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My son takes piano lessons from Jordan who is an amazing teacher and musician. Jordan provides musical pieces that suit my son's taste and this makes piano lessons and practice much more interesting for him. Besides piano lessons, my son participated in Damon's guitar camp which was an excellent experience for him. Musical talent pervades the studio. In addition to this, on the business side of the studio, the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. We truly appreciated them all!
Jeremy is very easy to work with. My daughter enjoys her lessons and feels like she's progressing well. I highly recommend!
My daughter is enjoying her lessons and is excited to practice each day. She respects Ms. Fowler but is not intimidated and is learning how to use her voice. She is quite happy.
I played the tuba in several brass groups that Dr. Jones coached. His guidance and expertise is top notch. I even had the honor of playing with him a few times and I've never felt more supported than when under his leadership.
Our eldest daughter (8yo) has been with Dr. Oster for 3 years, and our younger (5yo) for 1 year. I personally found Dr. Oster a bit intimidating at first, but the kids took to her from the beginning and just love her. Dr. Oster is not for everybody. Here is a brief summary of Dr. Oster's teaching philosophy: 1. Start them early. In contrast to other teachers who don't want to take kids before age 7 or 8, Dr. Oster prefers to start them early, as early as 4 or even 3. 2. Don't baby them. Her driving philosophy is that kids can absorb much more than most of us think. Other teachers who will take young kids dumb down the lessons: no note reading, no expression, no regard for proper technique, etc. They will lavish praise on a child so long as she/he plays the right notes (and sometimes even if they don't). Not here. From the beginning, Dr. Oster's students are taught to read notes, key signatures, understand rhythmic notation, accidentals. They are taught proper form and technique. They are taught expression and dynamics. Apart from the piano instruction, they are required to take music theory classes once a week, which are taught at a college-level introductory theory course (circle of fifths, intervals and chords, etc.). They are required to take the Maryland state exams in music. And frankly, you will be amazed at what your child can pick up. 3. Heavy parental involvement is required. You do not drop off your kid, or let them practice by themselves. You will be sitting in the piano classes, to understand what your child is learning so you can guide them at home. You will be attending your child's music theory classes, helping her/him grasp concepts. You will be practicing with them at home, making sure they make progress. [So one positive byproduct is that parents end up learning a lot as well!] 4. It is hard work. There is no set amount of practice time; they will have to practice as much as necessary to make progress. That may be a little, or a lot. In our case, it is about 30 min to an hour every night for our 5-year old, and 1-2 hours a night for our 8-year old. Lessons continue throughout the year, with only a 2-week break. If you are taking a vacation, the clock does not stop; you will need to make up the missed classes and catch up to where you would have been without a break. 5. Dr. Oster sees herself as (and in actuality is) a co-parent of your child. These are more than piano lessons, these are life lessons. Your child will be learning: (i) how to focus; (ii) that she/he is capable of things beyond what most people expect; (iii) that hard work and discipline are essential for success; (iv) to be patient with themselves; (v) to have fun while working (otherwise they will quit); (vi) and to aim for excellence, not just to be "good enough." 6. Dr. Oster believes in immersion in the arts and culture. There are field trips to watch concerts and ballet performances at the Kennedy Center or Strathmore; and field trips to the Library of Congress, the Shakespeare Theater, and Hillwood Gardens. 7. Your child will be tested. To ensure progress, there are periodic tests where your child will be tested (via a recorded performance) on the piece she/he is currently learning: on notes and rhythm, on technique, on expression and dynamics, on tempo. Eventually she/he will join performances, which are not your typical recitals; these are concerts at serious venues (Constitution Hall, embassies, Kimmel Center, Ivy League universities, European concert venues, etc.) where concert-level performances are expected; these kids do not get a pass because they are kids. Bottom line: if you believe in your child's potential, and are willing to put in the time and energy to bring it out, Dr. Oster is an excellent teacher. If you want casual piano lessons, you're better off somewhere else.
Dr. Lamkin provided trumpet lessons to our high school daughter for about two years. During that time, we found him to be an impressive capable teacher, who cared greatly for his students' success and progress, as shown by how strenuously he worked to prepare our daughter for Trumpet Ensemble and All-State Band competitions. He was clearly concerned with ensuring his pupils made continuous progress, and wasn't content to sit back and "coast," but kept pushing his students to get better. He had a friendly, outgoing way of interacting with my wife and myself, and made sure we remained informed about our daughter's progress, and where she needed to focus on improvement. Even after our daughter graduated from high school and entered college this past year, Dr. Larkin maintained regular contact with us, to find out how she was doing and ask that we pass along his messages of encouragement to her. I would 100% recommend Dr. Lamkin as a teacher.
Miss Leah has been my son's piano teacher for a year and a half and we cannot say enough good things about her. I recommend her to everyone I know. She is incredibly patient and encouraging with my very active son. He has learned so much and absolutely loves piano.
Luke is by far the best teacher I have encountered. Lessons with him are always enjoyable. He is genuinely invested in my goals for trumpet study and found a customized plan to accomplish my goals. He knows the repertoire and has sound understanding of trumpet technique that he seamlessly passes on to his students. He is always professional, personable, and patient! Most importantly, Luke is highly musical and cares a lot about helping you make the notes come off the page. Best trumpet teacher in the area--don't miss out!
Tom Williams offers private lessons for trumpet and drums. Tom is a trumpeter, drummer, composer, and bandleader. I think Tom Williams is one of the strongest young trumpeters out here who deserves wider recognition. Hes not only strong melodically and harmonically; he is also strong rhythmically because hes a drummer as well as a trumpet player. Jimmy Heath, Master Saxophonist-Composer A native of Baltimore, Tom Williams has led a sparkling and varied career since he began studying trumpet and drums as a child. His talent was recognized at an early age by many, and he began working steadily on both trumpet and drums while still a high school student. After matriculating at Towson State University, Tom joined the renowned Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington, with whom he played the national tour of the Broadway smash, "Sophisticated Ladies." He is also toured Japan with the road company. In 1987, he enlisted in the US Army, and served 8 years as a featured soloist and clinician with the Jazz Ambassadors and Army Blues jazz ensembles. In 1991, he was a finalist and 2nd place winner in the first Louis Armstrong International Jazz Trumpet Competition sponsored by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. A versatile performer, Tom has played in the show bands of: Pattie Labelle Liberace Anita Baker Sid Caesar Michael Feinstein Joe Williams Stevie Wonder Rosemary Clooney Aretha Franklin, to name a few He has appeared at numerous jazz festivals and venues with artist such as: Donald Brown Hank Jones Philly Joe Jones Gary Bartz The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band Michel Legrand Ben Riley Steve Wilson The Woody Herman Orchestra Frank Foster Antonio Hart Slide Hampton Steve Turre Tom has recorded with: Rob Bargad Gary Bartz Donald Brown Antonio Hart Jimmy Heath The Heath Brothers Larry Willis Steve Wilson As a leader on Trumpet, Tom has recorded two CDsIntroducing Tom Williams and Straight Street on the Criss Cross Jazz label. As a drummer, Tom has performed with Curtis Fuller, Larry Willis, Javon Jackson, Kenny Drew Jr., Gloria Lynn, and Geoff Keezer. He is the leader of InterPlay, which has recorded First Time and Pick Up The Pieces on the JazzScapes label. He has taught both trumpet and drum set privately for over 20 years, and joined the jazz faculty at Howard Community College in 2009. For further info, please call or email.
The academy is a cool and casual place for learning music. Come see our fabulous new facility where you will enjoy a clean and happy musical experience. Our music lessons can be personalized or with individual attention. We give instruction for all ages, from kids to adults, teens, and pre-schoolers. We teach piano, guitar, voice lessons, flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, bass, and drums. We offer group lessons for pre-school children. We have flexible hours for working parents and homeschool families. We provide quality instrument rentals for school band and orchestra programs. We have great prices on rebuilt and guaranteed pianos.
I teach singing, saxophone, trumpet and acting lessons at a decent rate that will get you or your student on the right track to success.
I teach the following instruments. All ages are welcome. The students must provide their own instruments, accessories, and books: 1. Brass (Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, and Tuba) 2. Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass) 3. Percussion (Set, Snare, and Mallets) 4. Woodwinds (Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone) 5. Beginning Piano 6. Beginning Voice
With a vast amount of composing, orchestration and performing experience, I offer very personal, realistic and honest approaches to the pedagogy of these experiences. My passion lies in making the fundamental theory of music simple and understandable.
Travelling Music Teachers Inc. We offer home music instruction on a variety of instruments, including: * Piano * Guitar * Violin * Viola * Cello * Drums * Flute * Saxophone * Clarinet * Trumpet * Voice Our patient teachers serve MD, DC, and VA. All teachers are interviewed and auditioned to maximize the best of a student-teacher relationship. We also offer optional, free student recitals. We also provide piano tuning and repair. Let our teachers do the traveling. Wouldn't you rather not have to battle today's traffic to get to a music lesson? Travelling Music Teachers -- Now in its 29th year of serving the public.
All of our teachers are professional music teachers and most are active, working musicians. We can teach with or without reading music, and your teacher will customize a curriculum to your specific needs and musical tastes. Our first priority is that music has to be fun!
I am a professional performing trumpeter. I have a B.A. degree in performance. I have been performing for over 35 years in a variety of music genre like classical, Latin jazz, big band jazz, small ensemble, pop music, rhythm blues, and concert band. I also teach music theory and instruction on all brass instruments. I also teach beginner flute and clarinet. With my many years of educating the young and the young at heart, I know that you will have a gratifying experience. I always strive to teach music in a way that develops one's abilities, which enable the students to have fun with music.