Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by tomes
Byron employs a great mixture of what the student wants and the neccessary fundamentals he knows the student will need to continu
e to improve and enjoy the guitar at a high level. His love for the instrument and its versatility shines through as he makes the lesson fun and inspires the student to work toward their goals. I recommend him highly and am certain he will help you enjoy the guitar at whatever level you are."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Richard
"Playing more music than ever
Elicia has help me learn what I always wanted to since I have started playing again I am now expanding my quartet repetoire."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Ally
"Organized, attentive, kind, and patient. Went above and beyond what was expected! Everything you would hope a teacher to be :)"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Daniel
"Asuka is a great voice teacher
Asuka is a wonderful teacher â a skilled musician, very knowledgeable about the voice, and patient. I have learned a lot
from her, and have really enjoyed the process. She is a consummate professional, and my lessons are always organized and well-plannedâ¦ but she also makes it fun. I trust her judgment when it comes to my voice, and feel that Iâve improved a lot, thanks to my lessons with her."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Betty
"Adrienne is an excellent instructor. My daughter had no experience with the flute but a great desire to play. She could not even get sound out of the flut
e. After the first lesson she was playing, By the second lesson she was making notes. Thanks to Adrienne my daughter has the confidence to try out for band at school this year. My daughter was very nervous at first. Adrienne is very friendly and put my daughter at ease right away. She looks forward to her lessons with Adrienne. We have a couple of lessons left and hopefully we will be able to continue with Adrienne. Sincerely, Betty"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Ava McAllister
"Prompt response. Reasonable price. Willing to do online and travel."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Kelly
"Lawrence is such an amazing and teacher, and has a wonderful personality. I recently signed up to take singing lessons with him and already he makes me fe
el confident and comfortable with myself. Even though I'm starting out as a beginner and I don't know much about the different aspects of singing, but Lawrence has taken the time to patiently teach me step by step from the start. What I love most about the way Lawrence teaches is that when I make a mistake he doesn't point it out and make me feel bad about myself, instead he teaches me on how to make it better and how I can improve myself from that point on. Slowly but surely he assures me that he will help me reach my goals, and I truly believe him. I will continue to take more and more lessons with him just because he knows how to show me what I am capable of and also the fact that each lesson I take with him he makes it fun and interesting! So thank you Lawrence for being so patient with me. I can't wait to see where I will be a year or so from now! I look forward to more fun lessons with you!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Saanjali
"Lessons with David were my favorite time of the week during college. He worked on both basic techniques and finer details and nuances, which made the less
ons very creatively satisfying. As a student, I hold him in the highest regard. If you haven't signed up for a lesson, you're missing out!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Brandon
"Franklin is a wonderful musician and person. He is a great teacher and is always trying to better his students while sharing his passion for music to thos
e he teaches. He is a fantastic tuba player and is a joy to work with. He has a wonderful ability to help guide students down their own musical paths, it is obvious that he not only has a passion for music, but also for teaching. He is a truly inspirational person."
Teaching music is my passion, it is more than just a career. I value each student and the time I have with them; helping them to explore the world of music. Hopefully after each lesson, my students walk away with a deeper understanding of music theory and have enjoyed their time. I am available to teach Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass, Upright Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Piano, and beginner Drums.
I am a husband and father. I teach all age ranges.
*** Lesson Details *** I approach each lesson differently because every student is unique. During the initial
lesson I will begin to assess the student's ability, determine the best teaching technique for them, and setup a practicing at home guideline. My job is to help the student reach their individual goals and support them along the way. I feel every student deserves to learn to read music and I will concentrate on this with them.
Lessons are taught in my personal music studio; it is a laid-back, family friendly environment. There may be specific books and supplies I recommend purchasing (these will enhance the success of a budding musician). I will most likely also hand out sheet music of songs to practice and may recommend certain artists within specific genres for the students to listen to and familiarize themselves with.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Classical/Flamenco guitar. I can teach many different styles such as Rock, Blues, Jazz, etc. I am always learning, and am willing to learn so that my students get the best experience they can get.
Sarah Cohen C. September 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very nice first less. Generous with his time.
Marge Voigt May 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Enjoyed meeting with him. He was very interested in finding out what my goals were and how he could help me achieve them. The first lesson was fun! Looking forward to the next one!
Anupam H. March 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
I have a great experience in my lessons with Andrei. He is a great teacher and gives me constant encouragement.
Jeff is a seasoned instructor in guitar, songwriting, music performance and music business. He also offers lessons in public speaking, voice-over performance and ukulele. He welcomes students of all ages and experience and has successfully and happily taught beginners to pro-level musicians and recording artists. Jeff is pleased to announce that he is currently accepting Takelessons online students via Skype.
Jeff can teach guitar and songwriting in all styles and is an adept acoustic and electric guitarist. His knowledge of chords is extensive and his acoustic fingerpicking skills ar
e formidable. Jeff structures all lessons around the individual goals and playing level of his students. Jeff's students tend to study with him for quite some time, as his wealth of knowledge, diversity of instruction and patience are extraordinary. Jeff prides himself on customizing every student's lessons based on their particular preferences, goals and skill level. "It's a very personalized kind of instruction, as I never take a cookie-cutter approach to teaching…". Jeff's 3 promises to all students is to give them personalized lessons, be attentive to their needs and goals. and to make them feel like every lesson is worth their investment of time and money. As long as students practice regularly, they can expect to dramatically increase their clarity of playing, their chord "inventory", their musical ear and awareness and play the songs they've always wanted to learn.
After honing his craft as a songwriter and performer, Jeff created and taught songwriting and music business classes at colleges,universities, and music schools throughout the country for many years. Some of the places he taught include UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music. When asked to summarize his views on teaching and music: "Teaching and playing music always puts a smile on my face; especially when I see that the student is having fun, learning what they want to learn and feeling the passion about music that motivated me to pursue my own musical career".
As a working singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 35 awards from various national and international songwriting contests and he's a former staff songwriter for the long-standing New York City-based publisher, Bourne Music. He has also won best music video awards at 3 international film festivals.
Some of the artists that Jeff has been compared to as a guitarist and vocalist include Keb' Mo', James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, John Mayer, Bill Withers, Jim Croce, and Don Henley.
Jeff is a NJ native, but lived and performed in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, John Daversa, Hiroshima, Little Richard and N'Dea Davenport.
Jeff catalog of over 450 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff's songs have appeared in film and TV. One that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, "Journey Of The Heart" (co-written by Jeanne Smith), which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it "the official anthem" of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.
Jeff has commercially released 4 CD's of his original material: The most recent of these is his 2013 release, "Blujanova" (a merging of blues, jazz and bossa nova), which was praised by platinum selling and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Dave Koz: "Jeff's voice is so clean and pure...the production is lovely...warm and inviting...I love the interesting and surprising takes on some classics too, especially 'I Feel Good'…that brought a smile to my face!". The other CD's stretch into other genres. "Truthteller" (bluesy pop/rock and singer/songwriter material) "Me, Myself, and I" (acoustic) and "The Spin" (pop, rock, and country-tinged singer/songwriter material). All of Jeff's albums are on his label, Relevant Records. The late great John Braheny, author of the best-selling "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting (Writer's Digest Books), gave high praise to Jeff's CD, "The Spin", calling it "honest, crafty, melodic and the songs are all exceptional". Patch.com called Jeff "a consummate songwriter".
*** Lesson Details *** At the first lesson, I will ask you to tell me what songs you want to play and artists you want to play like and I will set the table for that by providing the chords you'll need, chord and scales and exercises to enable you to play them and guidelines and tricks on how to make it happen as quickly as possible. I know a wide variety of songs in all styles and styles, including current hit songs as well as pop, rock, blues, jazz, country songs. if you have a song or artist that I don't know already, I will learn it (often on the spot) and if not right then, at the next lesson. I have taught my students to play songs by artists as varied as Taylor Swift, U2, Jason Mraz, Adele, Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Doc Watson. And that's just naming a few.
I always make it clear to my students at the first lesson: "There is no such thing as a stupid question". I want you to feel comfortable to stop me at any time to clarify what I am teaching you, ESPECIALLY if it is too difficult or vague. I pride myself on always being organized for your lesson and making sure that you grasp whatever it is I am teaching you. The goal is to get you to be able to play what you want as quickly as possible. This will take practice and dedication on your part, but I will do everything in my power to help you get there.
I never force anything on any of my students. but I feel it would be beneficial for you to learn to read music OR read tablature and chord diagrams. You tell me which one and we'll go in that direction. If you'd like to read music, then we can decide on a book for you. I have used Hal Leonard instructional books (with CD's! this way you can play with a backing track and get a sense of rhythm, which is very important), but I'm open to other method books you might have or like.
After 3 to 6 months, you will feel you are significantly more skilled on the guitar than you were before we started lessons. You will know more chords (and move from chord to chord), be able to do at least some basic fingerpicking and be able to read some music or tablature.
*** Specialties *** Acoustic fingerstyle guitar (a la James Taylor, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Jason Mraz, John Martyn, Jim Croce, etc.
Blues guitar a la Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, etc.
Bossa nova guitar
Songwriting (any aspect and any level; musically, lyrically, structurally, etc.)
the songs of Taylor Swift---quite a few of my younger students want to play her material, so I have about 15 songs ready to teach you and always learning more (by popular demand)
Adapting songs that are keyboard-based and creating arrangements of them for acoustic guitar. Examples include songs by Adele, songs by Elton John, Irina Menzel's huge hit song from "Frozen", John Legend's "All Of Me", Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", etc.
Recording on Garageband. I became so skilled with Garageband that I was asked to give seminars at Apple Store locations, showcasing my recordings and how to use the program.
Voice-overs; performance, recording, etc.
Ken K. May 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Jeff is an excellent teacher. He asks what you want and who you want to be as a guitarist. I feel so very comfortable talking to him and asking any questions that I may have. I understand why he is a student favorite. I started guitar not knowing anything and has learned so much. I don't ever get bored at anything he says. He has a great sense of humor. He always makes me laugh and cracks jokes that always crack me up. You can tell that he definitely loves what he does. He always say to ask any questions and writes down anything that you may have trouble with. Jeff is very knowledgable and laid back. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Ken K. January 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
So far Emily loves the lessons from Jeff. She's learning a lot!
Nitesh J. December 14, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Jeff is an outstanding teacher.
I started taking guitar lessons with him since November 2012, for more than 2 years now. I was an absolute beginner with the guitar, and Jeff taught me the basics of the guitar amazingly and helped me build a strong guitar core. Jeff lets you stay a few extra minutes after the class ends, if you are "in the zone" or if you are just finishing up the lesson. He also gives great advice on the type of guitar you would be best off buying. Jeff also tells you when you need to change the strings and gives advice on fixing up the guitar should it have a problem. Also, Jeff teaches you any song you want. The genre doesn't matter - Jeff will help you master any song you wish to learn. One of the most important thing about Jeff is that he is always looking to find ways to make playing guitar easier and make it sound better. He gives little tips that greatly help you, in both playing chords or songs. He is also very patient and will always answer your questions, so don't be afraid to ask anything. Jeff also supplements his lessons with the Hal Leonard book, to help you learn how to read and play written music and he also explains what all the symbols mean.
I would highly recommend Jeff to anyone who wants to learn the guitar as he goes to great lengths to help his students in any way possible.
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.
As a teaching artist, my goal is to reinforce a healthy structure to your voice while expanding your capacities as an actor and performer by letting the complete singing actor emerge. I wish for my work in the studio to be accessible even when you are practicing on your own. I hope to empower each student to become self-sufficient on a personal level, understanding that each individual grows from different methods to find that perfect balance of artistic and technical instruction.
I recently spent the summer in Pittsburgh performing in four Pittsburgh CLO shows appearing as The Production
Tenor in Singin’ in the Rain and Garvin in Footloose. Before this, I spent my previous two summers performing at MT Wichita and Connecticut Repertory Theatre, all of which has taught me what it takes to become a successful musical theatre performer in this era.
I love teaching all students, but in particular high school students who are aspiring to attend college as a musical theatre major, non-theatre majors who are new to singing and want a stronger technical background, or actors who are new to the musical theatre scene and are looking to take their talent to the next level. I have a strong knowledge of repertoire ranging from contemporary musical theatre to golden age to opera/operetta. I have performed in musicals, operettas, plays, and have started my own collegiate a cappella group, The Statesmen. At Penn State, I was trained to not only teach musical theatre repertoire, but to include art songs and arias as well which have their own tool in a student's growth and versatility.
Most importantly, I like to have fun in the studio. I have a very open and goofy personality and want you to feel free to be goofy as well. Dare to fail. You may learn more from your voice cracking then you might from singing a beautiful note.
Anne M. September 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
I had my first session with him yesterday and i had a fantastic time.I love his teaching method and can't wait to take more lessons with him :-) He deserves 5 stars.
Jon Girson August 11, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Zach is a very intuitive and engaged coach. He shines with musical theatre training.
Josh A. July 1, 2015
Lessons with Zach have been amazing, he teaches me new things every time I go to a singing lesson. He is very patient and will work as hard as he can to give you the best experience, and even when you have a hard time doing something in the lesson, Zach will push you and help to you accomplish whatever it is you are doing. Overall I recommend Zach to anyone who is willing to sing and have fun with it.
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