We love Dale City Music. Everyone at this store has been nothing but helpful and friendly with our family for years. Our kids take Drum lessons with Steve and Saxophone lessons with Scott. They are both excellent instructors. My kids have made so much progress and truly enjoy and love their instruments. I don’t even have to ask my kids to practice! Even through the pandemic, they have made virtual learning work for both my kids. I highly recommend them. Working with them is such a pleasure!
Have gone here for years taking drum lessons. Great staff. Best music store in the state.
Kids are taking piano and ukelele lessons. Teachers are great, staff is friendly and accommodating, and process are good.
Both our boys take lessons here: drum and guitar. Gary and Steve have really helped our kids fall in love with their instruments and appreciate music even more. Josh and John are always in the store, as pleasant and helpful as can be. Being around these great folks has even gotten me playing again. Great place! Thanks, DCM!
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Breanna Gromicko received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Clarinet Performance Certificate from Shenandoah Conservatory as a student of Garrick Zoeter. She made her orchestral debut at the age of sixteen with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA. Gromicko actively performs in operas, chamber music, and improvisation collectives in Northern Virginia. She has played with numerous ensembles including the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphonic Winds, and the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony.
A committed teacher as well as performer, Gromicko has taught private clarinet and piano lessons for the last 4 years and has worked with marching bands, jazz bands, and musical pit orchestras for the last 8 years. She specializes in beginning piano (child through adult), and woodwinds from beginning to advanced ability levels. She is currently a K-5 elementary music educator and choral director in Prince William County.
Bruce Farquharson graduated Magna cum laude from George Wahington University with a Bachelors’s Degree in Music. Prior to graduation, Bruce won the Institute for the International Education of Students Merit Scholarship to study composition in Austria, Vienna. In addition to studying at George Washington University, he studied at The Juilliard School, and Grove School of Music. His primary studies included composition, guitar, piano, viola, and conducting. Bruce has been commissioned by orchestra and chamber ensembles as well as performed in many settings including classical, rock, and jazz, to name a few. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the NOVA Manassas Symphony Orchestra. For the past few years, Bruce has contributed his abilities as a composer to many films including “Cougars”, “Birds Of A Feather”, “Lot Lizards”, “The Touchstone”, “Samsara”, “Dirge”, and “The Matchmaker” as well as spots for television and the internet including advertisements such as the ad for “Get Out The Vote” . The films he has scored have played in film festivals including “Fantasia Film Festival” in Canada, Horrorfind” in PA, and in “Chicago Fearfest”. In 2012 Bruce completed his first cd of guitar-oriented instrumental music titled “Sonic Bricolage”. The cd showcases a wide range of styles such as rock, funk, blues, and fingerstyle acoustic. The influence of scoring films, compositionally and also with regards to instrumentation, can also be heard throughout the cd. Bruce has also completed the music for theater productions such as “Red Scare On Sunset” which was performed at the Hylton for the Performing Arts Center in association with George Mason University as well as “Macbeth” which was performed by The Castaways Repertory Theater and “A Mid Summer Night’s Dream”. In addition to performing with his band Patchwork Dorothy throughout the DMV area (and as a sub in other music groups that play rock, jazz, and blues), Bruce also teaches guitar lessons at Dale City Music.
Casey Pugh has been teaching and performing music in the DC area for more than twenty years. Known for his solo classical guitar performances, he has also played in many combos ranging from flamenco to jazz to rock. A classically trained career professional musician, Casey shares his experience and knowledge with his students. His teaching approach stresses technique and theory while tailoring lessons to each individual student’s level and interests. Casey is comfortable teaching all styles and skill levels.
Casey holds regular student concerts so his students can apply what they have learned in a performance setting. These range from beginner recitals to solo performances of original music. Casey is a three-time winner of the prestigious award for INSIDENOVA Prince William County’s Best Music Instructor.
Dan has taught guitar at Dale City Music for over 35 years. He works with students of all ages and levels. Dan teaches many styles, including classical, traditional, rock, pop, blues, jazz, and country. Students are taught to read music and/or tablature as well as learning music theory.
They also learn to play using flat-picking and/or fingerstyle methods. Individual lessons are customized for each student. Weekly progress reports are provided to the parents of younger students. Dan has played professionally at many venues in the Metro DC area. Dan has also done various studio recording sessions including some of his own compositions. He plays both acoustic and electric guitar.
Eliane is a graduate of the Federal University of Goias, Brazil, where she earned degrees in Music and piano. She performed piano nationally in Brazil as a recitalist and played chamber music in the Conservatory of Music of Annapolis, Brazil. She has had a great passion for music since childhood where she started playing in church at a young age. She has played piano for her previous church in California, and currently for her church in Stafford, VA. She has been teaching students of all ages to play piano since 1994, and currently plays locally in concerts, weddings, and church services. Eliane helps students of all ages develop their skills and to become independent musicians, learning to play and enjoy the music that they love!
Emily began taking piano lessons at the age of 6 and studied for several years. She placed 3rd in a piano contest while in high school. She graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2019 with a degree in Music Education. During this time she performed in “Trual by Jury” and “The Mikado.” She has taught private lessons for the past 4 years, and is looking forward to working with you!
Francisco Mondragon received his bachelor's in Music Education from Louisiana State University (LSU). At LSU he performed with numerous ensembles including bands, orchestra, new music ensemble, brass quintet, and horn quartet. Francisco received many honors for his French horn playing including Section Leader and Member of the Year in the Tiger Marching Band.
Prior to graduating Francisco taught beginning to advanced band as the student teacher at Brusly Middle and High Schools, specializing in brass.
Francisco has also studied piano as a secondary instrument throughout his musical career.
Francisco's teaching style is efficient, focused and tailored to the individual students' needs. His teaching emphasizes not only technique, but also how to be a well rounded musician.
Currently, Francisco teaches K-5 general music in Prince William County Public Schools and enjoys performing with his rock band and brass quintet.
Gary Luciani began playing guitar at the age of 12 and was self-taught for his first 15 years on the instrument, before attending and graduating with honors from the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Gary’s performance experience includes playing lead/solo guitar in jazz, rock, metal, pop, and progressive styles, while specializing in classic/hard rock/progressive rock and metal.
Gary’s teaching style places emphasis on learning by ear and ear training with a strong basis in music theory and exposure to various styles and diverse techniques on both acoustic and electric guitar.
Gregory Nyberg is from Miami, Florida, and has been teaching violin privately since 2005. After performing with the Florida High School All-State Orchestra and a tour of Europe with the United States Youth Ensembles, Gregory attended Florida International University for Violin Performance in 2006-2008. During this time, he performed with the Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia, the Hollywood Symphony and the Kletzmer Company Orchestra, and attended Interharmony Music Festival as a student, among other small-ensemble and chamber music concerts.
After an enlistment in the Marines, Gregory decided to come back to what he knows and loves most; music. He is now pursuing a degree in Music Education at George Mason University to further share his love of violin, orchestra and chamber music with students.
Jake began teaching himself bass at the age of 13 and began playing in local bands by the age of 14. By 19, he had accomplished multiple recording studio sessions and had completed his first national tour. Jake will focus on proper technique, ear training, theory, and improvisation and helps the student perfect the raw talents they already possess and develop the techniques they don’t.
Jordan is a Pennsylvania native who first picked up the guitar at 8 years old and began to take it seriously when Guitar Hero became too easy. He was primarily self-taught and played and sang in multiple bands of varying styles. At one point, he played in a band that opened for Bret Michaels of Poison. At age 21 during undergrad at Messiah College, he began studying jazz improvisation under Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Kirk Reese and jazz guitarist Jay Umble. Currently, Jordan gigs locally playing classic/hard rock, country, metal, acoustic, and he plays praise & worship at various churches in PA and VA. He is the frontman and lead guitarist of classic rock/country cover group the Lonesome Ryder Band.
His main inspirations are Jerry Garcia, Andy Timmons, Eric Johnson, Chet Atkins, and George Benson among others. Jordan views playing guitar as another language we can use to tell a story or communicate our emotions so his lessons focus on helping students unlock the tools and knowledge to express those feelings.
Since graduating in 2018 with a B.A. in Chemistry Education, Jordan moved to the Woodbridge area and currently teaches chemistry at a local Prince William high school. He also stays active in the local high school sports scene coaching multiple varsity teams throughout fall, winter, and spring.
Juan started playing guitar at the age of 14. He went on to study classical guitar and musical theory at Radford University, where he received his BA in Music. He has performed and recorded with numerous DC rock and metal bands, to include Garden of Shadows, Brave, While Heaven Wept, Black Horizon and Modulus. Juan brings to his teachings not only years of experience with students of all ages and levels, but most remarkably his ability to address the spectrum of guitar techniques and musical fundamentals in a uniquely thorough and well organized way.
Paul was born in Seoul, South Korea into a musical family. A mother who was a piano teacher and a father who was a piano tuner. Paul naturally picked up playing piano through his mother and when he was nine started playing drums. In 2001, Paul moved to the US with his family where he continued his musical studies at school, through his mother and his peers.
In 2008, Paul was admitted to Berkeley College of Music with a scholarship. While at Berkeley, Paul studied music performance and music theory and also took part in many recording and performing projects with his peers. Since 2012, Paul has worked as a performer and educator throughout Northern VA and Washington DC.
Sam is an active musician in the greater DC Metro area and a native Virginian. He holds a BachelorÕs of Music with a concentration in Jazz Studies from George Mason University. Sam started music lessons at the age of 12 and was initially influenced by alternative rock, but soon became inspired by the sounds of jazz and fusion. Sam has six years of experience teaching students of all ages and plays locally in a variety of styles including rock, funk, pop, straight-ahead jazz, big band, and musical theatre. He has performed with Steve Novotel, Cristian Perez, Kenny Rittenhouse, Eric Alexander, Wade Beach, The Peter Edelman Trio, the GMU Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Afro Cuban Ensemble, and many more.
Scott studied saxophone, clarinet and flute locally and at NVCC and JMU, taking private lessons from Dennis Brown(Hylton HS), Joe Eckert(USAF Airman of Note), Drs. John Gunnar Mossblad and Rick Crowley(JMU) and Robert Holmes(US Army Band). Scott studied music theory and jazz improvisation privately and at NVCC and JMU. Scott has taught 40,000+ music lessons in a 20+ year career and students have gone on to play professionally and just for fun. Scott has performed in VA/MD/DC and the East Coast and participated in national touring ensembles including marching bands, jazz bands, wind ensembles, rock, funk, blues, original and cover bands, wedding ceremonies, recaption ensembles and corporate events.
Inspired by his uncle, SteveÕs love of drumming began at age 7. It grew stronger in school bands, gigging with local bands, and was fostered through lessons with Master Percussionist, Jim McCall. Steve went on to build his extensive skills on road tours, as a session drummer, and as a percussionist in the United States Marine Corps Band. He spent 15 years with the Washington Redskins Marching Band drum line and has played with popular regional bands and offered private drum instruction for over 20. His unique teaching technique offers students a chance to experience the power of music as they build their own skill and love of drumming.
Tim Carolla has been playing music for over twenty years and teaching music for around 13 years. He holds a BM from George Mason University in Classical Guitar Performance, as well as an MM and Grad. Perf Diploma from Longy School of Music of Bard College in Jazz/Free Jazz performance. Tim started playing guitar at the age of 12 after taking an interest in alternative rock drifted into fingerstyle guitar playing, and later jazz and related styles based in improv. Tim has played in numerous settings including as a band member, as a member of pick-up jazz groups, as a solo musician, with pit orchestras in music theatre, and as a bass player in a church music setting. Tim is comfortable with many styles so he can help you out with whatever you’re looking to learn, and can teach guitar, bass, piano or ukulele lessons!