Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Daniele Hager
"I have known Ms. Vargas for a total of fourteen years. Ms. Vargas and I attended the same Undergraduate and Graduate programs and have collaborated in dif
ferent projects; one of them has included teaching. Ms. Vargas is an attentive and compassionate teacher and mentor. She is a very talented performer who is always looking for ways to innovate her performing and teaching. Ms. Vargas was invited to participate in our 3rd annual Music workshop in Costa Rica this year. Ms. Vargas will be part of a team of American teachers which will provide voice and piano lessons free of charge to the community of Santa Ana in Costa Rica. She is a wonderful performer, teacher and human being."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Lee
"Aaron is very personable and flexible. Highly recommend."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Asterio
"Perfect teacher. Gets it done with fun. My daughter learned a lot already. Very Highly recommended.."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Tejal
"Ms. Ruth is fantastic teacher. My 7 year old daughter is learning Piano from her since last one year and we are so happy to see her progressing constantly
well. She makes sure that my daughter understands her music (notes) well and she is clear on her concepts."
Trenton, NJ teacher:
Review by Haitao
"I have been learning guitar with John for past 3 months and it is a great experience. John is very knowledgeable and patient to guide me with the much mor
e efficient path to learn play with songs. I was trying to learn from books and YouTube videos for past 1 year, but much more improvements were made after two lessons with John! I also love his teaching styles very much: trying to explain WHY things work the way it is (e.g., music theory) instead of give a lot of "recipe level" exercises you can get from a book. I would strongly recommend him as a guitar teacher to any level!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Rebecca
"I was nervous when I first got there but soon relaxed and enjoyed myself. I learned a lot and can't wait to schedule my next lesson"
Fort Walton Beach, FL teacher:
Review by Daniel
"I have always wanted to play the flute since I was little, but I was never sure if I could handle it and my parents would only get for me if I was sure. E
ven when I bought it after my 18th birthday with my own money, I was a little unsure about it. I was worried I wouldn't get it right, but once I met Debra, all of my worries disappeared. Debra not only is a great instructor, but her friendly disposition can make any student feel comfortable. There was never a time where I felt like I was not doing good enough. She was always willing to make compromises to help me learn and even went out of her way to learn the songs that I wanted to play and even played little demos for me so I could know how the songs sound like with the flute alone. I would recommend Debra to anyone and I hope no one hesitates to choose her as their instructor. It is likely that I will be looking to her for guidance once again sometime in the future. If you need a teacher who is flexible in her teaching style and knows how to make sure you're comfortable and happy learning your instrument, pick Debra!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Greg
"David is an incredible instructor, I'm not writer so it's a challenge to express how the combination of his talent, personality and love of the arts that
makes him so easy to work with. His sessions are magical and he really has taught me a lot in a short period of time. Highly Recommended."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Cathy
"I took cello lessons from Rachel for several years. Although I had played piano as a child, I had not attempted to play a musical instrument for over fort
y years. Rachel was able to explain the instrument to me, and was very patient and encouraging. Her musical knowledge is extensive and she truly enjoys teaching. I highly recommend her as a teacher of any stringed instrument."
I have been playing guitar, singing, writing songs and making music for 30+ years. I am not ashamed to say that I am still learning! I have played in dozens of bands in a variety of styles all over the world. I bring a lot of real world experience to the table and can help you prepare to bring your voice and your music to the world. I am fluent in rock, folk, blues, fingerstyle, electric or acoustic, country, bluegrass, jazz and am comfortable working with people of all ages, ideas, backgrounds, cultures, etc.
No matter if you are brand new to the instrument or have been playing for som
e time, I am sure I can help point you in the direction that you want to go so you can make the music you want to hear coming from your fingers!
*** Lesson Details *** I trick people into learning the fundamentals while they think they are just learning things they like. I always ask students what they are listening to and what they want to learn, after all, it's their lesson. But I always come back around to emphasizing how and why things work and how a student can use the lesson to learn on their own. Students should expect to be very hands on, to bring lots of questions, to expect a lot, to work hard and have some fun in the process. While it's not rocket science, its music and music is fun but it is also a vast wild wilderness. I want you to be able to play your heart out but also have a good idea of musical knowledge that can help you grow way beyond. I also incorporate various ideas to further learning as appropriate to what you are trying to accomplish including recording, video and use of backing tracks, as just a couple examples.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a variety of gear as needed to complement the lesson, the student should provide their own instrument. If you need help picking one out, I can do that. Getting the right instrument that you are comfortable with is important. There are lots of options out there and instruments have never been more affordable.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide all my own equipment, student should have at least a guitar
*** Specialties *** I usually use a system based on my assessment of the student's goals and current ability. With the guitar, that will usually include reference to CAGED and some music theory although I don't usually call it that.
Dawn M. February 12, 2015
In home Verified Student
My son Joshua has been taking lessons from Ed for a year and a half now and I can see a lot of progress in his playing. He is learning a lot but he makes it fun and interesting for him. I would highly recommend Ed.
Dawn M. June 7, 2014
In home Verified Student
My son has has been taking lessons from Ed for about 9 months now. He is a great teacher. He is very patient and really tries to make it fun and keep up his interest.
I started learning piano as a child, but it was in high school that I realized I really wanted to pursue playing keyboards, because it allowed me a way to express myself. I was hooked. Later on I attended Mt. Hood Community College, played keyboards and sang in choirs and vocal jazz. After graduating on the President's List with an Associates Degree in Special Studies Music, I directed the college Gospel Ensemble for two years before working full-time at a large local church, where I was a Music Director, Worship Leader, and keyboard player. In addition to vocal and keyboard work, I enjoyed di
recting large and small choirs and ensembles, band directing, orchestra conducting, and arranging many styles of music. It is exciting to experience what can happen when people work together musically--the whole becomes even greater than the sum of the parts!
I've been teaching piano for 20+ years now, and I love partnering with students to help them grow musically and realize their dreams. Some of my students have gone on to be professionals or teachers, and some are playing the music they love with their friends. Others are playing in their churches or in bands, and some play simply for personal enjoyment.
If we get the opportunity to work together, you (or your child) will discover that I am patient and encouraging. My desire is to bring your musical goals into focus through education and creative participation.
What is your dream? Playing classical, rock, playing in a band, writing your own music? I'd love to help you realize that dream!
*** Lesson Details *** I believe piano instruction should be fun and casual, yet challenging and inspiring. In our lessons, you'll learn proper technique, sight-reading, improvising, and the music theory behind it. I utilize popular piano methods and contribute additional resources, and I design lessons to help you reach your music goals, whether your dream is to play with others, write your own music, or play your favorites for personal enjoyment. You'll explore many music genres, from classical to rock to jazz, including a large dose of your preferred styles. If you play an electronic keyboard, we'll incorporate features of your instrument to increase your rhythm and song-writing skills. Aspiring songwriters can learn skills like chart writing and computer notation. You'll learn how technology--even your smart phone--can help!
The student is responsible to purchase required books--usually lesson and theory, and occasionally a recital book. These usually cost between 5 and 7 dollars each and can be purchased locally. Bring lined paper with you for your lesson notes. I'll supply staff paper, music and any additional lesson materials, as needed. I will encourage you to purchase a metronome (the musician's friend) if you do not have an instrument with rhythms or metronome.
*** Studio Equipment *** I teach both at students' homes (on your instrument) or at my home, where I have a Yamaha CP70 electric grand piano. The lessons are in the front living room, where seating is available and parents are welcome to observe the lesson. I have a laptop with Sibelius Notation and YouTube at the ready, as well as a mic, mixer and speakers, should they be needed. There may even be a studio cat nearby to inspire you!
*** Travel Equipment *** If lessons are at your home, it is important that you have a practice instrument, which we will use in our lessons. If you need to purchase a piano or are exploring the world of electronic keyboards, I can help you with the many choices available and recommend instruments in your price range. I can also help you become familiar with your keyboard and those features that will be useful to you.
*** Specialties *** For individual lessons, I prefer using the Alfred Method (beginning through intermediate), and have also used the Bastien method, and some others. I teach both sight-reading and/or improvisational skills, along with musical theory, according to the student's needs and goals. I'm comfortable in multiple styles (classical, pop, rock, folk, some jazz and blues).
Jennifer B. April 5, 2016
In home Verified Student
Suzan is the best!
Christine February 22, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Suzan was very patient and her energy just made me even more excited to learn Piano. I'm definitely continuing my lessons with her.
Victoria S. October 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
A perfect fit for our daughter! She felt right at home with Suzan. She was so excited to share what she had learned with the rest of us. I feel this has sparked an ongoing interest in music. Suzan is personable, friendly and warm. Making us feel comfortable from our first contact. We couldn't be more pleased to know our 9 year old daughter is in such caring hands.
I have taken piano lessons for the past 17 years and have been teaching for the last 5. While working on my Bachelor of Arts in Music at Willamette University, I decided to give piano lessons during the summer and found it to be an exciting way to connect with new people of all ages, give them a skill that they can use for the rest of their life, and grow as a pianist myself. Now that I have graduated, I am focusing on teaching more full time, and could not be more thrilled about it. Now giving Skype lessons!
*** Lesson Details *** Having had the experience of putting in a lot of practice dur
ing the week, only to be too tense and nervous during my lesson to play well, I try to make my lessons a place where students can feel calm and relaxed. I do this by implementing humor into the lessons, and letting students know that it's not the end of the world if they're hitting a few wrong notes. At the same time, it is important for students to make progress. If a student is not making progress from week to week, it means that they are either playing something too difficult or are not practicing enough. Either way, it is my responsibility to remedy the situation.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect my students to have a piano. While I will not pay for their lesson books, I can buy the book for them as long as I am reimbursed.
*** Specialties *** I incorporate some Alexander technique into my teaching. I've found that a higher body awareness helps people to relax and feel more comfortable. I am most comfortable teaching classical music.
Anna Z. January 20, 2016
Online Verified Student
Chad is a brilliant teacher! He is very genuine when it comes to teaching. Takes his time and really knows what he is doing. My 9 year old daughter absolutely enjoyed having Chad as her teacher and I would highly recommend him to anyone everyone no matter what age.
Nissim October 26, 2015
Online Verified Student
Chad is right on target with my son and he's enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about his subject.
Sandya F. January 29, 2015
Online Verified Student
We are from Melbourne, Australia, and came to Texas not too long ago. Our 12 year old son had us ship his Kurzweil Piano to Texas, wanting to continue with his piano lessons. He then assigned us with the daunting task of finding a teacher just like Joel, his young piano teacher from Melbourne!
Over the months we tried to find him a piano teacher "just like Joel", but it was like finding a needle in a haystack. We tried every avenue possible, but there was no luck. That was when I found TakeLessons on the web, and carefully going through the profiles finally Chad caught my attention. However, he was in Oregon and we were not sure how online lessons would work with our son, as he has only had face-to-face lessons in the comfort of his home. Although skeptical about online learning, we decided to give Chad a try. It has been almost two months now since Nik started lessons with Chad, and we are not only impressed with Chad's teaching style, we are also very pleased with his courteous and calm attitude. We can only hope that our son would want to continue his lessons with Chad for a long time and not only improve his talent but also enjoy piano music. We consider our son to be very fortunate that he found Chad, who I am sure is "just like Joel" if not even better!
Violin Teacher's Certificate - Sibelius Academy, Finland Suzuki Teacher Training - Marylhurst University, OR
Classical and Suzuki options - starting Suzuki students as early as 3 yrs old. Teaching Suzuki Books 1-11. Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels I am using classical method books including Kayser, Wohlfart, Kreutzer, Mazas, Dont and Paganini Caprices with students looking for more rigorous studies and more advanced skills. Keeping music and technique in balance - Learn how to enjoy performing - Find your own highest potential - Fall in love with music
*** Lesson Detail
s *** I am friendly and like to inspire my students to find their own best potential. Suitable challenges are fun and needed to keep the personal progress going on. "No suffering in my studio!" means that the process of learning needs to be enjoyable but at the same time I am asking the students to give their best effort. Setting frequent goals in form of group classes and recitals keeps us in full sail and teach us to enjoy the act of playing both alone and in front of friendly audience. I teach both classical and Suzuki methods. I like to keep my students musically well fed and encourage exploring music reading and music theory next to practical skills. I stir my students toward high standard personal level in their studies, an ingredient from Finnish cultural climate.
Elisa is wonderful. She teaches very well and she is very patient. She provides lots of encouragement and she teaches many detailed violin techniques. My daughter loves her and her teaching style.
Lisa M. June 14, 2015
I think Elisa is amazing. My daughter learned excellent technique and was given many opportunities to perform solo as well as in an ensemble. Elisa has a great love of music and a natural gift for teaching and it shows in her individualized approach to her students. She is an excellent musician and teacher with infinite patience and respect for her students.
L D. June 11, 2015
Elisa was very patient and understanding for our beginning violin player!
Duncan has studied with Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen, Ray Mosca ,Roy Brooks, Jim Chapin and many more. A graduate of the Advanced School of Contemporary Music, Duncan has played with The Oscar Peterson Trio, Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams, Red Garland, Major Holly, Wilber Ware, Doug Wakins, Barney Kessell, Leroy Vinnegar and many more. I can help you to learn Jazz and other styles with my knowledge and experience. I teach all styles of Drumming. I teach a easy to learn system called "Hands On".
*** Lesson Details *** I am very easy to listen to and show you what to learn. I use the "Hands On" a
pproach, which allows you to learn quickly. Muscle Memory is also used. I will teach you to read and use every bit of information out there. After 3 months you will be a Drummer. After 6 months you will be a pretty good Drummer and so on.
*** Studio Equipment *** Full Gretsch Drum set, Practice Pads,music stands, CD Player and Video Camera,Sticks, Brushes and Mallets
*** Travel Equipment *** At my studio, a full Drum Set, Stereo, Practice Pads, Stick, Brushes, Mallets, CD's
*** Specialties *** I teach all styles. I use the "Hands on " system, which allows the student to learn quickly. I am a Jazz drummer but have played almost every type of music. I also played with The Oscar Peterson Trio and Dizzy Gillespie while in Canada..1990 I recorded Leroy Vinnegars last Album "The last Sessions"
David L. July 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great teacher and I have a lot to learn
Becky S. February 28, 2014
Drum Verified Student
Two thumbs up for Duncan!
I was pretty nervous about taking one on one drum lessons. Duncan assured me it would be fun, and it is! I like how he stretches my comfort zone enough to keep me interested and excited, but not so much that I get frustrated. Two thumbs up:)
The violin can be an incredibly rewarding instruments to play. For beginners, the road to success is riddled with lessons in patience and discipline, but when met with enthusiasm and the right guidance, the journey is certainly worthwhile! Many say that practice makes perfect, and while of course regular practice is a must, it does not guarantee perfection in fact, improper practice can yield consistently poor results. So what are the fundamental hallmarks of proper violin practice, and how ca …
9 Fundamental Tips That Will Change the Way You Play the Violin
The violin can be an incredibly rewarding instruments to play. For beginners, the road to success is riddled with lessons in patience and discipline, but when met with enthusiasm and the right guidance, the journey is certainly worthwhile! Many say that practice makes perfect, and while of course regular practice is a must, it does not guarantee perfection in fact, improper practice can yield consistently poor results. So what are the fundamental hallmarks of proper violin practice, and how ca
Top 5 Violin YouTube Tutorials for Beginners
Learning how to play the violin has never been easier, thanks to the wide variety of online resources available today. Whether youre looking to teach yourself the violin or you simply want to supplement your current violin lessons, YouTube has a great selection of violin tutorials to choose from.
Violin YouTube tutorials are a great alternative learning tool. Students can try out tutorials from many different violin instructors until they find the one that best fits their needs and skill
Best Uke for Your Buck: Our Favorite Ukulele Brands for Beginners
Choosing your first ukulele can be tough, especially when you're not sure what to look for. Music teacher McKegg C. suggests checking out a few great models by the best ukulele brands around...
When it comes to picking out a new ukulele, be wary of what to buy. As a beginner you want to make sure youre getting the best deal, but you also dont want to spend too little and buy something that will fall apart in a months time. So, before you embark on your quest to ukulele rock stardom where y
15 Hawaiian Words Ukulele Players Should Know
When you're taking ukulele lessons, you will learn to play some classic Hawaiian songs. While Hawaiian songs tell stories of love, Hawaiian culture, and history, you may find some new, unfamiliar terms in the lyrics.
To help you out, we've compiled a list of 15 words you may hear when you're learning ukulele. You will hear a mix of traditional Hawaiian words along with some pidgin words (a slang-type language used in Hawaii).
Here are 15 Hawaiian words ukulele players should know...
Unlocking the Essentials of Music Exam Preparation
Need help preparing your students for their piano exams? Learn how to set your students up for success in this guest post from our friend Darlene Irwin from The Student Music Organizer...
As piano teachers, successful exam preparation is a HUGE part of what we do. I often tell my students that passing an exam is like opening a musical door.
When your student completes an exam, they pass through that door and enter a whole new level of music.
Below are some important keys to help pre