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Mark S.

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  • Teaching since 1995
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Mark S.

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With my broad performance and compositional background in folk, classical, jazz, rock, bluegrass, soul, blues, and musical theater, I offer students a wide musical perspective and tailor lessons to match student interests. I work with students on music of their choosing to improve technique and develop an understanding of music theory, improvisation, and composition.

About Mark

I am a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter working in a variety of genres. I regularly perform around the Washington, DC, area as a solo guitarist, as a singer/songwriter, and with numerous classical, folk, rock, and musical theater groups. My primary musical influences include folk and

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Kristen
Mark has been a great teacher for this adult beginner! I take lessons in clawhammer banjo and ukulele with him, and his easy-going nature and skill in identifying ways to improve make it a joyful experience! Highly recommend.
SK
Mr. Sylvester is one of the greatest. He is not just an amazing guitarist, but he is also very kind. He treats people with so much respect. He speaks to me and my mom so nicely. He is very patient. He has a deep knowledge of music and knows how to get the most out of even the least talented people (like me!). He doesn't ever get mad if you make a mistake or forget to bring your music notes. We were so lucky to find Mr. Sylvester.
Virginia
Mark is a talented musician who plays and teaches multiple stringed instruments. His lessons are always informative and supportive. They are driven by the student’s interest, so anything you want o learn— styles of music, how to do a particular technique, music theory— you can bring to class. And every now and then he organizes a recital— terrifying but great practice!
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Bill D.

18 Reviews
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Starting at $59
  • Speaks English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1980
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Bill D.

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While studying for my Doctorate of Musical Arts I was a graduate Assistant teaching Music Theory and Ear-training.

About Bill

Bill is in his sixth season as Principal Trumpet with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and his third season as Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Summer Music Festival Orchestra. He was a member of the trumpet faculty at DePaul University for five years and has presented performances and mast

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Gil R.
Just started studying with Bill. He's already given me some good recommendations to improve my playing, and he is encouraging. I left the lesson motivated. I'm really looking forward to studying with Bill!
Ethan S.
Bill is very passionate. He teaches me all the techniques and trying to help me make a much better sound. He is strict to get every notes correct while other teachers allow easy passes. He also corrects my old habits. He is a wonderful teacher who really teaches fundamentals.
Pat
Exactly what I was looking for.!
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Eugene H.

3 Reviews
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  • Speaks Russian, English
  • Master's Degree in Piano Performance from Tchaikovsky Conservatory Kiev, Ukraine
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Eugene H.

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About Eugene

Greetings and Salutations! I want to let you know, whether you're a music student or a fellow lover of music, that you have great untapped potential for music! More so than most people would tell you, because music is a powerful, life giving, uplifting gift that comes to all those that love and enjo

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Sarah C.
Mr. Eugene is an excellent instructor. He is informative, positive, and able to accurately assess the needs of the student. We didn't miss a beat with the virtual lesson, I felt it was as good if not better than any face to face lesson. We would highly recommend Mr. Eugene for violin (or piano), his extensive music knowledge and experience added an invaluable foundation to the instruction. Thank you!
Kas R.
Excellent Teacher

I am an older student and I started to learn to play the piano more than a year ago under a different teacher. I started with Eugene about 4 months ago. I was struggling with the piano previously. But after just 2 lessons with Eugene, I found myself playing confidently. Eugene explains so clearly and everything makes sense to me now. I enjoy practicing everyday now. He is excellent teacher, patient, and very professional. He is always on time.
NkiruU
Eugene is the best piano teacher I have ever had! He doesn't just know how the teach piano but music as well! I'm so glad that I chose him!
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Asuka U.

51 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Japanese, French(Intermidiate)
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaches students 5 to 60
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Asuka U.

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Music theory tutor at Queens College for 3 years. Specialized in aural skills and solfege.

About Asuka

“Her exceptional talent will continue to open many doors of opportunity for her in NYC where she continues to thrive as an excellent artist. Subsequently, she is a valuable contribution the opera industry.” The Metropolitan Opera Guild ​“Combination of the Ms. Uchida’s stunning presence

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Poppy S.
My daughter is loving her lessons with Asuka!
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Asuka is bright and cheerful and patient and encouraging. I could not recommend her highly enough.
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Jared G.

6 Reviews
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  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 1999
  • Teaches students 11 to 65
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Jared G.

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Learn to understand the inner working of music and well as learn to read and write music

About Jared

I have been teaching guitar almost 20 years and as an instructor, My teaching method comes from a curriculum I have developed which uses popular guitar driven rock tunes as musical etudes. Educating the student with valuable theory, reading, technique, and scale theory, while remaining fun. As a son

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Nicholas K.
Tremendous🤟
Scott
Great teacher! He caught numerous hindrances to my technique immediately and I love that he incorporated theory from the beginning.
Gerard O.
I am 4 or 5 lessons in with Jared and I am truly and entirely thrilled with the progress I am seeing and the depth of guitar knowledge I have gained. Jared has a way of teaching that not only allows for actually playing right away but learning the foundations of knowing the guitar and music. I can see that this allows for not just playing "songs" but making music of my own. This is the freedom of "knowing" the guitar.
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Maria S.

37 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Speaks Italian, German, French, English
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Maria S.

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About Maria

Maria S’s love of the arts, innate gifts, and years of training have led her to perform leading and supporting roles in dozens of musicals and operas over the past 20 years. Some of those include: Meet Me In St. Louis, Guys and Dolls, The Last Five Years, Les Misérables, South Pacific, The King

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Anthony C.
Maria was teaching my daughter opera, she learned a lot and we'll seek her out again to continue. She is an expert in her field. My daughter loved her and everyone she encountered in the music industry wanted to learn how she learned this and how she learned that when we told them they said she had a good teacher. We'll be back Maria. Thanks for all you've shown her.
Ava
My daughter’s first lesson was great!
Stephanie L.
I LOVED my first lesson with Maria! She is so great! I am really looking forward to working with her over the next few weeks!

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The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons is $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $300 per hour.
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"THANK YOU! I really could never get my head around music theory and you made it fun and easy to understand. I feel like I can really appreciate my songwriting skills having a better understanding about the science of music. Thanks so very much Ms. Christine."
Mr. Koby
Took Music Theory lessons from Christine G.
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"Paul not only has a passion for music, but he has a passion for teacjing music and sharing his gift with others."
George
Took Music Theory lessons from Paul M.
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"The lessons (piano & music theory) I learned from Buzz Amato was the sole reason I got signed to a label & was able to produce 2 Billboard charted singles (which he co-produced with me). I now tour the world djing and produce with talented artists that come to me based off my musical knowledge, that I received from Buzz. I can honestly say NONE of this would happen without the musical instruction of Buzz. Thank you Buzz!"
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Took Music Theory lessons from Buzz A.
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"Smart attentive teacher and cheerful motivator. Best of all, she seamlessly customizes the lesson for a learner's own goals. I look forward to many more lessons with Rachel."
Ted
Took Music Theory lessons from Rachel P.
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"Great teacher

Mike bares all the marks of a GREAT teacher. He knew what I wanted before I even realized that's where I truly was heading. Not only have I gained what I am seeking, but he has brought me further than I even dreamed for myself. There's no better feeling than playing the way you've dreamed. On top of being a great teacher, he not only is a kind soul, funny, and a good listener but he truly cares about your growth and what you want to learn. He is hands down an amazing teacher."
Travis
Took Music Theory lessons from Michael M.
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"Adam explains things in a way that makes you think critically about the subject and gives logical ways to work through theory problems. HES THE BEST IMSTRUCTOR EVER! I would not have passed theory without him"
Sarah
Took Music Theory lessons from Adam T.
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"Very personable. Clearly knowledgeable. Encouraging and patient.

I am a beginner, with usual stage fright and hesitation and did not feel uncomfortable at all."
Danielle
Took Music Theory lessons from Molly M.
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"Incredibly patient, she makes the lesson very easy to grasp, I've had other teachers but I've most excelled when taking lessons and receiving tutoring from Michelle! My theory and voice has improved incredibly because of her :)"
Melissa
Took Music Theory lessons from Michelle T.
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"Michelle is so sweet and knowledgable! She is extremely patient and helpful and makes learning even the most difficult concepts a fun experience."
Alyssa
Took Music Theory lessons from Michelle T.
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"she is a very good, patient and charismatic teacher!!! and she knows her job!!!"
Willy
Took Music Theory lessons from Katie P.
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Online Music Theory Lessons

Music Theory Class Online

Music theory is the study of music concepts, which explores principles, methods, and processes. This subject analyzes how musicians approach creating music, taking into account a variety of aspects, from music notation to tuning systems. It focuses on a wide range of music fundamentals, including pitch, scales, dynamics, texture, among others.

While anyone can pick up and learn how to play an instrument, studying music theory can help a musician further explore the music world and develop a greater understanding and appreciation for their instrument. Because there are so many pieces to learning music theory, sometimes it’s best to turn to the experts for guidance. Here at TakeLessons, we feature certified instructors who specialize in teaching

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music theory. When you sign up for our music theory online lessons, you will receive the tools you need to master all things music.

The Benefits of Music Theory Lessons Online

Sometimes when you’re learning a subject in a group setting, you may find the class is moving at a pace that isn’t suitable for you. Or maybe you want to spend more time focusing on certain topics. Whatever the case, you may find it beneficial to sign up for classes with an online music theory tutor. With a private instructor teacher working with you one on one, you can learn at a speed that works best for you. You can also ask all the questions you have and focus on whatever most interests you.

Your private teacher will assess where you are in your music studies, inquire about your goals, and provide the appropriate exercises. Whether you want to ace your next music theory exam or apply music fundamentals to your own music, your tutor will help you achieve it all.

Why Learn Music Theory Online

Do you ever feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day? You already have a packed schedule, and the thought of driving to a classroom and meeting with a teacher in person can feel like a daunting task. You’re not alone! Many students and instructors feel the same way, and that’s why online learning is becoming more popular than ever. The beauty of taking an online course is that you can log on and start learning wherever works for you, whether that’s your home office or living room. Thanks to these virtual classes, you no longer need to face rush hour traffic or drive across town.

At TakeLessons, we provide flexible and convenient music theory lessons online. You get to decide where and when you want to learn. As long as you have internet access and a smartphone, laptop, or computer and web camera, you can meet with your instructor virtually anywhere.

Find an Online Music Theory Tutor Today

When you sign up for a music theory class online, you have the freedom to choose your preferred instructor. Simply browse through each certified tutor’s profile until you find one that suits your preferences and schedule. It’s never been a better time to explore music theory!

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