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OJ S.

Windsor Mill, MD

Songwriting

About Orlando

Lyric Baritone, Orlando S., holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, respectively. Orlando serves as the Director of Music and Chancel Choir conductor at Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church which was founded in 1773 during the advent of our nation’s history.

In addition to his work as a conductor, Orlando is also a highly-respected and sought studio teacher of voice and piano. He maintains an active voice and piano studio in the Baltimore area having successfully taught hundreds of students. Orlando holds
memberships with the National Association for Music Education (MENC), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and teaches students in five different locations.

Orlando is a versatile artist with performance experience in opera, chamber music, art song, oratorio, musical theater, pop and jazz. He has completed concerts with the Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore, UMBC Camerata, Vocal Arts and New Music Ensembles including performances of works by W.A. Mozart, G.F Handel, Beethoven, Herbert Brun, Christian Wolff, Verdi, Donizetti and John Rutter at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore among others.

He currently lives in the Baltimore suburbs with his wife, violinist, Meg Mizumoto and their two dogs, Dice and Billie.

*** Lesson Details ***
It's been my experience that an austere and tense environment causes austere and tense singing which is the exact opposite of what we're trying to accomplish together.

Voice and piano lessons are a partnership between the singer and the teacher: we both have a part in you or your child's progress and success. Singing and playing both require a positive attitude, a willingness to try new things and adequate preparation. That's what I hope to see from my students when they enter the studio and I will give the same energy and preparation in return.

After a few months in the studio, you or your child can expect to have a better understanding of how the voice works and tools and techniques employed by myself and the professionals responsible for my education and technique.

Furthermore, piano is fun! Singing is fun! Otherwise, we wouldn't do it...without getting paid for it at least, right? I have many individualistic goals planned for each lesson, but generally if you've had a good time, found some energy and learned something about either music or yourself, we've had a successful lesson. Everything else is a bonus for me. My students' experiences with me speak volumes and their successes in music and otherwise even moreso.

My three promises to you as a student:

1) I guarantee that you will have fun during the time you're with me! I know lessons can be intimidating and stressful, but they have to be fun and that's part of my job.

2) I promise that I will never ask you to do something that will harm your voice.

3) I stand behind my education and experiences: I've learned music from the best in the field and you will get nothing less than that from me during a lesson.

My three expectations of you:

1) Come willing to try new and different things in a low pressure environment. I don't bite...I swear.

2) Come prepared to sing and/or play. Why? If you want to sing or play piano, you have to sing or play. Relatively simple, right?

3) Come prepared to make mistakes because no performance is perfect by any standard. No lesson is perfect either and no lesson should be. Lessons are your opportunity to make mistakes without being judged, so make mistakes, commit to not making the same ones the next time and enjoy and appreciate the praise and feedback you get along the way. Singing is a journey that cannot be completed in a few one hour sessions, so I hope and expect that you won't treat it that way.

Now let's make beautiful music together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic Piano
Multiple Music Stands
Free Wi-Fi
Quality Playback Interface
On-Demand Sheet Music Access
Comfortable Seating Area

*** Specialties ***
Voice, Beginning Piano, Singing, opera Voice, Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Ear Training, Sight Singing, Sight Reading, Speaking Voice, Songwriting
Bel Canto, Old World Technique, Belting, Broadway, Opera, Oratorio, Art Song, Sacred Music, R&B, Jazz, Beginning Piano
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Leena A. June 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
OJ is a great instructor! He taught me so much about techniques and my vocal range. I was able to greatly improve my singing through lessons with him.
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Kimberleigh R. July 2, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have only received 3 lessons so far and all have been a wonderful experience. I am not a professional singer nor have I ever had any lessons singing. I simply just want to learn 1 song to sing to my future husband. OJ has made every lesson fun while I am learning and I know in time I will reach my goal.
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Jeanette B. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Fun, Easy to Work with

This teacher has an easy, fun loving spirit. I have learned important tips to improve my singing, such as, to name a few, where to place my tongue, the importance of enunciation, and scaling from high to low notes without breaking. I would recommend him as a teacher.
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OJ S.

OJ S.

Towson, MD 21204
(21)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Joshua L.

Glen Burnie, MD

Tools for writing an excellent song. How to write a chorus, how do make differences in the verses, how to write lyrics...etc...

We will go over different types of songs and compositions then the student will compose their own music.

About Joshua

I am an active musician in the Baltimore and Washington area working as a pianist, guitarist, producer, and composer. I am a music director at two churches and spend time gigging, writing, and teaching. I graduated from the university of the arts with a degree in music performance performing in different ensembles from Latin jazz to the school's production of "Porgy and Bess." I have been teaching students of all ages for 3 years now and love working with children. Not only will students learn to read music but will get a great sense of rhythm, balanced theory, and even songwriting for those i
nterested.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music is a universal language that I believe anyone can get a basic understanding for. I cater my lessons to the individual needs of the student. I am laid back during lessons but wont settle for less than excellent. My goal is to push students beyond what they think is possible of them and let them discover the potential that they have. I do this by usually teaching out of a lesson book and then allowing students to pick a supplement book or even just songs that they want to learn. This way lessons are fun yet the fundamentals are still being driven into their memory. In 6 months new students should have at least built up the confidence that's needed to be good musician.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have a piano of their own or their own guitar. Students have to be able to practice in order to get better. a casio keyboard with 61 keys is just fine too

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I produce and write hip hop, pop, rock music professionally. I went to college and studied jazz performance on piano for 4 years. this included classical as well. I also play gospel on keys and blues on guitar.
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Samyra B. April 10, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter enjoyed her lesson. I enjoyed hearing the interaction and patience during the lesson.
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JenniferF2 November 17, 2011
Feedback

Josh has been very understanding. I have Jessye practicing nightly.
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Joshua L.

Joshua L.

Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jacob K.

Baltimore, MD

About Jacob

My name is Jacob and I have played guitar professionally in Baltimore and Northern Virginia for the past four years. I specialize in jazz and funk guitar but I also have extensive experience playing rock, Latin, blues, and have even been developing the ability to play classical with a pick. I graduated from Goucher College in 2011 with a degree in Music Performance and Jazz Studies. Whether its understanding music theory and composition, learning how to improvise in different stylistic contexts, developing chops, playing with other musicians, or simply plugging in and playing your favorite so
ngs at a volume your neighbors won't appreciate- I can help!

*** Lesson Details ***
I consider myself to be a fairly laid back teacher. I understand people have busy schedules and the last thing I want is for students to feel nervous, intimidated, or overwhelmed during the lesson process. I feel that if I do my job right, students will see how rewarding and fun guitar can be and will then feel more inclined to put in the necessary time and effort to really progress. I don't have a specific curriculum because each student will have different goals and musical tastes. I do emphasize learning some fundamentals because I view them as universally useful in all styles: scales/arpeggios, chord forms, dexterity building, reading, and basic music theory. However, I will do my best to show students these fundamentals at work in the context of whichever style they enjoy.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar and an amp. I expect my students to own a guitar in order for them to practice outside the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I studied Jazz guitar in college but I also love to play funk, rock, Latin, folk, and even classical (not in the strict sense- I enjoy transcribing classical guitar pieces and playing them with a pick. Even though purists might disagree, I think it sounds good and it works great for developing technique and overall musicality.
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Chris S. February 22, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
First rate, easygoing instructor

Jake is great. I have had five lessons to date and have enjoyed our time together immensely. We have a great balance between fundamentals and just playing. I look forward to our next round of sessions.

Further, I was a bit hesitant about finding an instructor online--and I am delighted to be proved wrong. This whole process from web site to a clearly competent instructor in Jake has made this very easy and comfortable.
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Jacob K.

Jacob K.

Baltimore, MD 21217
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Jennifer P.

Gwynn Oak, MD

I can help you to tell your story through song: working with melody, lyrics, chords/accompaniment and/or interpretation to create a moving musical connection within yourself, and with your audience.

About Jennifer

I am a professional singer-songwriter and have been teaching lessons fulltime for the last 12 years. I teach students of all ages and levels of experience. My current range of students include: kids with learning/developmental disabilities, teenagers who have starred in school musicals, and performing adult singer-songwriters. Whatever your background or desire, I can help you to cultivate your unique musical potential, and to strengthen your creative voice.

As a professional vocalist and pianist, I have worked freelance, in a variety of settings, over the years--including solo, in wedd
ing bands, small jazz and rock/pop groups and with big bands. I have been singing with the Mood Swings Big Band for 6+ years. During that time, we have performed at the White House, the Chamber of Commerce and in Kennebunkport, Maine (at the Bush estate).

I also have an extensive professional and personal background in meditation (10 years), astrology (5 years) and healing (particularly Reiki, 4 years). I am very interested in the intersection between a healing/mindfulness-awareness approach and singing/playing piano.
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Daisy N. July 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is the best piano teacher I've met so far. She taught me the basics fist and she asked me what I was comfortable with and what I wasn't. She also have me some good references to refer to when I'm home so I can practice and get better at playing
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Daisy N. July 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is the best piano teacher I've met so far. She taught me the basics fist and she asked me what I was comfortable with and what I wasn't. She also have me some good references to refer to when I'm home so I can practice and get better at playing
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Kayla S. June 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer was focused from the start. Her experience pin pointed what to work on during practice. She knew right away what weaknesses to strengthen and what strengths to perfect. Look forward to next session.
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Jennifer P.

Jennifer P.

Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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James Y.

Baltimore, MD

Verses, Lyrics, Bridges, Choruses, and the ever elusive hook. Let me help you write a perfect song.

About James

My name is James. I am a composer of music and a teacher of people. I grew up in Texas but traveled northward while acquiring progressively advanced degrees, ending with a doctorate in music composition from the Peabody conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.

As a composer, I have written for numerous acoustic and electronic media, performed and read by ensembles such as the Baltimore and Waco Symphonies, the University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra, the Talujon Percussion Ensemble, and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Beyond more traditional fare, I have written multiple film score
s for the Occasional Symphony, video game music for students of the Maryland Institute College of Art, and I have constructed an art and sound installation at the University of Louisville.

As an educator, I have enjoyed teaching a wide range of rising musicians, from young to old, beginners and advanced. I have taught courses ranging from music theory fundamentals to more advanced concepts of form and structure at venues such as the Brevard Music Center and the Peabody Conservatory. I have also hosted multiple seminars on music composition and philosophy, ranging from topics such as "Composition vs. Improvisation" and exploring the question "Why do you compose?" Further, as part of the Peabody Preparatory's Junior Bach program, I taught middle school students the art of music composition.

In working with students of all levels, I like to strike a balance between leading and allowing them to follow their intuition. After all, music creation is an organic process fueled by equal parts technique and creativity.
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robert M. April 8, 2015
Ear Training · In home
Verified Student
James is extraordinarily qualified to teach ear training, music theory and/or composition. he is organized, has well thought out lessons plans and is also very supportive and encouraging. In short he's an excellent teacher. I leaned a lot and I noticed a definite improvement in my musical ear.

I highly recommend James.
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James Y.

James Y.

Baltimore, MD 21211
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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