the first thing I do is find the vocal range of the student and let them become aware of how low and how high they are actually capable of singing. Next through proper breathing and singing techniques we learn how to expand the range to it's full capacity using songs they know and finding the right key for the student
A native of Washington DC, Scott has performed for over 45 years in various shows, bands & theaters. He has worked with The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Modernaires; The Peter Duchin Orchestra; The Ink Spots; The Tokens; Rory (Disney Channel); Charlie Byrd; Susannah McCorkle; Keely Smith & John Colianni (accompanist for Mel Torme) to name a few. He has also toured for the USO with Miss USA in Europe 85’ (With an 18 year old Halle Berry) and Miss USA in Central America 86’. Besides playing a in few theater pits, Scott has also performed on the stage as a musical character in the Kennedy Cen
ter’s ‘92 production of “Pump Boys & Dinettes”, taking the role of inbred “Eddie” to new lows. In 2005, upon the return of guitarist Dan Hovey from a NY career joined with drummer John Zidar to form Gigahertz [GHz]. The trio was an effort to reconnect with the music he grew up with. The band quickly became a known entity on the DC music scene. Currently he is in his 15th year as a member of the Adjunct Jazz Faculty of Montgomery College, MD teaching electric bass and converting his students to upright bass players. As a versatile musician, Scott is constantly changing hats to survive in an ever changing music climate and continues to work as a full time musician in and around the Washington DC area. He has developed a reputation as a go to guy subbing for bands when they need someone who can walk in and get the job done. Besides teaching at Montgomery College and privately, he owns a recording studio making demos for local groups and also creates sheet music for bands and singers.
*** Lesson Details *** I am more than a teacher, I am a musical coach. I will offer exercises that will stimulate your musical creative juices. I quickly assess my students strong and weak points and guide the student how to become a balanced player. Emphasis on rhythm is always important. Whatever genre you wish to study I can guide you through the channels to reach your musical dreams.
*** Studio Equipment *** Pro-tools Recording studio Fender deluxe hot rod amp for guitar Fender Super Champ amp for guitar Mark bass amp 1x12 Mark bass amp 2x6 Genz Benz shuttle 9 bass head Genz Benz Uber cab. 4x10 Genz Benz bass cab' 2x10 Electro voice PA system. Rogers Drum kit Kurzweil Keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** Anything needed including amps, music, cables, books, metronome, etc.
*** Specialties *** Jazz, dixieland, swing, bebop, contemporary and smooth. Rock old school and contemporary Folk and country
sarah E. March 31, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Scott is a great instructor and has been able to work with me in other areas of music besides voice which has been very helpful. I really enjoy our lessons.
Atiq K. November 3, 2014
I never imagined a beginner guitar class to be so comprehensive, challenging and yet so much fun. There's a lot to learn about playing the guitar from holding it to learning how to read music to playing a tune. Scott's easy going style encourages even the most slothful students like myself. We do it all in 1 and a half hours twice a week. His students have a wide range of experience with music and the guitar but at each session Scott is able to ensure that each one of us gets something out of the class. For example, he'll instruct the advanced students to play a more complicated version of a piece. Or he'll touch base with every student in the class at least twice by physically walking over and showing them something, asking a question, checking on their guitar, etc. Finally, he has those qualities that make for outstanding teachers - he not only knows and loves his work but he's really good at it. So each session is a fun mini concert lesson.
Stephen M. October 10, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I've been taking lessons for about a month now and I have learned so much. Not only basics on the instrument but also music theory which I've always had problems with before. Each lesson is a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I look forward to my lessons each week.
Scott is easy-going, patient and seems to know what is needed for the stage of instruction that I am at. I highly recommend Scott as an instructor. He has helped me with the ukulele tremendously in just four lessons. Couldn't ask for a better instructor.
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.
Ethan G. June 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
Aless really seemed to connect with our son. Will be looking forward to see how continued lessons go.
Lethe L. May 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
Really great teacher! :)
Ramu G. May 7, 2015
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.
I have been teaching voice since 1999, and I have helped many singers find their individual unique sound. Although my specialty is classical singing, I focus on healthy technique that can be applied to any style: musical theater, opera, pop, country and world music are just some of the styles my students have explored.
Jennifer is a versatile performer with extensive experience in several genres, including opera, and musical theatre. She graduated with a Bachelors of Music Degree from The Catholic University of America, as well as her Masters of Arts in Vocal Performance Degree from George Mason University.
Jennifer is also a vocal instructor in Montgomery County, Maryland, And an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She has had a long teaching career which started during her studies at The Catholic University and continues today.
Jennifer is an operatic soprano, and
has performed with several companies, including as the Reunion Music Society, Summer Opera Theatre Company, Multimedia Performance Studio, Victorian Lyric Opera Company, and the Damascus Theatre Company. Her performances include the role of Kim in the east coast premiere of Opera.com.edy, Musetta in La Bohème, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Carrie in Carousel, and Gianetta in The Gondoliers. She also created the role of Lust in The Blue Opera, and starred in that role for its world premiere. Recently she has been seen as the Bloodied Child in Riverbend Opera's MacBeth, and as Charlotte in A Little Night Music with DTC.
Jennifer has also served as music director for several productions, including Alice in Wonderland with Damascus Creative Stage, Sweeney Todd, The Mikado, Les Miserables, Into the Woods, and The Gondoliers with Montgomery Blair High School, a musical production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with DTC Kids, and Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. and Disney’s Cinderella Jr with Ballet Petite.
Jennifer also has strong ties to the community and has served as the Co-Conductor of the Kentlands Children’s, Teen, Glee and Adult Choirs, in Gaithersburg, MD. She was also a board member of the Damascus Theatre Company in Maryland.
*** Lesson Details *** I encourage students to explore their voices in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. I focus on healthy singing technique, while still encouraging creativity and individual style. Good singing technique will work for any style - pop, rock, folk, country, musical theatre or classical - and I encourage all students to work on individual expression.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Stereo, Computer, iPad, Sheet Music, Music Stand.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have an iPad and lots of sheet music. Students need to provide a keyboard and may need to purchase sheet music that I don't have.
*** Specialties *** Musical theatre, Classical, Opera
Karyn F. May 3, 2013
Opera Voice Verified Student
Helped me find my passion
In middle school, I really didn't have very much direction and I was afraid of going to high school. To make friends, I decided to go out for one of the high school's audition choirs, and though I didn't make it into the elite choir, I made the women's choir. I was happy, but I was afraid to sing out even in front of the other girls in the choir. I didn't have any confidence in my voice and most of them knew how to read music and sight-sing. I didn't. I started taking lessons with Ms. Jenni in the fall of my freshman year in the hopes of catching up with the other girls and eventually auditioning into the elite choir before my senior year.
That was three years ago. I now read music and sight sing and have much more confidence in my voice. I made the elite choir at my school in the spring of my sophomore year-- and in my junior year we performed at the White House! Jenni has encouraged me to participate in competitions and summer music programs that have helped me grow even more. I am seriously considering majoring in music in college after I graduate in 2014.
Jenni has been such a wonderful teacher. She really "gets me" and her encouragement has helped me find my passion. She's always positive and helpful and treats each student like they are her only one. I just love her and I will miss her when I go to college--because without her I really don't know where I would have ended up.
JyotsnaA April 24, 2011
My daughter Zoe loves Ms. Jenni and is enjoying her vocal lessons. She feels very comfortable with Ms. Jenni and feels she is learning a lot.
MaureenS February 22, 2011
I really appreciated the way Jenni made me feel welcome and comfortable through her outgoing attitude and encouragement. She also made a point to relate to me on a personal level which was very important to me as well and contributed to my comfortability and progress. I definitely plan on taking lessons from her again in the future!
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.
john L. June 10, 2014
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!
Jasmine D. June 10, 2014
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 !
I have taught singing for 5 years, primarily teaching classical voice. The principles I teach can be applied to all varieties of singing.
My goal is to help students develop a healthy singing technique that will enable them to enjoy singing for their entire life, whether that be performing professionally or as a hobby.
I have a graduate degree in vocal performance from California State University Northridge, and an undergraduate degree in music with a minor in theater from Edgewood College. As a teacher I have worked with a wide variety of voice types in many different age groups. As an acting coach I specialize in audition preparation, monologue delivery, and general stage presence.
I teach out of my home studio, located just outside of Damascus, MD, where I live with my wonderful wife, cat, and ducks. I am also an active performer, primarily singing opera, throughout the region.
In addition to
teaching voice and acting, I also teach beginning piano lessons.
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