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About Marvin A.

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Montgomery Village, MD

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About Marvin
I help students make the guitar a part of their life, teaching them to play with individuality, creativity, and proper technique.

***for DC In-home students, minimum lesson time must be 60 minutes.***

Taught privately in the Washington DC area for 3 years before moving to NYC to earn my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music majoring in Jazz Guitar. I have accumulated more than 10 years of experience teaching the guitar. I gigged regularly in the DMV and NYC areas and have been doing a lot of shows, private parties, receptions, weddings, and business events. i have made recordings in studios and I am very musically active. I am extremely passionate, and I live to play, learn, and of course teach the guitar.

*** Lesson Details and Teaching Philosophy ***
I love playing guitar and YOU will too!

The guitar is a fantastic instrument
and is so much fun to play. I incorporate musical fun into my lesson as much as I can because I want students to learn how to "play" music not "work" music. I have learned from many great musicians that music is driven by passion and should be enjoyable to the performer and this is felt by the audience. Teaching and learning are similar. I enjoy teaching so much and my students always have a smile on their face after the lesson.

Play the music YOU love!

I have learned in my experience that students show the most growth and progress while learning material that they are interested in. I have been trained to be able to play almost any tune I hear, so I can teach my students how to play their favorite tunes exactly how they hear them!

This means that lessons are customized and fine-tuned for every student!

Slow and steady WINS the race!

Learning music is not a race, but this lesson is true when learning music. I am able to work with students to help them improve by identifying and isolating problems in their playing. I can create simple exercises for the student to slowly and surely become closer to the guitarist they wish to be.

I am very flexible and prioritize the students need over everything else. But with everything I teach, I am able to relate back to theory. I show students how to practice effectively to build their chops. And I of course I can instruct the students how to read and write music, with proper technique. I also have an educated background with Theory and Ear Training, all of which I pass on to all my students.

I care very much about my students and love to see them excel!

*** Studio Equipment ***
music studio in basement; amps; guitars (acoustic & electric); cables, music stands, sheet music

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide with me sheet music paper, a music stand, and a small amplifier if necessary.

The student should have a private space suitable to take lessons in and a guitar to learn with.

*** Specialties ***
Modern Guitar
Rock, R&B, Funk, Acoustic, Pop, Jazz, and also Christian music
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HID November 1, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son can't wait every week for his lesson with Marvin. He has learned so much in only five sessions.
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Fabio L. March 3, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Marvin has been awesome and I am glad to have found him here in TakeLessons.com. My son and I are taking weekly guitar lessons with Marvin and he has been a great resource and help for knowledge. Both my son and I are beginners and he's has worked with each one of us in different ways, since we both learn differently and have distinct goals. I feel that his recommendations and exercises are helping the two of us and I look forward to keep working with Marvin and making us better players and have fun with the guitar. His patient and calm demeanor are perfect and important traits to effectively teach adult beginners and kids. Thanks Marvin!
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Anunoy G. February 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Marvin has been teaching guitar to my two sons, 12 and 10 since last June. My boys had never touched a guitar before so they were absolute beginners. Marvin has a soft spoken and easy going style of teaching. He makes the lessons fun for my boys and they look forward to their lessons every week. I would definitely recommend Marvin to anyone looking for a guitar instructor.
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Marvin A.

Montgomery Village, MD 20886
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$25 / 30-min

About Rodrigo T.

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Frederick, MD
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About rodrigo
Hi. My name is Rodrigo T. Thanks for checking out my profile! Here is some information about my training and background:

Degrees: Master of Arts in Transverse Flute, Royal Conservatory, The hague, Holland.
Saxophone with George Garzone at Berlklee School of Music, Boston, MA
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Derek D. December 11, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Great Lesson. Rodrigo was very patient and relaxed in his teaching. I look forward to the next session.
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Isaac R. July 20, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Rodrigo was patient, gave effective advice, and showed real care about my progress. He pushed me to progress, and as a result I did pretty quickly. A+ teacher.
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Isaac R. June 5, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Extremely knowledgeable, and patient. Great teacher
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Rodrigo T.

Frederick, MD 21701
(5)
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$35 / 30-min

About Aleksis B.

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Germantown, MD
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About Aleksis
My name is Aleksis B., but many of my students know me as Mr. B. I am a professional instructor and performing musician who combines a love of music with a desire to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. I try to make that passion show in everything I do.

My education includes classical voice training with Michele Howard Hansen, an opera singer that often performs at the Kennedy Center. I studied piano with Geoffrey Chappell, who writes for Jazz Times. I also received compositional training on multiple instruments from Stanley Cowell, who recorded and performed with legends like Miles Davis.

I have been performing professionally since 1992. I studied education in college and did my student teaching in a music class at Goshen Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

I have been teaching music pr
ofessionally now for over twenty years. Some students want to take a few lessons to see if it is something they will enjoy, others have worked with me for over a decade. I have mentored several students who have gone on to professional careers. I have experienced a lot of success teaching young children and those with special needs. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of patience and truly enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.

Whatever your goals or abilities, I look forward to working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Experience fun based lessons as my teaching approach is relaxed and inspirational. I enjoy working with all ages, adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate your learning style and abilities. Learn to play the music you love! You learn best when you enjoy what you are playing, I can help you play along with your favorites or even write your own songs. I always ask my students at the beginning of a lesson "What would you like to do today?" Then structure the lesson accordingly into a routine that the student can practice on their own. Generally the time is divided into warm ups, learning new material, then picking a fun song the student choses. Whether your interest is Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop music, etc... I'm here help you reach your goals so let's make your dreams come true with music together!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books, Guitar, music stand, metronome, picks, tuner, page clips, capo, media player, laptop, Keyboard (on request), and recording equipment (on request)

*** Specialties ***
With Voice I specialize in helping people prepare for auditions such as American Idol. I have students who simply want to be karaoke stars. I have several professional singers that hire me as a voice coach and producer for recording sessions. I have taught children as young as 2 and those that retired with a lifelong dream to sing. Though my training is classical, I can teach Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, etc...whatever is fun for the student. I highly recommend learning to read music but I do not push it unless parents want their child to.

With Piano I can teach traditionally from Alfred and Bastien Piano Courses depending if they are auditory or visual learners. For Kinesthetic learners I use Hanon scale exercises and Rothman Rhythm Exercises. For those that want to learn notation I introduce classical and Jazz composers unless there is a popular artist/band/movie theme etc...that they would like to learn. However I do not push students to read music unless their parents would prefer it. I tend to keep more students that want to learn to play by ear especially adults by using rhythm training and music theory exercises and then applying them to songs they love. For piano I haven't had much success with children younger than 3. I also have a lot experience working with special needs children.

For Guitar I teach Classical, Acoustic, and Electric all styles and genres. I encourage sight reading but don't mind using tabs. I use more exercises with these students, since the first month students have a hard time making a sound. I try to make the lessons fun by having students strum chords along with songs they chose. I teach lead and rhythm even songwriting and composition. Job satisfaction for me is seeing my students leave a lesson with a smile on their face so I make sure to be a fun based teacher that doesn't give the student a hard time about not practicing.

For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.
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Lynn C. April 23, 2019
· Vocal Training · In home
Alexsis is dedicated to work with you to bring out your best
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Amy March 29, 2019
· Singing · In home
Aleksis is a very patient and encouraging instructor! I’ve learned a lot in a few weeks time.
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Natalia Houghton March 26, 2019
· Classical Piano · In home
My daughter loves her piano lessons. Aleksis is very patient and knowledgeable. We are very happy
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Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD 20876
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About Gabrielle B.

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West Friendship, MD
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About Gabrielle
I'm a violinist and pianist from West Friendship, Maryland with twenty years of experience on each instrument and ten years experience teaching. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Louisville. I believe in using positive feedback to develop a student's passion for playing music. Beginner to advanced, I can make you a better musician.
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John F. March 7, 2019
· Piano · In home
Gabrielle has a really fun personality, which only helps to compliment her piano skill. Not only that, but she is very flexible on scheduling, and understands that things can come up from time to time for either the student or the teacher. With this expectation in mind, her lessons really make the most of the 30 minutes allotted, and her skills show as she helps you step through each measure. I've taken piano lessons before, quite some time ago, and Gabrielle was quickly able to adapt the lesson to what I already knew versus what I had to re-learn or learn for the first time. Definitely recommend!
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Rachel B. November 23, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Since ive never done this before i dont have much to go off of, but it was still a great experience that was easy to get started.
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Girish .. December 11, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I would have described how 'passionate' Gabbi is about violin but unfortunately never had that opportunity. I had scheduled the class 10 days in advance and on the day of the class Gabbi decided to shoot an email couple hours before saying she can't make it.
A dollar is minute is a very decent compensation which I don't make as an engineer with 7 years of college education. But unfortunately that didn't inspire enough professionalism in Gabbi. Maybe she reserves her professionalism for few people and not for everyone.
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Gabrielle B.

West Friendship, MD 21794
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$30 / 30-min

About Sepehrdad A.

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Montgomery Village, MD
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About Sepehrdad
As an experienced Violin teacher I help students to teach themselves the violin, to understood that their playing only improves when they change habits. A bored or disinterested child simply won’t progress, and a great violin teacher knows how to communicate with creativity and clarity. I have proper knowledge of the violin’s mechanics, general musical and repertoire knowledge, skilled as a player, and strength as a communicator. I have a bachelor degree in string performance, and I’ve taught students from beginner to advance for more than 10 years, guided students participating in inter-school musical shows, competitions and different musical presentations – Fests and orchestras. I teach both Suzuki and traditional method depending on the level of student.
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Aditi January 28, 2019
· Violin · In studio
very happy.
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Levi, David & Jeremiah S. October 17, 2018
· Violin · In home
Sepehrdad is great! Our three boys really enjoy his teaching approach which is encouraging yet challenges growth. We are delighted and feel blessed that we found him to teach our children in our home!
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Sepehrdad A.

Montgomery Village, MD 20886
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About Louis J.

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

Germantown, MD 20874
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$39 / 30-min

About Ellie K.

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Columbia, MD
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About Ellie
Expert in opera and choral singing.

Soprano Ellie Yeonjung K., completed her Master's of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York studying under Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. Ellie's operatic appearances include Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Dell'arte Opera Emsemble and Lucy in Menotti's TheTelephone at the Korea National Theater.

She was recognized with "great critical acclaim" by Opera News online for the role of Rita in Donizetti's Rita with the Martina Arroyo Foundation.
Other repertoire include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Sophie in Massenet's Werther, and Laetitia in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief. Ms. K. was also featured in several opera gala concert performances at the KBS Hall in Seoul, Korea as a member of the Kim Ja-Kyung opera company.

Ms. K. was featured as a vocal soloist with t
he Washington Bach Consort for their 2013 season and is a professional member of the Washington Master Chorale and has appeared as a soloist in Washington-Baltimore area.
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Maggie K. April 10, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Ellie was very kind, patient, and helpful. She quickly assessed my needs and was able to provide me with specific ways to improve my voice.
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Ellie K.

Columbia, MD 21044
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$65 / 45-min

About Natalie A.

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Frederick, MD
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About Natalie
I have been playing piano since I was 7 years old and grew up with classical training and spent a lot of time composing and learning things by ear at a young age. In high school I attended the Arts & Communications Academy at Thomas Johnson High School. I then traveled to Shepherd University with almost a full ride to study classical piano and composition. After one year I decided I wanted to intensify my studies and attend Shenandoah Conservatory where I began studying jazz piano. While at Shenandoah, I was immersed in a rich learning environment that increased my knowledge and experience in classical repertoire, and gave me my foundation in jazz harmony, improvising, and performing live in a variety of settings and ensembles. In 2017 I graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory with my BM in Jazz Studies. Since graduating I have become a pa
rt of the DC music scene working with R&B artists, singer-songwriters, jazz groups, funk groups, fusion groups and traveled to major cities all over the east coast performing in these various musical groups. Music has been my life for as long as I can remember. I am always performing, rehearsing, jamming, and writing. When I started teaching in high school I realized I had a similar passion for sharing my knowledge with others and inspiring my students. So join me in my studio where you can learn everything from classical piano, to jazz piano, to dealing with synthesizers and learning what all those knobs and buttons mean!
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Natalie A.

Frederick, MD 21702
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$30 / 30-min

About Deborah C.

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Brunswick, MD

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I have been a private music instructor for over 20 years. I earned a B.A. in music (oboe performance) from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, and a M.A. and PhD in musicology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

I enjoy working with children and teenagers. While my approach to teaching piano and oboe is classically based and my approach to violin instruction is Suzuki based, I adapt my method depending on the learning style of the student. My primary goals in teaching is to inspire the student and instill a love and passion for music.

On a practical note, I have four fluffy and very friendly cats living at my home studio. If the kitties create a problem for you, I can travel to your home.
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Deborah C.

Brunswick, MD 21716
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$34 / 30-min

About Sheralee T.

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Sykesville, MD
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About Sheralee
Hello! My name is Sheralee. So happy that you are looking to learn something new. I would be so pleased to help you learn and grow and gain a new skill which is so cool! Let's have a chat and find out if we'd get along - I know we will.
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Olivia April 4, 2019
· Music Theory · In studio
Sheralee taught my daughter recorder. My husband decided to join her. Her lessons were reasonably priced, and they both made great progress under her professional and encouraging guidance.
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Alejandra April 2, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Both of my kids started taking lessons with Mrs. Sheralee. My son was 6 and daughter was 5 when they started. I'm so Thankful to Sheralee for instilling the love for piano. They both looked forward to their piano lessons each week. I just love Sheralee's energy, her spirit, her kindness, her patience and her method. Sheralee is amazing with children and she creates an environment that is friendly and inspiring.
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Michelle April 2, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Sheralee has taught piano to both of my daughters. One has taken lessons for the past 5 years, the other for 2 years (both started when they were 6 years old). She teaches them from a variety of books each week, covering theory, finger exercises, John Schaum Piano Course, and hymns. As a Christian, Sheralee prays with them before each lesson, and inspires them to use their talent and abilities for the Lord. She does this by encouraging and preparing them to play for others (church, recitals, assisted care facilities, etc.). We have been very pleased with her kind and gentle, yet persistent manner. My daughters really like her and have truly blossomed under her direction!
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Sheralee T.

Sykesville, MD 21784
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