Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
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!"
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. :)
Rob. E has over 20 years of professional experience as a drum teacher, and is a veteran U.S Army Musician.
Rob. E teaches students of all ages and backgrounds: children to adults, beginners to advanced. I have over twenty-five years professional experience encompassing rock, funk, blues ,classical, theater, jazz and everything in-between.
Teaching for me is sharing my love of drums with my students. With that in mind, I strive to make learning fun and full of the excitement of discovery! I encourage questions and making mistakes as you learn. Why? Because playing an instrument is one o
f the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have!
*** Lesson Details *** All drum set students studying with Rob, children and adults, are offered a comprehensive curriculum that combines the study of classical, jazz, rock and pop music and is tailored to each students individual interests and abilities. The snare drum and drum set are rich with excellent performance repertoire, including music from classical, rock, pop, funk, Big Band and modern jazz.
During my lessons I incorporate music fundamentals such as sight-reading, rudiments, rhythms, practicing techniques and performance skills into all of my private drum lessons. I also include elementary and advanced music theory studies in my lessons to help each student feel more comfortable and confident when playing the drum set in any musical environment. Developing a loose grip and stable fulcrum. Using natural stick rebound to achieve effortless playing. Free stroke Technique- the secret to relaxed control and speed. Moeller Technique- the key to power and blazing speed. Open hand playing- greater freedom with no more crossed arms. Coordinating the limbs into a relaxed, balanced whole. Reading music without sacrificing a relaxed approach to playing. Developing good time. Learning songs from your favorite bands.
*** Studio Equipment *** Magstar Custom Drums/Zildjian cymbals
*** Travel Equipment *** Teacher/ practice pad set Student- drum set or pad set
*** Specialties *** Drum Set - Rock-Jazz-Latin jazz
Snare Drum -Rudimental - classical
Domenic M. March 26, 2013
My official drum guru!
I started taking lessons from Rob about 2003. I have found him to be a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. Believe it or not, not every good musician can both play AND teach with competence. Rob can do both. He has vast technical skills but he also plays "music" with passion and musicality. I have also found Rob to be extremely sharing and generous beyond expectations.
What are you waiting for? Take some lessons!
James H. March 18, 2013
The single most important influence on my musical career has unquestionably been the great Rob Eagan. Unlike many teachers out there, Rob teaches you how to be an all around musician and not just a drummer. He then encourages you to take your skills out into the real world by introducing you to people in your age group and beyond.
Without Rob I would not have been able to come out of my shell to pursue music in the way that I did. I cannot recommend him enough.
Robert E. February 20, 2013
Fun and the info was rewarding! I would recommend any drum student who is ready to start learning to check Rob out!!
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.
I have twenty-five years of piano playing experience and have taught privately for the past five years. Lessons will include music theory, music writing, composing (if the student is so inclined), and performance. I specialize in teaching the works of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Schumann, Schubert and Brahms. A minimum of thirty minutes a day of practice, is a must. I look forward to the opportunity to work with students and parents to provide a challenging and progressive platform. I also have years of experience teaching older adults. I teach lessons either in my North Quincy home or wil
l travel to the student. I supply the lesson books, to be paid for by the student.
My previous work includes accompaniment for singers of German Lieder, Italian Opera, Art Songs as well as choral concerts. I also have authored dozens of original compositions.
Ages 5 and up
Please contact me for availability and any further questions.
Jennifer K. May 12, 2015
Classical Piano ·
As a teacher of music (violin, voice, and choral) and a Classical singer, and colleague of Brent, I think the most important aspect of teaching is to take a personal approach with each student to see what "fits." Every student learns differently, and Brent recognizes that. He puts a tremendous amount of thought and creativity into the development of his students. Too many teachers today have a "cookie cutter" approach to teaching, and in my own experience, this turns students away from working on music later in their lives. Brent has the opposite approach, he is committed to developing the skills and love for Classical music simultaneously in the student, which has a more long-lasting affect on their schoolwork, concentration, character, and social life.
Guy A. May 10, 2015
He is a very dedicated classic artist that is very knowledgeable in his profession. I strongly recommend that everyone work with him.
Cloret C. May 10, 2015
Classical Piano ·
Without reservation, recommend Brent as an enthusiastic and thoughtful instructor-mentor to those seeking to actually enjoy the experience of mastering music and piano in particular.
As an observer, I'm impressed with Brent's teaching method, and ability to rekindle in young adults the interest and enthusiasm they may have experienced in former times for playing music at the piano.
As a sensitive and proficient accompanist, Brent works patiently and conscientiously with the singer; putting one at ease, even performing the most challenging works of classical composers.
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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