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Ceylon M.

Silver Spring, MD

Lessons with Mr. M. are challenging yet joyful experiences filled with singing, listening activities, instrumental technique building, composition and improvisation opportunities, as well as professional advice. Students are feel and encouraged to engage in equal dialogue with their instructor and take risks in the process of their own music making!

About Ceylon

Ceylon Narvelle M. II is a flute performance and music education student at the Boston University School of Music (BM’13, MM ‘14). He has studied with Professor Linda Toote. Mr. M. has performed in various masterclasses and workshops for professional flutists such as Trevor Wye, Marianne Gedigian, Judith Mendenhall, and Cynthia Meyers. Ensemble experience includes the MetroWest Opera Orchestra, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Boston University Chamber Orchestra (principal), University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra (principal), and various chamber groups. As a testament to his performan
ce abilities, Elaine Stroh, University of Rochester Music Department Chair Assistant, has said:

“Ceylon’s recital was a wonderful presentation, well executed and extremely artistic.”

Mr. M loves to perform for his church, school, and music community. Teaching and inspiring new generations of students through music is also one of his passions. A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Mr. M has already been offered the band director position at his old high school. At school in Boston, Mr. M is the new director of the Boston University Flute Ensemble. Outside of school, he is a substitute musician with local Boston orchestras and has worked as a flute instructor with Making Music Matters – Boston. He has also served as a Teaching Assistant with the Boston Flute Academy. Previous instructors include Carmen Lemoine, Corinne McVee, and Sharon Nowak.

Lessons with Mr. M are challenging yet joyful experiences filled with singing, listening activities, instrumental technique building, composition and improvisation opportunities, as well as professional advice. Students are feel and encouraged to engage in equal dialogue with their instructor and take risks in the process of their own music making! 

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Ceylon M.

Ceylon M.

Germantown, MD 20876
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Terrance J.

Frederick, MD

About Terrance

Hello! Here is a quick description of my studio information:

I have been teaching private piano, voice and music theory lessons for over 18 years. While I consider myself foremost a performer and composer, I love sharing the joy and understanding of music with students young and old. With 25 years of performance experience, I have a wealth of knowledge and excitement for the art to share with my students from both the classical and musical-theatre repertoire.

Voice – all ages (15 and older) focusing on bel canto techniques, predominantly utilizing the Marchesi Method (importance on
intellectually understanding both the technical and the aesthetic nature of vocal music, from grand arias, show stopping Broadway solos to simple vocal exercises)

Piano – all ages (5 and older). Preference for beginning to intermediate students. A strong emphasis on music theory and harmony is taught from the very first lesson. While I am not the best technical pianist, my forte lies in understanding how the instrument is played and the foundations of reading/understanding music.

In case you are interested in a "little bit" more reading, here is my extended biography:

Terrance began his musical career at a young age with numerous roles with his local theatre and opera companies in Pensacola, Florida and the surrounding Gulf Coast region. His memorable opera and stage roles include (chronologically) Beppe (I Pagliacci), Frederic (Pirates of Penzance), The Defendant (Trail by Jury), Spoletta (Tosca), Alfredo (Die Fledermaus), Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Sam Kaplan (Street Scene), Freddie (My Fair Lady), Grail Knight (Parsifal). Not in the previous list are a number of barn-yard animals, bar patrons, street urchins, ghosts, and a lizard.

His education includes the University of West Florida (studying voice with Dr Joseph Rawlins and orchestration with Dr Greer Williams), Loyola University School of Music, New Orleans (MM in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting 1993) and the Prague Conservatory (Certificate in Vocal Interpretation 1995).

Having a great love for ensemble singing, early in his career Terrance joined the Gregg Smith Singers (New York City) where he took part in dozens of recording projects and countless tour dates during his tenure with the ensemble. It was with the Gregg Smith Singers that he made his first Carnegie Hall appearance in a performance of Dave Brubecks To Hope, To Glory, with the composer at the keyboard.

Since moving to the Washington DC area in 2000, Terrance has found himself center stage with many of the area€™s professional musical ensembles (Woodley Ensemble, Washington Master Chorale, Cathedral Choral Society, Washington National Opera Company, etc). His most notable performance was as tenor soloist in the National Symphony Orchestra'€™s world premiere of Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 7 – “A Toltec Symphony”, conducted by Maestro Leonard Slatkin and attended by the composer. His personal greatest achievement was to sing for His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama.

Since that time, Mr. Terrance has performed numerous concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra both at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Although the list is long, Mr. Terrance has sung under the baton of such conductors as William Christie, Lorin Maazel, Plácido Domingo, Heinz Fricke, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Leonard Slatkin. Trust him when he tells you not all conductors are equally adept at their craft.

In 2005 he co-founded, with soprano Melissa Coombs and pianist Virginia Sircy, Words&Music Inc. This vocal quartet specializes in not only performances of traditional repertoire so well-known in that genre, but also musical theatre, opera and jazz standards. Most importantly, Words&Music€™s mandate is to seek out and commission new music written for vocal quartet and piano.

As a composer, Mr Terrance€™ music has been heard in many churches and concert venues. His output focuses mainly on vocal art song, choral motets, anthems and ballet scores. Ever expanding his catalog, he has just completed a new opera (with fellow artists at the Silver Finch Arts Collective) "A Fire in Water" exploring the intertwining lives of Achilles, Alexander the Great and the Goddesses Artemis and Thetis. The opera had its Washington DC premier in September of 2013 and is slated to be featured in the 2014 Capital Fringe in July of this year.

*** Lesson Details ***
A strong foundation in sight-reading and basic music theory is of utmost importance to me as a teacher and is a predominant focus during the first year(s) of both vocal and piano lessons.

Voice – (15 and older) focusing on Bel Canto techniques, predominantly utilizing the Marchesi Method (importance on intellectually understanding both the technical and the aesthetic nature of vocal music, from grand arias, show stopping Broadway solos to simple vocal exercises).

Piano – (5 and older). Preference for beginning to intermediate students. A strong emphasis on music theory and harmony is taught from the very first lesson. While I am not the best technical pianist, my forte lies in understanding how the instrument is played and the foundations of reading/understanding music.

*** Specialties ***
Baroque vocal interpretation and technique (strong focus on French and Italian repertoire)
German Lieder interpretation
English language Art Song interpretation (strong focus on 19th and 20th century)
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Cheryl F. February 7, 2014
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Had so much fun and can't wait for the next lesson. terry is a superb artist, great person and exceptional teacher.
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Terrance J.

Terrance J.

Frederick, MD 21701
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starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Esther M.

Mount Airy, MD

Instruction for Beginners, Age 4 to Senior Adults; or you may wish to have Refresher Instructions if you have had previous Piano Lessons and once enjoyed playing; but "Life Happens" yet you want to get back into Piano Lessons, again. I offer both Private and Semi-Private Piano Lessons. Semi-Private or Group Lessons are formed with the same age level and performance level. One month's lessons are paid prior to first lesson of the month.

About Esther

Piano Lessons at "Musically Sound Piano Studio" at Mount Airy, MD 21771, and near areas of 21770, 21774, 21765, and 21797. Beginning Instruction or Refresher Instruction. Private or Semi-Private Lessons. Children, Teens, Adults. Home School Students. Moms. Dads. Senior Citizens. Piano Lessons for all that are made to be fun!

Instruction for Beginners, Age 4 to Senior Adults; or you may wish to have Refresher Instructions if you have had previous Piano Lessons and once enjoyed playing; but "Life Happens" yet you want to get back into Piano Lessons, again. I offer both Private and S
emi-Private Piano Lessons. Semi-Private or Group Lessons are formed with the same age level and performance level. One month's lessons are paid prior to first lesson of the month.

My educational background is a B.S. in Music Education, with Piano and Pedagogy as majors from Washington Adventist University, Takoma Park, MD. Additional credits have been earned from other Universities and Colleges. I received my Teacher's Certificate from the State of Maryland, teaching music classes K-6th Grades in the PGCPS system.

When I moved to Frederick County, I continued to teach K-6th Grades as a substitute teacher for FCPS and CCPS system. Also, I opened my home studio for piano lessons. Each student receives a well-rounded program of basic music study in piano pieces, techniques, theory, and sight-reading. My experiences with teaching piano and organ lessons in my home studio for over 11 years are extremely rewarding. I am aware that each student come to me with a different abilities and learning levels. With this in mind, lessons are paced for the student's best progress and planned to be fun.

My other music experiences have been as a piano or organ accompanist for church worship, choirs, and singers. Occasionally, I was asked to play for weddings and enjoyed the experience.

Interested in taking piano lessons? Text or Email for an Interview and Registration Appointment (prior to first lesson.)
EMAIL: Musically.Sound.Piano@gmail.com
Esther N. McCormack
PH: 301-524-8515
I have been a Member of Frederick County Music Teachers Association, Maryland State Music Teachers Association, and National Music Teachers Association since 1977.
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Esther M.

Esther M.

Mount Airy, MD 21771
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$35 / 30-min
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Joseph P.

Monrovia, MD

I teach beginning piano, which includes basic music theory.

About Joseph

I have a graduate degree in vocal performance from California State University Northridge, and an undergraduate degree in music with a minor in theater from Edgewood College. As a teacher I have worked with a wide variety of voice types in many different age groups. As an acting coach I specialize in audition preparation, monologue delivery, and general stage presence.

I teach out of my home studio, located just outside of Damascus, MD, where I live with my wonderful wife, cat, and ducks. I am also an active performer, primarily singing opera, throughout the region.

In addition to
teaching voice and acting, I also teach beginning piano lessons.
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Joseph P.

Joseph P.

Monrovia, MD 21770
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$40 / 30-min
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Ricardo G.

Frederick, MD

En mis clases los alumnos van a recibir muchas herramientas que les van a ayudar a mejorar su conocimiento del instrumento, y lo mejor es que el tiempo de clase que por lo general en las academias es aburrido, en mi forma de enseñar resulta sumamente atractivo. La música tiene muchas implicaciones en la vida diaria, y todo eso lo desarrollamos en el transcurso de la clase.

About Ricardo

Hola, mi nombre es Ricardo, desde los 5 años comencé a estudiar música en el Conservatorio de Música Prudencio Esaa en Caracas, Venezuela. Por casi 15 anos he dado clases de música en distintas partes de mi país, enseñando un método propio que ayuda al estudiante en poco tiempo crear música, en el piano es importante leer, saber de armonía y tener técnica para poder desenvolverse sin problemas en el instrumento, actualmente estoy en los Estados Unidos trabajando en la producción musical, manejo en especial ritmos latinos, teoría y solfeo, armonía básica. Me gusta enseñar música, me esfuerzo po
rque en cada clase el estudiante aprenda algo nuevo y este contento y satisfecho con la enseñanza recibida.
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Ricardo G.

Ricardo G.

Frederick, MD 21702
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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