Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Steve
"The lessons are perfect! Just what I was looking for at this point in my study."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Andres
"Learning to play the piano as been pleasant and engaging!
When I first starting taking lessons with Scott I had never taken piano lessons or even knew ho
w to play. Scott knows classical piano music very well and introduced me to great piano pieces for beginners to get started on learning how to play. The lessons will move at your pace and the challenge will never be no more than you can handle. Now I will most likely make it a long term goal to get better and better thanks to his help."
Tucson, AZ teacher:
Review by Kevin
"Very professional, kind instructor with straightforward advice and feedback."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Megan
"She is a super awesome teacher and is great to be with.you can't find a better teacher than her, her teaching skill is just amazing. I always look forward
to each class."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Bella
"Gail is very knowledgeable."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Ravi
"Chantilly is a wonderful incredibly comfortable teacher to learn from. Every lesson I've taken has always been very well thought out and I always feel I g
et so much out of them. Definitely highly recommend!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Evander A. Boynton
"Does a great job of tailoring lessons to match your musical goals. Very patient"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Judy
"My Favorite Teacher
I have taken voice lessons from Ms. Judy 5 years and I now am a lead vocalist at my church and have so much confidence with my capabi
lities now. She is the best teacher I've ever had and I recommend her to anyone ready to reach that next level in their skills no matter beginning or advanced."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Jan
"When my daughter was three years old, she started asking me if she could learn to play the violin. When she was in kindergarten, we decided to start look
ing for a teacher. We tried four different teachers and my daughter chose Ms. Milena. It was the absolute best decision she could have made.
Ms. Milena tailors her lessons to my daughter's interests. If there is a song that my daughter wants to learn to play, all that Ms. Milena has to do is listen to the song and she can produce the music by ear. She is the most musically talented person I have ever met and her love for music shines through in her teaching. She is kind, encouraging, and inspirational to my daughter and she is always thinking of creative ways to keep her engaged and excited about learning the violin.
Ms. Milena is highly competent, trustworthy, and a gifted teacher. I wholeheartedly recommend her and I am exceedingly grateful to have her as a mentor to my daughter. You will not find a better music teacher than Ms. Milena!"
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are custom-oriented to your goals. You will learn confidence in your abilities to perform well and have fun. I will train your mental toolkit, while steering you toward the digital and real-world tools you need to achieve musical success.
Working towards clearly defined goals in a low-pressure, focused environment, my students reach their maximum potential quickly and with confidence. With my expertise and your dedication, we'll have fun and you'll come away from each lesson with something new to work on.
You already enjoy listening to music, now it's t
ime to enjoy making it!
***About Me*** I've appeared on recordings with dozens of rock, pop, jazz, and classical groups, and perform on a variety of instruments and styles throughout the Boston area.
I listen to and play all kinds of music from Beethoven to Stravinsky, Arcade Fire to Beyonce, James Brown to Snoop Dogg/Lion. I have had the pleasure to share the stage with rockers Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), and jazz greats Maynard Ferguson, Jimmie Lunceford, Conrad Herwig, "Blue" Lou Marini, and Jeff Coffin (Flecktones).
I've played acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, violin, cello, and string bass drums. Some of my favorite recent projects have been: -Quilty (Pavement-style hard rock band) -The Nevermind Orchestra (brass band that covers Nirvana tunes) -Chill Sons (my own band for which I write songs, play guitar, and sing) -Manhattan Symphonie (an entertaining symphony orchestra featuring soloists on piano, violin, saw, urdu, and tap shoes)
It is a treat to share music with others, and my lessons are fun, challenging, and engaging.
Thanks for stopping by to look at my profile! Let's hang out and do music things.
Patricia O. June 4, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
I lucked out when Chuck became my teacher to give me guitar lessons. After all these years, I am finally beginning to believe that I can actually play a guitar, thanks to Chuck. He gives me his positive feedback at every lession which encourages me to practice and believe in myself.. He is so smart, kind, patient, talented, and funny too. If anyone comes to you seeking a very talented teacher to learn an instrument, you would be wise to assign Chuck to be their teacher.
Scott R. May 11, 2015
Online Verified Student
We're a few lessons in and Chuck is helping me a lot! As someone who does not have a performance degree, I have a lot of basic questions about how to practice, rehearse and perform. Chuck has been great and I look forward to continuing to learn!
Wanda R. April 30, 2015
Online Verified Student
Being a complete beginner with no background in music or playing a musical instrument, Chuck was patient and enjoyable to work with. I am excited about the future lessons!
I began taking both voice and piano lessons at the age of 11, after years of sitting outside my older sisters' clarinet lessons and wishing to study music, myself. I fell in love with music at my very first lesson, and knew that it was what I would do with my life. I went on to attend New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where I received my Bachelor of Music in vocal performance, and then onto Longy School of Music of Bard College, where I am currently working on my Masters in vocal performance and continuing piano as a secondary instrument. I am the co-owner of The Creativ
e Musician and have experience teaching piano students ranging from 4-year-old beginners to experienced adults and voice students ranging from novices to conservatory-bound high-school seniors. I am currently located in Roslindale, MA, and am available to teach both in my studio and in students' homes in the Roslindale/Jamaica Plain/West Roxbury area.
First and foremost, I always strive to make lessons engaging, enjoyable, and gently challenging. Mastering something that you find difficult is one of the most rewarding aspects of music lessons, and I believe that all students are capable of surpassing their own expectations and surprising themselves with their abilities. I try to create a welcoming and creative learning environment where students will feel comfortable exploring new techniques and ways of thinking about music.
Musical literacy and a healthy technique are vitally important for both pianists and singers in any genre, and I hope to impart this to my students while helping them to discover the joy of music and performance. I tailor lessons to help each individual student reach his/her goals, and welcome all ages and levels into my studio.
My home studio has a grand piano and a seating/waiting area for parents and siblings.
I will provide reference books and other teaching materials that will be used in lessons. I expect my students to have a piano (or full-sized keyboard with 88 weighted keys, an attached pedal, and a proper bench) for home practice and to reimburse me for books to be used at home.
ReginaP March 6, 2014
My daughter started piano lessons at age 8 and switched to Alaina when she was 10. The growth has been exponential! Alaina is an incredibly talented musician and has a real skill for teaching. She is very gentle and patient, yet knows how and when to challenge a student. The music is engaging, interesting and makes learning fun. My daughter loves playing and continues to be inspired by Alaina's talents and passion. i would highly recommend Alaina without reservation!
Nancy K. March 6, 2014
Alaina was such a great teacher! She was my teacher my senior year of high school and was really helpful. She picked out pieces that really showed off my voice and helped me get in to a good music school. Now that I am in college, Alaina has because a great friend and mentor to me! I am really lucky to have found her as a teacher. :)
I've been playing the guitar for twenty-six years now, and I've been working as a guitar teacher for the last twenty years. I've been making a living as a guitar teacher in the Boston area for fourteen years now, and I teach in two locations - Brighton and Dedham. Prior to that I also taught at Guitar Attention Center in Springfield, Ohio while I was in college, where I graduated with honors at Wright State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications. I've also played in a variety of original and cover bands, and have written a number of songs of my own. I'm working on record
ing these as instrumentals in my home studio. I also play in a rock cover band called Element 78. We play out every weekend, and even on some Sundays. The singer and I have also started doing some acoustic shows on Sundays and Thursdays as well.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach in two locations - I have a private studio in Brighton and I also teach out of my home in Dedham.
I'm happy to teach students songs they want to learn, but if you're looking for a teacher with a specific plan to teach you how to play the guitar, I do have that. There are specific exercises I'll teach you and songs by popular artists that I teach students to develop their skills. I have a method for teaching guitar that I've been using since 1997, and it definitely works as I've taught a lot of people to play over the years. All you have to do is practice what I give you for 30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week, and be patient with yourself.
*** Studio Equipment *** Finished basement, 2 guitar amps, recording equipment, stereo system
*** Travel Equipment *** acoustic guitar, laptop
*** Specialties *** Classic and Alternative Rock, Modern Country, Acoustic and Electric Blues, Fingerstyle Blues, Coordinating singing and playing guitar.
Sue L. June 8, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Derrick is great . . . not only does he know how to play, he knows how to teach!
Bill V. May 19, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Derrick does a great job of mixing fun and fundamentals. I'm a beginner, and I'm stoked to keep playing after my lessons.
I highly recommend Derrick!
santoshn July 26, 2012
He is so good at Guitar... nice to learn and much to learn from him.
I am one of those individuals for whom teaching is just something that I have to do. I started giving music lessons sometime in the 80âs and have loved working with all levels of skill and experience. My students say that I am patient, adaptive and encouraging, committed to making music fun.
I have a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles, including pop, rock, gospel, traditional hymnody, jazz, and R&B. Although I love and study classical music, it is not something I teach at this point.
In addition to
private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. Having served as a church musician for more than 30 years, I currently co-lead the worship team at Life Church in Boston with my wife. I recently signed on as the keyboard player for Tall Enough, a Boston-based alternative rock band. I often find myself involved in city-wide music events in Bostonâs faith-based community, most recently arranging music and directing a 60-voice choir for Boston Night of Worship.
I enjoy my morning coffee, finding new guitar chords, creating killer PowerPoint presentations, and watching how fast my teenage daughter can text her friends.
*** Lesson Details *** My priority as a teacher is to make the learning process fun, life-giving, and productive. I teach with patience and humor, at a challenging but not frustrating pace.
Some quotes from my students: âI absolutely love learning from Bil! Iâve watched my playing and the playing of others at church vastly improve as a result of his training.â
â[Bil] is filled with a large amount of knowledge, so while sitting under him you not only learn about how to play but you learn about music history and theory. Beyond being a good teacher he is genuine and friendly and cares about others.â
âI have really enjoyed working with Bil. His patience and wealth of knowledge has helped me come out of my musical shell and has encouraged me to discover my musical voice.â
âBil makes learning theory fun! His deep understanding of music is complemented by his contagious enthusiasm.â
There are at least two ways that might set me apart from other teachers.
Firstly, I have honed and developed "people skills". I am an ordained minister and have held positions where I was formally and informally in a mentoring/pastoring role. I bring that sensitivity to my music lessons, understanding that personal and emotional issues can be triggered by the engagement with the music and skills being worked on.
Secondly, I've had a remarkable broad base of experience. My coursework has exposed me to a wide breadth of ideas and tools; my work life has been long and varied; I have had extensive experience in many different cultural contexts, both musically and otherwise; and I work well with many age groups and skill levels.
Regarding my teaching approach: For beginners, I have a fairly consistent set of topics and skill sets to cover. Generally, in a few months, piano students (particularly those in middle school through adulthood) should know how to play major, minor and seventh chords, how to read simple chord charts and some very basic accompanying skills. Guitar students should know a dozen open chords and have been introduced to barre chords, and to have learned several styles of finger picking as well as strumming. Bass students should know how to find notes on the board and will have begun to learn how to fill out a song with an expressive but non-obtrusive bass line.
For intermediate students, the pace, direction and focus on lessons depends upon the goals and passions of the student along with the amount of time he or she has to practice. My goals for students at this level and beyond is to learn how to learn. I will use outstanding recorded examples of particular skills or stylistic idioms to help my students understand and master each new concept. I often will check in with my student to make sure that we are on track with what they are hoping for.
For advanced students, we will generally target very specific objectives. I also try to add elements of theory, history, culture, and even life lessons to apply to the topics we address. Because of my background in pastoral ministry, I can serve as a mentor addressing the emotional and relational issues of playing music as well as its technical aspects.
*** Studio Equipment *** upstairs music room: fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, amps, drum set, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** if for guitar or bass, that instrument; I expect piano students to have an available piano and for other students to have their own instrument(s).
*** Specialties *** strong in jazz, rock, pop, gospel, sacred, R&B.
Genevieve N. December 7, 2012
Piano Verified Student
Gifted teacher and musician
His method of teaching is amazing. He makes music accessible and joyful. I feel challenged without being intimidated. This experience is so valuable because of his ability to bring out the musician inside of me and to help me understand why and how to make beautiful sounds.
India E. September 6, 2012
Piano Verified Student
A born teacher
Bill is a remarkable teacher. After 22 years of not playing I am truly grasping music theory which is opening my ears and hands up to music in a way that I have never experienced. Bill's teaching style is mellow and exciting at the same time, he is clear with the information and can sense when I get it and when I don't. His communication relates so well to tangible examples that I am able to grasp that it is making the learning easy and fun. Bill is quick with praise and kind with corrections.I look forward to seeing him every week.
Professional performing and recording musician, recording engineer, producer, and educator.
Aubrey C. May 19, 2015
Pro Tools Software ·
In studio Verified Student
I went into working with Holbrook on the recommendation of the TakeLessons staff, after a bit of trouble trying to find the right person, namely because I had set a high order — I wanted someone to essentially give me a crash course in production, somehow helping me make an actual record out of a bunch of vocal song offerings.
It worked out a million times better than I'd expected! I went in there, with my big, presumptuously tall order, and Holbrook was wonderful about doing a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of making instrumental tracks around my vocals. I explained as best I could my vision for each song, and Holbrook would try out a variety of tempos and rhythms for each — and if I felt one wasn't working, he was completely fine with giving me something more to my liking. He was also approachable, relaxed, and good at explaining basic, simple things in music production to a green beginner, and showing me how I could do many of the steps myself in the future.
I highly recommend him to anyone who wants an instructor in music production and engineering. If he could teach me, he can probably teach anyone!
Martin B. November 24, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·
If you plan on learning or furthering your guitar knowledge I highly recommend Holbrook .
I've taken lessons with other teachers in the past but I must say Holbrook is the type of teacher that figures out your learning style ( yes we all have one ) , he'll take the time to find your strength and weaknesses as to make each less as beneficial as possible . I'm very fortunate to have him as a teacher !!
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