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Omar W.

Washington, DC

Do you want to perform music? Well that takes confidence and is a whole skill in itself. Learn the ins and outs of live performance, from microphone placement, to how to communicate and understand live sound. Lighting, Effects, Make-up, Stage presence, dance and more can all be apart of performance.

About Omar

I receive a very large number of student requests everyday, So to keep things organized please keep the following in mind:

Takelessons is a wonderful service that I use to handle all my payments and scheduling. I want to focus on the teaching, so they help with the rest.

I have a 24 hour cancelation policy, please give me at least 24 hour advanced notice, or you will forfeit your lesson credit.

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Remember to please reserve your spot by paying in advance. (I have a waiting list of people asking me for those super convenient days, and times)

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*** Equipment ***

Please make sure you have your own instrument, and a note book or device to take notes with.

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My passion is sharing music with people.

I am musician and a visual artist who earned a Masters certification in Songwriting and Guitar from Berklee College of Music.
As an artist I have been featured on MTV, Rollingstone, BBC, NBC, VOA, ARY, Alt Press, LA times, documentaries and more. I have been playing guitar and recording music since childhood and am a classically trained sitar player and Indian classical vocalist. I sing and play guitar in the Mystical Dance punk band Sarmust, and I also produce electronic music under the name Evilartform.

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I am a great teacher for someone who wants to write songs, or is into Indie, rock, pop, reggae, metal, hip-hop, and electronica.

I love to answer questions and learn things I don't know, I know a good amount about guitar repair, improvised instrument building, how to buy a good instrument and not spend to much, and I have a vast knowledge of obscure instruments, and audio production as well. Feel free to ask me questions, and expect informative non-judgmental answers.

I have spent a lot of time developing as a vocalist, songwriter, composer and producer, which helps me in all aspects of my music and teaching, I'm always looking to learn more. I have played in heavy metal bands, but have also done solo acoustic singer/songwriting stuff, I have produced raw hip-hop but also love old soul and ska tunes. Being well rounded musically and drawing from lots of influences is what makes me a good teacher and shapes me as a musician.

Learn more about me: https://about.me/omarpitraswaqar

*** Lesson Details/ What to Expect ***

You can expect a custom, fun and attentive one on one lesson. I am thorough and patient. I expect you to love music and put forth effort. I'm laid back, I will work as fast or as slow as you need. I prefer a total immersion technique and get my students playing right away. This boosts confidence and fosters interest because once a student enjoys playing you don't have to convince them to practice.

By the first lesson you will be familiar with the instrument and it's parts, and playing your first chord.

In 3-6 months you will be playing guitar with a greater knowledge of chords, basic harmony and be able to play scales and songs.

Once you have a foundation of chords we can explore more specific music subjects and lessons will become more personalized: songwriting, guitar tones, musicology, making a DIY record, shredding like a metal head, I can guide you to help you achieve your goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Studying in my live/studio space located in Artist Lofts near Brookland metro in NE DC. It has a high ceilings and full stage back line including keyboards, drum set, live sound system multiple amps and more. There is seating for parents and recording capabilities.
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Ilana July 18, 2016
Sitar · In studio
There's not enough stars for Omar. Omar taught me Sitar, Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals and Indian Classical music. He is super patient, supportive, professional and tailors lessons to your goals. Plus he makes his own videos to support his students! I have never met a more passionate music teacher and his knowledge of music comes from all over the world.
I know someone who started taking lessons from Omar who couldn't afford more then the broken guitar he had. Omar traded him a guitar he BUILT for the broken guitar [and later on fixed it up].
If that's not enough because of Omar I've been on tour. No one else has been able to help me in understanding and appreciating music as much as Omar has.
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Ellen B. June 15, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
This is my first experience with music lessons. Omar is very patient and supportive and knowledgeable. Very happy with him.
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TJ May 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Three lessons in and couldn't be happier with how things are going. Omar put together a lesson plan for me but is also very willing to answer any random questions I have. Can't for my next session.
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Omar W.

Omar W.

Washington, DC 20017
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Heather C.

Springfield, VA

I've been teaching music performance for almost 5 years and my students have gone on to win competitions and record CDs. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to breathe easier and as time goes on you'll be able to have a solid tone. I specialize in self-awareness, typically use Schirmer books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: keyboard. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Heather

Heather is graduate from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. An active member of GMU Opera, Heather participated in the program's performances of 'A Christmas Carol,' 'Amahl and the Night Visitors,' 'La Boheme,' and 'Suor Angelica;' as well as Carolina in the studio scenes of Cimarosa's 'Il matrimonio segreto.'

Heather made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in April 2011 singing for the Karen Reedy Dance Company along with singing for the GMU Dance Company.

Heather has been studying voice for over 10 years emphasizing on pop and musical theatre style
s prior to her opera training. Having learned the natural way of singing, Heather incorporates vocal health into her lessons with the theory of "self-awareness" while singing. Each student will sing only what is comfortable for THEIR voice and will receive, as well as give, feedback on their singing.
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Eugenio B. July 19, 2016
In studio
Verified Student
Heather is very thorough. Together we found out areas that need work. Went home with heaps of homework. Looking forward to the next session.
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Bruce P. February 20, 2015
Broadway Singing · In home
Verified Student
Very encouraging and supportive. Lesson time passes quickly because the lesson is so enjoyable.
Heather always seeks feedback and is available to answer any questions or concerns outside of regular lesson times.
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Mary L. January 9, 2015
Audition Prep · In home
Verified Student
Heather was the best instructor we could have had for our granddaughters Audition Prep for her High School Arts Program. My granddaughter was very comfortable working with her and learned so much from Heather. I would definitely recommend her for any type of voice lessons. She is very knowledgeable.
Thank You Heather for helping Calista!
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Heather C.

Heather C.

Springfield, VA 22150
(4)
starting at
$50 / 60-min
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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 communit
y 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).
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Nicole H. June 21, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My first lesson with Timothy was great! He is very friendly and informative. He takes his time and makes you feel at ease. I am anticipating my next lesson.

Thanks Timothy! :-)
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Tondalaya H. April 30, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
To early but he didnt give me written home work. 1st day so far so good. He is very knowledgeable and made me feel at home. We laughed a lot. Good for the soul.
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Maloy Q. March 12, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
A great first lesson for my 11 year old!
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Timothy H.

Washington, DC 20001
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starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD

About Dennis

I have been teaching guitar for 25 years in the Washington DC metro area. I work with students 12 years of age and up, but I am especially experienced at teaching adult students regardless of whether they are beginners or have previous guitar experience. I have performed in acoustic Celtic, new age, funk, progressive rock, fusion and contemporary jazz groups and am currently performing regularly as a solo acoustic guitarist. I have composed over 40 works for solo guitar as well as numerous pieces for small jazz bands. I have played on numerous CDs including my most recent solo CD 'DARK MATTER'
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*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor the lesson materials to suit the interest of the student but I am dedicated to teaching students at any level to learn to better understand the fundamentals of the language of music. My teaching focuses on critical fundamentals of guitar technique including chords, scales and rhythm guitar playing as well as the art of improvisation. A significant amount of time in the lessons is spent actually playing with the students so that the technical concepts are put to use in real music situations. To further the student's understanding of music I frequently teach elements of music theory to those who are interested.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars and amps available for student use although I prefer that the student bring their own instrument. I also have all the needed accessories, cables, stands etc.

*** Specialties ***
Adult students (and older teenagers ) whether beginners or experienced are a particular specialty of mine. Adult learners want to be treated as adults and often times benefit greatly from a more mentor oriented approach to teaching. I like to describe myself as both a teacher and a coach so as to emphasize that the student and I are on the same team sharing the goal of improving their guitar playing and musicianship. We are both on the same path of musical discovery. I am probably just farther along on that path with insights and knowledge that will hopefully help them along their way.
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Andrew McGehee March 4, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dennis is professional, knowledgeable, and easily constructs a lesson plan tailored to your needs. Would recommend!
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Clay Jones December 3, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
After the first lesson I can tell this is going to go great! Dennis is very personable and easy to talk to, and communicate with. It is immediately apparent that he has a wealth of knowledge not just about guitar, but about music theory in general and I am so excited for what I will learn!

Also, he has a lovely home and his wife is so nice :) I felt right at home.

I definitely recommend Dennis to anyone who is considering lessons.
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Thomas P. July 2, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dennis is a great teacher, he is effective, patient, passionate, I could not be happier, he has an excellent teaching style made me improve a lot. Highly recommended
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Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD 20816
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Christine P.

Alexandria, VA

Development of total artistry. Projecting emotion effectively and matching expression with face, body and voice. Insightful interpretation of music. Coaching in movement, acting and staging, but most importantly mentality.

About Christine

Intro:
Christine is a professional vocal coach who has over 6 years of experience in helping beginning to expert level students develop the proper intonation and vocal technique within all legitimate styles of singing. She is considered an expert in her field.

She offers voice lessons that are based on the assessment of the student's individual structure and voice type. She received her music education in classical vocal performance from George Mason University.

She is also a highly sought out piano instructor for her ability to establish an exceptional foundation in beginning piano stu
dents.

Bio:
First and foremost thank you for taking the time to view my profile and I look forward to helping you work toward your musical aspirations.

Professional recording artist signed with label based in Nashville. Has two U.S. Billboards on the indicators chart (2014 summer/fall release) in the popular adult contemporary genre.

In addition to U.S. charts, she is also playing in the U.K. Most recently releasing her 2nd official single in the U.K. on June 1, 2016 titled "If that's love".

You may find her music on such music distribution sites as iTunes and Spotify. Samples are also available on Reverbnation.com.

Education:
Received music education from George Mason University in classical vocal performance.

I have continued my vocal studies with the incomparable Fabiana Bravo, who studied under the greatest Italian tenor of this past century, Luciano Pavarotti and the legendary Renata Scotto.

From Mrs. Bravo's teachings I have learned the authentic Italian tradition of Bel canto and Verismo in opera. This differs from the American interpretation of the art.

Voice type:
I am a true dramatic soprano. I sit between mezzo and soprano. Having a rare and large instrument has given me invaluable insight and a wider perspective on all other voice types due to it.

Specialization:
I specialize in the intonation of the voice. Students learn specific vocal techniques and how to properly approach the voice in a natural and relaxed manner.

From doing such, students will be able to create appropriate colors for their instrument to then genuinely achieve different styles of music.

Exercises will also encourage range, breath support, placement, efficiency, dynamics, proper resonance, breath direction, blending of registers and most importantly flexibility in order to sing with freedom.

The technique will never lose sight of the integrity and authenticity of the voice. It in fact enhances and supports this concept. Singers will learn how to hear their true voice in a way that they have yet to experience fully.

We will have very clear and relevant discussions on how the voice works. This is absolutely vital to finding true successful in your studies. It should be noted that one cannot learn without comprehension first.

More importantly from our discussions, the voice will no longer feel like such a mystery.

My approach will help solidify things you continue to struggle with. I have had many, many students agree and come to this conclusion.

This especially includes students who have already studied voice seriously, but are struggling to grasp concepts and or technique.

More times than not, it is the instruction you have received that is inaccurate and ineffective for your voice.

General vocal styles I teach:
Jazz (any variation such as blues), popular adult contemporary (pop), classical, opera, R&B, traditional pop, gospel, spiritual, hymnal, sacred, musical theater, big ballad, country and any variation of these styles.

What to expect during lessons:
My teachings are based on first the individual assessment of the student's structure and voice type, much like the true Italian style. Students will develop their technique through clearly directed vocal exercises and put this into practice through their musical rep.

Beyond this objective we will cover other artistic and technical aspects including interpretation, diction, phrasing, timing, and performance.

We will also discuss the mentality of singing. This unique approach that I have developed helps students learn their instrument immensely better than without it.

Piano:
I teach piano in the European route. I specialize in proper reading skills and developing good technique. Students learn to use strategies to sight read music on their own and develop interpretive skills.

I have developed a method of teaching that helps students systematically identify pitches and counting with accuracy.

Music theory is also heavily emphasized during lessons and necessary to support the study of piano.

We will also work on interpretive skills based on historical context and artistic development. I teach students how to think about music critically and thus create dialogue with the music.

Mission:
My goal is to help students become increasingly independent as musicians. I have worked with many children with disabilities as well. Please ask me how.

Who I am:
I love music, I love life, I love my family, I love my dogs, I love my coffee and I love to laugh a lot (I'm very Italian in that way). :D

Why take lessons now:
I always say to people considering voice lessons to just come as they are. Leave your worries at the door:) I understand that a person's voice is a very personally extension of who they are and it can be intimidating to sing in front of a professional.

I have taught hundreds of students and am well versed in seeing many different vocal issues.

I want to assure any potential students that the space I provide is professional, safe (background check three times, most recently 11/15) encouraging, friendly and welcoming.

Age and Advancement:
Please note: Voice begins at age 11 (the very youngest) and piano at age 5.

I teach beginner to expert level advancement in voice and beginner to late intermediate advancement in piano.

Availability:
I teach all of my students from my home in Alexandria.

I am available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from noon until the evening. Please inquire about current availability.

How I developed my private studio:
I started my teaching career at Lorton music full time as a vocal and piano instructor and have over six years experience.

At Lorton Music I was so highly recommended by my clients to potential students that a wait-list became necessary to work with me.

My success in teaching has allowed me to open up my own private studio from home, which has been such a blessing:)

Who makes up my clientele:
I have a diverse range of students in terms of age, background, experience and interest for their musically aspirations.

Reasons range from personal to professional gain. Some of my students study voice to improve individually and others study on a more professional level such as getting into a music program for voice or preparing for auditions.

I will note that I am seeking students, especially voice students who view taking lessons on a consist basis as both valuable and necessary. To treat vocal lessons otherwise, will not allow for the full benefits to occur.

*Rates are not discounted. Rates are exceptionally priced based on instructor's ability. Thank you.
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Danielle July 24, 2016
In studio
Christine is undoubtedly an accomplished expert in both piano and voice (she taught my 7 year old daughter both) and has an unique ability to translate this expertise into "laymans" terms for even the youngest student. I watched my daughter grown during our time with Christine, in not only her musical abilities but also as a young lady -- taking responsibility to practice at home, wanting to do her best, and reading her lessons to make sure she was on track. Christine is pleasant and engaging, and yet has a gentle firmness when my daughter needed that extra nudge along the way. I could not give her a higher review, for any student, at any age ... with Christine as your teacher you will learn, grown and achieve your goals. (I say "was." as we moved across the country, otherwise we would have been with Christine until my daughter went to college ... my daughter, and I, think the world of her!)
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Paul May 15, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
First lesson was great. I was impressed by her teaching method and eagerness to teach with warmth
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Domonique S. May 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable and prompt. She is NO amateur of the piano nor at teaching. My daughter enjoys their weekly sessions. We will definitely continue with Christine as long as she's offering the lessons and my daughter is still interested!
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Christine P.

Alexandria, VA 22309
(8)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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