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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!😄
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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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Ava J. May 24, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ava had a great time. She said Suzie made her laugh.
Her Dad (my son) warned if she didn't catch on right away that she wouln't like it. He saw (heard) when she came home singing.
Thanks!
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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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Suzie D.

Suzie D.

Woodbridge, VA 22191
(15)
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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Christine P.

Alexandria, VA

About Christine

Availability opening in June on Wednesday and Thursday. Accepting new students currently! Please inquire.

Intro:
Christine is a professional vocal coach who has over 6 years of experience in helping beginning to expert level students develop the proper intonation and vocal technique within all legitimate styles of singing. She is considered an expert in her field.

She offers voice lessons that are based on the assessment of the student's individual structure and voice type. She received her music education in classical vocal performance from George Mason University.

She is also a hig
hly sought out piano instructor for her ability to establish an exceptional foundation in beginning piano students.

Bio:
First and foremost thank you for taking the time to view my profile and I look forward to helping you work toward your musical aspirations.

Education:
Received music education from George Mason University in classical vocal performance.

I have continued my vocal studies with the incomparable Fabiana Bravo, who studied under the greatest Italian tenor of this past century, Luciano Pavarotti and the legendary Renata Scotto.

From Mrs. Bravo's teachings I have learned the authentic Italian tradition of Bel canto and Verismo in opera. This differs from the American interpretation of the art.

Voice type:
I am a true dramatic soprano. I sit between mezzo and soprano. Having a rare and large instrument has given me invaluable insight and a wider perspective on all other voice types due to it.

Specialization:
I specialize in the intonation of the voice. Students learn specific vocal techniques and how to properly approach the voice in a natural and relaxed manner.

From doing such, students will be able to create appropriate colors for their instrument to then genuinely achieve different styles of music.

Exercises will also encourage range, breath support, placement, dynamics, proper resonance, blending of registers and most importantly flexibility in order to sing with freedom.

The technique will never lose sight of the integrity and authenticity of the voice. It in fact enhances and supports this concept. Singers will learn how to hear their true voice in a way that they have yet to experience fully.

We will have very clear and relevant discussions on how the voice works. This is absolutely vital to finding true successful in your studies. It should be noted that one cannot learn without comprehension first.

More importantly from our discussions, the voice will no longer feel like such a mystery.

My approach will help solidify things you continue to struggle with. I have had many, many students agree and come to this conclusion.

This especially includes students who have already studied voice seriously, but are struggling to grasp concepts and or technique.

More times than not, it is the instruction you have received that is inaccurate and ineffective for your voice.

General vocal styles I teach:
Jazz (any variation such as blues), popular adult contemporary (pop), classical, opera, R&B, traditional pop, gospel, spiritual, hymnal, sacred, musical theater, big ballad, country and any variation of these styles.

What to expect during lessons:
My teachings are based on first the individual assessment of the student's structure and voice type, much like the true Italian style. Students will develop their technique through clearly directed vocal exercises and put this into practice through their musical rep.

Beyond this objective we will cover other artistic and technical aspects including interpretation, diction, phrasing, timing, and performance.

We will also discuss the mentality of singing. This unique approach that I have developed helps students learn their instrument immensely better than without it.

Piano:
I teach piano in the European route. I specialize in proper reading skills and developing good technique. Students learn to use strategies to sight read music on their own and develop interpretive skills.

I have developed a method of teaching that helps students systematically identify pitches and counting with accuracy.

Music theory is also heavily emphasized during lessons and necessary to support the study of piano.

We will also work on interpretive skills based on historical context and artistic development. I teach students how to think about music critically and thus create dialogue with the music.

Mission:
My goal is to help students become increasingly independent as musicians. I have worked with many children with disabilities as well. Please ask me how.

Who I am:
I love music, I love life, I love my family, I love my dogs, I love my coffee and I love to laugh a lot (I'm very Italian in that way). :D

Why take lessons now:
I always say to people considering voice lessons to just come as they are. Leave your worries at the door:) I understand that a person's voice is a very personally extension of who they are and it can be intimidating to sing in front of a professional.

I have taught hundreds of students and am well versed in seeing many different vocal issues.

I want to assure any potential students that the space I provide is professional, safe (background check three times, most recently 11/15) encouraging, friendly and welcoming.

Age and Advancement:
Please note: Voice begins at age 12 (the very youngest) and piano at age 5.

I teach beginner to expert level advancement in voice and beginner to late intermediate advancement in piano.

How I developed my studio:
I started my teaching career at Lorton music full time as a vocal and piano instructor and have over six years experience.

At Lorton Music I was so highly recommended by my clients to potential students that a wait-list became necessary to work with me.

My success in teaching has allowed me to open up my own private studio from home, which has been such a blessing:)

Who makes up my clientele:
I have a diverse range of students in terms of age, background, experience and interest for their musically aspirations.

Reasons range from personal to professional gain. Some of my students study voice to improve individually and others study on a more professional level such as getting into a music program for voice or preparing for auditions.

I will note that I am seeking students, especially voice students who view taking lessons on a consist basis as both valuable and necessary. To treat vocal lessons otherwise, will not allow for the full benefits to occur.

*Rates are not discounted. Thank you.
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Paul May 15, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
First lesson was great. I was impressed by her teaching method and eagerness to teach with warmth
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Domonique S. May 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable and prompt. She is NO amateur of the piano nor at teaching. My daughter enjoys their weekly sessions. We will definitely continue with Christine as long as she's offering the lessons and my daughter is still interested!
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Sydney April 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Christine is great - she is very patient but a great for an active 7 yr old.
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Christine P.

Alexandria, VA 22309
(7)
starting at
$35 / 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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