Jim Cash is the director and founder of Potomac Falls Music. Jim is passionately
devoted to studying, performing and teaching guitar. He holds a B.A. from
George Mason University and has taught for the National Guitar Workshop,
one of the leading guitar schools in the nation. Jim is also an award-winning
songwriter and founder of the the eclectic rock band, Woven Green. Known
for his versitility on both the acoustic and electric guitar, Jim is capable
of performing and teaching a wide range of musical styles including, Classical,
Blues, Folk, Fingerstyle, Modern and Classic Rock, and Alternative.
Since its release in November of 2009 Woven Green's EP has been nominated
for a prestigious Washington Area Music Award (“Wammie”) in
the pop-rock category. Woven Green has also been awarded first prize for
the Relix Magazine Jam Off Competition for their song "Sixth Sun"
and is featured on the Relix CD sampler in the November 2010 issue. The
song was also awarded honorable mention in the 27th Annual Mid-Atlantic
Songwriting Contest. Additionally, the band received an award for their
song "Between Worlds" in March 2010 for Mike Pender's Bandwars
Competition. For information on Woven Green and to hear some music samples
"Jim Cash has been our son’s guitar instructor for nearly 5
years. Our son began his lessons with Potomac Falls Music at the age of
12, having no previous music instruction of any sort. Our son thrived
with the lessons that he received. Jim customized the lessons to meet
our son’s goals and interests. Our son learned an incredible amount
about playing guitar and music in general. He looked forward to each lesson,
was excited with what he learned and loved the opportunities that Potomac
Falls Music provided for him to perform for a live audience. In addition
to the benefits of learning about music and how to play guitar, our son’s
personal growth was very positively impacted by Jim who is a wonderful
role model. We could not be more pleased with the experience our family
had with Potomac Falls Music!"
- Rob and Tara Allen, Reston, VA
"Jim started teaching my 3 boys when they were barely old enough
to hold the instrument. Each summer, when they get to pick their after-school-activities,
Jim makes top of the list. He has become part of their lives, not just
as a guitar instructor, but as a friend, mentor, and role model. And their
guitar playing sounds really good, too!"
-Petra Barrientos, Great Falls, VA
"I've been learning guitar from Jim Cash for about six years now.
I've come a long way from banging out (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction on
a friend's acoustic guitar, and Jim's been with me every step of the way,
helping me grow as a musician. As a teacher and a guitarist, he's incredibly
knowledgeable and very talented--as well as being one of the nicest guys
I know. Truthfully, I wouldn't want to learn guitar from anybody else."
-Albert Tholen, Great Falls, VA
Beginning Guitar & Voice Instructor
Ashley Cash is the administrator and co-founder of Potomac Falls Music.
Holding a B.A. from George Mason University, Ashley has been involved
in music for most of her life. She teaches beginning guitar and voice
in a style that is particularly well suited for students who want to learn
to sing and play. Although Ashley was classically trained in voice, her
primary focus now lies in popular music including pop, rock, R&B,
and folk. As a full-time instructor, Ashley aims to impart the technical
means necessary to enjoy singing and playing music.
Ashley is also the lead singer and front woman for the eclectic rock
band, Woven Green. The band has won several awards, including a nomination
for a prestigious Washington Area Music Award ("Wammie"). With
her rich alto/mezzo-soprano voice, Ashley brings warmth and power to the
songs of Woven Green. Her vocal range and clairity fills the room and
captivates audiences while she seamlessly integrates rock, pop, gospel,
and blues vocal styles. Also an accompanying rhythm acoustic and electric
guitar player, Ashley adds texture to the band’s sound. For information
on Woven Green and to hear samples of their music visit
"Since 2008, my daughter Catie has been fortunate to have had the
guidance of Potomac Falls Music to learn guitar and vocals. Ashley's positive
and professional approach has taken Catie to a much higher level of performance
than most expect from typical music lessons. Ashley's background and direct
experience with Woven Green is what sets these lessons apart from others.
Catie has not just learned to play instrument, she has learned how to
perform and love it! Their bi-annual music events are another key component
for the kid's to enjoy what they have learned that others do not offer.
Catie has been coached in everything from Rock/Folk music to Italian Arias,
and would not be the performer she is today without Potomac Falls Music..
We plan on continuing this partnership for many years to come!"
-Liz Lee, Potomac Falls, VA
" In 2006 my daughter Margaret had her first voice lesson with Ashley
Cash. My daughter was nine years old at the time and eager to sing. Also,
she was very hyperactive and hard to work with. Ashley came to our home
and the next thing I knew… Margaret was engaged, focused and thrilled
to be a voice student. How did that happen? Well, I remember a few instances
that were pivotal to Margaret’s ability to focus and persevere.
One time, Margaret was struggling with her ability to learn the musical
scale. She simply could not sit still. Next thing I knew, Ashley and Margaret
were climbing up and down the stairway reciting the musical scale as they
went. Margaret was able to remain on subject and she learned the lesson
that day. I was in awe of Ashley’s ability to meet Margaret where
she was at in order to get the lesson across. Another time Margaret had
a hard time focusing on the musical notes she was trying to memorize.
Ashley and Margaret climbed to the top of Margee’s bunk bed and
pasted a poster to the wall illustrating the musical notes she was struggling
with. Margaret loved that and needless to say, she soon learned the notes
and the scale because Ashley was resourceful and able to keep up with
Margee’s unique personality. Finally, one week Margaret was working
hard to develop a deeper and bigger voice. She faltered several times
as she sang a challenging song… Ashley giggled, and then very, very
patiently kept working on one verse until Margaret nailed it. That day
I knew that Margaret would do whatever she could to perform to her highest
caliber for Ashley. Ashley allowed Margaret to be Margaret. I am more
grateful for Ashley’s efforts than I can say. Margaret has not pursued
anything in her life for the duration or to the extent that she has pursued
voice lessons. I believe Ashley has been and remains the catalyst for
Margaret’s commitment. Wherever you go Ashley… we will follow!
-Liz Hoffinger, Great Falls, VA
Piano & Voice Instructor
Eliza is a native of Great Falls, Virginia and has studied piano and
voice for over 25 years. Although she is classically trained, she has
studied and performed in many genres, from opera to Broadway to contemporary
music. In addition to teaching her young students the rudiments of theory
and technique, she aims to instill and nurture in her students an abiding
appreciation for all types of music by mixing traditional piano and vocal
repertoire with more contemporary pieces.
Eliza earned an A.B. in History, with a Minor in Music, from Kenyon College
in Gambier, Ohio in 2000. Eliza teaches full-time with Potomac Falls Music.
"We have been working with Eliza for about 4 years, since our son
was 6 and expressed interest in learning how to play piano. We learned
about Eliza through Ashley Cash when we saw them perform together in Great
Falls and loved her immediately. She has been an excellent teacher for
our son, who is bright and a quick learner, but also a very independent
and spirited personality. She motivates him and works with him in ways
that bring out the best of him, while being patient with him on days when
his head is not into it. He has progressed quickly over the years and
has played some phenomenal and challenging pieces such as The Entertainer,
Maple Leaf Rag, and Tarantella. In addition, he loves to play around and
create music as well as play music he hears elsewhere – one of the
pieces he wanted to learn to play was Cold Play’s Clocks –
she was very flexible about letting him divert some attention to doing
that, which was extremely motivating. He has performed in a number of
recitals, both with Potomac Falls Music and at his school programs. About
2 years ago, I decided to work with her as a voice coach and have thoroughly
enjoyed working with her. I’m learning so much from her about all
styles of music and how to use my voice appropriately, including breathing
techniques. Eliza is a terrific teacher, patient, flexible, and very talented.
We love working with her!"
-Natalie Givans, Great Falls, VA
"My daughter‘s vocal skills have improved tremendously under
Eliza’s teaching and guidance. Eliza has developed range and a beautiful
quality in my daughter’s voice. She has also taught her excellent
technique and control. It is a joy to listen to her voice lesson each
week. Eliza is reliable and has been quite flexible with my daughter’s
-Lacy Grecco, Great Falls, VA
Piano & Saxophone Instructor
Julie began playing the piano well before her feet could reach the pedals,
and learned to read music at the same time she learned to read books.
After years of piano, Julie added the flute and saxophone to her repertoire
and studied a variety of musical genres. Over the last 30 years or so,
she has performed with marching bands, symphonic orchestras and jazz ensembles.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Julie earned her B.S. degree in telecommunications
with minors in music and film from Ohio University. In 2004, she earned
her M.A. in literature from Marymount University here in arlington, Virginia.
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Piano & Guitar Instructor
Ylère began his musical journey at the age of 10 and has been playing ever since. He primarily was taught to play classical guitar, but this only fueled his passion to learn more about music and the diversities therein. Ylère also plays the piano, in which he is classically trained. There are many words probably to describe his teaching styles, but the best imagery of this is the way water adapts to take the shape of its container. His favorite styles are Jazz, Blues and Rock, but is completely diverse in his teachings to fit the direction in which his students are headed. With a lot of performance history under his belt (Jazz bands, Blues Trios, Rock bands, classical guitar quartets etc.). Ylère hopes to bring the same thrill and excitement one would get from performing, right into the learning stages of the students.