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About Yelena S.

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Burtonsville, MD

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*** Studio Equipment ***
upright piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano or a keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Russian School of Piano Playing
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JENNIFER &. March 29, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great instructor!
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Stephanie January 13, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher. Looking forward to next lesson.
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Marianela E. November 8, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My son loved his first piano class.
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Yelena S.

Yelena S.

Burtonsville, MD 20866
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$25 / 30-min

About Lena E.

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Centreville, VA
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GUITAR CURRICULUM (VOCAL INSTRUCTION CURRICULUM SEE BELOW):
You like music. I like music. You want to learn how to play guitar. I can teach you how to play guitar, and so much more. It's that simple. I have real-world experience in getting out there and playing guitar in a band, in front of a real crowd, and I can teach you how to do the same. Whether you're interested in performing in front of your relatives, at your local open mic down the street, or if you want to pursue music as a possible profession, you need strong, basic fundamentals to get there. That's where I come in.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons include: guitar technique/knowledge/maintenance:
-Getting to know your instrument, such as the name for parts of the guitar, and what they contribute to the instrument. How to identify notes on each string and in every
fret across the fretboard. First, you need to learn how to speak guitar. This is like learning the basic language so we can communicate with each other.
You: "Why do I have to identify all the parts of the guitar?"
Me: "So when I tell you to strum over the sound hole, you won't mistake it for your ear."

-How to tune and care for your guitar such as changing strings
You: "Why do I need to learn how to tune my guitar and properly change my strings?"
Me: "So when you learn how to play the thing, it sounds good and stays in tune, and your neighbor's dog won't start howling when you pick up your instrument."

-Chords and Strumming: Open chords, Power chords, Barre chords, 7th chords, 9th chords, 1st and 2nd inversion chords. More chords than you can shake a stick at.
You: "Why do I need to learn chords?"
Me: "So you string chords together, and play a song, Silly."

-Scales (Major scales, Natural minor scales, Harmonic minor scales, Melodic minor scales, In every key and in six different positions)
You: "Why do I need to learn scales?"
Me: "Just to torture you. Just kidding! Scales build strength and speed and get your two hands working together. And scales are fundamental for learning licks and writing melodies later on down the road."

-Other fundamentals include chord chart reading, tablature reading, and specific technical skills such as hammer-ons and pull-offs, palm muting, using a pick, and finger picking styles.

MUSIC THEORY:
Strictly for impressing your friends and/or classmates. Ok, not really. Music theory is important, especially if you want to play other instruments down the road, and to give you a the "Big Picture" of music.

Fundamental theory you will learn includes
-Basic music notation (The music alphabet, rhythm, the staff, ledger lines, time signatures, etc)
-Major and Minor Scales and Key Signatures (You've heard about the Circle of Fifths. Now you'll be able to decipher it!)
-How to identify and play intervals (Major, Minor, Perfect)
-Chord theory (What makes a Major chord, well, Major; Minor chord, Minor. Diminished, Augmented, etc)
-Harmonic Analysis
You: "I've heard about this I IV V I progression stuff. What does that mean?"
Me: "In due time, Grasshopper"
-Transposition (Good for changing the keys of your favorite songs so you or your lead singer can sing them in his/her vocal range)

First we learn this stuff through take-home worksheets. Then, we apply what we know to the guitar and make it useful and practical.

Music history and appreciation. Ever wonder about the origins of the guitar and how it came about to be one of the most popular instruments played in modern time? Or who the great Blues guitarists were from the 30's and 40's and how they influenced later day Rockers such as Jimmy Page or Keith Richards? Or how about how modern Western music formed and is what it is today, starting with Ancient Greece, through the Middle Ages, to Beethoven, to Ragtime to popular music today? Yep, we got that covered. It's all about perspective.

Songwriting. So you're tired of playing other people's songs and it's time to get your thoughts on paper. Congratulations. You are officially an Artist as well as a Musician. I can teach you how to develop your lyrics and chord progressions into cohesive, tightly arranged songs sure to make your Mom or Girlfriend/Boyfriend proud. Songwriting expands the limits of learning, that simply copying another artist note-for-note cannot do. Tapping your "Creative Vein" is the ultimate path to learning music. Let's get started.

music performance. Alright, you got knowledge, you got skills, you got songs. You have the tools to get out there and show the world what you can do.

*** Studio Equipment ***
office/studio 5 guitars seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own guitar and curriculum. Students are expected to have their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Specializing in Rock, Folk, Country beginning guitar lessons. Focus on rhythm guitar, songwriting and performing. Incorporate music history and theory as well.

VOICE CURRICULUM INCLUDES:

VOCAL TECHNIQUE/KNOWLEDGE/MAINTENANCE:
-Anatomy of the voice
-Voice maintenance
-Body awareness, relaxation and posture
-Breath control and support
-Tone creation and range building
-Resonation
-Tone placement
-Diction

MUSIC THEORY:
-Basic music notation (The music alphabet, rhythm, the staff, ledger lines, time signatures, etc)
-Major and minor scales and key signatures
-Intervals (major, minor, perfect)
-Chord theory and harmonic analysis
-Transposition
-Aural and rhythm skills

MUSIC HISTORY AND APPRECIATION:
Have you ever how modern Western music formed and how it became what it is today? We’ll start with Ancient Greece, travel through the Middle Ages, learn about Classical composers such as Beethoven, and study different styles of music from Ragtime to today’s popular music all with listening examples to immerse you into the world of music history.

SONGWRITING
If you've grown tired of playing other people's music, then it’s time for you to get your songs on paper or recorded. I’ll teach you how to develop your lyrics and chord progressions into cohesive, tightly arranged songs. Songwriting expands the limits of learning that merely playing another artist’s music cannot do. Tapping your "creative vein" is the ultimate path to learning music.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Alright, you've got knowledge, you've got skills and you've got songs. You have the tools to get out there and show the world what you can do. But before you hit the local area open mic or book a gig, let's talk about music performance. You’ll learn simple, effective techniques such as strong stage presence and audience rapport.
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Mary April 1, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor for my daughter’s first guitar lesson experience. Lena’s lessons are focused in her student’s interests and level of experience. Would HIGHLY recommend Lena for anyone who is interested in leaning how to play a guitar.
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Jo-jo November 13, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Lena is an absolutely fantastic teacher. She provides the encouragement needed for the beginner and the constructive feedback to take a person to new heights. I look forward to every lesson with her.
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Reg October 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Lena is simply amazing. I learned more about music in the first half hour, than I have in the last 25 years. Patient, talented, humorous, very inviting. A perfect personality and skill for teaching. Looking forward to the next lesson.
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Lena E.

Lena E.

Centreville, VA 20121
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About Karen A.

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Hammered dulcimer lessons - all styles, all levels, music theory included!
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Karen A.

Karen A.

Silver Spring, MD 20901
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$65 / 45-min

About Peter W.

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Alexandria, VA
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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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Cathy January 4, 2018
· Bagpipes · In studio
Peter is an outstanding instructor! He has a nice space for teaching and works to understand where the student is starting from - making sure to emphasize a base of fundamentals that will see you through for the rest of your piping career. I highly recommend him!
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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.

Peter W.

Alexandria, VA 22310
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$50 / 30-min

About Angelica K.

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Alexandria, VA

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Hello! My name is Angelica and I am a professional cellist/orchestra teacher in the metro DC area.

I have 6 years teaching experience in the orchestra classroom with Fairfax County Public Schools and 10 years experience teaching private cello to students ages 8-60.

I have a bachelors degree in Music Education from Western Michigan University, and a Master's Certificate from the University of Denver.

I took a few years off from teaching private lessons to complete my masters certificate, but am excited to get some students and get back into teaching private lessons! I believe they are extremely valuable in the growth and progress of cellists young and old. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Jordan April 18, 2018
· Cello · In home
Great first lesson!
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Max April 2, 2018
· Cello · In studio
One of the best cellists I’ve worked with! She’s a public school orchestra teacher and believes strongly in technique. If you’re looking for someone to take your child’s playing to the next level - she’s the one!
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Christian Heintzelman April 2, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Angelica was my first teacher. I started with her when I was in 5th grade. I was basically new to cello but Angelica was ready to take on the challenge. Right away she put me through Sizuki books and prepped me for solo and ensemble! At the time she was teaching me she was at WMU and she always would brag about me to her friends also studying music! Great teacher! Great energy! Love her! And she pushed me to keep playing and now I study music at the collegiate level. Not a cello major but I still take private lessons
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Angelica K.

Angelica K.

Alexandria, VA 22303
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About Daniel B.

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Centreville, VA

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Hello! My name is Daniel and I have been playing and teaching bass (electric and upright) and guitar in all styles for over 10 years. I even have a Masters Degree and a double major Bachelors in music to show for it. My students have the benefit of highly customized lessons based on their interests and goals.
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Charita P. August 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Really liked the structured teaching methodology.
Daniel is very patient
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Shiva S. June 24, 2017
· Guitar · In home
One of the best teachers my son has had. He looks forward to his lessons everytime.
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Jenny March 1, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Daniel is very thorough and patient. He's a great teacher!
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Daniel B.

Daniel B.

Centreville, VA 20121
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$30 / 30-min

About Brian G.

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Bethesda, MD

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As a performing musician and guitar teacher since 1993, I have taught thousands of students. I teach most styles of music but blues is my specialty. Most importantly, I believe that learning how to play guitar should be fun!

I believe in encouraging my students through exhibiting patience and an understanding of their individualized needs. I use my unique and effective teaching methods while teaching fundamental skills and techniques to meet diverse learning styles. I will have you playing your favorite songs in no time!

I studied music at the University of Maryland where I received my bachelors degree.
and with several renowned recording artists
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Val October 16, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Brian was very professional, and the pace was friendly for beginners.
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Erick June 15, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Brian immediately knew how to adapt to my profile.... not too young, not too talented, not too available, and without any ambition about playing on stage or in a group. I've been learning bass guitar for one month and a half with him, starting at a beginner's level. Last week-end I was able to play a few songs more or less correctly with some friends at a party. Brian has the talent to keep the fun while teaching, and bringing appreciable progress in a very pleasant path.
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Cody May 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Have only been playing for a couple weeks now, but I can tell this is something that I will want to do for the rest of my life. Brian makes it very easy to learn and is very helpful in tracking my progression. Look forward to each week and the opportunity to get better!
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Brian G.

Annandale, VA 22003
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About Diego R.

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Washington, DC

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My main focus is to help you achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself. I tailor every lesson to each individual to ensure you are learning in a style that best suits your needs. Whether you are interested in rock, blues, country, jazz or any other style of guitar, I will work to make sure that you achieve your potential.

What you will learn: On top of guitar technique and performance skills, students will develop a strong foundation in music theory, ear training, and note reading.

My info: 7 years of experience teaching beginners to advanced guitar students. Bachelors in Music, specializing in Jazz Guitar performance.
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Patrick April 11, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I left my first lesson feeling confident which is a first when it comes to past lessons I have taken with other instructors
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Diego R.

Diego R.

Washington, DC 20008
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$40 / 30-min

About Sammie V.

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Alexandria, VA
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I graduated with a music degree in May of 2017 with a concentration in Piano Performance along with a teaching certificate. My lessons emphasize a well-rounded approach of including music theory, rhythmic development, repertoire building, sight-reading, performance opportunities, and ensemble preparation. Whether you want to play Elton John at your favorite Friday night bar or Chopin at your friend's wedding, my quality lessons will take you there.
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Sammie V.

Sammie V.

Alexandria, VA 22311
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$34 / 30-min

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I am a professional singer, instrumentalist, songwriter, and recording artist. I even dance. I am currently attending college for Recording Technology and I will be graduating from the Los Angeles Film School with a major in Music Business and Recording Technology.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their technique, skill, and ability. Every student has a unique, so I like to teach students using different techniques in order to unlock their own individual ability and mindset. I can help any student to play and perform with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 9 years, and keyboard and synth for 5 of those. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or eve
n rock and roll depending on the goals and preference of the student.

My passion is music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better performer!
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Jason U.

Jason U.

Manassas, VA 20110
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$27 / 30-min

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