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About David S.

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Annandale, VA

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David is a successful singer/songwriter/guitarist out of Baltimore, MD. He has a bachelor's degree in Music with a concentration in composition from Salisbury University, where he also studied jazz and classical guitar . In the 18 years he has been performing (13 of those professionally) and playing guitar, he has released 4 CDs and written over 200 original songs. He has opened for major national acts like Journey, Maroon 5, Toby Keith, My Chemical Romance, The Used, Thrice, Story of the Year, The Bouncing Souls, Eric Hutchinson, Virginia Coalition and Graham Colton. In the process, he has performed at such notable venues as FedEx Field, Nationals Park, Jiffy Lube Live/Nissan Pavilion, the 9:30 Club, Rams Head Live and the Recher Theatre.

As a teacher, David has taught in numerous locations in the Maryland area for the last 16 y
ears. His students generally range anywhere from 4-70+ years old and come from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of proficiency, from basic beginners to advanced. Some of his students have also gone on to pursue careers in music, others have just learned as a hobby, and some have been somewhere in between the two. All are welcome!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with couches, chairs, cables/amps, as well as extra guitars (acoustic and electric) and a bass guitar, if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide amps and stands, etc if needs be. However, if they are already provided for the student's sake/in terms of the student (i.e. I'll bring the equipment needed for myself), this would be ideal.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, rock, jazz, blues, classical, metal and funk.
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Samantha Gordon March 10, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with David was excellent! He is very patient and knowledgeable. I now have extremely high expectations for learning to play the guitar. I highly recommend him. He gave me a thorough explanation about how guitars are made made, the parts, we tuned the guitar and I am ready to groove!
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John B. October 8, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Feeling very confidant with my choice in instructor!
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lingling he August 17, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I just have my very first two lessons with David. He gave a very clear deriction and prictice guide for each lesson, easy to follow. I also believe as a wonderful musicalan, his musical experience would a plus for his teaching.
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David S.

David S.

Annandale, VA 22003
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About Evan M.

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Alexandria, VA
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Dr. Evan Meier is a composer living in Alexandria, VA. Born in Long Beach, CA he began his musical studies at an early age, performing on piano, French horn, trumpet, and steel drums. He wrote his first compositions for PanDrumonium - his middle-school steel drum ensemble. Later on, in high school, he continued to perform, in additional to writing songs and arrangements for various rock bands and jazz ensembles. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Evan decided to focus on classical composition - in 2007 he received his B.M. in music composition from Chapman University in California. During this time he also studied piano under the tutelage of Karen Knecht. He went on to receive his M.M. in music composition from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and his D.M.A in music composition from the University of Maryland.

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's compositions have been featured in performances by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Great Noise Ensemble, the Capital City Symphony, the Nimbus Ensemble, Nicholas Photinos of eighth blackbird, Paperwing, the Calyx Quartet, the University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble, the Youth Orchestra of Prince William County, the Mclean Youth Orchestra, and the Chapman University Wind Ensemble. Meier's Fire Music was selected for the Minnesota Orchestra's 2015 Composers Institute, and performed as part of the Future Classics program, with Osmo Vänskä conducting. Opera has been a major focus of Meier's compositional output. His one-act chamber opera, The Last Act of Revolution, was presented by New York City Opera's VOX Festival in the fall of 2012; it was premiered earlier that year by the University of Maryland Opera Studio. The New York Times described the opera as having "a very polished feel...the music firmly rooted in the drama." Since 2013, Meier has served as a resident artist with the American Lyric Theater, as part of the Composer/Librettist Development Program. In the spring of 2014, ALT presented his one-act chamber opera, The Resurrection Engine, which was written in collaboration with librettist and playwright E.M. Lewis. Meier and Lewis are currently at work on a family-friendly opera, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant, which has been commissioned by ALT.

Evan currently serves as the chair of the music theory department at Levine Music and has previously taught courses in music theory and sight singing at the University of Maryland, American University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Towson University, and Hood College. In addition, Evan works with private piano, composition, theory, and sight singing students.
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Evan M.

Alexandria, VA 22306
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$40 / 30-min

About John B.

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Arlington, VA

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I have been playing for about 35 years and teaching music and guitar for 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Classical guitar. I've taught at the University level and currently maintain a professional studio in Arlington, Virginia. I am very well versed in many different styles of music including, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical and Suzuki guitar. Students who decide to sign up with me, will have a lesson plan, a strategy for meeting their musical goals and will enjoy themselves in the process.

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Lessons are custom designed to meet the needs of every student, whether it is someone just starting out with the basics or for that seasoned player that wants to hone their professional skills. As a teacher, I consider myself easy going and laid back, with an emphasis on encouraging each student to do their very
best.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar, instruments, keyboards recording equipment, waiting room, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, foot stool, cables.- Teacher
Own instrument, amplifier if needed, notebook.-Student

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching for about 25 years and am well versed in Jazz, Classical, Rock, Blues and Country genres. I focus on anything from note reading, theory, improvisation and composing.
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Steve October 4, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Very patient.
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Daniel Cook September 6, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
John is very patient and knowledgeable
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Sara July 12, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Johns great. I wasn’t sure which instrument to begin and after mandolin lesson number 1... I showed up at his studio with a guitar. Lots of fun and he has lots of patience.
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John B.

John B.

Arlington, VA 22202
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About Michael K.

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Arlington, VA
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About Michael
- I teach beginners, and intermediate guitar students.
- My students' ages range from 8 years to older adults.
- Styles taught: Folk, Folk Rock, and Classical
- I have taught guitar for more than 10 years.
- I have performed professionally for over 25 years.
- I have released five audio recordings.

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My students' musical interests, goals and abilities dictate the direction that we select for their lesson plans. By recognizing and understanding each students learning style, I use techniques/methods that are suited to that particular student. This improves the speed and the quality of learning.
I am flexible and easy going but focused - and I encourage my students to do the same. I want my students to succeed and be able to play the music that they enjoy!


*** Studio Equipment ***
Numerous electric, acoustic steel string and classical guitars.
Electric Bass
IMac Computer
IPad
Sound System with microphone

*** Specialties ***
I use various techniques,methods and combinations ranging from Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, Berklee Music, Suzuki, YouTube videos and video to record particular lesson segments (which I then email to students to view as an aid during their home practice sessions).
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Matt June 11, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I have been taking lessons from Michael for about 9 months, and it has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. He is an excellent guitar player, and instructor. He is patient, thorough, and very willing to pace his instruction with the ability of the student. I am in my late 50's and he is just the person I had hoped for in a teacher. I consider going to lesson not a chore, but a pleasure.
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Theodor (. November 25, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Great start!
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Mohammed Al Dhaheri November 17, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I just started to learn how to play guitar. It is hard to learn , but Micheal makes it easier to learn.
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Michael K.

Michael K.

Arlington, VA 22207
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$35 / 30-min

About Dylan G.

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Waldorf, MD
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Music has been my life for as long as I can remember! I played saxophone all through school, participating in Solo & Ensemble, as well as All-County and All-State symphonic bands. As a student at CSM, I enjoy being a part of their Jazz Ensemble "Solid Brass", as well as their Latin Jazz group, "Ritmo Cache." I gig with a jazz combo and I also play bass in a rock band called "With Lying Eyes", playing frequent cover shows on the weekends and sometimes opening for national rock bands in the DMV area. I study saxophone under Randy Runyon at the college, in addition to taking music theory and ear training classes. I'm an experienced player and absolutely love sharing my passion for music with others. I work with people of all ages and help them unlock their potential to creatively express themselves through one of the most fun forms of art!
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Dylan G.

Waldorf, MD 20602
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About Philippe B.

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Washington, DC

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I am a professional trumpet player and teacher of all levels. I have performed across the US, Canada, UK, and Europe with groups the likes of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Miami City Ballet, Naples Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony, South Florida Symphony, the Aspen Music Festival, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, the Henry Mancini Institute, the Dartington Music Festival in the UK. I also premiered a concerto for solo trumpet called Fanfares for the Apocalypse by Rome Prize winner, Ken Ueno which can be heard in my videos.

I have had the privilege of studying with some of the best trumpet teachers and players in the world. I earned my Doctorate in Trumpet Performance from the University of Miami. I have well over a decade of experience teaching trumpet at all levels including repertoire, technical he
lp, and even chop rebuilds. I am familiar and have taught nearly all of the major pedagogical trumpet methods including Arban, Schlossberg, Stamp, Thompson, Franquin, Caruso, and of course, CIarke. I went through a major embouchure change in 2009 and have come from barely being able to play, to playing with professional groups and making a living as a trumpet player. I am proof that dedication and hard work do pay off and can result in a real career playing the trumpet, despite the odds.

As your teacher and guide, I will commit to seeing you succeed and provide you with the necessary tools to do so.

“…visionary and tireless trumpeter “ Edward Carroll

“Philippe is a person that sees no obstacle that cannot be overcome. In fact, he sees that obstacle as a play-toy to invent and to discover new innovations with creativity and aplomb.” Russell DeVuyst, former associate principal Montreal Symphony.

“Virtuosity was decidedly the order of the evening. . . .P. T. Barnum probably would have said that the ability to bear witness to such a breadth of skills would have made last night’s concert worth the price of admission. On the whole, I suspect I would have agreed with him.”
Stephen Smoliar, SF Classical Music Examiner
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K December 21, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Super knowledgeable about all things trumpet! Great teacher and performer
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Hailee December 20, 2017
· Trumpet ·
Philippe taught me for one year while I was a performance major at the University of Miami. I made more progress under his instruction than I did for the other 3 years of studies. He was able to instruct and assist me with problems I had been struggling with while under the instruction of a number of great teachers.
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Derek December 20, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Philippe has been a colleague of mine through graduate school and beyond. I have learned a tremendous amount from his experience and skills, and have both experienced his teaching abilities and seen the success he has had with many different students. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, highly accomplished, and extremely experienced trumpet teacher then look no further. Philippe represents the future of brass pedagogy, where a systematic approach to fundamentals triumphs over the traditional sink-or-swim model.
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Philippe B.

Philippe B.

Washington, DC 20002
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About Allison K.

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Washington, DC
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About Allison
Thanks for stopping by! My name is Allison, and I'm a student with a passion for music!

I am a classically trained vocalist, pianist, and composer who has been studying music for 16 years. My abilities in ear-training and sight-reading have given me the perfect springboard to experiment with different musical techniques, and I have spent my time as a music student developing my own jack-of-all-trades style.

Piano students can expect to learn beginner tools such as basic sight-reading techniques and proper finger coordination to finding exciting ways to "fake" your way through a piece. I aim to give students an adaptable tool box that allows them to feel confident in multiple facets of piano-playing.

Vocal students can expect to approach their singing with a musician's ear, and gain the confidence to nail their next big audition
or voice recital. I aim to provide a leg up in sight-reading and ear training to give the student an advantage over their peers.
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Lindsay Rinaldi, Executive Director of The Nashua Community Music School August 23, 2018
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Allison is an enormously talented and multi-faceted musician who demonstrates a unique understanding of voice, piano, and overall musicianship. Allison is perfect for singers looking for a compassionate vocal coach that will improve style, grace, and musical and dramatic interpretation. With perfect pitch in her toolbelt, Allison is an excellent choice for anyone looking to practice singing with live piano accompaniment while receiving top quality musical feedback.
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Allison K.

Allison K.

Washington, DC 20016
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$30 / 30-min

About Adela G.

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Washington, DC
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About Adela
I am a recorder player, recorder and French teacher, cultural anthropologist, and a big coffee lover. I come from Zlín, a small town in the Czech Republic, where I started to learn the recorder at the age of 6. I studied at the Conservatory of Evangelical Academy in Olomouc with Jitka Konecna and graduated in 2017. During my conservatory studies, I performed with the recorder ensemble Flauto Dolce and participated in workshops and Early music masterclasses with well-known recorder players, such as Alan Davis, Jostein Gundersen, Saskia Coleen or Ashley Solomon. I had also an opportunity to extend my music experience during two years spent in France where I studied with Sabine Weill and Agnes Lacornerie. Since 2005, I was a member of the group Marnatosnaha, playing various genres, as medieval, renaissance, folk, and christian. Marnatosnaha
performs regularly in folk and medieval festivals in the Czech and Slovak Republic. Currently, I am a member of the Washington Recorder Society and the recorder ensemble Sine Nomine. In addition to my music background, I obtained a Bachelor degree in the Culture Anthropology and French philology, and a Master degree in European studies.
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Bob August 9, 2018
· Baroque Flute · In home
Adéla is patient and adaptive to your personal needs. I highly recommend !
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Ivana August 9, 2018
· Baroque Flute · In home
Lessons with Adela were always full of new information about baroque and renaissance interpretation. And I really enjoy playing duets together!
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Adela G.

Adela G.

Washington, DC 20016
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$34 / 30-min

About Suzy Q.

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Suzy Q.

Washington, DC 20007
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$100 / 60-min

About Ignacio H.

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Alexandria, VA
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I'm a guitar teacher with over 15 years of experience. Graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2008 with the highest honors and have been teaching guitar locally in the DC area for the last eight years. Lots of experience teaching kids, adolescents and adults both privately and in art schools around the city . All levels are welcomed.

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" I just want to send a quick note to tell you how incredible Ignacio is and thank you for getting us in touch with him. He is without question the best instructor we have had. Our child just loves him. So thank you and please let us know if there is anything we can do to spread the word."
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Ignacio H.

Ignacio H.

Alexandria, VA 22314
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$44 / 30-min

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