Art Diamond is a native of Downingtown, Pa. but was born and raised in Philadelphia. He began his studies in music as a percussionist at 12 years old at the Settlement School of Music, studying privately with William Cahn for six years. Art was a 1979 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School (Go Railsplitters!) where he performed in the concert band, marching band, jazz band, symphony orchestra, as well as the concert choir. Art continued his musical studies at West Chester University playing percussion in the school’s wind ensemble and jazz band under composer and arranger Jerry Nowak . While attending WCU, Art studied percussion with Joe Goebel while performing in various groups including the jazz band, symphony orchestra, and the Golden Rams Marching Band, director James R. Wells. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education (1984), Art began his professional career as a music director working primarily in band instruction in area parochial and private schools. In 1990, Art began his long tenure at the Chichester School District, working primarily in instrumental instruction- middle school band (concert band, jazz band, and marching band), hand bell choir, classroom general music, and assistant band director and music arranger for the Chichester High School Marching Band. Art retired as a public school music educator just last January (2019) after 28 years, totaling 32 combined years in music education. In addition to percussion, Art is an accomplished electric bass player. He currently is a member of the local rock cover band “Kings No More” and previously played bass in the band “4 Way Stop” since 2003.
Art can be personally reached at Art.ValottaStudios@gmail.com
“We could not be happier with Art and would recommend him 10 out of 10 times! He is patient, he is firm when our son needs to be redirected (he’s an 8 year old boy, it happens!), and he goes out of his way to relate to our son as an individual. Beyond that, our son has been with him for nearly two years and has grown so much as a drummer! He’s worked really hard on his recital pieces and has made Mr. Art and his family very proud each time. Our son looks forward to seeing Art as a person as much as he looks forward to seeing him as a drum teacher.”
– Andrea, Valotta parent