Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Amy
"My son adores her and is doing great."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Anne
"Jacob R. is an excellent teacher.
I've been taking piano and voice lessons from Jacob R. I found Jacob to be very knowledgeable, professional, patient, a
nd encouraging. We like his studio too. My five-year-old especially fond of the big tankful of colorful fish and the three hairless cats."
Dayton, OH teacher:
Review by ANTHONY
"After a month studying under Jimmy my guitar skills have skyrocketed. I didn't realize how much I was stuck on a plateau until I compare recordings from
a month ago. Jimmy has assisted me in reaching new levels of lead guitar and knowledge of theory so that I am now playing lead roles and improvising beyond what I thought capable. I have the technique, skills and self confidence to take lead with my band, and my fellow band members have all asked what my secret has been in my phrasing and solo's; the secret is simple a great instructor and structured practice. Now my practice time is much more productive. Jimmy really understands how to custom teach and improve weaknesses I was unable to even understand without his help. Thanks Jimmy for helping me reach new goals and my true potential."
Columbus, OH teacher:
Review by Thomas
"Grace is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend her without reservation to anybody looking for a piano tutor."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Sharon
"Frannie Brodeur has our highest recommendation. Frannie has been teaching our son since he was 7 and thanks to her expert guidance he is, at 15, preparin
g to audition for Juilliard in a few years. Frannie understands how to work with children and teens: our son always feels encouraged not squashed, respected and appreciated rather than criticized. After 8 years, he still looks forward eagerly to his lessons. Frannie is unfailingly sensitive, patient, and humorous, and it's very clear she enjoys kids. Frannie is also a remarkable flutist, and our son aspires to her gorgeous sound. As a professional musician, Frannie is able to meet students at whatever their skill level."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Stacie
Is a wonderful teacher with the ability to teach children or adults. Making learning interesting and fun."
Grand Junction, CO teacher:
Review by Linda
"I LOVE Michele. I've had a lot of experience singing and performing over the years, often paid, and I am still learning SO much from her. I expected to di
ve right into "fixing" my singing problems, but she is really laying a grounded and centered foundation with me. Especially for finding my best voice, not the one I think I "should" have. And relaxing everything about singing. Plus she's just so dang friendly and welcoming!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Ray
"Brenda did a great job helping me to progress in my singing. I really appreciate her service!!!"
Salt Lake City, UT teacher:
Review by Cameron
"Steve has been great so far. Our son is interested in everything that has to do with music and Steve has managed to find teaching moments in each and ever
My name is Sami, I am so very passionate about music. I write songs for a wonderful rock band named Blue Helix. When I'm not rocking out with the band I enjoy teaching others how to play guitar, Sing with power and enthusiasm, and stage presence. I have many years experience teaching music, mainly guitar and vocals. The trick i find is to first off teach timing, and teach Pitch. Performance comes with confidence. I have many different methods on how to train my students, but I have an advantage because i have a recording studio at my backside. With that I have all the equipment and lighting ne
eded to set up a fun and realistic environment for a student to develop their music passions. I look forward to teaching you.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons depend on the level of experience the student already has. If we are talking students whom already now how to play guitar , sing or have live stage presence in the bag, then we work on what we feel could be better. That could be playing guitar solos, to singing harmonies, to understanding how to connect and engage your audience. Now BEGINNERS, my favorite...we start off learning the basics..for guitar, how to read Tablature (which is a number guiding system to train you how to play guitar in 30 minutes) We begin on learning how to read tab, then we start learning the songs you want to learn. By doing this we then play to a program called pro Tab that I plug throughout a sound system to give the student a feeling of playing with the actual band, and believe me that's what it will feel like. We have fun while learning. My students get to enjoy the many instruments and varieties of equipment I've obtained in my studio so that they may learn what it is they are passionate about. Lesson guidelines again varies depending on the level of ability of the student.
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars, amps, basses, drums, pa system, mics, everything you can imagine, even Digiridoos!!!
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide any and all equipment needed for vocal, guitar or recording lessons.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Acoustic, alternative, as well as Solo artist song writing. I'm very experienced with Music recording, as well as Vocal and guitar performance, stage presence and showmanship. I teach Bass, Guitar, Vocal, recording, speech, and songwriting.
Cindy L. December 16, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Sami is a fantastic voice coach. Sami makes me feel welcome and comfortable each and every session.
Sam K. October 22, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Enjoyed working with Sami! He was able to pinpoint places I needed improvement and then find exercises to help me improve in those areas.
Nanette B. July 17, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Very professional, pleasant and experienced. Quickly recognizes students strengths and weakness. Sami is very passionate and vested in his music and career. He shares his love of music with his students, which makes his students easily relate with him. Highly recommend as an instructor. Great experience.
Phil B. has Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance that he earned at Central Washington University in 1991. Soon after graduating from CWU Phil relocated to the Seattle area and has been teaching and performing professionally in this area ever since. As a performer Phil has worked with many different artists known both internationally and locally in a very wide range of styles, such as Stephen Pearcy (voice of the 80's Metal Band Ratt), top local big band The Jazz Police, Popular Las Vegas Entertainer "Zowie Bowie, and the late great blue legend Isaac Scott (voted into the Washington Bl
ue Society Hall of Fame 1991). Recently Phil has been working with some of the most popular dance/show bands in the Northwest, including The Goods, That 80's Show, Galaxy 54, Vanity, and Gold Digger. As an instructor Phil worked as a clinician and private instructor with Music Works Northwest and the Seattle Drum School. Currently Phil teaches privately in several different studios in the Seattle Puget Sound area.
*** Studio Equipment *** Complete 5-piece Drum Set
*** Specialties *** I teach the Moeller Method. This is a system of technique which involves three basic wrist motions. The basics can be taught in one lesson, but the application takes a lifetime. I also teach all popular styles of contemporary drum set, such as rock, jazz, funk, r&b, and many different Latin styles. I work with students on reading both on snare drum and drum set and also get them playing along and transcribing with recordings of whatever style of music is of interest to them.
Vickie P. June 3, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I would give him 10 stars if I could! Awesome! Wonderful! He connected with my son. Very encouraging and taught Joshua a whole lot. He was beyond our expectations!
K C. April 18, 2015
Our son has been taking lessons from Phil for approximately three years (he’s 10 now) and has really enjoyed it. He really admires Phil. He has advanced along in his playing steadily. Phil has been teaching our son how to chart drum parts and also learn songs for band performances with two other boys his age. He’s not only learned drumming methods, but is also learning to listen to what other musicians are doing to serve a role and be part of a team. We highly recommend Phil… he’s a great teacher and great with kids!
Colton M. January 5, 2015
I have been bringing my son to Phil for a little over a year now. He is fantastic and has been wonderful to have working with my son. My son was 7 at the time and has since turned 8, he is doing so well that he is ready to play in a kids band. Phil has done a very good job teaching my son the ups and downs of playing music and also has done a very good job of making it fun for him so he hasn't lost interest. I would highly recommend taking lessons from Phil.
I have been teaching percussion lessons since 1994. Outside of my home studio, I have also taught within the Auburn (WA) and Tucson (AZ) public schools as a percussion and music specialist, at The University of Rio Grande (OH) as an affiliate faculty member, at Ohio University and The University of Arizona as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, at Interlochen Arts Camp (MI) as the All-State percussion instructor, and at New England Music Camp (ME) as a faculty member.
I have performed with numerous professional orchestras including the Tucson, Phoenix, and Juneau (AK) symphonies and was the prin
cipal percussionist and timpanist for the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra in Arizona. My volunteer performances have included churches, adult care facilities, children's museums, universities, public schools, bookstores, and farmer's markets.
I have a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance with a minor in Ethnomusicology. I have a strong interest in percussion instruments of many cultures including Trinidad, where I studied steel drums in 2005, and Ghana, West Africa where I studied drumming, dance, and the Gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) in 2006.
In 2009, I was awarded a grant from the University of Arizona to travel to Appleton, Wisconsin for the Zeltsman Marimba Festival. Other awards I have earned include the Concerto Competition from Western Washington University, the Music Advisory Board Scholarship from The University of Arizona, and the Graduate Achievement Award in Service from Ohio University.
*** Lesson Details *** In your first lesson we will discuss your musical goals and interests. If applicable, you should bring along any music that you are currently practicing, have played most recently, and/or would like to perform. If you are learning a new instrument, we will go over the basic technique and I will give you some exercises to practice at home.
Whether you are new to percussion or have been playing for years, your lessons will be tailored to help you reach your full potential and get the most out of your musical experiences. If you are interested in solo performance, we can perform together within the community. (I especially enjoy performing at care centers, farmers markets and in church services.) If you are interested in performing in ensembles, competing in solo/ensemble competitions, or studying music in college, I can help you prepare a successful audition. If you are interested in playing drums or marimba because they are fun, I can introduce you to new opportunities and impart knowledge that will inspire you and continue to open your mind.
I am patient and creative in my approach to tackling challenges in improving technique, sight-reading, and musicality. I believe that music performance should be an enjoyable and energizing experience for the performer and the listener. My life has been deeply touched by the art of sound and I hope to pass on this passion.
I have a large library of method books, solos and CDs available to check out and peruse between lessons. You are expected to purchase method books and solos that you will be using long-term. Spending quality time with your instrument between lessons should be enjoyable; I will provide you with direction on how to effectively use your at-home practice time while still having fun playing music.
*** Studio Equipment *** In my studio, I have a drum set, marimba, timpani, snare drums, practice pads, a tenor (lead) steel drum, auxiliary percussion instruments, Ghanaian (African) drums and gyili (African xylophones).
*** Specialties *** I specialize in orchestral percussion (snare drum, timpani, xylophone, cymbals, triangle, etc.), marimba, African drumming (especially Ghanaian drumming) and drum set. I also play steel drums and guitar.
Miho T. June 4, 2015
Music Performance ·
Kendra is an effective educator because she is very detail oriented without being uptight or too picky. She has great ideas for teaching, knows how to develop them, and offers them to students and the community. In addition, she creates fun learning opportunities open to the pubic, where anyone can come and enjoy drumming. This shows that she is a good leader and wants to share her passion for music with other people. To me, these are two of Kendra's greatest strengths. We are lucky to have her in the Puget Sound area.
Michael F. June 2, 2015
Hand Drums ·
Kendra has provided lessons on the African drum for a year. In that time I stumbled from basic novice to something far beyond that. As my technique improved Kendra gently continued to move the bar and set high expectations, all the while offering encouragement and understanding my learning style. I looked forward to the lessons, knowing each one would offer another challenge. I now have a much better sense of what the hand drum is all about and look forward to learning even more.
Raphael H. May 27, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Kendra for about three months now. She is a gifted teacher with credentials second to none. She has amazing patience and makes you feel comfortable regardless of your skill level. And most importantly can teach to any style or skill level. Highly recommended!
Teaching has been my profession for a few years now. My students come eager each lesson and I'm happy to teach them what I've learned over the years. I get onto the students level and teach them based off their skill set, what they want to learn, and what they feel comfortable learning, but will push you to try new things.
*** Lesson Details *** I want my students to feel welcome and excited to learn the subject they are enthusiastic about. Every lesson, my students get taught something new, never leaving without learning anything. Since you acquire your'.e folder on the first lesson, you
take home new material to study each week. Whether it be guitar or music theory, I will teach you a wide range of skills and techniques.
*** Studio Equipment *** Multiple amps, extra guitar, cables, music stand, and other necessities.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to have a guitar. Any additional resources I can provide.
*** Specialties *** Jazz, Instrumental, Metal, Improvisation, Classical, 7-string, etc.
Erica O. October 11, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Will has been great with my 13 yr old niece. She is complete beginner, and he has been very patient and encouraging, she feels more confident after each lesson. He give her new lessons each week to take home and practice, she practices everyday and looks forward to her lessons each week.
Donna C. March 12, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Will is a highly knowledgeable and relatable instructor
With Willâs patience and easy instruction I am slowly learning the instrument that I love. Will is always prepared for our session with hand outs and a lesson plan. I appreciate that he is willing to take our lesson in a different direction then originally planned depending on my progression. His style is very laid back while still having expectations of your development which is nice because this pushes me to do the work. I highly recommend Will as your instructor.
christy W. January 23, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Will has been amazing with my 12yr old , sooo patient! Cant be easy to teach a 12yr old girl but she is doing great and looks forward to each lesson. He commands a get to work attitude and structure to keep her on track and focused through out the lesson. I would highly highly recommend Will.
Joshua is a versatile young artist in the Seattle area. Joshua’s playing has been described as “elegantly shaped” (San Francisco Examiner) and “with graceful intimacy” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Joshua holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with and a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Joshua also holds an Artist Diploma from the Cornish College of the Arts in Early Music. Joshua has appeared with the Detroit Symphony, Ukiah Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Healdsberg, and the St. Claire Shor
es Symphony. With the St. Claire Shores Symphony, Joshua held the piccolo position for the 2004-2005 season. In 2005, Joshua was the first prize winner of the South Eastern Michigan Flutists Association young artist competition, followed by a performance of the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra in 2006. In 2014, Joshua placed 3rd in the Seattle Flute Society Young Artist Competition and was a winner of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Walter Frances Competition.
While in Austin, Joshua worked with movie composer Hanan Townshend and can be heard on the movie soundtracks for Terrance Mallick’s Tree of Life and To the Wonder.
Joshua is also an accomplished baroque flute performer. Winner of the 2012 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Baroque Concerto Competition, Joshua performed C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D Minor on baroque flute with the SFCM Baroque Ensemble. Joshua also performed at the 2012 BFX Festival in Berkeley as a member of Ansambl Luython. Joshua has performed in San Diego with the Pacific Bach Project and in San Francisco with MUSA and the Albany Consort. This season Joshua will appear in concert in the Byron Schenkman and Friends concert series, with the American Bach Soloists, as well as with the Portland Baroque Orchestra. On baroque flute, Joshua has received lessons from Janet See, Sandra Miller, Stephen Schultz, Philippe Allaine-Dupre, and Greer Ellison
Joshua teaches privately across the Tacoma/Seattle area. Joshua’s primary teachers have been Timothy Day, Marianne Gedigian, Jeffery Zook, and Janet See.
*** Lesson Details *** Joshua believes in giving students the tools to express and perform at their highest level by instilling a strong sense of core fundamentals and musical awareness. With these tools students can leave lessons inspired and with a clear idea of how to improve during their private practice.
*** Studio Equipment *** Three music stands Metronome Tuner Music Library
*** Travel Equipment *** One to three music stands Metronome Tuner
*** Specialties *** Orchestral performance and auditioning Solo recital preparation and performance Competition preparation and performance Concerto preparation and performance Historical performance practice on baroque flute.
Cassandra F. July 31, 2014
In home Verified Student
Joshua is a wonderful teacher to my daughter. He has helped encourage her in all aspects of her musical abilities. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for flute lessons from beginning to advanced
Dawn W. April 5, 2014
Flute Verified Student
Joshua is a very reliable and punctual teacher. He is encouraging and patient. My daughter really enjoys lesson time with him.
Taking a road trip can be the best way to enjoy a vacation, since driving makes getting there half the fun! Planning a road trip involves thinking ahead to sleep, snacks, ideally a rotation of multiple drivers, and of course picking out your playlist of the best songs to sing along to! Singing along with fun music is a great way to prevent drowsiness, and worse, highway hypnosis or outright falling asleep. Make your trip safer, and a lot more fun, with our 150 best songs to sing along to (by …
Your Official Road Trip Playlist: 150 Best Songs to Sing Along To
Taking a road trip can be the best way to enjoy a vacation, since driving makes getting there half the fun! Planning a road trip involves thinking ahead to sleep, snacks, ideally a rotation of multiple drivers, and of course picking out your playlist of the best songs to sing along to! Singing along with fun music is a great way to prevent drowsiness, and worse, highway hypnosis or outright falling asleep. Make your trip safer, and a lot more fun, with our 150 best songs to sing along to (by
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