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Jennifer V.

Ashburn, VA

About Jennifer

My name is Jennifer. I got my degree in vocal performance and minored in Jazz. I began voice lessons myself when I was eight. I am a mezzo soprano, and can teach both female and male voices. I have performed in several opera productions including but not limited to The Marriage of Figaro, Dido and Aeneus, Tenderland, and Hand of Bridge. I have worked and performed in masterworks by Brahms, Chopin, Mozart to name a few. I studied in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. I studied diction, ear training, piano, music history, pedagogy, and music theory. I have also performed with artists
such as New York Voices, Bobby Mcferrin and Kurt Elling. I was blessed with many learning opportunities to grow in my passion and I would love to pass that knowledge and passion to anyone who wants to learn.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed around the needs of each student. The first lessons is always spent testing range, knowledge and abilities already known by the student. Then the student weighs in on what kind of music they would like to learn and what they hope to gain from the lessons. Theory and ear training are incorporated into the lessons. We work on breathing, technique and style. Generally we start with English or Italian. We work on vocal performance from a classical standpoint but Jazz and Broadway can also be taught if desired by the student. Scales and exercises are given each week to be worked on until the next lesson. A recording device is encouraged if the student cannot play the piano. Also, a voice note book to take notes during the lesson to be used during practice during the week.

*** Specialties ***
classical voice and jazz voice.
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Kelly L. August 21, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Jenn has been working with my daughter for about 18 months. She was a complete beginner when she started, outside of singing in the chorus at school. My daughter very much enjoys working with Jenn and they have fun while still getting the job done. Jenn is soft spoken and kind which is what I wanted. She is great about letting the kids work often on songs they like which makes it more interesting for the student. My daughter loves musical theater and Jenn has helped her with some audition pieces as well. And having the lessons at home is such a help to me! Give her a try! You won't be disappointed!
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Bjorn S. June 10, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Very professional. I could tell quite a difference after 5 lessons.
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Steve G. April 29, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I really liked Jennifer. I had a very specific reason why I wanted to take lessons. I wanted to sing a specific song at a memorial service for my mother. I have always been self conscious about my singing voice . After the very first lesson I started feeling better about being able to pull this off. She is very supportive and a really compassionate person. She actually agreed to go to the service to play the panino so I could more comfortably sing this song....need I say more about Jennifer?
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Jennifer V.

Jennifer V.

Ashburn, VA 20148
(5)
starting at
$42 / 30-min
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Jonathan S.

Winchester, VA

About Jonathan

About

I am a Florida native, active doctoral student, teacher and practitioner. My career includes performing and recording as a guitarist and teaching subjects such as music or math. Grade-school academic strengths in mathematics represent my enthusiasm for the subject. The math equivalent in music can be considered music theory, which is another passion of mine. I hope to take these well-rounded characteristics to teach and influence others with what I have learned in my education and career thus far.

Education & Teaching Experience:

I am currently pursuing my Doctorate of Musical
Arts from Shenandoah University and hold a Masters of Music from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University (all degrees with a guitar performance emphasis). I also have a temporary teaching certificate for Music K-12 from the Florida Department of Education. I have taught in Florida as a preferred substitute for general music classes, K-12. In college, I have given study sessions for music theory levels ranging from 4-part writing to post-serialism.

Degrees:
Doctorate of Musical Arts: Guitar Performance; Shenandoah University, expected May 2017/2018
Master of Music: Guitar Performance; University of Akron, May 2014
Bachelor of Music: Guitar Performance; Stetson University, 2011

While giving lessons:
I ensure that every student receives fundamental foundation pertaining to the subject. While learning the basics, I advise that the student organizes their lessons and materials in a way that displays progress over time. With the proper knowledge, we can treat the heart of a subject with refinement in order to grasp it's purpose and reason---whether its music or math.

Why?
My students have grown with confidence through a sense of accomplishment. Success does not only affect a person's well-being but can also impact other dimensions of their lives.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment available if needed:

Foot stools
Music stands
Pencils
Complete home recording studio
Computer/tablet/smartphone w/ internet
Speakers and playback devices
Reference books

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student is expected to bring with them (if applicable):

Notebook or log
Reference/score materials
Instrument(s) and case
Accessories
Portable sound recorder (optional)

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz and Rock Styles.

Performance, Music Theory, Arranging, Composition.

Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Trigonometry, Pre-Calc.
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Gina A. August 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jonathan is a wonderful teacher. I would recommend him to others for lessons.
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Shanna T. July 3, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor...very good at breaking things down to help you succeed.
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Nan Z. June 29, 2015
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and interaction.
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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.

Winchester, VA 22601
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Donna G.

Winchester, VA

About Donna

I am thrilled to be joining the teaching ranks of TakeLessons! Having just recently relocated from Lansing, Michigan in order to pursue a DMA in Voice Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, voice specialist and instructor Donna G. is excited to work with a new crop of singers. While Donna lived in Lansing, MI, her voice studio facilitated in preparing amateur and professional singers for music and theatre auditions and performances for more than twelve years in the Lansing area. The goal of her voice studio is to promote vocal arts and current activities in the various pub
lic schools and communities represented in the studio. Donna also enjoys playing piano, vocal coach accompanying, working with diverse singing styles from classical to musical theatre and jazz/pop, songwriting, and designing individual curricula that allow her students to express themselves in their individually unique ways. Donna looks forward to working with new students from the Winchester area.

Donna G's Education:
DMA Candidate in Voice Performance, Shenandoah Conservatory
MM Voice Performance, Michigan State University
MM Choral Conducting, Michigan State University
BM Music Education and Vocal Performance, Northwestern University

*** Lesson Details ***
The goal of Donna's voice studio is to promote vocal arts and current activities in the various public schools and communities represented in the studio. Donna also enjoys playing piano, vocal coach accompanying, community theatre, working with diverse singing styles from classical to musical theatre and jazz/pop, songwriting, and designing individual curriculum that allow her students to express themselves in their individually unique ways. Best known for preparing singers for music and theatre auditions, Donna also enjoys encouraging singers to find public venues in which to share their talents and accomplishments. Such venues include school, community, recitals, or church worship experiences.

Donna's teaching style and personality can be described as "easily approachable with an emphasis on personal growth". Additionally, she is known for promoting relatively high standards so that her singers feel continuously challenged and inspired to work toward creative and artistic expression and performance goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I must travel to a student's home, I would need him/her to provide a piano or keyboard. I can bring music books/repertoire. If the student wishes to drive to my home studio, I can provide a piano as well as a large vocal and piano music library.

*** Specialties ***
~Certified Lovetri Somatic Voicework (sm) at Shenandoah University Summer Vocal Music Institute
~specializing in opera vocal styles as well as ability to cross-train voice for musical theatre and pop/rock styles
~ability in vocal coach accompanying on piano/keyboard
~lyricist and songwriter for rock bands over the past 20 years
~musical director for musical theatre productions for 15 years
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Max DeCarlo August 31, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My favorite thing about lessons with Donna is that she treats the voice as an instrument. The lessons are not just another method to increase your repertoire. We work on vocal exercises and activities that strengthen the voice. I definitely recommend Donna as a teacher.
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Max DeCarlo June 25, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Just had my first lesson, and I am tremendously excited to go forward! Very qualified, and very easy to work with. I highly recommend Donna if you're considering lessons!
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Tina S. October 25, 2014
Verified Student
The confidence that Donna has helped me with is priceless. I feel we are achieving my goals.
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Donna G.

Donna G.

Winchester, VA 22601
(6)
starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Kristin W.

Leesburg, VA

About Kristin

I began playing at 4 years old. I loved classical music and taught myself by listening till I was 6 and started formal lessons. I continued lessons throughout high school with a Julliard graduate. During my senior year of high school, I had the amazing experience of playing in Weill Hall, located in the famous Carnege Hall, as part of the young artist showcase.
While attending Vassar College, I continued to take private lessons with another Julliard graduate, as well as taking classes in theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have beginner to advanced piano books in both performance, l
essons, and theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full upright piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music
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Jan V. August 28, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kristin has been so great for me. She is patient and kind, and she encourages me to stretch my learning and understanding. If her explanation of something does not sink into my brain, she explains another way. She is also a talented pianist herself and I love to hear her play.
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Kristin W.

Kristin W.

Leesburg, VA 20176
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Megan E.

Ashburn, VA

About Megan

Megan is the principal piccoloist of the United States Air Force Band, Washington, DC.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, my professional credits include principal flute with the Youngstown Opera Orchestra, Youngstown Musica Sacra Orchestra, and 2nd flute with the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra. I was a featured performer at the 2003 Jeanne Baxtresser Masterclass, winner of the 2006 WSU Concerto Competition, NFA Pro-Flute Choir Competition & the 2014 GMU Young Artist Competition.
My Air Force Career began in 2004 with the United States Air Force Band of Flight, where I was a featured flute s
oloist for over twenty performances.
A piccolo specialist, I have a passion for performing and teaching. With nearly 20 years of experience, I take a very light-hearted student-centered approach to music. I believe learning should be fun and want my students to look forward to their lessons.
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Ben August 23, 2015
Flute · In studio
Megan is an outstanding teacher. She tailors her approach to each student, and she is an excellent communicator. Her comments are always insightful and effective. She emphasizes musicality as well as the fundamentals of proper technique. As a result, I not only understand how to do something but also why I am doing it. She encourages her students to develop their own individuality rather than imposing her own views. She has a great sense of humor too!
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Megan E.

Megan E.

Ashburn, VA 20147
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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