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About Diane G.

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Gaithersburg, MD

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About Diane
I have a degree and certification in violin and piano from the Boston Conservatory as well as a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland. I have had additional training and certification as a Suzuki teacher from The Suzuki Teacher Training Institute. I am a member of SAGWA-Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area as well as SAA-Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have played all around the world including the Vatican, White House, Paris, Russia, England and Wales as well as in Concert Halls such as Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. I have taken students with me to perform as well in these countries and also every major concert hall in the Washington, D.C. area. I give my students opportunities to perform whenever there is an opportunity. In addition I work with students to earn music scholarships to private school
s and colleges. I am also a judge in the Young Artist Award in Maryland. In addition, I have received two White House awards for my performances at the White House, I am also a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society.

Music has been an important part of my life. It represents so much that is good in life and I do my best to communicate this to my students. I am training my students not just to be musicians but to love music for life.

*** Lesson Details ***
I treat each student as an individual since everyone is different. For some I might use a traditional approach, some just the Suzuki approach and others a combination of techniques. Whatever produces the best results. My goal is not to make strictly classical musicians but to train students to love music and carry this love throughout life. My repertoire consists of everything including traditional, Suzuki, Disney, Showtunes, etc. I have taken students to perform little concerts at the White House, schools, hospitals and concert halls to get the real feel of performing. I view lessons as a three way relationship between myself, the student and the parent so that the parent is not left out. I even have a small group called Musical Magic which incorporates magic into music. I feel I am laid back but am able to accomplish my goal through positive reinforcement. Every child or student wants to feel good about his/her playing. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible. If you want online lessons, please contact me through Take Lessons since I have additional availability to teach online. In the past six months my students have performed for the National Humane Society at their animal ball, a multi teacher recital on a local stage, and just two weeks ago seven of them performed at Strathmore. This summer I have two more concerts planned. Coming up will be an all instrument graduation with several other teachers where students receive medals for their performances. No student is required to perform but if they want to the opportunity is there. All students are required to have an instrument prior to beginning lessons. If students need to rent a violin, I will provide you with the name of a violin dealer that both rents and sells string instruments. Piano students must have a piano or keyboard.

I have also started a toddler music appreciation program geared for the 1-4age range. The purpose of this program is to expose very young children to the fun of Music through instruments, songs and play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach at home and have both a grand piano and electric keyboard in addition to a harp and violin.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When my students have to travel to perform, I make sure they have everything they need.

*** Specialties ***
Traditional and Suzuki approaches for both violin and piano. I also teach children with learning disabilities.and have extensive summer programs to help students with auditions for youth orchestras and school orchestras.
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Daycee R. August 14, 2018
· Violin · In home
Very positive and patient instructor. Experienced with younger students and knowledgeable of how to encourage students to succeed and want to learn to play and improve.
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Kevin L. August 1, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Had my first violin lesson today with Diane. She is a very kind and patient person. Looking forward to working more with her on my goal of becoming a decent violinist.
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Ravika June 15, 2018
· Violin · Online
Diane is very good at teaching
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Diane G.

Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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About Jonathan G.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Jonathan
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 received my D.M.A. 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 high 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 un
derstand 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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Sheila April 15, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Very patient and knowledgeable. I would use his services long term.
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Sheida April 10, 2019
· Violin · In studio
I recently start to learn Violin with Jonathan and learn a lot more than what I was expected! I was a little bit disappointed because I heard it's late to start violin in my age but since I start with Jonathan, he always been helpful and encourage me.

He's very knowledgeable and perfectly patient. He has the ability to listen and understand where I am in my learning curve and adjust his lessons to my skill level which I love about him.
Not only he knows his stuff and makes his teaching personal to your needs, but he also has a way to make you feel successful even when you are struggling. I always feel better about my playing when I leave his class.
What I like about his teaching style most; he hands you a key to learning more rapidly. I think this is the best kind of teach that you can find.

For these reasons I highly recommend him and I truly appreciate his time, patient, and knowledge.

I wish one day come to I play like him; clean, easy and professional :-) !
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Shaohui H. January 23, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Jonathon is a very enthusiastic and professional teacher. My son has been learning from him for 6 months and we are very happy with the experience and progress. Highly recommended!
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Jonathan G.

Baltimore, MD 21209
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$15 / 30-min

About Chelsea B.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Chelsea
Let's make some music!!!

“Music can change the world because it can change people.”
―Bono

“Where words fail, music speaks.” ―Hans Christian Andersen

Here's the why and how:
As an educator, I've had experience teaching both young children and adults in many settings, whether it be in a classroom, small group lesson, or one-on-one. I pride myself on providing lessons that are uniquely individual and foster a students strengths while also building on their weaknesses. The best part about being a music educator is that I get to share my love of music with all of my students. With that said, whether you are a beginner who's interest has been sparked, or you have aspirations of becoming a professional musician I can help you there!

Lessons are catered to each student and are conducted in a supportive environment where students ar
e encouraged to take risks, try new things, make mistakes, and most importantly be themselves.

I value the time I have with my students and expect each student to come prepared to each lesson with an open mind and willingness to work. With music, the best results come to those who put in 100% both during lessons and during individual practice time. This is key in any musical pursuit. Overall, I want lessons to be enjoyable while still maintaining a sense of progress for the student.

Here's a little more about me:
In 2005 I made my operatic debut in Italy with Operafestival di Roma in their main stage production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. While in Rome, I was also featured in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. Over the years I've been featured as a soloist in other concert and oratorio works such as Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Rutter's Requiem, and Mozart's Requiem.

Along with my classical training, I've taken on several roles in musicals such as, The King and I, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, and The Boyfriend. I am an honored NATS (National Association for the Teachers of Singing) competitor, Peabody Scholarship recipient, and Bland Music Scholarship recipient. Recently, I had the opportunity to work with the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra on their spring and summer concert series and was asked to perform the National Anthem and God Bless America at Game 2 of the ALDS during one of the MLB's 2014 postseason games (Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers). When I'm not singing, you may find me enjoying a run through the neighborhood, or enjoying some time with my cat CJ.

I earned both my undergraduate and graduate degrees form the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Family Room: seating for parents
Studio space with keyboard, recording equipment, and parent seating available.
**PLEASE NOTE I have a cat in the home**
*** Specialties ***
Voice and Piano Lessons
Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Jazz, Soul, and Country.
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Elian S. March 25, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I had a really great time and she explained so much to me that I wasn't really clear on.
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Fiona C. February 27, 2019
· Broadway Singing · In studio
I needed last minute coaching for an upcoming audition and was feeling unprepared and frazzled. Chelsea easily knew what I needed. She made recommendations, was wonderfully engaging, and her insight and ear highlighted some important tweaks that I would have overlooked in my haste to prepare. After just one session I felt clearer, calmer, and considerably more confident. Bonus: Chelsea is incredibly kind, fun to work with and makes you feel you already know one another. Chelsea has my highest recommendation
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Alycia November 28, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
My daughter really enjoyed her session with Chelsea! She is very knowledgeable and very thorough! Best vocal instructor our daughter has worked with!
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Chelsea B.

Baltimore, MD 21201
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$35 / 30-min

About Priscilla D.

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Silver Spring, MD

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About Priscilla
I strive to create a friendly learning experience to each of my students that is personalized to their needs no matter the age or background. I believe You got to be versatile with people's learning style and capabilities so that they may enjoy learning to make music and art.

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Services include theory, technique, composition, sight readin ( music lessons ) , and performing amongst others.
I have an easy-going, yet structured approach that allows each student to achieve results effectively at his or her own pace.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Instruments and sheet music

*** Travel Equipment ***
Metronome and notebook

*** Specialties ***
My main goal is to present students with simplified ways to learn about music and the arts and have them flourish in their medium of choice. I am blessed to have the ab
ility to bring out the best in my students through my attention to detail, professionalism, and efficiency.
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corey October 20, 2016
· Guitar · In home
From her 7 year old student: She is a great guitar teacher. I love the songs she is teaching me.
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Lexie T. September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
she is was great with my girls. very friendly and fun. they loved her and loved the lesson and are really motivated to learn which is all I wanted for them. they got homework which is fun to do for them and they even got to write a song at the end of the lesson. so far everything is great and we really like Priscilla.
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Dy'Najah H. September 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
She was delightful and funny. We just love her.
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Priscilla D.

Silver Spring, MD 20902
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$40 / 45-min

About Rachel S.

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Hanover, MD
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About Rachel
Hi! My name is Rachel, and I have been teaching lessons professionally for over 10 years now. My primary instruments are voice and piano, and I also teach music theory/ear training/musicianship skills. I earned my degree in vocal performance from James Madison University, where I taught lessons to non-music majors as well as tutored general music for the student population. I also hold a masters degree in voice performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory. I would describe my teaching style as fun and relaxed, with a strong emphasis on healthy technique. I believe that all students should have a strong technical foundation, and that begins on day one. Genres I teach include classical, musical theatre, pop, and accompanying skills for pianists. I can also help with audition prep on both instruments. I look forward to meeting with
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ML March 2, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Rachel provides instructions that are understandable, and that you can use to improve your technical skills and make true progress. She has also change my approach to piano practising. I believe I enjoy practising more and with greater efficiency. She is very talented, also has a great personality, bubbly and easy to talk to. I would highly recommend Rachel!
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Christina E. February 27, 2019
· Piano · In home
Rachel is a fantastic and knowledgeable instructor. My daughter first started with piano lessons and is now taking voice lessons as well. My daughter loves going to lessons with Rachel and looks forward to it every week. My daughter has learned so much. I highly recommend Rachel.
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Clare K. February 27, 2019
· Ear Training · In home
Rachel is an extremely wonderful teacher and vocalist. I mainly sing Musical Theatre but have a background in Classical. When I feel like I'm beginning to develop unhealthy singing habits, I usually go back to my classical roots. So finding a teacher with experience in both Musical Theatre and Classical voice is extremely important to me. Rachel really focuses on the technique and finds a way to describe it and apply it in terms her students understand. I highly recommend her whether you have a background Musical Theatre, Classical, both, or more. She'll get you singing with a healthy voice in no time!
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Rachel S.

Hanover, MD 21076
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About Doug G.

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

Baltimore, MD 21218
(1)
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$25 / 30-min

About Nicole B.

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College Park, MD
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I'm a cellist who has been playing since childhood, and have been teaching students both privately and in groups for the past ten years. Any age or level accepted and any genre of music that you want to learn!
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Annika D. January 17, 2019
· Cello · In home
Today was the first lesson for my 5- and 7-year-old girls. They were super excited to meet Nicole, and they loved their first lesson. She is warm, clear in her teaching, and punctual. We’re already looking forward to next week.
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Dana K. September 29, 2018
· Cello · In home
Upbeat, positive, responsive, beautiful cello player
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Anya September 5, 2018
· Cello · In home
Nicole was really great with our child. She was clear in her instruction, very helpful, and kind. My child learned a lot in her first lesson and gave her five stars!
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Nicole B.

College Park, MD 20740
(6)
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$30 / 30-min

About Grace G.

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Kensington, MD
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About Grace
Hi there! My name's Grace and I'm a voice teacher and a classically trained performer. I recently moved back to the DC area and am delighted to begin a voice studio! If you or your child loves to sing and would like to take your singing to the next level, feel confident as a soloist, or prepare for an audition, give yourself or your child a classical basis for how to healthfully sing. Now is the time! I have a varied background: I started out in musical theatre and choirs and now sing with orchestras, opera companies, and churches. I began teaching privately in college, then taught private lessons, before proceeding to the Westminster Choir College, where I just received a Master of Music in Voice and Voice Teaching (formally Vocal Performance and Pedagogy.) Hope to meet you soon!

*Note* I'm only able to travel to give in-home lessons
when the lesson duration is 45 mins or more.
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Maria April 9, 2019
· Classical Voice · In home
Grace is an amazing instructor. She has an expertise in singing and can guide your voice in the right direction, especially with her patient and positive way of teaching. She also personalizes the lessons very well and has you singing what you would like to sing and reach your goals!
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Michael December 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Grace G. is always well prepared for lessons with my 10 year daughter. My daughter is in special education at school and Grace relates very well with her and has helped her focus and stay interested during her lessons. I would recommend Grace for childrens singing lessons.
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Grace G.

Kensington, MD 20895
(2)
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$32 / 30-min

About Joe W.

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Arlington, VA
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About Joe
NOTE: WILL TRAVEL to N. VA. LOCATIONS ONLY.
Innovative and enthusiastic harmonica coach - live and in person - Get playing right away - Fun and informative sessions from a pro harp player. All styles:
Blues/Rock/Southern Rock/Folk/Country/Bluegrass/Jazz, smooth and improvised. We'll study breathing and playing techniques and discuss stagecraft and musician etiquette. Our time together will be engaging sessions rather than tedious lessons. Let the jams begin!!
Currently a member of Night Watch Paradox, follow our musical journey of Magnificent Machines and Astonishing Tales on Facebook!
I look forward to our first harmonica lesson!
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J.P. April 17, 2019
· Harmonica · In home
Great first lesson. Joe is very personable and knowledgeable. I look forward to our future lessons.
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Jun XIe October 15, 2017
· Harmonica · In home
Very Patient Teacher, Recommend it!
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Doug August 2, 2017
· Harmonica · In home
Great teacher! I've been dabbling with harp for many years, but I couldn't believe how quickly I improved when I started lessons with Joe. We worked on all aspects of harp: the importance of playing tastefully, and of not playing; how to stand, how to breathe; technical aspects, like proper use of mics and what amps work for harp. After just a few lessons my band mates were stunned at my improvement. I've already recomended him to another player.
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Joe W.

Arlington, VA 22203
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$45 / 30-min

About Evan H.

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Arlington, VA
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About Evan
I have over 25 years of experience in studying violin and have been teaching for 10 years. I studied violin through the collegiate level with accomplished professionals, including a former concertmaster of the NY Philharmonic.

I work with students of all abilities, emphasizing both technical skills and musicality. For beginners, I combine Suzuki and traditional methods.

Before starting lessons, you will need a suitable instrument and some books. I am happy to help you obtain the necessary materials if you do not already have them.

I look forward to hearing from you!
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Eric April 15, 2019
· Violin · In home
All-around wonderful violin teacher! Evan has always been encouraging (and patient!) and made every lesson an enjoyable experience. I've decided to pick up the violin after a very long hiatus and at almost 30 years old - Evan provided a great game plan for me to begin reading music again as well as valuable exercises to improve my form. I'm looking forward to keeping up my violin studies with Evan and know that I've enjoyed my time (and improved my playing ability!) because of his instruction and guidance. I'd highly recommend Evan to any player - young or old - looking to pick up violin for the first time or to further hone their musical abilities.
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Sally January 12, 2019
· Violin · In studio
I have played clarinet going up but fullfilling New Year’s resolution to learn how to play the violin. I have had two lessons so far and Evan is the perfect teacher. As a beginner, he is very patient and supportive. I feel inspired and want to continue. I appreciate Take Lessons for connecting me with Evan. Thanks!
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Kim January 8, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Great lessons! I am an adult beginning violin player. I have taken lessons for two years and have really enjoyed them. Instructor is very reliable, prepared, punctual, and encouraging. I really enjoy the lessons and learning a new skill. Highly recommended!
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Evan H.

Arlington, VA 22202
(7)
starting at
$80 / 60-min

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