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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near Halethorpe

Jean T.

Bel Air, MD
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Jonathan G.

Baltimore, MD
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Belinda L.

Baltimore, MD
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Jean T. Bel Air, MD

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Organ, Piano

About Me

I have been teaching piano for approximately 35 years. I've had experience with all ages and levels of students. I am also a church organist and music director and I have taught general /vocal music in the public school system for 24 years. I have had the pleasure of being an adjudicator for the Pennsylvania Piano Student Festival. I am a member of the Maryland State Teachers Association, Baltimore Music Teachers Association, Harford County Music Teachers Association, The Early Music Society of Baltimore, National Federation of Music Clubs, Bach in Baltimore Chorus and the American Guild of Organist.
I graduated from the College of Notre Dame University with a BA Degree in Music Education. I have continued my private studies throughout the years with notable professors. I attend piano teaching workshops on a regular basis to stay up-to-date with new teaching materials.
My students are taught a complete knowledge of music theory. The fundamentals of scales, chord structures, arpeggios etc. are an essential part of every lessons. Music technic is developed with these fundamentals. I teach a variety of music genres such as Jazz, Contemporary, Classical and Hymn playing, depending on the age and musical development of each student.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach a 45 minute lesson but a 30 or 60 minute class is an option. In my experience, students 5 or 6 years of age, depending on their maturity level, do perform better with a 30 minute lesson. As they progress, they will move to the 45 minute lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Room: grand piano and organ.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Style all periods, Hymn playing, some Jazz and Contemporary music.

Jonathan G. Baltimore, MD

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Violin

About Me

I have studied with Wanchi Huang at James Madison University for six years. At JMU, I earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music, both in violin performance. I am currently working on a doctoral degree at Catholic University of America, studying with Jody Gatwood. When I was a student at JMU, I taught several students privately. The students ranged from retirees to JMU faculty and students to adolescents. I am now teaching at Baltimore Talent Education Center, where I teach violin in small groups and individual lessons. The students at BTEC range from pre- kindergarden through high school. I also have festival experience. I have been a student at Brevard Music Center, Heifetz International Music Institute, BayView Music Festival, and I was a Teaching Fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp. Through my experiences both as a student and as a teacher, I understand that every student is a little bit different. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses. Every student has a different learning style. Every student has a different way of understanding things, a different way of processing information, and a different personality all together. It will be my job as a teacher to get to know each student individually and use my teaching methods to teach the student how to play the violin and help him or her to reach his or her goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid-back person. I am easy-going, enthusiastic about violin playing and about teaching and learning music, and I am very patient with my students as well. However, I am also very demanding. I explain and demonstrate objectives in a very precise way, and I demand a lot of detailed work from my students, inside and outside the lesson. I explain specifically what I want the student to do. By the end of every lesson, the student will have specific things to work on for next time. I expect each student to make practicing a habit, and practice regularly what has been discussed in the lesson. I try to make the lessons as pleasant and as laid-back as possible. But I become more firm, serious, and strict when a student either is not making an effort or does not practice enough outside the lesson.
I start students off with the Suzuki method. We work on techniques to hold the violin properly, hold the bow properly, and get a decent sound out of the violin, without too much physical tension. A student begins by learning to play by ear. After he or she is comfortable playing by ear, we associate the notes that the student hears and plays on the violin with written notes on a page.
We also work with the Paul Roland methods so that the student can learn the violin in a basic, rudimentary way. It involves a lot of repetitive patterns, back and forth motions that are slow and round, and avoiding excessive tension. This will give the student the tools that he or she needs to learn how to play the violin in a short period of time.
In three to six months, a student who is a beginner will be able to hold the violin and bow comfortably, create a decent sound on the violin, and play the Twinkle Variations, and maybe a few other songs.
If the student has played violin before, then in three to six months, he or she will have had some rehabilitation to get rid of tension and force, overcome some bad habits he or she may have developed, and review the fundamentals of violin playing. I will improve the student's approach to the violin, and by the end of the three to six months, he or she will have a better idea on how to practice and play the violin.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, seating for parents in the living room,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a stand.
I will expect the student to have a violin, rosin, and a pencil.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Method- a starting point, particularly for kids, but for people of all ages. It is a good way to begin learning the violin by playing by ear, developing a strong, clear tone, and bringing out one's individuality through his/her musical development and his/her ability to be expressive.

In a matter of time, I want the student to get used to reading music, in addition to playing by ear. This can be done through the pieces in the Suzuki method or through other music.

Eventually, I take the student off of the Suzuki method and work with him or her on classical repertoire.

Belinda L. Baltimore, MD

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice, Vocal Training

About Me

*** Lesson Details ***
NOTE: I prefer to teach students ages 11 & up.† I will accommodate younger students, but as vocal development is a direct reflection of physical development (the instrument is the body), we will be unable to delve deeply into technique.† Instead, the curriculum for younger students will include musicianship and piano skills; they will be more of music lessons that incorporate singing rather than "vocal" lessons.† My current studio consists of all sorts of singers including classical, musical theater, R&B, and pop.† In classical voice lessons, we will be learning songs not only in English, but also Italian, German, and French. Classical voice lessons may not be for everyone, however, and we will learn repertoire that suits the interests of each student.

I emphasize a basic knowledge of music theory, because it's important for a singer to not only know how to sing, but to also understand the music he or she is singing. I will incorporate music theory into the lessons, starting with basics such as learning how to read notes.

I believe in making sure the singer is comfortable and confident.† The environment you will be learning in is open and non-threatening because a singer needs a place to explore his or her voice.† I encourage my students to make mistakes and to keep the lines of communication as open as possible.† Singers are perfectionists, and we're constantly telling ourselves what we do wrong- we don't need someone else enforcing that negativity.

I concentrate on a classical vocal technique, with proper posture, efficient breathing, lack of facial and body tension, and healthy vocal production. I believe that it is important to have a strong foundation of healthy technique no matter what style of singing. My teaching style and lesson focus will be different for each individual person, and I'm very flexible in adapting to each singer's needs and personality.

I am a very understanding teacher, and very patient, but I will push you to work to your potential! What you put into these lessons and your practicing is what you will get out of it. I am not strict, but I do expect dedication, passion, and respect. I am a very enthusiastic and energetic teacher, and lessons with me will be fun, productive, and encouraging.

If I sound like the right teacher for you, please arrange a trial lesson to see how well we work together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room, piano, full-length mirror, comfortable seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students. I specialize in classical singing- applicable to any style of singing!

Emily Z.

Columbia, MD
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Chelsea B.

Baltimore, MD
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Maria S.

Baltimore, MD
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Emily Z. Columbia, MD

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Acting, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Ear Training, Guitar, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing

About Me

Hello! My name is Emily Z. and I am currently the Choral Director at a public high school in Montgomery County, MD. I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education/Voice from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2012. I have been teaching private lessons to young musicians for over four years. My concentration is in Classical Voice , but I also enjoy teaching a rigorous and fun Piano curriculum at my high school and also enjoy teaching Guitar. I also have background in Musical Theater, Acting and Audition Prep and I am a creative and patient facilitator of Classical Music Reading/Writing, Music Theory, Sight Reading and Ear Training - I feel that these skills are important for all my students to learn!

Below are my lessons offered with details:

Classical Voice in Your Home:
It is preferable that families have a piano in their home.
In this series of lessons, I will teach your young musician basic breathing and vocal techniques to support their singing voice wherever they choose to take it! Vocal health and anatomy is included because with the right foundation, your student will have a long and healthy singing career. Depending on the students age, different aspects of classical training can be taught such as; singing in a different language (Italian, French, Spanish, German), sight-reading (the ability to sing a piece without having heard it before), preparing a song in a favorite style (Musical Theater, Classical, Pop) and many other options that can tailor vocal training to your student's interests. We can also spend time learning or preparing the music for your student's choir class, church choir, All-County or All-State concerts, or any audition they may have coming up. All of my lesson series end with a recital of prepared pieces for family and friends.

Classical and Popular Piano in Your Home
It is necessary that students have their own piano or keyboard.
In this series of the lessons, which is modeled after my own curriculum in the classroom, I will teach your student the basic of music reading. They will be able to begin practicing on the keyboard on day one. My curriculum is easily sequenced and filled with fun milestone projects so students can master and apply the large vocabulary of skills they acquire in relevant ways. Some projects include; recitals, writing music, accompanying a singer, duets and learning to play your favorite popular song, among many more. All of my lesson series end with a recital of prepared pieces for family and friends.

Classical and Popular Guitar (Your Home or Mine):
It is necessary that students have their own guitar - acoustic, classical or electric.
In this series of lessons, I will take your young musician from the basic of guitar anatomy to reading music to applying what they've learned to play their favorite songs. It is always necessary to have a good foundation of classical music reading (knowing the notes of the guitar and what they look like on paper) in order to progress to chords and strum patterns. The goal of this well-rounded course is to have your student be able to read and play guitar in the Standard Notation of music (on a staff) AND be able to read Lead Sheet Notation (just chords) to play their favorite popular repertoire and play with others in a band setting.

Music Reading/Music Theory/Ear Training/Sight Reading (Your Home or Mine):
No materials necessary. Keyboard would be helpful for you to have.
This course is ideal for older students who are seriously considering applying to a college or university music program. Most programs require an entrance exam that tests how well you hear music, write music and read music. My course will identify what your student's strengths and weaknesses are and prepare them to be a well-rounded musician with a wide musical vocabulary and the ability to hear and identify important musical moments. These lessons are ideal for vocalists and instrumentalists and anyone who wants to begin their music education.

Acting on Stage (Your Home or Mine)
With a long background in performance and directing, I can teach your aspiring actor or actress the basics of dramaturgy, speech, auditioning and performance on stage. Whether your student is preparing for a role in the school play, a commercial audition, or would just like to become a more confident speaker, these lessons will provide a well-rounded knowledge of the stage, voice, and movement in fun and engaging ways! All lesson series will culminate with a performance for family and friends. Students are encouraged to sign up and bring a friend or two for even more fun acting possibilities!

*** Specialties ***
Trained in Orff, Kodaly and Dalcroze methods of Music Education. I am creative and patient and keep students interested with engaging and relevant activities. I have earned a Certificate of Completion in Teaching Music to Special Learners and have a variety of accommodating approaches to teaching music to students with special needs.

Thank you for reading! I hope to hear from you soon and get your student started on the wholesome, enriching and fun path of a musical education!

Emily Z.

Chelsea B. Baltimore, MD

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing

About Me

Soprano, Chelsea B. holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees form the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.

She made her operatic debut in 2005 in Italy with Operafestival di Roma in their main stage production of Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro."While in Rome Chelsea B. also was featured in Pergolesi's ¬¬ú"Stabat Mater.¬¬Ě" She has also been involved in other concert and oratorio works such as Villa-Lobos's "Bachianas Brasileiras No.5", Rutter's "Requiem" and Mozart's "Requiem."

Along with her classical training she has performed in many musicals such as The King and "Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma¬¬Ě, and ¬¬úThe Boyfriend. Chelsea B. is an honored NATS (National Association for the Teachers of Singing) competitor, Peabody Scholarship recipient, and Bland Music Scholarship recipient. Recently, Chelsea B. worked with the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra on their spring and summer concert series. When she's not singing, you may find Chelsea B. enjoying a run through the neighborhood, or enjoying some time with her cats CJ and Skittles.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are catered to each individual students needs and are conducted in a supportive environment where students are encouraged to take risks, try new things, make mistakes, and most importantly be themselves.

I generally focus voice lessons around classical vocal technique, which will develop good habits regarding... breathing... posture... body/facial tension...and overall good vocal health. Though I am classically trained, I am a firm believer in the idea that classical vocal techniques are carried over into any genre. In addition to classical repertoire I have experience working with musical theater, pop, jazz, soul, and country.

When teaching piano I often focus on building a good foundation. Lessons are centered on rudiments, basic music theory, and technique. A wide variety of repertoire will be available to each student and will cover many styles and genres.

I value the time I have with my students and expect each student to come prepared to each lesson with an open mind and willingness to work. With music, the best results only come to those who put in 100% both during lessons and during individual practice time. This is key in any musical pursuit. Overall, I want lessons to be enjoyable while still maintaining a sense of progress for the student.

As a teacher I have had experience teaching both young children and adults in many settings, whether it be in a classroom, small group lesson, or one-on one. I pride myself on providing lessons that are uniquely individual and foster a students strengths while also building on their weaknesses. The best part about being a music educator is that I get to share my love of music with all of my students. With that said, whether you are a beginner who's interest has been sparked, or you have aspirations of becoming a professional musician I can help you there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Family Room: Piano, seating for parents.

**Please note I have 2 cats in the home**

*** Specialties ***
Voice and Piano Lessons
Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Jazz, Soul, and Country.

Maria S. Baltimore, MD

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Classical Piano, Ear Training, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

Most children under 5 years of age do not have the attention span and reading skills needed to benefit from a 30 minute piano lesson. However, I love kids and am enthusiastic for them to experience and be exposed to music at any age. Therefore, I will consider children younger than 5, giving them a diagnostic lesson. If it is evident that they are interested and understand the information presented, then we can keep working!

As for the upper end of the age spectrum, it's never too late to learn! Adult beginner study is common and very rewarding!

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