Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Youssef
Jill is extremely knowledgeable with all kind of mistakes that students may have. I am always amazed by the interest she shows to give us more
of her knowledge and motivation.
Also, Jill shows enormously great patience to make students comfortable and motivated playing music.
I strongly believe she is one of the best teachers in takelessons team.."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Christine
"Martina has been a great instructor. We really like her for our 12 year old daughter."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Joey
"I've been blessed to lead & play in bands with Jordan for several years now, at the Cornerstone at UTA college ministry and his current church, and also i
n-studio on an independent recording project. He is one of the most consistently cheerful & competent men I have ever known, works hard, always on time, flexible and a humble life-long learner. I recommend Jordan to everyone who needs a teacher in the north part of DFW, he's much fun and very good at everything he does!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Rebecca
"I think Brian is an excellent piano teacher!
My two children have been taking lessons with him for the past three and four years. He is really good
at connecting with them on their level, and caters his style of teaching to their individual needs and abilities."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Scott
""I've been producing music full-time for the last 15 years and Doug is one of the best drummers I've ever recorded. If I needed a drummer for any of my re
cordings he would be one of my top choices."
Scott Llamas Producer ScottLlamas.com"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Angelina
My now 6 yr old son has been taking lessons with Elizabeth for just short over a year now. I am pleased to say that I am very happy
with his progress. He's a very talkative and hyper child that can get easily distracted but she seems to be able to keep him entertained and interested in the lesson. I look forward to continuing lessons with her and will highly recommend her."
Indianapolis, IN teacher:
Review by Cheri
"He was very good with the kids and very flexible with schedule. Recommend!"
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Jeff
"I love having Sasha as a vocal teacher. She is professional and keeps my schedule updated and always lets me know way ahead of time if she needs to cancel
or anything like that.
Besides that, she is a phenomenal vocal instructor, and I definitely recommend her to any interested prospects. In the short month and a half's worth of lessons, I have noticed improved vocal stamina, more vocal strength and stability whilst singing low end notes, how to properly use the muscles in my throat to sing, learned proper breathing and warmup techniques and cool little drink recipes for how to make my throat not feel like death! I have even gotten a couple compliments from people saying that I have gotten better!
She definitely has catered to my voice, unlike many vocal teachers that teach you to sing just like they do, but she has definitely worked with me to help me achieve my goals with my voice. She also has a wide skill set and offers so much more than just singing lessons!
Once again, I HIGHLY recommend this teacher. Very knowledgeable, and so far has proven very effective. Not to mention, she has a BRITISH accent, which is the coolest thing in the world; that honestly should be the selling point right there...no question about it!
Give her a shot!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Sam
"There are those who teach out of necessity, and those who teach out of passion
I'm taking music theory and composition lessons from Daniel to supplement
what I already know from composing by ear. He's an excellent teacher, very enthusiastic about teaching the material, and extremely knowledgable. I feel like I've learned a ton so far and we're not even close to done yet! Highly recommended."
Pianist and singer Phillip F. started learning to play the piano at age 6. Growing up he competed and placed highly in many competitions including playing with the Symphony Orchestra in his home town of Spartanburg, SC after winning it's concerto competition at the age of 17. In college he took piano from Dr. Charles Fugo at the University of South Carolina and also started taking voice lessons from Tonya Currier and Walter Cuttino. While still in college he worked with The South Carolina Opera company for a season as a member of the ensemble and as Chorus Master. Since college, he has work
ed with different theater and opera companies as a lead actor and as a musician. He has many years of teaching experience with piano at all experience levels.
*** Lesson Details *** I have experience teaching since 1995 while I was still in college. I primarily use Alfred and "Faber & Faber" piano methods for beginners. I teach how to read music, understand the theory behind the music, and the technique needed in a patient atmosphere at the pace of the student. I also teach you how the piano works and the different types of pianos as well as the history of keyboards used for different classical music. The lessons are geared toward the goals of the student no matter what level is desired. In teaching singing, I will teach you the basics necessary to create a healthy and relaxed sound through technique. With experience singing music ranging from classical to contemporary church music to musical theater, I can teach you how to use the voice in a way that will promote a long time of singing without adding stress to the voice. I will work with any style of music and will give you the technique and confidence needed to become a better singer.
*** Studio Equipment *** Walk into house, on left is a room with a piano and books with big windows to look out through room. Pianos are an upright piano and an Alesis Synthesiser. Seating is available for parents as well.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to have a piano or an electric keyboard at home for piano lessons. For voice lessons a keyboard is not required but is helpful.
*** Specialties *** I primarily teach piano in a classical style using either "Faber & Faber" or Alfred Methods for piano lessons. For voice, I teach all my students to sing in a way that will be the most beneficial to the health of their voice. Doing this is helpful to all styles of singing.
Ashley July 15, 2016
Online Verified Student
Richard July 13, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Nathaniel P. June 3, 2016
Online Verified Student
Great with kids (and moms). Philip clearly enjoys teaching and is extremely well knowledgable. Thanks for sharing your time and expertise Philip. We are grateful to move our kids further into the world of music.
Thank you for the piano lesson. (Nathaniel, age 6)
I majored in music at Berea College, then went on to The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where I completed a Masters degree in guitar performance and served as the graduate assistant to the guitar department.
For the past ten years I have earned a living performing and teaching guitar. I am a certified Suzuki instructor, and I've held teaching positions at Winston Salem State University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, along with at least half a dozen other schools and institutions. I've been featured on other artists' records, and received a gra
nt to release an album of my own songs. I regularly perform in a wide variety of bands and ensembles.
I love to teach, and over the years I have taught hundreds, maybe even thousands of lessons. Having learned something from each and every one of my students, I am now at a point where I excel at honing in on the individual interests and learning styles of whoever comes to me for help. There are many ways to learn guitar. The best one is the one that engages and inspires you the most. That said, there are also music fundamentals that we all need to know. My joy as a teacher lies in finding a way for you to master the fundamentals while at the same time following your personal bliss and intuition. We plot the course together, combining your curiosity and enthusiasm with my years of experience.
I also love working with kids. While they are having fun jamming, I discretely provide them with the technique and musicianship they'll need to excel in any musical environment, whether it's conservatory study or playing in a great band.
*** Lesson Details *** Your enthusiasm is the key to your success, so my lessons are tailored to the interests and abilities of each student. That said, my classical background and dedication to effective teaching inform everything I do.
All of my students learn Music Fundamentals: -Technique (habits of movement) -Theory (how music works) -Aural skills (hearing pitches, chords and rhythms clearly)
Many of my students use books. There are hundreds of great books these days, and I will work with students from any book they choose. Listed here are the books I regularly use. They all deliver great results:
-Aaron Shearer "Leaning The Classic Guitar" -Will Schmidt and Greg Koch "The Hal Leonard Method" -Joe Pecoraro "Read This First" -David Oaks "Music Reading For Guitar" -William Leavitt "A Modern Method For Guitar" -Mateo Carcassi "Melodic and Progressive Studies, Opus 60" -Leo Brouwer "Simple Studies"
Many of my students prefer to work without a book, and that is a great option too. These students learn scales, chords and theory and develop a repertoire of songs. I will show you how to play any song you'd like to learn. You can also work on writing your own songs or compositions, or improvising in any context, be it jazz, blues, Indian raga or flamenco.
Singing is also encouraged!
*** Studio Equipment *** Home studio: music stands, extensive library of all kinds of music, great sound system and ability to stream any song, several guitars, recording equipment, footstools, keyboard and percussion instruments.
*** Travel Equipment *** I'll bring my guitar and books, accessories as needed.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in versatility. I regularly play gigs doing classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and world music. All of these genres have a place in my heart, and I've devoted years to learning to play and teach them well.
I am equally polyamorous when it comes to the various things musicians do. I love to sing pop songs, dissect jazz lines, delve into expressive groupings with classical pieces, drill scales and arpeggios, you name it. Reading, improvising, composing and notating, transcribing and playing by ear, memorization, classical technique, blues technique, bluegrass technique, theoretical analysis... hit me up for any of that, or whatever else interests you.
Justin June 1, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Great first lesson. Made it easy to learn what he was teaching me. Very laid back and patient. Excellent instructor
Chandni S. April 25, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Amazing first lesson! Looking forward to following classes.
Steven M. October 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great first lesson! Looking forward to my next 4 lessons.
Megan is a soprano described as being “blessed with a powerful coloratura and lovely vibrato.” In addition to teaching voice and piano, Megan has performed concert and operatic roles all over the US and Europe to include Notre Dame Cathedral and the Palace of Versailles and is quickly becoming a sought after soprano for lyric coloratura roles.
Megan has gained quite a following as a vocal and piano teacher, and her students consistently perform lead roles and solos, receive scholarships, give recitals, and gain entrance into college music degree programs. In addition to her degrees at UNCSA
where she received the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in voice, Megan also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from East Tennessee State University. Megan believes possessing a firm understanding of the anatomy of the human body and voice enables her to better use her instrument and thus incorporate that knowledge into her teaching.
*** Lesson Details *** I like to begin my getting to know my students-their abilities, personalities, musical knowledge, and desires. I am comfortable teaching students of all ages and levels. I equally enjoy teaching students who wish to pursue music professionally and the casual learner who just wants to entertain friends and family.Vocally, I believe the fundamentals of correct classical vocal technique will carry you throughout your studies and career and allow you to healthily venture into other musical styles like musical theatre, jazz, and pop.
All lessons are individualized to accommodate and best serve each student. Lessons can include vocal/piano techniques including learning to read music, ear training, music theory and history, and language and character study. I love to play games with my students, and having fun is a top priority!
*** Studio Equipment *** student practice rooms chairs mirror full piano seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide some books and a music stand. I expect my students to provide a keyboard or piano.
*** Specialties *** Beginner and Intermediate Piano, Opera, Musical Theater, Languages
Barbie P. May 3, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Great with kids!
My six year old daughter has been studying with "Miss Megan" for about 8 months and we couldn't be more pleased with her progress. She loves her lessons and looks forward to her time with Megan every week. Megan brings thoughtful lesson plans and manages the time very well to include scales, basic theory, and appropriately leveled pieces. We are so excited to continue our work with Megan over the summer and into next fall.
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 father of four young children, Willy teaches in a family friendly environment. 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!
Karina April 20, 2016
In home Verified Student
Every thing seems to be going great. Karina seems to be motivated and excited about class every week and learning much more than she has in past lessons with other teachers
Charles T. August 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Excellent first lesson. A lot of enthusiasm from Willy, good information, and a lot to work on! Loved it!
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.
After graduating from college with a degree in education I was determined to change the course of the education for my own family. I was the first on either side of my entire family (all generations) ever to go to a university and graduate. I came from very humble hard working (yes bullheaded Irish) people. As a naturally highly creative person the school system was not a nurturing place at all for me. As a deeply right brained visual person the left brained system was toxic for my creativity and I struggled to thrive and be myself.
For the past 21 years I've dedicated my time, energy
, creativity to home schooling my own two children in their academics as well as the necessary skills for every day life. Thankfully, I had the opportunity not to put either of them in day care one day. My focused sacrifice has been intense, serious, determined. planned, and obvious in my passion to educate them both in a left brain manor with a massive amount of creative liberty.
The ignorant, verbal, flack I encountered during this was insane but I didn't waver. I believe in one on one education customized for each child and knew from the start what I wanted to accomplish with both of them! I wanted them to learn how to learn with their personalities, natural strengths and talents but I had to observe and implement very different parenting and teaching techniques with both from birth.
Yes, my hard unwavering work has paid off and is continuing to pay off. Both of my children walked into their first college courses at age 14. Yes, real college classes on real college campuses! Both are honor students and my first will finish his degree in English Lit/Creative Writing at UNC Asheville in Dec 2016 at age 21!
Private piano lessons are nothing more than home schooling. I bring the same customized passion I used for my own children to teach yours! Not only do I have an education degree I have a proven track record of teaching children how they uniquely need to learn whether it's visually, audio, or kinetically etc. I know how to challenge them and make them work...even the super smart lazy ones!
After each lesson I take a few moments to consult the parent(s) about the lesson and what needs to be accomplished during the students next practice week. You need to be aware of their education because they grow rapidly and there is much to accomplish before they attend college! Do some research on the benefits of learning and playing music if you are not a musician yourself. It's incredible what it will do for the development of their brain little brains!
Apparently, I'm not allowed my customary studio "meet and greet" with Takelessons. I have studio rules that must be followed and if they aren't I will not continue to teach your children. You must have a piano or keyboard for them to regularly practice on and believe me I know when they don't practice. I know what method books I like to teach from so I'll be happy to share that information with you. If you don't have any I cannot start the lessons without them. They must be purchased before hand. There are other rules so please message me first so that we can discuss them first so that there is no confusion about the studio policies. This isn't a hobby this is serious valuable education for your child.
I don't have the time nor the energy to deal with unprofessional parents because my time and energy goes fully towards teaching amazing students.
At this time I've been pre-approved, by the head of arts education in Guilford County, to teach music education and chorale education in the Guilford County School system. I'm waiting for openings and interviews. My time educating my own children is over with so I must move on to teach other incredible human beings!
I look forward to passionately educating you or... those you love!
Lisa Overly (Loverly)
Amy May 1, 2016
Excellent teacher for my high energy little boy who loves music!
Sierra May 1, 2016
Lisa is an amazing piano instructor. She has taught my 6 year old daughter since she was 4 years old and my daughter has learned so much. Lisa is very professional, nurturing, and loving. My daughter loves her and can't wait to come to her lessons each week. I highly recommend Lisa to anyone who is looking for a piano instructor.
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