Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Margaret
"Uplifting and encouraging
Lisa has shared her love of music with my children. She is one of the most upbeat, patient and encouraging teachers I've met. H
er range of expertise on a variety of instruments is ever expanding. My daughters truly love coming to piano lessons to grow their skills with Lisa. There are always smiles and laughter in the room. They don't complain about practicing because they enjoy learning currently popular songs as well as the classics. They look forward to showing their teacher that they can perform a skill or song. The recital was not a typical recital, because many of her students play guitar and sing as well as play piano. It was like an 'open mic' performance for solos as well as a variety of collaborative group performances. I like the variety of options that are offered, as my daughters may want to learn the Ukelele or improve their singing voice, we could remain with Lisa's tutelage. We feel lucky to have found Lisa as a creative and talented teacher."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Mandy
"My 13 year old daughter recently started taking lessons from Robin and really enjoys them. Robin is keeping it interesting and fun, we would highly recomm
end her to anyone."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jeffrey
"Aaron is an awesome teacher!
Aaron has continued to help me perfect me skills as a ukulele player. My family has been very impressed with the improvement
s I have made with Aaron. My wife especially has noticed how much quicker my fingers have gotten! Aaron has proven to be reliable, up beat, positive and he listens to what I want to learn and hears what I need to perfect. He has helped me in so many ways and I recommend him as a teacher to anyone who wants to improve their playing."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Alex
"My Banjo Lessons
Ray has already helped this 47 Year old kid to make large leaps in my understanding of music theory and my instrument. I really apprecia
te Rays knowledge of music and his ability to break it down so that anyone can understand and put into practice the knowledge gained very quickly. My hour lessons go so fast that I wonder where the time went.
Ray has been very flexible to this student and has been very accommodating to all the questions I have. He is patient and will go over anything again until you understand the lesson.
I Highly recommend Ray to any level of student all ages just starting out or someone who wants to gain more knowledge with the instrument you have.
I appreciate what he has taught me so far and am very excited to see where this journey takes me."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Deborah
"Rina is a terrific teacher! I'm an older adult returning to piano after many years. Rina has made re-learning fun. The lessons are very enjoyable. She'
s encouraging as well as challenging. With Rina's instruction, I've made good progress. I highly recommend her!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Kelly
"My son has really enjoyed his lessons with Mitch and he thinks Mitch is a great teacher. "He keeps it challenging and you learn different things each tim
e" (building on past material). Mitch has also encouraged my son when he has thought out of the box, such as designing his own rhythms or drumming on various surfaces such as buckets. He meets my son where he is at and encourages him to grow from there.
As a parent, I have found Mitch to be extremely professional. He is prompt, or if on the rare occasion is running late, he calls to let us know. He is flexible with scheduling and very easy to work with. It has been a wonderful experience for us so far, and my son is really enjoying his lessons."
Toledo, OH teacher:
Review by Jeff
"Benjamin is my second instructor I have had on TakeLessons, I stopped with the first when I did not think it would be a good fit. I have only had two les
sons and I can already see that Benjamin has high attention to detail and is very skilled. I want someone to teach me the fundamentals, point out my bad habits and teach me methods to correct them - no compromises. I am confident that Benjamin will get me on the right track and intend to continue on with him."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Samreen
"He's an awesome instructor! Made me feel very comfortable and went at the perfect pace for me."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Alexander
"I've played guitar for many years on and off at times and didn't really consider myself more than a casual player. I had the amazing fortune of meeting I
zaac and he caught my interest with his great technique and amazing ability to play Classical guitar. I've always wanted to learn Classical Guitar and really thought it was something reserved for gifted musicians. Izaac proved me wrong on this one.
His lesson plans, exercises, and overall amazing ability to teach really helped me grow as a person and a musician. With practice and hard work I've been able to play some great classical music that I felt was impossible to do in the past.
Izaac was really the first person that made me realize that I have potential as a guitarist. I felt like I was actually a musician and not just some guy trying out the guitar. That feeling is priceless and I am forever grateful for having taken lessons with Izaac.
Truly one of the best instructors I have taken. I highly recommend watching his videos and taking his lessons.
Kimberly M. has received a Bachelor’s in Music from Winston-Salem State University, her concentration vocal performance and minor piano. Kimberly is now pursing her Master’s in Education at Jones International University. Kimberly has been teaching piano and voice for 8 years. Kimberly also served in the music department at New Life Christian Fellowship for 8 years as the voice and piano teacher, choir director, pianist, and praise and worship leader. Which lead her to the position of Musical Director/Minister of Music at New Life Christian Fellowship Church for 4 years. Kimberly has traveled
to several churches giving guidance and helping to build their music departments. She has also worked as a teacher in Guilford county schools for six years. Guilford County Schools know her as one to have excellent classroom management skills. She is involved in community tutoring and mentoring. She also is a volunteer in the community giving free musical lesson to those children who are less fortunate. Kimberly has also produced and written plays, and choreographed dance teams. She now owns a performance center at 9 trade street, Thomasville, NC called “Without Walls Performance Arts Center”.
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect to have enlighten and productive lesson. All lesson are tailor made for each student to meet their individual goals. Students are given lessons but will be given chances to show case their art from through recitals and performances.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Keyboard, drum set, microphone, PA system, sound system,etc.
*** Travel Equipment *** keyboard and amp, and foot pedal
Willy has been teaching music for more than a decade, carrying on the tradition he learned when his father taught him piano as a youth. He is a multi-instrumentalist with a degree in music from Earlham College in historic Richmond, IN (the birthplace of recorded jazz, and home of 30s era Genette Records).
As a sound technician Willy gained valuable experience working at the world famous Tarry Town Music Hall near Sleepy Hollow, NY, where he worked with top notch touring bands like Blues Traveler, the Indigo Girls, Paul Shaffer, the Marshall Tucker Band, and the late, great Levon Helm. He al
so worked with A-list actors such as Stanley Tucci, James Cahn, Kevin Bacon and Keanu Reeves.
While living in Austin, TX, Willy was a member of the American Federation of Musicians alongside greats like Los Lonely Boys, George Straight, Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson.
As a published author, Willy has published two books about open D tuning for the mandolin: "Dead Man's Tuning Vol. 1" and Dead Man's Tuning: Christmas Edition."
As a father of four young children, Willy teaches in a family friendly environment. Willy offers group lessons, called the Stringed Instrument Workshop, for all ages. At the SIW events, he has taught elementary students as well as adults all the way up to 86 years old! Willy is a background checked teacher and would love to pass on his knowledge of music to you and your family!
Trevor R. November 25, 2014
I wasn't really taking mandolin, but fiddle in the Stringed Instrument Workshop, but I loved it. Willy is a great teacher. I especially enjoyed the SIW, with my kids. It was a lot of fun to learn musical techniques with lots of people of different skill levels. I'm not the best musician, but Willy makes you feel like you can participate even if you don't understand all of the theory.
The Stringed Instrument Workshop last year was really fun because almost everyone in the group won some different musical freebies from different music stores nearby. We had a cookout and a concert, and both of my children were able to perform in front of the class. Willy set up a stage, lights and a sound system for us all to feel like we were stars! It was such a fun time, and we even had hotdogs and marshmallows!
I loved the Stringed Instrument Workshop so much, I had him teach my kids private lessons too, and they love it.
Gideon J. November 25, 2014
I loved taking lessons with Willy. I am only 7, and I am just learning, but am starting to play the Charlie Brown theme song. I can also play a little bit of Shorten Bread. There's another song too. It's a song that I learned that I really liked, can't remember the words, but it's a good song. I love piano lessons.
Etta T. November 25, 2014
Mr. Willy helped me learn the song "Mean" by Taylor Swift!! I was so happy to play! I took the Stringed Instrument Workshop and I loved it! It was so much fun, and I was able to learn with my friends. It was easy to learn, and we learned how to play "Amazing Grace," together. We played it for my church and everyone loved it!!! :)
I will continue playing mandolin, and want to also learn violin, piano and guitar. I can even play "Mean" on the 12 string guitar now in open tunings!!
Both my mom and dad were musicians and taught private lessons at home, so I grew up wanting to be a part of the music making. Now I am a university music educator who performs frequently as a soloist and collaborative pianist. I hold piano performance degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Yale. In addition, I've studied chamber music at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau (France) and vocal accompanying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. I perform as a church musician, choral accompanist, and recital pianist in traditional and more modern styles. I'm active as a collaborative artist in c
ompetitions, auditions, and recordings. In the past three years I've been studying ballroom dancing for fun and as an extension of my interest in experiencing music from the standpoint of total body movement. It's been a game-changer for sure!
*** Lesson Details *** I favor an easygoing approach to lessons as a joint venture (and Adventure) between the student and me. I enjoy encouraging students and responding to their individual needs and levels of accomplishment. I have taught beginners of every age as well as more experienced pianists. For beginners I aim to establish a comfortable relationship with the instrument so that they can feel at ease in playing in high and low registers and everywhere in between. For more advanced players the goal is to connect good technique with their own innate musical skill. Students at all levels will work on their music-reading and sight-reading skills. If your dream is to learn to play piano, I can help you to get started. If you already play, I can help you to prepare for auditions and recitals and, in short, to reach the next level. Let's roll!
*** Studio Equipment *** six foot grand in living room seating for parents
*** Specialties *** For many years I taught young children from the Frances Clark "Music Tree" series. With more intermediate and advanced students I used the Alfred Series as well as volumes by James and Jane Bastien. I also enjoy teaching and coaching students in the art of accompanying, particularly in choral music and vocal art songs. This is a specialty of mine, as I have made my living as a collaborative pianist. In recent years I have studied more popular genres that include piano arrangements of Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Rodgers, and many other American composers. While I shy away from teaching these to young students (even of high school or college age), I do occasionally teach contemporary arrangements of hymn tunes (Mark Hayes, Larry Shackley, and others) to students who show promise in handling modern genres, which of course require no small amount of technique and discipline.
Brena' N. April 20, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Robert is a great teacher! He was very patient with me and designed the lessons to accommodate my needs as an adult beginner.
DEVILA T. May 7, 2013
Piano Verified Student
So far my daughter has good experience advancing in the piano leasson. Looking forward for her to learn more and get some mastery.
Piano teacher is very patient and communicates very well with my daughter. We don't have any chance for her to perform using her piano skills yet but may be in the future.
Jennifer R. May 5, 2013
Piano Verified Student
My son truly enjoys his time with Robert. Robert is patient and works well with children. He works at a good pace and provides encouraging feedback on a consistent basis. Robert tailors his lessons for the individual student and their interests and ability. Thank you Robert for your professional manner in which you teach.
As a teacher and mentor, I strive to teach each of my students to be a complete vocal musician. By this, I mean a vocal musician who has complete mastery of all aspects of a fully trained, confident, and competent musician. This includes knowledge of vocal production, musicianship, music history, and music theory. It is my job as a teacher to teach each student how to control their instrument and make the most beautiful sound. I also strive to engage each student in the history and theory of music. These tools are the fundamentals of music and therefore must be a component of a complete vocal
musicians training. Musicianship is the creative aspect of each musical artist. It is developed and discovered throughout the training process. I believe that discovery is the greatest tool I have to help unlock the innate creativity in each student. Discovery is beneficial to both the student and teacher because through discovery we can only continue to learn how to sing and how to teach.
Hi! My name is Heather and I am looking forward to working with you! I have taught lessons since 2008 and have loved helping my students gain more confidence, ability, and understanding. I went to the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. I'm a caring and dedicated person and my teaching style is fun, methodical, and individually-tailored. I am excited about helping you achieve your goals!
Erik W. May 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
Before meeting Heather i never have had any singing lessons and i feel truly grateful that she has been so patient and methodical. I feel that during the last 6 moths she been able to make me improve everything connected to the art of singing. Thank you Heather.
Melanie S. April 23, 2015
Heather has an innate ability to uniquely assess numerous nuances in my voice. I'm part of a Christian rock band where I have to maintain proper vocal exercises to best prepare me for public performances and studio recordings. She listens well, takes detailed notes, and offers great exercises to help in the precise areas where I struggle the most. Heather is quick to celebrate accomplishments with the student, and patient through the student's struggle to make vocal milestones. I would highly recommend Heather to anyone looking to improve vocal ability.
Kellee H. March 5, 2015
I couldn't have asked for a better teacher. Very patient, kind and professional. Heather made me feel very comfortable (I tend to get really nervous when singing in front of people) so that helped a ton. After taking lessons with Heather I feel my singing has improved and my knowledge about the piano has expanded. Gives honest and constructive critiques. I would highly recommend taking lessons from Heather to anyone.
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Perhaps youve heard the saying, A clean room gives way to a clear mind. Although Im not so sure this logic follows for the piano (a clean piano gives ways to clear playing), its still important to keep your playing area relatively clutter-free and your piano tidy. While caring for the piano is simple, there are a few things to watch out for and some easy steps you can take to make the mai
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