Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Hugo
"In a few sessions u can play
Very good teacher, always trying to find a way for u to learn fast and easy"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Lily
Cathy's a refreshingly wonderful teacher; love her!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Chrissy
"Excellent Voice Teacher
My teenage daughter has been taking voice lessons with Nancy for over a year. We have seen such great improvement in her techniqu
e as well as in her confidence. Nancy is very patient and provides constructive feedback which has enabled my daughter to grow vocally. I am so pleased with Nancy as a voice instructor that I now have my other daughter beginning vocal lessons with her."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Kirk
"Great teacher to work with
Thai's unlimited patience and casual home studio atmosphere takes the edge off of learning a new craft. He specializes in comm
ercial music but definitely can show off his classical chops as well. I really enjoyed working with Thai and look forward to continuing in the future."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Jason
"Amazing Teacher! Easy to understand, fun, and fast improvement!
I've had quite a few singing teachers in the past and have always had a lot of trouble un
derstanding a lot of the concepts - the voice is very hard to visualize. It can be frustrating.
With Arlys it's different. She has a way of using metaphors, simile, and simple and fun exercises to get you to effortlessly understand and be able to perform the technical aspects of singing. I've been singing with her for a year now and have drastically improved my range, mix, tone, pitch, and confidence. I never thought I'd ever get this far.
I highly recommend Arlys for any other beginner/intermediate students such as myself that are passionate about singing but are hesitant.
I take lessons online through Skype from Abroad, and she always does her best to make sure our lessons work with my schedule. The teaching environment is as good as it gets for online lessons."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Tim
I've now had my second class with Stephanie. She is an excellent teacher and has taught me more in two lessons than I ever learned with my f
irst teacher. I'm very pleased."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Subhashini
My daughter is taking lessons with Mike for over 2 months now. Mike is extremely patient and encourages her alot. He is amazing with kids
and makes the lessons more fun. We are glad that we found him because she really enjoys the class with him."
Trenton, NJ teacher:
Review by Leah Y.
"Excellent Voice Teacher
Mrs. B is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who focuses diligently during class sessions. She thoroughly explains terms and techn
ique and is friendly and sociable. Her extensive knowledge of languages comes extremely useful in Italian arias and other folk songs as to explain the meanings of words and to convey motion. Her classes are enjoyable and fun, while still being comprehensively academic."
Hello I been playing the violin/fiddle for about ten years and been enjoying it since. I'm the type of girl you will see pickin away in the back yard having a great time with the band. If you love the Bachs of the world or the Charlie's I can teach you how!
*** Lesson Details *** I can be very strict but you will love me for it later (due to the results after) but I love to have fun as well. I do give out prizes if you practice and do a great job as well. I love to have fun to make sure you always ready for our lessons. I teach Suzuki, Tablature, and Alfred's. I also teach how to learn by ea
r as well. Hope to see ya!
*** Specialties *** Suzuki, blue grass, Celtic,
gary July 17, 2016
In home Verified Student
Karen was able to evaluate my violin, correct st up issues and recommend which package items should be replaced.. Additionally she worked with me on some of my physical limitations.
Alexis K. February 27, 2016
In home Verified Student
We just had our first lesson with Karen. She is so knowledgeable, nice and really sweet with my daughter, who is only 6. We can't wait to have more lessons!
Cynthia Wagoner February 16, 2016
In home Verified Student
I sound horrible, but it was my first lesson. Karen is great!
I'm a 24 year-old performing musician with 8 years of teaching experience. I'm an active member in the NC Triangle music scene as a performer and recording artist. I also teach Pilates, where I learned the value of self-awareness and balance, which is at the core of my teaching principles.
I feel I have something to offer to all levels and ages and have found my method to be highly engaging for young children and beginners.
:: My Home Studio ::
I have a living room studio in Carrboro equipped with my band gear, making for fun multi-instrumental lessons! Recording gear and a power
ful PA allow us to play to various audio tracks and record our own material. These tools are invaluable and key to my personal development as an artist.
:: Teaching at Your Home ::
You don't need a drum kit to start taking lessons!
I'll bring a drum pad, sticks, and a metronome, and occasionally some hand drums. All you need to supply is a pen and paper.
Sam K. August 1, 2014
Learning drums with Gabriel was an excellent experience. He's patient, skilled, communicative, and eager to be teaching. I'd recommend him to folks of all ages and skill levels.
Phil T. August 1, 2014
I've collaborated on a number of musical projects with Gabe -- mixing, writing and recording in studios. He is extremely talented and has always been a pleasure to be around. I would definitely recommend him to my own students (I teach guitar in Durham), as his patience and ability to explain complicated ideas is excellent.
Samantha M. June 21, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My son who is 13 took lessons with Gabriel and had a great experience. We were only able to pay for 30 minute lessons due to a tight budget, but none the less Gabriel used those short times to teach my son as much as he could! Putting his musical knowledge to use while incorporating things such as the importance and benefits of stretching your arm muscles before playing was very cool and useful, and I would highly recommend lessons with him to anyone considering drum lessons!
***Teaching Philosophy*** I believe music is essential in education, as it teaches self-discipline, improves mental function, and enriches the soul. As a voice teacher, I believe in teaching healthy technique and opening doors to many genres, and fostering creativity and self-expression through composition. I encourage students to participate in choral and dramatic groups to hone their craft, as well as to help push them past their self-imposed limitations. As a cello teacher, I encourage involvement in orchestras and chamber groups, as they teach teamwork and develop listening skills. Mu
sic is such an incredible form of personal expression, and I aspire to help my students find their true musical voices and share them with others.
***Experience*** I have taught private music lessons since 1999. I am currently a music teacher for grades 7 through 12 at Westchester Country Day School in High Point, NC. There I conduct three choirs, teach Advanced Placement Music Theory, and teach general music (which includes basic guitar and piano).
I feel that performance is an integral part of music education and will make sure that my students are given ample opportunity to perform, whether it be at an Open Mic Night, as part of a choir or orchestra, or in a musical production to nurture each of my student's performance abilities.
***Lessons*** First and foremost we need to have fun. Music is fun and so should the lessons be. When it comes to practice I expect students to spend time outside of the lessons practicing to ensure that they see results.
I work with a variety of methods and concepts to ensure that I am building a solid understanding of music in my students. I work on intonation, music theory, sight reading, and expression.
I am comfortable teaching: Voice: Beginning to Professional (Ages 12 and up) Cello: Beginning to Intermediate (Any age) Piano: Beginning to Intermediate (Any age)
***Voice*** I have extensive background in classical technique, and teach proper, healthy belt technique as well. I am comfortable teaching music from all genres and styles. I focus on developing a beautiful and unique sound for each student while maintaining a healthy, flexible voice.
***Cello*** I teach beginning and intermediate level cellists who either rent or own their own instrument. I encourage my students to join an orchestra or string ensemble, as there is no substitute for the experience of being part of a musical team. Cello students will work out of a technique book that will help build a solid foundation. Once basic skills are learned we will start to search out more advanced music.
***Piano*** For piano lessons I am best with beginners. I specialize in working with students who are just learning about music and want to learn the basics of piano. I am comfortable working with all ages of beginning piano student. I can also work with singing students who are interested in also accompanying themselves. Piano students will begin using a technique book that will help build basic skills. Once these are solid, we will start to search out the specific music you are interested in playing. So if you love a song on the radio, keep notes and we'll learn it.
***Studio Equipment*** Private music studio in my home with a Yamaha electric grand piano. I have built a small recording booth and equipment and software for quality recording and editing.
Wes K. June 4, 2015
Gospel Singing ·
In studio Verified Student
Jamie is a fantastic instructor. In my first lesson alone I felt Jamie knew exactly what my strengths and weaknesses were and how I could improve. She was super easy to work with and very encouraging throughout. She stretched me to try new things that immediately I could hear an improvement. Would highly recommend Jamie for those who are looking to take their singing to the next level.
Melissa B. July 17, 2014
During my career as a professional singer, Jaime has always been the first person I call for help with my CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music) technique. Over the years, she has helped me tremendously to develop a healthy belt technique and to increase my belt range as well. It would be an understatement to say that she knows her stuff. Oh, and she's an incredible classical singer, too. Just saying.
In addition to the breadth of her vocal knowledge, Jaime is as passionate about and dedicated to her students as you could ever want from a teacher. She always makes learning music fun and accessible, and she will be a champion and friend to you. Jaime is one of the finest singers and teachers I know.
Robert B. May 23, 2014
In studio Verified Student
She is a great teacher! She works very well with you and figures you out as a singer! I haven't had her long but she has taught me a lot in a short time.
Anna-Parsons C., soprano, is a graduate from East Carolina University's Master of Music program, studying under Dr. Perry Smith. She began her study of classical music and opera at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts' High School Program where she resided while attending their renowned high school program.
Ms. C. is a proud alumnus of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City where she received her Professional Artist Diploma in Musical Theatre. During her time pursuing her Masters, Ms. C. performed the roles of Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte and Abigail Borden
in Lizzie Borden by Jack Beeson.
Ms. C. was seen in Salzburg, Austria performing the role of Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. While in Salzburg, she sang in Master Classes with Maestro Manfred Mayrhofer (Opera Cologne), Sylvia Stone (University of Illinois School of Music), and Bruce Fowler.
She recently performed the roles of First Lady/First Spirit in Die Zauberflote, as well as Mutter in Hansel and Gretel in Vancouver, BC.
Ms. C. has received praise for her ability to sing and transition between many genres of music from opera, musical theatre, sacred music, as well as standards.
PLEASE NOTE: In addition to performing, Ms. C is also a flight attendant. Her schedule changes each month. Please contact for more information regarding more up to date scheduling.
After graduating from college with a degree in education I was determined to change the course of the education for my own family. I was the first on either side of my entire family (all generations) ever to go to a university and graduate. I came from very humble hard working (yes bullheaded Irish) people. As a naturally highly creative person the school system was not a nurturing place at all for me. As a deeply right brained visual person the left brained system was toxic for my creativity and I struggled to thrive and be myself.
For the past 21 years I've dedicated my time, energy
, creativity to home schooling my own two children in their academics as well as the necessary skills for every day life. Thankfully, I had the opportunity not to put either of them in day care one day. My focused sacrifice has been intense, serious, determined. planned, and obvious in my passion to educate them both in a left brain manor with a massive amount of creative liberty.
The ignorant, verbal, flack I encountered during this was insane but I didn't waver. I believe in one on one education customized for each child and knew from the start what I wanted to accomplish with both of them! I wanted them to learn how to learn with their personalities, natural strengths and talents but I had to observe and implement very different parenting and teaching techniques with both from birth.
Yes, my hard unwavering work has paid off and is continuing to pay off. Both of my children walked into their first college courses at age 14. Yes, real college classes on real college campuses! Both are honor students and my first will finish his degree in English Lit/Creative Writing at UNC Asheville in Dec 2016 at age 21!
Private piano lessons are nothing more than home schooling. I bring the same customized passion I used for my own children to teach yours! Not only do I have an education degree I have a proven track record of teaching children how they uniquely need to learn whether it's visually, audio, or kinetically etc. I know how to challenge them and make them work...even the super smart lazy ones!
After each lesson I take a few moments to consult the parent(s) about the lesson and what needs to be accomplished during the students next practice week. You need to be aware of their education because they grow rapidly and there is much to accomplish before they attend college! Do some research on the benefits of learning and playing music if you are not a musician yourself. It's incredible what it will do for the development of their brain little brains!
Apparently, I'm not allowed my customary studio "meet and greet" with Takelessons. I have studio rules that must be followed and if they aren't I will not continue to teach your children. You must have a piano or keyboard for them to regularly practice on and believe me I know when they don't practice. I know what method books I like to teach from so I'll be happy to share that information with you. If you don't have any I cannot start the lessons without them. They must be purchased before hand. There are other rules so please message me first so that we can discuss them first so that there is no confusion about the studio policies. This isn't a hobby this is serious valuable education for your child.
I don't have the time nor the energy to deal with unprofessional parents because my time and energy goes fully towards teaching amazing students.
At this time I've been pre-approved, by the head of arts education in Guilford County, to teach music education and chorale education in the Guilford County School system. I'm waiting for openings and interviews. My time educating my own children is over with so I must move on to teach other incredible human beings!
I look forward to passionately educating you or... those you love!
Lisa Overly (Loverly)
Amy May 1, 2016
Excellent teacher for my high energy little boy who loves music!
Sierra May 1, 2016
Lisa is an amazing piano instructor. She has taught my 6 year old daughter since she was 4 years old and my daughter has learned so much. Lisa is very professional, nurturing, and loving. My daughter loves her and can't wait to come to her lessons each week. I highly recommend Lisa to anyone who is looking for a piano instructor.
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A Brief History of A Cappella
Over the past few years, a cappella has become a popular genre and trend. But what exactly is it? The term a cappella is an Italian term that means "in the manner of the church" or "in the manner of the chapel," referring to the type of music that is sung without the use of musical instruments. History tells us that a cappella music got its beginning in a religious setting, but the genre continues to grow and change as shows like Glee and movies like Pitch Perfect move the style into popular c
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