Graduated from the highly acclaimed Duke Ellington School of the Arts loacted in Washington, DC and received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. Currently performs with the National Philharmonic at the Strathmore in Bethesda, MD.
About Me: Talented and polished professional … Unwavering attention to detail in reading music and teaching…. Orchestral experience exceeds twelve years of instruction... Disciplined and self-motivator….Strong adherence to rehearsals and performance timelines…. Facilitates team enthusiasm
Experience: MUSICAL EXPERIENCE/MUSIC AR
TISTS •National Philharmonic – (2008 – Present) •Mount Ennon Baptist Church Music Ministry (2009 – Present) •Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic (2008-2009) •DC Federation of Musicians Member •Miami Music Works, Inc. Private Instructor (2004 – 2005) •University of Miami Symphony Orchestra (2001- 2005) •Performed with the National Symphony Orchestra (2000)
Tonya F. March 28, 2013
Viola Verified Student
Jennifer is patient, experienced, professional and has the gift of music. Each session, she has demonstrated her ability to mentor/tutor my child with the viola. She encourages students to practice and has influenced my child to practicing everyday. Since working with Jennifer, my child has auditioned and made it to the State competition. Thank you Jennifer and we look forward to continuing our partnership.
Rivuel J. November 27, 2012 Verified Student
Jennifer A. gets an A+
Jennifer is an excellent teacher! My daughter loves her. She is patient with my ten year old and my daughter has improved so much in just a few weeks! I highly recommend her.
CrystalB December 20, 2011
excellent instructor, she is able to explain things so that I understand right away.
Comprehensive and fun lessons focusing on musicality, technique and basic music theory.
Dear students and parents,
Hello and welcome to takelessons.com! My name is Jessica and I am a Baltimore born and bred classically trained violinist with over 19 years of playing experience. Music has always been passion of mine since a very young age, so it was inevitable that it would end up being my career. Naturally, a love for teaching the wonders of music followed suit!
I always try to form a great rapport with my students and parents from the very first lesson. For younger students, I encourage my parents to take an active part in both lessons and daily practice, as is encourage
d by Shinichi Suzuki.
I've been teaching violin and viola professionally for over 8 years now. My experience includes teaching private lessons at students homes as well as at various music schools, summer camps and festivals. A few advanced students have even attended and performed in some of these aforementioned festivals! I am always encouraging my students to go above and beyond.
A bit of background about me: I started my music studies at the age of 7. Lessons and orchestra were literally the highlight of my childhood. I ended up attending the Baltimore School for the Arts for high school, and eventually went on to receive my Bachelor's of Music Performance degree from Shenandoah University and complete further studies in England and Northern Ireland. I am also a registered Suzuki Violin/Viola teacher and have attended several teachers workshops in order to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to work with any and all types of students, including those with learning disabilities, such as ADD and FAS.
I currently divide my time teaching at local music stores/schools (and privately) as well as recording with various local artists and performing at concerts and for various types of gigs (weddings, fundraisers, cocktail hours, gala events) in the tri-state area.
*** Lesson Details *** While I am primarily a Suzuki instructor, I do not teach solely out of a certain method or "by the book"; I choose and mold every lesson depending on specific, strengths, weaknesses, etc. If you are a more advanced, serious player, more intensive lessons and repertoire will follow suit.
Some quick facts! I am comfortable teaching all ages and levels up to advanced. Use of games make learning the violin fun and accessible for young children. Older and more advanced students receive a more technical, intensive and advanced approach. Coaching and weekly help on school assigned materials (orchestra/string class music and homework) Classical, Jazz, Gypsy and Fiddle styles are all introduced and studied to give students a rounded technique. Music theory (reading and understanding music) is incorporated in lessons. Repertoire is diverse and exciting. Various approaches for the visual or aural learner. Guaranteed to keep you or your child engaged and interested!
*** Travel Equipment *** Please have a music stand available and set up for lessons that take place in your home. After the first lesson I will send an email explaining what materials and equipment I recommend you buy to help you sound your best.
Places to rent or buy instruments will be recommended upon request.
*** Specialties *** Suzuki Violin/Viola Method Music Theory Tutor Genres: Classical, fiddle, gypsy, jazz. Experience teaching ages 4-60.
Lisa H. June 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
Jessica was fantastic with my 8 year old son. Very patient and positive!
Saman N. June 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
Jessica has been teaching our daughter for the past year and has been an outstanding violin teacher. The lessons are age appropriate and she connects well with our daughter. She has a fun reward system with stickers, which works perfectly for young students.I would recommend her without hesitation. We hope to find someone equally good in our new location.
Linda F. June 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
I grew up in a musical house, play multiple instruments, and have had my fair share of music teachers. Jessica is far and away one of the best instructors I have seen. She is always focused, energetic and targeted, delivering the content my 8-year old needs in the format she easily understands and gets excited about. I heartily recommend Jessica for anyone considering a teacher and would not accept any other substitutes. She is top notch.
The art of melody and harmony. The importance of inner voices of the string quartet playing. Discover the role of the Viola as a solo instrument and within the orchestra.
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.
It is well documented that exposing children to music and the creative arts is important for the fundamental elements toward logical thought processes and schematic reasoning. Music is organic FUN for kids and ages, altogether! ************************************************************
Native of Washington, D.C. began at the age of seven on the piano. Singing in family church choirs and training with the D.C. Youth Chorale. Began instruction on the Viola in the D.C. Youth Orchestra program. Attended the Duke Ellington Performing Arts High School in it's inaugural year.
Recordings with artists throughout the U.S. and Europe. Presentations of jazz and classical ensembles with rotating artists for hire. With a variety of genres of music a formidable Violinist and Singer/Entertainer.
He has performed with notables such as Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, and Carmen Mac Cray. Akademisches Festival Orchestra, Leipzig, Kammerorchester de St. Laurentius, in Dessau, Germany. National Gallery of Art Orchestra, and the American University Symphony. Howard University Community Orchestra La Fete Musique. MTA-Music Under New York
Paul M. June 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Mr. Raycurt is encouraging and patient. He has made learning piano exciting for me!
Dana R. April 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Mr. Johnson is a FABULOUS violin instructor. I haven't played in 20 years, and after a few lessons my technique is coming back. His teaching style is one where he pushes you beyond your expectations. He's an excellent teacher for beginners and experienced violinists. I also love that he is so talented in many genres of music...such a gifted violinist. Hope to play like him again soon. I highly recommend this teacher.
Jesse C. November 23, 2014
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!
Inspired by Disney's Fantasia to play violin at age 4, violist Anna B. hasn't been able to stop performing ever since. She has gone from playing in Grandma's living room to pursuing her dream in Symphony Orchestras and Chamber Groups all across America. She has performed in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, and in the Baltimore area, where she currently resides. Ms. B. has formerly served as principal of the Illinois Valley Symphony, The Kishwaukee Symphony, the NIU Philharmonic and the Peabody Concert Ochestra, and has served as a section violist in numerous other ensembles throughout h
er career.She has taught violin and viola privately since 2008 and is currently on the violin/viola faculty at the Caroll County String Project in Eldersburg. She is also a violin/viola instructor at The School of Music LLC in Rockville MD and at ARTI-ST Music in Reisterstown MD.Ms. B. received her Bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University in 2011 and her Master's Degree from the Peabody Conservatory in 2013. Her primary teachers include Anthony Devroye, Li-Kuo Chang and Maria Lambros.
*** Lesson Details *** Growing up, from ages 4-15, I was a student of the Suzuki Method on violin. When I was in High School, I fell in love with the deep, rich sound of the Viola and decided to make it my primary instrument. I have great love for both instruments still, and I enjoy sharing my passion with my students. I have experience teaching both the violin and viola to students from ages 3-65. As a teacher, I have multiple goals: 1. I want my students to love music and their instrument 2. I want my students to develop their own musical voice. My goal with teaching is to help students use their unique musical voice to form lasting and meaningful connections with their audiences and the people around them. 3. Making great musicians is awesome, but I'm also out to help make great people! As Pablo Casals said, "I am a human first, a musician second." I have worked hard to get where I am today, and I want to make sure my students have the best environment in which to learn.
Some benefits of studying with me are: I am fun and supportive. I'm having just as much fun teaching as I want my students to have learning, and creating a patient, supportive environment is integral to my students' development. I teach all ages and abilities. I am experienced in a variety of teaching levels, from beginning to advanced studies. Each student has lessons structured according to their individual goals, learning speeds, and musical levels. I teach students of all levels positive playing habits and how to avoid bad habits, and I teach these using the standard classical repertoire for violin and viola. I emphasize technique and the fundamentals of music theory, especially with beginning students, so students have the essential building blocks and tools they need to succeed. I am professional. I have received some of the best education in my field, and with 20 years of experience in music I am confident in my ability to pass on the skills necessary to succeed as a musician.
*** Specialties *** Having myself been taught on Suzuki method, I frequently use their method books in my private instruction. I specialize in teaching music in the classical style with emphasis on technique and musicality.
RYAN M. May 17, 2015
In home Verified Student
Anna is very good at explaining terms and methods in a way that can be easily understood by a novice such as myself by catering to one's style of learning while at the same time ensuring that the student remain grounded on the fundamentals whether it is in the finger positioning, bowing strokes, or proper posture. I love how she is able not only to identify things that I might be doing wrong but also solutions to difficulties that I might be having during the lessons. As a result, I am very happy at how I have progressed in my skill level since I started a couple of months ago. She is very patient, listens to concerns of the student, very easy to talk to, and has a laid back learning environment. I would highly recommend her to anyone I know who might be interested in learning the violin, whether young or old like myself.
I teach all ages and all ability levels and I tailor my curriculum to the needs and goals of each student.
I am a violin and viola teacher born and raised in the Baltimore area. I have been teaching private lessons and group classes for the last eight years and studied both performance and pedagogy at some of the best music schools in the country. I most recently completed a Graduate Performance Diploma at Peabody Conservatory, where I also studied pedagogy under Rebecca Henry and Janet Melnicoff-Brown of the Peabody Preparatory. While the majority of my teacher training and professional work has been on the violin, I am a violist at heart. I teach students ages 3 to adult at my home studio in M
ount Vernon, and I enjoy working with students who have all different levels of ability and commitment. Everyone is welcome.
Graduate studies at Peabody Conservatory and Longy School of Music. Undergraduate studies at New England Conservatory and Tufts University. Orchestral player with the Junge Sinfonie Berlin, Boston Philharmonic, and Annapolis Symphony, among others.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are always planned in a way that fits each student individually. I like to establish a routine that includes technique, music theory, and performing pieces. I believe that it is important to do a little of each in a lesson in order to give the students a solid foundation and foster independence.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a second floor music studio with stands and chairs and instrument maintenance equipment. The space has an additional seating area where parents can relax during the lesson.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will always bring whatever I need in order to teach fully. I would only ask the student to have a quiet space where we could work and a music stand.
*** Specialties *** My training has included the Suzuki, Rolland, and Sassmanhaus methods, as well as the approach used by the Peabody Preparatory, and I tend to use a blend of all of them, tailored to fit the needs of each individual student.
JenniferL1 May 20, 2009
She did a wonderful job teaching Tara. Tara's viola technique really improved this year thanks to Dorothy's patience and hard work. Dorothy never missed a lesson and always came prepared for the next challenge. I must admit that I was hesitant to find a teacher using an on-line service but, Ihave been extremely pleased with our instructor and will miss Dorothy's guidance in our viola lessons.
MeghanO January 1, 2009
Feedback for Dorothy
Dorothy has fabulous teacher. She is easy to learn from and doesnt get anoyed when you dont get things on the first try. This is great because as an adult I dont learn as quickly.Also, I am a college student (age 20) and she works with my school and work schedules. I really cant say how pleased I am with the quality of her teaching.
AmyF1 November 5, 2008
First 3 weeks...
Thank you for what you have done for Mechelle so far. She enjoys coming to lessons and feels very comfortable working with you. And it's nice to know that she's getting the attention and help that she needs to be successful in learning the viola.
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I wish we had found Jack years ago. We hired Jack specifically to help my daughter prepare for an audition. The audition was a success!
Jack's approach to teaching is no nonsense and precise, but he has a warm and gentle way about him that motivated my daughter in a way that others haven't. Aside from his teaching ability, I was pleasantly surprised with Jack's sense of urgency and flexibility in responding to special scheduling needs. This is the first time I have been inspired to write an on-line testimony. I hope it helps other students discover Jack's tutoring."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Deanna
"Robyn James is an excellent viola teacher! She is patient, kind, extremely knowledgeable, understanding, and easily adapts to each student's individual pl
aying style and ability. She is also very flexible when it comes to scheduling (especially if a scheduling conflict occurs). I've played the viola for 10 years and I had taken a small break from the instrument when I was introduced to Robyn in school. Since starting lessons with her almost a year ago, my confidence as a person and a player have improved and I have her to thank for it. She is always able to answer any and all of my questions, and if she doesn't have one right away, she does her research and gets back to me by our next lesson. She is very serious about what she does and you can tell how much she loves it. She also knows how to challenge her students in a way that is not overwhelming, and, as long as you come prepared and ready to learn and grow, she is one of the best teachers that you could possibly ask for. I look forward to seeing her every week. Robyn is the best!"
Knoxville, TN teacher:
Review by Karin
"We enjoy viola lessons again!!
Robyn is wonderful, professional and fun. My son had some other instructors who taught him, but not who allowed him to hav
e fun with his viola. She offers very constructive advice on how to improve and is very positive. Also, our schedules move around quite a bit and she is very helpful and flexible finding different times for lessons when necessary. We couldn't be happier with this instructor!"
Knoxville, TN teacher:
Review by Tracy
This instructor is very flexible and understanding. He is very knowledgeable and talented and I'm very privileged to be his student. H
e takes his time to make sure that you are understanding and learning. You can sense his excitement and passion for music and I know that he honestly wants to see me succeed. I even decided to switch instruments after a few lessons and he was very supportive and started all over with me without and objections or irritation!"
Ann Arbor, MI teacher:
Review by Ajay
"James not only understand the fundamentals he has an amazing gift for helping students apply them through his teachings. I have been very happy with his
lessons and highly recommend him for anyone who is serious about mastering the Viola."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Christine
"Martina has been a great instructor. We really like her for our 12 year old daughter."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Anke
"Catherine did a lovely job with my 9 year old daughter!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by David
"Mr. Diller is a consumate musician. He is a kind and generous teacher who helps students achieve the highest level of musicianship they are able. His prof
essionalism is also stellar. He is a clear communicator who is always willing to take the time needed to help both students and parents be successful in his studio. He receives a most hearty recommendation."