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About Aleksis B.

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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!

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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)

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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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Judith K. October 16, 2018
· Singing · In home
Excellent teacher, knows what he is doing. Am looking forward to the next lesson.
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Yueh July 6, 2018
· Singing · In home
He is very flexible and addresses the vital points and marks.
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Jennifer June 4, 2018
· Drum · In home
Our lesson was amazing. I was really pleased at how he led the instruction and how patient and wonderful he was. It went perfect and my son had so much fun!
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Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD 20876
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About Susan S.

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Owings Mills, MD

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Acting – I have taught all kinds of acting, including Audition Skills, Shakespeare, Stage, Film & TV, Dramatic, Comedic, whatever. I also have quite a bit of experience performing in all those arenas. I have a relationship with one of the best management agencies in the area, so my students get fast-tracked with her.

Voice – Anyone can sing. If you want to and have always thought you couldn't, you will be delighted when I prove you wrong. Training for the voice is pretty much the same, whatever style you are interested in. Then I'll coach you in your chosen style and we'll pick songs you like.

Singing beautifully is not enough. I can't tell you how many times I heard in grad school "beautiful voices are a dime a dozen." I will teach you how to OWN the song. That's what keeps people coming back.

Speaking – Every public spe
aker I know has lost their voice at some point, but not from talking too much. It's because they don't know how to use their voice properly. Learn that, and you need never lose your voice to over-use. That's easy to teach.

Writing – I have been a professional writer and editor for over eight years, with many books, articles, posts, newsletters, etc. to my name. I use – and teach – practical grammar, not just correct grammar. I can also help you make your words more powerful.
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Jesse W. September 24, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In home
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Andrew August 7, 2017
· Voice Acting · In studio
I've been taking lessons with Susan Scher for about two months now. I can easily say I've been impressed at how much I've improved. I look forward to lessons every week. I feel that soon enough I'll be able to audition for roles in film and television. If you live in the Baltimore area and are interested in voice acting or any acting in general. Contact her and go, you won't be disappointed.
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Imuetinyan Ugiagbe August 6, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I did not know what to expect when I signed up to take classes with Susan. I decided to take classes with her for two reasons: Her studio is not far from me and 2, the good reviews left by her clients. All I wanted was to learn the fundamentals and techniques about acting. Susan was excellent and very patient. She offered water in each lesson, which is also very kind. Her interpersonal connection brings a sense of comfort. Her studio is very neat and welcoming. I do not have regrets in my selections and I know you won't be disappointed too.
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Susan S.

Susan S.

Owings Mills, MD 21117
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About Meagan D.

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Bethesda, MD
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About Meagan
Hello, my name is Meagan D., and I recently moved to the Washington, DC area from Michigan. I attended Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. I got my Bachelor's of Science Degree, and a Michigan's Provisional Teacher's Certificate. My major was Mathematics Teaching and Elementary Education. I have taught students from 2 years old to college students. I am certified to teach Kindergarten through 5th grade all subjects, 6th through 8th grade math, or Kindergarten through 8th grade all subjects self contained. I teacher assisted in Michigan with 5th grade, and started working at their after school program with 5th and 6th grade. I student taught Kindergarten in Michigan. I taught 5th grade in Tanzania, and student taught 4th grade in Mexico. This past year, I taught 4th grade math, reading, language arts, science, and religion.
I also taught 3rd grade religion as well as dance after school. I would love to teach you!
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Claire G. October 22, 2018
· Math · In home
She's great!
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chelayne August 28, 2015
· Gymnastics · In studio
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Meagan D.

Meagan D.

Bethesda, MD 20814
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$50 / 60-min

About Robert E.

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Washington, DC

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I have taught acting for over 30 years based in the Meisner Technique, and I write and direct my own plays and films. I have years of experience as an actor, jazz saxophone player, singer and poet, as well as a philosophy degree, which I bring to my understanding of acting. I use this rich background to focus on the creativity, intelligence and improvisational abilities of each student in their acting process. I know what it takes to walk into any acting situation ready to play the role. My goal is to create actors who enjoy their work and can act skillfully in film, theater, tv and auditions. I emphasize character work in the program, an important and often neglected part of the acting process. I have cast my advanced students in my original projects in the DC area, and most recently directed my original play, "The Big A: Scenes fro
m a Vanishing Landscape" for the 2014 DC Fringe Festival. I have directed two films: "Adams Morgan: The Movie," which premiered at the Avalon Theater in 2010 and was selected and shown as part of the East of the River Festival in DC; and a short film from my original screenplay titled "Crazy" which is currently in the editing phase. My student Mack Leamon is currently appearing in the Arena Stage production of "Raisin in the Sun" and I am very proud of his accomplishment!
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Zelia L. August 14, 2018
· Acting · In studio
I’m really excited to be working with Robert & it’s only been 1 day!! I can’t wait to see what’s next
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James B. April 26, 2018
· Acting · Online
My 9 year old is beginning his acting training and is working well with Robert. Robert had been helpful with guiding us on what is needed to prepare him for auditions and improve his abilities. We are very pleased so far!
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Noah R. March 17, 2018
· Child Acting · In home
Great first class lots of fun
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Robert E.

Washington, DC 20008
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About Ruby T.

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Laurel, MD
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Hi, there! My name is Tatiyana (RubyTerese on IG) and I can't wait to dance with you! I've been teaching since 2005 and have loved helping my students transform into better dancers. I've been trained in ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop and contemporary dance for 20+ years. In my lessons I focus on improving technique, flexibility, strength, choreography, overall confidence when dancing and much more depending on your personal needs. No matter what level you are, I am excited to work with you in a productive and fun way! Whatever your dance needs are, I am here to help. I look forward to meeting you soon!
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Loni B. September 20, 2017
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
I've had dance lessons with Tatiyana and she is a super talented dancer/teacher! She caters to all dance levels and really makes sure you get the material/moves down. Not to mention she makes the lessons fun!
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Don June 24, 2016
· Dance Fitness · In home
Tatiyana teaches a fun, unique, and dynamic Dance Fitness class. Her positive energy is contagious and will have you ready to sign up for the next session before the first one ends.
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Nneka June 24, 2016
· Contemporary Dance · In studio
I can't say enough about Miss Tatiyana! She is an outstanding instructor, and she works will with people of all ages. She is patient, professional, and well mannered, and she makes learning fun!
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Ruby T.

Ruby T.

Laurel, MD 20707
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About Orla C.

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Vienna, VA

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Hi there! My name is Orla Conway and I can’t wait to sing with you!!
-The biggest difference between my teaching style and any other local voice coach is: my Relaxation First method.
This wholistic, centering, and therapeutic technique uses guided relaxation to insure that students not only learn about proper vocal technique, but actually master it in a way that is natural to their own voice and learning style.
I am dedicated to nurturing the differences in each students voice, and through this customized approach my students learn to understand their bodies and gain total control over their intonation, resonance, and vibrance.
This simply means that the student will be able to sing any style of music they want!
My Relaxtion First methodology is often viewed by my students as deeply therapeutic as I lead them through exerci
ses which steady the breath, relax the muscles, and center the body. We approach singing as a natural form of therapy that helps the singer understand their body fully, and express themselves effortlessly.
Together we will eliminate tension, strain and pain from the singing experience. We will gain comfort, ease and will highlight the beauty in your unique sound (as opposed to attempting to make your voice conform to someone else's style).
I am here to make you sound like the most authentic version of yourself, and to find the deep joy and expression that comes from letting your voice be heard!

-The most important thing to me when working with singers of any age or ability is:
Helping them learn the correct techniques to keep their voices safe and healthy while singing. A Beginner Lesson Plan begins by covering the three main foundations of healthy happy singing:
1.Posture
2.Breathing
3.Placement (head voice, mask voice, chest voice)
After covering these techniques, my students will be able to achieve almost any style and level of singing they desire. It is totally possible to stretch your vocal range, learn a new style, or incorporate movement into your songs if you follow this method!
I also make sure to focus a lot on confidence and stage presence throughout all of our lessons to help students prepare for upcoming auditions, showcases, concerts, and talent shows.

Applying my Relaxation First methodology to these industry secret foundations of strong vocal technique make it easy and natural for you to find your voice and transition out of your stage fright so that you can own that stage like you were born to be there, because you were!!
These are not only vocal coaching sessions, but complete performance-ready-workshops.
I am here to make all your singing and vocal performance dreams come true!

-I began my vocal training:
at the age of 12 learning how to sing classical and musical theater music. I eventually went on to learn jazz and rock vocal techniques before going to Berklee College of Music in Boston where I learned how to sing celtic music and alternative contemporary styles. I have my own band which I write all the music for, and we have performed all around Boston and in New York City.
My students have achieved admission into Berklee College of Music in Boston, lead roles in their school plays such as Peter Pan, Into the Woods, and Julius Caesar. They have achieved new levels of confidence and power that have made them the stars of their local open mics, talent shows, and recitals!

Please feel free to message me with any questions.
It’s my job to make this process as seamless and comfortable for you as possible :)
Let’s get singing!
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Nicole C. November 5, 2018
· Singing · In studio
My 12 year old daughter took multiple lessons from Orla and she was fantastic! Orla taught in a way my daughter easily understood and could relate to- making the learning fun and progress at a fast pace. Orla is an amazing vocalist herself- professional and a wonderful teaching style.
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Kazumi October 17, 2018
· Meditation · Online
Awesome first class. Felt more comfortable with meditation :)
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Kerr & Sophia E. October 10, 2018
· Singing · In home
Great novice singer first lesson. Orla has energy and enthusiam that inspires you to learn.
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Orla C.

Orla C.

Vienna, VA 22180
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$55 / 45-min

About Karolina B.

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Reston, VA
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I am a professional actor with a love for teaching!
I just graduated from Elon University with a BFA in acting in May of 2018.
I have been acting since I was five years old and have a great love for the art of theatre and film!
I am especially knowledgeable and skilled in the world of college auditions. After going through the process myself, taking a great deal of audition classes, and assisting with auditions at Elon, I have developed unmatchable skills in the college audition process.
Working with me I will find you the perfect material, help develope your type, go through typical college audition pitfalls, coach your monologues, practice interviewing and teach you skills from different acting techniques ( such as Stanislavski, Meisner, Chekhov, and practical aesthetics)
I would love to work with you and help you get into the colleg
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Karolina B.

Karolina B.

Reston, VA 20191
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$42 / 30-min

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Rockville, MD
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If you are ready to experience the most fun filled unique dance teachings i am the choice for you. Learning is fun and exciting especially learning dance it allows you to see parts of yourself you didnt know exist and thats where i come in, my classes are full of love and passion for this craft ive been teaching for over 10 years and absolutely love it the connection and vibes the teacher and student benefit is priceless.
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Kimmy R.

Kimmy R.

Rockville, MD 20851
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$34 / 30-min

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Washington, DC

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Dance has been a part of my life for 20 years! I began lessons when I was in kindergarten and it was love at first sight. I danced and competed through high school but a series of injuries kept me from pursuing a professional career in college. Instead, I pursued a degree in history while teaching for a local competition studio. My dancers frequently placed top 10 in the national circuit and my choreography and costume designs received several awards.

During college, I discovered theatre and began to merge my love of self-expression and story telling with the dance technique I had practiced for so long. This helped me discover a unique and personalized style of choreography that gave me opportunity to help my students develop not only a love of dance, but also confidence, healthy self-expression, and communication skills.

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college, I worked towards my MA in War, Media, and Society while continuing to do freelance choreography. After moving to DC in 2016 to work as a legislative assistant, I missed dance too much and knew I needed to find a way to fit it into my life! I began teaching private ballet and creative movement classes for my first client and absolutely loved being able to share my knowledge and love for this art form on a one-on-one basis with my students.

I have 5 years of experience teaching beginner ballet and creative movement, and 4 years teaching the following: ballet for ages 5-18, pointe for ages 13-18, jazz & musical theatre for ages 5-18, and tap for ages 5-12. I have a wide variety of choreography experience for solo, duet, trio, small, and large groups of all ages in ballet, pointe, contemporary, and character jazz.

I believe teaching dance is so much more than pointing toes and making beautiful lines (although those things are certainly important). I want to help my students develop important life skills, communicate feelings through movement, and learn to use the art of dance as a healthy outlet for stress and communication.
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Anthony November 10, 2018
· Dance · In home
Hannah is a lovely, experienced teacher who would make you enjoy dancing and feel comfortable. Highly-recommended!
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Margie September 20, 2018
· Dance · In studio
Miss Hannah is an excellent dance instructor. She was my daughter's ballet teacher for four years. She was also responsible for some of our competitive dance team's choreography. The dance team received many awards because of her dedication to them. My daughter is now a member of her college dance team. She could not have gone on to compete at the college level without teachers like Miss Hannah and the other instructors at our dance studio.
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Riley September 17, 2018
· Dance · In studio
Hannah is a wonderful instructor. She is extremely knowledgable and passionate about dance. She is caring and patient with all of her students. Having Hannah as a dance instructor was truly a privilege.
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Hannah D.

Washington, DC 20002
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About Danny G.

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Baltimore, MD

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I am an award-winning, working actor with over 10 years professional stage and screen experience in classics to world premiere plays at Ford's Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Woolly Mammoth, Kansas City Rep, SIgnature Theatre, Round House, Center Stage, and Everyman Theatre (Company Member), with awards including Best Actor at the Reel Indpendent Extravaganza in DC for the feature film LAST NIGHT, now streaming on Amazon, Best Supporting actor at NOVA Fest in Virginia for the short film RUMINATION, and the Helen Hayes Best Ensemble for WHO's AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? at Ford's Theatre.

My approach is to immediately dive in with an unmemorized text--a monologue, short scene, poem, clipping, citation, phone book--and learn script analysis, memorization, character intention, action, persona, need, with an emphasis on developing a method unique
to you, the actor.

Each lesson will be tailored towards your instinctual responses to direction. I believe acting is a very vulnerable art if done right, and creative expression can most often be found in a safe environment for risk through play. Ultimately my classes are to shape you, as the actor, with an insight into why that is important both artistically and psychologically.

Further lessons will also include practical approaches to the business aspects of an actor's career, actor health both physically and mentally, and college audition prep.
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Danny G.

Danny G.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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