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Jonathan S.

Winchester, VA

About Jonathan

About

I am a Florida native, active doctoral student, teacher and practitioner. My career includes performing and recording as a guitarist and teaching subjects such as music or math. Grade-school academic strengths in mathematics represent my enthusiasm for the subject. The math equivalent in music can be considered music theory, which is another passion of mine. I hope to take these rounded characteristics to teach and influence others with what I have learned in my education and career thus far.

Education & Teaching Experience:

I am currently pursuing my Doctorate of Musical Arts
from Shenandoah University and hold a Masters of Music from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University (all degrees with a guitar performance emphasis). I also have a temporary teaching certificate for Music K-12 from the Florida Department of Education. I have taught in Florida as a preferred substitute for general music classes, K-12. In college, I have given study sessions for music theory levels up until post-serialism.

Degrees:
Doctorate of Musical Arts: Guitar Performance; Shenandoah University, expected May 2017/2018
Master of Music: Guitar Performance; University of Akron, May 2014
Bachelor of Music: Guitar Performance; Stetson University, 2011

While giving lessons:
I ensure that every student receives fundamental foundation pertaining to the subject. While learning the basics, I advise that the student organizes their lessons and materials in a way that displays progress over time. With the proper knowledge, we can treat the heart of a subject with refinement in order to grasp it's purpose and reason---whether its music or math.

Why?
My students have grown with confidence through a sense of accomplishment. Success does not only affect a person's well-being but can also impact other dimensions of their lives.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment available if needed:

Foot stools
Music stands
Pencils
Complete home recording studio
Computer/tablet/smartphone w/ internet
Speakers and playback devices
Reference books

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student is expected to bring with them (if applicable):

Notebook or log
Reference/score materials
Instrument(s) and case
Accessories
Portable sound recorder (optional)

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz and Rock Styles.

Performance, Music Theory, Arranging, Composition.

Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Trigonometry, Pre-Calc.
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Nan Z. June 29, 2015
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and interaction.
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Diane H. September 23, 2014
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jonathan is a very gifted musician and teacher. He worked very well with our shy teenage daughter teaching her the bass guitar. He is very passionate about his craft and committed to his work.
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Carolyn W. May 13, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
level beg

I was satisfied with his lessons for my granddaughter
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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.

Winchester, VA 22601
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Donna G.

Winchester, VA

About Donna

I am thrilled to be joining the teaching ranks of TakeLessons! Having just recently relocated from Lansing, Michigan in order to pursue a DMA in Voice Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, voice specialist and instructor Donna G. is excited to work with a new crop of singers. While Donna lived in Lansing, MI, her voice studio facilitated in preparing amateur and professional singers for music and theatre auditions and performances for more than twelve years in the Lansing area. The goal of her voice studio is to promote vocal arts and current activities in the various pub
lic schools and communities represented in the studio. Donna also enjoys playing piano, vocal coach accompanying, working with diverse singing styles from classical to musical theatre and jazz/pop, songwriting, and designing individual curricula that allow her students to express themselves in their individually unique ways. Donna looks forward to working with new students from the Winchester area.

Donna G's Education:
DMA Candidate in Voice Performance, Shenandoah Conservatory
MM Voice Performance, Michigan State University
MM Choral Conducting, Michigan State University
BM Music Education and Vocal Performance, Northwestern University

*** Lesson Details ***
The goal of Donna's voice studio is to promote vocal arts and current activities in the various public schools and communities represented in the studio. Donna also enjoys playing piano, vocal coach accompanying, community theatre, working with diverse singing styles from classical to musical theatre and jazz/pop, songwriting, and designing individual curriculum that allow her students to express themselves in their individually unique ways. Best known for preparing singers for music and theatre auditions, Donna also enjoys encouraging singers to find public venues in which to share their talents and accomplishments. Such venues include school, community, recitals, or church worship experiences.

Donna's teaching style and personality can be described as "easily approachable with an emphasis on personal growth". Additionally, she is known for promoting relatively high standards so that her singers feel continuously challenged and inspired to work toward creative and artistic expression and performance goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I must travel to a student's home, I would need him/her to provide a piano or keyboard. I can bring music books/repertoire. If the student wishes to drive to my home studio, I can provide a piano as well as a large vocal and piano music library.

*** Specialties ***
~Certified Lovetri Somatic Voicework (sm) at Shenandoah University Summer Vocal Music Institute
~specializing in opera vocal styles as well as ability to cross-train voice for musical theatre and pop/rock styles
~ability in vocal coach accompanying on piano/keyboard
~lyricist and songwriter for rock bands over the past 20 years
~musical director for musical theatre productions for 15 years
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Max DeCarlo June 25, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Just had my first lesson, and I am tremendously excited to go forward! Very qualified, and very easy to work with. I highly recommend Donna if you're considering lessons!
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Tina S. October 25, 2014
Verified Student
The confidence that Donna has helped me with is priceless. I feel we are achieving my goals.
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John N. May 15, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
With only three lessons as yet completed, Donna has help me a great deal to meet my singing goals, and I look forward to our next nine session.
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Donna G.

Donna G.

Winchester, VA 22601
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starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Terence M.

Winchester, VA

About Terence

My name is Terence M. I am a Masters student at Shenandoah Conservatory studying classical guitar. I received my Bachelors in classical guitar performance from Ithaca College. Besides my classical studies I play in a folk band called Someone to Ride the River With (www.someonetoridetheriverwith.bandcamp.com).

I believe that learning music helps us develop excellent interpersonal skills that are useful in all walks of life. The guitar is such an extraordinary and versatile instrument and I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you!
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Terence M.

Terence M.

Winchester, VA 22601
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Kristin W.

Leesburg, VA

About Kristin

I began playing at 4 years old. I loved classical music and taught myself by listening till I was 6 and started formal lessons. I continued lessons throughout high school with a Julliard graduate. During my senior year of high school, I had the amazing experience of playing in Weill Hall, located in the famous Carnege Hall, as part of the young artist showcase.
While attending Vassar College, I continued to take private lessons with another Julliard graduate, as well as taking classes in theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have beginner to advanced piano books in both performance, l
essons, and theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full upright piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music
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Jan V. August 28, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kristin has been so great for me. She is patient and kind, and she encourages me to stretch my learning and understanding. If her explanation of something does not sink into my brain, she explains another way. She is also a talented pianist herself and I love to hear her play.
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Kristin W.

Kristin W.

Leesburg, VA 20176
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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David L.

Frederick, MD

About David

As a lover of music, my biggest joy is the bass. I have a unique approach to the instrument, which I convey through both my playing and my teaching. I consider the bass a vocal, melodic instrument, and in any genre I'm playing, I seek to approach the bass not as simply a supporting actor to the lead, as it is so often portrayed, but as a counter-melody, the left hand to the right hand, complimentary but equal. The general theme that informs my playing is harmony. I seek to create the most beautiful and musically pleasing counterpoint to the lead, whether I'™m accompanying a vocalist, a jazz co
mbo, a guitarist, or playing in the bass section of an orchestra.

Coming from a unique combination of genres, I am able to bring the complete spectrum of music into my playing and teaching. My experience with improvisation and learning by ear enables me to take a more intuitive and sensitive approach to classical notated music, and my experience with classical music gives me a complete understanding of the theory and harmony that crosses over into non-classical genres, so often neglected by students of popular music. My ultimate goal as a teacher is for my students to be complete, well-rounded musicians, able to approach any genre with a complete understanding of the depths of music informed by both sides of the musical world. I also play the guitar and drums, and am able to both accompany students while they play, as well as give perspective on what it means to lock in and harmonize while playing bass with a guitarist or a drummer.

My formal education is from Hood College in Frederick, MD, where I graduated magna cum laude and with departmental honors as a music major, where I studied classical double bass performance, music history & literature, and composition. While at Hood, I commuted to DC to study classical double bass with my private teacher Jeffrey Weisner of the National Symphony Orchestra and faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory.

I have a regular gigging schedule as a freelancer, playing in jazz combos, dixieland groups, rock bands, chamber orchestras and classical ensembles. Having grown up in a family of professional classical musicians, as well as studying rock and jazz privately, my musical experience is wide and varied. Groups that I regularly performs with include the Matt Hutchison band, based in Baltimore, the Kevin Lewis Jazz Quartet, and my own funk band, David L and the Funk Junkies.
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David L.

David L.

Frederick, MD 21701
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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