I have a degree and certification in violin and piano from the Boston Conservatory as well as a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland. I have had additional training and certification as a Suzuki teacher from The Suzuki Teacher Training Institute. I am a member of SAGWA-Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area as well as SAA-Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have played all around the world including the Vatican, White House, Paris, Russia, England and Wales as well as in Concert Halls such as Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. I have taken students with me to perform as well in these countries and also every major concert hall in the Washington, D.C. area. I give my students opportunities to perform whenever there is an opportunity. In addition I work with students to earn music scholarships to private school
s and colleges. I am also a judge in the Young Artist Award in Maryland. In addition, I have received two White House awards for my performances at the White House, I am also a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society.
Music has been an important part of my life. It represents so much that is good in life and I do my best to communicate this to my students. I am training my students not just to be musicians but to love music for life.
*** Lesson Details *** I treat each student as an individual since everyone is different. For some I might use a traditional approach, some just the Suzuki approach and others a combination of techniques. Whatever produces the best results. My goal is not to make strictly classical musicians but to train students to love music and carry this love throughout life. My repertoire consists of everything including traditional, Suzuki, Disney, Showtunes, etc. I have taken students to perform little concerts at the White House, schools, hospitals and concert halls to get the real feel of performing. I view lessons as a three way relationship between myself, the student and the parent so that the parent is not left out. I even have a small group called Musical Magic which incorporates magic into music. I feel I am laid back but am able to accomplish my goal through positive reinforcement. Every child or student wants to feel good about his/her playing. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible. If you want online lessons, please contact me through Take Lessons since I have additional availability to teach online. In the past six months my students have performed for the National Humane Society at their animal ball, a multi teacher recital on a local stage, and just two weeks ago seven of them performed at Strathmore. This summer I have two more concerts planned. Coming up will be an all instrument graduation with several other teachers where students receive medals for their performances. No student is required to perform but if they want to the opportunity is there. All students are required to have an instrument prior to beginning lessons. If students need to rent a violin, I will provide you with the name of a violin dealer that both rents and sells string instruments. Piano students must have a piano or keyboard.
I have also started a toddler music appreciation program geared for the 1-4age range. The purpose of this program is to expose very young children to the fun of Music through instruments, songs and play.
*** Studio Equipment *** I teach at home and have both a grand piano and electric keyboard in addition to a harp and violin.
*** Travel Equipment *** When my students have to travel to perform, I make sure they have everything they need.
*** Specialties *** Traditional and Suzuki approaches for both violin and piano. I also teach children with learning disabilities.and have extensive summer programs to help students with auditions for youth orchestras and school orchestras. At this point in time I am only accepting beginner to intermediate level students.
Diane has a profound love for children, at least my 7 yr old son. She is so sweet makes learning very easy. She even teaches me along with my son at his lesson. We love Ms. Diane!
October 7, 2019
Ms Diane is a wonderful violin teacher for my 9 years old
daughter. It has been three years since we started and my daughter always enjoys her lesson. Ms Diane is very patient, positive and a great listener as well.
October 7, 2019
Diane works with my teenage daughter and she is absolutely wonderful. My daughter loves the way she teaches and enjoys each lesson.
I am an easy going, knowledgable and creative teacher. I strive to put the students and their personal needs first. I'm very aware that each student/person learns differently and I incorporate various strategies of learning into my lessons. There is a lot of humor and dialogue with my lessons, allowing my students the freedom to be themselves while playing.
As a school teacher, I have lots of experience in building student confidence and knowledge. If you aren't confident then you aren't progressing!
I like to record my students at different intervals of their education so they can hear the progress! I email a lesson recap after every lesson so that the student can see what we learned that week, including any notes/attachments for the student to review.
I also encourage my students to text/email/ or call with any questi
ons/concerns between lessons. This gives my students the ability to get through a challenging or difficult concept/strategy when its happening and not have to wait till the next lesson.
Rob is an amazing teacher! My 6 year old daughter is very energetic, and has challenges staying on task. Rob makes every class fun, and adjusts his style or plan to keep her interested in the guitar lesson. I feel like she has learned a lot in a short period of time. I highly recommend Rob!
March 1, 2019
No show. I was set up and ready 10 minutes ahead of time, and 15 minutes after we were supposed to start I gave up. No call. no email, nothing. I called him at 6:20 to be told his day was screwed up by a funeral, and I told him my dog ate my homework. Pathetic. I knew I had a lesson, he must have known he had one to give, and no notification whatsoever. I don't do business like this.
January 25, 2019
Rob has a great eye for technique and is corrective and not critical.
I've been tutoring individuals, small businesses, and corporate employees to become proficient in using their computers and applications since 1985, and I can help you do the same. I have the experience to help you learn all about Microsoft Windows, and Microsoft Office applications (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook).
I'm very patient and I pace all my lessons at the learning speed of my student - as fast or slow as they need so they don't feel overwhelmed. Naturally, it takes a few times practicing the usage before someone feels confident, but I can help you become proficient in using your applications. I enjoy teaching people about their computers, and it makes me happy to see them become proficient in using their applications.
I'm Victor C., a Spanish Tutor and a Python programmer. I have been tutoring for over 10 years and have had great success with students of all ages, college students and adult professionals, from all over the world.
In Python I worked with students from the basics to advanced projects including Data Science tools like Pandas, then Web Scraping projects, to Machine Learning projects using Neural Networks, and even creating an app using Java that uses a machine learning model using Python.
For my Spanish students I've helped them learn the language quickly by incorporating real life scenarios into my lessons. In order to perfect their pronunciation my students interact with native Spanish speaking people that do not know any English to test their learned skills.
I look forward to working with you to reaching all of your academic
and professional goals. Just send me a message, I'll be happy to help you.
Today we have access to a mega-powerful tool that can bring our ideas from text to the big screen in a matter of weeks. To go from a photo to a billboard. A group chats to a leading production team. A voice memo to a hit song. Today, everyone can be heard in high definition, seen in 4k, and shared on any Online Platform or Big Screen, thanks to an incredible technological advance called the smartphone. You wanna be part of the success stories? Then let me show you all the right tools to use today and how to use them to their maximum potential. Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker (short, feature, documentary), Vlogger, content provider or even business owner. Let me show you how easy it is to turn your smartphone from a simple communication tool to an intergalactic spacecraft that can transport your dreams into reality on the go.
To be mobile. Film in Cinematic quality anywhere. Forget the office, you have a whole factory in your pocket.
I have been nominated over 20 times and have won 5 awards internationally, and I have been recognized by the ACS (Australian Cinematographer Society) for my skills in filmmaking. I have also been recognized by AFI and AACTA for being one of the leading filmmakers who has been using mobile technology to its full potential.
Blake is super informed and very motivated. He motivates you to work more and better. He shares everything he knows and supports you anyway he can...
He learned by him self so much and helps you do the same yourself!
I recommend him for Video Production or Film Production too. Check his work, the man does a lot of different things and all of them very good.
I totally recommend him :)
July 5, 2019
Blake is an incredible and inspiring teacher. His classes on filmmaking give you practical tips on how to become a filmmaker and most important on how to start TODAY. He motivates you to get active while giving you the right tools to turn your plans into actions.
My name's Reza. So my bio won't be the typical programmers bio, as I'm not a typical programmer. I find that people choose to work with someone whom they like. Thus, I’ll get into a bit about me, my life, and my story into coding so you can understand a little about who I am.
I really wasn't supposed to become a programmer. While I was a little geeky and played video games, I generally was pretty extroverted and hung out with a lot of people and went to parties growing up. I never saw myself as someone super ‘intelligent’. I thought I was smart, yes, but definitely not a techie. I didn't think I was a ‘nerd' either. So if I wasn't a nerd, how'd I be able to learn something so technical? Because only nerds would and could learn programming and IT, right?? Or so I thought at the time.
I originally planned to become
a psychologist because I was fascinated by how the mind worked and wanted to figure it out as well as help people figure out their own minds in order to be successful in any area of life they wanted to be. This passion stemmed from a young age of 13 when I received a book on how to be a confident man and attract women. See, someone from my video game clan in warcraft 3(I mentioned I was a geek) ended up sending me this e-book that changed my life. My interest in personal development began around dating and meeting women, and then shifted to becoming the best version of myself I could be. I began self-teaching myself social skills, confidence, leadership, body language, positive thinking and transformed myself from a shy geek to someone who could speak in front of a room full of people in a seminar. This ended up leading me to me working as a social dynamics coach at the age of 18 helping men and women obtain power in their social, and dating lives. I coached individuals, ran seminars and helped with the curriculum design.
My love of self-development and coaching drew me towards becoming a psychologist. Even more so, I began dealing with depression and that fueled my fire of wanting to understand what was going on so I could solve the problem. It’s like when you’re dealing with a bug in programming and you have this intense desire to figure out the problem so your application can work! Except this time, the application was my brain and it wasn’t working properly. I ended up being forced to drop everything, school and the job I had, in order to deal with my mental health. It got so bad, I didn't think I'd ever be able to work again. A simple delivery job felt too daunting for me. But, as do all great changes that occur, I began taking full responsibility for my life and began figuring out my health little by little. I put the onus on me to have a healthy mind. I began researching and self-teaching myself about brain-chemistry, and how the brain and mental illness worked. I would use this knowledge to self-tailor a personal treatment plan that let me crawl out of depression and burst back into life. I ended up finished my psychology degree and got to working at an Apple store as a tech specialist. Again, just as with social skills, my ability to self-teach myself a particular skill yielded me tremendous results that changed my life.
Well, that notion would be put to the test a year and a half ago after I visited Colombia. I fell love with the country, and thought to myself, "how can I work and travel at the same time?" I did some research, and found out that programming was a great way to live the digital nomad lifestyle I so desperately wanted. Again, I didn't think I could do it, because, well, I'm not a nerd... or I'm not smart enough...or I'm a 'peoples' person...or I'm a sales guy, not a tech guy....or I'm too old, even if I was only 26(lol)...or I have depression and my mind can't focus on difficult tasks for very long so I should stick to simpler tasks...or *Insert excuse*. Blah blah blah... but, I decided too actually try to programming first before I agreed with any of those excuses I was making in my head. And, then something happened... I don't what it was, but from the moment I wrote my first print statement and I saw something happen in the console, I was hooked. It felt like an addiction. It felt like magic. It felt like I was in control. I felt like this was my ticket to success, freedom, and most importantly, getting my life back to the next level. Even though I felt behind in progress compared to my peers in the field of success/career due to mental illness, I knew programming could be my ticket back on top. It felt like my very own comeback story!
So began my long journey into learning code. And I'll tell you what, immediately the next day, things began getting more difficult and my brain began to hurt in ways it never had before. It felt like it was going to explode out of my head. But, I kept persisting and kept simply staring at the screen and gave my brain no choice but to figure out the problem it was looking at. And low and behold, somehow, someway, I stuck with coding and a year and a half later, I'm working on an appointment setting App to sell to local small businesses. All the meanwhile, getting closer to achieving my digital nomad goal.
Now I'm here, on Wyzant, looking to help others. In the last year and a half, I've made more progress self-teaching then most people do in double that in college. When you're forced to teach yourself, it changes things, because you know the onus is on you. However, getting help from friends who became mentors in coding made a huge difference as I was able to get unstuck on problems that plagued me for hours, days and sometimes weeks. I’m here to help basic students who are just getting into programming as well as intermediate students in Python and Django. I believe what makes me different then other teachers is that I'm someone who wasn't 'supposed' to become a programmer, but I did anyways. I'm very good at self-teaching and ultimately that's how one can speed up their learning time in development as there's so much to learn and you can't just go to a class or a bootcamp and expect to learn everything in the classroom. To me, it's not about how good I am in coding, it's about how good I am at getting the knowledge I have into my student's head that counts. I strive to give my student's the best experience possible. That's where I come in.
Interested students can expect to improve week to week in their coding techniques while studying computing skills and programming concepts with me. Every child is unique. Only you have to trust yourself as I do. I teach students to help them build up their own logical thoughts and apply them in order to unlock new skills and techniques. I can help any student to go ahead with their interest in technology with confidence, expression and attitude.
I'm a Database Administrator during the week so I show my geeky side all of the time. At the same time, I'm a musician and have loved it for over 25 years. A good mix of super-organized as well as laid back and creative. Let's take the journey with Piano or Excel !