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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 **
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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 emphasize such things as posture and holding the instrument correctly, thus establishing a solid foundation to build on. Although I will assign exercises that are designed to build technique, I believe that creative musical expression is the true goal and that technique is just a means to that end.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with instruments, keyboard, computer, and recording. Parents can sit in on lessons, and waiting area available.

*** Specialties ***
I am probably most proficient in folk and classical styles of guitar. I have some degree of competency in country, rock and roll, gospel, and jazz styles.
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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!!
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Thomas D.

Thomas D.

Greenbelt, MD 20770
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Rodrigo T.

Hyattsville, MD

About rodrigo

Hi. My name is Rodrigo T. Thanks for checking out my profile! Here is some information about my training and background:

Degrees: Master of Arts in Transverse Flute, Royal Conservatory, The hague, Holland.
Saxophone with George Garzone at Berlklee School of Music, Boston, MA
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Isaac R. July 20, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Rodrigo was patient, gave effective advice, and showed real care about my progress. He pushed me to progress, and as a result I did pretty quickly. A+ teacher.
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Isaac R. June 5, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Extremely knowledgeable, and patient. Great teacher
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Aneka H. August 3, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
My name is Aneka and my 10 year old son Caleb is a recent student of Rodrigo. Caleb only started playing the clarinet in May 2014. He has made tremendous strides in such a short time. Rodrigo is a very patient, encouraging, and supportive teacher. Caleb is already able to identify and play several notes and some songs. It has made him very confident about his playing. I am pleased with our experience and look forward to Caleb continuing lessons with Rodrigo.

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Rodrigo T.

Rodrigo T.

Hyattsville, MD 20781
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$35 / 30-min
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Andrew T.

College Park, MD

About Andrew

Musically and personally, I strongly feel that diversity and openness are key in a person's development: when we move outside of our comfort zone and embrace the unknown, we are better able to grow as musicians (and human beings). As a performer, I feel that performing with musicians of different backgrounds is a constant source of inspiration and engaging music. As an educator, I emphasize the role of music as a form of expression and its parallel to verbal language. As children, we learn words and sentences so that we can accurately and gracefully express ourselves and, in this sense, music
is no different. I encourage students to enjoy the music-making process and to view mechanics as a means to an end.

I have been dedicated to the drums since the age of 9 and since then I have been honing and applying those skills to musical groups of all types, from rock and pop to big band to world music to orchestral to small combos and everything in between. In 2007, I embarked on a two and a half year gig with Princess Cruises as a show band drummer, and traveled the world on some of the world's most modern ships while performing on stage over 1000 times. From 2011 to 2013 I was the touring drummer for renowned Celtic/Gypsy/Americana band SCYTHIAN, a band which tours extensively and is known for their energetic live show. Other groups I have recently recorded and toured with include "Yall-ternative" fan favorites Mr. Fuzzy & The Barbarian and modern funk band The Royal Noise. In 2014 I relocated to College Park, MD and I love it!

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When we work together we will split lessons between the necessary mechanical aspects of the instrument and the more creative and spontaneous elements. At the beginning, I emphasize a relaxed technique and an efficiency of motion. Once this is established, we will explore the instrument through improvisation and other creativity exercises. Although drumming can be very technical, I never lose sight of the importance of groove, expression, and having fun while playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is complete with 2 drums sets, practice pads, computers, hand percussion instruments, and other instruments for accompaniment. I am also available for lessons in your home.

*** Specialties ***
I try to split lessons between the technical elements of drumming and the more creative aspects of the instrument. I feel that you can't have one without the other and teachers need to be mindful not to lean too much to one side. I also strive to give the students practical examples in their style of interest and encourage them to apply what they learn to actual musical situations as much as possible. I have had experience in pop/rock, jazz, show music, and many traditional world-music styles.
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Matt F. February 26, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Great Experience

From the first lesson, Andrew has been a consummate professional. Each lesson he brings in something new, while making sure that everything we've covered in the past is still ingrained through repetition. Having Andrew as an instructor has opened my eyes to the many facets of drumming, and I have taken skills/techniques with me that will last forever. The feedback does not stop after each lesson, Andrew is available all the time for any questions I may have during the week if I am stumped while practicing. His schedule is flexible with mine, and he is willing to bring in music that I want to personally learn. The lessons are the right balance of fun and teaching, and his studio promotes a learning environment that is not intimidating to let loose if you're a beginner like me.

I'd recommend Andrew to anyone looking to expand their skill set, the lessons have been a great experience.
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Andrew T.

Andrew T.

College Park, MD 20740
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Wilma Evangeline B.

Bowie, MD

About Wilma Evangeline

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Piano
Yamaha Electric Keyboard, Guitar, Violin, Flute & Drums

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Keyboard,

*** Specialties ***
Early Childhood Music, General Music Education, and Music Therapy.
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Lawanda July 24, 2015
Violin · In studio
Full of Knowledge when it comes to all aspects of music and learning the violin
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Lawanda July 16, 2015
Violin · In home
Very good teacher. Very knowledgeable music instructor. All ways positive and patient
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danielle July 1, 2015
Violin · In studio
Very attentative. Up to date on the everything concerning violin. Very interested in student. Not rushing through lesson. Passionate about music.
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Wilma Evangeline B.

Bowie, MD 20716
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Randy W.

Odenton, MD

About Randy

I graduated the University of Houston in 1985 with a degree in Music Education specializing in percussion. Whether symphonic, pop-rock, rudimental, Scottish, Celtic or world styles I am proficient and hope to be your instructor. I have taught privately for 30 years, been a band director, performer, including producing 10 albums with my band - The Rogues - and was a member of the Hamilton Pipe Band in Houston when they were the first bagpipe band from the United States to win the World Pipe Band Competition in Grade 3. I also have experience as a drum and bugle corps instructor.
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Donna July 20, 2015
Bodhran · In studio
I've had the privilege of being Randy's Bodhran student. He has a gift for understanding how to construct the lessons around his students abilities so they can grasp the concept and skill needed to move forward in their lessons.

I was very nervous as I had never played any type of drum before but his ability to set his students at ease was apparent from lesson one.

I highly recommend Randy as an instructor.
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Deb June 30, 2015
Bodhran · In studio
I met Randy many years ago when he was playing with the Rogues at the MD Renfest. He is a great teacher and taught me some bodhran basics in the little spare time he had between shows. He is very patient and encouraging. If you are interested in learning the bodhran, dumbek, djembe or full kit, I highly recommend that you seek him out.
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Pam June 30, 2015
Bodhran · In home
Being an older student with a different learning curve than younger students, Randy tailored my lessons to meet my special needs. He was patient beyond expectations when I was having trouble grasping a difficult concept. He is a true professional and dedicated to passing on his musical knowledge. I had to stop taking lessons for a while due to a broken arm, but I plan on continuing them in the future.
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Randy W.

Randy W.

Odenton, MD 21113
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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