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Raycurt J.

Washington, DC

I've been singing as long as I've been going to church.
My beginnings in the Children's, Men, Gospel, and Senior-Adult

Choirs. D.C. Youth Chorale was an amazing experience for learning the art of harmony, ear training was a natural part of the study.
We were taught to read music as well as leaning everything by rot. A term used in church meaning learning by memory to the heart. (without the music sheets)

About Raycurt

Raycurt J. aka "Fiddla", Violin-Viola-Voice-Piano-Rhythm-Dance and Event Productions.

Music is the universal communicator, educator, healer, and conflict mediator.
We naturally expose our children to music and ignite their awareness to stimulate learning practices within. As a hobby or passion we discover the connections to all the similar disciplines, such as, science and mathematics.

How to keep time, the ruler of motion in music.
Learn the basics of the music language and idioms of Jazz.
How to create melody, the syntax of song.
inspiration of effective practice.
Basics of
Improvisation or Composition.

It is well documented that exposing children to music and the creative arts is important for the fundamental elements toward logical thought processes and schematic reasoning.
Music is organic FUN for kids and ages, altogether!
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Native of Washington, D.C. began at the age of seven on the piano. Singing in family church choirs and training with the D.C. Youth Chorale.
Began instruction on the Viola in the D.C. Youth Orchestra program.
Attended the Duke Ellington Performing Arts High School in it's inaugural year.

Recordings with artists throughout the U.S. and Europe. Presentations of jazz and classical ensembles with rotating artists for hire. With a variety of genres of music a formidable Violinist and Singer/Entertainer.

He has performed with notables such as Stevie Wonder,
Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, and Carmen Mac Cray.
Akademisches Festival Orchestra, Leipzig, Kammerorchester de St. Laurentius, in Dessau, Germany.
National Gallery of Art Orchestra, and the
American University Symphony.
Howard University Community Orchestra
La Fete Musique.
MTA-Music Under New York

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Paul M. June 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mr. Raycurt is encouraging and patient. He has made learning piano exciting for me!
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Dana R. April 7, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mr. Johnson is a FABULOUS violin instructor. I haven't played in 20 years, and after a few lessons my technique is coming back. His teaching style is one where he pushes you beyond your expectations. He's an excellent teacher for beginners and experienced violinists. I also love that he is so talented in many genres of music...such a gifted violinist. Hope to play like him again soon. I highly recommend this teacher.
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Jesse C. November 23, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Raycurt has developed and implemented a constructive way for beginners to understand the violin, comprehend music theory, and figure out how to make this instrument sound good!

(It's not easy to do...)
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Raycurt J.

Raycurt J.

Silver Spring, MD 20910
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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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
(9)
starting at
$31 / 30-min
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Dr. Jeanne S.

Washington, DC

About Dr. Jeanne

*Hi and welcome!!

My students like to call me Dr. Jeanne, so feel free to do the same! I have been in music all my life and I love helping my students no matter what level they may be.from beginning to advanced. My experience in music started on stage at age three and by the time I was 21 I was singing and dancing on national television in many variety tv shows after having won the tittle of Miss Memphis. I studied music at Stephens College in Columbia, MO and the University of California in music andI have since taught hundreds of voice and piano students everything I know about music an
d performance. Piano is a joy to teach, but my greatest love is teaching voice .I specialize in all styles of music as long as I feel it is musical, developmental and expressive.. Music takes time and discipline to master and I'm looking forward to meeting you and hearing all about your goals and dreams in music and how I can help you along your path.
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Candi June 28, 2015
Singing · In studio
Jeannie is an AMAZING teacher!!!! She not only prepares a student vocally, but also prepares a student in their stage presence. My level of confidence in both areas grew tremendously under her direction. Time spent with her and her teaching is still impacting my life & my performances years later!!!
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Caroline L. June 6, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Dr. Jeanne makes her students feel comfortable and confident. She is good at assessing students ability and helping them to be their best. She challenged me to grow, and encouraged me in the process! I enjoy working with her and can see improvement in my voice and confidence.
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Amanda J. May 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Dr. Jeanne for almost one year. She has been nothing short of exceptional! She is incredibly considerate of my schedule and does her best to work with me whenever possible. She has become my biggest advocate for artistic expression and is constantly pushing and encouraging me to get better. In less than a year she has helped me hit a high C (and sometimes high E). She is an incredibly talented vocal performer and teacher. She relates to me as a musician which helps me gain confidence to sing and pursue music. I feel super lucky that I found her first! I definitely recommend Dr. Jeanne, especially if you have a passion for theatrical or performance arts!
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Dr. Jeanne S.

Dr. Jeanne S.

Washington, DC 20012
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jennifer M.

Gaithersburg, MD

I have been teaching singing since 1999, and I teach all styles of singing with a foundation of healthy classical vocal technique which can be adapted for any style. The health of the voice is my primary focus.

About Jennifer

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
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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.
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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.
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MaureenS February 22, 2011
Lila Samperton

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!
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Jennifer M.

Jennifer M.

Gaithersburg, MD 20879
(4)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Susanna B.

Washington, DC

Susanna is an American soprano whose recent engagements have included Suor Angelica (Miami Lyric Opera, Gusman Center); the Charlatan (Victorian Lyric Opera, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater); L'incoronazione di Poppea (Symphony Space), Die Zauberflöte (DiMenna Center), and Don Giovanni (Lincoln Center, New York Lyric Opera).

Experienced voice teacher of 5 years available for students of all experience levels! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of healthy technique. I specialize in bel canto operatic technique, with emphasis on proper support and placement on every vowel and through each consonant. This is the same technique that is used by all the great broadway legends. I work with a wide range of reperatorie with my students, including opera, lieder, oratorio, and classic music theatre in all voice types.

About Susanna

Susanna Barasch is an American soprano whose recent engagements have included Puccini's Suor Angelica (Miami Lyric Opera, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Miami); Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea (New York Lyric Opera, Symphony Space, NYC), Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (New York Lyric Opera, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, NYC), Mozart's Don Giovanni (New York Lyric Opera, Lincoln Center, NYC); and Sousa's The Charlatan (Victorian Lyric Opera, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater, Maryland).

Teaching all levels of singing, Ms. Barasch's speciality is classical and operatic voice and hol
ds studios in DC, NoVa, and NYC, including the Cardon Studios and M Institute for the Arts in DC. Holding a BA of Music from The George Washington University, she has studied under renowned Romanian soprano, Virginia Zeani, Met Opera baritone Mark Oswald, and internationally acclaimed bel canto pedagogue Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. She is also a disciple of Bulgarian piano virtuoso Tzvetan Konstantinov. Ms. Barasch serves on the board of the The International Master Institute of Music "Leopold Godowsky", Inc. and is President/CEO of the M Institute for the Arts, Inc.

Board Member - International Master Institute of Music "Leopold Godowsky", Inc.
President/CEO - M Institute for the Arts, Inc.

--Studio Features--
Baby Grand Piano
Music Stand
Large Room
Professional Recording Equipment
Music Library
Located in Georgetown

--Recitals/Performances--
As a member of the Washington Music Teachers Association, Ms. Barasch's students are invited to participate in their performance opportunities, such as competitions, judged recitals and non-competitive events such as musicales, recitals and festivals. Students are also encouraged to audition for local and regional opportunities as it provides more "real world" experience. Additionally, students are encouraged to work towards their own solo recitals to showcase their repertoire specifically, like a senior recital at conservatories. Scenes are often prepared. Participation in performance opportunities is entirely voluntary and not required of the student.

--Students Ages 6-14--
I have a lot of experience teaching children. Teachers and directors must be careful with young voices as their vocal chords aren't as strong as an adult's, so it is important to give them the right kind of instruction. I cannot train them classically at this age. I currently have two students under 10, one of whom sings with the Washington National Opera's children's choir and the other is singing the lead of Annie in her school musical.

--Prospective Students--
Prospective students are invited to audition for lessons to see if we are a good fit for each other. Materials needed for lessons are:

-Two, three-ring binders with tabbed/labeled copies of repertoire, one for the pianist and one for the student.
-A notebook.
-An audio recording device.

--Scheduling--
I do not update my TakeLessons scheduler, as I have students at various different studios and, therefore, have my own scheduler. Please select your first-choice time slot on TakeLessons and we will go from there!
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Diane D. April 14, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
Susanna is the best! I am singing things I never thought I would be able to sing. I can't recommend her enough!
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Dede B. March 16, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
After just one lesson with Susanna I knew I had found a phenomenal teacher. She really studied directly with the best names in opera, specifically in the bel canto style. And she's able to explain it all really well. After a few months of lessons, my signing now feels so easy. It has a line to it, is controlled, clear, more powerful, more flexible, and all of my previous vocal problems have disappeared. I don't know what I did without her. SUSANNA IS THE BEST!!!
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Dannon U. February 12, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
Susanna is AMAZING! After just one lesson she gave me more knowledge of the voice than I have ever had in my previous years of studying. And after working with her for a few months, my voice has improved dramatically. It is clear, my range doubled, and it rarely gets tired anymore. I can't recommend her enough!
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Susanna B.

Susanna B.

Washington, DC 20007
(3)
starting at
$60 / 30-min

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