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 t
heir 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 professionally 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.
Hamilton S. December 29, 2016
In home Verified Student
I've improved by leaps and bounds with my singing lessons with Aleksis. I highly recommend him as a teacher. He makes sure you work on what YOU want to improve on, all while offering kindly advice as to what can make you an overall better singer. I'm really looking forward to many more lessons!
Rafael E. October 6, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
He is great!!!
Nelson Y. September 19, 2016
In home Verified Student
He's cool and fun, also very flexible with learning approaches and great with kids, just what our 8-yr-old needs.
Hi! My name is Kaira. I've been teaching private lessons since 2005 and have loved helping my students learn vocal and acting techniques that will help them in any audition and/or performance. My nu
mber one goal is to help you feel comfortable and confident while on stage. So, I have some successful techniques that will definitely help you achieve your goals. I have been a performing artist for about 20 years; attending a creative and performing arts high school, receiving a Theatre Arts B.A from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a M.A in Television, Radio, Film from Syracuse University. I have also sung for (worked with) many accomplished celebrities such as: Loretta Devine, Nick Cannon, Reba McEntire and Ike Turner. In addition to performing on stage I worked with networks like: Discovery, WB Network, Clear Channel radio in production and as a Casting Director. You can expect to have fun during our sessions. So, be prepared to have a great time while learning. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
Acting – I have taught all kinds of acting, including Audition Skills, Shakespeare, Stage, Film & TV, Dramatic, Comedic, whatever. I also have quite a bit of experience performing in all those arenas.
Also, I have a relationship with one of the best management agencies in the area. She takes my referrals very seriously because she knows I know what I'm doing.
Voice – Anyone can sing. If you want to and have always thought you couldn't, you will be delighted when I prove you wrong. If you're a serious singer, no matter what style of singing you do, you should train classically. It's just the best way to train the delicate muscles used in singing.
I am an excellent coach, at any level. I will teach you how to OWN the song. That's what keeps people coming back. However, as an instructor, I am better with beginners.
Speaking – Ever lost your voice because you were talking too much? Every professional speaker I know of has. YOU DON'T HAVE TO. It's simply a matter of knowing the correct way to produce the sound. That's easy for me to teach.
Writing – I have been a professional writer and editor for over eight years; I have books, articles, posts, newsletters, etc. published. The point of grammar is to facilitate communication, NOT to be right. I can teach you practical grammar, not just correct grammar. I can show you how to make your words flow and be easily read. If there are typos in here, please understand you should never proofread your own work.
Nutrition/Alternative Medicine – I have been in this field for over 25 years. I am certified as a Sports Massage Therapist and most of my experience is in that area, but over the years, I have garnered quite a bit of usable knowledge.
Meditation – There is no one right way to meditate. You don't even have to be still to meditate, although it's a good place to start. We'll find a way(s) that's right for you.
Patricia October 27, 2016
Susan is a very educated acted teacher, she has helped me trumendously with my acting and is very kind! I couldn't ask for a better acting teacher!
Cristal M. September 21, 2016
In studio Verified Student
She's a great teacher my daughter was shy at first and once she started understanding everything she felt confident and loved the class.
Patricia September 8, 2016
In studio Verified Student
She is very educated in the acting field and I know I will learn a lot from her!
With a love for theatre, Emilie has been inspiring and spreading art enthusiasm for the past 5 years. She found her love for directing at the young age of 12 and has pursued sharing her passion since.
Throughout her career, Emilie has accrued many accomplishments including getting her BFA in Theatre for Youth at Shenandoah University. Directly after graduating, she plunged into the world of teaching children theatre, this is where she has found her heart and her home. Emilie has been a successful lead teacher, has directed over 50 shows, hosted many auditions in three states and continues to grow her resume. Teaching students from ages 5-25, Emilie is able to provide skills that will help any student thrive in the ever changing world of today, such as: socialization, public speaking, creative problem solving, literary strength, confidence, and of course a love for the arts. Emilie can help your student be prepared for any audition: school, community, or professional theatre.
With a passion for creativity and imagination, Emilie finds a way to connect with all students with her positive and encouraging personality. She loves anything and everything that has to do with creating and sharing imagination skills. She is excited to meet and work with you or your aspiring artist.
Emilie can travel to locations in-home or a designated meeting place in Frederick, Hagerstown, Leesburg, Ashburn, Purcellville, Winchester, and surrounding communities. If you have any questions please email!!!
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