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Springfield, VA

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About Heather
Heather is graduate from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. An active member of GMU Opera, Heather participated in the program's performances of 'A Christmas Carol,' 'Amahl and the Night Visitors,' 'La Boheme,' and 'Suor Angelica;' as well as Carolina in the studio scenes of Cimarosa's 'Il matrimonio segreto.'

Heather made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in April 2011 singing for the Karen Reedy Dance Company along with singing for the GMU Dance Company.

Heather has been studying voice for over 10 years emphasizing on pop and musical theatre styles prior to her opera training. Having learned the natural way of singing, Heather incorporates vocal health into her lessons with the theory of "self-awareness" while singing. Each student will sing only what is comfortable for THEIR voice and will r
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Mizpah M. September 5, 2017
· Gospel Singing · Online
We live in Chennai in India, my daughter who is 10 years liked the online session with her.
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Antone H. September 4, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Ms. Heather is absolutely the best music teacher I have ever had. I've been with her for almost a year! She taught me how to be more confident in not only my voice but in myself as well. She always makes time for you and she's very flexible when you have a busy schedule. She's super helpful, very sweet and she knows her stuff! I hope to come back very soon! Thank you for everything Ms. Heather! :)
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Gavriel August 29, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Instructor was very attentive to my goals and just all around fun to work with!
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Heather C.

Heather C.

Springfield, VA 22150
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About Gregory
I began to pursue a career as a vocalist at the age of 12. I studied for 6 years under a professional opera singer and landed a role in the chorus of 'Annie Get Your Gun' on Broadway starring Burnadette Peters and Tom Wopat.

I continued my studies at Wheaton College, MA, and graduated with a B.A. in Music. Throughout college, I directed and conducted vocal and instrumental groups of various genres, and also began teaching.

Since graduating in 2008, I've taught hundreds of students voice, guitar, piano, music theory, and audio engineering.

During the day, I am a Network Engineer and enjoy playing ice hockey!

*** Lesson Details ***
I first ask the student, as well as the parents, to agree on a set goal. Then, I develop a 'mini-curriculum' tailored to the student's strengths and weaknesses. I structure each lesson the same way
: theory fundamentals, exercises, and performance practice. Within each lesson, I incorporate visuals, games, and other media. Live performances are also highly encouraged.

My student's would say that my lessons are motivational and packed with energy. I always follow up with parents to discuss progress, and the student's mandatory log book helps to keep everyone informed of what is expected each week.

*** Instruments/Equipment ***
I provide only equipment that I will personally use for the lesson (books, audio, and instrument). I do not provide instruments, electronic equipment (i.e. amps, cords, keyboards, speakers, computer, etc), books, or sheet music. I expect my students to have or purchase all the materials they will need.

*** Specialties ***
I also offer ear training, songwriting, vocal arranging and music production workshops for artists interested in pursuing a career in the music industry.
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Jack S. April 5, 2016
· Piano · In home
On Time, local, very nice and quickly gained an understanding of Benni and his capabilities and limitations. Patient and nince.
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Suezan L. November 27, 2013
· Guitar ·
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Greg is a fantastic teacher. All the traits you look for he has: knowledge, patience, kindness, skills, communication, and a clear sense of direction.
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Gregory H.

Potomac, MD 20854
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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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Robert G. August 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
Lena is amazing! Makes you feel at ease and establishes a process with goals in mind.
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Lily N. July 19, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Lena is an excellent instructor. Lily feels very comfortable with her.
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Belinda M May 22, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Lena is PHENOMENAL! I've been taking lessons with her for 1.5 years and still going! Though she has chapters of curriculum to follow, she tailors her curriculum for each student so that they learn at their own pace, and she doesn't always go in order by chapter either! She gives you what you need when you are ready for it.

Her experience as a teacher, guitarist, singer/songwriter, and performer all come into play during her lessons (at least, for me anyway!). As a new singer/songwriter myself, she not only teaches me guitar at a pace that matches my own, but also provides guidance on vocals, setlist creation, and live or studio performance tips. And she has a seasonal Live Showcase Performance at a local music venue for any of her students that are interested in gaining live performance experience.

Lena is honest and encouraging all at once... which is a hard balance to maintain. I highly respect her as a mentor and musician. If not for her, I never would have discovered my ability to become a singer/songwriter and release my first EP!

Bottom line: if you can get on her lesson roster... DON'T WAIT!
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Lena E.

Centreville, VA 20121
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About Gina T.

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I have been a singer for over 15 years and have been a vocal coach for over 5. I had 9 years of vocal training, which I have worked to transition into a teaching style of my own. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre and Vocal Performance. I have a good ear for vocal difficulties and a good assortment of solutions.

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I am a fun, laid back teacher, but I expect focus during the lesson. I would expect practice outside of lessons and for my students to be prepared when coming to the session. I do like to laugh and to make my students feel comfortable. My students can expect results with range, clarity, technique among others.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stands, speakers for MP3 players, microphones, recording equipment

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Musical Theatre, classical, and pop.
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Francisca V. June 14, 2016
· Singing · In home
This is my first time taking singing lessons , and Gina is an awesome teacher. She makes you feel comfortable, clearly explains what she is going to make you do, and how your voice works. Very good instructor, I strongly recommend her.
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Melissa C. August 4, 2015
· Vocal Training · In studio
My daughter has been taking voice lessons with Gina since the beginning of 2013. In her opinion, Gina is a great teacher! She makes each lesson vocally entertaining as well educational. Whether it's tackling a newer pop song with a range lower than your own or a song from an operetta that requires not only a large upper register but also the classical singing characteristics , Gina has the talent and technique to help you achieve your goals!
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Patricia H. July 15, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Very professional and knowledgeable. Gina has helped my teen daughter discover her potential, while understanding the delicate balance of constructive instruction and being mindful of a teens self esteem. She also helped my daughter successfully prepare for auditions. I highly recommend her.
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Gina T.

Annandale, VA 22003
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About Kristin W.

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Reston, VA

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About Kristin
I began playing at 4 years old. I loved classical music and taught myself by listening till I was 6 and started formal lessons. I continued lessons throughout high school with a Julliard graduate. During my senior year of high school, I had the amazing experience of playing in Weill Hall, located in the famous Carnege Hall, as part of the young artist showcase.
While attending Vassar College, I continued to take private lessons with another Julliard graduate, as well as taking classes in theory.
I am currently attending George Mason University in pursuit of a second B.A in music. I hope to apply concepts I learn in my classes to my lessons with my private students!

*** Lesson Details ***
I have beginner to advanced piano books in both performance, lessons, and theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full size Yamaha keyboard
and upright piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music
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Mary March 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kristen is knowledgeable, pleasant and instruction is on point at the appropriate level.
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Arav G. February 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We had our first class today and she was quite good. She made my son feel comfortable and she looked quite strong on the subject.
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Janthine T. February 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter is learning and I am happy with the progress she is making.
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Kristin W.

Reston, VA 20191
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About Nicole S.

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Vienna, VA
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I currently have 28 piano/music students that I teach weekly. Both the students and I enjoy the piano lessons very much, and I am looking to teach it full-time. I have a natural way of communicating and teaching music and also make the experience very unique as I incorporate my own listening exercises, piano games, and reading techniques that help speed up the skill of playing piano. Children learn quickly with me and the parents have been the best with recommending me to their family and/or neighbors and becoming piano students themselves! Thank you for that! Piano is fun, therapeutic, and academic.
Every year I have a music recital, where my students perform pieces that they have been working on. Most times, my students perform on their own, but we also have groups that perform together. This is a very special time for all of us. When
you become my student, you join a music community.

Some of my music history include:
A general music reading course in college
I also have 7 plus years in piano lessons, 2 years in violin, and 3 plus years in choir, voice, and sight reading. I also taught myself how to play guitar as a teenager.

For Health and Fitness:
I've been a personal trainer and I have a Master of Science in Nutrition and Physical Activity. There are key specifics with trying to body build or weight loss that involve both exercise and eating habits. With my experience in training, I know I can help anyone get to their max potential in their goals. I love teaching health and breaking down the science so my students understand how the body works.

Currently, I teach 7 courses throughout the semester as a PE college professor. I love my work and love sharing my passion for health to the next generation. I'm a very passionate person and love to motivate youth into finding and making their dreams a reality.
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Ash A. January 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Absolutely wonderful instructor who made each lesson both fun and challenging at the same time. Would highly recommend her for both adults and kids.
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Dmitri December 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very supportive, adaptive to my level and interests, very easy to work with, great experience.
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Keerthi March 28, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Nicole is teaching my 6 yr old beginner. She is really good and patient with her. My daughter loves practicing her lessons to get her stickers. We like the way she approaches each lessons. I would definitely recommend her to my friends.
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Nicole S.

Nicole S.

Vienna, VA 22182
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$55 / 30-min

About claire L.

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Greeting!

I've been tutoring in multiple subjects and paino/violin since I was a freshman in high school. I love it when students make progress and it is my passion to help them reach their goals. This builds self-confidence and leadership, which are necessary skills in this economy. I have a B.S. in Accounting from George Mason University with over 10 years of Accounting work experience.

Currently, I am preparing to sit for the teaching license with a concentration in 7-12 Mathematics. I have over two years of teaching experience at a private boarding school where I taught (including curriculum and lesson planning) Algebra, Pre-Calculus, TOEFL, ESOL (writing), Geography, and US history.

I would love to be a part of reaching your goals.
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claire L.

Fairfax, VA 22030
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$48 / 30-min

About Joe W.

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Arlington, VA
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Innovative and enthusiastic harmonica coach - live and in person - Get playing right away - Fun and informative sessions from a pro harp player. All styles:
Blues/Rock/Southern Rock/Folk/Country/Bluegrass/Jazz, smooth and improvised. We'll study breathing and playing techniques and discuss stagecraft and musician etiquette. Our time together will be engaging sessions rather than tedious lessons. Let the jams begin!!
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Doug August 2, 2017
· Harmonica · In home
Great teacher! I've been dabbling with harp for many years, but I couldn't believe how quickly I improved when I started lessons with Joe. We worked on all aspects of harp: the importance of playing tastefully, and of not playing; how to stand, how to breathe; technical aspects, like proper use of mics and what amps work for harp. After just a few lessons my band mates were stunned at my improvement. I've already recomended him to another player.
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Andy August 1, 2017
· Harmonica · In home
I've worked with Joe in our band Night Watch Paradox since 2014. He is a consummate band mate and amazingly versatile harmonica player. We play a wide variety of original songs drawing from many musical genres. Joe is able to find the perfect harmonica part to suit each song, whether it's a wailing solo in a blues harp style, or a tasteful and haunting melody on a chromatic harp.

If you're looking for an experienced and accomplished harmonica teacher who will show you the basics, but then take your playing beyond the usual and predictable harmonica tunes, then you should give Joe a call.
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Joe W.

Arlington, VA 22203
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$39 / 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.

Winchester, VA 22601
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About Javier S.

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Springfield, VA

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I am a choir director for my local church and have been since I was 19. I started playing piano when I was 6, but I never really got into it until several years later. My parents pushed me to play piano my whole life. It took a lot of practice and encouragement, but little by little, and with the help of some amazing teachers, I have become a very talented piano player.

I graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelors in Architecture, and a Minor in Theology (what does that have to do with music right?). I constantly motivate myself to teach piano and learn as much as I can which places me in strong position of talent, while my degree is not in Music, I challenge anyone to perform with as much passion as I have for music.

A few years ago, my choir was awarded a silver medal in a competition among choirs in the area.
My talent and natural leadership skills were lauded by the audience and the judges. Since then, I have only improved in my skills and wish to give those skills to others.

As a well-experienced student and instructor, I have acquired several (nearly 50) piano books that I use to constantly refresh my skill set. I am happy to use and donate any book for prospective students, so that they may follow my footsteps into true piano playing.

Everyday, I listen to a different song and work hard to learn it on the piano and develop chords, melodies, or just various forms of accompaniment .

I also enjoy singing as much as possible, to keep my voice as well-maintained as my piano. When I sing and play together, it is an entirely different atmosphere that I create and know any student is capable achieving that as well.

I am happy that my family kept pushing me to play because I learned to maintain a positive attitude. Now I play with so much passion and fun, which very few teachers can do.
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Javier S.

Springfield, VA 22152
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