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.
Tony Moreno / Electric Bass, Piano, Guitar, Theory, Ukulele
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 Morris / Guitar, Bass, Piano, Ukulele
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 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. 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 / 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. 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.
Maddie Assel/ Voice
Maddie is a life long singer who grew up in Northern Virginia. She double majored in Pop Music/Business at Catawba College (2017), and accepted a full ride to graduate school in Nashville, TN for music industry studies. She spent the last year in “Music City” learning new vocal techniques and exploring all sides of the music industry. In her personal life, Maddie is signed to Steve Beyer’s Talent Agency where she sings a few times a week around DC and writes original songs on the side! Maddie focuses on song writing, pop music, and finding YOUR individual voice as a student. Excited to start this bubbly, magical adventure with students who are ready to follow their dreams!