Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Lana
"Amazing Violin teacher!
Sonia is an amazing violin teacher. She has taught our 6 year old son violin for a year. She is talented, very patient, encouragi
ng, and really wonderful with kids. I have been really impressed by her teaching style. She teaches violin technique and reading music in a serious but fun and stress-free way. She strikes just the right balance. Thanks to her, our son has developed a true love of music and the violin, and has had a wonderful time in the process. We feel lucky that our son will continue his study of violin with Sonia."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Samuel
"Getting up and singing in front of someone for the first time is intimidating. For some reason, we think of singing as something we should already know ho
w to do. Every singing instructor's first challenge is to get their new pupil to sing. Benjamin passed that with flying colors. He cracked jokes, and sang silly songs to me before ever asking me to sing. Eventually, I gave it a shot.
That first lesson took place about two months ago, and since then my singing has gone from off-key and unbearable to pretty ok. Today I received my first impromptu complement on my singing. It was a big deal. Anyone who has ever experienced real stage fright knows that this is a big deal. And if I hadn't started learning from Benjamin, it wouldn't have happened. I do not think anyone else could have actually gotten me to sing. And if anyone else had, I'm not sure they'd have known what to do with me. Run screaming, maybe. Benjamin didn't do that, however. He gave me vocal exercises, and tips not only for practicing, but for practicing in a way that would not harm my vocal chords. He assed my vocal range, gave me warmup exercises, and a few bits of repertoire to start working on. It's working wonders. The difference between my singing a month ago and my singing today is palpable (I checked my recordings, so I can prove it!).
If you're a little nervous about starting singing, this man is your man. He'll set you at ease, and in no time you'll be able to sing."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Matteo
"She was very soft spoken and patient. She was also very complementary towards my son which built his confidence tremendously."
Hartford, CT teacher:
Review by Jason
"John's very relaxed and patient, and did a great job listening to my objectives and matching exercises to my skill level. I'm looking forward to continui
ng to work with him."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Sharde
"Linda is very knowledgeable, helpful & an all around great teacher! My son truly enjoyed her lessons."
Indianapolis, IN teacher:
Review by David
"I moved to Seattle three months ago and, on a whim, signed up for music lessons with Chris. Piano lessons with him have been one of my favorite things abo
ut living in this city."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Donnie
"He's amazing ! I am never going to stop going!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by darlene
"Brings out the best in her students. Patient, talented.amazing."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Will
"Great teacher and a fabulous stand partner. Knows the music and is always prepared. Great with kids too."
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.
Sebastian/Sean August 13, 2015
Online Verified Student
He's well spoken, professional, and talented. He's challenging my son, and he needs that.
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
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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!
I have taught over 250 private voice students in Boston, CT, New York City, and Lakewood Ranch, FL. I specialize in contemporary styles ranging from musical theater, to pop, to blues, to R&B and beyond. I graduated with a professional music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I performed professionally for 15 years: as a wedding singer, on tour as a backup singer, in a musical at Carnegie Hall, with a big band at the Rainbow Room, at the Bitter End debuting my CD of original music, as a house studio vocalist for a NYC recording studio, and more. I have tons of great references
Dawn June 25, 2015
Carey is currently working with our 9yo daughter. She has built a wonderful rapport, is very patient, and has helped our daughter's interest in music blossom into full fruition. It's truly wonderful to see our daughter having fun doing something she loves, and it takes a special teacher to make that happen with kids. Highly recommend.
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.
David has over 35 years experience coaching people on piano. His clientele has included individuals of all ages and skill levels. In addition to offering the type of traditional piano lessons one might expect, Dave's special talents in the areas of creativity and improvisation along with having the ability to adapt to a student's personality and gear his instructional approach in a unique way have been responsible for his high student retention rate.
Dave has performed professionally for over 35 years so, when you enroll with his services, you can be assured that you've connected with a te
acher who has "been there done that." Where it can often be a challenge in locating that piano instructor who has both extraordinary teaching skills and playing ability, you can rest assured that you've got the complete package in Dave.
Dave welcomes both children and adults of all ages. His extensive experience along with his creativity and sense of humor make him your perfect choice.
Pat C. August 22, 2015
Learning piano just doesn't get any easier until you experience David's on line
lessons. I can't say enough about how quickly I learned using Dave's step by step explanations outlined in his videos. The part I like is I am able to stop the video and slide the video slider backwards to replay something I was experiencing trouble with. Ten stars if there is such a rating out there but if not I will give him a five star approval.
Kay August 19, 2015
Highly recommended. David is an insightful teacher. Very professional!
Ed August 15, 2015
Dave is a well studied piano teacher who can positively engage students in music theory and practice. His style is refreshing and unique. I highly recommend him.
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