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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

Music Performance covers everything from how to keep time, creating and developing your live sound, how to perform in your style while learning from others, pedal and electric development, playing comfortably and naturally, orchestrating other instruments in song creation, etc.

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!
Timothy H. Washington, DC

In Piano, we work on proper bench posture and distance from the keyboard, hand placement and correct finger curvature and work towards developing great musicality in piano repertoire.

In Voice, we work on proper posture for both seated and standing positions, microphone placement, diction, audience interaction and more.

About Timothy

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 ...

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Ashley S. August 13, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Timothy is awesome. He makes me feel very comfortable and so I don't have to hold back anything during our voice lessons. He challenges me and I already feel that I am getting back in the groove of singing properly after just 2 lessons. I would highly recommend working with him!
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Mindi W. August 4, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was hard to pick a lesson type, because in the four or five months I worked with Tim, I learned a lot about music theory and performing, and I'm very sad to have to take a break from my lessons.

Due to scheduling conflicts at my job, I am putting my vocal lessons on hold, and I couldn't be more bummed about it. Tim is friendly, patient, professional and seems to be able to tailor his teaching style to his students. He is encouraging, but also knows how to give constructive criticism without demoralizing his more A-type students (me). I have learned so much from him already, and I truly hope I am able to come back in the future.

Literally cannot recommend him more highly. I haven't had a more competent and inspiring teacher - for anything - in years.
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Mariko R. July 3, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I enjoy Tim's instruction very much. Not only is he an enthusiastic and encouraging teacher he also has a good appreciation of music which he can extend to his students. I asked for a recommendation for a song I may want to learn taking my voice range and quality, and he came up with a wonderful song right away. If you are looking for a teacher who can explore the fun of music with you without being judgmental, Tim is the one!
Raycurt J. Washington, DC

As a performing artist I wish to share the technique of presentation.
Concert or the Musical stage The duties of the performer to achieve success for auditions or shows.

About Raycurt

Raycurt J. aka "Fiddla", Violin-Viola-Voice-Piano-Rhythm-Dance and Event Productions. Music is the universal communicator, educator, healer, and conflict mediator. We naturally expose our children to music and ignite their awareness to stimulate learning practices within. As a hobby or passion we discover the connections to all the similar disciplines, such as, science and mathematics. How to keep time, the ruler of motion in music. Learn the basics of the music language and idioms of Jazz. How to create melody, the syntax of song. inspiration of effective practice. Basics of Improvisation or Composition. ************************************************************ Native of Washington, D.C. began at the age of seven on the piano. Singing in family church choirs and ...

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Jesse C. November 23, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Raycurt has developed and implemented a constructive way for beginners to understand the violin, comprehend music theory, and figure out how to make this instrument sound good!

(It's not easy to do...)
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Mackenzie M. July 1, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Raycurt was extremely patient and a very skilled teacher. Would definitely recommend!!
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Evva A. February 20, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Excellent

I am an adult learner new to music lessons, and so was very anxious during my first violin session with Raycurt. I can't say enough about his professionalism and easy teaching style. We spoke prior to the meeting, and he told me what I needed to get started. More impressive, he showed up during a snowstorm! I highly recommend him.
William T. Alexandria, VA

I have performed in concert halls all across the country as a trombonist. I can teach you the ins-and-outs of performance anxiety (nerves), taking auditions, giving recitals, preparing audition tapes, and everything in between.

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!
Susanna B. Washington, DC

Susanna is an American soprano whose recent engagements have included Suor Angelica (Miami Lyric Opera, Gusman Center); The Charlatan (Victorian Lyric Opera, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater); L'incoronazione di Poppea (Symphony Space), Die Zauberflöte (DiMenna Center), and Don Giovanni (Lincoln Center, New York Lyric Opera).

Preparation and performance of pieces of music in all styles and at all levels.

About Susanna

Susanna is an American soprano whose recent engagements have included Suor Angelica (Miami Lyric Opera, Gusman Center); The Charlatan (Victorian Lyric Opera, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater); L'incoronazione di Poppea (Symphony Space), Die Zauberflöte (DiMenna Center), and Don Giovanni (Lincoln Center, New York Lyric Opera). Teaching all styles and levels of singing, Susanna's speciality is classical and operatic voice and holds studios in DC, NoVa, and NYC, including the Cardon Studios and M Institute for the Arts in DC. Holding a BA of Music from The George Washington University, she has studied under the famous Bulgarian virtuoso, Tzvetan Konstantinov, renowned Romanian soprano, Virignia Zeani, Met Opera baritone Mark Oswald, and internationally acclaimed teacher Joan ...

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Dede B. March 16, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
After just one lesson with Susanna I knew I had found a phenomenal teacher. She really studied directly with the best names in opera, specifically in the bel canto style. And she's able to explain it all really well. After a few months of lessons, my signing now feels so easy. It has a line to it, is controlled, clear, more powerful, more flexible, and all of my previous vocal problems have disappeared. I don't know what I did without her. SUSANNA IS THE BEST!!!
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Dannon U. February 12, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
Susanna is AMAZING! After just one lesson she gave me more knowledge of the voice than I have ever had in my previous years of studying. And after working with her for a few months, my voice has improved dramatically. It is clear, my range doubled, and it rarely gets tired anymore. I can't recommend her enough!

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Years ago, I heard my first band would be featured in the local paper and I was so excited to read the article. I hurried home to read it and found that the short blurb was far from complimentary. A public critique like that can make you want to give up. I certainly wanted to hide under my bed for a week! However, I have learned how to handle criticism and continued to make music that makes me happy. In the time since then, I have been lucky enough to receive both criticism and positive revie … Read More
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Years ago, I heard my first band would be featured in the local paper and I was so excited to read the article. I hurried home to read it and found that the short blurb was far from complimentary. A public critique like that can make you want to give up. I certainly wanted to hide under my bed for a week! However, I have learned how to handle criticism and continued to make music that makes me happy. In the time since then, I have been lucky enough to receive both criticism and positive revie
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