Our Contributors

We hope that Music Lessons Resource will be a large community where teachers and students alike will come and share their ideas. We will be adding contributors all the time to write blog posts on the study of music and review products and services marketed for music teachers and students. If you would like to become a contributor, send me a message on the “Contact Us” page. You could even earn some money!!

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amanda-becker-photoAmanda Becker

Amanda Becker is a musician, business coach and consultant, and is the founder of ilovemusiclessons.com, a music teacher database for teachers nationwide.  She holds a bachelor of arts in music and psychology, and a masters degree in business administration.  She is passionate about music, writing, and education.  For more tips and strategies or to ask a question about making your music teaching business successful and profitable: facebook.com/ILoveMusicLessons

Crystal Buck

Crystal Buck

Finding her experience as a voice instructor to be just as crucial to her musical development as her own performance studies, soprano, Crystal Buck, has taught voice lessons for over ten years including private lessons as a teaching assistant, adjunct voice faculty at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, and in her own private studio, Crystal Studios. Apart from teaching voice lessons, Ms Buck directs local shows as the acting drama sponsor at the High School and Middle School, and runs her own summer High School Vocal Training Camp. Crystal is also an emerging professional and sings locally in her area and plans to pursue her career as a performer as well as obtain a Ph.D. and degrees in the various languages she speaks: French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Turkish.

kirstenkunkleKirsten Kunkle

Kirsten C. Kunkle is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera Workshop at The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.  She has previously taught at Shorter College, Youngstown State University, Wright State University, Terra State Community College, and continues to teach a private studio. She has an active performing schedule, with upcoming engagements with OperaLancaster, The Philadelphia Opera Collective, and Milburn Stone Theatre.  Her degrees are from the University of Michigan and Bowling Green State University, with additional study at the University of Salzburg.  Her dissertation materials are housed at the Merkel Area Museum in Merkel, Texas and the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where she is also on the list of Classical Native American Artists and Musicians. Most recently, she was a participant in the 2013 NATS Intern Program.

Jamila SaharJamila Sahar

I have had a never-ending love affair with music.  My earliest childhood memories are of trying to play everything I heard on the piano, classical, jazz and Brazilian jazz.  My formal education began at the Harlem School of the Arts, where I studied with Dr. Armenta Adams a concerto winner of Juilliard School of Music who studied with world renowned pianist Sascha Gorodnitzki .  I then went on to continue my education Manhattan School of Music and the Leonard Davis Center for the Performing Arts where I earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in jazz piano performance.  I have currently finished my MM in piano performance at Florida International University studying with world-renowned international pianist Kemal Gekic.  I have participated in master piano classes with legendary pianists, Awadagin Pratt, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, Dr. Georffrey Burleson, John Lewis and Norman Simmons.  I have also had the pleasure of studing jazz improvisation and performing with Maestro Nestor Torres and the illustrious Ron Carter.  Each one of these legendary and brilliant musicians helped to bring out what I feel is a rare combination of exceptional technical skills, musical sensitivity and a passionate release of raw emotions.  I have performed, recorded and taught in the NY/Tristate area, Canada, Miami, South America and the Caribbean.  Influenced by the steamy jungles of Brazil, the colorful beats of the Caribbean and the powerful rhythms of Africa, I am a mosaic combination of classical, jazz, reggae, calypso, Brazilian/Latin cultural accents that embellish my performances as well as my teaching. Follow me on Tumblr! http://theartofpianoperformance.tumblr.com/

stephentanksleyStephen Tankley

Stephen Tanksley has taught for five years, beginning in his junior year of college where he worked as a voice teacher and music theory tutor. During his tenure as a teacher and coach, he found himself enjoying the experience of being able to share practical applications of musical technique and theory to performance. He used that experience as an adjunct voice teacher at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He was recently admitted as an Emerging Artist to Vox3, a non-profit Chicago area performance collective which seeks to educate the public in a variety of genres of vocal music. When not performing, he teaches as an adjunct lecturer in music at the Harry S. Truman College on Chicago’s North Side, and studies film music composition at Columbia College – Chicago.