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About Joe B.

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Rockville, MD

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About Joe
My method is a fun, energy-packed and safe environment where kids are encouraged to love God, music, their band members, and their electric guitar or bass.

My desire is to partner with parents to teach kids (6 and up) basic music skills using technology, rock, blues and worship, and this to serve as foundation for their musical growth and performances in their lives. Music as a language is our priority.
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The Method

1) Music is a language...... By: Victor Wooten.

Both music and verbal languages serve the same purpose. They are both forms of expression.
They can be used as a way to communicate with others, they can be read and written, then can make you laugh or cry, think or question and can speak to one or many and both can definitely make you move.

"Music wor
ks better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective."

In some instances, music works better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective. Although many musicians agree that music is a "language" it is rarely treated as such.

Many of us treat it as something that can only be learned by following a strict regiment under the tutelage of a skilled teacher. This approach has been followed for hundreds of years with proven success... But it takes a long time. Too long.

Think about the first language you learned as a child. More importantly, think about how you learned it.

"You were allowed to make mistakes."

You were a baby when you first started speaking and even though you spoke the language incorrectly you were allowed to make mistakes - and the more mistakes you made, the more your parents smiled!

Learning to speak was not something you were sent somewhere to do only a few times a week. The majority of people you spoke to were not beginners, they were already proficient speakers. Imagine your parents forcing to only speak to other babies until you were good enough to speak to them! You'd probably be an adult before you could carry on a proper conversation.

To use a musical term, as a baby you were allowed to "jam" with professionals.

If we approach music in the same natural way we approached our first language, we would learn to speak it in the same short time it took to speak our first language.
Proof of this can be seen in almost any family where a child grows up with other musicians in the family.

Here are a few keys to follow in learning guitar or bass:

In the beginning we embrace mistakes instead of correcting them. Like a child playing air guitar there are no wrong notes.

Allow young musicians to play and perform with accomplished musicians on a daily basis.

Encourage young musicians to play more than they practice. The more they play, the more they will practice on their own.

Music comes from the musician, not the instrument.
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2) RockSmith 2014 becomes your personal accomplished musician or band for you to play in a daily basis as it monitors how you play, dynamically adjusts difficulty to your skill level, then slowly introduces more notes and phrases until you're playing your favorite songs note-for-note. Lead Rhythm and bass lines.

Rocksmith 2014 teaches you fast and effectively by letting you plug any real guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC or Mac.

The Rocksmith Method will first make sure you can PLAY the instrument.
You will play your favorite songs.
You will learn a new technique every month.
Rocksmith is designed to match the way your guitar is laid out, so there's no need to interpret tablature or learn sheet music to get started.
Have strings on your guitar? You'll see strings on the screen....

You'll need a game console, a screen and a electric guitar or bass. It's non negotiable.

If you don't have it. I will provide you with a loaner system until you catch up.

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3) A dedicated and passionate Teacher to tie everything together and keep you on track.

The early you start, the better. Kids age 6 or up are my best customers. They don't have adjust to anything other than to get their little fingers around a guitar appropriate to their size.
For young adults and people that tried play the guitar the old fashion way, here's my advise:

You will need to take a step back... or maybe two steps. Let me show you a better way.

These 3 things changes everything in how to learn or teach guitar. This is just to start the journey. I won't even mention custom songs or our musician club for you to perform your songs.

"If music is a language. You should never stop talking."

Remember that a language works the best when we have something interesting to say.
Many music teachers never find out what their students have to say. We only tell them what they are supposed to say.
A child speaks a language for years before they even learn the alphabet.
Too many rules at the onset will actually slow them down.
In my eyes the approach to music should be the same.

After all, music is a language too.

Let's Play & Grow Together.

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Private guitar and bass lessons are designed for students to progress at their own pace. Private lessons will follow the same RockSmith Journey structure. In a private guitar or bass lesson, the teacher has the opportunity to help the student individually for the entire lesson time, and structures each lesson personally for the student depending on their skill level and goals.

The Essentials/Techniques Plus:

Tuning
Strapping up
How to hold a pick
Plucking strings
Accents
Slides
Chords
Power chords
Double stops
Barre chords
Arpeggios
Notes Chords Scales

Shifting
Fretting
Sustains
Palm mutes
Slides
Bends
Tremelos
Hammer-ons
Pull-offs
Natural harmonics
Strumming patterns
Unpitched slides
Fret hand mutes
Improvising and jamming
Vibrato
Scales and modes
Changing strings

Additional Bass Techniques:

Fifths
Roots
Slapping
Popping

Advanced Players:

Double stop, Oblique, and Compound Bends
Two hand tapping
Articulation and phrasing
Pinch harmonics
Extended harmonies
Hybrid techniques
Advanced chords
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Rishi A. March 16, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Kids liked Joe a lot!
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Sophie D. August 12, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Joe continues to work with my 7-year-old daughter, she loves his technique and style.
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Praneel + Preeti K. June 28, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Joe is patient and is very flexible with schedule changes. My kids love his class.
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Joe B.

Rockville, MD 20850
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$45 / 60-min

About Ron W.

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Silver Spring, MD
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About Ron
I began my formal study of piano at the age of five. I also studied violin, viola and tap dance during my youth. A very close friend and I founded the Young Senators, a R&B dance band which played throughout the Washington DC Metropolitan are. The group eventually became the “back up” group for Motown’s Eddie Kendricks, of Temptations fame. Throughout my career, I've performed with some celebrated music and movie stars; Cab Calloway, Esther Rolle, Brock Peters and Cecily Tyson, to name a few.

In the late 90s, worked for Jordan Kitts Music, providing (group and private) piano instruction for 3 year old up to adult seniors. My lessons were designed to build cumulative sequences of musical experiences that fostered continuous growth in musical understanding, skills, and knowledge with a focus towards contemporary and traditional ke
yboard harmonies.
In 2000, I worked for the Jewish Primary Day School (Grades K – 6), where I introduced the conceptual structure of music, focusing on melody, rhythm, and harmony and their expressive and stylistic organization. Program objectives included: 1) ability to listen with discrimination, 2) ability to sing on pitch within a limited range, 3) ability to play simple rhythm and melodic instruments, 4) ability to interpret music through body movements, impersonations, and dramatizations, and 5) ability to associate symbols of musical notation with musical concepts.

Today, I perform professionally and provide private online and offline piano instruction for children and adults.
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Paul March 7, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Very patient and incredibly knowledgeable! Pleasure to work with
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b1mack June 24, 2015
· Piano · In home
Ron has been my piano instructor for the past three years. I find him to be very knowledgeable in jazz as well as classical music. He goes above the allotted time to ensure your understanding of instructions, and maintains a professional demeanor at all times, even with wit in his oral approach. I would not hesitate to recommend him for piano instruction at all levels!
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Jesse T Gonzalez June 17, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Worthy has a lot of knowledge to share, and I'm looking forward to future lessons. Great teaching style.
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Ron W.

Silver Spring, MD 20910
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Hanaa H.

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Fairfax, VA

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About Hanaa
Hi there! My name is Hanaa. I have a Bachelor degree in Music Education and have worked as a classroom teacher and a private tutor for ten years. I am patient, passionate, self-motivated and responsible teacher. I am also an effective instructor with the ability to create a fun-filled atmosphere and develop strong rapport with students and parents. I teach piano and guitar. I also do recitals. I look forward to meeting and teaching you!
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Jakub H. May 4, 2019
· Piano · In home
Hanaa was very patient with my 8 and 5 year old boys. She is also quite professional and passionate about what she does.
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Ahmed T. May 1, 2019
· Piano · In home
Words wouldn't give Hanaa justice but I'll give it a try!!

Its been my adult dream to get to know how to play piano and couldn't take the step without a gift from my husband at my 33rd birthday!

Hanaa was very patient , very very much encouraging from Day 1
She keept me engaged even if i couldnt get a hold of notes or a song at the very beginning
She's always lighten up the mood and gave me different songs from different learning books so i can feel I'm getting better and better
And thanks to her devotion and patience with me
I get to fulfill one of my bucket list dream :)
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Bo March 11, 2019
· Piano · In studio
We used to take a group piano lesson with a different provider. My 6 years old son keeps chatting in a group environment, so we decided to go with a private piano teacher. We are so lucky that we found Ms. Hanaa, a patient, encouraging, professional and efficient piano teacher. We took 3 lessons so far, and I think my son made more progress than the entire semester when he was in a group class, because he is more focused with the one-on-one environment. And he really likes Ms. Hanna.
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Hanaa H.

Fairfax, VA 22033
(18)
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$35 / 30-min

About Chanel N.

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Baltimore, MD

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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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Keah B. May 16, 2019
· Singing · In home
OMG, Chanel is a wonderful and talented instructor, exudes great energy.
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Roland .. April 8, 2019
· Piano · In home
The 1st lesson was a get to know you session. Chanel was very professional and friendly. I am excited and looking forward to our next session.
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Jessica H. March 8, 2019
· Singing · Online
Honestly, after just one session, I am confident I made the right choice to choose Channel as my instructor. She has a beautiful and bright spirit, she is encouraging, and covers a lot of material during her session. She is structured, takes notes to learn of you and track progress, and much more. I am absolutely excited about future sessions with her.
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Chanel N.

Baltimore, MD 21239
(19)
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$30 / 30-min

About Josh M.

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Falls Church, VA

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About Josh
My name is Josh and I love to play the guitar! I also enjoy teaching others and helping people find their passion through playing music I've been playing for 14 years, acoustic, electric, bass...you name it. I've been in a few bands (90s covers!) but find solo work to be my favorite setting. I have experience with teaching students of all ages (7 - 40). I tailor our lessons to my students specific goals and ability level. I have a unique approach by making music fun and ensuring my students are learning at their own pace. I offer instruction in how to play the guitar as well as reading and writing music and general music theory. Whatever your desire is just let me know and we will work together on acheiving your musical goals!

I am willing to travel to your location, meet at a park on a nice day, or book studio time (if requested) at a
local studio. I also will invite you into my home to practice, whatever works for you!

I'm looking forward to working with you!

Josh
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Josh M.

Falls Church, VA 22042
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$50 / 30-min
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About Maureen W.

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Silver Spring, MD

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About Maureen
Welcome to online saxophone lessons! While studying with me we will focus on practice techniques to develop your speed, vibrato and intonation (one of the most important aspects of a good sound!) For students in grade school, lessons can help your skills in band class and in participation in solo and ensemble. It is a great chance to perform works before doing an important audition! In my private teaching I have also focused on playing group pieces with my own arrangements of pop music, like Usher and Rihanna! I find it really enjoyable and it allows my students to challenge themselves while working in a different format than they are used to.

I learned classical saxophone at Peabody Conservatory in Maryland, where I have a bachelor's and master's degree. I performed in wind ensemble and quartets. Currently I play in the Capital Wind Sy
mphony in D.C., where we perform concert pieces for wind ensemble. I also teach at the Levine School of Music, which is very exciting since I studied there as a teenager! Thanks for your interest and I look forward to working with you!
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Ayush V. June 2, 2019
· Saxophone · In home
My son who plays in high school honors band is taking alto sax lessons with Maureen for past few months. Maureen is an amazing teacher, very detail oriented focused. My son has learned advanced techniques and won few medals at state level with superior rating of 1. I would highly recommend Maureen, she is a fabulous saxophone teacher who is actively involved and renowned personality in music community with playing in many DC metro area concerts. My son enjoys every lesson and will be continuing to be her student in coming year.
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George S. February 5, 2019
· Saxophone · In home
We are on our third lesson. Great so far!!
Maureen is a fantastic teacher.
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Maureen W.

Silver Spring, MD 20901
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Kris M.

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Baltimore, MD
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About Kris
I have been teaching the violin to students of all ages and abilities for close to twenty years, and have had great satisfaction in seeing them all grow and develop over time. Some of my younger students have gone on to the Interlochen Arts Camp, and one of my former adult students still makes an annual summer pilgrimage to a chamber music festival in Ullapool, Scotland. Whatever your interest or ambition, I would be more than happy to help you along your way.

In addition to teaching, I am currently a member of the Delaware and West Virginia Symphony Orchestras, a former member of the Huntsville, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and have performed as a substitute violinist with the Virginia Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Maryland Symphony, and National Philharmonic Orchestras. I hold a BM in violin from George Mason University.
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Clara R. October 11, 2018
· Violin · In studio
You are great! Love you!
(Clara - 5 year old student)
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Tracy June 18, 2018
· Violin · In home
My daughter worked with Kris for almost eight years and Kris was always dedicated and committed to her growth. He is an enormously capable and talented violin teacher- we highly recommend him!
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Lori Ann May 30, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Kris was the PERFECT match for my 9 year old son who enjoys the violin but is maturing as well. Kris made him feel positive about his slow but steady progress. He was never shamed for not doing or being more. That being said, I believe that Kris was more than ready to meet my son wherever his capability was and to gently challenge him to grow.
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Kris M.

Baltimore, MD 21218
(3)
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$30 / 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

About Joshua S.

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Severna Park, MD
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About Joshua
I am a professional vocalist and have had over seven years of vocal technique experience. I'm willing to work with you and give you my best work.
I teach students to let go of built up tension as well as excellent techniques for how to sing. I have had multiple students in the past and this is not new for me. I teach good diction and can teach you how to sing in a multitude of different styles.
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Joshua S.

Severna Park, MD 21146
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$42 / 30-min

About Natalie P.

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Washington, DC
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About Natalie
I'm a clarinetist (Bb and bass), teacher, performer, and aspiring conductor in the DMV area. I graduated from Catholic University with a Bachelors in Music Performance - Woodwinds, and have a strong theoretical and practical foundation in music education from my time at CUA. My formal training in education as well as performance allows me to pull from multiple sources in order to make lessons fun and productive for both teacher and student.

Currently, I'm perform solo and with chamber ensembles around the DMV area. I also serve as a music director for multiple music ministry groups around the District. I have professional experience in composing and arranging, and love to work with new composers to premiere contemporary classical works. Some of my favorite performances include playing in the pit orchestra for Center Stage Theater Compan
y's Addams Family, performing with a wind quintet at the Canadian Embassy, and a solo performance at the St. John Paul II National Shrine.

I teach at your location, in the studios at Catholic University, or over Skype. I work with students with a variety of goals, ages, and skill levels, primarily looking to study classical style music.
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Natalie P.

Washington, DC 20064
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$40 / 30-min

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