cello, or double bass with amazing musicians and music...

Lucia Explains It All: Why Is Violin So Good For Little Musicians To Pick Up?

Today, we sat down the Ms. Lucia Lostumbo--she's the founder and head of our upper strings program. For a long time, we've believed that piano is the best instrument to start your wiggly pre-school aged musician on. Lucia has managed to convince us...

Keeping up with the Cunningham Music School: Summer in King of Prussia

Happy September! Schools are back in session, our Fall Semester has begun, and the beaches are emptying. We've had an amazing summer filled with meeting a bunch of new friends, and unfortunately saying 'See ya later!' to some staff members that we love....

The Music Student’s Secret to Success

I know it sounds ridiculous that every music student's success should come down to one thing. How could that be possible? There's tons of different instruments, musical styles, and levels of achievement. I promise, this isn't some trick:I've...

Keeping Up with The Cunningham Music School: New Program Announcements!

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...

A Grand Opening: A look back at the first six months of the Cunningham Piano Music School

Read to find out more about where our music school began six months ago, where we are now, and where we’re headed–and all the great musicians we’ve encountered along the way.

The Cunningham Community Choir

This summer, join Sean Burman and Kat Bowman as they come together to form the Cunningham Community Choir! Sean and Kat have collectively have over two decades experience with directing, conducting, accompanying, and participating in choirs.The Cunningham...

read more

The Cunningham Music School String Program

No strings attached here at the Cunningham Music School--with an addition to our staff we are now offering string lessons to the full string section. That's right--you can study violin, viola, cello, or double bass with amazing musicians and music...

read more

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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