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Keith J.

Falls Church, VA

About Keith

Keith is a seasoned world class drummer, a 3 Time Grammy Award winner as well as an Emmy award winning media producer; with a high degree of artistic and technical experience. He has over forty four years on-stage experience performing, developing and managing international artists. He has performed on stage and worked with world famous groups such as Starland Vocal Band, Billy Idol, Bob Seger, John Mayall, The Ventures, Buffalo Springfield Revisited (including Steve Stills and Neil Young), and many more!! Go to Keith's picture area to see pics of Keith with famous friends such as Van Halen!!


*** Lesson Details ***
You will learn to read drum music and/or write and play drum parts. You will learn snare drum technique and drum set skills. I have experience in the MUSIC BUSINESS, so students will learn not only about the MUSIC, but also about the BUSINESS should they have professional career related questions.

I have been around the world working with MAJOR famous recording artists touring out of Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

I teach 1/2 hour lessons and/or 1 hour lessons.

During each lesson, I give you plenty of material to practice over a week€™s time. WE WILL HAVE FUN.

Not many teachers in this area have my experience nor credentials. I love the drums more than anything and my enthusiasm should be evident during our lessons. Several of my students have gone on to major music colleges such as Berklee. One of my students is currently touring and working with Linkin Park.

When you take lessons from me, you will develop the skills to play in your school band with confidence, start your own band, or play at an advanced professional level.

I am great with young children as well as students of all ages. Additionally, I have experience with students requiring special needs.

I have all the patience in the world, remember, I was in your shoes years ago when I had a dream of learning how to play the drums !!!!

HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON !!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large, private studio with all the equipment you will need to absorb the "pearls of wisdom" I will give you during your private one-on-one private lesson. Comfortable waiting room outside studio.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set technique, snare drum technique, reading studies. Rock, Country, Jazz, symphonic, marching band etc.

I teach both the MUSIC and the BUSINESS, for the aspiring or current professional.
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Laura June 27, 2015
Drum · In studio
Keith has lots of patience and answers all my questions. He's teaching me to read music and play drums and I'm having a great time!
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Sue P. June 25, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great lesson!
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Oldbluecj7@yahoo.com June 21, 2015
Drum · In home
Keith is a fantastic personality. My 7 year old son has been studying under him since Santa brought a junior kit to the home. He is patient and strikes just the right tone during the lessons between serious and fun. My son responds well to him and I also enjoy observing the lessons.
Keith's long music background comes through immediately. Doing what he loves for his life is quite an accomplishment that I envy. I don't hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking to learn the Drums.
Thanks
Mike
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Keith J.

Keith J.

Falls Church, VA 22043
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$38 / 30-min
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John N.

Chantilly, VA

About John

I have been playing guitar and bass for over 35 years and traveled the world playing concerts in Clubs and Stadiums. My band ESTUS was signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, I played with the Eddie Kirkland Blues Band, formed Fat City in Woodstock NY, and played toured nationally with Quicksilver Messenger Service. Currently I play in RSB, the Rick Sickmen Band, and teach at the School of Rock in Vienna. I want to share my knowledge and extensive experience with students to 'play it forward' while having fun.

*** Lesson Details ***
From beginners to experienced players everyone has their
own goals and style of learning. I will try to have my students playing songs as soon as possible, in the style (rock, blues, country) that they want, while teaching some basic music theory to build on. My studio is fully equipped with instruments, amps, recording equipment, drums and PA system.

*** Studio Equipment ***
guitars, amps, drums, 16 track recorder, soup to nuts

*** Specialties ***
Rock (all kinds), Blues, Pop, Country, ear training.
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Haitao D. January 10, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have been learning guitar with John for past 3 months and it is a great experience. John is very knowledgeable and patient to guide me with the much more efficient path to learn play with songs. I was trying to learn from books and YouTube videos for past 1 year, but much more improvements were made after two lessons with John! I also love his teaching styles very much: trying to explain WHY things work the way it is (e.g., music theory) instead of give a lot of "recipe level" exercises you can get from a book. I would strongly recommend him as a guitar teacher to any level!
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Jim O. September 6, 2014
Blues Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I'm about to have my forth lesson with John and I must say he is an amazing musician and an amazing guitar teacher. In the last four weeks, John and I have been working on blues guitar licks. I've been playing at the same level for years. John has changed that for me immediately after our first lesson. He has made a huge difference in my playing and my approach to the guitar.

After I finish writing this review, I will be signing up for additional lessons.

Thanks John
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Cliff B. December 14, 2013
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Wonderful instructor

I chose John because of his extensive experience as a professional musician and recommend him highly if you are looking for a great instructor. If his patience with this 44 year old starting musician is any indication, I'm certain he's good with anyone at any age!
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John N.

Chantilly, VA 20151
(4)
starting at
$39 / 45-min
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Marta R.

Fairfax, VA

About Marta

Marta R. is an Italian versatile singer, recording artist, enchanting performer, music educator with a Bachelor Degree in Performance and Music Education from Berklee College of Music (Boston,MA)

Her musicality and teaching tools vary according to the style and she’s fully proficient teaching Jazz, Rnb, Motown, Soul, Gospel, Pop, A-capella, and Swing music. Marta has been collaborating with people from all over the world.

Marta can easily adapt the teaching process depending on the music style that is requested, and unlike most of the vocalists around, she is also a solidly professional
singer with exemplary technique, control and flexibility. Marta performs in a wide variety of venues, records with Eatable music, Pasado de Moda, MaindeItaly Swing Italian Trio and as a solo artist, while also sings backup for the likes of Irma Seleman, Vasuda Sharma, Sissy Castrogiovanni, Guro Frydenlund Elverhøi, and many, many more.
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Haley L. August 24, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Marta immediately figured out my daughter's strengths and weaknesses. She provided great vocal exercises and discussed the importance of stage presence/confidence. Can't wait till second lesson.
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Alex Gable August 8, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
I have performed with Maria Marta many times, and she always makes it an exciting and professional experience! As a teacher, she has helped me to identify with my instrument, and release the inner- singer that I'm always hesitant to showcase. She's helped me intensely to sing crisp and interesting harmonies as a background vocalist, but also to step into the front to song lead at times ( which I neve thought I could ever do) !
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Tomoko August 2, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
I really liked Marta's teaching style. She always brings uplifting energy to the lessons and exercises to help strengthen my voice. She is very good at making practice fun!
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Marta R.

Marta R.

Fairfax, VA 22030
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Alexander S.

Oakton, VA

About Alexander

My name is Alex. I am a recent college graduate and I am committed to education. I have a bachelors degree in Political Science, minors in history and music. Through a scholarship designated internship, I was in the public schools of Guildford county NC schools as early as 2011 for music and social studies.
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Erick S. July 27, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Very professional
I recommend him
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Geron G. June 9, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Alex is a fine person and excellent musician. I recommend him as a teacher.
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Larry D. June 8, 2015
Ok. I have actually been one Alex's instructors! Not trumpet but Choir. Yes the guy can sing too. More importantly, he is an awesome guy, genuine person, and terrific musician. I just wish he could have stayed in NC so I could have him in my orchestra. I was his orchestra conductor and choral director for many years. Some DC area students are going to be very fortunate to have him as an instructor.

You can tell I like the guy! If he was just a little bit older I'd be begging him to marry my daughter. How's that for a reference?

Dr. Larry Dickens
Duncan Chair of Church Music
Associate Professor of Church Music
Campbell University Divinity School
Buies Creek, NC
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Alexander S.

Alexander S.

Oakton, VA 22124
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Brianna S.

Fairfax, VA

About Brianna

I am currently pursuing a BM in Trumpet Performance at George Mason University, studying under Professor Phil Snedecor. I have been playing trumpet for 14 years, and have orchestral, wind band, chamber, marching band, and pit orchestra experience. I have been teaching privately since 2012.

It is extremely important to me that my students reach their full potential, being the best musician they can be while still retaining their passion for music. I remember the first time I ever picked up a trumpet; it was one of the most unforgettable experiences.

I emphasize teaching and solidifying f
undamentals while creating a fun and musical environment for my students. I also believe that ear training is imperative in developing musicianship.

As a performer, I have played with the American Festival Pops Orchestra and the United States Air Force Band.

I am available to teach both 30 minute and 1 hour long lessons.
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Zachary Pickett July 21, 2015
Trombone · In home
Learning trombone from Brianna was a great experience for my son, who is going into 6th grade this year. We wanted him to have a few lessons before starting band in middle school, and Brianna was the perfect person for the job. She taught him the basic skills he would need to succeed in the middle school band, and she really helped him become interested in music.
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Sarah Mitchell July 13, 2015
Trumpet · In home
I loved learning from Brianna. She is the greatest person to learn trumpet from. Her expertise is exceptional, and I truly enjoyed going to see her perform in concerts at George Mason University. It's great to be able to see your teacher perform!
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Brianna S.

Brianna S.

Fairfax, VA 22030
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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