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About Lilly A.

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Columbia, MD

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About Lilly
Ms. Lilly received a B.M in Vocal Performance from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C where she studied with Regina McConnell. Upon graduating, Lilly continued her studies at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins and received her M.M from the University of Maryland. As an undergraduate she was a recipient of the Se-Jong Scholarship. She has been participated the NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional Vocal Competition and received an honorable mention from the Friday Morning Music Club Competition. Mrs. Ahn took part in the Amalfi Coast Music Festival under the direction of Thomas Reilly and while there she performed the role of Nella in Gianni Schicchi. She also participated in scene studies including roles of Giulietta from I Capuleti e I Montecchi, and Papagena from Die Zauberflöte. She attended the Little Patuxent Opera Instit
ute directed by Deborah Kent. She is also a soloist of Baltimore Choral Arts Society under the conductor Tom Hall and was recently featured in a televised concert, where she sang Mozart’s Allelujah.
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Lessons occur in my living room with a beautiful baby grand piano. A waiting area is available for parents.

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Breathing Management (Talking and Singing)
Music Theory
Classical Singing
Presentation of yourself
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Ava January 15, 2018
· Singing · In home
My daughter loved her lesson and had so much fun. Thank you for making music lessons the joy they should be. She practiced x2 tonight already!
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Alyssa&Alexis B. September 30, 2017
· Korean · In home
Our first experience was great! Ms. Lilly was so nice we were absolutely comforted by this. It is our first time having private lessons for anything and she is the best
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lea June 23, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I am very happy taking voice lessons with Lilly as evidenced by me willing to drive an hour to see her. She has a lot of knowledge and experience in singing and therefore understands my needs so that I can produce what she asks me to. I had no singing ability in the beginning and I was so embarrassed by my voice I couldn't even sing when I was alone. Now, I feel encouraged by the progress I have made and would highly recommend Lilly as a voice instructor.
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Lilly A.

Lilly A.

Columbia, MD 21045
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About Ian D.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Ian
I have been playing piano since the age of six. Originally classically trained, I made a change to learning Jazz after hearing it on the radio one night while still in high school.

I began my teaching career in 2007, providing private piano instruction to beginners at a small, privately owned music school in Laurel, Maryland.

After the school closed it's doors in the Fall of 2011, I continued working with many of the students privately. It is these efforts I continue to this day.

Having the opportunity to work 1 on 1 with students and see their progression and development on a week to week basis is a truly, rewarding experience that I feel fortunate to be a part of.

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Although the approach you take with each student will be different, basic standard requirements will consist of:

1) Being able to loc
ate notes on the piano in relation to middle C

2) Being able to recognize notes on the staffs and play them in the correct locations on the piano

3) Scale theory- understanding how scales are constructed and being able to play at least 2 octaves of all 12 major scales with both hands at the same time

4) Chord theory- understanding how triads and eventually seventh chords are constructed

5) Sight reading- there is a "trick" to this, if you will, a way to go about approaching tunes that I've found makes them easier to digest

6) And for those interested, we can give the lessons a more Jazz-oriented approach (lessons would then more heavily emphasize scale and chord theory, syncopation, and learning Jazz standards)

Remember, we are all students. Instrument teachers, instructors, coaches (whatever you want to call them) do not represent an end to the learning process, but rather a continuation of it. We're all trying to improve, develop our craft, build up our chops, practice new and uncomfortable things, and expand upon our abilities of what we can do. I have heard from Jazz pianists in their 80s say that they are still learning, still trying to get better. I think that's an important thing to keep in mind as you begin this journey. The journey never ends, it just extends and continues. You'll never run out of new things to learn. The only thing you can strive for is to be the most competent you can be at your instrument. Your playing ability at any point along this journey is only a mere reflection of who you are at this moment in time. So make this moment the most meaningful it can be. The journey begins here.

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Full Sized, Fully Weighted Electronic Keyboard in living room
Comfortable sitting area in waiting room for parents

*** Specialties ***
music, piano, jazz piano
Jazz
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Kim L. March 14, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ian is a great guy, very patient. My son and I both take piano lessons from him and we are really enjoying it!
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Toney C. October 1, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Ian is a very flexible teacher. I would recommend him as an instructor.
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Stephanie R. April 14, 2015
· Piano · In home
Ian has been great to work with. He is so patient with our son, and we appreciate him. Our son, Taylor, thinks he is the best.
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Ian D.

Ian D.

Baltimore, MD 21230
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$35 / 30-min

About Yelena S.

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Burtonsville, MD

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*** Studio Equipment ***
upright piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano or a keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Russian School of Piano Playing
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JENNIFER &. March 29, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great instructor!
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Stephanie January 13, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher. Looking forward to next lesson.
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Marianela E. November 8, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My son loved his first piano class.
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Yelena S.

Yelena S.

Burtonsville, MD 20866
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About Delaney R.

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Baltimore, MD
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About Delaney
I am a conservatory trained classical singer who has been performing professionally for eight years and teaching privately for five. I'm very comfortable teaching a wide variety of genres and tailor my teaching style entirely to a student's level of experience, goals, voice type, age and musical interests. In addition to teaching vocal technique and repertoire, I am very comfortable teaching essential musical skills such as sight singing and music theory.
As a performer, I have appeared with such companies as Washington National Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, The Art Song Preservation Society and Peabody Opera Theater.

As a teacher, I fully believe that you don't have to want to be a professional singer in order to want voice lessons. I love teaching students who just love music and want to be better at it. Eve
n thought I'm a professional singer myself, I believe that the point should always be to enjoy singing, and whether your goal is to make money as a singer or to feel more confident doing karaoke (both real things that have brought students to me!), I want you to have fun doing it. I also want to show you that singing is a skill, and anyone can learn to do it.

*Note about my apartment: I teach lessons in my home, and I have a pet kitten. She's extremely friendly and would love nothing more than to bask in your attention, but if you'd prefer not to be around her or you are allergic, it's no problem at all. I'm happy to make sure she's kept in a different room during your lesson.
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J'son Green November 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Lane was an amazing instructor. She is easy to talk to, and listens to the student. I learned so much during my time with her. I was very disappointed when she had to leave the school. Lane is extremely knowledgable, and makes learning fun. I hope our singing paths cross again!
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Delaney R.

Delaney R.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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$40 / 30-min

About Mathew P.

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Catonsville, MD

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About Mathew
I've been teaching sitar since 2013 and my students have gone on to develop a love for Indian classical music and culture. Within the first few lessons, you'll be properly holding the sitar and playing notes and phrases. Then, we take particular ragas and begin layering in raga and tala theory and more advanced techniques. My greatest joy is taking a student who started with no musical experience and getting them to the point of successfully performing on stage with tabla accompaniment.
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Alpa May 27, 2018
· Sitar · In studio
My daughter really enjoyed the lessons
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Stephanie May 8, 2018
· Sitar · Online
Matt is a joy to have as an instructor. He’s very experienced and knowledgeable in not just the sitar itself, but how best to teach it. He figures where you are at, what you need, and helps you to set realistic goals for yourself. I would highly recommend him as an instructor! Additionally, I really appreciated his flexibility and willingness to help me continue my lessons when I lost my job which necessitated a move across the country and he was willing to try online courses. I think you definitely need an in-person foundation but the online classes have been really great and I’m so glad we could continue our lessons!
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prashant May 8, 2018
· Sitar · In studio
Matt is a terrific teacher and a wonderful human being
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Mathew P.

Mathew P.

Catonsville, MD 21228
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About Jeremy B.

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Curtis Bay, MD
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About Jeremy
I have been an avid music lover my entire life and have also been playing music for almost 20 years, while having experience playing music in multiple bands around the Baltimore/D.C./Virginia area. I enjoy listening and playing all types of music and genres. I graduated from Anne Arundel Community College with an Associates degree in Transfer Studies while completing their music theory program. Currently I am attending the University of Maryland Baltimore County while pursuing a Bachelors degree in Music Education.
I have proficient skills in music performance, sight reading, sight singing, music theory, part writing and composition. If you want to start to uncover music theory, or you just learn to play a few of your favorite songs or solos I can help get you where you want to be. I look forward to teaching all inspired musicians
to help them fulfill their musical goals.
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David B. October 28, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great instructor. He is very patient and makes learning the guitar exciting.
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Stephen B. January 22, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Awesome instructor!!!
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Reggie June 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I am a beginner guitar player inspiring to become the next Eddie Hazel (Of Funkadelic fame for you unenlightened ones). I was referred to Jeremy by a former music teacher at Anne Arundel Community College. I was able to set up a weekly time with him at his house. He has a very clean and professional setting. I have been taking lessons under Jeremy's tutelage for a few months now. I have to say I am surprised at my own progress. My technical skills are blossoming but it's the music theory that is the real gift that Jeremy has given me. I always shrugged theory off thinking if I can hear it, I can play it. But now I am beginning to see the doors that music theory can open. Music is a vast universe and I have to give him credit for opening my ears, eyes, and mind to the possibilities of soooouuunds.
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Jeremy B.

Jeremy B.

Curtis Bay, MD 21226
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$25 / 30-min

About Rachel S.

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Hanover, MD

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About Rachel
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 also hold a masters degree in voice performance and pedagogy 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
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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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$40 / 30-min

About Madeline H.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Madeline
Hello! I'm Madeline, and I'm a vocal performance and music theory pedagogy graduate student at the Peabody Institute. I've been a music theory tutor since Fall 2014, and teaching private voice lessons since January 2015. I love introducing students to new repertoire, showing them a different way of looking at concepts, and helping students realize how smart and talented they are. I want my students to feel prepared for where their love of music takes them, and we are absolutely going to have fun while learning. I'm excited that you are interested in learning, too, and I cannot wait to hear from you.
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Olivia May 26, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Madeline is really kind and enthusiastic. I loved taking lessons with her.
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Thomas April 3, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Madeline is lovely. She is down-to-Earth, highly knowledgeable, and fun to work with. If you are lucky enough, you might get to hear her sing! I highly recommend her as a vocal instructor to individuals at all levels of experience.
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Elena April 2, 2018
· Choir · In studio
My son really enjoyed his time with Madeline. Unfortunately, due to a move we were no longer able to attend this particular location. Madeline created an environment where my son felt very comfortable exploring different music, he always came out of class with a smile on his face. Madeline was instrumental in motivating my child to sing in front of an audience for the first time. This is an experience I don't think we will ever forget. She is encouraging and inspiring, as well as very talented and knowledgeable. We will really miss her.
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Madeline H.

Madeline H.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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$30 / 30-min

About Mary S.

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Towson, MD

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On stage, I specialize in a powerful style that blends rhythm and melody. With Cecilia Grace, I performed over 120 dates last year and will be performing 45+ shows this summer alone. I’ve had the opportunity to share the stage with Ryan Cabrera, Drake Bell, Capital Cities, O Town, and 2017's American Idol winner, Trent Harmon. However, it all began with lessons and practice.
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Mary S.

Mary S.

Towson, MD 21286
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$42 / 30-min

About Zachary A.

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Catonsville, MD

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About Zachary
Hello! My name is Zachary (or Zac for short) and I am a Baltimore-based brass performer and teacher. I have been playing euphonium and other brass instruments for 14 years. Currently, I am in my final year as a music education student at Towson University, where I study euphonium with US Navy musician James Hicks. In addition to euphonium, I am quite proficient on both trombone and tuba, and have taught trumpet and horn as well.

Currently, I play euphonium in the Towson University Symphonic Band and Towson University Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, trombone in a folk-rock style band, and am an avid solo artist. I also have two years of experience as a nationally touring member of the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps. In addition to these experiences, I have performed with the Cadets2 Drum & Bugle Corps, the Baltimore Ravens Marching Band, and th
e Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps. In 2013, I was a recipient of the United States Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence.

Outside of performing, I am an avid teacher in the Baltimore area and beyond. I have worked as an instructor with various high school bands, including Perry Hall High School, Rockville High School, and Urbana High School.
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Max June 18, 2018
· Conducting · In studio
Zac taught me how to properly perform an aria in front of a whole lot of important people that I was stressed about. He gave me some excellent pointers on how to work with a pianist. His knowledge of music and his experience in performance has certainly shaped the way I perceive my own performances ever since that lesson.
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James June 15, 2018
· French Horn · In studio
As a musician, Zac is above and beyond talented. Because of his proficiency and excellence, he offers great insight and helpful hints on how to play properly and with support, two extremely important parts of being a musician. Lastly, it is quite obvious what music means to him. His passion is inspiring, and makes me want to continue to pursue and practice my instrument. His lessons helped me develop from a second part to a first part, enabling me to play higher and more challenging parts for my band. Knowing that I was able to leave better than I started makes myself feel lucky and appreciative that I was able to take lessons with a person like Zac. Overall, one of the best music instructors I have had the pleasure of working with.
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Russ June 15, 2018
· Euphonium · In studio
Zac is an incredible teacher. He takes the time to make sure you understand, and he’s very proficient.
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Zachary A.

Zachary A.

Catonsville, MD 21228
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$25 / 30-min

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