Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Fernanda
My daughter is 6-years old and is taking viola lessons with Regina for some weeks now. My daughter finds the class interesting and sh
e is enthusiastic with her progress. The instructor is charismatic, dynamic and didactic."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by elizabeth
"Teacher for Any Age
Lena is a wonderful teacher who basis her teaching approach on the individual student. She cares deeply for the student' understandin
g and takes on many avenues to ensure it is reached. She is always patient and well paced. My son has learned an enormous amount since he started piano.
Whether you are young or an adult, Lena is the right choice. We feel lucky to have her as a teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Stephanie
"Shannon makes learning, growing and performing lots of fun
I see Shannon primarily for voice lessons, but she really helps me prepare for every aspect of
auditioning. From vocal technique, to song selection, cuttings for auditions, getting out of my head and into the character, Shannon has been my guide every step of the way, and all with enthusiasm, laughter, encouragement, and wisdom. She's helped with my acting on songs, but she's also helped me to choose and prepare monologues and sides. She challenges me in every lesson so I'm always improving, and she's guided my first steps in this business. I am so grateful to have found her! Whether you want to pursue acting and singing as a career or a hobby, I highly recommend Shannon. She really makes it fun!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Richard
"Excellent Violin learning
Mark is an experienced and excellent Violin teacher. He is very flexible, reliable, respectful, and very very patient. My daugh
ter's violin playing has improved very much all because of Mark's teaching skills, style and professionalism."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Perri
"Jessica is wonderful!
I have been so impressed with Jess! She's warm and personable. She quickly identified what needed work within my voice and provides
clear instruction on how to improve. She also recognize the strengths I had and reinforced them. Jess responds to emails promptly, and is really just the best! Oh, yes and my voice has gotten so much stronger in the little over a month I've been working with her! She explains everything well and when I don't understand she'll explain it in another way. She's in-tune with where each note should originate and how it should feel in the body. Lessons have been a fantastic experience. Highly recommended!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Christine
"So easy even this old timer can get it
Tim is an excellent, patient and caring instructor. I am a brand new guitar owner from a rural area in North Dakot
a. I was looking for a guitar teacher but all required a 30-60 minute drive. I found Tim through the Betterfly website and have taken several lessons through Skype. It has been a great experience that I would recommend to anyone from beginner on up"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Justin
"Daughter loved first lesson.
My daughter just had her first guitar lesson ever and she loves Eric. I was surprised at the amount she was taught in her fi
rst lesson. I have no complaints. Very satisfied will recommend might even take some myself."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Gabi
"perfect Cello teacher
Just love the way how Sue makes my 8 year old pay attention to cello techniques without annoying her. The pieces of music she choos
es are always perfect, either for my daughter's skills and for her fun. Sue manages to teach music theory right along the way and it is amazing, how much improvement can be realized in my daughter's abilities just after a few lessons with Sue. Thank you, Sue!"
Charlotte, NC teacher:
Review by Brant
"Fantastic Teacher for Kids
My 8 year old son has been taking drum lessons from Thomas for about 4 months and he very much enjoys it. What I really like a
bout the lessons is that Thomas custom designs the next lesson based on how the student is performing in the current lesson. His homework assignments are very detailed which is great because I, as well as my son, know what he should be practicing during the week. I can definitely see a big improvement since my son started and I have no doubts he is getting a solid foundation in drums as well as music theory. Thomas is a super nice guy and very patient which makes him fantastic for kids. My wife is a music educator and she is just as impressed with Thomas as I am. We highly recommend him."
Christian has 20 years of teaching experience and 25 years of performance experience in a myriad of styles. He is currently enrolled at the Berklee School of Music (Boston, MA) through their online Music Production Degree Program.
Christian is also a member in the following organizations:
Vic Firth Education Team
Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program
Professional Drum Teachers Guild. He has studied privately with John Xepoleas, Steve Bowman (Counting Crows), Rob Hart, Alan Hall and currently with Mike Johnston.
Christian is also accepting a limited amount of students from the
age of 10 to adult, beginner to advance. He currently has openings at his Brentwood home studio on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
The air-conditioned studio is equipped with 2 drum sets and professional digital recording equipment to capture each lesson. The latest educational DVD's and play-along/minus-drums CD's are also incorporated in the lessons.
Parents are encouraged to sit in on the lessons or they can relax or do some work in the internet ready waiting room. An annual recital is conducted for family and friends.
Prepare for school auditions, refine hand and foot technique, learn double bass grooves and fills improve reading and transcribing , sharpen your timing, incorporate linear playing, apply rudiments to the drum set.
Styles: Rock / Funk / Country / Blues / Jazz / Latin
*** Lesson Details *** Sometimes the availability calendar is not updated in a timely manner.
Every student is different. Depending on their age and/or goals, this is the typical curriculum for a beginning (no experience) student.
Beginners (build the foundation) Technique - Hands: how to hold the sticks correctly - Feet: heel up or heel down technique
Reading - Explain note values - Explain drum set notation
Coordination and Timing - Learn basic beats to play music - Understand how to practice with a metronome - How to play along to music
*** Studio Equipment *** Home room converted with sound absorbing materials with 2 drum sets, acoustic and electronic. Air conditioned living room seating for parents. Audio recordings are provided for every lesson and portions of each lesson are also video recorded.
Dillon S. January 5, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My son really enjoyed his first lesson. He was excited to start practicing his "assignment" the moment we arrived home.
Noah M. October 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My son is a perfectionist and sanatoria a little...christian is great!
rita W. January 30, 2014
Drum Verified Student
Easy to sign up and Great customer service
My 12 yr old decided he wanted drums for Christmas and we knew that would include getting him lessons. Finding Christian through Take lessons was indeed lucky for my son. If you are looking for a teacher who is calm, level headed, knowledgeable and very easy to contact at anytime then Christian is who you are looking for. He has several students and they all come out happy and feeling good about their lessons. My son, even when not feeling great insist that he attend his drum lessons. compliments to the instructor.
I started playing guitar in the 5th grade and in middle school began playing in rock groups. At the beginning of high school, I started teaching in some of the local music stores in the area. While wanting more from my playing, I started classical guitar lessons with an Andre Segovia student, Rani Cochran, and soon started lessons from Warren Nunes, a top jazz guitarist in the Bay Area. While continuing to take lessons in both types of music, I majored in Music at the local college. There I played in the jazz band and in guitar ensembles. After receiving my A.A. degree, I took classical guita
r lessons with Larry Ferrara at the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco. At this point I transferred to San Jose State University and received a B.A. in guitar performance and a B.A. in Psychology, graduating with honors. My latest performing experience has been playing in the worship band at my church for the past several years. I enjoy teaching guitar and sharing what I’ve learned over the years of playing. We all never stop being students and learning new things on our instrument.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are provided in a comfortable, fun environment and are private and on a weekly basis. Initially the student will complete a questionnaire before the first lesson to allow me to better understand what experiences the student has had with the guitar and with music in general. Additionally, I try to find out what groups and guitarists he or she likes. Finally, discuss what goals the student has or put another way, what he or she wants to do with the guitar. When we have completed the first lesson, I will better understand what the student’s playing level is and be able to provide a lesson plan based on that level and current experience. The lessons are tailored to each student’s capability and desire to play/practice. The lessons will be challenging but not “out of reach”. The student will feel successful and see the difference in playing within a relatively short time.
I will assess the student’s progress each week, by reviewing the previous week’s work. Based on the student’s progress, I will advance to new material or stay within the same material. The student and I will agree on how much time the student will devote to practicing each week. The student will keep a three ring notebook for adding handouts as they are given. I usually use a guitar book, to have structure, along with supplementary material that fills in the gaps. It is vital to practice on a regular basis in order to improve. I provide teaching with patience and motivation. Being a parent of a child with ADHD (I homeschooled for one year), I incorporate learning from my parental experiences into lessons as needed. There have been several studies done that show how early music lessons have longtime benefits.
*** Studio Equipment *** The studio lessons are taught in a music room upstairs with large windows facing the street with guitars, amps, a computer, stereo and seating. The house has 3 cats which are kept separate from lessons. Street parking and/or driveway if needed.
*** Specialties *** I've taught rock, blues, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, and music theory. I try to get my students to play along with CD's and listen to others playing what they want to learn. I draw material from the hundreds of books I have collected over the years.
Juan D. April 11, 2016
In studio Verified Student
So far it's been a great experience with Greg. Looking forward to my next lesson.
richard February 25, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Worked with my next perfectly.
Dina R. February 24, 2016
In studio Verified Student
He was patient, my daughter was nervous but he made her feel comfortable. Great teacher!
Hello, I'm excited you're thinking about music lessons! It is my passion to provide high-quality education to young learners. I obtained my B.M. in Violin Performance from West Chester University. I have been furthering my teaching skills as an active American String Teachers Association member, through Suzuki training, and pedagogy study at The Juilliard School during the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies. I perform with the Livermore-Amador Symphony and the Awesome Orchestra Collective.
I work to help students create and achieve their musical goals. I pride myself on clearly comm
unicating lesson topics and assignments so every student knows exactly what must be practiced for the upcoming lessons. Teacher clarity helps students practice in a more focused fashion so they can improve as steadily and quickly as possible. I ensure my students get the most out of each lesson by using a variety of teaching styles and tools. Students with longer lessons (45 minutes or more) can benefit from music theory workbooks and games which I incorporate into the lessons. My goal is to make every lesson fun and challenging for my students!
Students will have the option to advance through ABRSM or ASTACAP certificate programs. Hard-working students will prepare for auditions with local youth orchestras.
I offer multiple performance opportunities each year. For the past three years I organized formal spring recitals where all my students gained the experience of playing with an accompanist in a recital hall. This past year I invited a few select students to perform in an honors recital. Another performance opportunity I offered a few years ago was a more casual Duet Day where my students and I performed duets for their family and the community in a park. Of course, these opportunities change from year to year, but the emphasis is always on giving a performance to be proud of!
Sheila February 12, 2017
It is my pleasure to recommend Amanda as a violin instructor. On very short notice, she enthusiastically agreed to help my daughter prepare for a middle school orchestra audition, even though we were not on Amanda's roster of clients. In two 30 minute private lessons she was able to acclimate my daughter to the two challenging audition pieces, address questions about technique and also taught her how to tune her instrument. Thanks to Amanda's excellent teaching and flexibility, my daughter had a great experience for her first audition.
Ela M. February 23, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Amanda is an excellent instructor and I like her work ethics and her dedication to teaching music.
Riley P. January 17, 2016
In home Verified Student
Amanda is very nice and patient with my girls, they really like learning with her. They have really learned a lot in only 3 lessons. We will definitely keep taking lessons with Amanda:)
I am a saxophonist, composer, and improviser from the East Bay area. I am currently a graduate composition student at Mills College in Oakland, CA, studying with Roscoe Mitchell, Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, and Chris Brown, among others. I received my BM in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2012. I have been teaching saxophone and guitar lessons since 2005, and maintain an active schedule performing original music.
I have taught students saxophone and guitar independently in the Bay Area, Boston, and New York, in students' homes and my own home and rehearsal s
paces. I have taught children as young as 10 years old, adult beginners, and professional musicians learning to double on saxophone. I have taught students for up to five years consecutively, and have also given master class style one-off lessons.
Yifan T. May 21, 2016
In home Verified Student
Tom is awesome, he is always very patient to instruct my son how to use, play and maintain saxophone. I will very happy to continue to add more classes and recommend him to my friends.
Yeonathan March 7, 2016
Tom is a true gem of a teacher. As a student with some prior music experience but no saxophone experience, Tom was able to help me work on my saxophone technique while always mainting a creative, musical, and compositional approach to even the most mundane exercise. I truly wouldn't be half the musician I am today if it weren't for Tom's mentorship. Could not recommend him more.
Harry March 7, 2016
As a percussionist transitioning over to the world of wind instruments, I can't thank Tom enough for helping to guide me along the way. He's great at breaking down larger concepts into smaller, more manageable pieces, and I never felt overwhelmed or pressured by his teaching methods. I really appreciated Tom's friendly and casual approach, as I know from prior experience that a convival atmosphere does wonders for helping to learn an instrument in a stress-free way. Can't recommend him enough, two thumbs up!
P.S. Be sure to ask him for jazz recommendations, the guy's got quite the taste!
Hi, my name is Frederick and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching for about 7 years, however, the passion for music and stringed instruments, has been with me for over 30 years. I play Guitar (Acoustic and Electric), Mandolin, Ukulele, Electric Bass and Harmonica (no strings, go figure), My goal as a teacher is to help you achieve your goals as an artist and musician. I've taken guitar, voice and harmonica lessons myself and have also attended workshops in professional song-writing. Three of my songs are placed in a major motion picture. Patience and listening are among my streng
ths and I understand that students learn at a different paces. Let's get together and play some music!
Emma November 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
Great teacher! Very knowledgeable, and can teach students of all levels. Would definately recommend.
Katrina November 25, 2016
Music Performance ·
Fred's years of professional experience as a musician, performer, song-writer, and music educator come through in his super easy-going, yet super technical teaching style. He can teach any genre and you'll build skills fast. Learn from the best!
Tyler November 1, 2016
Great knowledge of guitar, teaches a wide variety of techniques, works with what you would like to learn
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