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About Robert H.

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Pikesville, MD

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About Robert
Creativity, skill and love of music are the key elements that I work to encourage in every student. Over the years my teaching has evolved and I find it gratifying to take people far beyond their own expectations while helping them achieve their goals. I believe everyone is musical and just needs the right key to tap into their own creativity.

For beginners it's important to study with an excellent teacher. Setting a solid and creative foundation makes all the difference!
For advanced players studying with a great artist takes you greater artistry.

Weekly private lessons focus on te
chnical skills in either piano, voice (or a combination of both) and a strong musical foundation. Theory and Ear Training are fundamentals that are embedded in this approach to developing a complete musician and artist.

I have over 20 years experience working with students as young as 3 and old as 85! Often multiple generations in a family study together making for a rich family experience.

Performance opportunities: Recitals, Concerts Cabarets and Musicals are a part of developing into a musician and singer and enhancing a love of music that will last a lifetime!

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano - Classical, Jazz, Blues and Improvisation. Current students are beginners to professional musicians and music teachers.

Voice – I am an accomplished vocal coach and songwriter and currently work with a wide variety of singers from young beginners to professionals who look to develop through ear training, singing and songwriting. In a unique way I guide people to become better performers and musicians through the combination of voice, piano and composition.

I work with students as young as 3 or 4 and into their 80’s. It’s important to begin with an excellent teacher from the start to set a good foundation and to have the ability to develop as quickly and thoroughly as possible. I enjoy working with beginners as well as accomplished musicians. I also believe that music is one of the great joys of life and that lessons should be FUN!

Besides a wide variety of performance opportunities through my Family to Family Concerts, I also offer my students the curriculum and exams of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, a gold standard music curriculum.. The ABRSM is accredited in over 100 countries worldwide and exams are offered twice per year in all instruments and voice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson room with grand piano, vocal mics, recording equipment. Parents can sit in on lessons and waiting area available, parking on street. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They will need a piano or keyboard

*** Specialties ***
A message from Robert: Hello, I am a master teacher focusing on the classical repertoire along with a very creative approach to improvisation and composition. I help students to achieve their interests of music rather than focusing on teaching one particular method. Classes are tailored to the student and constantly evolving. This has led me to work in a variety of mediums and styles including Jazz, improvisation, rock and blues. This approach also enhances an understanding and love of classical music.
I also guide my students in the curriculum and exams of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. (ABRSM) Exams are offered twice per year.
I have also found it inspiring to work with people with disabilities and help them find a way to express themselves musically. I give lectures and workshops in the area and around the country on improvisation and creativity along with concerts of my own music.
I also work with a number of students in vocal coaching and accompanying.
New this year are seminars in songwriting for adults and children. Groups of 4-5 collaborate on new songs. Film and video composition coming soon!
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Evan May 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 5 year old has only taken 3 lessons but he really enjoys going to Mr Robert's place. He has a lot of fun and always come away so excited about what he has learned. Robert is very patient and his easy going method really brings Evan out of his shell.
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Sarah April 25, 2017
· Singing · In home
Working with Robert for the past several weeks has me wondering why I waited so long to sign up! He makes lessons entertaining by using games and improv as opposed to just exercises. I find my lessons challenging, but also fun and encouraging. I've always been insecure of my voice, but his gentle, non-judgmental, teaching method makes me at ease! I leave our sessions motivated and excited to work on new songs and exercises at home.

Not only have I noticed improvements in my voice in such a short time, my band-mates have noticed as well. Can't recommend Robert enough!
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Kevin March 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I am a beginner student at the age of 50. I have always wanted to Play the piano and Finally my wife treated me for me birthday. Robert is my instructor and God bless him for his patience ! I would recommend him to any one not only for piano lessons but to experience someone with the love of music in their soul . Thanks Robert~~
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Pikesville, MD 21208
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About Jonathan G.

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Baltimore, MD

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I have studied with Wanchi Huang at James Madison University for six years. At JMU, I earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music, both in violin performance. I am currently working on a doctoral degree at Catholic University of America, studying with Jody Gatwood. When I was a student at JMU, I taught several students privately. The students ranged from retirees to JMU faculty and students to adolescents. I am now teaching at Baltimore Talent Education Center, where I teach violin in small groups and individual lessons. The students at BTEC range from pre- kindergarden through hig
h school. I also have festival experience. I have been a student at Brevard Music Center, Heifetz International Music Institute, BayView Music Festival, and I was a Teaching Fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp. Through my experiences both as a student and as a teacher, I understand that every student is a little bit different. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses. Every student has a different learning style. Every student has a different way of understanding things, a different way of processing information, and a different personality all together. It will be my job as a teacher to get to know each student individually and use my teaching methods to teach the student how to play the violin and help him or her to reach his or her goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid-back person. I am easy-going, enthusiastic about violin playing and about teaching and learning music, and I am very patient with my students as well. However, I am also very demanding. I explain and demonstrate objectives in a very precise way, and I demand a lot of detailed work from my students, inside and outside the lesson. I explain specifically what I want the student to do. By the end of every lesson, the student will have specific things to work on for next time. I expect each student to make practicing a habit, and practice regularly what has been discussed in the lesson. I try to make the lessons as pleasant and as laid-back as possible. But I become more firm, serious, and strict when a student either is not making an effort or does not practice enough outside the lesson.
I start students off with the Suzuki method. We work on techniques to hold the violin properly, hold the bow properly, and get a decent sound out of the violin, without too much physical tension. A student begins by learning to play by ear. After he or she is comfortable playing by ear, we associate the notes that the student hears and plays on the violin with written notes on a page.
We also work with the Paul Roland methods so that the student can learn the violin in a basic, rudimentary way. It involves a lot of repetitive patterns, back and forth motions that are slow and round, and avoiding excessive tension. This will give the student the tools that he or she needs to learn how to play the violin in a short period of time.
In three to six months, a student who is a beginner will be able to hold the violin and bow comfortably, create a decent sound on the violin, and play the Twinkle Variations, and maybe a few other songs.
If the student has played violin before, then in three to six months, he or she will have had some rehabilitation to get rid of tension and force, overcome some bad habits he or she may have developed, and review the fundamentals of violin playing. I will improve the student's approach to the violin, and by the end of the three to six months, he or she will have a better idea on how to practice and play the violin.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, seating for parents in the living room,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a stand.
I will expect the student to have a violin, rosin, and a pencil.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Method- a starting point, particularly for kids, but for people of all ages. It is a good way to begin learning the violin by playing by ear, developing a strong, clear tone, and bringing out one's individuality through his/her musical development and his/her ability to be expressive.

In a matter of time, I want the student to get used to reading music, in addition to playing by ear. This can be done through the pieces in the Suzuki method or through other music.

Eventually, I take the student off of the Suzuki method and work with him or her on classical repertoire.
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Sahel Gamage February 6, 2017
· Violin · In studio
He is an excellent teacher, loved every bit of his class.
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Serri P. February 1, 2017
· Violin · In home
Johnthan was great with my daughter
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Elmer K. January 26, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I have been very impressed and satisfied with the quality of instruction that I have received from Jonathan. He is very knowledgeable and unbelievably patient and understanding .He is NEVER discouraging or negative in any way.

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Jonathan G.

Jonathan G.

Baltimore, MD 21209
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About Lindsey R.

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Hanover, PA
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***CURRENT TIME SLOT AVAILABILITY FOR LESSONS IN HANOVER: 1:30, 2:00, 4:30 ONLY

If you need another time slot, please send me a message first and I can let you know if I expect any openings in the near future.***

Join me for piano lessons at my studio space in Hanover on Fridays!

Or join me for online lessons!

What you will need:

An instrument to practice on - either an acoustic piano or a keyboard with weighted keys at home. **Please do not schedule lessons unless you have an instrument.**

Sheet music - students can purchase it through me or from a store or online. We can
talk about what kinds of music you like to play or want to learn to play once you sign up for lessons.

FAQs:

How often are lessons?
Once a week for half an hour is ideal, especially for beginners. Please book lessons on a "recurring schedule," not "pay as you go," which, the way the system is set up, will not reserve your time slot.

How often will I have to practice?
For 6 and 7 year olds, generally 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. For everyone else, at least a half an hour a day will give you the most progress!

What do you specialize in?
My strongest abilities are in classical music, because that is what I have the most experience in, but I can also teach the fundamentals of playing pop and rock music, and good performance, accompaniment, and practice habits.

What happens if I can't come to my scheduled lesson?
Email me, text me, call me and we can see if another time will work. Keep in mind that I only teach at this location on Fridays and your time slot is reserved for just for you. It may be difficult to find another opening, so plan on attending! Missed lessons will still be charged regardless of whether you can make it or not, so it's best to be there!
The cost of lessons not only reserves your spot, but allows me to maintain an effective studio, which includes planning lessons for each individual student, finding and planning music, maintenance of my piano, costs for recitals, and costs of association memberships. Regular attendance is in everyone's best interest :)

What happens if I need to discontinue lessons but already paid for the lessons?
Contact TakeLessons and they will handle that for you.
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Tania February 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My son started piano lessons with Lindsey two years ago as a teenager and she continues to keep him motivated. Lindsey has the keen ability to relate to him and offers flexibility and understanding for his demanding school and extracurricular schedule. Lindsey is truly a gifted piano teacher. Her musical skill and constructive method of teaching creates a positive learning environment and keeps him engaged. He looks forward to his lesson each week!
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Joey B. January 10, 2016
· Piano · In home
My daughter, Joey, ABSOLUTELY LOVES HER LESSONS WITH LINDSEY!
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Jeanette August 10, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Lindsey is a great teacher! My daughter looks forward to her lessons and is progressing beautifully. She is a treasure and we are so glad we found her!
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Lindsey R.

Lindsey R.

Hanover, PA 17331
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$20 / 30-min

About Klodina K.

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Lutherville Timonium, MD

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About Klodina
I am an active, professional flautist, having earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in flute performance. For the last 20 years I have been very involved in the music community throughout the world having worked with a multitude of orchestras and chamber groups, done recordings, and held solo concerts in Europe, Africa, and the United States. This has enriched my teaching since with my strong background I have a better understanding of the necessary techniques and skills when sharing them with my students.

I teach students of all ages from beginner to advanced. With years of experi
ence I have developed the ability to adjust my lessons for students of different levels and create a learning environment that is fun yet challenging and full of growth. Having played a variety of genres I encourage my students to choose pieces that speak to them while also working on developing their techniques through shorter exercises. My goal is to help my students achieve their goals and surprise themselves going way beyond, because I truly believe there is no limit. With practice, determination, and inspiring lessons my students can reach heights they would never have imagined before.

Teaching Methods:
For beginners I usually work with the Rubank methods book as well as songs that students love to play. I often use flashcards to facilitate with site-reading and slowly introduce all the musical symbols. I adapt different techniques to meet the needs of each student. For intermediate and advanced students I prefer using scales, etudes (exercises), sonatas, concertos and solo pieces of their preference. I especially enjoy playing duets with my students, one of their favorite ways of practicing, as it combines our talents in order to create something beautiful. Through regular practice and mentorship I teach my students to become independent and confident performers as they perform solo, as part of a band, or in competitions. There is no greater joy than being able to teach my students and help them better perform and understand the music they are sharing with others. My goal has always been to be a facilitator of my students' journeys to success and to see them fall in love with the flute just like I did at a very young age.

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During my lessons I often use a tuner and metronome to help students play on tune and keep the tempo if needed. Additionally, I occasionally use a recording device so students can become more aware of their sound and can learn to self-correct. It is also a great way to hear improvement over time.
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Yolande Schuurs June 26, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Klodina was an extremely thorough teacher, who allowed the student some flexibility in choosing songs and exercises to improve student enjoyment. She also encouraged hard work at home so that lessons could demonstrate progress in my flute playing. There was a technical focus (scales, transitions, arpeggios) to make sure that I could go to the sheet music and play it with ease. Klodina was always a friendly, kind, passionate teacher, and I would recommend her to anyone wanting to improve their musical ability.
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Alexandra June 25, 2016
· Flute · In home
I am 13 years old. I have taken lessons with Ms. Klodina for a few months now. I learn more with her in an hour than I do all week in band. She has really helped me improve my sound and she is very nice. She is a really good teacher.
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Shabi Y. May 25, 2016
· Flute · In studio
She is great
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Klodina K.

Klodina K.

Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
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$30 / 30-min

About Patrick S.

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Westminster, MD
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My name is Patrick and I am a 27 years old and I have been playing guitar since I was 9 years old. I have a true passion for music. I find myself wanting to share this passion with others in hopes that I may be able to instill the same drive to play music in someone else.

I am here for you! I want my students to learn what they want to learn - that means - feel free to bring in your own music. I look forward to starting a journey into the wonderful world of music with you!
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JUDY S. June 4, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Patrick has been playing guitar since he was a young boy and has grown into a fantastic guitar player ! All of his students will have lots of fun while learning to play guitar like a rock star ! His experience and great personality will make him your choice for a teacher. He is highly recommended by this writer.
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JUDY S. June 4, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Patrick has been playing guitar since he was a young boy and has grown into a fantastic guitar player! All of his students will have lots of fun while learning to play guitar like a real rock star ! You will be amazed at your results after your lessons with Patrick ! Schedule a lesson today !
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Patrick S.

Patrick S.

Westminster, MD 21158
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