Rachel Panay Raziel

Rachel P.

Washington, DC
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Rachel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 2000

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!

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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.

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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


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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Photos & Videos

After 4-5 years of self study on guitar, here's my debut, singing & accompanying myself at an intimate gathering to benefit UNICEF.
Photo by Rachel P.

New Downtempo originals in the works!  

Vocals, lyrics & melody by Rachel Panay Raziel
Lesson with 6 year old, Oren, who's main interest is JAZZ MUSIC!
"Upstairs Inferno" -  Song for documentary film of same title
"Change Is Just Around the Corner"  
Music by Rachel Panay Raziel
Produced by Francis Phan
In my role as teaching artist for a Wolftrap 1-week residency (Eastern Shore, VA)

Teaching piano & voice to siblings in the church studio! : )

2015 Memorial Day ceremony in Logan Circle.
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33 Reviews

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Rose Nov 2, 2018
Singing · In studio

Fun, knowledgeable, well-versed!

Anthony Oct 24, 2018
Singing · In home

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

Emma P. Aug 29, 2018
Piano · In home

Very friendly and patient! Emma said she really enjoyed the lesson and is excited to show me what she learned!

Jon Aug 22, 2018
Piano · In studio


Alexandra K. Aug 19, 2018
Piano · In studio

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.

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Alexandra K. Jul 10, 2018
Piano · In studio

amazingly fun!

Blake Mar 28, 2018
Piano · In studio

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!

Rich Mar 8, 2018
Piano · In studio

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!

Andrew Jan 31, 2018
Piano · In studio

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

Patricia Jan 24, 2018
Singing · In home

Rachel taught me some good exercises for improving my singing.

Lynne B. Oct 24, 2017
Singing · In studio

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.

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Ted P. Sep 28, 2017
Music Theory · In studio

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.

June M. Sep 25, 2017
Singing · In home

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!

Genevieve K. Oct 4, 2016
Piano · In home

First lesson was great! Rachel easily got my 6 year old excited about the piano. Looking forward to the next one.

Kara Sep 19, 2016
Piano · In home

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!

Alexandra Sep 18, 2016
Piano · In studio

Rachel is organized and very responsible .alexandra liked her first lesson .

Eli Sep 14, 2016
Singing · In studio

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

Eli Sep 14, 2016
Singing · In studio

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

Jennie Sep 6, 2016
Singing · In studio

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.

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Katie Aug 25, 2016
Singing · In studio

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!

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Olivia S. Apr 15, 2016
Piano · In studio

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

sam Jan 26, 2016
Jazz Voice · In studio

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.

Stewart Jan 20, 2016
Singing · In studio

Rachel was fantastic!

Allison D. Jan 14, 2016
Singing · In studio

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!

Asia V. Dec 29, 2015
Singing · In studio

Rachel is THE BEST vocal teacher!
Highly recommend!!! :-)

Thomas Dec 28, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

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!

Edward Dec 28, 2015
Piano · In studio

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.

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Yasemin Dec 6, 2015
Piano · In studio

Rachel is a great piano instructor!

Gonca Buffington Nov 14, 2015
Piano · In studio

Rachel is a great teacher...

Sylvia J. Oct 27, 2015
Piano · In studio

Rachel is an awesome teacher. Very warm and fun to work with!

Bridget C. Oct 17, 2015
Singing · In studio

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.

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BryAn H. Oct 8, 2015
Singing · In studio

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.

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Krista S. Sep 1, 2015
Piano · In studio

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!

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