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About Mike T.

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Manassas, VA

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About Mike
I have played bluegrass banjo since I was 16 (I am now looking at Social Security). I have been instructing for eight years since semi-retiring from my day job. I use various teaching methods and aids and have participated in training programs with the finest banjo players in the country, including Sonny Osborne, Bill Emerson, Tony Trischka, Ned Luberecki, Pete Wernick, Jim Mills, Bill Evans, Charlie Cushman and Alan Munde.

My banjo philosophy is that while we may aspire to play banjo like Earl Scruggs, it is not necessary to be at that level to enjoy playing bluegrass music. The organic simplicity of bluegrass songs, the repetition of components, and the strong melody lines makes entry level playing fun and rewarding and within the reach of anyone who is willing to try.

When bluegrass musicians are jamming together, usin
g new skills, learning with and from each other, there's little chance they will give up playing music. I'd say they're hooked -- on bluegrass! More people spending less time in front of a TV, and more with each other. Wholesome fun. A bigger, thriving bluegrass community. A better world!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that anyone learning bluegrass should first learn the chords to favorite easy songs, and a simple way of accompanying. Playing songs smoothly in real time while using a songbook (or a fellow picker) for the words, is easy, fun, and builds a rhythmic/chordal foundation and repertoire.

Easy jamming is highly recommended and will be part of the learning program. Good sounding rhythm techniques can be added easily as they are learned. Through this process, overall technique is expanded and the music sounds more interesting. Once we have the chords and rhythm, different types of soloing can be added. The easiest method is to "fake it" by just playing simple licks and rhythm techniques while following the chord changes. The next step up might be to play an exact tabbed (a form of written banjo music) basic solo, or (better) a self-composed one featuring melody. This phase is exciting to enter, and of course it creates motivation to really improve and master those solos we all want to play. Since all students come to bluegrass banjo with their own unique skills and experience - I will design a program just for you to ensure you reach you playing goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Little equipment is required for bluegrass banjo other than the instrument.

*** Specialties ***
5 string Bluegrass Banjo
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Christine November 10, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Very good at teaching technique as well as breaking songs down so they are easier to pick up.
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Chris S. November 10, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
I'm as new as they come; zero banjo experience. Mike was absolutely outstanding! In my first lesson he taught me how to tune, 3 major chords, strumming, picking, rolls, and I got my first song to practice. I highly recommend Mike!
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Jay June 6, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Although it is but one lesson I have had with Mike, I know he has the ability to help me get to the "next level."I could not be happier with my selection of Mike as my instructor.
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Mike T.

Mike T.

Manassas, VA 20109
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$35 / 30-min

About Jonathan S.

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Winchester, VA

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About Jonathan
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I am a Florida native, active doctoral student, teacher and practitioner. My career includes performing and recording as a guitarist and teaching subjects such as music or math. Grade-school academic strengths in mathematics represent my enthusiasm for the subject. The math equivalent in music can be considered music theory, which is another passion of mine. I hope to take these well-rounded characteristics to teach and influence others with what I have learned in my education and career thus far.

Education & Teaching Experience:

I am currently pursuing my Doctorate of Musical Arts from Shenandoah University and hold a Masters of Music from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University (all degrees with a guitar performance emphasis). I also have a temporary teaching certificate for Music K-12 fro
m the Florida Department of Education. I have taught in Florida as a preferred substitute for general music classes, K-12. In college, I have given study sessions for music theory levels ranging from 4-part writing to post-serialism.

Degrees:
Doctorate of Musical Arts: Guitar Performance; Shenandoah University, expected May 2019
Master of Music: Guitar Performance; University of Akron, May 2014
Bachelor of Music: Guitar Performance; Stetson University, 2011

While giving lessons:
I ensure that every student receives fundamental foundation pertaining to the subject. While learning the basics, I advise that the student organizes their lessons and materials in a way that displays progress over time. With the proper knowledge, we can treat the heart of a subject with refinement in order to grasp its purpose and reason---whether its music or math.

Why?
My students have grown with confidence through a sense of accomplishment. Success does not only affect a person's well-being but can also impact other dimensions of their lives.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment available if needed:

Footstools
Music stands
Pencils
Complete home recording studio
Computer/tablet/smartphone w/ internet
Speakers and playback devices
Reference books

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student is expected to bring with them (if applicable):

Notebook or log
Reference/score materials
Instrument(s) and case
Accessories
Portable sound recorder (optional)

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz and Rock Styles.

Performance, Music Theory, Arranging, Composition.

Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Trigonometry, Pre-Calc.
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Gina A. August 7, 2015
· Piano · In home
Jonathan is a wonderful teacher. I would recommend him to others for lessons.
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Shanna T. July 3, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Great instructor...very good at breaking things down to help you succeed.
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Nan Z. June 29, 2015
· Trumpet · Online
My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and interaction.
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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.

Winchester, VA 22601
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$25 / 30-min

About Michelle P.

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Aldie, VA

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About Michelle
Instilling and nurturing a love of music and developing musicianship are why I’m a voice teacher. I earned my Master of Music Education degree in 2012 from Boston University, which has furthered my love of teaching and given me even more resources to draw from.

With all my students, I emphasize good technique. No matter what genre of music or age of student, singing in a healthful and fun way includes great posture, breath management, and producing a free and easy sound. I believe that each student has their own unique way of learning, so I tailor my lessons to fit. Students are both encouraged to sing music they're familiar with and to try something new. Immediate feedback and specific practice instructions help my students gain a sense of confidence and assess their progress. Last but not least, singing should be fun!

I'm a member
of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Voice Workshop, and the Loudoun Fairfax Music Fellowship.
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Will December 1, 2017
· Musical Theater · In home
She is energetic, funny, and enthusiastic to work with her students. Our son had his first lesson tonight and enjoyed it very much,
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Elise February 21, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
I worked with Michelle for a little over 2 years. As an adult student, I was super nervous about singing in front of anyone - it took me this long to just sign up for lessons! She was patient with me and gave me lots of tools for dealing with my nerves and stage fright. Michelle helped me to choose songs that I not only wanted to sing but that matched my voice and range. I was hesitant about performing in a recital but Michelle pointed out that it was like training for a marathon - doing all the work but not performing just seemed silly. It wasn't perfect but it was definitely something I'm proud to have crossed off my bucket list.
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Michelle P.

Michelle P.

Aldie, VA 20105
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About Lola M.

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Front Royal, VA
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About Lola
I have more than 30 years of musical experience. I’ve taught guitar, piano, bass, and theater in private schools, art schools and I’m currently teaching at Classic Axe Guitar Gallery in Gainesville, VA. I’ve taught over 250 students in all levels of experience, tailoring each lesson to fit each student, covering all genres, so that learning their instrument is fun. It’s been exciting to see some of them become music majors, some of them become performers, and some using their skills and gifts to teach others. I love teaching and sharing my musical knowledge with people of ALL ages. I believe anyone can learn music, with the right approach and encouragement. Nothing gives me more pleasure than watching my students accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible.
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Deserai February 16, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Lola was amazing and very personable :) she made me feel at ease on wanting to learn a new instrument
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Jack January 4, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
She is awesome!
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Skylar December 29, 2017
· Piano · Online
Fantastic first lesson - look forward to next week!
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Lola M.

Lola M.

Front Royal, VA 22630
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About David P.

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Atlanta, GA
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About David
I grew up in Birmingham, AL, Boston, MA, and Cleveland, OH, and was classically trained on violin in all three cities by members of their respective orchestras. I began studying theory in 7th grade at The Alabama School of Fine Arts. I continued theory lessons while in Boston at the New England Conservatory of Music. I attended Summer music programs at Apple Hill (New Hampshire) and Sewanee (Tennessee) and have extensive experience in orchestra, quartet, and chamber group environments.

Upon graduating Emory university in 1992 I played professionally in Destin, FL as a bassist, guitarist, violinist, and vocalist. I performed as bassist and backing vocalist with "Salty Dog" for nearly a decade. I am the co-founder of the Destin, FL band "Beach Mice." We perform for several weddings, corporate events, and benefits every year. Beach
Mice is also popular on the festival circuit on the Emerald Coast.

I relocated to Atlanta in November of 2013, and currently perform weddings, and at various restaurants and events in the Atlanta area.

I have taught individuals and group lessons on violin, bass, and guitar since 1997 and for several consecutive years at Playground Music in Fort Walton Beach.

I have several videos available on YouTube, and a website which is easily located through a simple Google search.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you fulfill your musical goals and ambitions. Happy Playing - Cheers! dp
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Charlie F. March 16, 2018
· Violin · In studio
David was very clear, and didn't waste any time from the very first lesson. Great teacher, very supportive!
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Kayley S. November 7, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Daughter loved her session with him. He is patient, very knowledgeable and gave her a great first experience. She hasn't stopped playing since coming from his lesson. He is a great teacher.
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Nick C. April 8, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Very good with kids! Our son is enjoying his lessons.
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About Randy M.

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Winchester, VA

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About Randy
I am an eclectic pianist-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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John P. March 30, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
Excellent teacher. I've studied jazz guitar, classical guitar, and voice in the past- he is building my confidence in my higher register- enthusiastic, disciplined and
hard working. You will progress with this teacher!
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John P. March 30, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
I'm having a fantastic experience with Randy. I am a lifelong musician- have studied Jazz guitar, classical guitar and voice- he's a great voice teacher- very positive, and I feel I am progressing with him- I am more confident in my upper register, and he's helping to claim my singing voice!
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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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$15 / 30-min

About Megan B.

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Purcellville, VA
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About Megan
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 Gwen B.

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Winchester, VA

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I am currently a second year graduate student at Shenandoah University. I am expected to earn my Master's in Music Performance with a concentration in Voice in May 2018. My Bachelor's in Music was obtained at Marywood University under the direction of Dr. Rick Hoffenberg (vocal coach) and Ellen Rutkowski (voice teacher) in 2015. Students that study with me can expect to learn the basics of singing including; correct posture, breathing, and to sing with expression. I also have performed in various areas in Northeast PA and central PA. I recently performed at the Crittenden Opera Workshop where I worked with various artists including Richard Crittenden, Elizabeth Vrenios, Dr. Lawrence Vincent, Joshua Lindsay, and Adrianna Hardy just to name a few. I also have my own Youtube channel and Facebook page with videos of my performances. I also ha
ve expertise in acting and a background in dance to help my students to better their expression onstage.
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Gwen B.

Gwen B.

Winchester, VA 22601
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$30 / 30-min

About Christina G.

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Leesburg, VA
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Have you always wanted to learn violin? Are you looking to advance your skills? My students come from many musical backgrounds. Together, we accomplish their goals during lessons uniquely tailored to each of them. In my lessons I teach basic and advanced technical skills, music theory, and music expression for performance.

Whether you're just starting to play, or already have learned to play, we'll explore your music learning together with both Suzuki and Traditional repertoire. I believe there is nothing more beautiful than learning the language of music through violin, and I love sharing that passion and joy for music with my students.
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Christina G.

Christina G.

Leesburg, VA 20175
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$35 / 30-min

About Rachel S.

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Winchester, VA
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Hello! I have been performing and teaching for over a decade on all brass instruments and piano, but I majored in Music Education in French Horn and Piano at Peabody and Shenandoah Music Conservatory. I strongly believe music should be enjoyable and fun at all times. Most of my lessons include performing, technique, and musically creativity. I teach students ranging from 6 years old to 80 years old. I do work with special needs students ranging from 9 years old to 50 years old. Lesson options are every week or every other week for 30/45/60 minute lessons.

Over all, I enjoy performing all brass and piano within the classical genre and jazz piano. I look forward to spreading that joy and music with others!
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Rachel S.

Rachel S.

Winchester, VA 22601
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