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Popular Music Performance Teachers Near Alexandria

Justin P.

Fairfax, VA
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Emily F.

Laurel, MD
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Priscilla L.

Silver Spring, MD
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Justin P. Fairfax, VA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Harmonica, Marimba, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

I understand that there are many desires a pupil can have about learning music, especially towards the practicality of the modern world and I hope to gear the student towards that. I have worked with children for almost a decade so I am comfortable with youth education. My experience with working with children is mostly with the Boy Scouts of America since I was 14. From teaching scouts about nature, to directing shooting ranges as an NRA Rifle Safety Officer, to eventually managing a camp. As a young adult who has just finished their music degree from collage and working to further my education, I can understand the process of learning a musical instrument and guide the student on a smoother path to their goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
When taking lessons with me, you can expect for a teacher who listens to the desires of his or her student. I believe music theory and technique is essential to learning an instrument, but it can be rough and boring so I spend a good portion of the lesson working with the student towards their goals. This curriculum brings the most important motivation in learning an instrument, which is achieving improvement while having fun. After 3 months, an adult student should have the ability to read music and play chords so they may learn the songs they love and I can help them along. With a child my expectations are different because in my experience most youth under the age of 9 have not established a recognition for the music around them. To compensate for a child I spend a portion of the lesson introducing different styles of music such as classical, jazz, rock, and world. I hope not only to increase the pupil's interest towards their instrument but into music and art in general. My overall goal with a long term student is to understand the basics of technique, reading music, and understanding theory. Once past there I make a point to make the intermediate student want to practice by applying basic skills learned at the beginner level and bring them into songwriting, improvisation, and learning a their favorite radio songs or show tunes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Weighted and unweighted electric pianos, harmonicas, marimba, kazoos, guitars, amplifiers, ukulele, drums, other string instruments, my library of music and method books, and just a great room of musical fun. There is a cat in this home if you have allergies.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide the music books, worksheets, amplifiers, bass guitars, pencils and paper.

*** Specialties ***
For Piano I stick to Faber's teaching for youth beginner and than I use Ferdinand Breyer's method for intermediate. My main style of playing that i received in education is mostly in jazz and improvisation. I like to focus of my teaching of music in the genres of jazz, classical, pop, rock, and blues.

Emily F. Laurel, MD

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

Hello all! I am Emily F., a recent graduate of Grove City College with a degree in Music Education. While in school I majored in Percussion and Voice and spent the majority of my time performing and gaining experience. I am currently an elementary music teacher with Prince George's County Schools. I have had years of lessons myself and have taught many students as well. As a vocalist, I can teach you how to sing anything from Top 40 hits to Broadway numbers to Operatic Arias. I will help you gain confidence as a performer and vocal strength. I am also prepared to teach beginning piano lessons to help you learn to accompany yourself and others. For percussion lessons, I have years of experience as a principal percussionist in my College's band and orchestra and would love to help you learn how to be a classically trained percussionist, not a drummer. Overall, I offer experience, knowledge, and a chance to get out of your shell and onto a stage.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, I strive to create an environment that is student centered. I want you to feel as comfortable as possible when we begin a lesson so that you can do your best. Lessons with me will be fairly laid back, but only if I see you giving 100%. My goal is to create self-motivated learners at any age. As far as curriculum goes, I will work off of what you want to learn and what books you may already have. I can suggest books for almost any genre of voice, basic piano books, and I know the best beginning percussion books out there. Regardless of genre or instrument, after a few months with me you will be a confident performer. I want all of my students to not only be trained on their instrument, but on showing their talent to the world.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Length Keyboard, Recording Equipment, Guitar (just in case), Ukulele.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a keyboard that I can bring if necessary. I would expect students to bring their own percussion instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I have a great deal of experience auditioning for plays and musicals and got many parts in high school in college. I have had years of experience performing in both vocal and instrumental groups. Vocally, I am comfortable teaching Broadway, pop, or classical vocal styles. In the percussion field, I specialize in mallet instruments, but I am comfortable teaching auxiliary and snare as well.

Priscilla L. Silver Spring, MD

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I'm not just personable and qualified but I am a versatile professional who truly love to mentor young enthusiasts the arts such as music and visual arts and I believe the importance of adapting my teachings to each students needs. Through my 13 years of studying and teaching Music in both here in the US and in Brazil I've come to realize with the support of my mentors, peers and my family that my goal is to educate all types of kids and in order to be part of the enrichment of culture I would continue to pursue art, music and education by doing so. It's vital to me to teach arts alternatively and I'll do so for always with great passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have an easy-going, yet structured approach that allows each student to achieve results effectively at his or her own pace. I believe that there is a connection between music, movement and language that intertwine and support each other through the development process. I specialize in teaching all kinds of styles from Classical, Pop,Bossa Nova in guitar, piano and music theory lessons. I Love to emphasize various playing techniques, music theory, ear training, music reading, and more.The materials for teaching varies.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Books, Metronome, Guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
note book, assigned books and sheet music assigned

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, Piano, Music Theory and Performance is what we do !
My main goal is to present students with simplified arrangements of standard repertoire concentrating on sight-reading and writing composition as well as playing all sorts of variety of music genres. Use of the metronome is needed, and very often the exercises defy the tendency to play by ear or in the position pattern.We will focus 1/2 of the lesson on repertoire and 1/2 the lesson on the technique. I have my students let me know via email what songs they would like to work on for the weeks lesson a few days prior to the lesson, then I cater the technical study during the lesson to help them learn the song we are working on. It has been proven to be very effective and makes the technique and theory are less uninteresting.
Through good vibes we all learn and grow tremendously so with that said come and Jam with me.

Alan S.

Manassas, VA
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Samuel N.

Fairfax, VA
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Jacqueline E.

Washington, DC
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Alan S. Manassas, VA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

Education:

Formal Study:
Associate in Arts Degree from Suffolk County Community College Long Island, New York and United States Air Force Band Careerfield at Scott AFB, Illinois and March AFB, California

Private Study:
Pete Heywood (Fifth Avenue Band- Reprise Records), Al Miller ( Cab Calloway), John Kasica (St. Louis Symphony), Bob Luther (Fairchild) and Bobby Dominguez (Russell Ferante of The Yellow Jackets).

Experience:
Performing
Donati Orchestra, Jazz Street Station/5th Ave Band, Glasshouse (on the Spirit of Washington), Our Pleasure Top 40, NightShift, 3RDegree and presently now with Syncopated Nation.

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: *Appeared on "Merv Griffin Television", "Bob Hope Celebrity Dinner Show", "Caesar's Palace Las Vegas" and "Playboy Jazz Festival Los Angeles".
Performed under the baton of Henry Mancini ( TV & Movie Composer/Arranger: Peter Gunn, Pink Panther), Peter Matz (CBS Records Barbara Streisand/Chicago) and Mort Lindsey (Merv Griffin Show)

About In Home Drum Instruction:
We provide drum lessons in the convenience of clients™ homes with a registered business license since 1994. Top references given for quality instruction. We guarantee that the rate will never increase, ever!

Knowledge that the student is able to approach any style of music with confidence and take this with them into any area of study and performance.Taught students from elementary - high school for at least 6 years who were 1st or 2nd chair in their respective band programs and continue in music as a major or at least minor throughout college.

There is an art to drumming. It is an instrument heard in many styles of music. Students grades excel when studying any given instrument from the discipline of daily practice.

Satisfied a need for people whose family schedules were too complicated to have lessons outside their own home since 1994.

We offer beginner to advanced lessons. The styles we cover include:
Concert
Jazz
Rock
Latin
Funk
Fusion, etc.

Lessons are built to be fun! Call or e-mail to find out more information.

Sincerely,
Alan S. of
In Home Drum Instruction

Brands I professionally utilize:

Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Gretsch / Pearl Drumsets, Zildjian / Sabian Cymbals, Lp Jamblock, etc.

*** Lesson Details ***
My interest as instructor is to always give the best lessons possible. In order to achieve this, "attendance" is a very important part of attaining this goal.

Lessons will "not" be pro-rated in cost due to students' absence for any reason (except family emergency). If instructor is unable to arrive for lesson, then adjustments will be applied.

"No long term contract" ...however, a "2 week notice" is required prior to "final lesson" when stopping lessons without additional charge.

If local roads are impassable due to severe weather conditions, lessons will be conducted over Phone or Skype during same scheduled lesson time on day in question.

Alan S.
In Home Drum Instruction - "Have Drum Will Travel" :)

*** Studio Equipment ***
5-piece Gretsch Drumset: Pearl free floating piccolo snare drum, power 10" & 12" mounted toms, 14" power floor tom, and 20" power bass drum. Mixture of Avedis Zildjian 20" medium ride cymbal, Avedis Zildjian 16" medium/thin crash cymbal, 14" Scimitar high hat cymbals, 12" Sabian Pro 8 cymbal, 12'" Wuhan china cymbal and LP stealth jam block.

*** Travel Equipment ***
5-piece Pearl Drumset: 6 & 1/2" metal snare drum, 12" & 13" mounted power toms, 16" power floor tom and 22" power bass drum. Mixture of 22" Avedis Zildjian medium ride cymbal, 16" Avedis Zildjian medium thin crash cymbal, 14" Avedis Zildjian high hat cymbals, and 21" Italian (dark) sizzle cymbal.

*** Specialties ***
Cover many styles including: Concert Percussion, Jazz Independence, Chart Interpretation for Big Band, Rock, Latin, Funk, Fusion as applied to drumset. Studies also available on Polyrythms and odd meter.

Samuel N. Fairfax, VA

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Music Performance, Viola, Violin

About Me

Hello, I'm Sam, and I've been playing the viola for 13 years, and teaching for a total of 4-5 years. I'm a recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, but I'm a native born South Dakotan. I'll tell you a little bit about myself as a teacher.

I love sharing what I've learned with students, and I'm particularly interested in teaching students what they want to work on, but also giving them the tools that they need to succeed. I teach from either a traditional standpoint, or from Suzuki books in order to teach technical facility.

I don't provide instruments or the accessories that go along with it, so please be prepared to have those things. I'll also provide a list of music that you should order after our first lesson.

I always hope to open the eyes of my students and teach that confidence and hard work can not only progress them in learning music but with most skills in life. Most importantly I never want my students to feel that music is a burden! I want them to always enjoy themselves when they are practicing or performing.

My Performance Bio:

Sam N. is a native born South Dakotan who began his viola studies at the age of ten. He began taking private lessons at the age of fourteen with his teacher Carol Knowles. Eventually, he continued his studies in South Dakota with San Francisco Conservatory alumni Kate Weeks. Sam is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of music where he studied with Jodi Levitz. He has participated in master classes with Helen Callus, Jay Liu, Jonathan Vinocour, Jerzy Kosmala, Hank Dutt, William Goodwin, Jackie Schwandt, and Kelly Hall-Tompkins. Mr. N. was the principle violist of the South Dakota All State Orchestra from 2007-2009, principle violist of the J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra from 2008-2010, and a member of the Black Hills Symphony from 2006-2010. In 2008, he was the 1st prize winner of the Lucy Palermo Weed String Competition, and won South Dakota's ASTA viola division. Two years later, he received the Henry Charles Smith Award in the SDSO's Young Musician's Competition, and also claimed 2nd prize in the BHSO's Young Artist Competition. In 2011-2012, he was also invited in to the Orlando Chamber Soloists Apprentice Program. Sam is also the former principle violist of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra which toured Germany in the summer of 2012. Featured performances took place in the concert halls at the Gastieg in Munich and Berlin Philharmonic. In 2013-2014 Sam was the principle violist of the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra.

Jacqueline E. Washington, DC

Subjects Taught

Classical Voice, Essay Writing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Vocal Training

About Me

Do you want a trained, well-rounded music teacher who keeps you motivated and focused, who can show you how to perform with more confidence in a safe and positive environment? You've come to the right place!

I have my students' best interests at heart, and I want to empower my students with the right tools to bring out the very best in them! As a performer, I have a solid foundation in classical singing technique and experience as a choral and opera singer. As a teacher, I have worked with students from elementary to high school, but I also enjoy teaching adult amateurs.

*** Lesson Details ***
More lesson times may be available than what is shown. Please send me a message if you would like to find out about other times.

The most important thing to know about working with me is that I take the development of voices seriously. Each voice is as unique as a snowflake and as precious as a butterfly, to be handled with tender care. I will work to understand your needs in singing, and you will receive a learning experience tailored to fit your desires and goals. In return, I expect you to come prepared. I want to challenge you to reach deep within yourself to express your individual artistry through your voice.

Some examples of goals I can help you with:
- Learning music for church/school choir, auditions, or just for fun
- Music fundamentals: pitches and rhythms
- Music theory tutoring
- Improving singing technique
- Increasing awareness of bodily tension and how to release it
- Preparing for an audition or recital
- Exploring career possibilities in music

When you arrive for our first lesson, I'll start by getting to know your musical tastes/aspirations. Then I'll listen to you sing a couple vocal exercises so I can determine where you are and how I can help you.

Everybody's path is different, but we must start with a strong foundation in the fundamentals. After we start to establish some techniques for singing, we will explore music you like and music that suits you from a practical standpoint in your development. Together we will make a plan that keeps you motivated toward your goals and that fits your lifestyle.

Most of all, you can look forward to progress! Hope to hear from you soon.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office space with good lighting, a mirror, and a weighted full size keyboard

*** Student Expectations ***
I expect students to be punctual. I also require a student to come prepared with pencils and a notepad/notebook. Parents or friends may sit and watch and/or take notes for the student, but any visitors must be silent throughout the entire lesson so as not to be a distraction to the student; s/he has to be fully focused in order to get as much out of the lesson as possible. The student is more than welcome to bring something with which to record the lesson to study after the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I have a strong background in performing in choirs, solo classical singing, and some opera/musical theater. I am a classically trained pianist, and also have a background in directing elementary music to high school music.

My music philosophy:
1. Music is for everyone and anyone can be a musician! Every student has unlimited potential, and it is my desire to unlock that potential to help my students grow.
2. Proper technique is crucial! Whatever your goals, starting with good technique in the fundamentals will keep you from injury and promote your success.
3. Mastering the fundamentals of musicianship can empower you! In our lesson, I will incorporate aspects of music theory appropriate to your level so that you can be a well-rounded, thinking musician.
4. Hard work is satisfying! I believe that working hard can achieve great results, so I push my students to accomplish things they would not be able to do on their own. I am always supportive and encouraging with my students in their efforts.
5. Music is meant to be an expression of your heart and soul! I believe that while good technique and musicianship are very important, that is only half the story. At every stage, I try to help students connect with the music inside them so they can be free to let it out, expressively.
6. Listening is vital to understanding music! Students can expect listen to recordings of music to gain insight to and understanding of style. I encourage my students to sing along with recordings to work on the organic elements of music, which cannot be gained from dry academic study.

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Jackie is a classically trained lyric soprano, a rising senior in General-Choral Music Education at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Stage appearances in 2014 include Catholic University's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni (chorus) and the Yorkshire Opera Workshop's production of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe (Leila) in England. In Spring 2015, Jackie will be performing in Catholic University's production of Verdi's Rigoletto.

In addition to pursuing her interests in operatic repertoire and liturgical music, Jackie continues to refine skills in piano and conducting to further her development as an aspiring music educator.

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