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Nicole C.

Waldorf, MD
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Timothy H.

Washington, DC
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Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD
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Nicole C. Waldorf, MD

Subjects Taught

Acting, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

As a voice teacher and voice coach I strive to help the student get to where they want to be vocally. For me singing is something that brings me joy and I hope to be able to share that with you.

It took me a while to realize how much music and singing means to me. While studying something entirely different at the University of Maryland, I began studying voice and realized that it was something that I had a gift for. I fell in love with singing art songs, jazz and opera arias. And while studying at the University of Maryland, I had the opportunity to work as a voice teacher/ section leader with the women's section of a choir, numerous opportunities to work as a soloist and in a few jazz clubs. I was also involved in dance performances and acted as a dance tutor.

Later, when I was invited to sing in Denver I had the opportunity to sing in Little Shop of Horrors and to sing with a women's choir. While studying at the University of Colorado Boulder I began to come into my own and started to let my large sound free. (Which for me was a process. Getting your voice where you want it and to where it is capable is work. But, it is fun work and you're always happy when you have these great moments where you get to where you were hoping you could and that your teacher said you would go at some point.) It was there, at CU Boulder that I got the opportunity to start singing in operas. While in Boulder I sang in The Magic Flute, Sarah McKinnon and as a soloist or recitalist.

Also, while there I worked as an actress in a theater company called the Interactive Theater Project for three years. I thought that by getting involved in that that I would be able to act more effectively while singing. It was fun just doing something where you're just working with the spoken word. I had a wonderful time with them and learned a lot about character work and what it takes to connect to the words in an effective way.

In the past few years, I have been a soloist and recitalist in the Washington,DC area and has sang opera in Pennsylvania with Center Stage Opera. Last year, I sang with Center Stage Opera in the role of Bertha. I had the opportunity to sing and to act at the Kennedy Center a few years ago. Also during that time, I
sang in Aleko, the Die Zauberflte as the Queen of the Night, Serena in Porgy and Bess, and
sang in Ragtime and sang the role of the Wardrobe in Beauty and the Beast.

I am currently working as a soloist, a children's choir director, a chorus member and preparing for a recital and auditions in October. I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring.

*** Lesson Details ***
If you're a beginner, I will help you to understand what you need to get through the vocal line with breath and intonation. We will begin by doing vocal exercises and learn a lot about breathing for singing. I want to help you to make more beautiful tones. I will also slowly begin teaching you how to read sheet music and to help you be a more effective listener when it comes to music. I can also help you to become a better communicator as a singer.

For acting, I will help you to learn how to develop characters and bring the writer's words to life. We will begin by seeing what sort of subjects or genres interest you and what you are doing with those words now, and how you can delve deeper into making the world of the characters something more flushed out.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Inside my home studio I have: music, a music stand, chairs, WiFi, a computer, a laptop, a keyboard, a microphone, a metronome, a microphone, an amp/large speaker, and a sofa.

*** Specialties ***
For voice I would say that my focus is on classical voice. I also sing jazz, gospel and musical theater. For acting I have done both improvisational and regular scripted plays.

I have not taught students with special needs, but as someone with a twin sister with special needs, I am open to teaching students with special needs.

Timothy H. Washington, DC

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing

About Me

I hold a Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. With over 15 years of experience, in both piano and voice, I've had to opportunity to perform, both domestically and internationally, with such great acts as Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, and many others. I served as lead singer, pianist, and co-songwriter for a number of independent bands covering numerous genres including, but not limited to, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Acoustic, and A Capella.

Since moving to Washington DC, I've immersed myself within the local music community playing a handful of group and solo acts. I currently maintain a home music studio well equipped with musical instruments and music technology. I'm constantly practicing, writing, and recording to improve myself as an artist.

My teaching style is unique and individualized to each student. I set personalized goals to make every lesson a success, and I push my students to get the most out of themselves just like I do myself. I'm always enthusiastic and humor driven to create a personable learning environment for students of any age. Music is my life, and I'm so thrilled to have the opportunity to share my greatest passion with the hope that my students, too, will fall in love with music!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson environment is laid back and stress-free. I like my students to feel inspired and encouraged as they begin, and/or continue, their music education. I introduce fun and innovative ways to build students' musicianship and creativity while retaining classic methods to develop strong technique and proper performance and practice habits.

For beginners, we'll be exploring the basics of either piano, or voice, while focusing on proper technique, basic theory, and a solid skill set. Within 3-6 months, my students are able to read music and understand the language of it.

For intermediate-advanced, we'll focus on building musicianship and skill sets by furthering studies in music theory, varying styles of repertoire, proper techniques that will greatly improve your piano and/or voice abilities, songwriting, improvisation, and live performance skills. We can also cover the basics of recording so you not only have tangible evidence of your improvement over time, but the know-how to create your own music!

I ask that my students come prepared to every lesson with the motivation and commitment to learn something new each week! Lessons are a fun and creative way to discover yourself as an artist and a person, so let's get started!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha CLP-550 Upright Electric Piano, 13" MacBook Pro and iPad mini (Apple), ProTools9 (Avid), LogicPro8 (Apple), MBox Interface System (Avid), M-Audio 25 key Midi Controller, MXL4000 Condenser Microphone, Shure SM-58 Dynamic Microphone,, BeatsStudio Studio Headphones (beats by dr. dre), HD280 Pro Studio Heaphones (Sennheiser) and G900DX Studio Headphones (Gear One).

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.

Valencia V.

Fort Washington, MD
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Marquita N.

Alexandria, VA
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Ayanna G.

Washington, DC
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Valencia V. Fort Washington, MD

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Singing

About Me

I believe everyone has the ability to sing … some better than others, of course, -- but regardless, I believe every voice can make a beautiful sound. I believe learning to sing requires team work: with the proper instruction and learning tools from me, the instructor, and with the dedication (practice, practice, practice) from you, the student, a well-rounded singer can emerge.

I began singing when I was five years old in church. I continued singing exclusively inspirational music until I was a teenager. At that time, in addition to the second soprano part I sang in a five-part harmony
a Capella (without instrumental accompaniment) Gospel group, I also sang in a couple of bands (Rhythm and Blues, and Jazz). My undergraduate studies were completed at the American University, where I majored in Communications (B.A.), and minored in Music, voice being my instrument. During my undergraduate studies, I was recruited and performed as the lead female vocalist for a Rock band that a few fellow music students had formed. While in college, I was trained in classical voice, piano, music theory, musical theater performance, and vocal pedagogy (vocal training). My vocal pedagogy studies credentialed me to become a professional vocal instructor. I began teaching voice after I earned my degree, and have been teaching private voice lessons for over ten years.

Most of my present expertise in teaching voice grew from my vocal pedagogy studies, my teaching experience which has developed over time, my own personal vocal dedication, and my training and understanding of various genres of vocal performance. My present singing career is as an inspirational singer; my vocal students encompass various genres in which I have experience, including: Inspirational, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Rock and Classical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students by using the tried and true techniques I have found to be successful, and allow the student to be my guide as to which direction to take with his or her vocal training. Whether the student is a novice, a professional, or somewhere in between, each student, after obtaining the basic singing knowledge and techniques, will have a vocal training schedule geared to his or her individual needs and development. Lessons are for the most part very casual in nature, and the student’s dedication (practice, practice, practice) will dictate whether or not the lessons become stricter. A few months into the vocal instruction, students will be given the opportunity to learn more about reading music and sight singing, if he or she so chooses, as well as vocal performance techniques for singing in front of an audience. Within one year, dedicated students may also have the opportunity to show off what they have learned, and perform in front of an audience at a recital with other vocal students. Please note that my preference is to work with teens age 13 through adults of any age. I believe that younger voices need more time to develop and stand to be damaged if too much stress is put on them too soon. However, exceptions for children under 13 may be made for gifted young singers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio- entry room of home, baby grand piano, seating area, dry erase board, mirrors
Music Studio- one recording studio, seating area, classroom

*** Travel Equipment ***
If needed, I provide a portable piano keyboard, microphone with amplifier, paper handouts of lessons, etc. The student needs to have paper to take notes and a writing instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Most of my voice lesson experience has been with adults, and contemporary popular and inspirational music.

Marquita N. Alexandria, VA

Subjects Taught

Cello, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Viola, Violin

About Me

 

Marquita Renee N. is a
multi-talented musician. She has been giving private lessons on the violin,
viola, cello, piano and voice for almost thirteen years now. She is also a
freelance editor. She edited a book for Rob Jolles entitled, Mental Agility,
which was published in May of 2006. 

 

She is a graduate of Shenandoah
University, Conservatory of Music. The recipient of an Academic Scholarship and
Viola Talent Scholarship, Marquita was a Dean's List Scholar,
receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Management in May of 1999.

 

Having taught in numerous schools
and programs such as Agape Christian Academy, Mars Music, Capone Music,
Alexandria Music, Music by Patti in Suwanee, Georgia (where she established a
strings program), ArtStream, and establishing her own teaching company/ studio,
Mrs. Marquita€™s Music, she finds teaching to be therapeutic for both the
student and herself.

 

She enjoys reading, writing poems/ journaling, and
being with family and close friends. Listening to €œGod€™s Words Through Me,€ you
may hear influences of folk, country and jazz music along with traditional and
contemporary Gospel as Marquita is a listener of all €œgood music". 

*** Lesson Details ***
Taking lessons with Mrs. Marquita means that you will have so much fun learning your musical instrument. I infuse traditional teaching methods with music theory. My main goal is to teach my students the joy of playing a musical instrument so they will be able to read music and play it and also be able to begin to play by ear. Whatever song or melody they here they should be able to sing or play on their instrument. My style is laid back, but I am strict in such a subtle manner that my students only remember me being funny and how much fun they have learning music. I also teach the history behind the music as well as music theory. I think it is important for each student to understand exactly what is in their music and why they are playing it. We use scales (vocalization and breathing techniques for singers) as warm ups and then get into the pieces that we're working on. I use John Thompson/ Suzuki/ various other books and sheet music for piano. For Strings I use the Suzuki Method books (we do not learn Strict Suzuki method which relies solely on the ear. We use the books because it is important for each student to develop the ear and be able to actually read the music that they are playing). For Strings we also supplement the learning with various other sheet music as well as any orchestral pieces the students may need extra help with. For voice (I can teach any vocal style--from opera, pop, Gospel, Jazz, Theatre) I use a variety of books according to my students' goals and styles.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my supplies that I need for teaching, and my students should have their instruments and their supplies.

*** Specialties ***
I love the Suzuki methods for piano and strings. For piano I also use the John Thompson's books and Alfreds for adults.

Ayanna G. Washington, DC

Subjects Taught

Djembe, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Singing, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Vocal Training

About Me

I am a jazz vocalist, spoken word artist and brass player, all of many genres. I also play percussion in a West African drumming ensemble. I have been teaching in public schools for 9 years and I am happy to call Washington DC my new home. I have been teaching private lessons on trumpet, euphonium, trombone and tuba for 12 years and jazz voice, guitar and spoken word workshops for 6 years. I have earned a BA in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. I have experience singing in clubs and in choirs, playing baritone for church and community bands, playing trombone for the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra of Portsmouth, NH and performing with the Bele Bele Rhythm Collective. Music Lessons are goal oriented and fun. You will never leave a lesson not knowing what you've learned or how to practice for the next one. We will build good habits for technique and practice, learn a standard repertoire for your genre and/or instrument, and will gain confidence in becoming the musician you want to be. Whether your goal is to sing in church or sing in a band, play an instrument in school or prepare for college auditions, I will help you attain your goals. I have had great success with students ages 5+ and have experience with teaching children with autism. I can't wait to make music with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is set in a laid back atmosphere that is goal oriented. Students are expected to practice between lessons to ensure that their goals stay within their reach and are ultimately attained. Curriculum is selected based on the student's experience, prior repertoire, needs and goals. After your first lesson, you will have an idea of what you can accomplish in 2-3 months. After short term goals are achieved, new ones are set as the long-term goals are constantly revisited.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room seating for parents
School: music room first floor piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have an instrument and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all level lessons as basic theory based with an emphasis on performance technique and excellent practice habits.

Washington, DC Singing Venues for Everyone

By Mariana P. - DC Voice Teacher

When Washington, DC is mentioned, most people immediately think of politics. Great opportunities for singers or singing lessons in Washington, DC would not be the first thought on someone’s mind. As serious as it may seem, the Washington, DC area has an eclectic mix of singing venues for all performance levels and music genres. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts houses the Washington National Opera and also offers free concerts every day at 6:00 pm on their Millennium Stage where any musical group can perform after an audition. DC is also home to many small theater companies which hold open auditions for anyone interested; musical theater, show choirs and jazz bands are among the most prominent genres.

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