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Ashley Pappal

Venetia PA | 15367

About me

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Originally from Texas, Ashley Pappal moved to Pittsburgh to continue studying music. While a student at Duquesne University she distinguished herself both musically and academically, winning the 2005 Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music Concerto Competition and graduating with honors. 

Upon graduation, Ashley chose to make Pittsburgh her home. Already established as a private teacher and free-lance musician, she set about building upon her studio and finding new ways to challenge herself in her own musical pursuits. From 2004 – 2006, she was the Assistant Marching Band Director at South Park High School. At Hope Academy, Ashley developed and maintained the largest studio among its teaching artists and was a co-founder of the Hope Academy Flute Choir.  It was during this time that she joined the staff at Port Vue United Methodist Church as its Music Director and Pianist. Through her years as a flute and piano teacher, and drawing upon her own personal experiences, Ashley became interested in aural development and wanted to tailor her teaching methods to enhance this invisible (yet vital) element of musical study. This interest led her to Musikgarten! Ashley first became licensed as a Musikgarten teacher in 2009, and in 2010 she completed the certification process for the first three levels of the Musikgarten curricula – Family Music for Babies, Family Music for Toddlers, and Cycle of Seasons. In 2010, Ashley was invited to join the faculty at Noah’s Ark Preschool where she would be able to apply her Musikgarten training and the knowledge subsequently gained in private classroom experience. In addition to private Musikgarten classes, she continues to teach at Noah’s Ark, and loves every moment of it! Still a devotee of the flute and of the piano, Ashley maintains a thriving private studio with students on both instruments in Peters Township. She also retains a position as pianist and choral accompanist for West Hempfield Presbyterian Church. Ashley now lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with her husband, Brian – a pianist, educator and music arranger – and their 16-year-old schnauzer, Cody – an endlessly curious and amusing member of the family. When not playing, teaching, listening, reading, or thinking about music, she enjoys spending time with her ever-growing number of nieces and nephews! 


Ashley Pappal's specific area of interest lies in early childhood music education, specifically Musikgarten ( and foundational music instruction: beginning piano, beginning flute, aural / oral training and music theory.

Lesson details

Programs of Study
Student Lessons
Private 30-minute, 45-minute, or 1 hour classical instruction in both flute and piano as well as theory/aural training. A parent is responsible for attending weekly lessons and supervising practice at home. Students ages 4 and above may be enrolled.
Adult Lessons
For all of those who have ever said, “I wish I hadn’t quit!” as well as fresh beginners with curiosity and a passion for music. 30-minute, 45-minute, or 1 hour private instruction in flute or piano.
Audition Preparation
An opportunity for intense preparation or review for a college audition, youth symphony audition, recital or other public performance. Required commitment and payment is evaluated on an individual basis. 
Mrs. Pappal has the appropriate clearances required to work with children in the State of Pennsylvania.  Copies of these clearances may be supplied upon request.

Education and Accreditation

Duquesne University, Bachelor of Music (cum laude)

Musikgarten, Certified Teacher (Early Childhood Music Education)

  • Family Music for Babies  (Birth - 18 months)
  • Family Music for Toddlers (16 months - 3 1/2 Years)
  • The Cycle of Seasons (3 - 5 Years)



more than 10 years


$50 - $59


Private lesson instruction is available Monday through Thursday, afternoons and evenings during the academic year. Summer lessons are scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, afternoons and evenings.

Every attempt is made to ensure that lessons are scheduled at a time that is beneficial to both the student family and teacher.

Teaching location

Teachers Studio


Chamber Music
Childrens Music


Faber and Faber
Music for Young Children®

Instruments and Subjects

theory – analysis
theory – counterpoint
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments

Levels taught


Type of students

Young Adults



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