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Review by Jett
Carol is very patient and encouraging. She connects well with her students and makes lessons fun. My daughter really enjoys her singing
lessons and looks forward to them!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Gregory
"Lessons with Kathryn have been a great start to learning how to sing. As a complete beginner, she made it comfortable and engaging. I jumped right in and
have been enjoying the lessons (not to mention learning a lot along the way)"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Tyler
"Punctual, professional and exactly what I was looking for!!! Couldn't be happier with his expertise and how he conducted his lesson! I have never been s
o excited about singing before and can't wait for my next lesson!"
Daytona Beach, FL teacher:
Review by Mary
Barbee is both fun and professional! She creates a comfortable learning environment, and continuously pushes for the best results. She's always
positive and wants to help me achieve my goals (and more)!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Erin
She takes an individual approach to teaching, and really tries to find out how each of her students learns best. She makes even the very
first time beginners feel like they are making progress, and puts a positive spin on everything. The atmosphere is most relaxed and I do not feel like she puts on any airs. I plan to stay with her for a long while, and learn as much as I can!!"
Pittsburgh, PA teacher:
Review by Damon
"Melissa is great to work with and is very accommodating!!!!"
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Taylor
"I am an “older” student and didn't start playing guitar until my mid-forties and have been learning from Tony for several years now. Tony is an exception
al guitar player. Although he specializes in Flamenco, he teaches all styles (we focus on classic rock and folk songs). He understands my needs, schedule, and what I want to accomplish with the guitar. I have given up illusions of being a "rock star", but still want to understand music (reading notes, keys, moving around the fret board, song structures etc.) and how to play a good repertoire of songs. I have steadily progressed. Where Tony excels is his knowledge of music, demeanor, and flexibility about what each lesson will cover. We have done formal classroom, in-house visits, and online over the years and learned classical (e.g. Bach, Beethoven), rock (e.g. Beatles, Clapton, Pearl Jam), and holiday songs (e.g. Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls). Great teacher with a lot of passion for music and desire to make sure his students learn and enjoy it."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Shelby
"Coming in as never having any singing background, Kelsey has taught me that I can actually sing and that I can sing a lot higher than I ever thought I cou
ld. YAY!!! I'm a visual learner, and Kelsey uses a lot of visual techniques with teaching me how to sing. That, in return, has helped me to catch on a lot quicker."
Grand Rapids, MI teacher:
Review by Kristi
"George was an amazing and knowledgeable violin teacher for our 8 year old daughter. He taught with patience, and encouraged our daughter through each skil
My musical life began during the "folk boom" of the 1960's. I began songwriting and performing during my high school years. Later I was a member of a folk-rock band called The Bean Angels. We preformed and recorded in the Iowa City, Iowa area. Later I attended Montana State University where I studied music education. My training included: piano skills, music theory, music history, aural perception, conducting, and vocal pedagogy. I have several decades experience in teaching. I have taught guitar, piano, voice, and ukulele, and have directed a children's choir.
*** Lesson Details **
* I believe that each individual has his or her own particular learning style and pace. Accordingly I try to tailor my instruction to best fit the individual student. The first lessons will emphasize such things as posture and holding the instrument correctly, thus establishing a solid foundation to build on. Although I will assign exercises that are designed to build technique, I believe that creative musical expression is the true goal and that technique is just a means to that end.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room with instruments, keyboard, computer, and recording. Parents can sit in on lessons, and waiting area available.
*** Specialties *** I am probably most proficient in folk and classical styles of guitar. I have some degree of competency in country, rock and roll, gospel, and jazz styles.
Ginny H. October 29, 2014 Verified Student
I've been taking ukulele lessons from Tom for about 2 months and have just added voice lessons. Tom is a very thoughtful, kind man. He has a great deal of knowledge about the theoretical and practical/performance aspects of instruction. He is also excellent at adapting his lessons to my own particular goals. What more could you want!
paul V S. November 16, 2013
Piano Verified Student
What a great experience for our family!
In August, our 7 yr. old daughter, Nathalie, started piano lessons with Thomas. She played her first Christmas carol here in early November! Thomas is a wonderful instructor! Undertstanding, warm, and very patient! I highly recommend his services!!
Adrienne is a native of Detroit, who recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Opera from the University of Maryland Opera Studio. Before pursuing that degree, she graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance and a Teaching Certificate in K-12 Vocal Music. She has been full time music teacher in a Montessori Academy, an Associate Instructor of Voice at the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD, and has over 10 years of professional experience working with students all ages. Most recently, she had the distinct honor of creating
the role of Marva Trotter in the World Premiere of "Shadowboxer," based on the life of legendary boxer, Joe Louis. Other recent performances include the role of Ramiro in Mozart’s "La finta giardiniera" with the Maryland Opera Studio; the title role in Bizet's "Carmen," and winning First Place in the Adrian Boyer Aria Competition at the Bay View Music Festival. She placed first in both the Local and District levels of the 2006 NANBWPC Voice Competition (formerly the “Leontyne Price Competition”) and went on to compete at the National Level. Since the summer of 2007, Adrienne has performed extensively on some of the most infamous European stages as the Strawberry Woman in Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" under the auspices of New York Harlem Productions. She is currently performing with the Washington National Opera, and recently made her solo role debut in Puccini's "Manon Lescaut." Though her training and professional singing career focus is opera, she prides herself on her versatility as a performer who can effortlessly navigate between the demands gospel, musical theatre and pop genres. She also enjoys sharing the secrets to great singing and holds thee ability to teach all styles of singing.
*** Lesson Details *** My philosophy behind teaching has a lot to do with being physically involved in music making. I believe one needs to use one's whole body to support good singing. I'm very much into using movements to help students learn to move their breath through to create sound. I teach classical vocal technique as the basis for all styles. I teach proper breath support in order to build a strong, healthy vocal sound. After months of working with me, students will have a very strong grasp of proper breathing for singing and how to support their sound with their whole body.
*** Studio Equipment *** keyboard music stands free open space
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a portable piano keyboard
*** Specialties *** Classical technique as a foundation for all singing. Everything begins with breath all singing is about connection--connecting to breath, to music, and to audience
Jacob R. March 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
Adrienne is an excellent voice teacher that I’d highly recommend to anyone who wants to improve their singing voice or learn how to sing. I have a background in playing guitar and electronic music production but have always wanted to add singing to my musical skill set, and Adrienne has been very helpful in achieving my goals. She has a deep knowledge of the theory and technique of singing and does a great job explaining concepts that are often very abstract and difficult to grasp. She is always positive which helps boost my confidence in my voice, while at the same time she never allows me to sing lazily or with improper technique. In addition she is a fun person to work with and is always professional with scheduling lessons. With her help I’ve discovered a side of my voice I never knew I had!
MJ H. February 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
Adrienne met my expectatons.
Benee D. April 8, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Very encouraging teacher
I started taking lessons with Adrienne to become more comfortable with my voice and to learn real singing techniques. She has been extremely helpful. I love her enthusiasm when teaching I can tell she loves it. Adrienne is great at identifying my specific needs and getting me to a place I didn't even know I was capable of.
I have been teaching and performing as a full time career since 1994. Over the years, I have developed an approach to teaching that is customized to the needs and interests of each of my students. I will help you set up musical goals, and then use your preferred learning style to help you achieve those goals.
*** Lesson Details *** Musicians think, learn, and create in many different ways. Some are visual learners, preferring to learn by studying diagrams and reading notes. Others learn intuitively, simply by listening, imitating, and then creating. My objective is to find the lear
ning style which works best for each of my students. I can help you set up musical goals, and then use your preferred learning style to help you achieve those goals.
*** Specialties *** I'm comfortable teaching any style, from bluegrass to jazz, blues, rock and metal.
Patrick M. June 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Though I was only able to take lessons with Jason for a couple months due to an unexpected move, I was able to learn a lot from him. I came in with very little guitar experience and no background in music. His lessons are very accommodating and I felt I walked away a little bit better every time. Jason is a great guy and it is easy to share your goals and ideas for the future with him. When working with Jason it felt like a team effort in order to help me reach my goals. In the short time I took lessons with Jason I learned a lot about the guitar and I am excited to build upon the music career he helped me to start. A definite Recommendation.
Tom H. August 26, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Jason is a phenomenal instructor. As an older student who is not musically inclined and is just picking up the instrument seriously for the first time, I was apprehensive about taking lessons. Jason has made the process interesting, fun, and informative.
I have only been taking lessons for a few months and beyond learning songs, Jason has given me instruction on guitar maintenance (beyond the everyday care of the instrument) and music theory. I think his holistic approach to playing the guitar really sets him apart from other instructors. I always come away from each lesson feeling that I learned something new and valuable.
Jason really caters to the individual learning styles of his students. I travel often for work and he has found ways for me to continue to learn, even if I don't have my instrument with me. He is also tremendously knowledgeable and patient. If a certain style of learning doesn't seem to be sticking, he will find new and creative ways to teach until the idea resonates with the student.
I feel very fortunate to have found Jason as an instructor. I unreservedly give him the highest of recommendations.
April G. May 22, 2014
In studio Verified Student
The location is great (right by my house), his scheduling is flexible, online payment takes no time at all and perhaps best of all Jason is a great guy, very professional yet very personable and down to earth.
There is no doubt that Jason is a phenomenal guitarist. Very inspiring and encouraging. His guitar abilities are one of the best I have seen in person. Lessons are fun, interesting, and helpful. I have only been taking lessons for a little more than a couple months now, but I already see improvement.
It is great to take lessons with somebody who is both patient and encouraging at the same time. He is especially good at recognizing if the pace is getting too fast/slow and adjusting for that. I consider myself fortunate to have found such a good teacher.
American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker said, Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. This sentiment shaped my views on music and its performance. One of my great pleasures in life is sharing an appreciation of music.
I had always been a part of music. My father played trumpet, my mother could play guitar and carry a tune. They believed music was an important part of life so they started me on piano at 5 years old. And I've been playing that ever since. I started learning to sing in my middle school c
horus when I was 11 years old. I really liked it and I liked it more when I would sing my mother and father's favorite songs and see them smile. So I listened to a lot of singers and vocalists that they liked and learned by emulating them and applying what I was learning in chorus. My piano lessons helped grasp the theory behind music and gave me a good ear for pitches.
I studied voice at the University of Maryland College Park School of Music. In their chorus I had the pleasure of learning and performing many wonderful pieces such as Verdis Requiem and St. Matthew's Passion. During that time I had chance of playing with the University Jazz Band as both their pianist and as their jazz singer. I even arranged my own version of Too Darn Hot by Cole Porter that was performed by the band in 2007.
I also work a lot with musical theatre. I've been in a number of shows in Maryland including Rent and Hairspray, and Into the Woods. I also free lance as a music director in the area. I've been a music director for 10 years and I love every minute of it. My music director credits include Children of Eden, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie, Grease, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, And the World Goes Round, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Wizard of Oz, Jekyll & Hyde for which I was nominated for Outstanding Musical Direction in 2011 and Ragtime for which I was named one of the "Best of 2013: Favorite Musical Direction" by DC Metro Arts and won WATCH Award for Outstanding Musical Direction.
I believe that to get as good as you want to be, of course you have to work at it, but there's no reason that you can't enjoy learning it. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be able to teach you soon. Mayumi G.
*** Lesson Details *** Practice makes perfunk. This is a saying that was always hanging on my band teacher's door in high school. It was a reminder that it requires work to get something right, but you need to take breaks and relax a bit too. That's how I feel about teaching in general. Constantly working and being worried about getting it just right can lead to bad habits. So I make sure that the lesson is balanced between a relaxed atmosphere and an effective working environment.
I can teach a variety of styles. But I like to always make sure that the fundamentals of singing are solid regardless of whether you want to sing classical or jazz or pop. So I go into: Proper techniques for breathing Creating good tonal sounds Diction
I believe that singers have a greater advantage if they are able to read music and understand theory. I believe that it makes learning music by oneself much easier as well. So I also have the option to go into basic music theory (i.e. reading music notation and rhythms) to advance music theory(i.e. roman numeral analysis, ear training, harmonic progression) if you choose to do so.
For intro to piano, I follow the same structure as beginning singers and also start with the fundamental basics that will help lead into whatever style you wish to play: How to read music Understanding basic music theory how to play what you read Finger strengthening
For both piano and singing: After some basic training, I start to give a variety of different style songs to work with. I do encourage student to bring songs they want to learn and tailor lessons around that particular song and style. I like them to learn 2 songs per lesson increasing to 3 or 4 depending on the pace of the student and the amount of workload they feel they are able to handle.
I do believe that listening to music is part of the learning process so every few weeks or so I like to give the student 1 or 2 YouTube clips I found and have them watch it then come in the next week and we discuss the video both good and bad and what they can learn from it.
As they progress the songs get more difficult and we start really honing in on the techniques of the production of sound as well as performance aesthetics, as in how to create a presence on stage, how to project the sound more, overall how to give a good performance.
Some of my past students would use the lesson time to learn about auditioning for musicals and stage productions. If the student has any such desire all they have to do is ask and I will set aside time to work on how to audition for shows and what most music directors look for when they hear you sing. For those who don't, I like to give the option to give a recital if the student feels comfortable to do so. It would be held in a local studio, very casual affair just to give the student that experience of music as a performing art.
Note: I do teach at my home. I do have pets, 3 guinea pigs and a cat. If this is an issue, I can also travel to the student home.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room with keyboard and office equipment. Seating for parents.
**She has a cat, and some guinea pigs**
*** Travel Equipment *** Teaching piano: I own a weighted keyboard suitable for instruction. Teaching voice: I can accompany the student as they sing
*** Specialties *** In piano I tend to teach classical, but I do move away from that after they've grasped the basic technique and theory to how to sight read and improvise, even play by ear.
In voice, I start with basic classical technique and after they've grasped the fundamentals of good vocal production, branch out into different styles of music from straight classical/opera to Broadway to jazz to pop and r&b.
Bettyaita R. June 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She is a great instructor.We look forward to each lesson!
Aylin O. June 27, 2015
In home Verified Student
The first lesson was awesome! Can't wait for the next one. Thanks!
Skyler P. June 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
My granddaughter took to her immediately. She definitely knows how to handle a 6 yr. old. She was nice and patient with her. Skyler appeared to adapt to her teaching style.
I graduated the University of Houston in 1985 with a degree in Music Education specializing in percussion. Whether symphonic, pop-rock, rudimental, Scottish, Celtic or world styles I am proficient and hope to be your instructor. I have taught privately for 30 years, been a band director, performer, including producing 10 albums with my band - The Rogues - and was a member of the Hamilton Pipe Band in Houston when they were the first bagpipe band from the United States to win the World Pipe Band Competition in Grade 3. I also have experience as a drum and bugle corps instructor.
Donna July 20, 2015
I've had the privilege of being Randy's Bodhran student. He has a gift for understanding how to construct the lessons around his students abilities so they can grasp the concept and skill needed to move forward in their lessons.
I was very nervous as I had never played any type of drum before but his ability to set his students at ease was apparent from lesson one.
I highly recommend Randy as an instructor.
Deb June 30, 2015
I met Randy many years ago when he was playing with the Rogues at the MD Renfest. He is a great teacher and taught me some bodhran basics in the little spare time he had between shows. He is very patient and encouraging. If you are interested in learning the bodhran, dumbek, djembe or full kit, I highly recommend that you seek him out.
Pam June 30, 2015
Being an older student with a different learning curve than younger students, Randy tailored my lessons to meet my special needs. He was patient beyond expectations when I was having trouble grasping a difficult concept. He is a true professional and dedicated to passing on his musical knowledge. I had to stop taking lessons for a while due to a broken arm, but I plan on continuing them in the future.
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