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Frank Coates has taught music in a variety of educational environments including preschools, grade schools, and children’s museums. He is a professional pianist and composer specializing in contemporary piano and orchestration. Frank started his career in early education serving as the Music Coordinator for Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. Frank has also served in leadership roles for Boys & Girls Club of Allentown and Head Start of the Lehigh Valley. A proud advocate of early education and creative arts, Frank has served on community and education boards throughout the Lehigh […]

Originally from Bala Cynwyd, I spent most of my adult life in Hastings on Hudson NY.  I returned to Philadelphia not too long ago. I attended Montgomery County Community College as a history major.   My background is in Direct Marketing. I worked for Donnelley Marketing in Montvale, NJ for 20 years.  I enjoy music, reading, travel and art.  I also run a weekly podcast for a NY Times best-selling author.  I have one son, a beautiful 7 y.o. granddaughter, one dog Walter, the Wonder Booboo and three cats Stripey, Mathilda […]

Tricia Paffen Knopka attended The Ester Boyer School of Music and Dance (Temple University) and graduated with a Music education/vocal concentration degree in 2013. She grew up in Northeast Philadelphia in a section called Mayfair where she lived until her and her husband Richard moved to their home in Abington, Pa in July 2017. Tricia loves to perform. Since she was a small child she would perform all around the city with different performance groups. She has performed anywhere from small nursing homes in Northeast Philadelphia to the well known […]

Claire is in her final semester of study at the Ester Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University.  In the fall, she will complete her student teaching requirements and graduate with a degree in music education, with a concentration in cello. Claire grew up in Springfield, PA. She began studying piano at the age of 5 and cello at the age of 8. Since completing choral music education courses at Temple, Claire has developed a passion for vocal and choral training. She loves to perform with her string […]

Katie Burns is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Music Education: Instrumental Concentration. She is currently an elementary general music teacher. Throughout her time in education, she has taught classroom general music, elementary chorus, and elementary band. She also serves as a technology presenter, offering technology integration strategies for music educators both in her district and outside her district at technology festivals and conferences. Katie is very excited to join the Music Play Patrol team this summer!