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Jennifer V. Herndon, VA

About Jennifer

My name is Jennifer. I got my degree in vocal performance and minored in Jazz. I began voice lessons myself when I was eight. I am a mezzo soprano, and can teach both female and male voices. I have performed in several opera productions including but not limited to The Marriage of Figaro, Dido and Aeneus, Tenderland, and Hand of Bridge. I have worked and performed in masterworks by Brahms, Chopin, Mozart to name a few. I studied in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. I studied diction, ear training, piano, music history, pedagogy, and music theory. I have also performed with artists such as New York Voices, Bobby Mcferrin and Kurt Elling. I was blessed with many learning opportunities to grow in my passion and I would love to pass that knowledge and passion to anyone who wants ...

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Bharath R. November 3, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Jen for a while now, and I must say that I've improved dramatically since I started. Jen specifically focuses on the musical style that you like while still using classical methods to make sure the proper form and technique is learned.

First thing she did was to make sure I had proper form, breathing and technique before moving on to more advanced topics. This way bad habits are removed quickly, which is crucial to push through to the next level and break vocal plateaus.

I would recommend Jen as a vocal teacher for any style and age without hesitation. Great person to talk to, knowledgeable, and most of all fun. There are times when it gets frustrating, but working with Jen makes it a challenge and rewarding when you can hear yourself getting better.

Keeping playing; music never sleeps!!
Bharath
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Michael W. October 8, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? I'm a lead singer for a rock band, but I've never had any kind of singing lessons. Jennifer has been doing an awesome job working with me to improve my sound. Even though I am already a singer, I'm still basically a beginner and she's helping me shed some bad habits and tendencies and trying to get me to use specific techniques. Who knew I needed to learn how to breathe? Things as simple as learning the basics, are already helping my sound. And as we continue to dive deeper into these lessons, I can't wait to hear how it's all going to make a difference for my band!
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Perry D. October 7, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
My experience is less important than researching what a specific teacher has to offer. Jennifer's background in Jazz is a pretty transparent reason for why I would choose her. I hope you find the right teacher: she is very warm and the atmosphere is relaxed. It's a student's delight. Lol.
Mike T. Manassas, VA

About Mike

I have played bluegrass banjo since I was 16 (I’m now looking at Social Security). I’ve been instructing for four years – since semi-retiring from my day job. I use various teaching methods and aids and have participated in training programs with the finest banjo players in the country, including Sonny Osborne, Bill Emerson, Tony Trischka, Ned Luberecki, Pete Wernick, Jim Mills, Bill Evans, Charlie Cushman and Alan Munde. My banjo philosophy is that while we may aspire to play banjo like Earl Scruggs, it is not necessary to be at that level to enjoy playing bluegrass music. The organic simplicity of bluegrass songs, the repetition of components, and the strong melody lines makes entry level playing fun and rewarding and within the reach of anyone who is willing to try.

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Bob F. November 23, 2014
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Mike has made my attempt to learn banjo a great and pleasant experience. I look forward to his lessons.
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Rick P. July 9, 2014
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Mike is truly a patient, excellent teacher & communicator. He totally understands my needs and limitations, and always finds a way to address them and thereby helps me move forward. I am absolutely confident that in the very near future I will be able to play the banjo and be able to jam with others - and I attribute all of that to Mike and his approach. My only regret is that I didn't meet him 17 years ago when I first moved to the area and decided to learn to play the banjo. I wholeheartedly recommend him for anyone - he loves to play and he loves to teach.
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sheila R. July 11, 2013
Banjo
Best Banjo player!

I'm new to the banjo, having spent most of my life playing the guitar, acoustic, of course. I'd met Mike at a jam and was very impressed by his abilities. I was surprised to learn that we lived near each other, and I was in touch with him when I returned home. I started lessons with Mike and am now playing much better, due to his help. He's very patient, taking the time to show me not only how to play better, but also how to play with others in a "group" situation. I will continue to take lessons until
I'm as good as he is!
John N. Chantilly, VA

About John

I have been playing guitar and bass for over 35 years and traveled the world playing concerts in Clubs and Stadiums. My band ESTUS was signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, I played with the Eddie Kirkland Blues Band, formed Fat City in Woodstock NY, and played toured nationally with Quicksilver Messenger Service. Currently I play in RSB, the Rick Sickmen Band, and teach at the School of Rock in Vienna. I want to share my knowledge and extensive experience with students to 'play it forward' while having fun. *** Lesson Details *** From beginners to experienced players everyone has their own goals and style of learning. I will try to have my students playing songs as soon as possible, in the style (rock, blues, country) that they want, while teaching some basic music theory to build

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Haitao D. January 10, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have been learning guitar with John for past 3 months and it is a great experience. John is very knowledgeable and patient to guide me with the much more efficient path to learn play with songs. I was trying to learn from books and YouTube videos for past 1 year, but much more improvements were made after two lessons with John! I also love his teaching styles very much: trying to explain WHY things work the way it is (e.g., music theory) instead of give a lot of "recipe level" exercises you can get from a book. I would strongly recommend him as a guitar teacher to any level!
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Jim O. September 6, 2014
Blues Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I'm about to have my forth lesson with John and I must say he is an amazing musician and an amazing guitar teacher. In the last four weeks, John and I have been working on blues guitar licks. I've been playing at the same level for years. John has changed that for me immediately after our first lesson. He has made a huge difference in my playing and my approach to the guitar.

After I finish writing this review, I will be signing up for additional lessons.

Thanks John
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Cliff B. December 14, 2013
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Wonderful instructor

I chose John because of his extensive experience as a professional musician and recommend him highly if you are looking for a great instructor. If his patience with this 44 year old starting musician is any indication, I'm certain he's good with anyone at any age!
Carol K. Manassas, VA

About Carol

I have always loved music. For me, the process of making music gives me the opportunity to lose myself in the moment. It does not matter what type of music I am listening to, I will find a connection to the music. I exhibited an interest in music at an early age. On many Saturday afternoons my mom would find me planted in front of the television set watching opera. So, it came as no surprise to family members that mom enrolled me in music lessons, singing lessons to follow. Throughout my teens I found myself involved in anything related to music. I sang in the school choir, as well as background choral work in musicals and even played the piano occasionally. I also had the opportunity to sing with a group called "Up with People," and performed some of their repertoire around ...

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Jamie R. December 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Carol is amazing!! This is my son's first time taking any type of music lessons and she has been wonderful in teaching him how to read music and play the piano. He really enjoys his lessons and looks forward to them. I highly recommend Carol for anyone wanting to learn to play. She is patient and uses different tools and techniques tailored to the student to make learning easy and fun. Thank you Carol!
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CyrilleT June 21, 2012
Me and the kids are enjoying the classes. Mrs k is an extraordinary teacher.
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ShirleyA April 1, 2012
Kind, Patient,and absolutely awesome teacher

Carol is a very kind, and patient teacher. I really appreciate her guidance in music as I am trying to learn all I can. She has many different techniques to draw from which helps her to teach me the things I need to know. I look forward to the music lessons with great anticipation. Thank you Carol for being a great teacher.
Lena E. Centreville, VA

About Lena

GUITAR CURRICULUM (VOCAL INSTRUCTION CURRICULUM SEE BELOW): You like music. I like music. You want to learn how to play guitar. I can teach you how to play guitar, and so much more. It's that simple. I have real-world experience in getting out there and playing guitar in a band, in front of a real crowd, and I can teach you how to do the same. Whether you're interested in performing in front of your relatives, at your local open mic down the street, or if you want to pursue music as a possible profession, you need strong, basic fundamentals to get there. That's where I come in. *** Lesson Details *** Lessons include: guitar technique/knowledge/maintenance: -Getting to know your instrument, such as the name for parts of the guitar, and what they contribute to the instrument.

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Eric R. February 26, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've had a great time learning with Lena. She's very nice and extremely patient. She mixes music theory with hands-on practice during each lesson. I was playing music (terribly) with her by the end of the first lesson. Every lesson I've walked away with enough information to keep me hungry to learn more.
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Nelson R. February 4, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Lena is a wonderful teacher! she was very knowledgeable, kind, and a blast to work with. This was my very first Music Teacher and even though I only had several lessons it was worth every penny!
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Jason Z. October 29, 2014
Singing · In studio
I was nervous about taking singing lessons and I've wanted to learn for so long, she's extreeeeeemely nice and very positive. Had 3 lessons so far and I learn something every time but most importantly, she makes you believe in yourself :D
Alan S. Manassas, VA

About Alan

Education: Formal Study: Associate in Arts Degree from Suffolk County Community College Long Island, New York and United States Air Force Band Careerfield at Scott AFB, Illinois and March AFB, California Private Study: Pete Heywood (Fifth Avenue Band- Reprise Records), Al Miller ( Cab Calloway), John Kasica (St. Louis Symphony), Bob Luther (Fairchild) and Bobby Dominguez (Russell Ferante of The Yellow Jackets). Experience: Performing Donati Orchestra, Jazz Street Station/5th Ave Band, Glasshouse (on the Spirit of Washington), Our Pleasure Top 40, NightShift, 3RDegree and presently now with Syncopated Nation. NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: *Appeared on "Merv Griffin Television", "Bob Hope Celebrity Dinner Show", "Caesar's Palace Las Vegas" and "Playboy Jazz Festival Los ...

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Patricia S. December 22, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
I have taken lessons from at least 5 different instructors over the course of the past 10 years. I would have to say that Alan is the best instructor I've ever taken lessons from. Not only is he a phenomenal drummer and teacher, but also a great person. I believe our friendship made the lessons that much more beneficial. I am always excited to attend lessons and eager to learn more. My drumming skills have improved immensely. From Latin, jazz, to rock, Alan has taught me how to play different genres. Consequently, he has helped me accomplish my goal in becoming a more versatile musician. I highly recommend Alan !
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Jo Anna N. March 25, 2014
Drum
Professional, patient, and pleasant!

Alan has been my 15-year-old son's drum instructor for five years now, and in that time, my son has progressed from being a complete novice to drumming in a very decent teen band. With Alan, you get solid teaching skills, a pleasant personality, and great flexibility in arranging lessons. We love the fact that he provides instruction in our home--one less runaround for us! Alan is a musician who knows how to teach and inspire, and we recommend him without reservation.
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Eric C. March 17, 2014
Drum
Excellent instructor

I've been studying with Alan for more than a year. He is an excellent, reliable teacher and an outstanding drummer. His lessons are clear and concise. His communication skills are excellent. Also, I'm very happy with the syllabus he has put together for me, as we use a variety of instruction books. I feel like there's a definite path towards improvement. You won't be disappointed if Alan is your teacher...

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