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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), and just completed production for a series on the making of Oklahoma!. Other sporadic credits include Duets for the DC Fringe Festival, a number of independent films and ...

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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!!
Jon W. Washington, DC

About Jon

I have been playing guitar for 10 years and have been writing for about 6. I have taken lessons from various teachers for multiple years including notably the University of Maryland jazz professor Gerry Kunkel. I can teach songwriting and performance as well as many different forms of music, with a specialty in modern rock and indie rock. I write for a DC indie rock band that has sold out the 9:30 Club & Black Cat and has played other iconic DC venues such as The Howard Theatre. I have been teaching friends in their 20's and children for 3 years now and love working with all ages. I have a true passion for teaching and music and I look forward to getting to know my students and to help mentor them to be the best musician and songwriter they can be. I believe I can offer an unmatchable ...

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Athena J. December 29, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jon is fantastic. He has been incredibly patient with me - both as a brand new player and as a busy working mom who sometimes needs to shuffle things around or doesn't always have as much practice time as I'd like. He teaches comprehensively - from reading music to understanding every aspect of my guitar to learning how to play. He's laid back but takes his teaching seriously, and is generally just a joy to learn from. I would recommend him to anyone - beginner on up, and at any age. I can imagine him being great with kids. He has seemingly endless patience!
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James G. November 26, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jon is a really talented and passionate teacher that I'd highly recommend. He makes the lessons fun, will tailor every one completely around your interests, and is very attentive and patient. Also, he's just a super nice guy that you'll enjoy being around. Very humble, and seems to genuinely enjoy helping people develop.
As for logistics, Jon works with my schedule and is great about communicating. I enjoy learning at his house and he even lends me a guitar so I don’t have to bring mine across the city. So I'd encourage anyone interested in guitar to seek him out... he makes it easy, really encourages you, and is the kind of teacher who will keep you moving forward.
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Madelyn B. November 25, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jon is a great guitar teacher and I've learned so much already and I'm only a few lessons in! He's patient, encouraging and knowledgeable. I would recommend him to anyone!
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 Musicians "just to name a few" and they all influence my style. I do add to my list often. Wes Montgomery, Michel Legrand, Sting, Marron 5, Chopin Jimmy Hendrix, Mozart, Beethoven, Michael Jackson, Mike Stern, Thelonious Monk, Burt Bachrach, Elton John Scotty Anderson, Billy Joel, Norman Brown Mark Whitfield John McLaughlin George Benson John Lee Hooker Neal Schon Stevie Ray Vaughn Al di ...

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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.
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!
William T. Alexandria, VA

About William

My interest in music began when I was about 8 years old and learned to play the piano. A few years later, I joined the middle school band and fell in love with the trombone. I've played the trombone almost everyday for 17 years and I'm now a member of the prestigious US Air Force Band in Washington D.C. I have a passion for teaching that is rarely matched. I love seeing the light bulb turn on when a student begins to understand specific concepts that unlock the next level of musicianship. This inspires me to keep inspiring the student! I'm one of the most patient teachers, not minding if a student is working hard but has trouble grasping something. I'll work through it many different ways until it clicks. I taught freshman level music theory and ear-training at the ...

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Jeremy H. November 25, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Will has been so wonderful for my son. My son started piano lessons over a year ago at age 13 and now at 15 is continuing in music, with drive, passion, and enthusiasm, all which he has modeled after Will's character. It can be difficult and frustrating for a teenager to take on a new discipline, and Will is exceptional at relating to my son, encouraging him, and even teaching him using music my son is interested in. His ability to use multiple teaching approaches, explain the techniques, and understand what is going on in the mind of the student is phenomenal. I'm a college professor myself, and Will is an outstanding teacher. He is backed by amazing professional credentials, I trust him in my home, and trust him to provide high quality education for any age student. He was always early or on time, he was always prepared, and he always had thought about the best way to approach the next lesson. He's one of a kind. If you're looking to hire someone to teach your child about music, or if you are interested in learning yourself, Will is the man for the job.
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Shannon B. June 1, 2014
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Will is extremely professional. Our 12 year old daughter transferred schools in the middle of 6th grade and was really struggling with catching up to the students in her class. In a matter of weeks Will helped her get caught up and feel confident again! She was very comfortable with him, too. We would recommend Will 100%!!

Thank you will for everything!!! :)
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Patrick W. May 7, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Excellent Piano Teacher

William Is a very professional, knowledgeable and patient instructor. My 10 year old son had taken lesson before but William has taken my son's skills to a level that has him playing the complicated version of Fur Elise. My son can easily lose focus but William's excellent teaching techniques has gotten him to focus on the piano were he now memorizing complex classical music pieces. My son looks forward to piano lessons and this is attributed to the professionalism William displays and how he interacts with my son. In a fairly short period of time my son has made great strides under William's teaching. One of the best investments I have made for my son!
Grant F. Washington, DC

About Grant

My name is Grant and I have been playing the guitar/piano for almost 20 years. I am 30 years old and have a passion for playing and recording music. I love sharing what I know and bringing students to the level they want to be playing. Lessons will be different for students of different skill level, but all will revolve around catering to what the student wishes to learn. I can play many different styles on the guitar and would love to share them all.

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julie L. October 27, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Grant is GREAT! Very knowledgeable about the guitar. His positive and encouraging attitude was a wonderful bonus.
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Tim T. July 17, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Over the last year, I have taken many guitar lessons in the greater DC area in search of a teacher that will help further craft my amateur skill set. To-date, Grant has not only been the most knowledgeable out of any of the musicians, he also beams with passion for the trade. Not to mention his patience and encouragement - a quality that makes even the most rookie guitarist feel like he is the next "The Edge."

- Tim T.
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Jon T. July 16, 2014
Guitar · In home
I have always wanted to learn to play guitar but I never pushed myself passed learning basic cords and several elementary songs via videos and books. Recently, I decided if I wanted to really learn it was now or never and I started taking lessons with Grant. In addition to his ability to shred on the guitar, which he gladly did when I asked for a demonstration, he is a great teacher. He has been a patient teacher when I repeatedly make mistakes and always sends me off with something cool to practice before the next lesson. I strongly recommend Grant and will continue to use him as my teacher.

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