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Chantilly, VA
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I have been teaching piano, music, movement and dramatic arts in the Northern Virginia area since 1993. Besides teaching lessons in students homes, I've taught in studios, public and private schools, camps and afterschool programs.

I teach all ages, but most of my Beginner students are between the ages of 7 and 12. I really enjoy working with this age group-- they are alot of fun and it' great to see how quickly they learn things!

Some of my students started with me as Beginners and are now teenagers, playing at the Intermediate Level. Besides playing more complex pieces, they also play popular songs they know and like. Music from the TV show "Glee" is a big favorite!

Some of my favorite composers are Anton Dvorak, JS Bach, Ludwig Von Beethoven, Scott Joplin, and Cole Porter. Some of my favorite musicians and bands are The Be
atles, U2, Paul Simon, Tori Amos, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, and B-52's.

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For beginners, I generally use the Bastien Beginner series starting at the Primer Level and going through to Level Four. Depending on the student, going through the beginner level can take anywhere from four to six years. I use a lesson book, supplemental song book which features concepts learned, and a Theory book for written homework. Within 3-6 months, starting at the Primer Level, student will be reading notes on the musical staff and playing short pieces with both hand together.

Intermediate level students work on repetoire pieces from classical, ragtime, modern, jazz and popular music.

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Students need to have a piano or keyboard in their home

I am thoroughly background checked every year and work with local after school programs in the area.
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Harry W.

Harry W.

Chantilly, VA 20151
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Falls Church, VA

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I've been teaching piano for over 25 years and have taught students from 4 to 70. I try to show each student how to analyze the music to find patterns that make learning notes and rhythms easier.
I also emphasize strategies for practicing that make learning new material a quicker and more efficient process.

About Susan
I was a piano major at UNI and received a B.A. in English with a minor in music. I taught music for several years in Iowa and Pennsylvania. I have an M.A. in Reading, which has been invaluable in analyzing learning styles and teaching to each student's strengths. I have been teaching piano for over twenty five years and I'm also active in church music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I focus on learning the foundations of music as well as the technical skills needed to play piano. I gear the instruction towards finding patterns that make a piece more than a collection of notes and, thus, easier to learn.
I've used various curriculum: Alfred, Bastien, Faber, etc. and try to supplement materials with music that is appealing to the individual student.
I am very flexible with scheduling and try to make each lesson as stress-free and interesting
as possible.
In a few months a student should be able to read music and play simple melodies and chords.

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical as well as pop, providing a broad foundation that allows the student to play any style of music.
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Emily April 8, 2017
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Terrific teacher for a first-timer.
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Sarah December 3, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Susan is a great instructor patient and tailors the lesson to your exact level and pace!
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Bin C. November 20, 2016
· Piano · In home
I think Bin is enjoying his lessons very, even though he is very shy and rarely talks. Thanks again for everything.
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Susan G.

Susan G.

Falls Church, VA 22042
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$33 / 30-min

About Dr. Jeanne S.

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Washington, DC
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I teach beginning and intermidiate piano with the Alfred's method which is a lot of fun and includes an orchestral play along CD, plus I teach ALL my students the Circle Of Fifths which is all about our major scales. You will learn how to write all the key signatures in the major scales. When you learn all your scales you will receive a very elegant reward!! Then as time moves on I will teach you at the intermediate level. I also teach my students how to play chords and how to transpose from one key to another. We have a lot of fun . You don't have t be a concert pianist to sound really good with my techniques!

About Dr. Jeanne
*Hi and welcome!!

My students like to call me Dr. Jeanne, so feel free to do the same! I have been in music all my life and I love helping my students no matter what level they may be.from beginning to advanced. My experience in music started on stage at age three and by the time I was 21 I was singing and dancing on national television in many variety tv shows after having won the tittle of Miss Memphis. I studied music at Stephens College in Columbia, MO and the University of California in music andI have since taught hundreds of voice and piano students everything I know about music and performance. Piano is a joy to teach, but my greatest love is teaching voice .I specialize in all styles of music as long as I feel it is musical, developmental and expressive.. Music takes time and discipline to master and I'm looking forward t
o meeting you and hearing all about your goals and dreams in music and how I can help you along your path.
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Casey C. September 23, 2016
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Not good for young children. Inappropriate personal boundaries and discussions with parents about her own life.
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Yasameen March 27, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I absolutely love working with Dr. Jeanne! She helps me reach my full potential and I feel more confident every time. I can definitely feel my progress and a change in both my voice and my confidence after only a few lessons. Singing has always been a passion of mine and I love that Dr.Jeanne understands that passion and motivates me to do my best! So grateful to be working with her!
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Asia V. January 14, 2016
· Singing · In home
Dr. Jeanne is THE BEST!
She is an amazing instructor with excellent teaching skills. She is very knowledgeable and she is very positive and supportive. She is a GEM! :-)
*** Highest recommendation! 5-stars plus!!!! *****
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Dr. Jeanne S.

Dr. Jeanne S.

Washington, DC 20012
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Arlington, VA
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Nicole B., Soprano/Musician is soprano soloist for the premiere band of the U.S. Army, "Pershing's Own". Nicole has her Masters of Music from CSU, Northridge while actively working as a professional vocalist for groups like the Verdi Chorus, St. Luke's Episcopal, St. Mark's Presbyterian and playing countless roles in opera's and musicals across the states and overseas. Nicole has had a lifetime involvement in voice, theatre, songwriting and music and is also currently lead singer and flutist for local D.C. Based rock band, Strum the Fox. Nicole has also worked in the pop industry with the four girl pop group "Women of Wealth" based out of Montecito, CA and featured on KEYT with guest star John Cleese. Coming from a family of artists and musicians, Nicole has always found the art within live performance to be the inspiration for her life
and her career. Melding artist expression with technical ability, Nicole's talents and passion make her a performer and teacher with the ability to bridge honest and natural acting skills with a powerful and studied classical voice! Throughout her life, Nicole has found herself pursuing classical voice, rock music and theatrical performance with a drive and passion that surprises even those who know her well. Her students have included parents and children alike as she has opened the door for many to pursue their life-long passions, she also is experienced in and loves teaching and working with special needs students.

*** Lesson Details ***
All of my lessons are tailored to the interest of the student! Although I come from a strict technical background, I believe that the love of music and performance comes from experimenting and being creative! In a lesson with me, I suggest repertoire but if something is not working it is never a problem to redirect and find the right path for the student! With the wealth of my experience having been in over 45 musicals, opera's and other productions I can teach and guide the student through any performance and musical interest they may have and bridge the gap between genre's that so many are unable to do.

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Living Room, computer, keyboard, couch.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the students to provide a piano and or instrument of choice, and purchase method books and other repertoire.

*** Specialties ***
I am expert in any type of vocal style, as I have an extensive background in musical theatre, pop as well as opera. I also have a great ability to teach Music Theory, something I love and something I do very well at. Like I said previously I have been in over 45 musical theatre/straight theatre and Opera productions, so I can teach acting as well as performance. I have also written over 50 songs for guitar and voice and performed with a local band in Santa Barbara, CA , so I have a lot of experience as a songwriter and guitar and can teach those as well too.
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Pavel / Rhonda H. October 8, 2014
· Singing · In home
My daughter loves working with Nicole! I am so grateful we found her. Professional, reliable and extremely talented. Most of all, inspiring to my child.
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Christine V. October 31, 2013
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We are lucky to have found her!!!

Around a year ago, my daughter decided she wanted to learn to play the guitar! Thanks to Google, we ran into TakeLessons.
Nicole was recommended to us. After reading about her we were quite impressed!
Right after the first lesson and to my surprise, my (very shy) daughter had a great 1st experience with Nicole.
Nicole is a professional in her field AND also in handling kids and knowing how to help them overcome their shyness. She brings out the best in my daughter and also encourages her to sing even write her own notes!
I would highly recommend Nicole. She is truly talented and the greatest teacher!!!
Christine, Lia's mom!
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Stella V. January 10, 2013
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Great for younger kids

Nicole,is amazing with my daughter. She is patient and really makes her feel at ease. I will absolutely recommend her.
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Nicole B.

Nicole B.

Arlington, VA 22204
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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.

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Breathing Management (Talking and Singing)
Music Theory
Classical Singing
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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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James P. May 19, 2017
· Korean · In studio
Lilly is working with my 9-year old son and he not only loves her but really enjoys the lessons. He's very motivated to practice in between lessons as well. We're so pleased to have found her.
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Lilly A.

Columbia, MD 21045
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About Justin M.

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Halethorpe, MD

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My lessons are designed to provide students with a foundation that not only carries over to each new piece of music, but also manifests in the individual. Through Ear Training, Theory, Piano Pedagogy and Sight Reading my students will learn to trust the quality and not just the quantity of what they know.

About Justin
Hello^^ My name is Justin. I studied Music Composition and Piano at Towson University, and I've been teaching for over Nine years. A few things I would like you to know about me are that I love video games, cartoons, and movies. I especially love the music found in them. Teaching, for me, is a way to learn. If something doesn't make sense we must figure out what's going on inside the mind. By discovering the best way for a student to learn or how a student learns best, already, we have a gateway to endless potential.

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-Fun and engaging

-Customized to how your brain learns. One size does not fit all when it comes to education!

-Keyboard Memorization, Sight Reading, Singing, Posture, and Technique

-Theory and Harmony

-Compose and perform your own Music!

-Free Interpretation and Artistic Deve
lopment

A typical lesson with me will have us tackling a number of music fundamentals and general technique. My goal is to teach you HOW to learn, as well as what to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio consists of a separate fully furnished room with an acoustic upright piano.

*** Specialties ***
The only general method that I use is teaching basic singing to help develop a strong sense of relative pitch. I specialize in teaching Classical and classical hybrid musics including video game scores, and movie scores.
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Iris Kane March 30, 2017
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Good experience. Justin is a patient and a knowledgeable instructor. Enjoyed the experience.
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Peggy December 6, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My daughter is in her second year of taking lessons with Justin. She enjoys her lessons and is eager to practice, since she gets good feedback from Justin. He has a good rapport with kids and makes piano even more enjoyable.
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Sandra November 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
When our daughter said she wanted to take piano lessons, we checked out several instructors in various teaching settings. We feel very fortunate to have found Justin for our 10yr young daughter's first piano lessons! His approach with her has invited her to want to learn and do well. He selected just the right books for her lessons and is also helping her learn a song she wants to play from one of her favorite bands. This keeps her engaged with other aspects of skill building and music reading! He also wrote out a clear description of what she is to include in home practice sessions. We definitely recommend Justin.
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Justin M.

Halethorpe, MD 21227
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About Steven S.

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Washington, DC

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My fundamental approach to playing and teaching piano follows a principle enunciated by the legendary Glenn Gould: "We do not play the piano with our fingers but with our mind." I focus on the mental and conceptual aspects of interpretation at the piano -- not to the exclusion of the physical component, but stressing that bringing these physical actions under conscious control is the key to success at the keyboard.

About Steven
Steven holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from San Diego State University, where he has also worked as a Lecturer in Piano and Resident Artist in Collaborative Piano. He now lives in Washington, DC, where he is a Teaching Artist at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and a freelance pianist, piano teacher, and composer who regularly takes the stage at Friday Morning Music Club, Rock Creek Chamber Players, and Ensemble Deburau recitals. Steven specializes in teaching motivated adult piano students at every level, from complete beginners to advanced players.
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Nic May 2, 2016
· Piano · In home
Steven has exceed my highest expectations as my piano teacher. His musical and instructional abilities are excellent and his personality is very easy to get along with. His course of instruction in very methodical and I have seen rapid improvement in my capabilities. I would highly recommend him to anybody looking for a teacher in the DC area, especially if you are an older student looking to get back into piano.
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Tyler December 2, 2015
· Piano · In home
Steven is exacting but patient, which is exactly what I was looking for in a piano instructor. Also, the fact that he specializes in teaching adult piano sets him apart from other instructors. Looking forward to many future lessons!
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Greg October 7, 2015
· Piano · In studio
As an adult student, I found Steve to be a terrific teacher. Very patient, very talented, methodical and sensitive teacher and pianist. And a nice guy. Very good experience.
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Steven S.

Steven S.

Washington, DC 20009
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About Sarah B.

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Cheerful and energetic teacher with several years of teaching experience and over 18 years of performing experience. I teach my students technique, artistry & musicianship, music theory, music history, composition, sightreading, and improvisation. I believe in a wholistic approach to music that expands beyond the boundaries of the keyboard. In order to understand the piano, you must also understand music as a whole! I firmly believe that that the key to success in learning how to play the piano is learning how to become your own teacher. Many students don't realize that 99% of the work is done at home. Unfortunately, most teachers don't teach their students how to practice, resulting in very slow progress and a bored and frustrated student. I give my students the tools they need to learn quickly, which improves their focus and motivation, and most importantly allows them to have fun! My curriculum focuses on classical music, but also incorporates other genres like jazz and pop ...

About Sarah
I am a pianist and light lyric soprano. In May 2017, I graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in College Park. I received my B.M. in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Mayron Tsong and my B.A. in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Linda Mabbs. I am a CAPA scholarship recipient and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. I have maintained a private piano studio since 2014 and also teach additional skills such as music theory, music history, improvisation, and sightreading. I am excited about introducing children to the beauty of music and believe that learning an instrument positively affects individuals in all areas of life. Listening to, practicing, and performing music equips children with important skills that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Since the age of 8, I have also been an active performer and competitor
in the Washington Metropolitan Area. At the age of 15, I débuted with both the Capital City Symphony and the JMU Symphony Orchestra in performances of Liszt’s Totentanz. I have won numerous awards and competitions in VA, MD, and D.C. In 2010, I placed 2nd in the NSO Young Soloist’s Competition and performed at the Kennedy Center Mainstage. In 2013, I won the Golden the Voices of America Competition and performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. This year, I won the Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition in Alexandria, VA and as a result will be performing the Barber Piano Concerto with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra in their next season. In past years I have also performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Atlas Performing Arts Center in D.C., and the Alden Theater in McLean, VA. One of my primary passions is new music, and I have premiered numerous compositions at the New Music at Maryland recital series. In 2013, I was invited to collaborate with the New Street Dance Group in a performance of two new works for chamber ensemble at the FringeArts Festival in Philadelphia. In future years, I hope to frequently premiere new works on an international scale.
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Erica W. July 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Sarah is a brilliant pianist, singer and teacher. She is a longtime friend and colleague, and I've seen her develop her musical skills to extraordinary levels. Sarah is also one of the most patient people I've ever met, and has an undeniable passion for music and love for helping others. I highly recommend anyone to work with her--you definitely won't be sorry!
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Odenton, MD 21113
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Baltimore, MD

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We have over 15 years of teaching and performance experience! Lessons at Hewlett's Music Studio are unique because lessons are customized based on the interest and needs of the student! You’ll be playing or singing a song by the end of your first lesson! We accept students from the ages of 6-96!

About Derrick
Derrick A. Hewlett is very passionate about sharing his musical gifts with others through performing and teaching. In 2013, Mr. Hewlett was appointed Choral Department Chair for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Orchkids Program. He has also taught Vocal/General Music in the Baltimore City School System from 2011-2014. Hewlett is currently Director of Hewlett’s Music Studio where he teaches piano, voice, and Music composition. In 2011, Mr. Hewlett received the Bachelor of Science in Music from Towson University.

Mr. Hewlett works as a freelance Music Director, pianist and organist in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. In 2008, he conducted the Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore production of “Bent Twig,” a folk opera exploring the struggles of urban life. During the summer of 2007, Mr. Hewlett served as répétiteur for the Bal
timore and Municipal Opera company production of “She Never Lost a Passenger,” an original opera about the life of Harriet Tubman. Hewlett performed with Darin Atwater & the Soulful Symphony Orchestra during their inaugural season in 2005. Since 2004 he has served as music editor and copyist for local composers. In 2003, he was awarded a grand piano, gift of the Governing Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, the Education Department of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra awarded him the Charles A. Buerger Scholarship. In the same year, Hewlett served as a music instructor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Camp Allegro, a musical enrichment experience for underprivileged students. He won first place, Classical Vocal at the Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt Competition in 2000, 2002, and 2003 under the tutelage of Mrs. Delores Jones.

For 18 years, Mr. Hewlett has served as music director, organist, and guest conductor at churches of various denominations throughout the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. His church appointments include serving concurrently as Director of Music/Organist On October 31st, 2015, he was privileged to serve as Director of Music for the Vigil Eucharist for the Installation of the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in America. During the preceding summer, he was honored to serve as Director of Music for the 47th National Conference of the Union of Black Episcopalians.
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Avery Pearsall January 13, 2017
· Vocal Training ·
Derrick was absolutely AMAZING! i appreciate someone who really knows what they are doing when it comes to vocal training and providing constructive feedback. Leaving both of my sessions, I felt more prepared and confident for my upcoming auditions. I even loved the notebook he provided me with. While I know how to sight read, it never hurts to refresh on old subjects. Again, amazing and talented coach!
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Gale GIbbs June 17, 2016
· Vocal Training ·
Derrick is AMAZING!! He is patient, knowledgeable, professional and kind. He listens and gives feedback that improves your skills. He sees your potential and brings out the best in you. If you're looking for a good teacher then Derrick is the one for the job.
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Asia Brittingham April 18, 2016
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Derrick has taught me some great vocal techniques. He has a great personality and very good with helping others feel comfortable with their OWN voice. Looking forward to my next lesson!
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Baltimore, MD 21212
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I taught a small studio of piano students in my hometown in Illinois. I love working with beginner and intermediate students, striving to learn to read music, play beginning pieces, and develop senses of musicality.

About Emily
I graduated from Northwestern University in 2016 with a degree in Voice and Opera, and am currently a second year student in the graduate opera program at the University of Maryland, the Maryland Opera Studio. I have studied with prestigious teachers in both the United States and abroad, and have taken coursework in vocal pedagogy. Additionally, I ran a small studio of voice and piano students in Illinois. I love working with students of all ages, and look forward to making beautiful music! :)

I also completed pre-medical coursework in my undergraduate career, and am in the process of applying for medical school. My ultimate career goals involve a crossing of music and medicine, either to treat singers as a doctor, to study music and its neural relationship to health, or to be a vocal pedagogy instructor.
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Emily H.

Hyattsville, MD 20782
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Looking for some fun and easy pop songs to play on the piano? Take a look at these suggestions from Greeley, CO teacher Andy W... Playing your favorite songs on the piano doesn't have to be difficult. Start out with songs you enjoy and build from there. To get you started, here are five easy pop songs to play on piano today! Easy Pop Songs to Play on the Piano "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor This is a fun, chart-topping song. The chords to this are A - Bmin - E - A. Each of thes

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