Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Stacey
"Matt is AWESOME. He has been a great musical role model for me since day one. The knowledge that Matt has passed down to me has completely reallocated m
y purpose as a musician and challenged me to question my role as a drummer in an ensemble situation. What insight! I have absolutely no doubt that I will be prepared to confidently attend college university music ensembles in the next couple of months, because of Matt's mentorship and how it has inspired me (and of course, taught me how) to achieve my best. Matt has exposed me to styles of music I didn't even know existed. His talent is beyond the capacity of any other teacher I've had, and my family and I respect him very much. Very personable, easy-going, and intelligent. Thank you Matt, for everything. :)"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by John
"Terri is amazing!
Terri is the perfect piano instructor for me. I hadn't touched a piano in 20 years but in less that 6 months, you wouldn't know it. We
started with the basics and gradually progressed at my own rate - taking more time on theories and styles that I had a harder time with and speeding through those I found easier. She is personable and patient. I can't wait for my Friday lessons!"
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Emiley
"A great teacher for adult learners!
I am classically trained in both the piano and violin. It had been about 10 years since I last had any private lesson
s and 8 years since I last sang in a choir. I was excited to get back to music.
JoAnn has been an extremely supportive instructor. I am shy to perform but she put me at ease immediately and has encouraged me to be more confident and daring in trying new techniques. What mainly sets her apart from my past teachers is that she also has a way of giving easy to understand instructions on how to change various parts of your body to produce the sound you want. As a result my singing has improved immensely over the past 6 months since starting lessons. I now sing in a professional level choir and love the mature, full sounding quality of voice I have been able to produce with JoAnn's help!"
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Rob
"Monica is an absolutely excellent teacher. She is patient and not afraid to tackle vocal challenges. She is a very hard worker and strives to assist the
student in achieving their goals. I highly recommend her."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Edie
"My daughter has been asking to take Guitar Lessons for Years And I finally gave in thinking she would take a few and maybe find that it wasn't for her, we
were paired up with Julian based on availability and I have to say it could not have been a better fit for her or for my husband and I. Julian is very patient and helps my daughter understand the music in a way that has her excited to learn more. I am beyond grateful for our experience thus far and look forward to watching my daughters talent flourish with Julian's help. I highly recommend him."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Jacqui
Gene is a great instructor. He is very kind and attentive. I'm a beginner and I do mean beginner. But Gene takes time and let's me know
that I can accomplish playing regardless of my age. I'm an old hippy! So learning songs like "Imagine" and "Knocking on Heavens Door" is right up my alley! I look forward to my classes! Here comes the 54 year old hippy with guitar on her hip!!! Thanks Gene!!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Christine
"Martina has been a great instructor. We really like her for our 12 year old daughter."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Cynthia
"Tony is great! He helped expand my range and over come the enormous amount of stage fright I battled for years in just a small amount of time. His lesson
s helped establish my music on a more professional level and broadened my picture of the music industry. I wouldn't recommend anybody else! He is very motivating and inspirational, and you will definitely grow through his lessons."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Jinhoon
"Evan is a talented musician and a great teacher! What I like about him is that he gave a great experience in music, in addition to the theories and techn
iques of drumming
He's talent gave me a great inspiration to get more interested in drumming and especially the jazz. I am satisfied of the learning that I got so far, and I am excited for more experience that will come in the future."
I have been performing, recording, and teaching music for the past five years. After getting a degree in music theory, I began playing with a band full time. In addition to playing all around Austin, I have traveled to places like Seattle, Nashville, and Waikiki to play shows, record, and interview with with my band on live radio. Songs from our album were played on Austin's own KGSR. We also played on Fox 7's morning show, Good Day Austin. I enjoy playing and teaching a variety of instruments and a variety of genres. To me, understanding music is key to unlocking your full potential for ar
tistic expression. When I teach, I incorporate both what I learned in school and on stage.
*** Lesson Details *** My goal is not to teach my students how to play a few cool songs on their instrument. Rather, my aim is to develop the knowledge and skills in them that will take them to the next level in their playing. Whether they are beginners or have been playing for years, whether young or old, there is always more to be discovered and experienced! I want to see my students become musicians, who never stop learning and growing. In my lessons, I try include a balanced blend of Music Theory (understanding how it works), Ear Training (learning to play by ear), Practice Exercises (developing speed and coordination), Sight Reading, Improvisation (learning how to jam!), & Song Writing.
*** Studio Equipment *** The In-Studio lessons are taught in the finished garage with sound foam, piano, record display, drum set, guitars, and seating. No pets.
*** Travel Equipment *** They need to have their own drum kit, metronome, sticks. I will provide curriculum and other various resources.
*** Specialties *** Blues, rock, country, contemporary worship, sight-reading and performance.
Alan A. January 26, 2015
In studio Verified Student
James is an excellent instructor! As a beginner student, he worked with me to pin down my goals and tailored the lessons to fit me personally. He's great at many different instruments beyond piano, and this expertise allows him to explain music beyond just the notes on the page. He really helped me enjoy the lessons and feel like I've made great progress despite being a novice.
Beverly N. December 3, 2013
Piano Verified Student
We are very pleased with his progress so far.
Joshua started piano lessons with James in May, 2013. He has already learned to play numerous songs, and he has learned a great deal about different keys and chords in each key. James is very patient and utilizes every minute of our 30 minute lesson to cover as much as possible. Joshua likes and respects James a lot and looks forward to his piano lesson every week. Thank you James for being a great teacher!
Have you always dreamed about learning to play violin with a professional and passionate teacher? Then I would like to meet you!
My name is Mariam and I am a professional musician/violin teacher with a Master's Degree from the University of Texas in Austin. I have lived and taught violin all over the world, worked in the Austin Waldorf School and in the Redeemer Lutheran School in Austin among other places. For the last 5 years I was a part of a String Faculty as a Violin Professor at the Mahidol University in Thailand. Of course, all those years I kept performing and making music as a solo
ist, chamber and orchestra player.
Being a musician, I got to travel and to live all over the world. During my vast experience in many countries on three continents I have come across all kinds of people interested in music. Beginners and advanced, professionals and amateurs, adults and children. Some of them felt attracted to it by a yet undiscovered force, some searched for the last pieces of mosaic that would complete the whole picture of their lives. To some of them, music has finally given answers while to others it posed even more complicated questions. But, as Ludwig van Beethoven has put it, "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy."
I believe music has a uniting power over us all, how ever different we might seem at first. A good performance is a reminder of an incredibly benevolent guiding force behind. And sparkling eyes of a child (or adult), proud of his first major achievement on this path are totally worth hours of hard work and even occasional frustration.
That's why in my teaching I try to guide and nourish what Nature has given, sharing with my students knowledge and appreciation of this wonderful art. It is my belief that even if one has a rough day, once a person enters this incredible world of music, he or she will always be truly happy.
"If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music." Thomas Carlyle
Let the music begin!
*** Lesson Details *** Welcome, students of all ages and abilities, from beginners to advanced, all those who dream about learning how to play violin and enjoy music! Besides regular lessons I offer preparation for entrance examinations to music schools and colleges in Europe and USA, scholarship and orchestra auditions, ABRSM, IGCSE, A-level exams etc. I am familiar with almost every system and style out there, be it Suzuki, Royal or anything in between but of course I myself come from the great Russian school of playing and I use a lot of its style in my teaching. However, fear not, I am not strict at all, only encouraging and trying to bring out the best in each and every student.
I also teach online lessons now via Skype and am available nationwide and internationally!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music studio with piano, violin and viola, music stand, computer and sheet music. Waiting area on patio with tables and chairs, parents can sit in on lessons or go have a coffee on the patio enjoying the view. Parking on street. No pets.
*** Travel Equipment *** Instruments, stands
*** Specialties *** Russian style
Susan M. October 26, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Mariam is energetic, clear and kind. She is very educated and experienced. I come from a Suzuki background and had not played for a few years. Mariam was able to work with me easily.
Teresa S. June 5, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Wonderful exciting teacher
I have had several lessons now and have not only learned a lot, but enjoyed my lesson time. Mariam is very fun and pushes me to try new things while keeping me reviewing the old.
I get a high quality teacher in my home every week that wants me to improve as much as I want to improve my violin skills. After just two lessons people I have played for have commented on just how much I have improved lately.
I grew up performing and singing. My family loved music and the arts and we went to the theater, ballet and symphony all the time in Houston Texas. My mother used to play music to get me to sleep when I was very young. She played opera by the famous Italian tenor Caruso and symphonic music by the French Impressionist composer Debussy. As a teenager I played the guitar and sang folk and pop songs with my friends. When I became an adult my interest turned back to classical music and opera as I had heard as a toddler. Eventually I found myself on stage singing opera in New York City and classica
l chamber music at Tanglewood in the Berkshires.
I began teaching voice while I was getting a Bachelor's Degree in Music at the University of Texas. When I came to New York City I opened the Vocal & Dramatic Arts Studio in 1996. Since that time I have kept up a studio teaching voice and acting to people of all ages: 6 to 86! I love the variety and feel everyone can sing and act. In honor of my high school choir director, I created an a cappella vocal improvisation method called "lavocezensing" using the Do scale as a frame to become comfortable harmonizing and improvising vocally.
Education is one of my passions. Working for Lincoln Center and other arts presenters in New York City between 1996 and 2012, I created curriculum on music and art in public and private schools and have trained educators nationally and internationally on using music and art in their classroom lessons. I found that song writing and musical improvisation are great ways to integrate music with other curriculum within the Humanities.
Today in Austin, TX, part of my work is in not-for-profit settings as a Sound Yoga Therapy instructor using yoga, music and sound healing practices as tools to learn meditation and reduce stress in environments such as hospices and centers that help mothers, children and families that are challenged by economic hardship.
Over the years, I have performed many styles of music: standard opera, contemporary opera and chamber opera, classical chamber music, musical theater and cabaret. Now I am exploring the ragas of India and Nada (Sound) Yoga practices and have developed a sound based mindfulness meditation practice called Sound Yoga Therapy™ or SYT. SYT sessions combine North Indian Classical vocal music with Western vocal pedagogy to elicit a relaxation response and then to focus the mind in order to activate the higher levels of the brain.
As a music, voice, yoga and acting teacher, I offer traditional and non-traditional methods using multi-sensory approaches to help students realize their goals. In addition to developing vocal, musical and theatrical skills, the tools and techniques offered aid students in relaxation, breath awareness, and stress reduction as a part of our lessons together. It is a creative, fun and student-centered learning environment for students of all ages!
*** Lesson Details *** AFTER 3 TO 6 MONTHS OF WEEKLY LESSONS you will be able to use the basic knowledge, tools and techniques you have learned to perform a song, a monologue or begin to create your own lyrics or song.
AFTER ONE YEAR you are ready to share the art you have created in an intimate gathering with family and friends.
*** Studio Equipment *** Room w/ piano; video recording available
*** Travel Equipment *** Studio & Skype lessons only
*** Specialties *** Classical and musical theater singing styles; extended vocal techniques; Indian ragas using Saregam scales; exploring the voice in songs, chants and toning as an approach to increased well-being; European, American and Indigenous repertoire from many cultures
Vel G. December 9, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I've been involved with music in some capacity pretty much from the get-go, whether as a player, a teacher, a sound engineer, or even building and repairing instruments. Music is my passion, and has been a source of many wonderful things in my life, and I hope that I can pass that on to my students.
I initially took up bass guitar when I was 10 years old, then moved on to electric guitar within a couple of years. With help from a teacher, I developed my skills simply by learning how to play my favorite songs, and this is the same approach I like to take with my own students. I eventually
went back and learned a lot of the theory behind what I was doing, but playing along with records was what made it fun and kept it interesting for me. Being a technical sort of guy, I studied audio production in college, then spent more than a decade in Chicago, working steadily as an engineer, both in studio, and in live sound reinforcement. The cold winters there broke me, though, so I made my way to the warmer, more relaxed environs of Austin.
In 2004 I began learning to play pedal steel guitar, and it quickly became my primary instrument as I found myself playing out regularly with several Chicago-based country and western outfits, as well as rock bands that were looking to add a very unique sound to their mix. It certainly isn't the most common instrument around, but it's a ton of fun to play, and I get very excited about showing it to others.
In addition to teaching guitar and steel guitar, I operate my own piano tuning and repair service, AP Piano Service. Ironically, I don't actually play piano, but I've got great ears and a knack for fixing things, so if you've got a piano sitting around the house in need of a tuning, well, that's an added bonus.
*** Lesson Details *** Whether you're starting from the very beginning, or if you already play a bit and want to brush up and learn something new, I'm happy to teach students of all abilities and ages. My lessons are tailored to fit each student's current skill level, yet still be challenging. At the end of the day, I want my students to have fun while they're playing, and then to feel that they've accomplished something great when it comes time to put down their instruments.
I start beginners off with the basic fundamentals, and a few exercises just to get their fingers moving. You gotta crawl before you can walk, right? Very quickly, we move on to some simple chord shapes and apply them by learning songs that the student knows and loves. From there we progress at whatever pace is comfortable for the student, gradually adding more chords and progressions, learning riffs and lead lines, etc... Along the way, I like to pepper lessons with a bit of basic music theory, just so that students can get a little better grasp of what they're doing and how it all works. By no means does that have to involve endless hours spent practicing scales. That's all great for advanced musicians, but I feel that learning to play songs is far more productive for less experienced students. Music is like any other language, and I think it's fair to say that most people first learn to speak before they learn the rules of spelling and grammar.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have numerous acoustic and electric guitars in my home studio, as well as amplifiers, cables, etc. Students are welcome to use my equipment, if they choose.
*** Travel Equipment *** Depending on the student and the styles of music that we're studying, I either bring along my own acoustic guitar or an electric and a small practice amplifier, along with the necessary cables, picks, and other accessories.
*** Specialties *** Classic and modern Rock 'n' Roll, Pop, Country and Western, Folk, Lap Steel, Pedal Steel.
In addition to regular 6-string guitar, I teach 6, 8, or 10-string lap steel and pedal steel.
Alisa A. May 30, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
My 9 year old daughter is taking guitar lessons with Adam. She looks forward to her lessons and enjoys them. Adam is very reliable and comes to our house on time. I have seen her progress very quickly and love the way he clearly explains things to her. As she puts it "Adam makes guitar learning fun."
Adam P. May 26, 2013
I enjoy my lessons with Adam, it is clear that he has a passion for music. We go over the basics, but he also includes songs that I want to learn. He is professional, and his home studio is comfortable, with plenty of guitars to try out. Of course, his two cats are named after country stars, Patsy and Loretta. I am comfortable asking questions, as a student that needs a lot of explanation, he is patient and creative in making sure that I understand the aspects of a tune. I highly recommend Adam.
I am a two-time GRAMMY nominated Music Educator (2014, 2015), Schecter Guitar Research endorsee, and I play/teach 6, 7, 8, and 9 string guitars. I have an Austin Music Award for Best Teen Band of 2007, and was the youngest person to be inducted into the Progressive Rock Hall of Fame at the age of 17. I have performed with notable acts like Three 6 Mafia, Oran "Juice" Jones, Kreator, Anthrax. I have been featured in Relics Magazine, as well as News 8 and Fox 7. I have performed at NAMM while endorsing Dan'l Guitars and I have performed at SXSW since I was 16. I am a Berklee College of Music alu
mni, and I am a signed Warner Bros. Records recording artist.
*** Lesson Details *** I have been teaching professionally for 7 years and have given private and group lessons to hundreds of students. I emphasize on building a specific lesson plan to fit the students and their needs. I am a firm believer in that learning should be smooth and relaxed, so I focus on combining a fun and educational environment to allow the student's inner musician to truly come out and breathe. The student and I will work on building a relationship between the feeling of music and how it all fits together. Lessons include learning songs, music theory, instrument technique, music history, and instrument maintenance. The student could be a musical genius, but without the proper technique to execute the ideas, the student will hit a brick wall. Likewise, the student may have amazing technique, but without the proper music education, the ideas will take longer to materialize. I am here to help the student avoid those brick walls and have fun learning and playing music.
*** Studio Equipment *** I am endorsed by Schecter Guitar Research, but I own many beautiful models from other companies. They consist of a 1954 Fender Stratocaster (The Relic), Epiphone Les Paul, Ibanez Voltage acoustic, 1943 spanish classical, J. Reynolds Stratocaster copy, Martin Stinger SBX Bass, Yamaha spanish classical, Dan'l Pfazer, Dan'l Muse-XY, Epiphone Mandobird, Schecter Diamond Series Hellraiser FR, Schecter Diamond Series Hellraiser C-7 FR, Schecter Diamond Series Hellraiser C-8, and an Agile Intrepid 925.
I play on Kustom, Peavey, Fender, Roland, and Vox amps and I have a Boss GT-100 multiple effects processor, BOSS GT-8 multiple effects processor, BOSS ME-50 multiple effects pedal, Morpheus Droptune, BBE Boosta Grande, FAB Chorus, BOSS FS-6, and a Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Classic Wah Pedal.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide amplification and cables provided their instrument is electric. Otherwise, I typically expect the student to provide their own instrument. I do accept some exceptions.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching instrument technique, music theory and music history, as well as several different styles. What I have taught in the past includes rock, blues, country, jazz, metal, flamenco, and pop.
Bill H. March 13, 2014
I started taking lessons with Alex after previously taking them with a different teacher. It turns out that my technique was flawed and Alex was quick to correct it. After working with him for just a few lessons, I was already seeing improvement. Alex is very patient and helpful. I never feel embarrassed to play in front of him as I did with my previous teacher. I definitely recommend Alex!
Shauna L. March 7, 2014
The Perfect Teacher!
Alex got me really into the passion of music, all the while fulfilling my desire to really learn the guitar. He approaches every lesson with complete patience and guidance. I am now able to learn songs on my own, understand the theory behind chord changes and scales, and I find the beauty in knowing what music really is!
Alex C. March 4, 2014
I finally understood music!
Alex helped me reach my goals as both a guitarist and composer. He took me from having no idea about how scales are made and their use. I now play lead guitar in a rock band and I actually understand what I'm doing on stage and in the industry.
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