LESSONS AT THE BCR MUSIC SCHOOL
BCR Music & Sound has its own music school! As a complement to our expertise in instruments, gear and repairs, we also offer a full range of music lessons, taught by accomplished instructors in a variety of genres.
Whether you are just starting out, or want help getting to the next level, BCR Music School provides instruction that is the best fit for you. The varied backgrounds and talents of our instructors means that we can offer many types of lessons for all ages and in many genres. Acoustic guitar lessons, ukulele lessons, bass guitar lessons, electric guitar lessons, music theory, classical, and many others—whatever your interest, there is an instructor here for you.
Check out a brief overview of our instructors below, or go directly to our BCR Music School page for more information. Don’t need to know more? Click here and sign up right now. We can help you choose an awesome instructor.
Ryan Chilcote, Director
With his deep and versatile experience, Ryan is able to instruct guitar in many genres of music, from beginner to advanced, and to all ages. He is an excellent choice for focused study in classical guitar, electric, acoustical, or bass, as well as for learning the fundamentals to advanced theory of guitar. In teaching the fundamentals of music, and how music is built, Ryan believes that a student can apply this knowledge to any musical situation. Patient and focused, methodical and flexible, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and love of music with all levels of students, and helping them to build on their talents. His well-planned teaching techniques will help students to speed up their learning and advancement and to reach their goal, whether it is a musical career or simple proficiency and enjoyment.
Brian Maag, Instructor
Brian is a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist with a deep performance history. As a composer, performer and collaborator, he brings his versatile and “big-picture” understanding of music to his lessons with any given instrument. His broad performance history and work in varied types of venues brings a valuable perspective to aspiring musicians. His love of all kinds of music and experience in many genres makes him a musical educator who can align with the interests of his students, and offer not only musical instruction, but a vast knowledge base for them to build on. Brian loves to pass on his love of music and use his teaching experience to further the goals of other aspiring musicians. He currently offers lessons in instrumental technique, music theory, improvisation and composition. Though Brian prefers in-person lessons, he is currently offering lessons via Zoom, for the safety and comfort for his students. The advantage of this is that students can (and do) enroll from all over the globe.
Tyler Straining, Instructor
A versatile musician with a broad range of talents, Tyler is able to offer instruction based on each student’s skill levels and goals. He teaches a wide variety of students from beginner to intermediate levels on all types of guitars (Classical, Acoustic, Electric and Bass) embracing all styles of music, offering unique lesson plans individualized to each student. Tyler always meets the students at their level whether the student reads tablature, sheet music, lead sheets or simply learns by ear. Tyler has taught all age groups from 5 years of age to 72 years of age, and finds great value in making sure that all of his students are prepared for a lifelong journey in making music.
Tyler's initial approach to the new student depends greatly on the student's goals. Teaching everything from classical guitar, jazz, blues, rock, country, and heavy metal. During lessons Tyler teaches by using a plethora of resources from, method books, videos, audio examples and his own written lesson plans. Showing students, the basic techniques of each genre to playing and writing songs like a pro. Teaching student the basics of the guitar all the way to preparing students to audition for their favorite college music program or musical job.
John Scarpato, Instructor
John’s background includes studying standard guitar and music theory under his father, Johnny “Hagen” Scarpato, a well-known South Philadelphia big band/jazz guitarist. He has focused on working with singer songwriters in songwriting & arrangement, pre-production & studio production. John's ability to share the basics of guitar with others makes him an excellent choice for beginning and intermediate students. The beginning guitar student is introduced to the basics of standard guitar playing & music theory. As the student advances, they are able to apply the basics learned and their developing skills in a direction or style of guitar playing they choose. John encourages his students to have fun in attaining their musical goals. He is also available for group instruction.
Julie Moffitt, Instructor
Julie began teaching soon after leaving music college. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels. Her specialty areas are folk and folk-rock, as well as beginning classical guitar. Lessons address the individual students’ goals, whether it is playing for pleasure or with a career in mind. Julie focuses on a strong grounding in technique: rhythm, notational skills, and interpretation. With this foundation, the student is well-equipped for a variety of genres. With more tools and skills, students are freer to express themselves musically. Julie also enjoys helping each student find their own special relationship to music. Lessons are geared toward drawing out the musical ability unique to each.