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Jessica H.

Parkville, MD

About Jessica

Dear students and parents,

Hello and welcome to takelessons.com! My name is Jessica and I am a Baltimore born and bred classically trained violinist with over 19 years of playing experience. Music has always been passion of mine since a very young age, so it was inevitable that it would end up being my career. Naturally, a love for teaching the wonders of music followed suit!

I always try to form a great rapport with my students and parents from the very first lesson. For younger students, I encourage my parents to take an active part in both lessons and daily practice, as is encourage
d by Shinichi Suzuki.

I've been teaching violin and viola professionally for over 8 years now. My experience includes teaching private lessons at students homes as well as at various music schools, summer camps and festivals. A few advanced students have even attended and performed in some of these aforementioned festivals! I am always encouraging my students to go above and beyond.

A bit of background about me: I started my music studies at the age of 7. Lessons and orchestra were literally the highlight of my childhood. I ended up attending the Baltimore School for the Arts for high school, and eventually went on to receive my Bachelor's of Music Performance degree from Shenandoah University and complete further studies in England and Northern Ireland. I am also a registered Suzuki Violin/Viola teacher and have attended several teachers workshops in order to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to work with any and all types of students, including those with learning disabilities, such as ADD and FAS.

I currently divide my time teaching at local music stores/schools (and privately) as well as recording with various local artists and performing at concerts and for various types of gigs (weddings, fundraisers, cocktail hours, gala events) in the tri-state area.

*** Lesson Details ***
While I am primarily a Suzuki instructor, I do not teach solely out of a certain method or "by the book"; I choose and mold every lesson depending on specific, strengths, weaknesses, etc. If you are a more advanced, serious player, more intensive lessons and repertoire will follow suit.

Some quick facts! I am comfortable teaching all ages and levels up to advanced. Use of games make learning the violin fun and accessible for young children. Older and more advanced students receive a more technical, intensive and advanced approach. Coaching and weekly help on school assigned materials (orchestra/string class music and homework) Classical, Jazz, Gypsy and Fiddle styles are all introduced and studied to give students a rounded technique. Music theory (reading and understanding music) is incorporated in lessons. Repertoire is diverse and exciting. Various approaches for the visual or aural learner. Guaranteed to keep you or your child engaged and interested!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please have a music stand available and set up for lessons that take place in your home. After the first lesson I will send an email explaining what materials and equipment I recommend you buy to help you sound your best.

Places to rent or buy instruments will be recommended upon request.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Violin/Viola Method
Music Theory Tutor
Genres: Classical, fiddle, gypsy, jazz.
Experience teaching ages 4-60.
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Lisa H. June 24, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Jessica was fantastic with my 8 year old son. Very patient and positive!
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Saman N. June 3, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Jessica has been teaching our daughter for the past year and has been an outstanding violin teacher. The lessons are age appropriate and she connects well with our daughter. She has a fun reward system with stickers, which works perfectly for young students.I would recommend her without hesitation. We hope to find someone equally good in our new location.
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Linda F. June 1, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
I grew up in a musical house, play multiple instruments, and have had my fair share of music teachers. Jessica is far and away one of the best instructors I have seen. She is always focused, energetic and targeted, delivering the content my 8-year old needs in the format she easily understands and gets excited about. I heartily recommend Jessica for anyone considering a teacher and would not accept any other substitutes. She is top notch.
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Jessica H.

Jessica H.

Parkville, MD 21234
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Heather W.

Abingdon, MD

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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Benjamin P.

Parkville, MD

About Benjamin

I discovered music sifting through my Dad's record collection and soon decided that I wanted to play guitar. As a teenager I began taking lessons and building confidence in my abilities. I played in different types of bands ranging from rock, country, blues, and jazz. After completing College in 2004, I realized music was not just going to be a hobby, but a career. At age 33, I have been teaching and playing guitar professionally for the last nine years. I believe that anybody can learn to play as long as they are patient and understand that anything worthwhile takes time and sustained eff
ort to achieve. You also need a good teacher who understands how to take you where you want to go musically. I have taught hundreds of different students of all ages and abilities. I have seen many of them grow musically and gain confidence in other areas of their lives as a result. I aim to inspire every student to find their way to a rewarding life through music.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson plans are developed on an individual basis. I want you to learn the music that inspires your passion. If the guitar is new to you, the first lessons are devoted to basic playing skills and techniques. It is important to develop a strong understanding of music fundamentals to ensure that the student is attaining the skills they need to be a complete musician. I emphasize technique with drills designed to raise my students' skills evenly across a wide range of categories, like picking, fretting, scale patterns, chord shapes, rhythm training, and ear training. I have had success with many students using this approach and most are playing songs within a couple months. For the more serious student, music theory is an important tool to understand songwriting and music in general. I am always open to discuss what we do during a lesson. I believe it is my job to balance what you want to do with what you need to do in order to succeed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have amps, guitars, 1/4 inch cables, tuners, metronomes, paper and pens.
Would like students to have all these things but can accommodate based on need.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Pop, Blues, Country, flat-picking, finger-style
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Kevin L. January 19, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Ben is an amazing guitar teacher who is patient and always willing to work with a busy schedule. As a senior in high school, many things pop up and we are always able to work around it. His lessons are based around what the students want to learn and he always finds a way to accomplish it. He has a great deal of knowledge in music theory and has helped me many times stay ahead in my music theory class in school and more importantly how to tie it in musically. As a performing musician as well, he has experience and other bits of wisdom about music and beyond that he can/will share and has which I feel is important as well.
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Monica A. June 15, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Excellent Experience-Very Happy

Ben is a great teacher! I am very happy with Ben and with Take Lessons. Ben is knowledgeable, patient, and kind. He knows how to challenge me and bring my skills to the next level without making the lessons too difficult. I would highly recommend Ben as a teacher!
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Daria F. March 19, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
thank you

I really enjoy my instructor. He is patient and professional. I will admit I was a bit nervous at frist but he is very calm and helpful.
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Benjamin P.

Benjamin P.

Parkville, MD 21234
(9)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Theresa D.

Rosedale, MD

About Theresa

I am a former instrumental music teacher in the Catholic school system. I have been teaching in some way, shape or form for the past 19 years. For those students interested in any of my crafting lessons, I have been making crafts since I was too young to remember. My methods of teaching vary depending on the student and what they need to succeed. Please let me know if you have issues with animals, I can put them in another part of the house. I have both cats and a dog.
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Jordan T. July 7, 2015
Piano
Verified Student
She was very nice & informative. She greeted me at my car & invited me in with a smile. I believe my experience with learning the piano will be a geese journey. She is a great teacher.
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Preston S. March 19, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Theresa is very accommodating with Preston and makes the drum lesson fun. He enjoys it very much!
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Pat Z. December 27, 2014
Flute · In home
Verified Student
I find Theresa to be almost like a kindred spirit. Not only does she have MUCH knowledge of her artistry but, of course, shares my love for music, children, animals, crafting, sports etc. In addition, she has great patience with me which has enabled me to learn an artistry that I never really thought to be possible. I am VERY pleased with her instruction.
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Theresa D.

Theresa D.

Rosedale, MD 21237
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Sheldon K.

Edgewood, MD

About Sheldon

Hey I'm Sheldon! I'm 20 years old and I go to Harford Community College. I've played guitar for about 6 years and I also play guitar in a pop punk band. Some of my favorite bands and influences are All Time Low, Four Year Strong and A Day To Remember. I love to teach guitar to people and make them the best they can be. Ill do my best to make you a rockstar!
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Justin A. June 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I am a very beginner and Sheldon took it to my level. Justin

My son actually learned a lot in just 30 minutes, and Sheldon tailored lessons to my sons experience and age. Dad
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Alex G. April 26, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Awesome teacher. Made the lesson fun and easy to understand. I feel like he made me a rockstar! Definitely recommended
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Sheldon K.

Sheldon K.

Edgewood, MD 21040
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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