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About Marvin A.

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Montgomery Village, MD
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About Marvin
I help students make the guitar a part of their life, teaching them to play with individuality and creativity.

***for DC In-home students, minimum lesson time must be 60 minutes.***

Taught privately in the Washington DC area for 3 years before moving to NYC to earn my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music majoring in Jazz Guitar. I am young but very knowledgeable and I have a knack for teaching. I gigged regularly in the DMV and NYC areas and have been doing a lot of shows, private parties, receptions, weddings, and business events. i have made recordings in studios and I am very musically
active. I am extremely passionate, and I live to play, learn, and of course teach the guitar.

*** Lesson Details and Teaching Philosophy ***
I love playing guitar and YOU will too!

The guitar is a fantastic instrument and is so much fun to play. I incorporate musical fun into my lesson as much as I can because I want students to learn how to "play" music not "work" music. I have learned from many great musicians that music is driven by passion and should be enjoyable to the performer and this is felt by the audience. Teaching and learning is similar. I enjoy teaching so much and my students always have a smile on their face after the lesson.

Play the music YOU love!

I have learned in my experience that students show the most growth and progress while learning material that they are interested in. I have been trained to be able to play almost any tune I hear, so I can teach my students how to play their favorite tunes exactly how they hear them!

This means that lessons are customized and fine-tuned for every student!

Slow and steady WINS the race!

Learning music is not a race, but this lesson is true when learning music. I am able to work with students to help them improve by identifying and isolating problems in their playing. I can create simple exercises for the student to slowly and surely become closer to the guitarist they wish to be.

I am very flexible and prioritize the students need over everything else. But with everything I teach, I am able to relate back to theory. I show students how to practice effectively to build their chops. And I of course I can instruct the students how to read and write music, with proper technique. I also have an educated background with Theory and Ear Training, all of which I pass on to all my students.

I care very much about my students and love to see them excel!

*** Studio Equipment ***
music studio in basement; amps; guitars (acoustic & electric); cables, music stands, sheet music

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide with me sheet music paper, a music stand, and a small amplifier if necessary.

The student should have a private space suitable to take lessons in and a guitar to learn with.

*** Specialties ***
Modern Guitar
Rock, R&B, Funk, Acoustic, Pop, Jazz, and also Christian music
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HID November 1, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son can't wait every week for his lesson with Marvin. He has learned so much in only five sessions.
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Fabio L. March 3, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Marvin has been awesome and I am glad to have found him here in TakeLessons.com. My son and I are taking weekly guitar lessons with Marvin and he has been a great resource and help for knowledge. Both my son and I are beginners and he's has worked with each one of us in different ways, since we both learn differently and have distinct goals. I feel that his recommendations and exercises are helping the two of us and I look forward to keep working with Marvin and making us better players and have fun with the guitar. His patient and calm demeanor are perfect and important traits to effectively teach adult beginners and kids. Thanks Marvin!
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Anunoy G. February 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Marvin has been teaching guitar to my two sons, 12 and 10 since last June. My boys had never touched a guitar before so they were absolute beginners. Marvin has a soft spoken and easy going style of teaching. He makes the lessons fun for my boys and they look forward to their lessons every week. I would definitely recommend Marvin to anyone looking for a guitar instructor.
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Marvin A.

Marvin A.

Montgomery Village, MD 20886
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About Aleksis B.

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Germantown, MD

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About Aleksis
My name is Aleksis B., but many of my students know me as Mr. B. I am a professional instructor and performing musician who combines a love of music with a desire to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. I try to make that passion show in everything I do.

My education includes classical voice training with Michele Howard Hansen, an opera singer that often performs at the Kennedy Center. I studied piano with Geoffrey Chappell, who writes for Jazz Times. I also received compositional training on multiple instruments from Stanley Cowell, who recorded and performed
with legends like Miles Davis.

I have been performing professionally since 1992. I studied education in college and did my student teaching in a music class at Goshen Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

I have been teaching music professionally now for over twenty years. Some students want to take a few lessons to see if it is something they will enjoy, others have worked with me for over a decade. I have mentored several students who have gone on to professional careers. I have experienced a lot of success teaching young children and those with special needs. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of patience and truly enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.

Whatever your goals or abilities, I look forward to working with you!

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Experience fun based lessons as my teaching approach is relaxed and inspirational. I enjoy working with all ages, adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate your learning style and abilities. Learn to play the music you love! You learn best when you enjoy what you are playing, I can help you play along with your favorites or even write your own songs. I always ask my students at the beginning of a lesson "What would you like to do today?" Then structure the lesson accordingly into a routine that the student can practice on their own. Generally the time is divided into warm ups, learning new material, then picking a fun song the student choses. Whether your interest is Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop music, etc... I'm here help you reach your goals so let's make your dreams come true with music together!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books, Guitar, music stand, metronome, picks, tuner, page clips, capo, media player, laptop, Keyboard (on request), and recording equipment (on request)

*** Specialties ***
With Voice I specialize in helping people prepare for auditions such as American Idol. I have students who simply want to be karaoke stars. I have several professional singers that hire me as a voice coach and producer for recording sessions. I have taught children as young as 2 and those that retired with a lifelong dream to sing. Though my training is classical, I can teach Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, etc...whatever is fun for the student. I highly recommend learning to read music but I do not push it unless parents want their child to.

With Piano I can teach traditionally from Alfred and Bastien Piano Courses depending if they are auditory or visual learners. For Kinesthetic learners I use Hanon scale exercises and Rothman Rhythm Exercises. For those that want to learn notation I introduce classical and Jazz composers unless there is a popular artist/band/movie theme etc...that they would like to learn. However I do not push students to read music unless their parents would prefer it. I tend to keep more students that want to learn to play by ear especially adults by using rhythm training and music theory exercises and then applying them to songs they love. For piano I haven't had much success with children younger than 3. I also have a lot experience working with special needs children.

For Guitar I teach Classical, Acoustic, and Electric all styles and genres. I encourage sight reading but don't mind using tabs. I use more exercises with these students, since the first month students have a hard time making a sound. I try to make the lessons fun by having students strum chords along with songs they chose. I teach lead and rhythm even songwriting and composition. Job satisfaction for me is seeing my students leave a lesson with a smile on their face so I make sure to be a fun based teacher that doesn't give the student a hard time about not practicing.

For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.
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Danilo March 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Not only one of the best guitar teachers but best teacher in general. Aleksis did the impossible which was actually get me to learn theory. He has a knack for understanding the students learning style and creating a customized program that works best for the student. Lessons are always fun and informative and nothing feels forced. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great instructor.
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Aman February 4, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
I've had two lessons with Aleksis and have really enjoyed them. He is very helpful and nice. He goes at the perfect pace for me and he adjusts the lesson to my skills and likes. I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with him!
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Taylor January 19, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
My Daughter really enjoyed her lesson. Aleksis knowledge of music was excellent.
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Aleksis B.

Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD 20876
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About Semyon R.

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Silver Spring, MD

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Holds annual recitals for his students and his students distinguish themselves in national competitions.
Able to identify a student's strengths and weaknesses and develop lesson plans to suite the need of each individual, at every age and ability level.
Classically trained in piano and holds the title of Master of Music from the prestigious and highly accredited Belorussian Academy of Music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate room and waiting room and bathroom, computer

*** Specialties ***
Any style. Any level. Any age
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Alex A. April 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very patient and seems to enjoy teaching
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Keith January 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great first session! I'm looking forward to the rest.
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Andrew January 6, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Semyon is great! He really knows the music and teaches it very well. If you are considering piano lessons, I highly recommend him.
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Semyon R.

Semyon R.

Silver Spring, MD 20901
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About Dennis B.

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Bethesda, MD

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I have been teaching guitar for 25 years in the Washington DC metro area. I work with students 12 years of age and up, but I am especially experienced at teaching adult students regardless of whether they are beginners or have previous guitar experience. I have performed in acoustic Celtic, new age, funk, progressive rock, fusion and contemporary jazz groups and am currently performing regularly as a solo acoustic guitarist. I have composed over 40 works for solo guitar as well as numerous pieces for small jazz bands. I have played on numerous CDs including my most recent solo CD 'DARK MATTER'
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*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor the lesson materials to suit the interest of the student but I am dedicated to teaching students at any level to learn to better understand the fundamentals of the language of music. My teaching focuses on critical fundamentals of guitar technique including chords, scales and rhythm guitar playing as well as the art of improvisation. A significant amount of time in the lessons is spent actually playing with the students so that the technical concepts are put to use in real music situations. To further the student's understanding of music I frequently teach elements of music theory to those who are interested.

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I have guitars and amps available for student use although I prefer that the student bring their own instrument. I also have all the needed accessories, cables, stands etc.

*** Specialties ***
Adult students (and older teenagers ) whether beginners or experienced are a particular specialty of mine. Adult learners want to be treated as adults and often times benefit greatly from a more mentor oriented approach to teaching. I like to describe myself as both a teacher and a coach so as to emphasize that the student and I are on the same team sharing the goal of improving their guitar playing and musicianship. We are both on the same path of musical discovery. I am probably just farther along on that path with insights and knowledge that will hopefully help them along their way.
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Michael Brannan April 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Lessons have really helped my playing, Dennis is a good guy.
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Alexander Miller March 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I'm 66 years old and I believe that Dennis is one of the most effective teachers in any field that I have experienced. I'm sure he is equally effective with any age level, but I know he is superb at teaching adult students. His approach to teaching makes it clear that he has a " roadmap" to learning the guitar that is much more effective and rewarding than just learning random chords. He is engaging, personable, supportive and very patient. I look forward to every lesson and I always leave energized and eager to work on the "next milestone" of the journey. I honestly cannot recommend him highly enough.
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Linda H. February 2, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I am a former singer and keyboard player who is trying to learn a new instrument, the guitar, and I just had my first lesson with Dennis last night. He is extremely knowledgeable and personable, and he made many great suggestions to counteract problems I was having. I love the exercises he gave me, which were designed to build on my own musicality (but which could build on anyone's innate and acquired knowledge of music), and am very much looking forward to the next lesson.
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Dennis B.

Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD 20816
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About Michelle J.

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Gaithersburg, MD

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I took private music lessons (piano and voice) until I graduated from high school, and gained experience as a performer and accompanist. I obtained a regular role playing at our church when I was in the 7th grade, and became a regular accompanist for the school choir and various community activities. I was the pianist/music director in each high school drama production and gained experience working with an orchestra and singing in and directing the choir.

I continued as an accompanist and vocalist in college. Since college, I have provided music for weddings and events.

I love to shar
e music with others. Music is happiness! It brings people together and aids development for children. It's truly enjoyable for me to pass along the love of music to my students.
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Rosemary N. April 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
Michelle is a great teacher. She helps students with rhythm counting and is very patient. She is someone that you will feel very comfortable around and trustworthy toward.
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Mark April 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Michelle is a very patient and attentive instructor; exceptional with elementary school aged children. She is upbeat, enthusiastic, creative, and maintains our children's interest in playing piano. We highly recommend Michelle!!!
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Brittney rodas April 6, 2017
· Singing · Online
She is very kind and compassionate. She is helping me with my vocals and it's going great!!!
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Michelle J.

Michelle J.

Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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