I have been teaching private music lessons since graduating from the University of Maryland in 2013, where I received my B.M. in violin performance. I teach piano, violin, and viola lessons to students of all ages and levels. My husband, Paul is a percussionist who also graduated from UMD with a Masters in music. He teaches drumset and percussion lessons.
We both offer 60-minute lessons in our home studio in Del Ray, Alexandria.
We love working with each individual student to help them realize their potential. Music is one of the greatest ways to learn discipline, control, and creativity. Not only do our students get to have fun while learning a new instrument, we work hard to tailor each lesson to different ages, personalities, and experience levels.
My elementary aged daughter studied piano with Maddie for a number of years. We loved her supportive and thoughtful approach to teaching. Maddie made lessons enjoyable and was always supportive of my daughter’s efforts and progress as a student. She was easy to communicate with, trustworthy and always reliable. We had no problem referring her to neighbors and friends. Maddie really is everything you would want in a music teacher!
Maddie was my daughter's first piano teacher. Maddie was very patient when teaching her. My daughter enjoyed her lessons, enjoyed practicing and enjoyed the piano due to Maddie's positive attitude that she brought to teaching the piano. She learned and progressed quickly during the year Maddie taught her. We were sad when Maddie moved out of the area, but she left my daughter with the desire to continue playing the piano and learning music.
Maddie is a great teacher. I was an adult, I could not read music, and had no experience playing a musical instrument. Maddie was exactly the teacher I needed. She was patient and a pleasure to take lessons with. She taught me the fundamentals, set clear goals and kept me progressing. She was willing to come to my house and was very flexible scheduling classes. I was sad to lose her as a teach when she moved.
We love meeting new students! The first lesson consists of getting to know the student, and if they have previous lesson experience, asking them to play a couple pieces to get an idea of where they are. For beginners, it's all about getting the feel of the instrument: for instance, violin and viola students learn correct posture while holding their new instrument, drum students learn the correct way to hold the sticks and where to strike the drum, piano students sit at the piano and find the different keys, etc.