Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Melody
"Eduardo is the very best! My two children love you. They are so motivated to learn because of his teaching method. He also made the children feel at ease
right away. Thank you, Eduardo."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Henry
"Great musician, great teacher
I've been taking lessons with Eric since about the Spring of 2013 and have made huge progress in my playing ability since.
I started learning on my own through online lessons, but decided to take lessons with a private instructor after about 5-6 months when I decided I wanted to learn to play Jazz 'proper'.
Eric explains many of the written and unwritten 'rules' of Jazz and has helped my understanding of how to play enormously. I am still at a beginner stage, but I can see myself making good progress.
I went from knowing only basic open chords and some basic jazz chord voicings to learning heaps of new scales and chords to keep me busy and learn the basic building blocks of Jazz - learning how to comp, play melodies, improvise, and learn how to build chord-melody arrangements. Eric is well versed in many types of music and he can relate what we learn to many other styles as well. We cover musical concepts by playing them, hearing how they sound, and also covering what they are theoretically. His teaching method is very comprehensive and I enjoy that.
Eric puts a lot of new information in my lap at every lesson, which I always look forward to, but he is also very patient and understanding. He knows it takes time to be able to understand and execute everything properly. He is also very supportive during the week away from our lessons. He will send you extra info when you need it and will explain anything that needs clarification via email and is usually pretty quick to respond.
We go a little off tangent every once in awhile, but it's all in good fun.
Eric's a great teacher and I look forward to continuing lessons with him in the future."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Karina
"She is great!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Kathleen
My daughter Meg has been taking lessons from Melissa for just about a year now. We have been extremely impressed with her professional
ism, and the smooth transition we experienced when our former teacher moved from the area. She is kind, patient, and always has a smile on her face...a joy to be around! We would highly recommend Melissa, whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Gabby
"Melody was awesome and extremely helpful. My daughter loved her 1st lesson and is looking forward to many more with Melody!."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Taylor
"Very patient with children and teenager's. Covers a wide of styles. From classical to rock. Able to identify how a student learns and use their innate ab
ilities to help them understand difficult concepts"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Michael
"I took lessons with Nikita for about 9 months in 2013-14 while living in Los Angeles. With his guidance I could hear my performing ability reach new leve
ls. I never thought I'd be able perform Bach, Beethoven or DeBussy. Yet with his teaching, oh yes!
Above all, his patience and encouragement made me feel well supported. For anyone who is looking to learn and perform classical piano, I definitely vouch for Nikita."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jalani
"My experience with James was amazing , I never felt so sure in my life that I could accomplish what I want to do in my life . I honestly think he's gonna
make my dreams come true and I'm looking forward to working with him for a long time !"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Esther Zepeda
"Matt is an amazing teacher! He loves what he does and will impart that love with anyone he comes in contact with! A blessing to know him!"
Teaching has become a pleasant endeavor that I do with high ethical standards, offering my guidance in a balanced and committed way. (Committed, that is, to the cause of music, and to the timeless fellowship of the human spirit!).
I play Piano or Guitar when accompanying my students. Please bring your songs!
*** Specialties ***
• The Voice (correcting the natural faults of the Voice, dissolving rigidity and confinement of the Voice).
• Classical PIANO training.
• Music Reading but WIT
H CONTENT! Not just the mere "code" of notes and rhythm, but the patterns and qualities of music regarded as movement and as character.
• Integrative training for the singer including Dramaturgy, Mimics, Declamation, FOREIGN LANGUAGES.
• Developing a well-trained governing HEARING that enables the rise of knowledge and control in music-making of all kinds.
• Poetry & Song.
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio is located in a old Victorian house located in the Uptown neighborhood, and it features: Electric Piano Classical Guitar Hand Drums Internet access Waiting Area In Broomfield, I receive interested students in my home, at my acoustic piano.
About me: I have been dedicated for the last 5 years to the study of the Operatic Voice, developing my soprano voice. Before that I earned two master-equivalent diplomas in music composition, and music theory. For a long time, composing songs and pieces of music, as well as studying guitar as a child, piano and percussion later, it all has been a means to further my vital singing fate, on which I persevere every day.
Luke J. July 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Talented, pleasant, and funny. Everything I could ask for
Mandy C. April 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I was very impressed with how well Andrea described and demonstrated what she wanted me to do. I have taken lessons with several other people and I made more progress in one lesson with her than I did for weeks with other teachers. I can't wait 'til my next lesson!
Julie K. March 3, 2014
Singing Verified Student
I am so grateful to Andrea....
I have always loved to sing, and sang in several choirs when I was younger. But I had "lost" my voice, and wanted to see if I could recover it. Andrea was wonderful in working with me: I was barely able to release any sound when we started our lessons. Within weeks, Andrea helped me discover how to form the vowels and release the sound. [I have moved out of state, so Andrea only had a limited time to work with me.]
She is passionate about music, and yet very patient with her students. She did not patronize me with false praise when I wasn't getting it, but she still encouraged me. And when I did get it, she was quick to affirm my progress. I strongly recommend Andrea as a voice teacher.
Alex has been playing music for 10 years and teaching guitar for 6 years. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music from the University of Colorado. With over 8 years of touring and performing experience, Alex is capable of teaching all levels and styles from beginner through advanced. He provides lessons for all ages including children as young as 5 as well as adults on acoustic/electric guitar and electric bass. Available for private or group lessons, Alex teaches all styles of music including Rock, Country, Jazz, Experimental, Pop, Metal, Reggae, Blues, Folk, Classical as well as Theory,
Improvisation, Composition, Notation, and Ear Training. Alex understands that every student is unique in their own way and caters his teaching style accordingly in order to keep each student progressing and having fun. So whether you just want to learn a few songs to play out on your porch, or looking for someone to provide a structured, challenging plan, Alex is capable of helping you achieve your goals in a fun, low-pressure environment!
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expext a fun, laid back, comfortable atmosphere when taking lessons! Catering to each students individual taste and tailoring each lesson to fullfill their own personal goals is of upmost importance. Lets learn the music that you want to learn! Materials and curriculum will hand selected for each student once his/her goals have been determined. So whether you are an experienced musician looking to reach the next level or a beginner just looking to have a little fun, Alex is capable of providing you with a lesson experience you will surely enjoy!
*** Studio Equipment *** 2 Acoustic guitars (Jasmine by Takamine S-35), Behringer GM110, Marshall G-10 MKII, Fender Blues Junior, Crate Palomino v16
*** Specialties *** I been formally trained in both Jazz and Classical styles. Although I do not intend to force these styles on anyone, I do find them to be the best vehicle for teaching music thoroughly. I can teach theory, sight reading, ear training, improv, chart reading, composition, technique, etc....
Chad S. July 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great teacher for guitar. Alex is very thorough, yet patient with all types of students. He knows how to work with all age groups and is very good at working with special needs students. He welcomes all types of music and allows students to choose the type of music that they want to play.
Chad S. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Outstanding instructor of guitar. He goes above and beyond when it comes to teaching students how to play the guitar. He is very flexible, understanding, knowledgeable, and patient when he delivers his classes. Not only does he teach students how to play the guitar, he also does other things like teaching them how to tune their guitars, how to change keys when necessary to make a song sound better, and how to use a capo when playing the guitar. All of these are above and beyond what most teachers have taught me in the past. I really enjoy taking classes from my instructor.
Chad S. February 13, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
This teacher has great potential.
Level of reliability is lacking somewhat with this teacher.
Hi! I'm Scott, and I'm a native of this great State of Colorado! I fell in love with the drums in 6th grade, and have never looked back! I too, began by taking private lessons, having been fortunate to be able to study under one of the best performers and private teachers in the Rocky Mountain West at the time. Beginning private instruction in Elementary School, I continued for 7 years even while embarking on a performance career in high school. Since then I've both performed and recorded a wide variety of styles including most forms of rock, country, jazz, pop, Gospel, symphonic/orchestral st
yles, and concert and marching band styles. I've also been fortunate to be able to teach many other students over these last 29 years of my career, and watch them achieve their own goals in drumming. It's my belief that, whether you want to do well in school, drum corp, or perform or record professionally, private instruction is absolutely necessary in order to succeed. It's also my belief that you can have a lot of fun along the way!
*** Lesson Details *** First, we start in a studio environment with no distractions, enabling us to get a lot done in the time we have. I supply all of the appropriate teaching materials at no additional cost to the student/parents. I also strongly encourage parents, especially of the younger students, to sit in on the lessons so they know first hand what's being taught (I have a designated, comfortable parents and guests area for that very reason). Then, if you're just starting out, we'll work through the basics. If you're already an Intermediate level student, we'll review basics to make sure the foundation is there. Basic techniques are the building blocks on which all careers or school successes are built. Then we move into areas that take the you where YOU want to go, whether it's great grades in school, auditions for a high profile drum corp, or performing and recording with either your own band or an existing pro band that you've auditioned for and taken the spotlight in. We can focus on one or more forms of rock, country, jazz, pop, Gospel, symphonic/orchestral styles, or concert and marching band styles. No matter the end goal, it's your life - and it's my job to build the foundation in you and help you get where you want to go. Above all, the key to successful private instruction is providing an atmosphere that promotes quality teaching in a safe environment, and instills the confidence a person needs to stand out in the crowd!
*** Studio Equipment *** I supply all of the teaching material at no additional cost. The in-studio lessons are taught in the basement which is finished w tile flooring and area rugs under the main set. The room also includes a work study area, waiting area with seating for parents, and parking is available. Home includes 1 dog that is not in the studio or student entrance. Parking is in the driveway.
*** Travel Equipment *** I supply all of the teaching material at no additional cost. I can also bring sticks if needed.
*** Specialties *** I have been performing professionally since 1982, and during that time have played a wide variety of styles, including most forms of rock, country rock, Gospel, jazz, Broadway, symphonic arrangements, and marching band styles. The recording/studio work I've done has also required a variety of custom playing styles and techniques.
Michael R. August 22, 2014
In home Verified Student
Scott is an incredibly patient teacher. Our 6 year old has been working with him for quite a few months. Its really difficult to keep the attention of a 6 year old, but Scott has different techniques to keep him interested. He has taught our son to read music in a very short time. He has taught the importance of practice as well as warming up. He has no problem coming to our house to teach, which gives our son the comfort of home. Scott is very patient and extremely flexible and we are enjoying working with him.
Its amazing seeing our little boy reading the music and playing the drums.
We highly recommend Scott in every way!
Scott B. December 25, 2012
Scott is one of the best teachers I've come in contact with.
He is great with people! He really goes into the need for knowing basics if you're going to do well at any of the playing styles. It makes it so much easier to play just about anything, instead of having to start from scratch to learn every individual style of music there is, which is really important when you're doing recording like I am. He's also great in encouraging individual creativity in playing, and not just staying "inside the box." That really makes a person stand out from everyone else, which is what needs to happen if you're going to be noticed and be successful.
My name is Nathan I am a 28 year old husband and father of 2 boys. My wife and I have been teaching music since 2007.
I am an experienced teacher of guitar, drums, and trumpet. My students range from age 6-60.
All lessons will be held at our home studio in Aurora, CO. Our home was built as a recording studio and it's perfect for lessons. Our dedicated, sound-proofed, teaching room includes a large viewing window so the student can be seen by parents while they wait without causing unnecessary distractions for the student. No drop-offs, please.
My teaching methods are based 100% on
the student's abilities. Here is a brief look at what lessons with Nathan B. will look like.
*** Lesson Details *** Guitar:
Beginning players- I prefer to teach from the Hal Leonard book series. This is a great start for most students. I teach the string-by-string approach using simple songs to start. Your first lesson will be a combination of reading notes on a page and reading chords on a chord chart. You will come out of the lesson learning at least 3 notes and one chord. Weekly goals are set and a practice routine is discussed.
Intermediate players- After a quick assessment of your abilities we will discuss your future goals as a player. We could pursue classical guitar with additional lessons in note reading and fingering methods, or we could focus more on chords and strum patterns if you prefer to sing and play your favorite artists.
Advanced players- this is where it gets fun. We go where you want to go. I will provide guidance based on your strengths and weaknesses. We will choose music that can display your strengths, and challenge your weaknesses. Remember, there's always someone better than you!
Beginning players- All of my lessons follow my own, proven teaching method. All lessons take place with the student at the drum kit playing 90% of the time. I approach all drum lessons beat-by-beat always with a metronome. My goal for the first lesson is to teach at least one basic pattern. We progress through a series of hundreds of different drum patterns that become increasingly more difficult. Every week is a new opportunity to practice clean technique and improve internal timing.
Intermediate players- After a brief assessment of your abilities we will begin discussing concepts of pattern construction. You will start coming up with of your own patterns and ideas. I will provide guidance for more complex fills and I will give tips to help you figure out the right groove for the right song. Every week is a new opportunity to add another tool to your kit.
Advanced players- come and teach ME something! I'm still working on super triplets and sextuplets in 5/4 time :-)
I also teach trumpet at beginner and intermediate levels. I have prepared many students for tryout pieces (solo, regionals, chair placement, etc). I also am experienced in tone improvement, endurance studies, range extension, and accuracy improvement. I use many different method books, but I prefer Arbans and Clarks.
*** Studio Equipment *** Drums 5 piece Pearl kit- full cymbals. Beginner half sized kit upon request. Guitar- bring your own acoustic. Trumpet- bring your own. Chairs, stands, and some music provided. Hal Leonard method book required for beginning guitar students.
*** Specialties *** Acoustic guitar- Christian Praise&Worship, classical picking and positions, strum patterns. Drums- 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, quarters, eights, sixteenths. Rock, funk, ballad, pop. Trumpet- range, endurance, flexibility.
Sean S. August 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great teacher very patient and explains everything well. Willing to take time to show every step as many times as needed.
Anthony P. June 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My is 12 and I can tell Nathan has worked children in the past, he is very patient. On the other hand, Nathan does not give false praise, which I appreciate. He is straight and honest, and my son seems to connect with him.
Bob F. October 20, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Nathan is a great instructor. My son is 5 years old and had a little trouble at first getting used to taking lessons. Nathan was able to adapt the lessons to my son's needs and he's really enjoying it.
Nathan has a great house for learning. The lessons are held downstairs in a room that has been converted to a recording studio. You access the studio directly from the front door, so you don't feel like you are walking into someone's home, you feel like you are going into a professional recording studio (because you are).
Because he teaches multiple instruments, there are a lot of them hanging around - guitars, electric pianos, etc. This really makes the space feel "musical" and conducive to learning.
It's great that Nathan has two drum sets in his house and my son can play along with him.
I'm really glad we found TakeLessons.com and Nathan in particular.
Woodwind specialist Ryan hails from Aurora, Colorado, and is currently based in the Denver and Boulder areas. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Colorado, where he serves as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the saxophone studio. He also holds a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance and Education. An extremely in-demand private instructor, Ryan's students have been selected to p
rincipal chairs in such ensembles as the Colorado All-State Band and Jazz Band, Northern Kentucky Honor Band, Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, and many more. Equally comfortable in classical, jazz, popular, and sacred settings, Ryan has shared the stage with Fareed Haque, Matt Wilson, Greg Gisbert, The Lettermen, and many others. Ryan performs regularly with the TomaScoyk Duo and the Promethean Quartet, whose debut album "Through Adam's Fall" was released in 2013. Ryan's newest recording project, "Somewhere Between," will be released Summer 2015. Equally split as a performer and educator, Ryan is an energetic and innovative teacher, as well as an experienced music arranger and recording engineer.
Kerry N. August 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He is very easy to learn from and thorough. He was able to help my kids out. Recommend!
Laurie B. December 20, 2014
I whole-heartedly recommend Ryan as a private instructor. My middle school-aged son had enjoyed learning to play saxophone in his school band, but towards the end of his 1st year was getting bored by the slow pace. After beginning lessons w Ryan (through the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) his interest, enthusiasm & skill improved dramatically & he began to excel as a musician. Ryan was soon guiding him through more complicated compositions, and the joy of playing was evident every time my son picked up his sax. With Ryan’s training, he learned to prepare for auditions, and as a result has won a seat (and solos!) in several State & city select bands, jazz ensembles and every group his school has to offer.
Ryan’s personality was a great fit for my son. He’s very professional, while being completely approachable, patient & encouraging, and his love of music is passed along to his students. His versatility & broad knowledge of musical genres allow him to introduce new directions for his students to explore. With Ryan, my son studied classical compositions and also deepened his interest in Jazz. The chance to work with Ryan on his improv skills was very valuable to him...it brought a new level of confidence & comfort to his playing.
I would recommend Ryan to anyone looking for a private music instructor, either for themselves or for their son or daughter!
Christy H. December 17, 2014
My daughter's school has had 2 band directors in as many years. And while the new director is good, I didn't think he had time for individual students when starting this new job. He was busy with marching band, concert band, jazz band, pep band, concerts, etc. My daughter was frustrated and ready to quit music (band). I choose Ryan to tutor my daughter one-on-one. I'm so glad I did. After only a few months now, but her skills have greatly increased. She shows more knowledge, confidence, and ability than after a whole year of school band! She knows scales and can play songs that her band hasn't started yet. In less than 4 months, she went from barely playing scales and a couple songs to playing almost anything in her music book. She now gets straight A's in band and loves to play. Ryan is very skilled at teaching many instruments. He knows how to explain concepts at the students' level, and makes lessons fun. I would highly recommend hiring Ryan to teach your child.
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