“My lessons are tailored to me and what I hoped to achieve. I have grown leaps and bounds and have been complimented by many friends about how much I’ve improved!”
- Andy S.
One-on-one private lessons make your personal development about what it should be about: You. Your background, goals, and interests inform all of your lesson coursework, designed by your teacher just for you.
Whether you're a beginner or you've been performing your whole life, our lessons are tailored to your unique needs. Cardon Studios' Teachers work with each individual student to assess their needs and craft the perfect lesson plan. Combined studies for multiple instruments are available, too! Contact us to see how we can customize lessons for you.
Our Teachers partner with you one-on-one to structure the perfect course for your unique needs and goals. No two students are alike, so no two lessons are either! Cardon Studios believes in providing a healthy, reliable foundation which frees your instrument to be as stylish or expressive as you want, and since all of our teachers are active performers, they relate to your needs and provide you the tips and tools that work.
Mike Langlois holds advanced degrees from some of the nation's finest music schools, including an M.M. from the University of Maryland and a B.M. from Indiana University. A diverse musician, Mike has studied with a number of notable musicians in several aspects of his musical education, including not only his Piano studies with Rita Sloan, Émile Naoumoff, Theodore Guerrant, and Emilio del Rosario; but also, conducting studies with Edward Maclary and James Ross; and, chamber music with Yael Weiss and Kathie Johnson.
Mike strives to share his knowledge and to enhance musicians' performances to bring them to their fullest expression. As such, beyond his work in music education at Cardon Studios, Mike also serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of Ensemble Deburau and Director of Music at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish. In all things, Mike works hard to stay at the top of his field-- he is a member of several profressional organizations including the Music Teachers National Association, American Guild of Organists, and the American Choir Directors Association. As a teacher and accompanist, Mike values all styles of music and works to give his students a broad understanding of music in order to express themselves fluidly in their preferred style.
Although piano is Mike's primary and favorite instrument, he's got a soft spot for singers, too --he even married one! Mike is the loving spouse of Ms. Tanya Ruth Langlois, Cardon Studios' Voice Teacher. Mike enjoys coaching singers and has exercised this particular skillset working as a pianist for Maryland Opera Studio and The Singing Hoosiers. Mike is a frequent recital accompanist with Cardon Studios, and has previously played for theatrical productions at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire, and Cadillac Theatre (Chicago), as well as the IU Theatre and Drama Department.
Praised for her “wonderfully rich and expressive voice” (DC Theater Scene), mezzo-soprano Tanya Ruth Langlois has appeared across the United States and in Europe singing in recital, oratorio performances, and on the operatic stage. Tanya’s diverse background playing several instruments lends her an uncommonly sensitive sense of musical interpretation which she applies across all styles of music-- from pop/rock through opera. Tanya values diversity in her own musical performances and loves that her students do, too! As an ever-evolving singer, Tanya enjoys dappling in all styles, from pop and rock through Broadway belting and her mainstay, Opera. With her solid technical background and advanced studies in Voice Performance, Tanya is well-suited to give any student of any style of music a truly well-grounded foundation for performance in any style of music.
Recent operatic roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Andromeda in the world premiere of new opera A Fire in Water at the Capital Fringe Festival. Tanya is also a musical theater lover, having most recently performed the role of Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate. In addition to her background as a classical pianist and cellist, Tanya also enjoys singing popular styles of music in coffeehouse settings while accompanying herself at the piano.
As a voice teacher and singer, Tanya believes in a holistic approach to singing, incorporating not only a solid foundation of healthy vocal technique, but physical health and sound performance psychology practices as well. Tanya boasts training in Alexander Technique and a passion for fitness and nutrition, all of which lend her students a truly connected sense of self while singing.
As a piano teacher and solo pianist, Tanya has earned honors for her piano playing in a number of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association’s competitions, including the annual sonata competition. An experienced competitor, Tanya has the skills to calmly guide you through stage fright and competitive playing or singing unscathed. Whatever your goals, whether reviewing your studies from childhood or learning for the first time, Tanya will teach you efficient practice techniques and intuitive music learning skills that will have you playing in no time.
With Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in voice performance from the University of Maryland and a minor in piano performance, Tanya has served as the accompanist to local community choirs, churches, and student performances alike. Tanya serves as Director of Musical Liturgies at St. Nicholas Lutheran Church in Huntingtown, MD, where she directs the choir and accompanies church services. She lives in Maryland with her husband Mike Langlois, with whom she frequently appears in recital.
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Completing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance in Spring 2016, Ceri Gerish boasts a number of performance credits from across the country. Favorite roles include Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Laetia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, and Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel.
Although a classical singer herself, Ceri practices a solid technique that is completely transferable to all styles. Ceri believes that teaching the vocal arts is the collaboration between students and teachers which allows exploration of the foundations of singing in a healthy, imaginative and intelligent way. This holistic approach allows each student to pursue their individual artistic goals with the safety and support of consistent teacher feedback shaping the proper path. Ceri approaches beginning piano and the introduction to music theory in the same collaborative spirit, creating a fun and engaging studio environment.
Catch Ceri in action here!
Tenor, Darnell T. Roulhac is a native of Washington DC where he attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He then went on to The Boston Conservatory where he obtained his Bachelor’s in Music. There he studied Vocal Performance under Thomas A. Gregg. Some of his performance credits include Gobin in La Rondine; Monostatos in Die Zauberflote;Ernest Diggle in Jerry Springer the Opera; Benvolio in Roméo et Juliette; and Peppe in Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Il Pagliacci.
As a teacher, Darnell values dramatic interpretation and performance skills. A supportive presence, Darnell is a wonderful instructor for those who want to not only unlock their voice, but also grab hold of their potential as performing artists. Although a classical singer himself, Darnell loves working with all styles of music to best support his students' goals.
Having been affiliated with world-renowned choirs, such as the DC Boys Choir and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir, Darnell boasts countless performance credits and has garnered expertise from all over the world. Darnell has performed across the US and abroad, in such places as Germany, England, China, and France to name a few. A consummate professional performer, Darnell can currently be seen performing with the Washington National Opera.
Watch Darnell's performance in our 2015 Summer Showcase here:
Dominic Elliot's passion for music began at an early age and encompasses all styles. Having discovered the Guitar at 13 years old, Dominic started his first band in high school and began organizing shows with friends in church basements and other local venues. Originally self-taught, Dominic continued to study guitar and bass in school and eventually formalized his education and began taking guitar, piano, and theory courses. Throughout his college years, Dominic continued gigging and performing, alongside his studies of Music Theory and Performance in Electric Bass. Following college, Dominic also spent several years traveling the U.S., performing everywhere from DC to LA. Now settled in DC, Dominic continues to play locally as a soloist and as a member of three different bands.
In 2006, Dominic began teaching guitar and uncovered a skill he's come to love. Valuing the process of establishing dynamic connections through music, Dominic's educational approach is informed by his intuition as a performer. The unique combination of stage experience and work in the classroom gives Dominic a clarity of direction and an ease of expression which allows him to adapt to each student and to help his students to find their individual sound. As a teacher with nearly a decade of experience, Dominic is a well-rounded teacher and an active performer who is an insider on the DC music scene. Proficient in theory for jazz, classical, and rock, Dominic will help you unlock your ability as a musician and enable you to reach your personal musical goals.
Catch Dominic in action here: