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Music Education

"Music has been one of the stabilizing factors in both of our lives and we are determined to promote music education through our stores."
Both Kathy and Steve have been actively involved with music education for many years. Kathy has taught both in public and private schools. She has also taught flute, piano, and guitar for many years.
Steve has been active in both private teaching piano and trombone and in teaching group keyboard lessons for adults in a music store setting.

Music in Society

As a society it is sad to see that music has become a optional activity for children. Research has shown that learning to play a musical instrument promotes brain activity and development at an early age. It also has been shown to help increase reading and math skills. By taking lessons and playing with ohers music promotes social skills, such as social interaction and public speaking by using recitals and concerts. It also has been atributed to teaching self discipline and teamwork. However, we believe that those are the extra benefits of learning music. The main goal for you or your child to have a fun and rewarding hobby. We believe the aim should be that all students, young and young at heart should have the opportunity to experience the thrill that music has to offer.

Music in Retirement

When it comes to the point of your life when you are no longer looking to raise a family or focus on a carreer and you just want to have a little more fun in your life, music is a opportunity to meet new friends, promote use of your brain, and movement to enhance dexterity. The theraputic benefits of music making has been well documented in film, books, and in medical journals. SNK MUSIC has on staff a Board Certified Music Therapist. Whether you are looking for fun and friendship or are looking for physical and mental stimulation we can help you achieve your goals. With the implimentation of our beginner group lesson program, we are looking to give anyone who wants to learn the opportunity.

Steve Petrullo: Owner/Manager/Instructor:   Steve started studying at an early age. He studied trombone, organ, and piano. He also studied music theory in his early days. While in school he had opportunities to go to camps and schools for music during the Summer. Steve went to Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. He has performed in all size ensembles from duets to classical orchestras and jazz ensembles. Some of his influences are Bird, Dizzy, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, to name a few. Steve teaches Music Theory  and Jazz Improvistion. He also teaches trombone, piano and organ.Steve Petrullo: Owner/Operator/Instructor:   Steve started studying at an early age. He studied trombone, organ, and piano. He also studied music theory in his early days. While in school he had opportunities to go to camps and schools for music during the Summer. Steve went to Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. He has performed in all size ensembles from duets to classical orchestras and jazz    ensembles. Some of his influences are Bird, Dizzy, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, to name a few. Steve teaches Music Theory  and Jazz Improvistion. He also teaches trombone, piano and organ.

Kathy Petrullo: Owner/Manager/Instructor/Director of Education and "The Boss."  Kathy started playing flute and piano at an early age. Her education includes 2 years at Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts and she earned her Degree in Music Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She has an emphasis in Music Therapy.She has taught in public and private schools. She has been private teaching for over 30 years and teaches all ages. She has extensive experience using Music Therapy with children and aduts with special needs. Some of kathy's influences include Rampal, James Galway, and her father. Kathy has performed in a variety of settings.She is currently performing with The BCWE.
Zac Grace:  Playing music since the age of 12 years old has provided Zac with the extensive knowledge of the meaning "Practice Makes Perfect".  From Alto Saxophone to Percussion for the past almost 17 years, Zac has learned many different aspects and approaches to embracing each style of music.  Having played in Marching Bands, Churches, Clubs, Colleges, and National Events and Venues ; Zac brings plenty of experience to our Percussion Department.  His highlights include getting to Open for Pittsburgh Based Rockers, The Clarks twice, as well as Singing the National Anthem at Peoples Natural Gas Field (formerly Blair County Ballpark).  As a teacher he provides a lot of insight into the execution of playing drums / percussion.  Some of his influences range from Country Music Artists to Modern and Classic Rock Artists.  However his favorite drummer that he currently follows is the drummer for the band Nickelback, Daniel A'Dair.  Zac currently  provides backbeat for Chris Woodward & Shindiggin as well as the Lead Vocalist for his own acoustic act around the area.
Vincent Smith: Vince has been playing for over 20 years. He has performed in churches, musicals, rock/pop bands, and marching bands. A highlight was opening for the Vogues at Everett High School. As a teacher he has given drum clinics and exhibitions in the area.
Kelly Hinson: Kelly has been enraptured by music practically her whole life.Her journey began being rewarded with first chair after taking a couple years of flute lessons in school. At age 14 however, she finally acquired the instrument she adord the most....GUITAR! She studied at SNK Music for four years and continues to pursue the instrument as well as music theory and composition even now.Her greatest influences include Kurt Cobain, Mike Ness, and Alexi Laiho. Kelly is looking forward to helping students grow in the wonderful world of music.