Rick Hodes has been teaching professionally for over 10 years and playing for 25. 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.
Tony has been performing and recording in and around the Washington, DC area for the past 13 years. Most notably with, The Band Called Future, which has released three full-length albums and tours the East Coast extensively. Tony is currently involved with several other projects in the DC area including Mud Rey and The James Helle Trio. He also hosts a semi regular jam session at Jammin Java, The Lobby Bar Open Stage. Tony began his teaching career more than ten years ago in a private studio with both piano and bass students. Since then, he has continued to enjoy enriching the lives of others through his knowledge of the art of music. He specializes in Blues, Rock, Funk, Latin and Jazz. He focuses his teaching on proper form and technique, sight reading, ear training and improvisational skills.
Nicole has been playing music since she was a child. Which is probably why she loves working with kids in a very patient and encouraging style. Nicole has been teaching for 5 years. She also plays in many local bands and has recorded a few albums. Nicole went to Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia Commonwealth University, and has a Certification of Advanced Filmmakers from North Carolina School of the Arts. Nicole is also a member of the International Thespian Society.
Caitlin Schneiderman is a folk guitarist and singer songwriter from the small town of Clifton, Virginia. Together she and her six-string have serenaded New York Cityâ€™s streets, delighted North Carolinaâ€™s Smokey Mountains, and traveled down the California cliff sides. She made her first recording at age fifteen and has continued to record and perform her original music since then, something she encourages her students to do as well. After completing college at Shepherd University, Caitlin began teaching private guitar and songwriting lessons. She has been teaching in Northern Virginia for the past 7 years. If you're a beginner looking for somewhere to start, a intermediate player needing help with your song arrangements, or a songwriter needing guitar accompaniment, Caitlin can show you how to highlight your own natural talents.
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. 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. James
has multiple east coast tours under his belt along with four recorded albums under "The Band Called Future". James currently leads a group by the name of "Projected Man" comprised of fellow teachers and music graduates. James is a hard working musician with a wealth of knowledge
that would benefit both beginner and experienced guitarists and song writers.
John is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music in Boston MA with a BA in composition and film scoring. For the past 18 years he has divided his time between teaching private lessons, local and national performances on bass and guitar with artists such as Bobby Parker and Alan Scott, and composing original music for several area media companies, as well as 3 years teaching music at a school for children and teens with autism and learning disabilities. John teaches beginning piano and all levels and contemporary styles of guitar and bass with a focus on improvisation and theory.
Katie has been performing pretty much her entire life. She started dancing at two-years-old and her mother threw her into modeling for Nordstrom at five. She danced professionally as a child and studied with the Joffrey Ballet Company.
As a teen she was a lead in every high school musical, and studied locally alongside Babs Dyer and Michael Replogle through the Vienna Youth Players and Fairfax Musical Theatre Academy.
Following high school, she furthered her studies in New York City at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) where she earned her professional degree in Musical Theatre. She studied under some of the biggest Broadway actors and directors such as David Andrews Rodgers, Phillip George, Evan Pappas and Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family", "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee")
Katie has done everything from independent film, to reality shows, promotional modeling, featured extra work, and theatre. Some credits include:"Legally Blonde; Search for the Next Elle Woods on MTV/ Broadway" , "The King and I", "Guys and Dolls", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "The Me Nobody Knows", and "South Pacific".
In between theatre gigs, she taught voice lessons and dance to children, and assisted directed in local youth productions.
Along with teaching voice at The Music School, she is now busy being a mom and running the daily operations and private events for Jammin' Java. She is also part of Jammin Java's house band!
Katie is so grateful to be a part of the Jammin Java Family and The Music School, and is even more grateful to share her passion and love of music with others.
Madelyn is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a BM in Vocal Music Education and has experience teaching music theory, choir, private piano and voice lessons. She studied classical voice for many years and has been trained by and among successful opera singers, but mainly enjoys performing contemporary music (or nerdy choral music). Her claim to fame is the experience she had competing in the ICCA’s as a part of her a cappella group in college, aka the competition pictured in the movie “Pitch Perfect.” Madelyn enjoys leading worship at church, occasionally writes and shares her own music, and believes music has the ability to inspire, educate, and heal others. Madelyn also loves photography, working at an adoption agency, and dancing like no one is watching.
Erin is a versatile singer with an extensive background in music education. Erin studied voice with a concentration in operatic performance at University of Maryland College Park. She is a three-time recipient of the Rosa Ponselle Silver Rose All Marylanders award. In addition to having taught private lessons for children and adults, Erin developed, implemented, and evaluated a year round, in-school music education curriculum for Chicago Public School students in 3 rd through 8 th grades as the program Director for the nonprofit Rock For Kids (now Foundations of Music). Currently Erin sings and is a multi-instrumentalist with the rock band FuzzQueen. She has also toured nationally with Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray for several years. She has performed at such diverse venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kingman Island Festival, and Tipitina’s. She has been featured as a vocalist on NPR and in national and regional press. Erin has experience with many styles including: jazz, musical theatre, pop, rock, country, and classical. She is committed to helping you sing your heart out!