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Anola D.

Fredericksburg, VA

About Anola

***Background***

In 2006, I graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. My primary instrument is the piano, but I am also a vocalist. I have a true passion for music and I'm thankful that I am able to do something that I love everyday. If my mother did not encourage me to stick it out with piano lessons 20 years ago I would not be where I am today! I have been teaching privately since my junior year in college, but my music education career started with public school teaching.

My experience began with teaching General Music to 6th, 7th and 8th gr
aders. I then had the privilege of teaching chorus for 6 years to the same age group. I have lead all of my vocal groups to both Superior and Excellent ratings at festivals, adjudications, competitions and have helped over 150 students make various honors choruses.

My students enjoy learning and becoming the best musicians they can be. I do my best to develop myself professionally as much as possible, so that I can be a better educator for my students. Private teaching has always be very important to me. One on one music education is extremely beneficial to anyone who has the desire to learn more about their art.

I believe that classical and popular music are best taught along side one another. My students read music, play by ear, improvise, play fun and innovative music, have access to technology, play games, perform for their peers, family and friends but most importantly, ENJOY their lessons and learn to appreciate music!

I look forward to working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***

Private education is all about addressing individual needs and interest. The method I use varies on the student. I create all of the lessons that I teach so that they are appropriate for the skill level and age group of the student. I like to incorporate games, fun and innovative music, technology and mixing method books with both classical and popular tunes.

For my younger beginning pianist (ages 3-5), I use the WunderKeys program. Wunderkeys is a one-on-one piano program with a unique blend of music and math nourishes the intellectual and creative minds of young children.

I want my students to be excited about their lesson every week! Along with the goals I have set and music I have chosen for my students, I encourage them to have a say in their learning process as well. Watching my students grow and learn to love music is so exciting. Growth is the key. As the student, they must understand that in order to get to a certain skill level, you have to put the work in. That is when learning can begin.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Digital Piano (Fredericksburg)
Upright Piano (Waldorf)
Audio Equipment
Computer
Tablet
Wi-Fi

*** Specialties ***

I share all styles of music with my students. The music I choose is based on the student I have. I am very flexible with music choices.
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Anola D.

Anola D.

Fredericksburg, VA 22401
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Carol K.

Manassas, VA

About Carol

I have always loved music. For me, the process of making music gives me the opportunity to lose myself in the moment. It does not matter what type of music I am listening to, I will find a connection to the music.

I exhibited an interest in music at an early age. On many Saturday afternoons my mom would find me planted in front of the television set watching opera. So, it came as no surprise to family members that mom enrolled me in music lessons, singing lessons to follow.

Throughout my teens I found myself involved in anything related to music. I sang in the school choir, as well
as background choral work in musicals and even played the piano occasionally. I also had the opportunity to sing with a group called "Up with People," and performed some of their repertoire around the state.

I would love to share my passion and joy of music with anyone who wants to discover their own journey into the musical world.

After high school I continued my lifelong study of music. I graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Liberal Arts Studies, majoring in piano. I was able to work with Jacequeline-Cursagi Schmitt, who helped me refine my piano technique. I also continued taking voice lessons during college and am currently studying with a local Takelessons teacher.

After college I started teaching piano. I have worked with student's from the age of five through adulthood. I love working with any age group. As a teacher, I am always looking for new and interesting approaches to educating myself and to engage my students in the process of learning music.

I teach to the student's "learning style." I use whatever resources are available to reinforce musical concepts. I am patient, and laid back. I want my students to feel comfortable, and know that they can be themselves when they are working with me. Most of all what a student can expect is a teacher who is interested in them, their progress, and making the our time together as enjoyable as possible. I believe that I help students see the joy music brings to their lives.

I have always felt that one of my greatest strengthens is my ability to interact with children and adults, and I hope that I can continue to share my love of music in the coming years.

*** Lesson Details ***
My philosophy of teaching is a mixture of expectation that a student will put forth an honest effort to learn what I have asked. However, I maintain a balance between what I expect and what the student needs. I would hope that a student could come to me, if they are unable to complete an assignment, and together we will fix the problem. I believe in giving a student the space to learn. I do not consider myself a strict teacher. However, I do expect the student to respect my authority and that the time we spend together is productive, yet enjoyable. I am supportive, yet will correct when I believe it is necessary.

Within three to six months I would hope that the student would feel more comfortable at the piano. I would expect him to learn posture at the piano, including hand position. I would expect that his knowledge of the right and left hand notes would become more proficient, and that he would understand what the staff is. I would expect that he understands keyboard geography, distance between notes, the concept of high/low, dynamics, and patterns (both directional and melodic). I would add two-handed playing, at a very basic level. This, of course, would depend on the progress and age of the student, and what the level of hand-eye coordination is.

I use Alfred, however I am eclectic, in that I make use of different books, depending on the need of the student. I believe in setting goals, however I am flexible in that I want to be certain that the student has the time to build a solid foundation.

I also use the computer for music theory, note reading, chord and key signature recognition and for ear training. I have a computer program that allows a student to be creative and develop his skills at composing. In the past year or two, I have begun using the iPad and it's numerous apps that relate to music.

As a vocalist, I also believe in developing the students ear through pitch recognition and thereby start the process of playing by ear on the piano.
I encourage singing, if the student is comfortable, and while I do not teach singing, I have a solid background in voice and I understand the breath support that is needed to sing or play an instrument.

In conclusion, I try make the learning experience as well rounded as possible, preparing him for future study, or simply to enjoy the art of piano playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in dedicated music room in basement; computer with electronic piano and keyboard;

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
Mixture of methods, however Alfred, Piano Discoveries, and Faber are the ones I use most often. I teach both classical, pop, and Broadway. I also incorporate music related computer games and for the five and six year olds I use some of the ideas from the Music for Young Children Program
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Patty B. April 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Carol is a wonderful, patient teacher that is very knowledgeable in piano. I enjoy every lesson that we have
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Jamie R. December 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Carol is amazing!! This is my son's first time taking any type of music lessons and she has been wonderful in teaching him how to read music and play the piano. He really enjoys his lessons and looks forward to them. I highly recommend Carol for anyone wanting to learn to play. She is patient and uses different tools and techniques tailored to the student to make learning easy and fun. Thank you Carol!
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CyrilleT June 21, 2012
Me and the kids are enjoying the classes. Mrs k is an extraordinary teacher.
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Carol K.

Carol K.

Manassas, VA 20112
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Suzie D.

Woodbridge, VA

About Suzie

*** Specialties ***
I teach many styles and tailor lessons to each student.
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Ashly C. May 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ashly has thoroughly enjoyed her lessons with Suzie. She's a wonderful teacher.
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Ted L. April 29, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Suzie is a talented and creative instructor. She is also very understanding when it comes to schedule changes and learning expectations. Suzie is very patient and easy to talk to. I would definitely recommend her as a piano tutor.
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Suzie D.

Suzie D.

Woodbridge, VA 22191
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Katie S.

Woodbridge, VA

About Katie

Master of Music Education
The Hartt School - University of Hartford
West Hartford, CT

Bachelor of Music
The Hartt School - University of Hartford
West Hartford, CT

Current Public School Teacher

Over 10 years experience teaching private violin, viola, cello, and piano lessons!

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will use a variety of materials to help them become better players. I am great with young children and beginners, as well as older kids and adults.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Electric Piano
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Ilsa C. September 1, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We met Ms. Katie about 2 months ago. During this time my son has been very happy about going to his piano class every week and following up at home with his practice and assignments. Ms. Katie is very knowledgeable, and friendly. I really like the structure of her lessons. Very happy student and mom here :)
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Katie S.

Katie S.

Woodbridge, VA 22193
(1)
starting at
$32.50 / 30-min
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Lola M.

Woodbridge, VA

About Lola

I have more than 30 years of musical experience. I’ve taught guitar, piano, bass, and theater in private schools, art schools and I’m currently teaching at Classic Axe Guitar Gallery in Gainesville, VA. I’ve taught over 250 students in all levels of experience, tailoring each lesson to fit each student, covering all genres, so that learning their instrument is fun. It’s been exciting to see some of them become music majors, some of them become performers, and some using their skills and gifts to teach others. I love teaching and sharing my musical knowledge with people of ALL ages. I believe a
nyone can learn music, with the right approach and encouragement. Nothing gives me more pleasure than watching my students accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible.
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Stephen C. February 18, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I am new to the guitar and I have to say Lola is making it an enjoyable experience. She does an exceptional job of explaining steps and pushes the student to progress. I couldn't of asked for a better instructor.
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Julie D. January 26, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I loved taking guitar lessons with Lola! She's excellent with beginners of all ages. I've seen her coax actual chords out of clueless eight-year-old and empower adults to take the stage for the first time ever. Lola is a wonderful encourager and always easy to work with.
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Lola M.

Lola M.

Woodbridge, VA 22191
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

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