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Mayumi G.

Greenbelt, MD

About Mayumi

American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker said, Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. This sentiment shaped my views on music and its performance. One of my great pleasures in life is sharing an appreciation of music.

I had always been a part of music. My father played trumpet, my mother could play guitar and carry a tune. They believed music was an important part of life so they started me on piano at 5 years old. And I've been playing that ever since. I started learning to sing in my middle school c
horus when I was 11 years old. I really liked it and I liked it more when I would sing my mother and father'€™s favorite songs and see them smile. So I listened to a lot of singers and vocalists that they liked and learned by emulating them and applying what I was learning in chorus. My piano lessons helped grasp the theory behind music and gave me a good ear for pitches.

I studied voice at the University of Maryland College Park School of Music. In their chorus I had the pleasure of learning and performing many wonderful pieces such as Verdi€™s Requiem and St. Matthew'€™s Passion. During that time I had chance of playing with the University Jazz Band as both their pianist and as their jazz singer. I even arranged my own version of Too Darn Hot by Cole Porter that was performed by the band in 2007.

I also work a lot with musical theatre. I've been in a number of shows in Maryland including Rent and Hairspray, and Into the Woods. I also free lance as a music director in the area. I've been a music director for 10 years and I love every minute of it. My music director credits include Children of Eden, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie, Grease, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, And the World Goes Round, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Wizard of Oz, Jekyll & Hyde for which I was nominated for Outstanding Musical Direction in 2011 and Ragtime for which I was named one of the "Best of 2013: Favorite Musical Direction" by DC Metro Arts and won WATCH Award for Outstanding Musical Direction.

I believe that to get as good as you want to be, of course you have to work at it, but there'€™s no reason that you can'€™t enjoy learning it.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be able to teach you soon.
Mayumi G.

*** Lesson Details ***
Practice makes perfunk. This is a saying that was always hanging on my band teacher's door in high school. It was a reminder that it requires work to get something right, but you need to take breaks and relax a bit too. That's how I feel about teaching in general. Constantly working and being worried about getting it just right can lead to bad habits. So I make sure that the lesson is balanced between a relaxed atmosphere and an effective working environment.

I can teach a variety of styles. But I like to always make sure that the fundamentals of singing are solid regardless of whether you want to sing classical or jazz or pop. So I go into:
Proper techniques for breathing
Creating good tonal sounds
Diction

I believe that singers have a greater advantage if they are able to read music and understand theory. I believe that it makes learning music by oneself much easier as well. So I also have the option to go into basic music theory (i.e. reading music notation and rhythms) to advance music theory(i.e. roman numeral analysis, ear training, harmonic progression) if you choose to do so.

For intro to piano, I follow the same structure as beginning singers and also start with the fundamental basics that will help lead into whatever style you wish to play:
How to read music
Understanding basic music theory
how to play what you read
Finger strengthening

For both piano and singing: After some basic training, I start to give a variety of different style songs to work with. I do encourage student to bring songs they want to learn and tailor lessons around that particular song and style. I like them to learn 2 songs per lesson increasing to 3 or 4 depending on the pace of the student and the amount of workload they feel they are able to handle.

I do believe that listening to music is part of the learning process so every few weeks or so I like to give the student 1 or 2 YouTube clips I found and have them watch it then come in the next week and we discuss the video both good and bad and what they can learn from it.

As they progress the songs get more difficult and we start really honing in on the techniques of the production of sound as well as performance aesthetics, as in how to create a presence on stage, how to project the sound more, overall how to give a good performance.

Some of my past students would use the lesson time to learn about auditioning for musicals and stage productions. If the student has any such desire all they have to do is ask and I will set aside time to work on how to audition for shows and what most music directors look for when they hear you sing. For those who don'€™t, I like to give the option to give a recital if the student feels comfortable to do so. It would be held in a local studio, very casual affair just to give the student that experience of music as a performing art.

Note: I do teach at my home. I do have pets, 3 guinea pigs and a cat. If this is an issue, I can also travel to the student home.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with keyboard and office equipment. Seating for parents.

**She has a cat, and some guinea pigs**

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teaching piano: I own a weighted keyboard suitable for instruction.
Teaching voice: I can accompany the student as they sing

*** Specialties ***
In piano I tend to teach classical, but I do move away from that after they've grasped the basic technique and theory to how to sight read and improvise, even play by ear.

In voice, I start with basic classical technique and after they've grasped the fundamentals of good vocal production, branch out into different styles of music from straight classical/opera to Broadway to jazz to pop and r&b.
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Warren August 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Never before have I had a music teacher who was so adaptive in his/her teaching method. I have had previous music instruction, but had some theory gaps in that needed to be filled. Mayumi assessed my knowledge level and got me right into what I needed to learn. She is also an expert at bringing more commonly known terms and musical pieces in which to tie the lesson to real world musical situations that her student might be more familiar with. Very much looking forward to future lessons with her!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED INSTRUCTOR ^_^
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Shawday G. August 9, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
AMAZING Teacher!!!
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Mary November 27, 2015
Singing · In home
Excellent instructor provides detailsinformation on the importance of
understanding and mastering breathing techniques when singing.
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Mayumi G.

Mayumi G.

Greenbelt, MD 20770
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Priscilla D.

Silver Spring, MD

About Priscilla

I love to mentor young creatives between the ages of 5-17 in music and the arts and I thrive in being personable with each of my little musicians. I believe I'm 100% qualified in educating youth in music theory, piano, guitar and visual arts. I'm a versatile professional who truly loves to teach and learn music and visual arts. I believe in the importance of adapting my teachings to each students needs. Through my 15 years of studying and teaching Music in both here in the US and in Brazil I've come to realize with the support of my mentors, peers and my family that my goal is to educate child
ren in the arts for the enrichment of culture in our community here in the DMV metro region. It's vital to me to teach arts alternatively and I'll do so for always with great passion that some say is contagious! So get on board with me and let's Make Music and Create Art!

*** Lesson Details ***
I have an easy-going, yet structured approach that allows each student to achieve results effectively at his or her own pace. I believe that there is a connection between music, movement and language that intertwine and support each other through the development process. I specialize in teaching all kinds of styles from Classical, Pop,Bossa Nova in guitar, piano and music theory lessons. I Love to emphasize various playing techniques, music theory, ear training, music reading, and more.The materials for teaching varies.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Books, Metronome, Guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
note book, assigned books and sheet music assigned

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, Piano, Music Theory and Performance is what we do !
My main goal is to present students with simplified arrangements of standard repertoire concentrating on sight-reading and writing composition as well as playing all sorts of variety of music genres. Use of the metronome is needed, and very often the exercises defy the tendency to play by ear or in the position pattern.We will focus 1/2 of the lesson on repertoire and 1/2 the lesson on the technique. I have my students let me know via email what songs they would like to work on for the weeks lesson a few days prior to the lesson, then I cater the technical study during the lesson to help them learn the song we are working on. It has been proven to be very effective and makes the technique and theory are less uninteresting.
Through good vibes we all learn and grow tremendously so with that said come and Jam with me.
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Sean O. June 15, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Amelie M. March 10, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter had her first lesson with Priscilla tonight. She said "She is really fun to work with. She is so positive and kind."
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Elizabeth March 1, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My daughter (age 7) loved her first lesson with Priscilla. She is very good with young kids and left my daughter excited for more lessons!
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Priscilla D.

Priscilla D.

Silver Spring, MD 20902
(25)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Matthew B.

Washington, DC

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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Cahara P. June 14, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter said she really enjoyed herself and can't wait to see you again
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Vivi June 10, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, patient, kind , fun, energetic instructor. I will refer him to anyone.
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Sophia May 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sophia, my six year old, had her first lesson this evening with Matthew. He was extremely attentive and understood very quickly where she was level-wise and was able to tailor a lesson without hesitation. She really enjoyed her time and I think she got a lot out of it. She can't wait for next week.
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Matthew B.

Matthew B.

Washington, DC 20001
(12)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Yelena S.

Burtonsville, MD

About Yelena

*** Studio Equipment ***
upright piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano or a keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Russian School of Piano Playing
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Lisandro S. July 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and my son enjoyed his class!
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Barbara M. October 12, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Yelena has been a wonderful piano teacher. Always cheerful and patient and has been flexible with my crazy schedule. I appreciate that she took the time to challenge me and encourage me as I got started on learning to play the piano - something I've wanted to do for years! Even though I can no longer continue (due to my work schedule), she's given me lots to practice at home and hopefully I'll be able to return later. Yelena is the best!
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Barbara M. May 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
A fun first lesson. Looking forward to the next!
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Yelena S.

Yelena S.

Burtonsville, MD 20866
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Earl C.

Greenbelt, MD

About Earl

International guitarist Earl C. is now offering in-person and online coaching sessions. With more than thirty years of experience, he has performed with many well-known artists including grammy-nominated celebrities and others such as Freddie Jackson, Regina Belle, EU, Angela Bofill, Alyson Williams, Mya, Syleena Johnson, Nick Colionne, Mike Phillips, Michael Lington, Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin, Pamela Williams, and more. In addition, he has released eight solo recording projects and was the music director for multiple live and televised house bands. Earl has been teaching, produc
ing and running an independent record label for some time and recently secured an international marketing and distribution deal. In the past, his 200 to 300+ yearly live performances limited the amount of coaching clients he could take on. However, he is now dedicating more time to helping others by sharing the knowledge that has enabled him to succeed as a professional full-time guitarist/bassist/producer!
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Ken October 22, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Earl Carter is extremely knowledgeable, and very patience. You will find that each session is enjoyable yet challenging. I would recommend Him to anyone from the beginner all the way to the more advanced student. If you have the desire to learn the art of music then you will enjoy His instruction. I couldn't ask for a better instructor.
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Jocelyn S. September 18, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Although I lacked the commitment to follow through with my lessons, Earl's teaching ability is STELLAR!!! In the short time I was taking lessons with him, I learned a lot, relatively quickly.
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John September 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Aside from being a Master Guitarist himself, he is a Master Teacher! His teaching style is very unique and the little tips and tricks he has taught me has helped me advance as a guitarist by leaps and bounds. I highly recommend him!
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Earl C.

Earl C.

Greenbelt, MD 20770
(6)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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