Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Bruce
I've been taking classes with Rachel for about six months now with no prior singing experience and she's done a great job! Workin
g with Rachel I find her very professional, very personable, and I appreciate how encouraging and patient she is. I would highly recommend her and and very satisfied with her as my teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Katherine
"My husband has taken my daughter to her voice lessons these first three times, and I have heard great reviews from both my husband and daughter! I am so
pleased with what I've heard, I can't wait to meet Melissa myself!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Maddie
Kristen really has helped me to grow as a vocalist. Since starting taking lessons with her, I have increased in confidence and have been able to
build skills that have helped me immensely. I would be completely lost without Kristen's extensive knowledge of auditioning and musical theater. Since beginning our lessons, my love for music has only grown."
Salt Lake City, UT teacher:
Review by Mike
"I have been very impressed with Ricardo's knowledge and skill as a teacher. He is a very talented musician, plays guitar, piano and is a very good singer.
His passion for music shines through and I am very happy to have him as my teacher. I feel like I have made very good improvement with my lessons."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Katie
"Evan's lessons are structured and creative -- a combo that's hard to find and essential to learning. Evan plays close attention to my style and tailors le
ssons to meet my needs. I leave each lesson with new techniques that are helping me become able to play the music I want to play. I've noticed a huge difference in what I can do since I started working with him! Evan is an advanced drummer who hasn't forgotten what it's like to still be learning the fundamentals and is genuinely interested in helping you get to the next level."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Linda
As a first time voice student, I had no idea what to expect. I have been very nervous in music lessons as an adult. Mary is so friendly, fun an
d knowledgeable and I feel she knows her craft. Lessons are enjoyable and I am not nervous, and feel comfortable even though I am such a novice."
My name is Sandy and I'm currently teaching piano in Brookline, Massachusetts. I have a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music as well as a Master of Arts degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London. I have performed in solo and chamber venues ranging from New York, California, Taiwan, Italy, United Kingdom, and France. And with it all, I wish to continue to spread music around the world.
I have been pursuing music for the last 20 years and I've taught children and adult alike. Coming from a conservatory background and experiencing
a variety of teachers, I deeply understand the struggles, amount of patience, and constant hard work that comes with learning music. Consequently, I am able to provide exciting experiences that will allow you to grow and perform in a fun and invigorating environment! And together, we can make wonderful music!
*** Lesson Details *** It's important to understand that every student is different; hence every lesson varies. But every lesson should be interesting yet relaxed, challenging yet stress free . It's a time to make and enjoy music!
For beginners: especially children: I recommend starting with just getting to know the piano, such as there are black keys and white keys. I would have the students make sounds of their own wishes on the piano while I help them maneuver around the keyboard. Along with the Faber books of technique and performance, I would add on little popular songs such as "twinkle twinkle little stars" and "Mary had A little Lamb" so that the students can relate to the songs and yet learn how to play it at the same time. I would also incorporate different memory games along with rhythm games to help the young students get acquainted. I also promote students practicing away from the piano, such as moving your five fingers together and in contrary motion at the desk. Or perhaps, practicing rhythms with friends and family. All to make this learning process more communal and interesting!
For intermediate students, I would like to improve whatever the student has already, whether it is technique, musicality, or rhythm. For intermediate students, I believe in the training through Clementi, J.S. Bach, Haydn, Chopin, Schubert, and Mozart. Along with popular tunes, such as Taylor Swift or any popular artists the student wishes, because it can help in areas such as rhythm and flow. I believe in the combination of two different genres to bring the overall piano education to a max. I also recommend playing four hands and two piano pieces, to bring forth the sense of chamber musicianship and pacing. As homework, there will be more practicing done at the piano, but still some such as trills that can be done anywhere, whether you're eating or watching tv!
For advanced students, I would expand their repertoire to include works by Beethoven, Schumann, Copland, Albeniz, Debussy, Ravel, and Liszt, among others. At the same time, I would ask the students to bring in any pieces they would like to play, so it's not just about doing what I want. I would also host performances for these students so they can play for and with each other and be comfortable in performing in a friendly environment. I would hope for these advanced students to be able to pass on the passion and beauty of music.
A Beginner student shall be able to play beyond the fundamentals. An intermediate student will be able to show command the difficulties of being a chamber musician along with a solo pianist. And an advanced student will be able to perform an entire recital by themselves. Of course, all these outcomes are the result of handwork, practice, and diligence. Nevertheless, I am here to help you achieve these goals, with methods that are exciting and fun!
This is not to say that I am not willing to teach whatever you might want to bring! If you have a piece that you would like to learn, it would be my pleasure to walk you through it, whether it be pop song, jazz, or classical. The point is to have fun and learn!
*** Studio Equipment *** lessons in living room
*** Travel Equipment *** I can drive to the student's house, granted that the student has a piano there.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching classical piano with composers such as J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Ravel, and Debussy. For children, I like the methods that involve little flashcards that will allow them to learn the different rhythms and notes, but in a game style. Along with that, I like to teach them to learn how to sing along with playing -- I think it helps out musicality along with familiarity. I also think that not having children sit at the piano for long periods of time is a good thing -- I could have them tap out certain rhythms standing up; or I could have them mimic me. I believe all these will help the child learn faster and much at ease. For young adults, I would also encourage repertoire that includes modern day songs or film music, since it would be well-known and students would be able to learn easily. It would not only bring pleasure to the student, it will also help train a person's ears and its attentiveness to the music.
Arad M. April 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Sandy is the best!! She's kind, patient and very flexible in her teaching methods which made a difference for me.
I've been playing the guitar for twenty-six years now, and I've been working as a guitar teacher for the last twenty years. I've been making a living as a guitar teacher in the Boston area for fourteen years now, and I teach in two locations - Brighton and Dedham. Prior to that I also taught at Guitar Attention Center in Springfield, Ohio while I was in college, where I graduated with honors at Wright State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications. I've also played in a variety of original and cover bands, and have written a number of songs of my own. I'm working on record
ing these as instrumentals in my home studio. I also play in a rock cover band called Element 78. We play out every weekend, and even on some Sundays. The singer and I have also started doing some acoustic shows on Sundays and Thursdays as well.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach in two locations - I have a private studio in Brighton and I also teach out of my home in Dedham.
I'm happy to teach students songs they want to learn, but if you're looking for a teacher with a specific plan to teach you how to play the guitar, I do have that. There are specific exercises I'll teach you and songs by popular artists that I teach students to develop their skills. I have a method for teaching guitar that I've been using since 1997, and it definitely works as I've taught a lot of people to play over the years. All you have to do is practice what I give you for 30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week, and be patient with yourself.
*** Studio Equipment *** Finished basement, 2 guitar amps, recording equipment, stereo system
*** Travel Equipment *** acoustic guitar, laptop
*** Specialties *** Classic and Alternative Rock, Modern Country, Acoustic and Electric Blues, Fingerstyle Blues, Coordinating singing and playing guitar.
Sue L. June 8, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Derrick is great . . . not only does he know how to play, he knows how to teach!
Bill V. May 19, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Derrick does a great job of mixing fun and fundamentals. I'm a beginner, and I'm stoked to keep playing after my lessons.
I highly recommend Derrick!
santoshn July 26, 2012
He is so good at Guitar... nice to learn and much to learn from him.
I'm a professional guitar player, an Opera Singer and also an experienced and supportive teacher. I will meet your personal goals choosing the right method for your own pace and focus on helping you to develop your artistry. If you want to know more about me just visit paulolapa.com
GUITAR: I have a ten year experience career teaching guitar - privately and throughout official schools - to students of all ages, from curious toddlers to contemplative seniors. Prior to move to the United States, I taught at A
MVP Musical Academy (Portugal) where I also got my conservatory degree in Guitar performance. Relying on a fundamental classic technique I can guide you through every musical genre that you wish to approach and enlighten you with the best musical foundation that there is. Whether you want to learn a specific song/repertoire or you want me to guide you trough the keystones of this instrument I will always lookout for your personal satisfaction and development in the process.
I'm a recorded artist with two albums as a member of the AMVP Guitar Orchestra: Contrastes (2003) and Plaisir (2005) and appeared at prestigious venues in Portugal, Saint Peterburg (Russia), Paris (France) and Frankfurt (Germany).
SINGING: My voice studio teaches singers from beginner to advanced levels who are eager to properly use their own voice, master the fundamental notions of a healthy singing technique and how to potentiate themselves as individual artists. If you're preparing for an audition or are just curious about what you can do with your voice, I'll be glad to help you. The process that allowed me to become a professional Opera singer gave me the clear notion that as a student you want to have the balance between clear and accurate concepts and a positive experience.
Because singing was always a passion in my life I also pursued my advanced studies in Classical Voice, and as a result I graduated from Aveiro University (Portugal) in Music and Vocal Performance. My goal as a voice teacher is to help you understand the basic fundamentals of a healthy singing voice: breathing technique, clarity of tone, balance between natural resonators and clear diction - regardless of what genre you're singing. I can also assist you in the proper diction of the romantic languages (Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese).
After completing my studies in Portugal, I moved to Boston where I developed a relationship with the VOICExperience Foundation and the Savannah Voice Festival led by the great Opera legend Sherrill Milnes. While in the United States, I have performed in musical concerts, opera and musical scenes, private performances and outreach events in Savannah, Georgia, New York City, Tampa Bay, Florida and Hilton Head, South Carolina. In Savannah I've been working regularly - throughout a series of Masterclasses - with a group of teenagers from Bethesda Academy introducing them to the Opera world and showing how to use their own voice and body as a way to fully express themselves.
Blasovia E. July 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
The 1st class I was playing and reading music. I have a lot of confidence I will be learning a lot with Paulo. He is kind and very patient. That key!! Also he is so close to my job so I can just meet and play right away. Gracias!
Robert Zwerdling June 6, 2015
Classical Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Analyzed a senior, largely self taught fellow. Paulo took me back to the basics during the first lesson in a kind and thoughtful way. Within the first 24 hours, the sounds I produce have already improved. He is smart, musical, and enthusiastic. I'm looking forward to my next lesson!
Teresa H. April 22, 2015
Classical Guitar ·
Paulo is an amazing teacher, and can easily adapt to any situation. He is very talented, very comprehensive, patient and kind. He always thinks on different ways to get the best of you in every lesson.
My name is Alexander, a graduate student at The Boston Conservatory pursuing a Masters in Cello Performance. I love teaching students of all ages and abilities the joys of practicing, playing, and performing on the cello. I am an avid performer of solo, orchestral, and chamber music. I spent the final year of my undergraduate studies researching ways to more effectively teach chamber music.
My teaching philosophy puts a strong emphasis on mindfulness, which results in superb technical development and allows the student to make their musical mark on the works they perform. I encourage all st
udents to engage in music making beyond the practice room and share the gifts they have. I realize that many students begin playing instruments during formative times in their lives. Through their musical journey, students learn much about themselves, and their lessons help them to gain confidence in who they are. I look forward to mentoring this journey.
Anne H. June 12, 2015
Music Performance ·
Alex was very patient and gave lots of insightful musical ideas. His practice suggestions have helped me improve rapidly.
Anne H. June 12, 2015
Music Performance ·
Alex was very patient and gave me a lot of insightful advice for practicing more efficiently.
I have a Master's degree in viola performance from University of Maryland, and a Bachelor's of Music from Indiana University. As a multi-faceted musician, I have taught students of all ages and performed in chamber music ensembles and orchestras in Indiana, Tennessee, and all over the east coast in venues such as the Kennedy Center in D.C., the Levitt Pavilion in Westboro, Conn., and Spectacle Island in the Boston Harbor. I am also passionate about international travel and collaboration- in 2013 and 2014 I traveled to teach and perform in San Salvador, El Salvador as part of a fellowship with
the non-profit MusAid. Teaching is a very important part of my life and career, as I consider it to be the most valuable way to connect with others and work with children and adult students to develop a joy and passion for music.
Rawi S August 30, 2015
Susanna is a very thoughtful and innovative instructor. I have learned a lot from her and am now able to play the viola piece within months after so many years of struggling with other instructors. The sadness that struck me as the months I have spent learning from her drew to a close derives from the fact that she has been one of my best instructors ever! It is sad to see her move to Boston but my loss is your gain. Highly recommended.
Mariana August 25, 2015
Susanna was a private teacher for my middle school/high school student and gave her private viola lessons. My daughter has played at an amateur level since the forth grade and Susanna taught her for two years. She did a great job. She was punctual and was dedicated, often staying more than the allotted time. She was also very patient and pro-active looking for new music. She helped my daughter through many concerts and festivals. It was a great experience and we were sorry to see her leave but hope she can help other students in the Bosotn area.
Joanna August 25, 2015
Susanna is an amazinging patient instructor with my wiggly five year old. Children have short attention spans, but Susanna is able to refocus my daughters attention to keep her engaged in the lesson. So happy to have been able to give my daughter a positive introduction to music.
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