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Popular Piano Teachers Near Fairfax

Thomas D.

Greenbelt, MD
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Timothy H.

Washington, DC
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Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD
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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.

Timothy H. Washington, DC

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing

About Me

I hold a Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. With over 15 years of experience, in both piano and voice, I've had to opportunity to perform, both domestically and internationally, with such great acts as Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, and many others. I served as lead singer, pianist, and co-songwriter for a number of independent bands covering numerous genres including, but not limited to, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Acoustic, and A Capella.

Since moving to Washington DC, I've immersed myself within the local music community playing a handful of group and solo acts. I currently maintain a home music studio well equipped with musical instruments and music technology. I'm constantly practicing, writing, and recording to improve myself as an artist.

My teaching style is unique and individualized to each student. I set personalized goals to make every lesson a success, and I push my students to get the most out of themselves just like I do myself. I'm always enthusiastic and humor driven to create a personable learning environment for students of any age. Music is my life, and I'm so thrilled to have the opportunity to share my greatest passion with the hope that my students, too, will fall in love with music!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson environment is laid back and stress-free. I like my students to feel inspired and encouraged as they begin, and/or continue, their music education. I introduce fun and innovative ways to build students' musicianship and creativity while retaining classic methods to develop strong technique and proper performance and practice habits.

For beginners, we'll be exploring the basics of either piano, or voice, while focusing on proper technique, basic theory, and a solid skill set. Within 3-6 months, my students are able to read music and understand the language of it.

For intermediate-advanced, we'll focus on building musicianship and skill sets by furthering studies in music theory, varying styles of repertoire, proper techniques that will greatly improve your piano and/or voice abilities, songwriting, improvisation, and live performance skills. We can also cover the basics of recording so you not only have tangible evidence of your improvement over time, but the know-how to create your own music!

I ask that my students come prepared to every lesson with the motivation and commitment to learn something new each week! Lessons are a fun and creative way to discover yourself as an artist and a person, so let's get started!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha CLP-550 Upright Electric Piano, 13" MacBook Pro and iPad mini (Apple), ProTools9 (Avid), LogicPro8 (Apple), MBox Interface System (Avid), M-Audio 25 key Midi Controller, MXL4000 Condenser Microphone, Shure SM-58 Dynamic Microphone,, BeatsStudio Studio Headphones (beats by dr. dre), HD280 Pro Studio Heaphones (Sennheiser) and G900DX Studio Headphones (Gear One).

Aleksis B. Germantown, MD

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

My name is Aleksis B., but many of my students know me as Mr. B. I am a professional instructor and performing musician who combines a love of music with a desire to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. I try to make that passion show in everything I do.

My education includes classical voice training with Michele Howard Hansen, an opera singer that often performs at the Kennedy Center. I studied piano with Geoffrey Chappell, who writes for Jazz Times. I also received compositional training on multiple instruments from Stanley Cowell, who recorded and performed with legends like Miles Davis.

I have been performing professionally since 1992. I studied education in college and did my student teaching in a music class at Goshen Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

I have been teaching music professionally now for over twenty years. Some students want to take a few lessons to see if it is something they will enjoy, others have worked with me for over a decade. I have mentored several students who have gone on to professional careers. I have experienced a lot of success teaching young children and those with special needs. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of patience and truly enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.

Whatever your goals or abilities, I look forward to working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Experience fun based lessons as my teaching approach is relaxed and inspirational. I enjoy working with all ages, adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate your learning style and abilities. Learn to play the music you love! You learn best when you enjoy what you are playing, I can help you play along with your favorites or even write your own songs. I always ask my students at the beginning of a lesson "What would you like to do today?" Then structure the lesson accordingly into a routine that the student can practice on their own. Generally the time is divided into warm ups, learning new material, then picking a fun song the student choses. Whether your interest is Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop music, etc... I'm here help you reach your goals so let's make your dreams come true with music together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
basement, digital piano, acoustic/electric guitars, speakers, amps, microphones, recording equipment, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books, Guitar, music stand, metronome, picks, tuner, page clips, capo, media player, laptop, Keyboard (on request), and recording equipment (on request)

*** Specialties ***
With Voice I specialize in helping people prepare for auditions such as American Idol. I have students who simply want to be karaoke stars. I have several professional singers that hire me as a voice coach and producer for recording sessions. I have taught children as young as 2 and those that retired with a lifelong dream to sing. Though my training is classical, I can teach Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, etc...whatever is fun for the student. I highly recommend learning to read music but I do not push it unless parents want their child to.

With Piano I can teach traditionally from Alfred and Bastien Piano Courses depending if they are auditory or visual learners. For Kinesthetic learners I use Hanon scale exercises and Rothman Rhythm Exercises. For those that want to learn notation I introduce classical and Jazz composers unless there is a popular artist/band/movie theme etc...that they would like to learn. However I do not push students to read music unless their parents would prefer it. I tend to keep more students that want to learn to play by ear especially adults by using rhythm training and music theory exercises and then applying them to songs they love. For piano I haven't had much success with children younger than 3. I also have a lot experience working with special needs children.

For Guitar I teach Classical, Acoustic, and Electric all styles and genres. I encourage sight reading but don't mind using tabs. I use more exercises with these students, since the first month students have a hard time making a sound. I try to make the lessons fun by having students strum chords along with songs they chose. I teach lead and rhythm even songwriting and composition. Job satisfaction for me is seeing my students leave a lesson with a smile on their face so I make sure to be a fun based teacher that doesn't give the student a hard time about not practicing.

For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.

Jessica P.

Chevy Chase, MD
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Liesl S.

Chesapeake Beach, MD
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Marquita N.

Alexandria, VA
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Jessica P. Chevy Chase, MD

Subjects Taught

Cello, Classical Piano, Ear Training, Music Theory, Piano, Upright Bass

About Me

Jessica moved to the Chevy Chase/Bethesda area in 2009, having grown up and gone to school in New York and Ohio. She loves the area, and she and her husband are thrilled to be putting down roots in the community. As a performer, Jessica has traveled around the world, but throughout her career teaching has been one of her most important focuses. "As a relative newcomer to the DC area, growing my private studio has been a great way to get involved in the community. My teaching style is individualized, but I always try to include two important things: building a strong basic skill set, and developing creativity."

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether your goal is to make it into All-State, give a solo recital, play tunes at family gatherings, or just try something new for the very first time, I will help you succeed and have a good time along the way.

In my view, the most interesting thing about performing music is that it is one of the few activities that engages both the left and the right brain at the same time. With that in mind, my teaching places equal importance on developing strong technique, and developing creativity. Students learn all the basics of music, and also spend time developing strong ensemble skills and strong background knowledge of style and repertoire, so that they can enjoy music in all kinds of settings, all their lives.

Knowing from experience how "boring" it can be to learn by rote, I combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music. After all, there is no experience so motivating as hearing a new piece that you HAVE to learn to play yourself!

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in either living room or upstairs office; Steinway baby grand piano in living room;

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect piano students to have daily access to either a piano or a keyboard with 88 full-sized, weighted keys. Bass or cello students must have their own bass or cello.

*** Specialties ***
classical, baroque, renaissance

Liesl S. Chesapeake 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.

Marquita N. Alexandria, VA

Subjects Taught

Cello, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Viola, Violin

About Me

 

Marquita Renee N. is a
multi-talented musician. She has been giving private lessons on the violin,
viola, cello, piano and voice for almost thirteen years now. She is also a
freelance editor. She edited a book for Rob Jolles entitled, Mental Agility,
which was published in May of 2006. 

 

She is a graduate of Shenandoah
University, Conservatory of Music. The recipient of an Academic Scholarship and
Viola Talent Scholarship, Marquita was a Dean's List Scholar,
receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Management in May of 1999.

 

Having taught in numerous schools
and programs such as Agape Christian Academy, Mars Music, Capone Music,
Alexandria Music, Music by Patti in Suwanee, Georgia (where she established a
strings program), ArtStream, and establishing her own teaching company/ studio,
Mrs. Marquita€™s Music, she finds teaching to be therapeutic for both the
student and herself.

 

She enjoys reading, writing poems/ journaling, and
being with family and close friends. Listening to €œGod€™s Words Through Me,€ you
may hear influences of folk, country and jazz music along with traditional and
contemporary Gospel as Marquita is a listener of all €œgood music". 

*** Lesson Details ***
Taking lessons with Mrs. Marquita means that you will have so much fun learning your musical instrument. I infuse traditional teaching methods with music theory. My main goal is to teach my students the joy of playing a musical instrument so they will be able to read music and play it and also be able to begin to play by ear. Whatever song or melody they here they should be able to sing or play on their instrument. My style is laid back, but I am strict in such a subtle manner that my students only remember me being funny and how much fun they have learning music. I also teach the history behind the music as well as music theory. I think it is important for each student to understand exactly what is in their music and why they are playing it. We use scales (vocalization and breathing techniques for singers) as warm ups and then get into the pieces that we're working on. I use John Thompson/ Suzuki/ various other books and sheet music for piano. For Strings I use the Suzuki Method books (we do not learn Strict Suzuki method which relies solely on the ear. We use the books because it is important for each student to develop the ear and be able to actually read the music that they are playing). For Strings we also supplement the learning with various other sheet music as well as any orchestral pieces the students may need extra help with. For voice (I can teach any vocal style--from opera, pop, Gospel, Jazz, Theatre) I use a variety of books according to my students' goals and styles.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my supplies that I need for teaching, and my students should have their instruments and their supplies.

*** Specialties ***
I love the Suzuki methods for piano and strings. For piano I also use the John Thompson's books and Alfreds for adults.

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