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Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD

About Aleksis

My name is Aleksis B., but many of my students know me as Mr. B. I am a professional instructor and performing musician who combines a love of music with a desire to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. I try to make that passion show in everything I do.

My education includes classical voice training with Michele Howard Hansen, an opera singer that often performs at the Kennedy Center. I studied piano with Geoffrey Chappell, who writes for Jazz Times. I also received compositional training on multiple instruments from Stanley Cowell, who recorded and performed
with legends like Miles Davis.

I have been performing professionally since 1992. I studied education in college and did my student teaching in a music class at Goshen Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

I have been teaching music professionally now for over twenty years. Some students want to take a few lessons to see if it is something they will enjoy, others have worked with me for over a decade. I have mentored several students who have gone on to professional careers. I have experienced a lot of success teaching young children and those with special needs. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of patience and truly enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.

Whatever your goals or abilities, I look forward to working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Experience fun based lessons as my teaching approach is relaxed and inspirational. I enjoy working with all ages, adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate your learning style and abilities. Learn to play the music you love! You learn best when you enjoy what you are playing, I can help you play along with your favorites or even write your own songs. I always ask my students at the beginning of a lesson "What would you like to do today?" Then structure the lesson accordingly into a routine that the student can practice on their own. Generally the time is divided into warm ups, learning new material, then picking a fun song the student choses. Whether your interest is Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop music, etc... I'm here help you reach your goals so let's make your dreams come true with music together!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books, Guitar, music stand, metronome, picks, tuner, page clips, capo, media player, laptop, Keyboard (on request), and recording equipment (on request)

*** Specialties ***
With Voice I specialize in helping people prepare for auditions such as American Idol. I have students who simply want to be karaoke stars. I have several professional singers that hire me as a voice coach and producer for recording sessions. I have taught children as young as 2 and those that retired with a lifelong dream to sing. Though my training is classical, I can teach Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, etc...whatever is fun for the student. I highly recommend learning to read music but I do not push it unless parents want their child to.

With Piano I can teach traditionally from Alfred and Bastien Piano Courses depending if they are auditory or visual learners. For Kinesthetic learners I use Hanon scale exercises and Rothman Rhythm Exercises. For those that want to learn notation I introduce classical and Jazz composers unless there is a popular artist/band/movie theme etc...that they would like to learn. However I do not push students to read music unless their parents would prefer it. I tend to keep more students that want to learn to play by ear especially adults by using rhythm training and music theory exercises and then applying them to songs they love. For piano I haven't had much success with children younger than 3. I also have a lot experience working with special needs children.

For Guitar I teach Classical, Acoustic, and Electric all styles and genres. I encourage sight reading but don't mind using tabs. I use more exercises with these students, since the first month students have a hard time making a sound. I try to make the lessons fun by having students strum chords along with songs they chose. I teach lead and rhythm even songwriting and composition. Job satisfaction for me is seeing my students leave a lesson with a smile on their face so I make sure to be a fun based teacher that doesn't give the student a hard time about not practicing.

For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.
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Rafael E. October 6, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He is great!!!
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Nelson Y. September 19, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He's cool and fun, also very flexible with learning approaches and great with kids, just what our 8-yr-old needs.
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Hazel H. May 17, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great!
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Aleksis B.

Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD 20876
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$37 / 30-min
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Louis J.

Germantown, MD

About louis

Louis J. has over 20 years of experience playing and teaching piano. He has traveled across the states performing and opening for various artists such as Jonathan Butler and Donnie McClurklin. Mr. J. studied classical piano with Patricia King and studied jazz piano with Harry Appleman at Montgomery College. He received his B.S. degree from High Point University.
While in college, he studied music theory and music composition. His musical influences range from Mozart to Oscar Peterson. Although his primary instrument is piano, he also plays guitar, bass, drums, and the organ. He currently ser
ves as the Director of Music at a local church in Alexandria, Va. Mr. J. performs regularly throughout the DC metro area as a studio session musician, music director, and accompanist.
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Ary March 7, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and truly connects with the student!
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Grace S. December 29, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Really appreciate Louis working me into his schedule and listening to me about what I hope to get out of piano lessons. He is a thoughtful teacher and I am excited about learning a lot from him.
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Tamir O. December 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Our 9-year old daughter has now had 5 lessons with Louis. The difference between these lessons and the lessons with her previous teacher are night and day. She is excited about the lessons, looks forward to each one, and enjoys practicing. She loves piano again. Louis is absolutely brilliant. He combines a strong classical foundation with enjoyable modern songs, which he often transposes or simplifies himself to the level of his students at that time. He makes the lessons fun and engaging. As a piano player myself, I've had many teachers over the years, and Louis is the best I've seen. I'm tempted to start lessons for myself again!
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Louis J.

Louis J.

Germantown, MD 20874
(5)
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Daniel P.

Frederick, MD

About Daniel

I am a recent graduate of Towson University, and am passionate about playing and teaching drums. I have performance experience in a variety of rock bands, jazz, and percussion ensembles. I am comfortable teaching all styles. Whether your favorite drummer is Neil Peart, Elvin Jones or Questlove, I will help get you on your way to playing the music you love!
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Patty February 21, 2016
Drum · In studio
I have known Dan Puziss for many years. I met him when he became part of Zion Lutheran’s Contemporary Band as the drum player. I approached him about giving my teenage daughter drum lessons and he was more than accommodating. He gave her lessons for about six months. He was very knowledgeable and always made the lesson fun for her. I would certainly recommend him to others as a drum teacher.
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Frank February 18, 2016
Drum · In studio
"I am writing this review for Dan P, a Towson University alumnus. I have had the privilege to teach Dan drum set and jazz studies for the past four years at Towson University and he will be an excellent teacher. Dan is dependable, intelligent, and a hard worker. He is a dedicated serious musician and a role model for younger students. Dan’s excellent execution and beautiful touch make him a very musical performer. He is always prepared, has an enthusiasm for learning, and he is clearly a leader among his peers. Dan will continue to be highly successful in his musical pursuits."
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Cris February 16, 2016
Drum · In studio
Dan was the first drum teacher we had for our son, who was in eighth grade at the time. Dan was excellent at introducing our son to percussion methods and styles. He was respectful and engaging. Even though Dan was inexperienced at the time, he was a natural at teaching. I have always appreciated the start Dan gave my son.
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Daniel P.

Daniel P.

Frederick, MD 21703
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Louise C.

Frederick, MD

About Louise

I received my Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Shepherd University in 2016. I have been performing for almost a decade in a wide variety of styles and ensembles, and teaching professionally since 2014. My specialty is in marimba performance.

▶ Performance Highlights:
- Spires Brass Band, Frederick, MD, 2016-present
- National Music Festival, Chestertown, MD, 2014
- Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Shepherdstown, WV, 2014-2015
- Windsor Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (DCA), 2012
- The Fredericktowne Players Orchestra (“Curtains” 2011; “Babes in Arms” 2016)
- Shepherd Univer
sity Honors Recital, March 2016
- Shepherd University Wind Ensemble Tour of France & Monaco, May 2013
- Guest Conductor, Celebration Ringers, Frederick Church of the Brethren, February 2013

I have studied orchestral percussion with Dr. Michelle Humphreys, Dane Palmer, and Dr. Charles Reader, drum set with Ronnie Shaw, jazz improvisation with Kevin Pace, and composition with Dr. Mark Andrew Cook. I have composed numerous works for marimba, percussion ensembles, piano, and other mixed ensembles.

▶ My teaching style
I focus on teaching control, musicality, and well-roundedness to achieve musical excellence. I believe that an open mind is essential when approaching and analyzing music, and I implore my students to ask questions and to think independently.

I assign listening assignments often, to broaden musical knowledge and allow students to discover their individual taste and style. The ideal percussionist possesses a great knowledge of contemporary literature in addition to significant repertoire in history, and therefore much of my focus is music of the present.

Along with teaching technique, repertoire, and musical analysis, I will focus on developing proper practice skills, and how to overcome problems that develop during individual practice, in an effort to establish musical independence.

▶ Studio information
My home studio is equipped with a 4.0 octave marimba, snare drum, drum set, piano, cajon, djembe, frame drums, and other accessories.

Please feel free to visit my website for more information: louisecampbell.net
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Louise C.

Louise C.

Frederick, MD 21702
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Nic B.

Thurmont, MD

About Nic

My name is Levi, and I've been playing since I was nine years old. I began to frequent open mics around Frederick when I was 16, and have since played several shows. I realeased my first album, 'Stargazer' last year, and am currently working on my second. I can be found at Café Nola, and the Cellar Door on any given Monday, and Tuesday night respectively. I'm also the lead singer for local bands Beavers Cleaver, and Eskimo the Bean. I've always done well with helping kids with their schoolwork and music, and explaining things to them in a way they understand. I achieve this, mainly, because I
don't look down on them, and rather than calling them out for making a mistake, I encourage them, and help them find a way to learn from it, and get around the obstacle on their own.
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Nic B.

Nic B.

Thurmont, MD 21788
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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