Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Alexandra
Ashlyn is my violin teacher,she is amazing!!!She has been my teacher for about 3 months.She is very good at what she does,patient,great communicat
ion,reliable and extremely talented..I was reluctant to take a class at my age,I was scared that my teacher would not be patient with me,however I 'm so glad I did.When I met Ashlyn she made it easier for me to continue and not give up my dream of learning how to play the violin!!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Julian
"Jim is a top-notch professional
I contacted Jim through TakeLessons because I saw that he had the best reviews on the site and he is not far from where I
live. I came to him as a beginner guitarist, with my only experience being teaching myself some basic stuff with the aid of YouTube.
Jim started out by first figuring out what my goals were in playing guitar so that he could take the most suitable approach in teaching me. At our first lesson, he had me play what I could and he gave me advice on all the fundamentals that are really important. He even noticed that I had an unorthodox way of making a G chord and gave me tips on the proper way to position my fretting hand so that, decades down the road, I do not run into trouble with pain and that sort of thing. Whheeeeeewwwww. Good save there.
Jim is very good at seeing the big picture in context with your goals as a student and delivering the lesson accordingly. He takes notes and emails them to you after the lesson, which is very nice to have. He makes videos during the lesson and then sends you a link to the video so that you can watch it a million times if you need. He does his best to accommodate your schedule if anything comes up and you have to reschedule, which I have done several times.
Jim is easy-going and has a good sense of humor, which makes the lesson more enjoyable.
In addition, Jim also performs very often in the local area and one time I was fortunate enough to see him perform in his band. His guitar solo gave me chills in my spine. This might seem off-topic, but it's not, because the reason I bring it up is because I was inspired to want to play more often and learn more because I see my guitar teacher rocking the stage and who doesn't want to do that, and also if you're going to pay for something, don't you want to make sure you're getting the best product out there? Jim is a true professional and boy can he play. Please excuse the run-on sentence.
I'm leaving this review because I'm moving and I just had my last lesson with Jim and the money I invested was money well spent."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Tolu
Bryan is a great voice teacher. I feel like he creates a comfortable environment to work in. I've been able to improve because I'm not only
getting practice but now have a better understanding of what's going on with my voice when I sing. I don't feel any pressure during practice instead I feel encouraged along. It's been fun and I would definitely recommend him to anyone!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Maria
"Best Teacher for Kids!
Anna was professional, straight forward and immediately engaged my 4 year old son in the piano. Unfortunately, we can't continue l
essons right now, but she piqued his interest and he is still practicing what he learned. I'm looking forward to when we can start taking lessons with Anna again! I highly recommend Anna for children's piano lessons."
Muncie, IN teacher:
Review by Susannah
"This lady is very talented with helping and teaching others. She is a great person.
She is a wonderfully gifted person. We are glad to have this opportun
ity to have her as a teacher."
Kansas City, MO teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"Violin lessons with Jill G
Jill, is a true professional at her craft and makes learning the violin fun. She is a master at her craft improving on a stude
nts techniques and music theory. Her instructional teaching enhances the ability to play this difficult instrument with ease with her one on one instruction as well as group teaching. Anyone who has the opportunity to encounter her instructional teaching will benefit from her style and passion of teaching from the beginner, intermediate and advanced level student."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Kimberly
My son took lessons for over four years and thoroughly enjoyed his time with him. My son acquired tremendous skills which led to him be
ing invited to play with the youth praise team. I am grateful for the years he was a student under Rich. I highly recommended him for any student interested in taking music lessons."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Sarah
"Best decision I've made...
Taking lessons with Mikhail is the best decision I've made in a long time. I hadn't had any formal music instruction since I w
as a kid, so I was a little nervous about finding the right teacher for me. Playing music used to be a chore for me growing up. But Mikhail is so gentle and encouraging, flexibly attending to my individual needs, that I feel my relationship with music is being restored as a vital part of my life. Mikhail stresses technical proficiency in a way that isn't dry and boring. He is training my hands and ears to create a beautiful vehicle for self expression. He effortlessly inspires creativity, and so obviously loves teaching. I would recommend Mikhail to anyone who wants to master an instrument or learn how to create their own compositions."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Maggie
"always patient and professional
as an adult learner i had some trepidation about taking flute lessons again. however, it is so good to be taught by amy,
she breaks down music and offers a manageable script. i was a better flutist after my first lesson and continue to improve. i love the setting in her home. it is a warm inviting space that puts me at ease. in her instructions she is always clear and patient. she is professional in her home even with her family near. it has been a joy getting to know her family, as well.she is able to function masterfully in her own home.as ateacher."
I maintain very active performing and teaching careers. I have private voice studios on Long Island and in Manhattan and have taught singers and pianists in every genre of music for the last 24 years. I was on the faculty of New York University in the Music and Music Professions Department for 5 years and was Music Director and Vocal Coach for an innovative new rap opera, "Odin" in Spring 2006 at the Fred Lowe Theatre. I was a coach in the Banff Centre's 'Voice through body and movement' workshop with international artist, Richard Armstrong and served two years as a voice instructor and guest
lecturer at the Banff Centre for their young artist training program entitled 'Opera as Theatre'. Throughout my career as a vocal coach, I have worked with many cabaret artists as musical director, arranger and accompanist. Most notably, Debbie Boily's "Thank You for the Music"a one woman show with me at the piano, recorded live at Ovations in June 2004 Houston, Texas and subsequently performed in France, England and New York. Most recently, I recorded an opera with Jazz legend Anthony Braxton and an all Jazz CD with Fred Ho. I have recorded operas in progress for Atlantic Records and new works of composers on the BMI label. As a performer I won the prestigious Jessie award for "outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role" for my creation of the Marquis in "120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade" in the world premiere co-produced by Modern Baroque Opera and Vancouver New Music. My international debut was in Sweden, singing the lead role of Director in "Kafka's Chimp" by Welsh composer, John Metcalf. Originally from Hawaii I now reside in New York where I garden and raise chickens. Experience Fall 2000-2006 New York University NY, NY Vocal Instructor for undergraduate and graduate students in the Music and Music Professions degree programs. Instructor of Italian Diction Music Director/Vocal Coach for ODIN, a new rap opera.
Spring 2003-present State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY Vocal Coach for chamber groups for performances, which begins with selection of repertoire and continues to final dress.
Summer 2002-2004 Banff Centre for the Arts Banff, Alberta Guest Lecturer/Vocal Instructor working with each singer individually for festival opera productions as well as attended rehearsals and production meetings.
*** Lesson Details *** I endeavor to teach you a natural and easy vocal production; to teach you a good solid technique of singing and to help you develop confidence and a polished delivery as a singing artist on and off the stage.
Our work together is an intuitive journey of discovery. Your participation in giving feedback about what you are experiencing during our sessions together as well as what happens in your practice sessions and in your performances is an invaluable tool for us to discover and develop your voice.
Practice: I encourage you to practice 20 minutes a day. An hour is ideal. Singing is like anything that you want to master: it improves with work and investigation. The voice is a curiously individual element of each person and aside from the basics of technique no two voices work the same. Our work together is to develop your unique voice and to discover how it works. Working outside our sessions on a regular basis will help you take ownership of your voice and technique.
Auditions/Performances: Please bring all music that you plan to sing in public to your sessions well in advance of the performance. We need time to investigate the music and its demands together; it will make you more confident and polished in your presentation.
In our Vocal sessions you will learn… …how to use and blend the entire range of your voice. … a healthy and free voice management. 1) You want to know what to expect from your vocal instrument on any given note and on any given word. 2) Training makes singing technique second nature; training relieves struggling to get the sound out and allows more focus on the performance. 3) Training allows for more tone coloration, a wider dynamic range, a full use and blending of the registers and greater stamina. 4) Extensive training and practical voice work gives a singer with long-range career aspirations the tools necessary to succeed in an incredibly competitive business. Whether the music is rock, pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, country, musical theater or classical, the trained singer can better meet the demands of a life on the stage as a singer.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated Music Space, music stand, grand piano, three windows
*** Specialties *** Onstage singing: I have 25 years experience on the operatic, music theater and cabaret theatre stages.
Chris D. July 5, 2016
In studio Verified Student
i haven't sung in 10 years, Michael gave me faith in myself and encouragement to get back into it which was great. Very personable lessons made it feel like it was catered to me and not a cookie cutter lesson, he knew what to focus on with me and how to work with me.
John H. April 12, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Michael was very patient. He has excellent teaching skills and made me feel very comfortable from the start.
5 stars !!!!!
barbara January 4, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I believe teaching is a partnership between the teacher and the student. I am a friendly, laid-back person, I’m very patient, and I’m 100% there for my students, so you or your child can enjoy a comfortable, welcoming learning environment. To make great music, all I ask in return is an open attitude and a commitment to appropriate amounts of regular practice. With those things, almost anything is possible!
My teaching philosophy is totally centered around your individual needs. I understand that people approach the study of music at various ages, with different abilities, goals, and desi
res. I see my role as a teacher as one where I use my knowledge and experience to help you along your path. Once we establish your goals, then I can teach you what you need to know to get there.
No matter what your musical dreams entail, you will need a solid technical foundation to build upon, as well as a musical ear to help you create and collaborate. I specialize in helping students learn and improve upon both of these skills. If you are just starting out, my goal is to get you playing REAL music as soon as possible. You’ll be amazed by what you can play after just a few lessons! For intermediate students, depending on your goals, we might study chords and theory, ear training to hear song structure and chords, fretting technique and scales, different types of right hand sound production, different genres of music, or many other topics.
It’s even more important to me that our study builds your confidence, opens you up to the vast world of music, and teaches you about yourself. This personal growth, attained with consistent time and effort, is the most meaningful aspect of musical study. Helping students like you along that path is my favorite thing about teaching!
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide sheet music, books and amplification, as well as my own instrument. The student would need to have their own instrument and a music stand and amplification, if applicable.
*** Specialties *** I have an uncommonly wide breadth of experience in many genres of music. I studied both classical and jazz music intensively at the conservatory level, and have a lot of rock band experience from various projects in high school and college. I've played just about every other style at some point, from bluegrass to R&B.
Matthias R. February 8, 2016
Upright Bass ·
In studio Verified Student
Zach, is a very polite person and we are looking forward to having him as our instructor.
Ray H. February 20, 2014
Zach taught me music theory. I am now able to read music and create compositions. Zach is passionate about music and also makes you passionate. He makes sure that you fully understand a topic. Best teacher I've had in a long time !
Kevin G. February 17, 2014
A great teacher
Zach was a great teacher! He picked things that would clearly help me grow as a player, and gain greater facility on the instrument. We had a couple snafus scheduling where I might wait for 10+ minutes for a lesson to start.
My name is Alex and I look forward to (possibly) teaching you!
My experience with teaching includes private teaching at Yale University and Stony Brook University where I taught undergraduate voice lessons in all different kinds of repertoire: a capella, musical theater, opera, jazz, etc.
I teach students of all ages, levels, and musical backgrounds, so if music and singing is completely new to you, no worries!
In our first lesson together we will go over your singing goals and aspirations as well as what kind of music you want to sing. Are you just
looking to become a better karaoke singer? Do you have serious Broadway ambitions? Are you just curious about your talent for singing? Whatever your goals and aspirations are, I'll tailor the lessons to your needs and wants so that you can get the very most out of our time together.
In our lessons we'll cover the basics of breathing, support, phonation, and placement. You can expect an increase in range, power, and vocal control, and correct any intonation issues. We'll also discuss stylistic issues and what songs/pieces best suit your voice.
Most of all we will have fun throughout the entire process!
If you have any questions feel free to message me.
Bass-Baritone Alexander H’s recent performances include his debut with the Beethoven Easter Festival of Warsaw as Pietro in Simon Boccanegra, Monterone with in Rigoletto with Opera Theater of Connecticut, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Bronx Opera, Le Bailli in Werther with Opera Company of Brooklyn, and the bass-baritone soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with EOS Orchestra of Beijing. Alexander's operatic credits include performances of Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, King René in Iolanta, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, and the Sorcerer in Dido and Aeneas, as well as excerpted performances of Colline in La Bohème, Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette, Banco in Macbeth, Dulcamara in l’elisir d’amore, and Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, as well as many others with Mannes Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Yale Opera. Equally at home in art song, Alexander has performed as a soloist in Chautauqua Opera’s young artist recital series, Yale Opera’s Liederabend concerts, and the Montreal International Vocal Arts Institute recital series.
Alexander is a graduate of the Yale School of Music, where he earned both a Master’s degree in Music and an Artist Diploma as well as being awarded the David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize, for the most outstanding singer in the School of Music. Alexander earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music from Mannes College of Music.
"Moreover, my attention was riveted by the young bass Alexander H...when he sang it, the foundations of the Warsaw Philharmonic trembled. It was truly an exceptional voice!" -Wielkanocny Festival LvB Czasopismo
"Alexander H brought so much charm to Leporello that at times he nearly stole the show." -Opera News
"The best sung was the King's plea to God for Iolanta's healing in the strong bass-baritone of Alexander H." -Opera-L
"Bass Alexander H commands the stage." -The Day Connecticut
"Alexander’s portrayal of the Count...was memorable. His resonant voice and litany of curses set up the final scene and marked the kind of pace and flow and continuity that made this production come alive." -Shoreline Times
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Kaitlyn T. June 28, 2016
In home Verified Student
Alex is excellent with my 7 year old daughter!! I highly recommend him!
Jeff July 7, 2015
A Capella ·
I took lessons with Alex for two years during my undergrad and he was the best!
I was in an a capella group and looking to improve my singing and he did just that.
He has a great ear for voice and fixed a lot of my problems in just a few lessons.
He's also really friendly and made the lessons casual and fun.
I totally recommend him!
Sue July 7, 2015
Broadway Singing ·
Alex is a wonderful teacher and has been so supportive of my daughter's passion for singing. Alex is a great singer himself and even though he sings mostly opera he knows all the ins and outs of broadway as well. My daughter loves taking lessons with him and she's improved tremendously over the past year. With his help she earned the lead role in her school production of The Sound of Music!
Are you interested in exploring Voice or Piano? I believe that each student is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow. It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. Together we will set long-term and short-term goals while enjoying all that music can bring. I hold an Artist Diploma and Masters of Music from The University of Michigan on full scholarship and a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Performance from Roberts Wesle
yan College. Having performed both state-side and internationally I have the artistic depth and knowledge to help you achieve your goals.
I currently teach Monday-Wednesday at Opera America in NYC and Thursday and Friday's at my private studio on Long Island.
Robert W. May 27, 2016
In home Verified Student
the best singing coach I've ever had.
Ryan January 30, 2016
Classical Voice ·
As a former master's student at The Eastman School of Music and a lifelong musician, I've yet to encounter a voice teacher as perceptive, honest, patient, and encouraging as Mr. Tompkins. One of the best pedagogues and technicians I've encountered, his repertoire knowlege and ability to discern what is hindering a singer's progress is quite remarkable. Within an hour of working with him, he was able to fine tune and efficiently improve what was impeding my progress. That 60 minute session was more productive than in an entire semester at conservatory. A world class singer, Mr. Tompkins is as accomplished a voice teacher as he is a performer. Highly recommended.
I received my Bachelors of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music and my Masters in Music & Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. I recently completed my Doctorate degree at Columbia University, in the Music & Teaching of Music in Higher Education degree program. I am on the Faculty of Applied Piano at Columbia University as well as Instructor of Chamber Music there. I am also on the piano faculty at the Bard College Conservatory, Preparatory Division. I am a New York State Certificated music teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience. I was on the piano and cham
ber music faculty at the Luzerne Music Center for eight years.
Immanuel June 1, 2016
Cynthia was a great teacher. She helped a lot with my technique and timing while continuing to encourage me to express the music. She was patient and really helped me polish pieces I was working on to bring them to the next level
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