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Chris H.

Waldorf, MD

About Chris

I have been teaching private violin for over 20 years, and private viola/cello for about 10. I have taught in Charles and St. Mary's County Public schools. I am a member of American Strings Teacher's Association, National Association for Music Educators (Maryland Music Educators Association), and the Music Teachers National Association (Music Teachers Association of Charles County). As a teacher, I'm very student oriented. We move at your pace. The more you practice, the faster we move. I do encourage learning to read music, but I use multiple ways of teaching to reach my students. Everyone l
earns in a different way. My primary job is to see you achieve your goals in relation to your instrument. I also encourage that you take every opportunity to perform. There are many groups in the area that allow for different ages and styles of music. I can help you understand what is going on behind the music and hopefully see what the composer was hoping to convey, if that is something you want to know. When I was a student I always wanted to know "why?". As a teacher, you will know why if I do.

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to keep my lesson area as stress free as possible. It's OK to make mistakes in my studio. I would like you to bring a notebook to lessons as well as your music and instrument. I write as much as I can down because if you were like I was during lessons, I would forget everything I was supposed to be watching for after 3 days. Like I said above, we move at your pace. The more you practice, the faster we move. Questions are a good thing. It shows interest. But sometimes you just have to stop asking questions and just take the leap of faith.
We start with note reading as well as proper form and the parts of the instrument. We also deal with general care. I will tune your instrument every time you come in for lessons until you learn how to tune it yourself. We will review the day before, I will check on what work you've done and then move onto the next song/ technique etc. After we learn how to pluck the first 8 notes, we start with scales and bowing.

After that we move through the "usual" routine. Scale, etude, song(s) or school test songs, audition requirements etc.

I try to keep the same routine because for some students it's easier for them to focus if they know the lesson is going to move in a familiar way. It's reassuring. After we become proficient in the basics, we move into whatever genre you would like to play, within reason. If you are in the school orchestra we will work towards you getting an A.

I would say I'm more laid back when you are not preparing for an audition. Auditions require a lot of work and I want you to do as close to perfect as possible. I become fairly demanding during that time.

In about 6 months, you can play almost any tune you can hear on the radio. Explaining where you could be gets fairly technical and I might as well be talking like Charlie Brown's teacher.

NOTE: If you want to do music recording, you need to be doing that at my home studio. I use Garageband. If you need a different program than that like digital performer, or final cut or any other program, I am not the teacher for you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
at the away studio: music, music stand, stool, piano, laptop, tuner, metronome.

at home: music, music stands, chairs, computer, laptop, keyboard, microphone, tuner, metronome.

pictures of the away studio are posted.

*** Specialties ***
I am familiar with Paul Rolland's work as well as Guillespie's. I was brought up Suzuki but haven't been trained in Suzuki. I have taken classes on how to teach to a variety of students so I could hold a teaching license in the state.

Special note: If you are allergic to cats, you will want to take lessons at my other studio location, not at the home.
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Leo T. October 6, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Truly 5 stars. Very articulate and patient with children. Awesome teacher!!!
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Vara S. February 20, 2013
Violin
Excellent

Ms. Heins is an amazing teacher. I have been learning Violin from her for over two years now and I love it. She explains things clearly and if I am stuck on a piece she helps me out. She encourages me to do my best and participate in different competitions and activities. I love playing violin with her.
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W. B. February 13, 2013
Viola
Awesome Instructor!

It's evident she cares for her students....very patient with my daughter, my daughter has been under her care for about two yrs now, even sparking her interest to play another string instrument!

I cannot say how appreciative our family is of Ms. Heins and would certainly recommend her.
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Chris H.

White Plains, MD 20695
(5)
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Nicole C.

Waldorf, MD

About Nicole

As a voice teacher and voice coach I strive to help the student get to where they want to be vocally. For me singing is something that brings me joy and I hope to be able to share that with you.

It took me a while to realize how much music and singing means to me. While studying something entirely different at the University of Maryland, I began studying voice and realized that it was something that I had a gift for. I fell in love with singing art songs, jazz and opera arias. And while studying at the University of Maryland, I had the opportunity to work as a voice teacher/ section le
ader with the women's section of a choir, numerous opportunities to work as a soloist and in a few jazz clubs. I was also involved in dance performances and acted as a dance tutor.

Later, when I was invited to sing in Denver I had the opportunity to sing in Little Shop of Horrors and to sing with a women's choir. While studying at the University of Colorado Boulder I began to come into my own and started to let my large sound free. (Which for me was a process. Getting your voice where you want it and to where it is capable is work. But, it is fun work and you're always happy when you have these great moments where you get to where you were hoping you could and that your teacher said you would go at some point.) It was there, at CU Boulder that I got the opportunity to start singing in operas. While in Boulder I sang in The Magic Flute, Sarah McKinnon and as a soloist or recitalist.

Also, while there I worked as an actress in a theater company called the Interactive Theater Project for three years. I thought that by getting involved in that that I would be able to act more effectively while singing. It was fun just doing something where you're just working with the spoken word. I had a wonderful time with them and learned a lot about character work and what it takes to connect to the words in an effective way.

In the past few years, I have been a soloist and recitalist in the Washington,DC area and has sang opera in Pennsylvania with Center Stage Opera. Last year, I sang with Center Stage Opera in the role of Bertha. I had the opportunity to sing and to act at the Kennedy Center a few years ago. Also during that time, I
sang in Aleko, the Die Zauberflöte as the Queen of the Night, Serena in Porgy and Bess, and
sang in Ragtime and sang the role of the Wardrobe in Beauty and the Beast.

I am currently working as a soloist, a children's choir director, a chorus member and preparing for a recital and auditions in October. I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring.

*** Lesson Details ***
If you're a beginner, I will help you to understand what you need to get through the vocal line with breath and intonation. We will begin by doing vocal exercises and learn a lot about breathing for singing. I want to help you to make more beautiful tones. I will also slowly begin teaching you how to read sheet music and to help you be a more effective listener when it comes to music. I can also help you to become a better communicator as a singer.

For acting, I will help you to learn how to develop characters and bring the writer's words to life. We will begin by seeing what sort of subjects or genres interest you and what you are doing with those words now, and how you can delve deeper into making the world of the characters something more flushed out.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Inside my home studio I have: music, a music stand, chairs, WiFi, a computer, a laptop, a keyboard, a microphone, a metronome, a microphone, an amp/large speaker, and a sofa.

*** Specialties ***
For voice I would say that my focus is on classical voice. I also sing jazz, gospel and musical theater. For acting I have done both improvisational and regular scripted plays.

I have not taught students with special needs, but as someone with a twin sister with special needs, I am open to teaching students with special needs.
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Nina A. January 17, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
She is not only patient and personable, Nicole is knowledgeable on working with shy children. Thank you so much. My daughter is already excited about her next lesson
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Makenzie July 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
We are truly pleased with the singing lessons with Nicole. My daughter simply enjoys her sessions. I plan on purchasing more lessons.
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Demetrius J. January 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
I really enjoy performing with and learning from Nicole and I love the work that she has done with her students in their recitals.
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Nicole C.

Waldorf, MD 20603
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Amanda W.

Lexington Park, MD

About Amanda

Learn how to enjoy and take charge of the learning process! Read or play by ear and develop your ability to create meaningful music. Crochet Art Classes are also available.

*** Lesson Details ***
Please be aware that I am willing to travel farther than the 10 mile radius and will consider a free first trial lesson.

I have plenty of music, instruments and ideas to start you off with or to continue your musical education. I also offer an introductory demo lesson in case you would like to experiment with different instruments in order to decide which one you like best.
:)

*** Studio
Equipment ***
I have a great library of music to choose from. I also own nearly every instrument that I teach so that I may demonstrate and play along.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some music, a few incentives and supplies, as well as simple repairs and maintenance for your instrument. I will also bring my own instruments for demonstration. The student will be required to secure their own instrument, music stand, book, reeds, valve oil, and the like.
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David R. December 18, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Amanda makes learning how to play the guitar a lot of .
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Amanda W.

Lexington Park, MD 20653
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Adina V.

Mechanicsville, MD

About Adina

I am a professional violinist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, Maryland. I also joined the Faculty of College of Southern Maryland (CSM) in 2013 where I teach Violin,Viola and Chamber Music Ensemble. I have been teaching violin with great results for more than 15 years and started my violin studio when I moved from Florida to Maryland in 2005.
Graduates of my studio have been admitted to prestigious conservatories such as Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Rutgers Mason Gross School of Music and others and have won many competitions thr
oughout the United States.
I have a deep love and appreciation for music and I enjoy teaching my student (from beginners to very advanced or adults). All levels are welcome! My studio is geared towards the motivated student seeking a well-rounded enjoyable, yet detailed, music education that focuses on both excellence and artistry.
Special emphasis is placed on building and maintaining a strong classical music base, which is the foundation for all other styles and techniques found in music. Additionally, students are exposed to learning concepts in ear training, sight singing, music theory, music history, folk music and improvisation. This enables students to be exposed to other areas of music such as composing, arranging, conducting, etc., thereby giving each student the unique opportunity to branch out and explore endless opportunities.
All teaching is conducted in a supportive yet challenging environment. Each student is encouraged to think for themselves and develop their own judgment through the development of their ear and musical comprehension.
Student recitals I arranged once or twice a year to showcase my students talent and progress and encourage their love for music.
I also organize other activities for my students such as Master classes and Music mind games (for younger students). I have a group class "Building music and memory skills" designated for children age 4 to 6 (children learn basic concepts in music theory and ear training before starting playing an instrument).
I offer a half hour lesson for beginners, a 45 min. lesson for intermediate an an hour lesson for intermediate to advanced students. Above all, I strongly encourage enjoyment of music.
Music should be played from the heart with passion and excitement.

WHEN YOU START TAKING LESSONS YOU WILL NEED:
a violin with bow and strings in playing condition, rosin, a kun shoulder rest (the right size for your instrument) and a music stand - see chart bellow for the right size violin and bow or contact me for the best way to measure your child.

4/4 (Full Size)-11 years to adult

3/4 violin and bow- 10 to 11 years

1/2 violin and bow- 8 to 9 years

1/4 violin and bow- 6 to 7 years

1/8 violin and bow- 5 to 6 years

1/10 violin and bow- 4 to 5 years

1/16 violin- 3 to 4 years ( average kids)

1/32 violin and bow- 3 to 4 years (petite kids)

If you have any questions please contact TakeLessons.
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Ferenc Szász January 27, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Great instructor!
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Dixon January 5, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Adina is wonderful as an instructor of children. She is both encouraging and inspiring to a beginner. She makes every effort also to make my daughter at home in her home studio. I am thus far very pleased.
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Lisa W. September 25, 2014
Violin · In studio
Best teacher ever! My daughter loves the violin and she is advancing very quickly. Mrs. Adina is the best. She teaches the violin in the tradition of the great european Masters. She is fantastic violinist and musician. Take lessons with her and you will be amazed!
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Adina V.

Adina V.

Mechanicsville, MD 20659
(3)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Christine P.

Alexandria, VA

About Christine

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

Professional recording artist with two U.S. Billboards (2014) in the popular adult contemporary and an E.P. (3 singles) currently playing on radio in the U.K. You may find my music on iTunes and other online distributors such as Spotify. I also have a profile on Reverbnation.com.

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

I have continued my vocal studies with the incomparable Fabiana Bravo, who studied unde
r Luciano Pavarotti. From her I have learned the true Italian tradition of Bel canto and Verismo in opera. This differs from the American interpretation of the art.

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 because of it.

I specialize in intonation and teach students how to apply specific vocal techniques to create different colors in their resonators. From this students will be able to achieve different styles of music while maintaining the integrity and authenticity of their instrument.

Some of the styles I offer are jazz, popular adult contemporary, classical, opera, R&B, traditional pop, gospel, spiritual, hymnal, musical theater, big ballad, country and any variation of these styles.

What to expect during lessons:

I base lessons on the assessment of the student's individual structure and voice type, much like the true Italian style. Students will develop their technique through very clear and specific vocal exercises. They will put this into practical use through their rep.

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

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

I also teach piano in the European route. I specialize in proper reading skills and developing good technique. I will show students how 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.

My goal is for my students to become independent musicians. I have worked with many children with disabilities as well. Please ask me how.

Lastly, 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).

I always say to people considering taking 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, encouraging, friendly and welcoming.

Voice begins at age 12 and piano at age 5.

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

I started my teaching career at Lorton music full time as a vocal and piano instructor and have over five years experience. At Lorton Music I was so highly recommended and referred to by other clients that I was required to put students on a wait-list 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:)

A little bit about the types of students I have in my studio. I have a diverse range of students in terms of age and interest for their musically aspirations.

I have had many students casted as main roles time and again in high school and community musicals. I have had many students get into districts, all county and state choir. I even had a student get the highest score in the entire state for her voice.

I have had professional vocalists work with me. I have had students win competitions and talent shows. I have had students take lessons to improve their voice for worship services.

I have had students want to simply sing better as a personal hobby and for themselves. I have students want to master a particular style of music. I have students take on the discipline to work through their disability, such as autism, attention deficit (both especially from piano lessons) and speech impediments among others.

I have had students who have taken voice lessons before or attended music school, but have been out of practice or are looking for a better fit in a vocal coach. I have had students who want to build their confidence and find their voice and have managed to overcome personal issues such as stage fright, anxiety and other personal insecurities.

I have had students get into collegiate vocal programs such as Glee club and choir. I have also had students get into music school for voice with several offers to schools including several full scholarships.

This is only a handful of the reasons students have decide to take lessons with me. Whatever your reason, it's a calling and I am here to simply serve faithfully as your teacher.
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Carlos C. February 9, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Christine kept a very open and fun atmosphere which made for a wonderful learning environment. Her knowledge in her art and ability to tell what I was doing wrong and being able to correct it just by listening was impressive and inspiring. She has mastered the ability to explain the mechanics and fundamentals of singing in a simple and easy way to understand. I look forward to all future lessons with Christine and am excited to see the things that I can learn and accomplish with Christine's guidance. I would recommend Christine for anyone of any age to take lessons with her.
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Christine P.

Christine P.

Alexandria, VA 22309
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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