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Popular Mandolin Teachers Near Washington

Michelle W.

Brentwood, MD
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Kathleen L.

Woodbridge, VA
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Larry R.

Falls Church, VA
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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

Kathleen L. Woodbridge, VA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Audition Prep, Classical Piano, Ear Training, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide sheet music and some learning tools. I expect the students to have a notebook, a music stand, and a quiet place to work.

*** Specialties ***
I teach both classical violin and fiddle. I use the Suzuki Method for classical violin. For fiddle, I teach Irish, Scottish, Old-time, and Bluegrass, each using a combination of learning by ear and fiddle transcriptions.

Larry R. Falls Church, VA

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Country Guitar, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele, Violin

About Me

*** Specialties ***
Mark O'Connor Method for violin/fiddle, bluegrass, old-time, blues, rock, folk, Celtic fiddle, country.

Geoff S.

Fairfax, VA
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John B.

Arlington, VA
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Alexander G.

Boston, MA
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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.

Alexander G. Boston, MA

Subjects Taught

Ear Training, Guitar, Hand Drums, Mandolin, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

As a mandolinist and arranger, Alex has worked with accomplished musicians from all over the world. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from Berklee College of Music in 2012 with a minor in Latin American Music and Cultural Studies. During his studies at Berklee, Alex was featured in Latin Grammy Award winner Alejandro Sanz’s music video for “La Musica No Se Toca.” Alex travels annually to Italy and Brazil to study and perform.

Alex’s focus as a music teacher is supporting each student’s individual interests. He encourages his students to be innovative with their ideas while integrating his research and curriculum of world folk, jazz, and classical music into their education. Alex’s skill and expertise position him as one of the top up-and-coming mandolinists and composers. This is complemented by his eager attitude and desire to share his wealth of knowledge. Students enjoy his fresh approach, easy going personality, and diverse ability to span several different styles of music fluently.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, amps, music stands, chairs

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sheet Music, extra strings, picks, tuners, books, supplementary materials, extra instruments: whatever is needed.

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