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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near Lanham

Justin P.

Fairfax, VA
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Diane G.

Gaithersburg, MD
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Emily F.

Laurel, 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.

Diane G. Gaithersburg, MD

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Violin

About Me

I have a degree and certification in violin and piano from the Boston Conservatory as well as a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland. I have had additional training and certification as a Suzuki teacher from The Suzuki Teacher Training Institute. I am a member of SAGWA-Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area as well as SAA-Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have played all around the world including the Vatican, White House, Paris, Russia, England and Wales as well as in Concert Halls such as Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. I have taken students with me to perform as well in these countries and also every major concert hall in the Washington, D.C. area. I give my students opportunities to perform whenever there is an opportunity. In addition I work with students to earn music scholarships to private schools and colleges. I am also a judge in the Young Artist Award in Maryland. In addition, I have received two White House awards for my performances at the White House, I am also a memeber of Psi Chi International Honor Society.

Music has been an important part of my life. It represents so much that is good in life and I do my best to communicate this to my students. I am training my students not just to be musicians but to love music for life.

*** Lesson Details ***
I treat each student as an individual since everyone is different. For some I might use a traditional approach, some just the Suzuki approach and others a combination of techniques. Whatever produces the best results. My goal is not to make strictly classical musicians but to train students to love music and carry this love throughout life. My repertoire consists of everything including traditional, Suzuki, Disney, Showtunes, etc. I have taken students to perform little concerts at the White House, schools, hospitals and concert halls to get the real feel of performing. I view lessons as a three way relationship between myself, the student and the parent so that the parent is not left out. I even have a small group called Musical Magic which incorporates magic into music. I feel I am laid back but am able to accomplish my goal through positive reinforcement. Every child or student wants to feel good about his/her playing. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach at home and have both a grand piano and electric keyboard in addition to a harp and violin.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When my students have to travel to perform, I make sure they have everything they need.

*** Specialties ***
Traditional and Suzuki approaches for both violin and piano. I also teach children with learning disabilities.

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
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Priscilla L.

Silver Spring, MD
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Jacqueline E.

Washington, DC
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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

Priscilla L. Silver Spring, MD

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I'm not just personable and qualified but I am a versatile professional who truly love to mentor young enthusiasts the arts such as music and visual arts and I believe the importance of adapting my teachings to each students needs. Through my 13 years of studying and teaching Music in both here in the US and in Brazil I've come to realize with the support of my mentors, peers and my family that my goal is to educate all types of kids and in order to be part of the enrichment of culture I would continue to pursue art, music and education by doing so. It's vital to me to teach arts alternatively and I'll do so for always with great passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have an easy-going, yet structured approach that allows each student to achieve results effectively at his or her own pace. I believe that there is a connection between music, movement and language that intertwine and support each other through the development process. I specialize in teaching all kinds of styles from Classical, Pop,Bossa Nova in guitar, piano and music theory lessons. I Love to emphasize various playing techniques, music theory, ear training, music reading, and more.The materials for teaching varies.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Books, Metronome, Guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
note book, assigned books and sheet music assigned

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, Piano, Music Theory and Performance is what we do !
My main goal is to present students with simplified arrangements of standard repertoire concentrating on sight-reading and writing composition as well as playing all sorts of variety of music genres. Use of the metronome is needed, and very often the exercises defy the tendency to play by ear or in the position pattern.We will focus 1/2 of the lesson on repertoire and 1/2 the lesson on the technique. I have my students let me know via email what songs they would like to work on for the weeks lesson a few days prior to the lesson, then I cater the technical study during the lesson to help them learn the song we are working on. It has been proven to be very effective and makes the technique and theory are less uninteresting.
Through good vibes we all learn and grow tremendously so with that said come and Jam with me.

Jacqueline E. Washington, DC

Subjects Taught

Classical Voice, Essay Writing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Vocal Training

About Me

Do you want a trained, well-rounded music teacher who keeps you motivated and focused, who can show you how to perform with more confidence in a safe and positive environment? You've come to the right place!

I have my students' best interests at heart, and I want to empower my students with the right tools to bring out the very best in them! As a performer, I have a solid foundation in classical singing technique and experience as a choral and opera singer. As a teacher, I have worked with students from elementary to high school, but I also enjoy teaching adult amateurs.

*** Lesson Details ***
More lesson times may be available than what is shown. Please send me a message if you would like to find out about other times.

The most important thing to know about working with me is that I take the development of voices seriously. Each voice is as unique as a snowflake and as precious as a butterfly, to be handled with tender care. I will work to understand your needs in singing, and you will receive a learning experience tailored to fit your desires and goals. In return, I expect you to come prepared. I want to challenge you to reach deep within yourself to express your individual artistry through your voice.

Some examples of goals I can help you with:
- Learning music for church/school choir, auditions, or just for fun
- Music fundamentals: pitches and rhythms
- Music theory tutoring
- Improving singing technique
- Increasing awareness of bodily tension and how to release it
- Preparing for an audition or recital
- Exploring career possibilities in music

When you arrive for our first lesson, I'll start by getting to know your musical tastes/aspirations. Then I'll listen to you sing a couple vocal exercises so I can determine where you are and how I can help you.

Everybody's path is different, but we must start with a strong foundation in the fundamentals. After we start to establish some techniques for singing, we will explore music you like and music that suits you from a practical standpoint in your development. Together we will make a plan that keeps you motivated toward your goals and that fits your lifestyle.

Most of all, you can look forward to progress! Hope to hear from you soon.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office space with good lighting, a mirror, and a weighted full size keyboard

*** Student Expectations ***
I expect students to be punctual. I also require a student to come prepared with pencils and a notepad/notebook. Parents or friends may sit and watch and/or take notes for the student, but any visitors must be silent throughout the entire lesson so as not to be a distraction to the student; s/he has to be fully focused in order to get as much out of the lesson as possible. The student is more than welcome to bring something with which to record the lesson to study after the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I have a strong background in performing in choirs, solo classical singing, and some opera/musical theater. I am a classically trained pianist, and also have a background in directing elementary music to high school music.

My music philosophy:
1. Music is for everyone and anyone can be a musician! Every student has unlimited potential, and it is my desire to unlock that potential to help my students grow.
2. Proper technique is crucial! Whatever your goals, starting with good technique in the fundamentals will keep you from injury and promote your success.
3. Mastering the fundamentals of musicianship can empower you! In our lesson, I will incorporate aspects of music theory appropriate to your level so that you can be a well-rounded, thinking musician.
4. Hard work is satisfying! I believe that working hard can achieve great results, so I push my students to accomplish things they would not be able to do on their own. I am always supportive and encouraging with my students in their efforts.
5. Music is meant to be an expression of your heart and soul! I believe that while good technique and musicianship are very important, that is only half the story. At every stage, I try to help students connect with the music inside them so they can be free to let it out, expressively.
6. Listening is vital to understanding music! Students can expect listen to recordings of music to gain insight to and understanding of style. I encourage my students to sing along with recordings to work on the organic elements of music, which cannot be gained from dry academic study.

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Jackie is a classically trained lyric soprano, a rising senior in General-Choral Music Education at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Stage appearances in 2014 include Catholic University's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni (chorus) and the Yorkshire Opera Workshop's production of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe (Leila) in England. In Spring 2015, Jackie will be performing in Catholic University's production of Verdi's Rigoletto.

In addition to pursuing her interests in operatic repertoire and liturgical music, Jackie continues to refine skills in piano and conducting to further her development as an aspiring music educator.

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