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Washington, DC Singing Venues for Everyone

By Mariana P. - DC Voice Teacher

When Washington, DC is mentioned, most people immediately think of politics. Great opportunities for singers or singing lessons in Washington, DC would not be the first thought on someone’s mind. As serious as it may seem, the Washington, DC area has an eclectic mix of singing venues for all performance levels and music genres. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts houses the Washington National Opera and also offers free concerts every day at 6:00 pm on their Millennium Stage where any musical group can perform after an audition. DC is also home to many small theater companies which hold open auditions for anyone interested; musical theater, show choirs and jazz bands are among the most prominent genres.

There are plenty of venues where students taking singing lessons in Washing
ton, DC can cultivate their skills. If Rock ‘n Roll is your trade, the U Street corridor hosts many rock spots such as The Black Cat, Velvet Lounge and of course, the U Street Music Lounge. For those who prefer smaller spaces with open mic opportunities, Busboys and Poets in Arlington, VA and Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA should not be missed. Let’s not forget those who sing just for personal enjoyment. If you ever want to experience the thrill of being on stage, karaoke is the way to go. Café Japone is a local favorite as well as Peyote Café in Adams Morgan. Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar takes the karaoke experience to another level, allowing its patrons to come in costume or providing them for those who come unprepared. Now that you know where to go to build on the skills you are already learning from your singing lessons in Washington, DC, what are you waiting for? Get out there and sing!
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Joshua M. - FLEX LESSONS ONLY! Washington, DC

About Joshua

As an actor, Joshua graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Judith Blazer’s 2005/2007 company of the Artist’s Crossing. Performance credits include roles in The Trojan Women, Godspell, Burn This, Comedy of Errors, Children of Eden, Othello, Show Boat, Sunday in the Park with George, The Chosen, Sweeney Todd..., The Laramie Project, and Les Miserables to name a few. As a director, Joshua directed three sold out productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in NC and DC, received rave reviews for his work with Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s), and just completed production for a series on the making of Oklahoma!. Other sporadic credits include Duets for the DC Fringe Festival, a number of independent films and ...

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Lisa E. January 2, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great

Joshua is great to work with, knowledgable, professional, patient, fun, and has a great teaching style.
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Chao X. October 31, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Thanks Joshua!

Lessons with Joshua are the highlights of my week. I'm a busy professional who works ~60 hour weeks every week, but lessons with Joshua motivates me to practice on top of that.

Firstly, he is a great singer himself, works in the theater business and performs regularly - which is what you want in a teacher (you don't want do _learn_ from someone who don't _do_ what he/she's teaching). A well-trained singer like him can recognize instantly what you're doing wrong and what needs to be done to fix it. He has well-developed ideas ready for you to utilize to improve your technique. They include analogies, ways to think about your body and your resonators, etc. His teaching also helps you understand what you need to do to sing in a particular style (in which you may not always want to sing "correctly") and what is healthy for your voice vs what is not.

Secondly, his lessons are enormously fun. He achieves a great balance of keeping things light and keeping things professional. We get work done each lesson but it never feels like work. I always leave lessons feeling like it was too short. I would probably book three-hour lessons every time if I could.
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Katie B. July 2, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Joshua is wonderful!

I've always wanted to learn how to sing, but was too insecure/too uncertain to know where to start. Joshua has been amazing at teaching an absolute beginning, from how to correctly breathe, to learning how to match pitch, to recently making it through one of my first songs successfully. Joshua is incredibly warm and supportive; I highly recommend him as a teacher!!
Mayumi G. Greenbelt, MD

About Mayumi

American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker said, Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. This sentiment shaped my views on music and its performance. One of my great pleasures in life is sharing an appreciation of music. I had always been a part of music. My father played trumpet, my mother could play guitar and carry a tune. They believed music was an important part of life so they started me on piano at 5 years old. And I've been playing that ever since. I started learning to sing in my middle school chorus when I was 11 years old. I really liked it and I liked it more when I would sing my mother and father'€™s favorite songs and see them smile. So I listened to a lot of singers and vocalists ...

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Thomas B. October 16, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mayumi is excellent, she is very professional ,she is very patient and is and explains everything so you can understand it. I fill encouraged when I complete my lessons.
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Shawday G. October 10, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Thank you so Much Mayumi !!! You taught me so much about the Theatre Industry and my vocals. You inspired me to work hard in craft and made a huge impact on me getting into the school of my dreams. It has been amazing to work with you. I hope I can work with you again in future. I will keep you posted of my New York Adventure.

Anybody that is ready to take there singing to next level . Sign up for singing lesson with Mayumi she is the Best!!!
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Shawday G. November 18, 2013
Broadway Singing
Verified Student
Excellent Voice Teacher

Mayumi is such an AMAZING Voice teacher, I'm learning so much about my voice , things I didn't even recognize . She makes me feel so comfortable and I just enjoy coming to lesson every Thursday just so I can learn a new lesson and start practicing when I get home. She is definitely helping me prepare for my upcoming audition for a performing art college called American Musical Dramatics Academy in New York City and I can't Thank her enough for her help. She is the best Voice teacher !!!
Timothy H. Washington, DC

We specialize in teaching voice with concentrations in proper technique, proper breath control, placement, 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 community 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 ...

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Ashley S. August 13, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Timothy is awesome. He makes me feel very comfortable and so I don't have to hold back anything during our voice lessons. He challenges me and I already feel that I am getting back in the groove of singing properly after just 2 lessons. I would highly recommend working with him!
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Mindi W. August 4, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was hard to pick a lesson type, because in the four or five months I worked with Tim, I learned a lot about music theory and performing, and I'm very sad to have to take a break from my lessons.

Due to scheduling conflicts at my job, I am putting my vocal lessons on hold, and I couldn't be more bummed about it. Tim is friendly, patient, professional and seems to be able to tailor his teaching style to his students. He is encouraging, but also knows how to give constructive criticism without demoralizing his more A-type students (me). I have learned so much from him already, and I truly hope I am able to come back in the future.

Literally cannot recommend him more highly. I haven't had a more competent and inspiring teacher - for anything - in years.
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Mariko R. July 3, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I enjoy Tim's instruction very much. Not only is he an enthusiastic and encouraging teacher he also has a good appreciation of music which he can extend to his students. I asked for a recommendation for a song I may want to learn taking my voice range and quality, and he came up with a wonderful song right away. If you are looking for a teacher who can explore the fun of music with you without being judgmental, Tim is the one!
Raycurt J. Washington, DC

Finding YOUR voice and the technique to enable a beautiful sound for a beautiful song. That's is the basic goal.
For professionals: Highest standard for presentations be it auditions, recitals or stages.

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. ************************************************************ Native of Washington, D.C. began at the age of seven on the piano. Singing in family church choirs and ...

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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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Mackenzie M. July 1, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Raycurt was extremely patient and a very skilled teacher. Would definitely recommend!!
Jackson C. Takoma Park, MD

I have taught and coached beginners and professional students. Private and Master classes.

Currently, I am a professional singer performing throughout the year.

About Jackson

From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Born October 15th, 1974) is an American singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Notable instruments are the piano and percussion. Jackson is one of Washington, DC’s prominent male vocalists. His voice is recognized as; beautiful light lyrical-pure tone, fine diction, long phrasing and an extended high range. He is also known for his work within the concert/recital repertoires around the Washington, DC Metropolitan areas and performances with the Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Virginia, Jeff Dokken, conductor. Jackson credits himself as a Pop Inspirational singer. “Music to touch, move, and inspire.”- Jackson C. His music education studies hail from; University of the District of Columbia,- Washington, DC, Oberlin Conservatory under Richard ...

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Faaizah H. April 23, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I learned so much during my first session with Jackson I can't wait for my second session next week
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Josh M. December 10, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My experience with Jackson has been amazing. I can already hear an improvement in the way I sing within 2 weeks. He gives very useful feed back. Also, things to practice at home. Anyone looking take their voice to the next level I would recommend Jackson.
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Keith M. October 30, 2014
Verified Student
Jackson has been a superb teacher. He pushes me to become better each lesson and this has and is building my confidence even the more. I really appreciate his passion for music and how he EXPECTS me to bring my best every week and he teaches with a spirit of EXCELLENCE. I will highly recommend him to anyone
Susanna B. Washington, DC

Susanna is an American soprano whose recent engagements have included Suor Angelica (Miami Lyric Opera, Gusman Center); The Charlatan (Victorian Lyric Opera, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater); L'incoronazione di Poppea (Symphony Space), Die Zauberflöte (DiMenna Center), and Don Giovanni (Lincoln Center, New York Lyric Opera).

All levels and genres. Teaching bel canto style and Marchesi method.

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 holds 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 ...

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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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