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About Joe B.

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Rockville, MD

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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.
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The Method

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.

"Music wor
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.
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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.

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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.

After all, music is a language too.

Let's Play & Grow Together.

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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

Advanced Players:

Double stop, Oblique, and Compound Bends
Two hand tapping
Articulation and phrasing
Pinch harmonics
Extended harmonies
Hybrid techniques
Advanced chords
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Yuko A. October 2, 2017
· Guitar · In home
We just had a first lesson with Joe. I asked him if he can do few people group lesson with mixed age then he agreed to try it. He handled all of them great and we decided to stay with Joe to taking more lessons!!
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Owen March 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Joe is great with our son! I would highly recommend him to any one looking for a teacher!!
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Eric Perez February 1, 2016
· Guitar · In home
It was a pleasure to have Joe meet our son for his first lesson !!! I like to the way he connected with my son. We all felt very comfortable and look forward to see him again on a weekly base !!!
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Joe B.

Joe B.

Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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About Louis J.

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Germantown, MD
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Louis J. has over 20 years of experience playing and teaching piano. He has traveled across the states performing and opening for various artists such as Jonathan Butler and Donnie McClurklin. Mr. J. studied classical piano with Patricia King and studied jazz piano with Harry Appleman at Montgomery College. He received his B.S. degree from High Point University.
While in college, he studied music theory and music composition. His musical influences range from Mozart to Oscar Peterson. Although his primary instrument is piano, he also plays guitar, bass, drums, and the organ. He currently serves as the Director of Music at a local church in Alexandria, Va. Mr. J. performs regularly throughout the DC metro area as a studio session musician, music director, and accompanist.
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Heather February 20, 2018
· Piano · In home
I am thrilled with my experience with Louis! He is a talented musician and skilled instructor.
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Ary March 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Very patient and truly connects with the student!
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Grace S. December 29, 2015
· Piano · In home
Really appreciate Louis working me into his schedule and listening to me about what I hope to get out of piano lessons. He is a thoughtful teacher and I am excited about learning a lot from him.
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Louis J.

Louis J.

Germantown, MD 20874
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About Ryan R.

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Lutherville Timonium, MD
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I structure lessons around your goals and interests to keep you motivated and bring your playing to the next level.

I am qualified and interested in teaching many styles of music from rock, blues, jazz, bluegrass, pop, and metal.

I am experienced in teaching many skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced!

Students are expected to practice consistently between lessons.

I taught briefly at the Cockeysville recreation center before teaching at a local music shop.

I have done work as a transcriptionist for WSC Theatre in Arlington, VA.

I have performed with various rock and jazz groups in the Baltimore and DC area including sitting in with the Unified Jazz Ensemble!

I have also done work as a pit musician for musicals in the area as well as playing for private receptions.
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Don D. September 11, 2017
· Mandolin · In home
Ryan is a great teacher and a great kid. I enjoy our lessons immensely and I am 71 years old.
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Don D. May 5, 2016
· Mandolin · In home
Excellant lesson. Ryan is very knowledgeable and patient.
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Joseph Z. August 11, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Ryan has definitely helped improve my playing in a short period of time. Very nice person too.
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Ryan R.

Ryan R.

Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
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About Sammy H.

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Alexandria, VA

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Sammy Huh is a vocal instructor in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. He is on the faculty at University of Maryland - Baltimore County as Voice Professor and is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Why study with Sammy Huh?

Excellence in Teaching : Sammy delivers immediate results for his students and their individual vocal goals. His mission is to work with students of all levels to provide an unmatched vocal technique and solve their vocal issues. Increase your range, resonance, breath support, vocal endurance and overall technique.

National Experience : Sammy has performed nationwide with distinguish institutions such as Washington National Opera, The Virginia Consort, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Juilliard Opera, Manhattan School of Music, Aspen Opera Theatre Center, Korean Embassy, Chautauqua Opera Company, Marylan
d Opera Studio, President's residence at UMD, etc. He believes that his quality and quantity of performance experiences will benefit his students with proven methods of vocal and performance success!

Cross-Genre Expertise : Sammy has performed many genres of music including Musical Theatre, Opera, Pop, Jazz and most recently R&B.

Genres: Pop, Classical, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Musical Theatre

​An alumnus of The Juilliard School, he has trained with renowned vocal pedagogue Marlena Malas (vocal coach of Luciano Pavarotti). He is an in-demand pedagogue teaching at the university level, private studio in Alexandria and engaging an active performing arts career.

Genres: Pop, Classical, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Musical Theatre

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Timothy May 19, 2018
· Singing · In home
I greatly enjoyed working with Sammy. Apart from being a nice, welcoming person, he had great expertise. My vocal and breathing control greatly improved throughout our lessons. I noticed a better sound and range coming from my voice. I would have hoped to continue training with him, but I had to move away for another job.
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Lynn March 16, 2018
· Singing · In home
He's a gift!! He's patient, supporting, knowledgeable, experienced, and on and on. I'm 66 years old, have been singing since I was 3, but never dreamed I could do what I'm doing now thanks to Sammy. I look forward to more classes with him and I'm so grateful to have connected with him!!!
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Lynn January 24, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Beyond my expectations! I felt that we were a good match from the beginning. Given that he is a Juliard grad who sings opera, and I'm a classic country, rock and roll, etc. kind of gal, I was concerned. It went very well and I look forward to my next lesson with Sammi!
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Sammy H.

Alexandria, VA 22305
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About Orla C.

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Vienna, VA

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About Orla
Hi there!

My name is Orla and I love singing and teaching others to sing! I began my vocal training at the age of 12 learning how to sing classical and musical theater music. I eventually went on to learn jazz and rock vocal techniques before going to Berklee College of Music in Boston where I learned how to sing celtic music and alternative contemporary styles.

The most important thing to me when working with singers of any age or ability is helping them learn the correct techniques to keep their voices safe and healthy while singing. With this strong foundation, my students will be able to achieve almost any style or level of singing they desire. It is totally possible to stretch your vocal range, learn a new style, or incorporate movement into your songs if you simply use the correct and healthy vocal techniques!
I also make s
ure to focus a lot on confidence and stage presence to help students prepare for upcoming auditions, showcases, concerts, and talent shows. With my voice lessons it is absolutely possible to transition out of your stage fright and own that stage like you were born to be there, because you were!! These are not only vocal coaching sessions, but complete performance-ready-workshops.
I am here to make all your singing and vocal performance dreams come true! I can't wait to sing with you :)
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Margaret N. April 10, 2018
· Singing · In home
I booked a package (10 lessons) with Orla to help me gain confidence in my choral singing abilities. I was nervous at first, but she was patient and made me comfortable very quickly. She is very knowledgeable about anatomy and the "how" of singing, but even more importantly, she can communicate the visual, physical and emotional cues that are so critical to learning to sing properly. We focused on exercises to improve the areas I needed the most work on, and I could see the improvement in my singing in just a few lessons! As the lessons flew by, she "leveled me up" in areas that I was doing well in, and kept on working with me on the techniques that are a bit more difficult for me. I could tell that she was really engaging with me as an individual, and making me the best singer I could be.

Overall an extremely positive experience - I would recommend Orla to anyone in the area looking for a vocal teacher.
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Jack S. February 27, 2018
· Singing · In home
Orla provides very structured and concrete ways to practice your voice. She is clear in the way she teaches and focuses a lot on making sure you are using the right technique. Within a couple lessons, I was already improving the way I was singing. She is also very flexible to adjusting to your schedule and singing needs.
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Judy R. January 26, 2018
· Singing · In home
Really enjoyed my first lesson with Orla. She was very gracious and imparted alot of knowledge about voice. Looking forward to working with her.
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Orla C.

Orla C.

Vienna, VA 22180
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About Brian G.

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Annandale, VA

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As a performing musician and guitar teacher since 1993, I have taught thousands of students. I teach most styles of music but blues is my specialty. Most importantly, I believe that learning how to play guitar should be fun!

I believe in encouraging my students through exhibiting patience and an understanding of their individualized needs. I use my unique and effective teaching methods while teaching fundamental skills and techniques to meet diverse learning styles. I will have you playing your favorite songs in no time!

I studied music at the University of Maryland where I received my bachelors degree.
and with several renowned recording artists
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Val October 16, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Brian was very professional, and the pace was friendly for beginners.
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Erick June 15, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Brian immediately knew how to adapt to my profile.... not too young, not too talented, not too available, and without any ambition about playing on stage or in a group. I've been learning bass guitar for one month and a half with him, starting at a beginner's level. Last week-end I was able to play a few songs more or less correctly with some friends at a party. Brian has the talent to keep the fun while teaching, and bringing appreciable progress in a very pleasant path.
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Cody May 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Have only been playing for a couple weeks now, but I can tell this is something that I will want to do for the rest of my life. Brian makes it very easy to learn and is very helpful in tracking my progression. Look forward to each week and the opportunity to get better!
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Brian G.

Brian G.

Annandale, VA 22003
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About Zoe F.

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Baltimore, MD

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I am a performer, administrator, and arts advocate with an aim to inspire audiences in unconventional ways. A Native of Miami, Florida, I started my musical studies at the age of 12 and has been an active member of the Miami and Baltimore music scenes ever since. Since coming to Baltimore to study at the Peabody Conservatory in 2011, I have had the opportunity to perform with nearly every large ensemble in the school and have also performed in Yale's Norfolk Summer Music Festival, as faculty at the New York Summer Music festival during my time studying in conservatory, and with the Occasional Symphony. I regularly perform in the Baltimore/DC metro area as a freelance oboist and member of the contemporary chamber orchestra, Mind on Fire. I also have performed with the Columbia Orchestra, Classical Revolution Baltimore, and many other estee
med local organizations. I have also been featured as a woodwind clinician in Baltimore County and Howard County public schools classrooms and have been the oboe adjudicator for the middle and high school division of the Howard County Solo & Ensembles for the past three years.

I graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University with a Masters in Oboe Performance in 2016. I additionally hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance as well as a Teaching Certificate from the Peabody Conservatory. During my time at Peabody, I studied under Jane Marvine, English Horn of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

While studying at Peabody, my passion for music education was ignited and I really enjoyed exploring the development of my skills and resources both as a classroom and studio teacher. It is my personal mission to enrich students through music education while still having fun and learning to apply skills learned in music to other areas of life.

I am currently the Operations Manager with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Previously, I have held administrative positions with cultural organizations such as the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the New York Philharmonic. I have been on both sides of the music industry and classroom, so I know what it takes to become a professional musician, and take a nuanced pedagogical approach to help each student achieve their goals in a way that suits them individually - no two students are the same! I believe each student should have a strong fundamental layer in technique and understanding of music theory, but should also focus on having fun while playing music, otherwise, what is the point?

Outside of oboe I enjoy hiking with my dog, painting, yoga, and Cuban food.

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Kyler April 17, 2018
· Oboe · In studio
Excellent instructor. Friendly and patient. Works to ensure proper form and a solid foundation with scales. Offered creative practice tips.
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Zoe F.

Zoe F.

Baltimore, MD 21217
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About Ashley B.

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Baltimore, MD
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Hey! My name is Ashley Beckles, I’m currently an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland double majoring in Music Education and Spanish. I’m also a missionary and relief worker and have been to the Dominican Republic, Cuba and this year Costa Rica. I love love love music, i’ve been playing the violin most of my life and I love teaching, especially privately, because I get to give my students my full attention. I also enjoy eating, sleeping and watching Grey’s Anatomy
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Ashley B.

Baltimore, MD 21218
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Potomac, MD
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Hey! My name is Eric, I am a drummer, guitarist, bassist, and songwriter based in the DC area. I currently play guitar in one touring alternative/punk rock band, bass in an indie-pop band, and drums in a punk/metal band.

I graduated from Syracuse University in 2017 with a Bachelors in Music and Entertainment Industries. Growing up my dad gave drum lessons out of our basement which is where I first learned. When I'm not playing gigs I work at a popular music venue in DC as a production manager. I specialize in drumming, guitar, and songwriting. I have experience teaching kids and adults, and I have a home studio with lots of instruments and multiple drum sets to mess around with. I have recorded multiple albums for friends and myself at my home, and can teach about that too if students are interested.

My teaching style is laid back but
productive. I am patient with students and able to communicate in a way that someone of any level can understand and relate with.
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Eric Z.

Potomac, MD 20854
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About Laurie K.

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Silver Spring, MD
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When I first started learning piano and music theory at 3 1/2 years of age it lit up my life, and I grew up attending a school for musically gifted children and the piano was my favorite way to play and have fun.
I eventually became a physician but am now looking to spend my retirement teaching piano. I have taught all ages, beginners through intermediate. I truly believe that anyone can learn the joy of playing piano!
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Laurie K.

Laurie K.

Silver Spring, MD 20903
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