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About Diane G.

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Gaithersburg, MD

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About Diane
I have a degree and certification in violin and piano from the Boston Conservatory as well as a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland. I have had additional training and certification as a Suzuki teacher from The Suzuki Teacher Training Institute. I am a member of SAGWA-Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area as well as SAA-Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have played all around the world including the Vatican, White House, Paris, Russia, England and Wales as well as in Concert Halls such as Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. I have taken students with me to perform as well in these countries and also every major concert hall in the Washington, D.C. area. I give my students opportunities to perform whenever there is an opportunity. In addition I work with students to earn music scholarships to private school
s and colleges. I am also a judge in the Young Artist Award in Maryland. In addition, I have received two White House awards for my performances at the White House, I am also a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society.

Music has been an important part of my life. It represents so much that is good in life and I do my best to communicate this to my students. I am training my students not just to be musicians but to love music for life.

*** Lesson Details ***
I treat each student as an individual since everyone is different. For some I might use a traditional approach, some just the Suzuki approach and others a combination of techniques. Whatever produces the best results. My goal is not to make strictly classical musicians but to train students to love music and carry this love throughout life. My repertoire consists of everything including traditional, Suzuki, Disney, Showtunes, etc. I have taken students to perform little concerts at the White House, schools, hospitals and concert halls to get the real feel of performing. I view lessons as a three way relationship between myself, the student and the parent so that the parent is not left out. I even have a small group called Musical Magic which incorporates magic into music. I feel I am laid back but am able to accomplish my goal through positive reinforcement. Every child or student wants to feel good about his/her playing. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible. If you want online lessons, please contact me through Take Lessons since I have additional availability to teach online. In the past six months my students have performed for the National Humane Society at their animal ball, a multi teacher recital on a local stage, and just two weeks ago seven of them performed at Strathmore. This summer I have two more concerts planned. Coming up will be an all instrument graduation with several other teachers where students receive medals for their performances. No student is required to perform but if they want to the opportunity is there. All students are required to have an instrument prior to beginning lessons. If students need to rent a violin, I will provide you with the name of a violin dealer that both rents and sells string instruments. Piano students must have a piano or keyboard.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach at home and have both a grand piano and electric keyboard in addition to a harp and violin.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When my students have to travel to perform, I make sure they have everything they need.

*** Specialties ***
Traditional and Suzuki approaches for both violin and piano. I also teach children with learning disabilities.and have extensive summer programs to help students with auditions for youth orchestras and school orchestras.
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cole S. August 21, 2017
· Violin · In home
Diane is an excellent instructor. My son feels comfortable with her style of teaching and always looks forward to his next lesson!
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Bridgit A. June 23, 2015
· Piano · In home
Ms.Diane is a really good teacher. My daughter has just started lessons with Ms.Diane, but she has really progressed very well from her prior level. Ms.Diane is very patient and fun to work with. Would highly recommend Ms.Diane!
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Maria T. June 5, 2015
· Piano · In home
So far, so good. Ms.Diane is an extremely good and understanding teacher.
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Diane G.

Diane G.

Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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About Geoff S.

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Fairfax, VA

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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.

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"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

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

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

*** Specialties ***
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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Gordon Lu October 11, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
hope there is more effort in teaching.
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darius July 28, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Geoff puts you at ease, he listens. Teaches to your skill level. I'm actually looking forward to the next class. I haven't looked forward to picking up a guitar in years and now I'm jazzed
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Maryann July 6, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Excellent instructor. Knows how to keep you engaged even when you have no musical experience at all.
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Geoff S.

Geoff S.

Fairfax, VA 22032
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$32 / 30-min

About Tommy W.

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Falls Church, VA

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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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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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Jen May 17, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
We were so lucky to have been referred to Tommy. Our middle school son wanted to branch out from playing the upright/classic bass, to electric bass and acoustic guitar. Tommy worked with our son for nearly 2 years. Tommy was always reliable, always prompt, always polite and 100% committed to the music and to our son's personal progress & improvement. He was always flexible, upbeat and easy to work with...with the patience of a saint...esp. for the parent who knows nothing about guitar. A huge talent!
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Sedat April 24, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Tommy is a phenomenal teacher. He is able to explain advanced concepts related to music theory in a way that is easy to understand and teaches you how to apply it to your own playing. Easily the best person to learn from if you want to improve your bass technique.
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Tommy W.

Tommy W.

Falls Church, VA 22043
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$30 / 30-min

About Josh M.

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Falls Church, VA

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About Josh
Hello!

My name is Josh and I love to play guitar! I also enjoy teaching others and helping people find their inner rock star! I've been playing for 13 years, acoustic, electric, bass...you name it. I've been in a few bands (90s covers!) but find solo work to be my favorite setting. I'm fairly new to teaching guitar but have experience with people of all ages (7 - 40). I'm looking to grow my student base and find others who share the same passion for guitar that I do!

I am willing to travel to your location, meet at a park on a nice day, or book studio time (if requested) at a local studio. I also will invite you into my home to practice, whatever works for you!

I'm looking forward to working with you!

Josh M.
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Josh M.

Josh M.

Falls Church, VA 22042
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$45 / 30-min

About Randy M.

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Winchester, VA

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I am an eclectic pianist and singer with dual Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance and Jazz Studies from Shenandoah Conservatory. My skills are diverse and I enjoy using them as I teach at any level. Other than teaching, I compete in voice and piano competitions, perform as a soloist and accompanist, arrange, and compose. I also play in a funk band called Souled Out, stationed in Winchester, VA. My passion is in classical and jazz music, as well as musical theatre, but I teach all contemporary styles.
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Gus June 21, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Mr. MC is an excellent instructor. He always takes into account students' background and interests in order to develop meaningful lessons. He explains and presents new music material clearly, and always models in order to facilitate learning. He also monitors progress continuously and provides feedback on students' performance. One of the best instructors I have had the pleasure to work with.
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Randy M.

Randy M.

Winchester, VA 22601
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About Megan B.

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Purcellville, VA
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I am a flute player, choral conductor and teacher with 12 years experience. I studied at Indiana University with students of Thomas Robertello, and have played in orchestras and ensembles in Boston and NYC, as well as Virginia. I have worked with and enjoy teaching students of all ages.

I approach my students from the standpoint of developing overall musicianship, in addition to the specific technique of the flute. This involves learning basic fingerings and breath technique, scales, and music reading; but also, very importantly, how to play music with lyricism and beauty, and how to be part of an ensemble.

For beginner and intermediate students, we will use the Rubank series of study books, along with scales, etudes, and solos. We will focus on learning to produce a beautiful sound, and how to treat the flute as an extension of the
singing voice.

I love finding ways for the student to master technique, solve problems, and most of all, develop as a musician.
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Frank August 2, 2017
· Flute ·
Megan is an excellent instructor. The ability to communicate complex musical ideas (or any musical idea) in a clear and enjoyable way is not common. Megan does this with apparent ease. I always look forward to my next opportunity to work with or learn from her.
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Ema R. August 2, 2017
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Megan is a delight! I have worked with Megan on many different aspects of music, from music theory, to voice coaching, to following her baton as a conductor. She is extremely thoughtful and has a wonderful sense of musical expression. She is able to work with many different skill levels and has the patience of a saint! She wants to see her students improve and finds great joy in guiding them through the process of musical discovery and breakthroughs of all kinds.
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Jennifer P. August 2, 2017
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I have worked with Megan over many years as a fellow colleague in music. With her students, she is patient, thoughtful and challenging. She treats each student as an individual and addresses what they need to succeed. As a musician, she has years of experience both in performing and conducting and therefore has a wealth of knowledge that she passionately imparts upon her students and colleagues.
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Megan B.

Megan B.

Purcellville, VA 20132
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$30 / 30-min

About Ai S.

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Fairfax, VA

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Ai began her piano lessons when she was five years old. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance in 1996. She also was an assistant instructor (1995-1996) while she was working on her Master's degree. After graduating with her Master's degree, she studied privately with at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore for two years. She taught privately at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale (1996-2000), Columbia Institute of Fine Arts in Falls Church (1997-2001), Jordan Kitt's Music in Merrifield (2004-2005 and 2013-present), and her own studio in Oakton (1996-2005 and 2012-present). Her students participated in festivals and competitions at the local music organizations (1998-2002 and 2013-present). Besides teaching, she participated in mas
ter classes and competitions in Europe, Moscow, and the U.S. She performed in recitals and performed with orchestras in the Czech Republic (1999, 2001 and 2003) and Taiwan (2002). She received a recital prize from the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. (1998) as well as a Faure Special Mention Prize in the IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Sicily (2002).
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Gulgun September 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Ai is an excellent piano teacher. She has great communication skills with children. She prepared my son for The Royal Conservatory piano exam and he was able to get a very high score compare to what he got before. My first grade daughter who is her student also loves piano because of her. Thank you Ai!
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Aaron September 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Ai is great on teaching kids the piano class and she focuses more on kid's interest in piano, not just the competition.
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Ai S.

Ai S.

Fairfax, VA 22033
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$35 / 30-min

About Gina C.

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Front Royal, VA
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Hi aspiring banjo pickers! I am passionate about sharing my knowledge of the banjo with you. All students, all levels, all ages.
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Edmund November 15, 2017
· Banjo · In home
Gina has got that happy knack of teaching with insight into the hurdles one has to jump to get over, with patience and enthusiasm. She is a top class performer too I have just bought her CD "True Colors", what a voice and a poet too, don't miss it.
I can't wait for my next lessons with her.
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Drew November 11, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Gina was recommended to me as an excellent online banjo instructor and she has more than lived up to that reputation. I started taking online lessons with her a year ago from Europe and my progress with the banjo has sky-rocked faster than all the work I tried on my own with books. Gina's clear and patient instruction style makes learning easy, and her feedback on my progress inspires me to practice and be passionate about the banjo. Whether it's for banjo instruction in person or online, I highly recommend Gina!
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Dennis November 8, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Gina is an amazing musician and teacher. I have been taking online lessons with her for over two years and am very pleased with the progress I have made. In large part due to her teaching expertise. Obviously there is no substitute for diligent practice but it helps to have a skilled teacher to guide you on your learning journey. Gina is a patient listener who aligns her teaching to my goals while recognizing my growing competency . Gina always inspires me to take my playing to the next level and she charts the learning path to get there. I highly recommend Gina !
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Gina C.

Gina C.

Front Royal, VA 22630
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$37 / 30-min

About Joe W.

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I am new to teaching and other than teaching my own children and a few relatives and friends, this will be my first experience teaching others. There are many many resources available for me as a new teacher and I have been utilizing them to the fullest in preparation for my first group of students. I excel at educating myself and have been brushing up on my music theory, piano skills, and different methods of teaching the guitar in an effort to bring you the best experience possible. The most important thing I've learned to date is that "the more you know, the more you don't know." and the great Aristotle realized that many many years ago. can also design and build them.
I have raised two children on music and what I have found from both of them is that if it's not fun and interesting, you lose them quickly. I personally was lucky enough
to have a balance of teachers, some of which were by the book, classically trained, learn your scales, know your theory, etc. And others, such as one of my all time favorites would let me bring in cassette tapes to our lessons and we would just figure the songs out that I wanted to learn. I intend on figuring out very quickly where you are as a student and what you want to learn as well as how you learn the best. But more important than anything is whatever we are learning, and we will be learning together, practice is key. There is no progress without practice, that means younger students will be required to practice 15 minutes a day, and older students are expected to practice 30 minutes or more.
I think learning the instrument has to be fun and engaging. But also has to focus on proven methods and especially a foundation in music theory. We will learn, key signatures, music notation, major and minor scales, intervals, etc. to form a solid foundation. But we are also going to throw in songs you know to reinforce important concepts. Most importantly we will apply the three P rule. Practice Practice Practice. There is no substitute and you must make a commitment to yourself that you will find the time EVERY day for practice.
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Joe W.

Joe W.

Woodbridge, VA 22192
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$42 / 30-min

About Sean M.

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Springfield, VA

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My name is Sean Maree, and I have been playing bassoon since I was 12 years old. Originally from Northern Virginia, I attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA where I completed my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Bassoon Performance. In December of 2013, I joined the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL where I performed with musicians such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming, and Emanuel Ax. During my time in Miami, I taught at Miami Northwestern High School as part of the MusicLab program, as well as working with other local high school students during the Side-by-Side projects. In 2017, I moved back to the Northern Virginia area where I teach both in schools and privately, and perform with groups such as the Richmond Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera, and Pittsburgh Symphony. I have also performed wit
h the Boston Symphony and Jacksonville Symphony. I am a big believer in the power of music, and have taught students in Medellin, Colombia, Nashville, TN, Miami, FL and Japan.
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Sean M.

Sean M.

Springfield, VA 22152
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