Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by jihye
"She is a good teacher.
At first, she found my weak points and strong points very well. She is very good at time management. She is nice and kind. Befor t
aking a class, I was nervous about communication because I'm a foreigner. But there isn't any problem. I'm really satisfied with her. ^^*"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Lindsay
"Kristen is amazing! She has a beautiful voice and she is a great teacher! She is willing to work with you at your own pace and has excellent exercises for
you to practice at home. She has great suggestions for different songs to sing that will help you reach your full potential. I would HIGHLY recommend Kristen for your singing teacher!"
Salt Lake City, UT teacher:
Review by Paul
"This instructor is great!
Josh is a kind and patient instructor, he focuses heavily on technique and minor details that make playing easier. He provides
constructive criticism to help understand the mechanics of guitar playing. I've learned so much in my first weeks with Josh, I plan to continue my lessons under his guidance."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Barry
"Whitney is a fabulous vocal coach. She's very talented and I was feeling intimidated before I started lessons. However, she's very down-to-earth and im
mediately made me feel at ease. She instilled confidence and I was very pleased at how much I learned so quickly. I highly recommend her."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Teresa
We just signed our 12 year old son up for lessons with Anthony and we are confident that this is in our sons' best interests. We only watched
the last few minutes of the lesson and was extremely impressed, not only with the interactive style and the passion for music that he reflected on our son....but his honesty.
We are all very excited to continue working with Anthony!"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Estella
"James is an excellent teacher.
James is a very good teacher. My son has advanced so much with just a few lessons. He is very patient and always gives pos
itive feedback and encouragement to my son. James takes notes and he records their progress in the journal immediately. He is always available after the lesson and communicates any schedule changes or concerns. He really knows how to teach his students. My 15 year old son enjoys his lessons but most of all, he enjoys James as his teacher. He has recommended James to his friends."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Sandra
"Great attitude, patient and professional
Roger is a patient teacher who helped me get some of the fundamentals of guitar down. He is very professional an
d worked with me to reach my goals. He also has a positive attitude and would be great for students at any level."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Sharon
"I've been Xiao's student for over six years and I’m very grateful for everything she has done to encourage my musical training. Through her technical yet
expressive approach to music, she continually pushes me to play like an artist instead of a student. She is always quick to praise your strengths and work with you to fix the weaknesses. Under her teaching, I've grown so much as a musician and I highly recommend this teacher to anyone looking for an incredibly experienced and wonderful mentor."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Lexi
"Guitarists in Los Angeles are a dime a dozen, but truly great teachers are rare. Drew is one of those excellent teachers: knowledgeable, patient, encourag
I've been playing music since I was 4 years old, but for some reason, I've always been intimidated by the guitar; I'd try to learn for a couple of weeks and promptly quit and put it back in the closet. Until I met Drew, who helped me overcome that fear and get me going in the right direction.
Right away, he got me playing songs I wanted to learn and helped undo some of the bad habits I formed by trying to teach myself over the years. After I got comfortable playing other people's songs, Drew helped me with songwriting basics and gave me the tools and the confidence I needed to accomplish my goals.
Where Drew differs from other teachers is his ability to seamlessly blend helpful advice for both music and life in general. His lessons are not just about playing and writing; they have helped me shape a plan for how I want to approach both my music career and my life going forward. Working with Drew is always hugely inspirational and I cannot recommend lessons with him more highly."
I have love and a great passion for music. I have been a musician for over 30 years, I have been a private instructor in piano, organ and voice for 10 years. I have trained and arranged music for several choirs and musicians. I have been music administrator for the church I attend for 12 years. I have instructed children's music classes at The Cleveland Clinic Children's Rehabilitation Hospital. I have toured with choirs, soloist, and musicians in the United States and Canada. I play for weddings and am currently on staff as a musician at a Funeral Home.
I am a graduate of Evans Academy o
f Music in Buffalo, New York. I have studied music at Cuyahoga Community College.
*** Lesson Details *** I have great patience in teaching. The piano and organ lessons start with music theory which is studied each lesson. The lessons develop into learning scales, techniques, developing skills, learning to play songs. The singing lessons start with vocal scales and breathing exercises. Diction, pronunciation, and tone quality are perfected.
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio is at a church with separate music rooms for training. Each room has a piano and organ inside and seating is available.
*** Specialties *** I start with description of notes, meaning of symbols, measures, lines, spaces, learning to read notes, how chords are formed, teach scales and chords, introductory theory, simple sheet music of popular songs. My genres are mainly popular music, jazz, and gospel.
Drusilla K. October 10, 2014 Verified Student
Very good instructor. Has really enhanced my ability to play as well as my music ministry.
Nakia H. May 14, 2014 Verified Student
Yolanda P. February 12, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Very good experence
Udell iis very pleasant and very uplifting in teaching my son. He present a comfortabe environment. He communicate to me the parent of lesson plans and lesson progress. Udell and my son conected very well. Very please with Udell.
I am recent graduate of Music Composition and Theory from Antioch College, and I am a veteran of many bands, having performed in some of the largest venues around the country.
I favor a 'learning through experience' instruction style where my students can gain an in-depth understanding of music through the practice of their instrument. My students will quickly and simply learn the essentials of music theory, an understanding of what musical concepts are right for each situation and why, and the ability to compose and improvise musically while they are gaining the technical abilities and ski
lls to flawlessly perform on their instrument.
*** Lesson Details *** My students will learn about scale, harmony, and its correct application. I will instruct them to quickly grasp the lay-out of their guitar and how it relates to the geometry of music -and thus they will be able to perform in a many styles of music within a very short period of time. This may sound difficult but it is incredibly simple in practice and can easily be learned by students of all ages! In as short of time as one or two lessons even beginning students will be playing beautiful music!
My curriculum is self-designed, but based on the experiential learning techniques, pioneered by Horace Mann, which he has been educated from. I have taught and studied music around the world, to discover the simple basics of music. Within a few short months each of my students has gained technical strength in playing their instrument and a confident understanding of the foundations of music. This teaches them the ability to write, perform, and improvise in any style of music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music studio: iMac for recording, cabinet Acoustic bass amp, Fender guitar amps, drum set, room for parents to sit in on lesson
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a vehicle with room to transport equipment.
*** Specialties *** rock, rhythm and blues, blues, folk, alternative
TinaB1 June 26, 2012
I'm very happy with my teacher. I feel very comfortable trying to learn something that is new to me and Daniel always answers all of my questions.
BernieA January 9, 2012
Instructor is very good and easy to work with. I seem to be making progress (slowly).However, I found an "app" called ultimate guitar chords that give fingering for all notes and lets you hear alternate (simpler) fingering to test how it would sound.Depending on how that comes out will may change my plans to continue with lessons after the first four.
SteveW2 June 23, 2011
Daniel is a great teacher. He takes his time and makes the lessons easy to understand.
Julian has always been a creative and diverse musician, breaking down the distinctive barriers among different genres of music. He received his training both at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and from the Cleveland Institute of Music, from which he recently received his Masters in Music Performance. Though his training has been largely classical, he also has interests in jazz, fiddle, Latin, hip-hop, electronic and many other styles of music. In 2006, he became one of the core members of the eclectic hip-hop band, The Off Button, an elegant fusion of upright bass, banjo, violin, percu
ssion, vocals, and rap artists. Since then, he has also performed with a large number of ensembles and bands, including the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at Southern Methodist University, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and numerous chamber music ensembles. Mr. T. has also performed with the The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, was the lead violinist in the flamenco group, Nomad, and, most recently, is one of the founding members of the Eridanus Quartet. His current aspirations have been in composition and performance, writing many original pieces and arrangements which contain elements of both classical instrumentation and electronic audio elements.
In addition, he has also been an avid violin instructor and has maintained a private teaching studio for over 7 years. Over the summer of 2010, he was on faculty for the Chamber Music Festival through the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory department and was one of the main directors and instructors at the Coda Music Academy in West Virginia. His extensive knowledge of the instrument and stronger focus on teaching practicing techniques have enabled his students to do very well and even some have gone on to win awards in various competitions and festivals. His plans for the future include pursuing a music career in composition and performance, as well as maintaining an avid teaching studio.
*** Lesson Details *** Julian has been an active and successful violin teacher for over 7 years, with students from the ages of 4 to 56. He has taught not only private violin lessons to many students, but has also taught in masterclasses, been on the faculty of music festivals and camps, and has coached many various ensembles and chamber groups. All his students speak highly of him in maintaining a good attitude throughout lessons as well as his ability to explain and detail the finer details and techniques of the violin. In addition, it is important that every student learns the 'language' of music, to learn not only the technique, but to learn music as a medium to express what words cannot heroic stories, deep emotions of the heart, or pure joy and happiness.
Julian's technique is based mostly on Galamian-style technique, based on perhaps the greatest and most influential violin teacher of the twentieth century, Ivan Galamian (1903-1981). Galamian was well known for his incredible devotion to teaching and his students, as well as a solid technical approach to the violin, incorporating aspects of both Russian and French style violin playing. He had many extraordinary and successful pupils such as Michael Rabin, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, and Jamie Laredo. Two of Julian's own violin teachers, Jan Mark Sloman and David Cerone, were also Galamian students, making Julian part of the third generation of the 'Galamian lineage.'
In addition to providing private one-on-one lessons every week with his students, Julian likes to give the opportunity for his students to perform, play for other students, and to learn some music theory and history. One cannot get everything out of music and the violin without learning how music works (theory), where it came from (history), and how to express yourself through music to others (performing). And while every beginning student begins their studies in the Suzuki method, Julian encourages his students to explore other kinds of music and is always open to requests from his students to learn different pieces.
Every student is important to Julian, and he devotes his time and knowledge in order to see every student progress and learn not just the violin, but important life skills such as dedication, attention to detail, time management, and the value of repetition, among others. For music is not just an exquisite art form and an enjoyable hobby, but a strong discipline, fun and useful for people of all ages and any talent. Whether a student is serious or not, learning a musical instrument can be fun, rewarding, and fulfilling.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room: bookshelves, coffee table, sofa chairs, plants, parents can sit in on lesson (encouraged)
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must provide music and instrument. Also a cup of coffee - just kidding. I will provide the rest, teaching aids, etc.
*** Specialties *** For beginners, I mostly focus on Suzuki Method. I also like to add in Etudes and scales, starting with Wohlfahrt and Schradieck. For more advanced students I work closely with them to come up with a personalized repertoire lesson plan. While I teach mainly classical music, I encourage students to try other types of music, such as improv or jazz, and am always open to taking repertoire suggestions from students. I teach classical music first to students to give them a strong technical background. Once that is accomplished, then any learning any other type or genre of music becomes a lot easier. It is mostly a matter of learning the small nuances of each style.
Nicole L. November 23, 2014
In studio Verified Student
As others have said previously, Julian is very patient and kind. Thank you!
Lingz June 21, 2012
Very kind and patient. Works well with my son.
CarolJ April 10, 2012
Julian is very patient, kind, understanding and helpful -- communicates extremely well to our ten year old girl who has been diagnosed mild ADHD (not severe enough to merit special education services, but she receives accomodations at school to help her stay on task, complete work, etc. -- e.g., extra time on tests). Julian instructs her in such an excellent manner that she is able to focus well and comprehend directions clearly. We would like to know if Julian has any motivational strategies to help Arryanna who has difficulty staying on task for an appropriate length of time in practice times at home.
Trumpet performer and educator Traci is known for her rich tone, her highly developed sense of musicality, and her passion for sharing music with others. Traci currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio.
Traci has performed with numerous ensembles across the country including the Denver Brass, the Wheaton Band, the Oistrach Symphony, and the elite ensembles of DePaul University's School of Music and Denver's Lamont School of Music. Traci was principal trumpet of the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo and Rome, Italy in the summer of 2010. She was also featured as a trumpet soloist with the Lamont S
ymphony Orchestra in May, 2011. As a member of the International Trumpet Guild, Traci was honored with their Young Artist Award in June 2005.
Traci is passionate about making music and sharing her passion for performance with others. In addition to music making, Traci is also an award-winning and widely sought visual artist, specializing in acrylic and pastel paintings, ink and charcoal drawings, mixed media art and cartooning. Traci is also seeking ways to integrate her passions for music and art.
*** Lesson Details *** Traci enjoys teaching trumpet players of all ages and ability levels. Traci believes that studying music teaches a person much more than the art of self-expression; studying music reveals a lot about life. In addition to music performance-specific skills, whether on trumpet, piano, or any other instrument, great lessons such as being a team player in an ensemble, creativity, dedication, habit-building, self-motivation, and the reward of daily practice become second nature. Traci enjoys teaching because she enjoys this process of self-discovery.
Lessons with Traci will focus on musicality, fundamentals, creativity, that problems and challenges are opportunities for success, and attitude. A comfortable environment and atmosphere between student and teacher is necessary for growth!
*** Travel Equipment *** Students should have their own instruments.
*** Specialties *** Trumpet: any level, beginner to advanced!
In lessons of all ability levels I stress the importance of a vocal approach to playing the trumpet, understanding how to make anything musical, that fundamentals are important, and that challenges are opportunities for success. Individual problems are always addressed in personalized ways for each student.
DarrellG November 11, 2011
Thanks for the feedback on the things that may be holding me back from sounding my best...like pointing out my lazy tongue:). I have been doing the tonguing exercises you showed me and I can already see an improvement with an evenness of my articulations when playing long passages.
LisaH2 June 3, 2010
My son Miles is really enjoying his lessons with Traci!
Learning to play a musical instrument is a skill that has been proven to improve brain activity. It is one of the only activities to engage both sides of the brain. Students who learn a musical instrument show improvement in their ability to pay attention and understand what is being taught in their academic classes. Most students retain this advantage even if they do not continue to play into adulthood.
Music is fun! It also can express your feelings in ways words cannot. I don't just teach you how to play your instrument, I will teach you to have a love for your music, and from that,
you will find that it is a lot of fun! After all, you do "play" your instrument!
In addition to the violin, viola and theory lessons described below, I am also available to coach ensembles. Any combination of string instruments you are working with, I will work with your group to improve your cohesiveness and your musical style.
John D. January 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very professional and easy to work with!
Sara L. December 3, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Barbara is an amazing teacher! My son looks forward to lessons with her and can't wait to tell his friends and family what he has learned each week. She knows what pace to work at and is very patient. Wonderful teacher !
E C. July 4, 2014
My son has been taking lessons for several years with Barb. His skills and technique improved dramatically when he began and have continue to improve over the years. He received the "most improved" award in orchestra after his first year of lessons. He performs challenging music well at annual recitals and in Akron Youth Philharmonic with Barb's guidance. Barb is encouraging during lessons, yet always points out specific things that need attention for the next week. I highly recommend her.
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