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Guitar, Bass, Drums, Rock Bands
Rock, Pop, Indie, Prog, Math-Rock
Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville, Potomac, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Why I work well with kids?
I have been teaching kids for over 4 years now, and I’ve had only 2 students stop taking lessons with me because of lack of interest. I love working with kids because they are so malleable and you can help mold them into the little rockers they want to be. You know everything is going well when the next lesson comes up the following week, and your student is plugged in and ready to show you what he/she has mastered. Teaching kids music theory through the songs they know and love is in integral part of the way I teach. I find that in doing this, students have more fun in the lesson, and are keen to practice more in between lessons.
John W. Resume and Bio
• Guitar/Bass/Drum Teacher/Band Coach at Bach to Rock music school, with 4 years experience teaching/coaching
• As of January, 2012, obtained the unofficial award of “Winningest Coach” for the B2R Battle Of The Bands events
B.S. Mass Communications Middle Tennessee State University, 2007
• Major: Music Business, Minor: Entrepreneurship
• Coursework included, but not limited to: Commercial Songwriting, Music Theory, Music Production, Marketing Of Recordings, Artist Management
Bach To Rock: Jan 2009-July 2009 McLean, VA
• Guitar, bass, drum lessons, piano (L1), and band coaching
• Obtained consistent, weekly, students
• Leader of birthday parties
• First band coached took 3rd place band in the B2R Battle in their first competition
Bach To Rock: Aug 2009-Present Bethesda, MD
• Guitar, bass, drum lessons, and band coaching
• Consistently maintains repeat students
• Leader of birthday parties
• Site facilitator work
• Leader of organizational overhaul at the site
• Winningest band coach throughout the B2R company
• Guitarist for over 16 years
• Performed in touring bands since 2002 as a guitarist/vocalist
• Bassist for 11 years
• Drummer for 4 years
• Recorded multiple albums in professional studios
Location of Birth: Toledo, OH
John teaches guitar, drums, and bass. John’s teaching style focuses on “the raw feel” of music while still incorporating music theory. He has been playing music since his early teens and performing live for over a decade. His current music project that he writes all material for is called NASAwives. John graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications focusing major concentrations in Music Business. Some of his favorite bands include Meshuggah, Aloha, Deftones, Thrice, The Beatles & the D.C. post-punk music scene.
“Music is the language of mankind…speak loudly”
Most Influential Musicians/Bands:
Deftones, Meshuggah, Thrice, Aloha, J. Robbins, The Beatles, The Bronx, many, MANY others.
The Big Lebowski, Spinal Tap, Dumb & Dumber, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Sunshine, The Dark Knight, gain…many, MANY more.
27 U.S. states, British Columbia, CAN, Toronto, Cancun, Bahamas, I really want to visit the U.K.
How Friends Describe You:
Opinionated, blunt, nerdy, funny…at least I would think so. Never really asked them.
Disc golf, golf, bowling, solo vinyl listening parties with a nice set of headphones, writing/recording songs, taking my husky to the dog park, movies, Netflix TV show bingewatching, Xbox 360
Instruments: Piano, Drums, Guitar, Electric Bass, Voice
Jazz, Classical, Rock, Pop
Location: Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton, Burke, Centreville, Reston, Sterling, VA
Why I work well with kids?
I have been teaching kids this age for many years and I have had no problem connecting with each student and providing them with great lessons for many different styles of music from classical, to jazz, to rock, to pop on guitar, piano, and bass guitar!
I am very understanding of kids’ schedules and prefer to create a great environment for the lessons as opposed to enforcing rules or punishment if they haven’t been practicing as much as they should.
My demeanor is very relaxed and likable, and all of my students and their parents have never complained about my teaching style or my punctuality. Although I am young, I am very professional and committed to being the best at whatever I am doing!
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Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Trumpet
Rock, Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Pop, Math, Thrash, Punk, Marching
Location: Potomac, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Rockville, Gaithersburg, MD
Why I work well with kids?
For the past 7 years I have taught drums, guitar and trumpet in a variety of group and private settings for nearly all ages. I am highly experienced in motivating and instructing young musicians in style, technique, and performance. What I bring to the classroom is the experience in the music industry most students are only dreaming about. With patience and clarity, I impart on my students what it means not only to be a musician but a practicing artist as well.
Choosing The Right Music Lesson Company in a Tough Economy
Times are tough. The economy’s still sluggish, and summer expenses – camps, vacations, reunions, weddings, etc. – are hitting all of our pockets pretty hard. Looking for ways to cut back, parents often have to prioritize their spending budgets. This isn’t an easy task with our high paced lives.
As we all know, learning music is invaluable, especially for kids. Taking music lessons helps students develop parts of the brain that control language and reasoning, enhance creative thinking, and promote perseverance. Most parents have come to realize that quality music lessons are just something their children can’t live without.
B&B Music Lessons’ s flexible music program may be just the thing for the fiscally prudent parent. Unlike most music programs that require weekly payments whether students receive lessons or not, at B&B, as long as you give 24 hours’ notice, you can skip a lesson and not be charged for it. This can translate to huge savings, especially during the summer when travel plans may interrupt regular sessions. And since our teachers are more than willing to accommodate students’ changing schedules, it’s always easy to stay on track and get the most out of your time with B&B!
So enjoy your summer, and keep practicing — “Because Music Matters”.
Yup, you’ve heard it before. ’Practice makes perfect’!
Persuading even the most promising young musicians to practice can be as elusive as convincing them to eat their Brussels sprouts or make their beds. If your child’s reluctant to pull out his sheet music in the days after class, here are a few tips to get him inspired to rehearse.
-Choose instruments wisely. Children are urged to pick their own ice cream flavors, tennis shoes, and lunch boxes; but when it comes to music lessons, parents usually call all the shots. Parents should pick instruments that their kids are interested in, so they’ll be more excited about playing. Can’t decide between the obo and the clarinet? Why not take a couple lessons of both, and then decide.
-Listen to music. It’s easy for children to get discouraged when they’re sitting alone struggling through Chopsticks for hours on end. So, expose your kids to live music, especially that featuring the instruments they play, so they can see firsthand how all of their practice can pay off. And if it’s too tough to catch a jazz show or sit in on the high school marching band’s afterschool practice, find some good CDs of different styles of music – pop, jazz, classical, blues – and listen with your kids while you’re riding in the car or eating dinner. It’s a great way for kids to get ideas about pieces they’d like to try.
-Keep it short and sweet. Experts agree that short daily practices trump longer, less frequent ones. The more often kids practice, the more they improve their muscle memories, and shorter sessions make them less likely to get burnt out before practice is over.
-Use appropriate rewards. After he masters a particularly difficult selection, give your budding virtuoso a special treat that will reinforce his enthusiasm about his music. Take him to a special performance, buy him a new CD of a talented musician who plays his instrument, or let him pick out a piece of new sheet music. You just want to steer clear of rewarding him with playtime outside or points on a chore chart – compensation that makes practice feel more like a burden than a pleasurable pastime.
If your child could use a boost with his reading skills, sign him up for music class.
Research shows that kids who participate in multi-year music instruction that grows increasingly more complex out-perform their non-musically trained counterparts in reading and language skills. While the idea that music makes you smarter is nothing new, a recent Long Island University study confirms this long-held notion and investigates how using music can enhance academic performance.
Researchers set out to compare vocabulary and verbal sequencing, critical reading subsets, in two sets of second graders – one exposed to music instruction and one not. They identified two schools located in the same geographic area with similar demographic characteristics and comprehensive literary programs so the groups were as similar as possible. Only, children from one school were given formal piano lessons during the three-year study, and students attending the second school had never received school-taught or outside music lessons of any kind.
Each participant was assessed both before and after the study. And wouldn’t you know it; when they completed fourth grade, children in the music group boasted significantly higher scores in both vocabulary and verbal sequencing than their peers.
Since we interpret music and language in similar ways, it stands to reason that there’s some overlap in how our brains process these things; so learning music can actually enhance linguistic capacity. These findings prove just how much music matters. But you don’t have to trust the experts. Enroll your child in music lessons, and the proof could be just a report card away.
From infancy, humans respond to music and rhythms. The ability to make music is wired in our brains as much as the ability to learn a language. Children are genetically programmed to absorb information and develop skills that will be used as an adult, and the same ability is evident when a child is exposed to music and learns to play an instrument.
The creative concepts of tempo, pitch, harmony and syncopation, as well as mastering an instrument, help a child develop related skills. Musical notation and composition is a form of mathematics; breaking musical notes and sounds into full, half and quarter notes give a practical lesson in math. The mental skills of concentration, comprehension, as well as refining motor skills and physical dexterity is learned by playing an instrument. Learning to play and instrument and read music also promotes self-confidence, discipline, and encourage creativity . These are the obvious by-products of any education, and a musical education enhances and refines these skills along with the additional benefit of intellectual growth and maturity. .
From the time they begin hearing and responding, babies naturally respond to the stimulus of rhythm and music. Between the ages of six months and four years, music lessons can help a child develop their sense of rhythm and musical expression. Group participation by singing and playing simple instruments like rattles and tambourines develop social and cooperative skills. Such simple percussion instruments are easily manipulated e by a child at an early age, and a three year old can begin to learn and repeat songs.
By the age of five, many children are capable of learning to play simple tunes on a piano or other keyboard instruments. Most children by then the dexterity, strength and motor control to begin piano or violin lessons. By this age, most children also have the patience, concentration and attention span to concentrate for a half hour music lesson or practice.
By age seven, most children will have the strength and coordination for lessons in drum or guitar. It is advisable to wait until age ten before starting lessons in woodwind instruments, as they require a larger lung capacity and control of the mouth and lips.
It is essential that parents and teachers encourage any child that shows musical ability, and most of all interest, to have an early introduction to music and musical instruments. The mental and physical skill and discipline required to play an instrument will be a great asset in their education and expand their skill, knowledge and a greater appreciation for learning and experiences as well.
We know all about how music boosts linguistic ability in students, but a new study proves that even infants too young to speak can benefit from musical training.
Canadian researchers conducted a six-month study of two sets of one-year-olds that had similar communication and social development. Both groups attended music classes during the study, and neither had previously participated in baby music instruction. One group’s class consisted of the infants visiting various toy stations as “Baby Einstein” played in the background. The other group’s instruction involved interactive music making; these infants learned songs, nursery rhymes, and lullabies, and parents and infants worked together playing percussion instruments and singing songs.
At the end of the six-month study, babies in the more interactive classes had developed larger and/or earlier brain responses to musical tones than those in the less interactive group. They also showed a bias to hearing music played in key, as opposed to toddlers in the passive listening group, which showed no preference between melodies played in key versus songs with out-of-key notes thrown in.
But the benefits from interactive lessons weren’t all music related. Babies from the interactive group were also better communicators – waving goodbye or pointing at far away objects. And socially, this group smiled more, was easier to comfort, and was more adaptable during stressful situations.
So, while playing music at home provides great exposure for infants, get the maximum benefit by going a step further. Sing songs, play interactive musical games with little ones, and sign them up for music lessons. If toddlers could talk, they’d thank you.
Learning to play a musical instrument can be one of the most enriching experiences in life. The pleasure of producing music for the delight of others, or for personal enjoyment, is a powerful gift. While teaching oneself is possible, having an experienced teacher who provides a structured program of advancement is the best way of achieving musical goals in the shortest time.
Music lessons can be a challenge, however. The cost and time commitment needed for getting to and from lessons can be as much of a burden as the lessons themselves. This extra burden of expense and can seriously detract from the enjoyment and progress of learning to play the instrument itself. And the time spent traveling back and forth from home to lesson could be much better spent practicing the instrument, rather than doing the commute.
The solution is finding a teacher who can do the lessons at your own home. For parents of children who are learning a musical instrument, this solution offers many advantages. The parent can be engaged with household tasks while the child is taking their lesson, rather than wasting time driving struggling with traffic and worrying about being late to the lesson , idly waiting for the lesson to end while chores at home are left unfinished, are all eliminated. At- home lessons can also be easier and less stressful on the child in the familiar surroundings of home rather that in a strange environment as well. Taking lessons at home means the child can associate music with his normal life and familiar things, making music a part of the family, as it were.
Eliminating the cost of travel, and time lost from other activities and needed chores at home lessons can be just more economical, and learning and practicing easier when music becomes part of the normal household routine, rather than the ordeal of a commute. At home lessons can make learning to play an instrument easier, faster and more enjoyable for everyone.