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About Mayumi G.

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About Mayumi
American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker said, Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. This sentiment shaped my views on music and its performance. One of my great pleasures in life is sharing an appreciation of music.

I had always been a part of music. My father played trumpet, my mother could play guitar and carry a tune. They believed music was an important part of life so they started me on piano at 5 years old. And I've been playing that ever since. I started learning to sing in my middle school chorus when I was 11 years old. I really liked it and I liked it more when I would sing my mother and father's favorite songs and see them smile. So I listened to a lot of singers and vocalists that they liked and learned by emulating them and apply
ing what I was learning in chorus. My piano lessons helped grasp the theory behind music and gave me a good ear for pitches.

I studied voice at the University of Maryland College Park School of Music. In their chorus I had the pleasure of learning and performing many wonderful pieces such as Verdi's Requiem and St. Matthew's Passion. During that time I had chance of playing with the University Jazz Band as both their pianist and as their jazz singer. I even arranged my own version of Too Darn Hot by Cole Porter that was performed by the band in 2007.

I also work a lot with musical theatre. I've been in a number of shows in Maryland including Rent and Hairspray, and Into the Woods. I also free lance as a music director in the area. I've been a music director for 10 years and I love every minute of it. My music director credits include Children of Eden, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie, Grease, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, And the World Goes Round, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Wizard of Oz, Jekyll & Hyde for which I was nominated for Outstanding Musical Direction in 2011 and Ragtime for which I was named one of the "Best of 2013: Favorite Musical Direction" by DC Metro Arts and won WATCH Award for Outstanding Musical Direction.

I believe that to get as good as you want to be, of course you have to work at it, but there's no reason that you can't enjoy learning it.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be able to teach you soon.
Mayumi G.

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Practice makes perfunk. This is a saying that was always hanging on my band teacher's door in high school. It was a reminder that it requires work to get something right, but you need to take breaks and relax a bit too. That's how I feel about teaching in general. Constantly working and being worried about getting it just right can lead to bad habits. So I make sure that the lesson is balanced between a relaxed atmosphere and an effective working environment.

I can teach a variety of styles. But I like to always make sure that the fundamentals of singing are solid regardless of whether you want to sing classical or jazz or pop. So I go into:
Proper techniques for breathing
Creating good tonal sounds
Diction
learning to sing like a musician-it is easy to forget that the vocal cords are another style of instrument

I believe that singers have a greater advantage if they are able to read music and understand theory. I believe that it makes learning music by oneself much easier as well. So I also have the option to go into basic music theory (i.e. reading music notation and rhythms) to advance music theory(i.e. roman numeral analysis, ear training, harmonic progression) if you choose to do so.

For intro to piano, I follow the same structure as beginning singers and also start with the fundamental basics that will help lead into whatever style you wish to play:
How to read music
Understanding basic music theory
how to play what you read
Finger strengthening

For both piano and singing: After some basic training, I start to give a variety of different style songs to work with. I do encourage student to bring songs they want to learn and tailor lessons around that particular song and style. I like them to learn 2 songs per lesson increasing to 3 or 4 depending on the pace of the student and the amount of workload they feel they are able to handle.

I do believe that listening to music is part of the learning process so every few weeks or so I like to give the student 1 or 2 YouTube clips I found and have them watch it then come in the next week and we discuss the video both good and bad and what they can learn from it.

As they progress the songs get more difficult and we start really honing in on the techniques of the production of sound as well as performance aesthetics, as in how to create a presence on stage, how to project the sound more, overall how to give a good performance.

Some of my past students would use the lesson time to learn about auditioning for musicals and stage productions. If the student has any such desire all they have to do is ask and I will set aside time to work on how to audition for shows and what most music directors look for when they hear you sing. For those who don'€™t, I like to give the option to give a recital if the student feels comfortable to do so. It would be held in a local studio, very casual affair just to give the student that experience of music as a performing art.

Note: I do teach at my home. I do have pets, a dog and a cat. If this is an issue, I can also travel to the student home.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with keyboard and office equipment. Seating for parents.

**She has a cat, and a mid size dog**

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teaching piano: I own a weighted keyboard suitable for instruction.
Teaching voice: I can accompany the student as they sing

*** Specialties ***
In piano I tend to teach classical, but I do move away from that after they've grasped the basic technique and theory to how to sight read and improvise, even play by ear.

In voice, I start with basic classical technique and after they've grasped the fundamentals of good vocal production, branch out into different styles of music from straight classical/opera to Broadway to jazz to pop and r&b.
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Warren August 12, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Never before have I had a music teacher who was so adaptive in his/her teaching method. I have had previous music instruction, but had some theory gaps in that needed to be filled. Mayumi assessed my knowledge level and got me right into what I needed to learn. She is also an expert at bringing more commonly known terms and musical pieces in which to tie the lesson to real world musical situations that her student might be more familiar with. Very much looking forward to future lessons with her!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED INSTRUCTOR ^_^
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Shawday G. August 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
AMAZING Teacher!!!
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Mary November 27, 2015
· Singing · In home
Excellent instructor provides detailsinformation on the importance of
understanding and mastering breathing techniques when singing.
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Mayumi G.

Mayumi G.

Greenbelt, MD 20770
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About Nathan R.

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I mainly focus on classical technique, can I can also include rock/pop and jazz if the student is interested

About Nathan
I have been teaching private lessons for close to 10 years and have been an active performer for even longer, playing in all different types of groups, from rock bands and jazz groups to orchestras and brass bands. I studied music at Frostburg State University (Bachelors) and the Peabody Conservatory (Masters). I can teach just about any age and skill level and cover anything you are interested in learning; whether its a certain style, genre, technique or song.

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My lessons are laid back, with a focus on perfecting the basics. Most students work out of a method book appropriate to their skill level. Aside from that we'll also spend time learning songs and pieces of the students choice. With the right amount of effort, you'll know your way around your instrument in no time at all

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Will provide sheet music and exercises. My students should have a working instrument as well as any method book or sheet music we are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles and genres
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Sharon July 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
So far so good. My son is learning a lot. Cannot wait to see his progress.
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Patrick April 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Thoughtful in his approach, creative and adaptive in his coaching
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Thang D. October 23, 2016
· Piano · In home
Nathan was very patient. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.
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Nathan R.

Hanover, MD 21076
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About Lilly A.

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Columbia, MD

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I can teach you from the very basic skill such as how to read music as well as working on your favorite piece.

About Lilly
Ms. Lilly received a B.M in Vocal Performance from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C where she studied with Regina McConnell. Upon graduating, Lilly continued her studies at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins and received her M.M from the University of Maryland. As an undergraduate she was a recipient of the Se-Jong Scholarship. She has been participated the NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional Vocal Competition and received an honorable mention from the Friday Morning Music Club Competition. Mrs. Ahn took part in the Amalfi Coast Music Festival under the direction of Thomas Reilly and while there she performed the role of Nella in Gianni Schicchi. She also participated in scene studies including roles of Giulietta from I Capuleti e I Montecchi, and Papagena from Die Zauberflöte. She attended the Little Patuxent Opera Instit
ute directed by Deborah Kent. She is also a soloist of Baltimore Choral Arts Society under the conductor Tom Hall and was recently featured in a televised concert, where she sang Mozart’s Allelujah.
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Lessons occur in my living room with a beautiful baby grand piano. A waiting area is available for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Breathing Management (Talking and Singing)
Music Theory
Classical Singing
Presentation of yourself
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Alyssa&Alexis B. September 30, 2017
· Korean · In home
Our first experience was great! Ms. Lilly was so nice we were absolutely comforted by this. It is our first time having private lessons for anything and she is the best
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lea June 23, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I am very happy taking voice lessons with Lilly as evidenced by me willing to drive an hour to see her. She has a lot of knowledge and experience in singing and therefore understands my needs so that I can produce what she asks me to. I had no singing ability in the beginning and I was so embarrassed by my voice I couldn't even sing when I was alone. Now, I feel encouraged by the progress I have made and would highly recommend Lilly as a voice instructor.
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Chau June 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Lilly is an absolutely wonderful teacher for my 4.5 year old daughter. She adapts her teaching style and engages my daughter (who adores Ms. Lilly). I am so glad we found her and highly recommend her!
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Lilly A.

Lilly A.

Columbia, MD 21045
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About Gregory B.

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Baltimore, MD

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Patient, caring kid friendly piano. While I believe in excellence, piano lesson time should fun. I give drills, play games, all the while giving you the foundation for piano playing years to come.

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*** Travel Equipment ***
I am able to provide a full piano. With recording capabilities and metronome.

*** Specialties ***
Gospel, Gospel, a little jazz, and more Gospel.
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Kesha L. December 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very nice. It would have been better if I knew what books to purchase ahead of time. To maximize the lesson time, teacher should send expectations and tips for success to students ahead so preparation can take place. Be sure to have your own equipment too.
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Jeremiah L. December 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 4 yr old son had sooo much energy but Mr. Brown was able to get him to calm down enough to learn so basic key strokes. Can't wait to see how lesson 2.
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Nora May 24, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Was great with our shy almost 4 year old!
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Gregory B.

Gregory B.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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About Semyon R.

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Silver Spring, MD

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About Semyon
Holds annual recitals for his students and his students distinguish themselves in national competitions.
Able to identify a student's strengths and weaknesses and develop lesson plans to suite the need of each individual, at every age and ability level.
Classically trained in piano and holds the title of Master of Music from the prestigious and highly accredited Belorussian Academy of Music.

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Separate room and waiting room and bathroom, computer

*** Specialties ***
Any style. Any level. Any age
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Alex A. April 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very patient and seems to enjoy teaching
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Keith January 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great first session! I'm looking forward to the rest.
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Andrew January 6, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Semyon is great! He really knows the music and teaches it very well. If you are considering piano lessons, I highly recommend him.
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Semyon R.

Silver Spring, MD 20901
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About Ian D.

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Baltimore, MD

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I have been playing piano since the age of six. Originally classically trained, I made a change to learning Jazz after hearing it on the radio one night while still in high school.

I began my teaching career in 2007, providing private piano instruction to beginners at a small, privately owned music school in Laurel, Maryland.

After the school closed it's doors in the Fall of 2011, I continued working with many of the students privately. It is these efforts I continue to this day.

Having the opportunity to work 1 on 1 with students and see their progression and development on a week to week basis is a truly, rewarding experience that I feel fortunate to be a part of.

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Although the approach you take with each student will be different, basic standard requirements will consist of:

1) Being able to locate notes on the piano in relation to middle C

2) Being able to recognize notes on the staffs and play them in the correct locations on the ...

About Ian
I have been playing piano since the age of six. Originally classically trained, I made a change to learning Jazz after hearing it on the radio one night while still in high school.

I began my teaching career in 2007, providing private piano instruction to beginners at a small, privately owned music school in Laurel, Maryland.

After the school closed it's doors in the Fall of 2011, I continued working with many of the students privately. It is these efforts I continue to this day.

Having the opportunity to work 1 on 1 with students and see their progression and development on a week to week basis is a truly, rewarding experience that I feel fortunate to be a part of.

*** Lesson Details ***
Although the approach you take with each student will be different, basic standard requirements will consist of:

1) Being able to loc
ate notes on the piano in relation to middle C

2) Being able to recognize notes on the staffs and play them in the correct locations on the piano

3) Scale theory- understanding how scales are constructed and being able to play at least 2 octaves of all 12 major scales with both hands at the same time

4) Chord theory- understanding how triads and eventually seventh chords are constructed

5) Sight reading- there is a "trick" to this, if you will, a way to go about approaching tunes that I've found makes them easier to digest

6) And for those interested, we can give the lessons a more Jazz-oriented approach (lessons would then more heavily emphasize scale and chord theory, syncopation, and learning Jazz standards)

Remember, we are all students. Instrument teachers, instructors, coaches (whatever you want to call them) do not represent an end to the learning process, but rather a continuation of it. We're all trying to improve, develop our craft, build up our chops, practice new and uncomfortable things, and expand upon our abilities of what we can do. I have heard from Jazz pianists in their 80s say that they are still learning, still trying to get better. I think that's an important thing to keep in mind as you begin this journey. The journey never ends, it just extends and continues. You'll never run out of new things to learn. The only thing you can strive for is to be the most competent you can be at your instrument. Your playing ability at any point along this journey is only a mere reflection of who you are at this moment in time. So make this moment the most meaningful it can be. The journey begins here.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Sized, Fully Weighted Electronic Keyboard in living room
Comfortable sitting area in waiting room for parents

*** Specialties ***
music, piano, jazz piano
Jazz
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Kim L. March 14, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ian is a great guy, very patient. My son and I both take piano lessons from him and we are really enjoying it!
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Toney C. October 1, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Ian is a very flexible teacher. I would recommend him as an instructor.
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Stephanie R. April 14, 2015
· Piano · In home
Ian has been great to work with. He is so patient with our son, and we appreciate him. Our son, Taylor, thinks he is the best.
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Ian D.

Ian D.

Baltimore, MD 21230
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About Yelena S.

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Burtonsville, MD

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I teach piano for all ages and all experience levels. I also play ensembles with students and accompany clarinet and other instruments. Have accompanied at the University of Maryland. 35 years professional experience. I studied at an elite Russian school for musical talent and have been awarded a masters degree from the Kharkiv conservatory. I enjoy excellent interaction and engagement with all my students. Students of all ages and backgrounds welcome!

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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Marianela E. November 8, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My son loved his first piano class.
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Kayleigh F. May 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kayleigh enjoyed her first lesson and learned a lot on the first day. She is looking forward to her 2nd class and is really excited. We hope she continues with an attitude of wanting to learn from Yelena. Looking forward to future practices.
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nadine M. September 11, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher and very patient. My daughter really enjoyed it
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Yelena S.

Yelena S.

Burtonsville, MD 20866
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$25 / 30-min

About Charles S.

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I'm a music teacher in DC and also case manage special needs students.

About Charles
Outside of teaching percussion and musical performances I have worked in special education for over 15 years.

My life of music started knee high at the age of 4 playing drums and piano. At the age of 15 I gave my first musical performance, from that stage on I knew my talent had found a home.

In the 11th grade I toured with a local funk group in Washington DC through 26 cities learning music and the life of travel at an early age. During my last high school and college years I performed extensively playing classical, jazz, rock, funk, go-go, gospel, marching band, R&B, and with local rap artist.

Recording credits and highlights include work with Def Jam artist Steady Eddy, recording go-go Mario with Double Agent Rock, and recordings with Little Benny and the Masters.

My other musical passion is teaching. Throughout my col
lege years and beyond I served as a percussion instructor and assistant band director at Morgan State University. As part of the Morgan State University Magnificent Marching Machine I served as a instructional leader in music and performance mentor for the team. I taught part time as a percussion instructor at Milford Mill High School giving individual lessons for over 10 years.

Musical inspiration is an important element to the refinement of my craft. A few personal musical influences are Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Neil Peart (Rush), Dennis Chambers, (Santana), George Gray (Roberta Flack), Ricky Wellman (Miles Davis), Quinton Mack-Davis (Rare Essence) and Michael Bland (Prince).

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Within the first three months of lessons student will gain a strong foundation of sight reading and basic drum techniques in both rudiment studies and playing the drum set. My style of teaching music consist of breaking each skill down into chunks and allowing students to learn using their individual learning styles. I utilize rewards for perfect practice and each lesson contains a safe, fun learning atmosphere with students exhibiting in their best behavior.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in store front studio, drum kit provided

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring a practice pad. Students should have a drum set.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Funk, pop, and classical.
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Melanie H. April 10, 2017
· Drum · In home
Our son has never played in a marching band before but is interested in playing in the marching band when he attends college in July so we were specifically looking for an instructor who had marching band experience to teach our son since he's never participated in the marching band in high school. We saw Mr. Stewart's profile and decided to have him work with our son. That was the BEST decision that we could have ever made. We have been nothing but impressed with Mr. Stewart. He definitely has the gift of teaching and he is very patient, knowledgeable, and he challenges our son to get better by giving him homework after each session. Our son absolutely LOVES Mr. Stewart and he is always excited for each lesson and to practice what Mr. Stewart has taught him. Our son went from not playing in the marching band at all in high school to making his college band and receiving a scholarship all thanks to Mr. Stewart. We are very grateful for his outstanding teaching and we would definitely recommend Mr. Stewart 100%.
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Wesley E. March 4, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Charles is calm and patient, and yet gently pushes for better and better performance every lesson. As the parent, it is amazing to me to see how much my son has learned in only 3 lessons... and working on a drum set right from the beginning has been very inspiring to my son. We highly recommend Charles!
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Anthony H. November 11, 2016
· Drum · In home
My son had his first drum lesson with Charles and he was very impressed. He thought Charles was very patient and did a great job of explaining everything. He is very much looking forward to his next lesson. Would definitely recommend Charles to anyone.
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La Plata, MD 20646
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I teach a wide variety of students from beginning to intermediate. Capable of teaching more advance levels. I encourage all of my students to enter into competitions and perform in Suzuki concerts!

About Valerie
I believe anyone can play piano. I teach a combination of the Suzuki method and traditional styles. I encourage my students to develop their own style of playing while also growing in their knowledge of theory, form and technical expertise.

Are you most ready to the learn the basics? I can work with you! Are you looking to perfect the moonlight sonata? I can do that too! What about by ear and playing Billy Joel and modern music? Yep. That's fine too!

While I am an engineer during the week, there is nothing quite like watching your student be able to complete his or her first piece. This is my "fun" job. I started teaching in college several years ago while working as a nanny for several families in Virginia. In 2015 I decided to formally offer lessons alone. It's been a pleasure and success so far with students participating in co
ncerts and performing at their schools.

I am a member of the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area. I have availability on Sundays in Vienna, VA and evenings in Washington, DC.
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Lisa W. December 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Friendly, accessible. Not intimidating!
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Valerie R.

Washington, DC 20002
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About Laurie P.

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As an experienced piano teacher specializing in beginning and intermediate students, I welcome students of all ages. Lessons are designed with students' goals in mind. A good foundation is important, so I make sure that we cover everything from proper technique, music theory, sight-reading, performance skills and more! Participation in recitals and festivals is optional. I look forward to working with you!

About Laurie
I am a professional trombonist and pianist and have three degrees from the University of Michigan, including a D.M.A. in Trombone Performance. I have taught piano since I was 16 and have accompanied singers and instrumentalists in concerts. For many years, I was a trombonist in the Sarasota Orchestra and previously was Assistant Professor of Trombone at Miami University.

I have started many students on trombone and tuba, as well as piano.
Students will find me to be encouraging, yet demanding. I cater to different learning styles and strive to learn how each student learns best.
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Laurie P.

Baltimore, MD 21217
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$40 / 30-min

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What do you love about playing the piano? Here, New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E. shares her top 10 list... do you agree?   I have to stop myself sometimes, and call my parents to thank them for the piano lessons they made me endure when I was a kid. I hated them for a while, loved them for a while, and then, lo and behold, I turned into a composer, performer, and songwriter. Who knew? Looking back, I can see so much value in learning the piano. Here are the 10 best things about pla

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