Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Debbie
"WE LOVE OUR DRUM INSTRUCTOR! My son was an extremely high energy very distracted five year old when we started lessons with Mr. Al. Let's just say that m
y son is not an easy student, but our son had already developed an obsessive attachment to music, most intensely to drums. We expected someone would be able to teach him drums, but we also got someone who is patient, flexible, understanding, and always respectful and kind to our son. We see Mr. Al in his home studio, and at now at seven years old, Joey's skill has definitely progressed. In fact, his learning has a momentum that our entire family can see. But Mr. Al has given Joey so much more than just that. Joey's love of music has flourished beyond measure. Joey now tells Mr. Al that he loves him after every lesson, WOW! We have been so pleased that my seventeen year old daughter now also takes lessons with Mr. Al too. Mr. Al is the perfect instructor for us. My kids think he's cool, and we think he's just fantastic all the way around!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Nicolle
Henri is great!! He is a super experienced and knowledgable drummer (musician) and teacher. He is extremely patient, has taught me my basi
cs, technique, and is very open to teaching what you want to learn, willing to teach you what you are really interested in musically. At the end of every lesson, he reviews what we learned, writes it and lets me video it so I can practice at home. He has been really flexible, patient, laid back and always down to work on whatever you want but great at coming up with lessons that challenge and excite you as well. I could'nt be more pleased with Henri as a teacher. I always look forward to my lessons."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Chuck
"TJ is a great teacher. I have learned allot in a short amount of time. He caters the lesson to what I wish to learn while still making sure I learn to ac
tually play not just learn the song. I have enjoyed learning from him and am still a student. He does like coldplay but I will try not to hold that against him lol."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Anisha
"Just the teacher I was looking for
I have been a student of Justin since November 2012 and the journey so far has been incredible. I have learnt valuable
techniques that make all the difference in my singing performance. I have learnt how to comfortably hit the high notes, breathe correctly and project my voice better. Justin pays attention to every detail(like Sherlock Holmes) during practice.Yes!! He can also figure out if you did not complete your homework for the week. He always knows just the right vocal, breathing or warm up exercise to help me perform better. He is very patient and encouraging. I remember being very nervous the first class but he made me feel at ease. He took time to understand the goals I wanted to accomplish and the areas I wanted to improve. After the half hour,I knew I found the teacher I was looking for. Every class I get to learn something new about music, performance or my capabilities and I have never been this excited about any class ever. All thanks to Justin. He's the best!!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Anthony
"Rina is an EXCELLENT teacher! She is very patient and knowledgeable which help make her such a great teacher. I regrettably have to move, but I learned so
much from Rina that I know I will take with me wherever I go!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Carol
"Exceptional teacher and musician
My son has been studying acoustic and electric guitar with Andy Bianco for two years. His technique has greatly improved
, but even more importantly, he enjoys and looks forward to his weekly lessons with Andy, a teacher he has always felt comfortable with and describes as friendly, helpful, caring and easy to speak with. In addition, Mr. Bianco helped my son prepare for two very important music auditions last year, and went above and beyond his responsibilities as a teacher. The extra support he gave my son was invaluable and deeply appreciated during this very stressful time...my son was well-prepared and confident on audition day, and I will always be grateful. Andy Bianco is an exceptional teacher, performer, artist...my son is very fortunate to have him as a music instructor, and I wholeheartedly recommend him as a music teacher!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Cicely
"I started taking lessons with Charles a few months ago and he is a great instructor! He is always accommodating and flexible with his time. He leads me t
hrough the exercises slowly and makes sure I get each part down correctly (even though I am not at all coordinated and completely stiff lol). It is kind of intimidating as I awkwardly try to copy his moves, but he always reassures me that I'm doing great. The music he picks for our lessons is perfect! It is quite an experience and I highly recommend him if you want to spice up your life with a new skill."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Clark
"Bruce is Great. I am older and had never played before. Within a couple of lessons, Bruce had me playing a song. He is very patient with a style that make
s learning easy. I would highly recommend Bruce to anyone."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Diana
"Michael was very patient with my daughter and explained things to her using examples she could relate to and understand. She knocked it out of the park i
n her school performance thanks to Mike! She has been taking lessons for over a year and out of many activities she has tried, this is one she wants to keep taking lessons for."
Twenty three years of performing and teaching experience. Specialty in Rock, Blues, Finger Style, Country, Folk, Classical, Funk and Punk. Bachelor of Arts in Classical Performance from Fredonia University. Proficient in theory, reading, composition and arranging, songwriting. Recording artist for hire and personal projects. Home studio in Highlands, NJ.
My Philosophy - Students First - My main goal is to create a comfortable atmosphere in which the student can proceed at his/her own pace. Whether you are looking to perform, do studio work, audition, be a songwriter or just learn a fe
w songs for your own enjoyment. I am happy to create a custom program for you. I believe the most fundamental place to begin is with theory. Through a creative, relaxed and patient environment I introduce students to the rudiments of music on 2 simple pages. Theory helps you to understand song writing, ear training, and how to build chords and scales. I try to get you to hear the music so you can improvise better and also take songs and solos off CD's yourself, therefore becoming more self reliant to teach yourself in the future.
My students bring in the songs they like and by strengthening their ears and learning to apply theory points, I show them how they can figure out the song by ear the exact way it was written and played by the original artist. Therefore you can play with the CD as if you are a band member. This builds confidence to perform and record in any band at any level. As stated above, I will also customize a program for those interested in learning songs without the theory work so they can use the music to play songs as a nice relaxing past time.
Course Descriptions- Rock, Blues and Funk: You will quickly learn how chords and scales are developed using a condensed theory set up chart. This quick immersion in theory helps you to build a strong foundation while at the same time playing and enjoying the music. I have found in my years of teaching that making theory and music interactive from the beginning makes it more enjoyable to learn. You will learn all scales, chords, techniques, rhythms, and ear training specific to these styles of music. The advantage to this Teaching Format , especially in terms of solo scale playing, to progress much further and faster than if you were just learning how to play the songs. We then go straight to the CD's of your choice and learn from the best, the artists you've admired. Whether to learn their rhythms, solo lines, songwriting formats, melodies and harmonies, and all by ear. As a soloist, you will know enough about scales and chord theory and how to blend the two so you can make the guitar talk yourself. Still for those who want a quick song approach, we can get into playing a song and review its theory relevance when desired. (Recommend 1 hour lesson/week plus practice time)
Folk, Country and Bluegrass: As stated above, I begin with the condensed theory chart to understand chords of all types. Here we study rhythms of the above music forms including ballad, country blues and country folk. Through use of songs you enjoy, we study how the music was written and performed. You will learn in this course how to play music you love as it was done by the original artist. We begin with listening to the original soundtrack. Through the use of the ear we dissect the song and learn it in its original form piece by piece. This will also help set up the study of song writing. Understanding how artists Choose Chords, develop Melodies and Harmonies, and use the art of Modulation to bring you to and from different keys for effect. Transposing songs to fit your vocal range and Arranging songs to bring out their best. (Recommend 1 hour lesson/week plus practice time)
Finger Style: Great fun for those who would rather not sing but still want to play full songs on guitar. This style of guitar will blend the techniques of traditional finger picking artists along with our own on improvisation over twelve bar blues progressions and songs. You will learn to play all the parts, bass, melody, harmony and inside chords with your picking hand. Also how to create chord/melody arrangements from any melody.
Classical: Classical guitar is taught through developing standard reading skills, finger exercises and scale work while learning beautiful pieces at the same time.
Song Writing: Song writing always begins with an introduction to theory. From there you will study works from other artists to see how they Choose Chords, develop Melodies and Harmonies, and how they use the art of Modulation to bring you to and from different keys for effect. Choose a song and artist that you enjoy and we will dissect the piece learning the above techniques.
Children's Studies: The study of music has proven to enhance a child's concentration, mathematical and reading skills, self confidence, performance skills in all walks of life whether its playing the guitar, to public speaking, to playing sports.
*** Lesson Details *** "Fun - Fast - Patient" My course is tailored to your needs.
*** Studio Equipment *** Les Pauls and Marshall/Fender amps. Love the sound.
*** Specialties *** All styles but jazz. Rock, blues, folk, finger style, classical, punk, blues and all in between, from funk to punk, rock to metal. I also teach bass and drums.
Cynthia L. February 21, 2015
I won a few guitar lessons with Albert at a Gift Auction at my son's Elementary School many years ago. Albert was a wonderful teacher who seemed to know how to play any song I suggested and got me motivated to play the guitar again! I then signed both of my kids up with him. They took lessons on and off for many years and today they both sing and play guitar every chance they get. Thank you Albert for introducing them to the guitar and motivating them to play! It is a huge part of their lives!
Dennis B. December 31, 2014
Albert is able to relate to students of all ages, very well and give them a solid foundation. I was eight years old when I began taking lessons from him and he gave me a foundation in Rock, Blues, and Acoustic guitar that has lasted a life time. Albert is a very patient teacher and very talented musician.
Lynne P. December 9, 2014
Albert is an excellent teacher of many styles - I learned classical, rock, bluegrass and folk guitar while working with him. As an older player trying to pick up an instrument again, he made me feel comfortable and much less intimidated at the task. It is true that he is very patient and dedicated to helping you realize your musical goals. I give him my highest recommendation.
BA Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers College. MS from Montclair in Music Composition, Jazz Studies with Kenny Baron. Composition Studies with Nicholas Rousakis, Frank Foster, Noel DaCosta.
Member Music Educators National Association. Member Jersey Shore Music Educators Association Member BMI
I am an experienced lifelong pianist. I work professionally as a solo pianist, church organist, choir director, piano teacher, composer and arranger. I am experienced in most styles of music including, classical, jazz, pop, gospel, broadway, rock.
I develop an individual leaning
path for each of my students so they can achieve their music goals. I use many different piano teaching methods and am not bound by any particular one. Depending upon my students level and goals I will supplement the methods books with pieces that interest the student.
*** Lesson Details *** Depending upon the student lessons we will work on several areas designed to improve the students understanding of music and playing the piano.
1. How to practice efficiently, 2. Improving technique. 3. Weekly songs and pieces to learn. 4. Long range major works which will take several months to master 5. Sight reading 7. Music theory,harmony, rhythm and melody, which can be applied to all styles of music, popular song, classical, jazz, etc 8. Understanding of music styles and composers
How much time we spend in each area will be determined by the students level and goals.
*** Studio Equipment *** Kawaii Professional Studio Upright Steinway Professional Studio Upright Yamaha Digital Practice Piano Yamaha PS-1500 Arranger Keyboard Logic Pro 9 Recording Software JV-1010 Synth Module Roland VK-8M Organ Module E-MU Hamond B3 Module Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface JBL Studio Monitors Macbook Pro
*** Travel Equipment *** Each student must have a suitable weighted keyboard or piano at home for practice.
*** Specialties *** Specialties Include:
Jazz, Pop, Broadway and other Popular Forms
Songwriting and Arranging
Accompanying yourself or another singer on the piano
Developing a performance repertoire.
Linda J. May 8, 2015
In home Verified Student
Charles is just great....there's no way I could have found a better teacher. Not only does he know everything there is to know about music, he's interested in keeping the lessons and learning interesting and fun. You can tell he really cares about trying to help his students to both progress, learn some theory, but to have fun and build skills they'll use/enjoy for a long time. Really impressive.
John L. February 10, 2015
Charlie has been giving lessons to my son and is the absolute best! He is passionate about music and brings such energy to each lesson. My son is learning how to play jazz from Charlie after being classically trained. It has opened up a whole new world for him.
It great listening to the lessons because Charlie and my son enjoy music so much.
Dawn J. February 9, 2015
Charlie is the best piano teacher I have worked with. In just two months of taking lessons with him, I have learned myriads of info about music, theory, jazz, blues, and the classics. Being under his tutelage is truly an honor and he is patient with me even when I don't practice (Although I must say he's a real stickler for that). I would recommend anyone to him with a desire for music whether you are 5 or 55.
I am a state certified teacher with two passions: piano and teaching. I have extensive experience working with children of all ages including individuals with special needs. I work to connect students with their musical interests and talents and I seek to make each lesson fun and engaging. In my academy, students also learn how to utilize technology to record and create music.
Silvia P. November 15, 2014
Elizabeth has been our daughter's piano teacher for several months now. My wife and I are extremely happy with our daughter's progress. Elizabeth is a professional whose teaching experience is complimented by her enthusiasm to teach music. After every session, our ten year old daughter comes home full of joy and eager to share what she has learned.
I studied Voice both privately in NYC and at New York University as a musical Theater major. I have fronted several NYC bands throughout the 80's and 90's and currently with The Sherri Pie Band throughout NJ and the greater metropolitan area. Miss Sherri’s singing programs will lead you through a fun, unique process that develops an extraordinary new found awareness of your voice, body and mind.This new awareness enables you to release strain and restrictions that you have likely not been aware of before.You can now effectively heal voice problems and develop all physical aspects of your voice
, such as greater strength, endurance, richness, resonance, power, and range.
Sherri E. January 12, 2015
"I took my kids to Miss Sherri because I kept hearing
how wonderful it was. I believe in early exposure to
music because they get so much out of it when they're
really little. And Sherri has a magical quality that
sparks their interest. Jack, 9, Andrew, 7 and my
daughter, Bailey, 6, are now clients of Shirley Grant,
a talent manager for Keisha Knight Pullian, who played
Rudy on 'The Cosby Show,' and Kathleen Herles, the
voice of 'Dora the Explorer.' Jack recently played the
lead in Running Rabbit Theater's production of 'The
Velveteen Rabbit' at the Two River Theater. We love
I am excited to share my love and knowledge of music with you!
I currently hold a bachelor's degree in Music Education with a concentration in woodwind performance from SUNY Buffalo State. I have been studying flute for 14 years, as well as piccolo for 8. I have held the position of principal flute with Buffalo State Philharmonia Orchestra and Buffalo State Wind Ensemble.
I am also available for fun and rewarding Ukulele lessons!!
Linda F. June 4, 2015
My son has been taking beginning piano lessons with Maria for 3 years. She was always prompt in arriving on time with her lessons, never late. She was very pleasant and my son learned so much from her and improved greatly.
Joseph M. June 4, 2015
Maria is a fantastic flute instructor for my daughter Amanda. She has been teaching her for 5 years and I have seen such growth and improvement in her sound. Maria has a beautiful playing tone on flute, which I now hear in Amanda's tone. She is very patient and clear with her instruction. Amanda comes home after every lesson excited to share what she has learned during her flute lesson with Maria that day.
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