Composer      Performer     Teaching Artist  


Private Lessons and Coaching


I strive to make learning a fun and exploratory process for all.  Through a mix of modern and classical methodologies, I offer a nuturing approach to help students master the building blocks of musicianship and technique. Once a foundation is achieved, I like to encourage students to develop their own artistic voices through any genre of music that speaks to them!

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A PRIVATE LESSON----------------------------------------------

You can  anticipate a healthy dose of laughter during your lesson.  

I believe laughter opens us up and makes it easier for us to learn new things!

  • Voice lessons
Everybody can sing!  As a voice teacher, I am here to help you discover your true voice and to fully utilize it. Healthy vocal production and an emotional connection are the cornerstones of a great performance. I teach students how to use their voice in a healthy, confident, and focused way, how to effectively approach melody and lyrics, and how to break down a song into its parts so it is accessible and manageable.
*Voice students spend time each lesson doing physical exercises to improve their vocal range, ear training, breath control, tone production, enunciation and more.  
All voice students set weekly or bi-weekly goals to work to develop technically and artistically!
  • Piano lessons
The piano is a popular instrument and is great for beginner music students! Through privately lessons, it is relatively easy to begin playing simple songs immediately. The goal is to show the fundamentals of sight reading, hand positioning and technique, and playing melodies and rhythms. And, it will be fun!  We will incorporate learning your favorite songs into your lessons.
*For young students, I infuse my own teaching style with the "Farber Piano Adventures” lesson book series. *Students must have access to a piano or digital keyboard piano for daily practice and in-home lessons.
  • Guitar lessons
Beginner students can expect to work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory. I like balance musicianship and fun by making sure that students are challenged with a new technical or theory concept, but always end with something fun such as your favorite riff or song. I use a variety of guitar method books to accomplish this and encourage students to bring their iPod or iPhone to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes.  
  • Ukulele lessons
The Ukulele has become popular over there recent years! It is a very accessible instrument and is often use in general music education classes. The "Uke” is a perfect beginner instrument for younger students. It is smaller and has four nylon strings making it more manageable for left-hand fingers on the neck of the instrument. Students begin playing simple chords and melodies in the first two lessons! 

Music Education: Bachelor of Music from Duquesne University, School of Music 

Studied Voice under Claudia Pinza and under Liz Caplan in NYC. Piano under Gladys Stein.  

Musical Styles Taught: All styles are welcome from classical or musical theater to rock and pop.  


A dynamic theatre artist and arts eduction administrator, Monica Stephenson has conducted a variety of workshops and residencies in drama, playwriting, vocal music and movement in collaboration with The Widener Memorial School for Students with Disabilities in Philadelphia, Villanova University, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Why Not Prosper, The Children’s Aid Society, New York City Public Schools, The MGR Foundation, Hope Academy in East Liberty, Pgh. Renasance City Choir and City Theatre, Pgh.  Monica has also served as the Education Director for 1812 Productions’ award-winning education program, 1812 Outreach in Philadelphia and for Prime Stage Theater Company in Pittsburgh. 

Under Monica's direction, 1812 Outreach received the prestigious George Bartol Arts Education Award and was honored for Excellence in Theatre Education and Community Service at the 2011 Barrymore Awards for bringing to life the collaborative, multi-disciplinary, student written and performed production of “We Write South Philly High.”  The project was created in response to increased racial tension and violence at South Philadelphia High School in urban Philadelphia.

A native of Pittsburgh, Monica is a graduate of Duquesne University's School of Music and is a proud C.A.P.A. High School alumnus.  She credits the city’s evolving cultural scene for inspiring her commitment to arts education and is excited to have the opportunity to help cultivate young artists and future patrons in the Greater Pittsburgh area. 

We Write South Philly High, Philadelphia Young Playwrights - Director

“We Write South Philly High,” a student written and performed play developed at South Philadelphia High in collaboration with 1812 Education, The Wilma Theatre and Philadelphia Young Playwrights"

Learn More Here - South Philly High: Don't Write Them Off