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About Claire Pettigrew

Claire Pettigrew
Claire Pettigrew
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Exton, PA
Speaks: English, American Sign Language
Instructs: Flute, Saxophone
Education: M Elementary Ed West University 1991 BS Ed West University 1983
Performance Experience: West Chester Community Band-Flute & Piccolo Lukens Band-Flute & Piccolo Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Chester County (Founding Member) Chambersburg Community Theater (cast member)
Teaching Experience: 35 Years Music Education West Chester School DIstrict-Instrumental and Vocal/Choral
Teaching Philosophy: Music is not just symbols on a page. It is art, science, math, language, and sound. It is different things to different people. Not all of my students will continue playing their instruments. Some may go on to be sound engineers, music producers, audience members, while others will continue enjoy playing . My job as their teacher is to expose my students to music in a positive, and engaging way. Mistakes are welcomed. Music is truly a gift to be shared.

Get to know Claire Pettigrew

I grew up in Chambersburg, Pa. I began piano lessons at age 4, I started flute lessons in the 4th grade and private lessons in the 6th grade. I attended Shenandoah University for 2 years, and then transferred to West Chester University as a Music Education Major. I continued my piano and flute studies. I joined Sigma Alpha Iota-an International Music Fraternity for women. After graduation I was hired by West Chester School District to teach Vocal/Choral music. I taught for vocal music for 21 years. Then an opportunity opened to teach Instrumental music at the elementary level. I taught instrumental music for 14 years-flute,oboe,clarinet,saxophone,trumpet,french horn,baritone horn, trombone, and percussion-melodic and rhythmic.

Growing up there was a local community theater that I participated in. And I loved being on the stage. After college, I joined the Chester County Gilbert & Sullivan Society and would do their shows in the fall, and then play with the West Chester Community Band in the spring. I continued with the Band  and then joined the Lukens Band, as well.

Now that I'm retired, I enjoy teaching private lessons, playing for weddings, and knitting. I also enjoy the freedom to see my grandchildren in Louisiana.

Claire Pettigrew teaches at:
181 West Lincoln Hwy
Exton, PA 19341
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