Life is for living. Living things grow. We grow at our paces. Many people in my generation had to wait, or chose to wait on doing things for themselves. Music is one of those things. There are more than one friend of mine that I found out is thumping on the bass guitar now and is over 60 or close to it. There is more than one friend that always wanted to be a pianist but didn’t think they could. I have been dragging a guitar around since I was 2 but didn’t get serious till a few years ago. I am still a beginner. A old beginner but I get joy from playing.
What Brings You Joy?
This is a tough question for many people. Why? I think it is because we are used to the negatives. We know what we don’t like. It is forced into our faces as soon as we wake up everyday. Someone is sharing their political views. Another is trying to sell us something. Others are sharing their disappointments. We share a lot of garbage. I am sharing the names and contact information of local instructors below. These are regular people happy to share their knowledge with you. Like everything your results may vary.
I’ll be updating this list as I get information. All are located in the Washington, DC metro area (DMV)
Here’s to you finding the right one and doing better in 2021!
Greta Ehrig – I teach piano (and songwriting) to students of all ages. For older folks, I teach private lessons. And group classes through Montgomery College (at the Takoma Park campus and/or over zoom). https://soundcloud.com/greta_ehrig_arts
Flo Anito – Http://www.floanito.com
Bridgett Nesfield – (piano and voice) +18283840770 and my email is [email protected]
Erik Sharar – http://eriksharar.com
Rafael Ponde – http://www.rafaelponde.com.br
Kevin Schellhase – I’ve been teaching piano lessons for 15 years and I specialize in working with neurodiverse students particularly those on the autism spectrum. Would love to hear from anyone looking for a bit of musical help and a free Zoom lesson – email me at [email protected].
James Britton amazing guitarist from DC teaching virtual guitar lessons from LA now https://www.jamesbrittonmusic.com
Brian Gross of BG & the Mojo Hands.
I’ve been a guitar teacher and performer for 26 years. http://www.bgmojo.com
Robert Fiester – [email protected] or call 301-262-0522 to make arrangements.
Mark Sylvester – http://www.marksylvester.net
Flo Anito. – Http://www.floanito.com.
Jon Hawkins – I’m the music director at the School of Rock Washington DC / Cleveland Park. We’ve got a fairly large adult band program going, as well as traditional lessons. We’re closed this week, but once we get back in post-Thanksgiving, we offer free trial lessons, as well as opportunities to sit in on group/band rehearsals w/ no financial commitment. The adult class is called “Grad School,” and we do the band class on Wednesday 6-8pm. Call us and ask for Chris (owner) or myself, Jonathan (Music Director/Show Director) for more info!! (I’m also one of the guitar/bass instructors at the school).
Brian Hubler – I own www.MusicallyCreative.com. We mostly do small group lessons to offer pro lessons at about 1/3 the cost but we are doing a lot of virtual private lessons. Our guitar instructor is AMAZING. Check them out on the about page on our site. I’m a 25 yr music educator so I’m pretty selective on my employees and think they would love the instructors.
Garrett Gleason – http://garrett-gleason.bandcamp.com/
David Em – [email protected]
Jordan has been studying electric bass for 10 years and has toured with funk, R&B and Rock groups. Jordan emphasizes learning the foundations of solid technique, ear training, and developing your own, personal sound to explore the bass. Jordan’s personal philosophy emphasizes the bass as a supportive instrument that links harmony and rhythm.$30 for half hour lessons and $50 for an hour. Prices are flexible based on need. Contact Jordan and Jord[email protected] to set up your first lesson for free.
Last week I asked for a few volunteers that I could interview, promote, and advertise for and a few raised their Facebook hand. I know it is suspect when someone offers free anything, especially help.
But here’s the thing. I believe in the power of communication. I know it is important not only on who you know but who knows you. I’m a podcaster, a voice over artist and a business person that also wants to be a great musician. Here’s my chance to encourage people like me that have waited a long time for whatever reason to live their dreams. Erik Sharar was my first.