Tim Schumacher

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Hello and welcome.

My name is Tim Schumacher, and I teach and play music in the Philadelphia area. I have been at it for over 3 decades. The Philadelphia area is a wonderful place to learn and make music, but I also have students that are outside of the area.

The guitar is my main instrument, but I also play the bass, resophonic guitar (dobro), lap steel guitar, ukulele, and some drums near Philly in the Jenkintown and Glenside areas.

My musical background:

Helping folks learn and grow has become a major part of my life, and I truly enjoy it.

When I was a kid, my mother was a school music teacher and my father was a minister and social worker. All of us kids learned an instrument. We played drums, tuba, trombone, and guitar, and more, and we all participated in our choirs and musicals as well.

I first taught guitar at a non-profit community music center when I was 16 years old. After that, I went on to teach at the local university. Over the years, I have taught in a variety of situations, including with adults and teenagers looking for college credit.

Some of my past students are now my old buddies with impressive playing and teaching careers of their own. The youngest was 6 years old at the time, and the most seasoned was 80.

I love performing and recording in a supporting role with others. I have a CD available on Apple Music called There.

My Teaching Style

Everyone is unique, so I like to begin lessons by discussing what each student wants, whether it’s something simple or something more complex. From there, we work on pathways, find appropriate resources, and discuss accomplishments.

The process of learning music is different for everyone, but getting help from someone who is on a similar path really makes the whole process awesome.

These days, there is a lot of music around. Much of what I like has been made during the second half of the 20th Century and up to today. However, there are some old hymns and classical pieces that I just love.

Many of my students introduce me to new music, which is refreshing. Folks can even create their own music on computers with digital audio workstation (DAW) technology.

In many ways, there is more music around than ever.

Want help making music?

If you want to learn guitar (in various traditional and contemporary styles), bass, resophonic guitar, lap steel guitar, or ukulele, please do contact me.

I offer lessons and workshops, and I help folks play in and form new groups.

There are a few spaces in the local community where I teach, and occasionally I visit people in their homes if needed. We can communicate to find the right solution.

I teach in person and online. I have a large studio space, and conduct remote lessons via Zoom, Google Duo, Facebook Messenger, and other formats. There are several useful Apps that can help as well.

To talk more about lessons references, or testimonials, please reach out to me. I keep up-to-date ChildCheck and criminal background histories on file for your review.

Contact me for more info

(215) 429-8390

Recent releases

Tim Schumacher Trio - There
Available at CD Baby and iTunes.

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