Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Hamid
"Benjamin is a great teacher, great observer and wonderful company in online teaching. I couldn't ask for more."
Ann Arbor, MI teacher:
Review by Ana
My son has been taking guitar lessons from Scott for the last year. Scott has been amazing with him. Scott finds music that challenges an
d teaches my son while keeping his attention. My son loves the lesson each week. He looks forward to it. Scott has become more than a Guitar Teacher he has become a family friend."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Sydney
"She is really the best instructor she is sweet and funny and makes learning the best part!!!! If you have Molly she is the best and you are very lucky"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Noah
Eric is awesome. He has a foundation in theory and formal training, but doesn't let that inhibit creativity and fun. I've only just start
ed lessons with him but I've learned a lot already. I think he has a real talent for intuiting the students' personality and goals, and formatting his skills to their context. Plus, he records every lesson, and has very helpful technique recordings to practice with at home. I'm very excited to continue lessons with him."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Valerie
Jessie is very professional and friendly. She seems to have great knowledge of her field and provides invaluable instruction. Highly recom
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Danna
"Musical training at its best
Lori is a marvelous teacher. She is skilled in her profession. With students she is patient and encouraging. I have made exc
ellent headway as a singer in a short period of time."
Santa Cruz, CA teacher:
Review by Justin
"Nicholas really tailored the lessons to what I needed. They weren't cookie-cutter lessons, and I appreciated that. He answered all the questions I had, an
d helped me understand some concepts that I never would have gotten just learning online. I definitely recommend him as a teacher."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Ilya
I highly recommend Benjamin! I have had several instructors and I can honestly say that he is the best I've had so far. He doesn't s
tick to any rigid lesson plans. His teaching style is very dynamic, he will taylor the lesson to fit your interest and level of playing. He keeps things fun and interesting and is good at coming up with creative exercises to try and challenge you. He also knows a lot of different music styles from what I can tell. I highly recommend him."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Elois
"It's only the first lesson but I had a very good impression of her and a nice felling when seing her with my 3,5 years old Daughter"
Hi, my name is Sue L. I perform professionally with Cascade Chamber Orchestra (classical) and Mango Nights (World Music and Jazz). I've been teaching all strings and piano for about 20 years. In the first few lessons students learn how to get get big, beautiful tone by learning various bowing techniques that are easy to learn with a little daily practice.
Then I teach how to read music and play songs in a variety of styles: Gypsy, classical, bluegrass, contemporary classical, rock and more. The album I use for this is a beginning book called VIP Strings composed by my mentor Dr. Lyons. T
he book comes with a play along piano accompaniment CD that makes practicing fun! Along with this I teach music fundamentals like scales, music theory and ear training.
For more serious students, I use materials from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and prepare them for one to two exams a year. The exams test playing abilities on 3 songs plus scales, arpeggios, ear training and music theory. Students that pass get a beautiful certificate for each level, grades 1 to 8.
I earned my music degree from Portland State University in 2006, graduating with honors. In 1996 I won two Medals of Distinction for violin performance and music theory and then in 2001 I received a Merit Award from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, London, England for viola performance. I've been blessed to be able to perform in a variety of ensembles and genres such as musical theater pit orchestras, string quartets, the Vancouver Symphony, and rock, jazz, tango, Middle Eastern and blue grass/folk bands.
My biggest thrill is to be able to transmit culture to the younger generation through music.
*** Lesson Details *** I offer the following for my violin, viola, cello, bass and piano students. Most of all, it is the joy of music making that I want to share with my students.
Private and group lessons Two recitals a year Special performance opportunities throughout the year Classical, jazz, fiddle, rock, tango, sacred, Celtic, folk Music theory Customized lesson plans using various methods old and new
I endeavor to provide a fun, non intimidating environment for students while motivating them to achieve their highest potential by providing many performance opportunities throughout the year. Some of my students have appeared as special guests with my band, Mango Nights.
Included with weekly private lessons are once a month group lessons where students can learn essential ensemble skills and have fun meeting other students.
Beginning students learn several simple songs that teach great tone and rhythm using classical, folk, blues, rock, ragtime, bluegrass. Students learn concepts such as syncopation, rhythm, note reading, articulations, dynamics, asymmetrical time meters and and more. Each book comes with a CD with piano accompaniment which makes practicing at home enjoyable.
Students are gradually introduced to scales, arpeggios, music theory, ear training and sight reading. All this works together to produce "the complete musician". The complete musician is a person who has excellent rhythm, pitch, note reading skills and creativity, a person who can enjoy and appreciate music in it's various forms over a lifetime whether it be for personal enjoyment or as a career.
For more serious students who have the goal of auditioning for university scholarships, top youth orchestras or becoming a professional musician, an accelerated intensive course is available in partnership with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In this program, the student is prepared for a once a year rigorous exam requiring the playing of select pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight reading and ear training. The candidate performs for the visiting Associated Board Examiner from London England and is graded on a point system. Upon passing the student receives a beautiful certificate and additional awards for high scores. Once a year at a separate time, a written exam for music theory is taken. The exams are graded 1 to 8 and can be classical or jazz depending on the candidate's choice.
*** Studio Equipment *** electric piano, separate room for lessons, off street parking, Convenient close in location
*** Travel Equipment *** Small amp, Mac laptop and metronome.
*** Specialties *** I teach many styles and genres such as Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Celtic, Rock, Jazz, Tango and Middle Eastern.
Ensemble playing with other students.
Professional opportunities playing for weddings and other events.
AprilS June 25, 2012
Susan is a great instructor! She's very helpful and positive. And she lets you move at a pace relative to your abilities. I enjoyed my lessons with her very much!!
GloriaB1 April 17, 2012
Susan is so encouraging & gets excited because I'm excited to learn to play the piano. She's very patient with me...which is a huge plus! She also has a way of breaking the music language down so that I can relate to it. It's sort of like word association. That works!
NickK April 10, 2012
helpful and flexible
Susan is a wonderful instructor. She was flexible with my crazy schedule. She gave me enough work to not get boerd between lessons but not to much work. I always look forward to my lessons.
I have a Master’s in Opera Performance from the Boston and New England Conservatories as well as graduating from Vocal Performance programs at Boston University and Western Washington University. I have sung professionally with Boston Lyric Opera, Children’s Theater Companies, churches and synagogue and have toured on the east coast as well as Athens, Greece. Premiering new music is a specialty - I can help you prepare your pieces for auditions. My students have successful auditions for college opera and music theater programs, and as choir soloists. Students gain a larger vocal range and an
easy, natural way of singing whether it is in a rock band, choir or as a soloist. Together we find the joy of singing while building a solid technique.
I also work with small children as a Musikgarten teacher and have toured artist residency programs which introduce children to music and theater in schools. I was adjunct faculty at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, local music studios as well as maintaining my private teaching practice.
*** Lesson Details *** I am persistent and positive! Having worked and performed with singers and master teachers has helped me to be a resourceful teacher who understands the process of becoming a singer. I believe that a sense of fun and play helps you to accomplish your goals quickly. For beginners you will learn how the voice works and how to care for and develop your instrument. We will choose music that interests you and helps to build your voice moving from simple to more complex and challenging. Understanding music theory and sight-reading will help you get the most out of your singing. After 3 - 6 months you should have a good command of breathing and an understanding of how to sing with an expressive tone.For the advanced student, I can help you work on trouble spots and give you tools to help with the changes that voices naturally go through. I look forward to giving you my full focus and celebrating your growth and accomplishments!
*** Studio Equipment *** Condo w/ open area with f/w keyboard with a visitor's parking lot w/ seating for parents. Parents with younger siblings can use play areas outside. Basic library of vocal music, giving the student a way to sample different kinds of songs before purchasing books or downloading songs on their own. Music stand, iPhone plug-in/Amp for accompaniments and examples you want me to hear.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a basic library of vocal music at my home studio and will bring targeted books with me. Students should print out their favorite popular songs from such services as Music Notes website. I expect my students to provide a keyboard, music stand and notebook as well as a low distraction environment.
*** Specialties *** As an opera and musical theater, Oratorio and church singer, I help singers of all levels improve within their genre from popular music to opera. A good singing technique will help performers in any style stay healthy and enjoy an expressive singing instrument.
Alexis B. July 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Julia is an excellent vocal coach ! She's helped me come out of my shell and discover my vocal talents. Every lesson with her has been meaningful and inspirational. At first I was very shy and hesitant about pursuing lessons, but I'm glad I did ! I look forward to everything else she has to teach me.
Ivanna P. July 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very professional, knowledgeable. Great teacher.
Neil June 30, 2015
I am 60 years old, have some musical background, have never, ever sung, and have wanted to rectify that for several years. For me, Julia is perfect, and if I say that I am finding my lessons life-changing, it is not an exaggeration. Julia is experienced, skilled, warm, attentive, and observant. I look forward very much to my next lesson.
I started learning piano as a child, but it was in high school that I realized I really wanted to pursue playing keyboards, because it allowed me a way to express myself. I was hooked. Later on I attended Mt. Hood Community College, played keyboards and sang in choirs and vocal jazz. After graduating on the President's List with an Associates Degree in Special Studies Music, I directed the college Gospel Ensemble for two years before working full-time at a large local church, where I was a Music Director, Worship Leader, and keyboard player. In addition to vocal and keyboard work, I enjoyed di
recting large and small choirs and ensembles, band directing, orchestra conducting, and arranging many styles of music. It is exciting to experience what can happen when people work together musically--the whole becomes even greater than the sum of the parts!
I've been teaching piano for 20+ years now, and I love partnering with students to help them grow musically and realize their dreams. Some of my students have gone on to be professionals or teachers, and some are playing the music they love with their friends. Others are playing in their churches or in bands, and some play simply for personal enjoyment.
If we get the opportunity to work together, you (or your child) will discover that I am patient and encouraging. My desire is to bring your musical goals into focus through education and creative participation.
What is your dream? Playing classical, rock, playing in a band, writing your own music? I'd love to help you realize that dream!
*** Lesson Details *** I believe piano instruction should be fun and casual, yet challenging and inspiring. In our lessons, you'll learn proper technique, sight-reading, improvising, and the music theory behind it. I utilize popular piano methods and contribute additional resources, and I design lessons to help you reach your music goals, whether your dream is to play with others, write your own music, or play your favorites for personal enjoyment. You'll explore many music genres, from classical to rock to jazz, including a large dose of your preferred styles. If you play an electronic keyboard, we'll incorporate features of your instrument to increase your rhythm and song-writing skills. Aspiring songwriters can learn skills like chart writing and computer notation. You'll learn how technology--even your smart phone--can help!
The student is responsible to purchase required books--usually lesson and theory, and occasionally a recital book. These usually cost between 5 and 7 dollars each and can be purchased locally. Bring lined paper with you for your lesson notes. I'll supply staff paper, music and any additional lesson materials, as needed. I will encourage you to purchase a metronome (the musician's friend) if you do not have an instrument with rhythms or metronome.
*** Studio Equipment *** I teach both at students' homes (on your instrument) or at my home, where I have a Yamaha CP70 electric grand piano. The lessons are in the front living room, where seating is available and parents are welcome to observe the lesson. I have a laptop with Sibelius Notation and YouTube at the ready, as well as a mic, mixer and speakers, should they be needed. There may even be a studio cat nearby to inspire you!
*** Travel Equipment *** If lessons are at your home, it is important that you have a practice instrument, which we will use in our lessons. If you need to purchase a piano or are exploring the world of electronic keyboards, I can help you with the many choices available and recommend instruments in your price range. I can also help you become familiar with your keyboard and those features that will be useful to you.
*** Specialties *** For individual lessons, I prefer using the Alfred Method (beginning through intermediate), and have also used the Bastien method, and some others. I teach both sight-reading and/or improvisational skills, along with musical theory, according to the student's needs and goals. I'm comfortable in multiple styles (classical, pop, rock, folk, some jazz and blues).
Renee M. March 12, 2014
Piano Verified Student
what an experienced teacher and wonderful person!
Suzan is such an experienced teacher and she has a passion for music and you feel that. She is kind and such a lovely person. My daughter loves her piano lessons with suzan. She puts together nice recitals for the students and gives all them such an individual attention you feel like the only student. She is also an inspiration to my daughter as an accomplished musician and as a human being. We love suzan! We feel like shes part of the family! â¡â¥â¡â¥
Zhanna B. January 17, 2014
Piano Verified Student
The best teacher!
Suzan the best teacher ever! My 9 years old girl say after each lesson. What i can add more?
Michele A. December 9, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Suzan is an excellent teacher with vast experience. She is always positive and willing to go at a pace that is comfortable for me, while encouraging me to stretch! Thank you so much, Suzan!
I started taking Violin and Piano lessons at age 7. By the age of 12 I was performing recitals and was Concert Master of my elementary school orchestra. In high school I was first chair, and learned to conduct the orchestra. I attended Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield Missouri. I created my own string quartet while studying there. I studied Violin under Mr. Harold King, who was a good friend of Jascha Heifetz and was his roommate in Chicago where they studied music together. I have studied Violin and Piano with many other instructors, including Tony Bennet and Peggy Lee's record
ing pianist. I studied modern and jazz piano with Paul Horn's Jazz Group. I was vocal coach for 3 years for the Pasadena, California Ambassador choir.I have taught for approx. 50 years privately and in various colleges and schools. I was a co-founder and owner of Pasadena School of music in Pasadena California . I was an instructor for Beacock Music in Vancouver, Washington. I have been a member or the Clark College Orchestra and have performed in several concerts with them.I currently perform all over Oregon and Washington, and perform weekly for various functions in the area.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room:Roland electronic piano, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Violin All required music
*** Specialties *** Suzuki Violin, normal Violin Methods, Classical Violin and Piano, modern music piano & theory, and Viola.
Lisa O. November 14, 2013
Viola Verified Student
JACK IS TERRIFIC!
I wish we had found Jack years ago. We hired Jack specifically to help my daughter prepare for an audition. The audition was a success! Jack's approach to teaching is no nonsense and precise, but he has a warm and gentle way about him that motivated my daughter in a way that others haven't. Aside from his teaching ability, I was pleasantly surprised with Jack's sense of urgency and flexibility in responding to special scheduling needs. This is the first time I have been inspired to write an on-line testimony. I hope it helps other students discover Jack's tutoring.
Sharri L. October 31, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Deserves 6 stars
If I looked for a million years I could not have found a better instructor than Jack. He is a peach. I am an older student with Osteoarthritis and I'm hoping that violin will both help avoid Altzheimer's and exercise and stretch the fingers. Jack is sympathetic to my needs and is helping in any way possible. I always look forward to Jack and his sunny personality and expertise. I'm sure that I have reached the epitome of "difficult students", but Jack is always patient and pleasant. He is a true professional in every sense.
TD L. October 30, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Jack is a great teacher! He teaches well and professionally. He picked out the right text books for the lesson which I think very importance. My girls piano skills improve significantly. He also makes it fun to learn so the girls love it. Highly recommend him to everyone.
I have been teaching guitar for 8 years. And have been performing guitar, bass, and drums with rock bands for 15 years. I have studied music and guitar performance through years of private lessons with graduates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute. I specialize in classic and modern rock, heavy metal, and gospel music. My goal is to provide custom private lessons for my students to help them reach their musical goals, build confidence, and develop creativity.
Charlie July 27, 2015
My playing has improved by leaps and bounds after my lessons with Mat. He is very patient, and regardless of what I want to learn he has a lesson prepared. Highly recommended.
Chad July 4, 2015
Matt is a phenomenal teacher! He is knowledgeable, patient and caters his teaching methods to the individual student. My son and I have been taking lessons from him for a little over a year know and and we could not be happier with Matt. We highly recommend him to our friends and family.
Jodi V. June 7, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
My son has been taking lesson from Mat for almost 6 months now and he has learned a lot in a very short time. Mat is an AWESOME teacher. Very knowledgeable about guitar and music. He relates well with kids and is very patient and kind. My son really enjoys his lessons and looks forward to them each week. Great teacher with great prices for lessons....you can't beat that!!
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