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David S.

13 Reviews
Clifton, VA
Starting at $35
  • Awarded Music Department Award 2003 from Salisbury University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 8 and up
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David S.

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David enjoys teaching students from all different backgrounds and levels of proficiency. Whether you are just starting out or a virtuoso shredder in the making, he is happy to teach you! Over all, he is fairly laid back, as long as you practice. He usually combines work with reading off of the treble clef (what he likens to "eating your vegetables." You may not want to do it, but it will make you a healthier musician!) with learning more popular songs (or songs the student says they would like to learn) through tablature and chord charts, depending on the style of the song.

David is also very pro music theory. He usually incorporates music theory into the curriculum in conjunction with the material already being discussed. He is also very knowledgeable about composition/songwriting, and if the student is interested in learning more about this area, he is happy to share what he knows!

About David

David is a successful singer/songwriter/guitarist out of Fairfax, VA. He has a bachelor's degree in Music with a concentration in composition from Salisbury University, where he also studied jazz and classical guitar . In the 25 years he has been performing (20 of those professionally) and playin

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I had to switch the lesson to in-home roughly 3 hours before the scheduled lesson. David was great and accommodating. He gave me a crash course on scales, which I didn't know anything about, and explained them so that I actually started to understand.
Samantha Gordon
My first lesson with David was excellent! He is very patient and knowledgeable. I now have extremely high expectations for learning to play the guitar. I highly recommend him. He gave me a thorough explanation about how guitars are made made, the parts, we tuned the guitar and I am ready to groove!
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Dennis B.

17 Reviews
Bethesda, MD
Starting at $40
  • Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies, (Summa Cum Laude) from Howard University, Washington D.C.
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1987
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Dennis B.

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I encourage all students to try writing music or at least coming up with their own basic ideas. I will then work with the student's ideas to help them learn how to develop an initial idea into a large more complete musical form. If the student is able to write more complete songs I will coach them in techniques to improve the structure, harmony and melody of their work. I try to demonstrate ways that they can improve their writing without simply rewriting their ideas for them. For all of this I draw on my many years of experience as a composer. I try to guide the student towards developing a process of writing music that works for them. My main goal is to help them to grow into their own musical voice rather than to simply do what I suggest.

About Dennis

I have been teaching guitar for 25 years in the Washington DC metro area. I work with students 12 years of age and up, but I am especially experienced at teaching adult students regardless of whether they are beginners or have previous guitar experience. I have performed in acoustic Celtic, new age

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Mark H.
This was my first ever guitar lesson and I thought it was a blast. The instructor took the time to explain best practices and why they were so important. I also really enjoyed seeing the instructor's passion for the guitar and that passion made the whole experience even better!
Charese
Dennis is a fabulous teacher! I took lessons for 2 (?) years from him in high school, entering with decent knowledge of music from other instruments but only beginner-intermediate guitar skills from self-teaching and guitar class in school (what a joke). From the very start he adjusted to my level, asking me to play something I knew and identifying the chords that I had (unknowingly) played, and creating an exercise for me to practice new chords at home. Lessons were nothing but fun and informative; Dennis is a great conversationalist and incredibly knowledgeable about music theory. His lessons are full of variety: scales (different positions and modes), progressions (written on the spot by Dennis), improvisation (with live accompaniment), transcriptions (of your favorite songs), and learning from the book. Looking back, I progressed immensely under Dennis’s tutelage, from barely playing barre chords to writing my own music in different modes! It certainly doesn’t hurt that Dennis treats his students as equals, and that his home is always welcoming. He’s invested, not the type of teacher to chase you off once your “time’s up.” If I hadn’t gone off to college, I’d still be taking lessons from him for sure! Highly recommend to anyone who is looking for enjoyable, enriching guitar lessons.
Andrew H.
Dennis has a great comprehensive approach to teaching guitar. He helps you understand the nuances of the instrument, and provides specific instruction based on your individual needs. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge, and shares anecdotes about those experiences to help better understand topics relevant to your own personal pursuit of improved playing.

Even if you aren't sure exactly what you want to get out of lessons, Dennis is quick to provide material that will help you improve your skills. They are laid out in a clear way and act as a great resource to add to your collection of practice material.

I'm happy I took lessons with Dennis, and others should definitely work with him if looking for a laid back atmosphere and a steady pace of improvement and understanding.

Barry M.

16 Reviews
Washington, DC
Starting at $30
  • Jazz Voice from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
  • Teaches students 18 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Barry M.

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About Barry

Hello! A little about me... I have a Bachelors Degree in Music, 15 years of performing experience, and 10 years of teaching experience. I would love to share what I've learned to help you find your authentic sound. I try to approach each student individually vs treating everyone the same, cater

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Torri W.
Very helpful and informative vocal coaching.
Torri W.
Awesome lesson with great vocal strengthening exercises!!! Thanks so much!
Esosa
Great first class

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Katie M.

Teaches Online
Starting at $28
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Music Composition/Songwriting from Los Angeles College of Music
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Katie M.

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Do you want to express yourself through your passion for music? Having trouble finding the right words or chords? Need help with song structures? I can help you find your voice, style, and expand your skills in songwriting for your career or just as a hobby. *I am also pet friendly so if you'd like to have your pet (pet, service animal, or ESA) present at our lessons feel free to have them around!*
Emphasis on Melody and Lyric Writing
Bilingual (English and Spanish)
Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition/Songwriting, Los Angeles College of Music [Graduating March-May 2020 postponing due to COVID-19 preventions in Pasadena]

About Katie

Hi! My name is Katie and I am just about to graduate from Los Angeles College of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition/Songwriting. I have studied the ins and outs of songwriting and I am most passionate about the melody and lyric portion. I love to have conversations about the histor

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Peter W.

5 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Teaches students 7 to 90
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Berklee College of Music
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Peter W.

5 Reviews
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Songs are the most common musical form in our culture. They are all around us, on the radio, the internet, at sports games, at the mall...a lot of thought, work, and creativity goes into those songs. Together, we'll learn how to come up with different song forms, write lyrics, tell stories, how to invent melodies, and what chords to put those melodies to.

About Peter

As a professional guitarist and bass player with a degree in music performance from Berklee College of Music, I've toured and performed extensively across the U.S. and Europe, and recorded on numerous records. With over ten years experience teaching students of all ages and skill levels, I really s

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Peter
I wanted to learn some Black Sabbath songs for my dad’s birthday and Peter was extremely helpful instructing me to do so. He was extremely patient with me and my lack of rhythm.
Bernardo
Super positive experience. I’m not the most dexterous person in the world, and peter is super patient and clear in his instruction. 10/10
Samantha
Peter is hands down the best teacher ever! I had such a hard time learning the basics of acoustic, but he taught me so many tricks and made the learning process smooth. I feel like a pro now! Will be continuing learning from him!

Zaky N.

8 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Teaching since 2009
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Highschool from Simon Kenton
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Zaky N.

8 Reviews
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Song structure, fill creativity, lyric writing, and more.

About Zaky

Hi, my name is Zak! Music is a beautiful thing. It has the so much power. It can be used to send a message, move and inspire people. Music can impact emotions, it is a beautiful and powerful thing! Music, and teaching have always been a big passion in my life. The ability to take knowledge of a

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Andrea
Zaky is great with my son who has a history of brain injury which causes him to have short term memory problems. In just a few weeks he has much more confidence in himself and is even a slight bit ahead in band class. He is now able to help some of the other students which he loves. There are very few things that at school that don't overwhelm him, and Zaky has helped him find success in music.
Caroline I.
Great guy -- very knowledgeable and accommodating, despite technical issues with classroom

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Average Cost of Songwriting Lessons in Derwood, MD

The average cost of 60-minute songwriting lessons in Derwood is $69. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $35 and $276 per hour.
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"Jan's direction gets results!

Jan is one of the most nurturing people I've had the pleasure of being around. She's constantly helping me with all aspects of my career, including gaining my own students. She takes the time to ask how I'm doing personally and does whatever she can to encourage me. Jan has given me many tools that have greatly increased my skill as a vocalist, and the things she has done for my songwriting are revolutionary! She's been able to get me to think of my songs as a story, with the angle of thinking about writing a movie script, an entire story before I even begin to write lyrics. It's me write much better songs and I could not have done that without her. I highly recommend!"
Darren Thomas
Took Songwriting lessons from Jan L.
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"Carlos is awesome. I am so lucky to have ended up with him as my songwriting teacher. He is extremely professional, very talented and easy to work with. I highly recommend Carlos."
Tina
Took Songwriting lessons from Carlos C.
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"Creative Music Writing

Kevin taught me how to write lyrics with imagery and to put the chords and inversions behind those lyrics to create pop masterpieces!"
Dylan
Took Songwriting lessons from Kevin T.
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"Chrissy really helps me a lot with writing melodies for my lyrics. SHe is very protove and encouraging and creative. I really think she brings out the best in her students. Definitely several points above average!"
Paula
Took Songwriting lessons from Chrissy S.
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"Having worked with Greg over the course of several years now, I have the deepest respect for his teaching ability. As a performer with over 25 years of experience, I find it a rare and special talent for someone as gifted as Greg is (as an artist) to be as humble and willing to listen as he most certainly is. He promotes a learning atmosphere of safety while also ensuring excellence is produced by students. His grasp on musical theory is second to none, and his skill as a seasoned guitarist ensures that what is being taught by him is both credible and of the highest standards.
I am privileged to know Greg personally as well as professionally, and I can vouch (once again) for his humility, skill, professionalism, credibility as a working artist, integrity, and work ethic. His heart is to watch the lights go on in his students and his passion in doing so serve to distinguish him as one of th"
Kelly
Took Songwriting lessons from Greg C.
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"Christopher is a wonderful teacher. He truly cares and does his very best to help you learn. He knows exactly how to effectively help you understand and move forward. I appreciate what I am learning from him and how he is so patient. I feel safe enough to take creative chances during our lessons (I'm pretty rusty). I'm grateful to have found him. He is exceptionally knowledgeable, conscientious, caring, trustworthy and genuine - and a really great guy. I highly recommend him without reservation."
Suzanne
Took Songwriting lessons from Christopher M.
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"Axel is very welcoming and have an easy and entrenaining way to teach kids. My son, 10 years old, is very happy with his classes and is very excited for the upcoming classes and feels he will be able to achieve his goals with Axel’s guidance"
Renata
Took Songwriting lessons from Axel O.
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"Dave really knows the music business inside and out, and he is doing a great job of shepherding my songwriting project along!"
Cece
Took Songwriting lessons from Dr. Dave Y.
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"Terry was on time - professional - and inspiring. We're excited to keep working with him!"
Sam
Took Songwriting lessons from Terry P.
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"I have a true appreciation for Oliver, as a musician, songwriter, and most of all, as a person. You will not be disappointed if you choose to take lessons; having done so I find myself a better human being."
Ron
Took Songwriting lessons from Oliver E.
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