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Thomas D. Greenbelt, MD

About Thomas

My musical life began during the "folk boom" of the 1960's. I began songwriting and performing during my high school years. Later I was a member of a folk-rock band called The Bean Angels. We preformed and recorded in the Iowa City, Iowa area. Later I attended Montana State University where I studied music education. My training included: piano skills, music theory, music history, aural perception, conducting, and vocal pedagogy. I have several decades experience in teaching. I have taught guitar, piano, voice, and ukulele, and have directed a children's choir. *** Lesson Details *** I believe that each individual has his or her own particular learning style and pace. Accordingly I try to tailor my instruction to best fit the individual student. The first lessons will ...

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Ginny H. October 29, 2014
Verified Student
I've been taking ukulele lessons from Tom for about 2 months and have just added voice lessons. Tom is a very thoughtful, kind man. He has a great deal of knowledge about the theoretical and practical/performance aspects of instruction. He is also excellent at adapting his lessons to my own particular goals. What more could you want!
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paul V S. November 16, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
What a great experience for our family!

In August, our 7 yr. old daughter, Nathalie, started piano lessons with Thomas. She played her first Christmas carol here in early November! Thomas is a wonderful instructor! Undertstanding, warm, and very patient! I highly recommend his services!!
Scott G. Silver Spring, MD

About Scott

A native of Washington DC, Scott has performed for over 45 years in various shows, bands & theaters. He has worked with The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Modernaires; The Peter Duchin Orchestra; The Ink Spots; The Tokens; Rory (Disney Channel); Charlie Byrd; Susannah McCorkle; Keely Smith & John Colianni (accompanist for Mel Torme) to name a few. He has also toured for the USO with Miss USA in Europe 85’ (With an 18 year old Halle Berry) and Miss USA in Central America 86’. Besides playing a in few theater pits, Scott has also performed on the stage as a musical character in the Kennedy Center’s ‘92 production of “Pump Boys & Dinettes”, taking the role of inbred “Eddie” to new lows. In 2005, upon the return of guitarist Dan Hovey from a NY career joined with drummer John Zidar to form

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Atiq K. November 3, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I never imagined a beginner guitar class to be so comprehensive, challenging and yet so much fun. There's a lot to learn about playing the guitar from holding it to learning how to read music to playing a tune. Scott's easy going style encourages even the most slothful students like myself. We do it all in 1 and a half hours twice a week. His students have a wide range of experience with music and the guitar but at each session Scott is able to ensure that each one of us gets something out of the class. For example, he'll instruct the advanced students to play a more complicated version of a piece. Or he'll touch base with every student in the class at least twice by physically walking over and showing them something, asking a question, checking on their guitar, etc. Finally, he has those qualities that make for outstanding teachers - he not only knows and loves his work but he's really good at it. So each session is a fun mini concert lesson.
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Stephen M. October 10, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons for about a month now and I have learned so much. Not only basics on the instrument but also music theory which I've always had problems with before. Each lesson is a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I look forward to my lessons each week.

Scott is easy-going, patient and seems to know what is needed for the stage of instruction that I am at. I highly recommend Scott as an instructor. He has helped me with the ukulele tremendously in just four lessons. Couldn't ask for a better instructor.
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Yorrelle P. June 12, 2014
Music Performance · In studio
Verified Student
Being a professional singer, I am looking quite a bit from Scott of what I call all around vocal performance and training. He is supportive and encouraging and has years of knowledge under his belt.

If you want someone who knows his stuff, work with him.
Geoff S. Fairfax, VA

Experienced in contemporary song writing, as well as writing and arranging music for church worship music, choral music, strings, and classical guitar. Experienced in both playing and recording by ear, as well as writing down formal music charts and scores.

About Geoff

I played on a toy piano when I was very young, learning a bit of sight reading from my Mother, while listening to classical, jazz, and rock music. When I was 12, I learned guitar and later took private piano lessons from a prominent Philadelphia instructor. After playing in a rock band in high school, I went to college and received my degree in Physics. During this time, I joined a choir, and sang and played guitar in a contemporary vocal group where I became the lead guitarist and vocal arranger, and later became the director. I also played guitar in my church, as well as in a small folk group, performing music of the Beatles, Bacharach, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and many others. I also played or sung in a number of weddings during my college days. Upon graduation, I moved to ...

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Bradley B. July 16, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
If you're interested in studying classical guitar you know that it is both difficult and important to find a quality guitar instruction. Look no further. Geoff is fantastic. His daily exercises for guitar have helped improve my technique dramatically. I'm so glad I found him and had an opportunity to work with him.
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JohnK September 18, 2011
Lessons

I am enjoying my lessons. You are being extra patient with me I suspect. My practices since our last have gone better I think. I think I am picking up things better. I practiced quite a lot today. Every commercial break in the football game as well as half time. See you in two weeks. Thanks
Lisa B. Silver Spring, MD

About Lisa

Elementary school principal and music teacher for more than 10 years. BA in Music, Graduate degree UMET, Puerto Rico. Recording and performing experience. *** Lesson Details *** Guitar: Strum and play chords, chord progressions and songs. Singing, finger picking, basic theory, reading music, composition. Violin: technique, reading music. *** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated music room, room for parents to wait. *** Specialties *** I teach classical violin using the Strictly Strings Music Book and Essential Elements 2000 with improvisational violin and creative composition, as well as some Suzuki methods. I also teach rock violin. Students may bring their own pieces. I teach folk guitar and singing, playing chords and note reading, composition, music theory, history and ...

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ruth K. August 3, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Lisa is a fabulous and generous teacher. I was very scared about embarking on this venture to try and learn to sing. She has been encouraging and gentle and very, very helpful. She instills hope as well as provides me with the encouragement to keep getting better and better. I highly recommend Lisa as an excellent teacher.
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AngelaT July 22, 2012
Awesome!!!!

Lisa has been very helpful in assisting my nephew with his singing lessons. My nephew expressed that Lisa's very encouraging and does a good job of addressing the genre of music he prefers. He feels that he's making progress with his singing.
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ReeveM July 11, 2012
feedback

I really appreciate the positive feedback. It feels really nice hearing things I do well, especially when I am new to this and can't make awesome music yet. Thank you!
Miles H. Falls Church, VA

About Miles

Miles was born in Bogota, Colombia, but raised in Annapolis, MD. Early in life he began to take classical piano lessons, but after 9 years, guitar became his instrument of choice. He then went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music. His time at Berklee has allowed Miles to play in venues all around the Boston/Cambridge area. He has been teaching around NOVA for 3 years.

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Marty F. February 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I'm a beginning guitar student and have just started taking guitar lessons from Miles. He's very knowledgable, patient, and kind. I haven't quite made "friends" with those strings yet, but with Miles' help, I know I will.
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Carolee A. June 22, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I've been taking guitar lessons from Miles for almost two years. He is very patient, flexible, and supportive and really knows his stuff. :) I highly recommend him.
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Amber H. February 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Miles is fantastic!

Miles is great at working with my 11 year old on both what she wants to learn and what she needs to learn; he ensures the right balance of theory and contemporary music to keep her interested. We move a lot and have had other piano teachers over the last several years, but Miles is top notch. His calm demeanor and endless patience is much appreciated in this house! Hope he continues to teach my daughter for years to come.
Jackson C. Takoma Park, MD

I am a current songwriter and poet.

I have taught and coached in the area of songwriting and phrasing (word painting) with lyrics.

About Jackson

Jackson is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is one of the most sought after male vocalist in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. This exciting and versatile tenor received his degree from the University of the District of Columbia with a Bachelors in Vocal Music. He has studied Voice Pedagogy both at Oberlin Conservatory under Richard Millar and Ann Manz and Shenandoah Conservatory (CCM) Commercial and Contemporary Music with Kathryn Green. Jackson has wowed audiences with his talent and skills, performing in four languages and five genres- attracting crowds of various ethnic backgrounds. Jackson has experience working with youth and adults in churches, and privately. He has taught music and accompanied the production "KIDS" at the Kelsie Collie Children's Musical Experience.

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Josh M. December 10, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My experience with Jackson has been amazing. I can already hear an improvement in the way I sing within 2 weeks. He gives very useful feed back. Also, things to practice at home. Anyone looking take their voice to the next level I would recommend Jackson.
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Keith M. October 30, 2014
Verified Student
Jackson has been a superb teacher. He pushes me to become better each lesson and this has and is building my confidence even the more. I really appreciate his passion for music and how he EXPECTS me to bring my best every week and he teaches with a spirit of EXCELLENCE. I will highly recommend him to anyone

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