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David S.

27 Reviews
Fairfax, VA
Starting at $35
  • Awarded Music Department Award 2003 from Salisbury University
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • B.A. in Music Composition from Salisbury University
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David S.

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David enjoys teaching students from all different backgrounds and levels of proficiency. Whether you are just starting out or a virtuoso shredder in the making, he is happy to teach you! Over all, he is fairly laid back, as long as you practice. He usually combines work with reading off of the treble clef (what he likens to "eating your vegetables." You may not want to do it, but it will make you a healthier musician!) with learning more popular songs (or songs the student says they would like to learn) through tablature and chord charts, depending on the style of the song.

David is also very pro music theory. He usually incorporates music theory into the curriculum in conjunction with the material already being discussed. He is also very knowledgeable about composition/songwriting, and if the student is interested in learning more about this area, he is happy to share what he knows!

About David

David is a successful singer/songwriter/guitarist out of Fairfax, VA. He has a bachelor's degree in Music with a concentration in composition from Salisbury University, where he also studied jazz and classical guitar . In the 25 years he has been performing (20 of those professionally) and playin

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John N.

12 Reviews
Chantilly, VA
Starting at $39
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1993
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John N.

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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 Quicksil

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Gregory M.
fun interesting & helpful. good start.
Matt
John is great to work with. Very laid back and has a natural feel for just what you need to learn.
Robert
John is extremely knowledgeable and the lessons are enjoyable.
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Rachel P.

43 Reviews
Washington, DC
Starting at $35
  • Musical Theater from Duke Ellington School for the Arts
  • Awarded 6 Top Ten Club Charting Singles (From 2005-2009) from Billboard Magazine
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Rachel P.

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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

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Anne
Rachel has taught our son since first grade; he's now in third. She's tailored lessons to his musical taste (the Beatles) while providing a strong foundation on which to build. She's been very flexible and accommodating throughout the switch from in-person to remote lessons, and he really enjoys the time with her. Knowing that so many kids are motivated by short-term goals, she's planned even more recitals during this remote time than when they were solely in-person, and that's been a great motivator for our son to practice.
Stephanie
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Roh
Rachel is a great teacher for my 12 year old child. Rachel builds her confidence and meets her exactly where she is at. I highly recommend her.

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Ahmad G.

224 Reviews
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Starting at $43
  • Speaks English, Arabic
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1992
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Ahmad G.

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I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. and M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with John Mayer, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch and many others. I have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. as well in Europe and the Middle East with Artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt, Sammy Hagar, Dokken and many others. I ranked #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition. I was in the "list of top 5 guitar players ever" according to The Examiner, also picked as one of the best guitarists of 2013 and 2014 consecutively in the Rockwell UnScene magazine, and ranked 3rd in the Steve Vai Sam Ash Best in Shred competition.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, ...

About Ahmad

I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained wit

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I have been working with Ahmad for over a year now. I spent some time trying to learn guitar myself, from books and from online teachers, but was never able to make any real progress until I met Ahmad. Immediately he was able to move me in the right direction through 1 on 1 tutoring and by providing me with the right materials to build my confidence and skills. As a person with a family and somewhat demanding job it's always tough to find the time to work on guitar practice, but Ahmad works with me and paces everything well to build my skills while keeping it fun and challenging. It's always a delight to join Ahmad for lessons - his studio is convenient (with easy free street parking) and comfortable with nice natural light.
I can't recommend Ahmad highly enough - He's an absolute pleasure to work with. He's friendly, considerate, and an amazing guitar teacher. Since starting guitar lessons with Ahmad my playing has risen to a new level and my enjoyment of guitar in general his increased exponentially. I find myself always looking forward to my lessons!
Ivan
Ahmad brought my playing to a new level in a very short period of time. I had been stuck and not making much progress with my improvisational skills for the better part of a year when I first started lessons with him. I was impressed by his ability to quickly analyze my playing and knowledge and suggest some focus areas. After working on various intervals, I began to feel a magnetic pull in my fingers when playing. The intervals enabled me to make the connection between the licks and lines in my head and the physical fret board on the fly during improvisational sessions.

Ahmad is extremely organized. He has folders full of exercises for every topic imaginable. His exercises are clearly written with specifics on how to effectively practice them, and they progress in an incremental and logical fashion. This level of organization allows you to get the most out of your time with Ahmad. He can quickly retrieve exercises for a topic, without having to stop and think, or waste time on transcription.

I have a demanding schedule which only allows me time for lessons once a month. Even at such a low frequency, I leave every lesson with more than enough material to keep me busy. Ahmad has been very flexible working with me and changes that arise in my schedule. On top of all of this, Ahmad is a genuinely pleasant person to spend time with and I really look forward to our time together. For me, I was an intermediate player looking to get to the next step. But I'm confident that Ahmad could accelerate anyone's playing at any level.
Christine
Do you see all of these 5-star reviews? Read on and BELIEVE THEM. Ahmad is the best!
I am a total beginner and started taking lessons from Ahmad in the Fall of 2019.
I am amazed at how much I have learned already!
Not only is Ahmad patient and kind, but he is very thorough and knows his stuff. He was destined to be a musician/teacher...and we all are so blessed to have him around!
His teaching style is very organized and sequential and he explains things and gives examples so the concepts are easy to understand. He provides handouts during each lesson for you to take home and practice between sessions.
I will add more to this review as time progresses.
But for now, I just want to let all the beginners out there know that lessons from Ahmad are totally worth your time and money.
He makes learning fun and I look forward to our weekly sessions.
Ahmad is just a super cool dude.
Don't waste your time trying to learn through YouTube videos- you will spend most of your time scrolling through videos that don't teach you proper technique, form, terminology, timing, concept, etc.
If you are serious about learning how to play guitar, then Ahmad is for you!
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Gordon L.

20 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $15
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Associate of Arts Degree from Mesabi Range Community College
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Gordon L.

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Gordon L. began playing music at a very early age but didn't begin to learn the saxophone until he was in fifth grade. Gordon's interest in music grew when he began to work sound systems for bluegrass bands and eventually he started to experiment more with music. Soon after he would pick up g

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Alyssa K.
First lesson was great! Gordon easily and fluidly adjusted the pace by what I picked up and what challenged me. He's clearly extremely knowledgeable, but still able to talk to a beginner on a beginner's level
Drew L.
Wonderful first lesson! Looking forward to more.
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Rebecca M.

2 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelor of Music – Popular Music Performance from University of Southern California
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Rebecca M.

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I have been writing songs for 14 years and have studied with influential songwriters in the LA music business for the past 4 years, as well as with Philly writers for many years before that. I believe that writing is all about honesty and finding your own voice. Through these lessons I will help you to do both of these things along with building your knowledge of music theory and what makes a song click.

About Rebecca

Welcome! My name is Becca M. and I am an experienced songwriter, guitarist, and performer looking to share my knowledge and love of music with others. I am available for in-home, in-studio, and online lessons. I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and graduated this May 2017 with a Bache

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Kenny
Becca is an excellent teacher. She is very patient and explains things very well. She's also prompt and communicative and easy to work with on scheduling.
Tommy C.
Based on our first lesson, I would highly recommend Becca for a teacher of young kids. She came to the class prepared, was very patient with my son, and left him wanting more and with something to work on. It was a very good experience.

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Average Cost of Songwriting Lessons in Clifton, VA

The average cost of 60-minute songwriting lessons in Clifton is $71. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $35 and $300 per hour.
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"Working with Fawn on my songs the past 3 years has been a complete blessing. What used to be disorganized thoughts have been turned into lyrics and songs. I never thought I'd see the day when my songs would be ready to be recorded in a studio. Also, it's cool to be working with a coach who is current. (She just won for the Great America Song Contest last month). With all the awards she has won and career success she's had, she is still humble and really cares about her students progress and own careers. I love working with her and look forward to continuing."
Ashley J
Took Songwriting lessons from Fawn A.
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"Terry was on time - professional - and inspiring. We're excited to keep working with him!"
Sam
Took Songwriting lessons from Terry P.
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"Tony always has ideas on how to improve my songs which he explains very comprehensively. He is a motivating and wonderful teacher!"
Jessica
Took Songwriting lessons from Tony N.
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"Fawn is extremely special, a great find! Literally breathed life into my dying career and I am eternally grateful for her help, instruction, guidance, wisdom, insight and talent! She makes me a better me not just in songwriting and singing but all areas of my life! Thank you Fawn!"
Reese
Took Songwriting lessons from Fawn A.
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"Any time I've needed guitar help with songwriting, Garrett has always come in with something and we've come up with some pretty good songs. I'd recommend him to anyone!"
Faith
Took Songwriting lessons from Garrett M.
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"I took a songwriting class that Kit taught at Schenectady County Community College, and it was a lot of fun and extremely helpful! She knows tons about all sorts of song genres both as a composer and a lyricist, and helped me understand a lot of basic ideas about music composition that I'd never really grasped. I would study with her again if she were back in town!"
Kim
Took Songwriting lessons from Kit G.
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"Awesome lesson. My son is excited for the next one."
Tristan
Took Songwriting lessons from Jordan D.
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"Super passionate and knowledgable of his craft. His personal story is inspiring. Warning! He will take you to the edge to make you improve."
Martin
Took Songwriting lessons from Rodolfo G.
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"Kyle is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher. I am learning things I never knew before about songwriting and developing more hope and self-confidence. Definitely several points above average!"
Paula
Took Songwriting lessons from Kyle K.
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"Chrissy is very helpful and informative and creative and supportive, with much positive feedback for my songs. She brings out the best in me and gives me much hope and inspiration. Definitely several points above average!"
Paula
Took Songwriting lessons from Chrissy S.
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