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About Jonathan G.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Jonathan
I have studied with Wanchi Huang at James Madison University for six years. At JMU, I earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music, both in violin performance. I am currently working on a doctoral degree at Catholic University of America, studying with Jody Gatwood. When I was a student at JMU, I taught several students privately. The students ranged from retirees to JMU faculty and students to adolescents. I am now teaching at Baltimore Talent Education Center, where I teach violin in small groups and individual lessons. The students at BTEC range from pre- kindergarden through high school. I also have festival experience. I have been a student at Brevard Music Center, Heifetz International Music Institute, BayView Music Festival, and I was a Teaching Fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp. Through my experiences both as a student
and as a teacher, I understand that every student is a little bit different. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses. Every student has a different learning style. Every student has a different way of understanding things, a different way of processing information, and a different personality all together. It will be my job as a teacher to get to know each student individually and use my teaching methods to teach the student how to play the violin and help him or her to reach his or her goals.

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I am a laid-back person. I am easy-going, enthusiastic about violin playing and about teaching and learning music, and I am very patient with my students as well. However, I am also very demanding. I explain and demonstrate objectives in a very precise way, and I demand a lot of detailed work from my students, inside and outside the lesson. I explain specifically what I want the student to do. By the end of every lesson, the student will have specific things to work on for next time. I expect each student to make practicing a habit, and practice regularly what has been discussed in the lesson. I try to make the lessons as pleasant and as laid-back as possible. But I become more firm, serious, and strict when a student either is not making an effort or does not practice enough outside the lesson.
I start students off with the Suzuki method. We work on techniques to hold the violin properly, hold the bow properly, and get a decent sound out of the violin, without too much physical tension. A student begins by learning to play by ear. After he or she is comfortable playing by ear, we associate the notes that the student hears and plays on the violin with written notes on a page.
We also work with the Paul Roland methods so that the student can learn the violin in a basic, rudimentary way. It involves a lot of repetitive patterns, back and forth motions that are slow and round, and avoiding excessive tension. This will give the student the tools that he or she needs to learn how to play the violin in a short period of time.
In three to six months, a student who is a beginner will be able to hold the violin and bow comfortably, create a decent sound on the violin, and play the Twinkle Variations, and maybe a few other songs.
If the student has played violin before, then in three to six months, he or she will have had some rehabilitation to get rid of tension and force, overcome some bad habits he or she may have developed, and review the fundamentals of violin playing. I will improve the student's approach to the violin, and by the end of the three to six months, he or she will have a better idea on how to practice and play the violin.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, seating for parents in the living room,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a stand.
I will expect the student to have a violin, rosin, and a pencil.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Method- a starting point, particularly for kids, but for people of all ages. It is a good way to begin learning the violin by playing by ear, developing a strong, clear tone, and bringing out one's individuality through his/her musical development and his/her ability to be expressive.

In a matter of time, I want the student to get used to reading music, in addition to playing by ear. This can be done through the pieces in the Suzuki method or through other music.

Eventually, I take the student off of the Suzuki method and work with him or her on classical repertoire.
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Alice S. January 8, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Very thorough! Loved my first lesson. Can't wait to continue my lessons with Jonathan! Thank you for your awesomeness!! :-)
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Aisha B. December 3, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Jonathan is the best violin teacher! My son had his first lesson today and he absolutely loved it. Very quickly Jonathan was able to find my son's strengths and the areas that he needs to work on. Not a minute was wasted during the lesson, at the same time he took his time to explain everything in detail. I can tell he can work with any level student. I liked his knowledge, passion, energy and positivity. If you are looking for a violin teacher for your child or yourself, do not hesitate to go with Jonathan!
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Kaitlyn October 16, 2017
· Violin · In home
To follow up, Jonathan is not only a very talented musician; but also takes his time with my daughter to help her understand, comprehend, and improve. The evening after our first lesson with Jonathan, she asked if she could play more (more often and longer) in lieu of chores - WOW! Never thought I'd hear that from my daughter; but Jonathan made the session enjoyable and encouraging to her. THANK YOU!!
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Jonathan G.

Baltimore, MD 21209
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About Brandon L.

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Laurel, MD

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About Brandon
Hello!

My name is Brandon L.! I have been a percussionist for 12 years, a producer for 5 and an artist since the day I was born! I'd love to share my knowledge of music with you and I want to show you everything you need to know to start learning on your own!

Working with me will kick start your amazing journey as serious musicians. I have a certified sessions player reputation by many industry professionals such as Rob Robinson, Dave Celentano, Matthew Dubbs and many more!

Whether you're just now beginning or you've been doing it for years, these private lessons will push you to your highest potential and maximize your drive, allowing you to access the next stage of your musical endeavors!
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Musicianship as a child was very exhilarating and stimulating so I like to put as much energ
y and excitement into each lesson as possible. Even if there are no signs of progress, the most important thing is to encourage the student because getting better at your instrument is exponential and will usually start off sluggish.

My first steps into getting to know the student better is to begin with having them choose a style of music that they like and play along with some of their favorite artists, in order for them to loosen up and get excited for learning. When I feel the student is fully comfortable and ready to begin our learning process, I will also have them play along with a style more complex, or out of their comfort zone, if you will. This establishes a sub conscious goal that they will want to reach every time they pick up their instrument which result in long-term commitment, respect and understanding of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Before taking lessons with me, there are only 2 things you need to know:

.You are REQUIRED to express your creative side with 100% honesty, there will be no holding back in creativity in my classroom!

.Keep in my that though we want you to be as open as possible, I will often have strict guidelines for the benefit of your musicianship. It may seem like I may push you sometimes and it may seem to get boring and pointless.. but your musicianship will improvement exponentially with each lesson!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drums/Percussion:

.Roland TD-9 Electronic Drumset
.DW-4 piece Acoustic Drumset
.Pearl 6 piece Acoustic Drumset
.Bongos
.Remo Roto Toms

Audio Production:

.General DAW's (Audio Software)
.Komplete 8 Ultimate
.M-Audio M-Box Interface
.Ibanez Electric Guitar
.2 Acoustic Guitars
.Midi Controller/Interface
.Baby Blue Bottle Microphone
.2 KRK 6's Studio Monitors

w/ sound proof insulated room to amplify the clearest sound possible.

*** Specialties ***
My drumming personality derives from Funk, Jazz, Hip Hop, Metal, Rock, Electronic and Pop. I have extensive live performance experience in such genres.
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Brandon L. May 14, 2013
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The best money I could have spent on learning!

Brandon is an amazing teacher. He has so much charisma and drive, all he wants to do is learn with you. These lessons have taught me so much and I can't wait to teach someday myself!

Thanks Brandon!
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Brandon L.

Brandon L.

Laurel, MD 20723
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About Jacob P.

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Silver Spring, MD

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About Jacob
I teach classical, musical theater, and pop voice building upon a foundation of an effortless and core-driven technique. Whether you're interested in polishing up your repertoire for auditions and competitions or being more comfortable in front of the mic at karaoke, I'll meet you where you are and help you realize the full potential of your instrument.
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Jacob P.

Jacob P.

Silver Spring, MD 20910
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$45 / 30-min

About Joshua S.

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Silver Spring, MD

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About Joshua
Hi! I am a recent master's grad teaching violin in the D.C. metropolitan area. I have played violin for approximately 16-17 years and was a member of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra from 8th-12th grade, eventually touring Vienna and Prague with the orchestra in Summer 2009. I have taught private lessons for the past several years and have previously worked with children as a camp counselor. I look forward to tutoring your child and helping them realize their full potential! Josh
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Mansi W. October 27, 2017
· Violin · In home
My 9 year old daughter started taking her first vilion lessons from Joshua. She very much enjoys learning from him and gaining her confidence.
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Aline M. January 30, 2015
· Violin · In home
My 6 year-old daughter is enjoying very much her violin lessons! Joshua is kind, very pacient and connects very well with children. I strongly recommend him.
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William F. October 29, 2014
· Violin · In home
My granddaughter is learning a lot from this fellow and is enthralled with him, She is progressing with her violin quickly and plays her instrument very much. He has her progressing beyond where I thought she would be, having only been playing for a few months and I believe she will keep at it with him as her instructor!
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Joshua S.

Silver Spring, MD 20902
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About Dr. Jonathan G.

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Monkton, MD

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About Dr. Jonathan
Jonathan began his musical studies at age 7, after falling in love with his first classical music cassette tape given to him the prior year. Jonathan trained as a pianist throughout his childhood, and studied with the venerated Harvey Wedeen at Temple University in Philadelphia through middle and high school. He made his orchestral debut as soloist with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra at age 15, after winning their instrumental competition. Continuing his piano studies into college, where piano was his primary instrument, he completed a bachelors in music at the Eastman School of Music. During these college years, he played regular outreach concerts as part of a chamber group for a myriad of organizations. He has given solo recitals, accompanied other musicians, and played in chamber groups. He now holds a doctorate in music from the Uni
versity of Maryland at College Park.

During high school, Jonathan became fascinated by writing his own music, and now holds three degrees from preeminent schools in the field of music composition. His music has been performed by numerous ensembles and musicians, including the Kronos Quartet, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastman Musica Nova, and Knox-Galesburg Symphony. He was recently a featured guest composer at the Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival. His piece for stings, Nightscape, has been a particular audience favorite and performed by orchestras across the US. Jonathan also enjoys doing collaborative and multimedia projects with local choreographers, videographers, and musicians.

As a teacher, Jonathan is exceptionally patient, always engaged with his students’ progress, and actively listens to what his students want from their lessons and in helping them decide on the music they want to play. He takes a very practical and holistic approach to teaching keyboard, and always makes sure to discover the fun in learning. Jonathan strongly believes that all students, no matter where one is in life, possess the ability to achieve success in their lessons – and that his job is to guide them to unlock and discover their potential, to inspire their curiosity, and to help them advance their musical skills on their chosen instrument. Jonathan has also taught courses in theory, aural skills, sight-singing, and composition at the University of Maryland and Ball State University. He has studied music pedagogy, and actively pursues researching about new methods and developments on the learning process.
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Jerry G. June 8, 2015
· Piano · In home
We have been very happy with Jonathan. He has been a great instructor for my two children and their very different musical needs.
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Neelam P. February 12, 2015
· Piano · In home
Jonathan is very punctual and he very rarely ever cancels our lessons. Jonathan does a great job teaching my kids and they seem to be taking to his instruction well. As a teacher Jonathan is very patient and he actually seems to care about what he is doing. Jonathan is a great piano teacher!
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Andrew B. October 23, 2014
· Piano · In home
Jonathan teaches our two boys, ages 9 and 7, piano lessons. He's excellent! He comes prepared, he's an accomplished pianist, and the boys love him.
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Dr. Jonathan G.

Monkton, MD 21111
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About Travis P.

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Hi,

My name is Travis, and I have been playing trumpet for 17 years. I have been teaching for 8. I love working with new students, and became more focused on private lessons during my Sophomore year in college. Speaking of which, I earned a Bachelors of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Maryland College Park.

While there, I played with the Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra and Jazz Band. I am also a regular performer with the Prince Georges Philharmonic.

As each student is different, so is my technique and teaching method. Generally, I have students work through the fundamentals of the instrument including fingerings, embouchure, breathing and scales. Once mastered, the more difficult obstacles such as range, dexterity, repertoire and endurance are approached. I do not work with a set schedule for s
tudents, and tailor the lesson plan for the student's growth and practice.
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Levi November 30, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Travis is a wonderful, encouraging & enthusiastic teacher. My son (10) loves going there. He learns a lot and progresses quite quickly - and at the same time it’s always fun.
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Hannah B. August 17, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Travis was great. He paced the lesson right for my daughter and started instilling some fundamentals that she was missing. He is kind and friendly. And a great musician!
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Bomani August 8, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Travis is a great teacher, he is patient and has vast knowledge of music theory. He has a warm personality which sets the tone for me to learn. He started with the basics, my posture, breathing and how to hold the trumpet and it's parts. I look forward to each lesson.
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Travis P.

Travis P.

Kensington, MD 20895
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About Joe R.

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Glen Rock, PA
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Hello! I've been singing since before I can remember and playing instruments for almost as long. I have a passion for music. Whether it's being onstage at York Little Theatre, directing the church choir in Red Lion, or paying with one of several local and regional bands, I love music and performing. There's no rush like sharing your passion with an audience, and I believe that with practice comes confidence and with confidence comes a great performer. I'll make my schedule/rates as flexible as possible to accommodate anyone who wants to learn! Let's get started!
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Michael January 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I had never had one-on-one singing lessons before, but Joe put me at ease immediately. He was able to pick up on my abilities within the course of the first lesson, and I appreciate how he took the time to get to know me and my singing interests.
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Nicole R. November 25, 2014
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Joe is a great teacher and a fun person to be around. I have worked with him on several projects and he is very patient, positive, and energetic.
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Rhonda R. November 17, 2014
· Singing · In home
Joe works very well with my 7 year old son. He has tailored his lessons to my son's interests and abilities, wonderfully!
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Joe R.

Joe R.

Glen Rock, PA 17327
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About Vashti G.

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Bowie, MD

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Vashti is a Maryland-certified teacher who has taught students of all ages and levels, ranging from elementary school through college courses. She holds a B.A. In music and English, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in music history. She is a professional educator, musician, and actor.
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Taylor October 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We're having a great experience and fortunate to have found Vashti. She's very patient and knowledgeable. She knows how to bring out the best in her students. My 8 year old looks forward to lessons with her weekly. I've seen significant growth after the first lesson.
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Allison J. October 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Vashti is very punctual and professional. She teaches in a way that my girls absorb each lesson like a sponge.
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Emma J. October 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very straight forward lessons. My girls love it and are learning fast.
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Vashti G.

Vashti G.

Bowie, MD 20715
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About Max K.

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Baltimore, MD

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Come learn a first, second, or even third instrument! In addition to voice, Max specializes in multi-instrumentalism and fluency between genres. Many of Max's students learn at least two instruments, and for very good reason! Learning multiple instruments (and styles/genres) increases one's musical ability and understanding of the big picture in ways that a single focus simply can't. It's comparable to learning multiple languages. There's also time and a place to buckle down on technique and to focus on one thing exclusively, and Max is mindful of this as well. In his lessons, he creates new exercises to address each student's specific needs and keeps the focus narrow enough to avoid a distracting information overload.

Most importantly, Max teaches through questions, in the spirit of "teach a man to fish...." This allows students
to gain a degree of self sufficiency and an appetite for discovery. Lessons are fun, personal, efficient (and at times, just inefficient enough to feel comfy), and relaxed. Max's teaching space features classic instruments and amps, including a vintage Fender Rhodes, and a full featured recording studio. It's a perfect environment for learning and creativity, and it's also a short walk to all of Hampden's best shops and restaurants.

Outside of teaching, Max actively performs as a classical/early music singer, and does regular session work on vocals, bass, guitar, trumpet, and keys. He also composes for film, and runs a mobile recording business specializing in classical, acoustic, and jazz. His work has taken him both around the country and overseas.
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Martin V. November 29, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Max is a very talented, friendly and flexible teacher! He's very patient, and is willing to do what it takes to help a concept stick. I always look forward to our classes. Thank you, Max!
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Max K.

Baltimore, MD 21211
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About Andrew G.

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Parkville, MD

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Hello and welcome to my studio! My name is Andrew Giska and I’m enthusiastic to spread my love of music to all! I am available to teach at your home, my studio, and online, and can teach a plethora of musical genres ranging from classical to jazz, hip-hop to funk, and many others. I believe that the fundamentals are the most important starting place for any young or advanced trumpet player. So whether you are new to the trumpet and are searching for a great trumpet teacher, or are more advanced and want to learn the more intricate aspects of trumpet playing, I invite you to reach out to me! After fundamentals are covered we’ll add the types of music and pieces you want to play, and other great trumpet literature. I look forward to helping you become the trumpet player you want to be!
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Peter January 14, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Andrew is one of the most helpful and genuine instructor I have ever experienced, in my 12 years of playing the trumpet. He not only has helped me develop better, but he helped me understand rhythms and articulations. Additionally, he provides various techniques and exercises that stretch beyond just the instrument itself. Overall, the effort that he puts into his work shows how special of a teacher this man is.
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Nathan January 10, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Andrew Giska is very helpful when it comes to trumpet. He has a good knowledge of the trumpet and how to play. In a group setting, or even individual, he can locate a specific part in the music where people are struggling and can help fix the problem. Andrew is very reliable as he is very willing to meet with you and make you a better trumpet player. Overall, Andrew Giska is a recommended trumpet teacher as he is very good at what he does.
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Katie January 9, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Andrew was one of my section leaders for the trumpet section in the Temple University Diamond Marching Band his senior year, and he definitely was an excellent one. Not only is he a very talented trumpet player, but he was very reliable and answered all the questions I or anyone else in the section had in an efficient and timely manner. Overall, Andrew would be a great teacher as he is very helpful and is good at what he does.
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Andrew G.

Parkville, MD 21234
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