Austin Litz
Saxophone, woodwinds, piano, guitar and more

Austin is a Litz family member.  He has grown up in the music business.  Degree from Salisbury University.  20 plus years experience in music performance, composing, teaching, recording and more.  

He is now offering music lessons Tuesdays during they day thru early evenings.  If you need day time lessons before 3:00PM Austin is available on  a very limited basis.  

Chris Mercado

    School's Out! Academy of Rock for teens   
Chris Mercado -  Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Piano, Drums & Violin.  Duel Emphasis Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance and Instrumental Music Education and a Master’s degree in Arts in Teaching.  Currently taking lead in forming the entire Montgomery County Public Schools Guitar curriculum.  Strives to make a very personal connection between music and the student especially in listening connected to playing by using repertoire connected to student interests as well as expanding knowledge on other genres.  Specializes in building musicianship, improvisation, theory, and forming applicable knowledge in the modern “music-internet” age that students can use to find and perform music both inside outside of their lessons.  

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.  

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Denis Malloy is a versatile clarinetist, bass clarinetist, saxophonist and composer happily making diverse music in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan area.
He records and performs in a wide range of styles including classical, jazz, middle-eastern, cabaret and rock.
Denis has performed with the Summer Opera Company in Washington, D.C., the AIMS Symphonie Orchester in Graz Austria, and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia and is currently a member of The Georgetown Quintet.
In the non-classical vein, he has performed with his own jazz duo, trio and quartet for various events and functions at venues including the Library of Congress, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Peabody Library.
As a composer and improviser, he has composed music for several Silent Era films, both as an individual and in collaboration with the band Boister. He has performed live accompaniment to silent film at the Kennedy Center, American Film Institute (Silver Spring, MD), Charles Theatre (Baltimore, MD), Patterson Theater (Baltimore), Avalon Theater (Easton, MD), Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum (Baltimore), and the Virginia Film Festival, among others.
Denis appears on more than a dozen CDs, including two with Boister produced by respected producer Jim Dickinson. Recordings by Persian Flamenco group The Roya Ensemble, Boister, and his independent project TreeHouse Quartet, are available at CDBaby and iTunes.
 He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.

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.

Frank Cassel

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.

Frank studied banjo with some great players, including Fred Geiger and Mike Munford (recently IBMA banjo player of the year and member of the Grammy nominated (2016) band Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen.  He has played guitar professionally for over thirty years solo, and in various bands.  He was in the orchestra pit for a Stage show at the Wax Museum theater playing flute as well as guitar and banjo.  He also wrote and performed music on those three instruments for the Primary Movers children's dance group, and Modern Dancer Carol Tester.  During the last five years he has taught beginning piano to the children of a number of families in NWDC, as well as flute, and guitar.  He has consistently taught 5-string banjo privately over a number of years.  

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.

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-$35 per week depending on teacher.
Music Lessons admin available by phone 11-8 Monday thru Friday 10-3 Saturday 301-948-7478

Music Lessons

 Ben Constantinides—Trombone, Trumpet, Low Brass.
Teaching since 2014, Ben was an assistant choir director, brass instructor & Artist in Residence, along with tutoring college students, tutoring music theory, and general studies for guitar and brass instruments. He was an active teacher & clinician in the province of Manitoba, Canada while pursuing his master’s degree at Brandon University.  During his undergraduate studies at UNCG, he served as the principal trombonist for the Raleigh Symphony & the Fayetteville Symphony.  Ben holds a MM in Music Performance and a BM in Music Education. Ben Constantinides also teaches guitar, piano, and voice.

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.

  • Barbara Riehl - Piano and Voice
  • Ben Constantinides - Trombone, Trumpet, Low Brass, Voice, Piano, Guitar
  • Bilal Saleem - Guitar
  • Bruce Krohmer - Clarinet, Sax
  • Dale Kotler - Bass and Guitar
  • Dan Rynders -Electric Bass, Acoustic/ Classical Guitar, Ukulele & Piano
  • Dennis Gordon - Drums, Organ, Piano
  • Fran Beatty - Guitar, Piano, Voice, Preschool percussion classes
  • Frank Cassel - Banjo
  • Gary Edenfield - Ukulele
  • Igor Kozlov - Piano, Keboards, Drums, Percussion
  • Ilana Mesnard - Voice
  • John Zahn - Guitar and Bass
  • Jon Johnson - Guitar, Bass, Synthesis Programming and Recording
  • Keith Baker Recording
  • Kevin Burnes - Guitar and Piano
  • Meghan Elkins - Piano and Voice
  • Mike Litz - Drum set and Snare Drum
  • Nakisa Karimian - Violin, Cello, Viola, Piano
  • Nancy Switkes - Woodwinds, Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute
  • Nani Lowery - Ukulele
  • Ray Burns - Banjo
  • Ricardo Herrera - Upright Bass, Cello, Piano, Guitar (Speaks Spanish)
  • Russell Graham - Violin, Viola, Trombone
  • Terry Marshall - Piano, Keyboard
  • Wesley Abdill -  Guitar, Bass, Voice
  • Jake Marinari - Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Sax, Piano, Ukulele
  • Alexandra August voice and piano
  • Chris Mercado - Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Piano, Drums & Violin. 
  • Austin Litz-Saxophone, woodwinds, piano, guitar and more

Eugene Sidorov—Oboe, English horn, Piano, Sax, Clarinet, Recorder.

Accepting piano and recorder students from age 5.  Oboe/English horn and Saxophone students around age of 12.  Clarinet students from ages 9 or 10 and up.

Emphasis on student’s embouchure and breathing and note reading.  Eugene wants students of all ages to enjoy playing their instrument whether for fun or moving on to the professional levels. 

Eugene has over 17 years professional experience.  Held Principal Oboe and Conductor positions with leading Russian orchestras.  Taught the applied oboe and woodwind quintet graduate courses while being at the faculty of Kazan State Conservatory (Russia).  MM University of New Mexico, MM Shenandoah Conservatory, BM MM (with Distinction) Kazan State Conservatory.  Performed as a soloist with numerous  orchestras in Russia and U.S.  Won several competitions and awards in Russia and U.S.   Has unique and flexible approach to students of all ages and levels.  Provides college preparation and audition training.  Fluent in both American and European oboe performing styles.

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.  

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.  

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.

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—

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

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.

Jon 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

Keith Baker –from Dusty Attic Studio offers instruction in recording, covering the basic fundamentals and features of "Presonus Studio One". Recording, basic tracking, mixing and mastering, using stock native plugins, workflow, midi and general use of interfaces. Learn from basics to the advanced technology in recording.

 Bilal Saleem guitar - 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! 

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.

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. 

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.

Bruce Krohmer– Trumpet, Saxophones, Clarinet, 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. 

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.

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.