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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 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!
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!
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.

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