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About Mike T.

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Manassas, VA

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About Mike
I have played bluegrass banjo since I was 16 (I am now looking at Social Security). I have been instructing for eight years since semi-retiring from my day job. I use various teaching methods and aids and have participated in training programs with the finest banjo players in the country, including Sonny Osborne, Bill Emerson, Tony Trischka, Ned Luberecki, Pete Wernick, Jim Mills, Bill Evans, Charlie Cushman and Alan Munde.

My banjo philosophy is that while we may aspire to play banjo like Earl Scruggs, it is not necessary to be at that level to enjoy playing bluegrass music. The organic simplicity of bluegrass songs, the repetition of components, and the strong melody lines makes entry level playing fun and rewarding and within the reach of anyone who is willing to try.

When bluegrass musicians are jamming together, usin
g new skills, learning with and from each other, there's little chance they will give up playing music. I'd say they're hooked -- on bluegrass! More people spending less time in front of a TV, and more with each other. Wholesome fun. A bigger, thriving bluegrass community. A better world!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that anyone learning bluegrass should first learn the chords to favorite easy songs, and a simple way of accompanying. Playing songs smoothly in real time while using a songbook (or a fellow picker) for the words, is easy, fun, and builds a rhythmic/chordal foundation and repertoire.

Easy jamming is highly recommended and will be part of the learning program. Good sounding rhythm techniques can be added easily as they are learned. Through this process, overall technique is expanded and the music sounds more interesting. Once we have the chords and rhythm, different types of soloing can be added. The easiest method is to "fake it" by just playing simple licks and rhythm techniques while following the chord changes. The next step up might be to play an exact tabbed (a form of written banjo music) basic solo, or (better) a self-composed one featuring melody. This phase is exciting to enter, and of course it creates motivation to really improve and master those solos we all want to play. Since all students come to bluegrass banjo with their own unique skills and experience - I will design a program just for you to ensure you reach you playing goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Little equipment is required for bluegrass banjo other than the instrument.

*** Specialties ***
5 string Bluegrass Banjo
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Reed September 16, 2018
· Banjo · In home
Mike is a super musician himself, but he has met me at my true-beginning level. Mike has a way of making you feel very comfortable while imparting proper techniques and advice. He is very patient with my beginning fumbles, while challenging me to make some progress each week. I really recommend him as a teacher. In three weeks, I have three songs I am working on and four finger rolls, with advice on how to learn to be more smooth when chording. This pace was adjusted for myself, as he will adjust to your own current level. You get some funny stories too (always helps).
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Christine November 10, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Very good at teaching technique as well as breaking songs down so they are easier to pick up.
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Chris S. November 10, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
I'm as new as they come; zero banjo experience. Mike was absolutely outstanding! In my first lesson he taught me how to tune, 3 major chords, strumming, picking, rolls, and I got my first song to practice. I highly recommend Mike!
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Manassas, VA 20109
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About Timothy H.

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Washington, DC

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About Timothy
I hold a Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. With over 15 years of experience, in both piano and voice, I've had to opportunity to perform, both domestically and internationally, with such great acts as Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, and many others. I served as lead singer, pianist, and co-songwriter for a number of independent bands covering numerous genres including, but not limited to, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Acoustic, and A Capella.

Since moving to Washington DC, I've immersed myself within the local music community playing a handful of group and solo acts. I currently maintain a home music studio well equipped with musical instruments and music technology. I'm constantly practicing, writing, and recording to improve myself as an artist.

My teaching style
is unique and individualized to each student. I set personalized goals to make every lesson a success, and I push my students to get the most out of themselves just like I do myself. I'm always enthusiastic and humor driven to create a personable learning environment for students of any age. Music is my life, and I'm so thrilled to have the opportunity to share my greatest passion with the hope that my students, too, will fall in love with music!

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My lesson environment is laid back and stress-free. I like my students to feel inspired and encouraged as they begin or continue their music education. I introduce fun and innovative ways to build students' musicianship and creativity while retaining classical methods to develop strong technique and proper performance and practice habits.

For beginners, we'll be exploring the basics of either piano, or voice, while focusing on proper technique, basic theory, and a solid skill set. Within 3-6 months, my students are able to read music and understand the language of it.

For intermediate-advanced, we'll focus on building musicianship and skill sets by furthering studies in music theory, varying styles of repertoire, proper techniques that will greatly improve your piano and/or voice abilities, songwriting, improvisation, and live performance skills.

I ask that my students come prepared to every lesson with the motivation and commitment to learn something new each week! Lessons are a fun and creative way to discover yourself as an artist and a person, so let's get started!!

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Kawai CN25 Upright Electric Piano, 13" MacBook Pro and iPad mini (Apple), A-Audio Elite HD Headsphones, BeatsStudio Studio Headphones (beats by dr. dre) and G900DX Studio Headphones (Gear One).
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Dirk M. October 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Very educational for a complete beginner. Made me feel at ease.
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Patrick C. February 21, 2018
· Piano · Online
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Veronique April 21, 2017
· Singing · In home
Tim is a very knowledgeable, skilled, and professional instructor. You can really tell he loves teaching. He will challenge you so you can improve. Yet, he makes the lessons extremely fun! I am excited to have found such an awesome teacher!
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Timothy H.

Timothy H.

Washington, DC 20001
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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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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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About Gary R.

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Frederick, MD
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About gary
I am a friendly and dedicated teacher of drums and all around music theory. I have been at it a long time and have helped musicians of all ages and skill levels for decades. I am also an author of drum set method books and play-along songs, which are always free for students.
Visit my website for more info about my drum school and lots of other cool drum things.

I have two wonderful teenagers and a sleepy cat. In my free time I like to build furniture and play soccer.
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Gary R.

Gary R.

Frederick, MD 21701
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$30 / 30-min

About Doug G.

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Baltimore, MD
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Hi my name is Doug, I have been teaching drum lessons since 2014 and love helping my students become better drummers. I have spent 22 years playing drums and have been playing professionally for the last 14 years working as a touring and session drummer.
The reason I got into teaching is because my privet drum instructor inspired me to teach. I was also asked a lot of questions by other drummers on my approach behind the drum set and found that I really enjoyed talking about drumming and the techniques of drumming, and at one point started meeting up with these drummers to show them what I was doing and talked to them about what and who inspired me to play.
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Jordan March 23, 2017
· Drum · In home
Excellent Teacher, would recommend to anyone!
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Doug G.

Doug G.

Baltimore, MD 21218
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About Jay P.

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Baltimore, MD
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About Jay
Hello everyone my name is J. Prime. I started in hip hop when I was 13 mainly rapping, done a lot of shows and had succes at it then I transitioned into production working with a lot of local artist but I always had a passion for the art or djing. I’ve always been around and inspired by djing so taking all my knowledge in music I’ve bundled it altogether and started djing. I’ve dj’d In many arenas, and overseas, hopefully you will allowed me to teach you and you can take what I teach you and you can go far, skies the limit.
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Jay P.

Jay P.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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$50 / 60-min

About Ignacio H.

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Alexandria, VA
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About Ignacio
Hi!

I'm a guitar teacher with over 15 years of experience. Graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2008 with the highest honors and have been teaching guitar locally in the DC area for the last eight years. Lots of experience teaching kids, adolescents and adults both privately and in art schools around the city . All levels are welcomed.

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" I just want to send a quick note to tell you how incredible Ignacio is and thank you for getting us in touch with him. He is without question the best instructor we have had. Our child just loves him. So thank you and please let us know if there is anything we can do to spread the word."
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Ignacio H.

Alexandria, VA 22314
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$44 / 30-min

About Saad M.

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Columbia, MD
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About Saad
I am an aspiring singer, songwriter, pianist, recording artist and sound designer. i am currently studying at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their technique. Every one has a ability to succeed; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to play with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach students of all different ages and experience levels. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Haider October 24, 2018
· Piano · Online
hands down the best teaching methodology!
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Zana Du October 12, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Very knowledgeable, patient and thorough instructor who knows his instruments very well. He teaches you how to understand the piano, rather than just learning to play it. This quality is what sets him apart from other instructors. Keep it up Saad! 5/5 for me!
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Taylor October 12, 2018
· Piano · In home
Professional, punctual and caring instructor who has helped significantly in improving my sons technique and confidence as a pianist.
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Saad M.

Saad M.

Columbia, MD 21045
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About Monica M.

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Frederick, MD
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Hey there, I’m Monica and I’ve been playing the piano since I was 5! Music is very much my passion, especially piano. I believe the piano is an instrument that can bring a lot of clearity to life, understanding of music and peace in your soul.
I teach beginner and intermediate, I love seeing students understand everything and succeed!
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Monica M.

Monica M.

Frederick, MD 21703
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$34 / 30-min

About Will G.

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Potomac, MD
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I'm a recent graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in music. I'm aspiring to be a music therapist. I have been playing guitar for 10 years. In addition to the guitar, I play bass, piano, recorder, clarinet, and saxophone, and write and record music via Ableton Live.
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Will G.

Will G.

Potomac, MD 20854
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