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  • 25 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 min

Nadia A.

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Do far so good, she has had two lessons with my headstrong 6 year old son and she has been patient with him and he has been really excited to show off what he has learned. She gives homework to reinforce what he is learning during his lessons .

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  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 13 min

Thumbtack Customer

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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

Alex W.

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Don knows his stuff, he's easy to get along with and overall a really nice guy. He has an impressive repertoire of musical skills and a lifetime of experience in music to draw from. As far as instruments he can play a little bit of everything, he can basically teach you any instrument you'd find in a regular rock band, folk, country, pop, blues etc. He's probably most proficient on the guitar and piano but he also knows quite a lot about vocals. If you struggle with theory he does a great job demystifying some of the fundamentals of music theory that are useful to beginners. Whether you're an absolute beginner or long time musician Don will be able to help you out. Highly recommend.

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

Duane H.

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Dave is a great bass instructor. I came to Dave because I wanted to learn theory and read music. Dave was patient but stern. If I came to lessons unprepared he would let me know that was unacceptable. He stresses practice , practice, practice, If you want results. He also praises you when you do well. He's very flexible and will cater to your needs.if your looking for a bass instructor that will get you results Dave is your man. I plan to sign up with him again soon.

  • 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.

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  • 6 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Lesley A.

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After a great stint of piano and violin lessons, we just began with Johnny Walker, Aida's strings teacher, to start my son on cello. We are so impressed with him - he knows HOW to teach, asking questions, guiding my son to think and understand rather than a mere demonstrate-and-repeat style. My son immediately took to him and can hardly wait between lessons for the next. Thank you!

  • 15 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Bill B.

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Morgan is a great guitar teacher. I have taken lessons off and on since 1972. That's a long time. Each time the teacher would show me some dreaded "music theory". I always resisted and just went to "show me the chords...show me the licks." Guess what? Morgan got through to my hard head after all these years. His method of showing theory is reasonable and logical and I FINALLY got it!! Hooray! The benefits of understanding the WHY behind the guitar and not just the HOW are ENORMUS. I Highly recommend Morgan.

  • 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.

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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.

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

Ross A.

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While I’ve only started my violin lessons Kirsten has been a wonderful teacher whom I know will be able to help me learn to play the violin.

  • 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!

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 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.

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 9 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.

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

Yasemin A.

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Fedor is fantastic! He's very flexible in both time and teaching. I find that I have trouble learning without knowing the "why" behind every detail of what I'm doing. Fortunately, Fedor is so patient and knowledgeable that I always leave each session feeling more confident and excited to play. He plays close attention to my priorities and makes sure to give me resources I can use between sessions so that I'm always learning and always engaged. :)

  • 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.

  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 33 min
  • Strasburg, VA

Karen S.

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Chris is an awesome teacher! He has been such an inspiration to my young teen son who never played piano before Chris. He goes the extra mile with his students, is innovative, keeps my son's attention and motivates! He not only teaches traditional music that he knows is appropriate for the level and ability of his students, but also allows them to request their own songs of interest to learn. He keeps communication open with parents. My son has learned so much! Definitely the best! Highly recommend!

  • 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!

  • Response time: 1 hours
  • Fort Washington, MD

Kathy J.

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Mrs Miller is a renowned piano teacher who exhibits excellence in her teaching. She has a great reputation and history of successful students. I studied with her for about 10 years and then went on to get 2 music degrees. The piano skills I learned during that time were invaluable. She is also nationally certified in piano and music theory. I highly recommend her!

  • Response time: 16 hours
  • Silver Spring, MD

Amelia K.

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Jabari has been working with my son for the last 3 years. The experience has been great. My son started when he was 7 years old at the beginner level. Jabari is knowledgable, patient, passionate about his craft, and thorough. I highly recommend him!