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I came up through the Fairfax County band program. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I wasn't able to "give back" to this as a public school teacher. My wish now is to help as many current band students as I can. I relocated from Virginia and am looking to establish a presence in Montgomery County.
I am a dedicated music professional carrying 20 years of musical education and 15 years of musical performance. In 2011, I graducated from Frostburg State University with my Bachelor's in music education with a percussion focus. I have been touring the country with bands since 2012, and have been recording just as long. Performing is a crucial part of my life and I have been fortunate enough to open for bands like, Flowbots, Man-Man, and Real Estate, as well as having recorded in studio with world class musicians such as Anita Thomas. I play all instruments to some extent, but I am most comfortable behind a drum-set (although trumpet and piano are close runners up). Having worked with many students of all ages and walks of life, my other passion is teaching and I find endless joy in watching my students learn and grow into musicians.
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. Since the age of 10 I've had an active life involving music. Growing up in Brasil, I began a band in school. Over the course of a few years we grew in popularity and in 2007 we were nominated best new talent from the south of Brasil. In 2008 I moved from Brasil to the United states and have been playing my drums since!
I am a Farmer by day and Musician and Music Educator by night. In 2015, I graduated with a Double Degree in both Music Performance for Jazz Guitar as well as Spanish Language and Cultures. Since then, I have taught at Music and Arts as well as The University of Maryland's Art and Learning Center. I chose to develop a private teaching practice in my personal recording studio at my home apartment that I share with my fiancee. I prefer a flexible and patient teaching method and I have never recieved a negative review from a student. When I am not learning organic agriculture methods, I am performing with bands such as The Capital Focus Jazz Band (A Nationally Acclaimed Traditional Jazz Band), Sonic Circus (Jazz-Rock), and the Christ Lutheran Church of Bethesda's Contemporary Worship Band. I have also have extensive experience playing Classic and Modern Rock, original Hip-Hop music, Jam Band style, Musical Theatre, and have even studied some Classical Rennaissance-era Guitar.
I am an active performer and percussion instructor who enjoys introducing new students to the world of music as well as honing the skills of more advanced players. I have earned both Bachelors and Masters degrees in music performance from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and I have had the opportunity to perform with various groups across the United States and Europe. My private teaching studio is located in my home in Maryland, where I have all the instruments we will need to get you where you want to be musically!
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Many adults of all skill levels take drum lessons. Your teacher will develop an individualized lesson plan based on your musical needs and goals. Adults taking drum lessons for the first time can expect to learn a lot of new things about rhythm and music, and have fun in the process!
Standard pieces of a drum kit include the high hat, crash, ride cymbal, and drum sticks. If a student is at the very beginning stages of their learning, they can also start with basic drum practice pad, which are quieter and less expensive. Other drums taught include the snare, bongos, conga, or djembe.
Lessons focus on learning the technique of the instrument as well as how to read music. Focus is placed on learning the appropriate rhythms, patterns, and technique for holding the drum sticks. Beat patterns will be emphasized, as will exposing the student to various types of drumming styles.
Most children should begin drum lessons at around 7 or 8 years old. The drums are a very physical instrument and require a lot of dexterity on the part of the player. Drum students who are learning on a full drum kit should be big enough to reach the pedals, and should be prepared to use their arms and hands for extended periods of time.
Taking drum lessons in-home offers a practical approach for perfecting the art of drumming! Teachers can travel to students for weekly lessons, however students should have an instrument in their home. A lot of progress can be noticed very quickly if the student is practicing daily.
Review by Alex A.
Travis rocks. My 7-year-old son and I both take lessons with him. Travis has moved me off the plateau I was on with lessons that focus on theory and technique. And for my son, he's been able to instill a desire and interest that were missing when he previously took piano lessons. With Travis teaching us, the limits are the ones we impose on ourselves. Needless to say, Travis himself plays a mean guitar to boot!
Review by James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
Review by Teri Romano
Being I'm a woman, I was a little apprehensive having a male teacher (he knew this), however, after my trial lesson I realized he knows what he's doing and I had nothing to worry about!! He is very knowledgable on the piano and vocal techniques. He has a big vocal range so he is able to hit the high notes to be able to show me how I need to sing it. He is also phenomenal on the piano. I would highly recommend him for vocal and piano. Also, I don't know how to sight read music and he is teaching how to. I've been taking lessons with him for a month (my trial lesson was on 1/11) and I have already seen a huge improvement. I am an intermediate level singer looking to improve my vocal technique, breathing and improve my confidence in my singing abilities, Alex is definitely helping me do that.
Review by Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
Review by Nancy
Darrell is A-Maz-Ing! He demands results from his students and therefore results come quickly. The time he spends teaching is intense and packed with great instruction. He is a tough teacher but offers lots of valuable instruction that is applicable for music as well as life in general. I highly recommend Darrell if you are ready for results!
Review by Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
Review by Nancy Fritsch
I honestly cannot say enough positive things about Rachel. We met her through CYT where my daughter took theater classes from Rachel and was directed by Rachel in several musicals. Because Rachel was so wonderful to work with and so clearly talented at teaching and directing, several years ago, my daughter started private vocal lesson with her and I have seen my daughter's vocal abilities grow in leaps and bounds. Rachel is an ace at picking music to work on that stretches abilities while at the same time, keeps vocal lessons fun. I highly recommend her as a voice and theater coach.