Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by kathy
"My son is 9 and he has been taking lessons from Miss Emma for the past year and a half. We love her. She is very dedicated to her craft and to her stude
nts. She has worked very closely with our son and he has improved tremendously while working with her. She truly cares about him and goes out of her way to make him the best that he can be. I cannot say enough good things about her."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Zoe
"Great instructor, guitar made simple and comfortable."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Austin
"So far my experience with Alex is going extremely well, within the past few months of taking vocal lessons for the first time Alex has given me a plethora
of ways to view and appreciate music to help me grow as a singer. His insightful analogies will not only make you chuckle at times but will actually enhance your knowledge of music as well."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lynne
"Perfect fit for my daughter
My 17 year old daughter recently began taking lessons with Richard D., and we couldn't be happier. He is patient and encourag
ing, and he makes learning fun. She really appreciates the fact that he encourages her to work on music that she likes rather than telling her what songs to learn. He obviously knows his instrument, and clearly enjoys passing on his knowledge. A+ for this teacher!"
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Jane
"Dave is a wonderful teacher and musician! He does a great job of teaching you the music you want to play in combination with skills you need in order to
improve. If you don't understand something, he'll explain it in different ways until you do. He's really nice and professional and has a great in home studio. I would highly recommend him!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Maris
Roz H. is surely a great piano teacher for my son who is 6 years old; he started when he was 5 yo; Roz has tons of patience and incorpo
rate other motivation technique for my son's ability to learn."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Joe
"Very knowledgable and patient
Michael is a great teacher with a wide variety of experience. I have learned many new techniques and skills while under his
direction. He has been very patient with me as I get re-acquainted with the instrument. He is flexible and quickly adjusted to my learning style."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Rodil (Deo)
"Have you seen conservatory conductor-teacher Fletcher rip into jazz drummer-student Andy in the movie Whiplash? Famous quotes: "Were you rushing or dragg
ing?", "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than 'good job'."
Thankfully, Jackie is in NO way like Fletcher. She's kind and very encouraging, though firm and exacting at the same time. She will not say 'good job' if you don't deserve it. If you've seen her youtube piano and singing videos, you know that she comes from an impeccable classical background, so understandably her standard is very high. She doesn't tolerate 'sloppy' playing. I've been studying with her for 6 months plus, and I'm still trying to earn a star on my drop-rolls. I'm also still struggling to maintain a technique that does not vacillate between legato and staccato when doing scales with a metronome.
Before coming to Jackie, I could not read sheet music, and can only 'play by ear' (improvise) the melody/accompaniment while reading lyrics and chords from sites such as ultimate-guitar. I tried all kinds of software and apps, including 'Playground Sessions' and 'Piano Marvel' but with limited success. However, I just recently tried the new 'Flowkey' webapp, and was pleasantly surprised to see that I can now handle some of the beginner and intermediate level sheet music.
Here's a youtube video of some of us, her students, performing in our piano/voice recital: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r01ElWcOVmg
There's just no substitute to a real great personal teacher like Jackie, who can not only guide you, but ultimately motivate and inspire you."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Emily
"Caleb began teaching me how to play acoustic guitar and ukulele three years ago. He has always been patient with and encouraging to me, understanding how
I learn, and empowering me to explore musical techniques in my own way. In the past year of my career in music, I have been able to work with a band and record my first EP, and Caleb has been there to train me in musical performance as well as songwriting and recording. He is gifted with a phenomenal ear, mind, and appreciation for all types of music. Another unique feature about Caleb is his ability to deeply see and appreciate the talent and potential of others. In conclusion, Caleb is an exquisite musician and singer-songwriter, a respectful and honest young man, and an incredible instructor for all ages."
Adia has been described as having “a voice full of personality and expression.” Her vocal stylings have been called soulful, soothing, and classy. Dedicated to the preservation of jazz music, her energetic and exciting performances are marked by a blend of jazz standards, original compositions, and an exploration of the elements of jazz found in contemporary music genres. For over ten years Adia performed with Generations, a jazz ensemble dedicated to the preservation of jazz music, consisting of some of the most seasoned jazz musicians in the triangle area, opening for Jimmy Heath and perform
ing with Gary Bartz. Her debut CD First Take, features Generations. Adia is still often accompanied by her father, Generations bassist Freeman L., a bassist with over thirty years of jazz performing experience.
A skilled and passionate performer, Adia works with various jazz instrumentalists. She currently performs with the her Quartet which routinely features jazz professionals, instructors, and students from North Carolina and the US east coast on drums, bass, piano, and horns.
A native of Durham, NC, Adia holds Bachelors degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies from North Carolina Central University and a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from New York’s Queens College. She was chosen as an outstanding performer by Downbeat Magazine in 2006, and was selected to participate in the 2006 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead International Jazz Residency and Performance Project. She was selected as a 2008 NC Arts Council Emerging Artist. Her sophomore CD, Take 2: Rendezvous with Yesterdays was well received internationally and reached the top ten on the CMJ jazz station charts.
Adia most recently was the featured performer for the 2011 Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Ceremony and was chosen to be on the 2012-2014 Durham Arts Council CAPS rooster, bringing the arts to public and private schools. She also served as the music director for United Way’s “Shakespeare on Base” held at Fort Bragg Military Base in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid back instructor with an incredible love for music. I will tailor each lesson to the needs of each individual student. I love teaching dedicated and diligent students. I am well versed in teaching various styles of music including but not limited to classical, jazz, and musical theater. I encourage my students to become musicians and not just vocalist. Each lesson will be comprised of a vocal warm-up, vocalizing exercises, ear-training, music theory, and singing. I will include a little history and diction when needed. When you study with me you will leave with the ability to sing any type of music of your choosing. I will infuse each student with my own passionate spirit for music. Lets sing!
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room set up for lessons with piano and microphones. Parents are able to sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can bring my own keyboard and tape/cd player. I would like for students to have a mirror and a cassette tape or other recording method for practicing purposes.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Jazz Vocal Performance, though I was trained to sing Classical and Broadway music as well.
Janet August 7, 2015
I only didn't give a 5 because I really do reserve 5 stars for the beyond exceptional.. in all things.
But Adia has helped me already in ways that other teachers have not!! I highly recommend her and I'm increasing the time of my lessons with her as a consequence.
I am a pianist and theorist who is enthusiastic about helping you learn more about music! I have a Bachelors of Music Performance from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Music Theory from Bowling Green State University. Music is one of my passions, a passion I would love to share with you!
I have experience with classical, classic, jazz, and Broadway music, among other genres. My performance and scholarly studies were primarily classical, but not limited to classical music.
Whether you pursue performance, scholarship, a greater appreciation of music, or simply a fun experience
, I will help you reach your goals! None of these is exclusive, as all of them should be fun!
*** Lesson Details *** I prefer to teach in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where the student can ask questions and offer opinions without fear. I am a patient and encouraging teacher, though I do expect students to prepare for lessons and improve over time. Lessons and curricula are tailored to the individual, depending on the student's goals. Should those goals change over the course of his/her study, the curriculum and lesson format will reflect that change. I believe in a well-rounded education, incorporating not only memorization or sight-reading (for example), but the underlying theories and relevant historical information. Most importantly, I will endeavor to make lessons enjoyable as well as educational for all involved!
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide sight-reading/singing materials, handouts, and copies of music. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, textbook, and staff paper.
*** Specialties *** Music Theory/Aural Skills: tonal through post-tonal theory, including counterpoint, part-writing, Roman numeral analysis, set theory; tonal and atonal sight singing (with solfege, numbers, and European letter names), rhythmic and melodic dictation, chord series
Piano: primarily tonal music (Baroque through Romantic), sight-reading, show tunes, popular songs
Victoria B. January 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
Excellent piano teacher!! Very patient, kind, reliable and communicates very well with my 10 yo son. She is so enthusiastic and has really gotten my son interested in music, despite that he is very shy. I have been impressed with how quickly my son has learned to play the piano in just a few months. We have been so thrilled with Carolyn that our other two children are to start lessons this month!!
Abie E. November 16, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Carolyn B. is an excellent piano teacher
Carolyn B. has been teaching my 6yr old daughter for a year. Carolyn has a very engaging style of teaching that works extremely well for kids. She has a tested ability to skillfully refocus kid's attention by injecting fun into the lesson and reassuring the kid that "they can". She's extremely patient, is always pleasant is good at easing a child into stepping up their ability and confidence. From the start, I signed up my daughter for 1-hour lessons, unsure if she will focus. I'm amazed at how Carolyn keeps her engegaed through the hour. My daughter's skills and interest in piano continues to grow. I strongly recommend Carolyn B. to teach piano.
Rabia N. February 11, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Carolyn has been teaching my 9 year old for just over 2 months and he has learnt immensely. She is very patient, friendly, soft spoken and my son loves her! He is a very shy kind and doesn't adjust to newer people so quickly but she is just phenomenal!
David discovered his love for music early on at the age of seven with the musical/movie: The Sound of Music. He and his siblings would entertain their babysitter by acting out the entire musical - singing and dancing along with the soundtrack. To make it even more fun, they would sometimes speed up the vinyl record and perform in extra-fast mode! (And that was way before 'Wii - Just Dance!')
He vividly remembers his first real musical instruction back in elementary school: “Everyone in 4th Grade was given a Recorder to learn how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. When the
music teacher had the class play together, she noticed that I wasn't looking down at my music booklet as I played, since I was 'playing by ear'. Not only was my booklet turned to the wrong page; it was upside down as well! To admonish me, she had me stand up in front of the whole class and play solo - as she held the booklet in front of me. Enthusiastically, I rendered the complete song correctly, only pretending to read from the page as she held it, but actually 'playing by ear'. Upon getting to the end of the tune, I suddenly broke out in a jazzed-up, improvised version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', arousing the whole class to spontaneously tap their feet in rhythm and clap with delight . . . my first solo performance!”
David eventually took up guitar in his teens, becoming involved with playing for musicals such as "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar". During high school, he also played in the Bluegrass band 'Odell & Zeke', and in the Rock band 'Ring Wraith', performing for local dances and proms.
Extremely versatile within classical and popular guitar styles, David played in the Top-40-Hit music video, Shine Shine, by The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb – alongside pop-star legend - Michael Jackson. David is also mentioned in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for his jazz endeavors; and he has years of experience as a church music director.
As a Classical concert guitarist, David has performed throughout the USA and Europe. His live performances have been broadcast on television and radio: NPR’s Performance Today (USA); CBC’s Arts National (Canada); RAI Television’s In Concerto (Italy), and the Hungarian National Television. Successful in competitions, David won First Prize in the 20th International Guitar Competition in Milan, Italy and First Prize in the National Wurlitzer Artist Competition, USA. He has received other awards and grants as well, including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Governor's Award from Department of State, Florida. Moreover, he was chosen for the rosters of both the California State Touring Program and the North Carolina Visiting Artists Program.
David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, including Andres Segovia, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Holzman, Ghiglia, Morgen, Tomas, Isbin - have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner.
Florida State University - Master of Music - Guitar Performance
Florida State University - Bachelor of Music - Guitar Performance
Certificates of Professional Study: - L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy - Aspen Music Festival
*** Lesson Details *** Wouldn't you love to play the music that you enjoy listening to the most? Ever listen to your very favorite songs on your iPod or on the radio and really wish you could just play along? Well, here's your opportunity! Even if you are just beginning, I can help get you up and strumming in no time! You can choose your favorite songs to play - and I will show you how! Imagine playing along with Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Fun, Ke$Ha, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Alex Clare, Ne-Yo, and more! And for you adults: imagine playing your favorite songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. What a wonderful way to re-kindle all the fun, memories and meaningful songs of your youth!
I am committed to helping you really enjoy and excel in playing the music you love! You will find our lessons fun, interesting, and always inspiring. What better way to be motivated to learn and play, than having fun . . . and enjoying it along the way?!
*** Studio Equipment *** Separate, professional studio in a nice setting. Lots of windows, art, books make it inviting and cozy. Special separate adjacent room for parents and siblings, allowing parents to watch lessons through glass doors without "intruding".
*** Travel Equipment *** I carry my own iPad, computer, cd player. Students should have instrument, capo, music. Ability for student to take video recording/audio recording is helpful. Often, we will use parent's iPhone at end of lesson to record important concepts/techniques/etc.
*** Specialties *** I am versatile within classical and popular guitar styles: folk, country, rock, new age, praise, bluegrass. My in-depth understanding of music theory, guitar technique, and performance affords me a wealth of practical and artistic experience from which I lead students on their musical journey.
John Wancura September 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great lesson today. I particularly like the focus on fundamentals. David is helping me to refine my guitar playing and thereby open new windows for me. Great sense of humor too.
Megan O. June 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
David is absolutely fabulous. He is flexible, caring and willing to work at my daughter's pace. Even when she gets frustrated, he stays totally calm and handles it with ease. He keeps things light and fun, but somehow manages to keep her on task at the same time. Best of all, my eight year old daughter is truly loving playing the guitar! I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Sammy B. June 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
I started lessons with David a couple of months ago unsure about whether I'd stick with guitar lessons at all. I mean, the web is full of tutorials for playing. But I figured I'd give lessons a try.
I have been extremely pleased with my lessons and my progress thus far. Our lessons are a nice mix of learning songs and techniques and always emphasizing what I want to be learning. Considering I'm 39 and years out of school, this is important for me.
David has also been a remarkable teacher for my 8 year old son. Both my wife and I are very happy with the instruction we have received. Yes, David is slightly more expensive than some others here, but you get what you pay for! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for anyone looking for lessons.
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.
Ashley B. September 2, 2015
Classical Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Laudon is a great instructor!! I took lessons with him for about a year and a half, and he tailored our lessons to fit what I wanted to learn, all the while incorporating music theory and history, and challenging me so my skill doesn't stagnate. He has a wealth of knowledge and an awesome teacher!!
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'm a 24 year-old performing musician with 8 years of teaching experience. I'm an active member in the NC Triangle music scene as a performer and recording artist. I also teach Pilates, where I learned the value of self-awareness and balance, which is at the core of my teaching principles.
I feel I have something to offer to all levels and ages and have found my method to be highly engaging for young children and beginners.
:: My Home Studio ::
I have a living room studio in Carrboro equipped with my band gear, making for fun multi-instrumental lessons! Recording gear and a power
ful PA allow us to play to various audio tracks and record our own material. These tools are invaluable and key to my personal development as an artist.
:: Teaching at Your Home ::
You don't need a drum kit to start taking lessons!
I'll bring a drum pad, sticks, and a metronome, and occasionally some hand drums. All you need to supply is a pen and paper.
Sam K. August 1, 2014
Learning drums with Gabriel was an excellent experience. He's patient, skilled, communicative, and eager to be teaching. I'd recommend him to folks of all ages and skill levels.
Phil T. August 1, 2014
I've collaborated on a number of musical projects with Gabe -- mixing, writing and recording in studios. He is extremely talented and has always been a pleasure to be around. I would definitely recommend him to my own students (I teach guitar in Durham), as his patience and ability to explain complicated ideas is excellent.
Samantha M. June 21, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My son who is 13 took lessons with Gabriel and had a great experience. We were only able to pay for 30 minute lessons due to a tight budget, but none the less Gabriel used those short times to teach my son as much as he could! Putting his musical knowledge to use while incorporating things such as the importance and benefits of stretching your arm muscles before playing was very cool and useful, and I would highly recommend lessons with him to anyone considering drum lessons!
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