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Thomas D. Greenbelt, MD

About Thomas

My musical life began during the "folk boom" of the 1960's. I began songwriting and performing during my high school years. Later I was a member of a folk-rock band called The Bean Angels. We preformed and recorded in the Iowa City, Iowa area. Later I attended Montana State University where I studied music education. My training included: piano skills, music theory, music history, aural perception, conducting, and vocal pedagogy. I have several decades experience in teaching. I have taught guitar, piano, voice, and ukulele, and have directed a children's choir. *** Lesson Details *** I believe that each individual has his or her own particular learning style and pace. Accordingly I try to tailor my instruction to best fit the individual student. The first lessons will ...

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Ginny H. October 29, 2014
Verified Student
I've been taking ukulele lessons from Tom for about 2 months and have just added voice lessons. Tom is a very thoughtful, kind man. He has a great deal of knowledge about the theoretical and practical/performance aspects of instruction. He is also excellent at adapting his lessons to my own particular goals. What more could you want!
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paul V S. November 16, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
What a great experience for our family!

In August, our 7 yr. old daughter, Nathalie, started piano lessons with Thomas. She played her first Christmas carol here in early November! Thomas is a wonderful instructor! Undertstanding, warm, and very patient! I highly recommend his services!!
Joshua L. Glen Burnie, MD

Tools for writing an excellent song. How to write a chorus, how do make differences in the verses, how to write lyrics...etc...

We will go over different types of songs and compositions then the student will compose their own music.

About Joshua

I am an active musician in the Baltimore and Washington area working as a pianist, guitarist, producer, and composer. I am a music director at two churches and spend time gigging, writing, and teaching. I graduated from the university of the arts with a degree in music performance performing in different ensembles from Latin jazz to the school's production of "Porgy and Bess." I have been teaching students of all ages for 3 years now and love working with children. Not only will students learn to read music but will get a great sense of rhythm, balanced theory, and even songwriting for those interested. *** Lesson Details *** Music is a universal language that I believe anyone can get a basic understanding for. I cater my lessons to the individual needs of the student. I am laid back

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Samyra B. April 10, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter enjoyed her lesson. I enjoyed hearing the interaction and patience during the lesson.
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JenniferF2 November 17, 2011
Feedback

Josh has been very understanding. I have Jessye practicing nightly.
David S. Highland, MD

As mentioned above, David enjoys teaching students from all different backgrounds and levels of proficiency. Whether you are just starting out or a virtuoso shredder in the making, he is happy to teach you! Over all, he is fairly laid back, as long as you practice. He usually combines work with reading off of the treble clef (what he likens to "eating your vegetables." You may not want to do it, but it will make you a healthier musician!) with learning more popular songs (or songs the student says they would like to learn) through tablature and chord charts, depending on the style of the song.

David is also very pro music theory. He usually incorporates music theory into the curriculum in conjunction with the material already being discussed. He is also very knowledgeable about composition/songwriting, and if the student is interested in learning more about this area, he is happy to share what he knows!

About David

David is a successful singer/songwriter/guitarist out of Baltimore, MD. He has a bachelor's degree in Music with a concentration in composition from Salisbury University, where he also studied jazz and classical guitar . In the 18 years he has been performing (13 of those professionally) and playing guitar, he has released 4 CDs and written over 200 original songs. He has opened for major national acts like Journey, Maroon 5, Toby Keith, My Chemical Romance, The Used, Thrice, Story of the Year, The Bouncing Souls, Eric Hutchinson, Virginia Coalition and Graham Colton. In the process, he has performed at such notable venues as FedEx Field, Nationals Park, Jiffy Lube Live/Nissan Pavilion, the 9:30 Club, Rams Head Live and the Recher Theatre. As a teacher, David has taught in ...

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MichaelW3 July 20, 2011
Good Teacher

My son has really enjoyed his lessons with David.
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PadiA March 14, 2011
Excellent Teacher

I'm very pleased to have him as my daughter's teacher..very patient..nice personality....P.Asuncion March 14-11
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DawnG February 1, 2011
Dave is GREAT!

Dave has been a great guitar teacher! He is patient and teaches songs my son enjoys playing. Thanks Dave!
Scott G. Silver Spring, MD

About Scott

A native of Washington DC, Scott has performed for over 45 years in various shows, bands & theaters. He has worked with The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Modernaires; The Peter Duchin Orchestra; The Ink Spots; The Tokens; Rory (Disney Channel); Charlie Byrd; Susannah McCorkle; Keely Smith & John Colianni (accompanist for Mel Torme) to name a few. He has also toured for the USO with Miss USA in Europe 85’ (With an 18 year old Halle Berry) and Miss USA in Central America 86’. Besides playing a in few theater pits, Scott has also performed on the stage as a musical character in the Kennedy Center’s ‘92 production of “Pump Boys & Dinettes”, taking the role of inbred “Eddie” to new lows. In 2005, upon the return of guitarist Dan Hovey from a NY career joined with drummer John Zidar to form

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sarah E. March 31, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Scott is a great instructor and has been able to work with me in other areas of music besides voice which has been very helpful. I really enjoy our lessons.
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Atiq K. November 3, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I never imagined a beginner guitar class to be so comprehensive, challenging and yet so much fun. There's a lot to learn about playing the guitar from holding it to learning how to read music to playing a tune. Scott's easy going style encourages even the most slothful students like myself. We do it all in 1 and a half hours twice a week. His students have a wide range of experience with music and the guitar but at each session Scott is able to ensure that each one of us gets something out of the class. For example, he'll instruct the advanced students to play a more complicated version of a piece. Or he'll touch base with every student in the class at least twice by physically walking over and showing them something, asking a question, checking on their guitar, etc. Finally, he has those qualities that make for outstanding teachers - he not only knows and loves his work but he's really good at it. So each session is a fun mini concert lesson.
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Stephen M. October 10, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons for about a month now and I have learned so much. Not only basics on the instrument but also music theory which I've always had problems with before. Each lesson is a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I look forward to my lessons each week.

Scott is easy-going, patient and seems to know what is needed for the stage of instruction that I am at. I highly recommend Scott as an instructor. He has helped me with the ukulele tremendously in just four lessons. Couldn't ask for a better instructor.
Lisa B. Silver Spring, MD

About Lisa

Elementary school principal and music teacher for more than 10 years. BA in Music, Graduate degree UMET, Puerto Rico. Recording and performing experience. *** Lesson Details *** Guitar: Strum and play chords, chord progressions and songs. Singing, finger picking, basic theory, reading music, composition. Violin: technique, reading music. *** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated music room, room for parents to wait. *** Specialties *** I teach classical violin using the Strictly Strings Music Book and Essential Elements 2000 with improvisational violin and creative composition, as well as some Suzuki methods. I also teach rock violin. Students may bring their own pieces. I teach folk guitar and singing, playing chords and note reading, composition, music theory, history and ...

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ruth K. August 3, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Lisa is a fabulous and generous teacher. I was very scared about embarking on this venture to try and learn to sing. She has been encouraging and gentle and very, very helpful. She instills hope as well as provides me with the encouragement to keep getting better and better. I highly recommend Lisa as an excellent teacher.
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AngelaT July 22, 2012
Awesome!!!!

Lisa has been very helpful in assisting my nephew with his singing lessons. My nephew expressed that Lisa's very encouraging and does a good job of addressing the genre of music he prefers. He feels that he's making progress with his singing.
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ReeveM July 11, 2012
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I really appreciate the positive feedback. It feels really nice hearing things I do well, especially when I am new to this and can't make awesome music yet. Thank you!
Jackson C. Takoma Park, MD

I am a current songwriter and poet.

I have taught and coached in the area of songwriting and phrasing (word painting) with lyrics.

About Jackson

From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Born October 15th, 1974) is an American singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Notable instruments are the piano and percussion. Jackson is one of Washington, DC’s prominent male vocalists. His voice is recognized as; beautiful light lyrical-pure tone, fine diction, long phrasing and an extended high range. He is also known for his work within the concert/recital repertoires around the Washington, DC Metropolitan areas and performances with the Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Virginia, Jeff Dokken, conductor. Jackson credits himself as a Pop Inspirational singer. “Music to touch, move, and inspire.”- Jackson C. His music education studies hail from; University of the District of Columbia,- Washington, DC, Oberlin Conservatory under Richard ...

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Faaizah H. April 23, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I learned so much during my first session with Jackson I can't wait for my second session next week
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Josh M. December 10, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My experience with Jackson has been amazing. I can already hear an improvement in the way I sing within 2 weeks. He gives very useful feed back. Also, things to practice at home. Anyone looking take their voice to the next level I would recommend Jackson.
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Keith M. October 30, 2014
Verified Student
Jackson has been a superb teacher. He pushes me to become better each lesson and this has and is building my confidence even the more. I really appreciate his passion for music and how he EXPECTS me to bring my best every week and he teaches with a spirit of EXCELLENCE. I will highly recommend him to anyone

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