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About Jennifer T.

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Ashburn, VA
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I teach sit down lessons and also incorporate theory into private lessons for students.

About Jennifer
My name is Jennifer. I got my degree in vocal performance and minored in Jazz. I began voice lessons myself when I was eight. I am a mezzo soprano, and can teach both female and male voices. I have performed in several opera productions including but not limited to The Marriage of Figaro, Dido and Aeneus, Tenderland, and Hand of Bridge. I have worked and performed in masterworks by Brahms, Chopin, Mozart to name a few. I studied in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. I studied diction, ear training, piano, music history, pedagogy, and music theory. I have also performed with artists such as New York Voices, Bobby Mcferrin and Kurt Elling. I was blessed with many learning opportunities to grow in my passion and I would love to pass that knowledge and passion to anyone who wants to learn.

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signed around the needs of each student. The first lessons is always spent testing range, knowledge and abilities already known by the student. Then the student weighs in on what kind of music they would like to learn and what they hope to gain from the lessons. Theory and ear training are incorporated into the lessons. We work on breathing, technique and style. Generally we start with English or Italian. We work on vocal performance from a classical standpoint but Jazz and Broadway can also be taught if desired by the student. Scales and exercises are given each week to be worked on until the next lesson. A recording device is encouraged if the student cannot play the piano. Also, a voice note book to take notes during the lesson to be used during practice during the week.

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classical voice and jazz voice.
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Mariam Zaka March 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Jennifer is a great teacher. She has full confidence in you to be able to excel in the lessons. She's understanding yet pushes you to learn well.
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Avery March 7, 2018
· Piano · In home
Jennifer was fantastic with my novice-level, 6-year old daughter. She was patient and made sure my daughter understood the lesson every step of the way. Consequently, my daughter stayed engaged and thoroughly enjoyed her first lesson with Mrs. Jen!
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Mariam March 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson!
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Jennifer T.

Jennifer T.

Ashburn, VA 20148
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About Sarah M.

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Catonsville, MD
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I can help students work through the fundamentals of music theory and history to help with college prep exams, auditions, interviews, or just for fun!

About Sarah
I maintain a home studio in Catonsville and my school-age students have consistently been successful in competitions and auditions. I teach all ages, beginner through adult, and would also be pleased to offer flute ensemble or sectionals as well.

I have over 12 years of professional performing experience. While serving with the U.S. Army Field Band, I participated in numerous educational outreach activities ranging from elementary school presentations introducing younger students to music, high school sectionals and individual lessons, Google Hangouts for distance learning, and college-level master classes for flute students and chamber music groups.

I completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2010. My thesis covered modern works by Flutist-Composers. I can introduce you to the work of ext
ended techniques on the flute, while also providing a solid foundation in technique, tone production and interpretation.
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Mike Kirkpatrick February 27, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Personable, experienced, knows how to teach.
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Mike February 6, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Sarah is personable, detailed, and knows how to tailor a lesson to meet individual needs.
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molly S. January 28, 2017
· Flute · In studio
My 3rd lesson with Sarah today as an adult flute student returning to play after a long hiatus: Truly incredible! Sarah is very attentive to my focus on improving tone, breathing, embouchure & more. Today we also played a couple duets which helped me with sight reading. Molly
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Sarah M.

Catonsville, MD 21228
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$35 / 30-min

About Jacob D.

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Greenbelt, MD

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Theory is the mathematical explanation of how the structure of music works. It's critical for anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of music. I have a degree in music theory and taught related subject for 5 years at the college level.

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I expect the student to provide their own instrument. I will bring mine. I will suggest music to get in the student doesn't have their own.

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I teach all brass instruments (trumpet, horn, euphonium, baritone, trombone, and tuba), and trumpet is my specialty. I can also teach beginning to intermediate piano and guitar lessons. In addition, I have extensive experience teaching ear training, music theory, and composition. I am fluent in all styles--Classical, jazz, pop, funk, etc.
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Dan G. October 5, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Jacob has been working well with my son. We had to change schedules to accommodate my daughters activities otherwise he was a superb teacher. Hope my son will remember all the tricks learned from Jacob.
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Haile D. September 3, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Excellent start. My son liked Jacob and his knowledge will definitely elevate him to the next level.
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Melissa C. August 24, 2015
· French Horn · Online
Jacob was always accommodating with our ever-changing schedule and was so patient with teaching my 12 year old to play the double valved french horn, given the limitations of being many miles away and the difficulty of playing this instrument.
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Jacob D.

Jacob D.

Washington, DC 20064
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$32 / 30-min

About Aleksis B.

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Germantown, MD
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Learn how scales build into chords and melodies with rhythm rudiment training to build into composition or improvisational skills

About Aleksis
My name is Aleksis B., but many of my students know me as Mr. B. I am a professional instructor and performing musician who combines a love of music with a desire to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. I try to make that passion show in everything I do.

My education includes classical voice training with Michele Howard Hansen, an opera singer that often performs at the Kennedy Center. I studied piano with Geoffrey Chappell, who writes for Jazz Times. I also received compositional training on multiple instruments from Stanley Cowell, who recorded and performed with legends like Miles Davis.

I have been performing professionally since 1992. I studied education in college and did my student teaching in a music class at Goshen Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

I have been teaching music pr
ofessionally now for over twenty years. Some students want to take a few lessons to see if it is something they will enjoy, others have worked with me for over a decade. I have mentored several students who have gone on to professional careers. I have experienced a lot of success teaching young children and those with special needs. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of patience and truly enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.

Whatever your goals or abilities, I look forward to working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Experience fun based lessons as my teaching approach is relaxed and inspirational. I enjoy working with all ages, adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate your learning style and abilities. Learn to play the music you love! You learn best when you enjoy what you are playing, I can help you play along with your favorites or even write your own songs. I always ask my students at the beginning of a lesson "What would you like to do today?" Then structure the lesson accordingly into a routine that the student can practice on their own. Generally the time is divided into warm ups, learning new material, then picking a fun song the student choses. Whether your interest is Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop music, etc... I'm here help you reach your goals so let's make your dreams come true with music together!

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Books, Guitar, music stand, metronome, picks, tuner, page clips, capo, media player, laptop, Keyboard (on request), and recording equipment (on request)

*** Specialties ***
With Voice I specialize in helping people prepare for auditions such as American Idol. I have students who simply want to be karaoke stars. I have several professional singers that hire me as a voice coach and producer for recording sessions. I have taught children as young as 2 and those that retired with a lifelong dream to sing. Though my training is classical, I can teach Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, etc...whatever is fun for the student. I highly recommend learning to read music but I do not push it unless parents want their child to.

With Piano I can teach traditionally from Alfred and Bastien Piano Courses depending if they are auditory or visual learners. For Kinesthetic learners I use Hanon scale exercises and Rothman Rhythm Exercises. For those that want to learn notation I introduce classical and Jazz composers unless there is a popular artist/band/movie theme etc...that they would like to learn. However I do not push students to read music unless their parents would prefer it. I tend to keep more students that want to learn to play by ear especially adults by using rhythm training and music theory exercises and then applying them to songs they love. For piano I haven't had much success with children younger than 3. I also have a lot experience working with special needs children.

For Guitar I teach Classical, Acoustic, and Electric all styles and genres. I encourage sight reading but don't mind using tabs. I use more exercises with these students, since the first month students have a hard time making a sound. I try to make the lessons fun by having students strum chords along with songs they chose. I teach lead and rhythm even songwriting and composition. Job satisfaction for me is seeing my students leave a lesson with a smile on their face so I make sure to be a fun based teacher that doesn't give the student a hard time about not practicing.

For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.
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Aron T. October 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Excellent first lesson. Discussed long term goals, then spent the remaining time with finger exercises, chord practice, and then we worked on a new song. Aleksis was very patient and he made a great effort to focus on what what most important to me. Exceeded expectations
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Anish C. October 18, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Excellent teacher!
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Max A. October 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
My boys are 3 years apart, and they've taken two lessons with Aleksis. He's done a great job catering to their different levels and interest. He's very patient and encouraging. My boys like him a lot. I think we will continue learning from Aleksis for a long time.
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Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD 20876
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About Dr. Jeanne S.

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Washington, DC
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It's always a BIG plus to learn music theory. A lot of voice students do not read music and sometimes when choral directors want to hear you sing they expect you to sight read a song. I like to teach the basics in music theory and sight singing. I have some fun studies that you will easily learn and it will help you tremendously when you are asked to sight sing. Coral directors ask this of you sometimes and bands who need a singer who can read parts.

About Dr. Jeanne
*Hi and welcome!!

My students like to call me Dr. Jeanne, so feel free to do the same! I have been in music all my life and I love helping my students no matter what level they may be.from beginning to advanced. My experience in music started on stage at age three and by the time I was 21 I was singing and dancing on national television in many variety tv shows after having won the tittle of Miss Memphis. I studied music at Stephens College in Columbia, MO and the University of California in music andI have since taught hundreds of voice and piano students everything I know about music and performance. Piano is a joy to teach, but my greatest love is teaching voice .I specialize in all styles of music as long as I feel it is musical, developmental and expressive.. Music takes time and discipline to master and I'm looking forward t
o meeting you and hearing all about your goals and dreams in music and how I can help you along your path.
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Alba F. December 6, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In home
It was a pleasure and great experience to meet with Dr. Jeanne
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Casey C. September 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Not good for young children. Inappropriate personal boundaries and discussions with parents about her own life.
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Yasameen March 27, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I absolutely love working with Dr. Jeanne! She helps me reach my full potential and I feel more confident every time. I can definitely feel my progress and a change in both my voice and my confidence after only a few lessons. Singing has always been a passion of mine and I love that Dr.Jeanne understands that passion and motivates me to do my best! So grateful to be working with her!
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Dr. Jeanne S.

Washington, DC 20012
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Halethorpe, MD

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Hello^^ My name is Justin. I studied Music Composition and Piano at Towson University, and I've been teaching for over Nine years. A few things I would like you to know about me are that I love video games, cartoons, and movies. I especially love the music found in them. Teaching, for me, is a way to learn. If something doesn't make sense we must figure out what's going on inside the mind. By discovering the best way for a student to learn or how a student learns best, already, we have a gateway to endless potential.

*** Lesson Details ***
-Fun and engaging

-Customized to how your brain learns. One size does not fit all when it comes to education!

-Keyboard Memorization, Sight Reading, Singing, Posture, and Technique

-Theory and Harmony

-Compose and perform your own Music!

-Free Interpretation and Artistic Deve
lopment

A typical lesson with me will have us tackling a number of music fundamentals and general technique. My goal is to teach you HOW to learn, as well as what to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio consists of a separate fully furnished room with an acoustic upright piano.

*** Specialties ***
The only general method that I use is teaching basic singing to help develop a strong sense of relative pitch. I specialize in teaching Classical and classical hybrid musics including video game scores, and movie scores.
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Iris Kane March 30, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Good experience. Justin is a patient and a knowledgeable instructor. Enjoyed the experience.
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Peggy December 6, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My daughter is in her second year of taking lessons with Justin. She enjoys her lessons and is eager to practice, since she gets good feedback from Justin. He has a good rapport with kids and makes piano even more enjoyable.
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Sandra November 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
When our daughter said she wanted to take piano lessons, we checked out several instructors in various teaching settings. We feel very fortunate to have found Justin for our 10yr young daughter's first piano lessons! His approach with her has invited her to want to learn and do well. He selected just the right books for her lessons and is also helping her learn a song she wants to play from one of her favorite bands. This keeps her engaged with other aspects of skill building and music reading! He also wrote out a clear description of what she is to include in home practice sessions. We definitely recommend Justin.
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Justin M.

Halethorpe, MD 21227
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About Dennis B.

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Bethesda, MD

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I teach some music theory as part of the ongoing lessons to almost all students but I encourage those who are interested to study the subject more thoroughly. I use the book 'GETTING MUSIC' which I co-authored (published in 2014) as the textbook for theory study as it provides a strong grounding and understanding of notation, scale construction, interval construction, chord construction and an overview of basic harmony principles and practices.

About Dennis
I have been teaching guitar for 25 years in the Washington DC metro area. I work with students 12 years of age and up, but I am especially experienced at teaching adult students regardless of whether they are beginners or have previous guitar experience. I have performed in acoustic Celtic, new age, funk, progressive rock, fusion and contemporary jazz groups and am currently performing regularly as a solo acoustic guitarist. I have composed over 40 works for solo guitar as well as numerous pieces for small jazz bands. I have played on numerous CDs including my most recent solo CD 'DARK MATTER'.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor the lesson materials to suit the interest of the student but I am dedicated to teaching students at any level to learn to better understand the fundamentals of the language of music. My teaching focuses on critic
al fundamentals of guitar technique including chords, scales and rhythm guitar playing as well as the art of improvisation. A significant amount of time in the lessons is spent actually playing with the students so that the technical concepts are put to use in real music situations. To further the student's understanding of music I frequently teach elements of music theory to those who are interested.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars and amps available for student use although I prefer that the student bring their own instrument. I also have all the needed accessories, cables, stands etc.

*** Specialties ***
Adult students (and older teenagers ) whether beginners or experienced are a particular specialty of mine. Adult learners want to be treated as adults and often times benefit greatly from a more mentor oriented approach to teaching. I like to describe myself as both a teacher and a coach so as to emphasize that the student and I are on the same team sharing the goal of improving their guitar playing and musicianship. We are both on the same path of musical discovery. I am probably just farther along on that path with insights and knowledge that will hopefully help them along their way.
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Mike January 6, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis was my instructor and is a bit modest about his experience. He taught me on my mom's crappy nylon stringed spanish acoustic guitar back in the 80s. I hope he reads this and remembers the little studios at Fox's Music in Falls Church. He patiently taught me Rick Springfield songs, probably against his taste and better judgment. Anyway, he got me started in my teens and I'm still playing some of the tunes he taught me (plus a few hundred others) on a slightly nicer guitar these days, in my 40s. Keep rockin', Dennis, and thanks for helping spark a hobby I still enjoy decades later!
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Jennifer W. August 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis is a friendly and kompetent teacher and I am looking forward to his next lesson!
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Thalia June 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis was an excellent teacher. He is incredibly talented and his passion for music is contagious. Dennis was also very patient and understanding. He meets you where you're at, and is able to address any questions or difficulties you might encounter. I enjoyed every lesson!
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Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD 20816
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$40 / 30-min

About Tommy W.

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Since high school, music theory has always interested me. For my students this means theory will almost always be included in a lesson, not just to know it, but to know why and how it influences the notes we play. Due to my college experience, most of my theory knowledge has a jazz tinge to it, so some terminology might vary between that and classical language. Regardless, if you're looking to learn how to use a Babbitonian Matrix, or where to apply a Hexatonic scale, or even just want to know what notes make up a chord, we can definitely discuss it and have a good time doing it.

About Tommy
My name is Tommy. I've been playing bass and guitar since I was 11 years old. When I was in high school, I won my school's Duke Ellington Jazz Performance Award my junior year. Around this time I began to work at my neighborhood's local lesson shop Let's Play Music! off of W Broad Street in Falls Church, VA. Following high school, I attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, studying jazz bass performance with players who have played and recorded with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Bobby McFerrin, among others. I received my degree in Jazz Bass Performance and since returning to the DC area have taught at Let's Play Music, Bach 2 Rock, and Music and Arts. Outside of my academic accomplishments, I play in and record a number of bands. I play out at different venues from Richmond to Baltimore regularly and ha
ve gone on tour twice before. I specialize in electric bass and music theory, but am quite comfortable teaching beginner to intermediate guitar.
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Matthew F. February 26, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Tommy is a solid bass guitar teacher. My lesson was better than expected!
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Anne P. February 26, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Just had my first guitar lesson. Tommy was very patient and supportive and explained clearly what I needed to do.
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dusty July 22, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Just my initial lesson, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Tommy is an extremely knowledgeable instructor. Seems my first pick for bass instructor was dead on. :-)
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Falls Church, VA 22043
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About Madeline H.

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I've been studying music theory for six years, and I've been a music theory tutor for three years. I currently study music theory pedagogy at the Peabody Institute, and I am a graduate assistant for the music theory department.
Music theory is a mathematical approach to music, and can successfully be taught to every type of learner. I have experience teaching student just beginning, studying musical form, counterpoint, atonality, and ear training. Music theory can be abstract, but it improves the understanding and appreciation of music to a listener, composer, and performer.

About Madeline
Hello! I'm Madeline, and I'm a vocal performance and music theory pedagogy major at 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.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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Crack the code! Learn how to consistently analyze music and create your own with a solid knowledge base. Max covers both Jazz and classical theory, and he draws from both to help create a broader understanding. Lessons focus on analysis, composition, and improvisation.

About Max
Come learn a first, second, or even third instrument! In addition to voice, Max specializes in multi-instrumentalism and fluency between genres. Many of Max's students learn at least two instruments, and for very good reason! Learning multiple instruments (and styles/genres) increases one's musical ability and understanding of the big picture in ways that a single focus simply can't. It's comparable to learning multiple languages. There's also time and a place to buckle down on technique and to focus on one thing exclusively, and Max is mindful of this as well. In his lessons, he creates new exercises to address each student's specific needs and keeps the focus narrow enough to avoid a distracting information overload.

Most importantly, Max teaches through questions, in the spirit of "teach a man to fish...." This allows students
to gain a degree of self sufficiency and an appetite for discovery. Lessons are fun, personal, efficient (and at times, just inefficient enough to feel comfy), and relaxed. Max's teaching space features classic instruments and amps, including a vintage Fender Rhodes, and a full featured recording studio. It's a perfect environment for learning and creativity, and it's also a short walk to all of Hampden's best shops and restaurants.

Outside of teaching, Max actively performs as a classical/early music singer, and does regular session work on vocals, bass, guitar, trumpet, and keys. He also composes for film, and runs a mobile recording business specializing in classical, acoustic, and jazz. His work has taken him both around the country and overseas.
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Martin V. November 29, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Max is a very talented, friendly and flexible teacher! He's very patient, and is willing to do what it takes to help a concept stick. I always look forward to our classes. Thank you, Max!
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Max K.

Baltimore, MD 21211
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