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Heather W.

Abingdon, MD

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I've been teaching piano for over 13 years. I use Alfred's Premier Piano Courses levels 1 - 6 for children. For adults I use Alfred's Lesson Book 1 - 3. My teaching goals for all my students are to enable them to read and make music so that they could experience the joy of journeying in the realm of musical sounds.
My philosophy in teaching piano is very much like learning to drive a car. Once a person learns the mechanism of driving so many possibilities open for the person to enjoy trips to many places that bring pleasures that destiny could offer. In some ways, playing the piano is very much like learning to drive a car. Once the mechanism of making music is mastered, the possibilities of making journeys of musical sound is endless.

About Heather

Hi, I'm Heather. I’m from a small town in Harford County, MD, called Abingdon. It’s really close to Baltimore, MD which is about 15 minutes away from Abingdon. I live with my husband and two bunnies. I’m an R.N. with a bachelors degree in Nursing and 16 years of training in music by masters of Curtis Institute, Julliard, and Peabody Conservatory. I have been teaching piano for over 12 years. In 2001, I had a diversion of career from nursing and I absolutely fell in love with the idea of teaching piano and I started giving piano lessons. I love playing my Masan & Hamlin grand piano
for personal pleasure, and I spend a lot of time practicing for different occasions. I h’ve played in over twenty piano recitals, and for numerous other occasions such as in Weddings , Funerals and in Choir accompaniments.
On a different note, did you know that children who study a musical instrument learn responsibility and discipline, they gain pride in their accomplishments which in turn makes them confident, they learn to think in a logical manner, and they will perform better in school. These are just a few of the benefits children could gain through music lessons

My Specialties: My passion is classical music, however, I realize that the students'€™ interests are diverse, so, I teach pieces they request which include easy fun Pop Music, Hymns, Boogie, Rock, Country and other contemporary pieces.
My Education: At an early age, I took a great interest in music, so my older sister who is four years older than I taught me what she learned in her piano lessons. She also taught me music theory. At the age of 12-14 my parents sent me to private piano lessons. My piano teacher at that time eventually told me that I needed to find a new teacher because she had taught me all she knew. After that, I approached a well known Julliard Master in town. He took me on as a student after he heard me play the Beethoven'€™s Pathetique Sonata in C minor. I learned through Arthur Fiddler'€™s comment made in the newspaper that Mr. Chang, my teacher, in his opinion was the best piano teacher in Hawaii. Under Mr. Chang’s tutelage, I was exposed to a variety of classical pieces written by famous composers of the 15th to 18th centuries. At the age of 14, I made my first piano recital debut. My piano teacher was impressed with my talent and expressed his wish for me to pursue music and enter into Julliard. But, my parents being immigrants from Korea, did not think it was a good choice of career. So, I went into nursing instead, much to the consternation of my piano teacher. In 2001, I made a career change and found my passion for music revived again. I started teaching piano as well as taking Music Theory courses at a community college and taking lessons from a Julliard- Peabody master as well lessons from a Curtis Institute master. I continue taking piano lesson even now while I give piano lessons to beginner and intermediate students.
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*** Lesson Details ***
In my piano studio, besides just learning to actually play the piano, students will engage in flashcard drills, writing work, and other activities to strengthen their overall knowledge of music. This will prepare them well for continued study in piano, for playing other instruments or singing, and for enjoying music in general. As an incentive to practice, our studio awards each week piano dollars for the time each student practices during the week. At the end of the year, we have an auction that the children could participate in using their piano dollars to purchase items.

In first the lesson the concepts stressed include:
1. Hand position and posture at the piano.
2. Right hand , left hand, and how the fingers are numbered.
3. Direction on the keyboard
4. The pattern of keys on the key board

In the first year of piano study, the concepts covered are:
1. Theory: identify steps, skips, and repeats; write and recognize 2nd -5ths intervals; sharp and flat signs; identify key signatures
2. Rhythms: whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and dotted notes.
3. Technique: correct hand position; curved fingers, down –up wrist for phrasing, legato/staccato touch, penta scales; major chords and voicing (balance of hands) 5-finger melodies; single line melodies divided between hands; note-against-note playing, some melody/chord playing.
4. Repertoire: A Dozen A Day by Edna-Mae Burmae Books; Five-finger melodies by Faber Faber; Famous & Fun Pop Books by Carol Matz ; Boogie, Rock & Country Level 1 by James Bastien; Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level One for adult beginners.

In addition to lessons each student is required to participate in an annual piano recital to give them experience and confidence in performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: grand piano, couches and chairs, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Specialties ***
To teach the skills in playing the piano, the classical genre is preferred in the repertoire.
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Ian O. May 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great first day!
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Sharon S. October 29, 2014
Heather's Piano Studio · In studio
Verified Student
She is working with my son, Max, and he is really enjoying it. He likes her very much and I can see he has already improved over week 1.
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Angela P. August 17, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Heather is the very best of the three piano teachers I have had! I have made more progress in the last year with Heather as my teacher than I had in the two previous years with other teachers. Although I am an older student and take longer to learn, she has been patient and supportive. She never makes me feel incompetent, in fact, she is extremely complimentary of my efforts. Her positive attitude makes me want to work harder and to play better. And she is such a nice person to be around - gentle, polite, and friendly. I am having a great experience and highly recommend her for anyone who is learning to play or to improve their playing.
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Heather W.

Heather W.

Abingdon, MD 21009
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Anna B.

Baltimore, MD

About Anna

Inspired by Disney's Fantasia to play violin at age 4, violist Anna B. hasn't been able to stop performing ever since. She has gone from playing in Grandma's living room to pursuing her dream in Symphony Orchestras and Chamber Groups all across America. She has performed in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, and in the Baltimore area, where she currently resides. Ms. B. has formerly served as principal of the Illinois Valley Symphony, The Kishwaukee Symphony, the NIU Philharmonic and the Peabody Concert Ochestra, and has served as a section violist in numerous other ensembles throughout h
er career.She has taught violin and viola privately since 2008 and is currently on the violin/viola faculty at the Caroll County String Project in Eldersburg. She is also a violin/viola instructor at The School of Music LLC in Rockville MD and at ARTI-ST Music in Reisterstown MD.Ms. B. received her Bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University in 2011 and her Master's Degree from the Peabody Conservatory in 2013. Her primary teachers include Anthony Devroye, Li-Kuo Chang and Maria Lambros.

*** Lesson Details ***
Growing up, from ages 4-15, I was a student of the Suzuki Method on violin.  When I was in High School, I fell in love with the deep, rich sound of the Viola and decided to make it my primary instrument. I have great love for both instruments still, and I enjoy sharing my passion with my students.  I have experience teaching both the violin and viola to students from ages 3-65. As a teacher, I have multiple goals:
1. I want my students to love music and their instrument
2. I want my students to develop their own musical voice. My goal with teaching is to help students use their unique musical voice to form lasting and meaningful connections with their audiences and the people around them.
3. Making great musicians is awesome, but I'm also out to help make great people! As Pablo Casals said, "I am a human first, a musician second." I have worked hard to get where I am today, and I want to make sure my students have the best environment in which to learn.

Some benefits of studying with me are:
I am fun and supportive. I'm having just as much fun teaching as I want my students to have learning, and creating a patient, supportive environment is integral to my students' development.
I teach all ages and abilities. I am experienced in a variety of teaching levels, from beginning to advanced studies. Each student has lessons structured according to their individual goals, learning speeds, and musical levels.
I teach students of all levels positive playing habits and how to avoid bad habits, and I teach these using the standard classical repertoire for violin and viola.
I emphasize technique and the fundamentals of music theory, especially with beginning students, so students have the essential building blocks and tools they need to succeed.
I am professional. I have received some of the best education in my field, and with 20 years of experience in music  I am confident in my ability to pass on the skills necessary to succeed as a musician.

*** Specialties ***
Having myself been taught on Suzuki method, I frequently use their method books in my private instruction. I specialize in teaching music in the classical style with emphasis on technique and musicality. 
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RYAN M. May 17, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Anna is very good at explaining terms and methods in a way that can be easily understood by a novice such as myself by catering to one's style of learning while at the same time ensuring that the student remain grounded on the fundamentals whether it is in the finger positioning, bowing strokes, or proper posture. I love how she is able not only to identify things that I might be doing wrong but also solutions to difficulties that I might be having during the lessons. As a result, I am very happy at how I have progressed in my skill level since I started a couple of months ago. She is very patient, listens to concerns of the student, very easy to talk to, and has a laid back learning environment. I would highly recommend her to anyone I know who might be interested in learning the violin, whether young or old like myself.
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Anna B.

Anna B.

Baltimore, MD 21217
(1)
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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Belinda L.

Baltimore, MD

Being able to perform in public is just as important as being able to sing. Whether it's for opera, art song, musical theatre, pop, or R&B, I help develop special skills that make public performing less daunting.

About Belinda

*** Lesson Details ***
NOTE: I prefer to teach students ages 11 & up.  I will accommodate younger students, but as vocal development is a direct reflection of physical development (the instrument is the body), we will be unable to delve deeply into technique.  Instead, the curriculum for younger students will include musicianship and piano skills; they will be more of music lessons that incorporate singing rather than "vocal" lessons.  My current studio consists of all sorts of singers including classical, musical theater, R&B, and pop.  In classical voice lessons, we will be learning songs n
ot only in English, but also Italian, German, and French. Classical voice lessons may not be for everyone, however, and we will learn repertoire that suits the interests of each student.

I emphasize a basic knowledge of music theory, because it's important for a singer to not only know how to sing, but to also understand the music he or she is singing. I will incorporate music theory into the lessons, starting with basics such as learning how to read notes.

I believe in making sure the singer is comfortable and confident.  The environment you will be learning in is open and non-threatening because a singer needs a place to explore his or her voice.  I encourage my students to make mistakes and to keep the lines of communication as open as possible.  Singers are perfectionists, and we're constantly telling ourselves what we do wrong- we don't need someone else enforcing that negativity.

I concentrate on a classical vocal technique, with proper posture, efficient breathing, lack of facial and body tension, and healthy vocal production. I believe that it is important to have a strong foundation of healthy technique no matter what style of singing. My teaching style and lesson focus will be different for each individual person, and I'm very flexible in adapting to each singer's needs and personality.

I am a very understanding teacher, and very patient, but I will push you to work to your potential! What you put into these lessons and your practicing is what you will get out of it. I am not strict, but I do expect dedication, passion, and respect. I am a very enthusiastic and energetic teacher, and lessons with me will be fun, productive, and encouraging.

If I sound like the right teacher for you, please arrange a trial lesson to see how well we work together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room, piano, full-length mirror, comfortable seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students. I specialize in classical singing- applicable to any style of singing!
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Mercedes M. March 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Belinda is an amazing teacher I have been doing lessons with her since January,and she is amazing fun,she will help you with anything your having a problem with, and I so Recommend her :)
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Kerry H. February 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have been working with Belinda for a little over 2 years. Every lesson, she challenges me to be better than before. What I love most about her style, is she customizes her style of teaching for the student. I am a very imagery oriented person, and she always helps me to visualize things in ways that makes sense to me. My singing has dramatically improved during my time with Belinda, and I would recommend her to anyone in a heart beat. Every lesson is different, every lesson is challenging in a new way, and every time I walk away feeling like that was the best lesson I've ever had. Thank you Belinda!!
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Karin A. February 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Excellent teacher!

From the very first lesson, my daughter felt that she was learning a great deal from Belinda. Belinda cares about her students and is good with different styles of singing. She's always very professional, but fun at the same time.
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Belinda L.

Belinda L.

Baltimore, MD 21218
(10)
starting at
$57 / 30-min
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James Y.

Baltimore, MD

Put on a good show. Perform with conviction and power. Curate an unforgettable concert.

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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