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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 7/28/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Stacey S. in Covington, KY sent this video of her student Mary C. Stacey wrote, “My young student Mary C. (age 5) plays a lovely Twinkle Twinkle duet with her father. Mary loves playing duets, especially improvisations with her teacher. Mary is a delightful student, with a great ear. I’m very excited as her teacher to see where her natural talents take her!” Thanks for sharing Stacey, and way to go Mary! It’s always great to see young students with so much potential!

Gabriel C. in Fort Pearce, FL sent in a shout out for his former online singing teacher Arlys A. Gabriel wrote, “Arlys is the best teacher! Even though I don’t have much for lessons, she showed me a YouTube page that’s very helpful. I salute her!” Three cheers for Arlys, and thanks to each of our teachers for all that you do!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 7/21/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Gfire in Austin, TX wrote, “My voice student Jessica, age 10, just got cast in a major production of “The King and I” at Austin’s prestigious Zachary Scott Theatre!! She is part of the children’s ensemble.” Congratulations Jessica!!

Shakeatha D. in Houston, TX wrote, “Arwen and Anissa are making wonderful strides in their vocal lessons. Arwen is six years old and quite the triple threat performer. Anissa has a golden voice. I look forward to continuing to move forward with their progress.” Keep up the good work ladies!

Helen P., who takes violin lessons from Branda T. in Irving, TX wrote, “I just wanted to say that Take Lessons.com is a BRILLIANT idea, connecting people with other people who have the desired skills so we can learn and improve ourselves. I just took some violin lessons and learned some basics which was an awesome experience. And the skills people offer are truly MANY. All the way from Acting to Math, to Computer Science etc. I think in this day and age, we all could use self-improvement. Most of us have the time and money, as the lessons are affordable. I recommend anybody who is reading my message to learn a new skill , especially if they have been dreaming , wishing they could produce in a subject. Example: I wish I knew how to sew. I wish I understood math. I wish I knew more about the computers….I wish I could play the piano. Don’t wish, just do it! : ) Thank you TakeLessons!” Wow, thank you Helen, you’re making us blush! It’s truly our pleasure to connect people who want to learn with great instructors, and the best part is hearing back from happy students and teachers!

Mary Kaye K. in Fairport, NY wrote in to tell us about her experience with her piano teacher Keith S. “My piano teacher Keith rocks!! He creates an awesome environment to learn piano. By that I mean he brings a teaching style that is open not only to further my awareness about piano but I also am developing an emotional connection to the piano that is AWESOME!” Wonderful! Thanks to Keith and all our teachers for all that you do!

Anna T. in Lawrenceville, GA wrote, “ I would like to brag about my voice student Emma. She has been working with me for almost a year and I am so impressed with her improvement. She has learned so much about dynamics and her range has grown tremendously. Several weeks ago, she was at a local restaurant with live music and asked if she could sing with them. The musician said yes and she actually got up and sang. That takes so much nerve and confidence and I am so proud and happy to have such an eager and capable student. I am now encouraging her to audition for some local musical theater shows and for her school choir. I know she can make the cut!” Go Emma!! We’re all rooting for you.

Ryan H. in Newport Beach, CA shared a great article that was recently published about his business in his local paper. Check it out to learn how Ryan is making money writing ukulele jingles for all kinds of clients! Very cool, and congrats on the feature Ryan!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 7/7/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Farobag C. in Homer Glen, IL wrote, “Vocalist Layne B. has been selected to perform at the finals of the Rialto Junior Idols competition scheduled for August 2, 2014. We wish Layne all the best as she sings ” On My Own” from the musical Les Misérables.” Break a leg, Layne!

Update: Here’s video of Layne’s performance. Bravo Layne!!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 6/30/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Sarah B. in Hudson, FL wrote in to tell us how much she appreciates her piano teacher James P. She wrote, “I played as a child and wanted to pick it up now that I am 30year old. James P. has the perfect balance between theory and practice. After 2 lessons I am playing with ease and with his help, I have developed a true love and appreciation for technique and fundamentals. He opened up a whole world of improvisation in jazz and classical that I never though I could access.” Thanks James, for being a great teacher!!!

Kristen K. in Berkeley, CA wrote, “We had a studio recital this past Saturday and it was the first violin performance for many of my students! All of them did a great job performing their pieces. It was a fun day of celebrating their hard work and the progress that all of them have made. Many of the students have also told me that it was inspiring to watch their peers performing!” Congratulations to all who performed, and thank you Kristen for taking the time to give your students a special day!

Tina B. in Apple Valley, CA wrote, “I haven’t stopped smiling! Four of my students, Julianna, Hannah, Melissa, and Odette, just competed in our local “Idol” competition. I was blown away by the talent that performed tonight, the competition was really tough. Melissa won second place in her division and Odette won first place. I am so proud of all of them!” Well done ladies!!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 6/23/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Yunjin Audrey K. in Rochester, NY, wrote, “We had a studio recital Sunday, June 21st 2014. All my students worked really hard this semester and I am proud of each individual! Hopefully, it was a great experience for them and we can have one more this coming Christmas!” Congrats to all your students, and thank you Yunjin for taking the time to give your students a special day!

Brianna S. in Los Angeles, CA, wrote, “I wanted to stop in to show props to one of my 5 year old piano students, Sofie. I’ve been teaching her for about a month, and she has progressed so much! From the first lesson, she has just been taking off! Today, we marked “Old MacDonald” off of our list of songs she can play by herself. Besides the piano playing and learning general rules of music, Sofie is a very intelligent, quick, and funny girl! I can’t wait to hear what she’ll do with music later on in life.” Three cheers for Sofie making so much progress so young! We wish you many years of music and fun to come!

Sarah C. in Nashville, TN, wrote, “I want to give a congratulations to my vocal student, Alex B. He’s been preparing an audition for a part in Cabaret and found out yesterday he got the part! So proud!” Congratulations Alex on an audition well done, and break a leg in the show!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 6/16/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Shannon K. in Cerritos, CA, wrote, “I want to congratulate Michelle M. who is making amazing improvement each week in her singing! Her dedication to practicing is truly noteworthy!” Great job, Michelle!

Kit R. in Aurora, CO, wrote, “My 9 year old student, Jordan, played a piano piece as her talent for the National American Miss pageant and won! She will get to participate in the next round in June!” Way to go, Jordan! Keep it up and good luck in the next round!

Molly R. in Hayward, CA, wrote, “Just wanted to share that my voice student Bella was cast in a production of Seussical!” Awesome! Break a leg, Bella!

Blake in Tuscon, AZ, wrote, “After working with Lourdes C. I am happy to announce that I am being ushered into grad school with the proverbial golden keys. Thanks to her continued efforts, I have managed to produce academic work of such a caliber that I have been awarded not only a GTA position, but also a scholarship and a fellowship grant. I want to thank Lourdes for her continued support, and her superb tutelage. None of this would have been possible without her and I am so incredibly pleased and privileged to have been accorded such excellence in preparation for my continued academic career.” Congratulations Blake, and three cheers for Lourdes’ hard work!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 6/9/14

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Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Amy Z. in Avondale, AZ wrote, “On Friday, June 6th I hosted my first private studio recital since working with TakeLessons. 6 piano, 1 flute, and 1 alto saxophone student performed for an audience of 50 family and friends on the stage at the elementary school where I teach during the school year. All of the students played very well and acted so professionally! I am very proud of each and every one of them. I am looking forward to hosting more recitals in the future.” Pictured above is Amy’s student Josh at the piano giving a big thumbs up! Thanks Amy, for putting this recital together!

Maureen L. in Dallas, TX wrote, “Haley S. is the best voice teacher! She is positive, upbeat, and very professional! And she works very well with my 14 year old daughter:)” Great job, Haley! We’re so proud to have you on the team!

Robin R. in Burbank, CA wrote, “I want to send a shout out and congrats to Kate! At only 5 years old, she won 1st place in the PTA Reflections Contest at Bret Harte Elementary She then went on to win first place district wide in the Burbank Unified School District. Her category was original composition K-2 grade. She won the contest with her original song called “Scary Song” The theme was “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” Awesome job Kate!!” Very well done, Kate! Keep up the good work and we look forward to hearing more about your successes!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 6/2/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here’s a great shout out we received this week:

Rina M. in Westfield, NJ wrote, “Bravo to vocal student Abby who just performed in her fourth school production of Seussical Jr! As Jojo and the Boy, she stood out from her peers in her acting and singing roles in such numbers as “Oh The Thinks You Can Think,” “It’s Possible” and “Alone in the Universe” among others. Amazing Abby! I am so proud of her accomplishments both on and off the stage.” Great work Abby!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 5/27/14

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Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are this week’s shout outs!

Toby R. in Austin, TX wrote, “Kassidy has been doing an excellent job at our guitar lessons! Whether we’re working on the lyrics or her unique melodies in one of her own songs, sharing music with each other that neither of us have heard before, exploring new approaches to playing classical guitar, or generally gushing about art, lessons with Kassidy are always a treat. I’m very proud of the time I’ve had teaching her, and though our regular time together will soon come to a close, I know she’ll find her way and do something great in whatever her future endeavors bring. Whether it’s directly musical or not!” Great work, Kassidy!

Diane G. in Gaithersburg, MD wrote, “ On May 18, two of my violin students, Arianna and Furkan, performed at the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts and front of a crowd of almost 1500 people. They were part of an small group that performed with the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area String Festival. They did an incredible job, looked wonderful and I don’t think they were nervous at all.” Well done!

Octavio M. in Houston, TX wrote, “I just wanted to share with y’all that My guitar student Jatin was practicing his first song in the instrument today: ‘Let it go’ of Walt Disney’s Frozen. I was really impressed. his devotion and willing to learn has improved a loooooooooots in the past 3 weeks. I am very Proud of him Kudos Jatin!!!!!!!” Congratulations Jatin, and keep up the good work!

And finally, Milton J. in Corona, CA sent us lots of great updates on his studio! He says:

I am preparing my studio for an August summer recital at my home. My students are already excited for the performance opportunity and I’m so happy to be able to provide the venue as well!

Jarica recently made the Treble Choir at her high school in her very first choir audition! I’m so very proud of her and she’s very excited for it in the fall. Additionally, we’ve already prepared over ten songs – both original and covers – that are performance -ready in preparation for open mics in the summer and the summer recital!

Sariah recently participated in her school’s talent show, singing “When Will My Life Begin?” from Tangled and she was marvelous! She’s made big strides with stage presence and her voice was as wonderful as ever. I was one proud teacher!

After we’ve migrated from piano to vocal lessons with Leonard, the improvement he’s made is newsworthy. We’ve completed two songs with full vocal notes from me and he’s nearing an open mic night in June! Full speed ahead!

Brittany is also readying an appearance at an open mic night at a local coffee house, and we’re preparing “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles and two original songs for her to perform. We’re working on her stage presence and staying vocally open through nervousness.

Recently, we’ve been doing half of our lesson outside in order for Theresa to get over her stage fright. The feedback she’s been receiving from passersby on the Redlands campus has been very important. I can see the light getting brighter with each lesson!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 5/16/14

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Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here’s this week’s shout out!

Debbie S. in Simi Valley, CA, wrote, “My student Janae has successfully passed her Certificate of Merit test in playing, theory, ear training in technique. Congratulations Janae!”

James W. in Jacksonville, FL, wrote, “My student Carla N. is doing great, she has expanded her range by one octave. She is singing better all the time with more confidence. She understands her place in the music pantheon and is making huge improvements in Vocal Power towards her big Audition later this month. She has 3 songs almost ready and is going at it with gusto …. Yay Carla !”

Justin C. in Chicago, IL wrote, “My trumpet student Joe J. just started playing the trumpet in our first lesson back in late January. After much determination and patience, he’s making some pure and clear sounds! His progress is definitely impressing me! Keep up the great work, Joe.”

Malda K. in Naples, FL wrote, “I would like to congratulate my students (Valentina ,Christian and Sebastian) on their recital. You guys performed beautifully and with so maturity that it is great ! I’m very proud of you and keep up your good work . I would like to congratulate my students(Kylie,Dylan and Emily) on their first recital. You did a great job on your first recital. It is not easy to perform on front of an audience,just after three months of taking piano lessons. I’m very proud of you! Thank you.”

Gfire in Austin, TX wrote, “I want to congratulate Chrissie M. on doing her very first singing exercise today!! That is the first step to actually being able to match pitches.”

Priscilla G. in Milwaukee, WI wrote, “My high school freshman student, Courtney, received a 1st place award at both regional and state WSMA (Wisconsin School Music Association) solo & ensemble festivals. She’s also been promoted to the Varsity Choir for her sophomore year and lettered in choral music. She’s been taking private voice lessons with me for two years.”

Xiaole L. in Irvine, CA wrote, “45% of students taking Certificate of Merit from my Piano Studio received Honor rating from the 2014 CM evaluators. Allan L. participated in the Composers Today’s recital and Megan L, participated in California State Contest. The audience enjoyed the performance of Megan L. and Joyce L. giving favorable comments at the MTACSC Honor Recital. Additionally, my Fatasia Española won the Third Place in the Composers Today State Contest, Category 7 (Teaching Piece).  I will perform my piece at the 2014 MTAC Convention in LA.”

Kim K. in Ridgewood, NY wrote, “Kelsey C. started and finished a crocheted afghan this week.”

Tim B. in Newberg, OR wrote, “Shout out to Ollie: Great job with yesterday’s lesson. Remembering to review the notes that you learned awhile back and to keep building from that. If I can reiterate truth, it’s mastering the basics that will give you a solid foundation that will follow you wherever you go with music. Score that touchdown, keep in the game.”

Jennifer J. in Frisco, TX wrote, “I just wanted to share about our spring recital. I had 17 performers doing piano and/or voice. There was the duet, “Say Something”, that Sierra A. and David W. (both TakeLessons students) did. Also, there was a group of 4 girls that sang “Let It Go” from Frozen. Everyone did amazing and they are ALL looking forward to the winter recital! I’m so proud of everyone! Youngest student is 4 years old and oldest is 27.” Check out a photo from Jennifer’s recital at the top of this post!

Wi-Moto N. in Brooklyn, NY wrote, “Matthew M. has been accepted to the BA Acting program at Pace University and will be matriculating this fall. He also rocked the house in the leading role of Gomez Adams at Xaverian High School.”

Jeff W. in San Mateo, CA wrote, “Gabi: learned Maroon 5′s “Payphone” and is now rocking “Roar” by Katy Perry, pretty awesome for a 5 year old. Eugene: always keeping me on my toes, he is learning “Pretender” by Foo Fighters Harrison: rocking some KISS and surf beats Zach: shredding Linear grooves and learning Jeff Buckley. This kid is awesome. Hayden: rocking beats and playing to songs by One Direction Also, all of my TL and private students will all participate in a real recital at a venue, with a professional band on May 30th!”

Yajaira M. in Flower Mound, TX wrote, “I am extremely excited and proud of my student Megan as she has completed one year of vocal training and most importantly her huge improvement on her vocal skills. It amazes me every single day how the Power of Music can blossom one’s talent but most importantly their personality. From the first lesson, Megan came to me as a shy young lady, in whom I knew the moment she sang she had a beautiful voice that was begging to be heard, but her shyness was standing in the way. Throughout her vocal sessions, Megan’s voice has blossomed and her confidence is exuberant. She takes constructive criticism and uses it due to her commitment in wanting to understand the proper techniques. Megan is such a pleasure to teach. I treasure our friendship and love seeing her growth each and every lesson.”

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