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Timothy H.

Washington, DC

We concentrate on developing proper technique including posture and fingering, scales and strengthening exercises, beginning to intermediate theory, musicality and knowledge of repertoire in various genres

About Timothy

I hold a Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. With over 15 years of experience, in both piano and voice, I've had to opportunity to perform, both domestically and internationally, with such great acts as Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, and many others. I served as lead singer, pianist, and co-songwriter for a number of independent bands covering numerous genres including, but not limited to, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Acoustic, and A Capella.

Since moving to Washington DC, I've immersed myself within the local music communit
y playing a handful of group and solo acts. I currently maintain a home music studio well equipped with musical instruments and music technology. I'm constantly practicing, writing, and recording to improve myself as an artist.

My teaching style is unique and individualized to each student. I set personalized goals to make every lesson a success, and I push my students to get the most out of themselves just like I do myself. I'm always enthusiastic and humor driven to create a personable learning environment for students of any age. Music is my life, and I'm so thrilled to have the opportunity to share my greatest passion with the hope that my students, too, will fall in love with music!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson environment is laid back and stress-free. I like my students to feel inspired and encouraged as they begin, and/or continue, their music education. I introduce fun and innovative ways to build students' musicianship and creativity while retaining classic methods to develop strong technique and proper performance and practice habits.

For beginners, we'll be exploring the basics of either piano, or voice, while focusing on proper technique, basic theory, and a solid skill set. Within 3-6 months, my students are able to read music and understand the language of it.

For intermediate-advanced, we'll focus on building musicianship and skill sets by furthering studies in music theory, varying styles of repertoire, proper techniques that will greatly improve your piano and/or voice abilities, songwriting, improvisation, and live performance skills. We can also cover the basics of recording so you not only have tangible evidence of your improvement over time, but the know-how to create your own music!

I ask that my students come prepared to every lesson with the motivation and commitment to learn something new each week! Lessons are a fun and creative way to discover yourself as an artist and a person, so let's get started!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha CLP-550 Upright Electric Piano, 13" MacBook Pro and iPad mini (Apple), ProTools9 (Avid), LogicPro8 (Apple), MBox Interface System (Avid), M-Audio 25 key Midi Controller, MXL4000 Condenser Microphone, Shure SM-58 Dynamic Microphone,, BeatsStudio Studio Headphones (beats by dr. dre), HD280 Pro Studio Heaphones (Sennheiser) and G900DX Studio Headphones (Gear One).
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jeff H. June 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Timothy is an excellent instructure. Very good discussion on theory mixed with the lesson.
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Allison F. June 11, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
First off, Timothy has an amazing voice. That's number one. Number two, he is warm hearted and makes sure you feel at home. He really takes everything he knows and teaches you along the way. I know I've made progress since I started 5 weeks ago, and I know it will just get better.
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Cruizio Z. June 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
He's amazing!!
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Timothy H.

Timothy H.

Washington, DC 20001
(12)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Raycurt J.

Washington, DC

I teach what you wish to learn. Classic, Pop-jazz. and Broadway.
Your choice. Enjoy the music!
Piano Lessons in studio location is offered on Monday, Tuesday and Friday

About Raycurt

Raycurt J. aka "Fiddla", Violin-Viola-Voice-Piano-Rhythm-Dance and Event Productions.

Music is the universal communicator, educator, healer, and conflict mediator.
We naturally expose our children to music and ignite their awareness to stimulate learning practices within. As a hobby or passion we discover the connections to all the similar disciplines, such as, science and mathematics.

How to keep time, the ruler of motion in music.
Learn the basics of the music language and idioms of Jazz.
How to create melody, the syntax of song.
inspiration of effective practice.
Basics of
Improvisation or Composition.

It is well documented that exposing children to music and the creative arts is important for the fundamental elements toward logical thought processes and schematic reasoning.
Music is organic FUN for kids and ages, altogether!
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Native of Washington, D.C. began at the age of seven on the piano. Singing in family church choirs and training with the D.C. Youth Chorale.
Began instruction on the Viola in the D.C. Youth Orchestra program.
Attended the Duke Ellington Performing Arts High School in it's inaugural year.

Recordings with artists throughout the U.S. and Europe. Presentations of jazz and classical ensembles with rotating artists for hire. With a variety of genres of music a formidable Violinist and Singer/Entertainer.

He has performed with notables such as Stevie Wonder,
Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, and Carmen Mac Cray.
Akademisches Festival Orchestra, Leipzig, Kammerorchester de St. Laurentius, in Dessau, Germany.
National Gallery of Art Orchestra, and the
American University Symphony.
Howard University Community Orchestra
La Fete Musique.
MTA-Music Under New York

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Paul M. June 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mr. Raycurt is encouraging and patient. He has made learning piano exciting for me!
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Dana R. April 7, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mr. Johnson is a FABULOUS violin instructor. I haven't played in 20 years, and after a few lessons my technique is coming back. His teaching style is one where he pushes you beyond your expectations. He's an excellent teacher for beginners and experienced violinists. I also love that he is so talented in many genres of music...such a gifted violinist. Hope to play like him again soon. I highly recommend this teacher.
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Jesse C. November 23, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Raycurt has developed and implemented a constructive way for beginners to understand the violin, comprehend music theory, and figure out how to make this instrument sound good!

(It's not easy to do...)
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Raycurt J.

Raycurt J.

Washington, DC 20001
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Jessica P.

Chevy Chase, MD

Classical music-focused, fun and relaxed environment, experienced teacher with top conservatory background

About Jessica

Jessica moved to the Chevy Chase/Bethesda area in 2009, having grown up and gone to school in New York and Ohio. She loves the area, and she and her husband are thrilled to be putting down roots in the community. As a performer, Jessica has traveled around the world, but throughout her career teaching has been one of her most important focuses. "As a relative newcomer to the DC area, growing my private studio has been a great way to get involved in the community. My teaching style is individualized, but I always try to include two important things: building a strong basic skill set, and develo
ping creativity."

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether your goal is to make it into All-State, give a solo recital, play tunes at family gatherings, or just try something new for the very first time, I will help you succeed and have a good time along the way.

In my view, the most interesting thing about performing music is that it is one of the few activities that engages both the left and the right brain at the same time. With that in mind, my teaching places equal importance on developing strong technique, and developing creativity. Students learn all the basics of music, and also spend time developing strong ensemble skills and strong background knowledge of style and repertoire, so that they can enjoy music in all kinds of settings, all their lives.

Knowing from experience how "boring" it can be to learn by rote, I combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music. After all, there is no experience so motivating as hearing a new piece that you HAVE to learn to play yourself!

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in either living room or upstairs office; Steinway baby grand piano in living room;

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect piano students to have daily access to either a piano or a keyboard with 88 full-sized, weighted keys. Bass or cello students must have their own bass or cello.

*** Specialties ***
classical, baroque, renaissance
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TeriE February 5, 2012
I really enjoy taking piano lessons with Jessica. It had been 40 years since I took lessons (as a teenager). Jessica's manner as well as her knowledge and love of music is just what I was hoping to find in a teacher. Her ability to explain musical concepts and her thoughtful approach to teaching has far surpassed my expectations. She gives great constructive feedback and ensures that you understand what she is saying. She is very positive and patient. I thoroughly enjoy my lessons with her and recommend her strongly.
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BingruW November 6, 2011
very responsible and professional! also nice and patient.
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AlexandraS October 11, 2011
Jessica is an amazing teacher! She is very patient and helpful. Absolutely so much fun and very professional!
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Jessica P.

Jessica P.

Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Steven S.

Washington, DC

My fundamental approach to playing and teaching piano follows a principle enunciated by the legendary Glenn Gould: "We do not play the piano with our fingers but with our mind." I focus on the mental and conceptual aspects of interpretation at the piano -- not to the exclusion of the physical component, but stressing that bringing these physical actions under conscious control is the key to success at the keyboard.

About Steven

Steven S holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from San Diego State University. Having just completed a year at SDSU as Lecturer in Piano and Resident Artist in Collaborative Piano, he has relocated to Washington, DC, where he works as a freelance collaborative pianist, chamber artist, and music educator with a new piano studio in his DC home. Mr. Schwarz specializes in teaching motivated adult piano students at every level, from complete beginners to advanced players.
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Steven S.

Steven S.

Washington, DC 20009
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Susanna B.

Washington, DC

Holding a BA of Music from The George Washington University, Ms. Barasch has studied under the famous Bulgarian piano virtuoso, Tzvetan Konstantinov, renowned Romanian soprano, Virginia Zeani, Met Opera baritone Mark Oswald, and internationally acclaimed petagogue Joan Patenaude-Yarnell.

About Susanna

Susanna Barasch is an American soprano whose recent engagements have included Puccini's Suor Angelica (Miami Lyric Opera, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Miami); Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea (New York Lyric Opera, Symphony Space, NYC), Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (New York Lyric Opera, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, NYC), Mozart's Don Giovanni (New York Lyric Opera, Lincoln Center, NYC); and Sousa's The Charlatan (Victorian Lyric Opera, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater, Maryland).

Teaching all levels of singing, Ms. Barasch's speciality is classical and operatic voice and hol
ds studios in DC, NoVa, and NYC, including the Cardon Studios and M Institute for the Arts in DC. Holding a BA of Music from The George Washington University, she has studied under renowned Romanian soprano, Virginia Zeani, Met Opera baritone Mark Oswald, and internationally acclaimed bel canto pedagogue Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. She is also a disciple of Bulgarian piano virtuoso Tzvetan Konstantinov. Ms. Barasch serves on the board of the The International Master Institute of Music "Leopold Godowsky", Inc. and is President/CEO of the M Institute for the Arts, Inc.

Board Member - International Master Institute of Music "Leopold Godowsky", Inc.
President/CEO - M Institute for the Arts, Inc.

--Studio Features--
Baby Grand Piano
Music Stand
Large Room
Professional Recording Equipment
Music Library
Located in Georgetown

--Recitals/Performances--
As a member of the Washington Music Teachers Association, Ms. Barasch's students are invited to participate in their performance opportunities, such as competitions, judged recitals and non-competitive events such as musicales, recitals and festivals. Students are also encouraged to audition for local and regional opportunities as it provides more "real world" experience. Additionally, students are encouraged to work towards their own solo recitals to showcase their repertoire specifically, like a senior recital at conservatories. Scenes are often prepared. Participation in performance opportunities is entirely voluntary and not required of the student.

--Students Ages 6-14--
I have a lot of experience teaching children. Teachers and directors must be careful with young voices as their vocal chords aren't as strong as an adult's, so it is important to give them the right kind of instruction. I cannot train them classically at this age. I currently have two students under 10, one of whom sings with the Washington National Opera's children's choir and the other is singing the lead of Annie in her school musical.

--Prospective Students--
Prospective students are invited to audition for lessons to see if we are a good fit for each other. Materials needed for lessons are:

-Two, three-ring binders with tabbed/labeled copies of repertoire, one for the pianist and one for the student.
-A notebook.
-An audio recording device.

--Scheduling--
I do not update my TakeLessons scheduler, as I have students at various different studios and, therefore, have my own scheduler. Please select your first-choice time slot on TakeLessons and we will go from there!
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Diane D. April 14, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
Susanna is the best! I am singing things I never thought I would be able to sing. I can't recommend her enough!
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Dede B. March 16, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
After just one lesson with Susanna I knew I had found a phenomenal teacher. She really studied directly with the best names in opera, specifically in the bel canto style. And she's able to explain it all really well. After a few months of lessons, my signing now feels so easy. It has a line to it, is controlled, clear, more powerful, more flexible, and all of my previous vocal problems have disappeared. I don't know what I did without her. SUSANNA IS THE BEST!!!
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Dannon U. February 12, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
Susanna is AMAZING! After just one lesson she gave me more knowledge of the voice than I have ever had in my previous years of studying. And after working with her for a few months, my voice has improved dramatically. It is clear, my range doubled, and it rarely gets tired anymore. I can't recommend her enough!
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Susanna B.

Susanna B.

Washington, DC 20007
(3)
starting at
$60 / 30-min

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