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Monday—Saturday 10-6 Sunday 11-5
UKULELE for KIDS: PRIVATE or GROUP LESSONS - BRING YOUR FRIENDS - LEARN TOGETHER
Kaya Crespo - Student at G’burg HS high school with a passion for music and the Ukulele. Took private lessons on guitar and drums. Enjoys all genres of music. Gentle with kids, and supportive of their efforts. Interested in encouraging others in their musical pursuits.
A bit about Kaya: Performed in front of (Pro) Ukulele adults at Ukefest. 1 Year of guitar lessons in high school. 2 years of chorus. Accepted into MCYC (Montgomery County Youth Choir). Volunteer work at churches. Volunteer work for Transcen (An organization focused on the rights of persons with disabilities). Makes & sells hand crafted items. Loves to sing and play Ukulele!
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.
Nathan Stern— Guitar
Current Music Major at Montgomery College. Over 10 years playing experience with a few years teaching experience now. Nate started at Victor Litz Music taking private lessons and joined the Academy of Rock bands at Litz Music. Nate also studied guitar with Mr. Dan Grande from G’burg HS. Performances include church band, gigging with his rock bands, and more! Although my appreciation for music extends across all genres from Jazz to Hip Hop to Country to Pop to Metal, I specialize in teaching beginning guitar for those with an aptitude to learn Rock, Blues, Reggae or Pop. As an instructor I tailor my lessons to the student based on their skill level, but more importantly their musical interest. Having taken theory from as early as ninth grade, and resuming my basic theory study, I possess the skills to teach any beginning guitar student the basics of the instrument. Although I prefer to begin teaching by feel and by ear based on the students’ interest, I am not opposed to teaching from a book should they require a structured lesson. My goal as always Is to translate my love of music to meet whatever simple or diverse needs a student may have upon deciding that they’d like to play guitar. I enjoy sharing and working with students of all ages.
John Zahn – Electric & Acoustic Guitar, 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
Tim Guilliams - guitar and vocal
Tim is a guitar and vocal instructor. He has been working with teen bands since 2007. Show directing and starting an Adult Program, working for the next 7 years. Tim brings extensive knowledge of live performance and practical application of vocal training having studied voice and performed frequently throughout his entire career..
DRUM INSTRUCTOR MIKE SMIRNOFF RETURNS TO LITZ MUSIC!
Drum Set and Percussion, all styles. Mike is an enthusiastic and attentive instructor that creates a curriculum designed for you. Keeping music fun while helping students of any age, progress to their fullest! Remote lessons from ages 7 and up. In person lessons from ages 5 and up.
-Bachelor's Degree in Orchestral Percussion Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park
-Former adjunct faculty at Morgan State University and Montgomery College.
-Has performed on stage with Mindi Abair, Krist Novoselic (of Nirvana), Jello Biafra (of the Dead Kennedys)
Dave Immergluck and Charlie Gillingham (of Counting Crows) and many more.
-Lessons emphasize technique, fundamentals, learning skills through songs, feel and fun!
-Teaching includes reading, Afro-Cuban Percussion, African Percussion, Marimba/Mallet playing, orchestral and
rudimental snare drum and any style drum set.
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.
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.
Lori Fowser earned her B.M. and M.M. degrees in clarinet performance from the University of Maryland. Her most influential teachers include the late Loren Kitt of the National Symphony Orchestra and David Martins of the Boston Ballet Orchestra. Ms. Fowser maintains an active teaching studio of clarinet and saxophone students in Howard, Prince Georges, and Montgomery Counties in Maryland. Her students have been selected for Honors, Gifted and Talented, and All-State bands and Orchestras, as well as all of the area youth orchestras. Lori is in demand as a freelance musician, doubling on clarinets and saxophones of most sizes. She has performed with Rockville Summer Dinner Theater, Washington Savoyards, Capital Wind Symphony, Prince George’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Toby's Dinner Theater of Columbia, Great Noise Ensemble, Londontowne Symphony Orchestra, and many others. She currently holds the third, bass, and E flat clarinet position in the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. Lori is a founding member of the wind quintets Gallery Winds and Charm City Winds. 2019 marks the seventh annual Gallery Winds Summer Chamber Music Camp for middle and high school students.
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.
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.
Banjo Teacher, flute, piano and more. Offering 1/2 hour and 1 hours lessons
Frank Cassel has been a performing musician, songwriter, and teacher in the Washington, DC area for many years. He plays guitar, flute and 5-string banjo professionally, specializing in folk, bluegrass and original music. He is well known in the Washington, DC area as an entertaining and engaging performer.
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.
Navya Gautam—Viola, Violin, Piano: As an accomplished musician at an early age, Navya received numerous music and education awards, such as Junior Musician Award from MSMTA, as well as traveling to perform in New Orleans, professional settings & performances. Navya is with the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra, Co-principal violist in the Young Artists of America Orchestra, violist in Chamber Orchestra to name a few. She is a leader & organizer of Music/Dance camps and with performing musical sing-alongs. Navya teaches for the enjoyment of sharing her love of music. She is studying to become a doctor but will always have the enthusiasm to share the benefit of music in the community. She does Traditional and Suzuki styles of teaching. You will learn to read music, learn technique and enjoy playing, whether for strings or piano. She will get you ready for performances!
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.
Music Lessons Available on 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. Lessons are $30-$40 per week depending on teacher.
Music Lessons admin available by phone 10-6 Monday thru Friday 10-3 Saturday 301-948-7791
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.
Kathryn Fisher—Piano, Flute, Piccolo Recorder, Violin, Ukulele. Ages 4 and up, depending on the instrument. B.A in Music Performance from Centenary College, LA. Graduate studies at American Un in Music Ed. Studied music performance at Un. Of Nice, France. Performance includes Shreveport Symphony, along with other numerous chamber ensembles w/DC Music Union. Member of Music Teachers Nat’l Assoc & Nat’l Guild of Piano teachers. Taught at Georgetown Univ. Prepares her students for competitions, ready for auditions and to enjoy learning an instrument and to enjoy music for the new students and to continue on for the come back players!
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’!
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.
Billy Litz trumpet, trombone, baritone, euphonium, piano, harmonica, guitar. He has been teaching brass, piano and guitar since 2012. He has a BA in Music Education from Salisbury University with a focus on trumpet. He teaches private lessons, rock bands and group music classes at schools. He tours the east coast and releases music with the soul/rock band Hustle Souls and performs as a solo singer songwriter. Teaching can be tailored to students goals and stylistic preference from classical to jazz and pop/rock/blues/country with focus on technicality, reading, practice technique, theory, musicianship and expression.
Has and could also teach harmonica online. He could teach baritone horn. He would need a 1 week advance notice to get materials together for baritone horn lessons..
Dan Rynders – Electric Bass, Acoustic/Classical Guitar, Ukulele, & Piano Fundamentals. Performing around MD/DC/VA for 10+ years, and playing music since early grade school. A.A. in Electric Bass with a focus in Jazz Performance. All styles specializing in Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock, Fusion, R&B, Folk, and some Classical. Emphasis on developing well rounded musicians, as well as getting people of all ages from children to adults started playing music right away. Developing a strong understanding of theory, ear training, elements of melody and harmony, modes and exotic scales. Material selected is based on students’ ability.
Grace Kulvatunyou—Violin and Piano. Ms. Kulvatunyou’s 20-year teaching experiences have allowed her to interact with all kinds of students ranging from elementary to high school children, adult and special-needs children. She has been teaching private piano & violin lessons since 2000 and also an instructor for the after-school music programs in MoCo Public schools. Prior to this, taught at the Yamaha Music School since 1996. Graduated MS in Education from Penn State University (State College, PA) and received a Piano certificate from Trinity College of London. I love playing music as much as I love teaching music. I believe that it is a life-long companion. I am passionate and dedicated to teaching because I believe that all kids can learn and enjoy music and because I would love for music to be their life-long companion as well. Additional, I have experiences organizing events such as recitals and preparing children for music exams. I am also currently an accompanist for the Metropolitan Ballet Theater. I am patient and commit to my lessons and students progress; it is rewarding to see how much they learn to be confident to perform in public and for family during the recitals.