MEET THE TEACHERS
Guitar, Piano, Voice
Evan is a singer, actor and performer from Boston, now living and working outside of Philadelphia. His roots are in choral music, musical theater, and folk, but he has been privileged to work with amazing jazz, rock, soul, and pop musicians on all kinds of projects and shows in his career. Theater credits include Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Johnny in American Idiot, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, and Curly in Oklahoma.
In 2016, teaching became a new passion for Evan - he loves getting to know his students and finding the perfect balance of structure and creativity to lead them to their first "wow" moment. After teaching hundreds of students for thousands of hours worth of lessons, his experience has equipped him with the best lesson books, exercises, games, and sheet music so every lesson is focused, fun, and builds knowledge. Lessons always progress at the student's pace - plus a little push as they grow in knowledge and confidence
Guitar, Ukulele, Bass
John first picked up a guitar at the age of 17. Just a few short years later he'd mastered multiple genres, including classic rock, alternative rock, reggae and the blues.
For the past 9 years, John has been playing and writing music and continues to play live at various venues and bars. He is now an improvisational guitar player with a passion for blues, rock and jazz. As a teacher, he's multi-dimensional and would love to teach you any genre of music you would like to learn. If theory interests you, he will dive down into the music theory rabbit hole. If you'd rather stick to cover songs by your favorite artists, he can do that as well! John does everything he can to make sure that his students feel comfortable, have fun (because learning guitar is awesome), and gain knowledge every time they complete a session. Lessons with John will be geared around whatever the student would like to achieve!
Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Harmonica, Piano, Keyboard
Steve's lifelong dedication to music began in 1976 when he purchased his first guitar while a student at Duke University.
Twice winner of “Best String Instrument Player” at the Lehigh Valley Music Awards, Steve gives students a solid foundation in technique and theory while having fun learning songs that you and others will enjoy. He has taught adult music classes for Boyertown, Upper Perkiomen, and Owen J. Roberts school districts, and worked as a luthier craftsman for the Martin Guitar Company and National Guitar Summer Workshop. He performs locally, specializing in uplifting music for Seniors. Steve has been featured at events as diverse as the Berks Jazz Fest, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Musikfest, and the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Lessons with Steve will be an enjoyable experience, guiding you on your personal journey to becoming a accomplished well rounded musician.
Bailey Duncan has been studying the viola for nine years. She was fortunate enough to be the principal violist for Boyertown Area Senior High since 2022 and is the principal violist in the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra for the 2023 season. She's studied attentively at the Kutztown University Summer Music Festival with instrumentalists from around the world since 2020. Recently, Bailey ranked into PMEA for District 10.
Bailey also enjoys her AP art class, show choir, volunteering with Gilbertsville Fire Co., and writing. She is currently working on a fiction piece. Bailey’s AP classes and empathetic nature are preparing her to become a social work major in the near future. She hopes to continue in the orchestra and art programs wherever she ends up!
For Matt, there’s nothing better than making a connection with folks through music. As the late great Tom Petty said: “Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There's not some trick involved with it. It's pure and it's real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.”
Matt has been playing in cover bands in the Philadelphia area from the age of 13. He went solo in 2014 and built a stellar reputation for himself over the last decade. Matt brings great real world playing experience to The Crossroads and will be a asset to any of his students.