Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Susan
I don't know what I expected when I signed up for singing lessons with Jameson through TakeLessons. I was looking to improve my uppe
r range, maybe get a better understanding of breath control and tonality. And, boy oh boy, did he help me in those areas. Plus the Alexander Technique active relaxation exercises help me with chronic neck pain! Jameson is extremely knowledgeable, and he immediately identifies areas for improvement to target. I feel like the lessons are customized for my particualar vocal needs, not to mention that the lessons are super fun."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Marc
"Terrific instructor. Highly recommend."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Bretta
"The coolest teacher evs.
She's my favorite teacher ever! She's so cool. I can talk to her about anything and I learn so much at every lesson."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Julie
"The Best Teacher
Lilly is the best teacher ever. I am 10 years old and playing piano for the first time. I am learning a lot and she is very nice and hel
ps me with everything. She goes slow when I need help and when I learn something we get to go to the next thing. I really like her a lot. From Anthony
Lilly has an unbelievable amount of patience, and does extremely well with my son. He loves piano and looks forward to going to lessons every week. I would recommend Lilly to anyone looking for a piano teacher. Her fun but relaxed attitude is what makes the lessons so positive. She makes sure he is having fun while he learns so that makes him want to play more.
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Ruth Laker
"My first lesson with Tina was exactly what I was hoping it would be: informative, helpful, and encouraging. Tina seems to be very approachable and talent
ed and knowledgeable as a musician."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Tisa
"I am a new guitar player and had taken lessons with another instructor for over a year. I didn't feel like I was progressing well and changed instructors.
I am glad I did! I have been working with George and he has helped to fix some bad habits that I had learned. My technique is already improved and and I feel like I am finally progressing. He works with me on what I want to work on and incorporates theory that I need to understand. He is personable and I enjoy working with him."
Cleveland, OH teacher:
George F. H.
Review by Hakim
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by cathy
"Nick was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. It was a great experience and a solid start."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Tara
"Heath rocks!!! My daughter has taken lessons from him for years. He is very talented and has taught my daughter wonderful skills with playing. Highly reco
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. It is my very favorite activity. I have transformed my love of singing into a career.
I have been teaching music lessons for over 25 years. When you study with me you will have the advantage of that experience. I have extensive experience teaching students of all ages. Throughout my teaching career I have taught students with varied backgrounds and diverse needs. If you are a person who was told not to sing by your music teacher, don't give up! I have taught many children and adults to match pitches and improve their singing voices.
I earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Moravian College and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Temple University. While at Temple, I studied standard vocal repertoire and Early Music. I have also completed graduate courses in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at West Chester University.
I served on the faculty of Suburban Music School for 17 years where I taught voice, piano and recorder lessons. I also directed the Children’s Choir and the Women’s Choir. I was formerly on the faculty of Delaware County Community College where I taught courses in the Music Department; and of Temple Music Prep where I instituted, developed and maintained a vocal program at Temple University’s Ambler Campus.
In addition to teaching I was employed for eleven years as a chorister at Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Greenville, DE where I have had the opportunity to sing for such notable conductors as John Rutter, Sir David Wilcox, Sir Philip Ledger, Stephen Cleobury, and James O’Donnell. Previous choral work has included singing for Dr. Ifor Jones and for Michael Korn. I perform in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the Philadelphia area and in Cape May, NJ and with a Celtic group called Celtic Women and Friends.
*** Lesson Details *** Voice Lessons
When you study voice with me, you will start with the basics - posture, breathing and tone production. If you have studied before, we will review these areas and brush up on anything that needs work. The next step is to learn some vocal exercises to warm up and develop your voice. When the exercises are going well, we will begin to work on songs. You will need to learn some classical songs because they help to develop your voice, but we will also work on the kind of music you like best. In addition to songs, we will work on solfege (do, re, mi, etc.) which helps to train your ear and to improve your sightreading ability. If you don't know how to read music I will teach you that. If you read music but have some gaps in your knowledge, we will fill those in.
I teach what is called bel canto (beautiful singing). It is a healthy vocal technique that will help you avoid vocal problems. When you learn to sing with this technique, you can sing any style of music you want. After a few months of study, you should be able to tell that your voice is growing stronger, that you have better breath control, and that your range is increasing.
Although I have high expectations of my students, I am relaxed and friendly. If you love to laugh, we will enjoy that together!
When you study piano with me you will enjoy playing a variety of songs from your lesson book. As you advance, we may add a repertoire book which increases the number and variety of songs you play. There are many excellent piano methods. I use different methods for different students, depending on their needs.
Lessons will include posture and proper hand position, warm-ups, songs and music theory. Music theory is the study of notation and how music is put together. You will have a workbook with exercises for this study. If there is a particular style of music you would like to play, we will look for music at your level to add to your lesson. After a few months of study, you should know how to read basic notation and be able to play a number of songs. You will also have increased your knowledge of musical notation and harmony.
I expect my students to practice in preparation for their lesson every week. I am relaxed and friendly, so that should help to put you at your ease.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, music stand, stereo equip, seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching the bel canto style singing. With this technique, a person can sing any style of music she or he chooses.
Sarah, G. July 31, 2015
In home Verified Student
First lesson is voice evaluation and basic exercises. looking forward to further lessons.
Karen W. June 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She's excellent! Very professional and skilled! Encouraging! She's just awesome! Definitely recommend!
Vanessa B. April 18, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Very helpful site
I am delighted to work with Barbara. She is expert and inspiring and I look forward to my weekly lessons. Thank You!
I am father to 3 girls [Elaine, Grace and Emma] so I'm very comfortable with kids of all ages. I studied Music Performance with a concentration in Classical Guitar at Eastern University, where I met my wife Allison who currently teaches Voice and Piano with Take Lessons. I received an Honorable Discharge for 8 years in the US Army and work at The University of Pennsylvania in the School of Medicine, which I also attend. I teach lessons privately and through take lessons just for the love of it.
I'm very easy going and patient. I focus on technique and music reading skills rather than buildi
ng repertoire. I would rather a student that is confident in their ability to play a few songs to a high standard than an unsure student that can play many to a lower standard.
As far as my own musical interests, I love classical guitar and the folk/singer songwriter genre. Artists I listen to regularly include The Swell Season(Glen Hansard), Gregory Alan Isakov, Iron and Wine, The Milk Carton Kids, Simon and Garfunkel, M.Ward, Of Monsters & Men, Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, Ray LaMontagne, The Mountain Goats, Andrew Bird, Dawes, Neutral Milk Hotel, Woodpigeon. I'm just realizing that could go on for a long time... I stay up to speed on most contemporary artists for the sake of my students. I regularly teach songs current pop artists in the interest of maintaining student engagement.
My real passion is in Classical Guitar music. There are few things that give me more joy than playing classical guitar. I love any opportunity to share that with someone eager to learn.
*** Lesson Details *** In my lessons I like to start by reviewing what has been learned in the previous lesson, making sure to address any concerns before teaching something new. To ensure the student is truly learning and maintaining what I teach during our lessons we will do some short musical exercises which apply to that week's lesson, as well as some musical repertoire that reinforces the new principles taught in that lesson. I feel that correct repetitive practice of these exercises and music will ensure happiness with your progression as a musician. I do my best to learn the musical interests of my students and to personalize each lesson/assignment so that they remain engaged and excited.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have small studio space connected to my family room with a Piano and my guitars/amps (and any other instruments my wife and I have collected over the years). Parents can sit in studio or relax in the family room during lessons. It's a nice quiet suburban area and I have off street parking just outside the door.
Warning: I have friendly cats! They will rub up against your leg and may even purr loudly! In the most extreme cases, they have even been known to fall asleep while snuggling in an unsuspecting parents lap.
Daniel January 15, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Daniel very much enjoyed his first session. Luis made him feel at ease and they immediately started working on a song he can play quickly. Luis took pains in finding out Daniel's music tastes for future lessons.
Sarah T. January 4, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Luis is very patient and encouraging.
Catherine A. February 25, 2013
this teacher is the best
I think you should really pick Luis G. because he is very good at explaining things to me. Another thing I really like about having him as a teacher is that some times I forget he's my teacher ; I feel like he's one of my friends. That's somethings that I think is great because you can be open and not feel weird around him at all. I think He is really good at what he does and thats teaching Guitar and making people have fun with it!
Born in raised on the south side of Chicago Illinois, I grew up listening to A LOT of great Chicago blues guitarists. After receiving my first acoustic guitar I quickly gravitated towards learning to play blues and blues rock guitar at the age of 13. As my hunger for knowledge grew, I began learning and studying other genres of music through private lessons and lesson videos in the styles of Progressive Rock, Shred, Funk, Fusion and Jazz. Music study was a way for me to find structure, discipline, self worth and expression not confined to a 40+hr work life. Through that I grew as a person and
a musician. My sole reason for teaching is to help others find that passion and those qualities within themselves to live a beautiful and fulfilling life through his/her instrument.”
Lead Guitarist for:
-"The Voice" Country Star, Audra McLaughlin
-Rock band, The RAKNOSS
-Hip-Hop recording artist, Drew Smith
-Italian pop singer, Giada J.
**over 100 live gigs played**
Guest Lecturer at University of Akron, OH "Pentatonic Scales the Western Integration"
Featured online instructor via Ibanez Guitars USA
Author and teacher of online lesson videos. "S. Shred Tips"
Guitarist for multiple projects in the Chicagoland area for over 7 years
12 years of Guitar repair and modification experience
Extensive knowledge of guitar effects and applications
2009-2013 Harmony and Theory at Rumoro Academy of Jazz Guitar in Chicago, IL
2004-2008 Experimental Sound/Production The School of the Art Institute Chicago
*** Lesson Details *** Students should expect a relaxing learning environment that is cultivated to bring the fundamentals of guitar playing to the student and promote individuality in the player through a meditation of self-awareness while using the vehicle of Guitar. Lesson are taught out of my home studio space located in the East Falls/Manayunk Philadelphia!
Lessons are structured around: Finger exercises, Chord building, Strumming patterns, Scales, Arpeggios, Harmony studies and Improvisational chop building.
Some lesson materials referenced are:
The Real Book 6th Edition Jazz Standards 30 hour Guitar workout Steve Vai The Music Lesson Victor Wooten
after just 3-6 short months, students will see an increase in comfortability with the notes on the fret board, basic chord progressions and single note soloing!
*** Studio Equipment *** iMac i7 Mavericks
*** Travel Equipment *** student only needs guitar
I have amps
*** Specialties *** Rock, Blues, Country and Jazz approaches to guitar as well as home recording practices
John H. February 5, 2016
Online Verified Student
Awesome experience so far ! Looking forward to many more .
Robare P. January 7, 2016
Blues Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
As a long time guitar player coming from an entirely self-taught background, Ryan has done a great job getting me on track to formalize my existing skills and give me new tools to approach my instrument and art. Very refreshing learning experience!
Ben C. December 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
great teacher, method of teaching very well formulated and individualized.
I have been passionate about music all of my life. I have been teaching guitar and piano for 9 years. I'm a doctoral student at Chestnut Hill College pursuing a degree in clinical psychology with plans to become a music therapist. I learned guitar and classical piano under 2 private teachers while pursuing my Psychology degree and music minor at Rutgers University in NJ.
Music was a way for me to find peace, structure, confidence, and an outlet for personal expression and creativity outside of my everyday life. I've grown as a person and a musician through music. I get excited when I see
my students learn enjoy playing something new. I love music more than anything else and that love is something I try to bring out in my students. Once there is love for music, everything grows naturally. I teach to help my students find those strengths in themselves to live a fulfilling life through their instrument.
We create daily, weekly, and monthly goals for you to achieve.
Guitar: After 3 to 6 months of learning with me, you will have a basic knowledge of chords, how to read musical notation, strum to play. Most importantly, you will have learned 3 or 4 songs of your choice so that you can experience the joy of expressing yourself through music. To achieve these results, you must be willing to practice 20-30 minutes a day.
I specialize in teaching students to learn to play by ear and improvise songs based on their tastes, style, and ability level. I also walk students through how to write and record semi-professional quality songs with drums, vocals, guitar, and piano. Music genres I cover are mainly Pop, Pop/Rock, Folk, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Alternative, and Classical (piano only)
*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide a comfortable, quiet room with live instruments, and playback and recording equipment. I expect students to bring a guitar, books, sheet music, picks, and a tuner. Instruments: 1. Taylor Acoustic Guitar --picks, tuner, and capo 2. Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar -- Marshall 100W Amplifier -- Classic Cry Baby Wah Effects Pedal 3. Casio PX-310 Weighted 88-Key Piano Keyboard
Playback and Recording: 1. MacBook Pro OSX 10.10.3 13-inch screen - Insignia 27W Speakers with subwoofer - Garageband 2. Steinberg UR-22 Recording Interface 3. Audio-technica M30 Headphones 4. Sterling Audio ST51 Black Condenser Microphone
*** Travel Equipment *** (same as above except for piano)
Quynh N. January 18, 2016
In home Verified Student
Adam was be my son piano teacher for over 6 months and still be continue. He is very professional, kind and patience with my 7years old boy . I even refer him to teach piano for my best friend son and she is happy with his professional too . My son cannot wait to see him every Saturday for his 45 minutes lesson. Thank you Adam !
Nathan H. December 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Adam is very calm and patient, even with my quirky 9 year old. I'd recommend him to anyone.
Rachel B. December 24, 2015
Professional, responsible, and analytical. Adam is flexible and takes constructive criticism like a champ. As a music fan of local music, I hired him Adam after seeing one of his performances and he has never disappointed me. He is kind and accepting and an exceptional teacher - great listening skills, very compassionate, and completely non-judgmental. Adam kept me motivated through the challenges of a new beginner at guitar to get me to where I am today. He supported me to not be hard on myself and pushed me to grow. Adam has the unique set of interpersonal skills to excel in the music teacher field. I would recommend him to any student!
Hello knowledge thirsty students! It is so great that all of you are taking your education and training as far as you can by seeking outside professional instruction. I love being a part of helping my students learn and grow. I, myself, hold two undergraduate major degrees, a BS in Biology, and a BA in psychology along with a minor degree in philosophy. Life is all about learning new things and making yourself a better, brighter, more adept being each and every day. To do anything less is selling yourself, and the world around you, short. As a matter of fact, when i taught prior to here, i fe
lt the information and it's comprehension and digestion is so important, that i would make sure my students understood before leaving them for the day, no matter how long it took, and without charging. the money is just a life necessity, that allows us to do the things we love. but it is not important in and of itself. wisdom and knowledge, truth and beauty. These things are meaningful and real.
Quinn F. December 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
First lesson was a success! Anthony was AWESOME with my son.
Colin C. December 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
Anthony really took time to figure out where Colin had left off with his previous teacher and configuring his future lessons
Teddy September 22, 2015
Taking drum lessons from you was a great experience. I learned a ton in a relatively short period of time. I think i took lessons for about 2 years maybe just under two years. But you were great. really helped me learn the material, and the proper way to play the drums. and you really seemed to genuinely care about me and my instruction, not just in it for the pay check. i would highly recommend Anthony to anyone looking to learn percussion of any kind. A great teacher, and a great guy all around. 5 stars all the way, brother!!
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