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About Chris H.

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Waldorf, MD

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About Chris
I have been teaching private violin for over 20 years, and private viola/cello for about 10. I have taught in Charles and St. Mary's County Public schools. I am a member of American Strings Teacher's Association, National Association for Music Educators (Maryland Music Educators Association), and the Music Teachers National Association (Music Teachers Association of Charles County). As a teacher, I'm very student oriented. We move at your pace. The more you practice, the faster we move. I do encourage learning to read music, but I use multiple ways of teaching to reach my students. Everyone learns in a different way. My primary job is to see you achieve your goals in relation to your instrument. I also encourage that you take every opportunity to perform. There are many groups in the area that allow for different ages and styles of music
. I can help you understand what is going on behind the music and hopefully see what the composer was hoping to convey, if that is something you want to know. When I was a student I always wanted to know "why?". As a teacher, you will know why if I do.

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to keep my lesson area as stress free as possible. It's OK to make mistakes in my studio. I would like you to bring a notebook to lessons as well as your music and instrument. I write as much as I can down because if you were like I was during lessons, I would forget everything I was supposed to be watching for after 3 days. Like I said above, we move at your pace. The more you practice, the faster we move. Questions are a good thing. It shows interest. But sometimes you just have to stop asking questions and just take the leap of faith.
We start with note reading as well as proper form and the parts of the instrument. We also deal with general care. I will tune your instrument every time you come in for lessons until you learn how to tune it yourself. We will review the day before, I will check on what work you've done and then move onto the next song/ technique etc. After we learn how to pluck the first 8 notes, we start with scales and bowing.

After that we move through the "usual" routine. Scale, etude, song(s) or school test songs, audition requirements etc.

I try to keep the same routine because for some students it's easier for them to focus if they know the lesson is going to move in a familiar way. It's reassuring. After we become proficient in the basics, we move into whatever genre you would like to play, within reason. If you are in the school orchestra we will work towards you getting an A.

I would say I'm more laid back when you are not preparing for an audition. Auditions require a lot of work and I want you to do as close to perfect as possible. I become fairly demanding during that time.

In about 6 months, you can play almost any tune you can hear on the radio. Explaining where you could be gets fairly technical and I might as well be talking like Charlie Brown's teacher.

*** Studio Equipment ***
at the away studio: music, music stand, stool, piano, laptop, tuner, metronome.

at home: music, music stands, chairs, computer, laptop, keyboard, microphone, tuner, metronome.

pictures of the away studio are posted.

*** Specialties ***
I am familiar with Paul Rolland's work, Valerie Bobbett Gardner's Violin Virtuosity, as well as Guillespie's. I was brought up Suzuki but haven't been trained in Suzuki. I have taken classes on how to teach to a variety of students so I could hold a teaching license in the state. I do participate with (Canadian) The Royal Conservatory of Music Music Development. This is active in the US also.

Special note: If you are allergic to cats, you will want to take lessons at my other studio location, not at the home.

IF you are contacting me with questions, please include either take lessons or lessons in the subject area so I can find you faster. I get a lot of junk mail and it is easy for me to miss a note from you.
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Brenda March 9, 2017
· Violin · In studio
She's very knowledgeable and patient even with an older learner.
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Tim January 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
We both had a fun and pleasant first lesson with Chris. Set everything up and got the basics down.
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Callie January 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Great, fun first lesson. Chris taught me the rudiments of the instrument and set up (and more
Importantly gave me some guidance on setting up) the cello. We did some basic exercises and looked over some of the theory materials. Overall a very comprehensive first lesson for this beginner!
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Chris H.

Chris H.

White Plains, MD 20695
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About Heather C.

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Springfield, VA

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About Heather
Heather is graduate from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. An active member of GMU Opera, Heather participated in the program's performances of 'A Christmas Carol,' 'Amahl and the Night Visitors,' 'La Boheme,' and 'Suor Angelica;' as well as Carolina in the studio scenes of Cimarosa's 'Il matrimonio segreto.'

Heather made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in April 2011 singing for the Karen Reedy Dance Company along with singing for the GMU Dance Company.

Heather has been studying voice for over 10 years emphasizing on pop and musical theatre styles prior to her opera training. Having learned the natural way of singing, Heather incorporates vocal health into her lessons with the theory of "self-awareness" while singing. Each student will sing only what is comfortable for THEIR voice and will r
eceive, as well as give, feedback on their singing.
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Alex Beach July 5, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I just had my third lesson today and I've loved the lessons so far. Heather has already helped me become a lot more confident with my upper register by helping me with my breathing techniques. The stretching and breathing at the beginning of the lessons made me a lot more comfortable from the start. I'd definitely recommend her :)
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Remy T. June 9, 2017
· Musical Theater · In studio
Remy is really enjoying herself and learning so much!!
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Daniel Burgess June 6, 2017
· Musical Theater · In studio
Super nice and helpful! I love it
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Heather C.

Heather C.

Springfield, VA 22150
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$40 / 30-min

About Susan G.

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Falls Church, VA

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About Susan
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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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$33 / 30-min

About Amanda W.

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Lexington Park, MD
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About Amanda
https://www.somdmusiclessons.com

Learn how to enjoy and take charge of the learning process! Read or play by ear and develop your ability to create meaningful music. Crochet Art Classes are also available.

*** Lesson Details ***
Please be aware that I am willing to travel a little farther than the 10 mile radius.

I have plenty of music, instruments and ideas to start you off with or to continue your musical education. I also offer an introductory demo lesson in case you would like to experiment with different instruments in order to decide which one you like best.
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*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a great library of music to choose from. I also own nearly every instrument that I teach so that I may demonstrate and play along.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some music, a few incentives and supplies, as well
as simple repairs and maintenance for your instrument. I will also bring my own instruments for demonstration. The student will be required to secure their own instrument, music stand, book, reeds, valve oil, and the like.
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Kyle October 29, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Amanda has been wonderful with my son. She is able to talk to him in a way that keeps him interested and engaged. His playing has improved dramatically. Thank you!
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Abby T. February 20, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Amanda is a great instructor for my daughter.
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David R. December 18, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Amanda makes learning how to play the guitar a lot of .
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Amanda W.

Amanda W.

Lexington Park, MD 20653
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$35 / 30-min

About Matthew S.

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Fairfax, VA

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About Matthew
Hello! I am originally from the United Kingdom and have lived in the USA for 10 years. I am married and have 2 huskies! I have been a music teacher for over 20 years and have taught various instruments which are listed. I gained my masters degree in music from trinity in London. I also have been involved in theater and film for over 30 years and have studied theater at studio theater in Washington DC and have been a principal speaking actor on various shows on cable TV including, History Channel, Nat Geo, Smithsonian, AMC and Fox News. I have also been involved in local theater for over 4 years as well as theater companies in other areas in the USA and in England. I have also directed and works in kids theater for 3 years and run fun summer camps that have an emphasis on music and arts. I love to teach and you will have a enjoyable time a
nd learn some amazing things. I also teach video editing and production and have filmed and edited many videos that are used today in HR training
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Anu February 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great in-home first lesson... Thanks!
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Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Fairfax, VA 22033
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About Jay P.

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Burke, VA

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About Jay
Hello!

My name is Jay. I am a music instructor from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area who specializes in guitar, bass, and music theory.

After more than a decade of experience with my primary instrument, I decided to share my knowledge & passion through professional music lessons. Since I began teaching in January of 2016, I have worked as an instructor for Guitar Center, Music & Arts, Bach to Rock, FineArtsMatter, and B&B Music Lessons, teaching students of all ages and skill levels.

I am familiar with many styles of music, from metal & hard rock to country, pop, and classical. One thing I do not want to do is bore students with one particular style of music that I think they should learn—I want to teach what you want to learn! Music lessons should be fun, and I always try my absolute best to find the perfect balance betwee
n exciting & educational.

Teaching music is a dream job, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to do this for a living.
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Jay P.

Jay P.

Burke, VA 22015
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$40 / 30-min

About Reese C.

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Lorton, VA

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Hi, my name is Reese Cloud and I am a college saxophonist majoring in music performance with a concentration in jazz studies. I've been teaching saxophone lessons since 2014, and my students have all shown remarkable improvement since beginning their study with me. I will be going into my third year of study at the University of Alabama in the fall with Dr. Jonathan Noffsinger, and my previous instructors include Ed Fraedrich, adjunct professor of saxophone at the University of Alabama and Corinthia Cromwell, recording artist based in Maryland. I am proficient in styles of music ranging from classical to pop to jazz, and have taught students in most styles. I look forward to meeting you and helping you learn the saxophone!
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Reese C.

Reese C.

Lorton, VA 22079
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$20 / 30-min

About claire L.

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Fairfax, VA
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Greeting!
I've been tutoring in multiple subjects and paino/violin since 1998, when I was a freshman in highschool. I love it when students make progress and reach their goals. This builds self-confidence and leadership, which are necessary skills in this economy. I have a B.S. in Accounting from George Mason University with over 10 years of Accounting experience.

Currently, I am preparing to sit for the teaching license with concentration in 7-12 Mathematics. I have over two years of teaching experience at a private boarding school where I prepared the curriculum and lesson plans for Algebra, Pre-Calculus, TOEFL, ESOL (writing), Geography, and US history.

I would love to be a part in reaching your goals.
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claire L.

claire L.

Fairfax, VA 22030
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$48 / 30-min

About Jesse H.

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Woodbridge, VA

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I'm a professional percussionist, pianist, and recording artist born and raised in Woodbridge, VA. I have 15 years of professional music experience, ranging from touring/session work to marching band composition. My life as a musician imbued a unique outlook and philosophy on musicianship and how we learn to play. I pride myself on my personalized approach to each individual student, allowing them to create in a fun, relaxed learning environment.

I have students of all ages, beginner to expert. I work very well with young students, as well as students with special needs. As a teacher and a musician, I firmly believe that music is meant to be a fun and creative exercise. We must invent, reshape, and redefine the standards. I teach students to understand the fundamentals behind their instrument, recognize patterns, and manipulate these bui
lding blocks to create something new. Everyone has different goals and expectations, and my lessons are framed to set any individual along the path to mastery.

As a drum teacher, I teach fundamental concepts like basic hand techniques, counting, introductory rudiments, and more. For more experienced players, I can teach concepts ranging from Latin groove to songwriting as a percussionist to advanced improvisational techniques. I hold the belief that a drummer must be a musician first, so music appreciation is a primary point of learning for all my students. Whether you're just picking up the sticks or you've been playing for years, I'll always be able to unearth new creative potential.

For my piano students, I again work well with students of all levels of experience. Beginners and intermediate students can expect to build a foundation of solid hand fundamentals, music reading & writing, musical comprehension, and a basic understanding of music theory. More experienced players will explore advanced musical concepts, such as composition, advanced chord structure, modal theory, and more. As with my drum students, piano students should expect a relaxed learning environment.

I currently handle a roster of 50+ students and multiple bands. When I'm not teaching, I'm playing with local Virginia outfits Roraima, Model Trains, & Walkabout. I've toured for Be Still Cody, Funeral Advantage, and Cocoba. I specialize in funk, R&B, experimental, and punk rock.
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Daniel July 2, 2017
· Drum ·
I had the opportunity to observe Jesse Harman's musicianship first hand 2 years ago. They were performing with a group in the Port Huron, a town in Michigan. Harman not only showed great professionalism in their craft but brought an amazing sense of fun and creativity while performing. Off stage, they handled their equipment very meticulously and with utmost care. To summarize what we have here, it is a devoted musician, who has not only mastered their art(and continues to develop said abilities) but as an added bonus, was a very kind individual and all around swell human being.
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Meghan July 2, 2017
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I haven't had the privelege of taking an official lesson from Jesse, but as their classmate and friend, I've learned a lot through osmosis. I've concluded that Jesse's talent is immeasurable, as I've seen through their many performances as a marching and concert percussionist, pianist, pop/rock/prog drummer, etc. They are not defined or confined by any particular style or genre. They do it all.
Beyond Jesse's immense talent is an even greater work ethic. They work hard to maintain and improve upon their talent, but they are also one of the most approachable and relaxed people I've met.
I've seen performances of bands Jesse has coached, and it's clear that not only are their kids technically proficient, but they have great confidence in themselves, too.
Jesse always leaves me inspired to become a become a better musician, solely through performance. I imagine the difference is that a real lesson will actually make you a better musician.
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Jesse H.

Jesse H.

Woodbridge, VA 22192
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$34 / 30-min

About Toni M.

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Alexandria, VA

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Hi! I'm Toni and I'm your next music or ESL teacher. I care about My students not only as people. I work hard to find out your learning style and teach you how you best learn.

I have an Associates of Fine Arts from Northern VA Community College and a TEFL certificate and a Home Tutor certificate from Tutor in your Home.

I'm a life long musician. Piano is my main instrument but I play guitar, and voice. I have performed in choirs. And I have judged musicians big here in America and in China. Recently I lived and taught music and English to students 6 years old to adults. The language of music and English open many doors the world over.

I have performed all over the world on piano and as a singer/songwriter with the guitar. I write music for Piano, voice and guitar and I'm always looking to learn that next instrument.


It would be my pleasure and honor to introduce you or continue your exploration of music and English.
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LI July 22, 2017
· ESL · In studio
I am a professor of a university in China. About 4 years ago, my daughter was a student of first grade in a junior school. At that time ,my daughter's English was not good, especially her pronunciation. I was very worry about it. I came to know Toni through some people of a English Corner, and asked her to help me and my daughter. That was the begin of the story of teacher Toni and my family. My daughter went to Toni's home almost every Sunday afternoon. Toni is a very good teacher, and very kind, very Patient to my daughter. Toni improved my daughter's English very quickly, and at same time make her like to learn it. My daughter like Toni very much, and every week had a very pleasant and interesting conversation. Now, my daughter is a student in a foreign language senior school ,and was be voted as a monitor. I am so glad to have met Toni, and helped us. Thanks a lot for Toni's excellent work.
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Fairy July 21, 2017
· ESL · In home
Toni is one of my best teachers I have ever met. She is a very nice teacher for her helps me to talk in English bravely and explains questions patiently. It's my pleasure to be a student of her.Thanks Toni~
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angel July 21, 2017
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she is my daughter's English teacher. my daughter likes her very much. she is a good teacher, her pronunciation is perfect, she has variety of teaching methods .she can sing and play games with my daughter. every week my daughter can't wait to see her.
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Toni M.

Toni M.

Alexandria, VA 22306
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$54 / 30-min

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