Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Scott
"Very Knowledgeable, Good guy, Easy to work with, Flexible Instructor
After being self-taught in guitar for a few years, I had hit a brick wall in techniq
ue and my sense of progression and decided it was time to get professional help. At age 44, I was also set in my ways and I had acquired several bad habits from being self taught, but I wasn's sure how to correct them. Carter is helping me break these. Most importantly, Carter asked me about my goals and desires and developed a specific plan to help me get there. Now, I dedicate 80% of my "guitar time" to what I want to do and the other 20% to what Carter has assigned me. I am making great progress and overcoming some obstacles. As important, my lessons are fun and engaging. I highly recommend Carter to all ages and levels of experience."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Elizabeth (Student)
"Lisa has been a wonderful help to my high school aged daughter she loves her lessons and looks forward to them every time."
Milwaukee, WI teacher:
Review by Annie
"I have been taking fiddle/violin lessons from Marc for a few months now, and it has been a great experience. He is very patient and keeps things fun by he
lping me learn pieces that I am interested in learning to play. I would highly recommend him for any instrument you are wanting to learn."
Santa Rosa, CA teacher:
Review by Veronica Pemberton Daniels
"Excellent Instructor! Mr. Williams has taught my children, age 10 and age 7 for three years. It is a joy to watch how Mr. Williams is able to captivate th
e attention of two energetic kids and challenge them to learn more! He has fun activities and games, homework and music history lessons where he shares about famous musicians and their contributions in the music world. My kids love his lessons. He cares about their musical and academic growth. To watch them each year during piano recital has been a blessing. I have even noticed their ability concentrate and focus in other areas. He is affordable and works with both in-house and teacher locations. This is a single moms dream to have such great music instruction from such a talented musician at your fingertips. I look forward to seeing the kids play the piano while singing along or even playing for their mom when she travels and sings. This is the next GOAL and with Russell Williams, it will be a reality. You won't be disappointed. Awesome experience!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Marat
"He is great! Awesome teacher, taught me how to play quick and easy. He is a real professional and i recommend him for anyone who needs lessons."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Catherine
"Cindi is a remarkable music teacher. She is patient and works well with children of various ages. The lessons are interactive and incorporate fun with lea
rning. Professional and kid friendly!!"
Gainesville, FL teacher:
Review by Thomas
"5/5- Mike is an excellent drum teacher for any skill level. He doesn't waste time with useless exercises, but instead shows you how to become a drummer th
at can creatively express yourself in the moment. Plus he has some of the best prices on here! If you're on the fence, I highly, highly recommend lessons with him!"
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Amit
I feel very grateful to study under Hannah. She cares and wants you to improve. For me to trust my instructor, I need to know that
my teacher cares. Hannah can and will adjust, if this is for the betterment of the student.
Hannah has a strong foundation that allows her to relate to students. Her desire to learn motivated me many times in our lessons.
Please do not hesitate, if you wish to improve your craft. Good Luck!!!"
Akron, OH teacher:
Review by Rocky
"Chris is a great guitar instructor! He has been encouraging and helped my son become a confident on the guitar! Thank you Chris you are awesome"
I am passionate about sharing with you all the knowledge that I've obtained from over 45 years of of studying piano with some of the best teachers available in the country. I will help you to both discover that sound image that is only yours and then to work on how to make that image come alive for you at the keyboard. I promise that working together will be a fun and inspiring adventure into that most expressive form of communications which is Music. One of the best ways to judge a teacher is by the way he plays. I am a performing teacher, still studying, and will be giving my second solo rec
ital at The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad in February 2013 and will be playing masterpieces by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Liszt. You are, of course, invited to the recital or it would be my pleasure to play for you at my studio or your home. Looking forward to sharing and learning more about our craft by spending some quality musical time with one another.
*** Lesson Details *** I am considered to be a easy going guy but it is my job to be sure that value is obtained from investment, so I will let my students know when they are not completing their reasonable assignments. That said, I can't wait to share with you all the joys I feel about teaching. I didn't know anything about the piano at age 21 but seven years later I gave my Senior Recital and earned my BA degree with a Piano Major so I know how difficult it can be to start lessons as well as being able to advance at any level. We will learn how to understand basic theory to include notation, intervals, chord structure, scales and arpeggios and well as to learn or improve your ability to sight read without having to continually look down at your hands. All technical problems will be understood and solved so that you will be able to play those pieces you love at your ability level. Being able to play with a firm knowledge of a composer's life, his composition style and historical background is a sure sign of one that has studied with a fine teacher. It is my hopes that that teacher will be me. Thank you for your time and consideration.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room area w/ grand piano seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** A Piano and assigned sheet music
*** Specialties *** Have in depth knowledge in the Taubman Approach, the Whitside Piano Technique and the Mathay System
Marlon M. May 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Alex is a wonderful teacher, patient and understanding of the needs of our son, i have seen the improvement in hist technique and the enthusiasm when it is time to practice, we are pleased to have found him.
Mei-Lan S. January 11, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Alex is a wonderful piano teacher in all respects. He inspires me to try to do my very best.
Alex's enthusiasm and love for music is contagious and very motivational. He is simultaneously challenging and encouraging. He is very meticulous and knowledgeable in his teaching methodology. Overall, he is very generous in sharing his expertise and his passion for the piano.
Jules N. October 11, 2012 Verified Student
Patient and Encouraging!
Alex obviously has a love for music, and a passion for teaching. I look forward to my lessons because he is always pointing out my improvements, no matter how small.
I have been teaching music since 19, and have also been teaching various instruments and voice. My students have been as young as 4 to 60+. I have been playing music for the majority of my lifetime, having started playing piano at age five. I am a multi instrumentalist teaching piano, clarinet, violin and guitar. I have also taught elementary school classroom music for and have directed musicals for a private elementary school.
I received my Associate of Arts degree at Grossmont, College with an emphasis on music education. I am now attending San Diego State University to finish my Bachel
or's degree in Music.
My lessons consist of exercises that emphasize proper techniques for each instrument. I would like my students to fully understand the entire musical process, including theory. I tailor my lessons according to the needs of each individual student.
My students have told me that they enjoy taking lessons from me. I am serious about lesson content and am always seeking out ways to make lessons enjoyable. I include parents/guardians by informing them of lesson requirements and progress, and make myself available to answer questions for students and parents.
My goal is to share the joy that music brings to each life. I'm looking forward to meeting you.
*** Travel Equipment *** Expect students to have instruments and to purchase lesson books. I have piano and some instruments at home.
*** Specialties *** Bastien, Alfred, Dozen-a-Day, Keith Snell, Hanon, Czerny and others - piano; Suzuki, Laoureux etc. - violin; Leonard - guitar; Lazarus - Clarinet.
Together with these method books, I also include personalized techniques, tailoring lessons each individual student.
Augie Monroy M. August 21, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I really enjoy going to my lessons. Laura is very patient, with great knowledge and a great personality. I am a 58 years old violin student and I want to learn more about the violin so that I can play at my Church. Her classes are fantastic and I know I will be playing in front of the congregation soon. I highly recommend her style whether you are a child, young adult or older like me. IT IS FUN!!
I specialize in providing a fun, inspiring and safe space for each student to reach their goals â whether that be for the novice singer whose been wrongfully told they âshouldn't sing,â the more experienced singer looking to branch out into doing more with their music or doing it professionally, or the budding songwriter, actor or speaker looking to develop the talent and drive they feel within them.
I always remember the encouragement, patience and inspiration I received from my best teachers, and strive to provide exactly that to my own students. I sing
and teach most vocal styles, with the exception of opera, and utilize our studio to create a supportive, empowering experience singing, writing and recording. I absolutely love to teach both children and adults and look forward to learning how to best support each one of my students in their individual path toward realizing their potential.
Here's a bit about my background and musical experience:
â¢ Bachelors of Fine Arts degree (Theatre/Voice) from United States International University â Graduated Valedictorian â¢ Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts â Graduated Valedictorian Workshops and studying with Bill Doyle, Roy Mote, Andrew Barnicle, Jack Tygett, Leanne Summers, among others.
"After seeing Danielle, I was impressed with her intensity as a performer. Her ability to get behind a lyric was stunning, she lives every line. As an artistic performer, I've yet to see better." -Tony Ferguson / Interscope Records: No Doubt, Bush, Fisher
My original band, Danielle and The Masses, has been recording and performing live since 2001. We are endorsed by Ani Difranco, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bruce Hornsby Band, and have shared the stage with artists as Jamie Foxx, CAKE, Metric, En Vogue, David Byrne, Berlin, Margaret Cho, Cyndi Lauper, Jonatha Brooke, Beth Hart, Semi Precious Weapons and more.
I have written and performed music and voice over for Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor, VH1, various TV shows and independent documentaries, Eveoke Dance Theatre, among others, as well as having recorded eight professional CDs of various styles on various record labels.
For over ten years, my record / production company, Say It Records has been producing socially conscious music events throughout San Diego and Southern California that promote independent music, film, art, community and human rights. I also co-own Durga Sound, a teaching and production studio, with producer Alicia Champion, as well as San Diego IndieFest, a powerful community event which promotes and supports music, film, art and civic engagement.
I have a great time utilizing my contacts in the industry to help my students get work/ press / entrance into the schools of their choice, etc. For example, I'm happy to report that just last year we were able to book eight musicians on GLEE, as well as lots more in other capacities including using their music in commercials and film and helping them get cast in local theatre and accepted into arts-centered schools.
*** Lesson Details *** I start on the first lesson by becoming clear about what the new student's goals and desires are â from there, we start developing technique to achieve those goals along with having fun right away doing what they came for - singing, writing, voice over, acting or using a combination of these things be it for professional purposes or personal fulfillment. Every lesson is personally customized to meet the specific goals of each student. As a teacher, I'm encouraging and fun, passionate and positive. While I'm definitely not "strict", I do appreciate focus and drive. However, I often work with people who have special needs and are working on developing those very things. I'm especially good at helping people through progress plateaus, roadblocks, stage fright, loss/ stress. Using music as a means of release and healing - for both kids and adults - is something I do a lot of and am very comfortable with.
As far as technique is concerned, I focus on utilizing posture, correct breathing and developing relaxed, strong support, so that the muscles are developed properly and without stress, enabling the student's voice to constantly grow while also steering clear of the injury that can accompany the straining that often happens when singing without proper technique.
I strongly encourage students to record their lessons on a mobile device so they can practice easily on their own, and so they eventually have a record of how far they've grown. We mostly use tracks to develop repertoire, prepare for auditioning and performances, and to have fun singing the music that excites each student the most.
*** Studio Equipment *** Apple Mac Pro Quad Core running OS 10.8.3 Avid Pro Tools 10 HDX Propellor Reason 4.0 UA 2-610 Microphone Pre-amp UA LA-610 Microphone Pre-amp and Compressor UA Teletronix LA2A Compressor/ Limiter Behringer ADA 8000 more...
*** Specialties *** Using music, writing and voice as a means of expressing yourself, growing as a performance artist, coping in challenging times, as well as a means of going professional and earning income are all areas I specialize in. Utilizing proper technique and learning how to sing / speak safely is also an area I focus on a great deal.
Learning precisely what each student wants is the key factor in my decision on how to achieve their goals. For example, using Speech Level Singing is definitely entrenched in my teaching, but I may not highlight it as much for those who want a more classical sound.
I definitely excel with the following: first timers, very young kids, students working through stage fright, artists looking to develop their own original project, those seeking growth in their process of writing / recording / performing, those who are interested in using music and / or writing as therapy as well as with amateurs who've always wanted to do something musical but who think they are "too old" or too "untalented/short/tall/ fill in the blank" to try. I believe we all have something to say with our lives - finding the voice within you can be an incredibly powerful and transformative experience!
Kara R. October 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Danielle is one of the most connected, in tune, emotionally intelligent individuals I've ever met. A truly gifted teacher and artist, she is the whole package! Absolutely priceless experience, would highly recommend these lessons to anyone looking to find his/her voice.
Bobby B. August 17, 2015
Anything from singing to songwriting, Danielle is the epitome of a great instructor and mentor. I have taken voice/songwriting lessons from Danielle for over a year now and can truly say that she has helped me develop into the artist that I am today. One of the things that impresses me the most about Danielle is her ability to connect with and inspire her students. Aside from being an exceptional talent with decades of experience in the music industry, she is a passionate and charismatic teacher that is certain to bring out the best in her students.
Silvia D. July 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
Danielle is my daughter’s singing teacher for a while now. Danielle has several strengths, but her main strength, from my observations is her ability to motivate students. She’s always sincerely interested in her students’ progress and encourages my daughter to try her best. She has a great sense of humor and maintains a real positive attitude. Also, and most important Danielle has very strong vocal talent.
In my opinion Danielle displays the qualities that make a teacher successful, dependable, motivated, and in tune with the needs of her students.
My daughter is highly motivated to continue her singing classes with Danielle and I’m very appreciative of Danielle’s style of teaching and patience with Sam.
Graduated with a Piano performance diploma from Chula vista School of performing arts division, have taught several students in many fields including but not limited to: Spanish, Piano (beginner-Intermidiate), Vocal Development etc. I am very friendly and personable, but also professional. When students come to me with problems, I will do what ever it takes to bring them to the solution. My motto is, a problem is just another opportunity for you to do your best.
- I have taught/, for 4 years. Ranging in many subjects such as Spanish, English, SAT Prep, Vocal Instruction, Piano Instruction,
and Musical Performance.
- Choir Director/ Conductor Jan 2010 - Present SDCOC - I am a music director for the San Diego Churches of Christ. I've taught the San Diego Church of Christ Fellowship for 5 years. I have led worship for even longer, and i love it. - Worship intern May 2014 - Sep 2014 - Dallas/ Fortworth Church of Christ - Led worship, produced music, directed choirs, taught assorted parts to part singers. - I Speak 3 languages fluently - I am a certified member of the National Association of Music Educators - I have received awards in the fields of Voice and Piano for outstanding professionalism, & Excellency - I am presently teaching ages 5-65, with the exception of one enthusiastic 67 year old. - Love my job, and am passionate, above all i will make you excited about the field of study you choose
*** Lesson Details *** These details change depending on, whether you would like musical training or academic tutoring. Musical:
Music is fun and the lessons should be as well. When it comes to practice I recommend that students do spend time (1/2-1hour daily) outside of the lessons practicing to ensure that they see results. If you choose to practice only while in the lesson you will get better but it will be at a slower pace.
- Start with quick warm ups (these work to increase students fluidity with their instrument) - Work technique - Assign repertoire depending on skill level. - Work on assigned repertoire - Work on technical aspect of the pieces. Your student will learn much more about their capabilities and their instrument as they will learn many aspects of Music Theory.
I teach beginning- advanced piano lessons touching on posture, hand position, rhythm training, sight-reading, expression, and pop/jazz chord charts. If you want to learn how to play songs by ear that you hear on the radio, I can train you how to do that too! Once I feel that you have surpassed my ability to help you grow, I will be happy to pass you on to a more experienced teacher and attend all of your future recitals.
I teach voice beginner-professional, which includes classical repertoire and technique as well as Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, Standards, Country, RnB,...you name it. The best part is that you will learn to sing in a manner that will not damage your instrument and in fact will work to fortify your instrument.
Academic: - Start with introduction to the standard. - Work on problems with material. - Present new methods to reach a solution. - Work on all assigned work. - Work on future work to give the student an academic advantage.
I am a hard working tutor that will bring the joy of the subject to our sessions of tutoring. I am strict at times, however, some of my students have referred to me as mellow. I will strive to bring your student up to speed and surpass even their own expectations. I love my students, and I want to see them succeed.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Recording equipment etc.
*** Travel Equipment *** Casio Keyboard Piano, sheet music, and much more equipment as needed.
I am a competitive individual and I like to challenge and to be challenged. I started playing violin when I was 10 and have performed with several Honors Orchestras, mariachis, as well as some professional groups. My Junior and Senior year of high school I was honored to be Concertmaster.
I began my classical vocal training at San Diego State University in Spring of 2012. I was trained as a Soprano and an Alto because of my coachability, and versatility. Since then I have worked with several talented and dynamic directors throughout my training expe
rience. I have attended the annual San Diego Summer Choral Festival under the direction of Dr. Patrick Walders, which consisted of an intensive choral training weekend followed by performances. I am also part of a growing professional choir in San Diego called Pro Arte Voices, which recently debuted its first CD in December '14 (!!). Lastly, I am a strong advocate for the arts in our community and am very proud to be a teacher. In the near future I have plans of developing a music program for underprivileged youth, which would incorporate choir, orchestra and band. I look forward to making music with you soon :)
Evi A. August 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Souaad is a great teacher. My daughter really enjoys working with her, she is very patient and has a beautiful voice. In a short period of time my daughters singing has improved. I definitely recommend Souaad for any type of instruction.
Elyse J. August 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Souadd was amazing! She explains Spanish grammar very well and was extremely patient each time I mispronounced a word. Her guidance and learning exercises will definitely help me learn Spanish.
Samuel J. June 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Souaad is a a great teacher. I just recently became one of her students but after these few lessons I feel confident that she will help me reach my goals as a violinist. She is patient and and wants to get to know her students well. She is very considerate of what you want out her lessons and will get you to your goal. What I have learned so far from her has been really helpful and I hope to keep learning more.
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