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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Catharpin

Justin P.

Fairfax, VA
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Emily F.

Laurel, MD
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Robert M.

Upper Marlboro, 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.

Robert M. Upper Marlboro, MD

Subjects Taught

Flute, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Trumpet

About Me

I am a recent graduate of Morgan State University. I am now a graduate student. I'm majoring in music education with trumpet as my primary instrument. I currently teach Music at Nathan A. Pitts Ashburton Elementary/Muddle School.Teaching for 10 years, section leader of multiple bands for 5 yrs Musical arranger, who understands all levels of students and genuinely loves to teach. Very inviting and understanding, as well as easy to talk to. Trustworthy and honest, performed in numerous groups including jazz and classical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher, very encouraging and and always upbeat. Students can expect to have fun, and never feel nervous. Not like an English or History class. The learning happens on both sides. I focus on making the instrument a voice, just like the one we use when we talk. After 3 or 6 months, the student can expect a much better understanding of the instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the dinning room, piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Can provide-Trumpet with method books, Flute

Student needs- Trombone, Method books for trombone and flute

*** Specialties ***
Jazz Lead player- Trumpet
Music Arranger- Marching Band, Quintet

Charles T.

Silver Spring, MD
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Jackson C.

Washington, DC
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CHRISTOPHER V.

Alexandria, VA
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Charles T. Silver Spring, MD

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student must have their own instrument and access to that instrument in order to practice regularly.

Other than piano, I bring my own instrument to the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar Electric and Acoustic I teach Jazz Rock, Pop, Folk and how to read charts and music,, I make a living playing guitar and singing. 17pc Jazz.
Rock, Pop
top 40 dance band
I utilize printed materials as well as my own books.
Also, supplemental pieces appropriate to the student's ability and tastes. I transcribe and arrange music for guitar that is not otherwise available. Also, technique exercises specifically designed to help the student progress and excel but are also interesting to play and listen to.

Jackson C. Washington, DC

Subjects Taught

Christian Gospel, English, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Spanish, Speaking Voice, Vocal Training

About Me

Jackson is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is one of the most sought after male vocalist in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. This exciting and versatile tenor received his degree from the University of the District of Columbia with a Bachelors in Vocal Music. He has studied Voice Pedagogy both at Oberlin Conservatory under Richard Millar and Ann Manz and Shenandoah Conservatory (CCM) Commercial and Contemporary Music with Kathryn Green. Jackson has wowed audiences with his talent and skills, performing in four languages and five genres- attracting crowds of various ethnic backgrounds.

Jackson has experience working with youth and adults in churches, and privately. He has taught music and accompanied the production "KIDS" at the Kelsie Collie Children's Musical Experience.

Words and phrases that best describe Jackson's vocal performances are: (G.R.I.P.) Graceful, Refreshing, Inspiring, and Powerful.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I only teach voice and piano. Therefore, a piano/keyboard would be ideal.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Inspirational, Gospel, Classical, Contemporary Jazz, some musical theater.

Spanish:
Countries visited; Mexico and Peru.
I can guarantee that within a few months you'll feel confident and sure that you're conversationally ready to Speak Spanish. Therefore, if you're preparing a trip to a Spanish speaking country, you'll find Peruvian Castellano pronunciation straightforward and as good as any other, with few of the dropped letters or peculiarities found in some other countries.

CHRISTOPHER V. Alexandria, VA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
* Basic Electric Guitar technique
* Music Theory (harmony/melody, chord/scale construction, intervals, rhythms, arpeggios, altered chords)
* Stylized techniques (tapping, picking, legato, riffs)
* Stylized blues techniques (bending, turnarounds, dom7 chords, slide)
* Stylized shred techniques (economy/sweep picking, alternate picking, harmonic minor, dominant phrygian, diminished, harmonized lines, string skipping, etc)
* Stylized rock techniques (drop tunings, open tunings, grunge/nu-metal, ska, reggae)
* Basic Jazz/Fusion (ii-V-I, modes, odd-time signatures)
* Music as an Art (not technique, but concepts in music, music history, classical, jazz)
* Ear Training (intervals, harmony, learn songs with no guitar on hand)
* Basic Reading (chord charts/symbols, notation, rhythms)
* Songs (transcribing, learning by ear, tab, writing your own)
* Being in a Band (live performance, singing/playing, stage presence, dealing with band members, rehearsals)
* Gear (guitars, amps, pedals, effects processors)

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