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Bill Henry

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Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard, Jazz Piano, Drums, Piano, Voice
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About

Bill’s Education:

Bill is a 33-year old native of Pittsburgh, PA, where he went to Clarion University of Pennsylvania and received a dual degree in Music Education and Music Business. Bill has studied piano, voice, drum set/percussion for 20+ years, and guitar for 10 years.

Bill’s Teaching Experience:

Bill has been an Elementary Music Teacher in the Maryland School System for the past 10 years, receiving consistent high education marks for exceptional teaching. Bill is responsible for teaching general music and chorus to Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students.

While teaching in the school system, Bill has also successfully managed a private music studio for the past 9 years. Beginning as an employee of Music & Arts, he taught piano and voice but then decided to manage his own studio to include lessons for piano, voice, drum set and beginner guitar. Currently he has 20 private students, many of which have been a part of Bill’s Music Studio for over 7 years. Students in the studio performing on piano, voice, drum set and percussion have successfully been selected for audition-only jazz ensembles, received high marks in state competitions, and have even entered into University Music Programs with successful completion at the collegiate level.  Bill’s students recently performed for the annual recital in Baltimore, MD.  As part of his studio, Bill also managed a Rock Band for Kids program. Students would meet with Bill every other week to learn how to play together in a rock-band setting. There were 6 students part of the band who performed for many gigs during the three-year course.

Bill has been the musical director for musical productions in Bel Air, Maryland and Clarion, Pennsylvania, including Evita, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Baby and 42nd Street. His responsibilities as a music director included accompanying, rehearsing/directing the pit orchestra, vocal warm-ups and technique while teaching ensemble and solo parts.

Bill’s Performance Experience:

Currently Bill is the owner and bandleader of B&B Entertainment. B&B Entertainment is a music entertainment group performing for wedding ceremonies, receptions, corporate and other events in the Baltimore, D.C. and Philadelphia area. Under B&B, Bill manages The Somethin’ Borrowed Trio and Acoustically Sound. The Somethin’ Borrowed Trio is a jazz group consisting of voice, piano, upright bass and drum set. Acoustically Sound is a unique blend of voice, piano, acoustic guitars, violin, upright bass and Latin percussion; performing pop, rock and alternative music. Bill performs as the lead vocalist, pianist, and acoustic guitarist for both bands as well as the bandleader offering direction in style, arrangement, notation, dynamics, and other musical aspects.    

As a vocalist, Bill has performed in the nationally acclaimed Children’s Festival Chorus in Pittsburgh, PA from age 10 to 13. Bill continued his vocal career through middle school where he performed in the travelling Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.  In high school he was hired as the lead tenor for a local church choir, receiving compensation for his vocal talents. In college, Bill continued to sing in all vocal ensembles including the top rated ‘audition-only’ Madrigal Singers. He was also taking private vocal lessons and performing as a soloist. In 2005, Bill was selected for the All Eastern Collegiate Honors Choir where he performed with a highly selected group in New York City. Currently Bill is teaching voice and performing for many professional events.  

As a pianist, Bill was classically trained starting at the age of 12. He has performed as a soloist in many recitals throughout his career. Starting in middle school through college, Bill has accompanied choirs, musicals and performed in many jazz ensembles and rock bands.

As a percussionist/drum set performer he participated in jazz bands, wind ensembles, and marching bands as the lead center snare in college. He has also performed in many musicals, jazz/funk and rock bands throughout high school and college. He continues to perform and teach drum set.

As a guitarist, Bill primarily focuses on performing the acoustic guitar. He has played acoustic guitar in the band Acoustically Sound for the past 9 years and teaches beginner guitar to a variety of ages.

I enjoy teaching a variety of methods to include different styles of music that interest each individual student. Learning classical, jazz, pop, rock, and many other genres are essential to the overall education in music.

Drum Set

Technique:

Students will learn a variety of exercies and rudiments that can applied to the drum set. Using the Alfred's Method book in snare drum and drum set.

Repertoire:

Learning how to read jazz charts, rock, funk, latin and many other genres; performing along with backing tracks. 

Piano for Young Beginners:

Technique:

Variety of books to develop technique and build finger strength. Curriculum includes Hanon for Beginners, Dozen a Day, scale books and other sources that will aid in learning a particular piece.

Classical Approach:

The Bastien Piano Series is used in the beginning stages of playing and eventually students will include pieces from Classics to Moderns by Hal Leonard and other repertoire from a variety of sources. Learning the relationship between notes, note names, articulation, chord structures, vocabulary, technique and musicianship to build a solid music foundation.

Jazz and Pop:

Jazz Kids is an appropriate book for beginners to intermediate. Leaning how to “swing”, improvise, perform with jazz accompaniment, chord structures, site reading , theory and aural skills are included in the Jazz Kids book.

I enjoy having students learn pop tunes on the piano as well. Typically we purchase music from musicnotes.com as they offer a variety of popular music for beginners and advanced.

Piano for Older Beginners:

Technique:

I use variety of books to develop technique and build finger strength. Curriculum used includes Hanon, Dozen a Day, scale books and other sources that will aid in learning a particular piece.

Classical:

The Michael Aaron Series or the Alfred Adult Series are used in the beginning stages of playing for the older beginner. Eventually students will include pieces from Classics to Moderns by Hal Leonard and other repertoire from a variety of sources. Learning the relationship between notes, note names, articulation, chord structures, vocabulary, site reading, technique and musicianship to build a solid music foundation.

Jazz and Pop:

Leaning how to “swing”, improvise, perform with jazz accompaniment, chord structures, 12 bar blues, theory and aural skills are included in learning jazz. A variety of methods, including pieces from Jazz Kids, and Jazz Standards are developed throughout the lessons.

I enjoy having students learn pop tunes on the piano as well. Typically we purchase music from musicnotes.com as they offer a variety of popular music for beginners and advanced.

Piano for Intermediate to Advanced:

Technique:

I use variety of books to develop technique and build finger strength. Curriculum used includes Hanon, Dozen a Day, scale books and other sources will aid in learning a particular piece.

Classical:

Students will include pieces from Classics to Moderns by Hal Leonard at different skill levels and other complex repertoire from a variety of sources. Students will gain a further understanding of composers and time periods to execute a classical piece correctly. Musicianship is a featured focus for the intermediate to advanced students.

Jazz and Pop:

Leaning how to read jazz charts, build complex chord structures, scales based in modes and other styles to improve improvisation, theory and aural skills are included in learning jazz. Online programs and curriculum created by the teacher will be built specifically to each student.

I enjoy having students learn pop tunes on the piano as well. Typically we purchase music from musicnotes.com as they offer a variety of popular music for advanced learners. Also learning how to create chords by site.

Voice

Technique:

Voice students will learn standard vocal technique, exercises, sight singing, aural skills and theory.

Repertoire:

Students will learn various genres of music ranging from classical repertoire found in 24 Italian Songs and Arias, Broadway Show Tunes, Popular Rock/Alternative, and Jazz. Arrangement can be made and recorded by the teacher in the correct key, then sent via email to practice and sing along to during the lesson.

Beginner Guitar

Beginner students will primarily use the Alfred or Hal Leonard Series of Guitar.  Learning how to read music notes, tablature, chords, scales, proper position and fingering, musicianship and basic repertoire. Students will be introduced to pop music, jazz and improvisation.