Sarah Burke, NCTM
Mrs. Burke’s formal music training began at a very young age, and continued through college. Sarah earned her Music Education degree from University of Valley Forge in Phoenixville, PA with piano as her primary instrument and voice her secondary, as well as a concentration in piano pedagogy. She went on to earn her National Music Teachers Certification and has been teaching piano lessons for over 15 years as well as teaching music in various classroom settings in the States and in Europe.
Sarah has been the owner and director of Pineapple for over seven years and thoroughly enjoys her roles of curriculum development, planning events, overseeing staff, and working with new families. Although her background is strongly classical literature, she also enjoys playing pop music and working with chords and lead sheets. Her classroom experiences have helped her to become a creative teacher, and she is always looking for new ways to catch a student’s interest or explain theory in a way that makes sense.
She resides in Franklin, TN with her husband Kyle and their three children.
Isaac Strader, Site Manager – Piano, Bass, Percussion
Isaac has over 10 years of teaching experience in various settings and instruments such as Piano, Bass Guitar, and Percussion, as well as classes on Music Theory and Composition. Isaac’s passion is to foster well-rounded musicianship in his students that will enable them to be successful at whatever musical adventure they choose to pursue.Read More:
Isaac Strader is a transplanted West Virginian, now living in the Phoenixville area. He is a graduate of the University of Valley Forge, having earned a degree in Music Performance with percussion as his primary instrument and piano as his secondary, also attaining minors in Church Music and Music Technology.
Isaac is also a freelance composer/arranger, Bass player for Pompton Lakes, and assists with the Percussion Ensemble at OJRHS in Pottstown, PA. His favorite things are roasting coffee, running, books, and learning new things.
Devin Doherty – Piano, Brass
Music has been an integral part of Devin’s life from an early age, accounting for fifteen years of trumpet experience and ten years of piano. Over the years, Devin has participated in various orchestras, jazz ensembles, brass quintets, and choirs. Devin’s goal as a teacher is to instill a strong sense of musicianship in his students that will develop into a lifelong passion. Read More:
Devin is a 2012 graduate of Millersville University having earned his bachelors degree in Music Education with trumpet as his primary instrument and piano as his secondary. In addition, Devin also has experience teaching classes in music fundamentals and theory, as well as leading various instrumental ensembles during his time spent student teaching in the Conestoga Valley School district.
Devin has taught and performed various genres of music ranging from classical and jazz, to popular and chamber music. He is an active performer in the area and enjoys a variety of performance opportunities. Outside of teaching, Devin enjoys skiing, camping, reading, and draws inspiration from the music of Miles Davis, Beethoven, and Mahler.
Joseph Civale – Piano, Guitar, Viola
Joe Civale has taught Music and Foreign Language at Princeton Latin Academy, SciCore Academy and Rutgers University. Besides his extensive classroom experience, he has taught piano, violin and guitar privately in the Princeton, NJ area for 20 years. A versatile and seasoned teacher with a kind and friendly manner, he truly enjoys teaching music and providing his students with a well-rounded musical education in conjunction with their instrumental lessons.Read More:
Joseph is an experienced teacher and lifelong musician who plays piano, guitar, violin and viola. Presently he works at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, PA and continues to teach piano privately.
He obtained his B.S. in Musicology (with emphasis in Music Education) at the College of New Jersey and also studied abroad at Frankfurt University in Germany and Istituto Italiano in Florence, Italy. In addition to music, he also holds an M.A. in German Literature from Rutgers University and has taught German, Italian, and all areas of U.S. and World History in the past.
Tim Weaver – Guitar, Piano, Brass
Tim has been playing music on guitar, piano, and brass for almost 20 years. Over his musical journey, Tim has learned to compose, arrange, record, and perform various styles with different artists and bands. His goal is to instill a lifelong passion in his students for music appreciation and performance while having fun along the way.Read More:
Tim’s parents were both music teachers, so he’s been reading music since the time he could read! Having played guitar since he was 11, and trumpet since he was 10, Tim has learned to understand and experience music from an accompaniment and melodic perspective in various settings.
His passion for music has led him to lead workshops, master classes for houses of worship, become a recording engineer, and engineer mixes for various musical projects. He plays guitar for local band Pompton Lakes and has performed with the Chester County Pops, Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds, the Immaculata Symphony Orchestra, and toured throughout the Northeast US during his undergrad. You can usually find Tim drinking coffee somewhere nose deep in a book or seeing a band at a concert.