Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by David A.
"Eric is one of my favorite voice instructors I've had during my time in college. I studied under his practice for 3 years. During that time I was juggling
voice performance through school as well as being a front-man of a music group. He recognized my style in both departments and where my voice would fit in each and helped my develop a balance between the two. I learned proper diction in five languages; Italian, Latin, German, French, and English which I discovered my weaknesses and he helped enhance all the languages to my fullest potential. Eric has become one of my greatest mentors and still is apart of my everyday life by using his guidance he gave me to reach to my best abilities. I will always be grateful for his teachings and friendship."
Rockford, IL teacher:
Review by Arlette
"Arlette is the consummate professional. She is very passionate musician. She loves teaching, and watching each of her students improve each week. As a
cellists she plays all over the Los Angeles area in various Orchestras. She is the Founder and Music Director of her own orchestra Culver City Chamber Orchestra. Arlette loves to teach and as I watch her teaching she enjoys her students and she makes fell comfortable and relax during their lesson. This is why at the end do 6 months there're is a recital and they all have improved so well. Without a doubt she is a great teacher!!!! Sincerely,
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Ravi
"Chantilly is a wonderful incredibly comfortable teacher to learn from. Every lesson I've taken has always been very well thought out and I always feel I g
et so much out of them. Definitely highly recommend!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Sam
"She is a very good teacher.
Mrs. Melodie B. is a very good teacher. She is really funny. She will help you on anything that you are stuck on. She is very
patients and friendly. I recommend her to you."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Suzy
"Ricardo's approach to teaching piano is simply excellent.
Ricardo's knowledge of the piano is clearly evident. He is a courteous and polished individual
who devotes focused attention upon the student. He is patient and offers very constructive recommendations that have helped my development. Ricardo is an excellent teacher who I highly recommend. If you want to learn how to play the piano, take your lessons from Ricardo."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Jeremy
"Gives Outstanding Lessons; Produces Excellent Video Series
I am writing a review from a couple of different perspectives, as I've received lessons from R
yan in a number of capacities. I am an intermediate-level bass player who received his initial music theory training from Ryan, and his explanations were clear and concise.
Recently, I've become a geography professor at the University of Akron, and I teach a variety of topics, including Introductory Cultural Geography. Part of this involves looking at how different types of music spread throughout the world. Ryan created an excellent video that supplemented my lecture; he thoroughly, yet very clearly, described how the spread of the minor pentatonic scale contributed to the development of heavy rock and metal music across the globe. Without this insight, my lecture would have been less accurate, as well as less entertaining to the students!
As a stringed-instrument player and a professor who includes music geography and history in his classes, I highly recommend lessons with Ryan. His descriptions and instructional method are outstanding (please see his excellent video series, "Swing's Shred Tips" on YouTube), and he also clearly demonstrates a deeper knowledge about music. Rather than just playing fast to shred, he will teach the underlying ideas behind the music to improve your playing (as he clearly demonstrated in his custom lecture on geography/history in my class). Highest possible recommendation!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by James
"I feel that I am gaining excellent instruction from a knowledgeable teacher. I am an adult learner (new to trumpet) and William is excellent at keeping m
e on a pace that has me interested and engaged with each lesson."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Stan
"Polina is a patient, caring and extremely competent piano teacher as well as a gifted accompaniest."
Albany, NY teacher:
Review by Irene
"He's very friendly but also professional. I actually enjoy my drums lessons, I really like it!"
I am a 34 year old Trumpet, French Horn and Voice Instructor in the Ramona area. I have 24 years experience playing trumpet, French Horn and Singing and play in several groups around the San Diego area including: The Amalgamated, a Ska/Reggae Band Full Strength Funk Band Heartland Brass Ensemble Trumpets R Us Filarmonica Portuguesa Uniao De San Diego Tierrasanta Lutheran Church, Ramona High School Trumpet and French Horn Coach
I am very passionate about music, from learning to teaching, practicing, performing and recording. Every day my goal is to promote music, learn, prac
tice and help people enjoy music either by listening or performing.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons will start with good solid warm-up exercises focusing on breathing and proper technique for Brass playing. The 2nd part of lessons will be technique, Scales and method books for trumpet and french horn. The last part of lessons will be working on Solo repertoire and learning songs for performance, sight reading, playing duets and learning jazz improvisation if interested. Lessons will include sight reading, play along/sing along CD's Scales and technique as well as theory.
For my Trumpet Students I use Herbert L. Clarke Technical Studies Book to help improve aerobic endurance, technical and finger velocity as well as production of good tone quality. I will also use the Earl Irons Group of 27 exercises as well as the Max Schlossberg Method to help improve air flow, breathing control and fluidity of sound throughout all registers. I also use the J. B. Arban's Conservatory method for other techniques including scales, double and triple tonguing, intervals as well as duets and solo repertoire. For jazz minded students I will start with basic fundamentals of improvisation including melodic improv, Blues forms and blues scales as well as reading through chord changes and playing in several modes and other scales used in jazz.
For my French Horn Students I will use the same technique books as Trumpet but learning traditional French Horn Solo repertoire, as well as Brass quintet/choir repertoire and orchestral and concert repertoire. Focus for French Horn students will be mainly on control of partials and tuning techniques.
For my Voice students I will start with good breathing technique and warm up exercises designed to get the vocal chords warmed up and get all the other muscles relaxed in order to produce great tone quality. Focus will be on intonation, and learning to use the air and support to extend the vocalists range higher and lower as well as gain power and confidence in singing. Each Vocal student will have a piece to practice or will bring a piece of their choosing in that they would like to learn and this will be used to apply the techniques learned at the beginning of lessons. Styles of singing that I sing and can teach are Classical, Jazz, Big Band and Standards, Oldies, Pop, Country, Soul, Rock, R&B, Christian Rock and Church Music and also harmonizing like in a duet style or choir/vocal ensemble setting. I will also teach performance techniques, showmanship, stage presence and the overall performance package every singer needs to have confidence while singing.
I am a classically trained musician on Trumpet, French Horn and Voice and reading music, articulations, dynamics and learning musical forms is an essential part to any performers success. I also have studied various jazz styles and improvisational techniques as well. I want to teach students the basics of good musicianship and help them to excel in learning, practicing and performing in their own selected styles of music, whether its classical music, or jazz/rock/pop/country and any other styles students are interested in.
*** Studio Equipment ***
My main teaching location is at the Ramona Music Center in downtown Ramona for students in the area. I have all items needed including music stands, CD player for play along programs as well as an upright piano.
*** Travel Equipment *** When traveling I can bring my own personal music stand and electric keyboard with stand as well. Technique and song repertoire and theory books I can provide when needed.
*** Specialties *** Classical, Jazz, Reggae, Ska, Pop, Rock, Hard Rock, Funk, Soul, R&B, Blues, Church/Worship.
James Endicott February 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Very relaxed atmosphere, no pressure. Looking forward to next lesson.
Noah November 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
John's a terrific instructor; personable, professional, and focused on teaching proper technique and music acquisition skills. He's working with our 3rd year student. Highly recommend him. He focuses on whatever music you are interested in learning. We couldn't be happier.
Renee W. August 20, 2015
In studio Verified Student
John is an amazing teacher and is great with my two young children. I highly recommend him!
Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection. After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the gui
On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the sitar and, once again, the drums. After only a few years of practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar. Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to be a musician, not just a technician.
*** Lesson Details *** A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.
I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.
*** Specialties *** Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
Cooper W. November 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
Looking forward to the next one!
Bobby O. July 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
Trevor is an amazing teacher. He is one of the best teachers I have come across for music, and I've had several. He has a near encyclopedic knowledge on almost all things music from composition to theory with a genuine interest in the material as well as teaching it. He is extremely patient, friendly, and kind of a nerd on several fronts, in the best, most awesome way possible I mean. If you want a truly comprehensive understanding of music from someone who knows what he is talking about and is fun to learn from, I'd say go with Trevor.
Christina Frangos April 30, 2015
Trevor has been my 12 year-old daughter's drum teacher for over a year and has started teaching my 14 year-old daughter and me the guitar. Above all, Trevor instills his love of music into every lesson...and to every student. He custom-tailors each lesson to the student's style, needs and goals. Lessons are always fun, positive and productive. He is responsible, always on time and communicates well. Trevor has been a great find. He is an amazing teacher.
I began playing piano at age six and I received my early training from Jeanne Pennino and later studied with J. Mitzi Kolar, Krzysztof Brzuza, and Karen Follingstad. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Piano, Professional Studies from San Diego State University. I plan to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy and/or Music Theory in the near future.
I have been professionally teaching piano since February 2008 when MuzikAdict Piano Studio was established. I am a believer in balanced musical training. I currently reside in San Diego and keep busy teaching piano and practicing m
y own repertoire. I am an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California, San Diego Branch.
My 65+ students participate in various programs which include but are not limited to Certificate of Merit through the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC), The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program, and AP Music Theory.
*** Lesson Details *** I am an extremely patient teacher with experience teaching students ages 3-84 at various levels. I use a variety of curricula since each lesson is tailored specifically to each student.
*** Studio Equipment *** 1) Baldwin Upright Piano, 2) Yamaha DGX-20 weighted keyboard, 3) Gemeinhardt Flute, 4) Studio copies of all method books used, sheet music and materials used during lessons,
*** Travel Equipment *** Gemeinhardt Flute, method books and materials needed during lessons,
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching classical music, but also teach jazz/pop/Broadway/Sacred styles. I am familiar with and use various different methods including but not limited to Faber: Piano Adventures, Bastien Basics, and Suzuki. Each lesson is tailored toward the individual student's needs.
Isabella C. October 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Rebecca has a very good rapport with children, I can see my daughter improving after only a few lessons.
Anna D. June 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
We had a wonderful first lesson with Rebecca! Anna is only 4, so I was interested to see if she'd take an interest in lessons and want to learn. She was excited to go, and did very well listening and participating - Rebecca was patient and spoke to her on her level and tried lots of different things to see what my daughter knew/didn't know and what she might be able to do. The lesson book she has seems very age appropriate and should make practice fun. I am excited to see how continued lessons go and Anna seems excited to go again and said she had a great time. :)
Jessica S. September 30, 2013
Rebecca is an amazing piano teach
Before taking piano lessons with Rebecca, my only experience with musical instruction was through elementary and junior high.
Rebecca's training and personal dedication to music makes her an extraordinary teacher. We use the Suzuki books, which I love because that's what I used for violin and flute. She supplements those favorites with really nice adult-learning-centered books on theory. As an adult learner, this was helpful, because I could read through these brief books, but then had the terminology to look up my questions online or know what to ask in lessons.
The lessons are so fun and well organized. We work on the songs in the books (which included CDs of the songs so you can hear what the song might sound like if you practice enough) and she would help me with songs I brought in too. Rebecca is so kind, and is great with my five-year-old too.
Really, Rebecca is an excellent music instructor. Her academic background, many years of actually playing piano and singing, knowledge of the music available and books, and variety of students -- all make her a versatile teacher, capable of helping anyone learn to the play the piano in whatever style they are interested in. Plus, she is an incredible person. I look forward to piano lessons with her.
Hello everyone! My name is Amanda O., and I am a Harpist, Voice teacher, Therapeutic Musician, Life Coach, Alternative Medicine Practitioner, and Vocalist who has over 21 years of experience as a classical vocalist and performer. By 9 years old, I began training as an opera singer and have merged my love of classical vocals with the therapeutic harp. I am currently a full-time Dean's list student at San Diego State University, pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I graduated from the International Harp Therapy Program as a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner and have completed an
internship at Apreva Hospice. I have experience playing therapeutic harp music at over 30 different facilities around San Diego, such as Narzerath House, Bay View, Bella Vista, Monte Vista Village, and La Mesa Health Care Center, as well as making In-Home visits. These include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care facilities around SD! I also have experience playing for the actively dying for hospice and consider it an honor to be of musical assistance for people in transition.
I love to teach and can make my harp and voice lessons unique to each individual based on their current skill level. I love watching people expand and grow through music. Your lessons will be engaging, compassionate, fun, and organized! Each lesson will encourage you to become excited about your musical growth and inspire you to continue. I offer something unusual for a harp teacher in that I can teach both improvisation and music theory for the harp. This means that you will get the best of both worlds!
I also have obtained education from the Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies here in San Diego, where I have learned about herbal medicine. I am well versed in many alternative therapies (such as E.F.T., meditation, therapeutic music, Ayurvedic medicine, amino acid therapy, etc.) and can provide compassion, understanding, and strategies for alleviating suffering as a Life Coach. My education towards my Master's degree in Psychology also helps me increase my understanding of the human condition and offer additional support for anxiety, depression, addiction, and other stresses. I believe that everyone deserves to live a life of freedom, safety, comfort, and relaxation. I hope to provide loving assistance for anyone seeking someone who cares and will put in the time to truly listen and offer advice.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please let me know how I can be of service to you!
Jane January 13, 2016
Vocal Training ·
I've only had two lessons and Amanda has already taught me more about singing than I knew existed.
Sonja T. January 13, 2016
Online Verified Student
Amanda is a perfect fit for my online harp instruction. I have a very busy schedule and she is able to help me make the most of my practice and lesson times. She is an excellent and very flexible teacher, working with you to achieve your goals for the instrument - classical or improvisational, or both. I am looking forward to learning more about the therapeutic application of the harp in my field of integrative medicine.
tiffany hawley December 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She is very welcoming and comforting and she knows how to teach what she knows in an easy to underatand way...
I am a competitive individual and I like to challenge and to be challenged. I started playing violin when I was 10 and have performed with several Honors Orchestras, mariachis, as well as some professional groups. My Junior and Senior year of high school I was honored to be Concertmaster.
I began my classical vocal training at San Diego State University in Spring of 2012. I was trained as a Soprano and an Alto because of my coachability, and versatility. Since then I have worked with several talented and dynamic directors throughout my training expe
rience. I have attended the annual San Diego Summer Choral Festival under the direction of Dr. Patrick Walders, which consisted of an intensive choral training weekend followed by performances. I am also part of a growing professional choir in San Diego called Pro Arte Voices, which recently debuted its first CD in December '14 (!!). Lastly, I am a strong advocate for the arts in our community and am very proud to be a teacher. In the near future I have plans of developing a music program for underprivileged youth, which would incorporate choir, orchestra and band. I look forward to making music with you soon :)
Ericka Martinez February 6, 2016
In home Verified Student
What a great teacher. I needed a vocal teacher for my daughter, so she could be prepared for auditions at the local youth theater company. Auditions were a success!! I also needed a patient teacher for my younger daughter who wanted to take violin. She always ask when Souaad is coming for her next lesson. I feel completely comfortable with her coming into my home and I'm so happy we found such a wonderful teacher.
Corina S. January 24, 2016
In home Verified Student
She's really patient, she take the time to explains you everything step by step
I'm so blessed to be her student !!!
Daniel D. January 7, 2016
In home Verified Student
Souaad is an amazing singing teacher. She listens to your goals and tailors the lesson plan to fit your expectations. I'm glad I chose her. She's great
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