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Jennifer V.

Ashburn, VA

About Jennifer

My name is Jennifer. I got my degree in vocal performance and minored in Jazz. I began voice lessons myself when I was eight. I am a mezzo soprano, and can teach both female and male voices. I have performed in several opera productions including but not limited to The Marriage of Figaro, Dido and Aeneus, Tenderland, and Hand of Bridge. I have worked and performed in masterworks by Brahms, Chopin, Mozart to name a few. I studied in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. I studied diction, ear training, piano, music history, pedagogy, and music theory. I have also performed with artists
such as New York Voices, Bobby Mcferrin and Kurt Elling. I was blessed with many learning opportunities to grow in my passion and I would love to pass that knowledge and passion to anyone who wants to learn.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed around the needs of each student. The first lessons is always spent testing range, knowledge and abilities already known by the student. Then the student weighs in on what kind of music they would like to learn and what they hope to gain from the lessons. Theory and ear training are incorporated into the lessons. We work on breathing, technique and style. Generally we start with English or Italian. We work on vocal performance from a classical standpoint but Jazz and Broadway can also be taught if desired by the student. Scales and exercises are given each week to be worked on until the next lesson. A recording device is encouraged if the student cannot play the piano. Also, a voice note book to take notes during the lesson to be used during practice during the week.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a keyboard and books

*** Specialties ***
classical voice and jazz voice.
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Kelly L. August 21, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Jenn has been working with my daughter for about 18 months. She was a complete beginner when she started, outside of singing in the chorus at school. My daughter very much enjoys working with Jenn and they have fun while still getting the job done. Jenn is soft spoken and kind which is what I wanted. She is great about letting the kids work often on songs they like which makes it more interesting for the student. My daughter loves musical theater and Jenn has helped her with some audition pieces as well. And having the lessons at home is such a help to me! Give her a try! You won't be disappointed!
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Bjorn S. June 10, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Very professional. I could tell quite a difference after 5 lessons.
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Steve G. April 29, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I really liked Jennifer. I had a very specific reason why I wanted to take lessons. I wanted to sing a specific song at a memorial service for my mother. I have always been self conscious about my singing voice . After the very first lesson I started feeling better about being able to pull this off. She is very supportive and a really compassionate person. She actually agreed to go to the service to play the panino so I could more comfortably sing this song....need I say more about Jennifer?
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Jennifer V.

Jennifer V.

Ashburn, VA 20148
(5)
starting at
$42 / 30-min
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John N.

Chantilly, VA

About John

I have been playing guitar and bass for over 35 years and traveled the world playing concerts in Clubs and Stadiums. My band ESTUS was signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, I played with the Eddie Kirkland Blues Band, formed Fat City in Woodstock NY, and played toured nationally with Quicksilver Messenger Service. Currently I play in RSB, the Rick Sickmen Band, and teach at the School of Rock in Vienna. I want to share my knowledge and extensive experience with students to 'play it forward' while having fun.

*** Lesson Details ***
From beginners to experienced players everyone has their
own goals and style of learning. I will try to have my students playing songs as soon as possible, in the style (rock, blues, country) that they want, while teaching some basic music theory to build on. My studio is fully equipped with instruments, amps, recording equipment, drums and PA system.

*** Studio Equipment ***
guitars, amps, drums, 16 track recorder, soup to nuts

*** Specialties ***
Rock (all kinds), Blues, Pop, Country, ear training.
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Haitao D. January 10, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have been learning guitar with John for past 3 months and it is a great experience. John is very knowledgeable and patient to guide me with the much more efficient path to learn play with songs. I was trying to learn from books and YouTube videos for past 1 year, but much more improvements were made after two lessons with John! I also love his teaching styles very much: trying to explain WHY things work the way it is (e.g., music theory) instead of give a lot of "recipe level" exercises you can get from a book. I would strongly recommend him as a guitar teacher to any level!
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Jim O. September 6, 2014
Blues Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I'm about to have my forth lesson with John and I must say he is an amazing musician and an amazing guitar teacher. In the last four weeks, John and I have been working on blues guitar licks. I've been playing at the same level for years. John has changed that for me immediately after our first lesson. He has made a huge difference in my playing and my approach to the guitar.

After I finish writing this review, I will be signing up for additional lessons.

Thanks John
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Cliff B. December 14, 2013
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Wonderful instructor

I chose John because of his extensive experience as a professional musician and recommend him highly if you are looking for a great instructor. If his patience with this 44 year old starting musician is any indication, I'm certain he's good with anyone at any age!
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John N.

John N.

Chantilly, VA 20151
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starting at
$39 / 45-min
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Joshua B.

Fairfax, VA

About Joshua

Joshua began his teaching career as a graduate teaching assistant (TA) while pursuing his Master's degree at Florida State University. As a TA he taught voice lessons to undergraduate students, preparing them for auditions, recitals, and end of the term juries. Since graduating from FSU, Joshua has maintained a dynamic private vocal studio. Offering lessons to students from diverse backgrounds and varying levels of experience, utilizing a very personal approach to each student, tailoring lessons to meet each individuals needs. Under the belief that a solid vocal technique is the key to great s
inging, he begins from the ground up, addressing each aspect of singing, including the alignment of the body while singing, the inhale of the breath, the management of the breath while singing, and the physical action of singing.

Joshua's students come from all walks of life, and with his guidance, many have achieved new personal heights. Current and former students have done things such as: recording albums with their band; record solo albums; successfully audition for premier choirs; get booked as a solo entertainer; be cast as a lead in a musical; appear on national television; receive highest ratings on end-of-semester evaluations; and excel with their karaoke league!

Joshua is also an active performer. With a repertoire that spans opera, oratorio, song, and even straight-plays, Mr. B. is a versatile and intriguing artist. He has performed a variety of well-known operatic roles, such as Rodolfo, in Puccini’s La Boheme, Borsa in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Recently he appeared as the young tenor Tony Candolino, with Lyric Opera Virginia, in their production of Terrance McNally’s tony-winning play Masterclass. Other notable operatic roles are Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, and Camille de Rossilon in The Merry Widow. Joshua also enjoys exploring more obscure, contemporary works as well, such as Adam in Soluri’s Adam and Eve, The Celebrant in Mark Adamo’s Avow, and The Englishman in Jacques Ibert's Angelique. Mr. B. has also had the great honor of performing several scenes as Lenny in Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men (an opera based on the popular novel by John Steinbeck) at a benefit for the composer himself.

Joshua also enjoys an active career as a concert soloist, appearing in such works as The Messiah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse. Recently he has appeared as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, as well as Carl Orff’s pivotal Carmina Burana. Joshua also had the privilege of joining the Cathedral Choral Society as the tenor soloist in last year’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Vespers, for special guests, their Excellencies, the ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine. In May, Joshua will once again join the Cathedral Choral Society as the tenor soloist in their performances of Mozart’s Davide Penitente, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.

Recently Joshua won second prize at The Partners for the Arts inaugural vocal competition. Joshua is also a past winner of the Hannah Beaulieu Vocal Competition, and 2013 finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Mid-Atlantic region.

In 2010 Mr. B. made his European debut singing the role of Tamino from Mozart's Die Zauberfl te at the Mittels chsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany. He also stepped in on short notice to sing several performances of Erster Geharnischter when the house tenor became ill.

Joshua is an emerging artist of the American Wagner Project, and recently attended Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices.
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Vicente L. October 20, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Makes you feel at ease. great instructor.
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Bernice H. October 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
I just love working with Josh. He knows his stuff and at the same time is fun to work with. He knows technique and anatomy, so he's able to describe all the details of what your air, tongue, palate, etc. should be doing. I never knew how much was involved in singing!
Plus he's always striving to find new and innovative ways to teach. He is not just an excellent singer who assumes he can pass it on, he really cares about the best way to help you improve.
Another thing I really appreciate is that Josh holds you to high standard. He insists on quality, but that means when he says you got it right, you know you really nailed it! Through it all his vibrant and warm personality shines through.
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Anna C. September 24, 2014
Singing · In home
A week after my first lesson with Joshua, people in the congregation of my church where I sang, expressed their amazement at the progress I had made. Two years later, I can reach high octaves, sing with confidence and do things with my voice I never dreamed I would be capable of doing. I am older than most of Joshua’s students and have a different background from them (in non-Western music). Yet one of his greatest gifts Joshua has is his sensitivity, creativity and ability to understand and truly connect with people. Instead of a rigid, "one-size-fits-all” method, he creates flexible and unique approaches that fit the personality and learning style of each individual student. At the same time, the depth and rigor of his approach are unparalleled. What has been a source of excitement and progress for me is his patience and the seriousness of his approach. He treats me—not as someone who never took herself seriously as a singer—but as if I were an accomplished opera singer with global reputation. He lingers on phrases or words to correct enunciation; bring out nuances of interpretation or explain the relationship between physical and musical elements in a sound and work patiently with me until I can do it right. Originally I thought I would take a few basic singing lessons for 3-6 months but I have been getting so much out of studying with Joshua that it has been over two years now and I can’t even foresee an end. Every single lesson is a discovery of a new level of clarity and singing ability and every single week represents progress over the previous week.
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Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Fairfax, VA 22031
(6)
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Alexander S.

Oakton, VA

About Alexander

My name is Alex. I am a recent college graduate and I am committed to education. I have a bachelors degree in Political Science, minors in history and music. Through a scholarship designated internship, I was in the public schools of Guildford county NC schools as early as 2011 for music and social studies.
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Erick S. July 27, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Very professional
I recommend him
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Geron G. June 9, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Alex is a fine person and excellent musician. I recommend him as a teacher.
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Larry D. June 8, 2015
Ok. I have actually been one Alex's instructors! Not trumpet but Choir. Yes the guy can sing too. More importantly, he is an awesome guy, genuine person, and terrific musician. I just wish he could have stayed in NC so I could have him in my orchestra. I was his orchestra conductor and choral director for many years. Some DC area students are going to be very fortunate to have him as an instructor.

You can tell I like the guy! If he was just a little bit older I'd be begging him to marry my daughter. How's that for a reference?

Dr. Larry Dickens
Duncan Chair of Church Music
Associate Professor of Church Music
Campbell University Divinity School
Buies Creek, NC
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Alexander S.

Alexander S.

Oakton, VA 22124
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Brianna S.

Fairfax, VA

About Brianna

I am currently pursuing a BM in Trumpet Performance at George Mason University, studying under Professor Phil Snedecor. I have been playing trumpet for 14 years, and have orchestral, wind band, chamber, marching band, and pit orchestra experience. I have been teaching privately since 2012.

It is extremely important to me that my students reach their full potential, being the best musician they can be while still retaining their passion for music. I remember the first time I ever picked up a trumpet; it was one of the most unforgettable experiences.

I emphasize teaching and solidifying f
undamentals while creating a fun and musical environment for my students. I also believe that ear training is imperative in developing musicianship.

As a performer, I have played with the American Festival Pops Orchestra and the United States Air Force Band.

I am available to teach both 30 minute and 1 hour long lessons.
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Zachary Pickett July 21, 2015
Trombone · In home
Learning trombone from Brianna was a great experience for my son, who is going into 6th grade this year. We wanted him to have a few lessons before starting band in middle school, and Brianna was the perfect person for the job. She taught him the basic skills he would need to succeed in the middle school band, and she really helped him become interested in music.
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Sarah Mitchell July 13, 2015
Trumpet · In home
I loved learning from Brianna. She is the greatest person to learn trumpet from. Her expertise is exceptional, and I truly enjoyed going to see her perform in concerts at George Mason University. It's great to be able to see your teacher perform!
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Brianna S.

Brianna S.

Fairfax, VA 22030
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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