Nancy has both an undergraduate degree and a Masters degree in vocal performance from Temple University. She has a strong involvement with county, district, regional and state choirs. She has received the Arion Award from Council Rock High School as well as being part of the Beaver College Workshop for Gifted Vocalists and Pianists for three years.
Nancy is also a long-time member of the National Thespian Society. Her Broadway appearances include the Fantastics and Sweeney Todd. In the realm of rock music, she has been in such acts as Prizner, Thunderbow, Blues Alley and MLC.
For her experience in being a teacher of music, she thanks her own teachers: Dr. Lucy Caroll, Dr. Clara Meyers, Prof. Phillip Cho, Dr. Gretta Chonka, Jan Pierce and Nancy Evers.
Nancy’s greatest credential is her love and devotion to music and teaching children.
Nancy provides both voice and piano lessons.
Andy picked up his first guitar at age 7 and then took weekly lessons for 10 years with Bucks & Philly great, Ed Flanagan. Andy played the Jersey shore circuit with in the late 70’s with the R&B funk masters, Dead in the Water.
Andy began teaching in 1980 at the Music Barn in Warminster, PA. He attended BCCC and Temple University, earning his musical BA in 1986. His band, Prisoner, was a popular opening act in the 1980’s for Philly bands the A’s, Robert Hazard, and New Jersey’s Pretty Poison. It was also during this time that he met his wife Nancy.
As a self-described “gear hound” and “ethnomusicologist”, Andy is well versed in variety of playing styles. He does not believe in the usual published books method of learning. Instead, he creates custom learning plans that enable his students to achieve their goals on the guitar and bass. Prior to joining Absolute Music School, Andy had been teaching privately since 1992.
Steve Dierkes is a talented percussionist who has been playing drums and percussion for over 20 years. After high school he joined in bands that had recorded albums and went on tour. Such bands include Red Heaven, Drive Fast Take Chances, and The Jameson Van Horn Band. He also has done private recordings for Woofie Publishing Co. Steve has taught drum lessons since he was a teenager and is an experienced teacher of theory and technique.
A graduate from Kutztown University, it was there Steve studied music under Dr. Frank Kumor and Dr. Willis Rapp. Both of which are internationally recognized percussionists. Over his college years, Steve was selected as part of a few to travel oversees to countries such as Brazil, Greece, and Croatia to perform for Kutztown University’s percussion ensemble. He was also selected 1st seat percussionist for Kutztown University’s Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Steve has also done professional musicals for Allentown’s Pine’s Dinner Theater as well as musicals for Penn State University. He has also worked for Reading High School as the percussion instructor for the Reading High Marching Band, and also a counselor teaching drums and percussion at Burn Brae Day Camp in Dresher, PA. Steve Dierkes is a talented percussionist who has been playing drums and percussion for over 20 years.