Getting Started

Guitar, Bass, Piano

Because Middleway is a specialty music school with a focus on popular styles, we concentrate our energies on just three instruments: guitar, bass, & piano. These three form the core of most popular style arrangements, and lend themselves perfectly to our studio concerts, business model and teaching method.

Lesson Length

Except for students under 12, all Middleway lessons, regardless of instrument, are 60-minutes long, once a week. (For those under twelve, 45 minutes is sufficient.) We do not offer 30-minute lessons under any circumstances. Occasionally a bi-weekly, 90-minute lesson is considered, depending on availability.


The first lesson is always free. Afterwards, all lessons are paid four in Four-Lesson Blocks, making the commitment approximately month to month. Cost varies according to the experience level of each Middleway teacher, and a four-lesson block will range in price from $160 – $240.


Most lessons are given weekdays, between 3pm and 9pm, and Saturdays between 10am and 5pm. Daytime lessons during the week are also available upon request. Once a time slot is agreed upon, it will remain constant until either party requests a schedule change.

Booking Your First Lesson

The student-teacher relationship is a dynamic, long-term partnership that relies on consistency, communication, and mutual respect to be effective. Before your first lesson, a teacher must get to know you as a prospective student: your instrument, experience level, stylistic preferences, goals, and general scheduling needs. This is best accomplished by email or phone. For these reasons, we do not offer online booking. If you are ready to book your complimentary first lesson, simply call or email the teacher you’ve chosen, tell them a few things about yourself, and get the ball rolling. If your schedules match up, you should be enjoying your first lesson within a week or two.

Teachers & Locations

Name: Manny Bernardo
Location: Silver Spring
Rate: $210 per four lessons
Biography: click here
Instruments: guitar, bass, piano
Phone: 301.832.8143
Current Openings: Limited

Name: Nathan Esposito (student teacher)
Location: Olney, MD
Rate: $60 for four weekly, 60 minute lessons ($15 per lesson)
Instruments: guitar
Phone: 240.481.0284
Current Openings: weekday afternoons & evenings, and Saturdays

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