Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Miguel
"We've been seeing Francesca for almost three years, she’s helping our son that has ADHD, PDD NOS and OCD diagnosis with singing classes. We love the way F
rancesca teach our son, more that singing lessons is life coaching, addressing all kinds of struggles that our son encounters; The studio is very professional and she always make time to see our kids. – We love you Francesca ! – Angel, Michelle S and Family."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Derek
In the two years I have spent getting piano lessons from Jeff, I have learned how to play over 50 songs! Jeff made it easy to understa
nd how to read the music and quickly turn that into playing music. My motivation to practice and play was very high because Jeff was able to teach me songs that I was interested in. From The Beatles to Pink Floyd to Ray Charles to holiday music, Jeff would accommodate to my tastes. I highly recommend Jeff as a piano instructor to anyone who is interested in learning piano and having fun doing it."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Mike
"Everything you need and more...
One of my biggest issues with voice teachers is that they try to strip you of what makes you, you!
From day one, Peter g
ot to know me and works from the inside out to produce a sound that was not only connected to breath but emotionally invested and honest! So many actor's lack this nowadays. This is so valuable as a musical theatre actor. Also, he allows you to "go there" and provides a safe environment to do so.
Peter is willing to be patient and work with you long term. He was so invested in my work and reaching goals. He gives that extra bump of confidence I need and I always leave feeling great!
What is most profound... as a more classical musical theatre actor in a ever changing pop/rock world, I am able to confidently show up at an audition for a pop musical. He pulls this healthy pop/rock singing technique from the classical technique and it really works!
In terms of availability, he is flexible and worth every penny!"
New York, NY teacher:
Peter Van D.
Review by Nhien
"Ms. Tina is the best singing teacher in the High Desert! My daughter loves coming to her lessons, and has vastly improved. She has had 3 other singing tea
chers prior, but they did not teach breathing and vocal techniques. Ms. Tina coaches and critiques without being overly critical. She challenges my daughter with different genres of music, which has helped her not only widen her interests in music, but also improved her vocal abilities tremendously. So if you're looking to sing better just for fun or for a competition, Ms. Tina will help get you there!"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Sherry
"This product has great features
Words will never be enough to express what Danielle has done for my daughter and her love of singing. Danielle has shown
so much patience and commitment through her instruction and has boosted my daughters confidence 110%. She knows how to chose the perfect song for Alexis' voice and the emails that she sends after each session provide the proper tools for my daughter to carry out her 1 hour session to a full week. I could not have picked a better vocal coach for my daughter."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Edward
"After many years as a music educator, clarinetist, saxophonist playing with Army and concert bands, as well as dance bands, I have had the pleasure of mee
ting and working with Dimitri. Being retired , I made the decision to seriously play clarinet again. His skills, as a musician and teacher have helped me regain my passion for the instrument and ability to play at a high level. I would recommend him most highly."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Evana
"Hi I am Evana Flores. I am Soprano 2, soon to be 18, and a senior at Coppell Highschool where I am in the A Cappella Choir and a few show choirs. Laurie a
nd I have known each other for many years now. I started taking group class lessons with her when I was in the fourth grade for musical theatre, and then soon after began taking solo lessons for fun. She was super friendly and she is great with children and taught me good songs for auditions, how to breathe with my diaphragm, and most importantly confidence. I was in a Musical Theatre company and she was one of the directors where she was able to adapt and teach a bunch of voices from kids of varying ages. Going into middle school I signed up for school choir in 7th grade and they allowed us to take Voice at school, so I only saw Laurie sporadically. It wasn't until the summer before my junior year of high school that I sought out Laurie’s help once again. I was kind of in the rut vocally and with my confidence level because I was good, but I wasn’t improving… specifically with the All State Competition. I was doing well for my age, but I wasn’t advancing as far as I had wanted to and it was frustrating. Transitioning from a 30-minute weekly school lesson to Mrs. Lauries 1 hour+ lessons was kind of overwhelming at first because these lessons were so concentrated on technique. But by the end of that summer I had already learned how to project my sound and raise my soft pallet. If that is not convincing enough, let me tell you how I did in my standings in the All State Process before and after her lessons. My freshman year I made the district choir (17th chair) and did not advance to the Region choir at the next round because I got 31st chair; I had to make top ten. The next year as a sophomore I made 11th chair at district and made 15th chair at the next round of Regionals so I was cut once again. That summer I went to Mrs. Laurie, and after having lessons for only a few months with her I was a million times better and I think my results from my junior year are quite telling. I made 6th chair at District, 3rd chair of the Region Choir, 6th chair at Pre-Are, and was 2nd Alternate to the All State Choir. I didn’t actually get to sing with the choir, or neither can I technically call myself an “All Stater” but now I know that I have the potential to be one if I work even harder this year, and Laurie saw that potential in me from the beginning, My junior year Laurie helped me make audition tapes for SWACDA and I made their Honor Choir. I also received a 1st Division rating on my solo at State Solo & Ensemble, where I had gotten a 2nd division rating the year before. But Laurie’s knowledge surpasses classical singing and she also helped me tremendously with show choir auditions and what not. In my show choir, Vivace, I auditioned for solos and a filler singing “Heart of Life” and was given the featured solo in Jai Ho and my John Mayer filler was put in the show. But beyond my accomplishments, Mrs. Laurie has been a very special influence in my life. She cares for her students as their own mother would and her encouraging personality never made lessons intimidating. In my lessons I have learned how to raise my soft pallet, proper breath control, how to lift my check bones, relax my tongue, use my lips, stand, drop my jaw, and be free in my singing (which was very hard to do with choral training). But most pertinent to my voice, she found my voice as a soloist and not as a choir member. She uncovered so much of my range as a soprano and helped me feel at ease singing there. Mrs. Laurie is a wonderful person and teacher whose expertise is rare to come about these days. She always has the best in mind for her students and her passion for teaching and voice and performing are so evident. To her potential students, take from her! I highly recommend it.
Thanks for everything Mrs. Laurie. Love, Evana"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Sarah
"Ever since I went to professor Ashot's class, I felt like singing is my passion. I love the way he teaches me to sing, and I love how he does the musical
arrangements for me. I have participated in many international competitions and won many 1st places. For me, he is the best teacher anyone could have. He is talented, patient, and caring. I found guidance, friendship, discipline, and love in my talented teacher, ASHOT BZNUNI!!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Al
"Richard was very easy-going and helpful to us. Did a great job instructing and clarifying terms."
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 Bastien 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 Bastien 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.
Susan L. May 4, 2015
Online Verified Student
good experience, considering skype issues but I think we will work well together.
Ryan W. February 2, 2013 Verified Student
Phillip is awesome, he is by far the best vocal instructor I've ever had!
I'm a 27 year old male who decided to start up voice lessons again to complement my guitar playing. I'm so glad that I chose Phillip as my instructor. He knows more about singing and how to sing than any instructor I've ever had. He's great!
Jennifer T. September 13, 2012 Verified Student
Phillip is a wonderful teacher for children.
Both my boys enjoy piano lessons and I believe it's because of Phillip!
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.
***Teaching Philosophy*** I believe music is essential in education, as it teaches self-discipline, improves mental function, and enriches the soul. As a voice teacher, I believe in teaching healthy technique and opening doors to many genres, and fostering creativity and self-expression through composition. I encourage students to participate in choral and dramatic groups to hone their craft, as well as to help push them past their self-imposed limitations. As a cello teacher, I encourage involvement in orchestras and chamber groups, as they teach teamwork and develop listening skills. Mu
sic is such an incredible form of personal expression, and I aspire to help my students find their true musical voices and share them with others.
***Experience*** I have taught private music lessons since 1999. I am currently a music teacher for grades 7 through 12 at Westchester Country Day School in High Point, NC. There I conduct three choirs, teach Advanced Placement Music Theory, and teach general music (which includes basic guitar and piano).
I feel that performance is an integral part of music education and will make sure that my students are given ample opportunity to perform, whether it be at an Open Mic Night, as part of a choir or orchestra, or in a musical production to nurture each of my student's performance abilities.
***Lessons*** First and foremost we need to have fun. Music is fun and so should the lessons be. When it comes to practice I expect students to spend time outside of the lessons practicing to ensure that they see results.
I work with a variety of methods and concepts to ensure that I am building a solid understanding of music in my students. I work on intonation, music theory, sight reading, and expression.
I am comfortable teaching: Voice: Beginning to Professional (Ages 12 and up) Cello: Beginning to Intermediate (Any age) Piano: Beginning to Intermediate (Any age)
***Voice*** I have extensive background in classical technique, and teach proper, healthy belt technique as well. I am comfortable teaching music from all genres and styles. I focus on developing a beautiful and unique sound for each student while maintaining a healthy, flexible voice.
***Cello*** I teach beginning and intermediate level cellists who either rent or own their own instrument. I encourage my students to join an orchestra or string ensemble, as there is no substitute for the experience of being part of a musical team. Cello students will work out of a technique book that will help build a solid foundation. Once basic skills are learned we will start to search out more advanced music.
***Piano*** For piano lessons I am best with beginners. I specialize in working with students who are just learning about music and want to learn the basics of piano. I am comfortable working with all ages of beginning piano student. I can also work with singing students who are interested in also accompanying themselves. Piano students will begin using a technique book that will help build basic skills. Once these are solid, we will start to search out the specific music you are interested in playing. So if you love a song on the radio, keep notes and we'll learn it.
***Studio Equipment*** Private music studio in my home with a Yamaha electric grand piano. I have built a small recording booth and equipment and software for quality recording and editing.
Wes K. June 4, 2015
Gospel Singing ·
In studio Verified Student
Jamie is a fantastic instructor. In my first lesson alone I felt Jamie knew exactly what my strengths and weaknesses were and how I could improve. She was super easy to work with and very encouraging throughout. She stretched me to try new things that immediately I could hear an improvement. Would highly recommend Jamie for those who are looking to take their singing to the next level.
Melissa B. July 17, 2014
During my career as a professional singer, Jaime has always been the first person I call for help with my CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music) technique. Over the years, she has helped me tremendously to develop a healthy belt technique and to increase my belt range as well. It would be an understatement to say that she knows her stuff. Oh, and she's an incredible classical singer, too. Just saying.
In addition to the breadth of her vocal knowledge, Jaime is as passionate about and dedicated to her students as you could ever want from a teacher. She always makes learning music fun and accessible, and she will be a champion and friend to you. Jaime is one of the finest singers and teachers I know.
Robert B. May 23, 2014
In studio Verified Student
She is a great teacher! She works very well with you and figures you out as a singer! I haven't had her long but she has taught me a lot in a short time.
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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