Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Ali
"“Indistinguishable from Magic”
Jameson is a perfect teacher…superlatively knowledgeable, experienced, talented, effective, professional, understanding,
encouraging, friendly, and fun.
I’m an electrical engineering graduate student. In love with (listening to) classical voice and musical theatre, and desperate to learn to sing, but with no applicable musical intuition or experience, I began taking lessons with Jameson early last year.
Whenever I have a question (and believe me, I ask a LOT of questions), Jameson is ready with a comprehensive, informed answer. Whenever I struggle with a particular exercise or skill or phrase, Jameson is ready with an effective remedy. When I sense (or he senses) that something doesn't feel or sound quite right, he will tell me which senses I should pay attention to and which senses might lead me astray if I focus on them while singing. He has always worked hard and effectively to teach me how to put and keep my mind and body in the proper frame for singing (regardless of the state I'm in when I enter the studio), sometimes by introducing Alexander Technique exercises and principles, informed by human anatomy. When we work on a piece, starting with the bare melody, Jameson guides me through deeper and deeper levels of understanding and connection with the piece so that my performance continually improves and becomes progressively more organic. Jameson never bends me toward a particular sound; he helps make my experience and my sound intensely personal, while always improving the quality of that sound and promoting a healthy singing style.
Thanks to Jameson, I’m now well on my way. I hear and appreciate and love music as never before. As for singing…I am delighted beyond words by my initial development of and persistent improvement in tone quality, musical understanding, range, control, basic ability, consistency, and confidence.
In my life so far, I have known many teachers (of many things), among whom a very, very tiny number change everything forever. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Jameson is one of them."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by James
"Excellent Drum Teacher!!!!
My 7 year old son has been taking lessons with Tom for the past four months and will continue for the foreseeable future. I am
particularly pleased with Tom's patience, enthusiasm and adaptability with my son. I am also amazed at my son's progress--he can really play the drums!!!!.
Tom is an accomplished drummer with his own unique style and one of the cool things about him is that he is interested in getting to know my son to encourage and develop his own unique musical taste and style.
Tom frequently requests that my son provide favorite songs, and then teaches those beats and techniques. This is a unique quality which makes learning music instantly rewarding for a young person and ultimately provides a foundation that my son can have fun with, as he learns the more technical and mundane aspects of music that every serious student must work through.
Whether you or your child would like to be the next Buddy Rich, Lars Ulrich, Neil Pert or Questlove Jenkins, Tom will work with you or your child to develop both a familiar and meaningful learning program that builds knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm for the drums.
I have the highest regard for Tom and highly recommend him as a drum teacher."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Hadja
Kansas City, MO teacher:
Review by Ryan Maesen
"Wonderful experience. She was very patient and a great listener."
Grand Rapids, MI teacher:
Review by Marlene
"My daughter started singing classes with Ismealena a few weeks ago and she is great!! She is extremely knowledgeable and a wonderful tutor."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by C
"Paul is a great teacher! He is very professional and is clearly a very experienced musician. He helped me find the most efficient and effective way to lea
rn and practice, which is just as useful in everyday life. He really cared about my musical interests, which made my lessons much more fun. He made it easy for me to stay motivated and engaged in playing drums!"
As a graduate of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and Boston University Metropolitan College, Manda has obtained a diverse education in performance and performing arts management. As a clarinetist, Manda has performed in Illinois, Alabama, Ohio, and Massachusettes as a soloist, chamber musician, and in large ensembles. Her performances have been well received for their diverse programming and superior musicianship and technique.
Manda began teaching clarinet and piano in 2008 while she was still in high school. She began with beginning and intermediate musicians and quickly received the op
portunity to coach advanced players at one of Illinois' top high school band programs. While studying in Ohio, she began teaching clarinet and piano at the Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School. There she continued to have one of the largest studio classes of both instruments for two years. Currently, Manda continues teaching in Boston, MA through Takelessons and Musika as well as through her own personal network.
Outside of her performances and teaching, Manda has held positions as a fundraiser and administrator at the Verb Ballet company in Ohio, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Massachusettes, the Brooke Charter Schools in Massachusettes, as well as the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Using her skills learned in these positions, as well as from working with mentor Dr. David Cutler, Manda uses an entrepreneurial and logistical mind set when running Manda's Music. You will be met with a professional atmosphere and efficently run lessons and administration.
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect to have their at-home-work as well as practice techniques written out in a journal for their reference every week. We will begin working slowly so the student and I feel comfortable with each other, as well as with the instrument. Each student is different, so there is no timeline that is set to work from. We work at a pace that is comfortable yet continuously challenging for the student. Over all, Manda works to acheive her goal for students to gain an appreciation for music, and look forward to coming to lessons each week.
*** Studio Equipment *** The lesson spaces include stands, pianos, and chairs.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide pens, pencils, metronome, tuner, and small repair equipment. I expect students to bring their instrument (for clarinet only), assigned music, assignment journal, and specified instrument equipment (i.e. reeds, swab, cork grease, etc).
*** Specialties *** Classical music, popular music, and beginning jazz.
Elena Glassman February 6, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Approachable, efficient, knowledgeable!
Melanie M. February 3, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Manda is super nice and a great piano teacher to my 7 year old daughter! My daughter looks forward to her lessons each week.
Yong E. February 2, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I am in my mid-20s, and I just started to learn piano. I do have an experience of learning piano as a little kid, but it wasn't fun. It was tedious, non-inspiring, and simply boring. Since I slowly developed interest in classical music as I grew up, learning to play piano is one thing I wanted to do for quite a long time.
Nevertheless, I had plenty of anxiety starting something new as an adult. Aside of that, I don't own a piano, and most of the lessons seemed to be dedicated to children.
As a new year's resolution, I determined to find a way to learn. Then I found 'takelessons', which makes paying for and scheduling/rescheduling lessons an easy task. Subsequently I found Manda, who had excellent qualifications and credentials, along with near-perfect reviews.
Now I am very happy that I started and I feel extremely lucky to have Manda as my first-as-a-grownup teacher. She is very knowledgeable and forgiving. These qualities of her makes learning piano very interesting, which is often not the case since inevitably a lot of repetition follows with learning.
What used to be an awful Monday, which most grownups would agree on, transformed to an exciting time to explore a part of the world I haven't exposed to that much. Juggling work and practice isn't so bad as I thought so far. I look forward to keep learning from Manda, to accomplish my goal of playing piano pieces that I love listening to.
I've been in and around music all my life. I started violin at age 5, part of the first generation of Suzuki violinists in the United States. I've loved being a professional violinist and violin teacher for over 30 years! And I've also founded and directed three community music schools in Newburyport, Boston, and Manhattan.
I hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Violin Performance, and I'm lucky to have had wonderful experiences during my formal training! In my undergraduate years, I was awarded a full 4-year scholarship for string quartet and chamber music playing, which was invaluabl
e as a real-world training. In graduate school, I was fortunate to learn so much as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate violin students.
I have also been an innovator in musical education, and I've felt honored to coach numerous already gifted violin teachers who have sought me out to improve their techniques for best teaching practices. From my 30+ years of private violin teaching and observing how children learn, I developed a super fun groundbreaking class in New York City for 2.5 to 5 year old beginners called Crackerjack Kidz! And a few years ago, I wrote a text to accompany young students and their families.
I continuously work to be a master teacher dedicated to the very best methods, using a variety and combination of techniques and strategies tailored to the student's musical success and enjoyment.
My specialties include music-based early childhood development, adult beginners and continuing learners, intermediate and advanced players, and chamber music coaching.
I welcome you to start your family's musical journey with me!
*** Lesson Details *** While each lesson is different, we always try to spend a little time warming up, making sure we're comfortable and free of tension, reviewing what we've worked on, and layering in new concepts each time. We also learn age appropriate music theory (the "why's" of how music works), we exercise our imaginations, and we learn how to effectively practice.
We learn to think, solve problems, hear the music in our minds, and coordinate our bodies to play beautifully! Along the way we learn skills for life, the joy of accomplishment, and love of ourselves and others!
Whether you're a toddler or a senior, violin can always teach new things and help students appreciate more about themselves and the world!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room with keyboard and computer. Parents can sit it on lessons, and are enouraged to do so with young students.
*** Specialties *** I'm a classically trained violinist and a master teacher with over 30 years of experience. I've been teaching Suzuki violin to children ages 3 and up for my whole career, and I'm also extremely comfortable with traditional methods for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of any age.
My specialties include: music-based early childhood development adult beginners and continuing learners intermediate and advanced players chamber music coaching.
Heather P. January 7, 2016
Online Verified Student
Just had my first lesson with Jill.. wow, she's incredible! I feel really comfortable with her, and I think this is going to be a wonderful journey with her!
Emily December 29, 2015
I had the pleasure of working with Jill Good while I was responsible for planning and conducting numerous worship services for occasions which required special music. She is a consummate musician; not only does she play superbly, she has extensive knowledge of music theory, as well as possessing a repertoire of works which are appropriate in multiple settings. She is a delight to work with - bringing not only her expertise, but her bright spirit to every endeavor. I commend her without reservation.
Ted December 28, 2015
Writing from a different perspective: I was (30 years) an instrumental, both band and orchestra, music teacher in the York Suburban School District, York, PA. Jill is my daughter whom I started on violin at an early age espousing the Suzuki method. I studied with Dr. Suzuki in Baltimore, MD.
Jill's early exposure to the violin blossomed into what she is now, an experienced violinist and teacher able to relate to students of all ages, finding the fitting relationship between student and teacher. I would recommend her and her teaching stance to any and all students
Hi! I'm Josh, a passionate music educator in Boston, MA. I have taught over 1000 lessons over the past three years to piano, voice, and theory students of all ages. From preparing for rock-vocal style auditions at Berklee College of Music to helping re-discovering the fun of classical piano lessons, there is nothing I enjoy more than working with students on achieving their goals. As a gigging musician and a lifetime student myself, I know what it takes to improve, master, and most importantly ENJOY your time at your instrument. Looking forward to helping you reach all your music goals!
ut me: I eat/breathe/sleep music. From writing and conducting my first A Capella piece in high school to playing in bands that have toured around the world, music is my passion and my life! I value nothing more than finding that passion in others and working together to turn musical fantasies into realities.
From grade school to high school I took rigorous classical piano lessons. In 2006-07 I attended two summer programs at Berklee College of Music where I studied jazz/rock performance, and continued to study jazz piano at Washington University.
At Boston University, I studied classical music composition/theory, and was accepted to for a dual degree in Music Composition, Psychology, but decided to pursue music as a minor in order to allow more time for gigging. Since relocating to Boston, I have performed 250+ shows in various ensembles around the greater Boston area.
*** Lesson Details *** As your private instructor, I am here to give you the most rewarding, interesting, and enjoyable lessons in the UNIVERSE. My lessons are are catered to your specific goals and where you are at, beginner to advance, 5-1000 years old. I am here to get you to where you want to go, whether that's taking up a new hobby or becoming a virtuoso. Together, we will do it!
In our lessons we will work on:
- Your favorite songs, any style - Writing your own music - How to learn music by ear - How to read music notation and chord sheets. - How to record/produce yourself - really, seriously, ANYTHING YOU WANT!
I know what it's like to have a teacher that is uninspiring, or to be told that a certain kind of music is the "right kind to learn," when all you want to do is jam out to your favorite songs on the radio. I've been there. That's not what I'm about. I'll teach you how to play whatever it is you want to learn, whether that's the complete works of Bach or the latest One Direction song. Let's do it.
*** Studio Equipment *** Digital Piano, Synthesizer, Digital Audio Workstation, Recording Equipment.
*** Travel Equipment *** Piano and voice students must provide piano/keyboard.
*** Specialties *** My experience is primarily with pop/rock/jazz/classical music, but we can do any genre/style you'd like!
Jack Kieffer November 18, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Fantastic experience thus far
Eric Townson October 1, 2015
Online Verified Student
I'm 53 and play guitar pretty well but have only focused on singing in the last few months. Things weren't coming together like I wanted and I decided to take lessons. Josh has been fantastic to work with. He brings lots of enthusiasm even when working with a rank novice like me. I also appreciate how he has tailored his approach to focus on my individual goals.
James W. September 22, 2015
In home Verified Student
I took piano lessons with Josh for several months in my home, and it was a really great experience. I have a significant classical background, and was taking lessons to learn more about jazz theory and performance. Josh has a tremendous knowledge of music theory and is also an excellent performer to boot. I made a ton of progress in a short amount of time, and I would definitely highly recommend Josh as a teacher!
Kathryn is an enthusiastic and patient contemporary string player specializing in teaching violin and viola. Growing up she played violin and viola in school and community orchestras, as well as bass in jazz bands and small ensembles. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she studied violin and viola. At Berklee, Kathryn majored in Film Scoring (writing music for film and TV), so she is accomplished in composition as well as performance. She has performed onstage with musicians from all over the world including: Brazilian singer Rosa Passos, Cuban bassist Cachao, alternative
rock singer Paul Cole, and Christopher Guest from "This is Spinal Tap."
As a teacher, Kathryn utilizes her training in and experience playing a diverse range of styles in her lessons. She has been teaching private lessons for 8 years and has also taught music as a camp counselor, college tutor, and workshop leader. Whether you are looking to pick up a brand new instrument, learn a new style, or work on improving on what you already know, Kathryn can help you reach your goals.
Naera M. January 15, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Kathryn is very knowledgeable, easy going and patient. My daughter can't wait to go back to her 2nd class.
Clare O. December 10, 2015
Online Verified Student
She's great! She is flexible with scheduling and very patient. Absolutely recommend!
AmberBelle August 24, 2015
Online Verified Student
I was really impressed with my daughter's first lesson. She was taught the instrument, how to hold it and some simple songs to practice. Kathryn was patient and sent me my daughter's homework. There was a great lesson plan and it was obvious Kathryn knows what she was doing.
I'm a professional guitar player, an Opera Singer and also an experienced and supportive teacher. I will meet your personal goals choosing the right method for your own pace and focus on helping you to develop your artistry. If you want to know more about me just visit paulolapa.com
GUITAR: I have a ten year experience career teaching guitar - privately and throughout official schools - to students of all ages, from curious toddlers to contemplative seniors. Prior to move to the United States, I taught at A
MVP Musical Academy (Portugal) where I also got my conservatory degree in Guitar performance. Relying on a fundamental classic technique I can guide you through every musical genre that you wish to approach and enlighten you with the best musical foundation that there is. Whether you want to learn a specific song/repertoire or you want me to guide you trough the keystones of this instrument I will always lookout for your personal satisfaction and development in the process.
I'm a recorded artist with two albums as a member of the AMVP Guitar Orchestra: Contrastes (2003) and Plaisir (2005) and appeared at prestigious venues in Portugal, Saint Peterburg (Russia), Paris (France) and Frankfurt (Germany).
SINGING: My voice studio teaches singers from beginner to advanced levels who are eager to properly use their own voice, master the fundamental notions of a healthy singing technique and how to potentiate themselves as individual artists. If you're preparing for an audition or are just curious about what you can do with your voice, I'll be glad to help you. The process that allowed me to become a professional Opera singer gave me the clear notion that as a student you want to have the balance between clear and accurate concepts and a positive experience.
Because singing was always a passion in my life I also pursued my advanced studies in Classical Voice, and as a result I graduated from Aveiro University (Portugal) in Music and Vocal Performance. My goal as a voice teacher is to help you understand the basic fundamentals of a healthy singing voice: breathing technique, clarity of tone, balance between natural resonators and clear diction - regardless of what genre you're singing. I can also assist you in the proper diction of the romantic languages (Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese).
After completing my studies in Portugal, I moved to Boston where I developed a relationship with the VOICExperience Foundation and the Savannah Voice Festival led by the great Opera legend Sherrill Milnes. While in the United States, I have performed in musical concerts, opera and musical scenes, private performances and outreach events in Savannah, Georgia, New York City, Tampa Bay, Florida and Hilton Head, South Carolina. In Savannah I've been working regularly - throughout a series of Masterclasses - with a group of teenagers from Bethesda Academy introducing them to the Opera world and showing how to use their own voice and body as a way to fully express themselves.
Kevin February 2, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Our son liked the first lesson.
Steve S. January 9, 2016
Online Verified Student
I'm a new singer and the first lesson was really helpful and at the same time not stressful. Paulo was engaging and made it very comfortable. I'm looking forward continuing and learning how to get the most out of my voice.
Robin M. January 8, 2016
In home Verified Student
My first lesson with Paulo was great! He provided great information about the components of singing and even emailed me a document after the lesson with a summary. He was professional, friendly and made me feel very comfortable. I'm looking forward to the next lesson!
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