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About Benjamin P.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Baltimore, MD 21218
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About Gregory B.

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Baltimore, MD

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

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Gospel, Gospel, a little jazz, and more Gospel.
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Kesha L. December 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very nice. It would have been better if I knew what books to purchase ahead of time. To maximize the lesson time, teacher should send expectations and tips for success to students ahead so preparation can take place. Be sure to have your own equipment too.
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Jeremiah L. December 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 4 yr old son had sooo much energy but Mr. Brown was able to get him to calm down enough to learn so basic key strokes. Can't wait to see how lesson 2.
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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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Gregory B.

Gregory B.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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About Detrece L.

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Baltimore, MD
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DeTrece "Dee" Lavender is a native of Miami, Florida. When her family moved to Sarasota, she was afforded the opportunity to study music and the performing arts as a student of the Westcoast School/Henry L. Porter School of Music. It was then that Dee began to understand the power of the creative arts as an effective form of emotional expression and release. By middle school, DeTrece began fine tuning her natural talents by studying classical voice which earned her several starring roles in the Sarasota Youth Opera, The Aslo Theater and the Players Theater. She is also a proud former member of the Westcoast Black Theater Troop in Sarasota, FL. Under the caring leadership of these opportunities, she was able to combine musical and life experiences in order to offer a more well rounded educational and musical experience for her students.


She was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where she received a dual Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy and Vocal Performance (Class of 2003). It was through her service as a music therapist, Millieu (residential) counselor and music teacher in the Boston City Public Schools/Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, that she began to feel the call toward a greater understanding of the gravity and role of the socio-emotional needs of students (and their families/villages) in urban settings. This call brought her to Baltimore, MD where she enrolled in the Pastoral Counseling Masters of Science program at Loyola University. In addition to her studies, she currently teaches Elementary and Middle School choir/ Musicianship teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools through the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids Program. She also serves as Minister Of Music and Arts at two local churches.
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Nidhi E. November 14, 2017
· Singing · Online
she is amazing
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Mawulom N. October 18, 2017
· Improv Acting · In studio
D is skilled at opening you up. From the warm welcome, opening exercise to her easy-going nature and intentional way of being. She's intuitive and an expert in her craft.
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Shaunise G. March 21, 2016
· Singing · In home
Detrece was patient very much into her work and very knowledgeable about singing i will continue to finish my lesson with and recommend her HIGHLY.
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Detrece L.

Detrece L.

Baltimore, MD 21217
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About Joshua S.

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Hi! I am a recent master's grad teaching violin in the D.C. metropolitan area. I have played violin for approximately 16-17 years and was a member of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra from 8th-12th grade, eventually touring Vienna and Prague with the orchestra in Summer 2009. I have taught private lessons for the past several years and have previously worked with children as a camp counselor. I look forward to tutoring your child and helping them realize their full potential! Josh
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Mansi W. October 27, 2017
· Violin · In home
My 9 year old daughter started taking her first vilion lessons from Joshua. She very much enjoys learning from him and gaining her confidence.
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Aline M. January 30, 2015
· Violin · In home
My 6 year-old daughter is enjoying very much her violin lessons! Joshua is kind, very pacient and connects very well with children. I strongly recommend him.
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William F. October 29, 2014
· Violin · In home
My granddaughter is learning a lot from this fellow and is enthralled with him, She is progressing with her violin quickly and plays her instrument very much. He has her progressing beyond where I thought she would be, having only been playing for a few months and I believe she will keep at it with him as her instructor!
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Joshua S.

Joshua S.

Silver Spring, MD 20902
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About Ollie L. J.

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Professor of Communication & Theater with incredible experiences performing, producing, directing, and writing stage plays performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Publick Playhouse, THEARC Theater, National Children's Museum and over 60 different stages annually. She is the President/Owner and Founder of Timeless Visual Works - the inspirational film, theater, and publishing company. She leads with Christian faith-based principles and extensive knowledge as well as experience training aspiring and professional performers.
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Linda September 9, 2016
· Acting · In studio
It was my daughter's first contact with professional acting.
She has been talking about being an actress for quite a while now, so we decided to let her take a few lessons to see if she likes it.
Ollie was really comprehensive of our needs and made us see the big picture of that world... just what we needed, to start walking into that direction on the right path.
My daughter had a wonderful time with Ollie.
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Kristyl N. March 3, 2016
· Acting · In studio
I booked 4 acting sessions with Ms. Ollie for my daughter. Ms. Ollie did a phenomenal job starting from scratch, coaching my daughter for her up coming audition. My daughter had no acting experience, she was shy, and soft spoken but in just 4 short days, Ms. Ollie turned her into a confident, outspoken young actress. My daughter nailed her audition thanks to Ollie!! I will highly recommend her as your acting coach.
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Leana T. January 13, 2016
· Film and TV Acting · Online
Great person to work with! Cheerful. Listens to what you have to say. Ready to help you improve.
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Ollie L. J.

Silver Spring, MD 20910
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About Jami C.

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Hi, there! My name is Jami C, and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since February 2013 and have loved helping my students learn English as a foreign language, develop confidence in their speaking and use of the language, and learn communication tools to use in academic, professional and social settings. I studied and obtained my TEFL certification at Malaga Lenguas while learning Spanish in Malaga Spain. I have a local language academy in Washington, DC which caters to local students as well as online students in the US and abroad. I'm a fun-spirited and patient person, and my teaching style includes art, music, and the personal interests of my student (s) in every lesson. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Jami C.

Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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About Naomi K.

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Washington, DC
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I was originally born in Cincinnati, Ohio in a large family (youngest of nine kids), and we all attended Catholic schools... this is where I started learning Spanish. I have studied it (and English Literature) for many years, then eventually won a scholarship to study/travel in Mexico for six months. I returned from Mexico fluent, graduated from college with honors in language and Humanities, then decided to go live in Washington, DC to use that language. I got into corporate training, working 10 years at Fannie Mae as I traveled to 38 of the 50 states to help them train banks on their financial systems. I later began working in healthcare, and got certified as an interpreter AND as an Instructional Designer. I have designed educational programs ever since at hospitals, schools, educational centers, retail organizations, and with hig
her education (now at GWU). My hobbies include speaking Spanish, swimming, listening to jazz, playing with my daughter and my beagle.
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marjan September 6, 2017
· English · In home
Naomi is patient, professional, and knowledgeable. I highly recommand her.
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Shawvan B. April 5, 2016
· Spanish · In home
If you are looking for a Spanish teacher look no further! Naomi is a very skilled and phenomenal teacher. I have taken her class for the last 10 months and I truly can see the progress I have made with her teaching style. She not only has set lessons from the book, but she will bring real-world examples such as food, newspapers, and music! I recently traveled to the Dominican Republic and I was amazed at how easily I was able to hold a conversation. The people there let me know that my Spanish was very good. It was definitely a compliment for me. I believe that a student is only as good as their teacher. Naomi is the right teacher!
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Shawvan B. July 20, 2015
· Spanish · In home
Naomi really takes the time to go over with you the culture and language of the people. She setup a lesson plan for me and established goals. I love her teaching style and I feel like I'm taking the time to learn again. If you're looking for a teacher who knows her stuff she is it!
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Naomi K.

Naomi K.

Washington, DC 20001
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About Kepa F.

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Hi! I'm Kepa Freeman and I'm a musician/educator/composer/tutor/songwriter based in Waldorf, MD who's offering a few different services on this site, but one thing is consistent: I work my hardest to give fun/engaging lessons that guide my students to success.

In terms of credentials I have a Master's of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (Trinity Washington University) and a Bachelor's of Science in Music (Temple University). I'm also a licensed Special Education Teacher for grades K-12 in Washington, DC. On the musical side, my musical credentials can be heard here: www.broadjam.com/kepafreeman.

A little about my experience as a teacher. I've spent the last 5 years working as an elementary Special Education Teacher. Before that I was a Music Production Teacher. Before that, I was a teacher's aide for a Special Education
High School. a Substitute Teacher, and a Tutor. Overcoming challenges to show my students success is what I do!

I hope to work with you soon!
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McKinley January 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great lesson. McKinley really enjoyed his first lesson with Mr. Kepa. He was singing and laughing.
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Addison W. August 23, 2017
· Elementary Math · In home
Kepa has been great- my daughter doesn't love math but has a smile on her face at the end of every session! Thank you for helping my daughter learn to love the subject!!
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Laura August 10, 2017
· Poetry · Online
After my first lesson, I have already learned more than I thought I would in multiple lessons. Kepa is an amazing, kind and personable person and a wonderful instructor and I am looking forward to continuing to work with him on my writing as I feel he has the knowledge and passion for writing that I'm looking for in a teacher. Thank you so much, Kepa!
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Kepa F.

Waldorf, MD 20602
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About Josh G.

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Washington, DC

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I'm a researcher with 8 years of tutoring experience and spent a gap year directing an after-school tutoring program for at-risk youth. Over the years I've tutored dozens of students (in subjects ranging from biology, math, and earth science to English writing, SAT prep, and statistics) and have yet to come across someone whose grades did not significantly improve after our time working together. I'm more than happy to provide references to anyone looking to hear more about my past work.

I'm passionate about tutoring because I believe every student has the potential to thrive in an academic environment. Unfortunately, many students aren't taught in way that helps them achieve conceptual mastery or don't get enough individual attention in the classroom. That's why I believe in the power of the personal, individualized tutoring relationshi
p. When a tutor, I focus on a few things:

1) Concept Mastery - I work to help students understand that it's not enough to just understand how to solve a problem, but that you also need to understand why that solution works. If you have a deep conceptual mastery over the material, you'll be able to solve new kinds of problems with those same skills, even if you haven't encountered a problem like it before.

2) Academic Confidence – I’m always surprised by the number of students that I work with who honestly believe they aren’t smart or capable enough to succeed in school. So, part of my job as a tutor is to help those students understand that hard work and confidence are the key to success, so matter how difficult they find the work initially.

3) Love of Learning – This is perhaps the most important element to me. My favorite teachers were not the ones who managed to cram the most amount of information in my head, but those who helped me be excited about the subjects they taught. As a tutor, I work with students to develop excitement about the subject matter and a love of learning more generally.

Finally, here’s a bit more information about me. Currently, I'm a public health researcher at a large non-profit, and specialize in systematic reviews and project evaluation. I studied Sociology and Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill. I graduated summa cum laude and received a Chancellor's award for excellence in my field of study. In the new few years, I plan to go back for a PhD in clinical psychology. I look forward to working with you or your student!
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Rachel November 21, 2017
· Algebra 1 · In studio
Josh was a very patient and a hands on tutor. He took time to get to know each student in order to better assist them personally. He had good boundaries with the students and was able to stay professional while being able to have fun with them. We saw personal gains based on the VA SOL test scores at the end of the school year after his assistance.
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Mary November 21, 2017
· Algebra · In home
Both of my sons went from F’s to B’s with Josh’s help. We had all pretty much given up that they would be able to get good grades in math. We were just hoping Josh could get them to pass. We can’t say enough about Josh’s clear, understandable and relevant guidance. Yes, they got great grades, but he also made them feel confident in their abilities to do the work. He is wonderful!
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Josh G.

Josh G.

Washington, DC 20008
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About Ali B.

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I'm new to TakeLessons but have nearly a decade of experience in tutoring and mentoring students. I have Bachelor's of Science degrees in Bioengineering and Biology and a PhD in Applied Biomedical Engineering. I have applied my degrees extensively as a biomedical researcher with 17 peer-reviewed publications, over 50 conference abstracts, and three patents. After completing my post-doctoral training at the Cleveland Clinic, I began medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where I am currently a medical student.

When I first started college, I was in your shoes. Having to learn advanced-level biology (e.g. molecular biology, human genetics, etc), mathematics (e.g. calculus I-IV, differential equations, etc) and engineering (e.g. fluid dynamics, mechanics of materials, biomedical signal processing, etc) seemed daunting.
However, I soon learned that topics that appear intimidating at first are actually fairly simple to learn once they've been broken down. My goal is to not only help you learn the material at hand but to teach you how to apply various techniques to learning even the most complex of subjects with a sense of confidence and ease. Regardless how advanced or basic the material, I'm certain I can teach you and that you can learn it.

I look forward to helping you achieve the success that you desire!
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Ali B.

Ali B.

Washington, DC 20007
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