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About Thomas A.

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Burtonsville, MD

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About Thomas
I have been playing drums for over 47 years. For 16 years I played and performed professionally with my band Black Widow USA. We toured the US several times in support of our two internationally released CDs. For about 30 years of my time behind a drum set I had given drum lessons on and off. But because of my super strong passion for the drums and my desire to share my knowledge of the instrument I decided to start teaching on a more regular basis about four years ago. Several of my first regular students have now gone on to do very well themselves. Drumming in bands of their own. Although I can teach most styles of drumming I have been a die hard rock and roller most of my life. With my main influences on the instrument being Carmine Appice, Don Brewer from Grand Funk, John Bonham, Ian Paice from Deep Purple and for double bass Tommy Al
dridge. So I really specialize in the old rock and roll, classic rock, hard rock and metal from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, all the way up to today's rock, metal and pop music. I believe my years of experience are valuable in relating to each students musical interests ,desires and accomplishments on the drums. After my original band Black Widow decided to go on a long break several years ago I was offered a drumming position in a local classic rock and metal cover band. So besides teaching I have continued to satisfy my love for playing drums and performing with that band. Which gigs out on a regular monthly bases.
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I make sure that I find out from the get go what each and every new student likes musically and what they want to learn and how far they want to go on the drums. Then I try to tailor all the lessons to each students interests and abilities. Making sure that it's fun for them in the process. This can't be work or a chore or they won't stick with it. But I will say I do believe that every beginning student who has NEVER sat behind a kit before should know and start with the fundamentals ( the building blocks so to speak) of drumming such as holding the sticks, proper stick control and technique, and how to execute some important basic rudiments and keep good time. Also I think learning to read some drum notation is important so you know and understand what you are playing when you play it, but can teach by ear also. I can also teach double bass technique if a student is interested in that.

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Works space w/two drum sets, one double-bass and one single. Instruction material (books, CDs, videos). Seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If necessary to travel to a students home, they should have a drum kit there or at least a practice pad to get started on. I will bring sticks, a metronome if needed and the necessary instruction books for the lessons. Also willing to travel to a students home if they are just getting started and need help setting up their kit or need help tuning the drums.

*** Specialties ***
Mostly specialize in beginner to intermediate ages 7 and up teaching rock ( which includes old rock and roll from the 50's, blues), classic rock ( 60's and 70's) , hard rock and metal from the 80's all the way up to today's rock, pop and metal music. Believe it or not, it's all tied together. Let me show and teach you how.
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Cameron March 26, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Tom is a great instructor! Cam is learning so much and making great progress on the drums!
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Cheryl I. November 2, 2017
· Drum · In studio
This is our first Drum instructor and we are thrilled with Thomas. He is patient, kind, and enthusiastic about teaching. His approach is positive in nature, meeting the student where they are at, takes their interest as the lead, and starts teaching there. My 11 year old son really likes him too! We go to our 4th lesson this afternoon.
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Paul April 4, 2017
· Drum · In studio
These lessons were great. Regarding drums, I was an absolute beginner, and Tommy's lessons turned out to be an excellent jump-start. I used to play keyboards and guitars before, and I enjoy picking up by ear rather than reading notation, so I really liked informal and 'non-notational' way the lessons went. There was no hard notation drill, and yet Tommy had covered most rudiments, basic techniques, and patterns needed to rock in about 10 lessons. I'd recommend this for anyone who doesn't know how to hold sticks but want to get introduced into rock drumming.
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Thomas A.

Burtonsville, MD 20866
(19)
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$25 / 30-min

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 38, I have been teaching and playing guitar professionally for the last 14 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.

*** 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.

Parkville, MD 21234
(12)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Sepehrdad A.

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Montgomery Village, MD
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About Sepehrdad
As an experienced Violin teacher I help students to teach themselves the violin, to understood that their playing only improves when they change habits. A bored or disinterested child simply won’t progress, and a great violin teacher knows how to communicate with creativity and clarity. I have proper knowledge of the violin’s mechanics, general musical and repertoire knowledge, skilled as a player, and strength as a communicator. I have a bachelor degree in string performance, and I’ve taught students from beginner to advance for more than 10 years, guided students participating in inter-school musical shows, competitions and different musical presentations – Fests and orchestras. I teach both Suzuki and traditional method depending on the level of student.
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Aditi January 28, 2019
· Violin · In studio
very happy.
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Levi, David & Jeremiah S. October 17, 2018
· Violin · In home
Sepehrdad is great! Our three boys really enjoy his teaching approach which is encouraging yet challenges growth. We are delighted and feel blessed that we found him to teach our children in our home!
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Sepehrdad A.

Montgomery Village, MD 20886
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$35 / 30-min

About Theresa D.

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Rosedale, MD

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About Theresa
I am a former instrumental music teacher in the Catholic school system. I have been teaching in some way, shape or form for the past 20 years. My methods of teaching vary depending on the student and what they need to succeed. I make myself available between lessons via text, phone and email for questions regarding the lesson. Please let me know if you have issues with animals, I can put them in another part of the house. I have both cats and a dog. All of which are friendly.
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Braylon W. July 9, 2019
· Piano · In home
My grandson said it was a great lesson. And he told his dad he had fun. I now know that I will either buy a keyboard or a piano so that he can continue his lessons and practice. Thanks for invoking this type of enthusiasm into my little guy. I hope this is the beginning of more to come.
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Francis S. February 27, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Theresa is an excellent teacher. She made us very comfortable in her home but most of all, our child was incredibly happy with his first ever piano lesson. We are hoping for a great outcome.
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Pooja July 20, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Theresa is amazingly talented! She is very patient. I was quite nervous during the first session. She made sure I was comfortable and she definitely makes learning super fun. I enjoy the classes.
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Theresa D.

Rosedale, MD 21237
(20)
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$20 / 30-min

About Katie P.

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Bel Air, MD

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About Katie
Hello! I am Katie P. and I have been teaching for three years. In 2016, I received my Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance from James Madison University and my Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Peabody in 2018. While I attended Peabody, I lived with my parents in Bel Air, so I taught there, and I still do!

I have studied voice for six years, and have sung in operas, operettas, choirs, and musicals. I have played the cello for fourteen years.

Looking forward to teaching you!
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Larry B. June 20, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Katie’s terrific!
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Ivy June 9, 2019
· Opera Voice · Online
Katie was SO nice and within five minutes I was completely at ease. She took the time to ask questions and get to know me and my goals before we started working together. We jumped right in and I left my first lesson feeling encouraged and with a better understanding of my range and what I am capable of. I gained more from one lesson with Katie than I got from four years of singing in high school! She's super knowledgeable and personable. I can't wait to continue my lessons with Katie!
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Sharon March 24, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I took this course to help me to sing. It did help me but I realized that it would take years of practice for me to be able to sing well. At this time I was more interested in politics and couldn’t put the time or money into it.
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Katie P.

Bel Air, MD 21014
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About Brian G.

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Annandale, VA

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About Brian
As a performing musician and guitar teacher since 1993, I have taught thousands of students. I teach most styles of music but blues is my specialty. Most importantly, I believe that learning how to play guitar should be fun!

I believe in encouraging my students through exhibiting patience and an understanding of their individualized needs. I use my unique and effective teaching methods while teaching fundamental skills and techniques to meet diverse learning styles. I will have you playing your favorite songs in no time!

I studied music at the University of Maryland where I received my bachelors degree.
and with several renowned recording artists
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Errol June 11, 2019
· Blues Guitar · In studio
I started learning guitar on my own. I got some CD’s. It got me started. However, I wasn’t progressing. I looked for an instructor in my area and Brian Gross came up in my search engine. I was very frustrated at first but Brian assured me it takes time and practice. It’s the little things that he teaches you that makes all the difference. If you listen to what he tells you and apply it you will amazed. Great musician, great teacher.
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Grace January 14, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Brian is a wonderful, fun, and very supportive guitar teacher. He encourages students like me to practice and learn, and he gives very positive and tailored instruction. He allows his students to choose the style of music that they want to learn, and he offers the easiest and most straightforward way to learn it. He prepares his lessons very well, and it is always a joy to see his cheerful face. Even someone like me who sometimes fumbles around with the strings can feel comfortable in his great manner of teaching. I find that I have learned quite a bit in a very short amount of time, even with my busy work schedule. The guitar exercises that he gives us are fun to do and so effective. I highly recommend him as a guitar teacher, and I look forward to many more lessons with him.
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Samee June 23, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Great instructor who works with your schedule and your technique, excellent lesson plans!
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Brian G.

Annandale, VA 22003
(10)
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$50 / 45-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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Michelle .. July 3, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Excellent piano/ voice instructor! She brings out the best in my 10 year old daughter. I've been consistently amazed by my daughter's ability since working with Vashti. Very knowledgeable and always a delight .
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Khalil March 10, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Thank you!
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Alonzo October 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
Thank you!
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Vashti G.

Bowie, MD 20715
(19)
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$30 / 30-min

About Michael B.

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Baltimore, MD
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About Michael
I have been performing professionally for ten years, and am working towards completing my undergraduate degree in cello performance from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. My teaching philosophy centers around a strong technical foundation, as well as ear training and theory. In addition, I believe in the importance of a creative learning environment that is tailored to accommodate the needs of each student, and inspires a love for the cello.
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Parissa F. September 5, 2018
· Cello · In home
Excellent teacher; very patient and thorough. Friendly and able to explain everything very well. Highly recommend!
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Michael B.

Baltimore, MD 21250
(1)
starting at
$45 / 30-min

About Jonathan B.

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Arlington, VA
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About Jonathan
I have a varied musical life, playing orchestra and chamber music. Recording sessions include soundtracks for the Discovery Channel and NPR. I studied flute in France, and in the US with Thomas Nyfenger and with Samuel Baron at The Juilliard School. My students have ranged in age from 6-70, and include beginners, intermediate and advanced flutists. Please feel free to contact me with questions!
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Jonathan B.

Arlington, VA 22204
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$84 / 30-min

About John F.

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Parkville, MD

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About John
What I enjoy most about teaching piano:

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

Let me explain:

As a musician who takes great care of his health through a range of physical activities & 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 and 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 individual artistic expression.

My approac
h 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 achieve this 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.

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

What most other teachers do not know is=
How to teach students to move at the piano.

This specifically is what separates me from 99% 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.

Parkville, MD 21234
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$42 / 30-min

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