Guitar and Bass Teachers

Maureen Andary

Available Tues.

Maureen Andary is an award-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally from Chevy Chase, D.C. She is one-half of the Whammy Award winning duo, The Sweater Set.

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Ruben Portilo

Available Thurs. & Fri.

Ruben Portilo has been praised as “one of the most gifted guitarists” by Berta Rojas. He has won a number of competitions in his native Paraguay, including first prizes in the Momento Musical Competition, Young Talent Competition, and Takuare’e Competition.

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Alicia Kopfstein-Penk

Available Sun., Wed. & Sat.

Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, Ph.D. is a teacher, classical guitarist, folk singer, ukulele player, and classical singer as well as award-winning musicologist, and published author.

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Joe Gallo

Available Thurs., Fri.

Joe Gallo is a guitarist and composer from Baltimore, Maryland. Having studied classical, jazz, rock and blues in depth, Joe provides his students with a diverse and interconnected understanding of the instrument.

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Nick Fliakas

Available Wed., Sat., & Sun.

Nick has worked for years as a multi-instrumentalist and singer in the D.C. area. He has played music around the world and at such D.C. venues as the 9:30 Club, the Black Cat, and the Rock & Roll Hotel. Nick teaches a variety of musical styles from jazz to rock to classical.

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John Linn

Available Mon., Thurs. & Fri.

John is a performing singer and songwriter, with 20+ years of experience playing guitar. He grounds his students in the fundamentals of guitar practice, with additional interest in improvisation, harmony singing, and performance development.

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Stephen Baker

Available Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat. & Sun.

Stephen studied music at Western Michigan University before moving to the D.C. area to pursue a career as a professional gigging musician. He plays piano, bass, guitar, and drums with a number of local bands. 

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Esther Haynes

Available Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri.

Esther is a versatile singer, rhythm guitarist, and banjo player. She has won the Washington Area Music Award for best jazz vocalist multiple years in a row.

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Mark Noone

Available Wed.

Mark Noone is a founding member and lead singer of the legendary band "The Slickee Boys". He has been inducted into to Wammie Hall of Fame and is currently playing with the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, the Yachtsmen, and the Hula Monsters.

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Nelson Dougherty

Available Sun., Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri. & Sat.

Nelson graduated from Brevard College with a major in Jazz. In 2012 he recorded his first album which included many of his own compositions.

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Brock Holmes

Available Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., & Sat.

Brock Holmes has performed and taught in the D.C. area for more than 30 years. His expertise covers a wide range of musical styles including classical, jazz, folk, and rock.

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