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Susan G.

Falls Church, VA

I've been teaching piano for over 25 years and have taught students from 4 to 70. I try to show each student how to analyze the music to find patterns that make learning notes and rhythms easier.
I also emphasize strategies for practicing that make learning new material a quicker and more efficient process.

About Susan

I was a piano major at UNI and received a B.A. in English with a minor in music. I taught music for several years in Iowa and Pennsylvania. I have an M.A. in Reading, which has been invaluable in analyzing learning styles and teaching to each student's strengths. I have been teaching piano for over twenty five years and I'm also active in church music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I focus on learning the foundations of music as well as the technical skills needed to play piano. I gear the instruction towards finding patterns that make a piece more than a collection of notes and, thus, easier to
learn.
I've used various curriculum: Alfred, Bastien, Faber, etc. and try to supplement materials with music that is appealing to the individual student.
I am very flexible with scheduling and try to make each lesson as stress-free and interesting as possible.
In a few months a student should be able to read music and play simple melodies and chords.

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical as well as pop, providing a broad foundation that allows the student to play any style of music.
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Ivana J. July 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Teacher Susan is the kind of teacher who is able to bring out the best in her student.
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Brad Angelo July 29, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Patient. And encouraging.
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Anne G. July 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Susan is very patient. I like her ability to get the information across. Her teaching style is very good. Recommend!
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Susan G.

Susan G.

Falls Church, VA 22042
(5)
starting at
$33 / 30-min
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Carol K.

Manassas, VA

I teach both classical, theater, pop and rock music. I can also teach the blues. I like any genre of music, so I feel confident that I can assist a student in learning whatever song they like.

About Carol

I have always loved music. For me, the process of making music gives me the opportunity to lose myself in the moment. It does not matter what type of music I am listening to, I will find a connection to the music.

I exhibited an interest in music at an early age. On many Saturday afternoons my mom would find me planted in front of the television set watching opera. So, it came as no surprise to family members that mom enrolled me in music lessons, singing lessons to follow.

Throughout my teens I found myself involved in anything related to music. I sang in the school choir, as well
as background choral work in musicals and even played the piano occasionally. I also had the opportunity to sing with a group called "Up with People," and performed some of their repertoire around the state.

I would love to share my passion and joy of music with anyone who wants to discover their own journey into the musical world.

After high school I continued my lifelong study of music. I graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Liberal Arts Studies, majoring in piano. I was able to work with Jacequeline-Cursagi Schmitt, who helped me refine my piano technique. I also continued taking voice lessons during college and am currently studying with a local Takelessons teacher.

After college I started teaching piano. I have worked with student's from the age of five through adulthood. I love working with any age group. As a teacher, I am always looking for new and interesting approaches to educating myself and to engage my students in the process of learning music.

I teach to the student's "learning style." I use whatever resources are available to reinforce musical concepts. I am patient, and laid back. I want my students to feel comfortable, and know that they can be themselves when they are working with me. Most of all what a student can expect is a teacher who is interested in them, their progress, and making the our time together as enjoyable as possible. I believe that I help students see the joy music brings to their lives.

I have always felt that one of my greatest strengthens is my ability to interact with children and adults, and I hope that I can continue to share my love of music in the coming years.

*** Lesson Details ***
My philosophy of teaching is a mixture of expectation that a student will put forth an honest effort to learn what I have asked. However, I maintain a balance between what I expect and what the student needs. I would hope that a student could come to me, if they are unable to complete an assignment, and together we will fix the problem. I believe in giving a student the space to learn. I do not consider myself a strict teacher. However, I do expect the student to respect my authority and that the time we spend together is productive, yet enjoyable. I am supportive, yet will correct when I believe it is necessary.

Within three to six months I would hope that the student would feel more comfortable at the piano. I would expect him to learn posture at the piano, including hand position. I would expect that his knowledge of the right and left hand notes would become more proficient, and that he would understand what the staff is. I would expect that he understands keyboard geography, distance between notes, the concept of high/low, dynamics, and patterns (both directional and melodic). I would add two-handed playing, at a very basic level. This, of course, would depend on the progress and age of the student, and what the level of hand-eye coordination is.

I use Alfred, however I am eclectic, in that I make use of different books, depending on the need of the student. I believe in setting goals, however I am flexible in that I want to be certain that the student has the time to build a solid foundation.

I also use the computer for music theory, note reading, chord and key signature recognition and for ear training. I have a computer program that allows a student to be creative and develop his skills at composing. In the past year or two, I have begun using the iPad and it's numerous apps that relate to music.

As a vocalist, I also believe in developing the students ear through pitch recognition and thereby start the process of playing by ear on the piano.
I encourage singing, if the student is comfortable, and while I do not teach singing, I have a solid background in voice and I understand the breath support that is needed to sing or play an instrument.

In conclusion, I try make the learning experience as well rounded as possible, preparing him for future study, or simply to enjoy the art of piano playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in dedicated music room in basement; computer with electronic piano and keyboard;

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
Mixture of methods, however Alfred, Piano Discoveries, and Faber are the ones I use most often. I teach both classical, pop, and Broadway. I also incorporate music related computer games and for the five and six year olds I use some of the ideas from the Music for Young Children Program
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Patty B. April 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Carol is a wonderful, patient teacher that is very knowledgeable in piano. I enjoy every lesson that we have
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Jamie R. December 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Carol is amazing!! This is my son's first time taking any type of music lessons and she has been wonderful in teaching him how to read music and play the piano. He really enjoys his lessons and looks forward to them. I highly recommend Carol for anyone wanting to learn to play. She is patient and uses different tools and techniques tailored to the student to make learning easy and fun. Thank you Carol!
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CyrilleT June 21, 2012
Me and the kids are enjoying the classes. Mrs k is an extraordinary teacher.
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Carol K.

Carol K.

Manassas, VA 20112
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Miles H.

Falls Church, VA

I not only focus on reading, technique and theory but how these subjects relate to the music you listen to.

I believe music is a language and is understood best in context of of what music you enjoy on a daily basis, that way you can play along.

I like to structure my lessons around the student, focusing on their goals and aspirations.

About Miles

Miles was born in Bogota, Colombia, but raised in Annapolis, MD. Early in life, he began to take classical piano lessons, but after 9 years, guitar became his instrument of choice (though he still has a fond appreciation for the piano).

He then went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music. His time at Berklee has enabled Miles to play in venues all around the Boston/Cambridge area. He has been teaching around NOVA/DC for 3 years.

Miles does his best to make lessons incorporate the music you enjoy listening to in conjunction with the nec
essary theory and technique to do so.

Fun Fact: Two of his guitars are custom built by himself. He often provides students assistance in maintenance of their instrument.

"Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inner places of the soul." - Plato
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Marty F. February 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I'm a beginning guitar student and have just started taking guitar lessons from Miles. He's very knowledgable, patient, and kind. I haven't quite made "friends" with those strings yet, but with Miles' help, I know I will.
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Carolee A. June 22, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I've been taking guitar lessons from Miles for almost two years. He is very patient, flexible, and supportive and really knows his stuff. :) I highly recommend him.
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Amber H. February 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Miles is fantastic!

Miles is great at working with my 11 year old on both what she wants to learn and what she needs to learn; he ensures the right balance of theory and contemporary music to keep her interested. We move a lot and have had other piano teachers over the last several years, but Miles is top notch. His calm demeanor and endless patience is much appreciated in this house! Hope he continues to teach my daughter for years to come.
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Miles H.

Miles H.

Falls Church, VA 22042
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Emily G.

Manassas, VA

Classical, Contemporary, Pop + Songwriting and Music Theory

About Emily

I have my Associate's Degree in Music from Northern Virginia Community College, and am finishing my Bachelor's in Keyboard Studies from George Mason University with plans to pursue Piano Pedagogy at the Graduate level. I have enjoyed teaching professionally for the past 5 years, and am excited to share my knowledge of composition, theory, history, classical and pop piano studies. It's my turn to share these skills with you!

It is my goal to enrich my students' lives with the wonderful and always exciting world of music. The goals of my studio are:

-To develop musicianship skills through
exposure to many different genres of music from all over the world, while incorporating history, theory, practice skills, and solo repertoire.

-To encourage creativity and performance in a positive manner to show the value of time management, goal setting, and personal responsibility.

-Foster the technical skills needed through focused practice to meet each student's individual needs, so as to prepare him or her to be the best musician possible.

-To create an environment that both measures progress regularly and inspires students to do their best.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson will build the following basic, practical piano skills: sight reading, analysis, technique, ear training, and theory. For beginning students, repertoire choices will be heavily guided by the teacher. For intermediate and advanced students, outside of important core material, much of the decision making is theirs!

60 minute lessons are recommended, as the student is neither rushed nor overwhelmed. It is ample time to get through all of the necessary materials plus a few moments of guided practice for the student to carry with them through the week.
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Bolor B. July 21, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is stubborn and cannot concentrate on one thing for long time, but somehow Emily finds a way to keep her busy and concentrated for half an hour. I'm learning from Emily how to teach my daughter at home and keep her motivated. I'm sure we will continue the lessons in the fall.
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Sara F. March 24, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Emily does a great job communicating with my 6 year old daughter at a level she can understand. What I like most about Emily is that she doesn't get stuck on one thing. If she tries an exercise or technique that my daughter doesn't get, she moves onto something else until she finds what works for my daughter. Great teacher!
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Angela B. December 5, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Emily is an awesome piano teacher! She motivates yet does not intimidate. She helps lay a strong foundation in theory which will help the student as they grow and even play other instruments. She has been very accommodating with scheduling when a conflict occurs. The spring recital this year was a highlight for our family and a confidence booster for our child.
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Emily G.

Emily G.

Manassas, VA 20110
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Alexander S.

Oakton, VA

Piano unlocks a plethora of musical opportunities. With a balance of note reading, aural and fun tunes, I guarantee my students will become musically literate and have fun doing it.

About Alexander

My name is Alex. I am a recent college graduate and I am committed to education. I have a bachelors degree in Political Science, minors in history and music. Through a scholarship designated internship, I was in the public schools of Guildford county NC schools as early as 2011 for music and social studies.
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Erick S. July 27, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Very professional
I recommend him
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Geron G. June 9, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Alex is a fine person and excellent musician. I recommend him as a teacher.
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Larry D. June 8, 2015
Ok. I have actually been one Alex's instructors! Not trumpet but Choir. Yes the guy can sing too. More importantly, he is an awesome guy, genuine person, and terrific musician. I just wish he could have stayed in NC so I could have him in my orchestra. I was his orchestra conductor and choral director for many years. Some DC area students are going to be very fortunate to have him as an instructor.

You can tell I like the guy! If he was just a little bit older I'd be begging him to marry my daughter. How's that for a reference?

Dr. Larry Dickens
Duncan Chair of Church Music
Associate Professor of Church Music
Campbell University Divinity School
Buies Creek, NC
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Alexander S.

Alexander S.

Oakton, VA 22124
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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