Guitar Lessons

JOSH M.

guitarbwJosh became involved with music when he was 10 years old after receiving his first guitar for Christmas. He taught himself for 3 years before starting private lessons with Michael Bailey, a Berklee College of Music graduate and one of the guitarists for the band Stryper. Bailey helped to cultivate a love for the guitar in Josh and by the time he was 15, he knew that he wanted to be a professional musician. After 6 years of studying with Bailey, Josh started taking private lessons with internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Rick Whitehead. Josh continues to study with Whitehead, who is a professor at both George Mason University and the Shenandoah Music Conservatory. Josh is currently in music school at George Mason University and intends to graduate in the fall of 2013.

Josh teaches all levels and styles of guitar to students of all ages. Because music is all about experimentation and discovery, Josh tries to serve as a facilitator for music rather than just a teacher. He has a laid back teaching style that allows the students to be challenged while still giving them the ability to set their own pace in the lessons. Whether the student wants to learn advanced techniques, music theory, or just their favorite songs, Josh is able to break down seemingly complex musical concepts into simple lessons.

Josh teaches electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, as well as ukulele.


RYAN O.

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Ryan has been teaching with Jessica’s Music Studio for over 3 years. He has been playing guitar for over a decade. At age 14 he began guitar lessons studying various genres of music including: acoustic, rock, metal, funk, and blues. Ryan also studied classical guitar under the professional Sanjay Mishra. After several years of developing his technique as a guitarist, Ryan began studying classical …piano at NVCC. Here, he studied core elements of music education including music theory, sight singing and ear training. After earning his associates degree in classical piano, Ryan began teaching at Jessica’s Music Studio. Currently Ryan is playing guitar and keyboards in an original progressive rock band. He is also studying jazz theory and harmony to advance his teaching curriculum. As a student himself, Ryan understands the patience and encouragement required to make learning music fun. Ryan believes in a well rounded musician. Students taking lessons with Ryan can expect to learn how to read musical notation, understand advanced theoretical concepts, improvise in most styles, compose pieces, and even learn their favorite songs.

 

 


Tommy W.

TommyTommy has been playing the violin since 2000. He studied the Suzuki method under his first instructor. His second instructor, a member of the National Symphony Orchestra, sat 5th chair in first violins. His third and final instructor is the violin professor at James Madison University. Tommy says, “Violin has taken me to places that I couldn’t have even dreamed of.” When he was younger, he had the opportunity of playing in the Youth Symphony Orchestras of Prince William. In the eighth grade, he moved up to the top orchestra. That year, his orchestra, along with three other orchestras across the nation, was invited to play a competition at Carnegie Hall. His orchestra, Youth Symphony Orchestra, won Gold Medal. In high school, Tommy gave multiple performances at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra. He has played at countless weddings and has even performed with the band “Kansas”. After college, he extensively studied music theory and ear training. His method of teaching is classical, but he also teaches the Suzuki method. He is also able to teach bluegrass fiddle. He’s been teaching at Jessica’s Music Studio since 2013 and has been excelling ever since.