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Music teacher who has worked with over 1000 students in the last 64 years. Effectively combines real-life experience with 116,800 hours of student teaching to provide an engaging and interactive learning environment.

I enjoy teaching music and working with students and believe that learning to read music will enable the student to play with other musicians and enjoy music as much as I have. I try to put myself in the student's place to think as he/she does and help them understand music and perform it.


I've taught public school elementary band for 30 years, have been a church organist for 70 years, and taught piano and organ for 57 years.


I use the John Schaum piano method course and theory and harmony lessons and supplement it with other music which the student may choose.


I listen the music which the student has been practicing. Then, I guide him/her to make corrections and enhancements. I use positive reinforcement to strengthen those parts of the performance, and suggest and demonstrate correct concepts. Then, after hearing the piece again, decide whether review the assignment or move on. Playing duets with the student is often part of the process.


  • Schedule management
  • Music tutor

Work History

  • Music Teacher, 09/1958 to 01/1989
    Highlands School District – Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
    Led reading and arts and crafts lessons.
  • Church Musician/Organist, 09/1943 to 09/1996
    Berthesda Lutheran Church – Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania
  • Church Musician/Organist, 09/1958 to 09/1970
    First United Presbyterian Church – New Kensington, Pennsylvania
  • Church Musician/Organist, 09/1970 to Current
    Springdale United Methodist Church – Springdale, Pennsylvania


  • Master of Science: Music Education, 1973
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Science: Music Education, 1954
    Indiana State Teachers College - Indiana, Pennsylvania


  • American Guild of Organists


Joe P.
Review posted on March 6, 2016
Dale is an exceptional piano instructor. His program of study is comprehensive and well-designed. He offers patient, thorough instruction, and his many years of experience equip him to tailor lessons to each student's needs and strengths.
I'm extremely pleased with the highly positive experience my children have in studying with him.

Wendy B.
Review posted on March 5, 2016
"My son learned a lot from Dale and went on to study piano in college."

Peg M.
Review posted on February 10, 2016
Dale has been my piano instructor for 8 years. I started lessons as an adult. He has good teaching methods, is very patient, encouraging and makes learning fun. I have observed him with children and note these same qualities.
Peg M. on August 31, 2015

Nicole V.
Review posted on January 19, 2016
"My daughter is 10 years old and has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Dale J. for almost 4 years now. She is progressing nicely. His kind and gentle way make for a very positive learning experience. Mr. Dale J. is encouraging without being harsh or belittling. He is patient and the ideal instructor for my daughter."


Studio Location
234 Kentucky Drive, Lower Burrell, PA 15068
(724) 335-9333 h
(724) 316-6464 c