DocRocker Music Academy

DocRocker Music Academy

5.0 (6)
10 hires on Lessons.com
8 employees
3 years in business

About this pro

Danton Arlotto

Danton has ten years of private teaching experience, working with students of all ages. He specializes in nonpracticers with hectic schedules. His teaching practice is dynamic, diverse, and fun for kids. Danton has a passion for music that is unparalleled and highly contagious. He is constantly seeking new and different ways to make music connect with his students on every skill level, exercising a broad array of teaching strategies and varying his content. Natalie Conover

Natalie has participated in programs on El Sistema and viola pedagogy at intensive institutions such as the New England Conservatory. She also vigorously studies to continue her growth as a musician and teacher with Rachel Ku, violist in the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Kyle Faber

Kyle Faber is a graduate of West Chester University, having earned two degrees, one in Music Theory and one in Music Composition, as well a minor in Studio Production. He has over 15 years experience in music- wearing many hats as a leader, teacher, accompanist, and composer. Kyle’s excitement for music and exceptional communication skills provide an adaptive approach to teaching that caters to many personalities and learning styles.

Alex Stewart 

Alex has been teaching and tutoring music since 2014. His active involvement in various professional music groups brings a direct, practical application to his lessons. Students can expect to gain a deep understanding of their instrument and how it connects to the larger field of music during their time with Alex.r with Rachel Ku, violist in the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Danton has a passion for music that is unparalleled and highly contagious. He is constantly seeking new and different ways to make music connect with his students on every skill level, exercising a broad array of teaching strategies and varying his content.

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Franklin Center, PA 19341
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6 Reviews

5.0

  • Carlene Stover

  • John Landis

    My teacher has a unigue teaching ability that I can connect with. By far the best experience I’ve ever had learning to play an instrument.

  • Shellie S.

    Very happy with his professional performance and the way he takes time to explain everything.

  • Janet R.

    Danton is always on time, very accommodating with schedule, and not intimidating to work with yet very talented! I appreciate working with him!


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We offer a trial lesson, free of charge to all of our prospective consumers. We keep a log of every students' basic information, from past experience to future goals, updated weekly during lessons. If you decide what we offer is not the best fit, you are not obligated to any commitment. After a successful trial lesson, we discuss a service agreement and payment plan, as well as scheduling options for future lessons.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Danton Arlotto completed his Master's degree in piano pedagogy at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2017 and received professional K-12 music education certification through the state of Pennsylvania. His undergraduate degrees in keyboard performance and music theory and composition are also from West Chester University.

Alex Stewart earned his Bachelor’s degree in music business from Grove City College in 2016 and since has continued to grow in the field of music as a teacher and performer. Alex keeps an active involvement in his community as a substitute public school teacher. While his passion for music often gives him plenty of opportunities to connect with kids, he also teaches other subjects grades K-12. As a musician, Alex can be heard performing his original songs at various open mics, playing drums at jazz jams, performing as a concert percussionist, or lending his talents as a rock drummer with the Air National Guard all over the northeast region of the US. If you are looking for a proficient drum teacher or a guide for writing your own music, you will not find a more dedicated instructor with useful, applicable experience than Alex.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

We offer various lesson packages, set at the market average of a dollar per minute. We also incentivize long-term lesson packages with lower rates, and we offer a 10% discount for family lessons. Payments are due every four lessons. Because we travel to students' homes, we charge a $5 travel fee per lesson.

DocRocker Music Academy exercises great flexibility in scheduling, while allowing room for cancellations without penalties.


How did you get started teaching?

Danton has been teaching music since he was a teenager, working through a local music store, giving piano and guitar lessons. This grew to making private house calls and setting up his own personal studio at home before starting a college career.

Today, he is running his own business, traveling to students and giving music lessons every day.


What types of students have you worked with?

You name it, we have taught it. Rock, blues, classical, theatre, we have experience performing and writing in those styles. Young children to adults with no experience, high school kids preparing for college auditions, professional musicians with performing careers, we have experience teaching and improving their musical skills on very deep levels. DocRocker Music Academy lives and breathe music, and we cannot see ourselves doing anything else better.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

In June, 2018, students at DocRocker Music Academy came together for the first time to give a public recital at a local retirement community in Downingtown, PA. Students varied from young child to adult, bare beginner to conservatory applicant, and piano to classical guitar. Everybody that attended thoroughly enjoyed the performances, and the residents loved every minute of it! We look forward to booking more recitals in 2019.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Hire someone who shows diverse experiences and abundant passion for the art of music making and teaching. One-to-one music lessons involve just as much of a personal relationship between the teacher and student as they do professional skills of the teacher. Seek instructors who display good people skills and demonstrate flexibility in their work. A strong bond between the teacher and student can make or break the lessons.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Am I sure I want to commit to music lessons? I need to set aside time for daily practice, invest in a worthy instrument, and pay a modest sum for a working professional to come to my house each week to monitor my progress. Music is a way of life; am I ready for the call?