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Stu Shames

Philadelphia, PA 19152 (map)

Lessons Offered

Composition, Keyboard, Music, Music Theory, Piano

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

Online via Webcam

About Me

I've been teaching and performing for over 30 years in California and Pennsylvania  I've written and directed two hit musicals and was honored with "People to Watch" in San Diego magazine.  

For the past 12 years I've been teaching piano, songwriting, composition, and music theory at the Music Training Center in Conshohoken. It's there, I've also worked with aspiring teen singer/songwriters with their music as well as giving them the ability to play and sing. I've also taught in my home studio and I have very good references.

I'm the co-founder of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project, founded in 2003. I've taught in the San Diego as well as Philadelphia school systems, and I taught songwriting at the University of the Arts.

My teaching style is relaxed and friendly and my specialties are jazz, pop, rock, reading from "fake books", and classical.


Genres and Subjects Taught

Jazz piano including reharmonizations, comping and improvisation.

i am very good with beginners and get my students playing and reading quickly.

I teach pop and rock styles, including the reading of chords and improvisation.

Lesson Rates

Children's lesson run a half hour and my rate is $25 for beginners.

Adult beginners are $40 for a 45 minute lesson.

Intermediate and advanced students are negotiable based on the length of the class and style they are learning.

Discounts are available for purchasing multiple lessons or paying a month in advance.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Beginner through advanced

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