Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Malini
"My daughter has been learning Piano from Priscilla for about 5 months now and it has been going great so far. She is a great teacher and works really well
with kids. Kripa has gone a long way in her piano lessons after she started working with Priscilla and I would recommend her to any parent that would like to start their kids off with the piano."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"I really enjoyed having Adam as a Ukulele instructor! He was very friendly, professional and accommodating. He went out of his way to find songs for me to
learn that were within my ability. I've never played a musical instrument before and he not only taught me the basics of how to play the ukulele, but some fundamental music principals. Adam even took the time to research how to help me fix my ukulele when the supplier I bought it from was no help. He is a very talented musician and is patient with beginners. I would highly recommend Adam if you are looking for a music instructor!"
Lansing, MI teacher:
Review by Myriah
"This teacher is amazing and always really helpful!
Kimberly is a great teacher. She is always prompt and ready for the lesson. If a student runs behind s
he makes sure to catch them up and follows up on their progress. I enjoy taking classes within the convenience of her home. She is very organized and I look forward to her lessons weekly."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Ashok
"Jesse has been a fantastic teacher for my Son. He is very patient and adapts to the pace of the student. Apart from just teaching my son music , I am seei
ng some good personality improvements as a result of his interactions with Jesse.
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Maria
"Great teacher for little kids
My children and I are very happy to be able to take lessons with Heidi. She is very patient teacher with my almost 5 year o
ld twins. They are always interested and excited to go back to their next class. She knows how to handle the kids, and keeps their attention and focus on the right things. Kids are learning a lot more than just playing the piano. I am grateful for all she does for us."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Lourds
"HIGHLY recommend Jayne for your child
Jayne has taught my niece, Caroline, vocal lessons for over a year and I have to say, she is probably the best sing
ing teachers out there. Jayne has a "student-centered" approach to teaching so Caroline chooses what she wants to learn and sings the songs she wants to sing. Yet, in every lesson, Jayne spouts out gems of knowledge ranging from how to sing healthily to the essentials of music (reading music, understanding percussion, music writing.) It's more than just singing lessons, Jayne cares about the child growing as a musical individual. Lessons with Jayne are fun, interactive, and completely engaging. I know Caroline looks forward to them, as do I."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by mike
"Outstanding musician and teacher. Cannot go wrong.
I had the honor and pleasure of writing, performing, and recording along side Nick for about 6 months.
His skills, competence, and professionalism are unmatched among any of the musicians I have ever worked with and you will be lucky to have him as a teacher.
Nick's expertise goes far beyond playing bass and music theory; he is also a student of the actual instrument. He understands the nuances and theory of tonal quality that puts him in a league above other technically impressive bass players."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Carmen
"She is young, vibrant and very enthusiastic about what she does. I made an excellent choice when I chose her!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Greg
"I’ve had the pleasure of taking saxophone and flute lessons from Julian for the past six years and also studied music theory and beginning keyboard with h
im. Julian knows music inside out and is a consummate professional.
It’s fun studying music with Julian; he’s very patient and easy going and does an excellent job of identifying areas where I need to improve. His explanations are clear and concise. His lessons are always enjoyable and I improve after each one.
Julian always steers me toward the etudes and music that are the most beneficial for me.
He takes the time to make sure I’m doing new things correctly, even if it means spending more time on something than we planned. He has great love and enthusiasm for music and I always come away from my lesions more highly motivated. I highly recommend him for both student and adult instruction.
In addition to being an excellent teacher, Julian is a full-time professional musician and performer. I’ve seen him perform a number of times and he’s a terrific saxophone player. If you are interested in becoming a professional musician he knows the business from first-hand experience."
Dan was born in Romania in 1981 and started playing violin at the age of 4. He played as a soloist for the first time with a professional orchestra at the age of 10, and won multiple national and international violin competitions while in the National College of Art Ion Vidu. Dan arrived to the United States in 2000 with a full music scholarship. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance, a Professional Violin Performance Certificate and a Master Degree in Music from the prestigious Lynn University Music Conservatory, graduating in 2007.
Dan is currently performing with St. Pete
Opera, Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Venice Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, Orlando Phil and Palm Beach Opera.
Dan started teaching in 2006, and ever since, students from his studio have won local concerto competitions, auditions and scholarships at prestigious music schools and festivals, such as the Interlochen Music Festival, in Michigan.
Dan and his wife, along with their dog, Oliver Twist currently live in St Pete, Florida.
Anthony C. October 1, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Dan is a fantastic instructor! I am a 27 year old whom had never touched a violin in my life before Dan. Now I own a violin, practice every week, and can read basic music sheets. He is very knowledgeable, patient, funny, and flexible. If you're looking to learn a new instrument while having a good time, look no further my friend. What are you waiting for?
Darlene G. August 10, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Need someone special to teach you...?
Having never even held a violin in my life, I was apprehensive about trying this, but Danut is not only an expert at playing the violin and has several different methods to teach different individuals, but is also flexible in conforming to what is best for each student. And, most importantly (for me) is that he is v-e-r-y patient. LOL I may never be a concert violinist, but I am achieving my goal of learning to play and don't think this would be happening with anyone else. Thank you Danut!
Mwakudua W. May 28, 2013
An Encouraging Mentor
I took lessons with Danut for around two years and found him to be an excellent teacher. He is a knowledgable and encouraging instructor, and he never falters in reminding me to be patient and practice slowly.
My lessons with Danut have greatly increased my understanding of violin technique and practice. I improved greatly under his instruction and I would sincerely recommend him to violin students of any age or level.
Whether you want to have some fun and learn to play and sing a few tunes, enough to be the 'life of the party' or to really knuckle down and learn a lot, Ace Guitar and Vocal Studio will hit the right note. It is also the place where you'll find a caring, positive and inspirational music teacher who will help you to deepen your musical knowledge, and advance beyond your current level of understanding and ability on the Guitar, Bass, or Voice.
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Joe has logged many years of pr
ofessional performance experience with musical groups of all kinds and is now the owner of Ace Guitar and Vocal Studio, located in St. Petersburg, Fl. since 1998.
In addition to a stint in the 90's as Orchestral Guitarist aboard "The Monarch of the Seas" with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Joe served as Musical Director in 2001 for a Tampa, Fl. production of "Hair", and as Guitarist with numerous Broadway Show road companies such as "The Bernadette Peters Show," "Hello Dolly", and "A Chorus Line." Joe continues to serve the St. Petersburg area as a music instructor in addition to performing locally.
*** Lesson Details *** Singing Lessons: Learning to use your own voice is fun! To develop your voice, and your ability to hear musically, you'll learn ear training and vocal exercises that are proven methods of developing a good musical ear and a strong vocal presence. Want to learn to sing in harmony with others live, or with yourself on a recording? You can do that! If you're a performer, you want to be called back to play again, right? I have personally played many solo gigs over the years, and will provide insights as to how to operate, and comport yourself in a professional manner.
Guitar Lessons: What do you do or want to do with your guitar? Beginning guitar lessons focus on proper methods of tuning the guitar, fundamentals of music, and an early start in the development of correct technique. Most new guitar players want to strum accompaniment chords to back themselves up singing songs. Learning to play chords and melodies leads students in the right direction musically. Taking lessons with a teacher who can guide you in both endeavors makes sense, and at Ace Guitar and Vocal Studio, there is no additional charge if you want both guitar and voice lessons. Of course, you can always take just guitar lessons or just singing lessons.
Learning to play the guitar is a rewarding and fun experience for anyone to enjoy. Maybe you already can play some guitar, and would like to learn more about how to play solos and improvise melodic lines on your guitar. I can help in that department as well. Ace Guitar and Vocal Studio is the place where you will learn about the relationships between scales and chords, develop technical ability, and begin to cultivate a melodic vocabulary, or 'bag of tricks.' In other words, you can ROCK!
Blues Guitar Lessons: I led a local Blues, Rock-a Billy, and Soul R&B band in the 90's in Florida, "The Paradise Blues Band", hosting countless beach bar dates, blues jam nights, opening the St. Petersburg Blues Festival in 1993 at the Bayfront Arena, Festival of States Straub Park appearances and we were the first band to play at William's Park Bandshell outside for St. Petersburg's first 'First Night' New Year's Eve.
Solo Jazz Guitar Lessons: Improvization of melodic solos and how to create your own arrangements of Jazz Standards is a favorite area of study for me, and if you're interested too, we can delve into this area of guitar playing. Learn tunes by Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, and other Jazz greats.
Classical Guitar Lessons: Is Classical Guitar your passion? Learn to play works by the great composers of classical guitar music, such as Sor, Carcassi, Segovia, Haydn, and others. It's a personally rewarding, satisfying experience to play beautiful classical guitar. If performing for money is your objective, a lot of solo classical guitar gigs at nice restauratnts, hotels, and weddings are out there. I'll get you playing the best selections for these gigs.
Bass Guitar Lessons: Bass players will learn to read and play the great tunes of the work of artists like Donald 'Duck' Dunn, Paul McCartney, and James Jamerson. Learn to play Rock, Blues, Motown, and Pop styles.
*** Studio Equipment *** Learn in a comfortable, state of the art music studio equipped with a ProTools computer-based digital recording system, an incredibly large library of printed music in book form, as well as an extensive selection of digital music files. You'll find Keyboard synthesizers with weighted keys, pro-level microphones, sound system and musical instrument amplifiers, making your learning experience at Ace Guitar and Vocal Studio realistic and fruitful. Weekly lessons are often supplemented with short video presentations that arrive via email for you to watch and review as often as you like.
*** Specialties *** Online lessons available via Skype. Blues guitar specialty. I also teach Classical and Jazz as well as Rock and Country pop styles.
James T. October 9, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Joe is a real professional talent and teacher. He is extremely patient and thorough with beginners like me. He takes time to cover basic guitar instrument basics, guitar music theory, scales, notes, etc. He is very flexible and will always go over lessons that require review with the student. Being new to instrument lessons I feel very comfortable with Joe's suggestions for me personally for areas that require practice. His videos are very informative as well as other documents regarding reading music, sessions, clefs, etc. His ability to relate his professional experiences into the lessons make the experience that much more valuable. I would highly recommend him as a guitar teacher.
Holly W. August 28, 2014
Classical Guitar ·
We have been using Joe for guitar lessons for several years. My oldest Son started with Joe and also participated in his Rock Shop events. Although he is no longer taking lessons, he was playing the guitar last evening and I asked him what song he was playing? It was his original piece and it sounded excellent. The lessons with Joe really paid off. My youngest Son is currently taking lessons from Joe and we are confident that he too will be able to write and play his own music in the future. Joe is very flexible with our changing schedule and always follows up regarding our appointments. We highly recommend Joe to families with kids of all ages.
Yesh N. March 3, 2014
Great overview of the blues and classical history
I took lesson with Joe Mcintosh for a little over a year with the intent of leaning the basics of guitar playing and specifiaclly the blues. I got a lot of practical information and knowledge from Joe in various aspects of music and its history. I thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and the value it carried.
Joe is a very accomplished player and very patient with his students. I would highly recommend him for anyone with any skill level.
Of course you want an experienced, passionate, patient and compassionate teacher! Teaching is not my job; it is my calling and I am very good at it.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education (1987, Ball State University) and a Master of Music degree in Voice (1994, University of South Florida). I've taught in public schools in Sarasota. Currently I am adjunct staff for State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) teaching private voice and piano lessons and music appreciation classes.
My music studio has been serving music students in the Sarasota area since
All are welcome! Lessons are for students of all abilities. Some students come with just the desire to sing or play better for their own pleasure, others come with prior training, some are preparing for an audition and some even wish to make a career in music. Some people have come seeking help with their speaking voice for public speaking. My goal is to help my students meet and exceed their goals and have more life through the joy of music, to help them gain greater appreciation of music and increase their confidence both in music and in life!
*** Lesson Details *** When a student and I first meet I ask the student what her/his hopes, goals, tastes and prior experience are. Then we talk about plans for achieving those hopes and goals.
Most of my students are studying music just because they love music and want to improve for their own benefit. Because of that, while I want students to progress, I am very patient. I understand that some weeks it's harder to find time for practice. I provide instruction and tools for growth, and show how to practice, then the students go home, use them and discover what works best for them.
Vocal lessons are tailored to each individual. Exercises include posture, breathing, diction, projection of the voice, unification of the voice, improvement of tone, range and flexibility. Healthy, beautiful singing is the goal. The confidence that goes along with that is amazing!
CDs with exercises and accompaniments are provided. And students can make CDs of their own performances!
Piano instruction is also tailored to the needs of each individual student. With young beginners I often use the "Faber" method. It has books for music theory, technique, lessons and performance. And students enjoy playing along with the Cd that goes with their pieces.
For older beginners, including adults, I often use the "Bastien, Older Beginner" or "Alfred, Adult Beginner". Both quickly teach melody and chord reading so that students can play more interesting pieces within a month. The lesson materials are supplemented by simple classical pieces or other music the student is interested in.
When a student comes in with prior training I continue with what she/he has been working on and adjust it as necessary. Literature for more advanced students is chosen with their abilities, technical and expressive needs.
*** Studio Equipment *** The studio area is closed off from the rest of the house. There is a small seating area for parents which is separated by a screen from the lesson area. I have a Yamaha CVP-103 digital keyboard with weighted and touch sensitive keys, plus lots of different instrument sounds and beats to make playing and singing more fun. I can also adjust the pitch of songs so that they fit the student's voice. The keyboard is plugged into a Super Scope Cd recorder; a microphone is plugged in as well. This allows me to make recordings of accompaniments and practice exercises, as well as recording students' performances. (See below for photos.)
*** Specialties *** I have been teaching professionally since 1987; I have Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music. I discover the goals a student has and give them the tools to reach those goals. My teaching style is structured yet highly personalized for the individual. I teach music ranging from Classical to Popular always using the best techniques.
Rachel M. June 19, 2015
I like that Ms. Laura finds pieces for me in the styles that I love to play, and her cat is pretty sweet.
Ivana P. June 17, 2015
Vocal Training ·
I had a great vocal training sessions with Laura, she is very knowledgeable and fun to work with. I am not a beginner, I got some music education as a child, but never vocal training one on one. Since I have no experience with other vocal instructors, I have no comparison, but it was very good experience for me. Give a try, you won't regret it!
Kent S. June 17, 2015
Laura has been the perfect instructor for me. I'm a senior with no musical background since 12 years old. She's kept me interested in learning not only some songs but in reading music and some theory. I highly recommend Laura.
Hello! I've been teaching for over twenty years, both privately and at major institutions, including Berklee College Of Music (Boston), where I taught from 1988-2000. Graduate of Boston Conservatory of Music, my background includes performing professionally, and recording since the age of 17. Originally from Montreal, I've sung pop, jazz and klezmer with established bands throughout the U.S. I've performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Smithsonian, Blue Note, Newport Jazz Festival, and international concerts in Rome, Berlin, Tel-Aviv and Paris. I've also been lead actress in several Off-B
roadway shows. I love teaching students who enjoy the learning process, and who are motivated to grow. My specialty is pop and musical theater, but I teach rock, blues, jazz, cabaret and classical music with equal ease. Vocal lessons are focused on breathing, warm ups, technique and interpretation of songs. We also work on how to audition. Piano lessons include basic technique, posture, musicality, and appropriate repertoire, be it lyrical, modern, jazz or classical styles. My student's interests are paramount - I offer individually-based instruction with Integrity, Experience and Joy.
*** Studio Equipment *** Grand piano Sound system with microphone
*** Specialties *** I teach students from age 7 to adult, all backgrounds and levels. In addition to English, I speak French and Yiddish fluently, as well as some Spanish, Hebrew and German. Students from all countries welcome! Styles: Pop, rock, musical theater, jazz, blues, classical Audition techniques
Matilda M. July 19, 2015
Broadway Singing ·
In home Verified Student
Betty was very patient and we're excited for our next lesson.
Sharon May 14, 2014
Betty is a wonderful teacher and very talented. She really cares about her students and wants the best for them. Wonderful for piano and voice.
OliviaT March 6, 2014
Our daughter was this teacher's piano student for several years. Betty is a very enthusiastic teacher and is a gifted performer herself. She excelled in preparing and presenting her students for professional performances.
With two masters degrees in voice and speech-language pathology, with specializing in eliminating chronic hoarseness and giving you the perfect foreign accent, I am a premier singing teacher who still sings at jazz jams sessions. I previously was a full time professor of voice and music education, a Fulbright instrumental/vocal teacher at high school level, an elementary music supervisor. In recent years, I wrote a book for SLPs on therapy for vocal nodules and since 2012 my DVD of basic singing and speaking exercises called "Voice Gym" has been for sale on Amazon. Clients love how I mold te
chnique to a song the first lesson.
Eileen M. June 24, 2015
I have known and worked with Sara for the last five years. She is a wonderful teacher and person. She is multi-talented and teaches in-home and online lessons in voice and piano. She is also a speech therapist and can help students with any dialect and English problems. She teaches young children through adults and is raved about by all!
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