Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Karen
"In the few short months I have been with Parker, I have first and foremost have learned patience- Something a self taught guitarist does not have.
sets a solid foundation, very crucial to making progress, enabling me to take simple practice pieces to showmanship quality.
He also teaches the student how to better teach ourselves with an intuitiveness to direct them to where they need to go to achieve their goals.
I've never been more wholly dedicated to my practices, nor have seen such advancement in my playing, for which I am truly grateful!"
Denver, CO teacher:
S. Parker G.
Review by Henry
"Great musician, great teacher
I've been taking lessons with Eric since about the Spring of 2013 and have made huge progress in my playing ability since.
I started learning on my own through online lessons, but decided to take lessons with a private instructor after about 5-6 months when I decided I wanted to learn to play Jazz 'proper'.
Eric explains many of the written and unwritten 'rules' of Jazz and has helped my understanding of how to play enormously. I am still at a beginner stage, but I can see myself making good progress.
I went from knowing only basic open chords and some basic jazz chord voicings to learning heaps of new scales and chords to keep me busy and learn the basic building blocks of Jazz - learning how to comp, play melodies, improvise, and learn how to build chord-melody arrangements. Eric is well versed in many types of music and he can relate what we learn to many other styles as well. We cover musical concepts by playing them, hearing how they sound, and also covering what they are theoretically. His teaching method is very comprehensive and I enjoy that.
Eric puts a lot of new information in my lap at every lesson, which I always look forward to, but he is also very patient and understanding. He knows it takes time to be able to understand and execute everything properly. He is also very supportive during the week away from our lessons. He will send you extra info when you need it and will explain anything that needs clarification via email and is usually pretty quick to respond.
We go a little off tangent every once in awhile, but it's all in good fun.
Eric's a great teacher and I look forward to continuing lessons with him in the future."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Karen
"Greg is a awesome teacher with the knowledge of all types of music. very patient working with you on any level, and flexible with his schedule. THANK Y
OU!!!!!!!!!! : )"
Stockton, CA teacher:
Review by James
My daughter, with a background in violin and piano, wanted to learn acoustic guitar. We met with Adam at BestBuy and he helped us pick a gu
itar. He was very patient with all of our questions. After the first lesson, my daughter liked this teacher. His approach to teaching is fun and gets results."
Salisbury, MD teacher:
Review by Jon
"Ben is honest without being hurtful. He's patient, but not so relaxed you burn through your session without progress. After signing up on a whim, Ben ha
s given me the reassurance that there's a talent I can discover in myself, and I recognize him as a great instructor who I'm fortunate to be able to work with.
If you're considering learning to sing, or even sing professionally, Ben would be a great person to meet with, because he's got a keen ear and talent for explaining how you might make improvements."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Faith
Our son has been interested in playing the guitar for awhile now and got a guitar this past Christmas. After lots of searching we fina
lly found an instructor that is a great fit for our son. As soon as we saw Jacob's online profile and his taste in music we were hopeful he would be the instructor for Aid. Jacob is an enthusiastic teacher who is great with kids and has patience with young musicians. Our son is excited to attend his guitar lessons and the homework Jacob sends him home with gives Aid plenty to work towards until his next lesson. Aid wants to practice everyday and can't wait until his next lesson. We are very impressed with how quickly our son is picking up guitar and how much he enjoys his lessons. Thanks Jacob for helping our son truly develop a love for music. We appreciate you!"
Albuquerque, NM teacher:
Review by jessica
"Andrew is truly a wonderful drum teacher. My 11 year old son has been studying with Andrew for about 3 years now. My son has had a great experience thro
ughout this time as he continues to develop into a competent amazing drummer. Andrew is patient, kind, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable in his instrument. Furthermore, he has the gift of being able to convey his knowledge to the student so that the student fully understands it. He curtails the lesson to my son's drumming inclination so that my son is always enthusiastic and engaged while developing excellent technique. Anyone who is able to study with Andrew would be fortunate to do so."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Joe Toto
"Matt is awesome!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jacky
"Mike is the best. He sees the potential in his students and gets them to reach a little farther than they thought possible. He is great with children and
Brian has been performing for over 10 years. He is experienced in genres from hip-hop to classic rock, and delivers a style all his own. He is an honors graduate of Berklee College of Music with a dual degree in Music Production and Engineering and Music Business Management. Prior to Berklee, Brian was classically trained as a vocalist by Georgia Marandino. He fine-tuned his skills at Berklee with Joey Blake (performs with Bobby McFerrin). Brian learned guitar and piano from his father a semi-pro guitarist and an educator of educators. As a producer and sound engineer, Brian has worked with mu
sicians spanning different genres and cultures including Grammy Award winning sound engineer Hector Ivan Rosa (Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, El Gran Combo). He currently offers voice, piano, guitar, and music theory lessons to students of all abilities.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach music students want to learn. I don't use books because every student learns differently. I have a very laid back personality but I am strict when it comes to practicing and learning the material from the previous lesson. After 3-6 months students will be able to play multiple songs, have a good grasp on scales and will be at the point where they can look at joining their first band with confidence!
*** Studio Equipment *** We have a variety of studio equipment for students to use including guitars, amps, keyboards and drums. We also have an assortment of music stands laptops and enhanced learning tools to allow the student to get the most out of their lesson!
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide certain items that allow students to do exercises. Metronome and a laptop are common for me. I expect the student to have access to the specific instrument they are intending to learn
*** Specialties *** I specialize in contemporary style using classical methods
Sammy H. March 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Excellent experiences with Brian. He knows how to get the progress going. And the piano room is also very artistic!
I have been a musician for over 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music and have taught guitar for over 10 years. In addition to guitar, I'm a vocalist, composer and arranger as well as a music publisher. I actively perform as both a classical guitarist and singer-songwriter.
I love teaching guitar and find it so exciting to see kids (and grown-ups!) learn an instrument and be part of the magic of creating music!
I specialize in ages 7 through 18 including college prep. Learning an instrument teaches focus, develops self-direction, self-esteem, how to reach a goal, plus the added benefit of
developing the brain for academic achievement. And, it's just plain FUN!!
***NOTES ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS***
There are stairs to my home studio. Please take this into consideration if you have an ambulatory disability.
Usually, learning disabilities, ADD & ADHD go together just fine with guitar lessons and frequently give these precious young people a creative outlet. Speak to me about your child's needs so I can prepare the best lessons possible!
*** LESSON DETAILS ***
I like to empower you, the student, by making your lessons challenging enough to keep your interest, but keeping it fun and stress-free!
With regular daily practice, you will learn to read music, play melody and chords. You can learn to play finger style, use a pick or learn both! Music theory and rhythm study is included to round out your musicianship. As you become more accomplished, we can add other music skills, like ear-training, accompaniment and song-writing.
This is perfect for home schooled children or as a supplement to public or private school music programs. Children age 7 and up, properly seated with the right size guitar and under the guidance of an experienced teacher (me!) do very well. (Speak to me before purchasing your child's instrument.)
I can prepare a high school student for college auditions (college prep) and guide adults who are serious about taking their music skills beyond tablature.
*** STUDIO EQUIPMENT ***
Home Studio, dedicated space, guitars and recording equipment, keyboard and amps, music stands, chairs, comfortable waiting area for parents.
*** SPECIALTIES ***
I specialize in acoustic and acoustic/electric guitar - both classical and contemporary, steel string and nylon.
A. John M. June 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
Like anything new - exciting, followed by frustration because it's new and takes some learning and patience.
Cheryl is patient - I know I will get the hang of it as I continue with her.
Jacqueline M. March 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Cheryl is a patient and caring teacher. Very professional - helped us with finding the right guitar, books and so on. Very caring. My shy daughter is very comfortable with her and we highly recommend her.
Steve R. September 19, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Cheryl is an excellent instructor and is patient
With a new student like me. I would highly recommend
Her to any level of guitar student.
I started playing guitar at age 11, taking lessons at the local music studio in Hackensack, NJ. I became heavily influenced by The Beatles after hearing their music and as a teenager played in local rock groups, having some success being in the bands Jona's Ark and The Yorkshire Pudding, opening for artists Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, John Mayall and backing up Gary U.S. Bonds. I started playing piano at 19 when I took a group piano class in college. I attended Berklee College of Music and studied guitar with Bill Leavitt and Pat Metheny. That's where I started learning about all the great j
azz artists from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery to name a few. While at Berklee I also developed a love of the classical guitar and it's repertoire. After Berklee, I became a freelance musician and played guitar for The Drifters, Del Shannon, The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Crystals, Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore and believe it or not Tiny Tim. I played guitar, harmonica, mandolin and banjo in productions of: Hair, Tommy, Big River, Fiddler On The Roof and Grease. I composed my own music and performed and co-wrote with others who also wrote their own music. I have always taught private guitar lessons as far back as I can remember. One notable student was Stevie Wonder's son Keita who I taught for 2 years at Stevie's home in northern New Jersey as well as CBS News Anchor Charles Osgood's daughter Annie. Currently I teach 20 private guitar students a week.. From 1994 to 2000, I was the guitarist for The Royal Scam (a Steely Dan Tribute) and during that period I was hired by Hal Leonard Music Corp. to write a guitar transcription book called "The Best of Steely Dan". I was also hired by Brother International Corp. to compose and record a national radio jingle called "P-Touch", with Corey Glover from the rock band Living Colour doing the vocal tracks. In 1996 I went to William Paterson University to obtain my teacher certification in music education. After the 9/11 attacks, I co-wrote and arranged "America Home Of The Free". The song was used to raise thousands of dollars for the victims of The World Trade Center attacks. Presently I divide my time between teaching, which I enjoy as much as performing and playing guitar with a jazz quartet called ....and All That Jazz, whose 2005 CD "Reflections" was recorded, mixed and mastered in my home based 24 track recording studio in northern NJ. I am also involved in a mandolin / classical guitar project called Music Of The Ages and perform with a 10 piece band called Epic Soul. As a teacher I am very patient with students and enjoy helping them reach their own musical goals. I emphasize knowing the basics and encourage students to study music theory and basic reading of standard notation. I always ask my students to bring in songs they want to learn as a way to motivate them to practice more.
*** Lesson Details *** GUITAR: I expect my students to practice at least 5 days a week for at least a 1/2 hour per day. I use the Suzuki method for young students ages 8 to10. We continue learning basic folk songs by ear and then start reading standard notation and basic theory within 6 to 8 months along with classical guitar duets. For older students I use the Hal Leonard guitar method. After 3 months of lessons students can expect to know the basic open position chords and strum patterns to some basic songs as well as some famous guitar riffs and also be able to read some basic melodies in standard notation. After 6 months students will be able to play a 12 bar blues and improvise with the pentatonic and blues scales as well as learn moveable scales and chords and apply these to songs.
PIANO: I also start young piano students with the Suzuki method so they can play some five finger familiar melodies in a short time period. Then we progress to reading notation and eventually adding chord accompaniment to melodies. I use the Faber piano method for reading standard notation.
*** Studio Equipment *** 24 track recording studio, room for parents to sit 14' x 21'...completely furnished studio with guitars, amps, piano, drum machine, synthesizer, microphones...the works.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students need a good quality and proper size guitar (for very young students) a music stand (for their home use) a foot stool, a metronome and books I assign along with an 8 1/2" X 11" blank manuscript book and a folder with side pockets to hold handout sheets. Piano students need their own instrument and the above materials minus the foot stool.
*** Specialties *** Suzuki classical guitar, classic rock, blues, jazz , popular, funk, country, folk, finger picking and pick style and piano.
Ninna R. November 20, 2014
In home Verified Student
Mr. Rob has been teaching my 6 yrs. old son piano for a few months at our home. He is reliable, patient, and an effective teacher. In a relatively short time, we were impressed at the progress our son had made. Our little one keeps a manuscript book with his practice assignments and has been able to play recognizable notes from children's songs with both hands. The 30 min. sessions are perfect for this age and go by both quickly and enjoyably. We are looking forward to more sessions and continued growth.
Mary N. November 7, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Reliable, patient, clear and "fun"
Robert has been reliable and patient with our 12 year old. I asked her opinion for this review and she said, "He shows me exactly what to do and makes it fun. I wish he taught my language arts class."
AndyW July 15, 2012
Rob does a great job understanding my objectives. He is always well prepared and his ability to create lessons that are enjoyable keeps me enthusiastic about playing the guitar. Starting from ground zero,I am not only learning how to play an instrument but I am learning how to read music as well.
I am a graduate of the Jazz Studies program at William Paterson University where I completed a degree in Jazz Performance. During my time at William Paterson, I studied privately with drumming greats such Horace Arnold, Bill Goodwin and Kevin Norton. I was also an active member of several different large and small ensembles under the direction of current jazz icons such as Mulgrew Miller, Paul Meyers, Chico Mendoza, Cecil Bridgewater, Bill Mobley, John Mosca, Rich DeRosa and Bill Goodwin.
These days I am most commonly found freelancing both nationally and internationally with a number of ar
tists in various musical settings. In the studio, I enjoy a blossoming career as a session drummer as well as maintaining a busy teaching schedule at Wayne Hills, Ridgewood, and Morris Hills High Schools as a Drum Instructor/Arranger since 2008. I am currently the staff Drum Instructor at The Modern Music Academy in Montclair, NJ, where I teach privately. My most recent project, Deleasa & The Foundation, an up-and-coming pop-rock outfit, recently finished a Latin American Tour opening for The Jonas Brothers appearing on major television networks such as E!, E! Latino, as well as Fox's Good Day New York.
*** Lesson Details *** As an ever-growing musician who enjoys an active playing career outside of teaching, I like to place a strong emphasis on being a versatile player and technical mastery of the instrument. I stress that with a solid foundation of fundamentals that there is no limit to a student's musical expression.
*** Studio Equipment *** My Home Lesson Studio features 2 fully equipped Drum Sets, both with professional quality gear, providing a fun, interactive student and teacher play-along environment. The studio also features a student and teacher practice pad station,sticks, an extensive instructional library of books, videos, recordings,and any other form of media that supplement students lessons. Students will enjoy full audio and visual capabilities with studio quality sound featuring a dual headphone set up that allows students to play along to their favorite recordings alone or accompanied by me. For parents, the studio provides a comfortable waiting room just outside the lesson room, WiFi, and free readily available street parking.
*** Specialties *** With my wide variety of experience in many different playing scenarios including Rock,Jazz, Reggae, Funk, Latin, Afro-Cuban, R&B and everything in between, I provide students with several different angles of perspective tailored to each individual students needs. The goal being that through good practice habits and work ethic each student develops a well-rounded understanding of the drums and a great overall sense of musicality while also having fun in the process.
Kyle B. February 11, 2014
A Great Teacher
I have been taking lessons with Dan now for two years and I have learned more then I could on my own. Dan is easily approachable and an all around good guy. He never has any problems with questions. He teaches advanced rhythms but also puts the fun in fundamentals. He has helped me immensely in all aspects of drumming and is a great teacher.
Paul K. February 3, 2014
Drum Verified Student
Very Happy Student
My son is nearing completion of his first set of five lessons with Dan T. My son, his father, and I are very pleased to have found this instructor. My 8 year old son says that Dan is easy to work with, and that "I learned so many things." He is always happy to go back for his next lesson. The studio arrangements accomodate a parent who can listen as the lesson proceeds. Dan is very gracious with his time. We are very pleased and are continuing our son's drum lessons with Dan.
Wendy P. January 16, 2014
Lessons with Dan T are an awesome experience
My son has been taking drum lessons with Dan T for 6 months and is having a phenomenal experience. He is encouraged to bring songs to lesson which he would like to learn. My son has a writing book and he can write out rhythms and then practice and learn them. It is not just reading music. This is a very interative experience. When it is time to do our chores and homework and practice drums the very first thing our son does is play his drums. He practices every day and for long periods of time because he is having fun.
As a lifelong musician with extensive recording, and performing experience, I will help you reach your personal goals in music. You may already know me from my years at both the Chatham School of Rock, or more recently the Chatham music Center here in NJ My private studio is available for lessons for adult students only.
*** Specialties *** I own and operate a small recording studio, and am more than happy to record students demos. I also teach Pedal Steel guitar.
Phil T. August 8, 2014
Vocal Training ·
I find Mike to be a professional. His understanding of the mechanics of vocalizing is an asset and his easygoing manner of getting it across an asset.
I have been singing w/ bands now for about 15 years and Mike has helped me understand how to maximize my range and power. I would highly recommend Mike for anyone looking to learn to sing for the first time and/or anyone looking to improve on their existing talents.
Stacy J. July 23, 2014
Vocal Training ·
In home Verified Student
Mike's been great. I was a nervous new student, and he made me feel really comfortable from the get-go, and structured things so that I was proceeding at my own comfort level. Great input, and a great experience. Thanks Mike!
Dave H. July 22, 2014
I've worked with Mike for over a year, he is great for adults who love rock and blues music. He has helped me become a much more confident player. Taking lessons with him was one of the best moves I could have made.
One of the main concerns that violin students and their parents typically have is purchasing the right-sized violin. Obviously you can't give a five-year-old a full-size violin and expect him or her to be able to handle the instrument. And once kids are in their teenage years, trying to keep up with growth spurts can be extremely difficult, especially considering how much violins cost. Even adults can run into problems when selecting the right size. Fortunately, after a little research, selectin …
Why Are There Different Violin Sizes, and Why Does it Matter?
One of the main concerns that violin students and their parents typically have is purchasing the right-sized violin. Obviously you can't give a five-year-old a full-size violin and expect him or her to be able to handle the instrument. And once kids are in their teenage years, trying to keep up with growth spurts can be extremely difficult, especially considering how much violins cost. Even adults can run into problems when selecting the right size. Fortunately, after a little research, selectin
7 Violin Mistakes You Need to Stop Making
Any time you learn a new skill, you will probably make some mistakes when you're starting out. Making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process, but be careful not to let an error become a habit. For violinists, this is especially important, as each skill and new piece of music that you learn will build upon the things you have just learned.
These 7 common violin mistakes might be holding you back from reaching your full potential as a musician. Whether you are a beginner or you have
5 Easy Guitar Songs to Play at Weddings
Accompanying vocalists or playing solo guitar at big events like weddings is a great way to share your talents (and even earn some extra cash!). Get a head start on your side business by mastering these five easy guitar songs, as compiled by Greeley, CO teacher Andy W...
At some point in your guitar playing life, its likely that youll get the chance of playing at a family member or friends wedding. When that happens, do you accept the challenge or run away thinking that you c
Five Easy Blues Guitar Licks You Will Love Playing
They say you have to have the blues to play the blues. But what if you're blue because you don't know how to play the blues to begin with? Guitar teacher Mike B. has you covered with these five fun, easy licks...
Presented here are 5 easy blues guitar licks that are essential building blocks of a larger blues vocabulary. Before we dig into these licks we need to cover a few basic principles.
First, all five of these easy blues guitar licks come out of the minor pentatonic scale. If you do
Top 9 Cities for Pianists
What makes a city a great destination for piano players? It dependsare you looking for college, career, or performance opportunities? Maybe you are simply looking to take piano lessons with a fantastic teacher. Whatever your reason, there are nine cities that stand out when it comes to playing piano. Read on to find out what makes each unique.
The Northwesta gray place that loves to pick itself up with music. Many incredible bands got their start in Portland, such as Th