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Mayumi G.

Greenbelt, MD

About Mayumi

American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker said, Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. This sentiment shaped my views on music and its performance. One of my great pleasures in life is sharing an appreciation of music.

I had always been a part of music. My father played trumpet, my mother could play guitar and carry a tune. They believed music was an important part of life so they started me on piano at 5 years old. And I've been playing that ever since. I started learning to sing in my middle school c
horus when I was 11 years old. I really liked it and I liked it more when I would sing my mother and father'€™s favorite songs and see them smile. So I listened to a lot of singers and vocalists that they liked and learned by emulating them and applying what I was learning in chorus. My piano lessons helped grasp the theory behind music and gave me a good ear for pitches.

I studied voice at the University of Maryland College Park School of Music. In their chorus I had the pleasure of learning and performing many wonderful pieces such as Verdi€™s Requiem and St. Matthew'€™s Passion. During that time I had chance of playing with the University Jazz Band as both their pianist and as their jazz singer. I even arranged my own version of Too Darn Hot by Cole Porter that was performed by the band in 2007.

I also work a lot with musical theatre. I've been in a number of shows in Maryland including Rent and Hairspray, and Into the Woods. I also free lance as a music director in the area. I've been a music director for 10 years and I love every minute of it. My music director credits include Children of Eden, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie, Grease, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, And the World Goes Round, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Wizard of Oz, Jekyll & Hyde for which I was nominated for Outstanding Musical Direction in 2011 and Ragtime for which I was named one of the "Best of 2013: Favorite Musical Direction" by DC Metro Arts and won WATCH Award for Outstanding Musical Direction.

I believe that to get as good as you want to be, of course you have to work at it, but there'€™s no reason that you can'€™t enjoy learning it.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be able to teach you soon.
Mayumi G.

*** Lesson Details ***
Practice makes perfunk. This is a saying that was always hanging on my band teacher's door in high school. It was a reminder that it requires work to get something right, but you need to take breaks and relax a bit too. That's how I feel about teaching in general. Constantly working and being worried about getting it just right can lead to bad habits. So I make sure that the lesson is balanced between a relaxed atmosphere and an effective working environment.

I can teach a variety of styles. But I like to always make sure that the fundamentals of singing are solid regardless of whether you want to sing classical or jazz or pop. So I go into:
Proper techniques for breathing
Creating good tonal sounds
Diction

I believe that singers have a greater advantage if they are able to read music and understand theory. I believe that it makes learning music by oneself much easier as well. So I also have the option to go into basic music theory (i.e. reading music notation and rhythms) to advance music theory(i.e. roman numeral analysis, ear training, harmonic progression) if you choose to do so.

For intro to piano, I follow the same structure as beginning singers and also start with the fundamental basics that will help lead into whatever style you wish to play:
How to read music
Understanding basic music theory
how to play what you read
Finger strengthening

For both piano and singing: After some basic training, I start to give a variety of different style songs to work with. I do encourage student to bring songs they want to learn and tailor lessons around that particular song and style. I like them to learn 2 songs per lesson increasing to 3 or 4 depending on the pace of the student and the amount of workload they feel they are able to handle.

I do believe that listening to music is part of the learning process so every few weeks or so I like to give the student 1 or 2 YouTube clips I found and have them watch it then come in the next week and we discuss the video both good and bad and what they can learn from it.

As they progress the songs get more difficult and we start really honing in on the techniques of the production of sound as well as performance aesthetics, as in how to create a presence on stage, how to project the sound more, overall how to give a good performance.

Some of my past students would use the lesson time to learn about auditioning for musicals and stage productions. If the student has any such desire all they have to do is ask and I will set aside time to work on how to audition for shows and what most music directors look for when they hear you sing. For those who don'€™t, I like to give the option to give a recital if the student feels comfortable to do so. It would be held in a local studio, very casual affair just to give the student that experience of music as a performing art.

Note: I do teach at my home. I do have pets, 3 guinea pigs and a cat. If this is an issue, I can also travel to the student home.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with keyboard and office equipment. Seating for parents.

**She has a cat, and some guinea pigs**

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teaching piano: I own a weighted keyboard suitable for instruction.
Teaching voice: I can accompany the student as they sing

*** Specialties ***
In piano I tend to teach classical, but I do move away from that after they've grasped the basic technique and theory to how to sight read and improvise, even play by ear.

In voice, I start with basic classical technique and after they've grasped the fundamentals of good vocal production, branch out into different styles of music from straight classical/opera to Broadway to jazz to pop and r&b.
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Mary November 27, 2015
Singing · In home
Excellent instructor provides detailsinformation on the importance of
understanding and mastering breathing techniques when singing.
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Bettyaita R. June 29, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She is a great instructor.We look forward to each lesson!
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Aylin O. June 27, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
The first lesson was awesome! Can't wait for the next one. Thanks!
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Mayumi G.

Mayumi G.

Greenbelt, MD 20770
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$30 / 30-min
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Matthew B.

Washington, DC

Lessons are highly structured and flexible to student interest. Expectations for practice and technique are consistent and clear so as to catalyze student growth and productivity. Practice materials and curriculum are catered to individual needs and interest, focusing on the minimization of practice time through objective and effective strategies. Lessons can be recorded.

About Matthew

Originally from the Jersey Shore, Matthew is an educator and active freelance musician in the tri-state area. He received his bachelors degree in music education from the Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University) before completing his masters degree in music performance from the Steinhardt School (New York University).

Matt has studied piano since the age of seven, covering a variety of genres including classical, jazz, musical theater, and pop. While attending Rutgers, he regularly performed and was a featured soloist with the graduate-level Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, a
nd Opera Orchestra; performance highlights and venues include Avery Fischer Hall, Symphony Space, NJPAC, and the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia). He has studied with contemporary leaders in oboe performance (Matthew Sullivan, Jonathan Blumenfeld, Nathan Hughes, Geoffrey Burgess) as well as a variety of classical and jazz pianists (Karina Bruk, Andy Milne).
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Cahara P. June 14, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter said she really enjoyed herself and can't wait to see you again
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Vivi June 10, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, patient, kind , fun, energetic instructor. I will refer him to anyone.
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Sophia May 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sophia, my six year old, had her first lesson this evening with Matthew. He was extremely attentive and understood very quickly where she was level-wise and was able to tailor a lesson without hesitation. She really enjoyed her time and I think she got a lot out of it. She can't wait for next week.
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Matthew B.

Washington, DC 20018
(12)
starting at
$40 / 45-min
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Yelena S.

Burtonsville, MD

I teach piano for all ages and all experience levels. I also play ensembles with students and accompany clarinet and other instruments. Have accompanied at the University of Maryland. 35 years professional experience. I studied at an elite Russian school for musical talent and have been awarded a masters degree from the Kharkiv conservatory. I enjoy excellent interaction and engagement with all my students. Students of all ages and backgrounds welcome!

About Yelena

*** Studio Equipment ***
upright piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano or a keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Russian School of Piano Playing
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Lisandro S. July 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and my son enjoyed his class!
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Barbara M. October 12, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Yelena has been a wonderful piano teacher. Always cheerful and patient and has been flexible with my crazy schedule. I appreciate that she took the time to challenge me and encourage me as I got started on learning to play the piano - something I've wanted to do for years! Even though I can no longer continue (due to my work schedule), she's given me lots to practice at home and hopefully I'll be able to return later. Yelena is the best!
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Barbara M. May 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
A fun first lesson. Looking forward to the next!
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Yelena S.

Yelena S.

Burtonsville, MD 20866
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Aaron C.

Laurel, MD

Develop knowledge of chords and music structure. Learn to play from a fake book and make our own arrangements in a variety of styles. Develop our ears through active listening. Develop solid reading through learning pieces and using method books at the appropriate levels. Develop solid technique through scales and technical drills.

About Aaron

In a fun and engaging atmosphere we will develop the tools of musicality. I'm as comfortable with an absolute beginner as an advanced student.

I've been a professional drummer and keyboardist for 17 years. The last 13 of these have been touring with Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus. I've performed on cruise ships, in clubs and bars, and in concert halls.

As a drummer I'm well versed in Jazz, Rock, Latin, Funk, and Orchestral/Band Percussion. We will focus on solid time, technique, and musicality.

On the piano we develop solid fundamentals through reading and technical exe
rcises, a grounding in theory, and an understanding of musical structure. You will learn to play from a fake book, play with a band, and improvise. I will also equip you with the tools to write your own music.

Happy to teach students both drums and piano. We can do this as a split one hour lesson, or alternate weeks. We will also work on ensemble playing by playing together.

NOTE: I CANNOT PROVIDE IN HOME TEACHING WITHIN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
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Kyechia July 16, 2016
Drum · In home
Aaron is a wonderful instructor! Very patient, energized, focused, structured, punctual, and fun to work with. He offers a variety of talents. We are very happy to have Aaron as an instructor in our home!
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JJ N. July 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Aaron is great with the kids & they've learned so much. He makes the lessons fun & they look forward to their weekly lessons.
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Kelly N. July 9, 2016
Piano · In home
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Aaron is great with the kids & they've learned so much. He makes the lessons fun & they look forward to their weekly lessons.
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Aaron C.

Aaron C.

Laurel, MD 20707
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$25 / 30-min
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Lisa C.

Silver Spring, MD

Whether you are a budding pianist with sights set on a top conservatory or someone who wants to build a solid foundation and play the pieces you love, then you are in the right place. I believe that lessons and curricula should be tailored to the goals and strengths of the student and I individualize lessons to ensure that you reach your goal while acquiring the necessary technique and theory that will allow you to go further if you wish to do so. I have a Masters of Music from the Jacobs School of Music (an institution that alternates with Julliard as No. 1 in the country for piano) and have studied and performed in Europe, the United States, and Asia. I have been teaching for over 5 years now and established and ran my own studio for a time in the Pearl of the Orient: Shanghai.

About Lisa

Li-Hsuan is from Taiwan and have Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with Indiana University Music Merit award scholarship and studied with Pro. Shigeo Neriki.

She has appeared in recital and as soloist throughout the world. Li-Hsuan gave a performance for Pope John Paul II on June 30, 2004. Later on, She joined the 46th Weimar Master Classes in pianist Paul Badura-Skoda’s class. She was dedicated herself to several performances later in many orchestra concerts held in Taichung city and Taipei National Music Hall,a
s an orchestra member. In 2014, She studies with IU Pro. Emile Naoumoff as a scholarship recipient.

She has been given individual music lessons and worked as an active accompanist for years.She has taught piano students from children to adult. She also works as a piano coach in the past, she worked with elementary students and supervised them for national piano competitions.
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Zhao April 23, 2016
Piano · In studio
Lisa C. is my daughter's pinao teacher. She has highly skills in piano and always shows the greatest patience in teaching. She is professional in piano and music theory. My daughter very love her and learn more from her. My daughter and I always give high appraisal to her ability and teaching. I and my daughter thank a lot for her long-term good work in teaching.
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Shirly April 22, 2016
Piano · In home
My daughter likes her very much.She is patient and very experience.With her help,my daughter makes obvious progress.Thanks!
The third picture shows my daughter with Lisa:)
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Stephanie April 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Professional, patient, passionate!
My daughter says she loves her teacher, looking forward to go to the class every week.
Thanks Lisa to make my girl get interested in Piano and learn a lot!
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Lisa C.

Lisa C.

Silver Spring, MD 20910
(11)
starting at
$42 / 30-min

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