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About Mayumi G.

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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 chorus 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 apply
ing 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.

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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
learning to sing like a musician-it is easy to forget that the vocal cords are another style of instrument

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, a dog 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 a mid size dog**

*** 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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Warren August 12, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Never before have I had a music teacher who was so adaptive in his/her teaching method. I have had previous music instruction, but had some theory gaps in that needed to be filled. Mayumi assessed my knowledge level and got me right into what I needed to learn. She is also an expert at bringing more commonly known terms and musical pieces in which to tie the lesson to real world musical situations that her student might be more familiar with. Very much looking forward to future lessons with her!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED INSTRUCTOR ^_^
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Shawday G. August 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
AMAZING Teacher!!!
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Mary November 27, 2015
· Singing · In home
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understanding and mastering breathing techniques when singing.
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Mayumi G.

Mayumi G.

Greenbelt, MD 20770
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About Hrant P.

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About Hrant
Hrant's interests range from the solo cello repertoire to chamber music, teaching, and orchestral playing. As a teacher he has been a faculty member at Yale School of Music, 92nd Y, Summertrios Music Festival, and has held master classes at Yale and the William Blount-Slawson Competition. He has recently performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Houston Symphony, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Chris Botti’s Gala Concert at the Tilles Center. Hrant, together with violinist Benjamin Sung and pianist Jihye Chang are founding members of the Arsenal Trio. Their recent performances have been at the ClefWorks Chamber Music Festival, The University of Louisville New Music Festival, and Gregory Singer Concert Series in New York.

Hrant P. is a prize winner in International Competitions including, Houston Symphony Ima Hogg, The Montgomery Symphony
Fellowship, Olga Koussevitzky, HAMS, and Hudson Valley. He is an extensive solo as well as chamber music performer who, has appeared frequently in venues such as Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Music Gettysburg, Banff Center for the Arts, and Orford Festival. Recently he has collaborated with artists such as Hans Graf, Carlos Prieto, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zakhar Bron, Natalya Shakhovskaya, Franz Helmerson, Richard Watkins, and Hansjorg Schellenberger, and Oxana Yablonskaya.

Born in Bulgaria, Hrant P. started the cello at the early under the guidance of his mother. His first recital was at the age of six. Two years later he gave his debut as a soloist performing C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concerto. Hrant holds bachelor degrees from The Hochschulle fur Music in Wien, The Juilliard School, and received his Masters of Music from Yale School of Music where he studied with world renowned cellist Aldo Parisot.
Recently, Hrant won a position with the Army Band, married pianist Tatjana P., and is the proud father of son Benjamin.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that every student has his/her own need because we are all unique as human beings, every one of us has their stronger and weaker skills and my job as a teacher is to find the best tool to pass to the given student.

I am strict but fun, whichever amount the student needs more.

I use the Suzuki books because the songs (and later pieces) in are very good, popular, fun, and evenly progressive.

Achievements depend also on the student and the amount of practicing done at home. I as a teacher can only do that much in passing my knowledge and spur the student own.
Practicing at home is very, very important.

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Patrick-Helios L. September 6, 2016
· Cello · In home
Wonderful teacher. Able to engage young cellists.
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Ryan C. September 8, 2015
· Cello · In home
Hrant is very patient and believes in building a strong basic foundation prior to proceeding.
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Karl-Marx O. September 6, 2015
· Cello · In home
Amazing
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Hrant P.

Hrant P.

Washington, DC 20037
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$75 / 45-min

About Wilma Evangeline B.

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Bowie, MD

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*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Piano
Yamaha Electric Keyboard, Guitar, Violin, Flute & Drums

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Keyboard,

*** Specialties ***
Early Childhood Music, General Music Education, Music Therapy & Special Education Services
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Anthony C. October 4, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Anthony had an excellent first violin lesson with Wilma.
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Ellamaria & Xavier M. September 14, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very professional . Great studio
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Rafi August 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 9 year old son just finished 5 lessons with Wilma. He is a brand new piano student. Wilma's gentle style and patience was perfect for him. He already feels more confident about reading notes and playing. I highly recommend Wilma!
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Wilma Evangeline B.

Wilma Evangeline B.

Bowie, MD 20716
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About Pierre-Olivier J.

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About Pierre-Olivier
Pierre-Olivier graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Mons (Belgium) and the Departmental Conservatory of Valenciennes (France) under the supervision of the prominent French lyric signing professor Daniel Ottevaere. Today, he is working with the famous tenor Daniel Galvez Vallejo. Over the past 10 years, Pierre-Olivier, as a professional signer, has performed in opera, musical, jazz and oratorio in many European cities, including Paris, Versailles, Toulouse, Reims, Lille, Bruxelles, Barcelona, Sevilla, Berlin, Bucharest, etc. Outside Europe, he has also performed in Moscow, Jerusalem, and Santiago de Chile.

Pierre-Olivier has performed together with many famous singers such as Bjork, Michel Fugain, Steve Zegree (Gold Company), Greta De Reyghere, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Herve Niquet (Festival d'Ambronay - France), Jean-Claude Malgoire (
Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing - France)...

In addition to performance, Pierre-Oliiver has also worked as a singing teacher at the Conservatory and the RKM rock school of Namur (Belgium). For about 8 years, he has been offering private singing lessons to students at different levels and designing individualized classes to help students achieve their objectives. He coached regularly professional and non-professional singing groups and choirs, including youth choirs. He has given different master classes in Belgium, France and Chile.

Pierre-Olivier has recently moved to Washington DC from Europe to look for new challenges and opportunities for improving his professional career.

I am an enthusiastic, fun, adaptive yet demanding teacher. In each lesson, I adapt my teaching method according to the special requests and levels of my students, as well as their expectations and the daily conditions. I usually work with each student to decide together which is the best repertory for his/her voice and plan together the learning program. I will create a stress-free and trust environment to help my student progress in his/her work. Together with the students, we will develop a strong technique but always with musicality!

For beginners, we will be mainly focusing on the basics of vocal techniques, e.g. relaxation, breath, voice correctness and stability and the interpretation of selected songs.

For intermediate and advanced students, we will mainly concentrate on musicianship and specific technical corrections related to their voices. I am opening to do interpretation only for people who prepare shows or auditions.

I accept students of any age and level, but students must have motivations… For young students, I try to communicate regularly with their parents to explain the work we have done in the class and the home work which could be interesting for the students to do. Singing lessons are a funny and creative way to discover the true artist that is hidden within each person, so let's get started!!
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donaldo October 16, 2017
· Singing · Online
When I finally spoke up why I have trouble practicing on me own. It evolved in my understanding of setting alarms for myself to set time for myself to actually do it. Plus he changed his tune and worked with me better too. But I had to talk about it myself first. Also he does help a lot indeed. And is very supportive, I am definitely going to record myself now and send it to him like he suggests. Probably not every day. But maybe 5-6 days a week hopefully. Definitely more after learning to set alarms for myself each day and set that time for my singing practice.
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Jade January 12, 2016
· Opera Voice · In studio
I only got to have courses with Pierre-Olivier for three months because he had to move to the USA, but these three months were the most productive for me.
I am student at a conservatory in Belgium and have a full training there but I found Pierre-Olivier's courses very (dare I say even more) interesting and complete.
I made a lot of progress during the 3 months I spent being his student: my technique improved a lot, and I learned so much about interpretation.
Pierre-Olivier has a vast general knowledge which is very pleasant as he can help you understand and analyse your score thoroughly. He not only teaches classical music but is open to a great deal of styles and I had the chance to explore the genres a bit more and exploit my voice.
I was really sad to see him leave because it is so hard to find a good teacher (trust me I had plenty) and hope he'll come back to Belgium
I am looking forward to seeing him again during one of his summer camps back in Europe.
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François January 11, 2016
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I already worked some times with this sympathic teacher, very professional.
I also worked with some of his students.
Very good to work every kind of music. Excelent in french music !
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Pierre-Olivier J.

Pierre-Olivier J.

Hyattsville, MD 20782
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About Kepa F.

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Waldorf, MD

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About Kepa
Hi! I'm Kepa Freeman and I'm a musician/educator/composer/tutor/songwriter based in Waldorf, MD who's offering a few different services on this site, but one thing is consistent: I work my hardest to give fun/engaging lessons that guide my students to success.

In terms of credentials I have a Master's of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (Trinity Washington University) and a Bachelor's of Science in Music (Temple University). I'm also a licensed Special Education Teacher for grades K-12 in Washington, DC. On the musical side, my musical credentials can be heard here: www.broadjam.com/kepafreeman.

A little about my experience as a teacher. I've spent the last 5 years working as an elementary Special Education Teacher. Before that I was a Music Production Teacher. Before that, I was a teacher's aide for a Special Education
High School. a Substitute Teacher, and a Tutor. Overcoming challenges to show my students success is what I do!

I hope to work with you soon!
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Addison W. August 23, 2017
· Elementary Math · In home
Kepa has been great- my daughter doesn't love math but has a smile on her face at the end of every session! Thank you for helping my daughter learn to love the subject!!
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Laura August 10, 2017
· Poetry · Online
After my first lesson, I have already learned more than I thought I would in multiple lessons. Kepa is an amazing, kind and personable person and a wonderful instructor and I am looking forward to continuing to work with him on my writing as I feel he has the knowledge and passion for writing that I'm looking for in a teacher. Thank you so much, Kepa!
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Kenya August 8, 2017
· Elementary Math · Online
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Kepa F.

Waldorf, MD 20602
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About Brian G.

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Bethesda, MD

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About Brian
As a performing musician and guitar teacher since 1993, I have taught thousands of students. I teach most styles of music but blues is my specialty. Most importantly, I believe that learning how to play guitar should be fun!

I believe in encouraging my students through exhibiting patience and an understanding of their individualized needs. I use my unique and effective teaching methods while teaching fundamental skills and techniques to meet diverse learning styles. I will have you playing your favorite songs in no time!

Students receive complimentary lesson transcriptions and videos

I studied music at the University of Maryland where I received my bachelors degree.
and with several renowned recording artists
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Val October 16, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Brian was very professional, and the pace was friendly for beginners.
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Erick June 15, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Brian immediately knew how to adapt to my profile.... not too young, not too talented, not too available, and without any ambition about playing on stage or in a group. I've been learning bass guitar for one month and a half with him, starting at a beginner's level. Last week-end I was able to play a few songs more or less correctly with some friends at a party. Brian has the talent to keep the fun while teaching, and bringing appreciable progress in a very pleasant path.
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Cody May 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Have only been playing for a couple weeks now, but I can tell this is something that I will want to do for the rest of my life. Brian makes it very easy to learn and is very helpful in tracking my progression. Look forward to each week and the opportunity to get better!
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Brian G.

Annandale, VA 22003
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About Vashti G.

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Vashti is a Maryland-certified teacher who has taught students of all ages and levels, ranging from elementary school through college courses. She holds a B.A. In music and English, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in music history. She is a professional educator, musician, and actor.
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Taylor October 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We're having a great experience and fortunate to have found Vashti. She's very patient and knowledgeable. She knows how to bring out the best in her students. My 8 year old looks forward to lessons with her weekly. I've seen significant growth after the first lesson.
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Allison J. October 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Vashti is very punctual and professional. She teaches in a way that my girls absorb each lesson like a sponge.
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Emma J. October 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very straight forward lessons. My girls love it and are learning fast.
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Vashti G.

Vashti G.

Bowie, MD 20715
(7)
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About Florentina B.

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I am teacher since I was an adolescent. Always wanted to do everything it takes so my pupils take everything they need from my lessons, understand and assimilate all the information and live with the desire of coming back and continue with me the journey in the field they have had selected.
Many of my students became my close friends that I go to see operas, broadway shows , concerts or other cultural and entertaining events.
I also organize recitals and interesting meetings with the participation of my students.
For any additional information, contact me and I will answer in no time.
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Michael B. November 3, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher. She assessed my level at the beginning and has given me plenty of work to improve my piano and voice. She's classically trained, and that definitely influences her instruction and approach. Her understanding of my goals and flexibility in lessons makes the lessons personal and individualized.
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Amal Hammoudeh February 17, 2017
· Vocal Training ·
I feel comfortable with Florentina, she gives good feedback, she is very clear in her guidance, which helps me understand exactly what i need to do to improve.
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Alicia Maurer February 9, 2017
· Piano ·
Florentina is an extremely knowledgeable and patient instructor who takes the time to help her students learn. Each class I take away something new, and I am farther along in learning piano than I thought I would be after only a few classes! She is also extremely flexible with timing, which is much appreciated.
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Florentina B.

Alexandria, VA 22312
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About Claudie M.

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Arlington, VA

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Hello everyone! My name is CJ. I have been playing since the age of 13 where my passion for music was exposed and expressed through keys. I play from a place of passion and I help students to find this same passion within themselves. Whether you have never played the piano or consider yourself an intermediate player, I will teach you the skills necessary to play through passion. Because I can teach students to learn from sheet music AND uncovering their "ear" for music, students leave each lesson with a sense of accomplishment and confidence in their potential.
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Lisa October 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My son took piano lessons with CJ for 5 years and I recommend him highly. He was great to work and reasonably priced. As our schedules changed, he was flexible and worked with us to ensure that we were able to continue lessons. Piano recitals were always a highlight to look forward to.
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Michael October 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
I thoroughly enjoyed my tutoring sessions with Claudie (affectionately known as CJ). Our sessions in Music Theory helped me to not only fully understand the practices and possibilities of music but complete and excel in all my Music Theory classes at Fayetteville State University. I highly recommend CJ for students of all ages from children to adults.
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Emma October 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
Explain the lessons, very patient, arrive to lesson site on time. Very knowledgeable about the many aspects of learning to play the piano. Enjoyable to work with.
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Claudie M.

Arlington, VA 22206
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Hello my name is Aggie Brown III and I teach from Beginner to Expert! If there is a rock song from your favorite drummer you want to learn, I can teach it easy! If you need to master a jazz chart and/or snare drum composition for college auditions, I can teach everything needed to do so. if you are curious or been wanting to play for a long time, I'll help you with everything and get you finding your sound and being the best you can be!
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Aggie B.

Annapolis, MD 21403
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$25 / 15-min

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