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Murray P.

Baltimore, MD

About Murray

I received my B.S. & Music Degree with concentration in instrumentalists from Morgan State University. I have been playing since the age of three years old and have been teaching since 2004. I am very well rounded in all styles of music such as, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Christian, Latin, Marching, Classical, Blues and the list goes on. I am now also a Emmy Nominated drummer for my outstanding role in the 2015 Stage Musical "Oh Gospel" The Evolution of Gospel Music. My drumming & percussion career has launch me into one of the most sought after instructors & drummers of our time. My skill level and
personalty has brought about major partnerships with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Vic Furth, Revelation Drums, Hot Sticks and Sabian Cymbals. I have performed with many Stellers & Grammy artist such as Richard Smallwood, Tamela Mann, Marvin Sapp, Dorinda Clark Cole, American Idol contestants and Sunday Best contestants to name a few. I currently play full time at the New Antioch Baptist Church of Randallstown in Baltimore MD where the congregation is over 10,000 members. I am very proud of the releasing of my latest DVD entitle "Piper's Time 2 Groove" to inspire all musicians around the World. With the launching of Passionate Drumming & Music Lessons, I am dedicated to equipping all my students with the instructions for reaching students goals. I welcome all students any age, any skill level. Hope to have you as a new student very soon!

*** Lesson Details ***
My students will quickly learn the basics of drumming, including: stick control, technique, rhythms, drum fills, and licks. It does not matter if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced drummer. The same time and effort will be exercised. We will have a fun and meaningful time playing, both by ear and by reading music. These lessons will really be hands on using teaching methods such as music books, DVD’s, and playing of my own. Students will have a great time also studying music theory, learning how to assemble the drum set, learning the parts of the drums, how to tune the drums, and how to accompany other musical instruments. After 3 to 6 months taking lessons, all students will be well on their way to a very successful musical career having had such fun and learning to play all different styles of music. My motto: Lets play Good, get Better, and be our Best!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished basement: (2) drum sets, small studio, recording equipment, seating for students & guest.

***Endorsers & Sponsors***
VicFirth-http://vicfirth.com/artist/Murray_Piper/
Sabian
Revelation Drums

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring snare and sticks. For the more advance lesson drum kit if one not provided. For the beginners sticks snare and if they already have a drum kit that is fine too.

*** Specialties ***
Gospel, Christan, jazz, blues, rock, R&B, pop, Latin, reggae, funk
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Rebecca July 16, 2016
Djembe · Online
Friendly teacher! He customizes our lesson according to my needs and really supports me!
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Rachel June 23, 2016
Drum · In home
Murray has been teaching my 8 year old son for the past 4 months. He is amazing, encouraging, and makes it fun! He is very patient and kind. I would recommend him to every parent who wishes to give her child drum lessons!
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Ren'a Morrison June 8, 2016
Drum · In home
Very patient, knowledgeable and fun loving individual. My son enjoys learning about the drums and looks forward to sessions with Mr. Murray!.. Within 5 sessions of working with Murray my son was already playing like a professional!
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Murray P.

Murray P.

Baltimore, MD 21229
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Ian D.

Ellicott City, MD

About Ian

I have been playing piano since the age of six. Originally classically trained, I made a change to learning Jazz after hearing it on the radio one night while still in high school.

I began my teaching career in 2007, providing private piano instruction to beginners at a small, privately owned music school in Laurel, Maryland.

After the school closed it's doors in the Fall of 2011, I continued working with many of the students privately. It is these efforts I continue to this day.

Having the opportunity to work 1 on 1 with students and see their progression and development on a week
to week basis is a truly, rewarding experience that I feel fortunate to be a part of.

*** Lesson Details ***
Although the approach you take with each student will be different, basic standard requirements will consist of:

1) Being able to locate notes on the piano in relation to middle C

2) Being able to recognize notes on the staffs and play them in the correct locations on the piano

3) Scale theory- understanding how scales are constructed and being able to play at least 2 octaves of all 12 major scales with both hands at the same time

4) Chord theory- understanding how triads and eventually seventh chords are constructed

5) Sight reading- there is a "trick" to this, if you will, a way to go about approaching tunes that I've found makes them easier to digest

6) And for those interested, we can give the lessons a more Jazz-oriented approach (lessons would then more heavily emphasize scale and chord theory, syncopation, and learning Jazz standards)

Remember, we are all students. Instrument teachers, instructors, coaches (whatever you want to call them) do not represent an end to the learning process, but rather a continuation of it. We're all trying to improve, develop our craft, build up our chops, practice new and uncomfortable things, and expand upon our abilities of what we can do. I have heard from Jazz pianists in their 80s say that they are still learning, still trying to get better. I think that's an important thing to keep in mind as you begin this journey. The journey never ends, it just extends and continues. You'll never run out of new things to learn. The only thing you can strive for is to be the most competent you can be at your instrument. Your playing ability at any point along this journey is only a mere reflection of who you are at this moment in time. So make this moment the most meaningful it can be. The journey begins here.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Sized, Fully Weighted Electronic Keyboard in living room
Comfortable sitting area in waiting room for parents

*** Specialties ***
music, piano, jazz piano
Jazz
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Kim L. March 14, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ian is a great guy, very patient. My son and I both take piano lessons from him and we are really enjoying it!
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Toney C. October 1, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ian is a very flexible teacher. I would recommend him as an instructor.
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Stephanie R. April 14, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ian has been great to work with. He is so patient with our son, and we appreciate him. Our son, Taylor, thinks he is the best.
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Ian D.

Ellicott City, MD 21043
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Yelena S.

Burtonsville, MD

About Yelena

*** Studio Equipment ***
upright piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano or a keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Russian School of Piano Playing
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Lisandro S. July 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and my son enjoyed his class!
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Barbara M. October 12, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Yelena has been a wonderful piano teacher. Always cheerful and patient and has been flexible with my crazy schedule. I appreciate that she took the time to challenge me and encourage me as I got started on learning to play the piano - something I've wanted to do for years! Even though I can no longer continue (due to my work schedule), she's given me lots to practice at home and hopefully I'll be able to return later. Yelena is the best!
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Barbara M. May 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
A fun first lesson. Looking forward to the next!
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Yelena S.

Burtonsville, MD 20866
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$25 / 30-min
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Aaron C.

Laurel, MD

About Aaron

In a fun and engaging atmosphere we will develop the tools of musicality. I'm as comfortable with an absolute beginner as an advanced student.

I've been a professional drummer and keyboardist for 17 years. The last 13 of these have been touring with Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus. I've performed on cruise ships, in clubs and bars, and in concert halls.

As a drummer I'm well versed in Jazz, Rock, Latin, Funk, and Orchestral/Band Percussion. We will focus on solid time, technique, and musicality.

On the piano we develop solid fundamentals through reading and technical exe
rcises, a grounding in theory, and an understanding of musical structure. You will learn to play from a fake book, play with a band, and improvise. I will also equip you with the tools to write your own music.

Happy to teach students both drums and piano. We can do this as a split one hour lesson, or alternate weeks. We will also work on ensemble playing by playing together.

NOTE: I CANNOT PROVIDE IN HOME TEACHING WITHIN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
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Amare O. July 30, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Aaron is passionate about music and it exudes in his teaching style! He is also very good with children! Very pleased!
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Kyechia July 16, 2016
Drum · In home
Aaron is a wonderful instructor! Very patient, energized, focused, structured, punctual, and fun to work with. He offers a variety of talents. We are very happy to have Aaron as an instructor in our home!
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JJ N. July 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Aaron is great with the kids & they've learned so much. He makes the lessons fun & they look forward to their weekly lessons.
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Aaron C.

Laurel, MD 20707
(15)
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Rachel S.

Elkridge, MD

About Rachel

Hi! My name is Rachel, and I have been teaching lessons professionally for over 8 years now. My primary instruments are voice and piano, and I also teach music theory/ear training/musicianship skills. I earned my degree in vocal performance from James Madison University, where I taught lessons to non-music majors as well as tutored general music for the student population. I would describe my teaching style as fun and relaxed, with a strong emphasis on healthy technique. I believe that all students should have a strong technical foundation, and that begins on day one. Genres I teach include cl
assical, musical theatre, pop, and accompanying skills for pianists. I can also help with audition prep on both instruments. I look forward to meeting with you!

Just a side note- due to an EXTREMELY demanding schedule, I do ask for flexibility when scheduling. GENERALLY, I can fit new students into my Sunday schedule, or potentially Saturday evening, depending on location. Most of my students are located in the Ellicott City/Fulton/Laurel area, so it is easier for me to be flexible with those locations. For weekdays, I am typically available late evenings. If you are a student who would like lessons during weekday mornings/early afternoons, I have the most flexibility!!

Thanks so much!
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Traci July 16, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Alexa loved her first lesson! She can't wait for the second!
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Emily B. June 20, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
So far so good
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CHRISTOPHER June 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
The time in our lessons just flies by!
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Rachel S.

Rachel S.

Elkridge, MD 21075
(23)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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