John Johnson - Instructor for Guitar and Bass, Synthesis Programming and Recording
Fundamentals, 1982-Present.  John has worked with and coached music performance workshop bands and taught guitar and bass lessons to people of all age.
Experienced with music software in a DAW environment such as Ableton Live, Cubase, Pro Tools, Cakewalk, Reason, and, Reason Essentials


Nancy Switkes – Bassoon, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet.  Classical, Jazz.  Enthusiastic instructor who motivates students of any age by bringing out each individual’s maximum potential.  Liberal Arts Degree.  Over 30 years teaching experience.  Teaching with Victor Litz since 1993.  Performs with big bands, musicals, ensembles, orchestras & currently with The Georgetown Quintet.   

  Walter Umana—Drum Set & Snare Drum for beginners. Able to teach styles such as Rock, Pop, Ska, Progressive and more. Does very well working with younger students as well as with students that have never sat behind a drum set. Has studied music theory at The Art Institute of Washington and Montgomery College. Has played in several bands for over 10 years. Currently playing bass in a Progressive Rock band.  Has worked in our retail department for over 8 years and has an extensive knowledge of musical gear and equipment. Walter also instructs the After School Academy of Rock program at Victor Litz Music, held   on Mondays and Wednesdays for students 18 years of age and younger.

Barbara Riehl – Piano & Voice.  Styles include Jazz, Classical, Pop, Old Time R&R, Ballads, R&B, Country. Catonsville Community College-music theory & composition  and Towson State University with areas of emphasis on theory, piano, jazz, voice & acting for musical theatre.  Performing professionally for over 30 years to include Mid Atlantic Region Songwriters Assoc. 


A former student returns to Victor Litz Music to teach students, ages 9-15.  Bilal has been playing guitar since 2006.  His teaching philosophy:  provide fundaments such as chords, basic scales, picking techniques, reading/writing tab, anatomy of a guitar, etc.  Offers exercises for building hand strength. Focus on improvisation and song composition in addition to learning songs.  He encourages students to make connections of different concepts, such as scales, soloing.  You will enjoy learning! 

Ready to Rock?  Call for available times  301-948-7791


Music Lessons

John Johnson - Instructor for Guitar and Bass, Synthesis Programming and Recording
Fundamentals, 1982-Present.  John has worked with and coached music performance workshop bands and taught guitar and bass lessons to people of all age.
Experienced with music software in a DAW environment such as Ableton Live, Cubase, Pro Tools, Cakewalk, Reason, and, Reason Essentials

Music Lessons available

  All Instruments ~ All Levels ~ All Styles

Victor Litz Music offers fun friendly private lessons that yield tangible results. Private lessons are available on most instruments including drum, guitar, bass, piano, keyboard, banjo, ukulele, voice, brass, woodwinds, string orchestral instruments and more.

Whether you are the parent of an excited beginner or are a skilled veteran looking to take your playing to the next level, whether you dream of playing a violin concerto or a blues lick Victor Litz Music has the right teacher and program for your individual needs. We offer diverse lessons for students of all skill levels in every genre.

At Victor Litz Music we aspire to make your lessons an enjoyable educational experience. We strive to assist each student in achieving his or her goals while becoming proud well rounded musicians who share our passion for the art.

Music Lessons admin available by phone 11-9 Monday thru Friday 10-3 Saturday 301-948-7478

Choose from

  • Michael Litz Drums and Percussion
  • Ilana Mesnard Piano and Voice
  • Justin Robb Guitar
  • Wesley Abdill Guitar
  • Meghan Elkins Piano and Voice
  • John Zahn Guitar and Bass
  • Ray Burns Banjo
  • Dale Kotler Bass and Guitar
  • Nakisa Kariman Violin, Cello, Viola, Piano
  • Barbara Riehl Piano and Voice
  • Denis Gordan Piano and Drums
  • Igor Kozlor Piano, Keyboards, Percussion
  • Russell Graham Violin, Viola, Trombone
  • Nancy Switkes Woodwinds, Bassoon, Sax, Clarinet, Flute
  • Bruce Krohmer Clarinet, Sax
  • Kevin Burnes Guitar and Piano
  • Gary Edenfield Ukulele
  • Austin Litz Piano, Keys, Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Trumpet, Guitar
  • Nani Lowery Ukulele
  • Terry Marshall Piano
  • John Edwards Draganove Violin and Piano
  • Maanasa Maadhavan—Piano Instructor
  • Walter Umana-Drums and Academy of Rock group rock band lessons program.
  • Benjamin Sacks—Guitar, Drums, Piano.
  • Marvin Montano Bi-lingual guitar and drums
  • John Johnson Guitar, Bass, Symth, Recording
  • Fran Beatty Guitar, piano,Preschool percussion classes

Gary Edenfield— Private & Group Uke:  Things you’ll learn:  To keep a steady rhythm, start with a handful of chords.  Simple and catchy melodies, use very few chords.  If you’d rather just sing, that’s great!  If you’d rather just strum, wonderful! If you can sing and strum, go for it.  Everyone can be successful!  Everyone loves the uke!  Pop songs, Hawaiian, songs that you grew up with!  Even one of the most popular uke songs today,  ‘Hey Soul Sister’!

Dennis Gordon – Piano, Keyboard, Organ, & Drums.  Specializes in Jazz, Rock, Blues, Pop, some Classical.  Emphasizes technique, rhythm, reading, melody, harmony, theory, and two-hand coordination.  Goal is for the student to progress and understand musical concepts while practicing regularly.  Teaching certificate from Towson.  More than 28 years teaching experience;.  Teaching with Victor Litz since 1992.

Ilana Mesnard—Voice. Opera, Arias, Folk Gospel.  Acting & vocal coaching for middle school ages & up.  Beginner piano from ages 7. Music Performance Major. Italian studies, Minor/Bachelor of Music 2015.  Advanced Italian, beginner German & French diction.  Performance include state choirs, Vienna Austria Chamber Ensemble, Sunderman Conservatory Opera, Washington National Opera, only to name a few. She prepares students for auditions/theater. Breathing, posture & learn to read music are emphasized. 

Terry Marshall – Piano, Keyboard.  Jazz, Swing, Standards, Classical, Pop, Gospel.   Students will build self esteem, confidence, and discipline through proper practice and technique.  Has degree in Speech Communication and Music Education.  Over 15 years teaching. Musical director; instructs master classes.  Prepares students for competitions.



Serving the Community since 1961

Russell Graham—Trombone.Violin, strings,  Music Composition Major @ Berklee College of Music in Boston, Music Performance @ Lawrence Un. in Wisconsin.  Teaching since 2005.  Teaching @ Filmore Arts Center since 2007.  Memberships:  Suzuki Assoc. of Greater Washington, Soulful Symphony Orchestra, Local 161-710 Musicians Union.  Performances include venues inside & out of USA.  A classically trained musician that has introduced Jazz to the  trombone and violin.  Also teaches violin & viola.

Meghan Elkins—Piano ages 5 & up.  Voice ages 12 & up.  BFA; Acting emphasis w/Music Minor from Un. of Minnesota-Duluth.  Approach is individual & will work toward creating a style & environment that will benefit the student. Studied & performed opera & voice  in Master Classes at MacPhail Center for Arts in Minneapolis. Past & present: performances include Jazz, Opera, Dixieland, Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, only to name a few. 

Ray Burns—5 String-Earl Scruggs style.  A long time banjo player & teacher for over 20 years, utilizing tab, recordings, transcriptions & playing by ear.  Also plays rhythm guitar to back up students as they play.  “I enjoy teaching & watching students progress until something really clicks, & they understand timing & melody and are able to feel music.  Ray built his first banjo in the 70’s while attending Univ. of MD.  A long time Bluegrass lover, picking with friends became a dream come true.  

Justin Robb—Guitar—Eddie Van Halen, shred style guitar (shredding).  No note reading here!    Develop speed, stamina, arpeggios,.  Practice and exercise is most important for developing sped, stamina & accuracy.  Justin is an experienced performer, full time working musician.

Marvin Montano—Guitar and Bass.  Fluent in both Spanish and English.  Style of music:  Funk, Jazz, Fusion, Latin, Rock and Metal.  Currently a music major at Montgomery College.   Started playing drums and bass guitar which opened the doors for guitar playing.  Because of his love of music and the attention he got, Marvin started teaching friends and peers on bass and guitar.  Marvin tutored at Victor Litz Music’s ‘Academy of Rock’ band program.  Not only did the tutoring with the rock students further his progress as a musician, but also as a musical educator.   He reads music and will teach treble, bass clef and tab.  ‘I will make sure to meet the students needs in a fun and productive way that will encourage them to further their interest in learning music’.


Dale Kotler – Electric Bass & Guitar.  Jazz, Rock, Funk, Pop, Blues, some classical and more.  More than 25 years professional experience in performance and teaching.  Versatile in many styles and techniques.  Gives students a strong foundation in the fundamentals of bass playingwhich will allow them the freedom to improvise and create solid bass lines to compliment any style of music.   A patient & accommodating teacher.  (AA) Degree in Performance.


Wesley Abdill – 6, 7, and 12 strings, acoustic and electric guitars. Vocal coaching.  All styles, specializing in Classical, Rock, Metal, Fusion, and Instrumental.  Emphasizes a strong foundation and developing overall musicianship.  Focuses on theory, ear-training, reading, technique, and expressive performance soloing.  A.A. in Teacher Education, bachelors Degree in Classical Guitar Performance, Towson.  Teaching for over 18 years.  ACADEMY of ROCK Instructor. 

Bruce Krohmer– Trumpet, Saxophones, Flute. Bachelor of Music Univ. of Louisville. Teaching since 1969 at: U. of L. prep dept.;  Plays and teaches both classical technique, and many other styles, including pop, jazz, and improvisation.   Goal- To find what my students want to learn while providing a technical background to help them accomplish their dreams.  


Fran Beatty has over 30 years teaching experience.  Has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Masters Arts degree in Music Education.  Ms. Beatty is a professional pianist and taught private piano lessons and  general music and choir, in Montgomery County Public Schools, nursery schools and churches.  Preschool music program at a local church, nursery school.  She  composed 4 C.D.’s of original children’s music, and has performed her originals at Wolf Trap, National Theatre, Kennedy Center and in M.C. public schools.  Plays the ukulele, guitar, drum set and saxophone. 

Igor Kozlov—Percussion, Drums, Piano—Over 25 years teaching drums, timpani, cymbals, bells xylophone & piano.  MA, BA Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory of Music.    Performances include countries such as Austria, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Argentina, Peru, and US (Carnegie Hall).  Experience teaching from students starting at age 6.  Fluent in English & Russian.

Kevin Burnes – Guitar & Piano.  Rock, Classical, Jazz, Fusion and Metal. Over 23 years teaching.  From beginning to advanced. Focus on foundational development with music reading and theory along with emphasis on composition and advanced soloing and improvisation technique. A.A. in Music Composition from Montgomery College.  Performs and provides studio session work for national and local bands and studios. Performed with Dokken and Joe Lynn Turner.

John-Edward Draganov—Violin, Viola, Piano.  Teaches ages 6 & up.  Orginally from Mont. Co. Has over 8 years experience in performing/teaching. Classically trained.  Classical, rock, jazz, pop, and metal.  Played in professional and youth orchestras, in the USA, Asia, and Europe. Studied under Russian, Czech, Bulgarian, Asian, and American instructors.  Instruction methods, tailoring accordingly to parents/students wishes. Emphasizes on technique and a solid understanding of the fundamentals of playing, as well as theory and ear training/solfeggio.  Prepares students for auditions, orchestras, further professional playing or just for fun. Fluent in English, Spanish, French and Bulgarian, with some knowledge of Russian, German and Arabic.

Benjamin Sacks—Guitar, Drums, Piano.  Started singing at a young age, whether theatre productions, chorus or  bands, he found an excuse to sing his heart out.  Started drums at age 12 then piano and guitar.
After receiving his certificate of completion in jazz performance at Montgomery College, Ben decided to follow his dreams of becoming a professional musician and teacher.  He has since been living his dreams and is loving every minute of it. His biggest influences include Metallica, Iron Maiden, Guns and Roses, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Extreme, Santana, and many more.
Ben's passion and love for music is shown, not only in his own playing, but also in his teaching.  He strives to make sure every student not just learns how to play music, but enjoys and is excited to learn.  His favorite part about teaching is when his students feel inspired by what they are learning.  After all, isn't that what being a teacher is all about.    That's Ben's philosophy; Passion, love, and inspiration.

Nakisa Karimian –  Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano.

Specializes in Classical music: traditional and Suzuki methods.  Over 16 years of experience teaching violin, viola, cello and piano at Victor Litz. Born and raised in Iran, graduated from Conservatory of Music School of Tehran and completed her studies in Spain and later at University of Maryland. Nakisa is a member of the National Music Teachers Association.

Nani Lowery—From Hawaii, for over 40 years, Nani, is a self taught ukulele player. My teaching style three fold:1)  listening to  learn  2) good chord transition techniques and 3) economy of motion with strumming.  To keep students interests, we choose songs that they want to learn besides songs that would help them in their learning.  Does not do much  music theory.  Concentration is for beginner ukulele players through intermediate lessons.  Individual and group lessons are available with Nani.  She leads the Monthly Maryland Ukulele Jam that meets in Gaithersburg and also leads the Litz Ukulele Club.  

Michael Litz—Drum Set, Snare—Including Jazz, Rock, Pop, Ska, Reggae styles & more.  Over 15 years experience studying, performing & recording.  Offering private lessons @ Victor Litz or in the home.   Studies drum with, and biggest influence:  Steve Larrance, Professional/Freelance Drummer & Instructor. 


For more information on lessons please call our lessons department  

301-948-7791 or email

Maanasa Maadhavan—Piano.  Passionate piano player.  12 years experience competing & performing.  4 years experience teaching piano and music theory to all ages.    Classically trained & knowledgeable in piano technique, music theory, and prioritizes fundamentals of playing.  Gives much importance to ear training and music theory and emphasizes the use of dynamics, passion, and creativity when playing and learning piano.  Numerous awards won from the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Keyboard Musicianship Honors, MSMTA Distinguished Theory Award, only to name a few.  A light-hearted, focused, and jovial teacher.

John Zahn – Electric & Acoustic Guita,  all levels through advanced.  Provides instruction of all Scales, Harmony, Rhythm Study, Soloing Techniques, Improvisation, Performance & Theory.  Classic Rock, Blues, R&B, Country, Reggae.   Experienced performer  on the guitar.  He studied with Jack Cassidy of Jefferson Airplane and renowned guitarist Tom Guernsey.  Full Time Instructor at Victor Litz Music Center since 1978.  3000 songs transcribed.  Also teaches Bass guitar