Our Teachers

Being a teacher is an essential connection between what is and what can be. We know each student has different ways that they process information. Our instructors take that into account and craft lesson plans that meet each student’s individual needs.

DANIEL CULLEN

Guitar Instructor / Founder

Daniel founded Rawk U in 2010. The germination of the idea for Rawk U started a few years earlier in 2008. After working for several music schools in the area, he decided to form his own school and stamp it with his own unique brand of teaching and personality.

Daniel believes that students come into lessons for different reasons and with various goals. Some students come in with no preconceived goals or expectations at all. Daniel likes to get to know each student well and figure out what will take that particular student as far as they would personally like to go. Each student is truly unique and the same exact lesson plan cannot be used for each student.

Daniel plays with local blues band, Mourning in the Morning. He has also played with The Hokkaido Concern and Chiaki in the past. Daniel studied at Berklee College of Music In Boston as well as at the Univ of Delaware where he completed a minor in classical guitar. He can take a beginning student fresh out of the gate and mold him or her into a well rounded musician in a matter of a few short years.

Marcelyn Lebovitz

Voice Instructor

Marcelyn Lebovitz is a young dramatic mezzo-soprano with an impeccably versatile voice, capable of singing almost any style, from opera, to rock, and beyond. A lifelong artist, Marcelyn’s singing has been lauded as “achingly emotional” (Reading Eagle, 2019), “fragile but deadly” (Collegian, 2017), and “with a voice that drips menacingly stabby lyrics in the most velvet venom tones” (Fuzzy Logic, 2019) and she is often praised for her powerful on stage charisma and the richness and warmth of her voice.

Marcelyn is a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts as well as the Pennsylvania State University and is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Vocal Arts at Temple University. During her education, Marcelyn has appeared in several opera productions, including Britten’s Turn of the Screw (Mrs. Grose), Adamo’s Little Women (Aunt March, Jo cover), and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe (Queen of the Fairies). Marcelyn also spent several years as a soloist and member of the choir Essence of Joy directed by Dr. Anthony Leach during her undergraduate.

Though Marcelyn is an accomplished classical singer, she loves to branch out onto other stages. Marcelyn primarily considers herself a recording artist and songwriter. She has performed her original indie rock music all across the United States with her band, Lost Lake Spirits (formerly Marcelyn, the band). Since they officially formed in 2018 they have released three full length studio albums, created entirely by the band themselves.

Marcelyn also has an aptitude for teaching and directing. She is currently the alto section leader for the Reading Choral Society and has her own private voice studio, which specializes in teaching modern singers who aim to become recording artists by utilizing the techniques of contemporary commercial music. Marcelyn is also the co-founder and artistic director of Poptart Punk Opera, an edgy modern opera company which aims to promote diversity and make opera exciting and accessible to new audiences.

HSIAO-HAN (ALICE) YANG

Piano Instructor

Falling in love with music from a young age, from watching the progression of her mother's piano students, Hsiao-Han (Alice) received her Bachelor's in Piano Performance from the National Taipei University of Education. A recent graduate of Temple University in Piano Performance, and Collaborative Piano & Chamber Music with Ching-Yun Hu and Lambert Orkis respectively. Besides performing and teaching, Hsiao- Han (Alice) has been assisting renowned pianist Ching-Yun Hu since 2018 mainly as a project manager for the Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA) Piano Festival. She is currently active in the Greater Philadelphia Area as a collaborative pianist, educator, and administrator.

Elin Zhuang

Piano Instructor (Yalin)

Elin zhuang received her bachelor degree in Piano performance from the National University of Singapore, Young Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. She recently received a masters degree from Manhattan School Of Music in piano performance. She’s currently concentrating on developing herself as a music educator.

She has been teaching for the past five years. She has experience teaching day one beginners all the way up to advanced. Some of her students have received very high scores on the ABSRM exams. “Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions” This is an idea she very much takes to heart. Whatever your goals are, she will work hard with you,step by step growing together, and maybe someday you will become a great pianist.

Nick Markellos

Drum Instructor

"Nick is a percussionist from Chester County Pennsylvania. He graduated from West Chester University in January of 2019 where he studied classical percussion with Ralph Sorrentino and David Nelson. While there, he also performed with a few jazz combos and continued to work on his drumset chops. Nick is also actively involved with drum corps in marching percussion, currently teaching Pottstown High School's drumline and most recently performing with the Hawthorne Caballeros."

RAWK U

MISSION STATEMENT

Here at Rawk U School of music, we aim to inspire a lifelong love of music. We truly believe that journey can start at any age. Modern life has given us a variety of ways we can educate ourselves musically. Studying music one on one or in a group lesson with a trained instructor who has a “roadmap” is still the best way in our opinion.

Being a teacher is an essential connection between what is and what can be. We know each student has different ways that they process information. Our instructors take that into account and craft lesson plans that meet each student’s individual needs.

Whether online or in person, our instructors and teaching methods get results. After years and years of experience, we know how to take a student from zero to hero in a relatively short time. All of our instructors have the two most important virtues that any teacher can possess, patience and passion.

We’d love to show you why we’re so excited to share our love of music with you!

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