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About Katelyn J.

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Ashburn, VA

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About Katelyn
How I Can Help You:

I have worked one on one with music students for 10 years. I have extensive experience in teaching classical, musical theater, and pop styles of singing, as well as acting for the stage and beginning piano.

Whether you are a beginner, or a veteran musician, I can help you cultivate your musical skills.

About Me:

I am a classically trained singer, with a master's degree in music from The Peabody Institute. I have performed at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Tanglewood Music Center, several local and national opera companies, and have been positively reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Baltimore Sun, and The Boston Globe.

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Each student receives a personalized lesson plan, based on his/her goals, and musical background.

My singers are all trained in a cla
ssical technique, even if they specialize in contemporary singing, to help them avoid potential vocal injury.

My piano students learn to read and play music at their own pace.

My acting and spoken voice students learn to feel comfortable reading clearly, and reciting/performing on stage or other public areas.

My music theory students work one on one with me, learning basic theory (note names, durations, etc.) to advanced theory, ear training, and composition.

I am flexible and am willing to work with students of any age and level. I only require that students practice and enjoy the music they make.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room in home with seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
I am a classical singer, and specialize in classical voice training. However, I also have extensive experience in other singing styles, from choral to popular, and acting/oratory. I have a minor in music theory, and have taken advanced courses in music theory pedagogy.
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Courtney Cook January 15, 2019
· Piano · In home
Katie teaches well with younger children! I’m very glad we found her to be my daughters first teacher!
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Stephanie November 14, 2018
· Singing · In studio
She was unbelievably sweet! She has such an inviting personality that it was easy to get comfortable singing around her. She truely knows what she’s doing and I can see myself growing as a singing with her guidance.
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Liz P. August 5, 2015
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She was great! My daughter and her ended up becoming really good friends. She is a wonderful mentor. Absolutely recommend!
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Katelyn J.

Katelyn J.

Ashburn, VA 20148
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About Thomas A.

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Burtonsville, MD

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About Thomas
I have been playing drums for over 47 years. For 16 years I played and performed professionally with my band Black Widow USA. We toured the US several times in support of our two internationally released CDs. For about 30 years of my time behind a drum set I had given drum lessons on and off. But because of my super strong passion for the drums and my desire to share my knowledge of the instrument I decided to start teaching on a more regular basis about four years ago. Several of my first regular students have now gone on to do very well themselves. Drumming in bands of their own. Although I can teach most styles of drumming I have been a die hard rock and roller most of my life. With my main influences on the instrument being Carmine Appice, Don Brewer from Grand Funk, John Bonham, Ian Paice from Deep Purple and for double bass Tommy Al
dridge. So I really specialize in the old rock and roll, classic rock, hard rock and metal from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, all the way up to today's rock, metal and pop music. I believe my years of experience are valuable in relating to each students musical interests ,desires and accomplishments on the drums. After my original band Black Widow decided to go on a long break several years ago I was offered a drumming position in a local classic rock and metal cover band. So besides teaching I have continued to satisfy my love for playing drums and performing with that band. Which gigs out on a regular monthly bases.
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I make sure that I find out from the get go what each and every new student likes musically and what they want to learn and how far they want to go on the drums. Then I try to tailor all the lessons to each students interests and abilities. Making sure that it's fun for them in the process. This can't be work or a chore or they won't stick with it. But I will say I do believe that every beginning student who has NEVER sat behind a kit before should know and start with the fundamentals ( the building blocks so to speak) of drumming such as holding the sticks, proper stick control and technique, and how to execute some important basic rudiments and keep good time. Also I think learning to read some drum notation is important so you know and understand what you are playing when you play it, but can teach by ear also. I can also teach double bass technique if a student is interested in that.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Works space w/two drum sets, one double-bass and one single. Instruction material (books, CDs, videos). Seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If necessary to travel to a students home, they should have a drum kit there or at least a practice pad to get started on. I will bring sticks, a metronome if needed and the necessary instruction books for the lessons. Also willing to travel to a students home if they are just getting started and need help setting up their kit or need help tuning the drums.

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Mostly specialize in beginner to intermediate ages 7 and up teaching rock ( which includes old rock and roll from the 50's, blues), classic rock ( 60's and 70's) , hard rock and metal from the 80's all the way up to today's rock, pop and metal music. Believe it or not, it's all tied together. Let me show and teach you how.
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Cameron March 26, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Tom is a great instructor! Cam is learning so much and making great progress on the drums!
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Cheryl I. November 2, 2017
· Drum · In studio
This is our first Drum instructor and we are thrilled with Thomas. He is patient, kind, and enthusiastic about teaching. His approach is positive in nature, meeting the student where they are at, takes their interest as the lead, and starts teaching there. My 11 year old son really likes him too! We go to our 4th lesson this afternoon.
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Paul April 4, 2017
· Drum · In studio
These lessons were great. Regarding drums, I was an absolute beginner, and Tommy's lessons turned out to be an excellent jump-start. I used to play keyboards and guitars before, and I enjoy picking up by ear rather than reading notation, so I really liked informal and 'non-notational' way the lessons went. There was no hard notation drill, and yet Tommy had covered most rudiments, basic techniques, and patterns needed to rock in about 10 lessons. I'd recommend this for anyone who doesn't know how to hold sticks but want to get introduced into rock drumming.
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Thomas A.

Thomas A.

Burtonsville, MD 20866
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About Jessica P.

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Chevy Chase, MD

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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
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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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Les March 16, 2018
· Upright Bass · In studio
I had a great first lesson with Jessica. The lesson took place in a comfortable studio in her house. We discussed my goals and then reviewed where I am currently. She paid carefully attention to my body position with the bow and had several great suggestions on exercises to improve it. I'm already looking forward to the next lesson.
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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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Jessica P.

Jessica P.

Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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$40 / 30-min

About Geoff S.

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Fairfax, VA

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About Geoff
I played on a toy piano when I was very young, learning a bit of sight reading from my Mother, while listening to classical, jazz, and rock music. When I was 12, I learned guitar and later took private piano lessons from a prominent Philadelphia instructor. After playing in a rock band in high school, I went to college and received my degree in Physics. During this time, I joined a choir, and sang and played guitar in a contemporary vocal group where I became the lead guitarist and vocal arranger, and later became the director. I also played guitar in my church, as well as in a small folk group, performing music of the Beatles, Bacharach, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and many others. I also played or sung in a number of weddings during my college days.

Upon graduation, I moved to the DC area to work in the engineering field, while s
imultaneously pursuing my music ambition. I studied classical guitar at American University with a student of the great Andres Segovia, and also studied jazz guitar with a former student of a prominent jazz guitarist, Pat Martino. Additionally, I sang in choirs and studied composition privately with a prominent Washington area composer and performer from Catholic University, I also began to teach at an area performing arts academy.

My most long-term experiences in music have been serving in my local church for over 30 years, either playing guitar (acoustic, electric, bass), piano, or arranging vocals in a contemporary worship band. I also started a church choir, and led both choir and small orchestra in a number of special performances. Additionally, I led congregational worship in different scenarios. During this time I also taught students of all ages guitar, piano, and music theory, and have continued to today in helping students to find their musical potential and pursue their musical ambitions.

I have recently retired from my engineering career so I can use my musical gifts in my local church and teach music as a second career. I have completed my second degree at George Mason University, and continue to play with other musicians there. More importantly, I continue to learn how to better teach others of all ages how to grow in all aspects of music-making.

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Having taught for many years, my approach is flexible and I can adjust my teaching style and/or curriculum to maximize the student's potential for learning at any age. I encourage disciplined practice while working to make learning music an enjoyable experience. Although I specialize in guitar styles, I also teach piano, and can include music theory, sight reading, composition, and how to improvise on any instrument. I have taught improvisation on a number of different instruments such as violin, cello, flute, and clarinet.

Here are some testimonials from present or former students/parents:

"Mr. S. is very earnest; when he gives you a compliment, you can tell he really means it. He's very patient and experienced and skilled and he is willing to take what he's teaching down to my level to help me understand it." Gregory K., age 10
Geoff is a patient and encouraging instructor. He tailored my lessons towards the skills that I needed. He provides the necessary encouragement when the long hours of practice seem impossible to sustain. I could write a book about Geoff's credentials: highly qualified is an understatement. -- Neal B.
Mr. S. is awesome at playing and teaching guitar, and he is nice and helps you. -- Michael B., age 12
œI'm sure I could learn to ˜Play Guitar Today™ using books and videos, but I think I'm on the right track with private one-on-one instruction. “ Linda H.
The guitar lessons are fun, interactive, and instructive. A great way to make learning a delight!“ Gina R., parent

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office at home w/ keyboard and guitars, white board, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide self-produced instructional material.
Students provide their own instrument and a folder to store instructional material.

*** Specialties ***
I teach any style of guitar, including classical and jazz. I also teach improvisation or "playing by ear" on any instrument; my experience includes piano, violin, cello, clarinet, and flute.
I'm very familiar with 60's music (e.g., Beatles)
I've performed a lot of folk music, rock music, and classical music
I've played classical guitar and in classical and jazz ensembles at weddings and other special events.
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Cherry December 31, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
I totally enjoyed my class with Geoff. We immediately started my lesson with tuning the ukulele. Then we went over the cords and strumming. I have been researching on playing the ukulele and his explanation on the strumming was a lot better than the book. He is teaching me how to play by listening to the notes which is great because I would be able to play the Hawaiian music for my hula classes. In addition, his studio is only a 5 minute drive from my house, which means I don’t have to deal with traffic.
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Bill Smoot July 24, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
great understanding of what I know and how to improve! Experienced instructor
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McKinley Dyer January 17, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Geoff is great! Really knows what he’s doing. I’ve learned a lot in the three weeks that I’ve been working with him.
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Geoff S.

Geoff S.

Fairfax, VA 22032
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$32 / 30-min

About Anna K.

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Sterling, VA
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*** Specialties ***
When I teach piano, I use the Alfred piano method books.
When I teach ensemble, I use the Carl Orff method.
When I teach Vibes and marimba, I use my own methods.
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Anna K.

Anna K.

Sterling, VA 20165
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$40 / 30-min
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About Lisa B.

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Silver Spring, MD
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Elementary school principal and music teacher for more than 10 years. BA in Music, Graduate degree UMET, Puerto Rico. Recording and performing experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar: Strum and play chords, chord progressions and songs. Singing, finger picking, basic theory, reading music, composition. Violin: technique, reading music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room, room for parents to wait.

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical violin using the Strictly Strings Music Book and Essential Elements 2000 with improvisational violin and creative composition, as well as some Suzuki methods. I also teach rock violin. Students may bring their own pieces.
I teach folk guitar and singing, playing chords and note reading, composition, music theory, history and appreciation. Students may also bring songs of their choice.
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Lismari R. September 13, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Lisa is amazing at teaching. I was looking for singing lessons since a friend of mine asked to sing at her wedding and I am grateful I found Lisa. She has help me with the song, gave me vocal and breathing techniques to reach high tones and even fix the guitar tablatures to match my voice to play it at the wedding. I will keep taking more lessons!!
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PETER A. September 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lisa is an excellent teacher. She makes you feel at easy during the lesson. Looking forward to many more.
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Barbara Ann C. June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
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I enjoyed my lesson with Lisa. I learned so much and had fun doing so.
Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Lisa B.

Lisa B.

Silver Spring, MD 20904
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$35 / 20-min

About Joshua S.

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Washington, DC

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Hi! I am a recent master's grad teaching violin in the D.C. metropolitan area. I have played violin for approximately 20 years and was a member of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra from 8th-12th grade, eventually touring Vienna and Prague with the orchestra in Summer 2009.

I have taught private lessons since 2013, including children of all ages and adults. I look forward to tutoring you or your child and helping them realize their full potential! Josh
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Benni S. January 7, 2019
· Violin · In home
Josh is an excellent teacher. Our son is doing incredibly well and loves his lessons
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Annie July 29, 2018
· Violin · In home
Our 5 year old daughter had her first lesson with Joshua and he was excellent. We look forward to working with him.
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Oscar April 1, 2018
· Violin · In home
I am making great progress thanks to Josh's teaching, very friendly and professional teacher.
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Joshua S.

Joshua S.

Washington, DC 20010
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$45 / 30-min

About Pecos S.

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Hyattsville, MD

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DC-based cellist Pecos Singer was the winner of the 2016 Baroque Concerto Competition at the San Francisco Conservatory and has performed on baroque and modern instruments across the US, the Czech Republic, Italy and Austria. Pecos has recorded for the Naxos label as a Fellow at the National Orchestral Institute and collaborated with the SFCM Baroque Ensemble in a recording project with contemporary composer Mason Bates for the world premier of Auditorium with the San Francisco Symphony. A finalist in the Coeur d'Alene National Young Artists Competition, Pecos plays on a 1921 cello made by Giovanni Cutugno, generously on loan from the Carlsen Cello Foundation.
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Peter M. January 30, 2019
· Cello · Online
Great lesson. Seemed to have gotten over my mind- block on Double-stop exercise. Thanks.
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Peter M. January 9, 2019
· Cello · Online
Excellent lesson and sensitive teaching technique!
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Peter M. December 19, 2018
· Cello · Online
Methodical and patient. Sensitive to learning style and speed of learning.
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Pecos S.

Pecos S.

Hyattsville, MD 20783
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$50 / 30-min

About Rebecca F.

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Washington, DC

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Hello fellow flute enthusiast! My name is Rebecca and I've been playing the flute for over half my life! Music is basically part of my DNA so choosing to teach was an easy decision to make!

In addition to the flute, I also sing and play guitar. Outside of music, my interests include photography, acting, and dancing. Even with my wide range of interests, music is the home of my passion! It is my first love and I feel honored to spread my love for music with whomever is interested!

My first introduction to the flute was at age 12. I played in my middle school band! That was a lot of fun but I didn't get any serious flute training until I was accepted into the Duke Ellington School of the Arts! That experience was amazing! This is where I also began teaching. During my junior year, I began to give my fellow peers lessons. I had both f
lute students and also saxophone and clarinet students that were learning the flute! This was a fun experience for me!

After graduating high school, I went on to study the flute at the University of District of Columbia. From there, I transferred to American University and then finally graduated from Full Sail University. Throughout this journey I never stopped teaching, tutoring, and mentoring all ages on flute playing and technique!

As a teacher, I believe that every student is an individual. I believe we all have a unique way of learning. It's my mission to teach you in the best way that works for you. In the past, I have dealt with the "one for all" approach to teaching and I can honestly say, this method doesn't always work. For this reason, as a teacher, I promise to work with you to find which way works best for you instead of forcing you to conform to the way I have learned. We will work on building a strong foundation to flute playing, music theory, and music performance. We will work on proper technique to flute playing, flute maintenance, and I will do my best to help you explore all flute related topics you may have interest in.

Just like you, I am also a student too! I believe us teachers are always learning and growing. If you would like to go on this learning journey together message me to connect!
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Rebecca F.

Rebecca F.

Washington, DC 20011
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$75 / 30-min

About Kris G.

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Gaithersburg, MD
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Music has always brought me joy and it's one of the most beautiful ways to express yourself! I want to share this with you! I have been playing the violin since age 6 and have performed with the Washington DC Youth Orchestra, the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra, and Howard University Symphony Orchestra. Whether you've played for a few years or have no idea how to read music, I would love to have you as a student! Children and adults welcome!
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Crystal February 4, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Kris is a great teacher and a wonderful person! She is patient and is a joy to learn from.
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Candace February 4, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Not only was Kris professional, courteous and kind, she was also very proficient and knowledgeable on theory and proper technique. Kris was an excellent instructor and I look forward to the next lesson.
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Kris G.

Kris G.

Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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$34 / 30-min

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