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.
I have also started a toddler music appreciation program geared for the 1-4age range. The purpose of this program is to expose very young children to the fun of Music through instruments, songs and play.
*** 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. At this point in time I am only accepting beginner to intermediate level students.
Diane has a profound love for children, at least my 7 yr old son. She is so sweet makes learning very easy. She even teaches me along with my son at his lesson. We love Ms. Diane!
October 7, 2019
Ms Diane is a wonderful violin teacher for my 9 years old
daughter. It has been three years since we started and my daughter always enjoys her lesson. Ms Diane is very patient, positive and a great listener as well.
October 7, 2019
Diane works with my teenage daughter and she is absolutely wonderful. My daughter loves the way she teaches and enjoys each lesson.
My name is Eric Matthew Brown I am a tutor with a four year college degree (B.A.) in math and philosophy and a sum total of thirteen years experience in professional tutoring. I love to tutor math and see students gain the knowledge necessary to succeed in their math courses and standardized tests. I put emphasis on theoretical comprehension and in tutoring I exhibit precision, clarity, and most of all patience. Frequent repetition and further explanation of theorems and definitions are necessary. I also have the ability to tutor logic, politics, and civics (American government).
I am an easy going, knowledgable and creative teacher. I strive to put the students and their personal needs first. I'm very aware that each student/person learns differently and I incorporate various strategies of learning into my lessons. There is a lot of humor and dialogue with my lessons, allowing my students the freedom to be themselves while playing.
As a school teacher, I have lots of experience in building student confidence and knowledge. If you aren't confident then you aren't progressing!
I like to record my students at different intervals of their education so they can hear the progress! I email a lesson recap after every lesson so that the student can see what we learned that week, including any notes/attachments for the student to review.
I also encourage my students to text/email/ or call with any questi
ons/concerns between lessons. This gives my students the ability to get through a challenging or difficult concept/strategy when its happening and not have to wait till the next lesson.
Rob is an amazing teacher! My 6 year old daughter is very energetic, and has challenges staying on task. Rob makes every class fun, and adjusts his style or plan to keep her interested in the guitar lesson. I feel like she has learned a lot in a short period of time. I highly recommend Rob!
March 1, 2019
No show. I was set up and ready 10 minutes ahead of time, and 15 minutes after we were supposed to start I gave up. No call. no email, nothing. I called him at 6:20 to be told his day was screwed up by a funeral, and I told him my dog ate my homework. Pathetic. I knew I had a lesson, he must have known he had one to give, and no notification whatsoever. I don't do business like this.
January 25, 2019
Rob has a great eye for technique and is corrective and not critical.
I know computers seem scary. I can make them seem like a breeze! I have worked in the technology industry for over 25 years. I love technology and enjoy teaching even more! I build a personalized lesson plan for each student, with goals and level of expertise in mind. An assessment is done at the beginning of each lesson to verify previous lesson is retained. You prove your knowledge with small projects that are constantly used in the workplace. Let me help you reach your goals and have fun doing it.
Tawannna was so patient with my lack of experience taking online classes. My intention was to brush up on my excel skills for a new job I am up for. She not only answered all of my questions throughly...she showed me short cuts I could use to make me look like a rockstar! I feel confident with what I have learned. And I would certainly recommend her to others I know looking to sharpen-up their skills.
October 10, 2019
Extremely knowledgeable and patient teacher. With great understanding of what is required in the corporate world. The lesson was well organized and concise.
I am an artist and teacher with 15 years experience, trained in many artistic mediums teaching to both children and adults from a wide range of diverse backgrounds or experience levels.
Tell me what you want to learn to do, and I will customize your time in my art studio so that you can reach your artistic vision by growing your skills step by step.
I have a contagious enthusiasm and warmth and am interested in building relationships with students over time. My favorite thing in the world is to create a supportive environment where my students are excited to make art they love.
In addition to teaching lessons, I am a working artist, a school teacher, as well as a guest teaching artist with local organizations like camps, senior centers, and non-profits, etc.
I took painting lessons about 10 years ago and haven’t done anything since. I brought a 1/2 finished painting. Maggie was great helping me set up and seeing where I was and what I remembered. Then showed me some techniques to help get me going. I’m looking forward to our next lesson.
March 22, 2019
Maggie is a talented instructor. Helped me tremendously with oil paint color mixing and matching.
January 10, 2019
Maggie is an exceptional teacher who has her classroom management skills down to a tee. It’s amazing to watch her command a classroom full of children while remaining sweet and never losing her cool. She was a great mentor and I learned a lot about art education from her!
My name's Reza. So my bio won't be the typical programmers bio, as I'm not a typical programmer. I find that people choose to work with someone whom they like. Thus, I’ll get into a bit about me, my life, and my story into coding so you can understand a little about who I am.
I really wasn't supposed to become a programmer. While I was a little geeky and played video games, I generally was pretty extroverted and hung out with a lot of people and went to parties growing up. I never saw myself as someone super ‘intelligent’. I thought I was smart, yes, but definitely not a techie. I didn't think I was a ‘nerd' either. So if I wasn't a nerd, how'd I be able to learn something so technical? Because only nerds would and could learn programming and IT, right?? Or so I thought at the time.
I originally planned to become
a psychologist because I was fascinated by how the mind worked and wanted to figure it out as well as help people figure out their own minds in order to be successful in any area of life they wanted to be. This passion stemmed from a young age of 13 when I received a book on how to be a confident man and attract women. See, someone from my video game clan in warcraft 3(I mentioned I was a geek) ended up sending me this e-book that changed my life. My interest in personal development began around dating and meeting women, and then shifted to becoming the best version of myself I could be. I began self-teaching myself social skills, confidence, leadership, body language, positive thinking and transformed myself from a shy geek to someone who could speak in front of a room full of people in a seminar. This ended up leading me to me working as a social dynamics coach at the age of 18 helping men and women obtain power in their social, and dating lives. I coached individuals, ran seminars and helped with the curriculum design.
My love of self-development and coaching drew me towards becoming a psychologist. Even more so, I began dealing with depression and that fueled my fire of wanting to understand what was going on so I could solve the problem. It’s like when you’re dealing with a bug in programming and you have this intense desire to figure out the problem so your application can work! Except this time, the application was my brain and it wasn’t working properly. I ended up being forced to drop everything, school and the job I had, in order to deal with my mental health. It got so bad, I didn't think I'd ever be able to work again. A simple delivery job felt too daunting for me. But, as do all great changes that occur, I began taking full responsibility for my life and began figuring out my health little by little. I put the onus on me to have a healthy mind. I began researching and self-teaching myself about brain-chemistry, and how the brain and mental illness worked. I would use this knowledge to self-tailor a personal treatment plan that let me crawl out of depression and burst back into life. I ended up finished my psychology degree and got to working at an Apple store as a tech specialist. Again, just as with social skills, my ability to self-teach myself a particular skill yielded me tremendous results that changed my life.
Well, that notion would be put to the test a year and a half ago after I visited Colombia. I fell love with the country, and thought to myself, "how can I work and travel at the same time?" I did some research, and found out that programming was a great way to live the digital nomad lifestyle I so desperately wanted. Again, I didn't think I could do it, because, well, I'm not a nerd... or I'm not smart enough...or I'm a 'peoples' person...or I'm a sales guy, not a tech guy....or I'm too old, even if I was only 26(lol)...or I have depression and my mind can't focus on difficult tasks for very long so I should stick to simpler tasks...or *Insert excuse*. Blah blah blah... but, I decided too actually try to programming first before I agreed with any of those excuses I was making in my head. And, then something happened... I don't what it was, but from the moment I wrote my first print statement and I saw something happen in the console, I was hooked. It felt like an addiction. It felt like magic. It felt like I was in control. I felt like this was my ticket to success, freedom, and most importantly, getting my life back to the next level. Even though I felt behind in progress compared to my peers in the field of success/career due to mental illness, I knew programming could be my ticket back on top. It felt like my very own comeback story!
So began my long journey into learning code. And I'll tell you what, immediately the next day, things began getting more difficult and my brain began to hurt in ways it never had before. It felt like it was going to explode out of my head. But, I kept persisting and kept simply staring at the screen and gave my brain no choice but to figure out the problem it was looking at. And low and behold, somehow, someway, I stuck with coding and a year and a half later, I'm working on an appointment setting App to sell to local small businesses. All the meanwhile, getting closer to achieving my digital nomad goal.
Now I'm here, on Wyzant, looking to help others. In the last year and a half, I've made more progress self-teaching then most people do in double that in college. When you're forced to teach yourself, it changes things, because you know the onus is on you. However, getting help from friends who became mentors in coding made a huge difference as I was able to get unstuck on problems that plagued me for hours, days and sometimes weeks. I’m here to help basic students who are just getting into programming as well as intermediate students in Python and Django. I believe what makes me different then other teachers is that I'm someone who wasn't 'supposed' to become a programmer, but I did anyways. I'm very good at self-teaching and ultimately that's how one can speed up their learning time in development as there's so much to learn and you can't just go to a class or a bootcamp and expect to learn everything in the classroom. To me, it's not about how good I am in coding, it's about how good I am at getting the knowledge I have into my student's head that counts. I strive to give my student's the best experience possible. That's where I come in.
I’m a creative and passionate multimedia professional with experience in video production, storytelling, screenwriting, marketing, and management. I enjoy bringing ideas to life to help empower others.
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