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About Dunia S.

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Silver Spring, MD
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Let me help you bring your ideas to light. Express yourself the way you always knew you could.

About Dunia
I have a background in classical, jazz and popular music. I have played flute for over 20 years in every context, from orchestra to marching band to CBGB. I have performed with vocal ensembles of every size and in every style.

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My lessons focus on range and stability. My style is very casual and I am happy to work on details. I enjoy helping students develop their own sound, rather than imposing a dogma on them. I like to bring everyone into their full voice, no matter what the instrument.

If my posted hours don't suit you, please send me an email. I can be flexible.

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Piano, Percussion, Recording Equipment and mics.

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Piano, Percussion, Recording Equipment and mics.

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I specialize in punk, reggae and ska, but am also fluent in ja
zz, classical and rock.
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Craig M. November 25, 2013
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Dunia is great!!!

Dunia is great! I was very nervous and she made me feel so comfortable and at ease. I look forward to continuing with her in the future!!! :)
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Dunia S.

Dunia S.

Silver Spring, MD 20901
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About John N.

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Chantilly, VA

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Having written many songs, both for demos and my album, I can teach lyric choice, vocal and guitar phrasing and common pitfalls for songwriters.

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.

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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.

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guitars, amps, drums, 16 track recorder, soup to nuts

*** Specialties ***
Rock (all kinds), Blues, Pop, Country, ear training.
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Matt September 9, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
John is great to work with. Very laid back and has a natural feel for just what you need to learn.
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Robert January 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
John is extremely knowledgeable and the lessons are enjoyable.
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George January 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Outstanding knowledge and relaxed supportive teaching style
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John N.

John N.

Chantilly, VA 20151
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About Evan M.

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Alexandria, VA
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About Evan
Dr. Evan M. is a pianist and composer who just move to Alexandria Virginia. He teaches piano, composition, and music theory lessons in the greater Washington area. He serves as the Music Theory Chair at Levine Music and teaches a private piano studio of passionate young students and adults.

Born in Long Beach, CA he began his musical studies at an early age, performing on piano, French horn, trumpet, and steel drums. He wrote his first compositions for PanDrumonium – his middle-school steel drum ensemble. Later on, in high school, he continued to perform, in additional to writing songs and arrangements for various rock bands and jazz ensembles.

While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Evan decided to focus on classical composition – in 2007 he received his B.M. composition from Chapman University in California. During this time he
studied piano under Karen Knecht. He went on to receive his M.M. in composition from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). At CSUN, he taught courses in music theory and music history.

In 2009, Evan moved to Maryland to pursue his doctorate in composition at the University of Maryland. Since receiving his degree he has taught courses in music theory and composition at American University, Hood College, Towson University, and VCU.

Evan’s compositions have been performed throughout America and abroad. His work has been featured in performances by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Nimbus Ensemble, the Great Noise Ensemble, the Calyx Quartet, and the University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble. Evan’s chamber opera, The Last Act of Revolution, was presented by New York City Opera’s VOX 2012; the opera was premiered earlier in the year by the University of Maryland Opera Studio. His orchestra piece, Fire Music, was premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra in January of 2015.

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Beginner, Intermediate, and Early Advanced Piano - I use the Faber Piano Adventures series. Students will learn the basics of piano technique and musicianship. While practice is the key to success, I also try to instill the student with a deep appreciation of the music we are studying. Within 6 months, students will begin to play basic songs/pieces from the repertoire. At this point, I will often let the student pick the music he or she wants to learn.

Music Theory - I offer tutoring for the AP Music Theory exam and other high school/college-level music theory courses. We will work from your class textbook and will gear sessions towards comprehensive review as well as focusing on specific skills that need improvement.

Song-Writing/Composition - I work with budding composers and songwriters to improve their musical notation, melodic, harmonic, and text-setting skills. I work with students who are interested in both classical and popular genres. More advanced students study orchestration and counterpoint.

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Student must have piano.

*** Specialties ***
Classical piano
Classical composition
Jazz arranging
Pop songwriting
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Evan M.

Evan M.

Alexandria, VA 22306
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$60 / 30-min

About Dr. Jeanne S.

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Washington, DC
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I have been writing songs for years so I know all about your desire to do this! I can show you formulas that work and also how to write out of the box" so your music will have your personal stamp on it. Writing songs is just like anything else.... the more you do it the better you get. There is such a high to writing something you are proud of and the potentials that are out there for you to pitch it to a singer you think could really sell it! toI Maybe even you might make it a hit! I'd love to get you started or help you get past some of the hurdles that seem to come along with it after you;ve written a long time and you are stuck in the mud..... I've been there and I know the feeling...

About Dr. Jeanne
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My students like to call me Dr. Jeanne, so feel free to do the same! I have been in music all my life and I love helping my students no matter what level they may be.from beginning to advanced. My experience in music started on stage at age three and by the time I was 21 I was singing and dancing on national television in many variety tv shows after having won the tittle of Miss Memphis. I studied music at Stephens College in Columbia, MO and the University of California in music andI have since taught hundreds of voice and piano students everything I know about music and performance. Piano is a joy to teach, but my greatest love is teaching voice .I specialize in all styles of music as long as I feel it is musical, developmental and expressive.. Music takes time and discipline to master and I'm looking forward t
o meeting you and hearing all about your goals and dreams in music and how I can help you along your path.
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Alba F. December 6, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In home
It was a pleasure and great experience to meet with Dr. Jeanne
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Casey C. September 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Not good for young children. Inappropriate personal boundaries and discussions with parents about her own life.
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Yasameen March 27, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I absolutely love working with Dr. Jeanne! She helps me reach my full potential and I feel more confident every time. I can definitely feel my progress and a change in both my voice and my confidence after only a few lessons. Singing has always been a passion of mine and I love that Dr.Jeanne understands that passion and motivates me to do my best! So grateful to be working with her!
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Dr. Jeanne S.

Dr. Jeanne S.

Washington, DC 20012
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$65 / 60-min

About Dennis B.

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Bethesda, MD

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I encourage all students to try writing music or at least coming up with their own basic ideas. I will then work with the student's ideas to help them learn how to develop an initial idea into a large more complete musical form. If the student is able to write more complete songs I will coach them in techniques to improve the structure, harmony and melody of their work. I try to demonstrate ways that they can improve their writing without simply rewriting their ideas for them. For all of this I draw on my many years of experience as a composer. I try to guide the student towards developing a process of writing music that works for them. My main goal is to help them to grow into their own musical voice rather than to simply do what I suggest.

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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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 critic
al 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.

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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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Mike January 6, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis was my instructor and is a bit modest about his experience. He taught me on my mom's crappy nylon stringed spanish acoustic guitar back in the 80s. I hope he reads this and remembers the little studios at Fox's Music in Falls Church. He patiently taught me Rick Springfield songs, probably against his taste and better judgment. Anyway, he got me started in my teens and I'm still playing some of the tunes he taught me (plus a few hundred others) on a slightly nicer guitar these days, in my 40s. Keep rockin', Dennis, and thanks for helping spark a hobby I still enjoy decades later!
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Jennifer W. August 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis is a friendly and kompetent teacher and I am looking forward to his next lesson!
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Thalia June 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis was an excellent teacher. He is incredibly talented and his passion for music is contagious. Dennis was also very patient and understanding. He meets you where you're at, and is able to address any questions or difficulties you might encounter. I enjoyed every lesson!
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Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD 20816
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About Rachel P.

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Washington, DC

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As a songwriter with 6 Billboard charting singles, I have the experience t help you develop, refine and polish your songs, from whatever stage of completion they, to the point that they are production and performance ready. If you've got poetry that you are trying to put to music, I can show you how! If you've got chord changes and no lead melody or lyric line, I can help you find a multitude of creative possibilities.

About Rachel
A graduate of Duke Ellington School for the Arts and the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Rachel Panay is a 6 time Billboard Club charting singer/songwriter in the Dance music genre. She recently returned to her musical theatre roots appearing as Rose in Theatre Lab's production of The Secret Garden. Rachel is also a Wolftrap resident teaching artist in DC schools and has mbeen commissioned by Wolftrap to create and perform her original children's performance piece, Jazz Cat/Blues Kitty. She leads worship music weekly at Luther Place Memorial Church and sings with community gospel choir, The Ambassadors of Praise.

As teacher, Rachel is warm, friendly & energetic. Her passion for every facet of music is expressed in her desire to impart that same appreciation to her students. She tailors lessons according to the individual
student's goals and interests. With younger students, Rachel communicates regularly with parents so they can work together to get the most out of lessons!
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Alexandra K. July 10, 2018
· Piano · In studio
amazingly fun!
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Blake March 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Rachel was great. She worked with me to find a good starting point in our lesson and was extremely easy to understand and learn from. I’m excited for my future lessons!
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Rich March 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Rachel is a fantastic piano teacher! I give my highest recommendation!!! 5-stars!!! Lessons are fun and highly productive with her. She is extremely friendly, helpful, and a pro!
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Rachel P.

Washington, DC 20009
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About Tommy W.

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Falls Church, VA
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I am in 6 local bands, and have played in a dozen more in my time. Spread through those bands, I have written approximately 200 songs since I was 18. I have recorded numerous times and have a few releases on independent labels in the Washington, DC area. If you have a vision for a song, but aren't quite sure how to manifest it, I can help you.

About Tommy
My name is Tommy. I've been playing bass and guitar since I was 11 years old. When I was in high school, I won my school's Duke Ellington Jazz Performance Award my junior year. Around this time I began to work at my neighborhood's local lesson shop Let's Play Music! off of W Broad Street in Falls Church, VA. Following high school, I attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, studying jazz bass performance with players who have played and recorded with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Bobby McFerrin, among others. I received my degree in Jazz Bass Performance and since returning to the DC area have taught at Let's Play Music, Bach 2 Rock, and Music and Arts. Outside of my academic accomplishments, I play in and record a number of bands. I play out at different venues from Richmond to Baltimore regularly and ha
ve gone on tour twice before. I specialize in electric bass and music theory, but am quite comfortable teaching beginner to intermediate guitar.
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Matthew F. February 26, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Tommy is a solid bass guitar teacher. My lesson was better than expected!
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Anne P. February 26, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Just had my first guitar lesson. Tommy was very patient and supportive and explained clearly what I needed to do.
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dusty July 22, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Just my initial lesson, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Tommy is an extremely knowledgeable instructor. Seems my first pick for bass instructor was dead on. :-)
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Tommy W.

Tommy W.

Falls Church, VA 22043
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About Acacia F.

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Laurel, MD

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I teach the basics of music theory and use these principles to write songs in MuseScore (a free composition software).

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I have been a performer for 15 years for places such as Disneyland, Brigham Young University, Olympic College, as well as a featured soloist for several church congregations and community venues. I currently direct a volunteer community choir in Montgomery Village, MD. I have an Associates degree in music, but have been studying and mentoring in private voice since age 12, and piano since age 8. I specialize in classical and musical theater voice, but am comfortable teaching jazz and pop as well, if desired.
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Queen I. July 3, 2018
· Singing · In home
She is such wonderful person! She has the skill of teaching music,confidence she ready to come to ones level.
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Lori August 8, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Acacia is a very good teacher. She was able to adjust to my skill level and offered excellent practices. She is very professional and personable.
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Lori August 8, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Acacia is a very good teacher. She was able to adjust to my skill level and offered excellent practices. She is very professional and personable.
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Acacia F.

Acacia F.

Laurel, MD 20707
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About Stephanie M.

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Woodbridge, VA
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Writer’s block? Let’s work through it together! Find your voice, and give your song the structure it needs to catch your audience.

About Stephanie
I am a passionate musician, bilingüist, and teacher and I love every person I have taught. With an extensive background in child development and teaching, I especially have a soft spot for children and youth. I adapt our lessons to each student’s unique needs and abilities. You will love your lessons in my cheerful and bright studio!
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Stephanie M.

Stephanie M.

Woodbridge, VA 22192
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$30 / 30-min

About Leigh S.

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Bethesda, MD

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I love writing and the creativity it unleashes. I can spend hours with my notebook and uke just getting lost in the music. I’d like to show my students how to use words and music creatively to find their own voice in songwriting.

About Leigh
Leigh, a soprano residing in the DMV area, graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, she has participated in masterclassesv with artists such as Arianna Zukerman and Ann Baltz and performed in many productions. Her most recent role was as Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream with Shakespeare Opera Theater in Manassas.

During her time at VCU, Leigh was a featured soloist with The VCU Women's Choir and the Commonwealth Singers on multiple occations. She was also featured in the roles of: Gianetta (The Gondoliers), Jou-Jou (The Merry Widow) and Papagena (The Magic Flute).

During her time at school she started teaching voice lessons in Richmond VA. Since then, she has taught students from all different ages and abilities. She loves how a voice lesson can turn any kind of day into an
amazing one. The ability to make a student smile through music when something finally clicks or they get to sing their favorite song is the most amazing feeling.

This year, along with a personal recital and volunteer work, Leigh was contracted to sing as the mezzo soprano soloist in Saint-Saens Noel. In the year to come she will be studying with Arianna Zukerman, building her personal voice studio and preparing for her busy summer. She will be singing in New York City as the Sleep Fairy and the Gretel understudy with the Manhattan Opera Studio where she will also perform an aria and opera scenes concert at Carnegie Hall. Following that she will travel to Tuscany to sing and study with Bel Canto in Tuscany!
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Anne July 12, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
She was great and very helpful
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Chris January 9, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
Online lessons can get confusing and even though the connection can get wonky Leigh was really great about it. If something made the lesson run longer, she would give me extra time to make up for connection problems. Aside from being really great about working with you, she also knows her stuff. From how to sing freely to great song choices, she really knows a lot.
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Nancy January 9, 2018
· Singing · In studio
What a joy Leigh is! She’s great at simplifying things so that a beginner can pick them up. It was so nice to be able to learn and get positive encouragement. I left every lesson feeling like I was better .
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Leigh S.

Leigh S.

Bethesda, MD 20814
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