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About Chris H.

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Waldorf, MD

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I do a variety of styles in music for the violin. I use whatever method (book or teaching style) is needed to teach what the student needs to learn.

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
at the away studio: music, music stand, stool, piano, laptop, tuner, metronome.

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

pictures of the away studio are posted.

*** Specialties ***
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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Brenda March 9, 2017
· Violin · In studio
She's very knowledgeable and patient even with an older learner.
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Tim January 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
We both had a fun and pleasant first lesson with Chris. Set everything up and got the basics down.
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Callie January 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Great, fun first lesson. Chris taught me the rudiments of the instrument and set up (and more
Importantly gave me some guidance on setting up) the cello. We did some basic exercises and looked over some of the theory materials. Overall a very comprehensive first lesson for this beginner!
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Chris H.

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Waldorf, MD 20603
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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, and how they apply to the viola. Explore the range of your instrument through various scales. Build solid skills through understanding the mechanics of how your body and instrument work together.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
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Piano and Ukulele
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Are
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Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio along.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Brian August 29, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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Robert O. August 10, 2017
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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Jesse M.

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About Merissa S.

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About Merissa


*** Travel Equipment ***
student should have a stand, shoulder rest and music book to write in

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music
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Diego July 18, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Very nice and knowledgeable instructor. We highly recommend her.
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Merissa S.

Merissa S.

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About Adrian B.

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Carlsbad, CA

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My teaching purpose is to instill a music appreciation while showing the technical aspects, reaching for a deeper way of transposing the even the most distinct feelings into music. To share my musical and educational experience with others, to exceed all others expectations, as well as mine, to fulfill my dreams, and create stronger principles, while reaching personal growth.

About Adrian
I started studying violin at age 7 and felt in love with the instrument ever since. I have been playing and teaching for the past 20 years and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with music enthusiasts of any ages and levels. If you’re thinking about taking violin lessons or just want to improve your playing, be prepared to find benefits in several surprising ways beyond just gaining the ability to play beautiful music on a new instrument.
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Alessandra C. June 27, 2017
· Violin · In home
It was very good and very informative. My daughter is looking forward to her next lesson.
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Efat S. June 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
I had 3 different teachers before Adrian BUT OMg he is a life changer,, he taught me how to understand the piece and play it with confidence, he is very knowledgeable about music and the history of music , I strongly recommend him to anyone who really wants to play violin ,I know it's not an easy instrument but if you understand it you'll play it well ..
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Charlie June 21, 2017
· Violin · In home
Adrian is a talented, passionate, and thoughtful instructor. His genuine love for music shows through his teaching. I feel fortunate to have him as my son's instructor, and I highly recommend him.
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Adrian B.

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About Vivian W.

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Diamond Bar, CA

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Past level test and prepare to the orchestra audition, help school orchestra part. help students have good skill and attitude to play instrument

About Vivian
Vivian Wang has been teaching violin and viola privately since 2001. Since coming to America in 2008, she has built up studios in San Gabriel and Diamond Bar/Chino Hills. She has also worked as a Music Specialist for the San Gabriel and Garvey School Districts, where she coached strings and taught group string lessons.

Students in Ms. Wang's studios perform in a yearly recital, and the advanced among them often earn spots in youth symphony orchestras such as PYMO (Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra), OYO (Olympia Youth Orchestra), and CYSO (Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra). Ms. Wang also tutors music theory and musicianship, including the ABRSM and AP Music Theory curricula.

Ms. Wang uses the Suzuki method, combined with music theory and musicianship instruction where helpful, to develop complete young musicians: disciplined, se
lf-starting, and musically sensitive.
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Vivian W.

Vivian W.

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About Humberto G.

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Takoma Park, MD

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Viola lessons in English and or Spanish for all levels. Vibrato Technic, Shifting Technic, Bow Technic, Note reading skills, Intonation, recital preparation, etc...

About Humberto
My name is Humberto and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1995 and I enjoy helping my students achieve their playing goals. I graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico city and earned a degree in violin performance. I was awarded full scholarship to continue my violin studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. I'm a organized and professional violin and viola coach and my coaching style is friendly but structured. I am passionate about helping my pupils achieve their violin or viola goals. I look forward to helping you reach your goals. I specialize in adult beginner training.
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Olivia May 23, 2017
· Violin · In home
I'm 14 and Mr. Humberto treats me like an adult. Mr. Humberto is extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and patient. He slowly squeezes out all the bad habits that I had and puts good techniques in their place. He pushes me to be a better violinist. I am enjoying my time under Mr. Humberto's direction.
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Heather G. May 2, 2017
· Violin · In home
Humberto is one of the best violin instructors I have ever had. On our first lesson he came in with a smile stretching to his ears, and upon hearing me play immediately knew all the things that was wrong with my posture, playing, tone, rhythm and other problems as well. Ever since the first lesson, I have been making rapid improvements. Humberto is a great teacher and a swell guy, I would highly recommend him to anybody looking for violin lessons. -13 year old boy
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Claudia April 3, 2017
· Violin · In home
I have enjoyed Humberto's lessons very much. He is a great teacher. He gave me specific exercises to improve the areas were I am weaker. I can see all the improvements I have made since I started. I totally recommend taking classes with him
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Humberto G.

Takoma Park, MD 20912
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About Sarah A.

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Meridian, MS
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I teach viola using the Essential Elements series and other various methods.

About Sarah
I trained at William Carey University and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in music in 2014. I have taught in an Elementary setting for the past two years and am most skilled at teaching children. I was a part of the Music Therapy program for a while and I am comfortable teaching children with special needs. I believe that music can be taught to anyone and I look forward to teaching your child.
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Anne Marie T. December 23, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Another great lesson
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Sarah A.

Sarah A.

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About Keegan D.

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Baltimore, MD

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I teach violin and viola to all ages and abilities, no matter if you have a casual interest in music, or seek to further a musical career. My teaching methods are developed from my own studies with Grammy award winning artists, international soloists, and principal musicians from some of this country's greatest orchestras. I am currently the Associate Principal Violist in Baltimore's Symphony No. 1, and previously held a section viola position in the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra.

About Keegan
I began my professional career in the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra after receiving my B.M. in Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music. I received my M.M. while in Boise, where I also taught a class on music theory and viola lessons. Shortly after moving to Baltimore, I became the Associate Principal Violist of Symphony Number One, a chamber orchestra with a devotion to performing and commissioning new works.

My primary teachers were Phillip Ying, of the Grammy Award winning Ying Quartet, and Linda Kline, of the Boise Philharmonic and IRIS orchestras. I have performed for and coached with Roberto Diaz, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Emanuella Ritter, Michelle LaCourse, Allyson Dawkins, Michael Kannan, and members of the Ying Quartet. Currently, I study with CJ Chang, Principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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Keegan D.

Keegan D.

Online
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$30 / 30-min

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