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Mike T.

Manassas, VA

About Mike

I have played bluegrass banjo since I was 16 (I am now looking at Social Security). I have been instructing for six years since semi-retiring from my day job. I use various teaching methods and aids and have participated in training programs with the finest banjo players in the country, including Sonny Osborne, Bill Emerson, Tony Trischka, Ned Luberecki, Pete Wernick, Jim Mills, Bill Evans, Charlie Cushman and Alan Munde.

My banjo philosophy is that while we may aspire to play banjo like Earl Scruggs, it is not necessary to be at that level to enjoy playing bluegrass music. The or
ganic simplicity of bluegrass songs, the repetition of components, and the strong melody lines makes entry level playing fun and rewarding and within the reach of anyone who is willing to try.

When bluegrass musicians are jamming together, using new skills, learning with and from each other, there's little chance they will give up playing music. I'd say they're hooked -- on bluegrass! More people spending less time in front of a TV, and more with each other. Wholesome fun. A bigger, thriving bluegrass community. A better world!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that anyone learning bluegrass should first learn the chords to favorite easy songs, and a simple way of accompanying. Playing songs smoothly in real time while using a songbook (or a fellow picker) for the words, is easy, fun, and builds a rhythmic/chordal foundation and repertoire.

Easy jamming is highly recommended and will be part of the learning program. Good sounding rhythm techniques can be added easily as they are learned. Through this process, overall technique is expanded and the music sounds more interesting. Once we have the chords and rhythm, different types of soloing can be added. The easiest method is to "fake it" by just playing simple licks and rhythm techniques while following the chord changes. The next step up might be to play an exact tabbed (a form of written banjo music) basic solo, or (better) a self-composed one featuring melody. This phase is exciting to enter, and of course it creates motivation to really improve and master those solos we all want to play. Since all students come to bluegrass banjo with their own unique skills and experience - I will design a program just for you to ensure you reach you playing goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Little equipment is required for bluegrass banjo other than the instrument.

*** Specialties ***
5 string Bluegrass Banjo
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Melissa Beetham August 28, 2015
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Mike was excellent! We have started with the basics and now it's time for practice! He's very patience and explains the lesson clearly. He also records what we did with our time and writes out a lesson plan on what to practice. I'm very excited to be working with Mike!
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Steve Clausson July 22, 2015
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Mike is a fantastic teacher . He is very patient and very positive. I look forward to many more lessons with him.
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Bob F. November 23, 2014
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Mike has made my attempt to learn banjo a great and pleasant experience. I look forward to his lessons.
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Mike T.

Mike T.

Manassas, VA 20109
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Alan S.

Manassas, VA

About Alan

Education:

Formal Study:
Associate in Arts Degree from Suffolk County Community College Long Island, New York and United States Air Force Band Careerfield at Scott AFB, Illinois and March AFB, California

Private Study:
Pete Heywood (Fifth Avenue Band- Reprise Records), Al Miller ( Cab Calloway), John Kasica (St. Louis Symphony), Bob Luther (Fairchild) and Bobby Dominguez (Russell Ferante of The Yellow Jackets).

Experience:
Performing
Donati Orchestra, Jazz Street Station/5th Ave Band, Glasshouse (on the Spirit of Washington), Our Pleasure Top 40, NightShift, 3RDegree , Syncopated
Nation and CoreVet Quartet.

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: *Appeared on "Merv Griffin Television", "Bob Hope Celebrity Dinner Show", "Caesar's Palace Las Vegas" and "Playboy Jazz Festival Los Angeles".
Performed under the baton of Henry Mancini ( TV & Movie Composer/Arranger: Peter Gunn, Pink Panther), Peter Matz (CBS Records Barbara Streisand/Chicago) and Mort Lindsey (Merv Griffin Show)

About In Home Drum Instruction:
I provide drum lessons in the convenience of clients™ homes or at my own studio with a registered business license since 1994. Top references given for quality instruction. I guarantee that the rate will never increase, ever!

Knowledge that the student is able to approach any style of music with confidence and take this with them into any area of study and performance.Taught students from elementary - high school for students who were 1st or 2nd chair in their respective band programs and continue in music as a major or at least minor throughout college.

There is an art to drumming. It is an instrument heard in many styles of music. Students grades excel when studying any given instrument from the routine of daily practice.

Satisfied a need for people whose family schedules were too complicated to have lessons outside their own home since 1994.

We offer beginner to advanced lessons. The styles we cover include:
Concert
Jazz
Rock
Latin
Funk
Fusion, etc.

Lessons are built to be FUN! Call or e-mail to find out more information.

Sincerely,
Alan S.

Brands I professionally utilize:

Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Gretsch / Pearl Drumsets, Zildjian / Sabian Cymbals, Lp Jamblock, etc.

*** Lesson Details ***
My interest as instructor is to always give the best lessons possible. In order to achieve this, "attendance" is a very important part of attaining this goal.

If local roads are impassable due to severe weather conditions, lessons can be conducted over FaceTime or Skype during same scheduled lesson time on day in question.

Alan S.
"Have Drum Will Travel" :)

*** Studio Equipment ***
5-piece Gretsch Drumset: Pearl free floating piccolo snare drum, power 10" & 12" mounted toms, 14" power floor tom, and 20" power bass drum. Mixture of Avedis Zildjian 20" medium ride cymbal, Avedis Zildjian 16" medium/thin crash cymbal, 14" Scimitar high hat cymbals, 12" Sabian Pro 8 cymbal, 12'" Wuhan china cymbal and LP stealth jam block.

*** Travel Equipment ***
5-piece Pearl Drumset: 6 & 1/2" metal snare drum, 12" & 13" mounted power toms, 16" power floor tom and 22" power bass drum. Mixture of 22" Avedis Zildjian medium ride cymbal, 16" Avedis Zildjian medium thin crash cymbal, 14" Avedis Zildjian high hat cymbals, and 21" Italian (dark) sizzle cymbal.

*** Specialties ***
Cover many styles including: Concert Percussion, Jazz Independence, Chart Interpretation for Big Band, Rock, Latin, Funk, Fusion as applied to drumset. Studies also available on Polyrythms and Odd Meter.
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Chris Fogarty January 8, 2016
Drum · In home
Alan tutored my youngest for in total I think about 8 months in drums and he's amazing. He's patient with younger kids, he's steady and focused on the course material and was always able to keep my easily distracted son in the lesson. He was encouraging and flexible and we just loved him. Unfortunately my son got a little over scheduled and needed to pick an activity to drop and one on one tutoring for drums was what he picked. But we expect he'll want to go back one day as he still plays the drums and when he does, we'd love to be able to work with Alan again. He's an exceptional teacher and on the rare occasion that Mr. Alan would play the drums to show my son a beat, wow he's an amazing drummer to listen too as well.
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Patricia S. December 22, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
I have taken lessons from at least 5 different instructors over the course of the past 10 years. I would have to say that Alan is the best instructor I've ever taken lessons from. Not only is he a phenomenal drummer and teacher, but also a great person. I believe our friendship made the lessons that much more beneficial. I am always excited to attend lessons and eager to learn more. My drumming skills have improved immensely. From Latin, jazz, to rock, Alan has taught me how to play different genres. Consequently, he has helped me accomplish my goal in becoming a more versatile musician. I highly recommend Alan !
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Jo Anna N. March 25, 2014
Drum
Professional, patient, and pleasant!

Alan has been my 15-year-old son's drum instructor for five years now, and in that time, my son has progressed from being a complete novice to drumming in a very decent teen band. With Alan, you get solid teaching skills, a pleasant personality, and great flexibility in arranging lessons. We love the fact that he provides instruction in our home--one less runaround for us! Alan is a musician who knows how to teach and inspire, and we recommend him without reservation.
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Alan S.

Manassas, VA 20111
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Ian T.

Centreville, VA

About Ian

I am a recent GMU Music Major graduate with a minor in arts management. I have played the trumpet for 11 years and taken private lessons for 8. I'm open to teach any level but I am more experienced in teaching beginners and intermediate level students.
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Julie W. May 20, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
As a student of Ian, I can say that I am always excited for him to arrive for lessons. The fact that he is always super energetic and always understanding, and provides a really personal experience. He assigns work outside of the lessons, but never too much, just enough to get a head-start on the following lesson. As an intermediate trumpet player, I can say I thoroughly enjoyed taking lessons from him and would recommend him to others.
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Erick S. November 4, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Excellent very profesional a nice teacher
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Ian T.

Ian T.

Centreville, VA 20120
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Leslie Z.

Manassas, VA

About Leslie

My name is Leslie, and I recently graduated from James Madison University with a degree in music education. I've been involved with teaching in various capacities from about age 8 until now, but have been teaching voice and piano lessons anywhere from Pre-K to lifelong learning groups for the past several years now.

I grew up learning classical methods for voice and have been able to translate those healthy techniques to other styles of music. I have most recently performed in operas through JMU and other professional groups, have been involved in their musicals as well as in semi-professi
onal productions, and have enjoyed my time singing in jazz combos. Participating in both performance and education has always been important in my life, and I hope to continue this trend. Not only do I find both settings incredibly enjoyable, but I am a firm believer that teachers should be able to practice what they preach as far a skill acquisition and work ethic!

While voice is my primary instrument, I also offer piano for beginning and intermediate students as well as ear training lessons. While we have fun in our lessons and with music, a certain amount of discipline and practice time is necessary for improvement. You'll find that I'm very organized in my approach for all subjects, as I take the time that you are paying for seriously. I work hard to offer comprehensive lessons that will help you with whatever genre you're learning or skills you're working to hone.

If you have any questions at all- about lessons, your teacher search, or scheduling, feel free to send me a note, and I'll be happy to get back to you as quickly as possible!
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Nancy C. May 30, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter has taken two lessons with Leslie thus far, and my daughter loves her session. Leslie is very patient and you can tell she enjoys teaching. She allows my daughter to express herself but yet refocuses her effectively on the lesson at hand. She is very constructive with her lesson plan. I thoroughly enjoy my daughter's enthusiasm towards her lesson.
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Rachel May 27, 2016
Vocal Training · In home
Leslie is supportive, understanding, and defiantly knows her stuff. She fits lessons to my voice and has so far helped expand it.
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Marcie May 27, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Leslie is such a wonderful voice teacher! She has helped me in audition prep, musical theatre, simple piano and classical music. I really could jot have wished for a better voice teacher!
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Leslie Z.

Manassas, VA 20111
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Daniel B.

Centreville, VA

About Daniel

Hello! My name is Daniel and I have been playing and teaching bass (electric and upright) in all styles for over 10 years. I even have a Masters Degree and a double major Bachelors in music to show for it. My students have the benefit of highly customized lessons based on their interests and goals. For more information, please visit www.danielbrownbass.com
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Yana H. March 9, 2016
In studio
Daniel is a great teacher. My children are always excited for their lessons. He is very patient and always on time. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a good music theory, jazz theory and or bass teacher.
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Dan March 9, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
I have been working professionally with Dan Brown for a few years now and I have to say, he is the finest bassist I've ever worked with. Primarily, he is a brilliant musician and a master of his instrument. But more than that, he has a clear understanding of the music and can communicate musical concepts in a simple, straightforward way. I've learned a great deal from Dan since we began collaborating and couldn't recommend him more highly as an instructor.
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Meme March 9, 2016
Upright Bass · In home
Can't say enough great things about Daniel. We are very experienced when it comes to music teachers, my daughter (9) has been learning Suzuki violin for 5 years with multiple teachers and last year she decided to also start taking Bass. Her lessons are both challenging yet inspiring at the same time- a combination that is hard to do. Daniel listens to the student and has a natural knack for knowing how to change up the lesson when needed while still focusing on building a solid foundation. He understands that playing an instrument also needs a growing appreciation for music/songs that the instrument can play and he continues to grow her repertoire of song styles far beyond the classical that she is used to. Most importantly she looks forward to her lessons and loves playing to songs she is learning.
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Daniel B.

Daniel B.

Centreville, VA 20121
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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