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Pikesville, MD

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Classical, Jazz, Blues and Improvisation. Current students are beginners to professional musicians and music teachers.

About Robert
Creativity, skill and love of music are the key elements that I work to encourage in every student. Over the years my teaching has evolved and I find it gratifying to take people far beyond their own expectations while helping them achieve their goals. I believe everyone is musical and just needs the right key to tap into their own creativity.

For beginners it's important to study with an excellent teacher. Setting a solid and creative foundation makes all the difference!
For advanced players studying with a great artist takes you greater artistry.

Weekly private lessons focus on technical skills in either piano, voice (or a combination of both) and a strong musical foundation. Theory and Ear Training are fundamentals that are embedded in this approach to developing a complete musician and artist.

I have over 20 years exper
ience working with students as young as 3 and old as 85! Often multiple generations in a family study together making for a rich family experience.

Performance opportunities: Recitals, Concerts Cabarets and Musicals are a part of developing into a musician and singer and enhancing a love of music that will last a lifetime!

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Piano - Classical, Jazz, Blues and Improvisation. Current students are beginners to professional musicians and music teachers.

Voice – I am an accomplished vocal coach and songwriter and currently work with a wide variety of singers from young beginners to professionals who look to develop through ear training, singing and songwriting. In a unique way I guide people to become better performers and musicians through the combination of voice, piano and composition.

I work with students as young as 3 or 4 and into their 80’s. It’s important to begin with an excellent teacher from the start to set a good foundation and to have the ability to develop as quickly and thoroughly as possible. I enjoy working with beginners as well as accomplished musicians. I also believe that music is one of the great joys of life and that lessons should be FUN!

Besides a wide variety of performance opportunities through my Family to Family Concerts, I also offer my students the curriculum and exams of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, a gold standard music curriculum.. The ABRSM is accredited in over 100 countries worldwide and exams are offered twice per year in all instruments and voice.

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Lesson room with grand piano, vocal mics, recording equipment. Parents can sit in on lessons and waiting area available, parking on street. No pets.

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They will need a piano or keyboard

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A message from Robert: Hello, I am a master teacher focusing on the classical repertoire along with a very creative approach to improvisation and composition. I help students to achieve their interests of music rather than focusing on teaching one particular method. Classes are tailored to the student and constantly evolving. This has led me to work in a variety of mediums and styles including Jazz, improvisation, rock and blues. This approach also enhances an understanding and love of classical music.
I also guide my students in the curriculum and exams of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. (ABRSM) Exams are offered twice per year.
I have also found it inspiring to work with people with disabilities and help them find a way to express themselves musically. I give lectures and workshops in the area and around the country on improvisation and creativity along with concerts of my own music.
I also work with a number of students in vocal coaching and accompanying.
New this year are seminars in songwriting for adults and children. Groups of 4-5 collaborate on new songs. Film and video composition coming soon!
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Bill January 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I just had my first piano lesson with Robert where he worked to improve my piano playing technique as well as expand my skills into other areas such as improvisation. The lesson went very well. I look froward to expanding my skills in future lessons.
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Beth G. January 2, 2018
· Piano · Online
Robert is a very fun teacher who helped me relax, which is really important. He focused on the very areas I want to work on, and while this was only my first lesson, I feel like I’ll be making great progress. He’s also a very good musician, which is extremely important to me.
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Mindy November 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Robert is so creative and positive. It had been 42 years since I took piano and Robert helped increase my confidence.
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Robert H.

Robert H.

Pikesville, MD 21208
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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.

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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

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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
Excellent instructor provides detailsinformation on the importance of
understanding and mastering breathing techniques when singing.
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Mayumi G.

Mayumi G.

Greenbelt, MD 20770
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About Richard C.

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About Richard
I am a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and I hold two degrees in piano performance. Through my world-class teachers I can trace my musical education lineage directly to Mozart, Liszt, Haydn, Chopin, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. Over several decades I have taught more than 3,000 beginning and advanced students, a number of whom have gone on to earn piano performance scholarships from prestigious conservatories, music schools and universities. I have composed my own course method based on the piano teaching method of Carl Czerny, a student of Beethoven and the teacher of Franz Liszt. Beginners quickly gain confidence to perform in public and learn to perform increasingly difficult and lengthy compositions such as the Beethoven sonatas, Chopin scherzos, works of J.S.Bach and many others all from memory. One of my students just complet
ed, from memory, a Beethoven sonata of 28 pages. Several of my students are on youtube.

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Students must have a piano or keyboard at home and are expected to practice every day. I have written and published the music and the course of study for all first year beginners; They learn proper fingering, how to memorize music by learning finger patterns, and how to count in rhythm. The more time they spend in practice will determine how quickly they advance, Upon completion of my initial course, they begin to study works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. Children can begin lessons from the age of 4. Parents of students from 4 to 8 years of age must sit in on lessons and practice regularly with the child at home.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio are two Mason Hamlin grand pianos. A professional concert adjustable stool and a collection of nearly all classical piano music. There is a waiting room with coloring books and a TV.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When I teach in my students' homes, they must have a piano.

*** Specialties ***
Vengerova Method based on the French School; Close Fingering Techinque
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Leilani A. March 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
He is amazing !!!!
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AGNES MORRIS August 25, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I am a senior in my 70s. Teacher very cordial. Liked his way of explaining the way to learn the piano. I never played so was a bit nervous. He inspired me. Practice lessons were enjoyable. Looking forward to my additional lessons. First time in my life with belief that I will be able to play the piano.
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Neha J. October 23, 2015
· Piano · In home
Our daughter was really impressed and loved his teaching, his techniques and his interaction.
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Richard C.

Richard C.

Glen Burnie, MD 21061
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About Kristin W.

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Reston, VA

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you can expect to learn to read music and play a variety of pieces with confidence and enjoyment.

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.
I am currently attending George Mason University in pursuit of a second B.A in music. I hope to apply concepts I learn in my classes to my lessons with my private students!

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I have beginner to advanced piano books in both performance, lessons, and theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full size Yamaha keyboard
and upright piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music
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Quentin January 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
She was great with my son! He can be easily sidetracked but she was able to keep him motivated the entire lesson.
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Mary March 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kristen is knowledgeable, pleasant and instruction is on point at the appropriate level.
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Arav G. February 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We had our first class today and she was quite good. She made my son feel comfortable and she looked quite strong on the subject.
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Kristin W.

Reston, VA 20191
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About Travis P.

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About Travis
Hi,

My name is Travis, and I have been playing trumpet for 17 years. I have been teaching for 8. I love working with new students, and became more focused on private lessons during my Sophomore year in college. Speaking of which, I earned a Bachelors of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Maryland College Park.

While there, I played with the Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra and Jazz Band. I am also a regular performer with the Prince Georges Philharmonic.

As each student is different, so is my technique and teaching method. Generally, I have students work through the fundamentals of the instrument including fingerings, embouchure, breathing and scales. Once mastered, the more difficult obstacles such as range, dexterity, repertoire and endurance are approached. I do not work with a set schedule for s
tudents, and tailor the lesson plan for the student's growth and practice.
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Levi November 30, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Travis is a wonderful, encouraging & enthusiastic teacher. My son (10) loves going there. He learns a lot and progresses quite quickly - and at the same time it’s always fun.
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Hannah B. August 17, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Travis was great. He paced the lesson right for my daughter and started instilling some fundamentals that she was missing. He is kind and friendly. And a great musician!
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Bomani August 8, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Travis is a great teacher, he is patient and has vast knowledge of music theory. He has a warm personality which sets the tone for me to learn. He started with the basics, my posture, breathing and how to hold the trumpet and it's parts. I look forward to each lesson.
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Travis P.

Travis P.

Kensington, MD 20895
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About Annie M.

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Burke, VA

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I've been teaching piano for 10 years. My students perform at the annual spring recital in May. I use the Faber books for my beginner and intermediate players.

About Annie
Hi, there! My name is Annie M and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2005 and have loved helping my students grow as musicians, grow as people, and enjoy their instrument! I went to Saint Olaf College and earned a degree in Instrumental Music Education in 2005. I'm an energetic and fun person and my teaching style is positive, supportive, and inspiring. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Debbie Madigan July 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Annie is a wonderful piano instructor. She is very patient and makes you feel comfortable and confident as you attempt new challenges.
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Sitina March 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
The worst websit & experince. I wouldn't recommend for anyone!!!
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Yihao W. July 6, 2016
· Violin · In home
Annie is a very nice teacher! My son is 7 years old and has been doing great with Annie. Annie replied my emails in a timely manner. Most important of all, she always remind my son the right habit of the way to play violin at the beginning which I think is very important for beginners! She has a lot of patience and encouraged my son a lot! I highly recommend Annie for both young kids and adult students.
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Annie M.

Annie M.

Burke, VA 22015
(7)
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$32.50 / 30-min

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Piano can be a fun and basic instrument for students of all ages! I tailor every experience to students’ individual levels, and I make sure to develop all necessary skills for success. You’ll find use in piano instruction whether you’re a beginner in music altogether, a current instrumentalist, or even intending on learning more instruments down the road.

About Joel
Hello! I have played brass instruments in many different ensembles over the last 15 years, including concert bands, jazz ensembles, brass quintets, marching bands, drum and bugle corps, and more, and I would like to share these experiences with you as you build your own rewarding experiences with music.

I attended Hofstra University and The Hartt School, earning a B.S. in Music Education and an M.M. in Euphonium Performance, respectively. I am available for students of all ages and backgrounds, and will attend to the goals of each student separately and deliberately.
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Andrew M. August 24, 2017
· Trombone · In home
Joel is a great teacher. He has introduced a lot of new things for me to work on and helps me get better at them.
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Tristen L. September 19, 2016
· Tuba · In home
Can't wait for next lesson. Great with beginners.
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Nayarit August 30, 2016
· Tuba · In home
Exelent Music Instructor
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Joel M.

Joel M.

Washington, DC 20008
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Clarksburg, MD

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My classes consist on learning the basics of playing piano. We will go through some music theory to be able to read and understand a piano score; with simple exercises, students will practice playing with one hand at a time, and then playing with both hands at the same time. We will also practice and learn how to play different chords and their inversions. Scales are also very important to play very well from the beginning. With these components, you will get a solid start to keep improving and playing better and better each time.

About Norma
Hi! My name is Norma. I was born in Bogota, Colombia. I fell in love with music when I was a little girl, so I began taking music lessons when I was 8 years old. First, I took violin lessons, and after four years decided to switch to the piano.
I also loved to sing. So I took piano lessons and singing lessons at the same time, and after a while I dedicated myself completely to singing. After that I graduated from my music school with a degree in vocal technique.
I have sung in several venues in Colombia and in the US. as a solo artist and as a band member as well.
I also worked at the School of Rock in Coral Springs, Florida for four years, which gave me much more experience with rock music and teaching kids of all ages.
I really hope I can help you reach your goals, and to love music the same way I do.
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Davi May 9, 2017
· Singing · In home
Happy National Teacher's Day!
You deserve the highest rating in my book.
Flawless, personable, and a superlative teacher.
I have made great progress thanks to her, and I highly recommend her because of her musical training and background.
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Davi January 15, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Best singing teacher ever!
Very knowledgeable and personable.
I felt totally at ease with her from the first lesson.
I could not have made a better choice for beginning instruction,
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Davi December 29, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Great!
Exactly what I had hoped for in a teacher.
I expect to get everything I wanted and more from her lessons.
Great personality!
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Norma S.

Clarksburg, MD 20871
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16 years of experience!

Claudie T. Morrisey (better known as Cj amongst his musical cohorts) has a unique way of analogizing music theory, chords, and scales for the specific needs of each student. Students grasp concepts with Cj in a way like none other. After working with Cj, students are able to showcase their skills in both larger and intimate sized recitals alike.

Cj has education in music theory and 16 years of experience in Classical and Jazz Piano including composing an original piece for the Fayetteville State Symphonic Band. He has worked as the pianist for the Fayetteville Jazz orchestra and as an accompanist for Fayetteville State University and various high schools in North Carolina.

Cj has been recognized for his unique style in publications including the Fayetteville Observer.

Additionally, Cj produced an EP album entitled, "Mental Expressions" whereby other artists incorporate his tracks into their own performances nationwide.

For nine years, Cj played ...

About Claudie
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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Nneka E. January 22, 2018
· Piano · In home
He comes on time, never in a hurry to leave, very professional and patient and best of all my daughter likes him.
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Neil &. December 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
We are lucky to have found someone who is professional, patient and kind with my 5 yr old son.
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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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Claudie M.

Arlington, VA 22206
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I earned my B.A. in music at Hood College and have spent the last fifteen years teaching general music classes as well as private voice and piano. I am also a preschool teacher in Montgomery County and my strengths lie in working with young children. If you are looking for a beginning piano teacher for your child, I would love to meet you! I use the Alfred series and generally have students work out of the technique, repertoire and theory books. Lessons are designed to be a half hour, and I understand the importance of changing activities frequently and keeping lessons fun and engaging when working with young children.

About Marie
I earned my B.A. in music from Hood College and have been teaching private voice/piano lessons and general music in schools for the past fifteen years. I sang opera professionally in my twenties and early thirties, and have taught both the young beginner who just likes to sing for fun and the serious musician preparing for a career in music. I also teach beginning piano and particularly enjoy working with children (I am a preschool teacher by day). If your child is interested in learning to play the piano, this is a great first step; thanks to my background in working with young children, I understand how to pace a lesson to keep a young child interested in sitting still on a piano bench for thirty minutes straight ;)

If you are interested in piano lessons, please have either a real piano or weighted keyboard at home for practice. You
will also need to purchase a few music books (about $5 each). Voice students will need to purchase song books ($15-20) after we meet and I get a feel for the student’s range and what type of repertoire we should work on.
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Marie L.

Frederick, MD 21701
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$35 / 30-min

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As a beginner learning to play the piano, you might feel overwhelmed by all of the new information -- major scales, minor scales, and triads, oh my! How do you remember it all? Start with major scales and check out these tips from St. Augustine, FL piano teacher Heather L... Maybe the beginning of your piano studies has gone just swimmingly. Perhaps note reading is coming easily to you. You're a natural at technique and posture. But you've really hit a wall with those major scales. It c
6 Great Holiday Gifts for Piano Players
Need a gift for the piano player in your life? Here are six great ideas from St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. that are sure to make him or her happy..   Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas are right around the corner. And as if finding original gift ideas isn't tough enough as it is, thinking of gifts for piano players can be even tougher. But rest assured, there's so much fun stuff that we could use on a daily basis. Here are six of the best holiday gifts for the piano players in
Basics of Piano: What Should I Expect at My First Piano Lesson?
Nervous about your first piano lesson? You're not alone! It's only natural. The piano is a daunting instrument - so many keys, so little time! But we'd like to let you in on a secret: there's nothing to be nervous about. With a little bit of preparation, you can start your piano-playing journey without any worries whatsoever. How to Prepare First of all, relax. It all comes down to your mindset. Before your first lesson, think about your goals. Do you want to someday play at Carnegie Hall? D
Learn How to Play Piano: How Often Should I Practice?
“I’d love to learn how to play piano, but I just don’t have the time.” Does that sound familiar? If you say you're too busy to learn, think again! Check out this advice from Hyde Park, MA teacher Marie-france M... Many people are under the impression that there is no point in learning how to play piano unless you are able to practice a minimum of one hour a day - but nothing could be further from the truth. When you learn how to play piano, even at a rudimentary level, it's a multi-faceted un

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