Tony has been performing, recording and teaching in the Washington, DC area for nearly 20 years. His career has taken him across much of the U.S. with a variety of acts performing in clubs big and small as well as large festivals. Although Tony loves to be on stage, his true passion is in sharing the gift of music with his students of all ages. From early beginners to students of more advanced skill, Tony enjoys enriching the lives of others through his knowledge of the art of music. He specializes in Blues, Rock, Funk, Latin, Jazz and Classical. With a patient and kind approach, Tony focuses his teaching on proper form and technique, sight reading, ear training and improvisational skills.
Nicole’s musical experience began with an early study of piano throughout childhood, and branched into guitar study. She is currently an active performer and educator, and has worked with students in the area for over 7 years. As a teacher, Nicole’s primary goal for her students is to enjoy their instrument and be able to share their gift with others.
Because of her broad range of musical experience and proficiency with various styles, she is able to customize lessons to the needs and interests of the students, whether they are interested in rock, pop, or traditional repertoire.
Nicole is active in the local music scene, playing guitar in Accidents and Collider. She has recorded many albums and has been playing shows for the past ten years.
John has over 22 years experience in music with over 15 years in guitar. He studied guitar locally under Rob Ross and has over a decade of experience in performing, recording, and songwriting. John has performed at notable DC area venues such as Jammin' Java, The Kennedy Center, and the 9:30 Club. Lessons are focused on sight reading and ear training in addition to learning songs and building tools for songwriting and creativity. Over 10 years experience in teaching.
Robert has studied contemporary guitar performance at Berklee College of Music, jazz guitar performance at VCU and guitar, cello, piano, and music theory at NOVA Annandale campus. Robert also studied voice privately with a number of local teachers. He has been teaching in homes and through music stores since 2008 as well as being a Music Theory teacher's aid at the NOVA Annandale campus. Robert has been singing since age 4. He started off in church choirs and at 16 moved on to open mics. Robert has recorded albums and EPs with the bands, Standard Deviation, Mokey Doris, Family Plots, and Yum as well as singer/songwriter Phoebe Novak. He is current band Milo in the Doldrums is set to release their third album this summer! Combine Robert's strong music theory/history background with his life time of instruction as a multi-instrumentalist (including voice!) and you will see Robert has something to offer almost anyone that comes through the doors at The Music School.
James Helle is a Northern Virginia based guitarist with 20 years of professional performing experience. He studied with Berklee graduate and "Nighthawks" guitarist Paul Bell for 3 years and continued his studies with members of the Shenandoah University Jazz Ensemble. Jameshas multiple east coast tours under his belt along with four recorded albums under "The Band Called Future" and one recorded album under “Projected Man” which was produced by multiple Grammy winner Michael League of the band “Snarky Puppy”.
James is currently playing local trio/solo shows in the DMV area and subs for the Junior Bryce Band and Randy Thompson Band.
James is a hard working musician with a wealth of knowledgethat would benefit both beginner and experienced guitarists and song writers.
Rick Hodes has been teaching professionally for 18 years and playing for 32. He studied classical/rudimental percussion privately for 7 years with the top percussionist for the Army Band, William Messerschmidt and studied percussion performance at East Carolina University with Mark Ford and Harold Jones. In addition he also has been an avid enthusiast of the guitar and electric bass for which he has been playing for 20 years. A seasoned performing artist who has done every type of gig from musicals to big band jazz to zydeco to speed metal. He is also a recording artist for Shrapnel Records with the band Timelord. Rick plays for the Nation's number one DMB tribute band, Crowded Streets.
Rachel Anne Warren is a professional singer, public speaker, and music teacher. Rachel's most regular gig has been performing private weddings and corporate events with Bachelor Boys Band since 2014. Rachel is also an award-winning writer, story teller and public speaker. Rachel has been a lifelong music lover. She has studied music formally, from elementary school through University. As a teacher Rachel has taught both in the public school system as a long term sub music teacher and privately, teaching voice lessons to children and adults.
Rachel’s motto , “Whether you are looking for voice lessons to drive your profession forward, simply want to learn to sing for the first time, or need some shorter term encouragement and guidance on any kind of public speaking, I want to help you achieve your goals. Together, we can create a plan and then explore how to get you where you want to be— safely, certainly, and with a lot of fun.”
A passionate multi-instrumentalist and recording artist, Matthew Fusiek has been playing and studying music for roughly two decades. His background in jazz studies, music theory, and recording engineering provides a unique and motivational approach to his teaching. He teaches guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and piano to all ages.His formal music education began under Herbert Smith, the director of the jazz program at Northern Virginia Community College, where Matt performed in his jazz ensemble. Diving deeper into guitar concepts, he studied under guitar masters Taimoor Saeedi and Sanjay Mishra, a student of the legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia. His background in traditional music theory was obtained under the tutelage of Dr. James Fay and Professor Rebert Webb. Matt was deeply humbled to learn that his analysis of Claude Debussy's Nuages was used as an example for future advanced music theory classes.
Matt is no stranger to teaching and leading classes. He is currently leading the after-school guitar program at Armstrong Elementary School in Reston, Virginia, for Eugene's Music Studio. Proper technique and posture, as well as effective breathing and stretching practices, is something he considers very important in a developing musician. He considers his positive reinforcement and motivational approach to be one of his greatest assets as a teacher. To him, teaching music appreciation is changing the world in a positive way and he takes that mission seriously. Matt also attended Omega Studios' School of Recording Arts and Sciences in Maryland, earning his degree in Recording Engineering and Studio Techniques. The art of capturing sound is also of great interest to him, having spent countless hours recording, mixing, and mastering various styles of music.