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My daughter is a teen, and she has been taking piano lessons from Mrs. Whited for about two years now. Since the first day she has been enjoying her lessons. After my daughter came back home from her first piano lesson her excitement was beyond what I expected. I enjoy listening to my daughter practicing her piano pieces at home, and I always see improvements. Thanks to Mrs. Whited for her outstanding effort, and for going above and beyond what parents expect.
It has been a great learning experience for my two daughters. I dont 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
I'm a professional musician with expertise in saxophone, guitar, and vocal performance. I wanted to get piano lessons not only to bring my abilities up to high level of performance, but also to improve my arranging and composing skills. Dr. Elena Swensen has a deep knowledge of the piano repertoire, phenomenal piano technique, and a mature and vibrant musicality. I highly recommend her for someone looking to be taught to a top tier pianist who teaches with great flexibility and kindness.
I am a professional opera singer and experienced voice teacher who is enrolling students of all musical genres whom wish to learn about and perfect their voice and refine their musical skills. I also offer beginner piano and music theory lessons. I hold a bachelor's degree in voice performance from Ithaca College and a master's degree in voice performance from the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, where I studied under the tutelage of renowned operatic soprano, Cynthia Clayton. Some of my recent performances include Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, with DC Public Opera (Washington, DC), Antonia in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann with the Napa Music Festival (Napa, California), Loretta in a world premiere opera called Past the Checkpoints with Houston Grand Opera (Houston, Texas) and Donna Elvira in the Janiec Opera company's Don Giovanni in Brevard, North Carolina. I am a Northern VA/DC area native and was/still very active in the National Capitol area CAPPIES program, performing on the Kennedy Center Stage with their organization during my high school years and later returning to present awards at their annual awards show. Through the CAPPIES program, I have been featured on the Washington Post as well as on CSPAN and local television promoting the program as well as performing. If you love to sing and want to perfect your instrument for auditions, choir, professional performances and/or just plain fun, please contact me for more information.
I came back to piano lessons after being away, many years, from formal instruction. Mauricio is a warm, patient, thoughtful and effective teacher. An accomplished concert pianist himself, he is comfortable working with all age ranges and skill levels. Mauricio has a natural talent to keep the lessons fun and focused to help develop his students' confidence and proficiencies. He far exceeds my expectations and I strongly recommend him.
Karen is extremely professional and educated in her craft. She has had years of vocal training, acting, piano lessons, music theory and more. She knows how to work well with others and makes sure, above anything else, there is some form of improvement every week. I have had a chance to get to know her personally, and she is absolutely wonderful. She is definitely your go-to girl for all things musical!
Be prepared for a bit of a read for my introduction as a teacher, but hopefully you will find it worth your time. The best way to see if I'm a match and get a true impression of me as a teacher based on your own experience is to simply meet me in person. I'm actually a lot of fun, which you won't find in this weighty explanation.:) What can be expected during lessons: Please continue to read for further explanation on voice and piano. Encouraging and friendly environment, clear direction and comprehensive lesson plan, maintaining or developing a positive attitude and providing engaging material to challenge student in a thoughtful and productive manner. All of these components lead to a successful learning environment. I teach voice from the very beginning of novice to professional advancement, meaning I teach professional singers. So if you consider yourself a professional singer you will be in good hands. Piano is taught from beginner until early advancement in the traditional route (European) which we can apply as a starting point for all other styles of playing including popular. My vocal methods stem from the Italian tradition of bel canto, but I genuinely teach all legitimate styles of singing, which the approach will vary. I will teach how these styles differ from the classical approach. I received my music education from George Mason University in classical vocal performance. I have two U.S. billboards (summer 2014) as an adult contemporary recording artist (popular) and an EP playing currently on U.K. radio stations. I have continued my vocal studies with the incomparable Fabiana Bravo, who studied her technique under Luciano Pavarotti. I know for some students it is important to know what voice type the teacher is, but I want to emphasize what matters is what you create with your voice and not the size. I am classified as a dramatic soprano/Wagnerian for my fach, the largest vocal instrument in opera. Because of this, I truly understand large instruments which are incredibly difficult to understand without personal or prior experience. This is because they are so rare. It also gives great insight into the full spectrum of all the other types of voices. Therefore I have a very clear understanding of the full range of voices and know what to look for when listening to a student's ability to carry and how to place them correctly. I have also continued my piano studies and study the Russian/European approach to date. I further explain my methods below into sections of voice and piano. Services as a vocal instructor: First and foremost, the lessons are about you! I want to emphasis this point. Before I explain how I work as a teacher, which might seem intimidating. I want you to keep this in mind:) Seriously, I'm actually a lot of fun and keep it real during my lessons, but at the end of the day I'm committed to you. Yes I'm a serious teacher, but I want students to come as they are and not think they can't work with me because of imaginary expectations that aren't there. This is probably the main reason why students don't take lessons. You are here to improve. The human voice is beautiful because it is not perfect by any means. And by the way, no one wants to listen to a recording, they want to hear a living, breathing person singing, not a machine, with the opportunity to interpret the music differently with every single given performance. That's what makes the art of singing so impactful. I have had hundreds of students at this point and have heard it all in terms of vocal issues. Even if you try to cover your issues I still know they are there and that's okay. :) You are still a good singer even with vocal issues!!! The best singers still continue working on vocal issues for the rest of their lives, that's why they are the best because they have the right mentality. Your voice also changes with age so you have to continue relearning it. We are here to learn. Oddly, I actually get excited when you crack or your voice shakes because you are freeing your instrument and you are on your way to transitioning to healthier technic, even if it sounds awkward momentarily. So please come as you are. With or without music. Don't care. With or without experience. Doesn't matter. With or without expectation. It will probably be different than what you think anyway;) So here is my formal explanation. Committed to developing the student's authentic sound and artistry. My personal philosophy is that as singers we are communicators first. The whole art of singing is based on the concept of being able to communicate on a deep and meaningful level. One that uses words, but transcends these same words into a heighten state through the use of the human voice. I want my students to truly be free. There are many, many dimensions that have to be attended to while singing properly and we must simplify these aspects in order to focus on our true intent, to express ourselves. Technique only further enhances one's ability to carry out artistic expression. We must keep in mind that technique is to serve in this manner only. There is no point to singing solely with a technically display in mind. Many teachers and singers get caught up in this concept and forget the whole purpose behind singing in the first place is to find a higher connection. However, lacking technique can inhibit a singer's true artistic intentions and expressive capacity. Therefore, we must strike a holistic balance. It is my intention to provide the tools necessary for students to become effective and expressive communicators. Each student must be approached differently solely because each voice is different structurally with the chest, tongue, mouth, cheeks, bone structure, lips, teeth, larynx, sinus, and all other resonators, everything has to be considered. What we are trying to find is the right vertical alignment for you as a singer. We will also work very closely with breath support. Both of these concepts work independently, but together. Anything less is an under simplification. There is definitely a process to developing the voice. Therefore, a teacher who tells a student there is only one approach is not teaching in the true traditional Italian style of bel canto. On a personal note, I have been misled many times over the years by this misconception of teaching and they have all had plenty of credentials to back them up and came from the finest conservatories in the world. It doesn't matter. What matters is results. It is very difficult to find teachers who legitimately understand voice because it is the most challenging instrument to teach. Just because one can sing does not mean they understand how they arrived there, nor how to explain to other individuals what is necessary for their unique instrument. Regardless of style, students will learn to recognize if they are creating vocally appropriate and healthy sounds for their instrument. Students will learn clear and discerning factors that support this from our lessons. Singing with a clear and authentic voice is the ideal way to be heard. This is true because every individual has their own unique and signature sound that is far more fascinating than attempting to emulate another artist. When discussing how I approach other styles, my fundamental methods are well placed in the Bel Canto technique, however I have modified these concepts into my own unique methodology and practice in order to accommodate a great variety of vocal genres beyond the classical approach. My main focus is to find the core or center of a student's voice first. From there we have the opportunity to develop an array of colours appropriate to the singer and style they wish to sing in. This can all be realistically attained without compromising healthy technique. My insight on vocal intonation has allowed me to genuinely specialize in a variety of vocal styles. So whether you are looking to sing classical, jazz, musical theatre, R&B, gospel, county, big pop ballades or any other form of legitimate singing, you are in very capable hands. Students will develop artistic instincts and eventually be able to make accurate self-adjustments and decisions vocally. Services as a piano teacher: One can expect a practical and thorough approach. It is vital to establish a solid foundation for proper reading skills and habits, especially with beginners. I specialize in establishing successful foundations for beginner pianist. This includes students that have taken lessons with prior teachers, but struggled finding success in their reading comprehension. Music theory is incorporated in piano lessons because it is fundamental to being fully competent as a musician. Each student is individually assessed to properly cultivate the best lesson plan for them. Each student's individual needs will be addressed in order to excel. Students will learn how to use practical strategies to solve musical problems and through these strategical means they will learn to comprehend new material on their own. I have developed my own effective approach on teaching rhythm and pitch identification. Please inquire if you would like further explanation. My personal goal is for students to become musically independent. This stems from my desire for my students not only to play well, but to be completely aware of what they are doing and why. How did they arrive to this conclusion. Attitude is a very big driving factor in lessons and discussions. Developing a healthy and positive attitude is key to keep students highly interested and motivated. Playing an instrument, although richly rewarding, is a disapline. To continue studying music, students will have to learn to accept that they will often have to deal with long term goals. The stance a person takes towards the work required is the best indication whether or not a student can continue to overcome new challenges realistically. Learning to embrace this concept rather than fight it is invaluable because it will surely help a person better manage, accept and work through other difficult aspects to come during their life and day to day living. Whether the student is in gifted programs or has learning impairments, they are able to progress with my methods. It is my personal conviction that most students have more ability than some teacher may realize and I am able to tap into a lot of overlooked potential. If a child is ever doubting their capabilities, I remind them that I never ask for anything they cannot acquire through a concerted effort and that we will work together until we reach our goal. A big part of my purpose is to help students harness their gifts and use them accordingly to advance their skills. Taking music lessons from an intuitive and knowledgable teacher is a great way to develop self confidence, character, expressiveness, cultural refinement, problem solving, reasoning, attention, coordination and discipline among many other mental faculties in a manner that no other academical medium can. My students' measurable and continuous success is why I am a qualified teacher. If you have a child with learning disabilities or limitations in any way, please ask about my experience with working with such children. While keeping all of theses aspects in mind, I only set very realistic goals to maintain the student's intrest and limit their frustration. Please contact me if there is anything I may address further or to set up an appointment. All the best on your future musical journey! Christine Padua
I teach piano to students as young as 3 years old and I have been teaching for 12 years. I have experience teaching the Suzuki method of piano since I am a product of the Suzuki method as well. I have my own studio at my home in Silver Spring, MD, and I also go to my students' houses for private lessons.
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