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 Moreno / Electric Bass, Piano, Beginning Guitar
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 Morris / Guitar, Bass, Piano
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 / Guitar, Songwriting
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 Morrison / Guitar, Piano
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 Mays / Guitar, Bass, Piano, Voice, Theory, Songwriting
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 / Guitar, Songwriting, Music Theory
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.