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Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD

About Aleksis

My name is Aleksis B., but many of my students know me as Mr. B. I am a professional instructor and performing musician who combines a love of music with a desire to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. I try to make that passion show in everything I do.

My education includes classical voice training with Michele Howard Hansen, an opera singer that often performs at the Kennedy Center. I studied piano with Geoffrey Chappell, who writes for Jazz Times. I also received compositional training on multiple instruments from Stanley Cowell, who recorded and performed
with legends like Miles Davis.

I have been performing professionally since 1992. I studied education in college and did my student teaching in a music class at Goshen Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

I have been teaching music professionally now for over twenty years. Some students want to take a few lessons to see if it is something they will enjoy, others have worked with me for over a decade. I have mentored several students who have gone on to professional careers. I have experienced a lot of success teaching young children and those with special needs. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of patience and truly enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.

Whatever your goals or abilities, I look forward to working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Experience fun based lessons as my teaching approach is relaxed and inspirational. I enjoy working with all ages, adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate your learning style and abilities. Learn to play the music you love! You learn best when you enjoy what you are playing, I can help you play along with your favorites or even write your own songs. I always ask my students at the beginning of a lesson "What would you like to do today?" Then structure the lesson accordingly into a routine that the student can practice on their own. Generally the time is divided into warm ups, learning new material, then picking a fun song the student choses. Whether your interest is Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop music, etc... I'm here help you reach your goals so let's make your dreams come true with music together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
basement, digital piano, acoustic/electric guitars, speakers, amps, microphones, recording equipment, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books, Guitar, music stand, metronome, picks, tuner, page clips, capo, media player, laptop, Keyboard (on request), and recording equipment (on request)

*** Specialties ***
With Voice I specialize in helping people prepare for auditions such as American Idol. I have students who simply want to be karaoke stars. I have several professional singers that hire me as a voice coach and producer for recording sessions. I have taught children as young as 2 and those that retired with a lifelong dream to sing. Though my training is classical, I can teach Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, etc...whatever is fun for the student. I highly recommend learning to read music but I do not push it unless parents want their child to.

With Piano I can teach traditionally from Alfred and Bastien Piano Courses depending if they are auditory or visual learners. For Kinesthetic learners I use Hanon scale exercises and Rothman Rhythm Exercises. For those that want to learn notation I introduce classical and Jazz composers unless there is a popular artist/band/movie theme etc...that they would like to learn. However I do not push students to read music unless their parents would prefer it. I tend to keep more students that want to learn to play by ear especially adults by using rhythm training and music theory exercises and then applying them to songs they love. For piano I haven't had much success with children younger than 3. I also have a lot experience working with special needs children.

For Guitar I teach Classical, Acoustic, and Electric all styles and genres. I encourage sight reading but don't mind using tabs. I use more exercises with these students, since the first month students have a hard time making a sound. I try to make the lessons fun by having students strum chords along with songs they chose. I teach lead and rhythm even songwriting and composition. Job satisfaction for me is seeing my students leave a lesson with a smile on their face so I make sure to be a fun based teacher that doesn't give the student a hard time about not practicing.

For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.
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Ethan G. June 11, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Aless really seemed to connect with our son. Will be looking forward to see how continued lessons go.
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Lethe L. May 14, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Really great teacher! :)
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Ramu G. May 7, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Aleksis' lessons are very structured, he comes prepared and has a lesson plan ready which makes things much easier. He gives me practice sessions which are also very helpful.
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Aleksis B.

Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD 20876
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$31 / 30-min
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Donna G.

Winchester, VA

About Donna

I am thrilled to be joining the teaching ranks of TakeLessons! Having just recently relocated from Lansing, Michigan in order to pursue a DMA in Voice Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, voice specialist and instructor Donna G. is excited to work with a new crop of singers. While Donna lived in Lansing, MI, her voice studio facilitated in preparing amateur and professional singers for music and theatre auditions and performances for more than twelve years in the Lansing area. The goal of her voice studio is to promote vocal arts and current activities in the various pub
lic schools and communities represented in the studio. Donna also enjoys playing piano, vocal coach accompanying, working with diverse singing styles from classical to musical theatre and jazz/pop, songwriting, and designing individual curricula that allow her students to express themselves in their individually unique ways. Donna looks forward to working with new students from the Winchester area.

Donna G's Education:
DMA Candidate in Voice Performance, Shenandoah Conservatory
MM Voice Performance, Michigan State University
MM Choral Conducting, Michigan State University
BM Music Education and Vocal Performance, Northwestern University

*** Lesson Details ***
The goal of Donna's voice studio is to promote vocal arts and current activities in the various public schools and communities represented in the studio. Donna also enjoys playing piano, vocal coach accompanying, community theatre, working with diverse singing styles from classical to musical theatre and jazz/pop, songwriting, and designing individual curriculum that allow her students to express themselves in their individually unique ways. Best known for preparing singers for music and theatre auditions, Donna also enjoys encouraging singers to find public venues in which to share their talents and accomplishments. Such venues include school, community, recitals, or church worship experiences.

Donna's teaching style and personality can be described as "easily approachable with an emphasis on personal growth". Additionally, she is known for promoting relatively high standards so that her singers feel continuously challenged and inspired to work toward creative and artistic expression and performance goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I must travel to a student's home, I would need him/her to provide a piano or keyboard. I can bring music books/repertoire. If the student wishes to drive to my home studio, I can provide a piano as well as a large vocal and piano music library.

*** Specialties ***
~Certified Lovetri Somatic Voicework (sm) at Shenandoah University Summer Vocal Music Institute
~specializing in opera vocal styles as well as ability to cross-train voice for musical theatre and pop/rock styles
~ability in vocal coach accompanying on piano/keyboard
~lyricist and songwriter for rock bands over the past 20 years
~musical director for musical theatre productions for 15 years
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Max DeCarlo June 25, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Just had my first lesson, and I am tremendously excited to go forward! Very qualified, and very easy to work with. I highly recommend Donna if you're considering lessons!
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Tina S. October 25, 2014
Verified Student
The confidence that Donna has helped me with is priceless. I feel we are achieving my goals.
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John N. May 15, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
With only three lessons as yet completed, Donna has help me a great deal to meet my singing goals, and I look forward to our next nine session.
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Donna G.

Donna G.

Winchester, VA 22601
(5)
starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Kristin W.

Leesburg, VA

About Kristin

I began playing at 4 years old. I loved classical music and taught myself by listening till I was 6 and started formal lessons. I continued lessons throughout high school with a Julliard graduate. During my senior year of high school, I had the amazing experience of playing in Weill Hall, located in the famous Carnege Hall, as part of the young artist showcase.
While attending Vassar College, I continued to take private lessons with another Julliard graduate, as well as taking classes in theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have beginner to advanced piano books in both performance, l
essons, and theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full upright piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music
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Jan V. August 28, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kristin has been so great for me. She is patient and kind, and she encourages me to stretch my learning and understanding. If her explanation of something does not sink into my brain, she explains another way. She is also a talented pianist herself and I love to hear her play.
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Kristin W.

Leesburg, VA 20176
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Philip B.

Germantown, MD

About Philip

I've been playing piano and guitar since before I could talk it seems. Some of my earliest memories are playing through every song I knew in my parents basement pretending I was performing at some big concert.

I never lost that itch to perform and I'm lucky enough to have performed in and around the dc area as a soloist/group performer. I have performed every where from the now defunct Grog and Tankard to Strathmore.

The only thing I love more then performing live is teaching. There is something very rewarding with taking someone who has nothing but a desire to learn and seeing them
progress to meet their goals.

I feel I'm different then a lot of teachers because I work with the students to figure out their goals and create the lesson plan/path based off those goals. There is no "one size fits all" method for learning a instrument. Maybe you want to learn the traditional approach and go through step by step. Or maybe you want to jump in to "fake books" and just learn enough to play some songs. Everyone is different.

All ages welcome and adults encouraged to learn! I provide recitals to those who are interested.

Learn at your home or my in home studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
Will work with the student/parents to create plan based off goals. 

*** Studio Equipment ***
Professional Yamaha Digital Piano.

*** Specialties ***
Besides general theory and application I can also assist in writing/arranging songs.
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john L. June 10, 2014
Piano · In home
A++ Benn taking lessons with Phil for over 3 years. Started from nothing, as a adult I was pretty hesitant to even try to learn. What was supposed to be a trial has turned into me just buying a baby grand to show off on cause I play so well now. Thanks Phil!
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Jasmine D. June 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I started taking classes earlier this year. . and I think I have learnt a lot in a very short time.. Philip is knowledgeable, friendly and encouraging.. . He teaches tips and tricks .. and makes learning fun and easy. I am fully satisfied and I highly recommend him !
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Philip B.

Philip B.

Germantown, MD 20874
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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David L.

Frederick, MD

About David

As a lover of music, my biggest joy is the bass. I have a unique approach to the instrument, which I convey through both my playing and my teaching. I consider the bass a vocal, melodic instrument, and in any genre I'm playing, I seek to approach the bass not as simply a supporting actor to the lead, as it is so often portrayed, but as a counter-melody, the left hand to the right hand, complimentary but equal. The general theme that informs my playing is harmony. I seek to create the most beautiful and musically pleasing counterpoint to the lead, whether I'™m accompanying a vocalist, a jazz co
mbo, a guitarist, or playing in the bass section of an orchestra.

Coming from a unique combination of genres, I am able to bring the complete spectrum of music into my playing and teaching. My experience with improvisation and learning by ear enables me to take a more intuitive and sensitive approach to classical notated music, and my experience with classical music gives me a complete understanding of the theory and harmony that crosses over into non-classical genres, so often neglected by students of popular music. My ultimate goal as a teacher is for my students to be complete, well-rounded musicians, able to approach any genre with a complete understanding of the depths of music informed by both sides of the musical world. I also play the guitar and drums, and am able to both accompany students while they play, as well as give perspective on what it means to lock in and harmonize while playing bass with a guitarist or a drummer.

My formal education is from Hood College in Frederick, MD, where I graduated magna cum laude and with departmental honors as a music major, where I studied classical double bass performance, music history & literature, and composition. While at Hood, I commuted to DC to study classical double bass with my private teacher Jeffrey Weisner of the National Symphony Orchestra and faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory.

I have a regular gigging schedule as a freelancer, playing in jazz combos, dixieland groups, rock bands, chamber orchestras and classical ensembles. Having grown up in a family of professional classical musicians, as well as studying rock and jazz privately, my musical experience is wide and varied. Groups that I regularly performs with include the Matt Hutchison band, based in Baltimore, the Kevin Lewis Jazz Quartet, and my own funk band, David L and the Funk Junkies.
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David L.

David L.

Frederick, MD 21701
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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