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About Chris H.

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Waldorf, MD

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I have a degree in music with a teaching certificate. I have been teaching cello privately for 10 years. Depending on the age of the child we will start with either Essential Elements or Suzuki cello book one. They will start with proper positioning and plucking. Once they have 8 notes down, we start bowing. As we progress, we will be doing scales, and etudes.

About Chris
I have been teaching private violin for over 20 years, and private viola/cello for about 10. I have taught in Charles and St. Mary's County Public schools. I am a member of American Strings Teacher's Association, National Association for Music Educators (Maryland Music Educators Association), and the Music Teachers National Association (Music Teachers Association of Charles County). As a teacher, I'm very student oriented. We move at your pace. The more you practice, the faster we move. I do encourage learning to read music, but I use multiple ways of teaching to reach my students. Everyone learns in a different way. My primary job is to see you achieve your goals in relation to your instrument. I also encourage that you take every opportunity to perform. There are many groups in the area that allow for different ages and styles of music
. I can help you understand what is going on behind the music and hopefully see what the composer was hoping to convey, if that is something you want to know. When I was a student I always wanted to know "why?". As a teacher, you will know why if I do.

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I try to keep my lesson area as stress free as possible. It's OK to make mistakes in my studio. I would like you to bring a notebook to lessons as well as your music and instrument. I write as much as I can down because if you were like I was during lessons, I would forget everything I was supposed to be watching for after 3 days. Like I said above, we move at your pace. The more you practice, the faster we move. Questions are a good thing. It shows interest. But sometimes you just have to stop asking questions and just take the leap of faith.
We start with note reading as well as proper form and the parts of the instrument. We also deal with general care. I will tune your instrument every time you come in for lessons until you learn how to tune it yourself. We will review the day before, I will check on what work you've done and then move onto the next song/ technique etc. After we learn how to pluck the first 8 notes, we start with scales and bowing.

After that we move through the "usual" routine. Scale, etude, song(s) or school test songs, audition requirements etc.

I try to keep the same routine because for some students it's easier for them to focus if they know the lesson is going to move in a familiar way. It's reassuring. After we become proficient in the basics, we move into whatever genre you would like to play, within reason. If you are in the school orchestra we will work towards you getting an A.

I would say I'm more laid back when you are not preparing for an audition. Auditions require a lot of work and I want you to do as close to perfect as possible. I become fairly demanding during that time.

In about 6 months, you can play almost any tune you can hear on the radio. Explaining where you could be gets fairly technical and I might as well be talking like Charlie Brown's teacher.

*** Studio Equipment ***
at the away studio: music, music stand, stool, piano, laptop, tuner, metronome.

at home: music, music stands, chairs, computer, laptop, keyboard, microphone, tuner, metronome.

pictures of the away studio are posted.

*** Specialties ***
I am familiar with Paul Rolland's work, Valerie Bobbett Gardner's Violin Virtuosity, as well as Guillespie's. I was brought up Suzuki but haven't been trained in Suzuki. I have taken classes on how to teach to a variety of students so I could hold a teaching license in the state. I do participate with (Canadian) The Royal Conservatory of Music Music Development. This is active in the US also.

Special note: If you are allergic to cats, you will want to take lessons at my other studio location, not at the home.

IF you are contacting me with questions, please include either take lessons or lessons in the subject area so I can find you faster. I get a lot of junk mail and it is easy for me to miss a note from you.
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Brenda March 9, 2017
· Violin · In studio
She's very knowledgeable and patient even with an older learner.
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Tim January 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
We both had a fun and pleasant first lesson with Chris. Set everything up and got the basics down.
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Callie January 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Great, fun first lesson. Chris taught me the rudiments of the instrument and set up (and more
Importantly gave me some guidance on setting up) the cello. We did some basic exercises and looked over some of the theory materials. Overall a very comprehensive first lesson for this beginner!
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Waldorf, MD 20603
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About Mathew B.

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Homewood, IL

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Getting set up with fundamentals of drawing a good sound with a bow is important for any string player, and I would be happy to help you with technique and sight reading for your school orchestra program!

About Mathew
Currently residing in Homewood, IL to play downtown with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, I am looking to continue my passion of teaching in this exciting new city. My wife and I have relocated from Bloomington Indiana, where I was an Associate Instructor for the Jacobs School of Music. I have always enjoyed learning new instruments to get new musical perspectives; I have studied String Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano, Voice, Drums/Percussion,
and even the Viol de Gamba (Google it!).
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Sally W. June 19, 2013
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Matt is an excellent guitar teacher. I highly recommend him.

Matt has been teaching guitar to my 12 year old son for several months now. My sons' guitar playing has improved greatly since his lessons with Matt. He's playing with a lot more confidence, thanks to Matt's influence.

Matt is always on time and has a wonderful way with people. My son feels very comfortable with him. They collaborate on songs together and it is important to Matt that Jude be engaged in his guitar practice.

We're thrilled with Matt and I highly recommend him as a teacher.
Any aspiring guitar player would be lucky to have Matt as a teacher!
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Mathew B.

Mathew B.

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About Hrant P.

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I am looking forward to helping you achieve
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About Hrant
Hrant's interests range from the solo cello repertoire to chamber music, teaching, and orchestral playing. As a teacher he has been a faculty member at Yale School of Music, 92nd Y, Summertrios Music Festival, and has held master classes at Yale and the William Blount-Slawson Competition. He has recently performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Houston Symphony, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Chris Botti’s Gala Concert at the Tilles Center. Hrant, together with violinist Benjamin Sung and pianist Jihye Chang are founding members of the Arsenal Trio. Their recent performances have been at the ClefWorks Chamber Music Festival, The University of Louisville New Music Festival, and Gregory Singer Concert Series in New York.

Hrant P. is a prize winner in International Competitions including, Houston Symphony Ima Hogg, The Montgomery Symphony
Fellowship, Olga Koussevitzky, HAMS, and Hudson Valley. He is an extensive solo as well as chamber music performer who, has appeared frequently in venues such as Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Music Gettysburg, Banff Center for the Arts, and Orford Festival. Recently he has collaborated with artists such as Hans Graf, Carlos Prieto, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zakhar Bron, Natalya Shakhovskaya, Franz Helmerson, Richard Watkins, and Hansjorg Schellenberger, and Oxana Yablonskaya.

Born in Bulgaria, Hrant P. started the cello at the early under the guidance of his mother. His first recital was at the age of six. Two years later he gave his debut as a soloist performing C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concerto. Hrant holds bachelor degrees from The Hochschulle fur Music in Wien, The Juilliard School, and received his Masters of Music from Yale School of Music where he studied with world renowned cellist Aldo Parisot.
Recently, Hrant won a position with the Army Band, married pianist Tatjana P., and is the proud father of son Benjamin.

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I believe that every student has his/her own need because we are all unique as human beings, every one of us has their stronger and weaker skills and my job as a teacher is to find the best tool to pass to the given student.

I am strict but fun, whichever amount the student needs more.

I use the Suzuki books because the songs (and later pieces) in are very good, popular, fun, and evenly progressive.

Achievements depend also on the student and the amount of practicing done at home. I as a teacher can only do that much in passing my knowledge and spur the student own.
Practicing at home is very, very important.

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Patrick-Helios L. September 6, 2016
· Cello · In home
Wonderful teacher. Able to engage young cellists.
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Ryan C. September 8, 2015
· Cello · In home
Hrant is very patient and believes in building a strong basic foundation prior to proceeding.
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Karl-Marx O. September 6, 2015
· Cello · In home
Amazing
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Washington, DC 20037
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About Jessica P.

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Chevy Chase, MD

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Classical music-focused, fun and relaxed environment, experienced teacher with top conservatory background

About Jessica
Jessica moved to the Chevy Chase/Bethesda area in 2009, having grown up and gone to school in New York and Ohio. She loves the area, and she and her husband are thrilled to be putting down roots in the community. As a performer, Jessica has traveled around the world, but throughout her career teaching has been one of her most important focuses. "As a relative newcomer to the DC area, growing my private studio has been a great way to get involved in the community. My teaching style is individualized, but I always try to include two important things: building a strong basic skill set, and developing creativity."

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Whether your goal is to make it into All-State, give a solo recital, play tunes at family gatherings, or just try something new for the very first time, I will help you succeed and have a good time along
the way.

In my view, the most interesting thing about performing music is that it is one of the few activities that engages both the left and the right brain at the same time. With that in mind, my teaching places equal importance on developing strong technique, and developing creativity. Students learn all the basics of music, and also spend time developing strong ensemble skills and strong background knowledge of style and repertoire, so that they can enjoy music in all kinds of settings, all their lives.

Knowing from experience how "boring" it can be to learn by rote, I combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music. After all, there is no experience so motivating as hearing a new piece that you HAVE to learn to play yourself!

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in either living room or upstairs office; Steinway baby grand piano in living room;

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect piano students to have daily access to either a piano or a keyboard with 88 full-sized, weighted keys. Bass or cello students must have their own bass or cello.

*** Specialties ***
classical, baroque, renaissance
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Gagnon P. January 12, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Jessica is very nice!
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TeriE February 5, 2012
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I really enjoy taking piano lessons with Jessica. It had been 40 years since I took lessons (as a teenager). Jessica's manner as well as her knowledge and love of music is just what I was hoping to find in a teacher. Her ability to explain musical concepts and her thoughtful approach to teaching has far surpassed my expectations. She gives great constructive feedback and ensures that you understand what she is saying. She is very positive and patient. I thoroughly enjoy my lessons with her and recommend her strongly.
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BingruW November 6, 2011
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very responsible and professional! also nice and patient.
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Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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About Claire M.

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Stanton, CA

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I teach private cello lessons to all levels and ages. Online or at my place for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. Take a look through my bio and profile and let me know if you have any questions.

About Claire
Claire M received her Master’s of Music in cello performance from California State University Long Beach’s Cole Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Dr. David Garrett, cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has performed in the Los Angeles Cello Society concert series and as a participant in the California Chamber Music Institute. She has attended master classes with Anthony Elliott and Julia Lichten at the Aria International Summer Academy. She has attended the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and trained in Suzuki pedagogy with Rick Mooney and Tanya Carey.

Prior to her studies at CSULB, Claire attended the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music where she received her Bachelor’s of Music in cello performance. While at Hartt, she studied with Steven Thomas and Mihai Tetel.

Currently, she is a member of the Da
na Point Symphony and Symphony Irvine. She previously performed with the Debut Orchestra and the Orange County Collegiate Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Los Angeles based cello quartet, Love4Cello. In 2014, as a member of the Southern California Chamber Ensemble, she performed in Nagoya, Japan. She is also the cello teacher at Fullerton College as well as the cello coach at Renaissance High School for the Arts in Long Beach. Since 2008, she has freelanced and taught privately around the Los Angeles area, including her private studio in Long Beach.
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Jane January 18, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Claire was very thorough and very patient with me as a first time player of any string instrument.
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Miranda B. December 28, 2016
· Cello · Online
My daughter enjoys her online lessons with Claire.
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Lara July 20, 2016
· Cello · In home
Claire is a very good teacher. Highly recommended. The pacing of the lessons is both challenging and comfortable. I appreciate her demos and duets with me as these help me to practice listening and anticipate playing with others in the future. I've had six 45-minute lessons so far and I feel I've learned a lot and have improved significantly, but I'm also aware of the areas that need improvement. I look forward to continuing to take lessons with Claire.
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About Robert M.

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Arlington, VA
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Our cello lessons cover an array of topics from technique to musicality along with establishing the important connections of mind and body to achieve healthy and sustainable cello playing! I approach every student differently and try my utmost best to cater to every student's need. I have years of experience teaching pre-school age cellists to adults! I look forward to helping anyone achieve music and cello goals!

About Robert
Welcome! My name is Rob M. and I am professional cellist, string music educator and conductor who recently moved from the Philadelphia area returning to the DC Area. I hold a Bachelor of Music Education from DePauw University (2010). I am a certified K-12 instrumental/general music teacher in the state of Virginia and Washington D.C. In 2016, I completed my Masters of Music in String Pedagogy at Temple University. I've been playing cello for over 20 years and I have taught various age groups in public school and private studio settings for the last six years. I look forward to offering my musical expertise and experience working with you to grow musically and to reach your goals!!
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George June 25, 2017
· Cello · In home
Robert is great. Professional, knowledgeable, and puts the student at ease. Tailors the lesson to the student's individual needs. Robert is flexible as well when life happens and you need to reschedule.
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Graham S. December 19, 2016
· Cello · In home
Rob is very knowledgable with regard to the cello--he and my 16 year old son hit it off immediately! He asked my son what he wanted to work on and then they spent the next 45 minutes working on those things. After the lesson, we worked out a continuing schedule of classes for the next few months. We are very happy with Rob as a tutor for my son and equally happy with TakeLessons!
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Finn S. December 18, 2016
· Cello · In home
Rob has been a wonderful and engaging instructor for my 9 year old son. He explains new concepts clearly and is patient providing adjustments and corrections.
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Arlington, VA 22204
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About Nicole B.

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Lessons for all ages and levels! Classical training and reading music which can lead to mastering the instrument and playing anything that you want!

About Nicole
I'm a cellist who has been playing since childhood, and have been teaching students both privately and in groups for the past ten years. Any age or level accepted and any genre of music that you want to learn!
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Mitch G. April 7, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Great first lesson. We went over the basics of the cello and quickly jumped to something a little more difficult to match my skill level. Can't wait to practice and learn more.
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Sophie R. February 22, 2016
· Cello · In home
My very shy daughter was thrilled with her first lesson. I hope for many more to go!
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West Friendship, MD 21794
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About Susan M.

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I have taught private cello as well as public school orchestra (elementary - high school) for many years. My approach is traditional with Suzuki materials and philosophy. In each lesson I cover basic fundamentals of cello playing, solo repertoire, ensemble playing, rhythm and theory. With a fun and enthusiastic approach, we will make a lot of progress in a short amount of time.

About Susan
Susan was born in California to a musical and artistic family. Susan studied with Margaret Rowell in Berkeley, California. In 1960, Susan was the winner of The International String Congress Competition and traveled to San German, Puerto Rico to study with Theodore Salzman. After graduating from Washington State University, Susan taught music, art and K-12 in various subjects in California, Wyoming and Utah, where she was married and raised two cello playing daughters.

Susan attended workshops with Dr. Suzuki and taught at many summer workshops. She worked at Kamimoto String Instruments in San Jose, California for 10 years and taught string orchestra in Moab and South Jordan, Utah while maintaining a cello and folk guitar studio. Some of her past honors include: Teacher of the Year, Moab, Utah, 1994, Utah State Legislature –Distinguis
hed Service in Education Award, 1993 and Outstanding Middle School Teacher- Utah Rural Schools, 1990.
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Cheryl March 7, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Great teacher, very organized and really knows het stuff! She very easy to work with.
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Mariko October 15, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Taking cello lessons from Susan has been a wonderful experience for my child, and it has been lovely for me to associate with her. Susan has passion, warmth, and many years of experience. Initially, it can be a bit overwhelming (especially as a parent with little musical experience) to take in all that Susan will throw at you, but soon you will see the benefits of her broad range of knowledge and the holistic education she offers. She covers the many facets of playing cello, including rhythm, reading music, theory, group practices, careful attention to bow hold, tone production, performance, ensemble playing and listening. She is consistent and reliable. My child looks forward to Susan’s lessons each week and has commented, “Susan always finds something good, then gives me ideas on how to make it better.” She puts a lot of time, resources, and creativity into enriching activities that motivate kids to stay engaged and practice regularly. We highly recommend her!
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Christie October 10, 2016
· Cello · In home
Susan is an absolutely amazing cello teacher. My daughter took lessons from her for four years. She makes lessons and practicing fun for the students and is a positive and creative teacher. She loves her students and tailors each lesson to the individual students' needs. I would highly recommend her.
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About mohammed B.

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I can make all your goals with the Cello be achieved, looking forward to teaching you !

About mohammed
I am a professional guitar teacher, cellist, and songwriter. I have been performing since I was in middle school, I play multiple instruments and have a part of a music group that won a Grammy.

I have been teaching for about 4 years and can teach any student how to play the cello, the guitar, the bass, and the double bass. Any skill level that a student wants to achieve, I can cater and nurture them to that goals.

Playing an instrument is a difficult process, but is an extremely rewarding experience. With my help, I can make this process much easier and guide each student in the right direction. I can't wait to start working together!
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