Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Henry
"Liz is great with my son. She has a great demeanor with kids. She talks to them on their level. My son is enjoying his lessons with Liz. We definitely
recommend her as a music teacher especially to young kids!"
Santa Rosa, CA teacher:
Review by Kristin
"Jesse was a real confidence builder on the first lesson. My granddaughter has been practicing and is excited to have a second lesson. Jesse taught both gr
andchildren and he carefully adapted to the learning needs/style of each one and made the lesson just the right "dose"."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Dan
"Melody is a delight! Her knowledge, understanding and passion for music and teaching is evident in one lesson. She is supporting and understanding of yo
ur goals and will do everything in her power to help you reach them. Melody an effective communicator, knowing just what you need delivered in a nurturing way. You will not be dissappointed"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Troy
"I really liked my teacher's personality! I love learning new notes!"
Milwaukee, WI teacher:
Review by Ann
"Fabulous. My son loved his lessons with Carl. Highly recommend!!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Greg
"I really like Ryan approach. He is friendly and makes you comfortable. I'm 63 years old and I'm just trying to learn to play some Jazz & Blues and after s
everal years of jumping all over the place with web lessons and really learning nothing; I think I've finally found a teacher who can help me learn to play guitar. I look forward to my lessons with Ryan. I hope to continue this music relationship until I can really play. Its my dream and my hobby now that I'm retired and Ryan has already given me the confidence I need to succeed."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Cengiz
"It was a very productive lesson. Ben was able to teach a lot of things in the limited time given, and he gives enough material to work on that can easily
last me a week. He makes his lessons enjoyable and educational at the same time."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Anna
"Ashot B. is a multi-talented musician, composer and educator! I made my first steps into the music world with the help of and under the direct supervision
of this wonderful man! I was one of the lead singers of his Jazz/Pop band in Armenia. I was about 9 years old when I joined that band, and, since then, my life has never been the same! He introduced us to the best music, inspired us to sing in many styles; he taught us how to sing sophisticated harmonies, introduced complicated rhythms, helped each one of us find our own style, sing with our own unique voice. Our band took numerous prizes at music festivals around the world, and many of our band members continued our musical careers as professional singers and became top-level artists in different countries! He’s a great teacher, who knows exactly what each singer needs in order to bring out the best out of his/her voice. I can’t even find enough words to express all my gratitude and appreciation to my first teacher, my musical mentor, and a wonderful person who helped me become who I am today! I definitely recommend Ashot to everyone who’s looking for a great teacher! He knows the right path!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Tara and Jason
"We were fortunate to have David recommended to us by a family member. Not only did he come to our house and save us the added stress of traveling during
our busy week, he often stayed longer than scheduled to ensure understanding of new skill(s) being taught. He was calm, professional and patient and had an adaptive approach with our son that increased his confidence when he struggled."
I help singers and speakers develop powerful, authentic voices and calm physical interiors and exteriors.
Take a deep inhale.....relax your jaw and exhale on "aaahhh". That's how we begin, by relaxing and finding your "aaahh!" space with exercises designed to connect the heart to the science of voice & movement.
Let me help you find an easier way to promote your best posture, easiest breath support, best resonance and pitch control.
My experience with dance, Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi and other forms of physical exercise are infused with bel canto vocal exercises to help you reach your s
inging, speaking & movement goals.
I offer to you:
* 18 years teaching experience * 12 years personal private vocal studies * 12 years living & working in Los Angeles * A lifetime of performing experience * Cross-trained: dance, choreography, yoga, Tai Chi, commercial & improvisational acting
LIVE SKILLS: Used to eradicate negative self-talk, build/regain confidence, expand communication skills and enhance life.
BIO: Between performing and my own artistic studies, I have been taking the occasional private voice student since 1997, mostly via referrals from friends and other students. While living in California, one of my voice teachers requested me as her regular substitute at Culver City and Santa Monica Music Schools from 2008-2012, which I felt was a very high honor. She said she trusted me with their voices, which encouraged me into full-time teaching practice. In June 2012, I returned to Minneapolis and began teaching. In November 2013, I produced a successful vocal showcase at a large performance venue in Minneapolis. Current projects include musical direction & choreography for a school's 2016 production of the Wizard of Oz; assisting students to prepare for local & national auditions like La Banda & The Voice; prepping singers for studio recordings and congratulating a new student who's stepped out of the chorus to land her first lead role.
ENJOY LIFE MORE! Singing & dancing improves our quality of life.
*** Studio Equipment ***
EDEN PRAIRIE: Lessons in separate "studio" room, electric piano, mirror, music stands, table for your water, chair. Parents/loved ones can lounge in the large comfortable lobby area, drink free coffee/hot chocolate, read, or watch TV [see photos below].
I DO TRAVEL!! My travel rate is NOT A FLAT FEE. Cost for travel is charged at the same rate per hour, as the lesson itself since I am unable to teach other students when in transit.
24-HOUR CANCELLATION IS ENFORCED ONE EMERGENCY CANCELLATION IS ALLOWED PER YEAR
Nataliya Ishkova January 15, 2016
Vocal Training ·
In home Verified Student
Issabelle A. January 8, 2016
Improv Acting ·
In home Verified Student
Arlys is so talented and has so much experience, you can see this in her teaching. Probably one of the nicest people you will ever meet!
Solena December 28, 2015
Classical Voice ·
Arlys is extremely fun and easy to work with and has great teaching techniques! She also provides resources to be used outside of individual lessons which are really helpful to reference after the sessions are over. I had a great experience with this teacher and highly recommend her!
I have a Percussion Performance Degree from Arizona State University, have authored over 6 books on how to play better including: ART Approach to Keyboard Percussion Sightreading, ART Approach to Rhythm!, Turn It Up & Lay It Down, The Book (with Joe Bergamini and Spence Strand) I have over 26 years of teaching experience and constantly work to find better ways to show people how to be great. I am currently working on 4 new books in the Percussion area and about a dozen more for other instruments.I work with each student to find out what motivates them and how to set goals to reach whatever lev
el they seek. I have worked with almost every age possible and find it exciting to see people find out how great they are.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons with me will be positive and you will be pushed to be your best. I work with each student to find out their goals and then show them the fastest and best way to reach those goals. As long as you follow instructions and practice, you can expect amazing results! Most of my students are in the top bands, make All-State auditioned groups, get highest ratings at Solo & Ensemble contests and know how to play!Even when time is a concern, I can still help you move forward. I always take where students are and show them how to get to the next step. I can move at any rate the student wants to move. I am committed to having them have fun and get better!
*** Studio Equipment *** 2 Drumsets, Timpani, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bells, Snare Drums, marching drum pads, Congas, Timbales, Bongos, Auxiliary Percussion (too many to list) and also TV/Audio equipment to help with playing with music while we do lessons!
*** Specialties *** I have a series of Rhythm books that are used in multiple schools. I also am well-versed in Drumset, Concert Percussion, Marching Percussion, Steel Drums, and Mallet Percussion
Brandon B. January 17, 2016
In home Verified Student
First lesson went well!
Nick B. July 8, 2013
Kevin is a fantastic instructor!
I have been taking private lessons from Kevin for two years now as we'll as receiving instruction in Band for the last three years. Kevin not only is an incredible percussionist himself, but he has a knack for being able to convey ideas to students that they can understand. New and better approaches to teaching rhythm, personalized lesson planning to suit a student's needs, and a vast knowledge of music from years of professional experience are just a few things that Kevin brings to the table. If you're looking for a percussion instructor, I would highly recommend Kevin as your first choice!
Hi, my name is Anna. As an orphan, I grew up in Hungary in a foster home. At a very young age I was already exposed to music. It kind of blew me away. I didn't know how something could be so beautiful, and it was like a miracle for me. Then and there, I knew that something special was waiting for me ahead. When I was 3, I didn't talk for a long time, but I did do one thing: sing. At that point my life has totally changed. I began my long journey. My foster parents got me into a music school, called Janos Patzay Music School. I knew immediately what I wanted to be. I built my whole life on musi
c. It always filled up a very special place in my heart, it still does, and it always will. I started to learn the violin when I was 5 years old. Being in a music environment always gave me strength, made me feel safe, and made me stronger as a person. I decided to learn more, and to grow, I must never give up on my dreams. After elementary school, in 1998, I went to Bela Bartok Music High School, and graduated in 2002. I continued studying music at the University of Miskolc Bela Bartok Institute of Music trough 2004-2008. Those four years were some of the best years of my life. In college, I changed my major to viola instead of violin. I am never going to forget the day of my diploma concert (April 27,2008, Sunday). It was wonderful. All the hard work and studying got me here to this point. I had no family being there for me all these years, nothing really, only God and music. Knowing the fact what I wanted kept me going in the hard times. In 2003, I met with a pastor from the United States who were on a mission trip in Hungary, in the orphanage I lived. Nothing can describe it, not even words what we had. I felt like I always knew her. I used to say I was born in a wrong place in a wrong time. After my diploma concert she and her husband adopted me. Today I am able to say that I have a family, a real family with true love. So, I came here to study English (ESL) at the University of Minnesota for a year and a half. Not having time for me to practice and not have music around me for a little over than a year, it made me really sad. I was depressed, and I thought I am going to get crazy. Music was totally cut out from my life. In 2009, I finally had my music back. I was enrolled in Crown College for 2 years. I attended the school's chamber orchestra and quartet, and I also attended other classes as well ( English, drawing, painting, and piano). I have been in different chamber groups through all of my schools (duet, trio, quartet, symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra). I also studied how to teach violin ( teaching techniques) for four years in college. I observed teaching methods at the Beni Egressy Music School once every week. In my fourth year of college, I was also teaching little ones, and after my diploma concert I also had to do a diploma teaching.
I live in Shakopee, and I've been married for five years now. I made a little music studio in my home, that's where I teach most of my students. I have a couple of music stands, and I have my own instruments (violin, viola). I will be able to teach in Shakopee, and in Victoria. I would be teaching from published repertoire, and my own as well. I would be more than happy to answer any questions as it appears. I'll be always available at my email. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It was a long and hard journey, but I never gave up. I became what I wanted to be, what I always dreamed of. With God's love and with music, everything is possible.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a kind of teacher (person) who is more laid back, make sure everything and everybody is comfortable, yet challenging and expecting good work. I like to make a lesson be worth it: as for me and as for the child. I use a combination of fun and work together, because I think it's important for the student to feel relaxed and also have a good time. I am really patient with my students, while helping them master new songs and techniques. I understand that every student learns in a different way that is unique to them, and I will do my best to discover each student's learning style. I do not ask for perfection, but I do drive them to do their best.This is my motto: "Do the best you can", and "Be the best you can be". I am a classically trained musician, and I believe that it's really important to have a strong foundation of learning the basics: reading notes, rhythms, a little bit of music theory etc. Everything else builds on this, for example, like learning and playing different styles or genres in music. You have to know the basics in order to be able to play them. In each lesson, I will have assignments for the students to work on throughout the week: 1 song for 30 minute lesson, 1-2 songs for 45 minute lesson, 2-3 songs for an hour lesson, and I will always ask for a specific scale at the beginning of every lesson. How fast or slow we can move forward, and how much we can learn it's really depends on the students. These assignments will be showed first (I'll play it to the student), then we work on them together. I'll make sure they understand what I am showing and telling them before leaving. I will also have technique exercises, and music theory sheets for students. I take practice very seriously. The amount of time I recommend is varies according to the student's age and skill level. Students will have a recital once a year. They will show what they have learned through the year. I also encourage students to share their talent in community and school talent shows, at church, at family gatherings, and for friends. Note: I do have cats in my home. If you or your child has a problem with cat allergies, I can teach in Victoria, give lessons in our church.
*** Studio Equipment *** The In-Studio lessons are taught in a finished basement which has been converted into a studio. Music stands and seating available.
Fellowship Church: Lessons in sanctuary.
*** Travel Equipment *** Student should provide their own instrument, music and stand
*** Specialties *** I primarily perform classical, so I would be most comfortable teaching the classical repertoire.
Jodanne T. December 7, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Anna has a wonderful rapport with our son. This, I'm certain, has greatly improved the quality of the lesson and his willingness to practice. In the very short time (year and a half) that he's been taking violin, he is playing better than many of the longer studied kids in his string orchestra at school, due to the tutelage of Anna.
Jodanne T. June 2, 2014
In studio Verified Student
We have been very impressed with Anna and have also received feedback from our son's orchestra instructor that she must be fantastic based on the progress our son has made over the last school year. Thank you, Anna, for all of the encouragement and instruction you've given to our son.
Upbeat, fun and patient. Professional performer/teacher with a BA in music (with honors) and English from Wesleyan University, graduate study in music education from University of St. Thomas and film production/screenwriting with honors from Minneapolis College (MCTC). I specialize in helping you to unleash your creativity and self-expression. Guitar, songwriting, composition/music production (Garageband, etc), computer-based "beat-making", ensembles, and pop vocal coaching. Tutoring and computer help also offered. Many years experience in K-12 music and digital media technology (audio and vid
eo) working with gifted/talented and special needs students as well as in-school artist residencies. Adult students are a specialty of mine and are most welcome as well.
*** Lesson Details *** In individual lessons, instruction will be tailored to the individual desires and needs of each student. Fun "family-style" lessons with parent(s) and young children are also a new option.
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars, ukuleles, bass guitars, strum-sticks, various percussion instruments, ProTools Digi002, Garageband, Kurzweil 2500, Mac Pro Desktop computers, various keyboards, synthesizers and music composition/production software and amps.
*** Travel Equipment *** Teacher brings instruments/supplies/books as needed, and can arrange to provide instruments for students as well.
*** Specialties *** Individual or group instruction in folk, jazz, blues, rock, guitar/vocal performance coaching, songwriting, lyric writing, instrumental improvisation, digital media production/composition, iMovie, Garageband, "beat-making" and therapeutic music for youth, adult and special needs students. Tutoring/homework help in English, mac computers and basic academic subjects for K-12 and adult students. Technology (geek) help/support with computers, digital gadgets (especially Apple) for "non-techies".
Amanda J. July 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Don was a great instructor. I only had a limited amount of time to dedicate to learning the Ukulele during the summer, but he helped me meet and exceed my goals. He is very friendly and personable. I highly recommend anyone interested in lessons that they give Don a try.
Lauren F. June 12, 2014
This has been a truly enjoyable experience.
Don was teaching several of my charter high school students in guitar/vocal and music production. After a quick observation of his classes, I signed up for lessons as well. I am an adult student and have been taking guitar/vocal performance lessons with Don for three years. This has been a truly enjoyable experience. Don combines proper technique with enough creativity to make our lessons fun. Don is an inspirational teacher. He tuned into my musical tastes and tailored his lessons to my desires. I highly recommend Don to any adult or youth students interested in furthering their skills and enjoyment of music performance.
Sage H. March 28, 2014
Family Fun on Ukelele and Strumstick
Don has been wonderful to work with as a Ukelele and Strumstick instructor. I had an idea to get music lessons for my husband and 5 year old daughter as a Christmas gift. The thought was to have special Daddy and daughter time; sharing something that my husband loves to do. Don has worked with us to create a whole experience for them around music lessons. Don has succeeded in building an environment for our daughter to enjoy the music lesson experience. The first time she played 'hot crossed buns' brought a tear of joy to my eyes. He has even included me in the group lessons on Strumstick. My husband has expanded his knowledge of musical instruments and enhanced his playing skills with Don's skillful instruction. Don has made the whole experience delightful for our family.
Hello! I have 6 years experience teaching private and group string lessons (both traditional and Suzuki) to ages 4 and up, and 2 years in a formal classroom setting where I taught 1st grade and then a combination of general music education, and reading intervention for special needs students. I have a viola performance degree, a K-6 teaching license, and training in the Music Together program. My teaching philosophy is that every child can learn and that every child learns in his or her own way. I also believe that music improves children's abilities in reading and math. Therefore, each of
my students receives individualized lesson plans tailored to their needs and learning style. Parents and students have seen the difference that this data driven, holistic style makes. I can't wait to meet you and your child as we embark on a journey of learning and discovery! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
Anne February 8, 2016
Baya F. January 29, 2016
In home Verified Student
Amazing fun experiance!
Baya F. January 29, 2016
In home Verified Student
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