Our teachers are excellent musicians and have a passion for teaching music. You can rest assured that students will receive a balanced music education and enjoy their learning in the process! Individual tastes, preferences and learning styles are carefully considered for each student as the teacher prepares their lessons. We provide a multitude of opportunities for every kind of learner and performer.
Sarah Burke, NCTM, Owner/Director
Mrs. Burke’s formal music training began at a very young age, and continued through college. Sarah earned her Music Education degree from University of Valley Forge in Phoenixville, PA with piano as her primary instrument and voice her secondary, as well as a concentration in piano pedagogy. She went on to earn her National Music Teachers Certification and has been teaching piano lessons for over 20 years as well as teaching music in various classroom settings in the States and in Europe.
Sarah has been the owner and director of Pineapple for over seven years and thoroughly enjoys her roles of curriculum development, planning events, overseeing staff, and working with new families. Although her background is strongly classical literature, she also enjoys playing pop music and working with chords and lead sheets. Her classroom experiences have helped her to become a creative teacher, and she is always looking for new ways to catch a student’s interest or explain theory in a way that makes sense.
She resides in Franklin, TN with her husband Kyle and their three children.
Devin Doherty – Piano, Brass
Devin has been teaching music to students of all ages and abilities for over 10 years, and has himself been performing music for over 20. Along with his primary instruments of trumpet and piano, he has prior experience teaching voice, music theory, and music fundamentals both inside and outside of the classroom. Devin's goal as a teacher is to help instill in his students a strong sense of musicianship and thirst for learning that can grow into a lifelong passion.
Devin is a graduate of Millersville University, having earned a degree in Music Education. While there, he was a member of numerous instrumental and choral performing groups. Additionally, he was a teacher in the university's preparatory music program which provided music lessons to local high school students. During his time spent student teaching at the Conestoga Valley school district, Devin led rehearsals with the high school concert band and jazz band.
Devin's passion for music keeps him busy and continues to be an active performer, having played with groups such as the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Montgomery County Jazz Band, and various pit orchestras for local musicals. Outside of music, Devin enjoys staying active by skiing or hiking, and likes travelling to new and exciting places.
Joseph Civale – Piano, Guitar, Viola
Joe Civale has taught Music and Foreign Language at Princeton Latin Academy, SciCore Academy and Rutgers University. Besides his extensive classroom experience, he has taught piano, violin and guitar privately in the Princeton, NJ area for 20 years. A versatile and seasoned teacher with a kind and friendly manner, he truly enjoys teaching music and providing his students with a well-rounded musical education in conjunction with their instrumental lessons.
Joseph is an experienced teacher and lifelong musician who plays piano, guitar, violin and viola. Presently he works at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, PA and continues to teach piano privately.
He obtained his B.S. in Musicology (with emphasis in Music Education) at the College of New Jersey and also studied abroad at Frankfurt University in Germany and Istituto Italiano in Florence, Italy. In addition to music, he also holds an M.A. in German Literature from Rutgers University and has taught German, Italian, and all areas of U.S. and World History in the past.
Keturah Russell– Piano
Keturah is a pianist from New Haven, CT with over 20 years of musical experience. She began teaching herself piano at age four and then began formal lessons at age six. She has taught piano privately for several years both in-person and online to students of all ages and abilities. In addition to managing her own piano students in Connecticut, she has also taught General Music and choir to grades K-8 in the classroom at the Arts in CT, Bravo! Waterbury Symphony after school program, and the Family Music Center. She believes in engaging music lessons that capture the student's interest and is experienced in setting up a lesson schedule and communicating with families.She is also a composer, arranger and music producer who has worked with various streaming artists and she has also been featured on multiple media platforms such as Complex. Keturah is a graduate from Hampton University, where she studied Communications and Psychology. Her broad background has helped cultivate creative and unique learning experiences for her and her students.
Rachel Sabella – Piano, Flute, Violin, Voice
Rachel Sabella is a teacher and singer/songwriter from Southeastern Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Music Composition, where she studied piano, violin, and conducting. Her passion is giving every student the opportunity to learn music in a comprehensive and fun way. She has taught students of all ages, levels, and abilities, and wants to encourage students to become the musician they want to be. Rachel currently leads her own orchestras in both the recording and performance arenas. The highlight of her career so far was the release of her album "Here I Am." Rachel started teaching because she wanted to spread the joy of music to others. She teaches her students using creative exercises and lesson plans to help reinforce the concepts they are learning. Rachel wants her students to know that learning music should be fun!
Pineapple’s experienced teachers come to you to bring quality music lessons that are personalized for your student, while offering all the opportunities of a large studio. Students will begin playing at the FIRST lesson!