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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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Hamilton S. December 29, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I've improved by leaps and bounds with my singing lessons with Aleksis. I highly recommend him as a teacher. He makes sure you work on what YOU want to improve on, all while offering kindly advice as to what can make you an overall better singer. I'm really looking forward to many more lessons!
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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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Aleksis B.

Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD 20876
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$37 / 30-min
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Austin G.

Rockville, MD

About Austin

Music is something that everyone can share and express themselves through, and i want to help everyone to find that avenue of expression! I studied drums at the Drummers Collective in New York City, where i studied several genres of music. I play everything from rock, jazz, soul, R&B, Caribbean, and Latin music. If a student is interested in a certain style of music i would be happy to dive into that further, or explore other genres that may peek interest. The difference between me and many other teachers is that i genuinely love teaching and watching my students grow as players and music
ians. I am excited to say that I am now set up to teach online! If you have Skype or FaceTime and live anywhere in the continental United States, I am available for drum lessons!

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm here to motivate students to be the best they can be, and to answer any questions or concerns they may have about their instrument. I teach out of several books that will help develop and improve, technique, reading, and listening skills. Unlike some, i don't just "go through the motions" when teaching. I like to adapt to the students specific style of learning, so they have fun while developing a solid understanding of the material as well as practice habits. I also distribute recommended listening and encourage students to create their own rhythms and/or songs to develop musical creativity. My goal as a teacher is to cater to the wants and needs of the student, as well as create a solid foundation of rhythm and music history.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 drum sets. One electric and one acoustic. Congas and bongos. Piano, bass guitar, and webcam. Open and comfortable space with plenty of room for a parent to sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
metronome, and practice pads

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean
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Seynan C. February 18, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Austin is really a great teacher! He is so patient and have a lot of funny ways to help my son enjoys playing drums!
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Andrew O. November 25, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Very good teacher. He definitely knows music
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Lethe L. May 14, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher! :)
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Austin G.

Austin G.

Rockville, MD 20853
(14)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Lilly A.

Columbia, MD

About Lilly

Ms. Lilly received a B.M in Vocal Performance from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C where she studied with Regina McConnell. Upon graduating, Lilly continued her studies at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins and received her M.M from the University of Maryland. As an undergraduate she was a recipient of the Se-Jong Scholarship. She has been participated the NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional Vocal Competition and received an honorable mention from the Friday Morning Music Club Competition. Mrs. Ahn took part in the Amalfi Coast Music Festival under the direction of Thomas Reil
ly and while there she performed the role of Nella in Gianni Schicchi. She also participated in scene studies including roles of Giulietta from I Capuleti e I Montecchi, and Papagena from Die Zauberflöte. She attended the Little Patuxent Opera Institute directed by Deborah Kent. She is also a soloist of Baltimore Choral Arts Society under the conductor Tom Hall and was recently featured in a televised concert, where she sang Mozart’s Allelujah.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons occur in my living room with a beautiful baby grand piano. A waiting area is available for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have a piano or an electric keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Breathing Management (Talking and Singing)
Music Theory
Classical Singing
Presentation of yourself
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Nanami V. June 28, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Lily is a wonderful teacher. Not only her skill to teach, but her character toward the student is so warm and professional.
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Samir Z. April 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great experience so far. A teacher that cares about you and your growth.
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Jake S. March 26, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Lilly is fantastic! She is a great vocal coach and teacher. I am seeing improvement after every lesson.
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Lilly A.

Lilly A.

Columbia, MD 21044
(12)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Semyon R.

Silver Spring, MD

About Semyon

Holds annual recitals for his students and his students distinguish themselves in national competitions.
Able to identify a student's strengths and weaknesses and develop lesson plans to suite the need of each individual, at every age and ability level.
Classically trained in piano and holds the title of Master of Music from the prestigious and highly accredited Belorussian Academy of Music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate room and waiting room and bathroom, computer

*** Specialties ***
Any style. Any level. Any age
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Andrew January 6, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Semyon is great! He really knows the music and teaches it very well. If you are considering piano lessons, I highly recommend him.
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Semyon R.

Semyon R.

Silver Spring, MD 20901
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD

About Dennis

I have been teaching guitar for 25 years in the Washington DC metro area. I work with students 12 years of age and up, but I am especially experienced at teaching adult students regardless of whether they are beginners or have previous guitar experience. I have performed in acoustic Celtic, new age, funk, progressive rock, fusion and contemporary jazz groups and am currently performing regularly as a solo acoustic guitarist. I have composed over 40 works for solo guitar as well as numerous pieces for small jazz bands. I have played on numerous CDs including my most recent solo CD 'DARK MATTER'
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*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor the lesson materials to suit the interest of the student but I am dedicated to teaching students at any level to learn to better understand the fundamentals of the language of music. My teaching focuses on critical fundamentals of guitar technique including chords, scales and rhythm guitar playing as well as the art of improvisation. A significant amount of time in the lessons is spent actually playing with the students so that the technical concepts are put to use in real music situations. To further the student's understanding of music I frequently teach elements of music theory to those who are interested.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars and amps available for student use although I prefer that the student bring their own instrument. I also have all the needed accessories, cables, stands etc.

*** Specialties ***
Adult students (and older teenagers ) whether beginners or experienced are a particular specialty of mine. Adult learners want to be treated as adults and often times benefit greatly from a more mentor oriented approach to teaching. I like to describe myself as both a teacher and a coach so as to emphasize that the student and I are on the same team sharing the goal of improving their guitar playing and musicianship. We are both on the same path of musical discovery. I am probably just farther along on that path with insights and knowledge that will hopefully help them along their way.
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Sam September 20, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Dennis is the fourth guitar teacher I have had over the past 8 or so years. As a casual guitar player signing up for Dennis' lessons, I simply wanted to enjoy playing the instrument while also improving my technique. Having taken lessons with him for about a year now, I can confidently say that both of these goals have been fulfilled. My technique has definitely improved with Dennis more so than it had with any of my past teachers. Not only is he a good teacher, but he is also just an all around chill, good guy. I always look forward to my weekly lesson.
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Andrew McGehee March 4, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dennis is professional, knowledgeable, and easily constructs a lesson plan tailored to your needs. Would recommend!
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Clay Jones December 3, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
After the first lesson I can tell this is going to go great! Dennis is very personable and easy to talk to, and communicate with. It is immediately apparent that he has a wealth of knowledge not just about guitar, but about music theory in general and I am so excited for what I will learn!

Also, he has a lovely home and his wife is so nice :) I felt right at home.

I definitely recommend Dennis to anyone who is considering lessons.
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Dennis B.

Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD 20816
(8)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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