William Lockard Music Lessons

William Lockard Music Lessons

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I specialize in teaching violin, viola, cello and bass, as well as beginning piano.  I enjoy teaching all levels from the beginner to the pre-professional.   My teaching style is patient and positive and my primary goal is to instill an ongoing love of music.  I have all required school district clearances.  Lessons are taught in my studio at 3201 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, 15116. 

 

I have a Bachelor’s degree in music education and a Master’s degree in performance, both from Duquesne University.  I started the orchestra program in the Fox Chapel Area School District where I taught for many years.  I was a co-founder of the Strings North Program, and I was instrumental in creating the PMEA Honors Orchestra.  I currently conduct the Pittsburgh Historical Music Society, an early music ensemble and continue to perform frequently. 

 

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Glenshaw, PA 15116
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8 Reviews

5.0

  • CJ Incorminias

    I started lessons with Mr. Lockard 7 weeks ago and have rapidly progressed under his tutelage. I am re-learning the Viola and I am looking forward to my lessons every week.

  • Katie and Kenny Kisow

    Our 6 year old wanted to begin playing the violin and is typically a shy child. After one lesson with Mr. Lockard our daughter was hooked and beyond excited for her next lesson. He is patient, kind, and inviting. He knows how to engage lessons at all levels. Music lessons with William Lockard have become a pinnacle part of our week and our daughter has gained so much confidence.

  • Abby Hughes

    I recently graduated from college with a degree in music education and moved to Pittsburgh. I had been playing violin for a little while already, but wanted to continue taking lessons. I found William on lessons.com and couldn’t have been more pleased. He has helped improve my technique in so many ways. He is a dynamic educator and is always eager to try new strategies to help me succeed. He is kind, compassionate and supports my goals for the instrument. Thank you, William!

  • Maria Schrecengost

    Hi, I’m Maria. I am a violinist that has been taking lessons with Mr. Lockard for about 8 years now. I have placed in the top ten at District 1 PMEA honors and PMEA district orchestra, while also being first chair in my high school orchestra and honors orchestra. When I first came to him I was a beginner with limited skills and a desire to learn. As time went on, Mr. Lockard developed me into a fine musician. He taught me new techniques and ways to think about music that I had never thought about before. He is a very active teacher. He always has an instrument in hand, ready to accompany you, play a duet, or show an example. Along with his amazing ability to teach, he is also very good at connecting with his students. Every week I look forward to my lessons because of his quirky, funny personality. His style of teaching, paired with his great personality make him the best music teacher I have ever met. He definitely allows his students to stay passionate about playing instruments since he loves what he does, teaching. I have seen many great musicians fall out of love with music just based on one bad teacher or experience, but I assure you that if you study under Mr. Lockard that will not be the case. In fact, you will become more excited about playing every time you pick up your instrument and play music with him at your lesson. I strongly encourage anyone looking to further their music education and playing skills to study with this amazing teacher.


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

The goal of the first lesson is to get acquainted with the student and make them feel comfortable working with me. It can be intimidating to play for a new teacher and I strive to make it a very positive experience. For students who already play, I will ask them to play pieces with which they are familiar so that I can have a good understanding of their current progress and the areas that need to be addressed. I will also discuss their individual goals with them to determine a plan for them to progress as they desire. I want each student to enjoy their lessons and know that we will start from where they are and we will work together to improve their skills and musical development


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

I have a Bachelor’s degree in music education and a Master’s degree in performance, both from Duquesne University. I started the orchestra program in the Fox Chapel Area School District where I taught for many years. I was a co-founder of the Strings North Program, and I was instrumental in creating the PMEA Honors Orchestra. I currently conduct the Pittsburgh Historical Music Society, an early music ensemble and continue to perform frequently. 

 


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

I charge $25.00 per half hour. Students pay weekly at the lesson.  


How did you get started teaching?

I attended Duquesne University as a music education major. I graduated and was hired by the Fox Chapel Area School District to introduce a string instrument program to the district (They only offered chorus and band at the time). I have taught continuously since that time. I took an early retirement from Fox Chapel Area and have devoted myself to private music instruction. Private teaching is not a side job for me it is my primary musical endeavor.

 


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages and abilities from age 5 upwards. I have taught beginners through pre-professional. A significant number of my pupils that have become professional musicians. My job is to facilitate the student in achieving their musical goals. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I conduct an orchestra in which a number of my current and former adult students are members. It is very gratifying to see them enjoy the experience of creating music on their instruments!


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

I would suggest you find an experienced teacher with excellent playing skills. You should find a teacher with a temperament that you allows you to grow as a musician and enjoy playing your instrument


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

Students should ask themselves if they are willing to practice regularly, be consistent with attending lessons, and be willing to change their playing habits to improve their technique. Students should also have an idea of where they want to go with the instrument and what level of playing they want to achieve. Finally, the student should think about what styles of music they would like to pursue on their chosen instrument.

 


Lessons offered

Violin Lessons Cello Lessons Double Bass Lessons Fiddle Lessons Mandolin Lessons Upright Bass Lessons Viola Lessons