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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

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.

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 guitar 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 guitar amps and more. There is seating for parents and recording capabilities.

*** Travel Equipment ***

They must have their own equipment, bring a composition notebook for notes.
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Kala S. January 31, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Omar was great! He has a great knowledge of the guitar. Super accomodating
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Rachel January 14, 2016
Guitar · Online
Omar has been a great teacher so far; he is knowledgeable without question and can teach from both Western and Eastern traditions / perspectives. In fact, that's something I've enjoyed so much from Omar; this ability of his imparts the feeling of always having a very well-rounded music lesson, and the confidence to really experiment and grow on whatever instrument you are learning. In summary, I would highly recommend taking lessons from Omar. Try him out!!
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Ashley January 12, 2016
Guitar · Online
Omar is amazing! He really makes the lesson engaging and fun, just as if you were in his studio! Omar is also very knowledgeable about the history of music, instruments and a variety of genres, which I really appreciate. He personalizes each lesson and moves along at my pace. I look forward to my lesson every week!
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Omar W.

Omar W.

Washington, DC 20017
(18)
starting at
$15 / 30-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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Dara November 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Tim is patient, kind, and enjoys seeing and commending progress. As a song writer, I've worked with him on not only vocals for my album but writing melodies as well. He has a deep understanding of music theory and enjoys creative collaboration.

I recommend him enthusiastically!
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Dara November 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Tim is patient, kind, and enjoys seeing and commending progress. As a song writer, I've worked with him on not only vocals for my album but writing melodies as well. He has a deep understanding of music theory and enjoys creative collaboration.

I recommend him enthusiastically!
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Jarrett Carter November 4, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Tim is the best! I feel at ease and free to sing out-- totally a no judgement zone. He has a great enthusiasm that's very encouraging.

Not only have I learned a lot in a brief time, but I have more confidence to sing now. I'd definitely recommend him to anybody looking for a vocal instructor.
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Timothy H.

Washington, DC 20001
(18)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Matthew B.

Washington, DC

Lessons are highly structured and flexible to student interest. Expectations for practice and technique are consistent and clear, so as to catalyze student growth and productivity. Practice materials and curriculum are catered to individual needs and interest, focusing on the minimization of practice time through objective and effective strategies. Lessons can be recorded.

About Matthew

Originally from the Jersey Shore, Matthew is an educator and active freelance musician in the tri-state area. He received his bachelors degree in music education from the Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University) before completing his masters degree in music performance from the Steinhardt School (New York University).

Matt has studied piano since the age of seven, covering a variety of genres including classical, jazz, musical theater, and pop. While attending Rutgers, he regularly performed and was a featured soloist with the graduate-level Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, a
nd Opera Orchestra; performance highlights and venues include Avery Fischer Hall, Symphony Space, NJPAC, and the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia). He has studied with contemporary leaders in oboe performance (Matthew Sullivan, Jonathan Blumenfeld, Nathan Hughes, Geoffrey Burgess) as well as a variety of classical and jazz pianists (Karina Bruk, Andy Milne).
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terri Z. March 2, 2015
Oboe · Online
Verified Student
I've had three lessons with Matthew and I'm really enjoying them. He is extremely knowledgeable and very supportive. I highly recommend him!
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ChartellB February 13, 2012
A Great Learning Experience

Learning with Matt has given me much confidence in my singing. His excellent teaching skills gives me more confidence to perform, audition, and has indeed improved my vocal chords. Aside from just learning how to improve my singing, Matt has really been a great help on providing me information that I needed to know about Musical Theater, which I really appreciate his complete advice. With such a positive attitude, he thoroughly explains how to warm up the voice and pronounce every consonant/vowel. I, myself, can hear the difference when I perform songs as well as my family and friends. He is a tremendous teacher and I recommend him to anyone who wants to learn how to improve their singing and confidence.
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ManuelR February 11, 2012
Working with Matthew B.

Mr. Matthew B. is a very helpful and knowledgeable instructor. He goes through the passages of each lesson with me, points at the most complex areas and asks me to focus the practice on those when doing exercises. I am pleased to have Mr. Mathew B. as my piano instructor.
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Matthew B.

Matthew B.

Washington, DC 20018
(6)
starting at
$40 / 45-min
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Joshua B.

Fairfax, VA

Being an experienced performer, it is my goal to send my students out into the world as the complete package. This goes well beyond the singing, and encompasses everything from stage presence and acting, to appearance and appropriate wardrobe. While singing is the main focus, today's well-rounded performer understands that simply being the best singer just doesn't cut it.

About Joshua

Joshua began his teaching career as a graduate teaching assistant (TA) while pursuing his Master's degree at Florida State University. As a TA he taught voice lessons to undergraduate students, preparing them for auditions, recitals, and end of the term juries. Since graduating from FSU, Joshua has maintained a dynamic private vocal studio. Offering lessons to students from diverse backgrounds and varying levels of experience, utilizing a very personal approach to each student, tailoring lessons to meet each individuals needs. Under the belief that a solid vocal technique is the key to great s
inging, he begins from the ground up, addressing each aspect of singing, including the alignment of the body while singing, the inhale of the breath, the management of the breath while singing, and the physical action of singing.

Joshua's students come from all walks of life, and with his guidance, many have achieved new personal heights. Current and former students have done things such as: recording albums with their band; record solo albums; successfully audition for premier choirs; get booked as a solo entertainer; be cast as a lead in a musical; appear on national television; receive highest ratings on end-of-semester evaluations; and excel with their karaoke league!

Joshua is also an active performer. With a repertoire that spans opera, oratorio, song, and even straight-plays, Mr. B. is a versatile and intriguing artist. He has performed a variety of well-known operatic roles, such as Rodolfo, in Puccini’s La Boheme, Borsa in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Recently he appeared as the young tenor Tony Candolino, with Lyric Opera Virginia, in their production of Terrance McNally’s tony-winning play Masterclass. Other notable operatic roles are Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, and Camille de Rossilon in The Merry Widow. Joshua also enjoys exploring more obscure, contemporary works as well, such as Adam in Soluri’s Adam and Eve, The Celebrant in Mark Adamo’s Avow, and The Englishman in Jacques Ibert's Angelique. Mr. B. has also had the great honor of performing several scenes as Lenny in Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men (an opera based on the popular novel by John Steinbeck) at a benefit for the composer himself.

Joshua also enjoys an active career as a concert soloist, appearing in such works as The Messiah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse. Recently he has appeared as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, as well as Carl Orff’s pivotal Carmina Burana. Joshua also had the privilege of joining the Cathedral Choral Society as the tenor soloist in last year’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Vespers, for special guests, their Excellencies, the ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine. In May, Joshua will once again join the Cathedral Choral Society as the tenor soloist in their performances of Mozart’s Davide Penitente, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.

Recently Joshua won second prize at The Partners for the Arts inaugural vocal competition. Joshua is also a past winner of the Hannah Beaulieu Vocal Competition, and 2013 finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Mid-Atlantic region.

In 2010 Mr. B. made his European debut singing the role of Tamino from Mozart's Die Zauberfl te at the Mittels chsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany. He also stepped in on short notice to sing several performances of Erster Geharnischter when the house tenor became ill.

Joshua is an emerging artist of the American Wagner Project, and recently attended Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices.
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Ana P. December 3, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Joshua B met my expectations and exceeded them quickly. He had a lovely studio and home and he definitely seems to have lots of experience. He quickly found out what I was doing wrong and by the end of the lesson i could feel myself and my voice becoming stronger. I can't wait to continue my lessons with him!
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Vicente L. October 20, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Makes you feel at ease. great instructor.
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Bernice H. October 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
I just love working with Josh. He knows his stuff and at the same time is fun to work with. He knows technique and anatomy, so he's able to describe all the details of what your air, tongue, palate, etc. should be doing. I never knew how much was involved in singing!
Plus he's always striving to find new and innovative ways to teach. He is not just an excellent singer who assumes he can pass it on, he really cares about the best way to help you improve.
Another thing I really appreciate is that Josh holds you to high standard. He insists on quality, but that means when he says you got it right, you know you really nailed it! Through it all his vibrant and warm personality shines through.
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Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Fairfax, VA 22031
(7)
starting at
$39 / 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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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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Ana C. May 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I found his teaching style very clear and rewarding; his approach seems to be especially effective for adults. He has sustained my attention for a long time, and has been very responsive to my learning needs (including special projects and questions) while keeping a very clear roadmap for learning music and the instrument.
He obviously has great musical talent, and his explanations and demonstrations are very clear. He has been super flexible and adaptable schedule-wise.
Overall, a pleasant, enriching and rewarding experience. Highly recommended!
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Dennis B.

Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD 20816
(6)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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