Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Brian
"Edwin is very kind and professional has a great musical layout for all ages
Edwin is a very friendly musician and has a awsome ear and since I my self ha
ve a hard time staying on track he does help a great deal God Bless him"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Trish
"Roxanne is a true professional. She is calm, patient and encouraging. Music theory is a part of every lesson helping to gain the knowledge of how musi
c is put together. Roxanne is realistic about the level of music you should be playing, while encouraging you to stretch. She has a solution for every problem area that you may encounter. I would highly recommend Roxanne."
Santa Rosa, CA teacher:
Review by Jeanine
Great teacher. Gears lessons towards individual desires of students, while still adding some of his own suggested material. Encouraging, ea
sy to learn from, spends extra time with student when needed and time allows."
Albuquerque, NM teacher:
Review by Megan
"Very patient and thorough
Tom is a great teacher! He takes his time to get to know the level of the student. This was my son's (8y.o.) first guitar exper
ience, and he did a great job with starting with the basics. I appreciated how he focuses on form and posture too."
Louisville, KY teacher:
Review by Mwakudua
"An Encouraging Mentor
I took lessons with Danut for around two years and found him to be an excellent teacher. He is a knowledgable and encouraging instr
uctor, and he never falters in reminding me to be patient and practice slowly. My lessons with Danut have greatly increased my understanding of violin technique and practice. I improved greatly under his instruction and I would sincerely recommend him to violin students of any age or level."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Peter
Debbie is an excellent teacher. When my daughter is older I may sign up for more classes."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Alisa
My 9 year old daughter is taking guitar lessons with Adam. She looks forward to her lessons and enjoys them. Adam is very reliable and com
es to our house on time. I have seen her progress very quickly and love the way he clearly explains things to her. As she puts it "Adam makes guitar learning fun.""
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Britney
"Jordan was incredibly helpful to me with learning guitar!!! He is very patient and down to earth, which makes it easier to relax and make mistakes (which
is bound to happen) He is very encouraging and highly skilled at what he does, and also how he teaches! I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to learn guitar efficiently and effectively."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by rebecca
"My 13 yr old daughter took lessons for 6 months with Caitlin in NYC. Violin was completely new for my daughter and she advanced very quickly under Caitlin
's direction. Caitlin was always encouraging, extremely nice, and very professional. She did an excellent job with my daughter - and my daughter is excited to continue learning violin. Highly recommend Caitlin - you will be happy with your progress!"
I have performed at multiple venues in New York City, including Carnegie Hall and Off-Broadway. I studied opera performance and musical theater at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and acting at Primary Stages. Along with these qualifications, my positive spirit and belief in my students has yielded outstanding results in their musical accomplishments.
I've been teaching voice, guitar, and piano lessons for the past four years, as well as coaching students for specific auditions (school plays, national tours, honors choir auditions). Let me aid you in achieving your dreams!
Lesson Details *** As a performer, I have learned that "learning" is never done in this field. Even as a professional, I still take private voice lessons, dance classes, and acting classes. As well as the occasional piano, guitar, and dialect coaching.
My teaching style is based off of my many years of being a student to some of the finest performers in the world. I am direct and focused, but like to keep my students relaxed. My key to teaching success is adapting to each student's specific needs.
*** Studio Equipment *** At my home studio in Jersey City, NJ and at my studio in midtown Manhattan I have a: Keyboard (piano at studio in Manhattan); Guitar; Pitch Pipe; Laptop with speakers; Mirror
*** Travel Equipment *** If travelling to your home, I would require you have a keyboard. I can bring my guitar and pitch pipe.
*** Specialties *** Classical Music (art songs, opera) Traditional Broadway (Rodgers and Hammerstein...) Contemporary Broadway (Stephen Schwartz...) Disney Music Pop Music Country Music Beginner Piano Beginner Guitar Music Theory Public Speaking Audition Technique
Nikki R. May 12, 2013
My first vocal teacher and the best!
Ms. Rachel was an amazing vocal teacher! We would always start off with simple and fun warm-ups, breathing techniques, and would practice singing songs from musicals. My first couple lessons she taught me how to sing I Feel Pretty from West Side Story and we both had so much fun with it! After a little while we learned Cups from Pitch Perfect and then we got into the Vaccai book and I learned a couple songs from there. Overall Ms. Rachel was the best! She even offered to Skype a lesson with me since she moved. She cared about me and always helped me improve my voice in every way she could. I love her!
Jaclyn is a highly-acclaimed musician and educator in New York City. Classically and commercially trained, Jaclyn has been teaching for nearly 10 years.
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, She has a vast amount of experience in both performing and teaching Classical, Jazz, Pop/R&B, Musical Theater styles of music.
In high school, she graduated as the valedictorian of the Orange County High School of the Arts where she majored in Musical Theater. In addition the school's conservatory program, Jaclyn continued to excel her piano studies after school and during the weekends. She was selected t
o perform in numerous Honors Recitals and Festivals under the Music Teacher's Association's Certificate of Merit in the Los Angeles and Orange County area.
Jaclyn both studied and graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor's degree of Music in Vocal Performance and a concentration in Jazz Studies. While studying at the the university's conservatory, she began to teach private voice and piano lessons and thus, developed a suitable and thorough curriculum and style.
Jaclyn's curriculum consists of proper technique training, music theory, sight-singing, sight-reading, microphone technique, performance techniques, and song analysis.
Her teaching style remains positive and beneficial for each student. Jaclyn caters to each individual student's needs building the most effective weekly progress for each student.
"Studying music is exceptionally beneficial for one's mind and spirit. I believe that there is an inner musician in every person, and that with the right concentration and positive environment, anyone can reach their goals. Students of all ages are encouraged to learn and reap the benefits of music education." - Jaclyn, Voice & Piano Teacher.
Testimonials: "My students really look forward to each lesson. I'm enthusiastic, patient, and I always motivate my students to believe in themselves. My students thoroughly enjoy learning music, and I ensure that each student progresses every week. " - Angela, Parent of Andrew (11 years old) and Julianne (9 years old).
"I had a great great learning experience with Jaclyn! She is creative, patient, fun, like to challenge - it has made my piano learning journey so much fun! Till date, I have about 1 year learning experience with her - my skill has improved tremendously! I still remember my first lesson was "where is Middle C note/key?" Today, I can play a Minuet music piece! All great work and encouragement from Jaclyn.
The greatest thing that I learnt from Jaclyn - you can be great pianist to read music sheet, but that doesn't means that you can play a piece of good music. Almost every music piece, she taught it with a different style, phrasing and expressions! Every lesson is a new world to explore and she made it so enjoyable." Denise (Age 30)
*** Studio Equipment *** Upright Piano, Microphone, Sound System
Thanks for checking out my profile. I look forward to helping you reach your musical goals in drum and percussion! Here's a little info about my musical training:
Born in Istanbul, Turkey and raised in Tulsa, OK, my first musical experiences were on my grandmother's old piano. I was later introduced to a drum set when my brother and I received a drum set as a gift. I played in several local bands and in my high school jazz band in Tulsa, playing a range of musical styles from rock, swing, funk, and Latin. I decided in my senior year of high school to take music seriously and moved to NYC
to study at the Drummer's Collective. During this period, I also focused on Middle Eastern hand percussion (doumbek, riq, and frame drum) and studied with Mehmet Akatay in Turkey. After receiving my certificate at the Drummer's Collective, I applied and was accepted to the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in NYC, where I received my BA in Music. Since my graduation, I've been working as a freelance musician, playing with my band Manner and other groups, producing music for commercials, and teaching students in the Jersey City, NJ, and New York / Brooklyn, NY area.
*** Lesson Details *** Before anything, I believe music and specifically music lessons must be fun. I'm an easy going and patient person and my goal with lessons is to ensure that students are understanding music in a fun and musical way.
I teach out of my home and studio in Jersey City. We will come up with a goal and decide what to expect from our lesson plan We can work on formal technique, sight reading, and improvisation, or if you just want to learn the beats to your favorite tunes, we can just ROCK OUT! So keep note of your favorite songs, and we'll break it down and learn the beats.
I have extensive training in Middle Eastern hand percussion. So those of you who are interested in playing doumbek, riq, or frame drums, we can work on learning different different rhythms and meters from the Turkish, Greek, Arabic, Bulgarian, and Macedonian styles.
Focus on: - learning songs, beats, fills - formal technique - coordination and independence - sight reading - improvisation - rhythmic composition - variety of styles: jazz, rock, funk, R&B, Latin, Middle Eastern, Brazilian
Accepting levels from beginner to advanced.
*** Studio Equipment *** Both in-home and in-studio are equipped with a full drum kit, guitars, percussion instruments, keyboards, amps, and PA system for playback and play along. Recording availability to record lesson material or even collaborate and record a song together! Free parking right outside of the studio, and parking easily found in front of my home.
*** Specialties *** The main musical styles I perform are rock, jazz, Latin, funk, R&B, and Middle Eastern / Balkan music. I studied jazz performance in college and also focused specifically on Middle Eastern and Brazilian percussion.
Jonathan R. November 18, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Cem is a great musician and instructor. His lessons are always informative, and best of all not boring. He plays alongside you and he is always patient, and helpful. Cem is a excellent teacher who wants to see his students progress, and I would recommend taking lessons with him.
Kendra T. December 1, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Cem is an excellent instructor, a very patient teacher that takes the time to discuss the importance of form and sound quality. I have always had the desire to play drums and have never played so I appreciate his approach of making me feel at ease by playing along with me so I can see his form and technique. All the feedback I have received I have been able to return to the next class with improved skill and understanding. I really enjoy and look forward to my classes and I am happy with my progression during a short period of time.
Elizabeth B. November 11, 2013
Drum Verified Student
this product is amazing
He is a great coach, and is very patient and creative in his teaching
*** Studio Equipment *** music room seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I would provide copies of some pages from the book. Just a need a guitar and quiet place to study. Also, parents should be present if the student is a minor.
*** Specialties *** folk acoustic, electric blues,
I grew up in the South Bronx during the 70s and 80s. I understand the importance of community and how a neighborhood can be destroyed if the people do not get involved and work together for real solutions. Music and films were my salvation. I began to write songs and play guitar a
t the age of ten, and 15 years ago I started a band to raise the awareness level of teens and adults regarding the world around them. The band is called Glass of Know. The group had songs playing on rotation on upstate NY radio.
Although music was my first love I always had a fascination with film. I began study with the successful theater and film coach Ruth Kulerman four years ago. After many lessons and plenty of encouragement from Ruth I decided to start testing the waters. Early in 2007 I went out and started auditioning. The response was overwhelming and I landed 17 roles in 5 months. Not a bad problem to have your first time out of the gate. It wasn't prime time or the big screen, but it gave me enough confidence to continue to work hard and more importantly, I knew I had something special to offer.
I've had films in the Asian American Film Festival, New Film Maker Festival, and 2 years ago the film En Route won first place at the Milford Connecticut Film Festival, in which I was the lead. I was nominated for best actor at the Columbia film festival for the short Good Bye. In 2011 I was the lead in the film Down & Across which went to the Cannes film festival. I'm currently working on a TV pilot with the same team. The Coffee List, was my first attempt at writer, director and actor. The film has been screened at International Manhattan Film Festival, The Katra Film Series and we came in 3rd place for the HollyShorts Challenge on Indi website.
Saleem B. March 3, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I have been a student of John for a few weeks now and I am amazed at the progress I have made under his instruction. I attempted to learn guitar about 15 years ago and after a few months of very little progress I got frustrated and quit. My experience under John has been a completely different experience and I couldn't be happier!
Natalia D. October 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·
John is an amazing instructor and keeps inspiring me to reach for new heights in my musicianship and just life in general. I also had a pleasure of witnessing him in action as a film director and an actor - such a fun and easy person to work with, and highly professional! With his extensive experience and teaching ability, I believe he can work with the student of any level, while adjusting the pace to the student's needs. Highly recommend to any person who loves music, film, and arts in general.
Jorge V. October 1, 2014
I must say I feel totally privileged to have John as my guitar instructor, He has guided me through an incredible journey while giving me the ability to learn at a comfortable pace. I always look forward to our lessons knowing that I will always leave feeling accomplished! Thank you John for this great experience!
Justin P is a vocal coach, singer, performer & educator based out of Jersey City, NJ.
During his high school years Justin discovered his passion for music and education. Kenneth Brown, his former choral teacher and mentor, recognized Justin’s untapped potential. He taught him the fundamentals of choral conducting, vocal technique, music theory, ear training and repertoire selection. Justin was a member of the award winning Edison High School Choirs, NJ All State Choir and the NJ Region II Chorus.
Justin has spent 11 years studying under some of the best vocal coaches in New York and New
Jersey, including Sarah BachmanKrieger (Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School), Steven Schnurman (The Juilliard School) & Katherine Wessinger (University of Michigan). He currently studies under Melissa Perry (Westminster Choir College, Temple, and post graduate work included 750 hours with Maestro Vittorio Rosetta of La Scala) While doing studies at Westminster Choir College, he studied with Tenor Eric Rieger (Eastman School of Music).
While attending Middlesex County College, Justin founded and directed The A Cappella Choir of Middlesex County. After a wonderfully successful first year and a full length album, The A Cappella Choir sang at Carnegie Hall for the premiere of Eric Whitacre’s electronic opera “Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings” Justin was the head of the choral department at the New Dover United Methodist Church in Edison, NJ. He directed & musically directed a production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Villagers Theater in Somerset, which subsequently moved to The Den Nightclub and ran for 5 consecutive months.
Justin has organized, directed and performed in two fundraisers for the Edison high school Choral program, the program that first honed his raw talent and a place that to this day he still can call a home.
As a performer, Justin was seen as a backup singer in the Bryan Hansen band. He has participated in community theater all over NJ and is frequently hired for studio session work. He recently contributed backing vocals for Mike Wells’ upcoming third studio album.
Justin has been teaching privately since 2007 (Justin Pollinger Vocal Studio). His Students have been accepted to some of the top music programs in the country including Westminster Choir College, Boston Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Mason Gross School School of the Arts, The Hart School & AMDA.
“Justin is so much fun to work with and always makes me feel good about performing, even when I get discouraged. He has helped me to discover a side of my voice that I didn't even know I had.” - Debbie Lingel
“For the last 5 years, I've experienced pain and major vocal fatigue, which lead me to stop singing almost completely… After just a few weeks, I noticed a vast difference. I found Justin to be very knowledgeable, easy to work with and free with encouragement and honesty. It was refreshing to find a young vocal coach like him; I would highly recommend him to anyone: young, old, experienced or beginner.” - Toni Dalessandro
“Working with Justin allowed me to improve upon things in a short time that for years I had tried to correct myself. I always left lessons feeling like I’d learned or become stronger in some area. He is patient when mistakes are made and creative in finding solutions. It was a pleasure to be his student.” - Melanie Beaumier
Joshua S. August 9, 2014
Classical Voice ·
I went to Rutgers: Mason Gross School of the Arts for Vocal Performance as a freshman in Fall 2008; by the Spring of 2009, I was no longer a music student. Singing quickly became a laborious activity instead of an enjoyable past time; I felt as if I became incapable of adequately expressing myself because I was bogged down by a pretentious atmosphere and a teacher who lacked any sort of gravitational pull. Justin is the complete opposite.
I started studying with Justin in September 2013. He's so incredibly realistic. He lacks any form of pretense and his personality is so magnetic. Every time I walk into my lesson, I'm ready to go. He creates an atmosphere that is just so easy to adjust to, and he listens. I'm so grateful to have found him. In a little less than a year, he's helped me restore confidence in my vocal ability and gain back years of lost discipline in such a short time. He will hold you accountable without alienating you and for me that's invaluable. If you're looking for someone warm, but disciplined, Justin is your guy.
Alison G. July 31, 2014
Working with Justin has helped me make enormous strides musically! Our lessons have transformed my voice, prepared me for the competitive world of singing, and given me the confidence and knowledge needed to succeed. In just one or two lessons I progressed in ways I never thought I could and opened up to different techniques that I did not even know existed. Justin is fun and easy to work with. His encouragement and spirit will push you to reach new heights and truly refine your vocal technique.
Jessica M. July 17, 2014
Musical Theater ·
Working with Justin has given me utmost confidence in my singing. He has taught me invaluable vocal techniques that previous coaches never taught me. Since I started with Justin, I feel that my voice has become stronger and it still continues to grow! I would recommend Justin to anyone for vocal instruction. Great, effective lessons for a cheap price!
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