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Carol K.

Manassas, VA

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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Michelle P. March 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She was very patient and was a great instructor.
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Hanaa H. January 7, 2016
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Carol is a great teacher. She is patient, kind and knowledgeable teacher. She makes sure that you understand every single thing. I enjoyed my first lesson with her a lot!ūüėĄ
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Jerry W. September 14, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I learned more in one lesson than I have in any other single lesson I have had.
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Carol K.

Carol K.

Manassas, VA 20112
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Suzie D.

Woodbridge, VA

About Suzie

*** Specialties ***
I teach many styles and tailor lessons to each student.
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Lisa December 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Suzie is a wonderful piano teacher. She is very patient and teaches a variety of music that our daughter enjoys and looks forward to learning. Suzie also provides constructive and positive feedback during each session so that our daughter can continue to be motivated to learn/progress even more.
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Miguel T. December 22, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Could' be more pleased
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Cayden B. November 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Suzie is a great teacher, my son loved his first lesson and can't wait to go back for another
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Suzie D.

Suzie D.

Woodbridge, VA 22191
(14)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Charles S.

Waldorf, MD

About Charles

Outside of teaching percussion and musical performances I have worked in special education for over 15 years.

My life of music started knee high at the age of 4 playing drums and piano. At the age of 15 I gave my first musical performance, from that stage on I knew my talent had found a home.

In the 11th grade I toured with a local funk group in Washington DC through 26 cities learning music and the life of travel at an early age. During my last high school and college years I performed extensively playing classical, jazz, rock, funk, go-go, gospel, marching band, R&B, and with local
rap artist.

Recording credits and highlights include work with Def Jam artist Steady Eddy, recording go-go Mario with Double Agent Rock, and recordings with Little Benny and the Masters.

My other musical passion is teaching. Throughout my college years and beyond I served as a percussion instructor and assistant band director at Morgan State University. As part of the Morgan State University Magnificent Marching Machine I served as a instructional leader in music and performance mentor for the team. I taught part time as a percussion instructor at Milford Mill High School giving individual lessons for over 10 years.

Musical inspiration is an important element to the refinement of my craft. A few personal musical influences are Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Neil Peart (Rush), Dennis Chambers, (Santana), George Gray (Roberta Flack), Ricky Wellman (Miles Davis), Quinton Mack-Davis (Rare Essence) and Michael Bland (Prince).

*** Lesson Details ***
Within the first three months of lessons student will gain a strong foundation of sight reading and basic drum techniques in both rudiment studies and playing the drum set. My style of teaching music consist of breaking each skill down into chunks and allowing students to learn using their individual learning styles. I utilize rewards for perfect practice and each lesson contains a safe, fun learning atmosphere with students exhibiting in their best behavior.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in store front studio, drum kit provided

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring a practice pad. Students should have a drum set.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Funk, pop, and classical.
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Zachary B. April 13, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Our 5 year old son is currently taking lessons with Mr. Stewart. Mr. Stewart is a fantastic teacher who is able to communicate effectively with our son. Mr. Stewart sets expectations at the beginning of each class and gives assignments until the next lesson. He asks that our son dedicate ten minutes a day to his lessons. We are overjoyed that our son has learned so much in just three lessons. We look forward to a wonderful journey with Mr. Stewart.
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Chebo T. March 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mr. Stewart is the best instructor you will need to start off with your child's music lessons. He has a way of getting down to your child's level and making them comfortable and excited about their lessons. My daughter can't wait for her next lesson every week. She looks forward to meeting Mr. Stewart and follows every instruction Mr. Stewart's gives her including the number of minutes she needs to practice each day. I highly recommend Nr Stewart for your child's lessons as I purchase additional lessons for my daughter.
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Chebo T. March 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mr. Stewart is the best instructor you will need to start off with your child's music lessons. He has a way of getting down to your child's level and making them comfortable and excited about their lessons. My daughter can't wait for her next lesson every week. She looks forward to meeting Mr. Stewart and follows every instruction Mr. Stewart's gives her including the number of minutes she needs to practice each day. I highly recommend Nr Stewart for your child's lessons as I purchase additional lessons for my daughter.
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Charles S.

La Plata, MD 20646
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Katie S.

Woodbridge, VA

About Katie

Master of Music Education
The Hartt School - University of Hartford
West Hartford, CT

Bachelor of Music
The Hartt School - University of Hartford
West Hartford, CT

Current Public School Teacher

Over 10 years experience teaching private violin, viola, cello, and piano lessons!

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will use a variety of materials to help them become better players. I am great with young children and beginners, as well as older kids and adults.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Electric Piano
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Cheryl April 19, 2016
Violin · In home
Katie is the best! A talented musician and a very patient teacher -- she makes learning to play a real joy.
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Cheryl E. November 7, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson, very patient and encouraging.
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Estella M. October 29, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter i s learning fast and has a lot o f fun with Katie
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Katie S.

Woodbridge, VA 22193
(10)
starting at
$32.50 / 30-min
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Dawnn F.

Locust Grove, VA

About Dawnn

I absolutely love teaching music. I have experience teaching children as young as 6 and adults age 55. I have 16 years of experience playing music. The instruments I have experience playing are violin, viola, cello and piano. I have been teaching for 9 years. In 2013 I received my Bachelors Degree in Instrumental Music and Music Theory from Bluefield College. I have played for the Rappahannock Youth Symphony and the Bluefield College Orchestra and I have in duets and trios with members of the Roanoke Symphony. I live in Virginia and have played for local wineries, art museums and restaurants;
I also play weddings, dinner parties and private events.
I enjoy playing music, because music echoes the soul and releases the mind. Everyone may speak a different language, but all musicians speak the same language of notes and rhythm. I have always enjoyed playing string instruments, because they are so powerful.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including Essential Elements 2000, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I can start a beginner student on any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello). I can begin a student and work with them through their all levels of method books.

For advanced students, I work from selected etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions and specialized magnet schools.

My lessons are a half-hour or 60 minutes once a week.
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Ashley M. April 8, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Great experience for my Granddaughter, this was her first lesson but Dawnn made her feel very comfortable. Dawnn is personable, friendly, professional. I think we made the right choice.
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Ashley M. April 8, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Dawnn hit it off with my Granddaughter right away. This was her first lesson with Dawnn but when the lesson was over Ashley was beaming. Right now she only has 1/2 lessons with Dawnn but if her other lessons go this well we will be signing up for Ashley to have 1 hour lessons. Great experience, I think Dawnn is the right choice for Ashley. Very personable, friendly, professional.
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Holly L. February 2, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Holly, and all of us, absolutely LOVE Dawn. She is great with kids and very patient and understanding. She makes it fun and has a great outlook.
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Dawnn F.

Dawnn F.

Locust Grove, VA 22508
(3)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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