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Omar W.

Washington, DC

Do you want to develop as a songwriter? I can show you techniques used by the pros to create dynamic song structures and amazing lyrics. I specialize in songwriting as it relates to the guitar. So if you want to advance your chord vocabulary or become a better guitarist in the process this is the class for you.

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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brenda W. July 13, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
My son enjoyed his first class and can't wait for the next one!
Thank you Omar
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Ilana A. December 31, 2014
Sitar · In studio
Omar taught me Guitar and Sitar and it was a blast! He is an amazing teacher and took the time out to make lessons that were custom for my needs. Thank you~!
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Aman A. December 22, 2014
Guitar · In home
I was Omar's first student, and even when he did not have teaching experience, he was excellent. From the first day of lessons, I learned the basics of the electric guitar and never stopped. Even during busy touring schedules, he made time to come to lessons and always kept me interested and involved. I learned under Omar for 7 years, during this time, he not only taught me how to play guitar, but how to understand music as a whole much better.
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Omar W.

Omar W.

Washington, DC 20017
(8)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Jacob D.

Silver Spring, MD

Songwriting is fun and something every musician should try - even if you think you can't do it. You'll probably find you have more talent in you than you thought! I can help you harness your creative potential and teach you techniques for getting your sonic ideas on to paper.

About Jacob

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their own instrument. I will bring mine. I will suggest music to get in the student doesn't have their own.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all brass instruments (trumpet, horn, euphonium, baritone, trombone, and tuba), and trumpet is my specialty. I can also teach beginning to intermediate piano and guitar lessons. In addition, I have extensive experience teaching ear training, music theory, and composition. I am fluent in all styles--Classical, jazz, pop, funk, etc.
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Melissa C. August 24, 2015
French Horn · Online
Verified Student
Jacob was always accommodating with our ever-changing schedule and was so patient with teaching my 12 year old to play the double valved french horn, given the limitations of being many miles away and the difficulty of playing this instrument.
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Saskia M. August 19, 2015
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
I had lessons with Jacob only for a short time because I'm leaving the US but nevertheless he taught me great things !! I already played for about 10 years now and Jacab was still able to help me improve playing.
He also really designs the lessons the way you want it with the content you want.
Awesome teacher !!
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Jacob D. July 20, 2014
Trumpet · In studio
Best teacher ever!
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Jacob D.

Jacob D.

Silver Spring, MD 20910
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Dr. Jeanne S.

Washington, DC

I have been writing songs for years so I know all about your desire to do this! I can show you formulas that work and also how to write out of the box" so your music will have your personal stamp on it. Writing songs is just like anything else.... the more you do it the better you get. There is such a high to writing something you are proud of and the potentials that are out there for you to pitch it to a singer you think could really sell it!I Maybe even you! I'd love to get you started or help you get past some of the hurdles that seem to come along with it after you;ve written a long time and you are stuck in the mud..... I've been there and I know the feeling...

About Dr. Jeanne

*Hi and welcome!!

My students like to call me Dr. Jeanne, so feel free to do the same! I have been in music all my life and I love helping my students no matter what level they may be.from beginning to advanced. My experience in music started on stage at age three and by the time I was 21 I was singing and dancing on national television in many variety tv shows after having won the tittle of Miss Memphis. I studied music at Stephens College in Columbia, MO and the University of California in music andI have since taught hundreds of voice and piano students everything I know about music an
d performance. Piano is a joy to teach, but my greatest love is teaching voice .I specialize in all styles of music as long as I feel it is musical, developmental and expressive.. Music takes time and discipline to master and I'm looking forward to meeting you and hearing all about your goals and dreams in music and how I can help you along your path.
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Alfred S. July 8, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Verified Student
Fantastic teacher, just what I have been looking for......
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Alexis July 6, 2015
Singing · In studio
When I first met Dr. Jeanne, I was a recent college graduate who had just moved back home and was figuring out my next steps. My entire life, I’d been singing but I was looking for a little extra push and some guidance as far as my singing career. I for sure found that in Dr. Jeanne who always inspires me to do my best.

Dr. Jeannee is attentive, extremely knowledgeable about her craft, and also a great mentor. During my time with her as my voice teacher, I learned so much about music and about life! She helped improve the strength of my voice, build my endurance through breathing exercises, and helped to build my confidence. In addition, Dr. Jeanne helped me with my independent recording projects and any songs that I needed help with. We worked on many pieces such as “Only Hope,” “Reflection” from Mulan, “Hero” by Mariah Carey, and countless others. For me, my lessons with Dr. Jeannie were often the highlight of my week! I enjoyed being taught by someone that genuinely loves music.

Although initially I only set out to improve my singing, Dr. Jeannie eventually suggested that I try piano as well. As an adult learner. I was skeptical at first and thought that learning piano would be difficult. However, Dr. Jeannie’s patience and genuine love for music makes learning a fun and enjoyable process for any learner at any age. I would recommend Dr. Jeannie ten times over.
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Candi June 28, 2015
Singing · In studio
Jeannie is an AMAZING teacher!!!! She not only prepares a student vocally, but also prepares a student in their stage presence. My level of confidence in both areas grew tremendously under her direction. Time spent with her and her teaching is still impacting my life & my performances years later!!!
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Dr. Jeanne S.

Washington, DC 20012
(5)
starting at
$50 / 60-min
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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

From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Born October 15th, 1974) is an American singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Notable instruments are the piano and percussion. Jackson is one of Washington, DC’s prominent male vocalists. His voice is recognized as; beautiful light lyrical-pure tone, fine diction, long phrasing and an extended high range. He is also known for his work within the concert/recital repertoires around the Washington, DC Metropolitan areas and performances with the Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Virginia, Jeff Dokken, conductor.

Jackson credits himself as a Pop Inspirat
ional singer. “Music to touch, move, and inspire.”- Jackson C.

His music education studies hail from; University of the District of Columbia,- Washington, DC, Oberlin Conservatory under Richard Miller,- Oberlin, OH, and Shenandoah University Conservatory under Dr. Kathryn Green,- Winchester, VA with an emphasis in Voice Pedagogy (CCM) Contemporary Commercial Music. His professional music career began (Spring 2009) in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Jackson is fortunate to have had a career built on “word of mouth” via his fans and supporters. Often, he is called upon to sing for; weddings, funerals, private parties, churches, recitals etc. Words and phrases that best describe Jackson's vocal performances are: (G.R.I.P.) Graceful, Refreshing, Inspiring, and Powerful.

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.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I only teach voice and piano. Therefore, a piano/keyboard would be ideal.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Inspirational, Gospel, Classical, Contemporary Jazz, some musical theater.

Teaching and Coaching Philosophy (Voice, Piano, Spanish tutoring)
My interest is in the study of voice production, its apparatus, style/approach, health and natural behaviors as it pertains to the art of singing on stage and in private studio. My desire is to engage the students in the discovery and appreciation of the musical genres and styles of yesterday and today. I advocate a dynamic variety of approaches to music (interpretation) expression, reflections, and observation. I believe my role as a contemporary performer/entertainer and teacher has much in common with the early teachings of the Bel Canto techniques aiding the singers in their chest and head registers, passagio transitions, flexibility, melismatic approaches and many other embellishment vocal styles.

My interest in the study of piano production, its apparatus, style/approach, and natural tendencies as it pertains to the artists, musicianship, and professionalism on stage and private studio. I believe that teaching voice and piano is both an art and a science, whose pedagogy is based on continued research in historical and contemporary performance practices.

My teaching methods fall into these four categories:
Discovery ** Application ** Development ** Execute

My interest in the Hispanic language, its apparatus, style/approach, and culture as it pertains to the ever growing population and bilingualism around the Americas. My desire is to engage the students in the discovery and appreciation of the lingual- romantic tongues.

Spanish:
Countries visited; Mexico and Peru.
I can guarantee that within a few months you'll feel confident and sure that you're conversation- ready to Speak Spanish. Therefore, if you're preparing a trip to a Spanish speaking country, you’ll find Peruvian Castellano pronunciation straightforward and as good as any other, with few of the dropped letters or peculiarities found in some other countries.
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Keenan D. July 9, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
So far I have had a great experience and have learned so much in so little time
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Dennis S. May 28, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I had a very awesome class that with Mr JACKSON.He was very informative and easy going at the same time. I think that this is the kind of assistance that i am looking for, to help further my singing and overstanding of music in general.
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Marlowe May 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Playing the piano with Jackson is so much fun.
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Jackson C.

Takoma Park, MD 20912
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD

I encourage all students to try writing music or at least coming up with their own basic ideas. I will then work with the student's ideas to help them learn how to develop an initial idea into a large more complete musical form. If the student is able to write more complete songs I will coach them in techniques to improve the structure, harmony and melody of their work. I try to demonstrate ways that they can improve their writing without simply rewriting their ideas for them. For all of this I draw on my many years of experience as a composer. I try to guide the student towards developing a process of writing music that works for them. My main goal is to help them to grow into their own musical voice rather than to simply do what I suggest.

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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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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Edward M. April 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dennis is a real musician and a great teacher.
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Dennis B.

Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD 20816
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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