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  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 10 min

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I am a fan of piano lessons with Sean primarily because he works at your pace and works with the direction you want to move toward with your music. He is extremely flexible with scheduling lessons - I decided to meet on a bi-weekly basis and whenever a need has come up to postpone a lesson, he has always been very understanding and hasn't had any problem with rescheduling. I have only been taking lessons for a few months with Sean and this was my first time learning how to read and play piano music, but I can already hear the difference from what it was like when I first started to now. He does focus in on technique, yet also allows time for playing music that you want to play. If you're a student that enjoys a little more flexibility and less rigid lessons, this is the instructor for you. He is extremely reliable and great with responding back to you. His passion for piano music is clear and if you ever get a chance to hear him play, he's great to listen to on the piano!

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Don Bruce

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  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 15 min
  • Fairfax, VA

Bhanu A.

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Don is a very accomplished guitarist with a wealth of knowledge. It shows that he is eager to impart his knowledge. I had my first lesson with him today and I learned so much. He incorporates music theory in to his lessons to show us why things are played the way they are and where they originated from. He was patient and very encouraging. His soloing skills are phenomenal and I am excited to learn from him. I highly recommend him to musicians of all levels. He is now my jazz guitar guru! Hail to the Guitar Chief Don!

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  • 14 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 51 min

Jennefer H.

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I hired Bill for electric guitar lessons. I actually shopped for an instructor who would fit my learning style best. I learn by doing things hands-on, not so much auditory learning. After trying 4 different instructors, I decided Bill was the best fit for me. Other instructors were good but did not have what I was looking for such as: not teaching according to my learning style, not understanding my goals, or making me feel like I learned nothing after the first lesson. I felt none of these will Bill. After my first lesson with him, I knew he would be a great fit for me. You can just tell he has experience by interacting with him. I left the lesson feeling satisfied with the information I learned and that I am capable of reaching my goals. He takes his time with each lesson, does not rush, and welcomes all questions. He is patient with newbies like me and adept at explaining things in a manner that I will understand. I never feel overwhelmed with the information he gives. I like that he gives positive encouragement when you do something correctly. He will also help you correct you if you have bad form/technique. Bill is very professional, he responds to inquiries quickly. He has the knowledge, experience, and background to help you reach your goals. He has a great personality and is willing to work with your schedule. I highly recommend Bill as an instructor!

  • 4 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 6 min

Tracy A.

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I have been playing guitar for my own enjoyment for 40 years. As a boy I briefly had casual lessons in strumming along to popular music. The lessons weren't very serious or effective, and so I'm pretty much self taught. Over the years I've become an accomplished dilettante able to impress the nonmusicians, but always aware that I didn't really play very well. In all that time I've often wondered how the really talented musicians learned their craft, never more so than while watching my son's slow progress with the laughably unchallenging lessons at Bach to Rock. This Christmas I told my wife I would really enjoy having some serious instruction, and she went hunting for the best the region had to offer. She found Alexander Rani at NOVA. I progressed more in my first 4 lessons with Alexander than I have in the last decade. I see now how accomplished musicianship is not some unattainable feat of the few truly blessed. Proper technique and a little diligence can see even an old duffer like me making beautiful music. My wife, who thought I was ridiculous for wanting to take lessons when I already knew how to play, keeps telling me how shocked she is at the difference. I feel like an idiot for thinking it was beyond me and not seeking out a real teacher before. And that has been the difference: a real teacher. Alex is fabulous. I have to say I find it intimidating to be sitting down with such a tremendously accomplished musician. He is so at ease doing things I know are extremely difficult and he can throw in endless variations of his own creation seemingly without having to think at all. He is a concert quality guitarist of the very first order. However he is wonderful at making you feel at ease. He is kind and patient and never condescending or harsh. (And I promise, my playing should try his patience if anyone's will!). I won't say he makes it easy. Quite the opposite. Alex will challenge you at your level of ability. He will take you out of your comfort zone and on to the next skill or technique and tell you you are ready to do more. For me the first run through anything new seems completely alien, and many of these things I wouldn't have given more than a first try. But Alex patiently takes you through one little bite at a time and quickly it becomes more natural. In a short time you are doing things that you didn't think you had in you. And that has been the biggest surprise. I haven't gotten very far yet, but now I understand how it is done, how accomplished musicianship is attainable one skill at a time. Thanks, Alex.

  • 22 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 0 min

Alan F.

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I’ll be honest, I got lucky finding Dave. Years ago, I saw an ad in the Baltimore City newspaper, a place where Dave stopped advertising shortly after I called him. You’ll have the same luck learning from a dynamic artist. Each lesson has as much energy as the first, you will never get bored. If you're looking for a professional, experienced, and dedicated musician you found him. I knew nothing about the bass before taking lessons with Dave. He always puts the student's musical interest first providing solid instruction. He structured each lesson to my interests, i.e. if I wanted to learn Le Chic's Good Times, Dave didn't try to convince me to do something else; he went with what I asked. And Dave is totally accessible. I’ve had lessons in his apartment, studio, house, and on Skype and FaceTime. He even worked with me while overseas in France via Skype, that’s 6 hours time difference. Don’t kid yourself, if you are serious about learning the bass so is Dave. He’ll find a way to make it work. The best part is during each lesson and over the years he incorporated fundamental musical knowledge to build my understanding and repertoire. If you work hard, listen, and be patient you will grow.

  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 46 min

Sam H.

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Carey’s talent as a teacher does wonders for bridging the gap between music theory and music performance. I went into lessons with only a very basic knowledge of music theory that I hardly was able to apply to guitar, but his lessons taught me how to play in a way where I can either explore the musical depth of the tune or simply jam, comfortable that what I’m playing will always sound good. It’s broadened my abilities as a musician without taking away the simple fun of playing guitar, something that is invaluable in any teacher.

  • 15 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

Mike L.

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I was hacking along for the last 10 years not advancing at all with my guitar playing. In about 20 lessons, Morgan taught me the basic fundamentals of music theory I lacked and gave me teh foundation to understand how to accomplish things I couldn't figure out on my own. I am now jamming with other players, feel confident in my ability to keep up and understand what they are doing and feel I have a real basis to progress even further. I am about to re-start lessons now that I have been practicing all I learned for the last 3-4 months. He's awesome...period...and he let me play a song with his band!

  • 6 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Robb R.

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Sean is a great guitar instructor. He explains theory well and offers practical guidance and exercises to improve technique. I highly recommend.

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours
  • Fairfax, VA

Sophy P.

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I hired Jack and one of his associates for jazzy background music at my house on two separate occasions. He was easy to work with, arrived on time, and his fee was very reasonable given his high talent level. I have no hesitation in recommending Jack for his music service, whether to play at an event or for music lessons. And I would definitely use him again.

  • 38 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 24 min

Russell D.

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Kevin is clearly an extremely experienced (and accomplished) musician in general and guitar teacher in particular. I have found him to be extremely professional, yet personable enough to make the lessons seem part of the bigger picture and make you WANT to practice (yes, even the boring stuff...it will pay off in the end!). He manages to pack in quite a bit of instruction in 30-minute sessions and is willing to go the extra mile toward helping you in the direction in which you want to head. I find the classes and practice challenging yet likely right where I need to be given my experience and ability. I would highly recommend Kevin, even for more experienced students interested in refining their skills and/or expanding their knowledge of music theory.

  • 10 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 8 min

Ursula P.

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Vicky has been a great fit for our son. He is almost 13, but with the deep voice of a 21-year old. Being autistic, proper singing is not only fun, but also an integral part of breathing and speech for him. Vicky has been knowledgeable and very patient!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 12 hours

Zhao M.

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Lisa C. is my daughter's piano teacher. She has highly skills in piano and always shows the greatest patience in teaching. She is professional in piano and music theory. My daughter very love her and learn more from her. My daughter and I always give high appraisal to her ability and teaching. I and my daughter thank a lot for her long-term good work in teaching.

  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 6 min

Bill E.

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I have known Joanna for over 30 years now, and know that even back then she had a sheer musicality both at guitar and keyboards. Her handling of elementary school students of any grade when teaching, then middle school and older, was always carefully measured, often catering to individual needs in order to bring out or focus musical gifts, or simply to raise the level of a student's appreciation for art. She has kept that measure of regard for students of all ages since she went into non-school teaching. I also would assure anybody who wants to send a younger student to her that if after an appropriate period of time she felt they were not progressing or that music was perhaps not a good fit for them that she would be honest about that to the parents rather than have anybody waste time and resources trying to engage a child with other interests. But her goal has always been, as I have observed, to find a way to engage them in the first place. Results and honesty, as well as musical passion. What more need be said. (Please know that as a professional musician myself that this is as unbiased an opinion as I can possibly render.)

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 10 min

Leanne M.

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My daughter and I met Diego about 2 years ago. Both she and I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Diego was always patient, kind, and found the best learning methods for the both of us. As time went on, I decided to stop taking lessons, do to time constraints, but my daughter continued to play until Diego changed locations. Diego was always the most polite and presentable staff member at the company. He was so great, that I asked him to play at my wedding! I highly recommended Diego Ratana to anyone looking for quality and integrity in the music industry.

  • 18 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 28 min

L. O.

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Mrs. Dotson is one of the most experienced, patient, kind, knowledgeable, and gracious professors. We have had other piano professors before but none truly as wonderful as Mrs. Dotson. She demonstrates genuine interest in the growth of her students. She caters her teaching towards the individual interest of her students in order for them to reach their true potential and keep the classes always interesting and challenging. Consequently, she's an amazing professor for students of all ages. We can't rave enough about her. We always recommend her to any of our friends who are looking to either have their children or they themselves want to learn not only how to play the piano but also music theory, virtuosity, composition, and develop an authentic love for piano music of all genres.

  • 34 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Walt H.

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Teresa is the best music teacher I have ever encountered in over 40 years. In fact, the best teacher of any kind. She is very patient and inspires you to practice and reach for goals that you never imagined you could achieve. She not only shows you how to do things, she takes the time to teach you why those techniques are important. She answers any and all questions. Teresa is a very talented professional performer and has the skills to teach at any level. She teaches music theory as it applies to each lesson. I can not say enough good about her ability to teach and bring out the best in any level student. Again, she is the best teacher of any kind that I have ever encountered. I highly recommend her.

  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

William F.

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Great teacher! Very passionate about guitar, always knows every song I want to learn and the theory behind it, great at motivating me to practice, very fun lessons!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 12 hours
  • Sterling, VA

Abe G.

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I have been a student of Dirk’s since October 2014. I am a 50+ year old man with no prior experience playing guitar prior to taking lessons with Dirk. I explained to Dirk that I work at a CPA firm and I would not be able to take lessons during tax season. I also explained that it would be to my benefit if we could schedule lessons every other week. He was ok with that. Dirk is a patient instructor. He realizes that we all have busy lives and may not have a chance to practice as much as we like. Lessons last an hour or more. You play a little, he makes recommendations, practice the new techniques and hopefully increase your skill set. Dirk provides books and sheets of music that increase in complexity as you master techniques. You can also bring your own material. The most important thing that I have learned from Dirk is to enjoy playing guitar. You are not graded, you are not compared to other students, he does not give any negative criticism. Hopefully, you will want to practice, improve your technique, and enjoy playing your guitar.

  • 19 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 22 hours

Brian B.

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I’ve been taking guitar lessons from Gregg every other week for the last 6 months. The main reason I decided to seek out private guitar lessons from an instructor, was because I couldn’t get into online or DVD guitar lessons which I attempted for several months. Moreover, I’m old school when it comes down to music lessons, due to learning the cello through classroom instructor- based lessons from elementary to High School, along with private lessons thereafter. With that being said I can say I’ve made one of the best decisions towards enhancing my playing on the guitar by taking lessons with Gregg. When I first started taking lessons from Gregg, he provided an individual plan for me to help with learning scales, technique exercises, licks, and improvisation. He showed me how to make my own melodies on the guitar by using scale/chord relations. He provided the theory behind using various chords with scales which I did not gain from DVD or online guitar learning. He also broke down how much time I should spend on practicing the guitar to get where I want to be. He is very encouraging and will provide feedback to you which will enable you to improve in certain areas. I would like to recommend Gregg for beginner to intermediate players, as well as advanced players who are preparing for gigs. In addition, Gregg cannot practice for you, he can only provide lessons. I try to practice from 30 minutes to 2 hours a day depending on my daily schedule. Gregg is a great teacher, I am already playing with others (bassist and drummer) and using the skills he taught me to improvise my playing.

  • 21 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 14 hours

Reshma N.

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“It has been a great learning experience for my two daughters. I don’t think I could ever find a better piano teacher. Not only does Ms. Heather share her great talent with my kids, she is also very friendly and always cheerful and looking forward to teaching them. My daughters have improved dramatically since we started with her a few years ago. We also really enjoy the convenience of in home lessons! I highly recommend Lessons In Your Home for music lessons. My daughters now look forward to their piano practice daily”. Great Falls, VA Resident

  • 14 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 20 hours

Sarah D.

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Marc is such a delight to work with. He is an excellent piano teacher, patient with the kids, teaches them not only how to play but the music theory and historical context. He is super organized and helpful when it comes to scheduling too. So glad we found Marc!