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Popular Classical Guitar Teachers Near Lanham

Joshua S.

Mechanicsville, MD
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Michelle W.

Brentwood, MD
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Wilma Evangeline B.

Bowie, MD
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Joshua S. Mechanicsville, MD

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone

About Me

I have an associates degree in guitar performance from the Musicians Institute(MI). I have been teaching locally (Maryland) for 3 years at some of the music shops, and decided it was time to have my own studio. I have studied under Jamie Findlay, Greg Harrison, Jeff Richman, Ken Steiger and learned from many more. I play solo and bang gigs around Southern Maryland but occasionally venture to Virginia and D.C. I am currently teaching locally in my studio in Waldorf and planning to go back to school next year.

*** Lesson Details ***
We are all students! There is no such thing as complete mastery of an instrument or music because music is constantly changing and so are the instruments. Whether it is guitar or saxophone, you need to have a good foundation. Music reading is a great way to start that, and eventually we will dive into the more technical studies. We'll also learn a bit of theory along the way. The ultimate goal is to speak the language of music fluently, and to have fun doing so.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 practice amps, an MP3 player, a music stand, iPad

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a practice amp, tuner, metronome, all the sheet music, and books, and my laptop/iPod(they have backing tracks to jam with). I expect the student to have their own guitar,music stand, neck strap, and guitar pick. For saxophone students they definitely need there own instrument. I also use these books for new students.

Guitar- Hal Leonards complete guitar method
Saxophone- standard of excellence .

*** Specialties ***
I teach students based on the individual. I do not clump students together based on pre-conceptions about skill level and technique. Each student gets there own practice schedule, which I make for them. I mix what I learned at MI with my own methods.

Michelle W. Brentwood, MD

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

"Ever since I could remember, I have always been in love with the guitar. I just always felt like it was an extension of who I am!" recalls Washington DC guitar and multi-string instrumentalist, Michelle. Michelle is a restless collaborator who is engaged in exploring and extending the boundaries of her instruments. Michelle's guitar playing is often described as incredibly creative and innovative. A FORCE OF NATURE. Her playing is visceral, with a expressionistic approach to creating timbre and velocities. Constantly discovering new sonorities on her guitar, she has created a uniquely personal language which speaks to audiences. "Michelle is the most engaging improvisor I have ever seen. No one is breaking boundaries and taking command of the guitaristic language like Michelle is, NOBODY. She is a percussionist on guitar, indeed she is the GUITAR'S RENAISSANCE" to quote Lydia Cummings Smith (independent improvised music critic) in 2002. Influenced at first by guitarist like Allan Holdsworth, Don Mock & B.B. King, Michelle found great inspiration in the highly charged expression of their music but has created a style all her own, an extended language. Michelle was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. Here she spent the early years of her life immersed in a community of musicians, break dancers, artists and poets. She started playing the guitar at the age of 5. It was rock music that got Michelle hooked on guitar "Rock & Pop guitarist were the biggest examples of guitar playing in my life at the time, they were the most visible and so I guess I just gravitated towards that. It wasn't until later that I started to wake up to all the other great guitar players out there playing other music that I actually liked more, like jazz and reggae. When I realized, really realized these players and their music it was like the whole world opened up for me. " In 1988 Michelle attended the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Washington DC and studied jazz with DC guitar legend Tom Newman and Saxophone great Davey Yarbrough and in 1992 Michelle received what was at the time the second largest scholarship given to a conservatory student to attend Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin OH. Here she studied with guitarist Bob Ferreza and jazz educators Jimmy Owens and the late Wendell Logan. Michelle moved to Brooklyn New York in 1995 where she expanded her musical career to include becoming a professional composer & sound designer as well as a DJ. After many concerts over the years, Michelle decided to assemble various groups of her own. These groups were instrumental in making Michelle more well-known. Her vast, poliedric repertoire is particularly oriented towards Global Bass.

*** Lesson Details ***
Instruments taught: Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Lap Steel, Mandolin, Oud
Styles of guitar taught: Rock, Metal, Jazz, Classical, Funk, Soul, World Music.

Lessons with Michelle are laid back, however the instructor asks that you DO practice to become the best guitar player you can possibly be and to get as much out of taking guitar lessons as you possibly can.
Michelle's curriculum consist of using the Hal Leonard Guitar and/or Bass series Vol. 1-3 to learn all the basics of guitar playing from tuning your guitar, to chords, scales, song exercises, and fundamentals of reading music. After the student is done working through the basics,the curriculum changes to directly concentrating on elements of a specific style of music that the student wants to go into musically.
At this point, the teacher and student work through specific elements that take the student from intermediate to advanced levels of playing guitar ( or bass, or mandolin )
The instructor asked that you please show up for your lessons on time and please practice.
See you soon !

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar Amp, music stands, guitar friendly comfortable chairs

*** Specialties ***
ALL STYLES: American Folk Music / Jazz/ Rock / Electronic / Reggae / Soul / World Music

Wilma Evangeline B. Bowie, MD

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Drum, Ear Training, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Violin, Vocal Training, Xylophone

About Me

*** Travel Equipment ***
a piano or organ

*** Specialties ***
I have some training and seminars in Early Childhood Music, General Music Education, Kodaly method and Music Therapy and ABA therapy.

Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD
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Geoff S.

Fairfax, VA
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John B.

Arlington, VA
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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.

Geoff S. Fairfax, VA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Christian Gospel, Classical Guitar, Composition, Ear Training, Geometry, Guitar, Mandolin, Microsoft Excel, Music Theory, Physics, Religious Studies, Songwriting, Trigonometry, Ukulele

About Me

I played on a toy piano when I was very young, learning a bit of sight reading from my Mother, while listening to classical, jazz, and rock music. When I was 12, I learned guitar and later took private piano lessons from a prominent Philadelphia instructor. After playing in a rock band in high school, I went to college and received my degree in Physics. During this time, I joined a choir, and sang and played guitar in a contemporary vocal group where I became the lead guitarist and vocal arranger, and later became the director. I also played guitar in my church, as well as in a small folk group, performing music of the Beatles, Bacharach, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and many others. I also played or sung in a number of weddings during my college days.

Upon graduation, I moved to the DC area to work in the engineering field, while simultaneously pursuing my music ambition. I studied classical guitar at American University with a student of the great Andres Segovia, and also studied jazz guitar with a former student of a prominent jazz guitarist, Pat Martino. Additionally, I sang in choirs and studied composition privately with a prominent Washington area composer and performer from Catholic University, I also began to teach at an area performing arts academy.

My most long-term experiences in music have been serving in my local church for over 30 years, either playing guitar (acoustic, electric, bass), piano, or arranging vocals in a contemporary worship band. I also started the church’s first choir, and led both choir and small orchestra in a number of special performances. Additionally, I led congregational worship in different scenarios. During this time I also taught students of all ages guitar, piano, and music theory, and have continued to today in helping students to find their musical potential and pursue their musical ambitions.

I have recently retired from my engineering career so I can use my musical gifts in my local church and teach music as a second career. I am continuing studies in music at George Mason University, where I have made the Dean’s list. More importantly, I continue to learn how to better teach others of all ages how to grow in all aspects of music-making.

*** Lesson Details ***
Having taught for many years, my approach is flexible and I can adjust my teaching style and/or curriculum to maximize the student's potential for learning at any age. I encourage disciplined practice while working to make learning music an enjoyable experience. Although I specialize in guitar styles, I also teach piano, and can include music theory, sight reading, composition, and how to improvise on any instrument. I have taught improvisation on a number of different instruments such as violin, cello, flute, and clarinet.

Here are some testimonials from present or former students/parents:

"Mr. S. is very earnest; when he gives you a compliment, you can tell he really means it. He's very patient and experienced and skilled and he is willing to take what he's teaching down to my level to help me understand it." – Gregory K., age 10
“Geoff is a patient and encouraging instructor. He tailored my lessons towards the skills that I needed… he provides the necessary encouragement when the long hours of practice seem impossible to sustain… I could write a book about Geoff's credentials…highly qualified is an understatement.” -- Neal B.
“Mr. S. is awesome at playing and teaching guitar, and he is nice and helps you.” -- Michael B., age 12
“I'm sure I could learn to ‘Play Guitar Today’ using books and videos, but I think I'm on the right track with private one-on-one instruction.” – Linda H.
“The guitar lessons are fun, interactive, and instructive. A great way to make learning a delight!” – Gina R., parent

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office at home w/ keyboard and guitars, white board, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide self-produced instructional material.
Students provide their own instrument and a folder to store instructional material.

*** Specialties ***
I teach any style of guitar, including classical and jazz. I also teach improvisation or "playing by ear" on any instrument; my experience includes piano, violin, cello, clarinet, and flute.
I'm very familiar with 60's music (e.g., Beatles)
I've performed a lot of folk music, rock music, and classical music
I've played classical and jazz groups at weddings and other special events.

John B. Arlington, VA

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

I have been playing for about 35 years and teaching music and guitar for 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Classical guitar. I've taught at the University level and currently maintain a professional studio in Arlington, Virginia. I am very well versed in many different styles of music including, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical and Suzuki guitar. Students who decide to sign up with me, will have a lesson plan, a strategy for meeting their musical goals and will enjoy themselves in the process.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are custom designed to meet the needs of every student, whether it is someone just starting out with the basics or for that seasoned player that wants to hone their professional skills. As a teacher, I consider myself easy going and laid back, with an emphasis on encouraging each student to do their very best.

*** Studio Equipment ***
guitar, instruments, keyboards recording equipment, waiting room, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, foot stool, cables.- Teacher
Own instrument, amplifier if needed, notebook.-Student

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I have been teaching for about 25 years and am well versed in Jazz, Classical, Rock, Blues and Country genres. I focus on anything from note reading, theory, improvisation and composing.

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