- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- 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. She leads worship music weekly at Luther Place Memorial Church and sings with community gospel choir, The Ambassadors of Praise.
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!
Arts integration specialist in DC schools, using music, dance and drama to accomplish overall curriculum goals in early childhood settings.
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.+ Read More
Private & group classes plus Glee Club camp classes
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.
Using music, dance and drama to teach engineering "habits of mind" and basic science principles.
Bringing STEM subjects to life using story telling techniques and basic puppetry for interactive learning.
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!+ Read More
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.
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.+ Read More
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.
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!
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!
Rachel is a great teacher, she always has great songs picked out for me and helps me keep my practices on track
Rachel taught me some good exercises for improving my singing.
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.+ Read More
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.
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!
First lesson was great! Rachel easily got my 6 year old excited about the piano. Looking forward to the next one.
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!
Rachel is organized and very responsible .alexandra liked her first lesson .
Veteran, patient, approachable and articulate. I look forward to learning from her in the weeks to come!
Vegetables, patient, approachable, and articulate. I look forward to learning from her in the week to come!
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.+ Read More
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!+ Read More
Caring, fun, creative, and great with kids. She teaches my five year olds piano and they look forward to their lessons every week.
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.
Rachel was fantastic!
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!
Rachel is THE BEST vocal teacher!
Highly recommend!!! :-)
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!
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.+ Read More
Rachel is a great piano instructor!
Rachel is a great teacher...
Rachel is an awesome teacher. Very warm and fun to work with!
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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!+ Read More