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About Valyncia V.

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About Valyncia
I believe everyone has the ability to sing … some better than others, of course, -- but regardless, I believe every voice can make a beautiful sound. I believe learning to sing requires team work: with the proper instruction and learning tools from me, the instructor, and with the dedication (practice, practice, practice) from you, the student, a well-rounded singer can emerge. If you can hear the proper note, I can help your vocal instrument play to its fullest abilities.

I began singing when I was five years old in church. I continued singing exclusively inspirational music until I was a teenager. At that time, in addition to the second soprano part I sang in a five-part harmony a Capella (without instrumental accompaniment) Gospel group, I also sang in a few bands (Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and Rock). My undergraduate studies we
re completed at the American University, where I majored in Communications (B.A.), and minored in Music, voice being my instrument. During my undergraduate studies, I was recruited and performed as the lead female vocalist for a Rock band that a few fellow music students had formed. While in college, I was trained in classical voice, piano, music theory, musical theater performance, and vocal pedagogy (vocal training). My vocal pedagogy studies credentialed me to become a professional vocal instructor. I began teaching voice after I earned my degree, and have been teaching private voice lessons for over ten years.

Most of my present expertise in teaching voice grew from my vocal pedagogy studies, my teaching experience which has developed over time, my own personal vocal dedication, and my training and understanding of various genres of vocal performance. My present singing career is as an inspirational singer; my vocal students encompass various genres in which I have experience, including: Inspirational, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, as well as various degrees of popular music.

*** Audition Preparation ***
I have coached many of my students to prepare for auditions: auditions to be accepted into performing arts schools, parts in musicals and plays, joining a band or vocal ensemble, as well as auditions for televised singing shows, such as "The Voice," "Sunday's Best," "American Idol" and "The X Factor."

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students by using the tried and true techniques I have found to be successful, and allow the student to be my guide as to which direction to take with his or her vocal training. Whether the student is a novice, a professional, or somewhere in between, each student, after obtaining the basic singing knowledge and techniques, will have a vocal training schedule geared to his or her individual needs and development. Lessons are for the most part very casual in nature, and the student’s dedication (practice, practice, practice) will dictate whether or not the lessons become stricter. A few months into the vocal instruction, students will be given the opportunity to learn more about reading music and sight singing, if he or she so chooses, as well as vocal performance techniques for singing in front of an audience. Within one year, dedicated students may also have the opportunity to show off what they have learned, and perform in front of an audience at a recital with other vocal students. Please note that my preference is to work with teens age 13 through adults of any age. I believe that younger voices need more time to develop and stand to be damaged if too much stress is put on them too soon. However, exceptions for children under 13 may be made for gifted young singers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio- entry room of home, baby grand piano, seating area, dry erase board, mirrors
Music Studio- one recording studio, seating area, classroom

*** Travel Equipment ***
If needed, I provide a portable piano keyboard, microphone with amplifier, paper handouts of lessons, etc. The student needs to have paper to take notes and a writing instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Most of my voice lesson experience has been with adults, and contemporary popular and inspirational music.
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mildred July 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I really enjoy taking lesson with Valyncia, she is so
kind and very knowledgeable. I enjoy talking to her each visit. She is very patience with you and will work with you until you get it. I really enjoy spending my time with her on saturdays.
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Spencer April 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Got these lessons for my wife; excellent teacher and excellent improvement in my wife's singing ability
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Bri'on March 4, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very professional, conveniently located, thoroughly analyzed first lesson. Looking forward to the next session.
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Valyncia V.

Accokeek, MD 20607
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About Semyon R.

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Silver Spring, MD

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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.

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Separate room and waiting room and bathroom, computer

*** Specialties ***
Any style. Any level. Any age
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Alex A. April 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very patient and seems to enjoy teaching
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Keith January 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great first session! I'm looking forward to the rest.
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Andrew January 6, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
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.

Silver Spring, MD 20901
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About Joe B.

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Rockville, MD

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My method is a fun, energy-packed and safe environment where kids are encouraged to love God, music, their band members, and their electric guitar or bass.

My desire is to partner with parents to teach kids (6 and up) basic music skills using technology, rock, blues and worship, and this to serve as foundation for their musical growth and performances in their lives. Music as a language is our priority.
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The Method

1) Music is a language...... By: Victor Wooten.

Both music and verbal languages serve the same purpose. They are both forms of expression.
They can be used as a way to communicate with others, they can be read and written, then can make you laugh or cry, think or question and can speak to one or many and both can definitely make you move.

"Music wor
ks better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective."

In some instances, music works better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective. Although many musicians agree that music is a "language" it is rarely treated as such.

Many of us treat it as something that can only be learned by following a strict regiment under the tutelage of a skilled teacher. This approach has been followed for hundreds of years with proven success... But it takes a long time. Too long.

Think about the first language you learned as a child. More importantly, think about how you learned it.

"You were allowed to make mistakes."

You were a baby when you first started speaking and even though you spoke the language incorrectly you were allowed to make mistakes - and the more mistakes you made, the more your parents smiled!

Learning to speak was not something you were sent somewhere to do only a few times a week. The majority of people you spoke to were not beginners, they were already proficient speakers. Imagine your parents forcing to only speak to other babies until you were good enough to speak to them! You'd probably be an adult before you could carry on a proper conversation.

To use a musical term, as a baby you were allowed to "jam" with professionals.

If we approach music in the same natural way we approached our first language, we would learn to speak it in the same short time it took to speak our first language.
Proof of this can be seen in almost any family where a child grows up with other musicians in the family.

Here are a few keys to follow in learning guitar or bass:

In the beginning we embrace mistakes instead of correcting them. Like a child playing air guitar there are no wrong notes.

Allow young musicians to play and perform with accomplished musicians on a daily basis.

Encourage young musicians to play more than they practice. The more they play, the more they will practice on their own.

Music comes from the musician, not the instrument.
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2) RockSmith 2014 becomes your personal accomplished musician or band for you to play in a daily basis as it monitors how you play, dynamically adjusts difficulty to your skill level, then slowly introduces more notes and phrases until you're playing your favorite songs note-for-note. Lead Rhythm and bass lines.

Rocksmith 2014 teaches you fast and effectively by letting you plug any real guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC or Mac.

The Rocksmith Method will first make sure you can PLAY the instrument.
You will play your favorite songs.
You will learn a new technique every month.
Rocksmith is designed to match the way your guitar is laid out, so there's no need to interpret tablature or learn sheet music to get started.
Have strings on your guitar? You'll see strings on the screen....

You'll need a game console, a screen and a electric guitar or bass. It's non negotiable.

If you don't have it. I will provide you with a loaner system until you catch up.

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3) A dedicated and passionate Teacher to tie everything together and keep you on track.

The early you start, the better. Kids age 6 or up are my best customers. They don't have adjust to anything other than to get their little fingers around a guitar appropriate to their size.
For young adults and people that tried play the guitar the old fashion way, here's my advise:

You will need to take a step back... or maybe two steps. Let me show you a better way.

These 3 things changes everything in how to learn or teach guitar. This is just to start the journey. I won't even mention custom songs or our musician club for you to perform your songs.

"If music is a language. You should never stop talking."

Remember that a language works the best when we have something interesting to say.
Many music teachers never find out what their students have to say. We only tell them what they are supposed to say.
A child speaks a language for years before they even learn the alphabet.
Too many rules at the onset will actually slow them down.
In my eyes the approach to music should be the same.

After all, music is a language too.

Let's Play & Grow Together.

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Private guitar and bass lessons are designed for students to progress at their own pace. Private lessons will follow the same RockSmith Journey structure. In a private guitar or bass lesson, the teacher has the opportunity to help the student individually for the entire lesson time, and structures each lesson personally for the student depending on their skill level and goals.

The Essentials/Techniques Plus:

Tuning
Strapping up
How to hold a pick
Plucking strings
Accents
Slides
Chords
Power chords
Double stops
Barre chords
Arpeggios
Notes Chords Scales

Shifting
Fretting
Sustains
Palm mutes
Slides
Bends
Tremelos
Hammer-ons
Pull-offs
Natural harmonics
Strumming patterns
Unpitched slides
Fret hand mutes
Improvising and jamming
Vibrato
Scales and modes
Changing strings

Additional Bass Techniques:

Fifths
Roots
Slapping
Popping

Advanced Players:

Double stop, Oblique, and Compound Bends
Two hand tapping
Articulation and phrasing
Pinch harmonics
Extended harmonies
Hybrid techniques
Advanced chords
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Owen March 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Joe is great with our son! I would highly recommend him to any one looking for a teacher!!
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Eric Perez February 1, 2016
· Guitar · In home
It was a pleasure to have Joe meet our son for his first lesson !!! I like to the way he connected with my son. We all felt very comfortable and look forward to see him again on a weekly base !!!
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Sabrina G. January 8, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
He's patient and he know his stuff. Recommend!
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Joe B.

Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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About Joel M.

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Hello! I have played brass instruments in many different ensembles over the last 15 years, including concert bands, jazz ensembles, brass quintets, marching bands, drum and bugle corps, and more, and I would like to share these experiences with you as you build your own rewarding experiences with music.

I attended Hofstra University and The Hartt School, earning a B.S. in Music Education and an M.M. in Euphonium Performance, respectively. I am available for students of all ages and backgrounds, and will attend to the goals of each student separately and deliberately.
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Andrew M. August 24, 2017
· Trombone · In home
Joel is a great teacher. He has introduced a lot of new things for me to work on and helps me get better at them.
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Tristen L. September 19, 2016
· Tuba · In home
Can't wait for next lesson. Great with beginners.
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Nayarit August 30, 2016
· Tuba · In home
Exelent Music Instructor
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Joel M.

Joel M.

Washington, DC 20008
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$30 / 30-min

About Daniel B.

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Centreville, VA

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Hello! My name is Daniel and I have been playing and teaching bass (electric and upright) and guitar in all styles for over 10 years. I even have a Masters Degree and a double major Bachelors in music to show for it. My students have the benefit of highly customized lessons based on their interests and goals.
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Charita P. August 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Really liked the structured teaching methodology.
Daniel is very patient
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Shiva S. June 24, 2017
· Guitar · In home
One of the best teachers my son has had. He looks forward to his lessons everytime.
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Jenny March 1, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Daniel is very thorough and patient. He's a great teacher!
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Daniel B.

Centreville, VA 20121
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About Matthew S.

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Hello! I am originally from the United Kingdom and have lived in the USA for 10 years. I am married and have 2 huskies! I have been a music teacher for over 20 years and have taught various instruments which are listed. I gained my masters degree in music from trinity in London. I also have been involved in theater and film for over 30 years and have studied theater at studio theater in Washington DC and have been a principal speaking actor on various shows on cable TV including, History Channel, Nat Geo, Smithsonian, AMC and Fox News. I have also been involved in local theater for over 4 years as well as theater companies in other areas in the USA and in England. I have also directed and works in kids theater for 3 years and run fun summer camps that have an emphasis on music and arts. I love to teach and you will have a enjoyable time a
nd learn some amazing things. I also teach video editing and production and have filmed and edited many videos that are used today in HR training
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Anu February 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great in-home first lesson... Thanks!
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Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Fairfax, VA 22033
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About claire L.

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Greeting!

I've been tutoring in multiple subjects and paino/violin since I was a freshman in high school. I love it when students make progress and it is my passion to help them reach their goals. This builds self-confidence and leadership, which are necessary skills in this economy. I have a B.S. in Accounting from George Mason University with over 10 years of Accounting work experience.

Currently, I am preparing to sit for the teaching license with a concentration in 7-12 Mathematics. I have over two years of teaching experience at a private boarding school where I taught (including curriculum and lesson planning) Algebra, Pre-Calculus, TOEFL, ESOL (writing), Geography, and US history.

I would love to be a part of reaching your goals.
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claire L.

claire L.

Fairfax, VA 22030
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$48 / 30-min

About MIlton V.

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Hi! I am an Master in Business Administration from University of Maryland but have been playing guitar for more than 15 years. For 10 years I was under the instruction of Galo Larrea, renowned Ecuador guitarist, and then performed with him. I enjoy all sorts of rhythms including classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, and rock. I make my lessons interactive by teaching the student different techniques while playing the songs the student want to learn, but always including music theory so the student know what he is doing and introducing new styles expanding the repertoire.
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MIlton V.

MIlton V.

Washington, DC 20016
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About Zoe M.

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Alexandria, VA

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Hey you! I'm Zoe McCray from Alexandria,VA. I studied vocal performance at James Madison University as a music major and loved every second of it. While at JMU, I started teaching voice to high school and other college students. I have experience working with students for theater audition preparation, choral ensemble audition preparation, learning to read music, improving ear training skills, beginner piano and healthy vocal technique for all genres of music.

I majored in classical voice and have performed in over a dozen opera productions in the United States and abroad. Most recently, I traveled to Sulmona, Italy to perform the lead role in Giacomo Puccini's beloved opera "Suor Angelica". Other favorite opera roles include Fiordiligi, Berta and The Mother from Amahl and the Night Visitors. During my time at JMU I also performed and mus
ic directed many musical theater productions including 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee(Rona Lisa Peretti), Avenue Q (Music Director and Conductor) and Dogfight (Assistant Music Director and Vocal Coach).

I have over 8 years of experience in the choral music canon. While at JMU I participated in the Advanced Women's Chorus and was the soprano section leader and undergraduate leader of the James Madison Singers. I also have experience as Music Director and Choral Leader of the St Stephens UCC.

During my time at JMU I was the Music Director and arranger fir the premiere all-female acapella group Note-Oriety. My arrangement of JMU Note-Oriety's cover of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's"Bang Bang" was the winner of the Song of the Year at the 2016 CARA Awards in Boston, MA and I was blessed to be runner up in the country for Arranger of the Year. Additionally, my arrangement of JMU Note-Oriety's music video and cover of Beyonce's "Pretty Hurts" has amassed over half a million views on YouTube , was featured on USAToday, Buzfeed, FOX5 News and TEDTalk Charlotesville where I was a performer and speaker.

I also love and have experience singing and teaching other genres of music such as traditional and contemporary gospel music, pop music(I'm a huge pop culture junkie), jazz music, country music, R&B and neo soul music. My philosophy of teaching voice is that healthy classical voice technique can be adapted to all genres of music, always emphasizing safe voice practices. I'm very excited to start working with you and bring my blended musical experiences to you!
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Zoe M.

Zoe M.

Alexandria, VA 22301
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Hey friends! My name is Isabelle. I started music at the age of 4 with Classical piano lessons, and drumming at the age of 7 after hearing someone say "girls don't play the drums" - I've been working ever since to prove them wrong. I've played for over 18 years, hold a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from University of Maryland, and have been teaching private lessons, drum clinics, and music camps for over 10 years. I believe everyone has innate rhythm and love helping students discover their unique groove. I have a very direct teaching style, and tell my students exactly what they need to do to achieve their goals, in a step-by-step, methodical way, and work on instilling a strong understanding of rhythmic concepts and timing in all my students.

I was an Artist-in-Residence at Strathmore Performing Arts in their 2012-2013 season,
and am proud to still be one of their most employed educators and clinicians. Currently I drum and write for on-the-rise Indie Electronic trio, Prinze George, neo-soulstress Edy Blu, and freelance with many local artists of various genres and styles including jazz, latin, pop, rock, funk, and many more. Let's jam!
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Isabelle D.

Isabelle D.

Washington, DC 20002
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