Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Kelly
"Great first lesson!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Brent
"Jesse is a fantastic instructor. He is talented, fun, and has a passion for music and teaching. He is an excellent choice for anyone looking to learn abou
t music. I really enjoyed my time with him, and I intend to continue lessons with him."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by KIRAN
"Edwin is an Awesome Guitar Teacher !!
Edwin is really great and nice as a teacher. He has great skills in understanding what we know and what we want, an
d he teaches to the potential with much patience. His music ability is excellent and motivates us to learn more. He is pleasant and makes us feel much comfortable while learning. I started of to learn guitar with zero music knowledge and in no time Edwin made me feel confident about what I learn and what I could."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Ryan
"Mike is one of the best drum instructors out there. I've been taking lessons with him from middle school, and he has helped me succeed to become the jazz
drummer and drum captain at Marina High School. Mike understands several different styles: rock, jazz, Latin, metal, and more. In addition, he teaches students the proper technique, rudiments and how to read sheet music. Most importantly, Mike stands out from other instructors because he spends time trying to understand his students' interests and incorporates them into his lessons. He is very outgoing and energetic, so his lessons are always fun and educational. Overall, I highly recommend him because he challenges and inspires his students to become better drummers."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Melissa
"As Samara's colleague at UCSD, I had the privilege of collaborating with her on various musical projects and observing her composition process from start
to finish. She's a creative, talented and ambitious musician who is familiar with various musical instruments and techniques. More than that, she is a dedicated educator: she has extensive knowledge of musical pedagogy and is always looking for opportunities for further professional development. I highly recommend her for students of all levels!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Trinh
"I have been taking lessons with Eric for 8 months. He is very helpful, knowledgeable, and helpful. I have been learning classical guitar and want to trans
ition it into fingerstyle acoustic. Good mix of classical guitar book, working on interested pieces, and chords."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Don
"Personable and Professional
Bo demonstrated fine tuned reliability,professionalism, and he was able to relate to where I was musically."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Sams
"I have always wanted to learn to play the viola but time has always been a fickle mistress with me so the viola I bought in late 2014 barely got played be
cause of nursing school. I had an online violin lesson with Taylor Davis to support her new album and it gave me the idea to start taking lessons through skype. I spent my time looking through all the instructors on takelessons and chose Rachel because she plays the five string violin, which helps her understand both worlds and what can cross to violas and what can't. I took the plunge and signed up for lessons with her and it was one of the best decisions I've made.
Rachel is very knowledgeable and willing to work around a schedule, she's very quick to praise you when you get something right and also quick to correct to prevent bad habits from forming. Due to my inability to take lessons in real life I chose to take lessons from her but now that I am taking lessons from her I don't think I'd change to an in person instructor if I had the option.
Thank you Rachel for taking on someone who loves classical music and no idea how to play and starting me on the journey of one day playing the Walton viola concerto and the Vieuxtemps viola sonata."
Norfolk, VA teacher:
Review by Melba
"Extraordinary talent, patient, detail-oriented, and great understanding of both flamenco and classic guitar theory and execution. I have known Edward for
seven years now, and his guitar technique is exceptional.
I also called Edward when I was choreographing a play at MiraCosta College and needed a guitarist to create the music for the play and perform it live. He is extremely creative, a problem-solver, and team-player. I couldn't ask for a better person to do the job."
When I first heard my dad play "Blackbird," I was hooked. I borrowed my little brother's guitar and started teaching myself from some old Hal Leonard books. There was something so exhilarating about making a piece of wood produce beautiful sounds. Soon I was taking lessons on electric guitar, playing Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. My teacher at the time pushed me toward classical guitar and I starting attending evening classes at the local community college when I was in high school. I fell in love with making music and decided to make it my career. I earned my Bachelor's of Music from Arizona
State University, studying under Frank Koonce. During my first few years there, I focused on technique and commissioning new works for the guitar, while exploring the vast repertoire of music available.
The summer before my senior year, Frank asked me take a look at an edition he was doing for Mel Bay and asked if I would like to help him with it. It was all sixteenth century vihuela and lute music. I spent the summer learning to read old tablature systems and even bought t a cheap lute. Lute music had me entranced and I decided I had to learn to play the instrument. I cut my nails off, and started practicing lute for 6 hours a day, in the hopes of auditioning for a Master's program at one of the few schools that offer them. Luckily, I passed my audition and was admitted into the Eastman School of Music, where I earned my Early Music MM and DMA studying under Paul O'Dette.
Though early music is my focus, I am constantly exploring new musical avenues. I've performed in folk duos, improvisation bands, and composed new works for lute and guitar. I've also coached singers, string players, wind players, and co-directed a staged opera. My goal is to use my diverse musical background to help my students in every way possible.
*** Lesson Details *** I am here to help you meet your goals! In nine years of teaching, I have taught students who just want to have fun and learn to play guitar, aspiring professionals, and professional musicians. I will tailor my teaching style to your specific needs and will always keep them in mind as we progress. Generally, I use Frederick Noad's "Solo Guitar Playing, vol. I" for classical students and students looking to focus on technique and Hal Leonard's "Guitar Method: Complete Edition" for folk, country, and pop. For students looking to learn play lute or theorbo, I will create a program dependent on the specific period and instrument you are interested in.
In 3 to 6 months you can expect to be able to read music, have a comfortable knowledge of first position on the fingerboard, and a grasp of several techniques that will help you toward your playing goals. Of course, I like to remind my students that a music teacher functions like a coach, we are here to help you and guide you, but the speed of progress is dependent on the practice you put in!
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in designated lessons room
*** Travel Equipment *** I ask that my students have an instrument (guitar, lute, theorbo), a music stand, and the text or method that we have decided to use.
*** Specialties *** My degrees are in classical guitar and early music. My early music instruments are lute (Renaissance) and theorbo (continuo). In addition, I have played and taught bluegrass, country, and folk. I am also comfortable teaching electric guitar up to an intermediate level.
janice V. November 6, 2013
It is with great pleasure that I recommend Laudon as a guitar instructor. I have had the privilege of studying with him for a year and have been most impressed by his knowledge of music theory, technique and performance. Laudon has crafted a lesson strategy that ensures that I will reach my personal artistic goals as quickly as possible. He listens carefully to my questions and answers them by using visual references that enhance my understanding of challenging concepts. Not only does Laudon share his expansive knowledge of music in a relaxed, comfortable manner to students of all ages and walks of life, he does so with warmth and humor. It would be impossible to find a better musical mentor and coach. In sci-fi terms, the force is strong with him!
I started taking piano lessons in the first grade from a teacher who graduated from Eastman School of Music. I later won a scholarship to Eastman School of Music as a classical pianist. I have been teaching for 40 years and have performed in Europe and won First Place Piano Competition in New York with 200 of the best pianists in the nation performing. I wanted to quit in the 5th grade but my mother told me I was to young to make that decision for myself and she would not hear of it! Music is now like the air that I breathe. I cannot live without it! Thanks mom for being smarter than me. Play
ing the piano should be fun at any cost. I let students play many styles of music until they find the style that calls them. For young children I recommend the parent sit in with the lesson so the parent can help with the practicing at home. They need the extra support when starting piano lessons.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are and should be a fun experience. I teach bits and pieces of college theory to students so they can play the whole keyboard and not just in the middle. Its nice to get students young before they develops bad habits. Piano keys should be played with the fingers and not moving the wrists. Bad habits are hard to break. My children students play like a pro, even if it is only one piece. Through me, kids learn to love music. I start lessons at age 4 years old to 99. Please call today to book lessons!
"Learn a little but learn it well" ~Ben Franklin
*** Specialties *** Traditional Classical and theory. I also get students ready for competitions and scholarships. I will teach any style that will ignite the flame in your child or an adult to love music! I specialize in children.
Rhonda F. April 27, 2014
Fabulous Piano Teacher
I took lessons for 5 years and I play better than I ever dreamed. I enjoyed the lessons and understood the teaching with ease. Expect to have great lessons with your head spinning with tons of information after each lesson from this gifted teacher. Very enjoyable and rewarding experience to say the least. I never again found such a great teacher since taking with Rhonda. I was heartbroken when she moved.
Christian D. has been playing saxophone for seventeen years. Growing up in Rochester, N.Y, he attended Churchville-Chili High School and attempted to take every music class his school had to offer. He was always very involved in his school’s music program. He took private lessons with Mr. Terry Bacon (a graduate from Eastman School of Music) for eight years before going to college. He completed his BM in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at SUNY Fredonia. There he studied classical with Dr. Wildy Zumwalt and jazz with Bruce Johnstone. At Fredonia, Christian was involved in everythin
g the music program had to offer. He participated in major ensembles, a saxophone quartet, saxophone ensemble, a big band, and a jazz sax combo in addition to his regular course load. He was a founding member of the Bogus on Temple Blues Band that actively played in the Fredonia area for a year and a half. He is also a member of the musical fraternity of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Christian recently completed his MM in Jazz performance at New Jersey City University. There he studied with Bob Malach, Joel Weiskopf, Walt Weiskopf, Allen Farnham, and Nathan Eklund. He is actively playing gigs in the New York City and suburban area while at school. During his time at school he has played with numerous artists, including Conrad Herwig, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Steve Wilson, and Steve Davis. He plays with Nik Entertainment Co. and other various groups in the Western New York area, including Night Trane, a jazz combo he helped found. Christian has been in many elite bands since the start of his career as a musician. He has participated in the Roberts Wesleyan Honors Band, Hochstein School of Music Junior Wind Symphony, All-County Band, and New York Area All State band, as well as performing as a soloist for the All-County orchestra his junior year in high school. Christian has received many awards to merit his efforts in music. Some of these include the Eastman Award given to high school juniors who plan to major in music and who excel above others in school. He also received a $200 scholarship for his jazz-playing ability from the Independence Jazz reunion. At Fredonia, Christian was involved in everything the music program had to offer. He participated in major ensembles, a saxophone quartet, saxophone ensemble, a big band, and a jazz sax combo, in addition to his regular course load. He was a founding member of the Bogus on Temple Blues Band that actively played in the Fredonia area for a year and a half. He is also a member of the musical fraternity of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Now that his BM is completed, Christian is pursuing his Masters in Jazz performance at New Jersey City University. There he studies with Bob Malach and Joel Weiskopf. He is actively playing gigs in the New York City and suburban area while at school. When he is home he plays with Nik Entertainment Co. and other various groups in the Western New York area, including Night Trane, a jazz combo he helped found.
*** Lesson Details *** I like to cater my lessons to the students' wants and needs. I suggest various exercises to study in effort to make each student reach their fullest potential. I push each and every one of my students, regardless of their goals as a musician.
*** Studio Equipment *** Selmer Series III Soprano Selmer C** Mouthpiece with Vandoren Java 4s Selmer Mark VI Alto Vintage Berg Larsen with Rico Jazz Select 2H Selmer Reference Tenor Vintage Otto Link with Rico Jazz Select 3S Buffett E11 Clarinet Brad Behn Mouthpiece with Vandoren 3.5 Armstrong Flute Casio Privia Piano MacBook Pro Zoom Recorder Various method books and music
*** Specialties *** Woodwind Doubling Jazz Classical
Jennifer July 15, 2015
Online Verified Student
We only had our first lesson, but it was great! He was talented, knowledgeable and patient with my 12 year old. Looking forward to learning more!
Jacey M. July 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Christian is an amazing teacher!
Alexander M. July 10, 2015
Online Verified Student
This is my son's first time taking online lessons and he loves them! Christian is always on time, motivating and great at his craft. I find my son practicing more than ever to be sure he's ready for the next lesson. I can already hear improvement in his playing after 3 lessons. Christian please keep up the great work...you ARE making a difference!
From prior experience, I'm confident that I can have you playing a wonderful short piece of music in one lesson! My main philosophy is that we learn together in an environment where the student feels comfortable to push their boundaries and enjoy themselves in the process. I always try to encourage the student to think for themselves and spur on any ideas they have.
I value the learning of notation but don't think it's necessary for everyone to learn. I also like to expose the student to many different styles of music and open their ears to the rich world of music that exists around us.
I specialize in classical guitar instruction but can teach many styles if required. I've been teaching students and coaching ensembles at the Eastman School of Music for 2 years, and I've had almost 10 years of experience in teaching many styles of guitar playing, from beginners to advanced.
Jeremy July 18, 2015
Classical Guitar ·
Dan's continually helped me to be a more musical musician on and off the guitar.
His aptitude for analysing a players technique and prescribing the appropriate repertoire that caters to the wants of the individual whilst developing them is rare indeed.
Dan's more than a guitar teacher he's a technician, under his guidance my tone, time, technique and more have improved so, so very much.
Ann M. has been teaching private lessons since 1997 and is currently available to teach you how to play piano, or rekindle a long ago skill ! Ann has helped students get to Wynton Marsalis' Essentially Ellington Festival for high school jazz bands, where her pianists performed on the Lincoln Center stages. She has prepped 100's of students thru auditions, or choral accompaniments, and dovetails well into local schools' music programs.
As a seasoned professional working with children, teens and adults, Ann looks forward to meeting you and helping your brain make new connections.....playin
g piano is fantastic for the brain at any age! Her teaching style is energetic and informed, but low stress and encouraging. Lots of rhythm games and music reading, but learning to confidently play with no music in front of you, also.
Mark July 22, 2015
Classical Piano ·
Ann is very friendly, enthusiastic and enjoyable for the kids to work with. She is adept at a variety of styles and flexible in understanding the busy lives everyone has. She regularly exposes her students to interesting stories about music, informs them of opportunities in the area for concerts, workshops, etc. and really understands the life values that learning music provides. You won't find a more positive person!
Sydney July 21, 2015
Ann is a gift and a treasure! She has been teaching my teen for the past 8 years.
Ann is a dedicated teacher of music history, theory, composition, ear training, and improve; to name a few. She engages students with a genuine curiosity and interest in understanding what motivates them. She commits to continuous learning for herself as well as her students; no two lessons are ever the same as she introduces students to a variety of techniques and performers. Ann is passionate about the role music plays in brain development and enjoys sharing the application of research and literature. She LOVES to help students advance music to mastery. Ann has the unique ability to include life skills into her training with contagious excitement. She ROCKS!
Julie July 21, 2015
We’ve been working with Ann for over a year and she’s wonderful! Her positive attitude and enthusiasm for music is contagious! Ann takes the time to invest in the whole family through sharing articles, community events, website links, and video sound clips of your child’s progress. Ann takes a holistic and personal approach to teaching and makes meaningful connections that reach far beyond the keyboard. Our experience has been top notch!
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