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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 37, I have been teaching and playing guitar professionally for the last 13 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
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About Yelena S.

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Burtonsville, MD
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About Yelena
*** Studio Equipment ***
upright piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano or a keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Russian School of Piano Playing
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Karen April 1, 2019
· Piano · In home
I’m an older student. She was very patient and I enjoyed my lesson time.
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JENNIFER &. March 29, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great instructor!
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Stephanie January 13, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher. Looking forward to next lesson.
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Yelena S.

Burtonsville, MD 20866
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$25 / 30-min

About Ryan R.

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Lutherville Timonium, MD
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About Ryan
I structure lessons around your goals and interests to keep you motivated and bring your playing to the next level.

I am qualified and interested in teaching many styles of music from rock, blues, jazz, bluegrass, pop, and metal.

I am experienced in teaching many skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced!

Students are expected to practice consistently between lessons.

I taught briefly at the Cockeysville recreation center before teaching at a local music shop.

I have done work as a transcriptionist for WSC Theatre in Arlington, VA.

I have performed with various rock and jazz groups in the Baltimore and DC area including sitting in with the Unified Jazz Ensemble!

I have also done work as a pit musician for musicals in the area as well as playing for private receptions.
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Don D. September 11, 2017
· Mandolin · In home
Ryan is a great teacher and a great kid. I enjoy our lessons immensely and I am 71 years old.
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Don D. May 5, 2016
· Mandolin · In home
Excellant lesson. Ryan is very knowledgeable and patient.
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Joseph Z. August 11, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Ryan has definitely helped improve my playing in a short period of time. Very nice person too.
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Ryan R.

Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
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$35 / 30-min

About Earl C.

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Greenbelt, MD
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About Earl
This International guitarist is now offering in-person and online coaching sessions. With more than thirty years of experience, he has performed with many well-known artists including grammy-nominated celebrities and others such as Freddie Jackson, Regina Belle, EU, Angela Bofill, Alyson Williams, Mya, Syleena Johnson, Marion Meadows, Nick Colionne, Mike Phillips, Michael Lington, Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin, Pamela Williams, Carolyn Malachi and more.
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David February 11, 2019
· Guitar · In home
I can't say enough good things about Earl's instruction. He's extremely knowledgeable and talented and yet responsive, inspiring, and kind. Rather than applying a narrow and rigid approach to teaching, lessons are built around my abilities and interests and he has taught me new ways of looking at music and playing guitar. I feel very fortunate to be one of his students.
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Kevin P. August 22, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great experience! Looking forward to more.
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Cierra June 22, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Earl is an outstanding guitar teacher. He exudes a passion for playing the guitar that makes learning fun and effective! He is highly recommended.
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Earl C.

Greenbelt, MD 20770
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$40 / 30-min

About Anne L.

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Columbia, MD
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About Anne
Hi! My name is Anne and I am currently an elementary school teacher. Teaching music has been my passion since I started 8 years ago, and I want to share my love for music with people.

I have already gotten my background check through Montgomery County Public Schools, so I am available to teach students under 18.

Besides being able to teach piano, ukulele, violin, I can also teach basic elementary subjects, such as math, reading, and writing.

I am very patient, understanding, and I meet your child where he or she is and we work together to meet our goal.
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Rayane C. September 21, 2015
· Piano · In home
Anne was really good and nice.
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Anne L.

Columbia, MD 21044
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$38 / 30-min
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About Amanda D.

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Baltimore, MD
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About Amanda
New York-born Flutist Amanda is a versatile performer active as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. Amanda was most recently named the first place winner of the National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition in Washington, DC. She has also received first place awards in the Best Mozart Performance category of the global Great Composer Competition Series, the 2014 Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition, the 2013 Rochester Flute Association Emerging Artist Competition, the 2012 Donald E. Webster Scholarship Competition, and the 2012 Stefan Scholarship Competition. In 2015, she was invited to participate in the Third International Maxence Larrieu Flute Competition, taking place in Nice, France, and was one of only three flutists invited from the United States.
Amanda is currently a substitute flutist wit
h the Canton and Firelands Symphonies, and appeared as a guest principal with the Canton Symphony for their March 2018 Masterworks Concert. During her studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, she was principal of the Oberlin Orchestra, and performed in the orchestra at Chicago Symphony Center as a part of their 150th-Anniversary tour. At Oberlin, Amanda appeared frequently as an ensemble-member for faculty concerto recordings. She has appeared in the Schikele Bassoon Concerto and the Augusta Reed Thomas Bassoon Concerto released on the Oberlin and Naxos labels on the album Full Moon in the City. She has also appeared in recordings of the Carter Flute Concerto and the Trigos Guitar Concerto No. 1 (forthcoming releases). In addition to her orchestral opportunities at Oberlin, Amanda has attended the Pierre Monteux School and Festival, the Miami Summer Music Festival, and the Bach Institute at Emmanuel Music.
To supplement her love for performing, Amanda has also been active in the field of Arts Administration. Co-founder of the Oberlin Flute Association, Amanda spent two years bringing prominent flute artists to Oberlin. This included advertising in the Cleveland area, managing a strict budget, and organizing all details of the artists’ visits. She also worked at the Oberlin Concert Productions office as assistant director and program editor, and was administrative assistant with Oberlin Conservatory Summer Programs. She is currently a staff member in the Peabody Career Services office, providing professional development support for students at Peabody.
She has recently graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she received a Bachelor of Music in flute performance and a Bachelor of Arts in biology as a part of the college’s double-degree program. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music at the Peabody Conservatory, under the guidance of Marina Piccinini.
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Ozge Y. February 10, 2018
· Flute · In studio
She encourages, she finds analogies to explain, she is more patient with me then I am with myself. She also explains the terms, gives tips on how to read the notes. She is able to identify the mistakes and give the right advice on how to improve. Her advice on how to practice made all the difference for me. I started with a giant cookie bite sized embouchure and within a few lessons I have managed to make it smaller thanks to her instructions. There is hope for me afterall.
Looking forward to playing a duet with her without me making a mess. Thank you Amanda!
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Mike August 28, 2017
· Flute · Online
Amanda is an outstanding teacher. She inspires and challenges me to play pieces I did not think I could play. She is able to take difficult passages and break them down step my step so I can learn how to play them properly. I am sure I would not be playing as I am now, if it weren’t for Amanda’s skilled teaching. She is also friendly, makes the lessons interesting and fun and is very professional. I have taken lessons both in person and on Skype and she excels in both modes.
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Amanda D.

Baltimore, MD 21201
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$34 / 30-min

About Tyra F.

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Washington, DC

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About Tyra
I graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor in Music Education and am getting my graduate degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland.
My primary instrument is clarinet and euphonium but am familiar with most instruments at a beginner to intermediate level.
As a woodwind specialist, I have taught clarinet, flute and saxophone during summer camps and programs for multiple years.
I'm currently the clarinet technique teacher at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC.

I have been knitting and crocheting for 12 years and have made a wide range of products from hair bows to sweaters.

I am patient and willing to teach all levels of students in a variety of subjects and am willing to cater the lessons to your needs.
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Paulina April 9, 2019
· Knitting · In home
Wonderful!
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Amari June 24, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Great 1st lesson! Tyra was very professional and had a good first interaction with my son. It’s also very clear she enjoys what she does.
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Sarah C. May 5, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
We really like Tyra. She is great with our daughter!
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Tyra F.

Silver Spring, MD 20904
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$30 / 30-min

About John F.

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Baltimore, 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 physical 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 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 individual 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 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.

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

This specifically is what separates me from 95 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 21202
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$45 / 30-min

About Phoebe S.

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Greenbelt, MD

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About Phoebe
***Note: I am moving out of the area at the end of June***

Hello! I am a classically trained violinist and violist. I got my Bachelor's degree from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut and I am currently working towards my Master's at the University of Maryland School of Music. I started playing violin when I was 10 and since then I have also learned viola, piano, guitar, ukulele, banjo, and mandolin. I have a successfully maintained a full studio of violin and viola students and can easily adjust my teaching style to meet each student's needs.

As a performer, I have performed in professional opera and musical theatre orchestras as well as on my own in solo violin recitals. I love working on various genres of music with a special place in my heart for contemporary classical music. I have worked with students between the ages of
6-adult, abilities ranging from beginner to advanced players. Feel free to reach out and ask any questions, I would love to hear from you!
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Carol April 2, 2019
· Violin · In home
Miss Phoebe is an excellent, patient instructor for my two young violinists! She is prompt, and has lots of tools in her tool kit to bring about proper posture, tone, sound. She exhibits a very warm kind discipline that makes clear her expectations without being mean about it at all. I think my kids have made significant progress under her tutelage and I would definitely recommend her for any skill level!
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Mike August 26, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I'm an adult learner who went through Suzuki book 2 and a few other pieces with Phoebe as my instructor. I spent a month prior with a "bad experience" and hadn't taken lessons in probably 10 years before that.

Working with Phoebe was GREAT. She was very easy to work with and really saw to improving my skills. She was encouraging and very positive. When I had troubles with parts (which was often), she would always have multiple suggestions as to how to practice them to work through the difficulties. She also gave me nudges along when I didn't think I could do certain things too. All in all, I had a great experience working with Phoebe and would have loved to continue to work with her if she was still in my local area.

If you're wondering why not 5 stars, that's more from my lack of experience than any issue with her. The guide says 5 stars is the "best teacher ever". She probably was the best teacher ever for me, but I'm somewhere between beginner and intermediate. Is she a good fit for an advanced student, I'm going to guess that, yes, she is, but I don't know that info personally so I went with 4.
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Phoebe S.

Greenbelt, MD 20770
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$35 / 30-min

About Erin T.

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Laurel, MD
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About Erin
I started taking piano lessons when I was six years old and have been playing ever since! I play regularly in a church and nursing home setting. I am classically trained with a strong music theory background and am comfortable teaching classical, pop, improvisation and more. I tailor lessons to students' interests and goals. All ages are welcome. I especially love to teach seniors who have always wanted to learn. Experience the stress reducing benefits of playing the piano!
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Shawn February 11, 2019
· Piano · In home
I casually play piano and tried teaching my daughters but classic parent-child teaching troubles was straining our relationship. Then Erin came along and both of my girls blossomed in their playing! She is patient and creative in connecting with the girls in ways that make sense to them. They also got to play in a recital and I couldn’t be prouder of them. Erin really is a gem!!!
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Candace February 9, 2019
· Piano · In home
My children absolutely love Mrs. Tenney! They have taken lessons from her for a couple of years now and she has shared with them the joy of playing piano. She is patient and positive, flexible and so good at finding pieces at the kids’ level that they are really interested in playing. She is a fantastic teacher and we highly recommend her!
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Laura February 8, 2019
· Piano · In home
Erin is an amazing piano teacher! She taught both of my girls. She is patient and kind with the children and is able to teach children at all levels. I highly recommended Erin!
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Erin T.

Laurel, MD 20707
(3)
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$39 / 30-min

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