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About Jessica B.

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Parkville, MD

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Dear students and parents,

Hello and welcome to takelessons.com! My name is Jessica and I am a Baltimore born and bred classically trained violinist with over 19 years of playing experience. Music has always been passion of mine since a very young age, so it was inevitable that it would end up being my career. Naturally, a love for teaching the wonders of music followed suit!

I always try to form a great rapport with my students and parents from the very first lesson. For younger students, I encourage my parents to take an active part in both lessons and daily practice, as is encouraged by Shinichi Suzuki.

I've been teaching violin and viola professionally for over 10 years now. My experience includes teaching private lessons at students homes as well as at various music schools, summer camps and festivals. A few advanced studen
ts have even attended and performed in some of these aforementioned festivals! I am always encouraging my students to go above and beyond.

A bit of background about me: I started my music studies at the age of 7. Lessons and orchestra were literally the highlight of my childhood. I ended up attending the Baltimore School for the Arts for high school, and eventually went on to receive my Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Shenandoah University and complete further studies in England and Northern Ireland. I am also a registered Suzuki Violin/Viola teacher and have attended several teachers workshops in order to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to work with any and all types of students, including those with learning disabilities, such as ADD and FAS.

*** Lesson Details ***
While I am a registered Suzuki violin teacher, I do not teach solely out of a certain method or "by the book"; I choose and mold every lesson depending on specific, strengths, weaknesses, etc. If you are a more advanced, serious player, more intensive lessons and repertoire will follow suit.

I am comfortable teaching all ages and levels up to advanced. Use of games make learning the violin fun and accessible for young children. Older and more advanced students receive a more technical, intensive and advanced approach. Coaching and weekly help on school assigned materials (orchestra/string class music and homework) Classical, Jazz, Gypsy and Fiddle styles are all introduced and studied to give students a rounded technique. Music theory (reading and understanding music) is incorporated in lessons. Repertoire is diverse and exciting. Various approaches for the visual or aural learner. Guaranteed to keep you or your child engaged and interested!

*** Travel Equipment/Home Lesson Details ***
-Please have a music stand available and set up for lessons that take place in your home.
-If you are coming to my home for lessons, please be sure to bring your instrument and any books you may already have.

**Please note, there are three cats and a small, affectionate and very friendly Papillon in the house. They are all isolated to a different part of the house during lessons to ensure there are no unnecessary distractions and to help minimize potential allergies (studio is also sprayed with allergy reducer spray and vacuumed regularly). All are UTD on shots. Please call and ask to reschedule a "trial" lesson to see if the animals interfere with allergies.

New students:
I have a trial 1/2, 3/4 & 4/4 size violin to use for the first lesson.
After the first lesson I will send an email explaining what materials and equipment I recommend you buy to help you sound your best.

Places to rent or buy instruments will be recommended upon request.

*** Cancellation/Reschedule Requests ***
1) At least 24 hours notice is required if you need to cancel your, or your child's, lesson. You will be given the option to take a credit that will automatically roll over to cover future unpaid lessons on your calendar, or the option to reschedule for a different day within two weeks of the canceled lesson.

2) If you find that you need to cancel with less than 24 hours notice (I completely understand life happens, and sometimes it is unavoidable to provide 24hr notice), you will be given the option to make up your lesson within 7 calendar days of your originally scheduled lesson time. If you cannot do a makeup lesson, this will result in the lesson being marked as "missed" and will still be charged as if you attended the lesson.

3) If you do not show up to your lesson scheduled at my home studio on Tilmont Ave and no notice was given, the lesson will be marked as "missed" and will still be charged as if you attended the lesson. This also applies to "in-home" lessons-- if you are not home when I arrive and no notice was given, this will result in the lesson also being marked as "missed" and will still be charged as if you attended the lesson.

4) If I need to reschedule or cancel a lesson for whatever reason, you will be given an option for a makeup lesson or given a credit that will automatically roll over to cover future unpaid lessons.

5) I require two weeks notice if you would like to discontinue lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Violin/Viola Method
Music Theory Tutor
Genres: Classical, fiddle, gypsy, jazz.
Experience teaching ages 3-Adults.
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Bailey July 6, 2017
· Violin · In studio
She was very friendly. Made my daughter feel comfortable. She is excited about her lessons and looking forward to the next.
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Selina January 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Jessica was great. My daughter was so happy that she learned so much just on the first session that she literally cried.
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Clarke October 23, 2016
· Violin · In home
Ms. Jessica is just awesome! She understands students, sets high expectations, and gives students what they need to meet those expectations. My 6yr old daughter looks forward to her violin lesson every week and feels inclined to practice during the week. I wholly attribute my daughter's attitude and outlook toward the violin to Ms. Jessica's teaching!
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Jessica B.

Parkville, MD 21234
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About Sarah M.

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Catonsville, MD

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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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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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Molly December 26, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Background: Although I had played flute some years ago, I had not played for the last dozen years, and now with more time available, I was eager to get back to it. Having read Sarah's bio & watched her Army Field Band video, she seemed like the perfect teacher for me. Sarah met all my expectations. She listened carefully to my goals for the lessons. She truly is a professional, advising me on my concerns which were how to get a more beautiful tone, how to strengthen my embouchure, to find the best finger exercises to improve dexterity, and more.
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Sarah M.

Catonsville, MD 21228
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About Benjamin P.

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Parkville, MD
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About Benjamin
I discovered music sifting through my Dad's record collection and soon decided that I wanted to play guitar. As a teenager I began taking lessons and building confidence in my abilities. I played in different types of bands ranging from rock, country, blues, and jazz. After completing College in 2004, I realized music was not just going to be a hobby, but a career. At age 35, I have been teaching and playing guitar professionally for the last 11 years. I believe that anybody can learn to play as long as they are patient and understand that anything worthwhile takes time and sustained effort to achieve. You also need a good teacher who understands how to take you where you want to go musically. I have taught hundreds of different students of all ages and abilities. I have seen many of them grow musically and gain confidence in other
areas of their lives as a result. I aim to inspire every student to find their way to a rewarding life through music.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson plans are developed on an individual basis. I want you to learn the music that inspires your passion. If the guitar is new to you, the first lessons are devoted to basic playing skills and techniques. It is important to develop a strong understanding of music fundamentals to ensure that the student is attaining the skills they need to be a complete musician. I emphasize technique with drills designed to raise my students' skills evenly across a wide range of categories, like picking, fretting, scale patterns, chord shapes, rhythm training, and ear training. I have had success with many students using this approach and most are playing songs within a couple months. For the more serious student, music theory is an important tool to understand songwriting and music in general. I am always open to discuss what we do during a lesson. I believe it is my job to balance what you want to do with what you need to do in order to succeed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have amps, guitars, 1/4 inch cables, tuners, metronomes, paper and pens.
Would like students to have all these things but can accommodate based on need.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Pop, Blues, Country, flat-picking, finger-style
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Cullen October 22, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
First lesson with Benjamin was great - would definitely recommend him.
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Ryan June 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great instructor! Very patient and knowledgeable. Great choice for anyone wanting to learn or just improve their guitar playing.
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Keith M. March 25, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I must say that Benjamin was great. I come from no musical background and had zero knowledge. Benjamin made me feel relaxed and broke down the sessions in an easy way so that I could understand the concept of what we were trying to accomplish. I look forward to future lessons and learning how to play the guitar
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Benjamin P.

Benjamin P.

Parkville, MD 21234
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About Gregory B.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Gregory
*** Travel Equipment ***
I am able to provide a full piano. With recording capabilities and metronome.

*** Specialties ***
Gospel, Gospel, a little jazz, and more Gospel.
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Nora May 24, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Was great with our shy almost 4 year old!
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Timia March 31, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
When you have a patient instructor who smiles and has such an awesome attitude I couldn't have picked a better person to teach my daughter!! Super pleased!
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Christine Montgomery February 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Mr. Brown is very attentive to my 6-year-old with piano lessons. He's very patient and always pleasant. He also tailors his lessons according to my child's development to ensure he's grasping each concept before moving on to the next lesson. I would highly recommend him as a piano instructor.
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Gregory B.

Gregory B.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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About Brandon L.

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Laurel, MD

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About Brandon
Hello!

My name is Brandon L.! I have been a percussionist for 12 years, a producer for 5 and an artist since the day I was born! I'd love to share my knowledge of music with you and I want to show you everything you need to know to start learning on your own!

Working with me will kick start your amazing journey as serious musicians. I have a certified sessions player reputation by many industry professionals such as Rob Robinson, Dave Celentano, Matthew Dubbs and many more!

Whether you're just now beginning or you've been doing it for years, these private lessons will push you to your highest potential and maximize your drive, allowing you to access the next stage of your musical endeavors!
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Musicianship as a child was very exhilarating and stimulating so I like to put as much energ
y and excitement into each lesson as possible. Even if there are no signs of progress, the most important thing is to encourage the student because getting better at your instrument is exponential and will usually start off sluggish.

My first steps into getting to know the student better is to begin with having them choose a style of music that they like and play along with some of their favorite artists, in order for them to loosen up and get excited for learning. When I feel the student is fully comfortable and ready to begin our learning process, I will also have them play along with a style more complex, or out of their comfort zone, if you will. This establishes a sub conscious goal that they will want to reach every time they pick up their instrument which result in long-term commitment, respect and understanding of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Before taking lessons with me, there are only 2 things you need to know:

.You are REQUIRED to express your creative side with 100% honesty, there will be no holding back in creativity in my classroom!

.Keep in my that though we want you to be as open as possible, I will often have strict guidelines for the benefit of your musicianship. It may seem like I may push you sometimes and it may seem to get boring and pointless.. but your musicianship will improvement exponentially with each lesson!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drums/Percussion:

.Roland TD-9 Electronic Drumset
.DW-4 piece Acoustic Drumset
.Pearl 6 piece Acoustic Drumset
.Bongos
.Remo Roto Toms

Audio Production:

.General DAW's (Audio Software)
.Komplete 8 Ultimate
.M-Audio M-Box Interface
.Ibanez Electric Guitar
.2 Acoustic Guitars
.Midi Controller/Interface
.Baby Blue Bottle Microphone
.2 KRK 6's Studio Monitors

w/ sound proof insulated room to amplify the clearest sound possible.

*** Specialties ***
My drumming personality derives from Funk, Jazz, Hip Hop, Metal, Rock, Electronic and Pop. I have extensive live performance experience in such genres.
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Brandon L. May 14, 2013
· Drum ·
The best money I could have spent on learning!

Brandon is an amazing teacher. He has so much charisma and drive, all he wants to do is learn with you. These lessons have taught me so much and I can't wait to teach someday myself!

Thanks Brandon!
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Brandon L.

Brandon L.

Laurel, MD 20723
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$15 / 30-min
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About Doug G.

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Baltimore, MD
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Hi my name is Doug, I have been teaching drum lessons since 2014 and love helping my students become better drummers. I have spent 22 years playing drums and have been playing professionally for the last 14 years working as a touring and session drummer.
The reason I got into teaching is because my privet drum instructor inspired me to teach. I was also asked a lot of questions by other drummers on my approach behind the drum set and found that I really enjoyed talking about drumming and the techniques of drumming, and at one point started meeting up with these drummers to show them what I was doing and talked to them about what and who inspired me to play.
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Jordan March 23, 2017
· Drum · In home
Excellent Teacher, would recommend to anyone!
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Doug G.

Doug G.

Baltimore, MD 21218
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$25 / 30-min

About Vashti G.

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Bowie, MD

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About Vashti
Vashti is a Maryland-certified teacher who has taught students of all ages and levels, ranging from elementary school through college courses. She holds a B.A. In music and English, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in music history. She is a professional educator, musician, and actor.
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Taylor October 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We're having a great experience and fortunate to have found Vashti. She's very patient and knowledgeable. She knows how to bring out the best in her students. My 8 year old looks forward to lessons with her weekly. I've seen significant growth after the first lesson.
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Allison J. October 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Vashti is very punctual and professional. She teaches in a way that my girls absorb each lesson like a sponge.
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Emma J. October 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very straight forward lessons. My girls love it and are learning fast.
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Vashti G.

Vashti G.

Bowie, MD 20715
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$30 / 30-min

About Natasha T.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Natasha
Hi! My name is Natasha and I have been teaching piano to beginner students of all ages for 8 years. and I am currently a Masters student at the Peabody Conservatory pursuing a degree in Vocal Accompanying/Collaborative Piano as well as being an Opera Accompanying Graduate Assistant at the conservatory. I received my Bachelor of Music in solo piano performance from Binghamton University.

I teach piano to beginner students of all ages! I will tailor each lesson to each individual student and can teach a variety of genres, from classical to a pop song you'd like to learn! As a collaborative pianist I work with vocalists every day and can also teach accompanying skills.

I strongly believe in building foundation in technique and theory and becoming a well rounded musician-even at the beginner's level. My teaching style is very relaxed and f
un and I always like to get the best potential out of my students! Looking forward to sharing my love of music and piano with you!
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Natasha T.

Natasha T.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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$42 / 30-min

About Emily O.

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Millersville, MD
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I became a church pianist at the age of 14 and have been for over 10 years. My speciality is Hymn Playing Improvization, but I also enjoy playing and teaching classical, gospel, theory, technique, ear training, and memorization. During College, I won alternate for the Original Music Competition for my piano solo "The Journey." I have been teaching since 2013 and am thrilled when my students develop a love of music!
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Emily O.

Emily O.

Millersville, MD 21108
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$50 / 30-min

About Niilante L.

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Upper Marlboro, MD

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About Niilante
Receiving his Bachelor's in Music composition, my music is a eclectic blend of hip-hop, symphonic trap, electronic dance music, trip hop and anything that his mind can create. Main focus of creating music is to love what you do, be confident and have fun doing it. That's what I strive to achieve with all my students

I have professional experience in Music composition and music production. I have 4 years mixing and mastering music projects for independent artists. I have 20+ years playing the flute, 12 years of piano and 15 years of studying music theory.

If you really want to learn how to start making music, writing your own songs and have a passion for the art of music writing, don't be afraid to reach out! I want fuel that passion and eagerness to learn a skill you love!
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Niilante L.

Niilante L.

Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
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