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 PA Music Education 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 four 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.
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.
Vic Davi – Guitar, Piano
While in college Vic, toured for three years playing acoustic and electric guitar in a band setting, while also developing his skills in composition, arranging, and music theory. Victor’s goal for his students is to see them grow to love learning music, have fun, and be challenged every step of the way.Read More:
Victor Davi, a 2014 graduate of the University of Valley Forge, earned a bachelors degree in Church music with his primary instrument being classical guitar and piano as his secondary. In his senior year of high school he competed in the NJ Fine Arts Festival for the acoustic finger-style guitar and earned the national Award of Merit along with the first place title.
Beyond music, he is a frisbee fanatic and loves family.
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.
Jenn Amell – Piano
For the last fourteen years, Jenn has enjoyed playing piano, and guitar for the past nine. Jenn has developed a teaching strategy that focuses on equal parts theory and improvisation. She enjoys teaching piano in a Classical style, but also works to include pop or show tunes in her lessons.Read More:
Music is a chord struck deep in Jenn’s heart and is a special passion to pass on the skills necessary to experience all the benefits of being a musician. She has enjoyed working with some great musicians in the Main Line and Philly areas including Nicholas Brower of Good Shirt Productions and fellow Philly Music Lessons teacher, Jennifer Pague, of Vita and the Woolf. Additionally, she has an affinity for punk music and put together a small lo-fi EP (Distant Milk) of ambient punk for her project, ‘Future Seer’.
Nicholas LaMendola – Piano, Percussion
Nick has a love of music theory and composition and works to bring excellence into every lesson. He currently teaches band at West-Mont Christian Academy and directs the drum line at Owen J Roberts High School. Through teaching, he hopes to cultivate a love of music in each student that includes intellectual, emotional, artistic, and social aspects.Read More:
Nicholas LaMendola graduated from the University of Valley Forge with a Bachelor’s in Music Education with Percussion as his primary instrument and Piano as his secondary instrument. His prior experiences include being involved in marching bands, indoor drum lines, percussion ensembles, and wind ensembles in SC and NY at the high school, college, and independent organizational levels.
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.
Megan Murphy – Voice
Megan Murphy is a Graduate of the University of Valley Forge where she studied vocal performance under the direction of Dr. William DeSanto, and the tutelage of Sandra Carney. Megan has performed in many different settings and with different professional companies, including Tri-Cities Opera, Summer Sevoyards, touring Europe with the American Music Abroad Association, and Third Day. She also has experience in Solo Performance, Musical Theater, Small Ensembles, and performing with choirs and orchestras.Read More:
Megan is committed to excellence and believes in living a life worthy of her calling. Megan loves to use the power of music to touch the hearts of others, and would like to bring a little more light into the world through the hope it gives.
As a teacher, she tries to instill passion and appreciation for music. She believes that to be a well-rounded musician, you must not only be technically accurate, but also learn how to perform each piece with heart and excellence.
Megan is an avid reader, binge watcher of movies/television, a foodie, and believes it’s always a good time for dancing.