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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.

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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.

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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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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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Prasanjit C. March 1, 2017
· Drum · In home
Just my first class yet and it was great. He is very patient and articulate. I am going to continue learning from him.
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Brandon M. September 8, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Thomas was very professional in his approach to teaching. His workplace was very clean and neat. This made us feel very comfortable and welcome. He is a personal teacher. Before any teaching took place he wanted to know my child's likes and dislikes when it came to music. This meant a lot to me. It showed me that he was interested in my son's development as a musician. It told me a lot about his character. He is not just teaching but it is interested in his students. He challenged my child while allowing him to express himself while learning and playing. When he taught he came down to his level and was very patient. This was a very positive experience for us. My son is very excited and we are looking forward to future classes. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a drum instructor.
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Thomas A.

Burtonsville, MD 20866
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About Raymund De La P.

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Sterling, VA

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About Raymund
Degrees/training: Bachelor of Music (Major in Classical Guitar) University of the Philippines.

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guitar or guitar and amplifier

*** Specialties ***
I prefer to teach Jazz and Classical guitar.
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Toni D. May 28, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great lesson and personality!
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Zahra S. April 14, 2016
· Guitar · In home
We had a great start and instructor is very knowledgeable and helpful.
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Rima K. October 12, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Ray is a wonder instructor. He is very humble, polite, and patient with my young daughter. Ray is very punctual and always on time. I would highly recommend Ray to any beginner guitar student!
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Raymund De La P.

Raymund De La P.

Sterling, VA 20165
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$30 / 30-min

About Gregory H.

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Potomac, MD
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About Gregory
I began to pursue a career as a vocalist at the age of 12. I studied for 6 years under a professional opera singer and landed a role in the chorus of 'Annie Get Your Gun' on Broadway starring Burnadette Peters and Tom Wopat.

I continued my studies at Wheaton College, MA, and graduated with a B.A. in Music. Throughout college, I directed and conducted vocal and instrumental groups of various genres, and also began teaching.

Since graduating in 2008, I've taught hundreds of students voice, guitar, piano, music theory, and audio engineering.

During the day, I am a Network Engineer and enjoy playing ice hockey!

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I first ask the student, as well as the parents, to agree on a set goal. Then, I develop a 'mini-curriculum' tailored to the student's strengths and weaknesses. I structure each lesson the same way
: theory fundamentals, exercises, and performance practice. Within each lesson, I incorporate visuals, games, and other media. Live performances are also highly encouraged.

My student's would say that my lessons are motivational and packed with energy. I always follow up with parents to discuss progress, and the student's mandatory log book helps to keep everyone informed of what is expected each week.

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I provide only equipment that I will personally use for the lesson (books, audio, and instrument). I do not provide instruments, electronic equipment (i.e. amps, cords, keyboards, speakers, computer, etc), books, or sheet music. I expect my students to have or purchase all the materials they will need.

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I also offer ear training, songwriting, vocal arranging and music production workshops for artists interested in pursuing a career in the music industry.
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Jack S. April 5, 2016
· Piano · In home
On Time, local, very nice and quickly gained an understanding of Benni and his capabilities and limitations. Patient and nince.
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Suezan L. November 27, 2013
· Guitar ·
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Greg is a fantastic teacher. All the traits you look for he has: knowledge, patience, kindness, skills, communication, and a clear sense of direction.
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Gregory H.

Gregory H.

Potomac, MD 20854
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$42 / 30-min

About Rachel P.

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Washington, DC

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About Rachel
A graduate of Duke Ellington School for the Arts and the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Rachel Panay is a 6 time Billboard Club charting singer/songwriter in the Dance music genre. She recently returned to her musical theatre roots appearing as Rose in Theatre Lab's production of The Secret Garden. Rachel is also a Wolftrap resident teaching artist in DC schools and has been commissioned by Wolftrap to create and perform her original children's performance piece, Jazz Cat/Blues Kitty. She leads worship music weekly at Luther Place Memorial Church and sings with community gospel choir, The Ambassadors of Praise.

As teacher, Rachel is warm, friendly & energetic. Her passion for every facet of music is expressed in her desire to impart that same appreciation to her students. She tailors lessons according to the individual st
udent's goals and interests. With younger students, Rachel communicates regularly with parents so they can work together to get the most out of lessons!
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Genevieve K. October 4, 2016
· Piano · In home
First lesson was great! Rachel easily got my 6 year old excited about the piano. Looking forward to the next one.
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Kara September 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Had a great first lesson and looking forward to continuing with Rachel. I am trying to learn classical piano as an adult and Rachel's lesson was informative and fun- she really knows her stuff!
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Alexandra September 18, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Rachel is organized and very responsible .alexandra liked her first lesson .
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Rachel P.

Rachel P.

Washington, DC 20009
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$35 / 30-min

About Sean L.

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Herndon, VA

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About Sean
Anyone can sound great on a piano! Let me show you how.

I am a gentle and patient teacher. My students like me.

When I started teaching, I assumed that many beginners -- especially children -- would prefer to learn music by-ear. Based on my own personal experience as a child learning piano, I found that to be the easiest, most-intuitive, and rewarding way to develop musically.

However, in my more recent experience as a _teacher_, I appreciate how every student is unique and will learn best in different ways, using different approaches and methods. Some of the children I have taught, for example, demonstrated a propensity and affinity for visual pattern recognition. Some children seem to be more engaged when they have something to read. It holds their attention. Also, after the lesson is over, my student would have something to r
eference throughout the week to remember what notes to play.

I have taught a variety of adults, teens, and children over the past two years. I have a B.M. degree in Music and Technology. Myself, I have played piano (and other keyboard instruments) for over 20 years.

One approach I can take with adult students is to help them achieve a musical sophistication and richness without complexity and great difficulty. Being able to create music that is enjoyable to listen to isn't as hard as some might assume. Please contact me to show you how.

I teach a variety of music -- "Classical" (formal European compositions), Rock/Pop, and Jazz-influenced music. I have made many transcriptions. I'd love to share these with you and teach you how to play some of that music! I'll teach you your favorite songs.
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Dana August 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Sean has been working with my 10 yr old for almost a year. He comes to our house and was very flexible with timing so lessons fit nicely into our schedule. Our daughter was new to the piano and our goal for lessons was to just introduce her to music while having fun learning. She has enjoyed her lessons and is progressing. Sean is patient with her and makes his lessons engaging. He's made sure he's meeting our goals for her learning and told us he's open to changing her lessons as we would like. Sean is a very talented pianist and my daughter enjoys hearing him play during her lesson.
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Chris D. September 28, 2016
· Piano · In home
Sean has been a great instructor! My time has been productive and informative. We often times find ourselves getting a little over or lesson time because e is so engaging! Can't wait for next week!
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Sean L.

Sean L.

Herndon, VA 20170
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About Curtis F.

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Alexandria, VA
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About Curtis
I have 30 years of professional, real-life industry experience with performers from Ozzy Osbourne to Lady Gaga. I have been teaching privately and in select group settings for even longer. I have a Musicians Institute education from Hollywood, CA., and teach students from beginners to professionals.

I provide ALL materials needed. I have a graduating and comprehensive strategy to ensure your goals are met. A multitude of levels of increasing difficulty are tailored to fit your requirements. All levels are clearly defined and easy to understand.

Learn things you never knew were out there.
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Amir August 24, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Excellent Instructor, very knowledgable. Curtis creates a fun and comfortable atmosphere and systematically teaches his students any style. Highly recommend him. Can't wait for my next session.
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Anna September 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
This is the best instructor that I have ever had. He has a fantastic lesson plan that will get you from being intimidated by your instrument, to feeling comfortable and completely at ease in a very short time. Before you know it you will be playing some of your favorite classic rock songs like Sweet Child to beautiful melodies like classical Romansa. It’s never to late to learn to play the guitar so give Curtis a call today!
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Jase September 8, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Been taking lessons for 6 years. Fantastic teacher have learned a lot.
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Curtis F.

Curtis F.

Alexandria, VA 22311
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$65 / 45-min

About Dom P.

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Washington, DC
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Hello! My name is Dom P. and I am a professional guitarist currently living in Washington DC. I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music where I majored in professional music with concentration in guitar performance. For the past 10 years, I have made a living as a performing guitarist, music director, arranger and music educator. My career has brought me to over 60 countries worldwide where I have performed with acts such as The Temptations, The Platters, The Drifters and many more. I have extensive performing and teaching experience in jazz, rock, blues, funk, and heavy metal. In addition to guitar, I also offer lessons in music theory, arranging, and ear training.

Thanks, and I look forward to teaching your next lesson!
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Laura June 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very knowledgable teacher with good teaching style. We jumped right into learning. It was great!
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Jacob March 31, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Dom is a fantastic guitar coach! He takes the time to know what your interests and goals are, then tailors the lesson to accomplish that goal in the most efficient and effective manner. If you're in a rut playing the same riffs over and over again, or just want to take your playing to the next level, I'd highly recommend taking lessons with Dom!
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Dom P.

Dom P.

Washington, DC 20009
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$30 / 30-min

About Erin C.

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Sterling, VA
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I first started teaching 10 years ago when I became an assistant at a summer camp. I ended up loving it SO much that I haven't looked back since! I've been teaching specifically voice & piano for 5 years and I've had students as young as 4 to adult students. I also have 3 years of experience music directing JR musicals at a studio in the area.

I have been singing for 14 years, and took lessons for 8 of those years, so I've gotten to work with a lot of amazing instructors that imparted their vocal wisdom on me. I learned some amazing techniques and hope to pass that on to my students!

I attended California Institute of the Arts for a BFA in Vocal Performance. In my time there I studied pedagogy, repertoire, music theory, keyboard and world music. I specialized in classical voice during my time at CalArts, but upon moving back to th
e Virginia area I find myself teaching and singing A LOT of musical theater.

Along with my love of teaching, I also enjoy performing immensely. I've been in some community theater productions in the area, and I have also music directed one as well! I enjoy working with students on audition techniques and picking great songs that will get them cast as well.

I teach my lessons with a beautiful baby grand in the cozy basement of my home in Sterling.

The styles of voice I specialize in teaching are: classical, pop, and musical theater.

Please shoot me a message if it seems like we'd be a great fit for each other! I look forward to meeting you.
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Erin C.

Erin C.

Sterling, VA 20165
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$59 / 30-min

About Javier S.

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Springfield, VA

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About Javier
I am a choir director for my local church and have been since I was 19. I started playing piano when I was 6, but I never really got into it until several years later. My parents pushed me to play piano my whole life. It took a lot of practice and encouragement, but little by little, and with the help of some amazing teachers, I have become a very talented piano player.

I graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelors in Architecture, and a Minor in Theology (what does that have to do with music right?). I constantly motivate myself to teach piano and learn as much as I can which places me in strong position of talent, while my degree is not in Music, I challenge anyone to perform with as much passion as I have for music.

A few years ago, my choir was awarded a silver medal in a competition among choirs in the area.
My talent and natural leadership skills were lauded by the audience and the judges. Since then, I have only improved in my skills and wish to give those skills to others.

As a well-experienced student and instructor, I have acquired several (nearly 50) piano books that I use to constantly refresh my skill set. I am happy to use and donate any book for prospective students, so that they may follow my footsteps into true piano playing.

Everyday, I listen to a different song and work hard to learn it on the piano and develop chords, melodies, or just various forms of accompaniment .

I also enjoy singing as much as possible, to keep my voice as well-maintained as my piano. When I sing and play together, it is an entirely different atmosphere that I create and know any student is capable achieving that as well.

I am happy that my family kept pushing me to play because I learned to maintain a positive attitude. Now I play with so much passion and fun, which very few teachers can do.
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Javier S.

Javier S.

Springfield, VA 22152
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$17 / 30-min

About Arlo S.

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About Arlo
As a teacher and performer, I offer a diverse spectrum of musical styles ranging from rock drum set to orchestral timpani. I earned my Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan, and my Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory. I am currently pursuing a post-graduate degree from Peabody. Some of the musical styles and instruments I offer lessons on include; rock, jazz, latin, gospel drum set, marching percussion, world percussion/hand drums, orchestral percussion, and marimba (2 and 4 mallets). I am very excited to be sharing my love and passion for percussion and hope to find equally eager students of all ages and experience levels!
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Arlo S.

Arlo S.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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