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About Mayumi G.

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About Mayumi
American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker said, Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. This sentiment shaped my views on music and its performance. One of my great pleasures in life is sharing an appreciation of music.

I had always been a part of music. My father played trumpet, my mother could play guitar and carry a tune. They believed music was an important part of life so they started me on piano at 5 years old. And I've been playing that ever since. I started learning to sing in my middle school chorus when I was 11 years old. I really liked it and I liked it more when I would sing my mother and father's favorite songs and see them smile. So I listened to a lot of singers and vocalists that they liked and learned by emulating them and apply
ing what I was learning in chorus. My piano lessons helped grasp the theory behind music and gave me a good ear for pitches.

I studied voice at the University of Maryland College Park School of Music. In their chorus I had the pleasure of learning and performing many wonderful pieces such as Verdi's Requiem and St. Matthew's Passion. During that time I had chance of playing with the University Jazz Band as both their pianist and as their jazz singer. I even arranged my own version of Too Darn Hot by Cole Porter that was performed by the band in 2007.

I also work a lot with musical theatre. I've been in a number of shows in Maryland including Rent and Hairspray, and Into the Woods. I also free lance as a music director in the area. I've been a music director for 10 years and I love every minute of it. My music director credits include Children of Eden, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie, Grease, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, And the World Goes Round, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Wizard of Oz, Jekyll & Hyde for which I was nominated for Outstanding Musical Direction in 2011 and Ragtime for which I was named one of the "Best of 2013: Favorite Musical Direction" by DC Metro Arts and won WATCH Award for Outstanding Musical Direction.

I believe that to get as good as you want to be, of course you have to work at it, but there's no reason that you can't enjoy learning it.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be able to teach you soon.
Mayumi G.

*** Lesson Details ***
Practice makes perfunk. This is a saying that was always hanging on my band teacher's door in high school. It was a reminder that it requires work to get something right, but you need to take breaks and relax a bit too. That's how I feel about teaching in general. Constantly working and being worried about getting it just right can lead to bad habits. So I make sure that the lesson is balanced between a relaxed atmosphere and an effective working environment.

I can teach a variety of styles. But I like to always make sure that the fundamentals of singing are solid regardless of whether you want to sing classical or jazz or pop. So I go into:
Proper techniques for breathing
Creating good tonal sounds
Diction
learning to sing like a musician-it is easy to forget that the vocal cords are another style of instrument

I believe that singers have a greater advantage if they are able to read music and understand theory. I believe that it makes learning music by oneself much easier as well. So I also have the option to go into basic music theory (i.e. reading music notation and rhythms) to advance music theory(i.e. roman numeral analysis, ear training, harmonic progression) if you choose to do so.

For intro to piano, I follow the same structure as beginning singers and also start with the fundamental basics that will help lead into whatever style you wish to play:
How to read music
Understanding basic music theory
how to play what you read
Finger strengthening

For both piano and singing: After some basic training, I start to give a variety of different style songs to work with. I do encourage student to bring songs they want to learn and tailor lessons around that particular song and style. I like them to learn 2 songs per lesson increasing to 3 or 4 depending on the pace of the student and the amount of workload they feel they are able to handle.

I do believe that listening to music is part of the learning process so every few weeks or so I like to give the student 1 or 2 YouTube clips I found and have them watch it then come in the next week and we discuss the video both good and bad and what they can learn from it.

As they progress the songs get more difficult and we start really honing in on the techniques of the production of sound as well as performance aesthetics, as in how to create a presence on stage, how to project the sound more, overall how to give a good performance.

Some of my past students would use the lesson time to learn about auditioning for musicals and stage productions. If the student has any such desire all they have to do is ask and I will set aside time to work on how to audition for shows and what most music directors look for when they hear you sing. For those who don'€™t, I like to give the option to give a recital if the student feels comfortable to do so. It would be held in a local studio, very casual affair just to give the student that experience of music as a performing art.

Note: I do teach at my home. I do have pets, a dog and a cat. If this is an issue, I can also travel to the student home.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with keyboard and office equipment. Seating for parents.

**She has a cat, and a mid size dog**

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teaching piano: I own a weighted keyboard suitable for instruction.
Teaching voice: I can accompany the student as they sing

*** Specialties ***
In piano I tend to teach classical, but I do move away from that after they've grasped the basic technique and theory to how to sight read and improvise, even play by ear.

In voice, I start with basic classical technique and after they've grasped the fundamentals of good vocal production, branch out into different styles of music from straight classical/opera to Broadway to jazz to pop and r&b.
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Warren August 12, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Never before have I had a music teacher who was so adaptive in his/her teaching method. I have had previous music instruction, but had some theory gaps in that needed to be filled. Mayumi assessed my knowledge level and got me right into what I needed to learn. She is also an expert at bringing more commonly known terms and musical pieces in which to tie the lesson to real world musical situations that her student might be more familiar with. Very much looking forward to future lessons with her!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED INSTRUCTOR ^_^
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Shawday G. August 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
AMAZING Teacher!!!
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Mary November 27, 2015
· Singing · In home
Excellent instructor provides detailsinformation on the importance of
understanding and mastering breathing techniques when singing.
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Mayumi G.

Mayumi G.

Greenbelt, MD 20770
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About Jennifer T.

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Basic music skills and reading. Fingering, scales and beginning songs for students to start building their piano skills,

About Jennifer
My name is Jennifer. I got my degree in vocal performance and minored in Jazz. I began voice lessons myself when I was eight. I am a mezzo soprano, and can teach both female and male voices. I have performed in several opera productions including but not limited to The Marriage of Figaro, Dido and Aeneus, Tenderland, and Hand of Bridge. I have worked and performed in masterworks by Brahms, Chopin, Mozart to name a few. I studied in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. I studied diction, ear training, piano, music history, pedagogy, and music theory. I have also performed with artists such as New York Voices, Bobby Mcferrin and Kurt Elling. I was blessed with many learning opportunities to grow in my passion and I would love to pass that knowledge and passion to anyone who wants to learn.

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signed around the needs of each student. The first lessons is always spent testing range, knowledge and abilities already known by the student. Then the student weighs in on what kind of music they would like to learn and what they hope to gain from the lessons. Theory and ear training are incorporated into the lessons. We work on breathing, technique and style. Generally we start with English or Italian. We work on vocal performance from a classical standpoint but Jazz and Broadway can also be taught if desired by the student. Scales and exercises are given each week to be worked on until the next lesson. A recording device is encouraged if the student cannot play the piano. Also, a voice note book to take notes during the lesson to be used during practice during the week.

*** Specialties ***
classical voice and jazz voice.
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SG R. October 18, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Jennifer is a talented and passionate teacher. Not only did she help me with technique, she helped me feel more confident in my singing. She is a fantastic coach who made me a better singer after only a few lessons!
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Chris May 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
She's super patient with me, and slows down to my pace while still pushing me weekly. It's really nice that she's knowledgeable on music theory too, beyond just good at piano.
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LeAnne March 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter loves her lessons!
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Jennifer T.

Jennifer T.

Ashburn, VA 20148
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About Nathan R.

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I mainly focus on classical technique, can I can also include rock/pop and jazz if the student is interested

About Nathan
I have been teaching private lessons for close to 10 years and have been an active performer for even longer, playing in all different types of groups, from rock bands and jazz groups to orchestras and brass bands. I studied music at Frostburg State University (Bachelors) and the Peabody Conservatory (Masters). I can teach just about any age and skill level and cover anything you are interested in learning; whether its a certain style, genre, technique or song.

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My lessons are laid back, with a focus on perfecting the basics. Most students work out of a method book appropriate to their skill level. Aside from that we'll also spend time learning songs and pieces of the students choice. With the right amount of effort, you'll know your way around your instrument in no time at all

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Will provide sheet music and exercises. My students should have a working instrument as well as any method book or sheet music we are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles and genres
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Sharon July 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
So far so good. My son is learning a lot. Cannot wait to see his progress.
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Patrick April 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Thoughtful in his approach, creative and adaptive in his coaching
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Thang D. October 23, 2016
· Piano · In home
Nathan was very patient. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.
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Nathan R.

Hanover, MD 21076
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About Travis P.

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Hi,

My name is Travis, and I have been playing trumpet for 17 years. I have been teaching for 8. I love working with new students, and became more focused on private lessons during my Sophomore year in college. Speaking of which, I earned a Bachelors of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Maryland College Park.

While there, I played with the Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra and Jazz Band. I am also a regular performer with the Prince Georges Philharmonic.

As each student is different, so is my technique and teaching method. Generally, I have students work through the fundamentals of the instrument including fingerings, embouchure, breathing and scales. Once mastered, the more difficult obstacles such as range, dexterity, repertoire and endurance are approached. I do not work with a set schedule for s
tudents, and tailor the lesson plan for the student's growth and practice.
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Hannah B. August 17, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Travis was great. He paced the lesson right for my daughter and started instilling some fundamentals that she was missing. He is kind and friendly. And a great musician!
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Bomani August 8, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Travis is a great teacher, he is patient and has vast knowledge of music theory. He has a warm personality which sets the tone for me to learn. He started with the basics, my posture, breathing and how to hold the trumpet and it's parts. I look forward to each lesson.
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Jerrod March 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Travis did a great job--he quickly picked up on what things I needed to work on and adjusted his lesson plan to me. And he's fun and easy to work with. I'm excited to be getting started on piano lessons!
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Travis P.

Travis P.

Kensington, MD 20895
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$30 / 30-min

About Nicole S.

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I am far from your traditional pain teacher, which is why I have become so successful at teaching piano. I am passionate about piano, therefore my students are too. I introduce variety and center my learning methods to every individual student's skill. Sometimes, I will add different instruments to the lesson to help spice up the experience. If my students have genuine interest in music and practice as advised, then I will take them a long way very quickly. I currently have 28 music students and most of my students actually enjoy practicing, which surprises many parents.
My piano lessons are 60 minutes that consist of a scale/chord warm-up, note reading, and listening exercises to help develop the ear. I teach all ages and I can't pick which one I enjoy most because I have fun with them all!
I have a natural way of communicating and teaching music and also make the experience very unique as I incorporate my own listening exercises, piano games, and reading techniques that help ...

About Nicole
I currently have 28 piano/music students that I teach weekly. Both the students and I enjoy the piano lessons very much, and I am looking to teach it full-time. I have a natural way of communicating and teaching music and also make the experience very unique as I incorporate my own listening exercises, piano games, and reading techniques that help speed up the skill of playing piano. Children learn quickly with me and the parents have been the best with recommending me to their family and/or neighbors and becoming piano students themselves! Thank you for that! Piano is fun, therapeutic, and academic.
Every year I have a music recital, where my students perform pieces that they have been working on. Most times, my students perform on their own, but we also have groups that perform together. This is a very special time for all of us. When
you become my student, you join a music community.

Some of my music history include:
A general music reading course in college
I also have 7 plus years in piano lessons, 2 years in violin, and 3 plus years in choir, voice, and sight reading. I also taught myself how to play guitar as a teenager.

For Health and Fitness:
I've been a personal trainer and I have a Master of Science in Nutrition and Physical Activity. There are key specifics with trying to body build or weight loss that involve both exercise and eating habits. With my experience in training, I know I can help anyone get to their max potential in their goals. I love teaching health and breaking down the science so my students understand how the body works.

Currently, I teach 7 courses throughout the semester as a PE college professor. I love my work and love sharing my passion for health to the next generation. I'm a very passionate person and love to motivate youth into finding and making their dreams a reality.
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Ash A. January 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Absolutely wonderful instructor who made each lesson both fun and challenging at the same time. Would highly recommend her for both adults and kids.
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Dmitri December 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very supportive, adaptive to my level and interests, very easy to work with, great experience.
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Keerthi March 28, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Nicole is teaching my 6 yr old beginner. She is really good and patient with her. My daughter loves practicing her lessons to get her stickers. We like the way she approaches each lessons. I would definitely recommend her to my friends.
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Nicole S.

Nicole S.

Vienna, VA 22182
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About Michelle L.

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Students can expect to learn the basic concepts about their instrument, basic theory, rhythm, will learn a song on their first lesson! Students will go on to learn more and more involved songs and begin to learn to read music. I use the appropriate Alfred Beginner series of books for kids and adults. My method is a non pressure environment where learning is fun!

About Michelle
HI Everyone!!!

I am an award winning singer-songwriter/producer. I have been playing out locally for several years now. I also write songs for Film & TV and have had several placements on shows like Reign, The Fosters, Benched, Longmire and more! I am fairly new to the music lesson game, but found that I love it. I have a teaching/training background which allows me to break down the material into small chunks of absorbable material. I love to teach and I love music and that combination is a winning strategy. We will talk about your goals, the music you would like to learn and plan a basic strategy tailored to your learning style. I teach in a low pressure low stress environment with lots of encouragement. No need for perfection here. We will work through this together! Oh and of course we will have FUN! Hope to have you
as a student soon! - Michelle
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Lama Masri February 13, 2017
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My son is taking piano lessons with Michelle. He is interested in writing his own music and playing current pop music, and Michelle is working with him on that. Our experience has been great so far, I would definitely recommend Michelle.
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James Walsh January 19, 2017
· Piano ·
The right teacher makes all the difference and that's really the case with Michelle. She's knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject matter. Highly recommend her!
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Mitchell Franklin December 21, 2016
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Michelle is a patient and knowledgeable teacher who will take the time to create an individual lesson plan based on your goals. She has an amazing grasp of music theory, guitar playing, and how it all goes together. I highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Michelle L.

Michelle L.

Germantown, MD 20874
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Gaithersburg, MD

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My classes consist on learning the basics of playing piano. We will go through some music theory to be able to read and understand a piano score; with simple exercises, students will practice playing with one hand at a time, and then playing with both hands at the same time. We will also practice and learn how to play different chords and their inversions. Scales are also very important to play very well from the beginning. With these components, you will get a solid start to keep improving and playing better and better each time.

About Norma
Hi! My name is Norma. I was born in Bogota, Colombia. I fell in love with music when I was a little girl, so I began taking music lessons when I was 8 years old. First, I took violin lessons, and after four years decided to switch to the piano.
I also loved to sing. So I took piano lessons and singing lessons at the same time, and after a while I dedicated myself completely to singing. After that I graduated from my music school with a degree in vocal technique.
I have sung in several venues in Colombia and in the US. as a solo artist and as a band member as well.
I also worked at the School of Rock in Coral Springs, Florida for four years, which gave me much more experience with rock music and teaching kids of all ages.
I really hope I can help you reach your goals, and to love music the same way I do.
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Davi May 9, 2017
· Singing · In home
Happy National Teacher's Day!
You deserve the highest rating in my book.
Flawless, personable, and a superlative teacher.
I have made great progress thanks to her, and I highly recommend her because of her musical training and background.
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Davi January 15, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Best singing teacher ever!
Very knowledgeable and personable.
I felt totally at ease with her from the first lesson.
I could not have made a better choice for beginning instruction,
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Davi December 29, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Great!
Exactly what I had hoped for in a teacher.
I expect to get everything I wanted and more from her lessons.
Great personality!
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Norma S.

Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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About Sean L.

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Herndon, VA

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I teach children, teens, and adults using a variety of music and and methods. I teach keyboard harmony and music theory, as well as by _ear_. I'll happily answer your questions.

I am patient and accomodating to my students. I draw on a diverse body of repretoire and experience.

Exactly what I teach, and how quickly we progress varies from student-to-student.

I have a B.M. degree in Music Technology.

About Sean
Anyone can sound great on a piano! Let me show you how.

I am a gentle and patient teacher. My students like me.

When I started teaching, I assumed that many beginners -- especially children -- would prefer to learn music by-ear. Based on my own personal experience as a child learning piano, I found that to be the easiest, most-intuitive, and rewarding way to develop musically.

However, in my more recent experience as a _teacher_, I appreciate how every student is unique and will learn best in different ways, using different approaches and methods. Some of the children I have taught, for example, demonstrated a propensity and affinity for visual pattern recognition. Some children seem to be more engaged when they have something to read. It holds their attention. Also, after the lesson is over, my student would have something to r
eference throughout the week to remember what notes to play.

I have taught a variety of adults, teens, and children over the past two years. I have a B.M. degree in Music and Technology. Myself, I have played piano (and other keyboard instruments) for over 20 years.

One approach I can take with adult students is to help them achieve a musical sophistication and richness without complexity and great difficulty. Being able to create music that is enjoyable to listen to isn't as hard as some might assume. Please contact me to show you how.

I teach a variety of music -- "Classical" (formal European compositions), Rock/Pop, and Jazz-influenced music. I have made many transcriptions. I'd love to share these with you and teach you how to play some of that music! I'll teach you your favorite songs.
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Defne November 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Sean is a great teacher for our daughter, he got to know and understood her needs at the first lesson. The piano had been sitting for a while there and after she started taking lessons from Sean, Defne has been practicing every day!
Thank you for inspiring Defne, Sean!
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Dana August 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Sean has been working with my 10 yr old for almost a year. He comes to our house and was very flexible with timing so lessons fit nicely into our schedule. Our daughter was new to the piano and our goal for lessons was to just introduce her to music while having fun learning. She has enjoyed her lessons and is progressing. Sean is patient with her and makes his lessons engaging. He's made sure he's meeting our goals for her learning and told us he's open to changing her lessons as we would like. Sean is a very talented pianist and my daughter enjoys hearing him play during her lesson.
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Chris D. September 28, 2016
· Piano · In home
Sean has been a great instructor! My time has been productive and informative. We often times find ourselves getting a little over or lesson time because e is so engaging! Can't wait for next week!
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Sean L.

Herndon, VA 20170
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About Marie H.

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I am patient as I take my time to work with you through the different levels. I provide the student with positive reinforcement at each level of performance. I also encourage my students to practice and always look forward to playing for guests and at recitals as this boost their confidence level.

About Marie
Hello Everyone,
My name is Marie and I love to teach students and adults all I know about Music. I have been teaching for 15 years. I love what I do and I love to see the smile on my students face, when they reach their goals. My motto is work hard and finish stronger. Thank you!
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Conni November 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Marie has been excellent with my 7yo son. She is wonderful at redirecting him and keeping him on task. She has set realistic expectation for practice and lesson times which I appreciate.
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Arthur September 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Marie is wonderful. I had a wonderful first singing lesson. I can't wait for the next one.
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Momodu s. Kamara July 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
Marie is dependable and dedicated to her teaching profession. Makes her student comfortable and feel a self confidence with a desire to learn piano and voice. She's well versatile on her subject area, making the teaching learning process easy for student. I had first hand experience with daughter she teaches piano and voice. I appreciated her professionalism and would recommend her to any parents or student ready to learn piano and voice
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Marie H.

Hyattsville, MD 20782
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Students new to the piano are introduced to a programmed course of study to acquaint them with proper technique and musical notion, while students with previous experience will be able to resume their training at their current level. All will be shown the fundamentals of interpretation to improve their expression as it relates to different periods and styles of music.

About Ann
With over twenty years of experience working with children in a professional environment, I can guarantee that your piano lessons with me will be a rewarding and fun-filled experience.
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Svetlana October 21, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Excellent music teacher and my child is enjoys going to Ms. Ann classes.

To mention that my family knows Mrs. Ann Keen for over 10 years. We happened to know Ms. Ann from the NIST Child Care Center because she worked as a preschool teacher with both of my kids. Being a wonderful teacher my kids keep in touch with her. They absolutely loved her. My daughter started taking piano lessons with Ms. Ann when she was 4.5years old. Ms. Ann had taught everything, starting with all background of music elements and following deeper into techniques. patient with kids. I observed continuous enthusiasm for playing the music (songs, classic and pop). My daughter learned something new every lesson.
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Dmitriy October 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our daughter has been attending classes with Ms. Ann since 4 years ago. She always enjoys coming to Ms. Ann's class. Ms. Ann is very patient with students and creates a very pleasant atmosphere encouraging to learn music. She is also very accommodating with classes schedule, which is very important for families with very busy constantly changing schedules.
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Ann K.

Gaithersburg, MD 20879
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Are you a teacher or a parent looking for some great piano songs for kids? Check out these suggestions from Nutley, NJ teacher Christina C... As a piano teacher at several music schools in northern NJ, I've attended quite a few recitals. While listening to my colleagues' students as well as my own, I've heard a variety of musical pieces performed, which got me thinking: What are the top five piano songs for kids to play? Since there are many different songs and arrangements of songs to sui … Read More

Top Five Piano Songs For Kids
Are you a teacher or a parent looking for some great piano songs for kids? Check out these suggestions from Nutley, NJ teacher Christina C... As a piano teacher at several music schools in northern NJ, I've attended quite a few recitals. While listening to my colleagues' students as well as my own, I've heard a variety of musical pieces performed, which got me thinking: What are the top five piano songs for kids to play? Since there are many different songs and arrangements of songs to sui
3 Ways Your iPod Can Help You Get Better at Piano
What's the easiest way to get better at piano? Break out your iPod and find out in this guest post by Brooklyn, NY teacher Julie P...   One of the best ways to get better at piano is to listen to other pianists. This is true no matter what genre of music you play and it means that you can use your iPod to improve your piano skills. Do want to be able to play pieces by Chopin or Brahms? Listen to concert pianists play pieces by those composers. Do you want to play in a pit orches
Unlocking the Essentials of Music Exam Preparation
Need help preparing your students for their piano exams? Learn how to set your students up for success in this guest post from our friend Darlene Irwin from The Student Music Organizer... As piano teachers, successful exam preparation is a HUGE part of what we do. I often tell my students that passing an exam is like opening a musical door. When your student completes an exam, they pass through that door and enter a whole new level of music. Below are some important keys to help pre
5 Contemporary Songs to Learn How to Play Piano by Ear
Can your favorite contemporary songs help you learn how to play piano by ear? They sure can! Check out how to get started in this guest post by Corona, CA teacher Milton J...   Recently, I started teaching a new piano student who simply wanted to play his favorite pop songs by both ear and sight to not only become a better pianist, but to be the life of the party for his friends. I loved his goal and made sure he knew about the great ways of learning how to play piano by ear using the p
Dueling Piano Bars 101: Popular Songs for Piano to Request
If you haven’t heard of dueling piano bars yet, you will soon! As audiences demand a renaissance of live entertainment on large stages, this has also trickled down to bar scenes; the result is a rise in not just karaoke clubs and open mic nights, but also jazz clubs, indie band clubs, and piano bars of every kind. The “dueling pianos” style of entertainment in particular (which traces back as far as the 1890s in the form of speed battles with ragtime piano songs) has experienced a recent resurge

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