Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Paul
"My son has been taking lessons with Tony since 2004. He has been an awesome teacher and very accommodating with schedules. Great experience! Highly recom
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Kuhoo
"My 12 year old daughter had the ability to sing but lacked everything else - technique, acting, strength, and stamina - That's where Pierce came in. He ta
ught her how to emote when singing, how to control her expressions and how to sing with confidence. His care and commitment meant the world to my daughter - she had someone in her court that had a vested interest in her success. As a mother, that meant the world to me. Pierce is wonderful - he is upbeat, hugely talented, and a joy to work with. I would recommend him any and everyday."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Pierce Peter B.
Review by Jonathan
"Peter has been working with our son who has special needs for a few weeks. It has been challenging but he has exhibited much patience in working with him
. It is also very nice to see the progress in our son.....We would definitely recommend Peter..."
Bridgeport, CT teacher:
Review by Mia
"My son has been in lessons with Jordan for over 2 years now. It is his favorite hour of the week! He naturally enjoys the technical aspects of guitar bu
t Jordan's ability to make him feel confident and love the music that their learning has been my favorite part of the time we spend with Jordan each week. "He's just cool." -my 11 y/o son. Most importantly, we value that our family shares an eternal perspective with Jordan and my son is now practicing on Sunday nights with the 5th grade worship team at our church. We could not be more pleased with Jordan as our teacher."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Jake
"Carla is professional and SUPER responsible! She has taught me tons of things I could not figure out when I was learning by myself and has made every less
on profound yet interesting. Thanks a lot, Carla!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Julie
"Having a positive experience with John teaching our son cello. He works well with children, patient, understanding while setting expectations for the stud
ent to reach."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Paul
"I know. You came here for a guitar instructor. Well you've found a great one. Ross is a guitarist and a multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire. Me? I played
, self-taught, conga drums for years and then I met Ross. He taught me the two most important aspects of learning any instrument ... daily practice and timing! Having a fantastic guitarist to practice / take lessons with was a wonderful experience. The fellow is talented. He plays guitar, drums, bass, harp and even dabbles in vocals. Want to learn blues? Rock, Country? Doesn't matter ... this fellow does it all. Indeed, I enjoyed his company so much I have found a guitar so I can begin guitar lessons next month."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Mike
"Leona is simply a pleasure to work with. She is a kind and gifted teacher as well as a performer. Her skillset will surely benefit students and teachers f
or decades to come!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Tom
"Scott knows so much about playing and is very good at passing that knowledge on to me in a way I can easily understand. He makes it very easy for me to l
earn and is is extremely patient, understanding, and supportive. Great teacher."
I love music! To me, it's a way of life. From listening to playing to writing and of course teaching. I grew up with music at school and home. My dad was a piano player and teacher so music has been a part of my life since day one and I want to share what I have learned. Everyone has a unique musical talent and I enjoy helping them find it. I believe that anyone can be an excellent musician. Playing an instrument should be a fun and creative adventure. Whether it's strumming at home, playing out in the clubs, or writing the next big hit, I will do my best to get you there!
l life began when I was in 5th grade and my dad bought me a saxophone, which I played for over 10 years. I quickly learned how fast I could improve if I simply kept playing. When I hit my teen years I fell in love with rock music and mowed enough lawns to buy my first guitar. I jammed and wrote songs with many other musicians and several bands. We played countless shows and released a few albums. Now I write music for TV, Film, Video Games, and other media outlets and I'm having a blast!
I started teaching 7 years ago and found that it is one of my favorite things to do. Helping others grow into great musicians is rewarding and fun. I've learned that from grade school to retirement, each student is a unique and special individual. My lessons reflect that fact so that we can reach all your goals together. *My personal goal is to get my students to understand and write music that will stay with them and encourage them to continue.
All lessons take place in my fully operational Digital Recording Studio and dedicated lesson room. Gaining real world playing experience through technology is a definite advantage over traditional lessons. This also allows us to capture ideas when songwriting and provides a unique practice experience.
*** Lesson Details *** Everyone is different, and every lesson should be suited to fit the individual.
Depending on the type of lessons (guitar, bass, music production, theory) the style teaching will be very different. It's all about YOUR goals and needs. I will get you to where you want to go!
Each student is going to receive lessons based on their preferences of genre and style of music they desire to play. I expect my students to practice regularly and have a good time as their abilities and knowledge grow. By working together, we can focus on goals and problem solving to get you to the next level of play. Most importantly, we are going to have a blast while we learn to play music!
Imagine looking back years down the line, listening to something you wrote and hearing the improvements and your own personal music history. That's what writing and recording as you learn is all about.
*We'll start slow and build your knowledge base with each lesson. *You can expect to understand what you are playing AND be able to Write Your Own Songs. *You will be given everything you'll need to succeed.
I have several reference books, videos, and charts; plus I can show you smart phone apps and websites that will help you learn and practice! We will learn songs, write songs, and record songs. I provide jam tracks for all my students to play along too and offer to record their own music for the same purpose. We also keep a running journal that we use each week. This allows the student to look back, see improvement and be encouraged to continue!
Within 6 months you can expect to understand how songs are built (including chords and scales), be able to play several, and feel comfortable with trying your own skills as a songwriter or guitar player.
Let's start playing!
*** Studio Equipment *** Comfortable and fully operational Digital Recording home studio & music room w/ recording capabilities, computer, keyboard, amps, books, videos, various guitars and bass, tons of music to listen to and study, FREE Wifi and seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I do not travel. My studio is the #1 advantage for learning!
*** Specialties *** *Instruments: Rock, Blues, Metal, Indy, Folk and Acoustic styles. *Production: Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Programming. *General Music: Theory, Songwriting, Producing.
I personalize all my lessons for the students needs and interests. I use several different reference materials including: The Ultimate First Guitar Book, The Guitar Handbook, Shredding Guitar, Guitar Solo Strategies, and more. All my students learn theory and how to use it in song play and songwriting. I have them write short songs, record them, and finally use those songs to jam out their scales and use theory.
Ray D. October 31, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kyle is a music writer and he can help players of all skill levels become better musicians. He'll take what you know and adapt a personalized lesson for you. Just getting to know Kyle, I can tell he is pationate about teaching music. If you are as passionate about learning and becoming more skilled, Kyle can help you achieve your goals.
Izzy September 28, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Very friendly, Got to know my son and what his interests were for playing Bass as well as what he already had learned. Asked the direction of his music and what he liked. Gave him some basic things to start the juices of music flowing. 2nd lesson was amazing because Kyle started applying what he taught my son as well as jamming with drum beats and guitar to give my son a real feel to playing and learning to apply what he was taught.
Josh W. August 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
First lesson with Kyle. So far so great! Kyle is very friendly and accommodating. He has already given my 11 year old son things to work on for the next week.
Brian has strong and diverse musical experiences to share as a teacher of piano beginning to intermediate), bass (all levels) and guitar (beginning to intermediate). He has also worked successfully as musical director, studio/touring musician, arranger and piano technician. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Brian is now based out of North Olmsted, OH.
As a teacher, Brian has taught privately for over ten years. Many of his students have gone on to forge their own successful, musically inspired careers. His local arts and charitable affiliations in Northeast Ohio are extensive.
In September, 2008 he affiliated his bass instruction studios with Royalton Music Center (North Royalton, OH) and Studio 42 (Brunswick, OH). Through his work with the "Moss Stanley Trio" as "Cats On Holiday" Brian has provided extensive, "approachable" musical performance workshops for the Cleveland Metroparks and dozens of schools and libraries throughout NE Ohio. Not given to musical prejudgment, he instills confidence in his students as they prepare to take the stage, whether it is Severance Hall or the American Legion Hall.
As a recording artist, touring musician and perfomer, Brian has backed such legendary and diverse entertainers as American jazz greats Lionel Hampton and Doc Severson ("The Tonight Show"), children's programming pioneer Sheri Lewis (& Lamb Chop), Actor McLean Stevenson (M*A*S*H). He has performed extensively in Asia and the Caribbean. His studio bass, vocals and narrative can be heard on numerous CDs, most recently for Cleveland's own Cats On Holiday ("Workin' Man", COHTONE Records, 2007). Brian works in a scalable performance format with the Nitebridge Entertainment Group and is a first call bassist for regional performance and session work.
Brian's training began at age 3 with 18* woofer speaker and Ella Fitzgerald record. At age 9, he began his formal training on string bass in a progressive public school program in Prince William County, VA. He was fortunate to have excellent, dedicated teachers who brought out the best, including two years of private piano instruction. He taught himself bass guitar and at age 15 was selected to perform for the President as part of the American Bicentennial. With guidance from band director Roger Meyer, he co-arranged his first work for jazz orchestra at 17 and was tapped to perform for two seasons as a bassist/vocalist for Kings Dominion (a Paramount corporation) theme park. He also interned as a production assistant and stagehand for the summer concert series. He continued his study of bass at ACU in Abilene, TX. Brian commuted to Denton, TX periodically for private instruction on upright bass with Master Teacher Dave Stone (Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand). Brian was a member of the San Angelo (TX) Symphony and the Abilene Philharmonic. He is dedicated to a lifelong study of music theory, arranging and instrumental performance.
In teaching situations, Brian is noted for his patience, resourcefulness, thoroughness and his innate sense of approach to convey ideas. In the studio, he is appreciated for his relaxed and professional demeanor. His ability to balance creatively rhythmic lines with his one take, on the mark sight reading keeps him in demand.
*** Lesson Details *** Brian enjoys teaching students who want to learn and want to improve. My credibility of experience ("street cred"), laid back but thorough style combined with the knowledge of what methods work. I am patient but highly goal oriented to what motivates the student learn. I like to try new things, challenge old concepts and continually improve. I expect the best from my students by helping them see the best in themselves. They don't disappoint.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Guitar (electric and acoustic), Upright Bass, Electric Bass
*** Specialties *** I am classically trained but also adept in improvisation. I play and teach all styles of American and Western European music, including but not limited to rock (classic, alt, metal), r&b/soul/funk, latin and Afro Cuban, popular/show, and contemporary Christian.
KathyI November 5, 2010
He's really excited about what he's teaching and he knows alot about music theory and the fretboard. He may need to slow down for me and stop referring to the notes until I actually catch up which may be longer. I really was excited to learn the things he taught but my fingers aren't catching up. That is also slowing down what I learned at first. He went out and got a requested James Taylor book for me that had TAB that I had never seen before and now I can relate it to what he's teaching. I also have a scales book that goes two octaves. Brian suggested learning one octave so that I can really know the notes.
NicoleM October 5, 2010
Brian is an excellent teacher and works well with our son. He has helped him develop new key skills on the double bass, as well as gain confidence on the more challenging pieces his orchestra is taking on this season. On a personal level, Brian is very friendly and does a great job communicating both with our son and ourselves. He makes us feel at home, and our son enjoys working with him. We are looking forward to our son really growing through these lessons. I would highly recommend Brian to other students.
I've taught over 30,000 private music lessons to students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. I've had tremendous success at helping students reach their musical goals and become well rounded musicians. I have an associates degree in liberal arts with a concentration on music and studied privately with several of the best teachers in Buffalo, NY. Additionally, I was in 3 successful bands, played hundreds of shows, made 2 professional recordings and have recorded other artists in my studio...I specialize in teaching beginners and children and have vast experience with both.
n Details *** I try and make the rapport with students comfortable and informal while at the same time constantly pushing them to improve and grow. I strongly encourage all students to work on all aspects of their playing, to become well-rounded musicians and study multiple techniques, genres and music theory.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dining Room is designated for music: amps, guitars, basses, recording equipment, chairs, parents must stay for lessons under 18: comfy and spacious.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students will need their instrument, tuner, lesson books, notebook and pen. I will provide everything else.
*** Specialties *** I have a well-rounded approach to teaching. I teach a variety of techniques(picking,finger picking, pick and finger technique,improvisation, ear training, chord/melody playing etc.) and a variety of styles.(mainly rock, folk, jazz and blues)
Tawana J. September 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He is a great teacher. He is very patient. He's good with kids. Recommend!
Sashewa G. April 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Eric has been great he has really helped my son already with getting better at playing the guitar and becoming more passionate and active with playing. He is very patient and so far what I have seen great with Kids. My son is very excited to be taking these lessons. Great set up at Eric place for conducting lessons.
Jorge L. February 9, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Doing the Right Thing
"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."
Peter F. Drucker
I have respect for people who believe in themselves - Eric is that guy. You could say that he will let you see what he sees.
Someone once said that art is the greatest deception of all: 1 note by itself is simply dull, but putting them all together and you got a sonata. I guess that's how I can summarize my music lessons with Eric: 1 lesson by itself stands small compared to the benefit you could take from continuing your guitar lessons.
I'm a passionate, motivated instructor who loves working with students of all ages. In 2003, I graduated from Bryan College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis and in 2011, I graduated from James Madison University with a Masters of Arts degree in Music Education with a Kodaly emphasis. I have performed in the past with the Fine Arts Chorale of Kansas City, Washington Kantorei, Choralis, Arundel Vocal Arts Society, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, and the Three Rivers Dulcimer Society.
Rebecca November 9, 2015
Vocal Training ·
My son felt Ceste was an amazing, kind, and funny teacher who worked with him exactly where he was and toward his personal goals.
I felt she was very child-friendly, described things in ways my son understood. She worked on teaching him multiple warm-up methods and styles of singing, so he truly developed his skills, instead of just becoming dependent on a teacher or the same song. After only 2 months other people noted a difference in his voice.
Virginia October 31, 2015
When I finally decided to follow my dream to learn how to play the flute I knew Ceste would be a wonderful teacher for me. With the exception of singing in church and along with my favorite songs on the radio I had very little experience with anything musical. Ceste was very patient as I learned how to read music accurately and when I didn't practice as much as I should because my job got hectic. Throughout our lessons Ceste was my biggest cheerleader; when I struggled she thought of different ways to explain something to me or searched for a different piece of music to help me reach a different note. Ceste truly cares about her students and seeing them succeed in their musical dreams/goals.
I believe in holistic education and wellness practices. As a tutor and piano teacher, I go above and beyond the basics. I also help students with improving memory, developing effective study/practice habits, time management and setting and achieving goals.
My work as a life and wellness coach is reflective of my tutoring pedagogy. It's unrealistic to try to develop proper nutrition and body care habits overnight. It takes time, practice, and the support of an experienced professional.
I am new to TakeLessons, but I have 9 years of combined experience as a tutor, teacher, and well
ness and life coach. I have an MBA, Bachelor's degree in Public Health, and a teaching certificate in mathematics and French. I have played the piano since the age of 4.
I provide impeccable client service and go the extra mile to ensure that all of my clients are satisfied. I am truly passionate about learning and aspire to create the same passion in each and every student I work with.
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