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About Jonathan G.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Jonathan
I have studied with Wanchi Huang at James Madison University for six years. At JMU, I earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music, both in violin performance. I received my D.M.A. at Catholic University of America, studying with Jody Gatwood. When I was a student at JMU, I taught several students privately. The students ranged from retirees to JMU faculty and students to adolescents. I am now teaching at Baltimore Talent Education Center, where I teach violin in small groups and individual lessons. The students at BTEC range from pre- kindergarden through high school. I also have festival experience. I have been a student at Brevard Music Center, Heifetz International Music Institute, BayView Music Festival, and I was a Teaching Fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp. Through my experiences both as a student and as a teacher, I un
derstand that every student is a little bit different. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses. Every student has a different learning style. Every student has a different way of understanding things, a different way of processing information, and a different personality all together. It will be my job as a teacher to get to know each student individually and use my teaching methods to teach the student how to play the violin and help him or her to reach his or her goals.

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I am a laid-back person. I am easy-going, enthusiastic about violin playing and about teaching and learning music, and I am very patient with my students as well. However, I am also very demanding. I explain and demonstrate objectives in a very precise way, and I demand a lot of detailed work from my students, inside and outside the lesson. I explain specifically what I want the student to do. By the end of every lesson, the student will have specific things to work on for next time. I expect each student to make practicing a habit, and practice regularly what has been discussed in the lesson. I try to make the lessons as pleasant and as laid-back as possible. But I become more firm, serious, and strict when a student either is not making an effort or does not practice enough outside the lesson.
I start students off with the Suzuki method. We work on techniques to hold the violin properly, hold the bow properly, and get a decent sound out of the violin, without too much physical tension. A student begins by learning to play by ear. After he or she is comfortable playing by ear, we associate the notes that the student hears and plays on the violin with written notes on a page.
We also work with the Paul Roland methods so that the student can learn the violin in a basic, rudimentary way. It involves a lot of repetitive patterns, back and forth motions that are slow and round, and avoiding excessive tension. This will give the student the tools that he or she needs to learn how to play the violin in a short period of time.
In three to six months, a student who is a beginner will be able to hold the violin and bow comfortably, create a decent sound on the violin, and play the Twinkle Variations, and maybe a few other songs.
If the student has played violin before, then in three to six months, he or she will have had some rehabilitation to get rid of tension and force, overcome some bad habits he or she may have developed, and review the fundamentals of violin playing. I will improve the student's approach to the violin, and by the end of the three to six months, he or she will have a better idea on how to practice and play the violin.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, seating for parents in the living room,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a stand.
I will expect the student to have a violin, rosin, and a pencil.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Method- a starting point, particularly for kids, but for people of all ages. It is a good way to begin learning the violin by playing by ear, developing a strong, clear tone, and bringing out one's individuality through his/her musical development and his/her ability to be expressive.

In a matter of time, I want the student to get used to reading music, in addition to playing by ear. This can be done through the pieces in the Suzuki method or through other music.

Eventually, I take the student off of the Suzuki method and work with him or her on classical repertoire.
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Meredith F. November 13, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I’ve been learning a lot!
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Alice S. September 1, 2018
· Violin · In studio
It has been about 7 months since I started my lessons with Jonathan. He is reliable and hardworking. I love getting lessons from him and I am super happy that I was able to find Jonathan as my teacher! “You rock, Jonathan! Thank you!!”
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Jasmine B. March 14, 2018
· Violin · In studio
In just three lessons I feel like I've improved so much!
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Jonathan G.

Baltimore, MD 21209
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About Ian D.

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Baltimore, MD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ian D.

Baltimore, MD 21230
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About Delaney R.

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

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

*Note about my apartment: I teach lessons in my home, and I have a pet kitten. She's extremely friendly and would love nothing more than to bask in your attention, but if you'd prefer not to be around her or you are allergic, it's no problem at all. I'm happy to make sure she's kept in a different room during your lesson. All you have to do is let me know before your lesson that you'd prefer not to be around her, and you won't see her at all.
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Leah C. June 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
My daughter has enjoyed her her first lesson with Delaney and she is looking forward to continue her singing lesson with her in the future.
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J'son Green November 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Lane was an amazing instructor. She is easy to talk to, and listens to the student. I learned so much during my time with her. I was very disappointed when she had to leave the school. Lane is extremely knowledgable, and makes learning fun. I hope our singing paths cross again!
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Delaney R.

Delaney R.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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About Jordan G.

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Parkville, MD
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Hello,Im Jordan. I have experience as a performer and as a teacher,i have been a full time musician for my entire adult life.Ive been on tour all over the country,Ive taught students from age 3-83.This experience allows me to take my students in whatever direction they want to go. Some of my past students have been concerned that they may not be talented enough to reach there goals on the instrument and Im happy to say a lot of them were shocked at what they are capable of and have even exceeded their goals at times.

I teach Guitar,Bass,and Piano,I can guide you with a practical method that allows you to grow progressively based on your natural skill set,needs,and interest

I teach Virtually all genres of music,not just how to play the music,but the fundamentals that go along with it,so that you can always continue to improve,so wh
atever your interested in...Lets make it happen!
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Jessica August 31, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Jordan is a great instructor! My seven-year-old son took online lessons over the summer and learned a lot of basics in that short period of time. Jordan is very patient and really tunes in to what his student responds to and makes lessons engaging and fun. We look forward to signing up for more!
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Jessica July 5, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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Jeff D. December 6, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Jordan is a good dude! In two practices I have learned more than most years of lessons. Feel like on a path to not just playing guitar, but understanding it. Also, first teacher ever that I'm not watching him play his guitar the whole time. He watches, listens, and gives excercises to learn and improve.
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Jordan G.

Parkville, MD 21234
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About Madeline H.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Madeline
Hello! I'm Madeline, and I'm a vocal performance and music theory pedagogy graduate student at the Peabody Institute. I've been a music theory tutor since Fall 2014, and teaching private voice lessons since January 2015. I love introducing students to new repertoire, showing them a different way of looking at concepts, and helping students realize how smart and talented they are. I want my students to feel prepared for where their love of music takes them, and we are absolutely going to have fun while learning. I'm excited that you are interested in learning, too, and I cannot wait to hear from you.
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Randy Penn November 15, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
The first lesson was a pleasure as Madeline is a well versed and engaging teacher.
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Kristin M. November 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
So good! Madeline really taps into your personal opportunities for growth, and does it in a healthy way that addresses your wellbeing, not just as a performer but as a whole person. Such good work!
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Jessie September 24, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Madeline is a great teacher! I'd highly recommend her!
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Madeline H.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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About Miguel R.

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Joppa, MD

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I am a professional saxophonist and recording artist with 14 years of playing experience. I studied Jazz Saxophone at the Manhattan School of Music and then William Paterson University, where I graduated with a Bachelors degree. I am currently pursuing my Masters Degree in Music Education at Towson University. I have performed original music with my jazz group for the last 5 years across New York, New Jersey, Maryland and D.C. I have had the good fortune of being able to study with some of the worlds greatest jazz musicians including Mulgrew Miller, Christian McBride, Rich Perry, Chris Potter, Seamus Blake and Donny McCaslin.
I have enjoyed helping students of all ages reach their fullest potential and simultaneously find lasting joy and excitement in music. I think these qualities are so important for anyone trying to improve th
eir musical skills! I enjoy passing on all of the knowledge I possibly can to my students, crafting our lessons to their individual learning styles and comfort levels.
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Jay B. September 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
Miguel is thorough and patient and is a great instructor. Using lessons books and other music he has helped me progress quite a lot.
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Ayanna R. September 5, 2018
· Piano · In home
Miguel, is a very patient and very good teacher!! Happy to have him as my child’s piano teacher.
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mytina May 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
He is working with my 5 yr old and he is great. Very patient and personable.
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Miguel R.

Miguel R.

Joppa, MD 21085
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$20 / 30-min

About Kris M.

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Baltimore, MD

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I have been teaching the violin to students of all ages and abilities for close to twenty years, and have had great satisfaction in seeing them all grow and develop over time. Some of my younger students have gone on to the Interlochen Arts Camp, and one of my former adult students still makes an annual summer pilgrimage to a chamber music festival in Ullapool, Scotland. Whatever your interest or ambition, I would be more than happy to help you along your way.

In addition to teaching, I am currently a member of the Delaware and West Virginia Symphony Orchestras, a former member of the Huntsville, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and have performed as a substitute violinist with the Virginia Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Maryland Symphony, and National Philharmonic Orchestras. I hold a BM in violin from George Mason University.
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Clara R. October 11, 2018
· Violin · In studio
You are great! Love you!
(Clara - 5 year old student)
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Tracy June 18, 2018
· Violin · In home
My daughter worked with Kris for almost eight years and Kris was always dedicated and committed to her growth. He is an enormously capable and talented violin teacher- we highly recommend him!
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Lori Ann May 30, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Kris was the PERFECT match for my 9 year old son who enjoys the violin but is maturing as well. Kris made him feel positive about his slow but steady progress. He was never shamed for not doing or being more. That being said, I believe that Kris was more than ready to meet my son wherever his capability was and to gently challenge him to grow.
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Kris M.

Kris M.

Baltimore, MD 21218
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About John F.

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Baltimore, MD

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What I enjoy most about teaching piano:

The opportunity to transform the piano into more than a box with black and white buttons, but rather, a device capable of communicating every human emotion in limitless ways, that is, if our physical bodies are up to the task.

Let me explain:

As a musician who takes great care of his health through a wide-range of physical activities and sound (pun intended) nutrition, I'm a firm believer that playing the piano requires tremendous physical control, dexterity, and poise.

This notion is constantly proven true again and again when I give lessons to children and adults who are engaged in sports or any other physical training outside of studying music. Because they are in good shape, they can demand much more from their bodies. This instantly heightens their overall musicianship and individua
l artistic expression.

My approach to piano lessons simply put is: How do we form as close a physical bond as possible between the instrument and student? In terms of piano, I acheive this goal by training the student's hands to move; in the best way; in the right way; in the most healthiest way; in an athletic way.

Now, you *do not* have to be an athlete to see results. My point is= I take an athletic position in terms of teaching piano.

I fully understand music theory, chords, scales and rhythm. So does every other teacher.

What other teachers *do not know* is: How to teach students of any age how best to move at the piano.

This specifically is what seperates me from 99 percent of piano teachers.

Overall point= If we did not have a body with which to move, we would not be able to make any music at all. So on a fundamental level, your body is the first thing that needs to be trained when learning a new instrument.
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John F.

Baltimore, MD 21239
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$44 / 30-min

About Darlea D.

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I have a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina, and I took piano pedagogy classes and taught at 3 different music schools while I was in attendance there. Before that, I spent two years studying piano at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.

I am just now beginning a private piano studio since I have now settled in Delaware, and I am a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the Delaware Music Teachers Association.

I have experience teaching students of all ages. I have taught young students and adults with no musical background and students who have been studying for years. I enjoy introducing my students to a variety of musical styles, though I do favor classical. I teach all of my students music theory, music history, sight-reading, basic improvisation.
I seek to provide my students with a well-rounded music education and a solid foundation for further study, whether these are independent or additional musical pursuits. And I provide my students with a basis for sound technique and healthy playing habits.

I design my lessons specifically for each individual student according to their interests and abilities. I seek to make the lessons fun and keep my students inspired throughout the music process. Students will be expected to develop a strong work ethic while acquiring an increased appreciation for music. My goal is that my students will be encouraged to reach their highest potential and to develop an ability to express themselves emotionally through music.
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Darlea D.

Newark, DE 19711
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About Danni L.

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Newark, DE

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I am a experienced and talented piano teacher and music teacher with considerable experience in teaching different ages and skill levels from beginners to advanced. I have piano teaching experience in both China and the United States. I got my bachelor degree in Shenyang Conservatory of music in China with specialization in music education and Piano teaching. I got my master of Music in Teaching at University of Delaware.

I usually develop individual lesson plans and curriculum for my students. I give my students feedback every month about their progress. Students learning with me will enjoy music and love music!
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Bobby November 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Danni is a great teacher. My son have studied the piano for 4 months with her. She is very patient. She always focuses on students' needs. She teaches my son music theory and ear training, and some piano playing skills. She is professional and awesome!!
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Danni L.

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