Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Christopher
"Kristina is a great teacher! She's very versatile and has lots of experience. She's easy to talk to and easy to work with. She helps you work on your wea
knesses to improve."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Salli
""Vocal training with Salli has been such a great experience. After just a few lessons I noticed an improvement in the strength and quality of my voice. Sh
e taught me how to control my vocals and even expand my range. Her lessons also helped me gain confidence to sing onstage and in front of crowds. Thanks to over a year of training with Salli, I can take pride in my talent and how it's grown."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Yen Yen
"Anna-Lisa is the best voice teacher I ever had.I'm able to increase my head voice range and chest voice range without tension now. Anna-Lisa is able to di
agnose my problems, gives me different techniques to relax and reach higher or lower notes with ease. She also teaches all genre of music and not just concentrate on opera voice.I like to sing pop music,find her lessons very fun, enjoyable,very helpful. I highly recommend anyone who like to learn how to sing to take lesson with her."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Hidden Garnet
"Sandra H. is a teacher you can rely on to encourage you to perform not only for yourself, but for an audience. I can't remember a lesson day when Ms. Sand
ra wouldn't tell me, once I had mastered a piece, to play for the church congregation, or to one of her colleagues' open recitals. One specific time, I was asked to play 3 songs for the congregation by someone who heard Ms. Sandra specifically praising my skill. I was told to form a group of 3 total, so I invited a friend and my brother to play the trumpet and the violin, respectively. Ms. Sandra was very encouraging and determined to assist in perfecting the pieces I would do within the week I had to prepare, and I'm certain that without the help, the performance would have been a complete, total disaster. She not only provided a teacher's support - helping me practice the correct rhythm and speed, to name the parts I had trouble with - she also gave me a friend's support, telling me not to allow stage-fright to consume my confidence before I even had a chance to start.
What can I say? She's a great teacher, and cares for her students beyond the borders of the musical world."
Richmond, VA teacher:
Review by Aaron
"Working with Mary Frances has been absolutely amazing! With her guidance, I have obtained better breathing skills and correct posture for singing. I came
to a lesson one day and I had infected tonsils. She gave the best advice on how to take care of my vocal cords!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Mary Frances K.
Review by Kelli
"He is an excellent teacher! Just because you play drums doesn't mean you can teach drums. My son has shown so much growth working with Glenn. He is truly
a great teacher and I would highly recommend him to anyone."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Kyle
"Dillon has been a great teacher to work with, he has been very patient and accommodating. This is my first instrument and so I came as a true beginner -
couldn't read music, no sense of rhythm or timing - in a few weeks we've made great progress. Still no rhythm or timing... but that's my issue, not his!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Porter
"I studied classical guitar with Crispin for about five months, and I couldn’t have hoped for a better teacher. Crispin is versatile, easy to work with and
good at adapting to whatever your musical goals are. I went from being an absolute beginner to being able to play a simple Bach arrangement in a matter of months. I would also add that Crispin is one of the most well-rounded musicians I know—so—you’re in Good Hands!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Jessica
"Thaddeus is a talented musician and an awesome teacher--a rare combination! His patience and ability to explain the technical rationale behind all of the
techniques is really what helped take my understanding of the art to the next level. I grew tremendously under his instruction. I've taken both private and group lessons with him and even in a group setting, he manages to challenge the individual at his/her level of proficiency. Additionally, his expertise across instruments and cultural variations in style is impressive."
People from Boston love their music and apparently music loves Boston as well. In fact, there are quite a few bands and songs named after the city. You have the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Boston, Dropkick Murphys and even Aerosmith. Yes, the state of Massachusetts has the Cape and the Red Sox, but it’s also worth noting that the city of Boston is well known for producing quite a few musical talents. Seeing that you’re visiting us here at TakeLessons, we believe that you may want to add yourself to the ever-growing list of famous Boston musicians.
Of course even if you don’t want to become a famous musician and you are simply looking to play an instrument as a hobby or to further your existing music skills, our Boston music lessons with our certified TakeLessons music teachers are just for you. Each one of our music classes is designed to teach you proper technique and how to play various instruments including the guitar, piano, organ, drums, violin, bass and many more. We also have performing arts courses on singing, acting and dancing. For those who plan on having a career in music, our Boston music lessons also feature courses on songwriting, music recording as well as music performance. And with our talented and friendly teachers guiding you and tracking progress, we guarantee that we’ll bring out the very best in you.
So whether you want to make a name for yourself or pick up an instrument for fun in the Walking City make sure you take one of our Boston music lessons. Need help? Give us a call at 877-231-8505 and one of our student counselors can help you along. We guarantee that your first experience with us would be a fun, educational, and inspiring one. If not, we’ll gladly refund the entire amount you paid after your first lesson. So don’t wait! Join us here and let the TakeLessons team get you started!
My name is Stephanie, I am a teaching-artist from El Paso, Texas. I currently reside, perform and teach in the Boston and greater Boston area.
I am a recent graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music with my Masters in Saxophone Performance. I received my Bacherlors in Music Education from New Mexico State University.
“A teaching artist, by definition, is a two-career professional: a working artist and a working educator. As a working artist is they are involved in an ongoing process of discovery, problem solving, discipline and refineme
nt of skills in their discipline. As a working educator, it is essential that the artist is also developing a knowledge base and skills to be an effective partner in education. Achieving a meaningful balance between these two professions, whereby one feeds the other, is an ongoing process that requires a deepening awareness for the teaching artist of what their teaching brings to their art and what their art teaches them about learning.”
I am devoted and dedicated to helping find each of my students strengths, weaknesses and style of learning. Once I have identified these traits, I am able to develop lessons and repertoire that helps each students become the most efficient learner and best musician they can be.
I pride myself in creating a fun and safe learning environment in which I establish a firm musical foundation for my students. Lessons include: scales, etudes, articulation, dynamic and sight reading exercises, standard saxophone repertoire, recording and analyzing performances, saxophone/music history lessons, and exploration of the sounds, genres and artists of the saxophone.
Simultaneously, my students cultivate many other skills while learning how to play saxophone. Students enhance their fine motor skills and ability to memorize, students increase their overall self-confidence and become self-sufficient and creative problem solvers. I am passionate about educating and empowering my students and I enjoy connecting with a wide array of musicians of all ages, playing levels and backgrounds.
Feel free to contact me to inquire about lessons, I hope to hear from you soon!
Austin B. May 25, 2015
I went to New England Conservatory with Stephanie, and I have to say that she is one of the most supportive colleges I have ever met. She is extremely dedicated to her students, even to the point that even in social settings she will be texting her students words of encouragement and asking about their progress. She has an incredible work ethic and an infectiously positive attitude.
Brad R. March 3, 2015
Music Performance ·
Stephanie isn't just a great player. Her compassion and open personality make her a great teacher as well. I would recommend Stephanie to anyone.
Karen Q. March 2, 2015
I hired Stephanie to work with me at Lynn Middle School as a woodwind technician for one semester, Spring 2012. Stephanie was always punctual, organized, and outstanding with the kids. She immediately set up a fun and safe environment for them to learn. Her work was excellent. We were preparing for our district Music Performance Assessment Festival and received Superior ratings. I have no doubt we owe part of that rating to her hard work. She really goes above and beyond, on one occasion I had to miss my afternoon classes for jury duty and she ran rehearsal without any problems. I wish we still had Stephanie in our district. I highly recommend her.
Chris M. is a multifaceted pianist and composer who is making waves in the Boston scene both as a bandleader and sideman. An active teacher, Chris has over 5 years of experience working with all ages and skill levels in settings ranging from private lessons to rock band camps. Praised for a sound that is mature beyond his years, Mr. M. regularly performs with some of Boston's finest, including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone and Phil Grenadier. He currently leads the Wolfhound Trio, a jazz piano trio that pushes the boundaries of the genre through his compositions that incorporate influences
ranging from Rage Against the Machine to Alexander Scriabin. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at New England Conservatory on a presidential scholarship.
Liz M. October 14, 2014
Classical Piano ·
In home Verified Student
As a teacher, Chris is punctual and courteous, brings good materials, and adjusts lessons to fit the skill level and desires of the student.
As a person, he's great! Friendly, funny, and really helpful. A great teacher and person all around.
David P. July 8, 2014
Jazz Piano ·
In home Verified Student
Took a few lessons for jazz piano with Chris and he's a great teacher. He taught at a great pace for me and always gave me more material if I wanted it. If you want to take your skills to the next level, get Chris to teach you!
Jacob S. June 26, 2014
Classical Piano ·
In studio Verified Student
I highly recommend Chris. Patient and professional.
----------Musical and Teaching Philosophy----------
I can safely say through all my experiences (as an orchestral musician, entertaining busker, teacher, accompanist, freelancing musician, concert organizer, fundraiser) that my theory of teaching and learning music is that it's all about connections. To learn music is to learn a completely new way of looking at the world. It is an inward journey of strength and discovery as much as it is an outwards one, learning to successfully and compassionately communicate with fellow musicians and anyone else who might cross your path. I have collabora
ted with individuals in both the instrumental and vocal realms - trumpet, trombone, tuba, (French) horn, clarinet, flute, violin, viola, bass, sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, baritones, and have taught piano, horn, and beginning/intermediate wind instruments in both private and group settings. I love music, and even more, I love teaching music!
In my love of music and of teaching, I follow the Artist-Teacher-Scholar model. The Artist-Teacher-Scholar (ATS) infuses the role of the artist with the curiosity of an educator, realizing that true learning is a volitional act of one’s ability to make a personally relevant connection with the art. The ATS understands that all individuals possess inborn artistry and thereby innovates and extends the cross-curriculum methodology to engage students into the act of volitional learning.
----------What I Teach----------
I've been teaching music for over ten years. Currently, I teach all levels of piano and horn, and beginning to intermediate piano accordion lessons. Piano lessons can range from classical to jazz to pop to alternative to folk to simply learning a song or piece that you enjoy. Horn lessons can consist of excerpt drilling, exploring your more melodic side, developing your technical prowess, improving fundamentals, whatever you would like with whatever pieces you would like (as an added bonus, I can also accompany you in your lessons, so hiring an accompanist is not necessary!) Accordion lessons can make you feel like you're traveling the world, from learning French zydeco to rhythmic Balkan insanity to sing-songy Irish folk to toe-tapping German polka. It is not agenda-driven learning; music lessons can be as career-oriented and focused or as awe-inspiring and challenging as you like. Students of all ages and levels of experience are welcome as are all genres of music.
Music lessons are almost never pigeonholed into different categories that must be adhered to; rather, music lessons encompass all the components that make music music. Music theory and music history, in addition to fundamentals, technique, mental preparation, performance anxiety, orchestral sectional psychology - there is no taboo. Communication is key. Therefore, learning must take place in a compassionate and professional atmosphere, where effort is not only required, but effortless as a result of full engagement of the student. I want you to be enthralled with your learning.
Breanna is a dynamic and highly sought-after horn player in the Boston metro area. Of her debut performance as principal horn with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, wonderful solos came “especially from Breanna E., who intoned the essential horn part with nobility.” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) Of an exposed, pre-concert lecture-demonstration with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, “that of the very low notes of the fourth horn part in the Overture to Der Freischutz, [were] excellently sounded by Breanna E..” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) Breanna has played with numerous groups, including Boston Ballet, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and currently plays in the East Coast Scoring Orchestra and the Phoenix Orchestra. Recently, she served as principal horn with MetroWest Opera for their production of Hänsel und Gretel and acted as section coach in the Boston Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Equally at home in symphonic, opera, and chamber music worlds alike, Breanna has performed in music festivals across Europe and the United States. In 2011, she served as principal horn at the Eutiner Opernfestspiele in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. She attended the Colorado College Music Festival in summer 2012, and later that summer attended the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic. While in Prague, Breanna performed with an international chamber group that took second place in Ameropa's International Concertante Competition. The quartet performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante K295b in the Czech Philharmonic's Rudolfinum, Dvořak Hall with Camerata Filarmonica Bohemia.
Having performance degrees in both horn and piano from the University of Kansas, Breanna attended the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy as a pianist in 2010. There, she met kindred spirits amongst the composers attending and later that year, invited them to Kansas to hear their commissions performed by her brass quintet, the Lawrence 5. The concert served as both premieres of their works and as a benefit concert to aid in the building of schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan through the Central Asia Institute. While at the University of Kansas, Breanna was a recipient of the Zakoura Collaborative Pianist Scholarship. Much of her pianistic time was spent collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists from all realms, often in premieres of new works by colleagues in composition. Regarding hornistic studies while studying at KU, Breanna was assistant then fourth horn of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, the first job she won at age 20.
Breanna is currently pursuing her master's degree at New England Conservatory, studying with James Sommerville. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas in horn performance, studying with Paul Stevens, and piano performance, studying with Jack Winerock. Breanna continues to be a collaborative pianist both at the NEC Preparatory School and in the Boston area, playing for Suzuki classes and private lessons. When not pursuing musical endeavors, she enjoys creating raw desserts, planning her worldwide backpacking trip, and learning mad, Balkan rips to busk with on accordion.
"The other motif representing Till is the famous laughing French horn call heard a number of times through the work: Breanna Ellison was flawless in execution and vivid in characterization." - Boston Musical Intelligencer
"...that of the very low notes of the fourth horn part in the Overture to Der Freschütz [were] excellently sounded by Breanna Ellison." - Boston Musical Intelligencer
"And again, there were wonderful solos, especially from Breanna Ellison, who intoned the essential horn part with nobility." - Boston Musical Intelligencer
Carl S. June 28, 2015
French Horn ·
Breanna is one of the best musicians that I know. I've had the fortunate opportunity to perform in ensembles with her, and she always seems to raise the bar of the entire group. Breanna is a dedicated, passionate, and knowledgable teacher. Her diverse musical background allows her to bring a lot to the table, whatever subject. I highly recommend Breanna as a teacher without hesitation!
Arden M. June 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
Breanna is a great teacher, and she is very patient. I'm a real challenge, but she has worked through it all with me. I highly recommend her!
Ali Spray May 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Meet John Egizi, the trombonist, bassist and world class music educator with extensive training from Los Angeles County High School for The Arts, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Berklee College of Music and Onyx Productions. John is an expert on several topics, extremely well networked and generous with his knowledge.
Students from New York City and Boston can work with John in person.
G B. July 5, 2015
Arrangement and Composition ·
In studio Verified Student
John was an excellent teacher. Right from the beginning he was prompt, accommodating, and professional. The lesson was great. His easy going, friendly manner makes you very comfortable. John was very knowledgable and talented.
I had a few questions that couldn't be answered in the lesson. John went the extra step over and above to have researched those questions and got in touch AFTER the lesson to answer them and provide additional videos to check out. Great experience!
Rafi F. June 16, 2015
Arrangement and Composition ·
In home Verified Student
John is awesome, patient and pays attention to detail. A skilled and knowledgeable dude. I highly recommend him.
Ryan G. November 24, 2014
John is one of the most gifted musicians I know. His ability to see music as an extension of his soul sets him apart from the herd. John helped with my breathing so I can last longer. I would recommend anyone to meet with john and take a lesson on anything musical. Love this guy!!!
My students discover joyful music-making through the application of quality vocal training and technique. Via productive evaluation, and support and encouragement, I will help you to achieve your best voice. Whether pursuing a professional career in classical voice or music theater, or simply seeking to increase your own satisfaction with your singing, I am eager to help you achieve your goals. Student repertoire ranges from legit and contemporary music theater, to pop, jazz, and opera. Lessons focus on breath energy and release, resonance, vowel tuning, effective chest/head voice register bl
ending, movement and body release exercises, performance anxiety management, and musical expression. I hold a degree in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from The Boston Conservatory, where I also previously taught Voice through the conservatory's Vocal Arts Extension Program. I am currently voice faculty at the South Shore Conservatory as well as at The French Cultural Center of Boston.
Jim Rothgeb June 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Having never before taken singing lessons and without much to bring to the table so to speak, my insecurities were gently addressed; and soon I found myself comfortable and somewhat capable. I left feeling reassured and excited about my new adventure ... thanks entirely to Mark's approach and skills!
Daniel T. April 25, 2015
Before beginning voice lessons, I had my suspicions and often wondered how someone could improve your voice like any other instrument. After a few lessons with Mark, it quickly became clear how this is possible. Through Mark's incorporation of unique warm-ups, intensive training, and a bright attitude that maintains a fun atmosphere each class, I realized how, with the proper teacher, one is able to open up and improve upon their voice in ways that wouldn't have been possible without lessons. However, not only are lessons necessary, but the right teacher as well. I found that with Mark and I strongly encourage anyone else considering voice lessons to try to find a teacher similar to him, although I'm not sure how easy that would be.
Winona K. April 23, 2015
Mark knows how to incorporate fun and efficiency in his lessons. He's truly invested in his students, and he thinks of ways to better them outside of the classroom. He has a great personality and is very encouraging as well!
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