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Joshua M. - FLEX LESSONS ONLY! Washington, DC

About Joshua

As an actor, Joshua graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Judith Blazer’s 2005/2007 company of the Artist’s Crossing. Performance credits include roles in The Trojan Women, Godspell, Burn This, Comedy of Errors, Children of Eden, Othello, Show Boat, Sunday in the Park with George, The Chosen, Sweeney Todd..., The Laramie Project, and Les Miserables to name a few. As a director, Joshua directed three sold out productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in NC and DC, received rave reviews for his work with Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s), just completed production for a series on the making of Oklahoma! and is in post-production for the second season of the first ever children’s webseries. Other sporadic ...

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Lisa E. January 2, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great

Joshua is great to work with, knowledgable, professional, patient, fun, and has a great teaching style.
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Chao X. October 31, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Thanks Joshua!

Lessons with Joshua are the highlights of my week. I'm a busy professional who works ~60 hour weeks every week, but lessons with Joshua motivates me to practice on top of that.

Firstly, he is a great singer himself, works in the theater business and performs regularly - which is what you want in a teacher (you don't want do _learn_ from someone who don't _do_ what he/she's teaching). A well-trained singer like him can recognize instantly what you're doing wrong and what needs to be done to fix it. He has well-developed ideas ready for you to utilize to improve your technique. They include analogies, ways to think about your body and your resonators, etc. His teaching also helps you understand what you need to do to sing in a particular style (in which you may not always want to sing "correctly") and what is healthy for your voice vs what is not.

Secondly, his lessons are enormously fun. He achieves a great balance of keeping things light and keeping things professional. We get work done each lesson but it never feels like work. I always leave lessons feeling like it was too short. I would probably book three-hour lessons every time if I could.
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Katie B. July 2, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Joshua is wonderful!

I've always wanted to learn how to sing, but was too insecure/too uncertain to know where to start. Joshua has been amazing at teaching an absolute beginning, from how to correctly breathe, to learning how to match pitch, to recently making it through one of my first songs successfully. Joshua is incredibly warm and supportive; I highly recommend him as a teacher!!
Patrick W. Arlington, VA

About Patrick

I have been learning and teaching music for twenty-five years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I am always listening to and learning something new and different. I listen to all genres of music and I become a better musician everyday because of this. Listen! Listen! Listen! Play! Play! Play. I have come to find that "jazz definitely helps with my "rock chops!" I listen to these guitarist "just to name a few" and they all influence my style. I do add to my list often. Wes Montgomery Jimmy Hendrix Mike Stern Scotty Anderson Norman Brown Mark Whitfield John McLaughlin George Benson John Lee Hooker Neal Schon Stevie Ray Vaughn Al di Meola Stanley Jordan Steve Lukather Don Felder Andreas Segovia Slash Pavlo Carlos Santana Eddie Van Halen Eric Clapton

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Hunter S. October 30, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Patrick has a good style and he has experience with public school teaching so he knows how to build a good curriculum and improve your skills.
John B. Arlington, VA

About John

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 ...

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Melvin C. February 18, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
If there was anyway to give John 6 stars I would! John is the best teacher and also a really great guy all around. John is very knowledgeable and I learned a lot from my lessons with him. John is a very patient instructor which helped make the lessons better. I would be remiss not to mention his cool cat Mr. Buttons who would often come down just to listen in on our lessons and even the occasional jam session we would have afterwards. Thank you for all that you do John!
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Garari M. November 26, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great Teacher! I look forward to continuing to progress with my playing.
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Kate S. October 20, 2014
Mandolin · In home
Verified Student
John is an amazing teacher and an extremely talented musician. He is very patient and a great motivator. I highly recommend him :)
Samantha H. Alexandria, VA

About Samantha

Samantha H. began her cello studies at the age of eight in Sacramento, CA. She later earned a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University Sacramento where she studied with Andrew Luchansky. She then went on to complete a Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD, studying with Jeffrey Solow, Alan Stepansky, and David Hardy. Samantha has performed in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and England, as well as in the U.S. She attended Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival in Blue Hill, ME and has played in cello and chamber music master classes with Steven Doane, Mihaly Virizlay, Ronald Copes (of the Juilliard Quartet), the Alexander Quartet, and Seymour Lipkin. She has performed with indie folk ...

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Simon L. November 2, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher! My cello skills are improving quickly, and I learn so much from every lesson. Highly recommended!
Dwight H. Fort Washington, MD

About Dwight

SUMMARY: Formally trained musician and DC area native. Skilled and experienced as a pianist, bassist, guitarist, and drummer. I aspire to generate meaningful contributions as both a performer and an instructor. CORE SKILLS: - Music Theory - Playing Technique - Improvisation - Solo/Ensemble Play - Performance Technique MUSIC EXPERIENCE: - Bassist, Throwdown Syndicate, 2013-Present - Bassist, Above The Silence, 2013-2014 - Church Organist, Various Churches, 2009-2011 - Pianist, Musically Inclined, 2008-2009 - Guitarist, Highly Integrated Jazz Unit, 2004-2008 - Pianist, The President's Own, 2004-2008

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jawa H. March 14, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Hello, I am trying to book online but it is not allowing me to. Im new to this site, Please Help! My daughter is 10 and I would like to get lessons for her. 240-565-9984 jawanna_h@yahoo.com
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Ashlee E. February 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Dwight is a very talented and patient musician, who is dedicated to his craft and to teaching correct techniques. He makes sure to challenge his students based on their aptitude and personal goals. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Morgan S. February 19, 2015
Dwight is exceptionally patient and understanding. It should be clear to anyone who knows him that he has a real passion for music, and I'd feel secure in asking him to teach me any of the instruments that he knows. I can say from experience that you won't see him get frustrated or agitated, no matter how long it might take you to do something or pick up a lesson. He's especially great with kids, and has been happily teaching for years.
Alejandro S. Arlington, VA

About Alejandro

Alejandro is an active performer in the Washington DC area. Alejandro has performed with many ensembles such as the Mobile Symphony, the Gulfcoast Symphony,the Pensacola Symphony, the USM Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Orquesta de Filarmonica del Caribe of Baranquilla, Colombia and the Barranquilla Symphony. Alejandro was a member of the Gulfport Schools string faculty. Also, Alejandro has served as assistant conductor of the Southern Miss Youth Orchestra, chamber music coach for Festival South Music Academy, Music Director of Batuta Atlantico in Baranquilla, Colombia and Violin/ Viola teacher at the Alvin Schutmmat Music School of Baranquilla. Alejandro holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music from the University of Southern Mississippi.. His ...

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Suzanne S. March 3, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Alejandro is an excellent violin teacher to my kids (8 and 5). He is very patient and encouraging to them. He gives them clear assignments that they can work on through the week. I was hesitant to have my 5 year old son start violin because I didn't know if he would be able to understand what to do. But, Alejandro breaks everything down and has him work at an appropriate pace that is doable and very satisfying for my little guy. Alejandro began their first lesson by playing a beautiful song on his violin (he is extremely talented!). Hearing the beautiful music that can be made got my kids so excited to learn violin!
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Angela B. December 5, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Excellent violin instructor. Very professional and extremely knowledgeable about the instrument. His orchestra background has been a huge plus, and he always goes the extra mile to help the student, motivate them, and allow them to reach their potential.
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Mindy W. December 4, 2014
Violin · In home
Mr. Alejandro began teaching our now 10 y/o daughter a year ago. What a difference! She has improved her playing immensely and went from almost dead last in her orchestra seating to second chair violin in 6 months (she worked hard over the summer, too). Mr. Alejandro has an impressive musical knowledge, which places him above the average teacher. He is firm without being too strict, and is giving our daughter a good foundation in music that will hopefully help her go as far as she wants in playing the violin. We highly recommend him.

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