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Sky Music Instruction

13975 Antonia Ford Court
Centreville VA , 20121
usa
703-867-5124
skymusicinstruction@gmail.com
skymusicinstruction.com

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I decided to write an updated review after roughly a year of lessons. I feel fortunate to have connected with Lena as she has exactly the balance of skills I needed for my musical goals. Having an instructor that has performed live, that understands the realities of being on a stage, and can still give you all of the detailed work needed to improve vocals, songwriting, instrumentation... I really don't think you can go wrong here. You don't have to play live to get the benefit, but finding someone who can guide you through both music and performance was not an easy search. 5/5 rating from me.

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Lena is great! Very patient and encouraging. I always look forward to having lessons with her.

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My son was a voice, ukulele, and piano lesson for for more than 2 years when I finally decided to, stop procrastinating and join him. During the past two years we have attended most of the showcases and enjoyed performances by her students. Lena has the extraordinary talent, capability, and patience of working and teaching every person in all age categories a wide variety of instruments as well as voice. Sky music also offers studio recording services. Can't be happier with my choice. Good job Lena.

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Learn how to develop your musical skills, in a fun and relaxed environment. Learn whatever kind of music or whatever song you want to. Lena's curriculum is very customizable.

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Lena’s the best! She’s so talented! Not only in music, but also working with kids. Every lesson was always fun and helpful.

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I can't express just how glad I am that I found Lena two years ago when my sons wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Her approach is perfect and makes them love learning and playing. They're also learning how to perform (playing and singing) on-stage, which has so many added benefits, musically and personally. I can't imagine there's a better teacher and experience around.

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First lesson. She is organized, has a plan and a process, and it seems still will be able to customize to my specific goals. Great start!

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Leena is an awesome teacher, She is very freindly and very very knowledgeable . My kids are learning for more than a year from her and they are really doing great . I wish her the best and would advise all Parents Please do not Hesitate to bring your kids To sky Music Cause you will miss out on something great.

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I am an adult guitar student. Lena is a terrific teacher! She is organized and has a plan. She is very positive and encouraging. I am learning a lot from her and enjoying the process

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We love Lena! She is so friendly, knowledgeable, and organized! She has a great approach with beginners. We are so glad we found her!!

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I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor for my daughter’s first guitar lesson experience. Lena’s lessons are focused in her student’s interests and level of experience. Would HIGHLY recommend Lena for anyone who is interested in leaning how to play a guitar.

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Lena is an absolutely fantastic teacher. She provides the encouragement needed for the beginner and the constructive feedback to take a person to new heights. I look forward to every lesson with her.

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Lena is simply amazing. I learned more about music in the first half hour, than I have in the last 25 years. Patient, talented, humorous, very inviting. A perfect personality and skill for teaching. Looking forward to the next lesson.

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Lena is amazing! Makes you feel at ease and establishes a process with goals in mind.

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Lena is an excellent instructor. Lily feels very comfortable with her.

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Lena is PHENOMENAL! I've been taking lessons with her for 1.5 years and still going! Though she has chapters of curriculum to follow, she tailors her curriculum for each student so that they learn at their own pace, and she doesn't always go in order by chapter either! She gives you what you need when you are ready for it. 

Her experience as a teacher, guitarist, singer/songwriter, and performer all come into play during her lessons (at least, for me anyway!). As a new singer/songwriter myself, she not only teaches me guitar at a pace that matches my own, but also provides guidance on vocals, setlist creation, and live or studio performance tips. And she has a seasonal Live Showcase Performance at a local music venue for any of her students that are interested in gaining live performance experience.

Lena is honest and encouraging all at once... which is a hard balance to maintain. I highly respect her as a mentor and musician. If not for her, I never would have discovered my ability to become a singer/songwriter and release my first EP!

Bottom line: if you can get on her lesson roster... DON'T WAIT!

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I started taking guitar lessons with Lena a little over a year ago. I had no prior experience. Though Lena would never say it, I’m probably any music teacher's nightmare. I don’t practice enough, I’m not able to keep a consistent schedule, and, every once in a while, I’ll carry my guitar around without a case!

Here are some things about Lena that are evident to me after working with her for nearly a year.
1) She’s a really patient and friendly teacher / person. This matters, especially for someone like me who is committed to learning but also can’t always get in the practice time daily. She helps me progress at my own pace, and when I come for lessons, it’s ‘So what have you been working on?’ rather than ‘Why don’t you know this by now?’

2) She tailors the learning experience to the your musical tastes. Her technical knowledge is very strong, and she knows how to teach the fundamentals through songs that you like. This was huge for me — I was always more motivated to practice harder on music I liked.

3) She’s passionate about music and is really involved with the local scene. She organizes charitable events, open mic nights, music showcases. So working with her immediately plugs you in with the local scene if that’s your interest.

I really enjoyed working with Lena.

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The best! Her curriculum and teaching style is excellent, and you can tell she tailors her lessons to the particular student. As someone starting acoustic guitar in their mid-twenties, I wasn't sure what to expect going into lessons at a late age. But Lena was open and welcoming! She is also patient and so encouraging! She always makes me feel like I'm making progress no matter how small the improvement is.

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Lena is just awesome I was shopping around but after my boys joined Sky music my shopping journey was accomplished. Lena is fun loving with kids and my boys picked up so soon.

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My girls have been getting voice lessons from Lena for about 6 months now, and it has been a wonderful experience. Lena is energetic, creative, and fun, and my girls have a great time singing, learning, and trying new things. This has been such a great creative outlet for them! We highly recommend Sky Music!

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My 11 year old daughter has been taking voice lessons with Ms. Lena this year and loves it!!  Ms. Lena is the perfect teacher for her.  She listens to her students and really enhances their particular gifts.  My daughter has enjoyed taking voice lessons so much that she has recently doubled her instruction time adding guitar to her lessons.  We LOVE Ms. Lena and recommend her to anyone looking for music instruction!

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 I can't say enough about Sky Music. My daughter has been taking both voice and guitar lessons with Lena for well over a year. She looks forward to each and every class. Lena is enthusiastic and encouraging. My daughter tends to be on the shy side and Lena has even given her the skills and courage to perform in a couple of the shows that Sky Music hosted. My daughter adores Lena and says one of her favorite part about the lessons is that she gets to choose the songs and artists that she's interested in to sing and play. Highly recommended!

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My daughter enjoys the class. Lena uses the time really well for my daughter's advantage. She is knowledgeable and has good teaching techniques

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Knowledgeable, articulate, experienced, polite. AND she's actively involved in the music scene, so she's not one of THOSE "I took classes back in college" instructors.

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My daughter has been taking guitar lessons at Sky Music for over a year and loves every minute! It's been the first time in her 12 years that I haven't had to drag her to an activity. She enjoys it so much that we recently added voice lessons! Thank you Mrs. Lena for all you do!

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I did a lot of research before I selected a guitar instructor and it really paid off! Lena at Sky Music is the best! Thanks Lena for making it so much fun!

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It's really a great experience. If you work with her on something for an audition, she won't drop it the next class you have with her, and she actually cares if you make it or not ( not like other people I have seen before). Sky Music Instructions opens up a variety of opportunities for their students.

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beginners level Lena provides great pace for acoustic guitar lesson. Enjoy her approach from theory to practical, she covers it all.

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Lena is great! Wonderful with my daughter. We are so excited to work with Lena!

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A wonderful first lesson. Lena makes the whole process enjoyable and comfortable. I highly recommend her as an instructor.

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Lena is very organized and nice. Her knowledge of music is unassailable. I look forward to our guitar lessons.

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Lena is a wonderful instructor both technically and atmospherically. Her personality is welcoming and positive, and she is always supportive of your goals and where you want to go in terms of your lessons. If you find yourself struggling with a concept she will go through it with you step by step or find alternate ways to help you understand. I've had many instructors over the years and Lena has made me feel the most motivated to continue music and encouraged me to keep practicing!

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She was an excellent instructor. I really liked her. Recommend! 

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Lena was super friendly. I was hesitant about taking voice lessons because I'm older and I have never had any training - she made me feel comfortable and confident. She taught me simple exercises and jumped right into the actual lesson! 

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Our singing lesson with Lena E has been a very good one! My daughter has really enjoyed the experience and Lena has built up her confidence to a whole new level. Thank you so much Lena for the inspirations and all your help.

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I think my son likes he way of teaching. Lena is a good teacher. First teaching class was awesome.

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My daughter has been taking guitar and vocal lessons from Lena since this past January. She has made great progress and enjoys going to every lesson. She especially enjoys being able to work the two together during her lessons.

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Lena is the best voice teacher I've had, and I can't say enough positive things about her! She explains things in an easy-to-understand way, and if you don't understand it one way, she will explain it a different way. She takes the time to make sure you are singing properly and not straining your voice, and she teaches you how to take care of your voice like you would an instrument. The curriculum is also very straightforward and easy to understand - it teaches you the theory and history you need to know to be a well-rounded musician. Again, I highly recommend Lena as a music teacher!

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Our daughters, ages 15 and 9, have been with Sky Music Instruction since November 2014. In less than six months with Lena, my husband and I have seen a huge improvement in their abilities to play the guitar. Lena is very patient, highly motivated, and is great at encouraging our daughters to learn at their own pace. Both our girls have had previous guitar lessons with numerous instructors, however; none of those instructors have impacted them as much as Lena has, and continues to do. We highly recommend anyone at whatever level of playing you are at, to give Sky Music Instruction a try. Lena is wonderful to work with, and makes playing the guitar FUN!

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Lena is a fantastic instructor, and a really laid back and fun person! I took singing lessons with her for about a year. She taught fundamentals of music (reading/writing) and music theory as well. She had tons of great advice and techniques for keeping your voice in working order, getting comfortable with performing, and taught me great vocal exercises to practice daily. I have always had trouble with feeling comfortable enough to sing in front of others, but Lena was always patient and encouraging and helped me get over some of my fear.

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I am definitely not her best student but she is definitely one of my best teacher. I didn't know how to read music or play guitar. She taught me that it's okay to make mistake. She gave me confidence to make a fool out of myself. I love her for that.

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Lena has been teaching our daughter guitar for eight months now and the quality of instruction has been fantastic. She is patient, skilled and knowledgeable, and our daughter is doing quite well, and looks forward to coming to lesson. The lessons have been a good balance of fun and interesting while also challenging and pushing our daughter's skills to grow steadily. 

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Lena is awesome! I went thru a couple other teachers before finding her. Taking lessons as an older student was intimidating. Lena was patient and taught me at my own pace. She was able to understand how I learn and personalize a program for me. Love her!

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I’m an absolute beginner with guitar playing and musical theory. I've been learning guitar playing with Lena for about 2 months and plus now. Lena has been a wonderful instructor for me. Her teaching materials are very organized and systematic, which is essential for a beginner like me. Her patience and very encouraging words along the way helped me become more confident as I practiced from when I couldn’t even play a cord to being able to play 10+ chords smoothly. She also lets me choose a list of songs I’d love to learn to 1) help me learn how to play my favorite songs; 2) practice the chords she teaches me. This makes my practices much more enjoyable as I love the songs I’m practicing. I’m also learning from her a bit about musical theory and song writing in the meantime. In addition to the teaching part itself, she’s also very flexible with scheduling. I was able to reschedule several times because some unexpected events came up. With a very reasonable price, what else could you ask for from a guitar instructor?