I have 30 years experience in playing and teaching many styles, including rock, folk, classical, and jazz, I have played classical guitar at weddings for over 30 years, both as a soloist and with ensembles. I have put together occasional jazz groups. I am also familiar with much rock and folk music, especially from the '60s.
I played on a toy piano when I was very young, learning a bit of sight reading from my Mother, while listening to classical, jazz, and rock music. When I was 12, I learned guitar and later took private piano lessons from a prominent Philadelphia instructor. After playing in a rock band in high school, I went to college and received my degree in Physics. During this time, I joined a choir, and sang and played guitar in a contemporary vocal group where I became the lead guitarist and vocal arranger, and later became the director. I also played guitar in my church, as well as in a small folk group, performing music of the Beatles, Bacharach, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and many others. I also played or sung in a number of weddings during my college days.
Upon graduation, I moved to the DC area to work in the engineering field, while s
imultaneously pursuing my music ambition. I studied classical guitar at American University with a student of the great Andres Segovia, and also studied jazz guitar with a former student of a prominent jazz guitarist, Pat Martino. Additionally, I sang in choirs and studied composition privately with a prominent Washington area composer and performer from Catholic University, I also began to teach at an area performing arts academy.
My most long-term experiences in music have been serving in my local church for over 30 years, either playing guitar (acoustic, electric, bass), piano, or arranging vocals in a contemporary worship band. I also started a church choir, and led both choir and small orchestra in a number of special performances. Additionally, I led congregational worship in different scenarios. During this time I also taught students of all ages guitar, piano, and music theory, and have continued to today in helping students to find their musical potential and pursue their musical ambitions.
I have recently retired from my engineering career so I can use my musical gifts in my local church and teach music as a second career. I have completed my second degree at George Mason University, and continue to play with other musicians there. More importantly, I continue to learn how to better teach others of all ages how to grow in all aspects of music-making.
*** Lesson Details *** Having taught for many years, my approach is flexible and I can adjust my teaching style and/or curriculum to maximize the student's potential for learning at any age. I encourage disciplined practice while working to make learning music an enjoyable experience. Although I specialize in guitar styles, I also teach piano, and can include music theory, sight reading, composition, and how to improvise on any instrument. I have taught improvisation on a number of different instruments such as violin, cello, flute, and clarinet.
Here are some testimonials from present or former students/parents:
"Mr. S. is very earnest; when he gives you a compliment, you can tell he really means it. He's very patient and experienced and skilled and he is willing to take what he's teaching down to my level to help me understand it." Gregory K., age 10 Geoff is a patient and encouraging instructor. He tailored my lessons towards the skills that I needed. He provides the necessary encouragement when the long hours of practice seem impossible to sustain. I could write a book about Geoff's credentials: highly qualified is an understatement. -- Neal B. Mr. S. is awesome at playing and teaching guitar, and he is nice and helps you. -- Michael B., age 12 I'm sure I could learn to Play Guitar Today using books and videos, but I think I'm on the right track with private one-on-one instruction. Linda H. The guitar lessons are fun, interactive, and instructive. A great way to make learning a delight! Gina R., parent
*** Studio Equipment *** Office at home w/ keyboard and guitars, white board, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide self-produced instructional material. Students provide their own instrument and a folder to store instructional material.
*** Specialties *** I teach any style of guitar, including classical and jazz. I also teach improvisation or "playing by ear" on any instrument; my experience includes piano, violin, cello, clarinet, and flute. I'm very familiar with 60's music (e.g., Beatles) I've performed a lot of folk music, rock music, and classical music I've played classical guitar and in classical and jazz ensembles at weddings and other special events.
I totally enjoyed my class with Geoff. We immediately started my lesson with tuning the ukulele. Then we went over the cords and strumming. I have been researching on playing the ukulele and his explanation on the strumming was a lot better than the book. He is teaching me how to play by listening to the notes which is great because I would be able to play the Hawaiian music for my hula classes. In addition, his studio is only a 5 minute drive from my house, which means I don’t have to deal with traffic.
July 24, 2018
great understanding of what I know and how to improve! Experienced instructor
January 17, 2018
Geoff is great! Really knows what he’s doing. I’ve learned a lot in the three weeks that I’ve been working with him.
As far as specific methods, it depends on the student. Everyone is unique and I find it essential to cater to each individual's learning styles, abilities, pace and personalities in a unique fashion. I will find the appropriate approach and learning material for each student, and apply the appropriate curriculum for them. I will provide all the essentials for getting a solid foundation, while using the proper motivation and patience, as well as keeping it fun and interesting.
I have been playing guitar for over 20 years. I was blessed to have a great instructor who motivated me and provided me with a great foundation to build upon. I would like to be able to pay it forward and do the same for you. I studied music at UMBC, and I received certifications in audio production and recording techniques from the Omega Studios School of Recording Arts and Sciences. Along the way, I have learned how to play many other instruments and sing. I have worked with many great musicians over the years, been in several bands, recorded professionally in several studios, and performed in numerous venues around the country. I worked in musical instrument sales for 4 years, so I have a vast knowledge of musical gear, and would like to share that knowledge with you. My current passion is to put my knowledge and experiences to use i
n guiding students to learn everything they will need to know to become the musician they aspire to be.
Learn to read music or play by ear. Strum along to the songs you love or learn to accompany yourself while you sing. Teaching lead and rhythm in all genres
My name is Aleksis B., but many of my students know me as Mr. B. I am a professional instructor and performing musician who combines a love of music with a desire to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. I try to make that passion show in everything I do.
My education includes classical voice training with Michele Howard Hansen, an opera singer that often performs at the Kennedy Center. I studied piano with Geoffrey Chappell, who writes for Jazz Times. I also received compositional training on multiple instruments from Stanley Cowell, who recorded and performed with legends like Miles Davis.
I have been performing professionally since 1992. I studied education in college and did my student teaching in a music class at Goshen Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
I have been teaching music pr
ofessionally now for over twenty years. Some students want to take a few lessons to see if it is something they will enjoy, others have worked with me for over a decade. I have mentored several students who have gone on to professional careers. I have experienced a lot of success teaching young children and those with special needs. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of patience and truly enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.
Whatever your goals or abilities, I look forward to working with you!
*** Lesson Details *** Experience fun based lessons as my teaching approach is relaxed and inspirational. I enjoy working with all ages, adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate your learning style and abilities. Learn to play the music you love! You learn best when you enjoy what you are playing, I can help you play along with your favorites or even write your own songs. I always ask my students at the beginning of a lesson "What would you like to do today?" Then structure the lesson accordingly into a routine that the student can practice on their own. Generally the time is divided into warm ups, learning new material, then picking a fun song the student choses. Whether your interest is Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop music, etc... I'm here help you reach your goals so let's make your dreams come true with music together!
*** Travel Equipment *** Books, Guitar, music stand, metronome, picks, tuner, page clips, capo, media player, laptop, Keyboard (on request), and recording equipment (on request)
*** Specialties *** With Voice I specialize in helping people prepare for auditions such as American Idol. I have students who simply want to be karaoke stars. I have several professional singers that hire me as a voice coach and producer for recording sessions. I have taught children as young as 2 and those that retired with a lifelong dream to sing. Though my training is classical, I can teach Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, etc...whatever is fun for the student. I highly recommend learning to read music but I do not push it unless parents want their child to.
With Piano I can teach traditionally from Alfred and Bastien Piano Courses depending if they are auditory or visual learners. For Kinesthetic learners I use Hanon scale exercises and Rothman Rhythm Exercises. For those that want to learn notation I introduce classical and Jazz composers unless there is a popular artist/band/movie theme etc...that they would like to learn. However I do not push students to read music unless their parents would prefer it. I tend to keep more students that want to learn to play by ear especially adults by using rhythm training and music theory exercises and then applying them to songs they love. For piano I haven't had much success with children younger than 3. I also have a lot experience working with special needs children.
For Guitar I teach Classical, Acoustic, and Electric all styles and genres. I encourage sight reading but don't mind using tabs. I use more exercises with these students, since the first month students have a hard time making a sound. I try to make the lessons fun by having students strum chords along with songs they chose. I teach lead and rhythm even songwriting and composition. Job satisfaction for me is seeing my students leave a lesson with a smile on their face so I make sure to be a fun based teacher that doesn't give the student a hard time about not practicing.
For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.
My method is a fun, energy-packed and safe environment where kids are encouraged to love God, music, their band members, and their electric guitar or bass.
My desire is to partner with parents to teach kids (6 and up) basic music skills using technology, rock, blues and worship, and this to serve as foundation for their musical growth and performances in their lives. Music as a language is our priority. _____________________________________________________________
1) Music is a language...... By: Victor Wooten.
Both music and verbal languages serve the same purpose. They are both forms of expression. They can be used as a way to communicate with others, they can be read and written, then can make you laugh or cry, think or question and can speak to one or many and both can definitely make you move.
ks better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective."
In some instances, music works better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective. Although many musicians agree that music is a "language" it is rarely treated as such.
Many of us treat it as something that can only be learned by following a strict regiment under the tutelage of a skilled teacher. This approach has been followed for hundreds of years with proven success... But it takes a long time. Too long.
Think about the first language you learned as a child. More importantly, think about how you learned it.
"You were allowed to make mistakes."
You were a baby when you first started speaking and even though you spoke the language incorrectly you were allowed to make mistakes - and the more mistakes you made, the more your parents smiled!
Learning to speak was not something you were sent somewhere to do only a few times a week. The majority of people you spoke to were not beginners, they were already proficient speakers. Imagine your parents forcing to only speak to other babies until you were good enough to speak to them! You'd probably be an adult before you could carry on a proper conversation.
To use a musical term, as a baby you were allowed to "jam" with professionals.
If we approach music in the same natural way we approached our first language, we would learn to speak it in the same short time it took to speak our first language. Proof of this can be seen in almost any family where a child grows up with other musicians in the family.
Here are a few keys to follow in learning guitar or bass:
In the beginning we embrace mistakes instead of correcting them. Like a child playing air guitar there are no wrong notes.
Allow young musicians to play and perform with accomplished musicians on a daily basis.
Encourage young musicians to play more than they practice. The more they play, the more they will practice on their own.
Music comes from the musician, not the instrument. ____________________________________________________________
2) RockSmith 2014 becomes your personal accomplished musician or band for you to play in a daily basis as it monitors how you play, dynamically adjusts difficulty to your skill level, then slowly introduces more notes and phrases until you're playing your favorite songs note-for-note. Lead Rhythm and bass lines.
Rocksmith 2014 teaches you fast and effectively by letting you plug any real guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC or Mac.
The Rocksmith Method will first make sure you can PLAY the instrument. You will play your favorite songs. You will learn a new technique every month. Rocksmith is designed to match the way your guitar is laid out, so there's no need to interpret tablature or learn sheet music to get started. Have strings on your guitar? You'll see strings on the screen....
You'll need a game console, a screen and a electric guitar or bass. It's non negotiable.
If you don't have it. I will provide you with a loaner system until you catch up.
3) A dedicated and passionate Teacher to tie everything together and keep you on track.
The early you start, the better. Kids age 6 or up are my best customers. They don't have adjust to anything other than to get their little fingers around a guitar appropriate to their size. For young adults and people that tried play the guitar the old fashion way, here's my advise:
You will need to take a step back... or maybe two steps. Let me show you a better way.
These 3 things changes everything in how to learn or teach guitar. This is just to start the journey. I won't even mention custom songs or our musician club for you to perform your songs.
"If music is a language. You should never stop talking."
Remember that a language works the best when we have something interesting to say. Many music teachers never find out what their students have to say. We only tell them what they are supposed to say. A child speaks a language for years before they even learn the alphabet. Too many rules at the onset will actually slow them down. In my eyes the approach to music should be the same.
Private guitar and bass lessons are designed for students to progress at their own pace. Private lessons will follow the same RockSmith Journey structure. In a private guitar or bass lesson, the teacher has the opportunity to help the student individually for the entire lesson time, and structures each lesson personally for the student depending on their skill level and goals.
The Essentials/Techniques Plus:
Tuning Strapping up How to hold a pick Plucking strings Accents Slides Chords Power chords Double stops Barre chords Arpeggios Notes Chords Scales
Shifting Fretting Sustains Palm mutes Slides Bends Tremelos Hammer-ons Pull-offs Natural harmonics Strumming patterns Unpitched slides Fret hand mutes Improvising and jamming Vibrato Scales and modes Changing strings
Additional Bass Techniques:
Fifths Roots Slapping Popping
Double stop, Oblique, and Compound Bends Two hand tapping Articulation and phrasing Pinch harmonics Extended harmonies Hybrid techniques Advanced chords
Guitar has always been a springboard for me for musical ideas. Teaching guitar has been very rewarding because it (like piano) gives students skills that transfer well across all instruments and musical styles which lets me see my students have fun in many different directions. My lessons are divided into sections that get students playing tunes quickly while also focusing on technique and musicality/creative exercises.
Hello! My name is Daniel and I have been playing and teaching guitar and bass (electric and upright) in all styles for over 15 years. I even have a Masters Degree and a Bachelors (double degree) in music to show for it. My students have the benefit of highly customized lessons based on their interests and goals.
As a teacher, I have been delighted to see my students find success and joy in music as a number of my students have won awards through school and extracurricular groups
Daniel covered all the basics of playing the double bass very clearly and extended the lesson a little to allow me to work on a couple of songs,
March 28, 2019
Daniel is a great teacher! He is very thorough and has taken the time to understand my son's musical interests. He is also very patient and explains skills in a very relatable way. My son has learned so much from Daniel and enjoys every lesson.
January 23, 2019
Daniel is a very skilled bassist , lessons are going well . I really like him . Looking forward to our next lesson .
Experienced teacher of 5 years, specializing in beginner/ intermediate guitar, voice and performance. All ages welcome. Whether you're looking to play the blues, serenade your crush, shred face-melting guitar solos, or any other smattering of skills, lessons will be catered to meet the individual goals of the student. Not to mention random bits of musical trivia, picked up from years of obsessive Wikipedia reading.
I have been teaching guitar for over 7 years and recently graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. My approach to teaching is student focused, emphasizing the individual goals of each student rather than adhering to more traditional, standardized notions of music education. As such, emphasis is placed on modern musical styles, repertoire, and technology. I have found that this helps to maintain students’ motivation, and improve retention and skill. After all, music should be a fun challenge, not a chore.
Additionally, I spent the last two years working as an audio engineer in concert halls and recording studios. As such, all students, regardless of instrument, will have the opportunity to learn recording techniques and make a high quality recording of their work, when/if they feel ready.
With my broad performance and compositional background in folk, classical, jazz, rock, bluegrass, soul, blues, and musical theater, I offer students a wide musical perspective and tailor lessons to match student interests. I work with students on music of their choosing to improve technique and develop an understanding of music theory, improvisation, and composition.
For classical guitar students who would like to pursue the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded exams, Mark offers coaching in preparation for all aspects of the practical exams.
I am a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter working in a variety of genres. I regularly perform around the Washington, DC, area as a solo guitarist, as a singer/songwriter, and with numerous classical, folk, rock, and musical theater groups. My primary musical influences include folk and world music, J.S. Bach, cool jazz, prog rock, American primitive, and contemporary guitar music.
I have recorded several CDs of my original compositions, including music for solo acoustic guitar, chamber music for classical banjo, and scores for live theater productions. I have also recorded and produced CDs of other recording artists.
I teach private and group lessons on guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and bass guitar at my home studio in Maryland, at several area music schools, and online. With my broad performance and compositional back
ground, I offer students a wide musical perspective and tailor lessons to match student interests. I work with students on music of their choosing to improve technique and develop an understanding of music theory, improvisation, and composition. For classical guitar students who would like to pursue the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded exams, I offer coaching in preparation for all aspects of the practical exams.
Mark has been a great teacher for this adult beginner! I take lessons in clawhammer banjo and ukulele with him, and his easy-going nature and skill in identifying ways to improve make it a joyful experience! Highly recommend.
March 9, 2019
Mr. Sylvester is one of the greatest. He is not just an amazing guitarist, but he is also very kind. He treats people with so much respect. He speaks to me and my mom so nicely. He is very patient. He has a deep knowledge of music and knows how to get the most out of even the least talented people (like me!). He doesn't ever get mad if you make a mistake or forget to bring your music notes. We were so lucky to find Mr. Sylvester.
March 4, 2019
Mark is a talented musician who plays and teaches multiple stringed instruments. His lessons are always informative and supportive. They are driven by the student’s interest, so anything you want o learn— styles of music, how to do a particular technique, music theory— you can bring to class. And every now and then he organizes a recital— terrifying but great practice!
Children and adults alike benefit from and enjoy the personalized elements of our teaching style. We provide students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals and techniques necessary to become skilled musicians, and are always happy to help students work toward their individual goals for learning. We believe strongly that learning should be fun. We work hard to ensure an enjoyable learning experience. In making sure that students enjoy what they are learning, we add value to the skills that are taught, by fostering a true appreciation for the joy music can bring.
Children and adults alike benefit from and enjoy the personalized elements of our teaching style. We provide students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals and techniques necessary to become skilled musicians, and are always happy to help students work toward their individual goals for learning. We believe strongly that learning should be fun. We work hard to ensure an enjoyable learning experience. In making sure that students enjoy what they are learning, we add value to the skills that are taught, by fostering a true appreciation for the joy music can bring. Background checks have been completed in Maryland and Virginia
"Jesse is so patience in teaching. Very nice guy. I learn alot and it's fun. God will bless him alot. Thank you very much."
"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!"
"Kenny is not only a fantastic fingestyle player and teacher, but he has a way of giving you these incredibly valuable tools to really make the lessons wor
thwhile. He also can cover so many different styles from simple acoustic strumming, to intricate fingerstyle, to jazz, to full on Led Zeppelin! He is such a unique teacher that will make you feel comfortable whatever your level. He happens to be one of the nicest guys in the world and I couldn't recommend him highly enough."
"Mark is a great instructor! I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to play guitar."
"Jimmy is the best. After learning to play the guitar on my own, he helped me correct many poor habits, and understand how to get a better sound. He introd
uced me to music theory, and helped me learn my way around the instrument. He breaks down very complex information and makes it understandable. I learned more from him in a few months than years of searching around the internet."
"Moves bit fast for small kids. But my daughter loved him and very excited for her next lesson."
"Tomas will know how to convince you that learning how to play the guitar is the best decision you have ever made. His life stories shine through the piece
s that he will take the time to play for you and they will leave you with chills. He is a very patient and dedicated instructor, who will always make you feel confident and listened to. He will teach you many things, not only as an instructor, but also as a very generous and kind human being."
"My daughters ages 8 and 9 began lessons with Stan a couple months ago and they both love it!
My 8-year old is learning the guitar and my 9-year old is
learning the piano/keyboard.
My youngest is a bit of a jokester who thinks she can do everything and my oldest is more cautious when trying new things. Stan is very good at reading their personalities and tailoring the lessons and how encourages them to suit their personalities.
We are quite surprised at how well both of the girls are learning to play songs in such a short period of time!"
"Gavin is thorough, patient & engaging. Wonderful instructor I would recommend to everyone!"
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