Rachel Panay Raziel
Washington, DC
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Rachel Panay Raziel

Rachel P.

Washington, DC
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Beginner, Intermediate
I use the Faber method books for children including the Lesson, Theory & Performance books which all work together to introduce and reinforce musical concepts. I follow the student's interest is specific genres of classical, jazz, blues or pop and add pieces from those genres that students will find interesting and exciting.

For teens & adults, I generally use an all-in-one method book and then allow students to choose what pieces they'd like to work on, or suggest pieces based on the style of music that student prefers

For younger children just starting out, I implement early childhood techniques to include creative movement and percussion instruments. These enhance and reinforce the musical elements we are working on in piano. They also extend the attention span and infuse the lesson with a sense of action and fun.

About Rachel P.

A graduate of Duke Ellington School for the Arts and the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Rachel Panay is a 6 time Billboard Club charting singer/songwriter in the Dance music genre. She recently returned to her musical theatre roots appearing as Rose in Theatre Lab's production of The Secret Garden. Rachel is also a Wolftrap resident teaching artist in DC schools and has been commissioned by Wolftrap to create and perform her original children's performance piece, Jazz Cat/Blues Kitty.

As teacher, Rachel is warm, friendly & energetic. Her passion for every facet of music is expressed in her desire to impart that same appreciation to her students. She tailors lessons according to the individual student's goals and interests.

With younger students, Rachel communicates regularly with parents so they can work together to get the most out of lessons!

For scheduling, i ask that prospective students specify if they would like to reserve a recurring lesson time or schedule week to week. I give priority to those who commit to weekly lessons.


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It is with deep regret that I have to report that Rachel was clearly INTOXICATED during her lessons with my children today (ages 14 & 11). We will not be using Take Lessons again. There is no way an app can sufficiently vet all these teachers. Please don’t put your children in danger and learn this lesson the hard way like we didi.

Posted Feb 29, 2020
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Rachel is a great teacher for my 12 year old child. Rachel builds her confidence and meets her exactly where she is at. I highly recommend her.

Posted Feb 15, 2020

Only have had one lesson so far but I’m very much looking forward to more! Already I can tell with how knowledgeable she is that I’ll have a great understanding of piano and music in general

Posted Feb 3, 2020
Hillary D.
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My first lesson with Rachel was absolutely lovely! I look forward to learning much more from her!

Posted Feb 1, 2020
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Rachel knows her stuff but I felt like she was rushing our lessons or cutting them short for the next student. The lessons were also generic and all we did was warm-ups. She'd promise we'd get to the song next time but we never got through the entire thing after five lessons and there was no progression.

Posted Jun 12, 2019
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Piano lessons with Rachel were a gift from a friend and it has been one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. From day one I knew I had the right teacher because of how she responded to all of my questions of “why”. She appreciates and feeds off of my curiosity which in turn nourishes and excites me. She explains the theory and why music works the way it does. We’ve even dabbled into voice a bit. Continuing piano lessons with her has been the best thing I’ve done this year and I’m looking forward to many more lessons.

Posted May 12, 2019
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Rachel is an outstanding piano teacher -- especially for adult students.

As an exceptional teacher, she knows exactly how to motivate a student by making the subject both fun and rewarding. She knows music theory so extensively that her lessons are more than simply about playing keys on the piano. My understanding of the piano is so much richer because she presents every lesson in the context of theory.

Rachel is particularly adept in tailoring a piano program around the student's interests and learning style. This has made the lessons fun as I quickly learned to play songs that interest me.

I would recommend Rachel for any student -- young or mature -- who is interested in learning to play the piano as a lifetime skill.

John from Alexandria

Posted Mar 3, 2019
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This instructor waited 5 months after my son stopped coming to her for lessons to harass me about a toy keyboard she loaned him, that I forgot we even had. She never asked for it until 2 nights ago when she called me 6 times, sent me 69 text messages, 39 emails, and left 2 voicemails calling me out of my name, insulting my integrity, my charcter, my motherhood and intelligence. She even stooped so low as to accuse my 7 y/o of breaking something in her home 5 months ago. Saying he had to have done it because we went MIA the week she discovered it was broken. Then repeatedly said he kicked it in.

I stopped going to Rachel because the weeks that I prepaid for ended. At the end of those sessions I decided that he wasnt quite ready and decided to discontinue his lessons.

She was an ok teacher before this.

Posted Feb 18, 2019
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Had a great first lesson with Rachel! Her home is beautiful and decorated with a lot of expression and personality. I was nervous to start lessons but she made me feel right at home she is very warm and has a fun energy. She seems non judgemental and very accepting of your taste in music and it is clear she is very talented and knowledgable. I am really looking forward to my lessons with her!

Posted Jan 22, 2019
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Fun, knowledgeable, well-versed!

Posted Nov 2, 2018
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Excellent start and a hugely enjoyable experience. Really gave me confidence to keep going and get back into singing!

Posted Oct 24, 2018
Emma P.
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Very friendly and patient! Emma said she really enjoyed the lesson and is excited to show me what she learned!

Posted Aug 29, 2018
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Posted Aug 22, 2018
Alexandra K.
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Rachel was the all-time best teacher I have ever had. I progressed as an adult beginner so quickly. She uses so many techniques to tap into the students learning style and expedite the learning curve in an engaging and rewarding way. I would recommend her to anyone, she is really committed, experienced and passionate about music but also learning.

Posted Aug 19, 2018
Alexandra K.
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amazingly fun!

Posted Jul 10, 2018
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Rachel was great. She worked with me to find a good starting point in our lesson and was extremely easy to understand and learn from. I’m excited for my future lessons!

Posted Mar 28, 2018
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Rachel is a fantastic piano teacher! I give my highest recommendation!!! 5-stars!!! Lessons are fun and highly productive with her. She is extremely friendly, helpful, and a pro!

Posted Mar 8, 2018
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Rachel is a great teacher, she always has great songs picked out for me and helps me keep my practices on track

Posted Jan 31, 2018
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Rachel taught me some good exercises for improving my singing.

Posted Jan 24, 2018
Lynne B.
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Rachel really put my 12 year old daughter at ease. We only purchased five lessons to work on my daughter's role in a musical. Rachel helped her immensely and gave her the vocal self-confidence she needed. In addition to her vocal talents, her stage experience was a big plus. Hopefully, we'll be able to continue with lessons in the near future.

Posted Oct 24, 2017
Ted P.
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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.

Posted Sep 28, 2017
June M.
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Rachel is very patient. She is working with my daughter on very clear steps to improve the resonance and clarity of her voice. She knows how to motivate young singers and present exercises and techniques in do-able chunks. Wonderful instructor!

Posted Sep 25, 2017
Genevieve K.
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First lesson was great! Rachel easily got my 6 year old excited about the piano. Looking forward to the next one.

Posted Oct 4, 2016
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Had a great first lesson and looking forward to continuing with Rachel. I am trying to learn classical piano as an adult and Rachel's lesson was informative and fun- she really knows her stuff!

Posted Sep 19, 2016
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Rachel is organized and very responsible .alexandra liked her first lesson .

Posted Sep 18, 2016
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Veteran, patient, approachable and articulate. I look forward to learning from her in the weeks to come!

Posted Sep 14, 2016
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Vegetables, patient, approachable, and articulate. I look forward to learning from her in the week to come!

Posted Sep 14, 2016
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I really enjoyed my lessons with Rachel. She is a great teacher and shares her love of music. In addition to learning new songs, I also learned new techniques to strengthen my voice. I travel a bit for work, and Rachel was very flexible with scheduling make-up classes. Unfortunately, I no longer take lessons because the new location of her studio is no longer convenient for me. It's too bad, because the space sounds wonderful! I highly recommend her as an instructor.

Posted Sep 6, 2016
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Rachel was a wonderful teacher: patient, talented, and very attuned to my specific needs and goals. As an adult pursuing singing lessons, it was important to me to have a teacher that could be flexible to my schedule and my goals, and I had a wonderful experience with Rachel. I'm sadly leaving DC, so won't be able to continue lessons, but will definitely miss her as a teacher!

Posted Aug 25, 2016
Olivia S.
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Caring, fun, creative, and great with kids. She teaches my five year olds piano and they look forward to their lessons every week.

Posted Apr 15, 2016
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Rachel has a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer her students. She is fun to work with and very attentive to her student's individual levels and interests.

Posted Jan 26, 2016
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Rachel was fantastic!

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Allison D.
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Rachel is a great teacher who will listen to what you want to work on and build lessons around it. She makes lessons fun and gives really good notes and advice. I definitely recommend her!

Posted Jan 14, 2016
Asia V.
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Rachel is THE BEST vocal teacher!
Highly recommend!!! :-)

Posted Dec 29, 2015
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I'm extremely impressed by Rachel's depth of knowledge about singing. I often found myself just picking her brain. The techniques she's taught me have resulted in marked improvement already!

Posted Dec 28, 2015
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Rachel is a patient and understanding teacher who is willing to work with you at your own pace. That being said, she also pushed me to read music at a pace faster than I thought I was capable. My overall experience with Rachel has positive so far and would recommend her.

Posted Dec 28, 2015
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Rachel is a great piano instructor!

Posted Dec 6, 2015
Gonca Buffington
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Rachel is a great teacher...

Posted Nov 14, 2015
Sylvia J.
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Rachel is an awesome teacher. Very warm and fun to work with!

Posted Oct 27, 2015
Bridget C.
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Rachel is kind, knowledgeable, and eager to share her passion with you - wherever you are in the learning process. She is a perfect fit for all ages. Even my skeptical child was engaged in her lesson and come home to practice without prompting from Mom or Dad.

Posted Oct 17, 2015
BryAn H.
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Awesome personality! From this 1st lesson, she took the time to get to know my daughter, her likes, her goals with singing and her experiences. From there, she begin to focus on teaching the fundamentals of singing- which I thought was great. She encouraged my daughter to push herself. We are both excited and can't wait till our next lesson.

Posted Oct 8, 2015
Krista S.
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Our eldest child has been taking piano and vocal lessons from Ms. Rachel for almost two years now and we couldn't be more happier as student & parents! Rachel brings her expertise, energy and patience each week and we are grateful for her flexibility amidst busy lives. Any child/adult would be blessed by her teaching and we would highly recommend her to anyone!

Posted Sep 1, 2015

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Piano Instructor & Vocal Coach
Sep 2015 - Present

Take Lessons

Resident Teaching Artist
Oct 2010 - Present

Wolftrap Educational Foundation

Arts integration specialist in DC schools, using music, dance and drama to accomplish overall curriculum goals in early childhood settings.

Creative Movement/Dance Teacher
Jun 2009 - Present

Levine School of Music

Creative Movement/Dance Teacher for Levine School of Music summer arts intensive for children ages 5-13. Special emphasis within classes to build musicianship while exposing the children to jazz, modern and interpretive movement styles. Children also have the opportunity to work on their on choreography. This culminates into four camp-wide performances.

Voice & Piano Instructor
Mar 2015 - Aug 2016

Bach to Rock

Private & group classes plus Glee Club camp classes

Lead Vocalist
Jan 2013 - Aug 2016

Luther Place Memorial Church


Dual Degree in Vocal Performance & Arranging
Jan 1992 - Jun 1997

Berklee College of Music

Musical Theater
Sep 1985 - Jun 1989

Duke Ellington School for the Arts



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Teacher's National Association
Aug 2018


MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers. The numerous programs offered by MTNA encompass an array of choices as diverse as the people who participate, prepare and attend them—from educational programming, festivals and forums to advocacy, conferences and competitions. And all have been specifically designed to engage music teachers of all levels with the resources needed to advance their careers.
Washington Music Teacher's Associaton
Aug 2018

WMTA (Affiliate of MTNA)

Washington Music Teachers Association is prominent association of independent music teachers from the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland in the pursuit of the highest standards in music instruction. WMTA offers an outstanding range of student performance opportunities including competitions, recitals and festivals. Members also enjoy excellent opportunities for professional development through various activities available to them and their students.
Imagination Lab
Jun 2014

Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Wolftrap

Gathering of teaching artists for Wolftrap in the DC/MD/VA areas, to research imagination in young children and write the foundation's mission statement as it pertains to imagination in action.
Engineering/Science Institute (Arts Integration)
May 2014

Early Learning Through the Arts, Wolftrap Foundation

Using music, dance and drama to teach engineering "habits of mind" and basic science principles.
Imagine That! Storytelling & Puppetry
Mar 2014

Early Learning Through the Arts, Wolftrap Foundation

Bringing STEM subjects to life using story telling techniques and basic puppetry for interactive learning.
Music, Math & Movies!
Dec 2013

Early Learning Through the Arts, Wolftrap Foundation

Using "Let's make a movie!" as a model within the classroom wherein children are the directors, the actors, and sometimes the scenery, acting out fiction and nonfiction scenarios. Develops recall, teamwork, attention span, and of course sparks creativity, imagination and makes learning FUN!
Common Core: Unwrapping the Standards
Sep 2013

Early Learning Through the Arts, Wolftrap Foundation

Using common principles inherent within academics and the performing arts, as a lesson planning tool within common core learning environments and real time in the classroom and one on one with students.


Steinbruck Award
Mar 2014

N St. Village

6 Top Ten Club Charting Singles (From 2005-2009)
Nov 2005

Billboard Magazine


Music Teachers National Association
Aug 2018
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
Broadcast Music Inc.
Mar 2004
One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Aug 1990
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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