Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Don
"Grandson is learning guitar
Jeff has been very patient with my 8 year old grandson. Jeff is competent and friendly. Thanks Jeff."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Melissa
"Can't wait for the next lesson every week!
Fantastic teaching methods and high vibing energy. Makes learning fun and encourages students to push there
limits and grow to be the very best they are capable of."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by angela
"I learned a lot in a short amount of time
Rob is an incredible guitar player who also has the ability to teach others what he knows. He taught me exactly
what I requested and then some... in a very short period of time. I'd highly recommend Rob to anyone wanting to learn to play or simply needing to improve. He's great."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Renee
"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¥"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Roy
"Marie is patient and fun
Marie is my wife. However, she has also helped me learn piano. I am not good, however, she is patient with me. Let's face it, if
she can teach me, she can teach anyone!
Marie is very talented (all husbandly love aside). She sings like an angel even when she would say she is doing terribly.
She enjoys teaching and goes the extra mile, often spending hours a week after lessons making sure her students have the warmups needed, music examples, and anything else you can think of to help them.
And, like I said, if my wife can teach her husband piano with a smile on her face, she can have patience working with anyone."
Ann Arbor, MI teacher:
Review by Mary
I'm really enjoying lessons with Kevin. He's extremely knowledgeable and he explains things very clearly. I'm an older student with some m
usical knowledge, but I desired to learn more of the theory aspect of music, along with learning how to play. Kevin is incorporating everything I want to learn into the lessons in a fun way. It is never boring and though he keeps a fast pace, I don't feel lost at any time because he always stops to see if have any questions about what he's covering. He's willing to customize the teaching to suit what kind of styles and techniques I want to learn. I'm very pleased with this teacher and would recommend him to anyone."
Salt Lake City, UT teacher:
Review by Jo Anna
"Professional, patient, and pleasant!
Alan has been my 15-year-old son's drum instructor for five years now, and in that time, my son has progressed from
being a complete novice to drumming in a very decent teen band. With Alan, you get solid teaching skills, a pleasant personality, and great flexibility in arranging lessons. We love the fact that he provides instruction in our home--one less runaround for us! Alan is a musician who knows how to teach and inspire, and we recommend him without reservation."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Melissa
"Tremendous improvement in technique
Kelvin is a tremendously gifted musician and instructor. He has increased my level of confidence. He continues to pus
h me to my fullest potential. His lessons are very thorough. I most appreciate the encouragement he gives me to use my talent. He is both patient and kind. I recommend him highly."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Laura
Eric makes learning fun at any age. He tunes in to what you are looking to get out of the lesson and he finds fun ways to help you achieve th
ose goals. I look forward to my lessons. I find myself using his techniques as I practice at home. I am very happy with Eric and his style of teaching."
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
Rennee C. July 13, 2016
In home Verified Student
Very nice and friendly. My daughter enjoyed the lesson and seems very excited to practice and get ready for next week!
Sandy W. January 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
It was a very nice first lesson.
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!!
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.
Sabil July 17, 2016
In home Verified Student
Great teacher ... thorough and provides instruction based on students skill and need
Daphne S. June 1, 2016
In studio Verified Student
David pointed out how I was moving incorrectly from one chord to another, I didn't even realize I was doing it. He showed me an exercise to break that bad habit, it is also helping me to move from one chord to another smoothly and easily. I can already tell the difference in just a few days. He explained things in a way, I fully understood. I had a great lesson and cant wait till the next!
John W. 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.
BIOGRAPHY Violist Maria F. V. began her music studies at the Carabobo Music Conservatory where she played in the Infantile & Youth Orchestras, and in the Carabobo Symphony Orchestra. She then transcended her studies to the Simon Bolivar Music Conservatory and into the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. She has performed with different other orchestras such Venezuela Youth National Orchestra, New Jersey Youth Orchestra, Peru National Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Symphony Orchestra, and Latin-American Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Eduardo Salazar, Joshua Dos Sa
ntos, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado.
She holds a BM Performance degree from University of Kentucky, and a MM Performance degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she worked as Teacher Assistant under Scott Rawls. She has attended several music festivals within the United States and Internationally such as: Cincinnati Conservatory Music Festival, Cleveland Institute of Music Viola Workshop, Brevard Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Orford Music Center in Canada, Parma Conservatory-Italy, Musica en Compostela in Spain, and many others. Back at home in Venezuela she is considered founder of el SistemaÃ¢ÂÂs Carabobo Music Conservatory. Her Major teachers include Santiago Garmendia, Margaret Karp, John Graham, and Scott Rawls.
TEACHING As a performer, soloist and active chamber musician, and as a pedagogue, I provide private lessons to any individual interested in the art of music, education, and the good times. My teaching welcomes individuals from the youngest to college students. My primary instrument is the Viola, and simultaneously I focus on the instruction of the Violin, and the early and beginning studies of the piano. I have great experience as master class teacher, sectional leader, group teaching, and individual or one-in-one pioneer.
THE OUTCOMES Apart from the academic outcomes the student will obtain at lessons, my intentions as a teacher and artist is to incorporate and welcome the student in the fantastic music world and literature. One of the many purposes of music is the idea of the student developing a sense of responsibility along with following tasks in a didactic and dynamic manner. I love bringing and promoting the idea and the philosophy of enthusing and inculcating a leadership position of the student in the family, and building most importantly a harmonic and artistic environment among their relatives and into their homes. I love to program and propose little student recitals in where the student will have the opportunity in performing the pieces worked throughout the teaching sessions in a little concert for their friends and family. Every student loves the fun in which they get from these opportunities and from their performance experiences. I do believe that the learning and instruction of music is an important influential factor in participating and in the development of many other abilities and skills; in the expansion and promotion of creativity, the adoption of a more discipline attitude for other arts, it helps to easier approach other academic courses, and to focus on developing the tools and creativity to participate at their schools and anywhere else.
*** Lesson Details *** METHODOLOGIES About the teaching methods used, I basically like to approach the beginner student through the methods of Suzuki, which is a very efficient and didactic method most pedagogues uses today. This one is a clear method that demands from the student and it simultaneous engages the interaction and participation of their parents, family, friends, and their community as well. In other occasions, it is most common that I would also incorporate a new student to my studio-transfer students-, who would have used other materials and methods with his/her previous instructor. In this case I would continue using his/her methods to examine the level and content learned and practiced. Then, it is in later lessons where we might establish and suggest other good methods and books to which the student might be ready to switch or scale up to.
*** Studio Equipment *** Books, Stands, Metronomes, Chairs, Tuning & repair equipment, and more.
I have been playing the tenor sax for 10 years now in marching band, concert band, and pep band settings. I recently completed my Bachelors degree at Virginia Tech where I played and held leadership roles in the regimental band, "The Highty Tighties". I emphasize discipline and patience when learning a new instrument. I do, of course, understand that it can be frustrating and boring to sit and just play scales for hours on end, and that playing your instrument should be a fun and exciting activity.
Margaret July 23, 2016
Keegan has great experience with musical instruction and execution of various styles. He would also be a great mentor to young musicians/adults by providing direction and other skills he has picked up from his well-rounded and wholesome experiences. Truly a great person :)
My name is Jennifer and I'm an Education major and Creative Writing minor at UNC Chapel Hill. I've been trained in Common Core Math and special education. I've played the flute for approximately 12 years and have received national solo awards. I've worked with students aged 4 to 32 and enjoy working with anyone of any age! I currently teach science at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center as well as working on curriculum with Kidzu Children's Museum. I look forward to having more students and helping them reach goals!
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