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About Diane G.

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Gaithersburg, MD

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I teach beginners from age 3 all the way through advanced adults. In music performance I work with each student proper audition technique as well as good audition material and poise. I also teach them what to expect at an audition.

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.

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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.

*** 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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cole S. August 21, 2017
· Violin · In home
Diane is an excellent instructor. My son feels comfortable with her style of teaching and always looks forward to his next lesson!
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Bridgit A. June 23, 2015
· Piano · In home
Ms.Diane is a really good teacher. My daughter has just started lessons with Ms.Diane, but she has really progressed very well from her prior level. Ms.Diane is very patient and fun to work with. Would highly recommend Ms.Diane!
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Maria T. June 5, 2015
· Piano · In home
So far, so good. Ms.Diane is an extremely good and understanding teacher.
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Diane G.

Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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About Jennifer T.

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Proper technique transfers to all styles of music. Some of my students sing with their guitar and in bands, some work purely on gospel, some on classical. I tailor lessons to you, to work on your passion and show you how proper technique improves your singer no matter what style you perform.

About Jennifer
My name is Jennifer. I got my degree in vocal performance and minored in Jazz. I began voice lessons myself when I was eight. I am a mezzo soprano, and can teach both female and male voices. I have performed in several opera productions including but not limited to The Marriage of Figaro, Dido and Aeneus, Tenderland, and Hand of Bridge. I have worked and performed in masterworks by Brahms, Chopin, Mozart to name a few. I studied in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. I studied diction, ear training, piano, music history, pedagogy, and music theory. I have also performed with artists such as New York Voices, Bobby Mcferrin and Kurt Elling. I was blessed with many learning opportunities to grow in my passion and I would love to pass that knowledge and passion to anyone who wants to learn.

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signed around the needs of each student. The first lessons is always spent testing range, knowledge and abilities already known by the student. Then the student weighs in on what kind of music they would like to learn and what they hope to gain from the lessons. Theory and ear training are incorporated into the lessons. We work on breathing, technique and style. Generally we start with English or Italian. We work on vocal performance from a classical standpoint but Jazz and Broadway can also be taught if desired by the student. Scales and exercises are given each week to be worked on until the next lesson. A recording device is encouraged if the student cannot play the piano. Also, a voice note book to take notes during the lesson to be used during practice during the week.

*** Specialties ***
classical voice and jazz voice.
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SG R. October 18, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Jennifer is a talented and passionate teacher. Not only did she help me with technique, she helped me feel more confident in my singing. She is a fantastic coach who made me a better singer after only a few lessons!
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Chris May 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
She's super patient with me, and slows down to my pace while still pushing me weekly. It's really nice that she's knowledgeable on music theory too, beyond just good at piano.
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LeAnne March 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter loves her lessons!
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Jennifer T.

Ashburn, VA 20148
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About Elena S.

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I am classically trained teacher and i think that classical music is the basement for any kind of music. I also would like to teach you some jazz or to play your favorite songs as you wish.
I adjust to my students' needs and goals. Every student is unique and so my point is to teach anyone in according to one's ability. I assess my student's ability during the first lesson and spend time discussing what the goals shall be for the next 5 lessons. Then I pick exercises and music pieces, and design a practice plan for my student that will help him or her reach their goals.
I teach my students to practice musically all the time, I build and develop your technique, and deep understanding of music.

About Elena
Hi there! My name is Elena Svetalkina-S. I am a concert pianist and senior instructor (Assistant Professor) at Sobinov Conservatory in Russia. I received the Artist Diploma from the Sobinov State Conservatory in Saratov (Russia) under the tutelage of Professor Albert Tarakanoff and Professor Maria Christiansen, from which I graduated with distinction in 2002. I have won numerous awards in Russia and Europe and received a grant to teach piano in Hong Kong.
Place and date of birth: Penza (Russia) – 16 March 1979
1985-1993 Music School of Penza
1994-1998 Gradated from Penza College of Music with B.A.
My professional debut was at the age of seventeen with the Penza Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), playing the Mozart Piano Concerto in A-major.
1997 First Prize in All-Russia Youth piano competition in Astrahan.
1997 Grant from Minister
of Culture (Russia)
1998 Government grant for talented young musicians.
1998-2003 Sobinov Saratov Conservatory (under the tutelage of Professor Albert Tarakanov) with Masters Degree
2003 -2005 Post-graduate student Artist Diploma in Music Performance
Master classes with:
Professors Yuri Slesarev, Nikolai Petroff, Ludmila Roshchina, Michel D’Alberto, Manfred Vagner-Artz
2003-2005 – piano instructor - Sobinov State Conservatory
2005-2010 – senior instructor (assistant professor) at Piano department of Sobinov State Conservatory, Senior Lecturer for the course of Method of Piano teaching
2008-2009 – piano instructor at the Music Center in Hong-Kong (by invitation of the Piano Association of Hong-Kong)
Awards:
2005 Second prize “Delphian games in Arts”
2006 Diploma International Piano Competition “Hopes, Talents, Masters” Bulgaria
2007 Second Prize in Piano Duet Shubert International Competition, Ruse Bulgaria
Performances:
I play with Nadezda Tokareva (violin), Associate Professor of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Tatiana Nechaeva Associate Professor of Sobinov Saratov Conservatory.
Concert tours in Russia (Rachmaninoff’s Hall in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Astrakhan and elsewhere), China, Bulgaria
Repertoire:
Bach (All Toccatas, WTK, Goldberg Variations,)
Brahms (Variation and Fugue on a theme by Handel)
Beethoven (Sonatas, including N 28,30,31)
Mozart (Sonatas, Concertos)
Schumann (Symphonic etudes, Piano Concerto, Fantasia, etc.)
Chopin (24 Etudes, 4 Ballades, Scherzos, 24 Preludes)
Debussy 12 Preludes (First Volume)
Rachmaninoff (etudes-tableaux, Variation on a theme by Korelly, Preludes)

I have been teaching music professionals, adults, and children for 14 years. Many of them have won awards at international piano competitions and festivals.

In 2010 I moved to US and I played numerous recitals in Maryland, MA, Virginia, New York.

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I am classically trained teacher and i think that classical music is the basement for any kind of music. I also would like to teach you some jazz or to play your favorite songs as you wish.
I adjust to my students' needs and goals. Every student is unique and so my point is to teach anyone in according to one's ability. I assess my student's ability during the first lesson and spend time discussing what the goals shall be for the next 5 lessons. Then I pick exercises and music pieces, and design a practice plan for my student that will help him or her reach their goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have "Stainway & Sons" piano and "Yamaha" digital piano as well.

*** Specialties ***
I have a comprehensive knowledge and expertise in piano literature, baroque, classical, romantic, impressionist and contemporary.
I help my students to distinguish different style of different epoch.
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Nicholas G. January 28, 2014
· Piano ·
Patient and passionate

My 7-year-old daughter has been taking weekly lessons with Elena for a few months. It's her/our first piano teacher, so I don't have much basis for comparison, but we, and our daughter are very happy. Elena has a patient, gentle and genuine manner. She is very focused and attentive in her attention to the student, and my daughter seems to be learning quickly and looks forward to class. We're glad we found her.
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Elena S.

Potomac, MD 20854
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About Dennis B.

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About Dennis
I have been teaching guitar for 25 years in the Washington DC metro area. I work with students 12 years of age and up, but I am especially experienced at teaching adult students regardless of whether they are beginners or have previous guitar experience. I have performed in acoustic Celtic, new age, funk, progressive rock, fusion and contemporary jazz groups and am currently performing regularly as a solo acoustic guitarist. I have composed over 40 works for solo guitar as well as numerous pieces for small jazz bands. I have played on numerous CDs including my most recent solo CD 'DARK MATTER'.

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I tailor the lesson materials to suit the interest of the student but I am dedicated to teaching students at any level to learn to better understand the fundamentals of the language of music. My teaching focuses on critic
al fundamentals of guitar technique including chords, scales and rhythm guitar playing as well as the art of improvisation. A significant amount of time in the lessons is spent actually playing with the students so that the technical concepts are put to use in real music situations. To further the student's understanding of music I frequently teach elements of music theory to those who are interested.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars and amps available for student use although I prefer that the student bring their own instrument. I also have all the needed accessories, cables, stands etc.

*** Specialties ***
Adult students (and older teenagers ) whether beginners or experienced are a particular specialty of mine. Adult learners want to be treated as adults and often times benefit greatly from a more mentor oriented approach to teaching. I like to describe myself as both a teacher and a coach so as to emphasize that the student and I are on the same team sharing the goal of improving their guitar playing and musicianship. We are both on the same path of musical discovery. I am probably just farther along on that path with insights and knowledge that will hopefully help them along their way.
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Mike January 6, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis was my instructor and is a bit modest about his experience. He taught me on my mom's crappy nylon stringed spanish acoustic guitar back in the 80s. I hope he reads this and remembers the little studios at Fox's Music in Falls Church. He patiently taught me Rick Springfield songs, probably against his taste and better judgment. Anyway, he got me started in my teens and I'm still playing some of the tunes he taught me (plus a few hundred others) on a slightly nicer guitar these days, in my 40s. Keep rockin', Dennis, and thanks for helping spark a hobby I still enjoy decades later!
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Jennifer W. August 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis is a friendly and kompetent teacher and I am looking forward to his next lesson!
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Thalia June 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis was an excellent teacher. He is incredibly talented and his passion for music is contagious. Dennis was also very patient and understanding. He meets you where you're at, and is able to address any questions or difficulties you might encounter. I enjoyed every lesson!
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Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD 20816
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About Tommy W.

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For me, performing live any type of music I set my mind to was the ultimate goal in taking up an instrument. If my student has the same goal in mind, I have years of experience from playing concert halls to dive bars and basements in all manner of musical contexts. I can prepare the body and the mind for anything and everything performing requires.

About Tommy
My name is Tommy. I've been playing bass and guitar since I was 11 years old. When I was in high school, I won my school's Duke Ellington Jazz Performance Award my junior year. Around this time I began to work at my neighborhood's local lesson shop Let's Play Music! off of W Broad Street in Falls Church, VA. Following high school, I attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, studying jazz bass performance with players who have played and recorded with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Bobby McFerrin, among others. I received my degree in Jazz Bass Performance and since returning to the DC area have taught at Let's Play Music, Bach 2 Rock, and Music and Arts. Outside of my academic accomplishments, I play in and record a number of bands. I play out at different venues from Richmond to Baltimore regularly and ha
ve gone on tour twice before. I specialize in electric bass and music theory, but am quite comfortable teaching beginner to intermediate guitar.
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dusty July 22, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Just my initial lesson, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Tommy is an extremely knowledgeable instructor. Seems my first pick for bass instructor was dead on. :-)
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Jen May 17, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
We were so lucky to have been referred to Tommy. Our middle school son wanted to branch out from playing the upright/classic bass, to electric bass and acoustic guitar. Tommy worked with our son for nearly 2 years. Tommy was always reliable, always prompt, always polite and 100% committed to the music and to our son's personal progress & improvement. He was always flexible, upbeat and easy to work with...with the patience of a saint...esp. for the parent who knows nothing about guitar. A huge talent!
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Sedat April 24, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Tommy is a phenomenal teacher. He is able to explain advanced concepts related to music theory in a way that is easy to understand and teaches you how to apply it to your own playing. Easily the best person to learn from if you want to improve your bass technique.
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Tommy W.

Falls Church, VA 22043
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About Christine P.

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Development of total artistry. Projecting emotion effectively and matching expression with face, body and voice. Insightful interpretation of music. Coaching in movement, acting and staging, but most importantly mentality.

About Christine
The Exquisite Voice, Inc.

Christine is a professional vocal coach and piano instructor with an exceptional reputation. She is the owner of The Exquisite Voice, Inc. and resides in The Historic Parkfairfax community of Alexandria.

She has over eight years of teaching experience and has taught hundreds of students and given thousands of lessons, (including the full spectrum of learning needs) during this time (both vocal and piano throughout the DMV area). She is considered an expert in her field for vocal technique and maintains a very active studio.

Christine's unique and highly effective approach to voice has allowed her to continue to help beginning to professional level students advance their technique with incredible results.

Christine is a master of vocal technique and focuses on properly diagnosing and addressing vocal
issues as well as integrating the body to fully support the voice.

She addresses vocal issues in a very practical and logical order by first identifying the primary source of the vocal issues and starting to work from there.

This is a simple, but crucial difference that is apparent in her approach. The very nature of secondary issues are that they are simply the extensions of the primary issues and therefore primary issues should really become the focus and starting point of the technical work.

It is from Christine’s experience and observation that she has concluded that secondary issues will always be dysfunctional (regardless of time and effort put into correcting them) as long as the primary issues have not been resolved. Oftentimes secondary issues will significantly self-correct on their own or can be approached reasonably once the primary source has been corrected.

This can only happen if the teacher knows this and is aware on how to approach the correct order in which to work and to address issues.

Making sense of primary versus secondary issues is absolutely fundamental to legitimately correcting problems successfully. Unfortunately it is often that the student is ultimately left to the enormous task of discovering this on their own, if ever and if they are lucky after years of study because the teacher is often focused on surface level issues, which are always easy to hear.

This is because most professionals are not versed in hearing such nuanced differences, nor capable to offer to work in such a refined manner.

The voice requires an execution of many things that must function together properly in order for it to work. Considering this makes it is easy to understand why the voice is viewed as the most complicated instrument to diagnose and teach. Therefore, it is absolutely important to invest in teachers who greatly have a handle on the voice and how to go about making sense of it.

She also specializes in teaching students process and development through highly mindful practices. She believes that in order for the voice to function optimally, the body, mind and emotional state of the singer must all be receptive and responsive in a positive way. This is because they are all inherently interconnected.

Christine teaches in a mindful manner to help students become more observant and aware of their own approach. By doing so we can realistically create the opportunity to arrive to better choices.

Christine’s extensive experience and knowledge in various styles and specialties in vocal intonation, along with her continuous education (over twenty years) and dedication to the authentic Italian traditions of bel canto and verismo opera has allowed for her to develop an approach that can extended into all legitimate styles of singing. Her personal approach to the voice is beyond comparison, nor can it be matched.

She has a phenomenal ear and can make rapid and highly accurate assessments of technical issues in a very brief sitting. Christine is exceptional at explaining vocal pedagogy and directing students on how to make corrections for themselves.

Christine is a dramatic soprano and is very confident and experienced with large instruments (that are more difficult to train for various reasons and require more specialized training). Having an extremely rare and large voice herself has given her invaluable insight toward fully understanding all other voice types and the discipline necessary to achieve efficient technique.

Many teachers can be limited in their view and teach "their technique" as opposed to helping the student develop their own technique and what works best for them. Christine has a great talent for figuring out what a students needs to do in their approach in order to achieve the results and keep the lessons progressive.

Developing proficient technique in a complete and effective way leads toward discovering the full capacity and beauty of our instrument without compromise. We need to find our voice to find ourselves as artist.

Her methods in vocal intonation translate directly and indirectly into all styles of legitimate singing, which she coaches many varying styles and will direct student toward appropriate repertoire. Students will learn the full potential of their instrument under her guidance. It is her belief that technique should always lead toward one sounding natural, no matter the style and that one fully learns their instrument’s capability to access endless artistic choices as a performer.

Christine offers very traditional based vocal lessons with a focus on improving technique through practical exercises and song repertoire designed for each student's unique vocal needs. She will offer necessary guidance and adjustments to ensure the student's continuous development.

Her goal is for her vocal students to discover their authentic voice and to find freedom in their technique and most importantly their expression as artists.

What you can expect to learn:

Vocal pedagogy and how the voice functions properly; how to effectively think about your voice to get the body to cooperate (aurally, physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.);

Integrating the body to fully support the voice Rebounding the body, which is at the core of support, but often times very apparently neglected because most trained singers/teachers from even the highest institutions do not understand how it works or do it effectively themselves. It is sadly becoming a lost art. This is the most advanced concept of singing and yet is absolutely necessary to master in order to access genuine support. Christine clearly demonstrates and explains how this concept functions and her refinement of it is by far not common knowledge.

Other concepts include sustaining an open throat, internal space for optimal resonances, legitimate dynamics directed from the body and compressed air, anchoring the body to maintain the larynx low;

Various placement techniques, air that can rebound using breath direction, centering the voice/cut internally by aligning the horizontal (mask) and vertical planes (chest, back of head, top of head and spine) support and placement that function together, developing a mixed middle sound that passes easily into low and high registers and broadens range; articulation that is aligned with vertical planes and naturally hooks up chest and top of head (releases in head) without forcing or placing, tongue, jaw and neck release, body posture that is conducive for support and keeps the body open and functional;

Various artistic and performance techniques, musical interpretation appropriate to context, time period and style, aligning the voice and body/acting to come across accurately in our portrayals and the process behind this, memorization techniques, execution of timing for expressive reasons and ways to think about timing that doesn’t conflict with the natural structure of a song, but allows for flexibility in phrasing, phrasal development and song development.

Piano:
Christine is also a highly sought out piano instructor for her ability to establish an exceptional foundation in beginning piano students and those who wish to continue their studies and build upon the fundamentals. She specializes in reading skills and excellent technique.

It is her belief that having a solid foundation sets the tone for determining if a student will continue with their studies and therefore this is the most vital part of a student's development and future progress.

She teaches Russian technique, which allows for flexibility, strength and tonal beauty of musical lines. This technique can be applied to all styles of playing piano such as pop, jazz and is not limited to just the classical repertoire.

Her goal is for all of her music students to become increasingly independent as musicians to where they feel confident to teach themselves and others and to ultimately find enjoyment in the process of learning music.

Her approach helps students advance their technique, reading proficiency, including music theory and expand their artistic capabilities.

Education and continuation of voice:

She received her music education in classical vocal performance from George Mason University and has vigiourously continued her studies in opera with Mrs. Fabiana Bravo, who studied with Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto and has had a fabulous career singing at the Met. Christine specializes in Italian for classical rep.

General styles I coach:
Opera (bel canto and verismo) classical, sacred, hymnal, traditional, jazz, r&b, folk, and other variations of these popular styles.

Christine also has an international recording career as an adult contemporary artist.

Voice lessons begin at age 14-55 and piano at age 6-any age. Please no inquires about exceptions on age or travel, I will not respond. I teach from my home only, regardless of distance. I am worth waiting for and traveling to:)

What do I expect from students who are applying:

Those who are very hard working, motivated, passionate, dedicated, responsible, considerate, humble and serious about lessons and greatly improving as musicians should apply only regardless of aspirations as a hobby or professionally.

I strongly believe that music is a discipline and this is how it will be approached during lessons. This is a teacher-student effort. Taking responsibility for your part is a must. That means trying to the best of your abilities to put my advice and guidance into practice away from lessons is necessary to your improvement.

I am looking for potential long-term students who are willing and ready to work hard in a practical and realistic manner, regardless of age, learning needs or proficiency.

Singing is a long-term sustained process to develop that can absolutely not be rushed and I want students who understand this. I have very limited availability and I am only seeking serious students who have a positive, professional attitude and will value me as a teacher. You need not know anything about voice, just have a good work ethic and attitude :)

Thank you and looking forward to working together!

Warmly,
Christine Padua
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Thomas M. February 16, 2018
· Singing · In home
She is incredibly talented. And truly understands how sound is created through voice. I highly recommend her to anyone. I am a beginner, by the way, with zero vocal experience. I'm looking forward to my next lesson!
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Vesela D. January 20, 2018
· Opera Voice · In studio
Lessons were extremely useful for me. Christine is great at explaining the technique of opera singing and helping the student feel and find their own voice. Christine is an amazing vocal coach I would recommend to everyone.
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Philip September 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
So far so good. Christine has an interesting approach and she is very engaging
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Christine P.

Alexandria, VA 22302
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About Chanel N.

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I'm an experienced vocal and piano teacher for over 10 years that's looking to work with eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation in what they need to know to be successful.

About Chanel
Hello there! I'm Chanel Narcissus and thank you for your interest in my studio. I have been teaching private lessons and recording music since 2007 and am able to teach lessons at your home, online or at Studio Nar, LLC located in the Towson area.

My education career has afforded me the opportunity to be a graduate of Sheffield Institute of Recording Arts with a concentration in Audio Engineering. I also attended Morgan State University, where I was a double major in the concentrations of Vocal Performance and Classical Piano. Here, I received my Bachelors of Arts degree.

Throughout my career, I have gained in depth knowledge and experience in teaching voice, piano and theory, audition preparation, audio engineering, production and song-writing and I look forward to sharing it with you.
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Matthew May 30, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I I’ve been taking piano lessons with Chanel for several months now, both in studio and online (FaceTime). She always goes the extra mile to make sure you understand the material. I’m very pleased with her style of teaching and would highly recommend her to anyone who is interested in learning music.
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Justin January 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent instructor
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Kaira J. January 21, 2017
· Audition Prep · In home
I had such a wonderful time at my session with Chanel. She has such a warm and welcoming personality. You would not regret for one time for choosing Chanel as your coach, she's amazing.
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Chanel N.

Baltimore, MD 21239
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About Orla C.

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My students have achieved admission into Berklee College of Music in Boston, lead roles in their school plays such as Peter Pan and Into the Woods, and new levels of confidence and vocal technique that have made them the stars of their local talent shows and concerts!
I am a vocal coach with over 10 years of experience singing on stage in bands, in professional musical theater, and in voice competitions. I've been trained in Jazz, Classical, Musical Theater (legit and contemporary styles), Rock, Pop, and Folk Music (Americana and Celtic).
I am absolutely sure that any singer of any age or ability can come to me with their audition, performance, and vocal technique goals, and together we will achieve those goals and more!
I love bringing the joy and beauty of singing to others and I can guarantee you'll leave our lessons with results beyond what you had thought possible.

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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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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Jesse November 3, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
Orla has helped me become more confident in my singing abilities in 4 lessons than I ever was in 10 years of self-taught experience.
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L.O. November 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Five stars! I came in with goals and we are mastering them! I always have fun!
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Orla C.

Orla C.

Vienna, VA 22180
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Springfield, VA

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I have extensive performing experience as well as audition experience. Lessons with me in Music Performance can help your preparation and mental ability to handle any type of performance, regardless of instrument or setting.

About Sean
My name is Sean, and I have been playing bassoon since I was 12 years old. Originally from Northern Virginia, I attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA where I completed my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Bassoon Performance. In December of 2013, I joined the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL where I performed with musicians such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming, and Emanuel Ax. During my time in Miami, I taught at Miami Northwestern High School as part of the MusicLab program, as well as working with other local high school students during the Side-by-Side projects. In 2017, I moved back to the Northern Virginia area where I teach both in schools and privately, and perform with groups such as the Richmond Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera, and Pittsburgh Symphony. I have also performed with the
Boston Symphony and Jacksonville Symphony. I am a big believer in the power of music, and have taught students in Medellin, Colombia, Nashville, TN, Miami, FL and Japan.
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Sean M.

Sean M.

Springfield, VA 22152
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$25 / 30-min

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Bethesda, MD

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I focus on technique, musicality, music theory and how to use all three while having fun!

About Leigh
Leigh, a soprano residing in the DMV area, graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, she has participated in masterclassesv with artists such as Arianna Zukerman and Ann Baltz and performed in many productions. Her most recent role was as Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream with Shakespeare Opera Theater in Manassas.

During her time at VCU, Leigh was a featured soloist with The VCU Women's Choir and the Commonwealth Singers on multiple occations. She was also featured in the roles of: Gianetta (The Gondoliers), Jou-Jou (The Merry Widow) and Papagena (The Magic Flute).

During her time at school she started teaching voice lessons in Richmond VA. Since then, she has taught students from all different ages and abilities. She loves how a voice lesson can turn any kind of day into an
amazing one. The ability to make a student smile through music when something finally clicks or they get to sing their favorite song is the most amazing feeling.

This year, along with a personal recital and volunteer work, Leigh was contracted to sing as the mezzo soprano soloist in Saint-Saens Noel. In the year to come she will be studying with Arianna Zukerman, building her personal voice studio and preparing for her busy summer. She will be singing in New York City as the Sleep Fairy and the Gretel understudy with the Manhattan Opera Studio where she will also perform an aria and opera scenes concert at Carnegie Hall. Following that she will travel to Tuscany to sing and study with Bel Canto in Tuscany!
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Chris January 9, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
Online lessons can get confusing and even though the connection can get wonky Leigh was really great about it. If something made the lesson run longer, she would give me extra time to make up for connection problems. Aside from being really great about working with you, she also knows her stuff. From how to sing freely to great song choices, she really knows a lot.
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Nancy January 9, 2018
· Singing · In studio
What a joy Leigh is! She’s great at simplifying things so that a beginner can pick them up. It was so nice to be able to learn and get positive encouragement. I left every lesson feeling like I was better .
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Ryan January 8, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
I have seen Leigh on stage and in lessons and she is amazing. She knows how to explain things in a way that clicks and because she performs too she knows how to help you with emoting and musicality. I’d recommend her to anyone!
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Leigh S.

Leigh S.

Bethesda, MD 20814
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