Stephen Gallo - Guitar 
 
Stephen is one of Connellsville's newest, brightest, and hippest guitar performer and songwriter.  He earned a degree in Professional Music from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, graduating with Honors.  Stephen brings with him a fresh approach to guitar instruction that blends traditional music theory with new, modern techniques and styles.

 

Joshua Ben - Piano 

Joshua Studied piano performance at Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh.  Teaches piano from beginner to advanced as well as jazz piano.  Expert on theory and technique. 

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Gene McFadden - Guitar
 
Gene is our longest tenured instructor.  His ability to break down a song and teach it to even the most inexperienced guitarist is legendary.  He never ceases to amaze his students with how easily he can make even the most complex pieces of music become playable by the end of a lesson.  He has performed professionally at every level with much success, and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down whatsoever.
 
  
Dane Shultz - Woodwind, Brass, Percussion

Mr. Shultz has been a music teacher in the Connellsville Area School District for many, many years.  Primarily focusing on elementary students, Dane is by far the best around for not only teaching his students to play, but teaching them to perform under any circumstances, or at any venue.  He has few demands of his students but they must practice.  His private students have a considerable advantage over those who simply learn during the school year.  His expertise prepares his students for orchestra, marching band, and eventually college.


Ray Bruckman-Violin, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Cello, Bass, and Banjo 

Ray has been teaching for 10 years and has had well over a hundred students. At the age of 17, in 2012, he was the Pennsylvania State Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar Champion. Since the age of 11 he’s studied classical violin and American fiddle music, jazz, bluegrass and country with instructors all over the united states. He’s played fiddle and mandolin with more bands than you can count and he’s a super nice guy. Ray focuses on the concepts of listening, technique and theory using styles of music that hit home with you. 

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Amber Trump - Voice, Piano, Violin

Amber is graduate of Seton Hill, and a full time music teacher in the Laurel Highlands School District.  Her primary passion is music and she is fearless in her approach to performing and teaching.  Many of her students have gone on to study music in college and play professionally.  Others, have formed their own local bands, and still others have received acting/singing parts in local theater productions.

 
Jane Staranko - Piano, Voice 

Jane has been sharing music with students for over 20 years.  She is the current Choral Director at Charleroi Middle School.  Her students are prepared for auditions, recitals, and performances.  Jane believes we all have a voice to sing with, sometimes we just need help finding it.  Jane is an expert in finding your true voice.  She helps you hone and fine tune it, that gives you the confidence to sing out loud.
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