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Popular Guitar Teachers Near Springfield

Bob W.

Gaithersburg, MD
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Geoff S.

Fairfax, VA
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Mandel L.

Germantown, MD
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Bob W. Gaithersburg, MD

About Me

Bob W. received his Bachelors degree in Classical Guitar performance from Catholic University. An accomplished classical guitarist, teacher, and arranger, Bob performs regularly at public and private events.

He is a regular guest artist for Afternoon Teas at the Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda MD, as well as Brookside Gardens annual "Garden of Lights" winter festival, and Sandy Spring Museum concert series. He has also performed at a reception for the Washington Bach Consort, along with numerous weddings and
special events Bob is currently involved with the Friedman/W. Flute/Guitar Duo, and has participated in ensembles including the Potowmak Trio, the Vivaldi Trio and the Joyful Noise folk group.

*** Lesson Details ***
Instructional Material:
Aaron Shearer Classic Guitar Method
Hal Leonard Guitar Method

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in music room, piano, music stands, amps, well lit

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are expected to buy guitar, foot rest, music stand, metronome, and tuner.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic, nylon string, fingerstyle, classical

Geoff S. Fairfax, VA

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 a church 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 Deans 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
œI'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 guitar and in classical and jazz ensembles at weddings and other special events.

Mandel L. Germantown, MD

About Me

Mandel

Music Instructor and Performer

Germantown MD. Career Objective

Contribute to the success and direction of dedicated musicians, of all ages and levels, by encouraging and engaging them into learning to play music, entailing the presentation of music through listening, reading sheet music, and performing alone and in group settings.

Qualifications

I've preformed music since age of 5, studied music from age of 26. I am a seasoned technically trained experienced musician. Talented in most styles of popular music, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Rock, Blues. I have outstanding people skills, including strong written and oral communications. I have conceived of, pioneered and advanced theory and practice techniques in the application of "The New Intervallic Cite Reading Approach" which reduces the time it takes to learn and advance proficient reading of the musical staff.

Professional skills

I've developed and spearheaded a music curriculum at The House of Khamit in Washington DC., this was the largest and oldest cultural store that Washington D.C. had to offer as of 3/12/12.

Organize and direct student bands, for performing at recitals', and other small events.

I've been teaching guitar, bass and music theory for well over the last 15 years, often in group or band settings, as well as individual classes. All ages are preferred.

A brief summery of my curriculum includes (not in any particular order), picking out an instrument, learning to sit or stand with the instrument. Learning a simple complete song. Learning the notes while learning how to finger the instrument while learning the scale and a simple melody all in the first position, in short multi-tasking the first five frets. Learning note values. Playing complete songs with chord charts, then playing by reading staff. Playing complete melodies. More left hand fretting and right hand picking technique with and or without a plectrum. Ear and rhythm training.
Music history, as it pertains to Spanish, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, also the history of the origins of techniques as it pertains to individual artist that advanced the genres.
Transcribing music for use in sight reading in different keys.

Employment History

"Bravo Music Lessons" from 2/07/09 to present.

"Arena Sound" Arlington Va. 4/10/2008 to present.

"The House of Khamit" Washington DC. from 4/12/05 to the 3/13/12.

"B Sharp C Natural" from 01/01/98 I have been training students under this name for over 10 years, this is my trade name.

I perform at various, events mostly as a solo artist, at coffee houses, bookstores weddings, and small events, private parties.

Education

I continue to study, and practice music, for myself my students and fans. With no "formal" music education, I am well acquainted with pedagogy of the guitar and bass, song structure, and also the techniques which are in demand and specific to the instruments of guitar and bass.

My training includes an in depth knowledge and understanding of music theory, as it is applied to many styles of music, mostly in the tradition and direction of Jazz and Jazz improvisation.

References Available Upon Request

*** Lesson Details ***
A brief summery of my curriculum includes (not in any particular order), picking out an instrument, learning to sit or stand with the instrument. Learning a simple complete song. Learning the notes while learning how to finger the instrument while learning the scale and a simple melody all in the first position, in short multi-tasking the first five frets. Learning note values. Playing complete songs with chord charts, then playing by reading staff. Playing complete melodies. More left hand fretting and right hand picking technique with and or without a plectrum. Ear and rhythm training.
Music history, as it pertains to Spanish, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, also the history of the origins of techniques as it pertains to individual artist that advanced the genres.
Transcribing music for use in sight reading in different keys.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Custom SG Epiphone, Boogi Man limited Epipnone, Washburn J6, and several others. Two Fender P basses and one Epiphone. Twin speaker 212 Crate guitar amp, Fender half stack, a crate practice amp, these are what i use for the guitar. For the bass i Use a Hartke bass 12 inch woofer bass amp. Foot pedals include Zoom kidney.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I like to travel light, when I do I'll take the Taylor Big Baby with me. If I travel heavy then it's the Fender Steel resonator guitar the FR 48 I prefer going Acoustic for the cozy feel. I have many other guitars these are my preference. sometimes I'll mike the Fender as in the video "Blast To Future/Half Mile Of Sound, with a blow horn, it really gets a half mile of sound when I hit it right.

My electric set up can go from Epiphone SG's or John Lee Hooker's signature series to the Washburn J6 connected to a Fender half stack or a twin speaker Crate 212 amp. I like it loud.

I use zoom pedals.

*** Specialties ***
My main specialty beyond all else is the ability to improvise and hear the specifics of a piece of music and adapt, often times playing full verses of music on the first or second approach after only hearing it once.

Adaptation of reading in real time with my "Intervallic Sight Reading Method.

It's all music, all day and all night. I am well versed in most of the popular styles, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Latin. I've developed "The New Intervallic Site Reading Approach" which drastically reduces the time it takes to read the staff.

Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD
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Michael K.

Arlington, VA
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Sean B.

Fairfax, VA
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Dennis B. Bethesda, MD

About Me

I have been teaching guitar for 25 years in the Washington DC metro area. I work with students 12 years of age and up, but I am especially experienced at teaching adult students regardless of whether they are beginners or have previous guitar experience. I have performed in acoustic Celtic, new age, funk, progressive rock, fusion and contemporary jazz groups and am currently performing regularly as a solo acoustic guitarist. I have composed over 40 works for solo guitar as well as numerous pieces for small jazz bands. I have played on numerous CDs including my most recent solo CD 'DARK MATTER'.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor the lesson materials to suit the interest of the student but I am dedicated to teaching students at any level to learn to better understand the fundamentals of the language of music. My teaching focuses on critical fundamentals of guitar technique including chords, scales and rhythm guitar playing as well as the art of improvisation. A significant amount of time in the lessons is spent actually playing with the students so that the technical concepts are put to use in real music situations. To further the student's understanding of music I frequently teach elements of music theory to those who are interested.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars and amps available for student use although I prefer that the student bring their own instrument. I also have all the needed accessories, cables, stands etc.

*** Specialties ***
Adult students (and older teenagers ) whether beginners or experienced are a particular specialty of mine. Adult learners want to be treated as adults and often times benefit greatly from a more mentor oriented approach to teaching. I like to describe myself as both a teacher and a coach so as to emphasize that the student and I are on the same team sharing the goal of improving their guitar playing and musicianship. We are both on the same path of musical discovery. I am probably just farther along on that path with insights and knowledge that will hopefully help them along their way.

Michael K. Arlington, VA

About Me

- I teach beginners, intermediate and advanced students.
- My students' ages range from 6 years to older adults.
- Styles taught: Folk, Folk Rock, Classical, Jazz, Blues & Country.
- I have taught guitar for more than 10 years.
- I have performed professionally for over 25 years.
- I have released five audio recordings.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students' musical interests, goals and abilities dictate the direction that we select for their lesson plans. By recognizing and understanding each students learning style, I use techniques/methods that are suited to that particular student. This improves the speed and the quality of learning.
I am flexible and easy going but focused - and I encourage my students to do the same. I want my students to succeed and be able to play the music that they enjoy - and my years of experience as a student, teacher, performer and recording artist gives me the knowledge to teach effectively.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Numerous electric, acoustic steel string and classical guitars.
Electric Bass
IMac Computer
IPad
Guitar/Bass Amplifier
Sound System with microphone

*** Specialties ***
I also teach beginner electric bass guitar, music transcription and fundamentals of the music business. For my guitar students, I use various techniques,methods and combinations ranging from Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, Berklee Music, Suzuki, YouTube videos and video to record particular lesson segments (which I then email to students to view as an aid during their home practice sessions).

Sean B. Fairfax, VA

About Me

I teach private guitar, piano, and drum lessons. I have 12 years of experience in jazz, symphonic, marching, and rock bands. Each of my lessons are tailored to the student's goals.

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