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About Diane G.

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Gaithersburg, MD

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About Diane
I have a degree and certification in violin and piano from the Boston Conservatory as well as a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland. I have had additional training and certification as a Suzuki teacher from The Suzuki Teacher Training Institute. I am a member of SAGWA-Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area as well as SAA-Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have played all around the world including the Vatican, White House, Paris, Russia, England and Wales as well as in Concert Halls such as Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. I have taken students with me to perform as well in these countries and also every major concert hall in the Washington, D.C. area. I give my students opportunities to perform whenever there is an opportunity. In addition I work with students to earn music scholarships to private school
s and colleges. I am also a judge in the Young Artist Award in Maryland. In addition, I have received two White House awards for my performances at the White House, I am also a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society.

Music has been an important part of my life. It represents so much that is good in life and I do my best to communicate this to my students. I am training my students not just to be musicians but to love music for life.

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I treat each student as an individual since everyone is different. For some I might use a traditional approach, some just the Suzuki approach and others a combination of techniques. Whatever produces the best results. My goal is not to make strictly classical musicians but to train students to love music and carry this love throughout life. My repertoire consists of everything including traditional, Suzuki, Disney, Showtunes, etc. I have taken students to perform little concerts at the White House, schools, hospitals and concert halls to get the real feel of performing. I view lessons as a three way relationship between myself, the student and the parent so that the parent is not left out. I even have a small group called Musical Magic which incorporates magic into music. I feel I am laid back but am able to accomplish my goal through positive reinforcement. Every child or student wants to feel good about his/her playing. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible. If you want online lessons, please contact me through Take Lessons since I have additional availability to teach online. In the past six months my students have performed for the National Humane Society at their animal ball, a multi teacher recital on a local stage, and just two weeks ago seven of them performed at Strathmore. This summer I have two more concerts planned. Coming up will be an all instrument graduation with several other teachers where students receive medals for their performances. No student is required to perform but if they want to the opportunity is there. All students are required to have an instrument prior to beginning lessons. If students need to rent a violin, I will provide you with the name of a violin dealer that both rents and sells string instruments. Piano students must have a piano or keyboard.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach at home and have both a grand piano and electric keyboard in addition to a harp and violin.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When my students have to travel to perform, I make sure they have everything they need.

*** Specialties ***
Traditional and Suzuki approaches for both violin and piano. I also teach children with learning disabilities.and have extensive summer programs to help students with auditions for youth orchestras and school orchestras.
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Debra L. April 15, 2018
· Piano · Online
Ms. Diane is the most amazing instructor. She has been successfully teaching my daughter both violin and piano online for two years now. Ms. Diane is knowledgeable, reliable, flexible and one of the kindest music instructors our family has had the good fortune and pleasure to learn from. We are also lucky to only live about 40 minutes away, so we also get to see Ms. Diane for an in home lesson on occasion. Our daughter looks forward to her weekly lesson with Ms. Diane and plans to continue learning from Ms. Diane for many years to come. If you are looking for a music instructor with such qualities, Ms. Diane is truly worth your time and consideration for both online and in home instruction. If I could give her more than 5 stars I certainly would. Thank you Ms. Diane for everything!!
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Debra L. April 15, 2018
· Violin · Online
Ms. Diane is one of the sweetest teachers I have ever had. She is really good at explaining things when I don't understand, is patient, encourages me, and makes learning really fun! Overall she is really great. I highly recommend her.
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cole S. August 21, 2017
· Violin · In home
Diane is an excellent instructor. My son feels comfortable with her style of teaching and always looks forward to his next lesson!
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Diane G.

Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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About Susan G.

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Falls Church, VA

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I was a piano major at UNI and received a B.A. in English with a minor in music. I taught music for several years in Iowa and Pennsylvania. I have an M.A. in Reading, which has been invaluable in analyzing learning styles and teaching to each student's strengths. I have been teaching piano for over twenty five years and I'm also active in church music.

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I focus on learning the foundations of music as well as the technical skills needed to play piano. I gear the instruction towards finding patterns that make a piece more than a collection of notes and, thus, easier to learn.
I've used various curriculum: Alfred, Bastien, Faber, etc. and try to supplement materials with music that is appealing to the individual student.
I am very flexible with scheduling and try to make each lesson as stress-free and interesting
as possible.
In a few months a student should be able to read music and play simple melodies and chords.

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical as well as pop, providing a broad foundation that allows the student to play any style of music.
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Emily April 8, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Terrific teacher for a first-timer.
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Sarah December 3, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Susan is a great instructor patient and tailors the lesson to your exact level and pace!
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Bin C. November 20, 2016
· Piano · In home
I think Bin is enjoying his lessons very, even though he is very shy and rarely talks. Thanks again for everything.
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Susan G.

Susan G.

Falls Church, VA 22042
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About Jonathan G.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Jonathan
I have studied with Wanchi Huang at James Madison University for six years. At JMU, I earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music, both in violin performance. I received my D.M.A. at Catholic University of America, studying with Jody Gatwood. When I was a student at JMU, I taught several students privately. The students ranged from retirees to JMU faculty and students to adolescents. I am now teaching at Baltimore Talent Education Center, where I teach violin in small groups and individual lessons. The students at BTEC range from pre- kindergarden through high school. I also have festival experience. I have been a student at Brevard Music Center, Heifetz International Music Institute, BayView Music Festival, and I was a Teaching Fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp. Through my experiences both as a student and as a teacher, I un
derstand that every student is a little bit different. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses. Every student has a different learning style. Every student has a different way of understanding things, a different way of processing information, and a different personality all together. It will be my job as a teacher to get to know each student individually and use my teaching methods to teach the student how to play the violin and help him or her to reach his or her goals.

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I am a laid-back person. I am easy-going, enthusiastic about violin playing and about teaching and learning music, and I am very patient with my students as well. However, I am also very demanding. I explain and demonstrate objectives in a very precise way, and I demand a lot of detailed work from my students, inside and outside the lesson. I explain specifically what I want the student to do. By the end of every lesson, the student will have specific things to work on for next time. I expect each student to make practicing a habit, and practice regularly what has been discussed in the lesson. I try to make the lessons as pleasant and as laid-back as possible. But I become more firm, serious, and strict when a student either is not making an effort or does not practice enough outside the lesson.
I start students off with the Suzuki method. We work on techniques to hold the violin properly, hold the bow properly, and get a decent sound out of the violin, without too much physical tension. A student begins by learning to play by ear. After he or she is comfortable playing by ear, we associate the notes that the student hears and plays on the violin with written notes on a page.
We also work with the Paul Roland methods so that the student can learn the violin in a basic, rudimentary way. It involves a lot of repetitive patterns, back and forth motions that are slow and round, and avoiding excessive tension. This will give the student the tools that he or she needs to learn how to play the violin in a short period of time.
In three to six months, a student who is a beginner will be able to hold the violin and bow comfortably, create a decent sound on the violin, and play the Twinkle Variations, and maybe a few other songs.
If the student has played violin before, then in three to six months, he or she will have had some rehabilitation to get rid of tension and force, overcome some bad habits he or she may have developed, and review the fundamentals of violin playing. I will improve the student's approach to the violin, and by the end of the three to six months, he or she will have a better idea on how to practice and play the violin.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, seating for parents in the living room,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a stand.
I will expect the student to have a violin, rosin, and a pencil.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Method- a starting point, particularly for kids, but for people of all ages. It is a good way to begin learning the violin by playing by ear, developing a strong, clear tone, and bringing out one's individuality through his/her musical development and his/her ability to be expressive.

In a matter of time, I want the student to get used to reading music, in addition to playing by ear. This can be done through the pieces in the Suzuki method or through other music.

Eventually, I take the student off of the Suzuki method and work with him or her on classical repertoire.
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Jasmine B. March 14, 2018
· Violin · In studio
In just three lessons I feel like I've improved so much!
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Renee B. February 5, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I really enjoyed working with Jonathan. I came in green, and he was so patient. I am looking forward to my next lesson.
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Alice S. January 8, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Very thorough! Loved my first lesson. Can't wait to continue my lessons with Jonathan! Thank you for your awesomeness!! :-)
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Jonathan G.

Baltimore, MD 21209
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About Rachel S.

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Hanover, MD

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**IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK LESSONS WITH ME IN NEW YORK CITY I AM HERE FOR JUNE 2017! WE CAN SWITCH TO A SKYPE FORMAT AFTER THAT :)

Hi! My name is Rachel, and I have been teaching lessons professionally for over 10 years now. My primary instruments are voice and piano, and I also teach music theory/ear training/musicianship skills. I earned my degree in vocal performance from James Madison University, where I taught lessons to non-music majors as well as tutored general music for the student population. I am currently getting my masters in voice and pedagogy (teaching) from the Peabody Conservatory. I would describe my teaching style as fun and relaxed, with a strong emphasis on healthy technique. I believe that all students should have a strong technical foundation, and that begins on day one. Genres I teach include classical, musical
theatre, pop, and accompanying skills for pianists. I can also help with audition prep on both instruments. I look forward to meeting with you!
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Amelia (. January 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
Rachel is amazing with kids. Very patient and kind. She is also very friendly and approachable, perfect for encouraging and motivating kids.
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Rochelle January 10, 2018
· Singing · Online
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Maddie December 13, 2017
· Ear Training · In home
Rachel is great! So happy to be taking lessons and hearing differences in my voice already!
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Rachel S.

Rachel S.

Hanover, MD 21076
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About Pierre-Olivier J.

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Hyattsville, MD
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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-Olivier 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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Paulo April 13, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I was originally hesitant about taking singing lessons, but I'm so glad that I finally did it. Mr. Pierre-Olivier has been an amazing and supportive teacher throughout the entire process. He was able to find bad habits I've developed over the years and helped me understand how to fix it. In every lesson, he prepares vocal exercises that challenges my singing abilities and knowledge. I've started to hear drastic improvements in my voice, and I'm sure it will continue to develop with his help. I leave every lesson with a renewed sense of pride in my skills as a singer, and I'm always excited for the next one!
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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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Pierre-Olivier J.

Hyattsville, MD 20782
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About Nicholas R.

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Gambrills, MD

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I understand that learning something new can be very daunting. I know that in particular, because I am still new to teaching! We can both learn together. I want to make it my goal, to help you be a better musician, performer, and most obviously: a better drummer. I care deeply about making sure my students understand what I'm teaching them, and patience is the key to that.
I have self taught myself to play drums for 15 years, and have been performing for 10 years. Please ask me any questions, I'm an open book.
I also attended Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts and am a certified audio engineer.
My ultimate goal, is to help you reach yours!
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Isaac G. August 31, 2017
· Drum · In studio
So far he had a lot of patience with my son. It was great to see my son actually learning the drums. He was really excited about the lessons! He can't wait to practice and go back next week.
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Raven August 2, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Awesome! Very communicative and friendly guy.
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Nicholas R.

Nicholas R.

Gambrills, MD 21054
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About Ryan T.

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Germantown, MD

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Ryan is a composer, improviser, author, music theorist, pianist, music producer, and teacher. He has won awards for his original music, such as his first place award for Best Original Film Score in the Montgomery County Film Festival in 2011. He also has performed in prestigious venues like the Takoma Park Jazz Festival and the Siemens Competition Awards Ceremony hosted in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

Ryan writes and performs in a variety of styles ranging from classical to jazz to electronic. He has experience writing music for large ensembles such as orchestras and jazz big bands. As a music producer, he has worked with big and small groups of musicians alike in professional-level recording studio environments. His expertise also extends to the mixing, mastering, and synthesis applications of music technology that have become so
central to the modern music industry.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Contemporary Writing and Production. He was accepted in 2013 with a scholarship and finished the four-year program only two and half years later. He has studied with great teachers such as the amazing composer and concert pianist Jeffrey Chappell. He has also studied guitar performance on the side and experiments with different instruments whenever he can. In recent years, Ryan has focused on teaching workshops, classes for small groups, private lessons, and on creating his new book The Theory and Creation of Music.

In addition to his musical pursuits, Ryan also has a profound passion for self-growth, psychology, and spirituality. He is well-versed in a number of different self-development practices including Vipassana meditation, circling, and re-evaluation co-counseling. Complementing his practical experience, he has also developed a deep understanding of related intellectual fields like integral theory, developmental psychology, and eastern philosophy. Ryan plans to write his next book on his newly created system of self-growth: Adoga.
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Lyra April 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
We had our first lesson, went very well. Maybe by summer we'll look into making lessons more frequent. He works very well with our 6 year old.
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Lynn December 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Ryan has a passion for creating and playing music that he clearly wants to share with those new to the art as well as those with experience. His joy is greatest when he is able to foster musical connections for others and help them grow in their own enthusiasm and understanding. Ryan is a an excellent teacher; patient and kind. If you are looking for a task master, Ryan is not your guy. But if you are looking for someone who can spark passion and a deeper appreciation for the craft of creating and playing music, there is no better person I can recommend.
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Ryan T.

Germantown, MD 20874
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About Sarah B.

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College Park, MD
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Chicago native Sarah Balzer began studying the oboe at age ten. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance at University of Maryland, College Park in 2013 studying with Mark Hill. She received her MM in Oboe performance at DePaul University studying with Eugene Izotov and playing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Sarah has performed with the Quad City Symphony and the Elmhurst Symphony among others and has attended summer festivals such as Banff Center, Domaine Forget Academy, and YOA Orchestra of the Americas. A graduate of the YOA Global Leaders program, Sarah has taught and performed in venues across Chile, The Dominican Republic, Honduras, Jamaica, and Mexico. As a teacher, Sarah has taught at the People's Music School in Chicago and is currently coaches at the DC Youth Orchestra Program. An active chamber musici
an, Sarah performs with Potomac Winds, a Washington D.C. based ensemble currently in residence with the Talbot County Arts Council and Talbot County Public Schools presenting educational concerts combining student's history curriculum with music. She is a first year DMA in Oboe Performance at University of Maryland.
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Sarah B.

College Park, MD 20740
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About Melissa C.

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Baltimore, MD

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Professional recording artist, singer, songwriter, pianist, with many songs that can be streamed or purchased anywhere music is sold. I have over 20 years of experience in performing and teaching music. What makes me unique is that I also have a background in music therapy and art therapy. I love to teach younger students, senior citizens and those with special needs. My lessons will be geared specifically toward YOU. I am skilled in teaching in a way that students retain information and stay motivated. I teach all genres from popular classical pieces to the most current music on the radio!
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Rosalie May 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Melissa not only teaches my 7 YO daughter to read music and play the notes she encourages her to create her own music. My daughter looks forward to her lessons and has a love for music that is nurtured by Melissa.
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Sharon May 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My 7 year old grandson began taking piano lessons with Melissa last October and his parents and I could not be happier with this experience. Melissa is so kind and encouraging. Sonny loves every lesson and is always eager to share what he learns. He is learning to read music, understand music theory and developing stage presence. We highly recommend Melissa as a piano teacher and thoughtful motivator.
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James May 21, 2018
· Gospel Singing · In home
Amazing teacher. She got me ready for a big conference that I had to sing at. Gained confidence & ability in a short time! Thankful for her lessons!
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Melissa C.

Baltimore, MD 21239
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Arlington, VA
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Hi! I'm a 24 year old musician with a wide range of experience and a very patient personality. I've been giving lessons to children since I was in high school, and I love to pass the knowledge of music on to anyone willing to learn.

I grew up in the small town of Galax, VA where bluegrass music has its roots. You could easily pick my southern accent out of a crowd here in the DC area.

I've played in many bluegrass bands and a few blues and jazz groups.
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Ben H.

Arlington, VA 22204
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