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About Chris H.

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Waldorf, MD

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I have a degree in music with a teaching certificate. I have been teaching cello privately for 10 years. Depending on the age of the child we will start with either Essential Elements or Suzuki cello book one. They will start with proper positioning and plucking. Once they have 8 notes down, we start bowing. As we progress, we will be doing scales, and etudes.

About Chris
I have been teaching private violin for over 20 years, and private viola/cello for about 10. I have taught in Charles and St. Mary's County Public schools. I am a member of American Strings Teacher's Association, National Association for Music Educators (Maryland Music Educators Association), and the Music Teachers National Association (Music Teachers Association of Charles County). As a teacher, I'm very student oriented. We move at your pace. The more you practice, the faster we move. I do encourage learning to read music, but I use multiple ways of teaching to reach my students. Everyone learns in a different way. My primary job is to see you achieve your goals in relation to your instrument. I also encourage that you take every opportunity to perform. There are many groups in the area that allow for different ages and styles of music
. I can help you understand what is going on behind the music and hopefully see what the composer was hoping to convey, if that is something you want to know. When I was a student I always wanted to know "why?". As a teacher, you will know why if I do.

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I try to keep my lesson area as stress free as possible. It's OK to make mistakes in my studio. I would like you to bring a notebook to lessons as well as your music and instrument. I write as much as I can down because if you were like I was during lessons, I would forget everything I was supposed to be watching for after 3 days. Like I said above, we move at your pace. The more you practice, the faster we move. Questions are a good thing. It shows interest. But sometimes you just have to stop asking questions and just take the leap of faith.
We start with note reading as well as proper form and the parts of the instrument. We also deal with general care. I will tune your instrument every time you come in for lessons until you learn how to tune it yourself. We will review the day before, I will check on what work you've done and then move onto the next song/ technique etc. After we learn how to pluck the first 8 notes, we start with scales and bowing.

After that we move through the "usual" routine. Scale, etude, song(s) or school test songs, audition requirements etc.

I try to keep the same routine because for some students it's easier for them to focus if they know the lesson is going to move in a familiar way. It's reassuring. After we become proficient in the basics, we move into whatever genre you would like to play, within reason. If you are in the school orchestra we will work towards you getting an A.

I would say I'm more laid back when you are not preparing for an audition. Auditions require a lot of work and I want you to do as close to perfect as possible. I become fairly demanding during that time.

In about 6 months, you can play almost any tune you can hear on the radio. Explaining where you could be gets fairly technical and I might as well be talking like Charlie Brown's teacher.

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at the B studio: music, music stand, stool, piano, laptop, tuner, metronome.

at home: music, music stands, chairs, computer, laptop, keyboard, microphone, tuner, metronome.

at the A studio: music stand, chairs, laptop, tuner, metronome.

pictures of the B studio are posted it's in Charles County of MD.

The A studio is located in St. Mary's County of MD.

The home studio is located in Charles County, MD.

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I am familiar with Paul Rolland's work, Valerie Bobbett Gardner's Violin Virtuosity, as well as Guillespie's. I was brought up Suzuki but haven't been trained in Suzuki. I have taken classes on how to teach to a variety of students so I could hold a teaching license in the state. I do participate with (Canadian) The Royal Conservatory of Music Music Development. This is active in the US also.

Special note: If you are allergic to cats, you will want to take lessons at my other studio location, not at the home.

IF you are contacting me with questions, please include either take lessons or lessons in the subject area so I can find you faster. I get a lot of junk mail and it is easy for me to miss a note from you.
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Leslie March 27, 2018
· Viola · In studio
If you’re looking for a dedicated, knowledgeable and patient strings teacher, you will love Mrs. Heins. Both of my sons have been taking lessons from Mrs. Heins for several years (one for viola and one for cello). They have learned so much under her instruction, such as earning All-County and All-State honors. They also practice their live performance skills twice a year during informal musical concerts. Mrs. Heins also offers participation in the Royal Conservatory Music Development program, which can earn your child credit for college. She is a gem and should you choose her, you won’t be disappointed.
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Deborah H. March 25, 2018
· Violin · In home
Had a wonderful time with my teacher she restrung my violin and I got a trade in for an adult si and adult size because I had purchased one for ciao but I got it at music store where she works and they gave me another one with the trade-in and I only had to pay $50 I had a nice time with Miss Hines I even was so excited to go into my lessons I get it two hours earlier and she excepted me so that was good she had time to string the restring the Valium and not show me a lot of things that I needed to do and I’ve also purchased the first book so I’m I’m really excited
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Brenda March 9, 2017
· Violin · In studio
She's very knowledgeable and patient even with an older learner.
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Waldorf, MD 20603
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About Jessica P.

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Chevy Chase, MD

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Classical music-focused, fun and relaxed environment, experienced teacher with top conservatory background

About Jessica
Jessica moved to the Chevy Chase/Bethesda area in 2009, having grown up and gone to school in New York and Ohio. She loves the area, and she and her husband are thrilled to be putting down roots in the community. As a performer, Jessica has traveled around the world, but throughout her career teaching has been one of her most important focuses. "As a relative newcomer to the DC area, growing my private studio has been a great way to get involved in the community. My teaching style is individualized, but I always try to include two important things: building a strong basic skill set, and developing creativity."

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Whether your goal is to make it into All-State, give a solo recital, play tunes at family gatherings, or just try something new for the very first time, I will help you succeed and have a good time along
the way.

In my view, the most interesting thing about performing music is that it is one of the few activities that engages both the left and the right brain at the same time. With that in mind, my teaching places equal importance on developing strong technique, and developing creativity. Students learn all the basics of music, and also spend time developing strong ensemble skills and strong background knowledge of style and repertoire, so that they can enjoy music in all kinds of settings, all their lives.

Knowing from experience how "boring" it can be to learn by rote, I combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music. After all, there is no experience so motivating as hearing a new piece that you HAVE to learn to play yourself!

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in either living room or upstairs office; Steinway baby grand piano in living room;

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I expect piano students to have daily access to either a piano or a keyboard with 88 full-sized, weighted keys. Bass or cello students must have their own bass or cello.

*** Specialties ***
classical, baroque, renaissance
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Les March 16, 2018
· Upright Bass · In studio
I had a great first lesson with Jessica. The lesson took place in a comfortable studio in her house. We discussed my goals and then reviewed where I am currently. She paid carefully attention to my body position with the bow and had several great suggestions on exercises to improve it. I'm already looking forward to the next lesson.
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Gagnon P. January 12, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Jessica is very nice!
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TeriE February 5, 2012
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I really enjoy taking piano lessons with Jessica. It had been 40 years since I took lessons (as a teenager). Jessica's manner as well as her knowledge and love of music is just what I was hoping to find in a teacher. Her ability to explain musical concepts and her thoughtful approach to teaching has far surpassed my expectations. She gives great constructive feedback and ensures that you understand what she is saying. She is very positive and patient. I thoroughly enjoy my lessons with her and recommend her strongly.
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Jessica P.

Jessica P.

Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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About Lelia-Michelle W.

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Silver Spring, MD
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About Lelia-Michelle
Lelia-Michelle is a viola performance major from The Catholic University of America who has chosen to continue her education at The Berklee School of Music through online courses, majoring in Music Business. She has taught for over six years the most current establishments being The Ottley School of Music and B and B Music World. Her most recent performances were done with The New England Symphonic Ensemble at The Carnegie Hall. She continues to do regular performances on weekends with the resident orchestra of Carnegie Hall. She has taken on performance tours to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Austria, Graz, Salzburg, Belgium, Mexico, Scotland, England, California and most recently Greece.Though her performance career has sky rocketed she continues to be connected to young ones who are connected to music and hopes she can pass on her passion to
those who want to either begin an instrument or continue to play.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my student to have a stand and an instrument and beginner music. If they don't have music I can pull from my library assortment and make copies until they acquire the needed music for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki methods for our younger generation on the viola, violin and cello.
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Lelia-Michelle W.

Lelia-Michelle W.

Silver Spring, MD 20910
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$49 / 30-min

About Dee F.

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Kalispell, MT

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I was an orchestra director for 7 years and taught cello students privately. Specializing in teaching theory, scale techniques.

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*** Travel Equipment ***
Books. Students must have their own instrument (keyboards are acceptable for taking piano lessons). I always council students on brand, quality of instrument they are purchasing before they buy it.

*** Specialties *** I have been a public school music educator for over 28 years, have taught private music lessons for over 30 years. I have taught band, orchestra, and choir which enables me to teach many instruments and voice. I also have been a language and reading tutor for over 6 years and have worked with students with special needs for over 10 years. I studied classical guitar with master guitarist, Christopher Parkening, at Montana State University where I graduated with a B.M.E. I also did graduate work at MSU in composition. I am completing a Masters Degree in Teacher Leadership currently at Gran
d Canyon University. I teach Suzuki piano and violin. I am an accomplished composer/songwriter with many published and recorded songs and instrumental works through ASCAP. I endeavor to make learning fun, and enjoy teaching students of all ages!

Online student requirements: A fast, reliable COMPUTER; HIGH SPEED INTERNET (at least 400 kbps); SKYPE software; WEBCAM (preferably HD); MICROPHONE (most laptops or tablets have mikes built in). Be sure your camera is focused on you and your instrument, if applicable.
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Scott January 29, 2019
· Mandolin · Online
See is patient, knowledgeable, and makes lessons fun.
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Christine January 28, 2019
· Violin · In home
Dee is a great teacher and very efficient. I am just starting, but I can tell I will be learning quickly. She is very cheerful and communicates clearly. Loving it so far!
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Marcus R. January 14, 2019
· Organ · Online
Dee is friendly and understanding and she explains things very well.
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About Robert M.

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Arlington, VA
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Our cello lessons cover an array of topics from technique to musicality along with establishing the important connections of mind and body to achieve healthy and sustainable cello playing! I approach every student differently and try my utmost best to cater to every student's need. I have years of experience teaching pre-school age cellists to adults! I look forward to helping anyone achieve music and cello goals!

About Robert
Welcome! My name is Rob Meltzer and I am professional cellist, string music educator and conductor in the DC Area. I've been playing cello for over 20 years and I have taught various age groups in public school and private studio settings for almost 10 years in Indiana, Philadelphia and Washington DC areas.

I hold a Bachelor of Music Education from DePauw University (2010) and a Masters of Music in String Pedagogy from Temple University. I am certified K-12 instrumental/general music teacher in the state of Virginia. Currently, I am an orchestra director in Fairfax County Public Schools, I perform locally and teach from my home studio in Arlington.

I love to engage my students (of all ages) in various ways and find how they learn the best. Most importantly, having fun and working through the learning process! My philosophy is that
we never stop learning! I consider myself a student always learning from my own students!

I look forward to offering my musical expertise and experience working with you to grow musically, technically and to reach your goals!!
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Rebeca O. September 4, 2018
· Cello · In studio
AMAZING TEACHER! VERY CALM PERSON , WITH CLEAR EXPLICATIONS AND SUPER KIND!
is easy to see how the special is, and he did that a very dificult experience (like the 1st day lesson in Chelo is) , like if were something easy to learn!

Thanks Robert!!!
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Jeb C. July 5, 2018
· Cello · In studio
He is an awesome tutor, and I learn a lot from this lesson. Unlike my previous tutor, he uses his cello to demonstrate things. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to improve at playing the cello.
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Erin December 10, 2017
· Cello · In home
I appreciated Robert's clear laying out of discussion for expectations, goals, strategies etc. for lessons. He went out of the way to make me feel comfortable and was very attentive to the lesson.
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Arlington, VA 22204
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About Nicole B.

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College Park, MD
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Lessons for all ages and levels! Classical training and reading music which can lead to mastering the instrument and playing anything that you want!

About Nicole
I'm a cellist who has been playing since childhood, and have been teaching students both privately and in groups for the past ten years. Any age or level accepted and any genre of music that you want to learn!
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Annika D. January 17, 2019
· Cello · In home
Today was the first lesson for my 5- and 7-year-old girls. They were super excited to meet Nicole, and they loved their first lesson. She is warm, clear in her teaching, and punctual. We’re already looking forward to next week.
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Dana K. September 29, 2018
· Cello · In home
Upbeat, positive, responsive, beautiful cello player
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Anya September 5, 2018
· Cello · In home
Nicole was really great with our child. She was clear in her instruction, very helpful, and kind. My child learned a lot in her first lesson and gave her five stars!
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Nicole B.

Nicole B.

College Park, MD 20740
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About Katy C.

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Greenbelt, MD

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My teaching goal is to create a trust and enjoyable learning environment for my students. I also believe in the importance of fundamentals. Everything builds on top of a good and solid foundation. With that being developed gradually in the process, students will eventually be able to explore the musicality aspect freely.

About Katy
I have been playing the cello for almost twenty years, and I have been giving cello lessons for the past five years. The age of my students ranges from 7 years old to 76 years old, and the level of playing also varies from a true beginner level to intermediate and advance levels. Prior to the first lesson, I always ask my students what their goals are for taking lessons with me. From there, I create a specific curriculum for the students. Everyone is different and we all respond differently to situations based on our age, personality, and past experience. I do my best to teach in a variety of ways according to each student’s needs and goals.
My teaching goal is to create a trusting and enjoyable learning environment for my students. I also believe in the importance of fundamentals. Everything builds on top of a good and solid foun
dation. With that being developed gradually in the process, students will eventually be able to explore the musicality aspect freely.

Native Taiwanese cellist Katy Chiang began her music journey first on the piano at the age of six, and the cello when she was eight. She showed a talent in cello early in her studies and was a prize-winner of several competitions in Taiwan. Ms. Chiang received her Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Maryland College Park with a full merit-based scholarship, studying under David Teie, Peter Wiley (Guarneri Quartet), and Evelyn Elsing. She continued her education by pursuing her Masters degree in Cello Performance at UMCP under Professor Eric Kutz’s guidance, and she received her Master of Music degree in 2018. Ms. Chiang performs with various ensembles in the DC and Baltimore areas. Her international performances include concerts in Italy, Slovenia, and Taiwan. Some of the cello and chamber masterclasses that she participated in were led by Peter Wiley and Michael Tree (members of the Guarneri Quartet), Amit Peled, Darrett Adkins, Kenneth Slowik, the Tempest Trio, Miami Quartet, and Quatuor Danel. In 2018, Ms. Chiang was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia. In 2017, she received a generous scholarship to participate in the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy.
Ms. Chiang is also a passionate cello teacher, a freelance musician, and the cellist in the Fairmount String Quartet. Besides teaching privately, she is on cello faculty at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.
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Katy C.

Katy C.

Olney, MD 20832
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$77 / 45-min

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I am a classically trained teacher with ten years of cello teaching experience. Making music through cello is such an enjoyable thing. Therefore, no matter what level of playing or what piece you have in mind that you always wanted to learn,please come to me. I will design a lesson plan and practice plan according to your needs. In my lesson, you will learn music theory,music history,cello technique and of course, music appriciation. I will also chose the right method book regarding to your playing. Looking forward to seeing you.

About Alice
I am a classically trained pianist and piano/ cello teacher. By more than ten years of teaching experience, learning with me is going to be engaging and enchanting. I chose the right method books and design the lesson plan/ practice plan according to your needs. Through my lesson, you are not only learning music but also having a great time learning.

I held a Master degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music, , as well as a bachelor degree in piano performance from Taipei National University of the arts. By 27 years of indulging in music, I have to say, it is such a fulfilling journey!

Therefore, I would like to meet all of you. No matter what age you are, what level of playing you are, don't be hesitate to talk to me. I love meeting people and sharing musical thoughts. Looking forward to meeting you.
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Minta October 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very professional and patient instructor, strongly recommend!
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Savannah E. October 15, 2018
· Cello · In studio
My daughter enjoyed her lesson & is excited for her next session.
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Kara V. February 7, 2018
· Piano · In home
Alice was very kind and knowledgeable! She was also very patient with our annoying dog who wouldn't leave her alone! I'm looking forward to more lessons!
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Falls Church, VA 22043
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Hyattsville, MD

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I have been teaching professionally for 8 years. I have experience teaching all ages and skill levels. I cater lessons specifically to meet every student's needs. I am an active performer in the DC area, and look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with my students.

About Pecos
DC-based cellist Pecos Singer was the winner of the 2016 Baroque Concerto Competition at the San Francisco Conservatory and has performed on baroque and modern instruments across the US, the Czech Republic, Italy and Austria. Pecos has recorded for the Naxos label as a Fellow at the National Orchestral Institute and collaborated with the SFCM Baroque Ensemble in a recording project with contemporary composer Mason Bates for the world premier of Auditorium with the San Francisco Symphony. A finalist in the Coeur d'Alene National Young Artists Competition, Pecos plays on a 1921 cello made by Giovanni Cutugno, generously on loan from the Carlsen Cello Foundation.
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Peter M. January 30, 2019
· Cello · Online
Great lesson. Seemed to have gotten over my mind- block on Double-stop exercise. Thanks.
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Peter M. January 9, 2019
· Cello · Online
Excellent lesson and sensitive teaching technique!
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Peter M. December 19, 2018
· Cello · Online
Methodical and patient. Sensitive to learning style and speed of learning.
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Hyattsville, MD 20783
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Fairfax, VA

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As a student of mine you can expect to improve your playing skills week to week. I can teach from the very first lesson on. Students will learn techniques to improve their playing and will play fun music. If you are interested in learning improvisation, I can help with that, too. I enjoy teaching violin, viola and cello.
I am most passionate about teaching students to become independent, critical thinking musicians who will be able to rely on their own knowledge to learn new music as they go along. I stress music reading, ear training, and strong fundamentals in playing. I am very encouraging, love spreading my love of music.

About Melissa
I began playing violin in elementary school, and immediately knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. My first words as a baby were lyrics because I sang before I spoke. I played violin until 11th grade when I fell in love with the sound of the viola.
I studied music performance and music education in college and I have a bachelors degree in both. I have played professionally in orchestras, quartets, as a soloist, and in many rock and folk settings. I have even put my violin and viola through a distortion pedal and a wah wah pedal in heavy metal/punk music. I have over 17 years of teaching experience and am a licensed teacher in the state of virginia. I have taught in a classroom as well as privately, and have also taught students with autism.
As a student of mine you can expect to improve your playing skills week
to week. I can teach from the very first lesson on. Students will learn techniques to improve their playing and will play fun music. If you are interested in learning improvisation, I can help with that, too. I enjoy teaching violin, viola and cello.
I am most passionate about teaching students to become independent, critical thinking musicians who will be able to rely on their own knowledge to learn new music as they go along. I stress music reading, ear training, and strong fundamentals in playing. I am very encouraging, love spreading my love of music.
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Melissa M.

Fairfax, VA 22030
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