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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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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 David S.

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Fairfax, VA

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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 Baltimore, MD. 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 18 years he has been performing (13 of those professionally) and playing guitar, he has released 4 CDs and written over 200 original songs. He has opened for major national acts like Journey, Maroon 5, Toby Keith, My Chemical Romance, The Used, Thrice, Story of the Year, The Bouncing Souls, Eric Hutchinson, Virginia Coalition and Graham Colton. In the process, he has performed at such notable venues as FedEx Field, Nationals Park, Jiffy Lube Live/Nissan Pavilion, the 9:30 Club, Rams Head Live and the Recher Theatre.

As a teacher, David has taught in numerous locations in the Maryland area for the last 16 y
ears. His students generally range anywhere from 4-70+ years old and come from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of proficiency, from basic beginners to advanced. Some of his students have also gone on to pursue careers in music, others have just learned as a hobby, and some have been somewhere in between the two. All are welcome!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with couches, chairs, cables/amps, as well as extra guitars (acoustic and electric) and a bass guitar, if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide amps and stands, etc if needs be. However, if they are already provided for the student's sake/in terms of the student (i.e. I'll bring the equipment needed for myself), this would be ideal.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, rock, jazz, blues, classical, metal and funk.
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Samantha Gordon March 10, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with David was excellent! He is very patient and knowledgeable. I now have extremely high expectations for learning to play the guitar. I highly recommend him. He gave me a thorough explanation about how guitars are made made, the parts, we tuned the guitar and I am ready to groove!
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John B. October 8, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Feeling very confidant with my choice in instructor!
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lingling he August 17, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I just have my very first two lessons with David. He gave a very clear deriction and prictice guide for each lesson, easy to follow. I also believe as a wonderful musicalan, his musical experience would a plus for his teaching.
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David S.

David S.

Fairfax, VA 22033
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About Jacob D.

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Greenbelt, MD

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Songwriting is fun and something every musician should try - even if you think you can't do it. You'll probably find you have more talent in you than you thought! I can help you harness your creative potential and teach you techniques for getting your sonic ideas on to paper.

About Jacob
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their own instrument. I will bring mine. I will suggest music to get in the student doesn't have their own.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all brass instruments (trumpet, horn, euphonium, baritone, trombone, and tuba), and trumpet is my specialty. I can also teach beginning to intermediate piano and guitar lessons. In addition, I have extensive experience teaching ear training, music theory, and composition. I am fluent in all styles--Classical, jazz, pop, funk, etc.
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Miles July 27, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Helpful advice and support for a beginner student.
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Dan G. October 5, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Jacob has been working well with my son. We had to change schedules to accommodate my daughters activities otherwise he was a superb teacher. Hope my son will remember all the tricks learned from Jacob.
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Haile D. September 3, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Excellent start. My son liked Jacob and his knowledge will definitely elevate him to the next level.
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Jacob D.

Jacob D.

Washington, DC 20064
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$32 / 30-min

About Evan M.

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About Evan
Dr. Evan Meier is a composer living in Alexandria, VA. 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. in music composition from Chapman University in California. During this time he also studied piano under the tutelage of Karen Knecht. He went on to receive his M.M. in music composition from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and his D.M.A in music composition from the University of Maryland.

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's compositions have been featured in performances by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Great Noise Ensemble, the Capital City Symphony, the Nimbus Ensemble, Nicholas Photinos of eighth blackbird, Paperwing, the Calyx Quartet, the University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble, the Youth Orchestra of Prince William County, the Mclean Youth Orchestra, and the Chapman University Wind Ensemble. Meier's Fire Music was selected for the Minnesota Orchestra's 2015 Composers Institute, and performed as part of the Future Classics program, with Osmo Vänskä conducting. Opera has been a major focus of Meier's compositional output. His one-act chamber opera, The Last Act of Revolution, was presented by New York City Opera's VOX Festival in the fall of 2012; it was premiered earlier that year by the University of Maryland Opera Studio. The New York Times described the opera as having "a very polished feel...the music firmly rooted in the drama." Since 2013, Meier has served as a resident artist with the American Lyric Theater, as part of the Composer/Librettist Development Program. In the spring of 2014, ALT presented his one-act chamber opera, The Resurrection Engine, which was written in collaboration with librettist and playwright E.M. Lewis. Meier and Lewis are currently at work on a family-friendly opera, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant, which has been commissioned by ALT.

Evan currently serves as the chair of the music theory department at Levine Music and has previously taught courses in music theory and sight singing at the University of Maryland, American University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Towson University, and Hood College. In addition, Evan works with private piano, composition, theory, and sight singing students.
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Evan M.

Evan M.

Alexandria, VA 22306
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$60 / 30-min

About Geoff S.

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Fairfax, VA

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Experienced in contemporary song writing, as well as writing and arranging music for church worship music, choral music, strings, and classical guitar. Experienced in both playing and recording by ear, as well as writing down formal music charts and scores.

About Geoff
I played on a toy piano when I was very young, learning a bit of sight reading from my Mother, while listening to classical, jazz, and rock music. When I was 12, I learned guitar and later took private piano lessons from a prominent Philadelphia instructor. After playing in a rock band in high school, I went to college and received my degree in Physics. During this time, I joined a choir, and sang and played guitar in a contemporary vocal group where I became the lead guitarist and vocal arranger, and later became the director. I also played guitar in my church, as well as in a small folk group, performing music of the Beatles, Bacharach, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and many others. I also played or sung in a number of weddings during my college days.

Upon graduation, I moved to the DC area to work in the engineering field, while s
imultaneously pursuing my music ambition. I studied classical guitar at American University with a student of the great Andres Segovia, and also studied jazz guitar with a former student of a prominent jazz guitarist, Pat Martino. Additionally, I sang in choirs and studied composition privately with a prominent Washington area composer and performer from Catholic University, I also began to teach at an area performing arts academy.

My most long-term experiences in music have been serving in my local church for over 30 years, either playing guitar (acoustic, electric, bass), piano, or arranging vocals in a contemporary worship band. I also started a church choir, and led both choir and small orchestra in a number of special performances. Additionally, I led congregational worship in different scenarios. During this time I also taught students of all ages guitar, piano, and music theory, and have continued to today in helping students to find their musical potential and pursue their musical ambitions.

I have recently retired from my engineering career so I can use my musical gifts in my local church and teach music as a second career. I have completed my second degree at George Mason University, and continue to play with other musicians there. More importantly, I continue to learn how to better teach others of all ages how to grow in all aspects of music-making.

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Having taught for many years, my approach is flexible and I can adjust my teaching style and/or curriculum to maximize the student's potential for learning at any age. I encourage disciplined practice while working to make learning music an enjoyable experience. Although I specialize in guitar styles, I also teach piano, and can include music theory, sight reading, composition, and how to improvise on any instrument. I have taught improvisation on a number of different instruments such as violin, cello, flute, and clarinet.

Here are some testimonials from present or former students/parents:

"Mr. S. is very earnest; when he gives you a compliment, you can tell he really means it. He's very patient and experienced and skilled and he is willing to take what he's teaching down to my level to help me understand it." Gregory K., age 10
Geoff is a patient and encouraging instructor. He tailored my lessons towards the skills that I needed. He provides the necessary encouragement when the long hours of practice seem impossible to sustain. I could write a book about Geoff's credentials: highly qualified is an understatement. -- Neal B.
Mr. S. is awesome at playing and teaching guitar, and he is nice and helps you. -- Michael B., age 12
œI'm sure I could learn to ˜Play Guitar Today™ using books and videos, but I think I'm on the right track with private one-on-one instruction. “ Linda H.
The guitar lessons are fun, interactive, and instructive. A great way to make learning a delight!“ Gina R., parent

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Office at home w/ keyboard and guitars, white board, seating for parents

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I provide self-produced instructional material.
Students provide their own instrument and a folder to store instructional material.

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I teach any style of guitar, including classical and jazz. I also teach improvisation or "playing by ear" on any instrument; my experience includes piano, violin, cello, clarinet, and flute.
I'm very familiar with 60's music (e.g., Beatles)
I've performed a lot of folk music, rock music, and classical music
I've played classical guitar and in classical and jazz ensembles at weddings and other special events.
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Bill Smoot July 24, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
great understanding of what I know and how to improve! Experienced instructor
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McKinley Dyer January 17, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Geoff is great! Really knows what he’s doing. I’ve learned a lot in the three weeks that I’ve been working with him.
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Gordon Lu October 11, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
hope there is more effort in teaching.
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Geoff S.

Geoff S.

Fairfax, VA 22032
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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'.

*** 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 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.

*** 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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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.

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 been commissioned by Wolftrap to create and perform her original children's performance piece, Jazz Cat/Blues Kitty.

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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Rose November 2, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Fun, knowledgeable, well-versed!
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Anthony October 24, 2018
· Singing · In home
Excellent start and a hugely enjoyable experience. Really gave me confidence to keep going and get back into singing!
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Emma P. August 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
Very friendly and patient! Emma said she really enjoyed the lesson and is excited to show me what she learned!
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Rachel P.

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.

Falls Church, VA 22043
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About Ben R.

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I have written and recorded with a number of successful bands, including as the primary songwriter, and in collaborative arrangements. I believe equally in the importance of a strong theoretical background, and in the importance of subverting conventions.

About Ben
Hi, there! My name is Ben and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have taught students of all ages from 3 to adult. I have experience not just with teaching but also with writing, recording, and performing music in successful bands and on multiple instruments and in multiple genres. I am comfortable teaching piano, guitar, and bass guitar, ukulele, and I especially love teaching music theory. I have extensive theory training at the college level and have written and composed extensively in the classical, rock, jazz, and folk traditions. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to achieve your musical goals.
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About Matthew M.

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Lorton, VA

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Proficient songwriter with 20 years of experience. I specialize in rock, pop, folk, and singer/songwriter styles. I keep songwriting fun, yet challenginng. I tailor the lessons to my students interests and goals. I’ll teach chord progressions, work on lyrics/melodies, and develop ideas to full songs. Let’s rock out and have fun!

About Matthew
I am a professional guitarist, songwriter, and drummer. I have been performing and teaching for over 14 years. I’m the singer/guitarist/songwriter of a local band and have gigged at all over the DMV area. I graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors of Music, emphasis in Music Industry.

Guitar lessons – I specialize in rock, pop, blues, and folk styles. I teach acoustic and electrical guitar lessons to students age 5 through adult! I help students learn their favorite songs and can teach chords, soloing, note reading, improvising, and music theory.

Songwriting lessons – Songwriting is a deep passion of mine and I specialize in rock, pop, and folk. I teach students how to formulate ideas, use chord progressions, make beats/arrangements, overcome writer’s block, and develop solid polished songs.

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- I specialize in rock, pop, blues, and funk styles. I teach drum set lessons to students age 5 through adult! I help students learn their favorite songs and can teach beats, fills, note reading, improvising, and fundamentals.

I love teaching lessons and sharing music with eager students. Music should be fun, yet it teaches the value of hard work and the rewards that come with it. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your musical goals!
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Jason November 3, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I am a novice guitar player and took lessons from Matt for 10 weeks to try to take my playing up a notch. Matt's teaching style is excellent and was driven by what I wanted. He didn't try to force any particular curriculum but built the lessons around what I wanted to learn. He taught me techniques to learn songs I wanted to play and even mixed in some music theory. I had asked to learn a little theory and Matt made it really interesting. I highly recommend Matt as a guitar instructor!
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Matthew M.

Lorton, VA 22079
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