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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.

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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.

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Music room with keyboard and office equipment. Seating for parents.

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

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

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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
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understanding and mastering breathing techniques when singing.
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Mayumi G.

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Greenbelt, MD 20770
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About Carol K.

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As a young child, I knew I loved music. I was fortunate to have my parents who supported and encouraged me with a variety of music lessons. It is my personal joy and a privilege to pass my love of music to the next generation of musicians.

Taking private lessons is a unique environment as it fosters a customized approach to learning. Both the instructor and the student work together to create a better understanding of the instrument and achieve a higher level of appreciation. .

I would love to share my passion and joy of music with anyone who wants to discover their own journey into the musical world.

I have worked with student's from the age of five through adulthood. I enjoy working with any age group. As a teacher, I am always looking for new ideas to aid in a student's musical journey.

I teach to the student's "l
earning style." I use whatever resources are available to reinforce musical concepts. I am patient, and laid back. I want my students to feel comfortable, and know that they can be themselves when they are working with me. Most of all what a student can expect is a teacher who is interested in them, their progress, and making the our time together as enjoyable as possible. I believe that I help students see the joy music brings to their lives.

I have always felt that one of my greatest strengthens is my ability to interact with children and adults, and I hope that I can continue to share my love of music in the coming years.

Experience

During high school I participated in A Cappella Choir, and joined a global performing group, called "Up With People" that traveled locally and statewide. I was active in high school music productions and I studied privately voice and piano.

Since then, I have continued to sing with community based choral groups throughout the Washington, DC region. I have also assisted as an piano accompanist for a small local church.

Education

I graduated from George Mason University, with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts. While attending the University, I sang with the university choir and studied classical piano under the tutelage of Jacequeline Schmitt. I was because of her that I developed an interest in piano technique.

During and after college I studied with a private voice instructor from Catholic University, where I learned classical voice.
I am currently working with a Takelessons teacher to maintain my skill.

I am also currently working on being certified as a Music Color teacher through an online course written by Andrew Ingkavet. I also received training and certification as a Music for Young Children, a program designed for early keyboard beginners.

I have continued to broaden my personal education by taking online courses, such as reharmonization of chords. I have also attended workshops, sponsored by the Piedmont music club, on how to incorporate improvisation into my lesson plans.

Lesson Details

I use a variety of methods for teaching piano. I do not restrain my approach to one method, but draw on resources from other methods and approaches.

I include music theory, ear training and piano technique into the lesson. While I am a classically trained pianist, I do not stick to that style of music. I believe that exposing the student to all types or styles of music broadens their education.

I use the computer and any apps that are available to further my students skills on the keyboard.

Within six months I would hope that the student would feel more comfortable at the piano. I would expect him to learn posture at the piano, including hand position. I would expect that his knowledge of the right and left hand notes would become more proficient, and that he would understand what the staff is. I would expect that he understands keyboard geography, distance between notes, the concept of high/low, dynamics, and patterns (both directional and melodic). I would add two-handed playing, at a very basic level. This, of course, would depend upon the student's pace and how much effort is put into the learning of the instrument.

My goal is to create a fun and lively learning environments, that with patience, will result in a life long love of music and the personal benefits it imparts.

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lessons in dedicated music room in basement; computer with electronic piano and keyboard;
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Aaron P. August 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
She is very good with children and has really great techniques to teach children. She is also very patient with him.
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Alexandra W. June 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Just took my first lesson and loved it! Carol put me at ease and quickly assessed my level and then started me on a customized plan to meet my goals! She is both knowledgeable and personable. I can see why she is a favorite teacher. 5 stars!
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Diego A. February 12, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Everything is good but I would like to know more about singing
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Carol K.

Manassas, VA 20112
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About Peter W.

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I am a traditional Scottish musician specializing in 18th century music. I have studied Highland bag piping since 2001 and Scottish Fiddling since 2002 (with a background in classical violin). I teach both Scottish Fiddle and Highland Bagpipes, as well as Scottish Small pipes and Border pipes.

I have supplemented these areas of knowledge by studying Gaelic since 2007 and Clàrsach (wire-strung harp) since 2012. I have performed with the Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club and the City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums since 2004, for weddings and Scottish Country Dances since 2006, and founded the Scottish Folk-Acoustic band The Devil's Tailors in 2008, and lead the only DC-area open Scottish jam session. I also participate in a living history unit reenacting the 1745 rebellion in the Highlands, leading me to study the music's historical co
ntext.

My approach to Scottish traditional music is holistic; I feel it's important to experience how song feeds into instrumental music, and how the instrumental traditions interact with one another, and impart that broader view to my students. My focus is mostly on the folk traditions, though for bagpipe students, I teach the current and formal pipe band technique and repertoire as a foundation.

I have twice qualified for the US National Scottish Fiddling Championship, and was 4th place overall in Grade 4 Senior out of almost 850 pipers in 2006, and have been taking an extended hiatus from competition.
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Amy February 27, 2017
· Fiddle · In home
Peter is very patient and exceptionally knowledgeable. He is very analytical in his teaching. I am a new student (only a few lessons) and I am confident he will be able to provide the critical but positive instruction and encouragement that I need. His enthusiasm and passion for music is contagious. In fact, he gives detailed oral histories and music theory explanations related to the topic of the lesson. Most teachers boot you out when time is up - not Peter - he always finishes on the right note. Plus he has an adorable cat assistant, Rory, as a side kick.
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Peter W.

Alexandria, VA 22310
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About Joshua S.

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Hi! I am a recent master's grad teaching violin in the D.C. metropolitan area. I have played violin for approximately 16-17 years and was a member of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra from 8th-12th grade, eventually touring Vienna and Prague with the orchestra in Summer 2009. I have taught private lessons for the past several years and have previously worked with children as a camp counselor. I look forward to tutoring your child and helping them realize their full potential! Josh
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Mansi W. October 27, 2017
· Violin · In home
My 9 year old daughter started taking her first vilion lessons from Joshua. She very much enjoys learning from him and gaining her confidence.
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Aline M. January 30, 2015
· Violin · In home
My 6 year-old daughter is enjoying very much her violin lessons! Joshua is kind, very pacient and connects very well with children. I strongly recommend him.
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William F. October 29, 2014
· Violin · In home
My granddaughter is learning a lot from this fellow and is enthralled with him, She is progressing with her violin quickly and plays her instrument very much. He has her progressing beyond where I thought she would be, having only been playing for a few months and I believe she will keep at it with him as her instructor!
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Joshua S.

Joshua S.

Silver Spring, MD 20902
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About Earl C.

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International guitarist Earl C. is now offering in-person and online coaching sessions. With more than thirty years of experience, he has performed with many well-known artists including grammy-nominated celebrities and others such as Freddie Jackson, Regina Belle, EU, Angela Bofill, Alyson Williams, Mya, Syleena Johnson, Nick Colionne, Mike Phillips, Michael Lington, Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin, Pamela Williams, and more.
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Ken October 22, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Earl Carter is extremely knowledgeable, and very patience. You will find that each session is enjoyable yet challenging. I would recommend Him to anyone from the beginner all the way to the more advanced student. If you have the desire to learn the art of music then you will enjoy His instruction. I couldn't ask for a better instructor.
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Jocelyn S. September 18, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Although I lacked the commitment to follow through with my lessons, Earl's teaching ability is STELLAR!!! In the short time I was taking lessons with him, I learned a lot, relatively quickly.
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John September 17, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Aside from being a Master Guitarist himself, he is a Master Teacher! His teaching style is very unique and the little tips and tricks he has taught me has helped me advance as a guitarist by leaps and bounds. I highly recommend him!
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Earl C.

Earl C.

Greenbelt, MD 20770
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About loidmary P.

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Washington, DC

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LOIDMARY PERENGUEZ.

FLUTIST.

Music Teacher Washington D.C 2016-2017
• music teacher at Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School
Performance Maryland 2017
Flute solo at Strathmore Concert Hall with MCYO orchestra

Prominent Venezuelan flutist, Winner of First Place in the National Contest II Flutes Venezuela.

Loidmary has received invitations from major Venezuelan orchestras as Symphony Orchestra "Simon Bolivar" Tachira Symphony Orchestra and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, being directed by Masters such as Gustavo Dudamel, Dietrich Paredes, Claudio Abbado, Nicholas Kramer, Patrick Lange, Missa Johnouchi, Leon Bostein, Diego Matheus, Rafael Payares, among others.

First flute of the National Youth Orchestra of Caracas with which he has toured countries like Japan, China, Korea, Russia, Croatia, Switzerland, Sweden,
Austria, Norway, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, among others, covering broad orchestral repertoire.

Loidmary completed his university studies in Caracas Venezuela.
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Yabei October 2, 2016
· Flute · In home
Loidmary is super! Both my daughter Bella and I like her very much. She is very patient and encouraging. Best of all, she is a great flutist and sets a great example to my daughter on how to be a musician!
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loidmary P.

Washington, DC 20009
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About Vanessa S.

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Arlington, VA

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I'm a professional clarinetist with a passion for helping beginning and intermediate clarinetists achieve their music goals. I have a bachelor's in Clarinet Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music plus two years private teaching experience. I work full time in an office in D.C. and teach clarinet part time, because I love it!

I specialize in fostering an autonomous, flexible learning environment, which means I recommend and advise based on each student's unique needs and objectives, rather than control and demand based on a pre-determined course. Especially for younger students, I encourage ownership of goals.

Lessons with me will always be enjoyable, because I believe people learn best when they're free from stress. I'm happy to match the pace at which you want to learn. Whether you're looking for guidance on techniqu
e, equipment, clarinet literature, competitions, general musicianship, or all of the above, I'm excited to share my expertise and love for the clarinet with you!

I welcome questions and would be happy to chat with any interested students or parents.
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Karen October 4, 2017
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Vanessa is a patient, enthusiastic and passionate teacher. She is able to adjust to different learning styles and present information in a way that you will understand.
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Vanessa S.

Vanessa S.

Arlington, VA 22203
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$45 / 30-min

About Christopher B.

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Capitol Heights, MD
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Do you want to be a great saxophone player? Would you like to be able to play any genre of music on your saxophone? I can help you achieve that goal. I have played many genres from jazz to pop. I can help you become a great saxophone player.
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Christopher B.

Capitol Heights, MD 20743
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i have studied and played piano for 10 years now. but have been teaching for about 11 years now but it was volunteer work in a school. i am experienced in site reading i can teach you from A to G i am patient i wont tell you anything that wont be necessary i get right to the point
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Keana T.

Savage, MD 20763
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About MJ W.

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I was born from Shanghai,China, I have been finished all of Chinese normal education from Shanghai,China also obtained my BA degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Muisc in 1983. worked at Shanghai Ballet orchestra as a violinist for two more years. After received Full tuition graduated scholarship from CITY UNIVERSITY OF NY/BROOKLYN COLLEGE/CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC IN FALL 1985. I came to US for my graduated MM degree program/studies in Violin-Performance under well known Prof. KAWASAKI over there for 8 years,......I can teaching any level of your Chinese studies for yours!

I HAVE BEEN TEACHING THOSE GROUP STRING CLASS FROM Shanghai,China ,NY CITY & SILVER SPRING ,MD 20906 MORE THAN 23 YEARS,...... I WILL USE TO TEACHING HOW TO STUDY WITH THE SUZUKI VIOLIN & VIOLA. & HRIMALY SCALE STUDIES ........ ONE TO ONE OR SMALL GROUP STRING LESSONS
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Silver Spring, MD 20906
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