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Popular Singing Teachers Near Catharpin

Thomas D.

Greenbelt, MD
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Mayumi G.

Hyattsville, MD
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Jennifer V.

Herndon, VA
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Thomas D. Greenbelt, MD

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

My musical life began during the "folk boom" of the 1960's. I began songwriting and performing during my high school years. Later I was a member of a folk-rock band called The Bean Angels. We preformed and recorded in the Iowa City, Iowa area. Later I attended Montana State University where I studied music education. My training included: piano skills, music theory, music history, aural perception, conducting, and vocal pedagogy. I have several decades experience in teaching. I have taught guitar, piano, voice, and ukulele, and have directed a children's choir.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that each individual has his or her own particular learning style and pace. Accordingly I try to tailor my instruction to best fit the individual student. The first lessons will emphasize such things as posture and holding the instrument correctly, thus establishing a solid foundation to build on. Although I will assign exercises that are designed to build technique, I believe that creative musical expression is the true goal and that technique is just a means to that end.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with instruments, keyboard, computer, and recording. Parents can sit in on lessons, and waiting area available.

*** Specialties ***
I am probably most proficient in folk and classical styles of guitar. I have some degree of competency in country, rock and roll, gospel, and jazz styles.

Mayumi G. Hyattsville, MD

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Piano, Singing

About Me

American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker said,” Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.” This sentiment shaped my views on music and its performance. One of my great pleasures in life is sharing an appreciation of music.

I had always been a part of music. My father played trumpet, my mother could play guitar and carry a tune. They believed music was an important part of life so they started me on piano at 5 years old. And I've been playing that ever since. I started learning to sing in my middle school chorus when I was 11 years old. I really liked it and I liked it more when I would sing my mother and father’s favorite songs and see them smile. So I listened to a lot of singers and vocalists that they liked and learned by emulating them and applying what I was learning in chorus. My piano lessons helped grasp the theory behind music and gave me a good ear for pitches.

I studied voice at the University of Maryland College Park School of Music. In their chorus I had the pleasure of learning and performing many wonderful pieces such as Verdi’s Requiem and St. Matthew’s Passion. During that time I had chance of playing with the University Jazz Band as both their pianist and as their jazz singer. I even arranged my own version of Too Darn Hot by Cole Porter that was performed by the band in 2007.

I also work a lot with musical theatre. I've been in a number of shows in Maryland including Rent and Hairspray, and Into the Woods. I also free lance as a music director in the area. I've been a music director for 10 years and I love every minute of it. My music director credits include Children of Eden, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie, Grease, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, And the World Goes Round, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Wizard of Oz, Jekyll & Hyde for which I was nominated for Outstanding Musical Direction in 2011 and Ragtime for which I was named one of the "Best of 2013: Favorite Musical Direction" by DC Metro Arts.

I believe that to get as good as you want to be, of course you have to work at it, but there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy learning it.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be able to teach you soon.
Mayumi G.

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Practice makes perfunk. This is a saying that was always hanging on my band teacher’s door in high school. It was a reminder that it requires work to get something right, but you need to take breaks and relax a bit too. That’s how I feel about teaching in general. Constantly working and being worried about getting it just right can lead to bad habits. So I make sure that the lesson is balanced between a relaxed atmosphere and an effective working environment.

I can teach a variety of styles. But I like to always make sure that the fundamentals of singing are solid regardless of whether you want to sing classical or jazz or pop. So I go into:
Proper techniques for breathing
Creating good tonal sounds
Diction

I believe that singers have a greater advantage if they are able to read music and understand theory. I believe that it makes learning music by oneself much easier as well. So I also have the option to go into basic music theory (i.e. reading music notation and rhythms) to advance music theory(i.e. roman numeral analysis, ear training, harmonic progression) if you choose to do so.

For intro to piano, I follow the same structure as beginning singers and also start with the fundamental basics that will help lead into whatever style you wish to play:
How to read music
Understanding basic music theory
how to play what you read
Finger strengthening

For both piano and singing: After some basic training, I start to give a variety of different style songs to work with. I do encourage student to bring songs they want to learn and tailor lessons around that particular song and style. I like them to learn 2 songs per lesson increasing to 3 or 4 depending on the pace of the student and the amount of workload they feel they are able to handle.

I do believe that listening to music is part of the learning process so every few weeks or so I like to give the student 1 or 2 youtube clips I found and have them watch it then come in the next week and we discuss the video both good and bad and what they can learn from it.

As they progress the songs get more difficult and we start really honing in on the techniques of the production of sound as well as performance aesthetics, as in how to create a presence on stage, how to project the sound more, overall how to give a good performance.

Some of my past students would use the lesson time to learn about auditioning for musicals and stage productions. If the student has any such desire all they have to do is ask and I will set aside time to work on how to audition for shows and what most music directors look for when they hear you sing. For those who don’t, I like to give the option to give a recital if the student feels comfortable to do so. It would be held in a local studio, very casual affair just to give the student that experience of music as a performing art.

Note: I do teach at my home. I do have pets, 3 guinea pigs and a cat. If this is an issue, I can also travel to the student home.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with keyboard and office equipment. Seating for parents.

**She has a cat, and some guinea pigs**

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teaching piano: I own a weighted keyboard suitable for instruction.
Teaching voice: I can accompany the student as they sing

*** Specialties ***
In piano I tend to teach classical, but I do move away from that after they've grasped the basic technique and theory to how to sight read and improvise, even play by ear.

In voice, I start with basic classical technique and after they've grasped the fundamentals of good vocal production, branch out into different styles of music from straight classical/opera to Broadway to jazz to pop and r&b.

Jennifer V. Herndon, VA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing

About Me

My name is Jennifer. I got my degree in vocal performance and minored in Jazz. I began voice lessons myself when I was eight. I am a mezzo soprano, and can teach both female and male voices. I have performed in several opera productions including but not limited to The Marriage of Figaro, Dido and Aeneus, Tenderland, and Hand of Bridge. I have worked and performed in masterworks by Brahms, Chopin, Mozart to name a few. I studied in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. I studied diction, ear training, piano, music history, pedagogy, and music theory. I have also performed with artists such as New York Voices, Bobby Mcferrin and Kurt Elling. I was blessed with many learning opportunites to grow in my passion and I would love to pass that knowledge and passion to anyone who wants to learn.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed around the needs of each student. The first lessons is always spent testing range, knowledge and abilities already known by the student. Then the student weighs in on what kind of music they would like to learn and what they hope to gain from the lessons. Theory and ear training are incorporated into the lessons. We work on breathing, technique and style. Generally we start with English or Italian. We work on vocal performance from a classical standpoint but Jazz and Broadway can also be taught if desired by the student. Scales and exercises are given each week to be worked on until the next lesson. A recording device is encouraged if the student cannot play the piano. Also, a voice note book to take notes during the lesson to be used during practice during the week.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a keyboard and books

*** Specialties ***
classical voice and jazz voice.

David R.

Silver Spring, MD
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Liesl S.

North Beach, MD
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Jonathan W.

Rockville, MD
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David R. Silver Spring, MD

Subjects Taught

Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Calculus, Elementary Math, Geometry, Math, Music Theory, Piano, Pre Algebra, Pre Calculus, SAT, Singing, SSAT, Test Prep, Trigonometry

About Me

My parents play(ed) with the Boston and Baltimore Symphonies. I was trained at Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and Cape Cod Conservatory. I was certified by Yale University to teach K-12 Music.

We have a dirty, smelly, slobbery, friendly 2-year-old 150-pound Newfoundland who wants to meet you and give you a ride in his cart, and a beautiful, friendly domestic shorthair cat who wants you to feed him. Try to ignore them.

*** Lesson Details ***
We start by determining where you want to be a year from now, then figure out how to get there. In daily practice it is less important to practice a certain number of minutes; rather, the ability to do the task well is emphasized. Gadgets (metronome, recorder, transcriber) are a help to see whether you “got it.”

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with upright piano. Parents can sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have piano at home. I have electronic piano if traveling to student's house and student lacks access to piano.

*** Specialties ***
Classical

Liesl S. North Beach, MD

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

I graduated from Grove City College in May 2010 with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education.

I am currently on a Parental Leave of Absence from my position as Director of Choral Activities at Patuxent High School in Lusby, MD where I conducted 4 choirs, taught Guitar and AP Theory, directed the Glee Club, and served as Musical Director for the school's Spring Musical Productions.

American writer Joseph Campbell said, ”The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves. ” I believe that my role as your teacher and adviser is to help you find your voice and connect to your instrument. Music is a universal language that takes our human experience to a higher level and I hope I can help!

*** Lesson Details ***
Music should be enjoyable, so my number one goal is to bring joy to you, the performer, and to your potential audiences. I encourage you to communicate with me about your musical preferences and goals in your role as a music student.

My lessons follow a format each week. We begin with warm ups and technique building, followed by an in depth look at grade appropriate music selections that appeal to you, the student. Through practice, you will be given the tools necessary to reach mastery on each selection with dedicated practice.

In a vocal setting, warm ups consist of breathing exercises and vocalises. I teach in depth classical technique and explore the physiological aspect of vocal production and how it relates to classical music as well as to jazz and pop genres. We will work on vowel shape, vocal placement, and breath connection that will give you the tools you need to be successful in a variety of vocal genres.

Skill building assignments will be assigned weekly to help you form good practice habits that will set you on a pass towards success!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will be held in my home where we have a digital piano available. Quiet neighborhood, available parking, one dog.

*** Specialties ***
I am currently on a Parental leave of absence from Calvert County Public Schools where I worked full time as a choral director and specialize in choral performance. My Chamber Choir girls qualified for the Maryland State Choral Festival in the Spring of 2012.

I specialize in classical singing technique.

Jonathan W. Rockville, MD

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

I have both an undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Oxford, and graduate degree in voice from The Peabody Institute. I'm a working singer who currently sings as a cantor at the National Shrine in DC. You might have seen me sing on EWTN one afternoon or evening. I have a very eclectic taste in music and am happy to teach almost any style where real singing is happening including pop, rock, musical theater and classical.

I have an extensive understanding of the human voice from my university studies and will show you exercises to unlock your full potential should you want to work. Then we can put that voice into practice in any style you choose. I'm happy to suggest repertoire but I would rather you bring me the music you know and love.

I believe that all singing in all styles should come from a place of solid vocal technique. This means a sound which is supported from a low breath, free from tension in the throat, neck, jaw and tongue, and which is first and foremost beautiful.

NB I am happy to travel to student's houses ONLY if they live in the NW Washington DC area (Bethesda, Van Ness) and are close to a Red Line Metro station.

*** Studio Equipment ***
- Piano
- Electronic Piano

*** Specialties ***
- Classic Broadway
- Art Song
- Opera, both early and modern

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