Ariel O’NealAriel was born and raised in Oxon Hill, Maryland. She started playing guitar when she was 10. She started learning at the Music and Arts Center, and stayed there for 3 years. During this time, she focused solely on music theory. At 14, she received a music scholarship at the Levine School of Music. For 6 years, she has been in the Honors Jazz Guitar program at Levine. This where she met her instructor/current mentor Walter Cosby. At 15 years old, she began gigging at a restaurant in Clinton Maryland called The Fish Market. She also graduated from high school at 15. She started attending Prince George’s Community College at 16. She received her Theatre A.A. from Prince George’s Community College at 18. She also attended the Juilliard Jazz Summer Camp when she was 16 years old. While at the camp, she had the honor of playing alongside Carl Allen (Artistic Director of Jazz Studies at Juilliard) and Rodney Jones (Jazz Studies and Jazz guitar professor at Julliard) at the Kennedy Center. She has had the privilege of opening up for Miguel, J. Cole, Travis Porter, and UCB. At 21, she won a Titan award playing with the all-female go-go band, Be’La Dona. She had the honor of playing with Dougie Fresh on the Capital Jazz Cruise, Jazz in Pink in LA and St Louis, and opening a show for Eric Benet this year. She is currently playing with the R&B group The Fix at Park at 14th and Bar 7 weekly in NW DC.

Ariel teaches Tuesday and Saturday