Priscilla de Lima - Ledesma
Silver Spring, MD
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Priscilla de Lima - Ledesma

Priscilla D.

Silver Spring, MD
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
First thing I do before first day of class is send out a welcoming greeting via email and call a few days before first lesson. We Briefly discuss and establishing the learning goals for the course based on the visual literacy,technical,and intellectual competencies the students should achieve by the end of a period is ideal for me to design the course or update an existing course for the student's desired outcomes. The syllabus and the schedule are completed along with a comprehensive strategy for what will take place during class. Music lessons include: warm ups, exercises, technical and theory work, solfeggio (sight-singing), ear training, repertoire musical coaching, composition writing, preparation for performances and more.

About Priscilla D.

I go by Ms. P and I have a huge passion for teaching music, art and photography! I am from a musical and visual arts family in Brazil. My background in music ranges from classical, gospel, pop, rock and jazz and my background in photography ranges from portraits, street photography and fine art. I’m a full time musician and photographer exhibiting and performing locally but I thrive in creating a friendly learning experience for each of my students that is personalized to their needs no matter the age or background. I believe You got to be versatile with people's learning style and capabilities so that they may enjoy learning to make music and art and prosper in it!

*** Lesson Details ***
Services include theory, technique and performing/exhibiting amongst others.
I have an easy-going, yet structured approach that allows each student to achieve results effectively at their own pace.

***Online Details***
During online sessions if a student is a minor must have a parent or guardian first 10-15 minutes of lesson to make sure that the technology (online classroom, camera, etc) is functioning and running smoothly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Camera, laptop, guitar, piano, mic, metronome, percussion Instruments and sheet music

*** Travel Equipment ***
Metronome, tuning app and notebook

*** Specialties ***
With experience infused with classical recitals, gospel choir, acapella, art and photo exhibits from small venues to the Corcoran School of Arts and as a veteran teacher of School of Rock My main goal is to present students with simplified ways to learn about music and the arts and have them flourish in their medium of choice and present their love for the craft to others with love. I am blessed to have the ability to bring out the best in my students through my compassion, attention to detail, professionalism, and efficiency.

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Kara W.
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I’m having great time in my lessons with Ms. P. She makes it easy for me to follow along with the materials and I feel that I’m actually starting to sound like a proficient ukelele musician.

Posted May 27, 2020
Aarti B.
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Priscilla is fantastic. My son really enjoys his lessons with her, which have been both in our home and now online. She is patient and understanding and has made it a very enjoyable experience!

Posted May 12, 2020
Nick
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Priscilla was amazing and helped me achieve all the singing goals I had set going in, which were to strengthen my voice and breathing, expand my range, and identify where in the body to sing from. She was very friendly, and by starting each lesson with meditation it really helped set a relaxing tone for the rest of the time.

Posted Apr 7, 2020
Chloe
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Great Instructor, only first lesson but she's very accepting and is enthusiastic while still giving clear points

Posted Apr 6, 2020
Amber P.
Profile-location-online Online

Fun lovely teacher, my daughter loved her lesson

Posted Apr 4, 2020
Jason
Profile-location-online Online

Really great instructor. I appreciate her patience with me being a novice and providing great direction. Highly recommend.

Posted Mar 17, 2020
Francine R.
Profile-location-online Online

Priscilla was very patient with me. I had to ask her to explain what the Tab was (a few times) and she explained patiently.

Posted Mar 12, 2020
Barbara
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Very knowledgeable. Great teacher!

Posted Jan 3, 2020
Mery
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She is very friendly and make me comfortable on my first day. Had so much fun and I cannot wait for next week 😁

Posted Nov 25, 2019
Naomi W.
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It was our first lesson d Priscilla brought such positive energy and fun to the lesson that my daughter is looking forward to the next one!

Posted Nov 2, 2019
JORDAN A MOSS
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She is the absolute best vocal coach and mentor ever because she uses a holistic approach to music.

Posted Oct 2, 2019
JORDAN A MOSS
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She is the absolute best vocal coach and mentor ever because she uses a holistic approach to music.

Posted Oct 2, 2019
Kelly L.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great first lesson. My daughter is very excited to work with Priscilla.

Posted Sep 10, 2019
Whitney B.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Priscilla recently started teaching my 5 year old (just turned 6) and my 4 year old girls. They both really enjoy the lessons and are doing a great job learning how to play the piano. I am not musically inclined and don't know how to play. The girls have been able to show me a lot of the basics. Even my 2 year old (who is not taking lessons) can play Baby Shark! It's pretty amazing that the girls are able to play recognizable tunes after only a few lessons. Priscilla does a great job engaging the girls and keeping the lessons fun and relevant for their age and interests. On the very first lesson, she asked their favorite song and began to teach them how to play it. My oldest had a lesson on her 6th birthday and Priscilla (who didn't know it was her birthday ahead of time) changed the lesson and taught her how to play Happy Birthday to You. Priscilla is a great instructor. I highly recommend her.

Posted Aug 18, 2019
Ceci
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Priscilla was very patient and very knowledgeable. We look forward to going back

Posted Aug 12, 2019
Fienna O.
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Great

Posted Aug 7, 2019
Kelley
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Works well with my 14 year old

Posted Jul 28, 2019
Rhena
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My daughters love Priscilla. They definitely look forward to their lessons each week. Priscilla tailors the lessons to where each of them is and what they are interested in but also challenges them to try and learn new things. She has them composing their own music including learning how to write notes on a staff. She also invites them to find music that they would like to play rather than "just" relying on the book. Priscilla has an infectious positive energy which we all love to be around.

Posted Jul 18, 2019
Kelley
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Great personality. Makes you feel very comfortable around and encouraging. My 14 year old whom is typically shy looks forward to the lessons

Posted Jul 17, 2019
Kelsey K.
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Pricilla was patient, fun, and student-focused. Love the fact that I can sit by my daughter's side, so I can see her progress.

Posted Jul 11, 2019
corey
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From her 7 year old student: She is a great guitar teacher. I love the songs she is teaching me.

Posted Oct 20, 2016
Lexie T.
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she is was great with my girls. very friendly and fun. they loved her and loved the lesson and are really motivated to learn which is all I wanted for them. they got homework which is fun to do for them and they even got to write a song at the end of the lesson. so far everything is great and we really like Priscilla.

Posted Sep 21, 2016
Dy'Najah H.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

She was delightful and funny. We just love her.

Posted Sep 16, 2016
Tessa
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Priscilla was a very enthusiastic and welcoming instructor for my 6-year old who has never taken piano lessons before. She also had a nice way of introducing her to the piano.

Posted Aug 26, 2016
Sean O.
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Great first lesson!

Posted Jun 15, 2016
Amelie M.
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My daughter had her first lesson with Priscilla tonight. She said "She is really fun to work with. She is so positive and kind."

Posted Mar 10, 2016
Elizabeth
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My daughter (age 7) loved her first lesson with Priscilla. She is very good with young kids and left my daughter excited for more lessons!

Posted Mar 1, 2016
Tyson
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Priscilla was great for my son's first lesson. He can't wait to go back next week.

Posted Feb 17, 2016
Laura
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My son loves guitar lessons with Priscilla. He is 6yrs old and these are his first music lessons. As parents, we are pleased. The only reason that I did not give 5 stars is because we have no other previous experience.

Posted Feb 6, 2016
Julie B.
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Due to the snow, I was worried about doing a FaceTime lesson but it worked out really well.

Posted Jan 31, 2016
Jack B.
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We love Priscilla! Our son is five and just learning guitar. She is very patient and encouraging.

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Olivia F.
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This was my daughter's first lesson but she came away excited and hungry for more!

Posted Jan 7, 2016
Sydney W.
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My daughter is only 2 and she was very patient with her. Great experience!

Posted Jul 16, 2015
Christian L.
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Wonderful teacher! Thank you so much.

Posted Jun 18, 2015
Malini K.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Priscilla is a GREAT teacher for kids! I loved how Priscilla was very organized and had lesson plans set up for my daughter. Priscilla was nothing but friendly whenever she was around and it has been great having my child learn from her!

Posted Jun 4, 2015
Sammie C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Kid loves her a lot. One word: "wonderful". I will recommend her

Posted May 28, 2015
John T.
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Priscilla has done an excellent job teaching my 8 year old daughter piano! My daughter has learned a lot, and is always very excited for the lessons! I am impressed by how quickly Priscilla was able to teach her the basics, and how quickly she is already learning new songs every week!

Posted May 26, 2015
Francis M.
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Priscilla is a wonderful piano teacher. She has worked with my daughter, Jocelyn (10 years old), since June 2014 on beginner piano lessons. My daughter has been going great so far. She is always excited and motivated about her piano class every Wednesday. Priscilla explains everything step by step and makes learning fun. Everytime Jocelyn walks in the door she is always received with a smile. She's the best piano teacher anyone could ask for and I highly recommend her to anyone.

Posted Apr 28, 2015
Rhonda S.
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My daughter is having such a great experience with Priscilla. This is her first time taking piano lessons and she is very excited about class. Priscilla has been very patient with her and is taking the time to work with her on the basics. She is awesome!

Posted Apr 24, 2015
Andrea J.
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Priscilla is excellent! She is super flexible and will work with your schedule but also will hold you accountable to make sure that you are learning, growing, and achieving your goals with getting better at guitar! She is also very positive and encouraging. I would recommend her to anyone! Thanks so much for everything, Priscilla!

Posted Mar 11, 2015
Sandy D.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Priscilla has a lovely, easy going personality while being motivated to get the best out of a student during the lesson time. She is very perceptive and can easily understand what will motivate and "click " with a student. Priscilla recommended apps for tuning our guitar as well as songs to practice at home. She is proactive and easy to communicate with regarding changes in schedules and weather issues (we started in the beginning of 2015 and it snowed a bunch for this area). We appreciate her guidance for practicing since we do not play the guitar.

Posted Mar 5, 2015
Helen M.
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Priscilla has been a great music teacher (piano and guitar) for our two sons. She is always very professional, courteous and patient, and brings a lot of enthusiasm which has made their music lessons lots of fun. Highly recommended!

Posted Feb 26, 2015
Jody C.
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Priscilla has worked with my daughter over several weeks of beginner guitar lessons. These were in our home. She was always on time. When a cancellation was necessary due to weather, she reached out ahead of time to let us know.

As a teacher, she is wonderful with kids. My daughter (7 years old) has enjoyed every minute of every lesson, coming away very happy after each lesson. Priscilla is very enthusiastic, arrives with a very uplifting attitude for every lesson, knows how to talk to kids, knows how to give them positive reinforcement and motivate them. She left helpful homework notes after each lesson. I highly recommend her.

Posted Feb 10, 2015
Marie M.
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Priscilla is the most rude and insolent person , I ever met. I registered my daughter with her for 5 lessons. First she did not bother to call me like I was told so that we can discuss my expectations for my Daughter. The only time she did call after one week, it was just to let me know that she cannot do Saturday anymore, while I was told that she can do Saturdays. The day of the first lessons, she left me outside in the cold weather, while I was trying to find her house.
After the lesson, I forgot my cell phone there, for 2 hours, she did not bother to call me at my house number to let me know that I left my phone and when I can get it back. When I realize that I may have left my phone there, I call her, the first time her phone rang for 3 times and it went to the voicemail, the second time it went straight to voicemail, so she must have turn it off. My husband went there, texted her, called her so may times she did not open the door.
The worst thing is she unlocked my phone and called my husband, after I have sent her an email that I will report her for confiscating my property. I don`t know how she unlock my phone and what she did with my phone for the 4 hours she spent with it.
This is the worst experience I ever have. she is disrespectful, dishonest and very rude.
I will not recommend her to anybody.

Posted Feb 7, 2015
Vivian S.
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Priscilla is doing a wonderful job with my now 8 year old granddaughter. She is patient, persistent, pleasant, and professional. I am very pleased with my granddaughter's progress and continued enthusiasm. Priscilla is great at keeping young minds focused and motivated. She gets them playing tunes they enjoy as well working on the theory and fundamentals. I highly recommend her for any child with a desire to learn music and play an instrument.

Posted Oct 11, 2014
Malini K.
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My daughter has been learning Piano from Priscilla for about 5 months now and it has been going great so far. She is a great teacher and works really well with kids. Kripa has gone a long way in her piano lessons after she started working with Priscilla and I would recommend her to any parent that would like to start their kids off with the piano.

Posted Sep 29, 2014
LizetteS

Piano Lessons for My Son, Angelo

Priscilla is highly professional. Always shows up on time and a pleasure to be with. She has a knack for interacting with kids and connects well with my son. My son loves her company and is always excited about his piano lessons because of Priscilla.

Posted Jun 8, 2011
MesceremA

Priscilla is an amazing teacher,even if we started recently,the kids are so excited and motivated to work with her.she is very friendly and personable ,I hope to see my kids trained by her to achieve their dreamsin playing piano for life.

Posted Dec 22, 2010
MissyC

Rocky

I think you're doing a great job with Rocky.

Posted Sep 2, 2009

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Experience

Instructor
Jan 2004 - Present

Home Studio

Developed music and art curriculum for mentoring kids and adults with emphasize in promoting self expression in a safe space through piano, guitar, voice, music theory and visual arts. Conducting group and one on one private lessons with focus on technique and theory but also having a good time making music and art . Hosting recitals and concerts for all students to participate a few times a year.

Vocal and Keys Instructor
Oct 2018 - Mar 2019

School of Rock Silver Spring

Provide an organized, productive, professional environment for students. Conduct all lesson plan, developmental building and creative activity in music for each individual student. Followed School Instructions for Ear Training curriculum Support the Director of Operations. Ensure that each student is reaching their musical goals in piano, guitar and vocal.

Education

B.F.A. in Fine Art Photography
Jan 2004 - May 2006

Corcoran College of Art + Design

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Portuguese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Music Certificate
Jan 1999

Golden School of Music in Bethesda, MD

comprehensive piano and music theory

Affiliations

Women In Music
Mar 2019
Women In Music is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Our seminars, panels, showcases, achievement awards, and youth initiatives celebrate the female contribution to the music world, and strengthen community ties.

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