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Average Cost of Music Lessons in Washington, DC

The average cost of 60-minute music lessons in Washington is $63. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $25 and $120 per hour.

30-min $20
 
$38 average
$75
45-min $20
 
$51 average
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$120

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music lessons are 20% less expensive at $51, and 30-minute lessons cost 40% less at $38.

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Washington D.C. Music Lessons

Apart from being the nation’s political capital, Washington DC is known for having its own, vibrant music scene. From opera, jazz, soul, rock to the capital’s unique go-go music, Washington has most music genres covered. In fact, it even has its own music awards program called the Wammies. If you’re an aspiring musician living in DC, it would be hard to not to want to join in on all the action. So, why not start your music career today by enrolling in our Washington music lessons with one of our certified local music teachers?

If you’re looking to develop a concrete musical background, our Washington music lessons will provide you with just that. Here, you’ll gain a solid foundation in music and develop proper technique whether you’re playing the guitar, drums, bass, piano, violin or any other instrument. This way you can rock out with an amazing lead guitar solo, romantic piano concerto or funky bass line like you’ve always imagined. On top of that, our Washington music lessons also provide fantastic courses for musicians looking to take their musical knowledge to the next level. Our programs on songwriting, music recording and theory as well as music performance are a great addition to any musician’s repertoire. And with our passionate and friendly teachers tracking your progress guiding you along the way, you’ll be sure to have a fun and exceptional learning experience.

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About Gustavo Antonio
Hello, my name is Gustavo A., baritone originally from Argentina.
I've been performing actively in Opera and Oratorio for the last 25 years.
I earned my Masters in Vocal Performance at the famed ISA- Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires Argentina .

I am a Voice Faculty at Benjamin T. Rome School of Music- CUA and I have enjoyed the process of building voices in a creative way, understanding the importance of each person's individual characteristics.

I've been trained in the Belcanto Italian School of Singing and I work with beginners, helping them to build a strong technique, intermediate vocational or semi professional singers and professional singers with successful careers as well.

Based on my experience of more than 12 years as a Cantor for Saint Patricks Cathedral in NYC and Sacred Heart Cathedral Basilica in Newark, NJ, I'm h
ighly qualified to train church singers giving attention to their particular singing challenges within the liturgical setting.

I am currently accepting new students in my private studio and I'm very interested in helping people that are eager to unleash their vocal and artistic potential.

I look forward to meet you and help you to achieve your goals!
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alejandra May 31, 2017
· Opera Voice · In home
great class!!
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Gustavo Antonio A.

Gustavo Antonio A.

Washington, DC 20064
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About Valyncia V.

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About Valyncia
I believe everyone has the ability to sing … some better than others, of course, -- but regardless, I believe every voice can make a beautiful sound. I believe learning to sing requires team work: with the proper instruction and learning tools from me, the instructor, and with the dedication (practice, practice, practice) from you, the student, a well-rounded singer can emerge. If you can hear the proper note, I can help your vocal instrument play to its fullest abilities.

I began singing when I was five years old in church. I continued singing exclusively inspirational music until I was a teenager. At that time, in addition to the second soprano part I sang in a five-part harmony a Capella (without instrumental accompaniment) Gospel group, I also sang in a few bands (Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and Rock). My undergraduate studies we
re completed at the American University, where I majored in Communications (B.A.), and minored in Music, voice being my instrument. During my undergraduate studies, I was recruited and performed as the lead female vocalist for a Rock band that a few fellow music students had formed. While in college, I was trained in classical voice, piano, music theory, musical theater performance, and vocal pedagogy (vocal training). My vocal pedagogy studies credentialed me to become a professional vocal instructor. I began teaching voice after I earned my degree, and have been teaching private voice lessons for over ten years.

Most of my present expertise in teaching voice grew from my vocal pedagogy studies, my teaching experience which has developed over time, my own personal vocal dedication, and my training and understanding of various genres of vocal performance. My present singing career is as an inspirational singer; my vocal students encompass various genres in which I have experience, including: Inspirational, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, as well as various degrees of popular music.

*** Audition Preparation ***
I have coached many of my students to prepare for auditions: auditions to be accepted into performing arts schools, parts in musicals and plays, joining a band or vocal ensemble, as well as auditions for televised singing shows, such as "The Voice," "Sunday's Best," "American Idol" and "The X Factor."

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students by using the tried and true techniques I have found to be successful, and allow the student to be my guide as to which direction to take with his or her vocal training. Whether the student is a novice, a professional, or somewhere in between, each student, after obtaining the basic singing knowledge and techniques, will have a vocal training schedule geared to his or her individual needs and development. Lessons are for the most part very casual in nature, and the student’s dedication (practice, practice, practice) will dictate whether or not the lessons become stricter. A few months into the vocal instruction, students will be given the opportunity to learn more about reading music and sight singing, if he or she so chooses, as well as vocal performance techniques for singing in front of an audience. Within one year, dedicated students may also have the opportunity to show off what they have learned, and perform in front of an audience at a recital with other vocal students. Please note that my preference is to work with teens age 13 through adults of any age. I believe that younger voices need more time to develop and stand to be damaged if too much stress is put on them too soon. However, exceptions for children under 13 may be made for gifted young singers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio- entry room of home, baby grand piano, seating area, dry erase board, mirrors
Music Studio- one recording studio, seating area, classroom

*** Travel Equipment ***
If needed, I provide a portable piano keyboard, microphone with amplifier, paper handouts of lessons, etc. The student needs to have paper to take notes and a writing instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Most of my voice lesson experience has been with adults, and contemporary popular and inspirational music.
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Spencer April 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Got these lessons for my wife; excellent teacher and excellent improvement in my wife's singing ability
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Bri'on March 4, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very professional, conveniently located, thoroughly analyzed first lesson. Looking forward to the next session.
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Aston January 2, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I've had several vocal teachers before but I can honestly say Valyncia is the best I've ever worked with. She's the sweetest, most caring person, and more than capable of pushing you to your next level even if you don't think you can do it. I didn't have or even know how to find my head voice before taking lessons with Valyncia. She has a knack for pulling talent out that you didn't even know existed. From vocal lessons, to songwriting, and recording she's a jack of all trades. I would highly recommend that you allow her the chance to share her gifts with you.
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Valyncia V.

Accokeek, MD 20607
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About Charles S.

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About Charles
Outside of teaching percussion and musical performances I have worked in special education for over 15 years.

My life of music started knee high at the age of 4 playing drums and piano. At the age of 15 I gave my first musical performance, from that stage on I knew my talent had found a home.

In the 11th grade I toured with a local funk group in Washington DC through 26 cities learning music and the life of travel at an early age. During my last high school and college years I performed extensively playing classical, jazz, rock, funk, go-go, gospel, marching band, R&B, and with local rap artist.

Recording credits and highlights include work with Def Jam artist Steady Eddy, recording go-go Mario with Double Agent Rock, and recordings with Little Benny and the Masters.

My other musical passion is teaching. Throughout my col
lege years and beyond I served as a percussion instructor and assistant band director at Morgan State University. As part of the Morgan State University Magnificent Marching Machine I served as a instructional leader in music and performance mentor for the team. I taught part time as a percussion instructor at Milford Mill High School giving individual lessons for over 10 years.

Musical inspiration is an important element to the refinement of my craft. A few personal musical influences are Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Neil Peart (Rush), Dennis Chambers, (Santana), George Gray (Roberta Flack), Ricky Wellman (Miles Davis), Quinton Mack-Davis (Rare Essence) and Michael Bland (Prince).

*** Lesson Details ***
Within the first three months of lessons student will gain a strong foundation of sight reading and basic drum techniques in both rudiment studies and playing the drum set. My style of teaching music consist of breaking each skill down into chunks and allowing students to learn using their individual learning styles. I utilize rewards for perfect practice and each lesson contains a safe, fun learning atmosphere with students exhibiting in their best behavior.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in store front studio, drum kit provided

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring a practice pad. Students should have a drum set.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Funk, pop, and classical.
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Melanie H. April 10, 2017
· Drum · In home
Our son has never played in a marching band before but is interested in playing in the marching band when he attends college in July so we were specifically looking for an instructor who had marching band experience to teach our son since he's never participated in the marching band in high school. We saw Mr. Stewart's profile and decided to have him work with our son. That was the BEST decision that we could have ever made. We have been nothing but impressed with Mr. Stewart. He definitely has the gift of teaching and he is very patient, knowledgeable, and he challenges our son to get better by giving him homework after each session. Our son absolutely LOVES Mr. Stewart and he is always excited for each lesson and to practice what Mr. Stewart has taught him. Our son went from not playing in the marching band at all in high school to making his college band and receiving a scholarship all thanks to Mr. Stewart. We are very grateful for his outstanding teaching and we would definitely recommend Mr. Stewart 100%.
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Wesley E. March 4, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Charles is calm and patient, and yet gently pushes for better and better performance every lesson. As the parent, it is amazing to me to see how much my son has learned in only 3 lessons... and working on a drum set right from the beginning has been very inspiring to my son. We highly recommend Charles!
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Anthony H. November 11, 2016
· Drum · In home
My son had his first drum lesson with Charles and he was very impressed. He thought Charles was very patient and did a great job of explaining everything. He is very much looking forward to his next lesson. Would definitely recommend Charles to anyone.
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Charles S.

Waldorf, MD 20602
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About Byron T.

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About Byron
Music and music teaching is my first love and passion in life. (Feel free to check out my video and music!) To be able to study and play the guitar for the last 11 years has been an immense blessing! I am a guitar teacher with a degree in music from Biola University, La Mirada. I have been teaching lessons privately almost 9 years now. I am trained in various styles of guitar music including classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, and finger-style on both acoustic and electric guitars. My musical journey began in the 6th grade when my parents purchased a nylon string classical guitar for me. Throughout my high school and college years I participated in contemporary rock ensembles for corporate worship at my church and other churches. This included leading and singing as well. While enrolled at the Biola Conservatory of Music I played in the cl
assical guitar ensemble for 5 semesters. My experience includes playing in jazz ensembles, doing solo guitar music at weddings and art galleries, playing in classical guitar quartets, and active composition and recording of my original work on the guitar. You can expect all of this experience and knowledge to come together in a musically fascinating and motivating way that will fill your life with the joys of being able to express yourself musically if you are willing to give the time and effort to do so. Also...Check out my video and music!

*** Lesson Details ***
My number one goal is to cultivate your desire and passion for musical expression by providing a friendly and inspiring environment in which to experience the joy and beauty of music! You can learn the songs you have always wanted to play and even learn to write your own music! My overall teaching philosophy includes three basic areas of knowledge which work together to form a well educated guitarist. The first area is technical knowledge. The student will be taught to physically utilize the instrument in an efficient and effective way in order to maximize learning progress and musical potential. The second area is in theoretical knowledge which includes reading both music notation and tablature (tablature is an alternative form of written guitar music that is very easy to read). This also includes understanding music theory as it applies to the guitar, and full knowledge of the musical possibilities on the guitar. The third area, my favorite area, is Practical knowledge which includes learning songs by other artists to expand the student'€™s understanding of how other musicians use the instrument (the students choose these songs based on what they like). You will also expand your practical knowledge by directly applying the theoretical knowledge that you have learned. This is done by composing your own music in a creative and original way. I am also a vocalist and am able to coach my students the basics of the voice and how to use the voice and guitar at the same time. As a teacher I strive for excellence in my students by teaching them all that they need to be a well educated guitarist. I will actively and joyfully peruse your interests by tailoring the curriculum to focus on the music that the you love and have a passion for.

I provide my own music curriculum that has been honed over time through my experience as a private teacher. The books that I use will generally differ according to your desires and interests but there are two books that I use for beginners:

1. Mel Bay Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 (this is for beginners in music reading).
2. Solo Guitar Playing Volume 1 (this is for beginners in music reading who are interested in classical training).

After 3 to 6 months of study with me, you will have been taught to read musical notation, have a basic knowledge of chords, and have most of the 5 major scale shapes memorized. You will have learned to pick and strum confidently. Most importantly, you will have learned 3 or 4 songs of your choosing so that you can see the fruit of your musical work and experience the joy of musical expression. (for these results students must be willing to practice for the necessary amount of time: 20-30 minutes a day)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Comfortable quiet room. Recording equipment. Internet musical resources. Guitars, Guitar effects, amps, and hardware. I provide my personally developed teaching material to you. I expect you, as a student, to bring a guitar, picks and a tuner.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my personally developed teaching material to you. I bring cables and equipment to adapt my guitar to an amp you may have. I also bring maintenance equipment in case I need to work on my guitar or yours. I expect you, as a student, to have a guitar, picks and a tuner. If you are taking electric guitar it is ideal that you have an amp. I also expect you to buy the necessary books. I bring my computer in order to have an internet source and an audio source. I have provided guitars and strings (if one broke during the lesson) in the past to students who are lacking them.

*** Specialties ***
Various Electric Guitar Styles such as Rock, Blues and Jazz harmony; I teach Classical and Acoustic Guitar, Music Theory, Improvisation, Music composition and Finger style.
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Abigal A. May 26, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Wonderful with kids, made an immediate bond with my daughter. Does a great job of teaching.
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Laila P. May 25, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Amazing instructor!
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Joseph May 6, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Great first lesson. My son really connected with Byron.
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Byron T.

Arlington, VA 22201
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About Delaney R.

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I am a conservatory trained classical singer who has been performing professionally for eight years and teaching privately for five. I'm very comfortable teaching a wide variety of genres and tailor my teaching style entirely to a student's level of experience, goals, voice type, age and musical interests. In addition to teaching vocal technique and repertoire, I am very comfortable teaching essential musical skills such as sight singing and music theory.
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Delaney R.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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About Hanaa H.

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Hi there! My name is Hanaa. I have a Bachelor degree in Music Education and have worked as a classroom teacher and a private tutor for eight years. I am patient, passionate, self-motivated and responsible teacher. I am also an effective instructor with the ability to create a fun-filled atmosphere and develop strong rapport with students and parents. I teach piano and guitar. I look forward to meeting and teaching you!
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Ishan B. January 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Ms Hanaa is so patient . She's wonderful my son loved her too .
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Pat D. January 13, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She was very patient and professional. I enjoyed it very much.
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Dee Dee M. November 17, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Excellent instructor. Friendly . Kids love her
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Hanaa H.

Hanaa H.

Fairfax, VA 22033
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About Sammy H.

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Sammy is a vocal instructor in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and a voice professor at University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

An alumnus of the renowned Juilliard School, he has trained with vocal pedagogue Marlena Malas (vocal coach of Luciano Pavarotti). He is well-regarded as an expert vocal instructor in Washington D.C. teaching at UMBC, private studio in Alexandria -VA and engages an active performing arts career.
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Robin July 14, 2017
· Broadway Singing · Online
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Anna July 11, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Sammy is probably the best voice coach I've ever had, and I've probably had 8 or so. I was only able to study with him for a couple months but I improved drastically and he really motivated me to continue singing even after lessons were over. Plus he is a super kind and fun guy, and a natural teacher I can't recommend him enough.
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Estella July 7, 2017
· Singing · Online
My daughter was thrilled after her first singing class!
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Sammy H.

Alexandria, VA 22305
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About Tommy W.

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My name is Tommy. I've been playing bass and guitar since I was 11 years old. When I was in high school, I won my school's Duke Ellington Jazz Performance Award my junior year. Around this time I began to work at my neighborhood's local lesson shop Let's Play Music! off of W Broad Street in Falls Church, VA. Following high school, I attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, studying jazz bass performance with players who have played and recorded with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Bobby McFerrin, among others. I received my degree in Jazz Bass Performance and since returning to the DC area have taught at Let's Play Music, Bach 2 Rock, and Music and Arts. Outside of my academic accomplishments, I play in and record a number of bands. I play out at different venues from Richmond to Baltimore regularly and ha
ve gone on tour twice before. I specialize in electric bass and music theory, but am quite comfortable teaching beginner to intermediate guitar.
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Jen May 17, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
We were so lucky to have been referred to Tommy. Our middle school son wanted to branch out from playing the upright/classic bass, to electric bass and acoustic guitar. Tommy worked with our son for nearly 2 years. Tommy was always reliable, always prompt, always polite and 100% committed to the music and to our son's personal progress & improvement. He was always flexible, upbeat and easy to work with...with the patience of a saint...esp. for the parent who knows nothing about guitar. A huge talent!
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Sedat April 24, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Tommy is a phenomenal teacher. He is able to explain advanced concepts related to music theory in a way that is easy to understand and teaches you how to apply it to your own playing. Easily the best person to learn from if you want to improve your bass technique.
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Dan April 24, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Tommy is a unique teacher in that he knows his craft very well and he also wants to teach it. He has tremendous empathy and patience and I grew as a musician under his leadership.
Tommy taught me bass for about a year and in that time I learned more about my bass and amps, how to play better and read and interpret music better, how to play better with others and even music theory (especially as it relates to bass playing).
And I thought I was just going to get bass lessons!!
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Tommy W.

Falls Church, VA 22043
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About Stephen F.

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Stephen graduated from Ithaca College with degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance. He has studied with Michael Galvan at Ithaca College, Richard MacDowell of University of Texas-Austin, and has also studied with Edward Palanker of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Conservatory. Stephen's performance engagements include with the Cortland Repertory Theatre, Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra & Wind Ensemble, and Ithaca College Jazz Combos. He over 10 years' experience private teaching clarinet, saxophone and flute lessons to students of all ages.

Since graduating Ithaca College, Stephen has completed a post-baccalaureate at the University of Maryland College Park to apply to Dental School. In addition to his 10 years' music teaching experience, he is able to tutor students in Biology, General Chemistry, Organic
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Jacqueline August 28, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Stephen has been my son's sax teacher for a year. I was reluctant to look for a teacher online, but was frustrated and unsuccessful in finding one through traditional methods. Stephen far exceeded my expectations. Stephen enhanced and furthered my son's musical education, tailoring lessons and including the music my son was eager to learn. The music director at school asked where my son was taking lessons because she could hear the difference when he played, saying that his individual practice time at school was focused and directed in a meaningful way.

Stephen also guided my son through the college audition process, providing targeted feedback on everything from music selections to proper preparation, while offering realistic insight into the process. Stephen has been a fantastic influence and I am most grateful.
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Elizabeth Jenkins August 17, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
I have had such an excellent experience with my saxophone teacher, Stephen. He is extremely patient, always encouraging and is very easy to work with.
Stephen has made may alterations to his teaching style to accommodate my visual impairment, enabling me to continually learn music in a most rewarding fashion.
I am learning how to read music, play by ear and practice songs of my choosing as well as standard practice lessons.

I am grateful to have such a professional, patient and understanding teacher who is excited about music and teaching it.

I have to recommend taking lessons with him as a beginner and as an advanced skilled individual looking to brush up on your skills

I am excited at the beginning and end of every lesson. I walk out with something to look forward to practicing and something to come back to my lesson to show.
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Bruce August 14, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
As a beginner Sax player and also being new to music, I could not have found a better instructor! Although Stephen is well versed in music beyond his years, he still has the patience and willingness to meet me at my level and explain concepts that makes his class fun and interesting! He has a technical approach that I like and is prepared to discuss music theory to help broaden my understanding! You will also like his personality!!
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Stephen F.

Columbia, MD 21046
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Michele Walton is a freelance musicians in the DC area where she is working on her DMA in Orchestral Instruments in Flute at Catholic University of America where she studies with Alice Weinreb. As a teacher, she has taught kids through adults over the last six years.

As a musician, Michele has experience in both chamber, orchestra, and band ensembles. Currently she performs with the Catholic University Orchestra. She has served as principal flutist and section leader of the Houghton College Philharmonia and has performed with the Houghton College Symphonic Winds.

Michele holds a Master of Music degree from The Greatbatch School of Music Houghton College where she studied with Rebecca Gilbert and Dr. Angela McBrearty. She has also studied flute with Dr. Sophia Gibbs Kim, Christine Bailey Davis, and Dr. Angela McBrearty.
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Michele W.

Michele W.

Washington, DC 20064
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