Guitar, Uke, Mandolin, Banjo Instructors:
The styles of guitar lessons we teach are: Slide Guitar, Flat Picking, Jazz, Sweeps, Metal, Pop, Finger Style, Classical, Spanish, Flamenco, Country, Travis picking, and many more.
Kevin Mittleman: Happy and amazingly talented, Kevin is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. He studied one-on-one with the legendary John Abercrombie, Mick Goodrick, and Mordy Ferber. Additionally, Kevin is an experienced composer (film scores for the United Nations), a touring and session musician, and frequently performs in the MD/VA/DC area. Kevin offers in-home lessons as well as lessons in-studio. Instruments: guitar, ukulele, mandolin, and banjo. All styles.
Glenn Flaherty: Glenn is the host of the “Don’t Fear the Theory” instructional series and has audio, TV, and film credits as an educator and performer. A great communicator, Glenn has been a national performer at the Philly Folk Festival and a featured author and contributor for Yahoo and other media companies. A graduate of University of Maryland, he has had private training with famed slide guitarist Mike Auldridge and has performance credits throughout the United States and Europe including performing for audiences of 30,000+ at various festivals. He is an Ovation Guitar award recipient for Best Instructional Video. Instruments: guitar, harmonica, electric bass, tin whistle, recorder, accordion, and ukulele. Styles: blues, rock, classical, slide, and folk.
Ney Mello: Electric, Acoustic, and Classical Guitar, and electric bass. Consultations by appointment. He is a Berklee graduate and an international performer. Top 10 recording artist, and Endorsed performer, and World Famous Al Di Meola raves of Ney’s playing. Prolific author and Educator in the “Maximum Speed Picking” Video Series. You can’t get much better than that!
Piano and Voice Instructors:
Julie Bergmann: Julie is a prominent, classically-trained voice and piano teacher who enjoys teaching a variety of music styles to all kinds of students. She loves arranging piano and voice pieces to match her students’ abilities. Instruments: voice and piano. All styles.
Aaron Gage: Aaron is a Master’s Degree graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Incredibly enthusiastic and energetic, he has experience in musical theater. He is also the winner of the prestigious Berklee Contemporary Symphonic Orchestra Competition. Along with teaching, He currently performs all over the MD/DC/VA area and composes his own music. Instruments: violin, viola, cello, piano, and voice. Here is a VIDEO of Aaron conducting his Piano Trio (performing a piece he wrote).
Connie Hughes: Piano, all styles. Private Instructor for Stranmillis University of Belfast. Additional teaching experience in Switzerland and Germany. She is an excellent instructor. Very warm, encouraging and nurturing to her students. She has consistently been one of our most sought after instructors.
Fumiko Reeder-Mrs. Reeder is in her eighth year as accompanist of the New Castle choir department. A native of Yamaguchi and Kobe, Japan, Mrs. Reeder is a graduate of St. Catherine University in Matsuyama, Japan where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance. After moving to the United States, she studied piano performance at Taccoa Falls College in Taccoa, Georgia. She currently holds memberships with the American College of Musicians and the National Guild of Piano Teachers, to which she was named on the “National Honor Roll” in 1999. An accomplished pianist and teacher, Mrs. Reeder’s piano students have received national recognition from the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the Society of American Musicians and the National Arts Recognition Program.
Laurel Underwood: Piano/Voice. Classically trained piano and voice teacher with years of experience in teaching and accompanying. Laurel firmly believes it’s possible to develop solid skills and have fun learning at the same time, whatever a student’s level of skill and whatever their preferred style of music.
Robert Rohr- Teaches Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Standing Bass. He has a Bachelors of Arts in Cello and Piano performance from Shenandoah Conservatory
Drums Lesson Instructors:
Sean Peterson: Since moving to the D.C. area in 2014, Sean has established himself as a sought after drummer in the local music scene. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in England, Sean has had the opportunity to perform and tour throughout the continental United States and throughout Europe. As both a brass player and a drummer, Sean has taken part in session work at the University of Maryland, American University, and BBC radio studios. He is currently most known for his work with “The Split Seconds”, an established DC punk rock group. He specializes in rudimental/marching percussion, and various styles of rock/blues drumming.
Tarek Mohommed: Drum Kit, Recording, Congas, Timbales, hand percussion. Great with young students. He brings both full kit knowledge and marching bandbackground to his lessons. Perfect for those developing musicians who are meeting the demands of school drum programs; college, high school, or otherwise.
Violin Lesson Instructors, Viola Lesson Instructors, and Cello Instructors:
A very talented and upbeat young man, Sepehrdad Is a violinist in the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. He’s taught students from beginner to advance for more than 10 years, guided students participating in inter-school musical shows, competitions and different musical presentations-Fests and orchestras. He began playing the violin at the age of 9 with sight singing and ear training at age of five.. He started his musical journey by studying violin under Iranian and Russian instructors. He also plays traditional Iranian music on the Violin, and Kamancheh. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at the the University of Art & Music in Iran in Classical Violin Performance.
Throughout his professional career, he has collaborated with numerous prestigious ensembles such as Iranian National Orchestra. He has composed for a wide range of dance performances, from Western modern dance to Eastern folkloric traditions. Sepehrdad has participated in several concerts including Kennedy Center, radio, TV shows, and festivals.
Sepehrdad strives to teach his students at the level that was present in his education. He finds this works best due to the rigor of course, because students become devoted to the fundamentals of music. While it is a path that is extremely difficult, it makes students appreciate the music they are playing at a deeper level of understanding. He believes that any student with the proper foundation can become great with their instrument of choice, and he aims to make violin students great with their selection
|Aaron Gage: Piano/Cello/ Violin/ Guitar: Composition Degree from Berklee. Winner of the Prestigious Berklee Contemporary Symphonic Orchestra Composition Competition.
Male Voice, Piano, Cello, and Guitar. Experienced in Musical Theatre. Here is a VIDEO of Aaron conducting his Piano Trio (performing a piece he wrote).
Trumpet instructors, Baritone Instructors, Saxophone lesson instructors, Flute lesson instructors, and Clarinet lesson instructors:
Rodrigo Tarraza: Wind/Brass/Piano/Guitar/Multilingual- Rodrigo is a fantastic addition to our school. He is an international performer throughout Europe and now resides in the Metro area. He studied with Barthold Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, and is a published musician in Europe and South America. As conductor for his own Classical quartet and Jazz Trio, Rodrigo is an experienced pro with a great personality and commitment to excellence that all students seek.
Dr. Tim Powell: At home in both classical and jazz idioms, saxophonist/ Clarinetist/Flutest Tim Powell is an active and established freelance musician in the Mid-Atlantic region. He has performed with the Baltimore, Alexandria, and Altoona symphony orchestras as well as Frank Sinatra Jr., Gloria Gayner, Ben Folds, the Four Freshman, Frankie Avalon, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Mauro Marcondes, Origem, and the Mike Kamuf Little Big Band, to name a few. He received his B.S. in Music Education from Penn State University and both his Master’s in Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park. Tim Powell is currently on faculty at Rowan University, Montgomery College and the University of Maryland, College Park where he teaches saxophone and various academic music classes. Teaches Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone and more!
Elizabeth Anthony-Brass instructor and degreed educator. If you’ve ever dropped by the School, you most likely have met Elizabeth. She is one of our most tenured staff members and beloved by all who cross her path. She is hailed for always going the extra step to ensure student success.
Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us:
The School of Music
1331-S Rockville Pike
Rockville Md 20852