Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Annemarie
Andrew has proved to be a wonderful piano instructor for my six-year-old. son. He paces the lessons well, and keeps him engaged, motivated,
and interested in learning. I feel very fortunate to have Andrew working with him."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Rich
"I am picking up the guitar again after a long hiatus and Adam has been incredibly helpful. He's extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and his lessons have
challenged me to learn the fundamentals I had been ignoring. At end of each lesson, I feel that I am developing a solid set of foundations to apply in my playing. I'd recommend Adam to anyone looking to learn the instrument from any backgrounds."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Joseph
"Melody is great when it comes to her patience. She is very knowledgeable and dedicated to taking her time with each students individual needs. I highly re
commend setting your kids or even yourself up with Melody she is amazing."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Chelsea
Awesome teacher. She really helps me improve my singing by being supportive and knowing her stuff. She has helped my confidence in singing. Woul
dn't go to another singing teacher. 100% recommend"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Ritzel
Best guitar teacher ever! He made guitar easy to understand and fun to play! I'm looking forward to what I'm going to learn next!
I highly recommend him as a guitar teacher!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Dana
"My 13-yr old daughter took lessons from Gina for over a year. While my daughter LOVES to sing, she is quite inhibited in front of others. Luckily, Gina
is so sweet and approachable, that my daughter was able to relax and focus on singing and developing her talent. What a difference a year makes! My family is so impressed with how far and refined her voice has become. We are moving to Michigan in a couple of weeks. We wish we could take Gina with us!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Alan
"She is kind and patient with me. I enjoy learning the songs that I pick and she works hard to teach me."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Mary Ann G.
Review by Sarah M.
"I took classical piano lessons from somebody else before going to Kevin, and I can confirm that he is a great instructor. He was very helpful and approach
able (maybe because he wasn't as old as my previous teacher). The only reason why I give him 4 stars instead of 5 is because he was almost too nice and didn't crack down on me enough for not practicing sometimes. I'm just the type of person who needs some more discipline, but that might just be me."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Lois
"I have found her teaching style and versatility from a student’s perspective very strong. She is able to adapt to each of her students learning styles.
Not only this but she also develops the students self confidence and a belief in their abilities. Thus she has always created students that excel. I have experienced none of her students quitting, but all of us excelled. They all out perform and continue on to great success in their fields of study. I feel very blessed to have her as a teacher and as a mentor. It has lead to my success. Thank You!"
I maintain very active performing and teaching careers. I have private voice studios on Long Island and in Manhattan and have taught singers and pianists in every genre of music for the last 24 years. I was on the faculty of New York University in the Music and Music Professions Department for 5 years and was Music Director and Vocal Coach for an innovative new rap opera, "Odin" in Spring 2006 at the Fred Lowe Theatre. I was a coach in the Banff Centre's 'Voice through body and movement' workshop with international artist, Richard Armstrong and served two years as a voice instructor and guest
lecturer at the Banff Centre for their young artist training program entitled 'Opera as Theatre'. Throughout my career as a vocal coach, I have worked with many cabaret artists as musical director, arranger and accompanist. Most notably, Debbie Boily's "Thank You for the Music"a one woman show with me at the piano, recorded live at Ovations in June 2004 Houston, Texas and subsequently performed in France, England and New York. Most recently, I recorded an opera with Jazz legend Anthony Braxton and an all Jazz CD with Fred Ho. I have recorded operas in progress for Atlantic Records and new works of composers on the BMI label. As a performer I won the prestigious Jessie award for "outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role" for my creation of the Marquis in "120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade" in the world premiere co-produced by Modern Baroque Opera and Vancouver New Music. My international debut was in Sweden, singing the lead role of Director in "Kafka's Chimp" by Welsh composer, John Metcalf. Originally from Hawaii I now reside in New York where I garden and raise chickens. Experience Fall 2000-2006 New York University NY, NY Vocal Instructor for undergraduate and graduate students in the Music and Music Professions degree programs. Instructor of Italian Diction Music Director/Vocal Coach for ODIN, a new rap opera.
Spring 2003-present State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY Vocal Coach for chamber groups for performances, which begins with selection of repertoire and continues to final dress.
Summer 2002-2004 Banff Centre for the Arts Banff, Alberta Guest Lecturer/Vocal Instructor working with each singer individually for festival opera productions as well as attended rehearsals and production meetings.
*** Lesson Details *** I endeavor to teach you a natural and easy vocal production; to teach you a good solid technique of singing and to help you develop confidence and a polished delivery as a singing artist on and off the stage.
Our work together is an intuitive journey of discovery. Your participation in giving feedback about what you are experiencing during our sessions together as well as what happens in your practice sessions and in your performances is an invaluable tool for us to discover and develop your voice.
Practice: I encourage you to practice 20 minutes a day. An hour is ideal. Singing is like anything that you want to master: it improves with work and investigation. The voice is a curiously individual element of each person and aside from the basics of technique no two voices work the same. Our work together is to develop your unique voice and to discover how it works. Working outside our sessions on a regular basis will help you take ownership of your voice and technique.
Auditions/Performances: Please bring all music that you plan to sing in public to your sessions well in advance of the performance. We need time to investigate the music and its demands together; it will make you more confident and polished in your presentation.
In our Vocal sessions you will learn… …how to use and blend the entire range of your voice. … a healthy and free voice management. 1) You want to know what to expect from your vocal instrument on any given note and on any given word. 2) Training makes singing technique second nature; training relieves struggling to get the sound out and allows more focus on the performance. 3) Training allows for more tone coloration, a wider dynamic range, a full use and blending of the registers and greater stamina. 4) Extensive training and practical voice work gives a singer with long-range career aspirations the tools necessary to succeed in an incredibly competitive business. Whether the music is rock, pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, country, musical theater or classical, the trained singer can better meet the demands of a life on the stage as a singer.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated Music Space, music stand, grand piano, three windows
*** Specialties *** Onstage singing: I have 25 years experience on the operatic, music theater and cabaret theatre stages.
John H. April 12, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Michael was very patient. He has excellent teaching skills and made me feel very comfortable from the start.
5 stars !!!!!
barbara January 4, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Calming - kind - fun
sherrel M. September 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Michael Douglas is a great voice teacher. He is passionate and wants to see you succeed. He pushes for you to try and want to be great. He makes singing possible no matter how hard it may seem
My father, Al Miller, was a prominent drum teacher on Long Island who taught hundreds of people throughout his career. My musical background began in the early 70's. From the time I was five, I would go on almost every gig my father played and sit right behind his floor tom. I began sitting in as much as possible and played my first paying job at nine years old. He entered me in the drum corps where I learned a lot about playing with other drummers and also entered me in various drum competitions. I came in first place in the state for the Louie Bellson National Drum Contest when I was 11, b
ut failed miserably when my sight reading was not good enough to get me to the next level. I worked real hard to get my reading up to par after that.
I received full scholarships to Berklee College of Music in Boston, North Texas State University and Miami University. I chose to attend North Texas. After school, I began studying in New York with Robbie Ameen, a truly great teacher. His instruction was so meaningful to me. I later took lessons with Kenwood Dennard which was a priceless experience. I studied with many of the greats in New York, including Joe Ascione, Joel Rosenblatt, John Riley, Kim Plainfield, Chris Parker, Jim Chapin, and, of course, my dad. Frank Bellucci was very helpful when I was experiencing pain in my right hand. There were many others including Mark Hymes for piano and Joe Cavallaro for vibraphone.
I have made a living playing various original, cover gigs and club-dates (Weddings) and in 1996 I joined Blood, Sweat and Tears and toured the U.S., Canada and South America. Playing with BS&T was a great experience for me, and certainly taught me how to deal with different personalities.
I've always worked - playing (both club-dates and music that I enjoy), teaching and producing. I run a recording studio now, which is perhaps my favorite place to be. I'm in there as much as possible.
Most recently, I spent three years touring Europe with The Healers!, a hard hitting blues band from New York.
Since 2006, I've been producing music for the Oprah Winfrey Show. While her show was on the air, you would often hear my drumming during the "Bumper Music" section in between commercial breaks or during guest introductions. I've also played on some film scores including The Christopher Walken movie, 5 Dollars a Day.
Ed P. April 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
Met with Matthew at my home for my first lesson after an earlier phone chat to
discuss my background and goals.
Matthew is well spoken, motivated, friendly, and experienced in playing jazz, blues, and rock.
Lesson was a good sign of things to come. Matthew helped right away with a few tips on playing styles, kit setup, and hand grip to improve my speed and articulation.
Next few lessons will be addressing hand- foot independence and perhaps even a little jazz improve, or more advanced rock beats.
It was great to have a teacher like Matthew with both music education and field experience observe my playing and suggest improvements that work for max
effect! He's quite a drummer himself, and briefly sat on my set and illustrated a few concepts.
Brian C. February 20, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Often an accomplished musician might not make the best teacher. Matthew, however, is both an outstanding teacher and musician. The son of a well known drummer/teacher, Matt has clearly learned what it takes to be a successful teacher himself. Coupled with his personal accomplishments as a drummer, Matt has what it takes to teach drummers at any level...novice to expert. I really enjoy my lessons with Matt and know that if I stick with his instructions, I will reach my goals.
I believe teaching is a partnership between the teacher and the student. I am a friendly, laid-back person, I’m very patient, and I’m 100% there for my students, so you or your child can enjoy a comfortable, welcoming learning environment. To make great music, all I ask in return is an open attitude and a commitment to appropriate amounts of regular practice. With those things, almost anything is possible!
My teaching philosophy is totally centered around your individual needs. I understand that people approach the study of music at various ages, with different abilities, goals, and desi
res. I see my role as a teacher as one where I use my knowledge and experience to help you along your path. Once we establish your goals, then I can teach you what you need to know to get there.
No matter what your musical dreams entail, you will need a solid technical foundation to build upon, as well as a musical ear to help you create and collaborate. I specialize in helping students learn and improve upon both of these skills. If you are just starting out, my goal is to get you playing REAL music as soon as possible. You’ll be amazed by what you can play after just a few lessons! For intermediate students, depending on your goals, we might study chords and theory, ear training to hear song structure and chords, fretting technique and scales, different types of right hand sound production, different genres of music, or many other topics.
It’s even more important to me that our study builds your confidence, opens you up to the vast world of music, and teaches you about yourself. This personal growth, attained with consistent time and effort, is the most meaningful aspect of musical study. Helping students like you along that path is my favorite thing about teaching!
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide sheet music, books and amplification, as well as my own instrument. The student would need to have their own instrument and a music stand and amplification, if applicable.
*** Specialties *** I have an uncommonly wide breadth of experience in many genres of music. I studied both classical and jazz music intensively at the conservatory level, and have a lot of rock band experience from various projects in high school and college. I've played just about every other style at some point, from bluegrass to R&B.
Matthias R. February 8, 2016
Upright Bass ·
In studio Verified Student
Zach, is a very polite person and we are looking forward to having him as our instructor.
Ray H. February 20, 2014
Zach taught me music theory. I am now able to read music and create compositions. Zach is passionate about music and also makes you passionate. He makes sure that you fully understand a topic. Best teacher I've had in a long time !
Kevin G. February 17, 2014
A great teacher
Zach was a great teacher! He picked things that would clearly help me grow as a player, and gain greater facility on the instrument. We had a couple snafus scheduling where I might wait for 10+ minutes for a lesson to start.
Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1987, Anna started her studies at the age of 4 at the Uspensky Specialist Music School. Her first solo performance was at the age of 8. At the age of 14, she took first prize in the Glazunov International Violin Competition in Paris. She is the Grand-Prix winner of the International Violin Competition held in Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan). In 2009 Anna performed with the Gunma Youth Symphony Orchestra Festival in Tokyo, and in concert series with the Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg (Germany), conducted by Claus-Peter Modest, held in Bukhara (Uzbekistan). In 2013 she perfo
rmed a debut recital in New York City at the Lyric Chamber Music Society. Anna has served as Concertmaster of the Lynn University Philharmonia in Boca Raton, FL. Participated in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Guillermo Figueroa, Schmuel Ashkenasi, Daniel Heifetz, Elmar Oliveira, Philip Setzer, Ilya Kaler, Philip Fowke, Mikhail Gotzdinner; as a member of orchestra performed under the baton of John Nelson, Albert-George Schram, Jon Robertson, Guillermo Figueroa, Greg Ritchey; worked and performed with such distinguished artists, as Ilya Kaler, Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, Yael Weiss, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Anna graduated from the Uspensky School in 2007 and entered the State Conservatoire of Uzbekistan. Currently, Anna is studying with Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet for her Doctoral Degree in Violin Performance at Stony Brook University, NY.
*** Lesson Details *** The very first lesson is a process of establishing professional contact between a student and a teacher; couple of exercises will be given in order to figure out the current level of a student. Then recommended material will be chosen.
You may also require what repertoire you would like to work on (either for beginners or advanced students). I have all the books/scores for Suzuki Violin School, Maia Bang, etc. I also work with Russian Violin Books (ex. "Yuniy Skripach" ("Young Violinist")).
I also work with ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome students, and study the subject seriously,
***Lesson Schedule*** May vary, depending on convenience of both the student and the teacher. I will always do my best to find the best time that would work for you. So please, do not look at my availability schedule, it is all very wobbly! Just allow me to contact you, and I am sure we will figure something out!
*** Studio Equipment *** Online lessons available!
For beginners: I have all the materials (music, score, flash cards) For advanced students: we can work on either material you have or I can provide you with recommended material (music, score, technical material)
*** Specialties *** Music Education for Beginners, Advanced Students, and Students with disabilities (Asperger's, etc.), Children Psychology, Educating Games
Renee L. May 27, 2016
Online Verified Student
Anna is such an amazing teacher. I am a beginner/intermediate violin player and she is so patient with me. She is very supportive even though I'm an old lady just trying to sound like a really good violin player one day.
I really appreciate her.
Kilah May 15, 2016
Online Verified Student
We are very happy with Anna and her teaching style. She is patient and thoughtful. She made the first lesson very enjoyable.
Juli May 6, 2016
Great first lesson. My daughter felt very comfortable and is looking forward to the next lesson.
I received my Bachelor’s degree from Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan in 2010, and continued on to a Masters degree under Dr. Steven Spooner as a scholarship student at the University of Kansas. I am currently pursuing a D.M.A degree at Stony Brook University, where I study with Gilbert Kalish.
I am a native of Taiwan, one of the few pianists in the world to successfully perform “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” (Frederic Rzewski’s hour-long set of 36 variations) from memory, and I have performed in the United States, Taiwan, and Prague. I am als
o involved in chamber music, contemporary music, and piano collaboration. I am an active member of MTNA (Music Teacher National Association).
Personality and Teaching Style:
Patient, dedicated and caring. Providing a comfortable and stressless experience is my principle. My goal is to cultivate every student's interest in music and ability to learn music as their own teacher. I apply musical games and online musicianship development activities in teaching. It's FUN!
*Teaching in Chinese is available.
Nancy K. February 13, 2016
My daughter just started taking lessons with Sharon three weeks ago. I found Sharon's education and experience are very solid, and she knows how to observe students. My daughter Emma is 9 years old, and she was not very excited when I mentioned starting having piano lessons. However, it turns out that she likes Sharon's piano lessons! It's fair to give four stars since we only know Sharon for three weeks, but I have good expectation and am very looking forward for next lesson!
Stephen January 26, 2016
I have worked with Sharon as a colleague in many different settings. Her personality is always kind, her musicianship profound, and her dedication to the arts undying. Students of any level would no doubt benefit from her experience.
Chen January 26, 2016
Sharon is a very experienced teacher with patient and carefulness. When I don't understand how to approach my piece, she would demonstrate and explain it thoroughly. I highly recommend her!
The piano is, by nature, unethical, discuss.
For students in music programs or conservatories, this is a common essay prompt you'll come across. But academic thoughts aside, it's an issue worth thinking about for any piano player. Pianos pre-dating the 1950s are inexorably linked with the universally distasteful business of hunting for the purposes of obtaining ivory, whether legally or illegally. Read on to learn more about the history of instrument-making to see where the vogue for making p …
Is it Unethical to Have a Piano With Ivory Keys?
The piano is, by nature, unethical, discuss.
For students in music programs or conservatories, this is a common essay prompt you'll come across. But academic thoughts aside, it's an issue worth thinking about for any piano player. Pianos pre-dating the 1950s are inexorably linked with the universally distasteful business of hunting for the purposes of obtaining ivory, whether legally or illegally. Read on to learn more about the history of instrument-making to see where the vogue for making p
5 Tips to Accessorize Your First Piano | Beginning Piano Lessons
Before you can start beginning piano lessons, you'll need to have the right equipment--yes, that means more than just a piano or keyboard! Here, New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E. shares five helpful tips to keep in mind...
Getting your first piano is an exciting time! Its like meeting your first pet, finding a new roommate, or buying the most amazing piece of furniture youll ever own. My first piano was a 1950s Henry Miller upright I bought for $200 in Manhattan. It sits in my Ha
Happy Mother's Day! Shout Out to 5 Amazing Rock and Roll Mamas
Being a mom is hard work, way harder than being rockstar, yet somehow these amazing women do it all! In honor of moms everywhere, music teacher Jessica D. highlights a few amazing women in music who deserve a great big breakfast in bed this Mother's Day...
Where did you get your love of music? Was your mom musical? Maybe she played an instrument, sang in church or in a band, or splurged (or currently splurges) so that you could take guitar lessons?
Regardless, this Mothers Day, we cant
2 Simple Tricks to Play Country Guitar
When you're taking guitar lessons, you may find it challenging to play different styles of music. Here, guitar teacher Samuel B. shares his tips to help you learn country guitar...
Compared to other music styles like jazz and bluegrass, country is a structurally simple genre. It usually shares the same three-chord structure as blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll. When playing country music, you will use playful, open-handed picking to play chords, versus the flat-picking of individual notes o
5 New (and Fun) Piano Practice Warm-Up Routines
Are you in search of some new piano practice warm-up routines? Below, piano teacher Liz T. shares some fun piano practice warm-ups you can try before your next practice...
You wouldn't go for an hour-long run before properly warming up. So, why wouldn't you warm-up before an hour-long piano practice session or lesson?
No matter what instrument you play, its extremely important that you go through a series of warm-ups before you start playing.
In this post, we will discuss why you