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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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Isaiah December 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Josh is an outstanding piano teacher he can reach you from where you are at any level. Whatever you want to know or need to know he can teach it to you just an outstanding teacher.
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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
(3)
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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Sean M.

Baltimore, MD

About Sean

Hi! I'm Sean. I love music and one of my goals in life is to share my love of music with everyone else, in a number of different ways. I'm a senior Music Composition major at UMBC and my primary instrument is guitar. I play a wide range of styles - fingerstyle, classical, rock, jazz, metal, and just about everything in between! My goal is to go to graduate school and become a composer, either in freelance or work in academia. I'm teaching guitar privately to get more teaching experience before I hit the classroom!

I strive to have all of my students become balanced musicians. If reading or
theory is a soft spot, we'll apply your strengths and catch up quickly. I also think that being interested in the music that you're playing is incredibly important when learning an instrument. I try to incorporate your favorite styles of music to learn techniques that will benefit you to not only become what you want to be as a musician, but have the skill to do or play whatever you want if your preferences change. As far as music teachers go, I'd like to think of myself as pretty laid back. I understand that most people have lives outside of music, so we'll go at a pace that is most comfortable for you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I combine the styles of music that you prefer with some kind of method book for reading and theory. No purchasing of music is required. Normal lessons start with the previously assigned material, determining what we need to work on, new material, and ending with things to do at home.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ample guitars, amps, chairs, and music stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand, tuner, metronome, and amplifier if necessary

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical methods - sight-reading, theory, and performance play an integral role in music.
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NIMMI S. August 26, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Sean was a great teacher. I asked him if he knew how to teach Bollywood style Violin and even though he didn't he took the time to study it and learn just to teach me. I really appreciate that he was so open to trying so hard for his students. I think Sean is great!
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Marc T. January 10, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Great first lesson. High hopes for follow lessons.

I self-taught myself guitar over 35 years ago; mostly forgotten. Sean began with establishing goals that would meet my goals. The feedback to me during the lessons was focused and delivered in a friendly manner. Progression was enhanced due to his manner and his approach to teaching. While this was the first lesson, I am looking forward to future lessons.
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Sean M.

Sean M.

Baltimore, MD 21218
(2)
starting at
$25 / 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.

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

Linthicum Heights, MD

I have a proven method of teaching songwriting. I am a songwriter and have taught my children "how" to write music. They have to date written over 200 original songs that can be found on youtube and other sites. They have performed their music on international stages in front of thousands of people.I will teach you the method of writing songs and the structure of a song. This is a great skill to learn especially for those who play instruments.

About tirina

I have over 20 years of teaching experience. I also have a BA degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Early Childhood Psychology. I have taught ages 2 to adult. I have 9 of my own children, who are homeschooled. By the way, I love kids! My family and I just returned from Thailand. We lived there for 7 years, teaching and creating opportunities for the native people. We created and ran English "Boot Camps" where we taught English to Thai, American and various foreign students through song, dance, martial fitness, creative and performing arts. I have taught songwriting to my own children who ra
nge in ages from 2 to 20 yrs. They have written over 200 original songs to date. I was a preschool teacher and ESL Director of Development for an international school in Thailand for 3 yrs. My family and I created "learn and play" day camps for kids. I am so confident that I can help you in your academic area of struggle no matter what your age. I look forward to discussing your tutoring needs.
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Tirina S.

Tirina S.

Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
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$15 / 30-min

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