Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Jay
"Jason is an accomplished guitarist, and an excellent teacher. He's a down to earth, regular guy who has a gift to share....which he does very well! He t
akes time to communicate with me at a level which meets my needs, and is very patient with me. I believe that Jason wants me to improve in my guitar playing skills and knowledge of music theory just as much as I do, and is uniquely gifted to help me. I'm looking forward to on-going lessons with Jason. He's a really good guy, who deserves my highest recommendation."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Philip
"As the director of a local, private, Christian school I can attest to the courteous and friendly demeanor that Todd brings to his lessons. He has a wide r
ange of music skills which allows him to teach well-rounded musicianship. But, it is his passion for music that is the most attractive feature of Todd's abilities."
Indianapolis, IN teacher:
Review by Ian
"Great first day!"
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by pam
Our 12 year old daughter has been taking voice lessons with Zach for almost a year and he is absolutely amazing. He's taught her so much and m
ade it so interesting for her. We HIGHLY recommend him as a music instructor!"
Mankato, MN teacher:
Review by Amy
"Highly recommend for children of any age!
I am writing to recommend the talent and abilities of Kit R., music instructor. Kit was able to provide a basic
, age appropriate, introduction to music curriculum for my 4 year old and beginner piano curriculum for my 8 year old. Because of Kitâs energy and ability to connect with children, she has ignited a passion for music my children may not otherwise have. I would highly suggest Kit for children of any age, regardless of the childâs knowledge or experience with music.
Amie B.- Mother of 2"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Anita
"Lydia taught my daughter both harp and piano for 8 years. She is an excellent teacher. I could not have asked for better. Lydia is extremely musical, and
is professional, yet down-to-earth, kind and friendly. She is very patient and has pleasant to be around. She has recorded CD's of her harp music, has played with orchestras, and has attended many music study programs. Her musical ability is superior and she LOVES to share her the joy of playing both harp and piano to others. Lydia is also flexible with the pieces she teaches. She is very good at teaching the classical pieces and exercises, but also can teach pop and other genres. She has two recitals a year which are in a relaxed atmosphere but still give the student the performance experience. GREAT TEACHER!"
Columbus, OH teacher:
Review by Steve
"I have been studying Spanish Guitar with Ed for 3 or 4 years and he is one of the best instructors I have ever worked with. He is a gifted player and perf
ormer and his work ethic and professionalism as an instructor are unmatched.
I am probably one of Ed's more challenging students due to my hectic schedule which interferes with my practice time but we have covered a lot of ground studying basic techniques and styles such as Flamenco, Rumba, Bulerias, Sevillanas, and Tango. Ed is always prepared and is uncannily able to pick up our lessons exactly where we left off the week before. He is able to diagnose problems with technique and work with me to correct them and suggest practice methods to improve technique and the musicality of the performance. Fortunately I have many technical issues so Ed will be gainfully employed for some time on my account!
Ed performs regularly and has a large repertoire in popular music as well as flamenco guitar. I have seen him perform with a flamenco dance group and he was brilliant. I asked him to perform at a small event I helped organize and his performance was enjoyed by all. I highly recommend Ed as a flamenco guitar instructor or as a performer."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by David
"A very patient instructor with a clear instructions and helpful encouragement, Paul is very accommodating and has set a great pace for my lessons."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Stacy
"She makes me feel very comfortable and is very knowledgable. I would recommend her to others easily"
I am dedicated to helping you to feel comfortable singing, performing and even auditioning. Teaching healthy techniques to free up your voice and give you the confidence to sing what you want.
I have recently finished a Master's of Music degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) in vocal performance. I have taught private and group voice lessons since 2011, and have developed effective ways of communicating to students. I am trained to help students get to know their voices and how to use them effectively.
I have performed major operatic roles for BYU, and am currently performing with t
he Utah Opera Chorus in Salt Lake City. I have performed in many venues and in front of hundreds of people. My background in performance allows me to teach my students necessary techniques to conquer stage fright and enjoy singing in front of people.
*** Lesson Details *** My first priority is making the student feel comfortable, we will move only as fast as the student wants to move. We will start by setting some goals- what the student is hoping to get out of voice lessons. Be it "learn how to sing/speak better" or to prepare for up-coming auditions, I will keep your goals in mind when teaching.
Learning how to sing can be a slow process, but after 3-6 months of studying, you will be able to notice many improvements in your vocal tone, breath management, overall posture and self confidence. Remember that, with any type of study, the more consistently you practice, the more consistent your progress.
Students will be asked to find or purchase their own music (average of $10-$30). Please let me know if this is going to be an issue, there are sometimes free publications online that we can look into.
Also, if you do not find the time you were hoping for on my availability calendar go ahead and contact me, we can discuss the options!
Lastly, I do have cats. While I keep my studio space cleaned and dusted please be aware if you are concerned about allergies!
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, CD player, music stand, music reference books
*** Travel Equipment *** When teaching out of my home I can provide a piano, music stand and CD player as well as books to reference. When teaching at student's home I would like them to provide a piano or keyboard. However, I can bring reference books, CD player, and a travelling keyboard if necessary. Students must buy or find their own music- I am happy to assist in finding the least expensive option.
*** Specialties *** I believe that classical voice training is a solid foundation to build any voice style upon, from opera to musical theater and jazz. I work on techniques that fit the students goals and individual vocal needs as well as acting and performance techniques, including how to read and interpret music notation, audition preparation, and proper vocal care. My goal is to help the student gain confidence though singing and performing- any age, any style.
Jessica A. November 4, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Melissa is wonderful! I was nervous to take lessons, and she made me feel comfortable. She is very friendly and very complimentary of what I am doing well, even if I'm doing other things poorly. I would recommend her to anyone, especially those who are shy about getting started.
Brittni N. November 3, 2013
Great Teacher! :)
Melissa is an amazing voice teacher! She always created a comfortable environment that we could learn about our individual voices in. She always told me exactly what I needed to improve on in a way that wasn't demeaning, but encouraging! I also attended an opera that she was in, and she was a great actress and singer! I really enjoyed her class and benefited a lot from it.
Alex R. November 1, 2013
I have nothing but good things to say about Melissa James. She is a very talented teacher who can take a student of any skill level and let them know what they can work on to improve. I really enjoyed the semester class that I took from her.
Doreene has been teaching singers for over 15 years and has been singing, songwriting and performing herself for over 25!
Doreene excels at coaching clients from beginners to advanced singers. No matter the level of experience, her students find freedom in singing and develop confidence in using their instrument.
With Doreene's support and direction, clients from her studio have been given a variety of opportunities to grow their talents:
*Performing in musicals and plays in both high school and community theater (most of them landing lead roles) *She's coached students in and helped
them prepare for recording sessions *Encourages students to study with expert teachers in Performance and Songwriting *Attending specialized summer vocal programs in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City and Nashville.
Whether you want to be on American Idol/The Voice/X-Factor or you just want to sing for a friend or family event, learn to use your voice in a healthy way that will give you longevity!
*** Lesson Details *** Each lesson is a 1-on-1 private session where we work specifically on your voice and as a team we work together to achieve your individual goals.
1)-You receive 3 - half hour lessons (one a week) 2)-Attendance to our group Master Class which is 90 minutes (one a month)
Practicing to your lesson helps you to strengthen your voice, gain confidence and feel and hear the results that you are looking for, so each student is asked to bring a recording device to their lesson.
What to bring to your first lesson: *Bring a song you are very comfortable with for voice assessment. (CD, MP3 player, minus track or we can use YouTube) *Lyric sheet if necessary *SD memory card other recording device (IPhone, digital recorder)
Trinity N. July 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I was beginner singing student and Doreene was a great teacher! Due to scheduling - I am having to discontinue at this time.
abigail M. March 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Doreene met with our daughter and made her feel at ease and comfortable from the start. She listened to her sing and made several suggestions that made an immediate difference in her singing. Looking forward to many more sessions with her.
Ray R. December 4, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Doreene is fun to be with and has a lot of knowledge for helping with voice widening exercises. I have noticed improvement in my head voice techniques and am happy to be working with her.
I have been teaching for 17 yrs. and playing for 36 yrs. I absolutely love to watch the learning process take shape. I get a great deal of joy from teaching and witnessing students pass and achieve greatness. When they overcome what seem like insurmountable odds to them and then perform something flawlessly, especially in a live setting, It just does not get any better than this. I cannot imagine doing anything else with my time. I have a strong ability to connect with each individual student and create a personal lesson plan for each and every unique personality. Depending on the person, I wi
ll personally tailor a lesson plan for that individual based on their natural ability, coordination skills, mindset, musicality and overall rhythmic sense. I also try to give each and every student the confidence needed to get up in front of an audience or crowd of people and still perform with elegance and dignity. Just relax and play. That is what it is all about, right, having fun. Let's play.
*** Lesson Details *** I have a professional lesson plan in place. I like to teach from literature and also from feeling and hearing the music. I am very amiable and straight forward with my students. I stress very strongly the importance of a good practice routine. With lots of practice you will become a great drummer. But, fun is what everything is all about. If you do not have fun then I have failed. I have never purposely failed, so Lets Go.
*** Studio Equipment *** Separate from Home, Separate Entrance, Music studio soundproof, Parents and Friends Waiting area with couch and full view through glass window of drum room where lessons take place. Sound can be piped into waiting area or completely muted. Lesson room has two drum sets and state of the art Audio Equipment set up for beautiful sound production and clarity. I also use video playback with studio quality sound to increase learnability. This has been proven to be a very successful tool in the learning process!
*** Travel Equipment *** Sticks, Pad, Snare Drum and Lots of energy! Let's Rock.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Rock, Funk, Punk,Country, Metal. I also teach Jazz, Swing, Latin, Big Band, Afro-Cuban. I focus on three main areas: 1. Reading music 2. Playing with recorded music 3. Rudiments and Stick Control Plus of course proper technique and dynamics. I am also associated with local Middle School and High School Jazz Band and Orchestra Teachers. I can greatly improve your students ability to compete and participate in the Jazz Band, Orchestra or Percussion Classes taught at the Middle to High School level. Let's Swing.
Celeste L. April 18, 2014
As an instructor Brian is patient, consistent and has many angles for reaching students who may be struggling to gain musical concepts. He finds lots of ways for his students to observe professional drummers and opportunities for his students to perform at whatever level they've achieved. The studio is well equipped and comfortable with an great observation area for parents and friends of the student. If you want to learn drumming Brian is the one to contact!
cole A. January 28, 2014
very good teacher
I have been Brians student for 5 years and i am very happy with the way he teaches. he has helped a lot and has made me love drumming! he is a great guy.
glynn A. January 24, 2014
Couldn't be better
My son has been taking drum lessons from Brian for several years.We were looking for a teacher that would teach the important stuff like reading music, basic beats, as well as the fun stuff, learning songs. Brian is everything we were looking for. My son loves to play and enjoys going to lessons. Brian has also provided opportunities for his students to attend workshops & concerts put on by celebrity drummers. If your kids want to learn to play drums, Brian is the guy to teach them.
At the age of 3, I began playing the violin and was taught through the Suzuki Method. Before ever learning to read a note, I learned to play by ear- learning to listen and imitate, much as a child learns to imitate sounds and speak before learning the letters of the alphabet. This ear training, in combination with note reading and other techniques, created the groundwork for the rest of my life as a musician!
The moment that would change my life as a musician came at age 12 while performing with Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. We had the opportunity to perform wit
h violinist Vanessa Mae. I had never seen someone that could inspire so much electric energy and, at the same time, put such tender, heartfelt emotion into every note. A new fire and zeal for music was born in me that I can never forget!
That passion for music has driven me to reach for every performance and training opportunity possible and to help others do the same. In completing my bachelor's degree in Viola Performance at the Jacob's School of Music at Indiana University, I brushed shoulders with mentors who not only shaped me as a performing musician but also as a teacher. Participating in the Suzuki Pedagogy program provided the ultimate hands-on opportunity to teach, alongside other professionals, and mold beginning violinists in their first steps.
I have been teaching privately for the past 10 years, helping beginning through advanced students ranging in age from 4 to 52. It's been unbelievably rewarding watching each student's life change with music. My young beginners love the creative outlet that playing the violin and viola provides. The discipline they develop in learning to play crosses musical boundaries and can be seen in their schoolwork and other daily routines. My adult students love the opportunity to begin the musical journey they had only dreamed of in the past; or, the chance to "dust off" their instruments that they put by the wayside as a child. Equally rewarding is teaching those students with fundamentals already in place to stretch and turn their technique into expressive, musical lines!
I love the opportunity to get to know the unique personalities and styles of EACH of my students and to help them put this qualities into their playing! Let me help you discover the musician waiting to come out in you!...
*** Lesson Details *** I teach 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour lessons. (For students younger than 8 years of age, 30 minute or 45 minute lessons are recommended.) Each of my lessons is taught one-on-one in my in-home studio.
I teach a combination of the Suzuki Method and traditional styles. The Suzuki Method creates a strong technical foundation to build upon while also training the ear to work independently of note reading. I combine this method with a more traditional approach as I feel it important for the student's involvement and enjoyment to play recognizable tunes.
What to expect in a lesson:
Beginners: - Learning to correctly hold the violin/viola and bow with proper position - Learning the names of notes and placement of fingers - Note and rhythm training/reading; key and time signature training - Ear training - Beginning level Suzuki and traditional pieces
Intermediate: - Ensuring that proper positioning and posture is upheld - Scale and rhythm training; key and time signature training - Ear training - Intermediate level Suzuki and traditional pieces - Learning shifting exercises and vibrato
Advanced: - Scale and rhythm training exercises/etudes - Ear training - Advanced level Suzuki pieces and/or traditional and other classical pieces
For the first lesson:
Beginners: Please bring your violin (appropriate for your size), bow, shoulder rest, Suzuki Volume 1 with CD, notepad, and folder.
Intermediate-Advanced: Please bring your violin, bow, shoulder rest, notepad, folder, and your most recently performed/polished piece.
Parental involvement in younger students' lessons and at-home practicing is HIGHLY encouraged! (For those students 8 years of age or younger, parents are REQUIRED to be at every lesson!)
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Violin/Viola (for teacher use), music stand, metronome, recording device, laptop
Taiju H. February 6, 2014
Missing her a lot.
When She was in Toronto Canada,
my daughter started violin lesson
The way of her teaching was so attractive
and skilful and patience.She is also
Too bad that we can't find any teacher
like her.But it was such a fortune that
my daughter had learn fundamental basic
We miss her a lot but great fortune for
people who live in Sydney UT.
Daniel B. January 14, 2014
With such attention to detail and a natural ear for music, Nicolle's talent in playing and teaching is beyond compare. Her love and desire to share her passion with others is clear. If you are considering lessons look no further I 100% recommend her.
J.P. L. January 9, 2014
A Salt Lake Gem! Highly qualified instructor and very capable musician! Tons of enthusiasm! Great person skills.
My goal is to help students ENJOY the piano by finding ways to make it easier and doable. I have a very useful approach in helping students become self sufficient to sight read very well, to see patterns, understand music theory to either help them play well, or to even create their own music(I compose a lot of great music as well)
I couldn't sight read very well until I was 16, but I had a great sight reading teacher that showed me how to develop it, and now I can say that I'm one of the best sight readers out there that I know. I was a ballet pianist at Brigham Young University for
several years where all I did was sightread binders full of ballet/classical music. I play for choirs, church congregations, jazz bands, or musical jam sessions all the time, and I couldn't do that at all if I didn't learn how to sight read well. I would love to help you learn the piano, and I will do my best to make learning as effective as possible. I especially enjoy teaching those who quit and would like to try again, because I know what that is like.
Concerning my musical background, I've played, arranged, and composed piano for choirs, bands, jazz combos, singers. I've been in bands all my life, and have composed for jazz bands, choirs, and orchestras at BYU and in Eastern Europe. I also play about 10 different instruments, 5 being fairly basic, and 5 fairly proficient.
Greg October 6, 2015
Music Theory ·
I had the opportunity last week to take a piano lesson from Richard. Growing up I took piano lessons, but never really practiced. I did the bare-minimum to get by, so that my teacher wouldn't be upset with me. After I stopped taking piano lessons, I lost a lot of my ability to play. I went to Richard hoping that he could help me grasp the basics again including: chords, major and minor positions, chord inversions, and a little about composing my own music. First off, Richard didn't make me feel stupid for not knowing how to play. He patiently explained concepts to me, and then showed me through examples. Then he let me practice and offered encouragement as I played. He also did a great job simplifying the teaching. It was very easy for me to follow and understand what he was teaching. I would highly recommend Richard to anyone who wants to either learn or improve their piano skills.
Esther September 27, 2015
Growing up we both took lessons together. He has always been into music since he was small and has learned to play several instruments. He has had lots of experience playing piano in concerts, weddings and other outlets. I've seen him play beautifully lots of music by just knowing the chords of the songs without seeing the sheet music. Because of these experiences and lessons, he knows what works and what makes a great music education.He's passionate about teaching and wants to give a more effective learning experience. He is an excellent teacher . The reason why I am giving 4 stars is because he has only taught a few years and 5 stars is reserved for best teacher ever. I think he will be the best teacher ever with a few more years of experience.
Mackenzie T. September 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very pleased with Richard. My kids learned a lot since they've started lessons. They love to go to their lessons, and they started to practice since then. They enjoy learning process and I am so happy to see them progressing so well. Richard's personality, high professional and communication
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