Priscilla de Lima - Ledesma

Priscilla D.

Silver Spring, MD
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Lesson Details

Ukulele

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.

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About

Priscilla passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Priscilla delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6 to 80 and special needs

Teaching since:
February 2004

I am from a musical and visual arts family from Brazil and my background ranges from classical, pop, rock and a jazz solo and group arrangements. 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
Services include theory, technique, composition, key and chord progression, sight-reading and performing amongst others.
I have an easy-going, yet structured approach that allows each student to achieve results effectively their own pace.

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

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

*** Travel Equipment ***
Metronome and notebook

*** Specialties ***
With experience infused with classical recitals, gospel choir, acapella, art exhibits from small venues to the Corcoran 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 attention to detail, professionalism, and efficiency.

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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.

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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.

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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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Photos & Videos

With some of les artistes during our annual fall recital

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Some piano music cover samples at the studion from classical to folk to pop. Send me your request ... Enjoy!
My son and I

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DC's Jazz in the Garden is the best

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Rocky composing a song at home

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baby mel and baby rocco figuring out percussion sounds ... so cute for words

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Lopez Brothers learning their first Duet " House Of Rising Sun"

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Cata and her guitar

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a tiny glimpse of our home Studio we call "MY LIL AVANT-GARDE"
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39 Reviews

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JORDAN A MOSS Oct 2, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

She is the absolute best vocal coach and mentor ever because she uses a holistic approach to music.

JORDAN A MOSS Oct 2, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

She is the absolute best vocal coach and mentor ever because she uses a holistic approach to music.

Kelly L. Sep 10, 2019
Piano · In home

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

Whitney B. Aug 18, 2019
Piano · In 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.

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Ceci Aug 12, 2019
Guitar · In home

Priscilla was very patient and very knowledgeable. We look forward to going back

Fienna O. Aug 7, 2019
Photography · Online

Great

Kelley Jul 28, 2019
Singing · In studio

Works well with my 14 year old

Rhena Jul 18, 2019
Piano · In home

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.

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Kelley Jul 17, 2019
Singing · In home

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

Kelsey K. Jul 11, 2019
Piano · In studio

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.

corey Oct 20, 2016
Guitar · In home

From her 7 year old student: She is a great guitar teacher. I love the songs she is teaching me.

Lexie T. Sep 21, 2016
Piano · In studio

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.

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Dy'Najah H. Sep 16, 2016
Piano · In home

She was delightful and funny. We just love her.

Tessa Aug 26, 2016
Piano · In 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.

Sean O. Jun 15, 2016
Guitar · In home

Great first lesson!

Amelie M. Mar 10, 2016
Piano · In studio

My daughter had her first lesson with Priscilla tonight. She said "She is really fun to work with. She is so positive and kind."

Elizabeth Mar 1, 2016
Guitar · In home

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!

Tyson Feb 17, 2016
Piano · In home

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

Laura Feb 6, 2016
Guitar · In 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.

Julie B. Jan 31, 2016
Piano · In home

Due to the snow, I was worried about doing a FaceTime lesson but it worked out really well.

Jack B. Jan 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio

We love Priscilla! Our son is five and just learning guitar. She is very patient and encouraging.

Olivia F. Jan 7, 2016
Guitar · In home

This was my daughter's first lesson but she came away excited and hungry for more!

Sydney W. Jul 16, 2015
Piano · In studio

My daughter is only 2 and she was very patient with her. Great experience!

Christian L. Jun 18, 2015
Guitar · Online

Wonderful teacher! Thank you so much.

Malini K. Jun 4, 2015
Piano · In 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!

Sammie C. May 28, 2015
Piano · In home

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

John T. May 26, 2015
Piano · In home

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!

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Francis M. Apr 28, 2015
Piano · In studio

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.

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Rhonda S. Apr 24, 2015
Piano · In studio

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!

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Andrea J. Mar 11, 2015
Guitar · In studio

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!

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Sandy D. Mar 5, 2015
Guitar · In 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.

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Helen M. Feb 26, 2015
Piano · In home

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!

Jody C. Feb 10, 2015
Guitar · In home

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.

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Marie M. Feb 7, 2015
Piano · In home

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.

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Vivian S. Oct 11, 2014
Piano · In home

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.

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Malini K. Sep 29, 2014
Piano · In studio

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.

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LizetteS Jun 8, 2011
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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.

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MesceremA Dec 22, 2010
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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.

MissyC Sep 2, 2009
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